Beneath the Surface

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Beneath the surface rests a soul

So unblemished, so sublime …

Beneath the surface rests a heart

So tender, so crystalline …

Beneath the surface rests a child

So innocent, so fine …

Beneath the surface rests a vision

So unjaded, so mine …

Yet the world sees the mortals at the surface

The exterior,

Never  deep, never within

Sits in judgement

So harsh , so grim

And  yet the fallible race strives and clobbers

The macrocosm

With all its might …

Those who bow

Get lost in the abyss …

Those who triumph

Sparkle in the sands of time …

I stand strong

As i glimmer, i rise and shine … !

A Day Without ‘LOL’ Moments is a Day Wasted !!

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Notice the above picture ? What does it say – ‘Laugh out Loud.’  A lot of you tend to use the ‘LOL’ acronym way too commonly, and that’s good. It indeed is but do you actually implement it in your actual lives? NO.

Well here’s the thing people and get this straight – You have got to let go of your inhibitions and embrace laughter as much as you can. Even in the year 2014, with all the access to technology and so many other awesome things, if you can’t even laugh. what the hell are you living for. Laugh like a child because that is the purest , the most genuine form of laughter. If you feel that your life is stressful and you don’t have enough reasons to be happy , and laugh out loud – CREATE those reasons. Most importantly, distance yourselves from negativity and negative people. They will suck the life force out of you.Count all those people in, who help you release Endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates, designed to relieve stress and enhance pleasure. Endorphin is known as the ‘happiness hormone’. It does away with all your stress and makes you happy at heart.

The most insignificant things that you tend to take for granted will assist you in releasing Endorphins – the smell of chocolate, a bite of your favourite dessert, a hot shower after a hectic day, a good workout session that makes you feel good about yourself, a healthy interaction with someone positive, watching a sitcom, reading a really inriguing book, a really nice ‘make- out’ session , if you have that option of course ;) and lots of laughter. Laughter is healthy, laughter fills you with positivity and it is definitely contagious. That is why you have got to surround yourselves with people who will literally make you release Endorphins. Laughter cleanses you inside out. It helps build your immunity. It helps lower your blood pressure. It even helps toning your abs. More than anything else, it contributes to your overall well being. Therefore, don’t waste time in waiting to be happy, waiting to laugh, waiting for having your perfect moments. Now is perfect , it’s as good as any time. Just laugh because a day without LOL moments is a day wasted and a life without LOL moments is an entire life time wasted.

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Zing it with a Smiley .. :D

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Consider this -

Boy – ” Hey gal, you wanna hang out tonight ? “

Girl- ” No way !! “

Now consider this -

Boy – “Hey gal, you wanna hang out tonight ? :D

Girl – “No way ;)

Notice what’s different in the above two conversations ? In the former, the whole connotation of the tone is blatantly rude, while in the latter, there is a subtle flirtatious undertone. All that made a difference above was the insertion of one small emoticon at the end of the sentence.

Emoticons or Smileys as they’re popularly known are the new ‘lingo’ of our generation. They actually make up for extremely riveting conversations online . They facilitate to play up the nuances and therefore you can interpret whatever you feel like as per your convenience , without it getting offensive. You can actually spare yourself a lot of trouble if you can nail the art of using emoticons. Every time a text on Whatsapp get awkward, a message on Facebook gets impinging or a DM on Twitter gets coquette – USE smileys . Trust me, you will easily laugh your way out of it, without being offensive or being misunderstood ( Dear couples, kindly pay heed :D ).  Personally, i can have entire conversations only using smileys. They’re fun plus a single smiley has the power to carry the exact force of emotions and thoughts. One can cut down whole stanzas using emoticons, and yet convey the same meaning, some times even better. That’s the reason online conversations are easy.

I stumbled upon this article recently where i found out that this whole cult of using emoticons has gone so viral that in South Lanarkshire there are 226 Vehicle Activated Signs that don’t just tell drivers their speed, but show them a smiley or a sad face, depending on whether they’re under or over the limit. All thanks to these little faces, the number of people exceeding the speed limit in the Lanarckshire area fell by fifty three percent. I guess this whole emoticon buzz is here to stay, so try to be a part of it. Have some fun since this world lacks a sense of humour. It really does. Having said that , don’t make everybody a part of your emoticon world. Don’t let the creeps in.  ‘ Limit your access’ as i always say.  Just let the best be a part of it.

P.S – This post is inspired by & dedicated to an ‘epic’ convo with an ‘epic’ friend :)

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Discover your Silver Lining

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Difficulties they say , are like training camps. They make you confront what is real, which you may or may not have thought you’ll face. The early you face them in life, the more stable you get. The deeper the affliction, the more bright is the silver lining later on. When one falls on the ground and keeps on tumbling more and more, there comes a point , i call a ‘halt.’ Henceforth, one can only rise. There is no deeper pit to fall into. No rut to slip into. There is only the firm and steady surface to hold on , where you lie down with your head facing towards the sky and in that sky you see no darkness but the shining stars that twinkle brightly.

So, if you are at a point in your life right now , where situations are challenging and you feel exhausted, don’t be disappointed. Instead be thankful because your life is changing for good. When you look back upon this time five years from now, you will realize that your life was transforming. Not just transforming , but leading to a metamorphosis you never dreamed. Remember –  For every setback you rose up to, there will always be a major come back…

..And this is how people discover their silver lining and turn rock solid !!

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O Captain! My Captain!

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Woke up today to the extremely sad news of Robin Williams’ demise. The news of the veteran actor’s suicide is heart breaking and agonizing. Robin Williams’ was one of the few actors whose performances left the audience in awe of him. His movies have left an everlasting impression on so many people across the world. His performances will always remain relevant for all times to come no matter what the era because the messages conveyed to the audiences through his performances are eternal. I first watched him in the critically acclaimed movie ,’DeadPoets Society'(i’ll always be thankful to my brother for making me watch a superb film like this). What a movie and what a performance by Robin Williams. His character of the inspiring teacher Mr. John Keating is beyond words. His craft moved many including me. It made millions cry and more than that convinced us to re look at our lives and the way we were living it especially with dialogues like , “Carpe Diem – Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary” or “You must strive to find your inner voice because the longer you wait to begin the less likely you are to find it at all” or “You must constantly look at things differently.” I mean the movie left such an impact that i literally am using the dialogues as quotes because i remember them. I also loved him in the very brilliant ,’Good Will Hunting’ where he plays the role of a therapist. The man even won an Oscar for his performance in the film. I can go on here about a lot more actually. The point is that his performances were just breath taking. Even better is the fact that Robin Williams was not just accomplished celebrity but a deeply humble man.

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The social media is flooded with tributes for him and the kind of tributes he’s receiving shows that Robin Williams touched a million hearts. People are genuinely gutted by the news of his suicide.They are in denial that how can a man as talented and inspiring as Williams commit suicide. His own fraternity is also in deep shock. Some of the tributes by the people of his own fraternity on Twitter are worth mentioning here:
STEVEN SPIELBERG – “A lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.’
BEN STILLER – ” A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin William’s heart and soul and talent.This is so sad #RobinWilliams… Ok i’ll try. I met him when i was 13 and a huge fan and he was so kind and i watched him be kind to every fan i ever saw him with…And with other actors he was generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even he was the genius.”
ELLEN DEGENERES – “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people.I’m heartbroken.”
..And there are many more across the digital spectrum. Shows the agony his death has caused to so many people.

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Robin Williams will always rule our hearts. He will always be remembered because he has truly won our admiration. The world will always mourn his death. As a tribute to the great man, i feel like standing on the desk like the character of Todd did in ‘Dead Poets Society’ when Robin Williams (Mr. Keating) was about to exit and just as Todd calls out “O Captain! My Captain” so do i.

REST IN PEACE OUR CAPTAIN.

One Year of Awesomeness – ‘CEREBRATION’ Turns One Today :)

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An year ago , on this date i started writing this blog . I named it ‘CEREBRATION’ and added a subtitle – ‘Reflections of a Deeper Psyche.’ The word ‘cerebration’ means, ”The process of using your mind to consider something carefully.” Coincidentally it rhymes with the word ‘celebration’ and I guess that is a beautiful coincidence because I celebrate my blog along with all you amazing people.

I had started this blog with a lot of thrill , a lot of insight of the world around and more than anything else, for pursuing my passion for writing. I didn’t really have any high expectations of the blog becoming popular, getting any sort of readership , receiving a lot of hits – Nothing at all. I was just catering to a hobby. I didn’t have the slightest idea that people from across the globe with such diversity in culture and environment will be interested to read what i write. To cut the long story short, i had never really thought that people will actually spare time for my writing and will love to share what i feel at a personal level. But today when i look back it feels great. In fact my first response to anyone asking me about my experience here will be – “My whole time on blogosphere has been JUST WOW.”

When i started , i had published one post – Diablo , which was not even a post per say but just a reaction to what i thought of the whole concept of the ‘devil’. That post had one ‘like’ by some lovely fellow who was considerate enough to stop by a blog that was just an hour old. But that one ‘like’ gave me a sense of accomplishment. It gave me a feeling of my point of view being appreciated and ever since the ‘likes’ on this blog have constantly been increasing. So have the posts. I’ve written 34 posts till now. This is the 35th and all thanks to you fabulous people, that 4 of my posts have been trending on this blog as the ‘top posts’ from the day they were written till this day – ‘From the heart of a Child’ , ‘Take it Easy’ , ‘Flush Out the Most Dangerous Toxin of All – Negativity’ and ‘Does the F Word Scare You?’ .Guess it’s time to add more. Every time a reader shares my work elsewhere on the internet or otherwise or reblogs it, it feels damn good. So many of you have quoted me in your posts and have made me feel really special. On this exact same date , last year i had 0 hits, 0 followers, 0 shares ,0 comments, 1 visit from 1 country. Today, after a full year i have exactly 10,141 hits, 916 followers , more than 150 ‘shares’ on Twitter, Facebook and Google Hangout, 1256 comments, 10,000+ visits from 21+ countries . Wow. I feel ecstatic. I feel admired. I feel loved.

I owe it – all of it – to each and every person out there, whether on WordPress, or on Twitter, Hangout, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. who spared a moment out of their lives to give my blog an interesting reading. Also, i would like to thank every person who has subscribed to my blog for getting updates on their email. You people really keep me motivated. Your feedback in the form of your extremely thoughtful comments makes me ponder, makes me widen my world view, gives me a lot more perspective on things which i think differently and most importantly , it makes me ‘grow’ as a person. I have tried to respond to each one of you (if at all i haven’t yet, i will get back). I have made sure that no feedback goes unnoticed because your time really counts and i appreciate that. I respect your interaction with me whether it is here or on any other social media. You folks really made this whole endeavour worth it. Totally worth it. Also a special thanks to WordPress. I love this site and am glad i chose to sign up here for my blog. I am extremely grateful to all you wonderful people.

I should also mention here today that I have received on my blog , a minor but quite powerful negative feedback on some rare occasions , mostly by people (and unfortunately so) who hold certain prejudices against my personal space in this world & make everything into a ‘war of sexes’, and get abusive. I don’t have a problem with negative feedback if it relates to my work but sadly it doesn’t. Some people make it an ego issue when it comes to criticism. To all those hate mongers i say – “My work really rattled your brains out, hence all your reactions.” :D This world and the space we share is not either my space OR yours. It is my space AND your space too. So instead of being threatened by women progressing, just be a part of the progress and celebrate it because differences always need to be respected.
I can now proudly conclude by saying that this blog is literally my baby and i’m nurturing it and growing along with it in the most awesome way, every single day.

A HUGE SHOUT OUT FOR ALL YOU LOVELY PEOPLE WHO MAKE
‘CEREBRATION’ AN ABSOLUTE HIT .

LOVE YOU ALL

- Akriti

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