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Feb 28, 2017: I believe the most potent word to trigger nostalgia instantly is ‘Childhood’. The emotions run after hearing this word can’t be explained. I mean, how could a single word define the emotion of remembering the courses of joy, freedom, creativity, innocence, and stupidity we went through during our phases of childhood.The phase of childhood may lasted short, but the memories it created are so enormous that we cherish them throughout our lives and yet crave for more of them.
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What the special part of childhood we recognize after growing up is the presence of unbound happiness there. The happiness which was scattered like clouds in the sky, and we were never short of happiness as for us, it was unconditional and limitless. What happened after we grew up? Why did it fade away? Is it because our responsibilities have or because we started taking our lives way more seriously.
The reason is quite ironic in nature. We chase a mirage, and in the run, we lose ourselves. We chase happiness as the ultimate reason to live, but what we lose is rather our happiness. We’re the reason for perplexedness. We’ve turned into a machine where every emotion demands a reason for its existence. We’ve let our conscience to overshadow us, changing our state of happiness from natural to a mechanical, programs the access with the codes of critical things & events like success, being in love, achievements, career, respect, acknowledgment, luxury, abundance, etc.
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Why this Kolaveri di?
Whatever we do is our quest for reaching that state of unbound happiness. And, in this quest, the milestones (Respect, Honor, Love, etc.) of happiness we achieve, we perceive them from the eyes of other people. We are so lost in reaching that final destination that we forget that the happiness is not a destination, but it’s a journey. The concept of happiness is similar to the concept of learning. Both of them are a subject of evolution, you can never get over with learning & being happy.
So wouldn’t it become a ‘thing’ if we conglomerate learning with happiness? Well, I’ll be sorry to damn you all, but it has been done already by our sages and the thing is called ‘Spirituality’. It’s been practiced for the time immemorial and has the potential to vacuum all the rubble in your path of happiness. But what you have to learn is not the spirituality, but the rituals you have to follow to attain spirituality while being happy. As I’ve told you that happiness is not a destination, so for more clarity, door is the spirituality, while happiness is the lock on it. And to unlock happiness, we have a set of keys.
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Keys To Happiness-
1. Ritual of Solitude: A fifteen minutes of silence can do wonders for you. The ritual is done to provide your mind & soul the peace they require to rejuvenate themselves.
2. Ritual of Physicality: It is the ritual which should be followed with utmost discipline & diligence. It requires you take out some time daily and get involve in rigorous physical activities so that it nourishes your body. Because in a healthy body reside a healthy mind and soul.
3. Ritual of Radiant Living: It deals with what you consume. You are advised since childhood to keep your hands off from the junk foods, I guess it’s the time when you start paying heed to the fact that they deplete the vital energy levels of your body. Eat live food created through Sun, air, soil, and water – ‘a vegetarian diet’.
4. Ritual of Abundant Knowledge: This ritual centers around the concept of constant learning and extending your horizon of knowledge. It is advised to read at least 30 minutes daily and rest is the wonderful change you’ll find gradually. Be selective in what you put in your precious garden of your mind.
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5. Ritual of Personal Reflection: The acknowledgment of your inner-self, the acceptance of your truth, the knowledge of your potential, weaknesses, and strength forms the basis of this ritual. Take out the time to get to know yourself better & you’ll connect to the dimensions of your being that you never knew you had.
6. Ritual of Early Awakening: Start your day with Sun, it makes you more aware about the day and it is also proven, that sleeping no more than 6 hours makes you more productive.
7. Ritual of Music: Listening to music which inspires is the exercise to follow this ritual. Listen to inspiring music with the meaningful lyrics that motivates & fills you with a spark.
8. Ritual of Spoken Words: Chanting mantras and reading motivational texts actually makes an aura of positivity around you which eventually helps you in being ahead in your field of work.
9. Ritual of Congruent Character: You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap and action, you reap a character. Sow a character you reap your destiny.
10. Ritual of Simplicity: The rule of simplicity doesn’t apply to your thing, but to undesirable needs, you try to fulfill. This ritual demands to push off all the undesirable needs and practice the concept of ‘simple living, high thinking’
What you practice is what you become!
prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard
The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.
The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.
Austria, France, Latvia, Spain, Germany, and Russia are amongst the many countries that have banned the display and use of the Swastika.
Moreover, last week Victoria in Australia is preparing to become the first-ever state to ban the public display of the Swastika. This is a step towards an expansion of anti-vilification laws in the state.
Representation of the Swastika on the flag of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Movement.Photo by Flickr.
Now, we must know and understand what went wrong with this symbol, which is sacred and signifies all-good things.
For a very, very long time, in India, the Swastika is the first emblem that is worshipped or even drawn before any sacred and auspicious ceremonies as this symbol in Sanskrit represents 'well-being'. But, the Swastika lost all its credibility when it was wrongfully used by Adolf Hitler.
In fact, it is believed that if this symbol is worshipped properly, then it gives positive results. But if it is abused, then it gives negative results. So, when Adolf Hitler rotated the Swastika at 45 degrees, it slowly and steadily brought misery not only to Adolf Hitler and his theory of Nazism but also to all the people who were associated with him.
Therefore, in order to give the kind of respect and credibility which the Swastika deserves, World Interfaith Harmony Week which was held in New York in February this year, interfaith groups appealed to the United Nations to recognize and acknowledge the Swastika as an important and peaceful symbol. In fact, they also differentiated it from the Hakenkreuz or "Hooked Cross" of Adolf Hitler.
India celebrated a historic day on August 7, as 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. In the men's javelin throw event, he achieved his greatest triumph, throwing the javelin 87.58 meters on his second try.
Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat district. He grew up in a Haryanavi family of farmers. He is the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh and is now enrolled in Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chopra was bullied due to his obesity as a kid, which prompted his father to enroll him in a nearby gym. He then joined a gym in Panipat, where Jaiveer Choudhary, a javelin thrower, noticed his potential and coached him. When the 13-year-old Chopra finished training under Jaiveer for a year, he was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, where he began training under coach Naseem Ahmed.
In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018. | Wikimedia Commons
Chopra's first international medal came in 2014, as he took home a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bangkok. In 2015, he set a world record in the junior category of 81.04 meters in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics Meet.
Since emerging into the public eye with a historic gold medal at the junior world championships in 2016, he has maintained a high level of performance, setting an Under-20 world record of 86.48m, which still stands. Gold medals in both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games are among his other accomplishments, including a first-place in the 2017 Asian Championships. In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018.
Chopra has also had his share of bad events in life. In 2019, he underwent surgery on the elbow of his right throwing arm, which kept him out of the game for almost a year. However, he returned more robust than ever. In November 2019, he went to South Africa to train from Klaus Bartoneitz. He spent the following year in India training at the NIS Patiala because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was allowed to go to France with his coach after weeks of trying to get a travel visa.
Neeraj Chopra made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Also, it is worth mentioning that after Abhinav Bindra, Chopra is only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal.
Keywords: Neeraj Chopra, Olympics, Tokyo2020, Gold medal, javelin, India, Haryana
The emergence of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England brought with it many apprehensions and fears that translated into a new genre in literature: the gothic. Today, the idea of the gothic does not have to much with literature as much as it is associated with fashion.
The Victorians began to wear black more often during the Industrial Revolution to hide the stains of soot on their clothes. Many of the working class were employed in factories. They were newly introduced to technology, the idea of coal as fuel, and the working of machines to serve a certain purpose. This kind of work was hard and messy. Wearing light colours burdened the tired folk when the stubborn stains did not get washed away.
The steam engine was invented to make locomotion easier for the masses, but it brought fear to the people. They had led quiet and simple lives till now, and suddenly their world was infiltrated with loud noises and smoke. Dark places became synonymous with evil deeds and mysteries. It was from this time that horror gained a place in the imaginations of people and artists.
A man sporting gothic clothes and shock coloured hair Image source: wikimedia commons
The gothics of today are those who have held on to these practices. There is no need to fear smoke and noise anymore, but the goths wear black clothes all the time, paint their skin a pale shade, to contrast their clothes, and wear bright shades of red. The traditional gothics decorated themselves with jewellery bearing religious significances, as the belief in Dracula and vampires emerged in the Victorian period. Today, it is a trend to wear studded crosses, or crosses made of black metal either as neck chokers, or earrings.
Modern goths also wear bright monotones to show their patronage of a certain style or order of the goths. They can be seen in neon shades of green, pink, and yellow, often sporting piercings, and matching hair. Their tastes are metallic, and they have an uncanny love for tattoos.
Designers consistently include gothic tastes and styles in their clothing lines to create inclusivity for this subculture. Being gothic, or identifying with them is somewhat a concern even in today's society, and such people are often stigmatised to the extent that it is considered a mental illness associated with the dark arts. The phenomenon is mostly observed in teenagers, and often phases out when they reach adulthood, depending on their sphere of influence.
Keywords: Gothic, Fashion, Victorian, Black, Jewellery