Archive for November, 2010

Happy Birthday Manav and the World!

Yeah, you guessed it correct! It’s my blog’s 1st birthday today! It’s so awesome (I mean the feeling!).

Didn’t even notice where this 1 year went! The journey was awesome. It was my first time with blogging, and I learnt a lot. I’ve improved a lot through this blog. It is now more than a blog – it’s a family member for me – with whom I can share anything I want.

My opinions on various political and social matters have come to public for the first time with Manav and the World. Wow! When I look at the journey, it astonishes me!

The Idea and the Journey

The idea of blogging was in my mind from a long time before this blog came to existence. I started my first personal blog on blogger, but hated it user interface. Then, I created another blog on optimism (which is dead now), and then this. WordPress is truly the best CMS in town.

I started out with for the main reason that it was free because I was just experimenting with blogging at that time. But fell in love with it through this 1 year.

Through this 1 year (darn! I’m using this line a lot. But hey, I’m excited!) I’ve experienced quite a lot. There were many bad moments, there were many great moments. It was a bitter and sweet journey, and I loved it! Truly loved it!

The Experience

The experiences that I got through this blog were awesome as well. Through this blog, I attended my first bloggers’ meet and met some fellow young bloggers. And the second bloggers’ meet with more than 250 guests!

With this blog, I made some cool lifelong friends. And they have quite a big hand in making this blog what it is now.

The Numbers

Traffic for my blog, in the initial days, was not quite good. But it started improving slowly. Now, at the end of 1 year I’ve got a total of more than 5000 unique visitors (quite good for a personal blog of an ordinary teen!). And average monthly visitors are around 500.

And it’s increasing day by day, thanks to you guys!

The BIG Announcement

Okay, so many of my friends may be hearing from me that there will be a surprise on my blog’s first anniversary. I was also very excited about this! So here it is guys, Manav and the World now has its own private address –

It’s a big thing for me. When the birthday of my blog started approaching I got this idea while talking to my mother about it. And she immediately agreed at this! Without her, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you mom!

Thank You Guys

Without you guys this wouldn’t have been possible for me! With your constant views on my posts via comments and honest criticism this blog is where it is now. So, a big thank you to all of you!

But there are some people I would like to thank for their help in everything to improve this blog and my attitude. They are –

  1. King Sidharth – Inspiration behind This guy is super awesome! A teen entrepreneur and the most awesome person I’ve met in my life. He helped me whenever I asked him to. Thanks a ton man!
  2. Ambariish – With his constant criticism and views on my posts has helped me improve my writing a lot. Whatever he wrote had a great impact on me. Dude, you don’t know how much you have helped me to improve this blog, thanks!
  3. Parth J Dave – His honest criticism and views on this blog via any medium possible was valuable for me. You are awesome buddy!

This Blog…?

Okay with I would not be writing any further posts on this blog. Would miss this blog a lot! This blog has taught me what blogging really was. But we have to move on in life.

But don’t worry guys, would write some occasional posts here as well. I would not let this one die!

What the Heck are you waiting for?

What? Go now – Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!! See you at the other end!

PS: If you have any questions about anything, or you just want to say ‘hi’ you can email me on manav[at]manavdhiman[dot]com! Yeah, I am showing off my new email. 😉

Photo credits: Happy Flickr Anniversary! by sandra.., on Flickr.

A Lesson by Ansari

“Every now and then people try to forget their pasts…” said Mr Ansari, looking at the class with a strange look. “But I… I like to look at past. I don’t want to forget it. You know why? Because my past is cheerful – full of happiness – that when I look into it, I feel happy, I feel the urge to do something impossible every day.

“That’s why I set unachievable goals for myself every day. They make me do things that are above my potential. I don’t follow those ‘success’ books. They are useless. What’s the point to shape your thinking according to them? You should make your own reality. Success doesn’t depend on those ‘principles’. Success depends upon unlimitedness. ‘Principles’ limit you – they limit your thinking. On the other hand the feeling of unlimitedness makes you feel happy. It makes you feel that you can achieve anything in thing entire world.

“The example of ‘principles’ in real life is the law. The law makes people break it, and many more people respect it. They respect it because they are fearful of being punished, and that’s where limitedness comes in. Law makes people have limited thinking about them – it makes them feel that the ordinary life they are living is the only good way to live. They think that by not doing something extraordinary and make some people unhappy that will make them look bad before the world. And this is the thing that stops many – or almost 99.95% of the people – from doing what they really love.

“The first way to get out of this thinking is to have fun in what we have i.e. in the present moment. But ‘having fun in what we have’ is again a limiting thought. ‘Having fun in the present moment’ is also limiting and makes us feel that we have very small bit of time to have fun.

“So, the second way to get out of this is to just love everything. Each and everything. Love the world, love the universe, love the eyes you are reading this with. ‘Love is the answer to life.’ That’s why we are all here, and yet we forget this very purpose.

“If you want to love something/someone that isn’t there, then believe that it is. Just believe it with closed eyes. And then you’ll have it with you in no time – really. Just believe that you have the entire universe in your hands.

“Many people have said the same thing – one of which I remember – that goes something like this: The sky is the limit. Whatever they think they are trying to tell people is that they can do anything. But 100% of the people take that as a limiting belief (subconsciously). It is like defining the limit itself. And then people believe in it and make limit themselves more.

“Schools are also doing an awesome job of limiting children’s minds. They have their own rules, which they proudly call ‘discipline’ and make children feel that they are doing an awesome job by following those rules. They call them all sorts of things: Best student of the year, Most disciplined student and what not. And what those students result in? Arrogant people who think they are the best because they are following the rules. This is known as following the herd. They are all living under a big illusion. This illusion makes them blind.” Mr Ansari pauses to drink a glass of water. He gulps it with great passion at once. He puts the glass back on the wooden table – which has nothing special about it – and looks at the whole class of students who are looking at him with an expression of please-go-on-we-are-loving-it. He then starts again.

“Do you know why you are all feeling so happy now, and so energetic? Because you are now in alignment with your inner self or I would say, The True You. This is who you really are – having unlimited power – and that’s why it’s shown on your faces. They are brightened, and happier than a bit earlier. You are cheerful; your eyes have a shine in them. You are in love with this world, universe and yourself.”

Photo credits: Power in the skies. by kelsey_lovefusionphoto, on Flickr.

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