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Optimism for you!
 Aman Upadhyay  
 24 January 2018  

Optimism!

Why Amazon Would Fail In India?
 Bibhu datta Rout  
 26 January 2018  

Long ago, there lived in a village two brothers — Motu and Patlu. Motu was the fat guy and Patlu was very lean and thin. One day both of them decided that they will start independent business in their village to sell mustard oil. Motu was smart guy and wanted to capture entire village. In order to do so, he started giving discounts on mustard oil. Patlu kept price at same level and focussed on the quality. Soon 90% of the market was captured by Motu and rest 10% was Patlu’s share.Soon Motu realised that he was incurring losses, rather massive losses. Though revenue was going high, but losses were also mounting with equivalent speed. He took some loan ( investor’s money) and diversified his business into ground oil. At that time there were few players in the market, who were already selling ground oil. Motu applied his tactics, as he was quite confident of his discounted business model. He started giving discount on ground oil as well. The investors were happy, that he kept on capturing market. Some more investors joined hands with him and put more money and Motu kept on giving discounts. He captured 80% of ground oil market and incurring more losses. Patlu, who had lost the first battle of mustard oil and few guys from ground oil had joined hands by that time. They had been searching for right time to screw Motu for unethical business practices. However, they could not do anything as Motu was “The Big Motu” by that time and out of reach from guys like Patlu. Motu had been arrogant to the producers, but he kept consumers happy. Producers had no choice, as Motu’s shop was selling more than any other shop out there. While life was moving forward, ‘The Big Motu’ felt there was big need to introduce TV to village, as villagers were deprived of TV. That was indeed a great idea and few investors put large chunk of money to it. Motu came up with a subscription model, so that whoever saw TV, had to pay some amount of money to Motu. People were happy, but the Motu’s staff at ground oil and mustard oil business were terribly unhappy, as the focus on those business were not there. The staff were working too much. The initial high salary was marginalised over period of time. So Motu kept on making customers happy, but at the cost of his own staff and producers of the product. He always believed that if one producer left his shop, dozen more would come and join. He was right, as everyone was dying to have Motu’s name associated with them.Every dog has a day. One day when Motu woke up from bed, he saw Patlu and few police men at his bed. Few of the unhappy producers were also besides him along with few local politician. Police had filed a case of unfair business practice and the charges were verified by few producers, staff even some customers who Motu felt were loyal customers. Motu tried to cease the case by paying some money, but probably he didn’t have enough money to pay the demand of politicians. The very next moment, investors started asking for money, staff revolted and things went very bad. The Big Motu was bankrupt.This story is satire metaphor of how Amazon runs business worldwide and why Amazon would fail in India with unethical business practices. India as a country is very different from the rest of the world. The consumers behave very differently here. Let me highlight few attributes of Indian.Attribute :1 People from Asian origin and specifically Indians value for money. Brand loyalty always loses the battle when pitted against the monetary gains. The discounted model does not create loyal customers in India. Attribute :2 Indians are very receptacle, adoptable to change and very fast in spreading the message. Thanks to mushrooming social media groups. So anytime Amazon tries to reduce the price of discounted items, it would take very little time, people switching to competitor. When Amazon entered India, there were few multi-million dollar e-commerce giants. Now there are many, with a hope that they would be taken over by Amazon some day. If at all Amazon buys few of them, the intrinsic value of the deal would be far below the sell off valuation.Attribute :3 Political and ideological idiosyncrasies. In Indian it is always believed that if two persons don’t match in their political views, probably they won’t be good team player. The silent reader who has been reading until now, will definitely have eyebrows up by now. Politics play an important role in governing a lot of things in India. Unlike west and Europe, where business houses are aligned to multiple parties so that nothing goes wrong when opposition is in power, in India, business houses cannot function the same way. Common people in India barely change political ideologies. As a result, it has been witnessed again and again that big companies ruin once there is a change in power at centre or state. People don’t hesitate to do political vendetta crossing any limits. It won’t be surprising Amazon falls prey to this practices.Attribute 4: Unlike other parts of the world, ego plays a vital role in shaping the personality of Indians. There are ample instances where dear ones are dejected just to satisfy ego, with hefty financial sacrifices. Enough of attributes. Let us put some search light through corridors of Amazon’s functioning in India. Unhappy sellers : Amazon makes majority of sellers unhappy in India. I have talked personally to more than 30–40 big sellers. All have same opinion. They have very indifferent attitude towards sellers. Despite having high profile machinery and huge man force and automated services, many times they fail massively in making their sellers unhappy. Hefty FBA charges : In small items such as books, fulfilment by amazon (FBA) charges are quite high. As a result, many of the regional languages book never ever see the face of Amazon. There is a possibility of some cynical political person sees some opportunity here and files a chargesheet on Amazon of killing regional language by not allowing space in e-commerce. Either Amazon would be forced to reduce the charges or find some alternatives. I don’t find any reason why a book lover won’t be interested to wait for 1 more day to get the books through normal shipping in India. Same day delivery practices in India, where there are a lots of logistics and infrastructure issues cannot be ruled out, would definitely force companies like Amazon to default in multiple instances. All the defaults can be clubbed together to make the case study big enough to file against Amazon. Flawed review practices : Amazon review processes are terribly skewed in favour of Amazon’s sponsored product. It is just a matter of time, when some agencies do some clinical litmus test on Amazon’s practice and expose them completely.Sponsored products : Amazon’s sponsored product has lot of loopholes and tries to fool even sellers. e.g. The adds will be shown to the person who paid for the add and amount will be deducted based on CPC model. Thanks to google’s chrome and Amazon. Both must be sharing the data or a special way of data stealing might be happing from systems.Unnecessary Add budgets : In order to capture Indian market, Amazon has been spending huge money on adds. Many of the TV channels fake viewership no and ask more money than they deserve. Since Amazon has lots of money from people, it does not hesitate to spend as many as they can.Too many things at same time: In stead of making some product robust and full proof, Amazon keeps investing in new products. They are in a mission to capture world just like the great Alexander. But the great man also failed in India, while underestimating the variance of IndianControl over rating systems: If you analyse Amazon take overs, they have almost taken over all big rating agencies starting from Alexa, IMDB, goodreads and many more and try to influence the product. I don’t know whether there are unfair practices over here, but seeing Amazon’s hostile takeover and unfair practices, the probability can not be ruled out.Arrogant behaviour: Two years back, when I was talking to Amazon customer service executive, they were very polite, but these days things have completely reversed. The potential reason could be the employees started believing they are too big to fail. I remember the day when I joined a company called EDS(electronic data system). That time it was fortune 80 company and there was absolutely no work. I left after few months of joining. I gave reason for exit as lack of work. My manager burst into laugh. Manager : You are getting four course meal from five star hotel. Travel is taken care by company and you work in fortune 80 company with good salary. What else you require in life.Me: I feel the company won’t survive more than 15 years with this model as the basics are not clear.Manager: You have gone crazy, as no fortune 100 companies ever died in 15 years. Rest all was history. EDS did some bad take overs, they were not having lots of savings and were not prepared for crisis and finally it was sold to HP. Eventually EDS helped HP, which was a fortune 30 company to incur losses and later divided into multiple parts.Possible cases how Amazon can fail in India.Amazon keeps on buying e-commerce companies, every passing day a new company is born supported by black money. Amazon is tired of fake acquisitions after lots of spending.Amazon has entered into food segment. Once small quality mistake can create a big havoc of generating nationalistic campaign to run against Amazon. All those people who wants to get benefitted, might join hands. One such instances, will create more opportunity and eventual exit due to heavy investors pressure.Amazon is killing the local intellectual market by stopping regional books online, as the cost incurred in distributing through Amazon is quite high. Indians value a lot for education and feel proud while preserving the culture. Indians would not eat, but would definitely love to see their children see big schools. Probably only country in the world who behaves this way. That is the reason education is over $100B business in India. If some campaign is run as anti-India against Amazon, it will take very short time to close Amazon out of India.Right to information and Right to privacy have lots of tentacles, which can be used or misused against unethical practices of Amazon.While entering food segment and entertainment segments, Amazon would be pumping in lots of money as it will be competing with companies like Reliance, UTV, Eros etc. The journey won’t be as easy as competing with Flipkart. Probability will be higher in favour of failure.If there is coalition government at centre, God help the big A. The amount of money that might be pumped into, will force the same year exit from India.There are no substantial examples that any business house running for losses or lack of profit has been able to sustain in long run. Amazon has been without profit for almost since inception, but it was majorly operational in country like US, the country which gave world many economic bubble like dot.com, sub prime crisis etc, where a economy can sustain even debt to GDP ratio is close to 100%. But in changing economic scenario, that model does not hold good. The functioning of Amazon is nothing less than e-commerce version of sub-prime crises, where the company believes that after they capture the complete market they will raise the price. But that instances will never happen in India. The day it is tried, there will either be multiple new companies floated, or public outrage or government interference. All in all these possible cases Amazon would fail in India.

Black Clover. The birth of a demon
 Roshan Rollands  
 30 January 2018  
Art

In a world where magic power is everything, the story follows the journeys of two orphans- Aster and Juno who were abandoned at the doors of a church on the same day. Inseparable from that day, they trained together in hopes of becoming a magic knight, all in order to someday, become the magic emperor, the strongest magic knight who long ago saved the world from destruction. However, one day their paths diverge and Juno, who’s a prodigy at shaping his magic becomes cold towards Aster who couldn’t bring out a sliver of magic power. Juno hones his skills relentlessly while Aster, still not giving up, trains his body to surpass his limits. Every year, all the 15 year olds in the Kingdom of clover gather to receive their grimoires, times that augment one’s magical power. While the grimoires normally have three clover leaves, symbolising faith, hope and love. Juno receives the legendary four leaf clover with the added leaf of fortune. As for Aster, he doesn’t receive a grimoire of his own. Aster still doesn’t give up and resumes his training. Later that evening, Juno is ambushed by a fallen magic knight who seeks to sell the legendary four leaf clover grimoire. Aster rushes in to help only to be beaten into the ground. In his moments of desperation, his calls are answered by a dusty and beaten up grimoire. Unknown to Aster, this is a 5 leaf grimoire, the fifth leaf symbolising the demon. After sending the magic knight packing, Aster and Juno renew their pledge to see which of them would become the magic emperor. What does the future hold for our young orphans? Only time can tell.

BY WHOM I AM INSPIRED
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 30 January 2018  

I am inspired by every step of my life, every moments of nature and every natural object. Moreover, I am inspired by my failure. I think getting inspired at every moment is in the subconscious mind of everybody. When a child starts walking, he falls many times before its success. At the dawn I think ah! There is again another new hope after a dark night. The bright light of Sun ray and the calm beams of moon inspire me to be impartial to everybody. When I see the flying birds, the animals gazing in the field, I think they are having nothing with them. Still they do not deviate from their nature. So, why should I, where I have a roof on my head, a monthly salary to meet my basic needs? The same thing I think in my office (which is a small cabin, where there is no electricity). In the midsummer, when day to day life is disturbed due to excess heat, I do manage by a small hand fan to avoid sweating. But at the same time when I see the trolley pullers with load of vegetables or groceries or some other things, I get inspired. My situation looks negligible before them. When I do listen the song of calmness and sound of quietness in the darkness of night my heart fills with pleasure. I feel the beauty of night. The fragrance of scented flowers fills my heart with pleasure. If there is no darkness, how could these beauties of nature would have come? A red ant gathers food for the rainy season; small white ants could make an anthill. So, why can not I struggle?My parents inspired me in every step of my life. They always tell me to march forward, not to look behind. My siblings give the assurance of their presence at every step of my life. And the sentence, “I am with you” being told by my dear one gives me the feeling that I am not alone. There are so many inspiring hands with me.The flowing river tells me that I have a great aim ahead to meet. If there is power in the small wing of the birds to touch the sky, why not my strong legs could march forward? If the tiny droplets can make a large ocean, if the little sands help to make a big desert, why can not I helpful for the society?Last but not the least I am inspired by my failure. Because failure is the pillar stone of my success. My mother always tells that Bheemas (a character of Mahabharata, one among the Pandavas) are defeated in the first war. In my course of life, when I meet with failure at any time, the voice of my parents inspired me to march forward, in the hope of betterment in future.

Surendra literature on the back drop of history
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 30 January 2018  
Art

Past of the present has its foundation on the present of past and what is not present becomes past in the coming days, a page in history. If ancient history, medieval history and pre and post independence history of India are taken as base, many stories pass through the screen of memory and many characters in the stories come to front. That history contains from truth and on the base of the truth, rests some legend. The so called legends are developed into full fledged literature embracing major and minor characters. That is the special trait of Mr. Surendra Mohanty.Literature has different divisions consisting of Autobiography, Biography, Short stories, Essays and Novels. To look at these divisions of Oriya literature, would reveal the literary maturity and artful handling of them by this versatile writer. Rather it can be told that there is no easier and developed medium to recollect history on path of readers other than the writings of Sri Mohanty. Surendra literature has an identity of its own on its mythological and historical background.SHORT STORY SECTIONThe short stories days back to the emancipation of the Jews under the leadership of Mojes, from the shackles of Egyptian empire, to the rise of Orissan Empire, its history laden with rise and fall, fortune and bad days with rich historical knowledge. The short story collection ‘Kabi O Nartaki’ is based on mythological and historical characters.BIOGRAPHYStarting of British occupation of Orissa in 1803, and decline of Orissa nationalism till 1903, the declaration of regeneration and rebirth of it from the platforms of Utkal Sammilani the history of Orissa over a century is epitome in the Biography of Utkal Gourav Madhu Babu ‘Shatabdira Surya’ is unique.Surendra Mohanty’s autobiography ‘Patha o Pruthibi’ discloses the declining trend of values and morals of the post political landscape of India as well as Orissa.NOVELSHis milestone creations ‘Neela Saila’, ‘Neeladri Bijaya’, ‘Krishnabenire Sandhya’ on the background of 16th century history of Orissa Gajapati kingdom give inklings of Orissa history, its achievement and subsequent disintegration which revolves round the great lord Jagannath. On the other hand, his novels ‘Andha Diganta’, ‘Neti Neti’ on the back drop of British rule, pre and post independent Orissa highlights the ups and downs in political and social life.Be it a case of flood or famine, where individuals are treated like pawns on the political chess board, his writings represents the soul of oppressed, mute individuals, their silent protest on established moorings of society and indifferent bureaucracy. His literature had the echoes of unfulfilled dreams, aspirations, frustrations of the common man as its background and foundation.This will offer an interesting subject to be looked into and to be researched.

TO ALL THE BOYS I KNOW. (AND DON'T)
 Tanishqa Batra  
 31 January 2018  

Dear members of the male species,I’m sure you’ve heard about the re-energized feminist movement. I’m sure some of you even support it. I also think that the meaning of ‘Feminism’, the crux of what this movement is about is also lost on a lot of people. The media and the public have made it seem like a dirty word. I assure you it’s not. It still stands for equality of the two sexes as it always has and forever will. Anyway, this is not the reason why I’m writing what I am today. I am writing to tell you that I’m sorry. I’m sorry if, in all this ado, you felt lost somewhere because honestly, I can’t imagine being in your place nor do I ever wish to. At this point in time, everyone knows that females face problems and there are steps being taken to eradicate them and if not, at least people are aware and are talking about it. It’s much different for you, I’ve seen. No one talks about how you too can be a victim of sexual assault or rape. No one talks about how you feel depressed. No one talks about how hard it is to bear the brunt of the society. Be masculine. Open jars. Pay bills. Plan Great Big romantic Gestures even if you are an introvert because it’s your job! Don’t cry, don’t wear pink, don’t show your emotions, love your friends but don’t hug the male ones, don’t wax your arms or legs or eyebrows because personal grooming takes a backseat when it comes to fitting in with societies idea of the ultimate male. I’m here to tell you it’s okay. You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be able to express how you feel and do what you want. Maybe you are not restricted, maybe you can roam alone at night and your parents won’t mind, maybe you can go where ever you want without thinking too much but you are not free either. You have rules imposed upon you. You will be ridiculed if you want to go in a profession which is predominantly women oriented and these are only some of the examples. I have a vision of a utopia where there are no boundaries, no rules, no gender stereotyping, only freedom. I hope my words give you a sense of security and understanding and know that I believe in you. Let’s change this world one person at a time. Let’s change this world by being there for each other. Let’s change this world with SheForHe.Love and admiration,The fairer sex(or so I’ve been told)

The Rise of Bitcoins
 Pranathi Vuppula  
 31 January 2018  

Bitcoin- The first ever form of cryptocurrency developed by Satoshi Nakamoto has caused quite a stir in the recent times. And although it has been through a roller coaster, analysts say that Bitcoin is in fact, here to stay.So what is it that makes people trust this form of money exchange so much, despite it not being legal tender?Bitcoins have no physical form. They are purchased online and stored in something known as the 'Bitcoin Wallet'.Investing in bitcoins, transactions or something known as 'mining' are ways to multiply bitcoins. People also get rewarded for purchasing and sending bitcoins, thus multiplying their money.The factor most strongly in favor of bitcoins is the security this medium provides. There is both transparency and user anonymity. The user has two keys- a public key and a private key. While the public key ensures that all transactions are out in the open for verification, the private key is only present with the user. Personal details of the individual aren't required to carry out the transaction, only the private key is.The transactions can be verified by anyone in the block chain but the identity of the person is concealed. These bitcoins can also be encrypted for backup and safety.Bitcoins work on a peer-to-peer based transaction without the presence of a third party. The lack of an intermediary ensures a faster exchange of money. The hassles of paperwork and the long waiting hours are saved. It also means that there is no chance of random freezing, as is done by the banks.There is also very little transaction charge in such a medium of exchange. It is approximately 0.0005 bitcoins per transaction as opposed to the usual 3-5% interest charge by banks. Digital currency  exchanges convert bitcoins to fiat money and they too, charge a negligible rate.Decentralisation of bitcoins is another reason for their popularity. This past year has been a whirl with demonetization validating and invalidating notes constantly. There is no such risk with bitcoins since the government has no control over it and cannot order it's manufacture or seizure.So whether or not bitcoins are here to stay is a matter for experts to decide, but it definitely seems to have become the favorite of many. And let's hope for the sake of all those who have placed their faith in bitcoins that it does, indeed live up to the expectations that it's been setting.

Understanding Blockchain
 Deepak Garg  
 1 February 2018  

Blockchain is a new technology for performing transactions, often compared to the Internet which revolutionized the way one shares/sees Information. It was first conceptualized by an anonymous person or group of person known as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. A Blockchain, in the simplest definition, is a ledger of transaction from the time of its genesis. Transaction is any transfer of a tangible/non-tangible asset within the people associated with that Blockchain. Bitcoin is just one of the many application whose core technology is Blockchain.In most of the transaction, there are three parties involved: the sender, the receiver, and the trusted verifier whose role is to verify that the transaction has actually taken place. For instance, one transfer money via bank through cheque, by money wallet; or one lease out a property after performing certain kind of paperwork implying Government as a trusted authority. A Blockchain removes the necessity for a third party to verify the transaction. This also implies that the Blockchain is robust to fraudster and fraudulent transactions.A Blockchain, visually or programmatically, is nothing but a chain of blocks where each block is a set of transactions. Every block contains information such as current timestamp, a link to the previous block and the next block, a collection of valid transactions during the time period between the formation of previous block and current block. Its network consist of working nodes called miners, whose main work is to create new blocks. These new blocks are joined in a single, continuous, authorative record called Block Chain. Whenever a new transaction takes place, it then propagates to the peers of the originating node and so on, till it exists with the whole network. Now the miners’ job is to validate the transaction and create the block by collecting a set of transactions. Creating a block is computationally expensive cryptographically challenging task. Once such a new block is created it is added to the chain and is then transferred back to the whole network. The other receiving nodes in the network adds the block to the existing ledger after validating the block. If one were to alter any transaction in a fraudulent way which had already taken place, they would have to find a new block that would include that transaction to fit the chain. If the current block to be computed in the network is at number 88, and the altered transaction block was 79, then the person will have to find 9 (79-87) more blocks to make a valid blockchain and pass it to the peer network. This is theoretically possible but is not in real world since finding block is not an easy task, making blockchain an ever increasing, irreversible, secure and public ledgerBitcoin, a very popular digital currency, relies on Blockchain. Applications of Blockchain is not limited to digital currency, it can be used to create smart contracts that execute on fulfilling a certain criteria (ex. Ethereum), for instantaneous peer-to-peer transaction without third parties (ex. In stock trading, property trading, patents), etcTo conclude, Block Chain is a distributed ledger of important transactions stored on a decentralized peer-to-peer network which is incorruptible due to high computation costs of blocks making it irreversible creating a trustworthy network to transact removing the need of middleman.

THE SUBTLE ART OF GIVING A FUCK.
 Tanishqa Batra  
 2 February 2018  

‘I don’t know.’ ‘I don’t care.’ ‘I don’t have emotions.’ ‘I don’t feel things.’It’s cool, it’s in. This is what’s trending. Ask a millennial their thoughts on love and I guarantee you 8 out of 10 will give a nihilistic answer because, in their dictionary of heartbreaks, love doesn’t exist. Love is something that they or should I say, we, like to view as a mythical entity. We’re not sure how it exists, where it exists,if it exists. We see it all around us every day and yet we don’t believe. We have become people who refuse to acknowledge good things because maybe Instagram has taught us that cherophobia is a real thing and why to be happy when you know that you are bound to be sad the next day or maybe the one following that or maybe we’re just scared because all we see around us are failed relationships and hate. God knows that we have plenty and all kinds of hate around us in this world but the only thing stronger, more potent than that is love.I hate to sound like a clichéd chick-flick movie dialogue and say that the love of your life will sweep you off your feet with his grand romantic gestures and amazingly good looks. No. I’m just going to tell you that there are a lot of types of love. It can be the love of a mother for her child, of a friend for a friend, of a dog for it’s human. It can be anything. Love doesn’t have a fixed form. It just takes the shape of whatever vessel you pour it in. Take a look around you the next time you go out. Look at the flowers or the people or the sky. Just look at something and I assure you, you  will see one good thing which brightens up your day and makes you say, maybe it’s not so bad to care after all. 

Rabbit Doubt
 Roshan Rollands  
 4 February 2018  

Rabbit DoubtA group of rabbits used to have fun playing games and lived together happily. One day, a wolf disguised itself as a rabbit and snuck in under the pretext of being their friend. When the rabbits would fall asleep, the wolf would appear in its true form and kill the rabbits one by one every night. Not knowing what to do, the rabbits held a meeting to address the matter. They decided the one among themselves who was most likely to be the wolf and killed it. If they chose correctly, the rabbits would win. If not, the wolf would keep picking them off one by one. This is the basic plot of “rabbit doubt”, a game played among the youth where a group of people convene to play by the aforementioned rules. A group of rabbits where one is given the role of the wolf. However, this amazingly thought out manga by Yoshiki Tonogai takes a turn for the worse when Yuu, Mitsuki, Rei, Hajime, Eiji and Haruka, people who often play the rabbit’s doubt together decide to meet up for a good time, but are instead captured and forced to play the game by the dark, bloody rules that underlie this seemingly innocent activity. They wake up in an abandoned building with a barcode on each of them. They move around in the house trying to find an escape route but end up finding Rei nailed to a wall. Doubt and isolation make friends turn against each other, making it easier for the wolf to carry out the Devil’s work. The wolf has already made his move and has claimed his first victim. Who could the wolf be? And can they be stopped before they strike again?Image source- https://www.zerochan.net/t 15220

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT STUDY PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER PARADOXES.
 Tanishqa Batra  
 4 February 2018  

The first question people have when someone tells them they are studying psychology is, ‘can you tell what I’m thinking?’ The answer to that question is no because psychologists are not mentalists. Nor can they ever be. Psychology is the science of understanding the how’s and why’s. How they think, how they work, how they behave and most importantly, WHY they think, WHY they work and WHY they behave as they do. Human species is a complexity at best. We are paradoxical beings. Saying something and doing something entirely different. Psychology helps us bridge the gap between the saying and doing. Moreover, after you study the subject, get a look at the theories that have been proposed, you start applying it to the situations around you. You start understanding the reasons behind the sly smiles and the meaningful looks. You begin to understand that every person in this world has a reason and a past. The reason for their behavior and their past which has shaped them into the person that they have become. It gives you a brilliant glimpse of life through the other person’s eyes. You become more empathetic, instead of sympathizing, you connect with another soul on a level so as to understand them better. You become more open and loving because you understand that every person in this world is fighting their own battles so you want to do everything to help. That’s the good part. Now, the paradox. You can never truly be pissed off at someone. You can never truly be angry because you will be bound to rationalize their actions and invariably find a logical theory to support their behavior. This may seem like ideal behavior in print but not being angry or not taking out your anger is as dangerous as the next viral outbreak. It rots you from inside until you become a chamber of nothingness.So you see, herein lies the problem. Psychology is a field of tremendous irony and in this irony, we, as humans can only hope to not get lost because it makes us better humans for one yet vials of emptiness for others.

The first three labours of Hercules
 Roshan Rollands  
 7 February 2018  
Art

The first labour- The Newman LionHercules and the Newman lion by Pieter Paul ReubensThe Newman lion was a beast that took helpless women from the neighbouring villages. The reason it would do so wasn’t just for a good meal but also to attract heroes in their attempts to rescue the damsels in distress. Once entering its cave, the warrior would notice a grievously injured girl. Rushing to their aid, they’d be killed by the lion who was in fact masquerading as the victim. There’s two ways the story goes now. In one version, Hercules meets a boy who says that they’ll sacrifice a lion if Hercules return after slaying the beast within 30 days. If not, he’ll sacrifice himself to Zeus. Another version shows Hercules meeting Molorchos who said that if he was victorious, a ram would be sacrificed to Zeus and if not, it would be sacrificed to Hercules as a mourning offering. Hercules arms himself with several arrows but found them to be ineffective against the Newman lion’s golden fur. He changes tactics and forces the lion to retreat to its cave. Once in the dark, with limited room for escape, he stuns the lion with his club and strangled it with his superhuman strength. He then skins the lion using one of its own claws and used its fur as his armour. He returned to king Eurystheus who had assigned Hercules this trial. Fearing his strength, he refuses to let him into the kingdom and then sent herald to inform Hercules of his remaining eleven labourssecond labour- Lernaean HydraThe Lernean Hydra by Gustave MonreauThe hydra was a beast that was raised by Goddess Hera, the wife of Zeus for the sole reason of killing Hercules. It lived in the swamp near Lake Lerna which kept travellers away because of the toxic fumes. Hercules covered his mouth and nose while traversing the swamp to keep himself safe from the gases. He fired flaming arrows into the Hydra’s lair to draw it out. He then attacked the hydra with a harvesting sickle (according to some legends. Others suggest a sword or his mighty club). During the course of the battle, he realised that it was no ordinary monster as each head he cut off gave rise to two heads in its place. He then called on his nephew Iolaus for help at beating the beast. He then came up with the idea of using a firebrand to scorch the neck stumps of the decapitated heads, thus preventing them from regenerating. Seeing Hercules triumphing, Hera sends a giant crab to distract him which he crushes beneath his feet. Another alternate lore suggests that Hercules cuts a head off of the hydra and uses the poison that effuses out to decapitate the remaining heads. Hera, displeased with Hercules besting her creatures, puts them in the dark vault of the cosmos as the constellations Hydra and Cancer.Third labour- Ceryneian hindThe hind of Ceryneia by Erica WilliamsAngered that Hercules had survived the hydra, Eurystheus and Hera devised a new task that they thought was impossible for Hercules. So far, he’s always vested any monster they’d thrown at him. So this time, Hercules was told to capture the Ceryneian hind which is said to run even faster than an arrow. Hercules chases the hind on foot for a whole year, through Greece and the land of the giants, but to no avail. A version of the story says that Hercules finally caught it in a trap. Another version says that he immobilised it with an arrow to the forelimbs. Another version says that he met Artemis who told him to leave the hind and say that it was her will. Regardless, he returned with the hind. The king was hoping he’d get Hercules to kill it and anger Artemis in the process. Hercules begged Artemis for forgiveness and told her that he had to kill it as part of his penance but he said that he’d return the hind alive. The hind was to become a part of the king’s menagerie on Hercules’s return. Remembering his promise to Athena, he told the king that he could have the hind if he came out and took it from him. When the king came out, Hercules let the hind go. When the king questioned him, he simply said that the king was too slow for it.**All images have been taken from greekerthanthegreeks@blogspot.in

The Draconian One
 Anirudh Anilkumar  
 9 February 2018  

Creationism with a twist.

દશ દેશનો પ્રવાસ બાઇક પર-યુગ્મા દેસાઇ
 Manisha Joban Desai  
 9 February 2018  

યુગ્માનો એક પ્રયત્ન પ્રેરણાદાયી -મનીષા જોબન દેસાઈ travelstory.પ્રવાસ વર્ણન...યુગ્મા જોબન દેસાઇ નો એક પ્રયત્ન પ્રેરણાદાયી - 10 નેશન બાઈકિંગ રાઇડમમ્મી પપ્પા મમ્મી ...'અરે શું થયું ?એકદમ ઉત્સાહમાં છે ને ?કોઈ નવો આઇડીઆ ઈન્ટીરીયરનાં પ્રોજેક્ટનો સુઝ્યો કે શું ?'મારી દીકરી યુગ્મા આવીને એની નવી એક્ટિવિટીની વાત કરી .લંડન ભણવા ગયી હતી અને ઇન્ટરિયર તથા પ્રોડકટ ડિઝાઇનનો કોર્ષ કરી અમારી ઓફિસમાં સાથે ઇંટીરિયરની પ્રેક્ટિસ શરુ કરી અને ધીરે ધીરે પોતાના કામ પણ હેન્ડલ કરવા માંડયા હતા.આમ રૂટિન લાઈફ જઈ રહી હતી અને 'બાઈકિંગ કવિન' ગ્રુપમાં જોડાવાની ઇચ્છા થઇ. ઓકે ,મને એમ કે બાઈકનું ગ્રુપ બનાવી કઈ ફન ક્લબ પાર્ટી જેવું હશે .ધીરે ધીરે પ્રેકટીસ માં જતી .મને કઈ ખાસ ખ્યાલ નહિ આવ્યો પણ બધા બાઈકિંગના ફ્રેન્ડ્સ દેખાવા માંડયા .8-10 મહિનાથી જોઈન્ટ થઇને બાઈકની પ્રેકટીશ કરતી .અને પહેલી વાર બાઈક લઈને બહારગામનો પ્રોગ્રામે બન્યો એટલે મને ચિંતા થવા લાગી .ટ્રફિક હોય અને હાઇ-વે પર જવાનું ....જાત જાતનાં વિચારો આવી ગયા પછી મારી દીકરી યુગ્માએ એનાં ગ્રુપમાં 50 મેમ્બર્સ છે અને બધા ગ્રુપમાં જઈએ છે એમ કહ્યું અને ગ્રુપ એડમીન ર્ડો.સારિકા મહેતાનાં માઉન્ટનિન્ગ અને બાઈક રાઇડિંગની ગાઈડન્સ અને એક્સપિરિયન્સની સાથે યુગ્માએ લગભગ 8-10 મહિનામાં સાપુતારા -આબુ -મુંબઈ દમણ વગેરે જગ્યા એ ગ્રુપ રાઈડ કરી અનેપછી પોતાનું ktm બાઈક ખરીદ્યું.સમય મળે એટલે બાઇક લઇ પ્રેકટીસમાં નીકળી જાય અને ફીટનેસ માટે પણ વધુ એલર્ટ થઇ.સતત વરસતા વરસાદમાં ડુમ્મસની રાઇડ કરે.એની ઘગશ જોઇ અને અમે પણ સાથ આપ્યો અને મનોમન સુરક્ષીત રાઇડની પ્રાર્થના કરતાં.હવે અમને બધાને ખ્યાલ આવી ગયો કે યુગ્મા ખુબ સિરિયસલી બાઈક રાઈડમાં આગળ વધુ ટુર કરવા માંગે છે.સ્કૂલમાં હતી ત્યારે બેડમિન્ટન રમતી અને ટૂરનામેન્ટમાં પણ પાર્ટ લેતી .પહેલેથી એને બેસી રહેવાનું નહિ ગમે .કંઈ ને કંઈ એક્ટિવિટી કરે અને ગ્રુપમાં પણ સરળતાથી ભળી જાય .ખુબ સાહસિક સ્વભાવ .સાથે મારા દીકરા પ્રથમ અને એની વાઈફ ઉર્જાનો પણ ખુબ સપોર્ટ .અમે ગભરાઈ જઈએ એટલે અમને બધી વાત નહિ કરે .બાઈકિંગ કવિન ગ્રુપમાં પહેલા સમગ્ર ભારતની ટુર વિષે વિચાર કરવામાં આવ્યો હતો .પછી યુગ્માં અને બીજા મેમ્બર્સ માનનીય પ્રાઈમ મિનિસ્ટર શ્રી નરેન્દ્ર મોદી અને મુખ્યમંત્રી શ્રી આનંદીબેન નું સૂત્ર "બેટી બચાવો ,બેટી પઢાઓ" ગ્રુપમાં પણ મેમ્બર હતા અને એ મેસેજ બાઈક રાઈડ કરી સમગ્ર વિશ્વમાં ફેલાવાનો વિચાર કર્યો .આખા ગ્રુપમાંથી ચાર ગુજરાતી યુવતીઓ 10 દેશના પ્રવાસે એટલે કે નેપાળથી સીંગાપોર બાઈક રાઈડ કરી ને જશે એવું નક્કી થયું અને એમાં યુગ્માની પણ પસંદગી થઇ .હું અને મારા હસબન્ડ આર્કિટેક્ટ જોબન દેસાઈ બંને ખુશ પણ થયા પણ અંદરથી ખુબ ચિંતા થતી હોય .કાર રાઈડ હોય તો સેફટી ,પણ બાઈકમાં ગમે તેટલો સપોર્ટ કે સુરક્ષા આપે પણ વ્યક્તિએ પોતે જ બેલેન્સ જાળવવાનું અને એકલાજ નિર્ણયો લેવાના , અજાણ્યા રસ્તાઓ ,વગેરે વિચારો આવવા લાગ્યા .પણ ટીમ એટલી મક્કમ હતી અને નક્કી થયાનાં બે એક મહિનામાં તૈયારી શરુ કરી દીધી .સુરતની ડાયમંડ કંપનીઓ ,ટેક્ષટાઇલ,સ્કૂલ સંસ્થાઓએ આ અદભુત આઈડિયાને બિરદાવ્યો અને સ્પોન્સર કર્યા .એક મહિના પહેલા સાદો ખોરાક અને એક્સરસાઇઝ વગેરેથી ફિટનેસ એક્સરસાઇઝ પણ શરુ કરી દીઘી .સાથે સામાન ,ફૂડ ,કાર ટેકનિકલ પર્સન ,રોડ ગાઈડ અને ડોકયુમેન્ટરી ફોટોગ્રાફરની ટિમ વગેરે એક કાર સતત ટુરમાં સાથે રહેવાની હતી અને 'Ten nation baiking ride "નો રોડ મેપ પણ આવી ગયો એ જોઈ અમને તો બહુ જ ટેન્શન થઇ ગયું .પણ યુગ્મા અને ટિમનાં બધા મેમ્બર્સની હિમ્મત અને તૈયારીઓ પુરજોશમાં ચાલી રહી હતી.ચાલીસ દિવસ અને 10000 કી.મી.ની રાઈડ કરવાની અને દરેક દેશમાં ત્યાંના વડાપ્રધાન વગેરે સાથે મિટિંગ કરી' બેટી બચાવો બેટી પઢાવો 'ના કન્સેપટ વિષે વાતો કરવાની અને સંદેશ ત્યાં પણ વિસ્તારપૂર્વક સમજાવવાનો .દક્ષીણ -પૂર્વ એશિયાનાં મહત્વનાં દેશો જેનો ભારતથી જવાનો રૂટ નવો ખુલ્યો હતો અને આ બાઈકિંગ કવીન્સનું પહેલું સાહસ હતું જે આ રૂટ પર જવાનાં હતા અને બધા દેશની એન્ટ્રી માટેનાં નિયમો પણ બદલાતા રહેતા હતા .એ બધું ગુગલ પરથી સર્ચ કરતા રહયા અને હેલ્મેટ સાથે વરસાદ અને લાંબો રૂટ તથા બાઈક સાથે નેવિગેટર જોડી રાખવું એવો નિર્યણ થયો પણ બધે જંગલ નો એરિયા અને કાદવકીચડ વાળા રસ્તા ,નેટવર્ક નો મોટો પ્રોબ્લેમ .પણ બધા એક સાથે જ રૂટ પર રહેશું એવું નક્કી કર્યું જેથી એકલા મુસીબતનો સામનો નહિ કરવો પડે .બધી તૈયારી કરતા કરતા સાથે દિલ્હી શ્રી નરેન્દ્ર મોદીજી ,શ્રી આનંદીબેન પટેલ ,શ્રી અમિતાભ બચ્ચન ,શ્રી સુષમા સ્વરાજ વગેરેના આશીર્વચનો લીધા અને ગવર્મેન્ટ બોડી સાથેના તમામ પ્રશ્નો તથા સમગ આયોજન માટેની મિટિંગો તથા હરેકૃષ્ણ ડાયમંડનાં પરિસરમાં યોજાયેલ શ્રી આનંદીબેન પટેલ દ્વારા ફ્લેગઓફ કાર્યક્રમમાં શ્રી જનકભાઈ બગદાણાવાળાનો ખુબ સહયોગ અને આશીર્વાદ રહયા . સમગ્ર એશિયન મીડિયાનો પણ ખુબ સપોર્ટ રહ્યો .ફ્લેગઓફના દિવસે ચેકર્ડ ફ્લેગ દ્વારા 500 ફ્લેગ્સનો ગિનીઝ બુકનો રેકોર્ડ પણ બન્યો અને 1500 બાઇકસવારે ખુબ ઉત્સાહ ભેર યુગમાં અને ટીમને પ્રવાસની શુભ શરૂઆત કરાવી ,સુરતથી મુંબઈ બાઇક પર ને નેપાળ પ્લેનમાં અને ત્યાંથી બાઈકિંગ કવીન્સની બાઈક સફર શરુ થઇ.તકલીફો ની વાતો કરીયે તો વરસાદે ખુબ હેરાન કર્યા કોઈ પહાડ પાસેથી પસાર થવાનું હોય તો સ્લીપ થઇ જવાનો ડર રહે .ધુમ્મસને કારણે ફાસ્ટ ડ્ાઇવીંગ શક્ય નહોતું .પાણીના વહેણ માંથી પણ પસાર થવાનું રહેતું .એક દિવસ માં 450 કિલોમીટર અંતર કાપવું પડતું .એટલે પણ થોડું ડ્વાઇવીંગ ધીરે કરવું પડતું .મ્યાનમાર પહાંચવામાં કોઈ પરમિશન ના પેપરને લીધે કોહિમા(મણીપુર) રોકાવું પડ્યું અને ત્યાં મિલિટરી કેમ્પનું રમણીય વાતાવરણ અને ફેમિલી ગેધરિંગ જોવાનો મોકો મળ્યો .રોજ સાંજે વૉટ્સએપ પર રેકોર્ડેડ મેસેજ યુગમાં મોકલે અને અમે એને મેસૅજ મોકલીએ .નેપાળ- ભૂતાન-મ્યાનમાર {રંગુન}-વિએટનામ-લાઓસ -થાઈલેન્ડ -કંબોડીયા -મલેશિયા -સિંગાપોર દરેક દેશના પ્રધાનમંત્રી ,વિદેશમંત્રી અને ભારતીય સમાજની મુલાકાત લેતા અને 'બેટી બચાવો બેટી પઢાવો 'ના સૂત્ર અને મહિલા પ્રશ્નો વિષે વિચારોનું આદાન -પ્રદાન કરતા આગળ વધી રહયા હતા .નવી નવી જગ્યાઓ ની રહેણી કરણી ,ઐતિહાસિક ઇમારતો ,મંદિરો વગેરેની પણ વિઝીટ લેતા .ત્યાંની નાની બાલિકાઓની સ્કૂલો વગેરે જોઈ ત્યાંનો ટ્રાફિક અને અજબ ગજબનું જમવાનું ,રહેવાનું વગેરેમાં પણ મક્કમ અને ઉત્સાહિત આગળ વધ્યે જતા હતા.આ પ્રવાસ સુરતની આ ગુજરાતી યુવતીઓ પાર પાડશે એનો વિશ્વાસ જે આપણા દેશવાસી ઓ એ પોતાના સંદેશાઓ દ્વારા પાઠવ્યો હતો એ વિશ્વાસને જાળવી રાખતા દરેક જગ્યા એ વાતો રજુ કરતા ગયા .બાઈક રાઈડ માં નેવિગેટર આપ્યું હોવા છતાં જંગલ અને પહાડ ના રસ્તા ઓ પર નેટવર્ક નો અભાવ હોય ,એમાં બાઈક બગડી જાય તો નજીકના શહેરમાં ટ્રકમાં પહોંચી રહી પડે એથી 40 દિવસ ને બદલે 10 દિવસ વધુ થયા .યુગમાં નો આ પ્રકાર નો પહેલો એડવેન્ચર પ્રવાસ હતો પણ એને બિલકુલ ગભરાયા વગર પાર પાડ્યો.એક વાર પરમિશન આવતા વાર થઇ હોવાને કારણે "નો મેન લેન્ડ'માં 36 કલાક બેસી રહેવું પડ્યું .થાઈલેન્ડ સિંગાપોરના રસ્તા સગવડભર્યા અને સીધા હતા પણ લાંબો રસ્તો વધુ કંટાળાજનક બને ,એટલે હેલ્મેટમાં પોતાની જાત સાથે કુદરતના સાનિધ્યમાં ગીત ગાતા આગળ વધ્યે જતા હતા .જાણે દેશ માટે જંગ પર આવ્યા હોય એવું ફીલ થતું અને એ લોકો ગર્વ પણ અનુભવતા .આ પ્રવાસ દરમિયાન યુગ્માને સુરત અને થાઈલેન્ડનાં શહેર સુરત થાની વિશેની ઐતિહાસિક વાતો જાણવા મળી પ્રવાસ દરમિયાન પોતાના શહેરની એટલી યાદ આવતી હતી એમાં ત્યાં સુરત નામનું શહેર જોઈ એકદમ ઈમોશનલ થઇ ગયા અને થાઈલેન્ડનાં દક્ષિણ પ્રાંતમાં આવેલા એ શહેરની આર્થિક નીતિઓમાં ભગિની શેર બનાવવામાં આવ્યું છે જેથી એ લોકો ફરી સુરતમાં જ હોય એવો નદીકિનારે અનુભવ કર્યો .1915 માં થાઈલેન્ડનાં રાજાએ સુરત શહેરની મુલાકાત લીધી હતી ત્યાંની નદી કુમ કુકિન્ગ નદીનું નામ બદલી તાપી નદી કર્યું હતું .અને આપણા સુરત શહેરનો આવો ભવ્ય ઇતિહાસ જાણયો અને એ સ્થળ પર ઉભા રહી યાદો તાજી કરી લીધી .આમ આગળ વધતા જતા હતા .કોઈનું રસોડું મળે ત્યાં જાતે રસોઈ પણ બનાવી લેતાં.અને રસ્ત બધા બેસીને પીકનીક પણ માનવી લેતા .રાઈડ દરમિયાન 7 વખત લેન્ડસ્લાઇડિંગ થયું હતું .દરેક દેશમાં પાછા ટ્રાફિકનાં નિયમો પણ જુદાજુદા .ક્યાંક લેફ્ટ ચલાવવાનું હોય તો ક્યાંક રાઈટ .અને સખ્ત રીતે નિયમોનું પાલન કરવું પડે .આખરે સિંગાપોરની બોર્ડર પર ભારતીય સમાજ અને પ્રધાનમંત્રી વગેરે દ્વારા ભવ્ય સ્વાગત થયું અને પ્રવાસવર્ણનના પ્રોગ્રામ અટેન્ડ કર્યા. જેમાં પપ્પા જોબન દેસાઈ પણ સિંગાપોર પહોંચી ગયા હોવાથી યુગ્મા આનંદિત થઇ ગઈ .મહિલા મંડળો અને એન. જી .ઓ બધા એ ખુબ અભિનંદન આપ્યા અને અમે દિલ્હી એરપોર્ટ પર યુગમાં અને બધા બાઈકિંગ કવીન્સનું ખુશીના આંસુ સાથે સ્વાગત કર્યું . દિલ્હી માં પ્રધાનમંત્રી શ્રી નરેન્દ્ર મોદીજી ,શ્રી સુષમા સ્વરાજ ,ગુજરાતના શ્રી પુરુષોત્તમભાઈ રૂપાલા ,શ્રી સી.આર .પાટીલ અને શ્રી દર્શનાબેન જરદોશે સફળ અભિયાન માટે અભિનંદન આપ્યા સાથે પ્રવાસની વિગતો જાણી .દિલ્હીની પ્રેસ કોન્ફેરન્સમાં પણ ખુબ સરસ પ્રશ્રનોત્તરી રહી , દરેક દેશમાંથી મળેલી ભેટોનું પ્રદર્શન રાખ્યું અને મીડિયાનો ખુબ સહયોગ રહ્યો તથા બધાએ આ અનેરા બાઈકિંગ પ્રવાસ માં સુરતની યુવતીઓ ગઈ એનું આશ્રય પણ વ્યક્ત કર્યું પણ યુગ્મા એ જવાબ આપતા કહ્યું 'હું દીકરી છું એવો કોઈ ભેદભાવ મારા ઘરમાંથી રાખવામાં આવ્યો જ નથી અને હું આ નહિ કરી શકું એવું કદી માનતી જ નથી .આપણી હિમ્મત જ આપણને નવી દુનિયાનો પરિચય કરાવે છે અને આ પ્રવાસ દ્વારા હું કેટલું નવું જોઈ જાણી શકી અને મને મારા વ્યક્તિત્વમાં એક નવો ઉત્સાહ નો સંચાર થયો છે .આ અભિયાન અહીંથી સમાપ્ત નથી થતું ,'બેટી બચાવો બેટી પઢાવો' ના કાર્યક્રમ આગળ પણ થતા જ રહેશે અને બાઈક રાઈડ પણ થતી જ રહેશે જરૂર છે ફક્ત મહિલાઓ અને યુવતીઓએ પહેલું પગલું માંડવાની પછી આખી દુનિયા તમારી સાથે જ છે .'સુરત આવ્યા બાદ બધાએ યુગ્માને ખૂબ અભિનંદન આપ્યા અને શહેરનાં ચેમ્બર ઓફ કોમર્સ ,મંડળો ,ક્લબો અને સ્કૂલોમાં યુગ્મા દેસાઈ પોતાનાં બાઈકિંગ ક્વીન રાઈડનાં અનુભવો અને બેટી બચાવો બેટી પઢાવો કાર્યક્રમો કરતા જ રહે છે .મુંબઈનાં સ્માઈલ ફાઉન્ડેશનમાં એબ્યુઝ ગર્લ ચેરિટીના ફેશન શોમાં પાર્ટ લઇ પોતાનાં સામાજિક દાયિત્વ ને નિભાવી રહી છે અને નવા યંગ જનરેશન સાથે યુથ પ્રોગ્રામમાં એક્ટિવેટ રહે છે .બાઈકિંગ ક્વીન અને બેટીબચાવો કાર્યક્રમ માં નવા નવા લોકો જોડાતા જાય છે અને વુમન અવેરનેસ ,સ્વચ્છતા અભિયાન ના સંદેશાઓ સોસીઅલ મીડિયા વગેરેના સહયોગથી બધા સુધી પહોંચાડતા રહે છે.ઇન્ટરનૅશનલ મીડિયા એ પણ ખુબ આ અભિયાનને બિરદાવ્યું અને ten nation રાઈડ દરમિયાન એ દેશોના રાઇડર પણ જોઈન્ટ થયા અને ઈન્ટરનેટ દ્વારા જોડાઈને આ અભિયાનને સતત આગળ વધારી રહયા છે .ફક્ત કોઈ પણ કામ દેખાદેખી કે જીદ ખાતર શરુ નહિ કરવું પણ પોતાની સમજ ,સંજોગો અને આપણો પોતાનો રસ ક્યાં સુધી જળવાઈ રહે છે એ બાળકોને સંસ્થા દ્વારા સમજાવવામાં આવે છે જેથી ખરેખર રસ ધરાવતા યુવાન યુવતીઓ અભિયાનને જીવંત રાખી શકે .અાપણે બધાજ સમાજની અનદેખી સાંકળોથી અને અસુરક્ષીત માહોલનાં ભયથી જકડાયેલા રહીયે છે અને નવા વિચારોને અપનાવતા ગભરાઇએ છે જેથી આપણા બાળકો પણ ઉત્તમ તકોથી વંચિત રહી જાય છે .અલબત્ત , આધુનીકરણ ,ડિજિટલ એપ્રોચ અને સોશીયલ મીડિયાને કારણે માહિતીથી વાકેફ છીએ પણ સાથે દીકરીઓને પોતાની સુરક્ષા અને આજ જગતમાં જીવવાનો પોતાનો માર્ગ બનાવવાની હિંમત અને તક આપવીજ રહી .એક સર્વે પ્રમાણે ભારત દેશ યુવાઓનો દેશ છે આપણી પાસે ઉત્તમ તાકાત અને બ્રેઈન છે જેનો વિકાસ કરવો અને આવનારી પેઢી માટે એક સુમેળભર્યું વાતાવરણ ઉભું કરવું અને એ ધ્યેય આપણે સૌથી પહેલા આપણા ઘરના સભ્યોને શારીરિક અને માનસિક રીતે મજબૂત બનાવી ને જ પર પાડી શકીયે .દરેક વ્યક્તિ બોર્ડર પર જઇ લડી નથી શકવાની પણ સમાજની અંદર જ રહી અસામાજિકતા અને અરાજકતાનો મક્કમપણે સામનો કરવો રહ્યો .આ લેખ દ્વારા એક અત્યંત કઠિન પ્રવાસ માટેનું મનોબળ યુગ્માએ કેળવ્યું અને અમે મક્કમ મને એને સાથ આપવાની હિમ્મત કેળવી તેનું નિરૂપણ શબ્દો અને તસવીરો દ્વારા કર્યું છે .આશા છે દેશનાં યુવાધન પોતાના મનગમતા વિષયો જે ફક્ત ડર અને માહિતીનાં અભાવ કે સપોર્ટનાં અભાવને કારણે અમલમાં મૂકી નહિ શક્યા હોય એ સૌ નવા નવા રેકોર્ડ બનાવતા રહે અને મહિલાઓ પણ પોતાની દીકરીઓને સાહસીક બનાવી એનામાં રહેલી છુપી ટેલેન્ટનો વિકાસ કરવામાં આગળ આવે .જયહિન્દ-મનીષા જોબન દેસાઈ.

Health benefit of Apple
 Daneel Yunus  
 9 February 2018  

The apple is very common and delicious fruit which is cultivated in worldwide including India. In Asia and Europe, the apples are grown in thousands of years. This fruit were carried to North America by European colonist. The importance of apple is in mythological and religious in several cultures including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions. The production of apples globally in 2014 was 84.6 million tonnes where China accounting for 48% of the total.There are some health benefits of apples are given belowBeneficial for heart– Apple contain soluble fiber which can decrease the cholesterol level in blood for healthy heart. Lower the cholesterol is very beneficial for heart. Due to the flavonoid and antioxidant property in apple it can prevent heart disease by reducing blood pressure, and LDL oxidation.Control diabetes– Due to polyphenol antioxidant content in apple, reduces the sugar level in blood. The polyphenols also reduce the absorption of glucose in which encourages the release of insulin resulting to control blood sugar level.TreatAlzheimer’s – Apples are beneficial in reducing Alzheimer’s diseases due to the antioxidant effects of the phytonutrient compounds in apples. Apple juice increases the level of acetylcholine and neurotransmitter in the brain which improves memory in increasing age. Reduced acetylcholine is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.Prevent Parkinson’s Diseases – Apple also beneficial for those people who eat apple, stop the regular breakdown of dopamine-producing nerve cells which protects against Parkinson’s disease as per research.Cure Anemia – Apple are rich in iron so they are helpful in curing anemia. Anemia is caused due to lack of iron and affects deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood. This disease can be treated by increasing the consumption of iron which increases red blood cells.Reduce weight – There are several diseases are linked with obesity including heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes. Due to high fiber content in apple, they are useful in reducing weight. The calorie in the apple which is not absorbed in our body is beneficial for obesity people.Improve eyesight – Apples are helpful in improve and stronger eyesight or vision by reducing the effect of free radicals on the eyes during macular degeneration, cataract, and glaucoma because apples contain flavonoid compounds and antioxidant phytonutrients. This fruit is also used in curing night blindness.Decrease the risk of cancer – The intake of apple may decrease the risk of developing pancreatic cancer at about 23 per cent. Apples are used in treating several types of cancers including breast and colon cancer. As per research, the capacity of the apple to decrease lung cancer and slow the spread while it develop.Strong teeth – Apples are also helpful in cleaning the teeth and gums because it decreases the occurrence of cavities in the teeth. An apple promotes the production of saliva in the mouth, which lowers the tooth decay by reducing the levels of bacteriaRemove weakness – The individual who suffering from illness because of sickness is always given apple to reduce weakness. Due to antioxidant compounds and protein are found in apples, it’s preventing weakness and improve the muscle.Cure Asthma – Apple can also use in control the immune system and reduce swelling which protects against asthma.Healthy Intestine – Apple also beneficial for better working of the bacteria living in our large intestine. It promoted metabolism for better health by exploiting nutrient uptake and removing harmful bacteria and toxins

Health benefits of banana
 Daneel Yunus  
 9 February 2018  

Banana- Banana is a common fruit which is available all over in India. This fruit is used in several dishes in all over the country such as kheer, malpua, halwa, and many more. Banana is also used in making kebabs, wafers, pakoras, subzis and the popular dishes of Kerala such as Kalan and Avial.It is also used in fruit chats in breakfast with several fruits including apple, grapes and many more fruits. The bananas provides 90 calories so it is also used in lunch which is very easy to digest and healthy for body instead of Maggi and pizza.Benefits of banana – There are several benefits of bananas are given below:Improved digestion – Bananas contain fibers which is used in keep your digestive processes successively smoothly thus improved digestion and helping in building up metabolism.High potassium –Banana is rich in potassium and low in salt which is a necessary mineral for maintains proper heart function and controls the blood pressure. So it may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.Cure Anemia - Bananas also contain iron which is used in curing anemia. Anemia is a disease in which reducer in the number of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. This resulting fatigue, shortness of breath, and paleness.Reduce weight - Bananas are used in reduce the weight due to low calories and have appetite-reducing effects. Due to high amounts of resistant starch or pectin which may reduce appetite and help in reduce weight.Antioxidants - Bananas are used as antioxidants that are used in decrease damage from free radicals and reduce the risk of several diseases.Control blood sugar levels - Bananas are used in control sugar levels in a blood and reduce nausea thus it is benefits for diabetic patients.Reduce stress and improve mood – Bananas contain good source of the amino acid tryptophan in which body converts to serotonin. Good serotonin levels may improve your mood and reduce stress. It also used in control sleep patterns.Curing cancers – Bananas are used in increase white blood cell, improving immunity and opposing cancerous cell changes thus reduce risk of developing several cancers.

અતિ ને ના મળે ગતિ
 Hiral hemang thakrar   
 9 February 2018  

"આજે હોમ મેઇડ ચોકલેટસ બનાવી રહી હતી,થોડો કોકોપાવડર વધુ પડ્યો ને બધું કડવું થઈ ગયું.ત્યાર થી વિચારી રહી છું સંબંધોમાં શું વધું થયું?કે અચાનક કડવાહટ પ્રસરી ગઈ. "અતિશયોક્તિ, અતિરેક, અતિશય, વધું હોવું, અનહદ, આ બધાં એક જ શબ્દના સમાનાર્થી છે. દરેક વસ્તુનું એક પ્રમાણ હોય છે જો એનાથી વધું થાય તો એની વિપરીત અસર થવાની જ. *પ્રેમિકા ના પ્રેમ નો અતિરેક એના પ્રેમી ને એના તરફ નિષ્ફીકર બેધ્યાન બનાવી દે છે.*અતિશય લાડ માં ઉછરેલુ બાળક સ્વચ્છંદી ને જિદ્દી થઈ જાય છે. *વારંવાર આવતાં દુઃખ ને તકલીફો મજબુત માં મજબુત મનુષ્યને કમજોર બનાવી દે છે. *અતિ ગુણવાન વ્યક્તિમાં પણ દોષ તો છુપાયેલા હોય શકે.*ભરેલા પાત્ર માં વધારાનું પ્રવાહી ઉમેરતા જાઓ તો એ છલકાઈને બહાર જ પડવાનું. "અતિ ને ના મળે કદી ગતિ" જો આ વાત દરેક ની સમજ માં આવી જાય ને તો ઘણાં ખરા અંશે પરિવર્તન શક્ય બને છે. દરેક સંજોગો દરેક વસ્તુ એના નિયત માપ અનુસાર થતી રહે તો દુઃખ તકલીફો ઉભાં જ ના થાય. પણ આ માનવ મન છે ને બહું ચંચળ છે જે મળે તે ઓછું જે લાગે હજી થોડું વધું મળી જાય તો કેવું સારું. બસ આમાં જ અટવાયા કરે છે ને ચાર દિવસ ની જિંદગી પૂરી થઈ જાય છે. 

The Pot Man
 Anirudh Anilkumar  
 10 February 2018  

An essay on a picture.

The Price Of Progress
 Anirudh Anilkumar  
 10 February 2018  

We move on. Always. But at what cost?

દીકરો દીકરી એક સમાન
 Hiral hemang thakrar   
 12 February 2018  

"અરે રે બિચારીને દીકરો જોતો હતો પણ ફરીથી દીકરી જન્મી" આવા સહાનુભૂતિ ભર્યા શબ્દો જ્યારે પણ કોઈને માટે બોલતા સાંભળું છું, કેટકેટલાં પ્રયત્નો કરું ખુદને શાંત રાખવાનાં પરંતુ મારાથી થોડું ઉગ્ર તો થઈ જ જવાય. કહેવાતા આ મોર્ડન સમાજની આવી માનસિક પંગુતા ક્યારે દૂર થશે? આશ્ચર્ય ની વાત છે 'દીકરો દીકરી એક સમાન' ની વાતો કરવાવાળા 21 મી સદીના લોકોની વિચારસરણી 18 મી સદી જેવી. દિકરીનાં જન્મ સમયે મોટાભાગના પરિવારોમાં તો જાણે શોકનું વાતાવરણ ઉભું થઈ જાય છે. જરા જઈને કોઈ સમજાવોને સાહેબ જન્મનાર બાળક પોતાનું પ્રારબ્ધ લખાવીને જ આવે છે. જન્મ આપનારી જનેતા માટે બંને એકસમાન હોય છે તો આપણે કોણ હોઈ શકીએ? દીકરા દીકરી માં ભેદ કરનારા????? 

शादी में फिजूल खर्च
 Manisha Joban Desai  
 13 February 2018  

शादी में फ़िज़ूल खर्चआज का विषय आनंदित घटना के साथ ज़रूरी बदलाव के लिए भी हमें सोचने पर मजबूर करता है।विवाह-शादी में बंधनेवालो के सपनो की उड़ान ही कुछ अलग होती है ।सदीओ से चले आ रहे इस रिवाज़ को सब ख़ुशी-ख़ुशी अपनाते है,ये सोचकर के शादी तो एक बार करनी है और वह प्रसंग यादगार रहे जाए।पहेले के समय में और अभी लोगो के रहन-सहन और ज़िन्दगी के प्रति सोच में काफी परिवर्तन आया है।एक तरफ से देखा जाए तो ये सभी उत्सव जो हम मनाते है उससे व्यापार में तो बढ़ावा होता ही हे।जैसे गहने से लेकर खाने तक के खर्च से हमारे कारण कोई और कमाता है जैसे दुसरो की वजह से हम कमाते है ।हम हमारे देश में लघुउद्योगो को बढ़ावा देते है ।शादी के समारोह में होनेवाले हर खर्च हमारे समाज के बिज़नेस का एक हिस्सा है ।और अब जब लड़का लड़की खुद अपनी कॅरियर बनाते है और खुद के आनंद के लिए खर्च करते है ।गरीब की लड़की की शादी के लिए हमारे यहाँ आर्यसमाज और रजिस्टर विवाह की सुविधा है ही ।शादी के वकत धार्मिक विधियाँ इतनी खर्चाण नहीं है लेकिन बिन ज़रूरी खाने की वेराइटीज वगैराह पर खर्च नहीं होना चाहिए ।शादी के वकत खरीदी गयी चीज़ें तो काम आनेवाली ही है ,लेकिन डेकोरेशन वगैराह में भी जिसको री-यूज़ कर सके ऐसे आयोजन होना चाहिए।कितने लोग शादी के वकत काफी दान भी करते है, ज़रूरियातमंद को गिफ्ट भी देते है।लेकिन अगर कोई सिर्फ़ अपने स्टेटस के लिए सामनेवाले को खर्च करवाए ये ग़लत है।आज लाइफस्टाइल इतना बदल गया है कि हमारा युवा जनरेशन पश्चिमी स्टाइल से प्रभावित होकर पार्टियाँ रखते है ,जब कि आप अगर जाने तो विदेशी लोग अपनी शादी पर बहोत काम खर्च करते है।वहाँ सब अपनी कॅरियर और घर वगैराह बनाने में ज़्यादा ध्यान  रखते है ।हमारे भारत में महिलाए काम करने नहीं जाती इस विचार से प्रेरित शादी के वक्त ज़्यादा खरीदी की जाती है कि हमारी बेटी को किसी चीज़ की कमी नहीं रहे ।और दहेज़ भी इसी सोच का नतीजा है कि औरते बेटे के ससुराल से शादी के वक्त चीजे डिमांड करके अपनी इच्छाए पूर्ण करती है ।अपने सर्कल में सबको दिखने के लिए भी बहु से चीजे डिमांड की जाती है।लेकिन ये सब खर्च बचाने के लिए पैसेवाले लोग भी समूहलग्न में भाग ले तो काफी खर्च बच सकता है।-मनीषा जोबन देसाईSent from Yahoo Mail on Android

सबक-शो्र्ट फिल्म
 Manisha Joban Desai  
 14 February 2018  
Art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F47_jqFcmEgलघुकथासबकएस्क्यूज़ मी, ये बस कहाँ जा रही है?रजिता ने साथ खड़े हुए युवक को पूछा, उस युवक ने घडी में टाइम देखा और रजिता को ऊपर से नीचे देखते हुए काउंटर प्रश्न किया,"मेडम, नयी हो क्या शहरमें? यहाँ से तो दो-तीन जगा ही बस जाती है""जी, मुझे शहर के बाहर की यूनिवर्सिटी में जाना है""हां वहाँ तो यही से बस जायेगी, मुझे तो लगा आप किसी फैशन कॉन्टेस्ट में जा रही हो ।""क्या मतलब है आपका?"बस ऐसे ही लगा मुझे, ये आपका जींस-डिज़ाइनर टॉप-गॉगल्स-और सर पर कैप और ये ऊँची दिखने के लिए ३ इंच की सेंडिल ""ये सब मेरा पसॅनल मामला है, मुझे क्या और क्यों पहनना है खेर थेंक्स, बस की जानकारी देने के लिए"इतना बोलकर रजिता चुपचाप खड़ी रही।इतने में बस आयी ।बस के अंदर जाते हुए भीड में उस युवक ने रजिता की कमर पर टच किया ।रजिता ने घूरकर देखा ।बस के अंदर काफी भीड़ थी तो लाइन में खड़े हुए पीछे से वह युवक काफी गन्दी हरकतें करने लगा ।"आप सीधे खड़े रहेंगे की मैं आपकी कम्प्लेन करूं?"" हा...हा ...हा ...हॅसते हुए वह बोला,ऐसे कपडे पहननेवाली लड़की की कम्प्लेन कौन सुनेगा? कॉलेज में तेरे जैसी सब लड़कियाँ मज़ा करने ही आती है "और ये सुनकर फटाक से रजिता ने पीछे घूमकर उस युवक को दो-तीन थप्पड़ जमायें और बस को रुकवाया,अपना आई कार्ड दिखाते हुए बोली,"मिस्टर मजनू, तू अब पकड़ में आया है, तेरी बहोत सारी कम्प्लेन आयी है, मैं इस एरिया की नयी पुलिस इन्स्पेक्टर हूँ।और लड़कियाँ जींस अपनी कम्फर्ट-सेफ्टी के लिए, गॉगल्स धुप से बचने के लिए और ये शार्प सेंडिल तेरे जैसे मजनू को पीटने के लिए पहनती है"और वहाँ खड़े सभी पब्लिक ने इन्स्पेक्टर रजिता को बधाई दी-मनीषा जोबन देसाई

The fourth to sixth labours of Hercules
 Roshan Rollands  
 15 February 2018  

Fourth labour- Erymanthian boarThe Erymanthian boar by Francisco de ZurbaránEurystheus, humiliated that the hind had escaped from right before him, sent Hercules on the next task of bringing back the Erymanthian boar alive. There are no definitive accounts of this labour though this is the most agreed upon version. On the way to Mt. Erymanthos, Hercules dunes and sups with his old friend Pholus. He was a centaur and Hercules convinces him to open the jar of wine left to the centaurs of the mountain my Dionysus. The aroma was so strong that t attracted all the centaurs of the mountain. Unknown to them, the wine was so strong that it should’ve been diluted. They drank the unadulterated wine and went berserk, attacking Hercules. Hercules shot at them with his poisonous arrows, sending them retreating all the way to Chiron’s cave. One version of the legend states that Pholus, curious as to why these arrows had killed several centaurs, picked an arrow up but dropped it on his foot, thus poisoning himself. Another version states that a stray arrow hit Chiron and poisoned him although he’s immortal. He felt immense pain, so great that he gave up his immortality and took the place of Prometheus who had his liver torn away by an eagle every morning. Hercules, seeing Chiron in such agony shot down the eagle, killing it. This labour also according to some, serves as the point for the transfer of immortality from Chiron to Hercules. Chiron then tells Hercules that in order to catch the boar, all he had to do was drive it into the deep snow. Hercules thus caught the boar, bound it and took it back to king Eurystheus.Fifth labour- Augean stablesThe Augean stables by Morgan SnellThis labour was to clean the stables of King Augeas. This was intended to be both humiliating and impossible for Hercules because the animals there were immortal and produced a huge amount of dung. The stables housed roughly a thousand cattle and it hadn’t been cleaned in almost 30 years. Hercules, confident that he could complete it in a day, asked the king for a tenth of his cattle if he succeeded in doing so. The king agreed to the bet, oblivious to what Hercules was capable of. Hercules redirected the rivers Alpheus and Peneus and succeeded in cleaning up the filth in less than a day. Augeas refused to honour the agreement on the grounds that it was King Eurystheus who’d given Hercules the task anyway. Hercules took the matter up in court and was supported by Phyleus, the king’s nephew. Augeas banished them both before the verdict of the court was out. Hercules returned to the kingdom, killed Augeas and handed over the kingdom to Phyleus. Also, according to the poet Pindar, Hercules founded the Olympic Games shortly thereafter.Sixth Labour- Stymphalian birdsHercules kills the Stymphalian birds by Albrecht DürerThe Stymphalian birds were creatures that were sacred to Aries, the good of war. They were man eating birds with beaks of bronze and dagger like metallic feathers that could be launched at their victims. They had all migrated to Lake Stymphalia in Arcadia where they multiplied rapidly. In Greek mythology, Arcadia is the home of the God Pan. In other cultures, it is seen as an untouched and unadulterated wilderness. The birds went berserk, wreaking havoc all over the countryside, destroying crops, trees and killing the townspeople. Hercules ventures into the swamp but couldn’t go too far as it couldn’t support his weight. Athena coming to his aid, gave him a rattle made by Hephaestus for this very purpose. He shook it and the birds flew out from their perches. Hercules then shot down several of them with his arrows, killing them instantly. The remaining birds flew far away never to return.**All images are taken from greekerthanthegreeks.blogspot.in

The seventh to ninth labours of hercules
 Roshan Rollands  
 15 February 2018  

The seventh labour- The Cretan BullThe Cretan bull by B. PicartFor his seventh labour, Hercules sailed to Crete where king Minos told him of the bull that was wreaking havoc all over his kingdom, destroying crops and demolishing orchard walls. The king gave Hercules permission to take the bull away and even offered assistance in doing so which Hercules politely declined. Hercules got the jump on the bull by sneaking up from behind it and throttled it, letting go just before it died. He then shipped it back to Tiryns. Eurystheus who hid at the first sight of the creature, wanted to sacrifice it to Hera who loathes Hercules. Hera however, declined because this offering would be a testimony of Hercules’s immense bravery. The bull was then released and it wandered into Marathon, later coming to be known as the Bull of Marathon.The eighth labour- Mares of DiomedesThe Mares of Diomedes were horses that were particularly violent due to their diet that comprised mainly of human flesh. They were kept by King Diomedes of Thrace. They were kept tethered in bronze stables because of how violent they were. Some versions of the legend also say that they breathed fire from their mouths. Hercules left his friend and companion Abderus to keep watch on them while he fought Diomedes. After beating him, he finds that the boy was eaten. Driven by rage, he avenges him by feeding Diomedes to the mares which calms them down. He then builds the city of Abdera near the boy’s tomb. In another version, Hercules cuts the horses loose and drives them to the high ground of a peninsula. He quickly digs a trench with his axe and fills it with water, thus making an island. When Diomedes arrives, Hercules kills him with the very same axe he used to dig the trench and feeds his body to the mares to calm them down. In both versions, the ending’a pretty much the same with Hercules calming the horses with the flesh of Diomedes. He then binds their mouths and takes them back to king Eurystheus who sacrifices them to Hera. In other versions, they’re allowed to freely roam the planes of Argos where they permanently calm down. In yet another version, they’re sacrificed to Zeus. However, Zeus, dissatisfied with the mares, sent wolves, lions and bears to kill them.The ninth labour- Belt of HippolytaHippolyta, queen of the Amazons by Vittore CarpaccioAdmete, the daughter of king Eurystheus wanted the belt of Hippolyta, the queen of the amazons. The belt was a gift from her father Aries, the God of war. So, king Eurystheus charged Hercules with retrieving the belt as his ninth labour. Taking a few friends, Hercules set sail. He docked at the island of Paros which was inhabited by some sons of Minos. The sons managed to kill two of Hercules’s companions, sending Hercules on a rampage. He killed the two sons and threatened the inhabitants of the island that he wouldn’t leave until they gave him two men to replace his fallen comrades. Continuing their journey, they reach the court of Lycus. Hercules, at his request, kills King Mygdon and hands over his kingdom to his friend, Lycus who called the land Heraclea. The crew them set off for Themiscyra. Hippolyta, impressed with Hercules and his exploits had planned on giving him the belt as soon as he arrived. However, Hera infiltrated the Amazons and spread the seeds of discord, convincing them that the strangers were planning on carrying the queen of the Amazons away. The women then set out to confront Hercules. When he saw them, Hercules thought that Hippolyta was planning this treachery all along and never intended on handing over the belt. In the battle that ensued, he killed her, took the belt and returned to Eurystheus.**All images have been taken from greekerthanthegreeks.blogspot.in

The final labours of Hercules
 Roshan Rollands  
 15 February 2018  

Tenth labour- Cattle of GeryonThe cattle of Geryon by Jun-Pierre ShiozawaThis labour was for Hercules to acquire the cattle of Geryon, brilliant red cattle that were guarded by Orthrus, his two headed shepherd dog. Hercules, for this task, travelled to the island of Erytheia which lies in the far west. In order to do so, he had to cross the Libyan desert. After traveling for long, he got frustrated by the heat and let an arrow loose towards the sun. Helios, the God of the sun, seeing his “courage” decided to help him and gave him his golden chariot on which he crossed the sea from west to east every night. Hercules rode the chariot to Erytheia, the “red island” of the sunset. On his arrival, he was attacked by the two headed dog, Orthrus. Using his famed club, he kills him with a single blow to the head. The herdsman Eurytion arrived to help Orthrus but fell to Hercules’s club in the same way. Hearing the commotion, Geryon joined the fray, wielding three shields and three spears, three helmets on his shoulders. He was slain and fell to one of Hercules’s poisoned arrows which was shot with so much force that it pierced his forehead. Hercules then had to herd the cattle and take them back to Eurystheus. Hera however, sends a gadfly which bites them, sending them into a frenzy, thus dispersing them. Over the next year, Hercules retrieved them but Hera sent a flood to prevent them from crossing a river that stood in their way. Hercules filled the river with stones to decrease the level and crossed it with all the cattle. On returning to Eurystheus, the cattle were sacrificed to Hera.Eleventh labour- Golden apples of HesperidesThe apples of Hesperides by Remnev, AndreyTo begin this task, Hercules first had to find the island that had the golden apples. In order to do so, he caught the old man of the sea, a shape shifting sea God. In some variations, either in the beginning or towards the end of this task, Hercules runs into Antaeus, a man who was invincible as long as he touched his mother, Gaia (the Earth). Hercules fights him and kills him by choking him in a bear hug while picking him up. Hercules was then captured by king Busiris in Egypt who planned on making him the yearly sacrifice. But Hercules broke free if his chains and escaped. Hercules finally made his way to the garden of Hesperides. On the way, he encountered Atlas who was holding the heavens on his shoulders. Hercules persuaded Atlas to get him some apples because he was related to Hesperides. In exchange, he would relieve him of the heavens until he returned. Atlas on returning, broke the pact and said that he’d deliver the apples to Eurystheus. Hercules conned Atlas into taking his place once more saying that he’d take it back from him after he adjusts his cloak. Hercules doesn’t take Atlas’s place a second time and leaves with the apples. In other stories, he slays the dragon Ladon who protects the garden and the golden apples and then returns to he king triumphant.Twelfth labour- CerberusA statue of Hercules as he subdues CerberusThe final labour demanded Hercules to capture Cerberus, the three headed guardian of the underworld and return to the king. To prepare for his journey to the underworld, Hercules travels to Athens and is initiated in the Eleusinian mysteries. He then enters the underworld with Hermes and Athena as his guides. In the underworld, he meets Theseus and Pirithous, two companions who were trapped by Hades because they tried to covet Persephone. One tale tells of snakes coiling around their legs and then turning to stone, cutting off their escape. In another tale, he invites them for a banquet but reserved seats of forgetfulness for them. They sit in them and are ensnared as they lose their mission in mind. Hercules frees Theseus but a part of his thigh stuck to the chair. However, when he tries to free Pirithous, the earth shakes, thus showing how much he desires Persephone. Hercules then meets Hades and asks if he can take Cerberus above ground. Hades accepts on the condition that Hercules subdues Cerberus without using any weapons. Hercules overpowers Cerberus, slings it over his back and takes it back to Eurystheus who at first cowers in fear. He pleads with Hercules to take Cerberus away and said that he’d relinquish him of all duty if he did so. And so, Hercules’s debt comes to an end

Digital Marketing
 Daneel Yunus  
 17 February 2018  

Digital Marketing -Digital marketing is a process in which the marketing of products or services based on digital technologies which is mostly available on the internet. This process is also used in mobile phones, display advertising and other digital medium.The way of marketing has changed by digital marketing in between 1990s and 2000s. The digital marketing is very popular due to reduce in cost of products and use for buying anywhere including home, office, also in travelling in bus or train without going to market. It is very easy process in purchasing clothes, sarees, and electronic products in home by using internet.There are several techniques in digital marketing including search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, influencer marketing, content automation, campaign marketing, data-driven marketing and also some e-commerce marketing techniques such as – social media marketing, social media optimization, e-mail direct marketing, display advertising, e-books, optical disks and games are latest techniques for marketing in internet. Some methods do not depend upon internet which provides digital media through SMS. The company also using messaging customers by using protected numbers for marketing.Some techniques are discussed used for the digital marketingSearch Engine Optimization (SEO)In this process, the visibility of the website in the search engine was ranked on the top means that the more visitors in the internet visit the website, the rank of the website increases. These visitors in the internet who visit your website are converted into customers.SEO have different types of searching such as image search, local search, video search, academic search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.The planning for the maximum visibility of the website including in what way the search engine works, and what majority of the visitors search for the terms or keywords entered through search engine. The editing in content, HTML, and associated coding are used in optimizing a website and rise in importance of specific keywords. The other technique of advertising of the website to increases the number of backlinks, or inbound links. In future, Google is developing for the search of the products through mobile due to this many companies take different methods for marketing.Search Engine MarketingSearch Engine marketing (SEM) is a process of internet marketing that used in the publicity of websites by increasing the visitors in the websites and the visibility in the search engine results pages (SERPs). It may include search engine optimization (SEO) in which editing and changes in content for achieve a top ranking in search engine results pages.Influencer MarketingInfluence marketing is a process of marketing in which concentration on specific key individuals and discovers the persons who have influence over probable customers and other marketing activities around these influencers.Influencer marketing can be divided into two methods: earned influencer marketing and paid influencer marketing. Earned marketing comes from free or earlier relationships with influencers or third party content which is encouraged by the influencer to promote their own individual social growth. Paid Influencer marketing promotions in the form of finance or reference messaging that can appear in any point of the content. Budgets are commonly depending on the customer influence.Many advertisers use influence marketing for create reliability in the market and also make social networks for online sales of their products. The responsibility of the influencer marketer for expands the marketing products and services profit depends upon the reliability received over time. Influencer marketing develops its value from 3 sources:Socialreach: Influencers are capable to influence or positive effect on millions of customers by their social networks and blogs.Originalcontent: Influencers createunique, and oftentimes actual, marketing content for the brand.Consumertrust: Influencers maintain strong relationships with their customers that have a definite level of reliance in the influencer’s beliefs.Social media marketingSocial media marketing is the use of social media and websites for marketing a product or service of the company. The company uses social media as a marketing of products for probable customers, earlier and current staffs, bloggers, close friends relatives and the general public. Social networking websites permits to the companies to make a network with one another and build relations and societies online. When companies use these social websites, customers can interact with them directly online. This interaction can be used to connect with a millions of customers for marketing the products online.Social media optimizationSocial media optimization (SMO) is a process in which the use of a social media websites for advertising products, service, brand and event. There are different types of social media tools for marketing such as social news, and bookmarking sites and social networking sites including,Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ and blogging sites. SMO use as a SEO for advertising the website and motivate users to visit and share links of the website through social media and networking sites. When a webpage is shared or liked by a user on a social media then it counts as a vote for the quality of website. Therefore, search engines can use votes as a rankingof websites in search engine results pages. SMO is concentrate on heavy web traffic and aim to reach specific geographic regions for potential users. It helps in produce new users converted into customers which are interested in a website of the company.

We, the Innocent ............. by Dr. Navniit Gandhi
 Navniit Gandhi  
 17 February 2018  

Wash your utensils with this dish-cleaner and sparkle your relationships…There is saffron in the soap…There is chocolate in this shampoo… there are almonds in the face cream!Drink this tea and refresh your relationships…Drink this soft-drink and live without fear…What fools are we, at times!!!All along, some of us have wasted our time; many precious years of life, trying to find out how to lead a perfect life… Probably, you too must have spent hours, trying to understand relationships, love and life. How stupid we have been… All we could have done is to switch on the Television, and sit before it with total faith. Yes, with total faith in our advertisements!!! We could have had the keys to all that we ever wanted in life. The key to beauty; to success; to a happy family life; the key to popularity and the key to health and blossoming relationships—all could have been at our feet in a matter of a few hours… How very silly of us, that we work hard and undergo ordeals and struggles, to fulfil our aspirations!God, bless us. We know not how innocent we are! The noble companies and even nobler advertising agencies are crying hoarse, and trying to better our lives. And, we don’t take them seriously? Using music, Bollywood stars and attractive photography—they spend crores trying to make all our dreams come true, and we do not take the ads seriously?Didn’t they tell us…Spray this deodorant and girls will fall head-over-heels in love with you…Eat this cereal and your husband will start noticing you…Add this in your children’s milk and they will become great scientists!Use this fairness cream and the most handsome and eligible bachelor will be at your feet…If you drink a particular beverage daily, your Boss will be impressed and you could take a trophy home for outstanding performance…It is all so clearly stated. The world of TV Ads is a great teacher. Just sit down… relax… and carefully watch the ads. We can learn how to magically swirl ten mouth-watering dishes—one or two each for every family member and yet, not a drop of sweat shall we shed or a strand of hair move. How? Because the secret, as we would learn, would lay in the dish-washing soap!Have you not seen the ad which teaches us that if we use a particular washing-powder, husband and wives would love each other more? How? Because, the clothes would become softer and so would the hands of the lady….But, what if the washing powder is used by the maid? Would her husband love her more, or ours???? Women, take note of this puzzle!!!Oh no! How much time have we wasted trying to seriously think on some matters, whereas the solutions and lessons were all so very simple!Had we known this secret earlier, we would have had the pleasure of seeing our mothers always young, fresh and happy despite their daily laborious chores. We could have had friends drooling over our looks, and we could have made smarter choices!!! Our brain could have been sharper; our nails and hair glistening; our clothes smarter; our body odour captivating; our sleep peaceful; our taste buds rejuvenated and of course, our relationships, happier. How innocent we have been… Imagine, the key to freedom from pimples, wrinkles, and fine lines was just a remote away!Use this tooth paste-- dance and swirl and live happily thereafter…Take a loan from our bank and we will help you discover the real ‘you’…This toilet cleaner will sparkle your bathroom and your life…There are easy and readymade formulae for increasing the growth of the brain of our children… There are easy solutions for killing germs in ten seconds!! And then, our children would never fall ill even if they gulp pizzas or burgers daily. Wish we could have sat before the televisions with total faith…. We could have given our children filtered water (using modern complicated processes) and they could have topped in their respective classrooms.Are you one of those who were searching in vain for means to raise your self-esteem? Well, did you not know that with a certain brand of tea, courage and confidence comes; and with a certain soft-drink—come tumbling out clever and creative ideas? A certain can of paint is what it takes or perhaps, a bathroom-freshner to raise your esteem in the eyes of your neighbours… Ha, how easy it is, isn’t it?Watch the Advertisements for solutions to all your problems… for answers to all your questions!!! It is not too late.Ah, by the way—have you been looking for a way out to please your in-laws? Oh, ohhh…. All you had to do was prove your intelligence by using a particular mosquito coil, and pride would have surfaced in their eyes and they would have hugged you happily!!!

ଦୁର୍ଘଟଣା ପେରେ..
 Srinibas Mahalik  
 18 February 2018  

ଖାରବେଳ ଥାନା ସାମ୍ନାରେ ବାଇକ୍ ଦୁର୍ଘଟଣାରେ ଜଣେ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କର ମୁଣ୍ଡ ଫାଟି କାନ ଏବଂ ପାଟିରୁ ବହୁତ ରକ୍ତ  ସ୍ରାବ ହେଉଥାଏ । ଅନେକ ଲୋକ ଆସି ସେହି ଆହତ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଚାରିପାଶ୍ୱରେ ରୁଣ୍ଡ ହୋଇ ପବନ ଚଳାଚଳକୁ ବନ୍ଦ କରିଦେଲେ ଏବଂ କିଛି ଲୋକ ସେହି ଆହତ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କୁ ଧରି ପାଣି ପିଆଉଥିଲେ । ମୁଁ ତାହା ଦେଖି ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ବାରଣ କଲି, ପାଣି ନପିଆଇବା ପାଇଁ କହିଲି କିନ୍ତୁ କେହି ମୋ କଥାକୁ ଶୁଣିଲେ ନାହିଁ । କିଛି ଲୋକ ମୋତେ କହିଲେ ଆହତ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କୁ ଯଥା ଶୀଘ୍ର ପାଣି ପିଆଇଲେ ଭଲ । ମୁଁ ଏହା ଶୁଣି ଆଶ୍ଚର୍ଯ୍ୟ ହୋଇଗଲି ।   ଏଠାରେ ସଚେତନତାର ବହୁତ ଅଭାବ ରହିଛି । ଦୁର୍ଘଟଣା ହେଲେ ଆହତ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କ ସହ କ'ଣ କରାଯିବା ଉଚିତ୍ ଏବଂ କ'ଣ ନକରାଯିବା ଉଚିତ୍ ତାହା ସର୍ବସାଧାରଣଙ୍କୁ ଅବଗତ କରାଇବା ନିହାତି ଦରକାର । ନଚେତ ଏଭଳି ସାମାନ୍ୟ ଭୁଲ୍ ପାଇଁ ହୁଏତ ସେହି ଆହତ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଙ୍କ ମୁତ୍ଯୁ ଘଟିପାରେ ।

Top 5 problems that a start up will face in India !!
 Ranjit Samal  
 18 February 2018  

A great question that hovers around the mind of every Start Up enthusiast. Many business strugglers name Start Ups as a land of problems - I mean a quantified amount of problems. Either you are already in a business or planning to jump into the land of unseen potential. It’s all about a journey of uncertainty, travelling a distance less travelled or untraveled – It’s Entrepreneurship. But let’s understand Top 5 problems that each of thestartup encounters:1.      Businessmodel Validation: What we think while modeling a business or in an excel sheet, might not sync while we get down to the ground. A major quantum of the problem is caused due to lack of proper validation of the idea. A pen & paper B- model might not get accepted by the customer thus creating many problems. A sample study of the model with the target market is advisable before dropping ourselves in the market.2.      Competition: A new start up is always a kid in the land of huge, bully filled playground. Rival companies that are already in service in similar market to yours do have a competitive advantage. Their presence in the market for a longer time, high figure in market share, brand loyalty, intense market knowledge & degree of market acceptance makes life difficult for new start ups. But a new start up with a base of disruptive innovation will always have an edge over the older players.3.      Lackof Funding: Majority don’t start a business stating that funding is a big problem. But one won’t realize that we start a business because we don’t have money - it’s quite funny isn’t it?? But the fact is we can’t make money unless we have some money at the beginning. Financial risk plays a huge part in small business, ensuring a constant cash flow to cover up the running cost.4.      Acceptancefrom customers: Initially when your product/service is unknown to the public, the acceptance level of a new entity is a question at consumers’ level. Pushing out the first plot of services, bringing the first set of target customers, converting the prospects to a happy consumer became very difficult at the initial days. However all these are temporary as long as you have tested a sustainable product.5.      Unavailabilityof previous data: Business decisions are often data driven and for a new business not having adequate data set keep them in the face of dilemma. Launching a new concept in the market or even for the business founders themselves with little knowledge of the Industry can be extremely hard to plan. But for a smart guy, we have our end customers to make the things done.Someone said, there are two important days in your life. One, the day you are born, and the other – When your realize Why you have born. Similarly if you are very clear with the solutions that you are offering to the society, these problems are just a DOT. 

स्त्री शक्ति
 Manisha Joban Desai  
 20 February 2018  

स्त्री शक्तिस्त्री और पुरुष इस विश्व की धरोहर मानें जाते हे। कही दोनेा में से कोई एक दूसरे से ज़्यादा ज़रूरी या ताकतवर है, उसके विवाद में न पड़ते हुए, एक बात तो तय है कि स्त्रियो को ज़रूर कुछ ऐसी अनदेखी शक्तियाँ मिली है।इतने युगों से धरती पर जितने भी परिवर्तन आये है उसमें बार-बार स्त्रियों को कभी देवी मानकर पूजा गया, या किसी युग में उसे अपमानित किया गया॥ हमारे पौराणिक शास्त्रों की कथा में हम सबने पढ़ा-सूना है उनकी जीत और उनकी यातनाओं के बारे मे,। पृथ्वी की उत्त्पत्ति से लेकर आज के आधुनिक युगतक स्त्रियों की परिस्थिति में भूतल की बदलती सतह की तरह ऊपर-तले होना उसकी मजबूरी रही हे। शायद इसका एक कारण उसकी शारीरिक रचना और मातृत्व धारण करने की जिम्मेदारी मानी जाती हे। शारीरिक ताकत में कुदरत के इस मातृत्व के वरदान से तो उसकी सहन शक्ति ज़्यादा गिनी जानी चाहिए, लेकिन सामाजिक उसूलों की अनदेखी जँजीरोने उसके अस्तित्व को बाँध दिया है॥ दुनिया का कोई भी काम ऐसा नहीं जो स्त्रियाँ नहीं कर सकती, और जितने भी कार्य ऐसे है जिसमें उन्हें रोका जाता है, वह सब कामों में वह सक्षम होते हुए भी कभी ऑनर की दुहाई देकर या कभी अपनी हार को जीत में बदलनेके लिये स्त्रियों को इमोशनल करके उनसे पीछेहठ करवाई जाती है। इतिहास में स्त्रियों को सम्मान देने का जिस युग में विवरण किया गया है वहाँ भी काफी कहानियाँ उनके अस्तित्व के बलिदान की भी प्रसिद्धः है। ऐसा नहीं है कि स्त्रियों को अपने अस्तित्व को पुरुषों जितना ही उजागर करने में अपनी तरफ से कोई परेशानी है, वो अपने अंदर का आत्मविश्वास पूर्ण तरीके से तेज़ कर चुकी है, लेकिन अपने साथ जो उसके ऊपर अपनी संस्कृति की रक्षा का बोझ, कभी परिवार का मान सम्मान तो कभी उसके मन की नाजुक भावनाओं को छलते हुए उसे सिर्फ़ पारिवारिक जीवन का पूरक बनाकर उलज़ा देते है। और ये सिर्फ़ पुरुषों की तरफ से नहीं हो रहा, स्त्रियाँ खुद दूसरी स्त्रियो को आगे बढ़ने में दिक्कतें खड़ी करती है ।काफी स्त्रियाँ, डरकर सहयोग देने से डरती है और काफी स्त्रियाँ ईर्ष्यावश, सास ननंद, भाभी, सहेली या, ऊपरी कर्मचारी का रूप बदलकर स्त्री के अंदर रही पूर्ण रूप से खिलने की शक्तियों को क्षीण कर देती है। कुछ स्त्रियाँ ये सब बंधन तोड़कर अपने आत्मविश्वास के साथ अपना जीवन अपने तरीके से जीती है, उन सबको भी अपने समय में उतनी ही दिक्कतें आयी थी। लेकिन अपने साहस और अपनी ताकत से अपना मार्ग बनाया। सीता से लेकर द्रौपदी, रज़िया सुल्तान से लेकर रानी दुर्गावती, रानी लक्ष्मीबाई, इंदिरा गांधी किरण बेदी, सानिया मिर्ज़ा और अपने देश की कितनी उद्योग साहसिक महिलाओं के उदाहरण स्त्री-एम्पावरमेंट के इस दौर में दिए जाते है, लेकिन सब औरतें ऐसी थोड़ी बन शक्ति है? सिर्फ़ कुछ अलग बनने की प्रेणना ले सकती है।अपने संजोग, और अपनी ज़रूरत के हिसाब से पहले अपने खुद के शिक्षण, कैरियर और आर्थिक विकास को मजबूत बनाकर परिवार के सहयोग में साथ चलना चाहिए फिर परिस्थिति को धीरे-धीरे धीरे बदलते हुए पूरे परिवार की महिलाओं को कन्विंस करना चाहिए की वह भी अपने परिवार के साथ अपनी खुद के विकास को आगे बढ़ाने में रास्ते सरल बनाते जाए. और अगर इतना करने में अगर हम कामयाब रहे तो फिर अपने आसपास के माहौल, अपना कार्यक्षेत्र और बहार के समाज की गतिविधियों में अपना स्थान मजबूत बना सकेंगे। हमारी रोजमर्रा की ज़िंदगी में आपने महसूस किया होगा की हम कितनी पुरानी, जंग लगी हुई सोच अपने से लपेटे हुए हमारे वर्तमान को डल बना देते है। ये सब हमारी पुरानी सुनी हुई या कभी कभार देखी हुई फैलियर्स होती है। जो हमें नए रास्ते बनाने से रोक लेती हे। कभी धर्म के नाम से, कभी, सुपरनेचुरल चीजें और कभी सुरक्षा के नाम पर हम कितनी नयी दिशाओं से महरूम रहे जाते है, जो हमें अपने जीवन के ऐक नये प्रकाशपुँज से परिचय कराती है। वो है हमारी शिक्षा, जो हमें अपने माता-पिता-गुरु-मित्रो और सहकर्मियों से प्राप्त होती हे और वही हमें हमारी अनदेखी जंजीरों से आज़ाद कराएगी। हर ऐक स्त्री कुछ ना कुछ हुनर शिखकर अपना एक अलग व्यक्तित्व उभार सकती है, जहां वह आर्थिक, सामाजिक और इमोशनल रूप से साबित कर सकती है। जब भी हम मीडिया पर भी न्यूज़ देखते है, और देश के विविध राज्यो में महिला ओ के साथ होते हुए अन्याय, अत्याचार और बलात्कार वगैरह से विचलित होते है और सुरक्षा का विचार सबसे पहलेमन में आता है। फिर भी बदलती हुई नइॅ सोच, आधुनिक उपकरणों की मदद और अपने आपको टेक्नोलोजी की सहाय से आनेवाली नयी पीढ़ी के युवा मानस को एक खुली सोचवाला और सुरक्षित बदलाव दे सकते है। सोशल मीडिया, जिससे हम मानते है कि दुनिया छोटी हो गयी है, लेकिन साथ में वहाँ भी महिलाओं के लिए पाबंदी है। क्यूँकी हर बात को कब कोई सेक्स से जोड़ दे या किसी भी लड़की को घर बैठने के लिए मजबूर कर दे ये कहा नहीं जा सकता। और इतना विकसित होने के बाद भी आखिर में एक सीमित दायरे में ही विकसित होने की सलाह दी जाती है। जिसकी वजह से कितनी नयी बातें और नए विकास से महिलाएँ पीछे रह जाती है और ये स्थिति सिर्फ़ हमारे यहाँ नहीं सभी देश की महिलाओ कोऔरो की मानसिक बर्बरता के कारण अपनी वर्तमान स्थिति को बदलना पड़ता है।बदलाव, महिलाओं की शक्ति, आगे बढ़ाने की बातें और सशक्तीकरण की योजनाएँ महिला पूरी तरह समझकर अगर उसके सहयोग से अपना विकास करना चाहे तो पूरा आकाश उनके सपनों को पूरा करने के लिये खुला है। बस ज़रूरत हे तो हौसले से अपना पहला कदम उठाने की और मज़बुती से नयी राह पर अपनी चाल को और गतिवंत बनाने की। हमारी फ़िल्मों में भी काफी मजबूत केरेक्टरवाली महिलाओं के किरदार परदे पर दिखाए है और नये-नये उदाहरण हमारे सामने रखते है। उनमें वर्किंगवुमन से लेकर हरेक क्षेत्र की महिला ओ की दुविधा ओ को चित्रित किया गया है। पर ये सब अभी शुरुआत है, वेस्टर्न वल्डॅ की महिलाओ को जितना ह्नमन राइट के बेनिफिट मिलते है उसकी बराबरी करने में शायद हम काफी पीछे है। फिर भी अपनी युवा पीढ़ी स्वतंत्रता के नए आकाश में उड़ान ज़रूर भरेगी और इसमें सबसे ज़्यादा महिलाओं की अंदरूनी शक्तियां ही उन्हें कामयाब बनाएगी। हमारे राज्य में महीलाओ के लिये जितनी भी योजनाएँ बनायी जाती है, उनके बार में अवगत कराना भी बहुत ज़रूरी है जीस से ये बातें सिफॅ पेपर पर न रहे जाये। काफी हद तक सामाजिक संस्थाएँ ये जिम्मेदारियाँ उठा रही है, लेकीन महीलाओ को खुद माहीती कलेकट करके ऐलटॅ रहनां ज़रूरी है, जीससे वह महत्तम सुविघाऐ पा्प्त करके कोइ भी लघुउघोग वगैरह शुरू करे और अपनी स्कील का उपयोग करे।-मनीषा जोबन देसाई

JAIPUR JAUNTS-1
 Shruthi Rao  
 20 February 2018  

Epitome of art, architecture and culture. They are rightly the essence of Jaipur, the pink city. Place so vibrant and colorful can be synonymized as “Gateway to Royal Rajasthan”. Art and Architecture is so vastly reflected in the city that once visited, it’s almost impossible to control the urge to visit other parts of the state.Food and delicacies of this region are something not to ignore either. Rich in spices, flavours and desi Ghee are truly the royal ingredients of a Rajasthani meal. This is the exact reason a clique of girls got lost on the streets of Jaipur looking for that perfect Gewarh,Pyaz ke Samose and Dal bati churma; until they could satisfy their appetites.One of the girls wanted to capture the moments and perceptions, while others wanted to be captured in the moments.While the other girls wanted to take back goodies and merchandises as memorabilia, this girl wanted to take back the memories, trapped in the right words.Again, one among them, wanted to live in the aroma and vibes of the place herself, while others wanted to just experience them temporarily.There was something beautiful about feeling on vacation and at home all at once, that’s what made her pen this down.Four girls landed in the city, early in the morning, unaware of even the places to halt. But were no slow-paced in kick starting the day, all dressed to perfection and making bold statements. “Yes, they believed in travelling in class”. It didn’t matter how their itinerary was, but their attires were sure as hell ‘well planned’. It included colors and vibrancies as a base, two days of modernity with some desi touch, while one day restricted to contemporarily basic ethnic outfits!!Itinerary was something like this, first day included all the outskirts, majorly forts of Jaipur. Second day an excursion to Ajmer and Pushkar. Last day included the local inner-city sight-seeing. Planned shopping was to be done either at Pushkar or on the last day of trip which went for a toss and they ended up shopping on all three days. After all,they were girls and it was a girls’ trip, Duuuhhh!!!!!!! Let me clarify – not being a contra feminist here.Experience differ from person to person and so does the stories of travel, even if it’s of the same place or of multiple times. Amer fort (as pronounced), which is written as Amber fort,is a delight to ones’ senses. Well planned, better maintained and least destroyed of all the forts deserves to be called the best of them all. A person can typically spend minimum of one to one and a half hour within the fort. Jaigarh holds world’s largest cannon displayed for public. The walls of Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts are infamously called Great wall of India similar to that of China’s. The view from above and amidst those walls are surely worth a great deal of calorie burn. Not to miss a couple of stops where a glimpse of Jalmahal can be spotted in all its glory,on the driveway to Nahargarh. One can even have some chai and coffee from the local vendors,while chilling at these viewpoints.Pushkar, girls fell for it the moment they entered the streets. Call them vibes,spirit or energy, there was something totally positive. People tend to get drawn towards the hippie culture and ambience the town has. Hosting its tourists with the world’s one and only Bramha temple,charm of the town lies on the banks of serene and sacred lake of Pushkar. The roads of Ajmer to Pushkar in between the aravalli ranges, a sunset on the countryside as a back drop to the camel safari, all adds on to the drive factor. A stay here wouldn’t harm your pockets provided the kind of vacation being looked forward to is of chilling and relaxation as a main purpose. Add on: There is a lot to shop at this place, bargaining is the key!Ajmer Shariff Dargah is a place of religious significance, where faith of believers can be seen at its highest. One thing to be kept in mind is not to visit the place during the times of prayer, especially on the days of Jumma. Tourists might end up waiting for hours together just to enter the center sanctum. Also, the inner most sanctum is the hardest to get in and out of, it is advisable to be cautious of your belongings and special attention required for kids.The most economical and convenient way of travel around Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar back and forth is by local buses .It's good to keep a track of time and manage the day accordingly. There are frequent buses plying around, reaching the destination within the span of 2.5 hours. However, if there are kids and people with ailments and ageing, it's advisable to hire a cab on fair prices.Final day, girls headed towards city the local way. The most effective way of reaching the local sights is by a rick or a cab. All the major destinations inside city for example City palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar are all within the walkable distance from one another.These structures of Hawa Mahal and city palace are of more recent times as compared to those forts on the outskirts. Peek-a-Boo through those colorful windows is how Hawa Mahal can be described. City palace is in all its splendor and glory of roughness. It is enclosed with Musuems, Art galleries, Durbar halls etc. which exhibit the objects used by the then royal family. Only place of interest in Jantar Mantar for girls was of structures containing zodiac signs, along with which they could get photographed. People with special interest in science and astronomical knowledge would enjoy this more than laymen. Otherwise, it is still a good sight to visit as a place from history, especially with the world's biggest sundial as a main attraction.Girls felt teleported to the era of maharaja, these structures gave them a feel of life within them. How they wished, they could go back in time and visit when these places were inhabited!!P.S. My HApPyy Moments:1.Spotting Colorfully Painted Elephants on the streets.2.Watching ladies cooking roti on the lanes of Pushkar.3.Getting a glimpse of civilization and mountains merging from Nahargarh.4.Buying a palazzo with elephant prints on them Yesss… elephant in it’s any form is LOVE!!! HAppy Vacations and don’t forget to check the next blog“Background Check, Jaipur Jaunts-2”, containing history of the places mentioned here in detail.

মখমলি ফুলকপি
 Soma Dutta   
 21 February 2018  

উপকরনঃ- ১ টি ফুলকপি(মাঝারি টুকরো করা),কাজুবাটা(৮/১০ টি),আদা(১ ইঞ্চি),২টি বড় টম্যাটো,হাফ কাপ দুধ,কসুরি মেথি(সামান্য),লঙ্কাগুঁড়ো পরিমান মতো,নুন,মিষ্টি,রিফাইন্ড তেল,ঘি অল্প,ছোট এলাচ ৩টিপ্রণালী ঃ- ফুলকপি জলে ভাপিয়ে জল ফেলে দিন।কাজুবাদাম দুধে কিছুক্ষণ ভিজিয়ে মিহি করে বেটে নিন।টম্যাটো এবং আদা মিক্সিতে বেটে নিন।এবার কড়াইতে রিফাইন্ড তেল দিন।তেল গরম হলে ফুলকপির টুকরোগুলো ভালো করে ভেজে তুলে রাখুন।এবার কড়াইতে সামান্য ঘি দিয়ে ছোট এলাচ ফোড়ন দিন।সুগন্ধ বের হলে আদা এবং টম্যাটো বাটা দিয়ে কষুন।এবার নুন,মিষ্টি লঙ্কাগুঁড়ো দিন।মশলা কষানো হলে ভাজা ফুলকপি আর সামান্য জল দিয়ে ঢাকা দিন।কপি সেদ্ধ হলে কাজুবাটা আর কসুরি মেথি দিন।এবার দুধ দিয়ে ফুটিয়ে গা মাখামাখা হলে নামিয়ে নিন।এটি ভাত,রুটি পরটা সবকিছুর সাথে ভালো লাগে।

Review of “Wheels of Wish” by Bibhu Datta Rout
 Niyati (The_bookshire)  
 21 February 2018  

Book - Wheels of WishAuthor - Bibhu Datta RoutGenre - Mythological and crime fictionMy Ratings - 3.5 / 5 ⭐️Review -This Crime Fiction novel by author Bibhu Datta Rout is both intriguing and refreshing. The story revolves around an incident that occurs in 2008, with the accused being Shashank, also happens to be in a romantic relationship with Roohani, the victim of the crime.This leads to an interesting chain of investigations, a lot of courtroom drama and conspiracies of unheard, unimaginable circumstances and links to past as old as 13th century.The story goes back to 1200 AD when the chain of mysteries has its roots linking historical and mythological figures which is an Essential dimension in the whole storyIt’s a very short, descriptive and to the point novella, of about 200 pages. The good thing is that the author doesn’t seem intent on beating around the bush. But only at some places it feels a little rushed. The work of mythological facts and fiction is beautifully blended.That being said, the language, narrative and editing could have been much better. Also the Direct translation of certain Hindu words into English is a bit of a let down. I would want more had it not been for some loose ends the book had left.Other than that it’s a good book. Short and fast paced.I’ll definitely recommend you to read this book, especially if you are a Mythological fiction fan.-The bookshire

Movie Review: PadMan
 Shivangi Rawat  
 21 February 2018  

PadMan movie cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika AptePadMan movie director: R BalkiPadMan movie rating: 3.5 starPadMan is based on the real-life inspirational story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who famously invented the machine that led to the creation of a low-cost sanitary napkin and created a real-life revolution.There is absolutely no doubt that the subject and the intention of the film is applause-worthy. In India, the ‘shame’ associated with ‘that time of the month’ isstill so strong and so pervasive that anything that brings out into the open is causing to cheer, and a film starring a big star is sometimes the best way to break age-old taboos.PADMAN STORY:  Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) Concerned about his wife Gayatri’s (Radhika Apte) menstrual hygiene, urges her to stop using the cloth and go for sanitary napkins. Gayatri is reluctant to go for disposable pads as they are expensive. Lakshmi obsessing over a ‘ladies problem’ makes her cringe but he insists on bringing a change by addressing the taboo topic. The story revolves around his efforts to make her wife safe by using sanitary napkins, he fights all odd for women safety.  Pari (Sonam Kapoor) makes quite a late entry in the narrative but adds charm to every frame she inhabits. Her character is beautifully etched, perhaps to balance Radhika’s naive and self-destructive wife. Sonam’s character not only offers marketing and financial help to Lakshmi but also shares a modern and chilled-out life mantra when the former is unsure of himself.REVIEW : Peoples mostly of India have a tendency to make simple things complex. The entire taboo around menstruation is its ripe example. Menstruation is completely a natural process of women’s body. But the shame associated with regards to even talking about it is highly shocking. A lot of people have tried their best to make people understand about this issue but the impact has been limited. Now, Akshay Kumar takes up the issue in his new film Pad Man. The film is already a winner prior to its release. After all, the way it has ignited discussions about periods is huge and is growing day by day. And thankfully, the film goes beyond expectations and arguably emerges as Akshay Kumar’s most elegant work! But still, there are people who think women or girl going through periods are untouchable. A movie has left its impact on narrow-minded people. Apart from a story which I felt was lacking somewhere still the social message was delivered rightly. Personally, I give it 3.5/5

This Women's day - Take charge and be the role model!
 Manbir Kaur  
 22 February 2018  

In last few years, I have had the opportunity to work as a coach with many women leaders and women coaches. Many of them are ambitious and want to grow in their careers, but feel that they don’t have role models to look at. This point has also been raised quite a few times during the gender diversity discussions.I agree, and I think the whole world would acknowledge the lack of enough woman leaders. There is a lot of diversity buzz going on with a target to solve this problem, it will happen one day, but you do not have the luxury to wait. Come on. Don’t wait to look for the role model. Be the role model instead, fill in this vacuum and resolve the problem for others like you!Don’t know where to begin? Let me outline a few quick steps that can help you climb up the Career Ladder:1.      Take charge - Tell yourself you are going to be the role model.2.       Decide on your career goals – Ask yourself –a.       What do you want to achieve in next 3 years?b.       What do you achieve in next 1 year?c.       What are the 3 things you need to this this quarter?d.       What are the 3 things you need to do this month and next month?3.       Decide on your other priorities (non-career) for short term specially – 6 months to 1 year.a.       What are the other priorities/goals (from other spheres of life)?b.       Prioritizing these goal/priorities, pick top 3.c.       Make an action plan of what needs to be done for these.d.       What can come in the way? Is there a conflict with your career goals? Just look at 1-year career goals.e.       If yes, how well prepared you are to handle conflict of goals?f.        List down if you need any external support?g.       Enlist people who help you on your challenges! Remember, you have a support system that you can lean on!4.       Create a list career enablersa.       Get a Mentor at work (if possible multiple Mentors!)                                    i.      Seek people who can support you to achieve your goals.b.       Create a Learning path                                                               i.      Look for enabling assignments.c.       Invest in yourself                                                               i.      Take a training program.                                                             ii.      Sign up a coach.                                                           iii.      Hire a house help if that helps.Note down everything else that may help you to achieve your goals (Career and Non-Career) and then invest in every support system that will help you.  5. Create list of the relationships you need to createWhat relationships you would need to create to reach your goals? It may include creating a business connect with other head of departments, Industry body etc. You may need to create a stronger relationship with another friend/relative who can help you for a few hours on those child-sick days. You are the one who knows what goes here. 6.       Create your elevator pitch!Always have a 60 second elevator pitch of what you do and what difference are you making in your current role. 7.       Go and Act: Make an action plan for sure but don’t just plan and re-plan, Act! Else all will fail! Do some actionable every single day, even small progress is good progress. 8.       Acknowledge yourselfa.       Reward yourself for every small win.b.       Be ready with a list of rewards for yourself if you completed what you need to do!c.       You are your own motivation!You bet it is not easy, but know that every journey begins with the first step. Go ahead, take that first step and be the change you want to see.

"ম" মানে মরবেনা মাতৃভাষা
 Aayan Das  
 22 February 2018  
Art

সেই দুধে আলতা রঙের যুবতীর চোখ দুটি ছিল রাইন নদীর মত নীল।নীলনয়নার কাঁধে এসে আটলান্টিক মহাসাগরের মত গর্জন করত সোনালি চুলের অহঙ্কার।এই মেয়ের প্রেমে না পড়ে পারা যায়?হ্যাঁ,আমিও প্রেমে পড়েছিলাম মারিয়া র।তখন সদ্য সদ্য ফেসবুকে ঢুকেছি।সেইসময় ছিল ছবি তোলার নেশা।সময় পেলেই আমার সদ্যকেনা ক্যানন ক্যামেরা নিয়ে বেরিয়ে পড়তাম আর এন্তার ছবি তুলতাম।সেই ছবিগুলি কে ফটোশপে এডিট করে বিভিন্ন ফটোগ্রাফি গ্র্ুপে পোষ্ট করতাম।কম্পিটিশন গুলোতেও নিয়মিত যোগ দিতাম।একটা গ্রুপ ছিল,ছিল মানে এখনও আছে-sunrise and sunset photography..যেখানে সানরাইজ এবং সানসেট এর ছবি পোষ্ট করা হয়।সেখানে সারা বিশ্বের সমস্ত ফটোগ্রাফার রা সূর্যোদয় ও সূর্যাস্তের ছবি পাঠান।কী কুক্ষনে আমার মত এক আনাড়ির এক অতি সাদামাঠা সূর্যাস্তের ছবি(যেটি তুলেছিলাম হালিশহরের গঙ্গার ঘাট থেকে) সেই গ্রুপের শ্রেষ্ঠ ছবি(সেই মাসের)(দর্শকের বিচারে) হিসেবে বিবেচিত হল।সারা বিশ্ব থেকে অভিনন্দন আর শুভেচ্ছার বন্যা বয়ে গেল।বিখ্যাত ফটোগ্রাফার রা জানতে চাইছেন আমি ঠিক কোন অ্যাপার্চার ও সাটার স্পিড এবং অ্যাঙ্গেলে ছবি তুলেছি,কেন সাবজেক্ট হিসাবে নদী কে বাছলাম..ইত্যাদি।কেলেঙ্কারি..আমি যে ওসব মাথায় রেখে আদৌ ছবিটা তুলিনি..জাষ্ট তুলে ফেলেছি..তারপর ক্যাসুয়ালি পোষ্ট করে দিয়েছি-তা ওদের বোঝাই কী করে!এই ছবিটা দেখেই আমাকে ফ্রেন্ড রিকোয়েষ্ট পাঠান বিখ্যাত ফটোগ্রাফার শ্রী শক্তি চৌধুরী ও শ্রী পরিতোশ দাস।শক্তি দা ও পরিতোশ দা র কাছ থেকে কত যে অমূল্য টিপস পেয়েছি!তারমধ্যে একটা টিপস ছিল-অয়ন,তোমার প্রতিটি ছবির মধ্যে যেন একটা গল্প লুকিয়ে থাকে।যে ছবিতে গল্প নেই-সে ছবি ছবিই না।একদিন দেখি ছবিটার নিচে বেশ কয়েকলাইন কমেন্ট করেছে এক সোনালি চুলের রাজকন্যা।লেখার মাথামুন্ডু কিচ্ছু বুঝছিনা কারন হরফটাই অচেনা।মেয়েটি চেকোস্লোভাকিয়া তে থাকে।সেও আমারই মত শখের ছবিতুলিয়ে।আমরা বন্ধু হলাম।এরপর দুজনেই যখন ফেসবুকে অন -তখন চ্যাট করলাম-hi maryaমেয়েটি চেক বর্ণমালায় কিছু একটা লিখল।এরপর আমাদের চ্যাট হয়েছিল মোটামুটি এরকম-Don't you know English?Gjhy vgmk hsnjBut I don't know this language..sorry..please write in English..Gnmk bvcxz bmkkggk chhjdfbjj nvxhjkcb nbbcxz mnjkghkWhat's your profession mariya?Zccfdhhdh bncgjjffjjjk nnvxgjnk mmkgfdhj vcghftr vbchfhjআরে এ মেয়ে তো নিজের ভাষার বাইরে অন্য কোনো ভাষাই জানেনা!এর সঙ্গে কথা বলব কী করে?এইবার আমিও দুষ্টুমি শুরু করলাম।তোমার নিজের ভাষার প্রতি অহঙ্কার থাকতে পারে আর আমার পারেনা?অতএব আমিও বিশুদ্ধ বাংলা হরফে লেখা শুরু করলাম।মারিয়া আমি তোমার ঠোঁটে চুমু  খেতে চাই..দেবেতো?Zcvngfgjjbjh vfhgdh hg dg j hg hjjjkkcvjতোমার সোনালি চুলে আমি হারিয়ে যতে চাই....আমি যে বহুদিন কোথাও হারাইনি..তুমি আমার সঙ্গে হারিয়ে যাবে?Dgfghjjju bbdghnxfgnk nngfzhjcxvj bgmhch bhj njfg bb mgdjjকখন তোমার দেখা পাবো,চোখের পাতায় চুমু খাব,চোখের তারায় জিজ্ঞাসা-বলো,কাকে বলে ভালবাসা?Zcfffghj nmvgkk vfgonvg vcfjnbfh nmjএইবার আমার শেষ দুষ্টুমি,কিচ্ছু না লিখে একটা সাইন পাঠালাম। এই সাইনের মানে একটাই।অতএব মারিয়ার কাছ থেকে যে উত্তর টা পেলাম সেটা কিন্তু হায়!আর এগোতে পারিনি।আমরা দুজনে শুধু দুজনের ছবিতে লাইক দিতাম।ও লিখতো-zfdsgh njffjk thidfjj ?আমি উত্তরে লিখতাম-হ্যাঁ হ্যাঁ আমি ভাল আছি,তুমি ভাল তো..একসময় মারিয়া নামের রাজকন্যা টি হারিয়ে গেল।একটা অসাধারন ছোটোগল্প মাঝপথে থেমে গেল।ভাষা হল সেতু।গুপি গাইন বলেছিল না-ভাষা এমন কথা বলে বোঝেরে সকলে,উঁচা নিচা ছোটো বড় সমান-মোরা সেই ভাষাতেই করি গান...-----------------------------------------আজ থেকে ৮০০০বছর আগে নতুন প্রস্তর যুগের মানুষ প্রথম কথা বলতে পেরেছিল।তার আগে মানুষ শুধু শব্দ করে আর ইশারা তে মনের ভাব প্রকাশ করত।কথা বলতে পারার পরও তারা ইশারার ব্যবহার ত্যাগ করেনি।এখনও পৃথিবীর সব দেশের সব ভাষার মানুষের ইশারার ভঙ্গি ও অর্থ এক।এই ভাষা আবিস্কারের ফলেই কিনতু মানুষ পৃথিবীকে ডমিনেট করতে পারল।এই মুহূর্তে পৃথিবীতে ২৭৯৬ টি ভাষা প্রচলিত।তার মধ্যে প্রধান ভাষা ১৬০টি।আর ভারতে ১৬৫২টি ভাষার মধ্যে প্রধান ভাষা হল ২২টি।যথা-হিন্দি,বাংলা,তেলেগু,তামিল,মারাঠি,গুজরাটি,মালয়ালম,কন্নড়,ওড়িয়া,পাঞ্জাবি,অসমিয়া,সিন্ধি,নেপালি,কোঙ্কনি,মণিপুরি,কাশ্মীরি,সংস্কৃত,বোরো,ডোগরি,মৈথিলি ও সাঁওতালি।মজা হল-অঞ্চলভেদে আমাদের বাংলা ভাষার কথ্য রূপও পাল্টে যায়।মজা দেখুন-কলকাতা-ছোটো ছেলেটি তার বাবাকে বললঢাকা-ছোটো ছাওয়াল তার বাপেরে কইলোকোচবিহার-ছোটো বেটা উয়ার বাপোক কইলোপুরুলিয়া-ছুট্ বেটা তার বাপকে বল্লেকচট্টগ্রাম-ছোড়ুয়া পোয়া তার ব-রে কইলো।-----------------------------------এই যে আমরা গল্প লেখার জন্য একেবারে মুখের ভাষা ব্যবহার করি-এর সুচনা হয় ১৮৫০সালের পর থেকে।কারন লেখকরা কিছুতেই অশিক্ষিত বা কম শিক্ষিত মানুষের কাছে পৌঁছতে পারছিলেননা।এইবার মুশ্কিল হল একএক জায়গার তো একএক কথ্যরূপ।তাহলে কোনটা নেওয়া হবে?এইসময় বেশ একটা পলিটিক্স হয়েছিল।কলকাতা,নদীয়া,২৪পরগনা তে যেহেতু পন্ডিত দের সংখ্যা বেশি-অতএব এখানকার কথ্য ভাষাই সাহিত্যের ভাষা হিসেবে স্বীকৃতি পেল।এইবার ভাষা হয়ে উঠল জীবন্ত।লেখকরা সাধারন মানুষের মনে জায়গা পেলেন।একটা কথা জানলে অবাক হই যে বাংলা ভাষার জন্ম হয়েছে আজ থেকে ১০০০ বছর আগে অথচ বাংলা ব্যকরন প্রথম রচিত হয় মাত্র পৌনে তিনশো বছর আগে।শুনলে অবাক হবেন প্রথম বাংলা ব্যকরন লেখেন একজন সাদা চামড়ার সাহেব।নাম-মানোয়েল দ্য আস্সুম্পসাম।১৭৪৩সালে পোর্তুগালের লিসবন শহরে রোমান অক্ষরে তা ছাপা হয় কারন 'ছাপার' জন্য বাংলা অক্ষর তখনও তৈরি হয়নি।১৭৭৮সালে নাথানিয়েল হ্যালহেড নামের এক ইংরেজ ইংরেজি ভাষায় একটি বাংলা ব্যকরন বই লেখেন যেখানে প্রথম ছাপার সময় বাংলা অক্ষর ব্যবহৃত হয়।রাজা রামমোহন রায় হলেন প্রথম বাঙালি যিনি বাংলা ব্যকরণ বই লেখেন ১৮২৬ সালে।দুঃখের বিষয় এই বইটিও ইংরিজিতে লেখা।১৮৩৩সালে এই বইয়ের বাংলা অনুবাদ বাজারে প্রকাশিত হয় ও অচিরেই তুমুল জনপ্রিয় হয়ে ওঠে।(তথ্য সংগ্রহ-রণেন গুপ্ত-নবোদয় ব্যকরণ)নিজের ভাষাকে মাতৃভাষা বলে কে যে সম্বোধন করেছিল কে জানে,তবে এর চেয়ে মোক্ষম শব্দ আর নেই।মায়ের মতই প্রিয় হয় ভাষাও।আমার বড় গর্ব হয় আমি বাংলায় লিখি বলে।অথচ আমাদের ছেলেমেয়েগুলো কে ইংলিশ মিডিয়ামে পড়াই বলে ওরা বাংলা ভাষাকে অপছন্দ করে,বাংলা পড়তে গেলে জ্বর আসে।ইংরিজি ওদের ভালবাসার ভাষা।আজকের অধিকাংশ মা এর ঠাঁই যেমন বৃদ্ধাশ্রমে তেমনি মাতৃভাষা টাও বৃদ্ধাশ্রমে ঠাঁই পাবেনাতো?অন্তত তার আগে যেন আমার মৃত্যু হয়।

প্রবচনে নারী
 Soma Dutta   
 22 February 2018  

বাংলায় নারীদের সম্পর্কে বেশকিছু প্রবাদ-প্রবচন লক্ষ্য করা যায়।এগুলি প্রাচীন হলেেও আজও প্রাসঙ্গি্ক ও আধুনিক।নারী জাতির মধ্যে সবার আগে যিনি,তিনি হলে্ন আমাদের প্রিয় গর্ভধারিনী মা।এই মা কে নিয়ে সবচেয়ে জনপ্রিয় প্রবাদটি হল 'ভাগের মা গঙ্গা পায় না।'এর অর্থ অত্যন্ত সহজ।আরো তিনটে জনপ্রিয় প্রবাদ-'মাতৃবৎ পরদারেষু' , 'মায়ের গলায় দিয়ে দড়ি, বউকে পরাই ঢাকাই শাড়ি,'এবং 'মায়ের চেয়ে মাসির দরদ বেশী।'বউকে জব্দ করার জন্যও প্রবাদ সৃষ্টি হয়েছে'হলুদ জব্দ শিলে,বউ জব্দ কিলে।'কয়েকটি লৌকিক ছড়ায় নারী চরিত্র অসাধারনভাবে ধরা পড়েছে।যেমন-         'নিম তিত, নিশ্চিন্দে তিত,তিত মাকাল ফল          তার চেয়ে তিত কন্যে বোন সতীনের ঘর।'অথবা          'তুফানে যে হাল ধরে না,সেই বা কেমন নেয়ে           কথা পাড়লে বুঝতে পারে না সেই বা কেমন মেয়ে।'নারী বিষয়ে কোন বক্তব্যের সমর্থনে আর নিষেধে এই প্রবাদগুলির ব্যবহার হয়ে থাকে।তবে প্রবাদ গুলি কেবল নারীকেন্দ্রিক বিষয়ে আবদ্ধ নয়,এ যেন পিতৃতান্ত্রিক সমাজে নারীকে নৈতিকতার বেড়াজালে আবদ্ধ রাখা।

How is StoryMirror on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India?
 Aman Upadhyay  
 22 February 2018  

There are seven billion on this Earth. So, there are seven billion equally important journeys of their lives that they have lived and the stories that they created during those journeys. These stories define these individuals because these stories appeal to these individuals too. StoryMirror is the home to these seven billion stories. It is the home where stories are nurtured in myriad creative ways.And just like every individual, every brand has a story to tell—creative stories that not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that also deliver on a measurable level of Creativity.Brand StoryMirror’s story, is the story of Creativity. StoryMirror explores thoughts or ideas that are new or different in some way from previous thoughts and ideas. And as exploring thoughts and ideas can be expressed by people in many ways, it can also be expressed through drawing, writing, singing, or even doing something. And StoryMirror is the conduit between the audience and the Creativity - a movement which brings every creative mind on a single platform. It is a Creative ecosystem that is beautifully involved in providing the stage for Creative minds to share their work on. It is a unique online platform created to showcase the diversity, versatility, and excellence in the field of literature and art dispersed across the length and breadth of India. StoryMirror was set up, in the year 2015, as a revolution to connect people through stories and inculcate the spirit of storytelling in the stressful lives of the masses. Every story, poem, and artwork that appears on www.storymirror.com reflects the emotions and lives of every individual. Hence the tagline, ‘Stories that reflect you.’ It was founded, with the vision to let the artists give their piece of mind for the world to behold. StoryMirror started off as an online portal wherein any person who believes that they could write a story or a poem or had creative traits to be an artist could submit their work to be cherished by millions of individuals across the globe. By 2016, they entered publishing industry and their Future Prospects include Audio Books, Interactive Webzines, 30+ Regional Languages, Short Films/Videos, and Authors’ Workshops.StoryMirrror is trying to connect storytellers with their peers through advanced technology and digital prowess. All the stories, poems, artworks, and eBooks are available for reading, sharing, and submitting. They also have an eCommerce website and mobile application from where all the products can be downloaded or ordered. Currently, they support 6 languages - Hindi, Odia, Marathi, Gujarati, Bangla, and English and they are going to cover Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada very soon.Therefore, when it's said that StoryMirror is on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India, it leads to the fact that www.storymirror.com has brought to the world and made it realize the power of storytelling with its 3 million+ readers, 70k+ users, and 10k+ writers/poets/artists. It’s the only story portal with a mobile application and with more than 10,000 downloads.StoryMirror, is your way in and while this Creative Ecosystem’s stories reflect you, it is all set to always amaze you with the enormous possibilities that lie within its global vision. Because StoryMirror is the idea of Creativity. StoryMirror gives you the wonders of Creativity. And StoryMirror is the answer to your Creativity. It is all about Creativity!

Social Media Marketing
 Daneel Yunus  
 22 February 2018  

Social Media Marketing–The Company uses social networking websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter for marketing our product or service. In compare to e-marketing and digital marketing, social media marketing is more popular in India. By using social networking websites, companies can interact with consumers for promoting the product. The consumers also contact directly with companies by using social network sites for the details of the product.The social sites connect users and companies in which consumers can discuss for defects in products and request for latest services in smartphones. The consumers also talks about the future launched smartphones for price and specifications details. The companies also provide details about their services and latest smartphones which influence the online users on social websites.There are several social networking sites which is used by the companies for promoting their products are discussed belowFacebook –Facebook is one of the popular social networking sites in youngsters. Thousands of youngsters and individuals are online thus the companies use Facebook as a tool for marketing the products. It allows photos, videos and detail information about products so that the user can watch and comment on the products by using Facebook. The companies also create a page for the products and continuously updated their page for increases the followers in Facebook.                                                      LinkedIn – It is a professional based networking site which allows companies to make professional profiles. Job seekers are also in LinkedIn and follows company’s professional profiles which helps in promoting the company.  This website provides its professionals to make sales leads and business partners. The companies create pages and allow marketers to promote their products and interact with their users and job searchers. It also makes an advertisement of recruitment for different jobs which promote their brands and profiles.                                                                                                   Twitter – It is also one of the popular social websites for the tweets of political parties, actors, actress, cricketers, news channels, and many more. Thus the companies also use this website for promoting their products in tweets as a short message in 140 characters and represent for followers. This social website contain video, photo, text, animated GIF, and Emoji which are used by the companies for marketing their products for increases their followers on Twitter.                                            You Tube –It is a popular video sharing website for watching movies, serials, sports, and also promoting video website for marketing their products. Companies use this website for upload anadvertising video about their products in which the users get a detail information about their brands and products.                                                                   Whatsapp – At present, Whatsapp is one of the popular social websites in youngsters. It joined in Facebook in 2014 but it can operate as a separate app for sending a message, videos, GIF’s anywhere in the world. It allows text messages with photos, videos, documents and voice calls. It also supports messages and calls which are secured with end-to-end encryption in which third partycannot read or listen to them. There are one billion people in all over the world thus it is a good platform for companies to promote their brands and products.                                                                      Instagram– There are about 200 million users in Instagram. Companies uses this website for directly connect with their present and potential customers. It helps in promote and marketing their products. It can also easily used in smartphones because it supports Apple and android system. This is beneficial for the marketers to connect with youth customers for advertising their products.                                                                  

Psychology behind fashion
 Vanshika Garg  
 23 February 2018  

Do you know clothing is something thataffects your behavior, attitude, personality, mood, confidence, and even the way we interact with others?If no, then think ...What you wear affects you psychologically. We all take a little extra effort to look nice for special occasions; it can extremely alter your mood. It also influences how others respond to you. And the visual image created by the style and fabric dramatically changes the appearance of your body. Your clothes can affect your job prospects, your life and even your self-image. Science of fashion physiology now suggests that how we dress may just be the difference between giving ourselves the extra edge in our professional and personal lives. And yes, that applies to men too.He looks spoiled brat. She looks so arrogant. She looks cheap. He looks mean. I can tell she is unconscionable.We make quickly make judgments about people from the clothes they wear, on what basis? Simple, on the basis of clothes and the appearance.Have you ever been told that you can judge a man by his shoes, do you know how? If shoes are unpolished shabby this indicates carelessness and a very casual attitude. If laces are too tight it shows that you are very rigid, if laces are untied it indicates indecisive nature.There is much more to our clothing choices than we might imagine. For many people, what they wear is only a matter of habit, but when we dress in the morning or going somewhere like in party, office or even for shopping it might pay us to be a little more careful in the choices we make. Doing experiments with your clothes and trying out something different might be a way of changing the impression others have of you.My wardrobe says a lot about me. Did yours? If not then think again, because what you wear can inform passersby of your type of employment, as well as your ambitions, emotions and spending habits. So guys, you are the Person what you wear, because your clothes reveal all about you. Shopping and spending behaviors often come from internal motivations such as emotions, experiences and culture.“dress for the dream job you want, not the job you have” and “ always look good, feel good”

Sex Positivity
 Palak Shrivastava  
 24 February 2018  

This is some real talk about the ways of Vagina and here it goes...No one ever told you anything about it other than the vaginal orgasm shit. You came up with a million ways to call me a slut. Well, I know I'm a bitch. But you ain't getting any, so fuck that. What do you mean when you say that "I don't behave like a girl"? So what if I am not a "wife material". Its none of your business, who I fuck or how late I stay out. Mind your own business and get the fuck out. You can't touch this, but chastity can go to hell. Its not happening without my consent. And I don't need a man anyway. I fight my own battles, don't need no prince to work it out. Women choose their own paths, I am down with that.Don't forget to check your privilege. Education, employment ain't available to all. Workplace harassment, this shit's real, y'all. Your man doesn't use a condom? Tell him to fuck off. Unexpected pregnancy? You are on your own now. Had a baby? Your baby's daddy still a baby himself. You have to clean the house and give on-demand blowjobs. Or else your man cheats and they say its your fault. Mama says "suck it up, you are a girl" but why does my brother gets the jackpot? Dudes be running around topless, no one gets offended. I go braless and get raped, I have "asked for it". All because I have a Vagina. The bloody fountain of life. The root of pleasure, ain't nobody's wife. A shout-out to vaginas and sex positivity. Liberate them, it ain't dirty.Gender equality now!! I'm no one's property starting now!! I ain't following no man starting now!! I'mma find my own worth, starting now!!VAGINA PROPER NOW!!

Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction
 Suchismita Sahu  
 25 February 2018  

An extraction from my reading experience, which converted me a writer. I cannot spend a single day without writing, even though I had to get up in the midnight to do it. Though,there is not much progress in my professional career now, but I feel writing converted me to an absolutely different personality. “Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.” -Benjamin Hardy Most people are distracted right now.They’re distracted while they’re at work. They’re distracted when they’re with family and friends.They’re distracted at the gym, on their commute, and even in the shower.The mediocre majority will continue going through life this way, never experiencing the fullness of a life filled with deep focus and purpose.Most people don’t prioritize learning and creating. They don’t care enough about any efforts to invest in their personal development and growth.Entertainment is more important. Most people have replaced achieving their life dreams and goals with TV, partying, and social media.Their life is characterized by entertainment and distraction, not learning and creating.As a result, they don’t have close relationships. They’re stuck in jobs they hate. Their life is on the fast-track to disappointment, and they don’t know what to do.Benjamin Hardy once said, “Entertainment and distraction is the enemy of creation and learning. They will keep you in mediocrity.”If you don’t want to end up living a life of mediocrity, focus on learning and education. It’s the fastest way to become extraordinary, wealthy, and successful.The Quality of Your Learning Determines the Quality of Your Success“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” -Hal ElrodYour income, relationships, and success are determined by your learning.Most people spend more money on entertainment and gadgets than self-education. This is why they remain poor and broke with superficial relationships.The quality of your learning and how much you invest in yourself directly determines the extent of your growth.In the words of Ryan Holiday:“The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth.”You are defined by what you’re willing to struggle for. Most people aren’t willing to really struggle for anything. They blindly accept what they’re given, and spend their free time disengaging from reality.Renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said the most successful people in the world are always lifelong learners. They fully understand that their level of education directly determines their quality of life.“Formal education makes a living, but self-education makes a fortune,” Rohn explained.It’s not just about a college degree. Most of what you learn in college isn’t applicable to real-world success. It’s your self-education, the kind of learning that helps you develop into the next evolution of yourself.Most people will continue to go through life “in quiet desperation, with their songs left unsung.” Others dictate their income, their happiness, and their fulfillment.If you don’t want to end up with regret on your death-bed, choose self-education over entertainment.“You’ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George LarimerWe Attract the Things That Reflect Who We AreDarren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect, once told a story about how he ended up with his wife.When he was in his 20’s, he began compiling an enormous list of every attribute he wanted his future wife to have. He eventually filled 40 pages detailing the most exquisite and perfect match he could think of.At the end of his writing, he realized something very important:Any woman like that wouldn’t want to have anything to do with someone like him!Hardy realized he needed to become a far better version of himself to attract a woman like that.You must become a far better version of yourself to achieve the enormous success you want.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “We attract into our lives what we are.” Ask yourself — if you want a million dollars, do you have the mindset of a millionaire? Do you have the financial knowledge and self-discipline to own that kind of money?Most people don’t, yet they continue complaining about being poor. You’ll never become a millionaire if you don’t become someone who could be a millionaire!Every day, millions of people attract mediocre opportunities into their lives — jobs, time investments, dating partners, etc. — not realizing they are attracting exactly who they are!Extremely successful people are magnets of extraordinary opportunities. They are individuals who gravitate towards success, because they are successful themselves.If you constantly engage in mediocre, subpar activities with toxic individuals, you’ll only receive similar opportunities. You’ll never experience the type of success of the world’s most extraordinary people, because success is something you attract by the person you become.“Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” -Leonardo DiCaprioStep Forward Into Growth or Backwards Into Security“It’s absurd that we would prioritize the hottest new device, the cool car, or trendy toy over owning that which makes us feel the most engaged and most alive.” -Neil PatelC.S. Lewis once described humans this way: “We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”You do not have the luxury to “wait” to improve. Like an egg, you’ll either progress into a new version of yourself, or go rotten. There is no other way.Most people continue choosing security and safety over the choice to become the fullest version of themselves.Said Louis Sachar:“So, what’s it going to be — safety, or freedom? You can’t have both.”Right now, you have the choice — step forward into growth and development, or step backwards into safety and security.Most people step backward, slowly killing their chances to become extraordinary.Seth Godin once said, “The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.”The sad truth is: there’s no such thing as security. Money can be taken away (how many times have you heard of a multi-millionaire going bankrupt?). Our health could fail at any time. Millions of people are abruptly fired or laid off every year.Security isn’t real.We must choose to design our own life, and let go of our addiction to “apparent stability.” If you’ve traded your genius and creativity for “stability,” it’s time to get those back.“The goal of life is not to relax on the beach, sipping mojitos all day. The purpose is to find something you love that adds value to the world.” -Ben FoleyMost People Won’t Ever Experience True Success“The mediocre have a very narrow perception of reality, and in turn, their lives. They see things as they are, not how they can be.” -Ryan HolidayLearning and self-education aren’t popular. Most people don’t read books, attend seminars, or take even the most basic steps for self-improvement. They would rather choose distraction and entertainment.Most people will never be successful because they will spend their life this way.With just a few small changes to your life, you could enter into the top 5% — 10% of your field. The competition is extremely low! Amazing, extraordinary opportunities are abundant, because so few people ever take the steps to discover them.You can become one of the few truly successful people in the world by taking your self-education and learning seriously. In a world of mediocrity, you can become extraordinary with only a few simple tweaks.So how do you start?The more you keep evolving in better versions of yourself, the more you’ll need to be focused on the things that are most important.Your days must be characterized by high-quality activities and behaviors.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.”James Altucher once said, “Every day, check these 4 boxes: Have I improved 1% on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health?”You can start small. Even the smallest improvement is more than most people will ever see. While most people change slowly and unconsciously over time, you can begin taking control of your success by choosing to make a few small improvements.That’s all it takes.If You Want to Live an Extraordinary Life, You Need to Give Up a Normal One“If you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.” -Srinivas RaoExtraordinary people are very uncommon. Their lifestyle of learning and self-education aren’t popular, either. Odds are, once you begin investing in yourself, you’ll find it’s a lonely road.Todd Henry wisely said, “The more bold you are, the more rejection you’ll experience.” The mob of the majority doesn’t like deserters.If you want an extraordinary life, you’ll need to give up many parts of the “normal” life. That might mean giving up common toxic behaviors or hanging out with toxic people. If “everyone does it,” you’d do well to give it a long, hard look.Most people will never achieve an extraordinary life. That’s OK. The extraordinary life isn’t for everyone. Learning and self-education take time, energy, and focus that most people would rather spend on entertainment and distraction — “ordinary” things.“Great” opportunities cost “good” ones; you can’t have both.Said Benjamin Hardy:Before you evolve, you can reasonably spend time with just about anyone.You can reasonably eat anything placed in front of you.You can reasonably justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.But as your vision expands, you realize you need to make adjustments. You can’t spend your money on junk anymore. You need to manage your time much more diligently. You need to invest in yourself and your future.To avoid mediocrity, you can’t continue being with negative people.You can’t keep eating crappy foods that slow you down.You can’t do many of the things you used to do.This is what extraordinary requires. Most people see the price and simply say “no thanks.”But you can do anything if you pay the price.“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” -Scott AdamsIn Conclusion“Who you are is a result of who you were, but where you end up depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment forward.” -Hal ElrodThere are probably dozens of things you do on a daily basis that aren’t helping you improve.Most people live their lives on other people’s terms. Their days are spent working on other people’s goals and following the rules of someone else.Entertainment and distraction rule society. There will never be a shortage of TV shows, Buzzfeed articles, or Bad Lip Reading videos to take up your time.If you want to avoid mediocrity and achieve enormous success, you must cut out distractions and prioritize learning instead.Most people will go their whole lives as a slave to entertainment. They prioritize entertainment over improving their life, their family’s well-being, and their hopes and dreams.This is how people can stay at jobs they hate for years. It’s how people stay in toxic relationships and remain perpetually broke. They don’t bother learning how to succeed.If your lifestyle does not add to your growth and improvement, it will bring you down.Prioritize learning. Invest in self-education.Choose success over mediocrity.

You: An unseen, unspoken force
 Suchismita Sahu  
 25 February 2018  

It wont be wrong if I say that 2017 was a time period, in which I explored myself with many such qualities which were hindering my self-exploration since my birth. On particular rough days, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days, so far is 100% and that’s pretty good. I welcomed a new morning by forgiving everyone, who were the cause of my all these days. Inner peace began, the moment I chose not to allow another event or person or the complete world to control my emotion. When I realized this, I started accepting some of my qualities such as stubbornness, emotional, introvert and caring in a positive way, because of which I had suffered my life in a negative way. I stopped explaining myself, when I realized people only understand from their level of perception. So, I was able to completely come out from the ‘Log Kya Kahenge’ attitude. Me, Myself and My writings… that’s all got at the end.I thank to everyone who were my co-passengers of this journey, my toastmaster family, my Trifecta family, my office colleagues and at last but not the least, my own family, my tiny fishes, flower plants and my cute pug…A special thank goes to you who taught me about meditation and encouraged me to follow my passion. Though some of your words were pinching me like the prickles of a cactus, but I tried to go to the depth of those and took a challenge to make you realize next time that the time has come for you to throw one more prickle word towards me. Thanks for all the comments which were coming from an unspoken and unseen energy, pushing me to climb another step up of the ladder of my life,.Going to start a new year with again some unexpected, unwanted and not much encouraging circumstances. Again, let’s see, how the year 2018 is becoming one more milestone in my self-exploration.

Snake Repellant
 Suchismita Sahu  
 25 February 2018  

One day, I saw a snake's skin near the window of my office room. I ran to my desk, sat keeping my legs up in the chair and started telling my teammates that i saw a snake's skin. They laughed at me and said these are very common here!!! Snakes are like our friends. Without telling anything, I kept quite and started working myself. Next day morning, i saw the infrastructure admin in my office room. I could not resist and started asking "Uncle, can my desk be shifted to Helix,which is near to the office gate?"Admin: "Why Mam? Why do you want to shift?"Myself: "No, I am scared!!!"Admin: "Of what?Myself: "Of snakes!!!"Admin: "Dont worry mam. Snakes wont come inside your office room."😊Myself: "what is the guarantee that they wont come inside?Many are roaming in the surrounding of office room!"Admin:"I am assuring you that they will never come inside of this office room".Myself:"How can you be so sure?"Admin: "Because we don't provide access card to anyone who are not our employees and snakes are not our employees. They dont have access card, so they cannot come inside!!!"😊😊Myself: "Yes, I agree. They can come inside when someone will open the door."Admin: "Tailgating is prohibited in our organisation!"😊Myself: "But, space-tailing is there! They can come inside through the 1" space gap between the floor and the door."Admin: "Mam, you can use this snake repellent, while you are inside this room"Myself: "OMG!!! where I came! I need to use snake repellent to work in the office!!!"😮

A Child-star to a Superstar
 Aman Upadhyay  
 25 February 2018  

The first female superstar of the Indian Cinema, Sridevi (bornShree Amma Yanger Ayyapan), passed away last night. As soon as the news came, it was mandatory to check if it was some kind of rumor. But, to our utter grief, it was true. And true to such extent that we are still taken aback to witness the ‘Hawaa-Hawai’ star, go too soon at the age of 54. She broke our hearts for the first time when she played an autistic child-woman in Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Sadma’ (the Sadma lullaby is still one of the most cherished memories from my childhood) and yet again she has left us in tears. The only difference is that this time she has left us heartbroken forever. It’s just so unfair that the versatile actress had a cardiac arrest and left us. We all watched her with awe, in ‘Himmatwala’ doing ‘Naino me Sapna’, in Yash Chopra directed ‘Lamhe’, in ‘Roop Ki Rani, Choro Ka Raja’, in ‘Nagina’ and ‘Nigahein’ as the snake-lady, and in the iconic roles she played in five Indian languages. ‘Judaai’, ‘Khuda Gawaah’, ‘ChaalBaaz’, ‘Mr. India’ and ‘Chandni’ are some movies that would not have had the fame they have if Sridevi was not a part of them.A special mention for her last but not the least, ‘Mom’ where she showed that she was still the same Sridevi that we then fell in love with when she proved herself yet again. It’s been heard that she has played a guest appearance in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ which is up for release in December this year.Sridevi in her entire career displayed that simple yet the heart-warming, beautiful smile that could melt a man of any age.Here’s to a stunning superstar, a mother, an icon, an inspiration, and an artist - may you find peace wherever you now are. And you’ll be missed. Always.

Love Rebooted
 AnKy km  
 25 February 2018  

What is love? This is the question which has been answered so many times by so many people and yet still people say it’s complicated. Love is nothing but a feeling of care, a feeling of togetherness, a feeling of trust, a feeling we all crave for. There comes a time in everyone’s life when we need somebody just to talk, just to be with, to share everything we are going through and that person has got to be the special one. It may be hard to find that someone special but once you find that person let him/her go will be even harder.There was a time when relationships are meant to last longer as compared to the latest trend, and one of the reasons was, purity of love. People in those days believed in love, nowadays true love seems to be a hoax. This is the only feeling which makes you realize that you are not alone, sometimes it’s better to be with someone who loves you rather than the person you love. Simple logic is you can fall in love with a person who loves you but you can’t make someone fall for you. Everyone will eventually fall in love and if you think that the person you love is the right one, never let that person go. Share your feelings maybe he/she have same feelings for you. There are people who say being single is healthy but being in love is the sweetest feeling one can have. Once you fall in love with somebody, you only want more. One of the most important thing about love is it has no forms, but different perspective. We love our family, we love our friends, we love ourselves or we love someone else the only difference is of perspective; you care for all those people, you like hanging with them, you trust them all, and that is love.Well, there are couples who love each other truly, and their love only becomes stronger with time. Relationships have fights and they are healthy because it shows how much the other person loves you, how much he/she cares for you. There’s nothing wrong in fights but blocking each other’s space isn’t right. If you love someone then respect his/her decisions, you cannot force someone to change just for you. Make that person comfortable, confident, independent, special and never leave until nature does. Don’t worry if you fail in love once, just don’t lose your belief, you probably haven’t met the right person yet. Keep trying, keep loving. 

Pessimism and negativity in our daily lives
 Ekta Bhatnager  
 25 February 2018  

How many times have we heard people say ‘be optimistic and positive in life’? I know I have, whenever things have not been going as I expect them to, there will always be someone giving you a little pep talk on being positive. It is human nature to fall prey to negative thoughts and be pessimistic because, we cannot be happy at all times. Things will always not fall in place and there will be times when you need to work harder than you already are.It is at these stressful times that you should ask yourself... do I really let such negative thoughts take over me...yes! Embrace your failures, your insecurities and your pessimistic attitude instead of just running away from it.Pessimism and negativity can take a toll in your life. They make you irritated, agitated, and restless and can even lead to anxiety and depression. Negativity drains you off all your energy and can have a physical setback to your body. Such thoughts not only affect you but also people around you. Who wants to be with someone who is always brooding and is a pessimist?Have that moment of brooding, of being sad, of letting all your negative thoughts getting to you, but know how to come out of it.Once you have had that moment of pessimism, it is time for you to gear up and overcome the setbacks in your life. Let that moment go away and be motivated to get some action going in your life.How can you do away with such negativity in daily life?What are the sources from where you get such negative thoughts? Are they television, music, a colleague at work, social media? Replace these sources with something better and fun.Stop blowing up small or medium sized issues. Exercise regularly or just take a walk outside in the fresh air and you will feel refreshed. Be grateful for the things that you have in life instead of brooding over what you want or do not have.If negative thoughts are still bothering you, let it out. Talk to someone trustworthy, share your feelings and then see how light you feel.Switching to positive thoughts is a conscious decision. You just need to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. They will energize you, increase your productivity at work and most importantly make you feel happy and content.

Health benefits of curd
 Daneel Yunus  
 26 February 2018  

Curd– It is also known as yogurt or “Dahi” and is very popular for preparing a lassi in all over the country. The use of dahi is in ancient tine in Indian subcontinent. It is commonly eating by changing into yogurt (raita) with pulse, onion, and grated cucumber. Dahi ia also consume as a sweet dish with sugar after meal.Lassi is very popular traditional cold drink during summer season in our country. There are different varieties of lassi which are available in majority places of the country.Health benefits of curd – There are several health benefits of curd which are discussed belowCurd contains protein with magnesium and potassium and is beneficial in reducing blood pressure which is good for heart.Curd helps in good immunity system of the body which can protect from several diseases.The protein and vitamin B5 are found in the yogurt which removes the dandruff and becomes healthy hair.Curd id beneficial for healthy skin. It is used as a face packs, contains lactic acid used as an exfoliator which removes dead cell and blemishes.Curd contains a calcium and phosphorus which helps in making strong bones and teeth. Daily eating of curd is used in prevent diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis.As per research, curd has probiotics properties and decreased the activity of the brain for emotion such as stress which is harmful for an individual.Curd has bacteria known as “Lactobacillus acidophilus” which is beneficial for good digestion.Curd also helps in lower the risk of obesity which is responsible for several diseases as per research.Curd is helpful in lowering the cholesterol which is beneficial for healthy heart as per research.

Do School Need To Impart Sex Education?
 Ananya Sanjay Kumar  
 26 February 2018  

Sex education or in broad terms “sexuality education has been a topic of great brainstorming in India lately. Just like every other idea it also has its own set of protagonists and antagonist. While supporters (I’m also one of them) cite “better knowledge about sexual health and well-being” as a reason, opposers bring religion, tradition and culture to support their stand.Sex as we know it has been a taboo in India. People are not comfortable talking about it even though it’s as natural part of life as breathing. You can talk and discuss every other part of the body, their functions, diseases that affect them, the causes and remedies of these diseases but about your reproductive system? NOPE, that makes you mean, ill-mannered, ill-cultured douche and what not. You may find many saying that sex education is an obscene western concept and India with all its culture and traditions doesn’t need it. Yeah right! As if we reproduce by ‘photosynthesis’. Though the list of myths about sexuality and sex education is endless, Here we’ll try to bust some of them.MYTH NO. 1: Sex education teaches children to have sex at an early age.NOPE, It doesn’t teach children to have sex at an early age. It teaches them to understand their reproductive system just like any other part of the body. It teaches them about the changes they’ll be experiencing at puberty and how it’ll affect them. It teaches them how to handle and be at par with these changes. It teaches them about the the social, psychological and biological aspects of a leading a healthy sexual life. It teaches them about sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention, birth control measures, sexual abuse and its prevention etc. A healthy sexual life doesn’t only include the physical act of sex but the overall sexual well-being.MYTH NO. 2: Keeping children away from these things will keep them innocent, well-mannered and cultured.Well, certainly not. Children are always curious to know about everything and it applies to sex as well. Not telling them about these things will make them search for this information through some other medium which includes friends, internet and even porn. Chances are very high that these mediums will give him/her a half-baked truth and fill his head with myths about sex. It will only leave him more confused and disillusioned. I once checked a forum of sexual awareness people often used to ask their questions about sexuality. There I found teenagers asking if watching porn will make them pregnant or applying semen to face will make their skin soft. What do you think is the reason behind all these myths? Just one i.e. not talking to them about sex. That way they don’t get their information from credible sources and accept myths as truth.Not talking to them about it will also make them too naïve to understand the difference between a casual touch and an intent of sexual molestation. As we all know that sexual abuse among children aged 5-12 is a grave problem in India. About 30% of the minors are sexually abused in some forms or the other. That is a very gruesome figure and a great cause of concern. A percentage of these crimes happen because children are not aware about it. Making them aware will definitely reduce these incidents by a great margin.MYTH NO. 3: India doesn’t have cases of teen pregnancy like Europe. Why do we need this?A grossly misinformed statement. Child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of India and it sure results in teen pregnancies. Actually the number of teen pregnancies in India is 62 out of a 1000. This is higher than Europe and America. Educating children about birth control measures will lessen the cases of such pregnancies thus saving many lives in the process as the cases of death of teen mothers while delivering the baby is dangerously high.MYTH NO.4: Children should not be told about things like homosexuality which is against nature. It will make them homosexuals.Homosexuality is not against nature. It is as natural as heterosexuality. Telling someone about it will not make them homosexual. Sexual orientations are decided by genetic factors ant can’t be changed just by knowing about all other orientations. Knowing about it will only make them accept the diversity of orientations and looks look at homosexuals with inferiority.MYTH NO. 5: What about the culture?Our culture never shunned “sex and sexual” from being discussed. In fact we had many scholars like Vatsyayana who did extensive research on this topic. His research is still a source of extensive learning on this subject. It’s the Victorian era moral codes imposed by European colonizers in the disguise of tradition and religion which is confused as Indian culture here. So, the bottom line is that you can educate children/teenagers about sexuality while Indian culture will remain totally safe and sound.

The Timeless Link Between Writing and Running and Why It Makes for Better Work
 Suchismita Sahu  
 26 February 2018  

There is a lot of mythology about a writer’s life and routine, and very little of it is true. It’s one reason why that famous misquote from Hemingway is so popular, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”If Hemingway ever did say such a thing, his meticulously edited, and ironically, handwritten manuscript pages at the John F. Kennedy Library speak much more loudly. There are some 47 alternative endings for Hemingway’sA Farewell To Arms, written by his hand alone. Hemingway rewrote the first part of the book, by his own count, more than 50 times.In truth, like many ventures, writing is a long hard slog. It’s more akin to a marathon of effort than a sprint of inspiration. Not that writing is a miserable profession. It isn’t. If one learns to cope with it properly, it’s quite wonderful and any who gets to do it for a living is blessed. But the coping is key. For many writers, that coping comes in a form rather appropriate to the analogy I gave above: Writers cope with writing by running.My routine goes something like this: After the hectic office hour, I begin to slow down and eventually become stuck. Accepting that any more time spent would be throwing good effort after bad, I change, put on my running shoes, and go for a run.Depending on whether I’m writing from my home or my office, my run will be one of a few prescribed courses. I run because I love it. Because it’s good exercise. It’s the only exercise I’ve ever really been good at.. But I run for another reason, the same reason that many writers apparently run: it makes me better at my job.There are many writers who run. Of course, there is Murakami, who in addition to his beautiful fiction, is best known in the running community for his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Malcolm Gladwell has been a competitive runner since high school (and recently told Tim Ferriss that he begins every morning by checking out Letsrun.com. Novelist Don DeLillo told the Paris Review how after writing for four hours, he goes running to “shake off one world and enter another.” Joyce Carol Oates, in her ode to running, said that “the twin activities of running and writing keep the writer reasonably sane and with the hope, however illusory and temporary, of control.” Lawrence Block, creator of the Matthew Scudder series was not only an avid runner, but a competitive walker too (more on that in a minute).Professional writers quickly learn one reality of the job: you have more bad days than good. It’s the rare day that the writer finds that the words come out exactly the way they were in their head. In fact, it’s usually the opposite — one is disappointed, distracted, struggling, committed but unproductive. It’s a special day when the flow is pure and uninterrupted, when one doesn’t stop somewhere short of where they’d like to be.But exercise — especially running — is the opposite. A run is almost always good, and if you don’t take your phone, hardly ever interrupted. If you set out to run five miles and five miles is within your capabilities, you will accomplish that goal. It’s rare that one leaves their house for a run and somehow doesn’t make it back. In this way, running is predictable, dependable, satisfying and thus a counterbalance for the mercurial muses of the creative professional.The writer Shelby Foote, who I gather from the copious of images of him in a bathrobe, slippers and smoking a pipe, wasn’t much for running, once joked about all the things he discovered for his books “while looking for something else.” As a researcher, I can attest to that. As a runner, I can also say that most of my biggest breakthroughs as a writer came after I had stopped writing and gone running. There’s no race, there’s only a runnerJust keep one foot in front of the otherAs a runner, the real race is getting up and running every single day. Life is the marathon. The same is true in writing. A lot of people sit down to write a book. Many don’t make it past that point. Plenty get something finished, but are intimidated by the maze that is publishing, promoting, selling. And of the relative few that make it through there, only some have the stamina to start the next one. To make it a career.Murakami once described running as “both exercise and a metaphor.” This is true. The life of a running writer is marathon within a marathon within a marathon. The training and the participation in each one of these races makes us better at the other. He also said, in an interview a few years ago:“Without a solid base of physical strength, you can’t accomplish anything very intricate or demanding. That’s my belief. If I did not keep running, I think my writing would be very different from what it is now.”This has always been true, even before our modern culture of exercise. Diogenes Laertes in his famous Lives of Eminent Philosophers tells us that the philosopher Chrysippus trained as a long distance runner before he discovered Stoicism. One can only imagine the influence this training had on Chrysippus, and how it put him in a position to understand a philosophy based on self-discipline, inner-control and endurance. The saying in the ancient world was that “But for Chrysippus, there had been no Porch.” (the stoa in stoicism) But for many miles of running, would there have been a Chrysippus?There are plenty more philosophers, writers, and poets who have found the same benefits in not just in running but in walking. For centuries, thinkers have walked many miles a day because they had to, because they were bored, because they wanted to escape the putrid cities they lived in, because they wanted to get their blood flowing. In the process they discovered an important side-effect: it helped them make better work. As Nietzsche would later say: “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” Thoreau, another avid walker, claimed, “the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.”Lawrence Block, a prodigious writer and author of more than a hundred books, traded in marathons for day long distance walking races in his 60s. This activity, he says, is quite similar creative process. He told screenwriter Brian Koppelman on Slate’s The Moment, “either writing or distance walking would be a bad idea for someone who doesn’t have much of an inner-life.” The novelist Helen Dunmore gave The Guardian a list of rules for creating fiction. The best one? “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”

Stepping out of my cocoon
 Ipsa Arora  
 2 March 2018  

“Hello dad, my internship location is a different city, 2000 kilometres away! My friends are planning to book train tickets and it will take nearly 36 hours to reach.” I was blabbering on the phone standing in the corridor outside my classroom. I was expecting my dad to say, “Never mind. Both of us will book our flight tickets, I will take you there, meet your office people, book you a hostel for two months, talk to the hostel warden, check food facilities and everything else and ensure that you are in the best of your comfort zone.” Instead, he said, “Yes, go ahead. You also book your ticket along with your friends.” I was frozen for a minute. “But dad, it is a 36 hour long journey!” I said. “Yes, that’s okay. If your friends don’t want to go by air, you go with them by train. It will be fun.” He tried to comfort me. I stood there for another few minutes wondering how I would manage all of it on my own. I had never stepped out of home without my parents’ guidance and that was my cocoon I refused to step out of.Now, I was being given only 18 days to prepare myself for this 2 month long journey far away from home. My batch mate booked train tickets for 5 of us who were going and I was glad that at least I escaped one task. I was extremely nervous. 18 days passed with the blink of an eye. The away-from-home mission started with the train journey, the second of my life so far. But like my friends and my parents had said, the journey was fun. 5 of us immediately bonded and endured our 36 hours playing dumb charades and other games. We reached early morning and stepping foot on a different land comprising of different people, speaking a different language and most importantly, me being away from my parents was like being on an expedition for me.But now, when I recollect those days, I feel those were among the best days of my life and I cherish each memory I have of that place. Roaming on the streets with luggage and hunting for a hostel, negotiating with the hostel warden for the fee and settling my things in the wardrobe were the first few things I did on my own. At home, I was a spoilt child and had never entered the kitchen except for taking food or keeping my utensils in the sink. In the hostel, besides taking food from the kitchen, I washed my utensils, packed mine and my friend’s lunch and even warmed milk on the stove in the middle of a night for a friend who had hurt her foot and couldn’t walk. I even learnt to wash clothes, iron them, withdraw money from a bank, go grocery shopping, interact with people not knowing my language and so many other things I couldn’t have done staying in my own city at my own home.At the internship, my boss assured me that it was a safe city and I could travel around for events and work. I managed to do 18 events in the two months, a number the company was yearning to reach in the two years they had been operating for. Everybody appreciated my work at office.I learnt to not only take care of my own self but of my friends too. They had started teasing me by calling me mommy, the one who was always worried if everybody was eating well, was in their respective rooms before the deadline at night, was reaching office on time, etc. I also became the accounts in charge for the 5 of us, who owed whom how much and why, I kept a record of all of it.Being a strong and chirpy girl most of the time, at some other times I broke down too, on the day of my childhood friend’s wedding when I could not be her bridesmaid, when my grandmother suffered a minor heart attack and I couldn’t be there beside her bed and sometimes, just like that, not knowing why.But overall, I am glad that I went there stepping out of my cocoon. I learnt a lot of household chores, a lot from my internship, made a lot of new friends and most importantly, learnt a lot about my own self!

Finance for kids : Why is US dollar more powerful than Indian Rupees
 Bibhu datta Rout  
 2 March 2018  

Adult (A) : Say there are two kids in the world. You and your friend. Noone else exists.Kid (K): Ok.A: You produce apples and your friend produces oranges. Since you love oranges and your friend love apples, you make a deal that every month your friend will give you 100 oranges in return for 100 apples. This is called barter system - you give me some goods or services and your friend pays you back in terms of goods and services. This practices remained for some time until there was some natural calamity in your area and you failed to produce sufficient apples for a month. But you wanted oranges. You went to your friend's place and asked for oranges.K: But why would he give me anything, when he knew that I couldn't keep my promises.A: Correct. So he made a deal. He gave you some paper, which had some agreement that you would pay him back oranges that he was lending to you. The agreement was made with the assumption that, you were an honest guy and you would keep your promises and when you had apples, you would return him back. Exchange of goods in this format gave birth to a new concept called "Money". In economic terms, it is called 'Fiat economy'- where goods are exchanged for something which cannot have a direct utility. Money has utility only when it is exchanged. Until now you had the need for oranges only. But say, you desired for pineapple, strawberries etc. and there are few more players in the market who are exchanging those fruits by issuing different paper notes. This kind of practice gives rise to the 'global currencies' where the value of each currency is different from rest of the world.C: But won't the value of each currency be same in a fair world?A: Yes, in an ideal world, the value of each currency or fiat money should be same. But here comes the complex scenario which is driven by power and greed. Every player in the market wants to get more by paying less. So your apple might not be as appealing to someone as it appeals to other and you end up paying more apples for same goods and services you get from others. C: Why would I pay more when I can get it at a fair price from someone else?A: The fair price is driven by market perception about certain goods and services. Since more players are in the market, more perception prevails. Good, bad and ugly are differentiated by perceptions only.C: Who controls perceptions?A: Good question. The dominant and powerful player in the market controls the perception. By influencing others he will make others realize that his goods or services are better than others and hence demand more value in return.C: But tell me how USD influenced the market to be the dominant player and hence more powerful in the currency market.A: Before world war I, every country was trying to influence other countries to become the dominant player in the market. During that time, Theodore Roosevelt influenced the neighboring countries to follow USD as foreign exchange currency rather than gold, which was used until that period of time. Some notable examples can be read in the history of  Cuba, Venezuela, Santo Domingo and panama. America had been engaged in producing arms by that time and was supplying to foreign countries including united kingdom.During world war 1, America gave some good number of arms to United Kingdom, who was under financial crisis and was dependent upon its' ruling countries like India and some south-east Asian countries to generate sufficient money to afford luxury the Britishers were accustomed to. During the financial crisis of world war I, United Kingdom took arms from US trough a negotiation or deal known as Liberty Bond, which amounted to over $20 billon, which would be much more than what is America's current national economy at the moment.C: You mean UK was knowing they cannot pay back the loan, but they were still keen on taking the arms from US to fight against other countries and in that case Americans were keen on giving some loans which they were confident that it could not be repaid.A: Power to control others and the greed to have more are biggest vices of the human being. The then political strategists of America were thinking much beyond their time - at least 50 years ahead of time. UK sooner became an ally in America's endeavor to have USD as global currency post world war II. But acceptance by few countries does not make a currency truly global.C: What happened next?A: After world war II, America was perceived as the super power of the world. Thanks to some scientist who could not visualize the impact of atom bomb before inventing them. Every country was agreeing to a global bank known as World Bank and fund of funds known as International monetary fund. The duty of both entities were to ensure fair market practices in the globe. However influence of US continued and they changed the exchange methods from gold transactions to US dollar. There were a lot of factors which were either manipulated or done strategically to get it done.C: I understand dollar became global currency, but why it became more powerful than Indian rupees.A: Once you have the control of global currency, you can manipulate that in your favor. I will go back to that apple and orange examples. Now that your apple is purchased by US, who has certain criteria of selection of apples to know the fair price of apples. After careful observations, it is declared that your 100 apples are actually 50 apples worth as per US standard. You have two choices - either you don't sell apple or sell in the different market. Say in such scenarios, you don't have the sufficiently big market to sell your apples and you know that if you fail to sell in US, you might lose more money. You don't bargain much and accept the negotiations done by them. When everyone started accepting the terms defined by them, the power of dollar became more. I hope that answers your question.C: Can it never be reversed. I mean INR becomes more powerful than USD?A: Yes, logically possible, for that India as a country has to think ahead of time and the strategist and policymaker make the country self-dependent and more job opportunity is created internally rather than dependent upon foreign resources. Many of the natural resources are under-utilized in India so as the human capital. If that is oriented in right manner, then time is not far we see the reverse action. India needs to be technologically sound and the education system should teach how to be innovative and creative rather than just compete to score marks. I strongly believe, your generations can do.C: Yes, we will. Thank you for the answer.

Myths about Highly Sensitive Personality
 Suchismita Sahu  
 3 March 2018  

"You are too sensitive!"The countless times of this review made me to analyze, synthesize and redefine my personality.High sensitivity is a misunderstood trait. As a highly sensitive person (HSP) myself, I’ve felt insecure in the past about my empathic, thoughtful nature. Luckily, society’s perception of sensitivity is changing, thanks in part to the growing acceptanceneuro-diversity—the idea that neurological variation among people is normal.When you think of the most successful person you know, what qualities do they embody? It’s likely you’re wowed by their ingenuity and creative problem-solving skills. Or maybe you’re impressed by their emotional intelligence and ninja-like ability to connect with people.These are just a few qualities of highly sensitive people (or HSPs), who make up about 20 percent of the population. Despite popular belief, sensitive people make great leaders. They’re consistently rated as top performers. HSPs tend to be well-liked by managers and appreciated for their commitment, even if they get on their co-worker’s nerves from time to time.Some of this diverse group of “famous” individuals that — in my opinion — might appropriately belong on the list of those who exhibit the characteristics of high sensitivity would include Scientists: Albert Einstein, Carl Jung and Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Alva Edison  to political leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt and Princess Diana, today’s celebrities: Mandy Moore, Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Eddie Murphy, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline, Winona Ryder and Elijah Wood, to name a few Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Frank Lloyd Wright, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Jim Morrison.Singer/song writer Jewel in her famous “I’m Sensitive” song, sings: “So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive And I’d like to stay that way. I have this theory, that if we’re told we’re bad Then that’s the only idea we’ll ever have…”Being sensitive is a superpower, but if not managed properly, it can turn into a stumbling block. Navigating the world as a highly sensitive person involves special considerations, as does loving, working, or living with an HSP.1: The Secret Life of a Highly Sensitive Person And why the trait can actually be an advantage: Applying Your Highly Sensitive Strengths HSPs are masters of emotional intelligence. They pick up on subtleties that less sensitive people miss and have a keen ability to read between the lines. Believe it or not, HSPs can be great entrepreneurs and marketers precisely because they tend to be so skilled at building rapport, listening, and empathizing.2. HSPs are conscientious: Details, structure, and organization are their jam. Because they are accustomed to processing a lot of input, they easily come up with plans and solutions for complex problems, which is an invaluable asset. HSPs can also concentrate deeply and adore getting lost in ideas. This make us perfectly positioned for success in an era where deep work matters.3. HSPs are innovative.Some of the world’s best artists include HSPs. Why? Pair heightened sensory processing with a rich inner experience and you have a group of people neurologically wired to create. So, lean into your curiosity, ask questions that rock the status quo, and explore your whims. It’s what separates you from others who are too afraid to think big.4. HSPs are multi-passionate.They care about their work, their relationships, and it shows. HSPs are usually intelligent trailblazers who find ways to uniquely combine their varied interests into satisfying careers that have impact on the world.Thriving as a Sensitive Person Are there downsides to possessing this innate trait? Of course. But with some forethought and intention, they can employ their high sensitivity as their greatest strength. Get more comfortable with feedback. Most highly sensitive people, despite being good communicators, don’t fare well when caught off guard in meetings or presentations. Similarly, one critical comment may shake them for days or weeks. If you’re an HSP, get ready for high-stakes interactions by anticipating questions that may arise. 5. Don’t react—respond.Life doesn’t always go according to script, and as an HSP, you need to hone your resilience skills in response to surprises. To curb panic and emotional flooding, practice putting space between the triggering event and your response to it.6. Be bullish with boundaries.As a highly sensitive person, it’s essential to conserve your energy. You spend the day picking up on the feelings and moods of your peers. If these interactions skew negative, they can leave you feeling drained. Noisy, busy environments (even bad music—yes, seriously) also take a toll on HSPs.Simple shifts can make a big difference. Try getting to the office early so you can have some quiet working time before the hustle and bustle of the day takes holds. I put a 15-to-30-minute buffer between all meetings to ensure I have time to decompress.Managing your energy effectively comes down to creating solid boundaries and paying close attention to the inputs you allow into your life. Limit time with toxic people, be careful about the media you consume, and be bullish about self-care. If you demand a lot from yourself (which most HSPs do), then building in periods for rest and recovery is nonnegotiable.Tips for Loving or Working with an HSP: Highly sensitive people make loyal partners and great leaders, that much we know. But truthfully, loving, living with, or working alongside an HSP isn’t always easy. You can’t (and shouldn’t try) to change them. But you can inspire and support them in simple ways:If you work with an HSP:Keep them in the loop with frequent updates and clear information. HSPs tend to have a high input orientation, so the more they know, the better.When possible, let them prepare. Give them the meeting agenda ahead of time.Focus on coaching instead of criticizing. Details are an HSP strength, so provide ultraspecific steps for improvement.Honor their hunches. Value intuition as part of your HSP’s decision-making process.2. If you love an HSP:Build quiet time and solitude into your shared schedule.Expect insomnia. HSPs sometimes struggle to sleep soundly because they have active minds.Be patient with them during confrontation. If they need space, don’t take it personally.Above all, whether you’re a co-worker, a sibling, or a spouse, try to appreciate the unique set of characteristics an HSP possesses as best you can. There can be a sharp learning curve, but ultimately, you will both see how high sensitivity can shape your worlds for the better.

12 reasons that tell you why is it great to be single
 Ipsa Arora  
 6 March 2018  

Being single is sometimes considered lonely and less fun but at other times singles know that it is a blessing to them. Single status denotes freedom, liberty, no restrictions and more of solo fun. Let us look at 12 things every single should be happy about:You can spend more time with yourself-You can go on solo trips and explore around various holiday destinations. You could even spend time watching your favourite shows or movies till late in the night- you don’t have to spend every night pampering somebody on the phone! Weekends can be lazy as you want them to be. Spend time yawning in your bed, nobody is going to insist you to go out for shopping!You can spend more time with your besties- Every person in a relationship often hears these words from his/her best friends- “You are not giving time to us now. You have changed dude.” Being single you don’t have to face any such problem. You would never have to miss out any of your friend’s party, birthday or hangout plan.Live rich!- No hefty shopping budgets. No spending huge amounts on gifts every now and then. No getting scolded from parents for burning a hole in their pockets. Save all your earnings and your parents earnings for a bright future or even spend it for pampering your own self.No spies behind you- Chill! There is nobody spying on you 24x7. You don’t have to keep someone informed about each and every thing you do in your day. Nobody is going to call you every now and then and inspect about where you are, with whom and why? No need to send mushy good morning and good night messages to someone.No guess games- Girlfriend is in a bad mood, probably because of her boyfriend. She replies to his text by saying ‘hmm’, ‘okay’, ‘fine’. The boyfriend goes back in time to the day they met and starts thinking from that day what made her upset. No don’t have to play any such guessing games. You can just relax and go about doing whatever you want to.No forced choices- Boy likes blue, grey and black coloured clothes only. No fourth colour. His girlfriend forces him to wear a bright orange shirt. He cringes, cries but ultimately gives in. He steps out of his home the next day wearing that bright coloured T-shirt. Nobody can meet the awkwardness he faces. But you, you are free to wear any colour you wish you. Ah what a smile when you step out of your home!No cheesiness in your life- you don’t have to send or receive cheesy messages to or from anyone. You don’t need to tolerate any baby, honey type cheesy stuff. Live your life simply because simplicity is the best.No lies- You don’t have to lie to anyone about where you are, what you are doing or who you are with. You don’t have to hide anything from anyone. Be your own self, live the way you like.You are the master of your life- You don’t need to take permissions from anyone for anything and everything you do in your life. Nobody is going to get angry on you for doing something without informing them.Hang out with your opposite gender friends without anyone getting possessive for you or insecure about your friendship. You know after all that you two are best friends and nobody can take that place in your life.You can flirt with whoever you want to without anyone seeing it and running after you to kill you. Healthy and harmless flirting is good for health after all.Don’t control your emotions- You don’t have to control your emotions and beware of your mood every single time. You can be happy, sad, upset, angry or whatever you feel like. You are not answerable to anyone.Already feeling relaxed and happy about being single? You must be observing a lot of your friends not sure about where their relationship is going. Their major problem in their life is around their relationship only. You on the other hand have no such troubles and are living a happy and content life, aren’t you? 

When breath becomes air
 Garima Rathi  
 6 March 2018  

I began this year with a resolution to fuel my love for books all the more. I am happy that with a two year old toddler to manage-a round the clock job, I have already completed reading three books this year. It is literarily satisfying when the book you have read is the one you would want to re-read from your library.I am a lover of books of fiction. Presently, I am in a zone to explore my reading interest in different genres. The first stop in this road to exploration was a non-fiction autobiography penned down by Paul Kalanithi which was published posthumous. This is an amazing book that transcends you from a real world into a spiritual realm pondering over the questions of life and death – the answers to which the author had been trying to seek all his life.Paul Kalanithi, aged 36, was an eminent doctor and a scientist who was just months away from completing a decade long training in the exhaustive field of neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. An alumnus of Yale School and Stanford, he had dreamt of his beautiful future along with his wife Lucy Kalanithi (also a neurosurgeon resident at Stanford) which evaporated one fine day with the news of his diagnosis. This profoundly moving book encapsulates his journey from being a doctor treating terminally ill patients to being a terminally ill patient himself. A tragic role reversal. It is a book that beautifully describes the gruelling life of a doctor, the strain that it can have on the marital life of a doctor, the relationship between a doctor and a patient and the relationship between a doctor and the patients’ families.Every death leaves behind a saga of sadness but some deaths seem particularly cruel. He wanted to become a writer and a dad and he became both only when the reality of his terminal disease dawned on him. His volition to write this book was inexplicable. He penned down his autobiography with immense determination in times of great difficulty. He wore silver-lined gloves to use the trackpad of his laptop when his fingertips began to crack due to the effects of chemotherapy.He has candidly borne his heart out. The essence of this book lies in the account of all the shades of his life to his grave. If he has put some spotlight on his athletic and workaholic side; he hasn’t shied away from exposing his despondent phase, rancorous soul and details of his anguished body. Paul chose the field of medicine to explore the answers to his questions on life and death only to understand them better in his own tryst with death. He breathed his last breath in his sanctuary – the hospital where he had worked relentlessly; in a room barely yards away from where his daughter had been born eight months ago.This book has left an indelible mark on me. I found it deeply moving. I am not someone who is reduced to tears easily but have felt tears forming in my eyes through the course of this book. This book brings you very close to the soul of Paul. You live his journey through his writing.This is one of those books which I wish would never have a ‘The End’ page. I am certain I will read When Breath Becomes Air again.

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

Lessons Learnt in 10 years of Digital (2007-2017)
 DrAmit Nagpal  
 7 March 2018  

I began my digital journey in 2007 and recently completed ten years in the virtual world. Recently I reflected upon the most critical lessons I had learned in ten years of the virtual world.On Branding & Reputation1) Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.2) Brands are built by a pride of association with like-minded people and role models.3) Your story is your brand.4) Your network is who you know and your reputation is who knows you. On Content & Creativity5) What comes straight from the heart touches straight at the heart.6) People believe it when others appreciate you. Your content is taken seriously when it is shared by others7) Content is king, engagement is queen, passion is princess and technology is a prince.8) Content is king, conversion is the prime minister, and we live in a democracy.9) Creativity leads to deeper insights. Insights lead to even deeper creativity. On Personal Growth10) Selfishness is our default setting but we are empowered to change the settings. 11) Nothing succeeds like passion inspired success. Dig out your deep passion. 12) Collaboration happens when you shift to "You, We, Us" mode.13) A great self-image is a starting point for a great journey.14) The destination is a mirage. The journey is the Nirvana. 15) Branding is just the journey. Bonding is the destination.16) Tell yourself the right stories. Beliefs are stories we tell ourselves.17) Find magic partners and spread the magic. There is magic in unconditional love. 18) Learn once and earn forever does not work anymore. Today you need to unlearn, learn and relearn.19) Meditation is just living in the moment. 20) Social media is a glasshouse. You can't fake it for long.On Storytelling & Inspiration21) You can't heal yourself without telling your story. 22) Empathy first, authentic story later.23) Your stories must move people .....into action, smiles or tears. 24) Words carry energy. Energy carries magic.25) The deeper the love you put, the higher the inspiration you draw. 

Everything you should know while chasing your dream
 Vaibhav Datar  
 7 March 2018  

While chasing a dream that is closest to your heart, there will be times when you will be overwhelmed by its magnitude and a little bit of self-doubt will start creeping into your mind. The uncertainty about fulfilling that dream can be unnerving but help is at hand.You can get support from life coach training in Mumbai to understand ways of fulfilling a chosen dream. However, check out the following tips that will help you to overcome these feelings and lead you to success.Do not hesitate to admit that you are a newbie in a particular field, especially when you are starting out. There will tons of things you won’t know but that is normal and you will have to take the learning curve. If you have a dream of becoming a writer, there will be many hurdles till you are able to begin the journey. But the fun and excitement of learning new skills is simply unbeatable.Remember that setbacks are a part of the process and you will experience quite a few while chasing your dream. Setbacks are not failures and are a part of the learning. In fact, if you expect them, they become easier to tackle. When you are learning something new, it is bound to be difficult till the time you master that skill. We often feel depressed when things do not go as per plans but the unexpected is always a part of the journey.You may have invested a lot of time and money in your dream and the expenses could cause you some sleepless nights. If you enrol yourself for executive coaching you will learn that a bad experience can teach you a lifetime of lessons. While there are no guarantees of success, you could probably surpass your own expectations at times and do better than you hoped to.

The Phoenix
 Suchismita Sahu  
 8 March 2018  

Below is my script, which I had delivered in my club level contest of Toastmaster International speech contest. For the knowledge of the readers, I would like to say that Toastmasters International (TI) is a US headquartered nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Writing stories and writing scripts for speeches are two different things. In speeches, the speaker has to take the challenge to involve her audience throughout the speech and she has to communicate everything within 7 mins of her talk. Audience may lose interest if the opening is not good and if the script timing goes beyond 7 mins, then audience may feel bored. So, this script provides some guidelines to a speaker.... Hope the readers will enjoy it:Title: The phoenixOpening:4th Jan1986, Odisha, a girl was born with lots of dreams in her eyes. Dreams to be the best daughter to her parents  …. Dreams to be the best Engineer the world has ever seen….dreams to bring a change in the nation …. Dreams to do the best of her life …. N  Dreams to be a wonderful wife……………………Everything was going fine as planned until 2014 when this girl caught a disease ………….. her dreams started dying, her faith in love started dying, her trust for her parents started losing and worst of all , she even thought of ending it……Eventually After 2 years of struggle  that sweet innocent girl ……died a suffocating death.Body:Good afternoon Honorable Contest Chair, fellow toastmasters and dear guests.In one of those chilly evening on November 2016, she was reborn as an independent woman with self-respect, one who takes her own decisions ……4 years back, life had put her at a turning point where one decision that she took made her disgrace for everyone……… worse even disgrace to her parents. What was that one wrong decision that changed her life………….? What was that disease that killed her happiness…??Her mistake was she decided to say no to domestic violence after marriageShe decided to not tolerate her drunkard husband’s beatings every night, she decided to not tolerate her father in law stopping her to talk to her family members, she decided not to ask her parents for more dowry, she decided not to tolerate her mother in law’s giving her high voltage electric shocks. She had lost her mental peace and freedom, which had huge negative impact on her professional career. How difficult to bear all those? How painful those moments were?? Losing individuality and living means a spiritless life with a moving physical body, that means you are living like a dead body!!!When she looked back to get the ANegative Situation Wisely Experiencing Reversal she could see that she had very little control over what happened. The seasons of her experience had to run their course – severe winter storms, cold and darkness, then the seeds hidden from within started beginning to sprout (very exciting!). The best she could do was ride the waves, which she did with varying degrees of success. She saved all her strength to swim with the tide and to flow with the grace that washed through her days, raising all her quills to defend against invaders. She took this on faith. All she used is a pair of eyes unblinkered by fear, apprehension and prejudice. Fighting with herself went on in each and every moment, hour and day, to come out from her demon created by herself since her birth. To come out from the attitude to care about ‘what will people say?’Transformation was not sweet and bright. It was dark, murky, painful and pushing. A practice in facing our own created demons.  A complete uprooting, before becoming. She turned her demons into art, her fears into fuel, her mistakes into teachers and her weaknesses into reasons to keep us fighting. She did not waste her pain, instead recycled her heart!!!Situation in life might had defeated her, burnt her, insulted her, injured her and abandoned us. But,  they will not, shall not and cannot destroy her, like a Phoenix she knows how to surrect. Lakshmi Agarwal, JK Rowling, Muniba Mazari and many more are the phoenixes who emerges from the ashes….Now, after 4 yrs, she can see herself as an independent woman who spreads her messages on how to fight with themselves among those women who try to commit suicide due to various reasons whether she is a rape survivor or has become physically disabled and lost her confidence to live her life. She says them “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. The world is full of wonderful things you havenot seen yet. Don’t ever give the chance of seeing them. You are not a victim, you are a survivor. The man who attacked you will cover his face. You wont. While we women get busy in playing our predefined roles, we forget to love ourselves, we forget our worth and we don’t realize that there is so much more we can do for ourselves and for the people around us.”Conclusion:Ladies and Gentlemen,As said by Lao Tzu “New beginnings are disguised as painful endings.”What’s perceived as painful and undesirable, often paves the way for something better – and if not better, at least different. In difference, lies life’s momentum and progress. Traumatic occurrences always have a disguised positive side to them. Hidden opportunities make us more determined and fills us with life-preserving energy. Until we’re jolted out of our peaceful slumber, no epoch event can be expected to happen.Desire changes Nothing, Decision changes Something. But Determination changes Everything.Desire changes Nothing, Decision changes Something. But Determination changes Everything.Over to Emcee… 

Depression In Life
 Rahul Yadav  
 9 March 2018  

" Rukh Zindagi ne mor lia kesa , humne socha nhi tha kbhi esa. Ata nhi yakeen kya se kya ho gya , kis tarah mei tujhse yuh bewafa ho gya. Insaf kar do ,mujhe maaf kardo." It's 2:45 am, the silence around me is bliss, no noise, the lyrics are taking me to a different world and I started fighting my internal demons. We often tend to neglect our mental health. One of the most common illness that is overlooked is depression. People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. You toss and turn in your bed so that sinking feeling in your stomach goes away, but it doesn't. You wish your mind could just stop thinking, just for a moment, so you can trick your mind into falling asleep but it doesn't. It hasn't for 3 months now. You remind yourself of happy memories, but there don't seem to be any. The more you try to remember, the more miserable it feels. The worst part is, you don't know what caused this storm. Could it be the recent heartbreak? Or the fact that you've lost all your friends? Is it that you've lost all confidence in life. And that's what keeps you up all night. There's a sense of permanence in turmoil. It doesn't seem like it's ever going to be okay. Days aren't really days; they are just annoying obstacles that need to be faced. And how do you face them? Through drinking, through smoking, through drugs, through cutting. When you're depressed, you grasp on to anything that can get you through the day. Everything's going wrong all at once. With every step you take, your world collapses a little more. Nobody knows what you're going through, no matter how much they pretend to. They can't see what's hiding behind your smile. How can they not? You know what depression really feels like? Nothingness. It feels empty - zilch. There's nothing inside you, nothing around, nothing to look forward to. Nothing to fall back on. Nothing that you can see.

Did Boney Kapoor kill Sridevi?
 Tejaswita Khidake  
 10 March 2018  

May be or may not be, I have researched a lot on this topic and came to some conclusions, and I guess you too find the same conclusions after reading all of this.Mumbai bomb blast - March 1993 (Master mind Dawood Ibrahim) Divya Bharti death - April 1993 Vivek Jung Rana's answer to What is the truth behind bollywood actress Divya Bharti's death?Divya Bharti replaced by sridevi in lots of movies. (example Ladla) Strange connection between Sridevi and Divya Bharti: From similar looks to 'Laadla' actress replacing DivyaSridevi stayed in Dubai to meet her sister srilatha whereas her husband Bony Kapoor returned to India. Sridevi died in Dubai in hotel jumeirah. Sridevi’s death: Dubai prosecutor closes case, body given to familyNow something about Dawood, It is rumored that Dawood also lives in Dubai and few years back his property in UAE  worth rupees 15000 crore was seized. Watch this.https://youtu.be/CmgzBJxjB98Then I have found that Dawood has secretly married bollywood actress and couple had one son who is living in Bangalore with that actress's sister. Read article below Secret Revealed: Dawood Ibrahim married a Bollywood actress, has a son in Bengaluru? Now, recently a news came that sridevi's sister  srilatha was given sridevi's Chennai house and she has asked to stay away from all these things. Sridevi’s Sister Srilatha Didn’t Break Her Silence On The Actress’ Death, Here’s WhyIn this article it has mentioned that srilatha has husband named Satish whereas in another article I have found that Satish is sridevi's stepbrother. Read article below where it has written that Satish was unknown personality in sridevi's life and he was not there during her funeral. Satish Yanger (Sridevi Brother) Wiki-Age-Family-Height-Weight and More - BiographiaNow, here one article says that Satish is srilatha's husband whereas one article says he is sridevi's step brother, the real question is who he is and why his identity kept hidden? And Now suddenly Dawood is ready to surrender?  https://www.google.co.in/amp/www.republicworld.com/amp/india-news/law-and-order/watch-dawood-ibrahim-is-willing-to-return-to-mumbai-his-brothers-lawyer-states-conditions.html%3fv=5.8.0 There are few questions that can be raised ,like, #Why sridevi’s corpse wrapped in tricolor? Though they have mentioned in the title but no reason is given in the article below. Everyone Asking Why Sridevi Was Wrapped In Tricolor During Last Journey. Here's The Reason#who was the bollywood actress that Dawood got secretly married and what is the identity of Satish, who he is? #who is the sister of that bollywood actress that is living with above mentioned couples son? #Sridevi stayed at Dubai  to meet whom? #why sridevi death cause is accidental drowning? #why Satish was not there during sridevi's funeral? #what could be reason behind sridevi's death? #does sridevi felt unconscious and drowned in bathtub or something else. #why Dawood is ready to surrender NOW? #What could be the connection between these things? #why Subramaniyan Swami raised the issue of relationships of bollywood actress's and underworld Don? On Sridevi death, Subramanian Swamy brings up Dawood Ibrahim. Twitter rips him apartAll questions remained unanswered but one can guess the answer after going through all of this. I cried and haven't slept whole night when I came to know that Sridevi ji is no more. And my 6th sense was kept on telling  me that this can not be a heart attack, there is something else. In the end I have just one thing to say, we all miss you Srideviji, may your soul rest in peace. #smblogcontest   

ବିଚିତ୍ର ଏ ମନ ମୋର
 Bauribandhu Lenka  
 11 March 2018  

Human Psychology================ମଣିଷର ମନ ଅଦ୍ଭୁତ। ଏବେ ଏଇଠି ତ କ୍ଷଣକ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର କିମ୍ବା ମଙ୍ଗଳରେ ପହଞ୍ଚି ଯିବ। ମନ ଠାରୁ ଚଞ୍ଚଳ ଗତି ଆଉ କାହାରି ବି ନାହିଁ। ମନ ଯେତେବେଳେ ଯାହା ଚାହେଁ ତାହା ଚିନ୍ତା କରିପାରେ। ହୁଏତ ତାର ଚିନ୍ତନରେ ଥିବା ବିଷୟ ହାସଲ କରିବା ସମ୍ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ରୁପେ ଅସମ୍ଭବ ହୋଇଥାଉ ହେଲେ ସେ ବିଷୟରେ ଭାବିବାକୁ ତାକୁ କେହି ଅଟକାଇ ପାରିବେନାହିଁ। ଶିଶୁଟିଏ ଜନ୍ମ ହେଲାପରେ ସମୟ କ୍ରମେ ତାର ଶାରୀରିକ ଅଭିବୃଦ୍ଧି ଘଟିଥାଏ ଓ ତା ସହିତ ତାର ମାନସିକ ସ୍ଥିତିର ମଧ୍ୟ କ୍ରମଶଃ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଘଟିଥାଏ। ଶୈଶବ ଅବସ୍ଥାରେ ଗୋଟିଏ ଶିଶୁର ଇଚ୍ଛା ଯାହା ଥାଏ ତାହା ତାର ବୃଦ୍ଧାବସ୍ଥାରେ ପରିଲିକ୍ଷିତ ହୋଇ ନଥାଏ। ଚାଲନ୍ତୁ ଦେଖିବା ଶୈଶବ ଓ ବୃଦ୍ଧାବସ୍ଥାରେ ମଣିଷର ମନୋସ୍ଥିତିକୁ ନେଇ ରଚିତ ଏହି କବିତା କେତେ ଦୂର ସତ୍ୟ ।ବିଚିତ୍ର ଏ ମନ ମୋର============ଯେତେବେଳେ  ଛୋଟ ପିଲା ଥିଲି,"ପାପା ମାମା" ଏଇ କେତୋଟି ଶବ୍ଦ ମୁଁ ଖନେଇ ଖନେଇ କହୁଥିଲି ॥୧॥ମନ ମୋର ଯାହା କରୁଥିଲି,ଖେଳଣା କଣ୍ଢେଇ ଆସୁଥିଲା ଯେତେସବୁ ଭାଙ୍ଗି ମଜ୍ଜା ନେଉଥିଲି ॥୨॥ନିଜକୁ ମୁଁ ବଡ  ଭାବୁଥିଲି,ପାପାଙ୍କର  ଯୋତା  ଚପଲ  ପିନ୍ଧିକିଘର ଅଗଣାରେ ଚାଲୁଥିଲି॥୩॥ଗାଲୁ ଗାଲୁ କରି ଗପୁଥିଲି,ଜେଜେ,ଜେଜେମା ଖୁସି ହେଉଥିଲେପରିବାର ମନ ମୋହୁଥିଲି॥୪॥ବୟସ ମୋ ଚାଲିଥିଲା ବଢି,ସ୍କୁଲ୍ ରେ ମୋର ନାମ ଲେଖିଦେଲେବାହାରିଲି ମୁଁ ପାଠ ପଢି॥୫॥ଯୁବା ବୟସ ମୋ ଆସିଗଲା,ପାଠପଢା  ସାରି ବାହା ସାହା  ହେଲିସଂସାରୀ  ଜୀବନ ଚାଲୁ ହେଲା ॥୬॥ସମୟ  ଚାଲିଲାି ଗଡି ଗଡି,ପଡି ଉଠି  ଧାଇଁ ବୃଦ୍ଧ ମୁଁ  ହେଲିଣିହାତରେ ମୋ ଆଜି ଆଶାବାଡି ॥୭॥ମନ ଖୋଜେ ଆଜି ପିଲାବେଳ,ପିଲାବେଳେ ଶୀଘ୍ର ବଡ ହେବା ପାଇଁଏଇ ମନ ଥିଲା କି ଚଞ୍ଚଳ ॥୮॥ବଡ ବିଚିତ୍ର ଏ ମନ ମୋର,ଯେତେବେଳେ ଯାହା ଚାହିଁଲେ କିଏସେପୂରଣ କରିବ ଇଚ୍ଛା ତାର ॥୯॥*******#smblogcontest

IN$iDe the He@d of a girl
 Nandita Rani  
 11 March 2018  

A girl/women is the most complicated species on the planet earth. Well we all can agree to that..!! Have you ever seen a jumbled rubix cube? Yes exactly.. that is how a women's brain should look like. The are zillion self contradicting thoughts going on all the time. There is family, work, food, sex(yes we do think about sex..less then food though).Let me start with the most complicated one's first: LOVE ♥Our love for family is surreal, its like you touch my family and i will kill you. When it comes to the love of other gender, its very easy for us to get attracted to someone, but really difficult to keep holding the attraction and we always make the first move. Guys may think that they have initiated it but actually it just our dirty little mind games we like to play in the starting of a relationship. A girl always knows the next move of a guy & decides weather to encourage it or diminish it. A yes is always a yes for us but you need to concentrate on the NO. It may be a firm no, or a no which means maybe yes, or a no where you need to persuade a little to make it yes.Anger/Depression/Crying all of these go hand in hand. It starts with anger, changes to depression with time and the final result is crying to take it all off your chest. Though alcohol plays a part too in making things more miserable or may be lighter(depends on the amount of consumption).Well the last but not the least most prominent thing on a girl's head : Jealousy why god why? why didn't you made me thinner like my sister. You do tina has bigger boobs not me? why am i not as fair as kareena? why are hairs not as straight as neha? Well it never ends. This list goes on and on and on. Nonetheless we can never sustain in a world without girls and neither do we want so. #werock#dontmindme#loveall#smblogcontest

How my books changed me
 swarajya singh  
 11 March 2018  
Art

Books became my gateway into this wild jungle of imagination. We all read books in order to receive formal education but my relationship with books is ever dynamic. I remember being 10, with 4 comic books in my hand eagerly waiting for my study table to be delivered to my house. I promised myself that I will study on this table and read on this table all the time. It was the perfect table with a little book rack attached to it. Soon, the books started coming in.My grandmother tucked me into bed every night, only after telling me hindi stories. So even before I could read, my relationship with stories had already begun. I started writing about my mundane life as if it was a wild adventure, after reading "The Diary Of a Young Girl" by Anne frank. It baffled me how I could connect to characters in these books, who lived in these in places I have never heard of. I feel like I could read more books and develop telepathic powers someday, just like Matilda. Winnie the poohtaught me to be kind in the most humblest way possible. In my imagination, I was a part of every story I read. I understood how stories have the power to change the way I look at the world.When Robert Frost walked the road not taken,he lightened this new sense of hope and courage in me. Poetry became my way of expressing myself. I began scribbling poems in english, on the margin of my notebooks. I found the kind of friends, I aspire to become in the perks of being a wallflower. I found a mentor when I spend my Tuesdays with Morrie, who taught me the importance of being compassionate, taught me about the fragility of life and the value of memories, taught me to love or perish. She taught what immense bravery and standing up for others selflessly entails, when she stood in the face of death and told the gunman "I am Malala". She moved me in ways I hadn't been moved before. When  I thought I was hitting rock bottom, the alchemist showed me how the possibility of having a dream come true makes life interesting, makes every morning worth waking up to and that the secret of life is falling seven times and getting up eight times.  Rupi Kaur put her vulnerabilities in few sentences, on a paper for the whole world to see. Being honestly herself, she gave the world an insight on what a revolution it is to just love yourself. I wish to take something from every book I read. To become a reflection of every character that somehow touches my life. The person I am is the aftermath of all the books that I've read.

Dear, I hate you!!!
 Suchismita Sahu  
 11 March 2018  

District 92, Division D Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest, Second Runner up: My Humorous speechTitle: Dear, I hate you!!!Opening:I’m lazy and I know itAt this rate I’ll never get fitPeople are afraid of heightsI am afraid of widthsOh my soul, be thou quietThis is not ‘another diet’Just a program of exchangeThough some things do seem strangeRaw vegetables and ‘brock-o-lee’Does not sound too good to meLots of tofu and bean sproutsWhile my empty stomach shoutsThe meaning here is quite plain;This program is designed for painMy hands are sweating, my soul is dreadingI must keep this thing from spreadingBody: Good Afternoon obese guests, overweight toastmasters and frustrated corpulent Judges…“Sorry, I am in relationship with food” this was my answer whenever any guy was approaching me till that fine one romantic rainy evening!!!I was waiting in front of the doctor’s room. As usual, the doctor approached with the report after a looooong hour wait.Giving a wicked look, he said “I have a bad news & a good news. What should come first?”I thought for a while & questioned him “Mr. Doctor. Is the bad news too bad? Or is the good news too good”.He answered, “Dear Suchi, the bad news is going to be tragic & the good news will bring a ray of hope in your life”. After gathering some courage, I told the doctor “Sir. Bad news first”.“This is not to dishearten you, but according to your reports your weight is going out of control now. Your body is blowing like a balloon. You are overweight by 25 kg!” Hearing this, first tear broke free from my eyes, the rest followed in an unbroken stream.Trying to console me, the doctor said “Darling. There is a good news too. This disease of obesity which is haunting you now is totally curable. You are very lucky to be diagnosed well on time. It would have been very difficult if you showed during the final stage”. I was amazed at the doctor’s wonderful statement about my life-threatening disease!!! I collected my reports & walked back home. What is the reason of getting more and more of those tiny creatures, who live in my closet and sew my clothes a liitle bit tighter every night…calories?Then the coolest place of my house having food carrying capacity of 10 peoples…my refrigerator gave a smile at me!!! whenever i lose some weight, i used to get it back in my refrigerator!!!I wish losing weight would be as easier for me as losing my keys, watch, hair rubber band, temper & even mind.” Instead of blaming myself my heart said “Dear, You are not overweight, you are just under tall!!!”.Then, I decided to have a fight between food & me. Everything is fair in love & war & this was a war. I had to win. “A healthy diet for a healthy body”, “You are what you eat”, “Whatever your problem is, your answer is not in fridge” I collected all motivational quotes for dieting & started placing them on my cupboard, my room walls, even on my refrigerator door.Then I started googling “How to lose weight”. There were unbelievable suggestions. A kind lady in one of her articles claimed that she lost 20 pounds in a month by writing 3 pages daily.So, my dear dispirited plumpy audience, you can imagine who is the inspiring hero behind my becoming a blogger!!!I try to remove all things those make me fat…like scales, mirrors and photographs!!! Conclusion: Dear mirthless TMs, rejected Guests and long faced Judges!!!After a passionate, enthusiastic follow up of my diet plan, the day of test match came, when I had to attend a big fat wedding party. Sweets were looking mesmerized in many colorful, fancy dresses. A dark red cherry was smiling at me sitting on the top of triple story frosted cake.“New body is under construction. Please let me go.” I turned backwards only to see hot, delicious, mouthwatering chocolate sizzler on the table. The enemy was very strong & well equipped, while I was handling an unequipped one-woman army. I fall prey to my food desire. “Dear my favorite foods. Things are not going to work between us. It’s not me. It’s you. You are detrimental, disastrous and deleterious!!!” I lie on the floor completely dead for few minutes. I stood up & I rushed to the front table, where a range of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unsalted seeds, nuts were kept!!! The toughest part of DIET is not watching what you eat. Its watching what other people eat!!! But! I had conquered all the toughest parts related to DIET. So dear friends, how many of you is having courage to hate all the enemies related to DIET and to say  ”Good Bye Dear, I don’t want you in my life anymore!!!”  

The Room - Will you visit before it's too late ?
 Forem Lapsiwala  
 12 March 2018  

THE ROOM19 year old Nishantis worried as he enters the room with his mom, its 6 pm in the evening he has bunked a couple of classes to get to the venue, the sun is almost down but he still has his shades on.  He picks up a quiet corner further away from everyone and hopes the earth would swallow him.58 year old chatty Betty is on the other side. She is very blissful. She picks up conversations with almost everyone in the room. She is very friendly.35 year old Khushbu is also present. She is busy observing everyone, her so called fellow roommates, the receptionist, the general vibrations and the aura. She is very proud to get to the “room”.So where actually are they? Where one is worried of being spotted another proud and yet another totally blissful!! Let me give you a brief snippet of their lives.Nishant has had phenomenal performance in his academics. He has always topped the class. He has got into the best engineering college in the country. He has plans to set up his own start up dot com. He is introvert by nature but in this digital world who cares?! He is very close to his family and loves them dearly.Off late he worries a lot of the well being of his family members so much so that he checks on them almost every one hour. He believes every single minute that they are going to die. He feels there will be an earthquake or a road accident any minute and his family members will be affected. It took Nishant’s mom a lot of persuation to ask Nishant come along. He is worried on whether he should share this encounter in the room with his girlfriend at all.Betty is a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. She has a degree in chartered accountancy. She is the apple eyed girl of her father. She was responsible for setting up her paternal family’s business.  Albeit she found her prince charming sooner than expected and settled down for domesticity at the tender age of 21.All the same she is very knowledgeable and can have rich stimulating conversations from fashion to politics.Her problem is she is confused of her identity and family lineage. She believes she comes from royal family and nobody in her world is real. She believes that her mother is a queen who did not want to take care of her as she did not love her and in turn left her with her current foster parents. This of course is her imagination. She is more than happy to come to the room as she believes she is going to meet a queen.Khushbu is a young dynamic advertising professional. She has everything going right for her. She is blessed to have a supporting family,awesome children and a husband to die for. She is an omnivert if I may coin a behavioral term for her!! Well that means she is approachable and friendly yet does not blend in easily. She does not care what anybody thinks of her and speaks her mind. She is extremely self assured and leaves no stone unturned to fulfil her goals. She has a wide range of capabilities right from dancing, swimming to driving to name a few.All this suddenly disappears when she left by herself. She is always second guessing herself and is very anxious of being lonely. This has led to endless sleepless nights, frustration ultimately leading to bouts of violence. She feels so wretched at times that she contemplates suicide every second day. One minute she is happy next minute she is sad. She is totally clueless on what she will feel next. This roller coaster of emotions brings her to “the room”. She is glad she made it after a lot of contemplation.My guess is you have a guess by now (Pun intended) ! Welcome to the therapist’s clinic!! Do Nishant, Betty and Khushbu have a life situation that warrants a visit to the therapist? Are they having any crisis? Is there a financial loss? Is there a loss of a loved one? Is there a severe health failure?  Is there anything out of order at all dear readers in their lives?Now all of situations may well qualify for a psychological health crisis. An issue which exists but is not easily validated. Socially there is a refusal to classify it as a disease. Unlike Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Immunity Disorder, Cancer and so on and so forth there are no symptoms that the body will give out. Quiet contrarily here is absolutely no physical manifestation at all in all of the above cases.Technically they are not “crazy”, “mad” or “abnormal”. They are highly capable individuals. Well what separates them a little bit from most is that their thoughts run a tad more than us. Are not all of us a little weird? Do not all of us have some type of anxiety, imagination or lack of confidence. That’s all that’s about it. Would you give them company in the room without being apprehensive about judgment?It’s a actually a non starter. We all have a taboo about therapist, shrink or in need of a better word clinical psychologist. We are all worried about social acceptance having visited the therapist once. In fact it may even feature in our “dark secrets” that is allowed only the deepest recesses of our minds and hearts. We refuse to share, talk, discuss leave alone consultation.In fact it is so great an outlaw that we are not able to see our own tell tale signs of psychological inadequacies. We continue to lead a life filled with anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction, stress needless to say and many more forms of emotional upheavals.Somehow when we think a psychotherapist we only think of a person who is deranged who is haggard who is not successful who is probably chained who is hostile who is demented the list is endless. They are the ones who get help because their inadequacies are on display.The ones who really suffer are the ones who cannot see that we don’t have to be psychotic to visit the therapist. We just need to want a better life. We are totally unaware of a much better joyous life that we may have if we care to pay attention to the needs of our mind. For this we need to lift the rose tinted glasses on our perception of “normalcy”. The irony of life is we are abnormally worked up about normalcy!!We need to revamp our approach to therapy. We need to believe that it’s ok to visit a therapist. Why should we deprive ourselves of a good life? The more we address it, talk about it and discuss it the more we improve our lives.Last but not the least! No! We don’t have to worry about changing the lives of the ones who are in the room. They are already the winners. We actually are talking about the lives of the ones who don’t visit and appear alright.  That very well may be us!!We all have that one emotion that we cannot handle. We all have that one compulsive disorder that we cannot change. We all have that one fear we cannot get over. It is all about our mind and our soul.If you dear readers don’t feel up to it don’t wait! Wake up, get going and visit the room. Get a life!#smblogcontest

HAPPY SUMMER CARE
 Manisha Bhatia  
 13 March 2018  

Babies especially newborns are sensitive beings recently out from the safe vicinity of mother’s cocoon to face the extreme weather conditions. Since their bodies are slowly developing immunity and tolerance, babies born in summers have a tougher time of not only coping up with extremely hot surroundings but also regular problems like long power cuts, water shortage, and soaring temperature. HappyMaa provides some tips to keep both the baby and mother cool during the summers.Baby bathing frequency-Babies sweat a lot during the summers but it is still not recommended to bathe them frequently as their skin may get dry. However, if your child still feels too hot wiping them frequently with lukewarm sponge will and moisturizing them also help to keep them cool and prevent their skin from developing dryness. Babies should not be bathed with cold water in open surroundings, the bathing water should always be lukewarm and babies should be brought back to the bed wrapped in a towel. While bathing the baby special care should be taken to clean her underarms, neck, and all the folds visible on her body as these areas produce more sweat and chances of developing rashes are more.Oil Massage- Oil massages are mandatory health routines for the baby even in summers as they regulate blood circulation and strengthens the bones of the child. However, in summers it is recommended to use light oil which readily gets absorbed in the skin and doesn’t stay for long on the body of the baby as it may block the sweat pores and develop skin rashes causing irritation.Summer dressing- Babies should be dressed in loose fitting cotton clothes during summers as cotton cloths easily absorb the mild sweating. For the protection of babies they are usually dressed in layers so that whenever they start feeling uncomfortable due to soaring weather a layer can be removed to keep them cool yet protected. If you are moving out with the baby, try to cover their body completely with loose and soft cotton cloth and her head with comfortable hat to safeguard her from scorching heat, rashes, and heat strokes. However, it is recommended to avoid taking baby out during the hot weather for a long time.Additionally, throughout the weather try to use soft and comfortable material for baby everywhere like whenever you are putting baby down the cloth below her like the bedsheet should be of soft cotton material so that it can easily absorb their mild sweating. It is recommended to avoid using silk, nylon, and other synthetic form of material for the baby as they may trap heat inside the baby’s body and cause them to sweat profusely causing skin rashes.Use of AC and Coolers for baby- It is highly recommended to keep baby under the normal room temperature so that their bodies adjust to the temperature accordingly. However, if the mercury is soaring and unbearable, the AC and Coolers at moderate temperature can be used. However, babies should be kept away from the effect of direct air hitting their bodies. Also, switch off the AC and let the baby’s body adjust to the temperature before taking them out during the summers as sudden baby’s bodies are vulnerable to sudden weather changes.HAPPY MAA WISHES YOU AND YOUR BABY HAPPY SUMMERS. WE ALSO RECOMMEND YOU TO SHARE YOUR UNIQUE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BABY COOL DURING THE SUMMERS. 

THE FEAR OF LIFE
 Jitendra Attara  
 13 March 2018  
Art

One of the most important but not enough spoken about element of life is fear. Have you ever thought about things that you do or the plans that you make and why do you do that? If you dig deep into the same you will find that most of the decisions and the actions of an individual are driven by fear. Consciously or sub consciously it is the single biggest element which in turn is controlling your life.Why is God so popular? Even after hundreds of years of evolution of mankind people still bow down to the almighty mainly out of fear that their bad times would start anytime and he is their only hope. Whether God exists or should we pray or not is completely a separate discussion.Why is money so important?I have seen people living happily with as low as a Rs 5,000 as family income and even with no income, and some are even unhappy with even lakhs of it, there are plenty still in the fears of job losses and business failures.People tell me that fear is good, it keeps them on their toes. Well I agree with them as long as it does not control them. As long as you control your fears you are living, if fears control you it ruins your life. Hence it is important to know your fears and whether it is playing any role in your decisions of life if yes you need to find a way through it to overcome it and live your life.Managing FEAR: I am fearless, there is nothing called fear in my life. My first reaction to statements like these is that the person is lying. We all have our fears and it cannot go anywhere and it never will the best you can do is be aware of it and don’t let it command you. Getting over our fears are our biggest challenges, sometimes life poses you with situations where you have to encounter with your fears to survive sometimes it’s just a matter of small decisions.  Whether big or small but the quality of your life and work would be determined by your ability to manage your fears.Read about Arjun Sud battle his fears and battle the Tribals to protect his family in the mysterious book CHAKRAVYUH.

Life, love and living
 Sandeep Dhaiya  
 13 March 2018  

Many, many years ago, a sage was meditating on a Himalayan peak. Majestic dales and solitary vales sprawled around were all aglow with the divine streak.Though the birds chirped songs, and rain poured down in throngs, he was unmovable, lost in a deep trance.In winters, icy cold storms blew and the snow around and over him was all aglow with its chilling primitiveness. His soul but was safe somewhere in the cosy warmth of transcendental realisation.In autumn, wind-fallen leaves sailed down with slumberous tumble, and ripe fruits fell proudly, adventurously for a juicy, pleasant crumble. He still was somewhere else when the nature opened these marvellous jewels from her treasure trove.In spring, wild flowers fully unfurled their fragrance and smile, and honey-bees engaged in dawn to dusk toil. He but was unmoved and transported into a state where the ecstasies of natural bounties don’t mean anything anymore.Summer’s warm days sprayed desultory, eerie uneasiness around, and cool nights proudly embraced this son with his soul heaven-bound. Still it didn’t matter. He was undisturbed and was silently moving on his meditative path.Once it was a full moon autumn night. A fairy was flying amid milky delight. A perfect calmness pervaded the solitary vales. Everything was asleep, bathed in the softest fluffy shades of white. The fairy flew low over the peaks glowing under the moonlight. The seer was lost in his trance in front of his cave, the beauty of nature sprawled around meaningless to him.She saw him and hovered around the sanctimonious air of his sagehood. A small, harmless mischief rustled in her young, innocent heart. She circled in the air above him. Her laughter touched the milky sea around and created soft ripples. Her unbelievably soft dress rustled in the gentle breeze born of her circles. It but did not have any effect on him. He was engrossed too deep in the cosmic balance beyond the sensory contradictions and dualities. The more she looked, the more was the urge in her to bring him back to the beauty of this world, to fetch him from the deep ocean where his soul had dived.His exquisitely masculine physique and persona created tempted sparks on her magic stick. She tried all juicily leering feminine tricks. But her desire-lorn swirls in the air failed to move him even a bit. Helplessly she descended onto the earth. There were almost tears of helplessness in her beautiful eyes. She sat in front of him with those rose-red lips pursed in a heart-breaking frown.Her marvellous eyes were lost in his handsome, bearded, well sculpted face. It was mesmerizing. There was not a single worldly trace on his face. She herself was caught in a trance and lost the sense of time and the laws of the fairyland. The night sped away as if in a jiffy.The day rose. The sun arrived with full earthly delight. There was terror in her eyes. The hope to return to her realm died. She had broken the law of her land by not returning on the same night after the brief terrestrial sojourn. The realisation crashed against her soft self like a thunderbolt. Her utmost sensuous bare shoulders heaved under the tremors of this unpardonable fault. A cry involuntarily tore through her slender throat. And then it was a still bigger violation.His serenely flowing meditative phrase met this sinful, full-stopping dot. His communion with the divinity was broken. His long-closed eyes opened. The world of his penance lay scattered. His fiercely burning eyes stared at the flower in sobs and sighs. Her large, flooded eyes pleaded for mercy. But the fire in his unforgiving eyes was unrelenting and cursing.The fabric of his serenity was torn. The sage thundered, “You proud, vain woman of egoistic beauty, become an ugly bush of thorns!”Mowed down by the spell of his cursing energy, an ugly bush stood in place of that angelic beauty. All shaken and ravaged, he left the place. A thorny branch, meanwhile, got entangled in his loin cloth, as if for meek, pleading forgiveness and brace. He but scornfully jerked it apart and headed to some other place for a new start.Time then took to its heels on swift horses. The seasons changed. The spring’s colourful patterns were rearranged. The summer’s warm kisses melted the snows. The autumn’s harvest uncomplainingly fell to the air’s chiding blows. The winter’s snowy blanket covered the peaks. And rains lashed down in stormy freaks.This pleasant wavering of nature, however, couldn’t shake the sage from the meditative maze high there in the hills. Faraway down the hills, the accursed bush was shrouded in thorny haze. It struggled to sprout fruits and flowers. Even cursing has a testing time against soft, innocent glow of purity. How can something having a fairy core remain ugly and thorny for too long? Her pure soul entombed in that thorny shrine prayed for penance. And see, a flower of her fruits sprouts forth!A flower blossomed among the thorns. So beautiful! It lit up with life among the thorns and deadly pale dark brown branches. It appeared juxtaposed by a miracle, like it had dropped from the heaven and got stuck there. It was the day when the enlightened sage arrived from the north. Contented with his cosmic realisation, he came down the beautiful dale. As he passed the bush, his purified soul sensed the thorny shrub’s plaintive wail. His feet disobeyed him and he couldn’t move. The lone flower among the thorns fell at his feet in holy-most obeisance and greet. He picked it up and was lost in its fragrance.The thorn was ugly. The flower so beautiful and fragrant! What contradiction! Flowery heaven and thorny hell together! The latter born of his cursing condemnation; the flower born of the beauty behind the thorny bars. It was a jolting earthly realisation. Hadn’t he broken the beautifully set laws?Torrents of repentance cut through him. He bid penance at the altar for a long time. His repenting self set around a reformative shrine. His soul drenched in painful chime. He braced the thorns with the love and affection purest of the pure. It gave him bleeding fingers so many times. He caressed and cared for it like it was the beautiful most flowery shrub. He was practicing his penance now, of love, of surrender, of repentance. What else can be bigger than these?When his soul had been salvaged of the sin, nobody could bet against her for a win. There she blossomed in front of him. Beauty, charm and grace filled to the brim. Her smile was forgetting and forgiving. It was the beacon of her penance, of love, of beauty. Inside the stony walls of his heart, a new luminosity was now thriving. The sage embraced her. She, who had been separated from her loved ones, got the earthling she had fallen for. Happiness, bliss and calm opened a new door to the start of a fresh cycle of life, love and humanity.All but the sage had been extinguished by the cataclysm. The lone and forlorn survivor, he had been striking at the doors of heaven with his endless questions. Now there was no more pursuit. The endless had manifested itself in a small sip of love. Now they lived as a man and a woman. New hopes, aspirations and offspring began to thrive.Thus were sown the seeds of another spell and cycle of life, of creation. Their unchecked love in those flowery vales left countless exotic trails. Gurgling brooks gave company to her primordially sensuous laughter. His instinct’s procreating sprouts mingled with the mirthful waters of her receptiveness.

I have been wrongly accused of touching a girl on a local
 Samira Baber  
 13 March 2018  

**Based on a true incident**If you have ever been to Dadar Station ( Mumbai ), you already know how crowded it gets at times and after a second of a train's arrival people start to board and deboard it like a flock of sheep.It was a pretty hostile day and in my misfortune, I couldn't get a place to stand properly, let alone a place to sit.As I settled down, I found myself standing behind a girl. She was a girl with a gloomy facial feature - winged eyeliner, a white fitted top and a grey bag and she seemed to have overused perfume.We were like two strangers heading towards different destinations like I and others were but then came a guy who was in his mid-twenties stood beside me.A havoc seemed to have created, first he unsettled us by searching something in his bag, then he almost pushed an old man just to take the cell out of his pocket.After a while he started to stare at me - he was staring at me in the way I stare at people if they criticize the food I like - the fire in my eyes can burn cities.It made me sheer uncomfortable being stared at with hatred and that too by a stranger can make anyone that way. I thought to initiate a conversation. I dropped the Idea.I should not have because in the other moment, he held me by my collar and said his first words to me, " Madarchod , tm iss larki ke sath kya kar rahe ho ?".I was dazzled. I had no clue what made him so angry that he didn't hesitate to curse my mother but that had made me no less angry.I shrugged his hand rapidly and that made him move backward in his place. The girl in front of me was dazed." Tumhe bilkul sharam nahi , tum iss larki ke sath train mei badtameezi kar rahe ho ,Aap daro mat ma'am , hum apke sath hai ".He said to the girl." Excuse me ? " Was the girl's reply." Main ne kuch nahi kia , mujhe piche se push kia ja raha tha." I blurted at him.The other two men and a woman popped in and straightaway asked the girl, " Kya isne kuch badtameezi ki tumhare sath" ? She looked at me exasperated and said," Inhe sirf piche se push kia ja raha tha , ulta yeh physical contact avoid kar rahe tah."I took a sigh of relief.She spoke further, " Woh insaan sirf hero banne ki kosis kar raha hai ".It was enough for them to trust her and they all told him to apologize.To my surprise, he had something else to say." Esi larkiya tight kapre pehen k aati hai , inhe insab cheezo se koi problem bhi nahi."Before I could punch his face, the train stopped and he disappeared into the crowd.If I will ever meet that girl again, I will thank her once again, more than I had thanked her for that time and more than thanking her, I would cajole her as she was upset with the man's words.I don't know if it was the incident or the girl, but I started to respect girls a little more after that.

“CSR, Skill India, Make in India & Women Empowerment All- In-One”
 Trupti Paikaray  
 13 March 2018  

We have been growing up watching our country always standing at the receiving end, almost all the time as a receiver of grants, funds given by the ‘developed countries’. India is always highlighted as a growing and developing country, in various debates and discussions and we must appreciate the efforts of the foreign & other outside investors for investing in our country & to co-operate us in a major way. But, in this entire process, we forget our potentials, acumen, strength, and abilities to stand apart to be equipped enough to make our country a developed country. It pinches a lot when for getting funds, the true and dismal picture of our country gets Instagrammed and much twitting about us in the international forums & many security facts gets leaked in the name of information and database sharing. But now, we can say it confidently that ‘yes’, we can be “Independently Independent Country”. India is much more prepared for the successful implementation of Skill development and Make in India programs. At the other side, the governance rules, regulations, and policies are on the progressive lines, one of them being Corporate Social Responsibility provisions in the Companies Act.It is a matter of fact that the new provisions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Companies Act will increase the level of CSR giving in India and therefore opportunities to improve social indicators. Everything has come up with a perfect timing as a complete package or as a bonanza. While our economy is heading towards manufacturing and services sectors, it’s high-time to look forward and seeing the demand that we can create for more skilled manpower. We have a varied of skill sets that can be explored to cater skill needs of different sectors. There is a wide range of skills that can be picked up, honed & nurtured for meeting the big gaps in the skilling sectors. There are so many sectors and sub-sectors like retail, Instrumentation Automation Surveillance & Communication, IT-ITeS, Media, Healthcare, gems & jewelry, Telecom, Electronics and hardware, BFSI, Beauty and wellness and many more new and upcoming sectors that needs special skilling attention to create a more potential workforce. The big CSR giants are going to play the significant roles in revamping and reorganizing our economy. A concrete PPP mode of implementation is the need of the hour and the CSR contribution towards Skill India and Make in India can yield huge success. At the same time, women based skill development programmes will give it an extra mileage towards achieving women empowerment along with revenue generation and economic enhancement. On this Women’s Day it should be added to the work agenda of the CSR projects and then it will be the best Women’s Day gift to the poor, downtrodden and all the struggling women and above all to the society. Skilling initiatives can ensure the employability among the youths, women and it can produce more skilled manpower to cater the need of various sectors, and it can create more entrepreneurs, sociopreneurs, and more job creations and can face-lift our country’s economy. We can use the metaphor that India will be a “What not skill store” or “A-Z skill Hub” and it will create scope for different countries to expand their business, there will be more trade and commerce with different parts of the globe which will expand our economic horizon. Skilling Initiatives can make maximum utilization of the human resources, proper skill development training can be imparted to physically challenged, people having conflict with law or the jail inmates, unemployed youths, women etc. so that they can be productive for the society and can be independent as well as can contribute towards country’s economic growth. But it’s impossible without the CSR participation. Since “International Women’s Day” is ahead, on this occasion and to make it more meaningful, CSR, Skill India and Make India campaign should take “Women Empowerment” as a mission and all these things should be combined together for a dynamic social change.Skill Development and Startups initiatives can be linked together for a better output as the youths are taking startups as alternatives to the employment. It can facilitate the job creation or employment generation process in our country by attracting the investors, funders. Our existing companies and industries should go ahead with more expansion ideas and facilities so that they can absorb more and more skilled manpower both towards revenue generation and job creation. Similarly, new companies, industries must come up with new ventures to make the “Make in India Campaign” a huge success. Attitude is the next priority and we must come out of the traditional pattern of skill development initiatives and why only some handpicked sectors, we must be very open to accept and create new sectors & new areas of skilling must be explored and taken up. It will help us to go ahead in the race of development, it will be the hub of economy, our money will be circulated and retained within our country and it will move in a spiral process. It will create more scope for economic growth, our people will be employed, our people will be able to earn more, pay more, spend more, there will be true socio-economic development. A day will come when our NGOs will be self-sustainable by creating their own funding, our Investors will be invited to international forums for investment in those countries, in the same manner, we are trying to draw the attention of the external investors. We will be called the citizens of such a powerful, developed and economically empowered country India.

Organica brings goodness of natural ingredients in your gulaal
 AYUSHI Mehta  
 13 March 2018  
Art

Organica brings goodness of natural ingredients in your gulaalFestival of colours is right on the corner, markets and stores are filled with colourful pichkarisand gulaal and all we need now is to go to the market and take all the colours available.Holi isn’t just a festival of colours but is celebrated to remember the victory of good over bad. Ifind holi as the happiest festival, it lets you enjoy in true sense. You eat, dance, run and throwcolourful gulaal on each other. While the colours can itself convey a lot, it becomes reallyimportant to choose gulaal not just colour wise but also quality wise.There have been a lot of complaints from people that harsh chemicals in colours irritates theirskin and sometimes the situation gets worse. There have been many instances when peoplewere rushed to hospital because of the reaction caused by chemicals used in colours.Well, we can see that the harsh chemicals and bad quality is all over the market but this not holiis celebrated for, right?So here are we with some beautiful colourful gulaal that are not just organic but is good to yourskin. Organica – OrganicFestive Colours, is a range of gulaals that are made of organic materials.Organic BasantOrganic Basant is a yellow gulaal that is made of turmeric, gramflour and maida. The turmericgives the yellow colour to the gulaal while the maida gives the soft texture. Gram flour on theother hand is really good for the skin.Organic DhaaniOrganic Dhaani is green gulaal. The green colour in the gulaal comes from ingredients like Tulsiand henna. Other ingredients added in it are maida, turmeric and other natural extracts. Thecolour is natural and do not have any harmful chemical.Organic GulabiOrganic Gulabi is a pink gulaal that is made from carrot, beet root and turmeric. The maidagives the texture and the natural extracts makes the gulaal safe for use.All these gulaals are completely organic and contains natural ingredients. All of them haveturmeric that ensures that your skin do not get any kind of infection and stay healthy. All thegulaals mentioned above have natural extracts added in them. They promise to make your holimore colourful and safe. Organica – Organic Festive Colours are the goodness we need to winover all the harmful and chemically made gulaals.

Art At Its Best : Lip Art!
 Poorvi Uprit  
 13 March 2018  
Art

Works of art have evolved so much that you just can’t help but awe at every single creation! And no, we are not specifically talking about paintings and hand art but a special lip art- a trend that has involved into various styles. Not only it’s gaining the ground in the fashion world, but it is also breaking the internet, is a phenomenon amidst the Instagrammers and almost all social media savvy people. So, when you think of a statement, do think of lip art too!The previous year had been a mix of some very predictable and unique trends, and now to add five more stars to the mix here’s the lip art trend. In the London Fashion Week SS’17, you could have seen the pressed flowers as a form of the lip art. Nowadays artists are inspired by everything that you can ever visualize! There’s sushi, sunset, metal textures, flowers, crystals, nature, animal, food and what not!Sushi lip inspired from the Japanese dish became a huge trend on social media, you can also refer to it as ‘Salmon Nigiri’, which was done by the makeup artist Vlada Haggerty, who painted her lips exactly like a Sushi. If you are a fan of all metal makeup than you’ll highly admire the mirror lips trend in which a cut-out of silver reflective papers in the shape of your lips is used, as per the artist Jazmina Daniel. You will be surprised to know that even our beloved Blake Lively was praising this extraordinary art of Jazmina.The world is so vivid and so is the inspiration for art! An artist, Heather took inspiration from Birds and painted her lips in a crazy raven look, all with the help of black, white paint and eyeshadow. Where on one hand, a photographer, Jil brought an entire color scheme of sunrise in the lip art, a self-taught makeup artist Grinand Dagger was deeply enlivened by the idea of the Disney Princess Pocahontas, and thus her art was based on this theme.

Day At University
 Pappu Yadav  
 14 March 2018  

It was another normal day at University. We were standing on the verandah outside our class. And all of a sudden I saw a girl, gosh she was damn pretty.Literally, I stared her for 5 to 6 mins, she noticed me and it became awkward for both of us.We are backbenchers and that too teenager, we have a bad habit of addressing a beautiful girl as " Maal ".That day too one of a friend called me said, " Bhai dekh kya maal h ".That day something got into me and I became furious and replied, " Dubara esa bola toh marunga.The best part was, She heard me say that. " Bhai ki izzat bar gayi larki k nazar m " We stood there for around 90 minutes exchanging smiles. I was like " Yr smile mil rha h matlb ab apna scene bnega.After college I followed her to her house. In between Clge and her house she stopped at 2 places.1) Panipuri wale bhaiya.Girls and Panipuri still a better love story released by our Bollywood nowadays.I too joined her and said to the Panipuri wale bhaiya , " Jis type ka woh kah rahi hai , wesa hi bnaiye ". I don't know if she heard me or not but suddenly she started saying, " Bhaiya aur theeka." And I was like aaj toh lgne wali hai apni. And I swear next morning I realized pyar k chakkr m bhot buri tarah lg gayi.2 ) Recharge shop.As soon as she stopped there I started wondering " Sala jio k zamane m kon recharge krwata h ".I too followed her to the shop and took a recharge of 50 of Airtel. Jio hote hue Airtel m recharge, pyar m kya kya krta hai insaan .Finally, she reached home. That evening again I went to that colony but she was nowhere to be found. I was disappointed. I returned home and started wondering how should I start a conversation. After 4 hours I came up with a plan. I thought of attending a class in her section and would ask her for a pen. " Purana tareeka hai , par hmesa kaam krta hai". As there's a saying Old is Gold.After hours of practice, I was all prepared. I entered the class, sat behind her but felt as if she was ignoring me. And so I dropped my plan and silently moved out of the class after the period was over. I felt bad for a couple of days but then I thought, " Bhai life m chaiye izzat " so I stopped noticing her or looking at herDays passed and I was back to normal. One day I was standing outside her class talking to my friends. And you will be surprised to know what happened next .I caught her clicking my pictures and she was so dumb she didn't even turn the flashlight off . Girls are so smart after all.I was on cloud nine and we started talking. Now we used to meet on a regular basis. It was all going really smoothOne fine evening I asked her out, she agreed.We talked for almost 2 hours and then I suddenly proposed her out of nowhere." Will you be my better half till death do us apart. "She blushed and said, " I am all yours".I was about to kiss her suddenly a voice from the backside," Uth Jah nalayak dophar k 2 baj rahe hai ".It was my Maa.And I realized it was just a beautiful dream.I smiled again And then I said to Maa ," Maa aap toh sapne m bhi kisiko kiss krne nhi deti ".

CHAOS OF RELIGION
 Rabjot Singh  
 14 March 2018  

I approached him once.“People say you know much, but you rarely speak. Why this silence?” I asked.“What should I speak?” He enquired.“Religion, I guess” I replied.“What about it?” He asked.“Why so much of strife these days. Why instead of uniting us it is dividing us?” I asked.“At times, people don’t really understand simple logic. Maybe they don’t want to hear it” He said.“What is it?” I asked encouraging further explanation.“The path of religion is more about walking than discussions. Those who reverse it and focus more on debates and arguments become philosophers, intellectuals, and fanatics. Those who don’t, and concentrate on walking gradually realize something valuable in the process.” He said.“But why so?” I asked curiously.“Ego filled discussions and sermons are always easy. It enhances your image and self-worth and people start following you, while silent walking takes away your identification. It means consistent giving up of your inner turmoil and that scares us.”He replied.“Why it scares us?” I asked.“The idea of giving up is so scary that humans can give up their lives, but not their attitudes and beliefs.” He replied.I nodded in acceptance.“The words pointing towards the truth is not the truth itself, but a mere reflection of it just as you see a reflection of yourself in water.” He said.“What it means?” I asked.“Truth is beyond words and is in personal experience. The sages uttered these words from a state of realization. In the absence of that realization words become your identification and that is dangerous. You can go to any extent to defend them according to your need and to satisfy your greed. Sadly, the image of truth appears more pleasing than the realization of it. This is the chaos of religion.” He replied back.

"The Puppet Show"
 Trupti Paikaray  
 14 March 2018  

What a beautiful life it was without the virtual reality headaches. Babloo with Golu calling Titu and Monu with other friends were rushing to the nearby fields to play cricket, volleyball, football, gilli danda and kabaddi. They were even so fond of sack race, cycling, hide and seek and a number of other exciting games not only to keep them entertained but also to stay fit and fine. Then, Babloo, Golu, and Titu were growing up playing various outdoor games, the games which need sharp mind, attention, keen intellect and alertness. They were also doing best in their studies and pursuing good careers. It is true that they didn’t know the magic of the computer and internet. If they were given such facility, nobody would have beaten them. Here, what I want to highlight that yes they were lacking a facility, but still, they were the go-getters, the trendsetters. With the advent of computer and internet life changed hugely. Nowadays, kids are ‘internet-babies’ and youth are ‘puppets’ in the hands of the internet. I don’t dare to say anything against internet and it has a lot of contribution to our life. If our life is getting better and better, it is only because of the internet. But as we know “too much of everything is bad”, we should have control over its use. Along with free internet data available, not only youths but most of the people are getting addicted to the internet and social media. Kids cannot stay away from online games, cartoon videos and new varieties of apps are also coming up which fascinates the young minds.Social media is gaining huge popularity day by day. It’s indeed a great idea to stay connected to friends, family, admirers, and well-wishers. Personally, I feel it’s a great platform to expand your knowledge and information base. It connects you to a group of like-minded people, using it we grow our business, increase our fan followers. We also get to know about day to day happenings. But, the excess use of social media leads to frustrations also. There is a kind of virtual competition going on. People are busy showing off that they can afford to visit foreign countries, can go to expensive hotels and can enjoy the most exotic holiday trips and at the same time busy uploading picture, to make others feel that “yes, I can afford and I am living such a lavish lifestyle.” Those people, who really can’t afford, feel sad and broken and it also makes them feel low. It gives them a chance to curse their destiny; it creates and spreads jealousy and narcissism among people. If we post something on social media then we expect more likes and comments and if there are more likes we feel like winners, if fewer likes and comments feel like losers. Somehow, it disturbs our mental peace. Yes, I have seen many teenagers struggling to get more likes, comments, and shares. After the addition of love, wow like emoticon buttons, there is competition to get more loves, wows. Is it a real life? We forget that this is not the taste of a real life.As per my observations on social media behavior I found there are a few types of social media users which can be divided into the following groups;Group-1 (The smart users): These types of people always love to give likes or comments if you look beautiful, smart, if you post pictures of your exotic holiday trips, get good jobs in big companies. Let me say, this is the reason you get more friends and it can also be the reason for losing some friends as they can't see you going, growing, or happy.Group-2 (The Genuine users): There are some people who always give likes and comments from their hearts being yours true and genuine admirers and they never hurt you. They can be the biggest supporters and friends.Group-3 (The Deliberate users): Some are there who prefer to give likes, loves, wows and comments as they expect you to do the same and it’s their sweet strategy to get more likes in return. They can be described as sweet “Like collectors & counters”.Group-4 (The Snobs): Some users are there who give likes and comments only when they find and think, “Oh, yes…this guy is of my level”. Otherwise, they don't care.Group-5 (The Moody users): There is a type of moody users group. They are so moody in this matter and you can't predict when you are going to get likes and comments from them. Group-6 (The Silent users): Another group of users is there who never give likes or comments and don’t bother even if you don’t give comments on their posts.Group-7 (The Jealous users): Some people knowingly avoid you only because “it is you” and they feel jealous of your followers, friends and the more likes and comments you get the more it makes them upset. Group-8 (The Selfish users): The selfish users are the true bargaining kind of people, “If you give likes, I will give likes, if you don’t, I won’t”. However, they start liking your posts like ‘your one and only friend’ and beautiful comments to make win your hearts. But, if they don’t get return likes or comments they just stop there.Group-9 (The Go with the flow users): Go with the flow users are very diplomatic. They give comments, likes, loves on your posts, pictures only when see and find your mutual friends giving you likes, loves, wows, then they can’t tolerate and even if they don’t like they give it only to go with the flow.Group-10 (The Game watchers): Last but not the least, the ‘Game watchers’ love to watch the game till the end. They just pause a bit, then wait and watch how your posts are performing in the ‘Like & Comments Game’. If your posts get more likes n comments then they decide to throw likes.The story doesn't end here. Many people are opening fake accounts and flirt with girls and start chatting with them. As everything has its pros and cons even social media has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is undoubtedly the biggest source of communication, interaction, entertainment or infotainment. It is used in a wrong way causing major issues. Cyberbullying, hurting each other and insulting people are very common these days. Teens are completely trapped by the momentary bliss social media gives. We are celebrating festivals, important days and throwing parties being obsessed with posting pictures and giving status updates by forgetting the actual purpose of the event. In this entire process, we people are getting puppets in the hands of technology and social media. It controls our emotions, it gives us pleasure, and our life is controlled by how many likes, loves, and wows we get. It is also creating frustrations among the youths as they see their friend going ahead, achieving success, going on foreign trips, spending holidays in posh hotels, buying luxurious cars and houses and they can’t do it. It makes them feel low and bad about themselves and their positions. But, they must understand that “all that glitters is not gold” and people do it only to show others. In the name of social media, we forget the actual relationships because we are so busy with this ‘virtual friendship’. As per a new study, we now spend more time on our smartphones than with our partner. While at home, we too remain busy with our smartphones, updating our status on social media and it’s like as if a puppet show is going on and we are the puppets in the hands of social media. Hence, we must understand the pros and cons of social media and it should be used to make our lives better not bitter. We should not be addicted to it. There are a lot of benefits from using these platforms. We can follow the news, can read good articles, and can keep in touch with friends and family who may be physically far away. But sometimes, we should take a break from it, just put the windows down, enjoy the fresh air, breathe, read some good books, do gardening, go for a walk, spend time with family & friends, play some outdoor games and do some charity work and it will give you the real pleasure of being with the real people. 

Eight female led crime TV shows you must watch
 Smita Bhattacharya  
 14 March 2018  

I love, love, love watching crime shows and love more Nordic noir and the temperamental detective, where the moods are as erratic and dark as the plot. Here is a list of a few I watched over the last year which has strong female leads. A few of them are incredibly edge of the seat with a fantastic plot and cast to execute them. And thankfully, the women at the center are not seeking or falling in love with the nearest good-looking man as a respite from (and sometimes at the cost of) their detective duties. They are middle-aged with children or are single and unapologetic about it, much flawed and human, yet brilliant and unwavering in their goal. Check them out and let me know others. This genre, I wish, would grow in multitudes1.The Fall: Gillian Anderson returns to the small screen as Stella Gibson and how brilliant is she? We know both the hunted and the hunter in this slow, moody, psychological thriller and yet, the cat and mouse game is less than predictable. The plot: when a Belfast murder remains unsolved, Stella Gibson (Anderson) is brought in to catch the killer. DSI Gibson soon fears that a murder spree is underway in Belfast and a killer is on the loose. An equally brilliant Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector whose identity is known within a few minutes of the first episode, but hey, watch it and tell me if that makes it any less exciting.2. The Killing: Who killed Rosie Larsen (and other questions answered). The Killing is based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen (The Crime) and stars Detective Sarah Linden and her loyal love-to-hate-you-hate-to-love-you sidekick Stephen Holder (I admit, I fell a bit in love with the damaged piece that was him by the end of it). Each episode ends with a cliffhanger that points of a possible killer who doesn’t turn out to be the one in the next (but of course!). In essence, the show follows the investigation of the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen but is intertwined with others: the police investigation into the murder, the Larsen family's attempts to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.3. Happy Valley: Oh, how much do I LOVE BBC’s crime productions? There are five on this list (barring The Killing) and I say without hesitation they have mastered the art (or science or what have you). Happy Valley is set in the Calder Valley and Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) plays a strong-willed police sergeant, still coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter, Becky, eight years earlier. She is now bringing up Becky's young son, Ryan, the product of rape. Catherine hears that Tommy Lee Royce, the man responsible for the brutal rape that impregnated Becky and drove her to suicide shortly after Ryan was born, is out of prison after serving eight years for drug charges. Catherine becomes obsessed with finding Royce, unaware that he is involved in the kidnapping of a young girl—Ann Gallagher. Things get worse as the kidnappers try to hide their tracks and Catherine grows neurotically persistent.4. Vera: Based on the Vera Stanhope novels by bestselling author Ann Cleeves, Vera (starring Brenda Blethyn in the titular role) is an employee of the fictional Northumberland and City Police. She is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly disheveled state but has a calculating mind, and despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and comrades (-- from Wikipedia). Everything about her screams motherly and cantankerous, yet she is a formidable force to watch. And you will grow very fond of her by the end of it.5. The Honourable Woman: Not a detective series this but I couldn’t help adding it to the list. THW is a political spy thriller which is so nail-bitingly good, you have to watch now. It features Maggie Gyllenhaal in the title role (isn’t that the new, happy trend: small screen revival projects for the out-of-work or fading big screen stars?). She won a Golden Globe for it. Totally deserved, may I add? Gyllenhaal plays Anglo-Jewish businesswoman Nessa Stein who eight years earlier became the new head of the Stein Group after her brother abruptly stepped down. As she continues her work to maintain the Middle East peace process, old secrets come to the fore and bodies pile up. The stakes are raised high when Kasim, the son of Atika, Nessa's friend as well as Ephram Stein's Palestinian housekeeper, is kidnapped.6. Top of the Lake: Okay, to be honest, this is not one of my favorites. I thought the plot fell a bit flat towards the end. But the characters and the settings are quirky and unique and the whimsical style of storytelling reasons enough to watch. The drama stars Elizabeth Moss (someone I admired in Mad Men and will, till the end of life, know as Peggy Olson). She plays Detective Robin Griffin, a Sydney police officer returning to her remote New Zealand hometown of Laketop, facing the crimes surrounding the pregnancy and disappearance of a local 12-year-old girl, Tui.7. Spiral (Engrenages): Another one to add to the list is the French BBC Drama - Spiral: Engrenages - broadcast on Canal+. It stars two powerful female characters: a quirky, obsessed, but brilliant female Police Captain Laure Berthaud, and a ruthless, corrupt and beautiful female lawyer Joséphine Karlsson, both caring less about the many feathers they ruffle. These female characters are primary to the plot and rarely was their gender invoked in relation to their job role or position of power. This feminist observation apart, the 12 part series is gripping: the characters etched out in great detail (I felt for each of them in their individual disasters and triumphs), their relationships and challenges realistic, and the three subplots cleverly executed and tied together. A minor quibble was the need to look at the subtitles constantly, but I swear by end of it I could speak a little bit of French myself.8. Marcella: Err... another British television crime noir detective series. Yeah, mea culpa, but I do like them so much! They are astonishingly atmospheric—a trait I look for in everything I read or watch—the cast and setting need to grow on me. The series stars Anna Friel as Marcella Backland, a former London detective who is asked to return to work to investigate an unsolved case from eleven years ago involving an unidentified serial killer who appears to have become active again. What I love best is she is un-coplike, almost vulnerable and thus, very relatable. Series 2 started airing in Feb, 2018 and I can’t wait for it to come to Netflix.Homeland and House of Cards are the other two wildly popular series with strong female leads. Might I also dare add Game of Thrones season 6? Finally, we have women sailing to conquer worlds and play both the hero and the villain. We have come a long way.But you know what else I wish for now? That the victims of these murders are not women! YES, let’s write a book or make a TV series where the victims of the serial killer is not a WOMAN? Yes, yes, please? I know, we make a pretty picture no matter what, but let’s not have any more cowering and whimpering. Just for a change.About the writer: Smita Bhattacharya is an author based out of Mumbai. She has a particular soft spot for psychological thriller novels and TV series. Her latest novel, Dead to Them, was released in January 2018 and is currently garnering rave reviews. Her other two books, He Knew a Firefly and Vengeful, have ranked among the top 100 Asian Literature & Fiction on Amazon. Several of her short stories have appeared in Indian and international publications over the years, making her a very happy person indeed. More about her at: www.smitabhattacharya.com

"The Puppet Show"
 Trupti Paikaray  
 14 March 2018  

What a beautiful life it was without the virtual reality headaches. Babloo with Golu calling Titu and Monu with other friends were rushing to the nearby fields to play cricket, volleyball, football, gilli danda and kabaddi. They were even so fond of sack race, cycling, hide and seek and a number of other exciting games not only to keep them entertained but also to stay fit and fine. Then, Babloo, Golu, and Titu were growing up playing various outdoor games, the games which need sharp mind, attention, keen intellect and alertness. They were also doing best in their studies and pursuing good careers. It is true that they didn’t know the magic of the computer and internet. If they were given such facility, nobody would have beaten them. Here, what I want to highlight that yes they were lacking a facility, but still, they were the go-getters, the trendsetters. With the advent of computer and internet life changed hugely. Nowadays, kids are ‘internet-babies’ and youth are ‘puppets’ in the hands of the internet. I don’t dare to say anything against internet and it has a lot of contribution to our life. If our life is getting better and better, it is only because of the internet. But as we know “too much of everything is bad”, we should have control over its use. Along with free internet data available, not only youths but most of the people are getting addicted to the internet and social media. Kids cannot stay away from online games, cartoon videos and new varieties of apps are also coming up which fascinates the young minds.Social media is gaining huge popularity day by day. It’s indeed a great idea to stay connected to friends, family, admirers, and well-wishers. Personally, I feel it’s a great platform to expand your knowledge and information base. It connects you to a group of like-minded people, using it we grow our business, increase our fan followers. We also get to know about day to day happenings. But, the excess use of social media leads to frustrations also. There is a kind of virtual competition going on. People are busy showing off that they can afford to visit foreign countries, go to expensive hotels and can enjoy the exotic holiday trips and at the same time busy uploading picture, to make others feel that “yes, I can afford and I am living such a lavish lifestyle.” Those people, who really can’t afford, feel sad and broken and it also makes them feel bad. It gives them a chance to curse their destiny; it creates and spreads jealousy and narcissism among people. If we post something on social media then we expect more likes and comments and if there are more likes we feel like winners, if fewer likes and comments feel like losers. Somehow, it disturbs our mental peace. Yes, I have seen many teenagers struggling to get more likes, comments, and shares. After the addition of love, wow like emoticon buttons, there is competition to get more loves, wows. Is it a real life? We forget that this is not the taste of a real life.As per my observations on social media behavior I found there are a few types of social media users which can be divided into the following groups;Group-1 (The smart users): These types of people always love to give likes or comments if you look beautiful, smart, if you post pictures of your exotic holiday trips, get good jobs in big companies. Let me say, this is the reason you get more friends and it can also be the reason for losing some friends as they can't see you going, growing, or happy.Group-2 (The Genuine users): There are some people who always give likes and comments from their hearts being yours true and genuine admirers and they never hurt you. They can be the biggest supporters and friends.Group-3 (The Deliberate users): Some are there who prefer to give likes, loves, wows and comments as they expect you to do the same and it’s their sweet strategy to get more likes in return. They can be described as sweet “Like collectors & counters”. Group-4 (The Snobs): Some users are there who give likes and comments only when they find and think, “Oh, yes…this guy is of my level”. Otherwise, they don't care.Group-5 (The Moody users): There is a type of moody users group. They are so moody in this matter and you can't predict when you are going to get likes and comments from them. Group-6 (The Silent users): Another group of users is there who never give likes or comments and don’t bother even if you don’t give likes, comments on their posts.Group-7 (The Jealous users): Some people knowingly avoid you, only because “it is you” and they feel jealous of you, your followers, friends and the more likes and comments you get the more it makes them upset. Group-8 (The Selfish users): The selfish users are the true bargaining kind of people, “If you give likes, I will give likes, if you don’t, I won’t”. However, they start liking your posts like ‘your one and only friend’ and beautiful comments to make win your hearts. But, if they don’t get return likes or comments they just stop there.Group-9 (The Go with the flow users): Go with the flow users are very diplomatic. They give comments, likes, loves on your posts, pictures only when see and find your mutual friends giving you likes, loves, wows, then they can’t tolerate and even if they don’t like they give it only to go with the flow.Group-10 (The Game watchers): Last but not the least, the ‘Game watchers’ love to watch the game till the end. They just pause a bit, then wait and watch how your posts are performing in the ‘Like & Comments Game’. If your posts get more likes n comments then they decide to throw likes. The story doesn't end here. Many people are opening fake accounts and flirt with girls and start chatting with them. As everything has its pros and cons even social media has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is undoubtedly the biggest source of communication, interaction, entertainment or infotainment. It is used in a wrong way causing major issues. Cyberbullying, hurting each other and insulting people are very common these days. Teens are completely trapped by the momentary bliss social media gives. We are celebrating festivals, important days and throwing parties being obsessed with posting pictures and giving status updates by forgetting the actual purpose of the event. In this entire process, we people are getting puppets in the hands of technology and social media. It controls our emotions, it gives us pleasure, and our life is controlled by how many likes, loves, and wows we get. It is also creating frustrations among the youths as they see their friend going ahead, achieving success, going on foreign trips, spending holidays in posh hotels, buying luxurious cars and houses and they can’t do it. It makes them feel low and bad about themselves and their positions. But, they must understand that “all that glitters is not gold” and people do it only to show others. In the name of social media, we forget the actual relationships because we are so busy with this ‘virtual friendship’. As per a new study, we now spend more time on our smartphones than with our partner. While at home, we too remain busy with our smartphones, updating our status on social media and it’s like as if a puppet show is going on and we are the puppets in the hands of social media. Hence, we must understand the pros and cons of social media and it should be used to make our lives better not bitter. We should not be addicted to it. There are a lot of benefits from using these platforms. We can follow social media news, can read good articles, and can keep in touch with friends and family who may be physically far away. But sometimes, we should take a break from it, just put the windows down, enjoy the fresh air, breathe, read some good books, do gardening, go for a walk, spend time with family & friends, play some outdoor games and do some charity work and it will give you the real pleasure of being with the real people.

The Jobholics
 Trupti Paikaray  
 15 March 2018  

The only obsession to be in a good job, doing jobs and only jobs, getting better jobs in the good companies, the expectation to work in multi-national companies, dream to be in government jobs, to born, brought up and die with jobs are the acts of the jobholics. They can only see, think, imagine of doing jobs only, to work as paid employees only. I don’t have any problem with the jobs; after all, it gives me and us bread and butter. But, sometimes it hurts me when we are so highly obsessed with jobs that if we don’t get jobs we think it better to sit at home and eat away our parent’s money without thinking of alternatives. The parents are also equally responsible for making their children jobholics. So, the young generation can’t think or imagine a world without or beyond jobs. In absence of a job or with no-jobs they prefer to remain jobless and unemployed, but can’t go for alternative career options. We are born and brought up with such ideas, persuasions and when a child is born the parents start planning, “my son is going to be an engineer only, my daughter is going to be a doctor” and they spoon-feed their children to be doctors and Engineers only when there are a lot of options available, and what about their passions, their interests. I have seen many teenagers suffering from such problems. Some of my juniors have shared their unhappiness with me saying that “I wanted to be a banker, a singer, a painter, but our parents forced us to study Engineering which I don’t like at all”. In the later stage, they have left that Engineering jobs to start banking careers or they have joined the careers of their choices. I feel that parents should guide their children, encourage them to study hard, but they shouldn't impose on them what they supposed to be, it’s purely a personal decision. And the children should enjoy full freedom choosing the career of their preferences; allow them to grow with their dreams, passions, allow them to be a singer, a dancer, a painter, an actor, a teacher, an agropreneur and a journalist. If the children follow their passions and nurtured with their talents, skills, and passions they will grow and fly high and would be successful in life. It will make them happy from within and that is the true meaning of life. Then they will be able to contribute their best to the societySimilarly, job should not be the only option left to the children, the parents should encourage their children to be business tycoons, entrepreneurs, industrialists, not only to be the jobholders but also be the job creators and why 10am to 6 pm job only where no holidays, extra hours of work, non-cooperative colleagues, foul play by co-workers, diplomatic boss and handling all these we develop anxiety and stress which leads to fatal diseases among the youths these days. Long hours of sitting in front of the computers and working like machines make them diseased & unhealthy. Can’t we think of job creations, giving jobs to others? After all, we find that most of the successful people are among the top business tycoons like Tata, Birla, Ambani, and Adani who are big entrepreneurs. If they were thinking of doing jobs only they would not have created the most demanding huge jobs markets for the youths in India and abroad. We should come out of that stereotypes and not only to get jobs but also creating jobs for others should be our motto. In our country people have a typical mindset pertaining to jobs, they only know to give respect to people with high-level jobs and even if a businessman is earning much more than that person he doesn’t get the same respect from the people. Similarly, people with highly established jobs want their children to follow the same pattern even if their wards are not good at studies, if their children don’t get expected jobs and decide to start business careers they are mocked by their friends and relatives, i.e. “what? Son of Mr.X, going to sell clothes and I have seen this happening in my family also. We never appreciate the business, entrepreneurial activities, and the youths without getting any support from their parents and family members being frustrated, being stressed start doing all the wrong things. It not only leads to unemployment but also poverty. Entrepreneurship must be promoted, the parents must understand its significance, and youths must be oriented to follow it as alternative career options. One entrepreneur can give jobs to many unemployed youths. Like American teens don't get pressurized to follow a trend or a career path, our Indian teens should not be pressurized in any case. In America, they know each one of them is different from each other and they designed to do things differently. So they are free to choose their career paths. They do part-time jobs for running their expenditures and they don’t judge the work you do. But here parents will decide whether their children should go for Medical or Engineering. That is the reason they are called developed countries. Hence, in our country the youths should be encouraged to follow the careers of their choices, there should be no compulsions. Similarly, entrepreneurship must be promoted among the youths to make our country developed, rich, and to ensure adequate employment opportunities are available for the unemployed mass.

Dheere se aa ja ri akhian me nindia aa ja tu aa ja …………….
 Lilly Thakur  
 15 March 2018  

All of us might have enjoyed this song in our childhood, mother caressing hair and singing Lori to make us sleep.Great were those days, to tension, no stress of any kind, we were safe in hands of parents.The other day I was sitting on my lawn, watching a sparrow feeding her child, the child was very small and I could clearly see the joy the child was having while sparrow was feeding. While I was watching this scene all of a sudden a question came to my mind—Will this child remember his mother after he is able to fly?Ans is very simple once the child sparrow gains health and is able to fly, he will fly leaving mother behind and—Yehi zindgi ka dastoor haiThe same applies to many of usAnother question came to my mindARE WE CIVILISED??We claim to be civilized but actually, we are not civilized.Had we been civilized was there any need for old age homes?Why we felt the need of old age homes?The reason is very simple we have gained education but we have not cultivated sanskars which are the backbone of any civilized family, society, and nation.In past we were having a joint family where the head of the family was in command of the family and command gets shifted automatically to next senior person after the death of command holderWe do not have this system nowadays hence families are breaking and leading to old age homes/ help age /help in suffering etc etcThe main reason which comes to my mind is perhaps we do not have tolerance power –I have witnessed many cases of divorce which could have been avoided had one partner showed some signs of tolerance and other partner respected that tolerance but that did not happen because we are civilized and know our rights and do not want to bow our heads.We have forgotten with how many troubles our parents have brought up, gave us education and made us what we are today.The irony is parents bring up children but when parents are old all children together can’t take care of parents.Recently I watched BAGHWAN movie a very well made movie. I think all of us might have seen that movie I need not go in details but that question still haunts meAre we civilized? If we are--We have to pay back the debt which we are carrying on our heads, of the love and affection which we enjoyed in our childhood—Dheere se aa ja ri akhian me nindia aa ja tu aa jaa

Are you chasing your goals or merely its means?
 Manoj Arora  
 16 March 2018  

Have we got mixed up with our goals and the means to achieve those goals? Most of us have. Wake up before time runs out !...Unhappy and frustrated with recent exam results at school, my elder one was desperately looking forward to something that could soothe her mind. It is not only about kids and exams, it could be you and your career, you and your business, your life, your relations, your passion. Whatever be it, in most cases we seemed to have mixed up with our life's goals and the means to achieve those goals. Don't believe me? Look out for yourself."Dad, now don’t tell me that results do not matter. I know that efforts are more important. But still I am not feeling good...", said a disappointed Arushi."Well, the fact is that results do matter. However, they are not in our control. Our efforts also matter. The beauty of focusing on the efforts is that efforts are always in our control. In any case, let me share with you a story of one of my friends in the United States - that should probably make you feel better...""William Richards was one of my colleagues when we were in the USA. We call him Bill. And you know people there - they are so fond of taking long breaks from the mundane job, and going on for adventures like biking, hiking, boating, flying, and what not.""Ah! Those US days...", remarked Arushi with a glee in her eyes."Yeah...so, this guy – Bill, took a three-week vacation after we signed a new contract with the client. All of us had worked very hard for this, and we all deserved a break. Bill decided to walk up the mountains.""Ok...Is it around the same time we went to Disney World?", inquired Arushi."Yes, exactly, we also took that 3-week break..OK, so when Bill was back after 3 weeks,he explained me about an incident that was strangely disturbing for him.""What was that?""Bill told me that during one of the days when he was climbing one of the toughest peaks. That day was particularly rough for him. He had been climbing since last 6 hours and it was late in the afternoon already. He was literally sweating in the snow, his legs were paining, his shoulders were aching...He was finding it really tough. But of course, he did not have a choice at that time. While all that was happening, he heard a noise of a helicopter quite close to him. When the sound of the whirling helicopter blades increased further, he just looked up and was amazed to see what he saw.""What was there?""It was one of his friends and his neighbor Ronnie on the helicopter...Ronnie was a rich man, also fond of mountains.""Ah ok..""They waived at each other, and then Ronnie shouted that he was going to the M4 peak...Bill said he was too...""OK..."Ronnie then waived Bill to come over to the helicopter and he offered to throw the ladder down to pick him up. Bill was confused whether he should take this offer."C’mon Bill. We have the same goal. We can use his helicopter as a means to achieve this goal faster. What are you thinking? I started just 15 min back and we will be there at the M4 peak in next 5 minutes.""Then, did Bill accept his friends offer?""No, Bill did not. And whether Bill accepted the offer or not is irrelevant. The strange part was this. At that moment, Bill said that he definitely felt very frustrated, sad and hopeless.""That’s obvious Dad...Bill has been climbing for hours together and was in pain. His friend did all that in 15 minutes - just because his friend could afford to rent a helicopter.""It is not obvious my child. It is the core issue.”“Issue, what issue?”“Here is what the issue us. If Bill felt sad seeing his friend go past him and reach the peak in no time with least effort, then I am sorry to say that Bill has got completely messed up with his goals and the means to achieve the goal.""How?""OK. what do you think was Bill’s goal?""To reach the mountaintop.""Again, we always get it wrong here. That is the issue. We get so messed up. Think again why did he take the vacation? At that point when Ronnie was waving at him, Bill thought that reaching the top is the goal and climbing are the means to achieve the goal, while actually, it is exactly the reverse. Think. The climb is the goal and the mountaintop is the means that help him achieve his goal. Did he not take a break to enjoy a few days 'climbing'? The objective was always to climb and enjoy the climb. Now, having said that, remember that the mountaintop is also important, but just as a means. If there was no top, then there would be no climb.""Hmmm....quite interesting.""If he was clear about the goal (climbing), would he be frustrated to see his friend reaching the top faster?""Perhaps, no !""Definitely no. Who reaches the top faster and with how much effort - all this would cease to matter if the goal is to climb. It is just how we look at things. In fact, he should be satisfied that he is already achieving his goal of climbing - which cannot be accomplished in any way via a helicopter.""Interesting Dad....""And now tell me what is your goal when you study - to learn new things and acquire knowledge or to score marks?"Arushi went in thinking mode. It is this self-introspection only that was going to set her perspective right. I let her take her time. After some time, I had to trigger it.."So, let me make it absolutely clear to you. Marks are not the goal at all. Marks are just a means - that help you focus on your main goal - which is to acquire more knowledge, and become wiser. While striving to achieve more marks, your goal is to become knowledgeable and wise – and not the other way round. Let there be no doubt about this. Do not mess up your childhood days in this confusion. Do not do the same mistake that Bill did." "Wow, this does give me a different perspective. But that is not how our teachers and classmates think. They look highly on us only when we get good marks.""Yeah, that is how it is always going to stay - perhaps. They have messed up their lives, and we cannot go and correct everyone around us. It is not feasible. But my advise to you would be not to just follow the herd. The entire herd may be headed to hell."“I get that Dad…I definitely feel better..”Arushi got it. I got it a few years back. Some of you may get it with this post. Some will never get it. Doesn't matter. The end is the same for everyone. But hold....reaching the end of our life is not our goal. Reaching the end is just a means - a reminder - for us to improve, become better, possess more mental strength, exhibit more happiness, elevate someone's life - and these are our goals. Do not get messed up between the goal and the means.On a vacation trip remember that the goal is not to reach the destination, but to enjoy the in-between moments - waiting at the airport, the cab ride with family, the meal at the hotel, the dance party, the scuba dive, the isolated hour at the beach. In a job or a business, the goal is not to reach the next level - but to impact as many people, experience awesome time and relations on the journey. "You always had a goal of financial freedom....", remarked one of my readers."The goal was never to be financially free, Freedom is only a means to reach our goals - of doing what we love doing – writing, planting trees, spending time with children and spouse, taking care of parents, meeting friends - and having an enjoyable life.", I responded.CheersManoj AroraOfficial Website | My Mission

BORN FREE TO LIVE IN A CAGE
 Padmini Ravindran  
 16 March 2018  

  All over the world, countries celebrate their independence day with great pride and gusto showcasing their strength and progress to be admired and awed by people. However, I wonder at times are we; human beings really free or liberated? Do we enjoy freedom in true sense? I’ll keep my thought process limited to India without going to the other parts of the world.Every human being according to me is free only at the time of birth. A baby has no worries about projecting the “right public image” and is happy doing anything and everything he wants to. As we grow, we are caged, shackled in many chains by the society- Social, cultural, emotional and lately technological.It starts when the baby (I’ll use ‘She’ as a pronoun as it encompasses ‘he’ too J!) is hardly a toddler. Parents love to show off his/her talents without any consideration for his/her moods and fancies. She has to sing or dance and entertain the relatives who are often least interested. Then there is a marathon for the best school in the city. The kid is again forced to mug up the likely questions to be asked at the interview, learn to behave in a certain manner at the age when she just wants to be left on her/his own.    Once at school the comparison starts with all the other children. Every parent wants the child to be the best - marvelling at studies, sports, debates and elocutions, arts, theatre, social etiquette and so on. In short she has to be a Superwoman, while the mothers sweat over every small detail like deciding what hobbies are “in”, what vitamin supplements to give the child for super-built body and extra-intelligent brain, what kind of clothes are in vogue for kids and so on. All advertisements put the pressure on parents to make a scientist/ doctor/ engineer or any professional (Please note that none off the advertisements think much of artists or farmersL! No wonders farmers have remained the most vulnerable lot in our “agrarian” economy for decades!). The harried parents, in turn pass on this frenzied madness on to their children. Every parent dreams of having a super successful child prodigy, irrespective of own talents that he has passed on in the child’s DNA at birth. We want our children to follow the career chart we have created for them taking in consideration the status, social acceptance, and money it will yield. What the child’s interests are is totally ignored.Once the school and college marathon is over and youth gets a plum job, then the other social pressures build up. A girl must learn to be graceful, super talented at juggling home and demanding career, must be having all the socially accepted attributes like – fair, tall, slim, social yet home-loving, educated yet sacrificing, modern yet with traditional values and the list is endless.This brings me to the fairness obsession in our country where most girls are bound to be wheat complexioned due to our geographic and climatic conditions. Having a dusky complexion is looked down upon and if you have a darker skin only God or fairness creams save you! I find the advertisements so ridiculous when a girl dreaming of a great career has to rely on fairness creams to prove her mettle! If she wants to remain single by choice then hell breaks loose. If she marries then her womanhood is not considered complete till she delivers a baby. Why I wonder, in a free country it becomes a privilege of all and sundry to barge into couple’s bedroom and discuss why are they not having kids and what could be wrong with them. Can we not let the parents decide when they want to bring in a life that is going to be their responsibility till they are alive?Men on the other hand are forced to bring home a handsome pay package and comparisons of how much comforts and luxury a neighbour can afford to give his wife vis- a -vis the poor husband becomes a main topic of contention. Once they become parents they too merrily join the same rat race that their parents had joined to ruin them.These are some of the socio-cultural shackles I strongly feel about. Emotional shackles too are somewhat intertwined in these as usually our Indian society loves to emotionally blackmail their loved ones to follow their commands. Log kya kahenge is the most dangerous epidemic that has been afflicted by Asian psyche. Social approval is a bug that has bitten all of us. Imagine the emotional state of a young girl when she is more than often rejected because she is NOT fair, slim or beautiful. She is most often an easy prey to depression. I wonder why we give so much importance to external attributes while totally ignoring the more important ones like nature, intelligence, compatibility etc. in a life partner. Are we shopping here for a curio to beautify home or wanting someone with whom we can share our lives! And same things go for men too - what with markets flooded with anti-balding treatments and all those fairness creams for men? He too is expected to earn well, be qualified with the most lucrative degree, have a macho figure etc. I often hear young girls asking for well sculpted men as their life partners. SO now the fire has reached even the other side of the society. At a young age he’s expected to offer all the comforts and luxuries when he’s still building his career!Added to all these cages, the worst shackle is the technology. We think human being created technology for comforts but today it has totally backfired on us impacting every aspect of the society. Just look around and see for yourself what have smart phones done to our lives! The downfall that started with the idiot box and further fuelled with the internet has been completed by the smart phones. Phones are getting smarter and humans are getting dumber. I’ve nothing against technology and if used sensibly it can be a great boon. We can now reach the entire world in a split second. Emails have become a passé with the advent of other more powerful and faster means of communication. Often Facebook and twitter has helped in reuniting people or in sending across a useful message. Today I too am saying what I feel thanks to this technology. We can surely not ignore the good things. However, we can’t turn a blind eye to the damage it does to our most profound institutions of marriage, family and society as a whole.  Families are fast disintegrating today as each one is happy to be in his on anda cell created by his Laptop, smart phone, personal TV or a tablet, and is constantly in his world with his headsets on. Cheating in marriages has never been so rampant and easy with the right to privacy. Virtual affairs ruin many marriages as one doesn’t understand that virtual love is bound to appear “perfect” and it’s only when you actually start life together you need to adjust and understand. Recently, a study revealed how social skills are being affected in this generation that spends most of its time in the virtual world. Family time is unheard of with each one immersed in his on virtual world. We forget that though wired from all sides we are not robots but human beings who are bound to need emotions like warmth, love and touch to thrive. The older generation who is not very tech savvy feels the brunt the most. They are mostly treated like a piece of furniture. The youth has no connect with parents leave alone grandparents. In our desire to connect across miles we have been disconnected from our own family.Family outings, dinners and gatherings do happen surprisingly even today but the most time and attention is hogged by these smart phones. Family time has become a joke with each member immersed in one’s cell phone- exchanging messages. Checking face book updates, updating status and so on.The family vacations are more for clicking selfies and check-ins to let the whole world on social media know the exotic place one is heading to. There have been many stand up comedies, what’s app forwards and tongue in cheek cartoons aimed at this but I feel we are quick to ignore these warning bells and laugh it off merely as a humour. So many have lost lives clicking selfies at dangerous spots but we are too slow to understand the implications. Are we really a generation of dimwits and our cell phones smarter than us? Only God save us in such situation…!All pictures Courtesy- https://unsplash.com

How long is 'Long Term' in Equity?
 Manoj Arora  
 16 March 2018  

For someone running the last 100 meters of a 42 Km marathon, one sec can seem to be quite a time. On the other hand, to change a simple habit in your life, a decade may seem quite small. Long Term, therefore, is a relative term in life. But it is not so in equity investments. Whether it is mutual funds or stocks, we can define Long Term quite precisely, clearly and objectively - with logical data points.Let us see how.'Being Dead' as an Investment StrategyFidelity Investments recently conducted a study in the US to find out what kind of investments provided the best returns. The results were startling for anyone who feels is a smart investor. The study revealed that the highest returns were from investors who had completely forgotten about their investment for years, or even decades. A good proportion of these investors who were enjoying amazing returns, had actually died a long time ago. The study, therefore, concluded that the most profitable strategy may be to do exactly what a dead person would do - which is nothing.Why should we define 'Long Term'?A long-term investment is often associated with lesserrisk. We just understood from the above study that the longer the term, the lesser the risk - since volatility is averaged out over a period of time.To augment our statement, just have a look at the last 5 year returns of BSE Sensex:9% , 42% , -9% , 16% & 10%The overall annual returns stand at 13%Now, 13% is a fabulous annual return on your investment - but the variability (volatility) is high. During any short period, you could face poor returns - or even losses (as in Year 3). These poor returns are (over)compensated by a great occasional phase (as in Year 2). As you increase the term, the risk will keep reducing. But how long should we keep increasing the Term of investment? For sure, we do not want to die just trying to get good returns. We want to get the returns and use them too - in this lifespan. Isn't the purpose of an investment to get the returns and use the money as well as the returns arising from it? What use is the money if it just keeps growing and you die of old age? The end purpose of money and investments was always to spend it optimally, so as to facilitate happiness in our life.Therefore, to strike a balance, we must define a Long Term investment tenure where we have a fairly reduced risk and we can also use the investment and the returns for the purpose it was intended to. Thus, we should be able to precisely answer the question, "How long is long-term in Equity?"How does our Law define 'Long Term'?Tax Laws are often quite strange, to say the least. Indian IT Act defines Long Term on equity investments after a period of 1 year (12 months). So, does that mean that any equity investment done for more than a year is a truly long-term and therefore, relatively quite safe?Not really!Ironically, on the other hand, any investment done in debt based funds are considered as long-term from a taxation perspective only if you stay invested for at least 3 years. So, are we saying that debt investments are riskier as compared to equity investments - and therefore need a longer duration to average out the risk? It is actually the reverse. Debt based investments are less volatile and therefore less risky as compared to Equity investments.So, we cannot go by the definition of tax laws to define the right tenure of any Long-Term Investments.Defining 'Long Term' logicallyIf you analyze the data for a typical mutual fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 1 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 160% (best 1-year return ever)b) Minimum returns are -57% (worst 1-year return ever)If you analyze the data for a typical fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 2 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 82% (Annualised best return ever - over 2 years period)b) Minimum returns are -34% (Annualised worst return ever - over 2 years period)If you analyze the data for a typical fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 3 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 63% (Annualised best return ever - over 3 years period)b) Minimum returns are -18% (Annualised worst return ever - over 3 years period)If you analyze the data for a typical fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 4 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 59% (Annualised best return ever - over 4 years period)b) Minimum returns are -8% (Annualised worst return ever - over 4 years period)If you analyze the data for a typical fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 5 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 54% (Annualised best return ever - over 5 years period)b) Minimum returns are 4% (Annualised worst return ever - over 5 years period)This means that the minimum annualized returns you could have made annually if you would have invested in the worst possible fund would have been 4%. Do not go by the dwarf-ness of 4% CAGR. Try and understand the significance of this statement. Here is the crux. There was no feasible way that you could have made any loss in equity market if you would have stayed invested for 5 years - since your returns were going to be between 4% and 54%.Let us just go one step ahead.If you analyze the data for a typical fund with a multi-decade history over all the possible 10 year periods, you will find that:a) Maximum returns are 30% (Annualised best return ever - over 10 years period)b) Minimum returns are 13% (Annualised worst return ever - over 10 years period)Wow !! A worst-case annual returns of 13% !!What else you want equity investments to deliver to you? Of course, that is if you stay invested for 10 years.The above statistics clearly puts the minimum term of investment to be 5 years and the optimum term of investment in equity to be somewhere between 5 and 10 years i.e. 7 years and above. 7+ years is an investment term wherein you get good enough returns with significantly lesser risk.Therefore, in equity investments - long term is not a vague term. It is 7 years+ investment horizon - also validated by 7-year equity cycles.CheersManoj AroraOfficial Website | My Mission

Post break up , we normally face three phases.
 Vishal Singh  
 16 March 2018  

Negative Phase: A phase where we keep disturbed, angry and annoyed all the time from the person who left. We keep abusing, cursing that person in alone, almost everytime. We cry but do not get peace even after weeping. The mind doesn't get settled anywhere. Bad thoughts overcome our senses. Even friends and family seems enemy, we start hating love and relationships.This phase needs patience.Neutral Phase: We stop abusing and cursing the Ex and start remembering him/her in alone. Tears start to come out at every moment we remember. As tears fall down, it gives relief to the heart. It happens only when we are alone because in this phase we start liking being with friends and family. Studies and work keep us busy. We start feeling annoyed from the loneliness and need a partner so that we can enjoy.This phase needs acceleration and determination.Growing Phase: When we step up and decide that now it is not gonna work like before. Once again we start going around with people to make a relationship as phase 1 and phase 2 teach us a lot of lessons. We start shaking head on the moments that we wasted with our Ex, and moments happened during the day bring a smile on our lips. By reaching this phase we understand one important thing that" Always a start is needed to get out of the bad phases and no phase is permanent in life. " Once we understand this statement, means we are fully Healed.

Mashmellos, ‘Lazer’, and high ‘Temperature’ at Vh1 Supersonic
 Verus Ferreira  
 16 March 2018  

When you have headliners such as Marshmallow, Major Lazer, and Sean Paul coming together, you know you are at one of the best festivals in the world.Kicking off the fifth edition from last year’s three stages, the fest brought in six stages this year, with the main stage Sonic Realm taking you into fairytale land with an Alice in Wonderland setup, complete with a clock, the hands that actually move, but anti-clockwise. You also had the wings of the ladybug open and close at intervals. And to top it all, you had the commanding deer right in the center. Laboratory Supersonic was the first stage as you entered the venue, and comparatively small compared to the others, but sporting a very industrial feel, complete with shipping port containers stacked in the backdrop. Live Arena was the huge main stage and a well thought of Changeover stage for much smaller acts. Between the Live Arena and the Spectrum stage that had more of the EDM acts, was the Reggae Stage close to the Beer Garden spinning out some classic reggae tunes on CD and vinyl. The first day of the three-day festival held from 9th, 10th and 11th February, saw Indie acts like Komorebi, Parekh & Singh, Clayton Hogermeer, Kohra, and Midival Punditz to the Live Arena stage offering the topper for the night Nucleya, Dillion Francis and Major Lazer on the Sonic Realm stage. Anyone who was at the festival will tell you how packed the venue was, and going by statistics from last year, this season saw the highest number of footfalls, with a total attendance of around 12,000 people on all three days. Major Lazer, who has played in the country before, began his set with one of Bollywood’s iconic track Choli Ke Peeche moving over to Kendrick Lamar’s Humble and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, besides of course his own songs. Lazer showed his love for Bollywood with more unexpected tracks like Ladki Kar Gayi Chul and a few others. If Daft Punk had their helmets, Deadmau5 his mouse head, Christopher Comstock, known professionally as Marshmello, an American electronic dance music producer and DJ had the mask head. Day 2 saw a few die-hard Mashmellow fans walk in with the face mask and dancing just like he does.Though the day started with some great acts like Madboy Mink and the Stage Collective at Live Arena, followed by the Shillong based Soulmate who gave a rousing performance, this was followed by the Ska Vengers ending with Bombay Bassment and the Fanculos. The Spectrum stage witnessed some big bang performances like Ash Roy and Tuhin Mehta to Joseph Capriati, while The Laboratoire stage witnessed some galactic performances from Raja Kumari bringing tracks like Meera, Believe in You, City Slums. DJ Uri played the turntables with Ryan Sadri on Sax, but the night eventually belonged to Mashmello. Once again like the previous night opening act was almost similar to that of Major Lazer as both of them had Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai as the opening song, but from there Mashmello went on to his blockbusters we love so much. The last day at Laxmi Lawns saw indie acts like Aswekeepsearching, Pentagram, The F 16s and American rock band Incubus to the Spectrum stage offering a fantastic set by Arjun Vagale. The main act for the night was taken by Sean Paul, with audiences expecting a night to remember. Sadly the Jamaican rapper who sported an orange jacket, was not in his element but managed to raise the bar a bit with songs like Temperature, She Doesn’t Mind and a few others. The venue had lots to offer, if you ever got tired of the music. At a sprawling 35,000 sq ft moving around from each stage would give you enough exercise to lose a few calories. Like last year, there were several installations to keep you busy. This year had a giant slide, swings, cute de-stress tents, a see saw, and a mechanical bull, besides of course a fabulous food court with a mini flea market. Sadly if you wanted to have your poison while you enjoyed your favourite act, you would have to down the glass of beer or Jim Bean at the bar itself, as no alcohol was permitted outside the bar area or allowed to be carried from one stage bar to the other. Something that the organisers should seriously consider doing away with. One may try to adhere to the Legal Drinking Age (LDA) of 25, but chances are you might just get away with it at the Beer Garden that had practically no security to oversee who was drinking what. Despite the hits and the misses, Vh1 Supersonic gave us memories we will always cherish. Can’t wait for next year.Text and Photos by Verus Ferreira 

Music Story
 Verus Ferreira  
 16 March 2018  

Harvey Leigh Cantwel aka HRVY  is the guy of every teenage girl’s dream. With sky blue eyes and a ruffled blonde hairdo, the 19 year old lad is a fountain of talent. Seated at the Bottomline Media office, in a pair of torn jeans and a dark blue kurta, with his management team all around, when we meet HRVY, he’s like your boy next door, casual and down to earth. His first ever live performance at Hard Rock Cafe in Mumbai was sold out with many claiming his performance was truly astounding. He had the girls literally falling for him. His alluring face, million dollar smile and attractive looks, all go to make him a real charmer. HRVY is today one of the most searched singers with his video Personal clocking about 50 million views to date. His songs Phobia, Holiday and the latest single Personal are hot favourites with teens, with their lyrics, most stemming from HRVY’s personal life experiences. HRVY is a social media sensation on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter Before his fame on social media, HRVY was a presenter on BBC’s Friday Download. After that he took to social media and released his first EP, Holiday on 25th July, 2017. While his name is on every teens lips, we can’t but wonder, why the Londoner from Kent, chose HRVY and not his real name. We choose to find out this and lot more when The Teenager Today’s music columnist Verus Ferreira got exclusive access to the dashing youngster. Here are excerpts from that conversation:So everyone wants to know the reason for the change in name. Can you tell us where the ‘a’ and ‘e’ disappeared?My team thought we might take out the vowels ‘a’ and ‘e’, and see how it sounds and make my name sound a bit different. It just stuck What music did you listen to while you were growing up?I listened to U2, songs that my dad used to play in the car. I also like Justin Timberlake, he’s great, then there’s a singer Craig David from the UK and a lot of people who were on the charts while I was growing up. So when did the real love for music light up in you?Music got my fancy at a young age when I was like five or six when I first got to understand what music really was and really enjoyed listening to it. By the time I was 13, I decided that music was what I wanted to do. I had posted a cover of a song on Facebook called ‘Simply Amazing’ by American singer Trey Songz. I shared it around on Facebook and it got a lot of traction for me and it just reached a new high. Then my manager thought I should make a video of it with me singing in it and yeah that’s how it really clicked. So it was a Facebook video which appeared on YouTube. Do songs like Phobia, Holiday, or Personal, give out a message to all your fans? Well not really, I mean, we just write about how we feel which is a concept on how we all work. I like Holiday which is a bit of fun, while Phobia was like more of heart break song, and I know people would like that kind of stuff, it’s just got that romantic side to it. So do these songs stem from your real life experiences?Some of it kind of influenced it a bit, while some of it isn’t, and some is just made up. Well going back in time I liked this girl and so it comes from there. Well the songs are a little bit of my own experiences, and so like I said, like Personal has a line about my ex girlfriend, with a line... you used to flirt with your friends. And as I said I guess a lot is also made up. Every artist goes to a lot of obstacles to reach the top, you have succeeded quite easily. How did you do it?I feel like my career is only just started, and I am sure there will be some obstacles in the way in the future. I think for now it’s been pretty okay, I’ve been on the top, so I’m fine. Your EP ‘Talk with Ya’ has both the songs Phobia and Personal. Phobia is slow, while Holiday is a bit up tempo. How do the fans react to such songs?The fans really like Phobia because it’s much slower, while Personal is danceable, which is really good, so they get a chance to choose what they really like, they have both, songs that they can chill out to at a party and the other to just listen to. Besides singing do play any musical instruments?I really want to learn the piano; I think it’s a very beautiful instrument So in the future what songs would you like to make, slow or maybe a few dance numbers?I would like to release music that has everything, that has both slow and fast numbers.Coming to your first visit to Mumbai, when you knew you were coming to India, what is the first thought that came to your mind?I am really happy to be in India, even if it’s just 5 days. It’s amazing to see such a diverse culture out here. I love the people, they’re so friendly. Everyone who I met, asked me about how I liked the country. They were really very nice and kind to me. So have you heard or watched any Bollywood movies?I have heard a lot of Bollywood and there’s this actor that we have been talking about with my team, I think his name is Shah Rukh Khan and yes I want to watch his movies before I go or take some DVDs home with me. You also have a tour with The Vamps coming up soon, are you also planning a collaboration with them also?Yes I have a tour with them in March and about collaboration well who knows, we are all friends and it may happen. So for now, it’s just the tour with them and just have some fun and yes we want to come to India again. I love the country and will be here again soon. The Vamps are supposed to be on tour in India in June this year and I’m coming back with them. Do you plan on shooting any music videos in India, considering that there have been many artists like Coldplay who have also shot videos here? Now that I have been here I definitely want to shoot a video, and yes the next time we come to India, or maybe when we come in June and also at the end of the year, we may just decide on it. We would probably take in a bit of the Indian culture in it and yes wear something like this (points to his blue kurta). So what are your dreams and aspirations?To take over the world in a good way, musically have my music everywhere. What are your future plans?Just keep releasing songs and to release more music, travel around the world....... just to have fun.... really.What memories would you take from India?I take memories of the people, how they relate to me, the things I’ve seen on the streets, everything around me, the food. I want to try some street food, we haven’t really done that yet, we have kind of hotel food at the moment, so I want to try the dosa. So finally we come to a question many girls would want to know. Do you have a girlfriend?No (laughs). I don’t, I am singleAny message for your fans? I love you guys, thank you for being so supportive, Shukriya. Text and Photos by Verus Ferreira

HOUSE HUSBAND----A MATTER OF PRIDE ….OR A NEW CHALLENGE
 Aditi Nath  
 16 March 2018  
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HOUSE HUSBAND----A MATTER OF PRIDE ….OR A NEW CHALLENGEAncient sayings and proverbs glorified the marriage and relationships to great extents. Like, a girl must stay in home and cook, look after the needs of family, while a guy’s work was to earn money and support the family financially. As days passed by, both of them started working and sharing all their works to lead a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle. They needed to save amount for their future too.And now, role reversal is at its peaks. Heavy works, night shifts, tight deadlines, both men and women are capable of everything today. A new trend in recent years is the concept of 'house husband'.. Imagine, a guy staying at home, cooking, cleaning, washing dishes and managing the entire home. How cool it is!! But it isn't as cool as you imagine. Reality is far different from the beautiful imagination one dreams of. A lot of drawbacks come along with this innovative new trend. Yes, even while seeking suggestions for this write up, a few people asked me the same question " Why can't this happen? Many years back, girls stayed at home, taking care of everything. Now why can't guys do the same? Let guys too enjoy the comfort of home for a few years." The point here is not just about the comfort of home or role reversal. It's about sharing responsibilities and staying together.Okay, let's take a stand between both, a house wife and a house husband. A house wife wakes up early, cooks for the family, helps her family members in getting ready and completes any petty works if any. Rest of the day, till her family members return home, she is free. She doesn't have any compulsory task to complete. In the evening, her routine works begin again.What does she do in the meanwhile? In specific, how does she spend the time from 10- 3? A lot of options are there. Gardening, reading, craft works, even watching television serial is considered a decent hobby nowadays. She could learn new stuffs, even new recipes to cook or an idea of getting a new friend even wouldn’t be that bad. Anyhow she would make the best use of her time.Now imagine a house husband. He does the same work in the mornings and evenings as a house wife does. But the mean time?? How could he make the best use of this time? Obviously, many activities are there. But remember the basic psychological fact, a guy cannot stay in the same place for hours together. Even in our homes we have examples. A girl child would stay at home playing with dolls for the whole day. But a boy can't stay at home even for two or three hours completely.( we all would have experienced this even by our own self.)See, we can't blame guys here. Basically, they are gifted with strong physical and mental strength than women. That is why, they are unable to put all their energy within their home. They are basically designed so. And coming to the point, a house husband goes around the city for the whole day, roaming here and there. What would happen eventually? His wife would be struggling in office and he would be casually going here and there. Would it look nice??Another major constraint is money. The earning man gives his salary to his wife and she allocates money for all expenses. That is the practice in most of the homes today. A man may earn in lakhs, but the proper planning and investment can only be done by a girl. So a housewife can easily allocate money for her expenses. But in the case of house husband, a man's ego and self respect would get hurt to great extents if he asks his wife for money.         It's not an issue. Not just guys, every human being, after a certain age, wants to be independent or wants the money to be in their hands. Asking money for getting a newspaper or even a cool drink would be awkward. Coming to personal thoughts, a guy can come home late night after work, he can go anywhere, no need of suspecting him (90% cases, women don't suspect or shout). But a guy staying at home while his wife doing night shift, is not that applicable. Seeds of suspicion and doubt would automatically come after a certain period of time. Last and the least bothersome issue is our society. Our society would blame everything. "A girl or guy, whomever it may be, they shouldn't stay at home." A statement given by so called 'social people'. And that can be completely ignored. Coming to the other perspectives, it will be completely new to try out such stuffs. And experimenting that will give an enriching experience too. Remember the days when women spoke of bringing a new change and started working. Like the same, this could turn out to be a beautiful bond. But a great risk in this relationship is, ' a guy must never opt to be a house husband just because he didn't clear his arrears or that he can't get a job. This is not a new try. This is just another way of escaping from one's duties and responsibilities’. And believe it, this would make his life terrible. Because deep in his mind, he would get fixed like he is capable of nothing but household chores. And if he ever feels difficulty in his work as a house husband, then his great imagination has higher chances of becoming a night mare.Mutual understanding, care and concern, trust, promises hold a greater place in this relationship. Suspicion, doubt, inferiority complex are common for both genders. It's all about how a person tackles it and how he responds to people. If guys of their age earn in lakhs and have a car or home of their own, then house husbands should be in a position to give them apt replies instead of making their own selves feel inferior. And he should let go off his ego before asking for money or anything. Always keep in mind, you have become a house husband out of your own wish, not anyone else’s.Remember, people would talk with you, behind you and about you, either in a good or bad way. You cannot paste their mouths, instead you can change your own perspective. And, a point should be always taken into consideration. Men are blessed with stronger abilities only to support women, be it a house husband or a working person. Being a house husband should not push him to heights of laziness and a wonderful zone of comfort.Life is all about challenges. A person with a proper vision and goal towards future, one who is willing to set new trends, someone who is adaptable to changes and more importantly a man who is willing to take up job again, if something goes wrong, can experiment with this bond. New stuffs generally take time. Once you have taken a decision, just go with it. but always remember, becoming a house husband should be a matter of choice and consent, not of escapism and laziness.....#smblogcontest

FrenchConnect
 Swati Rastogi  
 17 March 2018  

https://swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com/Speaking a language is about connection ,not perfectionWhy learn another language?A lot of people have this question in mind.If you are at all curious about the world beyond your own day to day routine, speaking french (or any other language besides your native tongue) can upgrade your life by increasing opportunities for career,living,travel,adventure,friendship and love.The more languages you speak,the bigger your world becomes.You can learn to speak another language,no matter your age or educational background;maybe you will never be mistaken for a native speaker but you will be able to communicate and that is what languages are for.Remember speaking a language is about connection,not perfection.Read more to know my story-how i got the idea of creating this blog.Have you ever thought of learning french language?Are you facing the problem of pronouncing french words correctly even after hearing the voice of a native french speaker?Do you think that native french speakers speak very fast?Do you find it difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they are speaking?Keeping these problems in mind, I have created a blog FrenchConnect to solve these problems of french language learners.Though i was a topper in french in Kamla Nehru College,Delhi University,I also faced the same problems being from a non french background.I got this idea for my blog because of my own experience when I did my 3 yrs advanced diploma in french from Kamala Nehru college,Delhi University.Being from a non french background,when I used to watch the french videos of a native french speaker,i found it very difficult to catch hold of the pace at which they were speaking.Same way when I read some information in french,I had to check the meaning of many words in the french-english dictionary which used to take a lot of time.So I thought of creating a blog in which all the information about France is given in both the languages-french and english.Assuming that english is widely spoken and my readers know english,I have written the content not only in french language but also translated in english simultaneously so that my readers dont have any problem in comprehending what i have written in french.Through this blog of mine,I will teach my readers/viewers:reading,writing,listening and speaking in french through videos,images and audio that will help stimulate the imagination and bring out the creativity in them.The uniqueness in the videos which I have created is that I am discussing news,french grammar,french vocabulary,french expressions at a slow pace so that my viewers can understand almost every word and sentence that I am speaking clearly.I have created these videos keeping in mind that my viewers are from a non french background.I am sure these videos will definitely ease the problems of my viewers and will help them learn french quickly.I will also give a little information about the french literature,french painting,art and culture,renowned french writers.I have even written essays and articles in french which I have translated in english.These will improve the writing skills of my readers.My blog will be giving information regarding the famous dishes of french people and I will also give the recipe of some dishes.i even want my readers to know that I can create websites,translate them from french to english and english to french with the highest level of accuracy.Beginner or advanced learner,traveller or business professional with a tight schedule?There is something for everyone in my blog www.swatifrenchconnect.wordpress.com#smblogcontest

Padmavat Review
 Mayur Patel  
 17 March 2018  

ફિલ્મ રિવ્યૂઃ રાજપૂત પરંપરાનો ભવ્ય ચિતાર ‘પદ્માવત’ (રિવ્યૂ બાયઃ મયૂર પટેલ)રાજપૂત સમાજના વિરોધના બહુ લાં...બા ચાલેલા વિવાદને લીધે ફિલ્મની વાર્તા બધાંને ખબર જ છે, છતાં જરા ક્વિક નોટ કરી લઈએ તો, દિલ્હી સલ્તનતના બાદશાહ અલાઉદ્દિન ખીલજીને જાણ થાય છે કે ચિત્તોડની રાણી પદ્માવતી જેવી સૌંદર્યવતી સ્ત્રી આ જગતમાં બીજી કોઈ નથી, એટલે અય્યાશ ખીલજી બધું કામ પડતું મૂકીને પદ્માવતીને પોતાની રાણી બનાવવાના કામમાં જોતરાઈ જાય છે અને પરિણામે સર્જાય છે ‘પદ્માવત’ની રસપ્રદ કહાની.ફિલ્મ પહેલી જ ફ્રેમથી જકડી લે છે અને પોણા ત્રણ કલાકની લંબાઈ છતાં ક્યાંય કંટાળાજનક નથી બનતી. સંજય લીલી ભણસાલીએ ફિલ્મને શક્ય એટલી ભવ્ય બનાવી છે. ૧૯૦ કરોડનું તોતિંગ બજેટ ઊડીને આંખે વળગે એટલી ભવ્ય..! રાજમહેલો, વસ્ત્રાભૂષણો, અસ્ત્ર-શસ્ત્રો, મેકઅપ... બધું જ આલાગ્રાન્ડ. ડાયલોગ્સ સુપર્બ. કેમેરા વર્ક જબરજસ્ત. થ્રીડી અને બેકગ્રાઉન્ડ સ્કોર એક નંબર. ફક્ત એક જ વસ્તુ ફિલ્મમાં નિરાશ કરે છે અને એ છે ફિલ્મનું સંગીત. એક ‘ઘૂમર...’ને છોડીને બીજા એકેય ગીતમાં ભલીવાર નથી. ને ‘ઘૂમર...’ના મૂળિયાં પણ રાજસ્થાની લોકગીતમાં હોવાથી એ કર્ણપ્રિય બને છે, બાકી સંગીતના નામે ભણસાલીસાહેબે નિરાશ જ કર્યા છે. સિરિયસલી, ભણસાલી સર, તમે હવે ગીતો કમ્પોઝ કરવાનું બંધ કરો, ફિલ્મ ડિરેક્શન આટલું ફાંકડું કરો છો એ કાફી છે, તમારી ફિલ્મનું સંગીત અન્ય મ્યુઝિશિયન્સ પાસે બનાવો તો દર્શકોને કાનાનંદ થાય, બાકી તો... (એક અંગત ઓબ્ઝર્વેશનઃ ભણસાલી સર એમની ફિલ્મોમાં પશ્ચિમ ભારતની સફરે નીકળ્યા હોય એવું લાગે છે. પહેલા ગુજરાતનું કચ્છ દર્શન કરાવ્યું ‘રામલીલા’માં, પછી મરાઠાજગત જોવા મળ્યું ‘બાજીરાવ મસ્તાની’માં અને હવે ‘પદ્માવતી’ થકી રાજસ્થાન ઘુમાવ્યા. હવે પછી પંજાબ લઈ જઈને કંઈક ‘સોહની-મહિવાલ’ કે ‘હીર-રાંઝા’ જેવી ક્લાસિક લવસ્ટોરી બનાવશે કદાચ...)‘પદ્માવત’નો એક્ટિંગ ડિપાર્ટમેન્ટ તગડો છે ને એમાંય રણવીર સિંહ અવ્વલ. ખીલજીની ચામડી ચીરીને અંદર પેસી ગયો હોય એટલી સહજ અને ઉત્તમ એની અદાકારી. અય્યાશ શાસક તરીકે જે જંગાલિયત, જે વહેશીપણું એણે પડદા પર સાકાર કર્યું છે, એ લાજવાબ છે. એના ડાન્સ મૂવ્ઝ હોય, બોડીલેંગ્વેજ હોય કે આંખોમાં ડોકાતી ઠંડી ક્રૂરતા, સિંહે ખરેખર સિંહ-સમું પરફોર્મન્સ આપ્યું છે. કંઈ પણ બોલ્યા વિનાય એણે ‘વાહ’ પોકારાઈ જવાય એવો અભિનય કર્યો છે. એક સીનમાં એને ચૂપચાપ માંસ ખાતો બતાવ્યો છે, એય જબરું ઇફેક્ટિવ બન્યું છે. તો બીજા એક સીનમાં એ કંઈક વિશેષ ઢંગથી એના શરીર પર પરફ્યુમ લગાડે છે. કઈ રીતે લગાડે છે, એ તો જાતે જ જોજો, મજા આવશે. ભણસાલીની જ ‘બાજીરાવ મસ્તાની’ પછી રણવીરની આ કરિયર-બેસ્ટ અદાકારી છે. એને ખીલજીનો લૂક આપવા માટેના ગેટઅપ પાછળ કરવામાં આવેલી સઘળી મહેનત રંગ લાવી છે. દિપિકા રાણી પદ્માવતી તરીકે અત્યંત જાજરમાન લાગી, તો રતનસિંગ રાજપૂત તરીકે શાહિદ પણ ફર્સ્ટ ક્લાસ. હા, બંને કલાકારો રણવીરના જબ્બર પરફોર્મન્સ સામે સહેજ ઝાંખા તો નહીં, પણ ઓછા જરૂર પડી જાય છે, પણ એ તો કેરેક્ટર્સની ડિમાન્ડ હતી એટલે. બાકી દિપિકા-શાહિદે પણ અત્યંત સંતુલિત અભિનય કર્યો છે. બંને વચ્ચેની કેમેસ્ટ્રી લાજવાબ. ત્રણ મુખ્ય કલાકારો ઉપરાંત બીજા ચાર એક્ટર્સનું કામ ઊડીને આંખે વળગે એવું છે. એમાંના પહેલા છે, રઝા મુરાદ. અમિતાભ બચ્ચન અને અમરીશ પુરી બાદ હિન્દી સિનેમામાં ગૂંજેલો પડછંદ અવાજ એટલે રઝા મુરાદ. ‘પદ્માવત’માં એમના ફક્ત ૩-૪ જેટલા જ સીન્સ છે પણ એ જ્યારે જ્યારે સ્ક્રીન પર આવે છે ત્યારે એમની તોતિંગ પર્સનાલિટી અને સાવજની ત્રાડ સમાન બુલંદ અવાજને લીધે છવાઈ જાય છે. અહીં તો પાછા દિલ્હી સલ્તનતના શહેનશાહ જલાલુદ્દિન બન્યા છે એટલે ખૂબ રુઆબદાર લાગે છે. થિયેટરમાં એમનો ઘેઘૂર, મર્દાના અવાજ ગૂંજે અને જાણે કે સોપો પડી જાય. રઝા સર જેવો જ રુઆબદાર અભિનય કરીને યાદ રહી જાય છે ‘આયાન મહેતા’. એણે નીભાવેલા બ્રાહ્મણ રાઘવ ચેતનના પાત્રને લીધે જ ફિલ્મમાં આખી બબાલ સર્જાય છે. બદલાની આગમાં જલતા અપમાનિત બ્રાહ્મણને આ કલાકારે સોલ્લિડ રીતે નીભાવ્યું છે. નાનકડા રોલમાં ખીલજીની પત્ની મહેરુન્નિસા તરીકે અદિતી રાવ હૈદરી આંખોને ગમે એટલી શાલિન અને સુંદર. સહાયક પાત્રોમાં સૌથી વધુ અસરકારક લાગ્યો હોય તો એ છે ખીલજીનો અંગત સેવક બનતો મલિક કફૂર. અગાઉ ‘નીરજા’માં આતંકવાદી બનેલા પારસી એક્ટર ‘જીમ સર્ભ’એ ગુલામ કફૂરના રોલમાં જીવ રેડી દીધો છે. ઈતિહાસમાં નોંધ છે કે આ કફૂર મૂળે તો ખીલજીનો સમલૈંગિક સાથીદાર હતો. હિન્દી પારિવારિક ફિલ્મ હોવાથી ખીલજીના પડછાયા બનીને રહેતા કફૂર સાથે ખીલજીના એવા ઇન્ટિમેટ સીન્સ તો ન બતાવી શકાય એટલે ભણસાલીએ બહુ ચાલાકીપૂર્વક અમુક સૂચક પ્રતીકો દ્વારા બંને વચ્ચેનો સંબંધ મોઘમમાં રજૂ કરીને મૂકી દીધો છે. એ જે પણ હોય તે, પણ ફિલ્મમાં જીમ સર્ભની ભાવભંગિમા અને અભિનય કાબિલેતારીફ છે એટલું નક્કી.   ભણસાલી સરની જૂની ફિલ્મોના છાયા ‘પદ્માવત’માં દેખાયા કરે છે. ‘હમ દિલ દે ચૂકે સનમ’નું સાંકળ ખેંચીને ઝૂમર ઉપર-નીચે કરવાનું દૃશ્ય અહીં પણ જોવા મળે છે. ‘દેવદાસ’માં પારોની માતાના અપમાનવાળું જે જબરજસ્ત સીન હતું એવું જ કંઈક અહીં પણ થાય છે. ‘પદ્માવત’માં બ્રાહ્મણનું અપમાન થતાં એ ‘પદ્માવતી’ના જીવનમાં હોળી સળગાવે છે. બહુ જ જોરદાર સીન બન્યું છે આ પણ. હોળી દરમિયાન રંગો વડે ખેલતા રતનસિંહ અને પદ્માવતી વચ્ચેનું શૃંગારિક સીન ભણસાલીસાહેબે બહુ જ બખૂબી અને સલૂકાઈથી સજાવ્યું છે, પણ એમાંય ‘રામલીલા’ના ‘અંગ લગાલે…’ ગીતની છાપ દેખાઈ આવે છે. છતાં ભારતીય સંસ્કૃતિને અત્યંત સુંદર ઢબે ફિલ્મી પડદે કંડારતા રહેલા આ સર્જકને સલામ મારવી પડે એવું અફલાતૂન રિઝલ્ટ એમણે ‘પદ્માવત’માં આપ્યું છે. રાજસ્થાની-હિન્દુ સમાજ અને મુસ્લિમ પરિવેશ જેવા બે અંતિમો ફિલ્મમાં અત્યંત બારીકાઈથી દર્શાવાયા છે. યુદ્ધના સીન્સ અલ્ટિમેટ. શાહિદ-રણવીર વચ્ચેની શાબ્દિક તડાફડી અને શારીરિક તનાતનીના જેટલા પણ દૃશ્યો છે એ બધ્ધાં જ પૈસાવસૂલ. ભારતભૂમિમાં અત્યંત ઉચ્ચ આદર્શો સાથે જીવતાં રાજા-રજવાડાં હતાં એ જાણીને એક ભારતીય તરીકે છાતી ગજગજ ફૂલી જાય એ પ્રકારની ફિલ્મ ભણસાલીસાહેબે બનાવી છે. રાજપૂતો અમથા અમથા જ વિરોધના વાવટા ફરકાવવા નીકળી પડ્યા, બાકી આ ફિલ્મમાં કંઈ જ વાંધાજનક નથી. ઉલ્ટાનું એમને ગર્વ થાય એ રીતે રાજપૂતી પરંપરાઓને દર્શાવાઈ છે. નિઃશસ્ત્ર કે ઘાયલ દુશ્મન પર પણ વાર ન કરવાની ઉદાત્ત પૌરુષી વીરતા હોય કે પછી દુશ્મન સૈન્યથી શીલની રક્ષા કરવા માટે જાતને અગ્નિશિખાઓમાં હોમી દેવાની નારીસહજ દૃઢતા હોય, ભણસાલીએ બધું દિલ પર ચોટ કરી જાય એ રીતે દર્શાવ્યું છે. ફિલ્મના અંતમાં બે સીન તો એવા છે કે જોતી વખતે અચૂક આંખમાં પાણી આવી જાય અને રુંવાડા ખડા થઈ જાય. એક, ખીલજીના દસ-બાર યૌદ્ધાઓ સામે એકલેહાથે ઝઝૂમતો રાજપૂત સેનાપતિ ગરદન કપાઈ ગયા પછી પણ હવામાં તલવાર વીંઝતો રહે છે, એ સીન, અને બીજો, દિલ્હીની વિશાળ ફોજ સામે સઘળું હારી ગયા બાદ ચિત્તોડની મહિલાઓ ‘જય ભવાની...’ના જયનાદ સાથે ભડભડ બળતા અગનકુંડમાં હસતી હસતી ઝંપલાવી દઈને સામૂહિક જૌહર કરે છે એ સીન. આફરિન. સેલ્યુટ. નતમસ્તક. આપઘાત કરવાની અન્ય રીતો પણ હતી ચિત્તોડની મહિલાઓ પાસે. ઝેર પી લેવાથી લઈને ગળે ફાંસો અને જળસમાધિ સુધીના વિકલ્પો હતા, પણ એ શીલવતિઓ આગમાં બળી મરવાનો સૌથી પીડાદાયક માર્ગ અપનાવે છે કે જેથી દુશ્મનોના હાથમાં એમનું શરીર આવે જ નહીં અને મર્યા બાદ પણ એમના શરીર સાથે કોઈ દુર્વ્યવહાર ન કરી શકે. વાત ફક્ત દુનિયા જોઈ-સમજી-માણી ચૂકેલી પુખ્ત મહિલાઓની નથી, અહીં તો દસ-બાર વર્ષની બાળાઓ પણ એમની માતાના હાથ પકડીને અગ્નિમાં સ્વાહા થઈ જતી બતાવાઈ છે અને પ્રેગ્નન્ટ મહિલાઓ પણ… પદ્માવતિની એક ઝલક મેળવવા માટે રીતસર ફાંફા મારતા ખીલજીને ચિત્તોડનું મહિલાવૃંદ છેવટ સુધી સફળ થવા નથી દેતું. આ સમગ્ર ઘટનાક્રમ અત્યંત સચોટપણે ફિલ્માવાયો છે અને મન પર ઊંડી છાપ છોડી જાય એવો બન્યો છે. ભણસાલીની અગાઉની ફિલ્મોની જેમ જ ‘પદ્માવત’માંય ફિલ્મનો ક્લાયમેક્સ જ ફિલ્મની હાઇલાઇટ બની જાય છે. તો આવી આ ક્લાસિક ફિલ્મ ‘પદ્માવત’ જોવા માટે મારી જેમ છેક મુંબઈ સુધી લાંબા ન થવું હોય તો ઇન્ટરનેટ પરથી ડાઉનલોડ કરીને કે પછી ટીવી પર આવે ત્યારેય સમય કાઢીને જોઈ જ લેજો. પાંચમાંથી ૪ સ્ટાર્સ તો આપવા જ પડશે. ભારતવર્ષના ઈતિહાસના એ બુલંદ પ્રકરણનો આ ફિલ્મી અવતાર ‘પદ્માવત’ છે જ એટલો રસપ્રદ.

Book Review - The Leader
 Swapna Peri  
 17 March 2018  

Book Title: The LeaderAuthor : N.S.RaviAbout The Book:From the early 20th century, the then city Bombay now known as Mumbai, its economy was characterised by major textile mills, the base of India's growth in textile and garments industry. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over India were employed in working in the mills. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Mumbai-Thaneindustrial belt witnessed successive working class strikes and protests, with multiple trade unions competing for the allegiance of workers and political control. These primarily included famous political leaders from various Indian Political parties also.Dr. Dattatray Samant or Datta Samant), and popularly known as Doctorsaheb was the  trade union leader, who is most famous for leading 200–300 thousand textile mill workers in the city of Bombay now Mumbai on a year-long strike in 1982, which triggered the closure of most of the textile mills in the city.The book is based on this incident but based on timeline as in the year 82.. The author has made a great research and brought this story to his readers with a immense efforts. For this generation youngsters who are not aware of such incidents in the country from past, this book is like a reference.Such stories carry an impact which in real includes many unsolved conspiracies. These kind of stories make the readers attach to the real world while reading a fiction story. Kudos to the author.The title of the book ' The Leader ' is strong and gives an impression that the book must be about a person.The book cover is an image of an industry in black & white color and a lake's image in orange depicting pain.Superb and intense characterisation of the characters is observed.The narration is fantastic, simple yet effective.Simple and effective language is used.Final Verdict—A good read to know the lesser known facts and the book can be rated 3.8 out of 5

When Women Stopped eating leftovers : A Picture Which Must Change
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

Being Indian, some news brings you shame. This kind of news is one of them. In 21st CE, Where the whole world watches us with their understanding of this century shamed us for such gender discrimination.In distance village of Rajasthan, Banswara. Few NGO went and found that there is a tradition for women. In this tradition, women eat after his male partner and family. eventually, NGO found that it is gender discrimination and they started to educated women groups. Ironically, Many parts of India these kinds of practice is social norms. These kinds of practice have been unchanged in many decades. Many people saw them as regressive practice or culture which comes from Hinduism but for few of them, it’s only outdated tradition which must go as we live in the 21st Century.  For Original article please go throw the below mention link:When women stopped eating leftovers?Irrespective of many arguments that this behavior comes from the patriarchal culture of Indian society, I disagree with this notion. I don’t think so original and fundamental culture of India was male patriarchal in nature. All original scripture which has founded Hinduism agreed on one simple fact:“Women should be worship like Goddess and Their respect brings Devas (deities) into the home”. (Paraphrased from Manusmriti)There are several examples where we Indians celebrated the world most taboo things. Sex (Kamasutra is one of the celebrated book in Indian culture about sex) symbols and position. There is temple which is dedicated to sex and sexual posture. I don’t find that people were having about watching these images together.Khajuraho images which show various posture of sexual activities. (Source: The Wire)So how can a society which gives sex (A widely accepted taboos in all Abrahamic religion) images a place in their temple has become such regressive that they were not allowing women to eat together? It simply baffled me.More than half (51%) of all Indian women of reproductive age have anemia, according to the Global Nutrition report 2017. While our women are not allowed to eat properly. This is a shame situation. But as I was expecting, few readers who have novice understanding about everything had tried to link it with North Indian states, few consider that it’s the fault of Hinduism and few consider that it’s due to our society which has regressive structure.I would like to remind all Indians, It is our burden to remove such practices out of the window and the real reason for such discrimination practice amongst women has nothing to do with Hinduism or It’s ancient culture. For understanding that women position in Indian society please go throw my blog:Women In Hinduism – Part OneWomen in Hinduism.(Wikipedia)We must need to accept that after Mugal invasion (I am not blaming here Mugal but the patriarchy culture they bring in India) our culture has been decayed and it is not inline with our scripture which gives women freedom, allow them social and civil rights. Slowly the local practices turn out to be more patriarchy. But I would like to share an example, which no Indian can be denied and that is the proof that still Indian culture have not inhibit complete patriarchy.When I was a kid. My father used to hard work. I have seen him giving complete salary to my mother (who was the housewife and earn nothing). I have seen him asking money from my mother for his daily expanse. This is the story of millions Hindus household. I never have seen such practice in other culture. Male used to keep all money and give a small number of women for their need. But the above mention practice is a popular culture amongst Hindu family which shows that financial owner of the family is “Women”, They have been termed as “DhanLaxmi” or “Finance Ministers”.So, In my point of view. This kind of practice happening because of Illiteracy. We need a massive drive of literacy (Dharmic and Modern). We need to teach people what they are doing is against of their culture and Modern values.Only Education and Social awareness can bring the change we want. Abusing a culture (which certainly no one understands because of its complexity) is novice attempt to shed of responsibilities. Blaming mindless way will help no one.We must not forget what Upanishads told us about eating habit in the family:And if a man wishes that a learned daughter should be born to him, and that she should live to her full age, then after having prepared boiled rice with sesamum and butter, they should both eat, being fit to have offspring.And if a man wishes that a learned son should be born to him, and that he should live his full age, then after having prepared boiled rice with meat and butter, they should both eat, being fit to have offspring.— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD 6.4.17 – 6.4.18,The irony with Indians is that We are being more animal after leaving our dharma education. It is time when we bring back the dharmic culture back to our society.

Karma : Indian point of view to western questions
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

Karma: Myth and Philosophical TheoryFew days ago, I read an article on Karma. I have enjoyed that Article. It is very rare when you get chance to read an article which force you to bend your mind for thinking beyond the boundaries of your bubble of thoughts. I would like to request with reader that if they want they can visit my friend website. He writes about various topics and ideas which are energetic and great.His Article raised many question about the concept of karma. I replied him in his comment box but that was short and unorganized reply. So, I thought that it should be create as blog where I would be able to explain my point more efficiently. There is five major question raised in that article. These questions are related to law of karma, implication and evidence of existence.The first question is about if there is some kind of karma (good and bad), than who will decide that what is good karma? According to whom it will indicate that Karma is good or bad?Before exploring this answer, we must understand that in western dictionary, karma is considered as Consequence of our action. But in Indian philosophy, the definition of karma is slightly different. Karma is not confined to mere consequence of an individual action or action of a society. The word "Karma" is defined as consequence of an individual action within fold of adharma and dharma. Here, Dharma is the natural properties define by Nature to an object and adharma is resistive nature towards someone natural properties. For example, Water has properties to cool material object and Fire can burn objects. These properties of fire and water have predetermine consequence by nature. This is how nature has been constructed and natural consequence is mechanically knot with infinite causality with others. So, human natural properties has been define into three nature- Good (Sattav), Bad (Tamas) and Gray (Rajas). No human can be extreme good or bad.In various ratios, our natural properties have been construct which is direct or indirect result of our location and the era we born.So, Karma is consequence of our action which is result of what we do against or in favour of our swadharma (A term defined for individual dharma because people have various properties). It is not plain consequence of our action.[caption id="attachment_8979" align="aligncenter" width="321"] Endless Knot of karma[/caption]Now, Question arise what is good karma and what is bad karma?As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action.— Mahabharata, xii.291.2This verse of mahabharata explain an outline of Good and bad karma. Human life is mirror of his own action. Definition of Good karma is comes from your own perception about world. If a person want to be wealthy, he must do action which not hurt someone else financially. If a person want to be love by everyone, he must be kind to others. There is no God words and holy direction to achieve good karma. There is only one dharmic rule."Do the same action which you expect from others."So,good and bad karma according to whom? This can be answer with this dharmic rule that "according to you". According to our understanding of good and bad karma.Irrespective of this dharmic rule for karma, Human is social animal. In this world we are so strongly interlinked that sometime it is hard for us to even understand that what went wrong within our society. In that situation, Hindu philosophy introduces the concept of Guru or swami. a person who studied the society and spread word against any action or karma which is not in line with current need of society. They are like ancient social reformer. Because eastern religion, especially Hinduism has decentralised religious structure, so it is very hard to challenge any change proposed by Guru and swami.But the negative side of this decentralise religious structure is that it take long time for social reform.The second question raised by article is that the idea of karma concerns free will. The dividing line between what is free action and what is not free action is unclear. Accusation has that Indian school of thought says there is moral consequence to freely undertaken actions. This idea is really thought provoking that weather karma conflict with free will of human. But the bigger question is that do we have really a free will? Let's understand with an example.I was habitual drinker of Coca cola in my young age. Whenever I got chance to drink a cold drink, I always ordered to shopkeeper for coca cola. That was spontaneous to me because my brain was habitual for that. This thing happens with many people for various habits. Some people prefer orange juice over other fruit juice. Some people always prefer apple over other fruits. So, our action or we can say, our choice is construction and pattern of our habits, our patterns. Our will (which is spontaneous) has been drive through such repeated information in our sub conscious mind. Do we have free will? or it's just mechanical outcome of our sub consciousness[/caption] Sure!! We are conscious human being and when it comes to choose different action from our habits we chose with a will we think are free. But the question is that really an action depends on our free will.I think partially its depend on our free will but mostly it is depend on how we look that action or will. Our conscious brain always calculates the risk and tracks all information about that action before executing. Any bitter experience and memory can put that action on hold. But at final stage, it is required other natural properties like ratio of taking risk, our passion for that action (if it attach to a passion) or our current physical and financial condition.We simply do not wish and start implementing. It is complex.Well, now there is concern that some ideas are result of outside moral force which has power of judgement and of inflicting repercussions. As we understand that free will is almost result of our understanding about world and the natural properties which we inherit. So, any action which we do within social framework has social implication. Every society has primitive understanding of world. This infinite net of primitive understanding of world and our collective experience from past is reflect in our current culture, social norms, social ideologies and rituals. Primitive understanding of natural phenomenon has created social ideas.it has no direct relationship to do with original philosophy.These social ideas are rigid and the power of judgement to any different idea comes from these social rigid ideologies and experience. The moral implication has no direct link with original philosophy but social peer pressure which follows the law of social majoritarianism.Yes, there is moral consequence of free will. But this consequence is not result of conflict with karmic theory but these moral consequences are result of contradiction with social framework which based on rigid idea. This rigid idea is result of collective social experience and understanding. These ideas have been promote and protect by religious institute in western religion while in Hinduism there is no protection for such rigid ideas. But as stated, due to decentralize system of religious knowledge such idea still exist in various shape and form in Indian society. I do not think that there is any contradiction and parallel fight with karma and free will here. I often observed that western scholars approach to Indian philosophy with western social theories and analytical tools. For understanding of Indian core belief and philosophy. They should understand that Indian society, Indian point of view and Indian philosophy cannot be analyse with the social theories which is developed for western societies.There was another concern that whether in Indian philosophy there any clear distinction between free will and what is not free?I have to agree with this question that there is no clear distinction because we have failed to defined free will. Whether or not humans have free will is a question that philosophers have debated for centuries, and they will likely continue to do so. Psychology can provide some insights into how free will—or at least a belief in its existence—might work, but beyond that, we likely cannot verify or invalidate its existence.There is third problem was with theory of karma which said "if you do good karma, the consequence will be good. A bad karma result bad consequence".I think this the toughest question to answer. writer says in that article"It is hard to see how some kind of natural karmic law could understand good and bad which are subjective to moral ideas that depend on the perspective of a personal agent, whether that person be a human being or God."First mistake which I found that this is utterly misunderstood concept that the karmic laws is idea based on a perspective of a person or God. The theory of karma is result of long time observation by many sages and their early understanding about people various condition. Second thing which is being conveyed by Indian philosophy that Nature itself an automatic mechanism, Humans are just part of this large mechanism. Universe is materialistic result of this natural mechanism.[caption id="attachment_media-66" align="alignnone" width="3840"] Dalai Lama on Theory of kamra[/caption]Human lives within universe, so any small human action result effect on nature.  The question is that whether law of karma has any empirical evidence or not? I am doubtful that these evidence is like mystical experience. I have few experiencing evidence and many millions people have few but it is not as applicable for all others who haven't experience it. All natural laws like karma (Dharmic action), Dharma (Righteous way of life) , Gyana  (self-Enlightenment) & Maya (Materialistic illusion) is very personal in nature. In physical world, a scientist spend his all life and invent something which can be used by every other being which is not involve into the studies of that invention. While In Laws of nature, Only a person can experience the natural power, self-enlightenment , materialistic illusion when he do his part of tapas (natural enlightenment).The question rises how we can achieve that enlightenment. Many suggest Yoga, wondering within nature, social works, spending time with Gurus and Swami. But I find it partial practices. The real enlightenment can be attend by Four methods explain in Bhagwat Gita.Karma yoga (a life with righteous action)Gyan yoga (A life which spend to studies nature and natural activities)Bhakti yoga (a life which involve deep devotion for anyone, your life partner, kids, any kind of God, communities)Raja Yoga (A life which is indulged into your profession which you do)Hinduism makes sure that everyone attends Moksha at last. We can have very different blog about this topic.Well, Karma is myth or not is very different question. I think, I am unable to answer that question in this blog. But I would like to have a short note over this. Writer wrote that"If God decides for that to happen on any particular occasion. There are no absolute laws of cause and effect outside the will of god".I would disagree with this statement for two reasons.First reason is that in all Hinduism scripture it stated that god and avatar (incarnation of god on earth) can have consequence (bad) of their moral actions (which was suitable for that different era). Let's take example from the Indian epics of India "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata"In Ramayana, Ram had friendship with sugreev ( a exiled monkey king). His brother bali (another powerful monkey king) had stolen the kingdom and sugreev wife from him. So he decided to take help of Lord Rama. But Bali had a boon that anyone who comes in front of him loose his half power to him. So Rama decided to kill him by hidden passage of trees. But when Lord ram, reincarnated as lord Krishana than Bali killed Krishana. Bali had taken rebirth as archer on era of Mahabharat. Lord Ram had been to face consequence of his action in another birth.Second reason thatO son of Prtha, there is no Karma prescribed for me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in karma. Chapter 3, Verse 22 .Here Lord Krishana describes how he is also bounded with laws of karma. These two example clearly describe that even god is bounded to these laws of nature. Natural laws are most powerful and govern universe.#smblogcontest

Sanatana Dharma :Raise and Reason of Atheism
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

“Atheist” means rejecting the faith of God creation and its existence. There is thousand logic has been put before theist like “If God exist why we can not see it?”, “If God is exist then why can not we prove his existence by scientific evidence?” “If god exist, why can not god control and help during natural disaster?” “If God exist, why this whole world is suffer from disease, poverty, torture?” Many consider that God is reason for fight and war. Some says, following path of Dharma and God is addiction. Some say be dharmic is primitive act.But what is reality? what is reality about existence of God?  what atheist think is right?The Reason for Being AtheistThe concluded point by me that why people chose to be atheist:People ignorance towards the concept of God, Character, Concept of Karma and Natural law.In Name of religion, a narrow mindset which has been developed in last 2000 yrs with superstitious.Being egoistic and ignorant after having 700- 500 years progress of material or objective science.After seeing riots and fights in name of religion.War and Riots due to ReligionIn name of God atrocities, promoting illogical customs, forcing people to miracle, fixing god in places like temple, mosque, church etc., telling people that he lives in seven floors of sky, being Godmen and calling himself manifestation of God, adoption of multi-god, framing god to infinity to finite idols can force a neutral person that whether God really exists or not. or God is just an imagination of human being. for example, in Hindu society, stopping shudras to enter into the temple, if someone enters then punish them and acting to a pure temple. this all dangerous drama in name of God actually comes from human greed to power and position. the real reason behind this human desired to control things in society it has no relation to the existence of God. God itself many places declare that God is justice, charity, and humiliation, he doesn’t discriminate humans in any form. God by nature is omnipresent and without shape then why need to search them in temple, kailash, above seven sky etc. This is evidence that humanity has constructed a frame for God because they were ignorant towards the infinite concept of God. Then some human added to this with prophet, avatar, religious Guru etc. if a human can understand that God is within him as a manifestation of the divine. he does not need to do anything else except having dharma.Is religion increase superstitious?  In Name of God, people have spread more and more social evil for being in power, for highlighting themselves. No matter which religion it is, whether it is temple priest who forced to shudra out of temple or religious leader who instigate mugals to do everything inhuman to other faiths in name of religion. or may it's the pope who orders to burn people in name of the church in early centuries. Suppose, if this middleman would vanish all these atrocities wouldn’t happen. But the truth was that this problem of middlemen was not solved by early social reformer but they started to gang up against the religion not priest who dictated these authorities in name of God. These people increase volume against a philosophy not for the people who manipulate this philosophy. a common person who has used this philosophy to distinguish himself from social evil, now this gap between good and bad or right and wrong being narrowed by liberals in name of social reform. This leads to the throwing of moral values and the world almost getting agitated in even good point of theist.The biggest reason also superstition for atheism. The general public is fully blind by superstition in name of religion while atheist blame God for this behavior. Reality is that God gives enlighten of knowledge while superstitious religious customs are originated by Humans. Religious Godmen used this tricks for their living, position, and fame. Many Hindu saints who are not even aware of Sanskrit is now being the controller of dharma. Some give Guru Mantra, some said mugged my name every day, some give tabeez and few said be nonmaterialistic to be enlightened. Some become such blind and inhuman that kill another child for their own child wish. The irony is that intellectuals used this chance to spread atheism while the real reason for human lust and control in name of religion. they give reference to scientific evidence for that but forget that most superstition is men made. hence, can not be proven scientifically.Believing in Miracle is the root cause of superstition. Theist believes in prophet miracles, Jesus miracles of resurrection and water turned into wine. while Hindu Godmen running their shop by showing using miracle describe in Puranas that God can do everything. (Puranas are stories which were used for delivering Veda’s knowledge in form of stories, but with time its become part of truth in Indian consciousness- Ramayana and Mahabharata is the only History mentioned in Hindu scripture).Swami Dayanand has given a great example for this if God can do everything, then can he kill himself or can he create the god like him. The answer is NO. Then its clear God cannot do everything. The answer to this question is that: Some work has been done by God like creation, destruction, human death and life and controlling the wheel of karma. God doesn’t need anyone for these works. Theist should ask atheist whether you believe that universe is regular or irregular? The miracle is disrespect of natural law under regular condition. In real miracle is human imagination which he used in name of god for blackmailing innocent people to stay in power and higher post.Another reason for rising of theism in ego on scientific studies. Propagator of atheism has been egoistic on scientific development and they started to think that they are the highest power in this universe. Example before Newton, there was the Gravitational force, but the human was unaware of that fact. But human developed their capabilities to understand it by developing calculus this process known as discovery. The reality is that al discoveries were there before human origin only human framed it his own measurement for understanding purpose. while knowledge of the universe is infinite and the real known to that knowledge is nature itself. Newton itself written his thought about that.“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”Relationship of Dharma and ScienceThe question is that what is the relation between science and dharma. cause atheist thinks that they are born enemy to each other.  This ideology of atheism is transported and grown when European church was forcing humans to believe in biblical believe and anyone who confronts the challenge of biblical belief was killed by the church. Ex. Galileo killed because he challenges the church idea about the center of the universe. church punish him and many scientists. These atrocities turn into resistance and people of early Europe and now whole west considers that church is enemy of scientific knowledge. The crime had been done by officials of the church but blame moved to God and this is going on from last many decades that people who embrace atheism follow the blindly European idea of atheism without understanding that biblical and dharma were fundamentally different in nature.Now the question is remain same what is the difference between Science and dharma.Dharma and Science are not against each other but they are allies to each other.Science answer how this world is formed, dharma say why the world has been made. Science as saying how human born but dharma says why human born.Answering the philosophical question and religious thrust is not possible by science but that can be answered by Dharma. Hence Science and Dharma is the partner which can be described by words of Albert Einstein.“Science without religion is a lame and religion without science is blind.”This also asked by many atheists that if God exists then it should be proven by scientific methods. But the answer is that Mind, Intellect, Happiness, sadness, sorrow, summer, coldness, space all are without the size and can not be traced to human sense. Nationalism, Love, Lust is also similar in categories. But atheist believes in such things but reject God, This really questions their character of being neutral to things they believed. reality is that, cannot prove God is not mistaken of God but the inability of science. while in an ancient age which we called “Rishi” those were the ancient scientist has been discovered the truth of God by mediation and Yoga.Considering Riots and war is an act of god and responsible by God is foolishness. This is already clear that riots or war is the result of Human misunderstanding and race of supremacy within religions.  Example, the riots reason between Hindus and Muslims in 1947 was when Muslim objects Hindus that they can not do their festival in front of the mosque.  But the question is that if someone really doing worship of God how can a single noise disturbed him. That time Muslims made this is a reason of fight because of tension over Pakistan and Hindustan. All middlemen have given religious air to instigate the fire of riots that time.All the violence in name of religion is not related to God but human understanding of God, their thrust for power, gain , position. All the war is done under a narrow minded ideology while God has nothing to that ideology.For Original Blog Visit  Sanatana Dharma: Raise and Reason of Atheism (Series # 04)#smblogcontest

Who is Hindu?
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

This question comes into my mind when every time I see comment by various Hindus claiming that they are Hindu. As a theology student, I believe that there is something which is not unique in definition as they say. Few common answer, I am referring below:-1. I am born as a Hindu, that is why I am Hindu.2. I do Poojas and follow customs of Hindu community, that is why I am Hindu.3. I am Indian and Hindus are synonyms to Indian.4. I follow Gurus and read Sastras so I am Hindu.But I find that these all answer is not complete and not comprehended all aspect of being Hindu. Irrespective of many customs, Sastras, and Philosophy we still have not a single definition. But after studying the texts, I come into a common ground for this question.I would like to confine it five points or five pillars of being Hindu.1. Anyone who thinks Vedas as Authentic (not authoritative) texts for knowledge and foundation of customs is Hindu.2. Anyone who believes in four basic principles of Vedas and Upanishads: Karm faal, Purusartha, Reincarnation, and Dharma is Hindu.3. Anyone who believes that his basic philosophy is Veda, Vedanta, Agama, Siddhanta or Sagama is Hindu (I am not including Puran).4. Anyone who believes that Bharat (From Himalayas to Kanyakumari and Burma to Afganistan) is the cradle of Dharma and Humanity is Hindu.5. Anyone who believes that Reading, discussing, spreading and seeking the Vedas and Vedic meaning is his ultimate goal of being Dharmic is a Hindu.In more short ways"Anyone who considers Vedas as Authentic texts, believes in the principle of Vedas and follow the philosophy evolve from Vedas is Hindu with the compulsory duty of reading and seeking the meaning of universe for spreading the light of truth"

The Islamic mafia of Bollywood
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

On August 12,1997 a loud series of shots rang out outside the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai. They were just one in a sequence of warnings about the state of our nation, and yet just as before, we Hindus refuse to wake up and face the truth. The event that occurred outside the Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai that fateful day, was not particularly outstanding when seen in the context of the daily reinforcement of the fact that India is in the hands of Muslim terrorists. The victim on this particular day happened to be a plump, short media baron, known as Gulshan Kumar.Who was Gulshan Kumar, the Cassette King? He started out life as a humble fruit juice seller's son in Old Delhi. He wanted to make it big in Bombay and he did, by cooking up innovative ways to pirate popular music. Super Cassette Industries, his flagship company and its low price high volume strategy ushered in a musical revolution. Pretty soon he had the leader of the pack , HMV India itself, chomping at the bits in order to compete with him. Using all of his fortunes from his music production company in Noida, near Delhi to finance his film production business, Gulshan Kumar soon became the owner of a vast 400 crore rupee empire.. He was the highest tax payer for the financial year 1992-93.It was with his foray into the Indian film industry that Gulshan took his first step into the jaws of the Muslim Mafia network without which Bollywood simply can not exist. For decades the film industry has been the money-spinning machine and media arm of the Islamic Mafia. The Indian film industry serves a twofold purpose for the international Islamic Mafia which is headquartered in UAE and Pakistan . 1) With a turnover of over Rs. 7000 Crore, the Indian film industry has become one of the biggest money making operations for the Islamic Mafia. Although it is not as profitable as drug-trafficking, sale of illegal arms, prostitution rings or counterfeit money, it certainly does help to line the pockets and provides valuable interface to politicians and industrialists who are enamored of the glamour and glitter of Cinema magic. 2) But the real reason why the Indian film industry is so important to the Islamic Mafia, is the fact that it serves as the best possible propaganda tool in a country of over 950 million people. A blatant glorification of Islam and an utterly distorted insulting portrayal of Hinduism are the tools that it uses constantly to affect Indians' psyche and effectively utilize information warfare. Hindu culture is consistently given the mantle of a backward, intolerant, illogical culture, whereas Islamic concepts, ideas, and judgments are given the legitimacy of truth. One of the most successful byproducts of this psychological manipulation has been the corruption of Hindi, via the glorification of Arabicised Urdu words. In popular films and music, Urdu is always used in order to condition the Indian public. In other instances, terrorism which usually stems from Islamic quarters in India , is attributed to Hindu groups in movies! Islamic terrorists are portrayed as martyrs on screen. Islamic ideas are touted as progressive whereas Hindu ideals are dismissed as outdated and illiterate. Urdu is the language of "civilized" sophisticates, Hindi is the language of "Ganwaars" or village idiots. These are just a few examples of the objectives which the control of Bollywood provides to the Islamic Mafia. On August 12, 1997 , nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary as the familiar portly figure of Gulshan Kumar attired in white kurta stepped out of his car in front of the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir that fateful day. A simple Thali of offerings for worship of Lord Shiva swayed in his plump hands as he started walking towards the shrine. His devotion to the divine had been steadfast in its earnestness. A huge portion of his wealth had gone into beautifying and enhancing the pilgrimage experience of Vaishno Devi for pious devotees. It was his efforts which had rekindled the sound of early morning Bhajans in Indian households all over the country. Despite the allegations of piracy and fraud, he had focused all his energies into what he viewed as an offering to God. As the assassins pumped his frame with bullets, the last words heard by Gulshan Kumar were:"Bahut ho gayi teri puja, ab upar ja ke aur karo" (You have prayed enough to your idols down here, now go up there and do it.) A chilling reminder of the fact that Islam and the Islamic Mafia will do its best to eliminate any Hindu who dares to reaffirm his faith loud and clear in India . Who were Gulshan Kumar's enemies? What was his crime?The clues to the answer apparently lie with music director Nadeem Saifee. In 1997, Nadeem's solo album Hai Ajnabi bombed. He wanted Gulshan Kumar to finance his next private album. Gulshan Kumar wisely decided that Nadeem was not destined to be a chartbuster and refused outright. An enraged Nadeem who was obviously used to displaying arrogance in lieu of his Islamic godfather's protection started threatening Kumar saying "Have you got a call or not? My "Chahnewaale" (friends) will call you. You don't know who I am."By May 1997, Abdul Qayoom Ansari alias Abu Salem, a 29-year-old Dubai-based member of the Islamic Mafia, who is also known as one of the "arms" of kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, had called up Gulshan Kumar on his mobile and curtly told him to call back at a Dubai mobile number. When Gulshan called the number back, an amount to the tune of 10 Crore Rupees was quoted and Kumar was threatened with dire consequences if he failed to cough up the dough. Kumar, a man who had managed to survive in the Film Industry long enough without giving in to the Islamic Mafia of ISI's underworld dons, refused to pay outright. Even when Abu Salem sent his Mullah terrorists to Gulshan in person, the wary devotee refused to budge an inch.  Who is Abu Salem??He is accused number 87 in the Bombay bomb blast case. He was charged with procuring nine AK-56 rifles at the command of Dawood's brother Anees Ibrahim. Mumbai courts issued an arrest warrant against him in 1993 ``for conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to cause death and damage to property.'' If caught and convicted he faces the death penalty. In 1995, Interpol had issued a Red Corner alert for him. In 1997, the UAE government received extradition papers for Salem from the CBI upon request. The first ever trap (which is known as `fielding', in the underworld slang) was laid with the blessing of nadeem and his "godfather" Dawood . The trap for killing Gulshan Kumar was laid between July 15 and 20, while he was shooting for his forthcoming untitled film at the Jasdanwala Bungalow at Aqsa Beach , Malad. Two teams from the gang maintained a watch on his movements but failed to strike either because of the milling crowds around him, or for the fact that he was shielded by his Punjabi bodyguard. When Gulshan Kumar refused Abu Salem's threats of extortion, he was enraged at the "Kafir" Hindu's insolence and ordered the hit. Apart from Kumar's 250-crore annual turnover from Super Cassettes and Music Industries, his religiosity and lavish expenditure for devotional purposes including a `langar' at Vaishnodevi temple, where Rs 5 lakh was spent every month had become eyesores for the Islamic Mafia. Abu Salem had been chosen as the key operational head in Bombay by Dawood himself , due to his incredibly cruel and brutal nature. He was also given charge of handling extortions and hawala transactions on Dawood's behalf. In April, Abu Salem began by calling up top film producers asking them to pay up. About 20 top film personalities were personally contacted by Salem over the span of two months. The figures he quoted as extortion payments were in hundreds of crores. Over 95% of the Movie moguls simply paid and never informed the police. Salem 's men attacked producer-director Rajiv Rai at his Tardeo office, which led Rai to flee to London . He never returned since. Later that April an attempt was made on Subhash Ghai's life which was foiled by alert police. Salem himself had telephoned Subhash Ghai asking him to pay up. The Indian Film Industry was serving its purpose as the money making the machine which churned out Millions of Rupees in liquid assets for Dawood and ISI to create mayhem, death and destruction all over India. Not one moviemaker had the guts to resist, every single one of them was deeply involved in this deep-seated treachery and anti-national activity which killed Indian citizens every day. Was it simply because Gulshan Kumar did not give in to this nefarious plan, that his body lay riddled with bullets in front of the Temple steps in Mumbai that day? Hardly. As the details began trickling in, it became apparent that the plot to kill Gulshan Kumar had been hatched on June 12 at Dubai when a galaxy of Indian stars participated in the opening of a luxury hotel owned by Vivek Goswami a narcotics dealer linked to Chota Rajan another underworld non-resident Indian don. As investigations continued, more rivalries began surfing. Ramesh Taurani - owner of Tips another rival to Super Cassette, was identified as an associate of Dawood Ibrahim's gang. The investigation led the police to interview filmstars Pooja Bhat, Salman Khan and Shravan among others. Bollywood's links with Mumbai's underworld were always known. But the extent of its involvement with the Islamic Mafia became apparent only after Gulshan Kumar's death, a man who was murdered simply because he was a Hindu success story. "When the underworld approaches you, you cannot refuse.", these were the chilling words of Nadeem Saifee, the main accused in the Gulshan Kumar murder case. A month later a casual friend of Gulshan Kumar and writer-director Mukul Anand died unexpectedly of a "heart attack" in his sister's home in Mumbai. Anand had been in the process of making a movie on Kashmir which went against the Islamic Mafia's propaganda plans. The film was being shot in USA on the pretext that the environs resembled those of Kashmir . The reality was quite different. Anand had been threatened and he and several of his associates were frightened enough to go into hiding when they returned to India to raise more money for the movie. A relative of the executive producer was slain by a killer on a motorbike. And then all of a sudden Mukul Anand suffered a surprise "heart attack".What is even more shocking to discover is that EIGHT months before Abu Salem ordered the cold blooded of Gulshan Kumar , the CBI had requested his extradition from the UAE government. However, the request became just another of the 35 others pending with the Government of United Arab Emirates and like the other requests, this too was put on the backburner. The CBI is not too optimistic about getting back any of the members of the Dawood gang, hawala dealers and arms and drugs smugglers who are responsible for the most heinous crimes committed against India .The Arab provision of shelter to these hard core terrorists and criminals provides convincing evidence that the conspiracy to create chaos and panic in India stems from the Islamic world in general. Dawood Ibrahim follows and carries out the directives of Pakistan 's ISI and oil rich Arabs, who take pride in their Islamic fanaticism. It is he and his deputies who mastermind all of the major terrorist attacks and hardcore crimes which take place in India . As the disturbing facts about Gulshan Kumar's murder were unearthed, an incredible pattern of internally linked networks which are sustained by the Islamic Mafia become apparent. The crimes begin with low level extortions and proceed higher up the ladder with the all too willing Indian movie industry, as well as heads of major corporations in India and finally goes all the way up to the politicians who hold the highest positions in the land.The breadth and depth of this net of crime and the virulently anti Indian activities it breeds are spread unimaginably far. The extent of involvement is so deep, that the public knows not even one hundredth of the details of this story.Original Post : Islamic Mafia of Bollywood: Death of Gulshan Kumar#smblogcontest

Book Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
 Surender Negi  
 19 March 2018  

Digital Fortress by Dan BrownMy Rating: 3 out of 5NSA Command center (Source: www.nsa.org)[/caption] Mission StatementThe National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.  NSA Seal (Source: www.nsa.org)[/caption] National Security Agency ex-employee put this institution under hostage and he chose individual privacy right before national security. NSA has done the great job for United state security which is in the reflection of their tagline for this institution:  Defending our Nation. Securing the Future. NSA has done the great job for United state security which is in the reflection of their tagline for this institution:  Defending our Nation. Securing the Future. Dan Brown novel give the opportunity to glimpse us inside this mega-institutions which work for the cyber-security of United state of America. Irrespective of Dan brown critics, who had given this novel a big thumb down. I think this novel survive my expectation. This cannot be equated with The DaVinci Code, Origin,  Angle, and Demons, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Deception Point. Susan Fleischer, the young and dynamic cryptographer with his professor boyfriend David Backer had a bad morning. While His boyfriend flew to Spain, she had been called by His boss (Deputy Director of NSA) for resolving some sort of the problem in their office. She had crossed checked the issue with his boss and with great astonishment she learns that NSA has been facing problem for their extension. 2 Billion dollar machine which was created for breaking every code by brutal force technique and had maximum time consume for a code is three hours is unable to break a code for more than 15 hours.This put her as cryptography chief and his boss into a position where they need to break the code. This code can be broke by Pass Key which has only available with The Original code maker or his friend with allies NDKOTHA . Even trying hard luck with this machine Susan and his boss failed to get any luck on this code So, they decided to trace NDKOTHA . The plot of novel run around another side where David (Susan Boyfriend) fail to get Ring of original code breaker (Who has been killed by NSA or Any other party is suspense to Read). From the Spanish Police station to Santa Cruz church, David has to run for the ring without knowing that the people he was speaking silently being terminated by a deaf Killer who works for NSA. Killer only waiting for the opportunity after David get back the ring which has pass-key. Finally, Devid obtains that pass key but within a second he understands that he has been chased by someone. Then start a chase by NSA Killer and Devid.  Spain Sunday Mass[/caption] On the Other side of the world, Things being changed from bad to worst. Susan failed to chase NDKOTHA because her tracer is being aborted by one of his colleagues. But an unfortunate turn of event, her friend is also killed. Things jumped from one mystery to second and at last the national databank come to the risk. Director of NSA involves into this circus. Susan also lost Dupety Director in an accident and chase concentrate into Devid Passkey decipher and the National threat to Databank. What happens next? is an exciting read.Digital Fortress is a technical thriller which creates astonish amazement though its shape and turning plot which can amuse readers. Although, I am impressed by Dan Brown way of writing this novel has done a bit less compared to Robert Langdon series. I can say that David Becker is an early version of Robert Langdon.  Dan Brown (Source: Google Play)[/caption] This fast-paced novel has been increasingly great for me as I turned the page more and more.Happy Reading !!

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown
 Surender Negi  
 19 March 2018  

Rating: 4/5Dan Brown once replied on a question asked to him about "How much similar he feels when people compare him with Robert Langdon?" He simply replied that it's not alike because Robert is much more courageous and adventuress than him. (paraphrase)Dan Brown answer to Question (mention above).I think Dan is lying about that. I think he enjoys more than anyone and at least surf into excitement created by him for Robert Langdon. From the day, Dan discovers this symbologist, this men (Tom hank) is on run to uncover world biggest discovery and conspiracy through his exceptional intelligence and photographic memory.In this book also Robert never missed any chance to surprise readers with his sheer intelligence. I am the blind fan of Dan Brown. His all books give me goosebumps whenever I read them. Ironically, my busy schedule left me thirsty each night for reading more and more. So, Robert tries to answer humans most ancient questions through the help of his friend Edmond Kirsch who ironically killed by a Spanish admiral. From the point of the utter shock of that killing, the journey begins to know worlds most important question that can shake the whole world:-From where we come? Where we go? - Origin, Dan BrownPaul Gauguin - D'ou venons-nous [Image Credit: Wikipedia][/caption]Dan Brown new journey is a chase for the most philosophical questions of human existence. From primitive eras to till date, humans have spent their extensive energy for looking answer of their existence. Robert Langdon used is intellect to cracking the code which is part of unrealizing the discovery which only can give the answer to these question. Ambra Vidal [hot and spicy independent women] added into the plot to have the grip on the subject. Winston [Watson], an incredible AI helps Langdon to access information which can break the code and discover what is left behind the show made by that great futurist. Robert journey from Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona is filled with thrill. Chased by the cult killer, misunderstood by world media, framed by Spain highest authority and heavily emotional feeling for future queen of Spain, Langdon journey pushed him into a trail of forty-seven characters which can unreleased the discovery of Edmond Kirsch. Robert Langdon played by Tom Hank in The Davinci Code (movie) Source: Playbuzz[/caption]This particular password related to the dead Futurist most loved poem. Artificial Intelligence, Winston help Langdon to unearth various bind bending situations. Akbar love for the prince of Spain come to an end when a conspiracy website started to expose the link between Kirsch death and Palace of Spain. But most fearful way, Three most religious figure of the world come under a death cult which guided Spanish admiral to kill Kirsch also killed two of them mercifully. This confusion that who is actually behind the stoping kirsch presentation? What great discovery that Futurist and computer genius did which can threaten the Religous world? How krisch can answer the deep philosophical questions of human history? From where we come? And where we go?.Mind-bending description of artifacts, most controversial church of Catholic history and Moreover a startling and amused presentation which based on scientific data by the current scientist. A prediction which can change the way human think about themselves and the way they think about future will change for forever. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (Spain) -  Source Wikimedia[/caption]Dan Brown, the way of thrilling his reader with complex art explanation and his passion for technology binds his reader till the end. His art of twisting the tale with unique tactics of waving the story around facts, art, and technology is ever appreciating.At last, it's a must-read book for the fan of thriller, mystery, and technology.

Does God realy exist on mountain Kailash?
 Priya Singh  
 19 March 2018  
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Mount Kailash,a holy mountain not only for we hindus but for most of the religion like buddhist and jains are now under certain controversies for its location, sudden climate change and unsuccesssful attempts to reach to the peak of the mountain by many mountaineers who give one of the strangest expalanation for not accomplishing their mission to reach to its peak. So here we will go through the detailed information about our sacred mountain Kailash.so first of all we will see its religious significance that what this mountain mean for different religions like for we hindus it is the abode of the god of gods Mahadev also known as Shiva, Shankar and a thousands of names through which we can refer him to.So let's begin with JainismIn this religion mount Kailash is also known by the name Mount Meru. the believers of Jainism religion say that the first Jain Tirthankara,Rishabhanatha attained Moksha(liberation) on the mount Ashtapada, the mountain which is  just next to the mount kailash.HinduismAs already told above in hinduism the Mountain  Kailash is belived to be the abode of our beloved lord shiva, the adiyogi, the anadiyogi. Here he live along with his wife accompanied by two childrens i.e Kartika and Ganesh.According to charles Allen, a British freelance writer and a popular historian, one description in the Vishnu Purana  states that its four faces are made of Crystals which are:- ruby, gold and lapis lazuli. Mount Kailash is  also declared as the  pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges representing a lotus.Buddism Like Jainism, in  buddhist text too it is refered by the name of Mountain Meru. and Just like we  hindus, it is a major piligramage site for Buddhist too. Vajrayana (various Buddhist tradition for tantra and mantra) buddhists  believes that mount kailash is the abode of Buddha Cakrasamvara(also known as Demchok) who represents supreme bliss. BonBon, a religion native to Tibet, says that the entire mystical region and Kailash,  to which they refered to as the  "nine-story Swastika Mountain", is the  Axis Mundi, Tagzig olmo Lung Ring.Now since we are over about the beliefs of different reiligion about mount Kailash we should now go to the facts about this mysterious mountain and learn whether the  god is realy there on the mountain?and whether he  is the one who is preventing these mountainneers from climbing this sacred mountain or abode of his.So, here you go:-1. Mount everest, the highest peak in the world has an altitude of 8848m while mount Kailash has an altitude of just 6638m.The mysteroiuness lies in the fact that till now around 4000 peoples have climbed mountain Everest but not a single being has been able to reach the peak of mount Kailash.2. A pact was made among climbers to not to scale those mountains which were considred holy by any religion and mount kailash is not only considred sacred by only one  religion but four. well, some were not able to agree by this pact and finally  the british climbers Huge Ruttledge and Lt col Wilson tried their hands But mysteroiusly  ran out of time and poor climbers! have to return with bare hands.3. Many adventurers and climbers have claimed the sudden change in  weather conditons there. and it has been observed that nails and hairs grow faster than usual. Truly god has some presence there otherwise it wouldn't have been possible for anyone to stop those passionate adventuorers and climbers from achieving their feet.Man has become so technologically strong these days that it can unleash any mystery of nature but we are humans, the creation of god and our all powers and creations are absolute to zero in front of god.that is our limit and we have to admit it anyway. In this context once Reinhold Messner, who condemned the Spanish plans for climbing the sacred mountain, saidIf we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people's souls. So, what do you think guys. Is lord shiva still residing there?well i kept my opinion now its your turn. comment below to let me know what you feel.#smblogcontest

Human Relations
 Lilly Thakur  
 20 March 2018  

All of us read newspapers and watch TV daily so I do. Every person has different choices someone would like to see the sports page first whereas someone may like to see the stock page first. The news that attracts my attention in the newspaper is which is based on human relations it could be on political grounds, social grounds or even personal groundsYou might have seen an advertisement coming these days on television where a boss called Mr. Hari Sadu throws a paper on his colleague the same person spells Hari Sadu asH for Hitler A for arrogant R for rascal and I for an idiot. While the person is spelling his name the face of the Boss just worth looking at the boss’s face becomes blankWhy so?Every person should watch this advertisement honestly and realize – If he is not Hari Sadu in all walks of life?It is very easy to point a finger at others but very difficult to understand that if I am pointing one finger at others at the same time my three fingers are pointing back at me.It is a fact that human relations in all walks of life have been affected badly because of many reasons these days if we try to find out the reasons we may make a huge list.It is not important to know what are the reasons, which are affecting human relations; a rather important thing is how we can improve themI am not a human relations expert but I certainly live in this world and am a part of relationships, therefore, I would like to share my views with you all1- Stress- How many of us feel stress daily? Almost all of us feel stress daily the reasons may be different for each individual. Some of us may be having stress in office may have a Boss like Mr. Hari Sadu. The stress felt in office becomes a part of home atmosphere when the person comes back to home and is gloomy, wife asks the reason why he is sad instead of answering her softly husband shouts back at the wife the anger which should have been given back to boss is thrown at the face of innocent wife who has no fault but since she is wife she has no option and hence she takes it as her fate and that is the first sign of bad relations between husband and wife.The situation could have been handled perfectly if the husband could have left his office stress in office only.We must learn to keep a difference between office and home atmosphere.CHANGE-- The other day I was watching a Sanjay Dutt starrier movie ShaqueHe spoke a very beautiful line—Log Kyun badal jatte hain kamyabi ke sath?Does it happen?Yes it happens almost in 90% casesCan you change your father, mother, brother, sister, wife? Of course you can’t changeBut you can certainly change your selfWe expect a lot from othersOften I hear one line very frequently – eisa mere saath hi quin hota hai mai hi kyun change karun yeh kyun nahi change hote?The answer is very simple-You cant change others better change your self immediately and keep on trying you will find positive results a very slow process but very sure one.FORGET, FORGIVE AND GIVE THANKSIs it very difficult to forgive?Seems yes?No, it is not all one need is courage to accept the facts and a will to understand the reason as to-What made another person to commit the mistake?If we put our selves in other's shoes and try to understand the conditions as to what made him to make this mistake and instead of firing we forget and forgive him the chances are that person will be careful in future and will try not to commit a mistakeForgive many things in others—but nothing in your selfIf you don’t forgive friends a day will come when you don’t have any friendsForgiveness is happiness forgive and forget very simpleBut we do not want to do simple things. We want to complicate our lives, as we become more and more successful. The decision to forgive and forget yourself or someone else is like taking any other decision. One can take it in one second or after going through years of agony and heartburn. The choice is yoursAlso, make a habit of thanking as and when required-How many of us seen Muna Bhai M.B.B.S?If seen then you must be remembering Jadu Ki jhapki?Very effective oneNever hesitate to give Jadu ki jhapki it works wonderfullyCertainly, don’t try with young girls may work otherwiseTRUST AND CONFIDENCE-Trust and confidence are two words we have often say and listen in daily life but do we know how to trust or do have the courage to trust? It is a million-dollar questionAlmost 90% problems today can be solved if we start trustingAsk your self a simple Q- Do you trust your friends, relatives or even employeesNobody will deny it but if we are honest with our selves we will notice we lack thisVery few have the courage to trust and have confidence in relations. Someone find it difficult to admit the mistake or desire thinking if I tell how will other take it.It is a human tendency we assume a lot we assume that if I tell my mistake or my desire to my partner he/she will shout at me and my relations may start becoming worse day by day which results in 1- we suppress our desires2- we try to full fill our desires by hiding these from our partnersIn both the cases, we are the losers In the first case, we killed our desire and become looserAnd in the second case, we have taken the wrong path by hiding it and have started living in an atmosphere of uncertainty that always has a fear what will happen if he/she comes to know?What will happen if someone comes to know and tell my partner?Now you are living a life where neither you can enjoy fully nor you can sleep happilyI have a friend very jolly man is about 100kg in weight loves fun and love to have beer al the time's wife too is very beautiful love to have parties and very talkative once in a party I asked her why don’t you stop this man from drinking too much? She replied he is grown up and knows what is good for him I need not interfere in this. The same answer my friend gave when someone told him that I saw his wife traveling in a car with someone else. He simply replied I know her she won't do anything wrongTHAT IS THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE WE NEED TO HAVEOne must realize one thing trust is never built in a day it may take full life to build up relations but it will take one second to break the relations if trust and confidence is hurt therefore one must be very careful when trust and confidence is at stakeTo lead a happy life—shak ko relations me nahi aane deejiye share kariye feelings rasta zarur niklega

Priyanka, A Savior Girl.....
 Umasankar Sahu  
 20 March 2018  

It was 15th March. On her way to Ganesh market, Priyanka found a poor puppy that was passing through the middle of the road and at the same time a girl from opposite side, just came with her two-wheeler and was about to hit that puppy. But Suddenly Priyanka threw everything, jumped and took that puppy away but unfortunately, that two-wheeler hit her that brought her many injuries CV. Still, she forgot about her and curiously searched that puppy and asked the nearby public, “if the puppy is okay if it needs medical help …..”The Puppy raised it's head without making any voice and looked at Priyanka because it was really asking for help. Priyanka was worried about that puppy wherever she herself was badly injured by that two-wheeler. Priyanka reached home with many injuries. After seeing her in such condition, her Mumma badly cried as she was loving her a lot. Dady also came from work and called a doctor to home….her friends came to see her … and all were angry as well as made her fun by saying why she was going to save such a street sided puppy..! But no one was able to read her heart …! In real when Priyanka met that puppy, it had no such name tag or belt tied around its neck. Then It was very dirty and thin but instead of all, it was also very cute. She thought it is a stray dog but unknowingly she went and saved the puppy! Wanted to take it and make it a normal, healthy, happy, Puppy which in reality gives her an opportunity to give life, which was never…..!Priyanka sometimes says "I honestly believe that God sees these creatures being seen by animals as to how anyone can spend in human form! If You have performed well and we must hope that a lot of People will go ahead and learn from you...This is one of the reasons that she comes forward to save them, because dogs are the best friends of humans, and as she said being a valuable animal to get a good life….# Umasankar Sahu #smblogcontest

I am different!!
 Manoj Doloi  
 21 March 2018  

2:50 amThe world is planning to have a good night and here I am fighting my internal demons.Playing my favorite track to distract myself, otherwise, I will give up again. I could feel those things coming back to me, those wounds which were never healed and probably could never be.I am different they say, I can't make eye contact with people and often fail in building a conversation with them and for this they bully me but my Mossi says that I am no different and I ask myself then why I always stay alone and no one comes to me.I gave up on everything no motivation to do anything. As soon as I close my eyes all I could see is my whole life moving in front of my eyes like a movie.People say you don't try to fight for yourself, but they don't actually know what it feels like to be defeated every time you stand for yourself. They don't know about the nights I stay awake just to calm myself down, they don't know about the nights I puke just because taking medicines for my anxiety is not my cup of tea.My lips had frozen and my hands had shivered when I had tried to gulp down the sleeping pills and poison.After crying for hours about my miserable life I often dial computerized voice number when I need to cry and speak my heart out.Today, as I empty the sleeping pills and bottle of poison, my lips don't freeze, my hands don't shiver and I finally know I am not going to be like this for the rest of my life.But wait, who cares? No one right? Everyone loves to advise you for free but no has the courage to stand by your side and say I am there for you no matter how worse your condition.

I am an introvert
 Shreyanshu Paswan  
 21 March 2018  

Hi, I am an introvert and afraid to communicate with people but human as well and I also had a crush on one of my classmates during my college days.But it wasn't possible for me to talk to her directly, so I approached one of her friends and my schoolmate and that's when everything changed. Days passed as I started texting the friend regularly, keeping my crush aside. In college, we were in different sections but we used to meet after every class. Everybody in the class assumed that I was dating her but we were just good friends. Soon I was sharing everything about my life with her and intended to know more about her. In no time she was my best friend. Being an introvert and having a girl as a Best friend is surprising but she was special to me. For the first time, I was that close to a girl.Two years passed in a blink of an eye. You see time passes quickly when good things happen. Now we are people who know each other completely and understood each other's action. She changed me for good. But life is full of surprises and I had no idea what's coming next.Our friendship went great for let's say two and a half years until I had to shift to a different state for higher studies. That is when everything changed for us. It was getting tougher day by day since we couldn't meet and communicate frequently. And the fear of losing my only best friend kicked in. With time I felt that she ignored me, or maybe busy with her own stuff or maybe her priorities changed.A few months passed this way and my insecurities grew in multiples. And that's when I realized I was in love with her and couldn't let her go away. One night I decided to express my feelings to her, but she never gave a clear reply. I was her priority for sure. According to her, I was her best friend and my place in her life had not changed. But something changed for sure, she was no more the one she used to be with me. But I can't blame you for this.Being an introvert and having a best friend is a blessing. I too had a best friend but she isn't there anymore.So I thought it's better to remain an introvert. There are friends and then there is that one best friend who is etched into your soul and they will forever remain the same. I might still be her best friend but, she isn't the friend I used to have any more.

DEEP IN MY HEART, EMBOSSED LIKE AN ART.
 The Gumnaam Writer  
 21 March 2018  

She was married to a person she never loved. She never had a right to marry the person she loved. Even after all the years of fighting for her unfound love. She got married. Got married to a fake heart. A kind of heart which never came forward, letting the mind do it’s work. A work to undress a soul. With a right on that soul, every night he just used her body as a mode of entertainment. Something known as lust became his only mode of entertainment. Something known as lust became his only mode of living a happy life. Something known as lust became a mode of complete destruction of her life. Every night she felt like her soul is being 'raped'. Every night she saw a person on her bed with those devil horns. Waiting for her to undress herself. Every night she had nothing apart from missing the only person she loved was never made to be with her for a lifetime. All she was left with, was a shattered dream. A shattered love which had went far. So far that it could never be seen. All she could do to stay alive for her child is to keep a curve on her lips and never let that fake happiness disappear. All she could do to stay alive just to see a glimpse of her love was to prove love for her husband who never possessed a heart in him. All she dreamt for was the love which she got from someone who possessed a heart in him just for her. Been years of marriage but still her loyalty never let her fall in love with a person known as ‘her husband' who never possessed a heart. Well people say that sometimes things stolen are never found. Her heart was one of that kind. Which was stolen long back by someone who possessed a heart in him.A right that husband had. To undress her without her wish.A right that husband had. To make a lady, a naked doll. Just for fun.A right that husband had. To call that lady as his, ‘WIFE'. A right that husband had. To make his wife stay in his arms. Naked. For a lifetime.Been years of marriage but still her love for him. The husband. Never existed.Just like a time machine. Which never existed.True love never dies even after ages.Love is just like air. When it comes in front of lust. It’s never visible.©The Gumnaam Writer©The Part Tym HubbyI Be Your Pen, You Be My Words.#smblogcontest

Traces to look for Indian Youth Writers
 saurabh pant  
 22 March 2018  

In the world of global competition, desperation to prove and a virtual asset to involve upon; Indian authors find it a tedious task to prove rise and perform according to their family challenges and expectations of their own support rising ahead. However, there is a way to solve the desperate thirst and help yourself to become a better author if you are a youth and belong to India willing to rise as a writer/author in the demanding culture of the competitive environment in the gust and proving prosperity of the writing. What the Youth from India needs to acquire is the understanding that writing is an art or a passion and not a money-spinner business which they suppose it to be generally in present circumstances. They have to believe in them rather than believing the economic consequences to turntable ahead. What is more to it that they must take virtual personal writing training and learn the skill and art of writing in their early ages? People around the world today starts to write from age of 14 or 16, But even after publishing many books at such age they only become personally perfect at the age of 21-22 thus the Indian youths have to express themselves with global output open to them, but they need to require an understanding of proper balance that can help them generate proper writing calibre rather than search of the money-spinner responses. Today youths are told that what their future goals can be and how to cherish the similar passion all across the world and similar to it happening in India, thus what youths need to learn as rising writers that they not lose their patience and perfect their duration to be a better author. They can ask for a durational period from their parents and work accordingly to become an accomplished star in the field of writing by obliging such duration in perfection, standardizing and maintaining a grip on the skill and art of writing indeed. It takes time to become a nurtured author even in the 21st century and by such virtue, an author has to accomplish himself/herself to be in the potentiality of proper writing skill so he/she can achieve. Thereby take the time to perfect yourself and don't be ashamed of having such time taking experience, You need to learn ups and downs of writing and once you are done so, You may find that you are a much more matured author than you used to be at the age of 14/15 when you began your writing dream indeed...