Down Syndrome Affected Girl Madison Tevlin – What an inspiring story!

Well my blog is equi-religious(if there exists a word like that 😉 ) . However , I’d like to share a verse from the Bible which to me… is a really really wise answer to a very very puzzling question…

And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Surely Dear Madison Tevlin… You are displaying the works of God through your singing and we all do respect you and will vow to work hard in life as you have!



Whatsoever you do…

Recently I read this interesting stats that 20% of the world’s rich consume 80% of the world’s resources! The rest of the world (80% of the total population) consume the remaining 20%….Today as I sat in church and the choir sang this song, I was just contemplating on the relevance of this song…. So much the need of the hour in today’s world of consumerism,selfishness,depression & greed…


“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;

When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.

Now enter into the home of My Father.


Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.


When I was homeless, you opened your door;

When I was naked, you gave me your coat.

Now enter into the home of My Father.


Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.


When I was weary, you helped me find rest.

When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears.

Now enter into the home of My Father.


Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”

Various Religious Scriptures on ‘Kindness’


He who utters gentle, instructive, true words, who by his speech gives offence to none — him I call a Brahmin (Dhammapada 408).


Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others (Philippians 2:3-4).


Hospitality should be shown to even one’s foe when he comes to one’s house. The tree withdraws not its shade from even the person that approaches it for cutting it down (Mahabharata, Shanti Parva 146, 5).


Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness (shown to them) (Qur’an 39:10).


The religious merit of visiting sixty-eight holy places, is not equal to the approved merit of mercy towards creatures (Adi Granth V, Majh Rag).



Story of a Pencil…



The Pencil Maker took a pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. “There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil.

“1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

4) The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

5) On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with determination in its heart.


Take a time-out to think: Put yourself in the place of this pencil :).

Allow this story of the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfil the purpose to which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.



Clearstreamofreason 😉


From stones to structures…..

A few days back I passed through a stone quarry and happened to take this snap:-



Right in front of this quarry,there was this awesome structure which was newly constructed :-



See the contrast between the primary raw material and the finished product! 🙂 Makes me correlate the same with life…

All of us have been blessed with raw materials.It’s left to us, to put these raw materials to best use so that our lives become a finished product.Just like this beautiful building here :)…

There’s something beautiful about the way God created this world.He made it in it’s most raw form.Everything we have now in our world-Be it a car,a smartphone or even a light bulb is because somewhere someone had a dream.He stood against all odds to make this dream become a reality.He would’nt take ‘No’ for an answer.He would persist in his thoughts and imagination.He would work hard each day.Failure was an everyday thing.But he would dream about being successful one day.And finally he gets there! Wow! What a feeling it must have been for him! 🙂

Right now everything in your life might not be in it’s finished form.It may not be close to that! But do you have that deep desire in you to one day achieve your dreams? Are you working towards it? Don’t you want to look back one day into your life and smile, thinking to yourself “I gave it my all, I have no regrets!”. 

Don’t you wish for a ‘Stone to Structure’ transformation?? 🙂

Always remember.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.



Clearstreamofreason 😉

Part of where I’m going is knowing where I’m coming from…

The other day I was listening to a song called “I don’t want to be” by Gavin DeGraw. Over the years I’ve grown to love the song coz it has very powerful lyrics and speaks about you being yourself and believing in who you are! :)… But this one particular line made me think for a while and ponder… And that’s the heading of this post :)….

“Part of where I’m going is knowing where I’m coming from.” 

Just read this line again :)…Does’nt it make some sense to you ? 🙂 I’m sure it does….

To me this line is:-

Future                                   Present                         Past 

Part of where I’m going          is knowing           where I’m coming from.

I believe the past is our biggest teacher. I remember this one time when I was a kid cycling, I had a bad crash as I tried to apply brakes on loose gravel. From that day on I was very careful while riding. I would always keep my eyes on the road and be cautious when there was a muddy patch or gravel on the road. That experience sure was painful but over the years that one bad experience has made me a better motorist. 🙂

So it is with life. I believe that all our past experiences in life will have an impact on our present and future if we give a thought to it.  Each experience we’ve had has the potential to change our life.

Suppose I’m a chain smoker and I’m really addicted to it. I wanna quit but I’m not able to. Everytime I feel stressed out I do it. It gives me a momentary high and it takes me to another new world. All my stress is reduced in an instant. But after that I feel bad that I smoked again. Guilt kicks in and I feel that I’m weak when it comes to stopping this addiction.

This is a pattern which will keep repeating again and again in various forms of addictions. I’m sure you can relate to this example. After a while you might even give up on your fight. These are the times you need to make strong decisions. And one big step in making these strong decisions is understanding your past and where your coming from. If you truly understand these patterns from the past you will be in a better position to battle the present and save your future.

So as per this example I know that when I’m stressed out I feel like having a smoke. So I need to find ways to reduce my stress at such times. I realise from my experience that smoking will only temporarily reduce my stress and is not a complete solution. I make a firm decision not to smoke the next time I’m stressed out. I realise that I will be away from all the guilt that I’ve dealt with in the past if I don’t smoke.So I fight the first day remembering my past experiences. I fight the second,third,fourth and coming days in a similar way. This practise can get you successfully out of your addiction..Everyday I remember where I’m coming from and that I was an addict… I realise that I was once upon a time weak to this addiction and even after so many years if I get the urge to smoke,  I remember vaguely that the last time I smoked nothing good came out of it. 🙂

By now you should know that when I blog I’m like a free bird flapping it’s wings as the wind directs it. That’s what has happened again. :).. I’ve drifted from a song to an addiction and how to fight it!! Not that I have much experience smoking! 🙂

But the bottom line is this… All of us try to run away from our past for some reason or the other..It does not give us good memories..But my take is that our past is to be embraced. We have to accept whatever has happened and find strength from it to help one another in the future and present… Maybe you’ve faced sexual abuse as a child and that part has always freaked you out. But when you embrace what’s happened and realise your thought patterns, you will be able to help someone else who’s going through similar pain and agony.

I say this with firm conviction that God can change every bad experience in your life to good. All you need is to accept your past, live well for the present and hope for a better future.

Signing off,

ClearStreamofReason 😉

PS: Thank you Gavin DeGraw for that brilliant song! 🙂 🙂

Conversation with God

God : Hello. Did you call me?

Me : Called you? No. Who is this?

God :This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will chat.Me : I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the midst of something.

God : What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.

Me : Don’t know. But I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. It’s rush hour all the time.

God : Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.

Me : I understand. But I still can’t figure it out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.

God : I just want you to know that I am trying in more ways than one to reach out to you and start a new relationship with you.

Me : Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

God : Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.

Me : Why are we then constantly unhappy?

God : You worry because you are analyzing your every move. Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Me : But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?

God : Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me : But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty.

God : Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me : If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?

God : Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience, their life become better not bitter.

Me : You mean to say such experience is useful?

God : Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me : But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can’t we be free from problems?

God : Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me : Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading.

God : If you look outside, you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me : Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction. What should I do?

God : Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.Life is about having a great journey. Don’t worry about the destination. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me : In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

God : Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me : What surprises you about people?

God : When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me”. Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me : Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I can’t get the answer.

God : Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.

Me : How can I get the best out of life?

God : Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Me : One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

God : There are no unanswered prayers. At times, the answer is NO.

Me : Thank you for this wonderful chat.

God : Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear.Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be gradually understood.

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” 
Take care my child, always remember that I’m here if you need me. Just ring me from your heart and I will be there to have a chat with you. Cya 🙂

Challenging The Conventional…

Just stumbled upon this video while I was ‘Youtubing’ tonight. Dr. Benny Prasad holds the world record for being the youngest person to travel the whole world in the shortest period of time. He also is also the inventor of an instrument called the ‘Bentar’.
He has an awesome message about never giving up in life no matter what and also living a life of integrity. Listen to this video carefully as it has potential to change your entire life this very moment :)…Enjoy :)…Cheers!!

Tying a shoelace at the last turn….

After a long day at work, I was walking back home listening to ‘Pal’ by KK, a soft and soothing Hindi song by a very talented artist. My workplace is about 15 mins by walk from home and hence as I left from there, I realised that my shoe lace was almost coming off and I had to tie it back on immediately as my whole journey was ahead of me. So i did it at that instant, put back my earphones on and continued back home.

I must admit that a walk back home in the night on Bangalore roads is a very nice experience. Without the nagging honks by the ever-impatient cab drivers, fresh air to breathe, people taking their dogs for a walk, and good music to accompany you I felt really at peace with myself and things around me.

So I continue my walk… I see a bunch of beggars by the road eating their meal… I’m happy and make a silent prayer thanking God for providing for them tonight… and I take a a right turn which leads to the lane where my house is located.

As I took the turn I realised that my shoe lace was coming off again. The first thought which came to me was ‘Forget it!,your almost home…Why do you wanna bend down again and tie your lace’. The next thought was ‘So what If I’m 2 mins away from home, I need to finish off my journey comfortably and in style!”.I listened to the second thought unlike most of the other days where in I would somehow drag my feet along the ground till I reach home. It was then that I had a flash of light across my mind!!! Suddenly I started thinking to myself….

So many times I start off things well and strong but when I’m almost getting to where I wanted to, I lose that zeal with which I started off. Whatever be my motivation in the beginning it all used to die down after a while. Sometimes my day used to start off badly because of some argument I had with my folks and then I would let my whole day get screwed up saying ‘Let this day pass, I’ll start off well from tomorrow!’ I would start working out regularly everyday and when I miss a workout in between and I lose that flow, I decide to start off again from the next Monday.The list of my lack of persistence in various matters can go on and on. Now I understand why most of my plans don’t bear fruit the way I want them to. If only I had that inner strength  and will to do each task with the same intensity till the end!! The outcome would have been completely different…..

I heard from a friend recently that ‘The last mile is always the hardest’. It is ! Because it is then when we have so many voices speaking to us. Some voices will tell us ‘Take it easy now, you’ve worked so hard ! Take a break’ and at the same time you’ll have a counter voice saying, ‘You still gotta finish off what you started with the same zeal and determination! You gotta finish off in style!’.

I might be connecting ‘Tying a shoelace at the last turn’ to ‘Finishing off in style’ . It might be a very weird kind of analogy to some of you . But sometimes even the simple things in life have potential of teaching us valuable lessons. 🙂

Signing off in style! 😉

Yours truly,


Faith And Toil- Conquerless Alliance!!!

Ring out the battle call of Duty!
Unfurl the flag of Faith and Toil!
We deem our soul’s eternal beauty
A lifelong Victor’s worthy spoil
A thousand such have proudly gone before us
To win and spread our School’s renown:
‘Tis ours to swell with our voices the chorus
And with our deeds enrich her crown.
Faith and Toil, conquerless alliance
Wherein we clasp human hands unto God’s!
In His control find we true self-reliance;
My hand and God’s – Whate’er the odds
My hand and God’s – Whate’er the odds
My hand and God’s
Evil’s onset hold in defiance !

I’m sure all Josephites from St. Joseph’s Boys High School will remember singing the school song lead by our very own Mr. Charles Noronha aka Charlie! But did we ever think of the meaning that it provided ? It’s crazy! When I read each line right now it just strikes a different chord altogether in my life! Our school wanted each one of us to imbibe the 2 strongest,most meaningful virtues that has potential to enrich the whole world- Faith and Toil .


What does it really mean to me?

Faith to me is Faith in God and Faith in myself.

Faith in God:The fact that I have someone who is looking after me from above. Someone who takes care of my every need. Someone who knows everything about me and who’s got a plan and purpose for me. I believe in God and his goodness. Sometimes things might not have gone the way I expected but I believe that God has something else in mind which on the longer run will make sense to me. I’ve gone through so many instances in life that I’ve wanted something so badly,din’t get it and later on realised that life din’t revolve around it anymore. That it would have just been a waste of time,energy and money had I got it. God has it all covered and when you put your faith in him,when you believe in him you will start to see your perception about things and life change too. I say this with personal conviction! 🙂

Faith in Myself: The reason I’ve started this blog is that I believe in myself and I believe that my words can have an impact on atleast a few people if not everyone. I still believe my words matter and I feel that’s the most important thing here! When each of us have faith in ourselves and we believe that we can make a difference our whole attitude and mindset will change. We will be able to ignite the fire inside us and then in another and one day make people around us believe in themselves. It’s a simple chain reaction! The world I feel is falling short of people who believe in themselves and their capabilities.The world is also falling short of people who want to make a difference. Everyone’s pretty content just taking care of their own business! Personally I don’t find meaning in life if I can’t make a difference to the people around me. I might be even mocked by my pals for being so ‘uncool’ and posting my deeper thoughts but I’m not going to be disheartened by anyone :).


When I think of the word Toil ,I think of Rabindranath Tagore’s lines from a famous poem ,

“Where tireless striving stretches it’s arms towards perfection.”

Faith in itself is not enough. If we’re only gonna have faith in God and ourselves and we don’t work towards the things we want the most, we won’t land up anywhere! I believe God wants each of us to put in hard work and to keep fighting to stay alive. To work with integrity even when noone’s around us. The biggest testimony of hard work to us Josephites is Rahul Dravid! We all know that he’s one cricketer respected the world over for his integrity and his never give up attitude. He worked hard each day in his practises and in the nets. I read recently that even at the age of 39 he used to clear all the fitness and endurance tests with ease before each tournament. Only plain hard work could have made him do that. Some people might look down on him for his non-glamorous way of playing but for me he is the best ever cricketer India has ever produced. Even if I was’nt a Josephite I would have still said this! Hands Down! He beats all the cricketing greats of our country! He has worked his ass of for our country even becoming a wicket-keeper batsman and he clearly has put our country and the team before himself. I hope that we too through our hard work may one day be as selfless and self-sacrificing as him!!

One of my favourite videos on Hard work! 🙂 enjoy 🙂

Now it’s your turn. What does Faith and Toil mean to you personally? Let us reason out 🙂