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Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi (Movie: Masoom) Guitar cover

It's been quite some time since i have shot and uploaded any cover. Why? Watch the above video and you will get the answer. Yes, you got it right. It's a trick to get you watch my performance. Hope you will enjoy it.

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Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #2 (Oct 13th 2018)

Continuing the joy of sharing, learning about life and meeting new people, we finally finished Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza yesterday on a very positive note.
We did the first day of the workshop the previous day i.e. Friday. Read the details before you plunge in here:
Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)
Second day started on a bright note as well. All 8 of participants sat down to continue learning more about life management. This day saw more of an action under the careful supervision of Mr. Wilson where we did many activities. You will get to know further in the post. Today was about understanding and learning the rest 2 of the 4 facets of life:
3. Know it (or, #Knowit) 4. Do it (or, #Doit)
Once again, before we get down with details, read about the first day to be able to understand life management better: 
Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)
One of highlights about Mr. Wilson,…

Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)

They say when you seek for it, you get it.
On October 4th (Thursday), i attended a wonderful seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza (click to read the post). It was 1.5 hours long and i got to learn and evaluate many aspects of life.
Since good things hardly stop but take a considerate pause, the same seminar is being organized on a more elaborate level this weekend i.e. Oct 12th - Oct 13th as a two days workshop. i have taken part in it. Where previous session was free, this one, however, is paid. 
So this post is on accounts of yesterday's session where Mr. Wilson walked us through two of the four seemingly important facets of life:
Find itPlan it When all the participants were seated in a cozy but enclosed chamber of Coffee Masters, Mr. Wilson took the helm with what i like to call a smooth start, asking each one of us  - Why?
Why do you want to attend this seminar?
A perfect question to understand the audience and then deliver the expecta…

3 Tips to Get Better at Guitar

First some good news. My recent blog post has made it to the front page of Indians In Kuwait aka IIK, Kuwait's largest portal for expats. i am grateful and honored to have this opportunity. To read, click on the below link:
Priyanka Baranwal's Article on Indians In Kuwait
Now let's dive into the subject we have gathered here for. i have uploaded guitar covers and tutorials here. Have scripted my journey as well but no article on how to get better at playing it.

But let's end it here. i am going to share 3 amazing practical tips on how to get better at guitar. i have been learning guitar since 3 years and now in the position to dispense some wisdom that has helped me evolve over time.
1. Keep it tuned
Can you sing good with cough and cold? No? That's what i thought.
If you don't tune your guitar, it'll affect its voice too. This is the first thing i learned in my guitar class (India). Always and always keep your guitar in Standard Tuning before start playing.…

Seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza

Last Friday we had the opportunity to attend 5th Dinkar Divas Celebration by Maurya Kala Parisar 2018.  The day turned into a memorable one.
In the same league, i was looking forward to do something exciting this weekend again. Turned out, there was a seminar being held at Gurukul, a place near to my house, on life management. What can i say? Problem solved.
The event was titled as Free seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson  D'souza. Let me put its motto as it was mentioned:

Dinkar Divas celebration by Maurya Kala Parisar at Indian Embassy 2018

Quite recently we attended 5th Dinkar Awards Ceremony and Hindi Divas rolled into one on Friday Sept. 28th 2018 organized by Maurya Kala Parisar (MKP) with support of India Embassy, Kuwait. The day celebrates the birthday of Indian National Poet (Rashtrakavi) Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (Sept. 23rd). Hindi Divas falls on Sept. 14th.

Click to know about Embassy of India, Kuwait

Click to know about Maurya Kala Parisar, Kuwait
Three things to mention: i am an Indian. My mother language is Hindi, andi am in Kuwait i.e. away from IndiaNeedless to say, i was eager to see the day unfold itself. We are also a part of MKP, Kuwait and have attended a few of their programs earlier but when it came down to attend Hindi Divas, a day dedicated to our mother language, there was no way i was going to give this particular event a miss. After all, who would want to miss out on listening to the sweetness of their mother language?

Life is a continuous learning - An interview with Ms. Lidia Al Qattan (Creator of Mirror House, Kuwait)

It happens rarely but when it does, it lasts forever.
A couple of weeks ago i met Ms Lidia Al Qattan, the creator and owner of Mirror House in Kuwait. We visited the house not knowing what to expect but once we stood before the gate, the peripheral walls were only the hint of what laid inside. The interior of the house is heavily embellished with mirror pieces encasing birds, planets, stories and what not. Be it floors, walls, ceilings or even the staircase, Mirror House, Kuwait is a stunning piece of creativity but the bigger surprise arrived when i interviewed Ms. Lidia at the end of the tour. Turns out, she is more magnificent than the house itself.
Read Our Visit to Mirror House, Kuwait

My mother, i and the evening tea time

There is a beauty in every moment. We just need to discover it.
Take tea time for example. It's quite a simple slot of the day. Put a pan on stove, add ingredients, let it brew, strain and enjoy. Or better, if someone else does the whole process for you and you still end up with a perfect cuppa. But as i said, there is a beauty in every moment if you wish to see it. Tea time happens to be actually one of the most special times of the day for me.

An evening in Mirror House, Kuwait

Note: To know more about the house, click anywhere on its name.

We visited Mirror House here on last Friday evening. Unlike other tourist places in Kuwait, you need to take an appointment first because Mirror House is a private property owned and managed by Ms. Lidia Qattan. 
i had my share of speculations before the visit. 
How would it be? Why it is called Mirror House? Is it entirely made of mirror pieces? Well, that feels like an impossible thing to exist. Are we expected to see mirrors all over, same types we have in our home, plain and framed? A house can never be made entirely of mirrors, can it? Anyway...
We reached at around 4:05 but once we stood there facing the entrance, we were thrilled by the sheer creativity put on display. There are mirrors all over, put and glued together in various forms like birds, animals, stars... It was totally awesome! You can see it in the movie above. You can only imagine the interior just by staring at the magnificence of the gate and walls a…

Hindi Diwas Special: Mayapuri, my first novel

14th September is celebrated as Hindi Diwas nationwide. Since Hindi is my mother language, i wanted to share something unique, something special. After a little bit of thinking, diving deep into memories, i found the historical moment: Mayapuri
It's not an scholastic book but my first novel. Mayapuri is written by the popular author, Shivani. i guess i was fourteen or fifteen when i had finished reading this. i don't remember who had recommended it to me back then but till to this date, i am grateful to that person for handing me over such a marvel. Mayapuri is still as close to my heart as it was on the day i had closed the book after finishing the last page. The story of Shobha and Satish had found a permanent home in my heart.

The unpredictability

There was this movie airing on &Prive (as in and pree-vey) today's morning. This channel is for those 'who feelthe other side'. That's it's punch line. Truly speaking, i don't see the other side but am often tuned only to feel it, if there is any. Bottom line, it's one of my favorites.
Despite of telling myself not to switch on TV, i did nevertheless and sat down with my plate. i actually settled for the screen only hoping to see a good movie. Turned out, the channel was airing one and it had started just 10 minutes ago.
The movie name is The Lovers. The info of the movie intrigued me. i usually avoid romance genre but there was something about the gist that made me continue watching.

How to manage two jobs at the same time.

i am an author and a musician. Writing and music are an immense part of my life. If it wasn't for the love of writing, i'd never be able to see my names on books and if it wasn't for my passion about guitar, i'd not be into music. And i am grateful that i get to do both at the same time.
While doing both is wonderful, and extremely rich in experience and learning, the other side of truth is, that it's far more frustrating than rewarding. i am often puzzled on organizing my day with both. Both are expansive, like a sky full of stars or, a mother's heart. There is no end but various intricacies involved. 
Yet i do but more importantly, i succeed. How? Let's talk some of the ways i deploy to get the two of the most difficult jobs in the world done at the same time. This may come across as something important to you as well.

#1. Compartmentalize 
Even bigger is the hard work you have to commit into doing two jobs at once. Compartmentaliz…

The recent tragedy of my life

After a long time, i got to play my guitar. The feeling is indescribable. The little clip belongs to last evening.

A jaunt at Camino Island

Just a couple of days back i returned from Camino Island. Short vacation but totally worth my time.
Just FYI, Camino Island is the latest book i finished reading two days ago. It's written by the legendary John Grisham and if i go by the name i have crowned him with after finished this book, he'd be Leopard Grisham. Why? You'll get to know soon.

10 people. 10 lessons. 1 Question. - Teacher's Day Special

We respect our teachers and mentors and when it's a day of perfect excuse to recall each one of them, we call it Teacher's Day.
September 5th is celebrated as teacher's Day in India, however, the date varies per country. In Malaysia, it's May 16th. New Zealand's is on October 29th. Germany's falls on October 5th along with UAE and UK. Where this day falls on last Friday of October in Australia, USA celebrates the occasion for 7 days during Teacher's Appreciation Week (First full week of May). 
For the whole list, click here.

Regardless of the country, history and the duration to celebrate Teacher's Day, one teacher is common among all: Time. Time is the biggest teacher and probably that's why this idea struck me yesterday. Instead of talking about my school/college mentors or thanking my parents like every year, i decided to select 10 people to whom i'd ask 1 question. There were higher probabilities of variation in their responses. Hence, 10 l…

Wait for the closure

For the whole day i kept waiting anticipating anytime now only it didn't happen even until five the time when i made my mind then carved the closure quietly inside;
it's funny how you get close  to some closures within a day for some are strange, stubborn not coming near even after a long year may be they have decided to forever stray!

Let's pray for our haters

Imagine you have a small baby who has just learned to crawl. You don't have to imagine if you are already dealing with one. Now, that baby has just learned to move and it has become the greatest adventure of his little life so far. Where he was fixed at one spot all the time, moving around and exploring things have turned to be no less than doing the world tour to him. The home, by all means, is the world to a baby.

"Do you think women are not strong?" - Janmashtami special post

i had settled down to practice a song on my guitar but thought to share Janmashtami wishes on my pages first. Janmashtami is basically celebrated as the birth date of Hindu god, Shri Krishna. The day, every year, celebrates the innocence of childhood through out India.
And, i'd also like to share a little morning event that happened recently.

How to use mobile phones 3 times smarter?

Whenever i read an interview of any celebrity, one question often pops up:
What are the three things you don't leave your home without?
In all the answers, mobile phone was the constant inclusion. i don't blame them for i too would say - Money, mobile and house keys - if ever i am asked the same.

My books in Jarir, Egaila branch, Kuwait

There could be no better way to begin the weekend than to see my books in another of Jarir bookstore here. 
Each branch of Jarir bookstore is huge! Be it electronics, books, gift items, household articles (not groceries), stationary, bags, toys, coffee and decorative items, Jarir is one stop for tasteful shoppers and readers to spend hours in a corner holding a book over a cup of coffee. For more information, click here: Jarir Bookstore.
After brunch, we headed to have a look at our books. Such moments are worth capturing.

If you're a novelist, you will know what these sights mean. They mean the endless amount of hard work, ruthless discipline, mind churning over the nuances, nerve cracking editing rounds, second and then third doubts, dark circles under puffy eyes, multiple attacks of anxiety and panic, list of suggestions, loss of hope and then picking up the pace...there go so many things behind creating a book. And seeing two books altogether in a bookstore like Jarir, that&#…

5 things you must do like today

i am saying today, and not right now because the things i am going to share here usually do not come easy to do in an instant. They take determination and constant attention to achieve. Therefore, twenty four hours are better to take action than an hour or so.

1. Trust yourself more than others
Okay, a no-brainer for you. Who is that one person you know the best of all? His/her virtues, drawbacks, achievements, failures, next move, previous moves, memories, plans, hobbies, likes and dislikes, favorites? It's neither your partner nor any of your family members and best friends. It's YOU.

When you know yourself the best, it makes sense to trust yourself the most. Agreed that human nature is unpredictable and works on impulse at times but still, you are best at knowing where to go and what to do next. So trust yourself more than anyone in this world. At the end, you can praise or blame yourself to the account of the actions taken. No complaints but pure honesty.

2. Look outside
Do …

21 Myths of Child Abuse #2: 10 Myths busted

In the second and final video of Myths about Child Abuse, I've busted 10 more myths (total of 21 myths by now. Refer to the Part 1 video shared at the end of this post): 12. Silence is the solution 13. Abuser is a bad person 14. Educated people cannot be the abuser 15. Abused will turn into an abuser 16. Child abuse happens only in poor families/rural areas 17. Abused was abused in his/her childhood 18. Children are safe at home 19. Disabled children are safer than normal ones 20. Child abusers do not discriminate 21. Child Abuse is a lie Let's bust all the myths and destroy the monster called child abuse. Together, we can.

Watch Child Abuse Myths Part 1