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10 Inspiring MK Gandhi Quotes

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

October 2nd marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing you ten of his most inspiring quotes.

 

1. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”

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Image source – Quora

 

2. “Be the change you want to see in the world”

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Image source – Framepool Footage

 

3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live for forever”

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Image source – Open Culture

 

5. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

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Image source – Viral Stories

 

6. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

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Image source – ClipartXtras

 

7. “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes”

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

8. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

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Image source – Wikiwand

 

9. “I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self respect”

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Image source – Gandhi’s Be Magazine

 

10. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems”

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Image source – South African Tourism

 

 

Top Quotes by Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Paulo Coelho’s writing is profound and inspirational. He understands the human condition well and this helps him write the way he does. In each story, we find something to learn. His philosophically-charged sentences comment on universal truths and help us make our peace with them. From love and loss to hope and hurt, his wise musings help us put things in perspective. Here are some of his sagacious sayings:

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Tips from the Best for Budding Photographers

Friday, July 29th, 2016

First-timers always have it difficult. You feel too self-conscious, or afraid to immerse yourself completely in your hobby. If photography is what you’ve taken to, you might have a hard time getting those ‘perfect shots.’ If it hasn’t been going as planned, don’t let disappointment sink in. Here’s something to help you feel motivated again.

Sometimes, the most difficult part of taking a photograph is just that, snapping the shot.  What you’re essentially doing is freezing it time significant moments that belong to others, and this awareness, of being the outsider, can make you feel like an unwelcome, inquisitive meddler. You have to step cautiously and silently around your subjects,  careful not to destroy their moment with your intrusive camera. This can feel a lot like the stealthy journey of a stray cat, out to pilfer a carton of milk. But, when the deed is accomplished, like the cat, you do end up with a rich, refreshing prize. Diane Arbus puts this feeling in words quite aptly -

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The man who captured the haunting eyes of ‘The Afghan Girl’ tells us what motivates him to do what he does. It’s good inspiration for all those who love being behind the lens, for only by expanding our search can we come across truly interesting subjects to place in front of our lenses.

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The era of Instagram and instant-everything has boosted learning opportunities like never before. At the click of a button, we can expose ourselves to the best and worst works of people in the field. And while glancing through the gallery of an accomplished photographers does help us jot down tips for our own photography, it can also leave one feeling quite unaccomplished and ungifted. But, Cartier-Bresson puts these rookie fears to rest by telling us this-

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Very often, we roam around looking for the perfect setting, or the perfect-looking subject. But, although both these are important, what’s more important is your camera settings, and your ability to manipulate these to bring out something special in your image. The man who gave us two important photographic techniques – The Zonal System and Visualization – tells us how to get the elusive perfect shot.

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If you see her celebrity photographs featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, the question you feel like asking her is “How?” How did you dream up that image? How did you think of dunking Whoopi Goldberg in a tub of milk, or asking Demi Moore to flaunt so boldly and beautifully, her baby bump? Here’s what the lady has to say-

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Well, we hope these words from some of the best in the business help you sharpen your snapping skills.

Exploring the Beauty of Nature with Ruskin Bond

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Many of us fell in love with Ruskin Bond’s writing way back in school, perhaps when we read his ‘Cherry Tree.’ His description of picturesque landscapes makes you want to spend time in a forest and his subjects, simple people leading regular lives, are refreshing and intriguing. Ruskin Bond has made many a child fall in love with nature, and go on to become avid travellers. If you haven’t read his books yet, fret not, for now is a good time to start. His heart-warming stories are perfect for people of all ages. ‘The Room on the Roof,’  ‘The Blue Umbrella,’  ‘Our Trees still grow in Dehra,’ ‘The Night Train to Deoli and other stories,’ are some of his best books. Pick up one of these today to give him the perfect birthday gift! Yup, it’s the octogenarian’s 82 birthday today (19th May) so Happy Birthday Mr. Bond!

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Now mull over these wonderful quotes.

If you too love being in the presence of nature, these quotes of his will fill your heart with joy.

“…for every time I see the sky I’m aware of belonging to the universe than to just one corner of the earth.”

“And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

“Live close to nature and you’ll never feel lonely. Don’t drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won’t hack into your computer.”

“The adventure is not in getting somewhere, it’s the on-the-way experience. It is not the expected; it’s the surprise.”

“A story never really ends and happiness is something that comes and goes. It is as rare as a rainbow.”

“By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease, but at night, late at night, the world is at peace.”

“I have come to believe that the best kind of walk, or journey, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.”

“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”

“Happiness is as elusive as a butterfly, and you must never pursue it. If you stay very still, it may come and settle on your hand. But only briefly. Savour those moments, for they will not come in your way very often.”

“It wouldn’t be much fun living on a planet where grass could not grow.”

Exploring the Work of the Obscure Genius Sadaat Hasan Manto

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Although academics has exposed young literature enthusiasts to the works of several gifted Indian writers, it’s unfortunate that the work of one particularly perceptive writer has been conveniently and purposely omitted from syllabuses. Perhaps that’s because he isn’t Indian but a Pakistani; or because the topic he writes extensively on is more uncomfortable than his nationality – The Partition of 1947. We’re talking about the controversial short story writer Sadaat Hasan Manto. Manto was a writer and playwright who used his talents to explore and expose human nature under dire circumstances. He drew inspiration from the stories he seen unfolding around him, during and after the partition, as well as from his own experience. His plot lines are bold and he often touch upon subjects that were considered too sensitive to be written about. ‘Khol Do’ and ‘Thanda Gosht’ are brilliant examples of his courageous writing. Unfortunately, his frank treatment of such topics led to him being tried for obscenity six times and this, along with the social stigmatization he experienced, caused him to hit the bottle and eventually lose his life at the young age of 42. However, his legacy lives on till today through his work and is read not just by Pakistanis or Indians, but by all those who wish to understand better the impact one of the most tragic chapters in our nation’s history had on the people of those times, through an honest, upfront and ballsy storyteller.

It’s difficult to do justice to the genius of this writer in such a short article, but we can celebrate his intelligence and wit by revisiting some of his profound sayings. To fulfill that purpose, and to celebrate his birthday (11th May, 1912) we present 6 of his most powerful quotes.

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On the partition. The strength of this observation is, however, felt even today.

“Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries — slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity.”

His rumination on the capriciousness of life and the powerlessness of the individual.

“For me, remembrance of things past has always been a waste of time, and what’s the point of tears? I don’t know. I’ve always been focussed on today. Yesterday and tomorrow hold no interest for me. What had to happen, did, and what will happen, will.”

Even during the years when patriarchy was an unquestioned norm, Manto stood up for women and questioned society for its hypocrisy.

“A man remains a man no matter how poor his conduct. A woman, even if she were to deviate for one instance, from the role given to her by men, is branded a whore. She is viewed with lust and contempt. Society closes on her doors it leaves ajar for a man stained by the same ink. If both are equal, why are our barbs reserved for the woman?”

Manto takes a dig at the self-appointed custodians of the nation’s ‘honor.’

“We’ve been hearing this for some time now — Save India from this, save it from that. The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved.”

Manto tells you what it feels like to be an honest writer.

‘In that sense, I don’t consider myself a writer so much as a pick-pocket. One who picks his own pocket and hands over its contents to you. Have you ever seen such a fool as me?’

Manto’s touching understanding of one of the most powerful emotions we are capable of experiencing – love.

“But love, whether in Multan or on Siberia’s icy tundra, whether in the winter or the summer, whether among the rich or the poor, whether among the beautiful or the ugly, whether among the crude or refined, love is always just love. There’s no difference.”