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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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What freedom means to me……

Freedom means the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. Freedom means the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. The uncomplicated meaning of freedom in a dictionary.

But understanding freedom in its true sense is far from complicated.

Free from slavery, free from foreign rule, free to rule your own country is freedom.

Achieving the status of a free state was never easy for any country which was enslaved. The time of colonisation has vanished, all the countries and the world has moved forward, things are much more civilised and modernised now. The world has progressed but still, some issues force us to think deeply.

Our children are still suffering from hunger, deprived of education, lost childhoods and struggle to meet the both ends daily. The world is the toughest place for the young innocent children to survive. In this era of the twenty-first century which is a cyber century, the most progressive century: we have millions of children who live on streets, not have proper nutrition, don’t have access to education and don’t have access to proper sanitation. The list may grow by few more parameters. Still, the birth of a girl child is taken as a curse! Today I came across a news in TV that a husband smashed his wife’s face with a stone and killed her because she gave birth to two daughters consecutively. The plight of girl children and women are not at all upgraded rather with time we have fallen behind to protect the weaker gender, better not to talk about equality!

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Freedom has a broader meaning. Like the complete power to express the thoughts, let the thought be judged but let people speak freely. Freedom means choosing your lifestyle, career, choices freely. With Freedom, must come the responsibility of preserving the rich culture and heritage of our nation. Preservation of history always is a trial to show respect to our forefathers.

Freedom must come with a package of safety and security for every citizen. Equal education for all, food for all, healthcare for every citizen,  good roads to move, water and energy, homes for all, a clean environment, corruption free society- an unselfish world for all. It sounds like a fairy tale, a heaven on this earth!! But then, how could I express what I mean by freedom? To me, Freedom is Happiness all around.

As the day started with the patriotic fervours, a smell of rituals everywhere, a serene feeling with patriotic songs, respect shown with full passions, the day spent well as could be.

I, wanted by heart, not to listen to any news which demoralises the spirit but could not. The evening news revealed a minor girl raped in the morning when she was going for flag hoisting function in a park in a city like Chandigarh. The same old story was rewritten by someone for whom freedom loses its meaning!!

Freedom in the willy-nilly way loses its purpose.

 

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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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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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Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

Very often we come across the stories of broken hearts. These stories are in plenty, teaching us life’s lessons. Everything teaches you something! Right?

Two are in love, deeply most of the time. The relationship grows to make both happy, happier and the happiest at the end. Both forget the world around them, believing the world is made up of them only. Everything becomes beautiful, worth living. Suddenly something goes wrong. Either, one finds the other a cheater, a liar or simply the relationship ends. One moves on very quickly but the other suffers from a broken heart and complaints, tries to convey the message to the world.

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The tag line of end of an artificial relationship!! 

 

I read umpteen number of stories on broken hearts. Due to the internet, people’s lives are like open books. We do know about many incidences where the love is defeated, smashed, cheated, and ridiculed! It surprises me, I feel sad and disgusted about the degrading human quality. It takes lots of courage and patience to get out of a heart break, letting it go and moving on. Sometimes people move towards depression, consequently to addiction and even ends life, which is the worst part of a heart break due to lost love.

Is there any need of a tailor here? Who can mend a broken heart! Yes, the family can play the role of a tailor to boost the confidence of the duped. Or, the friends can help. Just say few words of the positive side of life every day, get engaged in work or hobbies, take up a job and do it passionately, enjoy the love nature spreads everywhere. Practice yoga or gymnastics. This rejuvenates mind and body. Be with friends and family, go for a trip to a new place. Travelling to a new place helps to forget the old memories. New experiences replace the olds, slowly but steadily. Take a voyage through the ocean or be nearer to a mountain. The huge ocean or a huge mountain will expand your thinking, your heart will be broadened. A big heart can forgive anything on this Earth.

Life is a book, comprising of many chapters. We have to move through the chapters. Close one chapter and open a new. Try to move out of the bad as quickly as possible. Be strong and full of energy to tackle all the challenges of life. Smile. Smile and smile, grow a positive attitude for all adverse things.

Positivity is the real Tailor!

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Bumble

What is life? Life is a mess. You plan one thing, the other happens. Sometimes you have pleasant surprises, sometimes it’s the other way. You get fearsome, confused, tensed and bumbled!!

Moving down the memory lane, all of you can find the series of incidences when we dig hard to understand life. Why it happens- man proposes and God disposes of? We can’t find any answer.

Out of all messy moments, there are few we remember forever. Like how I met my husband! Many have a story to tell. When my husband as a groom came to meet me with his family members, I was pretty nervous. Thinking about the outcome of the meeting I bumbled throughout the meeting session. I was thinking about leaving my parents forever, confused about my new destination and of course about the man of my life. How will be a new life? Never felt the anxiety in that way!

The messy moments occurred before preparing for exams and writing exams. So many books to be read, so many answers to be written, so many anxious hearts about my performance are to be calmed down- all made my behaviour for the examination month-bumbled!

Think of travelling to a place-won’t get the desired conveyance. Bumbled?!

Try to pursue a course in a reputed University- not selected. Bumbled?!

Try to attend a ceremony or festival- guests arrived or fall sick. Bumbled?!

What about when a cockroach sits over your head or you just come across a lizard on the wall? Bumbled and you never forget the incident!

Try to cook a dish with lots of interest but realise the empty fuel cylinder half way. Bumbled- right?

So, there are plenty of incidences when we get awestruck and that’s life!!

I saw a snake in my house, right below the place where I was sitting and preparing University question paper. Engrossed in my serious work, I did not notice the door was open and the reptile entered to take rest, may be. Now you may realise what BUMBLE means!! I can’t explain my plight, that day, that moment. It was killed but the real story is really a long one and fearful.

Have a nice time!

Eager to hear from you.

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Cities of the Dead!!

New Orleans, in the USA, is a unique city beside the sea and lying below the sea level. There are many tourist attractions there, one of which is its cemeteries. I travelled to New Orleans in early February of this year and the story of this burial grounds are just interesting. The cemeteries are the large burial grounds with beautiful tombs. Each of the tombs has unique designs. Worth seeing. I never saw a huge burial ground with so beautiful tombs, got awestruck that a heaven can exist on earth! Since the city is on swamps and lies below sea level, it was a huge problem to bury dead bodies. The coffins after some days of the burial used to float up, thus disappointing the sentiments of the people who are near and dear of the deceased.

Hence the solutions were found out. Graves were kept above ground. Vaults were made on the walls of the cemeteries. The rich families built a small house like structures keeping the gates or doors and stairs to go up to the vaults inside. The vaults were stacked one upon another. The poorer families could not afford multiple vaults, so they used the same vault for the deceased if there was a time gap of two years between the deaths. The tombs of different families are placed side by side, and each of the tomb looks like a different house. Cute, small houses standing in a row. There are several rows and the burial ground really looks like a city. I was stunned literally, a heck of time I spent on understanding the concept. From far, the cemetery looks like a heavenly place. Nobody knows how many stories are buried inside!! The Cities of the Dead-New Orleans surprised me. I took rounds of one such City of the Dead, Curious to know each of the stories. All the names of the buried family members were written on every tomb, mostly with the golden colour. Have I not seen the cemetery in New Orleans, I would not have believed that the dead can be respected in such a manner!! Experience and understanding of humanity for the lifetime. I thank God for giving me the opportunity of visiting the place!!

Few photographs captured by me.

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vaults are seen with flowers.

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20 easy ways to practice sustainable living.

The World Environment Day has just passed a few days back. We celebrated it in the best possible ways. Now, we are back to our routine work of destroying this planet. Why don’t we think every day about sustainable living? Why don’t we adopt a lifestyle which gives the scope of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’? We must practice it throughout the year and speak about our good work on the Environmental day. Let more of us get inspired to practice sustainable living.

What is sustainable living?

It is the reduction of using natural sources, less demand and less supply pattern. If we reduce our demand for things which uses and thereby depletes natural resources, then we are into the practice of sustainable living. How can we do that? Many of points I am discussing here are known to us but then a reminder on saving the Earth is necessary. Don’t all of you agree with me? Here I go with my suggestions:

  1. Reduce energy consumption. It’s a routine talk about saving electricity and fossil fuels. What is new? Can we read more books and play outdoor and indoor games to avoid watching TV and avoid mobile phones, thereby reducing consumption of energy? Go back to the earlier days when children knew how to climb a tree or swim in rivers and ponds. What we did when we were technologically behind?
  2. Use green energy as much as possible. Use of solar, wind and hydro energy should be encouraged.sustainable 1
  3. Walk, bicycle, use car pools and public transportation. This will not only reduce the fossil fuels consumption but will promote reducing the junks of old car materials. Imagine the number of old cars and their parts after the maximum use are converted into the trash, the burden on the planet.sustainable8
  4. How many mobile phones, laptops, iPads, iPhones, computers, Television sets you require? Can you minimise the numbers? The unnecessary demand of electronic gadgets will promote manufacturing and the electronic waste will seek a landfill to get disposed. Still now, we don’t have proper recycling units of electronic gadgets. So think thrice before you buy any electronic gadget next time.
  5. Nowadays, human habits are pampering luxury. You can find four cars displayed in front of a house but can’t find a tree grown up to add to the beautification of the house.
  6. We have a habit of shopping unnecessarily. Sometimes shopping is done to lift up a depressed mood. But this is a wrong practice. Unnecessary things turn out to be junk materials and we remain clueless about disposing of the junks.
  7. You can exchange clothes with your friends or your siblings to minimise the purchase of clothes. You can donate clothes of kids to orphanages or to the needy. Keep your old clothes and some new out of fashion clothes to distribute among natural disaster victims. More organisations are required to collect clothes and channelize the donation to the poor.
  8. You can use your not so used clothes to prepare cloth bags, pillow and cushion covers or doormats. Can use old towels converted into kitchen napkins. Replace tissue papers with cloth napkins. Put your thoughts to innovate ideas for reusing clothes.This way we can minimise our demand of cloth materials and save the raw resource for future generation.
  9. “Stop using plastics” is almost slogan now. Use glass, ceramics, paper or aluminium containers and packaging, to save the planet and its wildlife. Many marine animals are killed consuming plastics.
  10. Stop drinking plastic bottled water. Use your home RO plants or filter water for drinking purpose. Carry that water in bottles wherever you go. Reuse the plastic water bottles as many times as possible. Plastic bottles are adding to the severe environmental hazards created by civilised society.sustainable 3
  11. Adopt a lifestyle which demands minimum. Use small rooms, small buildings, small apartments. Avoid constructing a palatial house where only three or four people live.
  12. Instead, construct a small house with lots of greenery around. Plant trees which bear fruits so that birds can live in your surroundings. Keep a bowl of water and seeds on which birds can live. Have lots of flowers in your garden to wake up to a beautiful morning every day. Stay close to nature and inhale fresh air every moment.sustainable12
  13. Segregate dry and wet wastes. Use your kitchen wastes to prepare compost and use it in gardening.
  14. Work for the preservation of animals and plants. Teach your children about the importance of having a beautiful surrounding.
  15. Take care of population growth. More population leads to more demand, more manufacturing and ultimately more trash burdens on the planet Earth.
  16. Reduce your laundry work. Avoid use of plenty of soaps and detergents. Reduction of washings and use of soaps will reduce water pollution.
  17. Similarly, if we reduce our consumption in every area, then definitely we will reduce the use of packaging and use of plastics. Remember every item you buy needs a packaging.
  18. If you grow vegetables in your garden, then you can avoid buying grated vegetables from supermarkets. This will reduce packaging and trash burdens.
  19. Unplug everything when not in use, save electricity. Use  LED lamps.
  20. Use natural cleansers like a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and water instead of soaps/detergents to clean kitchen and bathroom tiles.

There are many more methods which we can practice. If we start practising reduce, reuse and recycle, we need to have more recycling units. Creating awareness about a sustainable living will encourage many to set up recycle and reuse units.

My purpose of writing this long post is to create awareness and also to remind already aware people. Environment protection is not one day or one week practice. It should be in our mind always. Let us born with nature, live with nature and rest in peace with nature.

Hope to return to you with another blog written on my way of sustainable living in the next World Environment Day.

Happy Living !!