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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.”

 

If you want to donate, volunteer, work with Oxfam – visit their website to get more information. Click here- https://www.oxfam.org/en/what-we-do/about/what-we-believe

 

 

A new year is always a very motivating time because it brings a breath of fresh air. It inspires you to make dreams, goals and gives you a fresh start to achieve them.

Just remember –

Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot .

So, as 2020 is finally ending, and we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, but let’s start our new year with zeal and zest. We have curated a list of new beginning quotes for all to commence your journey with a positive mindset. 

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” —Guy Finley

 

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.” – Vivian Jokotade

 

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

 

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” — Barbara Shur

 

A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy. – Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

Everything begins at the beginning, and quite often the beginning begins when you shift your mind in a new direction. – Louie Herron

 

Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

The 3 Cs of life: Choices, chances and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

 

We at live controversy wish you, your family, and friends a very happy new year and promise to come up with great content in 2021.

 

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Unpaid Internships- The Institution of Exploitation

When holidays start, or a student has a lot of leisure time, they think of doing internships to gain experience.

More than half of the students do internships to earn money even if the amount is small- they want to fulfill their short-term goals from their hard-earned money.

When they venture out to seek internships, there are a plethora of opportunities available, but to their surprise- most of them are unpaid.

A few take up unpaid internships to familiarize themselves with the work atmosphere and a few don’t take up the unpaid internship because they believe that with experience, their work should be paid for and respected.

Every work should be paid. Nobody should be exploited in the name of providing experience and laying out a workspace for them.

 

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Why should you pay for your intern?

Asking someone to put in their efforts for work should always be paid in monetary means because it is the right thing to do.

When the intern is being paid, they take their tasks seriously and it makes them accountable for their work. The candidature for your internship increases because applicants earnestly fill out the application form. If they are selected, they try to give their best and prove their passion for work. 

The amount might be minimal for the internship provider, but for the intern, it might be their first pay check, which boosts their confidence and makes them believe in themselves.  

Attracting interns saying that you will be giving them a great learning opportunity, whereas in reality you just benefit your company from their free work. It is exploiting someone’s talent and hard work.

 

When is it okay to offer an unpaid internship? 

If you are an NGO because the primary objective is to increase social welfare, and, hence, it is okay for NGOs to roll out unpaid internships. 

If you are a well-established organization and providing an excellent learning opportunity that is going to help the intern in their future. 

Internships should always be paid (barring the above exceptions) because taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability and not paying for their work is exploitation. 

 

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The year 2020 has shifted everything on our rectangular screens, from classes to exams, from meetings to dating. When the nation-wide lockdown was imposed in March, the life of the school and college students was suddenly halted. The government and the universities came up with the option of online classes. Initially, it was assumed and believed that only classes will happen online, but later it was learned that exams will also be conducted online.

When the students were already struggling with online classes because 90% of the population didn’t have proper resources. The news of online exams stunned the students. Both teachers and students panicked because they all were new to this system and were muddled about the procedure. Twitter was stormed with tweets to roll back the open book examination, but it went all in vain. The universities went ahead with the examination making students furious about the education system of the country.

Why conducting online exams is not a good idea.

Online exams are not inclusive. In our country, more than 80% of households don’t have a laptop. A lot of households only have one smartphone, and then it becomes difficult for siblings if their exam clashes. It excludes a lot of students and gives them a feeling of being rejected by the education system or not being cared for enough.

Not all areas have a good 4G connection in India. In India, 48% of the population has a strong wi-fi internet connection. It excludes a lot of students and pressurizes them about exams.

From the perspective of knowledge, these exams are not at all effective. Open book examination can be translated to control C+ control V examination. The students didn’t prepare or gain anything from the syllabus because they all had the option of copying it from their text.

Also, all the places and households don’t have 24 hours of electricity connection, and sometimes there can be a long duration cut in electricity making, students nervous and anxious. I experienced this, our area had electricity cut on my exam day, and I had to go to my family friend’s house to appear for the exam. 

The online exams took a huge toll on the mental health of students. I went through this and couldn’t sleep for two days straight thinking about all the mishappenings that might happen.

It is a vicious cycle because if a student doesn’t have the proper resource required to give an exam, they panic and then pressurize their parents to provide them with resources. A lot of times children don’t share it with anyone making themselves more vulnerable. Due to the lockdown, there has been a huge financial crunch in the families, that a lot of times parents are not genuinely able to support their children. All of this adds up and makes the lives of students distressed.

Alternatives

Instead of conducting online exams, the university should focus on giving students time to explore themselves and their interests.

They can give them a research assignment/project through which the student learns something and holistically develop their knowledge.  

 

Lab-grown meat industries are on a rise for developing new ways of more sources of meat. It is also known as cultured meat. It is produced by in vitro cell culture of animal cells, instead of from slaughtered animals. It is a form of cellular agriculture .

Why is lab-grown meat on rise?

The cultured meat is on the rise because the world is becoming aware of the animal cruelty in the livestock industry and want their plate to be cruelty-free. Also, the world is slowly marching towards a healthier diet and have learned about the ill effects of consuming meat. Furthermore, the switch to cultured meat is to save the only earth- a life-sustaining planet, because the meat industry is the leading cause of increasing temperature, which is fueling climate change.

Is lab-grown meat sustainable?

The concept of lab-grown meat came into being because the adherents of cultured meat believed and argued that it provides a significant reduction of environmental impact. It also reduces the risk of infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans.

A study in 2011 found that cultured meat can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78-96% and require 7-45% less energy and 82-96% less water.

Although, recent studies have proven that lab-grown meat is not sustainable in long run. Other researchers have shown that with animal immune systems, their bodies are naturally able to protect them against infections. With cell culture meat having a nutrient-rich quality, I can cause bacteria to multiply faster than in animal cells.

In modern agriculture, animals contribute to recycling large amounts of plant waste that humans cannot consume, creating fertilizer for the land. Replacing animals out of the environment would create long-term environmental degradation if they are not in their ecosystems.

What is the future of lab-grown meat?

The meat consumption will double by 2050, and meat production is already close to the peak. According to Mark Post, “cows are very insufficient” with a “bioconversion rate” estimated at 15 percent. In other words, to produce 15 grams of meat, you need 100 grams of vegetable protein. The only way to produce meat sustainably is to increase the efficiency rate and cultured-meat is being considered as the solution. 

 

DEGREE: NO GUARANTEE OF EARNING MONEY

As a child, we all dream about getting a job after completing our graduation. We think about a job-we go to college to pursue a degree that will take us one step closer to our dream job.

But now, the times are tumultuous, and getting a good paying job after completing your graduation or even post-graduation is not guaranteed.

The situation is about to get worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic- people who were already employed have lost their jobs, increasing the percentage of the population who is unemployed.

Recently, a piece of news surfaced-that a young electrical engineer opens their tea stall in Ahmedabad because they couldn’t meet ends by the job they had.

In the coming times, such stories are going to buzz news.

 

There are different reasons why a degree guarantees no job.

👉 One, there are different skill sets which a job demands. During the degree, which imparts mostly theoretical knowledge, and sometimes the syllabus is outdated.

The degree doesn’t give the individual the skills they present market requires. Research has shown that three years after graduation, four out of five graduates were in graduate jobs.

Obtaining a good degree is not enough. The students must add value to it. Employers demand skills and often work experience as well.

👉 Secondly, competition has become cut throat. Every year there are more than 2.5 corore candidates who appear on government exams.

The vacancy for each exam is not even 10% of the candidates who give the examination.

Candidates who are- not recruited in the following year give the exam again and the vicious cycle of people not getting selected continues.

It increases joblessness in the country and forces students with a degree many times from a good institution to take up a job in the informal sectors to survive.

👉 Thirdly, many a time, even if they do get the job, it is not normally what they had in mind. The pay scale is too less, and the workload is too much.

Furthermore, sudden decreases in job availability could be due to technology advancing. As the years go by, technology is advancing more and more each day. It is making it hard for people to get jobs because technology can now do a lot more than it used to back in the day. 

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Also, creativity and new ideas are very important, which simply don’t come from your degree. Creativity and innovation don’t come from what people teach you. New ideas come from your personal experiences and your interaction with your environment.

Now the times are adverse people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Fresh graduates are not getting jobs because the organizations and companies don’t have enough profits to pay, and hence, they have laid off their workers and are not accepting new ones.

Yes, it is true a degree guarantees no job because many a time degree doesn’t impart the right skills and source required for the market.