Legend, Literature, Nature


PB Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”


Autobiographies & What We Can Learn From Them

My affair with autobiographies began at the age of 12 when my mom gifted me an old tethered copy of Diary of Anne Frank. I remember being very ecstatic on having received it and was completely hooked on to it. Over the years I’ve read it numerous times, and every time I read it, I feel the same joy. It transports me back to my childhood as well of Anne’s Germany of the 1940’s. Not only it’s a great read but is an important historical document on the Holocaust.

Recently I got hold of the autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most iconic first ladies in the US history. It came as a surprise to me that behind the garb of an exceptional political figure lay a woman like any other. Here was a woman who was an American aristocrat in every possible sense, placed on the high pedestal but still went through anxieties and apprehensions. Book narrates a tale of an extraordinary life marred by doubts and insecurities.

Learning From Someone’s Mistakes

I believe learning from somebody life is easier than going through long boring books of history or didactic pieces. There’s so much that one can learn through the lives of great historical figures.  An autobiography is not simply a book but a treasure house of experiences and wisdom. We can learn valuable lessons from it. It can also offer us glimpses of our lives merged in the author’s story. I realized that great personalities undergo all the normal emotions that the ordinary humans go through. What keeps them apart from the rest is their ability to pull themselves up in the time of adversity.

The Relatability Factor

I remember reading the biography of Gandhi in middle school and relating very well. Like the great Gandhi, I was often singled out for my illegible handwriting. As strange as it sounds now, but I actually took great pride in the fact that my handwriting is as bad as Gandhi’s. Similarly, as I was flipping through the pages of Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography, I could easily relate to her early marriage days. Like any young bride, she entered the Roosevelt house with feelings of awe and fear. That was the same feeling I felt when I married into my husband’s family. The funniest part of all, she had a mother-in-law just like mine. Need I say more about it?

Autobiographies Are Motivating

Autobiographies are not only great pleasure reads but also very inspiring. They offer you a first-hand experience of trials, sufferings, and ordeals of the author. You can witness the journey which went into making an ordinary person extraordinary.  When it comes to motivation, no other autography comes to my mind other than Nelson’s Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom.”  It’s a soul-stirring tale of one man’s struggle for the freedom of his nation. A lone man who dared to challenge the hegemony of brutal imperialists. How can one miss out the poignant story of Helen Keller in her autobiography, “The Story of My Life.” The exceptional story of courage and willpower.

Autobiographies are important historical documents as they provide a first-hand experience of important historical events. They can be a great source of inspiration without being preachy. I believe they are must on everyone’s bookshelf.


Importance of Looking Good in Hard Times

Ever wondered how Jacqueline Kennedy managed to look so chick and classic midst all tragic circumstances befallen upon her. My mother always seems so prim and proper despite tough times. One of the most important lessons my mom has taught me is to look presentable in all situations. Growing up I didn’t understand the value of her advice until I found myself gasping for breath in the wild world. Looking good not only enhances your self-esteem which further helps you to deal with unpleasant situations. Beauty goes skin deep, as regular exercise and nutrition are pivotal in yielding good results.

Is Beauty Superficial

Beauty is not evil nor its wrong. Taking care of your looks and body requires intelligence and awareness. Your body is like a temple how well you take care of it depends upon you. I agree that obsessing over beauty due to narcissism and societal pressure is wrong but abandoning it altogether is equally sacrilegious in my eyes. Fit body and clear skin are signs of good health. We cannot deny the importance of aesthetics in our lives. We spend many hours decorating our houses with different artifacts and figurines so that it looks beautiful. We can not deny the significance of aesthetics in our lives.

Appearance Matters

Let’s be honest, we all cant look like Gigi Hadid or Cindy Crawford. But we can’t deny the fact that in today’s competitive world looks matter. No, I am not asking you to look like a supermodel to be accepted and approved. But merely stating that our appearance plays a significant role in how others perceive us. If you go for an interview disheveled and shabby, chances of your selection are almost negligible on the other hand if you are well dressed and fit you might catch the eyes We are naturally drawn to things which are pleasing to our eyes, whether a beautiful child or vibrant flower. When you are neat and tidy, it indirectly tells the other person that you respect yourself.  On the other hand, if you are dressed in loose trousers, jodhpurs or plunging necklines you might end up signaling your casual approach towards life.

Hard Times

We all have our shares of up and down. None of us can escape the harsh realities of lives, whether a bad breakup or losing on a deserving promotion. But life never stops nor should our zeal to look good. In fact, looking good can make you feel positive despite all the miseries in your life. Hard times are inevitable but an optimistic attitude coupled with a healthy lifestyle can help us to deal with them. Looking good is not about wearing Gucci or Armani, or spending dollars on branded cosmetics but its all about keeping oneself neat and fit. Turbulent times can drive a person towards binge eating or sulk, but we must ensure that no matter what we will not give up on ourselves.

Keats rightly said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Aesthetics and beauty play an important role in our lives.  Beauty in every form whether in mother nature or fellow humans tends to make us feel good. A tint of crimson color on your check or a fruity fragrance can make you feel elated even in the most difficult circumstances.