30 Jan 2015

#89 Pendulum


Like the motion of a pendulum, many things in life are periodic. That’s why life is often regarded as a cycle. According to the beliefs of Hindu mythology, a soul is immortal and indivisible as it has to pass through numerous cycles of birth and death.
This post does not intend to throw light upon the spiritual aspect of life and death, rather connect to some moments of present and past. For a student, the exams are like pendulums because of their frequency of arrival. We give tests as toddlers and this series of tests does not end even after graduation. Then we have to appear in number of job exams and so on. After getting a job, several tests are conducted to test the performance level of employees. As a student, I don’t remember the number of tests I’ve appeared in so far but each test has its own importance. Every poor mark obtained taught me to put in labour (as a poor mark sheet reflects sincerity, source: written at the back of one of my examination boards) and every good grade gave the indication that no hard work ever goes in vain.

Exams have always been the medium of testing one’s cognitive abilities and skills. One has to pass a lot of tests at different phases of his life. The type of tests varies from written to oral. Life is itself a test. Situations of life put us into different testing conditions.

As history repeats itself, another important rather decisive juncture of my life has again arrived. I could relate it to the time of 12th standard when I was trying for different competitive examinations and this time is no different from that one. I’m now in my final semester of Engineering and trying for different competitive exams to have a better perspective in future and life. When I reflect back and introspect, I find how time and situation have transformed me. The pressure of examination is thousand times more than the past but its effect is not suppressing because of the mental strength it has rendered me. Now, I can shoo away the stress created due to the exam, that’s because of the realization that everything is transient.


Swati Sarangi

1 Jan 2015

#88 A New Beginning

A new beginning

 A very happy new year to everyone!! May this year bring all happiness, good health, fortune and success. May each one of you be successful in achieving what you’ve been aiming at. May each path of yours get devoid of obstacles.

A new day corresponds a new beginning, a moment of forgetting the past and a pledge to march ahead in life with new energy and enthusiasm. The new dawn is yet to be witnessed. As the hands of the clock moved in synchronism to stop at number 12, we entered into a new year with all our consciousness.  I wonder how changed or special our lives will become if we try to live with the consciousness of new- year day for every day of the year.  

Yipeee.. It’s The New Year day- the first day of the year, suppose to be very special- the moment of celebration, enjoyment, get-together .Very shortly, I’ll be writing the first page of this 365-paged diary called life. Since last many years, I’ve been making resolutions on this day and to be frank , those lived for a shorter period of time. So, this time I’ve decided to give up this idea of making resolutions. I just want to give myself as well as readers the following thought:  

It has been very wisely stated that “To everything there’s a reason and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Does not everything happen at its destined time and for a definite purpose?

I’ve almost no idea about what this year will offer me but few upcoming events of my life such as declaration of result of semester exam, getting graduated and writing job exams are quite predictable. I hope that I get through those decisive phases of my life quite well. All that I want to remind myself is to keep trying in every pursuit of life. Life is not about winning and losing, it’s about living each moment.

Time is very powerful and no one has ever been successful enough to tame or rewind it. It seems as if the whole year 2014 passed at the wink of an eye. When I reflect back, I find that Year 2014 went fantastically for me with a mixture of vivid moments. Bad experiences strengthened me and good experiences enriched my living experiences. Somewhere inside me it is giving me a feeling of parting with a member of my family, but how can one embrace new things until unless he lets go of the old things?

So, with the flow of time, I’m just making myself unconditionally flow with those myriad vibrant hues of life. With a wish for a better future and bagful of adventures, I halt my fingers from typing further. May this year be the most memorable year for each one of us. J

 Swati Sarangi