Paradise Lost (.) Paradise Regained (???)

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I am sure you must have heard, if not read, the epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ by John Milton, a 17th century English Poet. It is one of my favourites amongst all the poems I had to read for my MA English second year exam.

Well in short, it is the story how mankind lost its permanent place in Paradise after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit as intended and tempted by the Satan disguised as the serpent.

Well, now that the fruit is eaten, here we are on the Planet Earth instead of the Garden of Eden. There are serpents everywhere, in various disguises. There seems to be no riddance from this serpent and its poison. The poison of lust, greed, envy and pride infects us from both within and out. But there is a hope for a remedy, a hope that leads to cure.

This having learnt, thou hast attained the sum 

Of Wisdom; hope no higher, though all the Stars 

Thou knew’st by name, and all th’ ethereal Powers, 

All secrets of the deep, all Nature’s works, 

Or works of God in Heav’n, Air, Earth, or Sea, 

And all riches of this World enjoy’dst, 

And all the rule, one Empire: only add 

Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith

Add Virtue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,

By name to come called Charity, the soul 

Of all the rest: then wilt though not be loth 

To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess 

A paradise within thee, happier far.

                                                          – Paradise Lost; Book XII. 575–587

In Paradise Lost, Book XII, Archangel Michael says these lines to Adam, just before Adam and Eve are led out of Paradise, while trying to explain that even though they have fallen from grace and must leave Paradise, they can still lead a fruitful life. To assure their happiness, they should live their lives by seven tenets: Obedience, Faith, Virtue, Patience, Temperance, Love and Charity. If they live their lives accordingly, they will feel as if they never left Paradise as these tenets will allow them to create an inner Paradise.

Well, here’s the antidote—leading a life by the seven tenets: Obedience, Faith, Virtue, Patience, Temperance, Love and Charity.

Again, this is common knowledge. But how many of us actually apply this to our lives?

‘Paradise Lost’ was followed by another poem ‘Paradise Regained’, where Milton tells the story of Jesus’ resistance to Satan’s temptations, thus narrating the victory of good over evil.

This victory is not fiction, but a reality.

However, today it appears more like fiction due to widespread pandemic recurrent venomous attacks of corruption, terrorism, human trafficking, child abuse, gender abuse, gender discrimination and the list goes on and on.

And with the lengthy list, the rampant attacks and the minimal efforts to eradicate this toxicity…

…Paradise Lost? – Yes, for sure.

…Paradise Regained??? – You’ve got to be kidding me.

…Ashu Bolar

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