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Diwali Beginnings

Goddess Kali

The festival of Diwali has a special place in my life. There are tons of memories associated with it. The holiday, cleaning of house, preparation of sweets, new clothes, decoration and every activity makes the festival even more enjoyable. The bengalis conduct big celebration of Kali Pujo. Goddess Kali is the destroyer of evil. We pray to her to destroy the evil within us and guide us towards enlightenment. It is the time to clean our hearts and minds, to forget the pains of the past and to brighten our lives with goodness and positiviy. Diwali also marks the New Year in western zone of India.

Fall colors in park

It is a good time to make resolutions. This year I made a resolution to not give in to cold and explore my city. One way to do it is to find parks and wander around. Parks in cities are generally around monuments and have their own history. I started off with Monroeville Community Park. Fall was in full bloom with the tree leaves displaying an array of colors. To add to that an event for Halloween Trick or Treat was going on. There were kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Both the trees and the kids displayed a plethora of colors which would fill any heart with joy. I roamed around the park which completed my daily walking schedule. Trying to discover something through a healthy habit motivates us to continue it. The trip helped me discover the Halloween event. Lets see what the next park helps me discover.Till then Happy Diwali and Happy New Year to everyone.

Recreating your life

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This year I visited the Botanical Garden in Washington D.C in the last week of 2014. As soon as one entered, he/she was greeted with models of different monuments. Each more beautiful than the other. One would wonder why create models of monuments which can be seen if one just walks out of the Garden. On closer look, you will see each monument was surrounded by trees.

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Thus the existing monuments were given a very different Eco-friendly image. The artist had tried to recreate each monument differently without changing its authenticity. It made us all think, the world would be so different if it were so green.

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This reminded me of resolutions. Every year we make resolutions and end up breaking them. We keep saying its the same story. Can’t we take inspiration from these images. Just as the artist had surrounded each building with trees, can we surround our resolutions with positivism and determination. Although its the same story can’t we give it a different ending this year. Will it not be great if our same old story too will have a different twist. Of course it will be difficult but think of the results. At the end of the year our life too will be different just like these images.

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Have you every thought how it would feel on 31st December, if you complete at least one resolution. With the new year just started, let us make it a point to stick to at least one resolution. Let us recreate our life and give it a new meaning. Each of us has only one life. Let us give it our best.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR….

My dream trip

Today is GudiPadwa, the marathi new year. Everytime a new year comes I look back at the previous year, the wishes I had, the resolutions I made and the improvements that happened on me. At times the passing year makes me sad as all the resolutions are never fulfilled which makes me repent over my laziness. I often wish we had an opportunity to travel back in time. I couldn’t help writing it when I read this blog.

If I have such an opportunity, I would go to the time when Magadh empire was replaced by Maurya age. Its a part of ancient Indian history. I have always marvelled how a simple boy Chandragupta Maurya could topple an entire established kingdom. He just proved that even a village boy can become king. Leadership qualities are not dependent on inheritance and can be developed with the help of a proper mentor. He was guided by Chanakya who had written a book on politics. I would also travel the education center Nalanda and Takshshila. They say that was a golden age of Indian literature and arts.

We have forgotten the teachings of that age. I hope the learnings from that trip will help me build a better future for today.