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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Never Forget Gratitude

Very few must be aware that 21st September is observed as the world gratitude day. I got to know it through one of my friends on Twitter who was randomly thanking everyone and expressing her gratitude.  This time, I have decided to talk about this with the help of a fable we all must have been aware of.

In ancient India, there was a man named Gautama. He did all kind of atrocities and sins. He had a bad company. Everyone stayed away from him because of his wrong deeds. He was widely hated by everyone. He used to rob from every home - money, food and clothes and thus gained the hatred of people. He never used to listen to anyone.

One day a wise sage saw him. He saw something in him. He approached him and sat next to him.
"Son, do you know what you are doing ?" The sage asked Gautama.
"No," Gautama replied.
"You are born to be a great man. Kindly do not fall prey to things that you shouldn't do." The sage said and continued, " you were born to rule this world. Such kind of things from you don't amuse."
"What do I do? I got nothing and no one," Gautama replied.
"Distract yourself from all that you are doing. Wrong things that you do today will haunt you in future." The Sage said.
"Thank you , Baba!" Gautama said, "You've opened my eyes."

He listened to the Baba's word carefully. He started contemplated about how his life had veered out. He had been killing people and looting them for his own gains but never thought about them for even one second.

Shattered and hopeless, he walked to an unknown destination. He didn't know where to go and what to do. He was totally devastated and lost. He sat under a Banyan tree. He was tired of walking and thirsty. He sat broken and tears rolled streamed from his eyes. A sagacious Cuckoo was watching everything from the branch of the tree. It was a special bird. Through years of efforts, it was blessed with the power to talk.

The Cuckoo went to him and offered some water to quench his thirst.
"What happened to you?" The Cuckoo asked Gautama.
"Why so serious and sad?" It continued.
Through weak eyes , he looked at the Cuckoo. He was clearly ashen and looked wan.
"I got no one in my life and I don't know what to do. I don't have money in my life to fend for myself." Gautama retorted.

The Cuckoo carefully listened to his words and asked, " So what is your need?"

"I want money so that I can buy some food right now and fend for myself. "  Gautama said.

The Cuckoo sat on his  shoulder and said,
" There are 4 ways to earn money in life.
First is through Education."

"I've never visited school even once,"Gautam replied.

"Second is through Family." The Cuckoo replied.

"I got no one whom I could call my own. I don't have a family." He replied.

"Third is through Luck." The bird replied.

"If I were lucky then  I don't think I would be suffering like this," he said.

"Last is through friends." The Cuckoo said.

"Unfortunately ,none of my friends could help me and they all are wrongdoers." A visibly upset Gautama said.

" Don't worry I'm your friend now," the Cuckoo said and smiled at him.

"I know a King from the neighbouring Kingdom. He is a close friend of mine. "  The Cuckoo said and continued, " I will write a note and all you have to do is just give it to the King."

The Cuckoo smiled at Gautama and said, "My name is Rajdharma."

Gautama had heard a lot about Rajdharma, the talking bird. He thanked the bird. He had to walk 120 km to reach the Village.  During those days, there was no carts or vehicles so the only option left was to walk. So he walked and one day later he reached the Kings castle. The guard informed the King that Rajdharma had sent a man to meet him. The king was pleased to meet his friend Rajdharma's messenger.

He read the note written by Rajdharma, the Cuckoo and gave Golds, Silvers and Diamonds to Gautama. Gautama was extremely happy.

He carried the heavy sack containing the precious jewels and walked back to the tree. He reached there after one day but he was very hungry. He had everything now but no food. And it was cold!

He came and slept under the tree. He could feel rats rumbling inside his stomach because of hunger. Rajdharma, the Cuckoo was watching everything.

The Cuckoo  created a bonfire for him so that he could feel warm. After this, the Cuckoo went to sleep.

Gautama was feeling hungry. He saw that Rajdharma, the Cuckoo was sleeping peacefully. He picked it from the branch and pulled out its feathers and legs and roasted it on the bonfire.

He ate the Cuckoo to fill his hunger. He had no signs of repent.

Days passed and the king was worried about his friend Rajdharma, the Cuckoo. He sent out his guards to enquire about him and got the news that Gautama  had eaten his friend.

The king called Gautama and asked him, " how come you do this to someone who only helped you?"

Gautama had no answers.

"Our Kingdom never forgives anyone who forgets gratitude." The king said and continued, "we are feeling ashamed to have helped you."

He took back all the jewels he gifted Gautama.

Later he asked his guards to throw Gautama in the cage containing the packs of Wolves.

Gautama died a miserable death.


Through this story, I want to emphasise the fact that ways be thankful to anyone who has helped you. Never forget gratitude come what may.


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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

And Tom Hanks finds Lauren's student ID card

Imagine one day you were strolling around a park or a playground and you lose your College Identity card or any other important document for that matter. You would be shocked for obvious reasons. And Imagine if a surprise awaits you in form of something that would bring joy to your life. Yes, that's what has happened to Lauren , a student of  the Fordham University. 

She may not be aware of the fact that a Hollywood super celeb would write  a tweet and a Facebook post stating that he has found her ID card. Incredible! Isn't it? 

Lucky Girl, Lauren!  No marks for guessing the actor. Its Tom Hanks, the super star who posted and tweeted a photo having the ID of Lauren. 

Lauren, well this might be your best gift for this year. If you happen to know this then kindly visit Mr. Hanks office and collect your ID card. Who knows there might be many  more surprises awaiting you. 

Don't forget to click a selfie with Tom Hanks if you meet the legend. Not everyone get a chance like this. But frankly I  do hope you get a chance to meet him. 

Check out the tweet that Mr. Tom Hanks had tweeted.

Tom Hanks College ID Students Fordham University

And do we really have to mention the amount of Retweets, Favorites, Likes and Shares in Facebook and Twitter. That's the power of social media. This is a kind gesture from Tom Hanks!

Such a bliss this, for Lauren from the Fordham University. And I don't even have a college ID to lose. 

Check out these reactions in Facebook. People now really want to lose their ID cards after Tom Hanks found Lauren's ID.

Tom Hanks finds Lauren's ID

And hey isn't Lauren looking pretty ? ;) 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Benefits of Reading

Reading is an important activity. I call it an activity deliberately because it invokes an action within. Let us talk about the different and various benefits of reading books.  How it helps in refreshing yourself and most importantly how it inspires you. A lot has been said about reading and most of the facts are actually true. Sometimes many would agree with me when I say that reading books are better than watching TV. There are different kinds of books and the different genres and categories of books actually teach you different things. A non-fictional book gives you an account of a famous person’s life story. You get to learn from them, you get inspired from their lifestyle and their principles. From a fiction book, your imaginative power increases. Imagine you wearing the shoes of the protagonists and thinking from their perspectives. Wouldn’t that be amazing? You can logical reason yourself if this particular character had done justice to the plot.  They sometimes help you to broaden your perspectives towards life.

Each time when you come across a new book, there is a new rush of energy within you and this hidden zest is something that amuses me. Every time I touch a book, it excites me. This constant feeling of happiness is priceless. I get involved into it so much that I constantly think about the characters life. And at times it becomes difficult to remove the characters shoe from your feet. That’s not an addiction of reading books. That’s the passion. These are the characteristics of a good reader and that’s what defines a good reader. At the end of the post I will talk about few books that touched me deep. They have not only inspired me, they have taught me the way of life. I would call them my gospel of life for the words of wisdom that they enclose. Aforementioned, reading improves your imaginative power. Reading helps you to improve your vocabulary.  Some books contain high level vocabulary. Not many might know about the words used in such books. So you could learn new words from the books and also you could get command on your language. This is an important benefit of reading books. Reading makes you emotionally strong. There might be certain situations where a particular character would be leading a life just like you. You feel for them as you see them as your own replica. It connects you emotionally. Reading can be a good time pass activity. Suppose you are alone and your friends are busy with their life and your kith and kins are busy with their daily chores. You could find no one to talk to and spend some time with. You could pick a book from the rack and start reading it. Befriend the characters and fall in love with them. Yes, it will not only help you in whiling your time but also make you feel better.  Sooner, you would start living and believing in fairy tales like me. Suppose you are heartbroken and you read a romance novel, then you would fall in love all over again with your fragmented heart. By reading nonfiction book, you would have a fact sheet, a knowledge hub. Thus reading helps you in improving your general knowledge. Reading entertains you. It is a fun activity that will amaze and amuse you. It boosts your imagination and your creativity. It connects your brain to what you read. Hence helps in efficient coordination and makes you more attentive. And not to forget, reading is a good stress buster.

Like, I said above, Alchemist is the book that I loved the most. It is a book of wisdom that will haunt you forever.  This was the first book that impressed me to such an extent that I could write a blog post on it if given a chance. Sharing a quote from my favourite book.
The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”

And my secret for a happy life is reading books and listening to music. These are the two activities that help me to explore the individual in me by improving myself.  Use Flipkart coupons to buy books online and save much of your money…


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