A Fragile World

A Fragile World is a captivating and illustrative documentary about climate change, made by Planet Doc Full Documentaries. This documentary video enlightens the most dominant species on Earth, Homo Sapiens, and how our greed for a sumptuous life has already resulted in climate change and how it has impacted and still affecting biodiversity. We are the only species that, instead of adapting to its surroundings, is capable of altering them to adapt them to our needs, and this has turned us into the greatest threat to our planet.

Our species is experiencing unstoppable growth, and we are changing the world, adapting it to our needs, altering our natural parameters.  What began as small refinements have turned into drastic changes on a worldwide scale that are making entire ecosystems disappear, extinguishing species, and changing the composition and properties of our atmosphere. There are millions of us all seeking food, shelter, and benefits from the land and the water. The majority of the human population is poor and lives in under-developed and developing countries and so has no time to worry about environmental problems deriving from their activity.

Deforestation: Before and After

Deforestation has consequences beyond land biodiversity. Forests are responsible for equatorial rain and their existence directly affects the water, climate, and the atmosphere. And nonetheless, man ceaselessly and blindly continues to destroy his benefactor. Today, only 6% area of tropical forest is left on Earth which is home to half the species known to us. We have already lost 60% of temperate and mixed forest, 45% of rainforest is now wasteland and 70% of dry tropical forest have been lost.

Deforestation results in the loss of thousands of species, many of them unknown. When a species disappears it takes with it substances that could have given us medicines that could have cured deadly diseases. Natives of tropical forest are natural encyclopedia of the natural pharmacopeia of the forest, they know the secrets of thousands of species. Although, they do not have it in writing but pass it from generation to generation orally. When we cut down forests, these natives disappear resulting in the loss of invaluable knowledge. We, who are responsible for this devastation have very little time to avoid further disaster.

We have all become dependent on constantly growing energy consumption. We have learned how to obtain and use energy, but we have no clue about how to treat the toxic waste generated by an incomplete process. At first, we did not think this contamination was important, but the unstoppable increase in contaminating emissions is poisoning our world so much that its fabulous self-cleaning processes are unable to cope. Our climate is gradually heating up, the glaciers are retreating, the poles are melting.

Melting Glaciers

We are changing the world, altering ecosystems, changing landscapes, wiping out species at a speed ten thousand times faster than that required by nature to make new creatures of Earth. We use and upset the natural balances and in time when we want to correct it, we realize just how complex the natural balance we have altered.

When people began to comprehend how important it is to conserve biodiversity they started making national parks and sanctuaries. Yellow Stone National Park, 1st national park in the world created to save the flora and fauna. But how naive human beings are, in order to protect one species, they wiped out another one. Wolf, the only predator of buffalo, to protect the species of buffalo they killed wolves. However, as they realized their mistake and recognize how important wolves are for a healthy population of buffalo, grey wolves are thrusted back.

We have reached the cultural, moral, and scientific development that is pivotal for us to rectify our mistakes. Wings of Hope are starting to blow in the fragile world that needs the help of homo sapiens, the same species that has left it wounded.

Source: A Fragile World – documentary

10 Self-Improvement Books everyone must read

No matter what you are looking to improve, there is a book out there for you. With the perfect self-improvement book, you can become your own life coach and the master of your growth.

Here are 10 self-help books everyone must read:

  1. The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

This book reveals how our subconscious mind works and how we can use its immense power to transform our lives. It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Read it with an open mind you will be blessed as many have before you.

2. Start Finishing: How to go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey

Everyone has big dreams and fantasies, but make them happen? Now there’s the part we all have trouble with. If you are just like most of us this book is a must-read. It contains a lot of stuff you can extract and apply to your life.

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Humans are a social animal. Many are inborn with the talent of talking to people with ease and make friends. However, for introverts like me, it is no less than rocket science. This book is a boon for such people as it deals with great daily-life usable principles to help you win friends and influence people.

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Dreaming small leads to smaller achievements, therefore it’s always valuable to think big to beat that mediocrity. But most people are afraid of doing so. The Magic of Thinking Big teaches you how to be practical yet positive and optimistic.

5. Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

We keep on delaying our work and then struggle with completing the task at the last moment. This book is a life savior for people who keep on procrastinating and struggle with managing time. This book will guide you with, how to set daily goals and effectively manage your time.

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Everybody has habits, few are good and a few are bad. People are unaware of how these habits mold their life. The Habits of Highly Effective People focuses on building character rather than just developing personality. It can help you grow physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.

7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

It is really hard to develop a positive mindset with continuously being judged. This book will help you in dealing with such negative judgements and staying focused on your goals. The writer wins in engaging the reader by apt use of storytelling and a pinch of humor.

8. Atomic Habits by James Clear

People make New Year Resolutions every year and fail every time. This book explains the power of starting small and how it may deliver you big results in the long run. If you too find it difficult to stick to your motivation and struggle with being consistent, give this book a try.

9.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Although it’s a fictional book, I still find it quite helpful. This is a story about a boy and his quest for treasure. Santiago’s story will definitely help you to overcome the hindrance of fear, towards reaching your destination.

10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

The school syllabus never taught us how to achieve financial freedom. No worries, Robert Kiyosaki’s written Rich Dad Poor Dad has come to your rescue. This book teaches us how to deal with our financial problems and achieve financial freedom.

Go on! Enjoy Reading!

30 ways to make people like you

Building a network is one of the most salient quality needed in today’s globalized era. To do so, one must create a positive impression and build a rapport with the people around. However, not everyone succeeds in creating that long-lasting impression.

Here are 30 principles, in brief, given by Dale Carnegie in his best-selling book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People:

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want

Ways to make people like you:

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely

How to win people to your way of thinking:

  1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, ‘You’re wrong.’
  3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  4. Begin in a friendly way.
  5. Get the other person saying ‘yes, yes’ immediately.
  6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his hers.
  8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  9. Be sympathetic with the other person’s point of view.
  10. Appeal to the nobler motives.
  11. Dramatize your ideas.
  12. Throwdown a challenge.

Be a Leader: How to change people without giving offence or arousing resentment:

  1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
  3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be ‘hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.’
  7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  8. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  9. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

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What do children expects from their parents

“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forgot what it was to be young” – JK Rowling

Every parent loves their child immensely and works hard to fulfill their wants and dreams. We all must respect their hardships, but not to forget they too are human who makes mistakes. In a country like India, where our culture teaches us to respect our elders it’s almost a sin to question your parents let alone complain.

We always talk about what a child must do to satisfy their parents, but always ignore the Childs’ perspective. I agree it’s quite hard to build a rapport between parent and child as there’s an age gap yet it is inevitable for a healthy environment.

Here’s what Indian children expects from their parents.

 (Whatever you’ll read in this article is written from children’s perspective, hence it might sound biased.)

Do not compare us:

Many parents compare their children to other kids with a motive to encourage them to excel. Conversely, it does more harm than good as children feel intimidated and under-confident. Every individual has some strengths and weaknesses, it’s wise to identify them and nourish them, rather than comparing and complaining.

Do not avoid important talks:

It’s taboo to even talk about sex, ironically in the second-most populous country. Children have to figure it out all by themselves which results in more and more sex crimes. And please confide about menstruation only in your mothers’ ear.

Please! Have some faith:

I always hear from my friends and acquaintance, “I want to make my parents proud.” “I want to give them all the happiness they deserve.” On the flip side, elders slam youth saying they are selfish, don’t even care for their parents, etc. Ladies and gentlemen, please! Have some faith in your child. They love you and do care about you.

Children are thinking individuals:

In childhood, they teach us how to walk and talk. When we are adults, they teach us how we shouldn’t talk and should behave. They always control our lives in some way due to their love and affection. I understand they wish the best for us but, after a certain point, we need the liberty to make important decisions for ourselves. 

Teach instead of yelling:

Whenever a child makes any mistake instead of yelling, talk to them, teach them. Children need to be scared of their parents respectfully. But yelling at them for every small thing will only make them angry individuals.

Lack of understanding:

Stop assuming that children’s life is leisurely and serene. They too have their issues which, sadly, they are afraid to share with their parents. I think that parents need to try and understand their children’s situation more so that they know what they are going through and help them to live a harmonious life.

 I presume the age-gap might become a hurdle, even so, an intimate talk will do wonders for us.

Best State in India

NITI Aayog, accompanied by Institute for competitiveness released the second edition of the India Innovation Index.

The index has been developed with inspiration from the Global Innovation Index (GII), to invigorate the innovation ecosystem of India and help central and state government to design policies to entice innovation across regions.

These are a few indicators used for the survey:

  • Level and quality of education
  • Number of Ph.D. students and knowledge-intensive employment
  • Number of highly skilled professionals
  • Investment in R&D
  • Number of patents
  • FDI inflows
  • Business environment, safety and legal environment

The Innovation Index is divided into three categories:

  1. Major States (17)
  2. Union Territories (09)
  3. North Eastern States and Hill Stations (10)

Karnataka adhered to its first position in the major state category. Maharashtra moved past Tamil Nadu to conquer the second position. Bihar falls to occupy the bottommost position in the major state category.

Delhi topped among Union Territories followed by Chandigarh, and Daman and Diu. Lakshadweep earned the last rank among Union Territories.

Himachal Pradesh moved from the second position to emerge as the top-ranked among the North Eastern States and Hill Stations category followed by Uttarakhand, Manipur and Sikkim. Meghalaya being the lowermost in this category.

“The India Innovation Index portrays the innovative capabilities of the states, highlighting their strengths, which can be replicated in others, and weaknesses, which can be rectified,” said Dr. V.K. Saraswat (Member of NITI Aayog).

“Hopefully, this will lead to a healthy competition amongst the states and the UT, thereby catalyzing development and fostering competitive federalism,” said Neeraj Sinha (S&T Advisor)