Reading between the lines

Click: Gateway of India, Mumbai, India

Reading between the lines,
Was never easy for me.
So the day you left, you baffled me,
You said, “I thought you saw it coming.”
Well, I said, “I just didn’t see through you.”
Smilingly you confessed, “Nothing worth is left between us nor nothing worth will be left behind.”
Is it always so easy to end?
Then why is death so difficult?
Why can we not come to terms when people die?
Its so easy to mourn but, so difficult to love.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

The Art of Blogging

Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?

How to write more? Better? Faster?

Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?

You are not alone. I do this too. It’s one of my passions. To see what makes the difference. What works, what doesn’t, and to understand the why. Because of this, I can write cute posts like this one.

Here are the seven best habits to have as a blogger.

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In the middle of the night

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CLICK: PVR, Andheri, Mumbai, India

In the middle of the night,

I dive deeper into my ocean,

Driven by the lure of peace,

I am overtaken by restlessness,

I want to free myself from these shackles of restrain and refrain,

To scream atop and breathe out all the disgust and disdain.

Not an iota, not a minute of peace,

Breathing, suffocating, breathing, suffocating,

With a pause, with a slight strength of belief,

Gradually, I limp to few moments of peace,

I rest for a while at your feet,

I breathe free….

In the middle of the night.

© Copyright 2018 Rashmi S. Malapur All rights reserved

Happiness Unlimited – A New Community For Happy Minds

Founded by A 90% DIFFERENTLY ABLED GUY FROM INDIA, WHO CONQUERED THE WHOLE WORLD WITH JUST ONE FINGER AND TRANSFORMED MILLIONS WITH HIS SMILE

This post is written by Sai Kaustav Dasgupta. Thank-you Sai for giving me an opportunity for sharing your story on my blog. Gratitude!!

There are lot of people cribbing about petty issues and Sai wants to tell them that no problem is unconquerable. So the next time you lack the motivation to fight your problems and feel like giving up, remember that Sai Kaustuv conquered it all with a single finger and so can you! Life is full of perceived suffering, and a humans fail to grasp how the grass isn’t really as green as it lets on. It took deep insight, immense maturity and introspection for him to come at the conclusion and take action.

He refused to see his disability as a limitation and chose to treat this as a life’s surprise, something to be adapted to. Sai has accepted his unique condition and decided to be a beacon of hope for the differently abled community.

With a comforting and a reassuring tone, he shared with the world how he conquered all odds to win the battle of perception and founded “Happiness Unlimited”.

Disability is not an inability is once again proved by Sai Kaustuv, a wheelchair warrior of India.

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He is suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease) and had already gone through more than 50 fractures. He is having hearing impairment too. He does designs with just one finger of his left hand but thousands of hands are being benefited from his inspiring designs today. He might be in an Electric wheelchair but he turned his disability into a greatest gift.  He was three months old when he incurred first fracture.

He went into depression for 6 long years and today, he is finally out of it and having a multi-faceted career. He had this desire to never let his 90% disability hinder his growth. As Sai took the challenges, he is now a singer, a graphic designer, an author and a motivational speaker on a mission to spread smiles.

His work took him places and the tales of his fortitude have traveled the world. He has inspired millions of people globally and trying to bring positive awareness to transform India to a wheelchair friendly country. Today, he is a Happiness Coach for thousands of people. The reason he chose this unique option as the art of life is because Happiness itself is an identity, which describes the real essence of human life.

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People often ask him, how is it possible to be happy after going through so many sufferings and hurdles. They feel that disabled people are not here to celebrate their life. They have no right to think big and dream of touching the sky. That’s why, Sai thought about creating a Brand called ‘HAPPINESS UNLIMITED’ for whole community to change their outlook.

 It was for all abled people too as if they start seeing what great things differently abled people can do, they will get a surprise! While giving motivational speeches, Sai met a lot of people from different communities. He felt sorry for the people who complain. He feel bad for those who do not feel satisfied with what they have. They feel caged and start blaming society, neighbours, relatives for their problems. If they are caged, then what about various people who are differently abled? Sai can undoubtedly tell people that he is caged or confined because he can’t move himself an inch on his own. If he starts complaining about all these things, who will come forward to solve them?

So through this brand and mission he is trying to convey that, there are thousands of things to complain about but there are millions of things to be grateful for. To teach this lesson of gratitude, Sai started #HappinessUnlimited, through which, he would like to bring back the purity of heart and genuine happiness in society. Millions of people from disabled communities supported him in this mission, which strives to make this planet a better place to lead a healthy life with happiness and harmony.

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Also Sai Kaustuv is going to surroundings areas to motivate people mentally and technically to build a healthy community. Whatever technological knowledge he possess, he would like to distribute it to people who are yearning to learn new things and it will gradually upgrade lives in rural societies. He would like to build a happiness community to show the world that if you have the will, you have ways. Through the power of positivity everybody can be happy. If being a 90% differently abled guy, Sai can be a Happiness Coach, then what is stopping you all to express real happiness? Its free of cost. Through this global community, everybody will learn from each other. His journey will show all that pain is inevitable but, suffering is optional. Miracles are not something that happen once in a while. Miracles happen in the lives of people who choose to create that miracle. Sai chose to create it, that is why he became the first disable Happiness Coach and an entrepreneur to initiate a living brand, which is creating unlimited positive possibilities.

Sai Kaustuv’s message for being happy in life is very simple. Always be grateful for what you have. There are thousands of things to complain about but there are millions of things to be grateful for. Happiness lies in acceptance. Happiness lies in your effort to make others smile. Keep aside your stress and open the door of success. You will be happy forever! If you cry, if you complain, if you criticize about small things in your life, you will not have enough. So always be grateful for what you have. Think out of the box and do something extraordinary! How To Be Happy Forever? A Message From 90% Disabled Happiness Coach of India
Watch in YouTube:

 https://youtu.be/ZpGIAZ_fikQ

© Copyright 2018 Sai Kaustav Dasgupta All rights reserved

Nor War, Nor Peace by Rashmi Malapur Jaswal at Spillwords.com

Spillwords.com presents: Nor War, Nor Peace by Rashmi Malapur Jaswal – A blogger and content writer by profession, a poet by heart …

Source: Nor War, Nor Peace by Rashmi Malapur Jaswal at Spillwords.com

Life Possible – Suicide prevention helpline

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When life gives us the peace to live, at that point when we take it towards death, because of some reasons, which lack soul, it isn’t peace. Rather it is a much entropic situation. We often think of death as a peaceful world where there won’t be pain & suffering. We don’t know, may be. But, what we do know as social animals, humans are associated with more than one species of their own or even to a species different from humans, like a dog or a cat or any other animal. If we detach us from life, then what about that person who brings food for you every night? The dog which cuddles you after you return from your school/college/office? The friend who caresses your back when you cry? We know that it is a life where with every passing generation, life span is becoming shorter, so can’t we just enjoy this life, which has got every possibility of defeating every problem no matter how distressed our life turns into.

Life Possible, runs a suicide prevention helpline where we listen to the caged mind of our depressed friends. The idea is a brain child of an awesome woman, named Koshika Mira Saxena.

We offer active listening and try our level best to help you fight all the negative thoughts that push you into depression.

We have helped people smile and see things from new perspectives. There are many in each & every member’s friendlist who have reached out to us and there are many whom we have never met and yet we are connected through this initiative named “LIFE POSSIBLE”. We have a single message to each & every friend of ours who feel depressed that you can reach out to us at Life Possible and don’t be ashamed to ask for help. We are here to listen, to offer you a shoulder to cry and a coffee to sip, to listen to everything you carry inside because, everyone needs an output to convert every energy into another.

It is not unusual or a bad thing to feel low or be in a state of negativity. It is a state of mind & it helps to make us more human. We all go through it but it is much more necessary that we should not stay inside the prison of negative thoughts because it has got walls, which choke every part of ours.

We all feel that “Why me”, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?”. Let me tell you nothing is wrong. It is human nature. A happy life always needs sadness to know the price of happiness. It is just the reason of your depression is unfamiliar to you when you stay in the world of depression because at that point it becomes much more harder for you to classify the reason & the consequence of depression. Right at that point, we feel the guilt engulfing us. Don’t let it. Talk. Share. Cry. Break. Rise. Detach. Attach. Do whatever it takes.

Life Possible helps in all of these activities by helping the person to live in a secret paradigm where we keep the identity of the person safe & secure; we just listen & share our experiences about how we defeated depression. We listen to the depressed friends. That’s the difference we try to create by keeping them awake because, the simplest activities of our life make us show the exit door from depression. We hope that our initiative would be helpful to many friends of ours because it is a world full of hatred. So, making a world full of hope & love is a hard task but, as humans not impossible.

Reach Life Possible at https://www.facebook.com/Life-Possible-1326061670780284/

Copyright – Kabir Deb

Brittle But Not Broken

Refocused Lives

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as brittle bone disease, affects approximately 1 in 15,000 people.  A genetic disorder whose impact on the bones can range from mild to severe and is caused by defective genes which compromise how the body makes collagen.  Collagen is a protein that helps to strengthen bones.  Subsequently, a person diagnosed with OI can experience hundreds of bone fractures for no apparent reason.  An OI diagnosis would seem daunting at the very least now try to imagine living life in such a delicate state.   Well, no need to imagine because we met Kaustuv Dasgupta who cleared up any questions one might have on how to life a happy, productive and fulfilling life with OI.

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EPILEPSY AND DEPRESSION – Kabir Deb

What’s epilepsy & why is it associated with depression? Epilepsy, in simple words can be called as ‘seizure’, where the mind becomes conjured leading to losing of sense & staying unconscious for hours with severe headache & body pain.

In my case, epilepsy was the consequence of blockage of my food pipe which reaches our brain. Lack of nutrition as we know leads to malfunction in that particular organ. Similarly, when the food pipe in my brain used to block, then the brain used to feel the seizure leading to unconsciousness & severe headache. Epilepsy is not synonymous to lunacy which most of the people feel to be.

Mental distress/health is not equal to madness. It is just a neurological disorder making the food stop before reaching the brain but it doesn’t lead to any kind of deterioration of mental activity or attainment of lunacy. Mental illness is also not equal to lunacy. If lunacy is the north pole, then mental illness is the south pole. The society has got humans in abundance who feel that mental illness like epilepsy & depression means lunacy.

In this area, I cannot blame the society for being so rigid because there are not many people in the society who can enlighten them about the true fact of epilepsy and depression.

People have the habit of perceiving according to their level of understanding. They do not like to explore more by asking because deep down inside they feel that it is a shame to ask about any kind of mental illness. Just like “You are going to a psychiatrist?” comes with the notion that the person is a mad human being.

They fail to talk & so they fail to know. A person like me cannot dig into the deepest areas of society to make each & everyone know what’s epilepsy & what are its consequences. It’s hard for me or anybody to have the hunger to dig more. So, a person when comes before the word epilepsy needs to know what it is, rather than giving his/her own perception.

Depression is associated with each & every kind of mental illness. A person like me who beared epilepsy for six years with subsequent attacks & failed to attain the passion he stood for is a very vulnerable human being to be attacked by depression. I know how it feels to be inside a box because I stayed in that box for years but just like the third law of thermodynamics, energy fails to stay in one place & in one state until & changes subsequently unless an external force is applied.

So just like that the negative energy in my body had to become positive & I don’t agree that negativity is a bad state of mind. No it isn’t. In fact when we are in our negative state of mind, we understand what positivity is all about. For me the lane for releasing my energy was writing. I never would have known that I could write if I would have stopped writing my pessimistic posts.

Nothing is irrelevant when we write pessimistic thoughts. They are a part & parcel of our depressed state of mind. I kept on writing & at one point the transition of my poems & articles came towards a little bit positive state because the thoughts kept on releasing the negative energy it had inside for years.

It’s the simplest of the activities of our life that often happen to be the biggest of the road which can take you out of depression. We often feel that a single activity is our sole identity. No it isn’t. Activity itself is a holistic term which has got each & every activity beneath its umbrella. Even if we do a simple activity like doodling, writing, painting, teaching etc., then in that activity people gather together to find their own identity.

At that point, we see that people are watching, following, chatting with, you. As human we live for that only. Ears to listen. A mind to share thoughts. A cup of coffee. A shoulder to cry on. It’s very simple yet hard, but remember, not impossible.

Copyright – Kabir Deb

Book review: Soothing Serenades: Straight from the Heart by Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar

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About the author:

Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar is a trilingual poet (Maithili, Hindi and English), short story writer, critic and reviewer, based in Kolkata. He is regularly published in various national and international magazines, both printed and online.

His poetry springs straight from heart and mind as unification of sensibility. He uses catchy lines, expressions and images. In his poetry, social issues, romance and love are tackled with equal passion.

Resonant with profound spirituality and intricate mysticism his poems are stunning and enlightening, buoyant sometimes and intense at other times and always have a deep meaning beautiful enough to touch hearts of avid readers.

One of his poems on Nelson Mandela is included in the academic syllabus prescribed for the school students of Philippines.

Soothing Serenades: Straight From the Heart is his first volume of poems and another one is in the pipeline.

He is also a contributor to journals like The Criterion: An International Journal in English, IJML (International Journal On Multicultural Literature), The Anvil (Forum of Literature & Academic Research in English) and Harvests of New Millennium, The Interiors, Taj Mahal Review, IJES (The Indian Journal of English Studies).

He is also a part of several anthologies like ‘Epitaphs’, ‘Purple Hues”, “Whispering Winds”, “Just For You, My Love”, “Heavenly Hymns”, ‘I Am a Woman”, “The Significant Anthology”, “Umbilical Cords”, “A- Divine-Madness” (Five Volumes), “She the Shakti”, “Whispering Heart”etc.

He is the Review Editor of Asian Signature, a literary e-journal, managed from Kolkata.

The Book Review:

Love is a divine emotion and has a spiritual connect. It gets us closer to the meaning of our existence. While some have made it the reason of their existence. These feelings gradually start touching us in myriad forms through Bhaskar Jha’s poems all written for love and with love. All poems have the same theme running through the book i.e. love. Its true that a life that hasn’t been touched by love is like a desert; barren.

Lines from the first poem, ‘To Goddess of Love’ reflect these above thoughts.
Jha so firmly and deeply believes in the power of love, that he calls upon love to heal people from violence with its touch of divinity.

In the second poem, ‘Oh, Eternal Love!’, he says that love can keep him away from the dreary times of life. This might sound like escapism but, its not, it just the power and energy that love possess, which can lift you up from a low point to ecstasy.

Bhaskar Jha believes that love heals and presents this feeling in the poem, ‘Healing Power of Love’ where he says,

“Love consoles the unheard sobs
Healing the deep wounds of life.”

All the poems are written in simple but, lyrical form thus, grabbing the attention of the reader and sustaining interest.

Jha’s poems are particularly appealing due to its simplicity, yet endearing quality. To write 62 poems on the same theme isn’t simple but, what’s even tougher is to hold the attention of the reader who while reading these poems unknowingly starts connecting with the author himself.

I agree when in his poem ‘Definition of Love’ Jha says,

“Love is life, philosophy,
art and religion
A discipline with transformative power”.

In this poem he attacks the people who equate love with lust and ends with this encompassing profound thought that love possess transformative power and is a spiritual experience. The spiritual aspect of love again reflects at the end of the poem,

“That ennobles us and elevates our souls;
Love is poetry: the abstract of bliss
Underlying between and beyond the lines,
A facilitating means to an end for soul
That ultimately melts into the eternal ocean
Of peace, bliss and the union divine.”

In this endearing book the most picturesque and narrative poem is ‘A romantic eve’. It’s the union of lovers amidst the abundance of nature. The first 5 lines speak about the soothing nature and rain that calms the earth. And the next 5 lines speak about how lovers meet in the beauty of the rain droplets smothered with love.

As you read further, poems get more conversational, picturesque, lyrical and romantic like a song. Aptly titled, ‘Splashes of love in the summer of life’ the poem expresses how love can fill a meaningless life with a trance.

“Oh, my Sweetheart!
Lead me there on the wings
of pleasant breezes
even beyond
the ethereal luscious trance!
Following this pattern comes the poem ‘Serenade of solitude’ which ends in a rather peculiar manner:
Sullen, I brood within soul
In contemplative solitude;”

I say peculiar because, it reminds me of William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, where he says,

“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;”

As we move ahead this love treat transforms to love tests in the poem ‘True love tests’ where Jha talks about practicalities of life that can challenge love.

“After they’re united together
Through and through
The body, mind and soul,
It sneaks out
From their usual hobnobs.”

I particularly loved the poem where the end is impactful with the mention of death. The poem is ‘Rose for you’ and the ending lines are:

“Some cuddle me
on the hard earthy crust
while you cajole me
to climb up, up there
from my heart
to your soul to rest
and repose in the cosy embrace of Love
to relish the bliss of life
before Death silently plants
the ultimate Kiss
on my puckered lips!”

Rarely do love poems end by mentioning death but, here it is so beautifully woven in the crux of the poem i.e. ‘love’.

We cannot live without love, we rather perish than live without this ecstatic emotion and this feeling is so beautifully expressed in the last lines of the poem, ‘Bonhomie’.

“As in absence of oxygen,
everything living
in smother of utter isolation
finally withers”

‘My Valentine’ is truly an ode to the poet’s lover in the most sensuous way yet, so endearing and filled with tenderness. While we set into this mood of romance and love galore, Jha takes us on a different level with ‘Love birds on the branch of poetree’, which signifies what being a poet means to him. Infact, while you navigate slowly from one poem to another and relish each poem, you suddenly realize even though all poems are based on the theme, ‘love’, each poem brings new feeling and is distinct. Each poem brings a new facet of love; a new angle of love.

While you ponder over this thought and move ahead a brilliant poem ‘Voice is heard more in silence’, comes your way. I could easily claim that this is my favourite poem in the book as it dwells over the aspect of the power of silence to convey your emotions.
Lastly, I would want to mention the poem, ‘Trust if you want to be trusted’, which presents the crux of every relation i.e. trust. Both the feeling of trusting others and being trusted is expressed aptly in this poem.

All poems are full of hope and positivity thus, elating your mood and wanting you to fall in love. I have enjoyed this book to the core. I particularly loved the fact that inspite of being short, these poems touch you in its myriad forms.

Poems in the book, ‘Soothing Serenades’ are wonderful because, they express deeper feelings in simple words. Each line connects with the reader. It creates a lasting impact and even as you finish reading each poem, you would want to read it again.

Short poems have so much to say in fewer words. They end just at the right moment and then you want to go back and read them again and again.
© Copyright 2018 Rashmi S. Malapur All rights reserved

Philip Roth (1933 – 22 May 2018)

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P RothStop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.

(“The Dying Animal”)

Smettila di preoccuparti di invecchiare. E pensa a crescere.

(“L’animale morente”)

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