The natural tendency of life is to find stability. In biology we refer to this process as equilibrium or homeostasis. To a certain level this equilibrium occurs in every aspect of our life.
For example, to maintain equilibrium, the human body employs hundreds of feedback loops to keep our blood pressure, body temperature, glucose levels and many other processes at a stable level.
In his book, ‘MASTERY’, martial arts expert George Leonard points out that our daily lives also develop their own level of homeostasis. We fall into patterns for how often we do (or don’t) exercise, how often we do (or don’t) complete our chores and everything else in between. Over time, each of us settles in our own level of equilibrium.
But that is, until we try to make a change.
The Myth Of Radical Change
The myth of radical change and overnight success is pervasive in our culture. Experts say things like, “The biggest mistake most people make in life is not setting goals high enough.” Or they tell us, “If you want massive results, then you have to take massive actions.”
On the surface, these phrases sound inspiring. What we fail to realize, however, is that any quest for rapid growth contradicts every stabilizing force in our lives. We forget that the natural tendency of life is to attain stability and anytime this stability is lost, the system is motivated to restore is.
If we step too far outside the bounds of our everyday performance, then nearly all the forces of our life will be screaming to get us back to equilibrium. Thus if we take a massive action, we are more likely to run into a massive roadblock.
In the words of George Leonard:
“Resistance is proportionate to the size and speed of the change, not to whether the change is a favourable or unfavourable one”
The Optimal Rate of Growth
Of course, change is certainly possible, but it is only sustainable within a fairly narrow window.
Let’s take an example, when an athlete trains too hard for a competition within a short span of time, he generally ends up getting sick or injured, but when the same person does the same amount of work in a larger span of time the result comes out to be positive.
The above example is explained properly in the words of Peter Senge, “Virtually all natural systems, from ecosystems to species to organisations, have intrinsically optimal rates of growth and this optimal rate is far less than the fastest possible growth. When growth becomes excessive—as it does in cancer—the system itself seeks to compensate by slowing down; perhaps putting the organism’s survival at risk in the process.”
On the contrary, when we accumulate small wins and focus on the ‘one-percent’ formulae, we can nudge equilibrium forward.
Beating the Paradox
For the change to last, we must work with the fundamental forces in our lives, not against them. Nearly everything that makes up our daily life has equilibrium—a normal set point, a normal pace, a typical rhythm. If we reach too far beyond this equilibrium, we will find ourselves being yanked back to the baseline.
Thus, the best way to achieve change is not through radical and spontaneous work, but through small wins each day.
BY: Abdullah Rasheed
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur
I started writing when I was five. My childishly illegible writings were restricted to little nonsensical poems, which infallibly delighted my mother, who after the perusal of each poem eyed me with awe and ecstasy. It is she who is responsible for rekindling the candle of my passion which had almost snuffed out for she was the one who suggested I write when I once went to her supplicating for recreation to prevent myself from dawdling all day long, during the summer vacations. I took her advice. So, I grew up reading books and writing words which initially were comprehensible only to my mother and then one day, after eight years, out of the blue, while we i.e. my friend Adwiti Singh and I were sitting in the classroom, wasting time by garrulously babbling and expecting a nod of head or an occasional affirming word from the interlocutor, Adwiti prompted, “Harleen, there is so much of rivalry in our class, we could actually write a book on it.”
And I’d simply said, “Okay, let’s write one.”
The First Venture
That is how our first book “THE VENGEFUL” came about. The entire journey was outlandishly phenomenal; with the two of us surreptitiously engaging ourselves in discussing plots and jotting everything down simultaneously in the homework period which, as the name suggests was solely for the completion of homework. With just two pages, which marked its instigation, our translucent white folder marked “THE VENGEFUL”, at the end of five months was bulging with the complete handwritten manuscript of “THE VENGEFUL”. It was satiating. The fact that we were just thirteen, prodded itself as another feather in our hat.
It gave us contentment to see happiness on the faces of our loved ones and contrition or contrived admiration on the faces of people who had bluntly told us that our dream of writing a book and getting it published would always remain a dream.
The Second Endeavour
The most striking or incongruous thing that happened before I started writing “SERENDIPITY” was that the plot came strutting to me all by itself. Every time I sat down to rack my brain for a plot, I couldn’t get anything apt, some plots seemed inappropriate while some drudging but then all at once, when I was returning from a trip to Mukteshwer, an idea ambled into my head, and it wasn’t just an idea, it was a full-fledged plot with all the characters, the beginning and the ending that implored an iota of garnishing. I started writing in June and by the time I finished writing, winter had approached. With lots of hopes I took my manuscript to the typist, whom I expected to be a magician who by the swirl of a wand would turn my manuscript into a digitalized form and return it to me in a day or two. Contravening all myexpectations, a day following the submission of my manuscript to him, he gave me a call and outspokenlyrepudiated the proposition (of typing the book) stating that the teeny tiny words that I had ruthlessly scribbled on the complaisant papers were beyond the ability of comprehension of even the most efficient of his typists (i.e. the was who was employed for deciphering hieroglyphic texts) That really discouraged me. (Not the comments that he’d made about my handwriting for it was perfectly readable to me) I had neither the will to write the entire thing all over again nor the skill to type it myself. So, after giving it a lot of thought, cogitating on it for five days at a stretch, I gave up for I did not see any redemption from this predicament. I gave up, and life went on. But, then after seven months, on one of the normal days of this stealthily trudging life, an irrepressible desire to get my book published engulfed me and that urge was so perfervid that it washed all the lackadaisical spirits away and provoked me to start afresh .So, that was quite a bend in the road which succeeded the previous formidable impediment that had almost shattered me. So, with my parents’ encouragement and a whit of self-motivation, I wrote the same book for the second time and I’m happy that I did because after that I actually grimaced with distaste every time I read my original manuscript. Then after some more perusals, I got it published.
Satisfaction sadly still hasn’t made room for itself in my mind as even to this day when I read my book, I feel that a lot of things could have been better. I wish I had been a bit more assiduous and creative while I was penning the book down. But then I mitigate all these silent effusions by telling myself that what’s done cannot be undone and that a lot of other opportunities will come my way, which I’ll grab and work more scrupulously and laboriously thus getting a fairer outcome. I personally feel that this is the perfect age to recognize your passion and work towards its enhancement.
Synopsis Of The Book
Serendipity by Ira Narang is a story about believing in the infinite power of destiny and following your heart.it is a story about bedazzling powers of nature and the Almighty.
The book is available on amazon.com and on Kindle.
Kushagra Agarwal, a Class XII student of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Kanpur is a child prodigy, a wunderkind, who is blessed with the qualities of head and heart. Born with extra ordinary talents, Kushagra doesn’t rest on them. He is forever striving and struggling to do the best in whatever he does.
Kushagra is a star pupil of our school, currently pursuing PCM with Computer Science in grade 12. He has been the city topper in the ICSE Board besides standing 4th nationally. Not just in academics oriented student, Kushagra has bought laurels for the school on various occasions. He was adjudged the Runner Up at the ASISC English Debate at the National Level. He and his team stood 5th nationally at the CSI programming event. In addition to this, his team has also won the TYE Business Plan competition amongst his countless other achievements. He has played squash at the nation level besides.
The video attached throws some light on his interests, achievements and all that you would like to hear from him.
Adwiti Singh X- A
Abhishree Swarup XI – E
Article Credited By : Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur
Happiness- a virtue, a feeling, a sensation unlike any other. The origins of happiness and other feelings for that matter, are unknown, but the fact that their presence and absence is what segregates us and unites us is vastly prevalent. Happiness, comes to us in all shapes and sizes, and the most unexpected of things tend to bring us the happiest moments in life. It’s only then when one realizes the sheer unpredictability of the phenomenon we have come to call as ‘life’. Happiness on the other hand, is a work of our deeds, or as the sages and purists, would call it, ‘Karma’. The fact that what we do now, is what causes us bliss or misery, sooner or later is probably what governs us all and to a very wide extent, happens to be true.
Happiness or bliss or ecstasy or harmony, synonymously, the list is endless, but what it does not change, is the fact that happiness is the most common entity that surrounds us, and is simultaneously, the rarest of all feelings. Happiness is uncommon and difficult to discover. The 21st century is probably the most suited to the aforementioned. Amongst all the turmoil and chaos and madness that we live in and unwittingly contribute to, happiness becomes a luxury. A luxury, not for the elite class to purchase and boast about unlike their mansions, but a luxury to earn. Something to earn from hard-work, from content and satisfaction and from truth.
Amolik Vivian Paul (XII – A)
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur
LABYRINTH: An action-packed adventure of modern conspiracy and medieval passion.
LABYRINTH is a mesmerizing tale penned down by KATE MOSSE. It is a testimony to Kate Mosse’s control over her brilliant skill of penning down her ideas and thoughts in words. The two parallel narratives never seem to repeat or collide or indeed swamp. Three secrets embedded into one grail influence the lives of two women joined together by destiny.
As students of Humanities, we are introduced to the play ‘Silence! The Court Is In Session’ written by the winner of the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award, Mr. Vijay Tendulkar. I stand completely entranced by the strong feminist stand that he has taken in this play which deals with the prejudices and gender roles imposed on women by the society.
Elation, Excitement and Enigma is what COMFEST is all about. An event that started more than a decade ago, has now turned out be a mammoth affair, a techno- cultural event which is embedded like a precious jewel in the heart of every Jaipurian. The most special and distinct feature of this fest is that it is an exclusively student oriented event. Students are so passionate about this event, that they start planning for it months in advance.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably do not know what it is. The Blue Whale Challenge is a ‘game’ which gives you 50 tasks, ranging from listening to psychedelic music, to self-mutilation and the ultimate challenge is to commit suicide.
However shocking it sounds and stupid it would be for someone to actually start playing it, there are hundreds of people who have lost their lives playing this game. That’s roughly equivalent to the number of casualties which occur in a terrorist attack, which tells us how this game is no joke, and needs to be dealt with seriously and urgently.
THE PROS OF DONATING BLOOD
Donating your blood is definitely an act of goodness. Many hospitals and clinics are in constant need of the blood for different purposes. That is why it is a decent idea to donate blood that can help other people. Most of the people are of the view that donating blood can be harmful to their body but this is not true. By giving your blood, you can save the lives of people who are in need of it.
There is no denial to the fact that donating your blood is certainly a good thing. It is not only safe but offers a number of advantages given below.
1.You save lives of people – There are many people who are in urgent need of blood and by donating your blood you can easily give them a new life. This satisfaction is the biggest satisfaction you will ever experience. It gives you a proud feeling that you are the reason behind someone’s life. So by giving your blood, you can certainly give life to people.
2. Refreshes your system – After you donate the blood, the cell count decreases due to which new cells regenerate. This is a healthy process which defines that a person is fit and fine. The entire body gets to freshen up and most of the health problems come to an end. So donating the blood can result in a much healthier body which increases your life span.
3. Adds to the blood quantity – Blood is not only required in case of accidents or injuries but sometimes a patient may need plasma or platelets as well. In this case, if sufficient amount of blood is available in the blood bank, the patient can be treated without any problem. Thus the people should give blood on a regular basis so that the people can receive the treatment at the right time.
4. Receive proper diagnosis – Before you are ready to donate blood, the hospital professionals will make the necessary diagnosis of the iron content, cholesterol, hemoglobin etc. Thus you are able to find out whether everything is normal or not. If everything is fine, the doctor will suggest you make the donation.
Hence you need not be afraid of donating the blood as it is painless and will take about an hour only. So whenever you have spare time you can visit the hospital and donate the blood. You will surely feel happy as people will shower their blessings on you for giving them blood and saving their life.
Sometimes people need the blood for the various reasons. They suffered from the different kind of diseases; they urgently need of the blood. There are many of the diseases such as Anemia, Thalassemia, undergone an operation or the people may have met with the accident.
Some of the patients may die due to loss of blood and non-availability of it. Sometimes the pregnant ladies may also suffer due to lack of blood, and may need blood urgently in that emergency situation.
There are the different groups of blood such as A, B, AB and O which is another important factor in the blood requirement. The blood provided must be of the same group as that of the patient for the proper health of a patient.
here are certain advantages given below:
Blood donation not only makes the receiver’s life good but also helps the donor to maintain good health.
Health benefits of donating blood include good health, reduced risk of cancer and hemochromatosis. It helps in reducing the risk of damage to liver and pancreas. Donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity.
After donating blood, the body works to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells and in turn, helps in maintaining good health.
Blood donation is our human duty. Our body does not get affected by donating blood as it can repair the loss within a few days. So we must come forward to donate blood as much as we can as it can help in saving lives of a lot of people.
Everyone must give blood for better health and to save someone’s life. The process of giving blood is painless and will take about an hour. So whenever we have spare time, we can visit the hospital and donate it. It surely does give a happy and satisfying feeling to see someone getting cured and as is alive because of a small effort made by us.
Akshita Khemka (IX D)
THE CONS OF DONATING BLOOD
There’s no doubt that donating blood can do a lot of good: Donating just one pint of blood can save more than one life according to the American Red Cross. About 36,000 pints of blood are needed every day in the United States and 6.8 million people donate every year. But blood donation has certain disadvantages too. Each donor receives a mini physical examination and a lot of precautions are taken before taking blood but there are still some minor side effects that could occur. It is a safe process, but there are some things you should know before you donate.
Here’s a closer look at the disadvantages to consider before donating blood:-
When you donate blood, you sit or lie on a reclining chair with your arm extended on an armrest. When a needle pricks a vein, there’s always a chance that some bruising will occur around the area where the needle was inserted. This is the reason that bruising is common among blood donors.
Bruises range in color from yellow to blue to purple.
When blood donation is complete, the healthcare provider will remove the needle from your vein and place a bandage on the area. The nurse will instruct you to keep the bandaid or dressing in place for at least four to five hours to ensure bleeding is stopped.
Sometimes bleeding still occurs after the bandage or dressing is kept in place for several hours.
After your donation is complete, you will be told to sit in an observation area for 15 minutes. Eating, drinking, and resting are known to alleviate some of the dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea that are associated with donating blood. Most people experience at least mild versions of these side effects.
If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous after the rest period part of your donation, lie down with your feet up until you begin to feel better. Call your blood donation center if you continue to experience these symptoms several hours after you’ve made your donation.
Donating blood isn’t a pain-free experience. You may experience pain when the needle is inserted into your arm. You shouldn’t feel any pain while the blood is being drawn, but you may experience an uncomfortable sensation around the area where the needle is inserted. To get relief from the pain you will have to take a pain reliever than contain acetaminophen.
After donating blood, it’s likely that you’ll experience some physical weakness, especially in the arm into which the needle was injected. The nurse will advise you to avoid intense physical activity or heavy lifting for five hours after you donate blood.
It can be a time-consuming process and can take about an hour and 15 minutes, from the time you arrive to the time you leave.
Some parents make donations of blood prior to a child having surgery, to avoid the child receiving anonymous blood if blood is required. Both anonymous blood and direct donor blood are screened using the same process, and one is not identified as being safer than the other. However, the amount of paperwork required to make a direct donation is greater than using anonymous blood. A person may have to travel greater distance and pay extra money to have the blood transported.
Avishi Kariwala (IX D)
Technology brought for us machines, computers, cars and many more things. It made the world smaller by providing good communication tools, made it possible to explore the solar system and the universe and proved that the technology is totally significant for human advancement. But we are a little too much dependent on technology. From simple tasks like calculating numbers and complicated tasks like planting seeds, we depend on technology. People hardly walk or ride a cycle. Everyone wants to drive even for the shortest of distance. Most students now don’t know how to look for words in a dictionary because GOOGLE has it all. Technology has made people lazier and passive in life. The world is evolving at a fast pace to incorporate technology into every facet of our live. Because of all this, we are losing the ability to take care of ourselves in an organic or natural way.
Gursahib Kaur Bhatia