Finding the Future in Humans

The future is not far away. It’s definitely not close. It’s there. But, I’m not sure about finding the future in humans. I recall the last meeting with my psychology professor, I asked Mr. Alberto, What is the most spellbinding thing you know about the earth? He laughed, and replied in a single word, “Humans”. It sounded so baseless and clichéd. Little did I realize then, But, the one thing he told me about seemed more complicated, interesting and questionable now. Humans, as we know, understand, talk to, communicate with, are the most dazing and ephemeral things. Psychology, the study about behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought, seemed like an expression that’s there but, that’s not quite there! The element of tomorrow is the most terminal aspect to look at it. With the scope of importance to technology and social outlook, we hardly take the moment to think about the present. This very moment. Everyday is constantly put into abode (here, an act of waiting) to find absolutely nothing.

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Your present is tomorrow’s future in humans. The later we put things to, the lesser we understand. The sooner we get things done with, the more time we have, to live the moment. To talk to people, To think about others, To create a community, To dream, is to achieve. Our time here, is so crucial and the decisions we take, creates the future of who we are. As a team, an individual, a kid with dreams, and a visionary with a path. We can create the most beautiful tomorrow. A future with roots seeping through the most unyielding and resistant elements to create a future in Humans. The theories that we learn, the practical system that’s in place is a perfect symphony of a mediocre oxymoron. Make the change. Be the change. See the change.

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
― Yale Richmond, Understanding the Americans: A Handbook for Visitors to the United States

The future lies within. Within your very self. The characterisation and storyline are purely fictional. Please correct my grammar if I’m wrong. It’s feels good to be back! 

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Escape To Paris! Part II

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Millions of people fly in and out of Paris every year. Paris is the one stop destination for chic shopping, lifestyle, love and much more. We have tried our level best to sum Paris destinations in this post. Get ready to experience some amazing stops ahead.

  • Sights
  • Shopping

Sights: Paris wont fail to show you some of the most wonderful architectural wonders. We have put up some of the ‘not to miss’ places during your stay. The top 6 are listed below:

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Musee du Louvre
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Pont Neuf

The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel)eiffel-tower-690956_1280

That’s probably the first place a person would want to visit, when he/she is in Paris! The Eiffel Tower is a beauty! Located on The Champ de Mars, was named after the Engineer who built the marvel, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. The tower is 324m tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building! The tower has seen more than 250 million and about 6.8 million people have ascended it. (2010 Statistics)

#FACT: The puddled iron structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes, while the entire structure, including non-metal components, is approximately 10,000 tonnes.

Musee du Louvre (Musée du Louvre)pyramid-495398_1280

Louvre museum is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (ward). It is the most visited museum in the world, as per data from 2012.

#FACT: An estimated 35,000 objects from various centuries are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres area!

Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles)versailles-793338_1280

The court of Versailles was considered the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. It is truly an amazing place you dont want to miss!

#FACT: Two of the three treaties of the Peace of Paris (1783), which granted independence to the United States, were signed at Versailles.

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral)sanchez-482376_1920

The Cathedral is the best example of French Architecture! It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

#FACT:The Cathedral has 10 bells and largest bell among them is ‘Emmanuel’ weighing more than 13 tons!

Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile)paris-91213_1920

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.

#FACT: Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified in both the World Wars.

Pont Neuf (Le Pont Neuf)pont-neuf-482424_1280

Pont Neuf is one of the most oldest structures that still stand completely functional even today! The bridge is composed of two separate spans, one of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, another of seven joining the island to the right bank. You dont want to miss that!

#FACT: A major restoration of the Pont Neuf was begun in 1994 and was completed in 2007, the year of its 400th anniversary!

Shopping:  It’s Paris, people! You have just come to the right place. Shopping in Paris can’t just be controlled. It’s a shoppers paradise. You can’t just walk away without purchasing from Paris! Parisians often seem to make impeccable fashion sense look effortless. Here are some of the most amazing places to shop:

  • Champ Élysées
  • Louvre- Tuileries and Faubourg Saint- Honoré
  • Paris Department Stores District- Boulevard Haussmann

Champ Élysées KONICA MINOLTA Photography. Attribution

1.9 Kilometers of pure shopping! What else would a shopper dream of? It runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle.  It is famous for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day.

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The Faubourg Saint-Honoré district is the pulse of Paris design and fashion. It is jam packed with tourists from around the globe. Getting there: Metro Concorde, Tuileries (Line 1), Pyramides (Line 7, 14). It is known for designer fashion, chic home furnishings, and quality cosmetics

Paris Department Stores District- Boulevard HaussmannIMG_0638

It is considered as the heart of Parisian shopping. It concentrates top designer collections for men and women, gourmet food shopping, home design, jewelry, and even hardware into a labyrinth of consumer delights. Getting there: Metro Havre-Caumartin (Line 3 or 9), Opera (Lines 3, 7, 8), RER Auber(Line A)

Stay Tuned for Part III for more amazing things to do in Paris! Until next time it’s Au- Revoir

Escape to Paris! PART I


Bonjour! We have worked 24/7 to gather some of the great places for you to visit if you are heading your way to Paris, Capital of France. Here is a quick informational guide about Paris

  • Best time to visit: June to August (Tempeature record is in the 70s mark) as the weather is just about parfait (perfect). But, don’t forget that summer is the most crowded and expensive time of the year.
  • Iconic Landmarks. From Effiel tower to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris won’t let you down
  • Chic Shopping! Champ-Élysées and Rue St-Honoré are the shopping stops.
  • Bon Appétit: heavenly food around every corner. From baguettes to Michelin- star restaurants, you’ll find everything here.
  • Serene: Beauty is in the air. The river bridges and islands bring you close to nature.
  • Historic Architecture: Monuments like Louvre de- Paris and Musée Rodin look classy.
  • It’s truly the City of Light for a reason.

Passport and Visa Control (Please do not solely rely on the authenticity of information in this page as it may not be cent percent correct) 

  • Hold a valid Passport not expiring within the 90 days of your travel period. Or even up to the next six months.
  • Identify the specific French tourist visa requirements for your Country. The tourist visa will be valid for a three month period. (Validity period may be revised)
  • Make an appointment with the French Consulate, well in advance (2-4 months)
  • Fill up the Schengen Visa Application form and make sure that all the necessary documents are handy. Application fees may apply upon submission.
  • Submit your documents, photos (3.5*4.5 cm, with 80% of face definition) DOCUMENTS may include:
  • Hotel and tour reservations
  • Flight details (Departure and Arrival)
  • Proof of medical Insurance coverage
  • Original bank statements from last 3 months
  • Proof of residency
  • Wait approximately 2 to 4 weeks in order to obtain your sanctioned tourist visa

Please refer to the French Consulate guide in your region for official information and paperwork


Getting ready for your Travel 

We leave it to the French to create a style that’s comfy chill. It is advised that you pack:

  • Rain gear
  • A pair of comfy walking shoes
  • Sweater or shawl to keep yourself warm
  • You can never tell about the weather, so keep yourself ready to face any weather.
  • Tissues and sanitation kit for public washrooms

Paris etiquette: is highly appreciated everywhere. The Parisians are known for their politeness and exchange of formal greetings. Learning few key French words will make it easier to gel with the people.

  • Bonjour- Greetings
  • Au- revoir- Farewell
  • Use the term Monsieur/Madame when communicating with the elderly and Monsieur/Mademoiselle with the young.
  • Always say s’il vous plaît- Please, Merci- Thank you.

Stores: are functional between 10am and 7pm, some stores may be open until 11pm. Commercial streets may be open till 2am, depending on the tourist seasons.

Emergencies: The French National Health Care are organized and equipped completely with all modern equipments and trained staffs on call 24/7. Call 112 for any Emergencies in France (Fire, Police and Ambulance)

All Aboard! 

Transportation: The most efficient way to get around Paris are:

  • Taxi travel: Travel rates are based on location and time. The basic fare is €2.50 for all rides. Per kilometer may range between €0.96-€1.50. Charges may apply for luggage and extra passenger
  • Train travel: The most punctual, comfortable and fast form of travel. TGV’s take you around the country. It accelerates between 255 kph to 320 kph. Fares are subjected to rise during peak days or weekends. EurailPasses help you to travel unlimited on basis of days or months. Ranges approximately €0.34 per min. Students enjoy special fares as per SNCF instructions.
  • Bicycle travel: A wonderful way to get different views of Paris 😊 Self service based. One day pass is approximately €1.70.
  • Boat travel: Slow but spectacular views of Paris.
  • Bus travel: Cost efficient way to travel around the city.
  • Métro travel: Equally cost efficient way to travel in and around the city. Service starts by 5:30am and continues until 1am/ 2am. All metro purchases can be used for tram services also.

Things to do!

We cover most of the part. Here is the glimpse:

  • Sights
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Performing Arts

To see more of ‘things to do’ in Paris and much more, see Part II. Until then it’s Au- Revoir.

Terminal


The retardation of something very eternal. The sudden fallout of something that causes a blackout. Emotions filled with reverberations of sadness and sorrow. Making it nearly mystified with regression of the past. Filling the gravels of empathy with an outlast. I can’t take it anymore. The moment ceases.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

-Washington Irving

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, often referred to as ‘The Devil’s Triangle’ is one of the mysterious parts of the North Atlantic Ocean. People attribute the missing stories of various ships, air-crafts and more to the paranormal activities. But, the US Navy has declassified, the name does not exist in accordance to the US Board on Geographic Names. Documented evidence suggests that a significant percentage of the incidents were spurious and inaccurately reported.

Bermuda Triangle Location: According to one of the old transcripts written by Vincent Gaddis in 1964 states, where the triangle’s three vertices are in Miami, Florida peninsula; in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and in the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda. (The actual Limits are not specified)

(Possible) Natural reasons to why the Bermuda Triangle is dangerous,

  • Compass Variation (Compasses have natural magnetic variations in relation to the magnetic poles)
  • Human Error
  • Violent Weather
  • Methane Hydrate (Explanation for some of the disappearances has focused on the presence of large fields of methane hydrates) (But, According to USGS, no large releases of gas hydrates are believed to have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle for the past 15,000 years)

Concluding… In a 2013 study, the World Wide Fund for Nature identified the world’s 10 most dangerous waters for shipping, but the Bermuda Triangle was not among them.

Meteor Showers `16

download1Meteors are relatively known as ‘Shooting Stars’ or ‘Falling Stars’.  Millions of meteors occur in the Earth’s atmosphere daily!  But there is a catch, Meteors only become visible between about 75 to 120 km (47 to 75 mi) above the Earth.The VL (visible light) produced by a meteor may take on various hues and is dependent on the chemical composition of the meteoroid, and the speed of its movement through the atmosphere. Here is the list of possible meteor showers,

January 3-4, 2016 (Quadrantids)

April 21-22, 2016 (Lyrids)

May 5-6, 2016 (Eta Aquarids)

July 28-29, 2016 Delta (Aquarids)

August 11-12, 2016 (Perseids)

October 7, 2016 (Draconids)

October 20-21, 2016 (Orionids)

November 4-5, 2016 (South Taurids)

November 11-12, 2016 (North Taurids)

November 16-17, 2016 (Leonids)

December 13-14, 2016 (Geminids)

Happy Meteor Sighting! -Team EE

 

Season One: It’s almost over…

  
Season One is officially over. Here is the complete list of what you have been reading over the couple of months,

The Zone (14 Posts)

  • What’s happening?
  • For Those
  • Think Pink
  • Now.
  • Off Track: Loreum Ipsum
  • International day of Peace
  • Wha…? Facts 
  • Blood Donation 
  • Nature Hacks
  • Yoga
  • Ephemeral Desires
  • The World at Night
  • Journey to Ancient India 
  • An Outlook Beyond Reality

Escape! Travel Zone (4 Posts)

  • Escape! To Hawaii
  • Escape to Paris! (1/2)
  • Escape to Paris! (2/2)
  • Escape to Adrenaline Africa!

Thoughtful Friday’s 

  • 7 Wise Thoughts…

Award

  • Liebster Award (August 2015)

Season 2 kickstarts on 8th January 2016 (UTC 12:00hrs) 

Team EE 💎(https://ephemeralenigma.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/)

Think Pink 💖

   
Think Pink. October is marked as the Breast Cancer Awarness Month. Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment.  

We take time to think about our future but not our lives at stake. This month does not only spread awareness but also helps you remember to test yourself, for your life is also precious.

Here are some facts,

  • One in eight women in the United States are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among many women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 2 lakh women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than forty thousand can possibly die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is uncommon, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 can possibly die every year.

The pink ribbon is the most prominent symbol of breast cancer awareness. 

Spread Awareness. 

Escape! To Hawaii

Your most favourite edition is back! This time with more information and amazing shots!


Aloha! Hawaii is a tourists paradise. Hawaii is a U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia. eight main islands are, from northwest to southeast:

  • Niʻihau Kauaʻi
  • Oʻahu (Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu) ✔️
  • Molokaʻi
  • Lānaʻi
  • Kahoʻolawe
  • Maui ✔️
  • The Island of Hawaiʻi

Choose your island! Hawaii’s ever diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, number of public beaches and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, and biologists.

North Shore of Oahu

The North Shore of Oahu refers to the geographic boundary between West Oahu’s Ka’ena Point and East Oahu’s Kahuku Point. The North Shore is most well-renowned for its ‘larger than life’ waves during the Winter, breathtaking coastlines, and attracts surfers from all around the globe.

#FACT: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.

North Shore of Oahu, Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku and the garlic shrimp plate, the historic M.Matsumoto’s Grocery Store in Hale’iwa Town for shave ice, time at Waimea Bay are probably the ones to watch out!

Waikiki Beach

The name ‘Waikiki’ from ancient roots mean “sprouting waters,” and refers to the fresh water rivers that once flowed towards the ocean. During the 1450‘s, Waikiki was designated as the very first government center in all of Hawaii. It was first a vacation destination for Hawaiian royalties, then foreign visitors began to frequent visit Waikiki in the 1830’s. Today, Waikiki is a gorgeous beach town spread across 1.5 square miles, lined by hotels, luxurious resorts, and decorated by a variety of restaurants, shopping centers and nightlife.

#FACT: Pearl Harbour, This National Historical Landmark features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.

Waikiki is most famous for its beaches and every room is just two or three blocks away from the sea. With Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for a surfing lesson.

Hawaii National Volcano Park


Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round, including ALL holidays. The Kīlauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive a short distance from the entrance station on the right.  The Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit is located on Hwy 11, between mile markers 70 and 71 miles south of Hilo. The Kahuku Unit is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on weekdays and federal holidays.

Don’t miss out:

  • The Ainahou Ranch
  • The 1790 Footprints
  • Kilauea Crater
  • Ainapo Trail
  • Wilkes Campsite
  • Volcano House
  • Puna-Ka’u Historic District
  • Whitney Seismograph Vault No. 29

Bailey House Museum

The Bailey House Museum of Hawaii, located in Maui, is also an interesting establishment to see. It is actually a museum and at the same time a gallery that houses the masterpieces of Edward Bailey, artifacts from the missionary period, and artifacts from the ancient settlers of the land.

© Escape! To Hawaii

Now.

Today, is the present. It is the period of time between the past and the future. Scientifically, according to radioactivity, present is defined as AD 1950. It is sometimes represented as a hyperplane in space-time. 

You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there `Buddha

But, ‘The present’ raises the difficult question: “How is it that all sentient beings experience now at the same time?”

Nobody knows why. Neither is it proven scientifically. But, we know one thing for sure. That is, ‘Today’ is a span of 24 hours. But, in space we can consider it to be infinitely small.

This second. This moment it’s all up to you to decide, whether

  • To make proper use of it as it’s infinitely small (or)
  • Not make proper use of it as it’s relatively large in the planet.

The dice are at your court. Decide and stand up, now.

   

 

Off Track: Lorem Ipsum 

Ever wondered how they wrote pages and pages in templates without any topic to focus on? Ever read them? Chortles. Lorem Ipsum is a filler text commonly used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation.

The lorem ipsum text is a scrambled section of De finibus bonorum et malorum, a 1st-century BC Latin text by Cicero, with words altered, added, and removed to make it nonsensical, improper Latin.

Example cited below,

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Curabitur placerat ligula eget lorem scelerisque tempus. Aenean vestibulum mauris ante. Nulla mattis efficitur ultricies. In ac metus vel ante semper vehicula vel et massa. Nullam velit ligula, rhoncus sed feugiat quis, aliquet quis dui. Nunc sed lectus enim. Proin pulvinar non augue id varius. Praesent interdum semper nunc et consequat. Morbi tincidunt nunc eget nunc facilisis tempus. Curabitur porttitor eu sem tempor laoreet. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Integer gravida nibh risus, in tempus metus iaculis sed. Proin ac vehicula est. Fusce sed lobortis erat. Nunc pulvinar suscipit velit ut aliquet.

  
-Informational hacks 🐔

International Day of Peace 

  
The International Day of Peace. Unofficially known as World Peace Day is observed on 21st September, every year. It is dedicated to peace and specially war and any forms of violence. 

Let’s spread the word and promote its significance. Peace is the sign of humanity, hope and love. 

We quote the wise words, of three great humans,

  • To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

-Buddha 

  • Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions

-Sai Baba

  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other

-Mother Teresa 

Wha…? Facts

   
Here are Eight/2 amazing facts about your body for the day,

  • There are 2.5 trillion (give or take) of red blood cells in your body at any moment. To maintain this number, about two and a half million new ones need to be produced every second by your bone marrow.That’s like a new population of the city of Toronto every second.
  •  Nerve Impulses travel at over 400 km/hr (249 mi/hr). Nerve Impulses travel at over 400 km/hr (249 mi/hr).
  • Our heart beats around 100,00 times every day or about 30 million times in a year. Our heart beats around 100,00 times every day or about 30 million times in a year.
  • When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.

Blood Donation

  
Life. How valuable is it? The question seems very simple, but it’s very deep. Soon after reading this, you will be equally responsible for saving a life. 

Blood donation is voluntary. You agree to have blood drawn so that it can be given to someone who needs a blood transfusion. Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. 

The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one—or even you.

Before Blood Donation

  • Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.

During Blood Donation

  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  • Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
  • Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.

After Blood Donation

  • Donors are usually kept at the donation site for 15 minutes after donating blood because most adverse reactions take place during or immediately after the donation.
  • Donated plasma is replaced after 2–3 days. Red blood cells are replaced by bone marrow into the circulatory system at a slower rate, on average 36 days in healthy adult males.

General Facts

  • Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood—the most common form of donation—every 56 days, or every two months, depending on iron levels. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
  • Four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O. Each can be positive or negative for the Rh factor. AB is the universal recipient; O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.
  • bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets.
  • Apheresis is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets.
  • 42 days is how long most donated red blood cells can be stored.
  • Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
  • 46.5 gallons of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days (depending on iron levels) until you reach 79 years old.
  • Giving blood will not decrease your strength.

Donate blood. Save a life

You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood.

Nature Hacks! 

  
Here are three hacks that might come handy! 

  • Cinnamon flavored chewing gum can help to stay awake.
  • Honey mixed with tea or simply straight up is a good remedy for sore throat.
  • Eating fresh Pineapple or drinking pineapple juice can prevent dehydration and its anti inflammatory properties can help fight fever.

Ephemeral Desires 

The world above us tends to infinity,

You can keep the pace with alacrity.

Smiles are implicated sorrows hidden deep,

You are the trust of one mans next big leap.

Goals are the cajole to achieve happiness,

But, trust me there is much more hidden within the very roots of serenity.

Life is the ephemeral ebullient moment,

Work rigorously cause it’s fastidious.

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