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July 04, 2017: Humans and animals have treated trees and plants with utmost sacredness and spirituality. Having played a huge part in the evolutionary success, trees have existed before the emergence of dinosaurs. Biblically, the ‘tree of knowledge’ and ‘the tree of life’ symbolize the close relationship between man and the plant. Gautam Buddha also meditated and attained Nirvana under a tree, along with many other spiritual people. Thus, it is important to know some of the most sacred and symbolic trees in the world today.
In the Californian Nevada Mountain range lives a plant called the Giant Sequoia, alternatively called the Sequoiadendron giganteum in the academics. It holds the record for being the largest as well as the longest tree in the world right now. These trees can live up to 3000 years! These trees are protected now, partially because the timber does not serve the human purpose very well.
The General Sherman, a popular Giant Sequoia, is the largest living tree and even more broadly the largest living organism in the world. The 2,100-year-old Sherman weighs a massive 2.7 billion pounds! Standing at 275 feet tall, its branches are 7 feet in diameter.
The Giant Sequoias are the third longest-lived tree species. These largest living residents of America are also known to have the thickest bark which also serves as a super-strong protection.
Interestingly, while forest fires lead to the death of trees, the Giant Sequoias actually thrive on it. The fire helps release the seed inside and leaves nutrient rich ash as a residue on which the saplings can prosper. They are also known to be immune to various diseases that otherwise kill plants.
The tree symbolizes wellness, safety, and longevity. The tree has seen a lot of the history.
Visitors to California often visit the Nevada Range to witness the Giant Sequoias. Theodore Roosevelt was left awestruck when he first stumbled upon the tree. In a famous 1903 Sacramento speech, he quoted,
“As regards some of the trees, I want them preserved because they are the only things of their kind in the world. Lying out at night under those giant Sequoias was lying in a temple built by no hand of man, a temple grander than any human architect could by any possibility build, and I hope for the preservation of the groves of giant trees simply because it would be a shame to our civilization to let them disappear. They are monuments in themselves”
Also known as Strangler Fig and Argad (in Hindi), it is one of the largest trees in India and also in the World. Banyan, less familiarly Nyagrodha, is indestructible due to its massive size and strength. The Great Banyan Tree in Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (Kolkata) is the largest tree in India. It is over 260 years old! The Banyan’s roots can grow in rough and concrete floorings which further emerge out to connect with the branches, supporting their heavy weight. The Banyan has sacred value. The tree at Jyotisar is where Lord Krishna stood and delivered the sermon of the Bhagwat Gita. Other texts reveal the tree being referred to as a cosmic tree that brings blessings to humanity. The tree also has medicinal value. These reasons make Banyan the National Tree of the Country.
Here is a little extract on Banyan Tree by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore,
“O you shaggy-headed Banyan tree standing on the bank of the pond,
And to float like those ducks among the weeds and shadows.”
Have you forgotten the little child,
Like the birds that have nested in your branches and left you?
Do you not remember how he sat at the window
And wondered at the tangle of your roots that plunged underground?
The women would come to fill their jars in the pond,
And your huge black shadow would wriggle
On the water like sleep struggling to wake up.”
Also known as the Sacred Fig and more popularly the “tree of enlightenment”, the Bodhi tree is perhaps one of the most symbolic trees. This tree in Bodhgaya is where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment and reached the point of Nirvana. Emperor Ashoka’s daughter Sanghamitta, in the 3rd century BC, brought a branch of the Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka. The planted tree in Anuradhapura still grows there today. The tree is thus holy to a lot of people. Buddha’s followers plan their pilgrimage. It was the symbol of Gautam Buddha during his lifetime.
The Baobab tree is sacred to the African Savanna and Madagascar region and is considered the “Africa’s Tree of Life”. It is considered a holy creation by the God almighty. It was also used to cure the villager’s cuts from crocodile attacks. The tree is excellent for the timber industry. The leaves of the tree can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It also has the ability to regenerate itself. It can take draughts and fire easily but falls prey to fungus. The fruits of the tree are rich in Vitamin C making it popular in the daily diet. Up to 80% of its trunk is water! It also boosts the immune system.
Major Oak Tree:
Voted England’s Tree of the Year 2014 lives in the Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottingham. It was known as the Queen’s Oak in the whole of the 19th century. The 1000-year-old tree is the biggest oak tree in Britain. The Major Oak is also referred to in the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood and his associates had taken shelter in the Oak when they were on the run from the Nottingham Sheriff. The fungi has caused the Oak to have a hollow interior. The mighty weight of the tree requires external supports to keep up its branches. On the acorn-gathering celebration held once a year, the tourists and fans get to hug the tree. The tree was named after Major Hayman Rooke.
– By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is a pattern of recurrent aggressive behavior in which one person (or a group of individuals) in a position of authority intentionally intimidate or abuse another individual to cause bodily or emotional harm to that other. Bullying may take place in either a physical or verbal manner. Bullied individuals, as well as those who bully others, may have long-term repercussions.
Bullying may occur anywhere, at any time, in person or online (cyberbullying), and can take many forms, including verbal, physical, and social. Bullies utilize their position of power — such as physical strength, knowledge of something embarrassing, or popularity — to exert control over or damage other people. Many people assume that bullying occurs solely during childhood; nevertheless, bullying does not necessarily stop after a person reaches the age of adulthood.
Bullies in adulthood can take the form of a threatening boss or colleague, a controlling partner, a relative, or any other type of person. Even in our personal and professional lives, we sometimes encounter adult bullies who can be harmful to our mental well-being.
Bullied individuals, as well as those who bully others, may have long-term repercussions. | Photo by Unsplash
How To Deal With An Adult Bully?
For obvious reasons, adult bullying can be a painful and challenging experience for anybody who finds themselves on the receiving end of such behavior. Knowing how to deal with the antics of a bully properly, on the other hand, may help you learn, develop, and feel better levels of confidence. When you find yourself in this scenario, one of the most crucial things to remember is that you must not exhibit the bully any signs of fear. This might be difficult, depending on the sort of bully you are dealing with, but bullies enjoy fear, encouraging them to continue with their terrible conduct.
Maintaining a sense of connection with other people while dealing with bullying is quite essential. Bullies usually see alone persons as easier targets since they have a smaller support network to challenge them.
Courage and a support network are significant advantages; but, reporting the bully is also an excellent line of action. Contrary to common opinion, just ignoring a bully does not always prompt them to cease their behavior. Adult bullies of all kinds often interpret being ignored as a sign of weakness, encouraging them to continue bullying. If someone is bullying you, don't be scared to speak out and report the individual.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Keywords: mental health, bullying, bully, bullied, courage, abuse, harass, support, cyberbully
Silver and gold have always been preferred when it comes to wearing jewellery. Right from the times of monarchy in India, wealth and riches have been associated with wearing gold and silver for the various properties they have. Copper is a metal that has always been worn by the poor. It is not a metal that carries a significant association with health or wealth, but wearing at least one article of copper is extremely beneficial for health.
Copper is a reddish-brown metal that cannot be worn on its own. It has to be worn in the form of an alloy to prevent a reaction. Copper oxidizes in air and forms a green layer on it when exposed, much like the Statue of Liberty. Usually, bangles, chains, or rings of copper always have brass and traces of silver in them which helps with stabilizing its reactivity.
Wearing copper with stones in it looks very aesthetic, but copper is not durable enough to hold the stones, which is why it is fashioned into elaborate designs and sold. Copper is very malleable, and over time, the bangle or ring will take the shape of the wearer's hand or finger.
A copper ring Image source: Wikimedia commons
Jewellery made out of copper can be an excellent health indicator. Copper helps metabolize bodily functions faster, and the wearer experiences relief from indigestion. It also soothes joint pain, headaches, and arthritis. Using copper utensils also aids those with deficiencies. Since copper is absorbed slowly into the body, there is no fear of causing any kind of imbalance.
Sometimes copper leaves a greenish tinge on the skin. This happens when it oxidizes with sweat. This stain can be washed away with soap and water, but the fact that it appears is noteworthy. It is an indicator of too much acidity in the body. Greenish skin appears when the wearer's diet includes too much meat or acidic foods.
Copper might not be a very attractive metal, but wearing it has a lot of benefits for the health. It regulates metabolism, assimilation, and indicates health. It is definitely a good idea to wear copper jewellery at least once in a while.
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By Md Waquar Haider
When popular smartphone brands like Xiaomi and realme entered the laptop market in India last year, they were expected to shake the existing giants, specifically under the Rs 50,000 category. However, chip shortage and supply crunch have somewhat dented their plans to make a significant mark to date. According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. The first one is a massive supply crunch in the laptop component market and only big brands are able to get volume and supplies.
The other factor is that the traditional players are very strong in the consumer laptop market. Top 3 players control more than 70 per cent of the market and strong portfolio, distribution, and channel reach as well as brand marketing has helped them massively. "New brands can surely make a dent in the consumer laptop market but are challenged by supply issues right now. Watch out for them in 2022 as and when supply situation eases up," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India told IANS.
Dominated by HP Inc, Lenovo and Dell, the traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in India continued to be robust as the shipments grew by 50.5 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter (Q2), according to IDC. Notebook PCs continue to hold more than three-fourth share in the overall category and grew 49.9 per cent YoY in 2Q21, reporting a fourth consecutive quarter with over 2 million units. Desktops also indicated a recovery as shipments grew 52.3 per cent YoY after recording the lowest shipments of the decade in 2Q20.
According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, driven by the pandemic and the associated accelerated pivot to remote work, learn and unwind culture, PCs have been witnessing heightened demand. "Despite the current supply chain constraints, PCs are here to stay in the new never normal. In the run-up to the festive season, established PC market leaders will continue to leverage their brand salience and gain market share," Ram told IANS.
According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. | Photo by Manuel on Unsplash
"On the other hand, there is a niche market for those new market entrants that are able to differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of features and value. "Alongside, they would need to back it with strong brand messaging to create awareness and recall amongst the target consumers," Ram added.
HP maintained its lead in the India PC market with a 33.6 per cent share as its shipments grew 54.2 per cent annually. Dell Technologies continued to hold the second position with a 22.1 per cent share and an impressive 86.1 per cent YoY growth in 2Q21. Lenovo maintained the third position with a share of 17.8 per cent in 2Q21.
Arvind Suraj, Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), said that there is always a trust issue with new brands. "You won't buy a laptop in 6 or 7 months just like smartphones. In this case, we often go for existing players. Brands like Lenovo, HP, ASUS and Acer have already gained our trust," he said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Chip, shortage, laptop, market, India, Xiaomi, hp, dell, brands