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How to write a love letter.

love letter

Move someone’s heart.

Well, you cannot do that without having a degree, but your words can!

You think it’s difficult? Let’s do it step-by-step. 

1. Get a paper and a pen.

Yes, a paper and a pen. I know you have the worst handwriting and all, but, trust me she will love reading that almost-illegible scrawl.

2. Begin by yourself.

Find a good place. A quiet garden (yes, they exist) or your favorite place in the room or your cane swing. Go to the place where you two have spent hours together, talking. Whatever, be comfortable.

3. Think.

Think about her. About the time you two have spent together. About the things you said that made her laugh. The words she spoke, of which you have no idea because you were busy looking at her eyes and those lips.

4. Quick scratch.

Write for like fifteen to twenty minutes. Whatever that comes to your mind. Try, but you don’t have to be grammatically correct all the time. So after fifteen minutes of writing, you think you suck? Perfect. We wanted that to happen. We are done for the day.

5. Edit.

Sir, we don’t need to edit. If you want to add more, go ahead. Do not edit a single sentence you wrote yesterday. You want your words to be quick and true. You don’t need to sound smart or intelligent, just be yourself. She loves it that ways. No kidding.

6. Get some gut-pants.

You thought writing was the most difficult part? Hah! No bro, the difficult part is yet to begin.  Fold it into a plain and neat envelope. Stop thinking about making smileys!
With heart in mouth, send. Or better, go and give it to her in person, hand to hand, face to face. Ask her to read it when she reaches home. If she wants to read it then and there, don’t deny.

7. Done!

You just did it bro! Now either you will be friendzoned forever (they have this particular friendzone-speech. Ping me if you need to crosscheck.) or you get to be the luckiest guy.
In either case, make sure you make her smile all your life.

Let me know how it goes. 😀

~KK

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Hugs, the best drug.

“We need four hugs a day for survival. Eight hugs a day for maintenance. Twelve a day, for growth.”
– Virginia Satir

No doubt I am having a healthy week, this! 

Hugs are the best mood lifters. They have some healing power for sure!

There are roughly 14 types of hugs.

  1. The Bro Hug.
    BroHug 
  2. The Happy Hug.
    happy hug 

  3. The “calm down” hug.calm down

  4. The pet hug.pethug
  5. The “I care for you” hug.careforyou
  6. The Grandma hug.

    grandma

  7. The Best-friend hug.

    bestfriend

  8. The Group Hug.
    grouphug
  9. The “This too shall pass” hug.eventhisshallpass
  10. The “I’ll be there for you” hug.

    illbethereforyou
  11. The “I missed you” hug.imissedyou
  12. The “I love you and I missed you so much” hug.love
  13. The “I’ll never let you go” hug.I'll never let you go
  14. The “Thanks for being there” hug.thanksforbeingtherehug

Some days, there’s only one thing that will make it better. Those moments when you need to feel the power of an embrace. Hugs are like medicine in your arms. Heart to heart, the power of love, all entwined and engaged between the two.

Scientifically speaking (because that is the only way you “science bitches” will believe me)

  • Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
  • Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

Everyone needs a hug. Everyone. Trust me on that. You just need to open your arms and give one, or ask for one.

“You need money to pay the bills, and hugs to live.”
-Kunj Karia


 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Why This, not That.

On festive occasions like Diwali, I am asked to touch elders’ feet. I don’t agree to that because I don’t get the logic. Instead why not smile and give a heartfelt hug!

Most of my friends who will be reading this have read Chetan Bhagat. So let me tell you what this post is not.

  • It is not to oppose any one. Do not take it personally, even if at any point you feel like.
  • This post is not to express any sort of hatred for any corporate giant.
  • I am happy with your decision of joining any company, if you are happy.

Like most other engineers, even I visualized myself working for a big company, as an employee. This was way back since 11th grade. I was decent at academics and was involved in projects. I always visited the seminars/conference happening in and around the city and kept in touch with my seniors. Accumulated all the gyaan I could. I met lots of people of all age groups at those conferences. Got to talk to them, got to see how they work, how they think and share. I tried to gather as much as I could in that time. One day, after almost five years of being into all this, I asked myself – Do I really want to do this?

My dad is a businessman and I have seen the way he works, the way he thinks and shares. I couldn’t stop myself from comparing the lives of the people I met at various conferences/seminars/events, and my dad’s.

That wasn’t enough. After that comparison, there was a need to know what actually will suit me. I did a bit of introspection. Realized that I am a person who will complete a task as per my wish.

In time? Yes.
Will I compromise on the quality of the output? No.
I will accept I don’t know how to do something, and then, will figure out a way to learn it and get back.
People who know me well would agree to this.

But, I like to plan things my way because that will suit the execution. At the end, not just planning but execution is what matters. I realized I am more of a “I” person. Now that doesn’t sound cool to you I know, but, I ain’t even trying to be the cool one here.

Frankly, but with all the humbleness, I say, I need my space. And I have the courage to admit to that.

I don’t want people to tell me I cannot do something because it is immoral to them.
I don’t want people to ask me to behave in a particular way because they think it is wise that ways. I will listen to you, think over it, and accept it if I find it morally or ethically right and justifiable. I will change my way and also apologize when needed, but I won’t do any of that if I don’t find logic behind it. This attitude doesn’t suit to those corporate giants. 
This may help elaborating my point.

Many asked me why ain’t I planning to join a corporate company after these years of going-to-conferences, making projects, getting involved with coding and putting so much time and efforts behind it. Why am I not making the most of my investment.

Do I regret investing so much time? No.
Why? Because I got a lot of experience (believe you me, it was a lot, indeed) and saw how things work.

At corporate firms, people are good but the situation they are in, makes them compete with everyone around. Yes, competition is healthy but it shouldn’t be plagued by hypocrisy, envy or prejudice. Moreover, the competition should be only with oneself is what I believe.
Again, let’s agree that I ain’t fretting over anything or trying to give-up on any sort of hurdles I might face in the process. I read this today and want to quote,

Life does not test you with hurdles. Hurdles are there merely to keep you in better shape. What life really tests you with are distractions.

-Ishani Chaudhary.

And I ain’t claiming there is no competition in business. On the contrary, business is full of competition. I am just trying to say that I want to compete only with myself and want to do it the way I would like to do it. You may say that this is exactly what you do at your company, but from where I see, there is a difference.

Also, the business I plan to do has nothing to do with my computer engineering knowledge that I gained so far. But it has a lot to do with the learning and understanding I have done so far, and plan to keep doing. Yes, I will have to learn a completely new thing altogether but isn’t that what life is all about! I will have to start afresh and then gradually catch up with the pace but I ain’t worried about it.

Also, running your own business gives you a sense of freedom. I don’t have a “work till 40 and then enjoy life” plan.
I want to go surfing whenever I want to, play a sport on daily basis, paint whenever I want to, take a sabbatical whenever I want, go around the city cycling. I want to watch my favorite show with my family. I am really okay if I don’t have a huge king-size life (doesn’t mean my goals are low either), but I want a fruitful one. I know it is easier said than done but I want to live with a sense of freedom and a measured goal. I don’t promise to be a Ambani or a Birla in next 20 years or even anywhere close to them, but I want to make a promise to myself that how much ever I make at the end of the day, I want to be satisfied and live with peace.

There is no perfect world, but there is hope, and as I always say,

Diligence is the need of the moment.

Agreement is amicable.

 

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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BarCamp Mumbai

bcm12Why this blogpost?

Me: Maa, I am going to BarCamp.
Mom: (staring at me) WHAT?
Me: (avoiding the pain of explaining) Umm.. I am going to college.

This happens many times when I tell people I am going for BarCamp.

BarCamp. What?

No. BarCamp does not mean people jerking in some tents over a weekend with alcohol.

BarCamp is a place where people meet up over a weekend, put up a schedule on the wall and spend the rest of their time discussing about cool stuff they know. It can be a tech/design/social/random session. A speaker is given a room and 20 minutes to speak about whatever they want. Yes, whatever they want!

We prefer calling it an “unconference” with no preset agenda. There is no audience, everyone is a participant. Everyone is invited!

On day BarCamp happenings:

Registrations begin and the “session wiki” is put up at 9:00am.

At a predetermined time (usually between 9:45am and 10am) speakers proceed to the session wiki, which is a blank board with all the slots in all the tracks marked out- and choose a time slot and track for their session.

You can select any time slot you want and put up your session. There is a fight for slot just like the one you see while boarding a Churchgate-Virar local at peak hour. Really!

session_wiki1

Note that this is on a first come, first served basis, so the earlier you come in, the more choices of session slots you will have. The later you show up, the fewer slots you will have available to you to choose from. Slots may be exhausted if you turn up really late. You don’t want to miss your slot. It’s totally cool and fashionable to show up on time.

BoF (Birds of a feather)

You get 20 minutes to speak. If you have more to discuss and/or people have questions to ask, you can take the session outside the room/on the stairs/in the lawn/on the terrace/in the bathroom (really)/whereever you want. We call it ‘BOF’ (birds of a Feather) Cool, no! This is what a BoF session might look like:

BoF

If you don’t end your session in 20 minutes, they have really hefty volunteers to throw you out. Okay I was kidding. But, seriously, you don’t want the glare of a speaker waiting outside the room while you are gulping his time slot.

If you have to take a session at a particular time slot and the rooms are occupied – BoF !

Pictures by Akshay Vijayakar for previous BarCamps:

BarCamp Mumbai 7
BarCamp Mumbai 8
BarCamp Mumbai 9
BarCamp Mumbai 10
BarCamp Mumbai 11

For more photos, click here

Videos by Saif Khan for BarCamp Mumbai 11

My BarCamp romance diary: I plan to lose my BarCamp virginity at #bcm12 by taking a session : ‘Poetrynama’

BarCamp Mumbai 12:
Date:
29th September 2013
Place: 
MPSTME (Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering), Diagonally Opposite Amar Juice Center, Behind Homeopathy College, Bhakti Vedant Swami Marg, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai.
Time: 9am-5pm
Website: http://www.barcampmumbai.org
Questions? Mail us at team@barcampmumbai.org

Hope to see you there! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Cause nothing else matters.

bob marley

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before
she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters?

She ‘s not perfect – you aren’t either,
and the two of you may never be perfect together
but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice,
and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and
give her the most you can.
She may not be thinking about you every second of the day,
but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.
So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and
don’t expect more than she can give.

Smile when she makes you happy,
let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”

~ Bob Marley

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Chapter 2 : How they met

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A city that dwells on the clouds,
Sparkles in May, shines aloud,
Where flowers blossom, and journeys start,
Blessed land, God’s gift of art

Where days begin by koel’s chirp,
Puritanical ambiance, everywhere,
Total abstinence from worldly matters,
Void, of disdain and despair

Throwing pebbles in the running water,
Sitting on a rock, Ryan was spotted on a river bank,
Kiarra couldn’t help but stop and stare,
Wanted to accost, but couldn’t dare

Love at first sight it was for her,
Filled with emotions, her mind went blur,
City of snow-clad mountains and valley,
The saga started in Kulu-Manali !

😉

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Chapter 1 : Say Hi to Ryan and Kiarra :)

Starts a saga,
A masterpiece, of an artist,
A poetry, of a bard,
A song, a rhythm, a rhyme, apart!

Meet this girl,
A cutie pie,
Kiarra, her name,
Her smile, you won’t deny

Kiarra

That frozen moment,
When she settles her flicks, smiling at you,
Bet you me,
You’ll be lost, in the blue

Ryan

He is no less,
Ryan, our silent bard,
Subtlety, his forte,
Tries too much, but not too hard

Maybe somewhere they’ll meet,
In a hustling market, or a silent street,
I just want the time to age,
And the story to go on another page…

😉

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized