Thursday, December 19, 2019

Mission BBM May-2020 (DDC - Day 19)

In August, 2016, I had initiated the Bachelors of Business Management course. To pursue it along with work was always a challenge. At least 2 previous similar attempts had been abandoned and this is the only attempt where I have come this close. There is no looking back now. It is not easy as I have set myself a stiff goal to achieve. To stay motivated and to stay focused on my goal, I have decided to track my remaining journey towards achieving my goal on this blog. 

I know that I still have the can do attitude that I had mentioned about 11 years back on this very blog. With dedicated efforts and Shiva's blessings I am going to achieve this target.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Meraki (DDC - Day 7)

It is Day 7 of the Daily Doodle challenge and was lucky to attend event Meraki at my daughter's school.
The logo above is also unique. It reads Meraki even if you read it upside down.

Until today I was under the impression that it would be a small event restricted to the auditorium or school ground. I was proved wrong. It was a grand event and almost every classroom in the school was utilized for it. Ranging from Life skills, robotics, cubotics, social causes, hobbies and so much more. I was there for over 3 hours and did not realize the passage of time. Even after spending so much time, I could not visit every section. My doodle of the day captures just limited things I observed and experienced through the presentations. 

One section was about realizing that you are not a limited being like the caterpillar but someone who has the potential to be a beautiful butterfly.

There was one classroom highlighting the importance of me time. Time for self and how it is helpful in ensuring self development. 


One stall was focused on informing how spending time will family helps. It had ideas around different games that family can play together and also how having atleast one meal of the day together with family helps in bonding.

Then there was this bell kept hanging outside with a message asking visitors to ring it if 

One message on the entrance of the classroom had this message that stood out: 

"Don't worry about whether or not the Sun will rise, be prepared to enjoy it."

 All in all it was a wonderful experience for me as a visitor. The best thing that I liked about the event is that the kids were presenting and explaining about life skills. To be able to be in that position they must have learnt and understood it. Then presenting it to strangers must have done wonders to their confidence. I am sure the experience they had will help them in future. 

My daughter was one of the presenters too explaining about pebble art.

I leave you with some more pictures I had taken at the event.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tried my hand at Sketch Noting (DDC - Day 5)

Today is Day 5 of the Daily Doodle Challenge and as part of that I tried my hand at sketch noting. Sketch noting typically is used to write visual notes for capturing important points from a meeting or presentation. It is also used to capture one's experience. It could be a vacation or it could be a learning experience. It is said that sketch noting can actually help one to retain more information that plain notes. The reason being that our brain tends to love images more and remembers it better.

Since I did not have much time to think through an experience or a meeting to come up with sketch notes, I chose to create a timeline of the poems I wrote on this blog instead.
I will try to come up with more sketch notes in the near future. That's it for today. I will be back again tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Tenga Kola Manga Tholi (DDC - Day 4)

Tenga Kola Manga Tholi as a title would be a tricky one for non malayalees, but any malayalee (People born in Kerala or having roots in Kerala, who speak the malayalam language) would definitely had a smile on their face immediately after reading the title of this blog post. For non malayalees I will definitely explain it. Before that I would like to say thank you to everyone who visited my blog yesterday to check out my Day 3 Doodle. Few of you have appreciated it by replying to my Whatsapp status and some of you have liked my tweet with the blog post. I hope it did inspire you to think about trying out something that you have been putting on the back burner due to your false belief that it is difficult or too late to try. 

Now coming back to the blog title. Tenga Kola Manga Tholi literally translates to bunch of coconut and peel of mango. However, actually it is a malayalee way to ridicule someone who is uttering some nonsense. Now why would this make it as a doodle on my blog is what you would be wondering. The reason is that I happened to tell my wife that I do not know what should be the doodle to try for Day 4. She instantly replied stating Tenga Kola Manga Tholi. Now, one cannot ignore wife's suggestion, isn't it? :-) 

Some of you may think that I was being ridiculed here. In reality it was karma, pay back time. It is typical of me to utter Tenga Kola Manga Tholi at home just to make fun of either my wife or my daughter. This time though I was at the receiving end.

It is too late now and I am winding up for the day. I will be back tomorrow with Day 5 doodle. Until then good bye and good night.