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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More Einstein Inspiration

The world was really blessed when people like Albert Einstein were born, who gave so much to the world, so much to learn, so much to see. People like him have an extraordinary vision and out of the box thinking. He was so inspiring, his quotes and his works. His one such quote still inspires many, but also taunts the education system in some areas.

I live in India and I’m a student, so I’ve observed how the education system has been here. It’s like a fixed path, walking on which is a necessity. The blurry epitome of the system is that you’ve got to get your undergraduate degrees so that you may pursue what you want, till then, you go with the crowd. It’s not 100% true before some people disagree to it, but for most of the part it is.

There are numerous people with special talents in India, and understandably so being the second largest populated country in the world. But some of those, don’t have resources, some don’t get to show it due to the present system and those who have the resources, the money and all the extra facilities are the ones who are not so special. Ironical a bit, but yes.

I may not be too experienced or old to comment more on my country’s education system, which is thankfully getting a bit better but at a slow pace, so I would just come back to Einstein.

Albert Einstein was an ocean of knowledge and is acknowledged by the whole world for his tremendous works in the field of science. But the man was more than just science, he knew about the world, he understood it. He understood people’s minds. And that’s why he said this amazing quote:Please-climb-that-tree1

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

A quote which always inspires and will continue to do so.

-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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Quote of the day

There are times when people mess up and I am somewhat suffering through that. I am unable to post regularly because of some personal issues. But I found this motivation for myself and I thought to share it with you guys. During these times, these quotes are the type of the little things that drive you forward and it helps me, hope it helps other people too (I’m being honest). 🙂

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis

-Vishal

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Whiplash

It’s not really the free time that I was hoping for myself to get, I am still busy with important things therefore not able to post regularly as I hoped to. Yet, I took some time out to post about the ‘SOME’ amazing things I watch and come across to.

Yesterday, I was watching this movie – Whiplash. I found that it was a masterpiece. Maybe this genre suits me the best or I guess, that I have a bit out of the line opinion about movies that it is not necessary for them to have action, stunts, special effects and other stuff that usually everyone is crazy about. I mean they are not bad, but it’s not always necessary to make the movie special.

Whiplash is a masterpiece directed by Damien Chazelle which was released in 2014. The last time I posted about the movie Boyhood which had this special thing that it was shot over 12 years and under keen observation of stages of life. And THIS amazing movie by Damien was shot over just a period of 19 days. I mean it forces us into thinking that what all would have they done to make something so special in just 19 days.

I adored the movie not because it was shot over 19 days or something, but when I watched it, it somewhat made me think differently – out of the box. It also has this amazing moral inside it that how practice can change you and you don’t really have to care about others if you really want something yourself. It’s all just self-made attempts to polish your skills and make yourself determined.

Well, the movie is about Jazz music, but this all ran in my mind, kind of like a source-code. It also highlights a story of a strict and abusive instructor and a focused and desirable student who wants to be the best Jazz drummer in the world.

Well, the extent of how epic it is would only be determined once you watch it as I would suggest everyone to watch it, especially to those who search for other things in a movie than action and special effects.

Also, one more astounding fact about the movie is that the direct Damien Chazelle was injured in between the making of the film in a car accident and was hospitalized yet he came back as early as he could and completed the film. Also, great appreciation for J.K.Simmons for an absolutely sublime performance and also lead actor Miles Teller. Damien at the time of the making made it clear to Simmons that he wanted to see something extraordinary and I quote “I want you to take it past what you think the normal limit would be. I don’t want to see a human being on-screen anymore. I want to see a monster, a gargoyle, an animal.”

All I want to say is that there’s no shortage of wonders in this world, great men do great things and we, people have to learn and have that vision to learn.

-Vishal

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