Last few days India is celebrating Navratri festival. The festival is basically worshiping of Godess Durga Mata. There are many stories about the history of the festival.These 9 days many people do fasting for all 9 days, some have fasting on first and last day, many people don't wear footwear. About clothes, each year there are some colors pre-decided as per some custom for Navratri. People wear those colors on those day. I do follow the color patterns strictly for last several years. It feels like Unity somewhere... You suddenly feel soft corner even with a stranger on the road, just because of the same color worn.
Dandiya Raas is an important part of this festival and that's where my heart goes. I have been grown in the family where ANYTHING happy happens, family members do the Dandiya and garba dance. It is very common in small towns. But here I see there are many events organized for the Dandiya raas and DJS and music systems and all arrangements. But it don't have that dance which a simple dhol music can follow. Anyway, with time celebrations change.
The last day of the festival will be Vijayadashmi or also known as Dashara....symbol of the victory of good over bad. My colleague who has just came out of her hometown was homesick because of the festival. I remembered my first dashahra here and I did feel I was so much home sick. When you are at home with family and you celebrate a festival you don't value it much. But when you are away from family you start missing your family too much at the time of festival.
Alright, there are many famous songs which are generally played while playing Garba and Dandiya. Here is one of them. It's by Falguni Pathak who is famous mostly for singing Navratri songs
Mood ke jo dekha Tum na the Sainyaa... mai sharmayee muze ye kya hua re...
While I am dancing in the Dandiya raas that I go to, I off course enjoy it a lot but I do also have a feeling of calories spent now... :) How much calories will be spent if I dance for say 2 hours!
Looked at old favorite songs folders. I didn't actually saw the list or listen anything from those folders list but now I am feeling was this I looking for.. I am studying a course and I need such music while studying... silent....
I have been thinking about this challenge for quite some time now but I personally didn't feel that planks will make any positive change in my health. But after reading a bit I thought to give it a try. Anyway, I don't have to invest much time in it so giving it try. Here is the challenge.
To track the progress, I have actually installed a mobile application " 30 day Plank" in my smart phone and I am planning to actually track the challenge in it. Let's see. Get set go.
After long time I am actually posting my goals here...
October will be month of festivals, celebrations and my birthday... So, I need to finish the things that I had planned before my birthday. There are some other spiritual activities also planned already for this month. My kids first examination in his life is in this month. I need to give time to him too. Hence, I am not taking too much in my plate. I don't want to take so much and not finish it. Here my list goes that I have in my mind at this moment. I may add/remove items from this later as per situation. I will update it here.
First of all, after the success of 30 - days water drinking challenge, time for another challenge. I had plank challenge in my mind since long time and by co-incidence, I read about it again on this blog post. Decided, I am doing this 30 - day Plank Challenge for next 30 days. (In fact, since I am posting my goals in the night, I had already done with day 1 challenge task). I will be posting details about this soon.
Another challenge that I am not going to do very hard core but I just am planning to stop taking extra sugar in my cup. I am NOT going sugar less, actually I don't need to be. I will off course eat/drink sugar in whatever food/drink I consume. I just want to cut my habit of taking extra sugar.
I am already doing one spiritual activity this month which ideally runs over 21 days. But since this is religious activity, ladies have to manage the activity as per their menstruation cycle. In project management terms, will need to add more efforts to reduce the schedule. This is going to take a chunk of my time. But at this moment I need this. I need something that will help me get more focus and clarity about everything.
About investing, I need to search for a good annuity plan or some income fund and invest in it. From quite some time I am trying to create monthly income by such investing. Before birthday, I am planning for a little bit big amount investment as one of my birthday gifts to myself.
Okay, I do write many things on many websites and many times I have done ghostwriting but now I am feeling to get my brand in the world. I want to post by my name now. Last month I did post on a couple of websites with my name and I want to continue the same thing this month too. I have written several articles which are not yet published. So my priority is finding good platform to publish them. I plan to publish at least 7 articles this month.
I have landed a project in my to-do list that I need to finish this month. It's not huge task but it's different technology so just need to learn something new. I am planning to finish that before mid of this month. This project is the first one from a new client so will need to take care of other aspects as well.
I am planning for creating a video for myself as my birthday gift to myself. I will be uploading it to youtube. It's being long time I haven't recorded and posted anything on youtube.
I started this challenge on 24th of August for 30 days. Since fasting days and the emergency days in hospital/home I was not able to follow the challenge, I did delay the deadline and today challenge ends officially.
Yipeee!!! I did 5 litres today. Now, overall progress....
I was able to drink 4 liters for ALL these days. At some days I actually finished 5 liters too.
Change in me?
Okay, as I had already written, I just expected me to drink water even on my busy days (normal days and not the emergency ones) and I did that successfully. I generally drink out my emotions in water so that too I increased so that my water intake will increase.
Okay, now I know these are not only because of this drinking water challenge, and I am not at all claiming them for drinking enough water. But these are few things that I experienced recently.
1) I have lost some of my post-pregnancy weight. Wohooo...! I am so glad to say this. I was actually fitting in my old clothes last few days, my brain understood this thing but still when I actually saw that number on scale today, I was too happy to believe. Anyway, I am not that much fat or something but yes, I do have belly fat, all thanks to baby delivery..and that's the only thing I would want to reduce.
2) I don't actually thought this would happen but I am being questioned for the secret of the glow on my face. Ahh... really? Huh.. huh... :)
3) I have got compliments recently that I have got such a lovely hair! Oh yeah...I know... but keep saying that... :)
Anyway, so my point is only that all these things got definitely some benefit from my drinking water challenge. My challenge just don't end here... I will be continuing drinking water same way... It has become habit now. I am crossing off one more thing from my daily TODO list which became habit and doesn't need any more to be on my official "TO-DO" list because it will be obvious.
Alright,so if you have known me for some time or if you are my long time
reader, you know dreams are an important part of my life. I ACTUALLY see the
dreams which somehow sketch my current and future life. It is said that
dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you... I truly believe... I have actually spent so much time in past just to understand the meaning of the dream I had... Well, now I don't do it much often ...
And then I get musical dreams too. Being a music lover, I ACTUALLY hear music in my sleep. May be my heart is actually singing but I really feel that I am hearing the music ( Well, this fact played major
role in my pregnancy period. About that, may be sometime later...)
Alright so today early in the morning, I had a Lovely dream with
background music of this song Dil Duffer. Come on... I haven't even heard this song for long time. Wait -a - minute!
Oh.My.God! Brain didn't even accept that heart
was behaving Duffer but in sleep it has not only accepted but it's playing music too. Obviously, so even before cooking food, my
first task this morning became actually listening to this song. I was also missing my ex-colleague friend. She used to love this song and we would discuss anything...like how stupid songs we listen... any stupid thing on the planet...without judging each other... and would laugh out.
Anyway I was thinking that, in my dreams all the people are so much lovelier than they are in real life...Or is it the fact that all the people are actually lovely and nice. There are just situations which don't bring out the nice or lovely person in them for a given time when I am with them may be. Because, as I always say, I only meet good people in life. Knock on the wood but everybody I encounter anywhere is nice somewhere.
Just a thought came, in school, I used to do telepathy experiments with my best friend.... may be my dreams are outcome of that kind of thing.. because in my dream, even the person who talk less in real life keeps chit-chatting. Anyway, my mood is good, I am all dreamy and I am not letting anyone and I mean anyone...ruin that mood today... Okay? Have a Dreamy Day....!