Papa – a simple life of great endeavor

       
      

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My family is quiet well off from the blessings of Krishna and of course Papa. We have everything we need and luxuries want. Just 2 hrs ago I was watching a movie on our Bravia Led tv. Just now I was playing Counter Strike condition zero on my DELL laptop. Now I am writing this blog on my Xperia Z1 smartphone.
         Papa has provided us with everything we need. From our basic needs to be costly luxuries.  But there was a time when my family was not so well off(much before I was born).
          Around half a century ago, in 1957 papa was born to an extremely poor mother (Amma – my grandmother).  It was the time only 9 years after the India Independence.  The circumstances of the country was not good. The economy is its in its initial stages. There is large scale unemployment.
         My grandfather owned a small tea shop in the small town of Arki situated in the country side of Himachal Pradesh. He was second born to Amma. Four followed in coming years. With the 5 siblings my father was grown up in the small town.  Despite the poverty my grandmother (Amma) imparted him best possible moral teachings possible.  Though she had only studied till 5th class,  she believes that education is as important as 2 time meals. Despite her poverty she admitted all her six children in the local primary school.(which will prove to be her greatest gift for the entire family).  Her moral teachings and unconditional love will not go to unawarded.
        My father joined school in 1963. Immediately he proved his talents and devotion to study in all subjects especially maths. He wanted to support his mother in every way. Soon he started gaining scholarships after scholarships (I have to hide my face when compared to him).  He was never dependent on others for his education. 
      It was not that easy. Lots of ups and downs came in his life. My father knows that he would also have to support family in some way.
There were many times they couldn’t able to afford 2 square meals. My father along with tau(his bigger brother) and Amma had to cut their stomach to be able to feed the younger once.
         My grandfather was not so good.  What I can say? He did not care for his family when they needed him the most. The income from the small tea shop was usually spent on his cigarettes or his love for  non veg. He is not in this world now. But memories he have left behind are not happy once.
       With such responsibility I don’t think any child would feel like continuing his education. But my father don’t let this stop him. Even the desire to change the circumstances of the family become the greatest motivation in his life.
      There were some very depressing time. Like one time he needed to purchase a practical file for his school. But grandmother has no money for it. He was told to submit the file next day only. He purchased 1 kilo of jaggery for 20 paise(1 rupee = 100 paise). He spent entire evening cutting it in shape of toffees and wrapped them in pieces of newspaper.  He went to market to sell them for 3 paise each. Till the dead at night he sold them all an earned around 45 paise. That was his first income.  He finally buied file for 35 praise and gave the rest to his mother.
        Such dedication I don’t think is possible for me.  I shall prefer not going to school the next day. But my father thinks entirely different. He believes that not submitting work on time will raise questions to your dedication. 
        When Papa reached 8th class the family shifted to a bigger town Bilaspur. My grandfather rented a small general store. Usually my father had to help in the store after the break. He had to usually miss periods after the break.( i always feel a little guilt when I bunk for hanging out with my friends). Despite of teacher’s complaints, my father study with full heart. Because of his hard work, he stood 4th in Himachal Board Exam of 8th class.
       When he passed matrix (10th class), an important decision was waiting for him. In India after 10th students have to choose from 3 disciplines – Humanities, Science Or Commerce.  My father wanted to take commerce. It was his dream.  But at that time Commerce was not offered at his school and of course he can’t afford to go in some big city.  So killing his dream he opted for Humanities and pursues BA (Bachelor Of Arts) in political science. That was hard time for him.  He always wanted to pursue Commerce. But he studied whatever he got with full day devotion for his family and topped in second year of college.
        2 months after the results he got the call that will change his life forever.  He was selected for a job in the government. He was really happy at that time. Completing his education he immediately joined the job and family shifted to Delhi.
         In the free time,  he decided to pursue his dream. He started studying commerce.  Without any tuition or coaching he passed the entrance test for ICWA ( bachelor degree in commerce) in the first attempt. (My sister has passed this test in 3rd attempt even after getting the best coaching available).
      On completing ICWA, he was promoted to the rank of the officer and everything changed forever.
      It may feel like a made up story. But it is the true story of my father. 25 years later he have 2 children (me and my elder sister). 
        Father has given us a life full of love,  dreams and luxuries.  He has tried to give us everything that he can’t get in his childhood. May be he is not Steve Jobs or Mahatma Gandhi but to us he is a man born for greatness and source of endless inspiration.
       Thank you papa for everything.  I promise one day you will be proud of me as I am proud of you.(it is one of my main inspiration for started blogging).
    Papa Achche(papa is best)
   Many many thanks to you also for reading. Enjoy your life but never forget what your parents have done for you.
      Have a blissful life
    

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See beyond the eye

We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon you can put your thumb up and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you’ve ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself—all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are, but then how fortunate we are to have this body and to be able to enjoy loving here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.

— Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 & 13 astronaut, interview for the 2007 movie In the Shadow of the Moon

     Living your life on this planet can you keep everything behind your thumb. Can you say that everything around you or inside you is insignificant? Your family,  friends, your video games,  smartphone,  drawing book – your entire life. Can this all be insignificant?
         Of course not. Your life is a gift from almighty.  So are your family and friends.
       A single life can be so big,  so complex,  so much to discover.  Let this all be multiplied by 7 billion (population of the world). Earth has so much in it.  It has so many different experiences,  so many stories,  so many souls- so much worth.
          Yet an astronaut standing on moon sees what,  a small sphere which he can hide behind his thumb. All the people,  their stories,  history of millions of years can be hidden behind a thumb.
      Isn’t that amazing. It clearly proves the fact that there is much more to the universe that a naked eye can see.
     It is not important what we see,  how we see it and how we interpret it is important.
      Yesterday,  when I was going to attend a wedding,  our car got trapped in traffic jam. The jam was caused due to 3 buses that are taking two third of the road and moving with the speed of the sloth. It was really irritating.  Looking at the buses I remembered similar incident but that had happened in GTA Vice City(a violent video game).  At that time, I had got out of my car and blasted the f*****g bus with a rocket launcher.  That had felt awesome.  I imagined to do the same thing here also(thanks god Papa don’t keep rocket launcher in his car).
        The paint of the window panels of the bus was dark and I was not able to see inside the bus. But as our car move closer I saw a faint shadow of a mother with her child clutched to her inside the bus. Suddenly,  I realised what I was thinking a moment ago.  How wrong and sinful it will be.  In my guilt, I spent rest of the journey in silence.
       This incidence tells us that the human nature is such that we depends on our eyes too much. Eye is most important sense of human beings, but we should not forget what makes us human. Our rational thinking and our ability to understand beyond what our senses can tell us.
         Everything we see,  we hear,  taste, touch or feel has as much deeper meaning than it appears to be. I am sure you have heard the phrase ” behind the scenes “.
       Let us take an example of a hit movie.  Imagine that you are waiting for its screening in front of your tv. But before begging the screening they give a little intro of how the movie is made. How the writer got the inspiration for story? How the director imagined it? The hard work of the entire team.
         So the movie for which you just have to on tv have not dropped from the sky. It is the result of the passion and hard work of many which you can’t see.
       If you give a little thought to it, you will find that there are various levels of this behind the scenes. Like for the film hard work of the entire team along with latest technology is required. For this technology you require genius minds. And such geniuses can only be humans in this planet. For humans to live,  air, water and food is required. For these elements are required which comes from almighty himself.(all things lead to him in the end).
      The basic idea is we should not be blinded by our eyes(wow that sounds ironic).  There can be a whole world behind it.  Try to see beyond your eyes. May be you can find something worth appreciating.
        A thing that one of my teacher told me holds great value in my life. He told me ” Whenever you decide something is boring and not worth your time, Try to bear it  for just 10 minutes. And then decide again. I am sure you will find something interesting “
        I have experimented in many things and found it very true(like in reading or blogging or programming.  I love them now ).  It has helped me in many subjects which I should have despised.
       Everything weather how stupid it looks or how boring it feels,  is the creation of almighty and can have a great history or hard work of many.  Can such a thing cannot worth your time. Learn to appreciate these things.  Don’t be a fool to think that something is rubbish.
       Aesthetics is one of the basic and most important quality of human race.  If you can’t love something,  can’t appreciate something you will not be able to feel true happiness.  Even to master any discipline like history,  philosophy,  IT or physics,  you need to first learn to appreciate it.
          See any book of any subject weather sciences or humanities or arts anything,  in the initial chapter you will always find introduction or background or history of that subject. Why it is given? Why not directly come to the main topics. It is because they want to first capture your interest.  To tell you that it has not come out of the sky.  It has a history and hard work of many behind it. It is worthy of your attention.
        Try to be more than just a watcher.  Be an observer.  Be an interpreter.  Be aesthetic.  Try to look beyond your eyes. It will make you a better person as well as a better learner.
           With this let us end this article.  I hope you like it and you appreciate it’s meaning.  All the best for your life.
         

A small divine intervention

          I am a firm believer in god. May be I can’t call them a great devotee of krishna. But still I try to remember him atheast once in a day. But as in the nature of every human being,  we usually take for granted things that we can get easily. We start ignoring them. In our busy life we forget that they even exist.
      I am no exception to this. Last week proved to be a really long week for me. I gave my internal exams.  5 subject 5 days back to back. It was a really tiring week. Syllabus was almost full with no holiday in between.
      But I was confident in my preparations and did good in first three exams. I was confident that next exam will also pass away like other three. So I went to hang out with my friends and got home late in the evening.  But that confidence proved to be over confidence. I was like blown away that next was Software Engineering.  I was in the wrong assumption that next was Java (which I can top without opening the book).  And was SE the subject dread. OMG I am dead.
      I haven’t open the notes of SE in the entire semester.  I became too afraid.  I was not able to handle pressure at that time and took a novel and start reading it. I accepted that there is no point in studying. I am tired and syllabus is too much.Alas!  I will fail tragically.
          I went to sleep early.  But I was very restless.  I woke up at 3 am from a bad dream. I realise that I was really thirsty and went to kitchen in the dead of the night.
        I was confused why the night bulb of veranda was off. As soon as I went out of my room.  I saw the temple of our house.  It’s light was on. It shouldn’t be. (god sleeps too).
       But as I got near I was astonished by its beauty.  The idols of the gods look majestic like the glow is coming from them. I sit in front of the temple and chant a small prayer. The peace I got at that time cannot be described in words. It was soo peaceful with complete silence ans no one to disturb. I took out my phone and captured some photos.

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    Isn’t it something? Suddenly realized I felt very fresh.  I felt rejenuated. It was an amazing feeling.  I looked at the clock. It was quarter past 3 but I was in no mood of sleeping.  So why not study a little bit? I thought I can atheast try.  There is still 6 hrs for exam to begin.
      I switched of the temple ‘s bulb and went to my desk. I went through important topics.  Though SE is a complete theory subject (I such in craming up),  I realised it has a nice pattern and logic to it.  May be I should have tried to study it before. It is not so bad.
      The next day I went to the exam with a little bit of confidence.  Miraculously most of the questions that came,  I have studied last night only.  I wrote whatever I know in the best way possible.
      When I came out I have a smile of satisfaction on my face. Though I will not get 30( full marks),  not even 25.  But I am surely to get above 20. That is more than enough for me.
       When I went home,  I came to know that my sister have forgot to switch of the temple’s light last night. She have never  forgot this in my memory.  So why only last night? Why questions paper is full of questions that I have studied? How I got so much peace to in a restless night?
       There is a high chance that this all is a coincidence. But in my heart I believe it something much greater.  Something much more powerful.
        I believe it is a blessing from him.  The one who rules this universe.  The one who is the programmer of all things in the mighty the universe.
        I realised that beside last night I have never remembered lord Krishna in the entire week. My ego has misted my thinking. I got too proud of myself.  I forgot god even exists.
      But he never forgot me. He come to me when I most needed. He gave peace to my restless soul. He gave courage to me in time of fear.
      This may be a small thing.  It was just an exam(that too internal). But it has given me a story to tell. It has given me a moral teaching that I will remember all my life. Never take anything for granted.
          Tell me can you remember last time you visited a nearby Temple( church/gurudwara/masjid wherever you go). If you can very good.  If you cannot please find a little time for him. He has given you air,  water,  earth,  family,  this beautiful life but the greatest treasure he has hidden in himself that is peace.
       Thank you for reading.  Hope this was worth your time.  Don’t forget to share your thoughts.
   

Experience the greatest rpg – your life

     RPG(role playing games) is a genere loved by many gamers. Weather it is Final Fantasy or pokemon or kemco games,  rpgs have found a place in the hearts of many.
    RPGs  are so popular because these games try to stimulate real life. In real life we need experience to achieve anything and experience is gained through hours of practice.
     RPGs stimulate this. Most of these games have a level and stats system. Each character have unique stats like strength,  vitality,  intellect,  magic etc.
When player wins a battle he is awarded some experience point that are added to the level bar and the bar increases. When level bar is maximized the character level is increased with that his stats also making. Intresting. Isn’t it.
        Gamers spend 10s of hours in winning more and more battles to gain experience. The rising level bar keeps them motivated. Maximizing the bar gives them immense satisfaction and motivation to carry on and on.
     Will it not be wonderful if we can bring this motivation in our real Lives. If we can visualise our goals or targets like bars. If we can create a stat system for us.
     This will keep us motivated always. It is proven that results that can be seen with naked eyes act as better motivater.
      But there is a basic problem. Most of our stats do not have a measure. Tell me how will you measure your health,  vitality or intelligence. You can say go for regular check ups or take it test every month. But these all are money and time consuming and may not worth your efforts. Also there is no measure for qualities like love,  compassion or will power. Is there?
      So what we do? What is the solution? We want a way that is simple, easy to understand,  effective and can measure anything.
      Answer is a simple application smartphone Raise the bar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lvl.xpbar (link is for android search raise the bar for ios appstore)
        This is a goal tracking app but it has an additional feature that separates it from other such apps.
       It uses bar to track your goals. You can track by time (eg: how much hours I study) or by amount (no. Of pages etc.) and at last the feature I was talking about. A level up system.
     It is similar to the level up system. You can track things that usually have no measure or difficult to measure.
     Take this example. This is the screenshot of my stats.
   

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   You can see the four bars that I track. Vitality,  will,  spirituality, Intellect. You can award yourself points whenever you do something positive related to what you are targeting.
   Like yesterday I was longing to eat ice cream but I control myself. So I awarded me a vitality point and will point. In the morning I did brush my teeth for full 2 minutes and was awarded 1 vitality point. Today I solve 20 math problems and was awarded 3 intellect point. I helped one of my friend in revision for tomorrow’s exam and was awarded 2 spiritual points. Isn’t it awesome.
     When bar is maximized you will gain a level and become a more healthy or more intelligent or improve your will power or become a better human being.
    These are stats that I have selected. You can select anything you want to improve in yourself. Weather it is creativity or any subject,  goodness or relationships with others. Your bad or good habits.  Anything that cannot me measured in meter,  kg or seconds. To understand this more clearly you can read http://wp.me/p5ZVm7-7
      I have tried this simple motivating technique personally. If you honestly follow it you will become better.
    There are many things in our life that do not look important and are neglected. Like do not brushing teeth properly may not affect in two or three days but what will you feel when you lose your teeth at ab early age.
      You may not help your friends in need and can lose them.
     These small small things may have negligence or no effects in short term but can ruin your life in the long run. As the result is slow and usually there is no immediate award there is a high chance that you will neglect or be demotivated to carry on with then.
    So this simple technique can keep you motivated and remind you of your targets.
   At first,  it may feel stupid but as you carry on it will become a game that will have tremendous awards in real life. It will help you achieve good habits that can change your life. (I have got more than 20 will points for not eating nails. Now I am never scolded for it)
    It is proven that humans tend to perform better when they have a challenge to conquer and a goal to reach.
   Also it will give you immense satisfaction and happiness when you level up that is a great prize in itself.
    The app is free. No need to buy pro version it just removes adds nothing special. It is easy to understand and use. It includes excellent tutorials for every function. Please check it out
Raise the bar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lvl.xpbar (link is for android search raise the bar in ios appstore)
      It has changed my life for better. Hope the same for you.
    Heey,  I finally completed this article. I deserve atheist 2 will points. That takes be to level 6. Yipee
      Thank you for reading. Hope you like it. Please share your thoughts with us.
       

   
  

Dilemma in wisdom -Gandhi’s 3 wise monkeys

       From our childhood we are told to always take the right path . Never to think evil – never to see evil, never to say evil, never to hear evil.

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         Gandhi’s 3 wide monkeys
    (Though a 4th should be added-
              Never to post evil )

   But I don’t think that I is really as easy as it seems. Even this is not entirely practically possible. Let us say,  we promise not to see evil, not speak evil, not hear evil. But how do we know of something is evil of we just close our senses top it.
    We don’t really taste or touch or smell something to know it is evil. Do we? If we just close our eyes, ears and mouth how do we can recognize something around us is evil. If we can’t recognize that something is evil than how do can we protect our self and people stupid us from it. Even
     Let us take a real life example. Suppose, you are walking around a park. You see some men are molesting a girl at a corner of the park. She looks towards you with pleading eyes. She called up you for help. Now you have a choice in this situation.
      Remember your duties of a good citizen and rush to help her. Or close your eyes close your ears and leave. Close your mouth and don’t tell anyone. Forget it ever happened.
    What do you think is the right thing to do? The first option or the later . What you think if Gandhi ji was at your place has done. Of course he had rush to immediately to help the girl. Hasn’t he ? (After all he is Gandhi for some reason) .
     So the wisdom of three wide monkeys is wrong? Are we fools to follow it? Are we giving wrong teachings to our kids? If you think do I am story I completely disagree with you?
     The above interpretation is completely wrong of we see it in context of present time.
     Everything have to evolve south time. If someone or something refused to evolve it will be deleted to nothing ? Let us not let gandhi’s dear monkeys die.
      Probably at the time of gandhi it was enough to hide evil from children to save then from evil. But the world has changed? Today a child has thousands sources to know about them.
      If you do not discuss with your children the evils of society , this will only increase their curiosity. They will consider the other sources which usually do not show the true face of evil .They will fall for its allure and will unable to see the negative, the bad things behind it. They will be unable to see the true face of evil.
Children secret watching porn is a very common example of this.
      The mission of the 3 wise monkeys is not to teach hide the evil or how to ignore the evil. That is evil itself . Their true mission is to show the people the true face of evil , to discourage them not to follow it.
    When the first money closes his mouth, he is not telling to remain silent when evil is happening before you. Rather he is telling you to not to join yourself. It is telling not to say ill words that can hurt someone.
    When second and third monkeys closes their eyes and ears. They are not telling you to close your eyes and ears in front of evil happening before you. They are rather telling you not just see what is happening . They are telling you to refuse to accept that. Refuse to accept that this can happen in society we live in. Refuse to accept that you have to hear or see such evil.
       Correct interpretation is more important than meaning.
       Nerd of the time is to accept the reality of today’s world and to understand the true wisdom of three wide monkeys.
     The end goal is same but the means have to be changed. Hiding evil will not gonna work. Children should be taught about the evil ,its true true nature and its bad affected from the right sources.
     That is it. The article is finished but if you are a patent. Your work starts here.
    Thank you for reading.
     

   

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in complexity and confusion of things.

      It is common thinking as you develop yourself in anything ( any discipline or art or any talent or anything ) , things get more and more complicated. Best example is maths . All will agree on this.
From 1,2,3,4 to geometry and calculus. There is a difference of heaven and earth between two levels.
       It is said to be true for anything you want to do in your life. Every discipline from maths , physics , astronomy to history , geography or political science get more complex and tedious. Even every type of art drawing , painting , dancing , singing follow this . Even your hobbies that may be planning , reading , video games etc.
      Like when I starred reading books , it is any book that I found in school library . But later on I developed taste for particular genres like fantasy romance , erotica or medivial fantasy.
     Even relationships gets complicated with time . Don’t you agree?
     The universe is very complicated . I used to believe that also …….. Until  I was introduced to programming. Programming language may be difficult and complex to understand. But when you do the practical work . When you are given a situation  real life . You have to go back to the basics that are simple and easy.
      Consider this example at our first class in programming we are said to make a programme to add 3 and 4 . Look at the programme for this simple problem. (No need to understand. Just notice how complex it is)

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All that for just doing 3+4 . Well computer understand only this.
But the point is a simple problem can become complex just by our perception .
   Believe me this usually is the case with most of things in life.
They are usually not so complicated as we make them.
    There its 2 terms generation and specialization . Specialization means when we try to understand things at micro level that is complex and greatly detailed. Generalization means understanding things at micro  level that is simple and less detailed. Like if you study economic, you may know there are 2 branches micro economic and macro economic . Micro economic related to economy of villages, towns our cities. But to understand the economy of a country , can you study economy of all villages and towns ? No way it will take 100 years. So we generalize them. We look for similarities rather than differences and group then in categories like rural economy and urban economy. Micro economy may be good at a village level. But when you are running a country detailed and complex view is impossible to consider. Hence , we use macro economy which is simple and less detailed.
       This method of generalization is followed in many discipline including biology, software engineering , chemistry, physics , computer science, IT , accounts. Even on humanity subjects like history , arts, singing , dancing etc.
    Real ability of human beings is not understanding complex things .Rather in making complex things easy to understand .
    This is accepted by many intellects born in our society. Read the heading of this article. Do you know it is said by Isaac Newton (though half things he said I was unable to understand but understood this) .
    Best example I can think of is Mahatama Gandhi . He led the revolution to free India from british rule . He only applied certain simple princess like satyanarayan(always take path of truth) , ahimsa(peaceful demonstrations) , seeing good in every human etc. and managed the revolution .
       He lived a simple lifestyle. He always remain close to his basic principle .
      That is the secret of reducing complexity from your life.
      Always stay close to the basics . Apply this in everything. Try to decompose a complex problem in basics. If your basics are not clear you will not be able to relate to them.
     For example of you don’t know how to count, how will you solve a problem of addition and distraction or how can you wrote an article if you don’t know the grammar of a language or how can you painting if you don’t recognize the colors .
     Respect the basics. Always stay close to them because Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in complexity and confusion of things.
       Hope you liked this article. Please share you thoughts.