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Intellectual Hinduism - Top Hinduism Blog for 2010

Dear all,

As you  all know that I also write about Hinduism on "Intellectual Hinduism" since past 4 years now. It was awarded "Top 2010 Hinduism Blog" on August 1, 2010.

These awards were organized by Online PhD Programs & the Best Bloggers.

Awards candidates are selected using one main method: 
     - Audience nominations

And i would like to personally say thanks to all those readers who have nominated my work and make this happen.

The list of nominations is then filtered through to produce a list of award candidates. Each blog on this list is then scored by our panel of 5 judges. Each judge rates each blog across 20 different attributes providing it with a ‘subjective’ score. These ratings are combined into an aggregate, and the aggregates of the 5 judges are averaged to give the blog its final rating.

The ratings are then compared, and awards are given out to blogs in the 99% percentile (meaning the top 1% of blogs receive awards).

I am certainly very happy and share this with my other readers :) Below is the Award Badge that i received from them.

Regards
Hitarth

Jazzy July

As the title suggests, this post is all about the major events that are taking place in my life in the month of July, since past 6 years. Since 2004, July is the month to watch as all major events of my life has been taking place in this very month of July. 

Take it as just a co-incidence or some super - natural power helping me out in some ways all the major events that are happening in my life in the month of July are all positive. With positive I mean a progressive event that has helped me to climb the stairs to reach the position I have been at the moment in my professional and personal life. 

Another co-incidence with July is that, it also marks the start of “Shravana” month, which is very auspicious and my birth month according to Hindu calendar. In the very same month, the Sun, enters the zodiac sign – Leo, which in turn is my Sun Sign. I don’t know, if these things have anything to do with events I am talking about that are taking place in my life. But Jazzy July has indeed stopped me and made me re-think about it and I just can’t stop thinking how beautiful life is with such small things that takes place. I am not at all superstitious by nature but such things happening constantly since few years have made me think like what will happen next as soon as July arrives in a particular year. 

Today, I will be discussing with you all about those events that has changed my life over the years. But again I don’t know how many of you will get impressed by it as for you it might be a just another achievement by somebody but for me – it has changed my life completely, both ways – professionally and personally. 

Events: 

July 2004: I remember it was July 2004, when a seed was planted in my head to move out of India and get settled somewhere in foreign land. I don’t know, what triggered that, perhaps may be a few failures before in my studies, but I was sure I wanted to go to Australia. That surety and faith landed me up in Australia on 25th July 2004. I came here with a determination to show the world – I Can. 

July 2005: It’s a year and the same month in which I completed my first degree – Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT) and with an overall High Distinction (HD). For me it was a great achievement and being the first person in my family to go abroad and accomplish such a thing was just incredible, at least for me and my family. 

July 2006: It’s the year which marks the completion of my studies. I achieved a degree – Master of Information Technology (MIT) and that too with an overall High Distinction (HD). I still remember it was 19th July 2006, when I received my results. This thing indeed changed my image in my family and society in general. People did started recognizing the potential I was carrying inside me. 

July 2007: This year I had greatest achievements of all. I became a Permanent Resident of Australia. It just came in the time when I had lost all hopes in myself and the world around. I don’t know, but it just happened. It was July 10th 2007 and again I was the first in all of my family to achieve that. With that I had indeed made a distinct place for myself in social arena. 

July 2008: July 28th 2008, I joined a company called Panalpina World Transport. Although I was working as a Freelance Web Developer, joining such a big organization was indeed an achievement. This has boosted my earning drastically and has been doing extremely well at my work. Who would have thought that a shy lad like me will be dealing with people all round the world from various countries on phones and e-mails. 

July 2009: Every person has a dream to buy his / her own car. July 2009 indeed fulfilled that dream of mine. Exactly after 1 year of my work at Panalpina I bought a Honda Jazz – Sports Model. My parents too arrived here in Australia to stay with me for first time. It was a surprise gift for them.  

Life has been changing for good in some or other way in July each year since past few years. I don’t know till how long these July run will be going on. But every year as soon as we are approaching I start thinking about it. Jazzy July indeed is scripting a fairy tale for me each year.

Permanent Residency

Today i have achieved what i desired since i came to Australia. Yes, you guessed it right - I have got my permanent residency here in Australia. I had been trying for it since 1 year now. Yes, you heard it right. I was struggling to get my permanent residency since 1 year now. It is rightly said "Setting goals is easy. Achieving them is something different".

I am perhaps first person in my family to go abroad and achieve something like this.  Last one year was really a tough task for me to handle. Away from parents, struggling to get a good job and than this Permanent Residency things coming up was difficult to handle at same time. But some how i was able to cope up with such a tough time. My mental toughness proved once again to be beneficial in gaining what i always wanted. It really helped me to minimize the effects of discouragement and turn negatives into positives. 

Jack Black, in his illuminating book "MindStore", uses a computer expression to combat negativity - "Delete that Programme".
Whenever a negative thought used to come in my mind or when others make negative comments, I just used to say myself, "Delete that Programme" and used to replace it with a positive thought.

Admittedly, negative mental habits are hard to break. And i have experienced that thing in past. It surely takes time and persistence but rewards you when you really do it. Achieving goals becomes a reality.

"Always make your goals happen" - this is the thought i always carry with myself in my mind and it really helps to motivate myself when i am down with negativity. And offcourse motivation always comes from inside your heart. Without self motivation you will not achieve your goals. As the saying goes, "if it's to be it's down to me". And i had solid backbone with me - my family who always supported me in everything i did since past few years.

Today i have reached my goal. Have achieved what i had always desired. I have achieved it in a style. I have reached at a position where no other Jani family member has ever reached. I am proud of my parents and my family. Now i want to enjoy this moment back home with my parents, sister and other family members. And this part of my life is what i call happYness. But still Miles to go before i sleep, Miles to go before i sleep.....

I Did It...

I knew something is going to change soon. But i was confused how it will happen. I don’t know if that happens to everybody but i have an instinct to know things in advance that somethings gonna change and it happens in reality. People call it intuition but i call it my ability of thinking more deeply then anyone else.

As i told before in my previous posts that my focus was sharp and clear on my career after completing my studies. In fact, so important is this, that i am quoting George Moore for it - “A Man travels the World in search of what he needs and returns home to find it”. How true is it. I must have applied for atleast 100 applications before this cool day of 2nd Nov. when i got 2 calls from companies and to my astonishment i was offered a place at both places.

And what more, One of my boss is so flexible that i am allowed to work from Home. Yeah you guessed it right. I have accepted both offers as one is permanent and other is a contract job for 1 month. Sometimes i feel Life indeed is a mirror to my thoughts and desire. Your thoughts reflects events that are likely to happen. I know future is going to be better if not the best. I know sometimes it does not turn up as you have thought or desired. Its not perfect anyway, no discipline ever is. I know i have achieved something good if not the great and i want to live with it to achieve more great things in life.