WORK IS WORSHIP No nation can be great if their citizens are lazy. Work and work alone is the way that leads us towards progress. It brings peace, satisfaction and happiness. It is the duty that should come before everything. Work brings happiness and self-respect to our personality. No work is too mean if it is done with honesty. A fair amount of work is always joyful. One should be every ready to do hard work. Hard work done honestly and sincerely brings in happiness, joy and prosperity. A person who learns through his hard work always keeps his head high. He is never made to feel ashamed. He enjoys independence and enjoys a great respect. Work keeps our mind fresh and free from evil thoughts. It is rightly said ‘An idle mind is a devil’s workshop’. We should remain busy in doing some work or the other. Japan was completely devastated by the atom bombs in 1945. Within fifty years, is has become a great nation. How has it been possible? Surely, because of the hard work of the Japanese people. Very often, we feel like having holidays. Students look forward to long vacation. They forget that no work brings boredom. It creates dullness and monotony. Idlers cannot... read more
WHERE WE WILL LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Housing in 21st century is a real problem. The main problem is that of environmental pollution. There is global recognition that our lifestyles are storing up potential environmental disaster. Pollution from cars means that we should not be building houses, which require people to drive for long distance. We have to build houses at higher densities in larger communities, which can support local public transport, shops and school. New houses should be built within existing settlements to reduce commuting. We must develop model for sustainable urban neighbourhoods, which will be attractive to new families as today’s suburbs. We should also be thermally efficient homes. New homes can become greener at minimal cost of building CFCS, reducing water consumption, providing facilities of waste recycling, avoiding harmful materials and ensuring effective ventilation. Second set of needs is demographic and social. New houses tend to be built with a traditional two-parent, two-child family in mind. 21st century housing should not only be popular, but also meet the changing needs of society.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT A SMILE People always favour the wearer of a smile. It is special currency, which has never suffered any devaluation throughout the history. A Smile is the mirror for myriad emotions and always reflects one’s interior mind. Most often it symbolizes the emotion of joy happiness. A smile conveys many messages which not be stated in words like I’m glad to meet you, thank you, you are welcome, I love you etc. while the shape of the lips and setting of the teeth certainly contribute to the quality of a smile, they add an adjectival characteristics, which are purely physical. Thus Madhuri Dixit has a dazzling smile, while Aishwarya Rai has a perfect smile. The ability to smile continuously despite extreme provocation may be a valuable part of certain job requirements. Airhostesses, receptionists, salesgirls are called upon to do this incessantly. These may be classified as plastic smiles and often mean little. It is only when a smile conveys a quality of mind that it becomes meaningful.
VALUES OF GOOD HEALTH ‘Health is wealth’ is a famous saying. A person can work whole-heartedly only when he in good health. If he works whole-heartedly, he can gather wealth. Nothing can be done without good health. Only a sound health can give a man sound body and physique. Sound mind can be held only in a sound body. Ill health gives way to many ailments and a person become lean and thin. His beauty is lost. Laziness and weakness engulf him. His efficiency is affected. It is therefore very necessary for us to remain healthy. We can keep our body healthy by fresh air, regular exercise, proper rest, morning walks, suitable recreation and balanced and nutritious food. Smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs etc. have adverse effect on our health. These must be avoided. There is another principle that we should follow- “Early to bed, early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’. A wise person has said, “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, everything is lost”. This saying also puts emphasis on good health.
VALUE BASED EDUCATION AND CRIME RATE Many are literates but only a few are educated. Literacy may enable a student to get a degree and earn his livelihood but it does not teach a person any moral or ethics. He may even become a thief, a pickpocket, a robber or even a murderer but it is not necessary that he will become a useful citizen of the society. The need of the hour is ‘Value Based Education’, which can give good citizen to a country so that its future remains bright. In this modern world, the students are becoming drug-addicts, smugglers or eve-teasers and that is due to lack of moral education. No ethics are taught to the students which can be of any use to any individual but it can even be harmful. This type of education cannot cater to the harmonious development of a child, which is the need of the hour. The notion of value based education is even a must in so-called public schools which are guided by the lure of money, not bothering to train the students in useful activities. Spiritual values have lost their worth in the eyes of these public schools. So it is necessary, if we want to check the crime... read more
UNWANTED GUESTS In ancient Indian society, guests were as gods. They were paid high respect. Their feet were washed and the hosts considered them to be lucky if a guest arrived. They believed in ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’. But now things have changed. Guests are often not welcomed at all. There are many reasons for this. First of all, modern world is full of competition and in this competitive world; people have no time to entertain guests. Many people call on others without warning. Now unannounced guests are not welcomed. Besides, there are guests who talk a lot and they unnecessarily drag others in their personal lives. Some guests come with a view to observe what is happening in the host’s life and to criticize people. Then, there are guests who come to borrow money or things like books, scooter, car etc. Such guests are not welcomed at all. The guests who overstay in the host’s house are unwanted. Another reason for not welcoming guests is the rising prices. In today’s world, when the cost of living has gone so high, people cannot afford to have guests and entertain them for long. The guests who interfere in one’s personal life are also unwanted. In today’s world there are may be... read more
UNEMPLOYMENT Unemployment is a burning question of today. Unemployment has posed a great hurdle in the path of our progress. At present, educated and qualified people are available but there is a dearth of employment prospects. For single vacant posts, thousands of applications are received every day. Many a highly qualified persons have to undertake jobs, which are not up to their qualification. There are instances, where persons with Ph.D. degrees have been employed as primary teachers or clerks. Promotion opportunities are limited. Government must create job-oriented courses. As soon as a person completes his education, he must either get a job or must be given an opportunity to start his own business. He should not be rendered a biting parasite for the society. Many youths today are forced to do menial jobs. Some even do not get such menial jobs and they are left with no other alternative but to either become criminals or commit suicide. There has been a rise in the crime rate like robbery, theft, kidnapping etc. only because of unemployment.
THE VALUES OF GAMES Games play a vital role in the personality development of an individual. “All work and no play make jack a dull boy”. This is a famous maxim. Physical fitness is essential for a better living. Games and sports form an essential part of school curriculum. Games provide the students the much needed amusement. They refresh their minds and enable them to do more work with greater enthusiasm. Games are important from the health point of view. The children, while playing in the open fields are in the company of nature, where they breathe fresh air. They run and jump in the open field and being to feel life in every limb. They also fill the lungs with pure air, improve direction and give a new energy to the children, making them more active and healthy. Games are also educative value. They teach us the qualities of cooperation, team spirit, honesty, equality, brotherhood and love. Games also teach discipline, punctuality, obedience to rules of the games etc. sports develop and encourage healthy competition and leadership. So games and sports have got a special importance in our life.
THE PLEASURE OF LIVING AT A HILL STATION Lucky are those who are born and brought up at some hill station. The climate is cool, refreshing and soothing there during summer months. How pleasant it looks to be in bed with blankets in summer! The whistling of the long pine trees and their moving heads in the cool breeze appeal to the ears and the eyes. A hill station presents the most scenic and enhancing beauty in the form of gardens, orchards, flowery parks, streams, snowfall and springs. Fruits are available in plenty. Life is quite simple. The atmosphere is pollution-free, as there is no explosion of population and growth of risky industries. We can see a great variety of birds and animals on a hill station. Religious temples and picnic spots are the beauties of the hill stations. Life is neither hectic nor hasty. All the hotels, coffee houses and restaurant are full of tourists and newly wedded couples. The gurgling waterfalls gladden human hearts.
THE CRUELTY TO ANIMALS We cannot imagine how man exploits others for his selfish ends. The other day I went to see a Russian circus, which has earned a great name and fame in the whole world. I considered myself lucky to get a chance to visit this circus, but the scenes disturb me. See how man becomes unethical for his selfishness. The whips were being used unabashedly to make the animals perform satisfactorily. Even the ringmaster had the ‘ankush’ and a spear in his hand to trouble the animals even during the show. The animals shrieked and screamed but they were helpless in the cages. It seemed to me a brutish act to train the animals in this manner. Even the performance in the narrow corners seemed to be a cruelty towards the animals. I could not imagine that the lure of money had made the man such a mean and selfish fellow. Sometimes that torture proved fatal to the animals. Mostly the animals die while performing dangerous feats. In their old age when they cannot perform, they are not given enough food to survive. I had gone to seek entertainment but the callous behaviour towards animals made me feel highly disturbed.
T.V. ADVERTISEMENTS In modern days advertisements have raided the T.V. There is not a single serial or programme, in between which advertisements are not shown to the public on T.V. The advertising companies find and an easy access to people through T.V to hammer the qualities of the products of their clients. The result is that men, women and children waste their hard-earned money on purchasing things found not so good in use. Moreover, advertisements on T.V. are a great nuisance, as they not only kill our time but also our peace of mind. Some of the advertisement shown on T.V. are very vulgar and have an adverse effect on the growing children. The advertisements lure people to buy the products, which are even harmful. For example, not all the shampoos are good for hair. Similarly, some soap may spoil our skin. Once a lady applied particular hair oil, in a week she became bald. The children watch advertisements with great interest and they sometimes ask the parents to buy them the products they have seen in the advertisements. This leads to wastage of money. There should be a strict policy of the Govt. to restrict the display of advertisements on T.V.
STUDENT LIFE Student life is considered to be the best period in human life. A student is without worries, cares and responsibilities. His sole duty is to be diligent and arduous in studies to show good result. A brilliant student seeks the affection of his parents, teachers and neighbours. His classmates give him due regard and try to initiate and out-pace him in their performance. Student life is the ground where seeds of one’s career are sown. It trains the students for all walks of life. A student’s healthy participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities builds his career. He enjoys free movement. Everybody at home takes care of his needs and requirements. The teachers also try to inculcate good qualities and habits in him. He receives a V.I.P treatment. A student has some obligations. He should work hard to show good results. He should be obedient, punctual, and honest. He should respect his teachers and elders. He should ever be ready to help others. He should love and respect his country above anything else.
SPEAKING IN PUBLIC Speaking in public is as difficult as singing or acting and it ought to have as careful rehearsals, even more careful, because one of the aims of the public speaker is to appear entirely spontaneous. The great speakers of Greece and Rome used to prepare an important speech as carefully as opera star nowadays studies a new role. After writing out a dozen times, they would deliver it before few trusted friends, critics and tutors repeating it again and again until they knew every syllable and gesture and yet the whole thing appeared not a highly elaborated product of art, but a genuine outpouring of real and overwhelming emotion. That is why we still study the speeches of men like Cicero. A single page of their speeches contains the result of more concentrated thought, active experience, intricate psychological knowledge and training in language than modern speakers can command in their whole life time.
SAVE OIL, SAVE ENERGY We live in age of energy crisis. Oil is one of the major sources of energy that we use. It is a fact known to all of us that oil is not going to last much longer. Therefore we must use it carefully and wisely without wasting even a drop of it. There are many ways in which we can save oil. Avoid using personal vehicles as far as possible. Use a common vehicle to commute. This can be easily done by car pools. Walk or ride a bicycle for short distance. The gas burner in the kitchen should be turned off when it is not being used. Do not keep the dishes immediately on the stove after taking out from the refrigerator. Let it come to the room temperature. Use only as much water as required while cooking dishes. More gas is consumed if there is more water. Maintain your vehicle in good condition so that it consumes less fuel. Also while driving, switch off when you have to wait for more than two minutes at the Red Lights. These are some of the ways to save oil and thus save energy.
ROLE OF PARENTS IN EDUCATING A CHILD Getting a child into public school is a billion dollar question and real nightmare experience for the parents. Our public schools are always in the lime light with the onset of the admission season. Parents believe that these schools provide good moral education to their children to become good human being in life. As soon as the admission is over, the parents casually ignore their role in the upbringing of a child. Parent’s duty does not end by sending kids to school at early dawn, collecting them and sending them to tuition and finally make them sit in front of the so called idiot box. The child has to be mentally and morally educated besides being physically educated. The parents are to be blamed for their eagerness to put their child in the school, which has a name. There are many schools, which are not a famous as others, and the children of those schools also do very well. The parents should give sufficient time to their children and seek for the possibility where their children can do the best even if they are not admitted to these famed schools.