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Silence

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It's golden they say,
Overwhelming you at first, But gradually bringing you peace. The soul knows the language like no other, Silence.
Sometimes a much needed respite, Like a short vacation, Healing you and launching you forth. Silence.
And then one day, the words burst forth, Like the first spring flowers after a snowy winter, Bringing color to the white, Movement to the still air.

The Book

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I found a book lying on the seat,
On the Express Train.
An old tattered one,
Bookmarked with dog eared pages.
I waited for someone to notice it too,
But nobody there was.
I picked it up and peered at it.
Astonished.
No author. No title.
Carefully flipping through the pages,
Worn with age & use,
I find it filled with questions.
Thousands of them.
One after the other.
"Where are the answers?", I wonder.
I turn to the last page and find the title there.
One word. 
"Life", it said. 
And I get my answers,
To all the questions.

Planning a move abroad? Then, #DefinitelyPTE ..

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The world is coming closer, what with faster travel and technology, moving abroad either for further studies or for better work prospects is always an option. More and more are now opting to study abroad for a holistic learning experience, global exposure and for the thrill of living in a new country. Be it for furthering your education or for work, one has to list out all the challenges one might face before making the move. Speaking and being in touch with fellow mates, who've gone the same route you are planning, will definitely make the whole process easier. The visa norms, passport validity, university acceptance letters, English language tests, housing, finances etc. feature on all lists.  I recall the year when a friend was applying to universities abroad- with the sheer pressure of applications, deadlines, regulations, scholarships and finances, she was left with no free time before the course started.
Pearson India, decided to make one aspect of this planning easier by lau…

Nature: A Mother she is to All

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Being a nature lover, I like the lessons Mother Nature imparts to us every day. Observing and learning from these has helped me on numerous occasions. So, I thought, I'll capture some: Persistence- Go on,no matter what. The sun will always rise, despite the dark clouds, the thunder and the storm.You're unique in your own way, bloom! A flower will bloom when it has to, without bothering about the one next to it.Timing- There's a right time for everything. Neither late nor early, it'll happen when it has to. You cannot rush a sapling to grow into a tree overnight.It's okay to change- Seasons come- the colors change and each one is beautiful in its own way.Let go of the things, people, situations,thoughts you cannot manage. It's a process necessary for growth. Let the dead leaves fall, the tree will grow stronger. Be vulnerable, it's okay! Autumn makes even the mighty oak be vulnerable and shed its leaves. Sometimes, after a terrible storm, you'll notice a …

Want it? Do it.

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When was the last time, you postponed something you really wanted to do? Calling a loved one, craving your favorite chocolate dessert but waiting till the weekend to order it, painting, writing an email/letter to a friend you've lost touch with , the list goes on.. We always somehow, put ourselves second. Trying to squish the desire right out of our minds to another time in the future when you can give yourself some time. 
Beginning this year, I decided to try it out! The tiny desires which I could treat myself to and get them right out of the way. That way, you're happy and there's no waiting. Who knows what the future holds? Think of a friend, call him/her immediately. Craving some Chinese food- why not? Want to catch the sunset- go for a quick walk and treat yourself. Aiming to be fit? Start today!
Our social system teaches us to sacrifice self and cater to others. Yes, one should most times. But, I've also realized that, you've got to put yourself first sometime…