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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Welcome to Chennai - The Club for Chennai Newcomers (WTC)

New in Chennai? Explore Chennai: Chennai events, Chennai elites, Chennai lifestyle! Let us have a WTC (Welcome to Chennai) club. I am initiating this club to have budding Chennaites group to mingle and explore the city and its culture. It is a new place and hence we tend to lose ourselves in the midst of this new crowd of people, the language and the culture. I have adapted to the language and can manage with the titbits and the basic broken Tamil, I learned and practiced. I shifted to this new city in the late days of June, 2010 and since then am trying to place my foot in here. Married to a Tamilian, it sure comes a little easy to me, though! Letz be city-omniscient, future perfect Chennaites! 

The first Chennai city club, open to all! We sure would be needing an anchoring point and guess what! We would be holding our social get-together sessions at every place of importance in the city. We will explore the art, the culture, the events, the happenings of the place and will popularize our group with social help and our own new budding writers and readers book club as well. Share your poetry, or film criticisms, or the like. We can have a discussion on any-any topic. People with varied interests spice up the group!

So newcomers, young or old, are all invited to Chennai to network and socialize with other new comers. We shall not have an age bar so that we get to mingle with the lot. We will meet language experts and city experts too. Letz look around and take a tour of this magnificent city, all by ourselves! Letz learn and be friends with other fellow Chennai newcomers.

Are you in for it? If you have other ideas in your mind for the group, you are welcome to drop in your ideas and activities you would be seeking in the WTC group. It could be arts, books, simply fun, partying or chatting. Letz share our emotive adventures in this new place. So, Emotives! Are you ready? Letz Communicate! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Let Your Fear Fear Your Knowledge on Fear

Brrrrrr...I fear the thought of being with myself in a room full of darkness, h-h-h-heights! itzzz eeee...impossible! How often you use such exclamatory phrases and more often than not, mimic it when the terrifying episode is over and you are pondering over the breathtaking moments and narrating it light-heartedly to your folks. Some questions are answered by science while others are yet unresolved while we are awaiting for some scientist to rack their brains and provide us with one such factual tablet, to keep us at ease, from the unknown fear. 

Yes, the unknown fear! Not the reason of fear but the cause of fear. Several of us fear the ghosts. Not that we have seen one but we are not certain of the believed-to-be blood-oozing face and open hair, white sari, midnight..and many such symbolism that correspond to the tell-tale ghosts. 

Scientific study indicates that our sub-consciousness stores certain facts that we refuse to sort at the moment. Its more like a repository of memories that we are afraid to handle or tackle. We avoid this and submerge it into our subconsciousness. The result - all of these episodes and events are archived into the sub-conscious part of our brain. Our naturally automated system prompts us to look into these fears, when our mind is idle and is free to think of the pending episodes, yet unresolved and unanswered. 

Something constantly nudges us from within to face a certain situation or a thought. But to avoid any uneasiness and discomfort in going back to the once terrifying situation or person or event, we tend to divert our mind, ignoring the calling from within. 

As rightly said by someone, one can never escape one's conscious. In this case, the sub-conscious! So, it takes shape of dreams and reminds you of its unsettled state. But since you do not wish to recall it and fear the mere thought of the unfavorable event, it takes the form of a ghost-like figure or something of disgust and again to avoid it, you awaken hastily and breathless. Repeatedly avoiding it, causes hallucinations and you can then view the already formed person or event ​

Our Fears:

  • Failure
  • Comparison - Being Superior to the Rest 
  • Accepting compliments. I thought acknowledging praise meant you brag, you are proud, but I've learned that knowing your strengths enables you to make use of them. "Don't be so humble; you're not that great." - Quoted by someone
  • The "bitch" Label If everyone likes you, it probably means you aren't saying much. - Oprah​