Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

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Everyone knows that IT jobs are mostly “sit on a chair for 8-9 hours” job. You do nothing except staring at the screen and punching keyboard. Although there are magical moments every now and then but soon the magic fades away…..

So here I am trying to take a leap of faith in finding something interesting, cool, adventurous and yet IT. Pretty hard to find something like that and I might have to create something new..but then if Donald Trump can be a presidential candidate I can do anything in the world. lol

Mahendra Kumar

Pic attribution: Google plus community.

For the sheer pleasure of it

For the sheer pleasure of it

RUN not to gain strength or to loose weight,Sheer pleasure
run for the sheer pleasure of it;

DRAW not to sell it or to post it on facebook,
draw for the sheer pleasure of it;

TRAVEL not to leave something behind or to find something new,
Travel for the sheer pleasure of it;

LOVE not to be with someone or to miss someone,
love for the sheer pleasure of it;

WORK not for the money or the company,
work for the sheer pleasure of it;

LEARN Yoga not to be enlightened or to be flexible,
learn for the sheer pleasure of it;

Although having too much pleasure is bad and this life is supposed to be rough, tough, unforgiving, and full of miseries but have some fun meanwhile for the sheer pleasure of being ALIVE!

 

I saw from your eyes

I saw from your eyes

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I saw from your eyes the rising sun in Japan and the sunset in Hawaii,
heard stories about the people from Tibet and the tribes of Masai;

I saw from your eyes the technology of S.Korea and the hospitality of Thailand,
learned about discipline in life and experienced a foreign culture first hand;

I saw from your eyes peace in China and love in Hong Kong,
became the ‘Dragon boy’ and flew across the border via a Chinese song;

I saw from your eyes the care of Taiwan and compassion of Malaysia,
Mesmerized by the landscape I realized it is in fact truly Asia;

I saw from your eyes the woods of kiwi land and the great Barrier Reef of Australia,
added to my list are now the great lakes of Russia and landscape of Mongolia;

I saw from your eyes the great country of the north; Canada,
made some of my best friends and business partners with hearts as vast as Nevada;

Although it’s just a drop in the ocean but I have seen the whole world by being in one place,
Through your eyes I saw what it means to be at peace with thyself and not being involved in a rat race.

With all the gratitude and love I have for you all..  Thank you!
Keep traveling and stay awesome as ever!

After being in exile from writing for almost an year. I am back..not to my previous job but to the sole pleasure of writing..
Mahendra Kumar

Looking forward I see

Looking forward I see

Looking forward I see you in the vibrant country of Malaysia,
For Canada will always be home, but there is no place unlike Asia.

Looking forward I see you in pink of health,of not just yours but of everyone you know,
even god comes second in terms of blessings you shower like snow.

Looking forward I see you in midst of smiles,
If not then I would ask Mia to chase you for miles.

Looking forward I see you traveling places doing yoga,
fighting diseases and helping people like super awesome Yoda.

Looking forward I see you with Colombo and Crystal playing cricket,
With me bowling and Mahesh behind the wicket.

And then someday I see you in Indiaaaa, together with Doctor ( of course whom do you hate so much :-P) doing road trips all around,
Lost together in the woodlands, ocean, deserts and the mountains with no WiFi to be found 🙂

To the person whose world moves around a bit differently with all my heart and soul I pray;  ” May god shower blessings, protects, takes care and fulfills all the wishes of every single person you know.”

PS: This is a desperate attempt to write a poem however all it means is to make sure my Guardian angel,sister, best friend stays forever happy, smiling and… (of course with hair free legs) 😛

Take care of yourself alright!

Meditation, camera and ethics

Meditation, camera and ethics

Imagine yourself to be in the most vulnerable state of your life.. you have no control of yourself, your mind is literally NOT in this universe! Your body movement isn’t normal. You are shaking, crying,farting, laughing out loud and in some cases even vomiting (it happens I know).

And then out of the blue imagine a guy taking pictures or making a video of you at that time. I don’t know about you but I might take that person into trance with a punch.

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Now, why I am I talking about this?
I don’t know I have seen people doing that it doesn’t seem right. Sometimes you don’t care but sometimes it is hard to keep on thinking about it.

What’s the reason behind it?
Since you have signed up for a course you have given a right to be photographed all the time. And those picture are used for marketing purposes.

What the other side of the coin has to say about it? 
If you don’t have pictures, videos of your students then how will you advertise? This is the inside peek into the course. People like to know how effective are the classes.

Well, Given the need of marketing material taking pictures while doing asanas is totally fine. People love to pictured doing complex asanas. But in the case of meditation pictures and videos it’s like someone is making a video of you while you are sleeping. Doesn’t matter how calmly you sleep if you would know that someone is recording; you would forget all the eight fold path of yoga, the yamas and the niyamas in a sec and then the unconscious martial arts training kicks right in!

There are numerous ways of doing ethical marketing. Inside peek into the lifestyle of the place, recorded lectures, student reviews, factual information etc. I have been here..it takes time but the top spot on Google will be yours if done right. And on a different note hire professional models for pictures… duh!

People might argue about this a lot and trust me you will get a thousand philosophical answers… “You shouldn’t care what the world thinks” , “Dive in your own journey forget the material world”.

But ethics play a more important role than rules. I might have broken numerous rules but ethics I never have and I never will. Being a computer engineer, web developer and an digital marketing friend of yours I know where the picture actually ends and it never goes in for medical research or yoga research for sure.

As part of my job I have taken many pictures and videos but never during meditation. In fact I have put my job in line to stop people from doing it several time in the past to make sure my friends aren’t the ones showing up on youtube or facebook.

Since I am more into software programming now least I can do is to make peace with myself..that is what yoga is all about.
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no pictures during meditation.

Our Prime minister politely denying a selfie during Yoga day.
Source: Indian Express

So next join in a yoga meditation class make sure they have a no camera policy. And if that is not possible use a thin cloth on yourself which would also protect you from guess who? freaking mosquitoes! ( in case you are in tropical regions).

There is a thin line between ethics rules and business needs make you don’t cross it and don’t let anyone else cross it.  It’s personal trespassing and as one of the famous Texas rule on trespassing says –
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On a different note- when was the last time you have seen a video of a meditation instructor recording himself / herself in trance crying out loud?

Mahendra Kumar

PS: I am sorry if it offended anyone but it was and always is a terrible site to see this happening everywhere. I can’t let that happen not on my watch! Feel free to write in your views down below. Thanks

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

Sometimes we hear something which wasn’t actually said and sometimes we say something which we don’t actually mean to.

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Not exactly a big problem just a tiny change of words which is no one’s fault which turn up the world upside down.

Apparently it can just be the choice of words nothing else. Perhaps the translation.

I have a friend whose sense of humor is quite different than normal. Took me a while to get accustomed to it. Now I handle instructions of not dying pretty well.

There is one godmother of mine who literally doesn’t care what I say one look on Skype she knows whether I am doing great or stuck at something.

Not a day goes by when I am not grateful to my parents, sister, brother, friends and other family members but in this case words doesn’t matter everyone knows me well and I know them too. Doesn’t matter what we talk about I know they love me and I love them.  A few words don’t come between us. Its not that I talk to them everyday but when I do they know what I mean before I say.

Apparently that’s the reason  we never say thank you to family and friends. There is no actual need.

Quite a long list of mistakes I have done because of this translation situation. Expecting everyone to know me well is like expecting it to rain everyday in rainy season. Doesn’t matter how many clouds are up there it isn’t going to rain every single day.

I once tried to help a women carrying four bags on her own in delhi wasn’t a good idea. Not her fault I could have been a bag thief. Who knows 🙂

The point is that your intentions doesn’t matter there is always a scope of things going haywire. Make sure the other person knows you well enough to understand the situation and circumstances rather than just words. You can’t take your words back but at least you can laugh about it later.

 

And as long as you have a smiling face up nothing really matters.

Mahendra

 

 

 

 

Of course I am

Of course I am

Of course I am an idiot, stupid, jealous, liar, angry, fool,egoistic,  lazy and late sometimes..
I too have prejudice about people I meet and I also suffer from over confidence and loose control of my tongue.

And I am sorry for that. It’s not me it’s the programming.. ( from the movie Tomorrowland), I am built that way. That’s the excuse most often used and I also know it never actually works.

Now why I am saying this? Not so funny story… I was writing a software program a few days ago and I had to make a small change in the workflow but as it turns out it got messed up and then a software glitch cost me two days of work which almost ruined my day and weekend. Took me a while but I did fix it quicker than the last time as I knew every problem I faced last time.

What got me thinking is the fact that a simple virtual mistake had such an impact on my mood, thoughts and sleep for few days I cannot imagine what would have been your condition when I did something wrong to you in real life. Didn’t seemed bigger to me but it could have meant a whole lot to you!

So here I am not just saying sorry but completely owning up my mistakes and if I can do anything to fix it. It will be my honor and privilege.

Expecting a long list of things to do now..:-)

On a positive note I was watching a Harvard graduate speaking about intrinsic value…something which cannot be lost nor gained. It’s something which is always there. I believe I do have some intrinsic values which no matter what would never fade away 🙂 Trust me!

In the mean time monsoon is here and I am on my bike most of the time chasing clouds…. literally!
Had a minor accident which could have been terrible if my bike wouldn’t have saved my bones. I am slowly getting back into programming mode. Something I did way back in 2007 and then lost it completely in between. Took me a while and a whole lot of wisdom from my guardian angels but I think I can say I am pretty much back in the game now. I guess I shouldn’t have left it in the first place but similar to other mistakes I am glad I had a chance to correct it. As the famous Silicon Valley line goes ” Code hard and play harder” I may be able to spend my time pretty well when I am on vacations.  And talking about that; one is just down the line. Lots of thoughts about which place to head next… Maybe Nepal.

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Until next time..

Mahendra, Alejandro, Mahi, Mahendy and the Dragon kid 🙂

Night Sky

Night Sky

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If the day is about the all mighty sun and beating the heat;
then the night sky is nothing but an all star retreat

If the day is about getting lost in the crowd;
Then the night sky is about finding place among stars

If the day is about getting all stressed about past, present and future;
then the night sky is about meditating on the stars and bliss for sure

Now before you start imagining yourself sleeping out on the roof make sure there aren’t any loud wedding parties going on nearby .. If yes then my friend even god can’t save you…doomed you are!

Logic says that the moon remains the same but the sunlight on it determines how it looks like but no one cares about logic anymore..right?. Keeping that in mind I let go of my normal life and jumped into a startup roller coaster. Not a day went pass when I didn’t thought of quitting but angels from north made sure I stand tall no matter what. And now I am the lead software programmers who also happens to play cricket.

Phases of moon changed so did everyone’s life. Mine too but I truly hope you are still the night sky which no matter how cloudy, clear or windy…. always makes sure everyone sleeps well at the end of the day.

Mahendra Kumar

pic credits: google plus

Heaven and hell on a Sunday!

Heaven and hell on a Sunday!

Enjoy the little things

 

The first thing which happened this morning was the crash of my 1 TB hard disk and with it all my life worth of data.. all gone!  Imagine all the pictures from vacations, friends and computer programs, files all gone in a second. worse than hell.
As usual I try to sleep through my pain. The best mental remedy for situations like this. However the day got even worse when there was no whereabouts of my friend Brigida, who was somewhere in the Nepal where a massive earthquake had struck.  It is so emotional to see people going length and breadths of internet to find their friends and family and it did worked for many. In my case Google people finder confirmed a report of her being safe.  A big relief!  Heaven …

I also found out that a lot of companies are providing free calling services to Nepal to make sure everyone gets hold of their loved ones. The world united and sent their troops and medical teams for support. Such a huge gesture and a hell of a lot better than Yemen crisis.

I am still worried to look at my hard drive but there are a few ways to recover data (a very bleak and vague possibility) but if people can find missing persons on this wide and  vast internet then anything is possible.

Hope my friend reaches home well and my data gets restored.

Mahendra Kumar

Digital meditation- radio silence

Digital meditation- radio silence

You all know what meditation really is… in the most non Sanskrit words it is just calming your mind down but strangely enough calming your mind is like trying to bend the spoon as in the movie “Matrix” no matter how hard you try… that’s not happening.  Least you can do is to be happy about the fact that while trying to bend the spoon you cleaned up your kitchen (mind).

Now why am I talking about spoons here? well nothing in particular I just have two of them and would like to use them for long.

Back to the real Matrix…. Last week was kind of a turmoil. That happens all the time in tech world. Out of no where you are stuck with a few lines of code for days. I was practically staring at 15 lines of code for the entire week to find bugs in them.  The only relief was lunch at Divya Sir’s place. Trust me when I say I ate like a pig.. I really did.

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Bhagavad Gita says you need leave your body and think from a different perspective when you handle any difficult situation and to do that you need peace of mind therefore I turned off my computers, Wifi and cell phone for most part of the days and also deactivated my Facebook account briefly in order to stay as relaxed as ever and I did slept for long.

And luckily enough I finally got the algorithm sorted out and a job contract with awesome perks. However in the mean time my phone must have got a ton of curse words for being silent and not responding to any calls. Apart from a few calls from loved ones I don’t regret leaving my phone behind in the room. It’s one of those things which makes me believe that no matter what I am still a human who likes normal face to face conversation. That reminds me of a 70 years old security guard I met 2 days back after almost 3 years. A genuine smile and a few words were all we needed to catch up. We don’t even know each others name but he knows more about me than most of my Facebook friends plus we rarely chat.

Everyone is bound to get in trouble at some point or other but in those times it’s best to turn off your internet and move out in sun, rain and in cold the world would be more real and small. It’s definitely not running away but focusing on the real issue rather than what’s happening in Yemen.

From the beginning of the development sprint there were a whole lot of problems personal, professional but I believe that happiness is worth sharing and problems are worth fighting for. You would never hear any problems from me unless you are the one I need help from.

Coming back to meditation this is what meditation and radio silence actually means and it’s effects.
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( credits: Marcia Dominguez)

 

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PS: Just got this picture from my lovely friend Jiaranai. I managed to make chapatis not in India but in Thai.

Mahendra Kumar