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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!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Follow Me...

“Follow me”
Said her,
Beating on my heart,
Pushing me hard,
“I’m your dreams”
She smiled…

“Come to me”
Said her,
Hugs me so dearly,
With a sweet kiss of life,
“I’m your hope”
She smiled…

“Hold me tight,”
Said her,
Raising me to heaven,
Above rest of men,
“I’m your passion”
She smiled…

“Don’t ever leave me”
Said her,
Holds my hand so tender,
Takes my spirits so higher,
“I’m your faith”
She smiled…

“Follow me,
With no doubt, no tear,
With no regret, no fear,
Move firmly and steady,
I’m yours when you are ready”
She smiled…

 Image Courtesy: Internet

Friday, August 20, 2010

Channelizing Restlessness

People always make mistakes especially when it comes to judging themselves. The same mistake happens to me always. I always think positive about myself even though I know very well about my weaknesses as well as negative sides. I always (boastfully) visualize myself as a confident, energetic, so and so person. I always talks to myself like: “I can do this” “I can do that” “Oh that is not a big deal!”
Today I got a heavy blow on my self esteem and my ego got hurt a little when I heard about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
The symptoms of this neurobehavioral developmental disorder are:
1.      Cannot remain seated if required to do so.
2.      Easily distracted by external stimuli
3.      Experiences difficulty on focusing on single task or play activity
4.      Frequently begins another activity before completing the first
5.      Feels restless mentally
6.      Can’t wait for his or her turn during group activities.
7.      Will often interrupt with an answer before a question is completed
8.      Has problems with chores or following through a job
9.      Likes to make noises when playing
10.  Interrupt others inappropriately
11.  Talks impulsively or excessively
12.  Doesn’t seem listen when spoken to by a teacher
13.  Impulsively jump into physically dangerous activities
14.  Regularly loses things like pencils, caps and expensive items
After reading all the symptoms, I realized that I exhibit nearly 10 out of 14 of them! Researches show that half of the population shows any of these symptoms and it is normal. So, is it abnormal to show most of the symptoms? I got perplexed and the worst idea dawned on me that I’m a mentally disordered person!
From dating, naming a kid to funeral services, internet has solutions for everything. So, I googled on ADHD and tried to find out the names of famous persons who has this so called mental disorder. I was relieved only after seeing the name of a renowned painter, sculptor and musician: Leonardo Da Vinci. Then came the names of Mary Lou Retton and Daley, both were Olympic champions.   
If any one of you shows the symptoms of ADHD, don’t worry about that. In turn, you should be proud of that. You are a person with an abundance of energy within you. If you know how to channelize this power packed energy, you can definitely be a super achiever!
Famous author and radio talk show host, Thom Harmann in his famous book, Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception mentioned that schools are set up for ‘farmers’ who just sit at the desk, listen and watch the teacher who dictates while this process seems so torturous for ‘hunters’ like Leonardo Da vinci, who always scans and look out for the next exciting thing in his mind and environment.    
He also pointed out that we shouldn’t label our children and grownups as dyslexic, hyperactive and like. It will degrade the self esteem and self confidence of these super achievers.
World has seen number of dyslexic and hyperactive geniuses. They have made great contributions in their respective fields too. Great and successful persons like Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Lou Retton and Daley had tried hard to channelize their abundant energies for good causes. Anyone can do that too. Everything under the sun is easy to talk about, but bringing into practice is a bit difficult task. Anyway, I’m still trying hard to channelize my hyperactivity!

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Is it a Sin to be a ‘Multi-Tasker’?

There are three types of people in the world. First type focus only on one profession, strive to achieve perfection in it and also try to attain mastery over it. Second type never focuses. How can they focus if they have lot of tasks at hand? They are the persons who do lot of things in their life from accounting to writing to bungee jumping to bartending. Any way they do only one task at a time. The third type of persons does nothing! Simply (at times, painfully) we call them sloths…

You may be thinking on which group you belong to. I give you the freedom to decide on your end. Moreover, it’s your life and it is up to you. I don’t care. On my side I’m pretty well sure that I belong to the second type and more precisely, a ‘multi tasker’. As I said earlier ‘multi taskers’ usually have numbers of areas of interest and that is their sole problem. They try their hand at lot of things instead of concentrating their energy on just one thing.

“You should have a focus”, “Mister, what is your specialization?”, “it’s high time you should give your heart and head to something”―advices and enquiries are free in this world. The more you take it, the more you get confused. There is no other use with that worldwide junk. 

All human activities are controlled by brain and its possibilities are infinite. Scientific experiments and human experiences have proved it. Our sweet little brain has the potential to do almost everything under the sun and it is up to how we tune it. It is just a matter of tweaking and nothing else!

A writer can also be an adventurer; a pilot can also be an accountant. It is up to the personal preferences that we become something in life. An actor can also be a motor racer but the perfection he achieved in either profession is up to his interest and dedication.

The world, human life and skills are to be explored. I have lot of interests in life ranging from film making to poetry writing to hamming. It is impossible for me to select just one thing; focus; and spent my entire life and energy on it. As far as my brain and body can coordinate, I need to explore various skills and talents I possess deep inside me. I believe, every human being has the freedom to do so.

“Oh, I love film making! So, I will do only film making. I’m going to dedicate my entire life to that.” Great! But I can’t tell like that. I can’t imagine the last day of my life, resting on the death bed and pondering: “Oh fish! I have only done film making all through my life… I may have achieved perfection in that profession but I should have explored more on myself…”  If a single thought like that pass through my mind during the final days of my life, I think, R.I.S (Rest in Stress) instead of R.I.P (Rest in Peace) is the most suitable plank to hang over my grave.

On top of all, our life is not worth to waste for just one thing.    

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

‘Perumbadappu Mana’: A 300 year old legacy.

‘Perumbadappu Mana’ is located at Ollukara, a locality which is 5 kilo meters away from Thrissur town in Kerala, a southern state of India. The word ‘Mana’ means house of Brahmins who tops the hierarchy of Indian caste system. This splendid landmark is around 300 years old.
Modernity has brought severe damage to these ‘Manas’ which were once an integral part of the culture and heritage of Kerala. New age villas, apartments and houses has replaced all these marvelous architectural splendors but ‘Perumbadappu Mana’ still looks magnificent with a pond, family temple, ‘Paambu Kaavu’ and ‘Nallu Kettu’ only because of the persistent effort of its members.
Since this ‘Mana’ belongs to Brahmins who are basically scholars and priests, it is blessed with a wide, invaluable collection of books which are mostly written on coconut leaves. It also has a wide array of equipments which are used for Poojas or worships. The roof, ladders and storage rooms are made up of teak and mahogany which gives strength to the structure to stand the test of time.
Today, everyone is rushing behind the modern way of living by forgetting their past, culture, heritage as well as ignoring their own history. A community life style has been replaced by nuclear family system; concrete jungles have spread over natural forests; industries and factories have been built on fresh water ponds and lakes.
‘Perumbadappu Mana’ renders each and every Indian youngster, a wonderful experience which surely fills every heart with nostalgia. It gives a rare opportunity to visit, touch and feel his or her own culture and heritage. Even in this modern age, it is worth commendable, the hardheaded effort residents of this unique ‘Mana’ is taking in conserving a rich culture and heritage and the hospitality they show towards the people who comes to visit it.
“Old is not Gold until it is Preserved for Posterity”


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