My name is Nalaemton Selvaraj. I am working as a Software Engineer in Chennai, India. This blog aims to share a wide variety of information to it’s readers – life experiences, poems, travel, technology and much more. My ultimate goal is to make my readers smile. Don’t forget to smile while reading my writings...
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We keep travelling… Through roads, through jungles, through mountains…and the list goes on and on. We tread through summer, winter, autumn and spring. Sometimes, breeze plays a fancy rythm. Sometimes, sun is in full form. Sometimes, the clouds pour all the water from heaven on our path. We get friends. We get pushed down. We get crushed, But whatever happens, do remember this: The journey is always on. Good Luck !
I still remember my first travel to the hills. Even now, I am feeling very excited to remember those lovely travel memories. My dad was driving the car and we were enjoying the cool breeze and exotic views along the way. Being a city-based person totally, my eyes were not treated with lush green trees and fields for the majority of my days. Hence, the excitement of travelling to the hills was a thrilling and beautiful experience. If I go on a travel now, surely I will concentrate only on getting perfect photos in order to share them on social media. Those were the days when I never had a smartphone or camera in my hands. Sometimes, I think that our smartphones have changed our own personality to a greater extent. Okay, coming back to what I was saying…As we were riding uphill, I noticed the hairpin turns. Initially, I was not getting as to why these hairpin turns even exist. Later, my dad explained me the importance of hairpin turns in riding all the way to the top of the mountain. A hairpin turn (named for its resemblance to a hairpin) is a bend in a road (usually seen in the roadway to a mountain) with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for an oncoming vehicle to turn about 180 degrees to continue on the road. The hairpin turns are too scary especially when we ride downhill. It seems like we are on the mercy of the vehicle’s brake mechanism.
Whenever we go for vacation to the mountains, a sigh of relief comes when we arrive at our destination on the top of the mountain and when we successfully reach downhill and head back to our house. These hairpin turns have fascinated me a lot every time I travel to the mountains. A number of thoughts come to my mind when I think of hairpin turns now. I love to share the most interesting thought that came to my mind about hairpin turns in this blog post.
A majority of us will agree to the fact that our Life is like a journey. I consider Life to be a journey on the road. Sometimes, we know our destination and many times, we don’t have a clue on where we are headed. Irrespective of all the pit stops and flat tyres now and then, Life should always go on. It’s very easy to say this in a poetic manner. However, real life gives us a lot of twists and turns along the way. Even in our life, there come situations where we have to pass through a hairpin turn. Ah! Now I am coming to the point. While we are passing through the hairpin turns in life, our own mind becomes very clumsy. The situations can be like taking life decisions or like undergoing a very bad phase in life. Whatever the situation is, we have to trust in the journey and hope that there is a long and beautiful road ahead of us once we pass through the hairpin turn. It can be scary and testing our patience, but whatever it is – We should not give up our hope. I am saying this because in reality, hairpin turns help us go further closer to the mountain tops. Similarly in Life, the hairpin turn situations come in order to elevate us. Oh! I guess now, you got the point now. Keep riding on the beautiful road of life. Face the hairpin turns with confidence and you will reach more and more heights in your journey.
A thick white blanket of rain clouds filled the sky. I looked up and noticed that the clouds have blocked Sun’s rays completely from hitting the ground. I wanted to go home soon. A drop of water fell on my hand directly from the sky. I speeded up my bike to reach home at the earliest. I wish I had started earlier than the usual. There is no time to think about that now. The Traffic Light flashed ‘Red’ color and I lowered my speed to halt just before the stop line. The raindrops started to fall heavily on the ground. I can feel the chillness of water all over my body. It is the first rain of the year and I am totally not prepared for it. I smelled the strong perfume of land which is happily ebbing out all the heat of the summer. The trees are dancing along with the tune of the winds. The roadside plants are swishing off the dust and turning greener than the usual. Little did I know that now, I am completely wet. Initially, I thought of stopping somewhere and wait for the rain to end. Now, I don’t have a choice. The Traffic Light showed ‘green’ and I started riding back home. Patience is a million dollar virtue, but not at this moment. I started riding very cautiously now as the roads have turned slippery because of the rain. Ignoring all the interesting events happening around me, I focused only on reaching my destination – home. The whole idea of rain is very beautiful except when you are in a situation where you want yourself to reach home from office in a bike. I reached home with not much difficulty. I prayed to God that there should not be much water logging as the rain continues to pour with no mercy. Taking a deep breath, I opened the door and reached my room. Suddenly, the power went off. Everything seemed dark and I seriously don’t know what to do. There is nothing to be done, but to wait patiently till the Electricity Department resumes power. Lighting the candle in my room, I said to myself “I am having just another rainy day”.
It’s already been a very very long time since Lockdown was announced due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Nobody would have even expected a situation like this to happen anytime before. I hope God gives us all enough health and strength to successfully get out of the Pandemic and return to old normal soon. I have discontinued writing for almost a month, but its always good to be back. Yesterday, when I logged into WordPress to write a poem – I realized that all my thinking have been influenced a lot by the ongoing tough situations in our planet. It seemed like the year 2020 has just now started, but we have already completed 10 months of the year. “What did I do this year?” is one of the most prevalent question that I had heard throughout this year from many of my friends. In fact, I guess this question has been put forth by my mind to me multiple times. However, sometimes we cannot calm our minds. The best choice is to take good care of ourselves and our mind whenever possible.
This year has taught us a lot of things. Initially, we were happy and excited while sending New Year wishes to people. Then came the Lockdown. Ever since Lockdown was announced, things have changed a lot for many of us. For me, I have never even thought of working from home before. There never came a situation when I had to opt for ‘Work From Home’ before. I was excited thinking of the ‘Work From Home’ concept. However, there are multiple turn of events during the execution of it. Even then, I am pretty glad & forever thankful to God that I could continue my work during these unexpected situations.
Quite a lot of events have taken place in our World. Cricket and Soccer matches are happening with no spectators. Movies are being released on OTT platforms. Work is performed from home. Virtual meetings and virtual award shows have become normal now. Online Teaching and Online Learning are being practiced in schools. There is no end to this list. There is a common saying which goes like this: “Whatever happens, the show must go on”. I hope everyone have heard this saying multiple times in our lifetime. Hence, be full of hope and pass on beautiful positive vibes wherever you are.
I have fancied the way numerals work. I should say that it’s the elegance of intelligence. There’s never been a single day in my 25 years where I have not used numerals. ‘Numbers’…The common word. Each number stands with pride like people standing on the winning podium. Some people say this: “The greater the number, greater its value”. I agree to it, if we consider in terms of money. What if it’s considered in terms of position & time? I know that I am thinking on unrealistic & weird stuffs. Days run, Months walk & Years crawl… I am not a fan of numbers anymore.
The fabulous month of October has started in full swing already. And here I am, having no clue on how I am going to spend my last 3 months of this year. We haven’t talked for a while. We haven’t met for a long time. We haven’t played life like the good old times. Like I always say: “HOPE is a very good word”. The very moment you hear the word HOPE, I hope you’ll be filled with beautiful positive vibes. I haven’t written poems for a while. I haven’t given time to love for a long time. I haven’t been myself like the good old times. The whole World marches bravely pinning hopes on TOMORROW. TOMORROW is also a powerful word. It gives us the HOPE and STRENGTH to rely on our FAITH and continue LIFE bravely. Go on Blue Planet… Good Luck, Cheers, Hope, Strength & Best Wishes for TOMORROW.
Ever looked at the sky and wondered what it is made up of? I have been very curious when it comes to reading about sky facts. It is mind boggling even now when I am writing a blog post on ‘Sky’. The Universe holds a lot of mysteries and we are yet to decode a lot number of them. Some years back, Pluto was knocked off from the ‘Planet’ list. I felt very sorry for him (Just kidding). I hope someday I will unravel any one mystery of our universe. Hope is a good word. Faith is an awesome word. I love the positive vibes created when hope and faith are instilled in our minds. As far as mankind is concerned, hope and faith are amazing traits which we had kept alive for a very long time.
I still remember getting drenched in rain for the first time. It was a great experience. My mother made me paper boats and I was happily set sailing them on the flood water. The water current was very fast and it was swiftly taking all my paper boats and drowning them in the drain. Lightning and Thunder gave us company all night long. Life feels good when we understand it less. During those days, I don’t even know what causes rain. I just thought that water pours from sky to cool the Earth. Later, when I found out that rain is caused by clouds – My whole imagination of the sky changed. Science got explanation for everything. Little we know, yet there are lots yet to be known.
The people of the 21st century can never forget the current year 2020. We locked ourselves at home for a very long time now. I hope soon things will turn back to normal. Again I say, Hope is a good word. So, is praying. Keep our World in your prayers. Every night during this Lockdown (even yesterday), I go with my father to the terrace where we walk for some time and I watch the sky for a long time. Believe me, it’s the best time for sky watching. Some days, you’ll see clouds spread throughout the sky. Some days, you’ll see star-filled sky. Some days, you even get a chance to watch shooting stars. Every time I look at the sky during the night, I check for the Evening Star – Venus. Venus is the closest planet to our Earth and it is awesome to see Venus at night. Some nights especially when it is raining, I won’t have the chance to see even one star. In those days, our mighty warrior satellite Moon presents her with the thunder and lightning in the background. Without getting wet in the rain, I go inside my room and wish ‘Good Night’ to our planet.
The Sky keeps me guessing. I don’t know what to do but just close my eyes and continue dreaming. Sky in my mind!
In this Digital era, there are thousands of mediums which allow us to express ourselves. Still, Writing is one of the oldest and beautiful ways of expressing ourselves. There is a lot of magic involved in writing. Believe me – Even now, nothing can match the excitement of reading a printed book.
Why did I start to write? Let me tell you how I started writing. I was making New Year resolutions each and every year. One of the most common resolutions which I make includes recording my daily activities in a diary. Every year, I start writing my daily activities in the diary but I’ve never continued to write for more than a month. Even this year, I started recording my daily activities. However, I did not continue after 4th January 2020, which is just four days after New Year. Now and then, when I get a flow with words, I write them down. Later, I type my writings on beautiful backgrounds and post it on my social media platform like Instagram and Twitter. I had fairly good response from friends and family. They liked reading them. So, I continued posting my writings. I won’t say that I have mastered the art of writing, but I love the fun involved in writing. The most beautiful part about writing and posting in social media platforms is that when people actually give a read, it makes them happy. There are times when people whom I had lost contact previously call me to just discuss about my writings. These kind gestures act as a beautiful motivation for every writer, I guess. I know, great stories are not said by great writers but are said by great listeners/readers. Cheers to all my beautiful readers, I started writing my own personal blog on the month of May 2020. Ever since then, I am beautifully collecting my thoughts to give the best shot of literature. I won’t say that the blogging journey is a bed of roses that when you post something, the whole World will be reading them. Every journey needs a beginning – the first step I would say. For me, Blogging has introduced me into a whole new World of words. Literature is beautiful if you focus on how to play with words. Words, if used properly can open anyone’s heart. That’s why our elders kept on warning us to choose our words carefully. Yes, my 10th grade Math Teacher constantly told us this: “You cannot take back your words. It’s like spilled milk”. I realised her words later in my life. Better late than never, I am happy for the realization. In the first month of Blogging, I hardly got any views. I was posting the links to my blogposts everywhere possible. Marketing a blog is a tough task – tougher for a beginner. Little by little, I started gaining audience. The best part is when people started writing to me in the comment section. It’s what every Blogger craves for. Now, it’s been almost three months since I have started Blogging. Thank God, I was able to reach quite a lot number of beautiful and kind readers.
I am planning to write a story. Hope I write a good one. That is the story of how I started to write and the roller-coaster ride of my blog. Hope you too have an interesting story of how you started to write. Write your story in the comments section and keep smiling always. Have a wonderful day!
Everytime I travel through the highway, I see green plants planted in the middle of the road for dividing the lanes. Beautiful – I should say, But who is taking care of them? Who planted them there? Who fixed their fate? I believe we won’t be able to stand in the middle of the highway for atleast an hour. Who has the patience to persist – The smoke from the trucks, The heat of the sun, The harsh polluted wind, The not-so-gentle rain & The never ending noise of vehicles? Patience is a million dollar virtue, But we have a choice. Don’t we? What choice does the highway plant have in it’s life? Do we even give it a choice? Still, it never fails to make travellers happy. Maybe, it is a living proof that no matter where we are, we still have something to offer for the betterment of Life. Stay blessed Highway Plant!
Some days are easy. Some days are tough. Some days are long. Some days are short. Some days are boring. Some days are interesting. Some days are tiring. Some days are refreshing. Some days bring smile without any hesitation & Some days bring tears to our eyes, But Life is made of all days. So, Let us make everyday count.