All posts by Sachin Thakur

I am a life coach, and a blogger. I grew up in India, and then moved to Australia where spent about fifteen years. I am very much at home in Australia, but currently it is India that I call home. I am married with one son. I spent a lot of years reading, learning, and making a difference to other people's lives. With technology the geographical boundaries have disappeared. So I am using the blogging tool to reach as many people as I possibly can. I have an Engineering (Electronics) degree and a post graduate degree in Information Systems. If I had not become an engineer, I would have become an astrophysicist. In a nutshell, I have a very analytical mind. Sometimes people say that I am philosophical. That's probably right, because I always ask questions like, 'Why is it this way?' or, 'What if it was some other way?'. So I put up this blog to see the world from a perspective different from my own. This way, I get to see the world from the views of the writer's as well as the readers'. My punctuation is the way it is. Software companies have conditioned me in believing that their way of punctuation is the right way. However, I think at school I had learnt different punctuation and grammar. And, I believe that was the right way. Along the way, I will read books about grammar and punctuation and improve. Right now, how it appears here, is how I want to express myself.

Sheru’s Rules

The Pandemic started in March 2020. Today it’s over a year and a half. People were discussing the New Normal when the Pandemic started. I feel ‘Sit At Home’, rather than ‘Work From Home’ is the new normal. India went through multiple waves of Covid-19. It also went through multiple lockdowns. The curve is getting flatter and life is returning to normal, except for Work from Home. Hopefully, the schools and offices will reopen by December.

A few things happened during the lockdown. One of the major events that happened is Sheru came into our life. My son rescued a stray puppy about two months old, from the streets. We adopted him and raised him for about six months. Then he had to fight for life because of kidney and liver problems after a surgery (he had swallowed a pencil sharpener). He lost his fight, but left his impact. He learned fast and he grew fast. From 4 kilos he grew up to about 14 kilos. The vet said he would have grown up to about 22 kilos. He was a high energy kid, playful and very athletic. He loved playing Fetch. He loved food; and he loved looking outside the window. Sheru taught me that life has to be fun, no matter how things are on the outside. He never let me sit idle. His energy was conducive.

At two to three months old
The athlete
Watching the world go by

Sheru’s Rules:

  1. Never sit still
  2. Rest when you need to rest
  3. Eat when you are hungry
  4. Demand what you want
  5. No matter how others treat you, just have fun
  6. Don’t let others take away what is yours
  7. Protect your people

Life After Death

Every molecule, every atom of my body comes from the Earth and will finally join the Earth.

After me, the atoms of my body will become a part of something else. If my atoms become a part of a stone, that stone will have a part of my Self. If it joins a plant, the plant will have me.

As long as this planet lives, the cycle will continue and my journey will never end.

Perhaps, my atoms will be free when they are disintegrated in a nuclear reactor.

as long as the Universe exists, so shall I.

Is it really worth worrying about Nirvana?

Will my noble deeds lead to noble existence in the next life?

Mirabilis Jalapa -5

Day 5

The seed is formed. It is raw and green. Let’s wait and watch how long it takes for it to turn black. Should we call that ripe? Better word for that would possibly be ‘mature’.

This picture above is of another branch. Just above the base of the flower is the black seed. That’s how it will turn out. Let us now wait and watch the transition.

Mirabilis Jalapa – 2

Mirabilis Jalapa
Day 2 morning
Day 2 evening

I understand how important days and dates are. Yesterday-today-tomorrow has limitations in the online world where things remain forever. So these images are named Day 2 – morning, and evening. Today is day 3, but there is not much change in the flower. So there is no point uploading.

At the base of the flower there will form the black seed we are taking about. It won’t be black in the beginning, it will be green. It will be juicy. Let us wait and watch.

Mirabilis Jalapa

Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa

This is a common plant (Mirabilis Jalapa). It is found in western India (Mumbai). But I am not sure if it is common in the rest of the country; and if it is native to India. Wikipedia says it originated from Peru. I am not too interested in where it came from. I have it in my home garden. I decided to observe this particular flower at my window.

Mirabilis Jalapa bears a black seed which forms within a few days after the flower blooms. I observed that the flowers bloom before sunset, or after sunrise. They have a timespan (a deleted the word ‘lifespan’) of about twelve to fifteen hours. The transition that you see in these three pictures is within about eighteen hours. It is 10 AM. right now (whatever day or date it is today). The third picture, I took it about an hour ago. The second picture (I am sorry, I am going in reverse order) was taken at about 8 AM. And the first one was about 6 PM yesterday.

I am not a botanist. I am an electronic engineer for whom electronics is just a hobby now. I love physics. One thing that really interests me is where it all began (big bang). I love the miracles of nature and the miracles of life. I love how life gets formed and how it propagates. This particular flower is in a strategic position (facing inside, rather than out towards the Sun). I decided to follow its transition.

I have taken these pictures with Sony ILCE 6000 and the 200mm kit lens. It is not a fancy lens compared to the other options. I can’t go too close to the subject. I have to keep a distance of minimum 1 metre.

Before I wrote this post, I did not want to wait for Fertilisation, or for the seed to form. Let’s wait and watch. Stay tuned!

PS: I switched back to the Twenty-Twelve theme. I feel it works best when I have to upload images.

About the New Theme of this Blog

I opened the homepage of this blog, and I felt it was a bit mundane. Personally, I felt it was a bit stale. I changed the theme to Twenty Ten. It has a nice picture. That’s when I realised, I need to introduce something colourful. The Twenty Ten theme of WordPress did what I wanted. However, when I looked at the overall content, different sections of the website, I realised that it needs a complete revamp. Some interesting photographs would be nice too. The sections I have added in the design but which I never visited, need to be deleted.

You will see some interesting stuff, now that I have woken up from a long slumber. Life is not just about text. A picture is worth a thousand words.

God, the Creator

In a God-believing world, God is the Creator. History indicates that Religion has payed a major role in forming a civilisation. So God is going to be a major part of the modern civilisation.

While I was a student in Australia, I went on a trip organised by the university for overseas students to Canberra (Australia’s capital). At one of the stops, there was a shop selling aboriginal artefacts. One board at an opal shop described an aboriginal legend that when gods got angry, they made lightning. It broke the rainbow and the colours fell to the ground forming opals. Gods have been with us for ages. The aboriginal culture it seems, is more than ten thousand years old.

For ages, we have had this fear of the unknown. We have been awed by the vastness of the universe, and the vastness of the forces of nature. Our own strength and ability which we are so proud of sometimes, reach a limit which is far surpassed by the natural forces. Our imagination perhaps asks, “who else is out there, stronger than us?” It is that “another” being who is stronger than us that intrigues us. We haven’t been able to pinpoint to it which we normally like to do. It seems to be there everywhere we go, because all around us there is Mother Nature. And, she is mighty strong. We place our almighty force in mother nature and we call it God.

God has played an important role in us because It (with capital I, for there is said to be only one God in English language, and he is neither male, nor female) gave us the faculties of Faith and Imagination. Every achievement of the human society has been a product of imagination. Whatever we designed, we imagined first. And perhaps, our imagination began with the imaginary concept called God.

The subject of God raises a lot of subjects. Each of them – whether in favour of God, or against – is valuable, and that is why God is important in human civilisation.

Social Leadership

A major trait of a leader is that a leader thinks about the benefit of others before their own.

Society as an organism exists for the benefit of the individual, and not vice versa. The individual does not exist for the society. But, this is a default rule. Society has to function for the individual to function, for the individual to survive. The person who makes sure that the society works has to be from the segment of the society that they represent. In other words, the leader must be from the community itself. She / he must be a member of the same community that they are a leader of.

In order for the society to function, the individuals must function according to the rules of the society. The rules of the society must be specified, implemented, followed and monitored. To do that, an authority needs to be employed by the society. Thus, an individual is monitored by the society or by the authority employed by the society, stopping an individual from acting in an uncontrolled manner. the individual who has a tendency to act in an uncontrolled manner now has a reason to rebel, since their personal freedom is compromised by the society at large.

A mature society is one in which there is minimum requirement of control because the individual members are conscientious. there is a balance between authority and freedom of the individual.

The balance cannot be achieved without effective leadership. The leader has the responsibility to educate the society towards their responsibility and make sure that the society is effective in appointing or electing effective authority.

An ideal society is one which works for every individual.

Choosing Thoughts

Is it possible to cause a shift in the universe just by the way we think, or by the way we think, or by controlling our thoughts?

Thoughts come from the Universe. We are an integral part of that universe. We may say that we exist inside the thoughts that exist in the Universe. So we are nothing but the thoughts; and our thoughts are a link to the vast universe. We could argue endlessly as to whether the thoughts are imposed upon us, or whether we have the choice to control our thoughts. I would like to choose a position ‘We can choose our thoughts’, to start with. That seems realistic and easy. It gives me the satisfaction of being in control of my life and my mind. By choosing the right books, right information, I can control the power of thinking.