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February 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us SOCIETY.

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(Pictures: courtesy – orientalindiatours.com, lonely planet.com, wikimedia)

I grew up in beautiful Goa known for its beaches, churches, temples and down-to-earth people. A place where people were content, easy-going and fun.

Goa was a Portuguese colony and Carnival is still celebrated with great pomp and splendour.

People love to visit Goa as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://inksandscribbles.com/a-small-town-7pm-bed-time/
2) http://helenmeikle.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/daily-prompt-something-different/
3) http://taswegian57.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/daily-promptwest-end-girls/
4) http://thelandslidephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/society/
5) http://thewordtrance.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/a-city-and-a-village/
6) http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/many-cultures-one-community/
7) http://starvingactivist.com/blog/2014/02/18/daily-prompt-our-house-2/
8) http://letterswithampersands.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/know-your-world/

 

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What does Success mean to you?

April 10, 2011 8 comments

Oxford Dictionary defines Success as:
i) the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status  or
ii)the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

We are everyday fed with images  of successful people – celebrities,  royalty, millionaires, sportsmen, technopreneurs etc by media and newspapers and our notions of success are largely influenced by these media.  We have always equated success with economic freedom, career and money.  We cannot forget that such a definition of success creates also a very bad image of one who is not successful as a ‘loser in life’.

We  create icons of celebrities and sportsmen and we expect them to be ‘’ideal’’.  But, we later come to realise that they have their own set of problems.  Our parents, teachers and role-models shape our ideas of success from very early in life.  So some concepts are driven in our minds from young.  It is important to unlearn these ideas and break out from these moulds if we are to be successful.

We forget that it is impossible to be successful at everything in life.   A person who is highly successful in his career gets to spend very little time with family  Do we enjoy what we do in life?   Are we contented with our achievements ?  Are we happy and can we share this happiness with our family, friends and society?  These are some questions that also define how successful we are.

It is not wrong to be ambitious and to create wealth.  But when greed takes over and we try to be successful by any means then success can also corrupt.  Billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Gates have pledged more than 50% of their wealth to charity and this has spurred billionaires  in many parts of the world to do the same.   Social responsibility has become a key component of a successful business practice.

What makes you most happy and feeds your soul? By pursuing  goals that align with our values and  nature and not living on borrowed goals,  by giving our best shot and sharing our joys with family , friends and society we can become more happy and contented.  One mans  idea of success may differ from that of another.  What does Success mean to you?

Here is an interesting TED talk by Älan de Botton on a kinder, gentler philosophy of success:

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