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Year of Introspection and Inner Strength :When Life Slapped ME Every Month in 2016


It all started with a joyful January 2016, like any other normal girl of my age, I was happy and merry that I will be “settling down” with the person I really liked.  And like most of the girls, I too was lost in the day dreaming of ” How to sort my new home and how interesting life looks like when I too get married “. Thada!!! Life slapped very hard for the first time in 2016 in the month of January. Somehow, things didn’t work and I did’nt get married. Oh yeah! This is not a great thing to be advertised on my Blog or FB post, however, this SLAP of life in January was hard and painful.

It was a time, I just lost interest in career or life or anything. I took a good one month break in February and all I did was ” For the first week,  all I did was to realize what exactly has happend in January, Cry as much as I could (Secretly) .  I didn’t want to get depressed or waste time like a loser. I was determined to become strong and deal the situation. The remaining weeks of February I spent in introspection, forgiveness, gratitude, prayer, lots of reading. I did all these by staying close with my Mom and Dad. I did focus on improving my car driving skills. This month helped me build my inner strength to a good extent.

By March 1st of 2016, because of my good break in Feb, I was completely recharged. I got back to my work and I was completely recharged. I started with my new assignments and Thada!!! Life slapped again with HEALTH slap. I had a terrible food poisoning and got dramatically hospitalized and was busy with it for some days. By this time, I was really ashamed the way 2016 was so unkind to me.  Thanks to Mom, Dad,  Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo, Bishakha (My Bengali Tigress) for taking care of me in this crazy time of mine. I survived  and was normal only because of these few people. They were very vigilant about my well being in this time. They ensured that the crazy and lively Prasanna is back to form.

April was a super good month . I was back to my form and I totally focused my entire time on Work.

May. May is my birthday month and I received unconditional love from somany wellwishers. Comewhat May…I always celebrate my birthday very well with my family members. I just love spending my birthday with my family members. I celebrated my birthday very well happily. Thanks to my Second Brother, Sis in Law and my Niece for making my birthday more special. Tiny celebrations in the rough times really mean a lot 🙂 In May, I visited Europe for the first time(infact it was the first time I visited anyplace out of India) and .it was an awesome business trip. I went to Riga in Latvia and Helsinki in Finland. Met lot of wonderful people. This trip was so special to me because I met somany stalwarts with respect to my work. It was a enriching working experience working with those learnt people. Apart from my work, in this trip I met my Senior Colleagues from my previous organizations. The time they took out of their busy schedules to come and visit me for lunches and dinners is something which I will cherish for entire life time. Thanks to Leena and Veer ji. My special thanks and regards to Liisa for such a motherly care and good discussions on life in Helsinki. Interactions with these people helped me to heal very well of my silly disasters of January. In later months, realized, the January thing wasn’t a big deal compared to the other slaps of 2016.

June was a busy month at work with new mentors and  wonderful month of trips to Hyderabad to home. There is nothing more joyful than having hands-full of work at office and ample opportunities to spend time with family in hometown. Not to forget about the regular days in Pune with the caring friends.

July. The month of frequent trips to my friend’s place as my bestie Bishakha was heavily pregnant by this month. Month with lots of excitement about the delivery of my friend and all the talks about the pregnancy, the feeling of mother.

August. The month, 2016 SLAPPED ME and KILLED A PART OF ME FOR ENTIRE LIFETIME. My friend Bishakha died after delivering baby on August 19, 2016. Even today after 4 months, I don’t want to accept the fact that my bestie expired and left all of us. I still don’t know how am i dealing this. Even while writing this post tears roll down my eyes. The cry i have is same as the cry i had on August 19, 2016.  I still don’t know how could my Bengali Tigress leave me without saying a proper goodbye. The only good thing is we see her in her daughter “Dugi” now. And Dugi is my brand new Bengali niece and I am her Pisi( Father’s Sister). And the only promise I can make to my Bengali Tigress Bishakha is that I will be the perfect Pisi to Dugi.

Technically, I really donot know how my August, September of 2016 have passed. These were the months of anger, frustration, confusion, trauma. I focused more on my office work in these months. Thanks to work for keeping me alive.

By the ending of September 2016, I was technically drained of all my energy, however was keeping myself motivated by praying and surrendering to God. Because, I didnt want to die out of pessimism. I was technically like the Gajendra of Gajendra Moksham. This was the time, my bestie Amit suggested me to read “Srimadh Bhaghavatam” . I started reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam from October and it is quite a really divine experience reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam. With the help of Martin, I started reading lessons from Bible. Reading these is helping me build my inner strength. There is a long way to go, however these holy scriptures and lessons are helping me understand the beauty of life  and the power of God. Without the inner strength, I could not have survived 2016.

Oh..yeah..with all these dramatic activities, I did ensure that I don’t lose the “Madonna element” in me. I am very happy that i could effectively make good use of the work opportunities given to me in learning several new aspects about  Transitions and Transformations. I am blessed to work with several senior leaders in this year.  I ensured that i did continue my regular habits of  travel, photography, blogging, exploring new places, cooking and watching movies in the first week of their release. In the ending of 2015 December, i stopped watching Television, I made a promise to myself not to watch Television for a year and throughout 2016, I didnt watch Television. I could save lots of time for my book reading, travel, walks, meditation. Yes, it was crazy year without watching TV, however I could get ample time for my own care and well being.

I am generally notorious for embarrassing my loved ones by expressing how much they mean to me. And I want to continue that good old habit of mine. Thank You Mom, Dad, Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo and Bishakha.

Bishakha! Thankyou for being a great friend, rest in peace in heaven . I miss you badly.

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I believe in the plans of God and am looking eagerly to the brand new year 2017. 

Wish you all a happy 2017. Stay blessed. Don’t give up on yourself and Don’t give up on the God who created you. Life is beautiful and worth living. A bad year is not a bad life. And for that matter any year is not bad completely. It has something to teach and make us more beautiful.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Friendship with God

​#FriendshipWithGod #BestFriend #YourBestVersion 


Lately, got opportunity to learn lil bit more about the “Importance of Friendship with God” from Holy books of Hinduism and Christianity. Striking a best friendship with God? Is it possible? Is it feasible?

Was trying to relate to the best friends we have in normal world. We do have so many friends, thanks to social media, the people whom we never met are also friends. However, there are very few…rather countable people..May be 2 or 3  whom we call “Best Friends”. They are our support system. So do they catch your hand and take you everywhere. Do they solve all your issues for you? Do they do all your works for you?

No. They don’t. However, you have immense trust in them. You know they will save you when you are in trouble. They will kick your back and ask you to deal the stuff like boss. So, you are fully convinced that come what may, you have your best friends to rescue you. 

So, in this situation what do you do. With this tremendous moral boosting and confidence you have on your friends, you try to be best version of yourself. You raise your standards of achieving stuff, you push yourself out of your comfort zones. You become audacious, fearless and you become your best. How is it possible? Just because you know that your best friends are there for you to save you.


Similarly, if we nurture “Close friendship with God”, God will become our best friend. Our inner strength increases tremendously. Our normal best friends are humans, if we can achieve so much with their friendship, imagine the levels of bliss and happiness we will have striking a close friendship with God who is of infinite power.

Think about it 🙂

Have a great week ahead ❤ 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Some Random Thoughts: Don’t Give up on Yourself

​#Some Random Thoughts 

Sometimes, I just get disheartened thinking of all the crappiest things that happened to me “Couldn’t study the mechanical engineering which I wanted to”; “Didn’t write the UPSC exams to become a IAS which I always wanted to become”; ” Couldn’t Do Ph.d in Nanotechnology which I wanted to do”; “Couldn’t marry the people I had serious crushes to”; “Got hurt to that extent that I get scared of the concept of Love and Marriage”; “Got hurt like hell by so many because of my dusky complexion and obesity “; Got harassed for my outspoken attitude and aspect of questioning status quo at work” and wonder “Hell! Is this a life”…

And then I think what all could I achieve in spite of all these. (Yeah, I still could earn 2 Masters degrees, do several decent jobs and now I am a Project Manager…might not be best Project Manager yet….if I could come so far…I will a best PM too one day; And then I work a lot to reduce my weight..now I ain’t dangerous like 10 years back )

And then I think of all the people who still trust me and love me for what I am.

And then I think of my support system ( my family and my few of mentors/ friends) who still treat me like a Diamond of immense value. They don’t see me like a bin with trash, they don’t see me as a less priced …they see me as Priceless….

Life…is worth living…is worth living in a beautiful manner…no matter what has happened…we still have so much to achieve..our plans might be different but God’s plans are beautiful…so trust the God’s plans for you and Never Give Up. Cry…if you feel like…but start new day with gratitude and hope. And ensure you have you have your support system near you in all these…they are the army of angels sent by God to you.
PS: I don’t write for attracting some likes or comments…I would feel my life has better meaning if at least one person who reads this feels better about his/ her life and will not give up on him/herself. 
Have a beautiful day ahead.
Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Life's Like That

Deal the Problems like a Boss : Tom Sawyer Whitewashing The Fence….

The Story: Tom Sawyer Whitewashing The Fence (From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
Tom Sawyer was asked to whitewash the fence as a punishment.
As Tom begins the dreaded task of whitewashing, he sees Ben Rogers approaching. When Ben teases Tom about not being able to go swimming and being forced to work, Tom points out that it is not exactly work if he is enjoying himself, and he makes a great show of applying whitewash and then stepping back to admire his own effects. When Ben wants to try his hand at whitewashing, Tom pretends to be reluctant until Ben offers him first the core of the apple and then the entire apple. Other boys show up–boys who “came to jeer, but remained to whitewash,” and by the middle of the afternoon, the fence is whitewashed (by the other boys), and Tom finds himself a rich man, having collected marbles, a part of a Jew’s harp, a kite, and many other items as payment from the boys doing the work.
Analysis
In this chapter, Tom reveals his basic knowledge of human psychology; that is, that a person most desires what cannot be easily attained. Tom is also a fine actor, and he cleverly uses this ability in handling his friends. Thus, Tom is able to use this basic understanding of human nature to get others to do his work for him and to pay for the privilege of doing it. Instead of being able to join the others at the town center, he brings the center of the town to him, has others do his work for him, and he ends up with all sorts of treasures. In this way, Twain reveals Tom as a natural leader. Throughout the novel, we will see that Tom is the leader; it will always be “Tom Sawyer’s gang;” it is always Tom’s ideas of what game to play; and Tom is always the winner in games as well as in fights with his peers. He is also usually the winner in his conflicts with the adult world.
In life there are so many situations we are pushed into where we don’t want to be, which we dont want to do. We are forced to be in that situation, complete it. However when we are in such situation it is not necessary to give up. It is not necessary to cry and crib. Even such situations can be turned into opportunities. Even such situations can be shown/ sold to the world as “Never before Never Again” kind of opportunities to the world. The only and main investment here is RIGHT ATTITUDE and PRESENCE OF MIND. This approach can be called as “ Tom Whitewashing the fence “ attitude.
We will be happy, we will be successful, wealthy when we adopt this approach in personal life and in professional life. We can deal our problems like a BOSS without suffering, we can deal our problems ENJOYING them 🙂 Most of my mentors whom I work are perfect examples for this approach, they turn every problem into an opportunity and above all package the problems in such a way that everyone volunteers to work for them 😉
So Be Like Tom, Be Like a BOSS 🙂
Loads of Love,
Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

What’s the Purpose of Life? Does Your Goals Map To The Goals Of God For You?

#PurposeOfLife #GodsPlansForYou

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In the quest for purpose, we must distinguish between proximate and remote purposes. The proximate refers to that which is close at hand. The remote refers to the distant, far-off, ultimate purpose. The football player’s proximate goal is to make a first down. The more remote goal is a touchdown. The even more remote goal is to win the game. The ultimate goal is to win a championship.

Sometimes the proximate and the remote seem to be mutually exclusive. The divine intention is the exact opposite of the human intention. Humans have one goal; God has a different one. The amazing truth is that the remote purpose is served by the proximate one.

Think about how proximate purpose may be contributing to God’s remote purpose in your life.

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Now that you read these beautiful lines, Trust in God’s plans for you. No moment, No act, No lesson learnt is waste. It is taking you to your final purpose decided by God for you

Stay Blessed and Stay Cheerful always 😀

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Don’t be Sorry and apologetic !!!

​#WeekendThoughts #Dreams 

This message is so personal to me. I was (am to still some extent) like this unintelligent, apologetic kid who is full of ideas and thoughts but scared like a rabbit to share confidently…reason being I was made fun of my ideas, my thoughts and only later they used to repackage those ideas and sell them in their name…initially I didn’t knew this game, I used to think I am crap, my ideas are inferior….but still I continued having innovative ideas…but I used to attach this tag “Sorry…my idea May sound dumb but still i have this idea”…and this phase continued for years….only when Assertive, caring mentors entered my life…I could come out of this phase…my Assertive and caring mentors were ruthless with me when I behaved like scared rabbit…they challenged me to make mistakes, be bold, share the ideas….slowly I could get out of this “Sorry…I may sound dumb” phase…still that traces are there in me however…with the continous support of my Assertive and caring mentors I am out of that unintelligent/ apologetic phase of sharing ideas and thoughts.

 Now, I share my ideas confidently, if they like it…it’s good…if they don’t like it…still it’s good…I introspect in positive manner, and if I believe my idea is good, I will sell it or use it anyway in another platform instead of thinking my idea is inferior. Trust me this approach works 😀
And above all, it ok not to be perfect, right all the times. It’s ok if your ideas don’t work. Just that your ideas doesn’t work, or just that someone makes fun of your ideas it doesn’t mean you are “Dumb” and  therefore you need not be apologetic 🙂 . It’s ok to make mistakes and still you can roam confidently as long as you learn from mistakes and implement the genuine feedback from genuine people 🙂 

 

May you too be blessed with assertive and caring mentors as I have 😀 😀 😀  

Don’t ever let anyone kill the spark in you. Dare to dream. Strive to achieve.

Happy Weekend.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu
PS: Martin Kallenbach and Amit:  Thank you for being my Assertive, caring and ruthless mentors…sometimes I wonder if you people need to be coaches of corporate Olympics. May you groom thousands and thousands of folks like me 🙂

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Company Matters Baby!!!

In the childhood we are used to this “Quality Controls” of our parents. They used to keep a check on the type of friends we have, the places we roam etc. Logically, that aspect is extended to the type of University we study, the companies we work with, the type of colleagues we associate with and on personal side the people we make friends with, the partner we choose, the family partner is associated with. Life is all about the “Company”.. to be specific …it’s about people or organizations or families or teams you are associated with. 

There are many verses that praise the effects of good company(the people you associate with). However this is very interesting among them :

सन्तप्तायसि संस्थितस्य पयसो नामापि न ज्ञायते

मुक्ताकारतया तदेव नलिनीपत्रस्थितं राजते ।

स्वात्यां सागरशुक्तिमध्यपतितं सन्मौक्तिकं जायते

प्रायेणोत्तममध्यमाधमदशा संसर्गतो जायते ॥

You cant even notice a hint of a drop of water fallen on hot iron. The same

drop shines like a pearl on a lotus leaf. And in the ‘swati’ nakShatra fallen inside a sea shell, it becomes a pearl .. Usually

excellent, medium and bad states (of a person) are dependent on company( the people you are associated with) 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu