Spark of Joy

Stories of my constant learning & continuous improvement
 
Spark of Joy

Echoes and Screens: Audible Moments, Cinematic Stories

2 things that made me weep like a baby in many occasions; listening to the audiobook “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and watching “The Man Called Otto” a remake of the 2015 Swedish film A Man Called Ove, which was based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Fredrik Backman. Listening to “When Breath Becomes Air” felt like stepping into the deeply personal journey of Paul Kalanithi. From the promising medical student to the dedicated neurosurgeon, …

Unveiling and Celebrating the Richness of Diversity : Learning from Every Culture, Every Day

In this blog, I wanted to explore the fascinating tapestry of cultures that shape our world and our interactions. Working alongside colleagues from diverse backgrounds has inspired me to delve deeper into understanding, celebrating, and learning from these unique perspectives. Through my experiences interacting with many many people, I love getting the insights on navigating cultural differences in the everyday. At ever learning what I learn is to reflect on the joys and challenges of embracing diversity, striving to expand …

A book that kept me hooked recently : Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmu

“Lessons in Chemistry” is a book by Bonnie Garmus that blends humor, science, and feminism in a story set in the 1960s. The protagonist is Elizabeth Zott, a talented but frustrated chemist who finds herself relegated to the role of a glorified secretary in a male-dominated scientific community. The best part is that the book is accessible and makes complex scientific concepts understandable to a broader audience. Elizabeth’s dream is to earn her Ph.D. and contribute to scientific research, but …

Addiction: Double Standards in Society

The recent passing of actor Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing in “Friends,” sparked my thoughts on addiction and how we have differing views on various forms of it. Perry was a vocal advocate for addiction recovery and used his platform to raise awareness about his own struggles. His legacy sure shall serves as a reminder of the widespread nature of addiction. But while reading through his journey, I got reminded of the talk I had attended …

“Atomic Habits” Book Review: Unleash Your Potential, One Tiny Change at a Time

In a world inundated with self-help literature, James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” stands out as something of an actionable wisdom. This book doesn’t promise quick fixes but instead gives an insight into the science of habit formation, providing us with the tools to make lasting, transformative changes in our lives. In this blog, I am going to talk to you all about my five key takeaways from “Atomic Habits” that helped me reshape my habits and the tiny tips and tricks …

The Story of a Rescue

As most of you know, Momo, my cat is a rescue and I have written about how I got adopted/rescued by her in another blog! I wanted to share about the other rescues and most recent rescue “Vaishu”! A few months ago, I could constantly hear a kitten cry all night in my new apartment building and next morning when I asked the security about it, he told how there was a injured kitten in the basement that was bought …

Indiana Jones

Introduction Indiana Jones is an American media franchise which has a total of five movies and a prequel television series. It also has games, comics, and tie-in novels, that portrays the adventures of Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr. and this role is played in all movies by Harrison Ford. Indiana Jones is a fictional professor of archaeology. The series began in 1981 with the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1984 came a prequel, Indiana Jones and the …

Born a Crime

I have always been a person who believed in getting the most from every experience and not doing anything for just fun. Even while reading a book, I needed to get the full essence and learnings of the book. I have now come to realise that may be that is the reason why I never stuck to the habit of reading books. When I used to miss on a single line, I used to go back and read all over …

The Bus Ride

I took a bus ride almost 3 years later and it brought back a lot of memories. I have been a sucker for public transport to travel within the city and would find any way possible to travel in one over a cab or auto. Next on my favourite travel mode is an auto and then the Bengaluru Metro. Back in my school days, none of the bus routes were in way that I could reach home sooner than walking …

The Move

I write this as I complete my 1 month of moving into a new place. It has been a month! Seems like the longest yet the shortest month of my life. It feels like it has been long enough to feel like eternity yet at the same time like it got over in half a heart beat. The Decision I am not even sure what lead me to move out of HOME. I think it came from a question I …