“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” Wow, I feel like the Genie from Disney’s Alladin, as he comes out of the lamp after being cooped up for Ten-Thousand Years screaming, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” Over the last twelve months or so I had been busy studying Arabic, Philosophy, Theology and other subjects. The studies had been really intense, with upto 7 hours of Tuition per day! Followed by a generous dose of Homework, Tests and Exams. As I was approaching the Grand Finale of my final exams last week, feeling that there was not enough pressure in my life, a week before my exams I decided to travel to Comic Con International in San Diego…
Some months ago after encouragement from a friend, we applied to participate to promote Sufi Comics at Comic Con International San Diego – the mother of all Comic Conventions and one of the biggest in the world. When I got in touch with them, they told me there’s a 3 year waiting list. Hearing this we didn’t have any expectations to get in. Nonetheless they asked us to fill in the application form, in case there’s space, we may get a chance.
This is a big moment for us, as it’s the first time an Comic book publisher from India has an exhibit space at Comic Con San Diego. I hope this is a beginning for more Indians to participate at International Comic Conventions around the world.
Please share the news with your friends. If you’re there in town during this time, we look forward to meet you there, at booth #5531.
For the first time the book 40 Sufi Comics in Color will be avaiable for Sale. We’ll also be previewing pages from our upcoming book “Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad.”
Since the time we launched Sufi Comics, one feedback we would often receive is to have the comics in color. For sometime now we’ve been experimenting with this suggestion. I’m pleased to let you all know that “40 Sufi Comics” is now available in full color!
We’re working a new Sufi Comics book in collaboration with Artist friend Rahil Mohsin & Calligraphy Master Muqtar Ahmed. It’s called “The Wise Fool of Baghdad”. Inshallah It’s going to be a beautiful book & very rich in color! Look out for previews and photographs!
Feeling overworked, stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break and try out the Chocolate Meditation.
Choose some chocolate—either a type that you’venever tried before or one that you have not eatenrecently. It might be dark and flavorsome,organic or fair-trade or whatever you choose. Theimportant thing is to choose a type you wouldn’tnormally eat or that you consume only rarely.
• Open the packet. Inhale the aroma. Let itsweep over you.
• Break off a piece and look at it. Really letyour eyes drink in what it looks like, examiningevery nook and cranny.
• Pop it in your mouth. See if it’s possible tohold it on your tongue and let it melt, noticingany tendency to suck at it. Chocolatehas overthree hundred different flavors. See if you cansense some of them.
• If you notice your mind wandering while you dothis, simply notice where it went, then gentlyescort it back to the present moment.
• After thechocolatehas completely melted,swallow it very slowly and deliberately. Let ittrickle down your throat.
• Repeat this with the next piece.
How do you feel? Is it different from normal?Did thechocolatetaste better than if you’d justeaten it at a normal breakneck pace?
Who doesn’t enjoy advertising wars. The Hindu’s comeback deserves it’s place in Arif & Ali’s Advertising Hall of Fame. We applaud The Hindu on it’s stand on journalism and the ads are awesome too. Here are all the ads (Video, Outdoor and Print) that I could find across the city and the web.
I have come across some exceptionally good lectures this month. Do hear them as soon as you get to. I have found that the best best BEST time to hear these lectuers is while driving or exercising. There’s an immense amount of education and mental stimulation you can get while dong either of the two. All the lectures are uploaded on the Arif and Ali Podcast Feed. Subscribe to the feed with itunes, sync it up with your ipod and you have all the below lectures and more.
How to Maximise your Energy by Tony Schwartz
Tony has given a brilliant presentation as part of Leading @ Google series. Tony Schwartz is a co-author of the excellent book the Power of Full Engagement. The whole premise of his work is that we should stop focussing on Time is not the only resource that is available to us. Whenever we need to get something done what we tell ourselves is that alright all we need to do is give more time. But where is the Time? We are all maxed out on our Time Bank infact I presume many of us are under cutting on our sleep to catchup on our to-do lists.
So in addition to time, a critical resource is how much energy we have. Once we begin to see that, we begin managing our energy better, not only you get more stuff done, you feel great in the process.
Hear the Lecture to learn about:
- Have an Energy Audit conducted to know where you currently stand
- The Four Sources of Energy.
- How to better manage your Energy.
I had several Aha moments while hearing this lecture, the Aha moment that stayed with me most is Tony’s phrase, “Spiritual Energy comes from doing what you say is important.” Wow! That’s so simple yet profound isn’t it. You may be high on Physcial, Mental and Emotional Energy, but if you are doing isn’t important to you, how much energy you would have to move forward? Very little, indeed. But once you start standing up to the occasion and do what you say is important, boy, that will fuel your physical, Mental and Emotional Energies as well. Hear/Download the whole lecture on mp3 here or Watch it on YouTube here.
Change Anything – The New Science of personal Success
Change Anything is their fourth book and terrific hit. Joseph Grenny speaks about this book at another Leadership at Google talk series.
He starts beautifully by asking the following series of questions:
- How many of you know more about wellness, relationships, parenting, financial planning than we currently do?
- Same for people, how many of us know people who know more about better living than they are currently practicing?
- Same for organisations, how many of us know of organisations that know more about better leadership, management than they are currently practicing?
So the challenge today is not so much about knowing but changing that knowledge into practices, into habits.
He goes on to then explode the myth that the reason why we don’t Change is not because of Lack of Will Power. It’s that we don’t have the sheer guts, the stamina, the will of iron, to change that we don’t make the change. But there are influences beyond our vision that steer us towards one path or the other. Once we awaken and are aware of such influnces, and then modify these influences, change for the better begins to happen.
A paradigm-shifting lecture after hearing which whenever I think of change in myself or others I stop thinking in terms of will but in terms of influences.
Hear/Download the whole lecture on mp3 here or Watch it on YouTube here.
Everyday benefits of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
Meditation. The word brings to our mind sitting on the floor for long hours, bored for no obvious benefits.
In this final Google Talk, Sharon explains Meditation practice is far simpler. It is fun, esoteric and relevant to the wide-ranging situations we encounter in everyday life. Rather than an ornate, arcane set of instructions, meditation consists of practical tools to help deepen concentration, mindfulness and compassion.
Over the last week I have been practicing Mindfulness and small bouts of meditation during the day and definitely experience the benefits of it.
Hear/Download the whole lecture on mp3 here or Watch it on YouTube here.
A new comic is being released after a long while! One request that I’ve received frequently is to have the comics in color. So I’m trying something new with the style of the comics from now on. It’s going to be in color and will use elements from Persian & Turkish miniature paintings. This is the first Sufi Comic using this style. Hope you all like it :)