One month into 2016!

Hiya,

Hope this year is off to a flying start for you. (Belated happy 2016 – eleven months are still ahead of us!:)) It’s been a while since I communicated through this platform. It was quite a colourful 2015 I must say, with all its hues. How was yours? 🙂

Felt gratified that I was awarded my PhD degree at the 65th annual convocation of Karnatak University, Dharwad, by Mr N R Narayana Murthy of Infosys. I was later felicitated by our Dakshina Kannada organisation in my hometown for the PhD. After the felicitation, I was given an opportunity to address a huge gathering of all ages – many of whom I had seen and spoken to at social gatherings. It was an overwhelming experience, to say the least. (These were the five key points of my speech, delivered in Tulu: a) be goal oriented b) give due importance to extracurricular activities, alongside studies c) pursue your dream career (without getting influenced by others) d) “In the race to be better or best, do not forget to enjoy the journey” e) do not forget your roots (society and culture) however high you may rise in your life.)

I was told that the speech received a very positive feedback. My husband and parents who were witness to the event were proud of me. I owe them my gratitude as they stood like pillars of support during that phase of my research work.

P and I enjoyed a trip to Coorg mid-year with friends. I went into a hiatus during the latter part of the year due to a health reason. But that hasn’t deterred my spirits thanks to my overall positive attitude. I love my family all the more whilst I am slowly getting back to my routine. Btw, my good-old interest in sketching is rekindled. I will share some sketches with you over a period of time. Let me first start with the New Year greetings. 🙂

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Celebrate life!

Cheers,

RV

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The all-powerful emotions

I am elated…I am disgusted. She is on cloud nine…she is shattered. There were peals of laughter…there was a vale of tears. What are these opposite shades of characteristics? In simple terms, they are emotions one experiences during every second of one’s life. How one reacts to a particular situation depends on one’s mental make-up. Upbringing and surroundings too matter a great deal.

Given a trying situation, A may react in a calm manner, B may turn hyper and C may show lukewarm response. The reaction may result in an unending argument or amicable settlement if it happens to be a dispute. Otherwise too, in the everyday “drama” of life, one may don the mantle of an angel, always helping others, or that of a villain trying to pull others down or stab them in the back. The target group is bound to react in a particular fashion. Action and reaction of human beings are adaptable and change from person to person and one situation to another. The idiosyncrasies of human behaviour have a role to play too!

Love, hate, anger, pride, ego, happiness, passion, rivalry, sadness, etc are all a state of mind. They cannot be measured in specific terms. They say the mind too maketh a man to a great extent. So, if the mind has such a pride of place in shaping the character of a person, why not mould it into in a mass filled with 3Ps – peace, positive energy and progression?

Be level-headed. Observe people. Try to study their body language. The eyes say a lot. Talk to people. Reach out to them. Your life gets a better meaning and becomes all the more interesting. This is not philosophising about life, but rather adopting a pragmatic and positive approach to it. 🙂

PS: I had written this piece for a college journal years ago!