Be Comfortable

And yet again, I come here with a new post! I am terrible at keeping my promises – I broke my promise of writing a post each month. Though I am at least trying! Don’t we all need to be more comfortable with the fact that someone is trying?

Linda is trying to achieve the perfect beach body, Marc is trying to make sure that he doesn’t ruin his first impression at the new job, Archie is trying to not spill the food during lunch with his new school mates, while Shaina is just trying to survive on this big fat earth.

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Why does it feel seemingly impossible to get a thought out of your head that you had three days back, or a friend with whom you fight every single day, an envious colleague who you should be wary of, a want for a new gadget or a Lamborghini (That Beauty!) or just a random guy you saw at the coffee shop who just looks intriguing? Have you ever thought about it?

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Insomnia Writes!

“You may not be the best, though you can’t be worst either when there are 7.4 billion people co-existing with you”

“Thinking out of the box is good and the only way to do that is to start thinking about what is actually in the box”

“Day dreaming is better than “slumber – dreaming”, at the least you are sitting dressed there – voila first step to making reality ticked off”

“Hit the gym, Lady, you are no Cinderella to be able to walk on those glass shoes with that weight”

“Hell yeah, I am an open book if Gothic is your first language “

– By Devisha Shah

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Rattle – Battle – Settle – Part 1

As I recollect from my memory stretch, this little fantasy of staying independent nibbled over my mind ever since I entered Grade 5. The time when folks would tell their kids that “If you don’t be good, you go straight to the hostel avenue”, I would be telling them “Please admit me in some hill hostel to experience a self-ruling life”. Hearing which my mum would start an emotional saga – that my “jiggar ka tukda” can’t eat that messy mess food and nor could clean her clothes!

So here I am a 24-year-old (alright stop being nosy – almost 25) who has never really hopped out of parent’s house just until the beginning of this year. Let’s rewind a little and let me give you a background how I ended up convincing my folks. A canonical series of events that took place before I bagged the final “YES” –

Day 1 – Irked with the current job and with full motivation – updated the resume which made me look good to the employers and applied for couple of companies on our very own flooding job portals

Day 3 – Cosmos favored me to get a call from one of the companies I applied (Mumbai based). Here, after an array of interviews, I get to the final level of negotiations. (P.S. :- This continues for a month)

Day 4 – Cosmos being unduly pleased, get me another call from a company based in Pune, to which I applied to the previous night. My tiny smart brain beams through the interview and not so polite interviewer asks me to wait for a call back. Also, my fantasy of staying independent starts to resurface.

Day 30 – This is exactly the day when discord kicked in – At 12 noon I received a call from Company 1 and an  hour later Company 2 called! Wait for it , Co. 2 provides me with a higher package while Co.1 gives me travel (something I would kill for!)

Day 37 to Day 45 – My father asked me to make a list of pros and cons of the companies which somehow had Co.1 at a winning stage. Though travel is what really lured me, the idea of being all by myself outweighed in my mind. Thus, in order to get the Co.2 to triumph, I made vows such as I will learn to cook, learn to clean, stop being messy, for each con to be written off!

With the positives, negatives and lot of promises, my parents were halfheartedly convinced! and Well mommy dearest is still running the emotional saga in the background, which to me is an unsolvable maze.

Day 46 – I bag the earnest acceptance of Pune Company!

“All that starts with a dilemma continues to keep you engaged all through out!” – Look out for the next post to unveil the turbulent part of being ‘Self-Ruling’ !!

IMG_0127.JPG– By Devisha Shah


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We get something anyway!

Phil McGraw conveys aptly “Eighty percent of all choices are based on fear. Most people don’t choose what they want; they choose what they think is safe”. Can it get any more frank?

We all run into opportunities of choosing from a variety of options each day, each hour, each minute. Starting from the time we make our way into the world – where we decide whether to cry or just stay there unmoved and depending on what we choose at that moment, a series of other options follow. Like choosing between right or wrong, truth or lie, righteous or corrupt, blue or pink, to take it or to let it go, hot or cold, to move on or to hold on ‘coz of an undying hope, to wake up and chase the day or to drift back to creating realities in dreams.

The decisions we choose to live with form us into who we are and what we transform ourselves from that point onward. Every time a choice is made we shape our world differently from what it would have been, had we opted otherwise! Well, in a way bad choices are way better than not choosing at all. As, this way you at least can trace back the route from bad results to the bad choices that were made while being utmost aware.

“There are no safe choices. Only other choices – Libba Bray”. It’s kind of funny, how some of us choose to not choose at all; well you are making a choice there too! I wonder if there is any way that we could just have a say in nothing and wait and see how the life transforms for us. Yet again, would we like a life where our opinions don’t matter at all? Would we just want to be a spectator, while our entire life screens before us? That would be a hell of a task for me ‘coz I would like to have a say in the placement of stars too, only if the universe allowed me to!

I tumbled upon this in”Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult” where she mentions – “In the space between yes and no, there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; it’s the legroom for the lies you’ll tell yourself in the future” and I think it’s gonna make you think about the choices you make and the alternatives you let go.

This doesn’t come from a philosopher or a writer, but I do think that its way too difficult to live a life shaped out of the consequences of decisions made by someone other than you!  – Take Charge! Build yourself – Fall Down – Create yourself up!


Eleanor Roosevelt

-By Devisha Shah