Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shits of Life !!!

There will be time in our life, when while trying to fulfil our dreams, we get hit by a roadblock and the dreams we were supposed to work for looks hard to be achieved. We start to think that this was what supposed to happen and we were never meant to achieve it. We start taking advice from our people around us and then give up on our dream thinking the people are right without even trying to know the their reason. And later when we fail to do anything other in our life we start blaming the people who gave us the advice. We fail to realise that we were the ones who questioned our own ability. This is the time when we must take responsibility to our failures and stop blaming others.The following is the story I read somewhere in the internet and is an example of these Failures.

Once a bird was flying through mountains trying to look for its flock. It was cold up there but the bird kept trying. A few moments later the bird got froze and fell to a ground into a large field beside the mountain. While he was lying there tired and injured, a cow came by and unknowingly dropped its dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was and the dung was actually warming him up! He looked around the field and realised it had everything for the bird to scrap out a living so he decided to stay there as he felt very goof inside the dung. So he lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing dog heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the dog discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

What did we learn?
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

Friday, March 13, 2015

KAROLY TAKACS- An example of rising up from ashes

Very seldom do we get stories of persistence but this one guy gave me one and after reading his story, I'm sure I’ll never forget him.

In 1938, Karoly Takacs of the Hungarian Army, was the top pistol shooter in the world. He was expected to win the gold in the 1940 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo.
But one day while training with his army squad, a hand grenade exploded in Takacs’ right hand, and Takacs’ shooting hand was blown off.

Takacs spent a month in the hospital depressed at both the loss of his hand, and the end to his Olympic dream all turned to ashes. At that point most people would have quit and spent the rest of their life feeling sorry for themselves but not Takacs, He was a winner and he decided to learn how to shoot with his left hand.
For months Takacs practised by himself. Nobody knew what he was doing. With time, He developed to shoot like a champion from his left hand.

In the spring of 1939 he showed up at the Hungarian National Pistol Shooting Championship. Other shooters approached Takacs to give him their condolences and to congratulate him on having the strength to come watch them shoot. They were surprised when he said, “I didn’t come to watch, I came to compete.” They were even more surprised when Takacs won!

After the cancellation of 1940 and 1944 olympics due to world war 2, It looked like Takacs’ Olympic Dream would never have a chance to realize itself. But Takacs kept training and in 1948 he qualified for the London Olympics. At the age of 38, Takacs won the Gold Medal and set a new world record in pistol shooting. Four years later, Takacs won the Gold Medal again at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Takacs – a man with the mental toughness to bounce back from anything.

Takacs could have let his terrible accident cause him to become permanently discouraged, and cry on his bad luck But instead Takacs set out to find a solution. To pick himself up and to learn to shoot all over again. Winners always search for a solution. Losers always search for a reason to escape.

My Take-A sensationalized documentary.

Few days back BBC released a documentary titled 'India's Daughter' and got banned by the officials. Well this just my opinion about it.

The documentary was made to create sensation. Because it showed interviews of rapists and their lawyers,  but does not talk about safeguarding women and their rights or means to tackle the problem. All it did was pick on an incident and dwell on how bad the incident was.

The western media apparently termed India as 'land of rapists' after the government of India banned the BBC documentary which showed the incidents of the December 16 nightmare.
With reports like student having his visa rejected for being an Indian. or the rapist getting paid for interviews (Rape convict gets paid 40,000 for interview)suggest that the documentary had a biased agenda because the people speaking in the video are sharing their opinions and not facts about India or Indian men. They are not representing the entire Indian population. Because not everyone behave like them check this link out Indians response to gender Bias and I guess you will understand better.

The following video was made by an Indian about rapes in UK aptly named as 'UK's daughter'.

Well rape is a global phenomenon and instead of fighting over documentaries, and stereotyping the country and its society. The world must come together in fighting such violent cases. Because no matter what country be it South Africa(ranked 1), USA(ranked 14) or India(ranked 94) in Rape rates it is an issue that needs to be solved.

PS- Being Ranked 94th in rape rates is not something to be proud of because Rape is still a unforgivable crime.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A gesture that won hearts but lost the match

This is a piece of incident that I found on the internet and felt like sharing

The following incident happened during the one off Golden jubilee test between India and England  at Mumbai in the year 1980

A gesture that won hearts but lost the match

The ball from Kapil Dev went past Bob Taylor and was pouched behind the stumps by Syed Kirmani. The bowler and the ’keeper erupted in appeal and umpire Hanumantha Rao raised his finger. The Wankhede Stadium roared. The home team had not scored too many, but had fought back to have the Englishmen on the mat. The partnership between Ian Botham and Taylor, the same combination that had struck again and again on the previous day, had been broken, and England was struggling at 85 for six.

But were they? Taylor believed that he had not touched it, but that mattered little. Standing at slip, Indian captain Gundappa Viswanath — leading the country for just the second time — was convinced that Taylor had not nicked. As a bemused crowd looked on, he persuaded the umpire to change his decision. Taylor continued his innings, much to his own amazement.

He hung on well into the next morning, batting 275 minutes to score an invaluable 43. The incredible spirit of the game demonstrated by Vishwanath had to be lauded, but it perhaps cost India the Test match.

UNFORGETTABLE GESTURE: England's Bob Taylor is recalled by Indian skipper G.R. Viswanath in the Golden Jubilee Test at Bombay in 1980.

Vishwanath himself rued that while people hailed Dhoni's decision to recall Ian Bell, no one seemed to remember this incident from the past

“I didn't hear any of the commentators speak about that incident, neither did anyone refer to it,” the soft-spoken Viswanath seemed genuinely hurt

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Doing Nothing!!!

Once there was a hard-working rabbit who would run around the jungle in search of food. One day he saw a crow sitting on a tree, doing nothing. Once in a while he would come down fulfils his hunger on dead leftovers of other animals and then go back to sitting back on tree and doing nothing. 
The rabbit saw this for a some of days and then one day he went to him and asked,"You sit on that tree all day and do nothing. Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” 
The crow answered: “Sure, why not. Try it" 
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, unaware of the surroundings and rested. A few moments later a fox jumped on the rabbit and before the rabbit could save itself, the fox killed it and ate it .

What do we learn from it?
Well to be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very very high up. 

It happens with us too, we see that some people become successful in their work without much hard work and we start to copy them thinking that if he can do then why can't me? or he was just lucky. But most of us fail to realise that the person who has achieved a lot is because he has done his work either before or has realised exactly what he has to do and its not luck all the time.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Unsung hero of Indian science.

Acharya Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was a Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, as well as an early writer of science fiction. He made very significant contributions to plant science.  He used his own invention, the crescograph, to measure plant response to various stimuli, and thereby scientifically proved that plants have life.

One of the many stories that i have heard about how bose proved plant has life is the one in which he gave anaesthesia to a tree and had it completely uprooted and changed its location. It was not only thrilling but also very imaginative idea.

He pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics,  IEEE named him one of the fathers of radio science. He was the first to use semiconductor junctions to detect radio signals. Bose work in radio microwave optics was not related to radio communication but his research may have been used in radio inventions by other inventors.

Patenting a work or invention was something that bose never liked, as a result he did not patented his work on radio and wanted the world further develop his research. As a result, Marconi is credited with the invention of radio while it took 100 years for the world to rightly name him as one of the fathers of radio science.

In 1903 Bose was honoured with Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) at Delhi by the British Government. He received in 1912 the Commander of the Star of India (CSI) at the Coronation of the British Emperor. He was knighted by the British Government in 1916. Bose was elected a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) of London in 1928. Bose died on 23 November 1937 at Giridih in Bihar.

 No wonder,JC bose an unsung hero of science has been a boon to Indian science with his inventions and ideas.

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