Category "Storytellers"

3Nov2019

The Vikram lander had landed on the moon. Earth couldn’t communicate with it. But then came a rustling sound. Two aliens with big bold eyes jumped forward.

One was having a microscope with it. They were examining the lander. They found it amazing. The first alien said [in moonish language]” What in the seven planets is this!”. “Yeah Wagner[ the first alien’s name], even scrumboozers[ the most advanced aliens in the universe] didn’t have this”, said the second alien. “Hey Pivil[the second alien’s name],take that microscope and let’s examine it closely. “Hmmm, ISRO”, said Pivil examing this strange abbreviation.”ISRO might stand for `International Sight Rock Orbit’ maybe”, exclaimed Wagner. “Wait it’s also written India?”  Pivil. “What in the seven planets is that!” said Wagner.”I have an idea, let’s take it to the MRO[ Moonish research Organisation]”, said Pivil. The aliens took the lander to a large building that looked more like a ship. It had the word `MRO’ written in big, bold and shiny letters carved into it. There was an automatic door. It opened with a slight screech. The head scientist saw them. He was a shabby looking alien with a short beard along the edges of his face.

He was very curious to know why in the seven planets have Pivil and Wagner come to MRO. “We have something. Something for yooou!” both Wagner and Pivil chorused. “Ok what is that you have there?” asked the head scientist grabbing the lander and taking it to the lab. In the lab, the scientists were confused what the term `ISRO’ means. Then Pivil had an idea.”Let’s check which planet is trying to communicate with this thing by connecting it to the yectumtransalator[ a special device made by the scrumboozers]. All the aliens there agreed to him. They invited all the news channels and  media personell to attend this auspicious event. The most famous moonish news media `The Fillers’ were there too to capture this amazing moment. “Ok everyone, here we have a thing, now we’re going to find which planet it came from!” roared the head scientist. Pivil took a long rod to secure the lander. Wagner took a drill and opened the control hatch. The head scientist pulled two wires out of the yectumtransalator and pushed it into the opened hatch. There was a faint buzzing noise from the yectumtransalator. Soon the faint buzzing sound turned to loud screech. A few electric sparks shot out of the lander and the screen of the yectumtransalator got filled with numbers.” Yes, the yectumtransalator has found the planet, now it only needs to translate the binary code!” cried the head scientist. Then came the name written in bold letters – ……EARTH……

“Oh in the name of the seven planets, it’s our very own Earth which made this!” cried Wagner. “We’re going to explore more about this mission!” chorused all the scientist aliens. Now, you’re all thinking how in the name of the seven planets I know all about this. It is because I am also an alien of the moon.

 

18Jul2019

Eid or Ramadan are celebrated worldwide by Muslims. It’s considered as the holiest month of the year. It is a festival that depicts unity, compassion and a sense of oneness in all. Unity is the way to find the spirit of Ramadan or Eid.

The special month of Ramadan and EID…

  • Muslims fast during Ramadan.
  • Dubai set up iftar tents near mosques.
  • Everyone breaks their fast at a certain time of the day called Iftar
  • Eid ul Fitr is the day when the Muslims break their month long fasting, visit relatives and friends, enjoy feasts and wish each other Eid Mubarak.
  • The whole month of Ramadan is spent chanting God’s name, by reciting verses of Qur’an and completing their duties and responsibilities irrespective of the fasting for the whole day.

Eid is also known for one more aspect. It is Tawafeeq(ta-waa-fee-eq) means unity.

UAE Government and various NGO’s provide food and water packets to the needy (workers and labourers) who serve the country irrespective of summer or winter, day or night.

One more aspect of unity which I noticed here is that the other communities also respect and form a bonding by not drinking or eating any food in front of people who fast. Most of the restaurants are closed till iftar time as a mark of respect.

At my father’s office also most of the other community people  fast  too as a sign of respect.

In a recent video I watched that here in Dubai, the Gurudwara (house of God) during the iftar time arrange for our Muslim brothers to pray and prepare special meals for them.

I was amazed to see that video. Therefore, I love Ramadan and Eid in Dubai. The holy month teaches unity and hope.

 

17Jul2019

As Walter Winchell said, “The real friend is the one who walks in, when the rest of the world walks out”. It is important to have good friends, as it is to have family. Good friends help, guide and support us in every walks of life. It is rightly said, “friends are family we choose ourselves”.

Having new friends is a sign of bringing new confidence and energy in life. Having friends gives us energy to laugh. Friendship teach us a lot in life and make us stronger and happier every day. Friendship helps in making us understand and develop the habit of sharing and caring.

Having great friends to share our life is a great gift. Those who have true friends are blessed people. Friends are sources of happiness. Friends give us emotional support. They always help us in difficult times and make us feel special. So, it is very well said that “A friend in need is a friend indeed”

A new friend or old friend or any friend is always bringing positive and new energy. I am blessed to have bunch of true friends in my life. They bring new energy, new ideas and new hope in my life everyday and make my life amazing and full of fun.

17Jul2019

One day I was playing on my I-pad for a long time, suddenly my eyes started watering and itching. I went to the washroom and saw that my eyes were red. I went to my parents and they took me to the clinic and the doctor said that I was staring at the blue-light of the I-pad for a long time so, the doctor suggested that I should go for digital detox . I went home and researched about digital detox .

Then I understood that digital detox is a period of time during when a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smart phones, I-pads or computers. I decided to apply the ways of digital detox as the doctor suggested. I started putting away my I-pad during my meals, limited myself to one screen at a time. Now that I learned my lesson, I started educating my friends on the benefits of digital detox, so that they do not face a similar problem.

17Jul2019

Once there was a boy named Harry. He was an excellent student in the school. One day at the end of his first term, his parents bought him a computer because he scored outstanding scores in all subjects. Little did his parents know that buying Harry a computer was a big mistake. When he got his computer delivered, he charged it and started installing games. After he got the computer, his sleep was very much affected as he always woke up early to play the games. He also was losing his eyesight. His parents had to buy him a new glass every two weeks because of the amount of time he looks at the screen. When the second term started, he was very dull in studies. He could not concentrate in class as he was very sleepy and always dreamt about going home and playing on his computer.

Every day after reaching home from school he used to throw his bag and play on his computer. He never did his homework and didn’t even try to complete it in class. After his exams came, he was almost like brainless zombie.

He was not physically fit nor mentally fit and he couldn’t see a thing. Because of this, he failed in most of his subject. One day his parents got a call from the school community and they told Harry’s parents about his condition.

When they reached their home, Harry was playing on his computer. His father turned the computer off and asked him to only use the computer for educational purposes and deleted all the games. Because of this depression Harry banged his head on the wall and fainted. His parents took Harry’s unconscious body to a Psychiatrist to be treated. [ a doctor who treats mind problems]. The Psychiatrist did some treatment and said to his parents he had been addicted to the games he installed and couldn’t concentrate on anything other than video games in his life. When Harry got discharged from the hospital, he rediscovered his potentials and was the same smart Harry again.

So, I prefer you read books and play games which do not involve any electrical gadgets, during your leisure hours. Be in nature, do something to protect and save our environment, like planting more trees and e-waste recycling.

14Jul2019

In today’s digitally proliferated age, it is quite challenging to abstain ourselves from the fascinating digital devices. The continuous engagement of both parents and kids with these captivating screens have tremendously reduced the actual interaction between them. Fortunately, my exposure to such devices has been minimal due to my parents’ intervention. This prevented me from getting hooked on to such devices for long hours.

I can list out several ways by which a digital detox can be easily achieved. Starting my day with Yoga or meditation is indeed very rejuvenating. It relaxes my body, improves concentration and keeps me fresh throughout the day. I enjoy spending time with my family. We have fun together by playing cards, chess, carom board or any other indoor games. It is a great idea to plan some family outing such as visiting a park, museum or aquarium. Joining a sports academy has also helped me a lot by increasing my participation in physical activities and keeping me fit & healthy. It also helps in relieving stress and boosting self-esteem. Whenever, I need to take a short break from my academic activities, I spend some time practicing the sports skills that I learnt during my coaching sessions.

Kids generally tend to get bored during a long journey or even when their family members are busy shopping. They usually prefer to pick up a tab and start playing games. I have an interesting alternative to get rid of this boredom, which is reading books. I ensure to take a book along with me when I step out. This is the best way to utilize our spare time effectively.

Having shared with you these few ways for a digital detox, I am certain that I have unclogged your mind with a plethora of such ideas. Then, what are you waiting for! It’s time to put your thoughts into action and reduce your dependability on these gadgets. Practicing a digital detox will enlighten your minds and enhance your relationships with your near & dear ones.