Love Lost for The Nation?

India is a country which is known for its diverseness. But little do we know that the diversity varies more with mindsets than positive assets, which didn’t use to be the case in the past. India, once being a country with the most delightful, helpful, and prideful people has come down to being a country with people who debate on national symbols’ importance and counter by blaming each other for a lesser sense of nationalism which should never be the case.

The recent political trend in India lies in the debate regarding the Supreme Court’s verdict on the national anthem. The news is filled with politicians from across the country who are brought together to play blame games live on national television.

But the overwritten, real, and lost issues is not this. The real issue is that whether we, the people of this country, have brought our moral senses so down, that we’re needing to have debates on the aforementioned issues. The national anthem, for any country, is a symbol of endless pride, and should not be considered an imposition on any individual. But contrary to this, people have been finding indirect and imminent ways to mark ‘standing while the anthem is played’ as an imposed decision, which is totally disgraceful.

The national anthem, composed and written by our forefathers, was a symbol of extreme national pride and power. It was not just limited to an individual’s approach on nationalism. People seeing it as a burden to stand while the anthem is played are being hypocritical as they’re also found justifying their tremendous love and respect for the national symbol. People like these should know that there are soldiers on the borders who die just for the love of the tricolor. How shameful, petrifying, and belittling will it be for them and for those who have already given up their lives in the country’s pride and honor to know what’s happening in this country.

For me, a national symbol is a lot more than just a mark of honor. It is more of a feeling of being Indian. And I see no flaw in making ‘standing while the anthem is played’ a compulsion. For people can go on and on about claiming to have lost their liberty with this decision, but liberty is never lost while respecting your motherland.

-Vishal

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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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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

I finished reading this book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma and I would say that it is a treasure for anyone who’s seeking peace and true happiness in life.

The book presents a fable about life which is learnt by a successful lawyer who had all the materialistic leisure yet was unsatisfied and working continuously made him both physically and mentally weak. He decides to drop his occupation and find true peace and eternal happiness. His voyage to the east and then to the Himalayas finds him his treasure and the true meaning of life. He then tells all about this to his friend who was his colleague and the closest person to him.

Well, that was the short summary but it does not have the treasure which one can only find after reading this book. I had heard a lot about Robin Sharma that he writes motivational books and reading his books can make a good deal of difference. The way he states the ways which can make our lives truly beautiful and we can find spiritual satisfaction which we all lack.

The book also instructs about how we can manage our lives more efficiently and plan our goals. The world is a busy place, and the people are the cause of it. We humans are being so engaged in our work to find materialistic leisure that we have forgotten that spiritual happiness is true happiness. We have forgot to chase our real dreams and the reality of this world, that even if a person is rich and has all the needs fulfilled, he is not necessarily happy.

Some books spread knowledge and enlighten the path to success and a better life. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one such sublime book. I would suggest it to everyone, and especially those who are frustrated with life and seek for ways to embrace it. It was amazing to read it, an exquisite experience really. I mean, how can just one fable unlock the treasure to a purposeful life.

Robin Sharma is a well known author and is well known for inspirational and motivational writing.This book proves why and I would love to read more of his books and I sure will. I really wish he could read this but maybe it’s not possible for now. This book is no doubt, a bestseller, and now I know how and why.

There’s also one quote in the books which really moved me:

“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road to self-mastery.” – Robin Sharma

-Vishal

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