Jul 4, 2020

Books that I want my younger self to read

Nostalgia took over me last week when I went through my digital bookshelf. I cherished the wisdom of non-fiction and relived the prominent and splendid characters of the legendry fiction books. Some books, I felt, I could have read at a younger age. My books, certainly represent my thought process, and it gave me goosebumps to think if I would have read that book in my younger self or teenage days. Have I chosen another path for my life? Have I taken another decision? I can not explain them now, nor can I imagine the course of my thought process.

But what I can do now is to share the list of books that I would want my younger self to read. Do not hesitate to click on the image to purchase any of these books.

 I would categorize this as one of the eclectic books that illustrates how companies design tools, items, instruments and equipments for your day-to-day life, for example what designers consider designing a bathroom tap or a door handle.   I chose this one from the reading list of the then Yahoo CEO Marrisa Mayer and I will always be grateful to let me read such an eyeopener of a book.  It would amaze you to read that the product you find sophisticated in the expensive and luxurious hotels are not sophisticated but inadequately designed. The brand name of the company plays the game. Readers would realize the appropriate role of technology in their lives and the core message that the book shouts in every page is “Technology is there to simplify  life and not sophisticate it for people”

This book is a certain addition in this list. I regret to read this one late in my life, and it could not do much for me. Teenage days is the appropriate time to read this book as it would give you the much required financial literacy. The author brings the concept to you in a novel way and shows you what rich dad teach his kids and what a poor dad can teach. It explains to the reader that how one should earn money and invest it for a longer and sustainable benefit.

This one is a fiction and a recent read. This wonderful book takes you in the life of a young boy who has a disfigured face, and tells you his unkind experience in the kind and effluent society. The book explains the emotions running through the kid’s mind and his family members. It shows how people treated an abnormal kid in his day to day life and what life looked to him. It could expose readers in their early age to this different thought process and they in their early age can become aware and sensitive about this prevalent issue in our society.

I was earlier unsure if this one would make to this list but then the message from the book is important for anybody to know as earliest in their lives as possible. The book tells you that nobody is born genius, but they have grown in their lives into genius minds. It is the nourishing, enriching environment and culture that make people genius. It talks about lives of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many others who are the most successul people today. It talks about what they did and opportunites they have because of the culture around them. This one’s a confidence booster for anybody who reads it.

This is one of those books that changed my life and inspired me for the longest time. I read it several times and I must admit it changed my thinking process to some extent. I would want this one to read at my younger age. I used to go back to this book repeatedly to solve a problem my life. It makes me feel delighted to think about those days. The age to read this book should be the one when a person starts to understand written language.

One of the best thrillers I have ever read is The Da Vinci Code. This was my second book I read, and it became my inspiration to continue reading. I remember I used to think if books are so good then why not to continue reading other books? I would have entered this imaginary world of fiction a long time back if I would have had my hands on this book. Most of the readers would know that Dan Brown takes into that world of science, technology, religion and mysticism. Along with the thrilling adventure, one also gets to read the history and facts that one can not find it anywhere.

How can I forget and miss the Godfather, the great Vito Corleone. I read this book 10 years back and one of those things I remember from this book is the legendry Godfather, Vito Corleone. The character sketch of Vito Corleone  was so intense, intriguing and powerful that it became unforgettable. The Godfather taught me how to use and control power. It is always good to know the plus and the minus of power at an early age. Although, this is a fiction, but every fiction represents the thought process of the author who writes it. You got to read the thought process of those outstanding personalities. This is also one of those books that I would like to read again just to feel the power of Vito Corleone. 

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Happy Reading :)

Jun 20, 2020

Yoga: A journey to the inner-self

You deserve your own time. Book an appointment with your inner-self.

The path to reach out to your inner self is yoga. It creates consciousness and aids to turn the inner turmoil to an equilibrium of emotions.  Yoga channelize your conscious and subconscious energy to obtain love and peace of mind.

It is the most valuable approach to cleanse your mind and soul from all the sadness, anger and anxiety.

Steps to begin your journey to your inner-self

The sole connection that matters is the one to your inner-self. Yoga is a way of life which helps you to cultivate that sustained connection.  It does not require any broadband wires or digital networks. You do not even need a nano-byte of a data but just below steps to begin 

1) Choose your path

Before starting to pursue yoga, you should be precise about your expectations. People choose yoga to get an enduring recovery from illnesses like hypertension, blood pressure, arthritis, weight-gain, asthma, spondylitis, sciatica and many more. The list of our suffering is perpetual. It therefore is a straightforward decision to choose if you are aware of your suffering.

There are two ways to choose your path

     a) Wait for yourself to either get one of the suffering and then start your journey with yoga. I belong in this league and started yoga for weight-loss and to seek a cure from sciatica.

     b) Start your journey with yoga beforehand and never get into this suffering trap. 

All the corporate slaves out there would know companies today focus on risk analysis. They wanted to know the risks beforehand and take actions now to reduce the impact. We can only reduce the probability of risk but can never eliminate it. But one thing that every company and individual should consider is to begin risk analysis of the well-being of people. It will automatically reduce risks for their company.

Yoga is an action to minimize the risk to well-being of people. Point to remember is yoga will not eliminate your risk to catch suffering, but it reduces the probability of the same.

2)Find your Guru

 Internet has allowed us to communicate with each other and the most significant benefit is that it also allowed us to communicate with own self. There are a manifold of yoga institutes available online. Approach and talk with them and try to find out their vision for yoga. It should align with what you are seeking from them. Speak with them and tell your expectations upfront and in that way you would be in a better position to choose out of the plethora ones available.

I started yoga three years ago. My association with Yoga with candy helped me realize the comprehensive benefits that yoga offers. It is a slow journey but worth taking under the shadow of someone.

3) Define place and rules

Only a practice done with discipline and passion can yield long lasting results. Define a daily or a weekly practice time for yoga. Specify a place in your home if you do it on your own or learn through online classes. Install a mobile application like Freedom or use Focus on Samsung phones. It will not let your mobile to distract you during the practice time. Inform your frequent callers to not expect an answer during this time. 

This time is your time. Talk to yourself  and not anybody else.

4) Select accessories

Comfortable accessories help us do yoga appropriately. Plethora of options are available, but some that I found useful are below. Go ahead and purchase them.


5) Reflect on your progress

Reflection is the most prominent element to ensure sustainability. Take out time to reflect on your progress. Think about how many times have you had an anxiety attack or stress? Have your arguments reduced in the office? Do you feel relaxed? 

It is fine, even if you can only realize minimum benefits. Remember, it has a slow and a long lasting effect. If you cannot realize benefits, then a simple and easy solution is to reconnect with your Guru. They will help you.

Remember one golden statement before you start the journey to the inner self:

"You deserve your own time. Book an appointment with your inner-self."