Cyber Crime: A Threat To The Digital World

Cyber Crime

Ever received a call which goes by “Hello Sir, you have won 20 lakh rupees in a lucky draw! Please send your bank details to claim the reward!”

Or a text message “Dear XYZ, your mobile number XXXXXXX736 has won 20 lakh rupees! To claim the reward, click the below mentioned link immediately!”

Now that’s strange! Isn’t it? 20 lakh rupees without breaking a sweat? For some it may sound Lucrative and Exciting! On the other hand, some might call it a mere joke or a prank and question the credibility of such calls! But here’s the question “Why would on earth someone offer you a large sum of money in exchange for nothing?”

Cyber Criminals

Is it an insidious ploy to to rob you off your hard earned money? Over the years we have heard stories about people being conned or cheated by fraudulent schemes, fake contests which promised to credit a large sum of prize money by obtaining the bank details only to rob the victim off their hard earnings. The victims would fail to see through the ulterior motives of these tricksters and by the time they would realise their mistakes, it would be too late.

Payment/ Card Theft

Cyber crime has become a major threat to the world, considering the fact that most of the commercial transactions take place digitally. Digitalization has revolutionized and transformed our life, and has made a major impact on Business, Corporate, Education and other sectors. Courtesy to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to adopt new ways to run our lives. Online classes, Virtual Business meetings, Virtual Conferences are several examples which depict the new trend.

Ransomware Attack

But somewhere down the line, the criminals and anti-social elements have found a way of using the digital platform to carry out the illegal activities such as extortion and fraud in a more lucid manner. Cyber crime is not limited to online scam and fraud. Human trafficking, child pornography, stealing information, identities and violation of privacy comes under Cyber crime. The different types of Cyber crimes are mentioned below.

  1. Online/ Email Fraud
  2. Identity Theft
  3. Theft of Payment Information
  4. Theft of Organization Data
  5. Cyber Extortion
  6. Ransomware Attacks
  7. Cryptojacking
  8. Cyber Espionage
Cyber Extortion

The Pegasus Spyware Controversy

Project Pegasus developed by NSO Group

Pegasus is a spyware developed by an Israeli Organization NSO Group. Once the spyware is installed in devices, mobile phones in particular. It not only enables the monitoring of communication from the device but also provides access and complete control over device’s microphone as well as camera. As a result of which the device is under constant surveillance.

Pegasus Spyware

The Pegasus Controversy first came to light in the year 2019 when The WhatsApp revealed that the spyware was used on many Journalists, Human rights activists. This was revealed at a court in San Francisco, USA. Although WhatsApp claimed to have fixed this issue. Many individuals who are concerned about their data and privacy questioned the credibility and assurances provided by the tech giant.

Cyber Security

Recently, the leaked data base of 50,000 numbers revealed that several ministers, journalists, lawyers, civilians and academians were targeted by the clients of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Encrypt Your Data

How To Protect Yourself From Cyber Crime?

  1. Do not respond to fake messages or links about non existent schemes and offers.
  2. Keep your device and applications safe by updating them on a regular basis.
  3. Never disclose your passwords, codes, pins, card credentials, bank details to anyone.
  4. Use a strong and complex password.
  5. Keep changing your password regularly.
  6. Encrypt and back up your data.
Data Encryption Policy

Indeed, advancement in technology has brought a major change in our day to day lives. On the other hand, an alarming surge in cyber crimes has left many wondering if the Digitalization is next big THING or a next major THREAT.

A Safe And Secure Future

The Contemporary World

The Age of Technology

We live in the 21st Century. That doesn’t really mean anything. Or does it? Of course it does. It means we are living in the modern times where humanity is progressing at a rapid rate and perhaps not surprisingly, we are ready to foray into the future.

When i said “We are living in modern times”, I meant we are living in “A Realm of Possibilities” and in times when humanity have developed ample ways to obliterate itself. Now that sounds pretty scary! Isn’t it?

We have developed medicines and found cure to the deadliest of diseases, at the same time these medicines and services are inaccessible to the poor and needy. We have developed weapons with high precision and cutting edge technology at the same time we are stockpiling weapons of mass destruction that could kill millions of innocent people. We talk about collaboration, diplomacy and mutual cooperation and on other hand we impose sanctions, plot revenge and fight wars.

It’s quite evident and infact funny that we have contradicted ourselves throughout the history. No matter what, we seem to repeat same mistakes over and over. Infact on a regular basis to be precise. Let us all not hide behind the false front. The Human History is not just about the empires, wars and bloodshed. There are many events that changed the course of history and brought about a positive impact on mankind. Domestication of dogs, Invention of wheels, Advent of Timekeeping and most important of all The Renaissance.

Pain and Suffering

Inspite of all the success, we succumbed to arrogance, greed and lust for power. And somewhere down the line, we lost our way. The WW1, WW2 and the subsequent annihilation will be remembered for a very long time as a failure and a blot on mankind. Infact, I feel that we have failed ourselves as human beings. The modern world in which we live in faces some serious issues which are to be addressed for once and for all. Those are as follows.

1. Racism

Racism is a VIRUS

If you search the internet, you are going to find different definitions and articles related to Racism.

According to Wikipedia, “Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioral traits corresponding to physical appearance and can be divided based on superiority of one race over another”. Which means prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against other people because they are different race of ethnicity. Millions of people were killed or executed on the basis of Racism. Throughout the history, The Jews experienced an hostile attitude of Antisemitism and things went from bad to worse during WWII during which 6 million jews were killed. Similarly discrimination of people of black ethnicity in United States has also been a long case of Racism.

Protest held in support of George Floyd

2. Discrimination Against LGBTQ Community

Right to Equality

LGBTQ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender. Members of LGBTQ community often face prejudice and discrimination. LGBTQ people are nearly four times more likely to experience violence compared to non -LGBTQ people. In a world full of hatred and rejection we need love and acceptance.

Pride March

3. Persecution Of Minority Groups

Prisoners from the concentration camps in German occupied Europe

Minorities are a group of people related to a particular religion or ethnicity living among a group of majority. The jews, hazara shias, uighurs, the rohingyas and palestinians are the group of people who have faced violent persecution by the perpetrators throughout the history and in recent past.

4. Discrimination Of Refugees

Refugee Children

In history, there were several countries where political instability and dictatorship led to Civil War. As a result of which, the people fled to different countries in order to avoid being persecuted or killed. Instead of being welcomed, these people were rejected, treated like a piece of trash and social outcasts. On several occasions, they were deported back to the war torn country they had fled in the first place.

Refugees from Iraq waiting at Tovarnik Station, Croatia

5. Inequality And Discrimination Against Women

Women’s Rights protest

A woman is a mother, sister, wife, friend and a savior. A woman is an embodiment of love, care and sacrifice. But often women are not given the respect and rights they deserve. There are certain group of people who don’t consider women as equals. They are of opinion that women are fit for nothing but doing household chores and taking care of family. As i mentioned in my previous blogs, if we are to progress as a society, then we have to focus on development and welfare of women. And it starts with equal pay, gender equality and promotion of women empowerment.

A Silver Lining

Unity in Diversity

Amidst of all the chaos, suffering and bloodshed. We can still find away out of this darkness. And how are we going to do that? It would take love, compassion, acceptance and all of humanity to identify themselves as one. The citizens of the glorious planet Earth. I would like to end this discussion with a positive thought from Dalai Lama “World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.”

Citizens of Planet Earth

Foraying Into The Future

Remember those days when we used to stand in long queues at payment centers to pay our bills, cinema halls, railway station ticket counters, bus stations? One thing’s for sure. Our lives weren’t easy back then!

Over the years, technology has changed our world and daily lives. With technology at our disposal, we have created unbelievable tools as a result of which every piece of information is now available at our fingertips.

Technology has changed the way we communicate. According to the sources four in ten seniors now own smart phones, more than the double share that did in 2013.

Technology has simplified our lives and has made things easier for sectors like farming, education, travel banking, business etc. What’s more, it has bolstered the world economies to grow like never before. Below are the technologies that have made an impact on our lives in a positive manner.

1. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is a simulation experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. The aim of virtual reality is to provide us with an environment where we can interact with computer just as we do in real world.

Virtual Reality has it’s applications in education, architectural and urban design, digital marketing, gaming, engineering and robotics etc.

2. Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is something more advanced and powerful than virtual reality.

Augmented Reality is an enhanced version of the real physical world that is achieved through the use of digital virtual elements, sounds or other sensory stimuli.

Augmented Reality overlays digital content and information onto physical world as if they are actually there with you. It’s a massive trend among organizations involved in mobile computing and business applications in particular.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is the stimulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Artificial programming focuses on three cognitive skills: learning, reasoning and self-correction. Artificial Intelligence finds it’s applications in healthcare, data security, social media, finance and automotive industry.

Creative Visualization

4. IoT

Internet of Things

IoT stands for Internet of Things. IoT is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without human-to-human or hunan-to-computer interaction.

IoT helps organizations to work in a very effective and efficient manner. IoT finds it’s applications in manufacturing, energy, retail, healthcare and supply chain.

5. Cryogenics

Winter Soldier shown to be in cryogenic sleep in movie “Civil War”

Remember Bucky Barnes a.k.a Winter Soldier from Civil War who had found sanctuary and asylum in Wakada, voluntarily allowed himself to be placed in cryo stasis?

Yep! You got that right, the technology used is known as Cryogenics.

Cryogenics is a branch of engineering that involves the study of very low temperatures, how to produce them and how materials behave at those temperatures.

Cryogenics finds it’s applications in rocket propulsion, filling systems, MRI, satellite tracking systems and pharmaceutical research.

Technology: A Boon to Humanity

Technology plays a role in virtually every part of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. These are just a few of the ways in which technology may positively affect our physical and mental health.

All manner of technology surrounds us. From our personal laptops, tablets, and phones to behind-the-scenes technology that furthers medicine, science, and education.

Technology is here to stay, but it’s always morphing and expanding. As each new technology enters the scene, it has the potential to improve lives. But, in some cases, it also has the potential to negatively affect physical and emotional health. It’s up to us to take the good out of technology and use it for the betterment of Humanity.

Planet Earth: The Story Of Annihilation

Air Pollution

It’s 2021. We are still dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic which surfaced at the end of 2019 and wrecked havoc around the world.

The scientists and virologists around the world have claimed that they have found vaccines and labelled them as effective and efficient method to counter this deadly virus.

There are also claims that these vaccines might be ineffective against the new strain of Coronavirus. We can only imagine what would happen if this turns out to be true.

Thousands of people are already dead. Countries, especially the European nations are still in tough Lockdown. Economies are in shambles. In spite of all this, we can still hope for the best.

Many people claim that a pandemic strikes once in a 100 years. But this isn’t true. A pandemic is actually a global outbreak of a disease. Pandemic occur when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between them.

Now what is causing these new viruses to emerge and infect us? Is it something related to hygiene? A change in our environment or ecosystem? Or Pollution? Let’s forget about this pandemic. What about droughts, landslides, forest fires, floods and acid rain?

Millions of people die every year due to these events which we simply call as natural disasters. Well to start with, they aren’t exactly natural but the result of our exploitation and inappropriate utilization of resources on planet earth. Due to our actions, we have brought our very own existence on the brink of extinction. Below are the events which have done a great deal of damage to our planet.

1. Landslide

A Landslide

A landslide is nothing but the sudden displacement of a mass of heavy stones or debris. These landslides usually occur in regions which have uneven surface such as Mountains. In India alone, on an average 390-400 people die every year due to landslides. It is regarded as a natural disaster.

2. Nuclear Disaster

Reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Pripyat, Ukraine.

A nuclear disaster occurs due to negligence or mishandling of nuclear reactor or corresponding nuclear fuel/radioactive material.

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster is the worst nuclear accident to have occurred till date. The accident occurred on Saturday 26th of April in the year 1986 at the reactor number 4 in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of Ukrainian SSR.

The cause of the accident was the explosion of an RBMK REACTOR, which was inherently flawed. Nearly 15,000-16,000 people died due to this accident across Europe. A mini web series has been produced by HBO which explains the cause and aftermath of the nuclear disaster.

Pripyat after the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

3. Global Warming

Global Warming

Global Warming is a phenomena related to the change in climate. Global warming attributes to increase in temperature which in turn effects our ecosystem. Rampant burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and industrialization have caused a significant increase in global warming in last 100 years. Proactive steps, stringent laws must be implemented by governments around the world to reduce global warming which has also caused increase in sea levels at an alarming rate.

4. Industrial Accidents

Industrial Accident

Industrial Accidents occur due to mismanagement, negligence, lack of skills on the part of workers and poor implementation of industrial protocols.

Bhopal Gas Disaster

Bhopal disaster or Bhopal Gas Tragedy is an example of Industrial Accident. Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on 3rd of December 1984 due to leakage of a highly toxic substance by name Methyl Isocynate.

Nearly 500,000 people were exposed to this highly toxic chemical. If reports are to be believed, nearly 16,000 people died as a result of gas leak. This incident occurred at Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Upon investigation, it was revealed that during routine maintenance check, a backflow of water into the tank containing Methyl Isocynate caused the Accident.

5. Oil Spillage

Oil Spillage

Oil Spillage, as the name suggests is the leakage of petroleum products from ships or vessels into the water bodies, oceans in particular. Oil spillage impacts marine life in a negative way. Oil spillage contaminates the food sources for fishes and other marine life and can destabilise entire food chain. Oil spills can affect the air quality in surrounding by releasing toxic chemicals.


A Clean & Green Environment

It’s time for us to come together and sit down and reflect on our actions and the consequences of the climate change. Is this what we are going to pass down to our future generations? A polluted, dirty and inhabitable planet?

Or we are going to make efforts to try and make things right by using the resources available to reduce pollution, find alternate sources of energy, plant more trees and provide a green, clean and more sustainable environment for generations to come. The choice is ours to make. As of now, the future and aspects associated look bleak. In spite of all this, I still believe that there is a ray of hope. Provided we act together, and we must act now.

A Pollution Free Environment

Wars That Shaped The Course Of History

World War I Site

We are Homo Sapiens. Oh, I beg pardon for being too obvious or maybe too scientific.

We are Human Beings, the rational animals. It all started 7 millions years ago when our first human ancestors appeared. From using stones to ignite fire to using VR Technology, we have really come a long way.

Human beings are the most intelligent, capable and organized living organisms on planet earth. We explored the depths of oceans and discovered the treasures beneath. We calculated the distance between the earth and the moon, created rockets, satellites and space vehicles to unravel the mystery of the universe.

Human beings have the ability to learn without instructors. We have been gifted with an amazing ability to analyze the situation, understand it’s criticality and technicality and act accordingly.

But, over a period of time we identified ourselves based on ethnicity, race, ideologies, religions and cultures. Countries were born, alliances were formed. Common people were forced to to pledge their allegiance to the sovereignty or the supreme power. The subjects were asked to prove their loyalty by practising extreme patriotism. During this period, agressvie nationalism was promoted by the regimes.

Hate, mistrust festered in the hearts and minds of those at the helm and spread like a wild fire throughout the realm of men.

Armies were organized, soldiers were trained and ultimately wars were fought which resulted in annihilation and bloodshed.

There are many reasons for a war. But most common among them are Economic and Territorial gain, religion, racism, nationalism, defense war and so on. The two wars which shaped the course of our history are World War I and World War II.

World War I: The Inception

Soldiers at WWI

World War I started in the year 1914, 28th of July and ended on 11th of November 1918. It was 4 years of absolute carnage and bloodshed. But this was just the beginning. The worst was yet to come. Things were about to get a lot more worse than anybody would have ever imagined.

The Spark

Soldier at the front

The spark that ignited WWI was the assassination of Austrian prince (Austro Hungarian prince to be specific) Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28th 1914 by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. After that, all that Austro-Hungarian empire wanted was revenge.

The Big Players

Allied Soldiers patrolling through the ruins in Belgium

Many countries including Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia and Serbian Government for the attack.

Russia supported Serbia, there was no way that Austria-Hungary would jump into a war without an ally. Soon, the Germans pledged their support to the Austria-Hungary. Within a week, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain and Serbia were up against Germany and Austria-Hungary.

The Course

The Onslaught Continues

The Germans started fighting the war on two fronts. The Western Front and The Eastern Front.

The Germans drew the first blood by attacking Belgium. The assault resulted in widespread death and destruction. As the they advanced through Belgium towards France, they killed hundreds of civilians and executed the soldiers of the enemy side.

On the Eastern Front, the Russian forces clashed with German and Austrian forces. Initially, Germany and it’s allies were victorious. But the Russian forces negated this victory by their vicious and relentless assault which resulted in a German defeat in the battle of Marne.


France at the end of WWI

World War I led to the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians. Nearly 10 million soldiers died during fighting, far exceeding military deaths of the previous 100 years combined.

Millions of civilians also suffered. Many died from starvation, disease, mass deportations and genocide. The Germans and their allies were defeated and were forced to sign Treaty of Versailles.

World War II

Adolf Hitler

Well, I don’t have to say anything about WWII. It started with Hitler’s ascension to power and ended with bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nearly 60-65 million people were killed during WWII. But, it was Jews who suffered throughout the war. Nearly 6 million Jews were killed by Germans in the holocaust.

Soon after the war, India attained it’s independence on 15th of August 1947. WWII is still considered the most brutal war to be fought till date.

Europe at the end of WWII

With nations piling up weapons of mass destruction, we are definitely heading towards uncertain times which indicates another inevitable war. I would like to end this discussion with a positive thought, a quote from Annie Frank who was executed by Nazis during WWII. “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart”.

10 Time Management Skills We Need

Jeff Benzos

We all want to be successful and rich in our lives. A six figure salary, a luxurious bungalow which is fully automated, an expensive sports car and what not! Some desire to be Doctors and Researchers while others aspire to become Engineers and Scientists. There is nothing wrong in dreaming big! The question is, “Do you have what it takes to be “THAT” person you want to be in near future? “

If we look at the most successful and highly effective people around the world, the one thing that they are extremely good at is TIME MANAGEMENT.

In today’s contemporary world and age of internet, time matters the most. Gone are those days when you had to stand in line at government offices to pay your bills. Today, every process has been digitalized and transactions are done through online mode within a matter of seconds! An individual who doesn’t show any keen interest or courtesy in managing his/her time can never achieve his/her goal no matter whatsoever!

Below are the 10 time management skills which are going to help an individual achieve his/her goals in every walk of life.

1. Planning

A group of people planning

Alright, so you want to manage your time! What’s the plan?

Planning is the most important aspect in time management. Planning helps us to assess the goal. It facilitates decision making and allows setting a time frame by predicting when we can accomplish the goal.

2. Prioritizing

Prioritize your Purpose

The next important thing in time management is prioritizing. Prioritizing is nothing but a process of listing our activities in order of importance relative to each other.

3. Goal Setting

Goal Setting

We have a plan! We got our stuff prioritized! That sounds great! Doesn’t it! How about setting a goal?

You should now set a goal for which you have a plan and have prioritized activities which will help you accomplish your goals.

4. Decision Making

Decision Making

All the hardwork that you have done till now depends on the decision that you make. Just because things aren’t working for you, doesn’t mean you can take a decision based on your emotions on a whim! One bad decision can ruin everything. Consult the experienced and wise one’s before you make a decision.

5. Focus

Focus leads to Greatness

All great people who achieved alot in their illustrious lives have one thing in common, FOCUS. Without focus, it would be really difficult for one to get through the rough phase.

6. Self Awareness

Self Awareness is the key to Success

Being aware of who we really are is the most important thing in our lives.

Perhaps, a deeper introspection of ourselves would help us reveal our true selves. No one can explain Self Awareness better than Gary Vaynerchuk. I recommend everyone to view/listen to his podcasts which are very informative and enlightening.

7. Self Motivation

Result of Self Motivation

It’s 5 am in the morning and your alarm goes off reminding you that you had a reminder for yourself to get up and go for a run.

But you want to sleep for next 15 minutes and end up sleeping for next couple of hours.

In order to achieve your goal, you need to motivate yourself to sacrifice small things which mean nothing when compared to your dream. Remember what Mohamed Ali used to say “I hated every minute of my training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live rest of your life as a Champion”.

8. Delegating


Delegating is something you learn when you grow as a Leader.

It’s nothing but giving someone a role or responsibility related to a process. When we are at the bottom level management, it is quite imperative that a senior figure will entrust us with a specific role which has to be performed in order to accomplish the goal. When you reach at a higher position, you need to manage your time efficiently and effectively by delegating tasks to your subordinates.

9. Dealing With Stress

A stressed out employee

As we grow in our career, we are given greater responsibilities, positions. But along with it comes pressure of achieving targets within the specified period of time, greater expectations, top notch performance etc. And by trying to be at the top of our game, we end up stressing ourselves.

The most effective way to deal with stress is to take care of yourself.

Take sometime off from your busy schedule, eat a well balanced diet, get enough sleep and work out daily. And last but not the least, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

10. Organizing Ourselves

Keep yourself Organised

Organizing ourselves is all about planning our day to day activities well in advance and in an orderly manner. A person who is well organized achieves many great things in life.

So, I hope this post is going to help everyone in reaching their goals. I would like to end this discussion with a positive thought “You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”

Mental Health & Illness – A Social Stigma

A boy being abused

“Look at him, he is so ugly!”

“You are fat! Why don’t you take a look at yourself in the mirror?”

“Hey Nate, you a faggot? Yesterday we saw you kissing Allen at the party!”

Come on now! You can’t even afford a movie ticket? Are you a beggar?

We all have come across these statements in our day to day lives. These statements or comments seem normal, but in reality these statements or comments made for fun might impact lives of individuals who are very sensitive.

These highly sensitive people view these incidents or comments made at them as derogatory, intentional, insulting, humiliating and rather disgusting.

I have witnessed many such incidents wherein a group of people make fun or ridicule an individual. Sometimes these incidents turn into an ugly fight. Whenever i witness someone getting ridiculed or insulted, I feel embarrassed.

Well, come on! Everyone loves a good joke and a light moment here and there. But insulting, bullying, ridiculing or fat shaming someone is totally unacceptable and wrong.

A kid being bullied by his classmates

Mental Health “A Myth”?

Nearly 800,000 people die due to suicide every year as a result of depression. Since there is no one to guide, speak or counsel them, individuals dealing with stress and depression more often than not decide to end their lives.

People from LGBT community have quite often faced social discrimination from the society. They are often deemed and regarded as misfits. Time and again, a certain section of society have rejected them altogether.

This kind of treatment has a major impact on highly sensitive individuals and may alter their thoughts, ideas and perceptions towards life and society.

Reasons For Mental Health Problems

1. Childhood Abuse, trauma

2. Social Isolation and Loneliness

3. Experiencing Discrimination

and Stigma

4. Stress and Anxiety

5. Losing someone close to you.

A depressed and lonely man

We think that rich and famous people have all figured it out. They have nothing to worry about, they earn, they party and they enjoy their lives to the fullest. But the truth is, most of the people, be it rich or middle class are affected by it. Here are few celebrities who had to deal with mental health issues.

Sushant Singh Raput

Sushant Singh Raput

The 34-year-old actor committed suicide on June 14 in Mumbai. He was found hanging from a fan in his Bandra house by one of his house-helps. Reportedly, Sushant was suffering from depression and had stopped taking his anti-depressants as reported by the doctors.

Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. According to reports, she was depressed due to her relationship issues.5/5

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Though he was a star, Williams struggled with depression and addiction. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he became addicted to cocaine. The actor struggled with his sobriety and his mental health throughout the remainder of his life. In 2014, Williams killed himself in his home in Californa. 

Mental Health Awareness Day

World Mental Health Day

Every year on 10th of October World Mental Health Day is celebrated for mental health education and awareness against social stigma. It was first celebrated in the year 1992.

Just posting quotes on social media isn’t going to help much. We as human beings need to understand that mental health in an important aspect of our lives. Instead of running away from it, we need to address this issue and help those in need of counselling and support. I think that mental health issues can be resolved with love, kindness, understanding and acceptance. And finally, I would like to sum up this discussion with an amazing thought from Glenn Close ““What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

Women Of Empowerment

I get up at 5 am everyday. I freshen up, offer my morning prayers (Salah) and then i go for a run.

By the time i return, I have hot water, clean cloths and delicious breakfast ready at the table. I take a quick shower followed by an even quicker gobbling of breakfast and then i am off to college.

Mother feeding her child

When i reach home later in the evening, i find my room clean and tidy which was of course a mess when i left home earlier in the day. I find everything placed in an orderly manner. Again, i have cooked food, clean sheets, clean cloths and every other stuff that i require at my disposal. EVERYTHING DONE BY MY MOTHER! OH GOD, I am so thankful for all the hardwork that my mother does. She invests her physical as well as mental energy to make sure our wants are fulfilled. What would i do without her? Now the question is, are we being thankful enough? Do we really mean it?

From the times immemorial, women have been looked down, exploited, beaten and killed. Women have always been treated differently than men. The society had perceived the idea of women being WEAK & SUBMISSIVE and men as STRONG & DOMINANT.

Our society accepted the idea that women are fit to clean dirty utensils, cook, take care of entire family, repeat the above mentioned activities again and again till they die.

While men are heaped praises and given the plaudits for taking care of family financially, On the other hand women are treated like a piece of shit.

If we look back, women have played a major role in shaping the course of history.

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

Jane Austen

Jane Austen defined an entire literary genre with her shrewd social observations and wit. Born into a family of eight children in England, Austen started writing her now classic novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, in her teens. Her novels are funny, endearing, and questioned women’s roles within society. Austen had to hide her identity as the author of some of the most popular novelsof her day and it wasn’t until her death that her brother, Henry, revealed to the public that she was the real author. 

Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)

Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most honest, powerful and poignant accounts of World War II and was written by a German teenage girl. The Franks were a Jewish family living in Germany, then Austria throughout Hitler’s rise to power and during World War II. The family hid in a secret annex with four other people throughout the war but were discovered and sent to concentration camps in 1944. Out of the Frank family, only Anne’s father survived, and he made the decision to publish Anne’s diary.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women in American history and was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, whose award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Angelou had a difficult childhood. As a black woman growing up in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya experienced racial prejudices and discrimination all throughout her life. At the age of seven, Angelou was assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend, who was then killed by her uncles as revenge. The incident traumatised Angelou to the point that she became a virtual mute for many years.

The Dark Age

Fast forward to 21st Century, our civilized society still treats women like criminals and animals.

Protests in memory of Nirbhaya

On December 16, 2012 a 23 year old female student was beaten, gang raped and tortured in a moving bus. She later succumbed to the injuries. The victim was widely known as “Nirbhaya”. This was the most horrific, terrible and disgusting thing a woman could be subjected to. We have failed ourselves as human beings. I don’t know where our society is headed, But all I know is that women deserve respect, love, care, support and appreciation for all that they endure.

Protest against women atrocities

A Ray Of Hope

Female Athlete celebrating victory

Over last 100 years, the role and rights of women have changed beyond all recognition. But one thing that has stayed consistent is the sheer number of inspiring women that exist all over the world. Our thoughts, perception and views towards women need to change. I know it’s not a one day transformation, but with time and rising of potent voices, we shall see the change.

Contrary to the belief that this is a male dominated world, women provide the foundation of power, grace, wisdom, justice, creativity & hope. And i would like to end this discussion with a positive thought from Brigham Young, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a women; you educate a generation.”

Young Women celebrating graduation

The Subtle Art Of Succeeding In Difficult Times

Remember the time during our childhood when our parents used to emphasise, “Study well, get good grades which will fetch you a good job, so that you can lead and enjoy a successful life”.

For many of us, this formula worked. Times changed, new ideas crept into the minds of creative people. They invented “Things” and put forward “Theories” which excited and invoked curiosity among rich and wealthy.

The idea of employing technology which would make life comfortable and joyous was widely accepted among rich and royals. They not only wanted to use technology for themselves but they also wanted to make money out of it.

So they started to commercialise everything. Industries, factories, mills and foundries were setup. Men and Women were hired to work in these establishments. This is how Industrial Revolution began.

But with time, technology evolved. More complex and advanced machines came into existence which delivered better performance and were more efficient than the previously used devices.

Since these machines were complex in functions and were quite expensive, skilled operators were required to operate them. Unskilled employees were fired which resulted in widespread unemployment. The organisations started to focus on “Educated and Skilled” individuals.

The second world war witnessed a rapid growth and development in technology. Especially in military equipments and weapons. Nations were equipped with better communication systems, enhanced transportation facilities coupled with weapons of mass destruction.

Things have changed quite rapidly since Second World War. And today’s contemporary world, which is also known as the “Age of Internet” has forrayed mankind onto the leading edge.

The Corona Virus pandemic which ravaged the world at the end of 2019 brought everything to a virtual standstill. The organisations were not able to withstand the huge losses incurred due to the lock down imposed by the governments. This resulted in many individuals losing their jobs.

Candidate reacts after being rejected in an interview.

In present scenario, the organisations have made it quite clear that they are going to hire individuals who can deliver in difficult situations and can get the job done. This is what matters in the end. You are being paid for your skills which helps the organisation sell it’s services and products. Why would an organisation hire an individual who is of no use to them?

Resume of a candidate rejected in an interview.

Therefore, as a fresher it becomes really important for us to present ourselves as skilled and hardworking individuals. The following are few steps you can look up to, to shape yourself as an effective person.

1. Stay up to date with the industry news.

2. Upgrade yourself with latest technology.

3. Whenever a difficult situation prevails take it as a learning curve.

4. Look for a career, not just money or a mere job.

5. Develop leadership skills by indulging in team activities.

6. Seeking the advice of experts plays a major role in decision making.

A happy candidate after being recruited.

Remember no matter how tough the job is, it’s the “Specialist” who gets the job done. And people who have achieved mastery in performing better in difficult situations are always successful in every walk of life.

Recruiter congratulating the candidate after the interview.

A View Of Life

2020: The Homecoming of Horror

From where we stand today, it is safe to say that year 2020 has been a forgettable one. With global sports events like Summer Olympics and ICC Cricket T20 World Cup lined up, the year was expected to be the best in the decade.

Wake up early, a quick workout, get a shower, grab some breakfast, dinner with family after a long busy day. Weekend picnics, family reunions on weekend evenings. Life was good, everything was running as smooth as silk until the corona virus ruined everything.

The virus had spread across the globe. The governments and people were clueless about the virus. Misinformation was being spread through various social platforms about the virus. By the end of February, the spread of virus and infections had intensified. Countries like Spain, Italy, Germany and USA had absolutely no idea what hit them. Countries, like USA and Germany accused China (the initial epicentre of the outbreak) for the spread of virus.

Lockdowns were being imposed by the leaders of the different countries to curb the spread of virus. People started to panic and went on a panic buying spree and started to stock the essentials which led to acute the shortage for the needy. Poor people suffered the most and in fact still continue to suffer. The World Health Organisation declared corona virus as pandemic. But the damage had already been done. Thousands of infections and hundreds of deaths were being reported on a daily basis. Even after the stringent steps, the onslaught continued. Governments were helpless, doctors were running out of every resource they had been provided to deal with the situation.

The spread of the virus has slowed down but the situation remains grim across the world. Countries like US and UK having the reputation of being technologically advanced and pioneers in health care failed to produce a vaccine. With WHO expressing doubts over the development of vaccine. Uncertainty looms large over us for next couple of years.

The Realm Of Possibility

Let us all not hide behind the false front and acknowledge the fact that humanity is facing it’s worst crisis since World War 2.

Let us all accept that this pandemic isn’t going to stay forever. We all need to hold the fort a little bit longer. It is important for us to look out for each other in these difficult times. I personally feel that love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Remember the lines “After every dark night, there is a brighter day.”

The Dark Side Of Religion

What is Religion?
It’s a noun.
“The belief in and worship of a super human controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
That’s what Wikipedia or any other source you refer gives the definition of Religion.
What according to us is Religion?
The answer as well as the opinion differs from person to person.
The major religions of the world are Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism and Judaism.
There are a group of people called Atheists who neither believe in the concept of religion nor existence of God.
Spirituality is something they are not accustomed to nor it is their cup of tea.
I am a Shia Muslim, and i practice Islam which directs me to perform namaz (prayer) 5 times a day, offer Zakat (Charity), Fasting In Ramadan, Hajj (Pilgrimage) etc.
From the times immemorial, Religion has been hailed as a platform for unifying people, spreading the message of love, peace and brotherhood.
But the history has altogether a different story to tell.
The crusades were a series of holy wars which were fought between 1095 until late 1291 CE.
The conflicts between French protestants and Roman catholics resulted in a religious war.
Many battles were fought across the history on the basis of Religion as a result of which millions of people would die.
This is not the concept of religion that i perceived.
I have always believed that religion is a source of Knowledge, Wisdom and Spirituality. And not a platform for hate, bloodshed and carnage.
Recently i was reading a book which depicts the life of Swami Vivekananda.
The author Romain Rolland wonderfully narrated Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and his concept of “World Religion”.
“The intensest love that humanity has known has come from religion, and the most diabolical hatred that humanity has known has come from religion.
The noblest words of Peace the world has ever heard have come from men on the religious plane, and the bitterest denunciation the world has ever known has been uttered by religious men.
No other human motive has deluged the world with bloodshed as much as religion; at the same time, nothing has brought into existence so many asylums and hospitals for poors.”
After reading the section, i understood one thing that no religion promotes hatred, bigotry and butchering of innocent people.
There are devils and obscurantists in every religion who portray themselves as saints, messiahs and protectors of respective religions.
It is important for us to identify and reject these people who instill fear, hatred and mistrust in the heart of innocent people and turn them against each other.
We all need to boycott and reject their ideologies and follow the religion of “Humanity” which represents love, compassion and brotherhood.

The Corporate World

Smiling senior businessman conducting presentation in front of coworkers. Aged financial manager explaining new strategy to colleagues.Business presentation concept


He waved his hand to colleagues who have recently joined from same college
through campus recruitment.

All of them were attired in new clothes and were rejoicing and had success
looks and some even tried black and white combination. Whole world was good
place to be at, as their struggles had paid off. Almost everyone celebrated
their success in their unique ways for a couple of days.

Nothing wrong, they deserved it!

But after 5 – 6 months, their faces were dull, they looked exhausted, down
and out. It was as if the whole world was about to collapse. They were not able
to keep up in this ruthless corporate jungle in which only a few survived. They
still had a good job and a bright career ahead.

They were exhausted with travel to office which takes almost a couple of
hours. They were being trained, their skills were being enhanced. This was
something new that they were learning, they had to analyze the situation and
the given problem and act accordingly. They were supposed to follow protocols
that seemed rubbish. They were waiting for an opportunity.

In other words, they were on bench, waiting for opportunity while developing
themselves fit for different work areas. It was a challenging period for the
newbies. But they had to work hard, there was no other alternative.

They started comparing themselves with people who were on the floor.
Assuming that those with projects had good opportunity to succeed in life.
Anticipating an infinite amount of time on sidelines, some of them are trying
to turn the negatives into positives by putting their physical as well as
mental energies into learning new things. But on other hands, comparisons had
begun among individuals before their careers taking its right shape.

Most students enter corporate world “HOPING” that everything will run as
smooth as silk. But this works only for a couple of months, once they are done with
the training period the fun ends and the real problem starts. They fail to achieve
targets, the auditing teams start scrutinizing them. Instead of approaching
their team leader for problem solving, they try to do things in their own way
which unfortunately backfires in most of the cases. Ultimately this leads to
them being sidelined once again or FIRED.

The secret to succeed in the corporate world is doing the right thing. Just
because an organization is offering an very handsome salary package doesn’t mean
its your job. You have to check if the Organization’s principles meet your
career objectives. Always remember, choose a job which you would enjoy doing
day in, day out. Doing enough research about the organization, its ethics,
business etiquettes, employee welfare policies etc.

These things help you develop as an individual and an employee in the longer
run and result in your mercurial growth in this competitive corporate jungle.

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