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Synonymous with Anonymous

Synonymous with Anonymous

Synonymous with Anonymous is a very inspiring true story. This is an amazing documentary about impact of one person on millions of lives being private and anonymous. Giving while living. A man with no car, one pair of shoes and a $15/watch. We have more than what we need is so true. Our standard of living is better than most people on the planet, yet we have trouble being grateful, craving, yearning, and are averse. Enjoy.

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Wisdom of the ages Zavia by Ashfaq Ahmed

Wisdom of the ages Zavia by Ashfaq Ahmed

Wisdom of the ages Zavia by Ashfaq Ahmed

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Impossible is not in my dictionary

Impossible is not in my dictionary

Impossible is not in my dictionary

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

34th Commencement

May 17, 2012

I never really expected to find myself giving advice to people graduating from an establishment of higher education. I never graduated from any such establishment. I never even started at one. I escaped from school as soon as I could, when the prospect of four more years of enforced learning before I’d become the writer I wanted to be was stifling.

I got out into the world, I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more, and nobody ever seemed to mind that I was making it up as I went along, they just read what I wrote and they paid for it, or they didn’t, and often they commissioned me to write something else for them.

Which has left me with a healthy respect and fondness for higher education that those of my friends and family, who attended Universities, were cured of long ago.

Looking back, I’ve had a remarkable ride. I’m not sure I can call it a career, because a career implies that I had some kind of career plan, and I never did. The nearest thing I had was a list I made when I was 15 of everything I wanted to do: to write an adult novel, a children’s book, a comic, a movie, record an audiobook, write an episode of Doctor Who… and so on. I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.

So I thought I’d tell you everything I wish I’d known starting out, and a few things that, looking back on it, I suppose that I did know. And that I would also give you the best piece of advice I’d ever got, which I completely failed to follow.

First of all: When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.

This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can.

If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.

Secondly, If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that.

And that’s much harder than it sounds and, sometimes in the end, so much easier than you might imagine. Because normally, there are things you have to do before you can get to the place you want to be. I wanted to write comics and novels and stories and films, so I became a journalist, because journalists are allowed to ask questions, and to simply go and find out how the world works, and besides, to do those things I needed to write and to write well, and I was being paid to learn how to write economically, crisply, sometimes under adverse conditions, and on time.

Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.

Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be – an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words – was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal.

And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain. I said no to editorial jobs on magazines, proper jobs that would have paid proper money because I knew that, attractive though they were, for me they would have been walking away from the mountain. And if those job offers had come along earlier I might have taken them, because they still would have been closer to the mountain than I was at the time.

I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.

Thirdly, When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thickskinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.

The problems of failure are problems of discouragement, of hopelessness, of hunger. You want everything to happen and you want it now, and things go wrong. My first book – a piece of journalism I had done for the money, and which had already bought me an electric typewriter from the advance – should have been a bestseller. It should have paid me a lot of money. If the publisher hadn’t gone into involuntary liquidation between the first print run selling out and the second printing, and before any royalties could be paid, it would have done.

And I shrugged, and I still had my electric typewriter and enough money to pay the rent for a couple of months, and I decided that I would do my best in future not to write books just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of, and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.

Every now and again, I forget that rule, and whenever I do, the universe kicks me hard and reminds me. I don’t know that it’s an issue for anybody but me, but it’s true that nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience. Usually I didn’t wind up getting the money, either. The things I did because I was excited, and wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down, and I’ve never regretted the time I spent on any of them.

The problems of failure are hard.

The problems of success can be harder, because nobody warns you about them.

The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you are getting away with something, and that any moment now they will discover you. It’s Imposter Syndrome, something my wife Amanda christened the Fraud Police.

In my case, I was convinced that there would be a knock on the door, and a man with a clipboard (I don’t know why he carried a clipboard, in my head, but he did) would be there, to tell me it was all over, and they had caught up with me, and now I would have to go and get a real job, one that didn’t consist of making things up and writing them down, and reading books I wanted to read. And then I would go away quietly and get the kind of job where you don’t have to make things up any more.

The problems of success. They’re real, and with luck you’ll experience them. The point where you stop saying yes to everything, because now the bottles you threw in the ocean are all coming back, and have to learn to say no.

I watched my peers, and my friends, and the ones who were older than me and watch how miserable some of them were: I’d listen to them telling me that they couldn’t envisage a world where they did what they had always wanted to do any more, because now they had to earn a certain amount every month just to keep where they were. They couldn’t go and do the things that mattered, and that they had really wanted to do; and that seemed as a big a tragedy as any problem of failure.

And after that, the biggest problem of success is that the world conspires to stop you doing the thing that you do, because you are successful. There was a day when I looked up and realised that I had become someone who professionally replied to email, and who wrote as a hobby. I started answering fewer emails, and was relieved to find I was writing much more.

Fourthly, I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be useful. I once misspelled Caroline, in a letter, transposing the A and the O, and I thought, “Coraline looks like a real name…”

And remember that whatever discipline you are in, whether you are a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a designer, whatever you do you have one thing that’s unique. You have the ability to make art.

And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that’s been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones.

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.

Make it on the good days too.

And Fifthly, while you are at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do.

The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that’s not a bad thing. Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.

The things I’ve done that worked the best were the things I was the least certain about, the stories where I was sure they would either work, or more likely be the kinds of embarrassing failures people would gather together and talk about until the end of time. They always had that in common: looking back at them, people explain why they were inevitable successes. While I was doing them, I had no idea.

I still don’t. And where would be the fun in making something you knew was going to work?

And sometimes the things I did really didn’t work. There are stories of mine that have never been reprinted. Some of them never even left the house. But I learned as much from them as I did from the things that worked.

Sixthly. I will pass on some secret freelancer knowledge. Secret knowledge is always good. And it is useful for anyone who ever plans to create art for other people, to enter a freelance world of any kind. I learned it in comics, but it applies to other fields too. And it’s this:

People get hired because, somehow, they get hired. In my case I did something which these days would be easy to check, and would get me into trouble, and when I started out, in those pre-internet days, seemed like a sensible career strategy: when I was asked by editors who I’d worked for, I lied. I listed a handful of magazines that sounded likely, and I sounded confident, and I got jobs. I then made it a point of honour to have written something for each of the magazines I’d listed to get that first job, so that I hadn’t actually lied, I’d just been chronologically challenged… You get work however you get work.

People keep working, in a freelance world, and more and more of today’s world is freelance, because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. They’ll forgive the lateness of the work if it’s good, and if they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as the others if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

When I agreed to give this address, I started trying to think what the best advice I’d been given over the years was.

And it came from Stephen King twenty years ago, at the height of the success of Sandman. I was writing a comic that people loved and were taking seriously. King had liked Sandman and my novel with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, and he saw the madness, the long signing lines, all that, and his advice was this:

“This is really great. You should enjoy it.”

And I didn’t. Best advice I got that I ignored.Instead I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story. There wasn’t a moment for the next fourteen or fifteen years that I wasn’t writing something in my head, or wondering about it. And I didn’t stop and look around and go, this is really fun. I wish I’d enjoyed it more. It’s been an amazing ride. But there were parts of the ride I missed, because I was too worried about things going wrong, about what came next, to enjoy the bit I was on.

That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.

And here, on this platform, today, is one of those places. (I am enjoying myself immensely.)

To all today’s graduates: I wish you luck. Luck is useful. Often you will discover that the harder you work, and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. But there is luck, and it helps.

We’re in a transitional world right now, if you’re in any kind of artistic field, because the nature of distribution is changing, the models by which creators got their work out into the world, and got to keep a roof over their heads and buy sandwiches while they did that, are all changing. I’ve talked to people at the top of the food chain in publishing, in bookselling, in all those areas, and nobody knows what the landscape will look like two years from now, let alone a decade away. The distribution channels that people had built over the last century or so are in flux for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds.

Which is, on the one hand, intimidating, and on the other, immensely liberating. The rules, the assumptions, the now-we’re supposed to’s of how you get your work seen, and what you do then, are breaking down. The gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be to get your work seen. YouTube and the web (and whatever comes after YouTube and the web) can give you more people watching than television ever did. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are.

So make up your own rules.

Someone asked me recently how to do something she thought was going to be difficult, in this case recording an audio book, and I suggested she pretend that she was someone who could do it. Not pretend to do it, but pretend she was someone who could. She put up a notice to this effect on the studio wall, and she said it helped.

So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

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Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf

Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf

Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf show means” straight forward.”

Meeting Tahir Gora, you will see a gentle man with a smile. However, don’t take his loving nature and humble manner to be a weakness, but a great strength. Through his show Bilatakalluf, he has the courage to ask tough questions, raise taboo subjects and engage guests and audiences.

Tahir Gora is a show host, editor, publisher, activist and a writer. He is a vocal supporter of the right to freedom of expression, particularly among Muslim communities. He has published three collections of short stories, one novel, two collections of poems, two anthologies and one translation. Some of his work has been translated into Russian, Uzbek and English.

The proof of high ratings and interest in programs like Bilatakalluf, you can tell that South Asian people are fed up of propaganda, manipulation and lies.

South Asian community needs more people like Tahir Gora who is willing and able to raise questions, bring awareness and start the cycle of change much needed in our society.

Each effort as small or large is like a drop in the ocean of change towards authentic, human and rightful living for all. In old times perhaps change was brought by the power of sword or guns, however now a pen, Internet and television are our best allies.

Tahir Gora is another unsung hero of our community who is diligently going about his work. Even facing threats to his life in Pakistan and being exiled he continues making a difference. The prices that people pay like him for truth, justice and humanity are remarkable, unacknowledged and not rewarded.

Read articles written by Tahir Aslam Gora (Wikipedia):

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #1


Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #2

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #3

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #4

Thank you Tahir Gora of Bilatakalluf for making a difference in our community. Please keep up the great work.

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Wow Sana Bucha Lekin

Wow Sana Bucha Lekin

Wow Sana Bucha Lekin, the host, the producer, the activist and above all a South Asian role model for all of us.

Speaking of courage, strength and character, wow Sana Bucha is definitely a rare gem.

It is about time that people are held responsible and accountable for their actions and pay a price. Sana Bucha through Lekin is calling people out for their promises, their level of integrity and their results.

Known for her great inter-personal skills, Bucha is quick to find support amongst people and her show’s ratings were a clear indicator to how popular she is. From risking her life in flood struck areas, where there was no government, no army, no willing helicopters and no roads to the brutal killing of two teenage boys in Sialkot, Bucha has time and again proven herself to be not just a TV face but an ethical journalist.

“It’s a simple transition from a comment to a question. Lekin (But), that one word that you might use it frequently every day but never realize how often you do or how necessary it is. Living under dictatorships for most of its life, Pakistan – and its education system – doesn’t encourage its people to ask questions or have an opinion. Most Pakistanis tend to accept what they hear, even if they are the most outrageous conspiracy theories, trying to understand it and hoping what they have heard is right. But hope isn’t enough. When you have the courage to rebut a comment and are willing to sit back and listen to the answer, with an open mind, then you’re talking journalism.

Lekin isn’t your regular Pakistani news program. It is not going to be the show where you will hear confusing facts, watch irrational and overly-dramatic reports and be forced to see a messy screen. It is simply journalism, fact versus fiction, black and white, leaving it up to you to decide what colour you prefer.

In Pakistan’s media boom, every channel and its shows, in the run for high viewership and ratings, has lost the essence of journalism, covering it up with extreme drama and sensationalism. Lekin takes your local news and breaks it down for you, in plain, frank words, with reports, information and guests who are related to the issue. Each story has two or more sides. We will present all angles to you, even the ones you didn’t think of and allow you to make up your own mind. No drama. Just the truth. It is that simple.” Geo Television Network

You can read more about Sana Bucha here.

Women protection bill in parliament Sana Bucha Lekin

Program Followed By Sana Bucha

Thank you to Geo Television Network and Sana Bucha of Lekin to do this great work for Pakistan and their citizens. Keep up the great work.

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Success Story 21 years of abusive relationship

Success Story 21 years of abusive relationship

Success Story 21 years of abusive relationship
Lessons from Fatima Omar Khamissa who survived 21 years of abusive relationship with her 5 children.
She did it with confidence, clarity and freedom.
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What is a Pleaser? What is a Giver? Enneagram 2

You are a giver. You please everyone. You love making others happy. In fact your happiness is directly connected to making others happy.

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Five Wishes By: Gay Hendricks

Living your life from the END … That means you imagine that today is the last day of your life. Then, what would you do over.

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Staying Grounded while Someone is Abusing You
Keeping grounded is very important to learn when you want to stay in your power. Abusers love to make you cry. They want a reaction out of you. Stay grounded and stay calm

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Saying YES to yourself – One tiny step into your power

Saying no to others is saying YES to yourself. You are worth it. Believe in yourself. Say no without feeling guilty. One tiny step into your self empowerment

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What is a Pleaser? What is a Giver? Enneagram 2

You are a giver. You please everyone. You love making others happy. In fact your happiness is directly connected to making others happy.

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Verbal Abuse – What Is it?

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Serving you to be successful

I want to serve you. How can I help you be more successful? Maybe I can interview you on my radio show

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Affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your subconscious

Two powerful words to add rocket fuel to your affirmations

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I am appreciating my life

What are you appreciating today? I am appreciating you. I am appreciating my children, my body, my water, my eyes.

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3 Keys to Success

What would Khadijah (RA) do?. Get a Great Mentor. Have an Awesome Attitude. Know that God is Always Present.

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Having Great Friends that You can Talk With
I am appreciating the great friends that I have in my life

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You are the average of the Five people you spend the most amount of time with

Make a graph with the five people that you spend the most amount of time with

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Shamita Das Dasgupta

Shamita Das Dasgupta

Shamita Das Dasgupta is an inspiration of courage, knowledge and competence as a South Asian Women.

I had the pleasure of seeing her speak at the Domestic Violence from a South Asian Perspective conference.

Wow, what an amazing woman.

Shamita Das Dasgupta is an Asian Indian scholar, activist, wife and mother. A social activist since early 1970s, she co-founded Manavi in 1985. It is the first organization of its kind that focuses on violence against South Asian women in the United States. A part-time teacher and full-time community worker, she has written extensively in the areas of ethnicity,genderimmigration, and violence against women.

Her books include: A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America,Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America, and Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade.

Domestic Violence

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You can read more about her at wikipedia.

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Role Models South Asian Women

Role Models South Asian Women

Role Models South Asian Women

There are many strong, progressive, independent, intelligent and accomplished South Asian women role models in our community and around the world.

These are real women dealing with real issues and making their lives successful.

We are looking to feature and write about the role models and would love you to contribute.

Please contact us at info@sawntv.com

Thank you.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
You can read the entire book here

How reading a small book of 28 pages can change your life.

I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it inspired me to stretch my wings without fear of disapproval, isolation or condemnation.

Thank you Richard Bach for writing this book, I will pay it forward by making a difference in this world.

In addition, this poem made me take the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.

 

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

Our Inspiration and Philosophy comes from this great work.

The Man Who Planted Trees – Part 1/2

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Excerpts from the Man Who Planted Trees
This man spoke very little often the way with people who live alone, he appeared sure of himself, and confident in this assurance, which seemed remarkable and strange in this baron land. Neat and tidy, dishes washed, floor swept and soup simmered over the fire, freshly shaved, buttons sown and clothes were darned with meticulous care which makes men invisible. Friendly and quite who shared his food. He did not smoke.

It was clear that his own labor had restored the ruins; solid and strong. Being with this man brought me a great sense of peace. He had with drawn in solitude and was content to live quietly with the land and dog. Gave me an impression that nothing could upset him.

He added that, having nothing more important to do, he had resolved to remedy the situation. He himself did not care to know who the owners were. He replied very simply that, if God gave him life, in thirty years he would have planted so many other trees that these ten thousand would be like a drop of water in the ocean. I was young and only thought of the future that affected me and my search for happiness. We think of men of 50 ancient, nothing better to do, but die.

Rodents and to everything else that is unpredictable in the designs of Providence; studying, danger and so changed occupation. He said that it was his work that he examined very very carefully. The war had not disturbed him and he had quietly continued. All of this was work of the hand and soul of one man; it seemed that men could be as effective as God in tasks other than destruction. He had followed his dream. Creation it seemed had followed naturally. As for providence, she would have needed a cyclone to destroy this creation of man.

He had not worried about it resolutely; he had gone about his work as his simple task with infinite care.

Who could have ever imagined such constant magnificent generosity? I never saw him loose heart, nor was he ever deterred, and often God knows that it must have seemed that heaven itself was against him. I never try to imagine his frustrations, but to achieve such an end he must have had to overcome many obstacles. For such passion to succeed he must surely fought and conquered despair. Must remember that this exceptional man had worked in utter solitude. Solitude so complete that towards the end of his life; he had lost the habit of speech or perhaps he saw no need for it.

More than 10,000 people owe their happiness to him. When I think that one man, one body, and one spirit was enough to turn a dessert into the land of Cayman. I find after all that a man’s destiny can be truly wonderful. When I consider the passionate determination and unfailing generosity of spirit it took to achieve this end. I am filled with admiration for this old unlearned peasant who was able to complete a task worthy of God.

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