#AtoZChallenge- Crush Chronicle

The semester just began and Ria was excited to be back in college with her friends. Her first year of engineering was going good with lots of fun and frolic. Though she was surrounded with friends experiencing and enjoying puppy love, Ria never really felt the need for it, nor met any guy who made her crave for it.

One fine monday afternoon, Ria accompanied by her gang of friends, was heading towards the Electronics building from the IT department for lab sessions. As they walked away bantering, Ria noticed someone who caught her attention. A fine looking guy laughing off at his friend’s jokes as he stood with a record in his hands. His eyes sparkled as he laughed and the dark checkered shirt on his fair skin, only made him stand out of the lot. Ria couldn’t take her eyes off from what she just saw. His smile was like a breath of fresh air, which beamed innocence, yet full of charm. As she drifted away staring at him, she wondered, “Who is this guy? How come I haven’t seen him all these days?” During the lab sessions, she did not be her usual self. Her mind was filled with images of him and and his smile. She could neither get over her sight of the charming guy nor concentrate on the lab work.

She came to know that he was also a first year student from Electronics department. Ever since, each time she passed through that building, she hoped to get a glimpse of him. Days passed, semesters passed, but she never dared to approach him. She noticed him throwing a glance at her once in a while and each time she saw him looking at her, her heart skipped a beat. Just like every other college mate, they became Facebook friends, but Ria never dared to ping him.

As time flew by, Ria enjoyed glimpses of her charming guy every now and then, but made sure it didn’t disturb her to much extent. Each time she stared at him, “Please come into my life at some point, when I’m in my happy place, with nothing much to think about, but you”, she whole heatedly wished. Ria knew her priorities and by the time she reached her final year, she shifted her focus on future plans and employment.

Two years passed since graduation. Ria is now a Software Engineer in one of the nation’s top IT firms and is leading a busy life. She completed her training and is currently posted in Bangalore. After passing the hectic training period with flying colors, Ria is now having the time for her life! She loves her job, is completely joyful, devoid of any sorts of stress and is savoring every bit of her independence.

One Friday, Ria was travelling home from work and just like everyday, she started browsing her social media feed. She noticed she had a Facebook message notification staring at her. She went ahead to open it, and what she saw was something she never expected at that moment!

A ‘Hi’ from her charming guy!! “Wow! After all these years?!! He knows me?! He remembers me?!!” she cried out of elation. That message made her day. Her joy knew no bounds and she could feel her heartbeat racing. After she finished cherishing her ‘magical’ message moment, she replied back. The next thing she knew, she was engrossed in a conversation, so much that they exchanged numbers and continued chatting until midnight.

The next weeks were the most cherished for Ria. Endless waits for a beep on the phone, constant texting and blushing became a part of her daily routine. Then one day all of sudden, she receives a text.

Ria, I’ve been waiting to tell you this for years. I have a serious crush on you since college, but I couldn’t approach you back then for various reasons. I will be in Bangalore next week for a conference, would you like to meet sometime? :)”

Law of Attraction Takeaway–  Focus intensely on your affirmations in the present and let go. Do not think about it too much, as too much focus leads to confusion and raises unwanted doubts, which negates the affirmation. Releasing implies your complete trust that universe has taken over your affirmation and you will expect the results when you most need it!

Make a wholehearted affirmation and release it to the universe. This confirms your complete trust and belief in the Law of Attraction. Because greater the belief and trust, better the results!

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#AtoZChallenge- Bestowed Belief

Sheela was in high spirits lately. After all, she found her Mr. Right and released herself from all sorts of family pestering about marriage and settlement. Her life was finally getting back on track, but there was one catch. Sheela was working in the States and like most immigrants, her life abroad was dependent on visa status. Just before the wedding was announced, she had applied for work visa. Her application needed to be picked in the lottery to be considered for approval.  With the wedding announcement, Sheela turned anxious because her visa was to be approved at any cost, not only for her hassle free re entry into the country after the wedding, but also because it was her last attempt in the lottery system.

Having been a firm believer of law of attraction, she wanted to manifest her wish of visa pick in the lottery and also its approval, as it was something beyond her control. She believed in how thoughts had the power to manifest. In the process, she started developing utter faith and belief that her application would be picked in the lottery and her visa would be approved. She imagined how grateful she would be to have been lucky enough to be selected in the lottery. Even though she had some fears popping up occasionally, she made sure to deviate her mind from cultivating those thoughts.

A few weeks later, Sheela was elated with joy! She came to know that her application was selected in the lottery! Her happiness knew no bounds as her manifestation came to life! “The next step is approval which shouldn’t be too hard”, she thought.

The wedding date got closer. Her family started worrying as there was no update on her visa and travelling during pending visa status wasn’t recommended. Meanwhile, the country’s immigration policies took a shift and resulted in a steep fall in the number of approvals. Amidst all the chaos and doubts everyone around raised, Sheela tried holding on to the belief that her visa would be approved no matter what. She continued trusting her faith and went ahead planning for the travel for wedding with an assurance of an approved visa.

Within few days, she received an update she wasn’t hoping for. It wasn’t an approval, but a request for evidence for further consideration of her application. This made things more complex. With the fast approaching wedding, she realized she wouldn’t be getting an approval before it. This definitely disturbed her, as she could neither postpone the wedding nor was she sure of her re entry to the US. Again, no matter how many fears and negative thoughts began to sprout, she held on to her faith that her visa would be approved. Finally, she decided to take the risk of travelling for the wedding, as she had a strong belief of a hassle free re entry and visa approval.

The next few weeks, Sheela enjoyed her time in India for her wedding, amidst her family and partner. During this time she completely forgot about the visa issues or travel risks, as deep down she had an assurance of a problem free approval.

After a month, Sheela returned to the States with her husband and her re entry was smooth though her visa status was pending, just like she had imagined. Now that she got back to the country without any issue, Sheela realized that the universe was actually working towards her manifestation .

In a span of few weeks, Sheela got her much awaited visa approval! She was on cloud nine, as she could continue working on a valid visa. Though it wasn’t a surprise to her because of her faith, she was immensely grateful for the manifestation. Thus her life was sorted and it bestowed her belief in Law of Attraction yet again!

Law of Attraction Takeaway–  No matter how many turns your life takes, stick to your belief that your wish is in the process of manifesting. Because the universe is a mirror and law of attraction mirrors back your dominant thoughts. So make sure your dominant thoughts are not affected by circumstances and are not something you don’t want!

The universe is a mirror. Make sure that the law of attraction mirrors back what you want rather than what you don’t want. So, watch your thoughts!

#AtoZChallenge- Approved Appeal

Little Raji was all excited as she returned from school. Her mother who was clueless of her girl’s unexpected enthusiasm, inquired what made her so elated. “We have a fancy dress competition!!!”, Raji babbled. Her mother smiled but did not say a word. She knew she can’t afford to create or purchase fancy outfits for the competition, nor did she want to dampen her little girl’s spirits. “I want to win a prize!” , Raji uttered with a spark in her eyes and a glee on her face. “Why do you want to participate?”, her mother asked. “I told you I want to win a prize!”, Raji exclaimed. “The whole school will cheer for me when I receive the prize!”, she said. Her mother was taken aback by her daughter’s day dreams. She could neither encourage nor be her little one’s killjoy. “Okay, let’s see what we can do”, she sighed.

As days passed by, Raji reminded her mother about the competition. Her worried mother couldn’t think of anything better for the fancy dress contest other than her old sari. “How about this? You can be a fortune teller”, she asked, with a smile and a heart full of guilt. Raji who was playfully running around jabbered, “Yay! I’m going to be a fortune teller!” Her mother gave her few lines which Raji practiced for the next few days to recite at the contest.

On the day of the competition, Raji was accompanied by her mother. As they entered the backstage, her mother noticed how wonderfully other children were dressed up in some of the most creative and fancy outfits. The place was beaming with rich shimmery outfit clad princesses, superheros with their weapons and accessories, freedom fighters, young astronauts and cute mini professionals. She realized how impossible it was for her kid’s dream to become true and how this participation was a bad idea. To reduce the blow of failure on her little one, she asked Raji, “Do you still want to participate?” “Yes I do, I will get the prize”, Raji replied with an air of confidence.

As the competition began, Raji’s mother’s embarrassment kept increasing as she noticed other kid’s performance. Not only were they dressed up in fancy outfits, they also performed wonderfully well, much better than Raji. This definitely confirmed that her child doesn’t stand any chance. “Don’t worry if you don’t win. Your participation itself is a great effort! Shall we leave now?” Raji’s mother asked, with an attempt to save her kid from disappointment. “Wait, wait. I’m going to get the prize”, Raji replied. Her mother couldn’t help but sigh.

The competition came to an end. Just when Raji’s mother was worried about consoling her daughter, she hears, “The third prize goes to Raji, the fortune teller!!” with a huge round of applause. Just like her daughter wanted! She couldn’t believe how Raji won but was extremely happy for her child and all her embarrassment and guilt vanished in a second. “I told you I’d win!”, said Raji as she returned to her mother with her prize. “Indeed her appeal was approved!” her mother thought, feeling grateful.

Law of Attraction Takeaway– The universe is your genie. Ask away what you want and have utter faith that it will happen. Be like a child, trust in make-believe world, without any doubts or fears.

Be childlike. Ask the universe what you want and believe completely that it will come true

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AtoZChallenge 2018- Theme Reveal

Well, it is that time of the year, yet again! The time that makes me badly realize- I am biting more than I can chew, yet not ready to give up! Yes, it’s time for AtoZ Challenge!

This will be my third consecutive year with AtoZ and as always, I signed up the last minute. Last two attempts went without a theme, but this time I wanted to boil down my thoughts as previous challenges have proved how hard it is without a theme. I know I’m long past the due date for a theme reveal post, but better late than never, right?

I started this blog with an intention other than honing my writing skills. An intent to remind myself and everyone who visits this blog, the power and the magic of our mind. So this year’s AtoZ Challenge will be aligned with this motive.

Few years ago, I reached a phase where I was vexed with the agitation created by my pessimistic mind. I was tired of cooking up the worst of situations inside my head that came so naturally to me. I wanted to do something to feel at peace irrespective of circumstances. But a 180 degree shift in the way I look at things won’t happen overnight. It takes great effort, multiple encounters with failure and most importantly- time. In this process of attaining the enlightenment I badly craved for, I stumbled upon ‘Law of Attraction‘.

Law of Attraction is a philosophy built on the lines- ‘like attracts like‘. Accordingly, every incident in your life has been, is and will be an outcome of this universal law. The more you nurture negative thoughts inside your head, the more likely you are to attract them into your life. Greater the gratitude and joy, greater will be the abundance in your life. Thought it isn’t as simple as it sounds, manifesting ANYTHING you want no matter how ridiculous it appears, is POSSIBLE!

The secret to this lies in our minds and the faith or belief in the universe it holds.

“Believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to materialize”

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This year I will be sharing stories, real life experiences of how I or someone I know manifested what they wanted through Law of Attraction. So my theme for AToZ Challenge -2018 is

Tiny Tales on Law of Attraction

The intent here is to make people realize that anything we want in life is attainable but the key is to have faith and belief in the universe. There are certain norms by which the law works just like any other law, which I will point out at the end of each tale through the month of April. This attempt is to make myself and anyone who reads this develop faith and conviction in Law of Attraction. If you are already aware of it and use it in your life, I hope these tiny tales only make your belief stronger.

I’m also taking the A TO Z CHALLENGE WITH BLOGCHATTER 2018 this time!

So this April, join me in exploring how dreams turn into reality and remember,

“What we think, we become”

Bondage

Aura with Writing

My first glimpseof you was more than a decade ago.

The moment I saw you, I was amazed at your intriguing personality. Instantly found you fascinating and my admiration for you kept intensifying.

I considered myself lucky that I got an opportunity to know you. I was elated! You were my new found love.

As years passed, I watched you evolve, take different forms. Your growth had no limits. You were mesmerizing!

You were my window to the world. You made me forget about boredom. I was never this entertained!I loved you!

Your capabilities never ceased to amuse me. You were the answer to all my questions. My world revolved around you. You made my life easy!

My intimacy with youknew no bounds. I sacrificed my cardinal relationships for spending time with you. I was addicted!

I grew so fond, I could not stayaway from you! Your presence made…

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When Food is your Constant- Matrimonial

A Foodie’s Matrimonial Ad

Arranged marriages are in full swing in India even today. Once someone hits and surpasses their Quarter Life Crisis, they are obligated to create matrimonial profile for a potential bride/groom, in the best interest of their parents. A typical matrimony profile is mostly about how well you can find someone compatible with your social class, profession, lifestyle and tastes and not just limiting to vital stats or good looks. Almost like a dating profile, but looking for something ‘serious’ and long term.

While matrimony profiles can be as genuine as possible or as fake as being perfect, this is just a starting point for ‘considering’ the person to be a prospective life partner. Well because there are a lot more factors to consider than just what they put up on their profile. In a world where there is a very thin line between reality and fantasy and the complex personalities people end up developing, it’s hard to gain consciousness of what we are and what we want, let alone what we are looking for in our partners. In such a world, if there is one constant that any foodie is sure of- no prizes for guessing! It has to be food!

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach  literally holds true for all food lovers. Here is a comical interpretation of how a matrimonial ad would look like on a matrimony platform for foodies. Because they are pretty sure of their constant and are aware that no matter how perfect the vital stats are, how pretty the face is, how easily they fall under their societal standards and how compatible they are, it all boils down to their constant- Food!! They are crystal clear on their agenda of expectations and rather focus on the ability of their potential partner to cook their favorite dish, rather than the religion they follow or the color of their skin.

Here is a true Biryani lover who would never get tired to cherish the aromatic amalgamation of flavors and seeks the same even on his matrimonial profile.

If only life was this simple- Boiling down to constants (food)! Sigh!

Daily Prompt– Constant

Serene Silence

Sylvan Lake, South Dakota

This magnificent view was at Sylvan Lake during my visit to South Dakota. Like many other places of interest that South Dakota has to offer, Sylvan lake is one of them. This lake is a hidden gem amidst the towering Black Hills.

This spectacular lake with a view makes you feel relieved and rejuvenated with nothing but tranquility induced by chirping birds and mild breeze. A quick hike around the lake was as beautiful as it looked and sounded!

This place reminded me of the fact that there is beauty in stillness. Though silence may often be associated to negativity which depicts lack of communication or connection, there is beauty to it. Amidst all the chaos we live in along with constant chatters of the mind, taking a moment to cease, to be calm, devoid of stress, ‘to-do’ lists and connections is very much the need of the hour in today’s world. I enjoy tranquility and solitude more than many things in my life and it brings me immense joy and peace. Taking a moment off from your busy lives, just to be calm, to feel the silence and the beauty it offers can do wonders if practiced daily. Trying to disconnect from the world to feel and cherish the stillness of the present is a great way to tame our wandering minds.

This image is my go-to picture that reminds me of the beauty in serene silence and how much I need it!

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Evoked…Again!| Winter Musings

Every winter evokes a nostalgic state of mind which takes me back to 2014. For most part of my life I enjoyed winter, as all it meant was an opportunity to wear sweatshirts and of course the holidays! But my stint with a real, freezing white winter was experienced when I first landed in the United States. It was the month of December in 2013. My friend and I were nervous as much as excited while heading out from the airport. Though we had an idea of what to expect from a Midwestern winter based on our research during grad school applications, we weren’t really cold tolerant people.

As I stepped out, I noticed traces of snow here and there, but less than what I imagined. The chilly breeze through my hair was a feeling I would never forget, as it is still fresh in my mind after 4 good years! After all, that was my first feel of Nebraskan winter. Within few days, we had good amount of snow and just like many, I enjoyed my time with my first snow.

The honeymoon stage with my snow experience was over pretty soon and thus came the hard part. A 26- minute walk to my apartment every Tuesday and Thursday night after class was the toughest part of my masters program in the States. Yes, I wouldn’t ascribe my hardships in a foreign country to a hectic schedule, busy lifestyle, never ending assignments, homesickness or the tough coursework, but to a bone chilling torture of winter walking with heavy backpacks, freezing palms and feet that almost feel numb and dead by the time you reach home! Not to forget the foggy glasses as a result of my thermal face mask. All this in spite of wearing four layers of clothing with heavy jackets, gloves, beanie and boots!  The privilege of not having a car! But yes, it was HARD!!! Those moments were the only times I felt like running away, the time I missed home and family real bad.

The same scenes repeated each time we went walking to a nearby Walmart. Nothing is as close by as you think when you walk on a freezing winter evening with temperatures falling below -30 C, carrying tons of grocery bags! Phew! (in a cold way) I think most international students can relate to this if they lived in colder places. But it was definitely intense for someone who used to cuddle up in a fluffy blanket just for tropical winters!

I still have a love/hate relationship with winter, but amidst all my hatred for spine chilling cold winds, there was and is one thing I crave for- Sunshine! Yes, who would’ve thought I’d really crave for something so basic- like sun rays! To feel the warmth in a way I never felt all those years back home. It made me realize the need and existence of light and heat from sun.

Now, I’m glad to be in a position where I no longer need to walk miles for groceries or any place else on a winter evening, but winters do evoke my cravings for sunlight! They made me notice and acknowledge a blessing I never really cared about. No matter how much winter reminds of my hardships during my early encounters with it, it definitely made me grateful and reminds me to get out and get my daily dose of Vitamin D!

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Missing in Action- Blog Update

Hola!

Hope everyone is doing good! I don’t know if you noticed, but Aura with writing has been missing from your feed for many months. I haven’t posted anything for the second half of 2017, as I was completely involved and busy with an important life event taking place. I usually write when I can totally indulge in writing and not just for the heck of it. As a result I end up vanishing for months! The end of year always reminds me of my progress/ regress with respect to writing and blogging, as every new year marks the anniversary of this blog.

I started Aura with writing in January 2016 with a budding interest in writing and art. Though I did not make much progress with blogging as I wish to in the last two years, my hope to continue to get better never seems to die. No matter how many times I vanish and get away from writing due to circumstances, I always yearn to get back and learn. Now here I am, yet again, writing reflections for the year on the last day of 2017! (At least in my time zone!)

My 2017 in a nutshell:

The year started off with fresh enthusiasm and promises to keep writing no matter what! Well, I did stick to it for the initial few months and wanted to even after the hectic AtoZ Challenge! But well, it wasn’t easy for me to get into my Zen zone of writing meaningful content when a lot was going on.

Most of my 2017 was stressful both personally and professionally, but ended on a very high note with some unforgettable life events and moments I will always be grateful for! As always I learned few life lessons and this time it wasn’t the hard way! Not because life was easy, but because my perception slowly started shifting for good.

I noticed a lot of improvement in my way of looking at things and people and have made progress in my journey of optimism. All these will definitely reflect in my writings in the future. After a debacle for two years, I realized I shouldn’t be making any promises on being regular on the blog, but hey! Old habits die hard and I’m definitely no quitter!

I was an avid reader as a child and was always engrossed in books. But as I grew older, my reading has declined significantly with 0 being the count for the past 4 years! This very fact makes me feel ashamed and uncomfortable as much as it reminds me of my time I wasted with unnecessary browsing and internet.

My wishlist for 2018:

In 2018, I wish to get back to my old habit of reading, apart from writing. I’m challenging myself to read 30 books in the new year. I do think the number is high for someone who lost the habit of reading, but my over ambitious book count should motivate me enough to get through at-least half of them. As far as the blog goes, I want to update at least twice a month. Not making any promises, but nothing wrong in trying, right? I’m also looking forward to make some major lifestyle changes, one at a time at my own pace. Eagerly waiting to write about them if I’m successful at getting habituated to at least one from my check list. Signing off hoping for an exciting 2018!

Happy new and prosperous 2018! May this year be better and brighter than ever! 😊

Geothermal Textures

One of the most intriguingly fascinating experiences of my life happened during my trip to the Yellowstone National Park. This National Park is a natural wonder that has a lot to offer- a live, visual Geography class and a natural Chemistry lab experience! These pictures are a proof of few of the phenomenons I’ve never seen  or  experienced!

These photographs were captured at the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. The terrace formation was a result of hot water springs cooling down and depositing calcium carbonate from thousands of years. The formations which are an outcome of a geothermal phenomenon have resulted in these unique and intriguing natural textures. A closer look at the texture resembles deposits of limestone.

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