Journal, Uncategorized

Films with sad endings

I hate watching films with sad endings. Why make films depressing too? Isn’t the drama in real life enough? Not fair.

In my opinion, films should be that magical place where everyone is happy and get what they wish for. Films should provide us a break from our problematic real lives. There are news papers and news stations to cover the dark side of our reality. There is no need for another medium, i.e. movies, to do the same as well. Unnecessary.

Maybe I should start reading the plot before I proceed to watch a movie. However, this defeats the purpose of watching movies but I do not really care. As Rhett Butler says to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” And I really don’t. I would rather read (shouldn’t take more than a minute or two) about the movie than sit through the entire movie and forming emotional connections with the characters to only only find out that it does not end well. Who would want to be reminded of our dark and eerie pasts, which we are trying to forget, of our lives by watching films with depressive endings? No, thank you.

I guess (oh I know) this is my official goodbye to movies with depressive endings and stories. 

To my readers: You don’t have to agree with any of my points here. Everyone has their own opinions.



Daily Posts, Journal, motivation, Uncategorized

6 Proven Ways to Achieve Your Goals

Inspiration: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

Whatever the MIND OF MAN can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE it can ACHIEVE. 

-Napoleon Hill (Think and grow rich)

  1. Set a SPECIFIC (emphasis) and DEFINITE goal. Say, you want to make money. Don’t just desire to make some money but be specific with yourself. Be definite as to the amount. 
  2. What exactly are you willing to exchange/sacrifice for that goal? And be specific again! Being vague just doesn’t cut it. What do you plan on giving in return for the achievement of your goal?
  3. Set a definite date as to when you plan on achieving it. Be specific again!!!! Set a specific deadline.
  4. Make a specific plan that will help you in achieving your goal. Most important of all, begin immediately. No, don’t tell yourself that tomorrow the stars align much better and so will be a good day to start. No, start now! Doesn’t matter whether you are ready or not. You will be more than prepared while you do it. Put your plan into action at once.
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the specific goal you intend to achieve, name the time limit for its fulfillment, state what you plan on giving in exchange for the goal, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to acquire it.” 
  6. Read you statement ALOUD every single day: once after waking up in the morning and once before you hit the hay at night. AS YOU READ – SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY FULFILLING YOUR GOAL. This is where day dreaming can come into use. Use your imagination as completely as possible. Anything to make you see and feel and believe yourself that you are experiencing that very moment you achieved your goal. Go on, don’t wait any longer! The more eager you are towards achieving your goal, the easier it will be for you to convince yourself that you are capable of achieving it and you WILL achieve it and the easier it will before you to see and feel and believe yourself already achieving your goal. 
Be determined and stubborn till you get what you want. Don’t give up. Do not quit! 
As you might have already guessed, I am reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. I am taking as slow as I can just so I can take notes and absorb all the invaluable information he kindly conveyed to us through his book. If you have not read, I urge you to pick it up and read. 
Happy reading and writing, y’all!
Pomegranate Lover
Journal, Quotes

Quote #8

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This quote resonates with me, and I can tell, without doubt, that the same has happened with the portion of readers of this book that have lost a beloved one. The life filled (seems even suffocating at times) with the absence of their being is extremely painful, which will always remain as such regardless of the measures the survivor or his/her friends take to alleviate the grief. The amount of happiness and tranquility once enjoyed with the lost beloved will neither be returned nor available again for the mourner. However, it is entirely dependent on the mindset of the survivor to either continue leading his or her life with their lost one’s memories acting as a means of survival or to drown in those memories. Not only is it dependent upon the survivor but also those who surround him or her. Being surrounded by a pleasant society certainly helps in reducing, if not entirely eradicating, the grief. This revelation regarding spending one’s time surrounded by family and friends after the loss of a beloved person comes not from experience, but lack thereof.
Journal, Literature Reflection

Frankenstein: A sort of Reflection

I have just finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There is so much that I want to talk and ask about. However, I do no think we have the time to clarify all my inquiries and to address all the topics that I want to express my feelings about. Therefore, I will try to write until at least some of my thoughts are expressed on this book.
Do know that the following is not a summary of the story for I am sure that many are available online for you to look up. The following sentences are merely the fruits of my reflections after reading Frankenstein. Beware that if you have not read the book yet, it might not be a good idea to continue reading this post as it may contain spoilers. 
To start off, there are many great quotes that resonate with me, some of which I will share with you all under Quotes category. At least, those that I remember. I wish I had read the story from a an actual book rather a pdf version for I would have highlighted some of the passages and taken some notes for future reference. I might do a close reading on some of the passages found in Frankenstein.
I will jump right in!
Things that I do not understand:
1.) Victor did create a monster and abhorred it the moment it came into being. However, I do not understand why he just ran away and never came back to the his creation to see what it was unto or even the state (both physical and mental) it was in. I know that it feels like I am sympathizing with the monster, maybe I am. I am not sure at this point as having just finished reading the book just a few minutes ago. I could be delirious! Back to the point, it was Victor who brought him into existence. As the monster accused his creator, it was Victor’s responsibility to either protect or extinguish the life of his creation, either of which should have been decided early on, not after the monster got a chance to experience both good and bad. Please do not get me wrong, I am not at all supporting the atrocities of the monster. I believe that all that transpired, either be good or bad, after the birth of the monster was due to Victor. He should have been more responsible towards his passion, which led to the creation of the monster. I simply do not understand this. How could he just neglect his creation for years? Event though he thought about his experiment and the outcome of his ambitions continually after the creation, I do not understand why Victor did not think of going to the chamber in which the creature was born to check on him or search for him when he could not be found at the location in which the monster was last seen. This simply does not make any sense.
2.) In order to make a human being, you need skin and all that. I can assume that the monster was created out of dead people’s body parts. However, I am just surprised that Mary did not even mention this part anywhere in the book. (Maybe she did and I must have overlooked it, if so, I would greatly appreciate if anyone of you would provide the chapter number in which this fact was specified to the readers or rather to Walton).
For now, this is all I can think of. I will make sure that I write a new post as more questions or thoughts come into my mind. Please pardon any grammatical mistakes that you must have encountered.
Stay blessed and inspired!
Pomegranate Lover

My take on “Attitude by Margaret Atwood”

Simply beautiful. If you are not familiar with this wonderful speech of Margaret Atwood on Attitude, which was given to a group of graduates of University of Toronto during commencement ceremony in 1983, you should read it here now. Do know that the reading of or listening to her speech is not required for you to read (or skim) the rest of this blog post. I merely recommend it just so I would like you all to feel as inspired and motivated like I get each and every time I read or skim through it.

Here is a quote that represents the essence of Margaret Atwood’s speech:

You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see. – Margaret Atwood during commencement ceremony for graduates of University of Toronto in 1983

How do people come up with such inspiring and motivating sentences?  What goes on their mind when they pen them? What were they thinking? Where were they at the time? Do they just come to them as naturally as one breathes or takes days to get them down to that level of perfection?

Her words are true. No matter how bad life gets, it is up to us as to how we choose to react to those uncomfortable and painful moments. As Margaret Atwood says in her speech, every single matter has two sides, positive and negative. It is entirely dependent upon our goals, values, experiences, and attitude to either side with the negative side or the positive side of the issue we might be dealing with now or later in the future. I am not sure whether the following saying is universal; however, in India, we have a saying somewhat as follows: “Everything happens for our own good.” Is any one of you familiar with this? I was listening to this spiritual discourse given by a religious leader the other day and the person giving the discourse told us about a moral story that illustrates both Atwood’s speech and the aforementioned saying. The story is as follows:

There were once a king and his advisor. They used to have long discussions over various topics. The advisor is such an optimistic guy as he always manages to find positivity in everything. Even if he were to encounter an accident, he would undoubtedly find some bright side to it. He would always find one way or another to bring up the idea of divine providence into every conversation he engages in with anyone. He connects every event, be it small or significant, to God. As the king likes outings, he invited the advisor for hunting in a forest. The advisor was given a rifle for hunting. Do keep in mind that our sweet advisor never before handled a rife up until that moment! And so, he fumbled and fumbled with the rifle to get used to the weight of it in his hands. At some point during all that fumbling, he, inadvertently, shot the rifle, which was pointing at the king at that precise moment. The king screamed in pain! The rifle shot one of the king’s fingers off!  Event then, the advisor kept saying that it all happened for our own good to the king at which point the king became frustrated and said, “You stupid person! Are you blind? Can’t you see that I am injured and bleeding? Can’t you feel my pain? How can you say that this all happened for my own good when ,obviously, I am in excruciating pain? How can you expect me to forgive you? You are rejoicing my agony and suffering, aren’t you?”  Without even wanting to listen to the advisor’s apologies, he put our dear advisor in prison with an indefinite sentence.The king slowly, but surely, recovered from the injury. One day, as usual, he went for an outing to an unknown place, where he met a hideous giant. This particular giant that the king came across likes to eat human beings. The king became panic-stricken at such an encounter!! The giant has this habit of inspecting his “merchandise” before feasting on them. He asked the king, “Oh human being, are you whole? Any body parts missing?” To this, the frightened king was not able to form any words. But the giant was impatient and growled, “Oh you, are you deaf or what? Didn’t you hear me asking you a question?” This time, our poor king said, “N-n–no sir! I have a finger missing due to an uneventful hunting experience. The giant then said, “How sad for me!! I do not eat men that have their body parts missing. I will have to find another human being.” With that, the giant left. The king then thought of the advisor that he put in the jail. Now he realizes the value of being optimistic. He hastily returned to his village and proceeded to release the advisor. The king, upon releasing the advisor, apologized to him, relayed his encounter with the giant, and happily shared his enlightenment. The advisor then said, “Oh king! I am so happy for you! See? I kept telling you that everything happens for our own good. Everything has a positive side if you choose to look at it. And, being in jail also did some good for me.” At this point, the perplexed king asked, “Oh intelligent one, how can you think of your time spent in jail as pleasant? Please explain you reasoning.” The advisor said, “Oh king, so simple. If I was not in jail, you would have asked me to accompany you on that outing of yours. Then we both would have encountered that giant. After learning that you have a finger missing, he would have moved on to me. He would have devoured me right then and there as all my body parts are intact.” After hearing this, the king was amazed by the ever unrelenting optimism of his advisor. Since then, the king learned to accept everything in his life with optimism and enjoyed the rest of his tranquil life.

As you can see, the attitude that we choose to be in is entirely dependent upon us. You can either choose to see the glass as half empty or half full. If it is the latter that you choose, then you will have no issues with anything that you might encounter in life. If you cannot change an inevitable event, then it is better to accept it and work around it rather than waste your energy over being sad and depressed about it. You are the only person that has control over your feelings and attitude. No one else but you can initiate the necessary change to live your life as happily and blissfully as possible. You are in charge of your life. Take control. It is your life so make it work for you. If you happen to run into troubles, do not choose to escape them but rather face them with determination and self confidence. There is nothing that you cannot do as a human being. Other creatures living alongside us on this Earth are incapable of reasoning, unlike us. Do not let some bad events define the way you choose to live or face problems for the rest of your life. That is not you. You are much stronger and courageous than that sort of life. Let us not let problems scar our lives but rather wear them as proud accessories on us. Make them add meaning to your life, not make your life a meaningless one on this Earth.

Let us all try Atwood’s tip and see how it goes for us.

Pomegranate Lover

Journal, Random

A process engineer repaired his own heart!

Yup, you read it correctly! I did say that a process engineer repaired his own heart!

I was browsing some of the talks on TED’s website and the following video, “Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart,” caught my attention. And so, I watched it (not the whole thing as I am on campus about to leave for Calculus class)!

People are doing amazing things these days!

How could a process engineer, not even a biomedical one, repair his own heart? Well, it happened, you guys! He brought together a team of individuals from various disciplines and designed a plastic valve that would replace the real aorta valve. If compared to the actual process done by the doctors for his particular disease, his technique:

1.) Takes two hours only as opposed to six hours

2.) No antibiotic therapy necessary post operation

3.) No anticoagulation drugs to be taken after the surgery

4.) No need for heart/lung bypass

5.) No need to cool the entire body

Wow! This is very inspiring. When he was told by the doctors that he needed an extremely complicated heart surgery, he did not jump at the opportunity to have his heart repaired by them. He thought about the process and the quality of life obtained after the surgery. He did not like it for the thought of being on anticoagulation drugs (by the way, which come with side effects) for as long as he lived did not appeal to him at all. He disliked the process as well for he has to be under for at least six hours while the doctors performed heart/lung bypass and cooled his body temperature. In addition, he hated that if he were to go with the doctor’s current “gold standard” technique, he would have to be dependent on the anticoagulation medication and as well as antibiotic therapy for as long as he lives. With this in mind, he set out to repair his own heart with assistance from a team that he brought together. Together, they developed their own plastic valve that does not require for any of the above listed things to happen! Isn’t that cool?!!

This story motivates and inspires to do and be better! I would like to be able to do something excellent that improves public health. Just gotta keep learning and practicing till then!

Journal, Uncategorized

2017 Resolutions

Yup, it is that time of the year: stating one’s resolutions.

Here is my list in no particular order:

  1. Pray more and read more scriptures on a daily basis
  2. Learn at least two or three programming languages
  3. Make time to draw
  4. Stay on top of my studies
  5. Network
  6. Read and write more
  7. Stay healthy
  8. Exercise
  9. Be less credulous
  10. Start a research project of my own
  11. Participate in a career related club at school
  12. Be happy and enjoy life
  13. Don’t get too emotional/sentimental
  14. Be independent
  15. Do not be afraid to say NO
  16. Do not dwell in the past. Past is in the past. Enjoy the present and prepare for the future.

I would love to hear yours!

A very happy new year to you all!!!