Nourishment of the body and soul

A Masjid goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to Masjid. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 Lectures. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them.

So, I think I’m wasting my time and the Imams are wasting theirs by giving Lectures at all.”

Then someone wrote this clincher.

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.

If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to Masjid for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

When you are DOWN to nothing…. Allah is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank Allah for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment.

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Birth, the fear of the unknown

The birth and death of a human being is a single phenomenon having two different names. On the contrary, there are  several occasion a human is born several times during his life time. Each time a new change occurs it simply drags a person into the same state of mind as at the time of birth. The child when it takes its first breath in this world simply sheds tears to reveal his or her fear of the unknown. The fear of not knowing everyone that is around and the times to come. Most of us, in fact fear death due to the unknown that awaits us in the hereafter, not that we self destruction, as every soul loves of be immortal and knows the fact of its presence in its self aware state. However, after a long period of stay in this materialistic world and getting relaxed in its own self created comfort zone it fears the unknown that the change of death will bring upon it.

Die before your death, is not an instruction to kill ones self by simply getting rid of the flesh and blood attached to this soul. It is a path, a guidance to elevating the soul by suppressing its fear of the unknown. That which it is destined to do, being a part of a huge jigsaw puzzle, and fit into its place; has to be done with courage. Courageous people are not the fearless, they are simply those who conquer it or rather command it. For fear is just a result of self awareness and the love for immortality.

Each time a soul enters a new dimension of change weather self inflicted or by the time and space that revolves around it, the cycle of birth and death is replayed into our lives. To transcend into this cycle smoothly, requires the courage that differentiates the successful few from the masses. Therefore, every human should remember to embrace change it time it occurs and to face the unknown because it is simply another phenomenon of birth and death. Believe in destiny and understand that if there was no fear what would have been done and how would have the birth embraced. Not with tears of a crying new born, rather by the welcoming smiles of the beholders.

Simplicity for a Happier Life!

Over the last decade or so life has consistently been enriched because of more and more facilities, on-going gadgets inventions and day by day increment in luxuries. This is quite exciting however during the same period of time, people have increased their love for materialistic things abruptly which has directly or indirectly reduced their overall happiness index. Now a days, we have more luxuries but less delights and high stress levels. We have more sugar, blood and heart patients then it used to be a decade back. The reason for all the stress and anxiety is simple that we are not living a simple life.

Below are some tips which can simplify your life and may amplify the happiness scale of your life.

  1. Avoid getting influenced: You don’t have to follow every single trend in society. If your friend has purchased a new BMW, you don’t need to buy a Mercedes to impress. Live for yourself not for others. If you purchase a high-end luxury car today, your love for this will end soon and you will be selling it at considerable financial loss though I am not forbidding to purchase luxury things once in a considerable duration of time.
  2. Avoid impulse buying: You don’t need to buy every single gadget instantly which you like in this shop. Do your Needs Vs Wants analysis. Buy only if it is really increasing your peace of mind. Remember that now a days the standard life of every gadget (phone, tablet, laptop, jewelry etc) is more or less 6 months because of new and new products release by several companies.
  3. The 6 months Rule: Generally speaking, anything which has not been used in last 6 months will not be used in next 6 months most likely. Give such things (shoes, garments, toys, mobiles, house hold items) in charity. This will help spreading happiness in society and reducing your space at home.
  4. Avoid Credit Cards Usage: Avoid this as much as you can. Debt is a silent stress and eating up your mental health slowly. Your brain might get old while you are young at heart. You might develop high BP or sugar because of stress due to credit. Live a credit-free life.
  5. Learn to say No: Don’t accept every single attractive offer from the bank representative or a car loan company. Do your “Needs Vs Wants” analysis. Careful spending is always recommended.
  6. Reduce too much social gatherings:  Stay at home. Spend quality time with your spouse and kids for empowered relationships. You don’t have to say yes every time to your friend who is coming to pick you from home to join another late night social get together.
  7. Reduce your love for money: Careful spending and saving is important but don’t allow your brain to keep doing the calculations all day long. You love for money is pulling your brain strings and damaging your peace of mind silently. Stay away from too much thoughts about your financials.
  8. Less TV more Books: It is proven that people who watch more movies generate high level of stress. Read quality books to learn wisdom and attain high degree of happiness.
  9. Spend time with Nature: Instead of going to cinemas and malls repeatedly, spend time in parks. This will relax your brain, body and soul.
  10. Change your eating habits: Why eat lavish foods by visiting costly restaurants again and again in a week. The purpose of food is to fill your belly for some hours. So the suggestion here is to go for simpler and healthier food. Remember, most of the food items in the market are fried which are increasing your cholesterol level silently hence making you a heart patient in the long run!
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Flipkart Or Indiatimes Shopping – Who Is India’s Favorite?

Online shopping is catching up fast in India. Though a majority of online viewers is yet to be drawn in, the progress is quite impressive. The apprehensions about product quality, service, delivery and the reluctance in giving out credit card details while making payment are some of the most important factors that pull back browsers from buying online. Indian online stores are making headway by trying to address the concerns of the prospective buyers and some have earned a reputation for their performance. Among the leaders in Indian online scenario, let us have a look at how Flipkart and Indiatimes perform.

Flipkart And Indiatimes Shopping – Do They Need Intro?

Both Flipkart and Indiatimes Shopping have been in the field for quite sometime and hence they are well known names for online shoppers. Just for those who need an insight about the companies, Flipkart was launched in the year 2007 and it was initially dealing with books. Now, they have diversified into providing various categories that include apparels, electronic items, toys, cosmetics, stationery and a lot more.

Indiatimes was founded in the year 2005. The biggest advantage Indiatimes enjoys is that it already has its brand established, as it is a part of Times group. The products offered here are apparels, electronic and home appliances, music and many more.

Product Range – Flipkart And Indiatimes Score Even

While it could be said that Indiatimes has an overwhelming collection on some categories, Flipkart does even better with more collections on other categories. If Indiatimes offers more options in toys section, Flipkart performs better in apparels. The products are better classified in Flipkart though one cannot undermine Indiatimes Shopping. It is indeed a tough round and it should be said that both have done well.

Price – Both Are Easy On Your Wallet

Both Flipkart and Indiatimes Shopping have been in the field for quite some time and they know what impresses the customers most. They have products ranged in various prices so that they could offer everyone the best shopping experience in terms of options and price. Apart from the regular discounts, the sites give you the opportunity to use flipkart coupon codes and Indiatimes shopping coupons to enjoy greater discounts.

Quality – Both Err At Times

Flipkart and Indiatimes had started off with a good name and now with years of experience, they should have ensured that they always provide the best. However, reviews present a different picture and even if you consider that some may be biased, it would be better to go by the majority and get things moving. As far as quality is concerned, both are good at certain areas and need improvement in other.

Customer Service – Indiatimes Scores

Indiatimes is ahead of Flipkart as it attempts to respond to reviews from customers. It is a positive sign and encouraging as well. Both have been complained about for delay in delivery and other services. However, Indiatimes seems to make obvious attempts to address customers’ grievances, at least the ones that come online.

Need To Act Their Age

Flipkart and Indiatimes have been in the field for quite some years. They have been performing well on certain aspects. However, they need to rise to the expectations of buyers in certain areas. Indiatimes scores better in terms of customer service and other than that there does not seem to be much difference between the two sites in spite of the fact that Indiatimes is two years Flipkart’s senior. We should also bear in mind that not all satisfied or dissatisfied customers come out online to give their reviews. We base our analysis on the websites’ content, offers, presentation, promotion and customers’ reviews available online. We can only conclude that in spite of the negative reviews, both Flipkart and Indiatimes are India’s favorites.

Author: Himanshu Agarwal (Guest Post)

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