Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Extract from a speech of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam


YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke, the airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say.
What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore. Give him a name – YOURS.
Give him a face – YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best.

In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to “see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.” YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, “Jaanta hai sala main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son. Take your two bucks and get lost.”  YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo? Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own.

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar, had a point to make. “Rich people’s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,” he said.” And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?” He’s right.
So who’s going to change the system? What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr. Clean to come along; work miracles for us.

Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Fear: It’s just a myth


Are you afraid of showing yourself? Are you afraid of vocalizing yourself? Are you afraid of expressing yourself? Are you even afraid of saying a ‘yes’ to these questions even when this is actually what you want to say but you won’t just because you don’t want to look dumb in front of people?

But pal, here, let me tell you, facing your weaknesses is never dumb. You won’t be able to overcome them unless you face them, accept them and decide to run over them. The fear, the hesitation that doesn’t let us do it is nothing but just a myth. It’s not that you are afraid of other people but you are afraid of your own. That doesn’t actually exist, you create it. But, while we are creating, why create something that is not just a good creation, let’s build up something good, at least let’s try.

If people laugh at you, you too laugh on yourself. This will shed their tooth. Don’t think you are a tiny part of this world. You aren’t. You are a complete world and everything else is just your tiny part. Identify yourself. Identify your strength. Identify your parts. Pull them together and you will feel yourself as a highly charged atom bomb that can just explode anywhere.


Trust me, you are not a leaf that will just fall down in autumn and someone will just crush you under their foot and walk away. No, you are a tree, a flourishing tree, getting more and more and more strength with every single passing moment by nature. Look around yourself, look at the nature around you, look at the goodness around you. It’s all waiting for you to just give them a sign. Shed the leaves that are not just good for you and welcome the new leaves, all fresh and green. Let that old branch break and fall down even if that part has to remain empty. It’s better to stay empty instead of having something that is a hindrance in your growth but trust me on one more thing, nothing stays empty. The shed leaves and branches will work like a fertilizer for you. You are the in-charge of your life. Adorn it with everything you want to enjoy. Adorn it with everything that makes you feel good. Adorn it with gems or adorn it with stones but it should be something that gives you strength.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Working Hard at a Young Age


Here are five reasons why you should start working hard as young as you can and as early as today:

1.Getting Successful 
You’ll have to work very hard before you can climb the steps of success. 
By work, I mean real work. It's much better and fruitful to work and do something that would benefit you not only in the present but also the future. For Eg: it would be more fruitful to do an internship than spending days beating your friends in a video game.
#Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.

2. Failing Isn't as Bad as You Think
Failing doesn’t mean you didn’t try your best. Accept it, we are all humans and humans have the right to make mistakes. Plus, you’ll learn from your mistakes. I mean, if you messed up in your friendship, wouldn’t you be more careful the next time?
After all, failing isn’t about what you did but what you’re going to do.
#I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

3. You’ll Find Out What You Like Doing
Work is tough but you’ll eventually find the one worth sweating for. To find out what you truly want, go out and explore various hobbies. For Eg: Take art or sports classes.Doing so will give you an idea of what field would you like to pursue ahead.It never hurts to start early because it will take time to figure out what you want in life.
Similar to number two, the sooner you figure out what you shouldn’t do, the sooner you figure out what you should be doing.
4. You’ll Reach Status Pro Earlier Than Your Peers
Starting early assures you, at a young age, of world domination! Nah. Though, it’ll surely threatens and intimidates your peers or anyone older than you.You’ll be young and skilled because you figured out what you wanted early in life and worked hard towards attaining status Pro.
Okay. You might say you’re a slow learner but you will always be ahead of those who haven’t started. Don’t waste time . A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
5. Time Is NOT a Commodity
You are young and have many things ahead of you. Choose to use your time wisely because time is a privilege NOT a commodity.  Time will let you find who you want to become and create who you choose to be. It will bring you the experience of success and failure.
Why? True happiness doesn’t come easy – it’s worked hard for. Working hard at a young age prepares you for everything life has to offer which includes your career, your family, your friends, your dreams, etc.
Get your priorities straight as early as today. Work hard and venture for opportunities that are in your favour because those opportunities won’t just come to you. Do it while time is still by your side.
After all, you’re younger now than you will be tomorrow.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Top 5 Hindi News Channels in India

1. India TV


Owned by Rajat Kapoor, class mate of Arun Jaitley and one of the oldest name in Indian Journalism. India TV is famous for its sensationalized way of reporting.

2. Aaj Tak
With Second Highest rating this week Aaj Tak took second spot in Top 5 Hindi News Channel list.

3. ABP News

Previously it was Star News but later acquired by ABP group. ABP group is famous for print journalism and brought that experience in this channel.
4. NDTV India
You can say that this is least sensationalized Hindi News Channel in India. Watch it for some serious reporting and discussions.


5.  India News

Launched in 2008, it is owned and Operated by ITV Network. Credible and Popular Journalist Deepak Chaurasia joined India News in the capacity of Editor-in-Chief. Channel’s Motto is “Desh Ki Dhadkan”.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

5 Tips To Manage Stress

Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you — such as work, school or relationships — exceed your ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and take a severe emotional toll.

Take a break from the stressor



It may seem difficult to get away from stressful things ,but when you give yourself permission to step away from it, you let yourself have time to do something else, which can help you have a new perspective or practice techniques to feel less overwhelmed. It’s important to not avoid your stress but even just 20-minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.

Exercise

Exercise benefits your mind just as well as your body. We keep hearing about the long-term benefits of a regular exercise routine. But even a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance session in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.

Smile and laugh

Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of the stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation.

Get social support

Call a friend, send an email. When you share your concerns or feelings with another person, it does help relieve stress. But it’s important that the person whom you talk to is someone whom you trust and whom you feel can understand and validate you. If your family is a stressor, for example, it may not alleviate your stress if you share your works woes with one of them.

Meditate

Meditation and mindful prayer help the mind and body to relax and focus. Mindfulness can help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness. When practicing a form of mindfulness, people can release emotions that may have been causing the body physical stress. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Concetta Antico: The Woman Who Can See 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person


When she looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she said. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”

To tetrachromatic artist Concetta Antico, the world is, "like a mosaic of color."


Antico doesn’t just perceive these colors because she’s an artist who paints in the impressionist style. She’s also a tetrachromat, which means that she has more receptors in her eyes to absorb color. The difference lies in Antico's cones, structures in the eyes that are calibrated to absorb particular wavelengths of light and transmit them to the brain.






The average person has three cones, which enables him to see about one million colors. But Antico has four cones, so her eyes are capable of picking up dimensions and nuances of color—an estimated 100 million of them—that the average person cannot.

“It’s shocking to me how little color people are seeing,” she said.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

10 Steps to Being Happy in Life

1. Appreciating

 Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life—like our walk to work, the way we eat or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, so we get more out of the day-to-day.

2. Giving

Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not only good for them and a great thing to do, but it also makes us happier and healthier, too. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money—we can also give our time, ideas and energy

3. Direction

Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. We all need goals to motivate us, and these need to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If we try to attempt the impossible, it brings unnecessary stress. Choosing realistic but ambitious goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.

4. Acceptance

No one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides. Dwelling on our flaws—what we’re not rather than what we’ve got—makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.

5. Emotion

Positive emotions—such as joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration and pride—are not just great at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an “upward spiral,” helping to build our resources. So although we need to be realistic about life’s ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation—the glass half-full rather than the glass half-empty.

6. Resilience

All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. But how we respond to these has a big impact on our well-being. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose our own attitude to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but one of the most exciting findings from recent research is that resilience, like many other life skills, can be learned.

7. Exploring new things

Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things—not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.

8. Meaning

People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression.

9. Exercising

Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don’t all need to run marathons; there are simple things we can all do to be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by unplugging from technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!

10. Relating

Relationships are the most important overall contributor to happiness. People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning and support, and increase our feelings of self-worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to strengthen our relationships and create new connections is essential for happiness.