Other side of a Coin

Every coin has 2 sides and every time we see one of the sides, the other side is completely non-existent for many of us but the fact that is hard to digest for all of us is that the side which is shown is there because another side of a coin is ready to be burdened by other face and gets buried down in same way as the foundation stones. It is not forced to be beneath the visible face but still fate chooses it. Everyone focuses on that side of coin which is visible to all of us and nobody is bothered about other side of the coin.

Same thing is going on with our society as we all are busy in looking at the top of the tower but almost nobody is looking at the basis or foundation of the tower. We all look at heroes and admire them but how many of us know the people behind them who helped them reach that spot.We can easily take names of many billionaires but we don’t know many of the employees who are working for them though I respect those billionaires’ leadership skills but you need to realize that there is a need to recognize those people who sometimes over-work for those billionaires.

Our outlook towards an outcome or a condition is always important and it is always necessary to check all the outcomes. We all use microwave ovens regularly at our home but its invention has got an interesting story behind it.Here is how we got an important lead in research of microwave.  It was at Raytheon when Spencer tried to investigate something strange that happened to his candy bar inside his pocket. While Spencer was working on building magnetrons for radar sets, he was standing in front of an active radar when his candy bar melted in his pocket. At this point he and other colleagues began positioning the magnetron in a manner to direct heat at other food items like popcorn kernels and egg to see if a similar effect would occur.Needless to say, this accidental melting of his candy bar inside his pocket led Percy Spencer to invent the microwave oven that is used in most households today. When Percy Spencer, the inventor of microwave oven was working on an active radiation radar at Raytheon and if he would not have observed the melted candy bar and his team would not have directed magnetron towards popcorn kernels or egg then we would have possibly received Microwave after too many researches.

So, don’t overlook anything. It can happen that the poison for someone turns out to be a medicine for someone.

Here is the link to Percy Spencer’s story where you can read Raymond Martinez’s answer:  https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-unintended-science-inventions-in-history.

 

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The Revolution

Sometimes the situation you are living in,the place you live at and all the other things which have effect on your life are going great but sometimes it needs a ‘revolution’. Revolution is a change which is brought into a place,society or anything else but most important change a revolution needs to bring or brings is change in thinking. You are being good in revolution if you can change a hell into heaven but you are being best at it if you can change the thinking of people. Surely change of environment effects the thinking but it is when the thinking is in growing stage and not fully grown. So if you can change the thinking of people who have been believing into it then you are best in bringing revolution. Everyone needs revolution in some or the other way.Some need revolution in the conditions they are living at,some in their work while some in their heart. Revolution is not a sudden change.It took Indians too many years to realize that they need to fight colonial powers but that revolution required a lot of people giving up their lives to inspire people to fight for independence of the country.Now, people were ready to pickup weapons for independence but soon Gandhi entered the scenario and showed people that being non-violent also can help in spearheading the independence movement. This brought a revolution which also led to formation of Non-Aligned Movement by Jawahar Lal Nehru and many other head of the states of many countries,  Nelson Mandela being influenced by his methods for the independence of South Africa and Martin Luther King Jr. being influenced by his ideas of non-violence.

It is revolution which changes the course of history but the path of revolution is decided by thoughts of the leader of the revolution.

My Holi!

I am a festival lover (though I wasn’t earlier) and my favorite festival is Holi.Holi is the Indian festival of colors and joy which marks the beginning of spring.Here I am writing my experience of Holi in Jaisalmer which is unique in its own way.The festival marked its beginning on 8th day of the Sukla Paksha,Phalgun month according to Hindu Calendar. Pushkarna Brahmins start with singing songs related to Holi in Laxminath Temple of Jaisalmer and in some of their songs, they even tease lord Laxminath for his playful deeds. These songs were usually sung between 1 pm to 3pm. On 9th and 10th day too similar thing took place. On 11th day or Gyaras as we say there were lot of people and many of them were clad in pink turban and white Kurta Pajamas in those bhajans or faags as we say.From centuries, the (former now)king of Jaisalmer comes to the Laxminath Temple on Jaisalmer Fort and showers lot of gulal on all the people there. On that evening,Pushkarna Brahmins gathered in Gopa Chowk which happens to be near Fort’s gate along with a Tabla and soon our gathering turned into a procession which is called ‘Gair‘.Gair was singing abuses. The procession reached Mandir Palace which is home of royal family of Jaisalmer. This was our pre-Holi celebration and after the gair collected money from all the brahmin families, a feast was arranged near Gadisar Lake. A day before playing Holi, Holika was burnt which symbolizes the burning of Holika who schemed to burn Prahlad,a great devotee. Next morning,I got ready with my khandani-type pink pagdi and white kurta pajama. I reached fort with my cousin and we had some fun there. On Fort, we went to Badshah Darbaar where one person from Vyas community is made a king for a day.The stories say that once there was a Vyas from Jaisalmer who used to live far away.He was chased by army of ruler of that place because they wanted him to convert to Islam.Vyas came and told this to King of Jaisalmer who said that you can become Badshah on the day of Holi and army of that ruler would be fooled that you have converted and people will take it as a swaang(affectation). From the Badshah Darbaar we went to Mandir Palace as a Gair. We hurled abuses at ex-king and took Jhanda-Jhandi(another affectation) with us from Chainpura Street near Mandir Palace. After that,Gair returned back to Fort with Jhanda-Jhandi and after singing a song called ‘Ambo Chi Chi’ which means to say that ‘Holi is gone now and we must now wait for Diwali’ we went back to our homes after some dance.

 

The Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero

Your soul shall rest under the nation’s pride,
With you holding our flag too high,
Oh unsung hero I pray for you!
You left your family for us anonymous to you
But all we did for you was equal to nothing.
We took pride in almost everything
But you were most humble even after doing such a thing.
Celebrity’s death was moaned by whole country,
But on your death tears were shed only by your friends and family.
Soon I saw a soul coming to me,
Shining in a tidy uniform,
The soul started speaking in an enchanting voice
“Thank you dear friend for caring for me,
But I didn’t lay my life for such pity things”
After recovering from this surprise,
I continued in an anxious voice
“Oh dear friend then
What about your family”?
He continued with a bold smile but there were few tears
“Initially I had some fears,
But with the passage of time they all got cleared,
The sight of my children and family’s courage,
Gave me a heaven entourage”
I moved as the soul disappeared,
With my eyes full of tears.

My Salute to all those who give up their lives for us. Let those eyes rest now which were once open for our safety.

Imperfection!

We all work in our life and there are always some aspects in which we are good but there are some in which we are average but in some we are just ‘imperfect’. What is this Imperfection? According to dictionaries, imperfection means faulty or incomplete but wait isn’t it the incompleteness of your life that motivates you to be better. When you sleep, you think of having a better tomorrow and with this hope you close your eyes. And the next morning when you wake up you are the same person with same problems trying to behold you but now you are ready with a new energy which was filled up in you because of your imperfection. It is your constant imperfection which makes you feel like achieving perfection but it isn’t that easy to reach that stage.

Imperfection is not always alone and negative. It can sometimes be taken as strong motivation for yourself. Ratan Tata was imperfect in car business although he owned one. When he went to Detroit to sell this business to Ford, CEO of Ford taunted him saying “We are doing a favor by buying this business. Why did you enter this business when you knew nothing about it”. Tata cancelled the deal and returned and made Tata Motors a big success and subsequently also bought Ford-owned Jaguar and Land Rover car business. In this case you can see that though Tata was imperfect in passenger car business, he did well in it just because of the realization of imperfection accompanied by a great mind.

So we can say that imperfection is a good source of motivation if people take it in positive way. Sometimes it is not the brightest of light which can make your stars shine but it is the dark background that you need to make your stars shine.