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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, August 21, 2011

Lessons from Virtual World


Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and internet, at large has become like a parallel world in today's information age. Most people especially youngsters prefer to spend more time on this virtual world rather than spending time with their friends and colleagues in real world.
As a young boy who is living in the information age, I’m also so fond of virtual world interactions. Since I'm active on social networking sites for past 6 years, I have learnt certain lessons from them which I learnt that can also be applied in real world. Here I’m sharing few of them with you.
'Like' ourselves first
We share or update our statuses, photos and videos on Facebook and other social networking sites with great fond and frequency. How many of us show the willingness to like our own status first? Most of the popularly liked updates and photos or videos are liked by the uploader or user by himself or herself. In real world too this principle has a great role: it is only when we start to 'like' ourselves, others care to 'like' us.
Frequently update ourselves.
One of the major characteristic of today's world is that it is evolving rapidly. There is very little space for conventionally thinking and acting people. We have to update our lifestyles or 'status' in accordance with the flow of the world outside otherwise gradually, we will be chucked out of it.
Be active
Do you ever notice that the people who are more active on Facebook or Twitter gets more comments or feedbacks or followers. This theory, as everyone knows, works in conjunction with the real world as well. Active and interactive people get noticed and get positive feedback from the fellow human beings.
Keep In Touch (KIT) phenomenon
Facebook is a bit tricky social networking site which resembles the real life in many ways. If you ignore a friend for more than 3 months or so, he or she will get hidden from your news-feed or even from your chat list. That means, if you want to be visible or noticed in all of your friends' news-feed, you need to keep in touch with all your friends at least once in 2 to 3 months.
Do you think, is this a usual phenomenon in real world? Yes, it is. If you fail to keep in touch with all your buddies, you will get lost from their contact list and if not, forgotten completely. Only frequently contacted people gets into your way both in real and virtual world.
Be genuine and open minded
There is always a good space for genuineness. A person who have a genuine profile on Facebook or Twitter is widely liked by people and generate interest in others to engage in good conversations and interactions. A person with fake identity is widely ignored or even 'reported as spam'. In real world interactions too, this genuineness factor plays a major role.
Being open minded qualifies you to be accepted in all social circles both in virtual and real world. Even people who are not so close to you feel that you are a person of integrity, accessibility and friendliness.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

An Indian's Independence-Day Message


Once again, on this auspicious day, we are about to celebrate the Independence Day of our great nation-a nation which has stood the test of time, gave birth to two great world religions and endured several foreign invasions.
Actually, what do we mean by Independence Day? Is it the only day we realize and recollect the hardships and struggles of our great grandfathers during our fight for independence?
There is always something more to celebrate and give thought on this day other than just hoisting our tricolor national flag and distributing sweets. It is the day which gave us a great identity: an identity which unifies us despite of several languages, cultural and ethnic barriers between all of us.
India is developing at a great pace. She is showing high rate of growth in major sectors like industry, technology and finance as well as showing performance which got recognized at global level. Our country has become a country all other countries are looking upon as an upcoming super power.
Lot of sufferings and struggles were paid as a price for the freedom we are enjoying today. Number of heads rolled on soil to enable us to hold our head high. Number of legs are broken to make us stand firmly and proudly on our soil.
But the freedom which is won by great collective pain and perseverance is getting misused today. Citizens are downgraded to the level of fools. Our police and other civil service departments are still in the hangover of the 200 years of the colonial rule. Their behaviour towards citizens should change.
Sadly, our country is still in the dark clutches of corruption and other horrible malpractices today. 2G spectrum scam, discrepancies in Lokpal Bill et al and recent fast until death fight by Anna Hazare and Swami Ramdev for a transparent Lokpal Bill reveals the height and depth of corruption in our country.
To top it all, finally, the parliament passed the bill making it powerless enough to bring the highest ranks of bureaucracy to the hands of law thus making fool out of all citizens of this great country.
Centuries ago, it was foreign invaders who plundered our wealth but today it's our own politicians and corrupt bureaucrats are taking away our wealth to their Swiss bank accounts.
More souls like Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Swami Ramdev should born in this soil. Then only we can make our country a safe, happy place to live and flourish. Steps should be taken to create a reverse Brain-Drain and young people should be convinced and motivated to earn and live in our own country. Entrepreneurial attitude should be cultivated in the minds of young Indians.
Media and of course, the blogging fraternity can also bring a lot of good changes to the system which governs our daily life. A good, transparent and unbiased media can bring corruption and other malpractices to the social and legal forefront.
We must be the change we wish to see in the world, said Mahatma Gandhiji. It's high time that we should become the 'change' the fast evolving world around us wish to see.
Today is the day we should celebrate as well as relive the unshakable valour, courage and perseverance of our freedom fighters and leaders. Along with that, we, as young citizens of the country, must take an oath in our hearts to work together towards a better and corruption-free india.
Jai Hind!


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Monday, August 08, 2011

An Apology Letter to my Blog


Mostly during my academic days, I have written number of apology letters to the deans, lecturers and principals of my schools and colleges. They include apology letters for bunking classes, for misbehavior and for number of other 'crimes' I had commited. Those letters which were a necessity at that point of my life weren't straight from my heart. As usual, they were compelled to write and submit to satisfy the useless ego of elders.

But today, for the first time in my life, I'm writing an apology letter straight from my guts to whom it really deserves. It is none other than my blog, my mouthpiece for last 5 years.

My Dearest Blog,

You are my faithful mouthpiece for past 5 years. You have always helped to enrich my thoughts, ideas and experiences. During my troublesome and loneliness-filled days, you were my sole hope. You are the only supporting pillar when I struggle with my alienated yet individualistic thoughts and ideas. You were the only one who was always there to listen to my heart. You were the only companion I had during the darkest yet loneliest phase of my life. You were always there as a 'release-button' to all my inner feelings and emotions.
Today, I can feel that my life has been changing but it is really painful that I couldn't make a blog post for past three months – such a long gap since the day I started friendship with you.
Those three months were, in other words, the most eventful and memorable months of my life.
I have helped to organize some of the extravagant and much popularized weddings in Kerala, secured the certifications to become a stock broker, suffered a young brain stroke, spent few weeks at two hospitals, quit smoking forever and knowingly or unknowingly (I don’t know!), fell in love with a beautiful girl!
Sadly, all these events made me ignore you completely. I couldn't even check you frequently and my thoughtless use of Facebook played a major role in diverting my attention from you.
Now I know its high time I should come back to you and give you my thoughts and bits of my imagination.Today I realized that life is really boring without scribbling some words for you. It is highly necessary to rejuvenate my soul and refreshes my mind. 
Hope I can share my thoughts, ideas and emotions at least once a week to you. Hope I won't step back from doing so. Please forgive me for my ignorance and mindless behavior towards you for the past 3 months. Hope you will accept my apology letter at your earliest convenience. Thank you. 
With love,
Justin Raj
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