10 Things I Learnt From Game Of Thrones

The long-awaited season finale of the fifth season of HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones’ got over. With it what also came to end was another season of sex, scheming and scandal. The only thing that still remains consistent is the fight to win the ultimate throne; as the various houses and kingdom are still fighting till the last blood to attain this glory.

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The television drama is based on novelist George RR Martin’s series that has kept viewers across the globe hooked. And even though the story is deeply rooted in fantasy, still Game of Thrones has manages to teach us important lessons about life in the real world. Here are ten universal truths which extend far beyond the Seven Kingdoms of Game of Thrones.

1. Don’t trust anyone
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Ned Stark’s death came as a shocker to many. But the man should have known better than trusting the likes of Littlefinger.

2. Bravery comes with a cost

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Jon Snow fans are yet to recover from this one! With hopes that he comes back in Season 6. He was betrayed by his own!

3. Never underestimate your opponent 

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By sheer size he may be the not the most macho of the lot on the show but Tyrion can give men twice his size a run for their money.

4. The past is never undone

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Jamie might have thought that he did the right thing to hide his relationship a secret yet the seasons of Game of Thrones have gone on to prove the fact that his past has not left him. In fact it wasn’t undone by his feeble attempt to kill Bryan.

5. Everybody makes mistakes

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Sansa Stark’s fell in love with the wrong guy and since then she has paid the price of with the life of her family. With no one by her side, her life changed for the worst the day she decided to marry Joffrey and the recent mistake of trusting Littlefinger and not to forget that her most recent mistake of marrying Ramsay might just cost her, her own dear life.

6. Teenagers always cause trouble

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Game of Thrones wouldn’t have been the same if it hadn’t been for King Joffrey who was drunk on power. And don’t even get me started on the amount of trouble he caused.

7. Weddings are always stressful

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So far we have had three major wedding sequences in Game of Thrones and none of them have had a happy ending as such. For those wondering, I have two words for you; ‘Red Wedding’. Need I say more.

8. Life is unfair

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This was perhaps one of the most brutal scene in Game of Thrones. I mean killing an unborn child in the womb is just way to… I don’t even have the words to describe it..

9. Power corrupts

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Look what power made Stannis do, he got his own daughter burnt right in front of his eyes. And in Season 5 see what being high on power eventually do to him..

10. Never spare your enemy 

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We all know what happened when Oberyn Martell and Mountain got in the fight. If only Oberyn hadn’t showed mercy he would have lived to tell the tale.

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8 Things I Learnt From How I Met Your Mother

Over the years watching the show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has been my guilty pleasure. Coming from the makers of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, this show too somehow managed to touch many viewers hearts as well. And before we knew it we too were on a quest to find out who was the mother of Ted’s adorable children.header_HIMYM_600

Like ‘Friends’ ‘HIMYM’ too traces the journey of a group of friends. And while watching the up’s and down’s in their life, it made me more capable to deal with a lot of stuff on my own. So much so, that I ended up learning a lot from it. Here are a compilation of eight things that left a mark on me:

1. Whatever may be the situation you can never go wrong with one thing at least. All you need to suit up and face the challenges like a man. And let’s face it Barney Stinson’s suit made him stand out of the crowd.tumblr_lq91bw5CJU1qj0zk3o1_500

2. You need not compromise in love and jump the gun for just about anyone. Sit patiently and wait for the right one to make all the effort. Isn’t this what Ted did and see how things turned out for him?anigif_enhanced-28493-1396185551-5

3. Even though you cannot predict what the future has in store for you but this doesn’t mean you should go back to the past just for the sheer comfort of the situation. Robin knew what she was saying and try and understand what she meant.anigif_enhanced-buzz-1730-1388952617-6

4. The good, the bad and the ugly all make more sense once you have a partner in crime. Just like Barney Stinson did at one point of time. Life is more beautiful when you have someone to share it with.anigif_enhanced-24127-1393650234-2

5. And when everything is going out of sorts the right thing to do is to take time off and perhaps try playing a game. I suggest laser tag!! We all know that Barney Stinson did love the game, it’s never too late to try it out.anigif_enhanced-1431-1396180735-1

6. Barney Stinson may not know much about relationships but believe me this guy made the most sense some situation. Haven’t you felt what Barney is trying to say in this picture? Don’t you know the feeling! It’s okay to vent out what you feel sometimes.Barney-how-i-met-your-mother-28315207-500-282

7. Every once in a while an awesome thing to do is  to ease off the tension and dance your ass off! Believe you me, it actually works like magic. So put on your dancing shoes.ted-moseby-how-i-met-your-mother

8. It’s basic human nature to crave for something that cannot be yours. But then, when it comes to life not everything can be so easy.  robin

Learning To Finally Let Go…

It is an intrinsic part of human nature to become too attached to things or people. And so it can be very difficult to figure out as to how to let go from these attachments. Though secretly we might know that they are not good for us yet detachment is just too much to process.

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Some people say that this a very addictive behaviour and this turn is the root of all our suffering. Believe you me, it may seem as a very strong statement, but it is TRUE!

But what I cannot figure out is that why is it so damn difficult to let go? Why is it so hard to give up a habit gone bad or an ex-lover? When we know that these very things, are filling our life with unhappiness and are not letting us move forward in life. Most of us suffer from a feeling of inner emptiness and in hope to try and fill it, we hold on to various attachments.

Some may eat or drink too much, another’s may cling to an unloving ex-partner while a some may even get addicted other ways to fill our inner emptiness. The only way we can let go is to take a good, hard look at the things and people that we are so attached to. And try and make a sense as to do they really fill that nagging sense of inner emptiness?

All we need to burst the fantasy bubble that we have built around our addictive clinging and then we need to make a hard decision to give it up. And stick to it for good. Another good way to let go is to pick and choose the memories you want to keep. And slowing letting go of people and things even from our memory.

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You need to stop worrying, stop obsessing over the things we could have done differently to make them stay. And realizing that whatever happens, it happens for a reason and life can be just as good, just as beautiful, even without them in it.

Bargaining: What Makes Us Truly Indian?

Over the years I have heard various definitions that try and explain what make us truly Indian. However,out of the long list of attributes my personal favourite reason that brings us all together is that we as Indians love to bargain. Be it be, in malls or the streets we never fail to miss a chance to haggle. Ironically, we excel in it too and rather no one can beat us in it. In fact as Indians we love the word ‘free’ and ‘discount’.

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As Indians we can bargain in every transaction and without an ounce of guilt, we can shamelessly ask for discounts. From cab fares to restaurant bills, from vegetable shopping to investing in property, we can bargain everywhere.

Some of the common instances where as Indians we have asked for discounts or use our negotiation skills to get something free:
1. While buying vegetables we ask for free dhaniya and mirchi.
2. When it comes to street shopping for clothes we bluntly ask for a 70% off, since paying beyond it just makes the clothes too ‘over priced’.
3. Haggling with auto wala bhaiya for petty amounts and telling him to give a discount.
4. We don’t even start negotiating until the salesman in a shoe of grocery shop has scratched through the initial price and lowered it at least twice.
5. Once the price has been cut 25-30%, we ask the salesman that we are going to buy two items. This gets us another 5% off. Then later we add a very expensive item — one which we do not intend to buy. But, we use it as a ploy to get further discounts.
6. We ask for free pani after having pani puri and once finished we also then ask for a free meethi mathi.
7. Even if we are going to buy a single pen we will look through a lot of samples and make the salesman sweat profusely before we finally make our first offer.
8. The classic case of bargain is seen when we choose to walk out of shop after inquiring everything about a product, price, making only for the shopkeeper to call us back and offer a discounted price.
9. And finally the golden rule followed by us while shopping is that ‘never to agree to the price said by the salesman’.

Some people think that bargaining is awkward but what they fail to see is that negotiations can be so valuable and it helps save a lot. And not to forget that no matter what price you pay — if the sales guy is smiling when you leave guess who won… But more often than not we enjoy this cycle alot!

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