The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by my dear friend Little Miss Mystery. First of all, thank you very much dear. It really means a lot to me. You know there are some times when I feel like my blog isn’t really reaching many people, but your comments and replies always bring a smile on my face.

So without much ado…here are the rules…

  • Thank the person who nominated you (done!)
  • Add the logo to you post (ERROR RETRIEVING LOGO!!!)
  • Nominate ten bloggers who inspire you (Oh God, 10?? I will do a couple, but not 10…)
  • Answer the following questions

1. In your personal life, which person inspires you the most?
Quite a lot of people, nearly all of them pro-wrestlers. I know pro-wrestling has a kind of a bad name out there, but I am proud of being a fan. I love Triple H, Shawn Michaels, C M Punk, Seth Rollins, the list is huge.
2. Who is your role model?
I don’t have ONE role model, because I believe no one is perfect. I try to emulate things from different people. I just find that more practical.
3. Do you make efforts to make others feel emotionally and mentally stronger?
Not very much. However, if my cousins come to me seeking advice, I try to give them the best possible advice about life in general. I tell them that there are always going to be people who look down on you and try to drag you down. I tell them they have to be strong and above all, stay true to themselves. I hope one day, somebody’s life will be at least a little bit better, because of me.
4. Which sound do you hear this current moment?
The ceiling fan in my hostel room.
5. Which is the best quote for you?
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”      – Albus Dumbledore

The reason I think this quote is meant for me, is that I get bugged down by the smallest things. I am literally one of the luckiest people in the world thanks to the Lord’s grace, but I picture myself as the victim quite often.I should really live by this quote.

And now the nominations:

Inconspicuous Beings and back to my dear Little Miss Mystery. Also I’d like to nominate someone who is not on wordpress, but on blogger, Capturing Sunshine. Her posts are some of the most inspirational posts I’ve ever seen.

Chocolate Currency

Early man used quite a few things as currency. They used stones, leaves, animals and what not. But as time progressed, we wanted something much more standard and efficient. Lo and behold, we started using coins and paper cash. Even though this is the de facto standard across the world, in some corners (hell, it isn’t even in remote corners) of India, there exists another system of exchange. And it exists parallel to the coin and cash system. There is no proper name for it, and it has not been documented at all. It just exists. People follow it, and so it exists. For all practical purposes, lets call it chocolate currency.

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The name ‘chocolate currency’ originates from the simple fact that chocolate is used as the medium of exchange in this system. As I mentioned, this system is by no means a replacement to the worldwide accepted system. It is rather a backup system which comes up when the standard system fails.

Hey, hey, hold on a second !!! The standard system fails??? When does the cash system fail???

Simple…I buy something for Rs 38. I give a 50 rupee note to the cashier. But as luck would have it, he doesn’t have Rs 2. Maybe he doesn’t have it in, or maybe he is lazy to search for it. Either way, the system fails. He wont give me the 2 rupees, and I won’t let it go. Then comes the alternate system of chocolate currency. The change I get is Rs 20 plus 2 chocolates of 1 rupee each.

Nice, right???

But the problem that I have with the system is that it doesn’t work 2 ways. Suppose I try to give two toffees to a store, or in a bus. The guy will just kick me out. Come on now, a system is supposed to work both ways…

Now I didn’t have a problem with this in the early days, because I was a kid, and ate toffees a lot. But now, not so much, I’d rather have the 2 rupees, which I can use in a bus. In fact, the toffees just sit around in my room, until someone comes along and eats it, or it goes bad and I throw it out.

And there are certain designated toffees which are used. Mostly it is either eclairs or milky bar or nowadays, Kopiko. If the change come upto about Rs 5, then dairy milk, perk, munch, or 5 Star works. But for these high end chocolates, we are usually asked first.

” Shall I give you a dairy milk for Rs 5?”

Okay, maybe. And mostly, we oblige, because otherwise, we lose the money. Some of us fish around in our pockets and come up the change, others just let it slide.

Either way, chocolate currency is a way of life, and it ain’t going away.

By the way, I have 2 chocolates. Care to exchange them for Rs 2?

Do you have such interesting systems in your country??? Let me know !!!

A Sweaty Mess

DISCLAIMER : This may probably turn into a rated R or kinky post. If you do not want to read such material or are offended by them, please turn away now.

Living in a tropical country, as far as I am concerned is a blessing. We don’t have extreme temperatures. We don’t have scorching hot summers or freezing cold winters. But that probably seems to be the sort of thing you see in a travel guide, but rarely see in person. Temperatures in South India is reaching over 40 degree celsius, at some places nearing 50. You sweat a lot. You go to sleep at night, and you wake up with a layer of sweat. You take a nap at noon, you inevitably wake up in an hour sweating.

Sweat…what art thou?? Chemically, just water, and some salt…but really, this is something different.

I’ve had an odd relation to sweat. I never really sweat much in my childhood, but after puberty, I sweat like hell. But that is not what I think of when I think of sweat. Sweat really turns me on. I mean really, really turns me on. When I see a hot girl sweating, I am totally lost. I see dance shows sometimes not because I love dance, but because that’s kind of the the only place where I can see girls sweating. I am satisfied with a dampness, a few drops of sweat on the lip or forehead, but at the other end of the spectrum I love it when a girl gets all sweaty, sweat just pours down her face, her neck and her hands. I mean just writing this is turning me on.

But at the other end, sweat is kind of an inspiration as well. When I see these videos or pictures I mentioned, there is an energy in me, it’s as if a fire is burning inside me. I can either release it or channel it. I rarely channel it to achieve something, but I wonder, what if I can? What if I can harness the infinite sexual energy in me, and become something better??

I am so sorry for all this, I don’t even know if I will post this I am mortified at this kink. I was just wondering are there others with similar kinks??

The School Tag

So, my good friend Little Miss Mystery has tagged me in for a challenge…actually its not a challenge per se…what it is I do not know… It is called the School Tag, and it is a bit overdue considering the fact that I am 22 and 5 years out of school, but I’ll go anyway. I am just so thankful I am being considered for something like this, Thank You dear!!!

Rules:

  • Answer all questions
  • Tag other blogs to take part
  1. What was your favourite subject in school?

Chemistry, probably. I was a nerd.

  1. What was your least favourite subject in school?

Maths. I hate maths. Even now I cannot do a proper integration because of how it was taught in school. I straight out hate it.

  1. How many detentions did you get?

Zero. Indian schools do not have detention system.Some teachers give lines, talk to our parents or come up with some other punishments.

  1. Where you a class rebel or a teacher’s pet?

Teacher’s pet. Probably because I was good at everything I did, and was pretty polite and all. I never went out of my way to help the teachers, and made friends out of teachers like some people, but I did okay.

  1. What was your favourite year of school?

Probably 12th. Because it was the last year of school, and I wanted to do (and I did) a big blow-off at the farewell. I ripped off the good-boy mask and performed on stage, which left some teachers with their mouths open. I am sure I impressed some girls as well, but pitted against all my dorkiness, I think it just paled away.

  1. What was your least favourite year of school?

This is tough. Because when you are 5 years out of school you tend to look upon everything fondly. But I’ll go with 4th. Because I had just transferred to a new school, and things were totally different. I hated it. But looking back, I’d say it taught me a lot of life lessons, and made me a better person.

  1. Who was your first friend in school?

I remember in Kindergarten and 1st, I had two friends, a boy and a girl. The girl, I recently met, and we are friends on FB, but the boy, I have no frigging idea.

  1. Your most vivid school memory?

Quite a lot of memories. Probably I’ll go back to my first crush. The rumours swirling around about us ( though nothing ever worked out), I just sort of loved it. I loved going to school during that time.

  1. Who was your favourite teacher in school?

No names dear, this is an anonymous blog. I feel like I have let too much out already.

  1. Who was your least favourite teacher in school?

Again, same thing.

  1. Did you ever skip class?
Nope. Maybe once or twice for family vacations, and with permission. I am a good boy…how I wish I was not!!!
  1. What was the biggest fad you had in school?

WWE. Continues to this day.

  1. Worst teacher joke ever?

Teachers rarely joke in India, trust me. And when they do it is just too horrible to even commit to memory.

So that’s about it. Thank you so much Mystery Girl, for this tag, and I’d like to tag, as always, Inconspicuous Beings.

Bye!!!

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The Real Neat Blog Award!!!

Wow, this is awesome!!! Hold on, let me just get a grip…

Okay…I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by a good friend Little Miss Mystery. It has been an incredibly long time since someone nominated me for an award. Now that I think of it, the last time I was nominated was about two-and-a-half years ago, when I started blogging. Well I am just incredibly thankful to my nominator, and just glad that I am back to blogging full time.

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The rules are:

  • Put the Award Logo on your blog
  • Answer seven questions by the person who nominated you
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog
  • Nominate any number of blogs for the award, linking to their blog
  • Let them know that you nominated them for the award
1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
    Hmmm…a bit hard considering I’ve never thought about it. Okay, a dog. I don’t have an iron clad reason for why I want to be a dog, but I’d love to have a dog to pet. If I can pick a mythical animal, a dragon would be incredibly cool!!!
2. Sweet or savoury?
   I actually had to google what savoury actually meant. I knew it had to do with salty-spicy food, but I wasn’t precisely sure. Savoury, any time. We Indians love spicy food.
3. Who/what is your biggest inspiration in life?
   Triple H, Shawn Michaels, C M Punk. All wrestlers. Considering what they have accomplished despite the odds, and how they manage to deal with incredibly tough schedules and still come out on top…I am just astounded.
4. Why did you begin to blog?
   Well, we have to take a little trip down memory lane for that one. It was just over three years ago. I was in college, and I was frustrated with life. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I had zero coping skills, I was unyielding and really unhappy. Besides, I have a feeling deep inside me that I am really not meant to be ordinary, and that I am meant to be a celebrity. Acting, writing, whatever. And I feel someway, without doing anything, I will be a star overnight. When those aspirations began to crumble down, I felt I needed to do something about it. So I started writing, to become famous. Atleast now some people aound the world know me, by my pseudonym, Bill Gladstone.
   So in conclusion, because I needed to deal with my emotions, and needed a release for things, and to become famous. So far, I’d say I achieved the first two.
5. What is the most life-changing event you’ve encountered?
   Life changing…hmmm…again nothing of interest. Nothing that will make people go “Wow”. But I have to say, we took a trip to Tamil Nadu, way back in 2007-08. Our whole family. I cut a couple of days of school, and this was a first to me. I was a complete nerd back then. I had absolutely no sense of humour back then, was a total teacher’s pet and … absolutely inflexible. But somehow that trip changed me. I actually had fun during that trip. And everyone says I changed after that trip. I became a bit more relaxed, developed a great sense of humour ( I do mimicry and skits for my family on get-togethers), and actually realized that it is okay to have fun.
6. What is your favourite colour and why?
   Red. And I have absolutely no idea. Has been ever since I was a kid.
7. What do you believe in and why?
   I believe in two things. God, and smart work.
   I believe that God has a plan for all of us. He assists us all along the way, along the most important cross roads. And he always gives us what we need (not necessarily what we want). I also believe that everything will work out in the end.
   Note I didn’t say hard work. I said smart work. I do not spend hours and hours toiling over studies, or spend an elaborate amount of time doing projects. I develop an idea of what to accomplish, and then the few hours I actually spend executing the idea, I do it with full force. That’s about it.
Now I’d like to nominate a couple of blogs I have been following…
I don’t know it I can back-nominate…since I want to nominate Little Miss Mystery back!!!
Now my questions:
  1. If you could be anyone in this whole world, who would you choose to be??
  2. Do you have a habit you are just annoyed with, but can’t stop???
  3. Why did you start blogging??
  4. Favourite book??
  5. What is your view on growing up?? What does it mean??
  6. FRIENDS or Big Bang Theory??
  7. Favourite Harry Potter character and why????

Questions for you- who are you?

I found this post over at a blog Dear Diary, and I thought it might be fun to to answer the questions given…(seeing as I wont be getting any questions for my Q&A… :-( )

1. What do you want to do with your life and who do you want to be?
       Well this is something I have been pondering for a long time, and still haven’t got an answer to. I started my college as a computer science student because I thought I could do well as a software engineer, till the thoughts of long hours and deadlines turned me off. I then thought I would be a professor, but knowing that what professors are asked to do now is do research, not teach, I am overlooking that as well. So, all in all, I have no idea. Which is why I have no long term plans. I only keep short term plans. I rarely look more than 1-2 months in advance, I simply don’t. However, I have a fantasy, which constantly repeats in my dreams, and daydreams where I am a professor+actor+celebrity+WWE promoter+author. Well, dreams are the only place where we have no limitations, so why bother with reality when dreaming!!!
“For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.”
                                                                                                                                      -Albus Dumbledore
2. If you were to ask an unanswerable question to the universe, what would it be?
        Simple, “what is the ultimate aim of life?”
I feel if this question is answered, the world would truly be a better place. The reason every one of us runs behind different things, the reason there are different religions professing different things, and all of us fail to prioritize our lives, is because we don not know what our aim is. Unless we know the destination, we cannot select our route.
3. What and who has shaped you to be who you are?
         The list would not be too exhaustive.Obviously my parents who inculcated in me a strong sense of right and wrong, and who taught me to stick to what was right, no matter what the world was doing ( and to bend the rules a little bit in some situations…). Plus the work ethic that I learned from them. The fact that they don’t stop doing what they have to even if no one else is doing it.
         Then it would be the countless WWE superstars who entertain us on a daily basis. Anybody who has ever laced up a pair of boots and set foot in a wrestling ring. People like Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Chris Jericho, Stone Cold, THe Rock, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk…the list goes on and on. From the bottom of my heart, if it hadn’t been for the work ethic, the sense of courage, conviction, right and wrong that these men instilled in me, I would not be here today.
4. What are your favourite quotes and where did you get them from?
         Quite a few…nearly every single quote from Harry Potter.
   “it is our choices … that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
   “It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live” -Dumbledore again.
   “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
   “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore
Then a couple of quotes from WWE…
   “Life ain’t perfect, and neither am I” -Stone Cold Steve Austin
   Basically every aspect of Shawn Michaels’ life is a quote. How he went from being one of the top guys in the business, to losing everything because of injuries and his addiction to drugs and alcohol. About how he found God and was born again. About how he cleaned up his act, did a complete 180 flip, and returned from a career-ending injury and wrestled for 8 more years, and how he, in the eyes of many (including me), became the greatest wrestler of all time. But quite more than all that, how he became a great husband, father, and human being.
5. Describe yourself in however many words you want
         I really hate doing this. I was a nerd for years and years. And when the hormones hit, I began breaking out of my shell, only to realize I hadn’t got the skills to make it in the world. Absolutely non-athletic, in bad shape. Very very introverted, especially when it comes to girls. No girlfriend, never had, and highly disappointed with that. Confused with life, had a bout of addiction, and trying to clean up his act. Believes in God with all of his heart, and thanks Him for Saving him. Wants to be successful, famous, rich and happy, but has no idea how. Huge WWE fan, mark, smark, everything.

Hello…I’m Waiting !!!

Okay, my blog is not the most popular blog in the world. I don’t write about things that matter, I don’t write about issues that shape the world. I blog about things that form in the dark corners of a troubled young man’s mind. Hopefully, that young man is making an active effort to clean up his act. And as he is realizing, it is not an easy task. To abandon a dark secretive habit, which is silently becoming an addiction, to overcome the overpowering feeling of helplessness and negativity, to go through life effortlessly and have the courage to live his dream, it is all just too hard to do. But hard does not mean impossible. he is well on his way. One step at a time.

But hey, I see people stopping by my site, I see a decent number of views per day, but absolutely no comment !! Why is this happening??I realize you have the right to comment or not, its your call, but hey, give this guy a chance!!!

I was planning to do a Q&A for my next post, but it has been delayed a bit more…So please i you feel like you have got something to take away from this blog, do ping me with question…either here or on twitter..@BillGladstone14

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