A Snap A Week : 5

Hey guys, the monsoon has arrived, and the rain drops are taking everyone’s attention now a days, simultaneously the most active species in the monsoon season is photographers, including me. :p

So I took my camera and my vehicle out for a journey in heavy rain making my soul wet, and capturing some of the moments. Meanwhile I got a click which captures quite a beautiful snap.

Here it goes :-

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I’ll try to capture these drops more closely in coming weeks. But this one having a part of tress and drops dropping by was a blissful experience. Saw it in slow motion too. 😛

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Thesauras

Hey guys, so, I am back here with some new and fascinating words, which, I am sure everyone of you will love to know and to use in future after knowing their simple meanings.

I have brought you all 5 new words which I have learnt recently and trying to bring them in day-to-day use. And from now on-wards I would be adding at least one example with each word along with their meaning.

And these new 5 words are :-

  1. Beseech :- Earnest request.
  2. Imbecile :- A stupid person.
  3. Barter :- exchange
  4. Soiree :- An in-house evening party.
  5. Tome :- A large, heavy scholarly book

Examples :-

  1. My friend, keep this secret to you, I beseech you.
  2. Try not to make imbecile remarks.
  3. I often barter chocolates for my secrets from my sister.
  4. soiree requires far fancier attire
  5. The wizard opened his creaky, leather-bound tome of magic, and began to cast a spell.

I hope the meanings and examples are helpful.

Do let me know if you find it helpful and was able to use them in your conversations.

Cheers!

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Indian Men : What scares Indian men

For all those feminists who can get blundered with the topic itself and start raising the voice let me tell you very clear that here we are absolutely not talking about the people who stares, stalks women or even eve-teases or for that matter rapes. Males, who roams in darkness just to grab one of those ladies who by any chance are walking alone or are in a remote area for some reason.

Here we are taking into consideration the gentlemen, who are faithful to their families and live their life around them, work hard and try to live life with loyalty and are innocent by all means.

So what scares Indian men?

And the answer is, Indian men, today, is scared to be falsely accused by woman.

Yes, a small, tiny truth, which is not even given a thought by a huge part of the society, but a fact. We have several laws stating only the woman’s part not the opposite one.

And to prove that only one example is enough.

Just a day before, I read a question on Quora.
And a so called respectful lady was asking that ,

How do I tell my husband that he is no longer good enough for me?

I got fit. I got promoted. There are dozens of men at my work that are better looking, drive better cars, stay in larger homes, that have manifested interest in me. I decided I deserve more and better.

Now if a man would have posted such shit, I guess a lot of feminist, till now, would have dragged that man on to the roads.

We have laws for dowry, people are punished, imprisoned, fined and lot more. I give my consent for it. But why don’t we have it’s negative direction covered. We have seen lot of false cases where a woman just to move in with her boyfriend, accuses falsely her in-laws and they suffers all their life.

And after divorce, what happen at that time, when women drags her husbands in the court for alimony even if she is not dependent. and just want divorce to make money out of this relation. Do we have laws for that. I don’t see any.

I feel there for men..

Are we Indians too weak to think in two direction simultaneously. Where we can make such laws which must covers all the aspects of a situation.

Why can’t we think beyond the current flows and take each and every facet into consideration so that at least the number of innocents getting thrashed, remains negligible.

I quote.

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Thesaurus

English in today’s era is not a professional language anymore. It is spoken in day-to-day lives and being practised in almost every urbanised area. English is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. It is the most commonly spoken language in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia.

Being important is not the only feature English possess, it also contains a vast database of words, which if used can just change the confidence of the person. So I thought let’s just start a practice to learn 5 new words every now and then and improve our vocab. It will surely help us all everywhere we go.

I’ll bring you 5 words whenever I learn something new. After all “Your ‘Knowledge’ increases if you share it”.

So first five new words are :-

  1. Tenacity :- The quality of being determined. Persistent determination.
  2. Culmination :- The climactic point of something, attained after a long time.
  3. Delirious :- In a state of wild excitement or ecstasy.
  4. Agitated :- Troubled emotionally.
  5. Flock :- Cluster of birds.

We all will practice these until we get new words.

And I bet after some time the size of our own dictionary is gonna increase for sure that too with some delicious words..cheers!!!

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Mirza Galib : Tribute to the soneteer

Taj Mahal is not the only marvel Agra has produced. But the city of pethas has been very unkind to its other Gems, foremost amongst them being Mirza Ghalib. The great soneteer from far old civilisation left an impression on the culture of the times and for years to come. Even today, the world continues to be in awe and admiration of him. He enriched the language by his writings, so much so that the language looks incomplete without him. Here we celebrate the greatness and the tenacity of words of Galib sahab masters.

Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan, known to the world as Ghalib, a non-de-plume he adopted, was born in Agra on Dec 27, 1797. With his marriage at the age of 13, he moved to Delhi. That was a defining moment for him. His initial years were very comfortable and the later was the opposite, largely in penury and on pension. He showed his poetic brilliance while he was very young. Large part of his work in Urdu was done by the time he was 19 years, within 6 years of his arrival to Delhi. He later dabbled in Persian and 30 years later, returned back to writing in Urdu, when he was a courtier. He produced pieces, both prose and poetry, which were as brilliant as his younger years. It was due to him that this language of commoners attained poetic status.

The toughest part for any lover of Urdu poetry is to figure out which are some of best couplets. It’s impossible to pick up a few. I have picked up a few, which I loved. There are many more, which I equally love, but want to restrict for this article. I don’t claim that these are the best nor do I have the competence to say so. Just enjoy them. If you love it, go for more on the net or buy a book.

The maestro had his own ‘signature’ style…andaaz-e-bayan aur..a class apart..

हैं और भी दुनिया में सुख़नवर बहुत अच्छे
कहते हैं ग़ालिब का अंदाज़-ए-बयां और ..

That he challenged the widely held concepts, to the disliking of the fundamentalists, tells me that he didn’t hold an orthodox view of religion.

हमको मालूम है जन्नत की हक़ीक़त लेकिन
दिल को ख़ुश रखने के लिए ग़ालिब ये ख्याल अच्छा है ..

Here is another one which drives the same point I made before. It becomes clear to me that he was a true liberal and disliked practioners of orthodoxy, hypocrisy and narrow-minded approach…the same very preacher was seen coming out of the pub…

कहाँ मैख़ाने का दरवाज़ा ग़ालिब और कहाँ वाइज़ ,
पर इतना जानते हैं के कल, वो जाता था और हम निकले ..

This one is my favourite…

हज़ारों ख्वाईशें ऐसी, के हर ख्वाइश पे दम निकले
बहुत निकले मेरे अरमां , लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले  ..

Have you seen a better romance with pain …isn’t it true in real life…when pain goes beyond tolerance…that very pain turns into the balm …

इशरत-ए-कतरा है दरिया में फ़ना हो जाना ,
दर्द का हद से गुज़रना है दवा हो जाना ..

The final one, I present to you, sums up the philosophy of life…mantra for leading a happy life…

कुछ इस तरह मैंने ज़िंदगी को आसां कर दिया ,
किसी से माफ़ी मांग ली, तो किसी को माफ़ कर दिया  ..

His original Takhallus (pen-name) was Asad, drawn from his given name, Asadullah Khan. At some point early in his poetic career he also decided to adopt the pen-name of Ghalib (meaning all conquering, superior, most excellent). At some places in his poetry Ghalib also used the pen name of Asad Ullah Khan.

Ustad of Urdu was buried in Hazrat Nizamuddin near the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya. But his verses become eternal and lived forever in the million hearts of the poetic lovers.

Let’s just enjoy some more of Galib’s rhymes and let our emotions unleash.

सिसकियाँ लेता है वजूद मेरा गालिब,
नोंच नोंच कर खा गई तेरी याद मुझे।

इश्क़ पर ज़ोर नहीं है ये वो आतिश ग़ालिब,
कि लगाए न लगे और बुझाए न बने।

ज़िंदगी अपनी जब इस शक्ल से गुज़री,
हम भी क्या याद करेंगे कि ख़ुदा रखते थे।

तेरी वफ़ा से क्या हो तलाफी की दहर में,
तेरे सिवा भी हम पे बहुत से सितम हुए।

कहते तो हो यूँ कहते, यूँ कहते जो यार आता,
सब कहने की बात है कुछ भी नहीं कहा जाता

चांदनी रात के खामोश सितारों की क़सम,
दिल में अब तेरे सिवा कोई भी आबाद नहीं।

Ending this post with the most famous quote of recent times.

पीने दे शराब मस्जिद में बैठ कर,
या वो जगह बता जहाँ ख़ुदा नहीं।

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A Snap A Week : 4

Hey everyone, how was your week, other than the office work of course. Well mine was great as always and I got one more snap for you all. Here it is –

Last time when I was in Dehradun, I got a chance to visit the famous Buddha Temple there and I was quick in awe after seeing the big giant status of Lord Buddha, enlightened.

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