Today's positivity | My experiences of Isha Kriya

As shared in earlier posts, I have been experimenting with Meditation lately. After reading a few articles on internet, and watching a few Pranayama videos on youtube, I had developed a Pranayama regimen for myself, and was following it daily (More, here.)

It had been a good progress and relief. And then I stumbled across something called Isha Kriya by a gentleman called Sadhguru.

While talking about Isha Kriya, somebody on a meditation forum was saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Good enough, I said.


A No-nonsense Guide to Getting your Voter ID Card made | Fast & Easy

You have rode the wings of success and are living the city life, leaving behind your sleepy hometown to its yawning spreads.

You are earning a decent salary in the fast lane and consider yourself a Dilliwallah, Bombaywallih or the wallah-wallih of any metro city of India worth its salt.

You take pride in it.

But you know you don't belong here. Not just yet.

Because you don't vote. You are 'that' migrant population which confines itself to air-conditioned rooms on the election day, enjoying a holiday when the whole nation is supposed to be on its streets.

You champion political ideologies on social media none the less.

Why? Because you don't have your name in the electoral list of the city you live in, and hence, you choose to not vote.

Guess what, it is time to change all that. It is time to get yourself a voter identity card and time to go vote this election season.

Here's a simple, step by step how-to get your name registered in the electoral list. It is tried and tested for Delhi, in February 2019. 

Step 1: Go to National Voters' Service Portal by clicking here.

Step 2: Be sure to check your name in the electoral roll first, for your constituency. It is an option on the left side of the NVSP homepage. Lazy bums like me could click here.

Step 3: Back on the homepage of NVSP, there are 6 options - you need to click on the link that applies to you the most.

There are two scenarios:

Scenario A. You are applying afresh (you don't have an EPIC number in any other constituency) - Click on the first option (Form 6)

Scenario B. You are not applying afresh (you do have an EPIC number in any other constituency) - Guess what, still click on the first option (Form 6)

Scenarios don't matter. Your vote matters.

(Note: In form 6 itself, there is a field where you can enter your old EPIC number. Election commission is supposed to delete the old EPIC ID after successful verification and issuance of your new EPIC Id in the new constituency.)

Fill up Form 6. All the data fields are self- explanatory. If you have any doubt, please feel free to comment below. we will try to answer all the queries (till the elections are over. post that, see you in the next elections!)

Step 4: Now comes the most gratifying and yet the most useless part: Tracking your status!

One the NVSP homepage, there is an option called 'Track Application Status'. Click on that link and enter your reference number (the one you got after successful submission of form 6 in step 3), and you will see a real-time process completion chart. I was impressed with this!

Author's note: I had submitted my application on January 27th, and the whole process got completed within a month (On Feb 26th). I received the Voter Identity card on March 18th, by post.

Step 5: Once the status shows accepted (which it should, if you have submitted all the legit documents), your BLO would call you and schedule a visit to your home to check the documents. Once he/she has done that, your name will be added to the electoral list and you will be issued a nice voter Identity card which you can use as a valid identity document everywhere.

Step 6:  Say 'Yay'! You are a legit voter now.

So there, you have it! You still have some time and a handy step-by-step note on getting your name included in the electoral list of your constituency.

Go ahead and gear yourself up for the national festival of the biggest democracy of this world!

March 19th, 2019


Today's Positivity | Some Beautiful Quotes On Gardening

Day #7. So I have been meditating everyday for some days now in the mornings. And each day I look forward to a few positive thoughts while meditating.

I hope to share these experiences with the readers of arbitSpecs. (You can read my earlier experiences here and here).

Today, like everyday, I completed my meditation and opened the eyes slowly to this:


Today's Positivity | The Anxiety Chest

Day#5. So I have been meditating everyday for some days now in the mornings.

Each day after I complete the pranayamas (to find out more about what I do in those 15 mins, click here), I sit for some time in meditation and observe my thoughts, accepting everything that comes along.

I have decided to blog about some of the positive thoughts that come to my mind. This is an experiment to spread some more positivity in and around my life. You're welcome in this experiment. :)

So today while meditating, a thought came which I like to call 'The anxiety chest'.


Confessions Of a Corporate Guy Who Never Meditated

So I have been one of those corporate people who have thought meditation is for broken people. I have thought, "It is a good thing. May be a great thing, but I don't need it. Like I don't need that organic cold pressed fruit juice those crazy people sell to health freaks. May be the juice is great, but I don't need it."

I mostly confused meditation with medication, and like they said  नीम हक़ीम  खतरे जान.

So I mostly stayed clear of people who talked about Dhyan and my idea of getting closer to spirituality at most was listening to good sufi songs by AR Rahman ( and others. More on that in some other post)

But boy, I was wrong!


Poets of Masai Mara

A short business trip to Kenya extended to the lovely African Savannahs of Masai Mara. You can figure the camera was bad. But the experience is undesribable. Poetry and musings may better elaborate the heaven I've been through. I would urge everyone of you reading this to plan a trip to the Masai soon. You'll come back a changed person.

Oh, heaven is a place on Earth.

The Perkin's Tent from Harry Potter
The shaky small ride
The mud runway in the middle of the jungle
Read on :)

How the investigator bias is ruining your life

A late evening dinner with extended family. Someone was fickle minded about having a lasik surgery done because of the risks google suggested. Ofcourse, at the end of the day- it IS a cosmetic surgery. Why take even a 1% risk?
A doctor, happened to be on panel.
Said it's true. But the bias has occupied mind space to an extent of disturbing extrapolition.
Diagnosed that someone with an investigator's bias.

Are you a victim too?

Watch the video below to get in zone first 😛


9 thought trip concepts that I've put up in my room

Okay, so here's some snapshots of the wall in my room
(Like Randy Pausch in the Last Lecture, I've been a big fan of scribbling things on my wall, even until the tender age of 26. And then my mom found out. I had to set up a canvas)

Read some interesting stuff that I've penned down (or pinned up) over the years :)

Thoughts on the Sea

I need the sea because it teaches me,
I don’t know if I learn music or awareness,
if it’s a single wave or its vast existence,
or only its harsh voice or its shining
suggestion of fishes and ships.
The fact is that until I fall asleep,
in some magnetic way I move in
the university of the waves.
-Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was deeply in love with the sea. It is easily reflected in his poems, as well his lavish avant-garde homes that face the sea, are decked with wood and provide the ambiance of being on ship.

Who in the world does not love the sea(except those who get sea sick?)

But I want to delve further. What makes us love the sea?


Sense makes food!

The Varq Restaurant at Taj Mansingh Hotel, Delhi may be defined as my own personal epicurean epicenter, for I crave to visit it any and every chance I'd get. Of course, this is not the only place which brings that epic epiphany relating to the existence of the the mastery in culinary arts, but still, it just served as a good example to start off with this blog post.

We are all aware (I hope) of the nasal role played in our food tasting experience. So, talking about the five senses, we may cross off the olfactory and gustatory ones. 
The tactile one is also of prime importance as can be heard in the phrase "Maa ke haath ka khana" (the food prepared by the mother). The conclusion arrived at from a related cocktail discussion was that there is some sort of an energy that is transferred from your finger tips to your food when you eat with your hands (now, don't blame me for going against table manners).

But I wanted to go beyond the somewhat obvious inferences. 
How far can our visual and auditory senses affect our eating experience?