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ક્ષમા માંગવી અને આપવી બંને જરૂરી છે.
 neeta kotecha  
 24 January 2018  

ક્ષમા આપવી એ ખરેખર ભારે હિંમતવાળું કામ છે. માટે જ કહેવાયું છે કે ક્ષમા વીરસ્ય ભૂષણમ…દુનિયાનું સૌથી અઘરું કામ હોય કે જે કરવાનું તદ્દન સહેલું હોય પણ જે થઇ નથી શકતું અથવા કોઈ કરી નથી શકતું એ હોય તો એ છે કોઈની ક્ષમા માંગવી અને કોઈકને ક્ષમા આપવી . સૌથી નજીકનો સંબંધ છે પતિ પત્નીનો . પણ એ સંબંધમાં પણ એક બીજાને લોકો  માફ નથી કરતા . કારણ લોકો ભૂલ ને ભૂલી જ નથી શકતા . જ્યારે જ્યારે એ વ્યક્તિ અને એની ભૂલ યાદ આવે છે લોકો પાછા ભૂતકાળમાં સારી પડે છે ને થોડા વધારે વેરના બીજ મનમાં વાવે છે.જૈન ધર્મમાં તો ક્ષમાપના નો એટલે જ વર્ષમાં એક વાર એવો દિવસ રાખવામાં આવ્યો છે કે એ દિવસે બધા જ પ્રભુને મનમાં રાખીને એક બીજાની  માફી માંગે. કમસેકમ માફી માંગવાથી એમની સાથે  વાતનો વ્યવહાર તો ચાલુ થાય છે. કે જે  બંધ થયેલો હોય છે અને ધીરે ધીરે સંબંધ સુધરે છે . પણ જો બધાજ સામે વાળાની રાહ જોશે કે માફી માંગવાની  પહેલ કોણ કરે  તો સંબંધો સુધરશે જ નહિ . સમય ત્યારે જ વેડફાય છે જ્યારે કોઈ એક પહેલ નથી કરતુ અને વાત સુધરતી નથી . અને ખરા અર્થમાં જોવા જઈએ તો કોઈ આપણી પાસે ક્ષમા માંગે ત્યારે આપણું અભિમાન માથું ઉચકતું હોય છે . આપણે સામે વાળા વ્યક્તિને ગુનેહગાર ગણવા લાગીએ છે . આ ભાવ પણ જ્યારે મનમાં થી નીકળશે ત્યારે જ પ્રભુ રાજી થશે .પતરસે પુછ્યું - હે પ્રભુ,જો મારો ભાઈ અપરાધ કરે છે તો હું તેને કેટલી વખત ક્ષમા કરૂ?શું તેને સાત વખત સુધી ક્ષમા કરી શકુ છુ?પ્રભુ ઈસુ બોલ્યા- સાત વખત જ કેમ?સાત વખતના સીત્તેર ગુણ્યા કર એટલી વખત તુ તેને ક્ષમા કરી શકે છે.પ્રભુ તને ક્ષમા કરશે-કેટકેટલા એવા સંબંધો છે કે જે પહેલની રાહ જોવામાં જ  પોતાની જિંદગી પૂરી કરી નાખે છે. ક્ષમા આપવા કરતા પણ વધારે સારી વાત એ છે કે ક્ષમા માંગી લ્યો. ભૂલ હોય કે ન હોય પણ ક્ષમા માંગવાથી તમારો એક સંબંધ બચી જશે . આ દુનિયામાં કેટલા શ્વાસ લેવાના છે એ ખબર નથી .  એકલા આવ્યા હતા અને એકલા જવાનું છે તો શું કામ મન પર કોઈ પણ પ્રકારનો ભાર લઈને જવાનું . બધું જ અહિયાં મુકીને જઈએ . એ આપના માટે સારું છે . કારણ સફર માં જેટલું વજન ઓછુ હશે મુસાફરી એટલી સરળ રહેશે

Optimism for you!
 Aman Upadhyay  
 24 January 2018  

Optimism!

मेरे बचपन का शहर 'कुल्टी'
 Asha Pandey 'Taslim'  
 25 January 2018  

गर्मी की छुट्टी आ रही है बच्चों की आँखों में अपने ननिहाल जाने के सपने पल रहे हैं,सारी सखियाँ अपने मायके जाने को खुशी-खुशी पहले से ही तैयारी करने में जुटी हैं।सारे बच्चे भी अपनी माँ के संग उनके बचपन के दिनों में लौटने को उत्सुक दिख रहे हैं।लेकिन मैं नहीं जाना चाहती अपने बचपन के उस हरे भरे और आज के उजाड़ "कुल्टी" को।मेरे बचपन का वो खूबसूरत सा शहर वक्त़ की कब्र में मर-खप गया है।वो मेरे बचपने का शहर,मेरी ज़िन्दगी के सबसे बेहतरीन उन 20 सालों का गवाह हँसता,मुस्कराता,खेलता,कूदता मेरा शहर "कुल्टी"।जिसने मुझे ज़िन्दगी दी,होश दिया,तरबीयत दी,प्यार दिया,लाड दिया दुलार दिया।जिसने मेरी रगों में दौड़ते लहू को रवानी दी "वो शहर" अब मुझे किसी बन्द पडी़ घड़ी की तरह दिखाई देता है।उस घडी़ की तरह जिसे घड़ीसाज़ ने खुद पुर्जे़-पुर्जे़ खोलकर बिखेर दिया हो।निकाल कर फेंक दिया हो एक-एक पेंच और कर दिया हो बे-पुर्जा़ खोखला।मेरा जन्म जब हुआ था "कुल्टी" शहर के इस भरे-पूरे परिवार में जो कि मेरा मयका है,तब ये शहर पूरी तरह से खुशहाल था।अपने पूरे शबाब पर एशिया के पहले लौह इस्पात कारखाने के तमगे के साथ सीना ताने खडा़ हुआ था यह खुशहाल शहर,मगर आज अपने ताबूत में आखिरी कील ठोक बैठा है।हरे-भरे पेड़,बंगाल का बेहतरीन गोल्फ-ग्राउंड,थियेटर,रविंद्रमंच,जादू घर,बर्फ़-कल,दुर्गा पूजा का मेला यानि हम बच्चों के लिये हमारी पूरी दुनिया।कारखाने के आस-पास बने क्वाटर्स में बडे़-बडे़ अधिकारी,देशी-विदेशी कर्मचारी रहते थे,देश-दुनिया के लोगऔर कुछ पड़ोसी देश नेपाल के भी।जो भी सम्पदा "कुल्टी" के पास थी देने को,दिया उसने जी खोलकर।बिल्कुल धरती की तरह,गंगा की तरह और एक माँ की तरह।अफसोस लेने वालों ने लेने की तरह नहीं बल्कि लुटेरों की तरह छीना,नोचा,लूटा,खसोटा।बाहरी थे ही,बाहरी की तरह ही गलत तरीके से इस्तेमाल किया मेरे बचपने के इस "कुल्टी" को।उन्होंने कभी सोचा भी नहीं कि वो "कुल्टी" की जगह अपना ही जड़ काट रहे हैं।वे बाहरी थे सभी,उनके लिये वो उनका घर नहीं,बस पैसा कमाने-बनाने का एक आसान स्थान था।पीढ़ियों के बाद भी उनकी न हुई थी "कुल्टी"।कुल्टी की क़िस्मत ऐसी कि उसके गोद में पले-जन्मे बच्चे भी खुद को यू०पी०, बिहार या नेपाल के बाशिंदे ही खुदको मानते रहे।"कुल्टी"इतनों के होते हुए भी संतान विहीन थी।गैरों के बच्चे,ना-ना सँपोले पालती "कुल्टी" विष-दंश से नीली पड़ती,मरती,उजड़ती,उखड़ती रही।अपने ही कामगारों,दलालों,बाहूबलियों,लुटेरों,घोटालेबाजों के हाथों डूबता बरबाद होता रहा कुल्टी का कारखाना।धीरे-धीरे घाटा बढ़ता रहा,मरता रहा कारखाना।कर्मचारी सोचते रहे कि 'ये तो गंगा है बहती रहेगी अनवरत हमने तो एक लोटा जल ही निकाला है अपने वतन यानि अपने घर के लिये,इसी सोच ने हाथों हाथ दोहन किया,खूब लूटा कुल्टी और कारखाना को।एक-एक लोटे ने आखिरकार खाली ही कर दिया अमृत,चरमराता रहा कारखाना,सूखता रही नदी।थक-हारकर कर बैठ गई "कुल्टी" बन्द हो गया इस्को का कारखाना 1997 में। कहने को तो आज भी चल रहा है शायद अधमरा सा अपंग सा, पर हर बार मुझे लगता है जैसे कोमा में है ये।मेरे बचपन के इस शहर का तेवर मर चुका है।उसकी यादें,आह मेरे बचपने का शहर "कुल्टी"।अपनों के हाथों बनाई अर्थी पर अचेत पडा़ है मेरा बेजान शहर,उसे इस बेहोशी से उठा पाये,ऐसा कोई चमत्कार होता तो मुझे नहीं दिखता।कितना खूबसूरत था मेरा शहर,आज मुझे एक तस्वीर लेने को यदि कोई कहे तो लगता है उस मरते शहर को हरे बेलो के अर्थी पे खड़ा करने की कोशिश को कहाँ रखूँ मैं।तस्वीरों में लपेट के क्या लाऊँ क्या दिखाऊँ और क्या देखूँ।मेरे वो बचपन की "कुल्टी" यादों में बहुत खूबसूरत है।वो शहर जो दौड़ता था कुलांचे भरता था खिलखिलाता था,आज भी यादों की इस पोटली में बंद है।मैं नहीं जाती छुट्टी में,अब अपने घर "कुल्टी"।बिना नीव के मकान और बिन खंबे की छत सा टिका है यह जरजर शहर,डर लगता है कहीं सर पर ही न गिर पडे़।बिना गरदन का शहर "भूत" और टेढे पाँव की "कुल्टी" चुडै़ल दिखती है।#कुल्टी

अभिनय.......
 Rewa Tibrewal  
 25 January 2018  

अभिनय ??न तो !!कभी सीखा नही मैंनेपर हर रोज़ इसकी जरूरतमहसूस होती हैसबके साथक्या घरवाले क्या बाहर वालेकभी कभी तो खुद के साथ भी,चाहती कुछ हूँकरती कुछ हूँ औरबोलती कुछ हूँकई बार मन बिल्कुलनहीं मानना चाहताआये दिन के समझौतों को,पर उसका तो कत्लमैंने बहुत पहले ही कर दिया है नअब तो वो बस दफ़न पड़ा हैमेरे शरीर मेंऔर इसलिएदख़ल नही दे पाताकिसी भी मेरे फैसलों में ,लेकिन .....उम्र के इस पड़ाव परथक सी गयी हूँअभिनय करते करतेअब तोमुझे मुझ सी ही रहना हैतुम्हे तुम्हें तुम्हें मैंपसंद हूँ तो ठीक नहीं हूँतो कोई बात नहींकम से कम मेरा मनअब गहरी नींद से जागज़िन्दा तो हो सकेगाऔर तब ज़िन्दा महसूसकरुँगी मैं भी !!!

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.

पद्मावत या पद्मावती
 Asha Pandey 'Taslim'  
 29 January 2018  

काकी हमारी क़माल की किस्सागो थी,जब भी कोई कहानी सुनाती आँखों में दृश्य कोंध जाते थे और हम बच्चे अवधी में देश और दुनिया के तमाम किस्से सुनते नहीं थे काकी के आँखों से देखते थे।बचपन में काकी के ही शब्दों में देखा था महारानी पद्मावती का जौहर,गोरा और बादल के शौर्य की गाथा,सिंघल की राजकुमारी का अद्भुत रूप,महारानी नागमती का अपने पति के लिए किया गया त्याग,वो कम्बख्त तोता "हीरामन" जिसने रूप का वर्णन ऐसा किया पद्मावती के कि जिसने सुना मोहित हो गया।शर्मसार एक ब्राह्मण के कृत्य पर भी उन्हीं शब्दों के चित्र पर हुए।और अंत ये सुन के "अय बिटिया" अतिका कौनो भला न,न रूप न ख़िलजी के ताकत न,न राणा के प्रेम,न ज़िद".....ये थी महारानी "पद्मावती" जी शताब्दियों बाद भी जायसी के ग्रंथ से निकल कर हमारे तक आई थी।पिछले कुछ महीनों से अचानक से "पद्मावती" फ़िर चर्चा में आई(वैसे उन्हें भूला कौन था?)संजय लीला भंसाली जब शूटिंग करने चले इसी नाम की फ़िल्म का तब। संजय की बनाई फ़िल्मों के कभी बड़े दिवाने होते थे हम। तब,जब वो 'हम दिल दे चुके सनम' या 'ख़ामोशी' बनाये थे।तब भव्य सेट,उम्दा कलाकार,बेहतरीन संगीत,एक अलग दुनिया में पहुँचता हुआ सा जादूगर थे तबतक,संजय 'गुज़ारिश' तक में।लेकिन जब उन्होंने 'देवदास' को कृत्रिम रूप से भव्य बना दिया दृश्यों को बदलकर कहानी को ही ड्रामेटिक करने के चक्कर में,उस वक्त़ लगा ये चितेरा बहुत जिद्दी है।हर रूप को भव्य दिखाने को आतुर।बाजीराव मस्तानी देखी,फ़िर बाजीराव बदले से लगे। एकदम फ़िल्मी उस वक्त़ निर्णय लिया कि इस आदमी की बनाई फ़िल्में देखनी हो तो,इसकी ही आँखों से देखनी होगी इसलिए ऐतिहासिक फ़िल्में अब न देखनी कमसे कम इनकी बनाई हुई।इस इरादे को मज़बूत ही रखती अगर फ़िल्म को लेकर इतना बवाल न मचता,इस फ़िल्म को देखने का मक़सद साफ़ था अपने-अपने तईं अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी को बचाना किसी भी तालिबानी फ़रमान से,बाकी तो पता था जिद्दी भंसाली भी है।नाम और कुछ दृश्य को छोड़ पूरी कहानी खुद लिखेंगे,तो कल दो ज़िद्दी टकराये एक साथ। एक जिसे बदलाव ज़रा पसन्द नहीं,कुछ कहानियों किरदारों में।और दूसरा जो मनमर्ज़ी करता है हर कहानी और किरदारों के संग।भंसाली की पद्मावत(पद्मावती)बहुत खूबसूरत है,वाकई जब जंगल में दीपिका नज़र आती हैं हिरन का शिकार करते उस वक़्त उस सादगी,उस खूबसूरती का कौन न शिकार हो जाये।सिंघल के मोती सी नायाब नायिका हल्के रंग के जोड़े में खुद मोती लगती हैं।"शाहिद" जाने क्यों शाहिद ही नज़र आते हैं,शायद शब्दों में और फ़िल्मों में राजपूत राणा हमेशा लम्बे-ऊंचे आन-बान के साथ इसी रूप में मन के कोने बसे हैं इसलिए।हाँ एक सम्मानित प्रेमी एक निष्ठ राजा के रोल में बुरे नहीं शाहिद,लेकिन "शाहिद" शाहिद ही रहे।दीपिका पहले दृश्य से ही राजकुमारी रहीं,जो जब चलती हैं मुस्कुराती हैं छत्राणी के तरह घाव ताज़ा कर अनूठे ढंग से प्रेम निवेदन करती हैं।मारवाड़ की महारानी बनते ही उस राजकुमारी के पहनावे और ज़बान तक पर असर हुआ और वो भी क़माल के दृश्य हैं।मुझे फ़िल्म में "रणवीर" बस एक बार रणवीर नज़र आये जब वो "खलिबली"गाने पर नाच रहे थे।वीभत्स रस प्रेम के नग़मे गाते हुए।बाक़ी पूरे फ़िल्म में इस लड़के को ढूंढती रही लेकिन वो न था,हाँ इतिहास में दर्ज़ एक क्रूर शासक 'ख़िलजी' को और भी क्रूर रूप में दर्शाता हुआ,अलाऊद्दीन था ज़रूर।जिसे क्रूर दिखाने के सारे हथकंडे अपनाये गए थे। जो जीत कर भी सिकन्दर न बन सका,पदमावती के चिता के,राख़ के नीचे उसकी सारी हेकड़ी दब गई।ये वो दृश्य जो अच्छे लगे।जो देख दुःख हुआ वो एक राजपुरोहित के रूप में एक ब्राह्मण का द्रोह,अपमान के आग में जल कर पूरे मेवाड़ को भष्म करने की कुटील चेस्टा।ख़ुसरो का छोटा सा रोल जिसमें अजीब तरह से डायलॉग डिलवरी और चाटूकारिता की गंध।गोरा,बादल के अद्भुत शौर्य को कम-से-कम फिल्माना।महारानी नागमती जैसी विदुषी को बस गहने के लिए रूठते और सौतन से डाह करते दिखाना।बा-कमाल दृश्य जब महारानी पद्मावती पूरे रनिवास संग जोहर करती हैं उस लाल चुनर को देख उस दृश्य को देख,उस पल में चले जाना जैसा जब ये आत्महत्या नहीं गर्व और वीरता की निशानी थी।सती होना,दुश्मन के हाथ आने से बेहतर अग्नि में समा जाना।एक पल को लगा जैसे वाघा बॉर्डर पर देशप्रेम हिलोरें मारता वहां के वायु में कुछ है।उसी तरह फ़िल्म के अंतिम द्दृश्य क़माल के।पूरी फिल्म देखने के बाद सोचा क्यों मचा बवाल इस फ़िल्म में ?इतनी महिमामंडन तो आल्हा गाते हुए नहीं सुनी राजपूताना शान की।जितनी इस फ़िल्म में हुई है।"ख़िलजी" को आतताई दिखाने की भी भरपूर कोशिश तो की ही गई है।जब वो अपनी ही हथेली काट अपने चेहरे पर खून पोत कर युद्ध की घोषणा करता है।जब वो पीठ पर वार करता है,जब उसके बाये गाल पर आँखों के नीचे आये चोटों को बार-बार फोकस करके दिखाया जाता है।फिर खुद को समझाया शायद ज़रूरी था ये विरोध का ड्रामा भी।न तो, मैं ही न आती,"पद्मावत" देखने।और मेरे जैसे जाने कितने जिन्होंने सुनी हो जायसी के शब्दों से निकली पद्मावती को या महसूस किया हो सती माता के तेज को मेवाड़ में।लेकिन हमसब गये देखा और एक फ़िल्म जिसे बेहतरीन तरीके से बनाया है इस किस्सागो ने,जिनका नाम संजय लीला भंसाली है।*मेरी काकी से बेहतर नहीं है किस्सागोई में यह फिल्म।मेरे ज़ेहन में आज भी वो पद्मावती है जो काकी की ज़बानी दिखी वो आज भी सुरक्षित है।*

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)

પૂજ્ય ગાંધીબાપુને પત્ર. ૨૦૧૮
 PRAVINA Avinash  
 31 January 2018  

પૂજ્ય ગાંધીબાપુને પત્ર.૨૦૧૮પૂજ્ય બાપુસાદર પ્રણામ.  હા જન્મ ગુલામ ભારતમાં થયો હતો. કદાપી ગુલામી ભોગવી ન હતી. ખૂબ સારા સંસ્કાર પામી ઉછરી છું. માંડ ત્રણ વર્ષની હતી ત્યાં તમે વિદાય લીધી. બસ, ત્યારથી બાપુ તમારી ચાહક અને પૂજારી છું. અરે, બાપુ તમે તો શું ગયા, ભારતને ભૂલી જ ગયા!  માન્યું કે ગોડસેની ગોળીથી વિંધાયા, પણ તમે તો ઉદાર છો. સહુના ભૂલની માફી આપો છે. મને ખબર છે તમારા દિલમાં ગોડસે માટે કોઈ ખોટો વિચાર નથી.  તમે તેને પણ ખુલ્લા દિલે પ્રેમ કરો છો. તમારો સ્વભાવ, તમારી મુત્સદ્દીગીરી દાદ માગી લે તેવા છે.  હમેશા બોખલા મુખનું તમારું નિર્મળ હાસ્ય હૈયાને સ્પર્શ્યું છે. ભારત આઝાદ થયું ,ત્યારની તમારી તીવ્ર વેદના અસહ્ય હતી. આજે તો તેનાથી પણ બદતર હાલત છે.હેં બાપુ,  કેમ આપણા ભારત દેશની પ્રજા આટલા બધા નીચા સ્તરે ઉતરી ગઈ છે. આપણા કેટલા દેશ્પ્રેમીઓએ જાન આપ્યા? કેટલી સ્ત્રીઓના સોહાગ ઉજડ્યા? કેટલા કુટુંબોના એકના એક દીકરાઓએ બલિદાન આપ્યા.? સ્ત્રીઓએ પણ આઝાદીની લડતમાં પોતાનો ફાળો નોંધાવ્યો છે. બાપુ આઝાદીની ઘણી મોટી કિંમત આપણે ચૂકવી હતી.બાપુ આજે તમારી પુણ્યતિથિને દિવસે લોકો ભેગા થશે, તમને અંજલિ આપશે. તમારા ખૂબ મનગમતાં ભજન ,’રઘુપતિ રાઘવ રાજા રામ, પતિત પાવન સિતારામ અને વૈષ્ણવ જન તો તેને કહીએ જે પીડ પરાઈ જાણે રે ગાશે’. બસ તમારી યાદ ખતમ. હજુ તો પ્રાર્થના સભાની બહાર નહી ગયા હોય ત્યાં દિમાગ કાવાદાવામાં મગ્ન. બાપુ, તમે હવે માત્ર યાદ કરવા માટે, તમારી ગાથા ગાવા પૂરતાં ભારતમાં વસો છો. તમારા ફોટા બધે છપાય છે.બાપુ એક વાત કહું , વર્ષો પછી ભારત દેશને વફાદાર વડાપ્રધાન મળ્યા છે. જેમને ભારત માતા પ્રત્યે અનહદ પ્રેમ છે.  શ્રી નરેન્દ્ર મોદી. બાપુ તેમની વાણી, આચરણ અને કાર્ય દેશભક્તિથી ઉભરાય છે. પણ આપણી પ્રજા તેમને સહયોગ આપવાને બદલે તેમના ટાંટિયા ખેંચવામાં મશગુલ છે. તેઓ માનવી છે. કિંતુ તેમની ભાવના અને કર્તવ્ય તેમને ,”મુઠ્ઠી ઉંચેરા માનવી” બનાવે છે.આ રાહુલ અને સોનિયા ભારતના ઈતિહાસમાં કલંક રૂપ છે. બાપુ જવાહરલાલને વડાપ્રધાન બનાવી દેશની બેહાલી કરી હતી. આજે પણ આપણો દેશ તેની સજા ભોગવી રહ્યો છે.ભ્રષ્ટાચાર , લાંચરૂશ્વત આપણી પ્રજામાં પ્રાણવાયુની જેમ ફેલાયા છે. જેના વગર જીવનનું અસ્તિત્વ નથી ! બાપુ શું કહું અને શું લખું. આ જીવને ઉચાટ શમતો નથી. બાપુ જ્યારે જુવાની હતી ત્યારે બાળકોની જવાબદારી હતી. આજે દેશ માટે કરી છૂટવાની દાઝ છે ત્યારે ઘડપણને ઉંબરે આવીને ઉભી છું.માત્ર કલમ દ્વારા કાર્ય જારી રાખ્યું છે. દેશની ધરતી માટે પ્યાર ,દેશવાસીઓ માટે સનમાન છલોછલ ભર્યા છે. ભારત જવાની કોઈ પણ તક ચૂક્તી નથી. આજે આપની પુણ્ય તિથિને દિવસે હૈયુ ઠાલવ્યું. તમારાથી અધિક ભારતને કોણે ચાહ્યું છે ?બાપુ, આશા રાખું છું આ પત્ર તમે વાંચો કે ન વાંચો આપણી દેશવાસીઓ વાચશે અને જો તેમનામાં રામ વસે તો ???????????????બાપુ લાખ લાખ વંદન

પ્રજાસત્તાક દિવસ, ૨૦૧૮
 PRAVINA Avinash  
 31 January 2018  

પ્રજાસત્તાક દિવસ, ૨૦૧૮26012018मेरा भारत महानभारतमें बने हुए मालका इस्तेमाल किजिएपरदेशी चिजोंका बहिष्कारઆ બધું ખોખલું લાગે છે. હજી ગઈ કાલે જ ભારતથી પાછી આવી. કોને ખબર કેમ , અમેરિકાનું’ કેમ આપણી પ્રજાને ઘેલું લાગ્યું છે ?જ્યારે પણ કશું ખરીદવા નિકળું ત્યારે, ‘ભૈયા અપને દેશમેં બની હુઈ  ચીજ દિખાના ‘.આ સવાલ સાંભળીને દુકાનમાં ઉભેલા સહુનુ મુખ આ વાક્ય બોલનાર પર તાકી રહે.હા, કબૂલ કરીશ અમેરિકાનો લાંબો વસવાટ છે. એટલે ભારત પ્રત્યે માયા અને મમતા અધિક છે.ખેર આ તો સાવ નજીવી વાત છે. એક વાત કહ્યા વગર રહી નહી શકું. જ્યાં જુઓ ત્યાં અમેરિકાના સ્ટોરે ડેરા તંબુ તાણ્યા છે. જેમ આપણે અંહી ,’યોગ’ દ્વારા આક્રમણ કર્યું છે. તેમ તે લોકોએ સ્ટોરો ખોલીને આપણું ધન ઘસડવા માંડ્યું છે.  ભારતવાસીઓ “જાગો”. મોડું થાય એ પહેલાં વિચારો ! અમેરિકામાં મળતી ડોલર બે ડૉલરની વસ્તુઓના ત્યાં ૬૦૦ થી ૭૦૦રૂ. લે છે. ધોળે દિવસે લુંટ ચલાવે છે.શામાટે આપણે , આપણી વસ્તુઓની ગુણવત્તા વધારતા નથી ? નાના નાના શાકભાજી વાળા અને દાણાવાળા સાથે માથાકૂટ કરીએ છીએ. આટલી બધી રસાકસી ચાલે છે છતાં ટેક્સીવાળાઓનો પાવર ઓછો થયો નથી.  કચરો તો એવી રીતે નાખતા દેખાય છે કે , આપણા વડાપ્રધાન આવીને ઉચકશે !માત્ર ફરિયાદ કરવાનો ઈરાદો નથી. આ તો અંદરથી આંતરડી કકળે એટલે લખાઈ ગયું. મુંબઈમાં બનાવેલું શિવાજી મહારાજનું પૂતળું .ખૂબ ભવ્ય જણાયું. હાજીઅલીના સર્કલ પાસે.” ટિફિન વાળા”નું સ્મારક ઉડીને આંખે વળગે તેવું છે. જો માલમાં ગરબડ હોય તો દુકાનદાર ખેલદિલીથી કહે, “પાછું લાવજો, માલ બદલી આપીશ”.મોં માગ્યા દામ આપ્યા પછી શાકવાળી પણ તોલમાં ગરબડ નથી કરતી. છાપાવાળો, દૂધવાળો બધા સમયસર ફરજ બજાવે છે. પૂનામાં તો ઘરકામ કરવાવાળાઓએ યુનિયન બનાવ્યું છે. દર મહિને “બે દિવસ પગાર સાથે” રજા. ખૂબ આનંદ થયો. દરેક કામના જુદા પૈસા ! વાહ શેઠ લોકો હવે એમની બોલબાલા છે. બાળ બચ્ચા તેમને પણ છે. કામવાળાની કદર કરો. મહેનતના પૈસા મેળવે છે.સિધ્ધીવિનાયકના મંદીરની બહાર બેઠેલાંને રાજી કરીએ. મંદિરોમાં બેઠેલો ભગવાન આ બધું નિહાળે છે. મહારાજોની ચૂડમાં ફસાયેલી આપણી પ્રજા ‘અંધશ્રદ્ધાના’ કાળા કૂવામાં છલાં ગ મારે છે. આંખો ખોલો. વિવેકાનંદને સુણો.સામાન્ય,’ ઓટ’ જેવી વસ્તુ શામાટે અમેરિકન લેવી ?આજે ૨૬મી જાન્યુઆરીનો દિવસ, રાતના સ્વપનું આવ્યું, ‘હું ભારતમાં રહું છું અને આખા ઘરમાં એક પણ વસ્તુ,’મેઈડ ઈન અમેરિકા’ નથી ! આપણી પ્રગતિ કૂદકેને ભૂસકે વધી રહી છે. ‘ભારતનો ડંકો’ દુનિયાભરમાં વાગે છે. ભારતની બહાર આપણું ‘યુવાધન’ આગવું સ્થાન ધરાવે છે.  આપણા સંસ્કાર અને વિચાર શૈલીના પરદેશીઓ ઘેલાં છે. કયા ક્ષેત્રમાં આપણે અગ્રીમ નથી ?“ભારતિય” છીએ તેનું ગૌરવ મુખ પર અને વર્તનમાં તેમજ વાણીમાં પ્રગટ કરતાં ન અચકાવ.આવો આજે ભ્રષ્ટાચાર ઓછો કરવાની ‘શપથ’ લઈએ.મ્હોં માગ્યા દામ મેળવ્યા પછી ગ્રાહકોને છેતરવાનું બંધ કરીએ.બાળપણમાં નાગરિક શાસ્ત્ર ભણિ હતી, તેને જીવનમાં ઉતારીએ.ઘરના વડીલોને આદર આપીએ.‘જુવાની દિવાની’ છે એમાં નવું કશું નથી ! માત્ર સંયમ નો સમયસર ઉપયોગ કરીએ.આજે છે, એ કાલે રહેશે તેની ખાત્રી ખરી ?ભૂતકાળના અનુભવો પરથી વર્તમાનના કાર્ય દ્વારા, ભવિષ્યની ભવ્ય ઈમારત ચણીએ.આપણા જવાનો સરહદ પર જાન ન્યોછાવર કરે છે, તેમના પ્રત્યે થોડી હમદર્દી બતાવીએ.આપણા વડા પ્રધાન , શ્રી નરેન્દ્ર મોદીને તેમના કાર્યમાં પ્રમાણિકતાથી સાથ આપીએ.તેમણે ‘ભારતનું ગૌરવ’ વધારવામાં કોઈ કમી નથી રાખી.દરેક રાજ્ય, ‘ભારતનો એક ભાગ’ છે એ શિલાલેખ દિમાગમાં કોતરીએ.જય હિંદ,  જય હિંદ બોલો સાથ .ભારતનો પ્રજાસત્તાક દિવસ ,એક સારા કાર્ય દ્વારા મનાવવાનો સંકલ્પ આચરણમાં ઉતારીએ .મિત્રો હાથ ફેલાવ્યા છે, ગ્રહણ કરો અને કૂચ જારી રાખો !

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.

कृपया सोचिएगा जरूर
 Rewa Tibrewal  
 5 February 2018  

रविवार को मैंने एक मूवी देखी ,मूवी देखते समय काफी रोई मैं ,देख के घर तो आ गयी पर आज दिन तक दिमाग वही घूम रहा है।मैंने तो सिर्फ एक नाट्य रूपांतर देखा है तब ये हाल है , पर जिन बच्चियों और औरतों के साथ ऐसा होता है उनके मन की स्थिती को समझना या बयां करना बहुत मुश्किल है।लेकिन न चाहते हुए भी ऐसा हर दिन होता है , क्या हमारी कोई ज़िम्मेदारी नही ??? हम भी तो इस समाज का हिस्सा है ....तो क्या डर कर चुप रह कर हम अपनी ज़िम्मेदारी पूरी कर रहे है ???हम बेटियों को कितना सिखाते हैं ....उनके कपड़ों से लेकर मर्दों के कितने पास या दूर रहना है वहां तक , थोड़ी बड़ी होने पर हम उन्हें उनके बाप भाई तक से सतर्क रहने को बोलते हैं। लेकिन क्या हम अपने बेटों को सिखाते हैं कि उन्हें स्त्रियों से कैसा बर्ताव करना चाहिए ?? जब पहली बार उन्हें खुले में शौच कराते हैं तो सोंचते हैं कि कितना गलत कर रहे हैं हम ???? खुले में लड़की हो या लड़का नही जाना चाहिए न , आगे जा कर ये ही बातें गलत रूप लेती हैं ।नही हम नही सोचतेे आम धारणा तो ये है "अरे ये तो लड़का है " इसी धारना से बढ़ावा मिलता है । क्या हम ये मुहिम नही शुरू कर सकते कि हम अपनी बेटियों के साथ साथ अपने बेटों को भी उस बारे मे शिक्षित करेंगे ???कृपया सोचिएगा जरूर ।।।।रेवा

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

ચર્ચાના ચગડોળે ચડીને ચક્કરભમ……
 Kunjal Chhaya  
 8 February 2018  

યુદ્ધનાપડઘમ ચોમેર વાગતા લાગે;ને ભયના ભણકારા ભાસે ત્યારે જાણે.ચર્ચાશૂરાઓનેવીરચક્ર શું કામે લાગે?ગજ ફુલે છાતી, જો કરી બતાવે આજે. - કુંજકલરવચર્ચા પ્રેમી ફેસબુક લાલાઓ અને વ્હોટસેપ લીલીઓને સમર્પિત ઉપરોક્ત પંક્તિઓ. ચર્ચામંત્રાણાંની તરફેણમાંસમયવેડફતી એક આખી પેઢી ઉછરી રહી છે આપણી સામે એવું નથી લાગતું? સવારે ઉઠીને છાપાં વાંચીએ કેસતત બ્રેકિંગ ન્યુઝથી ધમધમતા ટી.વી.માં નજર કરીએ તો બધેજ અરાજકતા અને અફરાતફરીનો માહોલમધ્યાહ્ને પહોંચ્યો છે એવું લાગે છે. એવામાં શું પાનનો ગલ્લો કે શું ફેસબુકની વોલ કે પછી વ્હોટસેપનાં ગૃપ.કોઈ નાનો સરખો વિચાર કોઈને ઝબૂક્યો નથી અને એને જગજાહેર કર્યો નથી.અભિપ્રાયો અને પ્રતિભાવો આપવાની હોડમાં ઘડિકવારમાં ચર્ચાઓનો સપાટાભેર પૂર ઉમટી પડે. ચર્ચાનાં રવાડેચડીએ એટલે પત્યું. એકાગ્રતા તો સાવ તાળું વાસીને ડાબલીમાં પૂરી દેવાઈ હોય એમ અદ્રશ્ય જ રહે છે.અને આત્મવિશ્વાસ પણ જાણે પારકી થાપણ હોય એમ બીજાનાં મંતવ્યોને આધારિત થઈ બેઠો હોય એવું લાગે.જેનીઅસર કદાચ આખો દિવસ રહે અને નીંદરમાં પણ એજ બધું ઘૂમરાયા કરે. જેને લીધે યોગ્ય દિશાએ કામ કરવાનીશક્તિ અને અભિગમ ખોરવા ય છે. એક જોક ફરે છે ને – “રેફ્રિઝરેટર હોય કે વ્હોટસેપ ખબર જ છે એમાં કંઈ નવુંનથી છતાંય જરાતરા વારે ખોલીને જોઈ લેવાનું મન થાય.” તો, આપણે ચર્ચા વિશે ચર્ચા કરીએ તો, આ ચર્ચા કરવામાંય ઘણીચર્ચાઓ છે. ચર્ચાનાં પણ અસંખ્ય મુદ્દાઓ છે. ચર્ચા કરવા બેસવા કંઈ કોઈ મોટી સ્નાતકની ઉપાધિ થોડી જોઈએ છે? એતોજરા કોઈ બાબત પર ઉપાધિ થાય એટલે ભરપેટ ચર્ચા કરી લેવાની. ઉકેલ મળે કે ન મળે પણ તમારા પેટમાં ફરફરતાં પંચાતિયા પતંગિયાંઓને તો રાહત મળે.ચર્ચા કરવામાં એક દુઃખ ચર્ચા ક્યારેય એકલપંથે નથી થતી. ચર્ચા કરવામાં જેમ કુંડાળું મોટું એમ એની વધારે લિજ્જત મળે.ચર્ચા કરવાનું સૌથી મોટું સુખ એક જ કે ચર્ચા કરવા માટે નિશ્ચિત વિષયની ક્યાં જરૂર પડે છે. નજીવી બાબત કે મુદ્દો લઈનેપણ મસમોટી ચર્ચાઓ કરી શકાય છે. બે જણાં કે જણી મળ્યાં કે મળી નથીને દુનિયાભરી ચર્ચાઓ કરવાનો અવકાશ આપનીસમક્ષ આળસ મરડીને સુષુપ્ત વિચારોને પ્રચંડ તાકાત સાથે પ્રોટિન, વિટામિન અને કાર્બોહાઈડ્રેડ પૌષ્ટિક ખોરાક ખાધેલ તંદુરતજીવની જેમ શક્તિશાળી જોમ મળવા લાગે છે. કોણ જાણે ક્યાંથી આટલી તાકાત ભેગી થઈ જતી હશે ચર્ચાઓ કરવા લોકોને એજ પી.એચ.ડી. કરવાના વિષય જેવું છે.ચર્ચા કરતી વખતે કોઈ તરફેણમાં મુદ્દો મૂકે તો કોઈ વિરોધ પ્રગટ કરે, આક્રોશ પણ ચર્ચાનાં ચક્રવાતમાં વેગથી ઉમટે. વળી, કોઈસહમતીનો સફેદ ઝંડો ફરકાવીને ચર્ચામાં ચકરડી મરડી રમે તો કોઈ લાલ કપડું બતાવીને ચર્ચાવીને વધુ ભડકાવે. ચાંપલુસીનોભરપૂર સ્કોપ અને અંદરખાને બધાં સાથે મળીને ઢોલકીઓ પણ વગાડી શકવાની મહામૂલી તક.સંબંધો માંડ સ્થપાયા હોય પડોસી સાથે અને કચરાપેટી અને એઠવાડ ક્યાં નાખવો એવી ચર્ચા થાય. ગઝલનાં ગૃપમાં જોક્સ ન મૂકો એવાવિષય પર ઘમાસાણ થાય. અને નવીસવી સગાઈ થયેલ યુગલ વચ્ચે તે પ્રોફાઈલ ફોટોમાં લાઈક કેમ ન કર્યું એવા મનામણાં રિસામણાં થાય.મને કોઈ ટેગ ન કરજો; મારી પોસ્ટ શેર કેમ ન કરી? એવી સાવ નજીવી કચકચ ઓનલાઈનની દુનિયામાં ક્ષણીક મોજની અવસ્થામાંયભંગ કરે. ભાઈઓનાં પાનનાં ગલ્લા કે બાઈક પરિષદ અને બહેનોનાં ઓટલા બેઠકોમાં એવી નીતનવીન ચર્ચાઓ થતી હોય કે થાય કેઆ ચર્ચાકારોને તો રાષ્ટ્રિય નહિ બલ્કે વૈશ્વિક સ્તરે મોકલીએ તો ખરેખએ ઉદ્ધાર થઈ જાય જીવનનો.ચર્ચાઓને અંતે સચોટ, સુખદ સરળ નિર્ણય ઉપજે તો એ સમય આપવો લેખે પણ લાગે. પણ નિવેડા વિનાનાં હવાતિયાં માર્યા કરવાઅને સતત મુદ્દાઓને ઉખેડ્યા કરીને મન, મગજ અને ‘મની’ વ્યર્થ કરવાનું કેટલી હદે યોગ્ય? સ્કુલ – કોલેજમાં વકૃત્વ કે ડિબેટમાંભાગ લીધો હોય કે સાંભળ્યું હોય તો યાદ કરો કે વિષયવસ્તુનાં સારાનરસાં પાસાંનું વિવરણ કરવાનુંઅને પોતાનો વિચાર કહી બેસી જવાનું હોય એ પણ સમય મર્યાદામાં જ. આ ગુણ વિદ્યાર્થી જીવનમાં એટલે કેળવવાનો હોય છે કે એનાંથીપોતાનાં વિચારો દુનિયા સમક્ષ રજુ કરવાનો મહાવરો થાય. પરંતુ સામાન્યત થાય એવું છે કે પ્રસંગો પાત મેળાવડો હોય કે જાહેર સોશિયલમિડિયા લોકો પોતાની બુદ્ધિમતાનું પ્રદર્શન કરવા પણ ચર્ચાનું હથિયાર હાથવગું રાખતા થઈ ગયા છે. અંતે, એ વ્યક્તિ પ્રત્યે અણગમો થતો જાય,સંબંધો વણસે પણ ખરાં. બીજું, ખરેખર સંવેદનશીલ બાબત હોય તોય કંટાળો આવે. વૈવિધ્યપૂર્ણ ચડસાચડસી સભર વિષય વધુ‘કોમ્પ્લેક્ષ’ બને અને નિજાનંદ કે મૈત્રીપૂર્ણ વાતાવરણ માણવાનો સમય વધુ ‘કોઝી’ બને. જેમને ખરેખર કઈંક કરી દેખાડવાનીધગશ છે એ ચર્ચામાં નથી પડતા અને જેવો ચર્ચા કરવાનું ટાળે છે એમને ચર્ચાવીરો એમનાં સંકુલમાંથી બહાર કરે છે, રદબાતલ કરીહંકારી કાઢે છે. અલબત્ત, એને ચર્ચાનાં ચક્રવૃહમાંથી કાઢી મૂકવો કે કેમ એવું નક્કી કરવા પણ કેટલીય ચર્ચાવિચારણાઓ થાય છે.અંતે, લેફ ગૃપ કે બ્લોક થવાનો કે કરવાનો વારો આવે. આડકતરી રીતે સંબંધોમાં કચવાટ થાય.તટસ્થ વલણ રાખીને મનને ચર્ચાઓને ટલ્લે ન ચડવા દે એવું કવચ દાનવીર કર્ણ પાસે પણ નહોતું કદાચ એવું હાલની પરિસ્થિતિઓનોતાગ જોઈને લાગે છે. ક્યારેક ચર્ચાનું પ્લેગ્રાઉન્ડ ઘેરાતું હોય ત્યારે ‘સીધી બાત, નો બકવાસ’નો ફંડા અપનાવી લેવો પડે અને માણખમાંથીજેમ સહેલાઈથી વાળ કાઢી લેવાય એમ જરાય કલ પડ્યા વિના અણગમતા ચર્ચાવૃંદોમાંથી બાકાત થતાં શીખી લેવું પડે છે.સંવાદ આડે જાય તો ચર્ચા વધે. ચર્ચા દલિલોને રવાડે ચડે. દલિલોથી મતભેદ જાગે. એથી આગળ વણસે તો મનભેદ લાગે.ચર્ચાને ચગડોળે ચડવુંજ શાને?દિલ્લગીઃચર્ચા કહે મારું કામ, સુખે નહિ ભજવા દઉં જય શ્રી રામ.કુંજલ પ્રદીપ છાયા ‘કુંજકલરવ’

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 Asha Pandey 'Taslim'  
 9 February 2018  

एक किलो करेले के लिये सामग्रीकरेले को छील कर नमक लगा कर धूप में बिठा दीजिये बिन बुलाए मेहमान की तरह,एक घण्टे बाद धो कर सूखने रखिये किसी पुरानी गीली याद की तरहमसाले साबूत...धनिया दो चाय के चम्मच,जीरा दो चाय के चम्मच,मैथी दाना एक चम्मच,सरसों दाना एक चम्मच,राई(पीली) एक चम्मच,अजवाई दो चम्मच,मंगरैल(काला जीरा)एक चम्मच,सोफ़ दो चम्मच।इन सब को तवे पे भून लें,ठंडा होने देअब एक कड़ाही में एक मुट्ठी मूंगफली के दाने भून लें इनके छिलके निकाले ठंडा होने दे।अब मिक्सर में मसाले पीस ले,उसी में भुनी हुई मूंगफली मिला दे,बर्तन में निकाले आमचूर दो बड़े चम्मच ,नमक और लाल मिर्च पाउडर संग हल्दी स्वादानुसार मिला दीजिये अब सूखे हुए करेलों में इन्हें भर कर रखिये,कुकर में एक बड़े चम्मच तेल गर्म कीजिये एक साथ दो या तीन करेले डाल कर ढक्कन बन्द कीजिये, बस सीटी मारने की मोहलत न दीजिये कुकर को ,वो भी संडे के दिन जब पिया मौजूद घर पर इस काम को तब तो हरगिज़ नहीं। जब प्रेसर लेने लगे चिमटे से कान खींचिए और ढक्कन खोल कर करेले को पलट दीजिये बस इसी तरह जब समझ आये,कि नई साड़ी में देख जली हुई पड़ोसन की तरह करेले मुस्कुरा रहें हैं निकाल लीजिए।

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.

आधुनिक युग में बच्चों को पालना एक सबसे बड़ी चुनौती
 Rewa Tibrewal  
 9 February 2018  

इस आधुनिक दौर मे बच्चों का सही तरीके से पालन पोषण करना बहुत कठिन कार्य हो गया है।एक ओऱ बच्चोंमें अच्छे संस्कार देना जरूरी है तो दूसरी ओऱ उन्हें अनुशासित रखना और उनके दोस्त बने रहना भी बहुत जरूरी है। आजकल बड़ों के पाँव छुना , पूजा करना ,ये बचपन मे बच्चे फिर भी सुन लेते हैं ,पर बड़े होने के बाद पुराने ज़माने की सोच कह कर टाल देते हैं। रही सही कसर आजकल इन्टरनेट ने पूरी कर दी है ,जहाँ ये ज्ञान का भंडार है वहीँ बच्चों को बिगाड़ने का सबसे बड़ा साधन ,इसमे गेम्स ,फेसबुक और भी बहुत कुछ है। एक ओर बच्चों के विकास के लिए कंप्यूटर जरूरी है तो वहीँ इन सबसे उन्हें बचाना मुश्किल। मोबाइल फ़ोन एक दुसरी चिंता का विषय बन गया है ,ये भी समय पर देना जरूरी है क्युकी टूशन और एक्स्ट्रा एक्टिविटी के लिए वो सारे दिन बाहर रहते हैं। पर इसके दुष्परिणाम भी बहुत हैं। बच्चे सारा सारा दिन उसी मे लगे रहते हैं ,सार ये है की हमे सब देना भी है और उन्हें उनके दुष्परिणाम से जागरूक भी रखना है ,जोकि सबसे बड़ी चुनौती है। मुश्किल अभी यहीं नहीं  खत्म होती ,बच्चों की ज़िद जो तक़रीबन हर माँ बाप की सबसे बड़ी मुसीबत  है ,जो आजकल देखा -देखी  हर दूसरी चीज़ के लिए होती है, जिसे पूरा करना मुश्किल है और समझाना उससे भी बड़ी मुसीबत ,हम माँ बाप की भी बहुत जगह गलती होती है ,हम बच्चे को हर छेत्र मे अव्वल देखना चाहते हैं ,पढाई खेलखुद और न जाने क्या-क्या और उनपर इसके लिए प्रेशर डालते हैं । "कुल मिला कर हर चीज़ मे एक बैलेंस होना बहुत जरूरी है , तभी हम उन्हें देश का एक अच्छा और  सच्चा नागरिक बना पाएंगे"। रेवा 

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.

ଓଡିଶାର ସଭିଙ୍କ ପ୍ରିୟ ଦହି ମାଛ
 Subhasree Kar  
 9 February 2018  

ସାମଗ୍ରୀ :ରୋହୀ ମାଛ : ଏକ କେଜିପିଆଜ : ବଡ ଦୁଇଟାରସୁଣ : ଗୋଟେକଞ୍ଚା ଲଙ୍କା : ଚାରିଟାସୋରିଷ : ଶହେ ଗ୍ରାମଜୀରା : ଏକ ଚାମଚଶୁଖିଲା ଲଙ୍କା : ଦୁଇଟାଟମାଟୋ: ଦୁଇଟାଭୃଷୁଙ୍ଗା ପତ୍ରଦହି: ଅଧା କପବେସନ/ ଚାଉଳ ଚୁନା : ଏକ ଚାମଚସୋରିଷ ତେଲ - ଦରକାର ଅନୁଯାୟୀଲୁଣ - ଦରକାର ଅନୁଯାୟୀହଳଦୀ - ଦରକାର ଅନୁଯାୟୀପ୍ରଣାଳୀ :ପ୍ରଥମେ ମାଛ କୁ ଭଲ ଭାବେ ଧୋଇ ଲୁଣ ହଳଦୀ ଗୋଳାଇ ସୋରିଷ ତେଲ ରେ ଭାଜି ରଖି ବେ I ସୋରିଷ ,ଜୀରା ,ଶୁଖିଲା ଲଙ୍କା ,ରସୁଣ ଦୁଇ କୋଳ ବତୁରାଈ ବାଟି ରଖିବେ Iତେଲ ରେ ସୋରିଷ,ଜିରା ଲଙ୍କା ଫୁଟଣ ଦେଇ ଭୃଷୁଙ୍ଗା ପତ୍ର ,ଲମ୍ବା ଲମ୍ବା କଟା ପିଆଜ ,ରସୁଣ ଚାରି / ପାଞ୍ଚ କୋଳ ଛେଚା ପକେଇବେ ଓ ଭାଜିବେ I ଏଇସବୁ ଭାଜି ହୋଇଗଲା ପରେ ତାକୁ କାଢି ଅଲଗା ରଖିବେ I ତା ପରେ  ସୋରିଷ ପେଷ୍ଟ ରେ ଗୋଟେ କପ ପାଣି ଗୋଳାଇ ରଖିଥିବେ ତାକୁ ତେଲ ରେ ପକାଇ ପନ୍ଦର ମିନଟ ଫୁଟାଇବେ I ସୋରିଷ ର ରଙ୍ଗ ବଦଳି ହଳଦିଆ ଆସିଯିବ, ବାସ୍ନା ଆସିବ ତା ପରେ ଜାଣିବେ ତାହା ହୋଇଗଲା ଠିକ ରେ I ତାପରେ ସେଥିରେ ଭଜା ପିଆଜ ,ଟମାଟୋ ,ମାଛ ସବୁ ପକେଇବେ I ଦହି କୁ ଟିକେ ପାଣିରେ ବେସନ କିମ୍ବା ଚାଉଳ ଚୁନା ଗୋଟେ ଚାମଚ ଦେଇ ଗୋଳେଇ ତା ଉପରେ ପକାଇବେ ଆଉ ପାଞ୍ଚ ମିନଟ ଫୁଟାଇବେ I ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଇଚ୍ଛା  ଅନୁଯାୟୀ ଝୋଳ ରଖିପାରିବେ I ଏବେ ଆପଣଂକର ଦହି ମାଛ ପ୍ରସ୍ତୁତ I ଏହା ଭାତ ସହ ଖାଇବାକୁ ବହୁତ ସ୍ୱାଦିଷ୍ଟ ଲାଗେ  I

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

ଡିଜିଟାଲ କ୍ରାନ୍ତି
 Aravinda Das  
 15 February 2018  

ଡିଜିଟାଲ କ୍ରାନ୍ତି************ଦଳର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ନିର୍ବାଚନୀ ଭାଷଣ ଦେଉଥିଲେ।ଓଜସ୍ବିନୀ ଭାଷଣ।ସମସ୍ତେ ଜାଣନ୍ତି ବାକଚାତୁରୀ ରେ ଏଇ ନେତା ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ଠାରୁ ଆଗରେ।କେତେବେଳେ ନିଜର ଦାରିଦ୍ର୍ୟତା, ଜୀବନ ସଂଘର୍ଷ ତ କେବେ ରାଜ୍ୟ ତଥା ଦେଶପାଇଁ ସେ ଜେଲଯାଇଥିବା କଥା ସ୍ମରଣ କରାଇଦିଆନ୍ତି ଶ୍ରୋତାଙ୍କୁ।ପୁଣି କେବେ ନିଜକୁ  ,ନୂତନ କ୍ରାନ୍ତିକାରୀ ବୋଲି ଅବିହିତ କରାନ୍ତି।" ଭାଇ ଓ ଭଉଣୀମାନେ; ଏ ଦେଶରେ ଆମ ଦଳ   ଡିଜିଟାଲ କ୍ରାନ୍ତି ଆଣିଛି।ଆପଣମାନେ ଘରେ ବସି ନିଜ ମୋବାଇଲ ଫୋନ୍ ରୁ ଅନେକ କାମ କରିପାରୁଛନ୍ତି।ବ୍ୟାଙ୍କରେ ଟଙ୍କା ଜମା କରିବାଠାରୁ ଆରମ୍ବ କରି ବିଜୁଳି ବିଲ , ପିଲାଙ୍କ ସ୍କୁଲ ଦରମା,ସିନେମା ଟିକେଟ ,ଦୋକାନରୁ ଜିନିଷ କିଣା ଇତ୍ୟାଦି ସବୁ ଡିଜିଟାଲ ପେମେଣ୍ଟ କରିପାରୁଛନ୍ତି।ଆପଣଙ୍କ ବ୍ୟାଙ୍କ ଖାତାରେ ଅଫିସ ଦରମା,ସବସିଡ଼ି ଟଙ୍କା ସିଧାସଳଖ ଜମା ହୋଇଯାଉଛି।ସବୁଜିନିଷରେ ଆମ ଦଳ ପାରଦର୍ଶିତା ଆଣିଛି।କଳାଧନ କୁ ରୋକିଛୁ। ତେଣୁ ଆଗାମୀ ନିର୍ବାଚନରେ ଆମ ଦଳକୁ ଜୟଯୁକ୍ତ କରାନ୍ତୁ।"ସଭା ପରେ ରାତିରେ, ଦଳ ପକ୍ଷରୁ ଗାଁ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଆୟୋଜିତ ହୋଇଥିବା ଭୋଜି ପରେ କିଛି ଜିନିଷ ବଣ୍ଟା ଯିବାର ଘୋଷଣା କରାଯାଇଥିଲା ।ହାଠାତ୍ କିଛି ବାକ୍ ବିତଣ୍ଡା ,ପାଟିତୁଣ୍ଡ ଶୁଣି ଦଳ ର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ରୁମ ବାହାରକୁ ଆସି କାରଣ ପଚାରିବାରୁ , ଗାଁର କିଛି ଲୋକ ଆଗକୁ ଆସି କହିଲେ ," ସାର୍, ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଦଳ ତରଫରୁ ଆମକୁ ଆଜି ଯେଉଁ ଟଙ୍କା ବଣ୍ଟା ଯାଉଛି, ଆମେ ଚାହୁଁଛୁ ତାହା ଡିଜିଟାଲ ପେମେଣ୍ଟ ଜରିଆରେ ସିଧା ଆମ ବ୍ୟାଙ୍କ ଖାତାକୁ ଯାଉ। ଆପଣ ନିଜ ମୋବାଇଲ ଫୋନରୁ ଆମ ଆକାଉଣ୍ଟକୁ ଟଙ୍କା ଟ୍ରାନ୍ସଫର କରନ୍ତୁ ସାର୍।ସମସ୍ତେ ଆପଣଙ୍କର ପାରଦର୍ଶିତା ଜାଣିବେ। ଆମେ ପି.ଓ.ଏସ ମେସିନ ବି ଆଣିଛୁ।ନିଜ ଡେବିଟ୍ କାର୍ଡ ସ୍ବାଇପ୍ କରି ଆମ ଖାତାକୁ ଟଙ୍କା ପଠାନ୍ତୁ,ଠିକ୍ ଗ୍ୟାସ ସବସିଡ଼ି ଟଙ୍କା ପରି।ଆପଣ ତ ସ୍ୱଚ୍ଛତା ଓ ଡିଜିଟାଲ କ୍ରାନ୍ତିର ଜନକ।"କଣ ହେଲା କେଜାଣି ଦଳ ମୁଖ୍ୟ, ଅନ୍ୟ ନେତାଙ୍କ ସହ ଗାଡ଼ିରେ ବସି ଆଖିପିଛୁଳାକେ ସେଠାରୁ ଅଦୃଶ୍ୟ ହୋଇଗଲେ।ଗାଁ ଲୋକେ ହସୁଥିଲେ, ବିଜୟୀ' ର ହସ।😊(ଅରବିନ୍ଦ ଦାସ)

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!!!

मानवीय आदर्शों की ज़रूरत
 Sahil Tanveer  
 18 February 2018  

अभी वर्तमान में हमारे देश में जिस तेजी से असामाजिक गतिविधियां बढ़ रही हैं ; संभव है कि भारत भारत ना रह पाए, अपनी गरिमा खो दे । देश धीरे-धीरे आपसी कलह जैसे कैंसर का शिकार होते जा रहा है । देशभक्ति के रोज नए पैमाने तय किए जा रहे हैं । सुरक्षा प्रशासन के हाथों से निकलकर असामाजिक तत्वों तक पहुंच रही है । राष्ट्रवाद पर रोज नया संग्राम छिड़ रहा है । दो विभिन्न विचारधाराओं की लड़ाई व्यक्तिगत होते जा रही है । नफरतों की चिंगारियां फिजाओं में घुल-मिल रही है , जिसकी चपेत में ज्यादातर आज की युवा पीढ़ी आ रही है । ये ऐसा सबकुछ एक दो वर्षों में नहीं हुआ बल्कि बीते कई वर्षों से ये सब चला आ रहा है । हां,लेकिन ये शत्-प्रतिशत सत्य है कि इधर एक दो वर्षों में इसने आक्रामक रूप धारण कर लिया है और यह अभी देश की सबसे बड़ी चुनौती है । छोटे-छोटे मुद्दे अचानक से विशाल रूप धारण कर रहे हैं और एक बड़े मुद्दे को इस तरह ठंडे बस्ते में डाल दिया जा रहा है कि किसी को कानों कान खबर नहीं हो रही । अभी वर्तमान के मुद्दों पर एक नज़र डालने से सारी बातें स्पष्ट हो जाएंगी । दूसरों को गलत,नीचा दिखाने के लिए देशभक्ति का सहारा लेना एक ट्रेंड बन गया है । और तो और देश की प्रमुख हस्तियां भी इसमें पीछे नहीं है । सभी राष्ट्र की दुहाई देकर एक दूसरे की टांग खिंचाई कर रहे हैं। और इस कड़ी में हमारे राजनितिज्ञ सबसे आगे हैं । राजनितिक पार्टियां सही-गलत ना देखकर वोट बैंक के हिसाब से काम कर रही है । राजनितिक शक्तियां हमारे समाज के उपर हावी हो रही है । जिसका परिणाम हम स्पष्ट रूप से तनावग्रस्त समाज के रूप में हम देख रहे हैं । आखिर ऐसा क्यों हो रहा है ये जानने के लिए हमें रविन्द्र नाथ टैगोर ने राष्ट्र को लेकर जो बातें कही थी उसपर गौर करने की जरूरत है :-"लोगों के राजनितिक और आर्थिक संघ के अर्थ में,राष्ट्र एक ऐसा दृष्टिकोण है,जो सारे देशवासी किसी यांत्रिक उद्देश्य से संगठित होकर अपनाते हैं । समाज का अपना कोई बाहरी प्रयोजन नहीं होता । यह खुद अपने आप में साध्य होता है । यह मानव के सामाजिक प्राणी होने की स्वैच्छिक आत्माभिव्यक्ति होता है । यह मानवीय संबंधों की प्राकृतिक व्यवस्था है ताकि मनुष्य एक-दूसरे को सहयोग देने की नीयत से जीवन के आदर्शों का विकास कर सके । इसका एक राजनितिक पहलू भी होता है लेकिन वह किसी खास प्रयोजन के लिए ही होता है । वह आत्मसंरक्षण के लिए होता है । वह शक्ति का एक रूप होता है, न कि मानव आदर्शों का । शुरू में,समाज में,इसका अलग से स्थान निर्धारित था,जो केवल व्यावसायिक लोगों के लिए ही था । विज्ञान की सहायता एवं इस संगठन के परिष्कार के बाद इसकी शक्ति बढ़ने लगी और उसी के साथ अकूत संपदा आने लगी । तब आश्चयर्यजनक तेजी से उसने अपनी सीमाएं लांघनी शुरू कर दीं । फिर तो इसने भौतिक संपन्नता के लालच में अपने सभी पड़ोसी समाजों को उकसाना शुरू कर दिया । परिणामस्वरूप उनमें परस्पर ईर्ष्या रहने लगी तथा दूसरों के विकास के भय से इसने खुद को शक्तिशाली बनाना शुरू कर दिया । फिर इसे रोक पाना संभव नहीं रहता क्योंकि तब स्पर्धा तेज हो जाती है,संगठन व्यापक होने लगता है और स्वार्थ परम तत्व बन जाता है । मानव के लालच और भय को भुनाते हुए यह समाज में ज्यादा से ज्यादा स्थान घेरने लगता है और बाद में वहीं इसकी निर्णायक शक्ति बन जाता है" (राष्ट्रवाद पृष्ठ-28)आज के इस समय में हम इसी शक्ति  से घिरते जा रहे हैं । हम मानवीय मूल्यों,मानवीय आदर्शों को खोते जा रहे हैं जिसे अभी वर्तमान की सख्त जरूरत है । और यह तभी आ सकता है जब हम किसी राजनितिक, धार्मिक ,सामाजिक और अन्य ऐसी ही संगठनों से ऊपर उठकर मानवीय मूल्यों और आदर्शों के बारे में सोचें ।        - 'साहिल' तनवीर

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. 

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 Sant Prasad Yadav  
 18 February 2018  

बचपन से किताबों की दुनिया को अपना हमसफ़र बना चुका देव, आज सांझ की बेला के वक्त, सूर्य को रात भर के लिए विदा होते हुए उसकी लालिमा को देख वह अपनी बचपन की यादों में खो जाता है।जैसे अभी कल की ही बात हो। दादा जी बाजार से अच्छी-अच्छी कहानियों की किताब ले कर आये हों और वह,'' दादा जी आ गये..दादा जी आ गये,'' खुशी से उछलते हुए उनकी तरफ दौड़ पड़ा हो।सच, कई बार अगर दादा जी ने उसे सही वक्त पर संभाला ना होता तो वह मुंह के बल गिर पड़ा होता।उसे कहानियां पढने का बहुत शौक था। वह पढ़ते हुए खो सा जाता था। उसकी कहानियों में चंदामामा होते थे। बूढ़ी काकी होती थी। रामू काका होते थे। अनाथ होते थे। गरीब होते थे। सुंदरवन होते थे। नदीयोंतालाबों-नहरों, झील पर्वत से जुड़ी अनोखी दास्तानें होती थी।एक वक्त ऐसा भी आया जब वह दादा जी की लाठी का सहारा भी बना, फिर भी दादा जी उसे छोड़ कर इस दुनिया से चले गये। उस दिन वह खूब रोया था।वक्त के साथ-साथ देव बड़ा हो गया और वह पैसे कमाने के लिए विदेश चला गया। पर उसकी कहानियां पढने की आदत नहीं छूटी। पर उसे विदेश में हिंदी की कहानियों की किताब मिलना मुश्किल लग रहा था।क्योकि वह जानता था जिस देश की मातृ भाषा ही हिंदी है पर वहां के लोग उसे पढ़ना नहीं चाहते तो यह तो विदेश है।विदेशी धरती पर इंडिया की याद में खोया देव अपने बचपन की यादों की कारवां से जब बाहर आया, सूर्य जा चुका था और उसकी जगह चांद अपने तारों की बारात के साथ धरती को अंधेरे में देखने की कोशिश कर रहा था।देव कुछ मायूस सा हो कर छत पर से घर की अंदर की तरफ सीढीयों पर कदम बढ़ाते हुए यही सोच रहा था कि इंसान जीती बाजी जीत कर भी हार जाता है, जब उसके पास उसकी मनचाही चीज नहीं होती।तभी उसके मोबाईल में एक मैसेज आता है, www.Storymirror.com  यह मैसेज एक संस्था की तरफ से था, जिसमें लिखा था अपनी भाषा में कहानियों को पढ़ने के लिए इस लिंक पर किल्क करें।थोड़ी हैरत से उसने किल्क किया। उसे यकीन नहीं हो रहा था। www.Storymirror.comका आनलाईन पोर्टल सामने था। उसने हिंदी लैंग्वेज सिलेक्ट किया और फिर उसने 'बाल कथा' पर किल्क किया। पल भर में उसके सपनों का संसार, ख्वाबों की हकीकत, और बचपन की यादों का दर्पण उसके सामने था।उसे अपने देश के एक से बढ़ कर उभरते हुए लेखक- लेखिकाओ की कहानियों को पढ़ कर जो खुशी मिली वह उसे शब्दों में बयां नहीं कर सकता था, उसने सिर्फ इतना ही कहा, ' Thank God की Storymirror.com है- सन्त प्रसाद यादव

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.

আ মরি বাংলা ভাষা
 drishan banerjee  
 21 February 2018  
Art

#আ মরি বাংলা ভাষা#দেবদত্তা ব‍্যানার্জীএকটু জেদ করেই মিতা ছেলেকে ঐ দূরের কনভেন্টে ভর্তি করেছিল। বাড়ির কাছাকাছি যে দুটো ইংরেজী স্কুল ছিল একটাও কনভেন্ট না এই ছিল মিতার বক্তব্য। রমা দেবী দীর্ঘ দিন শিক্ষকতা করেছেন এই এলাকারই একটি সরকারী বাংলামাধ‍্যম স্কুলে। কিন্তু ওনার পুত্রবধু মিতা এই বাংলা স্কুলের চাকরিকে পাত্তাই দেয় নি কখনো। মিতা নিজেও কনভেন্টে পড়েছে, ছেলেকে ও কনভেন্টে না পড়ালে নাকি ভবিষ্যত নেই......। রমাদেবী দু এক বার বোঝাতে গিয়েও হাল ছেড়ে দিয়েছিলেন। আসলে এ সব নিয়ে ছেলের বৌএর সাথে বেশি কথা বলতে ওনার রুচিতে বাধতো।ঋত খুব ভাল ছেলে।খুব বুদ্ধিমান। ওর ওপর যা চাপ দেখে রমাদেবীর খুব কষ্ট হয়। ভোরে উঠে সেই দূরের স্কুলে যেতে হয় ওকে। ফিরতে ফিরতে বিকেলে তিনটা।বিকেলে আবার সাঁতার, ক‍্যারাটে, আ্যবাকাস,আঁকার ক্লাস থাকে।সন্ধ‍্যায় টিচার আসে পড়াতে।আগে স্কুল থেকে ফিরে একটু ঠাম্মির কাছে আসত ঋত। আজকাল আর সময় পায় না। এর মধ‍্যে মিতার আবার শখ ছেলেকে একটা দাবা নয় টেবিলটেনিস শেখাবে। সাঁতারের সিজিন শেষ হলেই ভর্তি করবে ভেবেছিল মিতা। শুভর আবার ইচ্ছা ছেলেকে গান শেখাবে। কিন্তু মিতার বক্তব‍্য গান প্রাকটিস করার সময় নেই ঋতের। গান কি শুধু শিখলে হয়। প্রচুর গলা সাধতে হয়। তার চেয়ে গিটার ভাল। ঋতের ইচ্ছা অনিচ্ছার কথা কেউ ভাবতো না। ওইটুকু ছেলের আবার কিসের ইচ্ছা আর শখ !! ঋত শুধু সব কিছু করেও একটু ঠাম্মার সাথে সময় কাটাতে চাইতো। কিন্তু ওর জীবনে সময়ের যে বড্ড অভাব ছিল।সে দিন সন্ধ‍্যায় হঠাৎ ঋত এসে ঠাম্মীকে ধরলো -"আমায় একটু বাংলা শেখাবে ঠাম্মী।"-"আমি তো শেখাতেই পারি, কিন্তু ভাই মা বাবা যদি বকে?"রমাদেবীর কথায় ঋতের মুখটা কালো হয়ে গেলো। মিতার ইচ্ছাতে ওর স্কুলের দ্বিতীয় ভাষা হিন্দি। এ বছর ও ফাইবে ওঠার পর ও তৃতীয় ভাষা বাংলা নিতে চেয়েছিল, কিন্তু ওর বাবা মা বলেছিল ফ্রেঞ্চ নিতে। একটা ফরেন ল‍্যাঙ্গয়েজ শেখা যে ওই ৯বছরের বাচ্চাটার জন‍্য খুব দরকার ছিল।মাঝে মাঝে রমাদেবী ভাবেন শিক্ষা ব‍্যবস্থাতে কতো পরিবর্তন এসেছে। ওনার শ্বশুরমশাই ছিলেন বাংলাভাষা আন্দলনের একজন শহীদ, আর আজ ওনার নাতির কাছে এই মাতৃভাষা ডেড ল‍্যাঙ্গয়েজ। রমাদেবী বাংলা মাধ‍্যম স্কুলে অঙ্কর দিদিমনি, অথচ নাতিকে ওনার পড়াবার অধিকার নেই। ওনার পুত্রবধু ইংলিশ মিডিয়ামের অথচ নিজে না পড়িয়ে টিচার রেখেছে ঐ ৯বছরের ছেলের জন‍্য। বাড়ীতে ঋতের বাংলা বলা বারন। সারাক্ষন ইংলিশ না বললে নাকি ওর কথা সাবলীল হবে না। রমাদেবীর মাঝেমাঝে খুব কষ্ট হয়, অথচ কিছু বলতে পারেন না। মিতাকেও উনি দোষ দিতে পারেন না, চারদিকে সবারি এক অবস্থা, সব বাচ্চা গুলো ছুটে চলেছে। এ এক অদ্ভুত প্রতিযোগিতা। মিতার চিৎকারে বাইরে আসতে বাধ‍্য হলেন রমাদেবী। যা বুঝলেন স্কুলের বার্ষিক ট‍্যালেন্ট কনটেস্ট এ ঋত কোন বিষয়েই প্রাইজ পায় নি। খুব বকা খাচ্ছে ছেলেটা। ওর সব বন্ধুরাই নাকি কোন না কোন বিষয়ে প্রাইজ এনেছে। রমাদেবী নাতিকে আড়াল করে নিজের ঘরে নিয়ে আসেন। এরপর শুভ ফিরলে আর এক চোট হবে জানা কথা। বিধস্ত ঋতের সাথে কথা বলে উনি বোঝেন যে বাচ্চাটা কোনো কিছুতেই আনন্দ পাচ্ছে না। অথচ ঋত বরাবর দারুন ছবি আঁকতো। ক‍্যারাটে আর সাঁতারেও প্রচুর প্রাইজ আনতো এতোদিন। ওর জন‍্য খুব কষ্ট হয় রমাদেবীর। গল্প বলে ওকে ভোলানোর চেষ্টা করেন উনি। না খেয়েই ঘুমিয়ে যায় ঋত।আজ মিতা আর শুভ খুব ব‍্যস্ত। ঋতের স্কুলে আজ আ্যনয়েল ডে, ভাষা দিবস উপলক্ষ‍্যে স্কুলে বাংলা ভাষায় বক্তব্য রাখার প্রতিযোগিতা হয়েছিল, সারা স্কুলের মধ‍্যে প্রথম হয়েছে ঋত। ওর হাতে প্রাইজ তুলে দিয়ে ওকে কিছু বলতে অনুরোধ করলেন প্রিন্সিপাল । শুভ আর মিতা অবাক হয়ে দেখল ঠাম্মীর কাছে শোনা নিজের প্রপিতামহের ভাষা আন্দোলনের গল্প সুন্দর গুছিয়ে বলে চলেছে তাদের কনভেন্টে পড়া ছেলে। রক্তে যে ভাষার টান তাই দিয়ে এক অপূর্ব ছবি একে চলেছে ঋত। অজান্তেই বাবা মা এর চোখ জলে ভরে ওঠে।

প্রেমিকা এবং আমি
 Silvia Ghosh  
 21 February 2018  
Art

#প্রেমিকা_এবং_আমি--------------------© সিলভিয়া ঘোষ ---কি হলো রাস্তার মধ্যে এইভাবে কেউ হাত ধরে চুমু খায় ?----কি হয়েছে একটু আদর করলে ?তুমি তো আমার !---সে যতই তোমার হইনা কেন সবকিছুর একটা স্থান ,কাল ,পাত্র থাকে তো নাকি ?---পাগলী,  এটা বিদেশ ! এখানে হাত ধরলে বা প্রকাশ্যে চুমু খেলেও কেউ কোন প্রতিবাদ করেনা ।---ছিঃ ,তুমি এতটা পাল্টে যাবে ভাবতে পারিনি।তবে যে আগে বলতে......----আজও  বলছি 'প্রিয়তমা তোমাকে অভিবাদন প্রিয়তমা '.....---থামো থামো কত যে ভালোবাসো তা বোঝা গেছে !কই আজ যে অন্যকারোর প্রেমিকার সাথে আমার তুলনা করলে না ? কি ব্যাপার বলো দেখি ?---তুলনা আর তোমার সাথে ? হা হা পাগলী তোর এলোমেলো চুল যখন আমার মুখে এসে পড়ে  আমি আমার মা এর গায়ের গন্ধ পাই,তোর দুচোখে চোখ রাখলে আমি যে আমার মায়ের জলচ্ছবি দেখতে পাই,তোর হাতে হাত রাখলে আমার তোর সব অনুভূতি মিলেমিশে একাকার হয়ে যায় আর .....----আর কি বলো না !----আর তোর দু ঠোঁটে ঠোঁট রাখলে আমার সব উচ্চারিত --অনুচ্চারিত কথারা প্রকাশিত হয়।লড়াই তো অনেক দেখেছিস কিন্তু  তোকে নিয়ে  আমার এই লড়াই ক' জনা দেখেছে বলতো !আজ তোকে বড্ড ভালো লাগছে রে। এবার থেকে এমনি সব সময় সেজে থাকবি !কেমন থাকবি তো ?----আহা কত আমাকে ভালোবাসার বর্ণনা শুনালে তা দেখলাম .....সারাক্ষণ শুধু 'মা ' 'মা '।তা তোমার মায়ের নাম না কি শুনি ?---একি তুমি জানো না! আমার মায়ের নাম তো --'বাংলা ভাষা'।----তা হলে আমি ? আমি কে ?--- --তুমি ,তুমি হলে আমার 'শব্দ কণিকা'।এইভাবেই সারাটা জীবন আমার পাশে থেকো ,দৃঢ় ভাবে  ধরো  আমার দু হাত।আজ চিৎকার করে বলতে চাই 'ভালোবাসি  ভালোবাসি ভীষণ ভালোবাসি  তোমায় স্বরমালিকা' ।

মাতৃভাষা দিবস
 Aayan Das  
 21 February 2018  

"যে ভাষার জন্যেএমন হন্যে, এমন আকুল হলাম-সে ভাষা তে আমার অধিকার"।আজ আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস।আমরা যারা বাংলায় সামান্য লেখালিখি করি তাদের কাছে আজ এক পূণ্যতিথি।আজ এক পুজোর ও উৎসবের দিন।কিন্তু মাতৃভাষাকে আমরা-মানে এপার বাংলার বাঙালি রা ঠিক কতখানি সম্মান ও সমাদর করতে পেরেছি!চতুর্দিকে বিদেশী ভাষার জয়জয়াকার।আমাদের ছেলেমেয়েরা প্রায় কেউই বাংলা মাধ্যমের ছাত্রছাত্রী নয়।তারা ঠিক কতখানি বাংলা সাহিত্য পড়বে ও বুঝবে!আমাদের পরের প্রজন্ম বাংলা সাহিত্য সেভাবে পড়বেইনা।তারা বাঙালি লেখক বলতে বুঝবে অমিতাভ ঘোষ কে।বাংলা সাহিত্যের এই বিপুল রত্নভান্ডার হয়তো ধুলি ধুসরিত হয়ে পড়ে থাকবে।এই অভিশাপের থেকে বোধহয় আমাদের পরিত্রান নেই।অত্যন্ত আতঙ্কিত হয়ে আমি দেখতে পাচ্ছি আজ থেকে পঞ্চাশ ষাট বছর পরে বাংলাভাষা শুধুই বেঁচে থাকবে বাংলাদেশে আর পশ্চিমবঙ্গে তৈরি হবে ইংরেজী ও বাংলা মেশানো এক জগাখিচুড়ি ভাষা।সেইসময় এক কিশোরী তার দাদুকে হোয়াট্সঅ্যাপ করবে-"কখন থেকে ওয়েটিং ফর ইউ বাট তুমি আমাকে এখনও রেপ করলে না!দাদু হয়তো ভিরমি খেয়ে পড়তে পড়তে অবশেষে বুঝতে পারবে-রিপ্লাই এর ছোট সংস্করন হল রেপ।কবীর সুমন বহুদিন আগে লিখেছিলেন -"পুবের ঐ উদ্বোধনে পশ্চিমেরও বোধন হোক/একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারী আমার আলো আমার চোখ"॥

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.                                                                  

अपेक्षांचा अपेक्षाभंग ...
 aditya kulkarni  
 23 February 2018  

ऑनलाईन साईटवरून मित्राच्या घरच्यांनी त्याचं ठरवलेलं लग्न अखेरीस मोडलं .कारणं दोन -1. मुलीला मुलाच्या घरच्यांसोबत रहायचं नाही पण लग्नानंतर मुलीचे आईवडील मात्र मुलीसोबत रहाणार .2. पोरीचं शिक्षण , तिची एकूण पात्रता आणि तिच्या अपेक्षा यांची एकत्र तुलना केली तर सगळ्या गोष्टी एकमेकांपासून कोसकोसभर लांब होत्या .मित्राला क्ष म्हणूया .क्ष इंजिनियर झालाय .वर्षाचं पॅकेज काही लाखात आहे .वागणं , बोलणं , रहाणं अतिशय उत्तम. अगदी हरिश्चंद्रानंतरची ही एकमेव पैदाईश आहे की काय असा समोरच्याला प्रश्न पडेल एवढा सभ्य . वयाने माझ्यापेक्षा चार वर्षांनी मोठा आहे .त्याच्यासोबतच्या मित्रांची लग्नं झाली , ते सेटल झाले म्हणून ह्याच्या घरच्यांनी याच्यामागेही लग्नाचा लकडा लावला .अखेर हो- नाही करता साहेब तयार झाले . अगोदर ओळखीत मग विवाह संस्थेत आणि सरतेशेवटी ऑनलाइनवर येऊन गाडी थांबली . जाती - धर्माचं बंधन नसल्यामुळे केवळ सुशिक्षित आणि चांगली असावी एवढीच घरच्यांची अपेक्षा . फारशी शोधाशोध न करता एक मुलगी पसंत पडली . ऑनलाईन पत्रिका एक्सचेंज झाली , ऑफलाइन जुळवाजुळवही झाली . पत्रिका जुळत्ये म्हणून घरच्यांनी पुढची बोलणी करायला सुरुवात केली . अगदी पारंपरिक पद्धतीने 'बैठक' झाली नसली तरी अनौपचारिक भेट घेऊन काही बोलणी ठरली . घरच्यांच्या परवानगीनेच यांच्याही भेटीगाठी सुरू झाल्या .तोपर्यंत महत्वाच्या विषयांवर कमी आणि हवा - पाण्याच्या विषयांवरच त्यांचं जास्त बोलणं व्हायचं . मित्र शांत असला तरी भिडस्त नाही त्यामुळे खाजगीत निवांत भेट झाल्यावर त्याने अगदी स्पष्टपणे त्याच्या अपेक्षा सांगून टाकल्या .त्याचं बोलणं ऐकल्यावर तिनेही वर सांगितलेल्या तिच्या अपेक्षा सांगितल्या . झालं , पुढच्या दोनच दिवसात लग्न मोडलं .या सगळ्यात दोन महत्त्वाच्या मुद्द्यांचा मला उहापोह करावासा वाटतो .1. स्त्री - पुरुष समानतेचा एवढा डंका पिटायचा तर जो नियम त्याला तोच तिलाही का नाही ?2. जोडीदाराबद्दलच्या प्रत्येकाच्या अपेक्षा , स्वप्नं भव्यदिव्यच असतात नव्हे असाव्यातही .मात्र ही स्वप्नं पहाताना आपण जमीन तर सोडत नाही ना ? हे पण कळायला हवं की .दर रविवारी मोठमोठ्या वर्तमानपत्राच्या पुरवणीत वर- वधू पाहिजेत ह्या शीर्षकाखाली ढिगाने जाहिराती असतात . लक्षपूर्वक वाचल्यास लक्षात येईल की स्वतः दहावी -बारावी फार फार तर ग्रॅज्युएट वगैरे होऊन ,  किडुकमिडुक काम करणाऱ्या किंवा जेमतेम महिना भागेल असा व्यवसाय/ नोकरी  करणाऱ्या मुला- मुलींच्या अपेक्षा फक्त देव खाली आला तरच पूर्ण होऊ शकतील .( अमेरिकेची आर्थिक आघाडी - महानगरपालिका- उंदीर मारण्याचा विभाग , प्रकर्षाने आठवण झाली .) याच कारणांमुळे अविवाहित किंवा उशिरा लग्न होणाऱ्या मुलामुलींची संख्याही दिवसेंदिवस वाढत आहे .असो , प्रश्न ज्याचा - त्याचा आहे .मित्राने नाव जाहीर न करण्याच्या अटीवर पोस्ट लिहायला परवानगी दिलेली असल्यामुळे इति लेखनसिमा ...!- आदित्य शेखर कुलकर्णी .

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!!!"😮

ભારત માટે કાળો દિવસ
 neeta kotecha  
 25 February 2018  
Art

૨૫ મી ફેબ્રુઆરી એટલે બોલીવુડ માટે કાળો દિવસ. અને ભારત ભરના હૃદયમાં ઊંડો આઘાત. શ્રીદેવીનું મૃત્યુ જે શ્રીદેવી બોલીવુડની અમીતાભબચ્ચન કહેવામાં આવતી હતી. દિવસના બે કલાક વર્કઆઉટ કરતા હતા. અને સુંદરતા એમના કદમ ચુમતી હતી. પોતાને પંદર વર્ષ સુધી ફિલ્મી દુનિયાથી દુર રહ્યા.એમના પિક્ચર વિષે અને એમની સફળતા વિષે બધા જ જાણે છે. પણ એમનું મૃત્યુ એક વિચાર મુકીને ગયું. કે જેટલા શ્વાસ લેવાના છે એટલા પુરા થાશે એટલે ભલભલાને આ દુનિયા છોડીને ચાલ્યા જવું પડશે. શ્રીદેવીને પણ ઘણું કરવું હશે એમનામાં કળાનો ભંડાર હતો. અને હજી એ દુનિયાને ઘણું આપી શકત. પણ અચાનક જ આમ દેહ છોડીને  જતા રહેવું પડ્યું.   જે કરવું છે તે આજે કરી લ્યો મિત્રો. તમારા માં જે કળા છે એનો સદુપયોગ આજે કરી લ્યો. અને આજે જીવી લ્યો. આગલી ક્ષણ આપની હશે કે નહિ તે કોઈને ખબર નથી. શ્રીદેવી જેવું જીવી પણ લઇયે કે માર્યા પછી લોકો આપણને અને આપણા કામને હંમેશા યાદ કરે. આપણે એમને બહુ મિસ કરશું. વર્ષો પછી એમનું પિક્ચર આવ્યું તો વિચાર આવ્યો કે શ્રીદેવી છે તો કઈક અલગજ હશે. જરૂર જોવા જશું. એમના પિકચરમાં હંમેશા એક સંદેશ હતો. સદમા એમની ખુબ જ સરસ પિક્ચર હતી. એમનો અભિનય ખુબ જ ઉત્કૃષ્ટ હતો. તેઓ હંમેશ આપના બધાના હૃદયમાં જીવંત જ રહેશે . એમનાં મૃત્યુની વાત માનવામાં આવે એવી છે જ નહિ. બસ પ્રભુ એમની આત્માને શાંતિ આપે. 

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.

રૂપ સ્મ્રાજ્ઞીનીને શ્રદ્ધાંજલિ
 Kunjal Chhaya  
 25 February 2018  

ભારતીય ફિલ્મ જગતની તેજોમય દીવડી ઓચિંતી ઓલવાઈ ગઈ.જેની અદાકારી અને રૂપના કામણની કાયલ હોય એવી ત્રણ પેઢીની લોકપ્રીય અભિનેત્રી શ્રીદેવી ગત રાતે દુબઈમાં પારિવારિક લગ્ન પ્રસંગે હાજરી આપવા ગયેલ અને હ્રદયના તિવ્ર હુમલાને તાબે થઈ એના કાંતિવાન દેહે પરમાત્મની શરણાગતિ સ્વીકારી લીધી. અંતિમ તસ્વીરની ઝલક ટી.વી. સમાચારો અને ઈન્ટરનેટના માધ્યમો દ્વારા જોવા મળી જેમાં લગ્નસરામાં શોભનીય લાગે એવાં આભૂષણો અને ભારતીય જાકજમાળવાળાં પરિધાનમાં એવોની સદેહે ચોપન વર્ષની આયુમાં પણ ઉત્કૃષ્ઠ મરમરની મૂર્તિ સમ લાગતાં હતાં. પતિ બોની કપુર અને દીકરી ખુશી એ સમયે સાથે હતાં. બીજી પુત્રી જાહ્નવી હાલ ભારતમાં જ છે અને એમનો પાર્થિવ દેહ દુબઈથી મુંબઈ લવાશે એવા સમાચાર સૂત્રોની યાદીમાં છે.આ ક્ષણે, એમની યાત્રા તરફ નજર કરીએ તો નાનપણથી જ ભારતીય શાસ્ત્રીય નૃત્યમાં જેમણે પારંગતતા હાંસલ કરી હતી અને સાવ બાળપણથી જ કચકડે જેમના અભિનયના આયામો ઝળક્યાં હતાં એવાં આ શ્રીદેવીનું અસલ નામ અમ્મા યંગર અયપ્પમ હતું. તેઓની બાળ કલાકાર તરીકે તમીલ ફિલ્મોથી શરૂઆત કરી હતી અને હિન્દી ફિલ્મમાં ૧૯૭૧માં જૂલી ફિલ્મમાં મુખ્ય અભિનેત્રી લક્ષ્મીની નાની બહેનના પત્રમાં પદાર્પણ કર્યું હતું. સદમા, ચાંદની, ગુમરાહ, ચાલબાઝ, મી.ઈન્ડિયા, નગીના અને ખુદાગવાહ જેવી ફિલ્મો એમની યાદગાર છે. હાલમાં, આવેલ અને ખૂબ વખણાયેલ ફિલ્મો ‘ઈગ્લિશ વિંગ્લીશ’ અને ‘મોમ’ના પાત્રને બખૂબી નિભાવ્યું હતું. અંતિમ સફર તરીકે, શાહરૂખ ખાનની આગામી ફિલ્મ ઝીરોમાં એમને સજીવન જોઈ શકાશે. કેટલાંય ફિલ્મી અને સામાજિક એવોર્ડ મેળનાર આ અભિનેત્રી કેટલીય અભિનંય વાંછુઓની આદર્શ રહી છે અને રહેશે. વડાપ્રધાન મોદી સાહેબ, એમના સમકાલિન અભિનેતા રજનિકાંત, ધર્મેન્દ્ર – સૌંદર્ય સામગ્રી હેમા માલીની અને આજની ચહિતી અભિનેત્રી આલિયા ભટ્ટ વગેરે અનેક હસ્તીઓએ એમને ઠેરઠેર શ્રદ્ધાંજલિ અર્પણ કરી છે. સૌથી વધુ એમની ફિલ્મના પડદે એમના દેર અનિલ કપુર અને ૠષિ કપુર સાથે જોડી જામતી. હાલમાં ખૂબ લોકપ્રિય થયેલ સિયલ ‘યે ઉન દિનો કી બાત હૈ’માં નેવુંના તબક્કામાં એતો યુવા હૈયાંમાં રાજ કરતાં એવું સ્પષ્ટ અણસાર આવે છે. હોળીની ઉજવણીની શરૂઆત કરવા જઈ રહેલ આજના રવિવારની સવારે શ્રીદેવીના અવસનના સમાચારે સૌને વિચારતાં કરી દીધાં કે હે પ્રભુ, તારા દરબારમાં કેવી લીલા છે આ, સઘળું અહીં ક્ષણભંગૂર જાણે !સૌંદર્ય અને કલાની જેની પર અસિમ કૃપા રહી એવા આ અભિનેત્રીને શબ્દાંજલિ.કુંજલ પ્રદીપ છાયા ‘કુંજકલરવ’

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.”

રોજનીશી - Dairy
 Kunjal Chhaya  
 27 February 2018  

રોજનીશી લખવાની હું જરા પણ હિમાયતી નથી. એ તો જાણે આપણો સથવારો હોય સંગાથ હોય એવું એ ક્ષણે લાગે જ્યારે આપણે એમાં રોજિંદા મનોભાવો ઠાલવતાં હોઈએ. એ તો મને એક ઘાતક પરિબળ લાગે. રખેને વર્ષો પછી એ અગાઉ લખાયેલ ઉર્મીઓ અને લાગણીઓ જૂનાં પીળાં પાનામાં સચવાઈને મળી આવે, વંચાય ત્યારે એ બધું જ વંટોળ બની ફરી આંખે ઊડે ! સ્મૃતિઓને પાંખો આવે, સુખદ હોય કે દુઃસહ એ સઘળું માંડ વિસરાયેલું ફરીથી ખડું થાય ! શાને? જે વીતી ચૂક્યું એ વાગોળવુંય શાને? નથી ભાવિનું પડઘમ આપણાં હાથમાં નથી ભૂતની ઝાલર આપણાં કાંડે કે એને વર્તમાનના ડંકાના ફિટકારથી વગાડી શકીએ. તો શું જરૂર? એ મહાપરાણે સમાયેલા ડંખો કે પછી રહીરહીને સાતા પામેલ મીઠી ખંજવાળો આપણે સંગ્રહી રાખીએ એપણ શબ્દસઃ !અંગત ક્ષણોની મીઠડી યાદો કે પછી જીવાયેલ કડવા અનુભવો, સ્વગત થયેલા રહસ્યો જો કોઈ અન્ય વાંચે તો? સ્વનો બળાપો, ઉહાપોહ કે ફરિયાદો જે ડાયરીના પાનામાં કંડારાઈ ગયાં એ તો હવે દસ્તાવેજ થઈ ગયાં. એ ક્યાં અકબંધ રહ્યાં જેમ તમારાં મનમાં જ રહ્યાં હોય એમ?જાણે કે જાતનો જીવ સદગતિએ પામ્યો પછી શું એ પાના મૌન ધારણ કરશે ખરાં? એ તો ચોક્કસ અન્યોને ચાડી ખાશે તમારા મનોજગતની. એ નિસંદેહ છે.હા, જો તમે ઇચ્છતાં હોવ, તમારી પેઢી કે તમારાં આત્મિયજનો તમને વાંચે, તમારી વાતોને સમજે તો ચોક્કસ લખો. એવું લખો જે સાર્વજનિક ઉપયોગિતામાં પરિણમે. બાકી, એ બનાવો કે અણબનાવો જે તમારા પોતાના છે એજે જાહેર ન કરવાં હોય તો ડાયરી ન જ લખો. હા, જાત સાથે વાતો કરવામાં પાગલપન લાગતું હોય તો લખો અને એને તમારી જ હયાતીમાં વિસર્જિત પણ કરતાં રહો. એક પછી એક વર્ષ જેમ આગળ વધે એમ એ ડાયરીનો પણ સંગ્રહ ન કરી નવી દુનિયાને સ્વીકારતાં જવું એવું પણ વલણ રાખી જ શકાય. નહીં તો આ પ્રક્રિયા આપને વધુ વિચલિત કરશે. શાને એવું થવા દેવું?કુંજલ પ્રદીપ છાયા #કુંજકલરવ

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 Alpa Vasa  
 28 February 2018  
Art

: સંતોષसन्तोषः परमो लाभः सत्सङ्गः परमा गतिः ।विचारः परमं ज्ञानं शमो हि परमं सुखम् ।।सन्तोषः परमं सौख्यं सन्तोषः परममृतम् ।सन्तोषः परमं पथ्यं सन्तोषः परमं हितम् ॥જીવનની સચ્ચાઈનો અર્ક, જે સૈકાઓ પહેલા આપણા જ્ઞાની અને વિદ્વાન સત્પુરુષોએ સંસ્કૃતમાં સુભાષિત દ્વારાઆપણને આપ્યો છે. સંતોષની પ્રાપ્તિ સર્વશ્રેષ્ઠ લાભ છે. સત્સંગ જ સર્વશ્રેષ્ઠ ગતિ છે. શુદ્ધ વિચાર પરમ જ્ઞાનની ઉપલબ્ધિ છે. શાંતિ જ પરમ સુખ છે. સંતોષ સુખ દાયક પરમ અમૃત સમાન છે. સંતોષ સુપાચ્ય છે અને એમાં જ મનુષ્યનું હિત સમાયેલું છે. હવે આવા શ્રેયસ્કર સંતોષની આપણે આપણા જીવનમાંથી બાદબાકી જ કરી નાખી છે.સંતોષ એટલે તૃપ્તિ. વય સાથે એની વ્યાખ્યા, સીમા બદલાય છે. જેમ કે, એક સમયે એક સાયકલ હોવી એટલે ભયો ભયો, ખૂબ સંતોષ હતો તે થોડા વર્ષો પછી મોટરથી જ સુખ લાગે, મન સંતોષાય. ક્યારેક આ સુખ પોતાની સગવડતા માટે હોય છે તો ક્યારેક બીજાને દેખાડો કરવા માટે.સંતોષી માણસ સુખી હોય પણ સુખી માણસ સંતોષી હોય એ જરૂરી નથી. સંતોષ વગર સુખનો ઓડકાર ન આવે. માટે સુખી થવું હોય તો સંતોષી થતાં શીખવું જ પડે. સંતોષ વગર મેળવેલું સુખ ક્ષણિક હોય છે.હવે જીવનમાં સંતોષ રાખવો એટલે શું સપના ન જોવા? લક્ષ પર પહોંચવા માટે પ્રયાસ નહી કરવો? ના, મનમાં સંતોષ રાખી બધા પ્રયાસ કરવા. " ધાર્યા પ્રમાણે થાય તો સરસ, ને ન થાય તો વધુ સરસ." અને આળસુ માણસ પોતાને સંતોષી માને તો તે ખોટું છે. એ તો એનો પ્રમાદ કહેવાય. માટે સંતોષીપણા અને આળસુપણા વચ્ચેની ભેદ રેખા બરોબર સમજવી જોઈએ.સંતોષ એટલે પ્રારબ્ધ પ્રમાણે પ્રાપ્ત થાય તેમાં તૃપ્તિ રાખવી. સંતોષ એ તો પારસમણી છે. શરીરની તંદુરસ્તી કસરત છે, તેમ મનની તંદુરસ્તી સંતોષ છે.સંતોષરૂપ ઐશ્વર્યથી સુખી મનુષ્ય દુર્ગતિથી દૂર રહે છે. પરંતુ અસંતોષી ( ભોગ ઇચ્છામાં જકડાયેલા ) મનુષ્ય ડગલે ને પગલે અપમાનિત થાય છે.सन्तोषैश्वर्यसुखिनां दूरे दुर्गतिभूमयः ।भोगाशा पाश बध्दानामवमानाः पदे पदे ॥Thanks,Alpa Vasa

સંજોગ ક્યારે મળે?? કોને મળે??
 Alpa Vasa  
 28 February 2018  
Art

સંજોગ" સંજોગ " શબ્દને વ્યાકરણની દ્રષ્ટિ એ જોવા જઈએ તો, સંયોગ, ભેટો, દૈવયોગ, પરિસ્થિતિ વગેરે અર્થ થાય છે. પણ દરેકની વચ્ચે એક પાતળી ભેદ રેખા છે, જે તરત પરખાઈ જાય છે. સાહેબ, આ જ છે આપણી માતૃભાષાની ગૌરવતા અને એનું સુસમૃદ્ધ શબ્દ ભંડોળ.સંયોગ એટલે ભેગું થવું. પછી બે રસાયણ હોય કે પતિ- પત્નિ વગેરે કંઈ પણ.પરિસ્થિતિ એટલે બાહ્ય, ભૌગોલિક પરિસ્થિતિ.દૈવ યોગ એટલે પૂરે પૂરું પ્રારબ્ધ.સંજોગ એ આ બધાનો શિરોમણિ છે. આ સંયોગ, દૈવ યોગ, પરિસ્થિતિ બધું થોડે વધતે અંશે ભેગું થાય ને ત્યારે બને સંજોગ.સંગ હોય સ્વજન....,તો સંજોગ બને રંજન....ખૂબ પૈસા હોય ને સંતતિ જ ન હોય કે નબળી હોય તો ?  અને બધું જ હોય પણ મુદ્દો સંપત્તિ જ પાતળી હોય તો? પરિવારમા થી એકાદનું મન તો ખાટું રહેવાનું જ .એક ભાઈનું બહુ મોટું નામ, ધન, યશ, બંગલા- ગાડી બધું જ હતું. બે દિવસ દિકરો - વારસ પણ આવ્યો. " હાશ. " ને અચાનક ભૂકંપ આવ્યો. બધું સફાચટ. ને સંજોગો એવા આવી પડ્યા કે, પેલા સાત ખોટના દિકરાને દૂધના પણ ફાંફા થઈ ગયા." સંજોગો હોતા નથી, પેદા કરવા પડે છે. "  આ છે સફળતા ને વરી ચૂકેલા માણસનું વાક્ય. એનું પ્રારબ્ધ તો જોર કરતું જ હતું, એમાં એનો પુરુષાર્થ ભળ્યો, પરિવારના સદસ્ય પણ મહેનતી અને સંતોષી હતા. તો આ બધું ભેગું થયું, ને તે ભાઈ સફળતાના શિખરને આંબી ગયા. એક એક પગથિયું રચતું ગયું, ચારે બાજુ થી સંજોગો ને પૂરે પૂરી પૃષ્ટતા મળી હતી. આ ભેગા થયેલા સંજોગો જ્યારે છૂટા પડવા લાગે ને ત્યારે સડસડાટ નીચે પણ આવી જવાય છે. એક ગઝલકારે લખ્યું છે,"  સંજોગ જુકાવે છે, નહીતરઅહીં કોણ ખુદાને પૂછે છે. "સહુ એ એક વાત તો મગજ મા બરોબર ઠસાવી દેવી કે,‘ સંજોગો’ સાથે ‘સમય ‘ નથી બદલાતો પરંતુ,‘ સમય ‘ સાથે ‘ સંજોગો ‘ અવશ્ય બદલાય છે." સંજોગ " આ ત્રણ અક્ષરનો શબ્દ આપણી જીંદગીમાં બહુ મોટો ભાગ ભજવે છે. ભાગ્યે જ મળતા ત્રણ દોસ્ત જો ભેગા થઈ જાય ને, ત્યારે જીંદગીનો અલગ જ અનુભવ થાય છે. એ છે-સમય + સંજોગ + સંબધ .Thanks,Alpa Vasa

" સમાજ " ની વ્યાખ્યા ક્યારે સાચી પડે??
 Alpa Vasa  
 28 February 2018  
Art

સમાજદરેક શબ્દની વ્યાખ્યા, એનો અર્થ એ શબ્દમાં જ છુપાયેલો હોય છે. જેમ કે, ' સમાજ ' એટલેસમ + આજ. જે દરેકની આજને સમ = સરખી બનાવે તે સમાજ. રોજ સવારે નવી આજ થવાની જ છે. તેથી રોજ- રોજની આ આજને સમ રાખે તે સમાજ. અને આમ પણ આવતી કાલ, આજ થવાની જ છે.દરેક જ્ઞાતિનો પોતાનો સમાજ હોય છે. આ સમાજ જ જ્ઞાતિના વિકાસનો વિચાર કરે, અને અમલમાં મૂકે છે. સમાજ જ સામાજિક રિવાજો ઘડે છે. બદલાતા જમાના, અને લોકોના બૌદ્ધિક વિકાસ સાથે સામાજિક રીતી- રિવાજોમાં પણ જરૂર વિકાસ થાય છે. હવે બાળ- વિવાહ, વિધવા- વિવાહ, દહેજ, મહિલા શિક્ષણ, અંધશ્રદ્ધા વગેરે ઘણા ઘણા વાડાઓથી આજે સમાજ મુક્ત થયો છે. સમાજ બહાર મૂકવાના ( નાત બહાર ) જેવું માેટું દુષણ તો હવે લગભગ ખતમને આરે જ છે.ગઈ કાલે:- સમાજ શું કહેશે??        સમાજને શું મોઢું બતાવશું??    આવું છાશવારે કહેવાતું.પાણીમાં રહેવું, ને મગર સાથે વેર? સમાજમાં રહેવું હોય તો સમાજના નીતિ- નિયમો પાળવા જોઈએ.આજે :-     સમાજ ગયો તેલ લેવા.   એમ લોકો કહેતા થયા છે.સમાજના લોકો ૪ દિવસ બોલીને બંધ થઈ જશે. અને પછી ભૂલી પણ જશે. આજે લોકોનું વર્તુળ મોટું થઈ ગયું છે. વિચારસરણી બદલાઈ ગઈ છે. બધા પોતાનામાં વ્યસ્ત છે.રાજા રામે સમાજના એક ધોબીના વેણે સીતાજીને વનમાં મોકલ્યા હતા. પણ હવેના રામ, ( લોકો ) સમાજના આવા કોઈ વેણ કાને ધરતા જ નથી.સમાજનો બહુ મોટો ફાયદો કે, લોકોના ઘર જલ્દિથી બંધાય જતા હતા, ને તૂટતા અટકતા હતા. આજે એની જગ્યા મેરેજ બ્યુરો એ લીધી છે. પણ સમાજ જેવી મજબૂત પક્કડ એમાં નથી, કે નથી કોઈ જવાબદારી.મનુષ્ય એક સામાજિક પ્રાણી છે. તેથી સમાજમાં રહેવામાં જ એનું હીત છે.સ -- સમજદારી પૂર્વકના સંબંધનીમા -- માવજત અનેજ -- જતન.બસ, આ જ સમાજ છે.Thanks,Alpa Vasa

સહનશીલતા કેવી રીતે કેળવાય??
 Alpa Vasa  
 28 February 2018  
Art

સહનશીલતાસહનશીલતાના પાટા પર, રોજ દોડતા હૈયું, હાથ ને પગ,રાહ જોવાતી ક્યારે આવે સ્ટેશન, શુભ, મંગળ ને લાભ.આ સહનશીલતા એટલે બધું સહન કરવું, પચાવી લેવું, ને જેમ છે તેમ સ્વીકારી લેવું. मुण्डे मुण्डे मतिर्भिन्ना । દરેકની અલગ અલગ આદત અને જુદા જુદા સ્વભાવને અનુકુળ થવું. સહન તો શરીરના દરેક અંગોએ કરવું પડે છે. હાથ- બીજાનું કામ કરી સહન કરે છે. આંખ- પોતા માટે બીજાની આંખમાં તિરસ્કાર જુવે તો પણ આંખ આડા કાન કરી સહન કરે છે. કાન- કટુ વેણ સાંભળીને પણ ગુસ્સો ગળી જઈ સહન કરે છે. તો વાણી- મુંગી થઈ સહન કરે છે. મન અને હૈયું તો ક્ષણે ક્ષણે કપાઈને સહન કર્યા જ કરે છે.જે માણસ અત્યંત સહનશીલ હોય એ માણસ દેખાવડો ન હોય તો ય દેખાવડો લાગવા માંડે છે. અને તડ ને ફડ કરવા વાળો માણસ રૂપાળો હોય તોય કદરૂપો લાગવા માંડે છે.સહનશીલતા એ ફક્ત સ્ત્રીઓનો જ ઇજારો નથી, પરુષ પણ સહનશીલ હોવો જ જોઈએ. (? )શરૂઆતમાં સહનશીલતા પર લોકો દાદાગીરી જરૂર કરે છે, પણ લાંબે ગાળે તો તેને પ્રેમ અને સરાહના મળે જ છે. ઘરની એકાદ વ્યક્તિની સહનશીલતા પર તો આખું ઘર ટકેલું હોય છે. શરૂઆતમાં ગરીબ ને બિચારીનું લેબલ મેળવેલી સહનશીલતાને ભવિષ્યમાં આદર્શ ને ડાહીનું બિરુદ જરૂર મળે છે. સહનશીલતા એ કાયરતા તો નથી જ." સુંદર સ્ત્રીનો વટ પડે છે, પરંતુ સહનશીલ સ્ત્રીનો પ્રભાવ પડે છે. "Sincerity is beauty within. દરેક કામમાં પૂરી નિષ્ઠા, કામની ધગશ અને ચીવટ પૂર્વક સમયસર કાર્ય પૂર્ણ કરવાની કર્મઠતા, બીજા પર હુકમ કર્યા વગર મુંગે મોઢે,  હસતા રહી, પોતે જ કરવાની મહેચ્છાનું જ બીજું નામ સહનશીલતા.સહનશીલતાનો મુખ્ય ગુણ છે, " હશે " કરવાની વૃત્તિ. પછી ભલે સમાજમાં હોય કે કુટુંબમાં.સહનશીલતાનું ખૂબ સુંદર ઉદાહરણ છે, વાંસળી. વાંસ વીંધાઈને, છેદાઈને, ખૂબ સહન કરે છે, ત્યારે જ તો પ્રભુના હાથોમાં ને મુખ પર રહે છે હમેશાં.Thanks,Alpa Vasa

मरणाचेही भांडवल करणारे गारदी
 Abasaheb Mhaske  
 28 February 2018  

निवडणुकीची घोषणा होताच नेते मंडळी जागी झालीझाडून कामाला लागले , करूया म्हटले मोर्चेबांधणी जाहीरनाम्याची घोषणा झाली  , आनंदाची बरसात झाली त्यांनी  स्वप्नाचा गाव दावंला , आम्हीही हुरळून गेलो पोळ्याचा  बैल सजवावासणाला , मतदार हि सजला आश्वासनाच्या पावसानं कधी सहानुभूतीनं भिजला हा हा म्हणता निवडणुकीचा धुराळा उडाला ...मतदार सवयीप्रमाणे पुन्हा एकदा बावळा झाला नानाविध झेंड्याखाली पुन्हा एकदा गुदमरला गेला जाती पातीच्या राजकारणालाच आपसूक बळी पडला कामा  पुरता मामा , कळंला ना  त्याना राजकारणी कावा खाण्यापिण्यासाठी गुलामी पत्करून  जिंदाबाद , मुर्दाबाद गरजला  सत्तेसाठी घेऊन झोळी ,लाजत आली  कमळाबाईतळ्यात - मळ्यात करीत सावध झाला  धनुष्य बाणपटरी सोडून रेल इंजिन निघालं आश्वासनांचा धूर सोडतघड्याळ म्हणाल  हात मिळवणी करावी कि करावा  टाटा तुम्ही आम्हाला वोट द्या , आम्ही फक्त चोट देवू पाहिजे तर  गांधीछाप देऊ  पाच वर्षे तोंड न दावू , पाय पडतो तुमच्या ,फक्त एकदा निवडून द्या भाऊ स्वातंत्र्याने  सत्तरी ओलांडली तरी  उघड गुपित आम्हाला  कधी कळलेनाहीज्याच्या हाती ससा, तोच इथे  पारधी , मरणाचेही भांडवल करणारे  गारदीआबासाहेब म्हस्के  

तू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...
 Abasaheb Mhaske  
 28 February 2018  
Art

अगंतुझ्यासाठी मी काय नाही केलं ?खोटं बोललो , स्वकीयांना फसवलंधर्मांतर केलं , वेषांतर केलं ..एवढंच काय झेंडे बदलले पक्षांतरहि केलंतू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...वाट्टेल त्या थापा मारल्या , भ्रामक आश्वासने दिलेतुझ्यासाठी काय - काय करू म्हणजे तू भेटशील ?तुझ्यापायी बायको पोराबाळांना वाऱ्यावर सोडलं ...समाजकारणातून राजकारणाचं गाजर दाखवलं ...तू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...येतेस - जातेस आपल्या मर्जीने ...तू आहेस तरी कोण ?रात्रंदिनी तुझेच भास , एवढं मात्र नक्की तू माझ्यासाठी आहेसच खासतिझ्यापायी मी कसा पार वेडा झालो , भ्रमिष्ट कधी , कधी हवालदिल झालोकिती खटपटी केल्या , उप द्व्याप केले तरीही तू भेटलीच नाहीतू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...थोर तुझी ग माया ,थोर तुझी छाया अशी कशी ग तू ?तू असताना - नसताना असतो मात्र नुसता जीवाला घोरमीच काय तुझ्यासाठी सर जग महात्म्य तुझं थोरतू काहीही म्हण तुझ्या कर्तृत्वाला लाख लाख सलामतू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...विचार कसला करताय मित्रानो तुम्हीही तिचेच गुलामसत्ता म्हणा , खुर्ची म्हणा नाहीतर म्हणा संगदिल सनमतरीही तुझेच भास , तूच खास , तुझ्यावरच विश्वासकिती पिढ्या बरबाद झाल्या, किती जण वाया गेले ...तू फक्त हो म्हण, तुझ्यासाठी काय पण ...आबासाहेब म्हस्के

नीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो !..
 Abasaheb Mhaske  
 28 February 2018  
Art

नीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो !... सावधान गाठ माझ्याशी आहेआरे ! तुम्ही करून करून तरी काय करणार ?तेच तेच तत्वज्ञानाचे डोस पाजणार , अक्कलेचे तारे तोडणारसाधू संतही थकून गेले , तर तुमची काय बिशाद ?सत्यावर करून कुरघोडी , असत्याची बांधूच माडीम्हणे क्रांती करणार डोंबलाची ? आरे समाज कीर्तनांनी सुधारणारना तमाशानी बिघडणार . इतिहास साक्षी हे असच चालायचं ...नीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो ! करा हवं ते ...आम्ही नाहीच बधणार ...आपुन तर बाबा मर्जीचे मलिक , काय बी झालं तरी तुमीच आकाविचार करण्याची गरचच काय ? , तुमचाच झेंडा जिंदाबाद ...मुर्दाबादआरे सुधरा रे ...तुम्ही ओरडा घास फुटेस्तोवर आम्हाला त्याच काय ?नीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो ! तुम्ही लाख म्हणाल आम्ही नाहीच सुधारणारतुमचं आपला नेहमीचंच तरुण पिढी बिघडली नाहक बोंबलतायआम्हाला काय करायचं ते आम्ही ठरवू , तुम्हाला हवं ते तुम्ही कराचांगले - वाईट तेव्हाही होते अन आजही आहे, आम्हाला कशाला दोष देतानीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो ! तुम्ही कशाला आम्हाला अक्कल शिकवतायकौप्या करू , पेपर फोडू ? काहीही झालं तरी पासच होऊ ...नाही तरी शिकून माही कुठे हापिसात हुनार, आम्ही बरेभाई , दादा , अमक्या पक्षाचे जिल्हाध्यक्ष , तमक्या पक्षाचे संघटकनीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो ! तुम्हाला काय कळतंय राजकारणातलं ...ठरलंय आमचं कागदी घोडे नाचवण्याचं , साऱ्यांनाच दारिद्र्य रेषेखालील यादीत टाकायचं पूर्वीचे संस्कारकेंद्रे आता पदव्याचे कारखाने जगाचा पोशिंदा पोरका , भारवाही मेला वाहता ओझे ...आपली अक्कल किती माहित्येय त्यांना विहिरीतच नाही पोहऱ्यात कुठून? ...फाटकी झोळी , फुटकी थाळी , आमच्यासारखे दळभद्री आम्हीच ... नीतिमत्तेच्या ठेकेदारानो ! कशाला रक्त आटवताय उगाच आमच्या सारखे आम्हीच ...आबासाहेब म्हस्केदिनांक ०१/०२/२०१८LikeShow more reactionsComment

ଯିବେ ସବୁ ଗାଡି ଜାଗା ଗୋଟିଏ
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 28 February 2018  

ଯିବେ ସବୁ ଗାଡି ଜାଗା ଗୋଟିଏକେବେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବ ଜାଣିଛି କିଏ?😢😢😢ଦିବଙ୍ଗତ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ, ସୁନ୍ଦରତାର ପ୍ରତୀକ, ଅନେକ ସଫଳ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ରର ସଫଳ ନାୟିକା ତଥା ହିନ୍ଦୀ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତର ପ୍ରଥମ ସୁପର୍ ଷ୍ଟାର୍ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ ଶ୍ରୀଦେବୀଙ୍କ ଶବ ଯାତ୍ରାର ଫଟୋ ସହ ଦେଖିଲି ଫେସ୍ ବୁକରେ । ଥରିଗଲା ହୃଦୟ । ମନେ ପଡିଗଲେ ଅଫେରନ୍ତା ରାଇଜକୁ ଚାଲି ଯାଇଥିବା ଅନେକ ପ୍ରିୟଜନ । କୋରି ହୋଇଗଲା ହୃଦୟ। ଥରିଗଲା ମନ । ଜୀବନର ଏକମାତ୍ର ସତ୍ଯ : ଜନ୍ମ ହେଲେ ମୃତ୍ଯୁ ନିଶ୍ଚିତ । ତଥାପି ବି ମଣିଷ ମାୟାଗ୍ରସ୍ତ ହୁଏ। ମିଛ ବଡେଇ କରେ।ତୋର ମୋର ସୀମା ରେଖା ଭିତରେ ଆବଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇଯାଏ । ମନ ଗ୍ରହଣ କରିବାକୁ ରାଜି ହୁଏନା ଏହି ଭୟଙ୍କର ସତ୍ଯକୁ।ଏତେ ବଡ଼ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ । ଏତେ ସୁନ୍ଦର। ଅନେକ ସଫଳତାର ଅଧିକାରୀ ଶ୍ରୀଦେବୀ । ଭାରତୀୟ ବୟସ ମାନଦଣ୍ଡକୁ ଦେଖିଲେ ଚଉବନ ବର୍ଷଟା କିଛି ବି ନୁହେଁ । ତଥାପି ବି ମୃତ୍ଯୁ କେଉଁ ଛଟକରେ ଆସି କବଳିତ କରିନେଲା ପ୍ରାଣ ।ଟୀକା ଗୋବିନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ରର ପଦଟିଏ ମନେ ପଡେ:ସେହି କାଳ ଯମ ବଡ଼ ଦାରୁଣରେନ ଜାଣଇ ଦୁଃଖ ସୁଖବାଛି ନବ କଞ୍ଚା ରଖିବ ପାଚିଲାଦେବ ସେ ଦାରୁଣ ଦୁଃଖରେ କୁମର.....ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦ୍ ଗତି ହେଉ ଓ ଭଗବାନ୍ ତାଙ୍କ ପରିବାରକୁ ଏ ଦୁଃଖ ସହିବାକୁ ଶକ୍ତି ଦିଅନ୍ତୁ ।

ଯିବେ ସବୁ ଗାଡି ଜାଗା ଗୋଟିଏ
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 28 February 2018  

ଯିବେ ସବୁ ଗାଡି ଜାଗା ଗୋଟିଏକେବେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବ ଜାଣିଛି କିଏ?😢😢😢ଦିବଙ୍ଗତ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ, ସୁନ୍ଦରତାର ପ୍ରତୀକ, ଅନେକ ସଫଳ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ରର ସଫଳ ନାୟିକା ତଥା ହିନ୍ଦୀ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତର ପ୍ରଥମ ନାରୀ ସୁପର୍ ଷ୍ଟାର୍ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ ଶ୍ରୀଦେବୀଙ୍କ ଶବ ଯାତ୍ରାର ଫଟୋ ସହ ଦେଖିଲି ଉପରୋକ୍ତ କବିତା ଦୁଇ ଧାଡି ଫେସ୍ ବୁକରେ । ଥରିଗଲା ହୃଦୟ । ମନେ ପଡିଗଲେ ଅଫେରନ୍ତା ରାଇଜକୁ ଚାଲି ଯାଇଥିବା ଅନେକ ପ୍ରିୟଜନ । କୋରି ହୋଇଗଲା ହୃଦୟ। ଥରିଗଲା ମନ । ଜୀବନର ଏକମାତ୍ର ସତ୍ଯ : ଜନ୍ମ ହେଲେ ମୃତ୍ଯୁ ନିଶ୍ଚିତ । ତଥାପି ବି ମଣିଷ ମାୟାଗ୍ରସ୍ତ ହୁଏ। ମିଛ ବଡେଇ କରେ।ତୋର ମୋର ସୀମା ରେଖା ଭିତରେ ଆବଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇଯାଏ । ମନ ଗ୍ରହଣ କରିବାକୁ ରାଜି ହୁଏନା ଏହି ଭୟଙ୍କର ସତ୍ଯକୁ।ଏତେ ବଡ଼ ଅଭିନେତ୍ରୀ । ଏତେ ସୁନ୍ଦର। ଅନେକ ସଫଳତାର ଅଧିକାରୀ ଶ୍ରୀଦେବୀ । ଭାରତୀୟ ବୟସ ମାନଦଣ୍ଡକୁ ଦେଖିଲେ ଚଉବନ ବର୍ଷଟା କିଛି ବି ନୁହେଁ । ତଥାପି ବି ମୃତ୍ଯୁ କେଉଁ ଛଟକରେ ଆସି କବଳିତ କରିନେଲା ପ୍ରାଣ ।ଟୀକା ଗୋବିନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ରର ପଦଟିଏ ମନେ ପଡେ:ସେହି କାଳ ଯମ ବଡ଼ ଦାରୁଣରେନ ଜାଣଇ ଦୁଃଖ ସୁଖବାଛି ନବ କଞ୍ଚା ରଖିବ ପାଚିଲାଦେବ ସେ ଦାରୁଣ ଦୁଃଖରେ କୁମର.....ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦ୍ ଗତି ହେଉ ଓ ଭଗବାନ୍ ତାଙ୍କ ପରିବାରକୁ ଏ ଦୁଃଖ ସହିବାକୁ ଶକ୍ତି ଦିଅନ୍ତୁ ।

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… 

अच्छी किताबें पतुरिया की तरह होती हैं।
 Suraj Prakash  
 8 March 2018  

मैंने मन बना लिया है कि अपने जीवन की सबसे बड़ी, अमूल्य और प्रिय पूंजी अपनी किताबों को अपने घर से विदा कर दूं। वे जहां भी जायें, नये पाठकों के बीच प्यार का, ज्ञान का और अनुभव का खजाना उसी तरह से खुले हाथों बांटती चलें जिस तरह से वे मुझे और मेरे बच्चों को बरसों से समृद्ध करती रही हैं। उन किताबों ने मेरे घर पर अपना काम पूरा कर लिया है बेशक ये कचोट रहेगी कि दोबारा मन होने पर उन्हें नहीं पढ़ पाऊंगा लेकिन ये तसल्ली भी है कि उनकी जगह पर नयी किताबों का भी नम्बर आ पायेगा जो पढ़े जाने की कब से राह तक रही हैं। लाखों रुपये की कीमत दे कर कहां कहां से जुटायी, लायी, मंगायी और एकाध बार चुरायी गयी मेरी लगभग 4000 किताबों में से हरेक के साथ अलग कहानी जुड़ी हुई है। अब सब मेरी स्मृंतियों का हिस्सा बन जायेंगी। कहानी, उपन्यास, जीवनियां, आत्मकथाएं, बच्चों की किताबें, अमूल्य शब्द कोष, एनसाइक्लोपीडिया, भेंट में मिली किताबें, यूं ही आ गयी किताबें, ‍रेफरेंस बुक्स सब कुछ तो है इनमें।ये किताबें पुस्तकालयों, वाचनालयों, जरूरतमंद विद्यार्थियों, घनघोर पाठकों और पुस्‍तक प्रेमियों तक पहुंचें, ऐसी मेरी कामना है। 24 और 25 दिसम्बर 2011 को दिन में मुंबई और आस पास के मित्र मेरे घर एच 1/101 रिद्धि गार्डन, फिल्मि सिटी रोड, मालाड पूर्व आ कर अपनी पसंद की किताबें चुन सकते हैं। बाहर के पुस्तकालयों, वाचनालयों, जरूरतमंद विद्यार्थियों, घनघोर पाठकों और पुस्तक प्रेमियों को किताबें मंगाने की व्यवस्था खुद करनी होगी या डाक खर्च वहन करना होगा।मेरे प्रिय कथाकार रवीन्द्र कालिया जी ने एक बार कहा था कि अच्छी किताबें पतुरिया की तरह होती है जो अपने घर का रास्ता भूल जाती हैं और एक पाठक से दूसरे पाठक के घर भटकती फिरती हैं और खराब किताबें आपके घर के कोने में सजी संवरी अपने पहले पाठक के इंतजार में ही दम तोड़ देती हैं।कामना है कि मेरी किताबें पतुरिया की तरह खूब लम्बा जीवन और खूब सारे पाठक पायें।आमीन

बाबा कार्ल मार्क्‍स की मज़ार
 Suraj Prakash  
 8 March 2018  

बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स की मज़ार, बरसात और कम्यूनिस्ट कोनापिछले बरस यानी 2006 में कथा यूके का इंदु शर्मा कथा सम्मान वरिष्ठ साहित्यकार असगर वजाहत को उनके उपन्यास कैसी आगी लगाई के लिए हाउस हॉफ लॉर्ड्स में दिया गया। इसी सिलसिले में मैं उनके साथ जून 2006 में बीस दिन के लिए लंदन गया था। सम्मान आयोजन के पहले और बाद में हम दोनों खूब घूमे। बसों में . टयूब में . तेजेद्र शर्मा की कार में और पैदल भी। हम लगातार कई कई मील पैदल चलते रहते और लंदन के आम जीवन को नजदीक से देखने . समझने और अपने-अपने कैमरे में उतारने की कोशिश करते। हम कहीं भी घूमने निकल जाते और किसी ऐसी जगह जा पहुंचते जहां आम तौर पर कोई पैदल चलता नज़र ही न आता।एक बार हमने तय किया कि बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स की मज़ार तक चला जाये। असगर भाई का विचार था कि कहीं इंटरनेट कैफे में जा कर पहले लोकेशन, जाने वाली ट्यूब और दूसरी बातों की जानकारी ले लेते हैं तो वहां तक पहुंचने में आसानी रहेगी। उन्हें इतना भर पता था कि हमें हाईगेट ट्यूब स्टेशन तक पहुंचना है और ये वाला कब्रिस्तान वहां से थोड़ी ही दूरी पर है। लेकिन मेरा विचार था कि हाईगेट स्टेशन तक पहुंच कर वहीं से जानकारी ले लेंगे।हाईगेट पहुंचने में हमें कोई तकलीफ नहीं हुई। अब हमारे सामने एक ही संकट था कि हमारे पास लोकल नक्शा नहीं था और दूसरी बात हाईगेट स्टेशन से बाहर निकलने के तीन रास्ते थे और हमें पता नहीं था कि किस रास्ते से हमारी मंजिल आयेगी। हमारी दुविधा को भांप कर रेलवे का एक अफसर हमारे पास आया और मदद करने की पेशकश की। जब हमने बताया कि हमारी आज की मंजिल कौन सी है तो उसने हमें लोकल एरिया का नक्शा देते हुए समझाया कि हम वहां तक कैसे पहुंच सकते हैं।बाहर निकलने पर हमने पाया कि बेशक हम लंदन के बीचों-बीच थे लेकिन अहसास ऐसे हो रहा था मानो इंगलैंड के दूर दराज के किसी ग्रामीण इलाके की तरफ जा निकले हों। लंदन की यही खासियत है कि इतनी हरियाली . मीलों लम्बे बगीचे और सदियों पहले बने एक जैसी शैली के मकान देख कर हमेशा यही लगने लगता है कि हम शहर के बाहरी इलाके में चले आये हों। बेशक हाईगेट सिमेटरी तक बस भी जाती थी लेकिन हमने एक बार फिर पैदल चलना तय किया। रास्ते में एक छोटा-सा पार्क देख कर बैठ गये और डिब्बा बंद बीयर का आनंद लिया।आगे चलने पर पता नहीं कैसे हुआ कि हम सिमेटरी वाली गली में मुड़ने के बजाये सीधे निकल गये और भटक गये। वहां कोई भी पैदल चलने वाला नहीं था जो हमें गाइड करता। हम नक्शे के हिसाब से चलते ही रहे। तभी हमारी तरह का एक और बंदा मिला जो वहीं जाना चाहता था।खैर... अपनी मंजिल का पता मिला हमें और हम आगे बढ़े। ये एक बहुत ही भव्य किस्म की कॉलोनी थी और वहां बने बंगलों को देख कर आसानी से इस बात का अंदाजा लगाया जा सकता था वहां कौन लोग बसते होंगे। एक मजेदार ख्याल आया कि हमारे सुपर स्टार अमिताभ बच्चन अगर अपनी 227 करोड़ की सारी की सारी पूंजी भी ले कर वहां बंगला खरीदने जायें तो शायद खरीद न पायें।ऐसी जगह के पास थी बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स की मज़ार। मीलों लम्बा कब्रिस्तान। अस्सी बरस की तो रही ही होगी वह बुढ़िया जो हमें कब्रिस्तान के गेट पर रिसेप्शनिस्ट के रूप में मिली। एंट्री फी दो पाउंड। हम भारतीय कहीं भी पाउंड को रुपये में कन्वर्ट करना नहीं भूलते। हिसाब लगा लिय़ा 184 रुपये प्रति टिकट। अगर कब्रिस्तान की गाइड बुक चाहिये तो दो पाउंड और। ये इंगलैंड में ही हो सकता है कि कब्रिस्तान की भी गाइड बुक है और पूरे पैसे देने के बाद ही मिलती है। हमने टिकट तो लिये लेकिन बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स तक मुफ्त में जाने का रास्ता पूछ लिया। उस भव्य बुढ़िया ने बताया कि आगे जा कर बायीं तरफ मुड़ जाना। ये भी खूब रही। मार्क्स साहब मरने के बाद भी बायीं तरफ।मौसम भीग रहा था और बीच बीच में फुहार अपने रंग दिखा रही थी। कभी झींसी पड़ती तो कभी बौछारें तेज हो जातीं।हम खरामा-खरामा कर्बिस्तान की हरियाली . विस्तार और एकदम शांत परिवेश का आनंद लेते बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स की मज़ार तक पहुंचे। देखते ही ठिठक कर रह गये। भव्य। अप्रतिम। कई सवाल सिर उठाने लगे। एक पूंजीवादी देश में रहते हुए वहां की नीतियों के खिलाफ जीवन भर लिखने वाले विचारक की भी इतनी शानदार कब्र। कोई आठ फुट ऊंचे चबूतरे पर बनी है कार्ल मार्क्स की भव्य आवक्ष प्रतिमा। आस पास जितनी कब्रें ह़ैं उनके बाशिंदे बाबा की तुलना में एकदम दम बौने नजर आते हैं। बाबा की कब्र पर बड़े बड़े हर्फों में खुदा है - वर्कर्स ऑफ ऑल लैंड्स . युनाइट। ये कम्यूनिस्ट मैनिफैस्टों की अंतिम पंक्ति है।ये भी कैसी विडम्बना है जीवन की। जीओ तो मुफलिसी में और मरो तो ऐसी शानदार जगह पर इतना बढ़िया कोना नसीब में लिखा होता है।उनकी मज़ार पर इस समय जो शिलालेख लगा ह़ै वह 1954 में गेट ब्रिटेन की कम्यूनिस्ट पार्टी ने लगवाया था और उस स्थल को विनम्रता पूर्वक सजाया गया था। एक और अजीब बात इस मज़ार के साथ जुड़ी हुई है कि 1970 में इसे उड़ा देने का असफल प्रयास किया गया था।अभी हम मार्क्स बाबा की तस्वीरें ले ही रहे थे कि हमारी निगाह सामने वाले कोने की तरफ गयी जहां कुछ कब्रों पर ताजे फूल चढ़ाये गये थे। हम देख कर हैरान रहे गये कि ये पूरा का पूरा कोना दुनिया भर के ऐसे कम्यूनिस्ट नेताओं की कब्रों के लिए सुरक्षित था जिन्होंने पिछले दशकों में इंगलैंड में रह कर देश निकाला झेलते हुए यहां से अपने-अपने देश की राजनीति का सूत्र संचालन किया था। यहां पर हमने ईराकी . अफ्रीकी . लातिनी देशों के कई प्रसिद्ध नेताओं की कब्रें देखीं। ज्यादातर कब्रों पर इस्लामी नाम खुदे हुए दिखायी दिये। किसी ने लंदन में तीस तो किसी ने बीस बरस बिताये थे और अपने अपने देश की आजादी की लड़ाई लड़ी थी और अंत समय आने पर यहीं . बाबा कार्ल मार्क्स से चंद कदम दूर ही सुपुर्दे खाक किये गये थे। उस कोने में कम से कम पचास कब्रें तो रही ही होंगी।कब्रिस्तान सौ बरस से भी ज्यादा पुराना होने के बावजूद अभी भी इस्तेमाल में लाया जा रहा था। बरसात बहुत तेज होने के कारण हम ज्यादा भीतर तक नहीं जा पाये थे लेकिन कब्रों पर लगे फलक पढ़ कर लग रहा था कि ये कब्रगाह ऐसे वैसों के लिए तो कतई नहीं है। दफनाये गये लोगों में कोई काउंट था तो कोई काउंटेस। कोई गवर्नर था तो कोई राजदूत।वापसी पर हम जिस रास्ते से हो कर आय़े वह एक बहुत बड़ा हरा भरा खूबसूरत बाग था जिसमें सैकड़ों किस्म के फूल और पेड़ लगे हुए थे। वहां से वापिस आने का दिल ही नहीं कर रहा था।हम दोनों ही सोच रहे थे . रहने को नहीं . मरने को ही ये जगह मिल जाये तो यही जन्नत है।

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 9 March 2018  
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ક્રોધકડવા ફળ છે ક્રોધના, જ્ઞાની એમ બોલે;રીસતણો રસ જાણીએ, હલાહલ તોલે.ઉદયરત્ન લખે છે, જ્ઞાની પુરુષોએ કહ્યું છે, કે ક્રોધના ફળ ઘણા જ કડવા છે. વિષ સમાન કટુ છે. એ રીસનો રસ એટલે ક્રોઘનું પરિણામ હળાહળ ઝેર સમાન છે.દુનિયામાં દરેકને પોતાની ઈચ્છા મુજબ જ કરવું અને કરાવવું ગમતું હોય છે. પણ જો ક્યારેક એ પ્રમાણે ન થાય, ઈચ્છા વિરુદ્ધ થાય તો ગુસ્સો આવી જાય. અને આ ગુસ્સાની માત્રા વધી જાય તેને ક્રોધ કહેવાય છે. મનુષ્યના ૬ મુખ્ય દુશ્મન છે. કામ, ક્રોધ, મોહ, મદ, લોભ અને મત્સર. ગુસ્સો, આવેગ, કષાય, દ્વેષ, વગેરે ક્રોધના જ નાના મોટા રૂપો છે.ક્રોધ તો જ્વાળામુખી જેવો છે. જ્વાળામુખીની જેમ જ ક્રોધાવેશમાં આવેલો માણસ લાલ પીળો થઈ જાય છે. આંખમાંથી અંગારા વરસવા લાગે છે. મોઢાથી અસ્ખલિત કડવી વાણી નિકળી છે. મગજ અને ગળાની નસો ફાટફાટ થવા લાગે છે. આમ જેને ક્રોધ આવ્યો હોય તેને ક્રોધ બાળીને ખાખ કરે છે. પણ તેના રસ્તામાં આવતા દેરક પર એના છાંટા પડે છે. અને બીજાને પણ પોતાની આગમાં બાળે છે. ક્રોધ જેના દેહમાં આવે છે તેને વિરૂપ કરી નાંખે છે.ક્રોધ એ એક રોગ છે. અને દરેક રોગનું કારણ કુપથ્ય જ હોય છે. આ તામસ- કુપથ્ય આહાર છે--> માયા, લોભ અને મોહ છે. આ કુપથ્ય બંધ કર્યા વિના રોગ ન જ અટકે ને! તો બસ, ધીમે ધીમે આ માયા - લોભ- મોહનું સેવન ઓછું કરી, બંધ કરી દઈએ તો ક્રોધ પેદા થવાનો જ નથી. અને છતાં, ન કરે નારાયણ ને ક્રોધ પેદા થવાનો શરૂ થયો, તો તરત વાણી અને વર્તન દ્વારા એને પ્રગટ થતો અટકાવવો. પણ સાથે સાથે એને અંદર પણ ન દબાવતાં, મોટા મોટા ઉચ્છ્વાસ કરી, વમન રૂપે બહાર કાઢી નાખવો.બે ચાર મંત્ર જેવા કે, --૧-  સંસાર અસાર છે.૨- જે થઈ રહ્યું છે તે બરાબર જ થાય છે.૩- બધું અહીંનું અહીં જ મૂકીને જવાનું છે.૪- થઈ થઈને શું થવાનું છે. શું બગડી જવાનું છે.વગેરે વગેરે... મનમાં આવા મંત્રોનું સતત રટણ હોય તો ક્રોધ તો અટકી જ જશે, પણ આત્માની સ્થિતિ પણ થોડી ઉચકાઈ જશે. સમ્યગ જ્ઞાન પ્રાપ્ત થશે, ને મોક્ષ તરફનું પ્રયાણ સરળતાથી થઇ શકશે.

શંકાના મૂળ કેવી રીતે ગોતવા??
 Alpa Vasa  
 9 March 2018  
Art

શંકાસૃષ્ટિના સર્જનહારે પ્રેમ તો સર્જ્યો, પણ સાથે સાથે સત્યાનાશ વાળતી શંકા પણ સર્જી. આજે પ્રેમથી જેટલા લોકો સમૃદ્ધ છે, તેનાથી ચાર ગણા શંકાથી વિકૃત છે.શંકાની તાકાત કેટલી કે, તેનું એક ટીપું પણ ઉંડા અને અગાધ સાગરને સર્જવાની ક્ષમતા રાખે છે. આ શંકાનો સાગર ખારો નહીં, પણ કડવો વખ જેવો હોય છે.અને વળી પોતાની આજુબાજુ સખત કાંટાળી વાડ ચણી લે છે. તેથી સ્નેહની સરિતા પણ અંદર આવી નથી શકતી." શંકા ભૂત ને મંછા ડાકણ." આ શંકાનું ભૂત સંબંધોને ઝટ વળગી પડે છે. જેમ કે પતિ-પત્નિ, નણંદ- ભોજાઈ, સાસુ-વહુ, કે પછી બે સગ્ગા ભાઈઓ કે બે બહેનો. આ શંકાનું ભૂત વળગ્યા પછી તાજે તાજું કાઢો તો કદાચ નિકળે, પણ સમય જતાં તો એવું પેધી જાય, કે નીકળવાનું નામ જ ન લે, ને ઉલટું વધારે ને વધારે ઉંડા ને પહોળા તેના પગ પસારે. એટલે શંકાનું નિવારણ તો તરત જ કરવું ઘટે.હોકાયંત્રની જેમ આ શંકાને સોય પણ પાછી હોય છે. અગર વહુને કંઈ થાય તો તરત શંકાની સોય તેના પતિ પર કે સાસુ પર મંડરાવવા લાગતી હોય છે.શંકા એટલે ધારણા. ફક્ત ને ફક્ત ધારણા. આ ધારણા એટલે હાથ, પગ ને માથા વગરનો કીડો. આ કીડો એકવાર મનમાં સળવળ્યો કે માણસનું સુખ, ચેન, નિંદર બધું છીનવી લે.માટે જ શંકા પેદા થાય કે તરત તેનું નિરાકરણ કરી લેવું. શંકાને મનમાં સડવા ન દેવી. શંકા- વહેમ એ તો રાજરોગ છે. નાની અમથી શંકાના રોગને જડમૂળ થી કાઢવા ઘણી બધી ચોખવટ, ને સમયનો વ્યય થાય છે.

પૈસો સહુનો પરમેશ્વર.!!!
 Alpa Vasa  
 9 March 2018  
Art

પૈસોપૈસો મારો પરમેશ્વર, ને હું પૈસાનો દાસ.તને ભજું રવિવારે, બાકી ક્યાં છે સમય પ્રભુ મારે................કેટલું કડવું સત્ય છે આ. ઈશ્વરે આપણને બનાવ્યા, ને આપણે પૈસા બનાવવામાં એને જ ભૂલી ગયા. અત્યારે તો આ પૈસાની ભૂખ એક ઝનૂનમાં ફેરવાઈ ગઈ હોય એમ લાગે છે. મોજશોખ હવે જરૂરીયાત બની ગયા છે. અંત વગરની આ જરૂરીયાતો પૂરી કરવા જોઈએ છે, પૈસા, પૈસા, ને બસ પૈસા.કેટલો બધો વિરોધાભાસ છે. પૈસા વગર જીવવું શક્ય નથી, તો પૈસા થી બધું ખરીદી નથી શકાતું.પૈસા થી ખોરાક ખરીદાય ...................... ભૂખ નહી.પૈસા થી દવા ખરીદાય ........................... તંદુરસ્તી નહી.પૈસા થી ગાદલું ખરીદાય ......................... ઉંઘ નહી.પૈસા થી પુસ્તક ખરીદાય ........................ જ્ઞાન નહી.પૈસા થી મિત્ર ખરીદાય ........................... મિત્રતા નહી.આપણે બધા સ્વીકારીએ છીએ, કે પૈસા થી કંઈ સુખ મળતું નથી, કે શાંતી પણ મળતી નથી. છતાં " માયા દેખી મુનિવર ચળે! " જેવો ઘાટ થાય જ છે.માટે પૈસા જીવનમાં જરૂરી છે, તેથી કમાવવા. પણ નીતિથી કમાવવા અને સંતોષ રાખવો. સંતોષી નર સદા સુખી. પૈસાને એટલું બધું મહત્વ ન આપવું કે એના વજન હેઠળ આપણે કચડાઈ જઈએ.પૈસા પણ પાછા બે રંગના. સફેદ નાણું અને કાળુ નાણું. પણ હવે તો બન્ને વચ્ચેની ભેદરેખા પણ ભૂસાઈ ગઈ છે. પૈસા એટલે પૈસા. ક્યાંથી આવ્યા? ને ક્યા માર્ગે જવાના? એના તરફ તો હવે કોઈનું લક્ષ્ય જ નથી. દરેક માણસ આંખો બંધ કરી પૈસા પાછળ દોડી રહ્યો છે. કોઈ પણ રીતે, કોઈ પણ રસ્તે પૈસા મેળવવાની અને વાપરવાની ઘેલછા લાગી છે.પૈસાનો દુરઉપયોગ થાય તો પૈસા ઝેર છે. અને સદ્ઉપયોગ થાય તો પૈસા અમૃત છે.પૈસો આવે ત્યારે પીઠે લાત મારતા આવે છે. પીઠ અક્કડ ને ગરદન ઉપર થઈ જાય છે. ને પૈસા જાય ત્યારે પેટ પર લાત મારતા જાય છે. પેટ અંદર ને ગરદન ઝૂકી જાય છે. સમય અને પૈસા સમુદ્રની રેતી જેવા છે. બંધાતા બંધાય નહી, જાળવતા જળવાય નહી. ક્યારે હાથમાંથી સરકી જાય તે ખબર ન પડે." નાણા વગરનો નાથીયો, તે નાણે નાથાલાલ." પૈસા છે તો માન- પાન, નહીતર ન ઓળખાણ ન પિછાણ. પૈસા છે ત્યાં સુધી સંબંધો છે, મિત્રતા છે, આવ - ભગત ને આગતા સ્વાગતા છે. પૈસો જાય છે ત્યારે એ એકલો નથી જતો, પોતાની સાથે સંબંધો, મિત્રતા, માન - પાન, અરે નામ સુધ્ધાં લેતો જાય છે.પૈસો છે તો થયેલી ભૂલ, ભૂલ ન રહેતા એક અલગ વિચાર સરણી, સ્ટાઈલ બની જાય છે. મોટો પૈસો, નાના પૈસાને ખેંચી જાય છે. પછી તો ભરતીમાં ભરતી.પણ ખેર, આ બધું તો નગ્ન સત્ય જ છે. છતાં હકીકત એ છે કે- તમે પૈસાને પરમેશ્વરની જેમ પૂજો ત્યારે તે શેતાનની જેમ પરેશાન કરે છે. કોઈ વિદેશી મહાપુરુષે બહુ સરસ કહ્યું છે, " જ્યારે માણસ સુવર્ણને ભૂલી જશે ત્યારે જ સુવર્ણ યુગ આવશે. "

પરિવારની વ્યાખ્યા શું???
 Alpa Vasa  
 9 March 2018  
Art

પરિવારचारों और से भले ही होते हों वार पर वार,फिर भी साथ खड़ा रहे उसका नाम परिवार ।આ ૨૧ મી સદી મા, કુદકે ને ભૂસકે વધતી ટેકનોલોજી માં માણસ, માણસ થી છૂટો પડી, યંત્રો માં અટવાવા લાગ્યો છે, ને યંત્રમય જીવન જીવવા લાગ્યો છે. મહદ્ અંશે ભૂલી પણ જાય છે, કે પોતે યંત્ર નહી, માનવ છે. આંખો દિવસ યંત્રમય પસાર કરી રાત્રે ઘરે આવે. પરિવાર સાથે બેસી જમે, વાત કરે ત્યારે બસ થોડો વખત ખરા અર્થ મા માનવ થાય છે.પરિવાર સંયુક્ત હોય કે વિભક્ત, નાનો હોય કે બહોળો, પણ દરેક સભ્ય વચ્ચે ક્યાંક ને ક્યાંક નાડનો, લોહીનો, સ્નેહનો કે ફરજ નો સંબંધ તો જરૂર હોવાનો જ. ઘણીવાર એક બિલ્ડિંગ મા કે મહોલ્લામાં રહેતા કે એક ઓફીસ મા કામ કરતા લોકો વચ્ચે અજાણતાં જ એક પરિવાર જેવો સંબધ વિકસી જાય છે. સહુ સાંજે માંદે, સારા નરસા પ્રસંગે એક બીજાની પડખે ઉભા રહે છે.પરિવાર સભ્યો થી બને છે અને સભ્યતાથી ચાલે છે. પરિવાર તો પ્રેમ, હુંફ, લાગણી ને પેદા કરતું કારખાનું છે. દરેક સભ્યો એ તેને પોતાની ભાવના થી તેને સીંચવાનો છે.નહીંતર એ કારખાના ને ભારખાનું બનતા પણ વાર નથી લાગતી. કહે છે ને-- શરીર ચાલે શ્વાસ થી,પરિવાર ચાલે વિશ્વાસ થી.મકાન માટે જરૂરી છે છત, ફર્શ અને દિવાલ. અને પરિવાર માટે જરૂરી છે વિશ્વાસ, મર્યાદા અને પ્યાર. આવો પરિવાર રહેતો હોય તે મકાન, મકાન ન રહેતા ખરા અર્થ મા ઘર બને છે. અને જ્યારે એ ઘર ના દરેક સભ્યો એકબીજાની અવગણના તો ક્યારેય નહી, પણ ગણના જ કરતા હોય ત્યારે એ ઘર, ઘર મા થી આદર્શ ઘર બને છે. હોમ .... ૐ, બની જાય છે.સાત વાર પછી આવે છે, આઠમો વાર. જેનું નામ છે પરિવાર. આ વાર ને જો બરાબર સંભાળી, સાચવી, અને  જતન થી જાળવી લેવાય,  તો બાકીના સાતે વાર સદાબહાર બની જાય.સંસાર .......... એક સંગ્રામ,પરિવાર ..........એક વિશ્રામ.

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.

सुनो... बताना है तुम्हे कुछ!
 Aastha Pathak  
 10 March 2018  
Art

सुनो...तुम्हें काफी कुछ बताना है.बताना है तुम्हें की चाँद के पूरे दिख जाने में तुम शिद्दत से याद आते हो.औरउसके बाद मन में महसूस होता अकेलापन,अमावस की रात सा हो जाता है चाँद के बिना सियाह!तुम्हारे सो जाने के बाद...तुम्हें बताना हैकी तुम सोते हुए कितने प्यार से भरे लगते हो.जैसे एक नन्हा सा बच्चा अपनी बड़ी आँखों से निहारता है घटते बढ़ते चाँद को।बताना है यह भी...कि तुम जो यूँ दूर हो जाते हो!यह हुनर तुमने सीखा है चाँद से,या चाँद ने सीखा है तुमसे यूँ बादलों में छिपम छिपाई का खेल.तुम्हे बताना है..कि रात के करीब ढाई बजे जब या तो सब सोये हैं या मशगूल हैं तन्हाई या इश्क़ में,मैं अपने असाइनमेंट पूरे करने में लगी हूँ.तभी अचानक एक हल्का सा हवा का झोंकाचुरा लाया है खुशबु तुम्हारी,हज़ार किलोमीटर दूर मुझ तक।देखो इस तरह हवा का मज़ाक करना मुझे कतई नहीं पसंद।सुनो...सुन रहे हो ना!!!

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   

ନିବେଦନ ଏକ କନ୍ଯା ଭୃଣର
 Bauribandhu Lenka  
 11 March 2018  

ମା ! ତୋ ମନର ଅବ୍ୟକ୍ତ ବେଦନାରେ ଆନ୍ଦୋଳିତ ହୁଏ ମୋ ସର୍ବାଙ୍ଗ,ଖେଳିଯାଏ ଭୟର ଶିହରଣ ,ମ୍ରିୟମାଣ ମୁଁ — ତୁ ବି ମ୍ରିୟମାଣ ॥ଜାଣୁଛି ମୁଁ— ତୁ ବିବଶ ଆଉ ନାଚାର ସଭିଙ୍କ ଚାପରେ ଆଜି ତୁ କ୍ରୀୟାହୀନ ।ଜୁଟାଇ ପାରୁନୁ ସାହାସ ସମ୍ମୁଖୀନ ହେବାକୁ ସେ ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧ ସବୁ,ନଥିବାରୁ ତୋ ସହିତ କାହାର ସହାନୁଭୁତି ତୁ ଆଜି ଉପାୟଶୁନ୍ୟ ॥ଜନ୍ମହେଲେ ମୃତ୍ୟୁ ସୁନିଶ୍ଚିତ - ଗୀତାର ଏ ବାଣୀ ଜାଣନ୍ତି ଜଗତେ । ହେଲେ ଜନ୍ମ ପୂର୍ବରୁ ମୃତ୍ୟୁ ସମ୍ଭବ ହେଉଛି କନ୍ୟାଭୃଣ ହତ୍ୟା ରୂପେ ଆଜି ଏ ମଣିଷର ହାତେ ॥ହଁ ମା ! ଜାଣେନା ମୁଁ କେତେବେଳେ ଆସିବ ସେ ଅଜଣା ମୁହୂର୍ତ୍ତ । ତୋ ଗର୍ଭସ୍ଥ ମୋର ଏ ଜୀବନ ଦୀପଟି ହେବ ନିର୍ବାପିତ ॥ମତେ କଣ ଆସିବାକୁ ଦେବୁନି ତୁ ମା । ସଭିଙ୍କ ଚାପରେ କଣ ତୁ ଚପିଯିବୁ ମା ? ମୋ କରୁଣ ନିବେଦନ ତୋ କଣ୍ଠରୁ କଣ ଶୁଣିବନି ଆହା ?ଅଧୀର ଏ ମନ ମୋର କରିବାକୁ ତୋ କୋଳ ମଣ୍ଡନ । ତୁ କଣ ଅଧୀର ନୁହଁ ସ୍ନେହବୋଳା ତୋ ଅଧରୁ ମୋର ସେ କଅଁଳ ଗାଲରେ ଦେବାକୁ ଚୁମ୍ବନ ?ବ୍ୟାକୁଳ ମୁଁ ଆସିବାକୁ ମା ରଙ୍ଗିନ ସେ ପୃଥିବୀ ପୃଷ୍ଠକୁ । ଦେଖିବାକୁ ତା ଆକାଶେ ସୂର୍ଯ୍ୟ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ଗ୍ରହ ଓ ତାରାଙ୍କୁ ॥ପ୍ରଜାପତି ପରି ଘୁରିବୁଲିବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ସବୁଜ ସୁଷମାଭରା ତା ପ୍ରକୃତି କୋଳରେ । ଉଡିବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ମୁହିଁ ତା ଅନନ୍ତ ନୀଳ ଆକାଶରେ ॥ଗାଇବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ମୁହିଁ କୋଇଲିର ସୁମଧୁର ସୁରେ। ନାଚିବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ମୁହିଁ ଆନନ୍ଦରେ ଦୁନିଆର ଅଗଣାରେ ॥ତୋପରି ଜାୟା ଜନନୀ ଭଗିନୀ ରୂପରେ ନିଜକୁ ମୁଁ ଦେଖିବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ସୁନ୍ଦର ସେ ପୃଥିବୀ ବକ୍ଷରେ ॥ପୁତ୍ରଠାରୁ କେଉଁ ଗୁଣେ ନୁହେଁ ମୁହିଁ ଊଣା । ଥରେ ମତେ ସୁଯୋଗ ତ ଦେ ଆସିବାକୁ ଦେଖାଇଦେବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ କନ୍ୟା ବି ଆଣିପାରେ ଶ୍ରେଷ୍ଠ ସଫଳତା ହୋଇପାରେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଜଗଜ୍ଜିଣା ॥ଜାଣେନା କି ଏ ସମାଜ ?—ନାରୀ ଓ ପୁରୁଷ - ଏକ ବିନା ଆନ ନୁହଁଇ ସମ୍ପୁର୍ଣ୍ଣ । ନାରୀର ଅବର୍ତ୍ତମାନରେ ଅସମ୍ଭବ ଭବିଷ୍ୟତ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଲିଭିଯିବ ପୃଥିବୀ ବକ୍ଷରୁ ମଣିଷର ଚିହ୍ନ ॥ଯେ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଏ ନାରୀ ସମାଜ ନ ବୁଝିଛି ନିଜ ଅଧିକାର ଆଉ ନିଜର ସମ୍ମାନ, କନ୍ୟାଭୃଣ ହତ୍ୟାର ସମାପ୍ତି ରହିଥିବ ହୋଇ ପ୍ରଶ୍ନଚିହ୍ନ ।। ******#smblogcontest

ଏକ ବୃୃୃକ୍ଷର ନିବେଦନ
 Bauribandhu Lenka  
 11 March 2018  

ସୃଜିଅଛ ପ୍ରଭୁ ଏ ଜଗତେ ତୁମେ      ପ୍ରାଣୀ ସହିତ ଉଦ୍ଭିଦକାହିଁକି କରିଲ  ପାତର  ଅନ୍ତର      ରଖିଛ ଏତେ ପ୍ରଭେଦ                 ॥୧॥ଜୀବ ଜଗତକୁ ଦେଇ ମୁଁ ଚାଲିଛି        ଦାନା କନା ବାସଗୃହତଥାପି କାହିଁକି ନିର୍ଦୟ ସେ ଏତେ     ନାହିଁ ମୋ ପ୍ରତି ତା ମୋହ                   ॥୨॥କାହାରି ଉପରେ ଖାଦ୍ୟ ପେୟ ପାଇଁ         କରି ନାହିଁ ତ ନିର୍ଭରତଥାପି ମୋ ପ୍ରତି କାହିଁକି ମଣିଷ       ହେଉଛି ଏତେ ନିର୍ଦୟ                  ॥୩॥ଚାଲି ବୁଲି ପାରେ ନାହିଁ କିମ୍ବା କରି       ପାରେନାହିଁ ପ୍ରତିରୋଧଯେତେ ଦୃଢ ହୋଇଥିଲେ ବି ମଣିଷ     ଅକାଳେ କରେ ମୋ ଛେଦ                  ॥୪॥ମୋ  ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରକୃତି ସବୁଜ  ସୁନ୍ଦର        ସୁଷମା ମଣ୍ଡିତ ହୁଏପରିବେଶ ସଦା ରହେ ସନ୍ତୁଳିତ      ତାପମାତ୍ରା ଠିକ୍ ରହେ                 ॥୫॥ମୋ ପାଇଁ ବରଷା ହୁଅଇ ଧରାରେ        ନରହେ ଅକାଳ ଭୟବାୟୁ ମଣ୍ଡଳରେ  ଅମ୍ଳଜାନ  ଅଂଶ        ରହିଥାଏ ସଦା ଥୟ                 ॥୬॥ପ୍ରଦାନ କରେ ମୁଁ ଛାୟା ପଥିକକୁ       ଦିଏ ଫଳ ଖାଇବାକୁମୋ ଦାନର କଣ ଏହି ପ୍ରତିଦାନ       ଅସମୟେ ମରିବାକୁ                 ॥୭॥ଚାରିଆଡେ ଆଜି କଂକ୍ରୀଟ ଜଙ୍ଗଲ        ଦିଶେନି ବାଡି ବଗିଚାଶ୍ରୀହୀନ ହେଲାଣି ବଣ ଓ ପାହାଡ        ପଶୁ ପକ୍ଷୀ ହଟହଟା                 ॥୮॥ତୁମ ଏ ସୃଷ୍ଟିରେ ଏକି ଅବିଚାର        କିଆଁ ପାତର ଅନ୍ତରବୃକ୍ଷ  ଲତାଙ୍କର  ବଞ୍ଚିବା  ପାଇଁକି       ଦେଇନକି ଅଧିକାର ?                  ॥୯॥ଏତେ  ଅବିଚାର କାହିଁକି  ସହିବ      ଆଜି ଏ ଉଦ୍ଭିଦ ବଂଶମୂଳୁ  ନରହିବା  ବରଂ ବାଞ୍ଛନୀୟ        ରହିକି ଏ କେଉଁ ଯଶ                ॥୧୦॥ବଞ୍ଚିବାର  ଯହିଁ  ନାହିଁ  ଅଧିକାର      ଜନ୍ମ ନେଇ କଣ ଲାଭଜାଣୁ ପ୍ରାଣୀ  କୁଳ  ଅସୁବିଧା  କଣ        ନରଖିଲେ ମିତ୍ର ଭାବ                ॥୧୧॥ଏତିକି ସଦ୍‐ବୁଦ୍ଧି ଦିଅ ଆହେ ପ୍ରଭୁ        ଏହି ପ୍ରାଣୀ ଜଗତକୁଉଦ୍ଭିଦ  ବଞ୍ଚାଇ   ସୁରକ୍ଷିତ   ରହୁ         ଦୂର କର ବିପଦକୁ                 ॥୧୨॥                ******#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. 

ଗାଆଁ ଗାଆଁରେ ମଦ୍ଯ
 Bauribandhu Lenka  
 13 March 2018  

ଗାଆଁ ଗାଆଁରେ ମଦ୍ୟ=============ଉପକ୍ରମ: ଏକ ଜନମଙ୍ଗଳକାରୀ ରାଜ୍ୟରେ ଜନତାର ମଙ୍ଗଳ ପାଇଁଁ ସରକାର ସର୍ବଦା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟରତ ରହିବା ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ଓ ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥଳେ ଆଇନ୍ ବି ପ୍ରଣୟନ କରିବା ଆବଶ୍ୟକ। ଆଜି କେବଳ ସହରରେ ନୁହେଁ ଗାଆଁଗଣ୍ଡାରେ ମଦ୍ୟର ପ୍ରସାର ବହୁଳ ଭାବେ ଦେଖିବାକୁ ମିଳୁଛି। ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନର ଯୁବକ ମଦ୍ୟପାନ କରି ବିପଥଗାମୀ ହେଉଛନ୍ତି। ଖଟିଖିଆ ଶ୍ରମିକ ଶ୍ରେଣୀର ଲୋକମାନେ ମଧ୍ୟ ମଦ୍ୟପାନରେ ଆଶକ୍ତ ହୋଇ ପରିବାର ଭରଣ ପୋଷଣ କରିବାରେ ଅସମର୍ଥ ହେଉଛି। ନିଶାଶକ୍ତ ସ୍ୱାମୀ ଅନେକ ସମୟରେ ନିଜ ସ୍ତ୍ରୀକୁ ଅଶାଳୀନ ବ୍ୟବହାର ଓ ମାଡପିଟ୍ କରିବାର ଘଟଣାମାନ ଘଟୁଛି।ଏକ ଜନମଙ୍ଗଳକାରୀ ରାଜ୍ୟ ରୂପେ ଆମ ରାଜ୍ୟ ଓଡିଶା ମଧ୍ୟ ମଦ୍ୟପାନ ବନ୍ଦ କରିବା ପାଇଁ ଉପଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଇନ୍ ପ୍ରଣୟନ କରିବା ଦରକାର। ମାତ୍ର ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନର ସରକାର ସରକରୀ ଆୟ ବୃଦ୍ଧି ଉଦ୍ଦେଶ୍ୟରେ ମଦ୍ୟ ବନ୍ଦ କରିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ଗାଆଁ ଗହଳିରେ ବି ଏହାର ପ୍ରସାର କରି ଚାଲିଛନ୍ତି।ବିହାର ଭଳି ଏକ ବୃହତ୍ ରାଜ୍ୟରେ ସରକାର ନିଶା ବନ୍ଦ କରିବାକୁ ଆଇନ୍ କରିଥିବା ବେଳେ ଆମ ରାଜ୍ୟରେ ଏହା କାହିଁକି କରାଯାଉ ନାହିଁ ?ଏହି ପରିପ୍ରକ୍ଷୀରେ ଜନ ସଚେତନତା ଓ ସରକାରଙ୍କ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି ଆକର୍ଷଣ କରିବା ଲାଗି ନିମ୍ନରେ ପ୍ରଦତ୍ତ ଏହି କବିତା ।ଗାଆଁରେ ଗାଆଁରେ ମଦ୍ୟ==============ବିଲାତି ହେଉ ,ବା ମହୁଲି ,ହାଣ୍ଡିଆ ,ଚାଉଳି ।                                    ସନ୍ଧ୍ୟାବେଳେ ଟିକେ ପେଟକୁ ନଗଲେମନଟା ହୁଅଇ ବାଉଳି ॥୧॥ଗାଆଁ ଗହଳିରେ ଆଜିକାଲି ସବୁ ମିଳୁଛି ।ସରକାର  ଆମ  ମନକଥା  ଜାଣିସମସ୍ତ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା କରିଛି ॥୨॥ଗାଆଁ ମାନଙ୍କରେ ବିଦେଶୀ ମଦର ଚଳଣି ।ଆଜିକାଲି  ବିଭାଘର  ଭୋଜିଭାତେନିହାତି ଜରୁରୀ ହେଲାଣି ॥୩॥        ଦିନସାରା କାମ କରି ମିଳେ ଯେଉଁ ମଜୁରି,ସନ୍ଧ୍ୟାରେ ତହିଁରୁ ମଦ୍ୟପାନ କରିଅଧାଅଧି  ଯାଏ  ବାହାରି ॥୪॥              ନାଲିପାଣି(ମଦ) ବିନା ଦେହରୁ କି ଦର୍ଜ କମିବ ?ନିଜ ଦେହମୁଣ୍ଡ  ନଦେଖି କିଏ,ସେପିଲାଛୁଆ  କଥା  ବୁଝିବ ?॥୫॥         ସରକାରଙ୍କୁ ,ତ ଭଲ ଦି, ପଇସା  ମିଳୁଛି।ଅନ୍ୟ କିଛି କାମ ହେଉ,ବା ନହେଉମଦର  ବିକାଶ  ହେଉଛି ॥୬॥         କେତେଦିନ ଯାଏ ସରକାର ଚେଇଁ ଶୋଇବ ?ଜନତା ଏ କଥା ମୁଣ୍ଡକୁ ନ ନେଲେଗାଆଁ ଶାନ୍ତି ନଷ୍ଟ ହୋଇବ॥୭॥******

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 manpow