Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Does the Ghost of Reservation back again in India?

Yesterday, all India saw the news of protests by Patels in Gujarat for the reservation in Government jobs. During the day, we all witnessed the huge strength of Petal community which came to support their young leader Hardik Patel and at night widespread violence in different parts of Gujarat which results in curfew in various parts in Gujarat.

The demand for the reservation for Patel community is raised by the Aarakshan Andolan Samiti which is lead by Hardik Patel. Petal community accounts for the 12% population of the Gujarat and they are demanding for inclusion of Ptelals in OBC category which will open the way for 27% reservation for Patels.

The main problem in this protest is that Patels are among the economically and socially strong communities of Gujarat. Now, if the government allows reservation to them, then it will add fuel to the already burning demands of reservations by other communities. Already, many economically and socially strong communities in different parts of India are demanding reservation.

In the past too, the government of India has seen many violent protests by students and communities against and in the favor of reservation. Last protests for reservations in government jobs were by Gujjars in Rajasthan. During these protests, many common Indians suffered and some even lost their life.

Government jobs are very popular in India from British era, despite the availability of fewer jobs every year. Due to the long era of reservation, many people and communities believe that reservation is the only way to get these jobs. So, we are seeing an uptrend in demands for reservation by many people who actually belong to strong communities.

The main reason of increase in demand for the Reservation is increasing economcial difference in peoples of the same community. For example, Patel may be economically strong community of Gujarat; however, still there will be many economically weak people in this community who may need a reservation or looking for it.

The same situation exists in all communities of India, which are considered strong or economically well. At this level, Government of India and state governments need to solve this issue very wisely; otherwise, we can see a major increase in such protests from different parts of India.

In the past, Indian politicians have misused reservation for their political gain and this move has caused great harm to the country. We need to identify the problem well and then define a solution which is acceptable to all; otherwise, we should be ready for the next level of reservation war in India.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

It is important to keep yourself away from people who play with your mind? Mind manipulators

Mind Manipulator,
In life, we all have many people around us who are very good in mind manipulations and they present their own problems and issues in such a way as they are in great trouble. Such people try to get hold of our mind by infusing their pains, problems and troubles. They are so smart in doing all this that we many times never know that they have made a permanent place in our mind.

We can only work on our goals or dreams when our mind is 100% free and working in this direction. Because of the mind manipulators, we waste lots of our mind energy on the issues and matters which actually don't relate to us. These people are so smart and egoist that they only think about their own problems and pains. They never give a positive thought to your problems and only try to take control of your mind so that you can work for them.

For them, you are just a mental slave and nothing more. With the help of their strategies and negative approach, they keep on feeding our mind with their own issues and problems. Sometimes, the people become so blind to their own problems that they start working to solve the problems of these mind manipulators. However, the problems is that the pains of such people never go and they also try to make you a part of all this suffering.

They themselves do not make a single step to solve their own problems, but want from you all help. Many people waste years after years for these people and never get a time to live a life as they wanted. To live our life fully, we need to free ourselves from the clutches of these manipulators. These people will us all tactics to feed negativity and guilt in our mind. They will make use feel that we are responsible for all of their troubles.

It is important for everyone to understand that every adult in this world is responsible for his life and he can't blame others for it. If someone is putting blame on you for their pains in life, then simply ignore such people and move away from them. There is a tendency in some people that they will never accept the problems present in their life because of their own actions. They just expect everything from others and use mental manipulations to use others as their mental slaves.

We need to first identify such people who try to occupy a place in our minds. These people always exaggerate their pains and problems so that they look so large that you are forced to consider them first than yourself. With time, we come to know about such people and then, it is important to cut off such people from life because otherwise they will never allow us to grow.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful World of Indian Birds (Bird Pictures and Video)

Two years back, I start taking bird photography seriously and during this time, I got completely surprised by the variation and differences in the Indian birds. We can find more than one thousand bird species in India and when you try to capture these beautiful birds with your camera, then they completely blow your mind.

I can bet that most of people have no idea about these beautiful birds and we can find so many of them in India. People are so much busy in their daily lives that they don't get a chance to witness this beauty. Mostly, people came across a dozen of the birds and they believe that this is everything. However, when we go deep into the world of birds, then we realize that it is very big and there are many species and sub-species of birds with small differences.

These birds look so brilliantly colored that it looks someone has painted them. Birds are miracles of life and they are really very important part of life. Many of these birds live very close to us; however, we hardly notice them. Moreover, we are continuously destroying their habitats to make space for humans.  Already, many bird species have disappeared from the world and many others are in danger.

The sad part of this story is that on the one side, we look for new life in the space and on the other side, we are killing the so beautiful life on the earth. We human still need to learn to live with the nature peacefully. My this article is a try to introduce you with the beautiful Indian birds.

1) Indian Blue Peafowl- 

Peacock, Peafowl, Feathers,
Peacock and Its Feathers

Indian Blue Peafowl or Indian Peacock is one of the most beautiful birds, which was once found in most parts of India; however, in the last few years its population has decreased significantly. I spent many mornings with these beautiful birds and got a chance to learn about them. These birds are very peaceful birds and entertain you with their sweet calls. Read More

2) Asian Paradise Flycatcher-
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Male
When I saw this bird for the first time, then I don't believe my eyes that such a beautiful bird still exits. Migratory in nature, these birds can be found throughout India; though we mostly don't see them in cities. Read More 


3) Spot-billed Duck - 
Spot Billed Ducks, Pair, Duck
A Pair of Spot Billed Ducks
Any person who visits the riverside or water bodies, then he must have met these birds called the spot-billed ducks. Many times, we can even notice these birds flying over our heads during the morning and evening in pairs or groups. Read More


4) Crimson Sunbird - 
Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird, Himachal, Bird
A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird 
I met this beautiful and colorful Sunbird during my stay at Himachal Pradesh. Before meeting this bird, I had no idea that such small and beautiful birds do exist. Read More

5) Green Bee eater- 
Beautiful, Green Bee-eater
Beautiful Green Bee-eater
One day, I saw green colored birds flying around me and decided to take their pictures. These birds were Green Bee-eater birds and they catch insects while flying. It is common to see these birds if we move away from the human population. Read More

6) Rufous Treepie -
Punjab, Bird, Sweet Voice
A bird with very Sweet Voice (Rufous Treepie)
One day, I noticed somewhat sweet call of a bird and decided to go after it. In my backyard, I found a Rufous Treepie and it was making a lot of noise. When I pointed my camera towards him, then he looked back and I got this picture. Read More

7) White Capped Redstart- 
White Capped Redstart,  Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan Bird,
White Capped Redstart in Himachal Pradesh
I was introduced to the White Capped Redstart by my aunt and later, I got a chance to capture many of its pictures. It was easy to take her picture because of her stay near my native home in Himachal Read More 

8) Gold-billed Magpie - 
Magpie, Gold-billed Magpie, Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow (Gold)-billed Magpie
It may look a little bit strange, but a Gold-billed Magpie become my friend and started following me where ever I was going my camera. He even came very close to me and gave some of wonderful poses for the pictures. Read More 

9) Purple Sunbird- 
Purple Sunbird. Sunbird, Beautiful
Beautiful Purple Sunbird
Purple Sunbird is one of common Sunbirds found in India. In Purple Sunbird, the male birds have purple color while females are olive. It is very interesting to see male and female Sunbirds coordinating with each other for safety and food. Read More

10) Greater Cocal (Crow Pheasant)- 
Greater Coucal, Coucal,
The Greater Coucal
I meet with a bird in Hoshiarpur, Punjab for the first time when he was coming often to our home to eat the left over food from our dog's bowl. Soon, he becomes my friend and started coming close to me. This bird flies less and use his feet more to move here and there. He moves very silently and sometimes come close to you without your awareness. Read More

11) Himalayan Bulbul- 
Himalayan Bulbul, Wild Cherry, White Checked Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul with Wild Cherry
Himalayan Bulbul or White-cheeked Bulbul is a one of beautiful varieties of Bulbul found across the lower reaches of the Himalayan and plains around them. These birds are very sweet in nature and they can do come close to you when you try to feed the other birds like sparrows. Read More

12) Red-vented Bulbul- 

Red-vented Bulbul, pose
A Pose by Red-vented Bulbul


These are the Bulbuls of plains and many times, we get a chance to hear their sweet calls. It is common to find Red-vented Bulbul in pairs making noise in the nearby garden.  In the picture above, you can see a Red-vented Bulbul inspecting me while I am taking his pictures.  Read More

13) Blue-throated Barbet- 

Barbet, Blue Throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet 

These are one of the beautiful Barbets which I discovered in Himachal Pradesh. Though, they have a very small size, however, they make loud calls which you can hear from a distance. Mostly, you find this bird alone. Read More

14) House Sparrow- 

House Sparrow, Female,
House Sparrow Female

House Sparrows are one of most common and simplest birds which visit our houses daily. However, within a few years, they almost disappeared from the Indian towns because of the increase in pollution and radiation level in air. These are one of the oldest birds associated with the human population. Read More 


Video Presentation of Beautiful Indian Birds-


Why onion prices rise every year in India?

  Year after year, it has become common to see the onion prices rising in India. Onion is one such essential ingredient of Indian meal without which we can't even imagine to cook a delicious meal. In India, onion is very widely used for cooking and it is equally popular among rich and poor.

More than a decade ago, onions were used to be sold at very reasonable price and at that time no one ever thought that onions will disappear from their plates in the future. In the old times, onion was present even in the poor man's plate. However, today, many poor families of India are cooking their food without onion because the rise in its prices.

The most worrying sign is that onion prices rise year after year, but our government doesn't take necessary steps to provide the onions at reasonable rates. Onion is one such item which affect all most all homes in India; therefore, it does have a political significance. Many political parties in the past lost elections due to the rising prices of onion.

However, the big worrying sign is that there is no concrete mechanism available to control the prices of onion. Though, governments have learnt their lesson and they take necessary steps like banning the export of onions to ease the prices back home. Governments do start selling onions at a controlled rate at government stores; however, all these steps are not enough to stop the suffering of the common man.


The some of the main reasons of increase in prices of onion are-

1) Damage to onion crop due to rain. (Main reason)
2) Problems in the supply chain
3) High demand of onion
4) Presence of middlemen at every step
5) Bad weather
6) High export of onions
7) High Food inflation
8) Absence of a good policy of Onion

The main problem with this issue is that governments are not pro-active in this case and there is no good policy to keep the prices of onion under control. The gap in purchasing power of urban and countryside consumers is also pushing these prices to higher side.

In the price war, the poor and middle class of India suffer the most and the sad thing is that they make the majority of Indian population. However, at this point it looks that no one wants to solve this problem and in the coming months too, we will keep on seeing an increase in prices of onion.




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On the one side, we want to create a modern society and on the other side, we keep on stereotyping

In the modern world, we try to make a modern society where everyone respects the other person, and his lifestyle. However, this reality is very much away from being true. The phenomenon of stereotyping is so common that we start putting others about whom we have no clear idea into some self created categories.

The bad thing about stereotyping is that it spread to the masses and many people are being judged wrongly and we create a bad atmosphere in the society. The problem with people is that they give too much attention to other's life and that they start creating stories about them. Such things are even more common in the educated class of society.

We can only construct a better society when every person of this society feels, he is free to live his life in his own way without fearing the pressure of society. The stereotyping is so common in our society that people have opinions about you even without coming in your contact.

Due to this reason, we see mistrust in society and it becomes hard to choose whom to trust and whom not. For a free and good society, we need to stop stereotyping, thus giving others a fair chance to live their lives. I request you all to not immediately judge anyone just because of their appearance, lifestyle, religion or some rumors.

Give a fair chance to others to prove what they are all about rather than accepting what others think. Our society needs a change to become a society where we respect each other's differences.
 

Success Mantras (Lessons for Success in life) Lesson 1

Lessons, Success, mantra
Today, I am starting a series with the name "Success Mantras". In this series, I will write multiple lessons and in each lesson, I will discuss a topic which is essential to attain true success in life. I will help you to understand that real success is much beyond money and fame. By following these lessons, you will not only earn a huge money, but you will also taste the true success, a success which will help you enjoy your life to the best.

Success is one of the most sought after thing in the present world. Every person wants to become successful in life; therefore, we see a mad rush of people to become successful in life. Now the meaning of success may be different for different people, but most of the people relate it to money, career, and fame in life.

As per the dictionary, Success is defined-
"A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc."

My definition of success is more deeply rooted and I give more importance to things like internal happiness, good health, peace of mind, following your heart and become one with life in addition to other important things like money, fame, and career. We live in a world where money plays a very important role; therefore, it is essential to earning good money to be truly successful in life because otherwise, you may face unnecessary difficulties.

However, money is not everything because there are many people in the world who live an unhappy life despite having a good money. Therefore, it is very important to understand that money can help us to become successful but it is still not everything.

The problem with present generation is that they give too much importance to money and try to build their success around it. To attain money oriented success, they miss many important factors of life like good health, peace of mind, good relationships which may not have any price tag but they are very essential to enjoy the true success.

Four years back, I faced few health issues which stopped me from enjoying life. In the pain, I was only praying to god that please provide me good health and in return, he can take back everything.

Then I understood that health is the most important thing to enjoy life and to remain successful in the world; and without it, you can never attain real success in life. A good health means a healthy body and peaceful mind.

So the First Thing, you need for a success is Good Health.


Next- Lesson 2 Success Mantra - Good Health
Lesson 3 Success Mantra - Importance of Appreciation
Lesson 4 Success Mantra - Time Management and Success
Lesson 5 Success Mantra - Positive Thinking
Lesson 6 Success Mantra - Importance of Confidence





Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful HD Pictures of Punjab (India)

Punjab is a beautiful states of India situated on the Northern part. Below, I am sharing with you some of pictures of Punjab, which shows its rich culture. Green fields of Punjab are famous worldwide and historical Golden doesn't need any introduction. For living here for more than 25 years, I have come across many beautiful things in Punjab. Now through my photography, I am going to show this beauty to you. The sad part is that many of these beautiful things are not promoted properly. For more of my photography you can visit- photography.arvindkatoch.com .


1) Beautiful The Golden Temple (The Harmandir Sahib) Main Gurdawara Picture

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Main Temple,
The Golden Temple 

2) Fishermen in fishing boat at Sunset at the Ropar (Rupnagar) wetland (Lake)

Ropar Wetland, Rupnagar, Wetland, Ropar Lake, Lake, Fishermen, fishing boat,
Fisherman fishing boat at Sunset at the Ropar (Rupnagar) wetland (Lake) 
3) Black Migratory Birds running on Water to take flight at Harike Wetland (Punjab) 
Migratory Birds, Harike Wetland, Wetland, Harike,
Black Migratory Birds running on Water to take flight at Harike Wetland (Punjab) 
4) Traditional Punjabi Folk Singers with Dafli, Algoza and Tumbi (A Tradition dying Fast)
dafli, tumbi, algoza, Punjabi Folk, Music Instrument
Traditional Punjabi Folk Singer with Dafli, Algoza and Tumbi
5) Picture of Famous Sikh Historical Museum Virasat-e-Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib (Punjab)

Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur, Punjab
Virasat-e-Khalsa

6) Rush of Devotees at World Famous Golden Temple (Amritsar)
Golden Temple, Amristsar. devotees, entry point,
Rush of Devotees at Golden Temple
7) Tindan Wala Khoo (Persian Wheel Well) or Rehet still working (Punjab)
Tindan Wala Khoo, Persian Wheel, Well, Rehet,
Tindan Wala Khoo (Persian Wheel Well) or Rehet 
8) A Flight of Peacock (Rare Picture) Punjab (India) 
Peacock, Flying
Peocock Flying
9) Picture of Alone Tree in Green Fields Near Ropar (Punjab) Beauty of Punjab
Alone Tree, Green Fields, Punjab
Alone Tree in Green Fields

10) View of Beautiful Punjab Mustard fields through Natural Flowers
HD, Pic, Mustard Field, Flowers, Natural, Photography
HD Pic Beautiful Punjab Mustard Fields 

Modern fake saints

India has a special place for saints and sages in the society, therefore, we find so many of them in India. The saints are present in every religion and people have very high beliefs them. Hindu society is full of these saints. I am not against the saints because these saints have done good work for the betterment of the Hindu society.

At some time, we hear about undignified stories related to the saints. The living example is the case of Bapu Asha Ram which has shamed the entire country. Today, many saintly people have wrongly taken advantage of the blind faith of people to carry out their illegal activities and to gain wealth. Within a few years, these saints collect so much of money and assets, which probably the biggest businessmen may fail to achieve in the whole life. These people have started a business in the name of faith, and is getting bigger.

In no time, a poor and unsuccessful person, becomes a rich and famous saint. Radhe maa and Nirmal Baba, are great examples of how a frustrated person can make a property of millions crores by playing with the religious faith of ordinary people.

Today money has become so dominating factor that no person (with whatever past record) can become a big saint with help of money. Sachin Dutta's case is a clear example how a person involved in wrong deads can become a Mahamandleshwar with the power of money and influence. A true saint is one who is away from kitsch, greed, attachment and ego. Whole of India just saw some objectionable photos and video of Radhe maa, such behavior don't expect from saints.

People are also responsible for encouraging such fraud Gurus, if people stop following such fraud saints, then soon they will disappear. If we did not boycott these fake saints, then we are only making our society weak. Rather than spend billions on these tube saints, we can benefit millions of poor. For this we have to think like humans and avoid superstition.
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