“Be brief”– one of my teachers used to tell me when I was a student in the
college. I used to think that it will save time if we are brief in talking or
writing. Usually, we explain a past action or the present happenings in an
exaggerated manner so that the one who hears will get interested to hear. At
the same time even if we are brief, people get interested to hear us. This fact
is not known to the chatterboxes.
There are people
who do not allow others to talk – they start in one subject and end up in some
other subject which is altogether different. For example, they may comment on
the present day policies and end up in a local dispute between a husband and
wife. It is good to spend time for those who do not have any other thing to do.
But for busy people it will be a waste of time, so they like to hear in brief.
Brief statements can tell us the salient points which are enough for adding to
We see in
newspapers or websites the bulleted news items under the heading ‘News Digest.’
A glance at it will tell us what happened yesterday around the world. Writing
in brief without missing the main point is in fact an art. One has to practise
to talk brief or write brief. When I was a student, there used to be a question
on précis writing, probably even now it may be there in schools. The question
will have a large passage on some subject like railways or patriotism from some
source. We have to read the passage and understand the content and briefly
write a précis without missing out the main and salient points in about100
words or so. Of course I, like many others did not take it seriously. We
questions only to score some marks. But later on I understood the importance of
When we talk or
write brief, we use appropriate words more carefully to express our thoughts.
Most of the scientific journals request us to write brief research papers to
publish. Nowadays it is very costly to print elaborate writings and also for
the readers to go through number of pages to extract out a simple point. The
readers prefer to have brief reports so that they understand very easily what
the scientific research is about.
Poster in a
scientific conference is one such brief way of putting the findings in a
nutshell. Many scientists and academics find it difficult to brief their
and rewrite to make their poster brief. Sometimes they solicit others help to
make the posters brief.
In olden days
people used to write long letters extending to four to five pages for their loved
ones. But nowadays, a few lines in e-mail or short messages in sms arebeing sent. Even
the words are being abbreviated in a much distorted way to make the mail short
The modern world
is following brevity in expressing one’s thought. The communication among
people has become so short that we like to be heard very less. Language
provides us all possibilities to narrate a long story and at the same time
languages also provide us words which can convey messages in a nutshell. Like
code words used by defence persons, young people of today are practising short
messages for their friends and others.
literary giants used to write a lot to describe a person or a situation in
order to bring the attention of the reader into their story. Some of the
readers read every word and try to understand the inner meaningsand enjoy the
author’s aim and also the theme and running of the story, prose or poetry. Even
today, in the world of brevity we do find people who like to read a roundabout
description sacrificing their precious time. I hope, the number of those people
will be getting reduced over time. Certainly the future is for brief
communication and deep understanding. “Be brief” – should be our motto, but it
become difficult at times to be brief. Wedescribe,
expand and exaggerate as I have done in this write-up.
clutter-free does not mean living in a sterile environment; it means getting
rid of the excess so that everything around you is there for a reason.
past is over and the future isn’t here yet. Confronting the emotions raised by
clutter will make living in the present less threatening.
the course of clutter clearing, you may get rid of something that you later
wish you’d kept. Emotionally healthy people do feel regret; but then they let
it go, trusting that an equal or better item will be available if they need it.
go of regrets about your present clutter will help free you from the fear of
regret that drives the accumulation of future clutter.
who are able to live without clutter trust themselves to make good choices. As
you become more conscious of what you allow into and keep in your home you will
develop a higher level of trust your own decisions.
against an uncertain future reveals a lack of faith in the ability of the
universe to provide what you need at the time you need it. The antidote is to
focus on gratitude for all that you never have, and for all the ways in which
you are being provided for. – Stephanie Roberts
Being able to deal effectively with the
inevitability of change is essential if you are to survive. Learning is the key
to dealing with change, whether in your personal circumstances – you are given
a new job or you move house – or a more global issue such as the arrival of the
internet which has provided new opportunities and challenges in every aspect of
life. The faster the world around you in changing the faster you need to learn
in order to be able to keep up with it.
1. No matter
how long it takes, and how beaten down you are, refuse to give in, or to
relinquish your dream. Just get up one more time and then decide to try again.
2. We all
slip up, and encounter obstacles. Just determine to keep going, and to get on
track again. It doesn’t mean it’s over. It’s all part of the course.
3. We all
need support and encouragement in life – so eliminate the negative or toxic
influences. You don’t need those people who are quite to criticise, and
don’treally help you to move closer to
yourself with people who are similar to you, who have the same ambitions,
outlooks and points of view. They’ll help to spur you onwards, and provide
support you need.
5. Be inspired
by other people who overcame defeat...who built a life from nothing or turned
their life around. Learn from their perseverance, and their will to succeed.
how you’ll feel when you’ve reached the foal you’ve set. Try and picture what
you’ll look like, and how your life will be.
'Donald Trump, the President of the USA
celebrated DIWALI at White House and hailed the contributions of
Indian-Americans.’ A news item I read in news papers published in India. I
felt it is a great compliment our fellow Indians got.
of Indians live in the United States of America. They live there as students,
doctors, engineers, computer scientists, business men and women and what not?
Indians are found in all sorts of professions. The USA, land of opportunities
gets benefits from all these millions to uplift their economy. Every individual
Indian in fact, contributes to the growth and progress of this rich country.
They are peaceful, tolerant, hard working and above all intelligent. Most of
them have become Indian Americans by getting the so called ‘green cards.’ They
have the privileges of American citizens. Some Indians are married to Native
Americans or other races who turned to be American citizens. Their children
automatically become Americans and enjoy the citizenship rights. Likewise there
thousands and thousands of Indian thrive in this great country!
families continue to spend years and their generations find it as a better
place to live and work. We feel they are a happy lot living in a foreign land
with all sorts of comfort. I am not very sure whether they justify our
feelings. Since the living conditions, strict law and order and above all their
‘mind-your-business’ attitude help everyone to live free and happy.
fact, Indians who live in America or any other country eat like Indians. Few
people switch over to the food habits of Americans after living for
generations. Indian restaurants and shops provide Indian foods and goods. Most
of the Indian groceries are being imported from India either legally or
illegally and distributed to super market outlets. Basmati rice, curry leaf,
mangoes, coffee, tea and things like that are very popular in the US markets.
So Indians although live in a far off land, can get those desired items without
found that Indians belonging to different States of India group together and
form associations so that they meet and establish a close relationship to help
each other at times of difficulty. They do learn and teach Indian classical
music and dances and perform during the festival days! Such groups are found
all over the country. Hindi speaking, Tamil speaking, Telugu speaking,
Malayalam speaking, Kannada speaking, Gujarati speaking groups have their own
parents and grand-parents of these Indians in the US get 6-month visa initially
from the US Embassy after a routine interview before plan to make a travel to
see their dear ones. When they proceed to the US the airlines limit their
luggage so that they restrict all kinds of Indian stuff for their dear ones.
However the parents make some good tasty things which their descendants like
most and pack for them pickles, sweets, banana and tapioca chips and good lots
of spice powders for Indian curries. Interesting life indeed!
too undertook such pilgrimage with my wife for two times to visit my daughter
and son-in-law and their kids. Life in a foreign country is an opportunity but
it is restricted, disciplined and systematic. Enjoying such a life needs more
hobbies and liking for touring and learning about others and their culture and
country. More and more people are moving to this country everyday to earn and
to have a decent life.
do find some of the Indian-Americans are in the political fields as diplomats,
senators, ambassadors, scientific fields, space
science, IT fields so successfully. It gives us a great satisfaction. USA is in
the minds and hearts of young men and women in Indian Universities. They dream
to go to this country of opportunities and make their life bright and happy.
Let their dream come true and let them prosper.
Why friendships take
time to develop is that they require mutual trust between people, and trust
takes time to develop. To gain someone’s trust you must reveal some personal
information and feelings so that the other person can gain a real sense of what
kind of person you are, and what you are sensitive to. As time goes on you and
your friends will disclose more personal information, and the trust between you
will grow. In the early stages of friendship, people sometimes don’t know how
much to reveal about themselves. If you are aware of the balance of information
being traded back and forth, then your rate of self-disclosure will probably
A firm belief someone’s
honesty and reliability can take quite a while to develop; while a breach of
trust can destroy a relationship in a very brief period of time. When someone
displays trust in you and confides in you, don’t disappoint him/her by
isolating him/her faith and confidencein you.
Changing life is not easy and requires plenty of effort on
your part. You can change your life by transforming some your thoughts or
changing your perspective at life.
1. Express willingness to change and learn. If you just jot
down the desired changes and forget about them, it will be of no use.
2. Be aware of the exact changes you want to make. You can
make a list of the changes you would like to see and work towards achieving
3. Avoid complaining. We complain about everything that comes
our way and hold back the power to create a new life. You should avoid
complaining and instead learn to deal with situations effectively.
4. Risks are part and parcel of life. Each of us experiences
the fear of risks when we embark on new projects or wish to make any major
changes. When you decide to change your life, some risks are bound to be
5. Live every moment of your life and enjoy the beauty
experiencing new things that life gives you. Stop worrying about present
situations or about your future and enjoy the present. Worrying only leads to
high levels of stress, which again affects you in a negative way.
6. There may be certain experiences in the past that may have
caused trouble in your life. This emotional baggage always obstructs your mind
from making any sort of changes.
7. When you finally start observing changes in your life, you
will be motivated to bring about more changes. You can also treat yourself once
in a while when you bring about a particular change successfully.
8. In case you want to change your financial condition, then
you can analyse your present situation and map out an effective plan to
increase your finances.
9. Changes sometimes can be hard to deal with. At such times,
we need support and care from loved ones. You can ask your friends for their
support and help while making any major changes in your life.
10. Change your life by changing the way you look at certain
things. Start finding out the positive points in every situation and person.
Change your perspective about things and learn to adapt to new surroundings and
changes. Keep your mind open and learn things from this.