My Book: The Last 21 Hours

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The Last 21 Hours: A Bullet That Shook The White House, is a nail-biting, fast-paced thriller that shows the Vice-President taking over the presidency after the brutal assassination of a sitting president. To find the assassin, an FBI agent is assigned to take any call whatsoever to ruthlessly destroy the perpetrator. This book will make you sit on the edge of your seat till the end of it. It has a climax you may not have thought of and a traitor on the inside you never expected.

The story is divided into two parts. From Chapter 1 to Chapter 27 the new President tries to stabilize the country and bring in official governance as the assassin is on the run. From Chapter 28 to Chapter 50, the government and the FBI race against time to save the country as the threat towards the government grows exponentially.

The new President and his security team plan to do their best and make sure that this crisis is resolved as soon as possible. FBI’s best agent, Jason Edmunds, and his team have a huge responsibility to find the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President and try to prevent another assassination on President Harrison. Meanwhile, there is a group of people called ‘The Big Wave’ that plan to destroy the entire US government with contacts in the government itself and with contacts in the entire world.

By every chapter inside the book, the President’s life slides on thin ice as their level of danger increases with the Big Wave coming up with dangerous attacks that will destroy the entire country, entire government as well as the US President. There are several attacks that are about to come and the FBI will do its best at shielding their President from danger.

In a matter of two to three weeks time. The Big Wave is making more moves ruthlessly, dangerously, and smartly. The United States Government is about to wage a war against the Big Wave. For that, the FBI will have to race against time to save their president, their country, and their government from a sinister conspiracy that will break the entire nation in a matter of weeks to come.

My Favorite Cricketers

Hello Readers! Since the IPL has ended and the T20 World Cup has begun, I have resumed my obsession with the sport cricket. I thought that I must write something related to cricket and I thought of talking about my favorite cricketers that made me love the sport even more. Watching all these cricketing legends is quite fun to watch yet there is one thing that I also take away from each one of my heroes. Do tell me your list of cricketers or any sportspersons in the comments.

1. Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar a.k.a Sunny Gavaskar (played from 1971-1987) is someone whom I consider as one of the best batsmen of all time. Back then, when Gavaskar played cricket, there were no helmets, powerplays, limited bouncers, etc. Sunil Gavaskar wore a white Panama cricket hat and started playing. In fact, the then bowlers were extremely tall and they could bowl multiple bouncers which scared the batsmen. The batsmen’s t-shirts were smudged with the bouncers they faced by the tall and bulky bowlers from the West Indies. Another fun fact I heard about Gavaskar was that a day before he debuted, a small ice cube created a problem inside Sunil Gavaskar had asked a teammate to pour a pitcher of ice-cold water down his throat at the end of a grueling training session. A small piece of ice got lodged in a tooth cavity, starting off spasms of excruciating pain that dogged him throughout the match. This means whenever I am doing something and I am in pain then I will remember Gavaskar’s ice-in-tooth story in such situations.

2. Sachin Tendulkar

Now if I am talking about my favorite cricketers, then how can I not forget the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar (played from 1989-2013). Sachin Tendulkar for me is not just a god but a cricketing superhero as well. I look at his elegant and classy batting styles like his backfoot straight drives, cover drives, flick shots. Tendulkar being another short-heightened batsman like Gavaskar also happened to defeat the tallest and the strongest bowlers in the world. When Sachin played the second test of his cricketing career. His nose was destroyed by a bouncer bowled by Waqar Younis who was a dangerous fast bowler from Pakistan. His white-colored cricket shirt was covered in blood, the Pakistani players sledged him to go back as he was too young to play since he was just 15 years old and even the teammates suggested that he should go back to the pavilion and come back after a few wickets. The Master Blaster Tendulkar stood on the pitch saying ‘Main Khelega’ (‘I’ll Play’). After wiping off the blood, Sachin Tendulkar scored 57* runs not out. The two key takeaways from Sachin Tendulkar would be to be humble no matter how great you are as a player and the second one would be to be tough and never give up just like he never gave up during Waqar Younis’ bouncer.

3. MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni or MS Dhoni (played from 2004-2019) is someone that I consider to be the greatest captain of Indian cricket as he is the one and only captain to bring India to win the T20 World Cup of 2007, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Whenever I see Dhoni on-field during any of the India matches or the IPL matches, he looks extremely calm, composed, and chilled out, and after a few moments, you see Captain Cool finishing off the match. I will never forget how Dhoni finished off India vs Bangladesh Semi-Final with the run-out after an almost no-win situation. One more thing that I appreciate about him is that when his team loses he walks in the front and takes responsibility for it and when his team wins, he doesn’t take the whole credit and walks behind the team during a victory. One takeaway from MS Dhoni would be to stay calm and stay cool.

4. Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh (playing from 2000-) is my favorite left-handed batsman. I always enjoyed his hard-hitting batting style and his style of hitting those shots was extremely fun to watch. I do remember hearing that Yuvraj Singh batted and bowled through the entire 2011 world cup while having cancer and ended up winning Man Of The Series for the 2011 World Cup. And how to not forget his 6 sixes, even though I was a baby when this happened but even when I watched that 6 sixes masterpiece, I am in that hype thinking that the 6 sixes moment is happening in front of me. Just like Yuvi, I always try to think that I can face any tough situation. In fact, whenever I have a math exam, the day before is spent watching Yuvraj Singh’s 6 sixes in a row which gives me the confidence to give the math exam without fear. For the upcoming exams that I am going to have, I will spend 5 minutes watching the 6 sixes.

5. AB De Villiers

AB De Villiers (played from 2004-2018) was a former South African captain and player, AB De Villiers still plays the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore which means that it gives me more chances to watch Mr. 360 bat. AB De Villiers holds the record for the faster century, half-century, and the quickest 150 in international cricket. The reason is that when ABD walks on the field, he looks like he has no fear of getting out and hitting the ball and is waiting to hit the next ball. I also like the fact of how he has fun with his kids or how he has fun with his teammates after every game. My takeaway from De Villiers is to simply stay confident and play your A-game without any fear of failing.

6. Brett Lee

Brett Lee (played from 2000-2015) was a former Australian fast-bowler. Lee is still my favorite bowler and I always try to attempt his crazy ultimate yorkers every time I play cricket. I always watch Brett Lee’s bowling whenever I feel bored, just for the sake of entertainment and I always wondered how this man could bowl at the speed of 160 kilometers per hour and how could he take 300+ international wickets. Besides the sporting aspect, I am envious of Brett Lee’s clever and witty sense of humor that makes him goofy and funny as a person.

7. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes (playing from 2011) is my favorite all-rounder ever. Just like Stokes, I too am a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-bowler. Whenever there was an India vs England match, I waited to watch Ben Stokes and others like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Butler, and Joe Root. I was looking forward to Ben Stokes’s bowling and batting all the time. And I obviously could not forget how he became the World Cup hero for England in 2019. Ben Stokes will be one of my favorite all-rounders of all time ever.

8. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli (playing from 2008) is my favorite batsman ever. He may look aggressive on-field but at the end of the match, he is the post-match-gentleman. I look up to Virat Kohli for his dedication to fitness. Getting low runs to getting the highest runs requires a lot of mental determination and that is why I look up to him. I also try copying Virat Kohli’s flick shots, backfoot punches, and excellent cover drive. Virat Kohli is my favorite batsman ever and I like his quick pace while running between the wickets.

These are my favorite cricketers. I have learned a lot of them and I also have tried imitating their cricketing shots. Hope you liked this blog and I am sure you might have some of your favorite cricketers that match in this list

Thank you and stay safe

-Chinmay

My First MUN

Me Donned In A Suit And Excited For The MUN

On the weekend of 9th and 10th October 2021, I got an opportunity to attend an MUN. I have heard so many stories about several MUNs so far yet I had never gotten the chance to actually participate in an actual MUN until 9th and 10th October. On the day of MUN I was donned in a black suit, white shirt and a dark blue tie with a pattern of golden-colored diamonds on it. I was so excited for this MUN that I hadn’t slept the night before. I was over-researching in over-excitement, as I was excited, yet I was still nervous.

I was planning to be a part of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) but I happened to fall inside the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

On the day of MUN I donned my suit thinking like I am Harvey Specter from the series Suits, and logged into my committee as the delegate of Austria. Everything was new to me, the general speaker’s list, the roll call, the voting, the speech, the rebuttals, the voting, the passing of motions. I was still holding the nervousness inside my stomach until the moment where I uttered my first word of my minute-long speech. The moment I spoke, all my nervousness flew away and I started building more confidence.

At first few seconds I stuttered. Later on I spoke with charm, sheer confidence, politeness and used the diplomatic tone and language only by listening to what the other delegates spoke. Of course there were several errors as it was my first MUN and I did not know what to do or what to say. The reason probably was that I had an eighteen-page report filled with Austria and its laws yet I had no speech that I would refer to and say what exactly I want to say.

On the second day we debated, discussed and drafted a resolution based on the solutions that would fit for the topic the committee was supposed to talk about: Bridging The Digital Gender Divide. This topic was close to me. For that we had to bring other delegates on the table. For which I did bring a lot of them where we could talk to them and make sure they join our resolution’s bloc (or alliance). I was supposed to draft the anti-cyber laws and protection of the LGBTQ+ community as well as the marginalized genders as well as introducing cyber-crime laws and the internet in remote areas.

My takeaway from this MUN and all the learnings and the skills I obtained were: language skills, communication skills, debating skills, research skills, leadership skills, problem solving skills, public-speaking skills, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.

Well anyways as long as I had fun, I met new people, I learnt new things and I am looking forward to another MUN as I can’t wait. I would like to thank Beacon Academy, the MUN Secretary-General, the Committee chairs, the MUN club’s head Ms. Lopa, the school that hosted the MUN: Beacon Academy, and of course the school that gave this wonderful opportunity for us students to take part in this MUN. Thank you!

Back To School!

A picture of the School Admin Block Clicked By Me!

Hello, readers! Last week on Thursday, school reopened in Maharashtra. Which meant that I got an opportunity to go back to school. The day I heard this news I was excited, in fact, my parents and I had gone shopping for physical school which means that you can imagine my level of excitement. I had all my stuff packed inside my bag and the moment I sat inside my bus, it all felt nostalgic. Every single moment or every place or class that I walked into, it gave me a sense of nostalgia as I had not visited the school for 18 months.

When all teachers saw me, they had only one response ‘You have grown so tall Chinmay.’ Though I acknowledged their compliments, they were several compliments to an extent where acknowledgment and a smile itself felt like routine. I thought that growing up to 6 feet and winning a Gold medal in the Olympics was the same achievement.

My honest review on physical learning seems to be much better than online learning itself. You have several people around you, there are not any distractions and the teacher comes to your rescue if you are unable to understand anything. On the second day of school, which was Friday, my two favorite classes that I was looking forward to two classes that were scheduled: Music and Sports. It felt nice to walk inside an actual music room with no virtual human beings. Playing music with my teacher and my classmates was actually a lot of fun. After that, I got a chance to play football on the field. Though the score was a tie I still enjoyed playing on the field with people and with the raindrops showering above from the sky.

After a few classes, the school dispersed and many tired students jumped back inside their buses which took us back home. I am excited for school next time and I hope that this pandemic ends soon and all of us can walk inside our classes and have more fun.

Few pics from school fall here:

Me in a mask
A beautiful lake which is a few minutes away from school

Hope you liked it 🙂

Thank you and stay safe

-Chinmay

Meeting Friends

A Picture From The Get Together of 3/10/21

Hello readers! I have come up with a new story, a new blog for you to see. On a Sunday of 3rd October 2021, I got a chance to meet my friends from school at this restaurant named Urbo. I must say that the food there was amazing. Taking you back to a few weeks ago. A few parents came up with the idea of arranging a get together on a Sunday at a restaurant so that the kids do not miss out on their social life because of this pandemic.

I was watching the IPL when this news came to me. I jumped out of my couch and started dancing in excitement of getting to meet some people from school as I have been stuck at home for a really long time. I started asking my friends and other schoolmates if they are attending the get together. They too were excited. Coming to Sunday of 3rd October. I felt like a chicken coming out of an egg. That was my exact emotion when I stepped outside donned in a pair of jeans, a blue t-shirt and white sneakers. I was so excited and jubilant of the fact that I am going to go and meet all my schoolmates after a long period of 18 months.

Meeting new students who joined during the pandemic was also exciting. We discussed a lot of things with them related to the IPL, sports, music, movies and books. I am that kind of a person where just simply meeting a bunch of people and talking to them makes me extremely happy. The moment I met all my friends and the parents who knew me they were all astonished with the fact that I have grown tall and way more handsome (Okay I was always handsome). Everyone there was caught by surprise based on my height (which is 6ft). Some friend of mine from that get together sarcastically joked that I am competing with the Empire State Building.

Anyways I had an amazing time at that get together with the amazing friends, the amazing food, the amazing place. School is reopening soon in the state of Maharashtra so a blog related to school should come out very soon.

Hope you liked this story,

Thank you for reading and stay safe 🙂

-Chinmay

10 Movies That Must Be On Your List

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Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well. I finally came up with an idea for the next blog. I am going to suggest 10 Movies You Should Watch. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic came into being. It has helped us in watching some really good movies. The Movie List here has all sorts of genre: action, thriller, feel-good and one inspiring movie. All the movies in here are my favorite movies and I can watch them as many times as I want. If you do have any movie suggestions then I would love to watch them. For your suggestions: scroll down to the comments. I would have loved to suggest hundreds of movies but I had to short-list it to 10 great movies you should watch if you haven’t yet. I will also name the platform that they are streaming on right now. If you have watched some or all of them then I suggest you might consider re-watching these classics.

Action Movies:

  1. Die Hard:

Die Hard (1988) is an action movie starring Bruce Willis as John McLane. A New York City cop is stuck inside the Nakatomi Plaza and his wife taken hostage by a German terrorist named Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman). To save his wife and hundreds of innocent people taken hostage by Hans Gruber and his eleven men. John McLane should save the Nakatomi Plaza and kill Gruber. This movie is a classic action movie and a nail-biting movie too. It’s supposed to be a Christmas movie but I would say that if you are in the mood to watch an action movie with some thrill and some nail-biting and sitting-on-the-edge kind of a movie then I would really recommend you all to watch Die Hard. It is also an Oscar winning movie, so that could count as a plus point for you to watch this classic. There is also a Die Hard 2,3,4 & 5. Out of all the Die Hards. I would recommend the original Die Hard and Die Hard 3 and 4 as well. In Die Hard 3 it shows Hans Gruber’s brother taking vengeance of John McLane and in Die Hard 4. John McLane finds a cyberterrorist who is trying to dominate the US Government by causing a series of cyberattacks in Washington DC. You can watch Die Hard on Apple TV.

2. Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013): Starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart. Shows a former Secret Service Agent for the President named Mike Banning starring Gerard Butler, saves the President from a deadly attack on the White House from North Korean terrorists. Both the President and Vice-President are taken hostage at the Presidential Bunker with the Vice-President shot and the President about to die. Speaker Alan Trumbull played by Morgan Freeman is the acting President and oversees the White House Situation through Mike Banning’s help. This movie is my favorite action movie and maybe it’s another version of Die Hard but this time its a former Secret Service bodyguard who is trying to save the US President and stopping a North Korean agent named Kang from creating a nuclear meltdown all over America. If you haven’t watched this movie then I would suggest you to watch it and I would also suggest you to watch the entire fallen series consisting of the three movies: Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen. I believe Olympus and London Has Fallen are on Netflix or Amazon Prime and Angel Has Fallen is on Lionsgate.

3. SWAT

SWAT (2003) is a movie starring Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrel and Michelle Rodriguez. A SWAT Sergeant. Sergeant Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson picks and trains his SWAT team. When an overseas drug lord is caught by the SWAT, he announces that he would pay a large sum of money if someone rescues him. An ex-SWAT officer, Brian Gamble (Played by Jeremy Renner) takes revenge against the SWAT and plans to save the drug lord Alex Montel and defeat the SWAT, especially Gamble’s SWAT buddy. Officer Jim Street. Its an amazing action movie to sit back and watch. If you haven’t watched it yet then I would suggest you all to watch it right now on Netflix. One fun fact about this movie is that Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson, later on play as protagonists in the movie ‘The Avengers’ with Sameul L Jackson as Nick Fury and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Comedy and Feel-Good Movies:

  1. 3 Idiots

3 Idiots (2009) is a movie about 2 friends searching for their 3rd friend by travelling to Ladakh to meet him. While the 2 friends and their annoying college batchmate travel in the search for their friend ‘Rancho’. One of the friends named Farhan, narrates the story of their journey and their life at the engineering college and how they dealt with their college dean ‘Virus’. Farhan also narrates what Rancho taught the two about life and passion. This movie is truly a life lesson in itself. Almost every single person in India has watched this movie called 3 Idiots. In my mind, this movie truly deserves an Oscar, as it taught me about chasing excellence and not success. One more takeaway from this movie is that whenever I am stressed, angry, scared. I put my hand on my heart and say the 3 golden words ‘All Is Well.’ Not to forget that it is full of laughs and its an amazing feel-good movie. After writing this blog, I plan to watch 3 Idiots right away. If you haven’t watched 3 Idiots yet. Then I would really recommend you to open Netflix and watch it now.

2. Phir Hera Pheri

Phir Hera Pheri (2006) starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal. Is a sequel of the movie Hera Pheri. In this movie the 3 broke guys turn rich and get scammed by a fraudster because of the greed for more money. The 3 guys get broke again and try to find a way by clearing the loan of a deadly gangster. This movie is really funny and it will surely tickle your funny-bones. So if you are in the mood for some comedy then you should watch this. Sit back and prepare to laugh out loud! This movie is the best and the memes on this movie are as hilarious as this movie.

3. The Terminal

The Terminal (2004) is a movie starring Tom Hanks as Viktor Navroski. A tourist from Krakozhia arrives at JFK International Airport. He realizes that there has been a coup in his home country and he can’t enter New York to fulfil a promise. He waits for 9 months at the airport until his country is not in a coup anymore and fulfils his promise after he enters New York city after walking out of JFK Airport. This movie is completely relatable to the COVID-19 situation that we are stuck in right now. One takeaway from this movie is: to live everyday as it comes and to still hope the fact that everything will be fine and all the problems in life will soon come to an end. You should watch this movie on Netflix if you haven’t then you should watch this movie first and hen you can watch the rest of them on this booklist.

4. Guru

Guru (2007) starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a movie based on a villager-turned businessman Gurukant Desai who starts a business empire of his own after returning from Turkey where he was working as a clerk. He leaves his town with his wife and starts his business as a trader. This movie is a true inspiration and has taught me about dreaming big and to not be afraid of having great goals and aspirations in life. This is the best movie overall and it has taught me about building resilience and never give up. Before any movie you play on your screen. Open up Netflix and watch Guru before watching anything else on this movie list right now. You can watch the rest later but you should watch Guru first.

5. The Intern

The Intern (2015) starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. Is a movie about Ben Whittaker played by Robert De Niro, a retired office-going person who becomes a widower and retires from his work-life. He joins a company called About The Fit in Brooklyn as a personal intern to her boss and CEO of About The Fit company Jules Ostin played by Anne Hathaway. Jules learns a lot about Ben through his special charm, wisdom and sense of humor which develops a friendship between the two. This movie is truly an amazing feel-good movie. My takeaway from this movie is to stay motivated, stay committed as well as to never retire and stay productive all your life.

Thriller Movies:

  1. Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher (2012) starring Tom Cruise is a movie based on Lee Child’s novel: ‘Jack Reacher: One Shot’. The movie shows Jack Reacher, an ex-military officer is called for an investigation on a sniper named James Barr, who has randomly killed five people in a public place. The sniper leaves a note that says ‘Find Jack Reacher.’ When Reacher starts his investigation he realizes that James Barr has been framed and there is a huge conspiracy behind the homicide. Reacher teams up with an attorney named Helen Rodin. He solves the case and tries to put the conspiracists behind bars. If you are in the mood to binge watch something for thriller then you must watch Jack Reacher. There is a sequel to this book too called ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.’ which you must watch as well. If you feel like you are in the mood for some nail-biting thriller, then open Netflix and watch Jack Reacher right now.

2. The Accountant

The Accountant (2016) starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, is a movie about an accountant named Christian Wolff who faces autism does not have a door open to feelings and emotions as he does not understand them. All he understands is getting work done and taking money from the work he does. When the FBI realizes that he has been working for several illegal companies and starts manipulating their financial records. The FBI starts chasing him. Once Wolff finds out about the bad books of a company he takes up an assignment for. He realizes something wrong going on and investigates the entire story behind it all. This movie is another amazing thriller that you must watch. I would suggest you to watch The Accountant on Amazon Prime if you plan to watch a thriller movie.

These are 10 Movies That You Must Watch if you haven’t. If there are some movies you want to suggest then please do fill your suggestions in the comment section. Hope you do like my movie list. If you do plan to watch any of them then I’m happy that my movie list actually works. Hope you liked my suggestions.

Thank you for reading and stay safe

-Chinmay

Suggestions

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Hello readers! It’s been a really long time after my previous post. And the reason for that are my exams? Oh wait. Wasn’t that the previous excuse? Well its safe to say that I could not think of a topic to write and I have a writer’s block. I am quite concerned and disturbed by the fact that I am not consistent with the blog. As I can’t really think of any topics, even if there are any then I don’t think that I would enjoy writing them or maybe it doesn’t make any sense to me.

Which is why I request you all to give me some suggestions on which I could write something. Please do give me some recommendations on what kind of topics I should write about. Most importantly please give me some feedback on my writing style and please give me suggestions (if any) on how I could improve my writing style. Also please suggest some topics for my YouTube channel as well.

Comment down below on some topics that I can consider to write my blogs on or maybe you could write to me on the Contact page (Click this link to write to me https://wordpress.com/page/storytellerchinmay.com/7). I’ll be waiting for your suggestions.

Thank you and stay safe 🙂

-Chinmay

Tips To Survive The Lockdown

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Hello and Welcome Back! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and my prayers with your loved ones who were or are affected. I took a long break from the blog because of my final termI exams. Now that I am free, I wanted to share my lockdown experience at the time of the COVID-19 second wave in India. Apart from the strict following of the covid guidelines of wearing masks, gloves and sanitizing yourself. (Which you should follow as good citizens) Here are 5 steps to survive the lockdown from my experience

Here is the YouTube podcast version

  1. Productivity

You can increase your productivity by taking up some courses, start a blog or a YouTube channel, cooking, pick up an activity, start kitchen gardening, learn a new skill, a new language or pursue a hobby. I for one in the early rise of the pandemic in March 2020 started with a course and as of now, I am working on my 3rd course because in this new real world that is changing. More than the technical skills and no matter how many degrees you have all over the world. You should learn a particular skill and this pandemic is a wake up call for you to pursue a skill. According to several case studies many people aren’t employed mainly on the basis of the lack of skills of a person. Skills like:

  1. Research Skills
  2. Negotiation Skills
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Leadership
  5. Management
  6. Motivation
  7. Persuasion
  8. Artificial Intelligence or Coding
  9. Articulation or Storytelling

These are most of the skills that you will need and you can take a course on such skills like artificial intelligence, negotiation, research or problem solving skills which is why you should be learning a skill or pick a course using platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare etc. Trust me because I have done so many courses which taught me life long skills and there’s no form of learning in this world that can possibly be wasted. In order to survive the lockdown along with the loneliness and boredom that you feel on a day to day basis which is clearly normal as everyone including me have bad days daily and one thing you can do apart from signing up for a course is:

2. Exercise

Most of us in the beginning of the first wave lockdown started growing our bellies and maybe you can compensate with it by exercising daily and lose weight because by the time the cases deteriorate and the world goes back to square one. You can start off with a healthy body. My experience with exercising on a daily basis is that it has helped me in the consistency and productivity because working out everyday does help you in building up a focus as well as giving you the energy to complete your tasks daily. So exercising everyday will help you in this lockdown. That’s why exercise can help you to strengthen your body in being fit.

3. Binge Watching

You are at home and to watch something in your leisure time, (which is probably half of your day) there are a hundred things to binge-watch on your screens of several genres. I will surely recommend you some really good series to watch and maybe you can also refer to my YouTube channel for recommendations. I would recommend you to watch as much positive, friendly, and funny content as possible because we are dealing with the second wave of a pandemic and it would be better if we keep positive things in our environment which includes the content we watch. I would also suggest watching old movies especially the kind of movies or series that bring a smile to you

4. Gratitude

According to several surveys and articles, most people aren’t grateful for things with several reasons like:

  1. Job stress
  2. Contributing to help the family
  3. Financial stress
  4. Job and family adjustment
  5. Cynical comments of the society

This is why one should be grateful for things in life: Things that we take things for granted. My family and I have been practicing the act of gratitude for the past five years or so where we tell each other what are we grateful for or before going to bed I tell myself what am I grateful for. The act of gratitude is an evolving practice. For example: If you are coming from somewhere or going somewhere, you can say that I am grateful for my pair of shoes to help me walk faster or grateful for a mask to protect me. India ranks 139 of 156 countries mainly because most of the Indian society tends to be more thankless and cynical. This is why during this pandemic one should focus on the art of being grateful and thankful for things in our life.

5. Your Mindset

How you do things clearly depends on your mindset. Even if you have to fight against the aliens to save the planet and you are the only one. One wins with the mindset, winners always have a positive mindset. If you have an optimistic mindset which helps you in overcoming the worst things possible because an optimistic mindset gives you the inner confidence and motivation to face the worst possible things ever, the most crucial part of surviving the second wave is having an optimistic mindset. For example: If Santiago from the book the Alchemist was cynical about his dream of the treasure then he would not get the treasure. Or for example, if all the Avengers were thinking negatively about defeating Thanos then all Avengers would die instead of Vision, Iron Man, and the Black Widow alone. This means you should think like a warrior who accepts challenges who do not only survive till the end but overcomes the fears, challenges, risks, and in the end, the warrior wins

These are the five tips to overcome the lockdown

  1. Productivity: Enroll in a course/start a blog/ a YouTube channel
  2. Exercise: Fitness helps you focus
  3. Binge Watching: Watch as much content possible to not keep you idle
  4. Gratitude: Always be grateful for things you take for granted
  5. Mindset: Have a positive mentality and be confident to overcome all disasters

Hope you do follow them and comment down below on how did it help.

You can suggest your tips to survive the 2nd wave too

Thank you, stay positive and stay safe 🙂

-Chinmay

Booklist 2

Hello. It has been a long time ever since the previous blog. Now that we are in another lockdown, these might be the books you might be interested in reading. As I told all of you in the previous blog I am suggesting some few non-fictional-positivity-related books that are interesting enough to read. You guys will sure enjoy some of these books, honestly I am not really a fan of non-fiction as they are mostly long-written memoirs talking about one’s life in entire detail with no twists, thrills, adventures etc. Although yes the fact is true that not all non-fictions are memoirs and not all are actually boring for me, these are some books that truly changed my life and my life’s perspectives

  1. The Audacity of Hope: Barack Obama

The audacity of hope written by Barack Obama was published before he became President, he wrote it when he was a US Senator. In this book he talks about how the spiritual and political beliefs and how Obama wants to see America along with his beliefs of the American dream. The one thing that I do admire is that Obama and I agree on the audacity to hope and empower the power of visualization, I may not be a politician, a lawyer and a senator, nor the most amazing president (basically I am not Barry Obama) but this book gave me the power to hope to visualize and achieve your goals and to never give up, because there always will be a room for hope, its this one amazing book that has inspired me and my motivation, if I ever am feeling bad about something then the learnings from this book about always visualizing my goal, as well as to not hesitate in dreaming big and winning big, if I could ever meet Barack Obama in my wildest of dreams that come true, the first thing I will do is thank him for writing this book, there are many people out there who tend to give up quickly, especially my current generation. I strongly recommend everyone to read this book to keep you alive like a warrior and to work everyday to achieve those dreams into goals coming true, my current generation should read this book because you should never give up, President Obama wrote this book back in the 2006, 2 years prior he was President, in a matter of 2-3 years he was elected president, which means he carried the fire of his hope inside him for 2 more years knowing that he would be president and this goal of his would come true and not giving up within those 2 years. Fun fact me and Obama turn out to have the same MBTI personality type: ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)

2. Becoming: Michelle Obama

Becoming written by Michelle Obama was released after she was a former First Lady, in this book Michelle Obama talks about how she got her own voice and how she could speak up to issues as a mother, wife, woman and a human being. Including on how she could handle and transition with the roles of a wife, the First Lady, a mother, a lawyer and a person. The book talks about her entire family and how did she grow up in Chicago, including how she met Barack Obama as well as giving us a sneak peak about the Obama family from the Obama kids to the Obama dogs and the Obama family being there for each other as well. Michelle Obama is also an amazing author I must say as it is her first book. She is another one true strong woman who was happily married to Barack Obama and when he took over as president how she as a person could not be overshadowed by him and learnt how to speak up with her own voice, my learnings from this book is to be determined and not being listened at by the naysayers in your life, just focus on your goal and the things that make you happy. I am glad that I read this book right now as it is helping me on how to become a great and a better human being by being humble, hard working and determined, two quotes in this book that I really like is “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others” and another quote that totally suits the concept of changing the world: “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” these two quotes really motivate me everyday into working hard to achieve what I want, again a recommended read.

Man’s Search For Meaning: Viktor Frankl is the experience of how Viktor learnt to stay and survive when he was abducted at the Auschwitz camp. a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then the immerse imagining that outcome. There are people who don’t believe in ‘finding’ their own purpose which I pretty much agree with the statement or the word finding our purpose, because purpose is not a road that will lead you to your destiny. Your purpose is your true own future self whom you have to identify with and keep that person alive inside of you. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning provides a vivid account of an individual’s experience as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. The book focuses on love, hope, responsibility, inner freedom, and the beauty to be found in both nature and art as means that help one endure and overcome harrowing experiences That is probably one thing that also kept Frankl alive inside that camp for so many days, the takeaway from this book is to live every moment today and live everyday as if it is your last which means that learn how to enjoy every moment of life and do what I want to do, I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. The book Man’s Search For Meaning pretty much has helped us in the pandemic as well, teaching us how to survive each day with hope to fulfil my purpose. I would again strongly recommend this book to all of you all, probably as a guide on how to survive a pandemic starting with your purpose and working on it.

Ikigai Ikigai (生き甲斐, “a reason for being”) is a Japanese concept referring to having a direction or purpose in life, providing a sense of fulfillment to a person, and towards which they may take actions, giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning. Again this book does not focus towards the ‘finding’ of purpose but the concept of creating and having your own purpose to make your life happy and satisfied, in that particular book there is a mind map given that talks about how you can find your own purpose and how can you find happiness in life. The mind map has these questions:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What can you be paid for?
  3. What does the world want?
  4. What are you good at?

Once you answer these questions and you have the answer coming from you answering them more than just one line then it can be a recipe to a happy life. I would again recommend this book to people especially the ones who don’t know what to do with life or are stuck in a phase where they don’t know what to do and are confused. I would recommend them this book which has a recipe to a purpose in life. There has to be a reason why you wake up in the morning for and go to bed for, the reason for your life that keeps you alive is what this book is all about, there are stories of many famous people inside this book who did not know what they were going to do, but they directly or indirectly applied the concept of Ikigai to find the pursuit of happiness in life. Another strong recommendation for this book as well, especially for teenagers or college-going students, as well as adults too.

These were my book suggestions. Hope you guys have a look at some of these.
PS: I am starting a podcast this week, next blog I will share the links, stay tuned and stay safe till we meet the next destination:)

-Your Storyteller

Chinmay

My Booklist

Hello once again! I am back after two weeks. Since exams were around the corner I couldn’t write. But now that I am back I also did come up with a book recommendation list which has books that you should read. Books may not be visually appealing but once you open the book and start reading you instantly fall into that particular world viewing the scenario and thinking what would you do if you were in this situation and you are in your world once you open a book and start reading. These are all fictional page-turning books since that particular genre is something I really enjoy reading. Next blog I will come up with a series of non fictional books as well. But for now let me recommend you some books.

The Silent Patient written by Alex Michaelides is a psychological thriller book which has a woman named Alicia Berenson an artist who has faced a dark incident in the past involving her husband. A criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is entirely keen on her case and makes her open up since Alicia did not speak since the day of her husband’s murder. The book Silent Patient is a page turner and you would not want to stop because you want to know what happens next and you want to know more about the reason she killed her husband, and how will Theo try to make her talk and how are her traumatic problems resolved. The Silent Patient also has several twists in the story with several surprises that will make you hooked to the book, it also gives a broad perspective of how a person guilty of something would probably react in such situations and makes you understand the psychology of a particular person in a particular situation. No spoilers but the book has an amazing twist in the end.

The Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown is a story of how an American Harvard Symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu try to solve the mystery of a truth untold, hidden and guarded secret being guarded by a secret society, travelling from Paris to London Langdon and Neveu solve the mystery of the untold truth through clues by Da Vinci’s paintings, styles and works. The book also gives a sneak peek about history and how thoughts, ideologies and belief of humans was in the Pre-Renaissance to the Renaissance era. Being a Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon fan I entirely love this book and this book is “da” best work of Dan Brown. When I read this book it reminded me of the artworks that I saw in Louvre, Paris like the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of Rocks and the Last Supper. Dan Brown’s books are the reason why I really like history as a subject and every time I study about history or about a particular topic in history I feel like I am a Robert Langdon trying to analyze patterns or find some information about something makes me think that what I am doing with studying history is entirely cool and I think myself as a Robert Langdon (or better) when I am studying history.

Chanakya’s Chant written by Ashwin Sanghi shows two time periods. The past which is set around 340 BC and the time period of the current day modern India. In the past shows the very well known kingmaker and advisor of the Gupta-Mauryan empire Chanakya and in the present day India the character Gangasagar Mishra. The past shows how the young teenager takes the name ‘Chanakya’ son of Chanak (his father) after the brutal murder of his father. With the absence of morals he vows revenge against his enemies and becomes the kingmaker of Bharat setting an empire for 230 years long. Meanwhile in India at the current time period there is a poor Brahmin politician Gangasagar Mishra who is the reincarnation of Chanakya is setting his feet on the nearing elections and with his ability to chose the next Prime Minister of India through his cunning mind, makes his kingmaker. In both the scenarios the nature of politics and human nature has still not changed, as the human nature in both the past and the present is filled with greed and survival. Being a Chanakya fan there were some learnings that I took from this book about how to gain trust and who’s trust to gain and not to gain, how to handle finances and economics, or on how to have a sole purpose and having a desire to learn. This book in spite of being fictional did take me to the past and gave a journey of the India or Bharat during the 350 BC. Chanakya’s Chant helped me in being more inquisitive about the Bharat in 350 BC that lasted long as a superpower with its Gupta Mauryan empire conquering the entire Indian subcontinent till countries like Afghanistan which shows the geography of how large India was in that particular time period.

Shall We Tell The President written by Jeffrey Archer is a fictional political thriller book in which there’s a newly elected US President: President Florentyna Kane becomes the first woman president, the moment she takes office there is a planned assassination against her by powerful forces. Once the information about the assassination conspiracy gets into the hands of he informants, an hour later the four informants are dead. An FBI agent named Mark Andrews is the one and only survivor who is aware of the assassination conspiracy, Andrews only has a week to race against time and find the conspirators against President Kane. This book is an absolute page turner if you are a fan of the FBI-like genre. The book Shall We Tell the President happens to be the Trilogy of the Kane and Abel series and is the third book of the Kane and Abel trilogy after Kane & Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President

Number The Stars is a fictional novel written by Lois Lowry shows us the scenario of the World War 2 and the Holocaust a time in Denmark during the Nazi invasion where a girl named Anniemarrie Johansen and her family living in Copenhagen help her Jewish neighbor Ellen Rosen and her family from being caught by the Nazis and getting abducted to the Auschwitz camp. Annemarrie’s family and her uncle Peter Neilsen help Ellen and other Jews from freeing them from Denmark using several ways with the help of the Anti-Nazi Resistance of Denmark, the book virtually shows you how the Danish faced issues from limited access to groceries to no access to schools, with showing you the challenges one might have faced whose country was invaded by Nazis. The book taught me about empathy, risk taking and caring for whatever it takes to save your loved ones and ho to stand by them. The book has a happy ending and its the one fictional book from my book recommendation list that does not have any adventures or action nor any thriller. This one book makes you happy in the end because of the scenarios that transitioned. I would recommend this book to you out of all the books here.

Now that I have made this list I would now rank these books in order

  1. Shall We Tell The President

2. Number The Stars

3. Chanakya’s Chant

4. Da Vinci Code

5. The Silent Patient

This was my Book Recommendation List. Please tell me yours and suggest some books in the comments as I would be delighted to read them

I’ll be back in the next blog

Thank you and Stay Safe 🙂