This Letter By Veer Savarkar To His Followers Will Make You Proud To Be An Indian…

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Mr. Savarkar’s life was not an easy one. He was a Freedom Fighter. To work towards the goal of India’s Independence, he gave numerous sacrifices, which will take up another blog post. But today, I want to share an immensely precious memorabilia that he left behind for us- A letter to his fellow Indians.

I will not waste time singing praises for this letter. It will speak for itself. So, here it goes:

My beloved ones,

There is an increase in the number of people who want to enslave another country, exploit its resources and leave its people as beggars. But, the end is the same for the king and the beggar-just 8 feet land for all, either to bury to burn.

But for sure a day will dawn, to end this tyrant rule in this sacred land. I am not sure if I will see you all again. But I am sure, I am not the only son of mother India. Bharat Mata has crores of sons. The flaming fire of the quest for freedom in my heart will never die down. The thought of liberating our motherland that has filled my heart will never rest, unless the British Empire collapses in our country (even if my body burns down to ashes). We have to pay a price for our freedom. Anything obtained free is seldom valued. So today, I sacrifice myself. Tomorrow, you may have to follow me…. Serve the cause of freeing the nation. It is glorious to die at service. This is man’s prime duty. Do not forget the motherland at any situation. Use all situations to free the motherland. This is the last message I give, my friends. 

Do not worry about me! Let the sorrow of the country alone bother you. Do not lose strength. Cowardice will engulf the mind which has no strength. Do not forget this. Good – bye. My salutations to you all.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

This letter retain its importance even in contemporary times. It reminds us of our duty towards our nation, since India’s situation at the present moment is not far better than it was during the Independence struggle. I think that India is not really free. It is still in captivity of invisible forces. Hence, this letter serves a great purpose of reigniting the flames of nationalism (not extreme, though) in our minds. Think about it!

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Why I Want To Become An Editor…

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When I first came across the idea of Publishing, without even giving it a second glance, I flatly rejected it. As a Literature Student whose strength is writing and analyzing content, I should have thought better than that. But, life is kind. Destiny is far more stubborn than your absent mindedness. Miracles happen all the time.

So, one day I was bored to death. Thus, I decided to look up employment options for a Literature Student (You see, ‘there is not much scope’ for us in the future!). And I came across Editing. Since that moment, I have been in love with that profession. Why? Here’s the logic behind it.

Book editors work on the content of the manuscript chosen by them. They read and re-read the manuscript multiple times. They correct grammatical errors, sentence structure and plot holes. Liaising with one or more authors at the same time to turn a manuscript into masterpiece is a major part of their job.

 

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Content forms an integral part of Literature. When one creates a content, it is no longer a thought that is tucked away in one’s mind. It becomes a tool for change, big or small , positive or negative. An editor’s job is to turn a good content into a great one. A reader who begins reading a great content is never the same reader when he/she reaches the last word of it. Only when this happens, an editor can lay down at night and sleep peacefully (at least, that is the case with me!). While editors don’t create words, we make sure that the right words reach the world. And trust me, it is NOT  an easy task! But, I love it nonetheless.

One day, I will help an author to turn his/ her manuscript into a masterpiece that will leave its imprint in the mind of the readers even after it’s last word has been read. Being an Editor is a noble job in its own right. And who doesn’t want to do something noble?

 

What The T20 Final Taught Us?

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A couple of minutes ago, in their final battle against England, West Indies were on the verge of losing their trophy. But, the last four balls changed it all. The last over turned the tables around for both the teams. Four sixes, and West Indies had the world at their feet! Doubtless, the match was much larger than life for England and West Indies. But, it can be the same for every person around the world who viewed it. Why? Because, this one match has taught us the most important lesson of our life. To finish strong!

West Indies almost lost against England, but the key word here is : Almost. In cricket,  either the last wicket or the last ball marks the end of a match. With life, it is very much the same. Until we breath our last, we do not die. We do not lose. We do not surrender. If you really, honestly and genuinely think that you are going to lose, like losing at that particular point is inevitable, then please do this: Fight with all your strength, mental as well as physical, and lose only when you have breathed your last. Because, trust me, if you follow this mantra, you will win.

In a black and white scenario, if black stands for the negative and white for the positive, why focus on the black? Why not concentrate on the white? Whether the black portion of the scenario will loom large or the white one is not in your hands; but what you can control is where you want to look. So, till the moment the faintest patch of white is visible, look at it. Keep looking. Do not turn your gaze to the black portion. The major difference between people who surrender and people who fight is nothing but the scenario that they perceive in front of them. People who surrender see a challenge as an obstacle. People who fight see the same challenge as an opportunity.

Yes, it takes time. Not not give up takes time. To keep fighting is even more difficult. Just like it was for the team of West Indies. But, wouldn’t it all be worth it if instead of surrendering and losing, you fight and lose? And who knows, you might even win! I mean, look at West Indies! And what if you lose? Well, at least you tried! Take a cue from England!

To sum it up, life is unpredictable. It is a Ferris Wheel. One moment, you are up in the skies, full of life and spirit; and the next, you are this close to the ground, the heights of fame and happiness at a huge distance from you. But, the wheel never stops.  And so shouldn’t we, right? Quoting a lyric from a song from the Bollywood movie Neerja:

Marna kyun, jee le na,

Boondon ko pee le na,

Tere hi sapnon ki baarish hain!

Kehta yeh pal,

Khud se nikal,

Jeete hain chal…”

 

 

Live To Love, Love To Live

This is not a ‘How-To-Guide’ on these two things. This is a simple answer to a bewildering question: ‘Why do we end up falling for the wrong person?’ 

It is not because you woke up one morning and made an unwise decision of choosing a heartless person to give you heart to. Or because you are being punished or cursed by an unseen force. It is certainly not due to your dumbness, deafness or blindness!  The answer is that you fell for the ‘wrong person’ because the last person you expected to be the ‘right one’ is (are you ready for it?) YOU!

Now, this is not to say that every person you feel a connection with on Earth is wrong, stupid or undeserving of your love. The problem is not that you often give in a relationship more than you receive. This is merely an illusion. The actual problem, however lies in the fact that , as a human being, you tend to seek from others the things, feelings or desires which you never or seldom experienced. Topping the list of such things is LOVE.

When one feels inadequate, neglected or unloved, s/he immediately sets out to find a companion to make these negative feelings disappear into thin air. Very often, one fails to understand that the ‘companion’ is as human as everyone else is, who might more or less have their own inadequacies or imperfections. Here is where one makes a huge mistake: One depends upon his/her companion to make their world better; when in reality, no one but they themselves can do that. When their expectations are not met, they begin to feel disconnected to their companion. In other words, they begin to feel that they have fallen for the wrong person.

People, when they realize that they have fallen for the wrong person, tend to blame the person, their own fate or God. Some even start internalizing their disappointment. That’s the worst form of harm they can do to themselves.

The fact is, no one but you can understand and heal yourself. You are your own God. You have the power to make or break yourself. People around you certainly contribute to your growth and development, but they don’t and can’t control your life. They have no power to hurt or heal you. It all starts and ends with you. Only by accepting yourself as you are and loving every bit of it, you will grow and you will heal.

So, from today, infact from this very moment, begin to love yourself. Little by little, step by step. Falter, and then improve. Try, and fail; try again, and fail a little less; try once more and see. Do whatever it takes, but keep loving yourself.

Discover your identity. All of it. Enhance the best and discard the worst of it . It is hard and confusing and tedious. But it is worth the effort. It will give you the life you love and will help you to love happily. And then, I promise, you will never fall for the ‘WRONG PERSON’ again.