AN OPEN LETTER TO STUDENTS APPEARING FOR HSC & SSC EXAMINATION

My dear kids,
Lots of love and blessings.Some of you have already begun writing your crucial HSC exams while some of you must be preparing for your SSC exams to be started soon. I extend my whole hearted wishes and love to you all.

I am sure you all are well prepared for the exams. In case not, then this letter is for you.

The reason behind me writing this letter to you is, since the day HSC exams began I have been reading about children succumbing to the pressure of exams and a large number of students being caught cheating during exams, in newspapers.

It is very disturbing and disheartening. I just want to tell you that stress is good as long as it keeps you motivated to carry on your journey and can be helpful in achieving your objective. And it should be allowed to rent a space in your mind up to that extent only. Shun the stress immediately as soon as it starts taking over your mind. Do not succumb to the pressure and give in. Committing suicide is not the solution to any problem in the world.

If you are under pressure because you feel that you won’t be able to make it in the exams, instead of taking drastic steps like committing suicide or escaping from your loved ones please take some time just to relax and do this exercise-

1) Choose a place where you can concentrate.
2) Carry along a diary, pen and a highlighter.
3) Keep your mobile phone off so as to avoid disturbance. (Keep you family members informed that you will be busy few hours with very important task).
4) Start a backward journey from this day to the very first day when the academic year began and keep noting in your diary as the ideas and images from past flash through your mind.
5) Once you have reached the very first day of the academic year, now start reading your diary and finish to the end.
6) Try to find out the reasons which have resulted to this situation.
7) Remember to highlight the points which give you insights.
8) Once you have zeroed in on those points, the actual journey begins.
9) Now you need some rethinking. Take the points one by one, think; what else you could have done in those situations so as to get positive results today.
10) Now tell yourself, it is never too late to begin a new journey and yes! This is your rebirth. Live this life well, meaningfully and constructively.

My dear little hearts, life is beautiful. It is to be lived FULLY not FUNNILY.

Each one of us is meant to contribute and pay back to the society from which we get everything. As the earth nurtures and allows only those seeds to germinate and multiply which are healthy and buries the rotten ones only to convert them into manure and utilize it to increase its fertility; accept, multiply and give back to the society only the healthiest things you got from it and rest consume and convert to manure and utilize to enhance your strength.

REMEMBER, it is BETTER TO FAIL than TO CHEAT AND PASS with flying colours.

REMEMBER that your parents, your teachers, relatives all love you. And that YOU are TOO PRECIOUS to them to be lost for hundreds of your mistake or a year gone.

Also REMEMBER:
FAILURE IN EXAMS DOESN’T MEAN FAILURE IN LIFE and LIFE IS BEYOND THE NUMBERS ON YOUR REPORT CARDS.

“It is always better to MAKE THE HAY WHILE SUN SHINES”, means it is wise to make most of the time and opportunities available. But, if you have failed to make use of time available for whatever the reason that doesn’t mean you have failed in life.

You all must have heard that Thomas Alva Edison, the great scientist had failed 999 times before he tried 1000th time and succeeded in making the bulb which illuminates our darker part of our day.

Hey don’t take the wrong message, I am not expecting you to fail 999 times before you pass the exam 

I mean to say failure is not failure as long as you are learning from it and motivated to do better.
It is never too late…

So, take charge of your life and set out for the wonderful journey called LIFE.

“YOU CAN REACH THE TOP” and I am waiting to “SEE YOU AT THE TOP”.

With loads of love and blessings
Truly yours
Usha

While on your journey, along with my words remember these beautiful lines written by Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan ji:

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The Bumble Bee Effect…

According to scientists, the bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wing span too small. Aerodynamically, the bumblebee cannot fly. But the bumblebee doesn’t know that and it keeps flying.

In fact, bumblebees simply flap harder than other insects, increasing the amplitude of their wing strokes to achieve more lift, and use a figure-of-eight wing motion to create low-pressure vortices to pull them up.

When you don’t know your limitations, you go out and surprise yourself. In hindsight, you wonder if you had any limitations. The only limitations a person has are those that are self-imposed.

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Embracing God’s Beautiful Gift – Nature at Uttaranchal

It has been almost 8 months since I visited my native place in Uttarakhand. Though I have spent years there; this time I realized how little I knew about it. What a serene beauty! Visit to The queen of hills Nainital, various lakes around and cave garden with sister Uma’s family & younger brother Shankar was full of fun & frolic.  Thanks to our family friend & guide Shanker Singh who is as dear as younger brother. The further journey could have never been so enjoyable without him. The drive through the roads passing through Deodar & pine trees, the breath taking picturesque waterfall, the dancing river, singing birds, Historical Museum at Munsyari … what not? I still get lost in the memory of the moment when our vehicle passed from right under the waterfall. What a feeling!  Our stay at PATAL OAKS CAMP owned and beautifully nurtured by Shanker Singh was one of the best parts of the tour. Visit to the SUPERNATURAL CAVE OF PATAL BHUVANESHWAR was really a dream come true. It was a divine experience. One thing that really touched and won our hearts was, the concept of home stay at Munsyari and home – made food provided by the women co-operative members founded to empower the women of Uttarakhand hills by out of box-thinking young man, our very own Shanker Singh. Much affectionately served food was delicious, truly soaked with love. At camp and also on the way we got introduced with variety of birds and enjoyed delicious berries like Hisalu & Kafal.

The sumptuous dinner with the family of Shanker Singh, the short visit to CAMP MILIEU and the hot cup of tea with the owner of the camp Mr. Rajesh Panwar while returning back were like the toppings to the sweet memories of the trip.   With so many sweet memories only disappointment was that I couldn’t try my hands on paragliding as weather was not favorable. Wish me better luck next time…

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1. Asian Paradise flycatcher

2. Black Drango

3. Himalayan Bulbul

4. Nature Trail

5.  Cave Garden – Nainital

6.  Cave Garden – Nainital

7.  Cave Garden – Nainital

8. Temple

9. Sunset view from the temple- Photo by Shanker Singh

10. Trekking Pine Forest at Jajardeol (Pithoragarh)

11. Mouth watering berries – Hissaloo and Kafal at Camp Patal Bhuveneshwar

12. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar

13. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar

14. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar

15. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar – A home away home

16. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar – A home away home

17. At Camp Patal Bhuvaneshwar – A home away home with Shanker Singh – Our Tour Organizer, guide, family & Friend

18. At Munsiyari -Panchachuli Range

19. At Munsiyari -Varities of Hukkas at Historical Museum established and maintained by My Guru, great historian Shree Sher Singh Paangti  Ji who taught us History. Now retired but still has the same love and enthusiam for History & culture.

20. At Munsiyari – Historical Museum Traditional Ornaments used by ladies

21. At Munsiyari – Historical Museum Conches & shells and Currency around the world

22. At Munsiyari – Historical Museum Minerals & Ores

23. Adrenalin runs high while crossing this age old wooden bridge on the way to Munsiyari –

24. Long tailed minivet – One of the beautiful birds you can see here

25. Himalayan Monal

26. Verditer Fly catcher

27. White bowed fantail

28. Woodpecker

29. Can’t express just feel – River on the way to Munsiyari

30. Looking for fish in crystal clear water

31. Tea Break atKumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam- Guest House on the way to Munsiyari

32. Batuli Dhar(Munsiyari): Play equipment at the top, can’t believe this

33. Batuli Dhaar- Touching the sky

34. Batuli Dhar- We shall come again.

Want to experience the same?

To know more about the activities you can enjoy and the places worth visiting Contact Shankar Singh @ www.patalbhuvaneshwar.in

– Usha Rajesh

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Life is a mega event…

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Take time to sharpen your AXES and keep growing…

Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job to a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

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“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated by the boss’s encouraging words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

Author: Stephen Covey
From: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Reflection:

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the “axe”. We are blessed with not one but four AXES i.e. BODY, MIND, SPIRIT & SOUL which has given human beings an edge over rest of the life forms and enabled us to rule the world. We need to sharpen these AXES regularly to remain happy & effective. And this can be done by taking care of our body; it needs nourishment, exercise & good sleep. Mind needs regular supply of fuel. Sharpening the existing skills, learning new skills, reading, listening to inspiring material can help us to maintain a sharp edge. Meditation, singing, dancing, thinking and doing something good to someone is what we all need to sharpen our spirit and soul.

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If we fail to sharpen our “axes”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness over the period of time.

 

 

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Be grateful

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What you need to achieve your goals

Hi friends!

Do you also wonder like many other people that in spite of having all desired qualification, putting all your efforts, spending a lot of money;  why you are unable to get the desired results.

What is lacking? what is it, you need to achieve your goals?

I asked this question to myself many times. And what I discovered really opened my eyes. I would like to share my findings here.

If you have ever asked the same questions to yourself, it will be surely helpful.

When I frequently asked these questions to myself they made me think hard & gave birth to many more questions like-

1) Do I really know what I want?

2) Do I know how can I achieve what I want?

3) Do I know what I need to achieve my goals?

4) If yes, do I have what I need to achieve my goals?

5) If no, do I know how can I get what I need?

6) Am I determined to get what I want?

7) Are my actions matching up with my goals?

8) Am I managing my time effectively?

and so on…

and this self interrogation resulted in the following conclusion-

UntitledTill the time I get back and share how I came to know what I need to achieve my goals; you ask the same questions o yourself and jot down the answers in your journal.

Stay connected…and remember to give your valuable feedback.

With Love

– Usha Rajesh

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

We know that lacs of people struggle hard everyday to manage a single meal and there are people who waste lots of food during every meal. It is our moral responsibility to spare a thought and reduce the use at source and reuse and recycle by all possible means. No matter how much care you take; there are times when you end up having surplus food in your kitchen that nobody wants to eat next day. Here is a recipe;  which will help you make the best use of excess food. It is a small step towards wise management of resources.

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It hardly matters…

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Life is calling…

… and this is what it says to me…

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…try to listen what does it say to you.

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