The Eyes

The Eyes
The Eyes

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Red and Blue and Green and Pink

All would be just meaningless words

If not for you my precious gifts

Here’s to you, Cheers! A thank you drink!

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Of Violets and Oranges in the lush Green lawn

Of Silver and Gold ornaments that people adorn

Life is so full of chromatic abundance

Here’s to you, Cheers! For a rustic persistence!

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But….

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You made me see all superficially

You made me blind with all the flashy lights

I could see no more of true colors underneath

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My mind could see though not visually

The dark world camouflaged by all the bright lights

I could see no more; you let my heart seethe.

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The poem is a combination of multiple poetic forms and techniques. It is a Sonnet where first half is an Ode (rhyme – ABBA CCDD) , second half is an Elegy (rhyme – ABC ABC) using poetic devices like Apostrophe, Enumeratio, Metaphor, Epistrophe, and Chiasmus.

Hope you liked it!

~ Yuvathi ❤ 🙂

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To Err Is Human – Concrete Poetry / Shape Poetry

To Err Is Human
To Err Is Human

The above piece is a Concrete Poetry Or Shape Poetry where the poem is written in such a way so as to create the shape of the theme of the poem. I tried to make it look like a PENCIL, – Theme of the poem.. but ..am sorry, I could only convince you to believe me, it is! 😀

This is the first time I’ve tried something like this. Pardon me for the poor image. Will try to make a better piece next time! 🙂

I’ve also used the poetry writing technique – Enjambment 

In response to Writing 201 – Poetry

~Yuvathi ❤ 🙂

That Unforgettable Journey

Week 1 : Essence Of Reminiscence - That Unforgettable Journey
Week 1 : Essence Of Reminiscence – That Unforgettable Journey

The Whistle Blew For The Travellers’ Merriment,

The Train On Track Tickled An Excitement.

Travelling At Top Speed To Reach On Time;

Piercing The Wind Just Like A Chime.

Oh! What A Beauty! 

Calling That An Unforgettable Journey

Is Only An Understatement!

~ Yuvathi ❤ 🙂

– In Response To Week 1 : Essence Of Reminiscence – That Unforgettable Journey & Writing 201 : Day 2.

Guess: Who Am I? #3

Previous week’s Guess: Who Am I? #2 had an amazing readership and participation. I hope all of you had fun cracking it. The answer for the previous riddle is “Mobile Phone” 🙂

So, here’s the next riddle. Hope you like it!

Guess: Who Am I? #3

Rhythmic Dynamic Monotonic

Is not my only Avatar.

Furious and Vicious;

Am an Act of God.

My temper and calm

Is upto the surface beneath.

I rise and fall

As long as the wind persists.

Well, am running out of time,

Just Guess: Who I Am… 🙂

P.S: Please leave your answer in the comment box below. Hope this is quite easy to decipher. 🙂 I also hope you liked it!

~ Yuvathi ❤ 🙂

The Confused Young Adult

Queen Of Procrastination’s New Year Resolution

Do you know who is the Queen Of Procrastination? Well, before you fight for the title, let me tell you. It’s Me. 😛

procrastination

Of course, it’s not something to be proud of and I am not proud of it either. Lately I’ve been into this habit, quite frequently, more often for almost everything. If I have to water my plants, I say, may be later. If I have a package to send, I think may be later. Work, chores, fun activities, books, art,..for anything and everything! Being so ignorant and negligent, what do you think was the end result? It’s quite obvious : “Piled-Up-Work“. This habit is worse than drugs. You have no idea how addictive it is and how hard it is to quit!

“Later” should not become “Too Late”.

Every morning I tell myself, “Today I will finish all the chores, I will submit all the pending work files, I will finish the book that I started reading a week ago,……….”. But do I? Nope.

My mother always told me;

“if you say tomorrow; tomorrow you will say the same”.

When I got to know that the final assignment on Writing 201 was “personal reflection”, the word that came to my mind was, “Later”.  As soon as I heard myself say that I realized, I must stop it and I must write about this. I regret to admit the fact that, I haven’t done my previous assignment for Writing 201 yet – “opinion piece”. Why? The reason could be, “I do not know what to write”; which is of course true. But the main reason is “Procrastination” and the word “Later“.

Usually, am not like this. If I want to do something, I’d do it immediately. What has gotten into me that made me into such a pathetic moron? For the past 2 months, I have had a really tough time and lost so many important things in life that made me so sluggish. I stopped caring, I stopped being punctual. I stopped it all, brought down the curtains and shut the doors. I wasn’t myself anymore; drowned in sadness and self pity which took me nowhere but here. In order to get a clear picture, I asked various questions to myself.

Q: Am I being careless?

A: Yes, I am.

Q: Am I becoming lazy?

A: Yes, I am.

Q: Am I becoming useless?

A: Yes. I am.

The questions were ruthless and the answers were even worse. I felt so guilty. I still do. I have 3 days’ work pending, an opinion piece for Writing 201, household chores, some paper work at the bank, am yet to prepare for important exam next week, and a lot more which I have been pushing aside with a tag “Later”.

I started thinking about the sun, if he said “later”, will I have food to eat? If the earth said “later”, will I have day and night? If my heart said “later”, will I still be alive?

We expect everything to be done on time, the drama to be aired at 8, should be aired at 8. A pizza should be delivered at our home, exactly in 10 minutes from ordering it. The ambulance and fire engine should come to the accident spot to save the victim from dying with 5 minutes from calling. So much accuracy with no space for procrastination. Not even for the thought “later” because it is life or death. Do or die situations. What we think is not so important, could be the life for someone else. Sometimes, we are damaging our own future because of our foolishness.

later

When everyone is doing their job at the right time, so many lives are saved and there is greater productivity. If I don’t do my own work on time then how in the world am I ever going to save people and improve productivity in some way? This huge circulation and cycle of thoughts and the design of work-life scared the hell out of me. Thus, I came to a conclusion:

“Here’s my new year’s resolution. No More Procrastination.”

And there I am, procrastinating the good deed until New Year.

Hah! Funny, isn’t it? To wait until new year to bring a good change, to do something nice? If you wish to do something good, do it now. Start right away. As I write this, a gush of blood pumps into my veins. Want to quit smoking? Quit now. Want to keep some money aside for charity? Do now. Want to get rid of toxic people from your life? Get rid of them now. Wish to make the world a better place by going green? Go green now.

There’s never a better day and a better time to do something good than today and right now. 

So, here I am, writing about how I feel and hoping that other fellow procrastination experts who are reading this and those who have other dukes, duchess, kings, princes and princesses of procrastination in their friends circle to understand, spread the word, share this and create awareness about the harmful effects of this terrible illness and help recover from this at the earliest, so as to live a stress free life.

I’m able to admit this ruthless fact because I’m able to confront it, find ways to quit and I’m working on it right away. Make this as your own self reflection piece, and think, are you a fellow procrastinator? Are you being a hypocrite? If yes, you need not tell it out loud. You can join me silently and quit right now.

Friends, if I come back and publish another post – “The Pending Opinion Piece” on writing 201 on my blog, you can conclude that I’ve crossed the first step in getting over the illness. I will finish all my pending tasks, work files, chores and other duties and come back to you at the earliest.

Wish you all the best, if you are joining me on the “procrastination-free lifestyle”. It is never too late if you start right now. Think twice. Act wise. 🙂

~Yuvathi ❤ 🙂

The Confused Young Adult

Public Speaking : Get Rid Of Stage Fright And Shyness

Everybody loves to share their experiences, interesting anecdotes and incidents from daily life. We love to talk to our friends, family, neighbors, strangers,..anybody, everybody..! We feel good when people listen to our stories and appreciate it or relate to it. If we can talk to two or more friends, why can’t we talk in front of a 100 people?

Public Speaking - Get Rid Of Stage Fright And Shyness

If you had read my previous post – Take The First Step, you would know how disastrous my first at attempt at public speaking was. I didn’t speak even a word. My head was empty with no words to utter. My mouth was dry. For a moment the earth stood still. Totally blanked out. That’s Stage Fright. I know it, I have experienced it. But I got rid of it .

How did I overcome? How did I handle my fear and shyness? 

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I did a few things. I followed some practices. Not by reading a book. Not through anybody’s advice. I did these on my own because I wanted to talk. I know I could, but I needed some reassurance and practice.

Here are those few things I did in order to get rid of stage fright and shyness; that helped me talk even in front of a large audience with confidence. I’m not being boastful. Am not an expert either. I just want you to know that, a scared chicken could roar too. If I can, then you too can.

These steps helped me; I hope it helps you too.

Shall we now move on to the Simple-Steps to getting rid of stage fright and shyness? Are you ready?

If yes, here we go!

1. Listen More, Read More

The first reason one gets scared while talking in front of an audience is because of the thought: what if I forget what I want to say??. Well, the answer to that question is, you won’t forget it unless you are not thorough in that area. Listen more; read more. Get to know more details than what is required so that even if you forget one point, you will remember something else. Only you know that you forgot a point, the audience don’t! So, first of all remove the fear of “forgetting”. Be clear with want you want to say. Do adequate research. Be well equipped with your ideas.

Note: A knowledgeable speaker is always respected. 🙂

2. Draft

When you prepare a draft on your own, you are not only writing it on a paper, you are also writing it in your memory! Now, the fear of forgetting is cleared ‘twice’. Moreover, you will know the flow of your speech. Imagine yourself as the listener. You like listening to stories more than a boring news report! Make a  draft about your story. It could be your company’s Annual Finance Report or your paper on Advanced Network Security and Cryptography or a demonstration of your Paper Quill Designs!! Now, all you have to do is, get ready to narrate your favorite, well prepared story to the people who would love to listen to you!

3. Prepare

Am splitting the Preparation into three segments. (a) Practise (b) Rehearse (c) Demo. They are similar, but there is a difference in each step. Read along to know more.

Before moving on to the main preparation, there are three pointers one must keep in mind:

  • Vocabulary
  • Voice
  • Body Languagenot only for others, but for you too.

<1> Know the terminologies. Improve your vocabulary on the subject. If it is about a car, you should know what a carburetor and fuel injection is. If it is about music, you should know about the instruments, notes and keys! You won’t search for words in the middle of your speech if you have a sound vocabulary. You won’t use the same words over and over again either!

<2> Be loud and clear. Drink ample water and relax your mouth and throat. Your mouth shouldn’t become dry. Your throat shouldn’t strain. If you are loud enough, you will automatically gain some confidence in your presentation.

<3> Body language is not only for others, it is for you too. People tend to stick their hands close to their body, stand rigid like a pole! Don’t do that blunder! Move freely across the dais. People like movement, they won’t feel bored. Their eyes have work, to follow your movement. So they won’t fall asleep either. In case you have a podium, you can’t move. In such a situation, wave your hands (not too much), make sure your elbows are away from your body. This not only engages your audience, but helps you too. It improves ventilation, relieves tension, regulates breathing and blood flow. It will help you think clearly and talk without stammering.

(a) Practise

Shut the door, close the windows. Take a hair brush or a doll mic, stand in front of the mirror and talk. Imagine yourself as Steve Jobs or Martin Luther King, choose your own favorite presenter or a public speaker. If you like to be original, imagine yourself as “The Greatest Speaker”.

Talk anything. Face yourself first. Shed your shyness. Listen to your own voice. Accept yourself. Embrace your quality.

Suggestion : Give a crazy report on your current hairstyle, present your new cosmetic product, host a talk show-gossip about your favorite actor, do a Shakespearean monologue, demonstrate your art work, interview yourself as a new celebrity ambassador for UNICEF, host a cooking show, be a radio jockey, try your own version of “Emma Watson’s ” speech – “He for She”.

 My personal favorite is that of a King’s/Queen’s/Boss’ body language during a speech. So royal, bold and elegant! 😉

Try a variety of stuff. Look at yourself in the mirror, experiment with your voice, expressions and body language. Evaluate yourself. Build your confidence. 

(b) Rehearse

This a very important stage. Rehearsal. Once you are ready with your draft and you are no longer afraid of forgetting the content and have shed your shyness that you harbor within yourself, you start rehearsing what you want to say, This time, it is serious. You narrate your story exactly the same way you would like to present in front of an audience. But once again, do it in front of a mirror, alone.

Next, face the empty room, imagine a huge audience now. If you want, place some chairs or a couch. Now try the same. You have more space to look at, more distractions to keep in mind. Imagination is very important. Practice until you get it right.

(c) Demo

Who would support you better than your friends and family? You need not make them listen to the New Business Strategies of your company. Instead, you can bring in your latest laptop or your painting and show it to them during tea time. Stand in the front and demonstrate. Present your piece! Sounds very simple, easy and doable. Isn’t it? Your family and friends are your first best audience. Give a demo performance. Now you can manage an audience of 5-10 people! You will obviously do well because it is not a serious presentation, it is a friendly chat. It is not a serious topic either, you know what you are talking about. You are only narrating your story. Moreover, only you know that it is your demo speech and presentation. 😉

Note:  The three steps do help a lot. Try it. 🙂

4. Connect

Do you know why you are not afraid while you narrate your stories and present in front of your family and friends? Is it because you connect with them. You are not afraid of being judged. You are not afraid that you might sound boring. You speak your heart out.

But here’s an important point, your audience in general are like minded people like you. They are there because they are interested in listening to you. Look at them, feel connected. They are not strangers, they are fellow human beings who share your interests. Have eye contact while you talk. Smile at them, they will smile back at you. Eases the aura doesn’t it? Relax and connect with the audience. There’s nothing to be afraid. There’s no reason to feel shy. You can talk to your pals, you can talk to these people too! The only difference is you talk in front of them and not with them!

5. Be Passionate

If you are passionate about something, you won’t be afraid to take a leap! Be passionate towards what you do. Your passion will reflect in your speech. Your interest in the subject will make it interesting for the audience. You will not worry about the audience or your ability to present if you are really into it. Your concentration would be focused on conveying the content clearly to the listeners and not on how you do it while you are on stage. Your well trained body and your well prepared brain will take care of your presentation skills while you immerse yourself in the subject. Blissful! isn’t it?

Try these steps if you find them applicable to you. It takes time. But a sincere effort can take you farther than you imagine. All you need is passion and relentless effort. Wish you all the best!

Hope it was helpful. Feel free to leave your comments. 🙂