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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, October 25, 2010

Three Doors

Got up from a horrible dream,
On shore of a violent stream,
I saw three doors in darkness,
Beckoning me with rosiness.

I stood up weary,
The darkness was scary,
To those opened doorways,
I made my own ways.

All doors dazzled except one,
But, I can enter only one,
That’s rule number one,
To hold on, I could find no one.

First door was an entrance,
To treasures easy to take,
To cookies easy to bake,
To a party I shun to partake.

Second door was a station,
To surrender my imagination,
Strengths, dreams and hope,
It’s a place I couldn’t cope.

Third door was bleak,
There was nothing to seek,
There was nowhere to peek,
There was risk at its peak.

I didn’t leave my dreams astray,
I didn’t throw my hope away,
Through that bleak doorway,
With faith, I flew on my way…


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

India Strikes Back!

The days of media hypes, corruption allegations and other disasters are over. Finally, India has successfully hosted Common Wealth Games 2010 with pomp and splendor. During the days of preparation, media and opposition political parties were pouring out corruption charges on the Common Wealth Organizing Committee and officials. All these mishaps not only brought shame to our county but also kept number of international sporting stars away from Games. Anyway, all is well.  
Corruption is everywhere. Here in my country people are used to it for generations. We don’t even mind bribing our Gods!
There were times most of the Indians were skeptical about the Common Wealth Games. Most of them, even I, had doubted whether Common Wealth Games will ever happen on Indian soil. Lengthy articles on newspapers; interviews and debates on television created panic in Indian minds and sports enthusiasts worldwide.   
Inauguration ceremony on October 3rd showed the rise of phoenix India from the ashes of all allegations and media hypes. The ceremony was just awesome and extraordinary which could match with any international events. A.R Rahman’s music also helped to lift Indian spirits to higher levels.
Now, while watching the extravagant and flamboyant closing ceremony of Common Wealth Games on television, I can’t resist typing this post. The event was colorful in Indian style with songs, dances, laser show and martial arts. You name it, India has it!
Saina’s badminton battle to bring India to the second place in ‘gold’ hunt was really exhilarating. Wrestling team exhibited a fantastic feat. I never really enjoyed a sporting event like this ever in my life. It is the time for us to focus more on athletics other than Cricket and Bollywood.  
Goose bumps took control of my body. Uncle, aunt and everyone were glued to the television as if they were watching a ‘Houdini’ show.
After long, turbulent days of negative news and stuff, today is a day for little optimism. My country has shown her mettle to the world. Today is the day, world witnessed the rise of India. Today is the day, the whole world celebrates India!
Long, hard way to go, India! 

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

What’s Sex Transmutation?

I got introduced to the idea of sex transmutation in 11th chapter of the book, Think and Grow Rich written by Napoleon Hill. I call his classic a magic book because of its great power to transform a person’s life and attitude. The book is worth reading for more than a hundred times and every time I read it, it will throw out new ideas. It is really an exciting experience. I read it thrice but the 11th chapter on sex transmutation bewildered my mind even till the last time I read it.
I could easily absorb most of the ideas and philosophies described in that book but the idea of sex transmutation stood like a barrier difficult to break. I had only a basic level knowledge on sex. I regard it as a basic human emotion or feeling like sleep or hunger and know very well that it is very dangerous to suppress that powerful feeling. I always believe in giving an outlet for that emotion.  
Napoleon Hill explained sex transmutation in a simple and understandable way: “Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical (sexual) expression, to thoughts of some other nature. Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires.” Okay… he is right. Desire for sex is the major driving force of all human beings. But, how to transmute sex feeling to some other nature? Surprisingly, he was not advocating celibacy too.
I asked my friends who recommended me Think and Grow Rich about sex transmutation. One by one, they washed their hands.  I was wondering what is so mysterious about Napoleon Hill’s tenth step to riches. As a final resort I googled. To my surprise, there were abundant resources in all varieties over internet on this subject. I guess internet offer a good learning place for most of the people who are new to the idea of sex transmutation.
Internet offers most of sex transmutation learning materials in the form of videos, text and audio. http://www.sexualtransmutation.net/ is an excellent website to read about a person’s sex transmutation quest.
Excerpts from Siva Samhita (http://www.reuniting.info/) which I found online gave out the real stuff:
The falling of seed leads towards death, the keeping of one's seed is life. Hence with all his power should a man hold his seed. . . . In this world all is born from seed and dies of seed. Knowing this the yogi should always keep his seed. . . . By this practice even the man who indulges in worldly pleasures can attain realization [enlightenment], and all wished-for results can in this world be achieved.”
“By the power of the composure of the semen, one will become just like Myself.” - Lord Siva  
After reading and learning from all those materials available to me, I understood why Napoleon Hill didn’t include semen, orgasm, fornication, ejaculation, masturbation or other sexual jargons in his book. May be all those jargons or even ‘sex’ had considered as taboo during his days. He simply gave out the great idea and told the readers in his own words: “It is for the people who are READY for it.”
Sexual expression is the greatest desire which drives all human beings. Sex energy is the greatest power on this planet. It is the greatest driving force of human life. Sex energy is not meant only for dissipating. Sexual feeling shouldn’t be suppressed. Suppressing powerful sexual thoughts and feelings or urge lead to severe personal disasters. Men do anything for sex. Men lie, steal, rape, kill and risk their own life or reputation for sexual gratification.
Sex energy can be fruitfully conserved by applying a little will power and can be channelized for higher purposes. The person who acquires the will power to tame his sexual energy and channelize it for creative pursuits reaches the level of genius.
This is the summarized version of what I came to know from my two-week long search on sex transmutation.
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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Convergence: The New Buzzword

I was attending a seminar conducted by the Journalism department of a prestigious college in Chennai. To my surprise, there was literally no crowd in the hall. The hall was sparsely crowded with the event organizers who were sitting comfortably in seats in front rows like kings and queens and a few students, most of them with gloomy, sleepy faces.
I was sitting at the last row waiting for some great ideas pop up somewhere in that hall or from speakers. Speakers who talked about journalism, new media and lot of other topics were seemed boring and monotonous. But I waited. Seminar on Journalism isn’t it? So, I thought something great was on the way.
Nothing worthwhile happened till the break.
After the break, a tall, dark man with long hair came to the stage. He introduced himself as Kiruba Shankar. I heard a lot about him. He is an avid blogger, lecturer, orator and also an entrepreneur. “Is anyone covering this event for any newspaper?” he asked the audience after the introduction. My objective was to cover the event but after seeing thinly crowded audience for the function, I left that idea aside. “Are there any bloggers out there?” he tossed another question to the audience. Some students slowly raised their hands without much enthusiasm as a response to that question. 
Slowly with his oratory skills and unique body language, he brought the audience under his spell. “I really wonder whether I’m speaking at a function organized by a Journalism department of an elite college?” he expressed his doubt.
Oh! After that remark only I got my attention on certain things. There were no video cameras to record the event. There was no one with a camera to take photos or at least a pen or a piece of paper in anyone’s hand! I looked around for the exit.
But Kiruba Shankar didn’t show his annoyance. He carried on his talk with endless enthusiasm. Being a passionate blogger, main topic of his talk was blogging as well as convergence of technology. The talk was very informal as well as informative.
While he was talking about convergence of technology, the idea which was running parallel in my head was the convergence of human skills. Today we can see the technological convergence in almost all electronic gadgets. Mobile phone, a gadget just for making and receiving phone calls has became a gadget for accessing internet, playing games and also for taking high quality photos. Anyone can observe this sort of convergence in each and every gadget they use in their everyday life.
His lecture generated a new idea in my head. If man made technology can be converged, why can’t human skills be converged too? For example, a news paper reporter in olden days is assigned only to cover the event. Why can’t he take the photographs or record the event? Any reporter can create a write up and with little practice, can take photographs and if the situation demands, can even record the event.
Immersing myself in my private intriguing thoughts, I lost the track of Kiruba’s speech. To my surprise, Kiruba Shankar, suddenly took a camera out of his pocket and started clicking pictures while delivering the speech. His photography session hadn’t completed even after his speech. He took photographs in the midst of the audience with sheer enthusiasm and a glowing smile on his face.
Was he giving out the answer I was seeking in my mind? A blogger, orator and entrepreneur like him can also be a passionate photographer. Yes, he can. If he can, everyone can. An event which had appeared meaningless and boring at the very beginning transmuted itself into a very stimulating and thought provoking one at the end.  
If man can converge more than one technological innovation in a simple electronic gadget like a mobile phone, why can’t he converge his own skills? Why can’t a writer be a dancer? Why can’t a dancer be a musician? Those people who are blessed with more than one talent are known as multi-talented and today’s world is in a grave need for those people. 

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