Culture Bridge: Chinese La-ba Festival

The Laba Festival 臘八節/腊八节) is celebrated on the eighth (ba 八) day of the 12th month (la yue 腊月) and is one of the most important traditional festivals in Chinese culture. It is also a prelude to the Chinese Lunar New Year. This year the La Ba Festival falls on Jan 27.
The festival was originally a day of thanks for a good harvest and sacrifice to ancestors. The festival was used as commemoration of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment at the age of 35. Therefore, many customs of the Laba Festival are related to Buddhism.  In the Qing dynasty, ceremonies for the Laba festival would have been held in the Yonghe Temple in Beijing.
Elderly having their laba porridge on the laba festival

Elderly women eating laba rice porridge on Laba festival

Customs:

Ancestor worship (祭祖jì zǔ):

The reason lunar December is called La Yue has a lot to do with the custom of sacrifice. First, the worship of ancestors and the sacrifice for the gods both frequently took place in the twelfth month, which led to the traditional name of the month: La Yue(腊月). Second, winter is the slack season for farmers so they have time to find things to burn in the sacrifice.
Ancestor worship

Ancestor worship

Laba Rice Porridge (腊八粥 là bā zhōu): There are several legends about the origin of porridge eating on Laba:

Siddhārtha Gautama (the Buddha) once attempted to find the right path to awakening by starving himself. One day, when he was starved and weakened, he met a village girl who gave him milk and rice pudding (congee) after mistaking him for a spirit who granted her a wish. He attained enlightenment not long after that incident. Some say the porridge, made of red beans, has the power to exorcise evil from little kids.
Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty, used to live in poverty before he rose to power. He ate congee during those hard times. After becoming the emperor, he asked the people to eat congee as well. The custom of porridge eating has been well-known throughout history, from the royal court to common people. Almost every region in China has its own local recipe for Laba porridge. Eating hot porridge is great in cold winter, and the grain and nuts are considered healthy winter fare.
Laba porridge is mostly made of rice and sticky rice, but can also include sugar, red dates, lotus seeds, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, longans, hazelnuts, raisins, red beans, peanuts, water caltrops, roseleaf and other “treasures” (hence its other name, “eight treasure porridge”).

Laba porridge is mostly made of rice and sticky rice, but can also include sugar, red dates, lotus seeds, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, longans, hazelnuts, raisins, red beans, peanuts, water caltrops, roseleaf and other “treasures” (hence its other name, “eight treasure porridge”).

Laba garlic (腊八蒜 là bā suàn): It is an old Beijing custom to soak purple-peel garlic with vinegar and a little sugar for twenty days starting from the Laba festival. When the whole family gets together for the dumpling feast on Spring Festival Eve, they take out the Laba garlic which will be crisp, with a vinegary flavor and a green color.

Vinegar with the aroma of garlic is the best seasoning for dumplings.

Vinegar with the aroma of garlic is the best seasoning for dumplings.

Beating Spring Ox:

On the first day of spring the government would hold a ceremony called “Beating Spring Ox” with the purpose of encouraging farming.  After the ritual of “Beating Spring”, people would compete in grabbing the scattered pieces of the earthen ox, which would dispel pests or ants, and bring them good harvest in farming and abundant production of silk and livestock.

Officials  using a colorful club to beat an earthen ox after worshiping the God of Grain; this was the so-called “Scourging Spring”.

Officials using a colorful club to beat an earthen ox after worshiping the God of Grain; this was the so-called “Scourging Spring”. Even today, people in some places name Spring Begins as Beating Spring.

Info-bits:

1. The most authentic porridge is made in Northern China, especially Beiping (北平).

2. Customs of having La-ba porridge is preserved in Northeast China, Northwest China and Jiangnan but it has become rarer in Southern parts of China.

3. During the rule of Qing dynasty, ceremonies for the Laba festival would have been held in the Yonghe Temple in Beijing.

Source: Wikipedia & hujiang;    Pic source: hujiang and google search.

India : Change The Perception

This is Part I of my “India : #ChangeThePerception” time-lapse project by Arjun Menon. He wanted to change the conventional perception of what “India” is, beyond the bullock carts and snake charmers!

The locations vary from Spiti Valley in the Himalayas to Beaches of Andaman Islands, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) from North Eastern India to Taj Mahal in Agra etc.

Hope this video inspires you to travel to my beautiful country. I can assure you that travelling to India makes you speechless, then it turns you into a story teller.. What are you waiting for, book your tickets and pack your bags now 😉

Changchun’s First Frozen Restaurant

长春现冰餐厅 cháng chūn xiàn “ bīng cān tīng ”

Have you ever imagined yourself sitting in a freezer and having lunch????

Yes, in a freezer…

If it is so, then you could make it a reality by just visiting Changchun, Jilin Province, China.

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Entrance to the Restaurant..

This restaurant is now a coolest place to hangout to enjoy some spicy hot pot. Customers can have hotpot and drinks in the ice rooms and enjoy “extreme ‘chill’ax sleep” on ice beds.

People

Customers having Hotpot ..

Frozen bar

Customers having drinks in the ice bar..

This newly-opened ice restaurant and bar is decorated with colorful lights which add warmth and brightness to the icy rooms, reported China News Service. The dining establishment also features a small “guestroom” where visitors can hop on an ice bed and pose for photos. Covering an area of 80 square meters, the ice restaurant was built by 20 workers in half a month.

Frozen bar

Frozen bar

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A girl posing on an ice bed for photos..

Well, I would have had my taste buds taste a real ‘cool’ thing if they would have built it couple of years ago… 😛

Source: Chinanew.com

Happy Makara Sankranthi

A new beginning, a new destination, with happiness or sorrow, with pain or pleasure. Wish you all a Happy Makar Sankranthi…!!

My Life

A beautiful,bright and delighted day, sun entered makar to intense the ray.
crop harvested to cheer the smiles, come together and enjoy the life.
kites flying high to touch the happiness, til mangled with sweet to spread sweetness.Time to enjoy the moment with full intensity very happy prosperous Makar Sankranti.
On this occassion I would like to share about Makara Sankranti. Let us know, what is Makara Sankranti, Bhogi, Kanuma, Mukkunama, Why it is celebrated, Special foods made on this day, How it is celebrated in Andhra pradesh & celebrations in Hyderabad.

Lots of people gathered to fly kites in Necklace road Lots of people gathered to fly kites in Necklace road

Makara Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions and is celebrated in almost all parts of India in a myriad of cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour, and gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makara Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same…

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Travel Diaries: Hongkong ~ My First Backpacking Trip – II

Hongkong is praised as ‘A bright pearl in the orient’. As a tourist destination in the world it is acclaimed as ‘shoppers paradise’ and ‘gourmets city’. And is one of the most densely inhabited regions on the earth.

The transport system is great and very systematic too. This City’s transport system offers very safe and comfortable rides. You’ll never miss your destination as there are markers and pointers everywhere and all exits are duly marked to guide your travel. It is an expensive city but it is worth it. Food is cheap but hotels are expensive. There are so many good places to go and even if we stay there for a couple of weeks there, we can’t visit all those places which we wanted to visit. At night there is always life at the harbor.

You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.

You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.

The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side.

The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side.

Take the Star Ferry atleast once, do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island at night around 8PM. This way you will see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai. Every night at 8PM there is also a light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look of the light show on the Star Ferry plus a unique boating experience at night.

Take the Star Ferry atleast once, do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island at night around 8PM. This way you will see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai. Every night at 8PM there is also a light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look of the light show on the Star Ferry plus a unique boating experience at night.

The cost of the Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is only HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays. The Star Ferry runs from 7:20 AM to 10:30 PM daily. We did it in the day time. It looks more spectacular during night time.

The cost of the Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is only HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays. The Star Ferry runs from 7:20 AM to 10:30 PM daily.
We did it in the day time. It looks more spectacular during night time.

Skyscrapers! Unhealthy ugly giants! To live and work as close as to the land is a blessing! Remember, you are not a cloud! Come down and live on the ground! -Mehmet Murat ildan.

Skyscrapers! Unhealthy ugly giants! To live and work as close as to the land is a blessing! Remember, you are not a cloud! Come down and live on the ground! -Mehmet Murat ildan.

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This enigmatic city of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and heavenly food will fascinate, whether it’s your first visit or your 50th.

Hong kong MTR system is very efficient and is the best way to go around in Hong Kong as this is a subway and there is no traffic. MTR is a good way around Hong kong especially for tourists like us since most public bus drivers in hong kong don't speak english. and the Taxi's charge high rates of HKD $ 18.50 for the first two kilometers and HKD $ 1 for each 1 minute in traffic or every 200 meter increments. Taking an MTR helps us in time and money management(especially for budget travellers)

Hong kong MTR system is very efficient and is the best way to go around in Hong Kong as this is a subway and there is no traffic. MTR is a good way around Hong kong especially for tourists like us since most public bus drivers in hong kong don’t speak english. and the Taxi’s charge high rates of HKD $ 18.50 for the first two kilometers and HKD $ 1 for each 1 minute in traffic or every 200 meter increments. Taking an MTR helps us in time and money management(especially for budget travellers)

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Graffiti Competitions… Was impressed by their dedication. They were even doing it in Rain.

 

In order to save some money, we vacated our room and spent a whole night on the Victoria harbor while walking and talking. Luckily we met a bunch of travellers who are just like us. Our conversations  killed the night. Meeting new people is the best part of travelling. Do you agree with me?

In order to save some money, we vacated our room and spent a whole night on the Victoria harbor while walking and talking. Luckily we met a bunch of travellers who are just like us. Our conversations killed the night. Meeting new people is the best part of travelling. Do you agree with me?

Avenue of stars is located on Victoria Harbor waterfront in Tsim sha tsui. It honours celebrities of Hongkong. This is a Bruce Lee Statue.

Avenue of stars is located on Victoria Harbor waterfront in Tsim sha tsui. It honours celebrities of Hongkong. This is a Statue of Bruce Lee.

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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Mary Ritter Beard

 

Top 7 Tips from my perspective:

    1. Star Ferry: Take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui because there is not much to see facing the Kowloon side if you begin the trip from Central or Wanchai.
    2. Budget Hotels: If you are looking for budget hotels go to chungking mansions and mirador mansions in near Tsimsha Tsui in Kowloon.
    3. Get an ‘Octopus Card’: For a $50HKD deposit and an initial $100 HKD load, you are all set to ride the rails on a comprehensive public transport system that includes ferries, buses and trains. At the end of your trip, you return the card and get back the $50 HKD deposit and any unused money loaded on the card.
    4. Foods: Don’t miss ‘Dimsum’. There’s a chain of restaurants called “DimDimSum” where it is cheap and tasty.Don’t miss Blooming teas & Tibetan Vegetarian meals near the Ngong Ping tourist village on Lantau Island.
    5. Visa on Arrival: For all those Indian Citizens there’s a free 14days visa on arrival. If you have  your passport with minimum of Six months validity and the most important is your original confirmed return Air ticket showing exit from Hongkong , within fourteen days .
    6. Don’t miss these attractions Victoria peak, Tiantan Buddha statue, Disneyland, Ocean park, Arts & science museum, Stanley Market(High-quality souvenirs), Temple street Night market, Ladies market(cheap souvenirs), Ozone bar (Ritz-Carlton hotel), on the 118th floor is the highest bar in the world and has spectacular views and the most important is Symphony of lights which is held at 8:00pm every night.
    7. Learning Cantonese: Last but not least learning the local dialect might help you especially when speaking with taxi drivers because they don’t speak much English. As with any country you go to, the people really appreciate it when you speak a little of the local language. Let’s Learn 3 words here 1.Hello=Nei ho 1. How are you?= Nei hou ma? Thank you=M̀h’gōi

Travel Diaries: Hongkong ~ My First Backpacking Trip

Hongkong (meaning Fragrant Harbour) is a Special administration region of PR China. Before the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997, It had been a British colony for nearly 150 years. As a result, most infrastructure inherits the design and standards of Britain. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from different places of the world and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.

It is a paradise for tourist’s. I’ve visited this place thrice and it always stands tall. It was a good & different experience every time I have been to this place, first time I visited this place in 2009 with my friend Goutham and it was a backpacking trip. And forget not that it was my first backpacking trip.  Later, I had to visit twice for some business meetings in 2011 & 2012. In those business trips, I have never visited any other place other than Arts museum and planetarium and a brisk walk on the harbor. It is quite hard for me to recollect all my memories since its already been 6 years;). Now in this coming posts, I’m going to share some of my experiences, tips, suggestions and Pictures (mostly taken by a small camera and the pictures are not of a great quality ;).

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Ngongping 360: Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway. This cable car journey begins from Tung Chung, crossing Tung Chung Bay to reach the angle station on Airport Island and turning about 60 degrees in the air towards North Lantau. This was one of the best ride to enjoy all the beautiful views during this 25-minute ride: One can view the vistas of the distant and vast South China Sea and the rolling grassland slopes of North Lantau Country Park from the cable car slowly take over from the hustle and bustle of the city, introduce us to the serene and natural surrounds that Lantau is famed for. The journey also offers a breathtaking panorama of the Hong Kong International Airport, verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha and the 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping Plateau.

Uninhabitated islands scattered in South China sea..

Uninhabited islands scattered in South China sea..

Visiting the big Buddha in Lantau Island is in my opinion the No1 must visti attraction. Reserve a full day for it and try to go with good weather. Recommendation: To get there you have to take a gondola lift (Ngong Ping 360) which offers 2 kind of cabins: a standard cabin and another one with a glass floor (crystal cabin). I strongly recommend to take the crystal cabin for one of the ways. Now the catch: take the standard cabin in the way up and the crystal on the way down. The majority of people takes the crystal on the way up and the standard on the way down, which causes some major delays in taking the gondola on the way down, take advantage of this fact to avoid huge queues on your way back.

Visiting the big Buddha in Lantau Island in my opinion the No.1 must see attraction. Reserve a full day for it and try to go with good weather.

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion.

A view from the peak tower.. And the backdrop is the one of the finest Harbors on Earth..

A view from the peak tower.. And the backdrop is the one of the finest Harbors on Earth..

Looking down at the city from this famous vantage point, you'll see one of the finest harbors on Earth and a skyline so improbable, audacious and lofty.Everything you've heard about Hong Kong's restlessness and energy is dramatically reaffirmed by the view from the Peak. Even the most cynical locals never tire of visiting.

Looking down at the city from this famous vantage point, you’ll see one of the finest harbors on Earth and a skyline so improbable, audacious and lofty.

A view from the top of Victoria peak

A view from the top of the Victoria peak.. Victoria harbor and Kowloon as a backdrop. The view was breathtaking! & the best part of our visit was it was not very crowded when we were there.. 🙂

A view from the Victoria Peak..

Everything you’ve heard about Hong Kong’s restlessness and energy is dramatically reaffirmed by the view from the Peak. Even the most cynical locals never tire of visiting.

Some Info-Bits about Hong kong Islands:

Hong Kong Island (香港島): Most of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here. Overall, Hong Kong Island is more modern and wealthy and considerably less dirty than the other areas of Hong Kong. The Peak is the tallest point on the island, with the best views and highest real estate values in the world.

Kowloon (九龍): The peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island, with great views of the island. It offers a chaotic mix of malls, street markets, and residential tenements. With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 47 square kilometres, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Kowloon includes Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀), the location of many budget hotels and Mong Kok , a shopping district.

New Territories (新界): The New Territories contain a curious mix of small farms, villages, industrial installations, mountainous country parks and towns that have populations the size of some cities.

Lantau Island (大嶼山): A large island west of Hong Kong Island. You will not find many idyllic villages, but once you get over the stray dogs and the ramshackle buildings you will find beautiful mountains and beaches. The airport, Disneyland, and the Ngong Ping cable car are located here.

Outlying Islands (離島): Well-known weekend destinations for the locals, the Outlying Islands are most of the islands surrounding Hong Kong Island. Highlights include Lamma (南丫島), well known for its seafood and Cheung Chau (長洲), a small island that used to be a pirates’ den, but now attracts seafood aficionados, windsurfers and sunbathing day trippers.

Top 7 Tips from my perspective..

Happy new year 2015: Inspiring True Story

When The Clock Strikes Twelve On December 31st,
All Over The World Cheer And Wish Each Other A Very Happy New Year.
For Some, This Event Is No More Than A Change Of A Calendar.
Others, The New Year Symbolizes The Beginning Of A Better Tomorrow.
So, If You Look Forward To A Good Year Ahead,
Spread Happiness With These Wonderful New Year Wishes.happy newyear 2015

Here’s a small inspirational story for all of you, which will teach you one of the greatest lessons in life. This story is about the life of Sylvester Stallone.

Stallone was born in a poor family. And yet as he was growing into a young man he only had one dream; He wanted to become an actor. He wanted so much to become an actor but he has this major setback against his dream; He has this defect in his jaw, which causes him to speak with a slur. And so Stallone would go from production house to production house to apply for an acting job, but nobody accepted him because he cannot speak clearly.

Stallone had this director who he kept on pursuing for an acting job, yet like all the rest did not mind giving him a chance. What Stallone did was he kept on coming back into that director’s office. In the morning when the director arrives for work, Stallone was there waiting for him, and in the end of the day, when he leaves for home, Stallone was still there.

Every single day he kept on doing this until finally the director got annoyed and confronted him asking “What can I do to drive you away?!” to which Stallone replied “Give me an acting job.” And so finally the director gave in, he said “Okay, for God sake, I will give you a role, but this is all you will have, after this you will have no more.” He was accepted, and right after that role, indeed nobody had given him acting jobs anymore. Though trampled with a lot of rejections, Stallone didn’t think even once of giving up on his dream.

He never gave up his dream..

He never thought of giving up on his dream..

Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, ROCKY. He wrote the script for 20 hours and then offered it to the production houses, on the condition that he will be the main actor. The script was done and off Stallone into carrying out his plan. The script was commended, but because of the condition that he will take the lead role, nobody accepted his offer.

Finally there was one production house who were much interested in his script; The production manager said “Stallone, your script is good! We will buy it for $75,000! but you will not be the main actor, we will hire someone else.” Stallone upon hearing this replied to his deepest conviction, “No thanks, I have to be the main actor.” and then he left.

After a while the same production house called up again to him and said “Stallone, come to the office, we are raising the price, we will buy your script for $225,000! but on the condition, you will not be the main actor, we will hire someone else.” Stallone once again replied with conviction, “No I’m sorry, I have to be the main actor.” and then he left.

After sometime, the movie production house called up to him again and said “Stallone, we’re raising the price, give us the script, you will have $1 Million!” Plus the manager added a one last degrading advice “Accept this already Stallone, this is too much of an offer. Let’s just face it, we all know you will not be able to make a good lead, you know you can’t deliver good clear dialogues, we can’t hardly understand you. How do you expect people to like seeing you on screens with that? Just take the amount already, go on with your life and forget that becoming a lead actor dream of yours.” to this, Stallone replied without any hesitation, “No thanks, I have to be the main actor.”

I want you to understand where Stallone is coming from at that point of his life. He was so poor; He could not even pay his bills. He even sold his dog which was his best friend for $50 just to have a little to spend going around and to have a little to eat. And yet he turned down a $1 million offer for his script, returning home poor, hungry and alone, all because of a dream.

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He was poor and hungry yet he turned down a 1Million$ offer all because of a dream.. 

It is having that strongest conviction of not having the will to give up on the deepest desires of your heart. Finally after sometime, the production house called up again and said “Stallone, we are giving up, you will be the main actor but we will be paying you $35,000.” He was accepted with great skepticism but he just didn’t mind it at all. From $1 million it became $35,000 but he is more than satisfied because he got what he wants.

Stallone went on to buy his dog again. He offered $500 but the new owner said he had come to love the pet and will not sell it any more. Stallone raised the price to $1000 which still the new owner declined, and so he raised and raised the amount until out of his aggressiveness he finally got back his dog for $15,000 plus the new owner having a one last request as part of the deal. He asked Stallone to give him a role in his upcoming movie, which Stallone deliberately granted for the sake of having back his dog. He spent $15,000 just to have his dog again.

Stallone dog

Sylvester Stallone really loves his Dog

The stage was set. The movie was shot and done and was successfully released for public entertainment. Rocky-1 It grossed more than 171 Million dollars and on that year had won 10 major academy awards including; best actor, and the best picture of the year. And there started a spectacular career which greatly impacted the entertainment industry and the world.

And today, the same Stallone who slept on the streets and sold his dog just because he could not even feed it anymore, is one of the greatest Movie Stars who ever walked the Earth! Nobody in this world can ever tell us that we cannot do it. If we think we can, we can do it! Because in reality, the only limitation we have, are the ones we set in our minds. Just remember, none can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise, none can destroy a person, but his own mindset can. So be careful about your thoughts.

Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a NOBODY. People will want your products but NOT YOU. Its a tough world. If you ain’t already famous, or rich or “connected”, You will find it rough. Doors will be shut on you. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. And then your hopes will be crashed. You will be broke. Damn broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes, it does. BUT NEVER LET THEM CRUSH THAT DREAM. Whatever happens to You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People will judge You by how you look. And by what you have. But please,Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP! Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, it’s ok! But as long as you are still alive, Your story is not over. Trust me!! Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive.

Here are some of the inspiratory quotes:

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive. -Ratan Tata

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

The same boiling water that hardens the egg, will soften the Potato! It depends upon individual’s reaction to stressful circumstances! Let’s start 2015 year with a New and positive Mindset. Once again Wish you all a Happy and prosperous newyear!

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Story source: Unknown