Sorry, but Not Sorry

“I am sorry,” she said as if to put period to our long argument. But the look in her eyes. I had never seen it before. For a girl as gentle and kind as her, she looked vicious. Her eyes were focused right at me. There was an awkward stillness in them. She kept her eyes on me, her head a bit slanted, her arms crossed, as I reached the door. “I mean it,” she said, “I shouldn’t have hurt you.” I turned around feeling a bit of guilt in her voice, but all I saw was a ferocious animal with stone eyes. I reached for the handle. I knew her sorry was nothing but a formality. She would attack me again, whenever she deems it necessary. But I left the room hoping time would make her realize her mistake. As time, itself, is a great teacher…

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Living in a Dystopian World

What usually happens in a dystopian novel? Some brutal government, people living under the influence of cruel leaders, rights being denied to poor, brutal deaths, and so on. And then come the great protagonists. Those who are the saviors of the weak. Those who gather other for change. Those who train, those who fight, those who strive hard, those who survive, and those who sacrifice.

How we love such novels. How we adore the strategy our heroes make?

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Well, look around. Once you see a news channel, what do you hear? The same situation,

Some brutal government, people living under the influence of cruel leaders, rights being denied to poor, brutal deaths, and so on.

Look at Kashmir. Look at Turkey. Look at the people who are terrorized by ISIS and other terrorists. Look at the number of people who have died at the hands of terrorists….

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When I heard about the attempted coup in Turkey, I couldn’t help noticing the strategic mind behind that. The way they attacked and captured airports and national channel. I mean they tried to take over by making a statement that they have the airports, etc.

By observing the world affairs, I reached to the conclusion that we are at war. We are all fighting for something. We  are all under fear. We are the protagonists. We are the part of  a dystopian world.

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Books should not be left in the middle…I know…but

So, here is the list of books I left once I started them. Yup, I know I shouldn’t but believe me I tried my best to finish them.

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  1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Uff. This book is impossible to read. I bought this book after reading its short story because I liked it. But I couldn’t get through 20 pages. Even those who borrowed it from me left it unread.

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2. Sense and Sensibility

I loved this book, but I left it after reading 200 plus pages. I obtained this book from the library for 30 days. I think the time span helped me decide I wasn’t as interested in the novel as I thought I was. So, I returned it to the library.

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3- Aleph by Paulo Cohelo

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4- The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

I read like 70 pages of this one and I loved them, but sciency thing become boring after 70 pages.

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Anyone wants to join in?

I want to invite you all to join Renewable Energy Initiative MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).  I have already joined it and I love it. It will be nice if you join in too.

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The Renewable Energy Innovation (REI) MOOC is an action-based learningresource designed for anyone with an interest in finding ways to use renewable energy to fight climate change. You might be an educator, a budding entrepreneur, a researcher, a school or university student, or just an interested member of the public.

At the heart of the MOOC is our REI Challenge: can YOU help solve the most urgent problems that are a barrier to using renewable energy?

If you want to have a go and take action, we are here to help!
It doesn’t matter if this is action at a personal level, community level or in the business world – the REI MOOC can help you achieve your aims and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. (http://learning.climate-kic.org/courses/rei-mooc)

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What is that we all require but can’t have?

What do we all seek? Why do we surround ourselves with our friends and family? Why do we go to see movies, read novels, or listen to music? For fun and enjoyment, huh. No. We do all this to bring peace to our heart and mind. We keep ourselves busy so that we can save ourselves from the disrupting voices in our heads. The voices that yell at us that some important ingredient is missing. Something is required.

Then, comes the quest for that ingredient. Is it hunger? Hunger’s satisfied. Now what? Clothes. Clothes are made available. Now what? Maybe a house. House bought. Still not satisfied? Maybe I need a car to feel happy. Maybe I need more money to be happy. Maybe I need a beautiful garden. And his list of maybes never ends.

Still dissatisfied. Maybe I am stressed, tensed, depressed, or angry. A medicine can make me feel better. Anti depressant or a sleeping pill, or something.

Maybe I need a break. A breath of fresh air.

Maybe I require some meditation and exercise.

Maybe…….there is a simple solution.

I should seek the missing ingredient.

Now, allow me take you back on a ride. Do you remember that when we were created we swore to God that we will worship Him?

That we will fulfill our duties.

You know what that ingredient was God.

The alarm disturbing you mind’s peace is the duty you swore to perform, but are not performing.

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God is Someone whose Love and Worship gives us peace.

No movie will give you peace. But if you’ll sit alone in a room alone, call God for help, cry for the Blessings He has given you, just pray to him for five minutes, you’ll feel as light as a feather.

God Almighty told us to call Him for help even if we are having trouble wearing shoes. He also told us that only remembering him can give us peace.

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A teacher once told me that she finds it very amusing when someone tells her that he or she is depressed. She found it unbelievable because a believer can never be depressed as he believes in God.

So, why not try such a simple inexpensive way to bring peace to your mind and heart?

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P.S. Depression as a side effect of medical treatment is of course an exception.

 

Take a Break Studyholics!

largeSo, why am I asking you to take a break??? I know you all have important stuff going on. Some will be having assignments, some will be working to ensure better future, and some will be preparing for a test. But, what do you do when you are free? Let me guess, social networking, reading novels, watching T.V, watching movies, texting, or feeling anxious about what is going to happen tomorrow. What is relaxation? Pretty much it. But, what really is relaxation.

Recreational activities. Go out with you family or friends. Have a small picnic on a hill. Put your feet into cold fresh water. Go to an unpolluted place and take deep breaths of the fresh air. Have a good time with nature (City lights can’t keep you happy). Enjoy the green grass beneath you. Watch the bright sky above you. Look and feel the life around you.

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Muslim family, mother and father with three children together in nature sitting and eating on green grass: picnic

Or have a get together at your home. Invite you cousins. Eat well. Sleep well.

Why??? I have observed that such activities keep you happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. One time I had to skip university as I had to go to my cousin’s wedding. I stayed there some three days, but I came home late at night. I had to go to uni the next day. Oh my God, I wasn’t prepared for a very important presentation on my research project in English. Wait, what happened then? It went amazingly well (on my part). I felt like I did a very well job.

Nowadays, I give myself one day per week (working days) to rest. It helps me keep my stress levels low.

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I must also mention that I love staying at home. But, sometimes getting out of it is good too.

Here are some of the benefits of recreational activities:

  • Reduces obesity
  • Boosts immunity system
  • Increases life expectancy
  • Reduces depression
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves quality of life

So, are you ready to give yourself a break?