Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Life! :)

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde
True, that! All of our lives, we are busy doing what we’re told to. You’re born, and before you know it, you’re sent to school, then your college (engineering/medicine- you pick!), work, earn money, start a family, solve your problems, and one day, when you’re old and withered, you die. End of story. Is that all? And all this keeps us so busy, that we hardly have time to breathe peacefully for a moment! And happiness seems like that distant, almost never-achievable goal!

But don’t you think it’s high time we did something about it? Break the rules! It’s a beautiful world out there! Take some time out, explore the world! Discover yourself! Like how Farhan Akhtar tells us in ZNMD,
“Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise
Aazad rehna sikho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise
Lehron mein behna sikho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo
Khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya sama
Dekhen yeh nigahaein
Jo apni aankhon mein
Hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum.”

You live just once. So, do it right! Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like no one’s listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth. Let your hair down. Go INSANE! LIVE! :)

P.S. Don’t forget to volunteer for Balakalakaar. Show the world that you care. :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Those beautiful days- playing long hours in the sun, not a care in the world, chasing butterflies and picking flowers, your prized crayons and colouring books, when the only thing that could worry you was your homework! Don’t you miss that time?
But what if you had to live on the streets with no proper food or clothes? Scary, isn’t it?
Here’s what a 10 year old kid has to say-
“ My father used to drink, and beat up my mother everyday. One day, he flew into a very big rage, and I dont know how it happened exactly, but my mother was dead. And I also had to tell a judge in the court that my father had killed my mother. My father’s now doing a life term and I had nobody to take care of me. I was out on the roads, all alone, begging for money and food. I used to cry everyday, wishing my mom would come back and take me home and soothe me and put me to sleep. I wanted to go back to school and play with my friends.”

And this was until an NGO found him and he now gets a place to stay, some food to eat and vocational training. And that’s just one sad story! There’s thousands of other kids like him. This one’s at least lucky that he has an NGO to take care of him.
This is not what they deserve! For no fault of theirs, they suffer. The innocence of childhood, long lost, and a lot of burden thrust upon them! And a smile? That’s a very rare sight!

VOLUNTEER for Balakalakaar and bring back a ray of hope in their lives! Be the reason for that smile! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A balakalakaar volunteer speaks out!

It was one of those routine tantrum throwing days of mine in this freezing city of Nizam, while i reluctantly spend my winter vacations every year with mom. I was just about to tweet my oh-so-great-opinion on one of those new friday releases when she entered.

The first thing that caught my attention was her baby bump. i look up and notice a 5 feet little girl, draped in sari working her way towards the kitchen. 'she's the maid' my aunt says, reading my mind.

A pretty, fair girl, with a physique my friends would die for, with limited yet, surprisingly good english for her background is washing clothes catering to a baby. what have we come to? To accepting this?

Wasn't school the best days of our lives? When nothing mattered. we were free to explore and dream. 15. the age when all that matters is parties, popularity, 'chilling', social status, the number of friends you have on Facebook and inevitably the number of likes your display gets.

For some of them, its parenting, earning the daily bread and things so brutal that, the thought of it would make us cringe.

Does any child deserve that? I don't think so.

Balakalakaar 2011. :)

AIESEC Hyderabad's child rights initiative.

This december.

are you volunteering?


Sunday, December 4, 2011


There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Childhood is undeniably the best part of anybody’s life! Every single moment is like a beautiful dream come true.And most of us should feel privileged for having an amazing childhood. But then, there are those children to whom life has been extremely unfair,
and burdens their tender shoulders with a ton of problems!

We at AIESEC, believe that every child has a right to dream and nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, should come in the way of realising his dream. And there’s always this moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. And..it’s that time of the year again! Get your brushes out, unleash your creativity and paint your imagination. Yes, it’s Balakalakaar! A one of its kind art workshop for underprivileged children, an initiative by AIESEC Hyderabad which now happens to be a national project undertaken by AIESEC India. Balakalakaar is for all those super talented kids who are a little less privileged than the rest of us. A whole day of painting, dancing, singing and loads of fun! And guess what? The most talented of the lot get trained by an awesome art school!

What could give more joy than being the reason behind their smile? So here’s an amazing opportunity for all of you to volunteer for the event and spend some great time. It would sure as hell give you more satisfaction than buying a cool new phone! Here’s a few first hand experiences!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What an Idea Sirjee.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work .- Thomas Edison

Why is it that most of us today fear risk? Why is it that we find the concept of starting a new venture risky?
Is it true that the world is so full of ideas or are we just not willing to see them?
If the was not full of things that could be discovered, then would it not have stagnated . The word progress could not have been coined and we would just have never been what we are today. There would have been no fancy cars, no phones, not even cyberspace where this piece of writing could be written.

If we look at our minds, its like a box, crammed with thoughts.Loads of things that go on in our everyday life. Academics, parents, peers etc. Are we just shunning ideas that come to our mind.? Or is there an idea deep down just waiting to surface?

Maybe its just the fact that we're not opening upto them. An idea comes out of curiosity, Life today is so monotonous with things to do,that no body wants to step put and nurture their idea or have the patience to believe in it.

But as history has it, there are some people who step aside, pause for a minute and chose to do what their heart says.
They are commonly called entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain

Its a simple desicion that you take will give you a story to tell. It all lies in that one desicion.

The youth is a period of life that defines freedom,and the urge to see the world . It is hence the most remembered part of ones lifespan, because it is this time, when the story of one's life is made.

How many of us take risks, or even test ourselves? How many of us have come out of our shell, out of our comfort zone and done something worthwhile? Like say learn a new language?Travel a country?

We at AIESEC, believe in taking up anything and everything that life has to offer. We are a people’s organisation. The only thing that AIESEC is what it is , is ONLY because the sheer attitude of the youth involved with it.

One such opportunity is an International Internship. Its like living one and a half month of a life never lived before. You are tested at everytime, right from living independently, to meeting strangers, to working on a social cause in another country, to conceptualizing projects, to implementing them. It involves a hands on leadership experience where, one gets to take initiative and understand what goes in the making of a team. It gives one the taste of real work culture that one is going to face in say 5 years from now.

Have a look at what is in store for you: http://www.scribd.com/doc/64782328/Exchange-Participant-Help-Book

Its an opportunity to give yourself a chance to have a life changing experience. Its one simple desicion that could cause you no regrets later.

Go Global and have a story to tell.

Want an experience of a lifetime?

Contact Harmeet- +91 9908175903

We're always around. :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Be A Change Agent

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

The entire world is talking of change. Change is a symbol of growth, a symbol of hope and optimism. An indication that the way things have been going will change their course, for the better or for the worst.

What does change mean to us as the youth, the future leaders of this country?

Does it mean talking of big things in big debates or does it mean making huge promises and forgetting them as we move forward to bigger things in life.?

How many of us, actually think of things like change and the future of our country? We belonging to a generation of people who are fast paced and selfish, Do we have time to STOP and THINK about where this world, our country, out city, our peers or even we are heading to?

What does it mean to the US, to be a change Agent?

Does change really have to be measured by magnitude? If I change one person’s way of thinking? Am I a less of a change agent?

So many questions. Unlimited answers.Unlimited opinions.

But there were a bunch of students way back in the 1947, who thought of this, who took time and understood these questions and started a quest, to look for answers, which they found, not through looking up books in libraries, not by discussing it and talking, but BY BEING Change Agents Themselves.

Thus was founded the beautiful concept of AIESEC.

AIESEC is a place where people bring about change. Not by preaching it, but by living it. When we talk of change, we not only talk of change that we want to bring about in the social factors that effect the society like child rights, or animal rights, or women empowerment, We talk of change that is much beyond this. We as the youth of our nation realize that change does not start by cleaning up a village, or by holding a rally. Change needs to be initiated from within, The first change that needs to occur is not in the form of action but in thought.

Lets talk of a change AIESECers are consistently trying to make, that is not visible.A change of a mindset , a change of a personality.

How do we do this? By giving people an opportunity to introspect to where they stand in this fast paced word. To experience culture and diversity, to evolve as a human beings. Most importantly, to be open to change.

By giving them a power packed internship experience, in a new city, in a new country, where they learn to be independent which is nothing but a glimpse of what the future has in store for them, we give young individuals, an opportunity to develop themselves and hence be able to be understand what change means and make more responsible and better change agents.

Whether you change the world, a country , a city, a bunch of people or an individual , you are doing your bit as the youth. Be it one or hundred people that you change, change stands for what it is.

If we don't change , we don't grow. If we don't grow , we aren't really living.

Be a Change Agent.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Convergence - AIESEC Hyderabad's Newsletter Vol 1 2011

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