District 41

SERVING NORTH AND EAST INDIA, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN AND NEPAL

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Smedley Distinguished (2019-2020)

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Create your Own Happiness

Rabindranath Tagore had once said that it is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple. When I first read this adage, I realized that life can never be simple, so does that mean that we can never be happy? And I got the answer to my question from a very unlikely source. There is a fruit peddler in my area who always seems to be jolly. He beams with joy whenever someone walks into his shop. One day, a fellow customer asked him, “How come you always have a smile on your face…how come you’re so happy every day?”.Read More →

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CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS

“A man’s happiness should be like a fruit grown on his tree rather than a toy bought off someone’s store. They are far more enjoyable, yet less finite.” Food is a universal happiness creator. However, when the pandemic hit upon us, restaurants became a casualty. This paved way for some delightful turn of events – discovering the happiness of cooking. Kitchens in every home began doling delicious dishes with men and women both learning new skills to quench their appetite. People were literally creating their own happiness. In fact, the logic is expandable much beyond. Our most enjoyable activities are our hobbies. Reading a goodRead More →

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Create Your Happiness

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “ For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness” The term happiness is an overrated term. As human beings, we often attach our happiness to other individuals or tangible luxuries. It’s a feeling that we generally associate with the outside world. When I was a small kid – I saw my seniors using ink pen to write. I felt I will be happy when I reach to higher standards and use those pens. By the time I reached higher standards – my definition of happiness had already changed. I had started admiring the students of college –Read More →

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Create your own happiness

I was full of beans to write on the topic “Create your own happiness”. As I started inditing my thoughts and beliefs, I struggled to find the right words and bring the state of being happy under one umbrella for all. Albeit we all live under the same sky, we don’t experience the same shades. Hence, I started reaching out to my friends, strangers, and family on their voyage of creating a happy boat for themselves. But to my amazement no one could bring justice to the answer, rather every response concluded to the assertion “Wish, I’d knew”. It was somewhat disappointing to see myRead More →

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Create your own happiness

For as long as I can remember, I was an unhappy person. I do not mean I was unhappy all the time, but there were more occasions when I was unhappy than otherwise. Some things would give me great joy – a good movie, chicken tandoori, an evening with chosen friends, a candle-lit dinner. There are, however, many things that I still seek, whose absence makes me unhappy – a better job, the perfect ice cream, a trip to Saltzberg. Why do only some things make me happy? Perhaps, in the process of growing up, these desires had solidified in me in a pattern, soRead More →

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Create Your Own Happiness

They say for every dark night, there is a brighter day and sometimes to embrace that bright day, you have to create your own sunshine. Four years ago, on Christmas eve a 21-year-old girl found herself lying on an ICU bed, plugged in with channels and entangled in tubes, attached to various parts of her body. It was difficult for her to express her pain and emotions as the tracheostomy tube, which was shoved down her throat barely let her utter any word. A girl who loved chattering was losing her ability to speak. Her vascular disease & sheer weakness also made her incapable ofRead More →

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Here comes the sun

“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama Picture this – a two-year old baby sitting with a normal piece of cardboard and marveling at it, with fits of giggles. The adults around her wondering how could she possibly experience happiness in such a mundane object. It would be fair to argue that when we are younger, every experience is fresh and every emotion heightened. Therefore, the credibility of the child’s laughter is questioned. As adulthood approaches, so does stress, grief, envy and other emotions, robbing us of happiness. We spend our weekdays convincing ourselves the weekends will beRead More →

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Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is the most precious, valuable and the demandable word in the present scenario. In fact, everybody wakes up in the morning, works till late evening and sleeps at night just with the intention to stay happy. Every individual has a different meaning of happiness, for some it may mean name, fame and recognition while for others it may mean spending quality time with their loved ones and for few others, it may be pursuing their dreams and passion. But these definitions of happiness are incomplete as here the happiness is dependent on others and not on one’s own self. Most of us become happyRead More →

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Create Your Own Happiness

“What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare” You must be wondering that why I have quoted these lines from “Leisure” when I should be discussing about Happiness. Is happiness synonymous to leisure? For me it is. I am no Sigmund Freud but still I believe that “people strive after happiness; they want to become happy and to remain so. This endeavour has two sides, a positive and a negative aim. It aims, on the one hand, at an absence of pain and displeasure, and, on the other, at the experiencing of strong feelings of pleasure.” IfRead More →

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Create your own happiness

Imagine from tomorrow onwards each and everyday , is going to be controlled by your boss.You have to wake up at 4 in the morning everyday , eat only bitter gourd for every meal, dress in a certain way , do stuff which you do not like at all.And you have to follow it for the rest of your life.How would you feel ?Won’t you feel like a captive?Won’t you feel that your boss does not have the right to control YOUR day ?Will you protest ? I believe any human being will , at some point of time.But why do you give permission toRead More →

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CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS

Before that, let’s see what happiness is! By Cambridge dictionary, it means “the feeling of being pleased or happy.” So where does happiness come from? Most of the people feel that comes from outside, that is positive things bring happiness and if negative things happen you act differently.This is not so 100% true as happiness comes from inside. To be specific, being grateful brings happiness as grateful people are happy people, so what is the last time you wrote the things you were grateful for? It was today its Great as it puts you to joyful state. But if you don’t practice it start practicingRead More →

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B.O.T. – Mantra to lead your club to success

Dear club leaders, congratulations !! You have taken that first step towards a great journey. A journey of taking your club to glory, a journey of spreading the goodness of Toastmasters and above all a journey of realizing that “You are a leader”. A club’s success stands on three pillars of B.O.T. – B for Build, O for Operate and T for Transition. When you start your leadership journey, you have to build teams, build processes and build best practices. A leader is handicapped without a right team. Expand your team by encouraging more members to take associate roles and work as your extended ECRead More →

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New Beginnings

Remember the first day of your school? Apparently not! But remember the feeling you had that day? Scared, not wanting the ‘new beginning’ to start? But it did anyway. And slowly, you made amazing friends and beautiful memories there. Now look back at the last day of your school.Weren’t you sad that you’ll be leaving the ‘best days of your life’ behind?Now recall the first day of college. Feeling anxious, afraid to embark on the ‘new beginning’ of your life? Weren’t you nervous about the new rules and unknown people around you? Missing your school and childhood friends? But you started the journey anyway. YouRead More →

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New Beginning

So, there she was! Searching different options to end her life. Breaking the neck or popping the pills or jumping from the roof? Which will be the least painful with minimum risk of failure? “But this is very difficult, isn’t it?” “Don’t you think living is more difficult? You are getting a divorce! Who will marry you again? You are going to live all alone for the rest of your life. With whom you shared 8 years of marriage abandoned you in less than 8 seconds and you still hope you would find someone to love you! When will you stop being a naïve?” AndRead More →

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New Beginnings

It was March 22 when the prime minister announced something called Lockdown. None of us would have thought in our wildest dreams a situation like this – world came to a standstill – shops shut, markets shut, cinema shut, schools shut, parks shut. The chaos was gradually leading to emotional and psychological stress among citizens. Migrants were left alone to wander around their own destiny. Economy was hard hit in just sixty days of the lockdown. The sudden advent of the pandemic led to an unprecedented challenging time which was far from normal. While enduring the crisis brought by the epidemic, people started pondering –Read More →

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Renew|Reflect|Repeat

I began doing something new today. I started writing an article. As I penned down my thoughts, I let the vivid flashes of memories pass by. Memories that I experienced on one side and witnessed others experience on the other side. I reflected on each one of them to remind myself of how lifegave a new chance each day. I felt overwhelmed thinking on how every chance I sought, paved way to a beautiful lane.We expect life to be utopia always. But there stands a plethora of hindrances along the way. Born in a super happy family, I expected everything to be simple but joyousRead More →

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SEED OF DESIRE

“A seed refuses to die when you bury it, that is why it becomes a tree.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo At 7:30 am, the high ringing sound of a brass bell called the students to order. I had managed to sneak into the line at the very last minute. Decently heighted, I was filed in close to the end of the assembly line. Standing tall on the pedestal was a student of 11th grade- 7 years my senior in school. After the everyday prayer service, he was asked to deliver a speech. The speech was for the prestigious and awe-inspiring post of the school captain. IRead More →

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New Beginning

Everyday is a new beginning, and beginnings are beautiful. Everyday when we wake up, we have a new chance to prove ourselves. Its not just first day of the year or first day of the month, we can make resolutions everyday and any day. Regardless how bad yesterday was, when we start a new day we get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and make the best use of it to achieve our goals. Every beginning comes from another beginning’s end. With every beginning there comes an opportunity. For instance, it could be starting a new semester, moving to a new city, starting a newRead More →

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Installation Ceremony of Standard Chartered Bank

The Installation ceremony of the Executive Committee (Ex-Com) members of Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Toastmasters club was held on 11th July 2020. It was participated by Toastmasters and guests with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. The oath taking ceremony was meticulously orchestrated by Area N2 Director Ankit Goenka and all the Ex- Com members participated enthusiastically. The guest speaker Shailee Basnet mesmerized the audience with her speech. Shailee basnet is the coordinator of the “Seven Summits Women Team,” the first female team in the world to climb the highest mountain in each continent. She talked about the difficulties of getting sponsors for climbing andRead More →

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Miracles in New Beginnings

What does one do when doors shut you in and you are not able to go and meet your Toastmasters family? I say we open windows on our computers to meet them online! With that in mind I embarked upon a new beginning of organizing events online. Debatathon the first online debate contest was unique in the sense that the debaters were Toastmasters from different clubs in Division K, District 41 and the judges and moderators were Toastmasters from Muscat District 105. KonQuest was another exciting event. It was an open quiz contest for toastmasters in Division K and the quiz master was from Oman.Read More →

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