TEACHERS’ DAY

I pondered deep, “What are the teachers?”

It imparted, Angelic are the teachers!

Thou upskill thee and enlighten the way,

The true blessings are the teachers!

Lifting thee is none to their wealth,

Glimpses of contentment are the teachers!

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Thou broaden thee minds at every step

To me, the most virtuous are the teachers!

“Acquire knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

The real preachers are the teachers!

Thou invest days and nights to facilitate us,

Believing in thee are the teachers!

Real teachers are most valuable in life

The most precious are the teachers!

Poetry by ZAKIA

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN COVID 19

A lifetime is a bucket full of lessons for one’s life. In other words, a teacher who fixes your life trends and styles by enabling you to decipher solutions and learn great lessons after every mistake, problem, hurdle or upcoming incidence. Sometimes, when you are a safe player, this teacher works like a beacon to indicate the trouble beforehand. Good students or learners always make a positive move or make changes accordingly to prosper or refrain from crisis instead of failure.

Since we are bodies with sentiments, feelings, vibes, thoughts, decisions, etc., naturally or unintentionally or voluntarily creates distractions and other emotional responses with the external factors. It may be a dispute, unattained targets, undesired events, unwanted people, economic issues, viral diseases, businesses, cutthroat competitions, and many other external factors to list.

The factors intimate the mental diseases that are named differently due to their intensity and impacts. Stress, hypertension, anxiety, depression, jealousy, inferiority and superiority complex, etc., are examples. These mental diseases are the primary source to invite severe physical ailments. One ends up with pills, therapies and other health consultations.

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Coming to the current pandemic, Covid 19 automatically gave birth to anxiety and depression. It gives goosebumps even to imagine the fatality rate since Covid 19 started spreading over the entire world. Initially, the world seemed helpless, with no remedies to go for, no medicines, just quarantine. The social animals asked instantly to be isolated or quarantined until the situation is under control (unspecified period).

Initially, it was a stressful and shocking situation that lengthen and resulted in Anxiety and Depression with many unanswered questions. For instance:

  • What to do now?
  • What will happen?
  • Will we be saved?
  • Will this pandemic end?
  • How to meet ends?
  • How to refrain from the virus?
  • What to eat?
  • What to do for kids education?
  • How to earn?
  • How to survive?
  • What to do for lifestyle addiction?
  • If Corona catches us, will we stay?
  • How to save the family?
  • Will hospitals facilitate?
  • Will oxygen be available?

More left to list down!

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We all have witnessed how troublesome it was to answer the above questions practically, and many families faced disaster. Many met it later in different stages of Covid 19. Many are facing now or still facing. Observation shows that people reacted differently in this expected pandemic situation and proved that humans are unpredictable creatures. Countless suicides registered besides fatalities due to the virus. More power to the survivors! May God save and bless us all.

Anxiety and depression in the Covid 19 crossed the figures and registered new records ever in common. However, many remained calm in such a problematic/ crucial situation and moved on strongly, survived and set examples. Words are indeed easy to deliver and challenging to act on them. BUT we need to change our fixed mindset and go for a growth mindset that allows us to overcome difficulties and become more robust and challenging.

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Dear readers will discuss how to deal with anxiety and depression during Covid organically in the following article. Stay tuned!

Blogger: Zakia

FATHER

It’s a long due topic, supposed to be penned out on Father’s day; however, I did not find courage. Many times I feel this is the most challenging topic to cover or even think of it. No matter how bold one is, how strong one feels, how composed you pose or do, how practical your approach remains? At times you are helpless with your inner voice, sentiments, emotions! The entire universe turns out to focus you, stress you, burdens you with the pressure to crack you up. Your imaginary vision strengthens such a way that you in real remain no more than just a pebble.

Digging deeper into the psychological aspects would lengthen the topic. However, one need not stop moving it by the side. It is of utmost importance to speak heart out to zip through the clouds of thoughts. As if I were a bird, singing freely, enjoying flying soar up high until invisible. Full stretched glides that turnouts, the most significant positive impacts, to face, the reality of any sentiment.

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You are getting it correct; I am cushioning my words to pen down the topic “Father”. Where to begin?  The Love, the care, the support, the pride, the guidance, the direction, the understanding, the confidence, and whatnot.  To express the topic truly, I found it better to use poetry and relax the shooting thoughts!

I wish I could name another

Why just father?

The soul with the most profound land

That too evergreen

Absorbing all the dark and deep

Supporting the child to grow strong

Intellectually with pride

Directing as Beacon

Never tiring

Remaining strong and sturdy

Like Sun

Energizing all, bearing all the heat

Rising every day with all power

Setting in the evening to revamp energies

Continue till the last breath!

Do we realize?

It might be after you witness him breathe last!

Your pride and support breaths last

Your strength and direction lost

Your Beacon lost deep in the sea

Your confidence is gone,

You are left to face all alone!

The great silent LOVE

That reveals only when you cannot hug!

Father, a true love!

Written by Zakia

HEALTHY FOODS TO EAT EPISODE # 2

Dear readers, apologies for being out of the pen for weeks. The culprit was time, running faster than ever and the technology (my gadget) not supporting (Hey, you remember Life Culprit Analysis another try). However, got a grip on both by hook and by crook. Without taking a breath, diving deep into the continued tempting topic to retrieve my readers, and of course, with ingredients, i.e. organic words harvest creativity, affection and sincerity. Huh! I know it’s too submissive as really wish to refresh and start where the chain was broken.

In continuation with Healthy Foods to eat episode #1“, I believe in my tastebuds, many might be in the same boat. Hence I go for healthy and tasty foods to satisfy my tastebuds. The tempting foods might be persuasive! Herewith are some secrets from my kitchen, however, never shared before!

Secret # 1:

Few things I keep constant in my recipes (mostly my own as you know I believe in creativity) for marination especially, for red meat and white meat, for instance:

  • Olive oil
  • black paper (grounded)
  • Salt (mildish)
  • Grated/sliced green chillies (sometimes whole)
  • Freshly grated organic ginger garlic
  • Little fresh Tamarind extract

Secret #2:

Secondly, a unique mixture of spices enhances the taste and aroma of your veggies, meats, rice, Salad garnish, etc. It includes the following:

  • Cumin seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Whole Black paper
  • Whole Coriander seed

How to make the mixture?

All above in equal quantity, roasted on a frying pan together without oil. Cool it down and grind with some salt. You can preserve it in an airtight container for months.

You must be noticing, Red pepper or other pungent spices were not listed as I feel it declines the real taste of your food. The simpler the ingredients, the tastier your food.

The rationale behind the secret share is to refresh your recipes and try these hacks to make your foods healthier, tastier and more accessible!

These real pics from our table would surely encourage you to refresh faster and enjoy.

Life blessed once need to have handled and taken care of effectively without risking as it has no substitute, therefore most precious!

By Blogger Zakia

How to Recycle Cardboard

I have written a blog regarding the importance of recycling previously. In this blog, I find it necessary to share some ideas related to recycling different things. So today, I will start with the concept of recycling cardboard boxes.

Cardboard boxes are a big part of our daily life. Whenever we shop for toys, electronics, etcetera, we get them. Be it big or small in some form or the other we get hold of it in our shopping. What we usually do is throw them away.

Two years back, this idea came to my mind that typically these cardboard boxes are firm, so why don’t I use them as a shelf. It was the time when I got hold of few cardboard boxes altogether. So I started working on the implementation of my idea, and it worked. They turned out to be great shelves.

So here is the method how I did it;

THINGS REQUIRED

1. Material of the Box

Always keep the thick n strong boxes, e.g., boxes of perfumes, detergent boxes, laptop packaging, or any box that is strong enough to hold things.

2. Type of Glue

Never use standard glues like hot glue or white glue, or any other adhesives. It needs a strong bond to hold the Box firmly in the position even after keeping its weight. Right now, I’m using EPOXY. But actually, I asked my husband to go to any furniture shop n ask them that you want the glue which keeps the wood or metal intact because these glues r always very strong, and he brought this epoxy. I have applied epoxy to the boxes. Yes, it’s powerful that it has kept the boxes intact with the wall even after putting the load on them.

3. Contact Paper

You can use any Paper-like wrapping paper or any other whatever you want to wrap up the Box, but I took this contact paper because I didn’t have to go through the hassle of applying scotch tape or glue. It was straightforward to wrap it around the Box, and it gives the effect of a natural shelf/rack. There is a vast range of textures n print in these papers. These can b applied to furniture too if you want to renovate. For me, these r the lifesavers.

METHOD

Take a box and cut them according to the shape you want. Sometimes you won’t need to cut it as sometimes, especially in toys, they are already cut in a particular form. Apply contact paper on it, and then glue it to the wall where you want.

In this way, I recycle the cardboard boxes, and it looks decent. If you don’t tell anyone specifically, no one would ever know that the shelves are actually from a recycled cardboard box. You can also use cardboard boxes, i.e. cartons as storage boxes and toy organizers.

In the end, here I am giving the pictures of some of the shelves I made from cardboard.

Blogger: Attia

DON’T YOU THINK?

Small talk but huge Background,

When thou consider all it around,

When thou mention one’s highness,

Thou throw them to ground,

Don’t you think?

When thou is told,

To me, thou is gold,

Thou loses credence,

Remains no more bold,

Don’t you think?

As soon one misses thou,

Expresses one needs thou,

Soon thou feel the urge,

Never ponders, yet captures thou,

Don’t you think?

People who pick thou up

Who makes thou bold,

Who misses thou ever,

Who gave you birth, your parents!

Don’t you think?

Poetry by Zakia

LIFE Stands for?

Life is Labyrinth,

Individualism makes it Idyll,

Fantasy makes it Facilitated,

Education gives Elation

Life works well with

Grace marks, top-ups, discounts, extras

In love, care, sacrifice & give-outs

Renders strength to succeed

Life is a self-play game,

Others can’t lead that,

Self-player needs to Be Gentle

To bring in Clemency.

Remember to strive for the best,

Though your wishes will shatter,

You blessed with life once,

Revamp shattering strongly.

Success in life needs focus

Earning best is our manifest

Acquiring Love or Wealth?

Verdict all yours!

Poetry By Zakia

SORROWFUL MYSTERY DAYS

My sorrowful mystery days,

When I am not in myself,

When I am not successful,

Structured like an abyss,

No accord with days,

When facing bigotry,

Losing my audacity,

Left with no crest,

Are my sorrowful Mystery days!

Results into resentments,

Negativity reaches nowhere,

Losing my strengths,

Impoliteness everywhere,

Free from self-judgements,

No path to adhere,

When I disregard the enlightenments,

Are my sorrowful mystery days!

Poetry by: Zakia

Life Culprit Analysis

Life a most precious gift from God that has no substitute! SO it’s a history that unique things have security threats and the culprits try to harm them.

One fine day making my breakfast, I realized my ankles were aching; a thought passed by what the reason might be? Are my shoes uncomfortable? No! they are the most comfortable ones. Then what? Is it some serious health issue? No other symptoms, then? It struck my mind at once Am I going towards obesity? Oh, this might be the cause!

I pondered and reached a weird but logical question! Why my feet are penalized when they never had to do anything with obesity, huh! Wasn’t it the brain that pops up every time to have more junk into the stomach, using organs to fulfil the desire, but feet are non of those components! Though pain is born mainly by feet and other parts of legs carrying all the weight.

So the real culprit is not face-off, besides innocent feet face it. Pondering more over the Life Culprit Analysis, you know what? The culprit uses many tools to burden other organs, such as stress, anxiety, depression, overthinking, negativity, cheating, and obesity (many others to list).

I know you must be thinking, where is the flow moving? I was speechless when I dived deep, and these are purely my thoughts. It might not have a common implication, still thought to pen down and share what I pondered. Am I the only one taking it this or some others in the pool too?

Have you ever come across a situation, must-have, where you could not figure out where your fault was and why are you penalized when you have nothing to do with it?  You know what, the culprit is common! And you are taking all burden and not recognizing the culprit; instead, question yourself.

Life Culprit Analysis is something every human in trouble, actively or passively, should do to live a better, balanced and happy life without grievances, distress and other typical negative sentiments. This analysis might not immediately remove the culprit moves. Still, it would enable you with good resistance, and soon you will be able to lead the culprit and Change it into the best companion!

SO “YOU” ARE NOT THE BRAIN, BUT THE INNER YOU WHO HAS BEEN BESTOWED WITH INTELLECT, BRAIN, AND BODY!

Blogger: Zakia

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