Capture your perception!

I have been busy this week and I missed blogging. I decided to add a new category to my blog so that I can share some beautiful photos I have been taking in all that time with some thoughtful captions.  Here are some of my favorites 🙂

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“Just when you thought it was getting dark, you felt it was beautiful than ever”— photo was taken at Khanpur Dam, Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

 

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“To everything that seems beautiful when faded” — Autumn 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

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“It’s time to go back where you belong”–winter 2016

 

 

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“Do you see small things making a significant difference? “

 

 

 

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“and you’ll always find nature to be perfect”

 

 

 

 

Power Of Introverts- Hat tip to Susan Cain

A review on Susan Cain’s Ted Talk.

I am happy that I got to know one of the great authors. I am a big fan of TED Talks (I already mentioned it in my previous post, Click to view) and I keep on listening many. I came to listen to the TED Talk of Ms. Susan Cain in 2016, titled as “The Power of Introverts” and I admired the idea so much that I googled about her, followed on social sites and here I am writing about her most viewed TED Talk 🙂

A lady takes a stage with a black leathered bag in her hand and narrates a story that her mother packed her a suitcase to the summer camp when she was 9 years old. Can you guess what is in the bag and in that suitcase? Books! Yes, you read it right. Reading was the primary group activity in Susan Cain’s family. Does that seem anti-social to you?

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Who is an Introvert?

How do you define an introvert person?  Maybe “Shy” because this is what most of us think.  Like you might have thought of ‘reading’ is an anti-social activity especially when you are sitting with many other people around you. According to Susan Cain, “introversion is about how you respond to stimulation including social stimulation” and that reading while sitting with many other people is a sense of pleasure and feeling of being together with family and be in your own world of the book at the same time.

Do you think you are an introvert and cannot communicate to people at once or cannot share your ideas at first place? That’s completely okay 🙂

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Or see it another way. Don’t be scared 🙂

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Power of Introverts

Our schools, colleges or universities nowadays have a system in which students work in groups.  There are six to seven students sitting on a bench working on group assignments even in subjects like Creative Writing, Mathematics that fully require an individual set of skills and thoughts. When it comes to leadership, introverts are expected to perform much better than that of extroverts because they are running with so many thoughts in mind and work quietly, however, extroverts, most of the time get more excited about things.  This certainly doesn’t mean that the subject here is to prove that introverts are much better than extroverts or vice versa rather make people and workplaces aware of the fact that there is a need to maintain a fine balance between two when it comes to the selection of creativity and productivity.  Introverts must be encouraged and celebrated.

“Solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity.  Solitude matters and for some people that is the air that they breathe”.

 

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Calls for Action!

There are three calls for action given by the speaker at the end of the speech.

  1. “Stop the madness for constant group work! Just stop it! We need to teach kids to work together for sure but we also need to be teaching them how to work on their own.
  2. Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations.
  3. Take a good look at what is inside your suitcase and why you put it there?

There are many other interesting facts and examples mentioned in the talk. You can listen to the talk here.

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About the Speaker

Susan Cain is an American writer and lecturer. She wrote a book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  She also co-founded Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children (parenting and education), lifestyle, and the workplace.

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On the last note of my post to my dear readers,

Be yourself, dream big, you can do this!

Happy Reading 🙂

Dear Girl Child…!

To Passion and Courage~
Happy International Girl Day!

Giggles & Tales

Just because you are a girl, the society might try to stifle your dreams and goals. But you’ve got to stand up and say no to any limitations and restrictive mold they may want to force you into.

I know it’s hard to be a girl sometimes but you’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to know that you are created by God to be a voice in this world. To achieve greatness and rule your world. You are born to be a winner. And you’ve got all the tools within you to achieve this height. You are smart. You are intelligent. You are unique. You are exceptional. You are phenomenal.  And you are beautiful.

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Are you a TED Talks’ fan too?

If the answer to the title above is “yes” then you must read this and if it is “no”, keep reading either way 😉 It’s about a couple of time ago when I first listened to a TED Talk of Ms. Muniba Mazari. I was impressed by her talk and by the event that gave a wide platform to the girl to share her story of courage and survival. That was the time I first typed “TEDx” on the search bar of my google chrome and came up with an amazing Wikipedia’s introduction. I went to the Ted Talks’ website, subscribed there and started getting updates about every new Talk. I watched every talk that I think would be interesting to listen to.

What is TEDx?

For a short introduction to those who do not know, a collection of Technology, Entertainment, and Design stories is what makes TED Talks the most popular and real. TED is a media organization with an attractive slogan “Ideas worth spreading”. It reveals people with great ideas and stories from different regions of the world. TED with a small “x” making TEDx, stands for an independently organized event. In Pakistan, there are many institutes that arrange TEDx events majorly in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.  Fortunately, I also came up with one of those. Thanks to Facebook! It was 2016 when I got to read a post on the Facebook page of PIEAS (Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences) University (It is Pakistan’s one of the top ranked Universities of Engineering) about their first TEDx event coming up, I filled an application form for it and guess what? I got shortlisted for attending an event I was always enthusiastic about. Hooray!

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IMG_20160430_141234My experience of TEDx Event

TEDx PIEAS was an incredible experience, an amazing team of organizers, brilliant guest speakers and great achievers. I also attended TEDx PIEAS in 2017 and could feel luckier. I loved to listen to every success story of brave Pakistanis that day. It gave me so much motivation, sensation, and love for people of every cast, gender, and circumstances. It made me realize the fact that everyone here in this world is fighting a battle but there are some who tends to win it. So, listen to those who have won their battle or are trying hard enough to succeed no matter after how many failures.

 

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This panorama of TEDx PIEAS 2016 is taken from an official Facebook page of TEDxPIEAS.

Just go for it!

I know it might seem kind of boring to many of you, sitting and listening to a person standing on the stage for fifteen to twenty minutes. But this is what can bring better to you. Just conceive for a second that you are back from your workplace or university or school after a long tough day and you articulate every incident to your mother, father, sister or brother or anyone at your home but they do not pay attention to what you are saying. Wouldn’t that feel annoying or blank? Just give it one try! There are hundreds of remarkable TED Talks you can find on TED Talk’s website. All of them are my favorite, out of which I remember Susan Cain’s, Cameron Russell’s and Noreena Sham’s to be very influential and interesting. These will definitely not make you bored!

Do you want to attend a TEDx Event?

On the last note, if you really want to attend a TEDx event in your city then you need to keep up a follow up of every TEDx event coming up. For that purpose go to TEDx website, search for TEDx events, enter your region and you will be shown by the list of events coming up. Apply for an event by filling a form provided on the relevant link. Remember one thing! stay original while filling form! Do not write false information. Show your interest with your words and if you do not get shortlisted for attending an event, don’t get sad. Try again, keep trying and you’ll surely get one.

Happy listening 🙂