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Ratna of Bharat Our Pride our Legend Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Ratna of Bharat Our Pride our Legend Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji
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Born to a school teacher on Dec 25, 1924 with excellent literary and academic skills, we know him as a poet, a warm-hearted and kind personality, who served India at the highest level as a three-term Prime Minister. For being the first one serving a full-term as a non-Congress PM, let us salute respected Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Atal ji served as an MP for four decades in Indian politics. He was an excellent student with distinction in Hindi, English, Sanskrit and M.A. in Political Science. He joined RSS as a pracharak in 1947 as a full-time engagement and work for newspapers of Deendayal Upadhyay ji in Uttar Pradesh. At a mere age of 16, he was he was an active member of the RSS. After 1948 when RSS was banned in India, he and Deendayal Upadhyay ji, along with others formed the Bhartiya Jan Sangh. Later on he gained primary positions in the party under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. During one such electoral debates, Nehru was impressed by his oratory skills. During the late 60’s he became the face of Jana Sangh along with other young leaders, like Shri L.K. Advani. During the first non-Congress Govt. under Morarji Desai, he headed the Ministry of External Affairs and became the first ever PM to deliver speech at the UN General Assembly in Hindi. He was a renowned politician respected both in political circles and by the masses by this time.

Even though first term as the PM lasted only 13 days in 1996, it sowed the seed for his immense popularity. Later he was again elected PM in 1998 but, yet again due to lack of majority, the Govt. collapsed in a year leading to general elections in 1999. This time under his able leadership the party bounced back to an impressive victory with good majority and his first full-term Prime Minister-ship began in 1999 till 2004.

The biggest achievement of his leadership was getting India included in the nuclear powers of the world. The successful Pokhran-I and Pokhran-II tests with indigenous technology catapulted Indian defense to another level. Vajpayee ji also demonstrated keen interest by enthusing the Lahore Summit to begin peace concord with Pakistan. During the same time the Kargil war calamity engulfed the Indian state and with his able statesmanship Operation Vijay was one of the most successful operations that Indian Army lead to ousted the infiltrators in the northern boundaries.

He is credited for the National Highways Project, popularly known as the Golden Quadrilateral that gave India its first high-speed national highways with 6 to 8 lane cemented roads, running crisscross connecting all the major cities from north to south and east to west. On his invitation, the first-ever visit in 22 years by a US President to India became successful when Bill Clinton accepted his invitation. Few terror incidents like parliamentary attack in 2001 or the Kandahar hijack happened during this time when our national policy again terror attacks had to be revised. Vajpayee ji promoted open market, business-friendly reforms to reinvigorate India’s economic transformation and expansion.

For the rural reforms, he launched the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan which were highly successful.

One of the most impressive and highly influential and charismatic leaders of Indian politics, revered by both the ruling and opposition parties, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is rightly referred to as the Bheeshma Pitamah of Indian politics. Conferred upon with Bharat Ratna in 2015 we are highly indebted to this great patriotic hero who served our country with wholehearted dedication.

In his own words in his famous poems

कल कहार में, बीच धार में,
घोर घृणा में, पूत प्यार में;
क्षणिक जीत में, दीर्घ हार में,
जीवन के शत-शत आकर्षक;
अरमानों को ढलना होगा,
कदम मिलाकर चलना होगा|

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What to do when your wife says i am not happy in life

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What to do when your wife says i am not happy in life!

As I sat in the park after my morning walk, My wife came and slumped next to me. She had completed her 30-minute jog. We chatted for a while. She said she is not happy in life. I looked up at her sheer disbelief since she seemed to have the best of everything in life.

“Why do you think so?” “I don’t know. Everyone tells I have everything needed, but I am not happy.”Then I questioned myself, am I happy?  “No,” was my inner voice reply. Now, that was an eye-opener for me. I began my quest to understand the real cause of my unhappiness, I couldn’t find one.

I dug deeper, read articles, spoke to life coaches but nothing made sense. At last my doctor friend gave me the answer which put all my questions and doubts to rest. I implemented those and will say I am a lot happier person.

She said there are four hormones which determine a human’s happiness – Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. It is important we understand these hormones, as we need all four of them to stay happy.

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Let’s look at the first hormone the Endorphins. When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins. This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising. We then enjoy exercising because these Endorphins will make us happy. Laughter is another good way of generating Endorphins. We need to spend 30 minutes exercising every day, read or watch funny stuff to get our day’s dose of Endorphins.

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The second hormone is Dopamine. In our journey of life, we accomplish many little and big tasks, it releases various levels of Dopamine. When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home, we feel accomplished and good, that is because it releases Dopamine. This also explains why most housewives are unhappy since they rarely get acknowledged or appreciated for their work. Once, we join work, we buy a car, a house, the latest gadgets, a new house so forth. In each instance, it releases Dopamine and we become happy. Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?

The third hormone Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or to nature or to the society, it releases Serotonin. Even, providing useful information on the internet like writing information blogs, answering people’s questions on Quora or Facebook groups will generate Serotonin. That is because we will use our precious time to help other people via our answers or articles.

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The final hormone is Oxytocin, is released when we become close to other human beings. When we hug our friends or family Oxytocin is released. The “Jhadhoo Ki Jhappi” from Munnabhai does really work. Similarly, when we shake hands or put our arms around someone’s shoulders, various amounts of Oxytocin is released.

Now, we can understand why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.So, it is simple, we have to exercise every day to get Endorphins, we have to accomplish little goals and get Dopamine, we need to be nice to others to get  Serotonin and finally hug our kids, friends, and families to get Oxytocin and we will be happy. When we are happy, we can deal with our challenges and problems better.

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Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people. The first Google Doodle honoured the Burning Man festival in 1998, and was designed by Google founders – Larry Page and Sergey Brin – to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor until 2000, when Page and Brin asked public relations officer Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day. Since then, a team of employees called Doodlers have organized and published the Doodles.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Initially, Doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked – they were simply images with hover-text describing the subject or expressing a holiday greeting. Doodles increased in both frequency and complexity by the beginning of the 2010s. In January 2010 the first animated Doodle honoured Sir Isaac Newton. The first interactive Doodle appeared shortly thereafter celebrating Pac-Man, and hyperlinks also began to be added to Doodles, usually linking to a search results page for the subject of the Doodle. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international Doodles throughout its homepages, often featuring guest artists, musicians, and personalities.

On August 21, 2018, the Google doodle commemorated Ismat Chughtai – an Indian Urdu language writer – who wrote prolifically in the 1930s on themes like female sexuality, femininity, middle-class gentility, and class conflict, often from a Marxist perspective. With a style characterised by literary realism, Chughtai established herself as a significant voice in the Urdu literature of the 20th century, and in 1976 was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Chughtai was a liberal Muslim whose daughter, nephew & niece were married to Hindus. In her own words, Chughtai came from a family of “Hindus, Muslims and Christians who all live peacefully“. She said she read not only the Qur’an, but also the Gita and the Bible with openness.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Chughtai’s short stories reflect the cultural legacy of the region in which she lived. This is especially notable in her story “Sacred Duty“, where she deals with social pressures in India, alluding to specific national, religious and cultural traditions. In Chughtai’s formative years, Nazar Sajjad Hyder had established herself an independent feminist voice, and the short stories of two very different women, Hijab Imtiaz Ali and Rashid Jehan, were also a significant early influence.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah have presented ‘Ismat Aapa Ke Naam‘ for the past nearly twelve years. Her story ‘Chouthi Ka Joda‘ is presented frequently by many theatre groups. Danish Iqbal adapted her story ‘Mughal Bachcha‘ for stage which was presented at the Theatre Festival organised by Government of Delhi to commemorate her birth centenary.

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Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

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We remember Mr. Narayana Murthy on his birthday (August 20, 1946) and look back at his quotes of wisdom. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services.

Mr. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and M.Tech. at the IIT Kanpur. During his early professional days, Murthy designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for Electronics Corporation of India. He started a company called Softronics which was not successful. He then joined Patni Computers, Pune. Murthy along with 6 other software professionals started Infosys in 1981 with a capital of ₹10,000 only! Today Infosys is one of the largest IT companies in India and a $7.3 billion revenue firm that truly paved the way to India’s reformed history!

Murthy has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He has also been described as Father of Indian IT sector by Time magazine due to his contribution to outsourcing in India. Mr. Murthy has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

 

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