Book Review – Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love is a true story of Elizabeth Gilbert or ‘Liz’. This book motivates us to face all the challenges of life boldly, not to give up, to listen to one’s heart and most importantly to make ourselves content and happy. The book has been written in a very beautiful way. No doubt it is a bestseller.

Liz is married and has everything in life one can dream of. But she is not happy. So after struggling a lot she ends her marriage. After divorce she is filled with sorrow. She can’t see what is happening in her life. And thus she goes into depression. It is one of the most difficult phase of her life. She loses a lot of weight and thinks of self-destruction. Finally she realizes that no one else can make her happy. So she will have to make the efforts herself.

She always wished to learn Italian language. It had no specific reason but she just wanted because she liked it. Secondly through a friend she came to know about a spiritual guru whom she made her guru. She wanted to visit her ashram in India. Finally a few years back a medicine man had read her hand and told her that she would come back to Indonesia and he would teach her everything.

108 is considered to be a good number. So this book has 108 chapters. The book is divided into three parts each of 36 chapters. So Liz decided to take a one year break and spend 4 months each in Italy, India and Indonesia (3 I’s).

EAT
This part describes her stay in Italy. She learns Italian from a person there and teaches him English. She has a great time in Italy. She make a lot of friends. She spends most of the time eating 🙂 in Italy. Every day she visits new restaurants and enjoys a variety of sumptuous food like pizza and pastries etc. Slowly she starts feeling good and regains the lost weight.

PRAY
The next part of the story leads to India. She stays in an ashram near Mumbai. She learns meditation. In the beginning it is very difficult for her to meditate and concentrate. But slowly she learns everything. She discovers tranquility and peace within herself.

LOVE
The last part leads to Indonesia. There she again meet the medicine man. She helps a lady to buy a house for herself by asking all her friends to contribute. And finally she finds love again. She meets Felipe and both fall in love with each other. Since both are divorced they are not ready to marry immediately however both are ready to lead a happy life together.

To know more what happened after Eat Pray Love the author has written the book Committed. Overall EPL is a good book. You will enjoy reading it. And at some points you can easily relate with Liz. Happy Reading 🙂

Here’s the trailer of the Eat Pray Love movie –

 

A Letter to GOD

Dear GOD,

YOU give me everything that is best for me,
Sometimes even more than i can dream,
But even then sometimes i doubt YOU.

YOU are always there to guide me,
Help me to move on in life,
But i forget this and think i am all alone.

YOU always support me in life,
Whenever i look back YOU are there,
But even then i forget YOU.

YOU are always there beside me,
In both ecstasy and sadness,
But i being selfish, think of YOU only in sorrow.

YOU have a big heart and always forgive me,
And never ever punish me for my misdeeds,
So today all i can say is that “I AM SORRY !”

YOU keep loving and caring me forever,
Give me the power to have faith and trust in YOU,
So that even i can love YOU the way YOU do.

YOU always be there by my side,
Never ever leave me alone,
Because i know i am nothing without YOU.

YOU please keep showering YOUR choicest blessings on me,
And also guide me on my journey of life,
Because i will get lost without YOUR guidance.

YOU give me strength as well as courage,
To face all situations bravely in life,
And direct me so that i can perform my best.

I am always highly grateful to YOU,
Even though sometimes i may forget YOU 😦
In the end i would just say “THANK YOU !”

With Lots of Love & Regards,
Your Child

PS – I hope YOU don’t mind Sorry and Thank YOU
Cause i don’t have any other words to express my feelings for YOU 🙂
I didn’t have YOUR address so i thought i should put this letter on my blog, so that YOU can read it while YOU surf the net.
Also i would be highly thankful and feel blessed if YOU replied my letter.

Sheer Bliss :)

Sheer bliss !!! Yes that’s how i feel when i complete my targets and deadlines. Sometimes the targets may be small just like to finish some particular task in some time duration and sometimes the target may be somewhat big like to complete some major portion of the project. But believe me the pleasure, happiness and sheer bliss is always almost the same :).

Happiness is one of the best achievements of the life sometimes even more precious than name, fame or money. If you have everything but no happiness then that ‘everything’ is of no use at all.

Such moments make me feel so good. I forget my surroundings and also the past setbacks are no more remembered. Sometimes this sheer bliss persists for weeks together ! I love such happening times of my life when i go over the top. I hope the frequency of these days keeps increasing exponentially :).

The main cause of this happiness and bliss is a sense of achievement and fulfillment. When you put in hours or days or weeks of efforts into something and when its finally completes successfully it is bound to give happiness. Its a great feeling when efforts finally bear fruits.

So i would suggest, next time when you get the opportunity to perform, take it as a challenge. Give your best. Give all your time. If it’s not good enough then try again. Don’t give it up in between. Because quitting or giving up is one of the worst feeling in life. Trying and losing is always better that not trying ! Finally when the time, energy, efforts, hard work and perseverance result in a big success ENJOY !!!

Book Review – The Immortals of Meluha

It’s a page turner. If you have even have a little bit idea about the Indian mythology then you will surely enjoy it. Otherwise also it is good. Although i don’t judge a book from its cover, but its cover is impressive as the content itself. It very well depicts Lord Shiva with the strong well-built body, Trishul his weapon, his matted tresses, the string of Rudraksh beads on his hand and finally the backdrop of the mountain Kailash across the Mansarovar.

It is the story of Lord Shiva. His power, his strength, this courage, his sheer brilliance, everything is clearly portrayed by the author. The best thing that i found about this book is that i could actually visualize the complete narration (mostly i can do it :)). Another good characteristic about this book is that is has every emotion from thrill, love, adventure to suspense in the correct amount.

This book shows how a common man “Shiva” inspires and motivates the people and thus becomes their “Mahadev”. People have more trust in him than he has in himself. But he is able to live up to their expectations. The Indus valley civilization has been portrayed in an excellent way in the book. We can easily imagine the perfect society which existed thousands of years before the present day.

But the story does not end here with this book although a major phase is completed. It is continued in the second book by the same author titled “The secret of the Nagas“. Now i am eagerly waiting for some free time to read this book as well ! 🙂 I will add its review when i read it. I hope it will be as good as or better than this one 🙂

Dream ‘BIG’

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This is our life. We can live it the way we want. No restrictions, no compulsions. So why settle for anything less than the best. We can achieve whatever we want if we work smartly and with a lot of perseverance. As it is rightly said nothing is impossible. Impossible itself contains the word possible.

The first and foremost step towards any achievement is … ‘a dream’. All successful people have achieved success twice, once in their dreams and once in reality. It is said that it is our dreams which manifest into reality.

All of us are free to dream. God has given us beautiful brains using which we can imagine the unseen and the unpredicted. The power is all in our hands. And there is nothing to lose. So why to stop? Why to compromise? Nobody can scold or punish you for your dreams. Its your dreams, your choice. So why to put a barrier on them.

So what i want to say is that dream ‘BIG’. Don’t curb the limit of your dreams. Dream the best you can imagine. Don’t judge whether it would be feasible or not, or how actually it will be achieved. Just dream what you can.

Here by dream i don’t mean day-dreaming. What i mean is actual serious stuff. Decide what you want in life. Think of the best possible way to achieve it and then start dreaming. Try to visualize as if your dreams have been fulfilled. Don’t sleep to start dreaming 🙂 Stay awake and then dream 🙂

Dreams are our true strength. Dreams have a lot of hidden potential. Just as a huge tree can grow out of a small seed (if it gets water and sunlight) similarly dreams have the potential to turn into reality (if it is clubbed with hard work and determination). Don’t waste this power. All of us are capable of dreaming and achieving things. It’s only that a few of us actually use it while the rest of people are satisfied with the life as it turns out.

One of the most important thing about dreams is that you should believe in your dreams. You must have full faith in them. A little bit of negative attitude or distrust is enough to bring your dreams crashing down. And i think this is too bad. How can we break something which we were building ourselves. Sometimes our mind may play games with us and force us to believe that what we dream is not possible. It is time to just switch off your mind for some time and listen to your heart. Henry Ford said if you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

Once you are sure of your dreams start working. Do your best. Give you 100%. It’s beautiful to see our dreams unfolding into reality. It gives the ultimate pleasure. One can’t be more satisfied than this.

As Les Brown said, ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars.’ Even stars will be cool i must say ;-). Don’t feel disheartened about not getting exactly what you dreamt of. Be happy with what you get but try harder the next time.

Try it out. Dream ‘BIG’. Enjoy. Have fun 🙂

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Are you free ?

Free time can be fun. So many things can be done like …

  • Surfing
    This is the most common thing we do when we have an internet connection. Just surf the net and hours fly by. From music, games, information to social networking everything is at the fingertips (sometimes simultaneously going on in different tabs 🙂 ).
  • Reading
    Reading books is one of the best things that can be done in free time. Reading broadens one’s outlook, increases vocabulary, teaches new things and thus it is one of the most fruitful things that can be done.
  • Thinking
    Yes funny but true. 🙂 In free time you can think. Think about the past or dream of the future. It is one of my favorite things done in free time.
  • Doing Nothing
    Even this is one of the things which can be done in the free time. Just relax and do nothing at all.
  • Sleeping
    Some people love sleeping. I have seen people who can sleep 12-15 hours continuously. So give them some free time they doze off 🙂 !
  • Listening to music
    If you are free then plug in your earphones and enjoy. Listen to calm or rock, jazz or pop, classical or western music. The choice is all yours !
  • Playing a game or going for a walk
    Play a game like badminton, tennis, chess, carrom or anything else that you enjoy. If you have no partner then just go for a walk. Take a  stroll and feel the freshness.
  • Talking
    Talk to someone close or else try talking to stranger :D. Spend some quality time with your loved ones.

These and many more things can be done in free time ! So what do you do when you are free ???