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Why the journey is more important than the destination?

The journey to any destination starts with a small step. It is always important to take the right step and learn from the wrong step. You should always enjoy the journey and keep learning from the process which you undergo during the journey.

You learn lot of lessons about life from your success as well as from your failure. It helps you to understand what didn’t work well, and what went well. However, failure gives you the strength to fight with the problems and Success helps you to be more confident and prepared. We all lose something during our journey. It makes us realize what matters the most in our life and what never did.

Most of us want to get success through a short cut but as they say, “there is no short cut to success”. But is it possible? Answer is NO. We cannot achieve anything in life without proper preparation. Have we ever observed that when we think that we are prepared to live our dream, we end up realizing that somewhat more planning is required and that readiness occurs over the span of the journey?

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We often need time for preparation. It is not a great idea to wait for a long time to do something, however we should always target to do something at the right time. You can plan your strategy, make a right plan, review, revise and execute at the right time. During the journey when it gets tougher, it makes you work harder to reach your destination.

A journey is nothing but a set of processes and you need to follow it to reach the destination. You should be sensible enough to respect and understand this process. It I always easy to reach your destination if you make all necessary move and execute all the processes as per the expectation. However, the kind of decision you take during journey will decide the fate of your success and pave the way to your destination.

Journey makes you stronger. You are more wiser and experienced at the end and ready to face another challenge in your life. At the end, when you arrive at your destination, you are a whole new person, more experienced, more mature and wiser. You understand the value of achieving that goal and simply don’t let go of it so easily.

Cheers!
Subrat Saurabh

Book Review – Undaunted by Bhaavna Arora

Book Review – Undaunted by Bhaavna Arora

Book – Undaunted

Author –  Bhaavna Arora

Page – 232

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Westland Books

The Indian armed forces always stood as an epitome of courage, selflessness, patriotism and nation above all philosophy. The book is a real-life story of a 22 years old Lt. Ummer Fayaz of Kashmir who was brutally murdered by militants while he was on leave to attend a family function. He was one among the many from the valley who was full of life, courage and epitome of patriotism who joined the army against all odds. It is a book about a real hero which is written so well that it can inspire millions.

First, I would like to congratulate Bhaavna Arora to pen down such a brave story of a Lt. Ummer Fayaz who chose to join Indian Army despite the challenges. The book quite literally leaves one breathless at many points. The sense of pride will make you smile from ear to ear and also cry silent tears.

This book is easy to read which will take you on a journey where you will get to know about Lt. Ummer Fayaz : about his birth, his schooling, his nature, and sadly about his brutal death and also about various culture of Kashmir like the way they treat their guests, how normal civilians are living their life in valley and of course about the Indian Army.

We need more storytellers like the author who has done a lot of research to come out of this masterpiece which can help us (civilian) to understand the conditions under which these brave men fight for the Safety, honour and Welfare of our freedom.

Over all, this book is easy to read and very well written with all necessary details. I strongly believe that I am not worth enough to rate this book. I just want to say that, ‘Undaunted” is a must read. Highly recommended. It’s a book that will make you proud long after you have read it.

Read this book and know your real hero.

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Cheers!

Subrat

Silence is the most dominant shout

I am not a great listener and probably, that is the reason I am the best person to write about power of silence. Silence can sometimes be considered as an inability to speak, a sign of weakness. However, silence doesn’t have to mean that effective communication is not taking place. In fact, silence can be a powerful negotiation tool. Knowing when to stop talking and listen is just as important as knowing what to sayThis comes more naturally to some of us than to others but it’s a negotiation skill.

While in conversation allowing your counterpart to do the active talking and listening, you will end up gaining their trust and confidence in you. Your silence may even encourage the other side to reveal more than they intended. The value of quietness is significantly belittled in current society. In addition to the fact that we can’t really cherish silence, yet we likewise give our absolute best to keep away from it.

  1. The extraordinary instructor inside.

Silence is not our enemy. It helps us to become more relaxed as you don’t have to filter and process unlimited information. The ground-breaking impact of quietness can assist us with better understanding what the instructor inside us needs to say. The only thing that is in any way important is that quietness gets us closer touch with a critical wellspring of clearness and peacefulness.

2. Better Concentration.

Silence can assist us with calming down and to enter a condition of mental clearness. An impressive reaction to this expanded clearness lies in huge enhancements of your concentration. In turn, your capacity to concentrate on a given assignment will increment massively. Because of expanded concentration levels, you will end up being significantly progressively beneficial at all that you do.

3. Least bothered about insignificant things in life.

Most of us is surrounded with a variety of unimportant things in our life. These unimportant things are insignificant however, many of us place great emphasis upon them. We are not clear with our priorities, so we fall prey to worrying about things that are least important. Instead of being irritated or offended by minor occurrences, silence can give you the necessary mental strength to treat these things as they are.

4. Silence allows better delivery and understanding.

Silence allows your audience to absorb information. An audience responds in a real time and hence, you should give a pause whenever you say something important in your conversation. It helps them to absorbs and retain. A concise silence enables your audience to “absorb” your basic message in their brains.

5. Unpredictable when you speak less.

The more you talk, the more your words and information can be utilized against you later on. Talking less will influence individuals to reveal increasingly about themselves. When you listen, you find out more and you can utilize that information later. The less you say the more significant and baffling you show up. By saying less than necessary you create the impression of meaning and power.

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Leaders are often judged by what they say or do. But sometimes silence is their most effective leadership tool.

Silence can enrich communications, if used positively. It can even misfire sometime if misdirected. Silent spaces should be used to support communication and not undermine it.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

5 ways to deal with failure

If Thomas Edison had stopped after his 10th failure then he would have never invented an electric bulb in his 10000th attempts.

Sometime things go as per the plan or even better than the expected but on some days, they don’t.  You commit an error, have difficulty or you essentially fall flat. It’s unpleasant. But you can’t avoid it either unless you avoid doing anything at all.

Don’t worry. It happens to all of us. We experience disappointment in different degrees. Some of us manage it well and some just give up.  Things can turn around quickly. Things will improve however before they do, you should figure out how to manage disappointment. Here are a few tips.

  1. First, just accept the failure.

When you’ve quite recently fizzled, it will undoubtedly sting. At times, a bit. In some cases, a great deal. That is OK.

Try not to attempt to push it away by diverting yourself or by endeavoring to push the duty onto whatever is left of the world

You must acknowledge the way that disappointments happen to everybody. Think about this experience as something where you can gain from it. The initial step on managing disappointment is accepting that it occurred.

2. Stop thinking about the failure

Never let the rejection get you. If it ever does, you will always think that you can never make it next time. Stop thinking about failure and don’t let this stop you from succeeding in your next endeavor. Remember, you are not a failure just because you had a setback.

Keep reminding yourself “Just because you failed today, does not mean that you will fail again”. Keep yourself engage with your hobbies.

3. Give the disappointment a chance to out,

It’s obvious to get disappointed over something you buckled down for yet neglected to accomplish. So, proceed let it out. Converse with your friends about it. Take the necessary steps to dispose of the disappointment that is bubbling up in your mind.

It accomplishes something that can facilitate your mind. Watch a favorite comedy show or go out with friends or well-wishers. You need to loosen up your mind to cope up the pressure and try to be happy.

4. Give yourself 24 hours to overcome

It’s alright to feel tragic or grieve about the failure. However, just allow yourself 24 hours to do as such. 24 hours ought to be sufficient to consider the errors and from that point onward, proceed onward. Push ahead. Begin anticipating what to do straightaway, what your next activities ought to be and what you should deal with to make progress.

5. Plan your next moves

Try not to choose not to move on. Rather endeavor to make your next step effective. You’ve learnt from your failure. Buckle down and work shrewd to make the progress. Refer the link to write down your next goals and go for it to achieve.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

5 reasons – Why we should always write down our goals

Do you set goals for yourself? What are your short term as well as long term goal? What are your aspirations in life? Goal setting is the first step of successful goal achievement. It is your step towards your success. Not many individuals really have clear objectives with significant steps, recorded on paper. Furthermore, doing this straightforward step can mean the difference between a goal setter and a goal achiever.

Today I’m sharing 5 reasons why writing down your goals increases your chances of achieving them!

1. It will help you to remember them.

Our objectives and dreams can be short lived, particularly on the off chance that we get diverted. At times, we have thousands of things going on and we don’t recollect forget each and everything we’re importance to do. Writing most of your objectives daily, weekly, monthly/ yearly, can assist you with this issue. This will likewise dispose of the messiness in your brain to enable you to concentrate better without recollecting everything you need or need to do.

2. It will help you to get focused on the process and procedure.

Whether you want to write a book, lose a weight, learn a foreign language etc. if you write them down on a piece of paper then it will force you to take next steps towards achieving them. It enables you to put more idea into them and much another above and beyond by planning to complete them.

3. It will make you more accountable and clear about what you want.

If you record your goals in a paper or a diary then you must put them into words, which will help to makes the goals more precise and specific. It enables you to be more transparent and clear about what exactly you want to achieve and in turn it will help you to be more focus and accountable. If you are lagging in completing some tasks on time to achieve the desire goals then you’re compelled to confront it and give you more of a sense of responsibility.

4. It will help to track the progress and push you to achieve.

If you normally audit your objectives, this will enable you to remain on track towards accomplishing them. It is more likely to forget the goals, if you are just keeping in mind. When we don’t see the improvement that we’re making toward something, we get discouraged and disheartened – regardless of whether we are making a noteworthy progress. However, when you write them, you get an opportunity to outwardly perceive how far you’ve come. This will be additionally more encouraging and inspiring.

5. It will help to keep you motivated and determined.

When you record your goals, and have them before you, it makes you feel progressively inspired to make a move towards them. Whenever, I look into my diary, where I have written my objectives. In case that I see there are things I haven’t done yet, that is normally what motivate me to begin completing things. Simply ensure that you record your objectives some place that you’ll see them as often as possible.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

7 ways to stay motivated through hard times

Whenever you are surrounded with negativity, feel suffocated about the situation, when your dreams are getting shattered and if you are losing hope. Don’t ever try to control the situation. This is also a phase. It will pass away soon. Although you cannot control the situation but always try to control how you respond to it.

Stay positive, keep your head high and be motivated. Remember, you will always have a chance to bounce back

Here are 7 ways to stay motivated through your tough times:

1.   Don’t control the situation but always try to control how you respond: Figure out how to differentiate the things which are within your control and which are most certainly not? Won’t stress over conditions outside your ability to control. Try not to enable yourself to end up so candidly that it disables your growth. Things may not generally work out as per your plan, however the sooner you get over them, the faster you proceed onward to your next triumph. Only you can control your very own activities and responses.

2.   Stay away from negative people – Negative people will distract you from your goals. Stay away from them. Speak to positive people, stay away from negative conversation or be neutral. Be in touch with critics but not with negative people. There is a fine line between critics and negative people.

3.   Celebrate every small events or success – Celebrate every small or big success with your well-wishers. Remember, you are worth enough to celebrate every goal you achieved. Every celebration keeps you motivated

4.   Plan your activities but be Agile – Planning help you to think through the entire process from beginning to end. Planning always motivate you to contribute, it brings new thought process and make sure to get best output. A To-do-list in your smartphone is a best way to start. Target to finish whatever you plan and never miss to priorities.

5.   Develop a reading habit – Reading is one of the best habit which every successful person has. We should develop a habit to read every day, even for half an hour before you go to bed. Spare some time to read inspiring information to keep you motivated. Buy at least one book in a month.

6.   Don’t repeat the same mistake – Everyone make mistakes. It’s obvious and normal. Learn from your mistakes and never repeat them. Self-evaluate the situation, evaluate the way you have handled it and make a note of do’s and don’ts, which you have learnt from it. This will help you to learn and to be better next time.

7.      Either build or Be a part of right team – Being a part of right team is always crucial to your success. It is so amazing to see that what you can achieve as a group of right people when you are altogether inspired and progressing in the direction of the same goal. Make a rundown of some triumphant individuals in your circle that you can cooperate with, trade thoughts with and who can enable you to complete things.

Cheers!
Subrat

Book Review – India’s most fearless by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh

Book Review – India’s most fearless by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh

Book – India’s most fearless

Author –  Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh

Page – 272

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Penguin Random house India.

The Indian armed forces always stood as an epitome of courage, selflessness, patriotism and nation above all philosophy and each of the 14 heroes whose stories the authors covered in this book are a best example to this.

The book comprises of heroic real-life stories of Indian defense men from the border. Each story talks about a military operation. The spirit of dedication is seen in the operation of Lance Naik Mohan Goswami who scrambled at short notice to execute an operation. While reading the book, and the stories of the men, one will surely stop at so many points just to gather their breaths. The book quite literally leaves one breathless at many points through all the stories shared.

This book will take you in between the gun battles and make you realize what those martyred soldiers and many others go through every day. When we are even afraid of cockroaches & lizard, reading stories of these heroes who go to fierce gun battles putting their life at stakes will send chills through your spine.

The surgical strike of Sept. 2016 is not so exhaustive in this book which is obvious because of classified operation. The stories are truly inspiring and shows the leadership skills of military leaders in counter insurgency operations.

We need more storytellers like the authors to reach out towards it’s civilians and inform them that under what conditions these brave men fight for the Safety, honour and Welfare of our freedom. They are not fighting a personal war on the LOC leaving back their families and constantly performing the Act of Valour, come what may be the conditions the Tri-colour is hold high enough to let the World know that India is a “Land of Free and the Home of Braves.”

Over all, this book is easy to read and very well written with all necessary details, ‘India’s Most Fearless’ is a must read. Highly recommended. It’s a book that will make you proud long after you have read it.

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 5/5

Narration – 4.5/5

Language and Grammar – 4/5

Final Rating – 4.5/5

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Book Review – Pyjamas are forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

Book – Pyjamas are forgiving

Author –  Twinkle Khanna

Page – 220

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Juggernaut Books

Pyjamas are forgiving, the story is much more appealing than the title. The book cover tells a lot about the story of the book which is more unique and hatake. The narration of the story is liable and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style of the Author which is gripping.

This story is about Anusha who went to Ayurvedic Spa in Kerala for her treatment. She is going through the best days in spa, till one person came and joined her in that spa. It is none other than her Ex-husband who has affected her the most. What will be the effect on Anusha and her treatment in presence of her husband? Will she continue there or run from there over night or she will decide to fight with the situation.

The story revolves around Meditation, Yoga and healing which is written in humorous way. It has a touch points of friendship, love, emotions and drama. Language of the book is simple and very well understandable.

With every chapter, the story continues growing extraordinary. The dramatization keeps the reader engaged. Peak of the story is incredibly unique and the grasping story will keep you bound till the end. I felt that story was getting little stretched in the middle but it picked up very well at the end and during the climax.

Over all, it’s a great read with unique plot, interesting characters and humorous punch lines.

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 3.5/5

Narration – 4.5/5

Language and Grammar – 4/5

Final Rating – 4/5

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Book Review – Love bi the way

Book – Love bi the way

Author –  Bhaavna Arora

Page – 239

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Penguin Random House India

This is something that I have never read before. This should not be listed under romance in future rather under revolutionary book. The book cover is extremely alluring and bold. In the event, that you are somebody who purchase a book seeing it’s cover, you may end in purchasing this one as well.

Story revolves around the romantic lives of Rihana and Zara. It broke the stereotypes. The book holds something different, bold and unique than the other books falling under similar category. Topic is powerful and Story is gripping.

Rihana, a painter who paints love and the main love she looks for in genuine is the one made in bed. Rihana appears to be carefree and always looking for sex.

Zara, a business women set to clear her way in the male prevailing world and be independent. Zara seems sweet and adorable.

The title is snappy and also discussing the dialect than it is clear and a few lines are exceptionally catchy. The plot comprises of numerous emotions which includes Love, Friendship, Domestic violence and LGBT love. Each and every detail of the characters, their life styles, relationship with others were penned down beautifully.

The story keeps running at a quick pace, so much that it’s easy to lose track yet hard to put down. However, i found it little dragged somewhere in the middle. The language used is extremely easy to grasp & relate to. What I accept is the feature of this book is the writer’s endeavor to expound on subjects which are viewed as taboos in our society, she depicts the situation of the LGBT people group great and likewise some social disasters as well. This book is most likely an honorable endeavor to convey such subjects to standard.

I appreciate the manner in which the author has moved toward the troublesome subject of homosexuality and I should state, the adoration the 2 ladies share is equivalent stirring for a straight lady. She demonstrates that fascination is of the spirit.

Kudos to the author for writing such a bold concept and a strong idea.

It’s highly recommended if you want to read different other than typical love story

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 4.5/5

Narration – 4/5

Language and Grammar – 4.5/5

Final Rating – 4/5

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Why doesn’t Narendra Modi deserve a next term?

I was born and brought up in a small town of Bihar where I was residing at a colony in the outskirts of the city. There was a Harijan Colony close to my residence where under-privileged and uneducated families had been residing for many years. They couldn’t even afford two meals a day, so affording a toilet in their house was out of question. Every day we used to have so much fun seeing all those families sitting in a queue for toilet. Damn,this Modi government couldn’t see our happiness. They came up with such an expensive project of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and started making toilets, and also, began making them aware about cleanliness and hygiene. This is such a foolishness. Now, when I visit my hometown, I don’t find such queues. We can’t make fun of them or feel sorry about them. This Modi government has taken away fun from our life.

It was so much exciting being in a queue to withdraw money from the ATM, especially during the summer season, when I got a chance to spend a few minutes in an A/C room (as I couldn’t afford an A/C at home) to withdraw money for the monthly expenses like salary for the maid, salary for the car cleaner, payment for the newspaper vendor and many more, but Modi government didn’t like a middle class man like me to spend a few minutes in the ATM and enjoy the A/C. Hence, he came up with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and started opening accounts for poor people. Now, I don’t go to ATM to withdraw money and simply transfer the money to my maid, cleaner and newspaper vendor’s accounts. I have been forced to stop enjoying A/C in the ATM.

Poor and underprivileged people in my contacts, like security guard and maid can afford LPG cylinder under Pradhan Mantri UjjawalaYojana.  Their standard of living is improving and I feel threatened. This is a serious threat to the middle class family. Government is trying hard to dethrone the legacy of middle class and upper class families where LPG cylinder is a comfort for us.

India is a male-dominated society where government is promoting “Beti Bacho, Beti Padhao” and challenging our thousands of years old customs. Being a parent, if someone doesn’t want a daughter, why is the government educating them to save the female foetus? It’s none of their business. How does it matter if the sex ratio balances in India. We have a few states where sex ratio is so unbalanced that two men are marrying one woman.Why can’t we all get such a privilege? Once these girls will get educated and grow up, they will start challenging our boys in studies, research, jobs and also in debates. We are already dealing with the reservation system in India(thanks to our previous government) and now, going forward our boys have to compete with these girls. That’s so scary and painful. 

Those were the days when we had lots of news about bomb blasts in different important cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore,etc. There was an era when it was not a breaking news but a usual one. For the last 4.5 years we didn’t hear of any major blasts in any part of India(excluding J&K). He has surely made the life of intelligence agencies tough. These agencies’ men are also human beings. They too have a right to relax, how does it matter if it leads to a few blasts?

We human beings don’t tend to come out of our comfort zones so easily. In these many years, we have learnt to survive with scams. We were used to it. It used to be the headlines of the newspapers, a topic of debate in the news channels, and a topic of gossips over a cup of tea among friends and colleagues. Under his leadership, he is not giving a chance of such scams and the common man is missing those golden days, when they used to feel connected with their families and friends over such political discussions.

He is expecting us to work hard and stand strong by taking the benefit from the government schemes like Digital India, Startup India, Make in India, etc. What is the point when opposition is ready to offer us an unemployment allowance? When we can make enough money for survival with these allowances then why should we give him another chance where he will expect us to put more and more effort to build the economy?

This is common sense. Common man is watching.