#11 Steps To Eternal Bliss by Another Douche

We are driven by our fears. Everything in human civilization could be traced as an attempt to overcome fear.

funnel that filter everything.

We all have pain that we hide, a part of us that we just aren’t ready to share with the world.

It can be difficult at times. Even impossible. But being true to ourselves, it is always easy in the end.

So what if we suffer? Aren’t our sufferings a part of our life?

Life is an amalgamation of everything. Sad. Happy. Despair. Anger. And whatnot. Life is life.

Then why do we always chase happiness? Isn’t that a concept too?

Come to think of it, what is happiness?

Accepting some hypothetical series of hormonal impulses? Because believe me, that’s all their is to satisfaction. A surge of feel good hormones.

Everything comes with an expiration date. And the only absolute truth is death. I’m not saying that we should simply stop living, and wait for death.

I’m still not that gloomy.

But why? Why do we chase a hypothetical when in reality, it is never possible. Something will always trump whatever pleasure, or happiness, you are experiencing right now.

There is no such thing as pure bliss. It’s only accepting our tale of life.

That’s all there is to it, accepting things for what they are.

Now, before you think I’m a negative speaker, let me extend it like this. Can’t my words, accepting the situation as it is, be used as a driving force? I’m ambitious, so rather than worrying that I’ll never achieve the greatness I so dearly wish for, how about I accept it, and let it fuel me?

One step at a time.

Rather than chasing the high of an eternal happiness, a satisfaction, why not accept the misery of ambition?

I sound like someone who just took LSD, or maybe some other narcotics.

It’s all the over the place, I guess. But that’s how rambles work, don’t they?

Actually, life lessons work that way too. There is no fucking manual.

#11 steps to eternal bliss by another fucking douche.

Life is life. One step at a time.

Failed Experiments

Today, I’m running short on time. I’ve been in the lab since nine in the morning and, most likely, it will extend till two in the night.

But I’ve to write. Not because of my commitment to write everyday, but because if I don’t, I won’t be able to sleep.

Few days back, I wrote a post titled, “The Greatest Teacher.” In the mentioned post, I talked about the importance of failure.

Today, I’ve another write-up, another unoriginal post. We, as scientists, correction, certain people take offence when we call ourselves scientists. So, as PhD scholar working extensively with different aspects of molecular biology, I often run into troubles with my experiments.

Actually, nine out of ten times, I either get a negative result, or some other form of unexpected results. And when we get that, as researchers, we use the fancy term of troubleshooting. It is nothing but working around, or correcting, our mistakes.

I do get lucky, every now and then, and get positive results too. But as much as I’ve learned because of those negative, or unexpected results, I never came close with positive results.

Sure, I feel happy, actually elated, when I get that positive PCR band, or a perfectly cloned DNA. But if it wasn’t for all those unexpected clones, PCR amplicons, or sequencing, I wouldn’t be the same researcher I am today.

Shit, I wrote too much again. Damn, I can’t shut up, can I?

Well, there you have it, another researcher praising his failed experiments. Actually, I guess I am the only one.

Scientists, sorry researchers, take offence if you say they can make mistakes.

6 Simple and Relaible Steps to Happiness

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness, partially because this uninterrupted happiness is new to me. These last few weeks I have been trying to master the art of conveying strong messages through simple words. Simple steps. And believe me, it isn’t too complicated. A few years back, I would have said that only a fool will believe it (How our perceptions change). Perhaps happiness is a matter of how we view it and nothing else. Perceptions. Nothing else. Those days I always struggled with happiness. I never understood how others could be happy. So in last few days, I made a list (Seemed like the right thing to do) and this is what I came up with.

Be grateful

Focusing on what we have, rather than what we don’t have, sounds like an over-clichéd advice. Clichés. Common comfortable clichés. You know, there is a reason why they are called clichés. It is something we are familiar with. It is something we know. Be grateful for what you know rather than dwelling on the fact that you don’t know everything. You aren’t Google.

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One Simple Step To Improve Your Life

Today let’s talk.

Alright. No life lessons. No writing advice. No epiphanies. Some plain old talk.

In a recent post, I made you aware that I’d recently started contributing answers on Quora. In case, you’d like to read my answers, follow this link.

The first answer I wrote was rather exhilarating but that isn’t the point right now. Among many suggested questions, one question read something like this, “Can architecture be considered poetry?”

After reading that question, my mind all at once went into overdrive. I mean, it isn’t every day that someone asks you whether their work can be considered poetry, right?

I had made hundreds of arguments in my mind, what I’ll add to the answer and what I won’t. But the moment I started writing the answer, it went completely on its own path. As it often does.

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Alternative Careers?

There is one joke I’ve often been a part of. Nitesh, you should have chosen a different profession. I’ll count the examples I can remember. Guidance counselor. Spiritual advisor (Surprises the shit out of me). Architect. Artist. Writer. Lawyer. Drummer (That still cracks me up). But no one says I should be a scientist.

Now I have always done good in school. I’m not bad when it comes to applying the concepts we learn in books to real life. I’m a rather practical person. But shit, no one believes that I should be a scientist. It does make you wonder.

This feeling, that I’ve chosen a wrong profession, is rather dominant in last few weeks. You know, since I started blogging. There isn’t a point in lying. I had this wrong career choice discussion few days back too (Seems like I’ve been having it too many times lately). Just one simple line that had the most impact was this, “If I’ve given something a decade out of my life, walking away from it would be ridiculous.” But then I realised something today, would it really be that ridiculous? Now in no way I am saying that I’m quitting my PhD but let’s be impartial for few moments. The words for this post aren’t flowing as smoothly as I thought that they will. Maybe that is telling me something too.

We learn from our mistakes. We learn from our experiences. I’m a rather slow learner (I listen too much heavy metal, only dumb people do that). But what if it took me this much time to realise that I’m supposed to be someone, sorry, something else. This doubts are fair, considering the time we live in. 

If we got this far, let’s discuss another part. Why we give up on things that come easy to us (I mean dreams, I went a bit overboard with creativity, I guess). Financial security. That’s it. Science would be a better option if I want to feed the people I care for. My creative abilities might not. After all, how many actually make it, right? Again, the time we live in.

I’ve too much pride to ask for help, so I am going to suffer. Like I always do and learn from my mistakes. I believe those lessons stay with us in long run.

I guess I typed the last few lines in a moment of vulnerability. Well, I’ll let them stay there.

via Daily Prompt: Expect

Rants of A Coffee-nerd

After the seriousness of the last post, It’s time for some silliness now.

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Go ahead

Take away my coffee

I dare you

I double dare you.

Life isn’t perfect but coffee can be,

and it is way too cheaper than therapy.

Anytime is coffee time,

I’m neither addicted nor do I need recovery,

Me and my coffee, we are just meant to be,

Coffee, it’s my valentine,

We are in a committed relationship.

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The Fine Art of Letting Go

So many people in the world would rather stay in a situation that’s painful but familiar because they’re comfortable with it. Not a lot of people have the strength or heart to realize when something’s not good for them and to turn around and be alone – Corey Taylor.

There isn’t anything new in this post, move over if you have to. After a while, there isn’t anything new to anything, life becomes a repetitive drag.

This particular post is a biased view of a self-taught idiot and not everyone might agree with me but the fine art of forgiving isn’t something that comes easy. We all try though, and on the same principles in which we struggle to move, to not judge do we struggle to forgive. It’s a vicious cycle, if you ask me. A lot of people simply struggle. My childhood was pretty much the same, a vicious cycle of my need to forgive or to be enraged. Well, let’s not sugarcoat it, my need to stab. Do not sympathize with me just about now. Wait for a while.

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Sketches Done On 10/09/2017

A photograph of a sketchbook and technical faber castell ink pen.

Check out the entries into official Inktober 2017 here: Inktober 2017 Entries

Browse through all the drawings at Sketches by Nitesh in the gallery: Gallery

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Well, here I am, with six original sketches, drawing, art work or whatever blows your whistle. Well, five of them are done using pen and ink, my self-proclaimed specialty, and one using color pencils. I guess I still struggle a bit when it comes to working with colors. Hmm, maybe I’ should start working more with them. Oh, and one of these is a very quick sketch, you’ll know which one. I was really pressed for time.

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Full resolution images can be found in gallery.

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