As today's youth enter the workforce, many are rejecting the concept of a career path. As would-be investment bankers and consultants are rejecting big firms to try their talents at startups, students are leaning towards careers where they can call the shots and have an impact. The result? People are getting jobs where they feel like their work is building a better world.
“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”
— George R.R. Martin
Its always the same with me , starting a new book , ends in two ways , either getting totally consumed by it , or never finishing it in lifetime .For me starting a book is like meeting someone new, someone you just know will be tremendously important to your life. You cultivate the friendship in slow motion, but in your heart all you want is to dive in.
Finishing a book is like watching that friend die of cancer. For all the good times you’ve had, no more will present themselves. The end is in sight, and you push toward it even though you dread the day that you close the cover for the final time, putting your friend irrevocably below the ground.
And then of course, finding the next book is like walking through a crowd and searching for a person who can fill the same void. You want to replicate that same relationship, but of course that’s impossible. No two people, no two books, are exactly alike. When you try to find the next one, you will either get totally mesmerized or the wave of disappointment would grow on you.
I love being wholly caught up in a book, but it also leaves me craving for more when it ends….
I wonder about the authors , how they write & the ink dipped into emotions , they cannot make you feel it unless they have felt it themselves while writing it …is it the same for them too …. the endless loop of ending one & beginning new, plunging into the sea of emotions , & surfacing back .
Some authors try to portray their personal feelings & longings , like Jane Austen was actually trying to tell us she was lonely and maybe all of the relationships we see in her novels are her dreaming or seeing what was around her. Kinda feel that it makes her novels more real.
While take a modern author,say John Green. This man’s stories are about life through and through,how teenagers see the world,how teenagers feel,how teenagers react in tragedy.
I feel like this need for more , it s same for both, readers & authors , they try to tell us their stories , & somewhere we try to associate , or fantasize us in their picture ,& No I am not saying that my reaction anytime I read a story is seeing fireworks, hearing trumpets, bells and other hallucinatory stuff , I guess what i’m trying to say,is that books can change your life if they have a meaning to you that you look deep enough for it.
Thought of the day:
“No two persons ever read the same book.”
Ajmer Sharif Deg
Ajmer Sharif is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin Chisti located at Ajmer , Rajasthan , India . The shrine has the grave (Maqbara) of the revered saint, Moinuddin Chisti. The Deg as shown in the picture has a religious importance , & its said that the food cooked in it during the special days is delicious . People can donate whatever they want in this deg.
This pic is one of the pics during the Urs Festive , its an annual festival held at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which commemorates the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, (founder of the Chishtiya Sufi order in India). It is held over six days and features night-long dhikr/zikr qawwali singing. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine from all over India and abroad.
1. What do you do for fun?
Re: Well my fun activities vary from hanging out with friends to reading a novel till cutting edge , exploring new places with friends to lonesome long drives , watching my favorite tv series to enjoying concerts. The definition of Fun for me is to living life to the fullest & trying different experiences .
2. What was your best vacation spot?
Re: Trip to Dubai last year . WOW, it was a life time experience , me & my sister went on to spend few days with my uncle & aunt who resides in Dubai, & we went there during the time of Christmas & New Year, perfect timing , moderate climate , awesome festivals to enjoy , it was the time of my life. It seems like somewhere in Dubai , I left a part of me….. lolz.. I have to go back
3. What is your dream job?
Re: Since the beginning of time , everyone has asked me this question , & I have always had this realistic answer to it , But now , I am not so sure , I know what I would love to do , I love to explore new places , I like learning about different culture , does that mean I should be in to tourism ? I have got a peculiar interest in antiques & history , so should I try field of archaeology ? I also enjoy organizing & managing events, that means event management is right for me ?
I am sorry , right now I am not so sure which field to try , so I can’t tell about the dream job …
All I can say about this is I am still trying to figure it out …
4. What is your dream car?
Re: Now this is a question I have en exact answer for . My dream car is :
I have got my eyes on it … lolz…
5. What do you do for relaxation?
Re: I read my favorite novels with soft instrumental songs playing in the background , in my cozy corner . I feel so relaxed , its the best distraction I need …
6. What is your fondest childhood memory?
Re: This is a tricky question , coz you just can’t decide which one was the fondest of all …..I think of all those times ,when me & my sister went looking for adventure , we always used to end up getting scolded , as something always used to end up messy …. but those are my sweet childhood memories, & I am glad I tried
7. Who made the biggest impact in your life?
Re: The answer to this might come as shocking to you , but I prefer honest reply rather than reasonable answer. I think books leave a big impact in your life , all your thinking , all your inner thoughts they just come on surface , & that one book which left such an everlasting effect is : The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It just made me question my sub conscious …..
8. How do you handle stress?
Re: I read it somewhere this quote which said : When a problem , or tension comes into your life , think , would it affect your life , two years later , if it won’t that why get stressed , think about the problem at hand with calm mind , & it would get sorted out , & If the problem is that big , that it would always have an effect in your life , than have faith in The Almighty , he never gives you problem without a reason , thinking & having faith helps me to deal with stress …
9. Tell me one thing about yourself you are very proud of?
Re: There were things that people used to say me that you won’t be able to do this , its impossible for you , & such stuff …
But I never gave up , I tried & tried , I had to do more efforts than others to get it , but finally I achieved it , & since than I have never learned to never give up on something you truly want …. & I am proud of myself for that spirit …. for being the inspiration for myself.
10. How was your day today?
Re: Today , I didnt attended college , instead completed my pending weekday work , it was offday for me , from the college & usual routine day , I used most of my time today completing ma to-do-list.
11. What goal are you currently working on?
Re: Right now, I am studying in my final year , so focusing on getting good grades , & I have got project on my hands to complete by the end of this semester, so it takes my full energy …
Thank you http://patinspire.org/ for nominating me for the Liebster Award . I had never given a close thoughts to the questions before , but while replying to you , it made me think about few important things , so truly thanks not only for nominating me , but also inspiring me in a way , your blog itself is very inspiring , do visit : http://patinspire.org/.
I am so glad to connect with you.
Here are the rules!
The rules are very simple – The rules for the Liebster are to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers so that new bloggers can see how awesome they are!
My 11 nominees are
These are the questions my nominees have to answer
1> What is your favorite thing to do?
2> What is your most memorable moment ?
3> What’s the story of your First Crush?
4> When were you really scared to death ?
5> What is the most silly thing you have tried?
6> Which is your favorite destination?
7> Do you believe in supernatural beings (If Yes than WHy?) lolz…
8> Who is your role model & why ?
9> Do you believe in destiny ?
10> What is your biggest strength & weakness ?
11> Which is your favorite quote ?
Thanks again everyone and congratulation to the nominees!
This was technically more challenging for me , as my Nokia mobile is losing its capturing ability in low light.
Still I managed to click a few from my terrace , that was the best way to capture the scenario around , which I won’t have been able to get on my walk in neighborhood , it was a beautiful scene to enjoy so many birds on one tree, and more kept on coming , & all of a sudden in one minute they flew away …..
and this another one is of the sunset , a few kites can still be seen …
Why is it that when someone do something different, almost everyone tends to have a say and judge negatively? they always scrutinize and make sure something bad goes with the good deed.
Just to ask…have you done something like that? are you brave and daring enough to do such thing? if not…..then leave them alone !!
The victims of T.P.S. who have come to my attention lately are Justin Bieber, E.L. James, Danneel Harris to name a few. I probably have a couple of you already rolling your eyes, thinking of how ‘lame’ Nickelback is, or how the ‘Biebs’ sings like a girl.
Well, I’ll tell you this much, he probably sings like a girl a heck of a lot better than we do.
Or perhaps you have been one of the people to have commented on how ‘poorly written’ the popular trilogy 50 Shades of Grey by author E.L. James is? Well, for such a poor writer, she sure has done well for herself. After all, she has beaten out Harry Potter to become the fastest-selling paperback of all time. I don’t see anyone else releasing a top-selling ‘mommy porn’ trilogy which is being credited with igniting the passion back into tons of marriages.
I read the first of the 50 Shades books and I didn’t do back flips over it, I’ve read better books and I’ve read worse, but I do respect the author for what she’s accomplished. I mean, if I get to write and publish a New York Times bestseller, I’ll be one happy girl. Not everyone does that. And not everyone teaches themselves how to play the trumpet, guitar, and percussions, becoming a teenage sensation before they even hit puberty, as Beiber has done. You don’t need to like’em, but geez, leave them alone! Why can’t we just say “It’s not really my style, but good for them!”
Okay, I’m ranting, I apologize. My point is, it’s one thing to not be a fan of someone’s particular music or writing style, or their acting or vocal talent, but it is quite another to rip them apart at the seams. And it’s not just directed towards famous people, we do it to the general public too, even our own friends and family!
Why do we do that? Why do encourage successful people at first, and then, when they become too successful, we turn on them like a pack of jealous toddlers?!
It seems to be somewhere in the collective thought that we want people to do well, but not too well. After all, if someone does really well, what does that say about those of us who don’t? I have personally experienced this. When I have success, I also hear criticism. There is always one person, or more, who has something negative to say about what I am doing or how I am doing it. I noticed this also with friends who have experienced success. The more success they experience the more criticism they receive. Successful people seem to be the targets of much criticism, down to what they wear and how they tie their shoe lace.
Why are people actually putting in the time and energy to develop websites solely devoted to making fun of these people? First of all, who has that much time on their hands? Second of all, I’m pretty sure the Biebs is too busy buying mansions, participating in charities, and teaching himself how to play new musical instruments to concern himself with any of that sort of stuff.
I’m not a huge Justin Bieber or Danneel Harris fan, but isn’t it a waste of time to sit around making fun of their hairstyles, speculating about their sexuality, or criticizing their musical talent? After all, they are entitled to whatever hairstyle they want, I don’t care which way they swing, and they DEFINITELY have more musical talent than me.
I am not saying that I have never cracked joked on any celebrity , or that I am saint , but going 360 degree round just to make sure you insult them in the most ridiculous way & making your self happy about that , that’s way too much. but then I have also had moments where I’ve realized I am sitting on my couch in my pajamas , eating french fries , while they are up there , trying so hard , & making tonnes of money because they followed their dreams!”
And there is something to be said for following your dreams. It takes bravery, persistence, and a lot of hard work to pursue something that you believe in; and getting made fun of by a bunch of goons doesn’t make it any easier. But the ‘Biebs’ and James didn’t give up. Obviously. Doesn’t that deserve kudos?
Seriously they got thumps up from me ….
I ask myself the same question when I am feeling less than happy for someone else’s achievement. It can be human nature to feel a twinge of jealousy when someone is having the success we would like to have in our lives. I like to use this as an opportunity to learn and see if there is anything from their success I can incorporate into my own endeavors.
Thought of the day :
“”Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it we must direct our lives in such a way as to please the fancy of men, avoiding what they dislike and seeking what is pleasing to them.”
“Fame is the penalty of success. Jealousy is the penalty of fame.”