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  1. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

    Indian society has always given high importance to the education. Education enlightens the soul and helps an individual to understand the world. Ok! that's fine!. But let us take a look into the facts (Source: Smile foundation India).



    • Less than half of India's children between the age 6 and 14 go to school.
    • A little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight.
    • At least 35 million children aged 6 - 14 years do not attend school.
    • 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate.
    • In India, only 53% of habitation has a primary school.
    • In India, only 20% of habitation has a secondary school.
    • On an average an upper primary school is 3 km away in 22% of areas under habitations.
    • In nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V.
    • On an average, there are less than three teachers per primary school. They have to manage classes from I to V every day.
    • Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V, its 50% for boys, 58% for girls.
    • 1 in 40, primary school in India is conducted in open spaces or tents.
    • More than 50 per cent of girls fail to enroll in school; those that do are likely to drop out by the age of 12.
    • 50% of Indian children aged 6-18 do not go to school

    Poverty:
    Poverty is an outcome of illiteracy. The only permanent solution to poverty is education.

    Each one teach ten:
    "Each one teach one" has been an old credo. But the need of the hour is "Each one teach ten".

    Privatization of govt. schools:
    Most of the indian primary schools lack quality staff, infrastructure and basic facilities. privatization would make the management more efficient and hence proper utilization of resources.

    Corporate responsibility:
    Many top Indian companies understand their social responsibility and are providing helping hands in this field. but as any company derives its profit from the society, every company irrespective of its size and profit margin must contribute for the education of poor.

    Efforts at individual level:
    We as an individual can really make a difference. All that is needed is:
    • Identification of the areas around you.
    • Gathering a group of educated enthusiasts.
    • If possible contact some NGO.
    • Cause awareness among people around you.
    • Little monetary help.

    *One such effort with which I was associated during my college days was Literacy Mission at NIT Hamirpur.


    All it needs is time and dedication and this small efforts of yours can really make a difference.
    So let us come forward and dream of a different tomorrow. Dream of a better India, a better world.

    *Image source: CSmonitor
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  2. Transition

    Sep 3, 2008

    Three months, and I’ve not written even a single word on this blog (a thing which I really adored during college days). It has nothing to do with my hectic professional life but the thing is, that I feel as if my heart and mind have stopped working. I hardly introspect these days and everything seems hazy.


    I don't know where my life is heading and what my priorities are, I simply don't know. Made so many commitments but everything in vain. The only positive sign is that since past few days I'm missing my blog a lot and thinking of a complete changeover (of blog) maybe this new resolution will refresh my priorities. And again I’ll be doing the thing I love.
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  3. Six word memoir

    May 5, 2008

    UPDATE:
    Hello friends. Due to some reasons I won't be available here till July end or August.
    Thanks for your valuable comments. And I'm sorry for not being able to post comments on your blogs.
    I'll miss my favorite blogs & bloggers. But i'll update myself when I'm back.
    Miss you all.
    Take Care! Stay Happy, Stay Good.
    -----

    I took this TAG from Rajeev's blog. And I tag everyone reading it. :)

    Sunil Parashar: A memoir in six words.

    "The other good name of LUCK!"
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  4. Sometimes your senses deceive you, they simply fail for that matter.
    They don't exist at first place.

    What you see, hear or feel is not true.
    The truth is something big, something different,...... something unacceptable.
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  5. Talent was the name of a coin in ancient times and those who had a lot of talent, or money, then-just as it is now-were indeed the ones who saved and invested gainfully. Before making a long journey, the Bible says, a rich man called three of his servants and "unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one."

    He that received the five talents went and traded with the same, and gained another five talents. And likewise, he that had received two, also gained another two. But he that received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

    After a long time the master of those three men returned, and reckoned with them. He that had received five talents came and showed another five talents, saying, "My lord, you delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained five talents more."
    The master said unto him,"Well done...I will make thee ruler over many things." The master was also pleased with the man who had doubled his two talents. "Well done... I will make thee too ruler of many things." These two men would now lead a more joyous life. They were talented!

    Then the man who had received the one talent came to his master and said, "Lord, I was afraid and went and hid thy talent in the earth: here take what is yours." The master answered and told him, "You wicked and slothful servant... you ought to have put my money to the exchangers and at my return I should have received it with interest."

    Obviously, this man had no talent. "Take therefore the talent from him and give it unto him which hath ten talents," the master then ordered. "And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness."
    -MATTHEW 25: 14-30 in the Bible.

    Learning lesson from this story I purchased the bestseller "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.- My first investment towards investing.
    What was your first investment towards investing?
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  6. Four years- a memoir

    Apr 11, 2008

    The autumn of 2004, pants folded and the furious rain trying to snatch away the umbrellas. First rendezvous with the Electrical block of NIT Hamirpur (my college) & I grinned: Ah! this magnificent building is going to be my department for the next four years and somewhere I knew that I've made a wise decision.

    Happiness, excitement, fear, anger, friendship, love, success . . . . . .endless memories hitched inside the heart.
    These insured four years of life are about to end and soon the things are going to be different. I often wonder: why do things have an ending? Is it to make a new start? but the new start again heads towards new end. After all why do things come to an end?
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  7. "For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity."
    - George Orwell.

    George Orwell (Pen name. Actual name: Eric Arthur Blair) definitely qualifies as one of the finest writer of 21st century. If you've read 'Animal Farm' or '1984' you might be aware of the genius. Any writer will ask following questions before writing anything.
    1. What am I trying to say?
    2. What words will express it?
    3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
    4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

    And he will probably ask himself two more:
    1. Could I put it more shortly?
    2. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
    One can often be in doubt about the effect of a word or a phrase, and one needs rules that one can rely on when instinct fails. Following rules will cover most cases:
    1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
    3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
    4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
    For more details follow this link>>
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  8. First Year of college
    Teacher: Define Ohm's Law?
    Student: Sir Ohm's law states that the current passing through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference across the two points, and inversely proportional to the resistance between them.


    Second Year of college

    Teacher: Can you define Faraday's Law?
    Student: Well Sir em...well....Faraday's law is a law given by Faraday. It finds its application in electrical engineering.


    Third Year of college
    Teacher: Do you have any idea about Gauss's Law?
    Student: Sir it can be defined as em... well it is defined as.........are you asking about Gauss's law?.
    Sorry sir I forgot the question could you please repeat it?.
    -----------------------------------
    Sir i shall come prepared next time for sure.


    Final Year of college
    Student: Sir what is Newton-Raphson's method?
    Teacher: It is $%)%#!%^* given by +!*(&%##@&** and used for %$*@(&^$% !


    And finally the student becomes a full time engineer (maybe).
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  9. Letter from a friend

    Mar 16, 2008

    A beautiful gift from one of my special friend.
    • Sometimes winning is everything.
    • Take a stand, now or never.
    • Choose a high.
    • Leave your mark.
    • Kill doubt.
    • Stand for something, prove something.
    • Make waves, never say die.
    • Live your dream.
    • Conquer your fears.
    • Take a risk.
    • Erase boundaries.
    • Beat the odds.
    • Trust your instincts.
    • Take up a challenge.
    • Never give up.
    • Prove yourself.
    • Own your words.
    • Right a wrong.
    • Dare to dream.
    • Push the limit.
    • Play with pride.
    • Wake the spirit.
    • Go for glory.
    • Tougher the better.
    • Face your demons.
    It's your time. Taste The VICTORY.

    What is your most memorable gift?

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  10. My best lines

    Mar 12, 2008

    Here are my all time favorite lines from my personal diary:

    1.
    Imagine! Just Imagine!.

    2. No straight story was ever worth telling.

    3. The knock of pure love has a different sound.

    4. The heart accepts some reasons, and the journey never stops.

    5. Dream! Your dreams may not be fulfilled but you won't have nightmares either.

    6. In there lies questions, In there lies answers.

    7. Knowledge is fearlessness.

    8. Fiction sounds better than the real life.

    9. Fake things are volatile.

    10. Destiny has something in store for everyone.

    11. The good thing about time is that it goes on.

    12. Short-sightedness kills an individual.

    13. Never complain because complaining is never a solution.

    14. A man's mind is busy creating problems and he's busy solving them -confused and lost.
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  11. The escape

    Mar 8, 2008

    One wrong step and Tim could've lost his life.
    Chilling December night was growing darker & Tim was the only passenger in his compartment. Though 12 years old Tim appeared younger than his contemporaries.
    As the train pulled out of station Tim was accompanied by a stranger. There was something strange about this stranger; Red eyed, hairs of a wild animal, his body was covered with a blanket.

    "When does the train reach Manor?" asked Tim.
    "11:30pm." replied the stranger with a heavy voice.
    This made fear run through Tims' mind. Firstly because he had not anticipated train reaching so early at the destination, secondly the stranger smelled drunk.
    "Why are you going to Manor?" asked the stranger.
    "I'm returning home from my boarding school and Manor is my last station via train, the remaining journey is to be made by bus." replied Tim.

    The stranger put his right arm around Tims' shoulder and repeated: "There is no bus service at Manor during the night time but you need not worry kiddie, I shall get something arranged for you."
    And he kissed Tim on the left cheek. For Tim the situation was heading the wrong way.
    Getting hold of his bag Tim rose from the seat to make an escape but the stranger caught hold of his left arm and pulled him hard.
    By this time the train was entering some station and before the stranger could make out his second move, Tim shouted for help.

    Finding himself free from stranger's grip Tim ran out of the compartment and climbed another populated compartment.
    Tim got hold of his furious breaths but fear still gripped him. He constantly asked himself: "Where shall I spend the night?."
    As the train started entering Manor station Tim positioned himself at the door to make another escape. The train stopped and Tim cutting through the small crowd ran past the station building and hid himself behind a wall. His eyes could clearly make out the stranger searching for him.

    Finally the train pulled out of Manor and the hustle-bustle of people died out. The stranger was nowhere in sight so Tim moved on to the station platform. Tim comforted himself there and was soon joined by another stranger who revealed himself as the station master.
    "Where are going son?" asked the station master.
    "I'm returning home from my boarding school and my further journey is to be made by bus." replied Tim.
    "But the bus service at Manor starts at 6:30 am, where will you spend the night?" repeated station master.
    And before Tim could answer the station master asked: "There's one small office room here, If you wish you can rest there till morning."
    Tim initially hesitated but then followed the station master.

    There was knock on the door and Tim heard:" Get-up son! it's 6:30 and the bus service has resumed."
    Tim immediately jumped out of his temporary bedding & thanked the station master.
    There was smile on his face & he jumped down the steps from the station. . . . . . as fast as he could.
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  12. Friends

    Feb 19, 2008

    Togetherness
    Destiny brought three of us together as roommates but choice made us best buddies. Two years of togetherness, arguments, laughs, care, annoyance, and the endless gyaan (advices). Our growth was entangled together and each one of us felt a sea change in our lives
    After two years of togetherness we had to move separate ways and the single threes became three singles.


    The biggest enemy

    Distance is the biggest enemy of any relationship and ours was no exception. Each one of us got so busy managing life that we could hardly find time for ourselves.
    Nearly two years passed and the feelings started piling up.


    Best feelings in life are never said

    We had a short reunion yesterday and it felt as if we are still the same; the same old friends.


    Destiny is sweet, but unknown

    Now Atal might be busy studying or surfing internet & I'm here penning down my feelings whereas J.P might be busy tracking the stock market. Don't know where the destiny will lead us. Each one of us is heading towards different direction yet the bonds never cease to break. Maybe because the strongest bonds in life are cherished inside heart, they are beyond the reasons of time and distance.

    PS: 20th Feb is Atal's B'day. Happy Birthday Atal.
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  13. Happiness

    Feb 12, 2008

    "Whenever I look at you, you seem very silent & lost within yourself. You don't seem happy, something bothering you?. You can trust me as a friend."


    I'm well acquainted with such questions but this time it was my teacher who rang the bell.
    I plainly denied the charges & the conversation went on.



    Now I wonder what happiness exactly is?.
    To me happiness is more a matter within & not inside out.
    If someone stays silent does it imply that he/she is not happy?.
    Is it mandatory to reflect happiness?.
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  14. Strings of Life

    Feb 9, 2008

    I often get engrossed in the word 'Life'. What is the meaning of life?. Is it happiness? Is it Love?, or is life some sort of gimmick played upon us by some higher power?.

    One day pondering over such questions I subconsciously sketched a guitar on the paper at hand and titled it as 'Strings of Life'. Later on this became the title for my first blog.
    The idea behind Strings of Life was to create an online souvenir where I can express myself, share my thoughts and discover the meaning of Life.

    The new face of Strings of Life:
    The two year journey from 2006 to 2008 was like sea waves, full of highs and lows.
    Now I've moved Strings of Life from Google owned domain(www.sunilparashar.blogspot.com) to a custom domain SunilParashar.com so as to make a fresh start.
    Whereas the theme remains same: Life.
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  15. About

    Feb 8, 2008

    Hello and welcome at Strings of Life (SunilParashar.com).


    My shortest résumé:
    Name: Sunil Parashar
    Age: Currently on my 23rd 24th revolution around the sun.
    Location: Hamirpur Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
    Education : NIT Hamirpur (B.Tech, Electrical), Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar, Gujarat (Higher Secondary)
    Occupation: Currently in the final year of Electrical Engineering at NIT Hamirpur. Working as Engineer in a PSU.

    In retrospect, I aspired to be an army officer, a multi millionaire, join merchant navy, be an IAS officer, join the corporate world, start my own industrial conglomerate, be a writer, and what not but it took me 19 years to discover that all these realms demand hard work and therefore I ended up being an engineer(maybe).

    Literally speaking I'm not a genius/technical person but yes I'm a curious soul and once I make up my mind for something I give my entire self towards it. I believe, if you don't have something then create it. After all life is all about being passionately passionate about ones aspirations & dreams.
    These lines by Emily Dickinson best describes me:
    "A face devoid of love or grace,
    A hateful, hard, successful face,
    A face with which a stone
    Would feel as thoroughly at ease
    As were they old acquaintances —First time together thrown."

    My hobbies include:
    Reading: Imagination has no upper limit & to me books are as important as breathing. View my collection of books over here>> .

    Writing: I love collecting diaries and scribbled pages appear better than the blank ones. It took me 20 years to realize that I've no talent for writing but by then I was already popular.(Quote)

    Web designing: Internet is the best medium to express oneself & I think it's better to get your hands dirty with some elementary coding than to pay some professional web developer for such a stupid thing.

    Photography: Oops! I don't own a camera but I think I've an eye for photography. Soon I'll be equipping myself with a DSLR, but then soon itself is a big word. :D
    Thankfully now I own Nikon D40 & my photography skills can be viewed over here.

    Cooking: It's fun, creativity & far more a thing than keeping utensils on fire. So what would you like to have for the dinner today? :)


    Blogging & me:
    I first heard the term blog way back in 2005 & thought to get one for myself. My first blog can still be accessed over here. As the word 'Life' fascinates me more than anything I named my blog as Strings of Life & have still retained its name. The philosophy behind Strings of Life can be read over here>>
    Blog is the best platform to express myself & the friends I've made over here are worth a million posts.If you don't own a blog I advice you to immediately start one and I'm sure you'll be surprised by the results.

    Thank you for reaching this far, I admire your patience. To stay in touch or to know more about me drop me an email at:


    Or else visit the Contact page.
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  16. Contact

    Feb 7, 2008

    Welcome to the contact page of SunilParashar.com.


    To get in touch with me or to know more about me please feel free to drop me a mail at:

    sunil216 at gmail


    Instant chat:
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