We are Back !

Hello Everyone!

It really feels great to connect back with all of you. We are sure many things have changed. It so happened that we got stuck with family and career. But we are back with something new this time, for all of you. You will love it. It is a MOOC ! MOOC means “Massive Open Online Course”.

The Title of the MOOC is “Mathematical Economics” It is not just a course but there is lot of learning and learning with fun.

The world we live in, is full of wonders and mysteries. One of the Mystery is Mathematics. This is what we have been exploring and learning for the last three years.

Do you know that Mathematics is not a subject but a Language, just like any other language? Do you know that Mathematics and Economics is everywhere around you, right from the time you wake up till you fall asleep?

If you are curious to know more, join us in this journey. Click on the link https://swayam.gov.in/nd2_ugc19_hs41/preview

Enroll immediately and join us in this exciting journey of life-long learning!

Enjoy Life and Keep Learning !

The Argument

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When there is disagreement or difference of opinion, there is controversy; and because there is controversy, change persists. We have seen childhood, youth and adulthood. And now we are experiencing parenthood. Just as our life cycle has been through different phases, so have our thoughts. Here are few of the cases, what we were taught to believe when we were young. What we were taught was not wrong; but they are not right either. At least, this is what we believe today. Our views on the same issues have undergone drastic changes. For good or bad, if you ask; we would say, its not the last! We still have miles to go before we sleep. 🙂

So, here are those issues, that we agree to disagree.

We were taught: Always keep good company.  A man is known by the company he keeps.

We believe: No company is good or bad. A man becomes what he thinks and believes.

We were taught: Read good books and learn from them. They will be your best friends.

We believe: Books are expressions of great people. Read the minds of great people and express what you feel before your life ends.  

We were taught: Never tell a lie, it’s a punishable sin.

We believe: Your intentions matter. Just keep your soul clean.

We were taught: Obey your elders, they know better than you.

We believe: Age is just a number. Follow the wise, even if younger than you.

We were taught: Man is a social being. Follow the rules to lead a smooth life.

We believe: Society is for us, we are not for society. Get out of the comfort zone before you die.

We were taught: Smile a lot and at many people as you meet.

We believe: Smile may be fake. Let your eyes speak as you greet.

We were taught: Never talk to strangers. You never know.

We believe: Learn to believe and trust; the good will always flow.

These were some cases, which we were taught to believe at some point in our life. Today, as knowledgeable persons we try to defend the opposite. And let us tell you, it feels great! It feels like a great development as a human being, as a learner and as a creator of our own destiny and world. Today, we dare to dream and experience reality.

We have seen the good and the bad, and we believe, there is always something good about the bad and something bad about the good. So, the ball is always in your court!

© 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

This post is in response to The Daily Post:Bone of Contention and Agree to Disagree

Towards Harmony

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This is the Cover Photo of our newly created page in Facebook- “Sia Positive”. You can also find the Link in the widgets on the right of this page. Take a look! We won’t disappoint you for sure! Let our journey begin with you! 🙂

Facebook Page “Sia Positive” is a new Initiative towards Harmony- discover the blend of Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual and Laughter; all in one platform- 🙂

Over the years we’ve almost reached a level, where we have learned to live in a state of harmony with the universe. Both our head and heart work together to create a unique and well-balanced “us”.

We have always been ardent enthusiasts and  the energetic and fun-loving quality in us has assisted us to face the acute realities of life. We are impulsive, free-flowing and exciting and try to keep track of everything. We are spontaneous and never say no to any adventure. Often, we may end up surprising and even shocking people. But that’s just how we are!!

We always remain true and keep hunting for the truth. If something interests us, we will not rest until we have acquired a profound knowledge of that area.

When faced with a problem or a tough decision, we try to break things down and make a sensible choice. We have trained our heart such that we follow our gut when necessary. Though planning and discipline exist in our dictionary, there are instances when we love to throw in a little spontaneity.

An impulsive, but balanced  outlook and approach to life creates the desire in us to not only understand the world, but to also mold it as we see fit. We have come to learn that our life becomes what we make out of it; and this has helped us in our endeavor to understand life from so many wonderful perspectives.

Join us, while we take you on a journey to Harmony- an excellent blend of Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual (not religious) and Laughter.

© 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

Skill of Living

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There are instances in life when we start questioning our existence; when nothing goes right and we feel left behind. These are times when we wish to be the master (or mistress) of some skill in this world; so that we can move on smoothly and live our life with contentment.

The skill that we would pick is: Skill of Living. We choose this skill because mastering the Skill of Living will act as a stimulus and show us the way to be the master in all other skills.

Here are few examples that we think, represent the Skill of Living. There is a negative though that may push us down, followed by a positive thought that will pull us up again.

“I’ve wasted my time”

“Every moment wasted has taught me to climb”

 

“I’m not intelligent, confident and smart”

“Never compare, get recharged and restart”

 

“There are people bad and good”

“Look at me, it’s something i misunderstood”

 

“You pulled me down, I’m hurt”

“I know my worth, I’m beautiful from my heart”

 

“I’m depressed, lonely and sad”

“These moments make me strong, I’m glad”

 

“Don’t do this, don’t do that”

“Take a risk, just go ahead”

 

“Time waits for no one”

“Remove the battery and it’s done”

 

“I’m negative, discontent and do not know how to chill”

“I know the Skill of Living, I’m the master of this skill !”

 © 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

This post is part of  The Daily Post: I Got Skills

A Long Drive

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How much is too much?

Is a question the mind asked;

Competition, expectation and position;

Are all that makes everything  a bit too much!

 

He is the best, she is the best;

But we need to be better than the rest!

Take it easy, do not strive too hard,

Fast! Learn the art of working smart!

 

Success, fame or wealth comes later,

A happy journey is all that matter;

Breathe free, go for a long drive;

Let the heart and soul feel alive!

© 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

This post is part of The Daily Post: Oasis

Walk to Remember

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This photograph was taken during our trek at Lonar Crater, India.

“Follow us, but we may not lead you;

Lead us, but we may not follow you;

Walk beside us, you’ll always find us with you.”

                                                                                                                                              —-Ahmad and Ahmad

This post (not so much a one-liner) is part of One-Liner Wednesday- views and follows hosted by LINDAGHILL. 

Sia Positive 2014 in review

Click here to see the complete report.

The WordPress.com stats helper prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog. We extend our gratitude for the wonderful effort taken by WordPress team. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Special thanks to:

SusieShy

Soul n Spirit

Cee Neuner

Ripples n Reflections

Sweety Kannoth

“EVERYTHING IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL”

A Journey Through Caves

One Word Photo Challenge: Taupe

Taupe is a noun that means grey with a tinge of brown. 

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”, which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE according to older accounts, or all in a brief period of 460 to 480 according to the recent proposals of Walter M. Spink. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Source: Wikipedia )

We are delighted to share and take our viewers on a tour to some of the taupe structures. The photographs were taken during our visit to Ajanta Caves this October. We think they would fit well in this challenge.

Happy Journey!

In the pre-Christian era, the Buddha was represented symbolically, in the form of the stupa. Thus, halls were made with stupas to venerate the Buddha. In later periods the images of the Buddha started to be made in coins, relic caskets, relief or loose sculptural forms, etc.

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An entrance to a cave

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Musical Pillars: The pillars that you see in the picture below emit musical sound when rapped.

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A passage in one of the caves

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Sculptures of Buddha in different mudras

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© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Listen to that Voice

Food for Thought:

When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

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This photograph was taken in the awesome Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India.

Thanks to WordPress for selecting our topic of discussion on Gut Feeling for the Daily Post. Glad to be a featured blogger in Daily Prompt. 🙂

While we were trying to recall the last time we followed our instinct, what provoked us was: if its our instinct, we have to be sure about it. If we are not sure about our action, it will definitely not be the right call. And our post follows…

It is a difficult task to differentiate between intuition (instinct or gut feeling) and thinking. There is a very thin line of distinction between the two. While Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning; thinking is the process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something and arrive at rational judgement.

Following our intuition is like that shooting star. Just like a shooting star passes by leaving no traces behind; our intuition is our conscience, that inner feeling or inner voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior giving us a glimpse of what should or should not be done. What we have observed from our life experiences; intuition never goes wrong! At least it did not go wrong with us, so far we could identify between that instinct and our thought. What we believe is, after following that instinct if things went wrong or did not materialize; then we probably missed our intuition and what was guiding us was our calculative mind.

We have encountered many instances when we followed that first voice from within, in any tricky situation. However several times we have even tried chasing that voice in vain because we never knew when it crossed by! What happened several times again is, when we ignored that first voice and tried to reason out the things, everything went wrong. After something went wrong, we regret not following that first voice.

To a great extent we have tried to master the art of catching the first voice. What we learnt is, the mind needs to be calm; and self belief, positive thinking and faith are the guiding factors to catch hold of that instinct.

Many of our posts created here in WordPress are the results of following our instinct, including the current one. 🙂

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

The Countdown: Life with WordPress

“Through this post we also take the opportunity to thank our readers and viewers for their incredible support.”

The Countdown

This post is all about our journey here in WordPress since July 2014 till December this day. The first day (July 14) with WordPress was quite monotonous as we had no idea what to do. But as we moved ahead in this journey, we managed to gather readers and viewers from every nook and corner of this world. And as we approach this New Year, we have high hopes of expanding our contribution to reach as many readers and viewers as possible trying to share our ‘share of life’.

So, let the Countdown to a new beginning start !

10. July 14: THE BABY STEP

The Other Side of the Story:  Our first post. This post tried to compare the rich and poor from a different perspective.

Aww…. 😦

This looks so incomplete; without any picture or tags. No likes or comments either. But that did not de-motivate us. Probably because approval of others was not what we were seeking here.

9. July 16: THE FIRST VISITOR

Finally we were spotted by someone. Thank you Samoan Sword, for sparing the time to read our post. As we are academicians, this was what we thought would be beneficial to the society we are part of. Yes, Value Based Education System, the need of the hour! This post was all about the young learners who must be guided to shape their own mind so that they understand the importance of positive values and apply these values in their journey of life.

But how irresponsible of us! We did not even bother to reply back to this first visitor. We must have been busy customizing our Blog to make it attractive in the simplest way possible, trying to make it clearly visible and legible.

8. July 18: WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

Will Power Matters ! Our third post that provided us the limelight.

This post too carries no tags or pictures. It looks so dull ! However, this time we somehow learnt while experimenting with WordPress that we could share our posts in Facebook. And here we are with 45 likes! But none to like in WordPress still. But two of the bloggers did comment on this post. Thanks to Tammi Kale and susieshy45 for visiting our blog.

This was sufficient for us to keep us moving in this new world among strangers. We were enjoying this new experience playing with our own thoughts and feelings and sharing it with the world without the least expectation of being selected to publish our work.

Wonderful! Isn’t this an achievement in itself? Definitely yes! This, kind of boosted our enthusiasm and energy to devote more of our time in expressing how we feel about everything around us, trying to improve as we stepped ahead.

Will Power indeed matters !!

7. July 27: THE TURNING POINT

Something suddenly struck our mind. Being crazy travellers, we had that bulk of photographs with us that could not be utilised so far. And here was the opportunity to portray and share our experiences through our photographs. And there was this turning point! The Call of the Hills– Yes, our next post.

We decided to bring our writing skill and photography together in one platform and make our existence visible and possibly work towards the purpose of our life to spread the message of unity and peace.

And we came up with our first ever ‘wonder post’. We call it a ‘wonder post’ because it looks so lively. Even now as we opened it to include the link, it was so exciting to read our own experiences and bring back those memories back to life! It is an awesome feeling of getting lost in the sweet memories of the past treasures. And what is more incredible is that we could share it with the world! This is amazing! We really did it!

The breathless journey!
The breathless journey!

4 bloggers liked it and 17 likes from our Facebook friends. We believed we were doing great, at least we made ourselves feel so; no harm, isn’t it? And most important we found that magic wand!

6. July 28: THE PUSH AHEAD

Age is just a number: Our first ever entry to the Daily Post! It was short but was indeed a challenge. And it was like we discovered that silver lining in the cloud.

And our journey continues…

We continued posting at a stretch day and night. WordPress was our new love.

And here was the twist! The Daily Post and Weekly Challenges got us in its grip and we started relating our life experiences to the themes these challenges provided. It was a blessing in disguise to come up before the world as an example (good or bad). We did not have any trouble choosing what to post because there were already plenty before us, as if they were prepared to assist us in our endeavor.

Here are some of our posts that would definitely keep your eyes locked to the screen. We have numbered them in ascending order of likes by other bloggers.

5. The Tussle between Venus and Mars

Men and women

Women and Men are both marvelous and inspiring creations of the Unseen Creator. They are different, yet meant to be together. They are opposite, yet they attract each other!

Be a part of this thrilling experience!

4. An Extreme Tale

We made it

A Tale of the Good and the Bad brought together in this post. Find yourself lost in the ups and downs of your own life, trying to lift yourself up in the ladder of life as you scroll through the post.

3. Taste the Lemons

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Find out what we do when life gives us lemons. No, we never make lemonade. 🙂

2. Way of Life

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Scroll though some of our photographs that have something to say about the way of life!

1. Humanity- The Connection  The most loved post of our blog!

The Connection 

We have created some of the wonderful memories of our life with WordPress- our readers and viewers! What more could we preserve from our life in 2014 than these memories and the pleasurable and marvelous conversations with strangers from all over the world. An achievement indeed ! 🙂

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad