CHANDAMAMA – The Intricacies of Human Choices

CHANDAMAMA – The Intricacies of Human Choices

CHANDAMAMA, Ahwaha, the name itself evokes the nostalgia. It is mostly considered as a children Magazine, but its timeless wisdom captures even the grownups imaginations.

“Chandamama” is a beloved Indian children’s magazine that has been published in various languages since its inception in 1947. It holds a special place in many people’s hearts, particularly those who grew up reading it.

The magazine has been an iconic part of Indian literature and culture, captivating readers with its enchanting stories, vibrant illustrations, and moral teachings. For generations, it has been a staple in many Indian households.

“Chandamama” has been a treasured source of entertainment and education, developing the skill of imagination and instilling values through its tales of mythology, folklore, and adventure in almost every Indian household.

For me CHANDAMAMA is not just a Magazine I grew up reading its stories throughout my formative years.  It’s more than that. It was a source of wisdom that taught me the Intricacies of Human Choices and Their Impacts on relationships, aspirations, and personal fulfilment from a very tender age. I remember if something I read apart from my textbooks when I was just a 5-year-old, for the first time, it was a story in Chandamama. In fact, I developed my reading habit with it.

For me, “Chandamama” was more than just a magazine; it was a companion that glowed my imagination, inspired curiosity, and left a lasting impression on my formative years. Even as adults, the memories of reading “Chandamama” often evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia, reminding me of simpler times and cherished moments spent lost in the magical world of storytelling. It still makes me so even though in slightly lesser than before as I read them sometimes on a digital platform.

Chandamama’s stories often revolve around moral values, cultural traditions, and Indian folklore, making it not only entertaining but also educational. The magazine’s vivid illustrations bring the stories to life, capturing the imagination of young readers. When I used to read them, I often slipped through the pages into that world as if witnessing the characters by myself.

The stories would depict the characters, their intentions, their choices, and the repercussions of bad choices and rewards of good choices. And then the impacts of their choices in their life, their relationships, and their life as a whole.

The foundation of adopting values, choosing what is right and discarding what is fundamentally wrong was inculcated by the stories and characters of I read in Chandamama.

I wish my son would have read them too while growing up as a kid but as neo kids he was more into the world of Geronimo Stilton rather the world of CHANDAMAMA.

I will write about some stories I read in Chandamama as I proceed ahead with the challenge in this month.  And that would make a sense of the title of this blog.  Why I am saying so??  That Chandamama helped me explore the intricacies of human choices and their impacts in the various aspects of their life. How the choices made by the characters lead to divergent paths and outcomes, highlighting the complexity and significance of decision-making in life.

It may emphasize that every choice has its repercussions and that the characters must grapple with the consequences, whether positive or negative.

This magazine has been teaching me that in life that we have a choice to be good or bad and accordingly the outcomes come in the form of occurrences, opportunity/reward or challenges/punishment.

For now, let me just being little more nostalgic and let me lose myself in the memoirs of my babyhood days with CHANDAMAMA.

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Brida – The Choice of Missing out other Choices

Brida – The Choice of Missing out other Choices, sounds silly, right. But trust me this is the wisdom of life I never learnt till I read this book. I recently read this book BRIDA a novel written by once again my favorite Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.

You know what if I would be given with an offer To Date someone at present on the earth, do you know who would it be? Of course it is this Virgoan Author Paulo Coelho. I mean I am simply slayed by his straight yet poetic narratives of the characters in his stories. How could he delve into such a deeper layer of human psychic, I often wonder, as if he has X-Ray eyes.

The story of BRIDA revolves around the tales of a young Irish girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening with the themes of love, soulmate, destiny, and the search for meaning in life.

It has all the ingredients of Paulo’s Style of Cooking of a story. Like mysticism, magic, nature, philosophy, and storytelling.  And he blends them magically in such a way that the entire narrative becomes lively. That’s what special about this Brazilian author.

Well, I am not going to write a review of this book as I believe Paulo Coelho books don’t need it at all. But what unique prospective I learnt from this book is “About Choices that we miss out.

Let me put a direct quote from this book which is my best takeaway out of it.

“Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others”.

How true it is. I mean though we all know this truth but trust me I had never reflected upon it relating to my life. It reminded me a scene of the Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer Bollywood Movie He jawani, He Deewani where Deepika says, “Zindagi mein kuch na kuch toh miss hota hi hai, Kabir”.

The Story of BRIDA made me reflect upon the inevitability of missing out on certain experiences, opportunities, or people as we navigate through life. Making choices often means losing other options. It’s a fundamental aspect of decision-making. That means it’s not just only about the strength of the option that we choose but it’s also about the courage to let go of all other options.

Each path we choose comes with its own set of opportunities and limitations, and sometimes we must let go of certain possibilities in order to pursue others. It’s about prioritizing what matters most to us at any given moment and accepting that we can’t have it all. This can be a challenging aspect of life, but it’s also what makes our choices meaningful and allows us to focus our efforts on what we value most.

Brida – The Choice of Missing out other Choices, the Book was a reminder for me that life is full of choices, and with each choice comes the acceptance of missing out on other possibilities.

In life, something or the other will be missed and that is an absolute answer to all our existential questions in life.

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The Alchemist – A Journey of Choices

The Alchemist – A Journey of Choices

The Alchemist – A Journey of Choices is one of my most favorite books that I have read so far. A highly acclaimed novel written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho the Alchemist is a timeless masterpiece filled with themes of destiny, personal legend, and the journey of self-discovery. This book was gifted to me by my brother way back in 2008.

This book had answered many of my never asked questions. I don’t know how many times I had read this book but every time I would get some more wisdom out of it. However, one thing that this book had taught me that time was how choices can conquer the challenges.

The book revolves around the story of a young shepherd boy Santiago, his journey of life who dreams of discovering the true treasure, his destiny or the purpose of life.  Santiago’s journey takes him from his homeland in Spain to the deserts of Egypt, where he encounters various characters and experiences that shape his understanding of life and the universe.

The book sail through a profound philosophical and spiritual theme which is one of the most compelling aspects of it. Coelho weaves the themes of destiny, fate, and the interconnectedness of all things throughout the narrative, inducing readers to reflect on their own life journeys and the pursuit of their dreams.

I read this book when I was through one of the most difficult phases of my life. I was stuck in ambitions, dreams, realities, family & motherhood. It was not easy to figure out what to choose and what not to. Then this book came to my rescue. It helped me to CHOOSE to follow my heart.

Through the journey of the protagonist of this book I learnt that the most important thing in life is “OUR CHOICES” or “WHAT WE CHOOSE”, that shapes our destiny.

It’s often said that destiny is pre-scripted. I agree but it comes up with choices. For example, the shepherd boy was having a normal life. He had a dream to travel & discover the treasure that he had heard that lying below the pyramids of Egypt. It was not easy to CHOOSE to embark on such a long journey especially when it would cost him everything what he had. He had to sell all his ship to gather enough money to start a journey.  That to not knowing how much rewarding it would be. And then his life transforms although not smoothly but overcoming challenges one after other.

So basically we all humans have our own life journeys. With every step, every moment in life we are provided with a privilege to choose.  And then there are chance, sudden events and occurrences derailing us. Then again, we are here to choose, whether to stay derailed or not, choose to start again or not.

This book taught me another very important thing, that is TRUST. We need to trust our choices, trust the circumstances that’s making us choose, in fact TRUST on the Divine plan.

As it is said, Destiny is half about what happens to us and half about what we choose to do with what happens to us.

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The Chance and The Choices

The Chance and The Choices

The Chance and The Choices are two intertwined concepts that influence our lives in a very profound way. Chance are often unpredictable and random events that occur, beyond our control. They happen without any discernible human intent. They bring big or small changes – most of the time sudden/unexpected changes – uncertainties, possibilities, opportunities, or challenges. Most often we call it as destiny – fate or fortune – because they seem to be inevitable and preordained.

On the other hand, choices are the decisions – conscious or unconscious, well evaluated, or impulsive – we make in response to the opportunities and challenges posed by chance.

The relationship between chance and choices is dynamic. Chance presents us with a horde of possibilities, some favorable and some challenging, while choices are our decisions to determine how we navigate through them and respond to these possibilities.

If the chance is the destiny that provides us with a life path to trail, then the choices we make in life are like threads weaving the fabric of our existence.

To put it in a simple way that I believe is…

Life may offer me with a mountain to cross in my way, but it’s my decision or choice, if I will be trekking it, or build a tunnel through it or hill roads over it. Or simply I will be changing the road itself & take up a different route.

Dear friends,

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you had a beautiful read so far.

Let me tell you, I always wait for the month of April every year as that’s the only time I write for my blog that to because of the Blogchatter A to Z challenge. It’s almost a ritual for me now.  I am thankful to Blogchatter community to organize this challenge every year. This is the only reason I write. I love to take this challenge, always.

This year the Theme of my writing would be “THE CHANCE AND THE CHOICES”. Basically all my articles will be revolving around Books, Movies, & Stories that I read and watched so far that helped me with the insights to understand life and the role of chance, destiny & choices in it.

I believe, broadly life is a cocktail of Chance and Choices. Choices play a shaping us and our destiny.

I believe the quote that says…

A child once asked God: if everything is already written in the destiny, then why should I wish? God smiled and said: May be on some pages I have written “As You Wish”.

Ultimately, the interplay between chance and choices highlights the intricacy of the human experience. While we cannot control everything that happens to us, we can empower ourselves by making informed decisions that align with our values and aspirations, navigating the twists and turns of life with resilience and purpose.

Stay tuned to read some beautiful articles revolving around this theme of life.

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Zodiac Signs and Their Impact on Human Life

Zodiac Signs and Their Impact on Human Life

Zodiac Signs and Their Impact on Human Life.  it seems to be a very familiar topic. But no matter how familiar they may appear; they never stop amazing us. Isn’t it?

From the beginning I was very much fascinated towards the Zodiacs. Once I got a book from my college library. “Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs: The Secret Codes of the Universe” That book completely changed my outlook towards human beings as well as the surrounding. I mean I used to analyses the traits of people around me & match them with what I read in the book. And I used to rivetted by seeing how exactly they used to match.

Zodiacs are The Sun Shines. The Sun sign of a person is defined as per the month he/she has born. They are 12 Zodiacs as per the movement of Sun in the 12 houses in 12 months.

In astrology The Sun is considered as the most powerful planet…yes, it’s called a planet in astrology. The Sun represents the Soul & Self. So, the sun signs often make us understand the personality traits of a person.

The 12 zodiacs are again divided into four different elements – Air, Water, Earth, Fire. As per the elements the basic personality trait of a person can be understood. Like if a someone is born in the mid of October to Mid of November, then the sun sign will be Scorpio which belongs to the element water.

Water since represents emotion, the basic trait of that person would be emotional or a person who gives values to emotions.

They help us understand the below things

  • What is basic trait of the person
  • What inspires him/her
  • How do they respond to the situation
  • Which are the other Sun signs they get along well & not well.
  • Their physical aspects

There are so many things influences human life. Like seasons, the human life changes too. The planetary movements have its influence on us whether we accept it not. That’s the reason we have Astrology & it’s a science.

The Sun being the most powerful planet, is the source of life energy on earth. Our birth as per its positioning in the universe surely determines a bigger part of our destiny.

That’s why I believe Zodiac have a great impact on our life. Someday, I will write in detail about as per my observation.

This is my post for the Alphabet Y written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter 



You are Always Protected

You Are Always Protected Surrender yourself.

God protects everyone including us. No matter what our past karma or destiny is, when we surrender, he does extend his protection to the extent of our submission.

There is this story. An army that was invading and the defeated army was running helter-skelter. One of the soldiers from defeated army was running for his life. And he came to a cave. He thought let me hide inside the cave. He went * hid there . And then he prayed, “Oh Lord! You alone are my protector today. Thy will be done if you wish, please protect me.”

The moments he prayed like that, in few moments a spider appeared and started making a web on the entrance of the cave.  The soldier felty very disheartened. He thought what kind of a joke is this. I prayed for the lord & I got a spider. And this spider is making this kind of web. Is this something God’s sense of humour?

But in a few moments the spider with its web had completely blocked the entrance of the cave. And half an hour later the army men came.

They stopped at the cave started a conversation. One of them said “Do you think anybody is hiding in that cave?” One of the soldiers said, “Impossible. There is a spider’s web in the entrance. How could he has slipped under the web? There cannot be anyone here.”

So, the invading soldiers went off.

And that is when the defeated soldier realized. Wow.

If God is in your side, then even a spider’s web can be an iron rod. And if God is not ion your side then even the iron rod will be like that of a spider’s web.

There is a saying in Odiya…

“Rakhile Hari, mariba kiya” or in Bengali, Rakhe Krishna, kare ke”

If God decides to protect you, who will kill you then?

However, to have God in our side, we must put entire trust on him. And then Surrender….

You are Always Protected, just surrender!!

This is my post for the Alphabet Y written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter 


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X – The Cross and the Mystery

X – The Cross and the Mystery

The alphabet X has always been very mysterious to me even since my babyhood days. I remember we used to play word game in which we need to guess a word in the last letter of the word spoken by the opponent. For instance, if the opponent said SIX, then we have to guess a word with X. It was difficult to find words in X as they are quite limited.

Well, I made it as practice to note the words in X wherever I used to find them. Then came the days of algebra when this alphabet was used to denote an unknown number.  Too many Xs. I was really wandering who created this Alphabet X.

Then slowly I learn to notice it’s spiritual significance. Of late post I got into Tarot reading, I have my own esoteric observation with this mysterious alphabet

  • X represents the Divine, The Cross. Protection & blessings can be on our way if this alphabet crosses your path
  • X is a very much part of Mathematics, especially algebra. I read it as lots of drama & confusing situations.
  • Normally X is also expressed as WRONG. So, if X appears before me, I take it as something is wrong or I am not doing something the way it should be. Correction is needed.
  • X represent the Number 10 which in tarot read as Completion of a Cycle. So, Death Or rebirth, ending or beginning…or simply end of a chapter in life & start of the new one…
  • X is also associated with the skull and crossbones symbol meaning danger. So, it’s a symbol of alert of any kind of hazard.
  • The alphabet X is also formed with two crossed swords which meant the protection from evil energies.
  • X can represent duality, two paths, crossed.
  • As per Roma numeral the alphabet X represents no 10 which sums up to 1. And in Numerology number 10 has many significances. Being ruled by the Planet Sun, it’s a powerful number. There are 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu & there are 10 Gurus in Sikhism.
  • X also represent something unknown, not yet formed or come to surface.

It can be never be just a co-incident that Jesus was crucified on a cross.  Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is perhaps the most momentous event in history. It was a spiritual event that had great significance for all of humanity. It had a message divinely planned. It changed the course of humanity.

The Cross changed the course of human civilization. It was more than just a Cross, X, it has its mystery, though unknown to puerile beings.

X – The Cross and the Mystery

This is my post for the Alphabet X  written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter 


Vibes and Vibrations – Raise Your Vibrations

Vibes and Vibrations – Raise Your Vibrations and Attract Positive Vibes

Vibes is something we feel from another entity, be it a living or non-living being. Ever wandered why do a painting gives you a positive vibe while the other one, negative? It must have happened with everyone. When we meet a person for the first time, we get a feeling of liking him/her or may be a disliking instantly. And we are clueless about it.

Well, lets put it a very simple term. It’s all about how do we vibrate. What frequency we are in. In that ways we attract the vibrations everything outside. As per the Law of Universe or the Law of Attraction, we receive what we send. We are responsible for what is happening with us.

“Everything in life is vibration.” –Albert Einstein

So basically, everything in the universe is vibrating at different frequencies. Some are at higher frequency & some are in low frequency; So, there are higher vibrations and lower vibrations. Humans attract frequencies as per the frequency they are vibrating in.

We mostly vibrate with our emotions & thoughts. If the thoughts are positive, we experience positive emotions like pleasure, happiness & contentment. We feel light & vibrate in a higher frequency. We attract abundance, prosperity & bliss. On the other hand, with negative thoughts we experience fear, anxiety, overthinking & sadness. And we feel heavy, attract bad vibes, bad luck. Etc.

Life as I wrote in my previous article can’t be always smooth & straight. We get our shares of trajectories that lowers our energies. Life situations happens. It could be because of a lesson that we must learn or we did something for which the consequences we must face.

However, it’s not necessary that since things are bad so we must feel bad. We can see it from a different perspective. Or simply can shift our focus to the things that are good with us. This way, our energies will not get lower.

Vibes and Vibrations – Raise Your Vibrations and Attract Positive Vibes

To raise our vibrations, we can adopt the below things.

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude – When certain aspects of our life go astray, it impacts our outlook towards everything. However, we must learn to shift the focus & appreciate things that are good with us.

Go out & connect with Nature – It really works wonder. Go for a walk & connect with nature. It will really calm us down.

Listen to Music – We all know that music is therapeutic. It heals & elevates our spirit.

Practice forgiveness, meditate & do some breathworks.

Read a book that has positive emotions like love & romance, positivity & good vibe. It will help you to slip through a different world.

The bottom-line is as per the Law of attraction, like attracts like. So the way we vibrate, we will attract the same.

So, no matter what life situations we are in we have to raise our vibrations to attract the positive vibes & things.

Vibes and Vibrations – Raise Your Vibrations and Attract Positive Vibes

As you think, you vibrate. As you vibrate, you attract….Abraham-Hicks

This is my post for the Alphabet V written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter 


Universe always Responds to our Questions

Universe always Responds to our Questions

Really?? Is it really true? Does the universe respond to our questions?

Yes, it’s absolutely true. The universe is live, listens to us & reciprocates. We must know how to connect with it & how to ask for the guidance & how to decipher the insights. Most of the times we need to tune into our intuition to get the answer. As I have written the articles on various entities, like birds, animals, flowers who are sent by the universe, to help us with insights needed at that point of our life.

However, many a time either we find it very hard to hear our inner voice. The reason could be either we have too much noise or chaos in our minds or the conditioning of the mind that we should count-on on external evidence rather than internal guidance.

Well, that is also possible. I mean even the universe provided the external evidences too in order to answer our questions. You can experiment this. I almost do it every time whenever I am stuck in any life situation.

Let’s say you are in a situation, not knowing what should be your further step. For example, you are doing fabulous in your current job. Got a recent elevation in it & looking forward to head a team or a project.   At the same time, you got a very tempting job offer too from another reputed employer. Now you are confused, whether to accept it or not since both seems to be equally good.   You want a crystal-clear answer to it. In that case, take the clarity from the Universe itself which has the records of our past, present & future.

Steal some still moments. Ground yourself. Ask clearly that Should I accept the new offer or not?  If YES, show me a blue bird within 24 hours.

In the above, your question can be anything but should have a definite answer. And you may ask for any symbol (like blue bird, pink rose, a peacock…etc.) that come to your mind that particular time. Don’t forget to set a time line, that come from within you.

Trust me, no matter where, may be online, may be physically, may be in your dreams, may be on paper, note books, anywhere, a blue bird will catch your attention within the time frame given by you if the answer is YES. If the answer is NO, then nothing will happen.

Or else you can just put it this way for your answer.

If yes…show me this _____ as symbol, If NO show me this _____as symbol. Trust me, you will surely get it.

It answers even complex questions & not just YES or NO kind queries. Once I asked why do feel lost at times, give me some insights. And within a day I got call from one of my tarot reader friends who stays in USA just like that. And during our conversation, she just intuitively asked me “Tina, why do I feel you are feeling little bit lost these days?” I was surprised to the core. And then she provided me with insights, suggestions…and trust me I was just feeling like as if The Universe was talking to me.

It happens that way. Either you get a call from someone or your land on an article that answers your queries, or you happen to watch a forwarded video…. something will happen for sure.

Universe always Responds to our Questions

Spirituality is a very simple process basically. It is just to make yourself aligned with nature. The universe always wants us that way. When we drift away, get ourselves off track due to the wrong turns we take, we left with unanswered questions, puzzled mind, desperations…

Instead of honoring our intuition which is naturally programmed to lead us toward our highest good, we are taught to dismiss it as “unrealistic” or “not the adult thing to do”.

The Universe is a live entity. It’s watching us, listens to our hearts. Ask questions whenever you are stuck & confused.  It will respond with answers with clarity.

Universe always Responds to our Questions

This is my post for the Alphabet U written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter 


Trust the Process Leave the Rest

Trust the Process Leave the Rest

Let The Universe, do its BEST!!

We often do road trips, in fact long road trips. And it is imperative that we take the help of GPS for that matter. Through this we are directed to take the best possible route to our destination. In many instances we were often shown with a route that was drifted away from the highways That make us drive through on a patchy road, through the ups & down, may be a narrow lane too at times. It was never so smooth to get along those paths. It often makes us exasperated & annoyed at times.  But every time, trust me we were brought again to the smooth highways to our destination. Later we would learn that there was an accident or a road block, or something for that matter which would have really made us helpless. That was the reason we were shown a different path, bit rough & long though.

The highway of life can’t be always straight & smooth. It goes through occasional off-track situations. And then we face detours. Sometimes, they are so sudden, like “Highway Closed, Follow the detours” that not only make us uncomfortable but they are so time taking that we lose patience.  A detour is a long way around and takes us off the best path but later after much inconvenience brings us back on the main road.

In those times, we need to understand that there is a reason for it & we should learn to accept it. The delays & detours often happens as per the divine timing. Most of the time, they happen to prepare us for greater responsibilities & better blessings. And sometimes, they happen just to make us learn the lessons we are supposed to.

Sometimes we are the reasons for which our life becomes an amiss. Being trapped into a wrong relationship that we feel great for us, may be a business we want to launch without doing the proper assessment of its success in the long run or accepting a job offer that would land us in a bad company impeding our growth…& so on. Then often life tricks us putting in the situations to teach us the lesson required.

We need to learn the fact that, life should be in a process aligned with the universe for our highest good. Any miss-alignment will make life erroneous. And to make it correct again, we have to go through the delays, detour, disappointments & all such emotions. If we accept the reason & the divine timing, even if we are through the process, we will still have a smooth ride enjoying the lessons.

No matter what seems to go astray, things are exactly as they are supposed to be. So lets Trust the process & leave the rest, let the Universe do its best.

Trust the Process Leave the Rest

This is my post for the Alphabet T written for #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2023 by Blogchatter