My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Sunday, June 17, 2012

HONE THOSE WRITING SKILLS !

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.

                      -   William Makepeace Thackeray

Because of your uniqueness, you have your own set of experiences/ judgments in response to outer happenings. They need to be constantly channelized in the form of writing . If you go untapped those creative thoughts, they get buried inside you .

Experts say that to write, your inner environment must be serene. William Zinsser says that ' writing is thinking on paper'. In fact all your experiences become a distilled wisdom and settle in a retrievable place and what needs is you must inculcate the habit of taking out the right ones in right time.  I personally feel that writing helps to  integrate your creative right brain with logical left brain. One great man sagely advises to exercise the writing muscle everyday even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch or a journal entry. He further says that writers are like dancers, athletes and without that exercise, the muscles can not be strengthened.

To become a writer means, to be an avid reader. One essential element for good writing is  lending  an ear and one must listen to the sounds of one's own prose. Peggy Teeters says that the only way to learn to write is to write.

Honing writing skills is a painstaking job More word power means more fire power. If you are armed with less vocabulary, it means you are poorer by expression which may not help in improving your writing skills to  rivet the readers .

The main characteristic of writing is better described by James F. Stephan " originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself". To write means to have patience. The written prose is vulnerable to constant editing as new ideas continue to flow and they need to be inserted to make it more holistic. As the mind is a factory of ideas, every time when I sit for writing, a new wave of thought sweeps through and natural editing of written lines occur.

The writing ability severely batters when the family atmosphere is not conducive. So you must be careful to have harmonious relations. Economy of words is another secret of writing. Thomas Jefferson says that the most valuable of all talents is that never using two words when one will do. L.P. Hartley advises that it is better to write about things you feel than about things you know about. Eugene Lonesco has made the task cut out for a writer " A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

Personality Development Guru Robin Sharma says that "Maintaining a daily journal is one of the best personal growth initiatives you will ever take. He further says that it offers you the opportunity to have regular one-to-one conversations with yourself. You may not become a professional writer or choose it as a profession. But in between your hectic professional life, writing on chosen subject with your insights help others benefit from your knowledge. That's why Robin Sharma asks to write as little as 15 minutes daily in a private journal which can improve health, functioning of your immune system and above all your overall attitude.

I was nearly shaken the way Dr. Deepak Chopra, a prolific writer (America's famous Indian) humorously replied that he is neurotic and compulsive about writing. What drives me further is his style of writing. He sometimes uses his Blackberry mobile to write and send to his office in e-mail and that way he completes writing books. Very revolutionary idea for writers !

The success stories of writers is endless. Chetan Bhagat, the youth writer who shot into fame with his first English novel “Five Point Someone’ written especially for Indian youth, is an IITian with - management degree from IIM . He quit his career as investment banker in a multi-national company to settle as writer , and the rest is history. The New York Times called Bhagat 'the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history". Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.

Writing is such an enticing act that  transports the ideas of writer to the succeeding generations and thereby the writer lives through his/ her work.

To wrap up in the words of Harlan Ellison " writing is the hardest work in the world. Lonelier, and nobler and more enriching !!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

WAKE UP WITH FIRE IN BELLY !

 Tomes were written about the immense health benefits of early rising. Benjamin Franklin calls ' the early morning has gold in its mouth'. What beauty lies in rising early and how it impacts your quality of work are questions you must dwell up on.

 Deepak Chopra, the mind-body medicine expert and the author of famous book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" says that when you live with right questions, the life will move into answers. He further says that you must treat your body as an energy and information field and not as a fixed  structure.

In fact, when you rise early, the day appears to be slowed down and you feel leisurely to accomplish all your chores without any hurry. If you have any creative hobbies, early rising is a perfect vessel to nurture those hobbies.

Don't be in indoors after wake up. Go for a morning walk to nearby woods / park/ green patch. In those solitary walks, knowingly or unknowingly you tune-up your system. Experts say that it is the gift you can give to yourself !

One great man sagely advises that if you want a bullet-proof mindset, get up early. It is true that when you have passion to your work, literally you will wake up with fire in the belly. When you wake up early morning, you feel mystically connected to your higher -being and the body is naturally at the peak of its performance.

Personality Development Guru Robin Sharma says that new habits are like new pair of shoes. First 40 days the habit needs to be nurtured blindly so that it almost becomes your second nature. If you mentally program before night at what time you need to wake up, you could wake up perfectly to that time without the aid of an alarm clock , because your bio-clock would act upon.

Deepak Chopra, further advises that instead of jarring alarm clocks, you can set some soothing music to play at the time you want to get up and that will work. He further says that your intention to wake up will stir you even before the clock plays music.

Physical fitness and early rising are inter-connected. If you are super fit, you need less number of hours for sleep. Richard Whately wraps up that " lose an hour in the morning and you will be all day hunting for it".

BE HYGIENE CONSCIOUS !

Public places are our extended homes. This truth must be sprouted into our minds before any  responsible behavior is expected.

The typical Indian mindset is a cause of concern.  Honesty is hijacked by selfishness.   The fabric of togetherness is  torn by individual interests.


Garbage is thrown in public places in a mindless fashion.    Systems fail unless  reformative attitude  first comes in the minds of people at large. 

The unmanned public toilets mirror our behaviorial deficiency.   I have seen countless instances where some people don't even pour water in public toilets saying that next user will take care. Result we could see especially  the condition of unmanned public toilets which is  worrisome and local administration is helpless.  

In Govt. townships, parks are built with adequate green  patches for the sake of dwellers, but  the upkeep of the same simply lie not in hands of agencies responsible for the same.  All users must be conscious of their responsibilities, otherwise, it only takes seconds to spoil them.


The photo appearing  in this post was taken   from  the park near to my house (Sadiq Nagar, South Delhi ) . It  is a telling narrative of how responsible we are in maintaining public places.    Such a beautiful park with a boundary wall and cemented pathways for walkers  is  totally defaced  and cluttered with garbage everywhere.  Some self-righteous people throw their left-over food at the corner of park feeling pride of feeding to birds and stray animals. 

Unless a transformation comes  in the attitude at individual level,  things may not improve  much !   
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