FLASH

We are all in a bus riding, but without a map. Maybe this is how I picture my future, but I still feel okay. We are all taught to dream big and run for the bigger. We are all manufactured to hold the handle tight, because this roller coaster is not fun. But, why are we so stuck to the light of a lamp, the waves coming onto our feet, the sunshine peeking through the window, these are not as big as the names suggest? This is randomness found everywhere.

I was in my blanket sipping the hot coffee, listening to some old bolly with my writing pad beside and all this week my phone was full of snaps of beaches, hills and sunsets. My old school friend shared a picture when we were in 8th standard, the faces seemed in need of some nutrition, but at least this brought the dead group to life. As soon as the conversations turned to aspirations, I heard my mom calling, which out of nowhere scared me. Life thumped hard at times, and it will; only it depends that how hard you can let it hit you.

There I saw some street dogs, drinking milk, and my friend sent me a click, birds drinking from the puddle and we all save pictures from our Facebook feed which are randomly beautiful. How fun it is to watch our friend dancing weirdly or that sound when the whole group burst into laughter after you crack a joke. I can remember my last trip, just stars and the moon, cold weather and walking, I couldn’t capture anything in my phone; I didn’t want to, that effort of putting hands inside my pockets, taking out the phone and opening the camera. Lying under the stars-filled blanket was way too easier.

Last week my mother guffawed at those creative Snapchat filters, while we were trying to take a selfie. My dad sends me “good-morning” texts, expects me to have a wonderful day which off course can’t happen but reading them after a sick routine makes it a little better. My little cousin was trying to teach her grandmother how to use an Ipad, and her questions were portrayed in winsome way.  I love my weekends, and those residing in PGs and hostels love holidays, because the empty tea cups on the table and everyone away from their virtual screens is a day complete in itself.

Is there anything better than the late night walks when there’s a volcano erupting inside your heart or the same volcano inside your stomach gets you to late nigh munchies? The chocolate bites while sharing, or last sip of the water bottle? I am walking through all the moments which I can’t express but can only recite. The feelings which we all get sitting beside a river bank are not contained just in those big goals but are hidden under the cover of randomness.

All that randomness, you can derive from these little snaps, flash.  All you need to do is to not stare at your phone screens while waiting for the metro, budge for some passengers’ expressions, do not feel awkward to smile first or smile back, budge to make someone happier, do not miss out your family jokes because they can be the funniest, initiate hugs or help your mom in the kitchen and do not miss on the stars behind the phone screen.

Capture to live a little more, it’s all about randomness.

Little Words #2

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Ropes tied up with stones,
feet torn, decorated with wounds.
Drawing made with sweat and blood,
portrayed naturally on the landscape.
They feel the weight, took the whole spirit to lift up
and step ahead.
With each step, calls for a lift, your soul,
the bloodsheds.
The soul would shake, while a drop of sweat rolls down the forehead.
Spiritually driven, bonded strong,
they all won’t stop, whatever ahead.
We learn, how they turn to be brave soldiers
in all tough day.
How to move on with no complaints.
Wrist tightened, energy flowed,
rousing enthusiasm through nerves.
What time, condition, weather,
walk alone.
‘You can do this!’- is the shout as well a whisper.
Strength, their identity, determination, their weapon,
breaking those ropes, running, spirit won’t die
As they go on forever!

Modern Living and Yoga

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“When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.” ― Petri Räisänen

The modern society is slowly becoming a hurry-scurry created by itself, there are people and facilities, noises and creations, work and energies and everything in the aerosphere is absorbed by everyone. The process of making a living never stop and it makes every human run the race to grab the necessities. In the production, we dig in a lot of inputs to make the best out of it, but are we forgetting the utility will decline with increasing returns?

There must be no direct relation between your conscience and economy, but there is an indirect track leading to it. India is now the largest growing economy in the world which shows that how the leaders and workers are doing a backbreaking job. No matter whether it is an employer, student, parent or wayfarer, every soul invests in the development of a whole economy by sacrificing some bit of it. During this cycle, which never ends, we are ignoring the willingness dying inside and an irresistible hankering overpowering the minds to follow the flock of sheep.

Commonly called, ‘break-downs’, to define it exactly, it is that point in life where one gives up everything, all energies going out in the space, your sagacity has answered. To avoid this plight every body should take out some time to comprehend its eminence and in the growing modern society, ‘Yoga’ is the panacea.

Recently, the prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the joint meeting Congress in Washington and according to the reports it has been observed that there are over 30 million practitioners of Yoga in America, India has not yet claimed IPR on Yoga. In Mr. Narendra Modi words; ‘SIRI tells us that India’s ancient heritage of Yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the US. It is estimated that more Americans bend for yoga than to throw a curve ball. And, no Mr Speaker (Paul Ryan), we have not yet claimed intellectual property rights on Yoga.’ This is a call for yoga awareness drive.

If we consider diurnal processes we might come across the different kinds of pressures every human would take in a day. The normal days, hustle bustle, traffic, colleagues chattering, boss’s tantrums, exams, crimes, they coagulate to give enough load to your mind declining the ability of one to work. With developing technologies, people connecting online and everything taking place via the internet; making all individuals a machine dependent on other machines. The high tech world leads to a trap in the tedium, facing severe health problems. It is estimated that every one in five will be in depression by the year 2020, and why do you think is the rate so high, because with manufacturing of robots we are becoming one of the them!

The energy or enthusiasm may disappear because of the physical and mental stress a mind and a body tackle. One can contemplate the changing behaviour; nervousness in the body, vigorous actions, fumbling of words while speaking (because of thousands of ideas crossing through your mind) and the most prominent deportment is aggression. It is one of the strongest indications that a mind is stuffed with huge sea of thoughts, burdened under stress and feels suffocated but is still working because this is the modern living. But are we justifying the modern living? Maybe not.

Today, we are not recognising the worth of our creeds. The desire of a soul is never satisfied without the apprehension of its existence. Every day you see crowds in public places; metro, buses, markets, can you differentiate the individuals? No, and maybe even the discrete personalities in the same crowd cannot. Yoga gives you the strength to analyse your soul and its dimensions. It is an exercise to stretch to all your foibles and overcome those. It is the best medium to let go of the negative energies confined and brings down the stress of a monotonous life. This makes you stand out of the crowd, discovering the eternal verities.

Modern living is producing a coherent community of machines, but yoga makes them pneumatic machines. Under the limitless blue sky, swaying cool breeze, 20 minutes of yoga give you a chance to stay calm and pious every time. Maybe every country is producing the best CEOs, doctors, engineers, businessmen, but are they pure enough towards working? We are not aware of the prominence of yoga in a country’s development at present, but in the long run, we will perceive and appreciate. The aggression, frustration and stress never compliment with the work. Also, in the words of Buddha; there is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

In 2014, the UN General Assembly recognised June 21 as the International Yoga Day after 177 member states supported the draft moved by India and the first International Day of Yoga was observed world over on June 21, 2015 which is a great move towards the pure growth of the world. Around the globe if every leader fathoms the need of peace of mind at a workplace, then, we will be able to achieve greater heights and pure evolution.
Yoga may seem routinely exercise, but it is proven that it helps getting rid of present health problems while protecting your body from subsequent diseases. It is a precaution and a cure too, helping your body flexibility, increasing muscle strength, respiration and flotation of energy in your body. Every other day the social networking sites preach about the positivity every soul should inhale and yoga is our way.

Every soul has a purpose, and to complete it, yoga is a must especially in the modern living.

Technology: A Hindrance to Productivity

20151123162301-woman-cup-tea-desk-laptop-working-browsing-internet-design-technology-home-office-sick-tazo-chaiToday we are living in the era of globalization where everything has become easier and shorter. Saving time is the main objective of any task which eventually pushes us towards the high tech world. The labor force earlier was considered the main input for any mode of production. However, today the fact remains the same, but the form has completely changed.

Employers in the fifth generation of computers are observed to be lazy, distracted and less productive. More than 30,000 communication networks have increased the accessibility over different zones of the world but depreciated the real output to this point. IT industries have galvanized our human resources and influenced the young minds. But the easiest ways are not the rewarding ways. According to an article in The Economist, “The big leap in American economic growth took place between 1939 and 2000, when average output per person grew at 2.7% a year. Both before and after that period, the rate was a lot lower: 1.5% from 1891 to 1939 and 0.9% from 2000 to 2013.And the dramatic dip in productivity growth after 2000 seems to have coincided with an apparent acceleration in technological advances…” heading us to ponder over the Solow Paradox.

Solow paradox or Productivity Paradox is, ‘the peculiar observation made in business process analysis that, as more investment is made in information technology, worker productivity may go down instead of up’, not going into details and being real, after all a man made a machine which clears out that abatement of real productivity is a result of the urge of answering the ping on your phones and unbroken links.

 

Dependency on machines is creating impotent employees running inside the perpetual cycle of dinky yield. Workers today are unable to combat the participation in the race of earning better profits, becoming discrete personalities with less concentration on their discrete works. Controlled by technology, it all concludes into diminishing returns.

According to Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain and Company, in an article for the Harvard Business Review, “Technology can have enormous benefits in the workplace. But it’s fair to ask whether we have reached the point of diminishing returns in some areas.”

Technology isn’t Working: The Economist

World Economic Forum