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2016 : Special for Me…

Here is the season to write posts about the past year, to write about memories that makes your past year awesome, to cherish those moments that cannot be replace ever again, to learn from mistakes that you have made, and to value those relations that you have made with the new ones. 

And I am here to share with you all what this year taught me…

I have some memories to share with you all, about how awesome my past year was started, given me a sweet surprise…

I have some memories to share with you all, that the sweet surprise also wanted some sacrifice from my side, but still that sacrifice was nothing in front of sweet surprise…

I have some memories to share with you all, that the sweet surprise brings with it the special person in my life as my bride..
I have some memories to share with you all, that my aim of exploring North-East was met with success, as I could explore Darjeeling, Shillong, Nagaland along with local sightseeing around the city of joy ‘Kolkata’…
I have some memories to share with you all, that despite the long work hours, my will power, supported me to maintain my workout routine with some gaps in between…
I have some memories to share with you all, that I was able to participate in some conferences with the support of my seniors, and also able to win them…
I have some memories to share with you all, that first time I could travel outside of India, to the “Land of Thunder Dragon”, Bhutan… able to see its beautiful landscape, simple people and was able to discover that how the responsible big country like India, can influence its neighboring country in a positive way…
I have some memories to share with you all, that my year finishes with a hectic job of completing my thesis, and because of the ‘process’ of completing my thesis along with the suggestions of my respected guide, I learned a lot, identified my mistakes, and emerge as a better person…
So guys, here was some of my memories, which I would always be cherished, and also some of the pictures from Bhutan…

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Biggest Monastery in Bhutan.

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On the way to Paro : Second biggest city in Bhutan

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Such landscapes can be easily found in Bhutan

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Do you have some, please share with me… πŸ™‚

Christmas at Kolkata : All Roads leads to Park Street.

Living in the city of joy since two years but still not able to have the taste of Christmas of this city, who has the influence of British time, much more than anywhere I have seen till now.

But this year also I was not in any mood to visit the famous places of kolkata on Christmas, as the burden of finishing my thesis was on my head, and I am still working on it (but could not stop myself to write a blog on Christmas).

But yesterday on 24th, while I was in the hospital, my consultant casually said to me “Take your wife to Park Street, she would love the lights on that street,” I just replied the customary “Ok Sir, Sure”, as I was in no mood to spend time anywhere else except my thesis.

But during yesterday’s evening, after I finished one of the main parts of my thesis, I feel relaxed and suddenly the suggestion of my consultant popped up in my mind, so I decided to visit Part Street at night around 10pm, so that I could just visit that place on my scooter and return within 1 hour.

I had heard a lot about Park Street and its atmosphere on Christmas and New Year, but what I had seen there was totally awesome, it was just a mega celebration, where anywhere you can see youngsters having a Santa hat on their head and selfies were clicking everywhere.

I and my wife also decided to purchase something, I had purchased the Santa hat, while my wife decided to purchase “Tiara”.

And then we started moving to explore the whole street, full of people, full of red hats, full of mobile flashes, full of smell of freshly cooked street side food and also full of alert police personnel.

The street was decorated with beautiful lights and ribbons everywhere, and yes, the long queues were also there in front of famous restaurants like ‘flurys’, ‘Hotel Park’, and many small restaurants and pubs.

We both also clicked so many selfies. Finally when we were about to leave, it was around 11.50pm, suddenly there was a huge roar of youngters, so we decided to be there with them till 12am, and what we had experianced at 12 am is this ;

Someone has rightly said…
On Christmas and New Year, All roads lead to “Park Street”…

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Happiness πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas πŸ™‚

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Conversations over a Cuppa..

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A lot can happen over a Tea..

“Chai” or a Tea, seems to be a normal thing to hear, or any two persons can be seen with a cup of tea in their hand conversing with each other for hours without taking a sip from it, but still that sense of having a cup in their hand makes a big difference in their conversation.
Here I am giving you some of the examples of conversation over a cup of tea in the hospital scenario….

  • Two normal persons on the street in front of the big corporate hospital, their conversation over a cuppa is like, “Salary of the people, even that of the housekeeping staff, of this hospital is so good, how lucky they are to be there”…. but they don’t know about the competition these people have faced while getting a job in this hospital and the amount of work they have to do for their so-called large salary..
  • Two housekeeping staff within the hospital, talking with each other with a cup of tea in hand, looking at the sister’s job of caring patient and the respect they get in return from patient and their relatives, “How easy is their job, don’t have to do so much work, but still getting respect from people”, but they don’t know how many times they become a sandwich between the patient’s anger and frustration and the Doctor’s busyness, how many times they have to give answers to the questions which are not even relevant to their job, how many times they have been scolded by senior doctors (because of the mistakes made by junior doctors), but still they listen without saying anything..
  • Two Nurses were talking among themselves with the hot tea in their hand, about the Doctor, who was examining the patient and getting 1000 rupees for 2 min of examination, “See that Doctor, getting a big money for a few minutes”… but they forgot that to be eligible for 1000 bucks for few minutes, they have studied for a minimum of 6 years + 3 years of specialization + long hours of duties + socially aloof life and so on…

    These were some interesting conversations which I want to convey to you in my small blog, which usually do happen with a cup of tea in hand…..

    So in last will just say that ;

    Don’t underestimate the power of a ‘cuppa’ πŸ˜‰

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    That Happy Moment..

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    Lake side we share all..

    Let me tell you a love story that looks simple but still complicated, but with a happy ending..

    We were in love since 12 years, or I should say since school days..

    Sitting close to each other in school, giving smiles whenever possible, tried to look at each other whenever possible..

    In college days, though we were in different colleges, but still we were dating so many times per week, even if for 5mins on the same famous spot of our city, that is lake side…..

    Though our families were friends, but still were against our marriage..

    However, I persist, tried to convince them as much as possible by me, but when almost I was about to give up, her’s family become ready for marriage, still I don’t know how ??

    And we cherished that happy moment on the same lake side after our marriage..

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    My First Salary..

    What happens when you become independent ?

    What happens when you don’t need to ask for money from your father ?

    What happens when you realize the value of money ?

    What happens when you first time spends money after deep analyzing every thing ?

    The answers of all these questions were visible for me first time when I had started earning money as a stipend for my post graduation training in Anaesthesiology, which I am still earning it.

    After getting money for the first time, I was filled with so many thoughts, that for the temporary time I was emotion-less, neither happy nor sad. However, after some time I was filled with so many ideas of how to gift something to my family members who was with me in my ups and downs.

    But during that time, I was fortunate enough to have some financial lessons from my professor, so just after receiving my first salary, I had put aside some amount of money for investment in mutual funds, and I am still grateful to him for providing me those lessons.

    But that first salary also brought with it the responsibility of managing money and self dependence, as just after getting my stipend, I stopped asking for money from my parents, and this decision brings the tremendous change in my personality because it stimulates my mind to spend money wisely.

    So for me, my first salary brings the lot of positive changes and makes me a better person as a whole.

    Dr. Anshul

    β€˜This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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    Happiness from Within..

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    It’s depends on us how to be happy…

    Happiness…. isn’t it a unique word, which you may have been hear almost everyday, and more in today’s world.
    From leadership gurus to spiritual gurus, from various articles on net to late night friend’s gossip, almost everyone in present scenario is possessed by this word.

    However, whenever I thought about this, one story always pops up in my mind. The story of a farmer who had been told that there was an unlimited amount of gold beneath the earth, so he keeps on digging the land in all over the world, but couldn’t find it, and because of sadness of not having gold, he died. However, when others had tried to dig the farmer’s land, there they had found the unlimited gold. So the lesson was farmer searched for gold everywhere but not his own land, which is always with him, but the problem was he never thought, or he never considered his own land worthful enough to produce gold, and that’s why he searched everywhere but not his own.

    And that’s the scenario in today’s world. Everyone not considered their inner self capable enough to produce happiness, so that they search their happiness in other’s teachings, other’s philosophies, other’s opinions, other’s practices, but they forgot that they have their inner soul, which is the purest source of happiness, the only thing which we have to do is identify how to practice that happiness.

    I am lucky enough to have that happiness, even if I am alone with no source of entertainment, and all credit goes to my family’s spiritual environment.

    Some people say I always have smile on my face (even if I am not smiling), some say I always radiate energy. All these features may be due to the happiness which I feel from my inner self.

    This feeling of happiness is very subjective thing, some of you may agree with my opinion, some may ridicule me, but I would say one thing that whenever you start to feel that happiness from your inner self than you will realize what the mojo of being always happy πŸ™‚

    Dr. Anshul

    First Day, First Show : Dear Zindagi, Movie Review.

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    Everyone should have a “Jug” like friend on whom we can pour our emotions…

    To book tickets urgently so that I could see the first day, first show, even if I was able to get tickets on the 3rd row from the front… 
    To get up early in the morning so that I can be on time for the movie, even if I had merely the 3 hour sleep because of late night studies…

    These things can be easily done by Shah Rukh Khan Fans aka SRK fans, and so I have done the same thing because I am his fan since eternity…

    However, I would try to write the honest review without getting bias because of my idol.

    Good Points :

    1. The film is having some refreshness, and it might look that it is written for the younger generation, but it is not like that, it has all the elements for the whole family too as it has the parent-child relationship issue.
    2. Alia is awesome in her act, to depict the confused girl, want to be free and yes, too some extent she is free but regularly haunted by traditional “must-do’s” by her family and relatives like ‘have a marriage’, ‘have some settled jobs like 8-4pm types’, even after being a cinematographer.
    3. Shah Rukh Khan, was as awesome as always, with a heavy voice and a ‘kill you’ smile, a Doctor, who helps Alia to deal with a situation by giving some useful life lessons, which is the ‘core’ focus of the film.
    4. This film do support some so called new generation thinking, in a very good and positive way, which may not hurt the old generation people.

    Bad Points :

    1. For some people, the first half may look normal or confused, because it is devoted to Alia, to show her dilemma about her life situations, and how to deal with it, so it was apt for the situation. 
    2. Some of my close ones, found it little bit slow,not me. Apart from this, I did not find any other negative points.

    My Take/ lessons :

    1. This film give importance to mental problems, which in our Indian society consider it as taboo.
    2. Highlighting the importance of jobs, which are highly significant, but sidelined by the society, by making them ‘unusual’ like psychologists or cinematographer.
    3. More importance should not be given to Profession over Family.
    4. Express your emotions, in any possible way, in any manner, as per your wish, don’t think about what other’s would think about it.
    5. Do things that comes in your mind, try them out, if you feel happy doing it, without thinking of failure.
    6. Listening is really a very important skill, it can make your relation with your closer ones strong.

    And final point to add, what you think about the film, when at the end of the film, people starts clapping and coming out of the cinema hall while discussing the issues in the film, is it the normal film, or the film that can influence somebody’s mind ??? 

    Decision is on your’s shoulder…

    My Ratings : 3.5/5

    Dr. Anshul

    The Art of Happiness..

    Whenever there is a discussion about happiness, there will be 1000 types of definitions of it by 1000 types of different people, because happiness is really a subjective thing as everyone derives their happiness from different things, which can’t be categorized.
    And my definition is also one of that 1000 types, but a little bit simple, which in my opinion, can be applied by anyone πŸ™‚

    I derive happiness from following things:

    • To listen some energetic song in a full volume just after I got up in the morning, it awakens my hidden energy.
    • To meet everyone in my hospital with a broad smile on my face and wishing them Good Morning in a loud voice (I do receive a lot of compliments for my ‘sweet smile’ 😜).
    • To ping my colleagues in between the work for fun, when either mine or there energy level is low.
    • To go for long drives without any destination, without any purpose.
    • To read books for the whole day on my couch.
    • And most importantly, when I am able to make others smile, or when I am able to help others, and able to solve their problems, then that was the biggest happy moment for me. I always want to do this act for my whole life. Really…
    • Oh yes, one more thing, when I am able to bring a smile on my Amma’s (Grand Mother) face, then I feel immense pleasure, because I always wanted to repay my elders (if I can in my lifetime) whatever I can, in whatsoever potential.

    These are the important things, which makes me happy and helps me to make others happy.

    Happiness is an important pursuit, and everyone should strive for it because everything we do in this world is only for the sake of happiness.

    At the end of the day, when we go to our bed, we only want a peaceful mind and a smiling face, and what else ?

    Dr. Anshul

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    To be happy depends on us..
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    Long Road Journey Memories…

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    Sometimes best things happen on long road journeys..

    Driving a car on a long road, that too all alone, can sometimes bring so many memories, which may bring inspiration, happiness or sadness, or nothing.
    Same happened with me yesterday on my drive back home.

    My mind was occupied by the same memories of events, which made me what I am today.

    Memories of being ridiculed,

    Memories of being neglected,

    Memories of rise from the ashes,

    Memories of bring positive changes in others,

    Memories of the most important person in the room..

    All these memories changed me into a better person, and I happily cherished all those with a gratitude towards the almighty.

    Dr. Anshul

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    My Childhood Memory..

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    After hearing this sentence “My Childhood Memory..”, I just simply recall my memories with my beloved Phupha ji (my father’s Brother-in-law), who just recently passed away, and he was a patient of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Personally, I have a lot of memories of my childhood and it is very difficult for me to describe anyone, but one thing about my childhood which I don’t remember, but was an important part of conversation with my phuphaji’s family, was always told by him in front of all whenever I visit him at his house.

    It was a memory of my childhood when I was 2-3 years old.

    It was my phuphaji’s son (my elder brother) marriage time. I was there at his house with my mother, and giving all kinds of trouble to her.

    By seeing this, phuphaji gave me the “Drum Roll,” after this my whole concentration was focused on beating the drum mercilessly 😜 and in doing so my mother was relatively relaxed as she did not have to run after me.

    However, the catch point in the whole scenario was that I was naked at that time, so he always used to tell me “You were beating the drum roll without having any clothes in a full joy” 

    And I always feel little bit embarrassed, but still feel good because he was always happy whenever he describes this incident.

    Sadly, he is not with me, but still I have this particular memory with me to remember him and the time spent with him…

    Dr. Anshul

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