Posted in Idiosyncrasies

There is No Plan B!

Believe in yourself and you will find that the world believes in you,

Believe in yourself and you will have all the energy, power and motivation to achieve all that you desire,

Believe in yourself and you can make all your dreams come true.

The first step before anyone else believes you, is that you start believing your own self.

Reminds me of a famous quote which goes like this – ” There is actually no reason to have a Plan B, because that only distracts you from Plan A.”

Even having the notion of Plan B or a backup plan shows that you are not completely confident on your Plan A. The moment you doubt on your original plan is the moment you have failed. The most successful people never had a Plan B. For them, their Plan A was their Plan B, Plan C and Plan D.

May be your plan is not realistic but who cares. Life is never about being realistic, it is about being optimistic.


Posted in Shades of Life

It’s Okay To Feel Your Feelings

When it comes to feelings, you may believe certain feelings are bad and some good. Remember that there are no good or bad feelings. We are emotional and have a broad range of feelings, which truly have a purpose. Feelings ought to be expressed or else suppressed emotions at times manifest themselves in quite an improper manner.

If there was only happiness, it would eventually lose its luster over time. So it is important to experience sadness and unhappiness as well so as to truly appreciate the beauty of it all. Without being aware of the dark sadness we would not be able to appreciate the light of happiness.

Feelings too have a life cycle. They take birth, bloom, they peak and then die off. But that is how it is. The sooner you accept it, the better. Even in couples, after a disagreement, there will be resentment and anger which is not expressed. If the underlying feelings remain unexpressed, it generally leads to a disproportionate disconnect. All the unexpressed feelings will eventually explode.

It is important that we allow ourselves to fully engage with our feelings. Even if you feel sad, challenge yourself to stay compassionate which will help you to widen your emotional bandwidth and normalize feelings like sadness, despair or anger.

It is very important to embrace your feelings. Close your eyes and let your emotions consume you, cover you like a blanket, warm you from the inside out. After all, it’s absolutely okay to feel your feelings.


Posted in Shades of Life

The secret of success

Initially I thought being successful is a daunting task. Not all are successful and that’s okay. But gradually I realised the real meaning of success.

After having worked in the corporate field, it became obvious to me that success is a broader term and without bringing in the Catalysts into picture the definition of success will hold no ground.

Imagine adding all veggies, oil, spices together with no flame. Would it be eatable? No. Adding all the ingredients together does not mean that the dish that is edible. It needs a Catalyst, and fire is the catalyst in this case.

Same holds true in careers and life. Most people think, “I have the ingredients for success so, I will be successful.” No, without bringing in catalysts, you cannot get the real success.


Posted in Shades of Life

Mahasaptami – Calls for a Joyous & Colorful Celebration

It′s time again to get completely colored and lost in the devotional zeal of the Durga Puja celebrations that marks one of the most awaited and biggest festival of the Bengalis and holds immense importance for rest of the country as well.

The festival represents the great victory of goddess Durga over the demon named Mahishasura. The Maha Puja (Great Ceremony) starts from Maha Saptami.

Maha Saptami is also considered as the day when Lord Ram started preparing for his legendary battle with Ravan– the ten-headed, demon king of Lanka. History says that he prayed to Goddess Durga to make him successful in this ordeal and the powerful Goddess answered his call, as he defeated the mighty army of Ravan. It is a day of prayers, music, rituals and devotion.

The morning starts with worship of Maa Durga. Devotees offer flowers and prayers on an empty stomach, this ceremony is called Pushpanjali. After the completion of which Prasad is served among the devotees.

Durga Pujo is known for its cacophony and chaos. It is like an entire world in itself. The artistic views of pandals, colorful fireworks, and mouthwatering food delights further catalyze the Pujo celebration.

Closing on the note of the most promising Pujo sentiment: “Bolo Durga Mai Ki Joi.”

-Shades Of Life

Posted in Shades of Life

Motivation is like Icecream

Motivation. The word in itself brings a chill down our spines. Motivation, I believe is like an ice cream. We have two options with us.  Either we can make the ice cream ourself, meaning self-motivation, or we can buy it, meaning motivated through others.



Similarly, as soon as you make or get the ice cream, you should consume it immediately. Just like motivation should be put to proper action with immediate effect. If left unaccounted for, the motivation would die just like the melted ice cream which has no use.

In short, it would be apt to say that let us all try to aspire for a motivational sundae flavor ice cream! 🙂

-Shades of Life