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I love you too

I love you too

Well this isn’t my love story.. Not yet!

People fail to convey how much someone means to one another. We fail to appreciate someone’s presence in life, office or home. We feel that it’s understandable and never actually say it. Just to get rid of all this stupid norms.. I just say I love you too!

To colleagues, friends, family…basically everyone with whom I am comfortable enough to share a bit of my life. And the best part I get love in return. A smile, laugters lightens up to mood and sometimes makes someone’s day. So spread love, care and laughter all around folks.

Oh wait… it doesn’t mean I am very casual with my words nope. I do mean it.

Meanwhile, it’s almost a year since I took a short trip to Mahabaleshwar. It’s heaven in clouds specially during monsoon. Made a video about it and looking forward to another trip soon. Who’s up for it? If you are serious about it let me know in the comments below.

 

Sincerely,

Mahendra
www.mahendrakumar.com

Insanely Normal 2.0

Insanely Normal 2.0

In continuation of my earlier blog post Insanely Normal which was published by the Elephant Journal which was around 9 years ago I thought of revisiting my thoughts and see what has changed since then.

Insanely normal

In this world where covid-19 has created havoc and countries are struggling to keep their economies running;

Where egoistic, proud men of major countries are losing control of the healthcare system and of their nation;
Where while the nature found a way to heal herself in a matter of months mankind is still trying to monetize the melting poles and sea beds for more Oil;
Where the major giants, fortune 500s, unicorn startups, sillicon valley Angels couldn’t hold hands of their employees for a few months;
Where money not memories are important;
Where United Nations, WHO, UNSC are still puppet in the hands of a few without real powers;
Where the pandemic hasn’t stopped Countries from waging war on others;
Where the religion, colour of the skin, ethenicity, citizenship are still more important than the actual living person;
Where millions are locked in, alone, depressed and anxious;

Still a few humans are left in this God forsaken planet…

who risk their lives for others in the fight against Corona ( I am proud to be friends with Doctors, Nurses, Police officers,  Firefighers, Adminstrative workers, Bankers, Shop owners who made sure the essential services were functional throughout);
Who didn’t travel by Air, bus or train but walked across hundreds of miles to reach home;
Who shared love, care and food supplies to people in need;
Who paid their employees even when they were not able to work;
Who called their friends and families on skype, Zoom and whatsapp video to make sure there presence was felt ( I am sure you have a huge list to thank..same here. ) ;

Who found different ways and means to continue teaching and guiding people through tough times through Yoga, meditation and educational classes ( Special mention of my friend Carrie who helped me with her meditation classes );

While the world talked politics and was busy playing blame game..  a few women took charge and led from the front and are an inspiration to all ( Special mention to the New Zealand PM- Jacinda Ardern and then the other leaders from Germany, Iceland, Finland, South Korea);

While the earth continues to spin and revolve around the Sun and will continue to do so.. these few make the world a place worth living every single second. People call them normal… I call them Insanely Normal!

And yet again…. the reason I am talking about them is because we all know a few of them personally and although it doesn’t matter to them but someone told that a few words for them will go a long way in keeping them normal.. or perhaps Insanely Normal.

Thanks for reading the blog. Let me know what do you think in the comments below.
Mahendra Kumar

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!

Mahendra kumar I lie down beneath the vastness of this infinte sky. I get up and practice meditation and take a walk around, enjoy my breakfast. After a few hours I notice a silverish object on my table. This is perhaps the most powerful device humans ever made… a laptop connected to the internet. The moment I turn it on, I am alive..at least that’s what the millennials think… But fortunately enough I prefer to be in radio silence whenever possible and to do life conversations with real people rather than an image on the screen. That reminds me of the recent trip I went on with six others. And for several days I didn’t checked emails, attended meetings, or for people who know me well… I didn’t wrote a single line of code during the entire trip. We had a time of our lives!

Especially in times of lockdown the words borrowed from the US declaration of Independence ..Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is at stake.. here is a quote from a recent book I read.. “The Grand esential to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for” – Washington Burnap

And for now.. Enjoy!

Mahendra kumar in Haridwar

All started with an early morning dip in the river Ganga and then leaving for Rishikesh!

 

Rishikesh – Connecting East and the West of the Yogic world!

 

River Ganga

Was about to go jump in the river Ganga after receiving a bug from QA… Got saved by Ms Ionic Stackoverflow!

 

After attending the biggest rain dance party ever at an International Border we were getting serious about closing the border finally!

 

After all…we cannot leave the doors to our great nation open!

 

In peace with thyself, in trance..I couldn’t stop looking at this heavenly abode!

 

A night walk around Darbar sahib is a must. We were clocking almost 10kms walk every single day!

 

We had to take power naps in between! Office ki aadat jo hai

 

Ready to rock Delhi’s party hub!

 

Raat k 12 baje..aisay hi dikhte hai log!

 

We were from the Hungry clan here.. Couldn’t stop eating all night long!

 

The number of TikTokers we saw here.. We were lucky to have left the place without appearing in any prank videos!

And to my friends who went on this trip. A few words for you guys in a language you would understand.

For a few days we were in the same Virtual Private Cloud exploring the UX and UI of the world from our mobile viewport experiencing the heavenly plugins we all need from time to time to keep our builds stable meanwhile keeping a stock of our lives in moments not in Google sheet!

Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you!  Follow your ikigai
– Excerpts from the book- IKIGAI-the Japanses Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Thanks for reading.. Your feedback is most welcome.
Sincerely,

Mahendra Kumar
Pic Credits – Everyone on the trip 🙂 

Surprise

Surprise

I don’t remember when I was the last time I was surprised to see anyone or anything which blew my mind. With numerous ways to communicate, plan and organise things..every small things is manageable these-days but some tit-bits make your life interesting and real fun starts when the actual planning fails and destiny plays the game called life!

When you forget your umbrella and God was in the mood of gardening..
When you miss your friend’s wedding and end up adding one more member in the gang!
When you planned a business trip but eventually did a reunion!

When you plan….

Something and the whole universe turns up against you.

In life, you can plan a whole lot of things and for a lot of things… sometimes they turn up well and sometimes a disaster but the real kick is in planning to be unique, distinct and out of the world every single day..

So, Surprise your friends, family, do random things, travel random places, try new food ( I did and it was delicious), love everyone and don’t forget to surprise your parents!

Given a long weekend ahead.. Stay Insane, you are the best version of yourself and safe travels.

PS: I have got surprise for ya!

Mahendra Kumar

Lost in Interpretation

Lost in Interpretation

girl in rain

Years ago there came a movie called “Lost in translation” well this isn’t about translation but interpretation..

There are a whole of things I want to say;
But similar to the first time we met I am still blank in front of you today ;

When the world goes south your strength and valor comes into play;
You are calm, composed and focused while keeping lunatics at bay;

Your knowledge and wisdom blows up my mind away;
You are among the very few for whom I sincerely pray;

For you are not a prized possession for anyone but the almighty’s interpretation of blessing, power and empathy moulded in the earthly clay…

Mahendra

When December Ends!

When December Ends!

When the worst possibly tragedy ripped my world apart.. during those times.. every single word which my family and friends said mattered a lot. I am eternally grateful to everyone who called, sent text messages etc during that phase.

It’s been almost 4 months now and with time life is getting back to normal. And I am back into writing blogs and hacking my way into different programming languages.

Thanks and lots of love!

Mahendra Kumar

Divine Grace

Divine Grace

Divine Grace mahendra kumar

Some people need a smile, some a hug ;
But a few need a tight embrace;

Some people have strength, some have patience;
But a few have guts to run the never ending race;

Some people have a few problems, some have one to many;
But a few struggle everyday and call it a phase;

Some people call it bad luck, some destiny;
But a few call it the all mighty’s test of solace;

Some people break from inside, some loose themselves;
But some fight till the heaven and earth are in place;

For you my dear friend…May God bless you with people who are caring, understanding and filled with compassion. And most of all..May your life be filled with Divine Grace!

Mahendra Kumar

 

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

You look for the purpose and for your heart;
but you have the delusion of knowing your vision and you feel smart;

Deep inside you know you need to restart;
when everything you care falls apart;

The morals you once stood for seems far fetched in the corporate chart;
Family, friends and health usually takes the last spot in your life’s cart;

then it’s time to find the real purpose of your life!

Everyday I wake up knowing that there are a small number of people for whom my efforts / work / presence might bring in a smile on their faces that’s more than enough to keep me running through the day.

Now why all of a sudden I am talking about Purpose in life? Well it’s because some people everyday for years but we hardly know them and then there are some we met for hours / days and they leave an impression for life. Some you watch movie with, drive your bike with, share a meal with, share a trip with .. and with some you share your family with.

Someone you share a meal with…
Here comes my friends Anders and Eng Chew whom I knew for a few days while they were in India but here in Singapore they showed me the real side of this magnificent,lively country. Words would fall short for their hospitality and care. This adorable couple makes me realize that it’s not the bureaucrats but the citizens who are the real ambassadors of their country! Roaming around the streets with them listening to stories, cherishing ice creams and watching the City from top is something I would tell my kids about someday! And yes I need a Singapore flag now!

 

 

Someone you share family with……..


I remember calling my brother in law for the first time with some motivation from my friend Kira years ago and after that perhaps this is the longest time I have spend time with him, my Sister and my Niece. I am not a person who likes to talks on Phone or message; I talk when I am in in front. And of course I cannot write about family…it’s simply family (period). But yes my sister made the right choice plus I have someone to look up to now 🙂

Leaving Singapore is difficult… here I have family and an extended family. I haven’t turned on my laptop for work for days and it feels weird but in a good way! Perhaps this is the purpose of life : To be human at-least for sometime. May God bless us all with grace and love we all need every single day!

Mahendra Kumar

I remember you

I remember you

Menchu

 

Menchu, Oh I remember you…..

First time I met was on the dinner table;
From then on it’s nothing but a fable;
You made my submission to the elephant Journal impeccable;
You have pulled my ear more than anyone else in this world and made my birthday memorable;
I would be wrong if I say I miss you…I don’t; but I do know that somewhere in the cold Ireland someone is keeping bananas in refrigerator and finds the mere mention of this adorable!

Manchu ji there are somedays when it gets hard not to miss you….. today is the day! Wish you lived closer and I could see Soraya!

Mahendra Kumar

 

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

 

Indore

In the world where I no more read books for fun but for technical policies,
Your words are the silver lining,

In the world where I no more send out postcards,
Your messages are the silver lining.

In the world where I don’t fall asleep to dream but to wake up and work again,
Your memories are the silver lining.

In the world where I no longer travel for myself but for work,
Your pictures from world over are the silver lining.

In the world where I no longer eat to burp but to stop being hungry again,
Food you prepared is the silver lining.

In the world where there are no real friends but people who scratch each other’s back.
Your friendship is the silver lining.

In the world where there is no time for family but for employers,
Your timeless conversations are the silver lining.

In the world where no one cares for others,
Your love for the entire world is the silver lining.

In the world where I have several best friends, sisters, guardian angels,
Your avatar of lady Singham and Varanasi combining all of the above is the silver lining.

Wishing you the merriest of all Christmases.

Mahendy