Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Shital Mahajan.

Shital Mahajan

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Shital Mahajan
Shital Mahajan.jpg
Born 19 September 1982
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Sportsperson
Years active since 2004
Spouse(s) Vaibhav Rane
Children Two sons
Parent(s) Kamalakar Mahajan
Mamta Mahajan
Awards Padma Shri
Tensing Norgay Award
Godavary Gaurav Puraskar
Shiv Chatrapati Maharashtra State Sports Special Award
Venutai Chavan Yuva Puraskar
Website Official web site
Shital Mahajan Rane, is an Indian extreme sportsperson, skydiver and the holder of eight world records in the sport.[1] She is known as the first woman to perform an accelerated free fall jump over the Antarctica from 10,000 feet, the youngest woman to jump over both the North and South Poles,[2] and the first woman jumper to perform it without trials.[3] The Government of India honored Mahajan in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.[4]



I wanted to do something different. Many women players have performed well in other sports, but none in para jumping. My achievement will inspire other girls to take up the sport, says Shital Mahajan.[5]
Shital Mahajan was born on 19 September 1982 at Pune in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra[6] to Mamta Mahajan and Kamalakar Mahajan, an engineer working with Tata Motors.[7][8] Her education was at the Fergusson College, Pune from where she graduated (BSc) in geology.[9][10] Inspired by the feats of a friend's brother, she took a fascination for para jumping[10] and tried to get training at Indian Navy facilities but was refused entry by the authorities. However, with the assistance of the then Indian president, APJ Abdul Kalam,[9] she joined the National Defence Academy for training in skydiving and para jumping.[11][better source needed] Her first jump was on 14 April 2004 after which she is reported to have achieved 652 jumps.[6][1][11]
Shital is married to Vaibhav Rane, a software engineer working in Finland. The solemnization of the marriage was performed on a hot air balloon, 600 feet above ground, on 19 April 2008,[12][10] a feat which has been recorded in the Limca Book of World Records. The couple has twin sons.[13]
Shital Mahajan is the founder of Phoenix Skydiving Academy, a skydiving training centre based in Pune.[14] The academy, established in 2012, provides training facilities for aspiring students and prepares students for skydiving competitions around the world.[15]


Shital Mahajan is the first woman to perform a free fall jump over the South Pole, which was completed on 15 December 2006. She also became the first woman to perform successful jumps over the North and South Poles, without trials,[12] when she completed her jump over the South Pole.[9] The attempt also made her the youngest woman to achieve the feat at the age of 24.[16] The first Indian woman to perform a wing suit jump, Mahajan is a US certified A, B, C and D skydiver and trainer[1] and is the first Indian civilian woman diving coach.[6]
Mahajan was a part of the team that created a world record as the first team to perform free fall parachute jump over Antarctica.[1] She has also led a team of 85 Indian skydivers to achieve a record for maximum tandem jumps in an hour, the jumps performed on 25 August 2014 at Spain.[1] Her jump from 13000 feet performed on 19 April 2009 is also a record for the height in women's category.[11] She is also credited with a free fall jump from a hot air ballon at 5800 feet[11] and a jump at 24000 feet.[9]

Awards and recognitions

Shital Mahajan was awarded Godavary Gaurav Puraskar in 2005.[7] The same year, she received the Shiv Chatrapati Maharashtra State Sports Special Award[10] which was followed by the Venutai Chavan Yuva Puraskar.[7] In 2004, after her successful jump over the North Pole in 2004, Mahajan was awarded the Tensing Norgay Award,[10][12] making her the first civilian to receive the award.[9] In 2001, Mahajan was included the list for Republic Day honours for the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[4]

See also


  • "Mid Day". Mid Day. 6 September 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

    1. superwoman sets new record "Sakal Times" Check |url= scheme (help). Sakal Times. 29 October 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

    External links

  • "One India". One India. December 20, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Times Content". Times of India. December 29, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  • "DNA India". DNA India. 26 January 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Limca Book of World Records". Limca Book of World Records. 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Woodland". Woodland. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "DNA 1". DNA India. 26 December 2005. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Tribune India". Tribune India. January 20, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "NRI Internet". NRI Internet. December 9, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Marathi Wikipedia". Marathi Wikipedia. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "IBN LIve". IBN LIve. April 19, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Xtreme Sport 4U". Xtreme Sport 4U. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Phoenix". Phoenix. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Phoenix about". Phoenix. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • The night has thousand eyes.

    The Night has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Bourdillon

    The Night has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Bourdillon

    I really enjoyed this poem. I like how it's using personification. At least, I feel like it's using personification. At first I didn't understand what a "thousand eyes" was but when I reread it multiple times; I realized that the "thousand eyes" was referring the stars in the sky. To me, that really does make sense because the stars are like little eyes watching you like little creepers. The "day has but one" is obviously the sun. The lines 3-4 "Yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun" makes me think of the evening time, when the sun begins to go down and most people begin to sleep. The next stanza confused me a bit more then the first one did. I don’t get the “mind has a thousand eyes” but I feel like it’s the cells that are roaming inside the brain or maybe the area of the brain that is collecting the information we get and storing it. I think the heart’s eye is love since you love with your heart and love is inside the heart. The last two lines are my favorite. “Yet the light of a whole life dies when the love is gone”. I like these two lines since it makes me feel like you can’t truly live without love. You can but it seems like it would make life a lot harder or that life would be a little more boring if you can’t love something or someone. It could also mean that once your love begins to die down, your mind also begins to shut down. It could decide that it doesn’t want to put anymore work into life if there isn’t any love to work with or something along those lines. Over all, I really did enjoy this poem even if it did confuse me a lot the first couple times I read it.

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    1. The first time I read this poem, I only understood the last two lines. From reading what you think the poem means, I can see the same. I agree with what you say about this poem. I liked the last two lines too, they were my favorite as well. Even though this poem is confusing the first couple times you read it, it make scense. It's a poem where you have to dig deeper, and not just surface deep.

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Native American Chief Joseph's Speech

    Native American Chief Joseph’s Speech

    Speeches | 9-12 yrs | Video
    1879, Washington D.C.
    Chief Joseph, originally known as Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, was the leader of a Native American tribe in Oregon, USA who became famous as the voice of his people. For centuries, the United States Government and white Europeans before them had been forcibly and violently taking away land from the people to whom it belonged – the Native Americans who had lived there for thousands of years.
    On a visit to the country’s capital, Chief Joseph spoke about his tribe’s plight and equality for all men, irrespective of the colour of their skin.
    “At last I was granted permission to come to Washington. I am glad I came. I have shaken hands with a good many friends, but there are some things I want to know which no one seems able to explain. I cannot understand how the Government sends a man out to fight us, as it did General Miles, and then breaks his word. Such a government has something wrong about it. I cannot understand why so many chiefs are allowed to talk so many different ways, and promise so many different things. I have seen the Great Father Chief (President); the Next Great Chief (Secretary of the Interior); the Commissioner Chief; the Law Chief; and many other law chiefs [Congressmen] and they all say they are my friends, and that I shall have justice, but while all their mouths talk right I do not understand why nothing is done for my people. I have heard talk and talk but nothing is done. Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. Words do not pay for my dead people. They do not pay for my country now overrun by white men. They do not protect my father’s grave. They do not pay for my horses and cattle. Good words will not give my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves.
    All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. When I think of our condition, my heart is heavy. I see men of my own race treated as outlaws and driven from country to country, or shot down like animals.
    I know that my race must change. We cannot hold our own with the white men as we are. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the same law shall work alike on all men. Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself.”
    Although the United States Government continued to oppress and ill-treat Native Americans, Chief Joseph’s words brought attention to the plight of his people at the hands of a tyrannous and racist regime. A rare voice of conscience for the West, he died in September 1904 of a broken heart, still in exile from his homeland.
    Since his death, the chief has received many honours – the city of Joseph, Oregon as well as numerous schools, dams and roads have been named after him. In the last few decades people have finally started taking notice of the many atrocities committed on the Native American people in the past and gradually moved towards more equal rights for them.
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    Sachin Tendulkar Farewell Speech

    Sachin Tendulkar Farewell Speech

    Speeches | 9-12 yrs | Reading Pod
    All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional. My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It’s getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage.
    The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find shortcuts. The path might be difficult but don’t give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father.
    My mother, I don’t know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.
    In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day’s play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can’t forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.
    My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn’t like to talk much, but the one thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much.
    Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don’t know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I’m not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique.
    Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn’t agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer.
    The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that ‘you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family’.
    Without that, I don’t think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I’ve had in my life.
    Then, the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like their birthdays, their annual days, their sports day, going on holidays, whatever. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so, so special to me you cannot imagine. I promise you [that] for 14 and 16 years I have not spent enough time with both of you, but the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.
    My in-laws, Anand Mehta and Annabel, both have been so, so supportive, loving and caring. I have discussed on various things in life, generally with them, and have taken their advice. You know, it’s so important to have a strong family who is always with you and who are guiding you. Before you start clapping, the most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much.
    In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better.
    All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn’t sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o’clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me.
    My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother (Ajit) took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice.
    On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said ‘well played’ to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no more matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.
    My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o’clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o’clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket.
    The dream was obviously to play for India, and that is where my association with BCCI started. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut they believed in my ability and selecting me into the squad at the age of 16 was a big step, so thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and the BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself out in the middle. Things would have been different if you had not been behind me, and I really appreciate your support. Especially when I was injured, you were right with me and making sure that all the treatments were taken care of, and that I got fit and fine and playing [right] back for India.
    The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions.
    We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, and Anil, who is not here, and my team-mates right here in front me. You are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with you. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments. All the coaches for their guidance, it has been special for me. I know when MS Dhoni presented me the 200th Test match cap on Day One morning. I had a brief message for the team. I would like to repeat that. I just feel that all of us are so, so fortunate and proud to be part of the Indian cricket team and serving the nation.
    Knowing all of you guys, I know you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and right values. I believe we have been the lucky ones to be chosen by the Almighty to serve this sport. Each generation gets this opportunity to take care of this sport and serve it to the best of our ability. I have full faith in you to continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and to the best of your ability, to bring all the laurels to the country. All the very best.
    I would be failing in my duties if I did not thank all the doctors, the physios, the trainers, who have put this difficult body together to go back on the field and be able to play. The amount of injuries that I have had in my career, I don’t know how you have managed to keep me fit, but without your special efforts, it would never have happened. The doctors have met me at weird hours. I mean I have called them from Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Delhi, I mean wherever. They have just taken the next flight and left their work and families to be with me, which has allowed me to play. So a big thank you to all three of you for keeping me in good shape.
    My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We unfortunately lost him in a car accident in 2001, but he was such a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket, and especially Indian cricket. He was so passionate. He understood what it takes to represent a nation and gave me all the space to go out and express myself, and never pressurised me to do this ad or promotion or whatever the sponsors demanded. He took care of that and today I miss him, so thank you Mark for all your contribution.
    My current management team, WSG, for repeating what Mark has done, because when I signed the contract I exactly told them what I want from them, and what it requires to represent me. They have done that and respected that.
    Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod.
    In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers.
    I know my speech is getting a bit too long, but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me.
    I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn’t have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially “Sachin, Sachin” which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.
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    Louis Gehrig Farewell Speech

    Louis Gehrig Farewell Speech

    Speeches | 8-12 yrs | Reading Pod

    4 July, 1939, Yankee Stadium, New York

    Henry Louis Gehrig was the New York Yankees’ first baseman from 1923 to 1939 and one of the finest baseball players of his era. He set a record for playing in the maximum number of consecutive games (2,130). He had a lifetime average of .340 and won the Triple Crown in 1934, an award given to a player for leading a league in three statistical categories in Major League Baseball.
    A couple of weeks after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects neuron and motor functions – and now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – he gave a farewell speech that is considered the most famous speech in baseball history.
    “Fans, for the past two weeks, you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
    Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honour to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
    When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.
    So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank You.”
    Everyone in the stadium rose to their feet and clapped for nearly two minutes even as Gehrig wiped the tears away from his face using his handkerchief.
    In December of the same year, Gehrig became the second youngest player to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem. Lou Gehrig passed away on June 2, 1941, at the age of 37.
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    Mary Schmich Speech

    Mary Schmich Speech

    Speeches | 8-12 yrs | Reading Pod
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    “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young: Mary Schmich”

    Chicago | 01 June, 1997

    Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who’d rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there’s no reason we can’t entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.
    I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt. Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:
    Wear sunscreen.
    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
    Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
    Do one thing every day that scares you.
    Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
    Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
    Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
    Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
    Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
    Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
    Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
    Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
    Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
    Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
    Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
    Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
    Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.
    Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
    Respect your elders.
    Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
    Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
    Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
    But trust me on the sunscreen.


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    Malala Yousafzai Speech

    Malala Yousafzai Speech

    Speeches | 9-12 yrs | Reading Pod
    Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, for demanding education for girls. She gave this speech on the importance of education, at the United Nations in 2013, when she turned sixteen.
    “In the name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. Honourable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, Respected President General Assembly Vuk Jeremic Honourable UN envoy for Global education Mr Gordon Brown, Respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters; Today, it is an honour for me to be speaking again after a long time. Being here with such honourable people is a great moment in my life.
    I don’t know where to begin my speech. I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say. But first of all, thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and a new life. I cannot believe how much love people have shown me. I have received thousands of good wish cards and gifts from all over the world. Thank you to all of them. Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me. Thank you to my elders whose prayers strengthened me. I would like to thank my nurses, doctors and all of the staff of the hospitals in Pakistan and the UK and the UAE government who have helped me get better and recover my strength.
    I fully support Mr Ban Ki-moon the Secretary-General in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of the UN Special Envoy Mr Gordon Brown. And I thank them both for the leadership they continue to give. They continue to inspire all of us to action.
    There are hundreds of Human rights activists and social workers who are not only speaking for human rights, but who are struggling to achieve their goals of education, peace and equality.
    Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them. So here I stand…. one girl among many.
    I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated. Dear Friends, on the 9th of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed. And then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.
    Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban.
    I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.
    Dear sisters and brothers, we realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way, when we were in Swat, the north of Pakistan, we realised the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns.
    The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than sword,” was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them. And that is why they killed 14 innocent medical students in the recent attack in Quetta. And that is why they killed many female teachers and polio workers in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA. That is why they are blasting schools every day. Because they were and they are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring into our society.
    I remember that there was a boy in our school who was asked by a journalist, “Why are the Taliban against education?” He answered very simply. By pointing to his book he said, “A Talib doesn’t know what is written inside this book.” They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would send girls to the hell just because of going to school.
    The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society for their own personal benefits. Pakistan is peace-loving democratic country. Pashtuns want education for their daughters and sons. And Islam is a religion of peace, humanity and brotherhood. Islam says that it is not only each child’s right to get education, rather it is their duty and responsibility.
    Honourable Secretary General, peace is necessary for education. In many parts of the world especially Pakistan and Afghanistan; terrorism, wars and conflicts stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering in many parts of the world in many ways. In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labour. Many schools have been destroyed in Nigeria. People in Afghanistan have been affected by the hurdles of extremism for decades. Young girls have to do domestic child labour and are forced to get married at early age. Poverty, ignorance, injustice, racism and the deprivation of basic rights are the main problems faced by both men and women.
    Dear fellows, today I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights.
    But, this time, we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights rather I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves. Dear sisters and brothers, now it’s time to speak up.
    So today, we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favour of peace and prosperity. We call upon the world leaders that all the peace deals must protect women and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the dignity of women and their rights is unacceptable. We call upon all governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child all over the world. We call upon all governments to fight against terrorism and violence, to protect children from brutality and harm. We call upon the developed nations to support the expansion of educational opportunities for girls in the developing world. We call upon all communities to be tolerant – to reject prejudice based on cast, creed, sect, religion or gender. To ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential.
    Dear brothers and sisters, we want schools and education for every child’s bright future. We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education for everyone. No one can stop us. We will speak for our rights and we will bring change through our voice. We must believe in the power and the strength of our words. Our words can change the world. Because we are all together, united for the cause of education. And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.
    Dear brothers and sisters, we must not forget that millions of people are suffering from poverty, injustice and ignorance. We must not forget that millions of children are out of schools. We must not forget that our sisters and brothers are waiting for a bright peaceful future. So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens.
    They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.”
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