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The Manifestation of Life in Sciences.

To be honest, this is probably the first time, since I have been admitted in this discipline, that I have thoroughly researched my graduation course, ‘Life Sciences’ and now, with utmost confidence, I can say that I made the right choice. I never knew that there is so much to it. So, to all the people who have mocked at me and have been neglecting the significance of this discipline for years now, here is my word and to the students pursuing Life Sciences or planning to pursue it, this article should and will help you plenty much.

Everyone, at this point in his or her life, must have heard the phrase ‘These few years will decide your future.’ being repeated by their parents or close ones, every now and then. It can get irritating and frustrating at times too but you know that they are right. This is one of the most crucial times in your life, where your decisions will guide you to a bright and wonderful future if taken wisely, or not so wonderful and bright, if taken poorly. As soon as you are done with your class 12th exams, the one and only thing that does and should persist on your mind is ‘Career Prospects’. People who take up their hobbies and passions as their career options are happier than the ones who walk around in a flock of sheep, a trail of ants. There are thousands of options out there to choose from, and if you explore enough, you can easily find the right path for yourself, that would lead you to a jovial life. This article will tell you about one of the most popular science courses nowadays, that is Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences (B.Sc. Life Sciences)

Technically, Life Sciences is an undergraduate Aqua Science course ( a Multi-disciplinary study of Earth’s processes, life forms, and system), dealing with the scientific study of all different life forms (Plants, Animals and Human Beings). The duration of the course is 3 years and is very important and career originating in nature, that opens many career scopes for the students.  You need to have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in your 10+2 to be eligible for admission in this discipline, and there are various institutions around the world, where you can pursue this course, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, etc. abroad and (University Of Delhi) Sri Venkateswara College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Hans Raj College, Jai Hind College, Cochin University of Science & Technology, etc. in India, to name a few.

Basically, Life Sciences, as a course of study, deals with three primary/core subjects, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. During the three years one studies life sciences, he/she explores the various aspects of these three subjects, with a broader perspective of everything. You don’t specialize or major in any one of the subjects but go through everything that a student pursuing Honours from the same subject does, in all 3 subjects. At the end of three years of graduation, a Life Science student acquires as much knowledge as 3 Honours student do. In Life Sciences, we don’t dig too deep into the subjects but study only the significant part of the respective subject and hence, we can go through more aspects in less amount of time. So, after graduation, a Life Science student has the opportunity to choose from any of the three subjects to pursue his/her masters in, if they go for studying Masters of Science(M.Sc.).

When asked to the students pursuing Life Sciences, some of them told that they took up the subject because they couldn’t qualify Pre-medical entrance exams and want to give it another try. So, Life Science is a backup option for them. Some said, they want to continue studying sciences but they cannot stick to one single subject, so they opt for this field. Few people were focusing on future career prospects and chose to study Life Science, just for graduation purposes. The ones who were passionate about intense research work and broader scale of studying spoke enthusiastically of Life Sciences. People who have a keen interest in genetics, forensics, and biotechnology want to do something different with their lives, experience theoretical and practical science in a combined way also choose life sciences, as this path is less travelled by, and if not more, then equally rewarding as well.

Students pursuing life sciences tend to develop an analytical and practical mind. They don’t just stick to one subject but widen their approach and mind with various skills and knowledge imparted by various courses of study. During the span of three years, the three core subjects branch to a number of relevant and constituent chapters and units, including Biochemistry, Biodiversity, Nutrition, Immunology, Medical Diagnostics, Physics, Microbiology and Taxonomy, etc., that covers about anything and everything under the term ‘Life Sciences’, in its scientific and environmental aspect.

People would ask, what is so interesting about Life Sciences? Scientists and researchers, all around the world are busy discovering phenomenon in space, new galaxies and stars, making technological breakthroughs, but something that needs attention is Life. Study about life is something that is ignored by the people but somewhere or the other, is the most interesting area of research. One of the students pursuing life sciences shared her views, as ‘Imagine if you discover a new species of an animal or a plant someday and, if you are fortunate enough, it gets named after you, then that would be the most precious feeling that one can ever savour. ‘It’s true that studying sciences of Life is unique in itself because it gives you an insight of yourself, your being, your existence, your body, your mind, everything and about every other form of life. Aerial life forms, aquatic life forms, terrestrial life forms, that include the organisms and their habitats too, nature, environment, their body functions, appearance, organs, evolution, relative study, everything that one can think of is covered under Life sciences. So, the subject is nothing but interesting.

Life Sciences is an undergraduate course, and just completing your graduation with it is not a reassuring prospect, with respect to your career. A student will need to go for further studies, in the respective stream they choose. They can go for M.Sc. in Zoology, Botany or Chemistry or they can continue with Life sciences at master’s level. MBA, LLB, UPSE, NDA, B.Ed., etc. are some of the other options too but if you want to continue with Life sciences, then the field is so mammoth that you can choose from plenty of subjects that Life Sciences branch to, as mentioned above. A Life Sciences student can be an agronomist, studying agriculture, Biochemist(Medical and Plant), Biomedical Engineer, dealing with forensics, Biophysicist, study bioinformatics, Epidemiologist, Food Scientist, Horticulturist, Immunologist, Nutritionist, Paleontologist, Pathologist, Researcher(Neurosciences, Ecology, molecular sciences), Science Teacher, etc., anything that he/she wants. The field is huge and with a little effort, you can get yourself a goal for your life, that you would love to pursue, with passion and interest. Biotechnology is the second fastest growing sector in the world and has great prospects in corporate and government sectors. So, you can be a part of something big, revolutionary, and that can help make the world a better place if you choose to pursue this subject and have a secured future too.

Universities around the world are offering Life Sciences as an undergraduate and postgraduate subject. The most renowned ones include Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Oxford University, etc. but these universities are suggested to pursue further studies in the given discipline and India has one of the finest universities to pursue undergraduate course in Life Sciences, including the University of Delhi which is an esteemed university all around the world for undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D. studies. Life Sciences is one of the most sought-after courses there, along with many others. Other famous universities in India include Christian Eminent College and Devi Ahilya University(MP), Cochin University of Science and Technology(Kerala), Dayananda Sagar University(Karnataka), Manipur University(Imphal), MATS University(Chhatisgarh), etc. For Post-graduation and Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University(New Delhi), C.S.J.M University(UP), Gujarat University(Ahmedabad), St. Xavier’s College(Mumbai), etc. are the best universities in India. Entrance exams and merit are the criteria for admission in them.

Life Sciences, technically, dates to Darwin’s and Mendel’s period, the 1800s, when they were studying evolution and coming up with thesis on animals and plant development. Their fields of study are exactly what Life Sciences constitutes of. Life sciences combines all those hours of hard work put in by scientists and researchers that ultimately led to the ‘Science’ that we study today. We are grateful to scientists like Rachel Carson, Robert Hooke, Edward Jenner, Antoine Lavoisier, Robert Brown, etc. They are the ones who laid the foundation, unknowingly perhaps, for the discipline Life Sciences that students study today, combining studies of all the afore-mentioned aspects. The university of Delhi introduced Life Sciences as an undergraduate program, in the year 2005, and since then, it has been one of the most popular courses around the country. Students from almost all the states of India pursue this discipline at different universities and with the growing scope and future prospects of Biological and life sciences, it can only progress further in the coming years.

The only problem faced by Life Sciences students in India is that there is no particular scope for Life Sciences in India. The fore-mentioned sectors, where students can see themselves in the future, are based on higher studies, primarily in universities abroad. There is scope in India too but not to a successful extent. This field has not been enough worked upon, yet in India. Even today, students, as soon as they complete their school, follow the flock and sought after Engineering and Medical and so is the mindset of the parents. The government is also focusing on these sectors only, since the past many years. It’s a trend which needs to be altered really soon. Life Sciences is one of such new trend subjects, that will form the basis of our country tomorrow. So, with enough work, education can be transformed in India and students can be guided on their journey to this new and excitement-filled path. It won’t be easy but this is what we are looking at in the future, to revolutionize the education system of our country. Considering the way, It is progressing, with more and more students getting interested in this field and taking it up as a career option and also, as career planning in India is waking up and taking notice of the life sciences with Newspapers, dedicating entire sections to the breakthroughs in the biological sphere — from advancements in stem cell technology to GM foods and oil-spill cleaning bacteria, this field is making waves like never before, with a wide variety of career options, it’s not far in the future where we see a society full of laureates and achievers, who will actually have an understanding of life and will contribute a major deal in the betterment of their society.

Life Science is a wonderful career option if one really studies it with interest and aspires to do something unique for him/herself and for the society. A little effort and deviation from the flock and you can see yourself standing apart from everybody else.

Thank You.

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Don’t be a season too late!

I recently applied for an internship in content writing and this article was written as a sample blog for the same. I don’t know if they’ll hire me, but atleast my blog gets an awesome update.

Give it a read:-

Sale. Sale is what us middle class Indians look for, all over the internet, when we want to buy anything for our family and ourselves too. Be it your shoes, your father’s smart phone, your mother’s saree, your brother’s laptop, anything, sales across various e-commerce sites are the saviors. From fashion to the basic household requirements, the use of online stores for the same has taken a hike in the past few years. Sale, if you don’t know, offers you your desires at a way cheaper cost, at a heavily discounted price, same of which are available on other bazaar outlets at a very high price. That way, you can be a little prudent and economical with your money. To name a few e-commerce stores, Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong, TataCliq are the ones that first come to mind when your father tells you that he has to buy a shirt for himself and you tell him that you can get him a great deal online, if he buys two shirts, hoping to get your smart hands on one of them. You look up ongoing sales online and try to get him and yourself, especially yourself, a great deal with a heavy discount. Online stores have altered the entire shopping scenario as, all that you need is one click away, from your home itself. You can have anything delivered at your doorstep, while you lie in your bed, sipping coffee, enjoying the monsoon. It’s not just beneficial to us, but the store owners can now commercialize their products online and escape from the bargain that people try to steal from the shop owners in your local market.

Talking about ongoing sales, one of the most popular stores on World Wide Web, offering one of the best sales of the year is Amazon with it’s ‘End of Season Sale’ that one can look up at the following link

http://www.amazon.in/b?ie=UTF8&node=4188827031&pf_rd_p=183e1121-baf7-4146-901f-88e194e9ecf0&pf_rd_r=1N7VWTTAPY13F0SD1QAB

Amazon has been one of the most popular stores, all around the world and it comes up with such great steal of a deals from time to time. End of Season Sale in India, remarks the summer season with a loot at almost everything in Fashion. There are a variety of products that you can buy for your near and dear ones at a never-before, discounted price. End of season sale does not only mean that there are just clothes at a lower price than earlier but includes almost everything that constitutes Fashion. Jewellery, Beauty Accessories, Clothes, Shoes, Handbags and Wallets, Grooming accessories, Sunglasses, Bedroom Furnishing and various brands at that too. The most popular brands with their products are being offered at a very low price that can make your entire family, way more than just happy.

The brands being offered include Reebok for shoes and footwear, Adidas for Footwear and Accessories, United Colors of Benetton for Clothes, shoes, accessories, American Tourister for Luggage and Bags, Puma for sport accessories, Levi’s for Clothes, footwear, Clarks for footwear and US Polo Assn. for Clothes and other accessories. There are many more brands that you can explore on the site itself and grab the great discounts they are offering.

Discounts vary from upto 70% on Shoes, Bags, and apparel to upto 50% on Bedroom Furnishing and Jewellery. One can buy anything for any possible occasion. There Is everything up there. If we talk about footwear, then sport shoes, trainer shoes, sneakers, ethnic shoes, formal shoes, shoes and sandals for women, slippers, joggers, trekking boots, men’s sandals, etc. The ‘Apparel Section’ appeals the most to the shoppers, both men and women and children equally. There is a separate section for Kids’ Apparel too, so no worries there.

It is necessary to mention here that, though this is not because of any judgemental or misogynic attitude but women are fashion fanatics. They have to buy every other cloth from every other category that defines the ‘trend’ being followed during a particular period of time. As the trend changes, so does their wardrobe. The same goes for men too but they, comparatively, are a little less inclined towards the ongoing trend but that doesn’t mean that they don’t love fashion. There is a huge difference between buying attire and following the trend. There are those who follow the trend and others who set them, convincing people to follow the trend and that is what fashion designers are for, with a few popular faces promoting them. Designers design, faces promote and people follow. Usually, all around the world, actors and renowned faces are used to promote fashion in particular and that’s the marketing strategy of a trend. That is how it is promoted across various social platforms, making it easier for people to be aware and start following. This leads to a comical situation where, people follow the trend by observing people around them, leading to a lot of competition and ever-changing wardrobes, primarily out of jealousy. The stores make huge profits with this competition in play and that is how the e-commerce cycle works and grows.

As the End of Season Sale of Amazon is progressing, there are new products being uploaded and the popular products going out of stock as soon as they come online. There are deals that last for a certain period of time, a day or so, and then end, promoting sales and this happens specially with the products that are popular among shoppers. This online Shoppers-Stop is getting viewed and clicked by the second and the sale is the reason. The sale of all of their products are chart-busting without any such deals too but such offers turn their huge profits into humongous turnouts. Such sales are a great opportunity to grab a fabulous deal on international brands too and not just the ones famous and prominent in their locality. People just love international products and imported accessories as they believe that they can put their trust in them. So, during this period, they can fulfill their desire to purchase international fashion which include products from various brands such as Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Fossil, Aeropostale, Vans, Steve Madden, Delsey and Mothercare, etc. They provide the shoppers with choices in apparel for men, women, kids, footwear and a few other fashion accessories. You can get these brands, popular across the globe, delivered at your doorstep.

Amazon, in this sale, has provided the customers with a special section with the title ‘Amazon Exclusives’ where, the customers can get Amazon assured and guaranteed products at minimum price and this is being quite excitedly talked about and gossiped among the customers as they get reliance and reassurance with their product. It’s not that other products don’t come with guarantee and surety but Amazon is personally responsible for faults and discrepancies of their own products, manufactured and delivered by them and no third buyer is involved. Amazon assured products have this quality that makes them stand a little apart. But, the customers can rely on the quality of all products with their eyes closed, and this too is assured by an e-commerce store, on as big a scale as Amazon.

Customers are highly attracted to these sales because of their own benefits and they can meet all their desires without their pockets meddling with the customers’ minds. So, it’s a mutualistic relationship between the customer and seller, benefitting both the sides.

The sale is on, so go and grab yourself a good deal and for your loved ones too, before you are a season too late

Thank You.

 

The Rainmaker

Fictions are interesting, aren’t they? Yes, because they are an escape for us, escape to a fantasy. This was my little effort in my escape from the world.

This story is about a village in South Africa. Unknown to many, Leboa is one of the most remote villages of South Africa. The people here led a simple life, mostly driven by farming and livestock, and businessmen were considered a luxurious class of people by the Leboans. They were happy with what they had and never complained to anyone, not even God, for their poverty or livelihood. They believed in the fact that if God has given you life, then you are no one to decide that what will be course in the coming time. Leading a luxurious life, was not in your hands. It was God’s mercy that they were still alive.

Usually a tribe has a leader, but since the village was itself the size of a tribe, they had a brave and an intelligent leader or rather the one, who people believed in. He went by the name, William. He was the bravest of all Leboans. He was believed to have killed tigers with his bare hands. He did everything he could to save his village from the wrath of the predators, and any other unknown threat. The most common of threat was wild animals, which was taken care of by William.

The years passed by and the Leboans were leading a peaceful life, until the day, things changed.

Since it was Africa, availability of water was a common problem which was met by rivers and the seasonal rains. This was being followed since ages but everyone knew that one day, these sources would be exhausted and they couldn’t do anything about it. And that day came, when all the rivers located in Leboa ran out of water. The livestock and farms of the people were all devastated. They couldn’t think of a substitute source. They talked to William about it. He said that they would have to pray to God for blessing them with water. Many Leboans protested against violating the ritual of not praying to God, which was being practiced since ages. But the well-wishers of the village thought that it was the best and the only option they were left with. They started gathering around the tallest mountain in the village and started worshipping God to bless them with rain and bring their livestock and farms back to life. William also prayed to God for blessing the village and their long life. They prayed for days in the hope that they would get what they want. After a span of two weeks, when it seemed as if their prayers were worthless, it began to rain. It rained cats and dogs that morning and the whole village seemed refreshed as if God himself decorated that beautiful place. The Leboans started dancing and singing in rejoice, but something interrupted their celebrations. They noticed a mysterious figure, on the top of the mountain. It looked as if God had descended on the earth itself but William knew that it wasn’t what the people thought. He came forward and asked

“Who are you?”

He answered ”I am the Rainmaker”.

William asked  “What are you here for?”

He said ”God has sent me to help your people. I know who you are, William, and that you love the people of your village. I am here for the same. I mean to help them.”

William was still in a dilemma but since it seemed to benefit the people, he didn’t protest. The people were very joyful and started worshipping the Rainmaker. He stayed on the top of the mountain and didn’t come near the village. He wore robes and hoods that covered his body, and his face. The people didn’t know who he was or how did he look, but they knew one thing that the Rainmaker could solve all their problems. He could heal people, bring them to life, provide them food, save them from wild animals and what not, from the top of the mountain itself. As the days passed by, the people started consulting the Rainmaker for everything, and no one cared about William anymore. They believed that the rainmaker was the solution to all their problems. William was not jealous or anything of the Rainmaker, neither did he envy him, it was just that he believed something wasn’t right. He had questions regarding the Rainmaker’s identity and was he really what he said. He needed to do something, and the he had only one option left. He had to journey to the Rainmaker’s den.

He set off the next morning and was very careful that no one, not even the Rainmaker notices him. He reached the top in a few hours and stealthily entered the Rainmaker’s den. He noticed very unusual things, skulls, pendants, red lights  in the den, axes, saw, spears, that made William scared. He had to do something. So, he hid in the cave and waited for the Rainmaker to come. After an hour or so, the Rainmaker came back to his cave and started disrobing. William quickly jumped and grabbed the Rainmaker’s arms with a spear in his hands, pointing to his throat.

William asked”Who are you, and I want the truth this time.”

“You really want to know who I am?”

“Yes”

“What if I told you I was God?”

“I know that you lied to my people. But you can’t fool me. These things in your den indicate something evil.”

“OK. Let’s say I am something evil, but what will you do? You can’t harm me.”

“Whatever you are, but you are in human form right now. I can do whatever I want, so don’t make me.”

“OK”

And the Rainmaker removes his hood. William was closely observing, and what he saw was something he couldn’t imagine.

He had a red skull. It was bloody red as if it had been crystallized out of blood itself. It was something he had never seen before. And the Rainmaker turned towards William. He had a carved, hideous red face, empty eye sockets, teeth visible from his mouth and a slightly bent, curved inwards nose. William was frightened and shocked. He called out “Devil”.

The Rainmaker freed himself of his grasp, but didn’t run away. William asked him “Who are you and why are you here?”, still holding the spear in his hands.

The Rainmaker answered “I am the son of the Satan, the son of the devil himself.”

“Why are you here, and what do you want with my people?”

“The reason is simple. I help them, provide services, heal them and what not. And in return, I want their souls.”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“You see William. My father, the almighty of hell itself, exiled me from hell for my mischief and ordered me that I couldn’t return to hell until I have acquired a thousand souls of the innocent and fed upon them.”

“Why my village?”

“I was descended here. It was not my choice. You would have noticed that the number of people in your village have declined and if you have not then I am telling you. You see, I go out at night, grab a hold of handful of your people, rip their bodies apart, bathe in their blood, feed upon their souls, and my devil, that pleasure, the best in the freakin world.” And the Rainmaker started laughing in a devilish manner.

William was feeling guilty and angry at the same time. The Rainmaker continued,

“I am done with 500 of your people, and if you will excuse me, I have to buy my way to hell. (Again bursting into laughter)You see I am humorous as well.”

“That is so evil of you.”

“Oh poor William, Evil is what I am. After all, I am the son of the devil.”He pushed William aside and picked up a pendant. He murmered something and suddenly vanished. William was gobsmacked. There was nothing he could do. He couldn’t even follow him. He went back to the village and tried to inform the people about him and his ugly motives.But he had acquired control of the deepest thoughts of the people. They were not ready to believe William and criticized him for saying ill about the Rainmaker.

Meanwhile, the Rainmaker was busy with his cause. He went place to place,house to house, and killed everyone there, fed upon their souls, and teleported to another place, leaving no clue behind. He took the body of his victims with him, and hid them in his den. No one knew about him, and they worshipped the son of the devil as their deity, their God.Wiliiam had to do something. He had to save his people.

The next evening, he went to the Rainmaker’s crib and waited there for him. As he came back, he performed a worship that was meant for replenishing his powers, by the means of those pendants and that skull, which had to be sacrificed in a fire in order to complete the ritual. William had no other option left. When the Rainmaker was in the middle of his act, he revealed himself and quickly jumped in the fire. He started groaning loudly as the flames covered his entire body.

“Ahhhhh,.,,,… What’s happening to me?”

The Rainmaker was horrified and shouted”What have you done, you filthy earthling?”

William was in intense pain and the Rainmaker was growing more and more red in colour.

“Help me, somebody, anybody, please. Ahhhhhh…….”

The Rainmaker started enlarging in size and it seemed as if he was evolving, changing to his devil form. His hands started turning to claws, eyes bulging out, his teeth so vicious. But suddenly, the fire extinguished itself. William jumped out of the flame and grabbed the Rainmaker. Suddenly the Rainmaker started coming in his original form and he did. But something strange happened. William had turned himself into something that he could never think of. He had acquired all the powers of the Rainmaker, leaving him powerless.

Rainmaker moaned loudly “No…….. What have you done,you fool.”

William had never experienced that power before, it was all so new for him, but he was scared.He grabbed the Rainmaker and and started choking him.

“What has happened to me?”

“You brought this upon yourself.You took all my freaking powers.”

“What does it mean?”

He shouted “It means you are me now.You are the Son of the Devil.”

William was terrified.”It means…….. I….I….”

He let go off the Rainmaker and noticed himself carefully.His eye sockets were empty, vicious teeth, same red skull. He was going crazy. He asked the Rainmaker,

“How can I reverse it?”

“You can’t. You will have to carry this curse for the rest of your life.”

But before he could do something, the Rainmaker took a spear and killed himself.William couldn’t ask him anything and he was left with another question that why did the Rainmaker kill himself? Before he could do something, all the answers to his questions flashed in front of his eyes.He had to complete the task that was assigned to the Rainmaker before he could let go the curse upon him. But how could he kill his own people, he was their saviour.He could do nothing about it. With that curse, he left that cave. He went outside, and saw that the whole village was worshipping him, unknown of the fact that although he was William but now he was the Devil.He ignored all of them, and went back to his cave. People waited for him for days, but he didn’t come back. He couldn’t tell them the truth. After a few weeks, the people started believing that the Rainmaker went away exactly the same way he came, anonymously and strangely. They soon forgot him and never noticed that their well-wisher William went away to a place from where he could never return.

The End, Is it?

The Burning Desire.

Class 11th. Our teacher who taught us English, gave us a task. She had these phrases that were supposed to be from some horror story. We had to cook up a story, supposedly horror, and we had to add that phrase in it. So, it went like this……

 

It was the month of September and winters had set in.Hannah, who lived with her mom, at 23 Jump Street, was the sort of girl, people would love to make friends with.She was cheerful, lively, and always smiling.Her face was full of freckles and bore an expression of innocence.She had a lot of friends, who loved her company.She was the most popular girl of her school.She was 14 years old and was going through the same problems as a teenager does.She lived alone with her mom.Her mom, Sereena, had a difficult life and taught at a primary school, to make a living.She had Hannah to support her and she loved her daughter more than anyone else in the world.Since the winters had set in,they decided to light the fireplace,under the mantelpiece in the living room.It hadn’t been used for a long time because they had turned up at that place, just a while back.The house had been deserted for the last 10 years and they bought it a cheap price.There was a ghastly feeling in that house that bothered Sereena at times, but she ignored it and convinced herself that it was just the empty rooms and loneliness that made her feel different. It was very difficult to light the fireplace for Sereena.It wasn’t like she was very old or anything, it took her hours to light the fireplace.But whenever Hannah asked her mom to do it, she always did it in one go. Sereena never believed, how she did that, she thought that she really was growing old.It was a mystery.Even Hannah didn’t know about it.She kept teasing her mother that how she lit the fire quickly and Sereena could not and how old Sereena was growing.Sereena loved her and laughed over her jokes because she knew that Hannah could never love her less.But they both knew one thing, that, apart from who lit it up faster, there was something really strange about that flame.

It made some sort of noise daily but only during the night.It sounded like a scream, like it was calling someone, or rather someone’s name.But Hannah and Sereena didn’t know what it was and where did it come from? Since it was night time so none of them dared to go and look for the source of the annoying sound.The sound was soothing,polite,and echoed throughout the complete house but was unclear.But it was terrifying for both of them because they knew nothing about it and couldn’t understand it even.It was a complete mystery until the day, Hannah came to know that the sound came from the fireplace.

It was a pretty cold winter day and Hannah came home early.Her mother was still at school. She was all alone at home.She was getting bored so she thought that she should do her homework.As she sat down to do her homework, she heard her mom yell her name from downstairs.So, she got up and started to head down.As she got to the stairs, Sereena pulled her to the room and said “I heard that too”.Hannah was shocked and asked Sereena that when did she come home?She told Hannah that her  school got off early due to the bad weather.They started listening to the voice very carefully as they started to head downstairs.As they reached the living room, they noticed something really horrifying.

The voice was coming from the fireplace.Someone was calling Hannah’s name and it was like “ Hannah…I love you my child.Where are you?”Hannah and Sereena were shocked.They were frightened, as  they were alone in the house and no one was around.The voice was repeating itself and was calling Hannah.Hannah didn’t have a clue, to what it was, but Sereena did.Hannah looked at her mother, sinking into the chair.Hannah asked her, what was the voice? Sereena had no chioce.She had to tell her the truth.

Hannah was listening curiously.Sereena told her that 13 years ago, a lady, Mrs. Williams died in her house in the neighbourhood where Sereena then lived.She was Sereena’s neighbour.That time, the neighbourhood was terrorized by naxalites and they did horrible activities to show the people their power.They only set Mrs.Williams house on fire.But somehow she managed to save her daughter and sacrificed her own life.After the fire was put out, Sereena went to that place and she found a baby girl, wrapped in blankets, hidden in the bushes of her garden.A very sweet and beautiful child.It was Hannah.Sereena took her home, didn’t inform anyone about it and started taking care of her.She didn’t marry herself.This was the reason, she deserted that place and has been on a move since then.She told Hannah, how much she loved her and couldn’t love her less.Hannah was shocked.She couldn’t speak.She turned and started heading towards the fireplace slowly.She raised her hand towards the fire and said “Mom”.Suddenly, the voice came again.It sounded different this time.It was more quiet and it seemed as if that flame had come to life.It called out Hannah’s name and said “ My daughter, I love you. I wish all your wishes come true.I could not do anything for you.Please forgive me.I just wanted to talk to you once, and look at my daughter but I can’t do that.Don’t hate your mother and don’t forget me.”and the flame was suddenly put out.Hannah ran towards Sereena, hugged her and started crying.Sereena apologised for not telling her the truth for such a long time.After that day, the voice was never heard again.

 

 

Hospitals, can sure be interesting, if not Fun(Not supposed to be fun)

29th April, Saturday

I had my Chemistry Practical exam in the morning but since I am way too certain about my exams this year, it was bound to be good. I come back, help myself to some lunch and rest on the chair outside my hostel. There was no air, but I was a little tired so it felt good anyway. Out of nowhere, I get a call from my aunt that I have to go and get an appointment for her at AIIMS, Delhi, one of the largest hospitals and medical institutes in the country. She had a little problem in the past, and the doctor had instructed for my aunt to meet with the concerned doctor, six weeks after she was discharged from the hospital, that was on 19th April. Six weeks later makes it 1st week of June. I was clearly instructed to go and get it as soon as possible, and the very same day, if possible of course. It was way too hot. I thought, let us rest for a while and we’ll go then. So, I went to one of my seniors’ room and spent maybe an hour or two there, doing nothing. Then it started raining, and then I didn’t want to go at all. I called my father, after dinner and told him, that I couldn’t make it there due to the rain and everything(couldn’t say that I did it on purpose). He said, alright, but go there on Monday. I consented.

1st May, Monday

When my aunt was first admitted there, the people made this green colored card for her, that was probably for her medications and future appointments, probably. That was with my cousin, who lives like a 5 minute walk away from me in Delhi. I went and fetched it the previous evening. So, there the card lied on my desk, and with it watching me, I wasted the entire day, doing nothing. In the evening, when it finally dawned upon me that I have had enough and it was wrong of me to do so, I washed my face, changed clothes, got the card, and set off to there, at 05:30(Yeah, that’s how foolish and stern at the same time, I am). Took me 20 minutes to reach there. I entered the premises and knew my way to the Cardio-thoracic and Neurosciences ward(I had been there already when I first visited my aunt). I tried to act a little smart and went on an expedition of my own, around the hospital. My father and uncle had instructed me to go to window number ’33’ and get the appointment. I was roaming in those corridors, following where everyone was going, the corridors with their low roofs and brick-colored glossy tiles, a typical hospital. There was sadness surrounding me, and doctors too. When I finally gave up, I went to the reception desk and asked for it. He told me to make a few turns, so I did. To my surprise, I found the window shut. I asked the guard there, about the timings. He said, it’s from 09:00 to 05:30. I looked at the time, it was half past six. I was scared to call my father and tell him about my unsuccessful attempt at getting the appointment, but what is done, is done. I repeated the lines in my head, and told him about it. He said, come tomorrow morning and get it, for sure. I said, you bet, and then went back to the Hostel.

2nd May, Tuesday

So I have many friends in the hostel, and as I was narrating my unsuccessful attempt’s’ to them, they offered to come with me. I could do nothing but agree(I personally wanted them to come, but waited for them to ask). So the morning of 2nd May, saw us exiting the hostel premises, with a shoulder-bag and a water bottle(And the green card of course). It was 09:30 and we reached the hospital at about 09:45. I was explaining to them, about my past experience, when I visited my aunt, and the shortest way to reach the gates of the hospital(It is always great to share everything with them). We went straight in and now that I knew the address of Window 33, reached there without any trouble. The window that was deserted the previous evening, saw quite a long queue of people that were waiting to get their appointments. Different windows served different purposes, one of them was for new appointments, the other one was for appointments for the following couple of days, and Window 33 was for follow-up appointments, i.e., for appointments in the future, as directed by the concerned doctor. I stood in the queue, and asked them to stay out, but they stood with me anyway. We waited and waited, and all this while, I was using my sense of observation, for creating humor and making them laugh, because that is something that a hospital lacks. We stood at the window, produced the green card, and explained to the person, of when do we want the appointment. Now, there was a little complication. When a patient is discharged, a ‘ Discharge Sheet/Report’ is prepared, that includes everything, from top to bottom, about the patient’s stay at the hospital. All the medicines, the diagnosis, status reports, etc, it’s all there. The green card said, the follow-up appointment was supposed to be taken with a certain ‘Dr. Vishnu’, but my uncle had told that the my aunt was under the supervision of ‘ Dr. MV Padma’ and had to get a follow up appointment with the same. We told that to the person at the window, but he said, he can allot us the appointment, only to the doctor mentioned in the green card. We took the appointment, came in the corridor again, uncertain about what had we done, and started making phone calls. My father said, talk to some doctor there and ask about this problem. The green card said, my aunt was first diagnosed by ‘Dr. Pooja Narang’ and she had written the diagnosis report on the green card. Now, our primary task was to locate Dr. Pooja Narang, and ask her that whether she had referred the patient to a wrong doctor, or what was going on. We went from floor to floor. ward to ward, room to room, in search of her, but couldn’t find her. Some of the people we asked said, she will be in the OPD, and others had no idea at all. We spent an hour doing this, but it all was futile. Finally we met the right person, who upon being asked, told us that, Dr. Pooja Narang was actually not a doctor there, but a Senior Resident. She had come there for a certain purpose, and was not available there always. He told us to go tell the person on the counter about the Discharge Sheet, or we could get an appointment our self by using these systems that could allot you appointments online but to our discontent, we found that they were just for appointments of the next couple of days. So, six weeks were out of the question. While we were going through all the commotion, I was thinking to myself that what have I dragged them into, how were they feeling, standing by me and helping me with everything and going everywhere I went. I felt great, but was feeling a little strange for them. So, we went to the window again and asked the person about this, and he told us that we need to get the Discharge Sheet, to make that appointment happen. But, those 3 papers were 160 Kilometers and 4 hours away from me. I was hopeless again. I started considering the possibility of coming a couple of days later, with the sheet, that would have been brought to Delhi by someone coming here, in the near future. They said, no, we won’t go without the appointment, and I rarely disagree with them, because they are never wrong. So, I asked my father, what to do. He said, ‘Get a printout of images sent to you via Whatsapp’. That would have been a great thing, but only if it was possible. So, we asked a few more people and a few people who, supposedly were doctors(The ones that had white-colored coats on). They said, that yes, a printed copy of the images of the same should do and that gave us some hope. So, now we had to find a place where we could get reproduce the discharge sheet. There was a cyber cafe, in the boys hostel campus, 200 meters away from the CNC Department. We went there, in the sun. They were bearing this all with me, so I couldn’t just go on like that. I did my best to entertain them, again with my stories and comical incidents. Their smile was rejuvenating in itself. We got the printouts and came all the way back to our window. Produced the printed copy to the person sitting there, explained the entire thing to him and without any questions, he gave us the appointment of the desired date. After all the tiresome walks and questions and talks, this was the second-most satisfying thing, after their smile. We came out with the report in our hands, and with happiness on our faces. I called my father, told him and received some much needed appreciation. I also called my aunt and uncle and told them. They thanked me, which was not needed at all. It was my duty to do so, for my family. We came out and boarded the bus back to the hostel. On our way back, though it was hard to put it in words, I thanked them for accompanying me and helping me all the way. But their expressions expressed that that gratitude was not needed too. I too wouldn’t have given up like that, and would have got the appointment at any cost. With them, it was just a little easier and just a little less tiresome. Companions like them are rare to find and I am glad to have them by my side. Thank You.

The experience taught me many important things. It taught me, how to manage stuff on your own, when your guardians are not with you. With parents, everything seems so easy, so smooth. It’s then that you actually learn, when they are not there. The way to talk, to ask, to convey, to manage, to arrange, to think, everything. A hospital is never happening, never, but it is your choice to make it interesting. There is a lot to learn out there. So remember, know which window you have to reach and the documents to take with you. And there is nothing better than a companion, to help you through. See you soon, Dr. Padma.

Imagine Dragons!

via Daily Prompt: Roots

So, I wake up in the morning and turn on the television, as I always did, to watch my favorite music channel, and I see this new song by Imagine Dragons playing but by the time I switched to that channel, only the last ten seconds of the song were left and what I could make out of the lyrics was, ‘I’m going back to my…….another day’. I had to know the song because it had a ring to it, as all songs by Imagine Dragons do. I googled it and found, ‘Imagine Dragons-Roots’. And I loved that song.Still do, it’s amazing. If you haven’t heard it yet, do for sure.

Things not to do in Metro!

17 April, 2017

After a tiring 4 hour journey in the bus, reached one of the most busiest, in terms of traffic and pollution both, cities of the country, Delhi, Vaishali Metro Station in particular because that is where buses drop you. I was, of course, tired(and hungry and thirsty). I entered the metro station. Now, metro travel has been made really efficient with the introduction of Metro cards, but due to some reason, I didn’t have mine with me, on that particular day. I stood in the line for the token, and took one. The platforms were 2 floors above. Took the stairs and reached the platform. Now, Vaishali is the terminating metro station and hence, only that’s where you get the opportunity to get a seat for yourself. I, hoping for the same, entered the coach that was right in front of me. The doors closed and that huge vehicle, a remarkable example of the development in Delhi, started hovering over the tracks(because once set in motion, it seems like you are floating). This guy was standing opposite to me, trying to act all cool and smart. We exchanged glances, with no intentions to know each other or engage in any sort of conversation whatsoever. I had headphones on. I started to lip-sync to the song that I was listening to. And a minute later, I saw the same guy, singing something, even though he wasn’t listening to anything. I smiled to myself and started looking in the distance, through the door glass. 5 or 6 metro stations must have passed, when I suddenly saw this sign-board on the Metro platform that read ‘ Women’s Only’ and I flushed with shame. Only then I realized the uncanny number of the women in the coach, but it was not the women, but me, there, in a women’s coach, surrounded by so many strange faces. I couldn’t move my hands away from my face for the next 10 seconds. I was so ashamed of myself. I had never done this before. That must have triggered my senses and I started feeling like, the women there were looking at me, in a strange way.(They already must be, right from the start, but I noticed it only then, because I realized it only then) I didn’t have the courage to look them in the eye. The only thing I could wish, was for them not to complain to the guard about me, standing in a women’s coach.(It was reserved and called ‘Women’s coach’ for a reason and levied a heavy fine on the men travelling in there). I had to change the metro at this particular station, Mandi House, and as soon as that station came, I exited the metro(Yeah, I was dumb enough, not to change the coach, right after I realized it). Reached the Hostel an hour later, and told my friends about it and was a butt of jokes for next 2 days, only because of my ignorance! I don’t know, whether to laugh or cry, but I sure can tell you one thing, do not do this, like ever, if you don’t want to be added in the hate list of those certain women and of course, of the guards, who’d empty your wallet and give you a few words of advice, which will sound more like they’re threatening you. May God Be With You(In the common coaches, of course).

Time and Irony!

While scrolling through the choices of the theme for my Blog, a theme titled ‘Coherent’ caught my eye but the only reason that I didn’t select it was, since I am not clear about what am I doing, why am I doing, how can I choose the theme that signifies clarity? As funny as it sounds, that was the only reason. No clarity of thought, past, present, future, career, life. Nothing at all. Procrastination(Commonly seen among us adolescents) is bliss. I try to avoid it, but in some or the other part of my daily life, it is evident. After waking up in the morning, I decide my routine, ‘So, this is what all I am going to do today.’ Studying, reading the novel that rests on my desk, playing some sports, having proper food, completing all the pending tasks, cleaning the room, and of course, choose something to write for the blog. I eat, play, and sleep, use my phone, and….no, that’s pretty much it. And at the end of the day, I curse myself for doing nothing. I know, it is wrong, but still I do nothing. My brain is getting slow and rusty, I know I can do way better than ‘this’, I need some motivation. Motivation, as in, a week left for the exams, my mother reproving my unhygienic lifestyle and scolding for the same, frustration, and sometimes, realization of my wrongs helps too, but in just a few cases. I need to get out of this, and be clear of what exactly I should and am supposed to do. I know it is a slow process but, I know I can do it. Just a little careful and taking things, a little more seriously, is the key to solve all my problem(and for the people experiencing the same too). So, I started with the blog, which is almost complete. Next, I am going to start with my books. My roommate keeps rebuking and chiding about studying. Exams are coming. One thing I am ‘coherent’ about is the motivation that I will receive now that they are close by. But still my questions remain unanswered. Only time and experience will tell.