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Swati Sarangi Saturdays 4.11.17 The jug in my life

The Jug of my life

The biggest blessing that the life has offered me is my twin sister. Our evolution has been a very mutual one since the very early stage of embryo! I befriended someone even before appearing in the world! True, the first 12 minutes of my life handed the responsibilities of an elder sister over my shoulder. That’s how my life has gifted me the best friend of my life in form of my sister.

We completed our education of under graduation from same schools and college. I always feel so fortunate to be able to experience the bliss of these combinations of relationship- friendship and sisterhood. I’m always made to realize the essence of this biggest gift by my fellow friends and teachers who have always appreciated the existing bonding between us. Sweta was the one with whom I spent most of my time with during my school and college days.

Life has always presented enough opportunities for us to be together. The detour of my life arrived when I appeared in entrance exams for getting into an undergraduate course. Coincidentally, we got into the same college of Engineering but in respective branches of our choice. Our joy knew no bounds when we saw our names in the allotment list of same room number in the wall of Girl’s hostel. That was the happiest moment of my life as far as I can very well recall. Hostel days brought us even closer as roommates. I could witness the evolving state of our friendship from a very close angle. Even though we were roommates for 4 years, yet we never ran short of topics to discuss. I thoroughly enjoyed each part of her company. Sharing with her the moments of joy and disappointment was always something divine.

The Shah Rukh Khan’s way of playing the role of Jug of Alia’s life is no different from the role of my twin sister in my life. My twin sister, Sweta enunciates the qualities of a true friend. Enlisting some of her qualities below that reflects the quality of a true friend-

Helpful: She is the-girl-next door who’s always ready to help others and in return expects nothing.
Loyal: She is someone who can be very well trusted upon. She always lends an ear for the worries and
Selfless: She has a selfless demeanour. She does not keep any kind feeling of jealousy for others.
Counsel: She’s a good counsel. She offers wise advises during the time of need.
Motivator: She is a brilliant motivator. Taking doses of motivation from her is like building your own life.

Sweta is someone with whom I can share everything. There’s no barrier between our thoughts. We almost share similar interests. Now, we are no longer together. When geographical distance acts as a barrier between us, the law of telepathy works wonder. I realized it very soon. There have been times when I’ve missed her and the next moment I get a call from her surprisingly. Thanks to the way of upbringing of my parents that has never let even the slightest feeling of jealousy to crop up between us in any circumstance. She is someone whom I can torture with my silly chattering and she bears the patience of hearing them. She is someone over the shoulder of whom I can keep my head to de-stress myself. She acts like a motivator and guide. I feel that she is the one who understands me the most.

At the end all I can say is that I want this friendship to become concrete reinforced with the experiences of life. May this friendship last long. *Touch Wood*. May you have all success and happiness in days to come, my dear friend and thanks for being an eternal part of my life.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

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Swati Sarangi Saturdays 28.10.17 Time and tide wait for none

It is a well known proverb that “time and tide wait for none”. It lays emphasis on the importance of time management and opportunities of life. Time is a self explanatory term. It requires no further elucidation in the area of its meaning and definition. Tide in the above mentioned line symbolizes opportunities offered by life. Both are equally important as the loss of time and opportunities can never be recovered. Those losses remain unrecovered throughout the life.

The importance of managing time cannot be underestimated or neglected as this fact should not be taken lightly. The secret behind the success of every successful person lies in his efficiency in managing time. He, who can manage time, can easily win over the ordeals of life. Proper planning is one of the ingredients of success. It helps in the accomplishment of multi –tasks in a short time and hence saves time. Keeping in view its importance, it should be used judiciously, the way we use non-renewable sources of energy. The utility of those sources are very easily perceived because of their physical existence .But it is just the reverse in case of time. People seldom realize this. They only realize the loss caused by it which cannot be repaired. The following proverb can substantiate the aforementioned lines- “A stitch in time saves nine.” This means the task done in time prevents oneself from bearing the losses.

Tides represent opportunities. It is opportunities which lay down the primary ladder to success. Like the tides forming in the sea due to the pull of gravity of moon, numerous and uncountable opportunities come and go in life. But every opportunity is different from the other. He always manages to become a winner in the rat race who has learnt to “strike the iron when it is hot”-exploiting appropriate opportunities in right time. To utilize the opportunities properly, one must always remain prepared because like the tides, they come uninformed or accidently. For that one has to “make hay while the sun shines”-always remain alert and attentive to make best use of the opportunities coming in the way. Constant efforts must be put without caring about the failures because failures are like small stones in the sea which may affect the strength of tides but cannot prevent their formation because their formation depends solely on the gravitational pull of moon. In other words, failures make one to lose a particular opportunity but it can never block the incoming opportunities. Opportunities should never be left to chance nor to fortune as both of these have no role in governing it. It is the characteristics of the losers and cowards who procrastinate the tasks and hold their destiny or fortune for that .After all, fortune favors the brave. Braves or determined persons build their own fortunes by their deeds and by visualizing opportunities in their failures.

In the nutshell, time and tides are no such physical quantities which can be controlled by money. It is common for all rich and poor. They discriminate against no caste, nation, society, gender, creed, religion or belief etc. One can prove himself to be a winner if he is able to exploit the proper opportunities in proper time as time and tide wait for none.

-©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 21.10.17 The defeated devil which once tried to master me

“Hahaha, see how you’ve come under my grip so easily”, laughed the devil vehemently creating a lasting impact.
“YOU CAN NEVER BEAT ME”, shouted I at the top of my voice as a reply to the devil.
“When I have been victorious in many such battles, winning the battle against you won’t be that tough for me, do you understand it very well, girl?”, asked the devil very confidently.

I replied him at an even more confident tone as, “I am bigger than you and my existence definitely has a greater purpose, I believe it strongly.”

The above has been a figment of the conversation between me and the devil sitting inside my mind. Of course, the devil has no physical existence. It has no resemblance with anyone else in real life and I can never blame my surrounding or people for anything. The devil is the result of some distorted thoughts which might have born unknowingly out of failures, insecurities or unpleasant experiences of my life. These conversations used to get so intense at times that I feel my condition to be no different from a wanderer searching for his destination.

I had to make a move as I could not tolerate the devil winning the battle against me. I soon realised the reason behind my mood swing was only the non-refinement of my though processes. Now the pertinent question arises, how I controlled myriads of thoughts that kept affecting the course of my actions.

I could do this through a series of actions listed below-
I had to select something, be it a goal or an emotion from past or any fear that would push me to get out of my bed early in the morning as per my time table.
I chalked out a plan for my long term goal so that I am not deviated from my goal.
I started noting down the way I spend each hour of my day.
I started doing physical exercises at least for 30 minutes in a day.
I kept some time for my hobbies apart from professional work that I’m engaged in.
I focussed on completing a task at a time before moving on to the next.
I meditated on how I want to be and how my future should be and chanted shlokas and mantras for peace of mind.
I limited my time on social media.

What acted like a challenge for me yesterday, is no longer a challenge to me for today. Everything that I have thought to achieve is completely achievable- a thought that came after carrying out the above activities seriously.
I learnt that it is the action that brings utmost satisfaction in life. After all, whatever we’ve wished to achieve in our lives is always out of our comfort zone as very aptly quoted by Joseph Campbell, “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
© Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 14.10.17 Still water runs deep

The aforementioned proverb throws light on the property of calmness and tranquility. The given phrase carries the message that the work done with patience and courage yields good result at the end the way still water has the ability to measure the depth of the sea. Here, the depth has been compared with the depth of the tasks in real life whereas still water has been assumed to be the manifestation of knowledge.

Before completely going through the meaning of the proverb, let us first focus on the meaning which the individual phrase constituting the proverb carries. Still water here, acts as the synonym to efficiency of handling a task through proper check on the ways of performing it. It can directly emphasize on a fact that a silent mind can think thousand times better than a confused mind with a lot of mental tussle or turmoil. It is very wise to accomplish a task properly than hovering here and there with self praise for the work because actions speak louder than words. In reality, it is the quality of actions which judge the caliber of a person rather than the praises that he makes for his own work. Qualities or talents of a person never remain hidden .It come out of shelf with a burst at the demand of the situations and circumstances. If a man wants to be respected among his fellow beings, he should stop himself from being “empty vessels” as “empty vessels sound much”.

Water can have a lot of resemblance with the lives and thought of human beings .Like a stream of water, the life of a man flows unrestricted. Every time frequent changes occur in it which are transient and temporary. Only those thoughts can be successful enough to produce appropriate actions if they are produced in a single direction. In other words, consistency in thoughts and actions can open the gate for name and fame as “rolling stone gathers no moss”.

Consistent efforts and great determination to correct the mistakes have the ability to transform impossible to possible. Hence, a very strong willed person can perceive his success in different tasks. In reality, a man’s efficiency is checked in tough situations of life. One of the greatest scientists of the era Edison once said that “People generally give up when they are very close to success”. He has give numerous contributions to the field of science through his untiring efforts .He has enriched the field of science and technology through many of his inventions. So, sincere efforts must be put without caring about the result.

In the bottom line, calm mind is the source of unidirectional thoughts. The more one scales the height of success, the calmer, composed and humble he becomes. He easily wins or rules the world, who can control his mind. No doubt, today’s fast paced life style and hectic daily life routine has snatched the tranquility of mind but it can be stored or regained through the power of yoga and meditation. One can be at his best if his mind and heart both remain at peace as peace is the ingredient of life.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Meet Swati Sarangi guest author of Agnishatdal and Indie Adda!

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta –

https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com
and
https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com

Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 7.10.17 Responsibilities on our shoulder: Filling ITR

Before going into the details of the topic, I would first like to define tax. Income tax is a certain amount of income to be paid to the government at the end of a year. This has to be paid on a specific day regardless of whether it belongs to an individual or a business under condition if the annual income exceeds Rs 1,60,000, after making all deductions under Chapter VI A, then the person will have to pay tax..

The word tax has its root with the word taxation which means estimation. It’s not a new concept. As a matter of fact it has a history as old as 2000years. In earlier days, it was levied on sale and purchase of merchandise or livestock and was paid in a random manner. The earlier evidences are found in decrees of Greece, Germany and roman empires whereas in India, the evidences of the system of direct taxation have been found in literatures like Manu Smriti and Arthashastra. Then taxes were paid in form of gold and silver coins, cattle, portions of agricultural produce, raw materials and even by rendering personal service.

Income Tax Act of 1961 governs issues related to direct income tax in India. According to this act, the calculation of the income tax on the annual income of the person or organization starts on 1st April and ends on the 31st March of the next financial year. These are known by the terms – previous year and assessment year respectively. It is collected by the government in following ways-

voluntary payment by the tax payers
Tax deducted at the source(TDS)
Tax collected (TCS)

Income Tax return (ITR) is the form through which a tax payer communicates with the income tax department. This leads to a transparent system where a citizen just tells the government about the amount, source and mode of earning income. Income tax return filling provides a method to the citizens to give information about the income and detail of the tax paid. There are different forms available for filling ITR which is based on different status and head of income.

The income tax paid is used in the development of the country such as building of roads, infrastructures, defence. Government uses these taxes to fund the public activities and other welfare projects. A rising income tax shows a corresponding growth in the income. So, it can be regarded as the barometer of the progress.

There are several benefits of filling ITR:
It serves as a standard proof.
Technology has made the filling up ITR online the easiest task.
Availability of VISA becomes possible through submission of ITR which opens up the gateway to abroad.
Easier refund claims
Creates a strong financial background
It can be filled even after the scheduled date
The amount denoted can be used as deductions which help in reducing the taxation income.

We, being the citizens of India, have a greater share of responsibility for the development of the country. So, it is our obligation to pay the tax for our nation. When the paying of ITR is just few clicks away on platforms like H&R block, why should we even procrastinate? The way each drop constitutes an ocean, similarly when we, as responsible individuals move forward and join hands for building our country, it will definitely lead to a great transformation.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 30.9.17 Nothing comes easy to anybody

It is cent percent true that nothing comes easy to anybody. The masters of the fields were once the beginners and it is the consistency in their efforts which has transformed them into masters. As very aptly quoted by Neil Armstrong, “This is one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”Every beginning is just an ordinary but if it is continued cautiously, it produces extraordinary results. It is always not the result that matters but the desire to begin something.

To start or initiate anything, it requires a great courage. Breaking the ice is not always easy no matter how easy it might seem at first. As it has been very wisely remarked, “The smallest of actions is always better than the boldest of intentions”. All the greatest ideas remain ineffective until those are converted into actions. Our mind always tries to portray our own selves. In this act of creating an ideal image of our selves, the mind restricts us from doing many things which later take the shape of fear or aversion and these fears (actually the myths created inside the mind) start to haunt us for rest of our lives. In this world of friction, nothing can be done without putting an effort in the direction to overcome it.

The famous idiom “Rome was not built in a day” gives an impression so appropriately that it requires a sincere and systematic approach to reach the destination. In an interview, the famous TV presentator Oprah Winfrey revealed her fear about public speaking. It was difficult to believe that she used to be afraid of speaking in public in her past. The one who was once afraid of stage or public speaking is one of the most famous TV show hosts now and all these have not happened over a night time. Overcoming this fear and converting this weakness to strength might certainly not have been an easy task for her. There are numerous such examples around us.

Nothing happens by chance or luck as very well remarked by a Buddhist sage, “Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.” Experiences of life are the greatest teachers. If a person is wise, he might certainly have devoted his time to grasp the wisdom of life. If someone is a brilliant dancer, then it is certain that he/she has always showed interest to develop this quality. Sports person toil day and night to build up their stamina and bring glories to their countries in various international and national competitions. If someone has a high level of maturity, it might be because he has always tried to take the lessons of life more seriously. In this discussion, nothing can be a better example than Mother Nature where numerous life processes are continuing ceaselessly otherwise we would not have survived.

The driving force behind any action is effort. If you try to analyze the priority of words- HARD WORK and LUCK (say on the basis of their positions in dictionary) you’ll find that the word HARD WORK precedes the word LUCK in the dictionary. It gives an indication that before leaving anything to LUCK, we must WORK HARD. This can be very well substantiated by one of the Shlokas of Sanskrit, “Nahi Suptasya Sinhasya Pravishanti Mukhe Mriga”.It means the deer (or prey) does not itself comes near the mouth of a sleeping lion. The king of the forest Lion will die if it relaxes inside the cave.

Every man has been gifted with a unique set of qualities by Almighty. We can never expect these qualities given by God to develop automatically without our efforts. In fact, it requires a great dedication and devotion in our act in furnishing them. Effort has no voice but the result (of that effort) has. In other words, results are only apparent but not the efforts. If the efforts have been sincere, then the favorable results are bound to come. Quoting the words of Sri Aurobindo, “Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it and use it.”

Concluding this article with the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ……
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept
Were toiling upwards in the night.

©Swati Sarangi

Swati Sarangi is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. She has always been so inclined towards reading and writing since childhood days. She has contributed her works to school and college magazines, different websites like learning and creativity.com, bonobology. She actively participates in various literary competitions and has won many prizes at school ,college and national level. She writes in her blogs along with her sister Sweta – https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworldblog.wordpress.com .Her poems have got place in Addiqtd Book of poetry by LJLF, Anthology of poems like Shades of life-2 ,The Stage, The seasons and various emagazines like Agnishatdal and Writer’s Ezine. Her favourite form of writing is poetry.