Friday, January 15, 2016

Phone calling etiquette

We have reached a point in human evolution where the phone has become an integral part of our life (or may I say body?!!) and the primary function of the phone is no longer calling. It's web messaging (Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, WeChat or whatever you fancy!)

We have reached a stage where even calling a friend up, requires you to first check their availability on their favorite web messenger and then scheduling and re-scheduling multiple number of times - the innocuously simple act of voice chatting with your best buddy.

I have been wanting to call this very close set of my friends for a while (6 months!) and we just can't seem to make time. Never in my life has this happened before. In the beginning of the 21st century, you just randomly called your friends and see if they are free (It sounded like - "Ring, ring" "Hey! Wassup? How's life? You free to gossip?" - and then we went on and on and on!). If not, you just call them again. So simple! Now the more connected we are virtually, the less we talk to each other.

Sigh! Technology, you were supposed to be an enabler not a dis-abler!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Being Nice

You are nice because you can't be evil.

Being nice is thus more of an intrinsic thing. So, when the people who you are nice to, do not acknowledge your being nice, then don't blame them. Being nice is a completely selfish intention. However altruistic it may be. You are either nice because you can't be bad, or you are just too bothered about what the society thinks of you. Either way, the recipient of your nicety has no business returning your favor.

So next time if you are unhappy with a person because he or she didn't bother to be nice back to you because you were nice to them - remember this advice.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fixing the forward head posture

So by now most of us are in the 15th year of carrying a cellphone around and some of us have used smart phones for more than 5 years. This means we have sent 100K+ SMS/ Whatsapp and other forms of messages on the small screen and have spent days (literally) peering down on our screens. All this by now has caused some of us to have forward head postures depending on how bad our posture was to begin with.

I am a victim of this posture problem and have been actively seeking out information to correct it. I will say, I am better off now than I was a few months ago, but well, I still have a long way to go. Now there are hundreds of exercises that you can do for improving your posture. And each one of them has their own benefits. I found this one particular set of exercises very useful to add to your repertoire of stretching exercises to do everyday to fix your forward head posture. This by means, may not be the only exercise, and be very cautious of taking medical advice from me (standard disclaimers apply!).

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Simplified

Hello people. Sorry for the extremely long disappearance. I was hiding under a rock. Procrastinating and waiting for things to happen. Which, they never do. And living your life fully requires "not waiting".

So, I am back again to blogging. Here is wishing all of you a very happy 2016. And my resolution this year is a rather short and terse one. It is to:


Yup. I have decided to focus my energies on simplifying my life and de-cluttering it (further). If things go as planned, you shall get to read a lot of stuff about simplifying from me this year. If not, we still keep in touch.