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What an interesting journey it is so far…

#MondayThoughts

When I stood my district 9 th with 93 percent of marks and when my name popped up in district newspapers : Oh..you too have brains? We declare you as Queen.

When I stood 2nd in 10th with 86 percent: You are a rockstar.

When I got a mad rank 24153 in my life changing engineering entrance exam:  What the fuck happened to you.(Not that I was poor in my studies)

When I flunked first time in my math exam in graduation first year after not being able to join Engineering : We now declare you loser, you are not going to do anything in life, you just don’t know how to study. Good for nothing fellow you are.(Not because I was poor in my studies)

When I flunked my final year math in graduation and was super obese too: Don’t know how you are going to survive in this world neither you got good grades nor you are beautiful. How will you survive?( Yes, I was’nt lazy or poor student, I was really good at Math and I used to solve very well otherwise in normal days but not in exam hall)

After my masters and when i joined in college  as Physics Lecturer, as Teaching was my favorite: Look at your siblings, friends and cousins; they studied in top engineering , top b schools and earning like crazy…look at you…you are happy with your 3125 rupees as Lecturer???

When I left Teaching for writing in a start up company : You are doing a blunder…you don’t know how awesome Physics Lecturer you are…you are meant only for teaching…look at your happy students…

When I left job at writing and research to ITSM : You are going to regret your entire life…you are good at writing, you are meant for this job, ITSM is not for you.

When I was in ITSM ( basically Knowledge Management): You are really awesome in Knowledge Management, this is in you right from childhood. You should contribute more and more and retire  in this field.

When I was trying to move from Knowledge Management to Project Management : You are nuts. Did you ever hear anyone from process team moving to project management. And that too from Knowledge mgmt…stop day dreaming.

When I joined Project Management : You are sweeeet person( May be as sweet as some pastrie or rosgulla or mysore pak …don’t know). You are not meant to be in project management. Still I am in project management😉 , excited where life takes me next.

This is me. Though I am immensely expressive,  I never get perturbed of my stardom or my dog days, i never get perturbed of moving away from my herd, I never get perturbed of moving out of my comfort zone, I never get perturbed of praise or shame …because deep down in my heart I know I am “Queen” and a Queen ain’t scared to experiment, fail …because ultimately she is going to conquer the Empire. No one officially declared me as a Queen any where at any point of time…but who the hell does that…did you ever hear or see Lion being declared as King of Jungle in any formal meeting?? But entire universe knows it right!!!!

Didn’t write this to boast about me, don’t be ashamed to do something different, Dont be scared to get out of your comfort zone, trust you, trust your journey…you are the QUEEN/ KING of your life…so act and behave like one. Don’t let anyone steal the spark in you…not even yourself; trust yourself and the God who sent you to this planet.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Half a year without TV…

#WeekEndThoughts 

Last year around Christmas, I felt I am missing time for my first love of life “Book Reading”. Upon doing root cause analysis for my famous problem of “No time”, I found the  workaround of “Stop watching Television”.

Initially, I was like how can I survive without TV. Won’t Trump and Hillary feel directionless if I don’t share my opinions about their debates…but glad they got elected as nominees from their parties without my help..I knew they are capable of doing so…

I wondered how will I survive without the daily question of Arnab “The nation wants to know” in his famous/ notorious newshour.But yeah, Arnab turned to be a good boy in comparison to Barkha and Rajdeep..Well done my boy Arnab.

I wondered, how will Ekta make her bread and butter, if I don’t watch her daily soaps and shampoos…but I am glad still she is continuing with her soaps and heard that her new serials are making sense.

I miss all these…however…interestingly…I am getting good time for my first love “Book Reading”. In these past 7 months, I did get good time for books on Indian Politics, History, Religion and of course on Project Management.  I do get time for my hobbies of exploring places, walking, cooking,  interior decoration, painting, gardening, gymming and above all spend decent time in solitude listening to music and my thoughts after a tiring day at work.

Television is awesome, however it doesn’t let us listen to our thoughts as it is busy in voicing its opinions…

With the  successful results of report card of these 7 months of No TV watching, extending this to entire 2016 and planning to read more books and expand my Pune library with more books  <3 

You too try a week, month, year without TV…it is interesting:)

Loads of Love, 

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Europe Diaries, Life's Like That, Travel and Places

European Diaries: Visit to Beautiful Finnish Town Poorvo

 

The first day I landed in Finland, I got chance to visit this place and I did’nt miss the chance of visiting this beautiful town. By the way, Porvoo is a scenic small town 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, Finland. One of the most popular day trips from Helsinki, its picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I went to this place by bus and must say, the entire route was so scenic. The places near the river side are awesome. Luckily it was one of the weekends, where there was some restaurant day kind of events happening there, so I got chance to eat some yummy Indonesian food and got to listen to authentic, traditional syrian music. It was a different and amazing feeling seeing people from different parts of the world.

After the food episode, I did visit the old town of Poorvo, the riverside old wooden houses are something beyond my words, i felt as I jumped into some painting or I was in some good old classic English movie. I was just wondering, if it was really real.

After spending decent time at the riverside, did visit the old station and then the good old cathedral in old town. It was totally an awesome trip. It is really amazing in summer and they say it is equally amazing in winters…would’nt miss chance going to this beautiful town again:)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Visit to Shaniwar Wada Fort In Monsoon Last year

 

It is very rare that I sit at home and do nothing when the weather outside is awesome. Me coming to Pune is a boon for me, and the monsoons in Pune are just awesome.

Shaniwar Wada is pride of Pune and on one fine monsoon day, I went to this place and though it is not a big fort, it has its own charm. Had nice time visiting this place.

There are several stories about this place, yeah, sometimes, too much of google research is bad, it was drizzling when i reached the place, my phone got wet in the rain. Phone started behaving in a weird manner and i was like “Oh!! My God, my phone got haunted”…yeah..it was just a stupid thought.

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Do visit this place and it is good:)

Some historical info about this place (content courtesy: google search)

Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.

What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.

 

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Monsoon Trek to Vetal Tekdi (Vetal Hill)

 

Have been planning to go to Vetal Tekdi from more than an year and finally could go there today.

Didn’t want to waste Eid holiday on a pleasant monsoon day, so finally got my travel arrangements done and reached this place today afternoon with a proper and full attitude of an explorer…

As I reached this place, I realized the trek ain’t that simple, it was more adventurous when it started drizzling.

The fog, drizzle amidst greenery of the hill made me wonder suddenly if I am really in Pune or not, it just gave me feel of a hill station. Must say, this lovely trek made me feel really amazing. Enjoying Solitude in these kind of places is a bliss.

I did spendsome decent time on the hill. However, I feel I need to visit some more times to explore this beautiful hill further.

Do visit this place when you get chance to visit Pune :)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, Personal Development, Things to Ponder

Some of the inspiring TED Talks I happen to watch in recent times:)

I  am always a fan of being authentic, I like being real , because thats what I am. I do face somany kickbacks for being me and saying what I mean and feel..yeah but you know, I am used to all these and I don’t like changing these traits of mine. This week, I was randomly browsing some TED talks and  found these two talks immensely inspiring and thought of sharing them with you. Do check them:)..they are lovely and straight from the heart of these kickass authentic ladies:)

  • The beauty of being misfit: It’s called the misfit’s myth. And it goes like this: even at the moment of your failure, right then, you are beautiful. You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.
    You can be a drunk, you can be a survivor of abuse, you can be an ex-con, you can be a homeless person, you can lose all your money or your job or your husband or your wife, or the worst thing of all, a child. You can even lose your marbles. You can be standing dead center in the middle of your failure and still, I’m only here to tell you, you are so beautiful. Your story deserves to be heard, because you, you rare and phenomenal misfit, you new species, are the only one in the room who can tell the story the way only you would. And I’d be listening.

         

  • Listening to Shame: There’s two things that I’ve learned in the last year. The first is: vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Let me ask you honestly — and I’ll give you this warning, I’m trained as a therapist, so I can out-wait you uncomfortably — so if you could just raise your hand that would be awesome — how many of you honestly, when you’re thinking about doing or saying something vulnerablethink, “God, vulnerability is weakness.” How many of you think of vulnerability and weakness synonymously? The majority of people. Now let me ask you this question: This past week at TED, how many of you, when you saw vulnerability up here, thought it was pure courage? Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. And I’ve come to the belief — this is my 12th year doing this research — that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage — to be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest.

 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu