Let the Silver Tongues lash .

Let the Silver Tongues lash .

The other day, I came across an article about the mycorrhizal network – an intricate system of plant survival and communication. The most silent and selfless beings on this planet have rather ‘magical’ root channels to not only transport nutrients but also act as essential messengers of 4-legged threats and the climate. The rustling of leaves is much more than sounds filling seconds. Chemicals and sounds such as liquid bubbles popping under the ground, inaudible to the human ear is how these peaceful breathers talk.

In spite of us having an inbuilt massive processing power, we have turned ourselves into physically deft systems. Our inefficiency to use to the fullest of what lies within us, an entire powerhouse of words woven with emotions, intrigues me. Egos and self-developed vanilla personalities for a multitude of reasons restrict us from conveying to one another our thoughts.

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Occasionally, the best way to communicate is to shut-up. But during other times, our propensity to superbly craft expressions can be easily used to attain the entrails of the mind and heart. Tones may be misread; Intentions-misunderstood. Although, these should not turn into reasons to hold back. Trivial rationale as one climbs up the ladder to become nonpareil are bound to occur in all walks of life. But, simply sharing a few pages of your book would make you appear socially acceptable, uncomplicated and above-board.

To sum it up, SPEAK IT OUT. Couldn’t comprehend your client’s message? – get a clarification. Like someone? – go tell them already! You get my point. Now go ahead, communicate better.

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The Pait Theory

The Pait Theory

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The word ‘dilemma’ itself makes me cringe. It brings along confusion and scepticism with an added feeling of imbalance and ambiguity. We are surrounded with multiple options, the stimuli being a decision made at an average of 15 times a day depending on your age, work load and mind frame . Settlements you make, whether rational or emotional, often seek advice from the The Brain or the metaphorical ticker- The Heart. The biggest dilemma being: “Do I listen to my brain or my heart?”  Being a masterpiece of creation, the brain has a whole lot of functions to perform apart from helping you choose between peanut butter or jelly. Your heart has to carry out one of the most important functions rather than dealing with a heartbreak to keep you alive. So why not give both of these over worked organs a break? At times, it is not a bad option to rely on your stomach for direction.

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Our inbuilt suction pump which we often treat like a thrash can is an impressive councillor. We possess the capacity to feel, and thereby the ability to know things without consciously reasoning. The sudden jolt of energy or the tingling sensation in your abdominal pit is your belly talking to you. Your stomach often gives out signs and hints which make sense when thought about on a realistic basis. Basically, the more we experience the more accurate our guts become .”Going with our gut,” however, implies uncertainty and does not guarantee a positive outcome. But, wouldn’t it be nice to know that our gut gives better than a 50/50 chance of success? I would consider this third councelling centre to be a melange of the gut feeling, part intuition and part relying on past experiences; And that is what constitutes the पेट [pait ( stomach in Hindi] theory.

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The little voice that echoes every time you have another French fry; The bloated heaviness felt down there after having ten more, followed by guilt and regret  after having consumed 200 calories depends on how obediently you listen to your little biggie below the belt. Similarly, “don’t trust them, don’t walk down that alley, don’t drink that , and think twice before investing”, isn’t  just a passing subconscious. Most of us have experienced the sense of knowing things before we know them, even if we can’t explain how. Sweat tricking down , a funny feeling , or a sudden and inexplicable certainty that something is up, all of them are linked to your gut feeling. Listening to your body’s subtle signals is a critical part that helps in decision making. If you stay in a situation that makes you feel instantly depleted, it is better to walk out of it rather than to wait for a rainbow to appear.

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Gut feeling is often linked to fear and angst which I believe is untrue. The ‘just do it’ attitude that I myself have followed at several instances have brought to me a great deal of satisfaction and self-trust. All you need to do is use this feeling at the right place and the right time to make the best out of it. You need to learn to train and listen to your inner self. It is way wiser than what you are, it is the foundation to your outer personality.

Final advice : No matter how good it looks, if it doesn’t feel right, walk away.

The Friendly Creep

The Friendly Creep

I long believed that every person you meet holds some importance in your life. Each encounter with a mortal being introduces you to a different aspect, you wouldn’t have known of if it were not for them. I theorise that even strangers at times, are there at the moment for a reason; The impact of their presence depends on the set of circumstances in which you find yourself.

It is often advised to steer clear of people you are unaccustomed to. This is substantially relevant in the course of the present day over social media when it gets annoying when random, unknown stalkers message you. It is rather creepy to receive an entirely bizarre one which makes no sense to you! Normally, I don’t pay much heed to such messages.

The other day, an icon popped onto my screen indicating a ‘new message’ notif. Swiping it across the screen, I didn’t give it a second thought. The following day, I happened to open the message and what I saw looked like a drunk text. But I replied due to a jolty gut feeling. Immediately came a reply, a genuine one. After a bit of questioning,  I was absorbed into a lengthy conversation. This person seemed to be pretty nice!

The fortuitous chat led to a series of witty replies and got really interesting. Evidently, the creep was sane minded and over the period of time, I dropped the ‘creep’ tag. This person can’t be called a stranger owing to the fact that I had seen ‘person’ in actuality. We formulated a set of rules to spice it up a bit.

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For a second, it seemed to be very stupid. Ultimately, I found it to be awesome and gave it a green signal.

The conversations that followed made me think differently. It is fun to listen to your heart at times. People like these, whom you have no idea about are so much fun to talk to. Apart from a whole lot of sarcasm that is included while talking to this person, the part I like the most is about opinion. There is no reason to judge the other individual. There are no promises,  compulsions and barely any serious heartfelt emotions knowing that if won’t affect you.

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In a world full of people who care, obsess and criticise over you, it feels great to have someone who doesn’t give a damn about how you perceive things. Someone who accepts the way you are, has no expectations from your side. An individual you can aimlessly rant about to about your life. Trust and caution is one aspect; But the essence of such bonds are everlasting.

P.S : Excuse me for not being able to reveal the details. DONOT ask me of the identity of this person. I will not tell you :p

The next blog holds something interesting! Happy reading! 🙂

Mandala Magic part deux

Mandala Magic part deux

Hey there!
Firstly, a big big THANK YOU to all my followers, friends and my family for encouraging me to draw apart from stating their opinions about each and every piece of art I have drawn till date.

Here are the top 5 Mandalas I have made in the last two months or so. I have tried diverting from the concentric method of drawing this beautiful form of art.
Hope you like it!

1) Colour me crazy
I have used primary poster colours ( blue, red, yellow) and their shades. A black ink sharpie helps reflect the lighter colours used in contrast to the bolder ones.
“Some birds are not meant to be caged; that’s all. They are too bright, their songs sweet and wild. “

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2) The concentric creation
The traditional form of Mandala. I have tried putting inn a lot of patterns to make it have an intricate and compact look.
A useful image to help us conceptualize the thread of personal unfoldment is the mandala. By mandala I mean a field with a midpoint, such as a sphere with a center. The field is the totality of your experience – your thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions, actions; it is the totality of your life at each moment.The center is where Being’s dynamism touches your field, touches your mandala. This is where the transformation of experience begins, which then ripples through the whole field.”

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3) Clock mechanism
This particular one somehow reminds me of the gears inside a clock! I had thought of using just warm colours but I just couldn’t  resist using black for the boldness it adds.

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4) Black beauty
It is sometimes just so comforting to draw in black and white. This one right holds a special place in my heart and certainly is the best one I have ever made.

Every decision that we make has a dark and light. Your dark may be someone else’s light and their dark maybe your light. Make sure to find your perfect shade of grey in this monochromatic world” 

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5) Wild spirit
Multiple designs once again in my favourite colour black .
“Be a free spirit. Let your soul glide through like a feather through the wind”

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Go through my previous blog on mandalas to have an idea about what they are. I would be more than happy if you would comment your favourite mandala by it’s number (1/2/3/4/5).
Suggestions and feedback like always are most welcome!

Copyright © 2016 by Avantika Bakshi, all rights reserved.

To the Freckly nutty soul

To the Freckly nutty soul

If the freckles on your face make you resemble a dalmatian, you are unique.
If all your friends are a mere imaginary creation, then you are unique.
If you prefer jam to butter on your bread, you are unique.
If you feel your toes are unevenly spread, you are unique.
If you see that no matter what you do, your hair stands out like a nest, you are unique.
But don’t you worry, for a few, you are the best, for you are unique.

If you hate chocolate and cheese, you are unique.
If you tend to let out an inaudible sneeze, you are unique.
If at the same time you can burp and fart, you are unique.
If your laughter sounds like a snart, you are unique.
If you like the feeling while picking out from your palms dried up glue, you are unique.
Being different,  being you, they all spell unique.

If even at 21 you like by your mom being fed, you are unique.
If you fret without lights going to bed, you are unique.
If you choose the wimpy kid over hardy boys, you are unique.
If you can work in peace despite all the noise, you are unique .
If you identify people better based on their smell, you are unique.
If being called ‘weird’ rings a bell, you are unique.

If you day dream and have no dreams at night, you are unique.
If you feel you look horrendous and everyone else is an angelic sight, you are unique.
If all but you know to drive a car,  you are unique.
If you are clueless about as what do do upon visiting a bar, you are unique.
But if you still say that you hate being ‘you’ , I wouldn’t mind.
Cause I believe that there is something UNIQUE in every soul you find.
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Copyright © 2016 by Avantika Bakshi, all rights reserved.

Frosting on the cupcake can be deceiving

Frosting on the cupcake can be deceiving

‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’, is something you would have heard several times for various reasons. The truth is, each one of us has judged everything from a person to a cupcake based on it’s appearance. Everyone does it so you don’t really need to feel guilty about it.

Judging, I think is a natural instinct; The level of criticism may vary from you to me but all of us are born with it.  Here is how your brain works:
There is a lot more going on in your head when you see a McDonald’s golden arch or a Nike’s signature red swoosh.
Even though that burger you ordered wasn’t as yummy as you thought it would be, you still feel satisfied because it ‘looked’ appetising.
So, colour and shape are the two most basic details which capture your attention. To have a better understanding of what I mean, have a look at this:

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Both the cupcakes have a vanilla base. 90% of the customers would choose the second one just because it has a frosting over it. Even if you know that the frosting wouldn’t make any difference in taste or that it costs more, you would still go for it.

External appearance I know is something we fuss about a lot these days. We live in a very artificial, made up world where external looks is what matter to us.  The next time you are about to judge something, remember, don’t let the frosting rule over your life and thoughts. Some things are better than the rest even if they are simple and plain. Try figuring out and discovering the internal blueberry stuffing rather than going for the frosting on the top.

Copyright © 2016 by Avantika Bakshi, all rights reserved.

Marco Polo Icecream Man

Marco Polo Icecream Man

Everything has a story behind it. A story about how, when and why it happened.
Keeping that thought aside, imagine yourself at a beach. A nice calm beach with white sands under the scorching summer heat. Wouldn’t you love to have a big glass of iced-tea or cola? Or even better, a cone of icecream!? So now merge the first thought and this one. What was the story behind this favourite world wide treat?

The scoops of flavoured chilled cream that we enjoy today dates back to somewhere in 3000 B.C . The Chinese were the first ones to start the trend of flavoured ices. Marco Polo is popularly cited for introducing this tasty concoction to Italy in the form of ‘frozen sherbets’.
Centuries ago, people started making desserts of sweet cream or custard and cooling them with ice. Back then, they never had ice cream makers. So they simply set sweetened cream (which later got the touch of fruits) into pots to chill.

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Time for some numbers.
The first print occurrence of the word ‘iced cream’ was in 1688 and showed up as ‘icecream’ in 1744. Until the 1800’s , it remained a rare and exotic delicacy enjoyed by the elite. It became an edible morale symbol during the World War II when each branch of the military tried to out do the rest by serving ice cream to its troops. Which army in the world would think of doing that today?

Which flavour do you prefer? Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry? Or something new – school like green tea or chilly? But what would you saw about RAW HORSE FLESH flavour? Disgusted much?
Here are the top 4 bizarre ice creams according to me:

1. Eskimo icecream : Akutaq a.k.a eskimo ice cream is found in Alaska. It is made from whipped fat and berries. Moreover, it may also include raindeer, moose or walrus in it or seal fat too! It is made in a wooden bowl called ‘tumnaq’

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2. Crocodile eggs : This unusual sweet treat was introduced in Phillipines. The Sweet Spot Artisan icecream owner claims that it contains more protein and less cholesterol. To all the gym freaks out there, want to try some?

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3. Black icecream : If you feel it is the classic vanilla with black dye, you are incorrect. It is made out of licorice and is popular in L.A. It may leave your tongue and lips stained for the rest of the day.

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4. Octopus icecream : Very famous in Tokyo’s Namja town, is is served with soy sauce. Considered as a novelty icecream along with cow tongue and squid, I’m sure they would be ready to tickle ( or strangle) your taste buds.

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Some quick facts for every icecream lover out there:
1. Worldwide,  15 billion L of it are consumed per year, enough to full 5,000 Olympic swimming pools. We do have a large appetite now, don’t we?
2. The last thing Elvis Presley had was 4 scoops of icecream!
3. A cow produces enough milk to make two gallons icecream/day. Time to adopt one I guess.
4. The world’s tallest icecream is about 10 feet tall. It was made by Henning Oslen of Norway in 2015.

Happy reading! And don’t forget to try out some new flavours this summer.

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