Twitter and Blogging

A very long time when finally today this blog will be updated and that too as a result of a thought that just occurred as to why my blogging tool has been left behind without a pen pal. Twitter was the reply that popped up quickly on the mind.  The short blogging tool, twitter has surely taken the quick times one requires to post anything or speak ones mind or think aloud in small sentences that often conveys the message to readers or followers throughout the social network.

On the other hand there is facebook too but the amount of personal information stored on facebook is quite scary and it gives me the goosebumps especially after an episode of an account of a near relative being hacked. Twitter on the other hand seems to be less interfering with personal information and again the short expression at times makes one wear on the thinking cap and phrase it into a witty expression.

While I do enjoy writing a lot about everything and putting down my thoughts on paper as it gives it clarity the time factor always keeps pulling down the enthusiasm and the craving for posting another word on the blogosphere.

A lot to say about the American elections, the Indian economy and currency valuation and much more going around in the region as well, if time and cause permits.

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Reading Time

There has been quite a huge gap since when I have read for leisure and Ramadan is a time to ponder and most of the time is swallowed by reciting duas and Tilawat al-Quran. The passion for reading takes me at times to the pages on the internet where I find blogs and write-ups by people and would like to comment on but that too is just kept aside. Reading is to the mind as food is to the body they say but then there are foods that are harmful and even harmful when taken in the wrong way.

Food poison has become a common problem here during Ramadan and most doctors say that it is due to the change in eating habits during the holy month and several articles, write-ups and even prints have been out for Muslims to consider while fasting to maintain good health. That said, there are many people around the world especially the young curious minds who have a passion for reading and just keep reading and swallowing whatever they see everywhere. However, similar to the theory of food, the food for thought can also cause food poison and one must be vigilant at all levels in reading what comes in front of the eyes, especially in our age of information when it is widely and easily available on finger tips. Wrong or misleading information can lead to prejudice and misconceptions about casts, creeds, cultures, people and even entire countries since the media tool is used by lobbyists for propaganda purposes.

Today our generation just keeps reading and does not stop anywhere. People read sms’s and BBM’s and messages on whatsapp which go viral most of the time due to group formations and copy/paste culture. Some facts are just overlooked and enthusiastically forwarded and circulated all over the virtual world without even knowing about the truth and sometimes it might result in what I would term as virtual gossip and in turn result in food for thought poisoning.

We human beings have become quite careless about the health factor of our bodies and similarly the mind, for some great thinker has well said, a sound body has a sound mind. Since a few days and the dawn of Ramadan, it has become a personal habit to read a few lines of any message or articles and just skip it out if its not of personal concern to me and me only.

I would love the comments of all readers on this topic, for I am sure anyone who reads this is bound to experience and have the passion for having a reading time and enjoying it all the way. I am also sure people with interest in Education will also have a lot to say on this wonderful hobby or leisure activity.

Enslaved by Technology

When it comes to electronics and stuff related to technology some might refer me as a geek for the passion that I have for the upcoming trends and all that is in the spotlight. From computers, clouds and hand sets the gadgets just keep popping up with the latest updates packed with features that any one would start to fall in love with. The world has definitely become smaller and much closer with the advances of devices and gadgets that have been geared up to compete with personal computers but then they have indeed taken away our own privacy and accelerated our lives with nothing to spare for our own selves, no Me time.

Apart from the continuous buzzes caused by frequent communication with almost at no cost, there are these so called games. When we were very small usually video games meant Attari and simply games meant what we call athletics that we only see at the Olympics nowadays, as the current generation is turning into couch potatoes.  The games are those digital games that come along by default with the geeky devices everyone craves for so badly. Some say these games have a impact on people’s personality and it makes them violent, while some researchers have also claimed that these on screen eye gluing wares  help in mind growth. Whatever be the case, practically these virtual animies have turned the human generation, at least part of it, into zombies. Anything that is imbalanced is far beyond the boundaries of perfection that we humans have been wondering about throughout the ages, right from the dawn of civilization to the super fast age of information.

We did know that people were addicted to certain types of edibles or whatever that harmed the body, mind and soul, then came the addiction to the idiot box but when it came to the virtual world no one would ever call the processing of information to be harmful until very recently, not less than a decade ago researchers began to announce addiction to the internet. A decade, did I say? That is indeed a lifetime when we look at the age of the internet anyway. There were the computer games, the online games and now the mobile games. The entire generation is literally being enslaved by technology slowly and gradually, especially our tender minds are being swallowed  by its addictive nature. No physical activity and no creativity for developing the brains and the body. Obesity is on a rise and virtual addiction has created lives of fantasy for many which they are no longer willing to leave. All study and no play makes jack a lazy boy has now turned around into, all play (with gadgets) has made jack a dumb and lazy boy.

Silence and peace has been lost by the continuous beeps and ringing of some of the costliest, coolest and sleek gadgets. Places of worship no longer have the tranquility for the mind since even the most sacred places remain cluttered with the noise of technology.

Personally, I belong to the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community who are known for their advancement in science, education and technology. The book of Jonah Blank, Mullahs on the mainframe, is supposed to highlight the very fact of the community and the center of learning of the Dawoodi Bohras, Jamea Saifiyah, has completely denounced the use of cellphones or any of the geeky devices by students while the academic sessions are in working. There are libraries and a highly equipped computer lab for study purposes while it is not allowed in dormitories, classrooms and any other places in the premises. Communication tools are provided for its sole purpose so that the student live in harmony, peace, silence and away from the buzzes of the gadgets that simply rob the privacy and harmony of the human body,mind and soul to a certain extent while they are fully aware and at par with the latest technological developments and use it to its fullest extent.

This said parents and educators around the world should take precautions to guide the developing mind in a proper way and direct its use as a result of which the tranquility of the mind is not lost and freedom from being enslaved by technology is inevitable.

Exercise and Yoga

When it comes to health, fitness and exercise most of us are just not too much interested in caring about our own body. The body is said to be the home of the soul and one could imagine about the dweller when it is cluttered, unclean and not maintained in a proper way. Since ages philosophers have looked at the body as the temple of the soul and so on.

So much for the philosophical stuff, the point is that the health of the human mind and thought as well as life is just directly relevant to that of a healthy body. When it comes to exercise we all are simply clumsy, lazy and me being no exception. Though I have loved certain types of fitness training during the past student life but one can easily say that now who has the time to do so.

Sometime back someone sent me a file related to Yoga in which I have very rare interest, in fact I might wonder if I have any. The file is of an unknown author but when I read it, I did find some of the few movements mentioned in it quite easy to follow and do at anytime without much of an hassle. Therefore, sharing the file with everyone here for general benefit, with a hearty thank to the person who took the pain to compile it.


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