The Pleasure of Solitude

“Walking with the crowd will usually take you no further than the crowd. Walking alone will take you to the places you’ve never been.”
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The Choice And Thereafter…

Today, as I was surfing the net, I came up on a wonderful story about how a guy was a given a choice by his fiancée, what he chose and his life thereafter. The story was written by Debo Dasgupta as an answer to a question he was asked on a website. The story is both interesting and inspiring. I’d like you to read the story and enjoy yourself: Continue reading “The Choice And Thereafter…”

The Sweetest “Cherry” You’ll Ever Find

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.”

A baby girl is one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys you can ever feel, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today. I realized this when I was gifted with a cute, little, tiny cousin named “Cherry”. True to her name, she is indeed a lively cherry, bringing a delight and awe to everyone Continue reading “The Sweetest “Cherry” You’ll Ever Find”

12 “Exclusive” Pictures From Facebook

These 12 “exclusive” pictures from Facebook are sure to make your day. Facebook can be funny at times. It can be a place where people can feel “incomplete” with 20 others, post pictures of a “second honeymoon” or a selfie with the dead. Now, have a look at these pictures. You may discover things that you never knew before: Continue reading “12 “Exclusive” Pictures From Facebook”

Life Without Facebook: 10 Points

Life is great without Facebook. I have a personal experience regarding that. I decided to quit Facebook after I realised that it was Facebook who was using me rather than the other way round. It’s been over six months since I deactivated my Facebook account. Initially I was a bit sceptical about taking that step as I found it difficult, scratching my brains to figure Continue reading “Life Without Facebook: 10 Points”

The Simple Dr. Abdul Kalam I Knew

The news of the death of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam came as a shock to every Indian today. I could not believe the news for a long time and prayed it to be a hoax. But my prayers were never answered and I realised, that great man was no more.

As I sat back and thought about Dr. Kalam, I recollected something that he said during one of his student interaction programmes. It was 2nd February, 2011 and he was at Gauhati University to deliver the ‘V. Venkata Rao Memorial Lecture’. Anyone who has attended his student interaction programmes knows about the ‘Questioning and Interactive Session’ that he holds after delivering his lecture, every time. Students were asked to put forward questions to Dr. Kalam, which he would answer after his lecture. I and my friends jotted down a few questions, which were answered very briefly and crisply, leaving no further doubt. It was during that session when someone from the crowd stood up and asked him something like “How to be the second Abdul Kalam?”.
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A Dinner Invitation Gone Wrong

At present, I’m about 500 kilometres away from home, undergoing a summer intern-ship in an Oil Company. Few of my university seniors work in the same company. Today, as I was walking through the market area with one of my friends (Shantanu) undergoing the same intern-ship, I was suddenly greeted by a senior (Sid Da). It feels good to meet someone in a new place. We started talking and discussed about a few things. Sid Da got us a bottle of Coke each and as we were sipping it, he offered to buy mutton and invited me for dinner tonight.
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The Unconventional Oil Theft

It was during my intern-ship at Oil India Limited, Duliajan, Assam this year when I got to interact with many people and got a glimpse of their lives. Usually during the field visits to the oil wells, I used to sit in the front seat of the vehicle and talk to the driver during the journey from office to the oil wells, located in the suburbs or remote areas. During one of the visits, Continue reading “The Unconventional Oil Theft”

7 Things Education Doesn’t Teach

Textual knowledge is not everything in life. Marks may get you a good rank or pointer, but will hardly help you cope up with today’s world.  What one requires today are skills, wits and presence of mind. Education teaches us many things. But there are some certain things that do not fall into the ambit of education for different reasons. You realize what those ‘certain things’ are, only when you face life and think out of the box for your survival.

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Success = Hard work. Failure = Bad luck?

“I don’t know how this happened! It was all good luck..!” – Nobody, ever.

LuckOne day, I was sitting in the coffee shop and I heard two guys discussing something that caught my attention. As I was alone, I decided to listen to them for a while and then join the conversation. They were talking something about luck. One of them (say X) had gone for an interview, but was not hired. He was constantly cursing his luck while the other (say Y) was consoling him. They were strangers to me, yet I decided to shift my place to their table.

As I pulled out a chair, sat beside them and joined the conversation, I figured out that it was all about perception. X vehemently claimed that he had Continue reading “Success = Hard work. Failure = Bad luck?”

Being Too Social: Is It Harmful?

Being social is good, but being too social is definitely harmful if you do not know how to maintain your checks and balances. Let me explain it like this:

Look at yourself. Are you too social? If yes, then you have a lot of friends you care about. You share your joys and sorrows with them. You won’t be lonely when you are sad, as having so many friends, there will always be a bunch of friends who’ll Continue reading “Being Too Social: Is It Harmful?”