Tag Archives: #themereveal

#AtoZChallenge DAY08: H for HAPPINESS

Day: #08 || Alphabet : H || Theme: Emotions || Word: Happiness


Today as part of the #AtoZChallenge  the emotion I have picked up is the most important and vital emotion we try to feel every single day. In fact for which we work hard, love people and do everything possible to reach that state of mind where we can say HAPPINESS!!!  I personally believe happiness is a state of mind 🙂 🙂 🙂 and happiness to different people mean different things. 

Since am travelling, I’d like to post this video which would sum up what I want to talk about Happiness. Hope you guys like it ❤ ❤

Also leaving a song on happiness nope not Happiness by Pharrell Williams (almost all of us must have heard about it) but this one is from Donovan. One of my best friends fav. 

The Happiness Smiley

#AtoZChallenge DAY07: G for GUILT

Day: #07 || Alphabet : G || Theme: Emotions || Word: Guilt


After overcoming the Writer’s block yesterday I feel I have achieved some thing that I can’t really explain but am happy that it happened to me. It was a learning a very important one as a blogger I believe. Already a week into the #AtoZChallenge and time seems to just fly. Today am gonna talk about a very painful emotion that can weaken any creature that tends to feel and understand pain, am talking about G for GUILT 😦

Guilt can arise due to various reasons, like feeling responsible for something bad that we did or some choice we made which resulted in wrong, our actions that have caused harm to someone. And once it takes hold; letting go of it becomes extremely difficult. What is guilt?


Overcoming Guilt is simple all we have to do is accept the actions/reasons which led us to feel guilty in the first place. tumblr_lmpq5vhvae1qe31xzo1_500_large

The earlier you accept it the more easily you can let go of this painful emotion. Guilt tends to linger in our hearts when we start regretting. At some point in time it is what we wanted hence regretting it at a later stage only makes things worse. Accept it!!!

Every dark cloud has a silver lining and every dark emotion helps us turn it into our strength. Guilt if channelized properly can become one of the most strongest emotions which can help us turn over a new leaf. It helps you start afresh, it’s a huge lesson that we can learn a lot from. A chance for us to understand the consequences of our actions and behaviour, ponder over it and then come out of it as a strong entity. Guilt helps us empathize if we reflect upon it and en corporate it as  a learning.

Accepting the truth can be liberating. The day you realize this ugly yet important truth of life, you would be in a better position to act upon it. If this needs apologizing to someone – then you should. If this needs to make a significant change in our behaviour – then we must. Also if this makes you not being obligated to anyone cause you said no for something then definitely you should say a no.

28301-man-is-not-chastised-for-making-mistakes-but-for-failing-toWe are all human beings and we are meant to make mistakes. Making mistakes is not wrong, not learning from them is one! Let the baggage of guilt go and make space in life to fill it with happy memories of the decisions you make. Forgive yourself, it helps you grow.

Leaving you all with another video clip. Guilt is not just that humans feel but animals too. Ettore the Labrador is clearly filled with guilt and desperate to win over her owner Anthony Federica Granai. Watch as the two take part in one of the cutest interactions you’ll ever see!This is one of the most cutest dog video I have seen and it’s just so heart touching. Hope you enjoy it! Having a dog as a pet is gifting yourself with unconditional love for a lifetime ❤ ❤ ❤

The  Guilty Smiley


#AtoZChallenge DAY06: F for FEAR

Day: #06 || Alphabet : F || Theme: Emotions || Word: Fear


Today , the 6th day into the #AtoZChallenge I realize daily blogging isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It’s not just managing to post daily in between our daily schedule but more importantly it’s about having content to write on a daily basis. And so today I faced the Writer’s block (a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown). 

The word which led me to this Writers block turned out to be the emotion I was actually feeling since the day began – FEAR . What is the FEARfeardef

So I decided instead of what I had originally thought of writing about FEAR like – the fear of losing our loved ones, the fear of not feeling good enough, the fear of change, the fear of unknown, the phobias and the fear of death… I simply write about what had happened today. 🙂 

I knew the emotion that I wanted to write – FEAR! and surprisingly the more I thought about what to write the fear of not being able to come up with anything hit me. I had so many thoughts running in my head and it was a total mess. I even ended up in an argument with a close friend Vikas with whom I was discussing about my mental block.  I told him what I had jotted down as points to post about fear and there was one particular point that he didn’t agree with. Which now when I think was kinda true. It did had the flavor of fear but not exactly how I wanted it to be. The more he tried to explain me the more irritated I got and he just asked me to go ahead and write whatever I was going through.

After putting up five posts as part of the challenge without much difficulty, in my head I built up Expectations of performing in the similar way without any trouble the next 20 alphabets would be a piece of cake. And when today fear struck of not being able to Fulfill those expectations, and end up Disappointing my readers and more importantly my own self if I don’t come up with any content by end of day did I realize the truth – aren’t all the emotions we as human beings feel intertwined to one another ???? One emotion leading to another.

We are within this Wheel of Emotions you feel one and then next instant you feel another. Some make us happy, proud and ecstatic while others make us sad and gloomy and low. But the good part is all these emotions that we feel make us feel ALIVE. Makes life’s journey interesting.

What are your fears ? Do you have any kind of phobia?? Have you faced the Writer’s Block? How did you overcome it ? Is it normal to have a block just within a week of the challenge (hoping to get answers from the previous challenge survivors) 

P.S : The only thing I am scared of in this world are SPIDERS..ehhh!!! I do suffer from Arachnophobia. So much so that i wouldn’t go to that area where a spider is no matter if it’s a tiny weeny creature. I hate them. Probably this is how I would look when am close to a spider. 


The  Fear Smiley( i love the invention of emoji,  conversations have become so much more fun specially when the person is not in front of us physically yet you can express your emotions for real)


#AtoZChallenge DAY05: E for EMPATHY

Day: #05 || Alphabet : E || Theme: Emotions || Word: Empathy


Today the emotion I chose is EMPATHY as part of the ongoing #AtoZChallenge 2016. We all have heard the word Empathy, sounding very similar to Sympathy but the difference among these words are miles apart from beyond alphabets Em to Sym!  🙂 

What exactly is the definition of Empathy ? ( from Google )empathy

190802_3267946238027_298064659_oBesides taking up the challenge one more goal i had in mind was to make people guest blog for me specially the ones whom i know are such good writers but are just not up for starting a blog. And today one such special and very close friend of mine is doing guest blog for me. In fact I realized my love for writing when this buddy and me were colleagues in Accenture way back in 2011 and we shared our write ups with one another. We even used to end up writing random impromptu poems over the office communicator while chatting. So thank you Ketan Khurana for being my first inspiration to take up blogging in life ❤ ❤ Thank you Ketan for taking out time for me 


Luxury and comfort is what we all desire to have and that feeling of inner peace would be an icing on the cake. But what we fail to understand in this rat race of ours that we are losing connection among ourselves.

When I was asked by my friend to be a guest writer on her blog and was given the alphabets to choose from, I was like common why do I even pull out time for this from my such hectic schedule but then when I sat down and thought about this dear friend and how important is this blog for her, I thought I can put in some efforts if not for the blog at least for her.

And during my effort to “write” I came across this sweet short story on the internet which goes like this:

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.  He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”  “Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.  The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.  Slowly another little ball appeared this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,”Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.  In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.  Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With this above Story I would like to take this opportunity to say that Sneha we both understand the word empathy and can relate to the times in Bangalore and to the time now. Thank you for helping in during my trouble days in Bangalore when you yourself were not in a very good shape 😉 . This is what Empathy is staying there for your friends when they most need it and haven’t told anything but you know it.

No Luxury and comfort would bring you such peace if you don’t have any compassion or if you don’t empathize to what your friends feel. Friends is not all about fun and good times, friends are also about consoling and standing by. Sneha Sasikumar you truly are a friend.


I am also leaving you all with this video clip which am insisting you all to watch. I had shared it earlier also but I think it makes much more sense now. 

The  Empathy Smiley(not really a smiley but pretty much the same)



#AtoZChallenge Day04: D for DISAPPOINTMENT

Day: #04 || Alphabet : D || Theme: Emotions || Word: Disappointment


Today is the fourth day into the #AtoZChallenge and the Emotion I have chosen is DISAPPOINTMENT  Yeah! Not all the times one can be in a happy state of mind. We humans always have expectations from others especially the ones we consider close to us. And there is no harm in it as far as it doesn’t break us down so bad that rising up again becomes impossible.

What exactly is the definition of Disappointment? (all my definitions are from Google *)



Today my very dear blogger friend DARSHITH, whom many of us already know, is doing a guest post on this topic for me. Thank you, Darcie, for doing the guest blog ❤ .This is what he has to say !!! Please visit his blog for some interesting posts


The final stage of any relationship is always DISAPPOINTMENT. You ask why? Let me explain.

When was the last time you were stood up? Or the last time your call was not received by somebody whose call you’d never miss? Or the last time you were taken as an option when you made others your first priority?

This kind of situations come & go and that’s okay. That’s life. But when we start to expect things from others(due to our good nature or because that’s how we are made), things go south for us. Disappointment is the baggage of expectations. Less the expectation, less the disappointment. That’s a pretty simple equation but then very difficult to achieve.


Life is a constant struggle of being better today than what we were yesterday. This struggle means trying to make the above equation true. Whether we achieve or not, it’s a far away thing but we always have to try.

Disappointment also stays away when we live in the moment. That’s again difficult to achieve. But we keep on trying.

I would had been really disappointed if I didn’t participate in this AtoZ challenge but I did & tried to have fewer expectations(no steep increase in views or fame) and things are looking good as of now. Everything within limits is good & so is expectations as that will keep disappointment at bay.


That’s it. It was an honor to write as a guest author here @ Life as a Potpourri. Sneha(I call her Janemann) is awesome & I am glad we both are participants of this A to Z challenge.


The  Disappointed Smileydisappointment

#AtoZChallenge DAY03: C for COURAGE

Day: #03 || Alphabet : C || Theme: Emotions || Word: Courage


“Courage is the willingness to act in spite of fear” – Michael Hyatt

It’s the third day into the #AtoZChallenge and I am having my spirits still high so much that i actually started drafting this post yesterday (Sunday). I totally forgot that Sundays are off and you need not post anything. 😛 😛

COURAGE – is a very strong emotion. C.S Lewis says, “Courage is not simply one of the Virtues, but the form of every Virtue at its testing point…”.  Courage is not an emotion that the soldiers have in their heart while fighting for us at the borders or the other military personals have, what we see in superheroes but courage is in simple everyday things like waking up out of bed every single morning even though you had a bad and terrible last night. How can any other Virtue exist without first having the courage to open oneself up to let them in and then begin acting upon them? ?

Do-You-Have-The-Courage-to-Price-HighCourage is to make yourself believe that you are more than what you are in your dreams and aspirations. To come out of your comfort zone and take the risk in achieving things that you always wanted to do.

Courage is to take the huge leap of faith in relationships, at work things that you might believe wouldn’t work but yet you are ready to take the huge plunge.

Courage is what I have seen in my mother who battled Rheumatoid Arthritis for 15 years and still had that pleasant smile and confidence in her that she is strong until she breathed her last. Many terminally ill people are the most courageous people you would ever come across in life, they have the courage to fight death and pain and embrace life every single day.

Courage is rising up again when you fall cause falling isn’t failing, it simply means you had the strength to try and the courage to rise up again. It shows how strong you are as a person every time somebody didn’t believe in you or didn’t stand by you when you fell.


Courage is to give life another chance in relationships, to open yourself to fall in love after a bad marriage. Courage is to accept your body and believe in how beautiful you are as a person and not be a definition of beauty according to random people. Courage is to keep looking ahead at your goal in life and not worry about the journey you travel.

Courage is not always to voice out your opinion but to listen to the other person. To feel empathy for the less privileged and to bring just a smile on their faces. Courage is to be gentle and to love the unloved.

Courage is to have an open mind, so that you can learn from all the possibilities and from the front and be a guiding light. Take the road less traveled so that in future it becomes the route others take. In the 21st century , the ability to UNLEARN and RELEARN is an example of being courageous with the sense of humbleness.

For me Courage is to have that FIREWORK inside you that lets you live every single day only to make it better than yesterday and better than the tomorrow. 

Isn’t making time, being open to share our knowledge and views to post every single day in April month as part of the challenge despite many other things that we all need to do in our daily life-like family, work , kids, business etc only because blogging is our passion and our source of happiness – a Courageous thing we as bloggers do? Tell me what is courage to you , i would be happy to know and learn.

The Courage Smiley  



P.S : Tried some gifs for the first time on my blog. Did you like them?

#AtoZChallenge DAY02: B FOR BOREDOM

Day: #02 || Alphabet : B || Theme: Emotions || Word: Boredom


Huh so is the excitement still on for the #AtoZChallenge – definitely Yes!!! 🙂 So why not talk about the second common emotion which human beings feel BOREDOM. Yeah you heard it!! This might come out as a surprise but as per psychological studies humans get bored in their average life more than feeling any other emotion.

What exactly is the definition of Boredom? (definitions from Google)


I get bored easily. I relate my boredom to my syndrome Periodic Attraction about which i had mentioned in an earlier post. 


Boredom is actually just a state of mind. It’s all in our head. It’s not reality but just a pattern. We get bored with people, we get bored with our job, we get bored with our lifestyle at some point of time and we also get bored with Life . But what we never do is to try to solve Boredom. We just keep telling to ourselves that we are bored and bored and bored till being bored also becomes boring. 😛 😛 😛 

But everything has a positive side to it. Boredom – It’s God’s way of telling you that you’re simply wasting time. There could be so many things we could do when we get bored all we need to do is realize. There is a huge difference between being bored and being lazy. Being bored is only related to the feeling triggered in one’s head.

WHEN BOREDOM STRIKES, CREATIVITY SHOULD TAKE OVER ITS PLACE. Don’t you think so? And there are so many things we can do.


We never think of all the good things we can do. We simply prefer sitting and being a couch potato and do nothing. And then we realize how much time we have wasted. I regret not starting to blog very early, there have been days when i was just sitting and doing nothing productive in life. And i didn’t even like what i was doing then. Better late than never, i now blog cause i enjoy it. 

People get bored with the kind of work they do, and it leads to lack of interest in work, giving from 100% to bare minimum. If you get bored quit- take up something more interesting which would make you happy doing it every single day. 

Sometimes we get bored with the people around us, that doesn’t mean am telling you to distance yourself from them. Instead find out what is the reason. Maybe there is something that you guys don’t like or which you don’t agree doing together. The ultimate solution to boredom is not sit and crib about the problem but to find a solution to kill the problem which is being BORED!


Don’t waste time, do something new. Ask yourself when was the last time you did something new and if you are taking a lot of time to get the answer you better get your ass up and do something about it. Work is  your daily bread you have to do it(sometimes you like doing it or not). Relationships are important (we are social animals). Being happy ? Being productive in life? Being able to do something for your own self? All this is if you take control of your mind and heart and realize the importance of time which passes by. 

The Boredom Smiley  

boredomand to make the smiley more interesting i got a human expression too

So if you are not bored reading this boring post of mine please do come back tomorrow cause its gonna  be exciting 😛 

#AtoZChallenge Day01: A for ANTICIPATION

Day: #01 || Alphabet : A || Theme: Emotions || Word: Anticipation


Yipee!!! Finally the #AtoZChallenge  has begun and I can’t tell you how excited I am . Well what better way to start my Theme – Emotions with a happy and positive one ANTICIPATION  Yes!!!! Didn’t all of us go through this emotion right since the #AtoZ  Signup had began. 

What exactly is the definition of Anticipation ? (definitions from Google)


Gustave Flaubert said “Pleasure is found first in Anticipation, later in memory” I think like we have always heard more than the destination the journey matters i think it truly describes the emotion Anticipation. Reading about it in their site, reading posts of previous challenge survivors i had already begun spinning in my head that no matter what am gonna take this challenge up. And this journey began almost around September last year. I have never waited eagerly for something like this. 


I started working around the theme that i would want to write upon. Trust me i had like five different themes and words already drafted all i had to do was make a choice. Being the Sensitive , #AmplifiedEmotional (new term i think i would use for myself) Human being i am i couldn’t stop from finalizing EMOTIONS as my first theme. 🙂 🙂 And here I am with the first post. I don’t know yet whether i would survive it or not, but as long as am gonna travel this journey am excited about it. I don’t want to feel nervous about proving myself to me or to anyone else. I just want to enjoy every moment in this month and i am gonna do it with all my ❤

Anxiety Anticipation

Life is always best enjoyed when you look forward to all the good things that are gonna happen. Problems that have solution should not be worried about much; and ones which don’t have  solutions there is no point in worrying about it.  Anticipation is like looking forward to that beam of light at the end of a dark tunnel. Its like the countdown of time and the entire memory that you make as the clock keeps ticking.

I am anticipating all good things as part of the #AtoZChallenge like – Surviving it, Meeting new bloggers, the knowledge i would gain by reading about so many topics (1700 + bloggers * 26 posts 😀 ) . The satisfaction i would have when i post the 26th blog for alphabet Z. I am gonna do this and give my 100% as i enjoy this journey of April month.

Today is also a special day as its my brother Sanjay’s birthday!!! Here is my fav pic of the two of us and a message to him

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Growing up as a kid wouldn’t have been a happy memory if it was not you by my side to fight and play. Thank you for always showing me the right path, standing up for me in front of mom and dad and sharing my share of scolding and beatings.For making sure am not hurt by anyone or anything, for keeping your calm and being strong in front of me the entire time when mom passed away so that i don’t cry..for deciding to move back home so that i can continue my career here in Bangalore and many other moments. I have memories with you that would always make me want to be born as your little sister again and again ❤ ❤ ❤
You have been my strength all this while and shall forever be. I know you would do anything in this world to make me happy. I love you. Hope you have the best birthday brother Be the coolest Sanjay that everyone knows you for. To the most handsome man i have known, the one with most warmest heart and the strongest man who always stands up for his loved ones and beyond. I love you and i miss you tons. Loads of hugs and kisses to the most charming brother one can have.


The Anticipation Smiley


P.S: Hopefully this would be my first and last post during the challenge which would be lengthy 😛 Happy blogging and all the best everyone!

7 days for #AtoZChallenge

The countdown finally begins – just seven more days to go for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge – #AtoZChallengeI am already getting into the “oh my god will i be able to survive it” zone even before the challenge has actually begun.

So as I always mention in my posts about the happiness an IT folk guy gets during a long weekend, this time too I have an off today (Good Friday) so technically I have three days in hand to do some prep work for the challenge. Like prepare the draft blogs which would have introductory stuff basic ones , signatures to be left on comment, bookmark the blogs I wanna revisit during the challenge, collect images that I would be posting on the blog etc (scroll to the end to visit links that would help you with more details on these tipsbut the typical me just plans all this in the head and executes nothing. 😛 I know it would be that instant flow of words which would come when I would sit to post every single day in April (I work better when my tail is on fire) Plus the Bangalore Summer is not helping me do anything interesting 😦

And when am bored being a couch potato I see the Blogging A to Z Facebook notification of John Holton introducing his Minions , which means I would be on the post somewhere brings this immense boost of happiness and energy to execute all that I had planned. I am a Minion and can’t be a lazy ass. I am the one who should be encouraging others to maintain the enthusiasm and excitement isn’t it? 😉

So go ahead and click here to read more about HOLTON’s HEROES

Holton's Heroes

Lets get this challenge done. Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success!!!! 🙂 ❤

All the best to everyone who has signed up for the Challenge.

Check out the below links to get some tips and tricks for surviving and enjoying the #AtoZChallenge:

Track of blogs you want to visit
Creating Signature
Finding Images
Blog Checkup

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!! ❤

P.S : That brings up my 50th post on the blog 😉

this is just the beginning


Drum Roll – #AtoZChallenge -Theme Reveal 2016

#AtoZChallenge 2016 Theme Reveal is here !!!!

Whats special today?? March 21st is the Theme Reveal day for all the bloggers who have chosen a particular theme for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge in the world – the #AtoZChallenge. As discussed in the previous blog, should i have a theme?? Not Really!!! A theme is not a mandatory thing to be followed during the challenge but it just helps you declutter your thoughts, be well prepared and channelized and more importantly gives the audience a heads up on what to expect from your blog during the challenge.

Since this is my very first year into Blogging and more importantly my first ever daily blogging challenge( i thought of starting with the toughest one) i decided on going ahead with a theme for the challenge. And drum rolls, my theme for my first ever #atozchallenge is


Yes, you read it right. My theme for the challenge is gonna be related to EMOTIONS, MOODS ,STATE OF MIND of a human beings. Being the emotional creatures we are, and more specifically the Emotional Human Being I am (Cancerian 😛 ) i thought what better than to pour my heart out all in all during this challenge.

What can you expect ? My posts could be like my blog a potpourri of posts, articles, poems, doodles etc. 

I am also a Minion:D 😀 😀 for more details click here. I would be reblogging John’s blog post soon which would be an insight into the Holton’s Heroes team

Holton's HeroesIt would be really great if you could give your feedback, comments, suggestions and keep visiting my blog during the April month. Please feel free to contribute or if interested in doing a guest blog please do drop me a mail or connect with me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google +

Wishing all the participants the very best! Let’s do this together and celebrate the joy of Blogging 🙂 Hoping to meet many new and old folks during the one month of blog marathon..woohoo!!! Let the game begin

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!!