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Hi! I’m Justin Raj, a stock broker by profession, is also a freelance Journalist, an amateur Filmmaker and an enthusiastic Marathoner who possesses the ‘bad habit’ of writing too much. And as long as that ‘bad habit’ stays with me, I keep on posting to my blog.

A blogger is basically a tech-savvy writer. He is a keen observer with a sharing mind, not a silent spectator to all events which happen around him. If a reader is a person who loves to gain knowledge, a blogger or writer is one who loves to share his knowledge and dare to speak out his opinions and ideas. Like a singer expresses by singing, dancer by dancing, actor through acting, a blogger blogs his feelings and ideas out. Literally, Freedom of Expression is his shield and the blog is his Sword.

Here in my blog, write-ups are archived in 9 labels. In ‘Sweet and Bitter’ you can read about my diverse life experiences and valuable lessons I learnt from it. ‘Published Articles’ offers you my articles which have been published in Daily Newspapers. In ‘Random Brain Waves’ you can meet up with my random (or at times, weird) ideas. Poetry writing has eventually become a new hobby as well as a part of my blog. You can read my poems in ‘Verses’. In ‘Marathon’ label, you can read about my marathon experiences, challenges and how running a marathon can shape a man’s life.

‘Vlog’ is a recent addition to my blog as I realize the potential future of visual media. Sometimes, a 3-minute video can do the magic of expression than a 3000 word article. In this label you can watch the short films, documentaries, advertisements et al I have made. ‘Favorite Articles’ consists of articles which have influenced my outlook and attitude on life. Being a tireless traveler, ‘Travel’ label takes you to various travel experiences of mine. Conducting researches is a part of Journalism. In ‘Research Articles’ label you can get articles which throw light on various researches I have conducted.

Every life meets with various challenges, diverse experiences and at the end, all those teach us valuable lessons for our future. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own said H. G. Bohn. I learn more by my own mistakes than others. It doesn’t mean that I’m a fool! I learn from other’s lives too. My blog is a platform for sharing not only my life experiences but also the valuable lessons, ideas and poetry triggered by them.

To my mind, blog is a thinking man's tool. Blogging is more a passion than a hobby for me. It is as if talking something to someone somewhere in world. My words keep on talking to the visitors of my blog. I can feel the magic of words! And that’s the power of blogging!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Five B’s of My Life.

Oh! Brain!
With no drain,
Takes me in bullet train,
 Where ideas flow like rain.

Oh! Book!
Wiseman on rack,
Soars my imagination,
Where I can conquer any nation.

Oh! Buck!
Favors only hard work,
Comes with no luck,
Save me from any heck.

Oh! Babes!
Make me feel wonderful,
Make my world beautiful,
Without them life is awful.

Oh! Beer!
Brew of good times,
Gets me on a dash,
For a splendid bash.

Without five B’s of life,
My world is just a Boo!
With five B’s of life,
My life is a big Woo hoo!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Influence of Reading on Children in Chennai: A Finding.

This is the abstract and findings of my research related to my Master’s course in Communication on the topic: influence of books and reading habit among children in Chennai. The research was carried out by conducting a survey with questionnaires and interviews as main tools. The duration of the research was for 3 months and the age group of children taken into consideration is from 13 to 15. The sample group consists of 200 children from 4 different schools in Chennai without bias on gender.

The findings in this research come with its own limitations which I should reveal in the beginning. Only limited amount of information can be acquired from the respondents or samples in the time span of just three months. As it is not possible to take survey on children from entire country or abroad in these 3 months, I could only take effort to conduct survey on children studying in selected schools in Chennai. . The findings in this research are derived from opinions of just 200 children from 4 schools in Chennai. So these findings cannot be a subject matter of demographical or geographical generalization.

Reading print text is the main source of accessing information and ideas. Inculcating a habit of reading would be a great constructive skill for a life time. With the influence of television, internet and multimedia gaming, reading habit is diminishing among youth especially children. It was a matter of curiosity for me to learn how the children in Chennai consider reading for.

My research revealed that the majority of children in Chennai read books. Merely 3 Out of 100 are nonreaders. Children are exposed to books in weekly rather than daily basis. “I read both fiction and nonfiction books. I read out of my own interest with little inspiration from parents and friends. Teachers never inspired me to read books” says Rohit Ravi, a standard 9 student of MCC School, Chetpet.

Not only Rohit, majority of children read both fiction and nonfiction books deriving inspiration from themselves i.e. they read on their own interest. Parents are source of motivation only to 18 out of 100 children while friends motivate 15 % of children. Surprisingly, teachers inspire merely 5.5 % of children

Majority of the respondents read for acquiring knowledge (96 out of 200). 93 respondents ranked ‘entertainment’ while 77 children opted for ‘self development’. “Here we have equipped each class room with mini libraries to inculcate reading habit among children. Nowadays owing to the influence of television and internet, reading habit is in decline among children. There are lots of initiatives to be carried out to bring back this great habit into the minds of children” says Dr. N. Vijayan, Principal and correspondent, Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Selaiyur and recipient of National Best Teacher award.

Most of the respondents allocate specific timing for reading books and majority of them are in the opinion that one must develop reading as a habit. This research reveals the fact that majority of school going children in Chennai don’t possess a library membership although they are the main source of books to most of the children. Most of them borrow books through parents’ library cards while relatives, friends and neighbors lend books to another major chunk of respondents.

It is the youth who determine the future of a country. Reading habit helps to develop an individual both physically and mentally and make him or her to face this world with optimism. “Here we have reading days during which students are compelled to read books of their own choice. Reading is a habit worth inculcating for the wholesome development of an individual” remarks S.Namasivayam, Principal of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School and recipient of national award.

Number of researches has been done on this topic but only a few are done to ascertain the awareness on fiction and nonfiction books among children. Since book reading habit is a broader topic, I faced difficulties in focusing on some specific points. But on the whole I had enjoyed a lot in conducting this research and satisfied with the answers that I acquired from the respondents. But whatever findings that I have derived at, is from the current mindset of the respondents. The opinions, ideas or viewpoints cannot be stable at all the time since the mindset of the respondents normally changes from time to time.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Wow is Now!

For the past few weeks, I was under terrible stress, struggling with disturbing thoughts and deep worries and the reason for that: simply, no reason! People usually worry for nothing. When we worry we don’t know for what we are actually worrying about. It was very hard to carry on with those hard feelings and we feel restless, confused, irritated and even show red face to closest friends.

It was during those worry filled days of mine, I stumbled upon a book called Psycho Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a world famous plastic surgeon who is also renowned for his study on psychology, suggested to me by one of my closest friends. I read and read through each pages, word by word. It was an awesome book which taught me how to live in the present without worrying about past and future. Getting a cue from that book I went on to read an article which was an address titled ‘A Way of Life’ given by William Osler to the students of Yale University in the year 1913. A thought provoking article by itself, it helped to change my mind set to a larger extent.

William Osler taught the Yale students to live in the water tight compartment of present rather than living in past and future. According to him past is dead and future is just a dream. We are living in the present which determines our future and unfortunately can’t do anything about our past. We can’t change our past too. "Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." says William Osler. Concentrating on the task at hand is the essential skill a person should learn to live a happy and fulfilling life.

With our innate urge to worry about our past and future, we miss to enjoy our present and thus, end up nowhere in life. Instead of dwelling on past and dreaming about future, let all learn to enjoy the present which is real and at our hand.

Osler asks us to observe things in the present which are very clear in front of our eyes. There are number of things in this world which are not under our control, and sometimes even our own life. We worry about these things which are above us more and forget to do our duties which are under our control.

Searching for happiness? Or wondering why some exceptional people look always happy and enthusiastic? Their secret is very simple. They have learnt to live in the present. They forgot about their past, the mistakes they have committed, failures they have gone through and events those made them lost and hopeless. They are just concentrating on present. “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present”, a wise mind once told.

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