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Struggles of Life July 20, 2007

Posted by Sabs in Life.
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Struggle – as per the definition of dictionary.net it is –

To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.

To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one’s life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity.

To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.

We all have our own definitions of struggle and i am sure we all would have faced it in one form or other. Some will relate struggle to their personal lives and some with professional. But the question is how you behave during the times of struggle or difficulties. I stumble upon this topic, because yesterday i have to console hard to my dear sister, on the struggles she is facing concurrently at her office front. She was crying consistently because she was not liking the work she is doing currently. I know what you are thinking, that she was crying on such a small matter !! Yup, that’s why I am saying everyone has different definitions to the struggles one face and frankly speaking life is nothing without struggles. When we look back at them they infuse a sense of victory in us and of course satisfaction too. Can any other feeling equates to that triumph. Let me explain my point, with the help of this small story…

Life’s Struggles…

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared; he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.

Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

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so my dear sis, take the struggles of life in a positive way, you never know what new trait they will be adding in your personality….

Trip to Kanatal July 5, 2007

Posted by Sabs in Multifarious.
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Our office group of about 27 people went on an outing, last weekend. The place chosen was – KANATAL, a quaint little hamlet in Uttarakhand state, located just 300 kilometers, or 6-7 hours journey by road from Delhi is perched at an altitude of over 8,500 feet. Kanatal offers a spectacular view of the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas and lush green
forests. Kanatal offer a welcome respite from the heat and dust-laden environs of crowded cities and towns in the plains. Occupying prime location on the Chamba Mussoorie highway, the high point of the year at Kanatal occurs between December and February, when over 50 inches of powder snow carpets its areas, creating a spectacular Cottonwood Canyon and transforms the landscape into a ravishing white wonderland.
In contrast to most well-known hill stations in Northern India that are waging a losing battle against overcrowding, urbanization, pollution and commercialization, Kanatal offers a serene experience in the lap of nature. Kanatal is an idea whose time has come. Discerning tourists seeking a communion with nature untouched, untamed and unspoilt can enjoy many pleasant surprises waiting to be discovered in Kanatal(intro of kanatal,as copied from the net).

Bunch of trekkers

We left delhi in a 27 seater bus at around 11:30, our ride in bus was indeed joyful, with everyone indulging in their favourite activities, like I indulge in my favourite activity of sleeping and others in drinking, smoking, laughing, singing etc. We entered haridwar at
around 4:30 in morning and from there onwards i was not able to resist myself from praising the scenic beauty of haridwar and chamba. When going on long routes on mountains like manali, i do sometimes suffer from motion sickness, but this time, it was altogether absent.Big Mountains and narrow roads have always carried a feeling of mystery in them and heights had always attracted me, infact i always feel like jumping in it whenever i am on great heights (phew). The calmness and greenery always leave an impression on my heart, that takes days for me to come over it. If feels like that if i would be alone, i will just wander around singing songs and smiling. I just love that. I am a loner and i usually talk to myself and mountains provide me a perfect environment to indulge in that.

Well, coming back on our trip, so we finally reached our destination (whispering pines) at about 9:45 in the morning. The tents were a real delight to eyes. They were colourful with neatly perched amidst the tall trees and the mountains (ahem). Everyone was allocated their respective tents. Few names given to tents i remember were Nanda Devi, Bandar pooch, kedar etc. Everyone then got busy in getting ready for a trip of rapling after having breakfast. Bathing was an ordeal there. I fooled everyone by getting inside the bathroom and coming back after wiping my face and hands with a wet towel. 🙂 Let me be very clear, my intention was that of taking a bath, but the chilled water just ruin my moral. Breakfast was indeed nice. Then it was time for us to go for rapling. We board our bus and woooooooosh we were at our rapling site. The best moment was that, when our driver tried to make a U turn with all of us in the bus. Everyone got scared and i just missed the golden chance of have a closer look of mountains by hanging from the bus (phew). Anyways, I really didn’t know what rapling was all about, till i saw a small mountain and were told that we have to place a belt around our back and have to walk over the straight mountain. WOW, what a fun. As per me, the walk on the mountain was not that scary that i assumed it to be. Anways, for all of us 27 people to finish the rapling, it took about 5 hours and we all started feeling damn hungry. Sorry i forgot to mention, during our rapling session we had a chance to found out who all are real “phattu’s” and who all are real “dare devils”. Great going girls, hip hip hurray. Well after having our lunch after lot of coaxing (really a lot) everyone agreed to go on trekking. As chavvi told me trekking was good and exciting but i was not able to go there 😦 . We again were back in the camps at about 10 or so, and after having our dinner, it was time to do some dhinga-masti. Bhaskar was given a double dose of bumps as it was his -th (bhaskar please fill it up) birthday. There were even gifts for everyone and i am sure everybody enjoyed it.

The kanatal was at its best in night. As you look a little closer, you get an amazing bird’s eye view of the mountains. As you head closer to the mountains, the hike begins to resemble a walk in the clouds. A layer of low-lying clouds had engulfed the area in night. This made it a most surreal place to look forward to.

Next day, it was time for us to move back to Noida. We boarded the bus at about 9:30 in the morning and reached noida at about 9:30 at night. Indeed a marvellous trip !!