Thursday, July 18, 2019

30 Rules of a Gentleman as collated by Raghudon

  1. Never shake a man's hand sitting down.
  2. Don't enter a pool by the stairs.
  3. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
  4. Request the late check-out.
  5. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
  6. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
  7. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
  8. Play with passion or not at all…
  9. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
  10. Don't let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
  11. If you need music on the beach, you're missing the point.
  12. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
  13. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
  14. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
  15. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
  16. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
  17. Never turn down a breath mint.
  18. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
  19. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
  20. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
  21. Eat lunch with the new kid.
  22. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
  23. Ask your mom to play. She won't let you win.
  24. Manners maketh the man.
  25. Give credit. Take the blame.
  26. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
  27. Write down your dreams.
  28. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).
  29. Be confident and humble at the same time.
  30. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you





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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Matrix the Movie

BTW the movie Matrix
Has completed 20 years 🙂🙂🙂 it was released in 1999.
Raghudon acknowledges this movie to be more than entertainment. It is a legend. 

I remember watching it like Alice in a rabbit hole. I remember watching the movie at least 50 times. And being amazed by it each time. 
This was the first time the movie mixed action, thought, philosophy as well as fundamentals from bhagwad Gita..... 
There are times we feel we are inside the Matrix. 
Matrix = sab maaya hain 
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FUNDAS OF THE MOVIE FUELED BY ETHYL Alcohol to fuel the intense thought and possibilities. 


It's been 20 years since we entered the Matrix, taking the red pill and seeing how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Two decades have passed since the Wachowskis introduced us to bullet time, gravity-defying stunts unlike anything seen before, slick cyberpunk fashion and Keanu Reeves' kick-ass hacker hero Neo.

I still don't know if I'm in the Matrix right now, the film left me questioning the very reality I live in.

Going to the theatre on one afternoon, The Matrix blew me away, and I will never forget the experience of watching it for the very first time.

With no idea what to expect, as the green coding appeared on the screen, narrated by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Cypher's (Joe Pantoliano) conversation about Morpheus (Laurence Fishbourne) and The One, I became instantly intrigued.

Cutting to a dingy room where numerous police officers are surrounding Trinity, she jumps into action, running up the walls in her iconic black PVC bodysuit.

Time slows down as the camera circles around Trinity while she is poised in mid-air, ready to kick some ass using martial arts.

As the scene reaches its climax, Trinity makes a gravity defying jump over to another building, before sprinting to a phone booth, answering the ringing phone just as a truck crashes into the glass.

It's an impressive opening scene, and the film continued to be extraordinary, leaving me in awe as the credits rolled.

However, The Matrix didn't just impress me and millions of others, it changed cinema forever, having a profound impact on the future of the industry.

Not only did it change the way Hollywood movies were made and become entrenched in pop culture, but it influenced numerous other blockbusters including Kill BillInception and Minority Report.

While countless other action films had come before, The Matrix acted as a turning point for the genre, adding philosophy into the mix.

The Matrix is undoubtedly an action movie, but it challenges audiences with its thought-provoking plot, referencing numerous philosophical themes such as existentialism and nihilism.

For example, when Morpheus introduces Neo to The Construct, essentially a virtual space created to run simulations, the hacker rubs his hand along a chair asking 'this isn't real?'

Morpheus replies:

What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste, and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Questions like 'what is real' hadn't really been asked before in action movies, yet the philosophical themes seamlessly worked alongside the fight sequences, adding depth and profundity.

Although directors like Christopher Nolan are now praised for making commercially successful action-filled blockbusters which also challenge our brains, the Wachowskis did it first in 1999.

20 years on audiences are still discussing the ideas and questions raised by The Matrix.

The Matrix also changed the way action sequences were handled by Hollywood, popularising the special effect known as bullet time.

The most iconic scene in the film uses this technique, leaving us stunned as Neo dodges an enemy's gunfire, weaving his body around the bullets.

As the agent open fires on the hero the camera slows right down, circling round Neo and the bullets, both of which appear to be defying gravity, almost frozen in mid-air.

It's no wonder the Wachowskis used the bullet time effect throughout The Matrix. Visually impressive, the film and technique are now inextricably linked.

Influenced by The Matrix, other movies, television programmes and video games also put to use bullet time in the years following, and now we are arguably so used to seeing the special effect on our screens, we don't pay it any notice.

Before the Wachowskis introduced bullet time to Hollywood it had only previously been seen in Eastern cinema, most notably martial arts films and Japanese anime.

The Wachowskis were admirers of Asian cinema and for The Matrix drew inspiration from fight choreography used in films like Fist of Legend.

They hired Fist of Legend's stunt choreographer Yuen Woo-ping for the film, letting him train the actors and performers for six months before shooting began, a level of preparation which was new at the time for an American action movie.

Incorporating martial arts and wire-fu into The Matrix's fight sequences, Woo-ping and the Wachowskis introduced a new way of choreographing action to Hollywood, which in turn wowed audiences with the balletic and visually staggering scenes.

When audiences were first amazed by The Matrix in 1999, it was clear action films would never be the same again but for those working on the film, this became obvious when the cameras started rolling.

Reeves' stunt double Chad Stahelski, who is now best known for directing the hit John Wickseries, admitted in an interview with The Vulture when he was given the script for The Matrix he thought to himself 'how the fuck are we gonna do this?'

However, when he filmed his first scene, the shootout in the lobby, Stahelski realised he was a part of something very special:

After that scene finished, I remember calling everybody back in the States and just going, 'Yeah, this is gonna be something different. This is real stuff.'

The Matrix literally transformed the industry. Back in the day, fight scenes were secondary to car chases and horse chases and helicopter chases and motorboat chases.

The Matrix revolutionized that. Today, action movies want their big sequences designed around the fights. Think of any action movie in the past decade or so that doesn't have a bitchin' fight scene. The Matrix said, 'Look what you can do with your heroes.'

Now, what does every great Marvel movie have? Whether it's flying or in spaceships or in boats or in airplanes and so forth, they want action design centered around fight scenes.

The Matrix has stood the test of time for numerous reasons, and the fact it changed cinema forever is one of them.

When you next watch it then, think about the impact it had on Hollywood, and everything we wouldn't have without it, such as the John Wick series and Nolan's intellectual blockbusters.

The impact The Matrix had really is as mind-blowing as the film itself.

Let's just forget those sequels though…






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Monday, June 10, 2019

Validation for self from others

How many times have you waited for someone to reply to the message you wrote, but never received it? 

How many times have you dressed up for someone, waiting to hear from them that you're beautiful? 

How many times have you waited for someone's call, so that they make you feel happy? 

How many times have you waited for someone to appreciate the work you're doing, so it's easier for you to continue doing it? 

With the reply that never came, the compliment you didn't hear, the phone call that wasn't intended, and the appreciation that was held back – you and I, we lost our self-worth. 

Since kindergarten, we began to associate our self-worth with the golden stars our teachers gave us. 
By middle school, this turned into how popular people thought we were and by college, we were living on the compliments we received, and the number of people who praised us. 

And till today, we think that our worth is determined by the way others perceive us. Thus, we want our boss to happy with our work, we want our partners to constantly praise us, we want to be noticed, and we want to be appreciated. 

Slowly, and gradually, this will harm us. Seeking approval and validation from others will change into a permanent, life-long struggle if we don't start believing in ourselves. 

Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself – carefully. Speak to your reflection. 

Tell your reflection you are beautiful, you are strong. Tell your reflection that you appreciate yourself, that you love yourself, that you want to make yourself happy. Tell your reflection that you'll be there for yourself.

Because, sooner or later, you will realize that there is no one who will always be there for you, there is no one who can constantly praise you, appreciate you, and keep you happy. That is your job. And that job begins by believing that you can. 👍🏼


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Friday, May 03, 2019

Indian elections

Here is a beautiful article from New York Times.While many of our own papers and tv channels deplore India, here is a view from 

THE INDIAN ELECTIONS - NEW YORK TIMES
 
It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse & democratic ethos, where 700  million + of humanity vote, providing their  small part in directing their ancient civilization into the future.
 
It is no less impressive when done in a neighborhood which includes de-stabilizing & violent Pakistan, China, and Burma.
 
It's challenges are immense, more so probably  than anywhere else, particularly in  development & fending off terrorism -- but considering these challenges & its neighbors, it is even more astounding that the most diverse nation on Earth, with hundreds of languages, all religions & cultures, is not only surviving, but thriving.
 
The nation: 

where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism were born, 

which is the second largest Muslim nation on Earth;
where Christianity has existed for 2000 years;

where the oldest Jewish synagogues & Jewish communities have resided since the Romans burnt their 2nd temple; 

where the Dalai Lama & the Tibetan government in exile reside; 

where the Zoroastrians from Persia have thrived since being thrown out of their ancient homeland; 

where Armenians, Syrians & many others have come to live;  where the Paris-based OECD said was the largest economy on Earth for 1500 of the last 2000 years, including the 2nd largest, only 200 years ago;

where 3 Muslim Presidents have been elected, 

where a Sikh was Prime Minister & the head of the ruling party a Catholic Italian woman, 

where the past President was also a woman, succeeding a Muslim President who as a rocket scientist is a hero in the nation; 

where a booming economy is lifting 40 million out of poverty each year & is expected to have the majority of its population in the middle class already, equal to the entire US population, by 2025;

where its optimism & vibrancy is manifested in its movies, arts, economic growth & voting, despite all the incredible challenges & hardships; 

where all the great powers are vying for influence, as it itself finds its place in the world. 

Where all of this is happening, is India and as greater than 1/10th of humanity gets ready to vote, it is an inspiration to the entire World.
 
— V Mitchell, New York, NY





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Monday, April 22, 2019

How to Defeat the Demons of Negativity

Reposting an interesting article that Raghudon loved reading!

Illustration by John P. WeissLife

The other day I was in a grocery store line. There was an elderly man ahead of me, interacting with the cashier. They were sorting out a price check. The cashier was being patient and kind with the old gentleman, treating him the way we'd like to be treated.

Behind me in line stood a man and a woman. The woman muttered under her breath, "Every time! This happens every time!" Clearly, she was feeling impatient about the old man holding up the line.

I listened to the old gentleman, who was gracious and jovial with the cashier, while the impatient woman behind me sighed and fidgeted with her cell phone.

Beyond the cashier, I observed the hurly-burly of afternoon shoppers around us. Carts filled with every imaginable item, from juices and breads to lotions and paper towels. Just about anything you needed you could find in the grocery store. An embarrassment of choices.

My turn came up. I greeted the cashier, helped bag my items, and was on my way. As I approached my vehicle, I held up my key fob and clicked to unlock the doors. I unloaded my groceries and started to push the cart I was using to the nearby collection stall. Just then a young grocery store employee said, "Oh, here, I'll take care of that for you." I thanked her and slid into my car.

I pressed the ignition button and my car started, just like it always does. I clicked on my music, and without fail it began playing the soothing piano music of Joep Beving.

I took a deep breath and sat back, thinking about the impatient woman in line.

Petty inconveniences

Why are we like that? What do we default to negativity so quickly? If the woman was honest with herself, she'd admit that delays in the check stand aisle don't happen "every time." In fact, most of the time she probably moves right along and pays for her things.

Why not recognize how much stuff goes right in our lives? Every single day.

Almost without fail, grocery stores stock the things we need. Cashiers conduct pleasant transactions and help bag our goods. Our cars nearly always start. Music plays without fail. Thousands of planes take off and land without incident daily.

It seems to be human nature to find the negative. To complain and gripe about petty inconveniences. Yet we fail to appreciate the multitude of things that consistently go right in our lives.

Reacquaint myself with gratitude

I'm not perfect. I've had my days, too. When the old guy in front of me is driving like a sloth. Usually when I have to catch a flight or running late to an appointment.

So, I'm trying to reacquaint myself with gratitude. Thankfulness for all the things that go right in my life. From my health to the car starting to the licks of love my dogs give me every day.

Instead of fixating on negative comments from readers, I focus on the many positive remarks. Rather than lament the broken gate latch, I celebrate how well everything else works in my home.

Yes, sometimes bad stuff happens. The trick is to not let it drag you down. Embrace gratitude for all the things that go right in your life, every day.

Doing so will lift your spirit, and help you defeat the demons of negativity.

Before you go

I'm John P. Weiss. I draw, paint, and write about life. Come follow along here.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Thought for the day #raghudonspeaks

Be more Concerned with *Your Character than with Your Reputation.*

*Your Character is what You Really Are,* 

while

*Your Reputation is merely what Others Think You Are..*

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

#raghudonapeaks - Happiness what does it mean?

Recently Raghudon was having a moment of self talk and gself thought.... I remembered a line from one of my favorite books.   
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. "The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there." "When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion."
OK, forget about the religion part... I got thinking about Happiness. 

It's seen that most of our lives aims we want to be happy, but never. The below ramblings are just thoughts in motion in that direction. 

What's your definition of happiness? Research in the field of positive psychology and happiness often define a happy person as someone who experiences frequent positive emotions, such as joy, interest, and pride, and infrequent (though not absent) negative emotions, such as sadness, anxiety and anger (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005). Happiness has also been said to relate to life satisfaction, appreciation of life, moments of pleasure, but overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions.

The key to these definitions is that positive emotions do not indicate the absence of negative emotions. A "happy person" experiences the spectrum of emotions just like anybody else, but the frequency by which they experience the negative ones may differ. It could be that "happy people" don't experience as much negative emotion because they process it differently or they may find meaning in a way others have not. In fact, using the phrase "happy person" is probably incorrect because it assumes that they are naturally happy or that positive things happen to them more often. Nobody is immune to life's stressors, but the question is whether you see those stressors as moments of opposition or moments of opportunity.

Regardless of where you are on the happiness spectrum, each person has their own way of defining happiness. Philosophers, actors, politicians, and everybody in between have all weighed in on their own view of happiness. Read some of our favorite definitions below and let us know what resonated with you. 

The ancient Greeks defined happiness as:

"Happiness is the joy that we feel when we're striving after our potential."

Shirley MacLaine, Academy Award winner, said:

"To be happy, you have to be willing to be compliant with not knowing."

Michael J. Fox said:

"My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations."


Gabrielle Bernstein, author, said:

"Choosing happiness is the path of least resistance."

Aristotle said:

"Happiness is a state of activity."

Dr. Shefali Tsabary, psychologist and author, said:

"Only when we fill our own need and feel satiated from within can we truly be fulfilled and happy."

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

"Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others."

What's great about all these definitions is that commonalities start emerging. Shirley MacLaine and Michael J. Fox tell us to accept life's situations and to accept uncertainty as a natural part of life. And the greater we are able to do that, the greater we can lean into happiness. Mastin Kipp tells us it's ok to not strive to be happy, but accept whatever we're feeling. He hints at an important concept, which is that we so often try to fix things and get to be "happy" or "at peace" or "over a situation," but sometimes we need to acknowledge what we're feeling (whatever that is). What you often find is that acknowledgement will allow you to move into the "happy space" more quickly because your emotions aren't trying to get your attention. Your emotions aren't screaming at you, telling you that you're sad or angry. You've already begun the work of processing it.

So now it's your turn to begin finding the happiness in you. What brings you joy? Maybe it's a night in watching TV. Maybe it's a night out at a new restaurant in town. Maybe it's staying up late watching a movie with your significant other. Maybe it depends on your mood. Wherever your happiness resides, go enjoy it. And tell us which of these definitions of happiness resonated with you most





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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Only Thing We Control Is Our Reaction

External events do not harm us — only our responses to them can

It may sound counterintuitive — "of course external events can harm us!" we might protest, "I can get hit by a bus, or my partner might leave me!"

But the reality is that the story doesn't actually end with the external occurrence, even though so many people think it does. We perceive and talk about these events as though they are the defining moment, and sort of gloss over everything available to us afterwards.

These events only have the power that we choose to give them. They only destroy us because we think they are destructive, and allow them to run our lives.

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said,

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

And the same is true with anything external — not just other people.

If our judgement about any event is that it is horrible, then we allow ourselves to dwell in the belief that we are far worse off if they happen. But if we strip external events of their power, and reclaim our internal power to decide, gage, and assign value, we maintain control of our lives — and happiness.

Because our internal judgements are independent of external events, the occurrence of a bad event does not necessarily have to result in sadness.

If we lose something dear to us and get down ourselves, the problem is not the loss, but our outlook on it.

Life results in loss. Loss will happen. It's part of being alive. And while loss looks different from person to person and we may experience different things, to go through life allowing anyloss to bully us or push us around emotionally in any direction that it chooses is to surrender our control — and wellbeing.

We assign to much power to internal emotions as well

And not nearly enough to reason and balance; to reclaiming control rather than allowing ourselves to be rocked by what we feel.

Roman politician and lawyer Cicero said,

"When misfortunes appear on the horizon, we exaggerate then once more, because of the pain they are causing us. These feelings compel us to put blame on the circumstances when what we ought to be blaming is a deficiency in our own character."

Obviously, most of us are not immune to external events. Most of us are going to feel negative emotions — anger, sadness, heartbreak, etc. — over negative things happening.

But recognizing that there is an inner core that is free no matter the circumstances, and recognizing that our mindset is not at the mercy of external events — or our immediate emotional response to it — but rather something that is under our own control can go a long way in fostering a healthier, happier outlook.

And it can help us maintain emotional wellbeing when things do go wrong — which they will.

All of us will experience setbacks and loss. But it is only our assessment of the loss and how much power we choose to give it, especially through emotion — that makes us sad. And our wellbeing, conversely, is also entirely in our own control — should we only choose.



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