Being Human

As you already know I moved to Gurgaon from hyderabad. The mind has a tendency to become too comfortable and attached to people and situations. Same thing happened with me.

First few days were difficult to go through here in gurgaon ๐Ÿ™‚ I realised I was caught up in habits , habits which were giving me pain (mental and physical) on being broken. Few of the publicly mentionable ones are as follows:

  1. South Indian Food: I was badly missing my Upma, Idly and Chutneys
  2. Family: Suddenly my parents and me became so busy , it happened such that I was not able to establish any contact with my mom, she was busy , or out of town, I really did not get to hear her voice and this really broke me down
  3. Washing clothes, folding clothes, doing the bed, washing utensils: These are things I pretty much took for granted at home .
  4. Eating alone: Being a new place I generally make friends very fast, mostly because I hate to eat alone and strike conversations over food with people. But here in Gurgaon this was just not happening . Inevitably I ended up having all three meals of the day alone.
  5. TV & Movies : Television was there but I did not have time to watch , and as shallow as it might appear, I do take my TV and bollywood time very seriously. Here there was no time to watch my serials, catch up on latest songs ( I dont like to watch these things on the internet somehow). Back home where the movie ticket was just 150 rs, I used to watch all the movies that had at least one good song, or my favourite actor/actress. Here in delhit he tickets started from a price range of 250-300 and went up to 1500 or more. This really pained my heart, I am in the process of making peace with these prices.
  6. My inner circle of freinds : Jayant Nasa (my late night dinner buddy), The kabras ( my daily night attendance place), The Srinivasans (My support system) , Sharanya (my finance discussion person). These are the people besides my family with whom I interacted on a daily basis . For various reasons all of them were busy at the same time.

These habit patterns broke and they made me feel so low for some time. I was even more strict with my meditations and satsang ( I hold on to these two things as my life jacket in tough situations) and somehow sailed through these situations.

With time the situation got worse, I was not liking my new job or people at the new job, the food situation necame worse , the movie ticket part I made peace with ๐Ÿ˜‰ , and started making new friends here instead of just holding on to hear from the old ones.

I thought that I can not keep crying like this any longer. Decided to change things that are not working , do some more meditation , attend some more satsang, looked for a new job, start cooking my own food, call people over once in a while and feed them tasty food, also I started teaching the art of living course here , that change a lot of things for me (both inside and outside).

So now I have a new job which is amazing. I have a group of some super cool new friends (kartik, mahika, pranjal, nitin, karan to name a few) who are very warm and sweet , I have started cooking my own food and it tastes amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ . After a few rough patches , life seems happy here in Gurgaon now.

Something that happened with me on the first day of office really struck me and is the reason I am writing this post.

So I joined this new office recently and the first day I reached a little early , no one was there yet except the caretaker Ram Avtaar. he has a very warm presence and a beautiful smile. He was going ahead with his usual tidying up the office for the day, I was sitting there waiting for my boss to come.

Ram Avtaar suddenly stopped all his work came to me and said ” Bhaiya aaj aapka pehla din hai office me? ”

I replied , “Haan”.

Then he asked ” Aap khush ho naa?”.

This questions really hit me. There was such a genuine and sincere vibe about his question. I replied “Haan Khush hu”

Since then I looked back and realised, the only way to genuinely be happy is to take care of people around you, if not anythign just ask them “Are you happy? What can I do for you?” I realised that the last two months all I was thinking about was myself, my life, my habits, my friends. I had stopped being there for peoplein this process. People are not in need of money, clothes, or food , they will appreciate it more if you give them love. Genuine unconditional love. and this is the quality which makes us human!!!

Love

Kulpreeth

P.S – Happy Raksha Bandhan ๐Ÿ™‚ May all of you be protected by the divine grace that runs this universe ๐Ÿ™‚ and also our cute and sweet sisters. Attached are some of the pics of my sisters ๐Ÿ˜‰

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There and Back again

Hi,

Back here again, I think it has become a pattern to come back here once in a while and promise you all that I will be regular with my posts and then again disappearย from the blogoshpere.

Well this time I am going to make no promises and break them, lets hope that I get time and awesome content to write and share with you all regularly and in the process keep this blog alive ๐Ÿ™‚

A quick update, did an art of living silence program after a long 2 years , and am brimming with enthusiasm and creativity. Keep watching this space for more ๐Ÿ™‚

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MY first Yes!+ in Hyderabad

So I left Chennai and migrated back home, the only prayer while leaving Chennai was to be more and more useful in making people happy and organise more of the art of living workshops to help the same cause.

Funda to get your wish fulfilled : “Make a wish, stop feeling anxious about will it get fulfilled or not, and work towards it “. This is exactly what happened with me.

I thought NIFT me course to hona chaayie yaar. Was planning how to make things happen there, and God sent this angel of a person Ramya di (recently married and migrated to hyderabad) . She was the driving force who got most of the things in place for the workshop to happen. To cut long things short here is a brief of how things happened and what came out of it . Read on

Ramya di, Riddhi bhabhi, Sneha Sethi, Ankur bhaiya (gave intro talks, followed up on registrations, closed the registrations, more or less coordinated stuff before the course actually began).

The magic that I got to see in this workshop was almost everyone working for the workshop had their own limitations (some in terms of time, some in terms of availability etc etc )

Ramya di : Shouldering responsibility of a home maker since the past 2 months

Riddhi bhabhi : Managing house, 3 year old baby, family etc

Sneha Sethi: Works like hell in Microsoft, was leaving for a business trip to the US when the course was supposed to begin.

Ankur bhaiya: Office timing 3 pm to 2 pm

Kulpreeth: Office timing 6 am to 3 pm.

Mitisha: Class, attendance, Projects etc

Jatin : Final year, looking for a good company to do a project in , classes etc

Sakshi: First year, Submissions, submissions, submissions

Everyone has their limitations but still everyone made time and made themselves available. It was team work, where each member of the team would come and do their part to keep the wheel rolling ๐Ÿ™‚

In the end the course began and everyone had done something or the other to make it happen ๐Ÿ™‚ End me sab khush.

 

The participants were a very dedicated lot, did everything sincerely, were very participative , Happiness was in the air from Day 1 of the workshop, really enjoyed these three days, got to meet some exceptionally talented people .

When I was in college, I used to often think, what am I here for on this planet, now when I see the smiling faces of people, who now have a way out of their problems, a place where they can come and let go off the worries, and ย most importantly a Guru in their life, my purpose on this planet becomes more and more clear ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Jai Guru Dev

Love

Kulpreeth

If you don’t mind , It doesn’t matter !!!

” You got out in a HOT sun which makes your skin feel like its just above a gas stove , you stop by a juice center and the juice man gives u 1.5 glass when you ask for 1 ”

“Catch an auto late in the night at 10:30 pm , the drunk auto driver drops you in the middle of a highway and just leaves ”

A flower seller lady who does not understand an ounce of what you speak and neither do you , goes out of her way to help you out all the while talking in her own language ๐Ÿ™‚

Few of the memorable moments of my first few weeks in Chennai are written above .My stay here will be close to 2 months in a few days, neither totally rosy-cozy nor fully torturous, my relocation here has been very much up-down-and-away, challenging me at various levels of the body,mind,intellect,ego etc .

In a place like Chennai where sweating is a natural phenomenon and having a beard and long hair doesn’t improve anything, I now appreciate my parents and my comfy home much much more than before.

On the plus side I’ve started earning some money and shamelessly spending it . I dont want to go on and on about various tragic/magic moments of my life here ( there are many in both categories ๐Ÿ˜€ ) . Some of my learnings I would definitely like to share here in this space :
1. Where ever you go, who ever you are, whatever it is that you do or don’t do . . . One place where you’ll definitely be taken care off is “The Art of Living “. Its a home away from home!
2. Gurudwara food is beyond awesome anywhere on the planet, I’ve had langar in a small town manipal gurudwara, in big posh golden temple, in an unexpected Chennai Gurudwara and never have I been let down in terms of the food served. I have taken a personal vow to find out authentic information about my religion ( look out for those blogposts in near future ) and also learn to speak Punjabi to the best of my ability.
3. Fully & partially attended three yes!+ courses here and learnt loads in the process.
4. I spend more on an auto ride than a dinner in little italy here. STRESS!!!
5. Starting to see how life works around a house, telephone bill, travel expenses, food expenses . I now see even a person travelling on a luna with one wife and kid with respect. It takes so much to take responsibility of our own life, invite a new person to share it (through marriage and not otherwise ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and then increase the size of responsibility by producing kid(s). This reality never struck me in my heavenly parental abode . It did now!
6. There are things money can’t buy, like joy, contentment etc . Sure shot formula to get these are sadhana, seva, satsang. All these after u have a Guru ( both of which I do have ) . So my basic ground state is happiness with little bit ( actually a lot ) of sunshine and tan . . .

P.S.- If you are thinking as to why did I name the post ” If you don’t mind it does not matter ” watch out for the next post!!!

Breathing and sweating
Kulpreeth

My Manipal :) Then and now :)

The first Yes!+ course after my TTC happened in manipal ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was from the feb 26th to march 3rd . To take a course in the place where I had started my volunteering and organizing was very special for me.Here is a picture of our first course we had in manipal :

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And this is the present day picture with new faces :

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Moment to moment was an experience … I got to co-teach with Tanu di ( she had also started teaching in manipal ๐Ÿ™‚ ). This is the photo of when tanu di was co-teaching her first course with priya di :

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She very nicely and gracefully guided me through and stayed with me all the time with a ever confident smile which said ” Dont worry … all will be fine ๐Ÿ™‚ ” . I could not have got a better person to start teaching with … She took care of me when I showed signs of nervousness , She guided me when I asked for it . I am at a serious failure of words to express how nicely she ย held my hand and walked me through these 6 days of the workshop . I will really cherish these 6 days spent with her ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a picture from the present day :

IMG_0177We got to spend a lot of time with volunteers , made some very awesome friends ( Sneha , Palash , Chacha , Nischay , Tajender, Siddharth , Prachi , Riddhi , Shrey , Harshpreet , Rubal ย  … we meditated together , ate together , one of the days we went on the beach and it was such a treat to meditate together ๐Ÿ™‚ also met Kathrin ๐Ÿ™‚ She bakes cakes and desserts in Cafe Vishala in our ashram .. She is from brazil and a lovely person to be around .

Kathrin is in the centre :)

All in all it felt really special to be able to be a facilitator for the Yes!+ course . Last day of the course I had tears seeing bright shining faces who were so grateful for what they have got from Guruji ๐Ÿ™‚ Its the best thing in this world ๐Ÿ™‚ Any job in the world can’t give you what being a Yes!+ facilitator does . I felt really special … REALLY SPECIAL !

Here are some photos of my first teaching experience ๐Ÿ™‚ ( the group photo is not yet there with me … Will put it up soon ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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There were people who were missed dearly , Priya Di , Tarun , Ashok Ji , Vini and many more ๐Ÿ™‚

With lots of love happiness and contentment

Kullu

Update 3

The confusion and self Doubt continued . Inside I was continously battling . One part of my mind wanted to cry , one part wanted to run away to some place far away where I do not need to worry about anything . Friends and well wishers and parents gave all sorts of suggestions , advises , but the uncomfortable feeling still stayed … I did not know where I was headed and what to do . Day by day the Feeling that ” I need to run away from all this , I don’t want to stay around anyone”ย was increasing . I was at loss of words to explain what I was going through , hence did not talk to anyone about it . But I knew one person who would understand and give a solution without my explaining much .

Without delay I was on the way to Bangalore to meet My Guru …I did not know what reason to give my parents and friends of going , my parents were undergoing their quota of stress because of my unemployment , there was a course which I was working for … Admist all this I still decided to go and meet Sri Sri .

I went and asked him . Guruji Should I do an IT job ( Something that my parents wanted me to do and I did not ) , or should I do Graphic Designing ( Something that I wanted to do ) or CST ( something that I was very good at but did not think upon it as a profession yet ) .

He told ” Karo Karo IT Job Karo ” . ( Do do an IT Job ) .

I immediately felt light and relaxed. I felt very confident about what Guruji chose for me and my life and was happy about it . The weight lifted and my smile back again .

I had to disobey some very close people to go to ashram and meet Guruji , at the same time my parents now respect Him a lot , for he told what they wanted (i.e. IT Job ) . I had this confidence that even though I dis obey , they will surely understand in time …

I felt very nice about having a living Guru who is so accessible and when in worry or doubt we can just go and talk to him . Only blessed people have a life like mine .

And now you can also ask him what ever you want , he is doing a Google Hangout tomorrow on the 26th of January … The details of which you can get here :

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/coba0vjo57hl8g0p5pb1r2in6ksย 

Lots of love

Still Materialistically un employed but without any doubts /confusion

Kulpreeth .

 

Update 2

Hi again ,

While I had stopped blogging in between thinking that there is nothing happening my life worth writing , here I sat two days ago writing the first blog post of this year promising that I will keep blogging regularly and today I want to write about how my day went :I

A little prologue :

Yesterday was a very happy day for me , 11th Jan 2009 was the day when I completed the Yes!+ course , was the day I first met My Guru H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his physical form and had a 2-3 min conversation with him , 11th Jan 2009 was the best day in my life ๐Ÿ™‚ . And 11th Jan 2013 was a little different from good . For the first time I went to give my condolences to a friend of mine who lost her mom the day before , I always thought that a house where person is dead and people are crying over the dead body is not a place I would like to be , and this was indeed the reality . I did not like to be there , and did not know what to do to help their remorse .

Then came the happy part where I took my second alpha CST session and some more things became clearer in the mind and the body .

Then at night I wanted to meet a friend of mine ( Vamsi anna ) . So plans were made to meet him and then I ended up in an innova going to a posh restaurant with him and two other friends , eating the world’s chilliest paneer possible and then on the way back I remembered , today is the day 4 years back when i first met my Guru and talked to him . I quietly smiled to myself and was trying to identify myself with the person I was in 2009 . I could not make a connection …

The 12th of JANUARY

I start my day with a CST bringing a smile on 5 people’s face ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I reach office and the new boss is already here ( the new boss came in two days ago ) . I go to my workstation and she shouts little bit about time management , Whole day she is every bit rude that she can be and her husband only adds to her glory .

Now in the afternoon they leave for lunch and the front office receptionist comes and tells ” The boss told to inform you that there are new designers he is getting from somewhere , who have more experience , so we have no requirement for you now . You don’t need to come from tuesday ” .

I take some time to take it in. I sms my best friend about it and now the mind starts running.

Why this is happening ? I joined the job only last week and am already kicked out of it . I was liking what I was doing , am I not good enough to continue this ? What will my parents say when they hear this . The old boss knew I had no experience in this field , so why hire me and then fire me ?

It was down right humiliating !!!

My head started to ache and I started to anticipate how I will tell it t my parents … I took few deep breaths and just sat for some time .

Then ย started to think of alternatives , of lies I will tell people , of any excuse I would give anyone about my unemployement ( yet again ) . But then I decided to be honest and tell people what happened honestly , as I had actually done nothing to lose the job .

I told myself to stop worrying and crying over it , I thought this is a small thing and it will be over soon , may be something good will come out of it . I will be thankful later that I lost the job. But the uncomfortable feeling was still there . I still remembered Guruji’s words that once you are meditating and are on the path only the best will come to you . So with this faith and belief I started to write this blog post as a way to let out my feelings to someone/something . I told my mom about it and she took it in a good stead …

The Yet again materialistically unemployed,

in confusion and doubt about myself

kullu ๐Ÿ™‚

Good night .

Update

Hi everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

First of all a very happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

Last year in January this time I was a virtual mess and had no idea where my life was supposed to go or what I was meant to do with it . I blamed it on teenage and just went with the flow doing what my heart said was right . (Advise for youth โ€ฆ donโ€™t apply your heart everywhere . It does help to use brain sometimes ) . As a result I had to go through many not so good things ( heart break , parents heart break, friends heart break, listening to words like Unemployed , marriage etc had becomeย  part and parcel of life) . The sad story ends here !!!

The good part about last year is as follows :

I have been associated with good company and good people ( something inevitable in art of living )

I have learnt something amazing called as Cranio Sacral Therapy which helps me to make peopleโ€™s life better ( health wise ) and in the process feel very good and get paid too !!!

I have broken the long ย frozen ice between myself and my parents which had made me free in more than one aspect and now there is more exchange of love and respect between us โ€ฆ

I have learnt to graphic design and now am an โ€˜EMPLOYEDโ€™ designer in an international company with a very local level pay !

One of the works that I like and want to share here is my business card :

My Business card
My Business card

The most important of all is that on Dec 23rd 2012 , I became a facilitator of the Art of Living foundation . I would not call this as a milestone in my life , it is the most cool thing that anyone can be on this planet at this time. People told me I looked different on the day I became a teacher ( I never understoodย  what did they see as different )ย , here is my picture of that day โ€ฆ

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so many things have happened last year and I have come to realize few things :

  1. How much ever you want something to happen ( like your boy/girlfriend saying yes for marriage , or your parents saying yes to buy you a new laptop ) . It will happen only and ONLY when the time comes โ€ฆ So it is a good idea not to get worked up if things are not working the way you want them to work .
  2. Whatever you do , people who have to stay in your life will stay ( how much ever you like them or not ) and people who have to go from your life will go ( how much every you like them or not ).ย  So allowing people to come into your life ( if they want to ) and giving them the freedom to go away ( if they want to ) , gave me a freedomย  . I do not know what terminology to give to it ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Assuming that the rice grains have feelings , while in a pressure cooker , the rice grains shout and groan on being cooked , where as the cook knows that the end result will be a softer and more welcoming rice grain ย which can satisfy the hunger of other people . so in case you are going through the down phase of your life know that you are in a pressure cooker and once the flame is down โ€ฆ ALL IS WELL !!!
  4. Never attempt to think that you know more than your guru ( that is if you have one ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย )

So This much for now ๐Ÿ™‚ I leave with a promise to be regularly blogging this year .

 

Lots of love

Kullu

Words , meaning , laughter !!!

The Yes!+ course in Vidya Nagar started yesterday.We started to work for this course from December 22nd 2011 .This course was scheduled to begin on 17th January, 2012 and due to various reasons it got postponed and finally started yesterday. There are 14 people on the workshop and a lot of things came up in me while I was working for the course. Its funny how things just go out of hand when you start arranging all the pieces of the jigsaw to make a beautiful picture.

At the end of everyday I sat on the bed and introspected, what did I do during the day, how did I make myself useful to others , have I done anything wrong during the day , how can I make myself better etc etc. Believe me it is not an easy task !!! There have been times when I was not aware of what I am talking , I also refused to listen to people and made them angry , I deliberately hurt them in many ways to let out my frustration , to put in a nutshell it was a roller coaster ride ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Introspection was the most difficult part of all. Finding something to criticize in others is a cakewalk for me ( hehe ), but finding something to criticize in my own actions was not a child’s play ( it was an undertaker play !!! ) . This introspection brought in such frustration in me , but frustration only lasted till I accepted it and did something about it. Till I accepted it,I was a volcano who would rarely explode on others but mostly I burned in my own lava of anger , dissappointment , pain . You’ll not believe , one morning I got up and went into my balcony and wrapped my face in my towel ( so others don’t hear me crying ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and just cried and cried to let out all that was there inside. Still I went through all of it ( *applauze* ) with a faith that may be at the end of it something good will happen to me or at least to someone else .

Then towards the end ( i.e. two three days before the course ) I started to observe a sense of peace and calm in me. Things were not happening on the outside but the effect that had on me from inside was improving drastically. People who tried to push my buttons lost miserably, I was just not responding to them like before. I kept a serious face in front of them but inside I was smiling ( yay !!! this is not shaking me as much as it did before I thought !!! ) . Slowly and gradually the volcano in me was becoming a fountain of joy ( What a line this is !!! I just came up with it … clap please !!! ) . Once I realized this I had so much fun doing everything . It was amazing. The fun inside manifested around me also. Yesterday after the course I had a laughter filled dinner with three yes!+ teachers two devas and one devi . We called random friends and told them deep knowledge on the phone as a result of which we were eating less and laughing more. Truly it is said that laughter is the best medicine ๐Ÿ˜€ . Looking back at all the volcanic activity in my mind I just laughed it out over food last night !!! and it felt really really good. Any amount of money cannot give this kind of feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ Its just a beautiful beautiful world is all I want to say and end this post !!!

 

P.S – ย If you are wondering why randomly the photos of three people find their place in this blogpost , then FYI they are the two devas and the devi I was talking about in the post.

Lots of love

Kulpreeth. ๐Ÿ™‚

The beginnings of manipal :)

I happened to listen to the experience shared by a friend of mine who very recently became an art of living teacher , his experience was full of gratitude for the people with whom his journey began and who helped him grow to be what he is right now . Also it is said that twice in a year you should review your past and see how you have grown. Once on Guru poornima and second time on Makar Sankranti. My review report mainly starts with 7 people ( Harsha , Ashok ji , Vini , sudeshna , Nivedita , Gireeshma , Rohit ) and is mainly filled with them more or less with few additions here and there . So I thought of writing about them here today ๐Ÿ™‚

Vini had freshly graduated from the teachers training course and used to stay 60 Kms away from Manipal . The first time I met her was for professional reasons ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย ( she came to take a follow up and I went to receive her ) . Little did I know that this one professional meeting was the beginnign to one of the most personal relationships of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ Like all the Yes!+ teachers she was beautifully dressed ( in white and blue ) , I went in a dirty blue short , yellow shirt and holding three big bags in my hand . I thought she would disapprove of me at the first sight , but her smile made me feel very much at home. She took the follow up and then bonded with all of us ( we were excatly 5 people at that time ). We were planning how to start the Yes!+ workshop in manipal , most of us had no idea about volunteering ( only 1 out of the 5 people had done some volunteering in their hometownย ) . We were a bunch of 5 people who had very deep love for guruji and somehow wanted to spread his knowledge in manipal . With this intention we had the first Yes!+ meeting in manipal . All of us were very new to each other but we bonded very well . That one meeting I will never forget ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank god we took a picture that day. Memorable times !!!

 The "First" meeting

We decided on the dates for the course and informed Vini . Since then began the Yes!+ manipal . While working for this course I used to bug Vini daily asking her every little detail about the course and how to do it. We had literally started it from the scratch and being the only boy in the group all the running around was obviously done by me ๐Ÿ™‚ None of us gave any intro talks for this course ( we did not know how to give them either ) . We just stuck posters and waited for people to come. Vini was very patient specially with me , there have been times when I have called her more than 15 times in 30 minutes . She would patiently cater to all my questions. I was such a feverish bee , I just wanted everything to be perfect. The day of the course arrived , 18 people registered . Till the day before the course we had no venue. The teacher Ashok ji ย was supposed to arrive the next day and we had no idea where we would be arranging for the course to happen. Then magically through some contact we got a big hall for 300 rs per day !!! everything was done for the course. Ashok ji had to arrrive one hour before the course and Vini was going to come from mangalore . All the five of us were very excited , except for Sudeshna none of us had any idea about what to do as a volunteer on the course. ย It was the first time Vini was taking the course and she was to assist ashok ji . Then one hour before the course Ashok ji says that his bus is late and Vini is going to take the first day of the course . I had full confidence in her and when she arrived for the course she had the same excitement that we had , we were volunteering for the first time and she was teaching for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚ The first day went on very very well. Vini was on top of the world after the course that day. Most of the time she was on the phone sharing her experience , getting feedback from her close friends . I could say that it was really a special day for her . So it was for me also as I got to meet Ashok Jiย ( he deserves a full fleged post which is on the way , will come out sometime in feb ) . The next 7 days of the course were the best ones in my life , organising that course was so much fun, more than anything all the 5 of us volunteers became very very close and that continues till date . the last two days we went to Goa . In the mean time we had found one more hard core Guru fan Rohitย  . He came just before the course started. By the end of the course he too became one of a very close companion to all of us ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of the many memorable moments of my journey in manipal are as follows :

1. Meeting Sudeshna at KC ( Kamath Circle ) , light drizzle , sweet , scared girl waiting for me on the road .

2. Everyday I would call Harsha and ask her ” Where are you ? Are you busy ? ” ย and everyday she will pick my call and tell me ” I am in the hospital Kulpreeth , BYE !!! ” No one … NO ONE has irritated her as much as I did in the 6-7 months that we were together in manipal. The best part is that she remembers it as a happy memory ๐Ÿ™‚

3. My bossy attitude adding flavours and chillies to the volunteer gang. ( I had become dominant and bossy as a volunteer ย for some time and hence few people had fights , tears etc etc ) – life is incomplete without emotional drama I say !!!

4. The dinners with harsha in parota point, where she sat exhausted after her hospital work and I sat exhausted with my engineering work , we both just ate, talked a little and left but it was so refreshing to just be there for someone and to know that someone is there for you and will help you when needed ๐Ÿ™‚

5. My foreign friends Ch Sai Kalyan Chakravarti and Tarun Reddy Who helped me from outside the country to go about working for the course.

6. Nivedita lamenting about her hectic schedules and we consoling her over food .

7. Rohit’s stone like face , he will smile only when you tell a guru story or tell Guruji’s name ๐Ÿ˜›

8. The every Sunday wait for Vini , if she will come to manipal to take the follow up or not.

9. The first satsang in manipal where I was made to sing with a sore throat ( I sounded like a toad who is trying to be a nightingale ).

10. Gireeshma and me having cold war with each other !!! Hillarious ๐Ÿ˜€

11. 11:30 pm , I am sitting with Harsha at an abandoned bus stop near her house , she sees a guy in the car and tells me to go and talk to him about the course . I ask why ? She says ” I have a crush on him , tell him about the course na ” . I ask her if she has even seen him properly , he looks so old . She says ” Who wants to marry him , its just a crush ” OM NAMAH SHIVAYA !!!

12. Sudeshna pouring her heart out about the one and more boys she has likely fallen in love with ๐Ÿ˜€

13. Rohit and sudeshna doing extra bonding and making me feel left out ( ย harsha had left manipal by this time , else I would fight back !!! )

14. 15 of us were supposed to go to bangalore ashram , we are standing at the bus stop in manipal and the bus is in front of us , I confuse it with another bus and tell everyone it is not our bus , The conductor is shouting his head out in kannada about 15 passengers who have not come . Then I go to show him the ticket ย , furious he just snatches the ticket out of my hand and leaves with all of us standing there. 15 of us race with him for 5 kms in 6 autos before he stops the bus and lets us in. Ha ha !!!

15. Priya di and Tanu di sweetly entering our ย family and making it grow phenominally ๐Ÿ™‚

16. Tanu di fresh from her TTC , came with priya di (to take her first course in manipal) telling priya di ” Priya you take the long kriya , I don’t know what will happen ” . Priya di replies with all the motherly affection she can muster ” Tanu I will give the pranayam counts and will take bhastrika , you just have to press the play button ” .

17. Guruji visiting us every year giving us extra special attention and time in and around the Udupi Krishna temple ๐Ÿ™‚

These are few of the many many things that I got to learn during my time in manipal . All of us have grown a lot with time. The progress report stands as follows :

Ashok ji has been made a TTC teacher ( means he makes teachers now ) , he now teaches yes!+ , basic course , TTC and is also the state co-ordinator for karnataka .

Vini is married and now lives thousands of kilometres away in America ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . She has done blessings course and Guru Pooja Phase 1 ( I have no idea why I am mentioning this ). ๐Ÿ™‚

Priya Di continues to bring many many people into the knowledge , her aura has spread to VIT , BITS hyd , ย Chennai , Baroda and she might be sent to manipur and those east places to start Yes!+ there ๐Ÿ™‚ Her growth is just beyond any boundary!!!

Tanu Di is incharge of Bawa’s kitchen most of the time , she takes care of Bawa and Dinesh bhaiya full time . She is going to get married to JD bhaiya ( anything about Yes!+ you want to do has to go through him , he heads the WAYE office ).

Ch Sai Kalyan Chakravartiย  runs a dance school where he teaches hip hop and bollywood dance in america , he also teaches martial arts ย . He has completed his TTC in america and teaches the Yes!+ course there .

Tarun Reddy has just graduated from the TTC and is now a facilitator for the Yes!+ and part 1 workshops of the art of living.

Harshaย was the first one to leave and she worked for AIIMS in delhi for a year , now she is a Masters student in Harvard university , she also lives in america ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . She has applied for TTC but could not go because of her america plan . She has also done a blessings course.

Sudeshna has become a super hot journalist and works with the postnoon , daily grilling out hot hot stories for all of us to read ๐Ÿ™‚

Nivedita works as a physio therapist in nanavati hospital in bombay and also pursuing her masters in the same hospital.

Gireeshma is still in manipal completing her education.

Rohit Shah now lives in america and is completing his engineering there. He plans to do the next TTC that is happening in Argentina ๐Ÿ™‚

Kulpreeth Singh is awating his results of the CEED exam, after that he will decide the course of action for his life .

All of you who met me in manipal , now we live like very far apart , but the time spent with you all was truly memorable and you all played a very major role in my growth till now. The places where we live might have changed , the people we spend time with might have changed , we might not talk so much to each other so often now. But whenever I will be told to look back and see how I have grown and how my journey has been , without any doubt ย you all will come in my mind ๐Ÿ™‚

DISCLAIMER : There are many many names who I have not mentioned in this post , pardon me for that , I had to keep my attention to the most important things/people , else the post would be very very long.

Lots of love

Kulpreeth.