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As a little girl I used to love watching Lois and Clark.It was a television series based on the adventures of superman (Clark) and her crush/beloved Lois.Clark and Lois used to work in the same media house,Clark as a photographer and Lois as a brave heart reporter.Clark has a secret crush on Lois, however Lois crushes on Superman (and I had a huge crush on Clark ,why love has to be so complicated thought me as a young girl :D :D :D,blame it on cupid,stupid cupid :D ).Though Clark and Superman were one and the same person but superman used to keep his identity hidden by pretending to be Clark.Thus, Clark remained in the much dreaded friend zone of Lois (poor chap).Being my love interest I used to feel very sorry for Clark :) I always wondered why can't he simply come out in the open and reveal his actual identity rather than behaving like a guy next door in front of Lois and the rest of the world.That ways he would enjoy all the attention that he deserves from Lois and the rest of the world for all the good deeds he does for others.However, when my friend +Julia Smith in my last post pointed out that I have an old soul and that I am wiser than my years for which I should be proud of, I was reminded of how weird I felt about being so deep, overly compassionate and intolerant towards injustice as a kid, teenager and especially during my college years.Although, I always stood out from the rest of the crowd during my school, college years and even now, a popular girl indeed but deep down inside I knew I was way too different from rest of the people around me which I kept completely hidden from them fearing the lack of acceptance on their part.Nevertheless, now I understand, it was precisely what I hid that made me stand out where ever I go :) No matter how much I try to suppress this deep, empathetic side of mine it just overflows.I realized that I am unable to hide it anymore during my orientation camp( which was suppose to prepare me for my following self exploration trip) , whereby I stayed with a group of young guys and girls of about my age who took no time to see through the depth of my personality given the nature of the activities the group of mentors arranged for us.They found me wonderful and inspiring but at that time  I felt really miserable about being so as I  was still struggling with accepting myself as different from others now that the difference had grown so immense that it could no more be hidden/ ignored by my own self or others (yeah it felt like Harry Potter's dilemma :D) The bad phase in my life which I shared with you guys through my poems was precisely triggered by this dilemma to accept myself the way I am or to pretend to be like others.Now I know why spider man wanted to quit being spider man in one of the movies because it is difficult to handle such blessings.These blessings seemed like a curse to me when I was unable to understand why I feel the way feel.Why I have to be so sensitive and empathetic towards the suffering of others.Why I have to feel so angry when I see injustice prevailing in our society.Why can't I be a practical person who overlooks all the crap happening in society and lead a life of bliss.The "super hero's dilemma "(yeah thats what I'll call it from now onwards:) that occurred in my life helped me understand that I can live a life of bliss neither by ignoring my blessings nor by hiding it but only by understanding it , by accepting it, by cherishing it, by using it for my own good and for the good of others and by being proud of it.If being gifted and sensitive created such a mess for me as far as acceptance is concerned, and continues to create for me by people who are envy of me or who lack the sense and sensibility to understand my point of view or by those who see me as a threat to the mainstream profit making mentality at the cost of humanity or as an obstruction to their wrong deeds,I seriously have deep concerns for people who are differently abled, who have different orientation from the main stream society, who belongs to suppressed communities, race, religion, gender, class, caste, who are victims of violence and abuse (verbal, sexual or physical).How difficult it would be for them to accept themselves and gain acceptance in the society and lead a life of dignity given the insensitivity prevailing in our society.One needs to understand that what is being glorified and hailed by the majority or mainstream may not always be worth following or upholding.A lack of acceptance or support system for people both gifted or marginalized in any way can lead people to fall into depression, addiction (drugs, alcohol or tobacco) , in extreme cases it may push them to commit suicide especially when they are young and vulnerable and lack the understanding to deal with such situations.They also face the  danger of being exploited by people who pretend to be their friend but may not always be so.Lets try and create a more inclusive and sensitive society to help and support people who need it the most.Although I teach in the primary wing but many a times students from the senior wing also come to chat with me (I still wonder how they got to know that I am a sensitive person), sometimes they confide in me some of their deepest concerns, though I don't have solutions to all their problems but I make sure to listen to them with utmost attention, patience and empathy.I don't judge them, I don't give them answers, I simply try to help them understand the problem, suggest them the   different possible ways to deal with it and the consequences that each way of dealing will have and leave it up to them to choose.The least I try to do is to accept each and every child's greetings, waves, smiles, compliments by greeting ,waving, smiling and complimenting them back even if I am feeling low or tired.Its difficult to be doing so because there are a lot of students in this school as both the primary, and senior wing are in the same campus and as I am a popular teacher so walking through the corridors of the school means being flooded by greetings ( both by the senior students and the primary ones) at times hugs,handshakes and flying kisses by sweet little primary kids also but I love it <3 because I feel exchanging such gestures rekindles the light within us.It rekindles the love within us.Exchange more such gestures with people around you as it is rightly said that  darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.With love, peace and harmony.Kanika :)
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Nothing comes without a price in life not even creativity.Back then,I was a lot younger than I am now and was going through a pretty bad phase in my life.As I have told you I am a fighter,quite a stubborn one indeed.Thus, instead of giving up in the face of troubles,I fought back with my creativity :) Wrote a lot of poems,drew,painted and went for this adventurous self exploration journey which I keep sharing with you now and then.Guess what bounced back like it never happened ;) Though,it was difficult,however,the whole experience has helped me emerge as a lot more stronger person than I used to be.Therefore,cherish every moment of your life.You may never know the worst battles of your life may help you notice the best in you.So if your losing hope here is one of my poems that I wrote to motivate myself.Believe me you'll overcome it and come out as a winner.With love,peace and harmony.Kanika <3

I Refuse To Sink

I keep telling myself its just a cloudy day,
It wont last for long so wait and pray,
for the clouds to clear,for the sun to shine,
tomorrow shall come with a  hope divine.
When the chirping birds will fill the air,
there will be no sorrow no despair,
the anxiety, the pain, this too shall pass,
so hold on, hang on, with faith in my heart.
My resilience, my resistance,my power of will,
will conquer my fears and sadness within,
I refuse to give up,I refuse to give in,
I am the anchor and I refuse to sink.

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If I'll ever fall in love it should feel exactly the way I felt here ,otherwise I refuse to fall in love :) Ibn Batuta once said travelling first leaves you speechless and later turns you into a storyteller.This was the speechless moment of my whole journey.I was left dumbstruck by the flawless beauty of this place.I was trying my level best not to blink my eyes because I feared losing sight of this heavenly place.I lost count of the number of times my heart skipped beats travelling through this breathtakingly beautiful hill station.Since, my childhood days I have believed in miracles, angels, fairies and fairyland .As a child (even now) I find stars pretty fascinating creation of god.I always thought they have some deep connection with god so whenever I had a wish I would ask the stars to convey it to god.Many a times I had asked them to send me to the fairyland I read about in my storybooks and finally my prayers got answered.This place was far more magical than I asked for.I was standing at the highest point of this hill station surrounded by clouds,the rain was pouring heavily,the wind was blowing furiously,the only thing visible to me was me filled with joy,wonder and amazement.It was a stunning jaw dropping experience.I wanted to capture every bit of this experience in my mind body and soul as both words and camera are incapable of doing so.I feel blessed to have been there.It was like a pilgrimage,had I died right after my visit to this place I have had no regrets.Though both my mentors (one at my native place and the other here) left no stone unturned to kill me by assigning me such life threatening tasks :D (will talk about them in the next post)After witnessing the beauty of this place I can never deny the existence of god.Only god can bless a place with such immense beauty which has the power to heal one's soul.People fight with each other over god and religion which is so futile.I think if you are a true believer of god you should be fighting to save its creation the nature and your fellow living beings.The whole universe is its creation so all those who are fighting to save it by spreading love,peace,equality(equity)and harmony,by conserving natural resources, through sustainable development and equitable distribution of the benefits to each and every section of society are all fighting for the cause of god.We are recklessly destroying nature,few years back when I tried talking to the stars because I was feeling very low I could not find a single one to convey my message to god.They are hardly visible at my place then on wards because of the ever increasing pollution.Due to climate change I lost my sparrow friends as well,I can't find them anywhere around my place anymore.Some years back they were a common place at my native place.It is so disheartening to be witnessing the destruction of my friends but nevertheless I am trying my bit to save them and spread the message across.I will never stop hoping for a better world tomorrow.Further,I will never cease to believe in miracles because I feel only those who believe in them ,are able to witness them.If you don't believe in them they will pass you by without you noticing them.Nature is the most miraculous creation of god.Observe nature for a few days and you'll also begin believing in miracles :) Don't you find it miraculous when the sky changes its shades each time when the sun rises and sets,isn't it magical when rain starts to pour from those fluffy cute looking pillow like thing called clouds which keeps forming the shapes of different creatures while passing you by,how wonderful are those streaks of colors which appears across the sky called rainbow,have you ever wondered where do these butterflies and flowers get such vibrant colors and accurate symmetry.A true observer of nature can never harm nature or any living being because nature enchants its observer to the extent that you can't help but fall in love with it,and a true lover of nature can never destroy as nature cleanses the soul of it's observer of all its destructive energy.So.a true lover of nature creates,protects,nourishes and heals.More over, a true observer\lover of nature can see through the consequences of disturbing the balance of nature.Every act that disturbs the balance of  nature takes us a step closer to our own destruction.What goes around comes around.With love ,peace and harmony.Kanika :)
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Thanks +Annette Reyes I am glad to hear that you are still in touch with the innocent and pure side of your personality.Even I love and cherish the child inside me it keeps me cheerful and alive.stay in touch :)
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Victory ,precisely what I am trying to depict through this painting.Victorious is when you begin to understand yourself ,your conflicts,your emotions,your fears, your limitations,your failures,your confusions,your strengths and your achievements.Victorious is when you begin to search and find answers within yourself and not look for them outside.As a teenager I read,understood and internalized many philosophers which left the faculty,vice chancellor of the university I studied in and the significant people who are carrying forward the legacy of one of these philosophers till date, stunned (to the extent that they offered me a job in their school) in an international symposium where I went as a representative of my college, because as my mentor puts it, even people in their 40s are unable to make sense of this particular philosopher's philosophy.However, none of these philosophers provided me with answers when I was in conflict with my own self.The answers to our conflicts ,to our confusions lies deep within us you just have to look inside. That is what I did during the journey of my self exploration through taking up various challenging tasks and came back home victorious and happy :) So, if you are struggling with some questions regarding yourself and your life believe me none but you know the answers.Hope you'll find them soon as I did.Take care.Stay happy and keep exploring yourself as it is a never ending process.Where there is a will there  is always a way:)
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They tell me I am too young to understand
They say I am caught up in a dream
Life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes
Well that's fine by me :)
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T.S Elliot said that somethings become possible when you want them really bad.When I went looking for myself and the purpose of my life I had no idea how would I do it.A girl that young [not that I have grown old now,at times I do pretend to sound like an old wise person so bear with me :D ] usually doesn't know how to handle such existential questions.However, god made me confront those questions so early in life may be because god knew I am capable of handling them because I wanted to, really bad.When you want something that badly and dare to risk your life for that even the universe conspire to help you achieve your goal.Oh yeah! its true.It open doors in disguised ways to show you the path towards your destiny but remember success never comes easy.If it came easy you will not learn how to sustain it.The obstacles in the way of our success teaches us the skills to retain our position of success in the face of various challenges.Though it is difficult to accomplish something however it is far more difficult to sustain it and remain grounded at the same time.The pain and struggles that we endure to achieve something helps us understand how precious it is, which encourage us to work harder to sustain it.On the other hand if it came easy it will be lost all the more easily because you have not earned it to be able to value it, you simply got it may be by the virtue of inheritance or money or influence.Nature chooses certain people for certain tasks because most natural diamonds are created under high pressure and high temperature and not everybody can bear that.So if you are still thinking why you are going through what you are going through ,you might be the chosen one,the diamond in the making :) Here's one of my poems which I wrote when I was sinking and the only light within me was my own faith in myself.With love,peace and harmony.Kanika :)

Take A Step,Make A Wish

Take a step ,make a wish,
try hard, till you accomplish,
your dream,your goal,
the desire of, your soul,
deep within, tell yourself,
its not, impossible,
it needs strength, of your will,
to rise above,all your fears,
look for your, share of joy,
listen to, your heart's desire.

Its now or never, believe me,
its your chance, go for it,
tell the world,who you are,
shine like an, evening star,
Trust yourself,trust it all,
life will be, what you thought,
no excuse, no remorse,
simply listen, to your call,
you will be,what you want to be,
your own master,your own king.

Leave behind ,all your tears,
move on,till you're there,
where you find,peace of mind,
stay there,all your life,
motivation, lie in there,
stop looking,everywhere,
deep within,you're strong,
let them say,what they want,
what has happened, never mind,
its not worth, you're precious time,
be happy,with what you have,
keep dreaming and you'll be there,
an inspiration for those who dare.

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I am the most pampered child of my family especially according to my brother :D Even my fourth graders (whom I teach) treat me like a princess. I love them a lot but their love for me is immense <3 So you will often find them collecting flowers for me from the outskirts of the forest like area within our school campus :) We are not allowed to go deep within that area as there is a danger of being bitten by some crawling creatures especially snakes. Mongoose, squirrels, dragon flies, butterflies, spiders, eagles, ladybirds, earthworms, lizards, chameleons, rats, ants, flying dandelions are a common sight at our school especially nearby my classroom as it is right next to the place from where the forest like area begins. Once this huge monstrous rat came into our class, we all yelled at the top of our voices and climbed up our chairs (yeah! me too, oh common teachers are also human beings :D )
The other day a cute little puppy conveniently walked into our class and we accommodated him as well given the bad weather outside. I was overwhelmed when my fourth graders brought a handful of dandelions for me and asked me to make as many wishes as I want, to make sure that all my wishes come true <3 We all are very fond of butterflies, dandelions, ladybirds, football and basketball. Often while playing football or basketball if we come across a dandelion passing by we all run after it to catch it. To my amazement a kid caught for me two butterflies each in one hand because he knew how much I love butterflies and left them only after I made him understand that butterflies love their freedom as much as he loves his own. At, times during our lunch hour we all sit together to watch ladybirds, we let them crawl over our hands till they fly away :)
 Once some of them filled my lunch box with a lot of stuff which they brought from their house precisely because they cooked it for me all by themselves which must have required them to wake up at least as early as five in the morning <3 Moreover, they insist on sharing their chocolates with me which I find is quite generous on their part as I was very possessive about my chocolates as a kid :D During the story or activity sessions they fight over the fact as to who is going to sit next to me, who is going to be the volunteer to help me during the activity or who is going to accompany me to help me wash my hands :) They keep track of my belongings so as to avoid me from losing them given my clumsy and disorganized ways :P As far as I recall they have scolded me at least twice for skipping my lunch due to my busy schedule. Thereafter, they became extremely vigilant to make sure that I don’t miss my lunch :) The way they compliment me in the cards that they make for me sweeps me off my feet, it seems I am the center of their world and their whole world revolves around me. I feel blessed <3  
Recently, I won the first prize in a competition held for teachers from various schools which they got to know about from the assembly and the moment I entered my class they applauded me for my achievement. The happiness in their eyes truly reflected how much they love me. They celebrated it as if it was their own victory, this gesture was and will always remain far more precious for me than the actual prize. We share a beautiful relationship. Together we are a team and can do wonders. Before I joined this school my class was considered the most notorious and good for nothing class in the primary wing. Within a few months of my joining my students picked up prizes in every field be it sports, essay writing, painting or academics (though it required a lot of hard work). However, I felt like a true change maker when my students began to behave in ways that a good human being does, as in my view that is the primary and most significant role of education in our lives.
The attention and achievement my innovative ways gathered, created a stir in the whole school which on one hand made me the apple of the eye of the authorities, senior teachers and students, while on the other hand it also attracted a lot of envy especially from some of my co teachers who did their level best to pull me down. Nevertheless, being the kind I am, I am used to such obstacles in my life :) To some extent I was aware and prepared to face such difficulties when I chose the path less traveled to fight the system by declining the offers of elite schools in order to work in this school which caters to the marginalized section of society. If you are working towards making a difference in society you are bond to come across people who will create problems for you however, you should not lose your enthusiasm as my experience tells me that in that journey you also get to meet people who understand that you are out of the league, who respect you for who you are and your values and who encourage and support you in your endeavors. Moreover, the love and respect that these kids flooded me with simply drowned all the negativity that tried to  obstruct my way :)
More than I they taught me a lot about life especially love. Spending time with these kids made me understand that happiness and love cannot be completely equated with money. They made me feel happy, special and pampered without spending a penny. The lack of money on their part never came in their way to express love and care for me. No doubt money is an important aspect of our life, however, to make it the center of our existence is a blunder. The heart and soul of our existence is love. Some time back I read two absolutely contradictory quotes and had no idea which one to believe. One of them claimed love is simple and the other one insisted that it is complicated. Being with these kids added a whole new dimension to my understanding of love. Hence, I found a new one to explain it which says love is simple, people are complicated :)
Love is complicated, when people don’t speak their heart out, when they conceal, when they take for granted, when they want to control, when they leave things unsaid, when they are self centered, when the only thing they care about is money and equate it with love/ happiness.
 Whereas, when people our as simple as these kids, love is as simple as flicking my hair out of my eyes while I am engrossed telling them stories. It is as simple as rushing to pick up my pen which rolls down my desk while I am busy interacting with them. It is as simple as to remind me carry my umbrella the moment I step out of my class to save from the scorching heat outside. It is as simple as waiting for me impatiently in the morning and running towards me to be the first one to greet me as soon as I enter the premises of the school. It is as simple as empathizing with someone when they feel sad. It is as simple dancing with someone in their happiness. It is as simple as sharing our stories with each other and being a sensitive and patient listener to someone else’s story. With love, peace and harmony. Kanika :)

 
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This is how the world appeared when I stood at the peak of the very first mountain I climbed.It felt so AWESOME!!! As if I have conquered the world :D The view from the highest point of the mountain was spectacular.The house of my guardians was somewhere in the greenery that is visible from the top of the mountain in this picture.So, I was living in the lap of Nature :) However,to climb a mountain for a person like me who lives in a metropolitan city where the only thing you get to climb are stairs,this whole trekking experience was like a nightmare came true:D It was like a child who doesn't know how to swim has been thrown into this furious sea.Thats, exactly what my mentor did to me.In the first place he didn't tell me that we were going to climb a mountain.According to him we were going for a rain meditation camp and as you know how much I love rain :) so I agreed instantly.So,we left our place early in the morning joined by a whole bunch of people belonging to different age groups but all of them knew how to climb mountains because they were all natives of this place.As we entered the forest where the mountain was located,one of the natives asked me to walk carefully.As usual I had no idea what could be so dangerous about walking in such a beautiful place for a tough girl me :) Later, he showed me some burrows and told me that this place is a hub of cobras.Oh My God !!! were the first three words that came to my mind,the words which popped right after these were" I want to kill my mentor".Since this was the second or third day of my stay so I had no idea what all animals live around in the area where I was living (i.e the residential area) but later I saw snakes,crabs,cranes,huge spiders (little less than size of my palm),leeches,some creepy looking crawling creatures etc.Once my mentor rushed a farmer to the hospital because he got bitten by a cobra while working in the field.I have a picture of a dead snake in this album my gardener friend showed it to me he said it was a cobra.This another picture is of my foot is when it started bleeding because some leeches got stuck to my feet while I was coming back from the hill station which I mentioned in my previous post.I didn't notice when they got stuck to my feet because you feel no pain when they attach themselves to your body and suck blood and that is why they are dangerous.The native of that place told me that the hill station is a hub of leeches while he pulled it out from my feet and it required a hell lot of effort.Despite of the frequent sight of cobra's burrows I continued my journey till we reached the foot of the mountain where my mentor delightfully informed me that Kanika we'll be climbing this mountain and do our meditation in  pouring rain at the top of it.The words that ran through my mind at the sight of the height of the mountain were "Impossible is just an opinion" I usually don't back out especially when its a challenge.I told ya I am a tough girl :) As I climbed halfway I realized its GOD DAMN TOUGH.As you can see the mountain lacks vegetation ,its more or less steep, slippery,smooth and plain.Therefore, there was nothing to hold on to to climb up.I was struggling hard to balance my body.When this was not enough it started raining heavily(in all my adventures it starts raining because I visited this place at the time of monsoon).Thus, now the plain of the mountain became all the more slippery.On top of that the winds tried there level best to blew me away.Although,I am rock solid person inside (a tom boy in my school days) but by appearance I am a lean thin sweet delicate looking girl.There was a moment when it started raining so hard along with the harsh blowing wind that we all took shelter underneath huge rocks on that mountain.These rocks saved our cameras also.Thanks to the rocks.A little later when we all reached the peak there we all started meditating but I could not because I was shivering with cold.I wanted to cry out loud.I wanted to go back home to my family,to the comforts of my native place.However,the moment the wind and rain calmed down and I looked through the misty clouds surrounding me the view down there was worth all the cuts,bruises and pain I went through to reach here.It was an accomplishment.Though I have accomplished a lot throughout my life but I felt this once before when I secured a third rank in the entrance exam and interview which I gave to get into my college.Lakhs of students appeared for that exam and there were only 25 seats in my college out of the 200+ seats for this course in our university.On top of that my college is so prestigious that to get into it you have to be in the first 25 ranks otherwise you don't stand a chance to get into it.So, it was that tough but as I was saying the pleasure of accomplishing something that seems impossible is worth all the challenges you face on the way to your goal.What started bothering me a little later was how I am gonna climb down.I mean its difficult to climb a steep slope with more or less no vegetation but it is tougher to climb the same way down because climbing down such a slope would simply imply rolling down all the way to the foot of the mountain.This was the second time I felt like shouting out loud not out of the pain of my bruises and cuts but at the sheer thought of climbing down the mountain.Even the slightest mistake in balancing my self right would straightaway land me up in heaven.Yeah, the greenery down there is no less than a heaven for a nature lover like me:D The only satisfaction that kept me smiling was that at least I'll die in a beautiful place like this.However,god kept me alive to tell this tale and the natives adopted a different path down the mountain which had enough vegetation to hold on to while climbing down.THANK GOD!!! No goal is difficult to achieve if you set your heart and soul to accomplish it.Determination ,hard work and a pinch of luck is what is takes to be what you want to be (given the right capabilities,conditions and opportunities).However, if all of this doesn't help you reach your goal ,don't get stuck,move on,life is all about moving on,change your goal.Try your hands on something else.Not everybody can become Mother Teresa or Gandhi but we all can become our own true selves,our real selves,the innate good selves that we are.Whatever you do, do with your whole heart and with good intent and it will never seem little or worthless.No matter how much money you earn, no matter how intelligent you are,no matter how good looking you are,no matter how prestigious your post may be if your are not a good human being all this does not matter (at least to me) I am not saying all of this is not important but it is secondary what is most significant is the kind of human being you are.Keep smiling.With love ,peace and harmony.Kanika :)
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I met this elephant's family on my way back from the jungle I lived in.I happened to visit this Wild Life Reserve as it was on my way to the jungle.I saw other animals too but I was not allowed to get down from the jeep and click their pics because I could have been eaten up by them ;) However,I personally feel that animals usually don't harm anyone till they feel threatened.Though,I don't know much about wild animals but I have befriended a lot of animals turtles ,fishes ,rabbits, snails, fireflies, deers, caterpillars, butterflies, ladybirds, chicks, parrots, sparrows, pigeons, cats and dogs.As a little girl I think when I was in my first grade my brother and I adopted a cat.When I lost her I was in tears and I didn't have my food till my mum dad promised to get me another one exactly the way she was but we cannot replace living beings as each of us is unique.Once we develop a special bond with someone it can only be substituted by someone else but can never  be replaced completely.After that I never kept a pet because I fear losing them.So,I usually befriend them in their natural surroundings.Another reason for doing this is that I feel all living beings have the right to be free and to be with their friends and family especially birds.Birds are such free spirited animals I feel very sorry when I see them caged.No matter how much they are cared for in their cage it still remains a cage.I think they would rather struggle out there in this dangerous world and soar up high in the sky than be the damsel in distress being cared for in their cage. For instance, I love my freedom, my free spiritedness  no matter if it comes at the cost of being a commoner struggling for their day today needs but that is what keeps life exciting and worth living.Nothing seems difficult if you are surrounded by your loved ones.However,I would hate to live a life of a princess imprisoned in a castle.I realized what blessing being anonymous can be when I lost it completely during this trip of mine.I was a popular girl at my school (member of the council) , in my college (class representative) and now at my workplace (innovative teacher)  but that popularity never came in my way of being anonymous whenever I wished to.Whenever I made news at my native place it simply created a buzz among my immediate friends and members of my family,thus, keeping my anonymity well in place.During this trip I was reported just twice by the newspapers.Once when I went for that rain meditation camp to that mountain and the other one when I conducted a workshop to train the the teachers of the schools in this place.I thought I did a good job of it (the workshop) but had no idea it will be such a huge success.After that I was all over this place may be because unlike my native place this place is less populated plus my mentor is a very popular person here .On top of that my appearance made it quite obvious for everyone that I was an outsider and the one being reported in the newspaper.Thereafter, I kept getting invites from different  event organizers and families though I didn't want to hurt any of them  but I could not even attend all of them because the mentor who oriented me for this trip at my native place strictly instructed me to concentrate on my self exploration rather than indulging in a lot of charity and reading.So,I politely declined many of them and went ahead to learn martial arts but lost interest midway instead took up vegetable gardening with this gardener friend of mine who could not communicate with me because he didn't know English.However,language is never a barrier between friends or people who care for you.I can say this with utmost conviction because my local guardians didn't know English still we never faced problem communicating.They cared and loved me like my own parents.Had language been a barrier I would have never been able to communicate with my turtle friends.These turtles were kids back then, the size of my palm.My experience of befriending animals tells me they are very sensitive to touches.They can make out a bad touch from a good one.When I tried to touch these kid turtles initially they were very scared.The moment I used to dip my hand in water to touch them they would immediately hide in their shells,but I kept on making efforts to make them feel safe with me.After sometime, they started recognizing my touch as of some one who loves and cares for them.Thereon, they stopped hiding in their shells when I used to pat them on their neck.Perhaps,they knew I am not gonna harm them.They were so cute and extremely shy,I was overwhelmed when they accepted my friendship but I had to leave them behind when I came back home.I still miss them a lot.They were like  my bestest best friend.
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Thank you so much +Mary Tolbert I like your posts as well.stay in touch.take care :)
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Finally ,I sat down to write my introduction ( I know at times I can be such a procrastinator) and went on bragging about myself .As I consider myself no less than a hero :D However, I wanna thank you all to accept me the way I am.As I began to write about me this song came to my mind.. I am all of that, that Lenka wants to be in this song and more :) Love you all !!! Keep singing and dancing.Spread love,smile,hope and peace :) The next post will have the other half of my journey of self exploration in continuation with my previous post.Take care.
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When I went looking for my self and the purpose of my life , I arrived at this place.Here, my mentor tried his level best to develop my interest in yoga ( and meditation) to help me explore myself and failed.On the other hand I being the most defiant student he has ever come across in his life adopted an alternative path to explore myself and succeeded.However, he never gave up on me he supported all my decisions which I thought will help me understand myself.So, instead of performing those difficult asanas and meditating silently which I found pretty boring I went for long walks around this beautiful place blessed by nature.I would sit next to the paddy fields of my local guardians there and watch the rising sun.At times I would sit on the banks of the river flowing right behind my local guardians house and watch its determination to flow continuously against all obstacles falling in its way without ever losing its enthusiasm to move forward.Later, me,my mentor and a group of local friends went on a rain meditation camp where we all meditated in heavily pouring rain and harshly blowing wind as we reached the top of a mountain whose name I still can't pronounce properly.I was scared as hell although the newspaper reported  that I had fun.I felt like a conqueror once I reached at the top of the mountain though next morning my body was aching like hell and I caught such bad cold :) From there on I lost all my fears and looked forward to all possible challenging stuff I could do.
Then ,I got an invite to be the guest of honour at the tree plantantion area at a nearby village.I accepted it readily however my mentor was little apprehensive because I was going to be the only girl among the more than 100 men who were going to participate in this event which aimed at planting 400 trees in that particular area.Never the less, I was determined to become a part of this huge event.As I reached there me and two three other men inaugurated the event by planting saplings of various trees.Not even once did I feel uncomfortable there because most of the men there except the guest of honour were young college students graduates and post graduates that is of the same age as I am.Hence, we all became friends effortlessly.Throughout the event I had so much fun interacting with them and planting trees with them but they didn't let me plant many trees  because I was suppose to be that sophisticated guest of honour who sits around and watches the event take place unlike me who was hopping around here and there messing around in mud to plant as many trees as possible :D ( my journey of self exploration to be continued in the next post) Take care everyone!!! Keep smiling :)
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To know about me you will have to read my posts :) I am a well read strong headed person who is passionate to bring about a positive change in society especially through my profession.I love listening to music.I am fond of painting,drawing singing and dancing.At times, I write poems.I enjoy playing basketball and football though I like watching cricket.I am truly, madly and deeply in love with nature.So, I love watching the rising sun, the flowing river, the twinkling stars, the blooming flowers and hovering butterflies.I simply adore getting wet in rain and watch the clouds pass by.I am a brave heart, fighter, leader, rebel, change maker, dreamer, achiever and a beautiful person.Also,I have zero tolerance toward certain things in life which I find ethically wrong and unacceptable as per the principles of my life.Mess with me and I am a tigress.I am sailing against the current and enjoying it!!! <3 
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