Jan 9th 2016
dICTion 2015-2016 Volume 3 Issue 2
Indian Club Toastmasters Club no 727851 Area 18, Division Q , District 20
Note From The Editor
Area Director’s Message
An anthology of Some Useful Words by TM Surya Narayanan Club Progress Report
Climate Change Infographic
Resolutions: To Make And To Maintain by TM Firos Poems by TM Joy Networking like a Christmas Gift!! by TM Younus Ahmed Fighting Calamity by TM KP Murali
10-11 12-13 14 15
Top 3 Tips For Living A Happier Life by TM Ritesh Doshi Climate Change— It is Real !
How Does Climate Change Affect ME?
Wake up Call… !!! by TM Alramel Mangai Reflections
22 23 -27
Indian Club Toastmasters 2015-2016 Excom Team President
TM Ritesh Doshi
VP - Education
TM Ravishankar J
VP - Membership
TM Anita Samanta
VP - Public Relations
TM Priyanka ET
TM Joy Mathai
TM Alarmel Mangai
TM Bhupathi Raju
TM Anand Lashkari
Immediate Past President
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
We are back with our second edition of Diction !! It gives me immense pleasure to introduce this edition and we have tried to incorporate as many feedback as we could, to give you better reading experience.
TM Priyanka VPPR
We received lot of comments & feedback and most them was for our cover page (pic is there in the right). Yes, it was an unconventional photo for a Toastmaster New letter and that is the reason we chose it. It symbolized how we are shattering our old image, how we are galloping towards the right direction, how the sun is setting in old times and how the future is blossoming....and many more things. As every Toastmaster has his style of delivering a speech, every person has his style of perceiving a photo. Therefore there is no question of right and wrong photo. It is just a question of our perception. Leonardo Di Caprio, in his Oscar acceptance speech, said â€œClimate change is real: It is happening right now, it is a most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating." Let us all try our little bit to keep the planet safe and sound . The cover photo you see is a drawing made by a young lady on how she perceives the nature. Seeing the photo I decided to dedicate this edition for bringing awareness about climate change. Happy reading .....And yes we look forward to all the feedback.
An ANThology of Some Useful Words Can you figure out these words ending in ‘ANT’ from their meanings? The number within the brackets indicate the number of letters in the word. 1.
Unyielding; steadfast; not willing to compromise (7)
Candidate; one who formally requests for something (9)
Someone performing something for the first time, e.g., representing a team for the first time (8)
At variance; disagreeing; harsh in sound; inharmonious (10)
Experienced; familiar; acquainted (usually followed by ‘with’) (10)
Remainder; residue; left over part (7)
Keen alert; extremely watchful and attentive (8)
Abounding in vigor and high spirits; full of vitality; highly energetic (9)
Aware; having the knowledge (9)
10. Boldly resistant or challenging authority (7) 11. Unrestrained in violence or behavior; growing unchecked (7) 12. One who’s engaged in a lawsuit (8) 13. Able to float; cheerful; resilient (8) 14. A person of extensive and profound learning; a scholar (6) 15. A strong inclination or disposition; liking (usually followed by ‘for’) (8) 16.
Absent from school/work without permission; negligent of one’s duty (6)
Hint: The letter immediately before ‘ant’ is different in each of these words. (For answers, see page 9)
Answers to ANThology ; 1. Adamant 2. Applicant 3. Debutant 4. Discordant 5. Conversant 6. Remnant 7. Vigilant 8. Exuberant 9. Cognizant 10. Defiant 11. Rampant 12. Litigant 13. Buoyant 14. Savant 15. Penchant 16. Truant
RESOLUTIONS: TO MAKE AND TO MAINTAIN
It is very common to have resolution in the eve of New Year or during the first couple of months in every year. Many of us come with very impressive and venerable resolutions about our future life. Yearlong planning and strategic work out ideas are quite common for better, slimmer, healthier, more organized, more productive and for more energetic year ahead. All the gyms in town are filled with newcomers at the beginning of the year those who want to maintain or to make healthy body. But the glory and splendor of these charming pledges never prolong during the course of time. The same resolutions are forced to come every year as the old wine in the new bottle. This is phenomenon has been remaining as the stumbling block for many of us during the last several years. The reasons behind the failure of the resolutions had not been specifically well addressed by many of us during the past years .It must be agreed that the resolutions can be fructified if it is taken into the appropriate perspective. It has to be carefully planned and to be formalized based on our personal and professional prerequisite. Copying someone else’s plans and ideas which were successfully accomplished for them may not work for us. The subjectivity matters widely. Our own individual judgments based on personal and professional dealings altogether have to be the guiding factors for prioritizing and the successful implementation of the resolutions. The following points can be helpful while setting the pledges for a year ahead. Go for Result Oriented Analysis While taking the resolutions, the results have to be focused rather than the action required. The results can motivate and help us to keep in the track of the actions which results the desired results. Mere action plan would guide to the dull, tedious, and repetitious atmosphere and hence to the deviation from the desired track. But the aspiration towards achieving the result or the target can be the guiding force E.g.:- The resolution states that “ Doing exercise daily half hour” is completely different from “losing weight of 1.5 kg in 10 days” . The later resolutions are more motivating than the other. It talks about the result than the action. So it can be considered as more sensible resolution than the action oriented resolution. The result oriented resolution could be instrumental is keeping us with the charm of the benefit.
Impart Powerful Purpose Behind The Resolution The reasons behind resolution are sometimes only the sake of resolutions. The purposes behind the resolution are not always in line with the intentions and instincts of each individual so that it can be positively and creatively support the life long journey. The pros and cons of the decisions are to be clearly pondered over before establishing it. Resolutions are not be done as an obligation. Adequate sense and rationale to achieve it, coupled with a meticulous operation plan is what we need to ensure success. Copying and enacting otherâ€™s resolutions without scrutinizing the long term and short term positive and negative implication could kill the beauty and allure of our resolution. Focus One At A Time It is quite ineffective when people are trying to devote themselves in the multi tasks at the same time. Being many of objectives as the part of resolution is not a crime. It is a proved fact that being engrossed in different activities simultaneously is ineffective. Also focusing with concentration or giving priority for many at the same time could create devastating consequences. The most urgent thing is to be the first item among our list. Otherwise the multitasking could become one of the reasons for the premature and inopportune ending of our resolution. This can be a reason to demotivate further and to lead us into muddle.
Track Your Progress With The Resolution Since most of the resolutions are vague and shadowy in nature, it is not practically possible all the time to track the status of our resolution. Keeping an eye on our taken resolution is the precondition for keeping the track of it. If the nature of our resolution is very specific a weekly or bi weekly tracking procedure could set up. Then there is good prospect for the maturity of our mission. Proven quantitative or qualitative tracking mechanism tools are readily available for the smooth and successful completion to follow the resolution during its entire course of action. If we could positively invest a little more of our time and resources to foresee the reasons for the probable break of our resolution and to contemplate it with these above points during the resolution taking process, then it would be the rudimentary steps of our success story. Sure, this can be instrumental for the successful completion of our resolutions in each given year and it must be written with golden letters in our life journey. Go ahead with your charming and life changing resolutions.
TM FIROS PT
The stars in the sky above I longed The pearls in the ocean she longed Both we never acquired those in present So we exchanged our dreams for future
The morning chirps of birds woke me up. A dream at the dawn reminds me of your love. The fluttering sweet butterflies Dance and Dart among the wines. Take me to the time we met and loved. I am pleased in your love Like a lotus is with the sun.. 12
In the land of dryness Longing to see the drops Coming from heaven as rain Thinking of the motherland And thinking of rain....
ALL POEMS BY
Networking like a Christmas Gift !! Networking can really be unpleasant, can't it? You know what I mean. People trying to sell you whatever they do, in a slimy contrived way, shoving one or more business cards at you before you have exchanged a word. People you have never met, trying to connect with you on social media, using generic connect messages, so they can 'farm' your trusted connections.
Networking should be like Christmas. Do you find that odd? For children, certainly!
When I was a kid, it was all about the presents, 'getting and giving' things. And there was a certain level of satisfaction in it for sure. However, as an adult, I find the pleasure is far more in the selection of the right gift for the right person. Then there is another burst of pleasure on handing it over and finally sharing the pleasure of the well selected gift you have given along with the gratitude from the receiver. This is exactly what networking can feel like... but only if you take the grown-up approach. Adult business networking is 'selecting gifts'. Thinking carefully about the right people to introduce to each other. Suitable opportunities for the right people, the pleasure being in the sharing of the gift, not the taking or receiving, like a child would do. Let's all grow up, and start treating networking as a gift sharing pleasure and by giving you will receive... just as sure as you'll get at least one Christmas present! TM YOUNUS AHMED
Fighting Calamity Recently, we saw one of the most devastating floods in Chennai. This happened due to heavy rains, of such intensity that had not been seen in the last 100 years. No doubt, the administration was caught napping and there were loss of human lives as well as enormous damages to properties. I had the misfortune of experiencing something similar, first hand, during the floods in Surat in 2005. This was a case where 90% of Surat was flooded and the average water level in Surat was not less than 6 feet. In most of the areas, the ground floor was almost submerged and this condition remained for almost a week before the water started receding. Thus most of the time, we were confined to our houses and were not able to move out at all. However, like Chennai, the people of Surat also were resilient and withstood the calamity with smiling faces and great determination. A month after the water receded, the city of Surat was back to normalcy. In both the above cases of flooding, the power of youth was visible. Youngsters came out in large numbers to assist in the relief works, without bothering for their own lives. And during the Chennai floods, they used technology and social media effectively. At the same time, this calamity has also taught us one important lesson. With all the modern day gadgets, we have become good in communicating with the outside world but have forgotten how to communicate with our own family. By default, many of us have learnt the importance of family and the value of life. We all have a limited shelf life and it is during this period that we have to learn to live a happy life and make others happy. Another positive aspect is that many of us who live in the flat system yet not familiar / friendly with our neighbors, got the opportunity to know them better. Bring a smile on someoneâ€™s face and you will be the happiest person. Nature does not differentiate among people based on their wealth, caste, religion etc. All types of people have suffered greatly during the Chennai floods. Hence, we should appreciate whatever we have in life and make the best of it. TM KP MURALI
TOP 3 TIPS FOR LIVING A HAPPIER LIFE Life is good. Or, at least, it can be with a few simple tweaks to your routine. In todayâ€™s busy life, we have really forgotten how to live happy life as our most of time goes looking at screen only. I think the recipe for happiness is pretty much universal and it's how you should spend your time. You should be doing things you love, doing things that are meaningful, helping other people, and spending time with people you love. Here are three other ways which we should spend our time to life a happier, more fulfilling life. 1. Know when to say "yes" and when to say "no" "Yes" and "no" are both powerful words. "Decide what and who is most important in your life, and say 'yes' to them," "Say 'no' to everything else." It is not just referring to people, but talking about more trivial things, like old toys or clothes. If you don't use them or need them anymore, get rid of them.
And, most importantly, learn to politely decline social events that "drain more than you fuel your positive energy" in favor of spending quality time with friends and family. "This may seem corny but if you ask people in their 90s, that's what they'll say they wish they spent more time doing," "It's unfortunate that for some people that doesn't click in until later in life."
2. Resist screen addiction and the negative news cycle. Unplugging from the digital world is a popular tip that not many people seem to follow. But maybe they should. A few years ago I decided to get off email completely. This move has made me feel more "free", to be more focused and productive. "Please spend more time on high-level questions, puzzles, or projects and to be more creative because we have more mind space for that now," You also have to cut back on media consumption — particularly the "negative news cycle." "Bad thing do happen. But you know what? Good things happen too," John suggests finding one trusted source and checking it at scheduled times for just the most important stories of the day. 3. Get more Vitamin D. This a real problem in the present life style as live in small house or not well lit naturally. “When I came to die, discover that I had not lived,"
time outdoors is so important not only because of the beauty it has to offer, but also because of what it doesn't have — smartphones, computers, media, etc.
You may recall a particular moment when you and your friend connected with nature during a college time. "Finding water to swim in was always a big goal of ours and it always made us feel completely alive. Sometime, see the sun rising from horizon. Till this day it's one of our favorite things to do,"
Happy life to all of you.
TM RITESH DOSHI
Climate Change— It is Real !
What are climate change and global warming, and how are they related? A. Global warming refers to an increase in average global temperatures, which in turn causes climate change. Climate change refers to changes in seasonal temperature, precipitation, wind, and humidity for a given area. Climate change can involve cooling or warming. Temperature readings taken around the world in recent decades, and scientific studies of tree rings, corals, and ice cores, show that average global temperatures have risen since the industrial revolution began, with increases accelerating over the past few decades. The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that most of the increase is due to human economic activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. These activities contribute to a build-up in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Our atmosphere is made up of gases, such as nitrogen, oxygen, and CO2, and water vapor, which act like a “blanket” draped around the planet. Some of these gases—such as CO2, water vapor, and methane—absorb heat, reducing the amount that escapes to space, and increasing global temperatures. This is what is called the “greenhouse effect,” and these gases are often referred to as “greenhouse gases.” Without this process, the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere would average about 30 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) colder than it is today, making it difficult for Earth to sustain life as we know it. However, if this blanket were to become too “thick,” with too many gases trapping too much heat, Earth would be uninhabitable. In the atmosphere of Venus, for example, a buildup of carbon dioxide has led to a broiling temperature of 500 degrees Celsius. What is the scientific consensus on the causes and consequences of climate change? A. Global warming is real. The global average temperature in 2003 was the third hottest since record keeping began in the late 1800s (1998 was the first, 2002 was second), and the ten warmest years on record have occurred since 1990. The 1990s was the warmest decade in the Northern Hemisphere in the past 1,000 years.
What some scientists continue to debate is the extent to which humans are affecting global temperatures and causing climate change. But the majority of scientists who study these issues around the world—including those with the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences—agree that humans are the main force behind the sharp global warming trend of the past century. Most scientists agree that the climate changes caused by global warming will never be completely predictable, but that they present serious risks—more extreme temperatures (hot and cold), greater storm intensity and frequency, more frequent droughts and floods, and rising sea levels—that warrant immediate efforts to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. What role does human activity play in the current global warming trend? A. A variety of heat trapping—or “greenhouse”—gases collect in Earth’s atmosphere and keep the planet warm enough to sustain life. This occurs through natural processes. For example, humans and animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide (CO2). Plants absorb CO2 while growing, but release it as they decompose. The decomposition of cattle manure and peat releases methane, an even stronger, but shorter-lived heattrapping gas. Human activities also produce greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide is released when we burn fossil fuels to produce electricity; heat our homes with oil, coal or gas; drive our cars; or switch on our natural gas stoves for cooking. And landfills release methane into the air as our garbage decomposes. Such activities have significantly increased the quantity of several heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere over the past few centuries. For example, carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere are 34 percent higher today than they were at the onset of the industrial revolution in 1750—higher than at any time in the last 400,000 years. Scientists have determined that as atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have increased, largely due to human activities, the average global temperature has risen significantly. In 2003, the average global temperature was the third highest ever recorded, just slightly below the 1998 and 2002 averages. Scientists predict that average surface temperatures will increase during this century at rates unprecedented in the past 10,000 years. What role do natural forces play in the current global warming trend? A. While some scientists continue to believe that global warming could be due to changes in sun spots, natural cycles of warming and cooling, or other factors, most scientists who study this issue now agree that it’s extremely unlikely that these changes in temperature are wholly natural in origin. Instead, they believe the warming we are experiencing today is due to rising concentrations of heat-trapping gases that form a “blanket” around Earth. These gases are put into the atmosphere primarily by human activities—particularly the burning of fossil fuels.
How Does Climate Change Affect ME? What are some of the impacts we can expect from climate change? A. The impacts of climate change will vary from place to place, but we can expect more severe and frequent storms (such as hurricanes and ice storms), heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. Warmer temperatures will increase the range of disease-bearing mosquitoes, while also increasing the range and numbers of insects and other agricultural pests, such as weeds. Melting glaciers and expanding sea water (water expands as it warms) will further raise sea level, inundating low-lying islands and flooding coastal areas, while warmer ocean temperatures will kill many if not most of the world’s coral reefs. Such events, in turn, will influence our food supply, our access to clean water, our health, and the economic and social conditions of families and communities around the world. As ecosystems become further stressed by climate change, species extinction will accelerate. Many of the species lost will be seemingly “insignificant” plants and insects, but we will also lose plants that could cure diseases, and large animals such as polar bears, which rely on winter ice as a platform to hunt for food. Warmer winters could mean reduced snow pack for some regions, reducing water supplies and the output of hydropower dams in the northwestern U.S. Could climate change ever “wipe us out”? A. Past changes in climate have caused glaciers to advance and rivers to freeze. Even regional temperature fluctuations have contributed to the deaths of millions of people and the demise of civilizations, as in the cases of the Irish Potato Famine and the Vikings’ departure from Greenland. But humans can move and adapt far more easily than most other species, and are unlikely to be wiped out—even by abrupt changes.At the same time, it’s im-
portant to realize that even relatively small changes in average global temperature can have significant impacts on weather patterns, agricultural productivity, water resources, and the spread of disease—and thus on millions of individual people. Climate change will have a lot of negative impacts, like the extinction of many plant and animal species, the spread of disease carrying insects, more frequent and intense heat waves, floods, droughts, and wildfires. Already, the World Health Organization blames climate change for an estimated 150,000 human deaths every year.
3. Should I be worried about climate change? Will it affect me personally? A. Rising global temperature means more than just extra time to wear shorts and sandals. An increase of just a few degrees in average temperature can cause dramatic changes in conditions that are important to the quality of life—and even the Earth’s ability to support life. We may not always see or feel it directly, but climate change affects us all. For one person it might mean paying more for food because flooding or drought has damaged crops. For another it might mean a higher risk of contracting a disease like malaria, which spreads more easily in warm, wet climates. Someone else might face losing her home or even life in a catastrophic weather disaster made worse by global warming. Almost everyone is vulnerable to the effects of weather-related disasters, but people in poor countries face a far greater threat due to risk factors that include inadequate housing located on flood plains and steep hillsides, weak healthcare systems, and heavy economic dependence on agriculture. It is not uncommon for single weather events, such as tropical cyclones and floods, to kill thousands of people in regions such as South Asia, southern China, and Central America. If the warming continues for years and sea levels rise as predicted, then a great many people will become climate refugees—because their homes and countries will be under water. What Can I Do? 1. What can we do right now to slow climate change and make a real difference? A. While it’s impossible for any one individual to prevent global warming, we each have a direct impact on the conditions that allow warming to occur. We can pledge to do our part to conserve energy and pollute less. Whether at home, on our commute to work or school, in the office, or at the store, there are things we can do to lessen our contribution to climate change. Examples of things you can do include turning off lights and computers when they are not in use, using public transportation or carpooling, driving less, recycling, purchasing energy efficient appliances (in the U.S., look for the Energy Star label) or a more fuel-efficient car, buying food grown locally, insulating your water heater and home, and choosing “green” electricity from a company selling power generated from renewable sources such as the wind or sun, which is now possible in many areas.
Wake up Call… !!! “As a mom, I know it is my responsibility and no one else’s to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves. What does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids”- MICHELLE OBAMA. Every mother, be it the first lady of a super power nation or an ordinary citizen like me, would certainly want to give the best to her kids. But unfortunately, advertisements, the biggest weapon of mass media target our innocent children canvassing many of their food items as healthy and tasty. No doubt they are tasty and our kids immediately get addicted to them. But they really healthy?. Most of them are highly detrimental to their health and well being, Many of these food items, right from energy drinks to the instant breakfast items are really hazardous in nature and are prone to many risk factors. How can we curb this menace?, Can the companies and celebrities be held liable? … Celebrities, usually film/sports stars are not experts in nutrition or medicine or law. Consumers should not treat their endorsements. Instead we must do our own due diligence in keeping with the legal maxim “Caveat Emptor- Buyers Beware”. Moral, social and ethical liability is one thing: Criminal liability is quite another: Vicarious liability is alien to criminal law. Charges against celebrities will not stand judicial scrutiny on this ground alone. When it comes to food safety, especially products for infants and children no standard is too high. Manufacturers must be held accountable. They must be made to pass most stringent tests including more exacting norms by the Advertising Standards Council of India[ASCI]. A lot of changes have to be made. So, before we buy a food item or medicine, check ingredients, possible allergies, contents, colours and preservatives used, contraindications and expiry date. Before we enrol our child in school/college, check the prospectus. Talk to the students studying there or to those just passed out. Please don’t go by the punch lines of celebs and regret later. If we join our hands and create awareness, we can control this menace to a greater extent. The controversy over the 2 minute breakfast is just a wake up call. With no snooze button…
TM ALRAMEL MANGAI
Every picture has a story to tellâ€Ś..
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ICTM bids fare well to TM Anand Lashkari , our Webmaster and Past President. He has been a great asset to our club and he has done his best to transform the club during his Presidentship. He’s also the one who brought several new members to the club. He is leaving behind, a lasting imprint in our minds and hearts. We wish him all the very best inhis future endeavours …
Reflection of 259th Meeting - 14 November 2015
Reflection of 260th Meeting - 25 November 2015
Reflection of 261st Meeting - 9 December 2015
Reflection of 262nd Meeting - 23 December 2015
TM Alarmel Mangai brought ICTM Ribbons Master Class to Limelight TM Joseph “FIRE the FEAR”
ACB & ALB by Anand
ACS by Nirmala
CC by Uttam Vaidya
District 20 Council Meeting at Bahrain 16th Oct
Abdalla Abandi (Style , Sizzle & Steak)
New Feathers at ICTM
At COT Dec 2015
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Published on Feb 10, 2016
Second issue of DICTION, the Quarterly Newsletter of Indian Club Toastmasters, for the year 2015-16