A boy goes to school everyday (Really! what’s so strange about that). He lives with his family in a small village. In the village the main source of income for the villagers is farming. Nearby there is a city which has so many industries. Government wants to expand the industrial area into the village and that would mean occupying the villagers farming lands. For industrial expansion and for the needs of industries river water is important. The nearby river to the industrial area cuts through two states. The states went to court to settle their claim on the river water.
One of those states acts as the eastern border of our country. Another country with which our country shares border has civil unrest. Lot of people from other country enter our country through border to take refuge. Some legally, some illegally. The two countries belong to two groups of nations. They had a dispute over natural resources. The two groups have different economic and political ideologies. Both the groups are developed economically but left the environment to rot. Now what was an ice cap once became water, what was a water reserve once became land, what was a land once became desert.
One day a Meteorite has fallen in the desert. Scientists have observed and found that it is one of the meteorites of the natural satellite of our nearest planet. Recently a planet has been reclassified as dwarf planet with regard to the recent advancements of information of its mass and orbital motion. It is believed that the sun is formed when a giant cloud called nebula collapsed. Much of the mass concentrated at the centre formed into sun and other dust flattened and became planets and solar system. Sun is one of the 100 billion(estimated) stars in our milky way. There are around 200 billion galaxies in the observable Universe. Some speculate multiverses with in the same space-time continuum.
Earth to us is its people, natural resources, ecosphere, biodiversity and its sustainability. Earth to the Universe is that it is a just tiny speck in its entirety. As Carl Sagan puts “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
What do we think when we think of locking. A physical locking that involves locking of a door. Or locking a person as a form of punishment if we are talking about more disturbing things. Every year prisons are filled with criminals. Some of them are facing punishments for crimes they have committed. Some others are facing punishments for raising their voice against injustice. Governments are always eager to curb the protests rather than solve the problem. What they do not understand is that they can keep people in prison but not ideas.
In the twenty-first century we are all chest thumping that we have achieved world peace. But the human development indices says otherwise. There are some governments which control the internet in their country. Hell! There are even governments that smother whistle-blowers, reporters or anybody who is against them. In some countries human rights are a joke. We will achieve total prosperity only when we pave way for differential opinions, preserve human rights and the rights of minorities.
It is always better to consult others for advice, they say. But I came to know that the more I consulted others for advice the more I am confused. Mind you, I am not saying it is wrong to take others advice. We should take the advice of others. But we need to remember that it’s we, who are going to face the consequences. The advisors may not be able to comprehend our situation. With too many advices our mind could be fogged. But we should come out of it and follow our heart like the sun rising on a foggy morning.
They say we will be happy with our well wishers.
My relatives, In family dinners say they are happy for me for the life I am leading.
My friends drinking coffee in cups of plastic, laughs and say they are happy for my career.
My colleagues say that they are happy that I got promoted.
My constituency contestant says he is happy to announce the creation of jobs once he is elected.
But I am not happy being with them.
I wish a man comes to me and say, “Until now, You are in Matrix Neo, everything around you is fake“.
Admit it! We all drew something when we were children. Only we know the meaning of those drawings because in most of the cases they are not understandable for grownups. Children see the world differently unlike grownups, who see the world as it is. Children has the power of imagination that they lose when they became grownups. Talk to a grownup and he will only be interested in figures.
kids have this curiosity that they never let go of a question. All kids are born the same but when they become individuals they become interested in strange things. In one word they become materialistic. Only children can appreciate abstract things without judging them.
The author very succinctly portrays childhood and talks about different characters of grownups in the society. He also questions our prejudices, imperialism (social condition at the time of writing this book), politicians and scholars. He also mentions the people who do their work without giving importance to the result(Karma). He communicates the importance of friendship.
The book inherently tells what we miss in our lives, imagination. It also tells that everything good comes to a close. The book is a gift to our childhood.
You may have wondered upon seeing the word polymath in the profile descriptions of millennials. A simple google search reveals the word meaning that polymath is person of multiple interests. Why is that so many people are obsessed with the word? The reason is pretty simple. It is because inherently we are all polymaths. Don’t believe me? Not surprising. As the hero in ‘Into the wild’ movie says careers are twentieth century invention. Before that people use to pursue their interests and use to do things they are interested in.
Some of the famous scientists are actually polymaths. A most notable example is Leonardo Da Vinci. His interests included invention, painting geometry, mathematics, sculpting, engineering, paleontology(study of fossils to know organic evolution),botany, writing and history. Another example is Aristotle who has made significant contributions to physics, biology, poetry, music, politics. Then during the industrial revolution large workforce was needed for the industries. Workforce that can be trained in a single skill. Eventually people started differentiating profession and passion. In America the major minor study structure can be attributed to this.
But it’s different in India. The horrible conditions after independence forced Indians to work based on money rather than based on their interest. Schools forced children for grades and craze for science subjects tremendously increased. The 50 years of License Raj system also contributed to this bad phenomenon. By 90s everything is in chaos. Unemployment was rampant and even people who receive good salaries were unable to buy simple things. But the economic reforms by P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan singh in 1993 changed things for good.
Just like every other kid born in 90s I wondered what I am going to do with my life. Engineering and medicine are the most chosen professions in India. Every parent thinks his son should become an engineer or doctor since they are the jobs with good salary and respect. But recently with a spurt of engineering colleges emerging, quality started deteriorating.
Recently some people chose to excel in different fields. Still they would choose the fields that can earn money. But there are very few people who would combine their interests. Thats where the millennials come. After two decades after the reforms the millennials started seeing things differently. They combined their interests and did some pretty good things. A man named Rahul combined his interest of music and writing and started a music blog. A woman named Neha combined her interest of painting and business to start a website for selling paintings by upcoming painters.
Last decade has a seen start of many startups which have been promising bright future. Some of the notable startups are flipkart, snapdeal, ola, paytm, quikr, zomato etc. Becoming entrepreneur is simpler than earlier with Internet giving equal platform to showcase our abilities. People are opening youtube blogs called vlogs to give new content and earning money with it. Traditional jobs are slowly losing their importance. Even though it is slow, it is the right direction. So lets hope people combine their interests and bring out polymaths in them to make innovative startups.
I want to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Which books changed your life? by Saumya Sharma
Answer by Saumya Sharma:
Okay, this should be easy!
Well, I`ve read most of the books on this list and for the ones that I haven`t, I know enough about them to conclude that they`re absolute masterpieces and worth your week.
1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
3. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5. 1984 by George Orwell
6. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
7. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
10. The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
11. Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick(a biography of Elvis Presley)
12. A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
14. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
16. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
17. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
18. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
19. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
20. Thrill by Jackie Collins
21. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
22. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
23. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
24. Horns by Joe Hill
25. Pilgrim`s Progress by John Bunyan
26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
27. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
28. How to Win Friends and Influence people by Dale Carnegie
30. Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
32. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
33. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
34. Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
35. Othello by Shakespeare
36. Macbeth by Shakespeare
37. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
38. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
39. Shakespeare`s Secret by Jennifer Lee Carrell
40. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
41. Hamlet by Shakespeare(Okay, I love Shakespeare.)
42. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
43.-45. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
46.-52. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (7 Books)