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It was Thursday and my friend was planning weekend plan to watch a picture. Over phone we decided to watch “Rocket Singh.” After that call he called me again and told me that all evening shows are costly. They are charging 200 bucks for premier class (lower stall basically). “Shit! That’s too costly for a premier call” were my words when I heard that news and asked him to check the morning show.

After 5 more minutes he called me back and said, “Gold class is available for 11:30 show.”

“How much they are charging??”

“200 bucks”

“Get it booked straight away. We will not get this lucky chance again.”

After 2 minutes he spoke, “Saturday, 11:30 done.”

“Good, see you on Saturday!!”

And now all we have to do was wait for Saturday.

The Day Finally Came

“Are you sure they will have these chairs in Gold Class,” he said to me looking at the sample chair kept outside the theatre.

“I hope so” I replied as I was not sure as well, I have just heard from others.

Finally, we went inside the Gold class section. I went up to their food counter to check the price list, specifically popcorn, whether it is same as compared to regular class or they are just making more money from it :D. But I never came to know about that because all they were providing only combos inside gold class cafeteria.

Disappointedly I went inside the hall where picture was scheduled to play. When I reached the altar, I felt “Royally Shocked,” shocked because they have front row at a distance of say 3-4 feet from the screen as compared to the notion I had in my mind.

Yes, the feeling was totally Royal as there were only those chairs; the one which my friend was talking about and the one which you see in massage parlours; placed on Golden Carpet. We were helped by one of their personnel to get our seats.

Those seats were very comfortable and spacious. The best features was that you can adjust the chair in such a manner that you can lie down flat on them and enjoy your picture.

The whole experience was mesmerizing as if you are watching picture in home on your bed with 70 mm screen. To add more to it they provide you a cushion and quilt to save your back and to save you from the chilled ambience, also, if picture is boring you can get a good nice sleep.

My 200 bucks were worth for my Golden Experience. Is yours??

World AIDS Day

Rajesh broke from the hug the moment Sanya told him that she has been tested positive or HIV. Instead of consoling her, he broke in to fight with her. He was unable to digest the bitter truth he just listened to. He cannot love the person who is HIV+. After clarifying his decision on not to carry the relationship ahead he left the place. He left Sanya on her own to fight the biased world that awaits her.

She wept kneeling on the ground, looking towards the ground into nothingness, her report clutched loosely in her hand. Suddenly a wind blew and took away the report from her hand and carried it to the stranger sitting on the bench who has witnessed the whole act but was unable to understand the root cause. He took the report and scanned it. He was startled by the contents of the report and understood the reason behind their abrupt behaviour.

After few moments Sanya realized that she has lost her report. Before she can start searching for it, the stranger was already there with the report in his hand. They looked at each other for a moment and then he handed her the report.

Sanya started to leave after taking the report but he stopped her and said, “Are you fine?”

Yes” she said with a heavy tone.

Would you like to have some tea in the nearby shop?”

She didn’t know who force her but she agreed to it. During tea they did not exchange any word. Sanya took this as an opportunity to relax as she does not want to discuss about her problem with anyone. Also, the stranger does not want to interfere in her matters, he was helping her in his own way. He was helping her because someone refused to help her. After they were done with the tea, the stranger asked her to drop her to her house to which she agreed. Again, no words were shared between them during their journey towards Sanya’s home.

When they reached her place, before entering her home she asked one question to the stranger, “Are you also HIV+?”

No” replied the stranger with a smile and left the place.

***

It does not matter if you are HIV+ or not to understand the person who is HIV+. The point to understand is that (s)he needs you by his(er) side. The stranger in the story did not to do anything special but to give the girl little time for herself. A space where she can breathe freely. He was by her side when she needed someone desperately. He did not offer any solution to her problem, he listened to her problem and when you listen to someone’s problem, you have provided, say, 95% relief to the other person which is enough for the other person to search for the solution to the problem.

Fight AIDS not People with AIDS

Fight AIDS not People with AIDS

So,

On this day, “World AIDS Day,” let’s get together and start raising awareness about HIV and AIDS.

On this day, “World AIDS Day,” let’s start making people with HIV/AIDS smile.

On this day, “World AIDS Day,” let’s start being One.

Its been more than a year since I am blogging. Over this time span I have considered few rules of blogging. In this blog post I am trying to pen down those rules.


As a Writer you should


1. Mind your Vocabulary

Which one is simple “Glistening Scintillating Diminutive Asterisk” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” Just like that try to use less vocabulary, put it other way around, use common words. This will make your post simple and will make meaning to a larger audience. If you use too many complex words, reader may get distracted and stop reading your posts.


2. Connect with your Readers

“Socializing??” Not your thing?? Neither Mine!! 😀

I am not advising you to socialize with your readers but at least say a “Thanks!!” for their comments. This will make them feel that you are interested not only in publishing posts but your readers as well. Discuss about your posts with them, clarify their doubts, elaborate more on your posts.

So, do not “Socialize” rather “Get Connected.”


3. Connect with other Blogs

“References” are the best way to support your arguments. Share with your readers the view of others on your topic. Provide necessary links in your posts.


4. Maintain Post Frequency

Do not publish too many or too less posts on your blog. You need to keep up the frequency of your posts. If you are publishing too many posts in a week, say 50, your reader may not be able to follow you and your posts. If you are publishing fewer posts, say 0-1 per week, you readers may get distracted from your blog.

“This is the one thing I need to Increase.” 😀


As a Reader you should


1. Comment on the post you read

Writers always have a room to improve and your comments are the best medicine for it. While commenting make sure that your comments are not too harsh that one stops writing or too soft that writer feels that whatever he is writing is correct.


2. Share your Blogs and others’ Blog

If you have written similar to the topic you have read, share it with the post. If you have read the similar thing somewhere else share it as well. Just remember one thing “Knowledge Increases with Sharing.”


I have tried to keep things as simple as possible. I have written the basic rules. People give more rules, list of these blogs is Google away, I haven’t gone through it. But I would like to share these six rules of blogging.


Happy Blogging!!!

Busy Traveller in Busy Bus

Bangalore’s Volvo bus has become a part of my daily routine. I am using this service from past one year for commuting between home & office and on weekends to roam around. Though there have been many changes but one thing that has not changed is the activities people involve themselves while travelling and I am no different. Based on different activities I have categorized them. Here goes my list:

  1. You love sitting by the window and look outside, staring into nothing, thinking about anything or nothing at all, totally unaware what is happening outside. You are my personal favourite “Silent Traveller.”

  2. How big your headphones can go? Or What kind of earphones you have? Which song is playing in your i-Pod that you are humming and shaking your heads? Whatever it is, I like you “Happy-go-Lucky Traveller.”

  3. Why are you talking so much? You are disturbing others. It’s been 20 minutes you are in this call. You are my least favourite “Irritating Traveller.”

  4. Just let me know the Title of the book you are reading. I’ll check if I have read this one or not. Oh! “Bookworm Traveller” close your book once.

  5. So, music and novel is your pick. What say “Bookworm” are you becoming “Happy-go-Lucky?” (I am unable to think of a name at the moment)

  6. Look at the gadget he got; She is damn beautiful. Oh! My “Watchman Traveller” stop observing others.

  7. Last but not the least is the group similar to above one with a difference that they write their observation on the blog. I do not know if anyone else is doing it but I just did.:D Please give me some name!!!

PS. I have captured very few categories as far as I remember. If you have one let me know.

PPS. I have used a different writing style for this post. Please comment about it.

Identifying Oneself

I am part of the Toastmasters Club in my organization. So as part of this club we need to attend meetings, deliver speeches. No, it was not my time to present a speech but I was evaluating one this time.

This lady was scheduled to give her 2nd speech (as per Toastmasters guidelines it is categorized as “Organizing your speech” and they have discussed how it should be constructed). Here is the summarized version of her speech:

Lessons Learned from my first Non-living Child

A question was put in front of the audience to guess the non-living child and it was none other than her first car. As she walked through the speech, she made us count various experiences of her with the car of hers; How she got first dent on the first day of the car? How she overcome the nervousness afterward? How others were afraid of her driving? How she drove her car without oil in it for days and got lucky on not burning the engine? and few more.

It was an ordinary speech that you can hear anywhere else, but what was extraordinary about it was its conclusion and hidden message.

Things for you will get worst or smooth as you take road ahead. Patience is the factor that keeps you going.

I don’t remember the exact conclusion, so I have phrased it myself on the similar grounds. However, there were certain factors that I found were hidden in the speech (I am not aware of others) were ‘Learn from your mistakes’ and ‘Self-Confidence.’

I was very delighted the way she has delivered her message. Most of us use the same technique of stating one’s experience and conclude the  lesson you have learned, and most of the times we tend to cite examples from Life of big personalities.

The fact that I liked about her speech was  the usage of her own life experience and not from others’ life. By “others” I mean Big Personalities. The point I would like to bring out is “You can never forget the lessons you learn from your own experience and you can never remember the lessons learned others’ experience.

Many people say that they follow him/her as their role model. I say “Create a Role Model in yourself” “Take a different road and let others follow” and if there are no followers don’t get disappointed because “Best paths in Life are trodden alone.”

Start Thinking!!!

Seep is a very famous card game, played in most parts of India specially North India. In my former blog I have penned all the rules concerning this game (most probably).

To learn, play and master this game requires patience and time. Even skilled player may feel dumb in this game and I am no different :D.

Those who want to learn this game can find its rules here.

Happy Diwali!!!

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali

On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, a festival of lights, I on behalf of my family wish you and your family

Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year.