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Tanuj Poddar
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Attended Xavier Institute of Social Service
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Often I've heard "it's not about the destination, it's about the journey". Life is all about being the best soul that one can be. It is all about exploring ourselves and finding out what fears plague us, what is it that we don't know about the present that can broaden our perspective, for whom are we not able to be compassionate and what untapped energy lies within us that we are not spreading in the world. The situations that we face in life help us explore more about ourselves and we should embrace every opportunity.
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Don't be afraid if you are doing something different. Its the dichotomy of life. You need not take yourself too seriously, as your life is but a small moment in the cycle of existence, yet at the same time you need to believe that you as an individual have the power to make an impact to the life of others around you.
Go discover yourself!
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The fact is, that every individual is is inherently different. The way society works is, it defines the ways in which it thinks everyone should work to ensure the strong few can control the ways of the world. If you can't follow the rules of the world then congratulations you are able to embrace your individuality.
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Oh this world!! What we see around us make us believe that our existence is dependent on this world. But we are just a soul on a journey to this world. The world doesn't define us, we in course of our journey make an impact on how the world is and would be.
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As we grow up and take up responsibilities, the society asks us to become practical i.e. someone whose activities are based on reasons.(essentially become predictable so that we can effectively contribute to the society with set expectations). The way we are taught to do this is by living according to rules. "If Happens then do B", "else do C" (and insert a loop if required. Computer Coders would understand what I meant :) ). Anyways, this is in accordance to passing the wisdom of generations. But life is not just about meeting expectations. Try not to be too dependent on the society for your existence. You exist for a reason that God knows and only you deserve to know. Explore that....
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Love is so often hyped up and happiness is so often perceived in the wrong way.
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The world casts one in a certain mould and one expends one's life energy trying to live up to the image. Perhaps most of the great benefactors and warriors were made this way. But great poets, intellectuals and others like them were not. For true greatness conditioning alone is not enough. The tritely brilliant need to have some original spark in them. 
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Who are we, what are we? We don't know the answers to these questions and thus we ignore it and just carry on with life. But this ignorance builds up various insecurities. It is not uncommon to see people who are considered successful, feeling hollow from inside which makes them feel vulnerable.
Explore who you are and accept yourself. It will help you embrace the challenges life throws at you.
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Believe that everyone has a part within that is righteous and true. There is a reason why a person becomes negative. The reason is what one experiences in life. Don't have grudges against anyone. Just learn to forgive and move on. Life your life and be happy.
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Open your eyes. Your world is an illusion. From the day you were born, you have been conditioned. Your schools taught you to be quiet, neutral and numb. Your media desensitized you to the suffering of your fellow human beings and the system slowly isolated you until it somehow felt normal to feel alone on a planet with 8 billion other people on it.
You worked hard for the future with your reward always just around the next corner or just up the next step. Everything was tomorrow but tomorrow never came.

And you realized too late that you had never lived at all. Something was missing and no matter how much you worked, partied or paid you could not disguise it. You accepted it as natural for one to be wealthy whilst another is poor, or the absurd notion that we must pay back the debt of our own existence.

We traded community culture for corporate comfort and our most precious resource, our time, as a commodity.
We need to move beyond revolution and into the next stage of human evolution. A time marked by unparalleled compassion and peaceful co-existence. The shape of which we can not foresee as it must be created together.

We will take no power back as we shall empower ourselves and we shall say: We are the humans. We are awake now. We reclaim our destiny.
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Really, it doesn't matter....
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Like it or not, we as individuals are just a cog in the wheel, just a small portion in the larger scheme of things. If we want to make the most of this life and want to leave our mark on humanity, then we can do that only by focusing more on others rather than ourselves. Thus humility is not an attribute that is good to have, but it is rather something that one needs to have. #lifelessons   #lifeadvice   #inspiration   #sundaymorning
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HR Guy
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  • Citigroup
    HR Analyst, 2014 - present
  • Persistent Systems
    HR Analyst, 2013 - 2014
  • Tata Communications
    HR Analyst, 2010 - 2013
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Mumbai
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Nagpur - Kolkata - Ranchi - Bengaluru
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Play the game for fun, enjoy the little moments of triumphs.
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  • Xavier Institute of Social Service
    2008 - 2010
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In Search of a Liberal Education
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The Tree of Life (2011)
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A family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.