2012 – Another fantastic year I enjoyed.
2012 journey started at Pune and I am writing this post from Noida. At the beginning of 2012,
In Jan, my sister got married, just to increase hopes from me to get married soon 🙂 But I successfuly survived with my bachelorhood.
Feb, I met an amazing personality who gave me blueprint of my life.. To reduce my anxiety.
March, I started giving interviews for change of job and got 3 offers in hand.
April, I selected wrong project for myself. Faced toughest time in my professional life with a very hard to deal with Team lead…. May be his stress… But, as i write this post, probably I will be relocated to Mumbai for good.
May – Oct, Each month I changed my accommodation.. Tough time in office continues. To add to that, I had night shifts (I wanted to experience it n its really not good, as was advised by many)
Nov – Went to see a girl, searched by parents n dramatic turn of events ended up rejecting that proposal. Got hurt by her parents remark ‘ Na sunkar dukh to hua hai’ During this turn of events, I realised, I have already met the one (according to blue print too). Yeah, I like her 🙂 (choosing words very carefully 😉 ) BUT she is waiting for a businessman from Punjab, which I am not!!
Dec – comes the good news that I will be released from project. But at the same time, spending more than 12 hours in office.
Learning in 2012, spiritual n financial progress in next post…. To be cntd…
Today I took this 45mins session, Goal Setting , for YES!+ volunteers in Hingewadi. Being the first session of this kind that I was taking, I wanted it to be small. It went all well.
Few of the feedback after session:
1. I got a clear vision.
2. I could do it in one hour for which I was thinking for past two years.
3. Some points were crystal clear about my goals after the session.
Abhishek – Clarity of ideas discussed in front of me.
Yogesh – It made me more stronger to hold my goal and gave me time to think about new ways for that.
4. Pooja – It was Analytical. It forced to think about our goals which we normally never sit and think of. Not only goals but the means to achieve goals, whether goals are contradictory or not.
I will have to make it more structured next time.
The way I took the process is a secret ;). But the points covered were:
1. Putting time limit. And fear that does not let us do so. As we need to take some action with time limit set.
3. Whether goals are contradictory
4. Back in mind – goals – Personal – Material/Spiritual, Family, Service, etc
4. Inherent conflict in the world. And so sync between thought and action as while driving vehicle.
5. Benefits of focused effort like water in river
6. Goals worth aiming
I never imagined that i am going to be a part of the movement where whole of India is united once again to fight with people in power and this time to end corruption that too in Gandhian way. Reading history books, about Lokmanya Tilak, Bhagatsing, Quit India movement, etc was one thing and witnessing a movement, being part of it and making history happen is completely different!
We are fortunate to get this chance to do something great for our country. Thanks to Anna Hazare and hats off to his commitment, patience, vision, intelligence, simplicity, patriotism. Here in India, everybody wanted to do something for country but nobody knew what to do, how to do it. Anna provided a platform/gave a direction for result oriented action where results can be seen in very near future.
I don’t think there is anybody in India today who is against Anna other than corrupt politicians and people whom these politicians were buying for votes or so. I heard there are few Dalit leaders who are against this movement. It’s very unfortunate but probably they are funded by Government.
Do support India Against Corruption ! It’s always better to be a part of the change rather than just seeing it from outside. Choice is yours!
I am with Anna for corruption free India.
Satyam Param Dhimahi! – Let Truth, Divinity and Knowledge shine through me!
First time I was in Changlang, I was to take more and more courses and second time I was there to open Art of Living center and help two teachers, who recently finished their TTC (Teachers Training Course), take courses.
Opening a center seemed a bit bigger task but I knew it will happen as Guruji had put his Sankalpa. Only thing I was to do was give my 100% :).
With all known situation as I started relaxing and my focus got reduce from the goal, my challenges increased dramatically. It was one of the biggest learning from this visit – reemphasizing the point – being 100% all the time and not letting mind get distracted. You remove your focus and it will not work.
We got a place where we can open our center, thanks to Mingtu (envisioning better Changlang). But our State Teacher Coordinator Rajaqueji told that if I am not going to be there for at least next six months, there is no point opening center unless local (new) teachers take initiative. And it was quite obvious.
So I was to direct the teachers elder than me, channelize the energy of others who already wanted to contribute. And probably for the first time I was dealing with such a subtle challenge. Good news is we have our temporary center opened there.
Teachers on returning from Bangalore after completing their TTC, thanked me a lot. I was one of the main reasons (in the seen world) they were teachers, giving them last push. Hanpotji, one of the teachers told that she got so inspired from me to go for TTC. It feels so nice to hear that!! 🙂 🙂 :). And then to surrender it. Of course, Dixonji, another teacher already built the good base there.
One more shortcoming of mine that came out of this visit was in depth planning. I was in Changlang only for 23days with main focus of opening a center. I already had decided what all courses I was going to take there. But I didn’t decide exact date and place for courses, which kept changing for one reason or other, which made my work double.
However it was good, short, sweet visit.
For Part 1 of this post, click: https://arpitk.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/changlang-special/
I decided dates for my first Part 1 course there and got chance to announce it on Republic day. I took permission from District Collector (DC) who was very supportive. While I was meeting people for this Part 1, somehow I met SP (Superintendent of Police) and Prison Course got decided. To take YES!+ in college, I met DC again and YES!+ got decided. Meanwhile I got call for TRM (Teachers Refresher Meet ). And there was a week time that I had! So I announced one more Part 1 and Navchetana 🙂
So each week, that I was there in Changlang, there was an AOL course happening :). I experienced the fact that many people had told as Guru Stories – YOU just have to be there, work is already done by HIM :). It’s such an amazing experience!
Everything there was so different: Culture, food, clothing, shelter. Once I bravely eat Cho-Cho which was pathetic in taste! With all affection I was offered ‘Pahadi Sabji’ (Mountain Vegetable), as I was not going to get it in my area! Having Pahadi Sabji, my tongue used to cry ;). Other than that there were normal vegetables too. And good thing was crops grown there were completely organic.
Society there was completely polarized – either Cristian or Hindu (following Rangfrah). Rangfarah is the deity worshiped by the major population of Changlang district, an indigenous god. Very few people are open minded. Most of innocent people were deceived so that they can be converted!!
Language was not a problem. Almost everybody understands Hindi there….
Overall it was a fantastic experience 🙂
Changlang, a district in Arunachal Pradesh, on mountain, where you will not find even half a kilometer plane straight road. It’s all ups and downs, hilly, curvy, with greenery all over and water falls in between to amuse you. Needless to say it’s North East India.
This was my first visit to North India. And I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. The place is awesome, people are so innocent, helpful, relaxed. But they have different kinds of challenges there. And I was there to take ‘The Art of Living’ workshops.
When I was in Chennai I already googled Changlang. And though it’s a district place, population is still less than my hometown, a village in Maharashtra and there is only one college for graduation. So it gave me an idea that it’s not going to be so advanced. And I was already told that it’s Cristian dominated area. It anyway doesn’t matter as I was there to bring back smile on their faces! Also I came across some of the problems while browsing about Arunachal Pradesh – Arunachal Pradesh and Assam border dispute, China and Arunachal Pradesh border dispute, opposition to hydroelectric power plants, etc. and on my way to Changlang, people told me about insurgency problem.
But when I actually reached there, challenges were little different. By the time I reached Changlang, there were three check-posts (after entering Arunachal border). And armed forces ( gun men) checking everybody. And I already started feeling little different! The place where I got down, opposite to SBI ATM, there were gun men. It made me little insecure. But I knew I am taken care of :). After 3-4 days, these gun men didn’t bother me anymore ;). I was habitual to them!
I was staying there with one of the middle school Principals who already had done Part 1 and Part 2 courses of Art of Living . And as unexpected it was house made up of Tin!
And then as I was meeting people to organize the course, the first big challenge that came was walking. In fact it’s not walking, it’s climbing hills and getting down. As I already mentioned it’s situated on mountain. So it was so tiring and time consuming! And then I came to know that more than 90% people there are drug/alcohol addicts!
The only thing I used to think was let me be hollow and empty and give my 100%. And rest all is in HIS hand.
And so I got Amakaji’s number who helped me more than expected. And in few days I just became like family member. Mingtu, her
hubby, who has already done the course, and left drug habit, gave me the bike (one challenge solved :)) and introduced to many people.
People there are so relaxed. They so casually take break from school, for a year! Students in higher secondary are 18-19 years old. Office timings are morning 9am to 1pm and then lunch break for an hour or two and then by 4-4:30 office gets over. Shops also gets close by 6pm as it becomes so dark by then. People have so much time, free time! They hardly have any source of entertainment, no theatres. So probably they tend to take drugs, etc. however people are very helpful. They prepare their Bambu house on themselves and almost everybody from young to old, know how to make house. And there are no carpenters!………………………………………………… to be continued
The post below is what I wrote on 16th Jan before reaching Arunachal Pradesh. As I didn’t have net access, I was unable to publish it!!
I reached Guwahati station at around 11:30am and as soon as I came out of station it started raining heavily and in just 2minutes it started snow.ing 😉 . It lasted for about 7minutes. And the road was all white. What a welcome for me in Guwahati. This is HIS style of welcoming!
This was the first rain of the season in Guwahati. And it started with snowing! Wow!
I took Auto to reach our Art of Living Ashram here and it’s so beautiful, more than what I imagined it to be! – on the hill by the side of river Bramhaputra! WOW! 🙂
Evening I went for shopping in nearby area – ‘Rest Camp’ and ‘Bara Bazar’ and got Thermocot and raincoat for myself.. very essential here 😉
After dinner, my room-mate Sawant who recently became teacher – Dec, 2010 batch, wanted me to discuss YES!+ manual. We did it so. We finished discussing about first 3 days. And day ended. Good Night! (because I am writing it just before I go to bed 😉 ).
I was on Fantastic tour of Rajasthan with my Ma, Pa and Aunt last month for 13 days. This tour of ours had journey by passenger train to AC coach, flight, car and temples to National Park, dessert to Taj Mahal. And what made it very special was – I was on tour with family after 7 years!
We started from Dhamangaon (my hometown) to Nagpur, stayed overnight with aunt and early morning took flight to Delhi. We were there in Delhi just to catch a train to Jaipur. Meanwhile we went to one of our relatives there.
In Jaipur, The Pink City, we stayed at one of our aunt’s place. It was first time in my life, one of our family member welcomed us without any formality, I just loved it 🙂 . It was so much like at home only. There we went to famous Bapu Bazar and Ram Mandir. It was shopping day only. My mom and aunt AND in Bapu Bazar. What more these ladies want!! Almost whole day we spent there 🙂 And a thought came to my mind – On the day of shopping, girls/ladies should do Kriya in the evening only. Otherwise they get so much energy…… 😉
Next day, we started from Jaipur by Car and in next few days we traveled 2100+ km. This includes 14 famous temples, a day in Bikaner; which was again a shopping day, Ranthambhor National Park and sunset in Khudi near Jaisalmer. I know GOD is there in bangalore these days in body form. But anyway my parents wanted to visit all the temples so I went and thoroughly enjoyed it, different rituals and customs and ways to worships and different beliefs :).
I loved the old fashioned houses in Bikaner specially the doors and windows 🙂
Sunset in Khudi/Khuri near Jaisalmer was awesome. It is the real dessert area
left now. First time in my life I sat on Camel and it was fantastic experience :). I wish everybody gets chance to do camel riding :). It’s so much fun :). Night stay over there included traditional folk dance and Rajasthani food in well decorated huts.
Jaisalmer, The Golden City, is really golden city and it’s still golden :). Jaisalmer fort is good, specially Jain temple inside it. Superb was Kothari’s Patwa Haveli – expensive decoration, gracefully carved pillars, balconies. It was full of artistic work in each corner.
to be cntd….