Sunday, November 5, 2017

તું "એકલો" નહિ "એકડો" છે... હજારો મીંડા તારી રાહ જુવે છે... !!



Read this statement somewhere recently and could not stop my thought process relating to the life of (pretty much) everyone who have struggled to achieve one after another success and appended zeros to their life!! 

Meaning of this statement (તું  "એકલો"  નહિ "એકડો" છે...  હજારો મીંડા તારી રાહ જુવે છે.) is You are not alone, Single, you are the "ONE" who has thousands of zeros (opportunities) waiting ahead !!

I have been keep hearing many times from people around, that luck is the only factor which helps to achieve success and everyone are not blessed with that factor! Really? People who accept this would always try to prove this right by providing examples, debating and explaining. However, people who knew "Purusharth" is the main thing that ONE has to keep doing to achieve Success. There are always opportunities around us, It just that it can be only visible to the ONE who does "Purusharth". (Purushartha is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as the "object of human pursuit” or “goals of man.” The term is derived from the Sanskrit, purusha, meaning "person," and artha, meaning "purpose.") 

One should never feel alone, single because there are always thousands of zeros (opportunities) waiting ahead. We just need to do the Purusharth so that it can be visible to us and we can keep grabbing them and keep appending to our success stories!

Let's not feel alone instead feel the "ONE" who has thousand of opportunities (ZEROs) waiting ahead. 
તું  "એકલો"  નહિ "એકડો" છે...  હજારો મીંડા તારી રાહ જુવે છે... !!

Let's start grabbing those zeros and keep appending it to our stories. Let's all have this thought process in our regular life and keep inspiring each other. 


Inspiration With Ankit
💕LisAnk-Aarav

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Priceless Happiness with “Chaakri – Seva” !!



Contribute for a good cause and earn priceless Punya karma (Good Deeds) !! 

Someone might have offered you a helping hand when you were down anytime in your life, volunteering gives you the opportunity to pay that favor forward. Contributing for a good cause gives you HAPPINESS that can’t be bought by any amount of money!!

I could not stop writing my recent experience volunteering for a great organization and supporting their very nice products called “Chaakri” Khakhara (Wheat Crisps), Chaakri signifies ‘seva’ and ‘service’ in the Hindi language. All the great products for Chaakri are made by underprivileged women from a rural part of India. “SaNiSa” (Shramik Naari Sangh), this organization thrives to integrate the talent of contemporary and less-privileged women to build an ‘inclusive’ society. “Privileged are those who support the less privileged” is their tagline, you can find more details on their website www.sanisa.org.www.sanisa.org This organization help creating employment for needy women through the skill identification, motivation, capacity building, and innovation. It helps to create lots of employment opportunities for underprivileged women in a rural part of India.


We had very nice and small booth of Chaakri Khakhara at Sri Mandir, San Diego Diwali Mela where couple to few thousand people visit every year on this event. We started couple hours before the event, set up a booth in about an hour time with the help of a fully energized team of volunteers. We had a free sample of Chaakari Khakhara for people to try, taste and feel the difference in quality. People who tasted this didn’t leave stall without having a packet in their hand! It was a great feeling and happiness, not just for volunteers but also for the buyers as they both knew that both are contributing something to a great cause and earning “Punya Karma”!! In just 5 hours of time spam, we sold 110kg khakhra, that proves the quality and interest. A great event ended with lots of happiness, positivity, energy to empower ourselves to help as much as by whatever way you can! 

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer but I must say, time and effort you spend volunteering for a good cause gives you priceless happiness that you cannot get it from anywhere. Volunteering and helping others can help keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose !!  What I feel best out of my recent volunteering experience is even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, and organizations in need.  

I would like to thank Amee-Pritesh and "SaNiSawww.sanisa.org" organization for giving us an opportunity to volunteer and be a part of this big cause and to earn new Punya Karma (Good Deeds) “PunyanuBandhi Punya” !!

Thank You,
LisAnk-Aarav

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year!


Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festivals celebrated by families around the world. Deepavali (actual name of Diwali) means "a row of lights." This auspicious day is also known as the "festival of lights. There is a saying “A Happiness can be found from darkest of dark if one knows how to switch on the light”!

There is so much happening during this whole week, people start preparing for Diwali, shops (e-shops J) are full of sales and there is light all over. People celebrate Diwali with many other things like firecrackers, visiting friends and family places and having lots of sweets! Well, I miss those days celebrating Diwali with lots of firecrackers and lights on streets with friends. A lot of regulation here, but still we manage to celebrate with some of the crackers in our patio J One of these years, I am going to take a vacation to celebrate Diwali back hometown to renew my Diwali spirit. 

Diwali is one of the biggest and brightest festivals in India and we do celebrate it with full of enthusiasm and happiness. I would like to celebrate this Diwali by expressing thanks to all my friends, family members, near and dear ones! You all are awesome and I am lucky to have you all in my life. 

Diwali is the last day of Gujarati Year, Today, Vikram Samvat 2074 begins. So wishing you all a Happy New Gujarati Year. May this new year comes with lots of happiness in your life. Few messages on this new year… that I would wish we all can follow to start this new year wiht lots of positivity.
  • Hashmuk Sweekar - Acceptance with a smile
  • Life is too short to worry about stupid things, Have fun, regret nothing and don't let people bring you down.
  • Value your family and care as much as you can
  • Make your parents happy and be the reason for their happiness
  • Spend quality time with your family and friends
  • Stay focused and motivated in life.
  • Spend more time with people whom you think motivates you.
  • Help poor and needy people whatever way you can




May This Diwali be as bright as ever and brings joy, health, and wealth to you and your family. May this Diwali bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity. I wish you all a Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year!

Happy Diwali & Happy New Year!
💕LisAnk-Aarav

Monday, October 2, 2017

HASMUKH Sweekar - Acceptance with a smile :)


I could not stop writing on a very nice lesson, recently I learned from one of the learning spiritual session from most inspiring and motivational, friends Amee Vora and Pritesh Vora,
“HASMUKH Sweekar – Acceptance with a smile” :)

As we journey along each day of our lives…. Things, people, weather, circumstances everything changes. In our very much busy and so dynamic life, “HASMUKH Sweekar” is one of the best tool I learned and experience in my life.

What is HASMUKH Sweekar?
One of the most powerful tool to empower yourself with positivity within yourself. In a more simplified language. “An ability to accept things with a smile:)
One can develop this ability to start with a “Bhav” (thought process) to get the inner strength to accept things whether it is good or bad, favorable or unfavorable!!  

Almost around 5-6 years ago, I wrote couple blog post with a tagline “Smile With Ankit” with different perspective and importance of smile which helped me pump the motivation to “move on”!
But here, I must say, we must put efforts hard to keep things alive. Efforts must be 100% but favorable or unfavorable need to be accepted with a smile J. Have some “Bhav” (Bhav is a thoughts/emotion process) for "Veeryabal" (inner strength) to accept things with a smile.

A company does not stop just because CEO dies or leaves…..
Carrier does not stop just because you failed in exams…..
Life does not stop just because you lose somewhere…..
Likewise, things do not stop just because you think “it should”

Accept with a smile, learn and move on with positivity. I am sure, these will pump more fuel to empower positivity within yourself.

Difficult situations comes along with the life but KEEP LEARNING…,
There will always be speed breaker in your journey but KEEP MOVING...,
Many difficulties you face along with the life but KEEP ROCKING…,
Keep smiling……. :) :) :)

Remember, A smile you sent will always return!! (One more blog post, written years back)

Have a Hasmukh life :)
❤ LisAnk-Aarav

Friday, August 25, 2017

Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ (मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्) !

Dear All,

On the last day of the Paryushana, the most important annual holy event of the Jain calendar, I seek forgiveness! I understand that there are many people who might be hurt as a result of my deeds without me knowing about it, I take this means to bow to the entire world and all the creatures and ask for forgiveness. If I have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, I seek your forgiveness… Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ (मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्) !


Traditionally, it is said on the day of Samvatsari which is the last day of Paryushana, 8 days of the most important annual holy event of the Jain calendar. Seven days are days of attainment and the eighth day (Samvatsari day) is one of fulfillment or achievement. It is at this time that we embark on our respective annual pratikramana – a reflection on our spiritual journey for the past year. Old quarrels are forgotten and friendships and relationships renewed, as we fold our hands and ask for “मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्” or forgiveness. Michhami means to be fruitless (forgiven) and Dukkadam means bad deeds. Therefore the meaning of Michhami Dukkadam is my bad deeds (with you) be fruitless. So concept behind saying or writing someone “मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्” is that ‘if I have done any harm to you than those bad deeds to be forgiven (be fruitless)

Antha karan thi,
Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ (मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्) !
❤From : LisAnk-Aarav & Gopani Family.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Its Mumma Mania... Say Cheese !!



Today is not Valentine’s Day, not your birthday and even not our anniversary. Today is just another ordinary day when I am feeling thankful for having a wife as special as you. Thanks for making every day of our lives a grand celebration with our little champ.

It’s been a year I wrote a blog post on “It's Daddy Mania...Say Cheez” and today I could not stop wring the same post but this time it's “Mumma Mania”. In last one year, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in you Aarav, you learned many many things. There are few things (like wearing a shoe, eating lunch, tying up the seat belt, etc… etc.) that you learned but never wanted to do on your own in presence of mom or dad ⌣. Actually, you know what… we never let you do on your own when we are around 😍. Your smile after helping you doing all these takes our all worry and we feel awesome by doing so! We know you have been doing all these when we are not around so its fine!! People might disagree with me but My opinion is somewhat different than others. Kids do learn few things on their own. As they grow they learn by observing things around. It’s a matter of time, some kids learn things quickly while others take little longer. You are on fastest way momma's little master!

Ohh these technologies…. Seeing you grow with all these technologies around makes us think how fast you all will grow with the help of instruments around. I was surprised when you recorded a small story in your voice on “Police car - walkie-talkie and sent it to me over WhatsUp (I know your learning source 😄)!! I couldn’t stop laughing when I heard that audio clip. The funny part of the story was when Mumma asked you, “who is going to use walkie-talkie with you?” and you immediately replied “Daddy” J.
There is going to be millions of opportunity and I am eager to see your interests. I know you are too young Aarav but still, my eyes are constantly watching your growth and we are reading your interests J. Well, We must admit that kids do change and seeing constant change and growth in them makes us feel so nice in many ways. 

There was a time when Aarav was completely Dady’s dude and Lisa was feeling good as she did not have to do many stuff J, (kidding, well, she keeps asking Aarav when will you be Mumma’s little master?). Aarav was always like, Daddy will put me in car seat, Daddy will hold me, I will go with daddy, Daddy will feed me, Daddy will hold me and not Mumma, etc.. etc.. All those little things which Lisa and I thought we would divide between us did not work the way we expected! But as I said, kids do change and A LOT. Their need, their interests, their expectation, their requirements, their food habits, their friends all changes… 

You keep predicting them and they keep proving you wrong !!
Now It’s not just Daddy, there is also a Mumma mania at home and I must say, its equal J.

Love You,
LisaAnk-Aarav 💕

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time flies ? - Time you love and like is the only time flies !!

Eyes are the mirror of reason and love, and that in their expression can be revealed much without a word spoken!!

When you feel emotional, you express your emotions differently…. by sharing with friends or sharing with family, Some people just express their feelings with themselves. !! Imagine, when you are driving your car and thinking for someone and in next minute, you cannot stop your eyes getting wet.... is your LOVE for the person. But you gotta make sure that you don't show your wet eyes and pretend yourself with lots of energy, strength, positives and confidence. I firmly believe that smile we sent will always return. Of course, There will always be few exceptions but we generally ignore them and move on ;) 



I have been telling Lisa many times in last few months that "Time really flies" by watching Aarav grow. But I would admit that it's not always true... The time you love and like are the only time flies fast !!

A real pillar of my strength, my DAD’s thoughts, always inspiring me for many things in life, One of it was "લાઇફ મા તડકો અને છાયો આવયા કરે" which means, Sunlight (Happy time) and Dark (Painful time) are part of life. You cannot avoid or stop them,  They are under control of thousands of factors, some are under your control while many are not !! So accept it and move on…. Just be grateful for the positives! He even today keep telling us.. “Two ways you can pass your time, with a smile on your face or with tears in your eyes…” Choose smile because smile you sent will always return.. you don’t want to send tears and expect it in return.. .!! A very nice and short lesson but very difficult to implement in life. Thank you, Dad for teaching us such an important lesson of life and it always helps us pass time with smile no matter how bad it is!! I am sure, Aarav will learn the same when he grow up.

The World is full of feelings and surprises and everyone tries to express their part, in a different ways though..! One can never predict next minute… But what I feel is, every minute gives us an opportunity to express our feelings and be grateful for the positives but mostly we misses these opportunities.

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder!

Love you,
LisAnk-Aarav 💕

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ready.. Steady.. Go.. ! Have fun Kids !







Remember this kids… ? Last summer all together… nice sunny day, on pacific beach… you all buddies had lots of fun. I know this post probably does not make sense for any one of you, little dudes (Aarav, Rian, Akshat, Naitik) Well, I will wait for the day when anyone of you read this blog and reply to this post with your thoughts…!! Excited and will wait for that day..! Here is what I have to say on days like these we spend together.

It has been an almost more than a year you guys have spent time together as buddies. We all know time flies… and you all are one year older. You all enjoyed each other’s birthday parties here in San Diego... I was scrubbing through photo memories of you all and I saw individual's birthday party pictures and I must say “You all rocks”. I have hundreds of pictures from those parties, don’t want to share those here otherwise one day google will ask me to stop writing blogs and posting pictures ;) Make sure you ask your parents for those pictures and I will make sure to share those with them. I have lots of thoughts in my mind and would like to share few of them with you, BTW, these are my observations while watching you all grow :) :)

Naitik, You are a group “leader” and keep asking others to follow on what you would like others to do. That’s a nice quality and keep that up in life. Your imagination is great... and you remember things very well. How can I forget “making a toy house” project with you at my home. I promised you to make a toy house from boxes and I still hold that promise, we will do that once you are back from your India trip. God bless you, little monitor!

Rian, You are a silent fearless master. You don’t care much, especially you are given a CARs..  One of the big fan of CARs... (Parents beware.. J) Good quality of yours is you are a fearless dude, don’t worry about things, no matter what happens, just be busy with your things. You are more flexible and can be adjusted with others easily. I know you just had your first day of school and I am pretty much sure you had a nice time there J. Fearless master, God bless you!

Akshat, you are a shout little master, I think one of the loudest voice from 4 of you and enough loud to tell others don’t underestimate me ;) Well, you are youngest in four but equal capable of dealing with them. We see you growing great with your 3 other buddies. How can I forget you and Aarav took care of each other very well. If Aarav is at your home or you are at our home, in any case, you both does not want to stop playing together. Caring for but never trying to own may be a future way to define friendship!

Aarav, you are a little dance master, You love music and you enjoy at its best. This is something we have been observing since last 2 years! Prove me, right Dady's dude.. I love music too and I would like you to learn at least one instrument and enjoy your life with music and dance. You remember things very well. Like all other parents, I also have thousands of things in mind where you made us surprised by remembering few things which we couldn't. Like others, you also have many things unique… If someone asks me to tell the difference you have vs 3 others? well, Only difference I could think of is “You are Daddy’s little master” while others are Mostly Mumma’s !! J I don’t want you to prove me wrong in this case…! Love you all!

Okay, guys... So these are just a few things, I thought of writing for you all and wish you all have fun in future. Enjoy life wherever you all may be. Have fun!



There has never been, nor will there ever be anything quite so special as the love between you and us, kids !! Life is yours, Enjoy at its best!

Love you all,

LisAnk-Aarav

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1-2-3... Happy Birth Day Aarav... You are 3 today !!


Last year same day.. posted a blog on your 2nd birthday and could not stop writing this year too and will keep writing on every birthday my son !! Many Many happy returns of the day little master!!

Three years ago on this day, we welcomed most precious bundle (“LisAnk-Aarav”) of joy in our life. We knew life would change after having baby but we never understood the extent of how much you can love something until you came to our life. We thank god every day for gifting this bright, smart and handsome boy !!

I don’t even know where to begin this post. It’s your third birthday and since my last post I have millions of things and thoughts to express for you Aarav !! Let me start with few of them on your 3rd birthday.

Our day started seeing you sleeping peacefully in the bed at around 7:30am. As always.. by the time you wakes up.. I would have completed my 20% work time !! ;) You wakes up late everyday dude… ! Thank God you are enrolled for afternoon class for your pre-school. But don’t be happy… you are on wait list for morning class anyway, so in next few weeks you would have to wake up early and go to school… J J We ordered very nice cake for you with your loving car theme (which was any way surprise for you). The moment we open a cake your expression for "wow" was not for cake but was for CAR... ;) We took you to the school and during the circle time we celebrated your birthday with all school kids and with your loving teachers. Thank You MLC School  (http://mlcschool.com) for allowing us to celebrate Aarav's birthday. You were not expecting Dady and Mummy at school for your circle time and you were sad initially (dont know what were you thinking) must be afraid that Dady and Mumma would stay at school and with that thought how would you enjoy :) 😝 After your memorable birthday celebration we came back home and  you started your regular school time and activity. We requested your teachers to make a wish and write something in your beautiful memory book we made with all your beautiful photos... Thanks to MLS staff for your wonderful wishes on Aarav's scrapbook!

This year has bought many many changes in life since last year. We have been noticing lost and lost of change in you… Speaking is one of the biggest change.. You have started speaking almost everything… I use to call you a copy cat ;) few months back you started copying everything I speak at home J

Most beautiful thing you have started doing is.. giving big hug when I come home. Well, that’s not it… you have special style of giving your Daddy a HUG. You first ask me to go 10 feet away and stand there, then you start counting 1,2,3… all the way to 10.. The moment you speaks 10.. you run towards me and jump on me to give me a Billion Dollar HUG J !... Well, what could be the biggest thing in your life compare to this B$$ HUG from your son! You are awesome dude!! You are naughty and Apple of everyone’s eye… ! Keep doing your Bakada with Daddy every night before sleep time:)

I always mentioned in my posts that you have been feeling our book of memories with lots and lots of happiness…! Any time we go back and picks up any random page of this book, It was always you with lots of fun and happiness my Son! I am sure…you will keep feeling thousands of more pages!

Wishing you a very happy birthday my Son.! Keep smiling, be happy and always try to be a reason for other’s happiness in life !!

Love You,
LisAnk-Aarav

Sunday, January 22, 2017

You learn in any case... - Happy New Year !!!



First blog post of this year !! So, Happy New Year dear readers J

2017 has finally arrived like every new year and we are almost done with first happy month of 2017. New year always bring new challenges in many fields which will allow us to learn and grow even more!!

This time of the year is filled with moments of celebration, reflections and resolutions- all of which are great for inspiration and making the necessary changes one has been thinking about in the past year.
It is also the time to assess the year that has passed. So what happened during 2016 and what to do for new year?

Everybody expect life to have smooth way, nobody expect their life to have painful bumps like a 'ROLLER COASTER' ! Things may go wrong in life, everything is up and down in life. Every year has new challenges and opportunities with lots of fun, learning !! Like every year this years was also an awesome year together, we had lots of fun and many good learning experience… ! Most of them are really nice in terms of learning!! Let’s all step back for a few moments and think, list down all major good/bad events occurred to individual’s life. I must say… every event would teach you something to learn and accept few things.. whether it is good or bad. Good events teaches you how to share, celebrate and enjoy quality time while bad events teaches you even more… like how to react, fight bad time, learn, accept and how to move forward with all set of new positivity. I strongly believe It’s a matter of how you look at it together.

With all these things in mind…. 2016 was more special for us in terms of many things…. Aarav… our Son started speaking, started his pre-schooling and his first music class! Isn’t it fun and fantastic memories when you see your kids learn and do things first time….
Our parents visited us and we visited home country for short vacation and had lots of fun together! Towards end the 2016 we bought a new family car… We had many more events and celebration we expressed it with friends and family together and added few more pages to our memory book!   

Everyone has their own learning and experience from past year and new thinking, expectation from new year ! Like everyone we also learn many things nice way while some hard way….. but you learn in any case!

I wish new year would be 1000 time more better than past year for everyone! Stay tuned for more exiting post this year !!

Wishing you all very happy healthy and wealthy new year !!

Thanks,
Inspiration With Ankit

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Its my first day of school Mumma Daddy !!


People say first day of pre-school should not be stressful. Well, yeah.. we also tried very hard and made plan thinking small things in advance to be relax on first day of Aarav’s school ! It was not a stressful day, busy though :) !!

Aarav was pretty excited to go his school today. Actually he was keep asking to go school from last few weeks. We knew the reason, in our recent vacation trip to back home India, he use to see my niece and nephew going school everyday, different school activities etc... Every morning he use to see School bus and kids going school. He was pretty excited to see them going school and was asking us “Daddy School… Mumma School” pointing his finger to the school bus. We took him to my niece’s school couple of times when we were in India, he was happily playing around with kids, running behind them on schoold ground, following kids what they do. We thought while he likes this activities and showed his interest to school, let's start his school. 

After coming back to states we started exploring different options to start his pre-school and choose “Montessori Learning Center” (Best school around our area)  . We visited school couple of times and met teachers there, Director of school Ms. Diane and teachers are very nice. We had a great school tour to see the facility and activates, we also discussed many things on how they teach kids, methods of teaching alphabets, we are impressed with their methods and way of teaching kids.  After our school tour and a discussion with School director, we choose this school for Aarav and enrolled him for 2016-2017 !

First day of school is a big step in our children’s lives. There will be new feelings for both kids and for parents too. As a parents we hope our kids will be excited and enthusiastic. Parents would be in hopes and worries about how their children would be.  There are lots of information available online on tips, strategies on how to prepare for this big step. Believe me, every parents would have mostly common story (with some differences)!! Sending a child to pre-school for the first time will be emotional roller coaster!! We will have to contain our emotions to help our child to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Today was a watershed step, first day of school !! We were pretty excited and started our day with all our plans we made in advance to be on time at school and do the document work for his school registration. Everything went well, Aarav was pretty happy too, He was thinking that Dady and Mumma are also going to stay at school with him. Aarav’s school timing was at 1:00pm, we reached little early as per plan to introduce Aarav to other kids. They opened school door at sharp 1:00pm, we took and entry. He was still happy, following other kids with his school bag in his hand. We completed some documentation work with school director. We were all set to move out from the school leaving Aarav with other kids and teachers.
                                                                                    
One of the teacher came and asked Aarav to join other kids for their school class and immediately he turned his face with surprise and asked us… “Dady come… Mumma come..” But we had to leave him there. This was the time he started realizing that mom and dad are leaving me alone and he started crying… This was a tough time, seeing your kid crying and leaving him there. But We were confident enough on school and techers. We came out of school, He was crying, we were still be able to hear… ! We thought of waiting outside school at least until he stops crying. After 5-10 mins, He stopped crying. Teachers did an excellent job on keeping Aarav busy on different activities, he started playing with other kids also. I drove back to work and Lisa went back Home. After one hour we called school director to see How is he doing and he was doing absolutely fine.

Well, I must say, we were eagerly waiting for 4:00pm where his school ends, Lisa reached school early to pick him up, the moment door opened and he came out and saw Lisa.. He cried and complaining Lisa about why did she leave him alone. Why didn't she stayed there ? After few minutes he was absolutely fine and started telling us the schoold time story, what did he do, what he eat, what kids were doing, how did he played with others etc.... (obviously in his language which we 70-80% understand ;) ). 

First day of school was a full of excitement for Aarav and specially for us with lots of emotions !! Looking forward to his upcoming school days! Thanks you to Montesorri staff and school director and wishing you all the very best dear Aarav ! Have fun and enjoy each and every moment in life !

Love You,
LisAnk-Aarav

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Good Friends just never say Goodbye !

Good Friends just never say Goodbye !

Could not stop writing this post guys ! I know it is hard to say sweet bye and depart to a different place. But you know guys… Things will comes and go but few friends, quality time and memories never goes !!




It has been a nicely spent time together in world’s one of the beautiful place. How can we forget games we use to play till late night, lots of fun and other outing activities we have done together.  I still remember the first day we met at “stay bridge, San Diego” since then journey has been marvelous in many ways, spending time together, sharing lunches and dinners, playing  few interesting games like poker (desi 3 patti with videsi coins/money J), “Kali 3di J” etc etc….

As we all know time flies, it really does. You guys are awesome, we will never forget good time we spent together specially in last few days, we are going to miss “Jeevika” a lot !! I would never forget one beautiful moment about Aarav and Jeevika we saw today… It was an awesome moment. I have these memories captured and already watched it few times J God’s glory is best seen through the eyes of Kids !!   

It was kinda emotional moment to say you guys a ‘bye’ but happy to see a bright future for you guys in coming months.

Wishing you guys a very best of luck for new location. Stay in touch and have fun at new place!

Take Care,
LisAnk-Aarav


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Learn, Accept and Move On !! :)

When life gets tough, just play pretend !! J


6 years ago, I wrote on post on “Don’t lose your smile because there are people who relies on it” which helped me and many of my near ones to pump the motivation to “move on” !

People many time thinks that it is the end of world. Well, it’s not… Thing, time, people, weather everything changes…… We just need to learn, accept and move on !

As we journey along each day of our lives things will come with different surprises and we just need to accept with smile and keep moving ! Don’t forget, there are always bunch of people who relies on your smile J !

There could be many instances in the life like, losing job, losing relatives, losing your friends etc… Time in these situations are always painful but it’s part of life, either you accept or not, such things do happen.

But here, I must say, we must put efforts hard to keep things alive. I believe the best way is to ask your heart and see whether you have done your part at its best, if yes… just don’t regret, accept it and move on ! If no, try to put things together, try to let go, I am sure things will be in good shape. If with efforts it still does not work and you don’t see positive outcome then Understand one thing….. People change and sometimes they are no longer compatible with your lives… ! I think people change for two reasons. Either they learn enough that they want to or they have been heart enough that they have to.

One of my backbone motivator always use to tell me “there will always be a Hope, possibilities and Opportunities "!

Company does not stop just because CEO dies or leaves…..
Carrier does not stop just because you failed in exams…..
Life does not stop just because you lose somewhere…..
Likewise, things does not stop just because you think J

There is always a Hope, possibilities and opportunities, just figure it out and Move on !

Life simply does not end…. Just Keep moving, keep rocking and keep smiling !! Remember  “A smile you sent will always return” (One more post written years back on Smile J)

Have fun, Keep rocking and Enjoy,
Inspiration With Ankit

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Its Daddy Mania !! Say... Cheese !

It’s your magical Smile "Aarav" when I “say Cheese” !!



Despite loving natural photos, there is something special about photos captured after you say two magical word “say cheese” !! BTW How did you know Aarav, whether I am taking selfie or capturing your photos from rear camera? Any way I have been accepting your many learning things these days, so one more to that list !

It is amazing that how fast you grow and how fast you grasp and pick the things you like. We have been observing your attachments with DADY and MUMMA !! Well, for mumma you just started .. ! Lisa, don’t worry… there is nothing that you or I could do… I think it’s toddler’s way of making their choices ;)  Well, Its “DADY MANIA” !! Lisa, I understand it’s really hard not to feel a bit guilty if you are the one being ignored specially when I am around ! When I am not around, any way he does not have choice and behaves like he is totally yours.. Shall I say “MUMMA MANIA” throughout day and “DADY MANIA” rest of the time and whole weekend ☺?

I think this is pretty common situation for most parents and have been hearing same stories from lot my friends. Every home would have one (DADY) or another (MUMMA) “MANIA” ! Its toddlers way of grow. Remember there is no standard for toddlers!  Let me also clarify that It has nothing to do with one of you being loved more. It is mostly because of familiarity and comfort with their routine. In our case, for few things he needs Mumma while for some he needs Dady !  Dady cuddles would calm him down when he cries while Mumma would not work in this case! (well, don’t get me start on back pain I have after lifting up every time, this was one of the potential reason we thought we should change this MANIA to MUMMA !!) Likewise there are few other things where Mumma would work but daddy would not… like changing diaper, potty, lunch, dinner etc… ! 

I think, MANIA is something that we create, kids are like plain slate and we keep writing and filling content that we would like. Creator of MUMMY/DADY MANIA are parents themselves !!
I believe, its manageable and can be control by doing few things that we just started. For example, He loves music and wants DADY to dance with him all the time. Now we start putting our effort to make him realize that MUMMY can dance too

Things may vary parents to parents but believe me... No matter MANIA goes to Mumma or Daddy but it’s all fun !! Enjoy your Mania !!

Love you
LisAnk-Aarav 💕

Sunday, February 28, 2016

When things go wrong, take right and keep right !

Dear All,

You have always dreamed of planning perfect wedding, perfect trip, perfect celebration or perfect life but no matter how carefully you plan it, there are many things that can go wrong!!

Everybody expect life to have smooth way, nobody expect their life to have painful bumps like a 'ROLLER COASTER' ! Things may go wrong in life, everything is up and down in life. Being an engineer, I take life exactly as “sinusoidal wave”, frequency of wave could be different for individuals though. Thousands and millions of factors keeps changing with respect to time and as a result this sine wave frequency keeps updating!! Isn’t it interesting? Well, that is all about life !  

I have been hearing one of the great and motivational statement from my Dad and would like to share it across you all. He always says "લાઇફ મા તડકો અને છાયો આવયા કરે" which means Sun lights and Dark are part of life, you cannot stop them from your life. Sunlight (Happy time) and Dark (Painful time). You cannot avoid or stop them as they are under control of thousands of factors, some are under your control while many are not !!



We all must have feel/seen painful time in our life. I always chat with my Dad whenever I feel dark time and he always inspires me on  how to tackle and pass this time. He said if you think things are not going right and you feel frustration because of dark time in your life, you would surely cook wrong things as "Frustration and Fear triggers your bad Time Bomb !!"  He thought me some important things to take care while things go wrong !!

  1. Cool Down; Think with cool mind
  2. Share your time with person who always inspires you, Don't spare your time with who you think is just adds fear or frustration in life.
  3. Always take some advice and suggestions from person who you believe and start implementing those.
  4. Things/Time does not come with label “RIGHT”, Do your best and make it RIGHT !!
  5. Motivate yourself and keep it up.
  6. Don’t think about bad time which has already been past and think how to make presence and future good.
When things go wrong, take right and keep right !

Enjoy,

Inspiration With Ankit !

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Aarav, You are 2 today !!

I don’t even know where to begin this post. It’s your second birthday and since my last post I have millions of things and thoughts to express for you Aarav !! Let me start with few of them J

On your second birth day I just went back and read last few posts and it brought an emotional feeling to my eyes! Can’t believe you are 2 today !! Two years ago on this day, we welcomed most precious bundle (“LisAnk-Aarav”) of joy in our life. We knew life would change after having baby but we never understood the extent of how much you can love something until you came to our life.  We thank god every day for gifting this bright, smart and handsome boy !!



Our day starts with seeing you sleeping peacefully in the bed. By the time you wake up I would have completed my 25% work in office and around 11:00am phone rings with your Mom’s number and I come to know that you are UP now and Mom’s duty running behind you starts !! I don’t think I need to mention how much you love, cartoons specially some standard ryams like “Wheels On The Bus”, “”Johny Johny Yes Papa”, “Head, Shoulder, Knees and toes” etc…  You would always need those ryams to play either on tablet, TV or on Mumma’s Cell Phone. We have been observing a great change and growth in terms of many things, like learning letters, ryams, signs, numbers and speaking on your way no matter what that means, How funny it is !!

This year has bought many change in life since last year, You are like talking machine !! You know what you say when you have been asked to say something! Ok… Here are few of them… J

Bus is Bushee
Dog – Dodee
Orange – Oenge
Apple – Ishee Apple
Shokes – Souse
Lightee – Tightee
Yellow – Ellow
Aero plane – Coooo
Helicopter – Coooo
So sorry – So Soeeee
Dhubaka - Bakada (This one is real funny in Gujarati though)
Seven - Senen
Jany Jany Yes Aapa...! :)


Isn’t it funny  ! You know I have lists of words in my mind, If I start writing those, it will be many…! J

You wouldn’t know how much you like Buses and Aero Plane ! Thank god we are living nearby Bus Transit station, whenever we go out we at least  be able to see few buses going in and coming out from the transit station. The most exciting part for us is when you say “Baaa Bushee… Baa Bushee” with smiling excitement on your face whenever you see buses ! How exiting !! You are dady’s super little buddy, always ready to give hug especially when you say “No” J.

You made many friends in this two years, Devarsh, Aangi, Rian, Naitik, Akshat. When you all gathered at one place, you use to play like anything and makes us busy in one or another way J !! Funny ! I don’t know where you all will be in future, one of you might be a business man, engineer, doctor, dancer, artist, or may be a politician J I am just guessing… I know you all would do best where you are at ! Wish you all the best for future, you all have bright future ahead of you !!  There is always something special about seeing you sleeping so peaceful. You wouldn’t like to go bed until late night and that to be you would always first like to jump in the bed with us, you make us horse and ride on us J and then you fall down many times in between and laugh like anything until you feel yourself tired!

You are Naughty as ever and still the apple of everyone’s eye, You manage to smile so easily. In the melody of your parent’s lives, you are the sweetest note ! Happy Birthday to you my sweet son Aarav. You are the light of my life and we are proud of your parents. You have infinitely made us stronger and better individuals, we look forward to each and every day we spend together. You bring more love and happiness to our life than you will ever know.

Wishing you a bright future with lots of friends, fun, happiness ! Happy 2nd Birthday Aarav. Love you to the moon and back again a million times over.

Love you..

LisAnk-Aarav 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year !

Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festivals celebrated by families around the world. Deepavali (actuall name of Diwali) means "a row of lights." This auspicious day is also known as the "festival of lights. There is a saying “An Happiness can be found from darkest of dark if one knows how to switch on the light” !

There is so much happening during this whole week, people starts preparing for Diwali, shops (e-shops J) are full of sales and there is light all over. People celebrates Diwali with many other things like firecrackers, visiting friends and family places and having lots of sweets ! Well, I miss those days celebrating Diwali with lots of firecrackers and lights on streets with friends. A lot of regulation here.. but still we manage to celebrate with some of crackers in our patio J One of these years, I am going to take a vacation to celebrate Diwali back home town to renew my Diwali spirit.



Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year

Diwali is one of the biggest and brightest festival in India and we do celebrate it with full of enthusiasm and happiness. I would like to celebrate this Diwali by expressing thanks to all my friends, family members, near and dear ones ! You all are awesome and I am lucky to have you all in my life. 


Diwali is the last day of Gujarati Year, Today, Vikram Samvat 2072 begins. So wishing you all a Happy New Gujarati Year. May this new year comes with lots of happiness in your life. Few messages on this new year… that I would wish we all could follow this year.

1. Value your family and care as much as you can
2. Make your parents happy and be the reason for their happiness
3. Spend quality time with your family and friends
4. Stay focused and motivated in life
5. Help poor and needy people whatever way you can



May This Diwali be as bright as ever and brings joy, health and wealth to you and your family. May this Diwali bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity. I wish you all a Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year !

Happy Diwali & Happy New Year!
LisAnk-Aarav

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I hold your little hand in mine, it reminds me that life is so fine !!

I could not stop writing this post Daddy's little guy !! Actually, I must say, every day is a new post with lots of fun and excitement when you have baby at home!!

I am sure, all parents must have experienced this fun, every parents probably would have different story to share. Here is ours... and this one is for you my life.. Aarav !


I still remember the post I wrote last year on "parenthood" and fun.. ! You were 9 months old and were away from your Daddy for few weeks, I know how hard was that time! I can't believe 20 months have passed since you came in to this beautiful world. Time flew so fast, may be because we enjoy, we really did enjoy watching you grow up my son ! I must say, you fascinate us with your every little milestones. You are the one making us feeling happy every day and busy too ! You are the reason of our life little one... ! I don't know if I will be able to do what it takes to achieve all my dreams but I do know that I will do whatever it takes to help you achieve all your dreams as you grow up.

We are observing changes within you. For instance, we noticed how you reaches out to brightly colored toy cars. How can we forgot your interest in music? We were thinking babies at the age of one and half probably would not know about the specific type of musics and you proved us wrong my hero !! We surprised to see you enjoying music. Well, place does not matter fro you, you are just enjoying :). I still remember that shopping day, we were busy in debating to chose some cloths while you were enjoying and dancing on the song played in the store, I recorded that moment in a short video and enjoying to see you and your innocent dance on the floor every time we play this :). I tried not to miss single moment of our life together and keep recording, lots of selfies, videos, photos and of course few blog posts :) I am sure you will enjoy each and every thing when you see and feel this !!

I still remember the first word at the age of 11th month you pronounced saying "baasssh.." it was soo sweet to inform people "that's.. it" but for you it wasn't !! :) Later, each day something new.. few of them are "Basee... (this one is for bus)", "Ohh nuuuuu", "Oooooo", "Mummaa", "Dadeee" etc... Wait, How can I forget "Ishikaa.." :) Today I could see you are trying to copy every single word we ask you to speak with your cute way ! Whatever you speak is way more impressive and cute than we speak, no matter whether its correct or not !! You would not know how cute you were speaking unless you hear yourself all these moments I captured for you. You know, I am addicted to your cuteness your laughter, your sweetness hugs and kisses, magic and your response to the music and dancing with me. I love that you let your imagination make your and our life more exciting and colorful.

You would probably enjoy the moments and fun you have enjoyed with your first friend in your life.. Devarsh ! Lucky you that you have Devarsh as first friend in your life. Couple cutees are waiting for the best time to come in to the beautiful world to give you a company :). I am sure and wish you all will have fun in future and enjoy your life wherever you all may be !! Have fun guys.. life is yours!! 

 There has never been, nor will there ever be anything quite so special as the love between you and us !

Love you LisAnk-Aarav !

-Ankit

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Thank You !

I was standing in the greeting card section of the grocery store a couple of days ago, I just couldn't find a card that could adequately express the love that I feel for you Lisa. After a 4 years of marriage, I just can't believe how happy I am !


From last couple days I have been thinking that how often I express my appreciation to you for all such things that you have been doing for me. Today, I could not stop writing myself. “Thank You” for your all support and being with me during my bad and good time. Last 4 years that I have passed would have been not so memorable if you would have not been part of my life. I would like to ensure that passing years have not diminished my love and caring nature for you in the least, Instead my love only depends on time because it always gives me more opportunities to appreciate how you have been managing challenges in our life in good and bad time. I would like to express thanks for all your support and care that you have been doing for myself and family from last 4 years.

I was recalling memories of our travel to many states of USA and India, late night long drives on express ways, fun with friends and family etc.. 1st March, 2011 was the day when the new chapter of our life started, since then we have been writing lines by lines and paragraphs by paragraphs. It always gives me more happiness whenever I go back and open any page of this chapter and read any paragraph, because each and every paragraph has one or more reasons for the happiness J. Thanks for writing such a wonderful memories on one of the best chapter in my life, I wish we keep filling up the contents for coming years and years and years !

I know, 2014 is the best memorable year in our life as our dream came true! We blessed with a Cute little pie, our little champ “Aarav”. Since then the days are passing extremely fast with lots of happiness every day. I would not like to miss the opportunity to celebrate so much of happiness that we gathered together since last 4 years. Hope you loved the arrangement! Aarav, you made our life even more beautiful, adding lots of happiness every day. We wish you a great life with lots of happiness around.

I was given a mic during the party by my friends and asked to express the feeling over the past years of togetherness, the moment I start expressing thanks for them, they stopped me saying friends are not whom you should express thanks J… My dear friends you guys are awesome !! made our life even more joyful ! I know here you would not be able to stop me J

Thank you all of you my friends, you blessed us with your best wishes on the occasion of our 4th wedding anniversary and our cute little Son’s first birthday. Special thanks to all of you who attended the party and made our day even more wonderful. Without your presence that day would have been just like another day in the calendar ! I still remember the time, decoration was not ready, arrangement was not done till last hour and you guys made it possible with your hard efforts. Friends like you all made my party totally worthy!

The music wouldn't have been exciting, food wouldn't have been yummy, drinks (soft one J) wouldn't have been slurpy if you hadn't come to our party ! By gracing our party you guys have graced our heart with joy and our day with good wishes !

Love you LisAarav and Thank you all.
LisAnk-Aarav !

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I owe you guys !!

One more weekend staying away from family… and can’t stop writing myself !

It has been around 2 month my loving wife and cutee hero little Aarav on vacation and are back home in India. There are couple of things I was thinking when we were planning for this vacation. We thought a lot together and decided for couple months vacation for my wife and little one as dear and near ones were waiting to see them back home, especially “our little hero”. I was in dilemma whether to let them go on vacation these many days or not. The reason is, I started realizing the life without family, especially without my 8 months old hero who keeps charging his daddy every day. But then we took a decision and finally made a travel plan to make other family members happy back home country. So the vacation started with a new paragraph of one the chapter in my life! Now they are back to home town for vacation, people were extremely happy to see them back especially with Aarav (LisAnk’s little guy). They all were very happy and started enjoying life all together with lots of fun and memories. Initial days I was too feeling very happy to see them enjoying back home with parents and other family members and at the other hand, getting a chance living alone here in freedom with bachelor life J.  But I must say this freedom you would not accept after couple weeks especially when you have little on in your family, missing you "Daddy's little guy", counting these days ! I still remember, I wrote a blog on April 2010 on "Somebody was crying whenever I was flying" Here the situation is kind of reverse :), You never know what is waiting ahead in your life.



Here I would like to express thanks from bottom of my heart to all my near friends who took care of lot of things during this time when I am away from family. They never let me feel away from family. During this time there were many occasions, gathering, celebrations we had but I must say guys, in none of these events I felt that I am away from family. Weekdays are kind of busy for most of us so time would go fast, but weekends are kind of long time to pass without family but they (specially all my younger sisters :)) always arrange something over the weekend and never forgot to invite me to be a part of it. Mostly it is kind of potlucks, gatherings, playing games, making some gossips, going together for bowling, pizza parties, and more importantly make memories out of it. So time was passing fast and I am not feeling away from family. Mostly every weekend or some time during the weekdays they somehow arrange dinners for me and they always try to make me feel like I am not away from family by making delicious home made dishes. Every time I go on dinner, I always felt having dinner with family as I never felt its just a dinner but always felt a dinner of delicious dishes made with lots of love, kindness, friendship and feelings of caring nature !! They keep arranging potluck mostly over the weekends with different reasons and never forgot to invite me. They knew that I can cook something for potluck but they never asked me to do so and come with some recipe. You guys have took care of many things when I am away from family. I would like to express my thanks for all such things not only by writing but would like to arrange a small party for you guys once my family back home :) I must say without you guys it would have been difficult for me to pass the hard time away from family. You guys have made memories in one of the chapter of my life and I owe you guys !! 

Have a wonderful life and god bless !

Regards & Love,
LisAnk-Aarav