Growing up

Long shot

“Advice is like mushrooms. The wrong kind can prove fatal” Charles E McKenzie

Have you noticed anything else apart from the wide tree trunk and thick roots being exposed before they enter the earth below?

I shall tell.

In between the tree roots, you can notice those tiny white mushrooms, some are about to grow and some are already grown.

When you notice growing mushrooms on a tree trunk or root, is it a good sign or a bad sign?

I understand that it’s a bad sign, probably the tree is going to die.

The innocent-looking Mushroom can be lethal to this gigantic tree as time passes.

“Nature for me is raw and dangerous and difficult and beautiful and unnerving” Andy Goldsworthy

Close shot

The close up view below shows the beautiful design of these mushrooms.

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom” Thomas Carlyle

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Sunday Gem

A proverb is a simple truth based on common sense or perceived truth.

Many times, proverbs can confuse you if you don’t use them in a context.

Are proverbs and quotes the same?

Both are different my friend.

A proverb is a wise thought in terms of wisdom in the form of general truth.

Every culture has its own set of proverbs.

Every language has its own proverbs.

The exact meaning cannot be translated appropriately from one language into another language.

A quote is the repetition of someone’s thoughts.

The author of a proverb is unknown whereas most of the quote’s origins are traceable to someone.

Which is superior? Proverb or quote?

I don’t know.

My guess is both are meaningful.

“Proverbs are mental gems, gathered in the diamond districts of the mind” William Rounseville Alger

Adding to further confusion, we have other words like idiom, adage, aphorism and phrase.

I understand that the word ‘Saying’ covers most of these terminology.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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you were born to be real, not to be perfect

Perfect definition

Being perfect means, flawless or being entire without defect or fault. There is no blemish. It also means precise or accurate.

Is perfectionism possible? (as humans)

I can bet in this regard.

My friend, perfection is impossible and don’t ever strain to be perfect all the time.

Society expects you to be perfect all the time

To be perfect at any cost is ingrained in our society.

There is nothing wrong with trying to be perfect.

A civilised society needs this.

It’s a good thing and a much-required habit.

You by being perfect, the society is benefitted.

Parents want children to be perfect.

Couples expect each other to be perfect.

Being perfect one can maintain the freshness and quality of things.

The mind becomes stronger and content.

Perfection gives you satisfaction and recognition in society.

But society has dual standards

The problem with the people is that even if you are perfect, they find fault in you.

Society wants you to be a Utopian in all the fields.

If you are not perfect, you are treated as a waste.

The sad part is people expect you to be perfect when they themselves are not perfect!

What is that I am trying to impress?

My friend, perfectionism is not possible.

Attaining perfection is an illusion.

By expecting perfectionism, either you hurt yourself or others.

My friend, life itself is not perfect and we all know this truth.

Know these simple rules

✔By trying to be perfect you forget the ‘present”

✔The thought of perfection creates more pain than joy.

✔All of us are far from being perfect which includes you & me.

✔The people next to you are far from perfect since they enjoy your imperfections all the time.

✔The world we live in is far from perfect. Nature shows its imperfection in many ways, you may call calamities or disasters or Natures revenge etc.

What does this mean?

Take home message

Since life itself is not perfect, my advice is to stop chasing happiness by trying hard to be perfect.

Don’t be hard on yourself.

It’s OK to be imperfect.

“I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.”  Kerry Washington

Dear friend, I have a question for you

Thanks for reaching this point.

Are you able to adjust your life with the imperfections of others, be your spouse, children, relatives or friends?

Or do you love to correct their imperfection?

What are your thoughts?

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Saturday Saying

“One of the main concerns of philosophy is to warn people against jumping to conclusions.” Jostein Gaarder

Assumptions…assumptions and assumptions…

“If others tell us something we make assumptions,

And if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfil our need to know and replace the need to communicate.

Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions.

We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions”  Miguel Ruiz

Assume vs Presume

Though they sound to convey the same meaning, they are different, my friend.

Assume– is take it for granted without any evidence or proof. You are guilty of overconfidence.

Presume– here somebody takes an educated guess based on a piece of reasonable evidence or proof.

Maybe the assumption is more dangerous than presumption?

When you are not sure which word to use, think of the level of certainty involved.

If there is some amount of certainty, you can use the word ‘presume’.

Types of assumptions

Assumptions can be positive or negative.

The majority proceeds with ‘negative assumptions’ and either suffer or are embarrassed in the process.

In ‘positive assumption’ – you assume the best and try to make that assumption true.

Assumption possibilities

We are human and the assumption is our nature, and none can help anybody.

In many situations, the assumption is instantaneous, a sort of being judgmental, and mostly negative.

Hundreds of examples can be given. I shall just mention a few.

Assumptions are extremely common among relationships since things are taken for granted!

  • Assumption based on appearance
  • Assumption based on colour
  • Assuming that everyone you meet is a b*****d or b***h
  • Assuming that all are selfish
  • When a brother & sister walking together you assume they are lovers.
  • Assuming that everybody is full of BS
  • Whenever things go wrong, it’s because of other peoples fault
  • People are unreasonable
  • Life is full of s**t based on your experience
  • Assuming things based on a belief system

How to avoid assumptions?

It’s impossible to avoid assumptions. But one can try.

  • Check first whether it’s true or false
  • Question more
  • communicate properly
  • Stop controlling your life (false beliefs)
  • Being mindful- in other words, realise that it’s only an assumption and not to jump to conclusions

Take home message

“When you ass-u-me, you make an ASS out of U and ME”   unknown

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Pull up a seat

You are welcome to this tiny island with a tree, a lovely lawn with just one comfortable chair.

You can bring your bottles.

Unfortunately, you alone can occupy this island.

If you bring anybody with you, they only can swim around watching you enjoy Nature!

Better not to invite anybody.

“You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful River” Jim Harrison


Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Thursday Thoughts

Rules of Life

“By the time you learn the rules of life, you’re too old to play the game” Grenville Kleiser

How many rules are there in our life?

I am sure many rules are there in life starting from 3 to 5 to 7 to 10 to 75 to… So many other hundreds of golden rules.

Then you have basic rules of life.

These are all written rules.

What about the unwritten rules? How many are there ?

Somebody jokingly said these unwritten rules are infinite!

Is it possible to lead our life without rules?

I doubt very much.

It leads chaos and confusion.

But majority love-no rules and want freedom.

But then freedom comes with responsibility.

You are tensed because you have a responsibility to fulfil.

you lose your peaceful time.

How to get peaceful life? ( Just 2 rules)

My friend, just follow these two rules.

“Two rules for a peaceful life:

Depression in failure should never go to heart,

And ego in success should never go to the brain”

Dr.A.P.J.Abdul. Abdul Kalam

Are you aware of the basic rules of life? (Just 2 rules)

“Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change” W.Edwards Deming

Take home message (Just 1 rule)

“The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”
George Bernard Shaw

My unasked advice (Don’t miss reading)

✔Keep calm and follow the rules.

✔Smile, you don’t own all the problems in the world.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Don’t disturb, It’s Mehndi time!

“Mehndi, something which makes my hand beautiful” Madiha Hayaat

What is Mehndi?

Mehndi is a form of body art.

It’s a temporary skin decoration drawn on hands or legs.

Decorative designs are created on the person’s body using henna paste.


You can call it a temporary tattoo.

What is Henna?

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Henna Tree (Lawsonia Inermis)

Due to its cooling properties, people from warmer climates (the Indian subcontinent and Africa) have been using this paste.

In Hinduism, the tradition mehndi forms one of the sixteen bridal adornments.

I am not sure whether westerners tried this art and if so they like it.

How long Henna stays on the body?

Henna dye tends to last approximately two weeks.

Once the Henna artist applies the paste on your body, keep the paste for four hours to get the stain.

Afterwards take off the paste.

Henna should not get wet for the first 24 hours. So after removing the paste, please don’t wash your hands.

The colour of the initial stain is dark orange and after 48 hours it turns to dark mahogany and i bet, you love this stain.

Traditional saying about Mehndi

It’s said that the darker the stain left by the mehndi on the body parts (hands & legs), the more love the bride will receive from her future husband and in-laws and leads a happy life.

And what about Mehndi Party?

I tell you, you love it!

Mehndi party is a pre-wedding celebration.

The most joyous occasion.

Typically done before the wedding day and held in the bride’s home.

A large wedding can see almost 200 women taking part.

As far as the party is concerned it’s said to be the woman power.

Customarily only women from both sides of the aisle attend.

Be prepared to have mehndi applied to you too.

Artists with henna paste are ready to apply mehndi to your hands.

As a foreigner, did you attend any of these Mehndi parties?

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Wednesday Wisdom


“Nothing endures but change”  Heraclitus

They say change is the way of life and accept it…

How much of your life is changed in the true sense, my friend?

Why ‘change’ happens at all?

Can’t it be constant especially in ‘love matter’?

Relationships change, friendships change, love varies, location changes and you are not sure what is going to change!

What are your thoughts?

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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