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Horsy-Piggy-Froggy.

Those 3 words have shaped our lives during MBA.

Like last year I sit in front of my desktop writing this post and wondering… “How the hell did we manage to keep this madness up and running?”

I still don’t have an answer so I’ll move ahead with the post.

So, it’s our horsy a.k.a Jessica’s birthday.

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A Memory from last year’s epic birthday bash.

If I had to tell you guys how many names we have given her then one post might be a bit less for it.

But don’t worry horsy, we won’t divulge the names to anyone.

It’s your birthday na. So maaf kiya.

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Do you remember those times we sat together for lectures? (Oh yeah, that one also where Piggy answered every time he got the chance… I still haven’t forgiven him for that.)

The never ending chats on stupid things which did not make sense?

Sometimes we only laughed… stopped… then laughed a little more!

And the picture moments were too much.

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I look so obedient…

There was a time when my only purpose of coming to college would be to meet you guys. Yeah, really.

We connected very well. Like it was “meant to be” types. 😛

I can’t believe I actually wrote the above line.

Whatever.

My page… My words.

Anyways if I keep talking of our moments, even 1500 words would seem less and forgive me but I’m not going to write such a lengthy one again. 😛

So moving on ahead, our friendship has scaled a lot of heights. It has also witnessed a lot of lows too. But we’re still hanging in there. This bond won’t break that easy.

(Not until one of you literally move out to someplace where there is no steady internet connection)

I see some of our pictures together and damn there’s a bit of change in me and piggy.

But u our dear horsy have not changed a bit.

Before you could deny, here’s some proof… 😛

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Before

And now we are like this 😛

 

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After
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Honestly, the only thing people can see is your face.

Jokes apart, we have always had a good time when you’re around.

I can speak TV Shows with you all day long and you know it.

Time spent with you is always cherished by us.

The place doesn’t matter. Nor does anything else.

As long as we are together i doubt we’d need anything else.

(Too much emo in the above line nah?)

Anyways, your 2 favorite animals would like to end this small post by wishing you a happy birthday and wish that you get what you want. That you always smile and be the same. (Just meet us more often or we won’t talk to you haa)

Oh yea, btw piggy made a small video just for you which is waiting in your mail inbox.

It has some of our memories.

Do have a look. Don’t cry ha please!

We love you.

With Love,

Piggy and Froggy

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Good Morning.

Today, whilst checking out Housing.com and their new look, I happened to come around few pictures which signifies the importance of being #together in this journey of life.

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I then remembered a situation which took place last year. That situation took almost 8 months and help from few important people in my life to come out from. So I thought, why not share it with you guys. Here’s a story close to my heart which I now put forth you.

May 2014 – Completed MBA in Finance.

June 2014 – Job search begins.

January 2015 – The search still continues.

That’s my story.

I, Lancelot Quadras after completing my degree started losing confidence in myself at a rapid pace. Interview after interview, facing rejection became part of my reality. There were times I could not sleep. There were times I introspected on what I’ve been missing out on. There were times I questioned my capabilities. 

8 months after my college life was over I still had no job. At that time i could be compared to a maze, where there is no way out. Only twists and turns leading to different p-laces, but not to the end. That feeling of doing nothing and having nothing to do… many can relate to it. The question then arises; how you deal with it? What happens when you can’t find the end of the tunnel; when everything looks bleak; when everything around you only seems to pull you down; your morale is at an all time low. I described it a bit dramatically. But yeah, the feeling was upsetting to heights I don’t want to measure anymore in this lifetime.

I am lucky to have few people whom I care about. I’m even luckier when I tell you that these few people have been there for me in my happy moments, times when I need some advice, times when I just want to be heard and finally… times when I just wanted to hear and accept the truth.

When I think about how I made it so far without doing something stupid or slipping into the pool of sadness, I just look at the almighty and thank him for keeping so many angels beside me. The angels are in the form of my family and a few friends.

I have My Parents to thank for their understanding. It’s not easy to look at your son struggle for a job when you’ve given your 100%. There were moments when I could see a bit of frustration in their eyes. Sometimes they must have seen the sadness on my face. But they’ve made sure to keep me happy no matter what.

I have a few Set of Friends to thank for providing a never ending funda on life, success and failure talks, cracking jokes and just about bringing a smile on my face when all I wanted was nothing more than solitude. I was wrong. I needed them and they came to me, made me laugh, gave me hope and the strength I needed to come out of this situation.

The result of their belief in me did pay off. I got a job on 12th February, and that was one of the best days of my life. Everyone’s happy. My family and friends said they knew I’d make it one day and yes I did make it.

Alone everything looks kind of impossible but #together we can scale new heights. I couldn’t have managed my confidence, be positive, if it were not for my parents and friends. I’m glad I have them in my life.

It’s truly said that sometimes even an “I’m here for you” can bring in hope and strength in us which can help us to #lookup and rise up to the occasion.  So have there been occasions when you felt everything was not going your way but there were some important people who were there for you, believed in you and with their help got you out safely? If yes, then please share it with me. Let the world know the power of being together.

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What does it mean to stay fit?

I would like to explain it to all of you people through 2 quotes which I feel are perfect in terms of understanding the importance of a healthy being.

  • Joyce Meyer says “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you”.

If I rewind 6 months back then I would think of this as an awesome quote and would post it as my status update on Facebook and Twitter. But now whilst reading this, I do understand why Joyce has uttered these golden words. The importance of staying fit has to happen at an early age. I’m 23 now and 6 months back, I could easily qualify as a 30 year old man with a stomach that looked like I was hiding a pillow behind my tees. I had a 10% exercise policy. Now why 10%?

Plainly because I stay on the 6th floor and sometimes the lift has a maintenance issue, so I am forced to take the long walk up the hill.

Long story short, I know the importance of being healthy. But overall, humankind has never been so generous in terms of staying fit or taking care of themselves. Sure, we can blame it on the work load, the various responsibilities which keep increasing as of age. But that shouldn’t deter us to be fit.

When we are fit a chain develops. The chain is,

Exercise – Fit – Confident – Happy – Positivity – Repeat.

I am not bragging when I say that this chain is what I felt. I have spoken to some of my friends who are fitness freaks and they said that this applies to anyone and everyone who thinks of their fitness.

When I went for swimming, my body hurt for the starting few days, then it gave me a lot of results right from a proper body shape to high levels of confidence and positivity in any work I had on my plate.

For a while, I actually looked forward to exercising. I started respecting my body and in turn my body respected me.

The final result was that almost anyone I met only raved about how thin or how fit I was. I couldn’t stop blushing like a small kid as I’ve never heard these lines ever in my 23 years on earth. But all in all, it felt good.

 

  • Thomas Fuller says “Health is not valued till sickness comes”.

 

I’m sure many of you will agree with Thomas. I am a firm believer too. We don’t value our body in all honesty. We treat it like a dust bin or a waste disposable machine whose only task is to clear the waste. What we don’t know is that every action has an opposite or an equal reaction.

We eat all sorts of junk food, which in all honesty is good only for a while, not all the time. What happens when we turn 35+ is that we cannot eat almost anything. Doctors prohibit our eating habits to a bare minimum. Pills and injections take place of the junk food and you live your life in a way that you start hating it.

Let’s avoid this.

One friend of mine had given me the best tip in terms of being fit.

His name is Dwitiy. He said “Eat… But at proper times”.

I did the same thing. I ate. I ate good but at proper time.

Sure I did have an occasional pani puri or a samosa pav, but that was just once a week.

To diet doesn’t mean that you have to cut down on everything. You just make a list of things which you can reduce on. Follow it alongside a string of exercises and let’s talk after 2-3 months. You surely will see good results. You will like the “New You”.

 

So, this is what health means to me. A healthy being constitutes a healthy mind. You will have positivity and confidence always around you. Being healthy will never make you sad. You will smile.

Sunfeast agrees with me too. They understand our health concerns and our dietary needs. So they launched “Farmlite Cookies”. These cookies are made from a combination of wheat, oats, almonds/ raisins. They come in 2 variants i.e. “Oats & Almonds” and “Oats & Raisins”. The combinations make sure you get good taste too.

Also the individual packing of cookies in packet form makes sure you can snack in peace.

Sunfeast came ahead with the theme of “Fitness is fun”. There are around 8 videos which show people of different ages and their quest of staying healthy.

I liked almost all, but I choose to show you 3 videos which really left a mark on me.

 

  • Git Fit Soon Mamu – This is the best video in the entire playlist. The havaldar catches many people during his duty for various reasons, and some of them cannot pay the fine. When he looks at these young guys, he realizes how overweight these guys have become. He makes them exercise for a while and asks them to continue doing so. As if you don’t do it now, you’ll never do it tomorrow and never ever again.

 

  • Goodbye Bai – This is like the harsh reality of today’s life. We have become so over dependent on our domestic help, that if they don’t come for one day then the house looks like a public place filled with filth. The best part is that we would live with that filth because we are lazy and proud of it. It’s high time we show some efforts in cleaning our house, and guess what, that is also one form of an exercise. In the video, the family members put on some music and clean the house in style thereby understanding the value of fitness.

 

  • Homework kiya? – This is yet another astounding effort. The classic line we use “Main pehle pareshan tha” shows how being overweight for the man brought a lot of issues not only at work, but also at social gatherings and at home. His confidence was hit, but after making some efforts in exercising and helping in household chores he not only is lean, but also has his confidence boosted.

 

I would like to end this post with a quote.

Anne Wilson Schaef says “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”

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