APPmadness

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Think of anything you want to accomplish on a day to day basis. There is an app to help you make it easier and faster. Apps make our life as chilled out as living in Disney world. And eventually makes us lazy as hell.

There is an app to help you wake up in the morning, to put you to sleep at night with soothing music to your ears.

It all started with the ecommerce apps for clothing, gadgets, and appliances. Then it came down to the basic needs of food, grocery, liquors. And now it meets your home needs like carpenters, plumbers, pest controls, home cleaning and even your dirty clothes! Schedule a time to pick up your dirty clothes via an app and have it dropped back all clean and ironed! You can even get an instructor to come home to help you with yoga or any other exercise via apps.
And now there is an app for getting your medicines delivered. All you have to do is upload the prescription. I am not sure how they are going to validate the authenticity of the prescription but it’s out there and it’s useful.

Name anything under the sun, there is an app for it. Well, almost a perfect living.

I do enjoy the luxury an app gives me. But I hate it when things aren’t personal anymore, you know? I still like to see my vegetables before buying it! I enjoy the whole going to the gym feel and not the gym coming to me. I like the joy shopping gives me, which online shopping never will.
I know this entire works for busy people, and I understand that. I get the “why don’t we just order it online” from my husband all the time! I just worry if all this is getting us to a day when we are not going to get out of our damn couch and have a life!

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My Name

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I was named after an Indian television news anchor was my dad really admired. Back in the day when Doordarshan was the default channel, she was known by all. A keralite by birth, she grew up in Delhi and many other cities later on as her Indian Naval Officer dad traveled a lot.
She later went into producing and hosting other shows and also became the voice of Indian National Radio.

Before I knew all this, I used to wonder why they gave me a short and uncommon name. But now that there is a story behind it and the person behind it is such a successful woman, I feel good about it.

If I could rename myself, I wouldn’t take it. I mean, after hearing the story, I realized how much thought they put into it and it’s exciting for any parent. I myself think of that even when I personally dont want to have one. I’ll embrace this name all the way. 🙂

In response to the Daily Prompt, Say Your Name

How it would (probably) unfold

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I am a confident person, no doubt about that. It brings great pleasure when I am asked to do something outside my scope of work. And I can speak confidently about a subject I have decent knowledge about, to my peers in a casual scenario.

I like to think that I love challenges but I am also a deep thinker which has often brought down my confidence. I think of possibilities and probabilities of any given situation and unless I have a clear idea of how I am going to handle them, I won’t be able to move forward. It’s really a shame considering the fact that it has not happened, nor is there an assurance that it will happen. Lol.

But given a formal chance to speak in a forum? I absolutely have stage fright! And ironically, I hate giving up a chance that was given to me because of a specific reason. So I will go up there and I will face the crowd in front of me. I would not have slept the day before and I probably would’ve gone to the loo multiple times before I was ready to go.. I would not be remembering a word of what I have prepared and I am positive I would screw most of it up.

But I will still go through it. And with no shame, I will go back and do it all over again!

In response to the Daily Prompt, Naked with Black Socks.

PS: Is it a phrase – “Naked with Black Socks”? I didn’t quite understand the relation between prompt’s name and the description.

Hello

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I have a lot of songs I relate to. I have one for motivation another for when I am low. I have a pick me up song, and even a feeling-blank song. Lol. Being an emotional roller coaster person, songs always come in handy.
But if you ask me today, the one song I listen to back and forth is Adele’s Hello.

The first time I heard this song, I took it literally. I related the song with my life when I was 20 something – happily in love, for a while and then devastated to have lost it somewhere. Being young and naïve, neither of us took the effort to make it right. Our anger and temper took us miles apart and it was too far and beyond us to look back and consider fixing things.

More I listened to this song; I found another side to it. This happened on a casual moment in front of the mirror when I was singing this song to myself. And when I read about the song in one of Adele’s interview, I was not wrong to think that way.

Hello, it’s me | I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet |To go over everything
It really felt like I was asking myself how I’ve been. Did I chase all my dreams after all, or settle down?

Hello, can you hear me? | I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be | When we were younger and free | I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet | There’s such a difference between us | And a million miles
The younger me loved to dream and hoped that my older self would chase those dreams down. My mind was free and there were no strings holding me back. Free to dream and free to turn it into reality.
There’s so much difference from what I am today and what I was back then.

Hello from the other side | I must have called a thousand times | To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done | But when I call you never seem to be home | Hello from the outside | At least I can say that I’ve tried | To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart | But it don’t matter. It clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore.
It may seem that things were lost on the way. But today, there are neither tears nor regrets. I find a new self, the grown up self. This song gave me a chance to reconnect with myself and embrace the woman I have become. And it doesn’t tear me apart anymore.

First time I listened to this song, I couldn’t help wonder who calls landlines anymore. Gone are those days when you miss someone’s call. But then when you think about it metaphorically, well, it makes sense.

And it’s no secret that the both of us | Are running out of time
As I get older, time is running out – to take risks or be carefree. Take decisions aren’t as easy as it used to be.

In response to the Daily Prompt, This Is Your Song

A Bird, A plane, You!

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I could choose the third point make any two people agree with each other, to give myself a chance to be a reason for peace in some level. But I know that is not going to much difference being a small fish in a humongous ocean this world is.

Time travel sounds a lot of fun, but it’s not practical and its messy to go back or into the future. The element of surprise in your future and the teachings of your past is there for a reason and its absolutely healthy. I’d rather leave time as it is, unless I was crazy about history and wanted to see how everything happened back in the time.

Oh wait, if I could travel in time, I would for sure be able to tell the world about religion and what really happened back then! Damn, that’s interesting. Then again, not knowing in a way is healthy for everyone.

Weirdly enough, I was thinking about the idea of being able to speak and understand all the languages in the world few days back. Imagine how much effort one needs to put in, not only to be able to store that much data in your brain, but to be able to figure out what language is being spoken by a person at a given time and shift your brain accordingly to be able to respond to it! I mean of all the languages in this world today, to process so much at a given time? Man, that is tough. I would be a real super hero with a unique power.

Because of this prompt today I learnt that there are about 6500 languages in the world (Mandarin Chinese is the most popular one).

So that’s what I choose. I am the one who knows all the languages in the world 😉

In response to the Daily Prompt, A Bird, A plane, You!

Resolved

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

I don’t like the idea of New year’s resolution. I did as a kid, because at that time the New Year excitement meant just about that. You’d be told to make decisions that you want to make better and look at January as a new chapter of your life. You’d be told that this was the best time to make a better you.

But as you grow older, waiting for one whole year to renew yourself and make a better yourself seems like a terrible thing to do. If you think there is an area in yourself that you need to work on or make the better of, you start working towards it right away. Cos after a certain age, wasting even a day can cost you.

Most typical decision that resolutioners take are: Lose weight, get healthy; Eat healthy; Save; travel more; Quit smoking or Drink less; Spend more time with family. It can go on.

Resolutions like – Get married this year or have a baby this year or switching jobs or house or getting certified – makes sense to me. Because these things need planning time and to be mentally prepared. And most importantly, it is advised to take time before implementing such big decisions.

Don’t get me wrong. People who do make resolutions and sticks to it, thumbs up to you!

Am just saying, for me it doesn’t work that way. I’d rather take a decision and implement it when I strongly feel up for it rather than waiting for January. Because time is not waiting up and am not getting any younger! 😛

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Resolved

Unpopular

Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.

He was doing good at his job, crossing challenges and getting many appreciations. Living his bachelor life in all ways he could in the little town he lived in. He had few responsibilities since his mum lived with him. But he had his limitations too, because of the same reason. He had no savings nor was he planning in those lines of settling down. He was young and naive.

In a few years, he fell in love with his best friend and they went out for a year or two. The wedding drama started building up on her side of the family. Since they both were of the same age, it was a difficult place to be in: For her, it was time to settle down. And for him, it was too soon and too fast.

He had very little time to decide. But being a person who follows his heart, he had no doubt what he wanted. He was the first one to get married among his friends. The pressure of a wedding, at a young age and with not much help; it is not easy!

Popular or Not popular? Depends on perspective.
The heart wants what it wants 🙂

Happy Endings

I have not been trying to quit anything. But I have been trying to change something and start something new as well. I have been wanting to change the way I get ready for a while now. I am always unprepared when it comes to planning my outfits. Be it for work or at home. Even though I plan my outfits for a trip or special occasions, I still do it in a hurry without much thought or effort. I am declaring that I am a badly dressed person,no. I am presentable but I dress up in a hurry. I look fine, but I personally never feel excited or confident about myself anymore. Two years ago, that was not the case. And dressing up makes a lot of difference to both your attitude and mind. You feel happier, confident and positive. You are mentally more energetic.  Even though the thoughts have been in my head for a long time, it took me a days’ time to start. I got myself an app that helps me have a virtual wardrobe. I sorted my entire wardrobe and uploaded all my outfits to my phone. And planning your outfit doesn’t take much time once you have your wardrobe all sorted. But the little effort I put in daily goes a long way. So I guess went cold turkey in this case.

I’ve been trying to get into a healthy lifestyle for some time now. I started playing badminton, which died down in a couple of months. Then I started running in the mornings which also died down after a couple of breaks in between. I started working out at home, which again went nowhere. And finally I joined the gym and touch wood, am on my second month and I promised myself that this time I will not let anything come my way. I strategically chose the gym at work because, let’s face it, work is probably the only thing you do every damn day of the year. So I have no reason to not see through this till the end.  So this was a gradual change.

I started with these two aspects in my life in the beginning of December, and I see it as a life choice and not a New Year resolution.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Happy Endings

New Sensation

The days of yore: When the skin was tighter

Waists smaller, Hair more alive,

And most importantly – when everything fit.

I never knew the concept of watching what you eat or working out, that you needed protection from the sun and the concept of tan, taking care of your skin and hair, so on. I didn’t learn all that until it was too late. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t take my body seriously. I took it for granted. If I had known about all this, maybe had a sister or a friend who shared this information? Maybe I still wouldn’t have cared because as I grew up I learned that beauty doesn’t mean being thin or fair. It’s the person who you are when no ones watching that makes you beautiful and ugly. And I am a strong believer of that.

But coming back to today’s prompt.

I am not someone who follows the current trends and shop and dress accordingly. I am more of wear what’s comfy and wear what fits right kind of person. I have been that way all my life except when I was a kid, my mum had more say in the matter being the conservative person she is. Her idea was always bright, lively happy colors – loose fitting – long enough, you get the drift right? I grew up as a tomboy and I had my shabbily dressed days and well clothed days.

Being the 80’s kid, I saw a hell lot of styles come and go. And most of them have made their way back currently. You know what they say .. Fashion is a cycle? It’s true! Some of the styles that were popular back in the day –

Bell bottoms and umbrella skirts | Denim jackets | Fanny packs | Smileys pins on your bags and clothes| Hoop earrings| Spandex pants anyone? | Sweaters tied around the neck or waist cos its “cool”| Those “Frankie Says” tees? | Puffy sleeves | Shoulder pads on all your clothes? | Sweatbands cos it looked cool?

It’s endless. I personally loved bell bottoms. And I loved tying the sweaters around my waist. I had almost all colors of hoop earrings. I had smileys pinned on my bag. I loved crop tops as a kid. But my go-to attire was always jeans and a tee shirt.

After I started working, the casual concept moved to anything formal that was comfy and what needed least maintenance. And on those lazy days, its grab what you find first and get out. Am I the only one who is getting least bothered about how I look as I grow older? One of the reasons why I made a decision this year (not a resolution, but a life choice) to take the effort to plan my clothes. To be well dressed all the time. A little goes a long way! Makes me feel more confident and positive about each day.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: New Sensation