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Trance

My understanding of this word is very complicated. Its related to hypnotism, meditation or some kind of addictions.

In general, we sometimes reach to trance state unknowingly. These can be

  • Watching a favourite programme on Tv and totally engrossed with the characters. Forgetting where are we – at home or at some other place. The Same thing may happen while watching a movie too.
  • You can reach to a trance state while playing games on the computer or may be while totally engrossed in a video game.
  • I reach this state while sleeping especially in the afternoon. Sometimes after a week’s work, I fall asleep in the afternoon on a holiday and can’t decide the time while half awake or someone calls me to get up. Most of the time I want to make sure whether it’s evening or morning. While in deep sleep people gets disoriented and takes the time to get back to normal moves.
  • Trance state can be realised while doing any work with full concentration. It may be reading books, stitching something, involved in music or doing any professional work.

Someway or the other, we experience the trance state but do not give much attention to it. Today’s prompt forced me to think about it and I am enlightened.

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Recite Life : PREVENT ACCIDENTS

Recite a poem to learn about lyrics, to learn about rhythm. Recite a flute, to taste the magic of music, to rejuvenate your soul. We cannot deny the beauties of recitals, the importance of recitals. It helps us to memorize the lyrics, it activates our brain cells, and it teaches us about voice modulations, control emotions, teaches expressions and so on and so forth. After all, life is beautiful and human lives are the most precious. Every life dreams, wants to achieve, wants to make a change, wants to leave a dent in this universe. Yes, I existed!!

Are all humans protected enough on this universe? Are all reach their goals? Is everyone is respected by fellow human being? The answer probably is, NO.

Every day young dreaming lives are lost. Reasons are plenty. Hunger and poverty, diseases, natural calamities, man-made disasters and accidents. One reason which shakes us every time is a road accident or any kind of accident related to transport. As the population is rising the accidental cases are also rising. Every year in India there are at least 5 lakhs accidents and the lives lost are not less than 1.5 lakhs. This is a number, alarmingly high because no war or no natural calamity has seen this number if we consider the total number of wars and natural calamities. Numbers are immaterial though as the lives lost by any means are regrettable.

What can we do to reduce road accidents in India? And worldwide?

India is a vast country with a huge population of which twenty-five percent are illiterates. If the data available on the internet are to be believed India is the home of the largest population of illiterate adults. With this numbers, it is easily understood that the number of road accidents occurs in India, may be the highest in the world. Every citizen can not afford a car here, so most of them depend on two wheelers. The young children use two wheelers to go to schools, colleges and tutorial homes. A large number of two-wheelers run on the roads of India along with cars, trucks, buses, autos and innumerable kinds of vans. The traffic rules are hardly followed when everyone is in hurry. Adding to the woes are the bad roads with potholes and clogged water in the rainy season. The life is indeed hard here.

As the government is taking various road safety measures by introducing laws and trying to check speed limits but somehow I feel we, the citizens, failing to do our duties towards the society surrounding us. Can we not involve ourselves in spreading awareness against drunk driving, rash driving, teaching traffic rules to children and their parents? Can we not spread the awareness about the safe driving among the village people who are not properly educated? Can we not spread awareness among the drivers in the unorganized sector for safe driving and advise them not to drive while drunk? There are a lot of work which can be taken up by young educated mass to popularize safe driving through social media, multimedia and print media. Let us try to prevent road accidents so that no mother loses her child, no father weeps silently in memory of his son.

This write up is dedicated to the memory of my son’s friend who lost his life yesterday while returning from his Engineering College in a two wheeler. He was the only child of his parents. May his soul rest in peace, but how to keep alive the souls of his parents?? !!

Come, let us Recite Life. Let us recite a thankful note everyday to GOD for we are ALIVE.

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My 7 Ways to enjoy solitude.

Very often my social site status update read: Love Solitude. My friends are quick to respond “why? Anything wrong?” I send a smile back and say “All fine, no worry. I really love solitude.”
Solitude is fine sometimes if not always. We live in chaos. Every day with the same routine work, rush for reaching workplace on time, show competence every day, prove that you are the best every day, and come back home realising many things are lying undone. The second part of the day starts at home, prove that you are a great mom or dad or son or daughter etc. Among all these ‘to do’s where is the time for yourself?
Take some time off from your work, go to a quiet place. As William Harper said, “And in the solitary state of oneness, man can meet himself” ……A solitary confinement gives the chance to concentrate on oneself leading to self-discovery.
• Enjoy the beauty of nature: the clouds, the fog, the sweet breeze, the waterfalls, the deep forest, the colours of flowers, the butterflies. Nature’s bowl is full, try to enjoy all of it.
• Go near to a sea. A long walk on the beach gives you the opportunity to know people. Observe them, how they enjoy life. The boats, fishermen, the children playing on the beach will refresh you. Open your canvass and try to paint whatever you like. Or, simply lie down and enjoy the waves.
• Your hobbies can flourish when you are alone. Compose songs, write poetry or think science or think life. Write your feelings about life’s experiences. It will give you an opportunity to retrospect and chalk out plans what else you want to do.
• Meditate every day in the early morning, it provides peace and strength for whole day’s work.
• Watch TV alone after returning from work. Feel the freedom of choosing the programme as per your wish.
• Cook food as per your wish. Lie down on a comfortable sofa, watch TV and taste the delectable food prepared by you or bought from your favourite eatery.
• Take time off at night or early morning to do your favourite work. It may be reading a book, gardening, music, and dance or planning your future.

So, we should not always conclude that loving solitude is a psychological problem. Refresh your mind, recharge your body. After all, it’s your life, which can avoid the dictations from others, at least for an hour, for a day or days.
Act wisely. Enjoy life in your own style!

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7 amazing Sculptures: Unfurl your joy of knowing the art of the world!!

Unfurl the History of art and sculpture and your jaw drops every time. Who knew a huge piece of marble will become David, the Hero of all time?? The first visit to a foreign land gave me the opportunity to see David and I looked on, could not remove my eye for so long. How amazing & How beautiful!! I saw the art on the roof of Sistine Chapel, again my eyes couldn’t blink!! To me, Michelangelo unfurled the world of amazing joy and beauty.

There are so many sculptures to talk about. So many artworks by great people to savour about!

Let me tell you the few which I wish to see in my own eyes and touch with my own hands.

1. The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York

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Image Credits: dailyphotostream.blogspot.com

 

Non-Violence is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Reuterswärd made this sculpture after singer-songwriter and peace activist John Lennon was murdered.

2.Transcendence

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Image Credits: Ava Hirschsohn

Transcendence is an outdoor sculpture by Keith Jellum, located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It depicts a fish flying through the brickwork above Southpark Seafood at the northwestern corner of Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Park Avenue in Downtown Portland. The sculpture measures 11 feet (3.4 m) long and is made of hand forged and welded bronze.

 

3. Sinking Building Outside State Library, Melbourne, Australia

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Image Credits: Anonymous Panda

 

 4. People of the River by Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

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Image Credits: Gaartu’s Photostream

Chong Fah Cheong is a Singaporean sculptor known for many public sculptures in Singapore. Though he worked in a variety of styles from abstract to figurative, his name is identified with a series of figurative sculptures depicting the life of people living and working along the Singapore River.

 

5.Spider, Tate Modern, London

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Image Credits: Alf Gillman

Spider is a giant sculpture of an arachnid that stands on the floor. The artwork is made of bronze and granite and was created in 1994 by the French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois. One of the first of many sculptures of spiders made by the artist, Spider measures 2743 x 4572 x 3785 mm, which is large enough to occupy the entire space of a room.

 

6. Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France

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Image Credits: Bruno Catalano

French artist Bruno Catalano has created an extraordinary series of eye-catching bronze sculptures called “Les Voyageurs” in Marseilles that depict realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing. The sculptures were put on display in Marseilles.

 

7. The Shoes On The Danube Bank by Can Togay & Gyula Pauer, Budapest, Hungary

 

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Image Credits: Nikodem Nijaki

It is a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honour the people (mainly Budapest Jews) who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

 

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15 ways to Live a Purposeful Life.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”…….Mark Twain

How about making a dent in the Universe where you live your life? Live from your heart. Leave no heart untouched. Write on the wall of life.

The simple ways to live positively and a purposeful life needs the following practices.

  1. Be kind, nice and polite to everyone you meet.
  2. Try to spread a positive vibe with helping others.
  3. Listen with care, have the patience to solve a problem.
  4. Try to understand that everyone has a story to tell. All are suffering from one or the other problem.
  5. “If you want to see the change, be the change first.”—very common quote we always refer to. Start working to make a change.
  6. Education is a broad area to start with, educate people about the positivity of life. Impart knowledge whenever possible. It’s not very easy and quick process to get everyone educated, but the long term effect will be beneficial for society.
  7. Impart knowledge of music, art and dance. Creativity is the essence of life. Creativity spreads happiness.
  8. No one wants to live a lonely life. Try to make friends. Have your own friends to have good discussions, outing, picnic or any charity works.
  9. A good friend circle is helpful for managing any crisis or giving a positive solution for any problem. We all know the importance of friendship in our society.
  10. One can volunteer for any crisis like natural calamities or give medical care to the needy.
  11. Taking part in any kind of campaigning like environmental protection, lifestyle, health care or education gives you a chance to leave a mark.
  12. Delivering good thoughts to society will ultimately make the change you want to see. You can speak out in any gathering or you can write your good thoughts to convey to people.
  13. Organize social gatherings where people can interact and know each other, share their views on different problematic issues which are emerging in society.
  14. Organize sports meets or other competitions for children so that the next generation make a bonding with each other.
  15. Our problems are many and vary from region to region, generation to generation. Organization of meetings will enable us to know about the things to be done.

Dream, plan, organize and deliver the goods to society so that no one feels to live on an isolated island alone. Let us grow and enjoy life together. The digital era has made people drift away from each other. Many are feeling lonely, helpless. Living with no hopes are killing people inside. Think of it and act to make the world a better place.

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Carousel!

Think about Carousel and what comes in your mind?

I just tried to express it.

C– Challenging

A– Adventurous

R—Robust (Tough/ Vigorous)

O—Orientation (dis)

U—Unnerve

S—Strange (Bizarre/Weird)

E—Excitation

L— Love

Love for carousel leads you to an adventurous world.

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Long Live Friendship

Notice the people who are happy when you are happy and sad when you are sad. They deserve a special place in your heart –

Sometimes you meet some persons and you just get well with them. You blend so well that it becomes impossible to think about a separation all through life– They are your true friends.

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Friends are so special that we cannot think of our life without them. I, as a child and as a teenager, felt the part played by each of my friends. Studying, playing, watching movies, planning mischiefs, helping each other, doing team work, acting, singing, dancing, recitation, facing the crisis of life- the list is endless when I have not my friends by my side. Not only them, but their parents too were encouraging and helping. Our childhood, as well as university days, were never revolving around a cell phone and internet. We had plenty of opportunities to interact with people and understand them. A friend is a human being with his or her family members, problems, intellects, talents. He or she lives in a society where a healthy relationship grows with understanding each other. We learnt to face so many problems with a smiling face because of the support of a strong friend circle. For friends, all problems have a solution. Imagine how talented can be a person who can laugh away any grave situation to just keep you strong and steady!

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Now, after coming a long way, when I sat in solitude and try to recollect my friend’s role in my life, I can see a shimmering light floating towards me carried by the waves in a huge ocean. The shimmering lights assure me that they are there, the shoulders are there to lean on. I bow down my head, gratitude shimmers along my nerves, my blood vessels. I do not share a single drop of blood with them, but they are there for me.

Though lifestyle changed, we have entered into the cyber era. Trust, empathy,caring and sharing no longer remained same like before, still, some good friends exist to listen to you. Go and search them out.

With a long life of friendship– Happy Friendship Day to you all!

Enjoy every day with your friends and feel fortunate.

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Foggy Morning and The Casual Symphony!

My dream home is having a couple of casual corners where I spend the rainy days or extremely foggy mornings reading my favourite book with a cup of hot coffee. Or, if the morning is very unusual, lazy and I have an idea of doing nothing for the whole day but drown myself in the symphonies of the world! Yes, these moments are there in our lives, we desire to enjoy the solitude, enjoy of being alone with life’s all comforts around. A break from the usual routine work allows you to look back to your work, plan for more work and your body and mind are relaxed. Reading good books in a cosy corner in your room will enlighten you about life’s various facets. A story or a fiction teaches the reality of life. You know which things happen, who suffers and how, what is life’s magic and the list is endless. Reading a book casually too can throw light on life’s facts and you become energized with new ideas.

The world is moving very fast, all are just running, not knowing about the destination. Most of the time the future looks foggy, still, people run! The rich, the poor or the middle class, all are in hurry. Surveys show that the number of book readers is declining!

So, here are some ideas of creating a casual cosy corner in your house with a bookshelf around so that you can spend your cloudy winter days or a rainy day or a foggy morning leisurely. As someone said- A foggy morning is the best time to clean the dust off your old books lying on your bookshelf; Open them and read.Or, a day when you want to do anything but would like to be alone with a book and coffee.

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A cosy corner- Books, sofa with cushions and candle light. White is serene and goes well with a casual mood and a rainy day.
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Think of a corner like this at your home. A big glass window, close to nature. A cloudy noon, drizzles, you, books and coffee. What can you want more from life?
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Want solitude? Have this corner. Enlighten yourself with books and music under soft light. Rain outside will add to the adventurous mood!
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How is this corner for a casual day?
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Sleep unlimited, read, drink, music. Who cares the outside world?

Hence friends, hope I could reach you. Plan your next foggy day well in advance.

Good luck!

Thanks for Reading!

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To Savour Edibles: Stop Disastrous Soil Pollution.

The pollution of soil may make the plight of the populace disastrous. There are at least a dozen of components which are affecting us and our environment. Soil pollution is one of the components. Usually, whenever we talk about environmental protection the ‘soil’ part is ignored. The soil is treated as a newlywed bride who has to tolerate all kinds of behaviour come its way. What we don’t do with soil? Digging it unnecessarily, construction, mining, rooting up trees, water flowing abundantly, whenever and wherever; ice caps, chemicals, pesticides, industrial effluents – all are having one shelter-soil. The poor soil gets poorer day by day by spending all its rich on everyone, everything. Little did we realise that the continuous erosion is taking away megatons of topsoil every year? The soil is losing the nutrients, we are losing the land which grows edibles. The amount of waste soil is increasing with increase in population. How many of us realise that poverty and hunger are causing more soil erosion. African countries are running with the most waste lands, deserted of nutrients, causing scarcity of foods. The savoury food days will be bygone soon when we will cherish the memories of having good foods. There are many ways to prevent soil pollution but still enough awareness is not created about it. The quality of soil can be improved by reducing air and water pollution, by wise agricultural practices, by applying methods to prevent erosion etc.

If we can check the disasters caused by ignoring our land, we will be able to savour good edibles. Let us start working either together or individually.

Create awareness against soil pollution, Save Earth.

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An inspiring Star -Maryam Mirzakhani

Thought of writing an interesting story after seeing “Moxie” as the prompt word. But then flashed this news – Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal (Nobel Prize of Mathematics) for mathematics, has died in the US. She was just 40, survived by her husband and a very young daughter. She could not fight anymore. Lost the battle. Breast cancer spread through her bones and attacked her bone marrow. A bright star fell off so soon!! When cruelty hits out, we become numb, lose our nerves, wait quietly for Almighty’s decision.

Maryam Mirzakhani wanted to become a writer in her childhood but took up Mathematics when her elder brother encouraged her. She was the winner of gold medals in International Mathematics Olympiad twice, in 1994 and 1995. Currently, she was teaching Mathematics at Stanford University, USA.

She was born in Tehran, Iran’s capital, in 1977 and went on to complete a bachelor of science in mathematics from the city’s Sharif University of Technology in 1999. Then she moved to the USA to pursue higher studies. Apart from the Fields Medal, Mirzakahani has also been awarded the Blumenthal Award (2009) and the Clay Research Award (2014). She also became the first Iranian woman to have been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, in 2016.

The only recognised woman Mathematician, that too from a country like Iran. Lots of courage needed to fight against society’s rituals, go to a school and then move to the most progressive country in the world, the USA. She was a student of Harvard University and obtained her Ph. D From the same University. Raised the point of lack of women Mathematicians worldwide. She married a man from other religion. A progressive mind from Iran teaches us about what is the meaning of moxie!! Hats off to her!! The bravest woman, the most intelligent woman on the Earth is no more. My heart filled with grief, why she died so young? A woman’s role model, she could have guided many more women to come up and contribute for the mankind. It’s true that women, in many countries won’t get the same opportunities as men. They struggle, fight against the odds. Maryam is the guiding light for them. She may not be alive, but her story will encourage women folk especially and the human kind in general.

May her soul rest in peace.

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