Cricket Craziness

I was going through news [Google], and read about the upcoming match between India and England. The article had this picture which caught my attention. Awesome capture. They both seem to be crazy Cricket fans, surely more me. Rest the picture says it all. But it surely doesn’t say anything about the match scenario.

The match is scheduled to be played on 27th February. The chances are more that I might get to watch it LIVE, since I would be at home by then. Looking forward to it. It’s been a long time I have actually watched a match on TV. Looking forward to it… :D

I’m not crazy about cricket but if I happen to know that there is a match going on, I certainly follow the score and keep myself updated on it, and I surely shout and cheer at the end if India wins. And why shouldn’t I? :D

World Cup Season is On! [And hope India wins the cup!] ;)

Beautiful Song: Maujood Hai Ahsaason Mein

Maujood Hai Ahsaason mein sung by Jaswinder singh

I got this song a few days back. Loved it! Have listened to it like more than hundred times :D

Posting the video link here. Guess it can’t be played on my website. But do listen. Just click on the link “Watch on YouTube”.

Enjoy [on YouTube].

Here is the translation (Source: Internet):

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A Journey Called Life

Sometimes I wonder, who am I? Where am I going? What am I supposed to achieve here? And these questions become strong and stronger when I think about the vastness of this Universe. Unimaginably big, and me? Well, I’m just one little creature here on Earth, a beautiful planet in this big whole picture. What is this picture anyways? Who knows the answers? So far, no one. No one at all…

I’m not lost, or confused, or sad. I’m loving “Life” but these type of questions keep coming in my mind now and then. And the most I can do is smile and wonder…

Anyways. :)

Here is one article by Deepak Chopra, who in my opinion is way ahead of me in seeking this mystery, yet beautiful journey, called LIFE.

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Walking The Pathless Path
by Deepak Chopra

Sometimes a lesson has to be repeated for thousands of years, not because it wasn’t learned the first time but because new people arrive on the scene. The lesson I’m thinking of was Siddhartha’s, a prince on the Nepalese border of northern India. He dropped everything and hit the road, becoming the original, or at least the most famous dharma bum. He travelled from master to master with his begging bowl, seeking enlightenment. As Gautama the monk he became impressively austere. Instead of a loving wife, a warm bed, and feasts, he tried the opposite: solitude, sleeping by the wayside, and subsisting on whatever scraps of food he could beg for.

It’s still an appealing choice, because we equate austerity with virtue. If the stress of a chaotic world is too much, perhaps harmony lies along a different, quieter, more solitary road. But the moral of Siddhartha’s tale led a different way. Leaving home didn’t bring enlightenment, nor did austerity, poverty, starving his body, or trying to force his mind to be still. Instead, Siddhartha became someone entirely transformed – the Buddha – when he hit upon a new road, the one called “the pathless path”.

The pathless path isn’t a straight line; it doesn’t even lead from point A to point B. The journey takes place entirely in consciousness. A mind overshadowed by fears, hopes, memories, past traumas, and old conditioning finds a way to become free. This sounds impossible at first. How can the mind that is trapped by pain also be the tool for freeing itself? How can a noisy mind find silence? How can peace emerge from discord?

The Buddha offered his answer, which is a variant on an even more ancient answer from the seers or rishis of Vedic India: transcend the personal mind and find universal mind. The personal mind is tied to the ego, and the ego is forever swinging from pleasure to pain and back again. But if you look at awareness when there is no pleasure or pain, when the mind is calm while simply existing, a fascinating journey begins. You have made the first step on the pathless path.

This is not to dismiss the other path, the one that takes you away from home into a retreat, ashram, meditation centre, or holy place. They have their own atmosphere; seekers have stopped there for a long time; therefore, the mind can breathe a different kind of air, so to speak, an air of tranquillity and peace. When you arrive at such a place, two things usually happen. You soak up the peace, enjoying the contrast with your busy life at home. At the same time you notice how loud your mind is, how much chaos it has absorbed. So these holy places can only suggest what the pathless path is about. Kabir sang of spiritual travellers: “There is nothing but water in the holy pools./ I know i have been swimming in them./ All the gods sculpted of wood or ivory can’t say a word./ I know, i have been crying out to them./ The Sacred Books of the East are nothing but words./ I looked through their covers one day sideways./ What Kabir talks of is only what he has lived through./ If you have not lived through something, it is not true.”

These lines don’t deny the worth of spiritual journeying, but they tell us that there is no substitute for first-hand experience. Where you go to find it is irrelevant. The true seeker after truth discovers, sooner or later, that truth was seeking him all along.

Source: TOI Speaking Tree
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Also, check out something related here:

I’m Strange by God Is There. One of my favorite blogs.

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One Place, Many Spectacular Shows

NATURE. My best entertainment source. Always!

And you know what, it costs nothing at all! ;)

These pictures were clicked at very different times over a span of three years and (almost) the same location.

Location: On my way home to Mashka (J&K), just a river distance from Khairi, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Incredible India.

:D

How is WordPress.com made? by Scott Berkun

Yesterday, WordPress shared some of its behind the scenes. It has always been my curiosity to know about all these hidden awesome things of this huge team. After all, WordPress is a phenomenon! :)

Here is the post. Have a look. It’s great!

How is WordPress.com made?

by Scott Berkun

One of my favorite shows is How It’s Made. I love seeing how things I use every day are actually created. In that spirit, here at Automattic we’ve thought about sharing more about how we work and think. For starters, here’s a recap on a few things.

Where are we? Everywhere.

People are surprised to learn we are a distributed company. Most of our employees live in different cities and countries around the world. We have a headquarters in San Francisco, but most of our employees are elsewhere. This means we are working round the clock and we’re informed by many cultures, places, and cuisines (welikefood).


 

How do we work?

Toni, our CEO, has written about the advantages of distributed work before. We are a publishing and services company, and we passionately believe in the power of blogs as group communication tools. We use a WordPress theme called P2 for much of our internal communication, and they function as a combination of specifications, bug reports, brainstorms, watercooler chats, and more. You can read Matt’s take on how P2s changed the company (includes of a video of P2 in action).

Everyone at Automattic is organized into a team of 5-10 people, each team focused on different areas. For example, I’m the lead for Team Social, and we work on improving things like comments, publicizing posts to social networks, and other features. We have teams for Systems, Themes, VIP services, and more.

On a daily basis, everyone works with high autonomy. We do this by choice, since we’re distributed by time as well as distance. We use P2s, IRC chat, and Skype to communicate, picking the right medium depending on how time sensitive a message is. One surprise is how little we use email. I’ve been at Automattic for 7 months and have received only a couple hundred emails, many from people outside the company.

How are new features and improvements made?

A high percentage of improvements come entirely from the WordPress.org community, the open source project WordPress.com is based on.

Here at Automattic we implement, test, and release changes to WordPress.com dozens of times a day. We do it with love, trying to make it so you don’t always know why, but definitely feel your blog gets better and better all the time.

Each team works differently, but each developer, working with a team lead and a designer, decides what changes to make and when to release them. Bigger projects like VaultPress require the work of a dedicated team for weeks or months. Other things like bug fixes or minor features are often finished in days or hours.

We get ideas from many different places. Our stellar Happiness Team constantly reviews issues and discovers ways to make things better, and they’re one primary source for what to work on next. But we also keep lots of data on which features get used, and where it seems people have problems. As a result, every day on our blogs many ideas get pitched, sketched, and prototyped. As productive as we are, we only get to a fraction of them. But when we do ship something, we get feedback instantly on what we’ve done, and often respond quickly to small things we missed, or realize didn’t work quite right, despite our best efforts.

What’s next?

We hope to share more about how we work, and how we think about the future of the web. We have opinions and ideas to share.

If we do this, what would you like to know? No promises, but we’ll sneak around here behind the scenes and see what we can do.

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Cutest Kiss with some Shyness and Attitude

Well, this is about an old incident which involves two sweetheart babies. It happened more than a decade ago. The boy (Sidhaant) [in the picture] is my friend’s li’l brother and the girl (Yachana) is my li’l sister (My Uncle’s daughter).

We were having a picnic at the riverside. I remember, we asked the baby boy to kiss the baby girl. We thought it would be fast. Well it turned out to be a little melodramatic. Yachana was displaying her little cute girlish attitude as if she wanted to say -“Yeah come on, I’m totally fine with it”. And the baby boy, well, he was reluctant at first and totally shy. Eventually, he did plant a kiss on her blushing chubby cheek. Cutest kiss ever! It was like watching a slow drama. We all had a good laugh that day. They both were the center of the entire picnic, I think. :)

The picture is blurred; clicked it from its hard copy. Pictures capture some great memories.

PS: This post is especially for Robin Uncle and Yashwanti Aunt. Do show it to Yachana. :D

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some Lines from “The Alchemist”

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked, when they had made camp that day.

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

“But my heart is agitated,” the boy said. “It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it’s become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I’m thinking about her.”

“Well, that’s good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say.”

“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

“That makes sense. Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

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16 Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (via Philanthropy Writing)

This is one of the “freshly pressed” posts of WordPress. And it deserves it too. Well, I never thought of doing all this on Valentine’s Day, although I didn’t do anything else special :)

This Valentine’s Day, forget the wining and dining. Do something that matters. Like many people, I’ve had good Valentine’s Days and well, not so good.

The not-so-good dates back to middle school, when I, like many of my classmates, anxiously awaited one of those pink-dyed carnations from what I hoped would be a secret admirer. Much to my dismay, the carnation Continue reading