2022 Week 36 Update

Today’s quote is attributed to the polymath known as Omar Khayyam, known for his contributions to mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and Persian poetry. This is excellent advice for all of us. What it means is that we need to find the now and revel in it. Life is nothing more than moments and we should not waste this moment by being anything but happy and feeling the joy of this moment. And this is something that nobody can or should tell us about feeling this joy and happiness, it should come from within us.

This week, the longest-reigning monarch in the world, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday 08 September.  Her son took over as the new King of the United Kingdom and is to be known as King Charles III. For many generations, she was the only Queen they have known, but I guess the death of her husband, Prince Philip last year may have hastened her death because I believe that when two people love each other very much and have a long marriage together when one passes away, the other pines for them and soon has not much will to live.

BB starts his final year project tomorrow and will have to start going to school daily. When I asked him about his project, he told me something, but I didn’t understand much about it and will try and learn more about it when he has had a chance to work on it some more.

That is all from me this week. Talk soon!

2022 Week 35 Update

This week’s quote is a very simple one which comes to us from Jim Thompson, the American businessman who helped revitalise the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Thompson disappeared in March 1967 from Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. His disappearance generated one of the largest land searches in Southeast Asian history and is one of the most famous mysteries in the region. What this means is that when we positively look at everything around us, be it something small or large wins, it means that our lives will start to become more positive and just as like attracts like, when we exude positivity, positivity flows back into our lives.

This month, I am still in the state of Bihar, but very close to the state’s borders with India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh. I have been slacking a bit, but have decided to give it my all in the last four months of the year.

I have been reading more this month too and because some of the books were so interesting, it was very easy to read them. I have read seven books this month and am currently on the way to finishing the eighth one very soon.

GG & BB are busy with their lives and are having fun on their break. BB will start going back to school in less than two weeks to start work on his final year project, while GG still has another month of holidays before her final semester.

And that’s all the news from my side, have a wonderful week people!

2022 Week 34 Update

According to the American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approaches in psychology, Carl Rogers, the good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. What this means is that a good life is not an outcome to be achieved, once and for all, but rather it is a process that we have to be constantly engaged with and to be continually moving towards.

Most importantly it is about having the freedom to move in any direction but moving in the direction that is most authentic to us.

Last Sunday was the National Day Rally in Singapore and on that day, the Prime Minister announced two important things. The first was the mask mandate will be lifted from tomorrow. This means that except for public transport and hospitals and medical centres, we can finally be free of masks and return to almost pre-Covid-19 normalcy. This means that students and office workers no longer need to stay behind a mask. The second was that the government finally decided to repeal section 377A. This section criminalises sex between consenting male adults and by repealing this section, it effectively ends the current criminalisation.  

BB has been busy with his fifth-semester exams and has been more or less shut in his room. Post exams, he has a break of two weeks and then has to go to school five days a week from 9 to 5 to work on his final year project with two other project mates. GG, on the other hand, is enjoying her holidays before she goes back to school to finish up her last semester.

And on that note, have a wonderful week and stay safe!

2022 Week 33 Update

American novelist and short story writer whose works often focus on history, morality, and religion, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplated what happiness is. He says that happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. A butterfly is very elusive and just as we think we have caught it, it escapes. But when we ignore it, it will slowly come near us and and land on our shoulders. Happiness is just like that, the more we chase our notions of happiness to the exclusion of everything else, the more happiness will continue to elude us. So when we focus on our lives and the people around us, the happiness we deserve will quietly come and settle down within our lives.  

This week, after twelve years of writing in this space, I finally told my parents and sister about my blog. But I haven’t yet shared with them the link to this space. Let me see how much longer I can be anonymous even with my own family.

BB is busy studying for his last set of exams in poly. His exams start next week and after a short break, he will start his final year project for which he and two other students will have to work on a research project. Exactly what he will do, I am unsure, because it is too technical for me. GG is enjoying her holiday and is starting to prepare for her university applications.

And that’s all the updates for this week. Stay safe and stay healthy.

2022 Week 32 Update

The American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard is the author of today’s quote. Hubbard says positive anything is better than negative nothing. This is a variation of seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty and seeing the positive side of everything in life. What this means is that a positive outlook is what will keep us going when times get tough. Every setback and battle in life makes us stronger to deal with what life throws at us.

This week was the same as previous weeks and nothing happened that I can write about. Singapore celebrated its 57th National Day this week and India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day next week. For the first time since I started to live in Singapore, I did not watch the parade on television. I did not realise the parade has begun and by the time S switched on the tv, I had lost interest in it, so missed watching it for the first time in more than two decades.

From the beginning till now, Singapore has reported about 1.7 million COVID cases with about 1,500 deaths and about 1.6 million who have recovered. Worldwide, 585 million people have been infected with COVID and about 6.5 million lives have been lost to the virus. On the bright side, 12.3 billion vaccine doses have been administered. In Singapore, the elderly, vulnerable and those above 50 have been invited to take their second booster shot. S has already taken his but will get his mum and aunt to get their booster shot done soon.

That’s all I have for today. Stay safe and get vaccinated if you still haven’t and don’t forget your mask, especially when you are around the public, especially in crowded situations.