Where are we heading to?

images2While going through today’s newspaper, I came across an article, which read: ‘Al-Qaida threat may dissipate soon: Report’ (it was actually a continuation of today’s headlines ‘India to rise, match US Clout’. – Asian Nations will lead by 2025: American Intel Report.

A part of the article read:

Among other bad news in the report (by NIC) was the projection that the use of nuclear weapons would become more likely. “The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over scarce resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorists groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,” it said. “The likelihood that nuclear weapons will be used will increase with expanded access to technology and a widening range of options for limited strikes,” it added.

Among the more scary prospects that the report offered was one of a global pandemic, which it said could happen with the emergence of a new, highly transmissible and virulent respiratory infection that does not as yet have any countermeasures. If such a disease does emerge, the report cautioned, the worst case scenario could see as much as a third of the world’s population becoming infected and hundred of millions dying.

After reading this, ‘I asked myself, ‘Where does the future of the younger generation lie’?

Are we heading towards eternal light or is it just the momentary flashing of light before darkness?

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pc2900082Recently, my class, had hosted an English Project, titled –‘Keep ThinkEng’ for the students of Highcliffe School, United Kingdom. They were visiting us on an exchange program. (A first-hand report is  available here.)

A reporter from the national daily, The Hindu, had written a report and incidentally, my short story titled –‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ was photographed.

A Message to be read and re-read..

This is an e-mail I received today. It is said that this is a message from the comedian of the 70s and 80s, George Carlin. There is great thought and more importantly truth in this message. So please read this if you haven’t and if you have, then read it again!


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profit s and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
And always remember:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Redefining Success

images Success is always associated with ones ability’s and thus I believe it is something personal which differs from one individual to another. When we tend to talk about success we realize that there are plenty of unanswered questions.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

I tried to find the meaning of success in a dictionary. It read ‘Accomplishment, fulfillment of one’s dream or aim’, after a moment’s thought I understood that the question is by no means an easy one to answer. Each and every one of us has his/her rendezvous with destiny. A successful person is one who makes this rendezvous triumphant by laying a firm foundation with the bricks that others pelt on him. You may have everything but still not be happy or satisfied. Success provides us with an opportunity to be recognized and talked about around the globe. We always tend to associate success with the choices we make in our life. We pray to god for miracles to happen for us to be successful. The irony is we pray for so much to happen that we have forgotten to define miracles. A daily wage worker who earns not more than Rs.100 a day finds food to feed himself and his family, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and alcohol and yes to education, that’s a miracle. We expect things to fall in place and ultimately achieve success. What we don’t realize is that we have the power in our hands to change and improve our life.

“Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds”. Life does not depend upon love and intensity shown by us for achieving our dream.

We have always associated success with one self that we seem to be oblivious to the things happening around us. Have we ever wondered how we could have made another persons life trouble-free by helping them or uttering few caring and warm hearted words in our life? Only we correlate success with benevolence and compassion will we show signs of achieving it.

Decision-making is and will always be an exigent business. Our task becomes easier when we agree upon the fact that we are imperfect and we cannot change the inevitable. If we want to taste success, the easiest way is to take charge of our minds. It is believed that the only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. Let us take control of that string and redefine success together.

Source: PSBB Times

Being a hero…

Being a hero…a thing few of us achieve and even fewer are acknowledged. For all the many people wanting to be a hero, remember ‘being a hero’ is an expression of perception. There are many ways to be a hero; many ways of being considered being one. You can be a hero by being a popular and approachable person in your circle or be a hero of the minute, by helping an aged woman cross the road.

Keep one thing in mind: being a hero is not determined by other people. At the end of the day, what you think of yourself will prove to be more important than what other people think of you. For those who disagree by saying that we are a race meant for being socially considered acceptable, consider this: everyone says you have achieved something; you are engulfed in the feeling that you have not accomplished anything but simply being overly-hyped. While you walk around smiling with faked modesty at anyone who compliments you, if you have one bit of your conscience left, your insides will be squirming with guilt. The impact other people have on you can only be to a certain extent.

However there is a flip side: if you have given your best, you have achieved, if you have sweated it out, fought against the tide, smiled at the odds and mocked at those who earlier mocked at you, by being a winner, but still, you do not get the deserving credit or acknowledgement, that is pain at its worst. It is the pain of being shunned into insignificance despite making a significant difference.

We all need some force to drive us on; to continually re-infuse that feeling of wanting to achieve. Sometimes we feel that we are not given the appropriate chances despite proving our mettle a dozen times. This should not rob us of motivation; the world is a cruel place and it can be battled only by being ready for it. There is no place in this world where there is equality all the time. There is prejudice and petty politics. While our job needs not be to reform the world, we must adapt to this harsh reality.

There is no avenue where there is a dearth of opportunities. If you feel that there is prejudice somewhere, try elsewhere to achieve. Whatever the situation, however the odds one thing is mandatory: you should never stop working. Be a hero in your own right to be one. If it is not possible to be a hero at school or at work or anywhere else, win accolades elsewhere. While they gloat their hero, you find solace in being a hero of your dreams and walk past them without losing confidence.

Then, you will always be a hero; the hero of your life, the architect of your dreams and the author of your destiny. If you can boldly fight prejudice and feeling of complete injustice and continue being motivated and achieve…you are a hero…

Source: PSBB Times