20 Jun 2018

#359 Forgotten

Sometimes I keep wondering
How am I going to be 
Remembered once my 
Tenure of life gets over?
Will I ever be remembered
For the deeds I did or
Become the forgotten part
Of someone's innate memory?
This level of thinking puts 
Me into a state of contemplation 
The depth of analysis then
Arises from a condition of urgency 
As if the time is running out 
Like the particles of sand falling
Down from the chamber of an hour glass
I realise that it's I who
Has only been procrastinating
On something that was need of the hour
I take a new birth the next
Moment of my realisation
The realisation that I'm a being
So perishable and I woke 
Up from a deep slumber.

©Swati Sarangi

23 May 2018

#358 Published in Issue IV of THE QUIET LETTER

13 May 2018

#357 From the pages of my diary

From pages of my diary
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It has been seven years that I’ve come closer to this inanimate thing called Diary which I regard as a prized possession. There’s a very thought provoking piece of article that I found in one of the pages of FB dedicated to IAS aspirants and thought of translating it in English to as to make it accessible to a wide range of readers. I hope that all of you should get immense motivation out of it. The real credit always lies with the writer of this original post which was written in Hindi for obvious reason. A big round of applause to the original writer [ I’m unaware about the writer of the original piece. I will update about him/her once I get an idea]

When you don’t feel like studying then just try to recall the face of your parents who keep announcing in the locality that my child will become a collector one day.
Your biggest wish, your real happiness, life, world are your parents; they are your first love. How can you ever think of cheating them? Remember, the one who’s loyal to his first love is the one who deserves his second love.

 Friends! Whoever has helped you to dream, put their hands over your head in every adverse situation, who has helped you to walk and those eyes which never cease to dream that one day my child will do wonders, what I couldn’t do, he’ll/she’ll do . They have happily forgotten all reasons of their sadness just by glancing at your face.

When they have trusted in your abilities then tell me why aren’t you trying to step forward to make your dreams come true?

Oh! my friend, when you don’t feel like studying , just recall the face of your father who keeps on repeating that my child will never degrade the glory of my family. Recall your mother who has made countless sacrifices but has never let you know about it because she didn’t want you to be sad. She kept sacrificing so that you should get what you want the why are you quiet about working hard?

Why do you forget that for all our happiness, they’ve sacrificed all happiness of theirs so that you suffer no deprivation.

Enough said! The right time has come for dedication, hard work and sacrifice, willingness to do something and to fulfil those dreams to bring smile on the lips of your parents.

Then pick up your books and put your heart and soul into it. Read history, geography, politics and everything you want. Don’t worry about the electricity as you’re the source of electricity.

Spread your identity on the cover page of every magazine; work hard the way that your result will create the loudest noise and thousands of journalists with cameras will die to get a glimpse of yours. Needless to say many media persons will be anxious to converse with you about the journey of your success. Everywhere there’ll be discussion on you and every parent will give the example of you to their kids.

Friends! We can never repay the debt that we owe to our parents but we can bring smile in their faces.

Then pledge today to do immense hard work whose result will create a noise and your parents will say, “I wouldn’t have got a better child than you.”
Then pledge for the thing that “your parent’s dignity will be greater than your wish.”

Jai Hind!

©Swati Sarangi

#356 Interchanging perceptions

Interchanging Perceptions
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It’s Mother’s Day. So wishing every motherly figure a very Happy Mother’s day ! There’s absolutely no concept of life without you all, be it a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, aunty, teacher. All of you hold an important part in my life. I just can’t imagine my life without the presence of even one of you. I don’t know if I can ever express my gratitude to you all for everything that you’ve done for me; a single life won't be enough for it.

Is interchanging perceptions an easy task? I mean to put ourselves in the shoes of others to analyse the situation. For that we need to have knowledge about the conditions that the other one is into. I’ve been the elder one in my family and apple of everyone’s eyes. My parents have worked very hard to meet all my requirements. I always take care that I maintain an economy of my expenditure so that I don’t burden them with my expenses.  

Let me do an experiment of interchanging the souls (like one of the stories of English book of school days where Mrs.Fritzgerald exchanged her soul with her neighbour) to place myself in their positions for a while. What I see now are the loads of responsibilities on their shoulders; the activities of their workplaces, household chores and discussing the issues of our lives. They have other responsibilities and tasks to perform with many important duties as parents to discharge.   

I wonder if it’s the patience that has evolved with time in my parents to handle an ambitious kid like me who sometimes get intimidated or insecure at the fierce competition of the world around.  Sometimes the series of failures put me into a state of self doubt about my abilities or strength or in the state of anxiety, that’s quite common to speak about.
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For so many years, I realise that I’ve only viewed every situation of my life from my perspective only. Now, the time has definitely come to shift this lens of perception to the ones who have sacrificed everything for me and are still sacrificing.   

I remember one of the bad days when I called my father to say that I would never settle for less than what I deserve in my life , to console me he said that he believed in my abilities and knew that both of us would always leave an imprint wherever we go.

At the end I just want to make a promise to my parents that “I will never let all your sacrifices in raising me the way I’m today down in any condition”. May the guiding forces of this universe support me in my future endeavours.

©Swati Sarangi

30 Apr 2018

#355 Published in Juggernaut books

22 Apr 2018

#353 Fly to abroad with your dreams

Fly to abroad with your dreams

We all have read these famous quotations of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who is regarded as missile man of India several times.
“Dream is not what you see in sleep, a dream is something that doesn’t let you sleep.”
“Look at the sky, we are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
Dreams play a vital role in transforming your thoughts/ideas to reality with the help of hard work and dedication. You all have thousands of dreams deep inside yourself. Similar you all have at least once dreamed of flying to a foreign land for the purpose of pursuing higher education or work. Studying or working abroad comes with a whole set of challenges. These challenges can be due to the difficulties in passport validity, visa applications, and country regulation details.  Sometimes, it becomes quite difficult to meet the requirement of the reputed universities. Some of the universities demand the English proficiency tests and it becomes mandatory to clear the test with flying colours.
Pearson India is taking the initiative to make one of the steps in the journey easy by introducing PTE academic English Test which would help you to move to abroad for either study, work or immigration. This is world’s leading computer-based English Test.  All you need to develop proper strategies to clear the test with a good score at hand.
Benefits of this English test cannot be ignored-
       i.            Tests are conducted globally over 360 days of the year, in over 200 test centers around the world which provides an easy access to the candidates to appear in the test. The test is scheduled for three hours.
     ii.            The test is fast and secure. The test is scored by computer so it doesn’t matter where test takers come from or what they look like, PTE Academic only tests their English skills irrespective of the place where the candidate has appeared the test.
  iii.            This test is widely accepted and recognized by reputed universities,   including 100% of Australian, New Zealand, and Irish universities. 96% of UK universities, a growing number of universities in the USA and Canada, Universities in Europe and Asia delivering courses in English. This is approved by the Australian and New Zealand Governments for all student visa and migration applications and accepted by an increasing number of professional bodies.
  iv.            There is unlimited score referrals. Candidates can send their scores to an unlimited number of institutions without additional fees via their secure online account which is quite beneficial.
Sections of this test is given below with 20 questions-
Section 1: Speaking and writing
Section 2: Reading
Section 3: Listening
This section consists of individual questions such as multiple choice questions with many answers and multiple choice questions with single answer. Each question has to be answered within a particular time limit.

So start with the preparation with the subsidies provided by the academy.
1.     Preparation materials for free – Free test taker handbook is available in 7 languages with an online tutorial providing a detailed overview of the test. One can prepare for the test with a combination of free skills videos or an unattempted practice test.
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3.     Test preparation courses – One can visit the website for a list of PTE Academic preparation courses delivered by private language schools.
4.     Advanced Preparation– Test takers can achieve their goals sooner and save money when they purchase online preparation packs allowing them to practice at home. These include a fully scored practice test that tells test takers when they are ready to book a full test.

PTE Academics is scored on the Global Scale of English a granular scale from 10-90. The score report includes candidate’s overall score incorporating communication skill scores and enabling skill scores.
Here is a list of universities where PTE score is accepted-
Elite Education, Argentina
Institute Rosario Idiomas
Union Institute of Language, Australia
Unipath Colleges Australia
University of Queensland
University of Southern
Queensland University of Southern
Queensland University of Sunshine
Coast Wide Bay Institute of TAFE  
Australian Adelaide
 International College
Bradford College Carnegie
Mellon University Australia
Institute of Technology,
Carlow Institute of Technology, Tralee
 Letterkenny Institute of Technology Limerick
 Institute of Technology Maynooth University
Bradford College of Management
Bradford Regional College
Brit College
PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of organizations worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, and Imperial College London. PTE Academic is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian and New Zealand government.
So, solution to the problem is here only. You need to book the slot for the test and the result will be declared within 5 business days.
Fulfill your dream to fly to abroad with PTE Academics.
Wish you all the best for your endeavor.
 Please follow the link for the test: PTE Practice Test
Swati Sarangi

18 Apr 2018

#352 Published in Kalaage Mag. Vol.1 Issue 3

6 Apr 2018

#351 The preciousness of human life

Preciousness of human life
One evening, there was a power outage in my hostel. Most of the inhabitants of the hostel had been away. I was doing some important work.
As soon as the darkness of the surrounding grew stronger wrapped up with the silent demeanor of the empty hostel, I started reflecting on the passage of time inspired by the sound of ticking of the wall clock which only broke the prevalent pin-dropped silence.
Below is the article that I wrote in my diary. Being always inspired by the beauty of numbers, I tried to quantify the essence of preciousness of human existence which often gets marred by the lack of awareness of it.
Think of preciousness of a human life!
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Once Krishna told Arjun that a soul takes form of different species in 84,00,00,000 births to obtain the body of a human being.
Aren't the acronyms YOLO (you only live once) and YODO(you only die once)true in context of the birth of a human being?
We get a set of 86,400 seconds each day.
In a year we get 86400*365=3,15,36,000 seconds .
Supposing the average life expectancy of a man to be around 70years.

So, in a lifetime, he will get  seconds……............................................ (1)

Oops..here I've not taken into account the additional days that are given in leap years.
In a lifetime of 70 years, one can expect an additional days of 17.5 (due to leap years), so, 17.5*86400=15,12,000 seconds ….. ...............................................................................(2)
From (1) and (2)
The total number of seconds that one gets in his life time is 2.209032(10)^9 seconds

“Don't wait .The time will never be just right”- Napoleon Hill
Aren't these enough to accomplish what we want in our lives? Do we need more lives?
Remember to get one life of human being, your soul will have to traverse through the lives of 84,00,00,000 species.
After realising the above points , How can we ever feel
1) defeated because we failed in different examinations?
2) low because someone broke our trust or someone cheated us in relationship?
3) weak because of struggling through different aspects of life?
4) dejected because the interviewer of company for which we appeared did not select us?
5) humiliated because someone behaved rudely with us?
6) neglected because we did not get the acknowledgement for the work we put our utmost efforts into?
7) lost because no one believed in us?
Just think about the extent of largeness of a number as big as 84,00,00,000!
I'll conclude this discussion by following lines which I want you to think deeply whenever you feel low or down for any reason. I’m sure that the next moment will be a moment of enlightenment for you.
You are nothing but a soul wrapped up in a physical body. You are a part of that brave ,patient, infallible, indomitable , indefatigable soul which has travelled through the lives 84,00,00,000 species to acquire your body!
Whenever I feel down or lost (be it for any reason mostly external), I try to just realise the essence of what I wrote then.
Sometimes , it’s the lack of something which makes its presence beautiful.
Never had I know that the darkness or lack of electricity can let some of the most powerful philosophical thoughts to come into existence!
 ©Swati Sarangi

30 Mar 2018

#350 The persons behind the curtain

The persons behind the curtain
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If life is a live stage, I’m the actor then my parents are the persons behind the curtains. The world may not recognise these persons behind the curtains yet their contribution can never ever be ignored.
          As mentioned in my previous write ups, I was accompanied by a loving sister when I opened my eyes for the first time in this world. So, I feel lucky for the fact that I was not alone when I arrived in this mortal world. Needless to say, raising twins is one of the toughest challenges of the parenting and Kudos to my parents for their brilliant way of raising us up simultaneously. I would often enquire my mother about the challenges they faced in bringing us up then she would answer this question in a very humble tone that it was their utmost duty. Needless to say that the sacrifices made by both of them were huge. Numerous sleepless nights, unflinching patience, determination and an eagerness to witness our success have been among their strongest traits. Perhaps the profoundness of those character traits was such that it could suppress any sort of lacuna of a middle class joint family. When we were miles away even from the slightest hint of the struggle they did to meet every need of ours, we led a very blissful childhood.
The things which I find right on the part of my parents while raising us are listed below:
1. Treating their children equally
I always appreciate the way we’ve been treated in our family. It’s quite natural to get caught in the fierce war of competition but thanks to their way of upbringing which has never let even slightest touch of jealousy to crop up between us. It’s not easy to meet the requirements of both the children simultaneously (belonging to a middle class family in India) in every sphere but they made it possible through several innumerable and ineffable sacrifices.
2. They taught me the importance of peace
Peace is always an essence of a successful life. No matter whatever one has, how much successful one becomes, if he’s not content or peaceful in his life, every materialistic possession becomes worthless.
3. They taught me to stay grounded and humble in all situations.
Both success and failures are ephemeral. One should not be overwhelmed in both the situations.
4. They taught me the importance of relationship.
One can earn the blessings of elders through one’s own deed only and these blessings act panacea to our problems in life.
The most appealing relationship insight that I’ve learned from my parents is the mutual consultation. Whenever there comes a need of any family decision to be taken, then there’s always a session of mutual consultation between my parents. It happens because the underlying principles are trust and respect for each other’s viewpoints as trust is the building block of any relationship.  This not only increases the effectiveness of decision making as it includes analysing a situation from different perspectives but also strengthens the compatibility existing between them. So, an equality in presenting own opinion is established in this way.They have set a relationship goal for me.

5. They never set any limit on my abilities
They never restricted me to do whatever I wanted to do. I have always given the liberty to do whatever I feel like (obviously I have always been much aware of my limits)
6. They have taught me to value time and money.
Both these entities are very importance in life and should be spent judiciously.
My day starts with the voice of my mother when she makes a call to me by saying “May God bless you”. Every night I retire to bed thinking about hearing her voice the next morning. She's too optimistic about life. She's a devout lady and very dedicated towards her duties. She's my strength, courage and a sanguine outlook for life.
When my faith on myself flickers, my father is the only one up to whom I look for the words of wisdom. The words that flow from his mouth are “Never give up no matter how challenging the situation may become. Always remember that the one who plans and persists, wins in the end. You should always be patient for the right time to come.”It's something that I keep in my mind during tough times.

In short, they are lifelines for me. Without them, I am simply nothing. No matter how much I've caused troubles to them, they readily forget and forgive.
May they live thousand years and thousand lives be inspired by their selfless acts.
May we get the chance to be their children in every birth!
 ©Swati Sarangi

#349 5th bloganniversary

5th Bloganniversary
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Happy Birthday to one of the fondest things that I possess.

This blog turns out to be 6 years old today after successfully completing 5 years of its existence; 30th Mar 2018; a remarkable day for us ; me and my sister. Both of us have taken a great care in nurturing it the best possible way. This, with time, became the platform for us to voice our thoughts. Over these years, we’ve not only witnessed it evolving but also observed a great change in our perceptions towards almost everything in life. That’s the positive impact that writing has brought to us. Thoughts and emotions are best expressed in the way they are written.

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We’ve been successful enough in winning various competitions in both the platforms; online and offline in the journey of six years. This helped us to create a little recognition in this vast world of blogging in which we were toddlers once. We are indebted to the readers for sharing various encouraging comments for our writing and appreciating this quality, which in turn, has always boosted up our confidence to write from the core of our hearts. Really, nothing feels greater than writing down thoughts and emotions in pristine form. The keyboard of my laptop has never seemed friendlier to me before this journey of blogging. Needless to say this journey of blogging has provided us countless opportunities to contemplate within ourselves and surrounding. It’s journey worth to remember for lifetime!

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Last but not the least, a heartfelt thanks to our readers for support and encouragement, which have acted as rays of sunlight for the growth of this blog.
Hoping to come up with even more soul stirring and heart touching experiences and write ups in days to come, till then keep enjoying life.

Swati Sarangi

26 Mar 2018

#348 Grabbing wings for the world

Grabbing wings for the world

Travelling is one of the wonderful experiences that one can get in life. It lets one to explore the places that one has never been before. Places have a lot of stories to tell just like people. Not just stories but on visiting them we create a lot of memories. Every time I visit a new place, I wonder about the vastness of this world both in terms of geographical expansion and the experiences that it has to offer to the the travellers. Travelling experiences lead to open mindedness.
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It’s among my obvious desires to be a bird whenever I sit over the terrace and stare at the limitless sky. This sight of a bird spreading its wings with utmost ease in the sky further aggravates my longing to be one of those species. I wish I had a pair of wings to take me to the places instantly where I always want to travel. From this state of desire of mine, it can be inferred that travelling is one those things that I enjoy.

About a month back, when my parents gave me a surprise news to visit my hostel and pick me up, I was thrilled to the level that no one can ever imagine. I spent sleepless nights before their arrival. There was a reason for this overexcited state of happiness of mine. First, I was going to my home after a long and arduous wait of 6 months. Second, my exams were over by then. Third, this time I was not travelling to my home alone like other times but accompanied by my parents. Fourth, we were visiting to different places to create memory. That was the biggest relief to me and I could enjoy my moment. Adding to all these were the visit to Sanchi Stupa and Orchha.  

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Sanchi Stupa is the reflection of Budhhist art and architecture,located at Sanchi town , Madhya Pradesh. It was built by emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty. We reached there during morning time and the chillness of the surrounding was getting diminished by the rays of sunlight that were started to fall on the Earth. The prevalent serenity of that place what captivated me. I started imagining how Buddhist monks used to be meditating at this place. It is considered as one of the oldest stone structures of India having a shape of hemispherical dome. It has been enlisted as a world heritage site in 1989. These Stupas have been surrounded by ornamental gateways on its four sides. This site remains open from sunrise to sun set and I could find some of the foreigners being present there. I could find various statues of Buddha in his meditative sitting posture. What an expression of peace that emanated! I was lost in the moment. I captured many pictures for memories and purchased some of the things being sold at the site as tokens for memory.

Sharing some of the pics I clicked there to preserve it as a part of my memory

On our way back, we visited Orchha. It is one of the tourist places situated in Tikamgarh district of MP. The beautiful fort with windows with a lot of holes reminded me of the days when we travelled Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.Because of the time constraint, we could not explore much as we were already very much tired by then and the scorching heat added fuel to the level of our exhaustion. I did not forget to take few snaps to store them as a part of the memory.
Trips to different places with family and friends are among the most enjoyable moments of my life and when these trips are not pre-planned or secretly made, they make the experience even more worthy. No doubt, travelling has increased my love for this world. I look forward to such trips in near future to include them in the part of my memory.


 © Swati Sarangi

25 Mar 2018

#347 Winner of Valentine's Day Contest

Winner Of Valentine’s Day Contest

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Thanks to Writer's Ezine Team!

Read the winning entry here!

19 Mar 2018

#346 Conserving the life saving liquid

Conserving the life saving liquid
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The most life saving liquid on this planet is water. Needless to say that without it, the possibility of life is completely a vague idea. Being a non-renewable resource, its depletion is a major concern for the mankind. A rapid rise in population has resulted in an over exploitation of it. Other causes of it can be global warming and unequal distribution of ground water. If we look at the distribution of water on Earth i.e Hydrosphere, we will find that Less than 3% of the water of Earth is freshwater, an amount that includes polar ice caps, glaciers, groundwater, surface water of rivers and freshwater lakes, and even atmospheric water. However, the amount of freshwater useable by people and other members of the biosphere is less than 0.7% of the total. This relatively small amount of available freshwater is recycled and purified by the action of processes within the hydrologic cycle.. All these reasons invite a need for conserving water.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations, a minimum requirement of water for a person is about 5 gal (20 l)per day. This is the minimum amount needed for activities like physiological rehydration, cooking, washing, and other subsistence requirements. This carries a significant risk of developing such water-borne diseases as cholera, dysentery, polio, or typhoid, which kill about 25 million people per year. Both conservation and sanitation are obvious necessities in meeting the huge demand for freshwater.

Of all the freshwater used directly by humans, agricultural irrigation accounts for about 70% of the total. Since irrigation consumes about 70% of the total water, an effective method of conservation of water can be checked by controlling the activities pertaining to irrigation. Water conservation can be defined as a careful and judicious use of water to prolong and better the supply of water. Even though it appears to be in limelight because of the problems mentioned above yet this concept is very old.

Several methods have been proposed in the direction of conserving water such as rain water harvesting, lining water delivery systems with concrete or other impervious materials to minimize loss by leaking during transport, and by using drip-irrigation systems to minimize losses by evaporation, Subsurface irrigationXeriscaping ;or the cultivation of plants requiring little water such as cacti, succulents, and shrubs of semi-desert habitat,desalinize seawater etc

Recently several schemes have been proposed in the direction of conserving water. One of those schemes is scheme Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY) formulated by the Union Government to tackle ever-deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level. The objective of scheme is to recharge ground water and create sufficient water storage for agricultural purposes. It also focuses on revival of surface water bodies so that ground water level can be increased, especially in the rural areas. This scheme will help farmers who have been severly affected by the acute shortage of ground water for past several years. Central Ground water board (CGWB) has given permission to Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to develop ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans for parts of Karnataka.
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We , as individuals, should take utmost care in personal sphere to prevent its misuse. We should try to use every drop of it judiciously. Instead of simply throwing away the water when left in the glass after drinking, we can use that to water plants.  Children should be taught not to waste them and use them when in need.We should prevent unnecessary leakage of water through taps and pipes and get them repaired. We should not leave the taps in an opened state when not being used. We should focus on collecting rain water by putting the containers below the sources of dripping water like roofs, terrace etc

Due to population expansion, the natural resources are depleting day by day and unfortunately water is one of them. We should take care to save every drop of this live saving liquid so that we don’t have to face the dearth of it or else the future of our next generation will be at peril.

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 ©Swati Sarangi