Awestruck by e-learning, Once again !

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Elearning always amazes me and this time, I am bowled over by the plethora of skills that we can learn online.

One week back, my daughter joined  Bharatanyam(an Indian Classical Dance) class. The class is for one hour once a week and her teacher suggested the students to practice what she taught . I know nothing about that dance. I had just enrolled my daughter in the class because the class was offered next door and my daughter needed some physical exercise after staying at school for several hours. When I asked my daughter to practice her steps at home, she stared blankly at my face. I was worried how will I guide my daughter when I don’t even know about that dance. Continue reading

Grab my book for free in the next 3 days

Yes. You heard it right. My debut book, a nonfiction self-help bookCtrl+Alt+Del(Transform your problems into accomplishments) is on a promotional offer for the next 3 days (From July 29th to 31st). Grab your copy NOW. I’m eager to hear your feedback 🙂

 

Here is a blurb of my book:

Are you going through a tough phase of life? Are you Stressed out? Are you worried?

Then, this book is for you.

When a computer is not responding, what do we do? We press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Similarly when your life is going nowhere, then do a Ctrl+Alt+Del.  It is a 3 step process where you move from Controlling your emotions to Altering your perception to Deleting the problem.

This book contains the details of the Ctrl+Alt+Del process with simple practical tips to deal with any tough situation in life. It alters your perception of life and motivates you to get the best out of your life. You can thrive in your life irrespective of your current situation. However tough your situations may be, as you begin looking at the positive aspects of your life, you will not only begin to appreciate your life, but you will also find a way to emerge as a winner.

I have transformed my problems into accomplishments using Ctrl+Alt+Del. I hope you too will.

 

In conversation with Jahnavi Chintakunta – Author of Ctrl+Alt+Del

Arpita, the author of ‘Bound by life‘, fellow blogger and a writer I admire,  has featured my book on her blog. Do check it out.

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Jahnavi Chintakunta is author of non-fiction self-help book, Ctrl+Alt+Del (Transform your problems into accomplishments). In this interview she tells us how being a Toastmaster led her to write the book and discusses what sets her book apart from other books in the genre.

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Ctrl+Alt+Del on Kindle! It will be available for free on Amazon from July 29th through July 31st. You may also follow Jahnavi on her blog, Recharge your day and her Facebook page.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Jahnavi.  I am an electrical engineer turned software engineer turned author. My electrical engineering career was born out of necessity, and the following transformation to software engineer happened owing to the IT boom. Circumstances and luck played a role in both these cases. However, the transition to author was born of out of a choice to reinvent myself.
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A remarkable quote that changed my life

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Did a quote influence you so much that it changed your mindset?

Is there any philosophy that is at the core of your every decision?

Well, I have one. A quote from the legendary Steve jobs’ commencement address at the Standford University in 2005 resonates in my mind every day.

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

From the past few years, I made some major decisions that were inspired by the above words. This sense of mortality questioned the purpose of my existence.

If I were to die today, what will be my contribution to this world? Will I perish away unremembered?. Continue reading

3 Tips to meet your writing goals

You have set your writing goals. You have the topics ready for your blog.

Still, did you miss your writing schedule? Did you get busy with some other activities in your life and couldn’t write?

It happened to me:-(

When I took Blogging101 course, I had the following writing goals:

1. Write 3 posts every week.

2. Spend one hour each week to read others’ blogs.

3. Create an editorial calendar for the coming month.

I followed them diligently for 1 month and then, slipped into lethargy:-(

Today, the first day in Blogging 201, I realized I should get back to my writing goals.

I came up with a few suggestions to myself and to all those have trouble sticking with their writing schedules.

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‘Forgive’ because ..

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Global Forgiveness day is on July 7th 2015. I don’t have many details about how this day originated or how it is celebrated but lately, I realized the importance of forgiveness.

Few weeks ago, me and my close friend were in a strong disagreement over one particular issue. We each had our own opinions and we were not willing to accept each other’s view. We exchanged tough words and stopped talking to each other. During that period, I was not able to concentrate on my work; I lost my peace of mind and though I was trying hard to act as if everything was normal, I was continuously stressed. When I was browsing the internet for something to soothe my mind, I came across this wonderful quote:.

Forgive those who have injured you –
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It really made a lot of sense. I wanted a peaceful, happy life and if the only way to get that was to forgive my friend, then I thought I will try that. Immediately, I took the initiative to end this cold war between us and sent out a detailed email to her proposing a solution which we both can agree upon. When she accepted, I felt the burden lift off my shoulders. On that day, I felt as free as a bird and I slept peacefully after several days.

Also, I started applying this philosophy to myself. I started accepting my failures, my mistakes, and my wrong decisions. When I started forgiving myself, I was able to accept who I was and it brought back the serenity in my life.

Lesson learnt: ‘Forgive’ because you want to be happy.

Helping others: A quick way to build self esteem

Have you ever helped a stranger? How does it feel? What did that stranger tell you?

Last week, on one of my regular trips to the library, one such incident happened. I was in the library looking for books to read in the coming week.Usually at these times, I would be lost in the world of books, without noticing what’s going on around me. I will be in a kind of trance standing between tall shelves filled with books, each of them enticing me to read. You have to yell at me or ring the bell indicating that the ‘library is closing’ to bring me back to the present world. But, on that day,I noticed a key chain on the shelf. ‘Honda’ car key with 2 extra keys and a Kroger card were attached to the key chain. Did I leave the keys on the shelf?. That thought immediately brought me back to my senses and I checked my purse. My keys were safely present in my purse. If I had my keys, whose were those on the shelf? Without much thought, immediately I returned  the keys to the front desk and told the librarian where I found them. Then, I got back into my meditation (i.e searching for books).

Around half an hour later, a middle-aged, tired looking man, probably a Chinese, came to me and asked if I was the one who found the keys. I said ‘yes’ wondering why he is asking me. Then for the next couple of minutes he said thank you several times bowing his head each time. He told that the key chain had his car keys and keys to his home and he was shocked when he knew that he lost them. I tried hard to understand his Chinese accent, but he continued thanking me profusely. I was overwhelmed!

At that moment, I realized the magnitude of my action. A small action, which even didn’t require a lot of time or effort on my part, has helped a stranger. If a  small action as simple as returning a lost item can bring so much self-satisfaction, what if we practice random acts of kindness? What if we volunteer to help others? According to an article in Pyschology.com, volunteering can help us  live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Helping others makes us feel good. Isn’t it awesome? I’m going to try it out more often. Wouldn’t you?

What is your experience about the same? Share your thoughts.

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P.S: In response to daily prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/the-kindness-of-strangers/

Do you want to be happy? Try this.

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“Doing what you love is freedom.

Loving  what you do is happiness.”

― Lana Del Rey

This quote relates exactly to my philosophy of life.

I wanted happiness in my life. So I learnt to love everything that came my way: Tedious electrical engineering books during my college,  tiresome software job and  everyday cooking at home.

Once I started loving whatever work I was doing, I was able to concentrate better on my task and I got wonderful results. I got top scores in Engineering, had spent some wonderful years in IT industry and learnt to cook tasty food. Enjoying the task at hand made all the difference.

I wish you discover happiness in your work. Have a great week ahead.

Making depression my friend!

Dear Depression,

Why did you come into my life?

It’s true that I was lonely and looking for a company.

But I never asked you to join me.

I look around and see everyone else hanging with’Happiness’

While they are enjoying the warm sunshine,

We both are sitting here in this cold, dark place.

When you are with me, no one else wants to be with me.

I struggled to get rid off you by dreaming about ‘Happiness’,

But you were always there with me, the moment I woke up.

Slowly, I understood, you are never going to leave me.

If that’s what it is, then I have made up my mind.

I will treat you like a bitter medicine for my aching life.

The pain you give me, will make me stronger.

The agony you bestow upon me will make me resilient.

I will turn you from a foe to a friend.

P.S: In response to #DearDepression blogging event.

Here is the event organiser’s link https://lex1992site.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/deardepression/