Month: June 2007

Eccentric Me

Eccentric Me

My strange eccentricities
and weird idiosyncrasies
Leave others bewildered
and cause me to ponder
Am I really strange?
Or it’s the others, I wonder

My values seem outdated
And my ethics, underrated
Honesty and loyalty
Are they obsolete?
True love is so rare
Am I enclosed by conceit?

My love, it’s no-holds-barred
My feelings, they die-hard
Waiting and anticipating
Like I face life’s checkmate
Sometimes I feel beset
Can I influence my fate?

My thoughts are bizarre
Seem unrealistic and far
But I know they’re not
meant for the blinkered
To grasp their true worth
Doubts have to be conquered

~© Manoj Khatri~

Splendid Switzerland

Splendid Switzerland

Romancing the Alps

Gorgeous bays, lakes and creeks
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks
And adorned by sunlight streaks
This is where the soul speaks
A million different shades abound
A blissful sight is all around
As if our Planet has been crowned
By Europe’s pretty playground
Switzerland’s beauty so enchants
It gently leads one to a trance
While in the heart God implants
A seed of lifelong romance
If you wish to feel that splendour
And taste that awesome flavour
Then go, experience, and savour
The beauty of the Alps forever

— Manoj Khatri

I just returned from a trip to Switzerland and like millions of other tourists before, I have been thoroughly charmed by its enchanting beauty.

Long considered the most beautiful country in the world, Switzerland, the Alpine country, and the Playground of Europe, has inspired many a poet and philosopher.

Poetic disposition or not, the effect of Switzerland’s awe-inspiring grandeur affects everyone. After all, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and not the other way around. And, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Each man is capable of using the natural world to achieve spiritual understanding.”

Even as I was landing at Zurich airport, the view from the aircraft windowpane was beautifully breathtaking. Though I had known that Switzerland is the world’s most beautiful country, I was not prepared to encounter perfection. From the moment I stepped on Swiss soil till the time I left its shores, I was, quite simply, spellbound.

By the time my stay ended, I pondered over and over again: how can a country be so exquisitely perfect? One thing’s sure — God, on His part, has been extraordinarily kind to this country made up of an endless string of magnificent mountains and lovely lakes, with a splendid canvas of green trees and pure white snow.

Switzerland’s scenic beauty has been written about countless times. Most of us have seen Switzerland in innumerable Hollywood and Indian movies too. So, you know it is a beautiful country.

What most people don’t know is how calming a visit to this country can be on your nerves. Living in Switzerland is too beautiful to describe in one short article — it would be unfair. So, I am not even attempting that. What I wish to share with you, though, is my experience of spending 10 enchanting days in what I call the “Garden of the
World.”

Let’s first start travelling within Switzerland, which incidentally is as important a part of touring in this lovely country — just as the exquisite destinations themselves are.

Transport
Thanks to hi-tech German engineering, travelling within Switzerland is itself an experience worth savouring. A rare combination of comfort, convenience and speed, the Swiss railways, public transport [trams and buses], cruises, and cable car rides, are among the best in the world. Swiss precision is, perhaps, why the country has been nicknamed, “Timekeeper to the World.” Like in most Western countries, the transport system is technologically-advanced.

But, it’s not just the engineering that marvels and amazes us. To pick one example: like when I entered the train headed to Rhine Falls. The colourful interiors of the coaches left me mesmerised. As the train started its journey, the dual effect of beauty inside the train and the outside — the vast lands of manicured greenery — soothed my heart and soul.

Traffic
One of the first things I observed was the traffic culture of the country. In Basel, Lucerne, Zurich or Lugano, people have an almost intrinsic sense of driving. For one, nobody honks. I mean nobody! All through my stay, I didn’t hear a single car yelling on its way — and, to think of it, I spent most of my waking hours travelling. For another, lane discipline is not enforced. It’s part of the people’s consciousness. It stems from healthy self-respect, I reckon. It’s like if you want to be treated well, you ought to treat others well too. So, everyone respects one another.

People
In almost all interactions I had with them, I found the Swiss folk courteous and friendly. One may expect that being such a rich country, the locals may have a condescending attitude towards foreigners, especially non-Europeans. But, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Wherever I went, I found it very easy to get along with the Swiss. Even when language was a hurdle, the general attitude was helpful and co-operative. From ticket checking staff and shop attendants to counter clerks, everyone served with a smile, creating a peaceful environment wherever I went.

This also got me thinking what it was that made this country so serene and Godlike. I guess, the answer lies in human nature. Result: when everything is so perfectly synchronised, our mind, body and soul, get aligned and serenity ensues.

Read the second part of the this article here

Tip: Unless you are going on a package tour, buy the Swiss Pass, during your stay in the country. It is extremely cost-effective and convenient as it lets you travel in trains, buses, trams and most cable cars and cruises free of charge.

Source of original article: http://completewellbeing.com/article/splendid-switzerland/

Remain inconspicuous

Remain inconspicuous

A writer’s job is to communicate. No matter how impressive your sentence construction, how technically correct the grammar or how powerful the vocabulary, so long as the idea remains ambiguous to the reader, the writer has failed.

Too many writers forget this basic statute of writing: that idea alone is the hero of a written draft. If the presence of the author is felt while reading, the reader tends to get distracted and loses focus. The author should be inconspicuous. The paradox is that the final impact of a well-written article often leads to an “a-ha!” reaction from the reader, who will want to know about the author.

If the intention is to confuse/mislead the reader, then by all means write like that. But, if you wish that your writings be read and understood, then it follows that you write only to communicate…resist the temptation of blending with the article/story.

Happy Birthday Roma

Happy Birthday Roma

(Today is my admin assistant Roma’s birthday, so I wrote this poem on behalf of my team at Complete Wellbeing)

There’s a girl call Roma Das
She’s a hard-working lass
She coordinates with all
So that work doesn’t stall

She is attentive to detail
Keeps an accurate trail
Manages our petty cash
With commendable panache

She raises invoices and POs
And deals with finance fellows
Interacts with all subscribers
And sends payments to authors

A vital part of our Team
Helping us manifest our dream
When readers make CW a success
And advertisers too will say YES

On her birthday today
for her wellbeing we pray
We wish her the very best
So she lives her life with zest

Quest

Quest

I find myself…

Thoughtful
…wondering about life
Crying
…striving for truth
Loving
…missing God
Alone
…struggling to be understood
Lost
…different than others
Surprised
…clueless about time
Expressive
…naïve and innocent
Faithful
…living like a child
Committed
…ready to die
Determined
…in quest of myself

Will I find myself?

~© Manoj Khatri~

Writing tips from Scott “Dilbert” Adams

Writing tips from Scott “Dilbert” Adams

Scott Adams’s is one blog I love reading. One reason for that is his style of writing. He writes to communicate. His words are delivered straight to the part of brain that can process humour…I call them “funny corners”. In his latest post, he shares some writing tips…every single tip is simple, yet powerful. If you wish to improve your writing, follow them.

Her

Her

Her voice
rhythm of a love song
Her laughter
bells going ding-dong

Her love
an angel’s blessing
Her beauty
keeps one guessing

Her gestures
fresh waft of breeze
Her walk
like musical melodies

Her gaze
is a soul’s caress
Her silence
meditation in progress

Her sadness
my arch adversary
Her fears
I would like to bury

Her anger
I would like to end
Her joy
is my best friend

~© Manoj Khatri~

Manifesting our reality

Manifesting our reality

I am thinking, who am I and why am I here? I am thinking, what is my purpose in life? I am thinking, am I only a puppet or do I have any control over my life and my environment?

Most of the times events in life make us feel that we are merely acting out a script, with little, if any, scope to change anything. But then there are those life-changing moments that force you to think otherwise. We are living, breathing miracles. We have the power to shape our destinies. We have forgotten that we have this gift, this remarkable ability to manifest our thoughts into matter.

I have, several times in my life, experienced miracles. Real Magic. I label them as miracles because they do not have a scientific explanation and they were not “mere coincidences”, which is what narrow minded scientists would have us believe.

When I think about those miracles, I realise that I am more than just a puppet with a pre-ordained destiny. I am capable of changing, influencing my life and my environment too. In tangible terms.

The question then arises: Does thought influence matter?

Yes.

At the sub-atomic level, all that appears to be matter is empty space and energy waves vibrating at a certain frequency…controlled by an unknown, but intelligent force.

When German Physicist Max Plack received his Nobel Prize, he said this in his acceptance speech: “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research into atoms this much. There is no matter, as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of the atom to vibration. I must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter”

I like the phrase “conscious and intelligent mind”. If Planck is right, then isn’t it possible that thoughts might have to power to create matter? With the current levels of scientific understanding, it is difficult to answer how. But I have experienced its truth in an incontrovertible way. That’s why I am confident that my thoughts are potent. And so are yours. The choice lies equally with every individual…we can use this power to bring about a positive change in our lives and the lives of our loved ones…or use it to succumb to fear and worry…or worse still, use it to manipulate and victimise vulnerable others.

At the larger level, whether you’re beggar or a king, a poor farmer or a rich businessman, a politician or a terrorist, a spiritual man or an atheist, each of us have the choice to influence this world through our thoughts. If enough of us direct our thoughts towards world peace, for instance, then lasting peace may no longer be a dream.

Prime News?

Prime News?

Indian TV news channels have run out of ideas. On the eve of Rajnikant-starrer Sivaji, reportedly the most expensive film ever made in India, every channel suddenly had an urge to compare Rajni with Amitabh Bachchan. I saw as many as four top channels hotly debating who is the greater actorAmitabh Bachchan or Rajnikant. And on prime time. Wonder why? Have we run out of real issues?

The debate itself seems senseless to me. Just because Rajnikant is allegedly the highest paid actor in the country, does it make him greater than Amitabh? If greatness is measured by compensation, then Hritik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and many others would be considered greater than AB because they’re all paid more. Compensation is a factor of economics, not competence. Rajni and AB are great in their own ways. Both have achieved unparalleled success in their careers and have unprecedented fan following. Why should they be compared?