1. Bury the Hurry

21st century as they say is a century overpowered with information, artificial intelligence, machine language and robotics. Generation Z is at the core of this century who are ready to take the world in a stride. The words like 'multitasking' and 'superwoman/superman ' have garnered so much attention that everyone wishes to engage or become one. Everyone is ready for a start up or is running  to meet the deadlines or spending time ( approx. 8 to 9 hrs.) in some way or the other busy with their mobiles. It wouldn't be wrong to say that this generation has become a mobile generation and just like fast food their tastes and interest are also changing fast . At times in a hurry to reach the goal or to achieve their desired results they get caught up in such a mired state of affairs that the  so called fun from life gets lost.

 

The questions which arise are :Why do we zoom our bikes on the zigzag roadways at a top gear to reach the destination? Why do we gobble our  food down our throat without relishing each bite ? Why do we always are in a hurry to complete the work? Why do we instantly message ?Why do we never miss a chance?

 

Probably the answer could be life is short and time is fleeting. With each passing breath we are moving towards the inescapable . However in this hurry we do miss the beauty of nature which has painted this earth in varied colours. The rays of the morning sun, chirping of the birds, colours of the sky , star studded night fail to catch our attention.  Just spending time with friends without a mobile in the hand or having lunch/ breakfast or dinner at ease with dishes passing from one hand to another accompanied with laughter of the loved ones can never be enjoyed if one is in a hurry.

 

Goals, tasks, aims are important but not at the cost of missing important functions or family gatherings. Slowing does not mean becoming lazy. It just means getting rid of anxiety, tension and worries which come up like unwanted pop ups . It means to 'stand and stare' in the words of Wordsworth. It means to prioritize the list of things and fulfill  the wish list . It also entails more quality time with family and friends. It means acknowledging the gift of life given by the Almighty. It means to spend leisure time doing nothing and just enjoying the 'me' time. It also means to sit back and ponder over the things which the Almighty has given and trying to decipher the real happiness. Infact happiness which eludes us often like a butterfly is just next to us but in the hurry to make our ends meet we are lost forever in the myriad world of complexities. Why make life look more complicated when it is just a simple cycle of things.

 

So bury the hurry and stay healthy, happy and cheerful. Slow down a bit, deliberate on your thoughts and dawdle in this wood -world. It has been aptly quoted by William Shakespeare:

 

"Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. "

"Bury the Hurry" by Ritu R. Agarwal (PhD) , Associate Professor of English, J.Z. Shah Arts & H.P. Desai Commerce College

2. Nirmala Putul's Interview

નારીને સન્માન મળે તે માટે કાર્યરત છું: નિર્મલા પુતુલ

એમ.ટી.બી. આર્ટસ કોલેજના શતાબ્દીપર્વ નિમિત્તે ઇન્દિરા ગાંધી રાષ્ટ્રીય જનજાતીય વિશ્વવિદ્યાલય, અમરકંટક સાથે સંયુક્ત રૂપે આયોજિત ‘ભારતીય આદિવાસી સાહિત્ય’ વિષયક બે દિવસના આંતરરાષ્ટ્રીય સંગોષ્ઠીના ઉદ્ઘાટક રૂપે દેશના જાણીતા આદિવાસી કવયિત્રી નિર્મલા પુતુલ સુરતના મહેમાન બન્યાં છે. ઝારખંડના સાંથાલ પરગણાના દુમકા જીલ્લાના દુધની કુરૂવા ગામના મુખિયા એવા આ ૪૬ વર્ષીય કવયિત્રીએ સાંથાલની આદિવાસી નારીઓનો ચિત્કાર દેશ અને દુનિયા સામે પોકારવાની કપરી જવાબદારી માથે લીધી છે. તેઓ રાજનીતિ શાસ્ત્રના સ્નાતક છે અને નર્સિંગના ડીપ્લોમાધારક છે.

 

નિર્મલાજી સાંથાલી, હિન્દી, નાગપુરી, બાંગ્લા, ખોરઠા, ભોજપુરી, અંગિકા, અંગ્રેજી ભાષામાં વ્યવહાર કરી શકે છે અને સામાજિક કાર્ય અને આદિવાસી મહિલાની ભાગીદારી વિષયે કાર્યરત છે. શિક્ષણ, સામાજિક વિકાસ, માનવાધિકાર અને આદિવાસી મહિલાઓના સમગ્ર ઉત્થાન માટે વ્યક્તિગત, સામુહિક અને સંસ્થાગત સ્તર પર સતત સક્રિય રહે છે. તેઓ અનેક રાજ્ય સ્તરીય, રાષ્ટ્રીય અને આંતરરાષ્ટ્રીય સંસ્થાઓ સાથે સંકળાયા છે. આદિવાસી, મહિલા, શિક્ષણ, સાહિત્યિક વિષયો પરના સંમેલનો, આયોજનો, કાર્યશાળાઓ અને કાર્યક્રમોમાં વ્યાખ્યાન આપવાથી માંડીને મુખ્ય ભૂમિકા નિભાવે છે. અનેક સંગઠનોની તેમણે સ્થાપના કરી છે. પોતાના ક્ષેત્રની ભૂમિહીન-નિર્ધન નારીઓના નર્સિંગ માટે સતત કાર્યરત રહ્યાં છે. તેમું મુખ્ય કાર્યક્ષેત્ર આદિવાસી મહિલાઓના વિસ્થાપન, પલાયન, ઉત્પીડન, સ્વાસ્થ્ય, શિક્ષણ, જાતીય સંવેદનશીલતા, માનવાધિકાર અને સંપતિ પરના અધિકારો માટે તેઓ ઝઝૂમે છે.

 

તેમના પરિવારમાં શિક્ષણ કે કવિતાના કોઈ જ સંસ્કાર નહોતાં છતાં તેઓ કવિકર્મ કરે છે. તેમણે કહ્યું કે મારે કવિ બનવું નહોતું, પણ મહિલાઓના ઉત્પીડનને શબ્દોને મુકતા તેઓ કવયિત્રી બની ગયાં. તેમના કાવ્યો આદિવાસી મહિલાઓ જેટલાં સરળ હોય છે. એમના જેવી વ્યથામાંથી પોતે પણ ગુજર્યા હોવાથી તેમના કાવ્યોમાં આદિવાસી બહેનોને સ્વાભાવિક રીતે પોતીકાપણું લાગે છે. તેઓ દલિત મહિલાઓના હકની વાતો કરે છે અને તેમને માનવઅધિકારો અપાવવા પ્રયત્નશીલ રહે છે. એ બહેનોની સ્થિતિમાં તેઓ કોઈ ફર્ક લાવી શક્યા છે? એવા પ્રશ્નના જવાબમાં નિર્મલા ફિક્કું હસીને કહે છે, ‘ભાઈ, હું તો બીજ વાવું છું. પણ મને ખાતરી છે કે એ ઉગી નીકળશે. આખું જીવન ઓછું પડે એટલું કામ કરવાનું બાકી છે.’

 

તેઓ કેવા બહેનોનું પ્રતિનિધિત્વ કરે છે? એવા સવાલમાં તેમણે કહ્યું, ‘જેમને ઘરના ઉંબરાની અંદર કે બહાર કશે જ માન મળતું નથી, સમાજ અને પુરુષો દ્વારા સતત દબાયેલી રહેલી નારીઓના, બાળપણ વિનાના બાળકોની માતાઓની હું પ્રતિનિધિ છું, હું ઝારખંડની દલિત નારીઓની વાત કરું છું, પણ દેશની તમામ ગ્રામીણ નારીઓને લાગે છે કે હું તેમની જ વાત કરું છું.’

 

તમારું સપનું શું છે? એના જવાબમાં તેમણે કહ્યું, ‘એમને પ્રાથમિક માન અપાવવું, આનંદમય, સ્વચ્છ અને સ્વસ્થ જીવન મળે, તેમના બાળકોનો યોગ્ય ઉછેર થાય, મહેનતકશ કામ કરવાની આઝાદી મળે, આર્થિક રીતે નિર્ભર થાય, ટૂંકમાં તેમને હક મળે એ મારું સપનું છે.’

 

આઝાદીના સાત દાયકામાં એ નારીઓના જીવનમાં શું ફર્ક આવ્યો? એના જવાબમાં નિર્મલા પુતુલે કહ્યું, ‘તે અધિકાર વિહીન હતી અને છે, તે પિતા કે પતિની સંપત્તિની વારસ નથી, તેની જમીન તેની નથી, તેના સંતાનના બાળપણના ભોગે તે કારમી મજુરી કરે છે. તેને કે બાળકને પુરતું પોષણ મળતું નથી. સરકારો જે લાભની વાતો કરે છે તે તેમના સુધી પહોંચ્યા જ નથી.’

 

તેમના બાળકો ભણે છે ખરા? તો કહે, ‘મધ્યાન ભોજન માટે જાય છે શાળાઓમાં, જે પણ તેમના અધિકારીઓ ખાઈ જાય છે. શિક્ષકો ભણાવતા નથી. સાત ધોરણ સુધી અક્ષરજ્ઞાન મળતું નથી. પછી બાળકો પણ મજુરી કરતા થઇ જાય છે.  યુવાનોને જોઈએ તે મળતું નથી માટે ઝુટવી લેવા માંગે છે તો તેમને નક્સલવાદી કહીને સજા કરાય છે.

 

તેમની વ્યથા કહેતી કવિતાઓમાં નિર્મલાએ ‘અપને ઘર કી તલાશ’, ‘નગાડે કી તરહા બજતે સબ’ અને ‘બેઘર સપને’ કાવ્ય સંગ્રહો આવ્યા. જેને સાહિત્ય અકાદમીના એવોર્ડ વિજેતા બન્યા તે કેવું લાગ્યું? તો કહે, ‘મેં દુનિયા જોઈ, પ્રેરણા મળી, હું જે કરું – કહું છું તે કેટલું સાચું છે, તેનું ભાન થયું.’

 

નિર્મલા પુતુલના જીવન પરથી દૂરદર્શને ‘બુરુ ગારા’ નામની ફિલ્મ બનાવી છે. જેની કથા નિર્મલાના સંઘર્ષની કથા છે. તેમણે ‘જીવન રેખા’ નામનું ટ્રસ્ટ બનાવ્યું છે, જેમાં મહિલા જાગૃતિ અને શિક્ષણ તથા માનવઅધિકારનું કાર્ય થાય છે.

 

 

નિર્મલા પુતુલની પ્રતિનિધિ કવિતા:

 

मर के भी अमर रहते हैं सच्चाई के लिए लड़ने वाले

 

तुम मरे नही हो, ललित महेता

मरा नहीं है तुम्हारा ज़मीर

तुम्हारी ईमानदारी की पुकार जनता के बीच

गूँजती रहेगी हमेशा सदियों तक ।

 

तुम्हारी क़ब्र की दरारों से

आवाज़ें आती रहेंगी और हमें बुलाती रहेंगी

और लहू के कतरे जो ज़मीन पर गिरे

उनसे प्रस्फुटित होंगे हज़ारों-हज़ार

इससे पहले भी इस धरती पर कई योद्धाओं ने

देश की ख़ातिर कुरबानी दी,

उसी के लहू के कतरों से

तुम जैसे संघर्षरत योद्धा अंकुरित हुए

और आगे भी अंकुरित होते रहेंगे ।

 

तुम्हारा लहू जहाँ गिरे वहाँ से पेड़ भी जनमेंगे तो

तुम्हारी शक्लों में दिखेंगे और

चीख़ेंगे व्यवस्था के विरुद्ध,

तुम्हारी हत्या साबित करती है कि

सच बोलने वाले ऐसे ही मार दिए जाते हैं

उनको जीतने से पहले हरा दिया जाता है

मार दिया जाता है ज़िन्द रहने से पहले

पर इतिहास गवाह ऎसे लोग मरते नहीं कभी

ज़िन्दा रहते हैं मरकर भी ।

 

ठीक वैसे ही तुम भी रहोगे ज़िन्दा

यहाँ की आबोहवा में

एक-एक मनुष्य की स्मृतियों में और

हमेशा-हमेशा के लिए ज़िन्दा रहोगे

इतिहास के पन्नों में...।

 

-              निर्मला पुतुल  

 

મુલાકાત: નરેશ કાપડીઆ

3. “Women empower women.”

“Women empower women.”

I BELIEVE

Women are really strong. Many of them always want validation from the outside world thinking that somebody would recognize them, accept them, and encourage them; which is a normal human tendency. It turns out to be the biggest weakness by depending upon the outside sources of strengths and later it becomes an addiction. The more you ask for the compliments, the more you are dependent, and are validating yourself through someone else’s eyes.

The idea is that women ideally should be empowered from within and that is why I have shared the stories of nine women who are powerful and empowered in my book “9 ways to empower”. Those are the nine tools that I feel that we women need to have and enhance them to become empowered. The moment you have empowered yourselves, your duty as a woman and your responsibilities to this world doubles up and you should make a difference to each and every individuals that come into their life even if it is a man, a woman, a child or even a pet. You need to share what you have got within you in the form of stories or in the form of examples.

I am working with lots of women as a Take Charge Expert. And there are so many challenges that I have helped them get over in their life. I have lost my father at a young age; and that has impacted the course of my life, I have travelled across the world and have developed strategies that help women leverage their skills and talents. As an entrepreneur I could explore and build a very successful business, I freelance as a fashion designer and I worked for major brands in India, Europe, and UAE.

Later I married a man who I assumed would fulfill everything that I needed in my life. And I started hoping, wishing, that all the validations came from outside. And that was my weakness. I discovered my weakness after many years of my marriage. As of now I am taking responsibility of my mistakes and currently preceding many litigation cases against my own BETTER half. I still call him my better half be as, I learnt a lot from him and he is still teaching me in terms of laws, manipulations, or in terms of how to protect yourself from someone within your family, who is does not have your best interests in his mind and is creating roadblocks for you, which you ideally would not have expected from somebody who is so close. So being betrayed, and being in a situation where you have to face everything.

It is more like a story of Mahabharata. When I read the story of Mahabharata, I thought why a person would just fight with someone who is from the same family one should Just give it up, just let it go. Let peace be there, and not any sorts of arguments, trauma etc. however while I faced a situation in my life , my perception changed, when you believe in your self don’t let anyone however close to you abuse you or take you for a ride.

There are women in this world who do not know how to fight against their own people as they are bound by the society and their judgments. Some are confused, fearful, and shocked. Most of the women are shocked by the things that their own people do to them in terms of abuse, cheating, taking away their rights, and treating them badly. All these coming from ones own family. Most of the times, the woman is abused and she takes it from near and dear ones, which completely breaks her. Sooner or the later she needs to Take Charge Of Her Life and that is exactly what I did and help women do the same.

One fine day I got up and decided that I’m not going to take any form of mental abuse, financial abuse and most importantly I’m not going to be part of any illegal activities that happens in the terms of business or any other way. When I discovered some qualities about my partner, which were against my values and beliefs, I decided to stand up for myself.  I knew that I had an army of family, an army of society to face and that would put a question mark on my character, on my ability, and also it shows that I failed as a human being in nurturing relationships.

 When I look back and see the journey that I have had in my life, that is, as a child, as a teenager, before marriage, and after marriage, I realized that there was a powerful human in me, which was unshaken by any circumstances in life, and I was and have been a fighter who stood strong.

Hence, I stood strong as a mother. I would have let go of all the money I had earned, my rights and everything if it was only for myself, which most of the women do in today’s world. But as a mother, my responsibilities tripled. I have a daughter; a son and I also have a pet. I treat him as my own child. So I have three children. And being a mother of three children I was not in a situation to ‘let go’. I decided to stand strong, to Take Charge and to learn each and everything.

 In the beginning, I received so many criticisms from my family. They didn’t believe what I was doing or me that I was right was correct. I still have opposition from lot of people saying that women should just let go of the things, forgive, forget and move on. Forgiving and forgetting is simple and easy, compared to that of standing up and fighting. Because standing up and fighting requires courage. You really have to believe in yourself, should be emotionally strong, and must be ready to take all kinds of disapproval from the world. BELIEVE me it's worth it. You have one life to live, live it on your values and beliefs.

I believe in myself and I believe that women can and should stand up for themselves. I am a mother of three children. So, I fight for my children’s rights. In spite of not knowing a single thing about law, I have stood strong and in this last four years, I have learnt practically every aspect of law, not in terms of criminal offence or which particular law stands for what but now I know that if you are right, if you are persistent and have enough courage to stand up for your right; you will be respected, rewarded, recognized and most importantly you will become an inspiration for many women.

Women to empower women should ideally empower themselves first and stand strong as an example; as an example speaks louder than any kind of advice or words. So when you believe that you are right, you have to stand up for your right, because nobody is going to come and give you your rights.  I did a turnover of corers of rupees but ended up giving it to someone whom I trusted. But eventually lack of knowledge gave me zero balance, being betrayed by someone you trust eternally  is a bigger blow than loosing billions. Therefore, I believe that when you stand for yourself, you can show path to a lot of women.

In my article “women empower women”, I would strongly vouch for the belief system. I feel that women should have confidence in themselves, because, standing strong against the people who are in your family, in your surroundings and who take you for granted, requires lot of courage.

Life can be a beautiful experience, irrespective of what you go through. If you are focused, and have a crystal clear vision of your dreams you are unstoppable. So, what I have written in the above article could be applied and achieved by becoming financially free. I stress a lot of women to have financial strength.

I now have a good financial understanding. To have the financial growth or to have any form of skills and talents that will surely bring some revenue in your life. When you educate your girl, you educate her to learn lot of skills and talents, and make sure that you give her complete training on how to make money through a small business, startup, or working.

You can start as early as fifteen years old. I’m training my children to become financially free irrespective of the kind of financial strength I have because, I want them to stand on their feet, whether it is a girl or a boy or even a woman, they have the power to make money. They should earn their own bread, irrespective of the privileges they get from their parents.

Women should empower women. And, when you see a woman going through a difficult phase, all you can do is help her, show her the right kind of people and recommend experts to provide her with the right kind of solutions.

Do not doubt a woman’s strength and never point your finger at her. Because, you don’t know what her journey has been. I feel strongly towards building a better world and being the change I wish to see in this world, therefore I do programs with extensive depth like TAKE CHARGE 5 X FORMULA and key notes for organization looking for building more efficient and strong team for their companies TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE with I CAN attitude. I have now made learning easily available with lot of home study video courses and e learning programs on my TAKE CHARGE ULTIMATE where you can discover and unleash your potential.

Written by - Gemini Dhar, Take Charge expert and author

4. Forgive yourself!

We all know how difficult it is to forgive.

During our interaction with our friends, family, colleagues, boss, subordinates, organisations we often perceive wrong done towards us. This wrong can be on mental, physical, emotional, material level. Yet, we have been told that it’s best to forgive and move on. Not for them but for our own peace and benefit.

Let’s face it, forgiving someone makes us feel better- about ourselves. We find ourselves in a position of power and generosity. It generates a feel good factor. Especially, when we are able to tell that other person that we are forgiving him or her. But we use this power of forgiveness as a favour. We judge the other person, observe him or her, decide if their conduct is worthy of forgiveness or not and then only hand them forgiveness. So often, we are also concerned that he or she may repeat the same mistake over and over again. We wonder if he or she repeats the same mistake, where will that leave our forgiveness? Are we supposed to forgive endlessly? We are afraid of being judged by others as foolish and too soft. These are some of the thought processes that go through a person’s mind before forgiving someone.

Now, consider our own mistakes. We are often ashamed of some actions that we had performed in the past. The guilt carries lifelong. This is especially true if that person whom we have wronged is a close person and we can see them still suffering from our actions. It could be your spouse, parent, child, subordinate, servant whom you have wrongly treated in the past. It is far more difficult to forgive ourselves in such cases. We carry this pain inside us to the grave. It affects us psychologically and physically and manifests outwardly even in the form of diseases. WE MUST LET GO OF THE PAST. It is absolutely imperative if we want to regain our mental peace and harmony.

This letting go  can happen only if we realise that we are together in this lifetime for some mutual learning.

 

We are all teachers to each other. Even our children have been born to us to give us life lessons and insights.

 

In the course of teaching, our near and dear ones may take up the role of aggrieved while we are thrust into the role of aggressor or vice-versa. Whatever happened in the past was in all probability part of our soul contract with them- a contract we entered with them before coming down in this lifetime to this planet. Recall my previous article on karma and destiny. Remember that while we may have made a mistake and harmed them bodily, on soul level we are still unharmed and pure. Since we have realised the mistake and repent for it genuinely, we have learned the lesson. We can now let go our grief and self flagellation. Therefore, after taking due cognizance of our actions, we MUST move on and forgive ourselves our past misconduct and action. By doing so, we open up doors of self-love and harmony and peace in life.

Remember those incidents and Repeat to yourself-  I HAVE LEARNED THE LESSON. I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE MYSELF. LET PEACE AND HARMONY PREVAIL.

Liberate yourself from the yoke of self-recriminations and soar in your life.

PS. My friend Sandeep Dangi has given permission to publish this article on our website. His own blog happynezz.com is worth visiting.

5. Towards a better society

Hello All,

I’m Anupama. I’m a proud Gujarati. I’m from Surat and I’m proud of that, too. I believe nobody can beat our Surti food and Surti spirit. I’ve heard that even during the floods, people ate Ganthiya, Khaman, and Locho! They’re real Surti Lalas. And of course, we can’t forget generosity of the people of Surat.

I earned my first university degree from Ahmedabad. My father and uncles studied there, too. My mother is also from the same city. So I got to hear and learn a lot about Ahmedabad. Because of my 5-year stint with the city, I am lucky to have firsthand experience of the city. I must praise Amdavadi culture. There, even during a street fight, they’ll address each other with respect – “Shun bhai tame pan, jara juvo to khara! Tamari bhul chhe toye pachha mane kahesho!” Well, this was a scenario a long time ago – almost 17-18 years back. I hope this culture is still intact.

Now, I’m in the southern part of India – Bangalore. This city too has a charm of its own. Apart from pleasant weather, we must appreciate people’s accommodativeness.

So, basically whether it’s a place or people, we all have our own positive aspects. But in today’s time, I feel, we’re not ready to make enough efforts to expand those positive factors. We’re not ready to learn something good from others. Rather than converting that good into better, we’re making bad worse.

Why can’t we become better if we are good, and strive to be the best if we are better? Here’s the catch. When it comes to becoming ‘the best’, the competition factor pitches in. I feel we take ourselves too seriously. “I want to have the best – the costliest car in the family”, “I want to have the best house in my friend circle”, and the list goes on! Why can’t we have that same craving for “the best” for the whole society?

I feel there is always something good in most people, and also there is always a scope for improvement in most of us. Can’t we learn something good from each other to better ourselves without that competition bug in our mind? And if we start doing it, then definitely we can have a happy, healthy, nurturing, and positive environment for us, and also for future generations.

It seems very idealistic but if we together start working on ourselves, then we can make it a reality.

Written by - Anupama Desai, Content Writer from Bangalore

6. Making a career as a DJ in India

A Disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a profession that is talked about a lot in today’s youth. But where did the word DJ or disc jockey come from?  Well, in the early 1980s gramophone records were called discs, hence the word disc jockey. Who is a DJ? What does s/he do? Simply put, a DJ is a person who has a really good understanding of all kinds of music, and has immense passion for it. A DJ plays music whilst adding their own groove and twist to it.

Being a DJ is considered to be a really cool thing in today’s young generation, since a DJ is the person who brings any party to life. And also the current generation is really keen on dancing. However, tempting it may sound, djing is not easy. It is indeed a really hard job. It involves going to parties at sometimes odd hours and playing music for a long time.

Truly, it is not actually a walk in the park. It’s not child’s play. Being a DJ requires a lot of skills, understanding of almost all kinds of music, a tuned ear to mix tracks, being able to blend in with people easily, reading and understanding what kind of music will do its magic on a particular crowd. The list can go on and on.  I sympathise with people who say “it’s easy to be a DJ” and “Even a child can play music, what’s the big deal?”  They live in cloud cuckoo land. Being a DJ is as hard as any other profession.

That all being said, the next question that arises is “what is the scope for a DJ in today’s world?” Well, the djing industry is quite new in India and it is growing faster day by day. Considering the growing obsession for organizing huge lavish social gatherings, parties and other community events, there will be a huge demand for good DJs. Given the fact that the present generation is all insanely interested in dance and music, DJ is seems a cool profession one can opt for. With a huge demand for music-filled evenings often accompanied with dancing, the demand for proficient DJs is bound to be on the rise. Also the rewards in terms of money isn’t bad. Earning while having fun!

scope for Djing in India

 

Now, what qualifications do you need to become a good DJ? The first and most important part is to be well versed in all kinds of music and knowing what kind of songs will pump the crowd up. The second most important thing in my opinion is a tuned ear; while mixing two songs you must be able to tell even the slightest difference in the beat of a song. Without this ability, it is almost impossible to become a successful DJ. The next thing is an outgoing personality and the ability to blend in with new people easily. As a DJ, it is of utmost importance to be able to gel well with new people so as to entertain them. If they are satisfied, they can fetch more work in the future.

 

So now you may be thinking “oh! This is very interesting. I can get paid to play music and go to parties and there will be no stress in my life!”  This a grave mistake. If you want to become a DJ just because it is a cool thing to do, you are in for a world of trouble. Being a DJ just because you want the glamorous life is ludicrous. The fun and glamour is just a small part of a disquieting and stressful job. Yes, you read that right. Being a DJ can be a really exasperating job. There are innumerable things that can make being a DJ a bothersome task.

skills required to become a Disc jockey

“What could be so stressful about playing music”, you may ask. Well, first and foremost, there will be a lot of sleepless nights. There will be times when you will have to go to bed at 5 in the morning and get up before 12 noon. Sometimes the crowd just won’t dance, no matter how prolific and exciting your music is. Situations like these can be really stressful for a DJ. You need to locate new music off the cuff; you have to update your music library every day. And let me tell you, performing in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred people isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! All of these hurdles and more can only be tackled if a person has unmatched passion and thorough dedication towards music.

All in all, what I’m implying is that if you want to become a DJ just because of the glamour, fame and a lavish lifestyle, you are making a big mistake. Make sure that the choice you make is out of your passion and not greed.

The last question that I get a lot is “What inspired me to become a DJ?” To be honest, I’ve been a music nerd ever since I started listening to music, but I didn’t really know that I wanted to make a career out of it. Then one day I went to a club where a DJ was playing some really good music. I don’t know how but at that moment a thought sprang in my mind “I want to do this, this is what I want to do!” I chased that thought.

A truly great DJ, just in a few moments can turn a room in heaven. Because Djing is not about choosing a few tunes. It is about generating shared feelings, emotions and moods. It’s about understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them to a better place. Songs can create a spiritual union and that can be the most powerful experience in people’s lives. When the crowd loves your music when they react to what you are playing, you feel inspired to do more.

Music connecting people

Let me end with one of my favourite quotes: Music is in the soul and can be heard by the universe. – Hardwell

 Written by - Mann Dhanik

7. Introduction to Harry Potter by Mann Dhanik.

Have you ever heard the name “Harry potter”? Do you know anything about it? If no, then do stick around to find out more about the magical world of Harry Potter!

Well, Harry potter is a series of seven novels written by J. K. Rowling. The first book was published in September 1997. The entire series of seven books revolves around the adventures of three friends—Harry, Ron and Hermione, as they start their schooling in Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. A famous school that teaches magic.

As school years pass, Harry’s adventures get more and more dangerous and life-threatening. He comes face to face with multiple villains who try to kill him.

Lord Voldemort is the main antagonist of the series. He is the evil magician who killed Harry’s parents when Harry was a child. That event left a big influence on Harry’s life. He was then known as “the boy who lived” referring to his survival after Lord Voldemort’s attack.

The cast of Harry Potter

Now that you know what the series is about, we can dive into some of the main characters and other relevant details

1. Harry Potter: Harry is an orphaned son of Lilly and James Potter. He lives with his uncle and aunt, who on his eleventh birthday finds out that he is a wizard. Harry is described to have his father’s untidy hair and his mother’s bright green eyes with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead. He is a strong willed character, he is brave and selfless in nature. 

Harry Potter

2. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: This teaches magic to the student who get accepted. First year students are sorted into four different houses namely Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Huffelpuff. The school is filled with magical objects and creatures. The headmaster of the school is Albus Dumbledor, one of the most respected characters in the magic world.

3. Ron Weasely: Ron is Harry’s best friend throughout the entire series. He is a bit clumsy and he often brings in the comic relief during the events. He has six siblings; his five elder brothers (Fred, George, Percy, Bill and Charlie) and his younger sister Ginny

Ron Weasly

4. Hermione: She is the third of the best friends. The three of them—Harry, Ron and Hermione—are always together. Hermione is a “muggle born”, i.e., born of non-magic parents. So she sometimes gets discriminated amongst others. She is a bookworm by nature an she aces all the test in the class.

Hermione Granger

5. Draco Malfoy: Draco is the mean kid that every class has. He always keeps meddling in others’ business, especially Harry’s. He is a bully that everyone hates. He is evil and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals.

Draco Malfoy

6. Albus Dumbledor: He is the headmaster of the school, an old wise man with silver hair and a long beard. He acts as a guardian angel for Harry throughout the series. He is also said to be the only wizard that the main antagonist, Lord Voldemort, feared.

Albus Dumbledor

7. Rubeus Hagrid: He is described twice as tall as an average man. He has a friendly and soft-hearted personality. He is easily brought to tears. He is very loyal to Dumbledor, who said in the very beginning of the series “I would trust Hagrid with my life”. He is very friendly and helpful to Harry and his friends.

Rubeus Hagrid

8. Spoken English in Varachha

Hello everyone,

I am Ramesh Savalia. I have been teaching English for more than two decades in Varachha, Surat.

Ramesh savaliya

Let me tell you something about our area Varachha. It is in the eastern part of Surat. It is a multicultural area. About eighty per cent people here are from Saurashtra (or Kathiawad), a part of Gujarat located on the Arabian Sea coast. It covers about a third of Gujarat state.

In the 1960s, a few people migrated from Saurashtra to Surat. Initially they settled in Mahidapura and started work in the Diamond Industry. Later they ventured into the Textile Industry. Today, they are in different businesses and professions. Hailing from a farming background, hard work comes naturally to them; and hence, their progress is not surprising. They have established businesses both locally and internationally.

Let’s consider education now. Quite a few students in this area score well in examinations and go on to become doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, company secretaries, MBAs and academicians. However, most do not possess a good command of English. Even the general populace in Varachha lack English. Lack of proper environment for English is a major cause. English is like an alien language for many. However, the current young generation is crazy for English. They are exposed to English because of computers and mobile phones. They also want to be a part of global village, a result of modern technology and communication facilities. The Internet has opened up exciting vistas of global opportunities. Such aspiring youths want to learn English. Spoken English is the need of the hour here. They know that a good command of English gives the cutting edge to professionals and businessmen. Therefore, many try to learn Spoken English in Varachha. However, most fail in their attempt because of lack of proper guidance and support.

Fluentlingua, a Spoken English Institute has come to the rescue. It was founded by Dharmendra Sheth who holds a Phd in English. He is a renowned expert in English language teaching with more than two decades of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and language consultant. Fluentlingua fills the long-felt need for quality English education with power-packed courses ranging from complete beginners to advanced learners of English. Fluentlingua courses are tried and tested and cater for people from all walks of life.

I am proud to be associated with Fluentlingua. We aim to provide quality teaching using authentic material and experienced staff in Varachha.

Learning with us is fun. Value for money is our motto.

Finally, please remember that English can make or mar your career. Grab this chance and join Fluentlingua without delay.

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