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How to Sound Intellectual Even if You don’t know Shit

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Tired of being considered shallow and immature in front of your intellectual friends? Embarassed when they are discussing something called the ‘epicentre of power’ and you think they are talking about Shaktimaan? Had enough of coughing, going to the toilet, and changing the topic uncomfortably when something serious is being discussed?

Well, you need worry no more.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present you with the ultimate guide to the social ladder. Remember, good looking guys will one day grow old and farty, but Salman Rushdie still has a killer girlfriend. Need I say more to stress on the importance of seeming intelligent and knowledgable?

Given below are handy tips that you can use to seem intelligent and mature. Care must be taken to avoid overuse, as it might backfire badly, and you might end up looking like a clown. So exercise restraint, and carefully adopt the given specifications one at…

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This poem infuses oodles of power and passion in me…

सच है महज संघर्ष ही

सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही।

संघर्ष से हटकर जिये तो क्या जिये हम या कि तुम।
जो नत हुआ वह मृत हुआ ज्यों वृंत से झरकर कुसुम।
जो लक्ष्य भूल रुका नहीं
जो हार देख झुका नहीं
जिसने प्रणय पाथेय माना जीत उसकी ही रही।
सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही।

ऐसा करो जिससे न प्राणों में कहीं जड़ता रहे।
जो है जहाँ चुपचाप अपने आप से लड़ता रहे।
जो भी पिरिस्थतियाँ मिलें
काँटे चुभें किलयाँ खिलें
हारे नहीं इंसान, है जीवन का संदेश यही।
सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही।

हमने रचा आओ हमीं अब तोड़ दें इस प्यार को।
यह क्या मिलन, मिलना वही जो मोड़ दे मंझधार को।
जो साथ फूलों के चले
जो ढ़ाल पाते ही ढ़ले
यह जि़न्दगी क्या जि़न्दगी जो सिर्फ पानी सी बही।
सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही।

संसार सारा आदमी की चाल देख हुआ चकित।
पर झाँककर देखो दृगों में, हैं सभी प्यासे थकित।
जब तक बँधी है चेतना
जब तक हृदय दुख से घना
तब तक न मानूँगा कभी इस राह को ही मैं सही।
सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही।

अपने हृदय का सत्य अपने आप हमको खोजना।
अपने नयन का नीर अपने आप हमको पोंछना।
आकाश सुख देगा नहीं
धरती पसीजी है कहीं?
जिससे हृदय को बल मिले है ध्येय अपना तो वही।
सच हम नहीं, सच तुम नहीं सच है महज संघर्ष ही। 



“When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic but that steeled my resolve.” Dashrath Manjhi

Dashrath Manjhi

Almost five decade ago, a landless farmer Dashrath Manjhi from Gahlor Ghati, of Gaya (a district of Bihar) resolved to end the difficulties of his villagers by shouldering a near impossible task of slitting a 300-feet-high hill apart to create a one-km passage.
His village would nestle in the lap of rocky hills for which villagers would often face gigantic troubles for crossing small distance between Atri and Wazirganj, the outskirts of Gaya town. He started hammering the hill in early 1959 in the memory of his wife, who could not be taken to the nearest health care center on time for the immediate treatment as the nearest road that connected them to the city was 50km long.

He knew his voice will not create any reaction in the deaf ear of the government; therefore, Dashrath chose to accomplish this Herculean task alone. He sold his goats to purchase chisel, rope and a hammer. People would call him mad and eccentric spirited with no idea of his plans. Unfazed by his critics’ discouraging remarks, Dashrath hammered consistently for 22 long years to shorten the distance from 50km to 10km between Atri and Wazirganj. The day came when he stepped through a flat passage — about one-km long and 16-feet wide — to his dream, ‘the other side of the hill’.

After this impossible accomplishment, Dashrath Manjhi became popular as the ‘mountain man’. On August 18, 2007, he breathed his last after fighting cancer at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He got state burial on the following Saturday evening.

Dasrath Manjhi was building a memorial to his wife Phaguni Devi—one that won’t ever find a place in hallowed global must-visit lists, but can well be passed down from this generation to the next as a monument of love. A poor man’s Taj, literally. Not for its aesthetics, but for the way it symbolises the human spirit’s capacity to endure, its indomitability. Dasrath had undertaken a Herculean task, perhaps unequalled in recent human history. The direct beneficiaries may be few—the residents of Gelaur, a remote hamlet in Bihar’s Gaya district—but the act itself is a gift to us all: a fable for our times.

Today, a week after his death, Dasrath Manjhi is remembered by everyone in his village as ‘Dasrath Baba’. In caste-ridden Bihar, under normal circumstances, he would never have qualified for this title, which only a Brahmin is entitled to. Dasrath was a Musahar, a caste which traditionally ranks among the lowest of the low. Musahars derive their caste name from their unusual occupation—they dig through rat-holes after harvest, and forage for the grain stored by bandicoots (moos in the local lingo) under the ground. When there’s not enough grain, they’ve been known to hunt and eat the bandicoots to keep hunger at bay.

Some invaluable lessons to learn from this Legend

1. He never got panicked by measuring the whole task at once; instead, he started keeping his tiny steps one by one, faced difficulties on its encountering and progressed while solving them one by one. There is no point thinking much about the task that looks seemingly unconquerable and impossible; nobody completes them in one step. What matters the most is your small steps through which you reach there. So focus on your task and accomplish them with great care.

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ― Molière

2. Patience is the greatest virtue that leads us to success. Dashrath Manjhi cut through the hill for long 22 years. His patience give him the courage to overcome extreme pain, frustration, disappointments and personal loss.

“Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.” Ambrose Bierce

3. Dream the impossible! Dashrath Manjhi dreamt of making a walkway through two arrogant and treacherous rocky hills. He planned accordingly, accomplished the task and walked his dream. He was a legend who taught us to dare to dream the impossible. If you keep working on, the near-impossible task will seem a lot easier tomorrow.

“Whether an idea becomes a reality or not, does not depend so much on whether it is possible — but on how great the desire for it is.” ― Edmond Danken Sailer

4. Attitude matters! Don’t ever blame difficulties if you crumble if front of them; it is not the difficulties but the attitude that lets you down. If Dashrath Manjhi could triumph over difficulties, it was his attitude that kept him stay focused and going.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ― Winston Churchill

5. Stay positive! Your positive thoughts and words initiate you to reach your destiny along with your own values.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

6. Don’t lose heart if people call you mad and crazy for you unique thoughts. The same people appreciate you, promote you and example your tale for encouragement on successfully completion of your plans. When Dashrath Manjhi began working on his plan, people called him mad and discouraged him with impossibilities, but these same people appreciated him and used the way that he created.

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” Richard M. Nixon



A lesser known gem of Sanskrit literature – Shri BHARTHRUHARI


Neeti Shakatam    
The great philosopher-poet, Bharthruhari, was the King of Ujjain.  He was the elder step brother of the renowned Vikramaaditya. His life presents to us a living account of a person’s transformation from a pleasure-loving king to an ascetic. It was he who gave us the immortal Subhashita Trishati  consisting the trilogy of Neeti Sataka, Sringara Sataka and Vairagya Sataka which truly reflect his life expeiences as a king, as a lover and as an ascetic.      
Students of Sanskrit are sure to have read selections from Subhashita Trishati  which encompasses almost every experience known to man and pours them forth in beautiful poetry. It provides philosophy to those interested in it. It teaches morality to those who would like to lead a moral life. It has some thing in it for every one who delves into its pages. Like he has described fools in this shloka –
Criticism of fools (moorkhanindaa)
अज्ञः सुखमाराध्यः
सुखतरमाराध्य्ते विशेषज्ञ: ।
ब्रह्मापि नरं न रंजयति ॥
Ajjnah  sukhamaaraadhyah sukhataramaaraadhyate visheshajjnah
Jnaanalavadurvidagdham brahmaapi naram na ranjayati  1.2
The ignorant one is easily convinced.  It is easier to convince a really knowledgeable person.  But even the Creator himself will not be able to convince a fool who,  with his half-baked knowledge, thinks that he is the wisest person in the world.
Reading this quote is in itself not sufficient, rather we should do some introspection. It exhorts us to ask few questions like
Do we argue even when we know that our knowledge is half baked?
Do we consider ourselves to be more wise than we actually are?

I personally love this teaching of Chanakya.

न कश्चित् कस्यचिन्मित्रं न कश्चित् कस्यचिद्रिपुः ।

व्यवहारेण जायन्ते मित्राणि रिपवस्तथा ॥
Na kashchit kasyachinmitram na kashchit kasyachidripuh
Vyavahaarena jaayante mitraani ripavastathaa
No one is a friend per se and no one is an enemy per se; friends and enemies are created out of personal dealings and behaviour.
It tells the truth or essence of life. We earn the love, we get from our friends and usually, also earn the wrath of our foes.

Our ancient wisdom – by Aacharya Vishnugupata also popularly known as Chanakya.

विद्वत्वं च नृपत्वं च नैव तुल्यं कदाचन ।

स्वदेशे पूज्यते राजा विद्वान् सर्वत्र पूज्यते ॥
Vidwatwam cha nripatwam cha  naiva tulyam kadaachana
Swadeshe poojyate raajaa vidwaan sarvatra poojyate
Scholarship and kingship can never be equated.  A king is respected in his own kingdom whereas a scholar is respected everywhere.

You thought presidents do not make mistakes… this…..

Jimmy Carter accidentally left nuclear launch codes in his dry cleaning!

The briefcase that holds the nuclear launch codes used to authorize a nuclear attack by a United States President while remotely situated from the confines of fixed commands centres like the White House Situation Room is called a nuclear or atomic football, atomic black box, or president’s emergency satchel.

This so-called nuclear football can only be activated once some code has been punched into it. The name of this code also goes by another even funnier name, and that is ‘biscuit’. The president keeps custody of both the football and the biscuit.

Speaking of keeping…At the height of the Cold War, President Jimmy Carter supposedly happened to share his biscuit with the dry cleaners after he mistakenly left it in his suit.

You can imagine the measures that were put in place to ensure things were fine given it was in the middle of the Cold War and such instances were beyond imagination. Another time in 1975 when the Peace Conference was held in Paris, President Ford also lost the biscuit! Another president who has lost the nuclear launch code is President Clinton who lost it for months. To make matters worse, he even lied to the military about its whereabouts.

CURIOSITY PAYS…..then why we leave our childhood curiosity and learn to learn everything, rather than finding out ourselves.

Microwave, which has become an indispensable part of our lives, was not invented by some Harvard pass out, rather all of it started with melting of a chocolate bar.  It was invented by one Percy Spencer, an illiterate guy whose mindset even the brightest physics minds from nearby MIT, and from whom he learned, couldn’t match. Following the end of WWII, workaholic Spencer was touring one of the labs at Raytheon where he worked. He paused briefly in front of a magnetron and he felt some strange sensation during which he noticed the chocolate bar in his pocket begin to melt. He wasn’t the first to have noticed a similar thing – even the other scientists – but being the curious one, Spencer decided to explore further.

He sent for a bag of popcorn and they popped within minutes of being held up to the magnetron (this is the sort of thing that made him brilliant). He would carry on his experiments again with eggs and a coworker also stuck his face close to the machine upon which the eggs would splatter on his face. Within no time, Raytheon produced the first commercial microwave oven. This was 1946.

Let’s not kill our curiosity……