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On Learning

Learning happens bit by bit,

It is like water to a growing seed;

Sunlight on forest floor, path to peak’s summit;

Cannot but overflow, it knows no greed.


When every leaf on every tree,

When marking on each finger, palm.

When in all the land and all the sea

Nothing is so similar, all is unique, everything calm.


Then learning is boundless, endless.

Still every mind learns unique, thinks different.

His destiny he chooses and learns, mindless

Of the end or of the courses it takes, learning is but diligent.


It is so calm; it is so diligent, it happens bit by bit.

You will never know what you have learnt

Till the day you implement it.

So be calm, the wick hasn’t but burnt.


Learning leads to knowledge and in turn to wisdom.

It is wise men, who conquer the world,

Live cherished lives, chartered planes to The Kingdom

Fly them away, like tea leaves in baskets hurled.


What you learn is what you become.

So, my friend, don’t limit yourself.

Be free, see the world, and acquaint with some

More. Be learned. Be the true light to others reflecting from one’s own self.

27th November 2011

Sneha Bhuwalka


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ज़िंदगी एक पतंग उड़ाने जैसा

#deandreyoga #yogaismorethanasana

On my home-yoga-practice, I really give myself enough time on that shavasana. Its a thoughtless state and sometimes after I’m out, there is this rush of thoughts which feel like someone is putting words in my head. One of those shavasana experience I would like to share:

ज़िंदगी एक पतंग उड़ाने जैसा

ज़िंदगी एक पतंग उड़ाने जैसा है,
कभी माँझे को ढील और कभी खिंचना है।
हवा के रूख को महसूस करना होगा;
हर पल में ध्यान लगाना होगा।

सब सीखेगा तू चिंता ना करना,
बस मंज़िल को मन में याद रखना।
लटाई लिए बंधू है पीछे खड़ा,
जिसके बिना ना कोई उड़ान हो पूरा।

ज़िंदगी है एक पतंग उड़ाने जैसा,
हर पल में है अनुभव वैसा ।।

Life is just like flying a kite, you work and rest and that continues and the cycle never stops till the end. I love to learn but as I write I realise that only work is not learning, you also learn when you are resting.I don’t want to miss out on any possibility of learning, so I’ve only been working my brain and mind. Doing nothing is a rest to the brain so when its working the next time it will learn more.

Being too focused, goal-oriented and controlled about my life makes me forget to feel all the effort going into making it amazing and I forget to breathe. I overwork and then gasp for air. I can also plan my days and weeks and everything I do, in a way that its relaxing and has its spaces to breathe.Its not about numbers, achievements, goals achieved, it is about feeling and experiencing every single moment.


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Havelock Ellis

Life happens in every single second as I write , right now, now in every moment. The previous moment is gone and it is a memory in the mind. You can dwell in the previous moment and feel sad or nostalgic but that isn’t your present life. Life is in every tick of life as you read. So its all about letting go a little when things are not in the direction we expected and going head on when everything is in favour of what we want.

In every way of living it is like flying a kite.

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Resolution time! Don’t beat yourself!

Why do we need landmarks, like a new year resolution, a Monday to change our weekly goals, a festival to clean out a messy house, new beginnings and those sort of things?

The concept of time was invented by humans; if we were crows we might not realise it’s 2015 ,December or any other date. We’d know it’s cold though. Why are we always depending on some targeted time for things to start and end? Just be like crows wake up, with the sun and do whatever you have to till sundown to survive and then go to bed with sun down. Simple.


No! We are evolved creatures, to all the people who say new year resolutions are not a good idea. Why do you think our grandfather invented that clock, to help us make the best use of every moment till the next one came along. The digital time on our smart phones also serves the same purpose.

So any resolution—could be birthday or new year, monthly resolution, helps in achieving something till the next achieving moment arrives. Reminds you of how much time has passed and how much is left to bear the burden of this resolution.

Yes, me and you have been making burdensome resolutions! The problem is not in making a resolution but the resolution itself.

I’m guilty of making crappy new year resolutions too, which I already know I’m not sticking to and I hate the idea of it, but for a week or 2 it gives me some kind of a mental occupation.

No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”  Suze Orman

I realised making resolutions should be more fun and not just work. Like it could be the ‘100daysofhappiness’ that was doing rounds on social media a while back. It was something very open ended and what anyone would want to stick to. It needn’t be crowding the Internet everyday but as long as you counted it, it’s making a difference.

No one said save Rs 25 a day for a year! Or watch a Ted talk everyday for a year! I would love to try that! Whatever you like can also help you grow, doesn’t have to be disciplinary and boring.


Taking up a resolution needs a lot of guts because if you don’t keep up with it, you basically take yourself so lightly. So if you know you’re not going to do something like no-coffee-for-a-year, what sense does it make to beat yourself up? Might as well  go for a month, like a monthly resolution and decide hence forth.

Decide the time frame smaller if the resolution is really a burden. If you know you can stick to it for longer then go for it and challenge yourself to extend it further! So it’s time to prepare for some serious fun in the coming year, let’s play smart and make sensible choices in making our resolutions which we can enjoy while we’re at it. To many more New Years and good times! May we learn to enjoy living life.

A different side to the coin –

To each their own! 🙂


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Over the Fear!

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Love in everything..

A lot of emphasis is given to finding the true love, keeping that love alive and what true love feels like.If you truly love you already know that Love is not a just a feeling, it is a power. It is a power because love can make people do things they would not do otherwise. By calling love a feeling we are really confining its powers to its emotional boundaries, and not experiencing its true power. Any act done with love will only bring great results.

Loving something with all your heart makes you insouciant about getting something in return. I take inspiration from Nature, “Has it ever demanded anything of us in return for whatever it offers to the human beings?”. Nature is always giving its dues with all its love.

You gave someone chocolates and did not even get a thank you for that. You felt bad? Then that’s not love. It did sound melodramatic at first but when you love you don’t look for things in return, you do it for love.

Yes, hence relationships don’t workout many a times I guess. People have expectations and when its not fulfilled they make themselves believe there isn’t any love. Love isn’t some deal, based on conditions applied and expectations fulfilled. So rise above this fairy-tale idea of love. Love is not a guarantee card for happily-ever-after. Love is when you fight for someone or something in any situation and through any emotion, be it anger, sadness, joy or happiness.

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 11.29.43 AM.pngWe can sometimes forget that we loved something or someone. It fades away. May be we’ve experienced something we could love more. Or may be we feel the next thing is going to make us love so much that we will turn out to be better people. Love makes us want to be better people.

Most important, its said a lot, if you cannot love yourself you cannot love others. If you’re the source of the love only then can you share it with others. If you are not in a positive state of mind then its not possible to transfer any positive energy. You need to understand things about yourself, like what makes you happy, what gives you a positive outlook of mind, what would you like to do to become a source of happiness. Yes, its important to be alert about your reactions to things and keep doing things that make you a positive person. You can then pass on that vibe to people you meet. If someone loves to cook, but is constantly thinking about his wife’s sickness and the quarrels at his house, he will not be able to cook his best dishes with the same love.

Love Bourneville, Love birds, Love parents, love children, love stories, love rain and trees… love beaches, love nature, love chaat , love fruits, love friends, love music and love everything around you and you will never get short of love.

Love is not blind; we are but blind to love. Love is all around us. Every single thing in this world can be loved. As I saw the rain pour down on my outstretched palm, no it was not the first time it was raining or I wasn’t seeing it for the first time, but I knew that feeling made me love it. I know not if some Supreme Power exists, but I know that there is a force that loves you and me more than anything. As we see glimpses of this force we get a sense of hope and faith. That force is love, the power that can be shared with anyone.


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To Make a Difference

Have you felt this feeling of Stillness? Its not some trance mode, I’m talking about. Its that feeling that everything has slowed down a bit and your thoughts are coming to you one at a time, everything is in sync, your mind, breath and heart beat, the wind around you. Everything is under a calm spell. No, I’m not even talking about the famous ‘Shav-Asana’ in yoga.

This is the best feeling in the world to me. Its one of those rarest times, not that I had no ‘to do lists’ in my mind or I had done a major deed. It just comes when I make the effort to wake up and look at the sunrise, or feed some banana to the cows, when I meet small babies and they smile for no reason and I get to smile back at them, when I thank someone for their regular job and that’s made their day, or greet the old security guard I see everyday and buying flowers for folks at home for no reason at all. So, I figured that whenever it involves someone else’s benefit/happiness instead of mine it gives me this sense of calm and bliss. I could, may be, call it “Bliss-mode”.


I had a friend who would go out of her way to celebrate people’s birthdays, get them gifts, the dogs got their share of biscuits even if that got her late for a class and randomly get books for her friends. I know her secret of smiling all the time now, she isn’t crazy after all. Its inspiring to have people like that around you and know there are people out there waiting to bring a smile on your face for no personal gain.

I have been contemplating of how most of my days throughout the week is focused all around myself. My day starts with my workout time, then my bath and breakfast, my office work, then after I’m back home probably I’m learning how to cook for my happiness, or I’m mostly on the internet reading something for my own interest, watching sitcoms, lazing around. Oh! and the workout has been making me eat so much food I’m actually feeling sick of myself, “gluttony feels”. All this encouragement about “ME Time” on the internet got me too serious about doing things for myself. Bliss-mode was long gone and I was wondering what I’m not doing right.

Me- time is as important as Bliss-mode. You obviously need to love yourself and do things to make yourself feel good but there is a thin line between that and becoming selfish. Frankly, even I haven’t got that perfect balance. We must all try and find happiness in giving happiness is the mantra. I guess everyone needs to feel this way once in a while and its all about the balance.

It doesnt stay forever this Bliss-mode. We need to keep working towards keeping it on. You constantly need to water the plant for it to grow, you’re body needs constant supply of oxygen and the same way the feeling of bringing joy to other living beings and making a difference.

When you make a difference to the world, you’re existence gets more validated in your own eyes and it gives you this sense of satisfaction. There is no end to the kindness we can offer to this world around us and make it a better place. So look for what is the small thing that gives you a sense of peace while you make a difference.

“Even more important than the warmth and affection we receive, is the warmth and affection we give. It is by giving warmth and affection, by having a genuine sense of concern for others, in other words through compassion, that we gain the conditions for genuine happiness. More important than being loved, therefore, is to love.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama

An interesting read:

Why we need to slow down our lives