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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!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Runners' Anthem

We; run for delight;
We; run for might;
We; take our life as light;
Just to reach better height.

We; run for fun;
We; beat no one;
We; run as one;
Just for a grand run.

We; don't run in vain;
We; do run in pain;
We; run through lane;
Just to drain the pain.

We; run through mud;
We; run with thud;
We; run with sweaty head;
Just to get our spirits ahead.

We; run with our souls;
We; run with no fouls;
We; run with great guts;
Just to conquer ourselves.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Death is not Death!

What will happen to you after death? Is it the end of life? Is there any life after death? Is death a painful experience? Most of these questions have no answers until someone has really experience death. Till then death is just a mystery as well as a powerful weapon to threaten common people.

Some of the biggest businesses on earth are based on death. Religion comes top of all with its pre-death and post-death cemetery services employing number of undertakers and priests.  Under the promise of an eternal bliss in greater heavens ‘Jihadists’ are eliminating ‘Kafirs’. On the other side, evangelical pastors offer you an eternal heaven where you can drink honey and milk if you believe in real Jesus and also become a good sheep. In some cults you can even bribe Gods and purchase some part of eternal heaven!  All these heavenly blessings will come to you only after death and that is the point!

Death is a mystery. Death is unknown. Anyone can make their own definition of death. Some people say there is a life after death; others say death is the end of life. Whatever the logic it may be, everybody has the freedom to believe as one wish.

So, I have the freedom to believe my philosophy and follow it. My death philosophy is very simple. To my mind, life is a science! We all have learnt from our high school Physics lessons that our sweet universe and cute earth is made up of two elements: energy and matter. I have learnt lot of other things but only this theory is still afresh in my mind.

So, give it a thought-energy and matter! Neither energy nor matter can be destroyed. They can only be transferred, conserved or converted. Destruction of energy is out of question because it is simply impossible. The case is similar with matter. You can’t destruct the matter either.

Undoubtedly, our life is a mixture of both energy and matter. As long as energy and matter couldn’t be destroyed, life too cannot be destroyed. Life can only be transferred, conserved or converted! So there is no end for life, only individuals meet with an end.

An individual, you and I, are biologically a mixture of both energy and matter. So, we are indestructible too! So the death we consider as an end of us is really a myth. It is just a transformation. While reading a book of Osho, couple of sentences stood out in front of me: ‘You were here from the beginning. You are still here by just changing forms and shapes. You will be here in future in another form.’

Death is just shedding of one mask and taking up another. There is nothing to be fear of death. Actually it is the most thrilling and exciting of all life experiences. Death is not an end of anyone. So the eternal hell and heaven are creations of human imagination. Life never ends; life just evolves. You can see the proof of life’s evolution throughout nature. There is no end for you or I; you and I just evolve. That’s it! We all just passes by…in a form or another…eternally…on this beautiful world…

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Friday, September 10, 2010

The Secret of ‘Smart’ Dressing

The one and only poorly dressed person I have seen in life is none other than myself. No one believes if I say I had only one pair of trousers, three shirts and T-shirts. Impressing people was not in my list and I think that is the reason why I remained as a poorly dressed man till recent days.  Another major reason is, of course, sheer laziness to shop.  
My sojourn at New Delhi with my cousin taught me a different lesson. Here in the Capital, most people especially youngsters are extremely well dressed. The availability of cheap variety of costumes is one of the major reasons behind this fashion explosion among the youth. The daily bazaars and discounts offered by branded stores really lure customers.
I got into my cousin’s house the day I arrived in Delhi. As soon as she opened the door and saw me, she exclaimed: “Oh, Justin you look so lean…but are these shirts and trousers on you were the same you were wearing last year when I saw you?” I didn’t like that comment much. Anyway I smiled and entered her house.
From next day, the battle of interviews began. My cousin noticed that I was going for interviews to offices wearing same shirts and trousers. On the third day, she asked me when I’m going to change the shirts and trousers. I replied that I got only few choices. Her eyebrows rose when I retorted that whether my dresses matter for interviews.
“No excuses! What the hell happens tomorrow or day after tomorrow, you will be coming with me and we are going to shop some clothing for you” she shouted.  Shopping? I hate it! (I nurtured in my head a thought that shopping is meant only for girls)Why should I waste my time and money on it? Anyway I’m content in the array of clothing I possess!
I had no choice. I had to go with her for shopping.
The day arrived and we both went for shopping. She patiently shopped and selected various varieties of clothing. With an unseen vigor, she started a war with the clothing line displayed there in the shop and tried most of them on me. Number of trousers, shirts and T-shirts went on through my body but ultimately it was her who will determine which one I should wear. I was the model and she was the designer!
Finally shopping celebration is over and today I have got a good collection of clothing in my rack. By the way, I’m not boasting! I’m just conveying a mistake of mine and how I undid it with the help of my cousin.  
Poorly dressed person (how handsome or good looking he may be) is a poorly dressed man. It shows his callousness; it reflects his personality; it may subconsciously bring his self esteem down. These are the lessons from my cousin who is a shopping freak and a costume lover. She loves well dressed men (most women do) and loves to shop fashionable dresses (most women do)
Today, after reaching my native and visiting relatives and friends, all of them conveyed their pleasure on my new dresses and looks. Wearing new costume is really giving me a confident spirit. While cherishing the new found confidence in me, I’m still wondering why I lived this far in my life without dressing properly. That was a calling for change. A fruitful change not only for me but also for everyone out there who is lazy to shop and remain poorly dressed as I was.

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