2023 Week 22

After 2.5 years, I have finally made it to my hometown, Mumbai. At the end of May, I was at Mulund, the northernmost suburb on the central railway. After this is Thane, which is a separate district altogether, but because of how Mumbai sprawls, Thane is usually considered a suburb of Mumbai, but administratively, it is separate. And on Friday, I finally made it home! I now have the slightly over 1000 km trek to Bengaluru and then the 7000 km trek back to Singapore before I can end this calculation.

This month, I read seven books, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction and this brings the total number of books I read this year to 38. I am very comfortable with my reading goals for the year and will most likely surpass them.

Today’s quote is from the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato who founded the Academy, a philosophical school where he taught the philosophical doctrines that would later become known as Platonism. According to Plato, self-mastery and self-control is the ultimate triumph for an individual. By conquering one’s own shortcomings and cultivating self-discipline, one can attain a state of inner harmony, balance, and virtuous living. This victory over oneself implies gaining control over one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions, aligning them with reason and moral principles. In Plato’s philosophy, this self-mastery was seen as an essential aspect of personal growth, ethical conduct, and the pursuit of wisdom. It involves understanding one’s own nature, recognising one’s flaws, and actively working towards self-improvement. Ultimately, this victory over oneself leads to a more fulfilling and virtuous life.

GG is busy with her internship and as much as she likes doing it, she is only now realising how mentally demanding accountancy can be. This is good because she goes into university with open eyes and can navigate what she wants in a career in this field. Some of BB’s friends have gotten their conscription notices and we are waiting now to see when he has to enlist. This will be a new phase in his life and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds for him.

That’s all from me this week. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

2023 Week 21

Today’s quote is attributed to the Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist, George Bernard Shaw. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays with a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory and became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Shaw’s quote is that we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. What he means is that growing old is not only determined by the passage of time or our natural ageing, but instead, it is our attitudes and behaviours that experience the process of ageing. Playing or engaging in activities that bring joy, curiosity, and a sense of wonder to our lives is vital in preserving our youthful energy and outlook.

Finally, after nearly 2.5 years I am within spitting distance of Mumbai! I am less than 100 km from my home in Mumbai and I can’t wait to finally reach my home, before I make the 1000 km trek to where my parents currently live.

GG has secured an internship, so she will be busy until school starts in August. BB on the other hand is still waiting for his National Service notification so that he can start his conscription.

That’s all from me this week. Take care, stay safe and be positive!

2023 Week 20 Update

I am back from a very hectic trip to India where I had gone to drop my parents back in Bangalore. While there, I also made a whistle-stop trip to Mumbai. I was in Mumbai for just seven hours and that trip, a day before I flew back home to Singapore really took a toll on me. I needed two days once back home to just recover and get back to normal! But here’s a beautiful ariel shot of Mumbai for your viewing pleasure.

Today’s quote is from the American singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman, known primarily for her decades-long career in country music, Dolly Parton. I found this quote resonated with me, so thought to share it with you all too. Parton says that only after adversity is faced, will one achieve success. Simple, succinct, and so true, right?

The children have been busy with GG gaining an internship opportunity recently. She will start work next week and will work until school begins. She didn’t get her dream school, but hopefully, the school she has enrolled in will give her the opportunities she needs to succeed.

That’s all from me this week. Take care and stay safe!

2023 Week 19

Namaskaras from Bengaluru! We arrived yesterday and I am here to drop my parents off after two months spent in Singapore. This will be a very short trip because I need to get back to Singapore soon as R, my helper is also going on a pilgrimage to Malaysia later in the week.

Today’s quote comes to us from American self-help author, best known for his book, Think and Grow Rich. According to Hill, any dream will not become a reality without taking any action. And when action is taken, it needs to be done in a structured and logical way so that the goal can be achieved. However, without setting timeframes or deadlines for these priorities, dreams run the risk of being ignored, and the dream remains just that.

Most of us have recovered, though my throat is still a bit scratchy. This flu swept through the household and there was not a single person who was spared.

That’s all from me this week. Stay safe people and stay blessed!

2023 Week 18  

Today’s quote is from Christian D. Larson, an American New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. According to Larson, believing in oneself means having faith in their capabilities. It means believing that one can do something — that it is within their ability. When one believes in themself, they can overcome self-doubt and have the confidence to take action and get things done. When one is drowning in fears, doubts, and self-sabotaging behaviours, success feels out of their grasp and all of the skills, training, and tools in the world won’t change their life.

While walking, I am still in my home state of Maharashtra and have just crossed the city of Aurangabad. I am still about 180 km short of my home in Mumbai and can’t wait to reach there! I only read three books this month, so I need to start consciously reading more.

This week we attended both GG & BB’s polytechnic graduation ceremonies and I can’t believe my babies are so grown up. Next, its university for GG and national service for BB which will be new experiences for both.

And one by one, everyone has been falling sick in my home. It started with S, then my father and then me and my mum. The children have not yet gotten the flu that’s spread in our home so send us positive energies if you can.

That’s all from me this week. Stay safe!