September 2015

Writing 101, Day 18: A map as your muse.

But the truth of the matter is, there are more maps in the world than anyone can count. Every person draws a map that shows themselves at the center.

— By Catherynne M. Valente, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland.

FireShot Capture 1 - Istanbul - Google Maps_ -

Ever since I started watching (Urdu20705186320_51617216d1_z – dubbed) Turkish shows, Istanbul has been at the top of my list. The only city in the world that spans two continents Europe and Asia. I started searching on the internet for more videos and pictures as the dreamy city looked so surreal and magical in the show. I was blown away by its picturesque sceneries and breathtaking architecture. The city is full of historic and exciting places such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar and many more. Furthermore, Istanbul has a wonderful natural landscape named Bosphorus Strait. Bosphorus is the strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara that separates Europe and Asia. A cruise trip down the Bosphorus is definitely on my “to-do list”.


Writing 101 (Day 04): A story in a single image

I woke up earlier than usual. The alarm pulled me out of my deep slumber. I got up at an instant as I did not want to get late on this big day. A new chapter was to start. My First day of college. My feelings were ambiguous. Excited, however, a little nervous as well. Anxious as I was, I took a shower, had a quick breakfast and eased out of the door.
I arrived pretty early to the side, it hardly took 10 minutes drive. As I reached the gate, I saw a huge banner hanging right beneath the name AMS College For Women: “Welcome newcomers!” I pass through it and saw a humongous crowd. Looking around, unable to search for my friends. I immediately took out my phone, “Just great!” feeling disappointed while I read their texts “they are not coming, now I am all alone.”
A few seconds later, a lady with a screechy voice made an announcement about our classes. There is where I got all confused. I could not figure out where my class was. So to get help, I asked a bunch of seniors who were standing right across me.
“Hey. Do you know where economics class for first-year is? I can’t find it” I said politely
“Sure, but first give me your money.” Laughing at me.
“You heard me. Give me your money” they badgered.
Realizing now, that I am not getting mugged but ragged. Probably, the first one in the entire college. Nowhere to go, I had no choice but to hand over the little money I had. Moving on, I went inside the building and I asked a girl the same question.
“There some classes going on up the roof.” She replied.
“Okay, thanks!”
I hurried up and reached the top floor where I saw nothing but a few rocks.
“Not again!” I squealed.
Another prank, this is bad. I can not believe how furious I am. First, My friends ditched me then I get mugged and now this. Worst day ever.
Luckily, a teacher saw me and guided me to my class. This time, I reached the right floor and right place.
My anger fueled a bit more as I saw my friends sitting right in the corner.
“Why did you guys text me that you all weren’t coming?”
“Come on Sania! It was just a joke.”

7 people who defeated failure:

If you feel like your life is a complete letdown or you are disappointed with your failed attempts, then don’t be. As these individuals will boost you up and teach you why failure should never stop you from achieving your dreams.

1. Walt Disney:


Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was turned down for over 300 times. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 with the hope to join the army but was not accepted for being underage. He then joined a local newspaper company but later on got fired for “lacking imagination”. Nevertheless, he formed his own company which, however, did not last long and ended up with bankruptcy. Despite many obstacles, Walt Disney never stopped trying and ultimately created Disney.

2. Colonel Sander:


Popularly known for his renowned fast food company KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Colonel Sander started cooking at the age of 6 after his father died and taking the responsibility to look after his siblings while his mother worked day and night. He preferred earning all day instead of going to school and hence dropped out of school at 7th grade. He even served the army in Cuba and did various other jobs such as selling in insurance, tires, operating a ferry boat etc. His chicken recipe was turned down 1009 times and at 65, finally, after much struggle KFC happened.

3. Albert Einstein:


Considered as the most influential physicist and admired for his intelligence around the globe. Einstein’s early years were a bit of a struggle as he did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was 7. His teachers described him as “mentally slow and anti-social”. Consequently, getting expelled from his own school but somehow managed complete his education. Many people suspected that he was mentally unfit and would never succeed in life. He accomplished to prove everyone wrong and in 1921, won a Nobel Prize in physics.

4. Thomas Edison:


Thomas Edison, a great scientist and inventor, also went through some roughness. He lasted only 12 weeks in school and his teachers described him as addled and hyperactive. For this reason, his mother taught him at home. He developed an interest in reading and taught himself a lot through it. His Light bulb invention itself took more than 1000 attempts. Some of Edison’s great inventions include light bulb, phonograph, telegraph and Kinetograph.

5. Jack Ma:


Before becoming the richest person in china, Jack Ma, the founder of the famous company Alibaba, was rejected by 30 interviews including a job at KFC where in total 24 people applied and all got hired except for him. Not only that he failed his university entrance exam thrice. He also said that he was rejected from Harvard 10 times.

6. Bill Gates:

bill gates

Microsoft is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Bill Gates has always been ambitious and intelligent but his success path included a lot of failures too. He started his first company named Traf-o-Data with Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) which aimed to measure traffic flow but it failed miserably and came to an end. After dropping out of Harvard, He created Microsoft which gradually became a global success. According to Forbes, His net worth is around 79.2 billion USD (2015) and topped in ‘the world’s billionaires List’.

7. Milton Hersheys:

Milton Hersheys

Hershey’s road to candy making was filled with setbacks. He was raised in rural central Pennsylvania and lacked formal education. At 15, He was apprenticed to a Lancaster confectioner named Joseph Royer. Hersheys started the first company by borrowing $100 from his aunt but after surviving for only 5 to 6 years, it ended. In the same way, his second candy business did not pass as well. Not willing to give up, Hershey established the Lancaster Caramel Company which quickly became a hit. He sold it for $ 1 million and focused mainly in chocolate making.

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