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Swati Sarangi Saturdays 23.9.17 Knowledge is power

Knowledge, according to Oxford Dictionary, means ‘information or awareness gained through experience or education’. In other words, it is the sum total of what we know. According to English grammar, it is the noun derivative of the verb ‘know’. Knowing refers to the state of gathering or collecting information on something. Knowledge is acquired through different experiences in life and from sources like books, internet etc. It can be thought as the preconception on certain matter. In the words of Christopher Morley, “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” Hence, learning can achieve other necessities of life.

Knowledge can have different manifestations such as technical knowledge, business knowledge, general knowledge, knowledge on manners and social etiquettes and spiritual knowledge. Some knowledge is bookish which are obtained by reading the books thoroughly and mindfully. Another kind of knowledge is acquired through different experiences in life. Worldly knowledge gets accumulated through different situations faced in life. Manners and etiquettes are important sphere of knowledge as they decide our social behavior. Proper use of manners and etiquettes makes one to get recognized socially and helps him in gaining enough social acquaintances. Spiritual knowledge gets built up during the last stages of life when a man develops enough understanding some typical aspects of life at depth. Till that stage, he has attained maturity to look at some of the complicacies of life.

There is no proper age of learning. Aristotle, on reflecting upon the natural instinct of man, once said, “All men by nature desire knowledge”. Man, being a social animal, learns in every stage of his life. His learning process begins from the very moment he takes birth and continues till his last breath. He learns from his mistakes and tries to rectify them. At the early stage of his life, parents act as first teachers and the house serves as the primary school for him. Parents impart the primary knowledge. When he grows a bit older, he is sent to the school where he learns through competing with his peers. After attaining a certain age and qualification, he is left on his own to face the prevalent challenges and endeavors of life. He then learns to adapt to different situations of life.

Knowledge is limitless. It has no boundary. More the exposure, greater will be its attainment. He enjoys his journey most who manages to sail through the vast sea of knowledge intelligently. Knowledge is gained only when there is a hunger for it. As appropriately quoted by Benjamin Franklin,“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge”. Books act as the light house in the never ending arena of knowledge. There is a well-known saying that incomplete knowledge is very dangerous. It is so because it creates a lot of confusions. A wise man is respected everywhere than a rich man. The given topic is the quote of Sir Francis Bacon- “Knowledge is power”. A man gains his confidence through knowledge. Confidence is the driving force behind all the actions. The power of knowledge is evident in the religious books and scriptures. There have been numerous anecdotes and rumors about various people and saints renunciating the world in search of true knowledge of life and death. It was that invisible power of knowledge which produced an irresistible urge in Gautam Buddha to give up his kingdom and lavish life style. The power of knowledge created a similar impact on Swami Vivekananda who later sought the guidance of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa in his journey for the search of knowledge about the cycle of life.

Knowledge is immortal and something divine. It is a mystery to man because the more he explores the more he gets every time he does so. The knowledge is like a well which is immeasurable. It is because the depth of knowledge is unattainable. It is a non perishable entity because it gets replenished every time we try to share it with others. An anonymous through his humbled words has very beautifully emphasized on the importance of learning- “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Leaning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where miracle process begins”. The attainment of true knowledge makes one feel powerful, energetic and confident. It is something whose possession makes one worthy. In Mahabharat, Yaksha questioned Yudhishtir, “What stays with a person even after his death?” Yudhishtir’s answer to the above question was ‘knowledge’. It is very true that the power of knowledge is supreme. So, its experience brings complete bliss, mental peace and satisfaction. In the words of Margaret Fuller, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it”. Hence, everyone must try to expand his sphere of knowledge and at the same time he must also learn to share it with others.

© 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 16.9.17 Every man’s man- Shaktimaan

Every man’s man- Shaktimaan

21st NOV- World Philosophy Day. It was just an ordinary day for me until I grasped the essence of the day at the end of it. I was ignorant of the speciality of this day before until I scanned the pages of my favorite newspaper TIMES OF INDIA from where I got to know about something called “World Philosophy Day”. The presented piece of writing is the result of the influence of the article published on the same day under the section TIMES IDEAS and under the column SPEAKING TREE (It is the column devoted to spiritual ideologies and thoughts. Trees don’t speak literarily. The picture of an old, firm banyan tree symbolizes wisdom or in other words maturity of thoughts). The published article was entitled as “Learn to respect your gut instincts”. The contents of that article were so informative and motivating that its effects stayed with me for next few days. I felt extremely peaceful, enlightened and full of positivity after I completed reading that. It not only provided me a sense of spiritual satisfaction at the desired level but also rejuvenated some old sweet and interesting memories of past. So, I want to share those with you all the readers of this article. I hope that I spread the similar sense of awareness in you for yourself which I received when I completed reading that article. Combo: with old memories.

The name Shaktimaan was once a name of every household, during the era of our childhood. It was a sci-fi TV serial featuring a Superhero, Shaktimaan. Shaktimaan is a Hindi word which means man of power. Every super hero serves as a role model for the people of the society. He is like a savior, fights against all evils and always tries to restore peace in the society. Where there is a Superhero, it is certain that there must be villains. So they were also present in the show with some awkward and weird get-ups adding to the level of suspense, action and thriller to which we children were most attracted to. We all children of the house would glue to the screen of the TV like most innocent and obedient children of the world when it was telecasted. We were addicted to it to such an extent that we would also never forget to watch the repeat telecast of the episodes!! We were that crazy for the serial!! It amazes me when I think about my obsession with any serial!! I generally run away from daily soaps. There were other attractive things in that serial to mention. The serial used to open up with a picture of a human being, shown meditating to activate various Chakras of his body. The entire scene was set under a cosmic background with a faint chant of OM. That was so interesting for me since the space thing was involved. The scene of chakras sometimes astonished me and sometimes it left me with a sense of laughter for not being able to understand the thing properly. I was, in fact, too young to comprehend the spiritual aspect of the described system. As far I recall, few words of the casting song were “jab hota hai aadmi ko apna gyan, kehlaya who Shaktimaan”. Its English translation is when a man tries to realize his true worth, he becomes most powerful. After many years, I now realize the density offered by each word of that song. If we connect the virtuality to reality we may find a connection. It would never be wrong to say that we are no different from the same hero whom we used to glance in our TV screens for many hours and for many subsequent years. You don’t believe? You have to believe that we all are Shaktimaan of real life (not different in characteristics from the reel Shaktimaan, but I can’t assure you about the look!)

Yes, we all are spiritual beings. In reality, we are emotionally, mentally and physically very very powerful. Being powerful is our true nature and if we feel we are not, then we are suffering from low gut instinct and that is because the internal chakras of our body have not been activated so far. It is of utmost importance to activate the internal chakras of our body to always stay in a state of continuous awareness about our existence, strengths and purpose of our life. Sharing my limited knowledge about different chakras- There are seven Chakras in our body and different Yoga procedures (and Pranayam- mediatation and other exercises) have been defined to activate them. When these Chakras are in the activated state, we experience peace, bliss and everything that we long for. So, I don’t think there is anyone who wants to stay in the state of dormancy. What are you waiting for?? Get started now and enjoy the wonderful gift of the Almighty given to you- 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.

Swati Sarangi Saturdays 9.9.17 all about bullying

All About Bullying

Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally. In other words, it refers to the negative actions of a person intentionally inflicting injury or discomforting another person through physical contact, through words or in other ways. According to U.S. National Center for Education, bullying can be classified into two categories:

direct bullying
Indirect bullying (or social aggression).

Direct bullying involves a great deal of physical aggression such as throwing things, slapping, choking, punching and kicking, beating, stabbing, pulling hair, scratching, biting, scraping, and pinching whereas aggression or indirect bullying is characterized by attempting to socially isolate the victim. This isolation is achieved through a wide variety of techniques, including spreading gossip, refusing to socialize with the victim, bullying other people who wish to socialize with the victim, and criticizing the victim’s manner of dress and other socially-significant markers (including the victim’s race, religion, disability etc.).An array of nonviolent behavior can be outlined which can be considered “indirect bullying”, at least in some instances, such as name calling, silent treatment, manipulation, gossip/false gossip, lies, rumors/false rumors, laughing at the victim, saying certain words that trigger a reaction from a past event and mocking.

Depending upon the nature of Bullying, it can be further classified into four basic types –emotional (or relational), verbal, physical and cyber.

Statistics show that bullying is 3 times as prevalent as illegal discrimination and at least 1,600 times as prevalent as workplace violence. Statistics also show that while only one employee in every 10,000 becomes a victim of workplace violence, one in six experiences bullying at work. Bullying is a little more common than sexual harassment but not verbal abuse which occurs more than bullying. Such actions are not necessarily illegal and may not even be against the firm’s regulations; however, the damage to the targeted employee and the workplace morale is obvious.

Researchers have identified various factors such as depression , personality disorders ,quickness to anger and use of force, addiction to aggressive behaviors, mistaking others’ actions as hostile, concern with preserving self image, and engaging in obsessive or rigid actions, envy and resentment, family environment characterized by conflict and poor parenting responsible for bullying. Bullies can also use bullying as a tool to conceal shame or anxiety or to boost self-esteem: by demeaning others, the abuser feels empowered. Bullies may bully out of jealousy or because they themselves are bullied. Most people remain bystanders and may accept the bullying or even support the bully. In 85% of bullying incidents, bystanders are involved in teasing the victim or egging on the bully. When the bully encounters no negative response from observers, it encourages continuation of the behavior. Researches also indicate that adults who bully have authoritarian personalities, combined with a strong need to control or dominate. It has also been suggested that a prejudicial view of subordinates can be a particularly strong risk factor.

According to the researches carried out by Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College in Dublin, individuals whether child or adult, who are persistently subjected to abusive behavior are at risk of stress related illness which can sometimes lead to suicide. Those who have been the targets of bullying can suffer from long term emotional and behavioral problems (such as post traumatic disorder) disorder. Bullying can cause loneliness, depression, anxiety, lead to low self-esteem, increased susceptibility to illness and maladjustment. It also leads to violence and serial killing. Bullied students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Studies reveal that serial killers were frequently bullied through direct and indirect methods as children or adolescents.

Some have argued that bullying can teach life lessons, effective ways to manage disputes, ways to interact with others and instill strength. Bullying can also help the victims to adapt social or physical lifestyle changes that result in greater mental or physical health over the longer term. For example, weight-based victimization (WBV) has been shown to influence overweight individuals to lose weight. Despite occasional assertions that bullying can be positive and even productive, the avowed normative consensus is that bullying is a form of abuse and is wholly negative.

Every individual, as a human being, longs to be respected or sought after. He has all rights to protect his dignity but in the act of protecting his own dignity, he must take care of the fact that he is not hurting anyone physically or emotionally. When being bullied, let’s us not give the bully any chance to lower our self esteem. Let’s all pledge to stop bullying (by not encouraging bullying in any form or being a bully) and make this world a better place to live in by fostering humanity and brotherhood.
© 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 2.9.17 a letter to mom

A letter to Mom

Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say that I’m the luckiest daughter ever born on this planet. I can never ever forget to thank God for helping me to find the safest place in your arms.

I always cherish the moments of togetherness with family till I got the chance to be at home. You have always been under my observation, being a home maker. How well you play different roles of yours so fantastically, I always wonder. You’re a perfect daughter, wife, daughter-in-law, aunt, sister, sister-in-law and most importantly the best mother on this planet. Treating twin daughters with equality so that no feeling of jealousy and rivalry has ever bloomed is the benchmark of your upbringing that has made you a role model for many.

Your handmade delicacies can never ever compete with the best cuisines of the world, I believe. I literary crave for the magical dishes that your culinary expertise can invent. Not a single guest has ever left the doorstep of our home unsatisfied by your hospitality. Your way of feeding empty stomachs with the handmade dishes has always attracted me. You have always surprised us with your eagerness to learn new things and implement them in your life. How can I ever forget your talent of making something out of nothing and by turning a garbage into something magical! You’re among the rare species who gets satisfied even with little things that life offers. This character trait of yours always makes you feel contendent with yourself in every situation of life.

You’ve always gifted your daughters the biggest asset of life i.e your good wishes. You have always been successful in deciphering every unsaid word of us .Gratitude for everything you’ve done for both of us which can never be expressed by mere arrangement of words.

At the end, thanks for giving life to me and please forgive me for all the mistakes I’ve committed. Your voice acts as drops of water for my parched soul and the tenderness in your touch makes my paralysed soul functional. You are the saviour of my life. Thank you for being very patient with me and supporting me in every situation. You’re the one whom I turn up to during any adversity. I will always pray God to be under your shelter for million births. Never ever give up on me. I promise to grow into a better person than ever before.

Please continue to be my torch bearer and path finder.

May you be blessed with all happiness and good health. Wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day!
Your loving daughter
©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.

Thursday Fun n Frolics 30.3.17 is for Swati Sarangi of Agnishatdal.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself Swati.
Swati Sarangi: I’m currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. So, basically I’m a post graduate student by profession and a writer by passion. I’m someone who has an intense obsession with words, numbers and colours. Being quite reticent in nature, I feel very expressive when I pen down my thoughts. I’m so much passionate about writing that I never miss a single page of my diary! I can be contacted through- swatisarangi@gmail.com and/or facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/swati.sarangi.165

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: You are quite an accomplished writer, your works have been accepted by many publishing houses, tell us the secret, if you don’t mind!
Swati Sarangi: Thanks for the praise! My journey to the field of writing has just begun, I feel. I feel that I’m just a beginner. It always feels so great when my works are accepted. The secret to my writing is my positive outlook towards the world around me. This in turn offers me a gift of observing things present in my vicinity and binding them through words.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years from now? Will you try stories too?
Swati Sarangi: Future is the most unpredictable concept. So, it’s difficult for me to predict it at this point of time. I write out of my passion, there’s nothing more profound than passion for something. I will continue to write as long as this passion is alive. Yes, I will experiment with stories too.

Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your blogs, their contents and urls?
Swati Sarangi: I have maintained two blogs with my sister, Sweta- creative-constellation.blogspot.com and wordstoworld.wordpress.com . The first one is nearly 3 and a half years old whereas the later one has been created recently which has been dedicated to short forms of writing like Haiku and flash fiction. My sister also contributes to these blogs.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us about your published works, and the urls from where we can buy them, do add the covers if you can please.
Swati Sarangi: Here is the list of some of my published works-

Poem: Days of forgotten past in THE STAGE –
http://www.amazon.in/Stage-Various/dp/9384411280/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481545842&sr=8-1&keywords=The+stage+pepperscript

Article: Observation- December Issue of Writer’s Ezine

https://pothi.com/pothi/book/various-writers-ezine-december-2016-issue

Poem: Being a girl- Shade of life-2

Poems: A Prayer, Beyond the boundaries of impossibilities – Addiqtd Book of poetry
amazon.com/AddiQtd-Book-Poetry-Swati-Sarangi-ebook/dp/B00TBPEUNS#navbar

Issues of Agnishatdal-
(Poush )December Issue

Agrahayan Issue
Poem- Choices

Kartik Issue
Diwali Special: Poem- It’s Diwali here

Ashwin Issue
Article- Binding the household

Bhadra issue
Poem- A Prayer
College Magazine – Technoquest, IGIT , Sarang
Tecnoquest 2k12

Poem: Devils of life

Technoquest 2k13

Technoquest 2k14
Poem: The view, Identity

Different websites and pages-

Blue grass page of FB
Poems- It’s Diwali here , Illuminating through darkness

http://www.learningandcreativity.com
Article: Every man’s man – Shaktiman- http://learningandcreativity.com/shaktimaan-every-mans-man/
Poem: A prayer – https://learningandcreativity.com/prayer/

Bonobology.com
What I learned about relationship lessons from my parents
http://www.bonobology.com/relationships/challenges-and-advice/301-relationship-lessons-from-parents–contest-winners-and-stor

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Do you have something to suggest us, the wannabe successful authors, especially those who are employed or are heading for a career in the dreary real world?
Swati Sarangi: My suggestion for wanna-be-authors would be to just follow their passion relentlessly, rest everything will follow eventually.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?
Swati Sarangi: Agnishatdal is an amazing platform for debut writers. It is an agglomeration of all forms of art – writing, digital art,photography. It would be better if the presentation (such as font size, color) is made little bit more oriented and uniform. For popularity of this Ezine, more focus should be given on its advertisement.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors? As a successful author who has made publishers accept her works?
Swati Sarangi: To Indie Authors, I just want to suggest to keep following their passion. Writing is like a divine gift which should be nurtured effortlessly. Keep writing!

Thursday Fun n Frolics 2.2.17 Swati Sarangi

swati book interview

Swati Sarangi halfsize

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about yourself Swati, who are you in earthly sense and in reality?
Swati Sarangi: I’m currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. So, basically I’m a post graduate student by profession and a writer by passion. I’m someone who has an intense obsession with words, numbers and colours. Being quite reticent in nature, I feel very expressive when I pen down my thoughts. I’m so much passionate about writing that I never miss a single page of my diary!

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: How do you juggle B.Tech and poetry? Most career oriented people lament how poetry dries up inside them when they go to office!
Swati Sarangi: As already mentioned above, I’ve always been inclined to reading and writing since my childhood days. When you’re really passionate about something, you don’t need to take any special slot out of your day to pursue your passion. I’ve even composed some of the poems or written some articles during uninteresting lectures and labs in college days! 😛 There were days when I could not be regular with the process of writing but that never made me to leave my passion.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: What made you a poet and a published author?
Swati Sarangi: During primary classes, my father used to compose poems for me and I used to dream about the day when I would be able to compose poems like my father. So, primary motivation for writing came from my father. Later on, I got the inspiration from my classmates who were good at writing. I composed a poem for the first time when I was in class 6th and that was on my mother. Appreciation from my parents, teachers and friends ignited my passion for writing. Publishing my works helped me to get the viewpoints of readers which encouraged me to work on my writing abilities.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about your book!
Swati Sarangi: I’ve contributed two poems for an ebook ‘Addiqtd book of poetry’ by the publisher Laureate Journal Literature Fraternity (February 6, 2015). It’s an ebook of collection of modern poetry by contemporary poets.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Where can we buy it?
Swati Sarangi: Here is the link to Addiqtd book of poetry – https://amazon.com/AddiQtd-Book-Poetry-Swati-Sarangi-ebook/dp/B00TBPEUNS#navbar . It is available in Kindle store at Amazon.com.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us a little bit about your blog and do give us their addresses.
Swati Sarangi: I have maintained two blogs with my sister, Sweta- https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworld.wordpress.com . The first one is nearly 3 and a half years old whereas the later one has been created recently which has been dedicated to short forms of writing like Haiku and flash fiction. My sister also contributes to these blogs.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Another one coming? Story or poems? spoiler?
Swati Sarangi: The answer to this question is even a mystery to me as well!  I write down whatever comes to my mind. I’ve never been specific about any form of writing.

the interview:
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/tfnf-feb-2-2-17-swati-sarangi-and-addiqtd.pdf