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Super Women Inspiring Stories of 20 Women Entrepreneurs by Prachi Garg

Super women exist all around us. That being said, nowadays it is not usual to find stories of Women entrepreneurs in newspaper articles and magazines. But to know the full story we have to look around us and take help of Google to know more about these women. Even then it is difficult to get to know a good deal about how those women achieved success in their endeavors.

Super Women by Prachi Garg focuses on 20 women entrepreneurs who chose careers in different fields despite the herd-mentality of people around them.

You can either be part of the problem or the solution.

I knew one of the Women-preneurs, Alicia Souza from Facebook. I love her illustrations and seeing her mentioned in the book was exciting. Check out her illustrations you will feel warm and happy in no time. Rest of them came as a surprise to me even though I regularly follow news especially related to Women Entrepreneurs. 

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Logan The Wolverine X Men Marvel Movies Superhero My Petridish

Logan. In The End, Time Beats Us All.

This post isn’t a movie review about Logan, the last Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) movie. It is about the abundance of thoughts springing through my mind after watching the movie. 17 Years of my life, Hugh Jackman’s life and Patrick Stewart’s life – one crazy obsession – the perfection of play and the heroism.

Precisely 3 years ago, X-Men sent Wolverine back to 1983 to stop Mystic from assassinating Bolivar Trask whose death leads to the creation of sentinels (robots designed to kill Mutants). Wolverine succeeds and future of X-Men changes.

Fast forward 3 years and you find that the future didn’t change so much. Somewhere along the time line things happened, time changed its gears and another enemy of X-Men appeared. In the movie timeline, no new X-Men have been born for 25 years, only those who were bred in labs to be rats to the hands of the same scientist who designed a virus that killed the real X-Men. Wolverine, Professor X (Charles Xavier) & Caliban are the only remaining (or so it seems) X-men.

So what changed? X-Men dies at the hand of seemingly normal humans anyway. What changed? TIME.

Time gives life to heroism and sucks it out too.

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Bob Marley Quote Facebook

Dear Facebook, This is Why I Don’t Quit You!

You are under no obligation to be the person you were yesterday, a month/a year ago or even a moment ago. You have every right to grow, no apologies to anyone.

That being said, in a world where technology changes every single day. It is hard not to have any feelings regarding your own social media persona when you are on many different social media platforms. Happiness is a state of mind but do we have time for it. Gaining presence in social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc is a dream come true. Having that Blue Verified mark is part of that dream. Today I want to talk about Facebook specifically. Over three years ago I myself stopped going online on Facebook for almost a year.

While I was going through a difficult phase of my life and truly I didn’t feel motivated enough to go online on Facebook. Previously I deleted my Facebook profile twice for a few days over some small fights with my then friends. I really don’t feel the need to use Facebook for more than an hour or 30 minutes a day then and I don’t feel the need to go online on Facebook at all now even though I have my own pages to manage.

Facebook. So many emotions gif

(Found on Giphy)

The usual posts on Facebook are like these, people getting married/engaged/having baby, getting new jobs or how they are tired of their jobs, How bosses are annoying little pricks, someone moving out of country, 5 people checking in at places you have (miraculously just now) wanted to go, someone scoring high in their boards etc. Compared to them your life seems so little, so pathetic and you wonder when will you get to do all of these as well. Sometimes, I do that too and I also whined about it at times. But now I realize, that Facebook posts by others about their lives only means they want to share it. All those people are your friends with whom you converse only once in a while or not at all.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, surrounded by assholes. Well said by Sigmund Freud.

Are we indeed surrounded by assholes? All of them? Think it.

Many people take around 100-200 selfies and chose one of it after heavy editing to put as their profile picture only to replace it a week later with another amazing picture. Posing for selfies with groups is a trend. About that I am thankful that I am Selfie Owl. Facebook Selfieslazy. I hardly take selfies and I don’t have the time to indulge in editing activities for my pictures, happily. I don’t check in at any places I go to since I find it unnecessary to touch my phone during such times and also because I don’t have Facebook App installed. Teehee…

Just who are you trying to impress?

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The Spy A Novel by Paulo Coelho – Review

I was waiting eagerly for “The Spy by Paulo Coelho”. Due to work pressure, I was not able to read this novel when it arrived on a sleepy winter morning. I remember writing an essay about ‘Women who made history’ as an 8th grader. One of the books I referred to contained an entire section on women in espionage and the world-famous ‘Mata Hari’ aka ‘Marguerite Gertrude Zelle’ was in it.

I never felt so thrilled to read about a woman spy before, the three pages only told about who Mata Hari was & how she was accused of being a spy and later sentenced to death. Sadly, in those days I didn’t have access to the WEB of the internet and she slowly faded in my memory resurfacing from time to time when women & espionage were mentioned in one sentence.

Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The beauty in all her GLORY like her name Mata Hari – SUN fully Shining.

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Here’s What You Learn By Watching National Geographic’s Before The Flood Movie.

National Geographic has made a climate change movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, it is “Before The Flood”. It seems the filming began somewhere around the shooting of “The Revenant” also starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo takes us on a journey of our world in this 1 hour 35 minutes. We also get to see how people protested that Leo doesn’t deserve to be UN Messenger of Peace. Before The Flood movie is about the climate change we are facing and can see it happening on day-to-day basis but still be in denial of the same. It’s about how our politicians and giant corporate snakes poison our minds into feeling that, “no the environment is doing just fine.” So, that the corporates do not lose the consumers and the politicians can keep getting the big bucks.

Being employed in a public sector I understand that consumers are important to the well-being of an industry and even more important for its flourishment. That’s why we can see so many different marketing propagandas to lure more people in.We also have to market things to bring in more customers and sell more of our products. The private sector is even more pressurized than we public ones are.

But more than that I see that people do not care about what they are consuming as long as it’s cheap and looks promising. Have you ever seen a person at the mall who buys some more because there’s discount or it’s cheaper? Don’t get me wrong, not all those products are bad and not all those people are bad. Those people are just doing what they need to do to keep their jobs. It’s up to the buyer to buy the bullshit or not. 

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Perfect strangers so close yet too far apart

Perfect Strangers. So Close Yet Too Far Apart.

This article will reach all kind of people, the perfect strangers that I write about. People from different ethnicity and religion, different cultures and age groups will be reading this post. Most of us will never meet each other personally nor would we talk for more than a few times if not at all. Yet, by reading each other’s written words or pictures we converse.

We convey to each other our heart’s desires and our deepest troubles yet we feel misunderstood and unhappy. Most of us will never know what the person living next to us wants the most or fears the most, we won’t know a lot of things about someone who lives right next to us leave alone someone who lives a thousand miles away.

Yet by crossing this initial barrier of ignorance and invisibility, by acknowledging that someone out there is going to read my post, just imagining about that makes me feel the presence of another human being. Just like me, sitting there, reading…

There are too many of us and we are all too far apart. 

So true Kurt Vonnegut.

I say this because I feel that we have become immune to everything else but ourselves. Every tragedy, bad news, social issues sounds fake somehow. The person walking two steps from us seems like a perfect stranger, we hardly even recognize that person as a human being. Our power of empathy seems to be taken away from us because there’s just too many of us… Too many to count.

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Story Teller Unlike Any Other, R. K. Narayan. Revisiting Malgudi Days.

R. K. Narayan

You become a writer by writing. It is a Yoga.

Born in Madras of British India in 1906 R. K. Narayan short for Rasipuram Krishnaswamilyer Narayanswami, is one of the most celebrated authors in India to date. His simple writing style and descriptions of a hearty Indian town with its mix of townspeople won him hearts all over the world.

His first novel “Swami & Friends” was published in 1935 with help of British author Graham Green followed by “The Bachelor of Arts” made him an instant success in India as well as abroad. Graham Greene considered him one of the greatest novelist in English Language and fondly wrote,

Narayan wakes in me a spring of gratitude. Without him, I could never have known what it is like to be an Indian.

R. K. Narayan shortened his name after Graham Greene advised him to do so. He told him, “In this country, a name which is difficult for the old ladies in the library to remember materially affects sales.” Graham Greene became his mentor and friend for the rest of his life. Both writer’s influenced each other and that can be seen in their works. 

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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi… Be The Change You Want To See In The World.

Out of all Mahatma Gandhi quotes, this one pops up almost everywhere…

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

Mahatma Gandhi is a man who lives on despite being dead for 67 years. His simplicity, generous & strong will are shining rays of hope for many. I don’t like him as much but I like the work he did. It will be his birthday in few hours and I am so sad because if only it was the day after tomorrow if it hadn’t been 2nd October on a Sunday it would have been a holiday for me. :p hahaha Jokes apart, I am really very happy.

It’s a wonderful night here. Listening to the music flowing freely from the speakers in some grounds far from my home because it’s the first day of Gujarati’s favorite festival, Navratri. I think of all the people swaying to the melodies and feel like dancing myself.  Even the crickets are chirping along the music so well. Lucky guy to be born in the festive times.

Mahatma Gandhi….

Mahatma means “A Great Soul. I wonder how Gandhi must have felt being called a Mahatma. Did he feel proud of all he had done or was he just happy and didn’t care? Ever thought how history will remember him? Imagine being a role model to some and being a nightmare for others? Never dreamt of being called “Father of The Nation” or “Baapu”? I don’t know but I like to imagine that he didn’t think about it at all. That he just selflessly did all that he could to help his fellow beings.

Today I see many complaining and suggesting how it can be a better world if someone else could change. For example, there’s too much traffic, why did that man bring his car to the market holding up all the traffic? How am I going to complete this assignment? darn that teacher. When will my colleague stop being such an ass?

I wonder since when did we start needing others to be better so our lives could be better. I mean if only “OUR” lives were to be lived by the actions of “OTHERS”… Not a bad idea, if you write a novel about it, do give my idea credits! 😛Mahatma Gandhi quote

If Gandhi was alive today, I wonder what kind of storm he would have brought. On his birthday, I like him or not I want to once again remind myself that I only need to change myself to change the world.


What happens when you decide to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD?

  • Some thought process changes. Instead of wishing, you start doing. By doing, you bring something in this world that is powerful enough to change the atmosphere around you.
  • A teacher of mine once said, “Circumstances are never in your favor. You just have to do your best and keep going.” Don’t wait for things to change and be in your favor so you can do better. Don’t look for faults in others, don’t blame others to justify your bad situations. Don’t blame yourself either. Just do, do what is necessary to be better. For the change.
  • One starts being happier.
  • Complaints become less and one becomes more engaging.
  • Being the best version of yourself is not achievable in a day, but day by day things keep changing and before you know you have a whole new life to look up and smile about.
  • Believe it or not, life becomes different.
  • Change is challenging. It’s tough and rewarding in its own ways.

We need not be Mahatmas but somehow we all can in our small ways start lighting up hope like the tiny lamp posts standing tall in snow, burning away, giving our warmth and light to the world and to ourselves.

I wanted the post to be 300 words long and it’s already >600. I am a firm believer in being the change I want to see in the world and somehow I can’t help but hope that no matter what things will turn out nice.

Well, Mahatma Gandhi.. I wish you a very happy 147th Birthday. I never thought I would say this but, thank you. 🙂 & my dear reader, I wish you a happy Sunday.

 

Being Writer

Being A Writer.

“Being writer who moves people with her writing is my aspiration. I am still practicing, not good enough.” I said with sparkling eyes. “Dude, seriously?” At an office party I found myself sitting beside a pedigree kid who has been talking about how his father’s huge clothing business and how getting into banking is so not his thing. Honestly, why do people do a job if they don’t need it and are going to whine about it all the time to those who want to do it?

I found myself marveling at the fact that human ignorance and self-righteousness actually knows no boundaries when I told a that I want to be a full-time writer someday. The prompt response I received was, “Dude! Seriously? Isn’t that borish? Sit and make things up? A total waste of your talents you know.” Not wanting to offend the man I racked my brains for a subtle answer. How could he know what talents I have in 3 months? “On top of that It’s too easy to write. Can you tackle a financial formula and give a loan? Don’t think so. I can write a novel if I want to but I don’t. Like I said, it’s borish.” 

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Advice That Mattered. Reliving Memories.

We all have a few advice that mattered to us as children but ones that we forgot as teen-adults and kept getting our butts kicked because of that. My one such advice was given to me by my sister. She used to tell me, “Look around. Learn from others. Their mistakes/failures/success/actions etc. You don’t have to do them all yourself. Learn from others. Whatever you want to do, believe in yourself.”

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