Insights Weekly Essay Challenge – Week 50: An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

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20 December 2015

Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:

 

An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

  • Achilles

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  • ias cracker
  • 1st essay in section A and the last in B can be good attempts, but if I were to write, I would have little overlap on these two topics. But yes one sex up these essays with good number of schemes, statistics and facts. I was not very sure with the word dole so chose to write education and values essay. Wrote it in 1 12 hour, please do review the essay. I have written it in my notes and reproducing the same here.
    ” Arjuna and Duryodhana, both HD the same guru and had the same education. While the evil aspirations of Duryodhana has led to the Kurukshetra war, noble thoughts and acts of Arjuna deposed the Kauravas and established a just regime.” This depicts the impact of values and knowledge of individuals on their acts and consequences.
    The need for right knowledge and right action have long been upheld by Buddhism and Jainism and the Gnana and Karma philosophies of Later Vedic period. The right knowledge an individual possesses can turn into right action only with the right set of values. This is evident in our colonial history where, the most educated and self proclaimed civilized British and their ICS officers have committed most inhuman activities, Gandhiji with good education and highest values could achieve independence in the most non violent way possible and little harm to the people.
    Is education the only source of knowledge?
    From a stage where, nature and experience gave knowledge, man with his capabilities and imagination had acquired immense knowledge through simulation, experimentation, interpretation etc., Man believed that this knowledge has to be preserved for the progress and sustenance of the human beings. This eventually led to the establishment of a formal education, which has become the sole source knowledge in the world.
    From a field in rural Andhra Pradesh to the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley, can and has made wonders and it likely to have that impact, till the humans exist. Though formal education has taken various approaches and methodologies, in various institutions and countries, it remains the most important source of knowledge, if not the only source of knowledge.
    Is this right knowledge resulting in right actions?
    Right action is possible only with right values. While an engineer can produce nuclear energy, the same technology can be used to make nuclear weapons, which can eliminate life on earth, under the given circumstances.
    The sources of values such as family, religion, philosophers, peers and teachers, have taken a back seat due to change in societal structure, technology, absence of moral leaders and lack of effective mechanisms in the formal education system, which is mainly driven by competition. Value system has been ever changing and is degrading. For instance Indians had self actualization as a prime value in the earlier period, are now driven by Hedonistic values of the west.
    The world is moving towards an entropy :
    The two world wars, the increased incidents of terrorism, child abuse, sexual harassment, increased crime by the juveniles. All these are dangerous precedents and will lead to entropy, though not in the near future.
    “Makers are men, creators are leaders, be careful, what kind of leaders you are producing here”
    Children are the future leaders and the creators of future. They are the ones, who are to be inculcated with the right set of values. These have to be imparted at the school level, which can have a long lasting impact on them and the country alike.
    Role of education in inculcating values :
    With the traditional sources of values, struggling to survive. Hence formal education has come to play a major role at school and the college level. One has to have different sets of values, constitutional, professional and personal. Education,in india and across tries to impart these values through books, where children do not have the cognitive abilities to understand the same. This requires a different approach where students can practice these values. This can be done through a number of ways :
    1)Allowing EBC students in all private schools under the RTE Act, can impart equity and equality among the students.
    2) Working alongside the NGOs can arouse philanthropic nature and
    3) Participation in Republic day parades or any army activity, a sense of patriotism.
    We live in a world where the weak are bullied by the strong, philanthropy ends with debates and sympathy, patriotism being equated with hating an enemy nation. Children cannot be inculcated with such values and the right values have to be included among children by letting them experience the significance of these values.
    At the college level, people are capable of thinking and making their own judgements, however, there is complete lack of system in place for developing any values. Hence there is a need to establish a mechanism where one gets associated with these activities, where one can learn these activities. The inculcation of values has to be continuous starting with personal, followed by professional and constitutional values being at the highest level.
    Values can help establish a world order that is less conflict ridden, with lesser inequality, with a fair sense of justice, though not an utopian ” Rama Rajya”. This has to be supported by the right set of institutions, leaders, bureaucracy and above all the right knowledge. Right knowledge, though superior, without right values, is more evil than useful

    • Sincerely apologize for posting at the wrong place, but wanted to know how this essay is, posted on various forums, didn’t get any proper reviews, requesting people to help, Thanks!

    • aashish 2000

      Good attempt… I feel you missed the inclusion of phrase quoted. All your points are relevant but the essence of the essay how is it linked with the phrase..

      • OK

        Brother review mine as well.

    • Batman

      Hi Does it matter?
      My views on your essay:
      1)add some more real life example like Malala Yousafzai
      2)Adding a new dimension “Rama rajya” in the concluding paras could be a blunder. Just emphasize the idea of body in simple words. The concept of “Rama Rajya” is itself a matter of debate
      3)you can add dimensions of including meditation, yoga as part of curriculum and parents to inculcate good values while teaching
      4)further, you restricted the scope of essay when you said “formal education”, I hope you could have refered it in a generic sense that education is everything that we get from our surroundings. when we discuss with our friends, don’t we get new ideas. Don’t u think internet is a good source of education.
      so, i think the matter you wrote is quite apt but some dimensions need to be added. I hope you have written the two essays one after the other because that would be the real test of your knowledge and control. Hope it helps!
      I may be wrong at some places.
      please review my today’s essay. Thanks!

  • why_so_serious?

    Expressing this gratitude to Insights from here. If one would have followed Insights Secure(2015) religiously, I am sure he’ll find that 100% of GS-2 and about 85% of GS-1 were from Secure, Mains Self study Mocks and even the mindmaps have featured some of the best topics with detailed analysis(may be some words jumbled but the questions were almost the same!) .InsightsonIndia is the best website for UPSC civil service aspirants, no second thought on that.

    Keep up the good work Sir/Team!!

    • Achilles

      Agreed…Keep it up InsightsIAS

    • Rahul

      Rightly said

    • ragini sharma

      i m following from sept 15.. it is really best….

      thanks team insight

    • Shrunga Chandrashekar

      Just went through the Paper, and could relate with secure questions. A
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      Waiting for Secure2016 and if we can ensure will answer 5-6 questions a
      day we are half way there…

      Thank you Insights for your sincere efforts:)

      Will make sure that your efforts will be utilized.

      • why_so_serious?

        everything is from secure bro. I started in september still I could find the questions similar. Imagine the people following it since january 2014.

        • Shrunga Chandrashekar

          Yes, will write secure mains daily from now so that we would have explored about many issues and get a writing practice also

        • P.s

          Hey serious will u spend all most whole day on this website……I mean to know your plan of preparation

    • night fury

      Feature comment 😀
      Insights work is indeed commendable 🙂 (y)

      • why_so_serious?

        hey toothless 😀
        Review my essay 🙂

        • night fury

          yes doing now. review mine also 😀 and please don’t laugh at it 😛 😛

      • OK

        Hey Night!
        Can you please review my essay.

        • night fury

          hey, yes reading urs. please review mine too 😀

          • OK

            Please review the new one. In earlier one, I failed to align my thoughts with the requirements

            I am reviewing yours.

            • night fury

              ok OK 😀

    • pandeyji

      Are jokerjii
      pehle hi climax bata diye aap 🙁
      thoda toh suspense rehne dete

      • why_so_serious?

        ARRE pandeyji. Kya kare, hum confuse ho gaye the ki aisa kaise ho skta 😀

        Ab aap aa hi gaye hai to mera essay bhi review kar dijiye 😛

        • ragini sharma

          plz review my essay joker…. aaj samjh hi nahi aa raha k kaa likhen…

        • pandeyji

          Are karenge kyun nahi
          apna toh likhle pehle (aapka pehle padhke mind preocuppy ho jayega same points ke sath)
          abhi uthe hain

        • ragini sharma

          plz review my essay
          aaj kuchh alag tarike se likhne ki kossish ki hai

      • ragini sharma

        pandeyji plz review my essay

        • pandeyji

          Karenge Ragini ji urf penguin
          apna toh likhle pehle

          • ragini sharma

            likh lia h sr g
            uploaded ak 49

            • pandeyji

              are main apni baat kar raha hun..ek baar apna toh likh lun…fir reviewing machine ban jaunga

              • ragini sharma

                ohooo sure sure

                • pandeyji

                  Madam ji
                  essay likh liye hain
                  thoda pet puja kar len, fir aate hain review karne

                  • night fury

                    pandey ji ! humara essay bhi review kijiyega. hum aapka essay padhte hain 😀

                    • pandeyji

                      Are fury ji
                      aap yaad dila diye Burk ki
                      Ab aaj firse HTTYD dekhne ka mann hai (100th time)
                      Anyway..thodi pet puja karne dijiye abhi
                      aate hain 🙂

                    • night fury

                      hahaha it’s one of my favorites too 😀

                    • pandeyji

                      ONE OF MY FAVORITES????????????????
                      IS IT NOT THE FAVOURITE ITSELF?
                      I DARE YOU
                      I DOUBLE DARE YOU!

                    • night fury

                      arre paandey ji ..HTTYD humari Super favorite hai aisi kya baat boldi aapne 😛

                    • why_so_serious?

                      HTTYD kya hai?

                    • night fury

                      nahi bata rahe hum ! 😀 humari code word talks hain 😀 😀

                    • night fury

                      How to train Your Dragon 😀

                    • ragini sharma

                      nice movie i hv seen

                    • ragini sharma

                      sr aaj likha hai plz review

                    • night fury

                      arrey madame ! sir mat boliye mujhe 😛
                      hanji mujhe yaad hai aapka essay zaroor padhna hai 🙂

                    • ragini sharma

                      🙂

                    • Jaya Swatantra

                      Please if time…review mine too 🙂

                    • night fury

                      Okay..i will. Please you also review mine. Thanks 🙂

                  • ragini sharma

                    ok i m reviewing it………. 🙂

              • ajeet

                arey pandey ji ,aap ne to kannon ko hi change ker dala…kanoon ke rakhwale hoker….aisa nhi hona chahiye tha…

                • pandeyji

                  Kyun Ajeet bhai?
                  pehle khud likho..fir review karo
                  Tabhi toh bolte hain
                  Keep Writing and Reviewing
                  Writing ke pehle Reviewing na karen
                  Nahi toh Karwahi karenge

                  • ragini sharma

                    exact..

                  • ajeet

                    mai to hit and run case ki baat ker rha tha,aap to salman khan hai na….

        • Abhishek

          Please review mam

          Is it the mind which is idle or the body?The sarcasm is that it is the body which remains idle.Neurons in human brain stimulate millions of thought every moment but not all are the same!

          Once the thought is generated by brain it is the body which responds accordingly ..so whom to blame the body or the mind?

          Nature has created such a wonderful creature called Human beings imbibed with every sort’s values. It has moulded it beautifully like a potter shapes a clay.Later arrived the fantasies of the pandora box which disturbed the emotions of human beings.Probably which might have made human beings to take the route of negativity?

          So shall we blame the pandora box?

          It is the same mind which gave birth to Lord Ram and the same sent him to exile.It is the same mind which made Dynamite and the same created the nobel price.

          It is the wisdom and Self control which makes Human beings different from a programmable Robot.It can judge between good and bad ,rich and poor and hence creates an environment of peaceful existence called society.It is our actions which direclty impacts the society and it is the brain which provokes it.

          The mind is just like a parachute which does not work unless it is open.It has to be groomed well just like the nautre allows.Once it is struck with a single negative thought it can destroy the very purpose of nature for which it has been created.

          The most impulsive are the youth lying on the lap of nature.It is them who can revolutionize the society ..the country and hence the world.It is their mind which needs to be made occupied by positivity.Swami vivekananda once said..”Give me 100 positive young men and i can transform INDIA”.

          Currently the whole nation is facing the radicalization of youth by terrorist groups.Why do the youth turn out to become the so called Devil?Whom can we ask this question.Is it not their body doing lack of work and relaxed enough to force mind to develop such evil thought.The innocence of youth has been murdered by terrorism and forcing them to hold the GUN at an age to hold a PEN.

          Life has today become a moving caravan for people of middle east.Human beings have been killing each other in the name of caste creed sex and POWER!

          It is the mind which created the Industrial revolution and it is the same mind which devastated the world with nuclear weapons.It is upto the human beings who can turn out to use their potential in an effective way.Human minds have reached beyond mars today and it has been aspiring to go beyond.But why can’t it see it’s fellow beings dwelling beside them with peace and harmony?It has made the life easier for it’s fellow beings by inventing amazing stuffs like internet,aircraft and on the other hand same has been used to radicalize each other in name of religion,creed and sex to fight against themselves.

          The mind has become so dirty that same country which worships the nation as their mother land a day other rapes others sister.How have they changed the definition of being born as most noble creature of the world?The values of nature if disturbed could be devastating whether instantly or in a long run.It has to be monitored by some voluntary actions by law governing them.If the nature perishes the world in name of earthquakes tsunamis and floods a fear and hope arises even in the most evil creature.A fear or a hope can be the best solution to transform the so called dirty mind to a wise human beings.

          Time has come to awake our self and the institution governing us to re-imbibe the mind of human beings who have been lost and restore the faith of nature.Becoz it is the iron nerves of the human beings which can make a prosperous nation by imbibing in their mind some sorts of patriotism and devotion.

          It is upto the institution governing the human being to transform the ultimate potential of human to make a prosperous nation or to let their mind get washed away with evil thoughts.The government should focus in making the mind of youth engaged and enriching the so called human resource.Youth can be provided with all sorts of guidance and monitoring by their family so that they their actions won’t deform their thought or the other way.

          • ragini sharma

            1. nice attempt
            2. solution part is missing plz ref : why_so_serious?
            3. kuchh lines samajh nahi aa rahe e.g. “It is the same mind which gave birth to Lord Ram……………..”

            4. keep it up…..

            • Winner

              Madam please review my essay critically. I don’t know hindi to review your essay. I will be highly obliged to you.

          • wings of fire

            Good attempt could have added solution part . Without solution essay feel like complaints about the world.. 🙂

            • why_so_serious?

              BHAI review mine 🙂

        • Jaya Swatantra

          please review 🙂

    • OK

      Hey Serious! Can you please review my essay?

    • Nandini

      Hey would you mind reviewing my essay. Thank u 🙂

    • Nikhil Lohiya

      Bro ! What about GS 3 & 4 ?

      I mean how to prepare for them ?

      Please Help.

      • why_so_serious?

        prepare it from Secure man:) No second thought, as I said 😀

        • Nikhil Lohiya

          Thanks Bhai 🙂

    • Himanshu Rawat

      I can sense lots of excitement and enthusiasm here today and same within me. Totally agree with you bro Insights is our best friend in this journey. I read all the questions and were in a position to attempt few of them. This is the confidence and ability I gained in just two months writing practice in Secure- 2015 and that too not on a regular basis. I wonder how much we can learn by just following Insights religiously.

      Insights has become like a family for me and friends like you here are family members. Without reading your answers and comments my day remains incomplete. I learnt and learning a lot from you guys. Lots of wishes from the deepest core of my heart. Would love to see you all in Mussorie . Feeling more positive, motivated, determined and HAPPY 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        hahaha… bro I believe the same. That’s why I want you to review a family member’s essay today 😀

        Please review it 😀

        • Himanshu Rawat

          Na bhi kehta toh bhi karta. I normally read all the answers. Tera toh padta hi hun atleast uske doh reasons hein 1- Page kholte hi top par tera answer milta hai hmesa toh padna padta hai 😉
          2- I really love reading your answers. Its a delight 🙂

          I was about to read your essay but not sure I would have reviewed it or not as I am not that good RIGHT NOW to understand this form of writing. But now I will definitely give you my take on your writing 🙂

          • why_so_serious?

            bhai jaisa bhi kar, suggestion de where can I improve!

            • sree

              kindly review my essay im first timer and give suggestions pls

        • Batman

          your comment is awaiting moderation 😀
          dusri website wale aa gae bhai 😀

          • why_so_serious?

            Bhai jal gai unki lagta hai 😀

            Sach me flag kar dia 😛

            • ragini sharma

              kaun kia flag ?

              • why_so_serious?

                dusri websites waale aa gaye 😀

                • ragini sharma

                  ohh

                • Himanshu Rawat

                  You are getting lots of love from bhakts 😉

                  • why_so_serious?

                    LoL 😛

                  • snjiv

                    Bhai,I guess this comment will also be flagged..:P

        • Jaya Swatantra

          please review…

          • why_so_serious?

            madam, mera bhi review kar do 😀

        • Prachi Jadhav

          O my god,it is so damn true!! Even when i saw questions of mains, i really felt that every other topic was covered in secure..!! I really improved my waybof writing. and Yes obviously many good and serios aspirant are there on thisbsite withoutvthem i could nt have improved. Thank you..!! Keep writing and keep reviewing

          • why_so_serious?

            hey prachi, would you mind reviewing my essay?? Thanx in advance 🙂

    • Ash

      Thank you Insights! Incredible Job! Cheers! 🙂 🙂

    • Tuktuk

      🙂

    • Anwar

      It was Insights all the way…..just luvit…..

    • These are the correct words,no matter you read or not holy books like LK. DD. PMbk. Sbkp. for 2nd paper, if you have some basics on polity and constitution the you can able to built marvellous answers for this entire question paper with the help of insights incredible initiatives on current affairs.

    • rakesh calicut calicut

      “he/she ll find”…….let it be egalitarian. pardon me if u feel im so cynical.

      • why_so_serious?

        edited. Thanx for the correction 🙂

    • Lord Tuktuk

      bro, you comment was flagged?????? 🙂
      i was not able to comment here yesterday,but now it has been moderated!! congrats 😀
      i don’t know how can someone do things like this!! Sad to see!

  • blufl0

    Guys, do follow insights..it will keep u updated with every single significant topic and in the long run will help you to cope up the real exam pressure. Insights is the best site for aspirants.

  • Achilles

    (790 words) 1hr 45 mins
    “Evil doesn’t come from malevolence or a delight in doing wrong. People act in such a way due to snap of judgement and thinking” wrote contemporary thinker Hannah Arendt in her work Benality of Evil. Man has not been made to remain idle. From time immemorial man has evolved to create something for itself and worked against all odds.Intelligence is what separates us from all other animals. This very intelligence has also been resulting in chaos and destruction.

    Idle brain is considered a devil’s workshop. Is it always? An ideal brain can do wonder and has been doing it.We will explore that later ‘how’. Before that it is important to understand how idleness sets in a human to understand how it turns out to be evil.

    Who is evil? Thinkers and philosophers believe that we all are born inherently good. The workshop of a devil set is place in our mind with its interplay with the environment. Idleness sets in due to 2 factors. Firstly because environment/surrounding restricts our thought to be molded in reality.Secondly when the individual himself fails to think rationally about himself. Former is a structural constraint in our society like joblessness etc and leads to petty crime,mob-violence and to a larger extent terrorism. Later is due to laziness, irrational thinking and poor education. He doesn’t seem to have consideration for creation of others because his own mind cannot create anything. This may be due too poor education and rudimentary thinking or simply failure to understand his ‘existence’.

    A man with an idle mind suffers and makes others also suffer, like so many who are frequently seen at any so-called fashion­able place, gambling, drinking and indulging in other ex­cesses. An idle person tend to be envious of others and disgruntled with his own self. This breeds in jealousy and sadist approach toward life which can be very dangerous for society as well. Idle brains action has no meaning, no thinking and has no consideration for creation of others’ minds. But there is a flip side of the coin too.

    Idle brain can do wonders! Idle brain in our dreams takes us to roller-costar ride which we could never have imagined. Famous scientist have made their discovery in their ‘idle’ brain in their dream. Examples are many- Mendeleev’s Periodic table , Kekule’s Benzene and great Indian mathematician Ramanujan. The great poets, artist and writers spend hours ideally to create something ‘good’ from their minds’ workshop. So stating that idle brain rest in someone who is not ‘mechanically’ working might not be always true.

    General assumption is that when people have nothing to do they tend to cook something bad or evil. However idle brain here should be construed as one which is not thinking and idleness should not be only related with physical idleness of a man.

    Moreover stating that it is ‘only’ the jobless, lazy and those who have nothing to do is not always true. Large number of corporate frauds, political scams and malpractices emanates from the hard-working minds of highly accomplished. So certainly idle mind cannot be the only devil’s workshop. But certainly it ‘idle mind without education or rather say constructive thinking’ is devil’s workshop.

    Idle brain can be a escape from our day-to-day stressful life. How creatively we use our idle brain depends on how educated we are. Education here doesn’t mean holding a degree or being a literate, rather it is an understanding and thinking of what is good for us and society. It is how well we harness our goodness for the good of the society, mankind and ourselves. In this growing world of technology and automation, humans may soon relieved of a lot many mechanical work that keeps their mind busy though unnecessarily. More time to think should be carefully tapped to engineer and enhance our human potential. Education that focuses on learning and divergent thinking will make our mind a creative workshop.

    Government and organization all over the world are working hard to ensure employment to all so that the idleness is rooted out and these swaying idle minds are put to productive use. These interventions can certainly help in creating order in short term and which check the petty crimes and give a direction to disgruntled youth. But in long run en-devour should be made to bring about this change in minds through education, more importantly value-based one. Keeping one busy in work can only check one’s tendency toward devilness but certainly cannot help one’s minds to grow and create wonders directed toward well-being of mankind. It has become more important today in the era of intolerance,radicalization and fanaticism to turn this ‘idle’ brain to ‘ideal’ brain to make it a creative workshop.

    (790 words) 1hr 45 mins

    • Achilles

      ….review plz…

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Woow man simply super First of all I hate this kind of humanities question related to philosophy or what not. I was also puzzled how to write this kind but i really enjoyed your’s.

      Critics :

      1. Bro question is idle brain is devil workshop so you have no option you have to stand on this stand you cannot deviate saying no i found at some places deviating.

      2. Conclusion was lacking the meat and the sentence “Keeping one busy in work can only check one’s tendeny toward devilness …..” you took other stand which I think would be wrong

      Thats it keep writing:)

      • Achilles

        Thanks bro…
        Don’t u think essay should look at other dimensions even if it counters the topic statement…i don’t know..new to essay writing….
        Conclusion was weak i know…leiter the leaders essay above has better conclusion..with proactive solution
        But the stand i took was justified in the paras above…

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          Yeah good I do not say that. yes you have to explore different directions but the statements should not be such that you are taking stand on it. you can give an option but not firm on them. See I may be also wrong 🙂

    • blufl0

      achilles i totally agreed with rohit..u should not go against the given the topic..you are free to give suggestions but not free to take stand..personal opinion..keep writing.

    • why_so_serious?

      I simply loved your essay bro 🙂 The flow was good and language was outstanding (Y)

      the only thing I will criticise about : Yu overdid the critical part of the statement. Yu should have maintained a balance about the topic. but trust me, I loved reading your essay 🙂 Please try to write one or two more paras to make sure the topic is touched upon a little bit more 🙂 All the best 🙂

      • Achilles

        Thanx a lot…
        ur criticism are in need very true…..some concluding paras in favour of topic would have been better
        actually i didn’t knew how to go about these philosophical type of essays

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          Dude review mine when u hav time 🙂

          • Sushmit Adigon

            review mine bro,,i ll urs

    • why_so_serious?

      N please review mine when you have time 🙂

    • blufl0

      review my essay achilles

    • ragini sharma

      exellent …

      especiall… intro i liked mr

      plz review mine

    • Sushmit Adigon

      review mine,,i ll review urs

      • OK

        Lets make tripartite 😀
        I am also in.

    • Vivaan Khanna

      simply awesome flow….can elaborate more alongwith modification of conclusion

    • Sushmit Adigon

      sorry bro i didnt like this essay, u have given examples ,i felt they were bit childish ,,u should give current examplesm u could have talked about terrorism
      secondly the u wrote only 800 words,,u define eveil and u define idle brain which consumes over 100 words!
      could u pls review mine!.

    • Cybertron Ninja

      This essay talks about both sides – positive and negative of idle mind. From readers point of view, the body seems to drift towards the positive one of idle side and not towards the title of the essay.

    • pandeyji

      I imagine what points you must have chalked out before writing this essay
      1-Who is evil
      2- How does one become evil
      3-what does an idle mind mean? is it physical idleness simply?
      4-Is it true that only idle minds are devil’s workshops?
      5-How can one remove the idleness?
      6-What has bee done in this respect

      Really helps me deconstructing essays, so that i have points for me in the future
      Maza aa gaya Achilles

      • Achilles

        are pandeyji apne toh hamare essay ka postmortem kar dala…aapki essay writing ki basics tight hai….iss essay ke samundar mein apka essay hai ki nahi?

        • pandeyji

          Are Achilles ji hai kahin neeche tairta hua
          Thoda talwarbazi se fursat mile toh khoob saara scroll down kariega

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Connect your philosophical essays with contemporary examples, especially issues of poverty, employment, women rights, gender equality, environment, terrorism, climate change, materialism, consumerism, globalisation, political environment, corruption, technological advancements (mainly social media, mobile devices, computers, e-governance,spreading of knowledge, internet and its impact), etc.

      In philosophical essays you don’t need to become philosopher. Rather, connect the philosophical arguments that you have quoted with real life challenges, and in end tell how to overcome them. This pattern could be followed in all philosophical essays. You can increase the pointers given above in this regard.

      Marks – 65/125

  • aashish 2000

    Man is not made to be idle. There are a lot of wonderful things in this world and we are the only beings gifted with intelligence to understand them. So, it should be our constant endeavour to use this gift for better understanding of people of the world. A person who sits and lazes around without doing any fruitful work is called idle man. Such a man is not only wasting his energies but also dangerous to the society. He gets dangerous ideas which are not only harmful to him but also dangerous to the whole society so his brain is compared to the workshop of devil.

    The brain is the chief controlling center of man which is used for both constructive and destructive purposes. The major inventions that took place are results of man putting his brain to proper use. When a brain is not engaged in constructive activities it goes astray and thinks of destructive things which lead to a lot of problems. For example. An ideal man who is walking on road and his leg hit by a stone. Here the actions differ such as throwing the stone to a side to prevent others to hit is constructive, but while throwing the stone hit the window of neighbours results in conflict is a destructive actions.

    The devil is need not to be the devil whom we may read a great deal though none has seen it in person. Any wicked idea or evil deed may be regarded devils and the workshop where it forgets these is the mind of a person who refuses to think for himself. That is exactly the reason why much emphasis is laid on education.

    A truly educated person can able to discriminate between good or bad and should be able to work for good. Education should train us to think, it should inculcate in us the right values of life. This is why it is always healthy to develop hobbies. An ideal brain can be influenced by the evil deeds and results in huge loss. This is evident from the history to contemporary world include world wars and recent ISIS.

    Countries like India are prone due to their demographic dividend. The age group is vital for initiation and the disastrous are the results of idleness. A man with an idle mind suffers and makes others also suffer, like so many dandies who are frequently seen at any so-called fashion­able place, gambling, drinking and indulging in other ex­cesses. Work is worship and is the fruit of life; but it needs direction and purpose.

    Education has the capacity to drive the work in right direction for right purpose. Penetration of right education from child level will develop constructive children who build the future of the world and make it prosperous. The ability to distinguish between right and wrong is possible by education. Imparting education works like a barrier for devil workshop, but there are cases where education with religious influence has turned into disastrous which can be seen in ISIS.

    A society that had increasing free time and increasing knowledge also had time to think.. learn and debate all aspects of life. Such as religion.. and man’s existence. When an educated and knowledgeable society rises, the ability of those who would seek to control them – such as governments & religious groups/cults – they lose the ability to do so. Right education develops right values and right values develops right mind and right mind works for the good of society.

    • aashish 2000

      Please review friends…

      • OK

        Bro review mine. I am reviewing yours. 🙂

    • sheetu singh

      Beginning really gud .bt u can add more relevant examples in body .over all gud.keep it up

    • Vivaan Khanna

      i also wrote on similar lines so could relate very easily but:
      1.Do you think any society could have increasing free time?
      2.Education can’t solve the problem of being idle always..even educated persons can be idle and can pose more threat to society.most of your essay was replete with education only.
      keep writing buddy

  • Shaan

    Why no current events and editorial yesterday. ..

  • Leiter The Leader

    “An idle Brain is the devil’s workshop”,but in reality Human mind can never be idle,it is always filled with some or other thoughts.An idle person uses his brain in an evil manner whereas a busy person uses his mind to concentrate on his work and nothing else.

    One day Geetha was alone at her home.Her father went to office and mother went to buy groceries.She way studying,but lost interest in it.She looked around and found a gas stove in the corner of the kitchen.Soon an evil thought sprouted in her mind.She went into kitchen and brought a tin of kerosene and a hand pump.She filled the pump with Kerosene and started to spray on the stove,the kerosene slowing spilled on the floor,but she was unaware of it.Then she thought how long a match stick can travel with offing.Unfortunately one of the matchstick fell on the kerosene and caught fire in the kitchen.Then,soon fire spread into hall and house was set into fire.Her play soon turned into tragedy.
    This could have been avoid if Geetha concentrate on studies or engaged in some productive work or even at least spent her time in playing games.

    Human mind is so powerful and we can use it for both constructive and destructive purpose.

    Mind precedes everything and mind matter most.All inventions and discoveries in the world had possible only because people used their mind in most productive way,they kept themselves mind busy and busy person always know about the value of time.These people could have some vision in their mind and worked relentlessly and all the that we are enjoying today are fruits of their work.As the person spend more time,the more he works on it and the more he progress.
    So,the Industrial revolution,Transport and Information and communication revolutionary and other inventions can be attributed to persons who used their mind in constructive way.

    When we sit idle our mind started to think of some mischief/dangerous idea,as in Geetha’s story,and soon our thought turns into actions.This leads to use our mind in a destructive way.
    This has ramifications not only for the individuals but the society at large.

    In India,most of the people are unemployed,this may be people do not find a job or they do not want to work.Idleness makes a person lazy and moody.In absence of work,he always find ways to make quick living and propel him to engage in all sort of criminal practices.This leads to robbery,kidnapping,murder etc..to name a few.In a word,it disturbs the social fabric of our country.

    When a person is not using his mind in a proper channeled way,there is no productivity in his work.When there is no productivity there is no income and when no income there no money to buy things.This would also decrease in demand in the market and decrease the economic activity in the country.

    All wars in the world do not happen our night,but they are deliberate and pre-planned(they might have occurred due to geopolitical or economic reasons also).For example,When Hitler was jailed in 1920’s he has no work to do.His idleness made him to think future of Germany and penned down in his thought in his book the Main Kempf.When became Chancellor of Germany he did exactly what he wrote in the book.So,thought became words and then words became actions.

    So from the above discussion it is clear that its not the idle brain,but idle person and his evil thought makes the situation worse.

    One way to ward away such situation is Education.Education enhance one’s knowledge and give her/him ability to distinguish from what is right or wrong and good or bad.This will enable him/her to use their energies in a proper and constructive ways not only good for themselves but also for the society as a whole.

    Second way is to train the mind through Meditation.Human Mind wanders,in flash of seconds we can be at the tip of mount everest or diving from sky or even swimming in dead sea,this is because there is no sequence of thought in our mind and this can avoided by training our mind through meditation.

    Third way is to engage in some work.We all know that “Work is Worship”.When we engage in some work we keep all our energies on it.We want to achieve the task and no matte what.This business will not allow to think of something else.But its noted here that we must engage in a constructive work instead of a destructive work.

    Finally,the best way to keep mind in control is to cultivate a Hobby.Having hobby is important because it not only give pleasure but also keep us healthy.When we get bored,we can be relaxed by pursing our hobbies.It relieves tensions and mental pressure from our body.

    Given the potential of Human mind,we all should learn to use it in a productive way.The saying goes,” No one can harm you more than an untrained mind and No one help you more than a trained mind’.Otherwise things could be worse as happened like in Geetha’s story.

    • santhi kumari

      good essay

      • why_so_serious?

        hey santhi please review mine 🙂

    • blufl0

      such a fine essay.. essay contains everything in good proportion like examples, sayings, content..overall a perfect essay.

      • Leiter The Leader

        Thanx bro..It took me five essays on insights….include reviews from fellow aspirants and to structure my essay..:)

    • P.s

      Nice essay bro
      A brain having no work will never make the person happy and satisfy. so he will end up being moody and get depressed and making people around him get irritate and unhappy. Here also brain is not in idle state, bcoz idle brain is an ideal thing , then what the brain of this person will be doing ? Surrounding with all negative thoughts and fears thinking of being alienated and even worsening his health there by taking away the smile from his beloved ones face.all this useless thoughts and it’s consequences would have been avoided if had engaged his brain in some fruitful work.

      • why_so_serious?

        please review mine P.s 🙂

        • P.s

          Sure after 2hrs

    • sheetu singh

      Suggestion part is best .too gud keep it up

      • ragini sharma

        plz review my essay

        • sheetu singh

          Sure

      • night fury

        sheetu ji ! review mine please 😀

        • sheetu singh

          Sure

    • People

      good essay.

    • ragini sharma

      nice Geetha ki family mil hi gayeee
      solution part i hv missed….

      good written keep it up

      review mine plz

    • Vivaan Khanna

      A well structured essay…need to learn this skill from you..keep going friend

      • Leiter The Leader

        Bro..it comes only with writing more and more essay..no matter how worse it comes out..writing matters..see my previous essay you will know..how Pathetic i was!!

        • Vivaan Khanna

          Thank you bhai…it was really a moral booster…perhaps first on this site for me…no need to take boost today in milk 😛

    • Sushmit Adigon

      review mine,i ll review urs

    • sankar

      good.
      plz rvw mine

    • Sushmit Adigon

      hi this essay was alright
      i didnt like the story ,and it ditn make sense
      overall there was some flow , but again it appears like a question answer kinda essay

      • Leiter The Leader

        Well your are hard nut to crack…will try to impress you in forthcoming essays..:P and this was the only positive comment by you till now regarding my essays

        • Sushmit Adigon

          sorry bro,,when i review any essay i see the content and review,,i dont see what have others said,,i might be wrong on most cases.but i hardly matters,u r d best judge!
          rgarding this essy i felt ASH had written well..

      • Jaya Swatantra

        please review…

    • jithin

      Such a beautiful essay, it would have been more pretty if you would have lessen the paragraphs.
      1. You haven’t used any high profile example, except for hitler. But still I haven’t felt you missed your point. Probably Geeta did the trick for you. (kaha se latte ho aise example= LOL)
      2. The remedies part was very obvious, nothing out of the box. But still was elegantly presented.
      In all I loved your essay.
      Please review my as well, as per your convenience.

      • OK

        Bro. please review mine as well

        • why_so_serious?

          BRO i will read ur essay in the evening if u don’t mind. Coz u have experimented and I would love to see if yu have done justice to it, but with an “idle” mind 😀

          Meanwhile, please review mine 🙂

          • OK

            I am doing that.

    • Good essay dear, correct me if I’m wrong, I think if you include some holy thoughts about work or activity(karm) Given by holy books like Bhagavadgita (implicitly)the essay will gain more weightage.thank you.

      • Leiter The Leader

        Well it might be…but even I covered the same I guess…because no religion will ever tell to do bad things…all religions preach good things…I emphasized on proper usage of mind without referring to scripture.

        • That’s right,I’m not said the only text,what I mean that include some various dimensions it will gain more.

    • Rebel

      Kindly review my essay. Will review your essay before 11 PM
      Kwar 🙂

    • Rebel

      You have nicely balanced the demand of topic. Best thing is you wrote from general perspective. Including multiple examples aided in substantiating your arguments.
      However you may get new perspectives on reading”WHY SO SERIOUS” AND “MY” arguments.

      Kindly review mine also
      Kwar:-)
      No need to wait till 11 PM lolz 😛

    • Prachi Jadhav

      Hey i liked youressay. It was simple, no hifi usage of vocabulary, covered every topic from.problem to solution to conclusion with good quote. Overall thumbs up!! 🙂

      • night fury

        Prachi. Could you review my essay too ?
        Thanks 🙂

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Really liked your essay and the way you presented it…please review mine 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      good essay.. the way you relate the things its nice…

    • Himanshu nn

      good part
      1.the solutions prescribed were good. ‘to cultivate a hobby’ is missing in almost all essays (even mine). so thumbs up for that.
      2. language and flow were good.
      3. hitler example was really excellent.
      now the bad part
      1.the example of geeta was not apt.it was an accident that the house was set on fire. it was not a pre-planned. if you say that the fire was caused due to her evil thought of playing with kerosene then i say it was her innocence. the topic (as i feel) demands more than that. the notion of utilising one’s idle time to harm others knowingly is what the topic asks us to ponder upon.

      feel free to disagree!!!
      if possible review mine..

  • Rohit Kulkarni

    I dont feel like writing this essay…How to write this kind of philosophical one any suggestions 🙂

    • India First

      Remember the time when you were idle and did something devilish 🙂 Just write about that.

      Talk about Arvind Kejriwal who is CM without portfolio and is idle 😛 . If he would have been busy , would he have got time to engage?

      ISIS supporters are mostly those who were unemployed and had too much time.

      Yet if newton had been busy when apple fell from tree, we would have missed Gravity , so it depends on mindset of person.

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        Hmm ok i will but I didnot do any devilish may be naughty things have been done hahaha 🙂

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        Dude I wrote Im not sure how fattu i wrote please review 🙂

  • why_so_serious?

    “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop”

    This quote must have been heard by most at some point of time. The basic idea the phrase conveying is an empty mind is an idle mind who is the committer of most of the sins, if not deadly, but sure destructive in nature – A peace Destructor. So does this quote hold any water? Does an idle mind really become a “devil’s workshop”? Let’s find out.

    We all have feared a “devil” since we were a child. My mother used to feed me convincing me that a “devil” would come and take me away if I didn’t eat and sleep. I used to be afraid and I ate. Clearly, this fear of devil was always frightening, and imagining it in our brain- the worst thing we can think of.

    The fact that a quote like this exists for this insidious condition makes us believe that it exists. We tend to get bored,then our brain creates wholly narrative piece of loomy scenarios for us to brood over and agonize. Suddenly a random jab, a random fight in college, a phone call which never returned takes on a sinister meaning. The worst – a devil from our dreams arrives in front of you with a weapon in his, burning your heart flame by blame, making you realize, you were never wrong in that fight- YOU need a revenge for it. This projection of the devil is projected, unfortunately, onto a real person, who has no idea, why you are pissed off at him.

    I am sure most of the criminals that have committed crimes were not criminals by birth- rather they weren’t criminals by mind. Circumstances. They made him react that way. A poor man who has been asked for bribe by a government official, tends to go numb. Numb means he goes into a phase where he tends to get idle, not talking to anyone, and feeling like concentrating all his aggression to pour his hatred for the system on one man. This is where the devil acts. He tends to come up to your ears and says – you need to take your revenge. This hatred is further fuelled by some incident stuck in your unconscious mind, where you saw the same incident, but happening to a different person. But instead of filing a PIL, a complaint, he tends to make an impact on his own.

    A guy loved this girl. They were friends since childhood. He proposed her-she rejected. The guy found out later she got committed to the guy’s best friend. Instead of taking it as a matter of happiness for that girl, he was agonized. He felt rejected. He couldn’t take her rejection. He used to be lonely, until one fine day, he threw acid on that girl. Consequence? One got jailed, other got her life ruined.

    There was this farmer, who was really poor. He had 150 hectares of land, half of it was dry, arid and couldn’t bear a cash crop. It surely required water to be drained. He had to fetch water from a far of well. He did farming in the better half and earned money. He never thought of the other half land. One idea struck in his mind– instead of half of the day when he sits idle, doing nothing, why not use it in a constructive way. He decided to dig a well. It took him a month to dig it, until a layer of water touched his feet. He was happy. He used the water in the other half land and grew cash crops there.

    He became rich. He employed other farmers in his land. He helped them both financially and also helped them during the course of work. What was he doing? He wasn’t keeping himself idle. Once when he was idle, and now he was utilising this time helping others. Can we take out positives from the ways being followed?

    So, what basically needs to done? How to NOT remain idle, or rather how to use this idle time in a constructive manner?

    Constantly reading, writing and creating : When I feel like things aren’t actually going my way, and m occupied by devil thoughts- I go for a novel. A book forces you to synthesize all the images, sounds and emotional complexities that tends you to focus on the story rather than devil thoughts.The more you create, the more you know of yourself. The more you know of yourself, the more you get to live by your own rules and only allow those you want in. A blockage is created against the contagion that is other people’s way of life tending you to believe what is the best way to live.

    Treating our work like a play : Work needs to be played in a healthy way and not by getting involved in boredom. We need to enjoy it like a game. We bring in ideas, we innovate, we think good, a think better- and ultimately, come up with the best.You might as well use something you’re engaged in most of your waking hours to your advantage.

    An ideal mind tends to a devil’s playground only after how we perceive things. For example : the same ideal man when was utilised by the farmer in a constructive manner, he turned rich. The same mind when was used by a rejected lover in a destructive manner, turned him violent against the girl he liked. So what’s the basic idea? Didn’t Newton discover gravity while he was ideal? Didn’t Edison invent a bulb in his ideal time and an ideal mind? Of Course he did. As we say, everything is in our mind. If we focus the good traits, forget the bad phases, we can to do wonders with this idle brain.

    • sheetu singh

      Examples of positive and negitive r relevant .and heads of u all .typing work really appreciated .essay over all gud.keep it up sir

      • why_so_serious?

        thanx for the review!

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          Bhai Im done writing review mine Im on your essay now.

          • why_so_serious?

            yeah bro, will review urs after the two essays

    • santhi kumari

      can improve your content, keep writing..

      • why_so_serious?

        thanx for the review 🙂

      • Winner

        Hey shanties na essay review chey . Enjoy your holidays

    • People

      Good essay but is it all right to include personal anecdotes. Please clarify.

      • why_so_serious?

        yes we can

    • Achilles

      in last para u wanted to say idle and not ideal i suppose
      and i think your top half of essay focuss more on evilness but nowhere connects to who it has emanated from idleness.
      .2nd half and anecdotes were good but you have made very few arguments/dimensions
      concluding paras were good…
      Plz review mine….

      • why_so_serious?

        That’s just the one para bro… n that too three lines, just to define what devil is. Even you explained who evil is in three lines. But I liked it, how can you contradict from your own stand? I feel you just took a glance and didn’t read… Sorry for the harsh words. Anyway, thanx for review 🙂

    • blufl0

      u are simply awsm..plz review mine..

      • why_so_serious?

        reviewing urs

    • Vivaan Khanna

      well explained through examples…flow was nice…was like reading story…could avoid use of “I”(ignore if u feel it’s ok)..and theme needs to be explained more
      Review mine please

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx bro… I feel it depends on the person. Yu should make sure the idea is delivered specially by including examples( M talking specifically about a philosophical essay). I will try and improve further. Will review yurs

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Bhai thuje tho pata hein i critically review so I say that we both cannot write this kind of humanities essay. But the essay was good but was oscillating from the point and apart and again to the point. I think you could not answer it in the right way I mean to relate your views to idle mind was tough for me. Chalo one example.
      That govt employee bribe one ..he becomes numb…it means he becomes idle…this was not so attracting like.. also the college example..
      There was also a blunder u used a word “pissed off”
      no my friend never use this un-parliamentary language u will be in trouble
      Please bura math mana I read ur essays regularly and I know standard of ur essays so comparing them with this was poor. I know Im not an english literature that my review is correct I may be totally wrong and u can ignore them. .

      • why_so_serious?

        hey bro, thanx for the criticism. I will try n improve on this one. I felt like the examples were good enough, but it feels you didn’t like it. No worries, will be back with a bang (hopefully :D)

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          Yeah Im not sure may be your examples were really good but I follow a principle that is though you write the best but cannot appeal other one than our attempt is failure so we have to think how others think too. And im sure u can rely on my comments as I have confidence of on my literature being a magzine publisher in my college. Chalo koi bath nahi 🙂

          • OK

            Bhai. Please review ours as well.

    • ragini sharma

      nice …..
      …..
      solution part me aur b add kia ja sakta hai

      1. meditation…etc. ref :
      Leiter The Leader…

      • ragini sharma

        plz review mine

    • Prerna saxena

      as always good.. 😀 please review mine..

      • Sushmit Adigon

        review mine,,i ll urs!

        • Prerna saxena

          reviewing yours..

    • Sushmit Adigon

      bro review mine,,i ll review urs!

    • sankar

      critically D:)
      -there is mark difference between those devils and devil due idle mind
      -example is good althoug too much but not that much cohesive today’s essay
      overall very good
      plz rvw mine critically

    • Sushmit Adigon

      i liked ur intro very much..but
      ur essay doesnot show that u know indepth knowledge u have in ur essay.
      The flow was maintained ,but i felt it was repetitious like the criminal thing, the farmers and guy lovin gal.I dont see u putting current examples in the essay.
      i dint like this essay,,,honestly i dint like any essay on this topic..i feel u can improve!

      • Batman

        hey Sushmit, can you review mine, I am reviewing yours now

      • why_so_serious?

        okay sushmit! Will try n improve 🙂

    • Batman

      Great!!
      you are simply awesome with your expressions!!!!
      Just few things that I didn’t like: stories in your essay tend to compartmentalize it. I think, you could have used a connector before the sentence: “There was this farmer…”
      second thing, the solutions, I think you should talk about which books should be read, though imaginative but what if the book itself is related to horror stories and feelings of depression.
      I think you should go deep in crafting solutions.
      Overall, this essay was too good!!!
      Please review mine too 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        wow! I cannot believe what I saw here! Yu actually liked it! Thanx alot Batman! your suggestions and review always matters alot to me! I’ll try and improve further 🙂

    • MecHmAtE

      I have been the follower of youur answers and essays! I felt this wasn’t equally good as your previous essays are! But still better than most. Liked the way you included a story both supporting it and disowning the quote. Could be better.

      • why_so_serious?

        thanx mechmate. Appreciate followers like you. Please review more often 🙂

    • Cybertron Ninja

      Your essay gives the awareness of perception and how one can see the positive side even if he is idle. The title demands content on being idle to resultant employee of devils workshop and after effects. Surely its the different perception makes one wiser but to justify the title, content on ‘why’ ‘how’ of being idle and resultant negativity has to be stressed upon.
      Please review mine.

      • why_so_serious?

        ninja, please don’t take me wrong, but yu sure yu read it?
        One half is for the topic, the next half against it 😀
        Anyway thanx for review 🙂

        Will review urs !

    • Himanshu Rawat

      1- I heard somewhere that your essay is good if it interests the reader and binds him till the end. In that way I find your answer perfect.

      2- First three paragraphs are the mark of a good writer in making 🙂

      3- hmmmmmmm,…. examples are quite interesting but few of them were difficult to relate with the asked context. For example- wo bribe wala example and that college wala too was not directly related to idle mind former was more related to oppressed and exploited mind and later was related to criminal mind or a person whose ego hurt because his girl rejected him. Idleness I guess something where there is nothing in your mind and than some negative or destructive thoughts occupies it. In both the cases they did not have the empty heads.

      4- Farmer wala example I find it good

      5- Loved your last part of the writing especially the conclusion

      6- I felt connected with your essay so for me it was a good attempt. Will ask my room mate to read this and see if he read the complete essay or not?? He is not an UPSC aspirant and he hates reading :-p

      • Batman

        bhai, if you are not writing, then please review mine too 🙂

        • Himanshu Rawat

          Ya bro today I am not writing. Today, I preferred to be idle 😉 …… wait I am reading your essay 🙂

          • ragini sharma

            Himanshu plz review mine 2

            • Himanshu Rawat

              ya sure,.. just give me some time

      • why_so_serious?

        HAHAHA.. sure do it! Actually, what yu said about my examples is correct according to ur perspective, but my perspective is different. Now these examples would depend on how the examiner takes it. Coz according to me, a dejected lover thinks more(destructively) when he has nothing left to do. So, What I am saying is he should have utilised it in a positive manner and hence tried to improve himself! As i Said opinions differs! And ur opinion matters! Thanx for the review 🙂

        • Himanshu Rawat

          Lets find out a rejected lover and see what he/she has to say on this… I guess we never had this luxury of being rejected so difficult to read the mind of one who experienced it. 😉

          • why_so_serious?

            Bro, I have been there. But turned to UPSC instead. U now know where I am going 😀

            • Himanshu Rawat

              Ohkkk,… so answer is inspired from a true story. haha ………. just kidding bro 🙂 …………. Tumhari adhuri kahani mussorie mein sunenge 😉 ….all the best … 🙂

              • why_so_serious?

                hahaha… fingers crossed 😀

                • Himanshu Rawat

                  bhai give me your mail id … hope u can? 🙂

                  • why_so_serious?

                    Yeah… [email protected]
                    tell me when yu r done. I’ll delete it

                    • Himanshu Rawat

                      done

      • night fury

        dude ! please review my essay too , if u find some idle time 😀

        • Himanshu Rawat

          sure,.. converting my idle time to constructive one. Socha tha aaj chill out karunga but na jaane kyun insights par aa gya ( habitual actually ) ….. After reading few comments I could not resist myself from reading essays and following comments. So, finally I am chilling out here on Insights. Will review your’s for sure 🙂

    • OK

      After reading your essay, it is an epitome of simplicity. Without doing any unnecessary complication, you actually hit the idleness in its crude way. You are examples are direct and easy to understand for every one. So you took the meaning of idleness literally, and you successfully wrote an essay on it. It’s an achievement, because in general people need some philosophical aspect, and then start writing on that philosophy. (which is my case)

      So, after reading your essay. I gained soething valuable.
      Keep writing bro

      • why_so_serious?

        hey man! Thanx for those words, surely inspiring! I’ll review urs don’t worry about that. But shaant dimag se 🙂

    • pandeyji

      Oh dear Lord
      After reading your essay
      i felt like designing a meme which says “the moment you feel your entire childhood was a falsity”
      Because bachpan se is phrase ko maine interpret kiya that If my mind is idle, i will become a devil later
      Although ab samajh aaya, that when a mind is idle, the devil starts working into it!!
      Epiphany!
      Anyway, about the essay now
      I think it is difficult for me to judge an essay because they are so multidimensional in their perspectives
      For example your essay includes stories
      Others; essay i read included ways of not being idle
      Ek ka toh padha ki mind is never idle
      Fir apna padhta hun, toh alag hi perspective milta hai…maine toh likha hai ki kaise ye phrase real life mein dikhta hai alag-alag levels pe
      So firslty, help me by providing me any guideline or a formal notification given by upsc to write an essay
      If there is no guideline, tab toh wait, i ll tell what i feel about your essay
      I feel its a very well structured one
      I can fnd out the structure as i read it
      1- explain what one means by a devil working into an idle mind
      2- give examples of how a mind being idle can lead to destruction and similarly how an engaged mind can be constructive
      3-explain how the mind can try not being idle

      So my personal feedback- I loved reading it..the phrase or idiom whatever you say, has been aptly explained and exemplified
      plus mine essay would seem like a big GS answer..your looks like an essay with personal thinking and examples
      Well done Jokerji 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        Pandeyji that’s the beauty of an essay! Different people may have a different perspective for the same topic! No essay is bad unless it’s in context. Anyway, reviewing urs 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        N thanx for the good words!

      • Batman

        Pnadey ji hmare essay ka bhi analysis kar dijiye. Shukriya 🙂

        • pandeyji

          Are aap hi ka kar rahe the ki pate se awaz aane lagi
          rukiye ji

    • Isha

      Amazing flow u had throughout. Though the examples used seems to end abruptly. I feel one can shorten them and include many more like that. The solutions u have focused upon talk more about self correction. There must be something to be done at societal level- like meditation, Yoga, sports- including them into school & college curriculum. Also the unemployment aspect- renders huge pool of human capital underutilized- deserves a line or two from a great writer like you 🙂
      Anyway, whatever you wrote from beginning till end- it never felt as if above mentioned points by me are missing. But incorporating them in your style would give you an edge. Let me know if I was wrong somewhere in my line of thought.

      • why_so_serious?

        hey Isha! Thanx for review! Wrote it in the flow, so could write only what clicked me then! Thanx again 🙂

    • P.s

      I read your last essay comparing with that this is not that much attractive but overall good essay serious

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx P.s for the review 🙂

    • Tuktuk

      Okay! To be true, i didn’t liked the very first line.Don’t mind my words.Starting with “this quote……” seems that you started like “yeah,whatever man”.
      i liked the rest of your essay! it was interesting!! i dont know that what else could have been added as you surely want critical review!
      i liked your examples too, specially farmer wala, and guy loved a girl wala!! Connected with the examples and what you want to say!! 🙂
      starting was brilliant except the first line ofcourse!!! From mommy used to feed us se it became very interesting!!
      Looking forward,catch you tomorrow onwards! 🙂

      • night fury

        tuktuk please review mine too thanks ! 😀

        • Tuktuk

          okay! kar dia

          • Batman

            bhai, if not writing, please have a look at my essay too 🙂

            • night fury

              batman, review mine too.. i am going to review yours. thanks 😀

              • Batman

                deal done 😛

            • Tuktuk

              🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        bhai thanx for the review 🙂 It depends, yu liked the whole essay, and people here didn’t like it at all! I’ll surely change the first line. Thank yu 🙂

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          hahaha you know why it happens.? It is because people keep much expectations before they read your essay especially me so when not up to our satisfaction it becomes Dilwale movie 🙂 And 13 likes it means people have liked it na do not think on it 🙂

    • Rebel

      Nicely articulated and good use of examples. Your essay gave different perspective.
      Kindly review my essay. I have wriiten too much Indian centric views

      Kwar 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx for the review bro 🙂

    • night fury

      connection of examples at the end is Superb (y)

      thoda “butter flow” wala flow aur laaya ja sakta hai (like ur last essay – its was a joy ride 😀 )

      stories k beech me use “connectors” –better flow ..

      plus : idle brain ka “positive” side — u gave measures to use idle brain. => very good ! makes ur essay balanced and optimistic.

      examples are beautiful 🙂
      and I love the expressions 😀 keep it Up Mr. Serious! 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        tareef k paise netbanking k through pahuncha dio 😛

        • night fury

          Fir to mujhe zada milenge 😛
          Plz do the needful 😛

          • why_so_serious?

            NIKAL LO BETA!!

            • night fury

              Talk to the Dragon’s Hand please 😀

    • SS

      Good that u dint tilt towards considering the quote as an absolute position, after all the glass is nothing in itself, milk or wine makes the difference. 😀 Also good is the fact that u dint start with a story with random characters, I know its good to start with one, but only when u can make one…else I see pple writing stories to start off no matter what. 😀 …Newton was idle when the apple fell… 😀 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        HAHAHA… i know who yu r no matter if u change ur name Shalu 😀

        Have used it two times. And I love doing it. I hope that wasn’t a taunt. I try to connect the story to the essay topic, n not for the sake of it (If u have read my essays)

        Thanx for the review my friend 🙂

        • SS

          I never want to attempt an essay on a Quote. After 2-3 paragraphs I seriously have nothing to write on them. the GDP, Women Empowerment type topics are nice to write on. Pls do as u promised …kindly review my essay. Though its very very average and I know I did introduce a lot of GS stuff for no good. Realised only when I finished it 😀

    • Ash

      I wanna talk to you…. Please stay online… I will just review Batman’s and I will get back… Stay here! 🙂

    • Ash

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    • Jaya Swatantra

      Nice .covered too many aspects but one question.. why your essays have a philosophical touch?

      • why_so_serious?

        It’s not necessary to give any philosophical touch. U need to describe that you want to in simple words. And please don’t mind sushmit. I gave that review coz I know where you stood the last week. Yu’re much better this week. This is a booster for u to improve further next week. Hope m clear 🙂

    • yogi

      Hey joker, i liked the way u presented your essay in from of questions and i was feeling like reading novel
      your articulations is exceptionally impressive,
      i was expecting that u would also cover the factors that propel our mind to use it in a destructive way,, these could be social(like our friend circle, family environment, education system), economic(absence of employment), etc..and u already know the ways to present that in an interactive way..like u did throughout your essay
      keep going my friend, BoL

      • why_so_serious?

        hey yogi! Thanx for the review man! After reading all the essays.. I felt like I missed several aspects. It will come with time I believe… have just started.

        Thanx again for the nice words 🙂

      • sankar

        rvw mine
        m going for your essay in short while

        • yogi

          i take a lots of time in typing so presently i m into writing mode,
          planning to start typing the essays next Sunday onward
          meanwhile i m reviewing yours,,
          keep up the spirit

    • Disco Dancer

      Above nice essay. My review:

      1)You have done exceptionally well in terms of telling us what this quote actually means.
      2)You have enriched your answer with suitable examples
      3)language is lucid & fun to read.
      4)Still after reading the whole essay it looks that much more could have been written. I feel the same when i ended my essay. It looked like we have only written in one particular thread.
      I think we could tell how too much technology is making us idle, how we could prove futile for country as a human resource with our idle brain who dont perform basic fundamental duties or dont helps in sustainable development. Also how our status increases the danger we could bring with our idle brain.etc etc

      Overall it is a good essay, but we need to work hard to make our writing exceptional:)

      PLZ REVIEW MINE

      • why_so_serious?

        hey DD. I’ll surely read it once I have time.

        Thanx for both the good and the constructive words 🙂

        • sankar

          plz rvw mine dost
          critically

      • sankar

        hey disco plz rvw mine
        m going for yours

    • Himanshu nn

      1.”An ideal mind tends to a devil’s playground only after how we perceive things”.—brilliant(except the typo).
      2.farmer example is also good.
      3.nice contrast between the bad and good consequences of an idle mind with examples. (educated girl trying to join isis vs farmer)
      4.however i feel intro can be bettered.
      overall a nice read.
      if possible review mine also

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      You are certainly getting better with each passing day. You were able to write a balanced philosophical essay, which will fetch you good marks.

      Marks – 70/125

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx a lot sir, really appreciate your efforts to review such late in the night 🙂

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    i have read first three form sociological thought from abrham…
    and i have ritzer also
    can share weblinks notes etc anything
    plz telll…..

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  • sheetu singh

    first time m here .u guys doing a lot .i ll surely write this one bt not gonna post .bcoz it ll wrosted .bt sure next time i ll .thanku insight grt work u r doing .

    • SVSR

      Dont worry to post……..no one is perfect………….we are all here to shine and struggling for excellence………..share, learn and let other learn.

      • why_so_serious?

        hey svsr, Please review my essay 🙂

      • sheetu singh

        Thankx .bt today i ll write only .next time sure

    • ragini sharma

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      • sheetu singh

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  • Shrunga Chandrashekar

    An Idle Brain is Devil’s Workshop.

    Pretham falls in love with sneha, friendship was relationship that kept them together, and after completion of education they
    both will get into good job and start thinking of settling in life. They will convey to their parents about their love and wish to tie knot, being orthodox family their parents won’t agree due to inter caste. The Orthodox mindset is
    where human thinks in a narrow stream and won’t accept other good thoughts, this is the big problem that world is facing today. Example: Castism In India, ISIS attacks in Syria, Racism in South Africa.

    Human mind accepts things/thoughts that will benefit him or give him powers or make him dominant in society, accepting things
    without evaluating advantages and disadvantages of it is what creates Devil’s workshop. Human intelligence is the result of millions of years of evaluation and it is what that makes him unique from other species, all the technological, philosophical, social revolutions are the results of the Proactive mind. Racism, castism, Terrorism are the result of idle mind.

    Human subconscious cannot differentiate between good and bad, it tries to make it a reality what mind perceives. When a human mind starts perceiving things without counter questioning it evil things start to
    grow and all human energy will be spent on realizing it.

    What is solution to this problem? Human mind will get shaped as we will try to shape it, thus art of thinking should be inculcated
    from childhood. When duryodhana was a child shakuni played a role of spoiler, he developed the mind of duryodhana against panadavas and evil seed started germinating and it grew in to big tree kurukshetra was the result of it. Teachers
    and parents plays an important role in shaping the future generations, Children should be thought to judge between good and bad right from beginning. Children should be thought to train their minds by involving them in various art, music,
    dance etc.

    Children should be thought to meditate, exercise and they should be aware that destruction will not only affect others but it will
    affect them too. Seed of beautiful world should be implanted deep inside them which is possible through the value based education. The technology, political, social setup we have today should work towards the Human prosperity and human
    destruction.

    How this is affecting India? India is a country with high demographic dividend which host the most vulnerable adult population. They
    are prone to radicalization and can turn into anti-social elements which will affect the society socially and economically. Diverse society of India will give many opportunities to the young population to spread violence by making a
    simple issue a caste based thus affecting the groups/communities. The recent Dadri lynching, Setting fire to Dalit family are one such incidents.

    The unemployed youth are the vulnerable group thus they should be engaged in the productive activities to maintain peace and tranquility in the society. Skill development, Make In India to attract the manufacturing companies to India thus creating employment are the few steps taken by the government in this direction.

    Idleness which we discussed above is in the physical aspect but that is not the only aspect that contribute to the evilness. Person
    might be employed physically but mentally he is idle i.e not thinking productively or lost capacity to judge between good or bad can be dangerous. Example Radicalization of the IT employee by the ISIS, California Gun attack
    that killed 14 people and injured many. To overcome such incidents people should be involved in the social productive activities like planting trees, educating the illiterates during weekends etc.

    Other factors that contribute to social unrest can be unrest in family, relationships which will make human being to think negatively
    and act negatively thus proper counselling at the time of need can help in long-term.

    It is that one thought by newton why apple fell from the tree that revolutionary law of gravitation came into existence. It is the one thought of osama bin laden that destructed the world trade center. It is not the thought that matters it is judgement weather it is good or bad that matters.

    If we change the mind of man we have changed man thus towards peace in society is not much far. Beginning for this should be laid
    from the childhood and government should work towards the employment and livelihood. Beautiful world is a result of consolidated efforts from all and the evil in society will affect all thus human being should aspire for prosperous world not the destructive.

    • People

      essay is nice but i think you deviated a bit…topic categorically quotes idle mind is devil’s workshop. How idleness is devilish isn’t reflected here.

      • why_so_serious?

        please review mine 🙂

      • Shrunga Chandrashekar

        Thank You for the review.

        Ill try to modify the essay. inculcating the points u hv mentioned

    • ragini sharma

      nice essay
      u hv mosly focused on psycological part
      intro is good
      solution partis absent

      plz review mine

      • Sushmit Adigon

        hey can u review mine!but i cant review urs!!

        • ragini sharma

          sure i knw language problem 😉

    • Sushmit Adigon

      review mine,,i ll review urs

    • sankar

      good one
      plz rvw mine

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  • Cybertron Ninja

    Essay – An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    “Be aware of how you think, from your thoughts will rise actions, from your actions will rise habits, from your habits will rise your character.”

    It is the thoughts, that drive a person to action or inaction. Seeking knowledge and truth puts the person on the path of righteousness. All the things a human builds and breaks is an outcome of state of mind he has build over the course of his time on Earth. The one who practices cultivating his thoughts can exercise great control over his understanding of the world he lives in. He is capable of analyzing a situation through multiple perceptions and can take actions through his knowledge and thinking power that helps bringing equilibrium in the nature.

    The mind is always active taking in information, even when the body is at rest. It is important to fill it with good ideas regularly because the one who does not fill it with good ideas is leaving the mind open for average ideas and many a times negative things. Immature minds always picks up easy way and unhealthy habits whereas a mature and progressing mind tends to work hard to achieve a worthy life. A life full of meaning and positive ideas is self helping and helps others also.

    When a person is idle, laziness in thoughts and action starts to creep in, engulfs his mind and robs him of his productive potential. His understanding of right and wrong starts getting corrupted. Such a person instead of working hard looks for shortcuts to fulfill his needs. When this starts to happen the person can become dependent on others for providing him necessities and demands. He may enter into petty thefts and criminal activities to acquire money. He may abuse substances and drugs to fulfill his curiosity and keep himself in pleasant mood.

    As he loses control over his mind and thoughts he starts losing control over his tongue and mannerism also. These people also start wielding negative influence on others. Often, they try to obstruct the progress of other hardworking people by criticizing them and even using physical force on the weaklings. Being idle for long time and acquiring resultant bad habits is a vicious circle. It becomes very difficult to come out of such a situation as the individual loses his awareness and willpower also.

    When we sit idle, we make ourselves free from all responsibilities of performance and manufacture a scapegoat in advance. Instead of thinking how to succeed, we are always planning how to shift the blame of failure to someone. Such people never succeed because they are mentally prepared for failures. They are even wishing for failures so that they can blame their enemy for their failures. Such a person’s mind becomes a Devil’s workshop. Negative thinking and negativity is synonymous with devil.

    Devil is the personification of an evil and an archenemy of God and humankind. In the devil’s workshop there is tendency to build up more devils through brainwashing and manipulation by corrupting judgement of righteous people. Many pseudo-politicians and religious bigot use such methods to influence the masses. Such a group of people masterminded and influenced by one or two negative brains destroys life of whole community.

    Such a state of situation should be arrested and controlled at the roots level. Education that incorporates right values, right action and productive life skills essentially be given to every child. People should be educated to love their work be it in office or at home. They should actively participate in the welfare of the society, neighborhood and their country. They should participate in hobbies and fruitful activities. Idle time should be spent on self learning and helping others. We must spend our time building and practicing good habits and be an example of inspiration to others. We should expand our mind and vision by reading and writing.

    “Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking provides knowledge, Knowledge makes you great.” A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    • Cybertron Ninja

      Please give your feedback.

    • People

      very good essay…commemdable

      • Cybertron Ninja

        Thank you for your valueable feedback People.

    • ragini sharma

      simply awesome flow

      • Cybertron Ninja

        Thank you Ragini Sharma for your valuable feedback.

      • sankar

        mujhe bhi sahi se pdhane nahi ban pa rahi
        aap thoda bada likh kar upload kijiye
        picchle saptah bhi dikkat lagata tha
        sorrry

        • ragini sharma

          ji bilkul dhyan rakhungi next time

    • Prerna saxena

      short , and more emphasize on explaining about ,put example in support or against the quote or discuss it crically .. you simply explains the quote in my opinion…keep writing

      • Cybertron Ninja

        Thank you Prerna Saxena for your valuable feedback.

    • Batman

      some real life examples could be included. further, at times you have included the expression “person sits idle”, i think it should be replaced with mind or thinking sub-consciously. Conclusion should not become a paragraph for suggestions. Make sure to dedicate a separate para for conclusion where you emphasize the whole idea written in the body.
      Please review mine too 🙂

      • Cybertron Ninja

        Thank you Batman for your valuable feedback. You are right about the examples part, thank you.

  • sankar

    Surely, the quotation, ‘An Idle brain is the devil’s workshop’ remains vogue forever. In fact, Man is not to be made idle. “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread” is the curse of God, according to the Bible. It is more blessing than a curse.
    We should not be like drone but should try to procure honey from every flower. There are so many unique things in this world that we are only beings gifted with intelligence to understand about them. so let us enjoy this blessing by engaging ourselves in the study and acknowledgement of the the pervasive things in the world.
    It is truely said, “Nature knows no pause and attaches a curse upon inaction.” Indeed, it is curse to remain idle. We shall take every efforts to keep ourselves occupied. The more a person works, the more he progresses.

    Once upone a time, a man was given a small piece of land. This tract of land was in the semi-arid or arid area. Since he was landless, he was happy to get it though it is wasteland in the arid zone. He decided to start work on it. He built a wood and mud-built hut and adjacent to it small tract for farming. He planted some crops such as wheat, maize etc to survive. Since the area is arid so he had to fetch water from a distant place. He constantly kept on doing so.
    He woke up daily in the morning and tend to field. By the time, the water requirement of the crops kept on increasing. He thought that it is not possible to fetch that much water. He planned to dig a well. For several days, he went on doing it and reached upto a place where he got mud water. Now he was happy that from this water, even muddy, he used to take bath, cooking and watering the plants. He never stopped and continued to dig. After few days he reached a place where he found a clean, abundance and drinkable water.
    Now, the availability of water encouraged him to expand his agricultural activities. He ploughed large tract of the land and sowed it with a variety of crops. He got high yielding. He became a wealthy person. He bought many modern farm equipments such tractor, threser etc. He did not stop here and began to study about better techniques and knowledge for farming. He tamed cattle and opened a dairy farm. He shared his knowledge with other persons. He employed many persons.
    Similarily, heart-touching story of Dashrath Majhi, in Gaya district of Bihar. After his wife death, he once decided that we had to get rid of this rough hilly terrain and opened an accessible and a smooth way for the people. He started work and after many years of tiredless work, he overcome the challenges and got his goal.
    Since human mind has no limit. It is the source of mass and unlimited knowledge. But, the only requirement that is to engage youself. It is the mind of human being that makes the world one by disseminating the information by the radio, mobile, tv via Internet or other communication mode. It is the mind that sent ISRO’s MOM and NASA’s curiosity. It is the human mind which forcast the weather status, climate chang, estimate till 21 century. It is human mind that help in building weapon of mass distruction such hydrogen bom, atom bom, ICBM, aircraft, aeroplane, laptop, computer, mobile, surrogacy, test tube baby. It is the brain that would possible to use ledger technique in the future war.
    Similary, the stride in human well-being in the country like Japna compared to vast countries like India and China became possible due to the tiredless efforts of the people. They work tooth and nail in every field of life. Now they are planting rice in the sea. they are doing automatic machine such robot for their progress and daily working.It is the work of human brain who turned India from ‘ship to mouth’ country to a net exporter in food grain, milk, fruits, vegetables. It is the brain which is working in maximum possible benefits to the people in every walk of life. It is the brain which became India the leader in pharmaceutical industry and software, IT, and IITs, IIMs etc.
    In contrast, a brain is kept useless, it becomes the curse for the individual himself, for the society, for the nation and for the entire world. Indeed, the an idle person becomes indolent, moody and inactive or passive. In that case, he lost his strength and get him free to be influenced by the outsider. Then what happens, is that of doing crime, theft, looting, killing, becoming terrorists, maoists etc. In the case, of ‘Nirbhaya rape’, the person who did henous crime all are from the same category.
    The persons involved in it, have bad company. The raising the isssue of hate and discrimination between two person or two communities or two religion or two region is the work of idle suc as riots, racial discrimination.etc.
    Depites knowing there is a proper and safe to go up and down, we jump from the roof, is an work of idle mind. What is being done by the some section politician or political parties to block ever business which is vital for its personal importance at the cost of national interest. Any kinds of wars which happened in the past and will have to be happened, would have no benefit still countries are struggling to do so. Pakistan has made his country breeding ground for terrorist groups to destable India and Afghanistan but Pakistan is itself bearing its cost. The western countries have actively interfered in the internal of the countries like Afghanistan, Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Libya etc and favoured their like minded group to fight against the enemy such as in the the WWI and WWII, cold war etc.
    Similary, India has been the victim of terror for the last four-five decades. so despite its regular plea, the World countries remained unheared till the WTC attack by AQ and following attacks such as in London, Paris, California and it seems now they have acknowledge that it is terro but still have confidence it is not threat to their country as stated by the USA president, Mr Brack Obama.
    In the last, a well educated, a creative and active mind is that which differentiate between what is good or bad. Like wise the nascent thinking any bad happening which is not immediate threat for me so we should not mind it is the curse or an work of idle mind. A person should engage himself not only in his personal matter but what is happening in their surrounding and across the world. If any thing happens good hence imbibe it and disseminate the virtues of those things around you. If any thing happens wrong, they must condemn, devise ways to thwart its growing and spreading.
    to make it possible, along with individual effort, the goverment or the state should also provide a conducive environment where no discrimination, no conflcts, no syncisim. the state shoul provide equal opportunities to every people in every walk of life such as employment, creativity, privilege, income, education. The state should ensure security and safety to let him free to do their creative work. Instead imposition of something rather avail them vast opportunities to select among them at his/her own interest.

    • ragini sharma

      nice written

      dashrath manjhi kuchh din pehle hi dekha…

      jabarzast ………………….. zindabaad

    • Sushmit Adigon

      this is a gud essay, few issues i found
      1)intro i felt was bit stretched
      2)Ideal brain a devils workshop??u havent written much on it

    • Prerna saxena

      balanced one..

    • why_so_serious?

      a very good read bro. The best thing was yu actually tried to include different aspects by breaking it part by part. It blockage of flow wasn’t felt. I have seen such type of write up’s in good blogs, trust me. Good one.

      all the best ! cannot think of any criticism 🙂

      • sankar

        thanks bhai
        your rvw pleased and give confidence
        all the best yot too

    • night fury

      Hi Sankar!
      U can explain about tbe meaning of the quote. What u have written shows “being idle is curse” , a bit differenr from the quote “idle brain = devil action”

      Then when u started the farmer’s exmple.. It is not connecting to the last line of previous para. (according to me every para should flow into another)
      U can use “connectors” in.this case.

      Like ur next example started with “Similarly” –> it’s good to start like this.

      And the following paras u gave very good examples of Isro and Nasa.

      Then negatives of idle mind are nicely supported with examples (y)

      Overall use of simple language is what I like the most. And urs was on same lines.
      Just shared what I felt. 🙂
      ATB 🙂

      • sankar

        agreed
        connectors must be used
        one must be honest to express one’s view, it is good
        l like it.
        thank you dost.

        • night fury

          Anytime dost ! 🙂

    • yogi

      Hey shankar, you started very well and i was enjoying the story of the farmer, but u delved too deep into the terrorism thing and obama and all,
      I liked the positivity in your thoughts about human capabilities and u gave sufficient examples too
      conclusions could have been better
      try to write short paras as sometimes things got mixed up
      could have provided some more solutions
      overall i liked it
      KWAR..:)

      • sankar

        thanks dost
        with due respect
        i’ll work on your suggestion

    • Batman

      Hi Shankar, my views:
      1)don’t let the examples take away the essence of your essay. Include examples but make sure, you give more emphasis to your own ideas in them
      2)positive and negative aspects both are in balanced proportion
      3)grammatical mistakes at some places
      4)expressions like “In the last”, “finally” looks like you just wanted to stop writing
      5)solutions and conclusions are two different things. Please don’t treat them as one, add separate para for both aspects
      Overall, a good one. I like the simple language used by you, easy to connect with the ideas. Thanks!

      • sankar

        thanks dost
        will work on it

  • SVSR

    Human brain is a marvel in the process of evolution. We developed from stone ages to digital era by understanding the underlying processes of nature and of universe. We adjusted and adopted to the local environments and resources, and improvised our standards of living by gradual development of knowledge base and inheritance. All this is possible only because of the human’s unique gift called ‘thinking’. Human thinking, imagination and intelligence has no boundaries. Our curiosity and deep imagination is our best bless. Albert Einstein used to say that “Imagination is greater than knowledge”.

    Anything in this universe could be used for both good and evil purposes. On a macro scale, anything that is useful for humans is ‘good’ and threatens one’s existence is treated as ‘bad’. We could perceive one common thing from all our developmental efforts is ‘motive’. The good motive channelises all the energy and resources for betterment of human livelihood, whereas the bad motive works in contrast.

    An idle person is the one who indulge either in unproductive work or in mere livelihood purposes often sub-optimal to his/her work efficiency. So, in any case, the idle person devotes his/her leisure time either for social good or destructive purposes. For example, we have seen many retired or idle persons became social activists and thriving for societal good and justice. As same, some involved in anti-social activities like rowdyism, malpractices for their settlement.

    AFFECTS ON SOCIETY

    POVERTY AND CRIME

    Poverty and unemployment are interlinked, directly proportional, and many a times, dangerous not only for their own livelihood, but also for the society as a whole. Many reports reveal that the areas of poverty and unemployment like slums, underdeveloped parts of the society are the areas of crime, terror, smuggling and trafficking. The deep analysis of their turning towards anti-social activities show that lack of availability of resources and denial/insufficiency of opportunities threatens their basic needs of improving their standards of living and self-betterment. That means, their energies, abilities and intelligence are in vain for their excel and livelihood. Gradually, they are exposed to diversified societal activities and their brain works constantly in search of loopholes and easy ways for sustaining their livelihood.

    One should remember that morals and ethics do not work in the minds of the persons who are either in angry or hungry. Moreover, their struggle for existence, betterment, and continuous failure, mutates their ethics and morals in a different way which are often contrary to the common principles of society. For instance, majority of the destitute children are prone to crime and terror related ideologies to ease their livelihood burdens. Further, history shows evidences about the shackles of unemployment which, largely, turns idle youth toward crime related activities like robbery, chain snatching, smuggling and rowdyism etc.

    Now a days, rape and sexual assaults are on the rise. One common thing in majority of the rape cases is accused being an idle person or unemployed or under employed or engaged in unproductive work. This is the barest example of the dangers of idle brains.

    TERROR EMPLOYMENT

    We have experienced the destruction and violence of terror in the recent past from the twin towers of USA to the very recent Paris attacks. The underdeveloped and religiously arrogant places of the world are the engines of terrorism. They usually identifies the idle persons and persons in need as it is easy to inculcate terror ideologies in them, and trains for the destructive purposes of global peace and order. In fact, the top notch of terrorist organisations had also developed their ideologies and philosophies with ambitions like controlling and ruling world. Many a times these are the fruits of idle brains which often thinks on impractical lines and got support from the others.

    Really their ideologies and mindsets are like a Devil’s workshop. To fulfill their objectives and to achieve their aspirations, they engage in a professional way even for destruction. This is the gravest challenge the world is facing now. We can’t even imagine the damage if nuclear devices go into the hands of non-state actors and terrorist organisations.

    FAMILY ISSUES

    Indian families usually runs on the principles of hierarchy, adjustments, boundaries and limitations of family members. In this era of neo-liberalism and rapid urban trends, family disputes are increasing day by day. More often, women is the prime victim in these disputes. For instance, in India context, majority of the daughter-in-laws suffer from her in-laws who are almost idle after retirement life. They disturb the peaceful coexistence on silly issues based on irrational logic and reasoning, and find faults in everything. Mostly these type of tendencies develop due to idleness and to test their importance and identity in the family.

    CONCLUSION

    Recognising all these aspects all nations of the world are working as a community under international organisations like UNO, WTO etc., for achieving common goals. The objectives of Millennium Development Goals and upcoming Sustainable Development Goals are to ensure inclusive and sustainable development. India’s performance in curbing inequality index is poor and there are numerous reports of sabotage in the country. We must increase our work efficiency to achieve targeted results and shape our policies and programs for inclusive and balanced development

  • Vivaan Khanna

    According to the famous English philosopher,John
    Locke,mind is tabula rasa i.e it is in clean state initially.It depends upon us
    whether we use it in a constructive way or destructive way,both will yield
    results depending upon the actions. It is like the children whom you can mould
    either way.So if we keep our mind in idle state then it can lead to many
    destructive activities.

    It becomes
    very paradoxical when on the one hand we hear people saying that life is
    very short to achieve and on the other hand we sit idle.Life,which is ,always
    replete with uncertainties gives very
    less opportunities to us. So, if rather than capitalising on those
    opportunities if someone is affording to have idle brain then its perfect
    recipe of devil’s food.

    An idle brain can never develop, be it
    emotional, physical or economical. Such people can’t understand the values of
    having family or living in a society. Let’s take the example of the rapists in
    India, who are mostly from lower income group, having no purpose in life other
    than earning one or two penny. These people become a threat to society as is
    evident from the girls living in Delhi under constant fear. This also inhibits
    their physical development.since healthy mind resides in healthy body, so you
    can’t expect them to have healthy and productive mind. Such persons literally
    can never become a resource for their family,society,nation or for world as a
    whole.Not only from the sociological viewpoint but from environmental,political
    and others,they are dangerous as you can’t expect them that they would
    participate in protecting animals or contributing to politics etc.An educated
    idle mind is more threatful as it can use its mind properly in doing many unwanted
    things smartly.

    An idle brain leads to many evils.All the
    terrorist activities can be called the result of idle brain.Though in recent
    times terrorist have begun to use their mind and have made creating fear among
    the public as their sole aim of life.

    It is not the case that only idle minds are
    devil’s mind can create nuisance but also it can be other way round too. People
    having idle brain are the most vulnerable people who can be used by cunning
    minds for their interests. Radicalisation and recruitment of youths by ISIS is
    one such example.the Juvenile deliquent in Nirbhaya would not have been a
    criminal today and would have been leading his life normally had he been not
    taught wrong things his so called adult “friend”.Children and youths possess
    curiosity and always keep “ready to learn” approcah,so they become
    immediate targets of these destructive and reckless minds.

    A person pursuing his/her hobby can’t be said to
    have idle mind. There is a difference between the two as in former there is
    some purpose. Human beings are not machines working constantly 24*7.There comes
    a saturation point after having worked for certain number of hours,so They need
    some rest to release mental pressure. For this, they turn to many activities of
    their interests like sports,music,gardening,reading,writing, cooking and so
    on.But,there also,they are constantly learning and applying their mind to
    improve in those areas. There are umpteen number of success stories of persons
    who pursued their hobbies.

    A mind having some purpose is always keen to
    learn and improve as much as it can. This leads to its increased efficiency and
    productivity.This helps in the evolution of a person and hence realising the
    true meaning of “being human”.
    Perhaps we can’t imagine our govt’s and leaders working purposelessly.The world
    in which we live today is moving fast with science and technology.In ancient
    times it was considered as mockery of human beings imagining to fly in air but
    today we are not flying only on our planet but to other planets too.Why?Because
    our eyes had some dreams and purpose.Scientists invent one thing and then try
    to improve themselves leading to the best inventions of a time.This gives them
    an optimistic way that world can be a better place to live on. Leave them,we
    can’t imagine ourselves to be working purposelessly as we grow up.Many people
    have to face many hurdles before acheiving their goals but then also they keep
    on going because their dreams convince them that they can be achieved.Thomas
    Elva Edison failed 1000 times before making bulb.When asked,why didn’t he give
    up after some attempts,he answered that he learnt many things in those
    attempts.Moral is that a life having purpose always seeks to learn as much as
    much as it can and realises its true potential.

    It is said that human is life is gifted by
    Almighty after many number of births.So,instead of sitting idle and wasting
    this precious life one should always endeavor to learn and contribute
    positively in all spheres of life.Not animals possess minds but human beings,so
    alongwith our development we should try to protect animals and conserve our
    environment.Perhaps this is the message delivered by the recently concluded COP
    21 agreement and many past agreements on climate.

    Imagine any dimension of life,we find that all of
    them require us to engage actively and act as resource.So it becomes our moral
    responsibility that we prove ourselves to be a resource and for that we need to
    have an objective,a goal,or a purpose in life otherwise devil’s workshop is not
    far to be conducted.

    • why_so_serious?

      my take on yur essay.

      You started off well. The first para was good, although I feel it seemed more of a “conclusion” material. The next para – I felt it was like you were defaming the lower income people. I mean, most lower income people become an IAS later, how can you simply take a stand that they are threat to the society?

      The next para was very good.

      again the next para seems the repetition of the second para, but with examples. Clearly, the flow is missed.

      The next para included suggestions (very good)

      The rest of the passage I felt was ok ok. I mean it couldn’t appeal me. I felt that it was the same content that most of us(including me) would write. So I felt like ending the essay fast. M sorry.

      The essence of the essay keeps on going up and down. But a very good attempt I must say.

      could have been better. I believe in criticising for the better of the individual. So please take it in a constructive way. It was better than most I read here.

      Thank you!

      • Vivaan Khanna

        ok bro..taken in positive way(i always believe in this)…thank you for reviewing…no matter whether its your answer or ur criticism,u are always honest..thanx a lot

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Very well written you gave examples as what can lead from idle mind. But you could also tell what leads to an idle mind why a person becomes idle mind and how it leads to terrorism since its an essay i think we can provide structure to it as how the causes which u have pointed can raise from idle mind.
      Ex: U gave very good example of rapist juvenile so u could say lack of education facility, livelihood, moral practices in slums has made his mind to sit idle which eventually drives him to wicked activities .
      So examples were good could support it. keep writing. 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        got the point bro..will implement your suggestions..thank you

    • Nandini

      Its a well written piece but I think you should not make blanket statements about rapists in India being from lower income groups. You could say that a man is a product of his circumstances and if life has not been fair to him, he tends to get influenced by the rogue elements in society, which make him do things he would not do otherwise. BUt this holds true for anyone, not just lower income groups. Moreover, rape is a very nuanced issue, with many cases of within- family abuse, which cant be attributed to family incomes as such. Hope this helps 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        thank you mam..its really helpful…would take the liberty to plagiarize in modifying my essay 🙂

  • blufl0

    guys plz review..only 600 words but plz review..

    • ragini sharma

      dear plz work on writting also..sry if i hurt u…

      • blufl0

        no not at all…thank you for reviewing..please keep at..i will work on it.

  • ashwin jai

    An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    A man doesn’t grow only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. This growth is inclusive and part of his life life, which would be enable him to get a purpose and fulfil his destiny. But without any spiritual and mental growth, the man doesn’t learn much in his life and leading to idling of this capacity. Frustration due to the idling would one day become tools in devils hand which would harm not only the person, but to the entire world.

    Need for mental growth

    Evolution is a continuous process. One of main reason, mankind has been able to evolve from its ape ancestors is due to the mental growth. With evolution of man, its mental capacity grew and helped us to learn new things which made our life easy and simple. From stone age civilization to current digital civilization, there has been continuous process growth of mental capacity of man which enabled him create many marvels, for eg 500 yrs ago, it was thought that flying was act of god and only thru flying-man can liberate himself.

    After all the mental growth, did we truly liberate ourselves?. Problems existed then and problems exist even now. But the nature of the problems are changing. With increasing complexity of our interactions in the world, complexity of our problems is increasing. One thing our current digital world has taught is that nothing is stationary, the meaning of word “stationary” itself isn’t stationary. Now we can access to information at a fast pace, forcing us to make decisions as quickly as possible which is complicating our decision process. We saw how fast the affect of paris terror attack spread, forcing once erstwhile enemy to come together. With increasing complexity of the situation, even our mental growth takes place forcing us to change ourselves and keeping us busy.

    Thru all the mental growth and new thing we learn, one thing it has taught is change is inevitable. To withstand this change, one must be sharp intellectually and be open minded always. We must constantly aware of our environment and know what to expect from particular situation. With changing situation, even our response to it must also change. This can happen only when we are not “idle” in our mind. If we idle our mind, not our mental growth would retard. But also, we will not be part of the change coming; that why even if elderly aged people think they don’t understand latest gadget, but they still try to learn it and use them in their daily life. So, its imperative to be always active.

    Spirituality with mental growth

    Thru-out history, one thing which we have learnt so far is that no matter how much earn or how intelligent we are, we always feel that we are missing something. It is the inner peace of satisfaction and happiness which each every person seeks. This inner peace can be earned thru spiritually.

    Spirituality, doesn’t just mean being religious and following religious tenets. Spirituality is much more than that. It is a broader concept of getting a sense of connection to something which is bigger than ourselves. It is a human experience, which touch us all. This connection can be found when we link our growth with spirituality. In current age, we find many billionaires despite having many thing is their life, keeping on searching for something more and donate much of their wealth for philanthropic purpose for inner satisfaction.

    It when such spiritual connection is established we have something to stand for and we dont fall for anything. In today’s world, many people are committing heinous crimes in name of religion. But the truth is, no religion tries to prescribe for any such things. Many people learn many things in their life, at times they end up learning things is a wrong way. This would in turn make them vulnerable to fall for anything in this world, and that why we are facing the problem of increasing radicalisation of youth in world and they becoming prey to very things any religion proscribe.

    Using the spiritual and mental growth to free from devil’s grip.

    So, how to prevent ourselves from becoming devils tools and freeing our mind from devil’s workshop?..there is no clear cut answer to thing question. In mahabharat, after successful answering the question of yakasa by yudhistra, yakasa asked him how he could answer all of them. Yudhishtra replied “if we protect dharma, it would in turn protect you”. Age old mythology, it might be. It has not lost its relevance even today.

    For, any one to free his mind from idling and from the devil, he must not never keep his mind idle and use the mental and spiritual growth. One is complementary to another, and one cant work well without the other. As new complexity comes with increase in mental capacity, spiritual connection help us in freeing us from these complexity, and let us embrace the pure knowledge and thought which help us in enlightening our life. Every man has a purpose in his life and he is not born evil, its the circumstance and mis-understanding of it turns him evil. No matter how hard it is,he should never gave up his hope to idle himself and his capacity, and always remember that “idle mind is devil’s workshop”.

  • ashwin jai

    hi, pls review my essay..any comment for improvement is welcomed..thanks..

  • Rohit Kulkarni

    Once newton was asked what is darkness he said “Absence of light is darkness”. In the same of what is devilish is absence of good or moral
    is known as devil. To work is burning of glucose which mind hates and tends to be idle. Such a mind always tend to be fond of quick results which is always devastating in nature as rightly said an idle brain is always a devil workshop.

    So let us see how an idle brain is different from ideal brain? What makes such difference? What is loss to humanity and world? What can we do to stabilise such mind?

    Idle brain is boss of laziness and never tends to do no work. An idle brain is a waste full of resources present in nature. A brain can do wonders if utilised in a proper way. Scientist have revealed that it was
    Issac newton who has used 17% of his brain only to provide such a miracle which was impossible even to imagine for human mankind. But such a brain can also make the same brain beggar who never tend to use his brain.

    A brain if kept idle for so long can also become dangerous as it is a lazy one always tend to get results in a quick and hurry way so it tries to wicked practices like theft, kidnap etc this kind of mind is not only
    dangerous for society but also disastrous. According research idle mind gets frustrated for every simple terms as there is no much proper mechanism to control developed by them in due course. Frustrated mind easily takes harsh decisions and can also become radicalised easily which can cause terrorism which whole world is facing the blow of it.

    With growing time and seeing success of others idle mind can also jealous feeling towards other can pull the developing one. We see many
    instances in college’s students thrashing others who are successful one because they could not achieve. Growing mind also tend to get comfort and full fill its wicked deeds which tends to take paths like Rape, atrocities against lower people for fun, eveteasing etc which is a great threat human life.

    “Thy sweat you take for the bread”- is a great saying from Bible. Which says it’s a natural process to get pain for gain. “ Tinkering mind takes decisions and moves more speed than wind which becomes uncontrolled”—says Gita. So it’s a natural process that we have to be
    busy and work for good with moral practices for sustenance of life. So anything against nature cannot sustain and should be removed. Human life is called as human resource of a country. So we have no right to misuse such resource and must be kept in right direction for fruitful results.

    It is possible to make an idle mind to ideal mind. I remember Valmiki who wrote great epic Ramayana was once a thief and murderer but became the great saint of humanity when was put in right direction. In the same way a idle brain must be brought to right direction in keeping it busy in usefulness. Lack of resources also sometimes make a person idle as we see that lack of proper education and facilities leave people with no work and such an idle mind if once becomes frustrated pushes them to extremism as seen by Maoism and Left groups who fight for resources like land due to improper land reforms and lack of education system and accessibility to such kind of areas mostly found in tribal hamlets.

    So its also duty of Govt to provide such an environment to be busy than become idle. We also see many educated but unemployed youth resorting to drinking, drugs etc due to lack of opportunities. It is also our responsibility to provide them such good education system which makes them a perfect professional.

    For an example my college had no resources or proper lab facilities and our seniors used to take our class due to lack of proper professors and I always used to wonder how such kind of colleges get permission. No I see most of my friends had to struggle very hard to compete with people of creamy layer and people with much less spirit staying nothing. Stringent rules should be laid whiling providing licenses for education system to break the myth that Engineering is very easy to pass.

    Apart individual also needs to play an important role by motivating people and providing good examples of leaders like Abdul kalam right
    from childhood nurturing them in definitive path to have best moral practices and use the time best for public good as I said Humans are resources of the country and have no right to waste a resource which not theirs. We should use for public good.

    So an idle mind can not only be dangerous to himself but also to humanity so. So it’s the responsibility of every one to provide wind beneath the wings of an idle person so that he does not drown and drown us.

    • Vivaan Khanna

      learnt many good points…but in second part of essay i felt that i was reading the answer of a que not an essay..conclusion can be improved…
      critically review mine please

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        Yeah I know I’m poor at this kind of one 🙂

    • Nandini

      Great example about Valmiki.

    • ragini sharma

      nice essay sr.. u hv related well neuton wth brain

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        Thank you Raginiji app ka nibhandh nahi dikha 🙂 learning good hindi 🙂

        • ragini sharma

          likha hai maine ….. upload kia hai… 🙂

    • India First

      Nice attempt. At some places essay need correction of grammar (which might be due to alacrity to write here but will reduce marks in exam for sure).
      You have given very nice examples and its a good essay but with proper structure it has potential to become excellent. (You can check some blogs which explain essay structures or it will com automatically with time)
      Keep writing 🙂

    • Batman

      hi CoolKarni

      I think a better approach would be to first include cause, then result and then suggestions. You have mixed up the two. Further, your essay lacks the flow that is present most of time.
      grammatical mistakes: “Idle brain is boss of laziness and never tends to do no work” and others
      you defined idle brain and I appreciate it
      Please take some time to review mine too 🙂
      P.S.: You are a true engineer, vented out ur frustration 😀 “myth that Engineering is very easy to pass” 😛

    • Sushmit Adigon

      this is ur best essay,
      i liked u r valmiki,newton story, idle mind–>ideal mind
      examples were gud!
      disliked everything related to coll bunking,fighting
      conclusion could have been better, nevertheless decent
      could u reviewmine

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        hey but I did not write anything like college bunking or fighting I think you skipped that part reading 🙂 so bad

        • Sushmit Adigon

          what ru saying bro?
          “college’s students thrashing others”
          “ple my college had no resources or proper lab facili”
          “educated but unemployed youth resorting to drinking, drugs”

          So BAD>????

  • Isha

    Please review. Any constructive criticism is welcome. There are too many problems with the essay but if u can point them out concretely, it would be immensely helpful.

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          • Sushmit Adigon

            review mine,,i ll review urs!

            • Isha

              Sure, I am going to read yours!

  • ragini sharma

    plz review mujhe sentence nd quote wale essa/.. likhne me dikkat jati hai….
    bt eee soch kr likhi hun k joi aur option nah hai…

    • sheetu singh

      Where s ur essay

      • ragini sharma

        upload kia hai…
        fr se upload kr rahi hun

        • sheetu singh

          Ok

  • Nandini

    An
    idle mind is Devil’s workshop

    The human mind is
    capable of remarkable achievements and has wrought miracles as it has evolved
    over time. The fascinating inventions, technological progress and innovations
    would never have been possible had the human mind not been gainfully employed
    in realising the potential it is endowed with. The Marxian theory of Dialectical Materialism puts human industry at
    the centre of the material progress that the world has seen over centuries. It
    is only because of human effort that a cart gave way to a wagon, or the hand
    mill to the steam engine. At the same time, history is replete with instances
    of the havoc that man is capable of wrecking when all this ingenuity and talent
    is used for destructive purposes.

    Margaret Thatcher said “Watch your thoughts.
    They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They
    become habits. Watch your habits. They become your character. Character is
    everything.” What we think, we become. In the book The Monk who sold his
    Ferrari, one of the many life lessons taught by the author is that the mind
    is akin to a garden and the individual is the gardener. If the gardener makes
    regular and painstaking efforts to water the plants, treat the soil with rich
    manure, the garden will bear beautiful fruits and flowers. If instead the
    gardener doesn’t pay the required attention to the garden, allowing it to fall
    into disuse, it will become a barren, uncultivable wasteland. Similarly, if we
    enrich our mind by constantly being engaged in worthwhile pursuits, broadening
    our horizons and acquiring knowledge, we will not only enhance the quality of
    our own lives but also be an asset to society.

    On the other hand, a person with an idle mind not
    only destroys himself and his personal relationships, but is also a burden on
    society. This is because people who are not productively engaged are easily
    influenced by anti- social elements and are more prone to socially deviant
    behaviour. This is increasingly visible in the heightened levels of criminal
    activity that we see all around us, be it petty theft or international
    terrorism. For example, one can argue that apart from religious affiliations,
    one important reason why terrorist organisations like ISIS attract young people
    is that they provide an effective outlet to channelize their frustration, which
    metamorphoses into fanaticism. Most of these people come from abject poverty
    and are not been able to earn daily bread to support their often large
    families. Unemployment and poverty is one of the major reasons that people
    engage in criminal activities, terrorism being just one of the forms. The
    proximate cause in each case may be different, but ultimately, one can argue
    that it is a result of people not being gainfully engaged. Therefore, to rid
    ourselves of idleness should not just be a personal quest, but also a societal
    imperative.

    Each individual has a moral responsibility to use
    the time given to him productively and in a way that benefits not only him but
    also society in general. Apart from formal education, cultivating a hobby is a
    novel way to engage one’s faculties usefully. It has already been argued that
    there are societal ramifications of idleness. Therefore, it would not be a
    correct to try to resolve idleness from merely an individualistic and
    microscopic perspective. Society and State can do much to shake the individual
    from the shackles of inaction and inactivity. One very good example is the Raahgiri
    initiative started in the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, where people come
    together early Sunday mornings for various kinds of physical activities. Not
    only does it promote a healthy lifestyle, it leads to a happier and more
    productive workforce, which can contribute to overall prosperity.

    However, this is not to say that physical
    inactivity is tantamount to one being idle. In the hustle bustle of today’s
    world, everyone desires an escape from the daily drudgery. People who spend
    their week days neck- deep in work often want to spend a quite peaceful
    weekend. However, as Jackie Chan says in the movie The Karate Kid, “Doing
    nothing and being still are two very different things”. Idleness therefore,
    is a state of mind. Silence and quiet should not be confused with idleness, but
    it is imperative that we constantly try to improve the quality of silence.

    What distinguishes human beings from other species
    is the rational faculty that we are endowed with. It behoves us to use them
    well.

    • Nandini

      Please review guys! constructive suggestions will be really appreciated. Thank you.

      • Pankaj Kumar

        Overall a superb essay… read in one go… could not divert myself from the essay… … conclusion could have been better … examples were to the point… One can add that a small plant if kept under 4 roofs of a house will not grow effectively as it does not get sunlight to grow… behavioural aspects of people X craving for euthanasia are very irritating, think negative about the society etc…

        • Nandini

          Thank you. To be honest, I got really tired writing the whole thing so just wrote nonsense at the end. I ll definitely try to do better. Thanks! 🙂

          • Pankaj Kumar

            Please review mine too…

      • Prerna saxena

        good one must say flow was superb..
        please review mine..

  • Prerna saxena

    Human being is the most beautiful creation with its “Brain” by God .Brain enable him to distinguish between things and enable him build his culture and shape the world with changing circumstances and environment.But its life never been like this as it is today,its a result of evolution through which he has undergone and still going through from millions of years.The above quote:”An idle brain is the devil’s workshop” encompasses entire humanity and demonstrated it from time to time . Yes i do agree with the statement but this devil’s workshop not necessarily produce devil and circumvent humanity,sometimes human with his idle brain in its (devil’s) workshop produced some good things which were proved to be boon for humanity.An idle brain reside in idle man who fails to engaged himself in any productive work and get involved in observing and thinking about happening around him ,started linking them with his cause and its effect on him and led to do something in frustration or passion which has pros and cons on him and on humanity too.

    Product of Devil’s workshop may have pros and cons for humanity but its humanity which prevails over its cons and mend it in his way for peace and prosperity of humans or atleast minimize its impact.The world in which we are living today is the creation of God but its human’s mind which gave him shape so that it remains stable with peace and prosperity,although some evils are still their and need concerted efforts on our part to wipe them out from world like global terrorism , which is also one of the product of devil’s workshop.

    “An idle brain is devil’s workshop” may be endorsed by humans since time immemorial .To analyse this lets go back into past when we were just started learning different means and ways to survive against odds posed by nature from time to time and which often bring surprised to humans.Humans were hunter and gatherer roaming here and their and most of the time remain idle as have nothing permanent occupation or source to keep themselves engaged and busy.idle man with his idle brain keep on observing and thinking about the happenings around him ,one day which led discovery on fire with the rubbing of stones, he never thought or made any premptive effort do discover it, its result of his idle brain operating as devil’s workshop.He might have ignored it or used it against humanity ,nature but its humanity which prevails and mend him to utilize it for better way of living.since then man has never looked back again and keep on building myriad of his aspirations and transform them in the present day world.likewise many other inventions and discoveries can be attributed to this, for instance Newton was sitting idle below a tree and fall of an apple led him to the discovery of gravity which played a very important role in many other human endeavors .

    one may analyse this statement in contemporary modern world leveraging modern technology for comfortable life and improved upon since then through education, culture,and still aspire to evolve further to make world a better place to live for humans through various creation of his brain, today in the wake of globalization every region is integrated and connected with each other in one way or the other ways.we have reached on moon and exploring space ,oceans ,all credit goes to human’s brain.The above statement also have negative impact on humanity , one can not deny that creation of his brain often turned into bane and circumvent him occasionally .some times idle mind produce devil from his workshop which pose threat to humanity.

    For the instance global terrorism may be attributed to the starker side of this statement ,although it encompasses wider reasons but it may be a one of them, which one can not be deny.Countries with poor economy,fails to provide employment to their public ,which led deprivation from many basic necessities of life and make the people idle and his idle brain started relating things ,happenings around him with his cause and its effect ,and when they are lure by terrorist group on the pretext of their cause of miserable life and urging them fight against it. such people become the soft target misguided by them to wage various proxy wars, civil wars, terrorism and other illegal activities .people have become so frustrated that they are ready sacrifice even their life .Thus ,yes “An idle mind is said to be devil’s workshop” as this side of the statement act as devil and pose threat on humanity by striking the very ethos of humanity, brotherhood,fraternity etc on which we have build our society to make it better place to live peacefully.

    Thus brain enabled humans to achieve and accomplish his myriad of desires by involving it in productive way ,engaging in means and ways for better life .But various creation of this brain like modern weapons which took long research and experimentation when comes under the people who remained idle with their devil thinking by relating the cause of their miserable life with others may pose serious threat but in the long run its humanity which overcome these devils and bring them to their ends and stabalize the world .

    • Sushmit Adigon

      hey i liked the intro where you linked the topic to evolution of human.after that i felt ,i was lecture on philosophy.I was getting monotonous, and hardly there were examples!this is my first review on the topic and i would like to read other essays n let u know areas of improvemnet

      • Prerna saxena

        appreciated ..:)

    • why_so_serious?

      YOU became critical to the quote in the beginning itself (not a good beginning)

      Ideally, the essay really started from the 3rd para. This doesn’t give a good impression.

      Incorporating the pros and cons of the theme in the same para- doesn’t look good. It takes up the cohesiveness.

      Yu included global terrorism in two different paras. (flow is missed to some extent)

      yu could include certain examples from your side which would show your creative skills. Furthermore, I believe, ways to cope with this can be written.

      I won’t say the essay was bad but I feel the essay wasn’t good enough (specially for the calliber you have, last essay I remember)

      I am sorry but I speak the truth and m very harsh with my words. No upvote for this one 🙁

      You may take it or neglect it, up to u… ATB 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        thanks man i need critical reviews so that i can improve on that..appreciated..

    • sankar

      agreee with sushmit
      plz rvw mine

    • Nandini

      Hey prerna. I think your content is good. Conclusion can be better! 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        thanks and your essay is best on this topic among what i have reviewed till now .. keep writing ATB..:)

    • Pankaj Kumar

      You have written only human perspectives great … no dispute but even a small plant if kept in a closed room will not grow if not provided with sunlight… so my suggestion is keep broader perspective. Overall a great essay.

      Please review min too.

      • Prerna saxena

        yes i think too so will improve next time this was first tym m writing an essay on quote based..:D

        • Pankaj Kumar

          Please review mine too.

    • Cybertron Ninja

      Criticism: First paragraph can be broken into two paragraphs. Second paragraph talks similar things as in first paragraph. The title of the essay is repeated too many times. Sentences and paragraphs are long, should be small and simple sentences. You provided positives of human evolution and developments while content on the title of the essay is less. Overall big picture that your essay presents looks good.
      Please review mine.

      • Prerna saxena

        sure..

  • jithin

    Necessity is the mother of Invention, but what if we still don’t invent?

    An Idle state could be identified as one which lack innovation or positive action. India and the world has seen varied effects of such inaction or positive action in social, economic and political field. In social sphere we see the side-effects of
    inaction in the caste system prevalent in India or the racist attack in one of the super powers of the world, the USA. The effect of lack of creative thinking is jeopardizing the dream of a sustainable energy security and livelihood. On a closer look we find that the most profound effect of lack of positive action is in the political sphere, as there are multiple entities competing to influence the situation due to which short term gains take precedence over long term benefits of the people occupying the region. The ongoing Arunachal Pradesh crisis and the simmering ties between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue are few of the serious political issue affecting India in particular and the world in general.

    In the state of Arunachal Pradesh we find that the chair of governor is being used as a tool to coup the democratically elected government of the state. The opposition had the opportunity to present its case to the people and convice them through there positive actions which could have resulted of them being forming the govt in the next assembly election. The opposition chose not to pursue such a positive action, which result in a situation where an undesirable precedent has been set, which unfortunately could be used a template in the future. Such dearth of positive actions is more prone at International level where the stakes are high. The instrument of accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh and the GOI ON 26th October 1947, gave control of the state of Jammu and Kashmir to India, if Pakistan truly believe that it has a legitimate stake in Kashmir, it should have engaged in peaceful talks with India, which it chose not to. This vacuum of positive creative action was filled by negative consequences, i.e. First Kashmir war of 1947-48, when Pakistan launched tribal militia from Waziristan. By this action not only Pakistan couldn’t usurp Kashmir, but it also generated strong public opinion in both the countries against each other which ensured that Kashmir issue remains unresolved for the next 68 years. Keeping aside the political angle for the moment and focusing on the pressing social issues, such as caste system and racist attack in some of the developed countries, we find that cost of inaction is far more grave.

    In our country Art 17 abolished untouchability and forbids all such practices, to prevent atrocities to lower caste “Civil Rights Protection act 1955 was introduced and the penal provisions were made stringent by the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, but still we find casteism in India. It’s because there has been lack of positive laws and actions to improve the social and economic condition of the lower caste. Although we have “Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006”, but such laws are inadequate and
    there implementation remains lackadaisical. This has resulted in a peculiar situation, where everybody cheers for Indian cricket team, but we see members from our country as people from other planet and donot inter-dine or inter-marriage with them. Acknowledging that casteism is a problem in India, but it was all the more perplexing to see Mr. Obama asking India to be more accommodative. Giving full respect to the American concerns, we have to dwell upon the effect of inaction in social front which has resulted in racism in America. The African-American Civil Rights movement of 1960’s ensured that all citizens of America get political rights, but this hasn’t resulted in economic and social equality. The blacks of America are more likely to drop out of school due to poverty and are more likely to be arrested for drugs related cases. No wonder there has been only one black American president in the 200 year history of Independent America. This hollowness in dearth of actions in social and economic field has resulted in incidences like Ferguson, resulting in a divided America, resulting in many America with the USA. The consequence of dearth of action is the widest when it comes to economic sphere, as there would be many ancillary professions dependent on a central industry. This is true for many livelihood professions like fishing or the oil industry which is the pillar of India’s energy security.

    Fishing is a major industry in India, which employs 14.5 million people, to increase the fishing catching capability the GOI gave financial and technical aid, thereby introduced trawlers in Indian coastal fishing industry. This was an unsustainable action on the part of GOI, fish being a sustainable resource the introduction of bottom trawling drastically reduced the fish population to an unsustainable level. Instead of this creative alternatives should have been found in the form of inland aquaculture, although the govt has promoted blue revolution- but its effect has been far less than desired because of obstruction in the flow of perennial rivers which originate from Himalayas due to construction of dams at a choking level. Now if we at look at a broader level, the effects of dearth of constructive actions in India’s energy security, we would find that the basis of India’s economic development is at stake. For the first time it is in 6th standard, that we are being taught that oil is an exhaustive and polluting energy alternative. But still we followed the established western model, which was easy to replicate. Our’s being a tropical country has abundant solar resource which could be used, the
    only problem being the variations in solar energy, for which we need to find a solution to store the energy. We didn’t pursue for an answer to store solar energy, this vaccum was filled through expensive oil imports and that too through hostile territories like TAPI and IPI oil pipeline project.

    It is time that we respect the mother, which is the necessity, and strive for positive and creative alternatives or actions. Only then India in particular and the world at large will be able to set a template of sustainability and humanity.

    • jithin

      Plz review and I will review yours.
      Thank you.

    • Leiter The Leader

      Bro… did u write essay for given topic or something else??

      • jithin

        Hy Bro,
        The attempt has been to relate an idle brain with inaction or lack of positive action. The 2nd paragraph talks about the result of inaction in political sphere, same way 3rd paragraph about social sphere and the 4th paragraph is about lack of sustainable or positive action in economic sphere.

        This was the idea. After looking at your comment, I feel that I failed to convey the message

        • Leiter The Leader

          Sorry bro…but really i felt I’m reading some other essay surely not the given one…Your introduction also didn’t connect the topic you talked about inaction and lack of positive….but didn’t linked it up through the essay

    • Batman

      Jithin, brother you need to improve a lot. i couldn’t connect with the theme of essay. Further, bring coherence in your ideas, you just poured over everything and din’t connect it with the main theme. Further, give a proper intro, conclusion and suggestions. Use simple example that everyone can understand or if you want to use the one that you mentioned, please make sure that you explain well. Won’t say much on this but do keep writing, you will definitely improve. I find your ideas different from the mainstream and if you make sincere efforts, you can make your essay stand out of the rest. Keep writing, hope to see an essay from you next week. Thanks!

      • jithin

        Thanks for being honest, batman!!

        I will ponder upon what you said and will strive to improve.

      • jithin

        Could you please guide me on how to approach such “proverbial essay’s”

  • OK

    17th July 1789, a mass had stormed the Bastille
    in an agitation against the raising prices of food articles, and the beginning
    of an era of revolution has been started with this event, which we referred
    again and again into the past as a French Revolution.

    The Treaty of Versailles 1919 and the Great Economic
    Depression of 1929, gave birth to a monster which brought the whole world on
    the verge of collapse.

    Unstable polity and weak economic condition in Afghanistan
    post removal of USSR led to formation of Taliban and Al-Qaeda, which shocked
    the world on 9/11.

    Self-immolation of a young unemployed student in Tunisia Dec
    2010, has started the Jasmine Revolution which swiftly translated into Arab
    Spring. Syrian Civil War is no more a secret.

    Why every major and minor revolution in the world had
    started from an Economic aspect? Why is it widely accepted that an Economic
    Power means a Global Power? And does a weak economy always mean a Political
    Revolution?

    These are the few questions which are keep on coming in the
    mind of Mohd. Ashraf who is a young inhabitant of Jammu and Kashmir, who is
    very much threatened with co-existence of weak economic condition in J&K
    with the rise of radicalization round the world. These questions are somewhere
    in his heart burning and giving him a lot of pain and misery. To relive this
    pain, he has decided to find an answer to it.

    His curiosity and concerned forced him to approach his
    History teacher, Dr. Fatima.

    Ma’am, Why every revolution has its origin marked to
    Economy? I am failed to understand the relationship between these two seemingly
    unconnected aspects.

    Dr. Fatima, laughed, and politely asks, out of Natural
    Rights and Hunger, which one you can understand easily?

    Ashraf replies, Hunger ma’am.

    Yes my child, see you have chosen Hunger over Natural
    Rights. Where one is Economic aspect and other is Political. It’s not because
    you don’t respect your Natural Rights, it’s because of Direct and Immediate Impact of hunger on masses. Where the Natural
    Rights are on one hand, hard to understand for everyone and on other hand has
    no immediate impact on the regular life of masses.

    Ashraf, Ma’am can you please explain the same with respect
    to J&K and India as a whole.

    Fatima, yes Ashraf, definitely.

    Hunger and unemployment have a very strong link between
    them, the condition of J&K, though it look a political problem but it is
    deeply rooted into the economic aspects of our State. J&K is considered as
    the disturbed areas, which in turn failed to attract the Private Organizations
    to enter and boost the economy and in return generate employment opportunities.
    When a young qualified youth, failed to engage himself in productive activities
    because of lack of opportunities, he in turn get attracted towards the
    revolutionary ideologies. This is the sole reason of turmoil in our state,
    which further channelized into anti-national activities by non-state actors.

    Ashraf asks, who can help us?

    Fatima laughs, Government is always there for us. Not only
    now, since independence our Constituent Assembly rightly understood the gravity
    of this problem. They understood that, to realize the dreams of true Democracy,
    the equal opportunities of employment should be given to the people, while
    accommodating the social and economic divide among the society.

    In our Constitution, A14 Equality before Law and Equal
    Protection of Law; A16 Equal Opportunity in State Employment; A19 (1) (g)
    Freedom of Profession, A301 unrestricted interstate trade, commerce and
    intercourse are the few provisions to ensure the equal employment opportunity
    to all, such that the growth of economy can be translated into their persona
    growth.

    Right from the advent of Indian democracy, state has thrived
    for providing equal opportunities to everyone in all the different sphere of
    life. Right from the beginning, India as a State has chosen a progressive
    socialistic model, in which a great emphasis has been given to the economic
    inequality. That is the sole reason, why the State had opted for the haunting
    task of land reforms and came up with an innovative idea of reservation to
    backward classes. Right from the independence, Indian government has been doing
    one or other thing to uplift the masses from the clutches of unemployment and
    realize their true potential. This is not only helping the people in living an
    economic viable life but also helping the state in maintaining the law and
    order.

    Ashraf, So ma’am, it is only related with unemployment?

    Fatima again laughs, no my child. An idle state of brain is not only linked with unemployment. It has
    many other aspects into it. This can also be understood as an incapability of
    one to understand, comprehend, and drive out a solution of any problem. This is
    further linked with the Education, which s/he received. Education is an another
    aspect of unemployment, when the lack of skills becomes the impediment in the
    path of economic growth, whether it is individual centric or state centric.
    Lack of education is not only restricting the masses from engaging them into a
    productive activities but also making them prone to external influences. When
    the masses are unable to understand the vested interests and their own benefit
    out of their actions, they tend to radicalize with the super-natural
    ideologies.

    Ashraf, So ma’am it is the lack of Education, which is
    making our youth prone to radicalization?

    Fatima with great concern, you rightly pointed out. But it
    is not only Education, there are many other aspects which are playing an
    important role in collusion to bring these non-state actors on the fore front
    of our youth. Unemployment and Lack of Education are one of the most important
    factors.

    Ashraf Ma’am, In my School, I used read about Algebra and
    Newton’s Laws of Motion, I am failed to understand a relationship between my
    Education and my proneness to radicalization.

    Fatima, My son, you are looking at the education with a very
    narrow approach. Education is never limited to the academic curriculum. The
    true education in ones life is the things which s/he remembers after the
    School. Education is the journey of imbibing right set of values through social
    interaction with many actors. Everyone plays an important role in fixing these
    right values in our character, right from the Teacher to our Colleagues. We
    travelled a journey of social interaction, which started from our family, and
    took us through our School, our Friends, our College, our Working Environment.
    These are the values which brings the valuable characteristics like Patience,
    Tolerance, Independent and Democratic Thinking, Compassion, Empathy, which not
    only helps us in establishing a harmony with society, but also enables us to
    question things and find out their answers.
    Thus, it helps us getting out of the clutches of radicalization by truly
    understanding their intentions and fallacies in their ideologies.

    Ashraf Ma’am, I understood the relationship between
    Education and Employment. But I read that, India is growing at an impressive
    rate in the world of slowdown, and many global organizations have predicted the
    21st Century to be the century of opportunities for India. Then why,
    I am not able to see the growth in my region, and why everyone is keep warning
    India to utilize this opportunity to its fullest?

    Fatima, interesting, you are thinking in the right
    direction, let me help you to understand it fully. India has been moving on a
    trajectory of upward spiral of growth after the great economic reforms of 1991.
    This was a significant change in our internal and external politics, we went
    through a transition of Liberalization and Globalization in this period. But,
    often this growth was not accompanied with the development. It is argued by
    many economists that, this growth has been considered as the job-less growth,
    which failed to percolate the benefits to the masses and further supported the
    concentration of wealth in our country, against the ideals of our Constitution.
    This abnormal growth is a complex result of many factors ranging from, low
    skilled base of our country, archaic laws, etc. Every economy has three
    sectors, primary (agriculture), secondary (industries), and tertiary
    (Services). But this growth is non-uniformly distributed among these different
    sectors. Due to lack of vocational skills in our employable masses and legal
    boundations, this growth has ignored the industrial sector and opted the
    services sector. This ignorance of industrial sector, which has the potential
    to accelerate the economic and employment growth, is the sole reason for this
    growth to be termed as job-less growth. India has huge employable youth but the
    lack of right set of skills is working as an impediment in this direction of
    growth. With comparison to other economies, they all are passing through the
    aging population, whether it is Japan or Germany, everyone is passing through a
    demographic change. In this scenario, the huge demographic dividend of India
    can work as a game changer, and India can be a hub of human resources for this
    entire world. That’s why many international organizations are putting their
    hope in our country to work as the driving force of international economy in
    the 21st century. But the concern is to act immediately and develop
    the required skill base in the direction of growth. Indian government has
    rightly understood this enormous power and is working exhaustively in this
    direction.

    Ashraf, it’s great, India has a great future. I think, no
    one can stop us now.

    Fatima, happily, Yes Ashraf, India has indeed a great
    future. But, India has to move forward very quickly and cautiously. In these
    days, there are a number of threats revolving around our dream. The growing
    threat of terrorism around the world and specially Middle East which is
    attracting the masses by exploiting their economic conditions, and gigantic
    cyber security problems. The weak Human Development Index of India, which is
    composed of which Education, Health, and Per-Capita income. All these factors
    are working as an impediment in the path of our success, which we have to
    tackle deliberately without losing our aim.

    Ashraf, Ohh! I understood everything. The youth are the
    source of energy for any civilization and they are the driving force of the
    world. Their potential is enormous if channelized into the right direction.
    But, if they are diverted, then there is no bigger threat for any state and
    nation, bigger than them. And the most important levers to control and guide
    this enormous energy are Education in totality and productive Employment. Now,
    I will tell others, that we are not the marginalized ones; we are the sole
    engine of growth, not only for our country but for this whole world such that
    everyone can feel proud on themselves.

    The day our whole country will understand the importance of
    Education and Skills, that day will earmark the beginning of new World Order,
    where India would be leading the World by optimally utilizing the plethora of
    opportunities enshrining in the young minds.

    • Sushmit Adigon

      review mine,,i ll l urs!

      • OK

        Agreement inked.

    • sheetu singh

      Dam gud .keep it up

    • Sushmit Adigon

      hey ,i dont know bro,i think ur essay was only story,i dont minda story ,but essay should show u indepth knowledge on the topic,,this is the basis o evaluation!i felt the story overwhelmed the topic…and lack of current examples!

      • OK

        Yeah. I am trying to write a story-cum-essay. Current examples, yeah, will include them. So depth is missing?

    • Prerna saxena

      you too didn’t mentioned a single time quote and the main theme is missing you need revolve the essay around the theme..in my opinion.. like you could have started with intro and briefing the meaning of quote and than proceed further read the quote first what is says and asking you go ahead either discussing it or like agree or disagrre supported by examples..

      • OK

        introduction of quote, I missed that.
        But my understanding of this topics is unemployment, uneducated, and valueless brain which can be exploited by many, but has a potential to do wonders if utilised in a right direction. And I tried to revolve my essay around the these three principles (unemployment, education, and values) while showing its positive and negative impact.
        My interpretation of this essay is right or wrong? Can you please help me out with that?

        • Prerna saxena

          i think its wrong read Nandni’s essay i found that good , see no one here is perfect dont take it in that way but your essay was not good even mine too 😀 😀 dont miss the theme…brain is the theme

          • OK

            Hmm. I think, in order to widen the scope of essay. I am beating around the bush rather than hitting the nail on its head.
            Next essay.

            • Prerna saxena

              ATB 🙂

              • OK

                Attempt 2: Please have a look, if possible. Actually after getting the feedback it was impossible to wait for a whole week again, to correct my self.

                What do we understand from an idle Brain, a Brain who is not
                utilized optimally? There could be multiple instances of underutilization of
                brain, which can be recorded in the form of Un-employment, Un-educated,
                Un-ethical, and last but not least Dissonance with Interests.

                In my understanding when a person is not able to find out an
                adequate productive work to engage his brain in its full or partial capability,
                is a state of idleness. When a person is utilizing his capabilities but he is
                not educated enough to realize the actual potential, then also a brain is
                ideal. When the requirement of education and employment both are met, but
                education is not accompanied with values, then in moral sense it is idle and
                producing no good for the society. Lastly, when the employment, education, and
                morals, all are at right place but they are not in resonance with his interests
                that can also be considered as a state of idleness. But, what is the impact of
                this idleness. Let’s understand it in detail.

                Idleness in the form of Un-employment

                Un-employment is the biggest threat for any state, just by
                looking at the history we will realize that nearly all the revolutions, which
                changed the face of our world, had their genesis in Economic factors. Whether
                we talk about the French Revolution, American Revolution, Rise of Fascism in
                Europe, Unification of Germany, Russian Revolution, or the recent Jasmine
                Revolution in Tunisia etc. All these revolutions are political in nature but
                deeply rooted in Economy. It means, polity and economy do not exist in vacuum;
                they are the two faces of a same coin.

                Un-employment has a direct relationship with the Economic
                wellbeing of a person. It is the sole reason of disability of a person to avail
                the essential goods and services like, health, education, accommodation,
                nutritious food, hygienic living place, fresh water, sanitation, and etc. Thus,
                this makes a person prone to evils of the society and this prolonged negative
                interaction with society makes him immune from the feelings and pains of others.
                This is the sole reason, why few people are called to be as cold hearted.
                Because their idleness cost them heavily in terms of monetary aspects, they
                were forced to do things at that age which they were not supposed to do. These
                are the only people who are first got into the hands of non-state actors and
                getting radicalized.

                If we talk about the 21st Century, which has seen
                the unprecedented rate of growth and technology, where the curiosity of human beings has taken them beyond the Earth, and now he is looking for possibility of life else where in the universe. In this era of technology, where no miracle is a dream, this world is suffering at the hands of radicalization. The growth of ISIS, which covered the major part of West Asia, is now connecting the youth of the world by utilizing the same tool of technology. Their ideology is a great success because they rightly understood the fault lines in our economic
                structure, where a deep economic divide exists. By utilizing this same divide,
                they are attracting these economically marginalize brains, who are failed to
                understand the threat of it. Thus, their idle brains, which fetched them no
                monetary benefits, which made their life worse, becomes a sole reason of
                attraction towards these radical ideologies.

                This is the sole reason, why Central Government has taken
                the problem of radicalization with pinch of salt. That’s why a strong efforts
                has been invested in purging the funds into the potentially prone areas, like
                J&K and Maoist affected region, to fight this devil of radicalization which
                is breeding on the idle minds though the weapon of economic development.

                Idleness in the form of Under-Utilization

                Un-employment is not the only reason for the for idleness,
                many times due to lack of right education and training, our mind is unable to
                utilize its actual potential. Education has a very important role in arming us
                with the set of skills such that we can contribute in our economy at much
                higher level.

                If we compare a Software Engineer with a Laborer, we will
                understand that both are engaged in their respective work but where one is able to utilize the actual capacity of his Brain; on the other side this capacity is
                majorly unutilized. The level of utilization is indirectly linked with the
                reward system. The level of reward awarded is directly linked with the level of
                contribution in the economy. But, this relation of remuneration with the
                utilization of brain is difficult to understand for everyone, without having a
                sound knowledge of economics. So, for them it is a shear discrimination,
                because in their understanding both the persons are doing hard work but still
                not able to realize same output.

                This relative deprivation has a very ill effect on the
                person as an individual and the society as a whole. Thus, he takes the resort
                of un-constitutional means for his self-gratification to nullify the perceived
                discrimination by the society as a whole. So, this is a plausible reason for
                increasing the number of crimes in all the societies, which are growing at a
                faster pace but unable to percolate the development to its masses. Increasing
                in the number of Crimes in developed nations like USA, is a direct result of
                relative deprivation.

                Idleness in Moral Sense

                Even after getting the equal opportunity of employment and
                education, if the person is not behaving morally then in terms of the country
                as a whole, his capabilities are not utilized.

                In our country, just after independence Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru
                had envisaged India, as a global leader who would be fighting for the Rights of
                people across the world. To gain that position, he heavily relied on the
                internal growth and development. He rightly understood that, in the modern
                world, education and industries are the new engines of growth. That’s why, he
                so much emphasized upon higher education. This led to the establishment of many higher education institutes with world class facility and knowledge i.e. IITs and IIMs to work, to work as the foundation of Indian economic development.

                The graduates of these prestigious institutes, got the right
                opportunity of education as well as employment, but many of them preferred to gained this knowledge and moved out of the country in a pursuit of happiness. Thus, even after gaining the education and employment, these minds were become useless for the growth of Indian economy. Thus, a well-educated and capable mind can also become idle with respect to its home country if he had decided to give the benefits of it to some other country. This kind of immoral behavior, by not doing any thing good for the society even after possessing the capabilities to do so, is a perfect of example of relatively idle Brain.

                Idleness in case of Dissonance

                But if employment, education, and morals all are aligned in
                the right direction then are we sure about the outcomes? Here comes a one more aspect, resonance between the heart and mind, which means, when the interest of a person is truly aligned with his work. An engineer will become true engineer when he genuinely loves engineering from his heart. An engineer can never be a good engineering, if his internal desire is to be an investment banker.

                That’s why everyone suggests, following his or her own
                dreams. This is not only beneficial for a person, but for the society as a
                whole. Imagine a society where everyone is doing his or her own work with
                utmost interest and dedication. In this kind of society the growth and
                development is bound to happen.

                So, doing wrong to the society by getting into the influence
                of non-state actors because of lack of understanding and education is certainly wrong but it is as wrong as not doing anything good for the society even after having the capability to do so. Thus, in totality both of these, actions and inactions are hurting the society as a whole. It means, idleness is not only linked with the non-utilization and underutilization of brain, but it is also equally linked with the utilization of brain without giving any due contribution to the society, which played an important role in your success.

                • Vivaan Khanna

                  1.a brain “which” is not utilised optimally..sorry bro ekdum beginning mein dikh gaya to socha bata hi du.
                  2.no doubt in terms of structure it was good
                  3.gave the reasons for idle mind but could touch upon its consequences.
                  4.unemployment and underutilisation took half of your essay…so surely not given balance to other aspacts.
                  5 conclusion was just the summary of above stated points…we need to do justice with conclusion…while summarising the content it should be conclusive in nature.
                  2nd attempt mein itna pahunch gye to surely after 5th-6th essay u will be at your best…so keep writing friend.
                  sorry for late review

    • jithin

      Hy OK,

      Good attempt, you have quoted good examples, story like formation which is rare. Now let me address the issues i found.

      1. Where is an idle brain in the essay. are you quoting that people of kashmir are idle?- Let me set the record straight Jammu and kashmir is the 10th ranked state in terms of Net state domestic product in the year 2012-13. Here is the link. http://statisticstimes.com/economy/gdp-capita-of-indian-states.php

      2. You have underplayed the reason behind radicalization of kashmir. Which is kashmir issue between india and pakistan. Otherwise all the unemployed in our country would be radicalized.

      All in all, a beautiful story line up, but failed to address the issue at hand.

      (I did read your comments, that you tried to relate to unemployment, illiteracy etc, but somehow I am not able to relate, may be it’s my weakness)

      Have a good day.

      If it’s conveninet plz review mine as well.

      • OK

        Thanks a lot Jithin. I think I tried to relate multiple things in one essay. Need a lot of improvement.
        I will review yours in a while.

    • Batman

      Hi OK, I think you missed out the steps that should be taken. Further, the essay was focused more on the issue of radicalization and then you included aspects of J&K too. it completely tilted on one-side. I think you should have written about other things too and should have included a worldly aspect.
      you are experimenting with story type essay, so won’t comment much, Just try to make sure that it has adequate content and doesn’t end up looking like a GS answer.
      Please review mine too 🙂

      • OK

        I got your point. I think, I wil get a better picture from your essay.

    • Cybertron Ninja

      I am sorry but i lost interest in reading this story when it didn’t justified the title of the essay. It talks about education and employment and not on the idle brain and the dishes it cooks in his devil kitchen.
      Please review mine.

      • OK

        Your feedback is very valuable. It’s an eye opener for me. Thanks a lot!

  • ragini sharma

    plz review mujhe sentence nd quote wale essa/.. likhne me dikkat jati hai….
    bt eee soch kr likhi hun k joi aur option nah hai………………..

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.Starting acchi ki lekin khatam nahi acche se nahi kar payi
      2.essay mein flow ki kami hai
      3.Samsyain hai to samadhan bhi hai…kuch samadhan b de skti thi
      4.i appreciate your creativity
      Please review mine if possible

      • OK

        Can you please review mine as well.

    • sheetu singh

      Over all
      1starting gud bt thoda modify kr sakte h
      2examples or suitable hone chahiy
      3sm examples beautifully co relate kie h
      4flow gud tha
      5conclusion or better karo
      Plz dear suggestion h critics nhi
      Keep it up .i ll send u mine .on ur mail plz check it .

      • ragini sharma

        sure i will…

        nd no need of formalties… try 2 be extreme critic…

        • sheetu singh

          Sure i ll try my best

      • ragini sharma

        thanks 4 value addition shee…

        • sheetu singh

          Welcm

    • pandeyji

      are dada
      7 saal ho gaye hindi padhe hue..rukiye karta hun review..time lagega

      • ragini sharma

        hahaahaaaa…..

    • why_so_serious?

      You started good! Three idiots maine bhi dekhi. Bahut achhi movie hai 😀

      Par kya pata examiner ne nai dekhi ho? It may backfire.

      Using MNREGA was good. But again, environment? wo nasmjh hote jabhi karte aise, na ki khaali dimag k chalte. Kuch to padhe likhe hone pe bhi karte, to matlab ye thodi ki unka dimaag khaali hai. Ye example nai baith raha. aur ha, underline nai kariye aap, aawashyakta nai hoti.

      Terrorism and Naxalism, both are just the one dimension. Ya to aap alag alag.

      bahut zyada jagah le li aapne raju farhan k liye. conclusion(last para) me hi leke side by side agar likhte to accha hota.

      Mujhe kuch khaas pasand nai aaya ye essay. Aasha karta aap review ka bura nai manengi!
      Dhanyawaad! 🙂

      • ragini sharma

        1/ Yes ….. examiner ne nai dekhi ho … ho sakta hai

        2/ underline karna chahie kehte hain bt i m nt cnfrm…

        3/bura man ne jaisi koi baat nahi hai… next time i will improve 🙂

    • Himanshu Rawat

      Aaj aap bhatak gye sayad. Kuch chintayein iss nibhand se sambhandit :-

      1- Suruwaat mujhe behad damdar lgi, lga k kuch alag aur majedar milne wala hai aage. Parantu fir ekdum hi alag line par chala gya apka nibhand.

      2- Bahut se muddon ko cover karne k chakkar mein aap mukhya mudde se bhatak gaye.

      3- Sach kahun toh vishay ka pata na hota toh kisi k liye bhi ye jaan pana muskil hota k ye nibhand kis vishay pr likha gya hai. Jubki iska ulta hona chahiye. Aapka nibhand hi vishay ko paribhasit karde kuch aisa likhiye. Ek sujhao hai sirf aapke liye nahi balki hum sbke k liye. Apne nibhand par bina vishay ko likhe kisi se padvayen agar wo nibhand padkar vishay pehchan le toh aapka prayas aadha toh safal ho hi gya maaniye.

      4- Kuch udharan agar dainik jeevan par adharit hote toh aur behtar hota. Iss vishay par paryavaran,aatankwaad, naxalvaad jaise bdde muddon par behas ki aawashyakta nahi thi.

      5- Soch, prayas aur naya prayog kaabile taarif hai,….. Likhte rahiye aapko padna acha lagta hai 🙂

      • ragini sharma

        thanks himanshu 4 review….
        han aaj achha nahi raha mera prayas bt agli baar sudhar avashya hoga..

    • night fury

      Ragini ji.. Aapka essay mujhe clear nahi dikh raha.. I tried many times to read -_-
      Sorry :/

      • ragini sharma

        koi baat nahi sm tech problm…

    • Himanshu nn

      1.thumbs up for the starting, but you digressed from the topic later on.
      2.dont include plethora of issues rather mention some crucial and significant issues and try to deal it.
      3.it gives a good impression to suggest solutions to problems indicated so spare some time doing that also.
      4.examles are related to topic nice and gud.

      keep on writing!!
      if possible, review mine also.

      • ragini sharma

        thanks sr 4 review & value addition

        • Himanshu nn

          review mine also

          • ragini sharma

            sure i will

  • Sushmit Adigon

    An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s Argumentative India talks of Indians being loquacious ,the buddhist sangas ,Shankaracharya mathas
    were all used by men of all color and creed ,to solve the great questions of their time, be it the debates on the supremacy of Vedas or Upanishads ,intellectual fight between the Shreevaishanavas and Veerashaivas.The debate culture was not just restricted to
    the sadhu and saints ,the kings actively participated .The kings were not just warrior princes ,during truce time they were men of art and literature ,The works of astadiggjas and astapradhans are just few examples. There mind always remained occupied .During the struggle to India’s independence ,the nationalists were not just occupied with independence ,the legal luminaries fought cases in their personal capacity and on other occasions immersed themselves in the welfare of the downtrodden .All along their minds were
    ticking.

    If 20th century was called the industrial era ,the generation needed working hands,the 21st century should be rightly called the information era and it needs thinking minds ,The amount of research in science and technology, be it the use of internet ,cell phones ,tv, social media, the news flies thick and fast ,one should expect an individual to be more argumentative than in the past.

    When one sees an individual so hooked up in the internet world ,one wonders if they are they sipping knowledge ,however Fb likes,Twitter tweets are not to be confused with rational thinking,more often than not ,this social media serves as tool for harassment ,where passions are whipped ,minorities in terms of opinions are pillored. There are numerous examples to showcase ,be it the
    criticism of Alternative Hindusim of Wendy Doniger,or the Satanic versus of Salman Rushidie and more recently the legacy of Tipu Sultan were all decided by the tweet counts.More likes and more abuses ment their stand was more credible. Social media where showmanship trumps statesmanship .News media other than using TRP(Television rating Points) are also counting on Likes and tweets.

    This phenomenon is not only restricted to social media ,in real life platform one witnessed ,The Intolerance march and a week later the Tolerance march ,the aims and objectives of both ,were never known.The youths of the nation ,on whose broad shoulders rests the future of the nation ,appeared taking a stand on women rights ,through there ”Kiss of Love” campaign. Months later the organisers were accused of running a sex racket. The youthful innocence seemed cheated by the organisers. When Shakti mills rape case was doing rounds in the media , insensitive remark from the the Former CM of UPs calling “Boys will be Boys”, was greeted by thunderous applause ,which was outrageous .Elections in any corner of the world , ensures that there is some
    tension between communities is stoked, a death or two are norms .People do succumb to these temptations , when developing scientific temper according to Indian constitution is ones fundamental duty .The choice of words used by the Republican candidate for US Presidential election ,is no different .A brain that doesnot think ,is no better than a idle mind.

    PM Manmohan Singh called the naxals the greatest threat to the sovereignty of the nation .Over 80/650 districts are naxal affected ,it is now spreading to different parts aswell.One reason for the swelling o f this epidemic is the lack of employment for the youths of the nation.The men who cant keep their mind occupied fall for this trap in lure of better future. In recent times more juveniles are caught in heinous crimes of all orders .If unemeployed fall for naxal trap ,the more tech savy ones ,who are socially cut from the society are joining ISIS.The jihadi john of Isis is a british software engineer.

    The history is replete with examples of smart scholar’s smart projects going awry. One name that comes to our mind is Mohammad Bin Tughluk ,most learned men among the Delhi sultanates ,yet his proposals were not becoming of a man of his calibre. Given the quality of education as evinced in ASER report ,we don’t know how many are really educated. One need to realise that the nuclear bombs, weapon of mass destruction, human clones were all made by educated men ,whose minds were also occupied.

    So what is the way forward?

    India needs to look back ,the great sages of our land Vishwamitra ,valmiki,Tulsidas spent years meditating ,physically there body’s may be idle ,but there minds were looking outward ,which is exact opposite in the current globalised world,where the limbs walk minds rest. Attire is modern,thinking is feudal-sex determination technology,GHG emission makes one wonder ,is the modern man really rational. The great scholars wanted to first purify their mind and then solve the problems of the world. Gautama an ordinary prince became Buddha only after his quest for seeking truth .This had more to do with meditation than peeple tree.The solution they provide is one first needs to have chitta shuddhi and then crave for buddhi vriti .Skills developed on the foundation of Values would
    be more lasting.The Missile man of India APJ Abdul Kalam became People’s President,because he never cut himself from the society .He remained very engaging till his last breathe.

    What the world needs now is not ,the sadhus and saints,or the industrial revolutions machine men ,world needs citizens as intellectuals to step up the plate and find solution to problems that plague the world.In this process there minds would be always ticking .In a robust environment we need people to raise voice against injustice .Peoples March in NewYork over Climate
    Change,Civil Society protesting against the initiatives proposed by developed nations in WTO Nirobi session ,India against Corruption Movement are all positive trends. Once you engage then only one will know the problems and possible solutions , rather than sulking in depression or planning heinous act like in Paris.

    This aint just the work of the people ,the govt need to be more forthcoming ,India and the world needs quality education,Poor
    nations health indicators need to improve ,Use of drugs as a escapist tendency needs to stop ,the govt needs to be more vigilant .A dose of exercise will certainly boost our morale. The govt’s call for public participation on Rail budget,HRD reforms via the mygov.gov.in and other citizen initiatives all may not only help solve the problems of the day but also keep our mind ticking and hands engaged .The Haryana govts plan to make Bhavadgita a part of curriculum of school ,would definitely introduce a sense of right or wrong .From that foundation ,any knowledge can be easily assimilated.

    • ragini sharma

      nice written
      lots of scope in such types of essay

    • Prerna saxena

      your theme of essay is missing in my opinion..and i think you should accommodate the meaning of qoute in introduction..

    • Prerna saxena

      you need to hook your essay around theme by briefing what the quote means and than elaborate .. i guess
      please review mine 🙂

      • OK

        Prerna! Can you please look at my essay as well.

        • Prerna saxena

          sure .. you too please review mine…

    • OK

      you first talked about the discussion, then you talked about mindless discussion, then you came to unemployment which is rightly linked with education, then in way forward you talked about idle body and outward looking, and then you talked about the discussions again.
      Now, I am confused! I am not able to establish a relationship between everything. For me it is very difficult to extract the gist of your essay. Sorry! I will read it one more time in evening.

    • why_so_serious?

      No doubt this is well written. However, I feel ki your essay talks a lot more about issue, and sometimes deviates from the topic. No doubt you included one line in each para to connect it with the theme of the essay, but I felt ki you could have done a little more justice to the topic and not just including extensive details about “hows” and “wheres” of the problems. But I must say the usage of language and the flow was outstanding!

      This essay may either fetch you the most marks or may backfire and the examiner may not even read it full (my opinion)

      You’re welcome to disagree! ATB 🙂

    • sankar

      informative but not well structured
      agree with prerna
      plz rvw mine

    • Achilles

      Bro liked the content of the answer….
      But it was a one-sided approach that relates all the worldly problems to idleness…all the evil u talked doesn’t emanate from the idleness..its also the ideology(destructive one)…and when you are argues that in the past ppl were so engrossed in keeping their mind ticking how can you justify their devilish act of war, colonialism….past was no less evil and present is no more good
      if idleness was only reason was all the crime then why do we confine a criminal into ‘idleness’ so as too reform him
      And how can you explain the corrupt and evil acts of those highly accomplished busy in work corporate CEOs…..
      Above criticism probably because we both have divergent thinking on how to deal with the topic
      Intro good…conclusion good……in the middle if you could hv added different dimensions…it would have been perfect….u can avoid restricting yourself only to indian context…as it is a philosophical topic

      Keep it up….All the best 🙂

    • Batman

      Last week, Joker had posted a video as a comment on his essay, I would like you to go through it just once 🙂
      Now coming to this essay of yours, it is quite informative no doubt but such examples can backfire, what if the examiner doesn’t know about them. He/she will definitely get bored.
      Second, the link between your content and the theme seems to be missing.
      your “way forward” looks better than the initial content and in fact one can easily relate to it.
      Try to write in an easy to understand manner (sorry to say but not the best of your essay, you have the potential, write in a simple manner that every one can understand)

    • Cybertron Ninja

      I agree with other critics on this essay, also you have applied more energy on creating background through history and not much on the title of the essay.
      Please review mine.

    • Isha

      You have such a vast reservoir of knowledge! But in ur essay that advantage seems unorganized somewhat. The examples you included were great but sometimes they did not seem to connect with the theme. Like the social media and likes issue wala example. There is a language problem too, I think. A little bit easier tone- like smaller sentences would help.
      Way forward provided was great- the best part of ur essay.
      U have great potential, no doubt. Just work upon the language issue and flow. Though the flow I found missing from this one only, that too in the first part before way forward.

    • Ash

      I have written! I don’t know what I have done though! 🙂
      Please Review.. I will review yours in some time! 🙂

    • Leiter The Leader

      To be frank I felt very bored in reading your essay..This was bad when compared with previous essays.
      If I’m correct your single point in this essay was..you mentioned various event all through the history and said there mind was tickling and not idle

    • night fury

      Hey Sushmit,
      Though I am no authority on essay yet. Bur would share what I felt after readjng yours 🙂
      You essay is completely on different lines from my perception of how an essay should be. (personal views – so bound to differ 🙂 )
      As per me , essay should be as simple as possible. That is what I follow.

      I found your essay heavily loaded with Big personalities. That is very nice — shows ur level of knowledge.
      Starting few paras I couldn’t relate with the topic. (what I felt)
      Your paras after “So what is the way forward?” were awesome !
      Conclusion measures are very good (y)

      Please don’t mind my words. I’m also learning 🙂
      ATB 🙂

      • Sushmit Adigon

        exactly d same reason i like ur essay,its so different than mine..i like the flow in ur essays.ur essay is very feminine.
        i know fews things didnt go well in my essay
        what iam trying is
        idle brain is brain that doesnt think—lack of rationality!!!!when u gals wrote,u wrote in philosophical terms idle brain
        ur comments i accept it

        • night fury

          Okay 😀
          Opinions differ 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Superb… conclusion part is best… 🙂

    • Himanshu nn

      i feel like your conclusion is the best part i can relate with the topic of the essay. its not deniable that you have control over your language but the content- topic, over vast portion of your essay, is unrelated. it would have been nice if you would have given it a philosophical touch. that’s all from me.
      pardon me, if this comment seems harsh to you.
      if possible, please review mine.

    • Ash

      Hii Sushmit! As promised! 🙂

      Review might be a Lil unorganized!
      1. Socially cut… Good point.
      2. Things moved a Lil fast. One line one context second a new context.
      3. Incorrect usage of the word ‘there’, should have been ‘their’
      4. Your solutions are good.
      5. I want you to improve so I will tell you frankly what went wrong… because you always want me to improve… So it’s my responsibility to point out.. Take it positively 🙂 You have a lot of knowledge… A Looot… Easy to see…

      This can backfire also… Thoughts were all in your mind… They kept coming… You kept writing! You have included a lot of current affairs without saying much YOURSELF
      Starting of your essay goes to history… Then a lot of current events….. But this was a Lil monotonous to read… If you mention of an event… Talk about it a Lil… It was like events following each other like a news bulletin… Engage the reader with your views!

      Solution part is good… Specially Bhagwat Gita .. I missed on solutions though!

      Reading your write ups surely shows your deft analyzing ability just use this analytical ability wisely. Put YOUR views in the essay…. 🙂

  • Uljhan

    Hellooo friends. I am new person following insights. I am confused about how to approach essays. Can u please give some suggestions…..
    Looking forward …
    Thank u …

    • Pankaj Kumar

      Topic uthao aur jo dil mein aaye likhe chalo. Bus 1200 words hone pe ruk jaana.

      • Uljhan

        Bt is it correct or wrong ??? I mean we cant write like we r in school, can we??. Is there any book or something to go through???

  • Batman

    ~PLEASE REVIEW
    An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    Previous few months have absolutely been turmoiling for nations across the globe. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a terrorist organization has made the lives difficult for governments. Attacks have been carried out in France and there have been news
    that similar attacks would be carried out in other parts of the world too. At the same time, the global media has been flooded with news of people aspiring to join ISIS. It has been revealed that individuals from India, USA and Europe looked up for such organizations on the internet and then made their moves to associate with this organization. While the governments take steps for stopping such individuals and carry out de-radicalization problem, a question often remains unanswered- What led these people to look up for ISIS or thoughts for joining it? Were such people idle? Or whether these people possessed brains that had become idle? The answer is quite obvious and apparent- No. A mind that can dig the internet and carry formulate a strategy to join such a terrorist organization can never be idle. Similar is the case with every individual across the globe. The brain never gets idle. It is always working and creating thoughts. Thus, the notion of ‘idle brain’ is farce.

    If the problem of ‘idle brain’ is not the real cause behind such incidence, then why did it happen that only a few aspired to join the terrorist organization while others just looked it for knowledge purpose or didn’t even look for it? The answer is quite deep but simple at the same time. It is the quality of thoughts that differentiates every individual from others.

    There are three types of thoughts- positive, waste and negative. The positive thoughts are the ones related to love and service to mankind, happiness from inner self, peace, and the power to control ourselves. The waste thoughts are the one that are not
    required at that particular. A student thinking about playing outside when it is time to study is a waste thought. Even though playing outside is not a negative thought but it is not required at that moment. The third category of thought i.e. the negative relates to the thoughts of killing, suicide, hurt and guilt. Thus, the idea of idle brain is in fact related to generation of negative thoughts. It was these kinds of thoughts that led the individuals across the globe to aspire to join ISIS.

    But what led to the generation of such negative thoughts or the idle brain?

    Even though it might appear that it is a result of individualism i.e. the idea that every one of us is different in the way we look at things and perceive them. However, the brain is such a beautiful organ that it can be made to learn and then think in a positive
    direction but this is the aspect that is often missed out. The education system in countries across the globe is devoid of any value or principles of morality. The media is flooded all the times with news about rapes, death or any other mischievous activities and such things get etched in the brain. The environment at home is also to blame for. Quarrels between parents affect the development of child. All these factors tend to give a negative outlook to the brain and the brain begins
    to look for even more negativity from every source available in our surroundings.

    Apart from these aspects which mostly go unnoticed, the government policies are also responsible for generating an idle brain. The government fails to provide a conducive environment where everyone can grow. Adequate employment opportunities are not
    provided and the talent of individual remains untapped. In such a scenario, feelings of frustration and discontentment begin to creep in the brains of even good individuals.

    The end result of all such negativity in the brain is what can be seen in the present days. Incidence of rapes, murder, dacoit, and eve-teasing are all manifestations of an idle brain. At the global level, the wars in past days whether Indo-Pak war or the two World Wars were a result of result of negativity, the failure to accommodate each other and the feelings of hatred that engulfed the minds of everyone. The rise of terrorist organizations like Taliban, Al-Qaeda and others can also be attributed to the cause of controlling others and to superimpose their own mentality over others in a forceful manner. Even at the individual level, people are most of the time engulfed with feelings to take revenge or to hurt others. The recent Dari lynching in India whereby a person was killed on
    grounds of been-eating is a glaring example about how the mob lost control over their brains and allowed the negative emotions among themselves to take control. Similarly, the Nirbhaya Rape case in 2012 was a result of negative emotions that filled up the minds of the criminals.

    The above scenario of negativity and their related outcomes can definitely be changed. Governments must realize the root cause behind the problem and should subsequently made modifications in the existing education policy. The educations system must focus on ingraining values of love, peace, happiness, tolerance and brotherhood to make better individuals. Adequate employment opportunities must be developed so that every individual according to his/her capabilities can be accommodated in the economic system and feelings of frustration can be contained. Similarly, efforts should be made to promote TV programmes that spread the message of peace and love towards other. Free meditation and Yoga’s classes needs to be provided to individuals so as to allow the people to learn from their emotions rather than react. This will allow individuals to explore their self and help manage their negative emotions in a better manner and to convert the same in positive.

    Thus, it can be said that brain is a thought generating agency. It never stops thinking and produces a variety of thoughts. The problems in the contemporary world emerge out of a mix of ill-focused education system and the failed government policies to accommodate everyone. Ingraining moral values among the upcoming generations to allow them to live a peaceful life should be the focus of governments. The essence of a good and happy life lies in accepting the positive thoughts and overcoming and
    eliminating the negative ones and the same needs to be acknowledged by the governments and the individuals to help themselves make a better individual for a better future.

    • OK

      Batman, Can you please review my essay. I am reading yours.

    • why_so_serious?

      batman bhai, review mine, m reviewing yours!

    • Pankaj Kumar

      Bhai idle mind Sirf negative hi nahi socha hai…. positives bhi aate hai… There many inventions made with idle mind…. plus examples aur de sakte ho..Sirf ISIS ko hi mat dekho…. perspective broad karo…. overall a good essay…

      • Batman

        Thanks Pankaj, will work on ur suggestions 🙂

        • Pankaj Kumar

          Bhai mera bhi review kardo… thanks

    • why_so_serious?

      I loved each part of your essay. It was an example of good flow, with good use of language and then the interest that you made sure was maintained (just the one essay I didn’t like then, yu know which essay I m talking about)

      critics are only two : Yur essay is one sided. you have taken a complete stand about how this “idle” brain is always destrcutive. I liked the way that you included the “positive” “negative” and “waste” part, but I feel, including a para or two about the “positive” that you can come up with an idle brain didn’t come up clearly. although the conclusion talks about it but ur body needs to be balanced too.

      2nd thing I felt that it lacked dimension : you talked mainly about “non-violence” as a whole. Although I too don’t what all “dimensions” people talk about, but I feel MAYBE you overdid that. I MAYBE WRONG.

      you know I am a fan of yours so may be I get a little biased! N moreover I myself don’t do much justice to my essays, so correct me if am wrong!
      Thank you! 🙂

      • Batman

        Thanks bhai for such a detailed review. I agree with both the critics of yours. I talked about eve-teasing but didn’t include an example on it.
        Regarding your critic being one-sided, yep it is true to some extent, I should have talked about the positive side too, got swayed away with the title of essay 😀
        Again thanks a lot brother 🙂
        P.S. : it was the first time that your essay is written in less number of words 😛

        • why_so_serious?

          HAHAHA…. I’ve added one more para to it. I write it for my blog, so I feel like writing my heart out. I feel that will backfire in the real exam 😀

          • Batman

            I have gone through your blog. The presentation is quite catchy just like the intro of your essay 😉
            But writing more helps you explore dimensions, so keep writing 😀

    • Sushmit Adigon

      overall i am happy with this essay.. ,, iwould like to read it again later .!!some deficiencies
      Intro was gud , but i felt u concluded why people join isis too early.
      conclusion was ordinary ,but definitely not bad.
      i didnt like you idea of three kind of thoughts!
      what govt should do is fine,,but what gov did have to be mentioned(if possible)
      thouh i see lot IR in your essay,,i wouldl still say ,this is holistic essay!

      let me read other essays nad revert back1

      • Batman

        ohh.. Thanks Sushmit. I have noted your suggestions.
        Now, I will have to wait for more reviews from you on this essay, revert back soon 😀

      • Abhishek

        Please review

        Is it the mind which is idle or the body?The sarcasm is that it is the body which remains idle.Neurons in human brain stimulate millions of thought every moment but not all are the same!

        Once the thought is generated by brain it is the body which responds accordingly ..so whom to blame the body or the mind?

        Nature has created such a wonderful creature called Human beings imbibed with every sort’s values. It has moulded it beautifully like a potter shapes a clay.Later arrived the fantasies of the pandora box which disturbed the emotions of human beings.Probably which might have made human beings to take the route of negativity?

        So shall we blame the pandora box?

        It is the same mind which gave birth to Lord Ram and the same sent him to exile.It is the same mind which made Dynamite and the same created the nobel price.

        It is the wisdom and Self control which makes Human beings different from a programmable Robot.It can judge between good and bad ,rich and poor and hence creates an environment of peaceful existence called society.It is our actions which direclty impacts the society and it is the brain which provokes it.

        The mind is just like a parachute which does not work unless it is open.It has to be groomed well just like the nautre allows.Once it is struck with a single negative thought it can destroy the very purpose of nature for which it has been created.

        The most impulsive are the youth lying on the lap of nature.It is them who can revolutionize the society ..the country and hence the world.It is their mind which needs to be made occupied by positivity.Swami vivekananda once said..”Give me 100 positive young men and i can transform INDIA”.

        Currently the whole nation is facing the radicalization of youth by terrorist groups.Why do the youth turn out to become the so called Devil?Whom can we ask this question.Is it not their body doing lack of work and relaxed enough to force mind to develop such evil thought.The innocence of youth has been murdered by terrorism and forcing them to hold the GUN at an age to hold a PEN.

        Life has today become a moving caravan for people of middle east.Human beings have been killing each other in the name of caste creed sex and POWER!

        It is the mind which created the Industrial revolution and it is the same mind which devastated the world with nuclear weapons.It is upto the human beings who can turn out to use their potential in an effective way.Human minds have reached beyond mars today and it has been aspiring to go beyond.But why can’t it see it’s fellow beings dwelling beside them with peace and harmony?It has made the life easier for it’s fellow beings by inventing amazing stuffs like internet,aircraft and on the other hand same has been used to radicalize each other in name of religion,creed and sex to fight against themselves.

        The mind has become so dirty that same country which worships the nation as their mother land a day other rapes others sister.How have they changed the definition of being born as most noble creature of the world?The values of nature if disturbed could be devastating whether instantly or in a long run.It has to be monitored by some voluntary actions by law governing them.If the nature perishes the world in name of earthquakes tsunamis and floods a fear and hope arises even in the most evil creature.A fear or a hope can be the best solution to transform the so called dirty mind to a wise human beings.

        Time has come to awake our self and the institution governing us to re-imbibe the mind of human beings who have been lost and restore the faith of nature.Becoz it is the iron nerves of the human beings which can make a prosperous nation by imbibing in their mind some sorts of patriotism and devotion.

        It is upto the institution governing the human being to transform the ultimate potential of human to make a prosperous nation or to let their mind get washed away with evil thoughts.The government should focus in making the mind of youth engaged and enriching the so called human resource.Youth can be provided with all sorts of guidance and monitoring by their family so that they their actions won’t deform their thought or the other way.

    • jithin

      Hy Batman,
      Surprisingly IR niche essay, I never thought the topic could be thought of entirely on an IR perspective. Now let me focus on the issues, which i found.
      1. The topic is “brain is idol”, but you have gone against the theme and said brain is not idle. But you have tried to negate the effect by equating idol brain with negative thoughts. This is a creative approach of yours, which i am not sure how much the examiner would agree upon.
      2. From where did you come across that there are only 3 kinds of thoughts. I felt it as a manufactured point, to suit your essay.
      3. “The education system in countries across the globe is devoid of any value or principles of morality.” This point is very generalist, you couldn’t equate every education system as devoid of any values. At the most you can commend on Indian education system, since you have come across Indian system.- personal thoughts you may differ.
      Keep writing buddy, your essays are always fun to review.
      If it is conveninet for you, then please review mine as well.

      • Batman

        Thanks Jithin for such a worthy review. I think the notion of idle brain has to be defined first because what looks idle at first instance is not in the reality.
        On second point, there are 7 kind of thoughts-toxic; negative; waste; necessary;
        right; positive; elevated thoughts. (if a deep analysis is made). But types of thought depend upon the researcher, so even 3 types of thought will serve the purpose.
        agree with your third point.
        keep reviewing buddy 🙂

        will review urs in a while 🙂

    • Cybertron Ninja

      You have written really well. It is not solely on government to accommodate everyone but rather active participation from all members of society is required to create healthy environment with right values. Being dependent only on government policies for upliftment is also a manifestation/outlook of an idle brain.
      Acha likha hai !

      • Batman

        yep. government as an initiating agency. Rest of the steps have to be taken by the individuals themselves. Thanks!

    • Ash

      Hey Batman! 🙂
      Could you review mine! I will review yours in sometime! 🙂

    • OK

      The most important part of your essay is the segregation of thoughts into different baskets and then targeting the required one. Impressive. Then rest of the part was as expected.

      I like your command on language, essay was an interesting read.

      • Batman

        Thanks OK, I will review your restructured essay in a while. i am quite impressed by your dedication 🙂

        • OK

          Thanks. I hope you will get a one more perspective to look at this essay.

    • Himanshu Rawat

      1- You cleared your stand in the very first para. It made easy for me to relate with what you wrote in later stages of your writing.
      2- Giving the issue an international perspective is very different approach and I found it quite impressive.
      3- Types of thoughts is the take away for me from this Essay.
      4- Generation of negative thoughts and reasons behind it are well covered.
      5- Suggestive approach in later stages seems good
      6- You maintained the flow throughout your essay.

      Some concerns :- Personal views

      1- Over emphasis on international perspective. It may look better if you would have started from international issues and than moved to national,social, family and than end on personal issues.
      2- More than 50 percent of your answer was dedicated to negative thoughts. Pros of positives thoughts and how one can convert waste thoughts into positive thoughts should have got a fair place in your writing.
      3- Role of individual and the society seems under estimated by you
      4- I could not connect with your last para. Though I loved the second last para.

      Its a brilliant Essay with lots of thoughts. knowledge and analytical ability behind it . Just a human touch or so called philosophical touch would be a cherry on the cake for me. Keep writing Bro,…. 🙂

      • Batman

        woah..you analysed it so well.
        I have problems in writing conclusion, Hope I am able to improve upon it.
        I mentioned the measures as meditation but I think should have connected well.
        all your views are accepted with respect. Thanks bhai, can’t ask for more 😀

      • OK

        HImanshu please review mine as well.
        Attempt 2

    • Tuktuk

      “There are three types of thoughts- positive, waste and negative.” it really connected bro!!

      The end result of all such negativity in the brain is what can be seen in the present days. Incidence of rapes, murder, dacoit, and eve-teasing are all manifestations of an idle brain????? Really?? there should be a mention of moral values, ethics if you want to say these things as only idle mind cant do all these!!! my mind is idle, but i never thought things like these?? why??? Ethics!!
      I get Angry and sometimes i think to drive my land cruiser on the guy while he’s sleeping !! but id dont, because i fear law and again, moral values!! So do not loose focus while defining an issue! make sure you connects with other things as well!!
      your essay focused much on “terrorism”!! aur bhi examples define karte na, acha hota aur!! overall i liked it!!! badda kuch improve ho skta hai!! surely we’ll improve!! 🙂
      catch you later batman!! bye 🙂
      and dont mind my words 🙂

      • Batman

        haha.. thanks bhai for a detailed review 😀
        devil’s workshop doesn’t necessarily mean that actions will take place and yea if someone is generating such thoughts, surely they are bound to vent out in some form or the other. But i agree with your views, should have detailed it and connected it well. Agains Thanks a ton n mai bura ni manta 😛

        • Tuktuk

          hehe! i know 🙂
          baar baar thanks mat bola kar, wrna gaadi chadda dunga upar 😛

          • Batman

            haha… bs bhai idle mt baitha kr tu, dara dia yar 😛

            • Tuktuk

              kal se pkka bhai ^_^

    • Michelin

      Hey Batman. Good that you tried to clarify by the meaning of ‘idle’ and shaped your essay based on that. This ensured the flow was smooth.

      “But what led to the generation of such negative thoughts or the idle brain?” Idle is quite broad in scope – listlessness, purposelessness, lethargy, etc.
      IMO, you have narrowed the definition of ‘idle’ and your essay was largely based on what you defined. Maybe you could have broadened the scope a little.

      When I read the intro, I got a feeling that it was about IS/terrorism and what needs to be done about it. Maybe you could have added a little bit of variety.

      Cheers! Happy writing! 🙂

      • Batman

        Thanks Michelin for a wonderful review 🙂
        I thought the idea of listlessness, purposelessness, lethargy all converge in direction of negative thoughts, so just focused but I think I should have mentioned the same.
        I was trying to write a different intro but perhaps you didn’t like. Anyways, you have a personal opinion and I respect your views on my writing.
        Cheers!

      • Hey there, mind taking a look at education values essay at the end? If you have time, Thanks!

    • I don’t know how to review, because I would not have written this if it were asked in the exam. I have read throught and it was good, But I will tell you what Imay not be inclined to accept.

      Negative thoughts as idle is a decent way, but I personally think it is about not having any goal or dream, leading to many things, at extreme stage crime.

      Yoga, medatation.. Not sure

      Unemployment doesn’t necessarily mean negative thoughts or criminals, I have known people who were unemployed for life in my life, they are good at heart and they help everyone around.

      And it is not right to include war between nations, lot of thought process involved, andakistan can think too.

      It is highly possible that examiner may buy your essay completely, this is what I felt.

      • *Pakistan

        And thanks for the review bro!

      • Batman

        Hey Thanks Does it matter? for having a look at my essay.
        Not having goal, dream–>lead to many things only when negativity enters. You have mentioned yourself that you have seen people that are unemployed and still good and that’s why I directly pointed to the negative thoughts.
        and Yoga and meditation do help. In psychological terms, they bring a separation between intellectual mind and the emotional mind and thus allow you take decisions in a better manner. Try it, quite helpful 🙂
        But anyways, Thanks for taking out your time. Cheers!

    • pandeyji

      Wow!
      It was like a movie where you pause for a moment and say “wait man, how has this movie reached this situation when it started from where it started”
      I mean i was engrossed in your essay to such an extent that i had to go back to the top and start reading, thinking “how has he reached from “idle mind is a devil’s workshop” to negativity in thoughts?
      Anyway..I really felt good that unlike many who are explaining the phrase, you have taken a road less travelled and one that you strongly feel about
      i.e.
      You saw the expression “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop”
      you thought “Cmon man! no brain is idle..I will explain them that first”
      Then you explained about why devilish actions actually happen in the world..(because you need to shut the mouths of those who ll say ” abe oo..idle mind agar nahi hota hai toh devilish acts kahan se ayenge hain?”

      Now in the middle, i dont know why you started using the term ‘idle brain’ again? i cudnt connect to it..maybe i will when i read it again but not in the first go

      Then you went on to describe what can be done to counter negativity, finally giving a critical analysis of the same

      Hence my personal opinion is that you have done complete justice to expressing your views for this essay. And i think as a reader i connect to it easily
      AWESOME!
      another perspective in my quiver now 🙂

      • Batman

        Dhanyawad Pandey ji, aap Khush hue, hume acha laga 😀
        regarding idle mind, i used it again because I thought ki kahi examiner ko lage aree ye negative pe aa gya, idle mind kaha gya 😀
        Thanks for your appreciation 🙂

    • night fury

      Intro is fab ! U gave a very strong opinion negating the fact of the heading itself – commendable !
      Govt policies are not flawed, there implementation is.
      And there is role of “socialisation” also.
      Ur essay speaks a lot about what “evil” an idle mind can do. Varied examples..
      But a little of positive side can also be mentioned. 🙂 I feel it personally. It gives an optimistic kind of image.

      Flow is brilliant.
      ATB 🙂

      • Ash

        Hey Night fury! 🙂 .. review mine no! I will review yours too .. 🙂

        • night fury

          Yes Ash.. I was going to review urs too 😀
          Thoda time lagega. I take time read essays.. 🙂

          • Ash

            Same here! I have been reading Batman’s essay for quite some time and forming review wud take some more 😛
            Take your time but do review! 🙂

            • night fury

              For sure ! 😀

      • Batman

        thanks fury, your views are accepted with due respect, will work on bringing the element of positivity. I think my definition of idle brain restricted that scope. Will work on it 🙂

    • pranav pratik

      really appreciable. You touched most of the dimensions. Nice one

      • why_so_serious?

        BHAI pranav… mera bhi review kar do 🙂

    • Ash

      Hey Batman! 🙂

      1. ‘ Were such people idle? Or whether these people possessed brains that had become idle? The answer is quite obvious and apparent- No’ No to what… The answer to both the questions is No … you cud write it this way I guess!

      2. I feel ‘Idle mind’ means a mind which is not engrossed in anything fruitful … because it takes years and years of practice to bring your mind to a state where there are no thoughts(or idle)! So if you say ‘idle mind is a farce’. I disagree! Moreover, an idle mind like that of salvation seekers is not a devil’s workshop. You yourself have stated this ‘The brain never gets idle’ of course until you’re a Yogi .. 🙂

      Those ppl were definitely idle and that’s why they had time to do all that… A person going for a job at 10 returning by 7 would need rest and other recreations…. This person has a family to feed.
      In case of unemployment he cud go for extreme ways. A college goer with not much load has more idle time to think of irrelevant things .. because he has nothing much to do… A mind without a proper benevolent aim defines an ‘Idle mind’ not a mind getting negative thoughts… thoughts negative , +ve keep coming every moment.. The onus is on us to respond!

      3. I like the mention of education system … Good Pt:)

      4. Waste thoughts = irrelevant .. A betta word??

      5. Govt policies -Good Pt:)

      6. I see a lot of negativity and violence in your essay.. mention some positives.. balance them.. It shows our mind’s state.. 😉

      7. I like your solutions… You could name few good ppl also u know!

      Overall good! KWAR! 🙂

      • Batman

        haha..ok Ash, I will make my mindset positive 😛
        I don’t find much difference between your ideas and mine and when i said that the notion of ‘idle mind’ is farce, i meant that mind doesn’t come to rest, it was in literary sense but i accept, should have mentioned the same.
        and there is a term “waste thought”; there are 7 types of thoughts: toxic; negative; waste; necessary;right; positive; elevated thoughts (in case you want to get their details, tell me :P)

        Thanks for the review 🙂

        • Ash

          Looks like Batman has done a lot of research on kinds of thoughts! Nopety Nope! I’m done.. I’m not qualified enuf to take this conversation further! 😛

        • night fury

          It seem U have read Psychology in detail 😀

          • Batman

            hehe.. I have interest in it, so read/listen such things that can actually help in personality development 😀

            • night fury

              Awesome ! Hi5 for that 😀

              • Batman

                but i want a Hi10 😛

                • sankar

                  dost plz rvw mine
                  rwing yours

                • night fury

                  Hahaha okay Dragon’s Hi10 to Batman ! 😀

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Hey BatMan wtzup!!! by the way your essay was good but let me complete my responsibility.

      1. Im not sure whether to deviate with the stand which is given in essay question as I remember official review saying you cannot take other stand apart the given one.

      2. You said idle mind is not flayed but its negativity which is but at some places you again pointed some instances and told are result of idle mind example.

      “Apart from these aspects which mostly go unnoticed, the government policies are also responsible for generating an idle brain. ” So the parafull of example before this statement were not due to negativity but due to idle mind.

      At other place too like:” The end result of all such negativity in the brain is what can be seen in the present days. Incidence of rapes, murder, dacoit, and eve-teasing are all manifestations of an idle brain.”

      So you have defined one and explained the rest conflicting to your stand so I think you must carefull of this things:) All the best

      • Batman

        hey Coolkarni, I think I have equated the two idle brain=negative emotions; so I think either of them can be mentioned. What do you think?
        Thanks for the review 🙂

    • sankar

      very good essay
      sticky and good flow
      plz rvw mine

    • Himanshu nn

      it was a good read throughout!!!!
      the language, flow and co-relation were at its best.
      several examples have done their jobs.
      thumbs up for the such a nice treat!!!!!!!

      i have written on the similar line of thought but after reading yours i feel i have a long mile to cover.
      if possible, review mine also.

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Best essay so far. The positives in your essay were that you connected it to present situation, and also you had an excellent flow throughout your essay.

      Some more pointers from my side –
      You could have also talked about culture, traditions, social structure, quality of teaching, religious practices, etc.
      Then some concepts of development such as Human Happiness Index (which contains education, environment, wealth, health – both physical and mental). Technological advancements and their impact on human psychology such as development of internet, social media,big data, free flow of information (both good and bad), globalisation, nuclear family, urbanisation, isolation, development of iron cage of rationality, social acceptance of excellence, growing materialism, consumerism (consumption based economy) etc. could have been discussed along with their relation with ideal mind/human mind.

      Marks – 80/125

      • Batman

        Thank You Sir for your appreciation and suggestions 🙂

      • Sushmit Adigon

        sir , review my essay ,i hardly got any of my essays reviewed by you!

  • manoj

    Please review friends

  • Pankaj Kumar

    An idle mind can be related to a situation where a person is not under any formal obligation or liability to perform his duties. He remains free and hence his conscience doesn’t allow him to do any work. At this point of time any random thought can strike him and he can starts doing it whether it is correct or not. He doesn’t know if his deeds are fruitful according to the society or not.

    Let us take an example of a small plant, if it gets water and sunlight it will grow tall and give fruits, but just imagine if we keep the same plant in a closed 4 walls without sunlight will it grow fruitful. No. It will decay further and sooner or later it will die. Even in the case of an idle mind, if it is idle it will die sooner or later.

    We can also relate it to our freedom struggle times, when the entire masses of nation was shrouded under poverty and extreme dis unity, the minds were more or less in idle state. We had agreed to the rule of British Empire and to overcome them, we didnt had vision or an aim to move forward and so because of this idleness the country was decaying and loosing its resources. But the difference was made by Gandhiji who had already attained his education from abroad and his intellectualism was different to that of masses in India. He gave the vision and an aim for the Indians to succeed and get independence.

    Also, USA was sitting idle after world war 2 and 4 decades of cold war, they realised to get oil and natural gas they need to attack middle east and create anarchy which will also impact Developing countries like India and China. Because this was a time when USA was self reliant and its economy was booming, but other 3rd world countries were also standing shoulder to shoulder with them. This led USAs idleness to decay the growth of entire humanity and destroy peace in Middle East.

    People with idle mind and thoughts are prone to be lazy and find shortcuts for each job. They are the most vulnerable people of the society. These people get easily attracted to the devil mindsets of terrorist organisations. Organisations like ISIS etc. Use these people for the destruction of humanity.

    Being idle also takes one far from society and later leads to people becoming vindictive of its counterparts. For example, people of north east have livedn seclusion and oblivion for quiet a long time,meanwhile there is another society that has grown fully matured. But people of north east are still fighting to keep their religious belief intact and preserve. This is fur there leading them to degrade their own life, future and creating a long distance between them and other societies which will be difficult to bridge the gap in the longer run.

    In the end, I would like to conclude that idle mind should not be confused with saturated or unproductive minds. Sometimes, it is because of the idle minds that many inventions have been made. To overcome the idleness one should have a purposeful conversation with each other. People to people connection with help one to know the thought process of others and hence might bring a change in oneself too. Also, creative thinking needs to be developed in a child since his schooldays, which will help him keep occupied and not let evil thoughts grasped their mindsets.

    • Prerna saxena

      good but i think short for an essay…

      • Pankaj Kumar

        Yes first timer… any other views….

        • Prerna saxena

          rest is well .. adhered to word limit…

    • Nandini

      You have used contemporary examples which is great. However, I would not go so far as to call USA idle and that led to the anarchy in the middle east. That was a strategic ploy and in no way inadvertent. So maybe you can work on that part! 🙂

      • Pankaj Kumar

        I gave USA example because after cold war they were not so active in world politics, which made them idle and think of evil thoughts which led to menace in middle east. I might not have been able to convey my thoughts properly. Will keep that in mind. Thanks for review.

    • Batman

      Hey Pankaj, sorry bro forgot to review your essay. Now coming to it:
      your idea of idle mind is different from the mainstream, no formal obligation or liability doesn’t end up taking the form of idle mind. If I am playing a game, there is no formal obligation, no liability and I can’t see it as an example of idle mind too.
      You need to broaden your ideas a bit. Give examples on individual level and from the present scenario i.e. insert micro-view in your essay with which it is easy for examiner to connect.
      you didn’t give the causes behind such occurrence and the solutions have been confused with the conclusion of the essay. Devote a separate para for both
      it seems like you have just started writing essay but you hold a great potential, so keep writing and improving. Hoping to see an essay from you next week. Thanks!

      • Pankaj Kumar

        Thanks batman… For the review… will keep this mind next time…

  • VJ

    Idol brain a devils workshop.
    But as world is not devoid of ironies; a busy brain can very well be a devil’s factory and an idol brain can be that of a monk
    However in the general sense of the phrase it’s a well established fact that working brain is “less wandering” in nature than an idol one. But a “Devils workshop”, I am not sure.
    The phrase in personal point of view is a very conflicting one. My seniors at work would suggest me to keep my mind filled with the work at hand, as that is the only way I will be able concentrate and finish my work. But the meditation gurus I hear all over insist on keeping the mind idol and empty, free from all thoughts, while meditating, for well being and understand myself better.. Which one is right ? I ask myself.
    The answer to this is perhaps mind or brain in itself is very complex to define and comprehend completely. To define it in shades of black and white only will be incorrect.
    Mind is like fresh piece of land that has to be cultivated and worked upon every single day of life. We sow the seeds into this land with all the knowledge we gather over our day to day work. Now, when we leave this piece of land “idol”, what shall grow over it depends on what we had been sowing.
    A constructive and deep knowledge of the world we are part of, is not going to lead to destructive thoughts or actions but a mind fed with negative knowledge and knowledge devoid of the understanding, what the world is and it is ought to be understood will definitely lead to negative thoughts .
    So I believe –
    “idol’ mind is a workshop, where outcome shall depend upon what is in the store house of the brain to be processed in idol time.

  • SSB

    Please review

    • SSB

      Please review me
      First time I have written

  • sree

    plss review its first tym to write

    A person who sits and lazes around without doing any fruitful work is called an idle man. Such a man is not only wasting his energies but is also dangerous for the society. He gets dangerous ideas which are not only harmful to him but also to the whole society and so his brain is compared to the workshop of devil.

    The brain is the chief controlling centre of the man and can be used for constructive as well as destructive purposes. The major inventions that took place in this world are a result of man putting his brain to the proper use. When a brain is not engaged in constructive activities it goes astray and thinks of destructive things which lead to a lot of problems.

    All the wars and all the destruction in this world are a result of some idle brains at work. Once, an idle person was aimlessly walking along the road. A stone on the street hit his thumb of the leg and it was bleeding. In anger he picked the stone and threw away and it broke the window of a nearby house and this caused the house owner to pick up a quarrel with him. Thus the whole fight started because the man was idle and had nothing to do. The quarrel resulted in discord between the idle person and the house owner.

    The story of the ‘Idle Monkey and the Wedge‘ from the Panchatantra is a fine example of the proverb. Long ago, a merchant was building a temple in the middle of his garden. The workers partly sawed a log of wood and fixed a wedge in it so that it does not close up and left for lunch. An idle monkey was watching this and having nothing to do got down from the tree and pulled the wedge. The wedge came off and trapped monkey into the rift of the log. The monkey was killed instantly.

    CONSEQUENCES OF AN IDLE MIND

    The following are the common characteristics of an idle mind.

    1) Frustration

    2) Easily angry

    3) Feeling of rejection

    4) Finding fault about everything

    5) Regrets

    6) Desperate. And others

    Besides these features listed above, there’re lots of other effects as the circumstance may present its self. An idle mind is like a magnet waiting to capture any metal item crossing its way, it’s so sharp and quick, that’s the way the mind of an idle man works, idleness is a very dangerous thing to be engaged with, it’s the beginning of a new negative chapter of a person’s life that is in it, an idle person is a frustrated person and a very unhappy person, and such is a danger to the society, idleness gives a person rooms of options filled with negative activities, an idle person is a frustrated person, frustrated about everything around him/her and always sees the negative side of everything around him/her, a frustrated and a idle person never sees the possibility in a thing because he/she is not thinking at all, that’s when the mind is acting on a sub conscious stage, all such a person sees and possibly wants to hear is all sort of negative talks, at a point he/she would be ready to do anything to make it in life regardless of the consequences that’s when he/she is said to be desperate and frustrated, two made combination s, because such a person is acting and living a subconscious life.

    When ever a person is caught doing something wrong or illegal, stealing, or committing a crime, suddenly his/her eyes becomes clearer to the true reality of things in the conscious world, the feeling is like someone taking off a blind folding material off your eyes and you suddenly can see things more clearly, but in this case the clear things such a person will be seeing will be the regrets, fear, and shame which are the result of the consequences he/she will or has faced, at that point you will wish you could rewind the pass few minutes of your life and make things right it will be too late, such a person only has to face the consequences but not many are always lucky to have a second chance to make things right, so why not start seeing the future from today and avoid seeing it the hard way, remember nothing good comes easy and the idle mind is the devil’s workshop

    Without thinking of the possible consequences of what he/she is engaging itself into because such a mind is operating sub-consciously, at this stage new characters are beginning to spring out from such a person and mostly negative behaviors and attitudes.

    Thus it is important to keep the mind constructively occupied so that it will become God’s workshop. The proverb however does not refer to those moments when we spend time leisurely doing nothing.

    So, we have to keep our brain active and to do something useful to the society so that our actions and time will be of help to others.

    • why_so_serious?

      I loved yur essay except for the conclusion.Yu can improve there.No other improvement I feel. ATB!!

      • sree

        thanq soo much,if i want to clarify sm doubts how to ping you

        • why_so_serious?

          you can mail me here : [email protected]

          N please reply when u’re done noting it down

          • Abhishek

            Is it the mind which is idle or the body?The sarcasm is that it is the body which remains idle.Neurons in human brain stimulate millions of thought every moment but not all are the same!

            Once the thought is generated by brain it is the body which responds accordingly ..so whom to blame the body or the mind?

            Nature has created such a wonderful creature called Human beings imbibed with every sort’s values. It has moulded it beautifully like a potter shapes a clay.Later arrived the fantasies of the pandora box which disturbed the emotions of human beings.Probably which might have made human beings to take the route of negativity?

            So shall we blame the pandora box?

            It is the same mind which gave birth to Lord Ram and the same sent him to exile.It is the same mind which made Dynamite and the same created the nobel price.

            It is the wisdom and Self control which makes Human beings different from a programmable Robot.It can judge between good and bad ,rich and poor and hence creates an environment of peaceful existence called society.It is our actions which direclty impacts the society and it is the brain which provokes it.

            The mind is just like a parachute which does not work unless it is open.It has to be groomed well just like the nautre allows.Once it is struck with a single negative thought it can destroy the very purpose of nature for which it has been created.

            The most impulsive are the youth lying on the lap of nature.It is them who can revolutionize the society ..the country and hence the world.It is their mind which needs to be made occupied by positivity.Swami vivekananda once said..”Give me 100 positive young men and i can transform INDIA”.

            Currently the whole nation is facing the radicalization of youth by terrorist groups.Why do the youth turn out to become the so called Devil?Whom can we ask this question.Is it not their body doing lack of work and relaxed enough to force mind to develop such evil thought.The innocence of youth has been murdered by terrorism and forcing them to hold the GUN at an age to hold a PEN.

            Life has today become a moving caravan for people of middle east.Human beings have been killing each other in the name of caste creed sex and POWER!

            It is the mind which created the Industrial revolution and it is the same mind which devastated the world with nuclear weapons.It is upto the human beings who can turn out to use their potential in an effective way.Human minds have reached beyond mars today and it has been aspiring to go beyond.But why can’t it see it’s fellow beings dwelling beside them with peace and harmony?It has made the life easier for it’s fellow beings by inventing amazing stuffs like internet,aircraft and on the other hand same has been used to radicalize each other in name of religion,creed and sex to fight against themselves.

            The mind has become so dirty that same country which worships the nation as their mother land a day other rapes others sister.How have they changed the definition of being born as most noble creature of the world?The values of nature if disturbed could be devastating whether instantly or in a long run.It has to be monitored by some voluntary actions by law governing them.If the nature perishes the world in name of earthquakes tsunamis and floods a fear and hope arises even in the most evil creature.A fear or a hope can be the best solution to transform the so called dirty mind to a wise human beings.

            Time has come to awake our self and the institution governing us to re-imbibe the mind of human beings who have been lost and restore the faith of nature.Becoz it is the iron nerves of the human beings which can make a prosperous nation by imbibing in their mind some sorts of patriotism and devotion.

            It is upto the institution governing the human being to transform the ultimate potential of human to make a prosperous nation or to let their mind get washed away with evil thoughts.The government should focus in making the mind of youth engaged and enriching the so called human resource.Youth can be provided with all sorts of guidance and monitoring by their family so that they their actions won’t deform their thought or the other way.

          • Abhishek

            please review

          • sree

            thanq

      • Isha

        Hey serious, can you please review mine? There are many loopholes and its not really good so it wont take much time of yours 🙂
        Point them out, it would be really helpful.

  • Rahul

    As a human being we are distinguished from other creatures in terms of thinking and reasoning ability. The ability of human to think and reason has led to develop so many things good or bad. Thus the humans never stopped after their survival was ensured. An efficient use of brain brings creativity and in general helps in betterment of society, an idle brain is not only harmful to individual but detrimental to society as well.

    During early period of civilizations humans were primarily concerned with gathering food and shelter. This gave them a purpose to live that was to survive. As time passed many things developed and survival was not the only quest. Out of its creativity humans developed many more things such as painting, music, dance etc. to enjoy the life, to experience life beyond survival.

    With the development of modern tools and machinery, humans developed almost everything which made life comfortable, majority don’t even think about survival, it has become so obvious. However the modern way of life also created many problems which were non-existential earlier. The large scale poverty and unemployment have led millions of people to live in inhumane life conditions. This also aggravates the other major problems such as corruption, burglary, murder etc. Those who neither have the comfort of life nor the means to achieve it are taking the wrong path, which disturbs the balance of society. So the idleness of mind which can come from variety of reasons is a social problem also.

    Time is a relative concept as far as the experience is concerned. When we are in sadness the minutes take hours to pass, while moment of joy disappears in seconds. So one’s experience of life varies drastically. An occupied mind seeks something to achieve
    while an idle mind looks for destruction. It is not that idle mind wants destruction but it the very nature of human being that it will led to destructive activities. Even if an individual is doing nothing he is harming to his own body, the negative thought that develops in idle mind harm the body in many ways.

    In day to day activity also the idleness of brain plays a role. Suppose in office all the employees are busy in their work there would not be any problem but a person with idle mind will try to find out fault with others instead of self-improvement. This negative attitude of individual develops wrong culture at work place that people starts discussing about others instead of focusing on their work. Thus
    thought of an individual can harm the work culture of an organization.

    An idle brain may also lead to the moral loss of an individual. The ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. Such a state of mind may lead into criminal activities such as rape, theft etc. Also an idle mind is the easiest to get influenced. There are large numbers of people specially in middle east who are easily getting sucked into extremist ideology, this also includes the children
    who don’t have education and have nothing to do.

    Now how we can keep away people from this mental state of idleness. I think every age group shall be thought off differently and also the male and female. The children should be provided with facility of education universally. This keeps their mind engaged in studies. However not all children are so keen to studies. Hence a widespread opportunity such as sports, dance, music, drama etc. can helps them to engage better with the world. Similar the old age people, the working class, the housewives shall be engaged in various activities other than their routine work.

    However simply telling somebody to keep yourself busy and don’t let your brain idle is not going to work. Also one’s act depends on the past experience and teaching. Thus we need to stop the moral degradation of our society, the tendency to be greedier, and the materialistic approach of life. The moral and ethical conscience of life shall be developed. I think yoga and meditation can play a very vital role in this along with restructured education system.

  • Abhishek

    PLZ review….

    Is it the mind which is idle or the body?The sarcasm is that it is the body which remains idle.Neurons in human brain stimulate millions of thought every moment but not all are the same!

    Once the thought is generated by brain it is the body which responds accordingly ..so whom to blame the body or the mind?

    Nature has created such a wonderful creature called Human beings imbibed with every sort’s values. It has moulded it beautifully like a potter shapes a clay.Later arrived the fantasies of the pandora box which disturbed the emotions of human beings.Probably which might have made human beings to take the route of negativity?

    So shall we blame the pandora box?

    It is the same mind which gave birth to Lord Ram and the same sent him to exile.It is the same mind which made Dynamite and the same created the nobel price.

    It is the wisdom and Self control which makes Human beings different from a programmable Robot.It can judge between good and bad ,rich and poor and hence creates an environment of peaceful existence called society.It is our actions which direclty impacts the society and it is the brain which provokes it.

    The mind is just like a parachute which does not work unless it is open.It has to be groomed well just like the nautre allows.Once it is struck with a single negative thought it can destroy the very purpose of nature for which it has been created.

    The most impulsive are the youth lying on the lap of nature.It is them who can revolutionize the society ..the country and hence the world.It is their mind which needs to be made occupied by positivity.Swami vivekananda once said..”Give me 100 positive young men and i can transform INDIA”.

    Currently the whole nation is facing the radicalization of youth by terrorist groups.Why do the youth turn out to become the so called Devil?Whom can we ask this question.Is it not their body doing lack of work and relaxed enough to force mind to develop such evil thought.The innocence of youth has been murdered by terrorism and forcing them to hold the GUN at an age to hold a PEN.

    Life has today become a moving caravan for people of middle east.Human beings have been killing each other in the name of caste creed sex and POWER!

    It is the mind which created the Industrial revolution and it is the same mind which devastated the world with nuclear weapons.It is upto the human beings who can turn out to use their potential in an effective way.Human minds have reached beyond mars today and it has been aspiring to go beyond.But why can’t it see it’s fellow beings dwelling beside them with peace and harmony?It has made the life easier for it’s fellow beings by inventing amazing stuffs like internet,aircraft and on the other hand same has been used to radicalize each other in name of religion,creed and sex to fight against themselves.

    The mind has become so dirty that same country which worships the nation as their mother land a day other rapes others sister.How have they changed the definition of being born as most noble creature of the world?The values of nature if disturbed could be devastating whether instantly or in a long run.It has to be monitored by some voluntary actions by law governing them.If the nature perishes the world in name of earthquakes tsunamis and floods a fear and hope arises even in the most evil creature.A fear or a hope can be the best solution to transform the so called dirty mind to a wise human beings.

    Time has come to awake our self and the institution governing us to re-imbibe the mind of human beings who have been lost and restore the faith of nature.Becoz it is the iron nerves of the human beings which can make a prosperous nation by imbibing in their mind some sorts of patriotism and devotion.

    It is upto the institution governing the human being to transform the ultimate potential of human to make a prosperous nation or to let their mind get washed away with evil thoughts.The government should focus in making the mind of youth engaged and enriching the so called human resource.Youth can be provided with all sorts of guidance and monitoring by their family so that they their actions won’t deform their thought or the other way.

  • OK

    Attempt 2:

    What do we understand from an idle Brain, a Brain who is not
    utilized optimally? There could be multiple instances of underutilization of
    brain, which can be recorded in the form of Un-employment, Un-educated,
    Un-ethical, and last but not least Dissonance with Interests.

    In my understanding when a person is not able to find out an
    adequate productive work to engage his brain in its full or partial capability,
    is a state of idleness. When a person is utilizing his capabilities but he is
    not educated enough to realize the actual potential, then also a brain is
    ideal. When the requirement of education and employment both are met, but
    education is not accompanied with values, then in moral sense it is idle and
    producing no good for the society. Lastly, when the employment, education, and
    morals, all are at right place but they are not in resonance with his interests
    that can also be considered as a state of idleness. But, what is the impact of
    this idleness. Let’s understand it in detail.

    Idleness in the form of Un-employment

    Un-employment is the biggest threat for any state, just by
    looking at the history we will realize that nearly all the revolutions, which
    changed the face of our world, had their genesis in Economic factors. Whether
    we talk about the French Revolution, American Revolution, Rise of Fascism in
    Europe, Unification of Germany, Russian Revolution, or the recent Jasmine
    Revolution in Tunisia etc. All these revolutions are political in nature but
    deeply rooted in Economy. It means, polity and economy do not exist in vacuum;
    they are the two faces of a same coin.

    Un-employment has a direct relationship with the Economic
    wellbeing of a person. It is the sole reason of disability of a person to avail
    the essential goods and services like, health, education, accommodation,
    nutritious food, hygienic living place, fresh water, sanitation, and etc. Thus,
    this makes a person prone to evils of the society and this prolonged negative
    interaction with society makes him immune from the feelings and pains of others.
    This is the sole reason, why few people are called to be as cold hearted.
    Because their idleness cost them heavily in terms of monetary aspects, they
    were forced to do things at that age which they were not supposed to do. These
    are the only people who are first got into the hands of non-state actors and
    getting radicalized.

    If we talk about the 21st Century, which has seen
    the unprecedented rate of growth and technology, where the curiosity of human
    beings has taken them beyond the Earth, and now he is looking for possibility
    of life else where in the universe. In this era of technology, where no miracle
    is a dream, this world is suffering at the hands of radicalization. The growth
    of ISIS, which covered the major part of West Asia, is now connecting the youth
    of the world by utilizing the same tool of technology. Their ideology is a
    great success because they rightly understood the fault lines in our economic
    structure, where a deep economic divide exists. By utilizing this same divide,
    they are attracting these economically marginalize brains, who are failed to
    understand the threat of it. Thus, their idle brains, which fetched them no
    monetary benefits, which made their life worse, becomes a sole reason of
    attraction towards these radical ideologies.

    This is the sole reason, why Central Government has taken
    the problem of radicalization with pinch of salt. That’s why a strong efforts
    has been invested in purging the funds into the potentially prone areas, like
    J&K and Maoist affected region, to fight this devil of radicalization which
    is breeding on the idle minds though the weapon of economic development.

    Idleness in the form of Under-Utilization

    Un-employment is not the only reason for the for idleness,
    many times due to lack of right education and training, our mind is unable to
    utilize its actual potential. Education has a very important role in arming us
    with the set of skills such that we can contribute in our economy at much
    higher level.

    If we compare a Software Engineer with a Laborer, we will
    understand that both are engaged in their respective work but where one is able
    to utilize the actual capacity of his Brain; on the other side this capacity is
    majorly unutilized. The level of utilization is indirectly linked with the
    reward system. The level of reward awarded is directly linked with the level of
    contribution in the economy. But, this relation of remuneration with the
    utilization of brain is difficult to understand for everyone, without having a
    sound knowledge of economics. So, for them it is a shear discrimination,
    because in their understanding both the persons are doing hard work but still
    not able to realize same output.

    This relative deprivation has a very ill effect on the
    person as an individual and the society as a whole. Thus, he takes the resort
    of un-constitutional means for his self-gratification to nullify the perceived
    discrimination by the society as a whole. So, this is a plausible reason for
    increasing the number of crimes in all the societies, which are growing at a
    faster pace but unable to percolate the development to its masses. Increasing
    in the number of Crimes in developed nations like USA, is a direct result of
    relative deprivation.

    Idleness in Moral Sense

    Even after getting the equal opportunity of employment and
    education, if the person is not behaving morally then in terms of the country
    as a whole, his capabilities are not utilized.

    In our country, just after independence Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru
    had envisaged India, as a global leader who would be fighting for the Rights of
    people across the world. To gain that position, he heavily relied on the
    internal growth and development. He rightly understood that, in the modern
    world, education and industries are the new engines of growth. That’s why, he
    so much emphasized upon higher education. This led to the establishment of many
    higher education institutes with world class facility and knowledge i.e. IITs
    and IIMs to work, to work as the foundation of Indian economic development.

    The graduates of these prestigious institutes, got the right
    opportunity of education as well as employment, but many of them preferred to
    gained this knowledge and moved out of the country in a pursuit of happiness.
    Thus, even after gaining the education and employment, these minds were become
    useless for the growth of Indian economy. Thus, a well-educated and capable
    mind can also become idle with respect to its home country if he had decided to
    give the benefits of it to some other country. This kind of immoral behavior,
    by not doing any thing good for the society even after possessing the
    capabilities to do so, is a perfect of example of relatively idle Brain.

    Idleness in case of Dissonance

    But if employment, education, and morals all are aligned in
    the right direction then are we sure about the outcomes? Here comes a one more
    aspect, resonance between the heart and mind, which means, when the interest of
    a person is truly aligned with his work. An engineer will become true engineer
    when he genuinely loves engineering from his heart. An engineer can never be a
    good engineering, if his internal desire is to be an investment banker.

    That’s why everyone suggests, following his or her own
    dreams. This is not only beneficial for a person, but for the society as a
    whole. Imagine a society where everyone is doing his or her own work with
    utmost interest and dedication. In this kind of society the growth and
    development is bound to happen.

    So, doing wrong to the society by getting into the influence
    of non-state actors because of lack of understanding and education is certainly
    wrong but it is as wrong as not doing anything good for the society even after
    having the capability to do so. Thus, in totality both of these, actions and
    inactions are hurting the society as a whole. It means, idleness is not only
    linked with the non-utilization and underutilization of brain, but it is also
    equally linked with the utilization of brain without giving any due contribution
    to the society, which played an important role in your success.

    • OK

      @disqus_NJNwmoeG76:disqus

      Please review this one.

    • Batman

      OK, I can’t see your whole essay :/
      “Idleness in case of Dissonance” but no content under this heading, you have posted your newly written essay at two places but both have an incomplete content. Please upload the rest

    • Batman

      OK, this one is better than your previous one but did u write it in haste?
      well coming to your essay, solutions are missing and at some places, ideas are a bit different e.g. laborer and software engineer, both are differentiated by the levels of education and reward system, I think even a child understand this (he/she wants a toffee and will do as u say)
      going out the country for pursuing your dreams is not immoral, you want to achieve higher standards, is it wrong?
      lighten the focus on “radicalization”-hangover from the previous essay. Rest is apt!

      • OK

        1. Regarding the brain drain part, in my opinion, society as a whole plays an important role in your success, you can understand in terms of the tax paid by them for the establishment of these institutions. And many other softer aspects, like professors and teachers are not teaching for a salary, but to make you a better men. But, I will re think about it. May be it is not that significant to deserve a mention.

        Next time I will try my best to write a better piece.
        And thanks for your time.

    • night fury

      Hey Buddy !
      Your essay is totally different from mine 🙂
      You related the topic through economics, unemployment , under utilization , morality ..
      That is really innovate and unique I must say. I could never relate ao much 😀
      Ur knowledge is commendable (y)
      But at times while reading it seemed that u diverted from the topic “idle brain = devil thought” or may be the complexity of your sentences made me feel so.
      Actually my personal view is essay should be as simple as possible. The examiner may not know so much .. He may feel “deprived” 😛 (this a topper’s view)
      I suggest you to write simple ..so as to make it interesting..
      Your points are all good no doubt (y)
      But I felt it to be bit complex..
      Personal views.. 🙂
      I am no authority on essay though 😀
      Just told u what I felt.
      And Conclusion para was Awesome !!!
      ATB 🙂

      • OK

        Thanks man for such an elaborative feedback. I will try to incorporate your points in my next essay. Keep reviewing.

  • pandeyji

    AN IDLE MIND IS A DEVIL’S WORKSHOP

    Before going into the essence of this idiom, it is necessary to understand what an idle mind or a devil’s workshop is. An idle mind basically means a mind that is inactive or has not been in use or exercised since long. It may depict an individual not having any work to do, a group of people who simply loiter here and there, a state that is backward in terms of multidimensional activities, a nation which is isolated and does not participate in the global affairs or even the whole world, which shows inactivity in mitigating its self-destruction paths. On the other hand a devil’s workshop is essentially a place where deconstructive thoughts or actions breed.This again could correspondingly be an individual mind, an anti-social group, an anti-state communal organization, a trans-state terrorist organization, an imperialist nation and so on. Hence the bottom-line that connects these two terms means that where there is inactivity, there is a probability of something destructive to breed in the near future.

    Firstly, let’s deal with the phrase applied to an individual level. A person that has nothing to do and is constantly pondering over his inactivity, can either infuse fresh passion in himself and start up something new or may further dive into his abyss, depressed, angry and other negative emotions possible. Taking the constructive path is often the difficult way as it involves courage and passionate endeavors while the path towards destruction seems easier of the two, involving no self-efforts, just conscience breakdown. For example, an idle person if not employed for months, may take to theft (cyber or material) or smuggling for self-sustenance.

    A political angle to this phrase further signifies how secretively it is embedded in other spheres of life as well. Taking the example of the Akali Dal, Mohammad Jinnah’s Muslim League, the Bhartiya Jana Sangh or other communal organizations, it is quite proven that these parties took to communal politics, something a devil would do, when they lost power or their conditions were fulfilled by the central government. When they had no agenda for their future course, they took the deconstructive path. One should always keep in mind that immediately after independence, when Gandhiji’s non-violent methods showed the world how one can achieve what he wants, these parties could have taken the constructive path of non-violent movements along with discussion forums to logically explain their petitions. But that didn’t happen. Connected to communal ideologies, a violent from of their thoughts takes manifestation into terrorist organisations. Hence even anti-social elements can be thought to have bred and had their origin out of the inactivity that affected them at some point of time.

    On similar lines the economic condition of various nations also buttress this idiom in full concurrence. A country suffers when it becomes economically inactive. When the demand side weakens, leading to recession or depression, the economy dives into its worse part of cycle. The government has to borrow more, unemployment increases, average incomes fall and the inequalities become more prominent. The consequences of the economic inactivity are devilish, again proving to be in concurrence with the topic of this essay.

    The concept behind this phrase is that an engaged mind which is constantly kept busy, seldom has an opportunity to wander with the thoughts of destruction or negative emotions. A busy mind tends to think straight and not deviate to vagueness or lack of agenda. This can be exemplified by the students of any standard. Whether primary or secondary, one would never find a sincere student to bunk classes. Those that loiter around are generally not very serious towards studies when compared to a hardworking student that has his mind engaged with the syllabus and takes interest in the same.

    However having said this, it has to be pointed out that the vice versa of the phrase is not essentially true. An engaged mind, or a mind that is constantly exercise can too be a breeding ground of devilish thoughts and imaginations. Apart from the individual’s thinking many other factors in the form of his surroundings can affect the way he thinks. For example, a person no matter how idle, would never think in the direction of cyber theft in China, considering the strict laws and regulations imposed upon him by the government. Also, the phrase denotes an inactive mind and should not be confused with monetary inactivity. Many dropouts from colleges later become the founders of burgeoning start-ups.

    In conclusion it has to be emphasized that the given phrase is all the more apt to the current world of materialism. When life become a race for survival, one should understand that staying idle, would essentially mean that he is staying behind.

    • pandeyji

      Self Review:
      Oh dear Lord
      May thou save me from other’s laughing on my essay

      • India First

        Why ? Its really good

      • night fury

        Same thing I thought when I posted here 😀
        Reading urs

      • Jaya Swatantra

        too good..bhaut acha likha hai apne..

    • India First

      Good language and nice way of presenting.

      However i am offended by your directly portraying certain organisations as communal. While this might be due to soft corner that i have for Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was from jansangh and you have every right to write what you want but please evaluate if you want to take this risk of offending the examiner. All the best

      • pandeyji

        You are spot on with your comment
        I too am a fan of Vajpayee ji
        Actually i should have mentioned the phase of these parties I talked about..thanks for pointing that out
        Always India first 🙂

    • Batman

      Pandey jI
      I liked the way you started your essay, I could feel a sense of maturity in your writing. You gave a multidimensional view to the whole topic. The only thing where I feel you could improve was to give solutions and then a good conclusion which were missing in your essay. But i liked, simple, straight and easy to connect with your ideas.
      keep writing Pandey JI 🙂

    • why_so_serious?

      Pandeyji.

      Bahut ummda likha hai. Bhai mujhe mazaa aa gaya padhke. The flow is awesome and it was really good how u’ve included each para clearly, included example for each point of urs, and seen the other side too! I loved reading it. Cannot think of any suggestion and m sorry for that.

      Is essay se koi confuse ho hi nai skta 😀

    • ragini sharma

      1. ” political angle ” mujhe lagta hai nahi likhna tha bcoz aapne jo example kuchh parties ke lie die hain wo sbhi pr lagu hote hain…..
      2. “In conclusion it has to be” concl. me aisa nahi likha jana chahie…
      3. aapne vibhinn pakchho ko chhune ka safal koshish kia hai…
      4. achha nibandh likha aapne…

      • pandeyji

        Are ainwayi essay ko zabardasti acha mat likhiye
        Khair..kisine aapka review kiya?
        kyunki mujhe photos download karke magnify karne mein bhi clearly dikh nahi raha
        padhne me aa raha hai kya?

        • ragini sharma

          ys… clearly dikh nahi raha h…

        • ragini sharma

          ainwayi achha nahi bole hain…………..

          • pandeyji

            are toh photo ache se upload kariye na!
            Aise koi review nahi kar paega aapka
            aaj toh sahi mein samjha hun..khud likhne se zyda review karne mein seekha

            • ragini sharma

              han ye sahi hai….
              khud likh kr review karne se new ideas mil jate hain…….

    • night fury

      Pandey ji !
      Superb essay (y) enjoyed it till the end.
      ” An engaged mind, or a mind that is constantly exercise can too be a breeding ground of devilish thoughts ”
      This dimension also u added – awesome !
      Multidimensional and very good read.
      Apka essay ab se follow kia jayega 😀

      • pandeyji

        (y) matlab kya hota hai?
        thumbs up?

        • night fury

          Yes ! 😀
          Fb pe (y) aise banta h na thumbs up 😛

    • sankar

      ye pandeji aap bhi parti ka nam leke thoda bahak jate hai eshe mat likhiye
      baki sab thik hai bus aapne salah nahi diye hai
      mujh lagta hai aap so gaye hai uthne mere essay bhi ek bar check kar lijiyega.
      apka lekh bahut achha , ekdam imandari se

  • Grv

    Idleness has been seen as a curse by all philosophical and religious traditions. Someone would very rarely praise idleness. Although prima facie, it seems very luxurious to stay at ease and do nothing. It is only by staying idle one realizes that the luxury and a false sense of comfort that it bring is only ephemeral and will bring doom in the long run. Idleness not only makes us lethargic towards ourselves and our goals, it also makes us apathetic towards the society. We stop caring for ourselves as well as our fellow sisters and brothers.

    Initially, it will lure us to believe that everything is under our control and we can take hold of situation as soon as we desire. As time passes, we would not be aware when we fall victim to the traps of idleness and fear doing something because of our idle nature or because of lack of time.

    Idleness also makes us fall prey to anti-social activities. We might take resort to something that is not desirable, since with time we lack purpose and goals in life. Thus it is aptly said that “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop”.

    HISTORY BEARS TESTIMONY

    How did the might Roman Empire fall into crumbles? Why could the Greeks not stand the test of time? Why did the Europeans face the “dark ages”? Why were we Indians always under threat of foreign domination? The reasons could be many and complex, but it cannot be denied that idleness was one of the leading causes for these problems.

    When Roman Empire was hitting its nadir, its society was gripped with the sin of indulgences. The economy was run by a slave army and the citizens were engrossed in the opulence and luxuries of life. Similarly, the European Dark Ages was a result of lack of scientific development, religious obscurantism, intolerance, apathy; all begotten by the ills of idleness.

    In India, history has always given hints that as soon as people fall prey to luxurious and self indulgent life our country falls prey to foreign powers. Internal feuds and rivalries are also a result of the mind which has been occupied by the devil of idleness. the great freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Geeta Rahasya, exhorted Indians to follow the “Karma Yoga” instead of renunciation. Karma Yoga is a life of action, it is life in pursuit of our goals and our responsibilities. How can one renounce her/his responsibilities in the face of an enemy, asks Tilak.

    Indian philosophical system though values renunciation but only after one has fulfilled the responsibilities of a family life. And the renunciation that is valued in Indian system is also not the malaise of idleness that we are rejecting, but it is the recognition of the fact that the human life should not succumb to materialistic joys, it forbids us from becoming excessively greedy. Renunciation is therefore nowhere associated with idle life.

    Thus, idleness not only corrupts an individual but it also has the ability to destroy a civilisation. This might seem a harsh and a strong statement, but it is a sordid reality.

    MALAISE OF IDLENESS

    The ills of idleness are many and the litany given here is not exhaustive but it tries to capture some of the issues.

    Idleness leads to mental slumber and weakness: When we lay idle, we do not engage our mental faculties in something that is productive and useful. Our mind, if not used becomes inactive. Things which otherwise can be done very easily, seem a herculean task to us. We do not wish to fulfill our work and our duties. In short our mind goes into a hibernation mode and it becomes very difficult to take it out from there.
    It leads to procrastination: Idleness makes us procrastinators. What should be done right now, we postpone it for later hour. Today’s work is pushed for tomorrow and so on. In the end a huge pile of work gets accumulated which again becomes difficult to complete. It is a vicious spiral, from which escape seems impossible.
    It leads to wastage of our precious time and resources: Time never waits, even if we may choose to wait. Idleness is that pleasure that gives pain in the long run. When we sit idle we may feel comfortable at squandering our time. But in due course we will fret at the loss of our precious time and resources.
    It leads to lack of self confidence: When we sit idle and as a result do not do anything, our mind is made to believe that we are not capable of doing anything. As a result, diffidence and lack of self worth take control of us and we lose our self esteem. Even the easiest tasks appear challenging and the end result is that we are sucked into the quagmire of idleness even further.
    It results in anxiety and discomfort: Idleness and the resulting diffidence makes it further difficult to take cognizance of our abilities. If some work becomes imminent we come under a lot of pressure and eventually it leads to anxiety.
    It leads to existentialist crisis: This is from a personal experience, while preparing for Civil Service exams there are many ups and downs that one has to face. There are moments when one questions her/his abilities. These are the moments when we must not sit idle and do something. If we sit idle, then highly disturbing questions like “Am I made for this?”, “Can I do this?”, “Am I wasting my energy and efforts on something that might not materialize?” creep up in our mind. This phenomenon can be called anything, here it is referred as an existential crisis. Perhaps, it is a perfect example of devil overpowering a weak mind afflicted by the malaise of idleness.
    It leads to apathy: Idleness makes us apathetic. Apathetic towards ourselves, towards our families, towards neighbours, towards society, towards nation and finally towards humanity at large. If we do not care about ourselves how are we to care about our family, let alone humanity ? This is the reason many people still do not know what is happening in Palestine or Nepal for that matter. This apathy is also begotten by idleness. We become so self engrossed in our indolence that we become impervious towards the plight of others.
    Thus, the torpidity of mind and soul is dangerous not just for ourselves but for our families and society.

    “KEEP MOVING FORWARD”

    As Walt Disney famously said, the only correction for idleness would be to “keep moving forward”. Human mind is intelligent, it is curious, it has the potential to change the face of earth. It can move rivers, tame wilderness, build settlements in outer space. The formidable challenges are nothing in front of a will that is strong enough to overcome them. Such is the potential of a mind that keeps working and keeps moving forward. We have come to a scenario when we have send missions outside our solar system, we have found cures for diseases that were pandemic a decade ago, we have tried to achieve food security for many. Yet much needs to be done.

    A famous Poem of Robert Frost, which happens to be a personal favourite of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru sums it up lucidly.

    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep
    And miles to go before I sleep.”

    The motto therefore must be to work and keep moving forward in face of all challenges. No problem, no obstacle is insurmountable if we desire to overcome it. The only challenge is to overcome the devil of idleness.

    DO NOT WORK MECHANICALLY

    However, working here does not mean that we should work mechanically like robots without engaging our mental faculties. It is only the use of our mental faculties that differentiates us from an animal. A human being is a human being only because he/she derives value from the work that he or she does. Tragically, in our modern day societies we have become alienated from the work that we do. We no longer derive value from the work that we do. Our work has been reduced to “nine to five” office desk job. Many of us fail to realise our immense potential in this mad race of earning money and living a “settled life”. We have been reduced to being a “one dimensional” individual who thinks only about work, money, weekend outings and then the same mechanical work. This is another manifestation of inertia or idleness. We are so much engaged in working for our office that we are scared to come out of our comfort zone, to face challenges and to realise our true nature. This inertia is as worse as the inertia of doing nothing. It is a chimera, which hides the reality that we are negating the flowering of our nature. Work should be such that helps us in achieving self actualization. It should be worthy of pursuit. Mere mechanical work kills the beautiful mind that we have been bestowed upon by nature.

    FEARING FAILURES IS A FALLACY

    Sometimes idleness is also a result of our fears. A fear that we might not succeed in what we are doing. This fear is natural, but this fear should not overpower us. This should not make us believe that we are not fit to pursue our goals. Fearing something and not doing our work in turn results in more fear. This again, is a spiral which has no end. Thus, fearing failure is a grave mistake that many of us make, but should not. Infact, failures itself have many fringe benefits. They help us recognizing our mistakes. Our task therefore is to learn from them and “keep moving forward” and let failures be the stepping stones towards our success.

    TIME SHOULD NOT BE A CONSTRAINT

    Sometimes we want to work but we have a feeling that we lack enough time to do something. This might be true to an extent but we should not be bogged down by these pressures, as time, like everything else is a creation of an industrious mind. Clock is a human invention. Time is eternal, it does not stop for anyone, but the concept of “delay”, the concept of “being late” has been made by us. Therefore, we can try to tame time if we have the might to do so. Rudyard Kipling has beautifully written about the possibilities of taming time and the bounties that it brings.

    “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run,
    Your’s is the Earth and everything that’s in it.”

    Thus, Idleness is only an excuse, and a diabolical excuse that only harms us. If not today, it will surely harm us in future. It is pertinent therefore to kill this recalcitrant monster of indolence and triumph in all walks of life. This can be done only by keeping ourselves engaged in fortuitous work, because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

    • maitrayee

      Very nicely written. Certain points which i felt were a bit too dramatic like “We stop caring for ourselves as well as our fellow sisters and brothers” and in a lot of places u sounded a little repetitive. Otherwise i like your flow and how you have related mechanization to idleness . Keep writing 🙂

  • Ash

    Please Review and I would love to review yours in return …. 🙂

    Man is considered the best creation of God. What differentiates man and other creatures is the presence of a beautiful mind. All technologies that make our life easier today are the gifts of someone’s mind. There are often debates ‘Can Artificial Intelligence replace human beings’? The answer is ‘NO’ because robots do not possess a spiritual quotient.

    This spirituality differentiates humans from animals and humans too. Before Swami Vivekananda had to go abroad to preach Hinduism, his mother invited him to dinner to check if her son was ready for his mission. Vivekananda enjoyed his dinner. After the delicious dinner, his mother offered him a dish of fruits and a knife. After he cut the fruit and ate it his mother said, “Son, Can you please give me the knife, I need it”. Vivekananda immediately handed over the knife to his mother. His mother calmly said, “Son! You have passed my test and I heartily bless you for going abroad”. Vivekananda surprisingly asked, “Mother! How did you test me”? Mother replied, “Son! When I asked you for the knife, I saw you handed me the wooden end of the knife and you kept the pointed end towards you. This way I would not get hurt when I take it from you”

    Above anecdote shows two beautiful things about human mind. First, even the smallest action performed is voluntarily/involuntarily influenced by the mind. What we reflect upon, in our spare time acts as fodder to our brains and
    brain matures on this. Secondly, human mind is powerful enough to read anyone else if we utilize it properly hence, the subject Psychology.

    Our mind has immense potential but the responsibility to tap it constructively or destructively lies upon us. Successful people, no matter where they reach and how many people they employ never sit idle because they know that ‘An idle mind is a devil’s workshop’. Sundar Pichai, CEO of a top notch company still struggles to take his company higher. Sky is not the limit for such people. Narayan Murthy, Infosys Founder, though retired still wants to lend a hand to the Government in welfare projects.

    Everything and everyone has a purpose. The Sun is meant to shine. If it does not, we don’t see light, no photosynthesis, no oxygen, no food, we all die. Similarly the mind is meant to think ‘rationally’. Rationality is a gift given by God to humans. We subconsciously know what is right what is not. Mind should be used to achieve rationally determined goals. People without an aim have an unfocused mind. Such minds run a high risk of falling into the fangs of the evil. This evil could be negative feelings like jealousy, hatred, bigotry or an external evil influence. This external evil can be best exemplified by radicalization of the poor, needy, greedy or the uneducated. Several instances where suicide bombers have taken their own lives and harmed the society is the result of this idleness.

    But are we suggesting that the educated don’t fall prey to the evil? They do! Recent scenarios prove that well off and educated people get influenced by the evil. Answer can also be drawn from the Industrial Revolution Era when England
    was busy with the aim of making itself rich. Having achieved this aim and no one to compete with and when no other aim needed accomplishment, the devil started raising its head. Their idle minds started focussing on exploiting the
    poor and underdeveloped. Were these people who talked of the ‘White Man’s burden’ not educated? They were indeed!

    Education is imparted to keep the young minds busy and help them learn subjects like science, society, technology and transform them into a good human being so that they become capable of earning a livelihood. Currently, there is a surge
    in juvenile crimes. So does that mean the education system has failed? This can’t be stated as many Malala Yousafzai’s rise from those schools only. The difference is the kind of company we keep, the thoughts we reflect upon when we
    are free. These have a very big impact on our lives. Here comes the need of hobbies as what we do in our spare time determines the kind of person we are. Everyone has some or the other talent. Talents are like seeds which if sowed
    and nurtured become a tree with sweet fruits else they die.

    For a person with no work or hobby every moment is spare and this makes them even lazier. The hunger for money and power without hard work pushes them towards shortcuts like stealing, pillage, dowry, etc. They do get punished
    sooner or later in life. The society too suffers because of such people. Had Abraham Lincoln stayed idle
    or used shortcuts, he would not have become the President of US and may be, United States itself would have never got united.

    So how do we differentiate between good and evil to follow the right path? Truly, our mind subconsciously does it for us. And still if we are unable to decide: Anything that inflicts pain upon someone is evil. Perfect epitome would
    be violation of human rights.

    Many of us fear interviews. What we need to realize is interviewers scan our personalities. Our mind has a strong influence on our personalities. What makes President Barack Obama’s and PM Modi’s personality strong? A strong mind underneath! Our mind gains strength when we direct it towards lucrative areas. An idle mind always leads to
    a slack personality which can easily be spotted by interviewers and who wants to appoint a lazy employee.

    Religions may or may not accept the existence of God but they all agree on the cycle of Karma. What triggers this Karma? Our mind! A person who sits idle, thinks destructive and harms people is planning to harm himself in the near future. Even when Lord Buddha was meditating to attain Enlightenment, evil Mara came to sway the Lord
    but the Lord did not give in.

    What needs introspection is ‘We own our mind; our mind does not own us’. With our will power we can easily tame and master our minds for ‘He who knows and controls his own mind knows the secret of every mind and has the power over every mind’

    Our time is already measured by God: He who knows how to utilize it and his mind wisely is remembered and vociferously praised even after his time too.

    • Batman

      never ever write this statement :”What differentiates man and other creatures is the presence of a beautiful mind”, even dogs look for food in hunger, ants go away when they sense a danger, so every one does have a mind and the idea of “beautiful” is subjective. Do you remember a story where an ant keep on trying to move up the wall. We are drawing inspiration from them and you say that it differentiates us. Not fair!
      now coming to my views:
      1)end of your essay was quite abrupt
      2)interviewer example seem out of context, you can focus on Modi or Obama who is bombing people too but interviewer, No
      3)mind is to think rationally. even terrorist think rationally when they call to establish a caliph over the world
      4)no solutions!! (they are mostly implicit like hobbies and work but try to explain them separately)
      5)your essay is a little haphazard, I mean you kept on pouring ideas but a connection was missing
      6)start was good and dimensions were covered well!!
      Overall, a fair one but can be improved greatly. I can understand this being a philosophical topic is quite difficult to be written But a good attempt!
      please review mine too 🙂

      • Ash

        Hey Batman! 🙂
        1. Realize that… Should have written intelligence…

        2. Ummmm! I was trying to establish a link between a person’s mind and his personality! 🙂

        3.Okay! I’ll look into that! 🙂

        4. Rationality point.. You suggest how do I put it…

        5. Agree! Should have explicitly mentioned!

        6. I’m still working on the connection part… I don’t know how long would it take…

        I’m reviewing right away! 🙂
        Thank you Btw! 🙂

      • InsightsOfficialReview

        Thank you Batman.
        @disqus_ofdByS24qy:disqus ASH
        Your essay starting was good, but later the flow was lost and it became haphazard. Batman has already given an excellent review. Try to work on those points.
        Do not ever mention local political names or take sides in politics. Just by mentioning that Modi is having an awesome personality, you could get lowest marks. (Personal views regarding local politics needs to be avoided because you can never be sure about the affiliation of your copy reviewer and his rationality level. Most of them are old professors who are leftist – lets just assume this stereotype for now so as to avoid any big risk in exam)

        Marks – 55/125

        • Batman

          Sir, You are welcome please! 🙂

    • Tuktuk

      hello 🙂
      Ash, brilliant start first of all!! hats off to swami wala example!!
      you gave positive examples like sundar wala!! but why not any negative example like what happens after our mind is idle and an example in with a relation to that? you didnt throw much light on negative aspect!!

      your end was also good! just before finishing, mara came and it really clicked!! and whole thing was connected!! Closing line is awesome!! 🙂
      Ignore the review, agar agree na ho,as me first time kar rha hu essays par!
      reviewed 2-3 essays of daily writing k jo frnds hai!! see you from tomorrow!! Tata 🙂

      • Ash

        Looong time Tuktuk! 😛

        Thank You! 🙂
        Haan! Agree negative I should have mentioned…
        Y would I agree your review… Aapka review sar aankho par 😛

        Every review is valuable! Thank you for reviewing! Cya tomorrow! 🙂

        • Tuktuk

          hahahha!! Ash 2 comments on 1 review and both are 80% same? Are you on marijuana? 😉 😛

          • Ash

            Nope was facing some network problem… And mind you in the first one… I have given you slightly more respect! 😛

            • sankar

              dost rvwing yours
              plz rvw mine critically

              • Ash

                Don’t worry. .. I will… I promised no… May be by tomorrow because it’s kinda late but I’ll.. And that too critically 🙂

            • Tuktuk

              hehe! haaan!! thankyou! 🙂

              • sankar

                dost rvw mine
                m looking at yours

      • Ash

        Hey Tuktuk! 😛
        Loong time! 🙂
        Thank you! 🙂
        I agree shud ve included the negatives …

        Y wud I ignore your review… All reviews are precious! 🙂
        Thank you for reviewing! Cya tomorrow! 🙂

        • Tuktuk

          was in self destructive mode 😛
          will be back from tomorrow!! 🙂

    • Sushmit Adigon

      thiis is tooo gud!!!
      easily the best i have read !!
      very soothing and choice of words precise!!
      Sorry no critical review, the highlights of ur essay were
      1)The story of vivekananda was perfect—-i generally dont like stories,because they lessen the seriouness of the essay,,ur story i just loved it!
      2)We own our mind; our mind does not own us’.

      only issue is ,if u set such lofty standards ,next time u ll be judged very critically!!

      • Ash

        You have no idea.. how badly I have been waiting for your review… Because when you appreciate its like ‘Ohh My Gooooosh’! 🙂

        I don’t mind Bro!…. get as critical as you want to… I will make sure I don’t let you down! 🙂
        I will review yours in a while.. Thnk you for reviewing! 🙂

      • sankar

        good essay
        -suggestion or solution part rquires
        Hey ash plz rvw mine

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Very nice essay… apt examples and anecdote of Vivekananda ji very impressive…. 🙂

      • Ash

        Thanx Jaya! I will review yours.. Just a lil time huh! 🙂

    • SS

      For me u started the essay from 4th para (the first 3 paras though are good content wise, have no sinc with the essay)…and then the flow was great and so is the conclusion 🙂 Pls review mine if u find tym.Thanks

  • Patil123

    “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop”

    Really an person’s mind always cannot be idle- it is always busy. The idle brain always thinks of doing disasters and the active minds don’t have a time to do wrong and trap into it. The persons always thinks of constructive work and the progress will run behind him and run away from the idle mind set persons. A person who has no work to do becomes lazy. He starts thinking of an easy, quick way of making a living. He might start stealing and become a criminal because he does not like to do hard, honest work.

    In Vedas it is said that persons who are attached to demigods to the exclusion of the supreme personality of godhead are like the animals who follow the herd man even though they are taken to the slaughter house. Also in Mahabharata, the Pandavas performed the grand ceremony called ‘Rajasuya Yaga’. Kings were invited from all over the country to attend the function. Each member of the Pandava family was assigned some work. Lord Krishna was given the task of washing the feet of the guests who came to ceremony. He, the great lord himself, washed the feet of the guests with his own hand and set a perfect example for worthiness towards his work. These our history scriptures are laid guidelines to the upcoming generations.

    The constructive minds always thinks of development but in contrast the idle minds always seeks to lead a luxurious life without putting efforts. For example, if you given a acre semi arid land to both of them, in that the hard working person always gets maximum profit than the idle person because his mind always thinks of taking more profit and that makes him to put efforts accordingly. The idle person does not want to put efforts, thus his profit always will be minimum.

    Taking risk, hard working, sincerity are always associated with the busy working person and his contributes is major in the development of nation. All great people accomplished noble deeds, discovered new things, invented new products only because of their right attitude towards work. All these were possible because of his worshipful attitude towards work.and which contributes in the development of nations and global. Ex: The mother at home works with the same attitude whether it is sweeping or cleaning the utensil or preparing food. She does it with love and care cooking, cleaning, sweeping may be lowly tasks but the mother does those with her worshipful outlook towards the changes daily chores into joyful jobs.

    Lazy, just wish to lead risk less and luxurious life are associated with the idle nature person and this attitude pushes him to great dangerous graveyard. As idle person’s mind always against for hard working, taking risk, honest etc and ultimately makes the person to choose a terrorism, commit criminal work etc. Ex: The idle person can enjoy his deluxe life till his parents property gets over after that he mind does not like do hard work and to lead the life, hence it provoke him to choose wrong path.

    Education, Awareness programs, role model and parental guidance can curve the person’s attitude and make the person to walk in the right path.A truly educated person should be able to discriminate between the right and the wrong and should be able to work for the good. Education should train us to think, it should inculcate in us the right values of life. That is why it is always healthy to encourage hobbies.

    Disastrous are the results of idleness. A man with an idle mind suffers and makes others also suffer, like so many dandies who are frequently seen at any so-called fashionable place, gambling, drinking and indulging in other excesses. Work is worship and is the fruit of life; but it needs direction and purpose.

    • Patil123

      Friends, Please review

  • night fury

    Critical review is most welcome ! 😀

    We often say that “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop” which means people who have
    nothing worthwhile to think about will usually think of something bad to do.
    Yes, something “bad” and that makes it an “evil act”.

    But, does our brain ever sit idle? No, it doesn’t. Even when we are sitting idle, we are
    still thinking whether it is positive or negative. Our brain is working all the
    time, even when we sleep; it’s capable of reviewing all the memories that
    happened on that day. Then, by the time we wake up, the brain has already
    finished processing all memories, storing important ones into permanent
    locations and all the while discarding the rest. After our brain wakes up, it
    is then ready to receive and process new information throughout the time that
    it is awake. Being idle means not engaging our brain in some productive work
    which may lead to fruitful results. Like while we are reading this article our
    mind is occupied with the content we just read.

    But when a person is sitting idle, doing nothing, it mostly leads to bad thoughts. It
    basically makes you feel worthless. Idleness also makes you more vulnerable and
    your mind, more impressionable. The glass would seem half-empty, in most cases.

    A person who sits and lazes around without doing any fruitful work is not only wasting his
    energies but is also dangerous for the society. He gets dangerous ideas which
    are not only harmful to him but also to the whole society and so his brain is
    compared to the workshop of devil.

    This is even more disastrous when a person is of young age. The teenage brain is like a car
    with a good accelerator but a weak brake. With powerful impulses under poor
    control, the likely result is a crash. And, perhaps a crime.

    Juveniles are more vulnerable and susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures,
    including peer pressure, causing them to have less control over their
    environment. And when they are not given opportunities to have education or quality
    employment they tend to become criminals. Recently we saw the in case of
    Nirbhaya Rape, the juvenile has been alleged for behaving the most violent
    among all the culprits. Why that Juvenile behaved so? Because since early ages
    he was not given proper education and lived in a poor environment with nothing
    to do (hence an idle brain, which ultimately led to such heinous crime by him).

    Data shows where there is more unemployment the number of criminal cases shoot up. It has
    been observed that number of crime cases in Delhi fall down during the Kanwar Yatra in the month of
    July-August. When people are diverted to pilgrimage and are fully devoted and
    busy in the pilgrimage they stay away from pitty criminal activities.

    Another such example is “failure” at anything. When a person fails an exam or at job he
    tends to seclude himself away from study/work doing nothing. Negative thoughts
    crop up in mind. The person starts feeling as worthless and rejected from
    society. Because “success” defines acceptance in our society. Being rejected,
    the person starts thinking negatively and goes into a vicious circle of negativity.
    We have seen many suicide attempts due
    to failure. Instead of cutting oneself away, if one talks to their loved ones
    and engage themselves in useful activities, be it hobbies or anything, no
    negative thoughts would crop up in brain.

    Idle brain leads to devil thoughts, is the reason why in prisons the criminals are
    provided with books to read and are employed in activities. So that they are
    engage in positive personality building and improve them. The Tihar prison in
    New Delhi, through the initiatives of Kiran Bedi, a former Inspector General of
    the prison introduced the concept of Meditation for the prison inmates. And it
    was observed that most of the inmates were able to control their anger and
    started being optimism about their lives. This initiative Kiran Bedi along with
    other change gave the prisoners a better life as their idle time got shifted to
    constructive activities.

    But, is idle brain such a bad thing? The answer is No. We sometimes have this tendency to
    remain idle, just sitting down and not engaging in any form of activity. Research
    by brain scientists reveal that people who have ample amount of rest tend to
    perform better mentally than those who have less rest. The explanation is that
    when the brain is at rest, it is at this moment that it makes a fast review of
    all events that it can remember.

    Furthermore, it is at this stage that the brain is able to process and consolidate
    information better than it would have while the person is awake. So, idle brain
    for some time daily is actually good for health. It recharges our brain to act
    fresh the next day.

    The brain never ceases to learn new things. To our brains, everyday is a new day to gather new information.
    What we do when we are idle has a psychological connotation also, it tells us about our
    personality traits. This is the reason why Job interviews focus more on the
    hobbies of a person. What we do in our idle time leave an impact on our overall
    personality development. Engaging in productive activities, activities that makes
    us happy keep ourselves away from “Devil’s workshop – the Idle Mind”.

    • Tuktuk

      okay!!! you said”But when a person is sitting idle, doing nothing, it mostly leads to bad thoughts.” and i dont agree with this point. i think it leads to bad thoughts when we are stressed or preoccupied by something. But you managed later on 🙂

      you gave example of nirbhaya case, i really liked it!! It would be been better if you also give glimpse on why youngsters today are joining terrorist organisations like ISIS even after having knowledge and education. Kiran bedi wala example (Y) @serious ne bhi acha likha hai!! uske examples bhi dekhna!1
      Conclusion aur acha ho skta tha!! overall good! you could write much better! ignore, if you dont find the review useful!!
      see you from tomorrow 🙂

      • night fury

        Hey Tuktuk !
        why ignore? ur suggestions are most welcome 🙂
        yes I thought to mention about ISIS but forgot when I started writing 😛
        will improve my intro and conclusion part.. I am learning 😛
        thanks a lot! 🙂

    • OK

      Night. Your whole essay was based on collection of examples which are keep on indicating different beautiful aspects about brain (in your understanding).
      And on that ground, you wrote a very interesting essay.

      I have a little different perspective, just give your time to my essay you will get a new perspective.

      In short, I think people are considering BRAIN as an ability to THINK. But I feel, it’s a narrow approach. BRAIN first of all is an asset in its own. Interpretation of BRAIN just with Thinking will restrict you with very less content and in that case you have to fill up your essay with a lot of example which all were saying almost the same thing. But when you look at Brain as a potential to bring change!
      You read my essay, then we can discuss on the same lines.

      • Rebel

        hey OK. You really brought new perspective to light.
        Kindly review my essay if time permits

        Kwar 🙂

      • night fury

        Thanks for the review OK 🙂
        Yes let me read urs then will discuss.

    • Rebel

      Nicely written. You have maintained decent flow throughout the essay. Even appropriate examples have been incorporated. However, as pointed out by OK, considering mind in broader framework may further add fresh perspectives.
      Kindly review mine too!
      Kwar 🙂

      • night fury

        Yes Rebel, thanks for going through my essay. 🙂
        I am yet to read OK’s essay. will review urs too .(may take time) 🙂

    • sheetu singh

      Fury acc to me start or better ho sakta tha bt matter nhi change krna .and yes examples beautifully and up to the mark h .one of d best essay(Sabhi ke padhne ke bad ) .gud and keep it up .

      • night fury

        Thanks sheetu !! 🙂 I will improve the intro part 🙂

        • sheetu singh

          Ji welcm

    • Batman

      I liked the way u included that idle brain is not always a bad thing. But somewhere i lost the interest in essay (may be the expressions can be improved)
      you have included a good number of examples and related them well with the theme of essay. Solutions could have been detailed a bit more and conclusion can be improved a bit.
      Overall, a good one! keep it up

      • night fury

        Thanks Batman. I will surely improve. I know I lack “writing skills” will improve with time 🙂 Thanks for pointing out “expressions” thing.
        yes, going to review yours. I take time to read essays 😛 “slow me”

    • why_so_serious?

      I literally don’t have words to praise. I feel like spellbound. I loved to read each and every part of ur essay! People may think I am getting biased but I didn’t read an essay better than this. The language was lucidly following like clean water. Yu were touching the most relevant examples and also the kiran bedi point on meditation was like “The best” 😀

      I really loved reading ur essay. I really find less essays which are an interesting read (Batman writes well), but this I must say was BOOM to the point! Very good!

      • night fury

        wow! Didn’t expect this 😛 Thanks Serious ! 😀

    • pandeyji

      Oh teri
      Maa Kasam kya essay likhe ho fury ji
      Matlab there were moments when i was wondering
      “abe ye example kaise soch liya isne!!!?”
      Your examples essentially are the USPs of your essay literally
      I think the best word for this essay is “effortless” (jaise cricket mein jab Yuvi ke shot pe commentary hoti hai)
      I was bogged down initially when i saw ki abe itna lamba review karna padega yar
      But then, it felt like it ended in seconds…
      Go to hell if you want a critical review for such an essay! 🙂

      • night fury

        hahaha 😀 I seriouslly didn’t expect such a response 😛
        thank you pandey ji ! will read ur essay too (thoda time zada lagta hai mujhe review karne me 😛 )

    • ragini sharma

      really mind blowing …
      examples… nirbhaya nd delhi crime is welll
      we cn add solution part as joker (serious) done…

      • night fury

        thank you Ragini 🙂 yes his solutions are awesome!

    • Himanshu Rawat

      While reading your Essay I felt someone is counselling me. Every word resembles a pearl coming out from the ocean of maturity. Nothing to criticize for. I enjoyed it and for me that’s what matters. Well done 🙂

      • night fury

        Thanks so much !!! 🙂
        Such responses are really motivating.
        Though I really didn’t expect such nice response. 🙂
        Thanks a lot for going through it 🙂

    • Sushmit Adigon

      this is a very gud essay,i read it once i didnt find any issue ,i read it again ,,to find fault, i did find one
      U r essay seems to talk of an idle mind ,,not idle mind leading to devil workshop,,u give one example of law n order–kiran,juveile,jail,yatra etc.
      again i am playing a devils advocate ,,having said that,i really liked it!

      • night fury

        Hey ! Thanks a lot for going through it (twice) 😛
        I talked about idle mind leading to devil’s workshop in my 3rd and 4th para and afterwards also 🙂
        Will try making my sentences more expressive.
        Thanks for the review 🙂
        ATB 🙂

        • sankar

          plz rvw mine
          m going to rvw yours

          • night fury

            Okay buddy !

        • Prachi Jadhav

          i too agree with sushmit, well ur essay more focusses on how mind is idle….and it seems u have covered all points without much going in detail….!!! which is makes comprehensive essay..but i think u could have written much more in terms of turning into devil workshop plus u could have shown positive aspect also..
          but in whole it was thumbs up essay 🙂

          • Sushmit Adigon

            hey i see u like my comment ,can u pls review my essay,i would be great!

          • night fury

            Hey Prachi !
            Thanks so mucj for the review.
            Yes I lagged in expressing myself clearly. Will improve for sure 🙂
            Thanks again ! 🙂

    • sankar

      pandey ji has already expressed what i thought
      really very good.
      just one thing paragraph.
      plz rvw mine

      • night fury

        One thing paragraph means ?
        Yes I’ll.

        • sankar

          paragraph sahi rahta
          ye line by line hai

          • night fury

            Mera essay line by line hai ?? Ye kehna chahte ho kya ?

            • sankar

              haan ji bhai

              • night fury

                Ohh ab samaj aaya 😀
                Theek hai dude I’ll take care 🙂

    • SS

      Nice yaa…the intro and conclusions are really very nice. Pls review mine as and when u find time. I wrote an essay after ages 😀 pls forgive me for the torture 😀

      • night fury

        Hey SS ! Thanks for the review 🙂
        Yes will review urs too 🙂

        • SS

          yeah, because u promised to ..Shalu 🙂

          • night fury

            Shalu, i can’t see your essay.. Ur profile is also Private.
            Can u copy paste it here in comment ?
            Sorry :/

            • SS

              wait re…will tag u below my essay 😀

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Superbly written…. Flow and content both a perfect hit….. 🙂

      • night fury

        Thanks Jaya 🙂
        Yes will review urs too 🙂

    • Jigma Asnani Waghmare

      seriously was passive observer on this page since a week.. but your essay on this topic compelled me to make a profile and tell you that this is best essay i read till now… like so to the point.. best examples and everything was in a good flow!

      • night fury

        Hey !
        That’s so sweet of you 🙂
        Thanks for taking efforts and going through my essay. I really appreciate ur fedback. Thanks a lot friend 🙂

    • Himanshu nn

      man you have completely nailed it!!!
      what comment can one give for such a nice piece of writing except praise.
      kiran bedi-meditation was my favourite example.
      i have written on similar lines except the examples. kindly review if time permits.

      • night fury

        Hey Buddy !
        Thanks for such and optimistic response 🙂
        Yes I will review urs too..
        Thanks a lot for reviewing mine 🙂
        ATB 🙂

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Your essay was really good. But you were not able to conclude it aptly. Your conclusion seems like continuation of your arguments in 3rd and 2nd last paragraphs. In conclusion, all the central points that you have discussed throughout your essay should come (like see why so serious essay’s conclusion).

      Marks – 70/125

      • night fury

        Thank you Insights. 🙂
        Yes, I’ll improve my conclusion.

  • Rebel

    AN IDLE BRAIN IS DEVILS WORKSHOP

    Lord KRISHNA vividly uses analogy of Chariot for showcasing path of KARMA to ARJUNA who keeps on deliberating over merits of his action. However the same chariot also manifests multiple other equally pertinent lessons. The physical body of chariot i.e. cart, horses etc. represents the structural component. They lack the capability to think and simply act on master’s action/voice. Whereas the actual direction of chariot is decided by charioteer/the master who decides/guides and allows covering the desired objectives. This master resembles our brain. If the mind of master is balanced and operates in accordance with dictates, desired objectives are achieved. Whereas the moment it is left blank, it starts to enter the devilish space of destructive activities manifestation of which is represented in our bodily actions.

    Thus, idle brain really represents the devil workshop. Thinking is always going on. What creates the difference is whether the thought process is guided towards achievement of definite objective or is it getting engaged in scrupulous initiatives. Take the
    perspective of student preparing for his exams. If the same student is dedicated towards his work, he may be undertaking rigorous study lessons. Hence directing his energy towards positive aspects. Whereas absence of seriousness may infuse the element of void in brain. It may propel student to either waste his time in movies/games or even sometimes up to the extent of drugs.

    However, what raises the curiosity of eager mind is the prime question: WHY IS OUR MIND IDLE? Or what promotes the
    reasons behind idleness especially from Indian perspective. Answering the question is equally complex owing to diversity of factors involved in its making.

    From economics perspective, India has progressed to the extent that developed nations are using every opportunity for removing the nation from emerging economy status i.e. WTO or climate change deliberations. However, what creates resentment is the aspect of inclusive growth and rising inequality. Vulnerable community condition keeps on denigrating. This sense despair promotes an element of idleness. End result being, increased rates of farmer suicide, social unrest, women exploitation, family violence etc.

    Similarly consider the societal perspective. Existence of plethora’s of customs/rituals etc. while enhance the diversity of nation but concomitantly also alienate the backward communities. Recent instance of Muslim youth being declined job by “SHREE KRISHNA DIAMONG EXPORTS” illustrates the point. Dalits/SC/ST etc. have to face social boycott even among well to do societies. This alienation creates that sense of idleness. It creates sense of despair. The end result under these circumstances is manifested via fragmentation of society/communal violence/caste based polarization etc.

    Even education plays equally crucial role in empowering the individual to keep his/her mind engaged. It provides the ability to take decision and instills the precision of well informed reasoning. Mention of individual psychology cannot be kept aloof especially when the discussion revolves around brain functioning. Brain is idle because individual lacks will power to act. He has lost control over his mind. Either he is not aware or he is unable to control those negative vibes from entering his thought process. Science of overcoming depression, lessons on maintaining positive attitude deserve due acknowledgment.

    Even though above paragraphs vividly illustrates some of the reasons behind idleness but what are their actual implications on society and that too specific to India remains a intriguing query. The devilish activities manifest themselves at multiple
    levels. AT individual level, it denigrates individual dignity. Depression, stress, poor health are some of its manifestations. Whereas at society level, idleness results into horrific incidences like NIRBHAYA RAPE incident, or instances of theft, drugs, law and order etc.

    For resolving the issues highlighted it becomes extremely important that individual mind is kept engaged in productive activities. Adherence to proper schedule aids in weeding away the unnecessary distractions. Even India govt. owing to its social welfare agenda has initiated multiple programs to curb the element of idleness and concomitantly ensure nation’s growth. Programmes like MGNREGA, Skill India, Make in India, RTE, MDM etc. reflects govt. active intervention. Even the recent Mental Health policy encapsulates emerging challenges in the said domain.

    Focus must be on ensuring targeted approach for benefitting the vulnerable sections. Promoting culture of healthy living, active work orientation, changes in educational curriculum, empowering jail inmates and improving conditions of correctional homes represent some broad measures which ought to be pursued for ensuring the desired objectives.

    Recently published Human Development report cites the importance of work for ensuring human development and ensuring productive utilization of individual energy towards nation building. It is high time to realize the enormous powers of brain and percolate the knowledge to the most bottom section of society. After all, as illustrated in Chariot analogy in introduction, body and mind are the most astounding gifts which nature has bestowed on humans. Directing the same towards productive usage curbs the element of idleness and negates the possibility of entering into devilish activities.

    • Leiter The Leader

      Bro..your introduction is good…but who messed up the body by bringing all our socio economic problems into the essay…I guess.

      • Rebel

        yeah…i also think i got diverted from the main topic in the urge of including fresh perspectives!
        Thanks for review!

  • Michelin

    Akarsh and Ajmal were talking about increasing crime rate in their village, and how urban areas, which they visited during college tours, were no different. They recollected how few years ago a kid from their village was kidnapped and never returned. They were also disturbed regarding how the youth in their village indulged in drugs, and how husbands under the influence of alcohol beat up their wives. Recently, they learnt that several youth left their village to fight in Syria and West Asia. They rued the lack of solutions to poverty, communal riots, irregular supply of electricity, rising air pollution, depleting water levels and rising unemployment. This led them to the question, is our society not thinking enough? Are there too many idle minds looking to run amok? Probably, they are right. But this is happening across the globe albeit in different forms.

    In this essay, let’s understand what an idle mind is capable of, its consequences and relevant examples. Let us also look at individuals who have impacted the world through their work and showed how a busy mind can do wonders. And finally, why it is important to teach ourselves as well as our kids to keep themselves busy, and how it needs to be done.

    The root of all the criminal and harmful activities lie in not engaging the mind or engaging it for the wrong purposes. An idle mind can do exactly do this to a person by leading her to negative thoughts and causing stagnation in creative potential. A busy mind is usually trying to find solutions and live a productive life. It is curious, deliberative and is supple for action. Our planet is filled with paradoxes. On one hand, there have been scientists like Newton, Einstein, C V Raman, among others who changed the entire landscape of the world with their seminal contributions. On the other, there have been notorious criminals like Bin Laden, Veerappan, Dawood Ibrahim, etc who are antithetical to the very notion of progress and development. If Newton had not thought about gravity, would it have been possible to understand motion around us? If Edison had not invented the light bulb, would it have been possible to see artificial light? Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Such is the power of our mind. However, its potential can only be tapped if its exploited. Leaving it idle can be proportionally devastating the same way having it occupied can be empowering.

    Minds are like fertile grounds, it depends on what we sow and how we do it. If it is left unattended, negative thoughts and unpleasant experiences take root and dictate our behaviour. Many examples across the globe and throughout history testify this.

    The two World Wars were a result of devilish intentions and greed of certain leaders. The result was loss of millions of lives and destruction of property, and ravaging of nations. Couldn’t the differences have been sorted out through diplomacy and negotiations involving thinking minds? Rise of IS in West Asia is the result of backwardness in thinking of a few religious zealots and the inbred negativity in their minds. This has set off a chain reaction where many youth across the world have been attracted to take up the IS’s cause. Would a busy mind have encouraged this? Similarly, naxalism in India is due to rising unemployment and idleness in youth who are drawn towards its romantic elements of violence. Across societies, there is rising number of suicides among youth. This is predominantly due to normlessness driven by increasing leisure time and inability to engage the mind productively. Crime is also another important manifestation of an idle mind. Juvenile delinquency is on the rise as adolescents often fall prey to negative influences and distractions surrounding them.

    Today, the world is facing different kind of challenges in the form of climate change, terrorism, environmental degradation, etc. If the minds don’t work on addressing this, our very existence on this planet can be threatened. In this context, it is important for us to realise the potential of our mind and engage in purposeful application. How can we ensure that our minds are productively used?

    Firstly, concept of relaxation needs to be redefined. It must not be a pleasure seeking activity. It should happen only when there is tiredness and exhaustion from physical or mental activity. Next, free time must be used in pursuit of hobbies and sports so that the mind is not allowed to wander. Further, structural problems like unemployment, access to basic facilities and poverty should be addressed. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to address these issues, need to be pursued on war footing by all the countries of the world. Nations need to be able to create employment opportunities to engage the working age population besides skilling and educating the youth. Scholarships, soft loans and tuition waivers should be given to deserving children. Scientific temper and spirit of inquiry should be encouraged. Education should be more application based. Hostility between nations should be overcome through peaceful talks rather than mindless skirmishes or wars. Global commons like atmosphere, oceans, etc should not be left to the mercy of mindlessness and recklessness of certain countries. Intellectuals, politicians, bureaucrats and scientists must engage to find common ground through adequate brainstorming and use them wisely. How else can climate change and food security be addressed?

    When people like Akarsh and Ajmal with their limited perception of the world could think so deeply, analyze the causes of problems and be worried for their society, there is plenty of scope for national leaders to address these issues and ensure that the minds of their fellow citizens are not left to destructive use. Before parting ways, instead of coming to the conclusion that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop, Akarsh and Ajmal concluded that an untapped mind is a devil’s workshop as an acknowledgement the potential of human minds.

    • SS

      Nice effort. really liked the opening and the end paragraph.

  • manda chaitanya

    Idle minds which lack social and societal knowledge, low cognizance levels , weak attitudes, are the one’s which can be devil’s workshop. These people have low morale values which the society internalizes in it’s people. The social insecurity is rising in the world because of these minds. They are expressed in the form of crimes, right wing and left wing extremisms and terrorisms etc. The social order which is established to lead a collective living is threatened due to their continuous strive to avenge on societies for the inequalities that are persistent in the society. The low socio-economically developed countries are most vulnerable to their threats. We shall see in this essay why do these minds think extremes, their impact on the global society and nation’s , rising challenges and way ahead.

    The weak attitudes can be easily manipulated as their opinion’s are formed on weak idea’s which lack legitimacy. Their poor cognizance level’s are due to their lack of efficient societal knowledge ,which makes them vulnerable to judge any action’s or belief’s formed in the society as truth or false. The persistent prejudices which prevail in the society , which are formed with no reason and are false thrive in these people. Their unhappiness leads them to question the existent social order and turn out into anti social elements showing their anger on society . In these courses they slowly doesn’t feel the wrong in their action’s which are inherently inhumane and immoral.

    In the beginning of the pre-independence era in India the impact of communal parties was very minimal . The people were hopeful with the ruling party that it would lead to rapid socio-economic development. But due to various shorcommings in the governance of this regime the development was very slow and the poverty levels were high. The unemployment level’s were high . The political campaigning to tackle the poor was ineffective and this paved the way for communal politics which thrived because of their different appeal to the people who are socio-economically backward . These communal politics instigate fears into the minds to serve their needs. They reinforce the prejudices in their mind’s which strongly impacts their thinking regarding their status level’s . Even in the terrorist effected countries, which are constantly experiencing civil war ,the low level of socio-economic development is the main reason for this instability . They are appealing these ideal minds on the name of religion and interpreting the texts of religion to their convenience to corrupt the minds .Their inability to question the beliefs is what making them to believe the untruth. This is the cause of persistent havoc in the world .

    Another unprecedented aspects happening in the west is the rise of right political parties. In France their popularity is already rising. These are the countries which are believed to be hallmark of liberal thinking and individual freedom. There is also a rise in number of emergence of sects and denomination’s in these countries. In USA the number of Churches are increasing . The modern way of living which is also termed as materialistic life is leading to impersonal relation’s , routine life , stressed mind’s .In materialistic life happiness is mostly sort in enriching with materials like car’s , gadget’s etc is loosing it’s appeal . This making them to seek happiness in denomination’s, sect’s and churches where the people are more closely integrated, closely share their feeling’s and are intimate in their relation’s . This will lead to increasing religiosity and rising intolerance. We have already seen in history the conflict’s between the protestants and catholics. With the growing number of sects and denomination’s the diversity of beliefs and values will make these people ,easily prone to conflicts . Here what is to be observed is , even though the western people are economically developed their morale level’s are poor. Hence they are feeling ideal inspite of their economic development . In addition to this the rising economic inequalities, the fear of terrorist activities , the persistence of economic recession since 2008 is helping the rightist politicians to propagate their communal propaganda .

    Let us now see the rightist violence in Indian contexts. We consider the tribals as ignorant by comparing their way of living and their culture with that of our’s . These tribal’s were forcefully integrated into the main stream society by vacating them from the forest’s in the name of national interests and it’s development. The failure of rehabilitation has let them to be an easy bait of left wing leader’s . These people were unable to cope with the life style of main stream life which demand’s to earn money to make a living. The lack of skills , productive assets , very low standards of living , discrimination experienced by them from the non-tribal’s etc impact their beliefs when contacted by these leader’s. These leader’s provide the Marxistic explanation of their reality which instigate’s hatred towards the state’s governance . This hatred lead’s to violence which is the devil to reckon with .

    Happiness is what we believe it to be . But the assumption of it should be morale for us to lead a humane life. To understand our life in a society we have to know how society is influencing our thinking and action’s . Societies all over the world mostly promote morality but the prejudices it passes from generation to generation are still persisting . Scientific knowledge questioned them through production of social and scientific knowledge. The philosopher’s have again and again tried to define the happiness . If these two are cultivated in each and every member of the society , then we can see eternal happiness . But the persistent inequalities in society, cannot be warded off completely ,which is the main reason for the poverty. The state should strive for building the attitude’s of it’s citizenry and promote inclusive development . The ideal mind’s , can then thinks to do what is morale, when they are confronted with a radical ideology of what ever form it takes. Culture is what makes us human and culture is what human defines it to be . The attitudes centralized around the values of the culture defines our behaviour , even though human has individuality in his thinking.The continuous practice of a behaviour and thinking makes him a cultural being and thus get’s isolated from the devil.

  • Panther

    my first essay…kindly review guys!!

  • Gladiator

    An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    Mind and work are on the path to follow the time but path is not towards a track then it is obviously an idle brain is the devil’s workshop.idleness is the root of all evil.

    Lake of confident
    Lakes the goal and confident a person. Abhisheka is an Msc graduate. He was hard worker and intelligent. When crossed his particular age as such above 30 years. He could not work hard because of his health problem for a few month. Aftermath he entirely became lazy but he was intelligent.started think worthless for him.He never allowed his mind to be idle.while he became lazy that took him towards idle.Beyond it he never feel for goal to reach.

    Function
    when a person gets out from his own goal and ambition.Despite the energy, he has that never sit on idle. Tries for to do something,because the energy will warm up and take the new shape. like cell will on our skin die beyond it covers new cell. we could not realized its work be a own protection .Function is natural phenomena that has to be utilize.When a River flows through out a year with full of energy and water.That has its a aim to make all faun and flora must be safe,and rest of water going to waste. The human being turn the rivers to towards dam for potential of human.If the river never be build as to save water a dam then water and energy.it will not used.In fact, agriculture not be grown to satisfy the human’s hunger.When person will not feed to human. he must be destroy the dam by expelling bomb on the dam . which is giving to human lots of energy and water.When the person explores his bomb on the dam that is a goal. But he never used to explore on the dam but his negligence cross the river bridge a train got over the bomb.hence Use of bomb.

    Utilize
    Despite time will not stand.It will always runs for next hour. A mind of persons follows that to do something.The person not utilized it with the path of his goal.That makes him idle.despite mind never be tied .Mind never be idle here but it makes the person idle by its work.that is so called devil’s workshop.How it is ? When we are sit without work means,our body movement is not quite silence.enter process allows us to do something. our hands move towards to break pen,stone whatever available to surround us.

    Behaviours
    Child labour’s unique position in USA. in order to set fight against child labour. there must be examinations of the conditions.which children labored. children in America labored in environment that simultaneously require their youthful vigor and made them old before their time. the children toiled in southern cotton mill , northern glass factories,isolated coal mines and urban cigar box sweatshop.young workers street and product such product as.Child protect act is u- turn is it. A school boy made bomb in USA.Which a school boy adapt to smoke drink.What is it right. or the same boys have been producing as.So it is call the commercial behaviours or it is crime.

    Idleness is the root of all evil.Whether consciously or unconsciously but mind pave the way by thinking good or bad. when only it has vision and achievement. If there is no way towards the path of goal and ambition then there is sure idleness.

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Mr. Mukherjee had two sons Hritik and Gritik .Mukhherjee and Mrs Mukherjee wanted them to achieve distinct places in the society.The elder one was doing fine who studied in class 12th used to take active interest in everything he performs, wheather play,study,work at home but the parents were anxious about the younger one Gritik who studied in class 10th but despite concentrating on his studies he used to watch TV every time .Whenever he was asked to study or share the work given at home with brother Hritik he refuted it strongly.He did not like even playing with friends ,interacting.He hardly smiled and seemed lethargic.This was a bothering point for the parents as he was seeming depressed and losing charm of life.Parents decided him to take to a prominent psychologist Mr Sudhanshu.

    Pshychologist-Sudhanshu -So you are Gritik studying in class 10th ,May i know your schedule?

    Gritik did not speak anything but his parents interrupted and told his schedule to the doctor.

    Psychologist-What is your hobby Gritik?

    Gritik again did not answer.

    Till this time doctor guessed the problem and toid his parents in separate that it is very essential for mind to engage itself in positive and creative work.He emphasized that empty mind is devil’s workshop.One must enjoy everything he does.The distracted mind is disastrous.Anger,anxiety,depression,insomnia are the results of an unbalanced and empty mind.Empty mind searches for short cut methods of success and any how wants to pacify desires sometimes taking severe forms of taking drugs,liquors and becoming evils for the society as hardened criminals commiting various heinous crimes like rapes,theft,etc. So it must be checked in its very nascent stage.one must be encouraged to engage in positive things,reading of good literature,proper daily schedule,balanced food habits and being social are very important aspects of ones life.Psychologist asked to send Gritik in the room again.

    Psychologist- Gritik ,’if i will tell you to do some activities daily,will you do ?

    Gritik-I would try.

    Psychologist-Very good. Start practicing meditation with closed eyes for 5 minutes considering you have huge potential.Then in school try to concentrate on studies and listen to your teacher very carefully.Talk and mingle with your friends.Enjoy whatever you do and start participating in extra co curricular activities.Gradually you would notice a change .Would you like to share this change with me in the next visit after one month.

    Gritik-Sure

    Pshycologist-All the best Gritik!!

    Taking the talk with doctor on a posive note and encouragement from the family members.He started trying afresh.Initially it was a bit difficult to manage and exercise all the things told by the pshycologist but after 3-4 day he started enjoying the things.He started concentrating on studies ,clarified his doubts even started answering the queries asked by the teachers.Every one was happy to see the positive change in him.Even classmates became more friendly.He started smiling.

    One day in the morning assembly students were informed for the speech competition to be held on 14 NOV. and the topic was” An empty mind is devils workshop”. He gave his name for participating in the speech competition with a bit hesitation.Coming back to home he started writing the speech to be delivered and started preparing it in the front of mirror consistenly for 4 days.The final day came his name was announced for presenting his views on the topic.He delivered the whole speech very confidently .The best part of the speech was he related to topic scientifically.He said if one does something or engages oneself in some positive activity there is increased flow of blood in the mind,neurons become active and mind becomes sharper enhancing cognitive skills.Sitting idle and wasting our energy is disastrous for mind which spoils the whole personality.Empty mind breeds frustration and discontentment leading to failure in life.In order to achieve success and happiness we must engage our mind positively.The whole assembly was echoed by the sound of applaud.He got the first prize.There was no looking back for Gritik from this day.He did his engineering from IIT Kanpur and inculcated strong moral values to cherish and imbibe.

    • why_so_serious?

      hey Jaya. I’ll be frank as I always am 😀

      Your essay start was really good. I mean I could connect with what yu were trying to say. U had this successful attempt of taking the conversation with content. But am afraid it was evident only the one time! The next time I could find such a relation, it had already ended. U need to give more dimensions, or maybe shorten this example and write more examples the same way! That would be a joyride to sail through, trust me!

      The last para was abrupt. I wonder, was this how you planned to end? Am afraid but this wasn’t an ideal ending. Yu need to improve here!

      Close ur eyes, structure the skeleton of the essay and come up with better ideas and examples, so that yu master this. I can see loads of improvement from the last essay, and it can be improved further!
      Please don’t mind my words! All the very best 🙂

      and if yu find time , please review mine 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a loads … sure.. 🙂

    • Sushmit Adigon

      hi,,
      i wont suggest anything in this platform,if possible can u share ur mail id(or u want me to share it).i feel why_so_serious was very kind..

      • Jaya Swatantra

        My email id is [email protected]

        • Sushmit Adigon

          i have reviewd it,if possible review mine

      • night fury

        Hey sushmit.. Would mind reviewing mine too ?
        Thanks ! 🙂

        • Sushmit Adigon

          just review mine

          • night fury

            Sure.

    • Himanshu nn

      1.your write up sheds light on how an idle mind can hamper the progress and development of an individual with idle mind i hope you are using gritik to denote all those (regardless of their age) who r suffering from this problem. it is nice dimension to add to the topic.
      2 apart from the scientific point of view philosophical idea could also be dealt with.
      3.the presentation however i dont think qualify to be called an essay, though it was a nice read.
      4. language was simple and lucid. also the flow was good.

      keep writing and reviewing
      if possible review mine

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for the review … sure i will review yours also… give me some time:)

    • Ash

      I’m sorry.. I’m reviewing today… but I’m reviewing 😛

      Okay Hey Jaya.. 🙂
      I liked the story but u know your whole essay can’t be a story unless it is like the Why_so_serious guy’s story which he wrote on the environment topic.. It was all inclusive… 🙂
      You can add many more dimensions to it… and yeah! the inclusion of current events can’t be under-estimated.. KWAR! 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for reviewing Ash .. please review today’s essay too…

  • Winner

    Please review my answer

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    Please review my essay critically

  • Disco Dancer

    plz review frnds 🙂

  • SRN

    No child would ever have grown without being exposed to the maxim “An Idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. The most common interpretaion is that when the mind is not engaged in a way that does not contribute positively to his well-being or the society’s , then it would be clouded with thoughts that are socially considered detrimental to his progress and harmful to the society .

    Man ,by nature, has always been an inquisite animal seeking endlessly to invent and discover new things and new ways of living his life . He evloved from stone age to iron age to civilised state . Industrial Revolution changed the way work was organised in the society . Though machinisation is seen as something that has made man lazy,it has only made man constantly innovate , keep his mind active and has made life easier .

    Idleness is equated with stagnation of thoughts and actions . Change is progress. Thinking and working actively to make life better is seen as progress . “Demographic dividend” has assumed center stage of research and policy making wrt human resource. Utilisation of the active working population in socially acceptable work is important not just for the individual but also for the society and the nation as a whole . India’s “MAKE IN INDIA” programme is not just to attain self-sufficiency and ensure self-reliance but also to actively engage its growing young population . History is full of examples where underdeveloped societies which have failed to provide avenues of work to its members have deterioted with time .

    Today, the link between terrorism and unemployment / disguised unemployment has become a much-fascinated study. “Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction” according to an American social activist . Pakistan’s dismal record in social and economic indicators is seen as a contributing factor to the breeding of terror outfits on its soil . In India , the failure to improve workforce participation and hence improve their stndards of living is a reason for the emergence of Naxalism in the Dantewada region.

    Idleness does not entail merely social consequences but has impacts to the individual as well . When human mind stays idle , it loses its capacity to think from varied perspectives and arrive at informed opinions. Idleness has impacts on man’s physical , emntal and emotional well-being .

    However , we should be cautious in that we cannot simply equate idleness with inactivity . “Leisure” is considered an important part of work . It helps us stay avtive , fresh and recharge our body and mind. Research has shown how productivity of employees in an organisation doubles after a vacation . Hobbies have always been an integral part of man’s life. Distractions from routine by way of hobbies and leisure are to be encouraged for a healthy living . Keeping the mind free and fresh is essential to a healthy , happy and productive life . The world-wide acknowledgement of the

    “International Yoga Day” shows how important it is to keep the mind active and calm.

    In an increasingly globalised world where poverty and prosperity co-exist among nations and within nations , emphasis on holistic welfare of individuals driven by the State has assumed importance as never before . Amartya Sen’s welfare economics in his work “Development as Freedom” is possibly the way forward. Every member of the society should be provided with ample scope to avail a fair share of work and idleness.

    “The Missile Man of India” , the late Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam breathed his life while delivering a lecture. He is a towering example to us on how greatness can be achieved by fully understanding our potential and working relentlesstly with a focussed mind for the betterment of the society . One always remembers the words of Tagore who dreamt of an India that has a fearless mind and rational thoughts .

    “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

  • Pooja

    In 18th century France, there was a young general, Napoleon Bonaparte, who rose to prominence and became the Emperor of France by leading his army to several successful campaigns in Europe. After French Revolution, there was widespread unemployment. Napoleon was successful in avoiding riots by keeping his soldiers busy in wars against other European powers. His greatness lay in productive use of his otherwise idle subjects. Additionally, wars spoils helped to fill the empty coffers of the state.

    An idle brain is the devil’s workshop is a folklore wisdom. It means that those who have nothing worthwhile to think will tend to think mischievously. Scientific research has proved that the brain is constantly searching for new signals and sources of information. In its absence, the brain tends to produce images and sounds of its own that we see or hear as hallucinations. This proves that our brain cannot remain idle. So, the proverb essentially means that when a person does not get the right thoughts, he thinks of something detrimental to himself and society. Such individuals were called as deviants by early sociologists. Usually, they become robbers, gangsters, rapists and terrorists. Nirbhaya incident is a case in point. Those found guilty were not regular workers. The night of the unfortunate incident, they were under the influence of alcohol. This is what happens to an idle mind. It indulges in excess, drugs and gambling, which does not contribute back to the society in a positive way.

    If the brain is not kept active to think in a constructive way, it occupies itself with negativity and hopelessness. It is cut off from reality and fills itself with non-utilitarian thoughts. It is then people find “no meaning to their lives” and take extreme steps like suicide. The author of Think and Grow Rich, written during the Great Depression and founder of Logotherapy, who survived the holocaust have concluded that the only thing that kept them going was faith and optimism. We need to get busy living or get busy dying. But work we must.

    An idle mind makes an idle body. This is why we become ‘couch potatoes’ by watching the ‘idiot box’. On days when we do nothing productive, our body feels lethargic and it produces a chain reaction with our minds become even more dull. We need to exercise our body and minds to live healthy.

    Another adverse effect an idle mind has on us is inability to distinguish wrong from right. In such situations, we become gullible. We accept other people’s opinions, loosing our unique identity in the long run. The religious fundamentalists prey on such people’s minds by professing them against State and motivate them to take arms and become terrorists.

    India is on its way to become the most populous country in the world by surpassing China. Indian Government should take a cue from this age old saying. It should generate useful employment for its population to earn the benefits of demographic dividend. Many schemes like MGNREGA and Skill Development programmes have been started in this regard. Making education and jobs readily available for the socially and educationally backward will deter them from joining Left Wing Extremist groups. Moreover, the Govt is promoting entrepreneurship so that there are more job creators than job seekers, which shows our leaders far-sightedness. On an individual level, we should develop more hobbies in our leisure time as they inculcate values in us. Sports and other group activities make us sociable. Participating in NGO activities and workshops broadens our perspective in life.

    The law of thermodynamics says that all processes manifest a tendency towards decay and disintegration with a net increase in randomness. An idle agitated brain generates random thoughts. In the Lion King, Mufasa had conveyed to Simba that the powerful do not go looking for trouble. But the idle mind is weak and finds new ways to get into trouble to come out of boredom. So, it becomes a ‘tool’ in the hands of the devil.

    However, there are times when we need to empty our mind of all preoccupations and open it up to experiences. Meditation helps us clear our minds and think limitlessly. It is recommended on a daily basis for small chunks of time and has now become a part of school curriculum in many countries. Contrary to what it may seem as a beginner, meditation and prayer is all about more control over mind. It is because an idle mind is indeed a devil’s workshop as was beautifully portrayed in the Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Talaash, where Kareena acts as a devil and Aamir as the idle mind.

  • SS

    An Idle brain is the devil’s workshop

    The quote may can stand true for some but there is no universal application of the same.To draw an analogy : An empty glass is nothing in itself, it’s what we fill it up with-Wine or Milk !

    The Milk

    For some, idle mind is an Ideal mind for bombardment of innovative ideas which they then pursue and bring into being great theories and knowledge with which we get a better understanding of our planet and our own selves. To further enunciate we can surely ask ourselves the following questions :

    What was Newton doing under the tree when the apple fell ?? Was he involved in some great intellectual works. The answer to the question is what everybody knows today. No, his minds were “Ideal” for a great idea to invade as the apple fell of the tree. And this is how we know today that how are we able to walk on a spherical surface and not fall off.
    This isn’t a lone instance, there are many such examples, Even Archimedes wasn’t involved into something great when he first shouted “EUREKA”.
    But why look into only science, when we can surely look on to the paintings hanging on our front wall. Even the artist who painted the nature so beautifully, Let his mind be at peace for sometimes.
    But here we need to understand that all of these could have been possible because of their sub-conscious mind working when their conscious brain lay idle. The conclusion what we thus draw here is its sub-conscious mind which makes the difference which is infact built up by proper education and strong moral values, that we gain from our social institutions, and utilise them well when an idea hit us first.

    The Wine

    The increasing incidents of crime around the world explain the other side of the coin too.
    The rising crimes around the world, be it against women or the wars raised on some false footing of a new islamic state all could be perpetuated because the evil could hit the idle mind which was either not supported by a firm backing of education/values or was whitewashed and painted anew. When writers relate unemployment with rising crimes or social outrages they often tend to talk about the evils of an idle mind.
    Being able to decipher the difference can we raise a finger on any individual for being solely responsible for the acts he perpetuate. Was he responsible that he was not able to get good education or sound moral values? certainly not. probably he was not economically sound enough to pursue good education or was not in some good social surroundings to inculcate ethical values or there were some other problems involved.
    The recent debates about the rights for LGBT , gives us an opportunity to read the story from another angle. Arent we denying them their basic right of living ? have we given them enough opportunities to live in an inclusive society ? have we given them enough space to inculcate all those moral values ? What do we expect these idle minds to do then ?
    It was early last year when the debate of Legalising prostitution was doing rounds in all leading magazines and newspapers. With most answering in a strict no, claiming it to be a states constitutional right to put reasonable restrictions for public morality. But did we listen to just one amongst them for what they were fighting for. When surely the reasonable restrictions are correct for maintaining public morality but then the state also have the responsibility for providing proper health and educational facilities for their children. Also, the society is equally liable to give their childrens a chance to develop that Ideal sub-conscious mind. And if the state or society is not able to fulfill their responsibilites, can we then blame these small idle minds for their wrongdoings ?

    The Change needed :

    Society : As a society we need to be more inclusive and more aware of the human rights of each individual. First,we need to create equal opportunities for each one of us to develop themselves into a moral social being. Further if one is strayed along a wrong path we have to share equal responsibilty to bring him back.
    Parents : Parents apart from giving a proper moral upbringing, need to give their children an atmosphere where they do not feel frustrated when they aren’t getting any work. They need to be patient with them so that they can be at peace and do try and utilise the new ideas in their ideal mind for social and national good.
    State : The state needs to create equal economic, social and political opportunity for all.

    Conclusion
    An idle mind can do wonders if its trained not just to perceive new ideas but also to aptly apply them for national and social well being. Their are many artists amongst the crowd who when allowed to pursue what they dream can bring glories to ones nation. Their are many Newtons brewing who can further endow us with a plethora of new knowledge.

    • Himanshu nn

      1.wine and milk symbolism is nice (though wine is good for health).
      2.intro para can be bettered
      3.putting topics before writing an idea gives bad impression. this is essay, not answer writing
      4.language was good.

      • SS

        will put these to use in my 2nd essay. Thanks 🙂

    • SS

      @night_fury1:disqus here it is 😀

    • SS

      @night_fury1:disqus

    • SS

      @InsightsOfficialReview:disqus SIr ! Can u please review my essay and tell me how to improve on …thank u !

  • Himanshu nn

    hi everyone, this is the first essay i have written in my preparation for upsc. i would be highly obliged if some of you could review it.
    thank you!!

    An Idle brain is devil’s workshop

    It was the time of death and cry all around. Plague was rampant engulfing each and everyone which came in its way. Everything came to a standstill. No work, no job, no education, just one thing to take care of and that was how to save oneself. Almost everyone flew the affected city to some place safe often villages. Life in village was also nothing better than in the city except the threat of plague. This was the time when the almost ‘idle’ mind of Sir Issac Newton got focussed on the falling apple which had been falling since the time immemorial. This was the time when he not only discovered the universal law of gravitation but also contributed a lot to the field of optics and mechanics (he even developed calculus from scratch).

    Clearly in the above instance an ‘idle brain’ proved to be a boon for the entire mankind. There are countless examples which are similar to this. Then why we say “an idle brain is devil’s workshop”.

    We need to understand the real meaning of the above proverb. Literally, idle means that which is not being used. Medically it is impossible to not use one’s brain until one is alive (it is a different discussion when one is declared brain dead). One always uses one’s brain, if not for anything then atleast for carrying out one’s life. That brings us to the metaphorical meaning of the saying. Thus, the saying must mean that if the brain is not working constructively, it is for sure working destructively.

    But why does the brain work for a destructive objective? Has it not been touched upon by positive values of life like love, peace and
    harmony? Is it unaware of the significance of “live and let live”? or is it suffering from the unbearable pain of hunger? Is it feeling a sense of helplessness even greater than the positive values inculcated in it?

    Every government fears the state of unemployment in its country. The economic impact is one cause of the worry, the other and the
    bigger cause is the social impact. Unemployment not only angers an individual it also gives him time to stage his anger in several forms of crimes. The helplessness, hopelessness and despair find vent in his atrocious behaviour. This could lead to utter chaos and destabilisation in the society. Several examples of rape, snatching, kidnapping etc. appears in the newspapers daily where the
    accused are often found to be unemployed.

    But this is the macro version of the reality, the micro and even more dangerous situation is the lack of values. Poverty-stricken, unemployed individuals’ behaviour are not the only manisfestations of devil’s workshop in an idle brain but the rich, well-established, employed people also showcase this, only the cause in their cases differs from that of the former. Although they do
    have sufficient means to carry on with a dignified life but ‘to get even more’ attitude and an insatiable desire to get ahead of everyone else lead them to fall into the trap of vices.

    The causes for falling into the trap can be attributed to lack of values as well as the dissatisfaction and conflict one faces with oneself even after gathering all luxuries of life by blindly running in the rat race. Today we have forgotten that our life has a bigger purpose than just acquiring the materialistic pleasures of the world. We do things because they
    are done by majority, not because we want to pursue it.

    In the Newton’s case no one was forcing him to do anything or not to do anything. He was on his own accompanied by an unlimited amount of idle time. He could have done something non-constructive. But he tried not to do so. He tried to demystify the perplexing puzzles of the nature. He did that because not only this gave him a sense of joy and satisfaction it was also not bad for anyone.

    The point of the matter is that the onus of utilising the power of one’s idle brain lies on oneself. And psychological we know one’s behaviour is guided by one’s values. So values of an individual play the ultimate role in guiding the thought process. Idle brain itself is not bad as it gives us the leisure to let go our thought horses to domains which have still not been trodden. What makes an idle brain bad is the presence of devil in it. Thus to combat the devil or destructive ideas the focus should be on boosting the values system of an individual as well as making the individual appreciate that s/he is a part of greater entity i.e mankind.

    In a nutshell, it can be said that looking at grim side of the story of the consequences of an idle brain, it was considered to be devil’s dwelling place. But the reflecting upon the whole picture it is inferred that devil does not live in the idle brain but is invited by the individual. And there are ways we can get rid of this unwanted guest which arrives at even the slightest hint of an invite. Government should strive to ensure all its citizens equality of opportunity and a dignified life. Parents should try to inculcate values of fraternity and brotherhood in the child and encourage them to pursue their own dream. Individuals should strive not to indulge in vices of sloth, greed and envy. If all these are achieved then devil would surely be compelled to find a new place for him.

    • SS

      Nice one…didnt know that story of plague though…pls review mine if and when u get time…thanks 🙂

      • Himanshu nn

        will surely do

      • Himanshu nn

        unable to find your essay ….:(
        even your disqus profile is private

        • SS

          if u sort this page with “Newest” U will see it just below urs…I wrote it a few hours before u did.Also, ur english seems perfect..it would be great if u can also mention, how I can improve on my english (only if u can think of something)…Thanks and keep writing and reviewing 🙂

    • night fury

      Hey !
      Awesome introduction (y) i liked it.. Though in starting I felt what’s this plague story 😛 but then it was wow !
      Nicely put the “positive” idle mind.
      Then in the question marks paras.. I felt u over did the “question marks ” 1-2 at max seems good.

      Then in later paras u gave good points relating unemployment and poverty.

      Overall i liked reading ur essay (y)
      And it’s a very good start.
      ATB 🙂

      • Himanshu nn

        Thanks!!

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      You started really well but lost control in middle part of your essay. You have asked a lot of questions but you failed to answer those in subsequent paragraph.
      The way you framed your essay in first 4-5 paragraphs should have been maintained throughout the essay. You know the basics of essay writing and your flow is good. Try to improve upon content by giving links to contemporary problems and their solutions. Make your essay multidimentional.

      Marks – 60/125

      • Himanshu nn

        Thanks for the valuable feedback.

    • skyhighambition

      Ur intro is Marvellous, buddy …keep writing n reviewing 🙂

  • Anshika Sinha

    “To be idle is the short road to death, and to be diligent is the way of life, foolish people are idle, wise people are the diligent”, said Buddha once teaching his disciples. By these words Buddha meant that perseverance and assiduousness give real meaning to life. Man is bestowed with logic and reason. His analytical mind can very well distinguish between right and wrong. But this differentiation can only be done after a meaningful process of thoughts. And these thoughts are generated by experiences which in turn are gained through actions done and lessons learned in the past. That means to draw maximum juice out of any fruit, one has to squeeze it with all efforts. Sometimes it is hard to believe that how a man can be idle. With no thought process, man becomes lazy and then bursts the fountain of negativity and destructiveness in his mind. This can be backed by the reason that to get a work done, the idle person will always rely upon a short cut. And mostly short cuts are dangerous, lawless and absurd. In moments this man can become a threat to the society of which he is a part of. His mind becomes the Devil’s workshop. The holy bible also describes Idleness as a curse. To think and to work is ideal combination.
    In the modern world where countries are regularly becoming targets of terrorism, it only reflects the idleness in the minds of those who have become arms and legs of this Devil. The people who join terrorist groups are brainwashed in the name of religion. But no religion abstains you from generating your own thoughts. The teachings of religion are same, the texts written remain same over history but the interpretation is what makes all the difference. The people who are brainwashed actually lack the busy-ness that a mind requires. A busy mind will make calculations, interpretations, will study and analyze before deducing any law that may govern several lives in future. The brutal rape cases which flood our newspapers on a daily basis, murders and thefts, burglaries our portrayals of the immense amount of idleness in our country which holds its root in unemployment and poverty.
    Major discoveries would not have been possible without constant work of the mind and thoughts of great scientists for example APJ Abdul Kalam who dedicated his mind to the country and worked constantly for its progress. The technology we enjoy today and the system in which we live are not the fruits of idleness but real hard work. Due to this reason, Government of every nation emphasizes on employment. Employment gives you freedom to make your own choices, moreover have choices which you can afford to fulfill because economically you become independent and somehow that shows in your psychology also. Employment makes a person less influential. And the basic path to employment starts from education. Even if employment factor is set aside, still education plays a vital role in shaping the mind and thoughts of a person. Therefore a person shouldn’t rest other than when he needs physical rest. Activity is a natural property. From atoms to cells, we can see so much activity. The moral of life must be do one’s bit and most importantly do it. Sitting idle and complaining and then becoming destructive is easier because idle thoughts to destructive actions is not a very difficult or long path to cover. 655
    There is so much to do for the society as its members and as citizens for the country. Nations have their own unique problems. For a country like ours, India has a plethora of problems associated to social sector. Therefore, we talk of Human Resource Management. The augmentation and integration of our human resource is the key to many problems of the country. Economic challenges canbe met by bringing in new ideas and creativity and processing them into innovations which can change the present as well as future of the country. In this light, schemes such as Skill India, Make in India, etc are modes of achieving the goal of better future. For this all the grey matter of the country has to contribute and work hard to shoulder the responsibilities which we have for our present as800 well as future generations. And of course this can never be achieved by idle minds.
    While talking about idleness and busy-ness, I remember a story once taught to us in our early childhood days was that of Thirsty Crow. I can very well relate his intellect to his willingness to change his condition, to drink water for which he dropped pebbles into that pot of water. It could only quench his thirst when it decided to quench it. This stimulus is very necessary. Decisions lead to actions and actions lead to experiences and experiences lead to better decisions. This is more like a cycle only getting better by each round. Therefore, to conclude I would like to say that to structure ones life better we need to put straw by straw like a bird does and sitting idle wont fetch anything other than dissatisfaction. To sum up in Kalam’s words, “Look at the sky, we are not alone, the whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work”.

  • Anshika Sinha

    I am new to insights and its program for UPSC aspirants. Have written the Essay. Please review. Thank you.

    • SS

      The content is good. but the flow is missing. no clear demarcation of intro para, body or conclusion para…pls review mine if and when u find time…thanks 🙂

  • Jaya

    Why so serious…. aapka essay really bahut acha hai.. u have brought both angles in the frame. now is up to the public how to use the idle time.. to use it in a distructive or a constructive way… jab bhi koi story format me kuch sunata hai toh it is easy to understand.. ek do aur bhi ache articles the. but sab se jyada mujhe aapka essay acha laga kyoki issme flow thi…real life se connected tha… to be frank hum dono ke bahut se thoughts milte hai.

  • Bathakti Attma

    Please review my essay,this is my first essay and my first day of preparation.

  • Bathakti Attma

    Please review my essay.