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Ohh god! This examinations have literally drenched my soul.

okay, that was a weird sentence in it own way, I just mean to say that these examinations are kind of hard and have  like very lengthy definitions and stuff like that. That was pretty slang, but yeah, truth.

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Sexism

It basically means discriminating a person based on his gender. It is pretty popular than people think these days. Everyday everywhere, there are numerous examples of sexism.

I am mostly going to refer to India in the below matters.

Dress codes:

Lets be honest, girls are strictly told to have there clothing below knee length, and it should not be strapless, or backless. Why? Because, “the boys may get distracted”, or “the boys may behave in an inappropriate way”. Seriously, if that is the stereotype, where is this place going?

Bra straps showing. Why and how does 15 cm of cloth affect a person so much, that they even want to take a strict action against it. Every time a strap is seen, a companion points it out, and asks to hide it as soon as possible. I mean does it kill you by any way? How does a strap be bothering people so much? Again, “the boys” may feel to behave in an inappropriate way, or perhaps be sexually attracted.

Let’s face it, I mean, to be frank, this is what is happening. Is it right, i don’t think so.

Family:

In typical family hindu family, a brother is given more importance than a sister. The brothers are supposed to protect their sisters as if they are weak. Almost everyone thinks girls are weak and are needed to be protected by a strong male.

From childhood, boys are convinced that they are stronger and better than girls be the parents themselves. Simple addresses like comparing the boy to a girl, “Boys don’t cry”, so, it means “the girls” are the only ones who cry? Or do you mean to say girls are weaker and more emotional so they cry and men are strong so they are not supposed to?

School and friends:

If a girl has more knowledge about sports, say football. I don’t know why, but it’s a shock to many. They are surprised how a girls shows interest in sports, bikes, or anything that they believe only boys can do, or are good at. Girls are considered to be weaker, and less knowledgeable to all these things.

It doesn’t matter what gender a person is, to show his/her interest in certain things.

Boys:

Not all boys are the same. Often referred as strong, focused, hardworking, good at sports, and interested in bikes and cars. Some boys like to plays indoor games, some like to read books, some like to cook, that doesn’t make them less “manly”. But them showing interest in certain things which are termed to be done by feminine, is considered wrong in society. “Society” doesn’t support such ideas and are dis motivated in their interest.

Muslims:

Not to be against any religion, but in most Muslim temples, “women are not allowed in”. Women are not allowed to show their faces either, supposed to be covered in a black robe, all day long. If they do, it means, they are sexually attracting a man, in a wrong way, asking him to treat her misbehavior. Girls from a very young age are made to wear the burka. For religious purpose it is understood and considered for a while, but is forcing a woman to do is right?

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Polygamy:

I mean seriously, men having multiple wives to fulfill their own pleasure, directly treating a woman the wrong way.

Workplaces:

Women are payed less amount of salary for equal amount of as men do. It’s a universal fact. And nobody is taking a strict against it. There are actions, there are are motions, but it is still not given importance. For example Walmart.

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This is not just the issue of discriminating, this makes men feel superior and that’s the main reason for rape! God, has made men and women equal, there is no superior.

It is not necessary for girls to get married, stay home and look after the children, and men need to go out and work through hard work.Its not necessary for boys to grow up and look after their families, earn money and play manly sports or anything.

Anything is possible if one believes in it.

Everyone was and is created equal, there are no needs for such a stereotype.

Teenage problems #1

 

For a ninth grader, the school seems pretty hard (at least in my point of view). A teenage life as in adolescence, mood- swings, studies, etc.

School, is a place where a person meets their friends, the second most important people after our parents. Friends play an important role in one’s life, they impact a lot a person’s behavior, and choices. They don’t believe in comparing themselves and compelling them to find out the best one through competition. They don’t care, if you are intelligent in studies, athletic, or beautiful. They just want a person, who they can trust, and count on. We make friends, so that we have someone to share certain feelings or opinions of the things our parents are either fond of or are unaware of. We don’t really have great expectations from our friends, and our role is to guide them if they are on the wrong path, help them, and to encourage them. There are no specific interests they want.

Our parents, on the other hand are very specific, they  want their child to be very intelligent, scoring a good percentile, being good at everything. They want their child to be the perfect one! For them, doing mischief, bunking class and everything is very bad. They don’t want their kids to be in a bad impression of the teacher. But what they don’t understand, is that the kid, the innocent kid( as in teenager) is not the one to blame. From the time we were born, we were in a competition for the best. Everywhere, who is the best? Come on, the kid is still learning, how do you expect him to win and be perfect everywhere? That’s not right.

What parents need to understand is that, they need to stop comparing us to others! They need not want their kid to be perfect, everyone has some flaws. They have to accept who, and how their kids are. Some are very good at arts, but simply cannot be better at it further because their parents want them to be and important person like a collector of some city or having a very high post where numerous people respect you.

You can’t force someone to be what you want, or you wish to be.

Teenagers, like me, believe in self confidence, and making a person better at every point of life. Dis-motivating through comparison and competition is not required to the betterment of their future. Instead, encourage them in what they are good in. Inspire them to do it better. If the person is happy doing what they do, it leads to happiness, success and self satiety.

Story of Science.

We all know, it all began with The Big Bang. Our ancestors, like the first ones, struck two stones together and ensued was a spark. They rolled out a trunk and made a wheel. They tamed deadly diseases. They made bridges. The scraped through skies. Our scientific and technological advancements and discoveries have always enticed us.

We see big, but if we look closely, there is a trail of destruction. As Newton states his 3rd law of motion, “every action, has an equal an opposite reaction.” Law of motion or not, it references almost everywhere, one can’t expect the future to be quite bright, there’ll be darkness too.

The reality: our planet is in “dire straits”, meaning a very bad situation which is difficult to fix.

Science helps us define and explain transformations, it is a study of transformations. Science transforms our lives, it has, and it will continue.

There’s a story of Einstein running after a beam of light. There’s a story of Kekule seeing in his mind’s eye two snakes joined together mouth-to-tail. There’s a story of geodesic domes influencing nano-science. The takeaways from these stories: the theory of relativity, the structure of benzene, and the naming of fullerenes, respectively.

There’s a joy in storytelling, and our ancestors knew that, and passed onto us as part of their legacy, stories they hoped would sustain us. With time, their stories mutated into a game of Chinese Whispers. That’s the inherit peril of stories. But when done right, stories build hope, construct realities, and most importantly, help us seek meaning.

“The future has an ancient heart”, that;s Italo Calvino. That sentence portrays with conviction and beauty a certain permeability. Permeability that enables connections. Connections that are seamless link us with who we most fundamentally are. They are perfect conduits that link us with our truest selves. These connections are essential and they are not easy. To give rise to  these connections, we cannot rest content with received stories, but must tell new stories as they unfold.

We need to tell the story of Cherrapunjee, the Indian town which was once the world’s wettest place. Deforestation and global warming have now stripped the town of it’s honour. We need to tell the story of carcinogens and other adulterants that are unscrupulously added to food products.We need to tell the story of the local college, that plants a hundred saplings in it;s centennial year.And we need to tell the story of the small voice within that doesn’t tire of campaigning for waste management and efficient use of resources.

Stories work slowly, they don’t need to dazle ren’t supernovae. We need stories that celebrate science, and we need narratives that reach the most ancient parts of our hearts. We need stories of science that tell the truth, and we need them to tell it straight. Sometimes with stories an unimaginable grace is possible. And we can only hope that this grace extends into the inventions and discoveries and advancements in the laboratories to save this planet and ours from ourselves.

Will the sun shine forever?

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The 1815, Eruption of Mount Tambora was one of the most powerful eruptions in recorded history . The eruption of the volcano, on the island of Sumbawa in the Dutch East Indies was followed by between six months and three years of increased steaming and small eruptions. The eruption killed 11500 people and 70000 people lost lives due to destruction of crops and shortage of food. The peak of the volcano suddenly appeared like a deep depression.

Before the explosion Mount Tambora was the highest peak in the region, but after the volcano took place in 10th April 1815, the height of the peak fell by 1.5 km.

But the effect was not just limited to Indonesia, the destruction spread far and wide all the way to the European countries. The atmosphere of the west was covered with volcanic ash as a result  the sun rays could not reach the surface of the earth. Due to reduction of  warmth, heavy snowfall was found during June to August, 1816.There was intense cold, and the situation turned worse as famine conditions developed in European countries and North American countries.Such a discouraging state of affair and weather conditions  continued for over an year, naming it the “Year Without Summer”.

Artists painted fiery sunsets, novelists wrote about vampires. The blocking of the sunlight to the earth can disrupt lives, the way of living and thinking, art, and culture.

However in the Tambora volcano case, the reason behind has more to do with the Sun itself.The light and heat we receive on Earth from the Sun is due to enery created by the Core through nuclear reactions under a very high temperature. If we concentrate our attention on the photo-sphere-layer, some spots are observed that appear dark. Going back to the past , Europe and North America experienced a Little Ice Age between 1500 and 1850. The cold was so intense that the Thames river, in England was frozen for several weeks.After some investigation they found a close relation between the sunspot activity and the climatic coldness during the Little Ice Age.

According to recent findings, there will be fewer sunspots in the solar cycle 26, which will  happen from 2030 to 2040, similar to the Little Ice Age. The earth is likely to suffer the next Mini Ice Age, coming in the next 15 years. Of course such a claim needs more rigorous scrutiny and Valentina’s ‘Principal component Analysis’s model, based on the solar magnetic field may go wrong. Whether this will be true or not, but another thing is certain. The Sun is estimated to be five billion years old at the present, it has already spent half of it’s life. After this period, the Sun will die, every second about five billion tonnes of matter to release energy equal to 3 into 10 raised to 26 watt, as per per Einsteins’s famous mass-enery equivalence principle.Because of the continuous use of hydrogen as fuel at its core the burning will be quite visible.AS a result, it will look extremely bright and unfortunately dry the Earth’s oceans and then converting it o a desert.Gradually it’s size will increase it will start swallowing the nearby planets like Mercury and Venus.

This future sunshine may not be enjoyable. Our savior may turn the ultimate killer in the long distant future. Enjoy and cherish what you have today, this future is like thousands of year away!