Train to London

Ideally this post should’ve come before the London Book Fair post. But that’s not too important. The important part is sharing and thoughts should be shared as they come through the heart and not literally, as they fall on the scale of time, suggested by the definition of a blog. Check out more pictures for London Book Fair here.

We (myself, my beautiful wife, Devi and my little prince, Krishna) were on the VirginEastCoast train to London heading towards visiting one of the most important and global events in the book industry – London Book Fair. The event is organised once every year and is said to host a meeting platform for some of the finest craftsmen in the industry.

It was all random and we were not even planned. No formals, no prior appointments, no checklists, last minute bookings, and only a handful of printouts. Somehow we managed to pack the bags and invested last couple of days to get ready. We were not even sure whether authors had a takeaway or not.

The train was boarded on 12th of April 2016, the first inauguration day for the book fair. The event dates were 12th, 13th and 14th and we were already missing out on the first day.

Then, something wonderful happened on the train that lifted our hopes and spirit. Krishna was busy checking out the running landscapes and colourful horses, out of the train window while Devi was busy taking care of him. I happen to sit across a very old couple and then immediately the old lady moved to another locations saying that she wanted to read. Perhaps she needed more silence than Krishna would ever allow her. Then I was left alone opposite the old guy. He had an aura of rich experience around him and wore a hippie and typical colourful woollen english cap with thick woven woollen threads hanging on each side of the head. He wore a fancy colourful woollen sweater and had a matching jacket and a mountaineer bag (he told me later).

After a while, he asked me, “How old is he?” pointing towards Krishna.

“Two and a half,” I replied and added that “He is very naughty.”

“Well, we are all naughty at that age,” were his words.

The words amused me and then while turning the pages of the newspaper, he asked, “What do you do?”

“I write.”

My reply brought a new smile to his face and his expressions  changed completely in a positive way. He put down his newspaper and became more interested in the conversation.

“Wow,” he said. “Let me buy you a coffee.”

“I write too.”

“What kind of books do you write?” He asked.

“Children books,” I replied.

“Well I write Medical textbooks for Africa. Procedures you know.”

“That’s wonderful,” I said.

Then the stewardess passed by and he actually bought me a coffee.

“Black without milk, without sugar please,” I said.

And, then as they say, a lot can happen over coffee. He played with Krishna, shared half of his ham sandwich, and showed his antique red battery torch that he hung around his neck.

I gifted him a “Thought Revolution” book by Sirshree and shared my gmail id. We also talked about the new movie thats playing in cinemas – “The man who knew Infinity” which is about a Madras maths genius, Ramanujan and Hardy, the mathematician. He took a note of the Hardy-Ramanujan number i.e. 1729 in his handy notebook and black gel pen.

I told him how I was looking for publishers with 6 stories ready and really interested to get my books on the market and looking towards London Book Fair to help me achieve this.

“May you get lots of contracts.” He said in a confident voice.

The voice had a magical effect on me and I had the feeling that I had already sold a lot of books.

“Maurice King,” he said, “Pleased to meet you.”

Then we had reached London Kings Cross and he departed saying, “Meet you in heaven.”

I requested for a picture with him and he allowed.

Maurice King Maurice King, Author

This incident gave me an outburst of fresh energy that helped me survive the book fair tour and transform it into a huge success.

Things just happen you know, there is no why or when to it. Look out!

Thought Revolution

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London Book Fair

It’s a long time since I have been in England but haven’t posted anything. Most of this time, I had been learning new things, gaming, reading and writing. A lot will come soon. However just for you to know, this second week of April 2016 has been very productive visiting the London Book Fair.

I visited the London Book Fair, held at Olympia, London with my sweetheart and little hero. It has been very productive and got a chance to meet some of the finest people in the book industry; artists, publishers, agents, authors, CEOs, Printers and so on.

London Book Fair

The vision has come and it is going to materialise. Lots to learn and implement.

More to come soon.

Love,

Mohit

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Its a wonderful day☺

Its a wonderful day.
Whatever is happening is nothing short of wonders.
Thank you god.
Thank you all.

Feeling blessed.
Tomorrow I travel to England with my hearts Devi and Krishna.

May this new journey be full of love, joy and peace!
I ask for apologies and my heartfelt forgiveness to all all of you.

Please forgive me from your mighty hearts!

VIPs Zipped!
Bright Flight to Leeds in 12 hours!

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Warmth

He is neither cold nor hot. He is warm.

He is warm-hearted. He is the warmth.

He is the very life is us. In everything. He is life. He lives.

Life lives itself through you.

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#AddFuckingValue

#AddFuckingValue

Only living doesn’t count. Thats just breathing.

Don’t just go on living. Add fucking value. Because adding value means living.

Live every moment because every one of them is the first and the last one that you’ll never get back.

Live it fully and make the most of it

Be available. Life is waiting to sing through you.

We don’t contain life, life contains us. It surrounds us.

We live in the ocean of life. We live in the ocean of love.

Listen to the moment. Be with yourself.

One who is available is living. One who is not knows how to live.

Welcome to life!

#AddFuckingValue

This article is dedicated to Mayank Japra, Dishant Japra and all my brothers and friends!

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The art of Memorizing and 21 Tips to Boost your Memory Power

Have you ever faced a situation when you wanted to recall something and it evaded you again and again?

Even though you had read it thoroughly but you face issues while recalling it. Memory is a weak niche for some while at the same time a strong reason for others to reach the higher rungs of success.

Human beings are gifted with a quality of remembering things which is called as Memory. The experiences that you have in your life are registered in your brain forever. As you move through Life, your mind is continuously observing the surroundings, clicking mental photographs and capturing the information from all around.

Having a good memory is almost an essential requirement of being successful. Imagine the fate of people who cannot remember simple things. Think about the pitiable condition of Amnesia patients who forget everything on account of an injury; their names, place they live and what they do.

Having a good memory is a quality to remember things perceived by any of the cognitive senses, which could be recalled when required, in a highly specialized and efficient way. To most of us, it seems to be a natural gift received by birth which cannot be improved upon. But quite on the contrary is true. Not only your Memory Power can be improved upon but it can also be made to work in an extremely efficient and specialized way. This is possible by understanding the Psychological Principles behind it and by learning to use the right techniques. It is important to understand the dynamics of this remembering and recalling system and how it works.

Read the following questions and think about them for a while. Try to find the answers from your own experiences.

  • How do you remember things?
  • How is your brain able to recall things in almost an instant?
  • What is the first impression?
  • What is short-term and long-term memory?
  • What are the processes involved in storing and recalling a memory?

Memory is an amazing system which functions in almost a flawless way unless you decide to bang your head on the wall hard enough to lose it! Once you have learnt the nitty-gritties of it you’ll be able to strengthen it much more than you could imagine. This article is intended to provide you with a basic idea of how it works and help your Memory to serve you in a better and efficient way.

 

Importance of Memory –

Memory is a complex mental Process by which the experiences that one has, are registered safely in the brain only to be recalled later in the times of need or recognized when similar experiences repeat in one’s Life. Without the power of memory, our lives would come to a halt and we would lose our entire knowledge bank. It would be necessary then to start a new life every day or even every hour. There could be no education, learning or growth possible without memory. Without it we would not even be able to recognize ourselves, what to say of family and friends. We would be left at the hands of Fate and our life will become stagnant with no practical progress.

 

Is it possible to improve one’s memory by right education?

Yes, it is absolutely possible. With right techniques and strong perseverance, memory power can be drastically improved. There have been a lot of experiments in this area to prove this fact. Various Experiments were conducted on dogs, sparrows, fishes, monkeys, and dolphins and even simple worms that crawl which showed positive results. Notable Scientists like Pavlov and Dr. Leland have conducted a lot of research on memory power.

 

Memory is a Specialized Process

It may come as surprise to you that there is no specific muscle or compartment in your brains, which is dedicated to memory. Actually there is no such thing as memory inside us. People in specific fields develop a natural skill to remember the facts and figures demanded by their profession or field of work. A scientist might find it difficult to remember the stock prices, which comes natural to a trader or broker. A lot of people have researched in this zone that throws more light on the detail workings of the memory. It is a highly specialized and subjective process that works better and aligns itself with the areas of your interest or field of study. So it is imperative for you to choose and define the areas where you need your memory to help you. Some find it easy to remember the name of new people whereas for some, it is almost impossible.

 

Four Stages–

Registration
This is the first step in building a memory. Events and experiences are registered in your brain, the very first time they happen to you. It is important that these first impressions are deep, vivid and elaborate. You have heard – “First impression is the Last impression”. This is true to some extent with the memory process. First impressions of your memory need to be effective for better recalling benefits. If something is learned half-heartedly how can you expect to remember it for a long time? It is necessary for a good memory to allow your mind to have a deep impression of the lessons. Learn slowly and be with the things for a while. This helps to pass the first step.

Retention

After the impression is made it becomes a part of your brain. Next step is to allow the information to be soaked in as deeply and completely as possible. Retention means to hold the information and making it a part of your permanent memory. In this part, we repeat and often re-learn. Re-read and learn the information by repeating the learning task. Repetition helps in the deepening the first impression.

Different people exhibit different retention powers owing to the difference in the quality of the first impression and ways of repetition. We all have faced the situation where we meet a person for the second time and unable to recall his name. This is due to a bad retention of memory.

Recall
Recalling is the process of bringing a stored memory to the surface of the conscious mind where it can be utilized. Good recalling is the criteria for a good memory. If you cannot recall something, you cannot use it. Recall is possible with right mental associations. Learn to associate the stored information with your existing knowledge base. Relate two facts which are similar to each other. Connect your past and present experiences of similar things. Highly vivid and efficient associations have a possibility of better and faster recall.

Recognition
Recognition is the power to relate and match things and facts in the life with those in the memory. If you meet a known person and are unable to relate to him you are suffering from a lack of Recognition. Even if we recall something at the right time but cannot recognize it, the memory would be futile. Recognition is the last and most essential step for the memory to work properly.

All these steps are interconnected and allow our memories to function in a harmonious way. Understand and work upon these steps to improve your memory. Learn to register properly. Repeat it. Practice recalling and recognizing it. This is the secret.

Here are some tips to give you boost.

  1. Learn with a Purpose. A Powerful Purpose magnetizes your powers in a single direction and hence results in a better memory.
  2. Learn the power of Mental Association. Associate all new faces, events, things, experiences with the things you already know and can relate to. A person with a strange face is likely to be remembered.
  3. Read and learn with Concentration. The higher it is the better the resulting memory.
  4. Allow the first impressions to go Deeper.
  5. Higher interest levels create deeper impressions and result in long-term memory. Keep yourself enthusiastic while learning new things.
  6. Keep it Short and Summarized. Do not overlearn.
  7. Separate the times of repetitions by taking gaps. Continuous repetition is not going to help.
  8. While learning a new fact – Understand and Master the basic principle first and then add more branches as you go ahead.
  9. Repeat the Next Day. Research shows that a very large chunk of read information is forgotten in the next 24 hours.
  10. Contemplate during breaks.
  11. Start using the information you have learned during conversations. Talk about it.
  12. Learn the whole passage in one go unless it is too long. Research has proved that 240 lines of Poem/Prose can be learned and memorized by human brain without breaking.
  13. Use the power of Mnemonics. Google about them and Create your own.
  14. Practice recalling your information at different times. Offer yourself surprise tests.
  15. Master the art of Good Note-taking.
  16. Forget things that are not needed. Do not unnecessary trouble your brain by remembering every little detail about everything. Learn to categorize and sort important and useful things.
  17. Transform your brain into a well-organized library which could present the right information as soon as it is needed.
  18. Utilize more senses than just eyes and mouth while reading and learning. Learn to say it aloud or even touch it. Use your senses.
  19. Consciously Think about the topic mentally and compare it with other References.
  20. Trust your Memory completely.
  21. Stop using bookmarks while reading. Use your memory instead.

Courtesy: Maansik Dakshata

 

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Soya Sauce

Dear Seekers!

Welcome to Zen.

Today I bring you a funny Zen story that is not just expected to bring a temporary smile on your face but also to plant a seed of permanent Zen laughter in your Heart.

Truth is not about being serious, it is about being happy, laughing, dancing and yet sincere.

Let’s read the story with a smile on your face-


One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. Parts of it even collapsed. Many of the monks were terrified.

When the earthquake stopped the teacher said, “Now you have had the opportunity to see how a Zen man behaves in a crisis situation. You may have noticed that I did not panic. I was quite aware of what was happening and what to do. I led you all to the kitchen, the strongest part of the temple. It was a good decision, because you see we have all survived without any injuries.

However, despite my self-control and composure, I did feel a little bit tense – which you may have deduced from the fact that I drank a large glass of water, something I never do under ordinary circumstances.”

One of the monks smiled, but didn’t say anything.“What are you laughing at?” asked the teacher.

“That wasn’t water,” the monk replied, “it was a large glass of soya sauce.”


A man of Zen is the one who has awakened to the very essence of life.

It is an awakening that comes from within, when you are not looking, just sitting, silent, relaxed and doing absolutely nothing, inside and the outside.

Zen does not provide any books, methods or literature, rather just puzzles, jokes and stories that are silent indicators towards the experience.

To know the truth is an individual responsibility and it cannot be delegated. Nobody else can know it for you, you have to dedicate all that is ‘yours’ in you, to allow the truth to manifest in your life.

Saint Kabir has said –

Kabira khadaa bazaar mein, liye lukaathi haath
Jo ghar baare aapna, chale hamaare saath!

It means those who are ready to burn down their houses are invited to the mystical journey of Truth.

Let’s go to the story –

It is the story of a Zen seeker and not a Zen master. The seeker is on the way towards his goal. He is in the monastery leading other seekers and fulfilling his role as a teacher.

He has known a little and feels pride to boast about it.

The earthquake comes and he panics, but the mind rationalizes. An act happens spontaneously and the mind was not present.
Later on, the mind comes and takes credit for the event and builds a story around it.
These stories of the mind, are stories in the air that have no significance. Nothing useful can be done with them. They are mere words with nothing concrete and tangible in them.
Stories cannot hide the Truth. Truth shows itself in one or the other ways. By your words, actions and body-language it would show.

The man of truth speaks for himself. His walk, talk and actions,  all and everything, are aligned to the same principle.

Be aware of your actions.
Realize yourself and realize the purpose of Life!

Piece of Contemplation –

  • Are my thoughts, feelings, words and actions aligned to each other?
  • Do I feel pride in showing my knowledge?
  • What is the purpose of my Life?

Wishing you an enlightened Life!

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