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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Life—A Journey Full of Flashbacks and Memories



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There are some positive and negative forces holding this world together. Forces that can't be seen but only felt. And that is what people refer as GOD. Different religion, different names, but for me it's one's CONSCIENCE. It's the only thing that lets you choose between the choices and the following consequences. For the following two things are the only close ones to this God Particle. 

1. Work Ethics - either working selflessly or selfishly because your work represents you, your personality, your thoughts, your perspective. It represents your inner voice, the true you, the hidden face.

2. Music - This is a bit difficult to explain, but let me try. Time, as we know, a physical quantity that we (humans, highest on the intellectual chart) can't control. Though we have qualified ourselves enough to prove that time moves on constantly and keeps going on and on endlessly. We can't store it, can't play, pause forward/backward it. Time is independent, but it is stored. Now you must be having questions how and where? Let me help you, what I think is, time is being stored in words as I am writing this article. For you the moment as you are reading it. 

In the same way time is stored as we speak. All these storage capsules are no where else than in our minds. Either we speak, or choose to remain silent, time is passing and being stored in the memories we have. And, according to me, the highest form of memory we can store is Music. 

For music has a tune, a soul of its own, a voice, an emotion. Hence, storing time while listening Music is pure. And every time you listen a song again you are back in time, yes I am talking about time travel. For instance, you listened a some Music two days back sitting near the country side. And today you are listening the same Music in metro train, amidst the hustle bustle in a metro city but somewhere in your mind the picturesque view of that country side still resides and you remember it. The moment you remember it, you go in a flash back, yes you travel back in time. Again results have proved that no same God Particle can be present at two physical points in the same time reference. Thus, it is the part of your mind that travels back and forth in time. And this is God Particle's highest form, i.e., travel time. 

So in a way we are close to that God Particle when we are deep into music, saving memories, storing time and travelling back and forth at the same time (remember not physically). And this is not valid Music only. This theory is valid for all those activities in which one indulges oneself completely, be it writing, driving, diving, flying and whatsoever. Thus the second point proves the first point itself.

Now what I believe is that we are constantly changing our positions in same time reference back and forth infinite times.

I may be wrong, but I do have a point. For, “I am, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe."
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Written by,
Rahat

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Thought About Me!

This moment, brings peace to me of greatest order. This moment, lifts up a smile on my face. When I look at my picture in the mirror, I reflect back to the wonderful day I spent today. There were few questions which I had been asking myself, which eventually got answered. Few people come to our lives, as alchemists. They are the pathfinders, who show us what is right for us. Not that they tell us, they just give us a hint, and with it we get towards our road of symphony. After many darker nights, there is a pleasant night. A night when you would sleep with peace, oh how long did it take for this day to appear for me. I opened up with myself, and I opened up somewhere with my dream.

"Do what you wanna live for," said the voice from my heart. "Take your time, to decide what you want out of your life. Well, I took my time—I spent sometime doing my MA, while I was exploring, discovering, what was right for me." He said, while I listened. While on the coffee table next to us, two gentlemen sat, one of them was a very famous television news presenter. There were successful people around me, but wait—they had led their own journey's headstrong, they must have had their darker nights, but how they responded to the stimuli just shows the results, of what they have become today.

I sit here on the bed, while typing this memoir from my day. I had joy to share with you dear diary, for a long time I have been filling you up with sad thoughts which travelled my self.

I call you my diary, while anyone can read you—the question rises as of why? Well, this has been a different kind of involvement that I have relished all these years. I am so much willing to write to you, because you have actually seen me through all my times. If I have achieved anything then you were always the first one whom I told you so. While writing to you, I write to myself, I interact with myself. Whereas sometimes I have that desire that someone reads it and goes through my thoughts. This I say because, I myself like to read thoughts of others. Thoughts which have some philosophical weight in them. You can blame me for my selective likeness about reading thoughts, but that is what I like, and what my individuality really feels peace at.

In my school days, during the morning assembly once a LEADER stepped up the podium. Well, he was a man of normal height but he was referred as a leader. I didn't know what his achievements had been, and neither had anyone introduced him more than the term leader. And that word just passed by, as soon as he held the mike in his hands! He started telling us a story about a bird who saw a building which had caught up fire. In the story, the bird would fill its beak with water and reach near the building which was burning massively to pour the water droplets over it. The other birds flying past the bird in question, asked the reason for doing so? After all, the little water was not going to cease the fire. The answer which the bird gave to the other bird was simple, the bird said, "When names are written of people in the judgement day—about who was involved in fuming the fire and who was involved in ceasing the fire; I want my name in the list of beings who tried to cease the fire."

That single hope I wish to be. And that day I understood why the man who stood up to the podium was regarded a leader! It was so because, he had the power to influence me and other kids so much that some of them would remember that story of a hope for a long-long time, and would pass on to others. Well, that is how the world moves ahead.

If you do good things, and help others grow through your knowledge, then there is nothing better you can do for the world. Believe in yourself and if someone pin points you for your mistakes or errors or even if you were not at fault, then there should be acceptance—of at least giving all ears to the other person who has been your friend for sometime or even an acquaintance whom you meet once in a blue moon!

Ending today's diary I would say,
"If you don't fall, you won't stand up. Don't be fearful of falling, fly like a bird"
All the best!

Love
Vaid


An affectionate present from my bhaiya and bhabhi! :)




Saturday, 21 November 2015

Question yourself, oh leaders of War Time!

World, oh my world,
Why you set apart!
These ammunitions burst,
taking several lives!
Commotion stays,
and penury stands.

Oh peace, oh peace,
do you exist?
If yes, then show us,
your face.
Where are you hidden,
in this phase,
when guns clash,
against each other.
Oh, irony,
to bring peace,
this tragedy sets,
what has this world,
come up to.

Whose victory is it,
I stand here,
my hands on my face,
as the war gets going,
souls get pierced,
well literally,
the meaning of life,
is a torn out paper,
which could otherwise,
have imbedded poetry,
of love, compassion,
care and regard.

Oh where is that land,
whom we regard our mother,
has she drown her appearance,
embarrassed by the outcomes?

Can't we just,
draw a line now,
and give way to light,
and not darkness,
to write out past,
present and future?

--
Gagandeep Singh Vaid

World stands still, oh to what state have we come?


The world fell apart.

Your eyes hateful,
My heart 'dreamful',
Your pride, your ego,
My life, my smile.

When did we clash,
Why did we clash?
Questions range,
and hit my wisdom.

When I thought, you a friend,
you proved me wrong,
my feelings, amounting less.

I still came by you,
to tell you, we were friends,
you asked me not to be,
around you. I left.

One day, you called me,
you wanted to meet me.
I was overjoyed,
burdened less-
at last I was to meet my friend.

You came, and the time I saw you,
the next moment I was ridden of sight.
It was an acid attack, my friend,
and again, you proved me wrong.

Today memories arise in mind,
those of the times we spent.
Until the day, you expected,
and I had to decline.
After that things changed,
we were not the same.

Eyes yet again look at the moon,
the stars greet me,
no one is here to praise my smile,
my looks are dampened,
and the light falls upon me.

Yet again, I remember us,
and the next thought of you,
gives me reasons to hate you,
but can I do that to my friend?
No, but I cannot forgive,
that thought which occurred to you,
of destructing me,
not merely my face,
but my soul, and us- two great friends!







Friday, 20 November 2015

Dear Diary (20/11/15)

Why?
Why do I not work properly when being in a team that I start expecting way too much from everyone.
In this manner, there is no need to work with anyone if one's attitude is like this. Like mine!
I think I work fine when I work under someone, and not when I lead. Leading is difficult when the work does not go, the way you had planned and that is actually when the need of a leader steps in. A leader who has the ability to contain oneself and one's frustrations and outbursts would only be able to manage a team.
I think these qualities of a leader lack in me. So I like it better, when I can do things my way; it is better to lead your company than an institution or someone else's company for me.
The day hasn't been that sweet to me, but it is how it was meant to be it seems. To be in this tight spot, where I am both stuck and afloat. Well writing eases me, gives me a sigh of relief.
Good night.
Take care and thanks for being there for me, dear diary.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Shadow of Self

Picture credits: Aishwarya Anand

Your name is 'angel',
my name is 'stranger'.
I have, certain likes,
you have certain likes.

We see around the land,
there is length, and breath.
We see within ourselves,
there is much to balance.
Something breaks,
yet something builds.
Oh, how this time,
moves further and rhymes.
But the wonder is,
it never stops.
Not for me, or you,
or for anyone,
it just knows how to walk.

While today,
we have carried,
those images,
across the horizon,
can we sit and think,
where we are going,
and what we are doing,
with ourselves!

This in itself is a self,
flourishing factor.
That we witness the sound,
the blaze of the light,
when we peek within,
and outward of our being!

It is this time when we grow,
another year, in that moment,
when we self reflect,
about who we are.



Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Path

It was very easy, to mock at someone's sentimentality.
It is also easy, to call a person a madman,
when one is speaking logic!
More annoying it is,
that a person has to explain oneself,
to the people who are themselves the culprits.

Very easy it is to frame situations,
and paste them on faces of others,
who are trying to present the reality!
To make a person fall and accept defeat,
you might call it your win but really?
peek into your heart, yes even deeper within you,
and ask if it is your victory or your fall on others' fall?
Whereas the other's fall is not the fall,
because some people don't fall by your thinking so,
they rise when you think they fall.

And as the phrase goes aptly,
"What goes around, comes around."
Lead your path, and justify yourself,
what you think is right and actually,
your path!

Festival, More Than A Word

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Festival as the name suggests, describes about a social gathering or celebration of or any kind of religious reasons at any particular day or at a period of time. Although some of us are at this stage that we have kind of blurred out the actual concept and meaning of the word ‘Festival’ from our vocabulary. Even though there are more such words and terms that connect us to the world that have been forgotten down our timeline, yet we will be only talking about the word ‘Festival’ for now.
Some of us might think what’s the need to know and read about such a word which we already know the meaning of? But I’ll bring this into the limelight. Did anyone know where the word ‘Festival’ came from? I bet no one, although some might take a guess and say it must have been derived from some Latin word and yes it has. As a matter of fact in early 1300’s in Latin it was called ‘Feast’ but before that it was called ‘Festus’. Now as the word ‘Feast’ tells us, it means a large meal prepared for everyone due to celebration purposes and in those times people often gathered and celebrated usually because of the victories and feats they triumphed.
But that was just history. These days when we hear the word ‘Festival’ we only focus on the word that precedes with it like, holiday, offer, bonus, leave, etc., which is the reason why we are happy about it most of the times. Plus a festival is always considered now as a religious one. In fact when we hear the word  ‘Festival’ indirectly we think of a ‘Religious Holiday’. The true spirit of Festival just diminishes in between those lines, more of it becomes as a custom, a mandatory obligation, a ritual rather than a true joyous celebration. 
Even if it is our religious holiday so to speak, we only enjoy it when we get to do things which we want to do, like shopping, going out, meeting relatives or just getting some rest, the list goes on. But then when was it the last time you actually celebrated that festival with everyone you know of or around with or whom you just see on day to day basis or just the people who are the dearest to you, with your full heart and greeted them, shared words, gifts and food with? There may be reasons why one or you haven’t but then again have you celebrated it that way? 
Festival is meant to be celebrated with everyone, especially regardless of religion or class, after all we are all one big community living and sharing together in one way or another. It’s a joyous occasion which needs to be acknowledged and shared amongst us. Not a mere holiday or break from our day to day routine. That’s what the meaning of it tell us, right?
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Written by,
Himanshu Negi


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Intolerance is the trending word, What about pollution?

Intolerance is the trending word these days. Everyone is talking about intolerance. It is in the electronic and print media and in everyone’s mind. Writers, Filmmakers, Scientists are returning their awards. Marches are being held by politicians and actors. Intolerance is in the air. This whole intolerance wave started when people started killing people because they eat beef or if they have certain thoughts. Yes I’m talking about the late Mr. MM Kalburgi and Mohammad Akhlaq. All that is fine and it is good that people are coming out and protesting. But I think that people are not protesting much on Pollution.This is a topic that I think is not getting much attention. All that I see in the news is intolerance about beef and writers returning there awards and people commenting that returning awards is not the right way to protest against something.

Well my question is why people are not protesting against pollution. Sure there are articles in the newspapers and discussions but I think it is not enough. This is a very serious matter. Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. The air is toxic. Lakhs of people use public transport and despite the super awesome connectivity of the Delhi Metro people are still travelling in their personal vehicles.

There is a very minute difference in traffic I guess. Some steps are being taken by the government but their speed is very slow. This spike in pollution is because people keep buying cars especially diesel cars. According to the transport department data there is huge increase in diesel cars this year. I think this is also because there is not much of a difference in CNG price and CNG friendly engines are not being made either.

Sometime earlier I read in a newspaper that there will be a 05 hour window on diwali in which people can burst crackers but a 05 hour window is also very huge but the Supreme Court rejected it on the grounds that it cannot put a window because it will hurt religious sentiments. Instead of giving a window the government should put a ban on Crackers but that is not happening I don’t know why. It should’ve been done a long ago. The government should take some harsh steps by limiting the number of cars a family can own and should promote CNG and hybrid vehicles.

People are not thinking of their own good. These are alarming times. More car free days should be organized and the government should strengthen the public transportation system. We all have to work together to fight pollution. It is killing us slowly. The air is not clean and we all can see it clearly. People are aware and yet they are not doing anything that’s the sad part.
WAKE UP!

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Written by,

Ankur Goyal

Image Source: Indian Express

Friday, 13 November 2015

Yes it all depends, from person to person


The path is right, the path is wrong,
You never know, where you belong.
Is it in the bushes, that you feel good,
or is it, in the tall buildings,
that you feel harmony and comfort.

You never know, but you want to know.
The human tryst to seek more,
continues way far and beyond.
Is it about learning, 
what is right for you?
Isn't it already felt,
in your heart of hearts?

Why do you wait to paint the stars,
when you can do it, in a moment-
Why do you wait to guide others,
when you know, you can do it now?

Why do you feel lost,
when you can win over yourself?
Why does your mind ache,
when there is no soothing wake.

Why do you bend in front of others,
just to bring happiness to them,
hence forgoing your comfort and peace?
Depends whether those people,
give you joy, satisfaction and shower smiles,
that you give yourself fully to them.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Artist Address Wishes You Happy Diwali!



Flowers that form garlands,or which are used to decorate homes,leave a lingering essence,of celebration and of utmost...

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Firecrackers!

I meet him,
his eyes smile.
A cracker in hand,
he crosses a mile.
Implants the 'rocket',
into its stand, and runs.
In the next moment,
the rocket guns,
high in the sky!
It bursts, spreading,
into many sparks,
oh, what a life lied,
in the rocket,
that warred.

"Pollution, pollution!",
I cry, I leave,
I am not surprised.
He laughs, and says,
"You did the same,
it's my turn now."
I return,
comfort myself inside,
my home.

It has been a mile,
of a time that I fired-
crackers,
It was late,
that I realised-
it was not soothing,
it hurt me, the air-
that forms me.

Pitying myself,
of my past deeds-
I went back to the kid,
and cautioned him-
"Do you want to be,
at a place where you see me?"
He replied,
"I don't care, you're just afraid,
of firecrackers."

Sunday, 1 November 2015

AdviceAdda.com, One Spot For All Advices You Need To Take!

When one sits for placement in a company, one makes sure that one has good knowledge about the respective company. This knowledge can be in the form of analysis of it's functioning or a general idea of how it works and what it specialises in. This is more important when the company is not that known or famous. It is what happened with me, when I got to know that AdviceAdda.com was coming to my college for placements. I had not heard about any such company, but when I visited its web link I felt that it was something what I had never seen before.

AdviceAdda.com is one spot where all questions asked by people are answered in less than one week's time. It might sound to you that it is something very usual. The same can be done on Google or Yahoo Answers and these days Quora is a hit amongst youngsters, who go with their question to these websites where random people answer them. But AdviceAdda.com is not one of them, that was what interested me head over heels. I might sound artificial or very sentimental but let me tell you, it is one such company I really looked up to in that moment. What distinguishes this company/website from others is the very idea behind its existence. Here you can ask questions and receive answers from EXPERTS in that very field. Once you start scrolling down the website and going through the tools, you can spot a list of Experts and their respective fields in which they specialise. This means that if you ask for advice then experts would answer your questions, that too free of cost. Now how cool is that? Very much, isn't it? That is what made me "head over heals" for AdviceAdda.com!

When I went on checking the profiles of the experts I understood how we could ask for a counselling session with them individually also. It could be an appointment and some experts charged a fee for that—whereas the online advice was free of cost. 



This brought me back to the memories of my school days when I was shy and introvert. When I had many questions to ask but I hesitated from asking them from people around me, so much so even my near and dear ones did not have that comfort zone with me—to be able to answer my queries—simply because I never asked them. It happens, happens with teenagers that they are bashful of taking advice from elders because they may not have that kind of atmosphere which would make them feel safe and unhesitant to talk about various issues, for example; sex education is not talked about in homes. Another invigorating feather of AdviceAdda.com is that, it gives an individual the freedom to submit a query and receive advice anonymously. The names of the people asking questions is not given, to save their identity. 

At the same time one can visit the website and read Expert advices given to people who have varying questions from wide topics, such as Men's Health, Career, Legal Issues, Parenting, Gadgets etc. It is always a good idea to consult an expert in a given field before taking the decision for oneself which would be the best! You can moreover create your profile on the website and select the topics of your interest about which you would like to be updated when you login. I do read random questions on the website and find them accurate for the given situations also, sometimes I understand things better after reading about them on AdviceAdda.com—on topics where on I do not have much ideas. One advice that I read few days back, caught my attention and I would like to share it with my readers. The question was answered by a Relationship Expert at AdviceAdaa, Ms. Kannupriya Kamboj and was, "I Travel 18 Days a Months & Wife Feels Bored Which Is Causing Problems in Our Marriage, Help!""The husband had further stated that his wife would talk to some other man on her phone in his presence and he did not like it. "

In response to it, Ms. Kamboj explained him, the need to spend time with his wife out of his busy schedule and if still he is not able to do so, then he should fix the problem someway or the other. Because if he had wanted to be this busy in his life than what was the reason to get married?" I would suggest you to read the advice by clicking here.


Listening to its founder Vivek Satya Mitram through my placement drive, I understood how the company got great response from different media houses in less than one year of its existence. Websites such as FirstPost and BBC World Service amongst many others have covered the story of AdviceAdda.com; in May this year FirstPost published an article (http://www.firstpost.com/living/listen-up-indians-advice-addas-notahypocrite-campaign-sends-a-strong-message-2156141.html) which talks of the #NotAHypocrite campaign that it launched!


Mr. Mitram has also given an interview to BBC World Service where he emphasised on how the idea of starting a portal such like his came up to his mind. In his words, "There was no such portal where one could freely share ones' concerns and get the right advice on that given topic. AdviceAdda is just doing what no other company did before." Rightly said, the advice of an expert would not go wrong because of the experience one has in that particular field. In my view this website is also working towards showing people what the right path is in different situations, and how their actions can be wrong sometimes. When one introspects then one is talking to oneself and is sometimes unfamiliar to the many angles from which a particular situation can be seen; AdviceAdda brings those different angles to light, to that given person. It is an eye opener I can say, and a website where youngsters and elders can trust in for obvious reasons. 

All said about them, I would suggest you to take a look of their website and surprise yourself with free advices.
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Gagandeep Singh Vaid