How to Improve your Writing Skills

Writing

In this post, we are going to see how you can improve your writing skills.

  1. Join a class

If you are interested in learning the basics, then you should join a class. At the class, they’ll teach you grammar, proper use of punctuation marks and help you increase your vocabulary.

  1. Start reading some blogs

I have a feeling that some of you are already doing this. Reading blogs can be quite helpful as they help you learn the language and the style of writing. If you have a thing for fashion and photography, then read good blogs on that. If you are into makeup and beauty, you can find a lot of blog post on that too. Believe it or not, reading blogs will help you a lot in the long run.

  1. Start writing

How else do you think you’ll be able to improve your writing skills? Now that you are done with the reading part, I suggest you start writing as well. Writing every day and about whatever you like is a great way to improve your language skills. Just pick a topic that appeals to you the most, give yourself an hour and write. You will be surprised to see the results by the end of a few weeks.

  1. Learn new words every day

Make it a habit to learn new words every day, it is the only way to improve your vocabulary. Take your dictionary and write down a few new words that you’ve just learnt. Revise them every day and try to put them down when you are writing. Learning new words and boosting your vocabulary is a great way to improve your language skills.

  1. Remove unnecessary words

A lot of us make this grave mistake while writing. We write endlessly, making long and complex sentences. This however only contributes to a new problem. You can make things easier for yourself, as well as the person who is reading, by removing those unnecessary words. Keep your sentences short, crisp and precise. Only say those things which make sense and don’t add too much fluff to your writing. You don’t want to confuse your audience.

  1. Editing

Editing is equally essential when it comes to writing. You must edit ruthlessly every day if you want to become a good writer. If you don’t think you are all that great at editing, then get a friend who can do the same for you. There are plenty of people online who can help you with this. By editing your work, you will know where you went wrong, also the quality of the content will improve.

  1. Have your own voice

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. If you want to make a good impression, go ahead and talk about what you feel is right. Start jotting down your thoughts and ideas. Put them down into well-structured sentences. Write those things you feel are important. But before any of that, don’t forget to do some research. Once you have a good idea on a topic, you will be able to write much better.

Always remember that having excellent writing skills is not just a must but also something you just won’t be able to do without. Whether you are working in an office or studying in college, writing well is something that can get you something even better and to be able to do that, you must read well, work on your communication skills and see what can help you reach the top. On that note, good luck and make sure to follow the points given above.

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Clay Balls

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A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found millions of rupees worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of millions of rupees in treasure, he could have taken home tens of millions, but he just threw it away.

It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

Inner Peace: How to achieve it?

Inner Peace

We live in a convulsive society that forces us to have very restless lives in which we do not stop for a second. If we neglect, we are dragged by a whirlwind of tasks, most of them insignificant, but they do not leave us a minute free. In fact, we are so imbued with this rhythm that sometimes, when we have a little time for ourselves, we feel guilty.

However, there is a time when it is necessary to say “enough!”. It suffices to the senseless preoccupations and the overwhelming rhythm of life. It suffices social pressures and the desire to do everything perfectly.

Rediscovering inner peace is fundamental. Therefore, from time to time it is imperative to relax a bit, take a break and give a new order to our priorities.

What is inner peace?

The inner peace is a subjective feeling of well-being, it is impalpable but very real since it fills us with a deep tranquillity. It is a state in which we are freed from the main concerns, fears, stress and suffering.

However, inner peace involves more than freeing ourselves from negative emotions and feelings, it also means being aware of the wonders of life and feeling fully connected with the universe and with ourselves.

Inner peace is a feeling of calmness in which we stop struggling against negative and disturbing thoughts and emotions, although that does not mean that they do not exist but that they stop dominating us and causing us harm. It is a state in which we mentally and emotionally separate ourselves from everyday problems and conflicts, stopping at the verminousness of the daily routine.

Can inner peace be achieved?

Many people think that it is impossible to achieve a state of inner peace. They say that everyday life is so uncertain and sometimes so capricious, that it is not possible to find serenity. And it is true, at least for these people. When we have a locus of external control and any situation has the power to negatively affect us and make us lose our calm, it is impossible to find inner peace. These people are like leaves moved by the wind.

However, this does not imply that it is impossible to achieve inner peace. When we have an internal locus of control we can decide which wars are worth fighting for. Once we take the reins of our life, we can aspire to inner peace.

Therefore, inner peace is not something that is along the way, it is a personal decision, it is something that we can construct by consciously assuming those behaviors that can give us serenity.

Seven keys to achieving that state of inner peace:

1. Give time for reflection. Spend less hours on newspapers and newscasts and more time exploring your interior. Once you allow your mind to absorb the negativity transmitted by most media, it is very difficult to clean it. So, schedule your day so that you have time to be alone with yourself and reflect. It is not that you turn your problems around but that you practice meditation, that you try to rediscover in yourself the peace and serenity that you need. It is about that every day, you are accountable to yourself.

2. Simplify your life. Sometimes you do not want the day to have more than 24 hours? We cannot extend the day at our whim but we can simplify our life, so that we take better advantage every hour. From time to time, it is convenient to stop and ask if we are doing what we like or if we are wasting time uselessly. At this point we should think about how to simplify our life so that we can focus on the important things, which give us satisfaction.

3. Avoid criticism, practice acceptance. We tend to compare, draw conclusions and then criticize. However, negative criticism is the worst enemy of inner peace. When we criticize we place ourselves in the position of fighting against someone, when we should empathize and try to understand. Criticism not only hurts those who are criticized but also the one who issues that judgment of value. Criticism is often an expression of mental rigidity and rejection. However, inner peace cannot be achieved by closing oneself to the world but by finding harmony with it.

4. Accept negative thoughts and emotions. Finding inner peace means, above all, balance. Therefore, you will not be able to find serenity if you continue to struggle against “negative” thoughts and emotions or if you intend to hide them in the most hidden part of your mind. To attain inner peace, you need to accept these thoughts and emotions, in fact, experiencing them, will lose their influence on you and you will get rid of their burden.

5. Learn to let go. Throughout our life we ​​accumulate a lot of resentment and resentment, these feelings end up hurting us and prevent us from achieving that inner peace that we so long for. That is why it is fundamental that we learn to let go of those feelings that affect us and keep us tied to the past. The visualization technique ” the leaves of the river ” will help you to achieve it.

6. Practice gratitude. Do not let a single day go by without feeling grateful for something. There is always something for which to give thanks, you just must learn to value the things that we take for granted, as the simple fact of living or having at our side people who love us and those we love. When we begin to feel grateful for what we have, instead of complaining about what we do not have, we find a new internal balance.

7. Give without expecting to receive change. Selfishness has settled in our culture, people give hope of receiving something in return, in a kind of tacit Mafioso agreement. However, to achieve inner peace, we must shed selfishness and rediscover the pleasure of giving by the simple act of helping. The act of giving itself must be satisfactory, that is the goal, not to expect something in return.

It is important to remember that in a balanced state of mind a human being can measure emotions and take appropriate action in a conscious way.

The Importance of Routine

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It is common that society – especially in the present day, when new technologies and social networks are the day to day – see the routine expression with some fear. Routine, for most people, refers to something monotonous, annoying, tiresome, that does not give pleasure. When they want to do something new, people often say that they “get out of the rut”, that’s worth it, it’s fun and exciting.

It is worth mentioning, however, that routine is something that is paramount for anyone who wants to plan goals in life. Without it, it is possible that our society had not evolved to the current parameters. The establishment of our species in certain places, as well as the development of agriculture, sought a less unstable reality for survival. Without that, we would still be wandering in search of food.

Fundamental issues in our lives, such as keeping a schedule at work, having a bedtime, eating, or exercising are nothing more than routine. In college, post-graduate, MBA, or any type of qualification, there it is again: the routine of lessons, tests, work, without which we would probably not experience new knowledge.

This does not mean, of course, that our lives should be a timed sequence of routines for every action we take. It is important that we have time to know new things that are not in our daily lives. However, when we complain about the routine, we hardly know that it is precisely the organization that will allow us more leisure time.

The organization of the routine is therefore not an enemy to be fought, but a path that can enable us to plan for our dreams and goals, while at the same time it can create more time for the leisure activities we want, such as trips and family outings. Just as sound is only possible because of silence, to escape the routine, it is necessary to have at least a bit of routine in life.

India and Israel – Brothers in Arms

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Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi visits Israel from July 4-6 at the invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making him the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jewish homeland. This historic moment is part of India’s modernisation, both in terms of the economy and foreign policy.

Indian Soldiers and the Battle of Haifa

During the Battle of Haifa, 23 September 1918, Indian soldiers attacked the rearguard forces of the Ottoman Empire that resulted in the capture of the towns of Haifa and Acre.

Three Indian naval ships, destroyer INS Mumbai, frigate INS Trishul and tanker INS Aditya, made a goodwill visit at the Haifa port in May 2017 to mark 25 years of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Great Indian politics

The formation of India happened on secular lines, and so does our constitution say, but vote bank politics based on caste and religion were part of Indian political system right from the day we achieved independence. As such, Indian politics always favoured the minority community – although they did nothing for them.

In 1947 Albert Einstein wrote to Jawaharlal Nehru, asking him to support the creation of Israel. Nehru declined, saying “Palestine is essentially an Arab country, and must remain so.”

This was done because of the risk of angering the Indian Muslims, who live in a secular country like India but have a Muslim-centric view of the world.

The Conflict Within

India voted against the Partitioning of Palestine plan of 1947 and voted against Israel’s admission to the United Nations in 1949. But Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar supported the creation of Israel on both moral and political grounds, and condemned India’s vote at the UN against Israel. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar admired Jewish nationalism and believed Palestine was the natural territory of the Jewish people, essential to their aspiration for nationhood.

On 17 September 1950, India officially recognised the State of Israel.  In 1953, Israel was permitted to open a consulate in Bombay (now Mumbai). However, the Nehru government did not want to pursue full diplomatic relations with Israel as it supported the Palestinian cause, and believed that permitting Israel to open an embassy in New Delhi would damage relations with the Arab world.

Till early 1990s, the relationship remained informal in nature. India’s opposition to official diplomatic relations with Israel stemmed from both domestic and foreign considerations. Domestically, politicians in India feared losing the Muslim vote if relations were normalised with Israel. Additionally, India did not want to jeopardise the large amount of its citizens working in Arab States of the Persian Gulf, who were helping India maintain its foreign-exchange reserves. India’s domestic need for energy was another reason for the lack of normalisation of ties with Israel, in terms of safeguarding the flow of oil from Arab nations.

India’s tilt towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and India’s desire to counter Pakistan’s influence over the Arab states was another reason why we maintained distance from Israel.

Change of Policy

India formally established relations with Israel in January 1992 and ties between the two nations have flourished since, primarily due to common strategic interests and security threats. The formation of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which allegedly neglected the sentiments of Indian Muslims, and the blocking of India by Pakistan from joining the OIC is the major cause for this diplomatic shift.

Help, Partnership and Beyond

  • War with Pakistan

Israel offered unconditional help to India during the 1971 and 1999 Kargil war.

  • Missile Technology

In September 2016, tests were conducted of the jointly developed Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile with a range of 70 km, intended to equip three guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy.

India successfully tested the Israeli-made SPYDER quick-reaction surface-to-air missile in May 2017. The Indian Air Force is planning to deploy this system on its western border.

  • Agriculture

In 2008, Israel and India finalised an agricultural plan introducing crops native to the Middle East and Mediterranean to India, with a focus on olives. Subsequently, around 112,000 olive trees were planted in the desert of Rajasthan. In 2014, more than 100 tonnes of olives were produced in Rajasthan.

An Indo-Israel agriculture action plan for 2015-18 is operational, and 15 of the proposed 26 centres of excellence in agriculture are being developed in India with Israel’s help to showcase the latest technology to Indian farmers.

  • Water Management

On June 28, 2017, the union cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel on the National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.

Technologically-adept Israel has developed water-management technologies, located as it is in a semi-arid region with limited sources of fresh drinking water.

  • Trade

As of 2014, India is the third-largest Asian trade partner of Israel, and tenth-largest trade partner overall. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second-largest defence supplier to India.

  • Space

In 2002, India and Israel signed a cooperative agreement promoting space collaboration between both nations.

In 2003, the Israel Space Agency, ISA, expressed interest in collaborating with ISRO, in using satellites for improved management of land and other resources.

In 2005, Israel decided to launch TecSAR, its first synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite, on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV

In 2009, India successfully launched RISAT-2, a synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite. RISAT-2 was manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, or IAI, in conjunction with ISRO. The launch of the RISAT-2 satellite aimed to provide India with greater earth observation power, which would improve disaster management, and increase surveillance and defence capabilities. The acquisition and subsequent launch of the RISAT-2 satellite was accelerated after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, to boost India’s future surveillance capabilities.

  • Tourism

Around 40,000 Israelis, many of whom have just finished military service, visit India annually. There are dozens of Chabad-operated community centres in India, where many Israelis celebrate holidays and observe religious traditions. Popular destinations for Israelis include Goa, the Himalayas, Old Manali, Vashisht, Naggar, Kasol, and the villages surrounding Dharamsala. In many of these areas, Hebrew signs on businesses and public transportation are widely noticeable.

  • Judaism in India

The history of the Jewish people in India dates back to ancient times. Judaism was one of the first foreign religions to arrive in India in recorded history

An estimated 85,000 Jews of Indian-origin live in Israel, the majority being from Maharashtra (Bene Israelis), with some from Kerala (Cochini Jews) and Kolkata (Baghdadi Jews).

  • Moshe Holtzberg

Moshe Holtzberg had survived the 26/11 carnage at the age of two, having lost his parents to the terror attack on the Nariman House. Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant, were killed during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks by Pakistani Islamic terrorists. Their two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.

India and Israel are ‘brothers in arms’, we are both surrounded by hostile neighbours and have been at the receiving end of radical Islamic terror. We both face an existential threat from forces within and outside our community. Sharing information and technology will not only bring peace and prosperity in our respective countries but in the world at-large, and this is what makes us natural partners. The visit of Indian Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi to Israel is historic and has the potential to take Indo-Israeli ties to a new high. Shalom.

Circumcision is a Human Rights Violation

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Even in this century many parents believe that getting their child circumcised is not only their religious duty but also a social responsibility. Should this not be the decision of the person who owns the organ? Does performing such a procedure on non-consenting adults (mostly infants) makes this an in-humane act?

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is surgical removal of skin from the very tip of the penis.

Benefits of getting circumcised?

One of the epic benefit that people acclaim about circumcision is that they have a less chance of catching an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). The important thing to remember is that this procedure has questionable safety against protecting an individual from STDs. Also, many people would agree that there are many better things to do in life than being a whore-monger, and having unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Dangers of getting circumcised?

Below are the few complications that may arise:

  1. Bleeding, people suffering from haemophilia may even die.
  2. Infection or improper healing.
  3. Blockage of the urethra, the opening where urine leaves the body.
  4. Removal of too much or too little foreskin.

Religion and circumcision

The reason circumcision is performed is because it symbolises faith in God. Although Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs do not get their children circumcised but they are as religious and God fearing as people practicing other faiths, who get their infants circumcised.

While circumcision is primarily done for religious reasons, but this necessary does not make a person a good human being. If that was the case radical Sunni Islamic believers wouldn’t be killing Shias and waging a global war against all non-believers of Islam, or those who do not agree with their Wahhabi and Salafi ideology.

Message

We live in the 21st century where even an animal has rights and culling an animal on the road is not only considered uncouth but is also a punishable offence. While a blanket ban on circumcision would be unnecessary, but circumcising non-consenting adults and infants is also not civilized. Since we neither live in a theocratic society or in the dark ages, religious rituals should not eclipse the fundamental right to bodily integrity.