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Guided by the Poet

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

7th May is Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday. He is engraved in every aspect of a Bengali’s life. He is the first Indian Nobel Laureate. His works are quoted in appreciations, motivations, lectures and scolding in our upbringing. A celebration is not complete unless his name is taken. My mother was named after one of his books and even my name is synonymous to one of his books.

Let me share one story where he guided me. When I started working, I was posted in Mumbai with a few of my friends. Initially we explored all the famous landmarks of the city in group since we all were new to the city. Then came the phase where we all started discovering our own interests, some delved into studies, some sports, some into work and so on. It was at that time, I felt there was more to Mumbai than just landmarks. My roommates often visited the famous fashion street clothes market. On one such visit, I happened to look in the opposite direction while entering the market and saw rows of book store. We decided to explore the book market and then go to Fashion street. The book market was simply amazing. There were books on every topic from classics to mysteries to self help to competitive exams. I had been meaning to read Tagore’s works particularly the novels but never found time during college. I was unable to find them in local libraries also. My eyes just fell off my head when I saw his works in one of the shops. That day I did not buy any clothes although we went to Fashion street, still my bag was the heaviest because it had books. I ended up reading all the books in one month and wanted to go to the book market again. This time no one was available to accompany me, so I went alone singing the famous song by Tagore “Jodi tor daak shune keu na aashe” (If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone). That experience gave me the motivation to explore new cities on my own. I still have some of those books at home.

My Treasured Collection

This was one way where Tagore helped me grow. As we grow, we find our interests differ from others, many of us even find it difficult to fit into a particular group. This may seem strange but remember everyone is unique. Appreciate your individuality. I take this opportunity to thank Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore for motivating us.

Option for an Individual

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

There are certain things which take you back to special moments of life. I recently had one such experience when I stood in front of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. It was raining heavily but I felt as if I had gone on a time travel to the first day of College. The 19th century architecture reminded me of my college days in Baroda University, which was established at the same time. How grown-up it felt to say we are leaving for college. There was one thing common in the first class of each subject. The professor suggested a number of books for each subject. We asked one of the professors how were we going to cover so many books in one academic session. The professor smiled and replied, those were books on the same topic by different authors. It is up to the student to select the book he or she wants to refer. Initially we referred to the books which were popular choice among seniors. But the curious ones could not resist the urge to explore all the books suggested by Professors and that lead us to the amazing stack in the library.

I entered the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in the same time travel mode. The entrance at the stack had welcome written in various languages including Hindi. The stack of a library is a special place. There is always pin drop silence although there are people. The atmosphere is so serene that one can almost feel the presence of knowledge. If knowledge were to have a fragrance, it would definitely be there in the stack. There are rows and rows of book shelves and benches on either side of the wall. There used to be a break of 3 hours between our theory and practical classes in the first year. We used to spend this time in the library. As I walked in the stack, I remembered how we referred to each book and then chose the one which suited us the most. It is so similar to life. We all are presented with an array of options be it work or hobbies but most of us go for the popular choice ones. We forget each of us is an individual and has unique abilities. Maybe its laziness or the fear of being different which prevents us from pursuing other options. But I feel, when we pursue the option which suits us we develop our personality. We feel satisfied and enlightened, something which is very rare in today’s life. So the next time you have to choose from an array of options, make sure to check each and select the one which suits the individual “YOU”.

Third week of March

In my school days, the Indian academic session began in june and ended in april. March was the month of orals and inspection. This meant a revision of the final exam syllabus. It also meant ensuring all your books have been checked, are covered and in good condition. There were many of us who would change covers towards the end of the year. After this week none of us would lend our books as the final exams would start in April. This was the time to prepare the schedules, list out the weak areas, discuss with teachers and be ready to study for the exams.

The tension was more on the parents than the students which is the case even today. Recently I heard two mothers speaking in my neighbourhood. One was telling the other that their children really need to be fit now as the exams are approaching. Also the neighbourhood becomes quiet as the kids are studying. Even so many years after school, I can feel the exam approaching everytime the third week of march ends.

Day 4: Explore the Neighborhood

Today’s challenge was to look for blogs which I would like to follow. I chose the following five blogs:

http://blackeiffel.blogspot.in/
This contains photographs on various themes. I feel a picture speaks a thousand words. Thus a good blog should be a perfect combination of photos and text. I loved this blog for the photographs it has.

http://authorleefrench.wordpress.com/
This is the second blog I followed. Its on reviews of books. I have already stated in the previous blogs that I like to read. Also I have my own book review blog http://sanchitasarkar.wordpress.com/. Reading other book review blogs not only informs me about other good books but also allows me to improve my blog.

http://lucyjayneinthesky.wordpress.com/
The third blog I followed was this one. It deals with the subject of travelling. I also enjoy travelling and sightseeing. I feel blogs often give us additional information about places to travel and the things to take care of. Since myriad notions is going to be about everything I feel and travelling is also a part of it, I chose this blog. Also she has added twitter comments and instagram to it.

http://cylithria.me/
This is the blog of a writer. As I am also looking at blogging to improve my writing skills, I am following this blog so that I can see blogs with good content to read.

http://onesahmscrazylife.wordpress.com/about/
In this blog a housewife speaks about her daily experiences. As I want to know about lifestyles in different countries, this blog will give me an opportunity to understand the life in USA.

Today’s exercise just gave me an insight that there are many people like me around the world. Blogging has given me an opportunity to connect to them. Thankyou wordpress.

day 1 introduce yourself zero to hero challenge

Hello everyone,

First of all I would wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year. I am Sanchita Sarkar, a software professional from India. I love reading, travelling and listening to music. I also enjoy a healthy discussion on different topics. The kind of discussions where all the people come out more informed. Offlate I seldom find people enjoying the same genre of interest as mine. Therefore I am here to blog, so that I can present my views to the world and recieve their perceptions as comments or discussions on my blog. Also because of our busy lives we hardly intereact with people outside our circle. Sometimes we kind of get into a cocoon. We never realize what people on the other side of the world think or are going through. I believe blogging would give me an opportunity to connect to the world.

Every human being has different facet. Even scientists are musicians or the most mature person may enjoy cartoons. But we are generally not aware of the other side of these personalities. I want to take this opportunity to express my different thoughts and people around the world to put their inputs on those thoughts.

As for my blog, I want to write about anything under the sun. This could mean technology, social media, travelling, music and the list goes on. This blog is a medium to bring my views to the world. As you can see my previous two blogs, I have written about my experience of celebrating Christmas in school in one and the other contains my views on eReaders and libraries. One deals with childhood memories wherease the other deals with change in lifestyle due to technology. The blog may also contain experiences in short or long trips or one day experience. I want to connect to varied people around the world. Blogging successfully in 2014 will make my creative side happy.

Happy Blogging

Sanchita