Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Relationship status: Occupied!

Relationships of every sort have always intrigued me and lately, I have begun to flirt with this idea, nurture and groom it. So, when TM Rani had asked me to write about it, I thought “Why not?!” and my excitement grew as I was informed that this would be published in the maiden newsletter which has been her brain child for some time now. I was given the freedom to come up with a piece that did not focus solely on a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship, thank goodness for that (I decided to stay off relationship involving siblings, parents, and lovers, in this column.) 

I was in myriad relationships since I was born (and no, I am not exaggerating). I believe, each time we get passionately involved in something we tend to enter into a relationship - be it with your books, your job - how many of you are not married to your jobs?, your favorite cartoon strip, your love for color yellow, your cooking apron, your paintbrush, your jukebox, or your passion for traveling, and what-not? (Am sure many would agree that your stint with Toastmasters club has gotten you into a unique relationship with your fellow TMs.) You tend to leave behind a trace of such relationships wherever you go.

With the advent of social networking sites and messengers, relationships have undergone a paradigm shift of sorts. We have started living around Wi-Fi hotspots, meddling with our smart phones and with exposure to so much technology, the boundaries have began to blur. Yet, there are many relationships which cannot be updated on social networking sites. You have relationships you tend to relish secretly, or flaunt (#photos, #statusmessage, #tag, #likepage, #follow). All the avid readers who devour the literature tend to fall in love with the characters in the book and weave a story around them; secretly relish everything about that book. All the wanderlusts would flaunt their backpacks and travel shoes by posting colorful postcards on facebook, instagram, etc. giving live feed of their itinerary.

Whatsapp (I am not endorsing the brand, but sharing my experiences post Whatsapp phase of my life) has been a blessing in disguise for me. It not only helped me connect with dozens of friends (whom I would not have called, like ever!), but also helped me explore and discover little joys of life. I connected with friends on food, books, cinema, art, music, travel; you name it.. and lo! there started a new angle to the whole relationship thingy. My relationships with a zillion things helped me keep myself occupied. I am living in parallel universes on the various groups, forums and one-on-one conversations that I am holding with my friends. I have been exposed to genres of music in a group full of music buffs, tried new cuisines and discovered new places with a wanderlust, started painting Lord Krishna after chatting up with a painter friend, read books, drank coffee at new places, experimented with my cooking, made an impromptu trip to visit a long lost friend, wrote a poem for a long lost friend, mended broken promises and relationships while connecting with friends on our love for shopping.

"Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you", Mike Murdock
Be it a real or a virtual one, go explore the relationship(s) that will nurture the strength(s) or weakness(es) which has been lurking within you all this while. And as you unleash and discover things in your new found love, and wait to brag about the relationship from the top of world, stay rooted to the real relationships which make you tick and have been your fuel and fire whenever you have set out to conquer the world. 

(TM - Toastmaster; Vision Toastmasters is an orators club, wherein members refer each other as TM#name)

(This piece was published in Vision Toastmaster's bi-monthly newsletter Vantage's maiden issue)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I had a blog once upon a time..

Well, I had a blog once upon a time. Then, as time flew, we (my blog and me) flew apart too.. in my previous post, I was embarrassed by my Internet lingo, ossum! was one word I did not include. Anyway, I also kind of made a declaration that I would focus on posting meaningful stuff rather than ranting about randomness and random thoughts.. Well... Who am I kidding?? Blogs are meant to romance randomness and write your heart out about certain activities which do not have any relevance whatsoever with your life! Phew!!

Off late, I have been trying really hard to take my mind of things, and out of sight, out of mind always worked wonders. (The same theory worked with my blog as well). Free time, in excess or lack of it, can have its own devastating effects. There was a time when excess of free time led to me writing a lot kf shoddy stuff and then came a phase where free time seemed to be a luxury; and in an attempt to posting at least one piece a year, I ended up romancing randomness.

Off late I had a lot of time to spend wisely, but alas! There was too much time, rather free time. I flipped through my new resolution wherein I pledged to write apart from a few other notes to self, which I am still struggling to live up to.

Am glad I have set few expectations for 2014; though it's almost end of half an year, I guess in the near future I can proudly claim that I have an active blog and wish to write on topics that are worth pondering about!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What was I thinking?? Like seriously, what was I thinking???

Six years back I decided I would move on from paper (I used to write a lot, something I picked up and began to nurture since I was in ninth standard, with little lingo or shorthand skills involved) to paperless mode to vent out my feelings, showcase my love for the game of cricket (I no longer fancy the game), and express everything that an introvert (which I was told and made to realize I was not) would like to tell the world..

A lot of thought and deliberation later I decided to name my blog: keerthi-korner (like, seriously..? was I really drunk that night??).. a few minutes back I was toying with the l idea of starting a new blog with a better name.. but picking a better name really put me off..

So, now that I decided to stick with this name, another embarrassing fact hit me. See... somewhere the thought of having my own blog - a medium to express my opinion and vent out unsaid stuff; died the minute I created this beauty. I started to indulge in stuff like those fancy b-school product powerpoint presentations and my posts - lacked soul (barring 2-3 posts that are very close to my heart), had phony lingo, abused English language and/or literature (ya, kewl, n, and similar versions of words were added with a lot of free will! - what was I thinking?? Guess, that was a phase..and am glad it's over..please god..please..!!) and lots of gas (thank god for numerous post which were rotting in the drafts section and few drafts have really interesting titles like - my dosa was drugged, .. and the bike won't start, tick-tock-tick, what's your name again?, few things are better left unsaid - I don't recall why I chose some of those titles, the context or story was left to rot for so long that it has become really hard to recall..).

I wish to change all this, come up with more sincere stuff which is not obsessed with randomness or lack of it. Stories or thoughts or excerpts from the experiences I have had... like I told the panel during my personal interview at IIM B (which I did not convert) - this would be an open diary - a note to my future self, of the thoughts that I held dear, of ideas I had fancied and how I have evolved over time... (I know this is getting all heavy and mushy... like, what am I thinking again??)

In my defense,  I always wanted to write light stuff, something which was easy to read till I read a particular author (long long ago, maybe around the time when I was an active blogger) and decided to shun that thought and the lingo. My primary focus would be to indulge in some humor while I continue to write with all due respect to english language.

Dear diary,

Looking forward to filling you with amazing thoughts, stories, experiences that are not forced.. and hopefully complete those drafts with those amazing titles.

Sincerely yours..

P.S. I would like to thank and dedicate this letter to self to my two friends who have always asked mw to up my ante for a brighter future in writing, may be in the near future.. Thank you,Mythreya (Matty) and Kalyan (Caly)