Areille - the Lioness of God

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Anyone who knows me a little well, knows my obsession with photographs. I love capturing every occasion in my camera. Be it just a simple potluck dinner or a grand wedding. I obviously love photographs, taking them, being in them .. all of it. Of course being photogenic helps the cause quite a bit! ;-) hehe .. and modesty is my middle name! Anyyyyhooo, there are times when I can spend hours and hours looking through albums .. my old albums .. maybe a friends album on facebook .. any album .. i enjoy it! Love looking at the colors, the outfits, the emotions captured. At times I let my mind wander off ... maybe reminiscing the events surrounding it, the fights, the good times etc. There is so much a photograph can bring to you! I can't thank this advancement in technology enough! So, I say, keep clicking! :-)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

whatever happens ...

I did my usual lunch routine at home and I was out of Seinfeld episodes to watch. So I decided to watch that which I have been putting off for so long - God Tussi Great ho! From what I saw - horrible movie .. horrible acting .. horrible everything. And why am I blogging about it then?? Well, God aka Amitabh has one dialogue which made me think and thus blog about. So here goes. Sallu bhai is complaining about why God doesn't give everyone equal luxuries ... why are some people rich, others poor, why are some people blessed with beauty and others not .. etc. etc. And God says - Jo tumhe diya hai, woh tumhare liye acha hota hai ... tumhare liye sahi hota hai. Kind of on the lines of "whatever happens happens for the best" and "Be happy with what you get" and so on.

Anyway, this reminded me of how much I love these quotes .. i love how they make me feel. Many people might find the need to fight them but I feel an air of contentment when I hear them. It brings back memories of a small poster which my Dad had given me when I was in primary school which read - "Relax! Gods in Charge." Yeah! He is in charge .. and he is thinking about me ... about all of us ... and is providing us with exactly what we need. And the only thing he expects from us is to accept it and believe that it is for the best and not question his judgement. Actually he doesn't even expect that .. but I guess it's good practice for us .. and for our sanity!

So really --- Bring out that smile, cause whatever happens, *does* happen for the best.

I Got the Powerrrr!!!

I didn't write this .. though I wish I did. It does portray a lot of what I believe if that holds any value. Pasting a neat forward my Dad sent me ... definitely worth a read!

* The First Secret: The power of Love.
Love begins with our thoughts. We become what we think. Loving
thoughts create loving experiences and loving relationships.
Affirmations can change our beliefs and thoughts about ourselves and
others. If we want to love someone, we need to consider their needs
and desires. Thinking about your ideal partner will help recognize him
or her when you meet.

* The Second Secret: The power of Respect.
You cannot love anyone or anything unless you first respect them. The
first person you need to respect is yourself. To begin to gain
self-respect ask yourself,
"What do I respect about myself? " To gain respect for others, even
those you may dislike, ask yourself, "What do I respect about them?"

* The Third Secret: The power of Giving.
If you want to receive love, all you have to do is give it! The more
love you give, the more you will receive. To love is to give of
yourself, freely and
unconditionally. Practice random acts of kindness. The secret formula
of a happy, lifelong relationship is to always focus on what you can
give instead of you can take.

* The Fourth Secret: The power of Friendship.
To find true love you must first find a true friend. To love someone
completely you must love them for who they are not what they look
like. Friendship is the
soil through which love's seeds grow. If you want to bring love into a
relationship, you must first bring friendship.

* The Fifth Secret: The power of Touch.
Touch is one of the most powerful expressions of love, breaking down
barriers and bonding relationships. Touch changes our physical and
emotional states and
makes us more receptive to love.

* The Sixth Secret: The power of Letting go.
If you love something, let it be free. Even in a loving relationship,
people need their space. If we want to learn to love, we must first
learn to forgive
and let go of past hurts and grievances. Love means letting go of our
fears, prejudices, egos and conditions.

* The Seventh Secret: The power of Communication.
To love someone is to communicate with them. Let the people you love
know; that you love and appreciate them. Never be afraid to say, "I
love you." Never let an opportunity pass to praise and acknowledge
someone. Always leave someone you love with a loving word ... it could
be the last time you see them.

* The Eighth Secret: The power of Commitment.
If you want to have love in abundance, you must be committed to it.
Commitment is the true test of love. If you want to have loving
relationships, you must be committed to loving relationships. When you
are committed to someone or something, quitting is never an option.
Commitment distinguishes a fragile
relationship from a strong, loving one.

* The Ninth Secret: The power of Passion.

Passion ignites love and keeps it alive. Lasting passion does not come
through physical attraction alone. It comes from deep commitment,
enthusiasm, interest and excitement. The essence of love and happiness
are the same, all we need to do is to live each day with passion.

* The Tenth Secret: The power of Trust.
You cannot love someone completely unless you trust them completely.
Act as if your relationship with the person you love will never end.
Trust is essential in
all loving relationships. Trust yourself, trust others and trust the
world. It is the foundation for LOVE.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mah Famille!

I have been very fortunate to have spent a lot of time with family in the recent years. Even though sometimes it seems like more than necessary (;)), mostly, it's just plain rejuvenating. Can't believe sometimes these were the same siblings and parents that I grew up with, lived in the same house with for years, shared rooms and meals with. And some other times, it's tough to believe that I haven't known the newly 'added' siblings for all my life. From time to time it does strike me, that we take a lot for granted ... these precious moments with each other, their existence, their presence, their love. There are so many who aren't as lucky as me, but its so easy to forget that when we engulf ourselves with petty issues .. like I wanted Chinese food, but we had to eat Italian coz sis wanted to! It's really amazing how ridiculous the fights can sometimes be ... almost like .. we have really nothing to fight about but still want to fight.

I hope I constantly remember to take the time out and the steps back .. to be thankful for all that I have and to treasure it always. Missing my family ... always!