Troy Wednesdays 18.10.17 The execution

The Execution

It would come soon. It could not be avoided, not be cheated. But he had resolved himself to it, this end of his.

It was the only way he could save his family — from himself — with his monstrously powerful mind and the seed within, a tiny alien web in his brain, amplifying his thoughts and broadcasting them as physical force.

He was a detonator, a bio-explosive, a living bomb, but one that did not expend itself in the blast.

The operation was to happen soon. Seven black-ops troops, in unknown positions, had set up their equipment and were ready to shoot at any moment.

He looked down, saw the red dots from the targeting sights on his chest as he felt the charge building within. He felt himself shake as the first rounds impacted, penetrating his chest.

Everything went forever dark when the next hit him between the eyes.
Troy David Loy ©2017

Troy David Loy is an eternal student, a writer, and blogger owned by two cats, Ricky and Eccles. He is co-author with Miss Sharmishtha Basu of two published books, and solo author of three books on Amazon for Kindle, with a fourth book on the way.

He lives with his family and values his friends, family, and the flourishing and the well-being of his species in dangerous times.

He seeks one overarching goal: to help make the world a better place in his own tiny, drop-in the- ocean way, one piece of fractal artwork, essay, or story at a time. He battles the Forces of Darkness™ from his secret volcano lair in Virginia as Troythulu while his eldritch tentacled servitors from beyond time and space keep the lab in good condition.

He may be found online at:
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https://troythulu.blogspot.com
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Pieces from Agnijaat 12 cheriyal art

Cheriyal art of Warangal
Glimpses of Indian History

Cheriyal, a small village 85 Km away from Warangal, 100 Km away from Hyderabad is birthplace of a beautiful style of traditional painting that can transform the walls of any home!

This style has a little resemblance with Madhubani and Rajasthani painting and one can see a slight resemblance with Pat paintings of Bengal but it has its own stories to tell! It not only paints the stories from mythology and history, it paints stories of the village barber, or the fisherman! Their ranges vary from heaven to earth!

Unfortunately this 15th century art is threatened like so many of Indian traditional arts and crafts, because it desperately needs people who will digitize it.

The artists behind these amazing works are called Nakash, they have been doing this for generations, their materials are purely organic! They gather their painting materials from household or nature.

Blue from Indigo, black from lamp soot mixed with thirumany tree gum, white from crushed ground sea shells, lemon yellow from a particular stone, red from tamarind seeds, brown from geru and so on! The major colours are first made and from these others are mixed, like most painters do! These are then used to paint the story on a roll of cloth, ideally 3 ft. in height and length depends on the size of the story.

The traditional style is vertical, that is the stories are in panels, like comic book pages, no. of panels again depend on the size of the story.

These are used as companion of story-tellers, as the story-teller tells the story, he shows the specific panel to the audience.

The making of these canvases is a laborious process, the cotton cloth is treated with a mixture of starch (rice), white mud, a paste of boiled tamarind seeds and gum water. Every coating is completely dried before applying the next, once ready the artists directly sketch the outlines on the canvas using a brush.

They also make dolls and masks with coconut shells, coated with wood powder, tamarind paste and gum.

The good news is the government is helping these artists, since 1978 The crafts council of India, the world Telugu Federation and Jagdish Mittal have worked towards preserving Cheriyal scroll work.
Source: An article from the newspaper Hindu
Also check out: http://www.goheritagerun.com/focus-dying-cheriyal-art-warangal

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Pieces from Agnijaat 11 power of evil

Never underestimate power of evil….
Skills of survival by happysoul
(If you like these little suggestions you can buy the book from amazon, Agnijaat Book 3)

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Skill 2 : Never underestimate the power of evil.

Never underestimate the power of evil, because it has more willing supporters than good. Because it rewards its minions lavishly whereas supporters of good are almost certain about living on the things the minions or other powers can’t steal. Sometimes that’s too little! So no wonder people merrily choose evil as their leader. So whether you like it or not, believe it or not, human beings support, follow evil in multitudes, those who pick up honest means are far rarer.

If you live your life believing in the stories repeated in a time long gone, when most probably it was true-that truth wins, goodness wins, righteous win then you are most probably acting like the ostrich. You know, the one that dips its head in a burrow of sand and pretends he is safe from dangers. The world around him is cool!

He may be lucky- by sheer dumb luck his assumptions may be true, or he may get killed, never even knowing what killed him.

You will be just like him, surrounded by your own make-beliefs of what things are, in reality things are absolutely different, all you have done is closed your mind, that keeps telling you that things are not what you think they are! You have convinced yourself that if you are good, honest evil will never be able to harm you, if you are benevolent, kind, loving no one will harm you… etc. etc…. If only things were that way in reality! If you deny or ignore evil that does not means it will return the courtesy! It never does! Sometimes it just misses the targets.

Just like Vishnusharma (author of Panchatantra) said thousands of years ago, “Evil hates virtue!” it does hates virtue and merrily ruins it whenever it can! When it will strike you, you won’t even see it coming most probably if you under-estimate its grip and power on/in human society.

There is nothing wrong in being good, honest but don’t be blind, a prey in a predatory world survives only through his survival instincts and a solid dose of luck. Keep that in mind.

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Pieces from Agnijaat 10 Indian Youth

A Few lines from poet Nazrul’s poem Shikha (the flame), roughly translated-

The tragedy of India is it’s youth is used as a walking stick, a crutch by the decaying… the arms that once fought glorious wars are now begging for votes, the decaying is basking in the glory created by youth, luring them into their traps using jobs as baits.

Sounds so surreal, does not it? But it is quite the truth in India, the way youth is brazenly abused in this country is quite exemplary in the bad sense. There was a time when Indian philosophy was a man should pass a part of his life in studying, next part in full fledged family life, then handing over the authority to the next generation but staying around, devoting more time to holy rituals than materialistic pleasures, gains. Then finally leaving the family and living in isolation or as it was in that age, building a hut in a holy place or forest, seeking God or salvation.

Now, it is too much to expect the final part from human beings, and their family members too most probably won’t want that, but the third part is only fair, handing over authority to the younger generation when they are ready and then just be around, in case they need help.

Tragically that part too stopped happening, the eternal hunger, greed for power corrupted those who should guide, protect, the elderly, the more experienced ones, can’t call them wise! Because somehow I believe wisdom is unselfish.

Don’t go by books or bookies, take a random trip in India wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, most people won’t dare to tell you the truth, no one likes to piss their employers off in India, unless of course they are government employees, and they are the pets of Indian government, the non government sector is its illegal child. That is how the (majority of entire workforce in India) who work under this sector are treated by the Indian Government. They are viciously exploited by the corrupted employers and the Indian Government’s duty is done by performing some bureaucratic formalities of course, who cares about implementation? It’s not the job of a government to check out if the laws are implemented or not, passing them is their only duty. If people are being wronged they should sue their employers.

From where will the starving people get money to sue millionaires? Well, that is their problem, right? If they don’t sue and win how will government know that the corruption is so rampant in private concerns? They pay tiny bags of peanuts to elephants to work for them? All day long, and quite often on weekends too? Not only in the offices but at homes too?

Honestly, if a government is so worthless that it is incapable of providing majority of its workforce a decent amount of money for their livelihood (even after more than 10 hours of duty x six, sometimes seven days of week) then how can they be elected year after year?

Here most probably the youth factor works for the decayed seasoned vultures- unemployed youth are lured into “working” for the parties under different costumes in lieu of “job promise”. Now the more young people are unemployed the better it is for the political parties, those poor boys and girls are sitting at home, doing nothing so luring them is as easy as it can be, what do they have to lose? Maybe they can gain a government job if they please the polties! So they do what one hopes young people should never do! Become minions of polties. Obey and serve them blindly, mutely, hoping for a carrot at the end of the day!

That job if they get it they become slaves of the polties from minions, because then they know that their livelihood depends on polties, so they dance to their tunes.

Yes, getting government jobs by honest means is next to impossible in India, but getting it from indirect routes is quite easy. Once in a blue moon they are exposed, then instantly hushed up but those who get to read those items at opportune time know how easy it is for “powerful” folks to make arrangements of government jobs for their pets. Just calling up the right people will be enough, without moving their *** an inch.

On the other hand if you are trying to get it honestly you will have to try from very young age, pick up the special line you are about to try, then start studying about that, learning the skills needed to get that job, and mostly joining trustworthy institutes that train for the exams of those posts.

Now, our erstwhile government destroyed West Bengal’s education system by a bunch of special strategies, which now seems well-planned at my age, after seeing, suffering this state for 30 years-
They removed English from primary classes for a very long span of time, that absolutely destroyed the grip on that language, of which Bengal was once proud of.
They made the two essential exams- board examinations Secondary and Higher Secondary a mean of ruining lives- yes, the examiners had ‘instructions” to “not” give students marks “higher than” a specific mark. That is so insane, is not it? Well, unfortunately it is true too, their examiners have clearly admitted it time and time again, that no matter how good a student’s performance/answer sheet is they are “strictly instructed” to not rise above a certain mark! Which mark is nothing in comparison to the marks that the rest of the country’s students get by writing nothing! If you want to learn how to destroy a civilization you can learn it from communist party leaders! When they are done with a society (ever) then nothing is left in that society.

I have studied in at least three boards, have studied with students of U.P. Delhi, Delhi Bengali students and Bengali students- the level of intelligence and proficiency is noticeably higher in Bengali boys and girls but they simply don’t have a chance to prove that merit! Why their marksheets and their English knowledge destroys them! Now, the evil genius asks who gets benefitted by an army of frustrated, intelligent unemployed boys and girls? Those who can exploit them brazenly, for example a bunch of old buzzards who have been playing games of politics for decades! Who sit on thrones and lure minions to do their dirty jobs! Who use those minions to terrorize the rest of the society. Had these boys and girls been employed what would have happened to the minions? Their numbers should have sliced down pitiably! Now who will vote for mass unemployment? Every shrewd buzzard will!
Not only that, they kept tabs of those who were against their revered governments- schools, families etc. and heckled them through government red tapes. The students of certain schools got special treatments, members of certain families got special treatment after all, if you have the “mean of class autocracy” in your clutches your “class” will rule, in this case buzzard class did. The rest of the state became their food, they devoured the youth of this state for thirty years and spat out minions!
West Bengal was maw of hell, but the rest of the India was not a very good place for honesty or hard work either. That is the reason why we don’t see slumdogs become millionaires in India by honest means, or a group of boys working from their garage creating something like facebook or Microsoft! Not because they are unworthy, incompetent, lazy or unwilling but because to succeed in India you will need a lot of skill, money, to win over the rampant waves of corruption. If you are super lucky then you may slip through that net, if you have your parent’s bank balance to help you then you can fly over that net, but if you have none, if you are just an average Indian youth, with average luck and too much honesty and you are tenacious enough to not let go, keep trying after string of failure (and you survive them too) then you may taste it when you are in your sixties maybe!
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Some reviews on my Amazon books!

The document with links for the reviews, in case you want to dig in further!

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1.
New! Troy reviewed wildflowers in bed of rocks
Touching in its elegance January 18, 2017
A collection of sixty-nine poems, with such themes as love, beauty, and fantastic wonder, I found this book an excellent read on a cold winter’s night when the skies are clear, with the stars alight so very far away.
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2.
Troy reviewed durgapujo duti shishur duti jagat
The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script June 1, 2016
In this, the same celebration seen through two different perspectives, I found the poetry quite pleasing to the mind’s ear. The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script, as well as a good resource for practicing translating between it and English!
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3.
Troy reviewed barir pujo durgapuja and kalipuja
Excellent! June 1, 2016
As a big fan of things Indian, this collection of stories is not only informative in its depiction of Bengali worship celebrations, but I found the illustrations throughout with a charm evoking mystery and wonder!
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4.
F. E. Esparza reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
A Thinker December 27, 2015
I found this book to be interesting to read. The stories are very short and entertaining but I feel they don’t end properly as some feel like cliff hangers. I don’t know if that was the writers intention to do. On the flip side it does give a reader thoughts to ponder on what happen next. So I do have to say this book does make a reader think and captures a persons attention.
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5.
Troy reviewed myriad colours of earth
Beautiful stuff! September 9, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, with the lyrical feel of its verse, and the accompanying digital paintings that enhance it. Most excellent!
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6.
Troy reviewed of dreams and reality
This is stellar! September 9, 2015
This one evokes thoughts like a those of a mind lost between misty puffs of down in the sky, reaching for, but always out of grasp, of answers to the very deepest of questions. Well done!
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7.
Troy reviewed the heart beats on
Fascinating stuff! September 9, 2015
A collection of poetic verse and digital painting, this book was well worth an evening’s read. Congratulations to the authoress to work done well!
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8.
Troy reviewed Meghparir Gaan song of clouds
Wonderful! September 9, 2015
As a collection of poems both Bengali and English by the authoress and her own art, this made my thoughts soar to realms afar, captured perfectly in graceful script and color!
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9.
Troy reviewed Butterflies from life’s garden
Wonderful! July 5, 2015
This collection of verse got me thinking about those little questions of life that seem so difficult to articulate in words, yet whose answers can be deceptively simple once properly considered. They are butterflies of thought, flitting about the mind’s eye and avoiding one’s direct gaze until viewed out of the corners, as it were, of that same mind’s eye. Great stuff!
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10.
Troy reviewed waves that became songs
I enjoyed this! July 5, 2015
As a collection of poems, this one was a pleasure to read through, while taking in the authoress’s evocative imagery, which supplemented the text wonderfully!
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11.
Troy reviewed Moments from the journey
Awesome poetry! July 5, 2015
This is a brilliant collection, with lively and enchanting images that add a great deal of color and feel to the text.
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12.
Troy reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Very good! May 16, 2015
This is a wonderful collection of seven line poems, and made an excellent late night first reading. This does not disappoint!
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13.
Troy reviewed For Tagore – rabikare agnishatdal
This is so cool! May 12, 2015
I love that, not only is this a book of poetry and evocative imagery, but also that it’s written in two languages, including one I’m learning while still a novice.

I must thank the authoress for this wonderful learning opportunity, and a fitting tribute to the great Bengali polymath himself!
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14.
Kevin Cooper reviewed spirits of darkness and light
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original … May 6, 2015
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original bring some of India’s mythological creatures to light with a style of writing that can only be attributed to that of a true mistress of story-telling. Nothing is what it seems as each incredible tale keeps you wondering what is going to happen next with endings that are in no way predictable. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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15.
Troy reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
Enchanting! April 30, 2015
This is an excellent collection of short fiction with cool Indian themes. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Basu’s paranormal fiction, and this is no exception! My favorites from this are the collection’s titular story, a chilling piece titled Scarecrow, and The Woman in White, of strange goings on in a nightspot. Three thumbs up!
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Gayle Walters Rose reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Evil pitted against an innocent March 29, 2015
This is a gripping tale that pits evil against the innocent. The story begins with the cruelty that our own family members can sometimes inflict on us and continues with a vindictiveness that sees no end as road blocks and terrorism are used to take down an innocent human being. And as unbelievable as it may appear, this scenario is being played out with many other innocents worldwide as those in power try to take down and…Read More

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17.
Troy reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Another good one! March 11, 2015
I’ve been following Ms. Sharmishtha Basu’s blogs and writings for some years now, and I’ve just finished reading this. It is perhaps the grimmest story I’ve read in a while. It’s dark realism is different in both style, outlook, and execution from the paranormal fiction she also writes. A story of life in India, it does not paint a pretty picture, but offers a warning, along with the discoveries and hard-fought lessons of the…Read More

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David Stewart reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that … February 15, 2015
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that people can inflict on each other. It’s an interesting look into the culture of family relationships and business dealings where everyone is out to get you.
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19.
Troy reviewed A bouquet of wild flowers
Thought provoking! February 1, 2015
A collection of 70 poems, this is an insightful work by Ms. Basu. If I must choose favorites among these, they would be her verses ‘Heaven or Hell’ and ‘Change your ways India.’ Good stuff to warm a Winter’s night!
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20.
Troy reviewed spirits of darkness and light
A good read, be it a dark night or brightly lit afternoon! January 14, 2015
Ms. Basu has in this book, a compelling portrayal of supernatural beings both benign and malignant. Here, she shows her skill in writing tales on the paranormal beings of India and the mortal characters who interact with these creatures as well. Very enjoyable!
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21.
David Stewart reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Five Stars January 12, 2015
This is a great little book with great poems and wonderful illustrations.
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22.
Teagan reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Five Stars January 7, 2015
What a treat to have this at such a great price!
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23.
Teagan reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Lovingly Crafted December 14, 2014
This book of poetry and illustrations is lovingly crafted, and the contents are imbued with it. Kudos to the valiant spirit of this author/illustrator for getting her work out there and learning about indie publishing.
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24.
Troy reviewed Tell me a story
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great collection! December 8, 2014
This is a terrific compilation of micro-fiction, featuring a wonderful mixture of genres and skillfully done as well. This is one of Ms. Basu’s works that showcases her considerable talent as an authoress!
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25.
Troy reviewed songbird sings to sun
Wonderful! November 23, 2014
This is a wondrous collection of seven-line poems! Ever since reading Ms. Basu’s many blogs over the last few years, she has shown herself to be a woman of astounding energy and vibrant imagination, and it shows in her considerable ability as a published authoress, and this work is no exception!
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26.
Troy reviewed black mist and other stories
Brilliant stories! October 31, 2014
Perfect for Halloween reading! I love the way the author has with so many different genres of dark fiction! I must say, these are good!
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27.
Brieuc Martin-Onraet reviewed The Lotus of Fire
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great work! October 24, 2014
Lovely texts and art. Great work!
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28.
Troy reviewed The Lotus of Fire
2 of 2 people found the following helpful
Excellent work! October 11, 2014
This is a wonderful collection of musings, and a wonderful collection of insights into Indian culture, life, belief, and love. It would be interesting to see it also in Bengali language and script to practice translations on in study. Just beautiful!
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Pieces from Agnijaat 9 What next?

What next? A red carpet? Recently I was trying to register my name in a freelancing site. They contacted me, inviting me to join them so I went, checked it out, then I was asked to fill up the profile form.

OK, even though I will be working via internet my email id and Kolkata was not enough for them. They wanted my detailed address, my phone number… wait please! I am not done yet! They wanted me to “pinpoint” my home location too in google map!

Now, even though I don’t know why, but all sites like publishers ask for mailing address and phone number, who cares if someone hacks into their site and steals the details and misuse them! But I get that level of intrusion but why exactly will I pinpoint my home to them?

Why exactly will I do that? What will they ask for next? Spread a red carpet on the street for them? Leading to my home? They MAY use it, but unsavory creatures, if they get a hint of that carpet absolutely will show up at my door.

Hey! I have physically worked in offices for years, they were content with my address only. I gave them my phone numbers on my own free will! When I knew who I was working for, not a gravatar in computer.

They had more to lose if my intentions were not right!
I remember one of my bosses, the last one I worked for from Burdwan, that guy used to give me huge amounts of money (in five or six digits) to deposit in bank, and when I shifted from Burdwan I did not updated my address to him, back then I was a little paranoid, hyper paranoid about being rediscovered by my stalkers! Now I know that they never left me, and wont I believe, their masks are too dear to them to let the one who knows their ugly face to be left alone. Anyways, I worked for him for another month before leaving, that man kept handing me over thousands of rupees to deposit in bank. Never even bothering. I might have just disappeared with that money.

So, if those employers could do without my residential address, why can’t my cyber employer? I just don’t get it what will a cyber employer do with my residential address!

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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.