The Extreme Cold

Change in routine has a profound impact on our lives. The day I arrived in Gopalganj I started to feel uncomfortable due to extreme cold here. I am one of those people who you see every day and make fun of because they wear everything they have in winters. I envy people who say that they like winters and that the winters are their favorite season because it surely isn’t mine.

 

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I have been planning to go out for running since the day I arrived and I not even have gone once till now, I feel pretty bad about it, though. I have skipped a couple of posts in the past few days due to fever and sore throat and now that I am feeling better I have started to write again.

I am halfway completing the book, “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, I also have noted a couple of things which have struck me the most to share here and I would share them in the next dew days one topic at a time.

The Cleaner India

I finally reached home today, the journey got completed in 31 hours, in normal days it only takes 20 hours. Besides being delayed everything was pretty much okay. I got to see the platform for about 6 hours and an opportunity like this means I can look around everywhere which is quite fun.

I am not fond of the current government, in fact, I openly criticize the way they have implemented the demonetization process and their cashless system too is not as transparent as it should be, but they are working in a positive direction and things are changing in many other fields. For example, the way cleanliness is being implemented in the railway station is truly worth noting and appreciating. I was delighted to see the manager at work especially the way he delegated the work for speedy completion. We certainly need more people like him in other departments as well.

 

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It suddenly struck me that of course, the decision for a cleaner India came from the prime minister but it is actually implemented by the common people only. The reason why there is poor implementation in other areas is because of several reasons including dishonesty, the poor delegation of work, lack of a proper plan (the list is pretty huge) etc. India is changing but the change is directly proportional to the way our government officials are working. I am happy to see a cleaner India, I wish to see a financially stable India too.

 

One Year Blog Anniversary

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Today I got reminded by Facebook that I started my blog last year and this was my first blog post. I was terrified when I was pressing the publish button one year from now. Whenever my friends tell me that they are hesitant of what people might say if they would find any grammatical mistakes in their posts, I tell them I started with those mistakes and people kept correcting me on the way, gradually I got better.

Writing is like everything else, it needs practice. No one can become a writer overnight, it requires time, it requires effort, a lot of unnoticed effort. A friend of mine started blogging sometimes back and she said  that it took her several hours to publish her first posts. Too bad that she didn’t continue otherwise she would have discovered that the effort and time required to publish the post decrease after a certain number of posts.

In the beginning, it’s difficult I can give you that and also most exhausting but if you like sharing your thoughts, you would like putting those hours of effort every day and number of views or likes wouldn’t have any affect on you. Like everything else, if you love and enjoy doing it nothing else would matters.

Thank you for reminding me of my mistakes, thank you for giving me interesting topics to write about. Thank you for encouraging me, and especial thanks to my friends for messaging my grammatical mistakes(moments after hitting the publish button) so that I could correct them as soon as possible. Thank you for all your support and being part of my blogging journey. 

Origins : Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson

I started reading “Origins : Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution” by Neil deGrasse Tyson a week ago, and just completed the fourth chapter. Since the beginning, I knew I wouldn’t understand the jargons used by the author and at times I feel like I should stop reading and start searching for the things that he has mentioned in the book. And each jargon is a separate wiki page of its own and if I would do that I would never be able to complete the book.

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“The Dark Matter” was the chapter I was able to comprehend the most and it felt awesome (though I am in no shape to write about it). The thing is that the brightest minds of all have very little idea of what actually happened in the very beginning when there was nothing(with certainty), so all of them have made several assumptions. This book shed some light on those assumptions, but to understand it to the fullest I need a person who could explain the book further since there is a story behind each and every jargon and they are is quite fascinating.

Nonetheless, I like the book and I will continue it further.

“The Flash” Season 1: Completed 

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Two days ago I posted about how I started watching a whole new series of “The Flash” and today I finished the first season. One of my weaknesses is that I can’t wait which led me to watch the series continuously. Of course, it has a great story and kept me on my edge of the seat the whole time but it also led me to discontinue my routine which is not good. This is also the reason why I don’t watch TV series.

The story just kept becoming better and better just like I was told by my friend who recommended me the series. In the beginning, it had one super villain per episodes and the main story was getting cooked up in the background. After crossing 10 episodes the main story kicks in and I never stopped (talk about being unproductive).

In last two days I did nothing but watching the series and from tomorrow onwards I will try to be more productive.

The Flash

#AnIdeaADay #TheFlash #HowMindWorks #StevenPinker

I had stopped watching any TV series a long time ago(and by long time I mean only 1 year and yes, that’s pretty long for me), and today I picked up one, “The Flash” TV series.  It’s too soon to tell anything about it since I just have watched the first episode but I have been getting positive reviews of the series for a very long time.

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I have watched a couple of movies lately but unfortunately, none of them were as good as they used to be, either that or I have changed enough not to like these movies anymore. Unlike them, The Flash have all the ingredients which a good plot possess. A mid-20s guy, mother got killed in an accident when he was 11, father falsely accused of his mother’s murder, have crush on his best friend who has no idea, got struck by lightning, fighting crimes, what is not to like??

I watched 3 episodes in one go and one sitting and would have watched more if my eyes would have allowed it.

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I updated this post after getting a critical response from a Flash fan saying the post wasn’t coherent with the title. He was right so I updated my post and made it purely on The Flash. Thank you for the comment, my friend.

Demonetization: The Top Priority Decision.!

#AnIdeaADay #GoodDecision #wponthego #modi

It’s 12:40 AM in the night as I am writing this. I almost skipped today’s post as I walked into my flat after standing in line for about 2 hours to get Rs 2000 from the ATM. Talk about one of the biggest decisions of the country and its worst implementation ever.

Every decision has a focal point and everything is rovolved around that focal point. India is home for billions of people, the largest democracy in the world and if the biggest decision of the country is not implemented keeping its people in mind, there’s our first red flag right there.

Until now many of my friends have asked me if it was a good decision or not. To them, yes it was in spite of what many people are saying that it wasn’t, I beg to differ. With that said, every good decision must have a backbone of good implementation. If the prime minister said that all the denominations of Rs 500 and 1000 will not be valid anymore, he can not say something like this out of his butt, he must have had the plan to implement all that what he said keeping his people in mind. Unfortunately, the reality is that he didn’t plan it well and it has devastated the country and we are in deep misery.

Blink : The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking

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There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.

Malcolm Gladwell 

Yesterday, I was having tea at around 12 o’clock in the night. Pretty unconventional time to have a tea, thanks to my friend who invited me at the odd time of 11 o’clock for having a cup of tea. It reminded me of my college days, the time when we were accustomed to going outside to refresh our minds from prolonged studies especially during odd times. Since I was too tired to do anything I slept without publishing my blog(and doing anything for that matter) and I am ashamed of it. (I forgive myself for not writing the post though)

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I started reading the book “Blink : The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite authors. I have read and reviewed several of his books, below are the links to the book reviews of Malcolm Gladwell’s by me.(click on the link below for more details)

(Click here for other learnings from the author Malcolm Gladwell)

Blink is going to be the next in above collection, I have just read one tenth of the book and I am already in love with it. The book title is pretty descriptive and it is exactly what this book is all about. It’s about the intuition we have at times, it’s about the feeling which we have when we encounter a situation, it’s about the first 2 seconds of whatever comes to our mind when we are exposed to a situation. The book enlarges those 2 seconds and explains why we feel what we feel in those first 2 seconds. It’s about why you chose to open this blog post when you first laid eyes on its title.

If the above paragraph excited you to some extent, this book has a lot of content for you and you will love it for sure. I just have read a couple of chapters and I was blown away by the first chapter only. Stay tuned for more updates.

Why I Hate Movies..!!!

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I hate them because they are additive in nature, they are so good(not all of them of course) that it’s very difficult to resist. In my college days, I used to watch so many movies that it used to sore my eyes. We had one of those unlimited download facilities and a torrent client. I was not alone and there were many like me. Movies have used up most of my productive time in the past(they still do sometimes).

Movies have opened new worlds for us, very different from what we have in our real lives. We sometimes are so caught up those imaginary worlds that we give little priority to our real world. That’s not a good way to live a life. Like every other college student, I was a rebel meaning I was the only one who could tell myself what’s right and wrong, I spent most of my time in the imaginary world of Harry Potter and X-Men during my college life.

Now that I have gain little more sense and the importance of my time I abstain myself from watching movies incessantly. With that said, I watched “Suicide Squad” today. The movie was good but since it was dark themed I didn’t like it that much.

Handwriting on the Ipad

#AnIdeaADay #GoodNotes4 #Amazon #stylus #wponthego

It all started when I was showing one of the features of iPad to my mother. I was using OneNote back then which has a beautiful feature where you can write freely using your fingers only, very sleek and elegantly designed. I showed my signature on the iPad and I was doing it the first time while showing it to my mother. It got stuck and I started searching if I can do more than the signature on my iPad and a whole new world opened for me.

I watched several videos which showed the use of digital pen(also called stylus) and note taking apps. All of them showing how we can replace the paper altogether and it was too good to be true, so I investigated some more. After a lot of scrutiny and research, I chose “E VL fine point second generation Stylus”  from Amazon which turned out to be a disaster(you can find more about it by clicking here). After that, I purchased Wacom Bamboo Duo Stylus from the store and which is working perfectly as of now.

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The search didn’t end after getting a working stylus because I still was looking for a good note taking App and the search continued until today. After using more than 10 note taking apps and rejecting them one by one for one shortcoming or another, I finally have fallen in love with Goodnotes 4.