Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Review of Dear Zindagi



Can we figure out why some people make the choices in life that they do? Not really. Because we don’t know what goes inside them. Because we don’t know their wounds and what hurt them.

Well, ‘Dear Zindagi’ is a film about real people. Real people, the ones who are not perfect. The ones who have flaws and can be impulsive, break down, insincere, vulnerable yet loving and ingenuous.

'Dear Zindagi' revolves around Kaira (Alia Bhatt), the budding cinematographer who is good at her work. She wants to be recognized for her talent and not because someone finds her hot. She looks confident but she has insecurities and thus her love life gets complicated. Finally confused Kaira seeks professional help from an unconventional therapist, Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan). 

Here are the reasons of why should you watch Dear Zindagi..
  • It is not a typical Bollywood movie. The movie tries to put emphasis on the importance of mental health in the lightest and simplest manner.
  • His Gorgeousness Shahrukh Khan is in a very sober role and plays his age. Still he is looking so very hot.. when he is fixing the bicycles.. when he is sitting on the chair cross-legged, when he is listening to his patient so calmly, when he is playing with the waves on the beach… :D
  • For the discussions that are witty and insightful.. For the lessons like playing with waves is not a game but life itself .. and beautiful dialogues like,        o   Don’t let the past blackmail the present to spoil a beautiful future       o   Genius is about knowing when to stop
  • The movie doesn’t judge Kaira or the men in her life. It simply tells that Kaira is messed-up.
  • And then the movie also tells why is she messed-up. There is a backstory to it. And when I watched it, I felt like getting the answer to why some people make the choices that they do. And, any real person in life can be messed-up. It’s not that a big deal.
  • Last but not the least, watch this movie for one of the best performances of Alia Bhatt. She played all the emotions very well.
Why you shouldn’t watch this movie
  • If emotions hurt you
  • If you have the habit of finding logic in every small thing. For example, Dr. Jehangir Khan tells about his state of profession while addressing quite mature audience in the hotel.
  • If you think expressionless jokes from Alia won’t make you smile
  • Last but not the least, if you usually disapprove any movie just because you find it cool to say that you don’t like SRK.. :D
Overall it’s a good watch. I loved SRK in the film and without Alia Bhatt this movie couldn’t have been what it is..

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's My Birthday Blog!

Midnight Cake (Thanks to loving husband & awesome friends)


Its 12:35 AM, 8th Feb 2016. 

Goodbye 27, Hi 28! Only two years short of turning 30.

Age is just a number and I am Ok revealing it. (Not so girly? It's fine, I never was.)
Time is going faster than ever. Never mind as long as it's pleasant.
I couldn't stop myself from writing this post which made me look back and think of good or not-so-good things happened in last one year. I realized I am one of the tremendously blessed child of God. I don't spend lot of time with him yet he makes sure I get everything.

A Recap of Last Year
  • Professional Goals

    Got a decent growth which made the efforts put in career worth it. #FirstTimeHOD (Number 1 goal achieved. What next? Saving this for another post.)
  • Personal Goals

    a) Lost weight then gained weight - End result is I failed here.
         Need to start again from scratch.

    b) I understood it's Ok not to fight every battle. How did it help? 
    It helped me save lot of my time and energy. I consciously started doing this and now I am aware from within. Hence passed this.

    c) Family Goals - Managed to keep up with the title of a doting daughter, 
    adorable daughter-in-law and a good wife for another year. No major crisis hence passed it all. Besides this I didn't have anything major here considering a big change in career.
             [God Damn, have you heard of striking a work-life balance?
             Me: Yes, I have.. but isn't it supposed to be a myth? :p]
        
          d) I became far more organized this year.
              But I feel this is somehow the outcome of a big career change #FirstTimeHOD.
              I am now a morning person. And also try & do 90% of the things on or before time.    

          e) And I dare say I became a content Ninja this year.
              Published highest number of posts (26) this year.
              This number includes content posted on my blog, guest posts and LinkedIn Pulse.
              Few well-appreciated posts were 1, 2, 3.

What do I wish for coming year
I am quite happy with the way this year passed and thank God for an amazing life.
Though like any normal human being, I still have a list of things which I want this year. However as someone said, "Set some goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the shit out of them. Then clap for your damn self."
So I roger the golden words for now.

What else?
Well happiness is being interested in big things and happy with small things.
I will keep loving, chasing and accepting whatever God has planned for me.

And now,
it's your turn. Give me any random thought or update on life in comments.
Stay tuned. Thanks for reading till the end.

Wishing you a Happy Day. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

#ValentinesDay Inspired SEO Quotes



My love for SEO knows no bound. And this love is growing every year. I am sure the way good things are happening at this end, the relationship is not one-sided. This Valentine's Day I am going to Publicly Display Affection for my eternal love by customizing some quotes:

Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.
Nicholas Sparks

Romance is thinking about competition's strategy, when you are supposed to be thinking about yours.

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

For it was not the number of links, but the quality. It was not the number one rank but traffic.

I do not want horses or diamonds - I am happy in possessing you.
Clara Schumann

I do not want off page or links - I am happy possessing UX.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

I'd rather have content and user experience than off page strategy.

When love is not madness, it is not love.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

When SEO is not madness, it is not SEO.

While working on Valentine's Day Gifting Project (Seasonal SEO), I came across this idea of creating customized quotes for something or someone you love or passionate about. Try this out for your passion of life. :)

Originally published on LinkedIn

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Spread Happiness & Joy with #BagOfJoy

My First #BagOfJoy 
It's 31st December Eve and I am excited to initiate #BagOfJoy Campaign by filling My Bag Of Joy with good condition clothes, handbags and few eatables. I will keep it with me on my way to office or whenever commuting on slightly longer distances with opportunity to help someone.
I pledge to share stuff from this bag if I find someone needy on my way.
This all started when I saw a friend practicing this. She does this with her daughter to encourage her for sharing and helping others. And her six years daughter's words,"Mumma, if everyone will share things, everyone will have everything" touched me.
Let's come together to create a world where everyone should have basic things if not everything.
Selfie with #BagOfJoy
I will be glad if I am able to inspire you to join this campaign. And if you do so, please feel free to share your joyous moments and pictures or selfies with me on mybagofjoy@gmail.com or neha.08feb@gmail.com . 
If you are reading this, I invite you to fill your #BagOfJoy with stuff for needies and share happiness.
Also invite your friends to participate and let the World become a better place for everyone.
You may also join the official Facebook Page for updates on latest happenings  and news https://www.facebook.com/MyBagOfJoy/ 
Alternatively you may read the blog https://mybagofjoy.wordpress.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2015

In Conversation with Nicole Deinzer, Wonderful Blogger from Oakland, California

Internet has shrunk the World a billion miles. With new technologies and social in place, today its way too easier to connect with like-minded people across boundaries and geographies.

Well I think I was destined to land on the beautiful blog, Epifania by Nicole.

Nicole Deinzer, a blogger from Oakland, California who believes it is okay to not to go down a "traditional path" and sometimes it's better to build your own path.
After reading few of her blogs, I knew what I wanted. I wanted to get in touch with the lady behind the blog. Without delaying, I shot an email to her. :)

And the beauty of technology is today I am presenting her inspiring blogging journey in Oakland on my blog in India.


©Nicole Moreno-Deinzer

What is Epifania all about?

In Nicole's words, In life we learn who we are, what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong after 'epifanias'. Every section on the blog is meant to showcase those many epifanias.

How Nicole's Blogging Journey started?                                                  
                    
Nicole: I had always written frequently since I was in seventh grade. I wrote everything from yearbook and newspaper articles to short stories and poems during school days.
In 2013 I found myself at a crossroad. My husband and I were planning our wedding and I was beyond happy that I was going to take this next step. But I was at a job that, although financially beneficial, took an emotional toll on me. During this time, I realized that I had stopped writing.
I wanted to bring this part of me back, so in 2013 I opened up my laptop and started writing about my wedding planning adventures.
That was the start of Epifania.

The Fear & How Nicole got over it..

Nicole: Initially just like most writers, I feared that no one would read what I wrote.
Sending out Survey to friends and key people in my network helped me overcome my fear..
To overcome the fear, I decided to do a survey. I sent survey to my friends and key people in my network. It helped me in two ways:
  • understanding their thoughts on my writing
  • what topics they expect me to write about

Based on this I made a few decisions.

1) Stick to what I know

No one is going to read anything you write if they think you don’t know what you are talking about. I continued to write about relationships because people trust in Nick (my husband) and my relationship.

2) created a content layout for my blog

Apart from relationships, I added book reviews because people in my close circle knew I read a lot of novels and biographies and thus I could do justice with the reviews.

Scaled ahead..

Nicole: After a few months, I again started to interview close friends. I was overwhelmed to look at the positive responses. People were very supportive of my blog and writing. I was pleasantly surprised when they said that they like my writing. :)
And then the online magazine Epifania ventured into fashion & style  when I started getting compliments on my own style.


©Nicole Moreno-Deinzer
The Most Important lesson learnt..

Nicole: Write what people think you are in an expert in.
I cannot write about parenting or homeschooling as those topics are not associated with my personal brand even if I think I have a lot to say about these topics.

Learning on the way..

Nicole: I have made mistakes along the way. I have written articles that were not true to my voice or did an interview but didn’t post the article. Oh so many mistakes, but it’s all a learning process.
Just the other night, I had to watch a video on how to use copyrighted songs in a YouTube video. Earlier this year, my sister gave me a tutorial on Snapchat.  Even if  you are not planning to create a business with your writing, you need an editor.

Each of my blog pieces go through two rounds of edits before they are published. Originally I did not want an editor because I was protective of my work, but having people look over my work and give it a second eye is as important as creating the right content to begin with. I never thought writing would take me this far. But it has. Always write. Always believe in your voice because no one else has your voice.

Final Thoughts on blogging..

Nicole: Everyone tends to think, blogging is just writing.  Many people think writers wake up and drink coffee and have a good time writing. But it takes a lot of energy.
Bloggers need to plan out content in advance . We constantly have to look at the metrics, network and build relationships with other bloggers, post on social media but make sure our message is tailored for each social media audience.
As bloggers we must accomplish all this while staying true to our own voice.
This may sound easy, but this is my creation. If I don’t pay attention to it 24/7, it will fail. There are days when I don’t feel like writing a damn thing. Days when family and school commitments get in the way. Days when I doubt myself or days when I just want to lay on the couch and cry!

Follow Nicole on Twitter @ nicolemdeinzer
Epifania Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/epifanialyl

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lord Ganesha : The Lifestyle God inspires to be a Leader


Disclaimer: This article has nothing to do with religion. Lord Ganesha, the Hindu God is immensely popular in Asia and widely respected by Hindus and non-Hindus around the world.

I don't remember much but in my childhood days itself I chose Ganesha among all the Gods. Probably because he is different, the elephant head, big ears, one teeth and a big belly. He is cute and adorable. And his stories of coolness, wit and fun quickly connects a child with him.Over a period time I realized that Ganesha, the 'Lord of the Beginning' has several attributes which inspire an individual to be a leader.Whether I am travelling, at office desk, home or in the car, I keep a Ganesha Idol with me or near to me. It gives me lot of strength.
Large head of Lord Ganesha signifies to Think Big'Look at the bigger picture.' It is easier said than done.In our day to day lives no matter who we are, where we are; we all get stuck in small things and issues. And there is a temptation to lose focus, hunker down and get involved. Be it a small task, argument or situation.And while facing such issues when I suddenly look at him, his big head reminds me to use brain and be wise.
The Vision & the Decision
Remember the story in which Gods were asked to circumambulate the World thrice? It was to decide who should be worshiped first. All the Gods started on their vehicles and wanted  to prove their superiority. But Ganesha realized that his World is his parents. So he goes around them thrice and won. And by the way his vehicle is mouse. So if he would have thought on the same lines as of other Gods, he would have never won.
What made him win? His simple vision of not just to win the race but adhere to values, no false ego or superiority which lead to an effective decision.Today's World is highly competitive. This story gives a simple moral of how one can win even with less resources and presence of mind."Make the most of what you have."
Enjoy Small Things
We all know that Ganesha loves Laddoos or Modak (Indian sweet). And it is also said that offering Laddoos to Vinayak makes him happy and he fulfils all your wishes. (Vinayak is another name of Ganesha which means leader of its own).All such traditions or sayings hold a special significance if we pay attention to them. Big things are important in life but so are small. I feel his love for laddoo symbolically means that we as humans should also enjoy small things and moments in life.
Quick to Forgive
Ganesha is known for his friendly nature and easy going attitude. Be it with his fellow Gods or the followers.Once Moon laughed at Ganesha when he couldn't walk properly and fell down after eating many laddoos in the night. Ganesha became angry on moon and cursed that he would never be visible to anyone but when Moon apologized, he quickly forgave him and reduced the curse only to a single day.
Be Approachable
Ganesha's big ears signify that you should listen more.A leader must have listening skills. Listening someone's woes, worries or thoughts help you understand about him. It also helps in connecting to the person emotionally and building trust.People of all castes and religion adores Ganesha because of his friendly personality. Similarly a leader should be empathetic and approachable by all.
No Gain without Pain
It is said that Sage Vyas chose Ganesha to write Mahabharat (the longest Epic in the World). Vyas narrated and he wrote it. But there was a condition put by Sage Vyas that it had to be written non-stop.
While writing Ganesha's pen broke and since he couldn't stop he broke his tusk and started writing with it.
This is symbolic to the message that knowledge comes with sacrifices.


Final Words:
Lord Ganesha is bestowed with a very special body and appearance. Similarly we all are born with some special qualities.
Like my mentor says, Leaders are either born with such qualities or imbibe the qualities.
Important is to understand our own self and work accordingly.


Note: This is a guest post written for Merrybrains.com