The Abominable Bride!

Sherlock, I moustache you a question Watson your face? 

Note: Contains Spoiler!

This film is BBC’S holiday special in the Sherlock Holmes series. Fans have been waiting since two long years for the fourth season. Since every episode is almost like a film BBC takes an unusually long time to produce them. Some fans including me have given up on this series though we were highly charmed when we saw them first. This episode in particular was released as a holiday special and it didn’t really further the story.

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Why Does Time Fly?

Why does time fly when you’re having fun?


‘Time’, ‘Thought’, ‘Boredom’ are synonymous. The boredom is excess of thoughts. Excess of thoughts not only kills your life force energy but also makes you feel ‘heaviness of passage of time’.


The reason why you feel this ‘slow passage of time’ mostly at times of distress and when you’re waiting is: you have too many thoughts triggered by the sensation of pain. In sleep, in coma, in meditation, your organism is using least number of resources and the number of thoughts are also less; therefore the time flies.

The Tao is empty!

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Tao Te Ching 4

The Tao is empty
When utilized, it is not filled up
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things

It blunts the sharpness
Unravels the knots
Dims the glare
Mixes the dusts

So indistinct! It seems to exist
I do not know whose offspring it is
Its image is the predecessor of the Emperor

Press It: Loved Reading These!

Press It

Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.

I have read a lot of blog posts in last week, but it is easiest to remember the ones you read recently so following three make my favorites list:

Daily Feline Prompt: Meow It!

An excerpt:

“I am still organising the statutes for the CCC (Creative Cat Club), although it seems that the Italian felines are now moving in which is not so good.”

“Do you have problems with Italian cats Tabby?”

“Not really, but Al Cattone is the leader and is boss of the Italian catafia. He says we must pay him protection tuna fish, otherwise he will set his gang on to us and infect our pawpads with a canine virus.”

“That does not sound so good Tabby.”

Why you would love reading it?

The author has a knack for converting every prompt into feline-verse with great humor. I have not read much fiction in my life but whatever I have read has made me feel that Carroll Lewis’ Alice in The Wonderland and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes From The Underground are the best forms for me. The Cat Chronicles belong to a class of a great Wonderland where you are inside the head of cheeky and carefree Tabby and her feline friends. I love reading posts on this blog and I feel if an anthology of stories is created out of all posts from this blog–I will never get bored of reading them because this is the type of fiction I love the most. To say this I must have read more fiction to compare it with other but sadly I haven’t and yet it appeals to me a great deal. Humor, fantasy and dissolving boundaries.

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Love

An excerpt:

The romance of travel can be highly over-rated. Having been traveling for years, it is not uncommon to find that you have left everyone behind, in the dust, as it were. When you visit home, you learn that the life you once knew has morphed, for you this happened seemingly overnight, for people there, over the years, into a place place unknown, and, worse, unfelt. Sure, you can find threads of yourself here and there in the warp and weave of the old streets and cafes, but your ghost has mostly been replaced by newer, more vibrant ones. For you, “there is no there there”, to quote Gertrude Stein.

Why you would love reading it?

Joanne is a traveller. She has not only travelled in the physical but also in the spiritual, in mind. As soon as I started reading this post I fell in love with it. I felt, as if, she was giving a voice to my feelings: only with an eloquence I might never have, had I tried. I am not a traveller, yet, in my early boyhood days I had a great yearning to go back to the roots: to those villages where I had spent a great amount of my infancy and early boyhood. When I went back to those places they were not to be found. They had disappeared–all that remained was their memories–haunting and nostalgic. But the places I had before my eyes were so different from what I had in my memory and imagination. I hope you would relate to this post and enjoy reading it as I did!

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The Vidya of Writing!

Note: This post was inspired by Pam Christ‘s post on Alumni Forum

When asked about tips for writing great poet, lyricist and writer Gulzar who has contributed a lot to Indian cinema said: 

karte ki vidya hai, karne se aati hai.

Those words have been etched in my memory since I read them first. They roughly translate as–this is the art of doing it comes by doing.

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What touched me in particular about his advice was the simplicity and efficacy of the suggestion. The emphasis is on doing. I feel most of the critical suggestions, whether they come from inside or out, become obstacles in learning a craft and improving creativity if they shut you down from ‘doing.’ Doing is so important for creativity. All suggestions are useful unless they stop you from doing. There is no such thing as overdoing in art. You will never get worn out by working hard on something you love and are passionate about. In fact, if you have to use words like ‘hard work'( and it might sound as impolite to some craftsmen but I must say) and struggling for something–you are in a wrong field and not listening to your inner voice.

Taking a break or creating spaces between doing should not be confused from not doing. Not doing is being too critical of oneself or the creative process. Too many voices telling you this won’t work all the time are not good for creativity. Some anxiety is good but most of it makes you so focused on results that you stop enjoying the process and it’s the biggest mistake to put all the stakes on destination. All that you do to support your craft is helpful but it’s not same as non-doing.

Cease learning, no more worries!

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Tao Te Ching 20

Cease learning, no more worries
Respectful response and scornful response
How much is the difference?
Goodness and evil
How much do they differ?
What the people fear, I cannot be unafraid

So desolate! How limitless it is!
The people are excited
As if enjoying a great feast
As if climbing up to the terrace in spring
I alone am quiet and uninvolved
Like an infant not yet smiling
So weary, like having no place to return
The people all have surplus
While I alone seem lacking
I have the heart of a fool indeed – so ignorant!
Ordinary people are bright
I alone am muddled
Ordinary people are scrutinizing
I alone am obtuse
Such tranquility, like the ocean
Such high wind, as if without limits

The people all have goals
And I alone am stubborn and lowly
I alone am different from them
And value the nourishing mother

Kundalini: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

The term Kundalini comes from Kunda, which means a circular object. Usually Kunda is used for artificial water bodies which are circular in shape. They are small ponds. Kundal is a term evolved from Kunda and it simply means circular shaped amulets worn in ears or around wrists. The suffix ‘ini’ is used for feminine things–so Kundal and ini make Kundalini. It generally stands for a feminine natural force which is mysterious and circular in shape and resides at the base of spine in every human being.

The yogic lore is full of hymns addressed to this mysterious force. Russian mystic George Gurdjieff used to say that this tool was put as a buffer in the ancient man and it makes humans fulfil their desires via dreams and imaginations instead of actualizing them in reality–but later on it was removed from the design and still people imagine it to be there. He called it Kundabuffer because it was needed to absorb the shocks which would otherwise damage the human system and wake him up from the deep slumber he always stays in. Gurdjieff was a strange man and his ideas are not easily understood, yet they have some truth.

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Music Monday Challenge 6!

I am taking Music Monday challenge hosted by Kat at OH, Hello!

The rules are simple:

 

  • Create a post featuring music you want to share every Mondays
  • Share your favorite music with me by giving me(Kat) a pingback
  • Or if you are feeling extra lazy, just comment below with your song choice…but don’t be lazy!
  • Share everywhere by using the hashtag #MusicMondays and by following the tag Music Mondays on your readers
  • This is a week long event and I would love to see your music suggestions even if it’s not Monday!

 

Goriya Kahan Tera Desh

[ I am sorry, since new post editor doesn’t support embedding video, you need to click on the link above to listen the song and watch the video. Thanks.]

 

This week’s song :

Movie: Caravan
Music Director: R D Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Asha Bhosle , Mohammed Rafi

 

 

 

3 Days 3 Quotes, Round 2, Day 3!

Vincent Wambua has nominated me for this challenge.Vincent is an inspiring blogger. He writes beautiful poetry and shares ideas which help you achieve success. I recommend you to visit his blog and follow him!

Challenge’s rules:

 

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Today I am choosing  Kabir‘s quotes:

 

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The Blogger Recognition Award Round Seven!

Henry at Personal Blog of Henry Jones nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I most humbly thank him for this act of kindness. He is a friendly blogger and I recommend you to visit his blog and follow him. We met in the Blogging University during Blogging 101 course.

Rules For This Award:

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