Checkmate!

Chess is probably the only game that has no element of second chance in it, life is kind of like that too. Wouldn’t you agree? Why would we say that chess is a metaphor for life..

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Lets say that the 16 white pieces of the Chess are yours and its ‘You’ who is directing and deciding each move while the 16 black pieces on the other side is ‘The Dark Side’ of life; say the biases, the temptations and all the uncertainties.

Interpreting the existence of each piece:

The Queen: Being the power of nature and reflecting the light of the King, the Queen represents your long term life goals. A good game shall happen only when you focus well on your long term goals. Also, there is absolutely no point in playing the game without the Queen. How do you go through life without making goals? They are just dreams with deadlines, just don’t forget to reach to them.

The King: This piece is your greatest asset. Your character, your deeper self and the divine spark within you. The most powerful yet the most vulnerable to attack. Just like our thoughts. Thought creates character. And well sometimes character is higher than the intellect. A great soul shall live long and think strong.

The Pawns and The Rooks:  In everyone’s life there are assets that play a role, a role smaller or greater but vital enough to mark its existence. For some, Time is one such asset that is loved, cared and used well. Similarly there is health, family, education, art that leaves its own sweet mark on an individuals life. Generally, Pawns are the ones that help you grow, lead your way through life without turning back and once you are there on the other end, you shall transform in the Queen. Whereas the Rook takes only the straight path. Sometimes we tend to take the road that is comfortable to us, we seldom hatch a plan and stick to it. We don’t want to be thrown off or get unsuccessful and find something for ourselves that sets our life well. It is to be pondered upon that straight paths only take us so far and sometimes it may call for us to venture down a side road and see what is in store.

The Bishop: Staying on their own color throughout the game, these pieces could be on the other side at this instance and suddenly back in its own block. Life is full of uncertainties, unexpected things can happen. Just as quickly as people come into your life, they can be gone in a heartbeat. So while they are there; make the most of those moments.

The Knight: This one can make moves even which the Queen can’t. Its got the power, the madness and the tag underdog. And this is the secret to their success. So, tell me are you the Knight of your life?

 

Continuing with the game board, what if ‘The Dark Side’ invades ‘You’? Are you finished? That is where the hero steps in, that is the forethought. The right foresight and the thought shall take you really far because the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and most importantly the correct one. Since you are the one with the white pieces and you get make your first move, think smart and think right because in life and chess there are no take backs.

Eventually to win chess or the game of life, you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with knowledge and insight. You may never really know when you are winning or losing until you keep learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. To be the smart ‘You’ and not let the dark side invade you, you have to be each and every piece within the game called life which shall lead you to a definitive victory. But you shall learn much from defeat too. Because,

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”
– Issac Asimov.

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The world wants you to be vanilla.

What comes to your mind when i say V-A-N-I-L-L-A. The vanilla orchids, the sweet smelling flat leaved vanilla, the scintillating vanilla essence, vanilla custard, vanilla latte or just plain white and snowy vanilla ice cream? What out of all these options did you think of, something that made your mouth water; something like vanilla custard. That same vanilla custard with chocolate mousse and cherries on top. Or did you think of plain vanilla ice cream that you are gobbling down.

Accelerating on the thought of vanilla custard, you see there is so much to that dessert in comparison to the plain white and snowy vanilla ice cream. The vanilla custard with chocolate mousse and then lots of cherries on top. See how it makes you feel? There is just so much to this vanilla custard. Whereas not that much to the snowy vanilla ice cream.

Welcoming this analogy, to probably guide yourself to life we come to the part “The world wants you to be vanilla”. The people around you shall always push you to be the snowy looking plain vanilla, same as everyone else and eventually it is totally up to you if you want to stand out and be the rich tempting flavorsome vanilla custard or the plain vanilla. I’m sure you must be wondering what it is to be the full of flavor custard. I’ll fill in the gaps for you.

Be completely unapologetic about who you are, comfortable in your perfect imperfection, a good person but never waste your time in proving it to the world. You are just as wonderful as the lip smacking vanilla custard or double chocolate chip ice cream with gummy bears and tangerine zests sprinkled over it; just how you like it. Once you’ve decided what you should be, strive to achieve that  because that is exactly why your soul was put on this Earth for. Find the truth, live that truth and you shall never hear someone saying there should have been more cherries on the custard. One of the greatest challenges in this life is being “yourself” and being accepted that way in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else. Every change is a challenge and if you take that leap of faith, you’d be at the top of the world. And trust me, from the top the view is beautiful 🙂

Just be yourself, let people witness the fabulous, quirky, weird magical person you are. Be unstoppable and go grab that custard and instill it in yourself before the world tags you to be a plain vanilla ice cream cone.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness (n) :
The state of being Happy.
Happy(n) :
Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
Four words, easily described what happiness is. So, are you in that state of being? Do you feel or show the pleasure of contentment? Lets find out maybe?
How do you feel about this life? Do you wake up every morning, look out of your window and smile while the sun shines at you? No, that probably just happens in movies. Does waking up make you jump out of the bed thinking “I am going to conquer it all today”. Well, this does happen with me. If you aren’t a part of this league then its okay because to be joyous and grateful, you need to go through pain. So good things are just round the corner.
So, this life. What is this life all about?

This four letter world has a lot hidden behind it, in it. It is actually how you make it, how you want it to be, how you fight it and how you embrace it. If you dream about a life where you want to wake up with a smile through the shining sun, get your perfect coffee brewed; ready to conquer the world, you will. You will do it all! Why? Because that is your state of being and that is what makes you happy. This way you shall spread happiness wherever you go and get that feeling of pleasure and contentment.

Walking through your perfect dream, you will encounter quite a few hurdles and park walks, let it not stop you from going ahead. If you stop, you shall lose your state of being and we don’t want that, do we? You and only you have to build your own path and also make sure that you keep the dirt off. Sometimes, you will have to do things for the audience, who might be self centered and illogical but always love your audience. The good you do today, might be forgotten tomorrow, I say do it anyway. Let nothing in life stop you. Always remember to not compromise on your state of being and you’ll never leave any stone unturned.

We seldom meet people who are always Happy, no matter what. Its not cause they have the best of everything but they make the best of everything. Make each little part of you life “Happy”. Call each moment as the happy moment because this pursuit of happiness is a chase of lifetime. You have to participate in the event of your own blessings then only you shall achieve that dream, that state of being and everything. But if you lax over what you have achieved, you’ll find your self just slowly moving towards that road, being laughed at, made fun of and the worst part will be that you will not be able to do anything about it. Everything that glitters isn’t always going to be gold but just don’t stop in your pursuit of happiness. Your state of being, your feeling of pleasure and contentment is at the summit and once you get the glitter, it all is going to be good.

Just don’t forget to be happy, the reason will come along on its own. ❤

We all deserve a little WANDERLUST!

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

Do you long for adventure? Are you the sandy salty hair, don’t care type? Well, i am. I am truly and irrevocably in love with the people I haven’t met and the cities i haven’t been to. There is certainly nowhere to go, but everywhere. I want to just keep rolling under the stars. Feel the sun on my skin and the wind in my hair. So travel, because this world is a book and those who don’t travel; read only a page. Taking you to places, through pictures because they are worth a thousand words. Maybe you’d never want to comeback.

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She took the leap and built her wings on the way down. Because what is travel? It isn’t about seeking new landscapes but having new eyes.

 

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Explore. Because this adventurous life is going to teach you about the amazing world you live in.
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Travel gives you the perspective. You lose sight of things and when you travel, everything balances out.
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Travel for life to escape you and not to escape life. Just maybe wander where the wifi is weak.
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Oh darling, lets be adventurers! Lets find a beautiful place and get lost.
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Fernweh (n). a crave for travel; being homesick for a place you’ve never been.
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Don’t just exist, live.
Pictures by : Nen Photography.

Mother – redefining love.

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“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Mother; a word with literally so many meanings. To me, its just love. The incredible woman who very easily swoops in to protect me from all the worldly foolishness. I honestly believe that for all the stupid things I do, she still is going to love me, because she offers her heart as an eternal resting spot. She looks after me, brings her whole self to me, I am probably the beat of her heart and she knows me more than I know myself. Her love, or she; softens me, teaches me to be patient and more than anything for whoever I am today, her love has shown me the way. She filled my heart in the first place and i always wondered if my smile was bigger than hers. It was maybe, but never as beautiful.

Your love is the fuel that enables me to do the impossible. I don’t need a superhero, because i already have a supermom. I love you more than i think i can.

Happy Birthday Maa!

 

 

Grandma says..

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Be who and what you are. Never change yourself for someone who does not know how priceless you are. This way you will add that beauty to the world which was needed.

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Everything happens for a reason, because anything that happens is always going to be in your favor. All you have to do is put on your brightest lipstick and pull yourself together.

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Don’t be too much focused on victory or defeat. It really doesn’t matter if you won or lost, as far as you looked good doing it.

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Getting ahead in life may be tough and tougher will be the choices you will have to make. But, if you don’t want to do it for the rest of your life; make sure you don’t start it at all.

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Its okay if you aren’t the good kid in the house, just be careful with whatever you do.

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Set your priorities in life, know what you want and strive for it. Choose happiness over wealth whenever you feel the need or the piece of cake over your morning jog.

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Accept things with love and understanding.  Accept what you cannot control, let there be warmth and no prejudice. Because, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and when you’ve given in all your power, if its meant to be you will find the sun shining brighter than ever before.

So if grandma says, they aren’t the big things in life but the million little things.

Life Hack – Make the cosmos your home!

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Every human has an inner potential as well as desire to plant flowers in the garden called life, be it lilies orchids or cacti. Because happiness is not ready made, it is power packed by you. Now the sun is shining and the soiling is also done, which flowers do you choose?  You see the world and relate to it, through your thoughts and beliefs. They are like the curtains that hide what is beyond them, like clouds concealing the clear sky. How about you lifting the curtains and let the light seep through, let the fragrance and beauty of the flowers out there get to you. This lets you expand your consciousness and add to your garden of life.  It is very necessary that each human has an inspirational flower in their life which they later want to adapt to in their life.

Also, inspiration is not always the only thing that shall take you ahead. Sometimes you have to create your own sunshine and own breed of flower. People around you will always notice something about you. Live each day that you want to remembered for and how you want to remembered for, obviously with and without the flowers.

Be Fearless – Don’t be crippled by fears, create unending possibilities instead..

In the pursuit of – Live your life in the simple pursuit of your comforts or earthly luxuries or leaving a greater impact of leaving your impressions on the world or all of the three at once?

What sets your soul on fire – Don’t just set your soul on fire, keep it burning instead.

Be really fearless and find what you love and let it kill you.