Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Shenzhen you redefined me.

As I travel the memory lane, I can’t believe that I happened to spend close to two and a half years living in Shenzhen, China.  
I left home (Bangalore) in Sep, 2015
Left Chennai in Jan 2016
And I am leaving Shenzhen in May 2018
I am not moving to far, just across the border. Hong Kong it is!
Moved to a very beautiful house in Hong Kong, but I am still not able to call it home.
This post is not about why I decided to move to Hong Kong, It’s a post to mark down beautiful memories and times that I had in Shenzhen. I did feel Shenzhen has my home, and that’s because of the wonderful experiences I have been living with.
For all those who know Shenzhen, YES, it’s hardware Silicon Valley. When I was moving I had no expectations, but just a plan to move out after a year. Having spent so much time, you know this city gave me more than what I could ask for.  This city is the fastest developing place in China, it’s called the startup hub and more to its feather. But for me it’s a place, which redefined me. When I meet my friends after ages, they see a new me… and to a major extent I have to give the credit to Shenzhen and people I encountered during my stay.
Here is where I learned to be kind and generous to people.
It doesn’t cost a lot to smile and wish someone compete stranger “Good Day” or accept a compliment by staying humble. 
I learnt to be more welcoming towards people from all races.
Got to appreciate the Chinese rich culture
It made me stronger and confident, that’s because of the people around me.
I was very lucky to have a wonderful job, company, boss and amazing team members.  I never felt I was at work, working for MEIZU.
The friends I made, the strangers I encountered, everyone left an impression on me. The newer composition of me is one who is passionate, kinder, empathetic and grateful. China could be a difficult place, but I guess, you need the right people and attitude to make this remarkable place in its own ways.
The redefined me, is used to a world which is automated,
where people don’t any more trade with cash,
where people come from all walks of life, talking different languages,
where failure is just a new beginning,
where challenges are an opportunity to accomplish new things,
where kindness, goodness and smile are means of communiation,
where being real is authentic and lasting.
I am leaving Shenzhen, but Shenzhen is going to be in my heart. Even if I am walking away from the borders, I carry with me this redefined me living in this world that I created.
I never expected my journey to be the way it is…… and I am extremely thank full to everyone for making my journey so incredible.  To be lasting forever, till my end.
I just think that we shouldn’t be scared off to let go of things. 
As you know you will always make more memories.
Cheers to new beginnings. No one has yet figured it out, we all are making it up as we go along, so make it up as best as you can.  Are you ready Hong Kong?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The story of every scar

I am here, sitting at Hong Kong Airport. My flight is in next 6 hrs. So I decide to blog and abreast you all about my first scar.

Every scar has it’s own story
Every scar is a reminder that we have the courage to fight
Every scar is a reminder to learn from our mistakes
We eventually learn to accept it as part of our body.
Every scar is the bookmark of immense pain
Every scar makes us believe in magic

The story of my first scar starts from this beautiful place from Vietnam called DaNang.  Me and my dear friend “Apple” landed early morning. The initial vibes reminded me of my home in Bangalore.  We checked in and went out to have some local breakfast. I saw expats all riding the bike and the Indian in me was like bring it on. Managed to get a bike on rent. The super confident biker in me was like so carefree about everything. Little did I know what was round the corner.

My friend accompanied me while I was driving the bike. We were heading towards the beach & on the Han River Bridge I took the wrong lane. We stopped by to ask some locals for direction & realized we have to take a U turn. I had to cross the road and then take a U turn. As I was doing that a bike from the opposite lane crossed and hit me.  After a few seconds I realized my left leg entire muscle had got ripped off and I could see my bone. It took me time to realize that I have met with an accident. Luckily, my friend was safe.
The locals gathered and they called the ambulance. For the first time I entered the ambulance and I was crying. If I recollect now, I was not crying because of the injury or the pain, I was crying because the confident driver in me was not ready to accept the fact that I had failed and my ego was too high to accept that the accident was due to my mistake.

I was rushed to the hospital, they got my X-ray done. No fracture, so I was taken to the operation room for stitches. I remembered crying and calling out my mom’s name. And this time I was crying because I was thinking how ugly my leg will look now after this and I won’t be able to flaunt my leg and wear shorts. I got 7 stitches. I was discharged and I must tell you Vietnam people are really kind and helpful. The management girl “Christina” came to see me in the hospital and was running around in getting things sorted for us.

We came back to our hostel & make a step was like a big deal for me. That immense pain, I felt it and I still remember how it feels. That’s the time I realized the steps which we casually take, how much grateful we should be for them. I met this girl “Anna” who works in the hostel, she was sitting by my side that night & giving me helping hand when I wanted to walk. She told me no matter how deep the shit is, how much the pain is, try smiling and everything will disappear.  She taught me some very interesting life lessons that came out of her own challenged life.
It’s important to count your blessings
Forgive people who do bad
Give love and be kind to everyone
Sing and smile whenever you face difficulties in life

We were in Vietnam for 7 days and moved to Hoi an the very next day. I could not travel around, but I used to sit in the resort area by the beach side. I met interesting people from various parts of life, connected, and we shared our stories. I had so many strangers helping me during these days.  I had some very sweet guys lifting me when taking steps were nearly impossible ;)

I dedicate this blog to Christina, Anna, all the strangers who helped me on my way and more importantly my lovely friend “Apple”. You realize what true friendship is when people like Apple honor you with their friendship for life. Words are less to describe for all the stuff she did for me …. All I can say…The reason I was able to recover so soon, reached Shenzhen and get back to normal life… is all due to her.
I owe her for every step I take and more.
Thank you Apple for everything.

It’s been 2 months now…
I met with this accident on 9th of Feb
Got my stitches removed on 25th Feb
And I was back to traveling on 9th April

Coming back to the scar …. It’s part of me. I have accepted it.
It’s part of my body now… I don’t think it looks that ugly ;) 
I have not stopped wearing my short dresses or shorts.
I flaunt my scar !
When I look at it…. I know one day every wound will be ok. 
Time will heal everything. 
I have seen my torn muscles & tissues and now I see my scar
I am grateful as I can walk the way I used to before.
I value every step that I can take.
I know the immense pain, I have faced it, lived it
But I also know what it feels to see that pain go off

I want this blog post to give that courage to people who are dealing with their injuries.
I want to inspire people to help others when they are going through difficult times.
I want to let people know, it’s ok, scars are not ugly, they just make you more stronger and different. 
I want people to take care of their health and be grateful of their life, as there are few who don’t have what you tend to take for granted.

Sorry for this lengthy post,  I am off to Singapore. Come back for more stories!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Don’t know why the world judges people appearance without knowing them,
Don’t know why without understanding someones personality, we hate their very existence, 
When ever they try to reach out for help, 
We rebuke them,
It's unfair, we know, we are aware, we just don't make effort to change those thoughts. 
Don’t know why more then humanity it's the void pride - we are found of!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Because giving up is not an option!

The secret to success is a combination of a few elements.
First, it’s your own level of expectations. You have to learn to be happy with certain things you have achieved so far. It’s almost impossible to accomplish all the things you aimed in life; so you have to learn to be happy with what you have achieved, even if it’s half of what you had in your mind at first.
Life happens to you, when you are busy making some other plans”. You always expect certain things, and something else along the ways comes by and you have to alter your path accordingly again.
If you can learn to live along with that, if you can be practical like that, success is easy, maybe! It’s good to have a plan and you are working very hard and you are walking up against the door and you can’t go through that door, you just have to find a backdoor or find a way around it!
That’s how life is; you won’t get exactly what you had in the back of your mind. It’s important to have a good work ethic; no one gets anywhere without hard work. You have to learn to deal with setbacks, failures, get yourself together, because quitting is never an option.
Life is a roller-coaster ride, you will have ups and down, but you will remember only the ups. The fact of the matter is you have to have passion. You must really, really, really and badly want something in life and you must be 100% devoted and dedicated towards it. That way, you will accomplish anything, I mean anything!
To do so, you have to be a bit crazy. You need to be possessive about it. If you commit your entire life to your dream, 2 things will happen:- either you will achieve it or you will die trying.
Dreams, goals, ambitions are important as they drive our life. 
"I am in this phase, and I am sure many too are feeling the same. I wrote this post because it’s a reminder to myself that it’s ok – If things don’t go as per the plan. What matters the most is how you fought and how you live."

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eternal Love!

It’s not a perfect love story. 
In fact it’s an incomplete one.
Left to be never completed in this lifetime.
It was a dream and near to impossible.
But as it entered my life, I started chasing more dreams.
God grants you things when you need them the most.
Deep in sorrow, fakeness,
Lost, confused and buried in questions I was.
And the Eternal Love just came as a slow wind.
Which shook my fundamentals,
Moved me and I became a new person.
That’s what it does.
So, for this Eternal Love
I will never fear this world.
Be authentic and real.
Will value my time and other time too.
Keep up my word at any cost.
Will speak up, even if it’s suffocating.
Expose my vulnerabilities and face my fears.
I will stay beautiful as this Eternal Love.
Alive and meaningful.
I will go global and make you proud.
Will smile even if I live in pain.
Because I got more than what I asked for.
It gives me a safe nest to breath.
Protected arms when I am scared the most.
Wipes off your tears every time I am hurt.
Walking in the crowd all alone, never did I felt lost.
You walked besides me and I never wanted any one more.
I live everyday with this eternal love in my heart.
Long overdue ….but here I am.
Thanks BG for this Eternal Love.
This is what you have left me with….. never ending Eternal Love.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Water + Fire = Love

Love is the water of life and the lover is the sole of fire.
Universe turns differently when fire loves water. 
A life without love is of no count. 
Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek.
Spiritual or material, Divine or Maintained. 

Love has no definition or labels.