Awesome Quotes – Down Time

AWESOME QUOTES

Down time. Relaxation. Chilling out. Taking a vacation. Leave.

We all need it now and then. It can feel really liberating and refreshing if done right, and it is definitely something that’s very necessary for most people these days. Everyone needs a break to stay sane. I took one too, and spoke about it recently in my last Coffee Update post.

Here is my list of awesome quotes about taking breaks. So take a few deep breaths, drink some water, take off your coat if you’re wearing one and settle down for this one.


“Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting and just have faith that things will work out.” – @TheGoodQuote on Instagram

 

“Peace is a costly privilege – to be fought for, attained and won. It comes only from a conquered mind.” – Paul Brunton

 

“Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

 

“Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.” – John Gay

 

“Oh, the sensuous delight, the pleasurable laziness of sleeping late, with nothing on one’s mind, and the enjoyment of perfect sleep!” – Lin; Looking Beyond, 1955

 

“You are already free. Only you have to know and realise this truth.” – Sivananda

 

“The most rewarding freedom is freedom of the mind.” – Amy Jacques Garvey

 

“He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.” –  Cicero

 

“To be for one day entirely at leisure is to be for one day an immortal.” – Chinese saying

 

“Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

 

“Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.” – Mel Brooks, 1926

 

“When there’s no pause in the input, our heads get filled with the voices and opinions of others – be it parents, friends or Peter Jennings. In silence we have the chance to listen to our own voices.” – Deepak Chopra; Prevention, October 1996


Aaaand that’s all for this week’s Awesome Quotes! I hope you guys liked it.

I’ll see you guys next time!

Over and out.

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Coffee Update #6

COFFEE UPDATE5

Hey-ho, welcome to another coffee update! For those of you new to this, it’s the place on my blog where I periodically update you guys with what’s up in my life. I’ve got a lot to tell you this time, so let’s get right into it.

Grab a cuppa and settle in.


If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I got back from my holiday away from the city a few days back. We’d gone to Lonavala, which is about two and a half hours away from Mumbai. We stayed in a really wooded area, with bungalows sprinkled over the place. It was peaceful as hell. The food was really good as well. It was just generally a really, really refreshing experience. I needed that. Pune is another really old and historic Maratha city that’s about another two hours from Lonavala so while we were at Lonavala, we decided to check out Pune as well. So we went and did that for a day. I’ve been to Pune a couple of times but haven’t really seen it, extensively. We checked out temples and museums and a zoo. The zoo was particularly noteworthy because there were times in there, when I was really genuinely scared. I mean, they had truck-sized tigers and even bigger white tigers in these enclosures that had no sort of wires on them. Just good ol’ cement walls surrounding it all. I later noticed they’d dug deep trenches in the inside of the enclosures, between the wall and the animals’ ‘territories’ which were apparently supposed to be enough to deter them from trying to jump over, but I’m still not convinced. Either way it was the first time I saw tigers so close up. Just one word: majestic. Oh, and I got stung by a huge-ass honeybee, so that’s one thing struck off the bucket list I never wanted to have.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I have recently enrolled in a two year-long teachers’ training course at The Yoga Institute at Santacruz, here in Mumbai. It is a comprehensive course that teaches the student all about Yoga and its way of life, including the asanas and Pranayamas which are the physical aspect of Yoga, but also the teachings of Yoga, its philosophy and its views on Psychology, et cetera. Since I want to pursue Psychology as a profession, I feel doing this course would grant me a great deal of knowledge about the Indian view on the human mind, and would be a helpful to my career in general. At the end of the two years, I will be bestowed with a certificate saying I am a certified Yoga teacher, and will be regarded valid all over the world. I will have completed this course a year before I complete my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. On the physical exercise front, I have also renewed my membership at the gym (it expired in January), and I just started going yesterday. Three months out of the gym and I feel the soreness again. Isn’t as bad as when I started going to the gym for the first time in my life, about a year ago but it’s there nonetheless.

theshawshankredemption

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I have a confession to make. The confession is, that I haven’t seen The Shawshank Redemption. Yet. It needed to be said. It’s the highest rated movie on IMDB for a reason, I guess. I’ll find out what that is, exactly, soon.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d want to ask you a couple of things.

  1. Firstly, I feel the blog is in need of a change of theme. Would you agree? Its not that I’m getting tired of having the same theme for quite some time now (because that happens), but that I feel there’s certain drawbacks of this theme. For example, there’s the matter of the sidebar. This theme doesn’t have an open sidebar, you have to click in the top-left corner for it to reveal itself. Whenever I try to picture myself as a reader of the blog, I always feel I wouldn’t always want to pull out the sidebar and scroll all the way down to it, because it is quite long. I may be wrong, which is why I need you, the readers, to let me know if the sidebar can sometimes get tedious. Themes with open sidebars are good that way, while you’re scrolling down the blog, the sidebar scrolls down along with you, so its in your vision, and you can always check out something that gets your attention. At the same time, though, one may feel the sidebar gets in the way of the subject matter, the post, that really matters. It takes away the minimal look a blog may have. I like minimal. Its why I went for this theme in the first place. I don’t know, I’m in two minds about this. You guys let me know what you think, though. It will surely clarify things for me.
  2. And, second, I recently tried my hand at a really different kind of post. Its been said many times that I am REALLY into movies and TV shows and stuff. I watch a lot of those. So this new kind of post, which I’m calling Rewind Reel, is based on movies. The premise is that I pick a random movie and I flip it on its head. That is, I reimagine it as it would have been if one is to watch it backwards, from the end to the beginning. Of course, 99.99% movies aren’t supposed to be watched like that so I use some creativity and humour I have been endowed with, to make sense out of reverse movies, and basically, entertain. Now, I haven’t really got a great response on that post. It could be because the movie I chose to inaugurate this new feature was a movie that I don’t think many have seen. I myself didn’t hear of it much after it had been released. Either way, please check it out whenever you guys can and lemme know what you think of it. I’d like to do more of that, and I probably will even if not many like it, but it’d sure feel better if people do like it.

Finally, if we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that that’s all I’ve got for this coffee update and that I hoped you had fun chilling out with a virtual cup of coffee. Before, going, I’d ask you how you are doing. I’d ask you what’s going on in your life and how it’s working out. I’d also invite you for another coffee update, sometime soon.

See you guys on the other side.

Lonavala and Pune Through My Camera

I mentioned earlier that I visited Lonavala and Pune for a week. I returned just before Christmas. I had said I’d share a few snaps of it with ya’ll so here they are. Slideshow for your pleasure! 😀

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“I’m back!” said the Terminator

So I just got back from my week-long pre-Christmas vacation out of town. It was a lot of fun. Though it may seem that a 16 year old guy like me must be pretty relaxed almost all the time, without the apparently tedious burden that adulthood brings, its not as pink and rosy as that. So, yeah, I got some real relaxation after a long, long time. Time away from the city. Once you leave the place that’s associated so strongly to your life, your work and everything, you really leave your mind behind too, in a way. You leave behind the mindset that you have everyday, calculating constantly the number of hours you have left in the day and all the work you need to get done. You leave behind those thoughts. But then I guess, detachment comes easier at 16.

I did a bit of trekking while away, some exploration, visiting friends and family who live there, some photography, some staring into the blue, clear, serene village sky, some stargazing, and a lot of relaxing.

So you’re going to see at least a few pictures and stories about my time away in the next couple of days. I said I would publish a couple of stories too, including the next chapter to the Traitor (which has really faded into the background lately) and that’s going to be coming up over the next couple of weeks hopefully as I try to get back to pending college work and brace for the impending doom of my exams. Do tune in for all of this, happy reading and happy holidays to ya’ll! Merry Christmas! 🙂

And yes, I know the title is misleading and unrelated.