The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart..

It’s been 5 days in Delta, Utah Millard District School. When it began I thought I will be able to write each day about the experience but I realized it’s tough.

Each day things change and we adapt it as best as we can. My team has the job to teach the teacher initiatives on Google Suite for education and we did came prepared before we took our flights to Utah.

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After coming to Utah, two days we were learning and understanding the requirements which were sometimes different than what was assumed by us prior to our landing here at Utah.
We had some great teacher associates, principals who graciously supported us by giving ideas what may work best with these teachers.
There were some teachers who were totally unaware of technology and then there were some who had some idea but didn’t had the confidence to use.

Much of the time would go in brainstorming and discussions and finally we will come to a solution which usually used to be at midnight or past that and then once the solution is out one need to work on getting things ready on slides.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford

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I literally had to count to check how many days are over because it seems like we have been here forever.
Everyone is tired yet they all are contributing because the goal is to uplift this District Schools with technology for the better future of the children of Millard School District.

Finally, our day came where we planned our training and set the stage. Somehow in my mind I was very confident about we as a team will have a great success and hence that gut feel kept me motivating my team as well.
I kicked off the training and brought others who gave a demo with an equal interaction session where teachers had an opportunity to play with the tool while the demo was shown.
In the afternoon we had grouped in four different countries and took each teacher on a tour.
The teachers loved it and the session was a big success. Teachers were ready to spend more time and some even said, “I am more hungry and want to learn more, some said, wow! I never knew life will become so easy, and some just hugged and said you made my life easy”.

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I think the team did a great job.  The best part was when the Millard School District people showered with compliments for the huge success, it was a great relief.
The people of Delta, Utah are so simple, loving and caring that they are ready to do anything for us, just because we are there to help the school teachers and children.
When we go to the restaurants, people out there treat us with love because they know we are in town from all around the world to help the Millard School District Schools and this shows how the entire town is focussed on one goal.

The days are hectic with  our schedules and nights goes in brainstorming, discussing and implementing those plans on slide for presentation. However, this brought everyone closer in the team. The Delta community was ready to help us to help the students and teachers, so was our own team. Everyone was ready to give a hand to the other and teamwork not only gave us a successful delivery but it also brought lot of fun and excitement for everyone.

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock

I don’t remember when was day 5 as this post I am able to post after my 2 weeks trip to Utah and a week of vacation to Canada.

There are so many things that I want to summarize whether it’s about what we as a team served, or learned or even the emotional moments that touched each other’s heart – sometimes words don’t do justice at all.

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I want to cherish and re-cherish those moments that I spent in Delta, Utah. I probably met the best people on earth and the best people with whom I worked.

World is full of beautiful people and all we need to do is extend our arms and hug them, receive them and love them.

There is nothing bigger than Love and this I have always experienced in my life, in my journey whether it was when I was in India, or Canada or in USA – people are all same and understand the language of love.
One warning, it is contagious so watch out to get more love and more hugs in return 🙂

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.”

~ Dawn

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I believe the first test of a truly great human is in their humility …

Yesterday we all reached one by one at the Salt Lake City airport from different parts of the world. It was amazing to see how virtually connected people get more close when they meet you in person. Life cannot get better if we as human can be nice and kind to each other.

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Since many of them are coming from different country, USA residents offered to drive the rental cars and I was amazed and surprised that I was driving a minivan which was a first time for me.
Great drive from Salt Lake City to Delta- Utah, where besides the scenic roads rain was a relief to the heat.
Along with my group members, we reached safely to our hotel. It was nice to connect and regroup with everyone as soon we are going to be rocking with our mission.

Today was day 1 of the Good Gig and everyone was pretty excited to see how the day is going to unfold for us. Delta Utah, is a small town with close community ties, where people take care of each other which gave a feeling of India when I was growing up as a kid.
People cared for each other and that resonated here too in Utah.

Our day was scheduled with plans but while we were there on our activities things always got changed for the good. The best I liked was that we were spending time with the Millard School District members and faculties who strived through to make digital divide for their children.
The way people came together to support our presence here is incredible, special service, cooked food by the technical director who made sure he met everyone’s needs such as those who are vegetarians, or non-onion eating and meat lovers – everyone was taken special care and hospitality.

The amazing part was that for cooking this dinner people who are on summer vacation showed up and some of the officials drove from far to welcome us along with the local press.
I felt as we live this fast pace life in cities, people here in small towns are much more connected with the community, they enjoy life even though there may not be too many options however they eat healthy food. Nice dinner cooked in Dutch oven on charcoals was something always made me very special as it’s the natural way of cooking which makes the food much tastier and healthy.

There’s lot of dreams that they have planned for their children, however they don’t know how we will meet those yet, a ray of hope for them was we as a Good-gigs team.

I learned a lot about the people of Utah, the mormons, the humble and down to earth people who kept on thanking us for coming all the way to Delta to help setting up with technology and support with training for their teacher initiators.
It was amazing to see how the School Superintendent personally came and asked me where I am originally from and how did I come this far… I gave a glimpse of my adventurous move and it made him excited as we were about to leave and he said, ‘we need to continue this discussion further…’ and the best was that he remembered each and everyone’s name and shared with me his Indore, India trip to me as well.

The kind of gratitude and humbleness in the Millard School District people I saw was something very touching and emotional for me. I felt like giving them a hug and cry.

“There is nothing better on this earth than a soul that you can connect with on every level”

~ Dawn

I’m on the hunt for who I have not yet become….!!!

A desire to serve the needy has always been part of my growing up. Whenever and whatever way I could, I have always tried to fulfill this desire of mine.

“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen that is the common right of humanity”

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I find this deed very much healing and meditating. I realized one thing that, as much I was able to help with my own hands and will, growing up in corporate industry made me busy with workload and this desire turned into donations.

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Donations to different charity organizations or noble causes has always left me with one thought and that is – is this reaching to the right hands?

And, you always satisfy yourselves by saying as long as my intentions are good it should be all good.
However, the desire to do by yourselves, with your own hands and will kept a blaze and here I get an opportunity to learn, serve and inspire others by training teacher initiators in school districts of USA, in technology for their day to day curriculum that they teach their students.

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This is a new journey in my life and I want to enjoy this one too by giving my heart, soul and body, while I am in this journey with my VMware team.

“I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully,’ than, ‘He died rich”

~ Dawn

Take the journey, soar like an eagle, there are so many roads to explore so little time…

Everyday is a new day! It’s not just a saying, but indeed it is true!
I have been driving almost 20 years and never got into any accidents, yes something I would say I am cautious about. It’s not that others are not, but I often make sure and remind myself about defensive driving. Hence, I try to maintain the distance whether it is in front of my car or behind.

I have many times given indications through my rear view mirror to back off when they are too close to me. No matter how much we are in hurry, we will reach along with everyone because we all are part of this game when we are on the road.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed” ~ M.K. Gandhi

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This is my daily commute to and fro from home to office and office to home. These days you can’t do anything about the traffic and hence it is better not to get too stressed on the road. I try to listen to songs or NPR news which keeps my mind off the traffic stress.

And yesterday was supposed to be a similar day like many other days for me, until when I felt my car was hit. Yes, we often think if one car has to hit the other then either one of the car or both has to get damaged only then it’s a real accident. But I think the shock to your mind and heart that stirs-up the whole weird feeling.

It was nice that we both exchanged our information so we can reach to our insurance company but something like this on the busy highway is not a good feeling that you are left behind with…!

The thought keeps coming back and the scene keeps reminding of what if it would have been worse than this.

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These days no matter how safe you try to be, your surroundings may not allow you to be sometimes.
We all look on the sides when we see cars stopped because of accidents and still I see people speed until they pass these cars.
Sometimes I see how people cut you on the way and try to swing through one end to the other end of the lanes to reach faster, and yet sometimes I catch them at the ‘stop’ signs or traffic lights where we both are at the same place, even though the other person was trying hard to race to reach their destination.
The only fun part is sometimes our time decides our destination not we 🙂

Happy that it ended this way, where no one had any physical injuries, but what isn’t seen shouldn’t be neglected either!!!

“Every flower blooms at a different pace” ~ Suzy Kassem

~ Dawn

The Wandering Thoughts….

Everyone is talking about the Monday blues… yeah! I get it after long Christmas and New Year holidays everyone is feeling lazy to go to work or to school… but then there were some who had no holidays and were working during those days.

I had my christmas holiday and new year holiday spent at home, though I did attend the new year eve’s party yet that was in the neighborhood. 

I took the advantage of Saturday and Sunday and probably I guess I slept for more than 10 hours. It is kind of a meditation for me where I didn’t feel hungry and neither I feel like getting up or rushing for anything…totally in bliss.

When my Sunday is about to dawn on to Monday, my mind has become a wanderer… it is going to all over the places that I visited in 2014 and I am literally seeing people whom I met. The zeal to meet them again is trickling inside… I want to fly again high…and high in the sky!

The moments I spent last year

Is haunting me this year

I had my meet and greet

Yet, the thirst has not quenched

Why I don’t feel the responsibilities?

Why I am not worried even to think?

Why I am detaching from artificial world?

Why my mind is so free that it doesn’t care?

Why I am not worried that I need to work and pay bills?

Why I feel I can wander around?

Why I feel so relaxed and yet zeal to wander?

Why? Why? Why?

Because I am free!!!


I don’t own anything and I don’t owe anything and hence my heart says you can wander around like a bird in and out until you are ready to fly from here to the unknown side!


“Youth is to wander! Adult is to act! Age is to assimilate the beauty of thoughts ~ Debasish Mridha

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~ Dawn

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within ;)

I was listening to Papon’s song ‘Kyun hota hai pyaar kyun hoti hai chahat’ (why one loves and what does it mean to love?) and as the lyrics started drilling in my mind and heart – the question even I started asking – Can one love more than once? And my heart said, ‘Yes, of course because when you see around people break relationships and make new ones – it does tell us that one can be in love many times in life.

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Then my mind asked, ‘Can one be in love with two people at a time? Hmmm! Wondering right?
Started scratching my head and I thought what could be a situation where one is in love with their loved ones and then when they see someone showering love and affection, that also lets them have that loving corner for that person? Yes, why not?
After all why does our heart melts for someone? It’s their behavior, their way of expressions, characteristics and many such things, which makes you feel that the person is real and loving.

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Is this fair? I don’t know as this is a very opinionated question where one can say – not fair and other can sit and justify.
But musically everything is possible 😉 and then my mind says if musically, poetically it is possible then why not humanly?
Love isn’t all about physical attraction, it can be feelings and mutual respect – is that harmful and destructive? Not that I think of – bombing, killing or even the rape or acid attack on some women.
If you have a thought on this or an opinion speak up here in comment.

“It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone” ~ Marilyn Monroe
~ Dawn 😉