Despite the fact that I spent my childhood in Rameswaram – Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

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“Despite the fact that I spent my childhood in Rameswaram, an isolated island in the south of India, I could get educated, find a job and overcome many obstacles to become the President of my country. If I could overcome all the hardships and achieve what I have, so can you or anyone else. It does not matter where you start from or what you have achieved till date, the important thing is that from this point onwards, you decide what you want and work towards creating your own future. This is the message I want to convey through this book and if it can inspire even one young person to achieve his or her dream, I will feel that my effort has been truly worth it.

In the last fifteen years I have interacted with more than 16 million youth, in face-to face meetings, through emails and over Facebook, and wherever I go I am asked questions. Everyday I receive about 300 emails and spend two hours reading and answering them. This book is based on the questions that I have been asked over the years. In their questions, people are mostly seeking solutions to problems that they are facing in their lives. Answering these questions, I realized that what we call problems may probably be a result of the way we ‘process’ events and situations in our lives and everything that happens in our world. ‘Process’ means the way we perceive and think about them. If we could change the way we ‘process’, then we could possibly change the way we think about our problems and hence also about their solutions. I believe it is possible to do so and that is the underlying theme in my answers.

My answers are based on what I have learnt from my own experiences of life, and from reading books and my interactions with political and spiritual leaders. The replies in my book are presented in a way that they provide a generic message for any one who may be undergoing a similar problem in his or her life.

Your life should be a manifestation of your dreams. That is why I always call upon the youth to dream lofty dreams and invoke in them a vision of their future. And in achieving your dreams, you are bound to face difficulties and obstacles, but with determination and discipline you can always overcome them, just as I have been able to do.” -From the Introduction of the book

It is remarkable that how, APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India continues to be such a popular public figure even seven years after demitting office. Much sought, much admired, he is an inspiration for the Indian youth and they turn to him for advice, guidance, inspiration, or simply just seeking to be in touch with him. The mentoring, the solutions, the direction, the philosophy he provides are based on the wisdom of his own experiences, as he knows well the trials and tribulations of the hard rocky road of life that he has walked from Rameswaram to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This book is like a roadmap for life which one can to turn to when needed, and come away reassured that there is always a way out of any situation and that we will be able reach our dream destination. Inspiring and intimate, it provides an insight into the mind and heart of one of the most remarkable leaders of contemporary India. A leader, who at the age of 84 continues to inspire young Indians towards living the life of their dreams.

 

– Amazon , on Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s New Upcoming Book.

 

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Our lives are entirely up to us

“To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.” “Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” “The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fears that this new person will be judged by others as “different.” The tribe will declare us “weird” or “queer” or “crazy.” The tribe will reject us. Here’s the truth: the tribe doesn’t give a shit. There is no tribe. That gang or posse that we imagine is sustaining us by the bonds we share is in fact a conglomeration of individuals who are just as fucked up as we are and just as terrified. Each individual is so caught up in his own bullshit that he doesn’t have two seconds to worry about yours or mine, or to reject or diminish us because of it. When we truly understand that the tribe doesn’t give a damn, we’re free. There is no tribe, and there never was. Our lives are entirely up to us.”

 

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Hitler was the perfect boss: Former maid breaks her silence on the ‘charming’ dictator

History has condemned him as the megalomaniac who brought death and misery to millions.
But for one woman, the name Adolf Hitler evokes a smile not a shudder.
She is Rosa Mitterer, who worked as a maid for the Fuhrer at his mountain retreat in Bavaria in the 1930s.
Rosa is 91 and until now has kept a vow of silence about her experiences. She has chosen to break it after realising she is the last survivor of the circle who served the tyrant in the years before he launched the Second World War.

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91-year-old Rosa Mitterer is the sole survivor of those who served Adolf Hitler in the years before the Second World War

And her verdict on her former master: ‘He was a charming man, someone who was only ever nice to me, a great boss to work for. You can say what you like, but he was a good man to us.’
Rosa’s remembrances of life at the court of the tyrant make gripping reading. She saw leading Nazis come and go. Himmler, the evil party secretary; Bormann, whom she described as a ‘dirty pig’; and the club-footed, sexually-obsessed propaganda minister Goebbels.
Rosa went into Hitler’s service at the age of 15 in 1932 when she was Rosa Krautenbacher. Her sister Anni had worked as a cook at Hitler’s Berchtesgaden retreat since the late 1920s.
‘She said he needed a housemaid and I would fit the bill,’ Rosa recalled. ‘I remember so clearly the first day I spoke to him in the kitchen. I said I was Anni’s sister and that made him smile, because Anni was his favourite. I only ever knew Hitler as a kindly man who was good to me.’

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A photo taken at Rosa’s sister’s wedding, which Hitler attended

His former housekeeper was Geli Raubal, with whom it was rumoured he had a love affair. ‘She shot herself in September 1931 and I was told as soon as I went to work for him that he was not to be approached on the anniversary of that day,’ said Rosa.
‘My sister and I shared a room that was directly over Hitler’s. We could hear him crying.’
For a long time she and Anni were the only servants in the home, known as Berghof.
Recalling her first direct request from her master, she said she was drying some porcelain cups when he came down the stairs.
‘Hello,’ he said softly. ‘Sorry to trouble you, but could you make me some coffee and bring some gingerbread biscuits to my study?’
Coming into such close proximity to Hitler made her feel faint, she said, but she soon became accustomed to life at Berghof.
‘I rose at 6am every day and put on a red-green dirndl with a white apron. My first task was to feed his dogs – he had three German shepherds at the beginning called Wolf, Muck and Blondi.

‘In those days, Hitler slept in his study. In it was an iron bed, one wardrobe, one table, two chairs and a shoebox. It was very modestly furnished. Beside the bed hung a picture of his mother.’
She added: ‘I didn’t have to be a Nazi party member or anything. After a while I relaxed a bit. Apparently it was Hitler’s orders that Anni and I be taken to church every Sunday because he thought this would be “good for us”.
‘Another time he came into the kitchen, saw me and said, “Ahh, I see our little one has grown a little plumper!”.’
Part of her duties involved sorting out the fan letters and presents that were delivered in their thousands to the house.
‘There were cigars, jars of jam, flowers, pictures,’ she recalled. ‘We gave most of them away to poorer peasant families nearby on Hitler’s orders.’
Her time in service also allowed her to see at close quarters the woman Hitler kept secret from his people throughout his rule – Eva Braun. ‘She was not so pretty close up,’ Rosa recalled.
‘Himmler was always there too, thinner than what he looked like in the photos, and Goebbels.
‘And Bormann, I didn’t like him at all. He was a dirty pig.’ By the end of 1934, the house was surrounded by minefields and SS checkpoints. Rosa said. ‘I felt like a prisoner instead of an employee.’
In 1935 she fell in love with local businessman Josef Amorts and handed in her notice. She was told she could leave immediately..
‘I only met Hitler once more, on December 10, 1936, when Anni married Herbert Doehring, manager of the Berghof. He came to the wedding and was nice to me, saying he missed me.’
Rosa married in 1939 and had three daughters. She later remarried. A great-grandmother, she now lives in Munich. After the war she had to confront the reality of the man for whom she had worked so willingly. And in particular the reality of the Holocaust.
‘That he had ordered such terrible things, I just couldn’t believe it,’ she said. ‘Even now, I prefer to remember the charming facets of his personality.’

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Charmer: Adolf Hitler, ‘the perfect boss’

Are We lab-rats?

 

Are you a dreamer? Do you frequently find yourself gazing off into the distance getting lost in a world of “What If”?

Back to work. You can’t daydream forever.

But what if you could? What if you had the freedom to daydream when you felt like daydreaming? To work when you felt like working?

Humans aren’t supposed to spend their days in office buildings. We’re not supposed to spend large amounts of time moving ourselves from one place to another in giant hunks of metal while our bodies slowly deteriorate and our relationships slowly fade.

We’re not supposed to spend gargantuan amounts of time plopped down in front of electronic devices moving our fingers and eyelids, absorbing radiation, and spending more waking time in the virtual world than in the real one.

We not supposed to arrive at home and focus our attention on a box that has been pre-programmed to brainwash us while simultaneously allowing our bodies to atrophy.

We’re not supposed to spend most of our life communicating with our loved ones using a digital representation of their voices. “Raam to the Enterprise, I love you mom!”

Damn it Jim, we’re not digital lab rats! We’re humans!

We’re meant to be free!

We’re meant to move. To run. To breathe. We’re meant to interact. To communicate. To laugh. To smile. To learn.

We’re meant to live in the real world.

We’re meant to follow our desires; our passions; our dreams. We’re meant to coexist with nature and to nurture a sustainable, symbiotic relationship with it.

We’re meant to eat when we’re hungry and to sleep when we’re tired. We’re meant to have fun when we’re feeling playful and to daydream when we’re feeling dreamy.

We’re meant to work like humans, not like ants. We’re meant to be more than an address book entry, a Twitter username, or an Avatar on the screen. We’re meant to be creative. To explore. To think. We’re meant to dream. To have ideas. To create. To be unique.

We’re meant to be friendly. To give. To share. We’re meant to be kind. To help. To heal. We’re meant to care and to love.

We’re meant to feel the wind against our skin, smell the earth under our feet, and be inspired by the life and the natural beauty around us.

When was the last time you felt the earth under your bare feet? When did you last have fresh dirt underneath your nails?

Go! Experience the real world. Reconnect with your body. Develop a healthy relationship with Mother Nature. Listen. Breathe. See. Touch. Smell. Taste. Use your senses.

Walk barefoot. Use your legs, if you’re lucky enough to have them. Feel the individual muscles move. Use your voice. Move your eyes.

Embrace who you are. Find the courage to be yourself.

If you’re a talker, connect. If you’re a musician, create. If you’re a writer, share. If you’re an artist, do art. If you’re a builder, build. If you’re a healer, heal. If you’re a teacher, teach. If you’re an explorer, explore. If you’re a dreamer, dream.

You’re not who society tells you to be. You don’t have to be. You shouldn’t be! Break free of any self-imposed limitations and experience life to its fullest. Break new ground. Get out of the rut. Explore. Try something new.

If you find yourself daydreaming, then let yourself dream. If you find yourself in a position you don’t fully enjoy, or one that holds you back from experiencing life to its fullest, then make those tough decisions and change your life.

If you don’t wake up every single day and look forward to what’s ahead, then something isn’t right. You’re not living.

But you can change it!

You already have the freedom inside you. Living free is a conscious decision.

Make it!

But What If really are Lab-rats? What If there is someone controlling our every thought as we speak, as we type , as we move and so on.. What if there exists multiple dynamics of parallel universe? What if there are billions of Earths scattered in different time dimensions? What if in Earth A you are what you are and in Earth B you are someone you want to be , in Earth C you are an old man/woman and so on and so forth.

What if everything we know , is just another STORY! …???  Probably we are just bunch lab-rats of this whole Blunder Experiment called Universe. !!