Why Religion is Irrelevant in Today’s Society?

Soldiers protect us. Science develops us. Languages connect us and Religion Divides us.

The Concept of God came into human society by the wrong doings of man. It was important that there was a fear of something so that man decides to stay good at all times and the society remains safe and merry. In ancient days there was lack of understanding and the colonies were too remote for people to keep a watch on each other. Many researches say that God was brought in order to bring control over people. You do good you reap good after death and if you do bad you will reap heat after death.

Have you ever had any proof of hell and heaven? Heaven was created so that people stay out of bad practices and were bribed to keep doing good so that you go to heaven (which never ever existed). People fear God to stay brave, so where’s the bravery. I have hardly seen people do good because they just like the good vibes of others blessings. Oh No! Not those blessings.

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Religion should ideally be different than the concept of God. It exists in the same way as a law is attached to religion; consider Sharia as an example. The God is same in Judaism, Islam and Christianity but the messengers are different yet there’s so much hate over religion. Religion is a way which people practice to get their life crafted. Like you should never speak lies, never hurt anyone, help people, have good thoughts, be good and speak nice to people and calm the anger and so on. But when you add God, what is added is fear of the religion which which makes people follow it out of fear but what goes missing in the process is the crafting of our behavior, thought and mentality. For example a friend of mine attended church every Sunday, he drank whisky everyday and spoke dirty bad words to people he hated. He attended church not because he wanted to bring religious practice but because he wanted to show that he was a nice man who attended church every Sunday or may be he feared god after a Sunday morning hangover.

Christianity, Islam and and Judaism have the concept of one god, their messengers are different but what makes these Almighty controlled religions is their religious laws which came from the culture it originated from. Islam says don’t drink or touch alcohol and the rest say drink wine. Islam says you can have multiple wives but in the rest you can have only one. In Hindu religion there is no concept of divorce (if you go according to the texts) and the marriage is not a contract by a union of 2 people of opposite sex, but Islam, Christianity, Judaism have the concept of divorce and consider marriage as a contract. There are religious differences because religious laws including the so called personal laws exist.

People still follow Sharia and consider it greater than the state law. People still follow Manusmruti and Purushsutra which created a divide among different castes in the hindu religion. People confess their crimes to the church’s father thinking that that corrects their wrong doing. Please stop following the religious laws and believing in fake Gods and messengers, practice the religion not its laws. Bring good in the society, not out of Fear but out of your own Good.

Remember! Soldiers protect us. Science develops us. Languages connect us and Religion Divides us. God Feared Religion is unhealthy to the society and hence Irrelevant.

(The above written article is my own view and no person should feel bad as I am not pointing any religion but writing about religion in general)

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Vice President of India: Qualification, Powers, and Functions

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the Vice President of India and will assume office on the 11th of August 2017. Naidu will be the 13th Vice President of India and will occupy the second highest office in the country. He will also be the Ex-Officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and his powers will be equivalent to the Speaker of the Rajya Sabha. The article 63 of the Constitution of India provides for the appointment of the Vice President and also makes this position mandatory.

Let’s see the what is the minimum requirement to qualify for the appointment of the President of India;

He should be a Citizen of India

Should have completed 35 years of Age

Should be qualified for the election as a member of the Rajya Sabha

He should not hold any office of Profit.

Emoluments

The Vice President of India will draw the salary of the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha which is INR. 1,25,000/- per month.

Powers and Functions

He acts as President when there is a vacancy in the Presidents office which happens due to resignation, removal, death, illness or any other reason. Here, he can act as President for a maximum period of six months.

When the Vice President acts as President then he ceases to be the Ex-Officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha till the time he acts as President. When this happens, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha acts as Chairman.

Terms of Office (Article 67 of Constitution of India)

Can resign at any time by addressing resignation letter to the President.

Holds office for a term of 5 years.

Can be removed if a resolution is passed in the Rajya Sabha by an absolute majority and agreed by the Lok Sabha.

He can be re-elected or elected any number of times.

Historical Facts

When Dr. Zakir Hussain and Fakr-ud-din Ali Ahmed, died in office, the respective Vice Presidents, V. V. Giri and B. D. Jatti acted as Presidents.

When President Dr. Rajendra Prasad was on a  day tour to the USSR in June 1960 and then again in July 1961 when he was ill, at this time Dr. S. Radhakrishnan discharged the Functions of the President of India in the absence of the President.

Click here to check the Powers of the President of India.

Maasai Mara : In Brief

You all must have seen the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel and in it the Lions & the other Big Cats, the African Elephants, the Wild Beast and the various flora and fauna of the forest with many different species of animals. Well! They are mostly from Africa and most importantly from the Maasai Mara, in Kenya. Maasai Mara is situated in Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest Wildlife Reserves. It is considered as the world’s top and most favorite Safari Destination and this is due to its spectacular Eco-System.

If you are an Adventure Freak, Wildlife Enthusiast, an animal or a nature lover you must visit the Maasai Mara. If you are a Wildlife or Nature Photographer then visiting this place is not an option but a compulsion.

Before I take you further let’s check the fact sheet of Maasai Mara.

Where Do We Go Maasai Mara National Reserve, Narok County, Kenya
The meaning of Maasai Mara The Maasai Mara got its name from the local people who called the land “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa. Maa is the name given to the Masai language. Maasai is the Language while Mara is the name of the place.
Exceptional Animals  Masai lions, African leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest
Area 1,510 sq km OR 583 sq miles
Uniqueness The Big Five which are Lion, Leopard, African elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros
Exceptional Birds  Vultures, Marabou Storks, Secretary Birds, Hornbills, Crowned Cranes, Ostriches, Long-Crested Eagles, African Pygmy-Falcons and the Lilac-Breasted roller,
Unique Phenomenon The Great Migration which takes place from July to October every year

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Masaai Mara should be on everyone’s bucket list because the ecosystem is phenomenal and unlike any other place. Between July and October every year, a global phenomenon takes place which is the Great Migration. See the documentary on the Great Migration below.

How to Reach Masai Mara National Reserve? : It’s about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. there is a section from Narok town to Sekenani Gate that is dirt road but fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is not good at all and very bumpy.

Best Time to Visit : July to October is the Best time when the Great Migration takes place. December to February is also a good time to visit if you want to see the Big Cats as the weather is drier and good for the cats.

Recommended Number of Days for Safari: While 4 days are enough for safari, you may take 7 days or even more aswell if you are going primarily for wildlife photography.

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You are Addicted to Sugar..!

Some time ago I was curious about why did I ever crave for food even when I was full. I would never say no to an ice-cream or a dessert even after food. Tea without sugar never gave me a kick and tea with sugar was like an energy boost. At first I thought, I was badly addicted to caffaine but then later when I started adding less table sugar I observed that sugar less tea or coffee never gave me a boost. So, I researched! I like to research when the issue is with me, and thanks Google and Bing for giving me what I want.

I found out that sugar is an agent which gives the same signal which cocaine gives to the brain. Remember the famous word DOPE? Its derived from the chemical agent Dopamine which is released by the body which then goes to the brain and starts making you addicted. Narcotic Drugs like Cocaine, Heroine and many more makes the body release cocaine. Here’s your Surprise! SUGAR also generates high amount of Dopamine in your body. Thus, making you ADDICTIVE to Sugar.

Sugar addiction doesn’t mean craving for table sugar itself. It’s a craving which makes you choose your food with high level of sugar. The brain is smart, it analyses the dopamine craving and makes you choose certain foods that will suit its requirements. Like a sugar craving will lead you to a have juices, extra cheese pizza, Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Samosa, and all foods with high level of starch. When you crave for sugar, you don’t look for leafy vegetables. You look for potato or any high fat and high sugar food varients.

The worst part of sugar addiction is that people don’t know that they are addicted. They feel that they are hungry and just prefer junk food instead of healthy homemade food.

Here’s what Doctor Robert Lustig wrote in ‘The Atlantic’: “The brain’s pleasure center, called the nucleus accumbens, is essential for our survival as a species… When you consume any substance of abuse, including sugar, the nucleus accumbens receives a dopamine signal, from which you experience pleasure. And so you consume more. The problem is that with prolonged exposure, the signal attenuates, gets weaker. So you have to consume more to get the same effect — tolerance. And if you pull back on the substance, you go into withdrawal. Tolerance and withdrawal constitute addiction.” Dr. Lustig is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California.

Apart from the addiction of Sugar caused from Dopamine, addiction to sugar also comes from Harmone Leptin. This type of addiction tells the brain how energy stored as fat is to be used. It targets taste receptors in the tongue which tells you if you are craving more or less.

Let’s see the negative effects of Sugar;

  1. Sugar addiction causes Behavioral changes in a person. Anxiety, Hyperactivity, Adrenaline Rush, Drowsiness, Crankiness and decreased activity in children. It causes learning disorders in children. Addiction also leads to Alcoholism and Depression.
  2. Addiction to Sugar causes Sickness. Sugar feeds cancer cells and induces cell death. Intake of sugar plays one of the major roles in development of Kidney stone and Gallstones. If sugar absorption is done rapidly by your body then it leads to excessive food intake. High Sugar promotes allergies. Excessive sugar leads to many diseases like atherosclerosis (and other cardiovascular diseases), cataracts, emphysema, obesity. It promotes or gives a boost diseases like arthritis, chronic degenerative diseases, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, Parkinson’s disease, Gum disease, Toxima in pregnancy, and many more.
  3. Sugar brings negative effects to your body. Have you ever realized that sugar promotes ageing? If you are ageing fast blame your sugar addiction. You need to bring it low starting now. Also, your immune system decreases, there is tissue loss which makes you body loose its elasticity, eye-sight gets weaker, and many more. High intake of sugar also brings harmonal imbalance.

After, I found out the above I have been cutting sugar. But it seems that cutting sugar is even tougher than quitting nicotine or alcohol. I have been skipping tea, high calorie and high sugar food items (such as ice-creams, sweets and desserts) and avoiding junk food. When I try to control, I crave like an an addict and i start getting dizzy. Its just difficult. I sometimes feel a person just doesn’t eat just to fill his stomach but he eats also to stop the craving.

Choosing an extra cheese pizza, an ice cream, eating sweets, jalebi’s, to eat is not a matter of choice for many people like me but it’s a matter of craving. When there is a bowl of ice-cream and plate of main course served together, do you think of tasting the ice-cream first? If yes, you are a sugar addict. If not then may be  you generally like sweets or have more food than required which means you are a sugar addict.

My personal request to you is, reduce the intake of sugar and try to realize your addiction and bring it in control.

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as shown in the below video, will assist you in controlling emotional behavioral shifts like anxiety and much more caused by sugar craving.

I hope you like my above article. If yes, please do comment below and hit like. It will be great to share this valuable information amongst your friends and family and so share it on facebook or twitter.

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Amazing Delhi!

If you are thinking Delhi is just another boring place with just a brief glimpse of India, then you are wrong. I visited Delhi in March 2017 and it was amazing.

I am not a person who goes for Temples, but a person who looks for history and heritage. Delhi gives me more of this. Moreover, this place is famous for its food, I tried it, it’s unique and amazing.

One must have heard many bad things about Delhi, but these kinds of things happen in every city. I would suggest crimes in new places come invited and never happen and you should be careful whichever place it is. People in Delhi are of all kinds and you cannot call all of them arrogant, you might meet a few. I found more helpful people in Delhi than the arrogant people (but I did find it, doesn’t happen often in Mumbai).

Delhi is a place where all Indian’s should visit. India! I would rather recommend it to the World.

After visiting Agra we came to Delhi for a 2-day trip. One day dedicated for sightseeing, and the other for shopping.

On the first day, we covered the following sights;

  • Qutub Minar and Iron Pillar
  • India Gate
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Parliament of India
  • Sarojini Market
  • Lotus Temple
  • Lal Quila (Red Fort), here we saw the light show at 7 pm.

Qutub Minar :

India Gate :

Lotus Temple :

Lal Quila (Red Fort) along with Video of Electric Car Ride

On the second day, we visited Chandni Chowk and toured and shopped inside it the whole day. There are wholesale markets of every kind inside Chandni Chowk. We brought Punjabi Suits starting INR 250/- to 950/- where in Mumbai the same are priced at around INR 900/- to 2500/-, you see the difference here. Apart from this, there are options of chat everywhere, do have Pani puri, Dahi Puri and also visit the Haldiram’s outlet.

Recommended Places for Foodies:

  • Karim’s (at Jama Masjid)
  • Kake Da Dhaba (at Connaught Place)
  • Chandni Chowk.

For Delhi Tourism Website, click here.

Get detailed information on Lonely Planet, click here.

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Quitting Nicotine

There are so many people in the world who don’t smoke. They think that they are wiser and smokers aren’t aware that they are destroying their lungs and reducing their life span. This isn’t true. Smoker’s are aware that its injurious but they don’t have an alternative to cut out the craving. Addiction to nicotine is similar to addiction to caffeine, your brain and body don’t require it but you still feel inactive without a cup of coffee or tea. Can you quit that? It’s difficult, right?

Nicotine is a drug that hits the nervous tissue and changes the chemical property of the cells such that you crave for more nicotine. It takes days for nicotine to get out of the body and then you also need to change your daily habit which is even more difficult. I have many friends who are smokers who say that they only smoke about 4 to 5 cigarettes per day but as per my observation, it’s at least 6 or 7 and I have counted the sticks burnt only during work hours.

What does smoking do to your mind? Since its effects, the nervous system its highly addictive and the craving becomes more and more with each phase. Its shifts your concentration during a meeting or during something very important and you only think of having some smoke in your lungs. This craving takes off your mood at work or shifts your mood during important moments. Intake of nicotine makes a person short tempered and lazy. This is all as per my experience.

What does smoking do to your body? The tar in the cigarette gets settled in your lungs making your lungs to extract lesser oxygen from the air. It reduces your stamina and you will notice it more if you climb steps at least till one floor, and you will gasp. If you are someone who’s smoking since many years you will gasp heavily, as if you have run a 100-metre race. You won’t notice nicotine patches on your skin until you quit and see the difference after a few weeks. Not all smokers get cancer, heart diseases or lung disorders but they are generally more prone to diseases as they have a lower immune system. There are hair-like cells in our Esophagus which throws away foreign particles outside the stomach. This also helps to take out a cough in the throat easily but smokers find it very difficult as the hair-like cell suspends their action for some time. Smokers fall sick more often than non-smokers.

A Bad Experience on giving up Smoking:

Quitting smoking is something which needs planning. It’s almost impossible to quit smoking from the next day onwards because when you have your lunch tomorrow you will crave for it like a cocaine addict. I had quit smoking in many times and failed like a loser and finally, I quit to quit. After a few months, I heard of nicotine replacement therapy (please search the web for nicotine replacement therapy) and I thought to give it a try and I started chewing gums of pure nicotine, after a few months I realized I was addicted to the gum (but the craving was lesser) and after a few months more I became allergic to it. Isn’t that a very funny part that happened in my life? It wasn’t funny when it happened as it was an event of complete failure and it seemed like a dead end to quit smoking.  I was orally allergic to the gum and there was a chance that my tongue could get swollen and I die of suffocation, this is what the doctor said.

Planning to Quit:

After a few months, I thought of giving one more try and planning it correctly. I searched the internet for the experience of successful quitters and I finally found that quitting at the right time is the most important part and I set the date. I set the date as October 15, which is a hot month in the city of Mumbai and its humidity makes one go nuts. The air doesn’t feel fresh at this time and one doesn’t like to get their lungs heated more, except when they are craving badly. Moreover, I used to have more work at this time and it helped me to get occupied at work and take my mind off the nicotine. I started feeling weak, dizzy, sleepy at first but then after a week, I was all ok with it. I had increased the intake of water. An android application called ‘Quit Now’ helped me motivate to quit smoking. All this was a part of a plan and it didn’t just happen by luck. I required a recipe which contained, the perfect time, weather, a motivator (the android application ‘Quit Now’), and a powerful inner force to say “just one more day” every day. Let me tell you a key factor that helped me quit. I stopped socializing or being with smokers and it helped me to put my mind more on other things.

Friends! Quitting smoking is very tough to achieve and you may fail a lot of times. But it’s not impossible. With proper planning, advice, and dedication its possible. You need only 3 days to take out the physical dependability, 3 days more and you will become more confident, a week more and you may crave a little only due to a change in habit, a week more then you have almost reached quitting the cigarette and then you just need to avoid it and tell yourself that you are not a smoker anymore.

Don’t Quit to Quit. Make yourself ready to Quit the stick. Best of Luck!

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