IBMC Challengers – March 2018


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of March 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Lizardin Bain from the blog Unoriginal (Love) Notes is the Forty Eighth blogger to complete this challenge. There are ten incredible posts knit with wisdom and thoughtful thoughts. The first one can be found here: Mark of the Destiny.


Shivranjan from the blog Mighty Minds has completed four challenges thus far. The first one can be found here: When I See You.


Miss Andi from the blog A Journey to Courageous Living has completed three challenges. The first post can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.  


‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

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A to Z Challenge 2018


Well, last year was fun. I don’t want to miss this year too. I know its minutes away and I don’t have a theme yet, but, I am sure I am going to start it.

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The work schedule is keep me away from blogging, and hopefully A to Z Challenge will bring me back and make me blog everyday!

Are you taking it?

100000 Hits


Those numbers sure call for a ‘Happy Dance’. The blogging journey began on 16 July 2014 with the post Is this Life All About? – A New Old. The blog today has 488 posts, 101 pages, 12,501 comments and 3434 followers. Thank you, you kind fellow bloggers and friends. 100000 hits is huge!

In the play of zeros,
In the play of ones,
Nil to full,
Complete to nothing,
Perfections are a disorder,
Nothingness unescapable.

 

Then,
Amidst,
Zeros and ones,
Comes celebrating, ‘the happiness’!

hooray

 

People Who Make Sense


Warning: This one, comes with lot of commas. Pause there, and then proceed.

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‘Completeness’ is not an everyday feeling or may be it does not even qualify as a considerate feeling. Completeness is a temporal expression and it would lose its essence if so not the case. Let’s ask this question ‘Is anything in life ever complete?’ Let’s just leave it there hanging as any further exploration would still be incomplete.

We are not meant to make sense in every universe all the time. A leap of faith longish conversation might be totally a load of crap to the third. Though we paint the picture of everyday life with varying emotions, they seem stupid the very next day.  In an optional debate where we can agree to disagree, let’s pick and point something in specific.

In the random weird world where most times are lethargic and lackluster circumstances, the shoes always mismatch. Sometimes it’s the sock. Then there is tie as well. Handkerchief might be missing or the top is too tight or the color isn’t just right. Like said, we are not meant to make sense all the time.  

Who does? Who makes sense? Who ‘makes’ sense? Or who makes ‘sense’? Making sense is somewhere somewhat associated to completeness. This completeness does not come easily from within. It mostly is an effect and affect from the surrounding we have built. Those we have prioritized. Those, whose words we have made influence our life.

People,
Who make sense,
Hold your hand,
Take through the path,
Where thus far you felt,
You walked alone.

People who make sense are seldom found in our zone of comfort. They are ‘by and large’ randomly shuffled along the corners of the world where we are never expected to look over.

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A meet with the most comforting person, where you barely spoke, still gives the utmost satisfaction; they are the people who make sense. A friend with whom you continue a conversation effortlessly that started months ago; they are the people who make sense. A busy friend, who manages time to talk to you, is the one who makes sense. The one, who understands the words the way you mean it, without being explained, is the one who makes sense.

That one friend, who knows that there is nothing called bandwidth that needs to match, is the person who makes sense. That one conversation where you talk things where they don’t look related to others but you make a perfect sense out of it, is the person who makes sense. The one whom you can trust even with the dark shadow of theirs is the one makes sense. The one who promises to make it, though they know they can’t and still tries to their every best to keep it, is the one who makes sense. That one, who thinks of you in every happiness and otherwise is the one who makes sense. The person who makes sense is the one who knows the real meaning of life and they help in defining it and without them, the definition is never complete. Those, who go beyond priority, they are the ones who make sense. They don’t stand with you for benefits, but instead they stand with you because that makes sense to them.

It will make sense when you know the quality of work is the one that matters the most and everything else is artificial. Nothing is built by only accumulating. It also has a falling downside. Things will make sense when you easily let go the fall-down side. It is sensible enough to know that there are fools around. It makes sense when you know that work place is a work place and give it the appropriate space. It makes sense when you know how expectation works. It makes sense to sit alone at times and think of nothing, still meaning everything to you. It makes sense to be neglected. It makes sense to be mocked. It makes sense to put something which makes sense only to you. It makes sense to ignore the judgemental thoughts. It makes sense to be in the race and run it like you always wished for. It makes sense to give up, never turn back and walk away. It makes sense to step for right.

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Right.
With a presentation of incomplete list, how much of sense do I make?

 

IBMC Challengers – February 2018


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of February 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Deb from the blog Twenty Four is the Forty Seventh blogger to complete the challenge. Reading all the ten challenges has been a fun journey to me. They carry well framed thoughts and messages.  The first one can be found here: Phase a Paragraph Challenge.


Miss Andi from the blog A Journey to Courageous Living has initiated the challenge and completed the first one. The post can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.  


 

‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

That Day of Machines


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The day stands ahead.

That day, where it would be difficult to judge on who deceived us. Was it a machine or a man?

Was it a machine who said it was a man and deceived us OR was it a man who behaved like a machine and deceived us?

The line is thin. The line is getting more clear. Or may be there is no line. What are we??

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IBMC Challengers – January 2018


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of January 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Ritwik from the blog SCRIBBLES is the Forty Fifth blogger to complete this challenge. He has put out 10 brilliant posts that can be wholly enjoyed.  The first one can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.


Hester from the blog DIS EKKE is the Forty Sixth blogger to complete this challenge. There are 10 well researched posts, drafted to make a soothing read. I have enjoyed reading each of them. The first one can be found here: When I See You.


Deb from the blog Twenty Four has completed 08 challenges so far and it has been a fun journey. The first one can be found here: Phase a Paragraph Challenge


‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

Voids of Detachment


“The thin lines of thick happiness between attach and detach”

It is not necessary that life has to present us with void giving us the opportunity to fill  up something. At times we stand responsible to create a void.

Life cannot be without the people we care. It’s this attachment that adds meaning to  life. If people change and if that attachment is only bringing the pain, it’s certainly best time to de that attachment. We all have our limits of care. If the person at the other side expects more freedom and that is what the new happiness is, then that is when we give away with it.

This is when we create a void for our self. We cannot keep destroying our self for the  care we do for other. This is one of most difficult forms of void and can easily destroy  one. But that is inevitable and the need. That void is essential.

There is a difference between going to depression and going to void. When in void, one will create a space and find a new love. As an unusual change, loving thyself could be it too. It’s not easy. Certainly not. But it is the inevitable. It’s not easy doing a work solely for self satisfaction, with no expectations of some one’s appreciation. It’s not impossible as well. Anyone who says is doing it, is not actually doing it. Self Satisfaction things are mostly unsaid and unknown.

If there is no one ready to accompany for a movie, then it’s not about complaining, it’s about watching something else reachable or going alone. A popcorn or cold drink is always a best company. We are not here to force an idea. We are here to find the other who would agree to our idea of fun. The inner acceptance of this reality is the actual idea of fun.

Have you ever got a cake for yourself on your birthday when you knew no one else would possibly get it? Or when you just wanted your favorite cake for your birthday? Nothing can stop one being happy on one’s own birthday. It’s these little things of pleasure that eventually makes the life beautiful. Be in it.

Welcome the void!

More at: The Void

Ahoy Matey, 2018!



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New Year is always a happy one to the near, dear and beer ones.

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It might look like yet another routine day but it isn’t. It’s the day where the inner self has agreed to change for the healthier good and give a renewed start. It’s the belief that “Whatever sucked yesterday, might not suck tomorrow and today needs that something to be done.” It’s time to get bigger milestones.

Announcing the goals is the first step of making sure that you are going to stick to it. Here is for the better and grand start. Cheers!

Goals for 2018:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts
  • Post 120 technical blog posts
  • Read a minimum of 150 research papers and document them
  • Read 40 novels
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April
  • Write 10 ebooks
  • Finish 10 new courses
  • Get published
  • Progress with research work, measurably.
  • Make and keep a strong step in establishing own firm
  • Always try something new, often and more

I started my new year by taking the Goodreads challenge of 40 books. Off to pick and start my first book!

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And most important of all,

Happy We,
New us,
Year 2018. 
* Greetings *

Winding Up 2017


2017

It was for the first time I had Resolutions in 2017 and it sure did not suck. May be for the reason that they were not actually resolutions, instead were a plan of action. Yes, I did not meet them all, but, Satisfactory? Hell yeah! Here is quick summary post of the list and yes, all this along with professionally tied works!

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1. The More Bucket:

1.1 General Blog posts:
The plan was to have 120 blog posts and ended up with 149 (including this). I know you all agree that blogging is definitely fun!

1.2 Reading Novels:
The plan was to stop at 12 and could not. It went to 20. The Year in Goodreads sums it all. Touched a lot of classics and definitely made my year.

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2. The Equal Bucket:

2.1 Technical Blog Posts:
120 was the goal and 120 it is! Questioning the quality of posts, I agree they were not to the expectation and got to improve.  They will in 2018.

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3. The Less Bucket:

3.1 Reading Research Papers:
The plan was 120 and I could go till 86. I still consider that as a good number but 120 should have not been difficult to achieve.

3.2 Coursera Courses:
Was supposed to complete 10 but the model changed and most of the courses were no longer free. Now the model also has a subscription fee as well. I could only manage to complete 3 courses this year. However overall I have managed to complete 31 by far.

3.3 Writing Ebooks:
07 out of 12 were completed and 03 are work-in-progress. I missed on this one badly. 100 Haiku , See, Say, Market Recommendations , Poem Shop , A to Z – Poem for an Idiom , The Web Circular , The Void and Hashing are the published ones.

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Others that made the Year memorable:

Apart from winning few prizes in the contests, getting a poem published in an anthology and teaching a class of super enthusiastic students, here are other things that kept me happy through the year:

  • Completing A to Z challenge in the month of April
  • Completing Two NaNo camps (April and July)
  • Working as a ML for NaNoWriMo India (November)
  • 4 version releases of my research work
  • My NaNoWriMo 2016 novel went through the first editorial review and I still have hopes of getting it published
  • Completing most of my technical text book
  • An hour long exercise everyday (with a break on sundays and when sick!)

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It’s been an year which I am thankful about and to a lot of people as well! A year that has given me hopes that much better things can happen in 2018. I am going to set my goals high and better.

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