New You!!!

As the new year’s bell rings hard on every ear, as the new year’s colors shine bright in every eye, as the new year’s resolutions flurry in the air – its high time we realize that these are mere short term and impermanent in nature. These are all non-living things happening to a living you and nothing else.

What we must resolve for on a new year is to become our newer self. We must work towards and look forward to welcoming our newer self rather than looking for new temporary solutions.

How do we do that?

It’s not that straight forward or easy. But, worthy thing do not come easy in our lives isnt it?. Hence, on this occasion of new year, let us work upon ourselves and remove all the toxins from our lives. Few simple majors which can be taken are:

  • Do not get into unending/worthless arguments/debates. Rather put that time and energy onto doing something productive or something that makes you more happier.
  • Give wings to positive and energetic thoughts rather than stale, outdated, hackneyed, moribund, outlived, cumbersome thoughts and memories.
  • Fill yourselves with new ideas, try to out do your own performance and excel.
  • Learn to forgive quickly but dont forget the lessons learned.
  • Love more. World is love deprived, so you do your genuine bit please.
  • Visit new places, undertake adventures, meet new people, share ideas.
  • Keep yourself always fresh and healthy.

Lastly, know that life is always going to be both honey sweet as well as lemon sour. There will be ups and downs, some moments anticipated and some surprises; whatever life has to shower onto you – embrace it with all your might and keep living/loving your life/yourself.

You are awesome. You are living. You are alive.

So here’s wishing each one of you a HAPPY NEW YOU !!!

Noor E Rishte

Anjana sa mod aa gaya

Daar har ore cha gaya

Pal bhar main jane kyun sab kho gaya

 

Saanse ruk si gayi

Waqt tham sa gaya

Pal bhar main jane kyun sab kho gaya

 

Khwab toot sare gaye

Rishte choot sare gaye

Pal bhar main jane kyun sab kho gaye

 

Aankhein naam ho gaye

Zubaan band ho gaye

Pal bhar main jane kyun sab kho gaye

 

$haitaaniyan

Kaha choot gayi woh shaitaaniyan,

College mein thi jo sikhi woh shaitaaniyan

Baaton mein jo thi ghulti woh shaitaaniyan
Mumma se jo kabhi na chuppti woh shaitaaniyan
Maan ko joh thi tatolti woh shaitaaniyan
Sabko joh thi bhati woh shaitaaniyan
Dil ko joh thi behlati woh shaitaaniyan
Doston ko joh thi satati woh shaitaaniyan
Najaane kaha gum ho gayi aaj woh pyarri Shaitaaniyan…..

Wings to fly

As flower buds are meant to blossom
Indicates to us that its autumn
When birds do the sing
You can feel your heart go ding
Water that keeps flowing
Reminds us of a universal knowing
Flowers, Birds, Water – are here to tell us a tale
Which no ordinary can ever entail
Take your life for your own stroll
And not make it an audience poll
Your wings are meant for flying
Definitely not for mere dying
When you soar up high and look back
That’s when you shall realize what you had lacked

Fun Testing

Yes, testing is fun! Especially software testing, the fun is double 🙂

Having been bitten by the testing bug almost 3 yrs back, I still vividly remember the day I volunteered to step into the testing team from the development team to help my organization (and myself 😉 ) in testing and delivering a quality product.

The initial days went fine but soon the demon ‘Finish Testing Soon’ came harsh on us. I felt it was a major wrong decision of my life but as a Smart tester won’t raise the Red flag unless being double sure (about the bug); I too didn’t raise my Red flag then.

Thank Goodness that I didn’t raise the flag. Today I thoroughly enjoy my testing profession. There is so much to unlearn (because the technology and/or way of doing is changing) and learn (because learning to test every domain is never gonna end). And finding a good balance of learning and unlearning is what made me a FAN of TESTING.

Be it manual testing or automation, the thrill it brings with itself is above par. Be it finding bugs in your own automation code or finding in other’s (so-called) ‘Dev-tested’ code, the feeling of contentment and achievement in both the cases is Just Awesome! It’s like tasting the sweetest and hard-earned desert after having a lavish dinner. Yummmmm……

Oh, yes of course; certifications play an equally important role in letting others know what you already know. Having self jumped into the pool of testing, I knew certification can be a good swimsuit to wear and yet again, I self-taught myself the ISTQB syllabus and my my the feeling of getting certified through self-learning definitely taught me more than just the syllabus and it set me on the ‘learning boat’ with greater acceleration.

My endnote to all the awesome testers out there….know that you are in an awesome profession, doing a great job (onto yourself and to the wider community). So keep learning, exploring, testing, bugging 😉 , communicating and sharing with the wider testing community.

Cheers to all of us!!!

Childish or Childlike, which one are you?

Here’s to the saying “not every wandering mind is lost”, “not every stubborn child is bad”. The reason being the first category is a synonym for people with “childlike” innocence while the other category is a synonym for “childish”.

A child’s innocence is loved by all and cherished for years. Similarly, if an adult is seen to be enjoying a given situation with complete attention and innocence is no less than childlike innocence, which must be supported and cherished. But this world looks at things with a different eye. They think either the adult is faking the emotion or had gone insane…. But but but people….. Please understand nothing is wrong in living the given situation with a childlike innocence and loving and caring the other person with whole heart. It’s just called as being your true self while not letting the innocent mind be tamed by the cruel outside world.

Yes do understand that there is no harm in dancing to your favourite tune in the middle of the road (well as long as you don’t disturb others in any way), there is no harm in singing loud your crafted (non-rhythm) poem under the shower (while you have acquaintances at your place), there is no harm in lovingly eating your favourite (not so famous) dish in public ….. All these and many such situations are nothing but you being your true self and no else…. But alas wish this terrible world would understand this.

And just to add to your information, being childlike has other advantages too. Like curiously enquiring about things you don’t know, and people fall for answering to your innocent questions. It brings out the creative side of you because in this you aren’t worried about “what this world is thinking of you”, rather you are just being the creative you :). Many more advantages to list just in case sheer pure joy (of being childlike) isn’t motivating you enough!!!

So, now that you know being “childlike” is next to awesome, how do you now revert yourself back to those golden days? Well…..keep reading and hop onto a couple of solutions below and uncover the world in front of you with a new colorful eye……..But do bear in mind while you start a new “childlike” journey of yourself, this does not mean you are running away from your responsibilities and duties. You must definitely perform those duties and live those relationships but being more (childlike) humans rather than being robots.

A creativity call:

Whatever you are doing, just for a change think of how a child might have done the same task. Set your mind free to be creative enough with that task at hand and just don’t bother about the world or about the outcome of the task. Just set yourself free……the creative child inside of you will pop out by itself.

Play that skip:

Be energetic, be flexible. Go out, move that body, kick that ball, skip that dusty skipping rope, hop that frog jump………just do it………..trust me……….no one is watching 🙂 and the health n mind benefits from exercise is just amazing 🙂

Live the moment right:

Nah, don’t let yesterday’s talk clutter your mind or tomorrow’s meetings thoughts snuggle your sleep………learn to live in the moment and enjoy every second, every moment………..being in the present moment is all it takes 🙂

Say it loud:

You liked that hairstyle for that young lady? You admire that guy? You like your boss’s dress? You didn’t like her behavior? You want to see changes around you?……….then just say it, remember to say it loud but in a tone which is soothing and not hurting to anyone in any manner……….Say it for the saying reaches the deepest depth and the highest height if it’s both true and polite 🙂

“Benefit of doubt” time:

Aha……that young lad betrayed you and you know it………..yes, she ditched him and you saw it……….well………..come what may always give the opposite person the “benefit of doubt”, forgive them and move on. Because fitting the odd in finding the reasoning behind every such occurrence you encounter is nothing but a loss of your own precious “Me”/Childlike time which otherwise could be well utilized 🙂

Relaxing is the key:

Don’t stress yourself with anything and everything………you aren’t a machine to always be occupied with something or the other in your head………give your busy mind some rest, at times just don’t do anything………just absolutely nothing………..sit back………..relax………but be watchful about your relaxation though so you can feel the difference between a relaxed mind and occupied mind…………trust me relaxing will not only add to your health benefits but also make your mind capable enough to deal with the next big thing in just no time. And as the saying goes, “No time is waste of time”; and so is your relax time 😉

Cheers to all the lovely kids out there and here’s to the newest/possible/amazing journey of we adults to become and remain “Childlike” so that we can love and live a life which we just simply dream about.

Love to all the childlike people ❤

Right

Ohh dear heart, find me a place to hide
for I no longer can handle this tide

I only had wished to spread my wings wide
not knowing this world would take me as a kite
I am not weak nor anyone’s plight
I just can’t hold onto things which are not right
For me who knows no boundaries
why is this world so full of mysteries
Ohh my people, for you know not what is not right
let me help you set you on a path that’s bright
Run strong dear heart from dawn to dusk
for we got to celebrate life like a musk