8 Ways to Overcome Sadness and Despair

“Despair, despair, despair.”

I remember beginning an article with the above phrase in 6th grade because I couldn’t learn to ride a bicycle until that time. Sadness is something very transient as a kid. More temporary than a pinch mark on your hand. And at that time these young emotions seemed too hard to bear. With age not only do we grow, our problems and emotions start to grow as well. We tend to equate these seemingly larger problems with complications. Even if we fail to notice, none of our problems is bigger or more complicated than us. Sometimes we are so lost that we don’t even know what we are sad about. We might feel that we have reached a dead end in our life, but don’t let the darkness deceive you. Keep walking and you definitely will find a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some of the ways which might save you from drowning in your own head:

  1. Try to know the problem:

Remember how knowing a demon’s name in horror movies gives you power over it? Well, being able to pinpoint the thing(s) that is bothering you gives you power over it as well.

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  1. Let it out:

Talk about what’s going on in your mind. Going into a shell might seem the easy and comfortable option, but take your time and talk about it to someone. You might as well write everything down. Just get it out of your system. That’s the important thing.

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  1. Keep yourself busy:

An empty mind is devil’s workshop. Keep yourself occupied. Develop a hobby or take up a passion you lost when life happened. Read, write, draw, dance, sing, watch movies. Absolutely anything.

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  1. Perspective matters:

When everything seems grey, try to change your perspective. Maybe, it won’t seem so pathetic after all. Don’t they say that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder?!

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  1. Is it going to matter so much always?

When I had almost given up on life, a friend who now means a lot to me asked me a question which made me think hard. He asked me, “Is the problem you are facing right now going to have the same importance in your life a few years down the line?” More often than not we get hung up on things which matter a lot now, maybe more than a lot, but is it going to be the same always? The only good thing about life is that it goes on. And so should you. Get yourself out of the spiral which is choking the life out of you.

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  1. The human touch:

We are social animals at the end of the day. And human touch is as beautiful as Midas’ touch. It won’t turn anything into gold but it definitely will leave you touched. Find that human who has the gift of understanding you when you can’t even understand yourself. It can be anyone, a friend, parents, siblings, a counsellor or maybe a long-awaited love? Someone who is willing to fix you for your happiness.

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  1. Prioritize:

Life might seem the worst thing that has happened to you but make the most of it while it lasts. Mould it according to you. Craft it the way you want. You are the protagonist, narrator, writer and creator of this piece of art. Get a grip and prioritize your life.

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  1. You are worth it:

So worth it. Do not ever doubt that. You are worth it and you matter, if not to anyone then to your own self. Build a self that others can look up to and not one you cannot look in the eye. Love yourself. Care for yourself. For you are going to live with yourself till the last breath escapes your mouth. You are worth every bit of it. Period.

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7 Unusual Statues And Monuments Across The Globe!

There are some monuments and statues that instill a sense of pride, beauty or emotions among the viewer. Those are unforgettable pieces of art that you get to see on field trips or in the pages of history books. But then there are some less-explored monuments, which are in a way an ode to the weird, the wonderful, and the just plain wacky which would make you think, “Seriously Bro? Seriously? Were you high or something before you ended up making these?”

Let’s look at some of them, One cautionary advice would be to just enjoy the view instead of trying to understand them (not if you don’t have something better to do).

7. De Vaartkapoen

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This statue was erected in 1985 in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. The scene it depicts is reminiscent of a comedy sketch: a man unexpectedly emerges from a manhole and pulls the feet from underneath a policeman. It’s author is Belgian sculptor Tom Frantzen.

6. Shit Fountain

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Artist Jerzy Kenar got tired of stepping out of his Chicago home and constantly stepping in dog poop. So, he decided to put his talents to good use and created a visual monument that would serve as a reminder to the dog owners of the neighborhood to scoop up what their pups leave behind. Enter Shit Fountain, a fecal-shaped bronze coil on top of a cement pillar with the monument’s title carved into the side.

5. The Headington Shark

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The significance of this sculpture is much greater than may appear at first sight. It was erected on the 41st anniversary of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The sculpture depicts a beautiful , if potentially deadly lethal weapon falling from the sky.

4. Die Badende

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Artist Oliver Voss created the sculpture as an advertisement for British beauty company Glory. The company wanted to make a “big splash” in thanking the German people for embracing their latest line of products. The advertisement proved very successful; customers and a large crowd gathered to watch the woman hoisted from the water. The movers had a large towel ready to conceal her lady bits from peeping eyes.

3. Jimmy Carter Peanut

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The Jimmy Carter Peanut might give you nightmares, standing at 4 meters (13 ft) tall with a wide, toothy smile and no eyes. The peanut can be found on the side of the road in Plains, Georgia. The structure started out far from Georgia, however. It was actually constructed in Indiana in 1976 to honor Jimmy Carter’s visit to the state during his presidential campaign tour. Why was a giant, smiling peanut, of all things, used as a tribute? Well, before he was president, Carter was actually a peanut farmer.

2. Jeju Loveland

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The salacious monuments found on Jeju Island in South Korea were made to honor sexual acts. The park itself is called Jeju Loveland and arouses more than just curiosity from its many visitors. The theme park opened in 2004 and has a collection of more than 140 erotic statues depicting sexual encounters between both humans and animals. The goals of the theme park are to break down barriers and taboo feelings surrounding sex and promote the “natural beauty of sexuality.”

1. Brownnosers

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Brownnosers, created by Czech artist David Cerny, takes the term “brownnoser” to an entirely new (and literal) level. The two statues stand, or rather bend over, outside the Futura Gallery in Prague. The two figures are positioned side-by-side with the lower portions of their torsos protruding from a cement wall. Viewers are invited to climb ladders attached to the open anuses of the figures and stick their heads inside the openings.

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Is there a Life after Death?

Humans are the only species on earth who know for a fact they will die one day. But then again, this knowledge isn’t the one they relish. Throughout history, people have sought eternal life trying almost everything and most recently trying to fulfill this hope by pinning it to science. The only thing that surpasses this hope that death can be postponed forever is the hope that life will continue after death. And this belief in life after death comes in all shapes and sizes. In between the views involving continued existence in a physical body, and those in which survival takes place outside the body we are still stuck with it, trying to reason and understand the same.

Today let’s talk about that one question which has troubled every mind for centuries, And the question is, is there life after death? I mean, what we know for a fact is that one hundred percent of the people that you’ll ever meet are you going to die because we are structured to. But, is that it? What happens to you after you die? And if that is so, what’s the basis of the same? How does it even work? Let’s try to evaluate.

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If words of Plato were to be considered, he said that “I’m not sure what’s after death but nature seems to give us a picture of what it will be like, some new kind of life after death. Inside of every piece of fruit is a seed and if you plant the seed, you get the tree that brought it. An oak tree has an acorn and the acorn, if you plant it, you get another oak tree. The caterpillar goes into this cocoon and it seems to die and then it bursts forth as a butterfly.” Does that mean we have an ulterior purpose ? or is it all about For you are dust, And to dust, you shall return.”

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According to Anthropologists almost every culture and religion known on the face of the earth believe in some kind of afterlife – everyone from the primitive cultures to the Amazon to the Himalayas to urban cultures.

There is this something in human beings that believe that death is just not an end, there’s something. Some people end up building pyramids while others build tombs, if we look closely into the rituals, people think that they can take their riches with them. Somehow death unites us all (at least the way we think). There’s a universal belief system in terms of life after death – a common thread of all people.

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That hunger, that thirst for knowing the meaning, the significance which never quite gets satiated. No matter what we accomplish, no matter how good it gets, there’s always that, hmmmm, we’re not quite there. And that is another reason to believe that there is life after death. Heaven or hell whatever you name it, there has to be something.

And then, even a part of science, i.e. “NDE” or the near-death experiences conducts various researchers trying to put an end to this mystery. With numerous people reporting near-death experiences where they see a light at the end of the tunnel or a mystic figure waiting to take them has been largely reported.

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Then comes our mythologies, the Hindu Mythology for that matter has a whole book called “Garur Puran” which tells you about how will you treated in hell or heaven according to your past deeds and the way you had led your life on Earth. Bible Claims that Jesus resurrected after being dead and buried for 3 days which yet again gives us hope of the same.

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What is the truth behind Life and Death? Can we somehow live forever? Is there a light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel? Only time will tell. Till then let’s hatch more conspiracy theories.

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9 Kind of Hostellers and The Way They Keep Their Room

In every hostel exist the 2 extremes of Monica and Max. And then those who fall in between. Actually, it’s quite similar to Botticelli’s map of hell. Here, the hostel is the hell of course. But if we look closely, it is more of a bittersweet experience really.

On that note, let’s visit all the different kinds of hostelers and the way they keep their room:

1. The one with all the filth:

They are the real Mama’s boys. It’s a wonder that they survive like this at all. Their clothes are untidy most of the times, sometimes they even pick clothes for wearing from their laundry basket. In fact, these are the people who don’t spend much time in their room. They are busy clubbing and partying, and use their rooms just for the purpose of sleeping. Priorities baby!

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2. Dirt phobia on point!

These are the people who won’t even let you enter their room with your shoes on. Most probably they will have a doormat which says, “Leave your shoes and ego behind”. Even though they are not well organised, they sure are clean and tidy.

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3. Emptiness:

These are the kind of people who won’t have much stuff in their room. These are the hostelers who have their home nearby. They have one foot in their hostel and the other in their home. Paying very less attention to the needs of their hostel room.

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4. Khula darwaza nikla poster:

Next are the artsy ones. Their room is filled with posters, and decorating lights and what not. They like to keep their room beautiful. And unlike the clean ones they are happy when they have some company. Their room is decently organised, but God! the posters and lights are everywhere, even in their washrooms.

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5. “Dolo se umar sari kat-ti nahin!”

The gym freaks. You won’t find many books or study materials in their room but you will definitely find those large jars of whey protein in abundance. From protein bars to eggs and spare dumbbells, their room is a mini gym in itself. Occasionally you can also find punching bags in one of these rooms.

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6. The Bibliophiles:

Books and books everywhere. It’s never enough. From the side table to their wardrobes, you will find books everywhere. Their first instinct is to buy books and when they realise they have no space left for keeping them then buying another bookshelf becomes a necessity for them. And the fun part is that they care for them like mothers. Don’t be surprised if you find more books than clothes in their room.
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7. The one with all the bingers:

These are the anime/comic lovers and the binge-watchers of TV series/ movies. Apart from the tons of action figures, stickers with comic or pop culture references, you will always find a laptop running some random anime/cartoon in their rooms. Most of their room is clean, but not the circumference of the bed. Here you can find the leftover food packing which can be a week old. They will always have an instant snack right beside their bed, along with cold drink sometimes. Oh! And how can you forget the Korean drama lovers? They fit into this category as well.

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8. Agarbattiyaan raakh hogai, God to mila hai inhein kahi:

You will find a specific spot in these rooms where they keep their idols/ holy books. They are quite the theist ones. Usually, they would keep the studying area close to their praying area. And are very concerned when any ungodly act of hostel terror happens in their room. “What will the gods say after seeing this?!” (Shudders at the thought)

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9. The nerd’s safe place:

A geek’s room can be decently organised but it does not take much time to create a total mishap. Their room will be filled with books, not so much as the bibliophile one but you can spot them easily. You will find sticky notes, organisers, and to do list everywhere because they have so much to do and time is never quite enough. You can also find an extra set of computers in their room. Because one is too mainstream and mundane. Hidden in a cupboard can be food items which they binge on during times of stress.

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Whatever their way of keeping the room be, one thing is sure: No one ever forgets their hostel life. It’s a life-altering experience altogether. Make the most of it while it lasts!

Ciao!

What did Indians Google in 2017?

2017 is coming to an end and our favourite search engine recently revealed what the dear netizens were busy googling this year! Read below to know if your search queries made it to the list.

1. Baahubali 2

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“Kattappa ne Bahubali ko Kyun Mara?” Well, this million dollar question made this Telugu Blockbuster not just break box-office records but also emerge as one of the most searched Indian movies in Google’s Top 10 search trends this year.

2. IPL

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India’s annual T-20 cricket festival grabbed the second spot on Google India’s list. It looks like the Indian Paisa League kept the cricket crazy fans hooked to dear Google for live scores!

3. Sunny Leone

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Well, “babydoll sone di” aka Sunny Leone, the most-searched in 2015, lost her spot on the overall most-searched list this year. However, the former adult movie star still maintained the top rank in India’s most-searched entertainer’s list on Google.

4. Aadhar Card

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‘How to Link Aadhar Card with PAN card?’

Turned out to be one of the most searched “How to…” question of the year after the current government deemed it voluntary but ‘mandatory’ to link the Aadhar Card to everything you own or fear not existing.

5. GST

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In a video released by Google revealed a fun fact that this year more than ever netizens asked how and Google was swarmed with inquiries on GST by Indians. It garnered interests by both consumers and businesses. Given its far-reaching impact on the economy and businesses, there was a lot of talk around the subject.

6. BitCoin

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Following closely on the heels of GST, was Bitcoin which has taken the entire world by storm. The curiosity around this cryptocurrency got the nation hooked on learning more about mining and the blockchain technology on which it is based.

7. Jallikattu

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This traditional bull taming sport from Tamil Nadu came into the limelight after the global animal rights group, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigned for restrictions against it, the Supreme Court took notice and sought a ban on this sport.

Keep Googling!

Artificial Intelligence : what all is it?

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Techpedia defines AI as

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Some of the activities computers with artificial intelligence are designed for include:

Speech recognition

Learning

Planning

Problem solving

This 10 minute video, is a good guide to what AI is, and what it is not.

A career in AI is the next big thing, and it is less about learning programming languages (though those are important too) and more about being able to ‘teach’ computer systems to ‘think’ and make decisions. According to the computer science degree hub, this is what you need for a career in AI

Basic computer technology and math backgrounds form the backbone of most artificial intelligence programs. Entry level positions require at least a bachelor’s degree while positions entailing supervision, leadership or administrative roles frequently require master’s or doctoral degrees. Typical coursework involves study of:

Various level of math, including probability, statistics, algebra, calculus, logic and algorithms.

Bayesian networking or graphical modeling, including neural nets.

Physics, engineering and robotics.

Computer science, programming languages and coding.

Cognitive science theory.

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AIB on Honest Engineering Campus Placements …

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Campus placements can be the most nerve racking experiences of our lives. Between parents who ask us questions on an almost hour by hour basis, to our classmates who stress us out by telling us how well they have fared, to the interviewer who looks so very superior, and makes you feel you know nothing, it is a stressful time.

AIB has a hilarious take on campus placements, watch if you haven’t