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Mantras of Success

Mantras of Success

Redefining the word ‘Success’. And whatever it takes…

 Does being the richest man in the world or the most famous celebrity finding herself on the cover pages of international magazines or winning the grand slam titles or being a political leader or making millions of people groove on dance floors or living a highly luxurious life or prediction the future of people or adventuring places across the globe; qualify to be called as ‘Success‘. If this question was to be answered, the majority would have said ‘Yes’.

What if that richest man doesn’t get time to relax and celebrate or the celebrity struggling with married life or winning titles bring regular injuries with trophies or the political leader hated by people or the rock star living on drugs or the astrologer misguiding the society or going on holidays without your near and dear ones; would you still cause it a ‘Success’. Still many of you would be with a ‘Yes’. As per the dictionary definition ‘Success is (1) achievement of an aim (2) gaining of wealth or status (3) a successful person or thing‘. This is what we have learnt since our school days and grew believing it. Most people would define success in terms of achieving goals, acquiring wealth, and having prestige, favour, status, and power.

Today, the definition of success has evolved much beyond the contemporary and fascinating words like hard work, discipline, sincerity, honesty, practice and many more. This doesn’t mean these words have no meaning or have become obsolete. It is just that they are the fuels of success but not the machinery that drives it. Like the most alluring car, success not only needs to be well designed and furnished; but to be fitted with the most efficient and powerful engine; to give a comfort and stylish ride to remember. Success is not working throughout the day, burning midnight oil to get into best university or earn in big figures to create a high standard of living.

Life is not just working, rather much beyond which includes health & family, leisure and work, social and economic well being, mental peace and satisfaction, physical and spiritual fitness with growing happiness and positive energy. One who is perfectly able to balance these is the one to be called as ‘Successful‘. For example there is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.


Whatever it takes

Success has no strict rules or some prescribed set of guidelines & procedures. One needs to keep in mind few simple things and act smartly and swiftly, to decode the success code. So now let’s explore the real world of success and look out for the hidden treasures (what may be termed as mantras).


Time Management

One who learns to master hours is assumed to have reached the midway. Time is the most dynamic and a vital tool of life. It must be properly used. Each minute brings a new turn. One should enjoy every moment in whatever way he/she likes. If you are a student, you have to take out time to study or if you are in a job, you have to spend it with you clients. This doesn’t mean you can’t play or relax. The 24 hours have to be divided into tiny intervals with their corresponding activities. This should be done in a way one feels comfortable with it, making time-tables, notes or diary or just mental maps.

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Whatever way you choose, it must be followed. If your schedule includes your office work or studies, then forget the rest of things. Give your 100 percent to it. If you are going out for a dinner, enjoy the moment; don’t think of your clients or homework. To do two things at once is to do neither.

Whenever you are with your wife, don’t think of your girlfriend.

Always try to complete a task as soon as possible, without keeping it for the next day. Try to save time from each task. Do not dawdle by sitting ideal, it will turn out to be detrimental. Not just proper planning of schedules is important, but sorting out the tasks in priority is essential too. Working from morning to night or shopping or watching movies all day is not the approach. Each day you need to give time to work, to your friends, to your mind and body to relax, to your hobbies, to society and most importantly to yourself.


Believe in yourself

This is the second most important factor. Whatever task taken, you must fulfil with confidence and strength. There would be many around you who will be waiting to de motivate and suppress you. But it’s all your hunger to achieve that makes you stay in race. Don’t believe in ‘If others can’t do, I can’t do too’. Rather, one should say, ‘If I can’t do, others cannot do too’.

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Here, I want to share an interesting story. Saina Nehwal, Indian Badminton star, now world ranking no. 2, before going for the Singapore Open 2010; said her dad that she would bring the title home. In next few days, she did what she said; what she believed; stunned the world by winning three consecutive titles. Not only believe or dream but do everything to make it a reality. No dream is too big.

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.


Positive Energy

Amongst all around, you will notice two kinds of people, the energisers and the enervators. You feel automatically drawn towards the former, while even the thought of latter tires you!! All eyes are drawn towards someone who is full of dynamic ideas and a spirit that strives to do new things, achieve greater heights. These are the people who seem to carry the world forward and most of the time you will find those at the top in all fields are the ones blesses with loads of energy. Remember the way Indira Gandhi walked, with spring in her step? As does most of the world leaders.

When given a project at work, for the required period of time make it your main focus, work up a lot of energy and enthusiasm around it. Involve everybody in the creative force, explore few extra ideas, and consult more people than you need to. Listen a bit more carefully, discuss a little more intensely, and your work gives you back the energy you gave it.

Energise every atom of your body and work like nobody else could have. Spur yourself by throwing self-challenges. Give yourself a force of tornado or the power of a tiger, for every little thing.

One energised person can change the vibes of an entire room. We all run away from enervators, preferring the breath of life an energiser can infuse in the world around.


Stay Ahead

Life is an endless race where people around you are fighting to win it. If you slow down, they will lead you. The competition is tough in every field and it’s going to be tougher and tougher. You cannot afford to relax while you are on the track. Be it any kind of profession you not only need to master the basic concepts but keep yourself update with recent developments. Technological advancements have changed the way we look, the way we talk, and the way we work. We are living in a wire-less world where the best innovation becomes obsolete in few years. Regular learning is inevitable, if you want to survive. Knowing and exploring latest in different areas besides your own; is essential to boost your career.

You need to sense and adjust to the constantly changing environment. A lot of times you need to make changes, from minor to major. Today, technology drives everything; from studies to business, sports to entertainment, health to wealth, relations to emotions. Being well informed and flexible is order of the day. However, it is impossible to master each and every field, and one can’t. But a broad overview is must. One should have cognizance of social, political, economical developments not only around, but across the globe.


Health & Fitness

‘Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.’

Is it possible to build a tall and stylish building without a strong base? Is it possible for a tree to grow without water and required minerals? Is it possible to drive a car without fuel or energy? Of course, ‘No’. Similarly, our body needs sufficient energy and necessary nutrients to keep us moving all through the day. We must take proper balanced diet to keep our mind and body parts energised. It’s like fuelling our car. The nexus between health and fitness is divine and keeps your body working. Doing some exercises, walking, jogging or playing sports creates a vivacious soul. It’s also important to have sound sleep. Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”

Health & fitness must be a top priority. Unfortunately, many of us ignore this fact. Generally, we tend to remain in four sided air-conditioned rooms, working on a same place day and night, an artificial environment created by us. But we forget our best friend, the Nature. Breathing fresh air, looking at plants and creatures, listening uncountable sounds, feeling all seasons, adds energy and radiance to our body; make us relax and fresh.

“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.” — Arabian Proverb

What if you fall sick on the most important day of your meeting? What if you feel lethargic at the night you have a ball? So keep it mind that a good state of health and staying fit are the pre-requisite to your life, in turn a robust success.


Think and Innovate

To reach on top, you need to think differently and act differently. Though, this doesn’t mean you break rules of the game to hit a goal, but it’s the style and techniques you choose to make your shot turn into a goal. In whatever profession you are, be it service, business, teaching, sports, entertainment, etc; always try to come with new ideas and go beyond ordinary. This is where the turning point lies, it differentiates you from others.

‘Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.’

– Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc

What if world’s leading tech companies like Apple or Sony, doesn’t come up with new gadgets or technology, would you still buy it? Would it still remain on the top? Absolutely not. Don’t be afraid of change or experimenting. Being eclectic when you innovate extols your skills. Adopt a pragmatic approach to your ideas.

If you don’t innovate, you will die.


Stay Cool & Relaxed

What if you write ‘7+2=5’ or sign a wrong document or mess up with some figures or make sixes and sevens thinking about past or future. This is undesirable. Generally, we tend to make such small silly mistakes and lose our cool. We should stay calm while working and have small breaks to get refresh. This prevents us from entangling into unnecessary worries and tensions. Avoid obnoxious behaviour. Be kind and courteous to your friends and foes. Another most interesting aspect of aiming high is the back-up plan. Be ready with it, it will lessen your worries and might be lucrative at the later stage.

Avoid getting into pressures by peers or friends who always create suspicion and fear in others. Keep an arm’s length from de-motivators. Try you best to keep things on time. Do not keep work for the eleventh hour. Make yourself feel comfortable, if necessary make the environment as per your needs. Listen soft music, or go for your favourite leisure or anything that gives you peace and joy. Create a utopia for yourself. But remember not to get lost in it; you can’t leave your desk for a long time.


High Self Esteem

High ego, frequent anger, giving into peer pressure, indecent behaviour is sign of low self esteem. They not only act as a hurdle to our goals, but make us unacceptable to the society or organisation. First step to achieve a goal is to become a good human being.

Love youself, for if you don’t, how can you expect anybody else to love you.

We should learn to accept and forgive. Anger is not the solution to any problem but root cause to problems. Being good to others who will give no return is part and parcel of the living. One should also avoid carping & criticizing, even false pretentions to get attention. We must avoid contentious arguments and keep at a distance from individuals who are always daunting. Letting haughtiness overrule benign side of our nature will wane us rapidly. Being tolerant, satisfied and turning adversity to opportunity will bolster our goals and lead to a happy living.


Respect Relationships

What we are and what we want to? It is impossible without a moral support, pillars that always keep us rising, make us stronger and give us courage to compete. These pillars are our family and best friends we trust. We must maintain camaraderie with them. It’s always our family that is behind us in our highs and lows. It’s our parents with whom we learn to walk and grow. No one other than them knows us better in this world. None other than them are going to support us when we fall. Friends are the ones who walk with us wherever we go. They know our strengths, weaknesses and secrets. These relationships must be nurtured with trust and understanding.

The love of a family is life’s graeatest blessing.

We must not let our professional life or any work, make these links weak or make a mistake of taking them for granted. Forgetting them when they need us the most or when we are at pinnacle; is the biggest mistake. Relationships must be respected and be maintained with harmony and due attention. Failing to do will not only diminish the glory of success but will destroy us.

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.


Believe in Destiny

Believing in destiny doesn’t mean, standing with a bat and waiting for ball; you close your eyes to smash it, hoping for a six. Nor does it mean wearing varied rings and garlands or reading your horoscopes daily in different newspapers. It rather, implies adding the ‘tiny’ part of the word ‘Destiny’ in your life, i.e. giving it a very small credit in your all ups and downs. But don’t let the destiny or some saints or sadhus drive your life. Don’t let destiny control you, bend it in your own way.

Examples of ordinary people who did extraordinary well are in abundance. Lance Edward Armstrong is an American professional road racing cyclist who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer. He is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation  for cancer research and support.

It is you, who design your destiny by your ideas and work. Most of us blame our destiny for our failures; ignoring that there might have been an error while designing it. Believing in destiny doesn’t mean that you take a leave from work or just few days before examination go to a holy place, enchanting all matras and take holy dips.

Destiny or what so called LUCK works in your favour if you do your acts to the best of ability you can with full dedication, without the fear of result.

‘Remember God after performing your deeds, but not surrendering your deeds to Him’

Besides, destiny is a force that adds surprises to our world. If everything is known before or happen as we expect, there would be no excitement in life.


Leisure & Fun

Life cannot be always serious and busy. You need to take time to enjoy… take time to play… take time to laugh. Life gets dull and monotonous without fun and excitement. You must enjoy the activities you like, which please you, which comforts you. Be it hanging out with friends or an outing with family or shopping with your girlfriend or going for parties or playing sports or going for an adventurous holiday trip or spending your day reading books, whatever you wish to do ‘Don’t Miss It‘. Give it the required time and attention. Keep separate time for it, don’t mix it with work. Don’t think of any other thing when you are enjoying your leisure time. It acts as a true reward of your achievements.

It is you who make your day. All fun & leisure activities are essential but must not hinder your main professional life. You can’t spend your nights daily in clubs or movie halls unless you work there or shop unnecessarily endlessly, dropping a bundle. There has to be a proper balance in life.

There is no joy of celebrating, without a sincere reason and hardships.


Values & Culture

An individual cannot stand alone without mentioning the society where one grows, the place where one learns, the rich traditions and vibrant culture of the state and people associated with them; and the languages and the vast history around him/her. Well, in context to our country, India; diverse heritage and moral values cannot be ignored. The society, culture and the way of living varies from north to south and west to east. They give us an identity, a brand that makes us different from others. It’s our responsibility to respect and protect them which have been lasting from ages, passing through different civilizations. Exploring and witnessing the diversity makes us proud and energises our senses. The milieu it creates makes us cheerful and active.

Celebrating the true spirit of festivals all around the year keeps us fresh and motivating. They connect us to the society and religions of all kinds. They spread the feeling of love and togetherness. These drive our thinking and beliefs. On the other hand, a long majestic history since thousands years back to the post independence along with great people inspire and teach us at every step. They are our best mentors. This happens nowhere in the world, but India. We should make the best of it as it adds tranquillity to every path we take and makes our journey enjoyable.


The new definition

So how do you achieve success? Well, for one thing, you don’t define it before you achieve it.

To summarise, SUCCESS is integration of the all the above mention points with right proportion and presence of mind. Though very few of us can achieve it, but we can try to get more close to it. Even that sincere attempt can be called as ‘SUCCESS’.

Successful‘ people enjoy the ‘good life‘ – being financially secure, emotionally secure, being surrounded by admirers, and enjoying the fruits of their labour.


Now, to conclude; ‘Success is balancing the every little aspect of life… It’s like a pilot flying a passenger plane with responsibility and accuracy, with skills and delicacy; maintain the balance and height, monitoring distances and fuel levels, controlling the speed and direction, avoiding turbulence during harsh conditions, ready for the unknown, enjoying the flight during clear skies, adhering to the ATC instructions and last but not the least smooth and timely take-offs and landing; getting applaud from passengers when you reach the destination.’

 And you are the pilot of your life… It’s you who has to fly. It’s you who knows the best.

Wish you safe and pleasant journey.

All the best!!

A Cocktail of Ideas & Delight

Overview of India Today Conclave 2010

By: Ankit Gogia


Being a part of high profile gathering, niche audience, getting royal treatment, interacting with eminent personalities, experiencing state of art environment, witnessing live and international media coverage, enjoying the limelight has always been in my dreams…

To my surprise it turned out to be true, when I got the opportunity to attend the 9th India Today Conclave at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. I was one of the 18 student delegates who were to represent Jaypee Group at the grand event.

I with my other three friends left the JIET campus on 10th March to reach New Delhi. Overflowing with excitement and expectations we reached the next morning. There we were joined by students from JUIT, JIIT and JBS. We were briefed up, instructed and given passes. We were also introduced to two members from Jaypee Group, who was to join us in the event. Now, we were the official delegates from Jaypee Group. I was the youngest among all. This was the greatest privilege I ever got in my life.

This was just the beginning; the next two days had to be very special, I thought.

The big day finally arrived. The morning Sun brought rays of surprise and joy with it. We reached the Taj Palace Hotel. A gentle hospitality and sweet fragrances all through the way welcomed us; soon we were in the conference hall. Elegant and thoughtfully designed interiors astonished us. I was lost in its aroma. It was warm and had a royal factor.

Next on schedule were the most awaited addresses from the top dignitaries. Well it had been a fantastic experience to listen them. I have tried to gather and briefly explained the main points of speeches and discussions in the following ‘Words of Wisdom’. This was the shortest I could make; I couldn’t find any more lines to omit. Each line is special and will actually make you think, judge and act.

Words of Wisdom

India Today Conclave – is an international forum for ideas & debate presented by India Today group. The Conclave has, over the past eight years, established itself as a gathering of the finest minds from government, politics, business, science & technology, religion and academia to sport, the arts & entertainment and has become one of the most sought after international engagements.

The 9th India Toady Conclave 2010 had the theme ‘New Decade: Great Expectations’ and brought best minds across the planet to discuss and debate the new decisive decade and empowered others with their wisdom. The two days event was divided into various sessions, each with a unique topic.

 Day 1

The conclave began with the welcome note from Arun Purie, Editor-in-Chief of India Today Group. He briefly recalled the major events of last decade and said, ‘We are the survivors of the Roller-Coaster Decade’.

The inaugural keynote address was by P.Chidambram, Union Home Minister of India on ‘South Asia: Securing the Future’. Speaking with candour, he said that South Asia is the most difficult place to live in and he spelt out the challenges India faces on the security front. Chidambaram’s articulation and witty remarks earned him much applause.

Next, delivering the address on the topic ‘Dubai 2020’, Sheikh Ahmed, a key member of Dubai royalty said: “India has a special place for the UAE and we have deep-rooted ties which we want to expand”. He also added that vision of both the countries is to focus on people-to-people contacts.

 To debate on ‘Politics of Progress’ , Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran and BJP president Nitin Jayaram Gadkari took part in the discussion.

Highlighting India’s progress, Maran said that all those who harboured doubts about the country’s development should travel abroad to see how our country was respected.

“If there is a will there is definitely a way, otherwise it’s just committees, sub-committees and seminars,” Gadkari said, drawing applause from the audience.

“I believe in the revival of the weakest rather than survival of the fittest”, Kamal Nath added. He focused on managing the growth. The overall discussion was pretty interesting which included witty comments.

 “Change is easier when it happens to others than when it does to you. When it happens to us, it makes us uncomfortable,” said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of CISCO. He was addressing the session ‘Enabling Country Transformation through Technology’. He surprised everyone by stepping off the stage and walking through the crowd as he delivered his rapid fire speech that was peppered with humorous asides. India is destined to lead, and once you get moving, your speed will be amazing, Chambers told the audience. He also discussed virtual learning revolution that could take education to every Indian for a dollar a month.

 Everyone present there appreciated his presentation and communication skills. Undoubtedly, he deserves to be listed in Times Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Black Swan, philosopher and expert discussed the unpredictable ways in which human history evolves while speaking on ‘Power of the Unknown’. He was provocative and entertaining and discussed his evolving thoughts on how the world can shield itself from Black Swan events.

“Mother nature likes redundancy and likes things to be small so that they don’t impact when they break”, he quoted.

Discussing ‘The world according to Google’, Nikesh Arora, president, Google Inc, spoke on new technology trends that would change the world. “The biggest thing that will change everything is video. Almost 50-60 per cent content will now be consumed digitally”, he said.

Kapil Sibal said while delivering his address ‘The Future of Education’ that he would be bringing in new proposals by enacting a new act that would usher in radical changes in education. He also laid emphasis on intellectual assets, vocational education and Innovation University. “After all, one examination on one day cannot decide your child’s fate”, he said to an applauding audience. He seemed to be determined to make education a game changer India.

Delivering the dinner keynote address ‘Freedom and Dissent’ on the first day Salman Rushdie said, “Freedom is not a tea party. It has to be strongly argued. Disagreement with whoever wants to stifle your freedom has to be strongly fought”.

In his first comment on the Husain affair, he said it was indeed sad that India was showing its closed mind. He demanded better understanding of art and artists.

This was one of the best ever speech that I have heard in my life. Each word he spoke seemed like a jewel with a million dollar worth.

Day 2

The opening session of the second day on ‘Sex & Spirituality’, featuring a celibate guru, Baba Ramdev and an advocate of free sex, Swami Satya Vedant aroused the right degree of passion. Ramdev spoke of sex as creative urge but it must transcend to a spiritual level. “Sex leads to super consciousness and the only antidote to this is to become more meditative”, Vedant said, adding that a satisfactory sexual life is good for the mental well-being of a person. They agreed that Sex is the most misunderstood topic after religion.

The notion of demographic dividend needs to be well appreciated and acknowledged in considering economic growth of a country, David Bloom, Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard University, said while speaking on ‘India’s Population: Dividend or Disaster’.  He further added, youth will drive Indian growth story. He was flawless in his speech. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was also seen hearing his speech intently.

Speaking on the ‘Future of Manufacturing’, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company said manufacturing teams needed the same kind of support and encouragement that a cricket team gets from its fans. “As societies, we have to decide how we consume resources. These are big decisions”, he added.

The question that dominated the first post-lunch session of day two was proactively titled ‘Does Science work against Nature?’ Michael Specter, author on Science & Technology and Suman Sahai, Convenor, Gene Campaign both agreed that Science was the key to all future solutions. “Genetically engineered food is not the answer to food crises, but it is essential weapon in our arsenal against hunger”, said Specter.

Sahai, however, opined that doors should be shut on those ideas where the risk is unknown and therefore not manageable. Sahai lightened the audience by discussing various conflicts of science.

To understand the information revolution taking place in the world, one need to get to the heart of the information, says Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and former coordinator of My.Barackobama.com who clearly knows the ‘Power of Social Networking’.

 He took the audience through the facebook story and successful Obama campaign. He pointed out how new technology and gadgets are changing the way we live and work. He also cautioned the audience about technology taking our lives. Besides his impressive part of bio-data, his popularity was evident from the houseful turnout at his session.

The event also had a youth forum that consisted of five panellists who spoke on ‘Idealism vs Reality’ – the key ideas to change reality. It included Congress MP Deepender Hooda, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Asin Thottumkal, MD of Everstone Investment Advisors Roopa Purushottam, executive director and president of Godrej Group Tanya A. Dubash and Indian hockey team goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza.

Hooda walked tightrope saying, “I want to believe in an India of equal opportunity where every kid has an opportunity to follow his dream despite his background”.

Ranbir said, “As a representative of ‘Youngistan’, I’d begin by challenging the topic itself. Why can’t idealism become reality?” He said that instance of idealism taking over reality were India winning the T20 Cup & Rahul Gandhi boarding a local train.

“Idealism does exist, that’s why I have made it to the national hockey team. But realism also exits because it won’t be easy to achieve success from this point onwards”, said Adrian.

Asin spoke with candour and spontaneity. “One needs to compromise with ideals… but change comes when you are courageous and minimise compromise”, she added.

Roopa, the young economist said the most fascinating thing about India is the ‘idea of India’ itself. She believes that the success of the Indian story would depend on how well the great idea of India is implemented, and the youth will have a great role to play in it.

Tanya Dubash spoke in general about the conflict between reality and idealism. Underlining her belief in idealism, she said: “If reality forces you to abandon your ideals, change reality”.

For the first time king of Hollywood James Cameron, producer-director-inventor and bollywood icon Aamir Khan shared the same stage at the breathtaking grand finale to the ninth India Today Conclave that saw a full house listening intently as they discussed all things that define the trends in cinema, both present and future. It resembled as if Newton was meeting Einstein, the two intellectual powers of the planet.

While addressing on ‘Future of Cinema’, Cameron took the audience down memory lane especially the decade-long wait to make Avatar and for technology to catch up with his vision of a futuristic script.

Technology will always be a tool for storytelling. But you can’t entertain without telling something relevant in process, Aamir added.

“Technology is not the most important thing. It’s the story, it’s the heart that is the character of the film”, Cameron said, concluding with a line in Na’avi- “May the Great Mother smile on us all”. Unquestionably, none other than Cameron could epitomise the world of cinema.

No Dream Too Big

These two days were like heavy rain that showered the drops of knowledge and soaked me with fun and enjoyment.

The conclave taught me the way to perceive, think, speak, communicate and applaud. More importantly, I learnt the concept to attain, acquire, and aspire more and more.

We all students had a lovely leisure time too. From gossiping, chatting to laughing, giggling, we had everything. We got to know more about each other. We walked together, sat together, ate together. From wide variety of delicious snacks to all range of mouth-watering dishes and sweets served we left none. We became good friends. The way we worked as a team to get autographs of our favourite stars, is unforgettable. It was out of world.

It was a rare lifetime experience and I wonder, ever again in my life I would get such a chance…

I didn’t want to go away from the royalty and luxury of life, the freedom I enjoyed, the knowledge I got, celebrities I met, lovely friends I made. Instead of saying good bye, I wanted to be back again. But what happened next was hard to believe for me, I found my photograph with Salman Rushdie in newspaper. It was clear and well focussed. I was rolling with immense joy and pride; probably it was a planned gift from God to give me a farewell that will always remind me of these two fantastic days of life.  

This grand event and all wonderful sweet memories associated would never die from my heart. Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest and feel highly proud to be a part of Jaypee Group where ‘No Dream is Too Big’!!

Words to Remember

This is not just an article or an ordinary story.

Beyond fiction, beyond imagination….a true tale of love

combined with a sense of learning happened on a rarest date 09-09-09

Read on…hope you enjoy it !!

Words to Remember

It was a lovely day, a special Wednesday….with a precedent us date (09-09-09). Throughout, the day….in lecture classes I wondered what destiny holds today for me. All day I kept thinking ‘Is it just a date or more than that ? ‘.

It was 5.25 PM. I was in my hostel room, sitting on my bed with a pillow at back. It was raining heavily. Fine sprinkles of water were coming inside which rejuvenated me. It was raining like we rarely get to see. I guessed it was God’s gift to celebrate 09-09-09. It had been more than an hour, I was trying to learn vocabulary Flash Cards but nothing was going into my brain. Though, I learnt a few words but as soon I moved I forgot them. Then I learnt them but this time forgot others….This kept on going.

Soon the clouds thundered loudly, I shivered a bit…Cool n ferocious wind blew all over. More water drops started coming inside. Then…what something Supernatural…..Eureka….Eureka…..urekaaa. “To make these words friends, talk to them, practically use them”. I think a strong wave of thunder and thunder stroked my mind. Still thought whats new in this….everyone says so but don’t know “where…..how…..when….what…” to use.

I gazed out, everything was fresh and green. Trees and grass were shining. It was getting little darker. Suddenly, two birds came inside my balcony seeking shelter. They were chirruping in a melodious tone. They wanted to tell me
something. I wished I could understand their language. I was trying to figure out their language. Few tones sounded
like a mixture of English, Hindi & French sounds…I tried arranging those tones. Sounds ‘A’…’el’….’yen’…’kk’…..’avv’. That was when I understood the language and grammar we use is far easier than those of birds. I tried all possible ways of arranging the sounds, enhancing them….processing them. The result I got left my eyes open and a smile on my face. “AVANTIKA…LOVE”, was what I got. It was another message from nature.

Avantika….my sweet love. I remember, date with Avantika. She bought two sets of flash cards, one for herself and another one for me, probably she wanted her boyfriend(thats of course me) to have a good vocabulary. But for months they were kept safe in my cupboard like a precious gold. Now, she could have helped me in learning these words and I was damn sure she must have learnt at least 50 percent of them.

I picked up my cell phone to call her and ask for help. Then, I stopped and thought it would be embarrassing asking girlfrnd for help. So I decided to write few lines for Avantika and give her a surprise. But mailing would be not be a good option too as she rarely checks her mail. Finally, I decided to message her and tell her how she is special to me. I quickly flipped to 6-7 flash card that I had read till that point of time and using new words I wrote a message. I added different smiles as she loves them a lot and wanted to make her feel special. (Before reading the message, have a look at meanings at the end). Message was:

Dear Avantika…

U r very an adroit n affable grl,
wth aesthetic mind. 🙂
Ur alacrity says all abt u.
No doubt u r an amiable person,
bt wn u r nt amenable it creates
bedlam n it becms a challenge to
allay u. 😉
You r a real savant of life…
You look too sweet wn u r angry or
in asinine mood. U r the one alwys
teemed wth fun n delight.
I feel u shd hav been ambidextrous
n little more arduous, as it wld gimme
a chance to relax wnevr u r wth me for my projects.
U r on of my best amorous n venerable
frnd ever. U r d most loveliest n
closest to my heart.
Lastly, i wnt to say tht plz don’t
abhor me 4 this biography of urs…  😉

~ Ankit ~

(Message Details)

Message sent to Avantika – 06:21:22pm 09-09-09
Message delivered.

I was sure to get a reply from her within 10 min. I anxiously waited for it. Meanwhile, rain stopped and it was all calm. The birds were silent too. Soon the cell vibrated….

Message from Avantika – 06:27:05pm 09-09-09
It was:

“Thnx…its nice…”

I smiled and replied.

“My pleasure 🙂 ”

Message sent to Avantika – 06:34:13pm 09-09-09

I was really excited after this. The sound of those two birds could be heard again. This time, I figured out what they were saying. They said, “Well Done !! God bless u and Avantika”….

09-09-09 truly proved to be a lucky and different, with adventitious things happening all over. Firstly, rarest rain…. supernatural things….God’s messages….special message to Avantika. Now, I ll wait for another rarest date in future but would be surely good in vocabulary by then….


Meanings from Flash Cards

Adroit– skilful and clever, dexterous
Aesthetic– showing good taste, artistic, creative
Affable-pleasant and easy to approach or talk to, friendly
Amorous– showing sexual desire and love, crazy, passionate
Arduous– laborious, onerous, strenuous
Ambidextrous– able to use both hands with equal ease
Allay– calm, pacify, alleviate, moderate
Amiable– having a pleasant and friendly disposition, cordial, social able
Amenable– easy to control, willing to be influenced, agreeable
Asinine– stupid or silly, idiotic
Alacrity– great willingness or enthusiasm, cheerfulness
Abhor– regard with disgust and hatred, hate, loathe
Bedlam– a scene full of disorder and noise, chaos
Savant– a learned person, guru
Teemed– packed
Venerable-deserving respect, august


Friends u too can invent your own ways to master difficult words (even crack CAT / GRE)….. Just use them with your likings or hobbies or interests or in sports or anything you like….even your loved ones… 🙂

Written By :- Ankit Gogia

(on 09-09-09)


If you find new ways…let me and other readers know too…

I also welcome your comments on this…n hope u spread this to others.


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