Monthly Archives: March 2014

PHOTO BLOG: The state of girls’ education around the world

World Education Blog

To tie-in with the release of the Gender Summary of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 published by UNESCO and events taking place to mark International Women’s Day, this photo blog tells the story of the state of education for girls and young women around the world. 

The Gender Summary of the 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report highlights the serious gender imbalance in global education that has left over 100 million young women unable to read a single sentence. The summary, launched for International Women’s Day in partnership with the UN Girls’ Education Initiative, calls for equity to be at the heart of new global development goals after 2015 so that every child has an equal chance of learning through quality education.

Half of the 31 million girls out of school are expected never to enroll or have the chance to learn. Despite some progress, in…

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B+ : its time to Rewire Your thoughts

“many times through the years i have looked up to heaven” and said “Father what are you doing?”He answered “I am embroidering yr life”.I say “But the treads look so dark, jumbled and a mess.Why cant you make them all bright?”The father seems to call me”You do yr business ,let me do mine, there’s a blueprint here,a design….I am just following it.One day I will bring you to heaven and put u on my knee and then u will see the plan from my side” .

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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.One often wonders why some get things so easily and why some struggle.
Yes,Fate is crucial yet Hard-work ,Dedication and Perseverance form a major part in building any foundation.Remember those who work hard have more good fate on their side. Any place worth going has no shortcuts.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” .Never pray for the path to be easier but pray you are better.

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”

Believe you can and you’re halfway there because then only can the first part of battle be won.
So Explore, Dream, Discover.Others may laugh or let you down.May even suggest practical solutions.Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility. But still pursue your dreams.Put in a little extra.

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“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
So always BELIEVE even in the darkest hour…..BELIEVE in yourself,in god and always see the half full cup. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.

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Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.We are what we repeatedly do…this forms a habit in us.Form a habit of never letting go ,form a habit of trying.“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Life is a cycle.What goes around ,comes around.Love each day, nourish and protect each dream let it grow.Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Each new day is a new oppurtunity.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
-Anonymous

 

A smile is all it takes

 

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A smile is all I seek,
What I am after is belief,
But what you show is your teeth,
Seeing your plastic smile
I see a Forever Smile
Mona Lisa may be a perfect muse,
Or is it a ruse?
She’s smiling. Yes
Is she happy?
Well may be , I guess,
Dental work is a mystery to me,
freaked out by the high pitch drills,
Numbing injections, and cold water picks ,
As a child with old school braces,
A lovely, warm, friendly smile is what I seek
Eternity seems to be in my vicinity,
That the beauty of your smile assures
I’m gonna came out fine,
The rest of the tooth will slowly emerge
if lacking molars are taken by fairies,
now comes the reckonin’
should have brushed was my prayer….

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A stroll through the clouds

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A stroll through the clouds is what I dream,
A Step out of the concrete jungle into a realm high,
Where the walls are veiled by leaves,
And I can see hues in the sky,
This path is not trodden much,
Yet the plot seems so familiar,

The trouble of losing your mind,
or the time that’s gone by,
I glanced at my watch,
while I slept beneath the stars
And dream of the colossal fortitude
Which forms the pillows in his celebration,
how thoughtlessly I strolled!
When I awoke it was daylight,
To tell the truth, To my surprise,
I made a friend. I came home.

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my black beauty

its quite funny how soon we age.Yes I remember making fun of aunties telling the age-old dialogue ” Oh you are so big ,so soon” and was quite amazed at myself reciting the same to my relative.Yes I could see the same expression in her eyes that I had always had in mine.
So am that aged already?Maybe. I look back at old pictures of Jojo. How I had found my little ball of black fur.
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The quite never resting soul who had come in a little shoe box all the way from Nanital. My brother and father had brought him home.When I came back from school that day ,I saw a little creature finding his way into my arms ,my life and my heart.

stole a bottle of coke and did not let it go
stole a bottle of coke and did not let it go

He was always so mischievous.May it be him kicking me out of my bed past midnight.Banging the door for AC.
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Yet he did always let us play with him.Dressing him up with crazy things.
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these picture remind me how he had aged. he closed his eyes in my arms even when I said to myself ,he is only “eight”.Oh, I am quite proud of him.He had aged gracefully physically and in his manner too.

always a winner
always a winner

 

we have grown my love....
we have grown my love….

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Why be the same, when you can be different?

what other think of you is truly none of your business, keep your convictions strong. You know your choosen path.Stay ON!. Don’t deviate because some negative energy is precluding you.
Negative people do come in our lives who doubt, what you can accomplish and drag you down. But you can find the inner resilience to stand by your ambitions and in doing so ,you will find that you become more outspoken.As you initiate and defend your ideas remind your self your goal.

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.

David Ogilvy

“Design Thinking”  is often described as a creative resolution of problems or issues, with the intent of an improved future result. it is a form of solution-based, or solution-focused thinking which starts with a goal (a better future situation) instead of solving one specific problem.

Yes, but does it lead to out of box thinking? is it divergent in nature? During brainstorming, if we  negate feasibility ,business viability and market desirability the result can be powerful ideas.Always believe “Everything is negotiable, malleable, and improvable. ” only you need to open yours eyes,tilt your head a little and keep learning…..

a few strings stirred

“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe,wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form “(Plato).

It speaks of the essence of music within the moral fibre of a society, as well as the extra-musical attributes, enhancing imagination, creativity, and passion. The melodies of purification give an innocent pleasure…a rest to the soul.

Reading this quote time and again I reinterpret.Each time the melody and the rhythm are be in conformity with the words yet we have no need of lamentations and strains of sorrow.Are the harmonies expressive of sorrow?

One is seeking to persuade God by prayer, or man by instruction and admonition or perhaps expressing his willingness to yield to the persuasion or entreaty or admonition of others.acting moderately and wisely in all circumstances, and acquiescing in the event. These two harmonies I ask you to leave; the strain of necessity and the strain of freedom, the strain of the unfortunate and the strain of the fortunate, the strain of courage, and the strain of temperance; these, I say, leave….

Why adapt the foot and the melody to words having a like spirit, not the words to the foot and melody…rhythm and harmony are regulated by the words, and not the words by them.; for what should be the end of music be if not the love of beauty??

fly to a greater height

their pictures have been painted by our long lost ancestors on the cave walls.their claws were feared even by hynes.They flew each day in different directions unknowing what adventure lay ahead.life is a constant struggle for them.One day I was sitting by the window and noticed a flock of five pigeons sitting on an electric pole.I could make out their dark outline in the distant blue sky.Soon it started raining.Just then an eagle came there.I imagined them to fight.But nothing such happened.They sat there together with their predator as if facing the agony of life waiting for the rain to halt.Soon it stopped raining and the flock of pigeons flew away in one direction.The eagle sat there for some time more.I later thought to myself was i so brave like the eagle.Would I subsided my natural instinct,overcome the struggle.i found i could not answer this.only time can tell.After all time is the master of fate.But i hope when that time comes i too am brave