Be The Change You Wish To See In The World!

Let me tell you a story today.

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved eating sugar.  He would chew on his sugar granules throughout the day. His mother was worried that this excessive gorging on sugar would take a toll on his  health. She tried everything from gently coaxing him out of this habit to scaring him to hiding the containers, but to no avail. Finally, she decided to take him to his idol, Mahatma Gandhi, so that the great man could talk some sense to her child.

So the next day, she started on the journey with her son. When she finally reached his Ashram, she saw that hundreds of people were waiting to meet the great man. When finally their turn came, the mother explained to  Gandhi the whole situation, and requested him to talk to her son. Gandhi smiled at her and said, “Please come back in 2 weeks time and I shall speak with your son”. She was confused, but she left without any protest.

Two weeks passed, she went back to the Ashram with her son and this time, Gandhi immediately spoke to her son. Curious, she asked Gandhi why he hadn’t spoken to her son the last time they had come. Gandhi smiled and said, “Well, two weeks ago, I too was eating too much of sugar”. He couldn’t preach what he didn’t practice.

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It’s easy to complain about the world and other people, but if you cannot implement the changes in your own life, then you have no right to complain. Don’t be a hypocrite!

We do not have control over others. We cannot change others, only ourselves. If you want to see some change in the world, you must start with yourself. Every significant change that has ever happened in this world has been the result of changes which began at individual level. Revolutions have happened because one person had the courage to stand up for what they believed in  and didn’t wait for others to take action. Now, you don’t have to pick up your megaphone and yell for a revolution if that’s not something you want to do. Just be an embodiment of what you believe in and you might be able to move others with your belief too.

But in order for things to change, you have to change. Don’t just complain how this world sucks. Be the Change!

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Authors Who Made History – E.R. Braithwaite

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, is a novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people.

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I inherited a few books from my late Uncle (may his soul rest in peace), one of which was To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite. I was immediately taken in by the book and that led to a beautiful and heart-touching journey through the many books of this talented writer. The narration will truly touch your heart.

Born in 1920 in British Guyana to a family of two Oxford-educated parents and four other siblings, he had a relatively easy and comfortable upbringing in the loving family. Continue reading

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Tuesday Trivia

Sorry, I am a little late with my post! But better late than never, right? Well, without wasting any more time, let’s dive in…

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Did You Know?

Scotland’s national animal is the Unicorn! On a similar note, North Korea’s national animal is the Chollima (a Mythical Winged Horse), while Dodo’s the national bird of Mauritius.

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Did You Know?

Dinosaurs were actually warm-blooded reptiles.

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Did You Know?

You might know that strawberry is not a berry. But did you know that banana is a berry? So are pomegranate, tomatoes and kiwis.

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Did you know?

The brain is 73% water. It takes only 2% dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills. So to keep that brain functioning… drink up (well, water)!

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Did You Know?

Venus has the longest day of any planet in our solar system. It completes one rotation every 243 Earth days. Its day lasts longer than its orbit. It orbits the Sun every 224.65 Earth days, so a day is nearly 20 Earth days longer than its year.

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Did you know?

Evolution is believed to help us grow bigger, better and smarter. But apparently, this is a myth! Over the past 10,000 – 20,000 years, the size of the average human brain has shrunk by the size of a tennis ball (scary, right?). Scientists attribute this to our “domestication”, lack of a balanced meal and, would you like to guess? Yes, you got it right – to the lack of physical activity. Born to be wild, anyone?

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That’s all for this trivia! Which fact did you find most interesting?

#triviatuesday #weekly

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TV Review: Kill Me, Heal Me

TV Review: Kill Me, Heal Me

Hello to all my dear friends at Bloggers World! It’s been  a while. I hope everyone is doing well.

Now coming to the topic at hand; this is my very first TV show review, and for the purposes of this review, I have chosen a Korean drama (any K-drama addicts here?) – Kill Me, Heal Me.

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Plot

The human body is capable of all sorts of things to survive difficult situations. Cha Do Hyun is a third-generation business heir who developed dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) in the aftermath of several life-threatening traumatic events. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who helps him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On, is a writer who is determined to uncover the unscrupulous lives of the rich and starts following Do Hyun around. Can Do Hyun take control over his condition before one of his seven personalities takes control over him instead?

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My Take

First of all, the acting by our lead, Ji Sung, was commendable. It is a difficult job to get into the shoes of a hypothetical person and do justice to it. Ji Sung plays the role of Cha Do-hyun, our hero, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Continue reading

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Apologies

Hey everyone,
I realise I had 2 weekly features booked in May, and I went total AWOL on those. I was suddenly posted to a rural place by my company for about 2 months, and the internet connectivity was too poor to open WP let alone post something on it, and I couldn’t even inform anyone.
So, many apologies for not being able to follow through my commitments.
@piyushavir

#discussion

Word of the Week: Rostrum

Rostrum

/ˈrɒstrəm/

noun

plural rostra

  1. a raised platform on which a person stands to make a public speech, receive an award or medal, play music, or conduct an orchestra.For example: Speaker after speaker stepped up to the rostrum
  2. a raised platform supporting a film or television camera.Example: A rostrum camera
  3. the curved end of a ship’s prow; especially:  the beak of a war galley.
  4. Zoology: a bodily part or process suggesting a bird’s bill as the beak, snout, or proboscis of any of various insects or arachnids and the often spinelike anterior median prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean (as a crayfish or lobster).

Source: Merriam-Webster

The origin of the word goes back to the the mid 16th century. In ancient Rome and Greece, military victories were commemorated with a display of captured arms and standards. These were popularly called Trophies from Greek tropaion, monument of an enemy’s defeat. In ancient Greece, spoils or arms taken in battle and set up on the field and dedicated to a god

Trophy 

/ˈtrəʊfi/

noun

a cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.

Warships in those days had pointed beams, called “beaks,” sticking out from the bows. They were used to ram and sink enemy ships. To celebrate the first great naval victory of the Roman republic over Antium in 338 B.C.E, the Romans gathered the beaks of the losers’ ships. They hung them in back of the speaker’s platform in the Forum in Rome from which orations, pleadings, etc., were delivered. The Latin word for the ship’s beak was rostrum, from the Latin “Rodere” which literally means a beak or a means to gnaw. The word was first used in its plural form, rostra, to denote the platform built. In time rostra came to be used for any speaker’s platform, not just one decorated with the beaks of ships.

It was in the 18th century that it started being used in English in it’s present form, the Latin singular rostrum to mean “a speaker’s platform”. Other words for such a structure include dais, podium and tribune.

Ripe knowledge in mighty pulsations goes forth from the rostrum, and permeates society.
“The Progressionists, and Angela.”
by Conrad von Bolanden
So now that you know about the origin of the word, would you like to try a 6 word or 13 word story on this?
Have a great Monday!

Trivia Tuesday!

  • Did You Know?

    11th April is World Parkinson’s Day. A little morbid, but everyone should be aware of it, right?
    Parkinson’s disease, named after Dr James Parkinson, the doctor who first identified the condition, is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The reason is unknown and there is no cure but it can be controlled with medicine and therapy. Approximately 4 million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s disease, which is really sad.
    Read more about it here.

    Moving on to a lighter topics…

  • Did You Know?

    Female fireflies apparently cannot fly because they are wingless/ have shorter wings (I am not sure which; different articles state different things). The males fly around showing off their lights while the female perches on a rock or shrub and waits for an attractive mate. When she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own!
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  • Did You Know?

    Ural Mountains, which form the boundary between Europe and Asia, Caucasus Mountains (the namesake of the Caucasian race), separate Asia from Europe
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  • Did You Know?

    Dolphins have hair when they are first born. This hair is found on the top of the rostrum, which is the dolphin’s mouth, and falls out within two weeks. Dolphins do not grow any other hair for the rest of their lives.
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  • Did You Know?

    Starfish do not have a centralized brain but instead have a complex nervous system with radial nerves running along the length of each ray and a circumoral (“around the mouth”) nerve ring that connects the radial nerves.
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  • Did You Know?

    If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (ahem.. the new season is coming up and I couldn’t resist), chances are you couldn’t get over the massacre of Red Wedding for a while (I was reeling in shock for about a week). But, at the end of the day you could console yourself that it’s all fictional. Well, apparently not! The Red Wedding was inspired by real life events –  The Black Dinner and Glencoe Massacre. Well, imagine the horror.
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I quite enjoyed researching bits for those trivia. Which one did you find the most interesting?

#weekly #triviatuesday

 

Word of the Week: Wanderlust

Friends, I am a little late with today’s post. I was travelling and I totally forget to schedule a post for today. And since I was travelling, so I thought why not a post on travelling?

It is weird how some people are so happy and contend with the place they reside in while some are always aching to travel. Jason Mraz says in his “Everything Is Sound” song, “…you don’t need a vacation when there’s nothing to escape from”. While I don’t necessarily agree with him, maybe there is some truth in it too. For some, it is a means of escape from the chores of day-to-day life while for others, it’s the curiosity to see the world, discover new places, culture, food and never contend with living in just one place. And it seems that scientists agree with me! Yay!

Scientists have discovered a gene DRD4 which they believe is associated with the inane urge to travel and have named it the Wanderlust Gene.  You can read more about it here.

wanderlust ˈwɒndəlʌst/
noun
A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
Example: Wanderlust has led him to many different parts of the world.
The term “wanderlust” was derived from two German words wandern (to hike), and lust (desire) in the year 1902. Although the word “wandern” is frequently misused as a false friend, the actual meaning of the word is not “to wander” but “to hike”. So, the literal translation of term is a desire to hike or stroll (wikipedia). However, the evolved English meaning of the term is broader, and describes the desire or the urge to travel and explore the world!
Another beautiful word from the German language which has made way into the English dictionary is “wanderjahr” (/ˈwɑn.də(ɹ)ˌjɑː/) which means a journeyman’s year in German and wander year in English. It’s that one gap year which students usually take to go to some foreign land and explore the culture and language and world before getting into college or before seeking employment.
I will leave you with two lines from the Wanderlust song by The Weeknd:
You’re in love with something bigger than love
You believe in something stronger than trust
Wanderlust
Wanderlust!

Trivia Tuesdayy!

A big Hello to my dear blogging buddies! A happy Tuesday to everyone!

Alright, so coming to the topic…

Did you know?

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  1. March 15th is the International Day Against Police Brutality.
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  2. The dot over the letter “i” or “j” is called a tittle.
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  3. Cocoa beans were once used as a currency! Oh-what?
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  4. Ostriches and Zebras have formed a symbiotic relationship. They often live together to protect each other from predators. The ostrich can see better while the Zebra can hear and smell danger better.
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  5. Lying flat on your back is your best bet for surviving a falling elevator. And don’t forget to cover your head!
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  6. The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells. And you can always form new connections. Scientists now believe that every time you learn something new, new connections are created and the structure of the brain changes. So never stop learning!
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So, which fact did you find the most interesting?

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Word of the Week: Petrichor

I hear leaves drinking rain;
I hear rich leaves on top
Giving the poor beneath
Drop after drop;
'Tis a sweet noise to hear
These green leaves drinking near.

- William Henry Davies

Rain… Who doesn’t love the first rain?

The nature transforms immediately. The trees shake off their old, tired, wrinkly selves and stand up straighter; the leaves wake up and start drinking in the water and glow brighter, the buds start opening up, the birds start chirping, the frogs start croaking…  It’s a wake-up call to the nature…

And then there is the sweet smell of the soil which lingers in the air…

You know that earthy odour which emanates from earth after the first rain following a long dry spell, right? You recognise that wonderful sweet smell, right? The smell which makes us all feel more alive and awakens the romantic poet in everyone…

That particular smell, my friends, has a name. It is called Petrichor.

“She opened the window and inhaled the petrichor, and  felt herself calm immediately. Oh! How  she loved the smell!”

petrichor /ˈpɛtrʌɪkɔː/

A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

e.g.: Other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all.

Source: Oxford Dictionary

The term Petrichor was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964. Petrichor – derived from the combination of two Greek words petros, which means stone, and ichor, the “ethereal essence” believed to flow through the veins of their gods, or the blood of gods.

But have you ever wondered where  comes from or why we detect it at all?

During the dry months, the plants secrete a mix of oils which inhibits  further growth during the dry season where sufficient water might not available to sustain that growth. This mix of oil accumulates in rocks and the soil. When rain hits these particles, the compound breaks up and the petrichor is released. Another chemical called geosmin, secreted by a group of soil-dwelling bacteria, called actinomycetes, mixes with the plant oils to contribute to this smell.

And that’s why the world smells so different after rains

Apparently, nature is hard-wired to detect petrichor. Scientists believe that we might have inherited the affinity for petrichor from our ancestors, who relied on rains for their survival. In the desert regions, it works as a signal to the camels that water is now available and they should fill up their tanks. The geosmin is carried to the waterbodies by the rain and it also acts as a cue to the fishes that it’s time to start breeding!

It’s strange thinking how the smallest of things in the nature might be such a huge contributing factor to its survival, and maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. Everything is connected!

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