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WITH MYSELF
 Sanjana Panda  
 7 March 2018  

Iwake up in the cashmere glow of my white sheet; the sun's shining bright and I go and get dressed in a lavender lilac dress. My unmade hair flies more than it should, as it flows away with the wind; it's raining now. The sun comes and goes; the rain never stops waiting. Their love is futile, but so is everything in love.The guy at the coffee shop smiles at me a little more today, more than he usually does everyday. I give a faint smile back. I sit down as I look at a stranger walk in, he wasn't one a summer ago. I can almost smell the daisies he got me, clutching them as he was nervous about our first date, I can remember our first date, the second, the third, and all of the others. I'm not great at remembering smells, but this smell is like a spell. And I do not know how to break a charm. It was love that I had in mind a summer ago, it is till now that he has a love for just himself.It's still raining even though the sun is still out, enough to drench my hair and my dress wet. I look at people running for cover; a woman goes running past me, after her hat. It is a complete mayhem though, but this is a feeling nothing can replace. I twirl my lilac dress and laugh, I laugh hard enough that I gather unwanted stern looks from strangers as the rain drops still dance with me, and I realise, I don't care about their opinions anymore.It's the funny feeling in my stomach that makes me laugh at nothing. I'm happy. I feel alive. Am I in love? Probably. And for the first time, with myself.#smblogcontest

ANNA HAZARE STRIKE
 Suraj Kumar  
 4 April 2018  

ANNA HAZARE STRIKEAnna Hazare (born 1937) a social activist, who has always contributed to various economic issues and several anti-corruption movements including Indian Government Transparency, rural development, agrarian distress, etc. Kissan BabuRao Hazare came to be known as ANNA for his support and work. Anna Hazare always calls the attention of people throughout the nation for his protests and movements for poor people. Anna Hazare has raised his voice for many causes such as village development, agrarian problems, farmer's debt etc.Once again he has grabbed headlines and has led to an anti-corruption movement and sat on an indefinite hunger strike on 23rd of March, 2018 in order to exert pressure on the government which has not been able to finalize Lokpal Bill to investigate cases of corruption and ensures better production cost for farm produce. No doubt that his fast is the first real social networking movement which successfully attracted the attention of people throughout India. His weapon is surely very potent. Thousands of people came to Ramlila Maidan to show their support to Anna Hazare.1500 people gathered on the first day of the strike. This number kept on increasing every day of the strike. His strike captured attention throughout the globe. Only a few civil activists have gained this much attention.Jan Lokpal Bill or Citizen's Ombudsman Bill drawn up by Anna Hazare intended to appoint an independent body to investigate corruption cases. But unfortunately, even after the bill was passed by Supreme Court in India, the Act is not implemented properly, thus it creates no difference at all before or after passing the bill. This bill is one of the most widely discussed and debated topics in India. Passing of this bill should have generated an independent corruption detective system and protected a number of whistleblowers. His movement caught the attention of millions of Indians and shook the head of government. He began his protest on 23rd of March at Ramlila Maidan. Millions of people joined him in his protest. He tried every possible way to put a pressure on the government for setting up of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states, not only this, he has also demanded the proper implementation of Swaminathan  Commission report. Swaminathan commission reports had suggestions for “faster and more inclusive growth” for farmers. A report suggests that 7 to 8 of the 11 main demands put forth by Hazare were agreed upon. 2011 struggle had led to pass the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 but even after so much struggle and agitation, all the hard work gone in vain as the act was not properly implemented. After giving Dharna at Rajghat, he reportedly marched at Shaheedi Park and from there to Ram Lila Maidan. Anna Hazare started his protest on 23rd deliberately as this is the anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev’s hanging to death. Delhi police had issued an advisory warning to avoid taking routes towards Aruna Asaf Ali Road, Darya Ganj, ITO, JLN Marg, Delhi Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Paharganj, Vivekanand Marg, Rajghat, Minto Road, New Delhi Railway Station. Some of the developments around Anna Hazare’s fast against the Modi government adds to the limelight of people throughout the nation. Anna Hazare refused any political party to join his movement. He declared that anyone who joins the movement won’t ever conduct elections. He also slammed Government to cancel the trains carrying protesters, he further added that by doing this the government wants to push the protesters into agitation. Hazare raised his finger at our Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he has failed to fulfill his promises made to farmers and also on lokpal. He further added that after sending 21 letters to the prime minister, he got no response at all. Although this time there weren’t even 50% of people as there were in the 2011 strike because firstly it is related to farmers and secondly majority of the people are satisfied with central government’s work. However, his dedication and hard work have paid well as the government has promised to look after all the issues and decided to fulfill all his demands as early as possible. The six-day long fast, after talking with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra and Union Minister of state for Agriculture Gajendra Singh, Anna Hazare ended his hunger strike on Thursday. Supreme Court asks Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Telangana, and other states to specify the time when they will appoint Lokayukta. The government assured Anna Hazare that all his demands will be taken care of. He further added that if all our demands are not taken into consideration then we will again start our protest strike.

Book Review- All They Need Is Your Respect Not Sympathy
 Lavanya Rajanala  
 21 May 2018  

Aarohi is an Independent girl with big dreams. She always wanted to stand at place where she will be admired, loved and respected by many. Her family always stood by her side in every decision she made. After finishing her Masters in Business Administration, She wanted to start a business of her own. She did research for same to find what works well and essentials to start a business. She approached a bank for loan to start her business, Manager of the bank is some distinct relative of her father. Aarohi explained him her business plan and objectives and provided all necessary documents. He signed the documents to proceed further into loan process. When Aarohi was about to bid leave, he said “Have your seat.” and paused for while and continued “I know your father very well. He is great person, he worked hard to reach the position where he stand today. I admire him a lot. And I feel sad to see you running behind banks and offices to raise funds for your business. At this age you should start a family of your own. Business and all these is a difficult job especially for ladies. I know how difficult it is for you to do all this being a girl I respect you for that. You are no less than a son for your father. I wish and hope you will make your parents proud. All the best.” Aarohi bid him leave and was returning home but her mind was still in that manager’s room and her thoughts were rotating around his words. ” he is feeling Sad for me. Why? Just because I’m a girl and working at the age of marriage? And daughter helping her family is some sort of thing to be sympathized ? He is proud of me not for hard work I’m doing but for even after being a girl, I’m doing all this. Why is he showing such sympathy? Will he say same words if I be man, Son. His respect for me is out of sympathy of being a lady and doing business.” There is nothing wrong in respecting women but not just because of their gender, respect them as they are also humans, respect them for their qualities and respect them for the good work they do. “ALL THEY NEED IS YOUR RESPECT NOT SYMPATHY.”

ପବ୍ଲିକ୍
 Smruti Ranjan Panigrahi  
 16 June 2018  

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तेरी ख़ुशी में ही हम सभी की ख़ुशी निहित है
 Gunjan Gera  
 14 July 2018  
Art

कुमकुम की शादी नीरज से हुई।कुमकुम खुद एक सॉफ्टवेयर इंजीनियर थी और नीरज एक इंटीरियर डिजाइनर।शादी से पहले कुमकुम पुणे में एक MNC में जॉब करती थी।नीरज कुमकुम के पिता के दूर के रिश्ते में लगता था और उसका इंटीरियर डिजाइनिंग का बिजनेस दिल्ली में था।हालांकि कुमकुम तो एक सॉफ्टवेयर इंजीनियर से ही शादी करना चाहती थी।चूंकि कुमकुम के पिता को रिश्ता अच्छा लगा और उन्हें नीरज में कोई खामी भी नज़र नहीं आयी इसलिए उन्होंने कुमकुम को भी यह कहकर मना लिया कि शादी दो परिवारों का दो दिलों का मेल है।ना कि प्रोफेशन का।नीरज और उसकी माताजी बहुत समझदार हैं इसलिये वह तुम्हें शादी के बाद दिल्ली में भी जॉब करने देंगे।सबसे मुख्य बात नीरज जब 15 साल का था तभी उसके पिता की मौत हो गयी वह खुद की मेहनत के बलबूते खड़ा हुआ है इसलिए उसे मेहनत का मूल्य भी पता है।नीरज की माँ और उसकी छोटी बहन रीमा आगरा रहते थे।रीमा अभी पढ़ रही थी।शादी के बाद लगभग 2 महीने कुमकुम अपने ससुराल में रही और नीरज दिल्ली।हालांकि हर शनिवार,रविवार को नीरज अपने घर आ जाया करता था।2 महीने बाद कुमकुम नीरज के साथ दिल्ली चली आयी और उसने थोड़े दिन अपना घर सेट करने के बाद जॉब ढूंढनी शुरू कर दी।चूंकि कुमकुम के पहले के रिकॉर्ड्स अच्छे थे इसलिए उसे एक बहुत अच्छी कंपनी में जॉब भी आसानी से मिल गयी।नीरज ने भी कुमकुम को पूरा सपोर्ट किया।वह दोनो अपनी जिंदगी में बहुत खुश थे।हर शनिवार को दोनो कभी कभी आगरा भी चले जाते और कुमकुम अपनी ननद और सास के साथ भी मिलजुल कर रहती।धीरे धीरे 2 साल बीत गए और एक दिन कुमकुम को पता लगा कि वह गर्भवती हो गयी।चूंकि कुमकुम के लिए अकेले सब कुछ मैनेज करना कठिन हो रहा था।इसलिए कुमकुम की सास ने कुमकुम को अब जॉब छोड़कर आगरा आने की सलाह दी।रीमा की भी आगरा में ही एक अच्छे स्कूल में जॉब लग गयी थी।कुमकुम जॉब छोड़कर उनके पास रहने चली गयी।शुरू में तो सब कुछ ठीक रहा लेकिन दिल्ली में नीरज को भी कुमकुम के बगैर अकेला घर खाने को दौड़ता और कुमकुम भी बिना जॉब के आगरा में उदास उदास सी रहने लगी।लेकिन वह अपने आप को यही सोचकर दिलासा देती रहती कि जब बच्चा आएगा तो उसका मन अपने आप लग जायेगा।यह 9 महींने कुमकुम और नीरज पर बहुत भारी गुजर रहे थे।दोनो बस बच्चे के पैदा होने का इंतजार कर रहे थे।कुमकुम को एक बेटा हुआ।उधर रीमा के लिए भी रिश्ते आने लगे।एक रिश्ता बहुत अच्छा आया और कुमकुम की सास उस रिश्ते को छोड़ना नहीं चाहती थी।इसलिए चट मंगनी पट ब्याह हो गया।कुमकुम ने छोटे बच्चे के साथ सब कुछ बहुत अच्छे से संभाला।नीरज तो बस वीकेंड पर ही आ पाता था।सभी कुछ कुमकुम और रीमा ने ही मिलकर मैनेज किया।सभी मेहमानो ने और लड़के वालों ने सारे इंतजाम की बहुत तारीफ की।रीमा के ससुराल जाने के कुछ दिन बाद ही कुमकुम ने अपनी सास से वापस दिल्ली जाने की बात कही और उन्हें भी साथ चलने को कहा।कुमकुम की सास दिल्ली चलने को तैयार भी हो गयी।अब नीरज और कुमकुम के साथ उसकी सास भी रहने लगी।कुमकुम का अपने बच्चे के साथ बहुत दिल लगने लगा।उसने बच्चे की देखभाल और जॉब में से बच्चे की देखभाल को प्राथमिकता दी।धीरे धीरे 3 साल निकल गए और कुमकुम का बेटा स्कूल जाने लगा।अब कुमकुम को फिर से खालीपन काटने को दौड़ता और वह फिर से बुझी बुझी और उदास रहने लगी।चिड़चिड़ी भी हो गयी।कुमकुम की सास और नीरज दोनो कुमकुम की परेशानी समझते थे।उन्होंने कुमकुम को घर पर ही रहकर ऑनलाइन काम या कोचिंग पढ़ाने का सुझाव भी दिया।चूंकि कुमकुम सॉफ्टवेयर इंजीनियर थी इसलिए उसे कंप्यूटर संबंधित कार्यों में ही रुचि थी।नीरज के एक दोस्त का दिल्ली में ही कंप्यूटर इंस्टिट्यूट था।नीरज ने अपने दोस्त से बात की,सारी जानकारी ली और उसी के इंस्टिट्यूट में कुमकुम को बतौर प्रशिक्षक लगवा दिया।अब जितने समय बेटा स्कूल जाता उतने समय कुमकुम वहां इंस्टिट्यूट में कंप्यूटर का प्रशिक्षण देती।नीरज और उसकी माँ कुमकुम के पीछे से सुबह का सारा काम संभाल लेते।इंस्टिट्यूट से आते हुए कुमकुम अपने बेटे को स्कूल से लेती हुई आ जाती।इस तरह कुमकुम को अपनी पसंद का काम भी मिल गया और उसका मन भी लग गया।एक दिन नीरज ने कुमकुम से पूछा "अब तो तुम खुश हो ना" कुमकुम ने जब उसी सवाल के बदले नीरज से पलटवार सवाल किया खुश तो हूँ लेकिन तुम्हें कैसे पता लगा कि मुझे क्या परेशानी थी?नीरज ने जो जवाब दिया उसे सुनकर कुमकुम की नज़रों में अपनी सास का मान और भी बढ़ गया।"पगली,माँ ने मुझे सभी कुछ बताया और मुझे अपने दोस्त से बात करने को भी कहा।जब मैंने कहा कि कुमकुम के जाने के बाद घर कौन देखेगा तो उन्होंने सुबह के काम की सारी जिम्मेदारी खुद पर ले ली और मुझे यह भी बताया कि तुम रीमा से भी बढ़कर उन का ख्याल रखती हो इसलिए तुम्हें खुश रखना उनका भी फ़र्ज़ है।उन्हें यह भी पता है कि तुम करियर ओरिएंटेड लड़की हो।तुमने सिर्फ हमारे बेटे की वजह से अपनी जॉब छोड़ी।माँ और मेरे लिए पहले तुम्हारी खुशी मायने रखती है।तुम खुश रहोगी तभी तो हमारे बेटे का,माँ का,मेरा,अपना ख्याल ठीक से रख पाओगी।हमारे बेटे को एक अच्छी परवरिश दे पाओगी।कुमकुम के चेहरे पर अनायास ही एक मुस्कान आ गयी।मुस्कान देखकर नीरज भी बोल पड़ाआप सभी को मेरा यह ब्लॉग कैसा लगा कृपया अपने विचार जरूर व्यक्त करें।धन्यवाद!गुंजन

क्यों ना फिर से जी ली जाए जिंदगी
 Gunjan Gera  
 14 July 2018  
Art

मिसेज शर्मा आजकल बहुत खुश रहती हैं क्योंकि उन्होंने डान्स क्लासेस जॉइन कर ली हैं और वह वहां बच्चों को डान्स सिखाने भी लगी हैं।मिसेज शर्मा को डान्स का शौक शुरू से था।थोड़ा थोड़ा करती भी थी लेकिन पिता ने कभी डान्स क्लासेस नहीं जाने दिया।पति खुले विचारों के मिले लेकिन घर गृहस्थी अयर संयुक्त परिवार की जिम्मेदारी में ऐसी फंसी कि अपने लिए वक्त ही निकाल पायी।अब बच्चे अपनी अपनी दुनिया में व्यस्त हो गए हैं तो खुद के लिए वक्त ही वक्त है।60 की उम्र में डान्स क्लासेस जॉइन करने का निर्णय लेना आसान नहीं था लेकिन पति और बच्चों ने साथ दिया और कहा अब मौका है तो जिंदगी जी लो अपनी।अपने शौक पूरे कर लो।स्वाति जी ने 50 की उम्र पार कर अपनी नई नवेली बहु को अपनी साथी बनाकर अपने कार सीखने के शौक को पूरा किया।दोनो सास बहु ने साथ साथ ही कार ड्राइविंग स्कूल जॉइन किया और साथ साथ कार चलाना सीखा।रचना आजकल हारमोनियम और तबला बजाना सीख रही है उसने आजकल यह नया शौक बनाया है।दिन का तीन घंटे वह ऐसे ही अपनी रुचियों को देती है और जब एक शौक से मन भर जाता है तो दूसरे शौक बना लेती है।दोस्तों यह तो कुछ ही उदाहरण हैं।जिनके जरिये मैं आज आपको यह बताना चाहती हूँ कि हमें चाहे हमारी कितनी भी उम्र हो जाए अपने शौक अपने अंदर जिंदा रखने चाहिए और उन्हें पूरा भी करना चाहिए।सीखने की चाहत को कभी खत्म नहीं करना चाहिए।हो सकता है किसी कारणवश आप अपने शौक पूरे नहीं कर पाये तो क्या हुआ,अभी भी देर नहीं हुई है चलिए उठिए और अपनी रुचि,अपने शौक को वक्त देकर मन की सच्ची खुशी महसूस कीजिए।और अगर आप सभी को मेरा यह ब्लॉग अच्छा लगा तो कृपया कमेंट जरूर कीजिए ताकि मैं भविष्य में भी आप सभी के सामने इसी तरह अच्छे अच्छे ब्लॉग लिखकर प्रस्तुत करूं।धन्यवाद!गुंजन

Kedarkantha the most popular winter trek.
 Diksha Ranjan  
 12 September 2018  
Art

How about a snowy affair the winters? How about getting lost in mountains and finding yourself? Maybe, somewhere you belong. Somewhere you can find the best views of the Himalayas. Somewhere, you can do self-introspection peacefully in one of the best campsites in India. Trust me the, prettiest. Just imagine the campsites nestled in snow-covered pine trees. Shrouded by pine forests, and snowfall makes the view much more spectacular. Powdery and surreal it is! Sounds like a fairy tale? It doesn't only sound like a fairy tale but the whole views of Kedarkantha trek are like a dreamscape. You will be witnessing the union of the blue horizon with snowy peaks. You will feel liberated, far away from the city chaos. How often you look out of the window and crave from something surreal? How often do you take that fresh chilled breeze inside you? How often your heart wish to spend time with oneself? How often do you feel that you need a break from all the mess? How often your heart longs to express more? How often do you feel the silence? How often do you feel like that you just need to gaze the stars and loosen yourself a bit?Want to be one of the free and liberated soul? Let's go to one of the most beautiful trails. This is the easy one which gives the most kaleidoscopic view of Himalayas. The trails go through forests and hanging rhododendrons. The verdant green forests, a myriad collection of flora and fauna, what a delightful moment it will be to walk on such trail? This trek can also be done by people who don't have any prior trekking experience. And you will witness three most prominent peaks like Swargorohini, Kalanag, and Bandarpoonch. Awe-struck right? You will be literally amazed. The trek starts from Sankri village of Uttrakhand. From Sankri you got to trek for 4-5 hours to reach another base camp of Juda ka Talab ( It's frozen, during winters). walking trails become bit steep as you will continue to gain height.  From Juda ka Talab to kedarkantha basecamp it will take almost 3 hours to reach. Fron Kedarkantha basecamp to the summit is gonna take 6-7 hours. and you will be exposed to the best views.  And the weather is completely unpredictable. But you gotta push yourself a bit hard, to witness the jaw-dropping beauty, which will leave you speechless.  As it is said, the view comes after the hardest climb. So this winter brace up for some new adventure with the best views, from ascending slopes to lush green meadows, from bit steep to plain trails. This trek has everything. 

Top 5 beaches To Visit in Maharashtra
 Sranjani Bnm  
 19 December 2018  

The famous Konkan Coast starts at theMaharashtra and extends up to Karnataka. The konkan coast has given Maharashtra with many scenic and clean beaches. These beach destinations at Maharashtra are filled with many exciting water sports, shows, locals markets and street foods. There are even many luxury resorts available near the beaches to have an amazing experience of the nature at its habitat. It’s an ideal location to have a perfect vacation with family and friends.The top 5 Beaches to Visit in Maharashtra are:Ganapatipule Beach –The beach is situated at the Konkan Coast which is at a distance of 375 km from Mumbai. The beach has clean water with white sand stretch. There are many shacks along the shoreline for a perfect nightlife and sea food. The shoreline of the beach is filled with many beautiful shells of different sizes and has a famous Ganapathi temple nearby. This temple is popularly known as the Pashchim Dvarpalak, which means the guard of the western end. You can also watch the snails and crabs along the shore and venture all the water spotrs, horse rides and camel rides.Tarkarli beach – This beach is popularly known as the queen of beaches in Sindhudurg.  It is located at a distance of 8 Km away from the Malvan town. This is a place where the Arabian Sea and the Karli River meet. The beach has clean water with green shoreline and palm trees. There are many must visit historical and pilgrim spots like Sindhudurg Fort, Dhamapur Dam, Malvan Marine Sanctuary and Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple near the Tarkarli beach. Tarkarli is famous for scuba diving. The other prominent water activities here are Snorkeling, Banana and Bumper Ride, Kayaking and Parasailing. You can also go for a House Boats ride and go for Dolphin Safari.Kashid beach – It is situated at the coast of Arabian Sea which is just at a distance of 125 km away from the Mumbai city. This beach is about 3km length and has a diverse landscape of sandy shoreline with trees, plants, cliffs and rocks. It is perfect place for all the nature lovers and it is apt for a calm, private and relaxed holiday. There are few shops, street foods, parking facility and two caves located at the shoreline of kashid beach. Bumper ride, banana rides, jet skies, parasailing, boating and Scuba diving are the famous water sports here.Alibaug beach – This beach is situated at the coast of the Arabian Sea at Maharashtra, which is at a distance of about 96 km from the Mumbai city. It is about 2km from the main spot of the city Alibaug and easily accessible by the public transports. The Alibaug beach is about 4km long and has a black sandy coastline with many small rocks. The Kolaba Fort is located near the shoreline of this beach. This beach is also famous for camping along the shoreline and party the entire night in an open door experience with cool breeze and bonfire. The famous water sports at this beach include Jet skiing, Banana boat ride, ATV sand bike ride and Zorbing.Harihareshwar beach – This is one of the prominent beaches of Maharashtra, situated at a distance of 200 km away from the Mumbai City. The beach stretches about 2.4 km long and has clean water and sandy shoreline with rocks. There is a famous temple located at the shoreline of this beach for Lord Shiva known as the Kalbhairav Shiva temple. There is rocky cliff next to the temple called as pradakshina marg. You can watch crabs along the shore line of this beach and there is a dolphin watching ride too. There are many local markets and street foods availed near this beach that serves yummy and hot sea foods like fishes and prawns. This beach is also an ideal destination for all the adventure seekers with many water activities like paragliding and water surfing. The other activities like swimming, boat rides, beach walking and beach volleyball are also famous here.

माझी अस्तित्वाची पाऊलवाट
 Anjana Karnik  
 18 February 2019  
Art

'माझ्या अस्तित्वाची पाऊलवाट'(लेख स्पर्धेतील ऊत्कृष्ट ठरलेला हा लेख)माणसाचं मन अस विचित्र अाणि लोभी असत की देह ठेवला तरी आपल अस्तित्व अापल्या मुला बाळांच्या नातवंड पंतवंडाच्या रुपानी ते शिल्लक राहावं अस वाटतं त्याला. अापलं कुळ आपल गोत्र अापलं घराण चालू राहिलं की मरणोत्तरही  वारसा रुपाने अस्तित्वात असणार आहे अशीअंत्यसमयीची भावना असते.तस तर अापल्या या जगातल्या अस्तित्वावरच आपलं प्रेम असत!म्हणून तर माणूस मरणाला घाबरतो. खर तर अापल्या अस्तित्वाच्या पाऊलवाटेची सुरवात होते ती अापल्या कुटूंबातल्या  अमक्याचा मुलगा / मूलगी या स्थानाने.  अापलं नाव , वडिलांच नाव(यात अाईच नाव अजूनही मधे लावायची प्रथा नाही याचा खेद अाहेच मनात) अाडणावं,आपले कुटूंब, अापली भावंडे या अापल्या  अस्तित्वदर्शक अशा  वाटा, ऊपवाटा पाऊलवाटा असतात असतात.तशी बालपणातली माझी पााऊलवाट फारशी हिरवळीची , मृदू नव्हती मात्र!स्वातंत्र्य प्राप्तीच्या वाटेवर चालताना बालपणीच अाई वडीलांच घर , माया , अासरा  सोडलेल्या ,एककल्ली, तापट अाणि अापलं तेच खरं करायची सवय असलेल्या माणसाच्या शिस्तीत राहण सोप नव्हत माझ्यासाठी! 'मोडेन पण वाकणार नाही'  म्हणून  वारंवार अगदी दर दिवाळीच्या तोंडावर नोकरीवर लाथ मारणार्‍या माझ्या वडिलांना कित्येकदा  अामच केवळ तीन माणसांच कुटूंब पोसणही अवघड जायच. अक्षरश: 'पोटासाठी दाही दिशा' याचा प्रत्यय मला आणि आईला पावलो पावली यायचा.दरवर्षी नवी नोकरी नवं गाव! कुठल्या गावच्या घरात पाणी नाही तर कुठे वीज नाही, कुठे कुडाच्या भिंती तर कुठे शेणामातीची जमीन. त्यात अनेकदा दरमहा काहीतरी नक्की पगार हाती  यावा म्हणून घरापासुन लांब राहून   मिळेल ती नोकरी करणारी अाई! त्यामूळे घरातली स्वयंपाकीण,  मोलकरीण , पाणक्या  सगळ्या भुमिका  लहानपणापासूनच करायची मी. अगदी विहीवरून कावडीनी पाणी भरणं, कोसभर अंतरावरच्या गावच्या हौदावर धुणं पाणी करायला जाण, जमिनी भिंती सावरण, चुलीला पोतेर घालणं,  रोज कंदिल पुसणं , रेशनला रांग लावून निकृष्ट धान्य अाणून त्याचा स्वयंपाक करणं सगळं , या सगळ्या चक्रातूनच लांबवरचु शाळा गाठणं,  अाणि मग जमेल तसा अभ्यास! कष्ट पडले याचं वाईट नाही वाटत मला ! ऊलट या कष्टांनी मला कणखर बनवल. येईल त्या परिस्थितीला धडक मारून ऊलथवून लावायच प्रशिक्षणच होत ते! मला जीवनातल्या  सर्व प्रकारच्या चढ  ऊतारात त्याचा ऊपयोगच झाला! पण एक खंत मात्र कायमची आहे मनात. या विपरीत दिवसांना तोंड देताना ना माझ्या समवेत आई होती ना कोणी पुढच पाठचं भावंड. कुटूंबातील तिघांची  तोंड तीन दिशांना! असो.अापली अशी स्वत:ची वेगळि व ज्याला 'प्रतिमा दर्शक' म्हणता येईल अशी वेगळी पाऊलवाट  अापण चालू लागतो  ती कुटूंबाचं बोट सोडून शालेय शिक्षणाला आरंभ केल्यावर ! आपली शााळा ,तिथले शिक्षक,वर्गमित्र मैत्रीणीसहाध्यायी यांच्याशी वेगवेगळ्या पातळीवर संबंध येऊ लागले की अापलं अस्तित्व अापण कळत नकळत दाखवू लागतो. अंगात फारच  कणखरपणा आणि साहस असल्याने मी शाळेत मात्र बर्‍यापैकी स्वत:ला स्थापीत करायची. अगदी अकरावी मॅट्रिक पर्यंत अाठ गांव अाणि सात शाळांच्या परिसरांत वावरले तरी! कधी खेळ, कधी चित्रकला ,कधी वक्तृत्व , भाषा , नियतकालीक यातून चमक दाखवत! गणित मात्र चांगलाच वीक पाॅईंट!शाळा संपल्यावरच त्याचा पिच्छा सुटला आणि भाषा व साहित्याच्या गळात गळा झाला!शिक्षणक्रम , परिक्षा व तिचा निकाल , खेळ , कला या शिक्षणाखेरीज अन्य व्यक्तिविकास ऊपक्रमात सहभागी होऊन मूल अापलं स्वतंत्र अस्तित्व  विकसित करत असत.    मी माझ्या अस्तित्वाची अन्य मैत्रिणींपेक्षा जरा  वेगळी अशी पाऊलवाट  चालायला लागले ती शाळेबरोबरच  अन्य क्रिडामंडळातील सहभागाने अाणि मुख्य म्हणजे मला घडवणारी 'राष्र्टसेवादल पुणे' या देशप्रेमी, समतावादी व चारित्र्य घडवणार्‍या संस्थेबरोबर! एस .जोशी. ऊर्फ अण्णा , बापुसाहेब काळदाते, भाऊसाहेब मराठे , अनूताई लिमये, ग.प्र प्रधानसर , साधना साप्ताहिकाचे अाधारस्तंभ यदूनाथजी थत्ते , माझी मावशी व  अाधी स्वातंत्र्य सैनिका अाणि नंतर अाजन्म समाजसेविका म्हणुन नव्वदीतही कार्यमग्न असणार्‍या  विमलताई गरूड ,अनेक अादर्श व अांतर्बाह्य पारदर्शी, निर्मळ , देशप्रेमी, समाज बदलू पहाणारी व्यक्तीमत्व! अाम्हा लहान मुलांच बोट धरून अाम्हाला अारोग्य , सभाधीटपणा , कला ,अभिनय , सामाजिक ऊपक्रमात सहभागी करून घ्यायची! त्याग,  समर्पण, सहअनुभूती, जातीभेदाला थारा न देणं, विज्ञाननिष्ठा, समानता असे अनेकानेक  स्ंस्कार या सेवादलानी घडवले माझ्यावर!या अशा वेगवगळ्या वाटा जोडत  द्विपदवीधर होता होता मला माझा मनाजोगता  जोडीदार  निवडता आला! लग्नाला संमती देताना वेगळी जात अाणि शाकाहारी  मौंसाहारी हा मोठा फरक अाईला डाचत होता .पण या वेळी मात्र वडिल  पाठीशी राहिले अाणि संसार  व नोकरी अशी दुहेरी वाटचाल सुरू  झाली.शैक्षणिक क्षेत्रातील  नोकरीने अपार आनंद दिला . सरकारी व अनूदानप्राप्त सस्थेतील  आरक्षणाच्या   धोरणामुळे मोठ्या  संधींपासून  वंचित राहवं लागल मात्र! लायकी असुनही पदं मिळाली  नाहीत! पण मी अनेक ऊपक्रम राबवले. मुलांना अनेक प्रकारे घडवता आले.याचं समाधान मोठ आहे. मुलांना  घडवताना मी दैखील घडत गेले. वाचत लिहीत नव शिकत राहिले. कथासंग्रह कविता संग्रह प्रसिद्ध झाले. अनेक बक्षिस अनेक पुरस्कार मिळाले.माझ्या अस्तित्वाची पाऊलवाट पुढे  राजमार्ग झाला. दोन्ही मुलं ऊत्तम शिकली. कर्तृत्व गाजवतायत. अाम्हाला ऊभयतांना अाजी अाजोबांच प्रमोशन मिळालं. माझ्या सासुबाई सासरे अाणि माझे अाई वडिल यांच्या बाबतची सारी कर्तव्ये पार पाडण्याची अार्थिक व शाररिक क्षमता देवानी दिली.अाज मितीला अर्धअधिक जग हिंडून  झालय. थरारक खेळाची मजा मी सत्तरीच्या ऊंबरठ्यावरही घेते. अाणि  काय  हव!सपत्तीचा लोभ नसल्याने अनेक गरजुंना व संस्थाना मदत करण्यात व सामाजिक कार्यात सहभागी होतो.अशी ही वाटचाल! अापल्यामागे काय राहिल  कसं राहिल याची चिंता तरी मग कशाला! सर्वेपी सुखीन:संतू  सर्वे  संतू निरामयह: हीच प्रार्थना सर्वांसाठी देवाकडेअंजना कर्णिक, माहिम, मुंबई

Women’s Changing Roles in the Military
 Jane Summers  
 12 July 2019  
Art

About the author: Jane Summers is a professional writer at the https://prime-essay.net writing service. She researches a diversity of topics and composes it into her blog, where she shares useful tips, writing guidelines and many other interactive issues. The topic of female presence in the army has always been controversial. At first, during wars, women were working as nurses, cooks, spies, and couriers among others. It was not official, many of them were injured or killed, but when they decided to take their responsibilities, they had a strong desire to help the military. Some of them even changed clothes and fought on the battlefield alongside with men. They felt like it was their duty, but still they wanted to hide their activity.Times have changed and in the twentieth century new movements arose that demanded more rights for women, better integration in different working areas, and empowerment in general. It was related to the topic of women in the army as well. Feminist ideas stated that men and women have to be equal in all areas of life. At the same time, some conservative points of view were powerful. The supporters of this view preferred a traditional image of the society and its institutions, where men are obligated to be active in social life and defend country, while women needed to do the housework, take care of all of the family, give birth to children and bring them up.Nowadays, women are present in military forces, but many questions remain. For instance, why are there still more soldiers than officers among women? At the same time most of them are even not allowed to stay on the battlefield and have real practice. Obviously, it is closely attached to some gender issues and stereotypes. One of them is that men always are physically stronger and are better leaders than women. Nevertheless, trainings showed that the equal number of males and females can manage tasks and be appropriate units for the military. Last news informed that women would be allowed to serve in combat – infantry, ground, and some special operations in 2016. The question may be topical for many years, because now there are many female units fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at the same time many women want to learn military skills.The main point of the article called “Women In Combat Roles In US Military: Still A Small Step To Equality,” written by Fitriani and Ron Matthews, is that the society should not underestimate the importance of women for military even before giving them possibilities to join it in any role. The article provides an example of countries where women are essential part of the armed forces – Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Romania, Poland, South Korea, and Sweden.The authors prove that the US armed forces are trying to minimize the contact of female units with the enemy. They believe that it is not fair and all restrictions to serve in combat units need to be outdone. In addition, it is stated that most of women in the army are not leaders but mainly low-ranking. It was also mentioned that many women were killed or wounded during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides, there are some cases of discrimination and sexual harassment in the military. The view that is against the presence of women in the army is concentrated on some moral, safety, and gender issues, but mostly it is prejudiced, as the authors prove.In summary, the authors think that all military positions need to be available to women. At the same time, they admit that there are some positive changes: the key is not to dismiss the leadership and strength that women can bring to the armed forces before they are given the opportunity to prove themselves. Feminist theory seeks to understand the nature of gender inequality and it focuses on the issues of politics, power, and sexuality. Political activity of feminists is concentrated on such issues as the rights of reproduction, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence. Themes explored in feminism include discrimination, stereotyping, objectification (especially sexual objectification), oppression, and patriarchy.Feminist theory is based on the idea that all consciousness of modern people regardless of gender, are imbued with the ideas and values of masculine ideologies with their male chauvinism, the priority of masculinity, logic, and rationalism. This axiomatic fact of the modern culture explains the need for a feminist to revise the traditional views as well as the need to create the history of women's literature and defend the sovereignty of femininity that does not fit into the male logic.Thus, feminist studies have broad issues: the reconstruction of women's history and women's literary tradition audit patriarchal canons and stereotypes, finding new gender roles, the nature of women's text and the text perception female recipient, the destruction of patriarchal samples language, the problem of women in post-colonial situation and in terms of cultural imperialism, and others. Such a wide range of shows are the basis of the principles of the feminist criticism methodological diversity.Another sociological theory is critical theory which includes a number of approaches and theoretical discourse. Besides, it closely examines and criticizes the society and culture drawing on the knowledge of social sciences and humanities.Literally, the term "critical theory" gathers under a variety of approaches and knowledge based on criticism and reflexive attitude towards knowledge or the current situation in any region. Besides, it is trying to "explain the origin of the objects of his knowledge.Critical theory, in its broadest sense, does not refer to a specific theory or a complete research program but to the discourse" different "in its origin, content, direction, etc. Among these discourses, the ones that are commonly mentioned are Marxism, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, feminism, post-colonialism, multiculturalism, the study of racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and colonialism among others.Discursive diversity of "critical theory" is associated with cultural studies, the leitmotif of which is the consideration of cultural phenomena in terms of organizing their relations of domination and subordination related to gender, class, race, etc. Cultural forms, phenomena, and processes are not seen as secondary education depending on the institutional forms or political or economic organization but as a dynamic force.The current situation masks inequality in international relations, and rationalism takes it a priori. Theorists did not seek to explore international or internal system states. They carried out research for political purposes of liberation of humanity from the despotic structures, world politics and economics, which are controlled by hegemonic forces. In this perception of the international system, they were very close to the theoretical neo-Marxism, because they interpreted any knowledge as an instrument of policy. The most important conclusion of critical theory, which is that any theory is a reflection of some hidden interests and their authors, regardless of whether they realize it or not, is an instrument of political power.These two sociological theories are connected with each other, because feminist theory originated from critical theory. It was about seeing gender as a dynamic concept. Gender is not social prejudices, stereotypes, and expectations that public put on both sexes but a choice for which every individual has rights. Critical theory considers the discrimination of women in armed forces to be advantageous for men and the other people who have their own interest in it. It is not always necessary to compare these two theories, because the critical theory was the first and had great influence on feminist theory, because it stated that one should perceive reality and society critically. So, gender is not traits and abilities of men and women but their self-identification and possibilities.The authors demonstrate the reflection of feminist theory when they prove that women are equal to men and if a woman has a desire to defend her country, she has the right to join the military. The equality is shown in three ways:1) Women that are going to join the armed forces are not weaker than men.2) Women are able to be as good high-ranked officers as men.3) Most of women are still far from battlefield serving on traditional positions, but they are able to do more.The other important problems that are mentioned in the article are discrimination and sexual harassment that the armed forces can cope with if they provide appropriate conditions to avoid them.Regarding critical theory, the whole article questions beliefs about women in the army, widely considers the experience of the other countries, recalls how the status of women changed over the decades, and predicts what will happen in a few years. Besides, it provides many numbers and data given from different resources that help one to lead to own conclusions. In general, critical and feminist theories almost reached their aim to liberate women, by giving them the opportunity to work in different areas and providing comfortable conditions. However, there are still some areas that have unpredictable conditions and consequences for women – one of them is the armed forces. Probably, it will take much time to create special conditions for female units and change social beliefs, but one day women will be totally equal to men as defenders.

Ideas for Choosing a Compare and Contrast Essay Topic
 Bill Shanigan  
 1 August 2019  
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Comparing things is something we do every day. So when you get an assignment to write a compare and contrast essay or example of a dissertation introduction, don’t feel intimidated – this kind of academic writing is not as challenging as it might sound. All you need to do is to take two objects, events or concepts and compare them focusing on either differences or similarities. To support your views you, of course, need to apply logical arguments backed up with evidence, but that’s something you should be familiar with if you have any experience with academic writing. Choosing a topic for a compare and contrast essay is the first important step of the whole writing process. Here are some ideas for your consideration.How to Choose a TopicThe fact that you have a free choice and can write about anything that comes to your mind might seem a bit simpler than it actually is. In reality, your potential topic should fulfill a number of requirements to transform into a good essay subject. First of all, it should be practical. Writing about something that doesn’t have any attraction and doesn’t spark any interest is a waste of time for any kind of writing.Secondly, the topic should be interesting for you personally. If you’re given a chance to choose your own subject, take a full advantage of it and pick something that makes you excited to write about. The more passion you have for the subject, the easier it will be to come up with ideas. Finally, you should write about something you already have some knowledge of instead of investing all your time into starting a research from scratch.Where to LookIf nothing crosses your mind, do not despair, there are lots of sources where you can find great topics that will grow into interesting essays. Newspapers and news channels are good for picking up topics about politics, current affairs, and financial issues. They usually give enough information to get a good grasp of the subject. Moreover, you can already use them as one of the sources and link some quotes in your essay. Magazines are more suitable for topics about lifestyle. They often already have some elements of comparing concepts but remember to use them only as an inspiration for choosing a topic.Some ExamplesGadgets vs Paper TextbooksBoth means of studying and presenting information have numerous advantages and disadvantages so you can take your essay in any direction depending on your personal viewpoint.Apple vs AndroidThe age-old question – what brand of phones is better? You’ll find passionate supporters of both so this topic has a lot of potential to spark a heated discussion.American vs Korean Concepts of BeautyBeauty is an extremely subjective concept so discussing the differences in how people perceive it means that you’ll always come up with a unique essay.These topics are just some rough examples of what you can write about. Just remember that when given a choice to choose something for your own, make a use of it and write about a topic interesting for you.