Savouring the unpredictability of days

Six years ago today I registered with WordPress, with no clue of what this is all about. But the idea of writing to the world thrilled me enough to make me take the plunge. Looking back at my Hello World post, I can’t help but laugh. Too much excitement written all over it. Messy grammar, thoughts, words. Six years ago, I did not think the blog would last this long.

Three years ago, when I tried my hand at homour and rambled about my disappointment with modern restaurants, I did not think it would make it to the pages of a nation-wide newspaper.

Three years ago, when I was placed in a software company for a hard core coding role, I did not think I will ever get to write again.

Two years ago, as I moved to the shiny Chennai city for my internship, I did not think I will ever fit in.

Two years ago, when I, with some sort of magical courage, requested for a role change, I did not think this blog would be convincing enough for my employer to trust my writing abilities. And I did not, for a moment, believe that I would be given the new role.

Two years ago, when I published my first and jargon-filled post on the company blog, I thought technical writing is what I will be doing in the coming days and was content with the same. I did not think things could get better than this.

One year ago, when I was thinking of ways to talk about a feature, I did not think a technical post would blossom into a beautiful little story.

9 months ago, when the idea for this blog post was conceived, I was not sure if I would be given the space to attempt such a thing or if this piece would ever see the light of day. I did not think that literature and business could blend beautifully if we get the portions right. And never did I think that exactly six years from the day I started blogging would I actually publish a company blog piece with as much passion and excitement as I would a personal piece.

All these years, if there is one thing I have observed, then it is that you never know what lies ahead. You never know what new adventures can present themselves. You never know what will happen if all you ever do is what you have been asked to do, but with passion and love. You will never know when the streak of monotony will end. But it will. And you will know how interesting your trail has been only when you finally reach a milestone and look back. Until then, let you and I just savour the unpredictabilty of life, as it comes, one day at a time.

And finally, six years ago, I did not think my sixth anniversary blog post would be made from a mobile phone. 😀


The crybaby in me

I am an absolute crybaby when it comes to movies that are touching. If you had been reading my posts, then you’d know how cancer is such a frightening thing in my life. Seeing both grandma and grandpa die of cancer was not an easy thing. So if there’s a movie involving a cancer patient or cancer in any form, then I’m sure to cry buckets. On top of it, if it is a real story, then it’s the end of me! I’ll take probably forever to recover! That explains the tears shed watching Stepmom, Letters to God, A Walk to Remember and the movie I am going to talk about now, “The Sister’s keeper”.

This being a 2009 film, I’m sure most of you must have watched it.sisterskeeper The thing about this movie is, not only the story makes me cry, the music too does a great job at it!I guess that’s the trick these movie makers pull off, find the right combination of story and music and make that lasting impact on the viewers. Towards the end of the movie (right when the tears have started flowing badly), there is this beach scene. The music plays and I just don’t know why but my tears just reach uncontrollable levels. The song is “Feels like Home” by Edwina Hayes. There is something in her voice that adds so much heaviness to the already heavy viewing hearts. It brings back too many memories, scenes from the past, people I miss, at times I even feel really uncomfortable!


This movie is based on a novel of the same name by Jodi Picoult.

There’s another movie that I like and which makes me cry, not buckets (thankfully) but in certain places it touches me. blindsideThe movie is “The Blind Side”, again a 2009 movie. There is something about movies made out of true stories! That moment when I came to know this amazing story actually happened to someone was just heart warming!

My favourite part of the movie is when Michael finishes his write up for the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. It’s difficult not to take something out of it! It was phenomenal! Here’s an excerpt.

Courage is a hard thing to figure….Didn’t at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that’s pretty salty stuff. That’s why courage it’s tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you’re doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason for you either do something or you don’t. It’s who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that’s pretty good. I think that’s what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor.

When Michael hugs Leigh Anne goodbye when he’s off to college, you just can’t help laughing and crying at the same time!! And my oh my, Sandra Bullock has done a great job in this movie! The way she walks, carries herself and I can go on! No wonder she won that many awards for this movie.

So fellas, if you haven’t watched these movies yet, I suggest you do!

Now that you have a little idea about the kind of movies I enjoy, any suggestions?

Head over here for two other movies I enjoyed!


What cancer can’t do

I love visiting my grandparents’. Now all that remains is a house that once carried the warmth my gama(grandma) and thatha(grandpa) generated. Yet, I still look forward to staying there when I get the chance because that is second home to me. The minute I step into the house memories of my happy days with my grandparents start gushing in, making it seem like it all happened yesterday.

Interesting enough, everytime I go there I come back with an interesting find. We don’t go there often but my uncles do visit every now and then. That explains the different arrangement of things everytime I go there. So, it’s never a bore going around the house and digging for treasures.

Last month I discovered something which got me all choked up. Well, I lost both my grandparents to the deadly fangs of cancer. They had to go through a lot of suffering and pain, It was tough watching all that as a kid but from what I saw I knew my grandparents were keeping a really good attitude through it all. They never failed to smile or to thank God.

What I found was my grandmother’s hand written note to herself. My grandmother was a bit of a researcher. Once she was diagnosed with cancer, she wanted to know all about it and started reading a good number of books about them. Most of them were medical books which stated the blatant truth plain and simple. All of us thought this could really depress her and we would not encourage her to get “too much” information.

But now as I read this note of hers, I am realising the more she knew about cancer, the more she trusted God and accepted her inability to change things. She was okay with not having control because she knew the One who was already in control.WP_20140625_001

WP_20140625_004I know it’s difficult to read, so let me type it out for you.

What cancer can’t do

I Corinthians 15:57 “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Even though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant.

Cancer is so limited.

It cannot cripple love

shatter hope

corrode faith

eat away peace

destroy confidence

kill friendship

shut out memories

silence courage

invade the soul

reduce eternal life

quench the spirit

lessen the power

of the resurrection.

If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted and you may have a great struggle. But if you keep trusting God’s love, your spirit will remain strong.

-Our greatest enemy is not disease but despair-

Micah 7:15

What can I say? Isn’t this just beautiful? I have no idea what she was feeling when she wrote this note to herself. Maybe she was reassuring herself of the Truth, or she was so much in pain that she wanted to take her mind off the depressing thoughts and focus on something good. I just don’t know. But this makes me cry and smile at the same time thinking what a lovely woman she was and how much she leaned on God.

Also makes me think, how often do we let little things disturb us and irritate us? In my case, very often! Easily, we lose sight of what our purpose actually is and let ourselves be carried away by temporary ills. Now as I think about them after reading this note, it all seems so crazy and stupid! This encourages me to live everyday with hope and happiness, not with anger and questions. If cancer can’t do any of the above, then none of my problems can!

It’s sweet how my grandmother teaches me things even after she’s gone ❤ I can never be thankful enough to God for her.


Here’s to more blogging!

Here I am again! Once again abandoned my blog for several months! Sigh! I’m beginning to hate myself for that! But now I’m here with pretty BIG news!

I’m officially out of Facebook and WhatsApp.Not just deactivated/uninstalled,just plain DELETED! Yes, it’s a huge plunge all of a sudden, but I did it and I’m sure I left many wondering why.delete

I have my reasons folks and I’m quite confident that they are the right ones. Lately I haven’t been blogging much. Haven’t been writing anything other than status updates. Haven’t been reading much. And haven’t had the pleasure of indulging in my much loved hobbies.And I miss doing all of that SO MUCH.

I see people who balance all of it-social media,blog,work etc. and I am amazed,but that’s just not me.I am just not ready.I haven’t learnt to juggle yet. So one fine morning I woke up and decided it’s time to get my priorities straight. Why I feel WhatsApp and Facebook have been hindrances to my blogging is, whenever I have something to share I take the short route and post it either in Facebook or constrain it in a short WhatsApp status update, making WordPress a forgotten child. But worry not WordPress, mommy is back!!!!

Oh how I’ve missed Encounter. Somehow after removing Facebook and WhatsApp I feel so light, like some burden lifted off my shoulders. But surely, someday I hope to have them back when I learn to balance everything quite well.Someday.But nowhere in the near future. Till then let me enjoy my blogging days! keep-calm-blogging

Having said all of that, I should admit I am soooo excited to be back blogging. And the thought that I’m going to be having plenty of time to do all the things that I love,is great!

Eventhough I had been thinking about it for quite some time, I finally decided to do it ‘coz of two things. One, a conversation with my friend when out of nowhere she mentioned, “Always have time to do what you love”. Wow! I just felt like those words were injected into me, like I needed them so much! Later that day, I read blogger Laura Beth’s final post “Goodnight,sweetheart” where she bid adieu to the blogosphere and went on to experience other adventures in life. Her blog was up and going, but still when she felt she had had enough, that’s it, she took that step. That really encouraged me to take my little big step too, out of social media and into the blogosphere. I had great posts, groups,conversations going in facebook and WhatsApp but yes, I’ve had enough. It may affect my blog’s reach too ‘coz I share my posts in Facebook and many follow the link and read my posts but that’s okay. Hopefully  my blog will interest more readers in the coming days. Anyway, even if only one or two read, I’m still going to be happy because I love writing.

Looking forward to reading and writing more! Here’s to more blogging 🙂

[UPDATE: After taking time away from social media for three months, I’m back to using them. I’ve learnt, atleast to some degree, how to balance stuff. Those three months were pure bliss!]

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should GO DO THEM.

Forward it or you’ll die!!!!

The title sounds familiar, doesn’t it???? You must have read it numerous times in ur text messages or your so called chain mails…This is the latest text message I received :” On May 9, we are celebrating mothers’ day..Pass this message to at least 2o people within 2 days..If you don’t ,it means you don’t love your mother and that you don’t deserve her….You will lose your mom soon if you break the chain and your love will leave you..Forward immediately.I love my mom”……

My!!!! I love my mom so much…but y this blackmail???? Isn’t love a sweet thing..y should sumone threaten you this way?..Isn’t love spontaneous..???? And guess what, I did not forward the message..That doesn’t mean I don’t love her…..I don’t have to prove it this way!!!!

On the other hand..THE CHAIN MAILS….I don’t forward them either..If all those threats have been true, I have been left by my love 15 times, killed , hospitalised 17 times and the best part is killed 20 times!!!! 🙂 and God is love to me..I don’t think He’ll leave me 4 not forwarding these mails or messages!!!