No earphone project

If you are in your late teens, twenties, thirties, forties or fifties and your usual place of residence is earth, it is highly likely that you work to earn a living. To work you move from your place of residence to your place of work (Unless you have a work from home job or live in your office). To reach your place of work, you travel. More often than not your place of residence and place of work are gonna be at polar opposite ends. If you have the pleasure to live and work in the Silicon valley of India, well your patience is about to be tested. The journey to the centre of the IT hub, can easily take anywhere from one, two, three hours depending on the source and destination. To spend or efficiently make use of this time people resort to do different activities.

So what do people do while on commute via public transport?

  1. Procrastinate, do nothing, think, stare out of window : Day dreaming while travelling is the best! Cause you don’t know how time flies.
  2. Work work work work work : I have seen people pull out their laptops from their backpacks so quick. Its almost like a reflex like as soon as their butts come in contact with seats – swoosh – the laptop is out! For the rest of the journey you will find them stare at the screen, type / bang the keyboard with either uncontrollable delight or frustration.
  3. Sleep : A lot of them are sleep deprived. Cause the only way to avoid peek hour traffic is to wake up early and be early to office. Some company buses go around different locations to pick up employees, so the route is longer. To compensate this sleep deprivation, people sleep in the bus. This too is a great way to pass time.
  4. Read newspaper : These are the people you thank when you need to start a conversation with your boss / colleagues to avoid awkward silence. Usually I find people flipping pages of Business Insider, Economic times or TOI. You have an edge only if you sit on the seat behind the person reading the paper. Then you get access to full view of the paper without being judged. But if you are sitting next to them you are gonna be annoyed AF with them flipping pages.
  5. Read books : Cool people. Ain’t saying more.
  6. Watch movies / TV shows : These people are just hell bent on breaking their necks.
  7. Phone calls : Some keep their conversations low – that is great – got no issues there. The problem I have is with loud freaks. It feels like they are announcing something rather than have a conversation.
  8. Listen to songs / radio : A majority of people fall into this category. Some of us have tiny noise induced earphone, some of us noise cancelling in-ear earphones, while some others have huge noise cancelling headphones.

That’s about it. My travelling activities are usually a combination of the first, third and eighth.

I don’t know how this works in rest of the world. But in India, there are individuals appointed to halt buses at random locations and check if every passenger in the bus has bought a ticket or not. If you haven’t bought a ticket, either you will be fined or the conductor who didn’t issue the ticket will be fined. Once when I was on my way to work, ticket checkers came in to check on the tickets. I had my headphones on which meant I was in my own world. Apparently this guy checked tickets of all the passengers in the bus and they were waiting for me to hand out my ticket. I was blissfully unaware of their mere presence. Suddenly, I see a hand being thrust right in front of my eyes. Only when I remove my earphones do I realise that I am being asked to show them the ticket. At that exact moment, I can’t find them! Now everyone is staring at me, some are angry the bus is on halt and they are getting late for work, while I am starting to phase out into a hyper panic mode. Alas! I find my ticket, show it to the checker and breathe a sigh of relief. Few minutes after the incident I am wondering why am I listening to music all the time on the bus. My favourite song comes up on the radio and I forget about it all.

On my way back as i pulled out my earphones from my bag, I have a flashback of the morning’s incident. I have my earphones in one hand and my mobile in the other. I look around me. Everyone more or less has a earphone in their ears. I consider how boring the journey back home is gonna be if I don’t have my earphones on. I decide to give it a try. I mean, if I really get bored i do have a working earphone in my left hand and a phone with seventy percent battery in my right hand. Guess what? The ride back was not that boring.

So I decide not to plug in the earphone on the next day, the day after that and the day after that. So for three days straight in a row I did not use my headphones at all (YEAH!). I always had my earphones with me – just in case I needed them. Not using them while I had it, gave me a small sense of accomplishment. The origin of all sounds were at least three two feet away from my ears (except when I got calls). Its not like I didn’t listen to songs or watch YouTube, I did listen to them but on loudspeakers, at a volume that did not annoy my co-beings in the universe.

I wanted my streak to last a bit longer but annoying co-passengers, what can I say.

Here’s what I thought while I was on a break with my earphones and even later.

  • You don’t have people getting annoyed at you cause your ears are earphone-less and people don’t have to repeat sentences a hundred times before you can finally comprehend what is happening or being said
  • You are more aware of whats happening around you (Unagi πŸ˜› )
  • You have more control over yourself than you think you do
  • The world around you is more interesting than you give it credit for
  • You only listen to what you wanna hear

I have done this ditch the earphone a few times after that incident and plan to continue on doing so. I am calling this the no-earphones project”.

In other news, if you are an Indian you will probably know this.. the weekends here aaaaand Deepawali is right around the corner! For those who are unaware of what Deepawali is, its a festival of lights. Some dumb morons confuse it with the festival of noise. I hope i don’t need to use ear-plugs to block out the loud sounds.

Wish you all a happy and safe Deepawali!

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Cornflakes and cola

I woke up after a nine hour long sleep ( Yea 9 hours.. that pretty long for me right now. I miss those days where I could sleep for 12 hours straight. :/ . But right now I am happy and satisfied even with a nine hour sleep πŸ™‚ ). I was hungry, went into the kitchen. Nothing was “readily edible”you know all that raw ingredient stuff that should be cooked, combined and coagulated to make it edible – I was too lazy to cook and do stuff. I found the most edible raw edible food in the kitchen.. Cornflakes!! I could mentally imagine the yellow corn flakes swimming in a pool of white milk. After searching the entire kitchen I realised there was no milk.

I opened the fridge hoping to find juice (mentally speak to myself “healthy energy booster in the morning wow I am gonna have a productive day”) , instead what I found was the most famous carbonated drink in the universe – Coca-Cola.

I still was extremely hungry and lazy so weighed my possibilities of eating the cornflakes without any fluid and having it with a fizzy fluid. I had a few cornflakes and internally heard my teeth crush the shapeless flakes, but the coke kept urging me to pour into into the bowl of cornflakes. I looked at the bowl and the cornflakes looked so lonely. I did what anyone whit a heart would do.. poured coca-cola into the bowl of cornflakes and ate it.

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It fizzed a bit and it tasted all right. Its the after effect that one should worry about. Had a bit of nausea, drank water and now I fell alright.

I started googleing to find out if I could die after the stupid food stunt i pulled, didn’t find any thing supporting my death after consuming cornflakes with cola.

Water! Water! Why couldn’t I think of having cornflakes with water?! *face palm*

And the irony…… I was watching Masterchef Australia while I ate my breakfast.

This is the weirdest breakfast I have had. Have any one of you had something weirder than this for breakfast?

One lovely blog award

This is going to be a very quick post. I am kind of busy but i wanted to share this and i didn’t wanna put this person off by not following the baton.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive this award presented to me by sheialanipov . The name of the award is “ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD”.

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Thanks for the LOVELY gesture sheialanipov! πŸ˜€

Heres the link to her lovely blog: click here

Now for the rules of receiving the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your post.
  3. List 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 7 bloggers and let them know you nominated them.

Anyone frequenting my site will more or less figure out the kind of person i am. Lets see what i haven’t already given out in previous posts. Hmmm.. k..

HERE ARE 7 FACTS ABOUT ME (exclusively reviled since i received this award πŸ˜› ) :

  1. I like reading physical copies of books not “Ebooks”.
  2. Sometimes I like doing nothing. Nothing like.. switching channels on TV for hours -ending up watching nothing,Β  stare out of the window, so yeah.. do nothing and wasteΒ  a lot of time doing nothing. πŸ˜›
  3. I Hate parodies (read “personality parodies”). Offending artists who made a song which you “modify” and then use to insult the same artist and gain popularity with crap lyrics is absolutely and honestly annoying.
  4. I Like watching documentaries and short/animated movies.
  5. However lame this might seem.. I believe Hogwarts does exist.
  6. I don’t know the secret to cure (read “get rid of”) cold/sickness/fever/flu within a day. (If anyone one knows the secret, please please let me know about it). In short i hate being sick.
  7. I thought this was going to be easy πŸ˜›

Sorry but i am not gonna follow the 4th rule.. present nominations. Selecting blogs to nominate takes considerable effort (Respect for people who actually do nominate blogs).. I don’t have the time right now to do that and also i feel let down if they do not carry the baton forward. So i will skip that one.

Hey.. thats another fact you can pull out from the above para..guesses??

Not proud of it.. but Yup.. I am a rule breaker. πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

Break rules

ME post 2015

Hi wanderlusters,

Unlike many I do not believe that the “About” page in a blog should remain the same. You change as time changes and so does your personality. So why have the same about description for your blog year after year? One year can sure bring about a number of changes in a persons character, living, thinking, habits and what not. Continue reading to find out what has changed and what hasn’t.

I am a silent ranter a.k.a Thinker, still a reader, my brain still harbors a music library, brand new Potterhead, feminist and a self proclaimed opposite of a dimwit πŸ˜‰

If you have had a talk with me recently or anytime in the year 2015, you will find I have become extremely opinionated. Confused and lost too!

I have found that being confused can make a billion things crystal clear once you see both the sides of the same coin. So be confused! Things will eventually clear up.

Internship changed my perception on a zillion things. Its one thing i will never forget about the year 2015.

Also oil pastels are now my tools for artistic expression.

Around August-September last year I started watching poetry slams. The performances were beyond expectation. I had no clue there existed a medium to express your opinions and views.. spin out stories with hidden morals.. to reach out to a larger audience. The topics they speak on range from childhood, bullying to depression, feminism and social issues. Its called spoken word performances. I have become a fan of this medium of self-expression.

I have started to observe how very much I am inclined towards the study of law, international relations, social sciences and human psychology. (Seriously why am i doing an engineering course?)

My infatuation for law existed since I was a teenager but what intensified this further were Social injustices in the society and a TV show – “How to get away with murder“. Though the TV show deals with troubled life of a criminal lawyer the social injustice which the twisted judiciary system adheres to everywhere is appalling and needs to be changed.

My fight against a world where EVERYTHING is digital is getting tougher.

Everyone wants everything automated with minimum manual human interference. Some of the latest tech accomplishments have been a joke. There is now a machine that will fold your clothes.It takes more time than a kid would have taken to fold a shirt. So what? Its a machine so it will cost you thousands of dollars and whats more? U can’t see how it folds it.

Everyone wants to roam about on streets with a brightly lit screen casting a ghastly glow on the faces of their owners ignoring the natural shine of the sunlight or moonlight glow which casts beautiful lights in the sky and on everything around us.

A humanoid robot is one more thing i call junk.. like why on Earth would you want a humanoid robot?! They would crash if they had a sense of feeling called confusion! Apple’s Siri is a different level of non-sense.

I have the utmost respect for tech inventions that really help simplify our lives (I sincerely do) but not to an extent where we cease to stop interacting with humans and disrespect the traits that make us human. W.R.T this I recommend you watch a TV show called “Black mirror” and a movie “Exmachina”.

Those are more or less all the things that changed me and changed the way i handle/react to things.

As always..this blog is.where.i.rant.

Finally i strongly recommend you to – once in a while – BE CONFUSED! Β πŸ™‚

Year gone by 2015

The year 2015 officially comes to an end today. The past year has been everything i hoped for and occasionally things i didn’t hope for. What is life without a bit of everything?

 

It has been remarkable eventful, educational (in more than one way) and surprisingly memorable – for all the right and the wrong reasons πŸ˜›

 

I would describe this year as the almost deadly roller coaster ride that i am happy i enjoyed and survived. Most of it had to do with me entering the final year of my bachelor’s degree (Which implicitly causes a series of chain reactions), being social and the rest to “shaking it off” – like Taylor Swift asked us all to. It has definitely been a year of self reflection. In terms of realizing what I stand for – morally and professionally , building self respect, exploring new possibilities, jotting down goals and big chunk of it to identifying the people who make my life worth living and being thankful to them.

Also, I completed a whole year of blogging!! I never thought i would be able to make it.

In the end I would like to say that I am happy to be alive along with my loving family and friends, believe in a better future and a better world!
 

I wish this year has lesser disasters, lesser hate, lesser accidents, greater success, greater prosperity, better health and loads of love. Happy New Year!!

 

I am gonna leave you with this famous dialogue. I know most of you will be sick and tired of hearing this by now.. I am gonna say it anyway.. This new year MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!Β πŸ˜‹ 😁