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Melbourne Trip

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all my readers as this is my first post in year 2009..

In the middle of the summer of 2008, in Christmas holidays, I and Jagdeep (my friend / room mate / colleague) decided to have a 5 day trip to Melbourne. It was indeed an adventurous tour as we decided to drive till Melbourne from Sydney (approx. 870 Kilometers).  

Day 1:

We started on Christmas eve as we had half day on 24th December at work. We started at approximately 5 in the evening and reached Melbourne at about 2 in the night. We decided to have a stay at one of my friends (Jignesh Patel) place in Melbourne for 4 days. We were so tired after reaching there that we slept just as we were down on the bed.

Day 2:

Next day, we woke up at around 10 in the morning and I decided to roam around in the city. Melbourne seemed to be very quiet to me than Sydney. May be because it was a Christmas day and all people were busy celebrating the festival. We booked a tour for Puffing Billy train ride and Healsville Sanctuary. Back home where we stayed some of the friends had organized a Christmas party. After roaming around for about 2 hours in the city we came back home to celebrate the party. We had “Bataka Vada” prepared by my friends wife and had a great fun doing Garba on a Christmas day in the backyard. As almost all of them were Gujaratis.

Day3:

Next day we started off fairly early in the morning as our Puffing Billy train tour was starting at 8.30 in the morning. Puffing Billy is a steam train ride which is almost a century old train that is still running on its original track in scenic Dandenong Ranges. Before we boarded the train we had a morning tea in Dandenong Ranges where we saw beautiful birds of various species in lap of the forest. Ride in the train was just awesome. The scenic beauty around the train route is just mind blowing. After the train ride, we had a grand lunch in a winery, where we did some wine tasting and browsed big wineries. Soon we headed to Healsville Sanctuary, were we saw various species that are only seen in Australia along with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats and various different lizards of all size and colors. It was just fascinating to interact with animals from so close.

Day 4:

Next day, along with Jignesh and some other friends we headed towards most breath taking coastline of south-east Australia – The Great Ocean Road. It is most scenic road I have ever traveled on with the trip ending at the world famous – twelve apostles. It was almost 300 kilometres drive from my friends place – starting at Geelong and ending at Port Campbell. First stop was at Lorne, where we enjoyed its beach. Jignesh and some other friends had a great time in waters. We had a great opportunity to see a Seal that accidentally came on the beach rocks. Seal was either injured or sick as it hardly moved. After having some pizzas for the lunch we headed further on the great scenic drive and captured some magnificent views on our way. We reached, twelve apostles, at round 6 in the evening. It was just great view with the sun setting in and it rays falling on the apostles gave a golden looks to it. I personally feel it is a pleasure to see these apostles at either dusk or at dawn. The forces of nature gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs which became arches and when they collapsed, rock islands as high as 45 metres were left isolated from the shore.  I am just speechless as I don’t have more words to describe its beauty. One can see its beautiful pictures in my photo gallery section as I have added some. We headed back home from twelve apostles through a country side road which was also a sight to see as I have been never to such country side roads in Australia. We reached home at 10 in the night and had a spicy “Khichadi” in the dinner.

Day 5:

This was the last day of our trip. It was time to say good – bye to Melbourne and come back to Sydney. We started off fairly late in afternoon at about 12. The day was very hot and humid but still we kept going and reached home around 9 in the night. I was so tired that I went to bed straightaway. It was rocking trip. It will be remembered till long time.

Now, holidays are over. Today was the last day of rest. From tomorrow its again time for work and business.

And yes, dont forget to see some awesome photos that i have took in my Photo Gallery Section.

Have a great time.

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.

Determination

It has been two months since i posted something here. Actually after completing my studies i was relaxing a bit and now i am trying to find a full time job.

I have applied many job applications and I still dont know where i will be landing up. Have been through couple of interviews too, but I know i havent made it as i have not received any sign from the interviewer till now. I am desperate to get a full time job now. And determined too. I am trying. Trying hard to get it.

Have anybody here heard of American inventor - Thomas Edison? He invented little thing what in present era we call “Electric Bulb”. It is said it took him over a thousand times to make a light bulb. Can you imagine the same extraordinary determination is burning inside me to find a job. I always think of this fantastic example of Thomas Edison who wouldnt give up till the goal is achieved. Now that does not mean i have applied for over thousand times to get a field job, but all you need is the desire to keep trying and a belief that “Miracles - Do happen”. Hoping for the best !!

Academic - II

Class 12

A year full of tensions and stress. I did my class 12 from Baroda High School (Bagikhana). I dont know what I was doing in Class 12. I mean everything used to go wrong in those days. Failures and comments were now part of my everyday life. They pressurize you from almost all sides and you end up having nothing in your hands, standing nowhere. I was one of the cases of such a pressure. Still i fought hard to prove myself to the world that Hitarth Jani is not a failure. Still i scored very less that i was not able to get an admission in my home town. But that was in reality not the end. That was just a beginning of a success era in my life. That played a major role in making of Hitarth Jani you see in present day. Yes, this year laid foundation of a great determination of achieving success and becoming perfect in whatever i do in my mind. One thing i have learned from those days is that failure is just a junction that you pass through in order to reach success.

Class 10 

I completed my class 10 from Vidya Vihar High School (A Branch of IPCL School). Till this year i was unaware what failure is. Free from tensions and stress of life i just sailed through the year. It was a special year for me as that particular does not have higher classes i was going to change my instituition hereafter. It was a junction where all of us were going to be separated for good future ahead. I have still maintained contact with certain old friends and teachers. And when i come to know that they still remember me as the brightest boy ever in studies i feel like yes i am the ONE. 

School Education

Role of a School is to develop a raw child to be Perfect. And it happened in my case. My school Vidya Vihar was best at it. I always used to stand first in my class examinations.  I develope IQ, Discipline, Language, current basic General knowledge, basic arithmetic in that period of my school. My education was most attractive than of any other boy / girl in those days. It didnt just helped me to develop a taste for my studies but it developed and played a majore role in my up bringing in disciplines and principles like:

  • Respect
  • Co-operation
  • Caring
  • Trust
  • Values
  • Sports
  • Equality
  • Beliefs
  • Recognition

Only thing i want to say - School Days were the Best