Sunday, August 28, 2016

From the Diary of a 21 year Old!

First , Read   "From the Diary of a 16 year old!" before reading this post.

Dear God, 

I remember I wrote a letter to you in 2011 addressing my sorry state. It was a horrendous experience and feelings that  bring tears into my eyes. I was 16 then and Doctors seldom knew anything about this rarely found disease for it also had a poor prognosis. But you made me never lose my faith in you. I had turned bland at my own sufferings. You are the supreme power that binds everyone and your sole job is to keep your children happy. Several times, I used to be angry because you gave no heed to my prayers.I'm 21 now and life is horrendous even now. I have grown stronger and stronger day by day. I am not confined to a wheelchair now and my limbs have grown stronger. I no longer hear the babel of voices behind me. But I was used to all this. Life has veered out drastically in the last 5 years.

I no longer feel bad looking at those who studied with me. Some of them are doing their Engineering, while some have excelled in different fields. I am happy with myself because I'm doing what I am good at. Creativity is something that  gives me happiness. It instils a ray of hope in me. Life is harsh but now I realise that it is not that harsh like I had expected it. Everyone has an untold story that no one wants to share or narrate to anyone. That story is the secret that beholds them. My parents tell me that you write a story in everyone's life and that story is how your life shapes up eventually. So I got to be happy with whatever you have given me. Sometimes melancholia haunts me and grips me terribly but I learned that it would be more miserable to curse my own plight. 

The United States and the European Union are spending too much money on the research for the Pomple Disease and I am sure someday the cure will be available for this. I still see myself as a once whimsical kid put to test. But I feel I have been successfully passing all those tests. I still hate it when  I see a large ensemble of people bewailing at my sorrowful condition. But I'm special. I've grown more hopeful for I have started to live the normal life. My hope for existence once seemed fizzled but I am happy I don't feel such.  My Cervix still hurts me but I don't care at all. I have learned to live with the pain.I have  a wonderful doctor whom I think to be your best angel whom you have sent to advise and help me. I no longer feel jinxed. But I still ask you the same question that you asked me 5 years back - Will you efface all my sorrows and get me back to normal like how I used to be 10 years back? I remember writing a poem expressing my state of mind.

"I jostled against the tide of time,
nothing is left in the journey of life.

things were thought differently,
never meant to go in such hurry.

I bleed to death with the appalling pain,
fighting to the last for what I have not gained.

Is this what is stored in my destiny,
half way through my life's journey.

expected so many avenues on the way,
but ended up like a seamless castaway"

I am glad I no longer feel the same. Even now I'm longing for the day when I will smile without any fear. I am quite hopeful that that day isn't far. You are my only hope, You are my messiah, You are my Supreme Power, You are my everything. I am happy to have an amazing family who has always stood by my side during my difficult times. These words are not random ramblings but my current state of mind. This disease has prevented me  but it won't defeat me from doing what I dreamt of! My mother always used to say that When God closes all door from my life, he keeps an invisible door for you that he would reveal at some point in time. I am still in pursuit of that insivible door. I am quite sure you will resolve all the problems in my life. I have surrendered myself to you. I will always obey your words and despite all the sufferings, I trust you. I have never given up on you. I promise I have never been bad to my family.  Bree has grown up to be a beautiful girl and is brimming with mighty confidence day by day. Lots of Hugs, Love and Kisses to you, O dear God!


‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

PS  - I planned to write this post many years back but I had completely forgotten about this. This holds a special place in my heart. I am glad that I was able to finish this unfinished story that has been sleeping in my drafts for ages :) 
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sharma ji, Kapoor Sahab aur Wo Char Log

Very often we come across Indians who often talk about the world and society when it comes to personal issues. They associate most of the things by thinking what the society would think  and treat them. This hurts them the most when they come to know what others would think of them.  Like Sharma ji ka beta scored 97 and you have scored 90. Why? The answer to this why should be asked to Sharma ji.  How many of you have spend your childhood listening to tantrums thrown at you by your parents?  Few commonly used phrases are - "Sharma Ji  kya kahega ? Kapoor Sahab kya sochenge and wo Chaar log." It is rightly said that "Log kya Kahege" has killed more dreams than anything else in the world.

Parents should find ways to motivate and encourage their children. People should put their family first before anyone. But unfortunately in India, most families are destroyed because of these so called Sharma Ji, Kapoor and wo chaar log. People should stop thinking about the society. But sadly we give so much importance to others. We have so much time to think about others but can't think about our loved ones. Sometimes we fail to understand that  it might hurt them. So through this post, I want to convey that stop thinking about others. Keep your family  and closed ones first. Let Sharma, Kapoor and the other big guys in society think whatever they want to. Stop creating an invisible web of unwanted imaginary people.  

Spare your loved ones. Again, stop giving importance and mileage to the society. You live for your family. You are confined to the four walls where the people who live together form your world. Birds with same feather fly together. That's how life is! So stop fretting about the world. Live and Let others life. Dear Indian families, stop getting obsessed over Sharma, Kapoor, Verma and the other guys.  Peace! 

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4 Major Tips to Plan a De-stressed Flight

4 Major Tips to Plan a De-stressed Flight

Going on a business trip isn’t an easy job. If you’ve already booked your flight with easyJet Contact Number and are all set to get your next promotion with a decent appraisal once you’re back from your business trip. Between planning for representations for meetings, sleeping on planes, constantly packing your luggage for the trip and staying glued to your mobile device- you can easily get grumpy and can also affect your routine drastically. However, by planning ahead, using best of technology, keeping your cool and learning from the experts, you can get ahead of the crowd and overcome the dreadful feeling of Jetlag and will arrive fresh and ready for business.

The Less, The Better:

Travel is no more a blissful and exciting experience when you’re worried about the lost luggage or being late to a meeting. Hence, the most important key to a stress-free flight is to bring only a carry-on, check in for your flight online and go straight to security at the airport. The best thing about this simple and sweet procedure is that, if you don’t check baggage, you won't have to wait for it when you land. It would also do well if you can carry a small bag that goes inside the main one with all you’ll need at your seat.

Charge Up:

You certainly don’t to experience the feeling of panic when you realize that you’ve bought the wrong adapter with you or worse you didn’t bring the adaptor at all and your mobile phone & laptop is drained of battery. Hence, don’t forget to charge up all your devices and your batteries before you start your journey and bring-in an all-purpose USB charger, just in case the adversities are at your side!

Loyalty Pays:

Make use of all your accumulated loyalty points and try to get substantial rewards in return of them. It’s indeed important for you to use your business-brain as you’re going on a business travel. Make sure that your credit cards as well as your flight company award your cashback points and use personal rewards to get some good discount on your air fares.

Cut the time in Security:

If you’ve the privilege to get into a premier line, use it! When you’re through the ID check and boarding procedure, ask the agent at the desk which queue would be fastest as per them and join the same. And, the most important tip is to join a line with more male solo business travelers as they’ve fewer accessories to discard and due to their hyper-competitive spirit, they tend to view the security line as a race and hence much lesser time for you.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vastu Shastra Tips to Make Your Home a Better Place

You could be travelling the world, seeing places, living the most exotic life. You might be out all day and all evening. But in the end, all you will be doing is returning home. All of us refer to our living place as home sweet home. But how many of us feel the way we call it? Home can be a direct reflection of the kind of person you are, the way you live and the way you connect with other individuals. It is very important for you to have a home that is surrounded by positive energy and has the powers to eliminate all the negative vibes away from it and in turn, away from your life. In short, the proceedings of your life heavily depend on the décor, design and the way you maintain your home. This is where Vastu Shastra becomes an integral part of setting up your home. While some people think it is just eye wash, a lot of people think that vastu is the dwelling or home of gods and humans.

Vastu originates from the energies that circulate around the home such as the solar energy from the sun, lunar energy, cosmetic energy, magnetic energy, light energy, wind energy and thermal energy. If the house and its furniture and other décor objects are placed in alignment to these energies, the house can be an abode of happiness, peace and tranquility. Rajat Nayar, popular Vastu Consultant India, states that there is a bit of science, technology and a touch of experience to achieve spot on Vastu Shastra.

Home is where the heart is. Wouldn’t you want your heart to be at a place that is positive and healthy? In order to achieve this, you can take up Vastu Shastra to make it certain that your home will have no negative energy around it. Here are a few tips on how to make simple Vastu changes to your home to achieve the ultimate happy home:

1.       Always have a nameplate outside the house: This marks the ownership of the house to you and it welcomes new opportunities and new beginnings your way.

2.       Use lamps and diyas: Light from lamps and diyas are known to cleanse the home and avoid any kind of negative energy into the house.

3.       Kitchen placement: The kitchen should always be in the south-east corner of the house. If not, north-west can also be considered as an option. Irrespective of the placement of the kitchen, the placement of the stove should always be towards the south-east direction.

4.       Avoid keeping medicines in the kitchen: Keeping the medicines away from the kitchen means that you are healthy and happy whereas medicines in the kitchen can mean totally opposite, that is you are prone to being sick and unhappy.

5.       Put up some wind chimes: The noise generated can totally shoo off the negative energy in and around the house.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Importance Of Periodic Table In Chemistry Exam

What is Periodic Table?

A Periodic Table is a horizontal arrangement comprising of all the chemical elements that are present in the order of their atomic number, electronic configuration and persisting chemical properties.
This ordering represents periodic trends where one row consists of elements that are metals, located to the left of the table and nonmetals to the right. The columns of a table are termed groups, and the different rows are known to as periods. Dmitri Mendeleev developed it to emphasize the periodic trends in the properties of elements.
This table can also be used to determine relationships between various properties of elements and also anticipate the properties of elements that are still to be detected. One can find its application in numerous fields of chemistry and more areas in science. The table comprises of 118 parts as per 2016.
Every chemical element consists of a particular atomic number illustrating number of protons present within the nucleus. Most of the elements are isotopes. They are grouped under a single element, and they are never separated in the table.

Why is Periodic Table Important?

The Periodic Table is said to be the most important part of chemistry as it makes it. All the elements are arranged in an informative order. They are positioned in the order from left to right and also top to bottom in an increasing order of their atomic numbers. This order coincides with the increase in their atomic mass.
Before the discovery of all the elements, this periodic table was useful in the prediction of the physical and chemical properties of all the elements present in the gaps of the table. In today’s world, It is also helpful in predicting the properties of those elements which are not yet discovered. Anyway all these newer elements are said to be highly stable and radioactive and can break down into various similar elements instantly.
This table is even useful for all the students as well as scientists as it is helpful to predict all the kinds of the chemical reactions occurring within an element. The table gives you a clear picture of the figures and facts of every element rather memorizing it. A glance at the periodic table tells about the chemical reactivity of the element, like whether it conducts electricity, soft or hard and along with all its characteristics.

Why Learn Periodic Table?

Learning periodic table is more important as it is systematically arranged to give a lot of information about the elements and the way they relate each other in various ways. Moreover, chemistry is all more about the chemical elements. Hence a good understanding of the chemical elements will discover more about chemistry.
The table describes various properties as given below-
     It predicts the properties of different elements.
     The Columns called as groups and rows known as periods indicate the elemental characteristics.
     The table makes different trends with the properties of elements
     The table gives a piece of information as to how the chemical equations are balanced.

Standard Periodic Table

Mendeleev developed the standard or modern periodic table. Atomic number forms the basis of this periodic table. Elements are usually placed in the increasing order of an atomic number. In the modern periodic table, elements are set in 7 periods and 18 groups. In this chart, elements are categorized into four groups namely representative elements, transition elements, inner transition elements and noble gasses
In the Standard Periodic Table, the elements are indexed according to the increasing atomic number. A new row initially starts when a new electron shell possesses the first electron.
Groups:  are determined by an electronic configuration of an atom. The atomic radii of elements increase from top to bottom of the group. Groups are usually numbered from 1 to 8 starting from leftmost column to rightmost column.
Period: Elements present in the same period exhibits trends in electronegativity, ionization energy, atomic radius and electron affinity. Atomic radius decrease in a period from left to right which in turn causes an increase in ionization energy while moving from left to right across a period. It is produced due to the addition of electron and a proton to each consecutive elements causing an electron to move closer to the nucleus. Electron affinity also displays a slight trend across a period.
Blocks: It can be referred to a distinct region in a periodic table in perception to the sequence, where the shells of electrons are filled. The s - block consists of first 2 groups and p - blocks comprehend of last 6 groups, f- block do not contain any members of the panel and d-block consists from group 3 to 12.
Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids: Metals are a solid substance, shiny, fusible materials possessing excellent thermal conductivity. Nonmetals can either be colored or colorless. Metalloids exhibit transitional properties.

How Byju’s Interactive Periodic Table Will Help Students?

The learning methodology plays an important role while you are studying especially with the subjects like chemistry. It involves a heavy memorization of the elements, their origin, characteristics, properties, applications and the reactions. This is not so easy as it looks. Hence the Byju’s Interactive Periodic Table will give you a clear and proper understanding of all the elements in a systematic approach. The table has all the information regarding each and every element as per the modern periodic table.
Apart from this, there are also engaging video sessions and classes held from our experts, wherein an interactive way, each and every topic is explained in an effective manner so that every student understands the basic concept coming within. Know more about the Periodic table and the Organic Chemistry & Inorganic Chmeistry concepts on Byju’s.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Different types of landlords you meet in your life

Different types of landlords you meet in your life

If you have been hopping homes, then you know it very well how fidgety or caring a landlord can be. Some are suspicious, some insecure, some caring, while some least bothered; however, tenants have to deal with them if they want to stay in rooms for rent in hyderabad. Some landlords act as parents as well, and impose restrictions like no late night parties or no opposite gender people allowed in the house. Some might also say no pets allowed. The list of their characteristic traits is never ending, hence taking a quick sneak peek at the different types of landlords you meet in your life should be a real fun journey!

1) The Least Bothered one
Some landlords are least bothered about what is going on in their rented apartment. They give the keys complete the documentation and just walk off till they do not receive their rent or your tenancy period is over. You may call him/her up, but he/she may not pick up your phone nor might come to flat to check the condition.

2) The Suspicious one
 If your landlord sneaks in each and every weekend or week in your house and enquires about the guests coming in or the condition of his/hers rented apartment, then he/she is the suspicious one. He/she will do no harm and may not kick you out of the house as well, however will surely keep checking in for the latest happenings in his home.


3) Only Vegetarian please
Some landlords are vegetarian and they want their tenants to also be so. Hence, they reject all the non-vegetarians while selecting the tenants. So, if you have lied to your landlord about this, be careful, as he/she might come to inspect this anytime in your house.

4) No House Parties, and No Late nights
Some landlords do not allow their tenants to host late nights or house parties. They also do not allow drinks, cigarettes and drugs in the house. Hence, be careful if you enjoy house parties and your landlord does not allow it.

5) We Hate Pets
There are some landlords who hate pets, even if the tenant loves them. They will not allow their tenants to keep any kind of pets in the house. If you have a pet, then this type will ask you to leave the house or your profile may not be considered for the rented apartment.

6) The Most Caring one
Feel like home when you are sick or hungry? This can be because of your landlord cares for you as your people back home do. Your landlord will get medicines, food and also might take you to the hospital also. He/she might sit beside you till you get well.

Source: wikipedia

7) The Hitler
The Hitler is undoubtedly the worst kind of landlord to have. He is one of those people who scare you so much that even if something is wrong in your rental flat in Delhi, you will think a hundred times before calling him up and asking him to fix it. It’s just what the Hitler does to you!

8) The Houdini
What else can you expect from a landlord who behaves like the world’s foremost escape artists but to never be there when he is needed the most? This is the landlord who, when you call him to report a leaking faucet in your apartment in Bangalore, will make up an excuse so amazing that you’ll never be able to find so faults with it. And the leaky faucet will never be repaired!

These are some of the different types of landlords we have come across. If you have any more, let us know your experiences.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Reading Childhood Books As An Adult

My first foray into the world of books and literature like many children was thanks to Fairy Tales. I found the concept of living happily ever after beautiful. I thought the Prince Charming really would come charging through on his white horse. A dream I kind of held on to till I was seventeen and then my world came crashing down because suddenly I was legally an adult.
(Big deal, though, here! Because you can be 18 and you can be 25 but here in India as long as you live at home you’re still kids. Kids who cannot stay outside past 8:30pm, kids who cannot go out to Friday night parties because disapproving parents will stay up to receive you and yell at you over your hangover. But mostly because you like this perfect image of yourself that has been crafted in front of your family and you’d rather not ruin that reputation of yours. But I digress.)
A long time ago, I was asked to write a guest post for The Solitary Writer and because of varying reasons and quite a handful of excuses, I hadn’t been able to get the work done that was until this evening, though. Suddenly nothing seems more important to me than sharing with you, certain books from my childhood and what I think about the books that had made up my whole Universe once upon a time!

      1.     Grimm’s Fairy Tales:
We were all fools once when we believed that every one of us got to live happily ever after in the end. Because now that we closely examine the story, we see that not everything ended with being neatly tied up in a bow. There are also so many gaping plot holes in some of the stories, that enthusiasts such as myself are willing to read up every single version of the stories known to man to know where I could possibly find the missing pieces! My way of thinking was pretty simple back when I was a child.

      2.     Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales
I am never going to understand why this man’s stories were called fairy tales. Because the Little Match Girl dies, The Mermaid dies, and even the Steadfast Tin Soldier falls into the fire before he can tell the ballerina he loves her! Exactly, how does anyone in his stories reach the promised ever after?

     3.     The Legends of Greece and Rome
The Gods are supposed to be great. The Goddess are supposed to be just and kind. But these legends paint them as merely human with the gift of immortality and power. Come to think of it, they are no better than vampires! Especially the ones which have come to greet us through our television screens now! If you look closely, every story in these legends is someone manipulating someone else. One person is the puppet, the other puppeteer. Suddenly, as adults we look past the thrill of adventure we felt as kids and realise that Gods could walk the Earth once upon a time. And they weren’t quite the saints we make them out to be.

     4.     The Little Prince

When you read this book as a child, you find it amusing and beautiful. You want to be best friends with The Little Prince. But when you go back to the book as an adult you finally realise what the book had been trying to tell you all along. The adult world is complicated. Children’s worlds are far better and far simpler. It was pretty heart breaking for me to realise what the real message of this book was.

      5.     Alice in Wonderland
Last but not the least, the tale of Alice who went down the rabbit hole! Those of us who grew up doting on this little girl and wonderland, now realise what the true meaning behind those seemingly childish words were.
“How long is forever?”
“Sometimes, just a second.”
And with that, I am going to end this blog post. It is quite nice to know that there is comfort in re-reading our childhood books even though we get the hidden messages. Most of all, we finally realize what this books have tried to tell us from the start: no matter what happens to you, no matter the pain and the heart breaks you suffer, and no matter how difficult it seems to get through the day, always remember that there’s something constant. That there’s something that will always wait for you. Your favourite childhood book! J

I am the author of When Our Worlds Collide, The Guitar Girl and The Secret Proposal. My short story ‘The Difference’ was featured in the anthology Voices: Old and New, and my other short story, ‘Time After Time’ is part of the anthology called ‘Curtain Call.’
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