To Kill A Mockingbird

It’s been quite a while since I read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I had decided to write a post about it on my blog the day I finished reading it. And here I am finally writing about this masterpiece.

Some things stay with us forever, they get attached to us. It can be anything, anything materialistic, spiritual or anything else. To Kill A Mockingbird is one such book. From the plot to the characters,  everything is a total attraction. It’s a bit classic and defies the new modern scenarios of the world but it’s a must read.

The way Harper Lee has presented the story through an eight year old child – Jean Louise Finch’s view, which is the protagonist of the story. The story revolves around her family’s life. She has a brother – Jeremy Finch four years older than her and her father – Atticus Finch is a lawyer and is defending a negro who is false charged for raping a woman. This case effects the life of all the three of them. But there’s a lot to learn from the story and especially Atticus, who is presented as an ideal man with great ideals to tackle life’s obstacles.

The story is a mixture of fun, love, tragedy and morals. It’s masterclass. The sublime presentation of the story and it’s characters gives it realism. Absolutely loved it. There aren’t many books like this one, no wonder it became a bestseller.

I had heard about it a lot and finally decided to read it and it was worth it. I too would suggest everyone to read it. No, I am not promoting the book, I am just a fan and this is sort of an appreciation post for this amazing book. Some things are worth appreciating and thus, this gets mine.

-Vishal

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International Yoga Day

21 June, and the world celebrates, embracing the precious practice of Yoga. The world celebrates this day due to the tremendous importance of practicing yoga as it brings with it the numerous benefits. Yoga is the key to a healthy and a happy life.

It is a traditional practice developed by our ancestors for the purification of the mind and the soul and for a healthy and fit body. And is slowly gaining more and more recognition and importance around the globe as people are bringing it in their habits to practice yoga daily. The results have been really good, as they are mostly living a healthy life.

A person who does Yoga on a regular basis is immune to the common diseases one faces in daily life. It is advised by experts and doctors too. It’s amazing to see the way it’s effecting the lives of millions in a very affirmative manner.

Being Indian, I feel proud to see India’s contribution in making this reach out to the millions of people. I remember watching the news channels stating the role of India in developing this practice and I was proud.

I don’t know much about the techniques, but I sure know it’s importance. Therefore, the content is short and I would end it here. I hope that this practice keeps on developing and enriching the lives of people around the world.

-Vishal

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Muhammad Ali

The world suffered a huge loss on 3 June 2016 as it was confirmed that the legendary Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The cause for the death is told to be a heart disease. The unstoppable man was finally knocked out by the one who could actually do it, the god.

The sporting universe lost an absolute gem. An inspiration to all, the man proved to the world that hard work pays off. He had had such great moments in his career, when he beat George Foreman to become the World Heavyweight Champion of boxing. His attitude towards life was something to learn from.

His determination to become the greatest of all time was astounding. He once said “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” His achievements in life prove that he actually meant this sentence.

He was not just known as a boxer, but a complete person. He was known for supporting writers in the US and to help them raise their voice. He was a great man with amazing self-created ideals. He used them all in life. His confidence was inevitable. He said “I am the greatest. I said it even before I knew I was.” And that also tells us that how confidence can effect what we desire. It’s all about oneself, how bad do we want the things we desire to have, and how hard are we willing to work for it. He also said “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

He was treated as an underdog in the beginning but no matter how the world looked at him, he always said he’d become the greatest. And he proved it. A legendary boxer, an idol, an inspiration, and overall, a complete man. The world will miss Muhammad Ali.

Rest In Piece Muhammad Ali, the greatest of all time.

-Vishal

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Disaster Struck: Nature’s Warning

Global Warming. A term used to describe man’s violent conduct towards it’s own mother earth. The past decade has witnessed drastic changes in the weather conditions all around the globe. I live in India, and from what I have witnessed is that during the years from 2000-2005, there were normal climatic conditions, changing periodically as it should and the weather was never too extreme, but now the things have changed.

The summers are too hot, the winter now with a shorter duration, is at it’s worst for some days and for the rest, it doesn’t really feel that it’s winter. In India this year, Maharashtra was drought hit and is still recovering due to lack of rain which is unusual, due to which the people there faced a lot of problem with water, especially the farmers who barely get enough money for all the hard work they put in to make a living. The situations are changing, the news channels are filled with chatter about the delayed monsoon and the sweltering summer.

The conditions are not just worse here, I was going through the news today and I found that France, Germany, Texas and a part of China have been flooded due to heavy rain. These natural disasters did happen earlier too but their frequency has increased, which is no doubt a huge worry for everyone of us. And none else but us are to blame. We never really got the notion into our heads about saving nature, making a contribution in decreasing pollution, we were ruled by our own dictum. Even now, some still think that the nature preserving campaigns are not good enough leading them to not contributing towards them.

The situations are stern now, not just the weather, but the air that we breather, the water that we drink is being polluted because of our own wrong doings. Delhi, my neighboring cit was listed as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The rivers here like the Yamuna, Ganga who have served us for centuries in every possible way and are worshiped across India are being compared to drains and that too is a result of our fault.

I read about a city in Africa, I don’t remember the name but it was recently came to notice that the city is facing a water crisis. Not 1% of the water in the city was clean, the municipality, the government had no answers and it was a disastrous description about the problems the people faced living there. How could someone live without clean water. We all know that only 1% of the 70% total water on earth is clean. It’s limited and yet it is being wasted.

The scenario keeps getting worse year by year with more people and pollution, and less water and trees. We should do our bit every time, no matter how little the contribution is because what’s important is that one is being made. ‘We are the writers of our own destiny.’ But the way things are going, the earth is destined to bad conditions. People are not asked to make a compromise, they’re just asked to make a contribution, totally for themselves for a better world, and a better earth.

-Vishal

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