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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, December 31, 2010

Me

Me is a simple me,
Me knows well about me,
Me comes anywhere with me,
Me is the best part of me.

Sole power‘s with me,
To move me,
To groom me,
And world around me.

Me is not thee,
Thee can’t be me,
Me can’t be thee,
Me can only be me.

Me never vie with thee,
Me vie only with me,
To bring the best out of me,
Giving up is not Me’s cup of tea.

Me ever loves me,
As well as puzzles me,
But it’s easy to grasp me,
‘cause Me is always free.

Me is a jovial me,
Who keeps the world cheery,
Me is always your lovely buddy,
Who prefers to be lonely.

To know about me,
If someone asks me:
“Who’s this Me?”
I’ll tell: “it’s me!”

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Nostalgic Classroom




Nothing in my life has ever given me such joy, fun, enjoyable moments and unforgettable memories than my campus lives. In MCC (Madras Christian College), life in woods is just amazing which gave me lot of sweet memories and blessed me with number of friends for life.
At times, we never understand the value of certain moments, unless we miss them. During my college days, I had tried to elude classroom sessions terming them as ‘boring’ without realizing the value of them. When our heart murmurs-‘I miss those moments’- it means that we became conscious of their value now. Bicycle rides amidst woods, squabbles with friends and lecturers, classroom jokes, gossips, parties, night walks and early morning jog. Today all those experiences are transformed into sweet, unforgettable memories.
It was just a coincidence I stumbled upon a video clip while casually formatting the hard drive of my camera which was captured my closest friend. Its Christmas and New Year time ‒ a great time to reunite with family and friends.
Especially the month, December is always a nostalgic month for me. It’s the month my friends and relatives to come to God’s own Country from various parts of India and abroad.
Last year’s Christmas and New Year party at MCC was memorable and full of fun. Even while I’m having a good time with closest friends and relatives, I’m missing my faraway friends especially my old class mates. The video- Nostalgic Classroom- is dedicated to all my dearest classmates whom I miss especially during this nostalgic month. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Switch it Off!

India has the second largest mobile subscriber base in the world next to China. Thanks to population explosion. Here, in my country, you can find people who lack food but at the same time enjoy the abundance of technology. It is the place you can witness the great show of street-side vendors, scrap collectors and even local Paanwalas enjoying the benefits of technology in their hands. Growing number of subscribers and enhancement of connectivity is always good. But sometimes I feel that mobile phones are taking away our privacy and to certain extent, endanger our lives.
You may be discussing something seriously with someone; suddenly his or her mobile phone rings and they get busy with the call. The same thing occurs to you bringing resentment among your friends and family. Cell phone calls can distract you while you are busy driving your car or during an important meeting.
We can hear and read a lot about energy management, human resource management and money management. What about phone management? Most of the people including myself nowadays lack mobile phone etiquettes. People don’t know how to manage their phones; when and where to attend calls; how to talk and how long to talk.
GPRS, call and video conferencing, games, SMS and MMS. Do you need anything more? Ask your mobile phone service provider. They are available 24X7. Road accidents and carelessness during working hours are few of the tragic outcomes of our lust for mobile phones.
Whenever I read or hear someone talking about phone management and stories of accidents due to the reckless mobile phone usage, a short film titled, Is Bigger Than Life? in which I had acted as protagonist during my early college days flash to my mind.
The short film tells the story of an innocent village boy who came to one of the biggest Metros in India to pursue his higher education.  He was new to the big city and to the world of mobile phones. One day, with the help of a close friend, the village boy learns to use mobile phone and gets addicted to it. One ill-fated day, while riding a bike, he talks over the phone which results in a road accident. Unfortunately the accident took away the life of his close friend who had taught him to use mobile phone.
The short film can be fictitious but that kind of tragic incidents can happen in anyone’s life.  By following few cell phone etiquettes and using a little bit of common sense, everyone can avoid huge disasters in their personal as well as professional life. Some of the useful tips on mobile phone etiquettes can be found here: http://bit.ly/KXoBM
Cell phones are, undoubtedly, gadgets of future. They can, in course of time, replace laptops and other devices thus enhancing connectivity as well as mobility. Sometimes, with a little carelessness on our side, they can take a great advantage in deciding our future as well. So, whenever the circumstances demand, just switch it off!  

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