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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!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Life is a Big Moment…

Life is a big moment,

Of excitement and fun.

Life is a mortal moment,

To rejoice and celebrate.

A moment of ignorance,

Be a beginning of wisdom.

A moment of weakness,

Be a doorway to strength.

A moment of loss,

Offers tons of gain.

A moment of boredom,

Offers loads of fun.

A moment of gloom,

Be a key to bloom.

A moment of failure.

Be a key to success.

Life is a big moment,

Of happiness and peppiness.

Life is a mortal moment,

Of madness and sadness.

Life is not about,

Crying and dying.

Life is all about,

Living a big moment!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dedication versus Education

It was a beautiful evening and I along with some of my close friends was commuting back to college in a share auto rickshaw from a party. A person, who was sitting near to me, after a brief smile, started talking to me. He asked my name, place and other personal details. I answered all his questions with a smile by shooting back the same questions at him.

A mason by profession, the frequency of his questions went up when he learnt that I’m studying in Madras Christian College. He started asking about various courses, colleges and how to get a better education for his child. He admitted that since he is uneducated, he was clueless about everything related to the education of his child. He wanted his child to become a doctor and the kid was just five years old! I really appreciate his foresight.

I replied to him that it is not him who decides what his child wants to be in future. Let the kid decide. It is his future and it is all up to him. But he kept on asking me questions regarding what he should do about his son’s future. I said to him that it is not education but dedication which determines one’s future.

I don’t know how that punch word comes from my mouth (may be I was over drunk!). After hearing our conversation, some of my friends inside the auto rickshaw giggled behind me. “Philosopher!” one of them whispered in my ears. I smiled at them and at the person waiting to hear my ‘words of wisdom’.

I told him that don’t worry much about his son’s future and buy him good books or get him a library membership in future. Reading good books helps him to find his own life’s path, I added. Even most of the educated parents are in this same dilemma. The only exceptions I found till date is my parents. They give me all freedom under the sun to explore, to do and to learn whatever I love. I’m really lucky in that aspect.

I told him that this confusion over children’s future and education is common all over the world. But even though you get your child educated in the most reputed institute in the country, it is his child’s enthusiasm, dedication and guts which make him a successful person. After the non-stop philosophical discourse of mine, that person seemed perplexed and was gazing at my face throughout the conversation. He got down at his stop and told me, “Brother, it was really nice talking to you. You gave me number of good ideas. But I’m still confused”. “Even I’m!” I replied with a smile.

After months of that ‘auto rickshaw’ talk, that idea frequently hit my mind: the value of dedication over education. Recently I have read a book of Rachel Bridge, a British Journalist which was a compilation of success stories of 40 entrepreneurs in United Kingdom. Most of the entrepreneurs she mentioned in the book are either school or college dropouts or some even lacks formal education. Why taking people in UK or US? Even the richest persons in my locality in Kerala are not even educated people! What makes them different from highly educated ordinary people? I ponder about this all time.

Recently, I attended a film festival where a seminar was arranged with popular cinematographer, Ramji. During the seminar, one student got up and asked Mr.Ramji that if he has to select one from two persons for the post of his Assistant, who would be if one is from a reputed college and other is from an average college? He smiled and replied to that student, “I will take the person who possesses sheer love and dedication to the profession. If he has sparks in his eyes and guts in his heart, I won’t care even if he is uneducated!”

One of my lecturers who take photography classes said once, “I can teach you photography but I can’t teach you creativity!” No university or college in the whole world teaches us essential life skills such as curiosity, interest, enthusiasm and concentration. It’s all up to us to decide upon our future, profession and interests. It is all up to us to take action and accomplish something valuable to us and society. It is not the college from which we graduate, or the course we do or how much money we had spent which determines our future. It is how much dedication, honesty and curiosity we invest in our life and profession that determines our destiny.
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