‘The Necklace’ by Maupassant Throws Light on the Middle Class’ Aspirations

The middle class (people), for centuries, have aspired to become rich and prosperous. They want all luxuries and riches one can possibly get. ‘The Necklace’ by Guy de Maupassant throws ample light on the never-ending aspirations of the middle class. With limited resources at their disposal, the middle class in the urbanized areas have been harbouring hopes to get rich and affluent in a short span of time. No matter how much one might end up earning, he or she is always looking to aim or a better lifestyle with each passing minute.

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We Haven’t Appreciated Suresh Raina Enough…

There are good players, there are bad players, and then, there are gifted players. These players, more often than not, are impact players who possess the ability to turn a match on its head. Numbers don’t matter to them. What defines them is the impact they have on a particular match. Above that, it is their ability to score vital runs under precarious situations that allows them to carve out a unique identity for themselves. Simply put, these players are called game-changers.  Suresh Raina, the middle-order batsman from India, is one such player.

He might not be a perfect physical specimen, he might not possess the best batting technique, and he has also been caught wanting against the short-pitched deliveries, but despite all his flaws and limitations, this lad from Uttar Pradesh has all the characteristics needed by a batsman to become a match winner. Continue reading “We Haven’t Appreciated Suresh Raina Enough…”

The curious case of Lokesh Rahul

An eye-pleasing batting technique, a hunger to score hundreds, an ability to play the big shots when needed, Lokesh Rahul has every single attribute a batsman needs to succeed at the international level. Despite putting in all the hard yards, Rahul is seen warming the benches most of the time. It is quite disheartening to see a player as talented as KL Rahul is struggling to cement his place is the playing XI. Continue reading “The curious case of Lokesh Rahul”

Of myths and realities-Part I

We, as individuals, come across an array of myths in our daily lives. I too, like most of you, was exposed to an array of myths at an early age. As a child, I refrained myself from questioning these myths. Ah, not because I was scared of asking questions ad being rebuked, but because the gamut of my knowledge, as a child, was too ignorant (or should I say confined?) to look at things from a critical POV.

Years rolled by, and within no time, I crossed my teens and became an adult. Information could now be accessed through smartphones, but even in an era where technology was booming, I wanted my questions to be answered by a human. One fine day, out of curiosity, I finally asked my father: “ Why can’t I cut my nails on a Tuesday?”My father, in an attempt to clear the air around this question, answered: “Who knows why. I have followed a similar practice ever since I was a little boy”. Now, this was perhaps the last thing I was expecting to listen. Sometimes, though not always, I get a feeling that when people cannot explain something rationally, they tend to call it a ‘tradition’. Well, this is perhaps the easiest way of escaping from the situation unharmed.

Science too, just like anything and everything else under the sun, has been ‘plagued’ by myths.  With some sincere research work being carried out by scientists every now and then, the ‘mysteries’ surrounding these myths have now seen the light of the day.

Talking of traditions, let us take a look at some of the myths that have now been debunked. Thank you, science.

  1. The moon has a Dark side

For a long time, people used to believe that the moon has a dark side. That is perhaps because we can view nearly 59% of the moon’s surface. The rest of it is completely hidden. It is because of tidal locking. Most people tend to believe that the moon doesn’t rotate. The truth, however, is that the moon does rotate. It takes the same amount of time to rotate around its axis as it takes to complete one revolution of the earth.

  1. Seasons are caused because the earth’s varying distance from the sun:

Contrary to the popular belief, seasons aren’t a result of the earth’s constantly distance from the sun. If scientific research is to be believed, these seasons are caused by an approximate tilt of the earth’s axis (that is an imaginary line) measuring 23.5 degrees. This, in the simplest of terms, would mean that the North polar Axis of the earth is tilted toward the sun, providing the countries lying the northern hemisphere with longer days and shorter nights. It would be interesting to note that the earth is about 3% closer to the sun in January than it is July. Well, that isn’t enough to minimize the winter’s cold. After all, what good is the heat of the summer without the cold of the winter to give it sweetness? Again, thanks to NASA.

  1. Is Glass a high viscosity liquid? No, not really

Well, I too nurtured this belief that glass is a liquid. That is because I could see my reflection in glass as well as in water. To overthrow the notion, I’d say that glass used in medieval buildings was quite thicker at the base. It is believed that glass used to be thick, but the extent of thickness began slacking with the passage of time. Craftsmen in the medieval era deliberately kept one side of the glass thicker than the other for it to be used as the base. Come on guys, glass isn’t the wonder liquid. The source isn’t available.

  1. Lightning does strike twice at the same place

To be honest, I have witnessed the lightning striking a building twice. The incident occurred after my father had decided to raise a fund to install a lightning conductor in the building. It was 2014 and we were residing in Himachal Pradesh. For those of you who do not know what a lightning conductor is, it’s a metal rod installed to divert the flow of lightning into the ground. After the conductor got installed, we were asked not to touch it during rainfall.

 5. We have five senses

Well, I am quite sure that my science teachers would disagree with me after they read this segment. Thanks to the internet, I now know that there are four more senses apart from the five we’ve been taught at school. Apart from the five basic senses ( touch, smell, taste, vision, and sound), we have four more lesser-known senses. Which are:

  • A sense of temperature ( you can sense the temperature rising or dropping)
  • A sense of balance ( you’d realize this when you ride a bicycle)
  • A sense of pain
  • A sense of body awareness ( You know that your body parts are intact even if you don’t see them)

Seeking Acceptance-Part III

“Why am I not getting likes on this damn picture?” How many times do we ask ourselves this question an hour after we’ve posted a picture on Facebook? There are many people out there who waste their time asking people to like their posts and pictures.

We live in a world which happens to be brimming with social media (Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Instagram). This list is very much never-ending. It is world wherein we compare ourselves with others. “Why on earth does he/she have this dress?” We always ask ourselves why we can’t look a certain way. The saddest part is: we keep comparing ourselves to people we don’t even know.

Have you ever seen anybody posting a picture of himself wherein he’s watching TV on a fine Sunday afternoon while sitting in a loose set of boxers? No, you haven’t. People click photographs when they look presentable. They’d post a picture while enjoying a vacation at a seaside resort in Goa. The location would be breathtaking, and so would be the dress worn by the person. So, to top it all, people try to paint a rosy picture. They won’t tell you how they look when they role out of their bed, early in the morning. The picture painted by them is very much incomplete and distorted.

Now comes status. People click photographs to showcase what they’ve got. From the shiny and glittery dresses to the latest smartphones and headsets, everything is snapped and posted on social media. Here, happiness is an important element. People post pictures which make them feel happy. All of us, as individuals feel happy when we post a good picture and get likes on it.

Now, the problem is: our happiness is short-lived. As soon as we find that our friend has posted a better picture, we begin feeling inferior. Let me be very clear, I am not trying to preach to anybody how to live his/her life, and neither am I pointing a finger at anybody. I firmly believe that all of us should be free to post whatever makes us feel happy, given it doesn’t hamper the integrity of those surrounding us. What needs to change is a person’s overall focus on life.

Social media, in all fairness, has become the indomitable force controlling our lives. Ours is a world where likes and shares. our lives have begun revolving around social media.  We need to take a moment out of our lives and think. “Were we really brought into the world for this very purpose?” The simplest answer would be a big “no”. To put things simply, in our attempt to find acceptance in life, we began comparing ourselves with others. As individuals, we always wish we could live others’ lives.  In our bid to earn likes and shares, we’re missing out on other beautiful things happening around us.

All I’d say is: ” We need to live in this moment”. Form relationships with real people, and not with godforsaken Facebook friends. Enjoy the present, and just forget about what people have to say.  I am sure all of us would have much better things to do in life than to compare our lives with others.

To conclude: Life is measured by the good deeds we do and the promises we keep, and not by the quality of our social media posts.

Redundancy in life may not always be meaningless…

Having survived 100 days without work, I can definitely say it’s really difficult for a workaholic like me to sit aimlessly at home doing nothing. I can tell you I crave for the contentment and exhaustion of a long and fulfilling day at work. I’ve been spending sleepless nights writing one application after the other, writing the same things over and over again. Continue reading “Redundancy in life may not always be meaningless…”

Questions aplenty as Nirav Modi pulls off a dramatic heist…

The big news is that despite the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) claims that public sector banks are well-prepared to deal with monetary frauds post the infamous Vijay Mallya fiasco, jeweler Nirav Modi has been able to dump the authorities by stealing somewhere close to INR 11,500 crore in driblets of foreign currency.  What comes as a bigger surprise is the fact that neither the internal auditors nor the people in power were able to unearth the fraud. Continue reading “Questions aplenty as Nirav Modi pulls off a dramatic heist…”