Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts

Saturday, August 5, 2017

If you look for it you will find it

Often times one gives up on his dreams once he has failed attempting it, a blogger loses interest in his blogs when he sees no views off his post, a wannabe actor will give up his dreams when he realizes that there are thousands like him struggling for the same thing, a entrepreneur would give up on his business idea after it has been rejected by some investors etc. The thing one needs to have is clear sight of his goals and not worry about the benefits of end result. 

If you look for it you will find it
Art in the pottery
Smile for the life
Use from the waste
The threads for the cloth

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Different faces of life

Life has many faces. Take time out, make faces and be funny be the one to make everyone happy around you

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Momondo The DNA journey- A youtube video that takes your DNA to a surprise ride

About a Month back Momondo a travel site came up with a beautiful video, where a group of people from different backgrounds like race, countries, etc. were brought together for a DNA test. The video starts with people giving their opinions about what they feel about others or themselves and then asking them to take a DNA test. The result of the test constitute the second part, which has some shocking revelations and moments of the participants about how and what they feel after learning a part about themselves from the DNA result. This video through the magic of DNA testing is a commendable effort to prove the world that we are more alike than different.

The DNA Journey

 A must watch video with a message that's sure to at least make you start thinking about it. Although the video from the travel site Momondo is trying to portray a message, there are reports that have questioned the authenticity of video with scientist claiming that there is no Standard to say a persons blood is 100% Indian or Danish or American, so how can you come up with percentages. Also some of the reports say that the people involved as participants in the video are actually bunch of actors.
So whether they are fake reactions or scripted, is that the question to be asked?
So it could all be fake, just acting, the reports done by the Travel site for its vested Interests. But is that the point that we are suppose to take from this video, the question we are supposed to ask. No! In the world filled with violence's all over and blame games actively running with it, the moment of realization is what could make us understand that we are all same. A moment to think that, Its the same red blood and that we are supposed to live like humans and not any Jew or Christian, Hindu or Muslim, they are religions meant to improve the meaning of our life, not destroy it.
Its your decision to join or not. But Understand the question it gives
Around 20 years back, Krantiveer was released with Nana patekar as the protagonists giving few of the best Dialogue performances ever on silver screen. One such moment includes him questioning a riot stricken person about his integrity, asking him the difference between bloods to describe religion. It had the similar message, about similar we are, and how we get triggered to fight one another because of few unwanted elements of society. watch it and relive the moment of the videos. And take a moment to think about it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Olympic legends #2: Carl lewis

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

Inspiring runs
Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper setting world records in the 100 m, 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks.

From 1981 until 1992, Lewis topped the 100 m ranking six times (seven if Ben Johnson's 1987 top ranking is ignored), and ranked no lower than third. His dominance in the long jump was even greater, as he topped the rankings nine times during the same period, and ranked second in the other years.

Emulating Jesse Owens
At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Lewis was entered into four events with realistic prospects of winning each of them and thereby matching the achievement of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

Lewis started his quest to match Owens with a convincing win in the 100 m, running 9.99 s to defeat his nearest competitor, fellow American Sam Graddy, by 0.2 s. In his next event, the long jump, Lewis won with relative ease. But his approach to winning this event stoked controversy, even as knowledgeable observers agreed his approach was the correct one. Since Lewis still had heats and finals in the 200 m and the 4 × 100 m relay to compete in, he chose to take as few jumps as necessary to win the event. He risked injury in the cool conditions of the day if he over-extended himself, and his ultimate goal to win four golds might be at risk. His first jump at 8.54 m (28 ft 0 in) was, he knew, sufficient to win the event. He took one more jump, a foul, then passed his remaining four allotted jumps. He won gold, as silver medalist Gary Honey of Australia's best jump was 8.24 m (27 ft 01⁄4 in). But the public was generally unaware of the intricacies of the sport and had been repeatedly told by the media of Lewis' quest to surpass Bob Beamon's legendary long jump record of 8.90 m (29 ft 21⁄4 in). Lewis himself had often stated it was a goal of his to surpass the mark. A television advertisement with Beamon appeared before the final, featuring the record-holder saying, "I hope you make it, kid." So, when Lewis decided not to make any more attempts to try to break the record, he was roundly booed. When asked about those boos, Lewis said, "I was shocked at first. But after I thought about it, I realized that they were booing because they wanted to see more of Carl Lewis. I guess that's flattering."

Following the footsteps of the great

His third gold medal came in the 200 m, where he won in a time of 19.80 s, a new Olympic record and the third fastest time in history. Finally, he won his fourth gold when the 4 × 100 m relay team he anchored finished in a time of 37.83 s, a new world record.

Numerous Accolades
Best in the world
He has been voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee. "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Athlete of the Year" by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

Life after games
After retiring from his athletics career, Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films. In 2011 he attempted to run for a seat as a Democrat in the New Jersey Senate, but was removed from the ballot due to the state's residency requirement. Lewis owns a marketing and branding company named C.L.E.G., which markets and brands products and services including his own.

Despite being embroiled in controversy over failed drugs tests during US team trials for the 1988 Olympics and Character misconceptions, Lewis stunning career demands an enormous amount of respect. He won four gold medals and was undefeated for over a decade in his favored event, long jump, while he also managed to set world records over distances between 100m and 4x100m with the American relay team.

Friday, May 6, 2016

21 vs 10000- Battle of Saragarhi

Recently, I came across a Facebook post by Eric kirsch regarding who the great warriors really are, and who are the real HARD MEN. He wrote about the Battle of Saragarhi, where 21 Sikhs defended a fort against 10000 afghan pashtuns. Sounds familiar, reminded of movie 300, yes Spartans vs Persians, it’s sad though that most of us, apart from Sikhs, know more about the Spartan war (thanks to the movie) then this battle. 

One way it could have been told to us is by including it in the textbooks; after all it was one hell of a David vs Goliath battle. No wonder, most Historians compare this battle to the battle of Thermopylae, both had similar background, a tiny defending force facing a huge contingent of army, holding their post for time enough to strengthen their army back home, and both fighting till their death.
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Battle Of Saragarhi

The Sikh led by Havildar Ishar Singh, chose to fight till death, considered by many military historians as one of the history's greatest 'Last Stands'.

The Battle of Saragarhi was fought before the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikhs (now the 4th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment) of British India, defending an army post against 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen, other estimates put the opposition force above 13,500+.

The 21 Sikhs defended against a massive border incursion while positioned in sentry defense of the foremost positioned tiny garrison on the line.
Details of the Battle of Saragarhi are considered fairly accurate, due to Gurmukh Singh signalling events to Fort Lockhart by heliograph as they occurred.

A Quick Run through the battle:

  • Around 9:00am, around 10,000 Afghans reach the signaling post at Saragarhi.
  • Sardar Gurmukh Singh signals to Col. Haughton, situated in Fort Lockhart, that they are under attack.
  • Colonel Haughton states he cannot send immediate help to Saragarhi.
  • The soldiers decide to fight to the last to prevent the enemy from reaching the forts.
  • Bhagwan Singh becomes the first injured and Lal Singh is seriously wounded.
  • Soldiers Lal Singh and Jiwa Singh reportedly carry the dead body of Bhagwan Singh back to the inner layer of the post.
  • The enemy breaks a portion of the wall of the picket.
  • Colonel Haughton signals that he has estimated between 10,000 and 14,000 Pashtuns attacking Saragarhi.
  • The leaders of the Afghan forces reportedly make promises to the soldiers to entice them to surrender.
  • Reportedly two determined attempts are made to rush open the gate, but are unsuccessful.
  • Later, the wall is breached.
  • Thereafter, some of the fiercest hand-to-hand fighting occurs.
  • In an act of outstanding bravery, Ishar Singh orders his men to fall back into the inner layer, whilst he remains to fight. However, this is breached and all but one of the defending soldiers are killed, along with many of the Pashtuns.
  • Gurmukh Singh, who communicated the battle with Col. Haughton, was the last Sikh defender. He is stated to have killed 20 Afghans, the Pashtuns having to set fire to the post to kill him. As he was dying he was said to have yelled repeatedly the Sikh battle-cry "Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal" (Shout Aloud in Ecstasy! True is the Great Timeless One). "Akal," meaning Immortal, beyond death, the Supreme Creator God unbound by time and non-tempor.

The following day when thousands of British Army reinforcements arrived and successfully repelled the Afghan's, exactly 21 Sikh MEN were found, most shirtless, all knives drawn from hip sheaths, and covered in blood surrounded by over 600 dead Afghan fighters.

All of the 21 Sikh non-commissioned officers and soldiers of other ranks who laid down their lives in the Battle of Saragarhi were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, the highest gallantry award of that time, which an Indian soldier could receive by the hands of the British crown, the corresponding gallantry award being Victoria Cross.
A fight till death

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Few Big Plans and a small step towards it

In other worlds, How I came across the blogging world.

In every Indian engineering students life there comes a time when they decide to do some think extraordinary or something different, something that is unique (which actually is not). These are the Times when these guys think of Starting a Websites or Becoming a freelancer Photographer or writing a book, Starting a band etc. But unless you start striving for it, it will only remain an idea and later a regret, that you did not even try.

So similarly we decided to start an Educational website. Planned for couple of days of how to do it, what to do for it, what are the needs, stats, data, money etc. One of us decide to use his money, while other decided to use is coding skills. Few days later, the planning was still going on. Finally it was decided to start a blog get some viewers and then convert it to website
Writer's block will sometime question you, but don't give up

So I decided to start writing myself about topics like the poor education system of the country. Two articles down and end of contents didn't knew what more to write on education system, eventually we dragged it along for few months and the plan was dropped. Few months later I started my own blog and started writing on variety of content. It was not easy, I have yet to get the continues flair to write. Sometimes it is easy, the mood sets me in, but sometimes it is not, the writers block in other words.

So, a year after all the big plans and talking eventually my small step has got this blog started. And Now I don't regret it.

A post for Indiblogger contest edition 114. #IAmABlogger

I am Re-Editing this post to inspire myself and other bloggers: I started blogging sometime around September 2013, My view count was around 5-6K when this post was written(24 April 2016). Today(2 Aug 2017) just over an year later, my blog is now a website and the view count is around 47K seems like a exponential growth and I would like it to continue in future too.

For all the new bloggers out there I would say just keep writing, it will grow and even if does not look like it, still keep writing, remember your reason for starting it in the first place and keep working on it

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Charlie chaplin's Timeless Speech for all Humanity.

Just came across this piece of Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator and its relevance in today's world. What a great speech from a man who gave us countless classic silent films and when he spoke he made us feel our mistakes, the jealousy, ego, greed and the hatred we carry among ourselves, within ourselves against one another.

 A film that came about 75 years ago has all the attributions of the present world. A world filled with hatred not just against our enemy country but within too, within our country, within our people, within our life. Enacting Hitler, Charlie Chaplin produced an amazing speech. A speech for all, a speech we would love to hear from our leaders

A Timeless Speech

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

"Let us all unite." The expressions at the end line make one's spirit rise with enthusiasm.

The world is growing not by unity of people but with divisions of countries. Its everyday news of how people want a separate region for their people, people belonging to their race or caste or color.

 "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!"

A perfect line not just for soldiers but every single one of us, because its true we have the love of humanity in our hearts.

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.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Never give up & Inspire yourself

             There have been instances in every one of our lives where we may have felt sad, disappointed or neglected by the world. We would question our importance to the world. But we should never give up believing in our self. Every one of us can make a big difference if we only choose to believe in ourselves follow the examples of many such inspirational stories

"Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found a buyer interested in his 11 herbs and spices. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a finger-licking $15 million!"

“Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer.”

“The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th-Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest grossing movies in film history.”

“Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.”

“Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.”

      Imagine the world without the music of Beethoven, without the exciting stories of star wars, without Henry ford’s idea of assembly line or without the fun of Disneyland had they given up on themselves.

"If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. " -anon.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Once a saint and his disciple were walking by a roadside when they saw a crippled but a beautiful woman trying to cross a road. The saint went to her and without a word picked her up and carried her to the other side of the road. After this he continued his journey.

 Watching this, his disciple got agitated, he couldn’t control it any longer and once reaching their destination, he exploded, “How can you do this? You are a saint and you still touched a woman, much less a young and a beautiful one regardless of our teachings. It is very shameful, you know.”
Check out this 2 min long animated video on the same

To this the old saint replied, “I helped her as a human and put her down at roadside itself. But it seems like you’re the one who is still carrying her.”

Sunday, October 13, 2013

How high can we jump?

This is an abstract that I found from the net which has lot of similarity to that of people who have failed in their life.

 You prepare fleas by putting them in a jar with a top on it. Fleas jump, so they will jump up and hit the top over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the top, you will notice something interesting. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top.

Then, and it's a matter of record, you can take the top off and though the fleas continue to jump, they won't jump out of the jar. I repeat, they won't jump out because they can't. The reason is simple. They have conditioned themselves to jump just so high. Once they have conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that's all they can do.

Many times, people do the same thing. They restrict themselves and never reach their potential. Just like the fleas, they fail to jump higher, thinking they are doing all they can do.

 There would be time when we would feel dejected and seem lost thinking that we had done enough, all that we should remember is we can jump higher and can do better.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Drive your goals with power of enthusiam

             Everyone needs a goal in his life. But every goal that we aim for should have meaning. Lot of times it has happened with us that we want something badly and when we finally get it we don’t know what to do with it. This can be better understood with the following story:  A man once brought new dog to his home. But it had a habit of sitting by the roadside waiting for vehicles that passed by the road. When a vehicle passes through he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. This used to continue for some days. So one day the man’s wife asked him "Do you think our dog is ever going to catch a car?" The man replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one”. The point is many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing pointless goals. These people follow meaningless paths and end up with nothing.

Goals give a sense of direction to our life. Having a passion for something wouldn’t get us to our goals we need to be in right direction towards it. Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you sit in a train or an airplane without knowing where it is taking you? Even then people go through their life without any aim for their life.

           “A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment.”

Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results...

So keep trying because when you have ambition for something you will find a way to fulfill it. Like bill Bradley said, Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in”.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

'LIVE' your life and make it 'fun'

                                           Most of us have at some point of our time, asked this question "why am I so, unlucky?", when we see a group of friends enjoying and having fun while we are alone or when we see couples around and we wish to have someone. but the truth is life may not be fair with us, it still gives us a chance. We make our own luck and destiny, so it is up to us to change our life and live every moment. 

      We have heard a lot about how dreams come true for some people for that to happen to us we have to start aiming for it. keep the passion going and pursue the dream because, dreaming while asleep wouldn't get us any closer to our aim, its while we are awake and working on it.

so live your life and enjoy every moment of it.

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