A Terrible & Fantastic Day..!

I take my earphones very seriously. Couple of months back I spent an entire day at Nehru Place (India’s leading electronic market) to get a perfect earphone which suits all my needs.

Yesterday I lost it..!

I felt terrible, and I could not concentrate in my daily activities.

That’s how much I loved them.

I lived with that feeling the entire day and then I went searching for it to the places I had been to yesterday and could not find it. I controlled myself and decided that I would go and buy the exact same model tomorrow from Nehru Place.

To my utmost surprise, couple of minutes ago as I am writing this post I found them in my same jeans pocket(the little ones that they give which are of no use).  I was so happy that I kissed my earphones and said not leave me ever again.

That thing was already with me the whole time and I didn’t realize it.

We visit mosques, temples and churches to find peace and spend thousands of rupees in search of enlightenment, without realizing that peace is already with us all the time.

To witness it we have to look inside more deeply.


Faisal

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Competition Vs Learning

We are programmed to compete in every situation of life.

Remember the time when a random person tries to overtake you and your ego comes in the way and you beat him and feel good about it.
That’s competition programming that we had since childhood.

Let me share a story.

I had many friends at college who were way more smarter than me. They helped me a lot and I learned many things from them. But there was a teeny tiny part of me who always wanted to excel and deep down I wanted to become smarter than them.
Well, 4 years passed in a blink of an eye and I excelled some of them but only in studies.

On the other hand, there were many other friends who just didn’t care about the competition and they were always relaxed in those days and I never understood them during my college life. Now when I think about it and I realize that they really had a wonderful time in college, while I was busy in my little competition.
Life is much more than competition.

Competition sucks the joy out the process.
If I would have focused less on competition and more on learning I would have learned much more than I do now.

We should always focus more on learning, because we all have forgotten about the competition and the learning is what we still have right now.


Faisal

Our Life Situations

To complain with whatever life situation that we have is useless.

Whatever we have right now,  the problems, diseases or joy,  we have manifested it, knowingly or unknowingly, all of it, and we should not feel bad about our life situations.

Couple of days back, I was thinking that I am not living in the house my father built for me which is in my hometown Gopalganj, Bihar and I was wishing badly to be there.

We have a very beautiful home in Gopalganj, it’s really a dream come true for my parents.

During that thought process I hated my house in which I am currently living in. Then I realized that, I have manifested this house and that is why I am in it. This is exactly what I have wanted long back and now I have it. It’s always about what we have wanted in the past, because whatever we have asked for, we have got it in a long run.

This thought calmed me down and I felt peace inside my heart.


Faisal

The Power of Writing

Writings are very valuable, it would eventually surpass everyone of us.

All of us reading this text would not be here in this world after 100 years or so, but the writings and the foot prints of ourselves which we have created in our lifespan would retain even after our departure.

Currently I am reading a book “Autobiography of A Yogi”  by Yogananda Paramhansa. He is not in this world but the wisdom that he has left in his writings would continue to change people’s life till the end of the time.
In his book he has mentioned that he stopped meeting people when his demise was near and started giving more time to write his book, when people asked why is he not meeting that way he use to.

He replied, “If I would meet people and I would change couple of hundreds of lives but if write about my life, it would change millions of lives.”

That’s so true.

That is the power of writing.

Nobody has seen Shakespeare, Aristotle, Abraham Lincoln and other people like that.
They were not the most beautiful people in the world
They did not posses inhuman strength.
But they left us a legacy, they shared their secret in their writings and we all remember them, and we would continue to remember them till the end of the time.

We are mortals and time bound but our creations can be timeless.

Vedas are the best example, (the Hindu scripture from ancient history), we don’t even know who wrote it, but it is preserved like scared text and millions of people have had their learning from it.

That’s the power of writing.

We have been given numerous tools in these days to write effortlessly, we should harness it.


Faisal

The Office Boy “Siraj”

Lately I have been working in Jamia Millia Islamia, as a freelance Full Stack Web developer.
I have to tell you, there is a drastic change in working  culture from a multinational companies to educational institution like Jamia and it’s really different environment altogether and I kind of like it.
There is office boy, whom I meet on daily basis and he is the one doing the office chores from file handling to providing us tea and biscuits. I find him very happy and always in  joyful mood, however I never had a chance to talk to him till today.
Today, I got to know about his story, his business adventures, the mishap and his family responsibilities.
I had seen many people say that humans are like iceberg, meaning only one tenth part is visible and is above the surface, rest is hidden below the water.

It can not be more true with this guy.

I loved his attitude towards life and the way he had dealt in the past.

It’s really important to talk to everyone as you might get a story that you would never forget and also we should never prejudge a person because there’s always a story behind a person and it’s worth listening too.


Faisal

Why You Should Read

Our wisdom lies in our interactions, it lies in getting knowledge from people we meet, books we read and experiences we had in the past.

So our wisdom is bound by knowledge of people around us, and that is why it’s very important to surround ourselves with smart people.

But then it would put you in a difficult position as you might say that, I am not surrounded by smart people and how would I improve my position.

Well, lately I have been interacting with a very small number of people, and to tell you the truth, these are the people I really love and care about, and certainly they are not smartest of all.

So how am I learning ?

I have this huge stack of books on my computer, that I read everyday and things couldn’t have been better. Knowing that I could have all the information I need from the books is a feeling that is irreplaceable and it has given me so much power that I never had in the past.

I find reading books more rewarding than to meet people whom I don’t like.

We should always prefer knowledge over gossip.

Faisal

 

 

Are You Following The News.?

Generally I restrain from sharing bad news,  but couple of days back I posted a story covered by one of the leading publishing house.  To my surprise, I found that some people are conscious about the information that I shared and they shared some of the relevant details about the news. To tell you the truth I was prejudice of that information at that time.
Today, I got to know that the news I shared was complete bullshit, I have seen that happen to many people but it happened to me for the first time.

As I always write about that we are living in an information age, the data that has been published every hour is more that the books that have been written since centuries. However, with this tremendous amount of data comes lots and lots of garbage.
Credibility was never more important than now. For example I have completely lost my faith on the news media that shared the story. I strongly believe that it’s our responsibility to recheck and follow through what we have said in the past.

The good news is that with this amount of information at our finger tips we would easily find the right information given that we use the tools that are available to us.

So now we have a choice, we could either be a part of the garbage with constantly pushing data into the internet without thinking about it or  we can do nothing and crib that every thing is wrong in the system(this is worse) or we can act like a filter to the garbage and contribute our part in this huge system.

Thank you Aditya sir for consciously following the news. We need more people like you.


Faisal

Following The Curiosity

On daily basis we encounter various things in our life. Some of the things we find really fascinating and we want to dive right into them, other times we don’t care as it does not interest us, which is perfectly fine.

Sometimes we dive into the things we really like and other times we compromise and say to ourselves that even though it looks pretty interesting, let me refrain from it since I have my own stuff going on and I don’t want to loose focus, which is also very important.

I was listening to Steve Job’s commencement speech and he shared a story where after dropping out of Reed college he started taking calligraphy classes only because he found it fascinating. There was no practical application of it at that time.

But then a decade later when he was designing the Macintosh, it all came back to him and he implemented it all in the Mac.

He shared that looking backwards the message was pretty clear and said, that we can’t connect the dots looking forward and we can only connect them looking backwards.

We should always follow our curiosity because they somehow always  knows what we really want from life.


Faisal

The Big Short

I was extremely exhausted today but then I had one movie on my laptop which was recommended by my friend, whose recommendation I really care about.

“The Big Short”, I know there is no clue in the name that would reveal what this movie is about.

This movie is about The Housing Crisis, the one that shook the world.

My father talked about it so many times during that time that I got really fascinated about it and went ahead to find more about the crisis on the internet. But then I got confused mainly because I had very little knowledge at that time and it takes some expertise to extract information out of Internet.

My father is a genius I remember him talking about the crisis with my relatives and how it was going to affect India and neighboring countries, I only remember that he totally knew what he was talking about.

I wish I could spend some more time with him.

Back to the movie now.!

Let me be honest with you if you want entertainment, this movie ain’t for you.

Since it is based out of sheer facts and incidents, there are tons of jargons used in this movie and you might find it boring, but only if you are not interested in the Housing crisis.

If sometime you think that something is wrong and it seems nobody is caring and you have an intuition that you are right and you just can’t explain it to other people, if something like that happened to you chances are that you might enjoy the movie  and starts relating  to it.

To tell you the truth, I am going to watch it again not because it’s entertaining but because I want to understand what happened and I still am not able to understand it to fullest of what happened (it is really complicated).

One thing I would like to remark about the movie is that, apart from the crisis and all, the movie revolves around the connections.

Let me put it this way..

This movie was all about the connection. You have to change you perception to see that as it might not look straight forward.

The housing crisis proved that everyone could be wrong, and I am still understating this fact. You have watch the movie to get an idea of what happens when all the geniuses of the world are wrong.


Faisal