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The NUMBERS rule

Whenever I think of exams a dialogue from the film “3 Idiots” pops up, “Life is a race … if you don’t run fast … you will be like a broken andaa.” Seriously, that’s become a fact. Marks scored in a 3-hour exam is given so much priority for career, all a student can think of are some two-digit numbers. What one is learning, nobody is bothered. All matters are some numbers, irrespective of the fact whether we are able to utilise what we are studying over the years in our desired careers. A person maybe very knowledgeable but could not stand-up well in life from career point of view. Why? Just because he got low marks in his final exams? How can a 3-hour test decide how able a man is with regard to a particular career? There is a proverb, “to err is human”; all humans make mistakes. Some might have been made during the exams. Our body is no less than a machine, it too wears down. A month before exams, we put ourselves through a lot of stress, so it’s natural to break down. That doesn’t mean we are incapable to do some work. People, who can mug-up things, get good marks and a good career and people who can’t, their dreams are shattered. This is so unfair! Is this called a competition? The society is making education a nasty competition instead of making it a healthy one to build up confidence and determination in youth to do something big in life.
Exams have become so marks-centric that students have become scared of it. Instead of a challenge, it has become a nightmare. What’s the result of this? Students are putting themselves more into mugging-up books, instead of understanding and installing in the brain for life what is being taught. Students are deviating themselves more and more away from extra-curricular activities. I have seen people giving up on their passion for dance, music, art or sports for studies. I myself had to give up because my parents thought I couldn’t balance curricular and extra-curricular activities. I always had a wish of taking dance lessons and make dance a hobby, a way to express my emotions. But I was made to quit after just 3 months. All because I couldn’t get a 80 or a 90 in exams? Why do these numbers have to matter? Are we in such a bad situation that some numbers which decide our fate? Our dreams and aspirations? Our goals in life?
These numbers have changed me drastically. People have instilled the importance of marks in life into my brain to such an extent, that now whenever I get low marks it feels I have committed some sin. Not only that, we are look down upon when we get low marks, as if there nothing other than marks in our lives. I used to be a carefree kid till around four years back. Now I have become a dejected one, a lost one. All because of some god-dammed freaking numbers.

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Living online

About 15 to 20 years if someone is said to live dual lives, people would think he has got a multiple personality disorder. But in recent years, almost all of us live dual lives – a real life and a virtual life.

In our real lives, we are what we actually are, with are innate qualities, traits, physique, personalities. Real life is controlled by Fate, Destiny.

Virtual life is controlled by oneself. We give ourselves our desired traits, qualities, personalities, physique. Everything about oneself can be altered with just a click. Some people even change their genders too without undergoing any of those expensive sex-change operations!!

Last month, when my laptop had been sent for servicing and I had to complete an assignment, my sweet brother allowed me to use his one. That day, he had forgotten to sign out of his Facebook account. I had developed a habit of checking my Facebook account whenever I use a laptop or a mobile phone. When I clicked on the web address, the browser automatically opened his account. So, for the next few minutes, I had full control on my brother’s Facebook account!!! (Evil laugh). First I checked his friend list. He had around 500 friends!!! I wonder how many people he actually knew. Then I moved on to his inbox (villainous laugh). There were not many conversations. But there was one conversation which had 1,2,……,5,….,10…….Uncountable messages. It was his chat with his dumb girlfriend!!! I just cannot stand her. Just at that moment, she messaged my brother. Right now….it’s me! I had real fun harassing her to the fullest. And poor my bro, his girlfriend was thinking he was insulting her. I really pitied him. Later I deleted the conversation, signed out and unsuspectingly slipped off (I have no idea how he later managed the situation. Who cares?). For one and a half hour I successfully took on the garb of my brother.

Even I faced a similar incident as my brother. One day I opened my Facebook account to find my new message. I opened it to find it was from a family friend. This didn’t surprise me. What gave me a shock was the conversation. I had never messaged this friend before, so how there were around 50 messages in the chat?? All the messages that were sent from my account didn’t even make any sense. All nonsense comments on the friend’s profile picture of an actress. Even my friend was utterly confused. It was obvious that my account was hacked. So first I sent an apology message to her and then I immediately deleted my account. Sometimes having an account on a social networking site can also be troublesome!! Very troublesome.

Hero-worshiping or in general celeb-worshiping is very common among us. We all admire some famous personalities or the other. These personalities are also humans. They too have Facebook or Twitter account. Now, these celebs seem to be very busy. They have no time at all for using these accounts of theirs. But they have to show they too love their fans and acknowledge the fact that these fans are keen at interacting with them. So, they handover their social networking site accounts to their P.A.s. So one of my friend’s aunt happens to be the P.A. of a famous personality. She has this social network handling job as one of her chores. One day she was really busy with too many tasks to be completed in a single day. So she gave this friend of mine to handle the Facebook account for a day. My friend got so excited; she came running to my house and told me about it. I smelled fun in this venture, so I joined her. We uploaded some wall post that the owner of the account wanted to be uploaded. Then we got plenty of messages from fans. They ask all sorts of weird questions. We decided that we tell people, that the celeb is temperamental and we answered weird questions even more weirdly. For a day we got to put ourselves into the shoes of a star. Super fun!! (Grin)

I would say, if you are not satisfied with your real life, don’t complain. Create your own virtual life. And have fun!!

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The Fault in our stars

Truly speaking, i am not good at writing book or movie reviews. Still i am trying.
Day before yesterday i saw the film “The Fault In Our Stars”. In my view, this film is the best adaptation of any novel. Whenever I saw an adaptation of any novel, I always found the novel much more appealing. But in this case both the novel (of the same name written by John Green) and the film are equally great. Simply great. The film is as heart touching as the book. The film has that essence of pure love which John Green has brought out in the book. The filmmakers very beautifully and aptly depicted the journey of the two cancer patients. Every event seemed real, nothing unrealistic. The actors too were really good. They very aptly fitted the roles of Augustus and Hazel and wonderfully carried out their roles. I know my review is not good, not appealing, still i could not stop myself from writing.

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10 books that have changed/inspired me

My Facebook friends had challenged me to write the name of 10 books that have changed/influenced me. I successfully completed the challenge. I thought I should share with my blogger friends too.
So the list goes:
1. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)- I had read this book for the first time in fifth standard. This was the first book that gave me an insight about life, the reality.

2. Love Story (Erich Segal)- I love reading romance. This is one of the reasons why.

3. Till the last breath (Durjoy Datta)- My first experience of a medical drama and it was phenomenal. This taught me that love is not all about what we see in stereotypical Bollywood romantic movies, there is something more deep-rooted

4. The Fault in our Stars (John Green)- Love has no terms and condition

5. Hold my hand ( Durjoy Datta )- Ditto as 4

6. Feluda Series (Satyajit Ray)- This series has aroused a great interest in me towards detective fictions.

7. Aporajito (Bihutibhushan Bandhopadhyay)- I am a Bengali so I should have an interest towards my native culture and great books like this one has intensified my interest.

8. A Prisoner of Birth (Jeffrey Archer)- A phenomenal thriller. Kept me grasped in its charm and suspense till the very end. A very reason for Jeffrey Archer being one of my favourite authors

9. Shobuj Deeper Raja {king of the green island} (Sunil Gangopadhyay)

10. Wings of fire ( A.P.J. Abdul Kalam )- It gave me an outlining knowledge regarding rocket science and is a great inspiration for the readers to keep struggling to reach the ultimate goal.