IVS

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What if a person’s brain starts working like bowels? I know it sounds crazy but the analogy is important to explain what exactly IVS mean. :)

If brain works like bowels, then it would collect thoughts, some of which (may be the good ones) would get assimilated and got lost somewhere in the body, and the wasteful thoughts would accumulate and accumulate to a level when it would be practically impossible to hold and then there would be peristalsis leading to movements beyond control (like those of the bowels) causing it to flush the contents (thoughts here) out of the system through an opening, i.e., mouth—and the discharge is the verbal excreta.

No, No, it’s not you. But yes, this happens in people who suffer from Irritable Verbal Syndrome (IVS)—where one suffers from verbal constipation (with occasional flatulence) alternating with verbal diarrhoea (symptoms are similar as in IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

These people are not uncommon to find, or rather very common I must say. They can be colleagues, batchmates, neighbours, family members, friends or frenemies. They are either well informed or over confident or dumb but pretending to be wise. They are constantly in need for attention and are the ‘Me’ types….feel free to add to the list!

It is hard to believe if you haven’t come across one, and if not, then for sure you will meet one soon.

Question is ‘How do you deal with someone with IVS?’

Wash Wipe Sanitize or…(not sure if there is another option)? ;P

WWS

Well, I have observed how people react. They…

  • Ignore
  • Tolerate
  • Silently smirk on their comments
  • Whisper about how irritating they are to the next person
  • Loose your cool & raise your BP
  • or Confront

I would stick to Wash Wipe Sanitize, in other words, confront…tell the person about IVS and give him/her a chance to get treated. The treatment is just a probability; the person may not change, but everyone deserves a chance no matter how offensive the condition is.

Right now I am in process of treating someone…relax…you will get your turn to treat (I am assuming you are IVS free)…till then Happy Reading! ;)

…Ashu Bolar

Way Back Into Love…What Say? ;)

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I’ve been living with a shadow overhead,

I’ve been sleeping with a cloud above my bed,

I’ve been lonely for so long,

Trapped in the past, I just can’t seem to move on.

I’ve been hiding all my hopes and dreams away,

Just in case I ever need ‘em again someday,

I’ve been setting aside time,

To clear a little space in the corners of my mind.

All I want to do is find a way back into love,

I can’t make it through without a way back into love…oh oh oh…

I’ve been watching but the stars refuse to shine,

I’ve been searching but I just don’t see the signs,

I know that it’s out there,

There’s got to be something for my soul, somewhere.

I’ve been looking for someone to shed some light,

Not somebody just to get me through the night,

I could use some direction,

And I’m open to your suggestions.

All I want to do is find a way back into love,

I can’t make it through without a way back into love,

And if I open my heart again,

I guess, I’m hoping you’ll be there for me in the end.

There are moments when I don’t know if it’s real,

Or if anybody feels the way I feel,

I need inspiration…

Not just another negotiation.

All I want to do is find a way back into love…

I can’t make it through without a way back into love…

And if I open my heart to you…

I’m hoping you’ll show me what to do…

And if you help me to start again…

You know I will be there for you in the end…

Lyrics: Way Back Into Love; Movie: Music & Lyrics

Music&Lyrics

Drew Barrymore & Hugh Grant in a snap shot from the movie Music & Lyrics 

Do watch the movie if you haven’t, and if you have, then it’s going to be amazing watch it again…this time may be with some company! ;)

Wishing everyone a very happy and interesting and amazing Valentine’s Day!

…Ashu Bolar

How Much Fat You Think Is Thin?

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 “I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.”

                                                                                                     - Jennifer Lawrence

This a quote by the young, pretty and talented actress from one of her interviews

The interview excerpts were all over the Internet and in almost every newspaper. But how many of us are going to take it seriously. We live in the digital era, where the beautiful pictures you see on magazines and billboards are touched and retouched to appear slim, smooth and perfect. And we all strive for that perfect body. But in reality is anyone perfect?

How do you decide whether you are thin or fat? When it comes to your health, one of the important factors judging your health status is your BMI – Body Mass Index.

BMI is a measure for human body shape based on a person’s weight and height.

BMI = Weight in kilograms / (Height in metres)2

Considering the increasing incidence of obesity, the BMI values differ from country to country. However, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), a BMI less than 18.5 is considered as underweight and may indicate malnutrition or other health problems, while a BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight and above 30 is considered obese. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people (children and adults) and is used in screening the weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Obesity is a risk factor to several ailments like heart diseases, joint problems, diabetes, several endocrinological disorders, and even cancer. Therefore, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By doing so your BMI value remains in the healthy zone, and at the same time you have high energy level—which means your confidence is high, and no matter what you wear, for sure you will look radiant!

It is important to maintain a healthy weight, which is only achievable by eating healthy and following a routine exercise regime. Crash dieting will help you lose weight but the results are temporary and every crash diet has its own negative effects on the body. Also, if you are gaining weight, it is advisable to check with your healthcare professional to rule out any hormonal disorder.

Name calling was always and still is considered rude. Calling someone fat is impolite, and be it on TV or otherwise, it is never appropriate to label an individual without even knowing him or her well enough. Fat is not ugly; it is unhealthy. Well, in that case, ‘BMI below 25’ would make an interesting New Year Resolution…what say?

Thin Fat

…Ashu Bolar

Thank You For Your Time. But You Wasted Mine.

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As the economy rises from the crisis, the job portals now have some good profiles posted. At a slow pace, but you get interview calls these days. Now, if you are really looking forward to a job change, then you would go for the interview.

Yes, interview. Let’s talk about the interview session. If it goes well, you are happy, but keep speculating why they did not call you back (which is not unusual these days.) If it went bad, you will crib and sulk till you appear the next.

I recently had an interesting interview for the post of Assistant Brand Manager. The interviewer was Head – Marketing. After 20 minutes of HR discussion and paper exchange and waiting for 40 minutes, I finally meet this person. The interview goes on for around 25 minutes and through out the interview either he snaps at me or the vice versa. The initial five minutes was annoying, but got interesting over the following fifteen minutes (at least at my end).

Now what went wrong? When you work in a team, at times you tend to talk as WE did, WE achieved, WE… and some more We’s. This person was like, “You are using ‘WE’, what have you done as ‘I’? I have a 300 slide presentation indicating what I have done as ‘I’ in the last two years and probably more than 3000 slides portfolio and several publications for the last 6 years. The irony was, on the whiteboard in his cabin, in huge black fonts, the expansion of the word ‘TEAM’ was written in a very clear writing.

TEAM

Like seriously dude??? :P

There where many mini snap Q&As, but the final was interesting, “Besides going through the organisation website and internet research, you should have done more homework on the organisation?” (The company website is incomplete. No Social Media Presence. Barely any information when you Google it. And I understand that this is why they need a brand manager in first place.) This time my answer to his stupid remark was a question, “And how do you do that?” In the 21st century, the man is expecting the candidate to chitchat and find about the organisation; or was I suppose to call Holmes and Dr. Watson?

Being old school is fine, but being ancient is unacceptable, especially, if you are in charge of the branding segment of an organisation. Digital media is ‘the media’ today—with which your presence can be felt globally despite you being located in just a corner of a country. Without a complete web presence, you are on your way towards extinction and will be fossilized soon. You may be an old and established service firm with an excellent word-of-mouth publicity, but with the competition around, just PR is not a sufficient promotional means. As a Head Marketing achieving sales target is great, but branding is a totally different ball game. No doubt both are interdependent, but applying sales principles to branding will not work most of the times—this is what I got to learn from the 25 minutes snip-snap session. Though we departed cordially, I really wanted to tell him, “Thank you for your time. But you wasted mine.”

However, there is no point crying over the time wasted. You will always get to learn something from an interview – be it good or bad. You learn by wining, but sometimes you learn more by losing. It is part of life. I have decided to apply what I have learnt to my work…and also to be prepared for clever as well as brainless prehistoric questions for my next interview! :)

…Ashu Bolar

Are You Ready?

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2014…hmmm…many new resolutions…hmmm…but are you ready to get serious? are you ready to hit the road? are you ready for the changes you want to bring in your life?

As all, I too have new plans, new ventures, new adventures…I may not be ready-ready, but yeah, getting ready to hit the road, to begin another journey…and in this process what I am enjoying the most is the beautiful song by Bunji Garlin.

Listen. Enjoy. Get Ready. :) 

We ready, we ready, yeah we ready
Ready,  ready, ready,  ready, ready
We ready, we ready, yeah we ready
Ready, ready, ready, ready

Look how deh sun now raisin’ up
And deh crowd now wakin’ up
Deh atmosphere have vibes
And nothin’ can break it up

De gyal dem ah wine non-stop
We have to choose dem inna my cup
We gonna party all night, all night

Twenty-four parties we hit in a row
Tonight ah deh very last show
Before we’ve lot time to route
De gyal dem ah release deh love
So leh me see your hands up so
Everybody now put your hands up so
If you ready for deh road leh your friend dint know

We ready for de road
We ready for de road

So we ready, we ready, yeah we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
We ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready

De gyal dem ah wait whole week
Forget up on deh road like freak
De music full up on blast
With thousands of chipping feet

Everywhere you look is just food
And everybody in a real nice mood
We gonna party all night, all night

Hmm. Everyone with painted body
Clean credit and tainted money
Nobody wanna dance by demself
Everybody wanna dance on somebody
Well leh me see your hands up so
Everybody now put your hands up so
If you ready for deh road leh your friend dint know

We ready for de road
We ready for de road

So we ready, we ready, yeah we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
We ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready

Look how deh sun now raisin’ up
And deh crowd now wakin’ up
Deh atmosphere have vibes
And nothin’ can break it up
And nothin’ can break it up
And nothin’ can break it up
And nothin’ can break it up
And nothin’ can break it up

And nothin’ can break it up

We ready for de road
We ready for de road

So we ready, we ready, yeah we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
We ready, we ready, we ready, we ready
Yeah we ready, we ready, we ready, we ready…

Differentology – Bunji Garlin (Featured in Grey’s Anatomy S10:E10)

In BitStrip Style :)

Getting Ready In BitStrip Style :)

…Ashu Bolar

Twist and Twerk!

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The idiom ‘turn and twist’ is redundant now. Today we see twists and twerks. Every year there are interesting additions made to the vocabulary volumes. If not an addition, then some dormant word gains celebrity popularity. This year the credit of reintroducing ‘Twerk’ goes to Miley Cyrus.

Twerking means to dance in a provocative manner that involves thrusting hip movements. The definition itself is twisty!

This movement or motion or dance move—you may call it as you like—isn’t new to the Bollywood dancing style. Rarely an actor (and a few actresses) may have not strained their hip joints to this move. However, it never gained too much attention as it has this year. What possibly must have gone wrong?

If you observe closely, the answer is simple. What varies is the intensity with which it was performed recently, and of course, the degree of squatting, the tongue bit and the attire. Therefore, all the attention, talks and discussions.

So what’s your move this festive season! If it is twerking, then ensure you have the right audience for your performance and your health supports such vigorous movements, otherwise this year twerks could turn twisty in the New Year!

Wishing All Dear Readers A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Blog Dec 2013

Oh That’s My BitStrip Avatar :D

…Ashu Bolar

Move It! Lose It! Prove It!

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“In the game of mercy when one kid cries out, the other one listens and the pain stops. Don’t you wish it was that easy now? It’s not a game anymore and we’re not kids.  You can cry mercy all you want, but nobody is listening. It’s just you screaming into a void.”

- Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy; S10:E3

How many times do you find yourself screaming into the void? Sometimes more than once in a day and sometimes more than you can count in a week. It happens to all of us. I keep writing and saying Life is Beautiful. It is, but as the adage goes ‘Life is not a bed of roses’. You do get roses, but roses are never without thorns. Some days are good or perfect as we generally call it. And some are plain bad hair days. So much so that you cry mercy—a cry rarely heard, often ignored.

It can be personal or professional, and sometimes both. But then what do you do?

Life does not come with a pause, rewind or forward button. It just goes on, non-stop, till your final breath.

“What if your focus splits? Are you left with nothing at all? Maybe you just need to find a different path. What if you can’t give a hundred percent? Maybe you just need to go back to the beginning and start all over again.

- Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy; S10:E5

Yes, may be you need to go back to the beginning, unwind, and start all over again. As the Fifth Episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 ends, Callie Torres’ attitude and Little Jackie’s beautiful song ‘Lose It’ says it all…

Exercise your right to enjoy life, you don’t need an invitation.

To let loose and be free, no need to RSVP.

Make your way to the party, no need for navigation.

Just fire your smile, exercise your right to have fun.

Go outta your mind, get into the music…

Colour outside the lines, I want you to move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

What is the art of letting go, this is your moment, it’s your commencement.

C’mon stand up, all your hands up, being in present.

You can’t occupy two places at the same time; leave the past behind, a simple change of mind.

Fire your smile, if you’re ready, get set for a good time.

Go outta your mind, get into the music…

Colour outside the lines, I want you to move it…grove it…show me how you Lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Exercise your right to enjoy life, you don’t need no invitation.

So let loose and be free, no need to RSVP.

Go outta your mind, get into the music…

Colour outside the lines, I want you to move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Move it…grove it…show me how you lose it…

Lose it

Screen Shot From S10:E5 Grey’s Anatomy

Let’s get into the music. Let’s colour outside the lines. Let’s Move it..Grove it…Lose it…Prove it! :)

…Ashu Bolar