5 Bullet Tuesday: A Gift That Can Change Your Life. Forever.

Hi All, Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering. Social media post I loved- They say that the best gift you can give someone is the gift of your time. But what you do with that time if even more important. Here’s how Dr. Abdul Kalam used his time to change a life. Forever.  The quote I loved: James Thomas Anthony Valvano, nicknamed Jimmy V, has a gift idea for all the fathers.  Jimmy was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster. The movie I loved watching- ‘The Gift' tells th


How Much Do You Trust God? Let’s Find Out.

Hi All, Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering. How Am I keeping faith: I'm reading a few pages every day of Khushwant Singh's "The Freethinker's Prayer Book." Khushwant Singh calls himself an agnostic and yet he has been very interested in religion all his life. This book is a unique collection of English translation of snippets from holy books, poets and philosophers. He starts the book with some poignant lines, about his old age and a quote from Oscar Wilde that he completely resonates with: "The tragedy of old age is no


How I Identified My 2nd Bad Habit.

Just when I thought it was time for me to get down to my writing, Sohana, my seven year old daughter shouts, “Papa, 6’o clock is your story telling time. You’re ready, right?” Oops, I had forgotten that completely. “Yes, I’m ready, but only if you’re busy with your gadgets, it’s fine, we can skip today.” I tried to escape. “No papa, we’re interested in listening to the story”. Arghh. Now, my mind diverted to, “which story am I going to tell the children?”, “ I don’t have one handy..” It’s almost 6pm. I go to Amazon and buy an e-book instantly. This is the one which


How I Identified which 1 Habit was Interrupting My Growth?

In line with our October Family mission (CHABITOBER: Change one Habit, this October!), I have been thinking about which habit should I change - a better daily time table perhaps, or healthy lifestyle, writing and sharing my blogs or something else. This cute mission poster is by Samaira, our sweetheart who recently entered her teens. Love this and this is also our Team's Whatsapp group icon! :) After sufficient thinking I realized that while I have already done quite a lot in terms of these things, especially with respect to having a strict writing and posting schedule for m


How to develop an unending faith?

When God puts us through a difficult time, he automatically also prepares us for overcoming the same. There is a quote that goes like this: “If He puts us to it, He puts us through it” Meaning that when He (God) is giving us a challenge, he also gives us the powers to deal with the situation. Only thing that is required from us is an unending faith- a belief that is so strong that wouldn’t go away no matter what happens. The question then is how to be develop this faith? Will it come on it’s own one day? I don’t think so. Do I just pray and hope that it would co


How to find humor in any place?

So, yes life is not fair. Sometimes difficulties come our way. But why do you think God sends difficult times our way? He doesn’t want to crush us. He doesn’t want to enjoy our plight. Well, God sends us some tough and tough times to make us emerge stronger. That’s how we learn, as they say there is no gain without pain. Now, it is really up to us to stay calm, confident and positive during this time, and learn from it. It is also a time to stick to our faith. Faith is tested only in difficult times. These are the times when God molds our thinking for times yet to come. O


How to be a good mentor and mentee for life?

Do you know what bus 🚌 drivers in Nepal are called? Well, since you all have shown keen interest in Mentoring, we have brought more about it for you. Enjoy the read.. Coming back to the question: Do you know what are bus 🚌 drivers in Nepal are called? Gurujis! yes, Nepalese bus drivers are called Gurujis Surprised? Well, so was I. Then I asked a Nepalese friend, Why are bus drivers called Guruji of all the things? He gave me this answer, “Bus driver takes you from where you are to where you can be. Just like a Guruji.” He had a point, a guru or mentor holds yo


How can a mentee reap the benefits of the Toastmasters Mentorship program?

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to know that no matter how dark the night, in the morning joy will come. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view. -Oprah Winfrey Interested in understanding how the Mentorship Program helps member Toastmasters and newcomers? Here's a 4 minute video, answering the following question: How can a mentee reap the maximum benefits of the Mentorship program? https://youtu.be/YSqxOIGkNM

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How to improve your impromptu speech sessions

Today, I came across an old video of mine. This is about 2 years old. Now the funny thing about old photos or videos is that no matter how much you hated the way you looked or spoke back then, when you watch them after a few years you simply love them. It brings smiles and laughs and you are taken back in time which you cherish. In this video, I was telling small children how to speak when given any topic. I had myself forgotten all this information, but after watching it I felt that I did talk sense. I am learning from my own self about the tricks. Especially, I liked


How to write a good story?

Today, I was attending a virtual seminar. It was by a blind teacher called Dr. Ramesh Manwani. The beauty is that I just couldn’t figure out that he was blind. He was so confident and the stories he shared were so powerful and fascinating. I was mesmerized. I thought what is it that makes a good story. Let me first share the story I heard and then let’s get to the ingredients of a good story: Once, many years ago, in Persia, there lived a a Holy man called Abu bin adam. He was a man of deep faith and loved singing the songs of God. He would roam around the town sing songs an