Still Holding On!

In my world of emptiness, 

You were the gleam of happiness, 

Those rays of hope, 

Were all I ever craved for. 

 

Receding my growing feelings, 

That never got to get kindled, 

How do I express the pain, 

Of this excruciating slain ?! 

 

Turning me numb, 

Making me lifeless, 

I struggle to get back, 

To my actual senses. 

 

Even before the sun rose, 

The night never really dawned, 

Behind the smile and composure, 

I carry dabbed tears alike. 

 

Wandering away from every thought, 

Reminiscing the minutest moment, 

You still somewhere lurk around, 

When moving on is the only ground. 

 

There are still questions abound, 

Spending days pondering around, 

Pacifying and looking for answers to, 

Why do I still hold on to you ?

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The Leap of Faith!

The beautiful gift which I prefer to call as ‘Life’ would definitely not be the same if it were predictable and worked the way we want. Predictability would have come from having things getting carved out the way we plan for our lives ahead. When this is what we often desire for and eagerly look forward to, which is when we overlook this wonderful facet of life which gives it its inherent beauty and its inherent meaning.  

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In this voyage, there are often times when we humans get entangled at the hands of destiny and our sought-after circumstances and it is an abrupt tendency to avoid facing the reality. There would be such trying times when we would hardly be wary of where we are heading to and what outcome an action of ours would bring about. There would be situations in which we are clueless and as such rendered helpless.   

When we find ourselves in situation(s) in which we no longer have any control of and it becomes too difficult to decipher which way to step ahead, the leap of faith comes into picture. The faith that things would ease out to the best of self not exactly knowing how they would, should be the core essence of our actions. Keeping ourselves moving in the right direction and in the righteous path is all we need to do. Keep holding on and do not yield easily. This is perhaps the time when we discover our true selves for our character that builds up during this time. It takes a great deal of courage and mindset to overcome our fears, which might pave a way to amazing thing(s) taking shape in life.  

If not positive, the result(s) would definitely be ‘peaceful’. After all, peace is such a rarity in this busy world we have built around ourselves. And who knows, happiness might just be at the doorstep!  ❤ 

 

 

Leadership – The Differentiator!

Whenever posed with the topic of Leadership, it was always instinctive that leadership is a trait that is inborn for great leaders are such rarity. And as such, we often encounter the so-called effective leadership programs especially if one is in the corporate world. Such programs often involve trainings, sessions, assessments and the like which the speaker mentions having hardly any visible progress on the employees, in spite of such heavy investments. This is what she seems to have heard from people around for she has spent around 25 years observing the leadership traits.  

This TED talk questions as to what makes a great leader ? And I am surprised to find how the speaker connected it to our attitude and character building. In a nutshell, it’s all about how we develop our personality and the outlook. A very obvious but not so easy to explain question has it simplified by the speaker in the form of three basic questions; 

Where are you looking to anticipate the next change to your business model or your life?  

The speaker further asks the viewer to introspect as to with whom one tends to spend time with. Experimentation and being ready for the days ahead in anticipation of likely changes is what distinguishes a great leader from others. A great leader is always ready to face the consequences who believes in action, rather than the reaction to unforeseen circumstances. In short, a great leader works towards shaping the future.

What is the diversity measure of your personal and professional stakeholder network? 

We often tend to develop a deep connection with people with whom we are comfortable. However, the test of a great and efficient leader is who can establish a good connection with people who are diversified and might not be easy to handle. The differences can be in lot of perspectives – biological, physical, functional, political, socio-economic and cultural. Despite the differences, a great leader is someone who can be connected with easily and hence be trustworthy. Great leaders perceive this as a great chance to identify different patterns because of the highly diverse network they develop and who could come up with myriad solutions. I personally think this is one of the biggest differentiators of a great leader from the rest. 

Are you courageous enough to abandon a practice that has made you successful in the past? 

This question roots back to the one in the above point for which the speaker says that a great leader tends to avoid a practice with which he/she has become familiar/comfortable with. Instead, he/she tries to experiment and accept being different. Such leaders who build the emotional stamina to withstand roadblocks are often seen as perpetrators of the ‘courageous leap’.  

When we, especially the Management students, are often taught about the differences between a Leader and a Manager, this talk perfectly breaks the flow. It made me question my inherent concepts on leadership and provoked me to introspect my inner self.  

Here’s the link to this interesting talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader 

The Future Of Early Cancer Detection !

Cancer – a topic which is close to my heart made me get started with the edition of TED Summaries from now on. I would like to sincerely thank a wonderful acquaintance and an amazing persona, Anusha Sridharan for having me getting involved in this beautiful collection.

We are no less aware of how prevalent the deadly disease, Cancer has come of age. We all must have had known someone close to us who in spite of having no bad habits and leading an almost perfect and healthy lifestyle, get hold of this disease. And by the time the symptoms appear, it’s generally Stage 3 or Stage 4 which makes the case even more difficult to treat and have the patient recover completely. The speaker says at least one in three get diagnosed with some or the other type of Cancer and one in four dies from this.

The biggest challenge with Cancer detection is that symptoms appear late. Even though we have had an advancement in the treatment procedures, we still use the old techniques when it is the time for detection, especially once the symptoms start to show their forms.

The speaker along with his fellow scientists who hail from Chile, Panama, Mexico, Israel, and Greece came up with a vision to have a way to detect cancer in the early stages itself. For, this is when a patient has the highest chances of complete recovery.

Since Cancer is altered gene regulation, they came up with a technique that deals with the molecular level of detection using the concept of ‘MicroRNAs’. RNAs are the ones producing the requisite proteins for myriad bodily functions and MicroRNAs are the intermediary to produce them. The MicroRNAs are highly sensitive small regulatory gene expressions.

The speaker further adds that since no two cancers are alike, there would be a unique molecular pattern pertaining to each type. The challenge is that the existing DNA technology cannot be used for the nucleotides are smaller than the DNA and that all are very similar making it difficult to differentiate.

As such, they came up with a model that used data science, a 3D printed device, and microbiology. All we need is around 1 ml of blood and this tool. The working prototype showed that the detection takes around 60 minutes of time to detect the MicroRNAs in the sample via chemical reactions, match with the various cancer patterns and predict the type. Currently, this has successfully detected pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and hepatic cancer.

This method would be open source for the goal is to make the detection easier, cheaper, reliable, accurate and affordable.

All in all, this talk simply blew my mind for the vision and the efforts that must have been put in to come up with such brilliance that has the potential to change the way Cancer is perceived in the society. We need more such advancements for us to conquer this traumatic disease.

The link to this talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/jorge_soto_the_future_of_early_cancer_detection#t-665370

The Road Less Taken!

I was reminded of the famous poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’ when I happened to get a glimpse of this book and wondered what would be so special about this book for the title had already caught my attention. And here, I am just done with this wonderful book by Dr. Scott Peck.

The most distinguishing factor about this non-fiction is the mindblowing way a Psychiatrist can so beautifully weave the pages of a book such as this. This book talks about the major facets of life while diving deep into explaining them out the way he gets to perceive through his practice of Psychiatry. There are lot many instances he puts on the paper to study human behavior and derive conclusions hidden therein. Ultimately, this book will somehow make us introspect the hidden persona we all carry within and make us think the way we tend to behave under different circumstances.

The writing is very simple, to the point, keeps the reader hooked to it and makes him/her look forward to the next section ahead.

Few of the lines from the book that particularly caught my attention;

“The feeling of being valuable-“I am a valuable person”-is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.”

“Some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline, we can solve all problems.”

“Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful.”

“Love is the free exercise of choice. Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but choose to live with each other.”

“It is true that love involves a change in the self, but this is an extension of the self rather than a sacrifice of the self.”

“Genuine love is a self-replenishing activity.”

“The essence of life is change, a panoply of growth and decay.”

“The highest forms of love are inevitably totally free choices and not acts of conformity.”

“One’s feelings are the source of one’s energy; they provide the horsepower, or slave power, that makes it possible for us to accomplish the tasks of living.”

A must-read book for sure for everyone from all age-groups.

A Letter To The Special Person In Our Lives!

Mummy,

Over the years that have gone by, I always realized that I am your reflection. I see parts of yourself in me in myriad circumstances which just leave me awestruck.

But deep down, I have known that you are the greatest blessing in disguise for us. I have had my share of rantings, scoldings, tears of joy and when in pain, that have only made my journey with you worthwhile. I still recall the calmness of sleeping beside you that just put all my worries at bay. I am highly indebted to the wonderful and amazing persona in you which always strives to thrive for her kids and family. The way you understood me when everyone else around is only busy judging for no apparent reason(s), has only left me surprised and mesmerized that elevated my levels for respect for you.

It is because of you I am here that I stand as an independent woman whose source of never-ending inspiration would be no other person, but you. Those untiring efforts for our best health and happiness convey us your unconditional love towards us. You are my role model and my motivation to live on and be capable of love.

I sincerely apologize for all the misunderstandings, rantings and hurting moments that were never intentional. I might have never expressed, but I would like you to know that you are my most precious treasure in life! 🙂

“Thank you” is simply not enough for all the years of love you showered upon us.

A big salute to all the Mothers out there and wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Let’s count each moment spent with our Mothers as special and stay blessed! ❤

A Perfect Way To Start A Day!

A long pending post that I finally get to pen down here!  

A very obvious startle to the theme today would, of course, be exercise and/or yoga. True that and this is what the World Health Day 2017 made me realize in the sense that actually prompted me to bring more discipline in my life. On a friend’s suggestion, I got curious and interested enough to join Anahata Yoga’s exclusive session on doing 108 Surya Namaskars on a fine Sunday morning.   

Surya Namaskar - The Postures

And that had me join the troupe of almost 160-170 people from different age groups gathering at one place at 7 in the morning with the booster from the Anahata team to kick start and finish the 108 rounds of the Surya Namaskars. Ah! This was something that was going to be such a strenuous session that I didn’t anticipate. Anyway, the energy and vibes all around were so positive enough to have made me actually get close to the 108 figure. The team had quite a handful of people who were motivating us all along and helping us with all the 12 postures in each set. And they were there to push us when we felt tired and left behind. The vibrations, the postures, and the relaxation left after doing all these sets added to an experience that just made my day.   

I learned how these postures actually made the entire body undergo stretching and exercise. They were instrumental in bringing about the energy I felt I had lost owing to the daily chores. Even after all the muscle strain and the body pains, I found I was full of life and energy like never before! I had been rarely this active any day. Ah! The freshness and the mental peace this exercise left me with have pushed me to incorporate this simple yet so powerful technique in my day-to-day life. 

The Surya Namaskars are a great way to relieve stress and anxiety as well. There is a lot of research and technicalities behind this age-old practice, but yes are worth making a habit. These postures even help in reducing weight.   

So, this was meant to spread awareness about how we ourselves can make difference to our lives with all the small things, acts, and habits in life!  🙂