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DOES OUR SEARCH END ON GOOGLE?

Our mind is constantly thinking. We are constantly consuming information to feed our minds. We want to grasp as much as knowledge our mind can until we feel it is time to stop.

But then we think about ways to silence our minds. Nowadays, the best way to absorb information is GOOGLE. It is a search engine, which has information related to everything.

You type, click search, and boom, there are loads of articles, videos, images about the same. But this persistent famish of taking new information or enhancing the old information can be perilous a lot of time.

The biggest question lies in, does our search ends n google, and I’m scared the answer is a big NO.

 

Why is our mind ceaseless?

If I say in gen Z language, it is the FOMO (fear of missing out) that tells our mind to consume new information every time we open our devices. The mind sees something, registers it, googles it, and then process it.

Whenever we read or see something intriguing, we can’t stop ourselves from knowing about it more. We start doing extensive research about it and then commence a connection in the world to that one single thing. It engulfs your thought process.

 

How to know it is time to stop for a while?

Consuming information 24 hours can be vicious and self-sabotaging. It affects your peace of mind and disturbs your mental health.

There are times when we have to stop our search on google, and not carry it any further to not hamper with your peace. Many a time, you get warning signs like frustration, hopelessness, negativity, not getting enough time for yourself.

These are the times, which are shrieking on top of their voice for you to stop your information hunt and relax. Yes, it is possible to halt your mind from thinking about all the negative information and focus on yourself for some time.

 

How to create healthy borders and give rest to your mind. 

  • Keeps certain hours in your day to google things.
  • Try detaching from your thoughts.
  • Understand, it is okay to skip information that is going to bother you in a long run.
  • Ask your friends on social media and in personal life to give trigger warning before any depressing new, because it can disturb your mental peace, and will prompt you to read more upon it, further deteriorating your peace.

 

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival dedicated to the deity Surya(sun). It is celebrated on 14th January every year. It is a day the people of India and Nepal celebrate their harvest. It marks the first day of the sun's transit into Makara Rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. 

The festival is observed by flying kites in various parts of the country. But every year, news about deaths or injuries due to kites’ Manja surface in the newspaper. But the situation has become despair now because some section of people doesn’t understand how perilous it is and it should be stopped. 

Manja is a synthetic kite string coated with powdered glass, which has become a huge problem in society during the festival. The Chinese Manja (albeit locally made) has created a massive mess. In the zeal to cut other kites, the manufacturers have sharpened the Manjas to increase their sales. But instead of cutting other kites, it is slitting peoples’ throats. Even the glass-coated cotton manjas aren’t safe, and they too have caused casualties. 

The Manja is very dangerous for the birds in the say. In the year 2019 during the time of Makar Sankranti, an estimate cited by the Animal Welfare Board of India said that at least 2,000 birds are injured at the annual kite flying event in Ahmedabad of which 500 eventually died.

Taking these into consideration, in July 2017, the National Green Tribunal banned synthetic Manja in India. It commanded the authorities to book violators not only under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code but also invoke the Environment (Protection) Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and Wildlife (Protection) Act as the case would warrant. Multiple State governments have banned the Manja.

Festivals are about sharing love and bonding over Kaju katli, it should not be about causing harm to- humans and non-human animals. So, this Makar Sankranti doesn’t fly kites with glass-coated manja, instead, give your dreams and passions a flight.

Happy Makar Sankranti, you all. 

 

THE GUN CULTURE OF THE PUNJAB MUSIC INDUSTRY

The Punjab Music industry has significantly grown over the years. There has been a wave of a young artist coming up in the industry. The music in the Punjab industry transformed from the roots and ‘desi’ culture of Punjab to a flaunting and brandishing industry about luxurious cars and mighty guns.

The gun culture in the music industry is on a substantial rise, which has become a controversial topic. With the recent arrest of lyricist Shree Brar, the question around glorifying guns and violence has resurfaced.

 

The Influence of Gun Culture On the Audience.

The Punjabi music industry has normalized the use of guns in their music. They exalt the use of heavy weapons in their lyrics and videos and reflect that the possession of these weapons is facile. 

It has also created a stereotype regarding the northern belt that everyone has easy access to weapons and they always carry it with them. 

It also creates a superficial image of masculinity and the obsession with guns, and they can keep everyone under them. The saddest part is people enjoy this type of music, and they have normalized it. 

The feeling of ‘cool dude’ is usually expressed in such songs which people then try to imitate in reality.

Maybe if not the act of carrying guns, but the aggression (shown in terms of facial expression and walking with an attitude, so to say) portrayed in such songs has a high chance of being reflected in the lives of the youth generation more particularly.

Women may also get impacted similarly, but the degree of intensity of the same may vary. Many a time, the voice of singers who dedicate songs to Punjabi culture is lost in the commotion of loud lyrics.

 

What Do Artists Say

The artists want to make money and want their song to reach the maximum audience. They want millions of views, and they perfectly know what the audience wants.

Veet Baljit, in an interview, said that “We are often accused of glorifying gangsters or promoting the gun culture, but these are the market demands.

If I release a religious song, it hardly gets 2-3 lakh views on YouTube, whereas songs related to guns get 25 lakh views. To survive in the industry, one has to write songs that would be liked by the public.”

 

Conclusion

There has to be a systemic change in the thinking of the artists and the audience. The mere booking and arresting of singers in not going to change this culture. A lot of singers have been booked in the past, but the gun culture is still prevalent in the industry

 

The world has changed after smartphones were introduced. These little flat touchscreen rectangular screens have transformed the way we communicate. Before the smartphones were introduced, we used the keypad phone, or popularly known as the QWERTY. During that ear, we used interesting figures to express our emotions while SMSing, they are known as emoticons. There were universal emoticons (:), :p, etc.), which people across the world used widely.

But in the digital world change is the only constant and soon, emoticons were revolutionized into emojis. They become the new and cool way of chatting. The emojis expressed the emotions better than a written message.

The ocean of emojis

There is a whole heap of emojis to express all the emotions one wants to convey sitting miles away. Emoji allow for greater ways of expression and creativity in the ways we interact.

Emojis make the conversation light hearted and makes the conversation interesting. Instead of saying okay, use a smiling emoji to make the conversation friendly, but remember use emojis in an informal texting.

Using emojis with a person reflects a positive and healthy relationship with the person. I feel-emojis are a statement, they reflect the comfort level with the person texting. Daniel Goleman said, we mostly take emails in a negative way and feel the tone of the sender is condescending, but the sender doesn’t imply that. The email doesn’t have any emojis and hence this thought comes in the mind of the receiver.

There is a stark difference how millennial and boomers look at the same emoji. Old generation will look at a peach fruit as a peach fruit, but to an adolescent, millennial or anyone savvy about social media trends, the seemingly innocent peach connotes a lot more than a plain old fruit.

Negative side of the fun emojis

While emoji have impacted the way people communicate, they may adversely affected language and communication skills among students.

Emojis have made a million of people comfortable in expressing their emotions just by a single tap, but they are somewhere forgetting the skills of social interaction or are not even able to develop it. They acquaint the user to not be used to trying to accurately convey their feelings.

Emojis can be used to fake an emotion and both sides can reciprocate this; they can be used to ‘hide behind’ the real emotion that is genuinely being felt.

Conclusion

The emojis have modified the way we interact on digital platform. And now with the Covid-19 pandemic, when we all are stuck in our homes. The only way to stay in touch with friends is through chatting applications, and we are bound to use more emojis, as our time with friends is limited to the rectangles. The emojis are two decades old, and clearly they are here to stop over.

 

The inequality gap worldwide is increasing and with the current COVID-19 pandemic it is estimated to grow at a faster pace further pushing teeming millions of people into a poverty-stricken lifestyle. 

In 1995 a group of independent non-governmental organizations came together to share knowledge and resources and combine their efforts in the fight against poverty and injustice-Oxfam. Oxfam is a global movement of people that creates a bridge for people who have faced severe injustice and have been grappled with injustice. It works worldwide in more than 70 countries, allies, partners to build a more egalitarian world to live in. Oxfam has the vision to create a just society and keeping our planet and its people at the center stage. They work on making the world a sustainable place and to fight the climate crisis. Furthermore, they advocate rights for women and work on the grassroots level to end discrimination and violence against them. 

Oxfam is an organization made of the people, by the people, for the people. They staunchly believe in the power of the people, and how they have the strength to change the world. Oxfam supports people organizations across the world fighting injustice and inequality. Oxfam along with millions of mobilizing people around the world.

What Oxfam stand for

They want to create a just and fair society. They also champion gender justice and the rights of women and girls. They fight for climate justice and create safe spaces that allow people to hold the powerful into account. They also work in the area of water and sanitation. 

 

7 pillars of Oxfam

  • We are rights-based
  • We are feminist
  • We fight inequality
  • We are humanitarian
  • We are both local and global
  • We are driven by diversity

 

Oxfam’s mission

“We fight inequality to end poverty and injustice.”

 

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