Life: a crushed paper – try to beautify it!

It was one of my composition classes and as always, I was busy in some literary explanation. Suddenly my eyes fell on this boy who was lost in his own world. Quiet and composed he looked, but I pointed him out, asked explanation of the line taught, he explained and I moved on to the next line. While I caught him red-handed, he managed to escape easily.

Next time again, I found him doodling in the composition class. But this time he was busy with a mermaid. He looked like an enigmatic fictitious character to me , just like a puzzle to be solved out. Lost in his own world, enjoying his solitude, he never seemed to be interested in this world of we mortals. He enjoyed his world of dreams and imaginations, talking to his own self and never allowing anyone else to enter in his world.

Anyhow, now I think, I have given you enough of his introduction. The name of this boy is Divay Khatri and I taught him Composition.

And today, I am happy to share with you one of his compositions, giving a glimpse of his world . I am sure you too would enjoy it and appreciate his perspective on life and things that trouble him and matter him the most. He loves photography and writing poetry, to read more and know more about him, you can follow him on his blogging site:

Now enjoy his poem….Life: a crushed paper-try to beautify it 

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You are in this world and don’t know what to do
A devil and an angel on your shoulder confusing you…
You are such a grown up now and might have suffered a lot too
In this journey of yours, have you not got anything, yet to do?

Then take out a paper and a pen
Lock yourself in an empty cell
No music, no distractions
Just you and your mind should be in.

You will see then, a vision in front
Too blur and too light, for you to confront

Pushing you, towards you aim, it will force you to move

 But what is your aim? Have you ever thought of it, ever before?

Till date, you know what all you have sacrificed
And no one can tell better, then you, yourself
You got something -was it a gain or a loss?
Whatever it may be, your present shows it all

Why don’t you think, think for yourself at least
Try and have some options, in your life as a lavish treat
Make it possible to change them
Never choose an easy way to trace them
The tough choices will make you play
Play, which is the basic of all learning
Remember, it was a part in your childhood grooming as well
Consider yourself as a child again
Learn something presentable every now and then

I can understand you, you are my friend
But who else will take pains for doing, other than you, yourself
I just ask you to focus on one thought at a point
And then allow your other thoughts to come and join

Your case might just be like ‘two roads diverging in a yellow wood’
And sorry you could not travel both
I am just asking you to figure it out
The ways you can deal with and find your way out

Share your thought with yourself first
Give an hour or two
Make chemistry your girlfriend/boyfriend
And ask physics to help you out
You have so many abstract things to be yours in every way
Just change the way you see, the way you perceive the world

Why to be dependent
When you can be everything for yourself
Oh go… go about, do something precious
Make the world know you more
Allow them to feel your unique vibrant odor

You are in this world… you know for what you are for
No one else can make you realize
Sit and ask for yourself
Are you happy with your life so far?

You are in this world and only you know what to do
A devil and an angel, whom to choose and with whom to move…
Don’t let you regret your choice in life

Your life is like a crushed paper
You can’t remove the wrinkles
But you must try to beautify it’s life!

Divay Khatri

If You Don’t Get Time to Read, Let’s Together Sort This Out

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I know we all are busy throughout the day. We don’t have one task at hand, but multiple tasks to complete within a day. Whether we are working in an office, or we are at home, our tasks seem to be never ending.

That sounds truly great! You know why? Because, all of us are sailing in the same boat and we all love singing this song, ‘no time in life, tasks to handle too many more’ ‘we are busy people, so go and knock at someone else’s door’. But, you know what, singing this song neither gets us nomination in the lyrics category nor in the category of best singer in our LIFE’S AWARDS.

So, what do we do? I think, it’s better if we change the lyrics and together sing this song, ‘We have all the time in the world and we do what matters to most to us’. Because we get what we ask and together we should ask for the best, I hope you remember, the lesson from the Secret, our wish is his command (the Universe). And even if we don’t get any trophy in this, I think, we will still be happy by singing this song together! What say?

So here are 4 tips, which I think, if you follow, you can get more time to read the best books in the world. Or you can find more time for your own self to develop a new habit, which you have been procrastinating since very long . Although, I would want you to start with reading habit first, because I want you to be the best, the best in whatever you do, big or small, in whatever field may be you in. So here are my tips:

1. Become Your Own James Bond 007. This is truly interesting. One day my son was watching James Bond movie (by the way his movie tastes are much better than mine) and I sat with him, and soon I was drawn into the 007 world of action, suspense, thrill, romance and intense drama. Gosh, I was just into it. Sitting glued to my TV Screen. And soon my mom joined in without making head and tail out of the story which was going on the TV screen. All three of us there, two hushed and the third one shouting at our heads. Ok, I must stop this description right away and come to the main point. What surprised me was this- how he does what he does. I mean finding out the secrets and getting the right clues and then connecting them one by one, ultimately finding the culprit. And then, suddenly this idea popped up in my head what if I too become my own 007, The James Bond.

And you know what? When I become my own 007, I detected the culprit within me. I detected the procrastinator, the purposeless finder and the unfocused offender inside me who was escaping from the penetrating detector. I was constantly delaying the things that I wanted to do, I was doing mindless surfing on the internet and was jumping from one page to another everyday, was one such detection. More are given at the end.

2. Become Your own Mathematician. Although, I am brilliantly poor at Mathematics, but my book mentors like Earl Nightingale, Brain Tracy, Antony Robbins , Robin Sharma and bloggers like Leo Babuta and Michal Hyatt forced me to do this simple calculation. Now, it’s you turn.

Monitor yourself and count the seconds, minutes and hours spent on each activity done in a day. Out of 168 hours in a week how much time do you spend on watching serials, sensational news, checking your mobile phone every now and then, engaging in social media and checking Facebook notifications, whatsapp messages and purposeless internet surfing. I calculated, I was spending 30 to 40 hours in a week. And I think, I could have used these hours in doing something more meaningful like reading a book for 30 minutes in a day, exercising for 20 minutes, meditating for even 5 minutes in a day, which is indeed difficult, going for a walk, say for 30 minutes or writing on my blog! Being my own Mathematics teacher has helped me, I think that would be of great help to you as well.

3. Find the Empty Spaces in Your Life. We all have empty spaces in our lives and we just need to use these spaces to be more creative and productive. Whether we are travelling in a metro or waiting for our next flight at airport, we have some empty spaces and we can use them more judiciously. Download the books or audio tapes by your favorite authors and you can greatly enjoy them in your travelling rides or empty spaces. And yes, when you are stuck up in traffic snarl-up, or standing in queue at a general store, waiting for your turn to come, you can always enjoy to read or to listen the audio book. And you know what; there are the added benefits as well. You feel more engaged, relaxed, more productive and less stressed. What else do we all expect?

4. Schedule Your Reading Hours. If you are quite serious about reading books, then make it a regular habit and schedule it in your calendar. One of my favorite blogger these days, Michael Hyatt, suggests that whatever gets schedules gets done. He is a big believer in that. And I think, I am also becoming of that sort. Early morning hours are the best, but you may schedule it according to your weeks’s and day’s plan. We follow schedules and complete most of those  scheduled tasks like we have schedule for meetings, for lectures, for Parent Teacher Meetings and what not, so why not schedule for Reading hours. While thinkers, philosophers, researchers, writers and teachers have such schedule for reading hours, so I think, we as students, engineers, managers and parents should also fix our reading hours. And again, I would re-iterate, if Bill Gates and Warren Buffet too can schedule their reading hours, why can’t we? I think, we too need to sharpen our saw which is habit number 7 by Stephen Covey and must set this as one of the priorities in our lives. It is all about setting priorities in life, reminds me, one of my dear students and I think he always makes his priority well defined in his life. He knows his priorities, what about you?

Now, it’s time for me to share my full report. By hiring 007, and becoming my own mathematician I found this, I was watching a lot of TV, of course, including some good shows , but most of them I was watching without any rhyme and reason. I was checking the same, old mails, and reading them again and again. And next, after every few minutes, my mobile gave alarm and I was jumping like an Olympic high-jumper to see who has said what to whom and why. And I don’t know why? At times my presence and contribution was not required, I think most of the times it was not needed but ironically I was present in all those moments. all the times. And I think, I was just filling my day and completing a day, without any purpose and without any meaning and without any accomplishment. Most of the things were automatic and I was not even thinking what I was doing. I was doing it because it was automatic and I was on an auto pilot mode I guess, but heading in wrong direction. Now I think, I am happy that I hired 007, I was not embarrassed in public, he only showed me my own mistakes and I am sure you too would not share my these discoveries in public with anyone else. It is between you and me (Promise me, you won’t).

So, I suggest you to hire your James Bond and a Mathematician and let them monitor what you do all day long. What is the first thing that you do in the morning, check you mobile phone, right? Because that is all I have been doing all these days, at times, involuntarily. This just became a ritual before brushing the teeth in the morning. Tell me, if I am wrong. I know I caught you right. I am not against anything; I just want you to monitor this.

Because I don’t want to hear that you don’t have time to read books and to do what matters most to you.

And here is another gift for you by Michael Hyatt, his latest free eBook. Enjoy and schedule your own time to read great Books!

Have happy reading hours and enjoy his free-eBook!



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Standing tall, this wall has witnessed many invaders and seen many battles. Build with the purpose to protect its country from external invasions, raids and with the purpose to control border, regulation of trade and control on citizen’s migration, this wall stands today as a symbol of rich cultural heritage and one of the greatest human feats in historical architecture. Beginning its life’s journey in the 7th century BC, the wall reached its greatest extent in the 1368-1644 at the time of Ming Dynasty, claiming itself to be the longest wall in the human history. It took massive human strength, action and courage to build this wall. The wall known as THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA in the world.

Now what do I suggest. I suggest building a Great Wall within. Why?


Because invaders were earlier and they are today also. These invaders may come from any side and attack us. But the biggest and the fiercest one, according to me, is the Distraction Dragon of today. This Distraction dragon is horribly beautiful. A ten-headed dragon, with five visible heads and five invisible,  it slithers with its long tail, scaly skin and attacks with its sharp claws our time and devour our energy and resources. It pounces fast and kills slow. Using our beautiful possessions as gimmick such as our mobile phones, TV screens , lap tops, tabs and all kinds of latest gadgets, it entices us. Making us fool every time. Defeating our purpose every time. Distracting us every time, from our most important tasks.  And through its invisible heads which are: fear, anxiety, negative thinking, stress, procrastination, it enters inside our bodies and become our persistent enemy. It kills our inner self every day and just like phoenix, we take birth from our own ashes every day.

I too was its victim,  brutally tortured by this fiercely vigilant distraction dragon many a times. It attacked me severely . So I have decided to build a great wall within.


Because a dragon can only kill another dragon and save us. I think, this distraction dragon can only be defeated by the dragon length wall. And by building the dragon wall, the great wall within, we can save ourselves. The wall which will bear its attack and will ward off its every anger. Since the distraction dragon works all day long, 24*7, like a parasite surviving on our own energy, giving as false contentment and enrichment and we are always vulnerable to its false deception.

Since we are the kings and queens of our own dynasty, it is important for us to be safe. When we are safe, then we will be able to take care of our internal castle of dreams, goals, ambitions and family objectives. By building such robust great wall, we too can protect ourselves from the distraction dragon. The sooner we build the wall, the better we will be able to work and will get the better results.  Because time and tides wait for none and we are just another drop in the ocean.This wall will not only protect us from external invasions but also give us psychological strength to work better.


Like the great wall, this wall too will be made up of bricks and mortars. The bricks of self discipline, positive thinking, positive attitude, patience and perseverance. Mortar of focus, will power, commitment and dedication. Believe in self and purpose in life will give the support to the wall. Polishing can be done using your creativity and powerful imagination. Building wall, will definitely take time, but, since Rome was not built in a single day, so will this wall take time.

But make sure to build it day by day and day after day , month after month and year after year and within a year you will see its true progress. First, it will protect you from the distraction dragon and then you can protect your entire family from the dragon and together with your own efforts and efforts of your family, you can help your friends, relatives and may be your entire community to win from this distraction dragon. Making your world and your castle, a true dream castle!

I have started collecting the wall material to build the Great Wall within. Are you also with me?

Don’t Forget to Wear Your Attitude Glasses Everyday


I know you read it right. The heading of today’s post says don’t forget to wear your attitude glasses everyday. And you know why?

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Because just after taking your bath everyday you look so good and feel so fresh! But it does not change your perspective towards people, things, matters, daily concerns, problems and challenges in your life everyday. So what do I suggest? I suggest that after taking your bath everyday, just wear your amazing attitude glasses and match them with your power dressing. This combination will not only make you look great but will also make you feel superbly unmatched! And yes, not only about yourself will you feel great but also about other people, places, matters and challenges in your life which you disliked for so long, at times, at the most, will now look the best opportunities dressed in disguise, looking suddenly so fresh!

Pain will soon become soothing balm and challenges will bloom into immense opportunities of growth.  Sufferings in life will be revealed as chapters from the best seller books on wisdom literature and emotions of anger and feelings of hatred and jealous will be converted into feeling of eternal love and immense compassion. Happiness and peace will be within you and gratitude will be your full time gesture.

Okay, so now you can ask me from where did I find these glasses. Well, I found them in the books treasure trove. You know my secret by now, don’t you! The books by great leaders and authors such as Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Antony Robins, Brain Tracy, Robin Sharma, John C. Maxwell, Zig Ziglar and Winston Churchill just to name a few.

So, now it’s time to share their glasses of attitude with you, so that you and I, together can place an order for our own pairs of glasses of attitude and can improve our power of vision in life!

In words of John C. Maxwell

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibly for our attitude. That’s the way we truly grow up. 

Victor E. Frankl, the writer of a must read book, Man’s Search of Meaning says that

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Khalil Gibran, the writer of all time favorite book, The Prophet says

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Brian Tracy, one of my favorite authors says that …

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

Highlighting the attitude of gratitude he says that…

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

And finally one of the greatest leaders of all time Winston Churchill says that

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

So, I think by wearing these glasses , we too, can see and make a big difference in our lives. I am ready to wear these glasses of attitude everyday.  Are you ready with me?

Working in Empty Spaces!


I know you are a little surprised by this prank of mine! But never mind. I was just trying out to make this post a little different! Something creative, I guess!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the above blank space. The empty space. This empty space needs to be filled with something, either work, thinking process, stillness or awakening of mindfulness which Eckhart Tolle , Leo Babuta and many Zen practitioners advocate.

But is it necessary always? This is my question. Though this would need some further discussion and therefore for today, just read what Umberto Eco, the author of famous novel, The Name of the Rose says.

According to Umberto Eco, the famous Italian writer, philosopher and a critic”… if you eliminate the empty spaces from the universe, eliminate the empty spaces in all the atoms? The universe will become as big as my fist…Similarly, we have a lot of empty spaces in our lives. I call them interstices…I work in empty spaces…Say you are coming over to my place. You are in an elevator and while you are coming up, I am waiting for you. This is an interstice, an empty space. I work in empty spaces. While waiting for your elevator to come up from the first to the third floor, I have already written an article!”

So, in a day, we have

24    Hours

1440 Minutes

and 86400 Seconds

And each day we are gifted with these invaluable moments and some of them are converted into empty spaces!

So, how do we spend these empty spaces is up to us.

How do we exploit and extract juice out of these empty spaces is up to us.

What do we draw on this huge canvas of every day making use of these empty spaces is up to us.

What to paint and how to paint on this every day canvas is up to us.

What to compose in this time frame of every day  and using these empty spaces is up to us.

What to do and what not to do  in every day empty spaces is up to us.

Therefore, how do we find these empty spaces in each day and create meaningful and creative things out of these is up to us.

So, why to blame others , circumstances, situations and problems in life for what is happening with us?

I think we must stop blaming others. Stop waiting for right moment and right time to take action. We must make this moment as the right moment. Just like I have done by writing this post and you are doing by reading this post. Find empty spaces in your life. And use them for yourself.

I am working on finding out mine, are you working on your own?