My Power Quote !

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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

FIGHTER TO THE CORE


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courtesy : http://www.thebetterindia.com/

Somewhere, I read that success is not a destination, but a relentless journey.

You can't live long cherishing only yesteryears success.  Life is a forward march and what you do now matters a lot than living on past laurels.  It means, you must have a fighter's spirit to win each situation into your fold.  Sometimes, even when success would not embrace you, it doesn't mean that you allow things to rot.

When I wake up in the mornings, I eagerly look for such real-life stories of people who could inspire the world with their breathtaking bravery in dealing with their situations. And today it is  Bhupendra Tripathi of Gujarat who truly made my day !

If we go into his story,  when Tripathi was diagnosed with cancer, doctors found  a tumour in his two vertebras (spinal chord).  How he encountered the doctors & hospital staff,  better  to listen from his own words :

 I requested the hospital staff to stop addressing me as patient and instead call me a fighter, a hero or a champ. After all, I was fighting twin battles of paralysis and cancer. Finally, after 11-12 months of therapy, I was declared cancer free. There were huge celebrations at the hospital and my home (Source : http://www.thebetterindia.com/60714/bhupendra-tripathi-cancer-ahmedabad/  )

To cut the story short, Tripathy, though lost his vision subsequently due to complicated treatment procedures, but he did not allow defeat seep into his system. His fighting persona made him to clinch a government job - Manager  in Reserve Bank of India at Ahmedabad.

There are so many such unsung heroes and  when their stories come into mainstream news, they become overnight celebrities !

Saturday, July 23, 2016

THE NAME ITSELF RINGS !



After a long time, the Superstar of Kollywood (Tamil Film World)  is acting to his age. His latest movie 'Kabali' which was released yesterday is a record of sorts.

A newspaper in it's review on the movie said that the movie is a 'drag'. Another review opined that the story, perhaps, needed a tighter screenplay. 

The craze for Rajinikanth is unparalleled to any of his generation of actors.  Still this Tamil Film God mesmerises his audience with his own style of mannerisms, dialogue delivery. Some corporate entities in South India, declared yesterday as holiday to enable their employees to watch their favourite actor's movie.  Some companies even offered free tickets.

The beauty of this giant actor is not forgetting his roots.  His journey from a simple bus-conductor to the highest paid actor is very inspiring.  His work ethics wonder the younger directors.  No pride at all.  He mingles with all, without any slightest pride.

Rajinikanth, outside his acting life, is a very good human being. When any of his films don't earn the expected earnings, people say that he offsets the losses of producers from his pocket.

I personally feel that the reason behind his huge fan-following and stardom is, his generous personality.  He has no enemies or even rivals in film world.  Another interesting revelation is that Rajini never wears wig or apply any creams in daily life.  Further, he is dead against to do ad-films.  The reason he says is : I don't like to vouch for the products which I don't use ! 

Getting roles even at 65, that too hero's roles happens only with Rajinikanth.

Call it Rajini mania !



Sunday, July 03, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

THE COUNTRY OF HAPPINESS


It is the Land of the Thunder Dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings.  In fact this dragon is the symbol of their National Flag.


Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, sandwiched between China and India. Inspite of geographical limitations being a landlocked country, Bhutan's people are the world's happiest people.  It is the country with least carbon dioxide deposits in the atmosphere.

It has a great legacy of planting a thousand saplings by every pregnant woman before her delivery.  Perhaps, this idea is driven by environmental concerns with an eye to  have more greenery to make their  country the best liveable place on Earth.


Happiness is synonymous with Bhutan.  The unofficial Reference Guide Wikipedia says that in 1972, Bhutan's fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck declared that "Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross national Product''. In fact this concept is based on four pillars: sustainable development, preservation and promotion of culture, conservation of the environment and good governance.

To measure progress according to these pillars, Bhutan adopted a development index in 2008 to reflect GNH values, set as benchmarks to track policies and performance of the countries. This index takes into account the GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.

Due to  Bhutan's  sustained efforts in convincing the world to follow Gross National Happiness as a barometer to gauge human happiness, United Nations finally declared March 20 as World Happiness Day  in 2013.  An Annual World Happiness Report is being brought out  to gauge countries on Happiness Index,  

In 2016 report, Bhutan's rank is at a comfortable 84, out of 157 countries. Where as India's rank  is at 118, way behind neighbouring countries like China which is pegged at 83, Pakistan 92, and Bangladesh at 110.

The moral of the story is,  India  must learn a lot from this tiny Himalayan country ! 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

NOBODY LIKES TO BE DISLIKED !

Playwright Edward Bond rightly said " All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends.  It's called competition.  And competition is antagonism.


The other day, when I entered into a hospital premises to meet a  dentist, an unexpected opponent welcomed me.

A stray dog continuously barked at me and  I was forced to lift a stone to save myself from it. Anybody in my situation would certainly act the same way.  Though, I convinced myself that I should not think much of that episode, a part of me watched my own thought process on the incident.

When I gathered the reasons , I found answers.  I was hurt not because the dog barked at me.  I was hurt because, I lifted the stone with an intention to beat it.  As a survival need, I did that but my heart pondered deeply on how to tame it.  I said to myself : Don't do any act that may injure other living beings.  This is the ultimate lesson of spirituality.  You being the human, the crown of creation,  if react this way, how can you raise yourself in life ?  Luckily, I did not pelt a stone on that dog but walked out of the situation safely.

Though we all have material  goals, the spiritual goals come above them.  That's why famous psychologist Abraham Maslow in his famous  Theory of Hierarchy of Needs put Self Actualisation at the top of the pyramid.

What is Self Actualisation ?    It  refers to the need for personal growth and show equanimity on all living beings, including animal and  plant world.

The best barometer to gauge a person's reputation is how many opponents he/she has ? If the number swells rapidly, it is time to pause and review the entire gamut of relationships.  The best way to keep good relationships is to treat all beings equally.  When you treat a person  according to his position on social ladder, you are indirectly creating more opponents in your life. Nobody wants to be unequally treated and in fact, it is the greatest sin !

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BEST WEBSITES ON COUNTRIES

The success of any website or blog lies with it's easy interface and authentic Information.



Though Google helps us to take to right location, in majority of the cases, the information may not help us.  The reason is obvious.   The search result of  any search engine  is nothing but an algorithm with little human intervention.   Unless somebody writes on a particular subject, you can't find that information at the click of a button.

In a world driven by  massive flow of  information on  digital front, finding write kind information involves  stupendous efforts.

But constant search of internet sometimes land you to marvellous websites.  Being a blogger with a mission to help the folks, it is my duty to bring such best websites to the knowledge of more people. 

All daily news pertain to countries and if you wish to know more about countries and their data, I find the following three websites very useful as they  have  credible information.

 Check yourself with the following links :
http://www.un.org/en/member-states/

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

http://www.worldatlas.com/nations.htm

With regard to information  on India, the Government of India's Portal   https://india.gov.in/ always comes to your aid. 
For statistics on India, better to knock the doors of  Ministry of  Statistics and Programme Implementation's Portal http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/site/home.aspx


Saturday, June 25, 2016

GREAT FREE BOOKS

Old wine and old books are always on perennial demand.


My fortune of reading great books lies with my source material I bank upon - Quotes. The sayings or quotes of great authors, celebrities, successful businessmen, sports-persons and above all wisdom masters attract my eye. Through these quotes, I was introduced to some of the greatest writers like Orison Swett Mardon, Khushwant Singh, Ruskin Bond and the list goes endless.

If you dig deep into the books of any great wirter, you find their favourite authors who influenced their lives.

I do this digging process which gives me the highest joy. Great writers of past centuries like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin , Orison Swett Marden, etc. came into my radar only after I ploughed through Internet since 2011.

The beauty is, books of all such great authors are freely available on internet, and the only prerequisite is, you should have a heart to search for them.

The other day, I re-read Ruskin Bond's small volume called A Book of Simple Living - Brief Notes from the Hills. It is a sort journal written by Ruskin over the years. While giving a brief account of his return journey to India from U.K., in 1955, the then twenty-one year old Anglo-Indian says that I had two books with me - Thoreau's Walden and Richard Jefferies's The Story of My Heart. 

I already read Walden which is a mine of wisdom on simple living. But, little I know about the other writer Richard Jefferies, Ruskin referred. When I curiously looked into Google, I was taken to the direct link of Jfferies's book The Story of My Heart. 

This book is a must read for all Nature lovers, recommended by Ruskin Bond. Once you read this book, you never feel lonely, even if you are alone and that wisdom takes your life into next orbit. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MUSCLE POWER !





Success does not require lengthy sermon. In one word, it is perseverance.  When success embraces you, it itself becomes a great narration. 

In the world when one becomes a celebrity, each of his or her act is seen from a magnified glass. When I flip through the newspapers, tabloids, magazines, I feel that a paradigm shift is needed in the journalistic ethos.  Instead of concentrating their energies for  attracting more eyeballs,  the scribblers must honestly do their jobs with novelty.  The problem in fact is, only a handful of them do what is supposed to be done and rest fall into mediocrity.

One way to find a loyal reader is to write in an engaging tone. The secret also lies on the subject you choose. If you write on people of everyday life, it would attract more loyal readers. I always give my first preference to read  such stories where the person shows  unmatched resolve in  achieving  the goals. 

The man you are seeing above is Rishipal, 45,  an ordinary cook in a police force in Delhi, but with an  immense passion for fitness.  When I sit with him for a chat, his radiant eyes and raised biceps narrated half the story.  No tricks were involved but only  four years workout through a  natural process, he contends.  It means, he has not used any supplements, protein powders in the process of body-building. 


His daily workout includes 3 km run in the morning after which, he has a set of exercises on sophisticated machines that would tone up his muscles and different parts of the body.

When asked, how he got this whole idea, Rishipal says that God plans us to live this way, where as most of us are not adhering to the fitness level required. When asked about the food he eats, Rishipal says that he takes six bananas after one litre of water in the morning, then starts exercise. His breakfast includes baked badam, soya and multi-grams. He advises us to have solid breakfast in the morning. His special diet includes 1 ltr milk with 20 eggs.

Rishipal's  secret behind keeping this  envious body lies in this fact : I don't take artificial sweets at all.  If I require glucose, I take it from natural sources like fruits.
With a wink of smile, Rishipal wraps up the chat with these concluding remarks : Even if you lure me with money  to skip these workouts, I don't ! 

What Rishipal believes can't be dismissed as  it is a Science of Body !









 

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