Life is…

Sometimes I wonder: what am I?
I look at the stars and feel very small;
just a tiny consciousness.
But if I were as tall as a planet,
I would still be short in comparison to the universe.

I see a person twice my size
and I feel weak and fragile.
But if I were strong and powerful,
I would still not be invincible.

I see a painting by the hand of a genius,
and I feel inexperienced and ignorant.
But if I were the greatest artist alive,
it would not make me love what I do any more or less.

I see blood, running from the wound of another,
and I feel a chilling fear from deep within.
But if I walked this earth with bravery,
it would not make things less dangerous.

I see a baby, innocent and naive,
and I feel cynical and jaded.
But if I saw through untainted eyes all my life,
it would not make the world a better place.

I see a raindrop, tear of the sky,
and I feel ugly and unsightly.
But if I were as beautiful as rain,
it would not make me crystal clear inside.

There are children with cancer,
mothers who lose their babies,
people who are worse off than dead.

I wonder if I am just lucky or if the world was cruel.
But even if the world was kind or if I were dying, too,
there would still be suffering.

I weep all night, I get nightmares,
I lose myself thinking of such things.
But even if I could right every wrong,
if I could run faster
or jump higher
or be stronger,
it would not make me better or happier.

With what I have, I’ll do what I like
and like what I do.
Life is good.

Life

-Mkalyan

Take Every Chance, Drop Every Fear

Take every chance,
Drop every fear,
You should know by now,
You don’t belong here.

You’re bigger than this place.
I guess you just need more space,
There’s no use being a big fish in a little pond…
You’ll make us all look bad when we correspond.

By time you all start,
I’ll already be finished.
You’ll be far away,
By the time we all end

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How to love a girl who can’t love herself.

one.

When she cries herself to sleep
six out of seven nights a week you must
say nothing. You must simply take
her in your arms and kiss her gaunt,
pale cheeks and wait for her to
slumber at the sound of your heart.

two.

On the days where she wishes she
were part of the stars, tell her
no. Tell her that there are too many
lights in the sky and that just one
would be forgotten the moment you looked
away from it. Tell her that she is perfect
the way she is: completely human.

three.

Don’t let her think about the scars
that no one but her can see. If she
says “I think I’m broken” smile like you
know a secret and say, “No, you’re mending.”
But do not be the one to fix her – no, she
must be the one to do it herself, and you
merely are there to quietly encourage her.

four.

Read her poetry (even if you are
not a poet), the kind that uses
flowery words and compares girls to
the moon; the kind that you will
rewrite for her. Make her a warrior.
Make her a goddess with eyes like a
wolf’s and a smile like a tiger’s.

five.

Laugh with her the first thing in
the morning and the last thing before
you fall asleep. Tell her cheap puns
that you’ve been thinking of for weeks.
And when she smiles – the type of smile
that could bring you to your knees if
you aren’t careful – know that for the
moment, she’s yours. She is whole.

six.

Love her. Love her like a fish loves
the sea or a bird loves the sky. Love
her in the way that your heart feels like
it’s going to burst at any moment every
time it beats. Love her skin and the way
it feels against your own, soft and warm
and utterly flawless. Love her for the way
her voice trembles when she can’t keep it
together anymore and love her when she
holds onto you as if you were the only
thing that was keeping her alive.

seven.

Love her, because some days she just can’t do it herself.

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Making of ALOO TIKKI

ALOO TIKKI

Aloo tikki

INGREDIENTS

3 large potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
¾ cup frozen peas (uncooked)
½ large onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tbs. grated ginger
1 handful fresh parsley or cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tbs. bread crumbs (I used panko)
4 tbs. flour
INSTRUCTIONS

Once the potatoes have been boiled and mashed, add in all the other ingredients.
Form into patties (you should be able to get 8 large patties or 10 smaller ones).
Heat a little oil over medium-high heat and fry a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain and cool on paper towels.
Serve with any kind of sauce you like (I served it with a cottage/ricotta cheese mixture, but I imagine this would be delicious with some kind of chutney)!

In search of companion to travel world

It’s a dream of mine to both travel the world and live without money. I have found out that both can be possible with enough will power and faith in the kindness of strangers. I gonna start my journey from Delhi, India around mid august on a bicycle heading to Nepal and from there Neighboring countries. Not sure if I will keep or drop the bicycle at any point and continue hitchhiking. I will be covering Asia first for at least a year since there will definitely be lots of volunteering on farms, villages and schools  involved. I welcome one or two travel companions for all or parts of my adventure, because after all, what’s a experience when it’s not shared. Reply here or send me a private message if you’re interested. Further things discussed on PM how to travel with shoestring budget.

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Dear Bloggers help me

My name is Madhu Kalyan Mattaparthi and I enjoy living.

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As Helen Keller once said:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

We need to take full advantage of the time we have. Experience everything. Dare to be adventurous, scared, embarrassed, and alone. Dare to laugh, to live, to enjoy the present, and to exploit every opportunity. For it is in these moments of emotional extreme that we find out who we really are and what we love to do. Pursue them. Seek out experiences that make you come alive and settle for nothing less.

As Alfred Tennyson wrote in Ulysses:

I am part of all that I have met.

Make your adventures count.

Seek out friends in strangers, eat foods that are delicious delicacies of other cultures,  live hard, laugh often, and above all, enjoy life. Because in the end we will all return to the earth. Let’s hit it running.

My name is Madhu Kalyan and I want to share my perspective of the world.

Recently finding myself struggling to find my “calling” in life led me to discover that my true desire is to travel the world and see places through the lens of my camera, nothing–in the whole world–could make my heart happier.

This campaign is just a launching pad for my wanderlust. There are so many places in the India that are just as extravagant as many of the World Wonders, and more specifically, Himalayas. I want to travel some of the great landmarks that reside between the borders of India, and document the whole trip from my camera. So why not explore the unknown right in your very own backyard? A question I asked myself, “Why not?” Quickly after some excitement of making my dreams unfold, I realized I need YOUR help. This entire campaign will NOT be possible with out you.

My link

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/documentary-on-india/x/7516875