Insights Weekly Essay Challenge – Week 52: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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27 December 2015

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

 

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

  • Leiter The Leader

    Dear insights,Please give at least two essay topics,if no three,from different genres..I have been said that convincing examiner on philosophical essay is difficult…Moreover,I think least number of people will choose such kind of essay.So,If there are essays on other topics too…we can choose one among them and the Purpose of this initiative(writing at least one essay a week)would be served.

    I think it will also help..whether we are making good choice in selecting the right topic or not from given alternatives.

    Enthusiast aspirants even can write 2-3 three essays if they are interested.

    Please consider this request.

    • Atif

      Could you review my essay. Ive read yours & you write some good ones so maybe you could help me improve

    • sheetu singh

      Nice suggestion .

      • OK

        Hey Sheetu.
        Please review my essay. I hope you will get a different perspective

        • sheetu singh

          Sure i ll 🙂

          • Night Fury

            Sheetuu ji !! humara essay bhi please !! 🙂

            • sheetu singh

              Sure i ll try

      • sree

        sheetu pls review my essay

    • ragini sharma

      i agree

      • OK

        Hey Ragini. Please review my essay.

        • ragini sharma

          sure

      • sree

        plss review my essay im beginner

        • ragini sharma

          sure aaaj

    • Beginner

      I too Agree with this

    • Wolverine

      I don’t agree with that.
      Reason- One should be able to write on any given ESSAY TOPIC in the examination hall.
      We don’t know if UPSC decides to give only philosophical essays in the examination.

      But, I respect what you are saying and agree that this will be immensely helpful for all of us.

    • CAG

      Wel i think 1 topic is a better option. We all can compare and incorporate others ideas. Also we will be forced to write on that one topic even if its not our forte. If given a choice we wil always go for the topic in which we are already comfortable. Also Making a right choice will not be a difficult task once we have practised essay writing for the whole year. Jst an opinion.

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      You need to develop ability to write on all types of essays. Even if you are not able to write ‘Philosophical essay’, then you should read other essay’s and review them. That way you will gain ideas on how other’s have approached philosophical essay. This year, UPSC asked all essay’s having philosophical touch in Section A. So, we believe practising all types of essay’s is important.

  • Atif

    “Guys, first essay that I’ve written. Please review”

    “You’ve a business, a successful one. You have great friends who are happy for you. But is that going to help you succeed or move forward with your business? No, the guy, yes the same guy who might be your competitor, a lifelong hater from childhood who will criticise what you do & how you do it to give a new perspective to you so that you can work on it”

    Enemies help you get a new outlook on what you do. And enemies here aren’t enemies who want to kill, they are just competitors who want to get ahead of you or might not like how they are different/ They tell you things which a friend might not or may avoid to tell to be away from conflicts. Befriending enemies helps us to make a plan, getting forward. You get to know about the enemy, get a new POV, become leaders among allies, etc.

    Seeing it from geo-politics point of view (POV), this is common strategy. Japan did the same with US during WWII by befriending US while making plans to bomb pearl harbour. Only if a few US ships weren’t out maneuvering, US naval base would have been out for months. Although this looks negative on the forefront but isn’t that what “politics” is all about. Staying ahead?
    Although now shift seems to be towards geo-economics, India can learn that along with having allies, it needs to keep an eye on its enemy states. e.g. how India until now stayed away from Pak, but now the path seems to be opened again through raising of economic blockades on Pak to raise the $1.5 billion trade to much higher heights.

    In economics too enemies are a source of strength. If you don’t keep an eye on the price of your competitor (enemy), you can’t really hope to succeed in the free market. A friend in the market e.g. a complementary goods makers who needs you & your company needs him won’t be of much help unless you maintain a relation with the competitors to have a plan mapped out to be ahead of them. Thus in Indian POV the public sector can learn from their “enemies” i.e. the private sector. The sector can improve by being more accountable, transparent. As private sector isn’t oriented for larger public good, public sector can bring the management tactics, etc., in their area so that efficiency is improved + public good continues.

    Socially there are people working hard for diff. things. e.g. a UPSC aspirant. There might be an aspirant who is topping the charts in test series, exams, might also be working in an MNC with a crores package, other aspirants may envy him, may hate him. But to move forward he will try to befriend him to learn his strategy, how he does & manages things. This way the latter community may even overtake him. Now as we have understood the meaning sociall in India there are many social classes & social mobility is only possible when people from lower classes get to know those from the upper classes & learn from them e.g. the rural community. Education isn’t widespread, due to economic reasons, but more so because of the ongoing social factors. Education is considered to be a source of money & a job, no doubt it’s, but they fail to see that education brings a sense of rationalism, creative thinking in the minds. The person can overcome age old harmful religious dogmas only after he thinks rationally. Thus if rural community gets to know people from urban areas or those who have high qualification, they can get to know of the real benefits. Even though they may hate those who are rich but learning from them will help them

    Culturally, people avoid mixing with those from other cultures due to various differences. But instead of being isolated within one community. Going out & engaging with other communities helps us get their POV & maintain diversity. e.g. how India itself is so diverse & united with so many cultures flourishing in it. How engagement is done with other communities even internationally e.g. Afghanistan, of how they like the daily soaps of India is a sign that instead of being isolated culturally with “friends”, engaging with “enemies/diff. from your opinion” increases unity

    Thus in the end I would say that “the last ranker being friends with the 2nd last rankers will give him/her a personal satisfaction but being close to the 1st ranker will give him insights on ways to change to become better in life”

    • namechanged

      though i find these abstract kind of essay tough and avoid at times. still i would like to comment from what i can understand from your essay.
      1. you have tried to cover different dimensions like political social economical etc( to expand it further try to find more dimensions)
      2. your points, to me, seems more focused to befriending an enemy rather than to justifying “keep your friends close and enemy closer” ( i think a more justifying statement would be (for example) :- India and south east Asia relation (which is friendly) and china ( enemy) need is to act east aggressively and act far-east more aggressively.)

      • Atif

        Thank you for reviewing. I’ll keep the suggesting in mind
        Could you lay down some more dimensions? Other than those I’ve mentioned already.

  • Deepak Choudhary

    this was also a last sunday topic 🙂

  • Nandu

    “keep your friends close and enemies closer”

    • Nandu

      just about 250 words…..!

      please review

      • sheetu singh

        Nice start .try to complete this essay by examples and other dimension s hopefully it ll work .and yes hand writing superb

  • baba

    guys koi plz mujhe bata sakta hai ki up pcs mains ussi date pe hota hai jo notification pe hai……becoz in 2016 uppcs mains n capf writtten are clashing…as i m preparing for both …thanksin adbance guys

  • why_so_serious?

    Keep your friends close and
    your enemies closer

    “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
    In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.”

    Jesus said :Love your enemies and pray for them who persecute you.

    Why is there such a need of keeping your “enemies” in proximity even though by default, GOD has always made you a way that you have a “friend” who by default is always there with you-Like ALWAYS. Let’s find out.

    I am sure most must have heard about the story from Ramayana, Ravan’s own brother(Vibhishana) went against him and joined the Rama group. Wasn’t there any opposition while he came to seek help and GIVE help instead? Lakshman(Rama’s brother) was reluctant for this. But Rama knew it was better to keep an enemy closer to him, not neglecting his friends. Result? We all know who died after “WHO’s” help. So, I feel the quote seems justified, ain’t it? Lets’s find out something else.

    There are loads of companies coming forward every day,from small to big. I personally would always foster people to get to know their antagonists, but I find really strange when people don’t want to do this. You obviously don’t need to divulge estimated earnings, turn overs and the calculated risks that you are incorporating in these brief outings, but it’s always good to get the lowdown on what’s happening in your particular industry. And who better to get this from than from a like-minded business? Who knows, a casual conversation with the competition might help both of you learn something that benefits your respective businesses, and the industry in which you both work. So, the point, aren’t those people your “counterparts” of a healthy competition, who by popular saying are always regarded as being “enemies”, the same enemy you turned “frenemy” (mix of friend and enemy) while you were on a casual brief outing.

    Let’s take another example. Rohit always came first in his school. Abhishek came from a different school during the half yearly exams and outperformed him. Rohit came second this time. He obviously hated this fact. But what was he hating more? He was hating the fact that someone was BETTER than him. Though not an enemy, he had inbuilt this whole scenario where he was the king of this kingdom(school in this case) and Abhishek had come out of nowhere, not only increasing competition but also a threat to his kingship now.

    Apparently, they are good friends after 10 years of passing out from that school. Reason? This “enemity” that Rohit had incorporated, he actually took it in a healthy manner, tried to make improvements by learning from Abhishek. He learnt how to better himself. The result, it became like a to-and-fro motion. Both of them outperformed each other at some point of time.

    Our PM recently visited Pakistan. Experts say that it was preplanned, but there is a buzz that this dynamic plan change was in fact
    incorporated by Mr. Modi himself? It is like a “strategic diplomatic policy” where India is trying to keep an upperhand over relations. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Who knows may our new foreign policy might be to iNcrease friendly relation despite turmoil’s on border, so as to compel them to think about their military support to the terrorist organization

    So what is my point here? To illustrate it further :

    You can come with lots of learning’s from the people you hate. Rohit was like THE SMART GUY in his school, until an inhibitor came to inhibit his kingdom .If he had followed the strategies which he had followed till now, he wouldn’t come first the next time. He obviously learnt a lot from his foe-turned-friend- a “frenemy”.

    You have to keep your enemies close to understand their perspective and interests. Often it’s from opponents, adversaries or fence-sitters. They bring a different worldview, perspective and/or ideas on a subject of common interest. There are plenty of times when such a person can help challenge and inform your thinking and position on an issue.

    You might benefit to a point where you have a chance to outwit your competition. Rama, no doubt, utilized this opputunity to win over Ravana. Had it been not for Vibhishana to come and join Rama’s army, may be Ramayan’s ending would have been something different.

    I encountered my first enemies while I was in high school. I hated that for sure. Seeing as I was young and this was my first time
    being bullied, I went home and cried myself to sleep almost every night. The insults hurt like hell and I didn’t know what to do with them.

    Sometime later, I joined college. I was the mock to a lot of butt jokes cracked on me, specially for my height and for the clothes I wore. I cried, obviously. But was it the only solution that I had? I mean, was crying the only solution to people calling me stuff, making a fool of my shaggy clothes in public and insulting me whenever they had time?

    But, luckily for me, I’d been bullied enough, and at this point, I knew better than to cry about it. Instead of internalizing public hatred and making myself miserable, I brushed it off like a pro. I made myself comfortable with things.

    People may find this a philosophical quote having little meaning, but I realized it had a Buddhist saying in this – Karma, let it decide who excels in life. At the end, it is just you and your life. People tend to pull you down by saying things to you, you need to listen to them and keep moving forward. Karma is truly-reliable; it will pay-off for sure. It will make you stronger each day, till a time you can fight through your deeds and not merely by the words.

    Open-minded people tolerate whatever situation you’re going through and whosoever you are, regardless of what “being you” entails. If you confine yourself with enough knowledgeable people, the once-in-a-while bully won’t even be a glitch on your pharo. We must not forget though, that we learn the most we know from our subdued experiences; your enemies will teach you whom to trust and whom not to trust. They’ll force you to build character. They might even inspire you to help others through your experiences.

    But instead of relying wholly on this saying, in a literal sense, you need to keep away from an enemy.
    For example : You are a girl and there is a guy who has been flirting around calling you names and disturbing you since time being. Of course that doesn’t mean you need to make friendship with him and go on a date on Valentines! It means it’s time either you complain it to the police, or tell this to your parents. Friendship with enemies like those would be certainly illogical.

    Taking another example, you have a project at college. You have this opportunity of getting patents for the same. Your 4-years prior enemy comes, and tells you to help him in his project. While you are out, his friends (who in some cases are more your enemies too) ruined your project while you were out to help the enemy. I reckon it’s better to be reluctant helping individuals who
    are jealous of you. A healthy competitor needs to be understood prior to making “frenemy”, and not just anybody.

    “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer” means to keep them close, as silent nudge, so you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Today, I am impregnable.” There will always be people who will try to stunt your growth, or restrain your progress. You mustn’t allow them to succeed, instead, you would allow yourself to rise above the hate.You need to act like a pro in such situations. In some cases even,you will have to keep them quite close to you so you will know their next move, the same way Rohit did in school, the same way Rama did in Ramayana, the same way the business men do to learn from bigger players.

    • Night Fury

      arre Joker !! you back 😀

      • why_so_serious?

        aiwaai likh dia aaj. Interesting topic tha 😛

        • Night Fury

          pta tha aisa essay u won’t leave 😛
          btw I will review when I am done with my essay .. u know slow me 😛

        • Dexter Morgan

          why_so_absent bro 😛

          • why_so_serious?

            hahaha… That comment gave me death twice 😛
            BDW, if u could review mine, that would be gr8 🙂

            • Dexter Morgan

              Bro I din write any essay till now !! Today I do write !!:)
              But I read yours !! U elaborate the examples and give moral out of it which explains and meets the demand of essay !! And you connected it to ongoing events !!
              Too good but what I think is essay should be a mix up of examples and some explaination in a philosophical way !! And yours slightly inclined and stressed only on examples !! May be examples are self explanatory but show your explaining capacity !! You have it !! And sorry if I’m wrong !! Am inexperienced in this 😛
              Overall good flow of writing !! Nice one 🙂 🙂

              • why_so_serious?

                Thanx for the review Dexter. Lemme know when u’ve written,I’ll review. N yes, I’ll try to do more justice to this essay 🙂

                • Dexter Morgan

                  Review mine Bro!!:)

      • Dexter Morgan

        Fury !! Will u look in to my essay ?? 😛

    • Gladiator

      Nice one, please review mine!

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Contemplating and empowering. nice one

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx jaya. U upvoted and downvoted? Any reason? 😀

        • Prerna saxena

          perfect.. please review mine

        • Jaya Swatantra

          me down voted kab nahi to lets check… please review mine essay too

    • SS

      Bhai ! the examples dint click to me today.
      1) with the example of the two boys u have used competition and enmity interchangeably, u think u can ever outperform your competitor with that feeling of active hostility and opposition ? Competitors are never enemies re !
      2) Rama took Vibhishan under his refuge for the latter submitted to him. Their was no enemy-friend concept there, yes Lakhmana did ask Rama not to forgive him as he is an enemies brother, but God believe in the inner goodness of even a sinner.
      3) putting examples is good, but the essay is overloaded with examples. The para where there is no example is the best one.

      Rest the flow is good. These are just my views. (m just being a critic not an enemy). KWAR !

      • why_so_serious?

        hey SS, thanx for the review.

        Though m not countering your points, I’ll just give you my views.

        In the example of the two boys, “He obviously hated this fact. But what was he hating more? He was hating the fact that someone was BETTER than him”. I clearly specified that he hated him, his enemy then of course. But instead of hating this fact in the first place, he used it as an oppurtunity to excel himself.

        In the example of ramayana : VIBHISHANA was from an enemy territory. If yu have seen ramayana, lakshman was against including him in this side of the army. So basically, he was an enemy for the Rama army. But Rama knew he could be help. So I feel, this point is justified. An enemy on the first place turned an eventual help.

        I hope am clear. Thanx for the review again 🙂

        • SS

          Review mine if u have time. Thanks… Shalu !

    • satish

      Very well written..

    • Sonia mehra

      I felt this one more as an editorial than an essay, but interesting to read.

      Please review mine and guide.

      • why_so_serious?

        I actually don’t know if I should take this as a compliment or a critic 😀

        Anyways thanx for the review. Will review urs.

    • Himaanshu

      1- very innovative intro
      2- I buy your Ramayan wala example
      3- Corporate wala example is much more suitable for competition not for enmity. Liked your ‘frenemy’ concept very much.
      4- Pakistan and China waale example are again well thought
      5- As someone also pointed out that today’s essay is over loaded with examples and less analysis. I felt the same
      6- Rest is good as always
      7- Kindly read and review mine……

      • Batman

        Himashu Bhai, please review mine too, will review urs in a while 🙂

        • Himaanshu

          sure bro 🙂

        • Bhokal

          batman (Kati) bhai, ek essay maine v likha hai aaj pehli bar.
          review kr do.

          • Batman

            sab kuch thk h ye Kati kya h 😛
            will review urs soon 🙂

            • Bhokal

              short form of ur surname 😛

        • Himaanshu

          ok bro

      • why_so_serious?

        already reviewed bro! Yes I feel aaj kuch zyada hi ho gaya 😀
        Koi nai, will try n improve!

      • OK

        Himanshu, if possible then review mine as well.

        • Himaanshu

          ok bro 🙂

      • Night Fury

        Sir! review my essay please ! I’ll review urs too .. thank you! 🙂

        • Himaanshu

          Will review for sure 🙂

      • Ash

        Himanshu! Review mine no! I will review yours! 🙂

        And wow! You’re writing for the first time no! I will review CRITICALLY 😛

        • Himaanshu

          Sure 🙂

        • yogi

          Ash bhai mere bhi kar de , first time , i will review yours..:)

          • Ash

            A girl this side! I will not review… you called me a guy! 🙁

            • yogi

              oh! sorry , Ash girl 😛 i have reviewed ur plz review now..:)

      • yogi

        plz review mine, i will review yours..:)

        • Himaanshu

          I am trying to review all the writings bro,.. It will take some time till then you can read and review mine 🙂

          • yogi

            done bro

    • Batman

      Hi Serious (exactly Why_So_Absent :P)
      1)same point that i said -“keeping friends close” was missing
      2)I think in last few paragraphs u got carried away with your emotions. Though it is good that you included examples but the result was that it expressed the same ideas that you have mentioned earlier too
      3)you opened a new dimension when you said not always to keep enemies close. like it!!
      4)diverse examples, good connectivity and flow
      Good one!!

      • why_so_serious?

        haha. Aaj lagta example kuch zyada ho gaya. Next time will limit to two three (Hopefully :D)

        thanx for the review Batman 🙂

        • sankar

          bhai mera rvw kar do plz
          i am rvwing yours

      • sankar

        Bhai plz rvw mine
        i’ll rvw in short while

    • sankar

      worked like serious
      plz rvw mine dost
      good one

      • sree

        pls review sanskar

    • Lord Tuktuk

      Okay, lets start!!!
      intro (Y)
      1) connected

      2) jesus point was too good !!connected
      your intro started with a good tone!! it didnt gave an sign that by keeping enemy closer you just want your faida you know, it just showed you to be of little good character(jesus wala point for sure)
      BUT, the very next rama example took me to the whole different perspective (i was thinking to remain connected to, you know, mindset of love without no expectations and forgiveness, like that of jesus!! but here, in ramayana’s example it was more like, thanks for your help vibishana.
      This whole perspective is different from intro, ek dum se!!!!

      Okay, next point connected!!!
      example of rohit and then modi point really connected aur current context me bhi you defined this thing bro 🙂
      when things became peronsal, you cried and so on!! 😛 you really expressed it well, and justified your points 🙂
      BUT AGAIN, when you came to karma theory, you were more like Eminem’s songs conclusion that dont give a damn about this world and keep moving!! ( for me, this was something out of context)

      I liked the way you showed the secong face of this quote by girl guy example!! zaruri nhi ki har enemy ko you know, close rakho!! well done!! +5 for you here!! it all came unexpected! proud of you for this 🙂

      you got to know about healthy competition!! justified!!! (Y)
      again, your conclusion was crisp and connecting!! you added various dimensions in you essay, let it be mythology, politics, personal things and something imaginary too(rohit rohit wala) which is impressive and does not bore some one by telling same thing again and again 🙂 well done!!!
      PS: I’m going to write essays from new year!!! you’ve to review them and my answers too! i know you’ll do it my healthy competitor 🙂 :-*

      • Dexter Morgan

        Tuktuk bhai !! See my answer too 😀 Help me for my first essay 😛

      • why_so_serious?

        wow!! Thanx for the elaborate response bro. I never thought u would review in the first place.

        I believe each of ur point is correct. Will try to be less contradictory and work harder to maintain the connection and the flow. Thanx for the suggestions buddy.

        Aur review, wo bhi koi puchne waali baat hai 😀

        • Lord Tuktuk

          >:( dont make me feel bad! you even asked me ki review, tab bhi teko aisa laga ki me review nhi karunga!! meri raakhi ka yahi maan rkha tune 🙁
          and your essay was top class 🙂 🙂 i really connected!!

          • Batman

            raakhi 😀 😀 😛

            • Dexter Morgan

              Raakhi ????

            • Lord Tuktuk

              i think people dont know here that i’m a girl na? 🙂

              • Sepoy No 1446

                Why lord then?? Who is tuktuk?

                • Lord Tuktuk

                  i was just kidding! 🙂
                  i’m a guy!! dont go on the smiley part!! thats my style 😀

                  • Night Fury

                    hahahahaha tuktuki 😛

              • Dexter Morgan

                Kidding ? 😛 😀

                • Lord Tuktuk

                  yeah!! just messing! i’m a dude 🙂

              • Batman

                :/ :/ really?
                girl Batman ?

                • Lord Tuktuk

                  messing yar! 🙂

                  • Batman

                    fas gya bechara 😛

                    • Lord Tuktuk

                      LORD nhi faste kabhi!! its just like you guys are like family now!! so dont like to play with you people and waste ur time, so!! 🙂

              • None pof my business but this Tuk Tuk and “girl na? “, send girl vibes, anyways doesn’t matter!!

          • why_so_serious?

            lol 😀

      • Ash

        Tuktuk! Find time and review mine! Its an ORDER 😛
        And have you written? If yeah! I will review… 🙂

        • Lord Tuktuk

          I don’t take ORDERS!! 😛
          i’ll write from next sunday, but will review yours!!

          • Ash

            Ohkay! Take a request…
            Tuktuk Sir please grace my essay with your CRITICAL REVIEW 😛

            • Lord Tuktuk

              i’ve reviewed!! You dont have to ask for it again and again!
              it takes time to review!! 😛

      • OK

        Hey friend. If possible, then please have a look on my essay as well. Thanks in advance.

    • Sepoy No 1446

      Few points:

      1. You have good analytical abilities.
      2. Your thought process is a bit hay-wire and goes here and there without following a pattern. Result, your essay turns chaotic.
      3. Personal involvement in an essay is OK, but maintain the “scholastic distance”.
      4. Too much use of quotes is an overkill. It prevents u from presenting ” u”
      5. No structure.

      Positives:
      -ability to think in different dimensions
      -ability to correlate
      -close observation of society
      -There is a structure without having a structure ( confused?… Its organized chaos)

      Suggestion: you already have it, just tone down a little bit and find a structure.

      • why_so_serious?

        thanx for the concrete review 🙂

        I will surely try n improve on this one 🙂 Ur review is a great insight of my faults 🙂

      • Lubna Sehar

        I’ve written a short essay. Plz view and comment if time permits

      • Lubna Sehar

        I have written a short essay. Plz view and comment if time permits

    • FinalAttempt

      – good connected, full of information.
      – but i will say, that u have added many examples from mytho to friends to IR. which shows its multidimensional but friend i believe the major points should be those are real in natutre by this u can make philosphical essay to a real world essay by providing a real information.. u can give example of russia-us closeness on syria, maratha n mughal discrepancy helped british, india-pak relation etc..
      – overall good keep it up buddy..

      • why_so_serious?

        Hey friend. Yes I’ll try and improve on those fronts. I have this habit of including hypothetical examples, more comfortable in those when I have less dimensions. Thanx man for the review 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      My brother is back 🙂
      1.As someone pointed out your analytical abilities are just too good.It was a nice reading.But:
      2.Overuse of examples-covering all dimensions doesn’t mean just examples.
      3.Somewhere i felt lack of connectivity while passing from one para to another.
      4.Structure of your previous essay was much better than this one.
      Thank you

      • why_so_serious?

        Yes Bro I feel like I overdid on example. Will try to maintain the flow in my next essay. Will review urs in a short while 🙂

        • Vivaan Khanna

          thanx bro

      • sree

        pls review khanna

    • P.s

      Buddhism karma concept is not relevant.
      All paragraphs are not properly synchronised.
      Refrain from helping individuals who are jealous of you is a bit contradictory.
      Rohit & ind-pak examples are nice.
      (My personal views)

      • why_so_serious?

        Thanx for the review my friend. but I never said to help jealous friends, did I?

        • P.s

          Your quote of jesus

          • why_so_serious?

            oh okay. yes if that’s contradictory, i’ll edit it. It was like showing a different picture for the same problem. Thanx again

            • P.s

              Yeah you have covered many dimensions bro

            • Night Fury

              I have written finally.. padho mera essay ! 😛

    • Night Fury

      i wrote 😛 review please !! i’ll review urs 😀

    • Ash

      Look who is back!!!!!!!! 🙂

      Achcha listen!! Review Mine.. I will review yours.. But in a while 😛

    • Operation Writing

      i have written my first essay today…. found ur one 10 times good than mine but as a
      whole BATMAN’s essay is more interesting than yours…i think because he used
      more simpler language and examples than urs

      and i don’t know that u copy some idea from http://elitedaily.com/life/real-reason-keep-enemies-closer-friends/913742/
      ….i know it don’t matter

      as i have written first time…and read BATMAN’s essay to in comparsion to his i like his essays…..due to my inexperience u have to make out of this little texts.
      And really thx for ur review…it means to me
      Plz don’t mind..

      • why_so_serious?

        hey bro. thanx for the review 🙂 Yes I have included examples from that and many more blogs. I do a bit research for my essays in all the topics.

        • Operation Writing

          yep! i also read from that link.
          kWAR 🙂

        • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

          Research from?? Can u elaborate serious?? Plz

          • why_so_serious?

            I write blogs. Most of it are from the essay topics. But reading different blogs always gives u an idea about how to maintain the flow and how to keep the minds interested.

            https://nitishsinghi86.wordpress.com/

            I started it a while back. N I read other famous blogs to enrich my vocab and the way of writing 🙂

            • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

              Wow…!!! No doubt thats y ur essays are so different,simple and msg giver… !! Then how do u manage for other thing?? Like optional and gs studies?

              • why_so_serious?

                I follow Insights timetable, no other fancy timetable. My optional is philo and it doesn’t require mugging up facts and theories so it is manageable. GS depend mostly on the mind-maps, read and write secure (though since a week I am not writing, will start from 1st jan. New year time u see :D)

                • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

                  I am sorrybi am asking u sobmany questions.. But it is imp for me.

                • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

                  So do u give insights test regularly??

                  • why_so_serious?

                    No not on time. I had given till the 4th test on the same day, but later I felt that giving just the 3 hours for my preparation for test series was unfair. I cannot just read the NCERT and again do research of the various terms, and revise it in 10 days + of course the mains self study. So I try to complete the whole portion first and then go to the next test. I feel the heat while preparing for the tests and it gives me pressure while studying, and I cannot prepare in pressure.Sometimes I feel it hinders the way I want to prepare. But that’s okay. We have to complete the portion at the end. N my reading the NCERT’s in the first month I started helps me immensely.

                    • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

                      True Same happened with me…!! Actually i m so anxious abt my prep. Thanks for sharing frnd..!! 🙂

                • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

                  Sorry if i m asking so many questions at once..

                  • why_so_serious?

                    It’s okay. No problem

    • sree

      i like your essay,it is very nice serious.

    • blufl0

      loads of examples..though a good read..

    • Isha

      This is what I felt. I may be wrong in high probability because I did not write today since I had no idea 😛
      1. Ramayana point has 50:50 probability that it would connect with readers. Standing aside from religious point of view- it seems logical. But if the examiner happened to be ‘Ram bhakt’ (unlike you :p), he would not be satisfied with it till end.
      2. From company’ example & Rohit’ example- connected well- keeping in mind that we are taking positive perspective.
      3. Pakistan example was good, China’ too- but taking only dumping issue is like ignoring history. Even after so many efforts since independence and in fact immediately after 1947, India tried to take China into confidence by numerous efforts- Tibet issue, Panchsheel and all (My IR portion is really bad, forgive me!)- but China was like always skeptical of us. In spite of that we always tried to maintain relations with them and kept the door of bilateral talks opened up. Also China’ friendship with pakis, that too targeted especially against us.
      4. Illustration part was good, until you came with Karma example.I dont connect with it. See, emphasizing on karma is like
      concentrating on ur own path and doings and let others do what they want. How is it relevant here in keeping enemies close? Did u mean that let enemies speak against u, but u should not give them too much importance and keep doing what u were?
      5. Conclusion was really good.
      Forgive me for analyzing so deep, especially if I am wrong somewhere- Despite the fact that I have not even completed my essay and left it halfway since I was short of ideas!!

      • why_so_serious?

        Hey isha, thanx for keeping ur words. I appreciate ur review , but I would like u to show my perspective (as I always do)

        1) I agree 😀
        2)Thank you 🙂
        3) I wrote what clicked to me when I wrote. Certainly we cannot ignore the history, but talking wholesome about Sino-India wars, Panchsheel, China-Pak relations would take loads of words and then my track would have been lost.
        4) Karma though u may feel irrelevant, I wrote it show a different side. Some people criticise u for the heck of it. What do u do in this case? I reckon we need to then listen to their critic from one ear and let it go from the other. the point being, in this way, u can improve urselves, neglecting those who want to pull u down for the sake of it, and let karma decide what comes next. I’ll write this in a better way.

        There is nothing to forgive, we r here to learn and that’s the review I always expect. So no need to be sorry. I hope m clear. N please write, I’ll review it even if no one does 🙂

        • Isha

          By China wala point I meant that ki u can just restructure it somewhat- in ur style. Though I agree with word limit wali limitation & flow thing. And Karma point, I did not find it irrelevant- it needs restructuring too. I am a huge believer of Karma theory :p
          It feels bad suggesting others to improve when u urselves have no idea about the thing 😀
          Wont say sorry next time for sure and do review mine next time. Since wht I have done to the essay I cant even say in words- pata nai kya likhna chah rhi thi :p

          • why_so_serious?

            haha. Don’t worry, yu’ll do good 🙂

      • Batman

        hey Isha.. can u review mine too, please 🙂

        • Isha

          Sure, I will 🙂

          • Night Fury

            Isha !! one request from me too !!
            i will review urs ! promise! 😀

            • yogi

              Hey fury can plz review mine I m coming to yours..:)

              • Night Fury

                okay deal ! I will take time to review.. but will review pakkaa !!

            • Isha

              U are spared! I have not written today 😛
              I will review yours for sure 🙂

              • Night Fury

                Thanks 🙂 Please remember to review! 😀

                • Isha

                  Yes, I did. Please check 🙂

            • Jaya Swatantra

              Review mine too if you get time!!

          • yogi

            plz review mine i will review yours..:)

      • Rohit Kulkarni

        Vey patient review :)) very good

        • Isha

          Thanks Rohit 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        your analysis superb… if possible review mine

      • Shiva

        Nice reviw

      • Nice review and help full.

      • Rohit Falke

        very nicely reviewed.

    • Ash

      Hey Mr Serious! 🙂

      1. Liked your Ramayana.. according to me totally strikes a chord! 🙂 I don’t know about others frankly! I’m reading no one connected! My review so my views.. I could connect! So I apologize if I’m wrong.. may be I lack the insight to view it the other way!
      2. I feel you’ve dragged the boys story a lil too much!
      3. I said this to Batman… repeating it for you too… Examples are to substantiate your views…

      I see the opposite happening! You have consumed a lot of words in your Rohit story!

      Moreover, even after the story you made the same frenemy point which you had already made bfo!

      4. I would like to see YOUR examples coming.. Referring is fine! I don’t support what you’ve done.. no UPVOTE if you know what I mean!

      5. you lacked content today! Easy to discern…

      I loved your last essay.. Didn’t say it then you know the reason… I would love to see YOU write and SUBSTANTIATE with examples not substantiate examples with your views!

      P.S.- I apologize for the critical tone! I totally understand the topic is a lil to difficult to write on…KWAR!

      • why_so_serious?

        4th point, I get what u speak. I took it as a reference. Didn’t copy paste.
        Anyway, an example is used only after u connect to it, I connected so I used it, nai to I had loads of them from different sources (if yu know what I mean). U can surely refer the source and see if the sentences are lifted.

        About the content, last time I wrote not even one conventional example, and still I got decent enough marks from Insights. What am saying is, content can be explained through examples. Yu’re welcome to disagree.

        • Ash

          Kool!

      • OK

        Ash! please give sometime to my essay as well. If possible. Thanks in advance.

    • yogi

      Hi Joker,
      Like always u have tried to make your essay an interactive one
      But frankly speaking today it was not up to the mark, IMO
      as per me the best part in your essay was the IR part
      you over emphasised the Rohit’s story
      some repetitions are also there like the Rama and Vibhishan ( may be u were trying to create the links)
      like mine “keeping friends close” is missing
      plz excuse my criticism,
      plz review mine (at your convenience)it is my first essay

      • why_so_serious?

        will review urs, no need to ask for an excuse for the critics, Always welcome!

    • Night Fury

      Hello Ji !!

      “I am sure most must have heard about the story from Ramayana” —not necessary (tone down the expression)
      Again “We all know who died after “WHO’s” help.” — If I have not read Ramayan I may not know it (chances are less but still why take chance ?) so should explain the story if you are writing one.

      Companies example –> Liked it!!
      RCEP,AIIB suggest to write them full (examiner layman — NO GS! 😛 )

      Connection with Karma philosophy is good!
      Critic part well justified. (I missed it !)

      Your examples maintains the level of interest and curiosity to read further.. But clearing your stance , apart from exampes is also necessary.. means at least one para before conclusion (instead of that example) will make it better..
      Multidimensional essay ! I didn’t loose interest throughout the write up. 🙂
      Expressions , connectivity of paras (relating examples — creates freshness! ), flow is all very good!

      P.S Views are personal 😛

      • OK

        Hey friend, review mins as well. I hope you will get a different perspective.

        • Night Fury

          Yes OK will reviwe urs.. please review mine too 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Please review mine too..

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      I really was angry i did not like to write on this today so read your very sparingly. Over all very good so no big comments 🙂 and most liked part is you brought pak and china and made it some contemporary. So i realised one thing that to make this kind of essay try balance contempory and stuff so that you are on track as IAS. Very well one 🙂 Last para’s though i felt litlle boring 🙂 Soo 65/125 from my side :))

      • Himaanshu

        Angry? because of essay topic?

        • Rohit Kulkarni

          Yes bro…I hate these topics 🙂

          • Himaanshu

            haha,.. relax buddy 🙂 I too share a similar feeling on philosophical topics. But here we don’t have much choices and this is good for us. Bro, if your temper is lower down than please read and review my take on this topic 🙂

            • Rohit Kulkarni

              haha yeah good idea will review urs..:)

              • sankar

                bhai plz rvw mine
                bacha jitna sara gussa hai mere essay ke critical rvw likh dalo
                i will accept open heartedly

    • Alexander

      good to read…..

    • vivekananda

      Good illustration with examples that makes us to get clear understanding…nice one

    • Merkel

      I have a slight different perspectives which can be added:

      1) By ‘keeping your enemies closer’, we may refer to Gandhiji’s strategy of heart transformation through persistence and goodwill.

      2) Any kind of misconception with enemies can make things worst, like 1962 war in which China perceived India’s forward policy as expansionist and attempts to wage war on China.

      3)By keeping enemies closer, we can avoid a third party meddling in bilateral affairs as India is attempting with Pak now.

      Your point “You have to keep your enemies close to understand their perspective and interests.” was excellent.

    • Dipali Gaikwad

      Nice…keep it up…Mr.serious

  • Amruta-Puri

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

    I was incapable of understanding the true meaning of the philosophy of this quote before experiencing in my life

    Some stories: where I have encountered the friends and enemies in different span of life time

    Separate explanation for friends and enemy with considering most of the dimensions like

    Friends: parents, siblings, peer group, nature, books, technology, dreams

    Enemy: Peers, competitors,Relatives,Technology, Your inner thoughts

    Importance of Friends and Enemies at individual, Societal, National, International level

    Can add Nindak Niyre rakhiye quote and Gandhian philosophy,Buddhist philosophy

  • bakir malik

    Friends can turn into worst enemies are enemies can be friends of life time.

    This piece of information right up there has been experienced by almost any of us through the journey of our lives.We may not always see it coming but at some point of time we have experienced it. An interchange between friends and enemies.

    What makes a friend “a friend” and an enemy “an enemy”. Isn’t that the basic question that needs to be addressed.
    Is your success, your hard work, your desire to excel, your look and feel making you enemies. If it is then they are not your enemies they are bunch of people who cannot do what you have done and cannot achieve what you have achieved and keeping tack of them is pulling yourself down.

    However if what you call enemies to those who counter you, want to change your perception for your own good and do not always agree with you, then those are some people to keep track of.

    Sure we all want people around us who support us , always agree with us. But the question is ,”is that healthy. Is that changing our Idea of life and world”?

    Are we just seeing one side of story while there is a whole different angle to it

    What creates a different angle of something is what we call the animosity of ideas. There are some many sides of a single story. Sure you frame an angle and think it is the best. But what about others angle. Is is built on rationale, Is the very idea any good. If we make enemies on these lines , then we need to keep our enemies as close as possible in our life.

    Life has always something new to offer at every point of time . What are our actions and reactions at that moment is what defines the future prospect of that period. And there is no coordination between actions of people. I may find my action to be the need of the hour. BUT is there a chance that I might have missed a point and someone else has incorporated it. We both may be too stubborn to accept it and make an environment of hostility but isn’t that hostility for good?. We may not be talking to each other but the actions of each other may help in future prospects . That is some thing to keep track of and keep them close.

    The idea of friends and enemies takes a whole different angle when we change our perception about them. There are friends who are there just the way you want them . They have a perfect place in your life. They respect your ideas no matter what, support you even if you decide to go in opposite direction.

    And then there are people not with, not who you would call your loved and dear ones, wont be there at the time of an accident where you are lying on the bed with broken rib cages. But they challenge you and take you out of your perfect world. They disagree with you so your sense of agreement changes.

    Enemies of intellect and perception are enemies of our limited mindset and closed perception. They are friends in costumes of enemies.

  • Gladiator

    ‘Keep your friends close and enemies closer’ – The origin of this thought has been attributed to a Chinese military general Sun Tzu though no published sources confirm the same. It is more of a philosophical thought and meant to be applicable not in the literal sense but in applied sense. The closeness here doesn’t have to be a physical one rather an intelligent one. Originally its use was limited to warfare and diplomacy where in you required to be remain acquainted by your enemy’s activities so that you could prepare and plan your move in advance, giving you an edge over enemy. You would find this strategy being adopted by countries involved in world war 1 where they used to carefully observe activities of enemy nations through their diplomatic missions and spies. It was only with in a couple of days that Germany had to declare war on France after it declared war on Russia as it knew both were tied by friendly treaties thus being the probably enemies of Germany.

    However, this thought gained popularity as it found its applicability in economic area as well. Competitors in business would use this strategy to counter their opponent by pre-releasing their products and adopting counter offensive marketing strategies thereby gaining an edge in the market. In today’s capitalistic economy, it assumes a greater significance as all businesses are run for profit motive only and even a bit of insider’s information can jeopardize the brand image and incur huge losses to corporations.

    A more wider applicability can be found in social life where people would use this thought inherently and subconsciously like children at school try to keep an eye on how much their friends are studying so that they could put more efforts and beat them in results. Housewives would keep their ears open for all the gossip of society and draw conclusions thereby which family they should befriend and which they shouldn’t. Political parties keep an eye on campaigning activities of other parties and plan theirs accordingly

    Sometimes it happens that one, once a friend turns to enemy later or an enemy who turns a friend to us. This ex-changeability is oftenly interest driven than a natural one. You would find that nations do shift their alignment towards probable enemies when they gain more military strength or become an economic giant. They find their friendship more useful in the long run than their animosity. While a nation once a friend may turn an enemy as well provided any party has vested interested involved. A friend turned enemy, thus, can exploit and damage its previous friend more intensely than a natural enemy as it knows the secrets to many things.

    From all the points mentioned above, we can conclude that in today’s competition driven, self centered and unequal society, this thought has been finding its applicability more often than ever before and it is expected to become inherent for the generations to come. However, we shouldn’t let it become so dominant that we observe everyone around us with notions of friends and enemies as this kind of bipolarity would cause damage to the social fabric of the society and may cause drift in personal relations which one survives on.

    • Sepoy No 1446

      Good intro,nice contents..but u become too monotonous later.

      In an abstract theme you are free to make interpretations,you can even include your own personal observations about society,about your school days etc. You don’t have to prove the point. You have to revolve around it,explore new dimensions and then co-relate with the core(the theme). This is what I follow in abstract topics.

      Overall a good attempt but lacks creativity.

  • Sepoy No 1446

    World is a platform where predators dance, lure and kill each-other. Survival here is a big task in itself. One can’t do it alone. We are not living in times of Adams and Eve. There are people, there is a society and there are states with competing interests. They are always on lookout for maximizing their interests. Many a times few of them cross each-other. Few becomes friends, many more turn enemies. Your enemies might be explicit in expressing their intention or might be covertly hatching a plan to topple you down, you never know. This is the group which needs to be kept closer, closer than your friend.

    Keeping your enemies closer has two meanings: strategic and Gandhian.

    But before delving into it, one must ask the rationale behind such an approach. Isn’t that against the whole concept of enmity? In a way it is. It is different form the tradition “school level enmity” where two school kids stop talking to each-other because they had
    a small fight. The approach we are talking here is more grown up, more subtle and more dangerous.

    The enemies we are talking about are different from school kids. Hence one must be careful in reading them. They originate due to various reasons. There is always a power struggle ongoing; there is a constant pull and push ongoing. The coalition of actors creates a vortex where folly and friends roam alike. Who will turn hostile and become destructible becomes unpredictable in such scenario. Hence a proactive approach is needed to keep oneself safe from future shocks.

    Now we will go back to the two approaches, Strategic and Gandhian.

    Strategic is taking a competitive advantage. This is diplomatic interpretation of personal relations. You get closer to your enemies to know their SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities, threat).This helps is predictable assessment and one can make an informed decision. It helps in understanding the enemies’ motives and their next big move. At individual level strategic approach can be seen in corporate office politics, professional rivalry, within political parties, proving majority in house or passing a non-confidence motion etc. At a macro level two hostile countries can turn the table by planting their secret agents in the other countries. Recent technology also helps in this which we will deal later.

    The other approach is Gandhian. This is one step ahead of strategic approach and in a way can complement it.Here aim is to reform the enemy (and by that logic reform yourself). Make a change of hearts and end the problem forever. The basic premises for this
    approach are re-conciliation, mutual respect and understanding of each-other’s needs. At the same time it is based on persistence, tolerance and needs a magnanimous heart. Hence what Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi did by making a surprise visit to Pakistan to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif would be a mixture of strategic and Gandhian. The traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan can go on for centuries. To make a change, mere strategic approach won’t be sufficient. It needs to be complemented by Gandhian approach, both by India and Pakistan. This will ultimately lead to change of heart.

    These two methods we discussed have been used disproportionately in the recent past. Strategic approach has been more dominating than Gandhian approach.

    World War 2 started in 1939. United Kingdom (UK) and France have been blamed for this war because they followed an “appeasement policy”. This encouraged Hitler who later gets closer to Russia. The signing of Soviet-German pact was a blow to UK and France. Hitler got closer to his enemies, here in this case Russia. One can see the “self-interest” , “pride” , “strategy” , “competitive advantage” etc. in such acts.

    Post WW2 USSR and USA engulfed in a long cold war. “Keep your enemies closer” was manifested in Berlin crisis, Cuban missile crisis, Korean war etc. These were essentially an attempt to get the “geographical advantage” from where one can keep a vigil on their enemies. Hence this was again strategic in nature.

    Certain technological inventions have helped in this approach. Today using GPS and satellite Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) can co-ordinate a high level military operations in Yemen or can keep a watch on movement of top IS and Al-Qaeda leaders. Apart from the military application the civilian application of GPS also adds to this purpose. GPS is controlled by US military which they can manipulate during war to get advantage. This is one of the reasons whey India wants to have its own navigation system (India’s IRNSSS navigation system).

    There is another tool: internet. Most of the internet servers are located in US. This has been misused by US to carry out specific cyber snooping in many countries. NSA’s phone tapping, PRISM programme and Snowden revelation are events in the similar series.

    This reflects the fact that history has been evidence of “keep your friends close but enemies closer” principle. At the same time the approach has been strategic which needs to be augmented with Gandhian approach. The mixed approach will bring a better end. One should not aim for temporary solution but for a permanent end. An end is permanent when it has a closure. Closure comes with change in minds, it comes with great sacrifice. It also involves melting away of egos and shedding of the destructive pride. This is where enemies vanish and turn friends. This is where world should move in.

    • Gladiator

      good work, please review mine!

      • Sepoy No 1446

        within a minute,you reviewed my essay. Great work!!

        • Gladiator

          Didn’t review exactly. An outline was read and conceptualized. Good work on that. I was reading yours only, will give thorough suggestions for sure. You can read mine and grill me as well, thanks!

          • Sepoy No 1446

            Ok, no problem. Will do.Don’t worry. Give me sometime.

    • Batman

      Hi Sepoy, good to see you here, mostly I have seen your writings on IASBaba. Anyways, coming to your essay:
      1)you essay starts on a negative note
      2)loved the way you took it to next level and didn’t limit to “school kid” and expressed why such rivalries devvelop
      3)good use of examples
      4)I think you just stressed one part of topic i.e. “keeping enemies closer” but “keeping friends close” doesn’t found mention
      Thanks!
      Please have a look at my essay too 🙂

    • sankar

      hey sepoy
      you have well intrepreted the quotes but what
      my approach is that we must outsmart our enemy but enemy is not fight with.

      Actually, i read an intrepretation of this quote on google
      good work.

    • why_so_serious?

      I really liked reading yur essay from the start till the end. It is an interesting read, N i certainly need to adopt that from u. Just one thing to ask, If I haven’t read gandhian philosophy or startegic philo, say may be I don’t include these terms, would it make my essay less philosophical? Just a thought.

      No critic as of now, but it would be helpful for me if u could review mine and suggest improvements sir 🙂

      • Sepoy No 1446

        Its alright. There is no need to include this. There is no fix rule in essay. But what is needed is a bit of structure.To be On the track is the most essential need( which is not an easy task).

        Also I didn’t use any fancy word, Gandhian and strategic are just my self made words, one doesn’t need to study them separately, u already know these things.

        U adopt a framework to explain something, thus unanalyzable and make a point. This is one of the way u to handle an essay.This is what I did.

        I will review urs, give me sometime.

    • Kindle

      Very good content and some out of the box ideas especially Gandhian approach..i learned something new from this..
      Only thing i didn’t like was the start of your essay (Ist para in particular)..it is very mediocre as compared to the rest of the essay..
      Also i believe you could have included some historical Indian anecdotes/examples, for instance, the policy of Akbar towards rajputs etc… and some philosophy from political treatises (The prince, Arthashastra)..

      • Sepoy No 1446

        thanks for this candid review, i learned few things from ur review,thnx,

  • Rishi

    Please Review

  • Prerna saxena

    Human society is complex which encompasses friends and enemies:- Friends are the ones who always comes to your rescue in bad times and keep on supporting you in crisis -economically,socially,emotionally,or in any other way while enemy which always seeks an opportunity to drag you down and makes your life complicated .The statement “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” if one opted it in letter and spirit ,he may conquer the world with ease.Friends and Enemies are universal institution since time immemorial and have demonstrated their importance occasionally.closeness with enemy clandestinely provide you an opportunity to address his grievances if required or avail an opportunity to get advance on his moves or thoughts to ripe the benefits arises from circumstances.

    TO trace the roots of “friends” and “enemies” lets go back into our past ,when human society was simple ,hunting and gathering human have no permanent settlement and needs each others cooperation in procuring food, which creates bonhomie and cordial relations between them and laid the foundation of friendship among them.But as the society and culture developed human started making settlement and rivalry has started not only with outsiders but with in their bands.our culture which varies from society to society has developed over millions of years and we have achieved various milestones in this journey to make life easy and safe but human has never been isolated from “friends” and “enemies”.

    since friends and enemies are found universally and human being has demarcated boundaries to averse any bickering with outsiders and started living peacefully .But still friends and enemies are there within the society and outside their society for various reasons like economic,political etc. For instance with in society ,which is divided into various segments and since we are not egalitarian society ,so each one striving their goals for aggrandizement of their family(segment) over others various sphere of life i.e economic, political ,social etc. In pursuance of this one may get supporter as friends and rivals as enemies .Friends will support you but if one keep on bickering with his enemy rivals he might not only degrade his opportunities to strive better but also has its impact on his health. On other side cordial relation with enemy helps him not only avoiding bickering but also avail an opportunity in knowing his plans and his future moves and by interpreting those one can easily modify his own plans without loosing much.for example Metro service for commuters perceived as rivals to auto drivers in Delhi at the time of its inception but now both are complimenting each other for not only public good but also for auto drivers as now they have specific places(stations) from where they have to board their customers. Although both modes are rivals but since its closeness of auto drivers with metro services which is providing them better uninterrupted customers but if autos would have treated it in other ways (boycott) of metro customers to bring the metro to halt ,it will have negative impact on their on economic as well as social life.

    In the context of outside world,various societies are driven by different interest and sometimes comes into conflict with each other which results in loss of humanity.Like after WW2 world was divided into 2 blocks and every country seeking alliance for safe guarding their interest in bi polar world, resulted division of world into group of friends and group of enemies.Besides some state has given patronage to non state actors to pursue proxy wars with their enemy country.In this pursuit central Asia has become the biggest arena , various not state actors has emerged which started backfiring on their masters.

    For instance it is widely believed that Osama Bib Laden was the creation of USA but he backfired on them as 9/11 attack on world trade center. which prompt USA to invade central Asian countries and they haunt down him from Pakistan .But even after knowing that Pakistan has given shelter to his enemy USA still continues with its aid to Pakistan ,which ought to be turned as enemy for USA after Osama’s encounter.USA’s closeness for Pakistan is to keep a check on terrorist activities which are mushrooming their and to averse any future attack on it from non state actor.

    Another example in global context recent coalition between Russia and USA to reinstate stability in Syria ,both nations are enemies and USA has Imposed many sanctions against Russia but still they both came close so that they can safeguard their interest in the disguise of coalition in the Syria.However if they could have not opted for coalition it might resulted in prolonging of humanity crises pervading in central Asia.

    Similarly India’s closeness with Pakistan which seems to be on the track after long while with recent bonhomie created by surprise visit of PM Modi to Pakistan could be better way to tackle and resolve the various issues.issues .So one may have many friends to support him and to overcome difficulties but if one bring his enemy closer ,it might be possible that the difficulties and problems which would have arises, might would not arises and if arises can be resolved with ease and without any bickering between them.
    so one can say friends are there to make you happy and play a supportive role in your life but its the closeness with enemy which brings the real satisfaction in one’s life by averting the complications before their arrival..

    • Prerna saxena

      @[email protected]_NJNwmoeG76:disqus any suggestion??

    • why_so_serious?

      “clandestinely”… Try not using such words. I mean it’s so uncommon and the examiner would be the last person to look for in the dictionary. Let the essay be as easy a read as it can be.

      The intro was good. good command of language in the first para, and good way to start.

      The second point, even though you included an example, it seemed as if it is a continuation of the first para. You could more justice in the way of connecting it to the theme.

      I next para, the anomaly you used is outstanding. I really loved that. But this anomaly is very hypothetical. I mean, one cannot imagine auto drivers ” to boycott” those who travel metros. Is it logical?

      The rest of the paras are good. But it seems a bit one sided + more of an IR issue. Try to include different angles and also different perspectives. Yu need to add a philosophical aspect to this.

      See, in the last para, yu included “India=pakistan”(in a way) but then again the conclusion started. The conclusion should be self explanatory.

      Overall, I liked reading the essay. It was a good read, but try different angles, may be some examples, and always try to give a critical part of the topic.
      ATB 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        will keep in mind..:) and auto walas has protested at the time of inception of metro thats why i have opted for this example.. thanks for suggestions..:)

        • why_so_serious?

          Okay. I didn’t know this. But this surely is illogical according to me. Anyways, sorry if that hurt you.

          • Prerna saxena

            not at all , help me improving in future..(y)

    • Batman

      Hi Prerna, my views:
      1)liked the way u started and gave background about rise of friends and foes
      2)next para does explain ur understanding but after that you content has just examples and there is little analysis
      3)new dimensions added in conclusion: avoid it
      rest looks good but you can improve it 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        thanks..:))

    • Operation Writing

      i have written my first essay today…. so don’t know much

      1. I thing u in earlier paragraph u focus on how enemy and friend were created.. which i feel is not required

      2.Instead, u should focus on theme of the quote more like in example of metro-auto drive

      3.ur example of metro-auto driver is really innovative i like it
      yes ur essay is interesting to read
      KWAR.. 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        ahhh thanks for review but before hitting nail on the head i think we need to give background about the theme and than its present relevance in my opinion ..because its like not gs answer we need to stick to structure or you can say a frame … correct me if m wrong..:)) and keep writing ATB 🙂

        • Operation Writing

          okz….thats good thing… i think i miss on this.

  • Himaanshu

    The moment I read the given statement a long list of people with their faces started flashing in front of my eyes and my mind started to label those people as friends, normal friends, just friends, special friends so and so forth. In few moments I realized that I have a long list of friends but when it comes to enemy I have none. So, for the next thirty seconds I was searching for an enemy so that he could contribute me in finishing my writing. In middle of this dilemma a question arose in mind that who is my friend and whom I would call an enemy. Any one with whom I feel connected and comfortable will define the former and opposite to this will define the later. No, its not that simple. I realized that I have to change my search engine and moved to heart from mind. So, heart said my friend is someone who is always with me when I need the most, one who motivates me, one who inspires me, who shows me the right path, who helps in differentiating between right and wrong, who celebrate my success and hold me when I am down. So, who is enemy then? Anyone who does exact opposite to what my friend does is my enemy. Now, the question arise that whether I have friends or not? Yes, I do. But none of them have all the qualities except one. So, after all these brain and heart storming I could figure out that ‘I’ myself is my friend. And same applies when it comes to enemy. ‘I’ am the enemy of myself. Both a friend and an enemy reside in me only.

    The next question is how and why I should consider myself as my friend. Lets go back to the definition of friendship I wrote earlier. So, there I said that a friend is someone who is always with me when I need the most. I truly believe in this aspect of friendship. In everyones life there comes a time when he/she needs someone to rely, someone to share and someone to ask. People who are lucky gets the required friend many at times, people having more luck will get that friend most of the time but there is hardly any person who will get that friend every time. There comes a friend who reside within you and always ready to help whenever you are in need. Second aspect is motivation and inspiration. During my early school days once while preparing for half marathon I was very anxious and than my teachers and friends helped me a lot they motivated me to run without thinking about the result. I ran well initially but mid way I felt that I won’t be able to even finish the race forget about about winning it. I still remember the thoughts running through my mind and the fight I was fighting within me. Those were the moments when I found a friend within me who inspired me to run, who motivated me to finish the race and who killed all the negative thoughts in between me and my target.

    At very early stage of my life I realized that I have a friend who is and will be always with me when I would be fighting my battle. At later stage of my life when I entered my professional career I used to handle various projects and deals there I had to meet different people. Once while trying for a big project I got stuck and asked my seniors for help. With good intentions they gave me advice to use some manipulation in order to get the target. I listened to them properly but the friend inside me asked me to make my own way and do my job without manipulation and tricks. I succeeded in getting the project and that too by being truthful and honest to my client, company and my company. That day I realized that the friend within me is much capable of showing me the right path and differentiating between right and wrong.

    What is the need of keeping this friend close to me and how I can keep him close? Need of keeping this friend close to me has been proven several times in my life. When I have no one I have this friend of mine. Its always advisable to look within yourself and talk to yourself because almost every answer lies within you. You can’t have others to help you every time and if you does than its not necessary that they would be able to fully understand your situation and show you the right path. When I try to find out the traits of my friend I figure out that courage, patience, hard work, character are some of the positives possess. Its important to identify your strengths and use them positively in your life. One must keep his/her strengths very close to him/her. One must should always try to work upon them. Like in my case I know my friends within me and I always talk to them, I always try to establish a connection with them. For this I give time to myself in form of meditation, jogging, singing, writing so on and so forth. All these activities keeps your inner friends close to you and don’t require external friendships.

    When it comes to enemy than also one must not need to find it outside they are also within us. In my case my enemies are my habits, anger, impulsiveness etc. With the age I developed certain bad habits like regular smoking, regular parties, hanging here and there without any purpose etc. These habits were my enemies who were not only killing my time but also my physical and economical good being. And the irony is that they all resided within me. My anger and impulsive nature expanded the list of my enemies. It was because these traits I worsened some situations which could be handled in a better manner. However, with the help of my friends outside and more importantly friends inside I was able to fight with my enemies and made them so weak that now they hardly control my life and my decisions. But still these enemies exists within me and I never try to keep them away from me because if I do than I would loose control over them. Things closer to you can be easily controlled than the things which are far way.

    As I have already identified my friends and enemies it becomes easier for me to control them. I prefer keeping my these friends close to me because they realize me that how important, special, different and strong I am and how I can use my these friends/strengths in becoming a better human being in coming times. But at the same time I don’t allow these friends to come so close to me that they occupy my mind and close it for further development. I prefer a distance with my these friends so I that I always try to fill this distance with positivity and goodness without being stagnant. When it comes to enemies I think more about them than my friends. I believe keeping your enemies closer to you allows you to monitor them, to control them, and to direct them accordingly. Like in my case I always try to figure out the ways to deal with my enemies like habits, anger etc. One must make sure that every friend or enemy within him/her is rowing his/her boat and not drilling holes when he/she is not looking. And that will only happen when you love your friends/strengths and watch your enemies/weaknesses.

    • Sepoy No 1446

      Unconventional! I liked it.

      Examiner loves off the beat interpretations of an abstract topic. Good essay.

      • sankar

        sepoy bhai
        mera rvw kar do
        mai thodi der appka rvw karoonga

        • Sepoy No 1446

          Done. Check!

      • Himaanshu

        Thanks buddy,… If reader liked it writer enjoy it 🙂

    • sankar

      plz rvw mine
      l will rvw after sometimes

    • Isha

      What I can really conclude after reading whole essay is I am writing below as a review. Ignore it if u feel I am not correct and do let me know also- correcting my line of thot!
      1- U emphasized about keeping friends closer in life in ’bout 3/4th body of the essay- friend within u, friends outside- who helped u every time whenever u needed them because u maintained close connection with them.
      2. The moment u started talking about keeping enemies closer- second last para- u restricted it to ur own bad habits. Though that connection was well explained but I think providing some more examples would have done more justice to the topic.
      3. In last para too, u emphasized upon keeping friends closer to tackle with enemies.
      4. U maintained amazing flow throughout- I need to learn this!! I am just toooooo bad here.
      5. Start was really good. I thot u will connect it with enemies concept but u turned the other way round.
      See, I am no goo essay reviewer or writer. I have no experience either. But this is what I felt after reading. I may be wrong in high probability. Do correct me then.

      • Himaanshu

        1- agree
        2- I realized the same while having first reading of my answer.
        3- I think last one is balanced. But if as a reader you feel that it again tilted towards one aspect only than I must accept it and I do accept your observation.
        4- Thanks dear. It was my first essay attempt…
        5- Ya agree I should have opted a balanced approach. Will surely try to improve next week.

        You seems a new participant here but the kind of review you gave you look like a very keen observer and a mature reviewer. Thanks for the reading 🙂

        • Isha

          Yeah, I am quite new to answer writing. Wse about today’ topic, I have no idea what to write. So I decided to gain some while reading others and looks like I ended up criticizing your’ 😛
          Do critically review my answers if u find any on secure 😀
          Keep writing and reviewing 🙂

          • Himaanshu

            haha,… I would prefer keeping my critics closer to me. But to be very honest the concerns raised by you are very valid. I felt the same after having first look to my writing. Thanks Isha 🙂

            • Isha

              U are always welcome 🙂

            • Isha

              Hey Himaanshu! Happy new year!
              I need a favour from you. Can you please review my essay for yesterday’ topic? You have plenty of time till next sunday but please have a look at it! And I think u have not written on the topic provided yesterday, no? If u did, let me know I’ll provide some insights (though not as critical as the last one :P)

              • Himaanshu

                Happy new year to you too Isha. May this year brings lots of success and happiness in your life.
                And yes I would love to read your essay but it will take some time off course not more than a week. I did not attempt this week’s essay or any other thing to ask for review. Little bit busy with few things. Will surely restart attempting answers and essays again than your review is a “MUST” 🙂

                • Isha

                  Of course, I will.

                  And take ur time, it’s not that urgent 🙂 I’ll patiently wait for a critical review 😀

      • Dexter Morgan

        Bro ur definitions to enemy and friend !! Your first paragraph I became fan of urs and flow is too good but in 5th para aren’t u contradicting the essay statement by telling friends helped to leave bad habits who are enemies inside me ?? U should prove enemies help us in growing !! May be ur thought is correct but ur explanation not showing it !! Otherwise nice one !! Review mine if possible !! 🙂 thank you 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        hey ISHa , can u please review mine?

        • Isha

          Sure, I will 🙂

      • OK

        Isha. please review mine as well. I will review yours.

        • Isha

          I will for sure, but you are free today as I haven’t attempted the topic 😛

    • why_so_serious?

      ” I myself am my friend”
      Correct this.
      Took a lot of words to tell the meaning of the words. Was worth my interest, but nor worth in the exam.(My personal views)

      The write-up is very good, very unique and very interesting. U have touched upon the theme in most of the paras and with flow. Well done.

      But I am afraid this is one-dimensional. Yu could include examples from IR, history, polity, economics etc. That wud fetch u the most marks.

      But I liked reading each part of it. Please do review mine when U have time 🙂

      • Himaanshu

        ok dear,… ya agree I should have adopted a multi dimensional approach. Next time I won’t disappoint you bro 🙂

    • sankar

      good work, Himanshu
      but it hovers around yourself but diversified approach is nice
      i agree with Isha
      plz rvw mine dost

      • Himaanshu

        sure bro 🙂

    • Batman

      Hi Himanshu,
      1)a very philosophical approach, liked it!
      2)evaluation of this essay would depend on personality of examiner. Some may feel that it lacks multidimensionality because it was restricted to you only (though I respect the approach u followed), so won’t say much on this one
      Rest look good to me!

      • Himaanshu

        Thanks buddy,.. Reviewed 🙂

    • NIRVANA

      *PERFECT!*
      Well written dude!

      • Himaanshu

        Thanks buddy 🙂

    • Dexter Morgan

      Bro ur definitions to enemy and friend !! Your first paragraph I became fan of urs and flow is too good but in 5th para aren’t u contradicting the essay statement by telling friends helped to leave bad habits who are enemies inside me ?? U should prove enemies help us in growing !! May be ur thought is correct but ur explanation not showing it !! Otherwise nice one !! Review mine if possible !! 🙂 thank you 🙂

    • sree

      plss review himanshu

      • Himaanshu

        SURE 🙂

        • sree

          thanq

    • yogi

      i cannot judge whether ur interpretation of the given quote is right or wrong , but i loved it ,
      u took a very unique stand and backed them with personal experiences,
      flow was very nice and frankly speaking this was one of those few essays where i did not get bored while reading
      just one doubt:-
      “But still these enemies exists within me and I never try to keep them away from me because if I do than I would loose control over them. Things closer to you can be easily controlled than the things which are far way”” how do u do that , i will also try 😛

      plz review mine as well.:)

    • Operation Writing

      i have written essay first time today..so with little know how
      1.from start u focus extremely on ur friend part….and make reader feels that ur friend is all for u
      2.Then u in last abruptly says.. ” I don’t allow these friends to come so close to me that they occupy my mind” with little explanation..seem to me awkward …
      3.u should i think equally focus on enemy part.
      Rest ur handwriting style (flow) is really good..i like it bro

    • Ash

      Hii Himanshu! 🙂

      1. But none of them have all the qualities except one. Iska matlab nahi samajh aaya.. 🙁

      2. To rely upon or rely on… Don’t leave rely just like that…

      3. Thoda aa English idar udar hai… Jaise : With age not with the age… This could be a typo… I would say have a habit of revising… Exam mein it helps! 🙂

      4. Loved the way you put this :
      Things closer to you can be easily controlled than the things which are far way.
      I was wondering how will you justify keeping enemy proximity.. And Boom! Smart! 🙂

      5. they realize me = make me realize

      6. Second last para a Lil drag… Repetition of things… Use a better conclusion…

      7. Vivekananda believes to tame and control your mind and it’s enemies… Anger and stuff… We should focus on them… Give them time.. Let them play with your mind but with a strong will power… With a strong determination you can defeat these…

      8. You could talk of how to make your enemies your friends also… This would be reformative… 🙂

      P.S. Mr Rawat is a very simple and nice person… I like your thinking… Simple words you’ve said a lot… I have no critical views.. For a write up like this I just have respect… You’ve poured out what you feel… No manipulation… No extra decoration… Good! You’re a simple person.. Keep it up! 🙂

      • Himaanshu

        1- except myself, my friends my strength
        2nd and 3rd – ya some mistakes and some typo. Actually wrote this in one go. Thanks for pointing out these mistakes it will help a lot in a longer run.
        4- thanks
        5- mistake accepted
        6- sure
        7- Point well taken dear. Referring Vivekananda or some other eminent personality will surely add gravity to the writing.
        8- Agree

        Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,………. just a little thanks for the additional appreciation 🙂

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      Bhai critical review:
      1. Flow and structure is good but had some big paras make it short and readable.
      2. Essay is something which should be generic stating world perspective and in contrast your was on one theme that is “I” so that is a flaw.
      3.uni Dimensional ..make multi dimensional as an IAS we should be bothered of worldly issues not philosophical on much extent.
      4. Content consolidation used big statements to describe small words and to provide justification to them you could cut short it.
      5. Introduction paras were as bad as good of conclusion. Conclusion was really superb.

      Multi dimensional hotha tho ap ka essay maja ajatha tha over all 60/125

      • Himaanshu

        1- agree
        2- There is no thumb rule for writing a good essay. Waise I would also prefer writing multi dimensional essay but won’t hesitate in experimenting and taking risk if I feel confident about it.
        3- agree
        4- ya today it was a issue with me
        5- Honestly, I loved my intro para more than the whole essay. 🙂

        Thanks bro for this critical review. This was my first attempt on essay writing. Hope will improve in coming weeks 🙂

      • Batman

        bhai mera bhi review krdo, tumhara gussa shant ho jaega 😛

      • Night Fury

        Can you review my essay too ? Please 🙂 Thanks!!

      • yogi

        can u plz review mine..:)

    • Night Fury

      Hi Himanshu..
      I liked your way of writing, it’s different!! and interesting to read too! I didn’t feel bore..
      Your perspective is totally different.. You centered it around enemy within and a friend within.. now it depends on the examiner’s way of thinking… I f he liked ur approach then this essay may fetch u highest marks.. and if he is “sanki” and wants multiple dimensions then this way of writing may backfire..
      You write well (philosophical approach and it’s good! )
      We’ll improve with time and practice 🙂
      Thank you ! 🙂

      • Himaanshu

        Hey Fury…

        Thanks for the review friend. If the reader find the writing interesting than it means more than half of the objective is achieved. Rest is debatable that whether the examiner will like the essay or not? Anyways, lets give our best and keep learning from each other ….

        • Night Fury

          Yes buddy ! that is the best way out 🙂

    • sheetu singh

      Finally i m here.
      Starting is better bt aesa laga ki ek hi pahlu tha only i .and word who kuch jyada nhi ho gaya
      Over all gud bt examples from diff sides esko aur b better bana dete
      Today i think first time u did so chalega
      Nice flow .keep witing .and sorry may i m wrong .maa personal opinion only .

      • Himaanshu

        Don’t be sorry Sheetu. If I accept appreciation than I must be ready to take and appreciate critical reviews by my fellow aspirants like you. Well, today my essay got very mixed feedbacks. Some loved it, some liked it, for some it was ok ok, some was confused and some totally rejected the idea. In nutshell I may say that there is a big scope of uncertainty and I must avoid such experiments. Thanks again,.. Will read and review your answers tomorrow 🙂

        • sheetu singh

          Actually dar lag raha tha krte hue .bt a gud start for sure 🙂 thankx i ll wait for ur critics .

          • Himaanshu

            Relax… We all are for learning 🙂

      • yogi

        can u plz review mine i will review yours ..:)

        • sheetu singh

          ll try if time permits me

          • yogi

            PLz do, at your convenience

    • niti

      first essay reviewed by me so donot be serious, my personal views
      1. nice flow. simple language and feels like u have put your heart on the paper. but the point to be noted that mind is missing and thus does not give us a multidimentional view( include IR)
      2. it is more about you..overuse of “I”
      3. paras could have been shorter
      4.conclusion is very good..but try a different approach in intro
      5. i enjoyed the essay…some of the sentences are as good that i read them twice..:D

      • Himaanshu

        Your personal views are worth considering 🙂

        1- Thanks. Yes I missed other dimensions
        2- Ya agree…
        3- hmmmmmm
        4- To be very honest I liked my intro thn conclusion … But ur views are well taken
        5- If reader enjoys the writing than half of the objective is achieved. Remaining half will be achieved in next writing 🙂

        Thanks 🙂

        • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

          Hi himanshu,can u giv me ur email id?? I want to contact u

          • Himaanshu

            sure… its [email protected]

            • CoNSiStEnT…!!!

              Thank you frnd…!!

              • Himaanshu

                ma pleasure Prachi 🙂

  • Smart Work

    Kindly review

  • Smart Work

    kindly review. pg no. is written on top of the pages..

  • sankar

    Plz rvw frnds

    Taking a view on the quote, One can say that we must have a very close relationship to our friend so that we can acknowledge his strength and weakness. And after being so familiar, when he thinks its normal, the we will strike on him heavily. But the connotation is utterely false, there is no place for such type of thinking, act and perception about this quotation. What this quotation imparts us is a virtue of learning from our friends. It teaches us to understand some pholosophies before enduring them firsthand. This quote means more Buddhist(peace) and a little vengeful. How to deal with the enemy?, How to work on our weakness, How to overcome the hurdles in the life?, What ways should we adopt to remove social evils, poverty, crime etc.
    Let’s start to know further how it means in real sense?
    After completing a law, Gandhiji got a proposal to plead a case of Gujarati merchant in Africa. He accepted it and went Africa. On the way, despite possessing a first class A/C ticket, he was forced to leave this compart, the reason was that he was a black man. He resisted, then what to next he was thrown away from the running railway. While he was pleading, he came to know the attrocities done by the white against the Black, he had nothing to do with this attrocities. At that time, He might come back but he decided to fight against them. The road was not easy, to mobilse people in Africa. He often met with comment, ‘ Habsi’ or ‘Dog’ on the way. He was so kind that instead of changin the way, he continued to go ahead and politely asked the white to give way. In this mission he succeded in Africa. What did he get in this struggle, wat that he learnt the way, method, means to deal with the colonial. He learnt to know the nature and behaviour of the colonial ruler and the western people.
    Coming India, he was met with warm welcome for the success in Africa. He was proposed to be a part of struggle against the British empire. Meanwhile he was advised to visit first India and know about What is India?, How is India and Who are Indian?. On this journey, he was approached by some group of farmers led by Raj Kumar Shukla in Bihar. He briefed the attrocities of farmers due to forceful cultivation of Indigo. He decided to fight against the colonial tyranny against farmers. In this war he won again.
    Now, He successfuly adressed the issue of Kheda and Ahmdaba. In this endeaver, he learnt the most important thing was that with love, truth and being non-violence any kind of war or struggle can be won. Hence he gave the mantra of ‘TRUTH and NON-VIOLENCE. The very mantra continued to the principle of his struggle. Withing a few years, there was an inhumane tragedy occured in India that was ‘the massacre of Jaliawala Bag’. Despite this tragedy, he chose to be frinedship and requested the British administration to punished the accussed of massacre. During the same period, there was cry aginst the British empire for insulting the Caliphate by not fulfilling the promise of the WWI. After getting no positive response against the massacre, he decided to launch, ‘ Non-Cooperation Movement’. Further, every time before big movement such CDM, Quit India Movement, He extended a hand of friendship but he met with negative response. But he never stopped to make enemy. This hindrance on every step, make him and national movement so strong that oneday India got independence. Only this attitude of making enemy friends and learn how to deal with them made him ‘Mahatama’
    Unfortunately, our independence was not peaceful and pleasant because India was separated into two dominion viz India and Pakistan. This resulted into four wars between both the nation. In this period, after every war, India proposed a hand of friendship to Pakistan but It was met with terrot attact or other negative results. But India was not sinked down, rather every such difficulties India emergered as more strong.
    Similary India has been facing many internal problems. In the 1960s, From the condition of ‘ship to mouth’ India successfully Placed itself as a net exporter of food grains. It also happens in the allied sectors such as Milk production, horticultre etc. The enemy of India in the form of diseases such as smoll pox, polio etc although suppressed India for many years but India did not subdued, rather strongly fought to win the war. In this sense, this is not only fight against it but it forced India to seek the ways to do away with properly that is India what we see today. At this junctur, India is one of the bright star in the galaxies of the world.
    In the same way, the principle of this quote has universal rapport. Seeing the turmoil after the WWII, when the major power were divided into group and fight against each other. This resulted disturbance, attrocities, massacre and violation of human rights etc. After that what happened, the countries of the two block realized that the war is not a option so they embraced each other and resulted in peaceful existence, mutual respect to each other. In this course of action too, they devised ways and means to develop or prosper. Thus again coming closer to enemy lead to the existence of peaceful world. This resulted in many organisation such as WB and UN. Later, it followed the majority of unification such as the formation of EU, the unification of Germany etc.
    Next to it, although in negative approach but a similar unification is happening. The earlier so many militant faction fighting against each other to come into existence. But, due to vested or self-confessed of fighting of the west power against the anarchist rulers of the middle east, West and Central asian countries, had sown the seed of growing most notorious terrorist groups such as Taliban, AQ, ISIS and Boko Haram. Further intervention causing affiliation and unification of such groups against. What have these terrorists group learn to unite and fight together western power.
    So, Keeping the aforesaid issues into consideration. It is said that we must have enemy. But our virtue is not to attack or kill the enemy, rather we should learn to know our weakness. We should make ourselves strong by working on our weakness. We must forgive our enemies but not forget what he did with us. It does not mean that we remember it for taking revenge, rather to work our problems, challenges and weak point.
    It is better to have an enemy than a ‘frenemy’. An enemy point out your weakness. He compels us to find the way to survive. He makes us engaged to go ahead, make us competitior, makes us active, makes us cautious, makes us responsible and make us prompted and obssessed with our goals. He gives us power, enegy, courage, endurance, determination, faith and becomes a company in the path of success.

    • Sepoy No 1446

      I think you have wrongly interpreted the quote.

      Though the dimensions you have explored are noble and wide ranging, but a little off the topic.

      I think you were showing “primacy of enemies over friends in absolute terms”,the essay wants to show it in strategic terms. Friends are not to be downplayed,rather focus to be on how to outsmart the enemies. A little bit of different interpretation you have.

      Nevertheless you have done great in explaining your position.Since its an abstract topic and is open to interpretation your approach also might not be wrong. But to me it looked a little bit off-the track.

      • sankar

        thanks dost
        my perception is that enemy is not only to fight but we should see them as competitior of our life and try to outsmart them and in the end, we reach the pennacle of our your carreer
        any way thanks your rvw
        now i am going to rvw

    • why_so_serious?

      Bhai, iss baar waale me Gandhi ka point kuch zyada hi hogaya.

      the second part of the essay me u said India’s biggest enemies was the diseases spreading(social security on a whole)… to fir is enemy ko apan close kyu rakhe????

      WW2 samjha mujhe. baaki sab smjh aaya. Conclusion could have been improved to a large extent. I mean it feels like certain mixed ideas not coming out clearly.

      Nice attempt, previous one was better. ATB 🙂

      • sankar

        thanks
        agreed

    • Batman

      Hi Sankar,
      1)It looked like a commentary on poor India where Gandhi ji came out like a hero but the connection with theme was missing
      2)you filled it with examples and stories but didn’t analyze well
      3)your point about winning enemy by keeping him close is good
      4)conclusion involves the concept of ‘fenemy’ which doesn’t found mention in above paras
      overall, this one needs serious improvement!!!

      • sankar

        thanks bro
        agreed

    • FinalAttempt

      bro although u wrote good essay but i found some main theme for the essay is missing..
      try to add multi dimensional and different prespectives like different relations of friend nd enemy of world,biology, politics ,science etc..

      • sankar

        agree bro
        thanks a lot
        surely will keep in mind your rvw

    • Isha

      1. Intro was not catchy, missing flow too. Avoid grammatical mistakes- examiners are too keen to find these and take revenge (awarding low marks :P). Keep writing and u will improve.
      2. Gandhi ji’ example- too much stretched- u went off-track and started writing about the whole history part- relevance was not justified at the end of example.
      3. Examples are put forth haphazardly- take time to frame essay first. We are writing here to practice. So, take ur time. Initially it would take too much time to frame. But ur essay would then be more structured.
      4. Keep reading and writing- we are here to learn and avoid the mistakes done here, later.
      All the best. Sorry for being too much critical!

      • sankar

        thank
        welcome

    • yogi

      Dost, if i m not wrong u are trying to explain the quote by picking life of Gandhiji, ie. how he emulated the quote in his life,
      But you have gone too deep into the things, like I suggested last time , keep your paras short to avoid “bhasad”
      your last essay was quite good, just keep going we all will improves, ATB..:)
      if u have not seen it plz see, may be thoda help mil jaye, (thanks to Joker Bhai)
      https://youtu.be/HOM3yGEcO3I

    • Night Fury

      Hey Sankar !
      I like that you write in a “flow” and story too was unique !
      But, try sticking to the “topic” u seemed to be off-track ..
      second half of the essay I could connect with the topic..
      try giving more examples.. (examiner may want multi-dimensional)
      Though I am too a beginner in essay writing.. just told you what I felt 🙂
      Keep writing !! that’s the only way we improve 🙂
      ATB !!

      • sankar

        thanks bhai

        • Night Fury

          Please don’t mind my words! 🙂

          • sankar

            welcome dost
            people do what you think
            cheers I don’t mind

  • Vivek Kumar Singh

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    A Famous and popular quote by Saint Kabir which befits the situation over here where he advices to keep critics or (say) enemy close, the saying is in local dialect which goes like”Nindak neeyre raakhiye ,Aangan Kuti samaye”.This one liner has deep meaning and acknowledges the benefits even in antagonists.

    Friendship and critics or antagonists a person earn through his behaviour and his behaviour in public.At times we start to see the word from the perspective of the coterie which we live in.People at times see the world in black and white shades and considers his/her opinion only beholds the truth.Such approaches often leads to counter views to emerge.Such counter views should be welcomed and appreciated and appreciated at the same time.It is owing to such views which encourages a person to view the world and its issues with fair,broad,inclusive and balanced vision.

    We at times can mildly “force” or convince our friends and dear ones to succumb to our thoughts or action without having a proper synthesis on the outcomes and proper analysis of the issue.It’s the critics and counter views which needs proper rebuttal or to be convinced when our thoughts can be said t have passed the litmus test.

    The issue is not limited to only private life of a person.People/Govt./State encounters such situation on the platform or dais wherever the scope is.In Economic policy for example we have had divergent views in India that what approach we have to approach vis-a-vis Socialist economy,capitalist economy and the leaders f the time came to conclusion that we should take a Mixed economy approach.Had it not been the counter view the govt. might have gone for full-fledged socialist approach but the accommodation of the other approach in itself signifies the beauty of consensus building.

    In International conferences for example on Climate change we see how the contentious issue and parties needs to accommodate the grievances of others while not neglecting it’s own stance.How the COP21 and Paris conference ended on a positive note.We as a society and earth diaspora are evolving and giving the vviews and counter views it’s proper place.

    On societal basis the things are not that smooth and sophisticated ,people many a times insist on rigidity and self-righteousness thing.We see how contentious issues between communities are aligned with the religion and other ideological thinking.Rationality is kept at bay and rhetoric and condemnation takes the centre stage.It takes a rabid rational and analytical mind to sense and appreciate both sides of the coin and then make a decision.

    Recently we saw Indian PM visited to Pakistan and people are questioning this move,but the thing is that you can’t ignore your enemy(adversaries).You need to take care of the probable next moves at the same time you need to have an image which the other side should find tough to sideline.In a game of Chess we play with the opponent we don’t see the game with our moves only it is as important to keep the other’s move in mind and play accordingly then only one can ensure to give a tough fight.

    There are many privileges to keep the enemy closer and friends close.Friends are those who are your guides and watch your back , if one keeps him very close he won’t be able to give a fair feedback abut our activities and the independence of scrutiny we deny them indirectly.They need freedom from our wrath and quizzical brow to come with a good suggestion.We in or lives learn from both from enemy we have to take the effort to squeeze out the takings and friends are those who will give solicited as well as unasked advice also.We might face competetion from our freinds also but dangers we ought to face seldom.

    Non-recognition of the views,neglect of existence have often led to the conflicts and instability in the societies.For solving any prblem we first have to acknowledge that there is one.When we identify the one we need to give a thought on the stake holers and their views.At this moment our inclusive being and sense of taking along the counter views are tested.The result of our efforts will be tested on the burner of accommodation and fairness.

    For self imprvement and evolve into a better human we need to keep the virutues of bothe the relationships.We should try to minimise the numbers of adversaries we have in our life not by mere convincing but by our acts.

    • Batman

      great to see you Vivek. How was your mains?
      will review urs essay in a while 🙂

      • Vivek Kumar Singh

        Thank u.Yeah it’s a sort of comeback :). The exam was good. Thanks in advance for the review which u will do. 🙂

    • Batman

      Hi Vivek, I think you have stressed too much on the idea that how we develop friend and enemies and the main crux of the essay starts from “There are many privileges to keep…”
      Though it is good to give background but not at the cost of main idea that you should have stressed more. Thanks!
      Please have a look at my essay too 🙂

    • skyhighambition

      Bro , its really nice to see u agn on this forum..i always like ur essays n this is no exception…keep writing 🙂

      • Vivek Kumar Singh

        Thanks… I am also glad that veteran pals are still around here.

  • Sonia mehra

    Essay= Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    This quote is attributed to Sun Tzu (400 B.C.) in “The Art of war “to Machiavelli (16th century) in “The Prince” and it’s also been quoted in the 21st century Hollywood hit “The Godfather”. This shows the importance of this sentence transcending centuries.

    Keeping an enemy closer means engaging with your enemy it could be in social, political or economic level. An enemy could be anybody or anything competing for your resources, which you don’t trust or who disagree with your perspective. Keeping an enemy closer has the benefits like: you can learn a lot from people you dislike, you can understand their perspective and interest, there are always a few interest and values that you share with your enemies and can even prevent an unexpected strike. Democracy is not the best form of governing, but it is the best available. In the 21st century there were two political ideologies which gained traction the world over, one is Communism led by Soviet Russia and the other is Democracy led by United States of America. The countries following both these ideologies never engaged with each other, now let’s take an imaginary situation were these countries would have engaged and learned from each other.

    Democracy, the economic field of which is led by capitalist ideology, where everybody follows his self interest which ultimately lead to equilibrium. This was a path breaking theory, but practically when everybody follows self interest there would be indiscipline and the result could be a less than optimal result for the society. Eg- industrial pollution. Whereas in communism there is common ownership of means of production, although here the result could be socially optimal where nobody is exploiting anyone, but here the overall economic activity or production is less, as nobody has a direct incentive to increase production. If the countries following both these ideologies have engaged then we would have enjoyed the benefits of democracy and socialism, this could be attributed to the success of China. Although in China the proportion of communism is more compared to democracy which doesn’t give sufficient freedom of expression to its citizen for there overall development. But still the hybrid ideology it is following allowed it achieve in 30 years what USA achieved in 200 years. Not only this if you dig deep enough, there are always a few interest and values that you share with your enemies.

    Here again we could quote again the example of USA and Russia, at a time when it was felt after the annexation of crimea that there could be no common interest between America and Russia, both these found a common interest in there aim to end Islamic state. Although at first USA was not comfortable with the Russian presence, but the downing of Russian aircraft in Egypt by the militants of Islamic state helped find a common ground between both the powers. Not far away in Middle east, but in our own Bihar we could find what could happen when old foes work together against a common target. It was common in Bihar politics to see RJD and JD(U) to fight against each other, but Modi wave forced them to form Mahagadh-bandhan which took their combined to all time heights. The advantages of engaging with enemy doesn’t end here, it will help you to prevent an unexpected strike.

    When you engage, you could look into the eye and body language of your enemy, which could tell you their hatred, weakness, insecurities and level of respect. India has an unpleasant experience of such engagement. Now, a mistake done in India is harmful to our agents anywhere in the world . Mistake happened when Morarji Desai then PM in 1977 called Zia Ul Haq,Pakistani Military Dictator and told him “General , i know what you are upto in Kahuta. RAW has given me all the details . And Pakistan wanted to keep Kahuta ,their Nuclear Capability a secret. In hurry, Zia Ul Haq checked all his network and our RAW agents lost their lives.

    Hence it is very important to have closer engagement with enemy, without letting one’s guard down.

    • Sonia mehra

      Only 690 words,
      Honestly speaking i felt the topic was hard and couldn’t muster much point.
      Plz review and guide as to what could be added or subtracted in the given essay.
      Thank you.

      • Wolverine

        Well Written Sonia,
        It seems you have Sociology as an optional.

        After reading your essay I feel that you only had a few things to say about the topic and tried to connect ‘what you knew’ with them.

        Please keep writing.:-)

        • Sonia mehra

          Thank you Wolverine, How was your mains?

          • Wolverine

            It was more than good.
            My hand became as fast as bullet after writing it. 🙂
            How was yours?

            • Sonia mehra

              I didn’t gave Mains this year. Good luck to you.

              • Wolverine

                Thanks Sonia.
                I wish you the same. 🙂

    • Batman

      Hi Sonia, democracy vs communism debate has been stressed too much. At times, link with the theme of essay was missing.
      include more dimensions and relevant examples from essay of others.
      Keep writing, you will surely improve!!

      • Sonia mehra

        Thank you Batman..

    • why_so_serious?

      A girl who has watched GODFATHER is like wow 😀

      The essay more or less revolves around the debate. there is not much of content from conventional examples.
      One thing I would suggest, whenever writing the examples, include each in a different para. It helps to understand well, gives ur essay a structure and fetches more marks.

      Don’t include political parties. it may fetch u the lowest marks (As pointed out by Insights the last time)

      U have started a different dimension in the conclusion. This shouldn’t be the approach. It can be improved by a large margin, but was a good read. All the best 🙂

      • Sonia mehra

        Thank you for the review serious….

        Glad to know that both of us are keeping “Godfather” closer to heart< Marlon Brando was out of this world

        • why_so_serious?

          do u know what does perfect movie mean? Yeah u guessed that right … GODFATHER 😀

          • Sonia mehra

            what does it mean?

            • why_so_serious?

              I meant GODFATHER is what I call a perfect movie… all the parts!

    • yogi

      I,being frank, did not like the bookish stuff and neither the evaluator (who are supposedly English teacher )would like communism and all that.
      I suggest you to have a look at this video which Joker Bhaiji shared two weeks
      back, hope u would not mind my criticism, I would be happy if u review mine essay, and give your suugestins, thanks: https://youtu.be/HOM3yGEcO3I

      • Sonia mehra

        Thanks for helping me to improve. I will go through the video…

    • SVSR

      I think linkage and relevance of explanation is missing……u’ve approached this topic in a different and usual manner……In my opinion, we should write these types of essays in a prose manner……

      Even I too faced this situation…………….work more….all d best…

  • Reluctantmedico

    Test comment

  • Wolverine

    Friends
    are people of same age-group who can be trusted by an Individual. Since the
    onset of the Civilization, Humans have been forming groups of like-minded
    people and otherwise. These people of similar age-groups are formed in line
    with the Human’s behavior of being Social. This Social group led to the
    development of other institutions of Society and helped it grow and develop as
    a whole. Enemies on the other hand may/may not form groups but surely are as
    important in the life of a person as the friends. Unlike Friends who help an
    individual to progress, the enemies try to get a person regress. While the
    former are mostly cooperating in their dealings, the latter are mostly
    competitive and their actions are full of envy. The Friends and the Enemies
    thus does have different functions to perform. Both of them have their utility
    and can said to be the two sides of a coin which help the individual to not
    only develop his personality and his lot but also help him to be a dynamic
    member of the Society. The Friends are necessary for an individual to discuss
    his problems and seek a path to solution for them. Though, those problems will
    remain to be solved by him only, the friends will provide him with the
    confidence to go for their solutions. This is the Psychological effect of their
    existence. The company of friends helps an individual in participating with
    them in equal proportions, develop the qualities of leadership, Social animal,
    motivation and honesty and truth in his conduct. The various events where they
    participate are Religious and Cultural events, the Skill development related
    events, Educational and other competitions etc. Such programmes and events give
    a sense of sociality to an individual and remove his Isolation. These are what
    decide the happy living of a person in a limited part of the Society.

    The
    Enemies too are helpful in confining a person to a limited part of the Society
    but unlike Friends, their motive is to restrict the individual so that they can
    maintain their position, status, ego like before. They resort to various
    practices and tactics for it which often come from the feeling of Envy and
    Jealousy primarily. Competition too play it’s part and is a major driving force
    but it’s not always that it creates a hurdle for a person and may sometimes
    result contrary to his development. While the envyful and jealousy driven
    practices may or may not be Ethical, Competition always is and helps both an
    individual and his enemy to grow and develop themselves. The various tactics
    adopted by an Enemy to subdue or make an individual fall are dealt by an
    individual with the help of his friends. Responding the X of enemy by the Y of
    self after incorporating the suggestions and recommendations made by the
    Friends is usually the Modus operandi that finds the best solution of a problem
    and facilitate the survivability of an individual. However, this approach
    requires a close look on the developments of an Enemy. The various type of
    tactics and propagandas adopted by him would not always be easy to decipher. No
    doubt, they are advised to be kept closer than the friends as being far from
    them would mean giving more room to them to act, attack and get succeed.
    Thankfully, the same is not the case with friends whose being a little far will
    not only help him to develop in more directions but will also help him to
    develop so that he can help his friend Socially, Economically and Politically
    etc. in times to come. This is in line with ‘The Core and Periphery theory’,
    where a person keeps the friends close but let them to have their own expansion
    like the Periphery and keep his Enemies close in the Core in order to avail
    himself to closely fight with them. In case of weakening of the Core, the
    periphery can help the Core to regain it’s ground.

  • Batman

    ~PLEASE REVIEW
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    In Hindu mythology, Bhasmasura was a demon who was granted the granted the power to turn any person into ashes whose head he touched with his hands. The demon wanted to check this power on Lord Shiva. This made the Lord Shiva run and he pleaded his friend, Lord Vishnu to help him. Having the power to wreak havoc on universe, Bhasmasura was also an enemy of Vishnu because he is considered as the protector of universe. Lord Vishnu heard the pleadings of Lord Shiva and appeared on the scene to help him out. Vishnu disguised himself into the role of ‘Mohini’ (a beautiful lady) and appeared before Bhasmasura. Bhasmasura was mesmerized by the beauty of mohini and made requested that he wanted to marry her. Mohini made a request that she had a wish to marry a person who could dance. Bhasmasura knew nothing about dance but wanted Mohini to teach him so that he could marry her soon. Mohini acceded and began to dance as Bhasmasura copied her. Soon Mohini kept her hand over head while dancing. Bhasmasura was so lost in Mohini that he did the same and soon his powers worked on himself and he was reduced to ashes.

    The whole story expresses the fact that keeping Lord Shiva close allowed Lord Vishnu to help his friend when he needed him the most. At the same time, Lord Vishnu kept his enemy- Bhasmasura even closer and was able to trick him and save his friend Shiva and others from the disastrous powers of Bhasmasura.

    Just like Lord Vishnu, every person has some friends and foes in his/her life and keeping them close and closer respectively has almost the similar effect as was expressed in the story. Keeping friends close allows one to help them mentally and financially
    when they need it. Life is a journey on roller coaster where there are some high and low points. The low points can’t be avoided in totality but can be handled in a way that they don’t bring you down. This is where friends are needed the most. They help you, make you understand the things better and develop an outlook towards such problems that you may not be able to see. Such an outlook and psychological need help you deal with the problem in a better manner and ultimately overcome it. This kind of help can not only be seen at personal level but also an international one. During cold war times, when India could be drawn into trouble by US, Russia-a friend came to our help and thwarted all attempts of United States on international level.

    Similarly, in times of tough financial conditions, such friends can be a true savior. They appear with monetary assistance and bail us out from the conditions. Money is an instrument that is required even for living a simple life and its dearth has the potential to create a domino effect whereby a person may get deprived of food, his/her children may not be able to attend school or he/she may not be able to travel to the places of work. But keeping friends close help one to ensure that such conditions can be kept in check. On an international level, Greece keeping the friends of Europe close to it ensured that they could come forward and help her to bail
    out from tough fiscal conditions which were otherwise defeating the objective of social welfare that every country intends.

    Apart from such kind of assistance, such friends also allow one to develop his/her personality. Keeping them close allows one to communicate the views and getting feedback on same ultimately leading to a point of consonance among the views of friends and hence a deep relationship. At the same time, such friends helps one diversify the channels of communication as they become conduits for meeting new persons and hence helping one to express more and learn more from others.

    Thus, keeping friends close ultimately allow one to develop a better relationship with them. But keeping the enemies even closer also has some benefits. Such an attitude allows one to keep tab on adversary activities/tactics of the enemies and hence thwarting the same. China and Pakistan keep on intruding into the India boundary but still India has kept them close to her through economic and diplomatic relations in order to keep them in check. Despite Pakistan’s adventurism, India has been collaborating with her through different organizations or forums like Heart of Asia and SAARC. Similar is the case with China where India is inching close to her through Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS.

    However, enemies may not always be making plans to affect adversely. They are also the one who have their grievances against us. Listening to them can help one to use their criticism in a constructive manner and to mould the personality/stance in a manner to avoid making any new enemies. A boss may pay greater attention to an employee who criticizes him than an employee who praises him so as to handle the grievances and allow a smooth functioning of company. Recently, Nepal had started following adversary tactics by giving China an upper hand against India. But at the same time, Nepal made her point very clear about the shift in their
    dealings and this has helped Indian policy makers to make suitable changes in the foreign policy so at avoid similar incidents in future.

    All the debate on ‘keeping friends close’ and ‘keeping enemies closer’ give rise to another aspect of turning an enemy into friend. The history is filled with examples where foes were made friends in order to garner benefits from him/her. Frank Abagnale was
    a trickster and a check forger in United States. He was so perfect in forgery and such tactics that the US federal authorities employed him to help investigate financial frauds. He revealed to them a variety of tactics used by such people and subsequently helped them to gain an upper hand over the criminals. Similarly, in the recent scenario, Watsapp was posing competition to Facebook. This raised apprehensions in minds of CEO of Facebook and he was quick enough to acquire Watsapp. Thus, enemies can also prove to be of great help just that one needs to change the outlook of approach.

    Thus, it can be said that ‘keeping friends close and enemies closer’ helps one to garner benefits and thwart any mischievous attempts from enemies. The benefits can be in terms of finance and psychological help. Friends allow one to better the emoitional intelligence by engaging with different persons and devevloping a broad spectrum of opinions. At the same time, keeping enemies close allows one to track their movements and to use their opinions in a beneficial manner to avoid similar scenario in the coming time. Turning enemies into friends to get the positive out of them should be the way forward for any person. This will allow one to handle relationships in a better manner and help in greater acceptance within the society.

    • SS

      Loved the symbolism in the beginning,amazing flow throughout and an absolutely wonderful “Close”.

    • Sonia mehra

      1. First few paragraphs you touched upon the need to keep friend’s close
      2. Then on the need to keep adversaries closer
      3. Turning foes into friends, this was an eye opener point.
      Overall a very good essay. Please review mine and guide

      • sankar

        soniaji rvw
        iam going to rvw

      • yogi

        can you plz review mine , i will review yours..:)

    • why_so_serious?

      Batman!
      The intro on Maheshasur, I couldn’t connect to be very frank. Krishna killed him by his wit, and if he had not disguised himself as “mohini” then he sure would have known that it’s an enemy coming, so the point u explain beats the theme of the essay.

      Yur stress was more on “keeping friends closer”. The core I feel was “keeping ur enemies closer” (I’ll recommend u to see GODFATHER for this)

      Facebook whatsapp – even I saw this example in that blog. It’s good u included this in ur essay in ur own words.

      The rest of the part touches just the IR portion. Try to include different aspects as well, for example :Social : Maybe a jealous neighbour.
      Political : Opposition sitting in the parliament.

      I would say this essay wasn’t ur best. Please correct me if I am wrong. U write better than this.

      ATB 🙂

      • Batman

        Thanks Serious!
        well, i feel both the things have to be discussed otherwise the core would have been “keeping your enemies closer”. what do you think?
        regarding Bhasmasura, my point was because Lord Vishnu kept him closer, that’s why he could realize the weakness and portrayed as ‘Mohini’ and then outwitted hime (Though u r a shiv bhakt, won’t take panga with u :P)
        rest of the points accepted, should have diversified the examples!!

        • why_so_serious?

          No I get ur point for sure. My point is, what if Mahishasur knew ki ha ye krishna hi hai? If he knew he was an enemy coming, would he behave the same?

          But i feel I am interpreting wrong. If u see from Krishna’s views, even though with his wit, it seems justified. I take back those words.

          Yes I agree with u, I completely missed on this part of the quote. Please review mine 😀

          • Batman

            reviewed Bhaiya ji 🙂

      • P.s

        What is GODFATHER. ? is this general reference to Google or any particular blog.

        • why_so_serious?

          movie

          • P.s

            I have asked you the most serious question. ……. hahaha

    • Sepoy No 1446

      I appreciate your point of exploring the “keeping friends close”

      But if you try to look into the central idea of the theme,it wants you to focus on the other dimension,that is keeping your enemies closer.This should be primarily explored.

      Few observations:
      1. Intro was wayyyyyyyyyyy too long.
      2. Later you did a great job by analyzing from the multiple views: BRICS,US federal agency, Facebook etc were good.

      But above all a bit off the topic essay.

      • Batman

        Thanks Sepoy!!
        well don’t you think if keeping enemies closer was the central idea, the topic would have been only “keeping enemies closer”, there was no need to include the “friend” idea. what say?

        • Sepoy No 1446

          What I interpret is that “keeping friends close” is well established, the essay says otherwise which we must support/substantiate/explain/explore/talk about.

          Otherwise chances of getting trapped into the rhetorics are high.
          But thats my interpretation, you might disagree.

          • Batman

            ok. let insights review decide the same. Thanks again!!

            • P.s

              Batman is insights reviewing these days.I haven’t seen their official review from 10 days or so

              • Batman

                They have reviewed essay previous week. so hope they will review this time too 🙂

      • sree

        plss review sepoy

      • Night Fury

        hey Sepoy ! Please please review mine !! I will review urs too ! thank you 🙂

    • Dexter Morgan

      As I saw starting the essay by giving mythological is the best way to start but m weak in those matters 😛 So no comments on that part !! Except that all is awesome and flow is too good 🙂
      Review mine Bro if possible !! 🙂

    • Prerna saxena

      overemphasis on friend’s closeness rather than the theme i.e enemies closeness.
      mythological part can be used after bit explaining the theme that would make it more pleasant
      seems one sided view more inclined towards friendship.
      keep writing ATB 🙂

      • Batman

        hehe, well I have devoted 3 paragraphs to both the aspects but I respect your views, will try to come up with a better write-up next time 🙂 Thanks Prerna!

        • Prerna saxena

          am sure you will…ATB :))

    • Operation Writing

      i have written my first essay today….so found ur one 10 times more good than mine.

      ur essay is interesting to read

      u made ur point very clear in 1000 words.

      ur example of Frank Abagnale is really very innovative, because i have also watch his movie i.e Catch Me If You Can

      • Batman

        Thanks OW, I have written more essay than yours, so no base to compare. Believe me you will definitely improve (you have given quite different examples, include them in better manner and you see your essay would be on the top). Thanks!

      • OK

        Please review mine. I will review your in a short while.

        • Operation Writing

          oka

    • sankar

      complete answer
      nothing to comment
      plz rwv mine dost

    • FinalAttempt

      good.. it helped me to understand topic. it was a good read.. but a query that can we start essay with a mytho story ?

      • why_so_serious?

        bro, I would love it if u review my essay 🙂

        • FinalAttempt

          sure bro. now i ll come 2 u only 🙂

        • sankar

          i too like plz rvw mine

      • Batman

        yep story type intro is common and the idea is to clear the understanding. How was ur mains?

        • FinalAttempt

          i asked because examiner may or may not be of aware about story or if he/she is he may of different religion or even if u are mentioning a mytho story than please add more than 1 religion as it may also show u r follower for a particular theme…

          mains was good and rest only result can tell.. also my final attempt(2016) is there 🙂

          • Batman

            thanks, will kep ur words etched in my mind
            don’t think about 2016, u will surely get through this time.:)

            • FinalAttempt

              bro 2016 means i ll keep my study mode ON till mains result.. rest c.. 🙂

          • sankar

            bhai mera rvw kar do plz

            • FinalAttempt

              sure..

      • Prerna saxena

        plz review mine..

    • Lord Tuktuk

      hello bhai 🙂 ( as you have asked me not to give a kiss, i would rather say make another smiley) ^_^
      lets begin!! ( this is not a professional review, i’m too a beginner)
      see, i liked your intro!! the point was either your start mythologically or by your own personal examples, you should justify your stand in the beginner by a good impressiona and you did that!! i dont know what other guys think about this example but it was reaaly good by relating shiva,vishnu and brahmasuru!!

      futher, your ind-rssia and EU wala example was not that diversified!! i was expecting more!! it seemed like u were trying to escape from it! you didnt throw more light on it or explined it that well ! you see, when we make a staircase, evry block is of equal dimension so that we dont fall!! i the same way, if you have started so well and raised my expectations from you, my demand for content will keep going up!! if it fails a bit, it would lead me to think that you are not connecting now 🙂
      Good to see Ind-china-pak trilogy with different blocs like SAARC and BRICS 🙂

      whatsapp fb example was new to me!! cool innovation in essay 🙂

      you should also tell that why sometimes its not good to keep enemies closer and in what scenario!! you can see my friend @disqus_NJNwmoeG76:disqus essay!! he covered this aspect well!! thanks batman, i’m learning from you guys!! 🙂

      Humble request: me b new year se likhunga, mere bhi review karte rhna answers and all jab time lage+ essays too!! 🙂 🙂

      • Batman

        Thanks Lord!!
        glad u got my point on Shiva, Vishnu, Bhasmasura (i was trying to relate friend and foe aspect in the intro)
        will keep ur suggestions in my mind
        and yeah serious has covered that dimension, noted!
        P.S,: you should take a job of reviewing :P, you give very good and detailed reviews. and yeah wil surely review urs, ye b koi khne ki baat 😛

        • Lord Tuktuk

          your intro was one of the best 🙂
          hahhaha!! thanks for the appreciation 🙂

      • Night Fury

        tuktuk bhai review mine please !!!!!

        • Lord Tuktuk

          coming in a bit! 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        bhai itte pyar se hi humara b review kar dijiye please.this beginner is veteran reviewer it seems 🙂

        • Lord Tuktuk

          I’ll try my best bhai to review! just give me time!
          its just that a lot of work to do today! but i’ll review! 🙂
          and i’ve just started from dec!! so in a way i’m a beginner only 🙂

      • Himaanshu

        Hey bro,… By seeing your detailed reviews I could not resist myself from asking you to read and review my first essay attempt. Can’t afford to miss such a detailed review. Hope you won’t disappoint me 🙂

        • Lord Tuktuk

          I’ll review your essay today whenever i find time! let me just attempt some question 🙂
          I’ll try not to disappoint you bro 🙂

    • Night Fury

      Batman deal !! 😀

      • Batman

        deal inked 😛

        • Lord Tuktuk

          sabse deal hi ink karte rha kar!! mjhe mat bhulna kabhi!! 😛

          • Batman

            han Bhai, tri raakhi yad h ab mje 😛

    • Ash

      BATMAN!!!! Review … I will review yours in a while…. I don’t know what I have written actually! But gimme suggestions! 🙂

      And yeah! I’m sowie!! I slept when you asked for reviewing your previous answers last nigh… I got a lot of reviewing to do today! Specially your previous answers! 😛 🙂

      • Batman

        haha..okay, well as i say you can review less number of questions if u already occupied 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.Started well.
      2.conclusion was not conclusion actually but elaboration of previous para…so conclusion can be improved
      3.enemies part didn’t get its proper share…why did you become its enemy 🙂
      4.Lack of connectivity while jumping from enemies not making plans always to debate between wala point.
      5.use of examples was impressive
      keep writing bro
      Review mine please

      • Batman

        ohh.. Thanks a lot Vivaan, such a detailed review
        can you give me some tips on improving conclusion as my understanding says that conclusion should include the elements u discussed in body. Please help me with it
        and yeah i missed out how we become friends and enemies
        Connectivity point agreed (thorough look :P)
        Will reviews urs soon 🙂

        • Vivaan Khanna

          i m no veteran(you will come to know how pathetic i am when you read mine:D) but your conclusion is giving the impression of being repetitive…it should try to cover the elements of content but not repeat it…you could have written on the the line of last line-leave all the point but this line i wouldn’t have criticised it….personal suggestion..ignore if it is rubbish 🙂

          • Batman

            how can i ignore u 😛
            will keep ur words in my mind, going to review urs now:)
            P.S: don’t call urself pathetic, remember Buddha, excessive self denial is of no use:P

            • Vivaan Khanna

              haha sahi hai boss…:)

    • blufl0

      hey batman, intro is quite well but as per my understanding you didnt fulfill the demand of statement..
      you parted the statement in 70-30 proportion ie friends portion is 70% and didnt fully elaborate why enemies should be closer.
      last point is that in the last para i struck down to a line ‘turning enemies into friends completely contradicts the given statement which will turn your whole essay into a different direction, relevence of upper portion will diminishes. correct if i am wrong..

      • Batman

        well I have devoted the intro to both friend and foe aspect. Then i devoted 3 paras to friends, then 3 on enemies with the second last para(part of para devoted to enemy) on turning enemy into friend (Frank Abagnale example) and included the same in last line of conclusion!!!

        • why_so_serious?

          Batman getting furious LoL. I have seen this happening 😀
          I mean people interpreting it wrongly that ur essay is biased. Trust me it ain’t. The point being, try to write the “keep friends closer” part just to the one para, and it will serve the purpose 😀

          • Batman

            haha… no furious 😛
            well I will let insights review decide that thing because there is hell lot of confusion now 😀

          • Night Fury

            Furious yaha pe Sirf mai hu 😛 (though it’s an oxymoron for me 😀 )

        • blufl0

          hey batman don’t get furious..your essay is good enough..you have covered lots of dimensions..but still somewhere i feel that your essay is favouring friends..and about the line which i have pointed out..u didnt justify it..

          • Batman

            Hey blufl0, don’t worry I haven’t turned furious 🙂
            I think i just said my words too directly, should have acknowledged ur views. I have noted ur suggestions and will improve further 🙂

    • Ash

      Hi! 🙂

      1. A lot of emphasis on friendship
      2. I like your China-India inclusion angle
      3. Grievances point is good. Nepal example is good
      4. I liked the 2nd last para.. WhatsApp.. This is the spelling 😛
      5. I’m not sure about the last para.. conclusion could have been better… Don’t ask me how coz I have seen you write better ones! 🙂

      P.S. – The ‘WOW’ element is missing in the essay! You spent some 3 paras talking about the mythology and the next two just about friendship…
      Examples are good but should not be at the cost of content I feel… You did less talking in this essay! We shud tlk more .. examples are to substantiate… KWAR! 🙂

      • Batman

        Ok Ash!!
        I thought u wud like the intro because he was reduced to “ASHes” 😀
        i thought to include the wow element through story (talking friend and foe in same para and giving example how it helps) but i think u din’t like it. will surely improve next time!!!!

        • Ash

          Ashes one was really good! 😛
          I got jealous actually… There can be only one Ash and THAT’S ME!!!!!!
          Ek mayaan mein do talware nahi reh sakti! 😛 😛

    • Himaanshu

      1- Personally, I like the introduction part. Its seems like an expression of hard power where one can destroy his enemy by keeping him closer. At later stages uses of soft power is also commendable. Well balanced.
      2- Essay is full of examples, content, thoughts and multi dimensions but still I had to struggle a bit while reading this writing. I miss a connectivity in your answer. I did not feel that someone is talking to me through his writing.
      3- But once again I found your answer up to the mark. Though the last one was better and I believe the next one will be far better than the present one. Keep writing bro. Essay writing is your strength. 🙂

      • Batman

        ohh..is that so. Will surely improve next time 🙂

    • yogi

      1. Introduction is very catchy
      2. “keeping Friends close” part has been dealt in details(which i left untouched)
      3 Examples from IR, FB, etc has been put aptly,
      4. long paragraphs –>can we write such long paras? (plz reply)
      5. Conclusion –> good that you have tried to give suggestions, but it could haven been more touching ,if link that with your into
      just my opinion
      plz review mine as well , my first essay, i request u to be critical..:)

      • Batman

        Hi Yogi, regarding conclusion, I would definitely try to improve and yeah connecting with intro is a good suggestion!!
        I don’t think except my intro any para is excessively long and we can use it, just emphasize ur idea in each para very clearly

    • Isha

      Excellent it is- I am quite sure that I would never be able to write such an essay in my life 😀
      Flow was amazing. You connected ur paras very well. Examples were outstanding. On a first go, it would seem the intro is too long but by coming to the second para, its relevance is justified. You equally emphasized both the parts of essay- I missed this thing totally!
      One thing I want to ask is- the topic says keeping friends close and enemies closer- we need to emphasize upon the greater benefits of keeping friends closer when compared to keeping friends close, No? In this case, we’ll talk about even larger benefits of keepin enemies closer. Correct me if I am thinking too deep :p

      • Batman

        hi Isha, you are absolutely correct. Same thoughts crossed my mind when i turned off my system 😀
        but then i realized how do we quantify the benefits from friends and enemy, it is no simple maths. going through various, only one point I could collect related to this aspect: friends may be shy to make a criticism in front of you but enemies do the same on your face, but again this point is debatable as there are many friends that tell ur mistakes on ur face. So, u r thinking in right direction and thinking deep is not a bad thing 🙂
        P.S.: you should start writing essay, before that u can’t say that you won’t be able to write such an essay. In fact, I feel you will write better every time, improving upon every time u write. So just start writing and ping me when u write one next week!!!

        • Isha

          I am writin essay’ since long- no significant improvement seen- in fact it was only once reviewed that too on request :p
          I wonder I write so bad 😀
          Thanks for appreciation- first time for thinking deep! It gives me confidence to keep going, positively 🙂
          When I’ll write next time, I’ll surely inform u. Be critical with me everytime. I need a lot of improvement!

          • Batman

            Sure, I will.
            You know what even my first essay wasn’t reviewed much, head to plead to people but today I can see the results, so just keep your efforts going on. What if there was no one except u on this forum? Will u stop writing?
            and think deep, it will surely help u in essay writing, believe. The dimension that u asked me hasn’t been explored by any one. So ,all the best!!!

            • Isha

              Thanks batman! I’ll surely write one and ask you to review 🙂

      • Batman

        further, you can go through OK’s essay, he has very aptly used this statement to emphasize on friends and enemy together!!

        • Isha

          Yeah, I reviewed his essay. It was a brilliant piece too. Examples were outstanding simply & whole thing was well connected till end.

    • Night Fury

      Hello Batman !

      Very intellectual intro you gave! (I had to read it twice to connect it properly 😛 )
      “Lord Vishnu kept his enemy- Bhasmasura even closer and was able to trick him and save his friend Shiva and others from the disastrous powers of Bhasmasura. ” —yaha pe u can add ki Vishnu ji ko Bhasmashur k close rehne pe hi uski “weakness” ka pata laga, so he could beat him easily!

      Importance of friend you showed .. good!

      good number of examples also..

      You also need to improve on “expressions” part and make your essay more interactive so that the reader is not lost in the process of reading 🙂 [I’m also learning]

      Your last essay was a Bang On! We’ll improve !!

      Though I didn’t write well..Just shared my views 🙂
      P.S “The more you bleed in practice the less you sweat in war” ( This may be our next essay topic ! haha!! 😀 )

      • Batman

        yeah, i know this “expression” thing, not improved much in it!!
        Perhaps @disqus_NJNwmoeG76:disqus can help me out. His expressions are good and from his last essay I have understood that this guy reads a lot of novels. So serious bhai, kuch help kro!!!

        • Night Fury

          yes, novel reading helps ! and even writing blogs too.. he writes..
          let him suggest us also how to improve “expressions” because if such philosophical essay comes then we have to be really expressive with our thoughts.

        • Night Fury

          Batman you asked me to improve a bit in expressions part in my last essay.. Did you find any improvement in this essay (compared to previous one) Just asked did you see any progress 😛
          You are surely way ahead in expressing things. 🙂
          If u remember then please do tell 🙂

          • Batman

            well, I couldn’t figure anything of that sort today, so I can say it would have improved but yea there is lot of scope to improve 😛

            • Night Fury

              haha… being Diplomatic 😛 Okay yes scope is there for sure !

    • P.s

      Very nice essay Batman.
      My views :
      1.introduction is good but you could have shortened it
      2.apt examples
      3.grievances …. and constructive criticism part is very good
      4.more emphasis on keeping friends close than enemies closer but still you have covered many dimensions
      5.first few lines of conclusion just copied from body of the essay. …… it would have been more attractive if expressed in different words

      • Batman

        Thanks P.s. for such a worthy review. I agree on ur findings and would definitely improve next time. Thanks!

    • sree

      well structured essay batman.
      i like ur intro- bhasmasura story- it is very apt to essay.
      body-u have good flow and connectivity of paras and good skill of writing such deep phylosophical essays.
      u have given many good example for friends part.but i feel that friends part dominated the a enemy part.u would have focus more enemy part.
      i have been following ur essays,this time ur conclusion is quite normal, itis not up to ur mark. it is just my view.i maybe wrong.

      • Batman

        Thanks Sree, I have noted your suggestions. would come up with a better write up next time 🙂

    • Ledger

      with my limited knowledge i am giving you review,
      giving examples is good, but try to avoid religious stuff. because we don’t know what kind of mentality he is having.
      you said BRICS, china, pak .. okay good. you said we are having relationship but you didn’t pointed out in which way this relationship helped . that should be given more priority because everyone knows facts at the end of the day analysis matters.
      overall you have the knack of presenting the thing in a lucid way. i appreciate that

      • Batman

        Thanks a lot ledger. I appreciate your views and will definitely take care of these issues in future write ups. 🙂

        • Ledger

          thanks not required but reviewing mine is required: )

          • Batman

            yeah, i just checked out. you have written an essay too, going to review it 🙂

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      ‘Keep your friends close, enemies closer’

      (giving you some more dimensions to ponder upon, as you include too much IR in your essay, while ignoring other dimensions)
      I’m copying specific interpretation of this quote from another source –

      The first part of the quotation means that you always want to keep your friends close to you because they are people you can trust and rely on.
      The second part of this means that your enemies are always going to be out there seeking to harm you so you want to keep an extremely close eye on them in order to make sure that they are not going to hurt you.

      Overall, it means that you should always know what your enemies are doing. As a war tactic, know what the enemy is doing so you don’t get ambushed.

      If not used seen in sense of war, i.e. use of this quote in normal life –

      Keep your friends close because after all friends/relationships are the one worth living for. Monetary, material things are just means to a good happening life, but friends/relationships are the ends to live a happy and happening life.

      Keeping enemies closer means that – enemies will always find faults in you, keep you on your toes, make sure that you are concious of your responsibilities and remain accountable. You can quote example of parliamentary debates, democratic political functioning in this regard.

      Also, plant of Neem (which is very bitter) is planted near home – You can connect the medicinal value of Neem as its good property and bitter taste as its bad property.

      Kabirdas wrote a very elegant quote on this issue –

      निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय,
      बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।

      अर्थ : जो हमारी निंदा करता है, उसे अपने अधिकाधिक पास ही रखना चाहिए। वह तो बिना साबुन और पानी के हमारी कमियां बता कर हमारे स्वभाव को साफ़ करता है.

      Marks – 60/125

      • Batman

        Thank You Sir!
        Will try to write a better essay next time 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        sir could please review mine? I know I haven’t performed good this time, please throw some light on my essay

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          Your answer is already best voted and you have got a lot of reviews. Work on the flaws as pointed out by others. I don’t think much will be left to add on after so many reviews 🙂

          • why_so_serious?

            Oh thank you so much sir! I take it as a compliment 🙂 [Optimist me ] 😀

      • Night Fury

        Sir, could you please review my essay too. It would be of great help. If possible please review Sir.
        Thanks 🙂

      • sree

        sir pls review my essay,im beginner

      • Dipali Gaikwad

        can we write hindi lines in english essay ?

  • SVSR

    Friends and enemies are inevitable things in our life. At one point of time, even a great philosophical and ethical person with high moral values also tend to encounter an enemy. It may not be due to his/her ill behaviour, but may be in case of difference of opinion, identity crisis, hatred, jealous of victory, exposing of insecurity.

    Friends and foes are dynamic in life. Only a few friends lie close to one’s heart throughout his/her life time. From dawn to dusk, every living organism thrive for enriched life in their own terms. Alike, in the human endeavour of self-growth and development to shine in this mundane world, people tend to make friends as well as foes.

    When we all join schools at first in our lifetime, it will be hard for us to mingle in the new environment and any odd thing would threaten us. If we habituate to that environment for a while, we found friends and used to be close and spend time with them. However, when they found a teacher little bit harsh and ferocious, children would be fearful. By growing age, they tend to cultivate inherent hatred enmity over them unknowingly. This kind of feeling is due to fear and dislike for moulding their minds by hard work.

    In the later years of life, during college days and work days, people imprint certain impressions with their attitude, behaviour, empathy and moral stand. Their psychological mindset is tuned in that way and often work based on these principles. These principles would develop in a span of growing age and time based on the individual exposure of environment and consequences he/she face.

    ‘Keeping friends close and enemies far’ is a general tendency not only for humans but for almost all living creatures. Here, enmity has diversified senses as per the law of nature. But, as per human sense, enmity is developed with the friction generated by the work of accommodating conflicting interests among the individuals or a group of individuals. We daily witness these enmities in the name of political rivalries among different political parties and other groups.

    LOGICAL PHILOSOPHY

    In modern times, human relations and their management, particularly in urbanised world, is highly complex. Modern economies are tilting more towards capitalist forces and face sever competition in every aspect, although it is good for optimisation, it would also a fertile ground for growing enmity. It is mainly because of declining significance to moral and ethical education.

    In this scenario, one who keeps friends close and enemies closer would be benefitted by analysing his enemies moves and mindset and can take preemptive steps for the future course of action.

    Moreover, our forefathers like Buddha, Gandhiji etc., laid stress on promoting non-violence and emphasized on moulding the character of enemy rather to take revenge against him. In the broadest sense, it is good for both and society as a whole.

    Another way of reasoning this quotation lies in the prowess of forgiving. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam used to say that “It is easy to defeat a person, but difficult to win a person”. This means, forbearance is the best way to curb enmity and hatred. When we develop a mindset with excessive proud and superiority, we would hurt for every simple reason which we feels low, and tend to cultivate hatred or raise enemies, this in turn results in growing of a poison tree in our minds. This not only obstructs our growth and development but also takes us into oblivion even after achieving our intended results. This is reason why even our judicial system and processes runs on the principle of ‘hate the crime not the criminal’.

    However, this is not the panacea for all ills. These principles works on the macro scale, deterrent measures works on micro scale. For example, it is illogical for not taking stringent action against the guilty of rape or a terror outfit in the name of reform. It would project a negative meaning of giving chance to criminals. So, our macro planning and micro planning should not be diversified and divergent.

    ‘Forgive, but not Forget’ is the activity of the intelligent. Our society has been evolved to curb revenge seeking measures and, alike, majority of our mindsets are in tune for forbearance. Of course, forgiving is necessary to an individual not deviate from his work of building his own empire, but taking not into consideration about surroundings would be deadly. A mature and intelligent person remembers the acts of his enemies even after forgiving them for stupid acts for the sake of presuming future course of action with them.

    RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICS

    In the modern day international setup, there are no permanent friends and permanent enemies. It is all based on seeking individual good in mutual benefits and long term interests. Over the past experiences, Pakistan and China are treated as our enemies and decided to dispel them domestically and internationally. This has yielded no result other than growing enmity and distrust among them. Everybody has their own wishes and logics. Coordination and tolerance of others interests, and consequent rational action in a justifiable manner would bears the fruit of peaceful settlement and co-existence which are extremely crucial for one’s growth and development. This is the reason why even though India has anger over Pakistan for deliberate terror promotion and delay in justice, the recent sudden visit of PM to Islamabad not only foster good relations but also presses enemy with moral power for action.

    It is also a well known fact that almost all the developed countries or P5 countries of UNO are before or after great rivalries. For instance UK and France during colonization, USA and Russia during Cold War, Allied & Axis powers during world wars. Now, they came close like Japan & USA, EU nations etc., and are working together understanding the crux of this philosophy. The UNO is resultant organisation which global peace for overall progress and development as poverty and penury is always a threat to prosperity at one time or other.

    The greatest philosophy of the French Revolution taught us the importance of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity; and all our religions promoted universal brotherhood and mutual respect. One cannot thrive individually even though he/she is a billionaire, everything in this world in intermingled and interdependent. Overall societal good is the common good of man; it is the essence of life.

    • Sonia mehra

      I felt you thoughts were dispersed, but the 2nd last para held together your entire essay. So the essay gradually revealed itself, which was a good natural approach.
      I couldn’t understand the reason behind quoting the ideals of french revolution in your conclusion.

      • SVSR

        In the last para, I mean to say that we should be liberal and promote brotherhood for harnessing fair competition and eradicating unnecessary rivalries……

        Really my brain stormed to write this essay……….even I also felt deviated, need to work more…

        thanks for review sonia……..

  • Dexter Morgan

    My very first essay !! 🙂
    Need your help !! Review plz !!:)

    • Batman

      Hi Dexter, you need to elaborate more and add new dimensions and examples.
      Starting was quite good; the quote and the China-India-Pak angle but after that your essay fell short of examples and dimensions.
      rest as always, an epitome of simplicity in ur write-ups

      • Operation Writing

        plz BATMAN review my essay..its first that why need ur help

        • why_so_serious?

          hey bro, please review mine. I’ll review urs too 🙂

          • Operation Writing

            oka

      • Dexter Morgan

        Thanks Bro I agree I fell short of dimensions and also I dint reach the word limit !! Will improve 🙂 thanks for the review !!

      • Dexter Morgan

        Thanks Bro I agree I fell short of dimensions and I din reach the word limit too !! Will improve 🙂 thanks for the review :: 🙂

    • Operation Writing

      plz review mine
      reviewing urs
      plz

      • Dexter Morgan

        Sure Bro 🙂

      • why_so_serious?

        BHAI review to de do 😀

        Maine kar dia tumhara 😛

        • Operation Writing

          reviewed!

    • why_so_serious?

      your handwriting wonderful. I really liked it.

      One problem with ur essay is it lacks a bit of content. I don’t think u have even written 1000 words. Nevertheless, the India-china-pakistan angle… wan’t it like “2 monkeys kept fighting and the third monkey stole the banana” types? I didn’t find it related, sorry for that.
      Try to include different dimensions, different perspectives and different scenarios. Ur essay I felt was also getting repetitive on how this “healthy competition” is worth it. Don’t overdo it.

      Rest it is a good read. U’ll get better with time, trust me.

      ATB 🙂

      • Dexter Morgan

        Thanks Bro for your prompt review yeah I fell short of ideas and one or other way while writing I was heading towards conclusion !! So I thought of doing it voluntarily 😛
        No in those 3 countries example I was trying to say is all 3 got mutually benefitted by hatredness between them !! And I saw many repetitions too ..!! Will improve thanks for your motivation !! Hope will get better 🙂

    • Lord Tuktuk

      hehehe!! rukja!! tera hi padh rha hu 😛

      • Batman

        bhai, iske bad mra b padh lio 😛

        • Lord Tuktuk

          aa rha hu me tere pass hi ladke 🙂

          • sankar

            bhai, mera bhi

      • sree

        pls review mine tuktuk

        • Lord Tuktuk

          i’ll review for sure! 🙂
          lot of work! but i’ll review sooner or later! dont worry 🙂

          • sree

            im beginner soo pls guide me

    • Lord Tuktuk

      Hello! Its me!! 😀 Tuktuk, not Adele! 😛

      Your intro was classic! liked it really! 🙂

      you did well when you explained the indian subcontinent part!! you can also express it much better like europe progressed much better( no borders, before ww2 so much difference) now developed as hell!!

      end me you say ki enemity causes more growth!!!! NOOO!! it just causes hatred (take ind-pak) and after that apathy!! enemity causes growth if you have some mutual interest and you’re mature enough to take criticism in a constructive way!! thats how winning is done!! you explained this very well yourself above!!! but if u wanna say ki i enemity causes more growth, make sure you express here also and prove your point ( like i dont think so it is possible without personal interest or something) and good frenimity causes more growth as @serious also said it!!

      lovedyou for your conclusion quote!! 😀 but final touch can be improved!!!

      you’ll improve definitely, i dont lie to my friends 🙂

      your essay was too short!! try thinking from different aspects also!!! include your personal views! how your life changed or something related to historical figure! include something inspirational!! cover more angles 🙂 but no worries!! 🙂

      i’m also gonna start writing regularly from new year onwards!! mera bhi review kar lena( special hindi for you 😛 😛 )

      • Dexter Morgan

        Yea bro I could have used it like frenimity and thanks for your detailed review and I owe you something for this 😛 😀 And u know what I fell short of ideas as I was telling to batman and serious during writing flow was going towards conclusion 😛 So I concluded it voluntarily 😛
        I hope I will improve in upcoming essays !!
        And sure I ll review yours,Furys,batmans whenever uu guys write !!:)
        And all d best for your new year resolution !! 😛
        Aapki review kar dunga ( spl reply in Hindi though I may appear dumb :P) !!

        • Lord Tuktuk

          heheh no problem dex! you’ll improve slowly slowly but surely 🙂
          i’ll write essay for 1st time in my life from upocoming sunday!! and i know that i too will fell short of ideas!! but i too will improve!! no doubt!! 🙂
          and you’re not dumb! your’re dexter morgan!! dont say it again or i’ll become debra!! 😛
          KWAR 🙂

          • Dexter Morgan

            Yea dumb and dexter !! No wayyyy 😛
            And u r like constant motivator to me !! Thanks buddy 🙂

            • Lord Tuktuk

              You’ re most welcome bud!! 🙂
              and dont say thanks again!!
              appreciate your feelings! 🙂

    • Operation Writing

      i have also written my first essay today…and learn from u how to write in simple words… find that u really write good answer
      most interesting thing is “Simple,Precise,Concise” all these word fits to ur essay.
      really very interesting to read…
      u made ur point very well with example like UPSC
      KWAR.. 🙂

      • Dexter Morgan

        Thanks Bro don’t worry we all improve !! 🙂
        We all need is practise that’s it and we’re doing it 🙂
        Kwar 🙂 Al d best 🙂

        • Operation Writing

          Yep!

    • Himaanshu

      1- reference from ‘art of war’ is commendable.
      2- Like many you have also used critics, competitors and enemies interchangeable.
      3- Extra focus on I.R
      4- Rest explanation is worthy enough to fetch you more than average marks.
      5- I guess you have fallen short of word limit.
      6- Keep writing friend. Well done 🙂

      • Dexter Morgan

        Yes Bro I fall short of words !! Thanks for your detailed review 🙂

  • Operation Writing

    PLZ REVIEW critically
    “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

    Feedbacks whether positive or negative shapes one Personality,behaviour,attitude towards
    family,friend,teacher,collegue and bosses. Fiends are more inclined to give us
    positive feedbacks without acknowledging the different situations because they
    are feared that we might get angry with them if they criticize us.But enemmies
    are mostly one who give us negative feedacks which are always more poweful than
    negative one because of their inherent nature.Nature itself is a perfect
    example that show negative feedback are far more important to keep balance on
    limited resources of our EARTH.If Nature has only element of positive feedback
    then EARTH might would have end itself long back ago.Hence One require negative
    feedback more than positive to sustain its life and countinity.Hence to keep
    friends close to make the life happening but keep enemies closer to act as
    checks and balance on one’s action.

    In childhood child often called her mom friends when she fulfilled his wish but that child don’t take even second to called the same mother hi enemies when she denies to let him play
    outside in night because that time is for something else and child only wants to
    play.But the enemy in the form of mother is in reality is good for child which
    he later recognise in his life.In school a child often has group (called it A) of
    like minded student and always like that group’s company because they feel
    comfortable their itself.And group A is good in Studies, they don’t show much
    interested in sports.Due to this they don’t have good physiques and if this
    continue,they going to plague with obesity. Other group (called it B) in that
    school has always been showed extra interest in sports period and they have
    already secure gold medal in one of the sports event at district level.Along
    with group B also managed to keep their studies at bare minimum levels say
    first divison.One knows sports are equally important to studies.This makes
    Group A students insecure and they have decided to play in sports period.Later,
    after some months feels that sports also increase their grasping capacities and
    makes school hours more interesting that ever.Hence group A student by analyse
    their enemies in form of Group B closely, learn an important lesson of their
    life.Insecurity force one to come out of one’s comfort and perfom action.Hence
    one should not isolate one from enemies becuse they are the real source of
    insecurity and shape one life.

    In INDIA most farmers are marginals one.They live in villages which are the building block of INDIA as a nation.Agriculture sustains largest section of Indian population.Marginal
    farmers has small land holding which make productivity less and it form they to
    perfom sustenance agriculture which barely fulfil their families demand.One of
    best way to Land reform is land consolidation.

    Suppose in a village Rati Khera there are 100 families 10 are big garmer with 15-20 hectare each they have all modern agriculture equipment and rent them on high rate during season.This consumes large part of small farmer’ income left them with bare income.Their child are also work on field and other household works.Small
    farms are also not interested to send their children to school because they
    give more importance to work on farm than education,they thought it makes them
    earn more as children act as labour saves their cost of rent on equipment where
    possible.This trap them in vicious circle of poverty.But on one day group of Muslim
    farmers which are in minority in that village decided to make Self Help Group
    along with this they also manage their small to combine to form big farm.They
    ensure different responsibilities to all farmer members.With money collected in
    SHG they take Bank loan for a season and purchase agriculture equipments.That
    year, due to modern equipments and loan money which enable them to act as big
    farmer have increased their farm productivity to 50% .Due to less work on field
    they send their children to govt school and later to urban areas for higer
    education.After 3 years they are more proporous than majority hindu farmers.

    This ,makes Hindu farmers insecure. They took muslims famers their enemies but their prosperity forces hindus to imitate their so called enemies. After one year they also starts the path of prosperity. They send their children to school.Education also helps children of both
    community that they are no different as humans.They learn that how to respect
    other cultures.Childern influence, later penetrates to elders they now live as
    one community.Hence Hindus by following their so called enemies ables to get
    out of poverty.They look their enemy, they learn from them and finally perform
    action by closely keep watch on muslims.

    INDIA as Nation has many friends and few enemies due to historical reason.India has good relations with Russia,Japan,Israel,South korea,Bangladesh etc .But has contention with China
    and Pakistan.Mostly Indian perceive China and Pakistan as enemy of the INDIA.Being
    as Soft power india always try to build good relation al over the world.Because
    non-violence as suggested by Mhatam Gandhi ji results in Peace and Peace
    in more development oppotunies.But
    reality is more complex than idealistic states.

    India and Pakistan have fought in numerous armed conflicts since their independence e.g
    1947,1965.1971 and kargil war.Pakistan always try to occupy Indian territory
    when possible.During 1947 then Indian PM
    Pandit jawarlal Nehru has always inclined to socialistic ideals through his life.Foriegn
    policy under his regime is always to respect other country’s territory.But
    Pakistani leaders were more aggressive and follow the policy of expansion.In 1947
    by taking the leverage of situation Pakistan send force to capture
    kashmire,Which later gave birth to Kashmire isuues.This issues is still bone of
    contention between relation of both country.

    The aggression of Pakistan in 1947 makes india more vigilant to its enemy.Since INDIA more
    closely watch the action on Other side of border and helps INDIA to save its
    Borders and respect which was manifested in later war like 1965,1971 and Kargil
    war.Hence one should more closely keep eye on its enemy so that other action
    not harms one interest and compel his enemy to think again before perfom any
    malicious act.

    India and China have had relations for more than 2,000 years, but the modern relationship began in 1950 when India was among the first countries to end formal ties with the China.The then PM always saw China as brother in path of development.But capturing of Aksai Chin in 962 makes INDIA to rethink its policy toward CHINA.Since then india follows the policy of extreme suspicion because trust is minimum between both.But at the same time INDIA
    learn and follow many economic activities from china like concept of SEZs by
    more closely analyse China.And Both countries have follows the policy of mutual
    respect and assistance in borders except some exceptions and in economic term
    respectively.

    At the same time INDIA has considerably grow its relationships around
    the world and make friends.Friends are also important for one’s growth because
    they provide assistance in various form like economic and social support, which
    provide a platform to one whether a student,a farmer and a country to grow
    according to the changing needs of environment.Japan ha provide to economic and
    technological assistance to its railways.Russia provide lot of assistance in
    form of defense equipments during war and after which help india to build its
    army and save its border from enemies like Pakistan and china at later stages.Hence
    Friend should be keep close for moral,social,economic supports.

    And enemies closer to keep vigil on them,to learm from them,to keep one
    in insecure mode so one always strive to work hard in one’s life form better
    growth and productivity

    In todays context of Internet,growth of communication means like social media,increasing focus on Human Rights,changing nature of warfare,globalisation one can say he wants to live in isolation.World has become a “Global Village”. One, whether a student,a farmer and a country as whole is bound to have friends and enemeies simultaneously.Both have role to
    perform different stage of life of one.But we have to ensure our own interest
    by “Keeping our friends close and our enemies closer.”

    • Batman

      Hi OW, my views:
      1)grammatical mistakes (a lot many)
      2)you included examples but at times you stretched them too much and you didn’t analyze them well too
      3)bring interest in your expression, it was becoming monotonous
      You have just started writing essay but will surely improve 🙂

      • Prerna saxena

        plz review mine batman m reviewing yours..

      • Operation Writing

        can u plz tell me how to work on Grammer
        from next time try to concise my examples…

        • Batman

          bhai read newspaper baki I’ll tell u about a book (couldn’t collect name right now)Ping me if i forget the same!!

    • Prerna saxena

      in my opinion in first para you mixed up critics with enemy.
      your emphasis more on insecurity than theme of the essay.
      a bit connectivity missing between paras and theme of the essay..
      keep writing ATB 🙂 plz review mine if possible..

      • Operation Writing

        okz vl work on ur suggestions….
        reviwed urs

    • why_so_serious?

      The examples are good and I could connect with most of them. However, it seemed like u overdid in explaining those examples. The explanations to substantiate ur point needs to be crisp and crystal clear, which I found lacking.

      As rightly pointed out by Batman, u need to improve on ur grammar.

      I liked the way yu collectively included the parts of ur essay and concluded. Good.

      I liked it. Can be improved. Please review mine when u find time 🙂

      • OK

        Please review mine as well.

    • Dexter Morgan

      Hi Ow 🙂
      Your examples like group A group B to support the theme of essay are good !! And in intro instead of going on feedbacks go directly on enemies and friends .. Even our well wishers tell us what wrong we are doing and we can’t consider them as enemies for that !! So be clear in what u say !! Correct grammatical mistakes !! Otherwise good try 🙂 🙂
      Review mine !!!

      • Operation Writing

        okz bro vl improve my intro part..
        and concentrate on grammer..
        vl surely review urs

    • sree

      pls review ow

      • Operation Writing

        vl surely review ur…plz review mine

        • sree

          sure

    • Prerna saxena

      since its your first essay still did good enough in articulation…

      • Operation Writing

        okz dear.. next time i would improve

    • Himaanshu

      1- Use names in place of A and B. It looked like a mathematical problem to me.
      2- You over explained examples
      3- Content is perfect and I like your multi dimensional approach.
      4- Good work … Well done
      5- Kindly read and review mine. Very new to essay writing 🙂

      • Operation Writing

        i use A & B to make it simple
        hmm…okz bro next time make it more concise
        …thx bro for ur review…
        KWAR.. 🙂

  • Bhokal

    “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

    Don’t talk to him, he(Sanjay) is our enemy Mohit,one of my best friend in school cried out loudly. There was a lot of hate and anger on his face. On asking the reason, why he is our enemy? The reason was Sanjay complained to the principal that my group of 3 has broken the classroom’s tubelight and we are going to be punished. I was satisfied and I stopped
    speaking to him from that day.

    Now I wonder, was Sanjay really our enemy and Mohit my friend ? what defines our enemy and friend ? The first answer that comes to our mind is those who envy us, wants to harm us, think and say ill of us, we consider them our enemy and wants to keep them away. And those who help us, company us and think and say good of us, they are our friend and we want them always with us.In our life, we make many friends and enemies depending on our preferences. For Example, Nepal and India were best friends, but now for a year due to political reasons, some sense of enemity developed between the two.

    Sometimes some people consider those also enemies who do nothing to them, like a boy securing first rank in class becomes enemy to second ranker in the class due to the feeling of envy. A new shopkeeper in the colony with more sales than the old shopkeepers becomes enemy to the old shopkeepers.
    Now the question arise , should we always stay away from our enemies and keep our friends close ?
    Are our friend good to us?
    Can we imagine our life without friends ? If we don’t have any friend, we will be like robots who have feelings, emotions but nobody to share with. We will achieve success but we won’t feel happiness in that success. By keeping our friends close, we get our appraisal ,a feeling of achievement, happiness, a hand to ease our mental and physical sufferings and to grow in our life. So we can say that yes friends are good to us.

    The next question arises are our enemies always bad to us ?

    If the second rank boy out of enemity do something bad like hurting the topper so that he wont be able to attend exams., it will be bad. If the old shopkeeper spoils the business of new shopkeeper by unethical means, it will be bad. If my group will be suspended from school due
    to Sanjay’s complaint and then one of boy in my group commits suicide due to shame, then we say enemies are bad. In such cases, only our friends help us to grow. Friends come to us, and motivate us to come out of the dark phase, help us physically, mentally and some financially also.

    The above lines only speak about the bad phase of enemity. A deep analysis will let us understand that enemies are good to us. By complaining to the principal, Sanjay was helping us to become a good student, a good person in life. It was for my good. The new shopkeeper helped the old shopkeepers to learn the new tactics of selling and the enemity with
    the topper motivated the second rank boy to study more. The things like self growing with the help of competition, motivation by enemity will never come out of friends.

    We can see that today we are progressing in various research fields. We have developed various missiles like Agni, nuclear weapons, warships, but was it possible without enemity with Pakistan and other enemy countries ? US is said to be the super power today, but how it became the super power ? How it acquired the huge weapon resources ? Has it ever been possible without the feeling of the insecurity which arose from the enemity? This was
    all due to the enemity which started with the colonial rule (enemity against the rulers), strengthened with the two world wars and cold war period.

    India is a democratic country. But was it possible to retain democracy without the feeling of enemity ? The political parties (ruling party and opposition party) always try to find out the fault in each other’s schemes, speeches and doings. And this fault finding helps in the
    welfare of the citizens of India and to maintain democracy. This is possible due to the feeling of enemity between the parties and the closeness of the enemies made them able to find the faults in others.

    So it is advised that keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    But is it always true ?

    After operation BlueStar, intelligence agencies has suggested Indira Gandhi to remove her Sikh bodyguards from service as Sikh consider her their enemies, but Indira Gandhi told that she will not remove them and the result was that on 31st October 1984, she was assassinated by her two Sikh Bodyguards. Such incidents give the sense that we must keep our enemies at a distance.

    But then there are various examples where friends also turn out bad to you suddenly due to their changed preferences.The great roman empire King Julius Caesar, was assassinated by his most loyal and best friend Brutus. According to Hindu epic Ramayana, the killing of Ravana was possible only due to the help Rama got from Vibheeshana, brother of Ravana.

    So, we must keep our friends close and enemies closer than our friends to receive a good feedback and get a sense of competition. But the closeness should be decided on case to case basis. There are some friends, who always speaks good about us and we feel happy after listening good about us. But are they really friends ? Closeness with such friends will
    never help us achieve anything which our enemies can help by criticizing us. Closeness with enemies provides feeback and every enemy’s feedback close won’t let you grow. For example – if some smoker boy is your enemy and he says that you are coward because you don’t drink. In this case, we should not take it as feedback and start drinking to become brave.

    Man is a social animal and in society every friend is an enemy in some sense and every enemy is a friend in some sense.

    • Bhokal

      Kindly Review and provide marks too out of 125.

    • Batman

      Hi Bhokal, my views:
      1)mesmerizing intro, gripped me from the beginning
      2)but your dimensions include that keep enemy close and you have opportunity to improve (though true but you can compartmentalize this aspect and then provide relevant examples)
      3)Sikh example may backfire in exam if examiner is a Sikh
      4)good that u included the aspect of keeping enemies away but I feel that was not handled in detail
      5)your conclusion started well but then again you included a question that added a new dimension (avoid it)
      overall, I liked it !!

      • OK

        My friend, last time you gave a very insightful feedback. I hope to get a new feedback, and learn from your understanding.

  • Vivaan Khanna

    If mirror could speak and reflect our image as we are in our social,political and emotional life then we would not have required either friends or enemies in this respect.Other than physical appearances,friends and enemies carry on this task for us.
    It is always better to keep a friends close as they help us in even minutest requirements.When the whole world seems to be against us or if we are facing any lowest phase of our life,we often turn to our friends.For some people their parents or any family member becomes friend then.They help us in making realize our strength and building confidence.No matter whether it is financial or moral support,friends are always there.Friends have always been precious jewels of one’s life.
    Friends also help in our intellectual development.development. Realising the importance of friends,Epicurus,the famous ancient Greek Philosopher proposed the idea that all that we need in our life is company of friends.His conception of friends was driven by self-interest.
    As human beings noone is perfect.While friends are helpful in many aspects of life,they may be sometimes in a dilemma that whether they should let know one’s weakness or not as it may hurt their friend or friendship may be affected.Some friends may be bold enough to speak out truth others may not.Some may not even be friends but flatterers.Then,here comes the role of enemies.That’s why it is said that enemies must be kept closer.they are much better than the flattering friend.
    People are always tempted to avoid the company of enemies.But they don;t know that they can help them in becoming a better person.It should be the craving of all human beings to become a better person with passage of each day by improvement of their bad qualities and habits.But how can they know them?answer is enemies.One day a newspaper accidentally reported that “Maker of world destructor died”.When Alfred Noble saw this,he became sad as he did’t want the world to remember him like this.Then came the concept of “Noble Prize” into the picture.Though accidentally that critique helped him to improve upon what the world thinks about him.Therefore,Keeping enemies closer becomes important when we do not want to be blinded by our achievements and qualities.
    Further,keeping enemies closer also helps in becoming strong enough to cope with any unfavorable circumstances of life.A person surrounded by friend critics have more chances of facing the brunt of life bravely than the person surrounded who has always been surrounded by friends and family.Had there been no criticism of Indira Gandhi,she could never have become stronger enough to initiate Green revolution to help India in becoming food sufficient.Enemies also help in building confidence and strengthening one’s beliefs.When the whole world was anticipating that democracy can’t work in diverse country like India,Indian leaders proved that democracy can’t work nowhere but only in diverse country like India.
    Addendum,Enemies also help us in the realisation that who are our actual friend upon whom we trust when faced with adversity.
    But,keeping enemies closer may not always be fruitful.If a person is always surrounded by critics who keep on telling him about his flaws and weakness,then there is a possibility that the particular person has those flaws and can never better.Such persons often become depressed or may even harm themselves.Once a lad was told by his grandmother that “he can never achieve anything in his life”.Consequence that he started believing in that and that average performer in academics turned to underperfomer.Even if it is assumed that such persons survived that situation then they can’t contribute in the development of the society or country because circumstances have made them to be a critique of each and everything.They can’t see hope and optimism in any condition.So attempt of us as human beings should be that even if we have negativities we should try to convert them into our positives.If we can’t then it should be ignored simply like Buddha did.A person was abusing him continuously but he didn’t retaliate or did anything other than just smiling.When asked by the disciples that how could he ignore the abuses.His simple reply was that “I did’t take his profanity.Its with him only”Thus,it can be said marginal utility of having enemies is much more than those of friends,so they deserve to be kept more closer than friends.
    Philosophically,all human beings are made up of 5 elements.From this perspective,all enemies and friends are alike.So like our friends our enemies also deserve our compassion and sympathy.The best example of follower of such philosophy was Mahatma Gandhi who felt that Britishers were not real enemies but blind modernisation was.
    In nutshell,one should have friends but at the same time he should be ready to embrace enemies too with same feeling as they are also his friends in one other way dong the same work of making oneself more open-minded and life much better.

    (words-800 in 1 hr
    Structure followed-1.Intro
    2.why friends should be close
    3.why enemies should be closer
    4.why closer enemies can sometimes be harmful
    5.concluded with there exists no concept of enemies)

    • why_so_serious?

      The essay lacks content. Whatever I read was wonderful to read. I feel, “critic” can never be understood as an “enemy”. If I review ur essay critically,does it make me ur enemy? No! We r brothers! So try to refrain urselves from this Indira ma’am waala example, it seems out of context.

      Try to include more dimensions and examples.

      The conclusion can be improved by a fair bit.
      Good on a whole, can be improved a bit.
      ATB 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        Agree bro all critics are not enemies…but criticisms which are not healthy are done by enemies only…will try to improve my understanding a bit…yeah dimensions were lacking..will try to improve with each passing week
        thanx a lot..

    • Batman

      apart from what serious mentioned, I would like to point out few things:
      1)when you like a simple intro then don’t jump directly to the body which is the case with your essay. Such intro should include the detail that you are going to detail in succeeding paragraphs
      2)you can use better examples e.g. the news report, it was not necessarily an enemy and it didn’t criticize him. Similarly, the grandmother example that is more of a kind of thought process
      3this statement “Enemies also help us in the realisation that who are our actual friend upon whom we trust when faced with adversity”, it has been included but I couldn’t corelate with previous or succeeding statements

      4)what are the 5 elements, at least write them
      5)so this is how we write conclusion, Ok i’ll learn this from you 🙂
      In sum, I would say that you can improve a lot, just keep writing 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        baap re bhago 🙂
        thanx for detailed review…..whole essay seems hollow now..will try my best in next essay…

        • Batman

          keep ur enemies close 😛

          • Vivaan Khanna

            oh this was posted…i thought it didn’t…i don’t believe in having enemies 😛

      • Vivaan Khanna

        baap re bhago 🙂
        thanx for detailed review…whole essay seems hollow now..will try my best in next essay…point 3 even i felt same after writing then i thought let it be as in exams there we can’t correct..don’t know point 5 was sarcasm or genuine…but happy with both…:)

        • Batman

          haha.. ur conclusion is good, don’t worry 🙂
          I will learn from u!!

  • India First

    First try here.. it was difficult to write a longer essay.

    Difficult situations are the real test of true friends and they remain at your side even in trying circumstances. Friends are an asset and friends help and support each other at all times. However if there is something which leads to inner development and leads us away from complacency it is enemies. The thought that someone wants us to stop us from our goal inspires us to push harder and ultimately leads to development. Great boxer Mike tyson used to say that he kept his competitors training regime closer and always outdid it. This led to mike tyson become one of the greatest boxer of the time. Being surrounded by friends may make one complacent but trying situations make a man a leader.

    Also enemies who are always looking to criticise us , in reality without salary work to point out our faults. A wise man shall become aware of the faults and look at continous improvement. All the great leaders that the world had seen ranging from Abraham Lincoln, Napolean and Bahubaali alll had a troubled childhood with many wanting to stop them achieve the goal. The endeavour on their part to overcome gave them phenomenal strength in time and soon they shone as world leaders.

    In a battle field enemies strategem develops one’s knowledge. Finding out who is your enemy in political circles and keeping close watch on their actions will help one survive most dangers. Its the enemies in animal world which helps develop most wonderful faculties in them. The ability of certain animals to change their colors is an evolved response to life threat from its preys. A country too should always keep itself abreast of developments happening in hostile neighbouring countries. When Japan attacked China during the pre 2nd world war era, it was close watch on japan’s actions which united chinese leadership which was fragmented since time.

    • Vivaan Khanna

      “Also enemies who are always looking to criticise us , in reality without salary work to point out our faults.”-i was literally laughing..short but well written…examples were nice..include some more dimensions with a conclusion

  • OK

    Management is a very powerful word, the person who really
    understand its meaning can achieve great success in his life. If we closely
    observe the quote “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”, we will
    figure out that it’s a directive for a better management. But, it would be a
    very myopic look to just limit it’s meaning to people management. This quote
    has a very deep meaning in the field of Management, and it’s true not only for
    individuals but as bigger as a country or the world.

    When we talked about the world, can we understand why human
    is so keen to know about the Universe? Why we are so curious to know more about
    the existence of Aliens, with the underline understanding of their potential to
    hurt the human existence? Why we are spending our tax payers money on the
    missions like Mars-Mission or Maven?

    The curiosity of knowledge is always fascinating and this
    life is all about the knowing beyond our knowledge, but these missions and the
    heavy spending are not limited to understand the universe. The eagerness to
    understand the universe is with an objective to save human race from any
    potential threat posed by the unknown factors, for the time being that can be
    aliens, terrestrial bodies, etc. So,
    what are we doing here? Aren’t we doing the management? Aren’t we trying to get
    closer to potential threats which can certainly be understood as enemies? Thus,
    this management is binding the whole human race as a one, but the same
    management is again dividing it well.

    Within this world, we are distributed among different
    countries with different nationalities and identities. No matter who discovered
    the doctrine of nations, but the one fact, which nobody can deny, is that, now
    this doctrine is the sole foundation of our identity. This identity is defining
    everything, our growth, our development, our prosperity, our safety, and our
    wellbeing. Though, this identity is highly inward looking and we tend to care
    about the people within our identity, but this concept of management is again
    forcing us to look a bit outward. This concept is again motivating us to
    maintain the continuity in the existence, and avoid the discontinuity. Under
    this text, our great former Prime Minister had given a formula, which is known
    to us as “Gadgil Formula”. What this formula is all about, why we talked about
    helping our neighboring nations without any expectation of reciprocity. Why it
    is widely accepted that, the transition of India into a superpower will only
    realize when the surrounding nations will develop and grow simultaneously. Why
    the concept of shared prosperity is widely accepted? Isn’t it the concept of
    Management, where we are trying to manage our bordering countries who have the
    potential to derail our growth trajectory. As it happened in 1962, when the
    shrewdness of our great former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawharl Lal Nehru,
    thoughtfully supported the NAM and the concept of co-existence, this deliberate
    effort to divert the majority of resources in nation building not nation
    protection. And our unprecedented growth posed a threat to China’s existence as
    a power in Asia, which culminated into 1962 Sino-China war. This is the sole
    reason, why our incumbent Prime Minister is focusing a lot on the India’s
    relationship with SAARC. But, it’s not only limited to India and Asia, the same
    pattern can easily observed in the birth of European Union post two World Wars,
    and America’s relationship with the Latin and South American countries. So,
    this “management of enemies” is not an option, but a requirement of all to
    continue realizes their dream of growth and development. It is interesting to
    note that, this management is again not limited to the national level, and this
    further percolates down inside the country.

    Within the country, in the era of globalization, the market
    and corporate sector are playing an important role in fulfilling the dream of
    any country to grow and prosper. So, government is working in the collusion
    with the partially or fully free market to ensure the dream of a welfare state.
    But, interestingly, even after holding the same identity of nation, this
    management is further required to ensure the ideals of welfare state. This is
    the sole reason, why every economy has come up with the organizations like FICCI,
    ASSCOM, NASSCOM, and why this kind of regulation is required? Why there is any
    requirement of Competition Commission of India? They clearly indicate that,
    each and every company with in an industry is competing with each other. Under
    this unavoidable competition, where every company is an enemy of other, where
    everyone is trying to capture the market, and want to operate as a monopoly,
    coming of these organizations is inevitable to ensure the welfare of the
    people. Otherwise, the people as a customer will be at the receiving end. So,
    aren’t we managing the virtual enemies? Aren’t we ensuring that these enemies
    will not destroy each other and in the end the consumer? So, this is again
    coming under the powerful concept of “managing the enemies”. This same tool is
    again widely used by the most fundamental unit, which is the building bloc of
    every thing, ranging from a company, country, or the world.

    In our personal life, right from
    the cradle to grave, we are utilizing this tool multiple times, again and again,
    with multiple objectives. Sometimes, we are doing to protect ourselves, and
    sometimes to grow ourselves. Every person has a strong desire for success, with
    different meaning and degrees. But what is the most important part of success
    is the journey, which ensures the success or failure. Why we emphasize so much
    upon journey, because it is the journey, which gives us a constant feedback of
    reward and punishment. It is the people and our social interaction, which is
    the reflection of our growth, their feedback, positive or negative, is highly
    essential for keep moving, for keep growing. It is acting as a correcting loop,
    which keeps on forcing us to move on a right path of success, but for that we
    need an understanding and an ability to filter these feedbacks and use them
    constructively. But, while growing and doing everything which is required for
    success, still we have to further manage our enemies (enemies of society as a
    whole), who has the potential to harm us, who can destroy our dreams, who can
    crumpled them and throw them into the dustbins. Yes, I am talking about the
    anti-social elements, who are generally known as Criminals. These are the
    enemies of society, who are needed to be monitor, control, and thus manage.
    Though, the responsibility of this is on our state, but state can’t do
    everything on its own, so that’s why the concept of community policing arises.
    So, what are we doing here, we are actually managing our enemies for the growth
    of the individual as well as the society as a whole. Thus, this concept of
    management, getting closer to enemy, has a very deep meaning.

    The one person, who rightly
    understood this meaning at its depth, is none other then our great Father of
    Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He was the propagandist of this concept. His powerful
    tools of Satyagraha and Non-Violence, are actually a ladder to get closer to
    your enemies, with a positive intention to change them from their heart. This
    is in true sense is the widest understanding of managing your enemies. Not for
    the growth and development of people in economic terms, but the growth of all
    in all the spheres of life ranging from socio-economic and political. Thus,
    keeping our enemy closer to us is not only limited to securing ourselves, but
    even ensuring their growth and prosperity as well. This understanding is a real
    gift to our nations, which we should remember and inherit to our upcoming
    generation.

    • OK

      Small correction! Made.

    • Batman

      Hi Ok, this one is far better than the previous ones
      It had an amazing flow, a catchy intro (very much different, no one has included that dimension yet)
      What i liked the most was u reduce it to management tool, this helped you handle both the aspects-frineds and enemies within the same paragraphs
      multiple dimensions on different fronts included
      can’t figure any flaw right now, wait for review from others. Thanks!

      • sankar

        dost ab mera

        • Batman

          aa rha hu bhai 😛

          • sree

            pls review

      • OK

        Believe me my friend, your words are a treat for me.
        I am trying to do justice with your feedback.

        • Batman

          see, even serious has praised you. This essay is going to be on the top!!!

    • why_so_serious?

      I really loved reading ur essay from the start till the end. U included the most apt examples for apt dimensions. I couldn’t think of anything as a critic to be given. But I feel the conclusion can be improved A BIT. try to include all the dimensions u wrote in the essay and end it up beautifully, then it would be a perfect essay!

      Please review mine when u have time

      • sree

        plss review serious

        • why_so_serious?

          Review mine, I’ll review urs 🙂

          • sree

            im beginner,so pls dont laugh serious

            • why_so_serious?

              R u kidding me? Lol. Please review mine, I don’t laugh at people

              • sree

                na im beginner serious thats y

              • sree

                im not kidding,im beginner soo dont knw hw to write,thats y requesting

                • why_so_serious?

                  Reviewed

                  • sree

                    pls guide me for improvement

            • Dexter Morgan

              Laugh and serious contradicting in ur sentence 😀 😀
              M kidding don’t get serious 😛 😀

              • sree

                sorry

      • OK

        Thanks man for your time. I will definitely work on the conclusion part. Will review yours in a while.

    • sree

      plss review mine

      • OK

        definitely sree. Give me sometime.

        • sree

          im beginner so dont laugh at my essay plss

    • sheetu singh

      Hello ok i read it .sorry for delay .
      From starting to end fully dedicated to topic
      Special add like NAM GUJRAL FORMULA
      The personal life issues well describe
      Bt lack of example one or two u can add here
      In the conclusion if u r naming Gandhiji to one line or their teaching add hoti to it ll b a grt conclusion
      Overall it was gud .:)

    • Himaanshu

      WOW!!!!!! …………. began from universe, than to world, country and than individual. You nailed it man. SUPERLIKE 🙂 well done 🙂 ……….. Kindly read and review mine 🙂

      • OK

        Himanshu, thanks for your appreciation. i am trying to learn from you guys. Will definitely review yours, just give me sometime for that.

    • Isha

      My views- do let me know if I am wrong somewhere

      1. Word limit- 1300 words! Yahan I am not able to write 500 words 😛
      But keep a tab on this. Also few grammatical mistakes were there- just ‘few’ but yeah a ‘dusht’ examiner would keep that in mind till end!
      2. A different perspective- taking it as management- & maintaining it till end.
      3. Like ur space wla example- nice it is- but concise it within a para ( big one) or two(short one)- would make it compact.
      4. Is there something like doctrine of nations? I heard about concept of nation state from French revolution. Do correct me if I wrong- I am really poor in International relations.
      5. In 4th para- necessarily considering neighbors as enemies- this is what coming out at the end. Though examples quoted are excellent.
      6. Most striking thing in ur essay is- every para starts with an example coming out of nowhere. We wonder while reading how is it relevant here? But by the end of para u really justify it very well. I need to learn this 🙂
      7. Second last para- u can reduce its content- starting is irrelevant or u can restructure it.
      8. Excellent conclusion, keep it up!
      OVerall a really good essay- u just need to concise each and every para- that will reduce words too and make it more clear. It will come with regular practice. Till then, Keep writing and reviewing!

      • OK

        Thanks a lot Isha. I will work on all the points mentioned by you, all of them are well taken.
        Thanks again for giving your precious time.

        • Isha

          Hey its okay, do review mine someday 🙂

    • yogi

      OK bhai flow is just brilliant , u connected the dots very well
      i can see many dimensions and u have done justice to all
      the best part is the structure,
      bas thoda sa GS jyada ho gya tha beech me:-P
      overall i liked it

      plz review mine as well..:)

  • Zara

    If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with
    your enemy .then he becomes your partner. thus remain acquainted by your enemy’s activities so that you could prepare and plan your move in advance, giving you an edge over enemy.
    In international relations it is imperative to be well aware of your enemies strength and weaknesses to safeguard National interest. Therfore states deploy various tactics like cultural , military,& economic diplomacy to keep check on enemy states.
    In short run these tactics help to avoid outright confrontation while in the long run it leads to economic benefits because of increase in trade and commmerce and winning goodwill of the people the enemy nation thus indirectly helps in maniplulating enemy nation foreign policy as it is to some extent depends on domestic political compulsions in which majority sentiments plays a decisive role.
    At national level too political parties try to keep ones enemies closer to get to know their opponents strategy. Which helps them in formulating an all inclusive political strategy. The same is true at individual level also as one gets to know ones weaknesses and others strengths thus creates a scope for improvement.
    In geo economics to have an advantage over your enemy it is necessary to be close to ones enemy and befriend them to have a clear understanding of their culture and interests. Economic dependence in todays globalized world is the best deterrent for war. Thus it is more important to engage economically with ones enemy nation rather than the friendly one. As without economic dependence there is not much to lose in case a war brokeout thus no incentive to avoid a conflict. Envisioning this advantage only india wants to increase its trade with Pakistan thus granted most favoured nation status to Pakistan and is keen to develop TAPI pipeline. Even China is heavily dependent on India because of lagre exports to India thus will always prefer to resolve the issues diplomatically as there is much more to lose economically than any territorial or military gains.
    Even multi national companies and individuals also tend to maintain good relations with their competitors as it is a necessity to know what ones competitor are doing in the market if one wants to outperform their competitors in the long run.
    At societal level also one must never maitain a distance from ones enemy rather try to be as close as one can. In short term it may help individual to correct oneself as remakes especially made by ones enemies often motivates a person to improve onself.
    You may never know the competitor you befriended to learn something may someday turns out to be your best friend.
    Once I did befriend a competitor of mine as I wanted to learn his working tactics and today that person is my bestfriend.
    Its always a better option to befriend ones enemies they may not always turn out to be your friends but it definitely gives us an idea how to tackle our enemies effectively and efficiently.

    • sree

      plss review

    • CAG

      Good try. But you definitely need to increase its length and incorporate more ideas. Keep writing.

  • sree

    plss review

    ‘Keep your friends close, your enemies closer’? This quote is telling us to make friends with your enemy, don’t push them away. Keep a tab on them. You never know what your enemy will do to you, so it’s better to keep them close as a lookout. It is less likely for them to harm you. The relationship you hold with your enemy is actually very interesting. It’s like I can’t wait to see them every day, to see what they are up to, who they are hanging out with, anything I can talk about to my friend. Your enemy can bring as much joy as your best friend can just by doing something wrong, or embarrassing. Most people tell you to forgive your enemies, but can you really do that? Whatever they have done, if they are labeled as your enemy, is it really that easy to forgive and forget them? This is the same as your bestfriend, if they leave, is it really that easy to forget them? You want to know every little thing you can about your enemy, but if you hate them, why do you want something to do with them so much?

    Your bestfriend is someone who you can share everything with, your problems, your secrets, and talk about your enemies with. A friend is somebody that you can trust. Your bestfriend acts like shield. They defend you if your enemy talks bad about you. Your friends like to see you happy, and they want you to succeed. You do everything with your bestfriend, and hopefully your enemy is your bestfriend’s enemy too. You don’t have to find out everything about your bestfriend, because you already know a lot of things about them. Basically they are just someone who sticks with you, and cares for you. But if your bestfriend doesn’t like you, they would do something behind your back. Unlike your enemy, they would just shoot you in the face.

    In the business setting, I refer to “enemy” as a person you have to interact with, someone who’s competing for your resources, who doesn’t follow through on his commitments, whom you don’t trust, with whom the “chemistry” isn’t there, or who disagrees with your perspective from the ground up. These are also people whom you’ll need in order to get your own personal and organizational objectives met.

    But there are a number of exceedingly important reasons for keeping your enemies close:

    1. You can learn a lot from people you dislike. Indeed, best learning doesn’t always come from friends. Often it’s from opponents, adversaries or fence-sitters. They bring a different worldview, perspective and/or ideas on a subject of common interest. There are plenty of times when such a person can help to better thinking and position on an issue.

    2. One have to keep your enemies close to understand their perspective and interests. One of the persuasion strategies was the importance of creating a highly representative “panel” who would represent the diversity of commitments or opinions on an issue. In order to acheive success the proposal should be framed by considering the self interests of different persons in the panel.

    3. When your enemies are close, it’s easier for your allies to work with you. Allies are often the least helpful in analyzing one’s ideas. But allies will respect you and find it easier to work with you if they know you really understand the lay of the land–and how to appeal to your enemy’s self-interest.

    Determining the motives of your enemy involves a significant amount of guesswork. One of the best ways to get to know that person is to listen to how he goes about persuading others. People want the world to be congruous with their expectations and in line with their predictions. So when they attempt to persuade others, they use tactics that would be persuasive to them. Observe them, listen to them and analyze what they say and how they say it. From that you can often figure out their interests and their values.

    Finally, it needs to be said that you can’t keep your enemy close to you unless you know how to disagree agreeably, understand and share at least some of your enemy’s interests or values, are sometimes transparent with your differences and are willing to interact with that person in a social situation. In such settings it’s important to find out what that person wants that you can give them. Secondly, it’s just as important to figure out the resources you have to offer them in order that they’ll give you what you want. Don’t forget that some of the resources each of us has are information and contacts.

    You’ll be safer if you know more about your enemies than you know about your friends. Look after your enemies better than you look after your friends.Forgive your enemies because they are either insecure, giving in to societal pressures or going through something that makes them feel good about making you feel bad.Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer” means to keep ’em close, as silent reminders, so you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Today, I am strong.”

    In sum, if you dig deep enough, there are always a few interests and values you share with your enemies. Most of us like to talk about our differences, but in reality we are all far more alike than different. Inherently also, that means that you know how to really converse. But this also implies that you can listen and observe as though that person is the only other person on the planet.

    • OK

      You just talked about the personal relationship. Meaning of enemy can be broadened.

      • sree

        okk,full wrong ?

    • Batman

      Hi Sree, finally
      1)your starting line of intro is contradicting. You said make ur enemy your friend and then you talked about keeping tabs as they can do this or that. I think first of all, don’t jump directly that you should make him/her ur friend because that is completely a different dimension. Try including it in separate paragraph
      2)in second para, u were talking about friend but then you directly jumped into “business” part of enemy- no connectivity and no background
      3)you should try including example to enrich ur essay
      4)you stick with the theme of essay which is quite good
      5)i don’t like point wise format (my personal opinion, u may disagree)-it breaks the flow of essay, compartmentalize it
      6)good control over language and grammar. keep it up!
      In sum, you have the potential and will surely improve as u write 🙂

      • sree

        thanq batman i’ll try to improve

    • Lord Tuktuk

      hello 🙂

      your intro is defensive a bit!

      you said ,” It is less likely for them to harm you if they are kept closer”. it should be more like even if they try to harm you, you’ll know if they are closer to you!! i hope you get me here!!

      later you went good, but tell me why are you using bullet structutre here??? why numbering points??? i dont think it is a good thing to do! i dont know! you should refer about this to someone senior 🙂
      I got all your points but i didnt found any examples! try inserting more examples so that the examiner understands more and remains connected to your content 🙂
      Keep writing!! you will improve in sometime 🙂
      dont take much pressure!! it will only make you more nervous!! just focus on writing 🙂
      thankyou 🙂

      • sree

        thanq soo much tuktuk

    • Vivaan Khanna

      I enjoyed reading ur essay but:
      1.If essay would have been “keep enemies closer”,your direction was ok but its “keep your friends close and enemies closer”,so please try to do justice with the topic
      2.without examples essay becomes boring(my opinion)
      3.Avoid points at least in essay
      4.Your essay gave me the impression of negativity..don’t know why
      5.Include more dimensions
      there is always a scope for improvement
      keep writing
      review mine please

      • sree

        thanq im beginner but i’ll try to improve

    • why_so_serious?

      I liked the essay. but I felt the start was a bit elongated. U shouldn’t be included so much to explain how ur friends and best friend should be near. Also, I don’t think that u including “best friend will shoot u in front” is for real. But that’s my view.

      Work on ur coherence, if u know what I mean. I won’t point out specifically.

      ATB 🙂

      • sree

        thanq

    • Himaanshu

      1- First of all I appreciate that you have started writing essays. Just keep the consistency. With time and practice we all will improve a lot.
      2- I won’t repeat the things which our fellow aspirants had already mentioned. Just keep those suggestions in mind.
      3- Try to read as many essays you can. Suru mein headache hoga but than you will get lots of approaches, ideas, views, information and style of writing.
      4- All the best for next week. I believe you will write a great essay next time 🙂 …… kindly read and review mine 🙂

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Introduction and first half of essay was not really good. You talked very generally, but in 2nd half your points are really brilliant. You should make your essay multidimensional. Giving real life examples, quotations and their meanings, anecdotes etc. to substantiate your arguments will help you in getting extra marks. Writing in point format is okay, unless you do not overdo it.

      Content and quality of essay matters more than the structure of essay. Quality includes connectivity and coherence too. Your conclusion could have been better had you summed up what you already said in your essay. Your conclusion seems like starting a new half-baked argument with not sufficient explanation. Overall you have done well, and with more practice you will improve further.

      Marks – 60/125

      • sree

        thanq soo much sir

      • sree

        sir few doubts im beginner i started reading newspaper recently but getting confused abt articles bcz dont knw the backgrnd,is it good to attempt answer writing on current events daily or shld i practice reading for 1 month n thn start writing answers pls suggest me sir

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          Just try to write 1 or 2 answers daily. That will be enough exercise for mind. Also, try not to write in short, (ex – bcz) because you may do the same in examination, thus creating bad impression. It won’t take much time to write formally here.

          • sree

            sorry sir

      • SS

        Sir, pls review my essay…I know u r doing a lot and have very little in terms of time…but it will be great help if u can afford to just review mine and let me know on which area to improve upon. Even if u dont find time to review , my respect for you remains intact.Thanks and God bless 🙂

  • FinalAttempt

    Guys if anybody looking for SOCIOLOGY OPTIONAL VIDEO LECTURES please mail me at [email protected] .
    i appeared in mains and found beneficial..

    thanks

    • SRN

      What is the language used in the lectures?

      • SRN

        I mean, Hindi or English ?

      • FinalAttempt

        english

        • SRN

          Thanks. Kindly review my essay if possible 🙂

  • Night Fury

    CRITICAL REVIEW PLEASE!!!

    “Keep your friends close and your enemies
    closer.”

    The meanings of philosophies we understand when we have
    experienced them in life rather than being taught by others. Life gives us
    lessons and in the process we contemplate the meaning of these sayings by great
    people. One such lesson that we all must have learnt is “Keep your friends
    close and your enemies closer”.

    Everyone loves to have friends around. Our friends give us a
    feeling of completeness, they support us, motivate us in hard times and we are
    always assured that of someone by our side. Yes, we can always count on our friends when
    we need them. We need them and hence we
    keep them close to ourselves. Then why
    there is a need to have enemies around.

    As a child I used to believe that keeping your enemies close
    will help me to take revenge as and when I get a chance. Also keeping them
    close means I can know better about them which would help me get an edge over
    them. We often encounter our first
    enemies in our school life.

    Jenny had good friends in her class. She became the prime
    target of her school’s “mean girls.” On walks home from school, they called her
    a looser and other such stuff. As she
    was young and this was her first time being bullied, she went home and cried herself
    to sleep almost every night. The insults hurt like hell and she didn’t know
    what to do with them. She started hating those girls (her enemies), distanced
    herself away from them and in eventually started hating herself for she thought
    she lacks courage to face them.

    Few years later, Jenny made another enemy, this time her
    childhood friends, which we call as “frenemy”. Her childhood friend refused to
    come to her sister’s wedding as she had to study for a test. Since then she
    didn’t hear from her that friend. She
    left contact with her too.

    Then later in her job, Jenny met some unfriendly team mates
    who used to criticize her always for her work. She did real hardwork and kept
    her occupied always with the project tasks. Still she was always criticized and
    back bitched by her team mates about not being perfect at work. She distanced
    herself from them and didn’t participate in team outings also.

    So, was Jenny doing right? Is distancing yourself away from
    your critics and enemies the right thing to do?

    In a way yes! It helps you to avoid confrontation and
    arguments. You can be at peace by avoiding people who criticize you. Staying
    away from them and spending time with Friends , as they support you instead of
    always pointing out the flaws. In a way you are escaping yourself from
    criticism.

    But that gives you a false sense of satisfaction. Instead of running away from enemies one
    should keep them closer. Your enemies in life can teach you a lot about
    yourself without you even realizing it. Your enemies aren’t afraid to tell you
    things that a friend might avoid. Enemies may be people you dislike but that
    doesn’t mean you should keep your distance from them. It’s good to keep your
    enemies close enough to keep a watchful eye on them.

    Listen to your enemies, what views they have about you, and
    why so negative? In a way you are getting a chance to improve yourself. If you
    understand why they hate you, you can learn to love your friends even more! In this way by keeping your enemies closer
    you get to build your personality and evolve a better human being.

    Enemies tell you things you may not like and don’t want to
    hear but some of those things are actually what you NEED. You often overlook
    your own flaws. An enemy may be able to teach you more about yourself than a
    friend can. People who you see as enemies keep a close eye on your every move.
    They may dislike you but they keep a close watch on every step you take, and
    that gives you a chance to better yourself, work harder so that you don’t fall
    prey to their criticism again.

    We have recently seen our Parliament getting disrupted again
    and again due to ruckus created by the opposition parties at the floor of the
    house. The functioning of the highest epitome of democracy has turned into a
    blame-game, where opposition parties are putting fingers on the Govt. pointing
    out their flaws and that too in a destructive manner. But instead of suspending
    the members and engaging in constructive criticism (keeping enemy closer and
    deliberating with them) will lead to a fruitful functioning of the democracy.

    Like ways, when we talk of India-Pakistan Relations we often
    portray our neighbor has “Enemy Nation” because of the State sponsored
    terrorism that India has been victim of.
    They send terrorists, our people are killed, and unrest is created often
    at borders and in Kashmir. We stop talking perceiving them as enemy. But has
    the 65 years of hatred led us anywhere? Can’t we stop this never ending love
    hate relationship! The solution lies in taking the relationship from “enemy” to
    a “friend” by engaging with them culturally. Keeping your enemy close may not
    turn them to your friend but will surely help each other in constructive way.

    Same goes for the India-China relationship. Cross border infiltration
    from China has been of great concern for India. We blame them for dumping goods
    in our country at cheaper rates which affect the interests of our
    industries. But the reality lies in the
    fact that regional integration among the Asian Economies (China being a great
    Economic Giant) can really change the geo-politic scenario of the world which
    has till now been majorly West-centric.
    Recent initiatives of China, like One Belt One Road and the Asian
    Infrastructure Bank are a step in right direction. We have a chance to keep our
    enemy closer and in turn benefit to our own country and the region too.

    So we see that we can learn a lot by keeping close to our
    enemies. Watch them as they watch you. See how much you can pick up from their
    negativities. Try to turn those negatives into positives. Know your enemies
    strengths and weakness, because there is high chance they know yours.

    By the time Jenny
    switched on to another company she had realized what was the real meaning of
    criticisms and enemes in life. With time she had known herself more! She learnt
    to forgive her enemies because regardless of her fallouts, her childhood friend gave her amazing years of friendship, her
    colleagues criticism made her realize how to perfect her work, and at the end
    of the day peace of mind is what is important for us.

    So, to conclude with I say , however enemies you have around
    you, keep them closer, keep your friends close too as they are the pillars of
    your success as and when they support you. But what you are today is because of
    all those lessons you learnt from your “enemies” and your experiences. If there
    is no enemy within the enemy outside can do us no harm.

    P.S : In the end it doesn’t even matter 😛

    Happy new year !! 😀

    • Batman

      Hi Fury, my views:
      1)your start was quite good
      2)avoid words like bitched
      3)glad that u didn’t ignore the “friends” part completely though it should have been stressed a bit more
      4)good number of examples included
      5)the idea “enemies tell u things that ur friends don’t” has been repeated twice
      6)in end, coming up with Jenny story was little abrupt to me, it actually hindered the wonderful flow
      7)in conclusion, new aspect: no enemy within. avoid it
      Overall, good one!

      • Night Fury

        thanks batman.. yes i edited it now, didn’t realise what I was writing :/ thanks for pointing out!
        idea repeating okay..
        actually last time Insights told to refer serious’s conclusion. so I tried to link example in conclusion.. I guess I failed in that :/
        conclusion I couldn’t improve again .. 🙁
        I will try to improve in next one.. thanks for your valuable inputs 🙂
        I will review yours too. in some time
        thanks again!

        • Batman

          itta jada thanks 😛
          yar, mere conclusions ki bhi tarif ni hti. you are asking water from a thirsty person 😛
          but my common understanding is that it should have the ideas that u expressed in body and inclusion of any new idea should be avoided strictly

          • Night Fury

            ohh okay! then do share with me if you get some water (Mineral filtered preferably 😛 )

            • Batman

              haha.. Sure 😛

    • why_so_serious?

      hey fury! Have read that blog too 😀
      The flow was wonderful, I really liked reading it from start till the end (No matter what I pretend :D)

      Try to include a critical perspective of the statement too (Like I did in my essay)… This will give a different angle to the essay.

      The structuring was good, the examples were relevant, the intro was good, what else do u want?

      • Night Fury

        missed out critic part.. didn’t click while writing :/ forgot !

        • why_so_serious?

          Chal abhi mera review kar 😀

          • Lord Tuktuk

            are waah!! sab se karwa le review bete 🙂

      • Night Fury

        good marks i want 😛
        i will review yours in some time! thanks for reading it.. and pretending what ? didn’t get you :/

    • Lord Tuktuk

      Hello my dear 😛

      you into started on a good note!!

      your second para made me smile ( you know the reason) 🙂

      you revolved around jenny too much!! DONT use words like bitching, its not your college exam and your university professors will not check it 😛

      relating jennny to 1-2 examples is okay, but you should include diffrent dimensions also 🙂
      “your enemies in life can teach you a lot about
      yourself without you even realizing it” this was the turning point in the essay as your intro was good but the body was so so!! you tried to justify yourself well by parliament and ind-pak example!!!

      ( special note : They send terrorists, our people are killed!! i dont think this is good to write like you wrote it!!!! it seems so agressive! you can say this on a lighter tone! sometimes, truth has to be a little gentle. you’re going to become a civil servant, not a politician afterall) 🙂

      Aah, jenny again in the end!! he story is sad!!! your conclusion should give a happy feeling to examiner so that he inner marks dene waali aatma gets up.

      “So, to conclude with I say , however enemies you have around
      you, keep them closer, keep your friends close too as they are the pillars of
      your success”…. is se just phle tu jenny k alawa koi aur example deta then it would have been an advantage for you!!

      PS: i’m too a fan of Linkin Park, but this song should be taken in a constructive manner!! 🙂
      Another PS: your started good! your content was good! you just need to include different ideas! try to put why sometimes its not good to always befriend your enemies! think out of the box! you’ll learn, we’ll learn!! dont worry!! you’ve done good 🙂

      • Night Fury

        Bhai your review makes me smile a lot .. thank you for this!! 🙂
        Yes I agree with all of your points will improve for sure 🙂 next week tera essay bhi padhenge hum:D

        • Lord Tuktuk

          padhna nhi, critically review kario 😛

          • Night Fury

            hahaha yes! critical to the max 😛

      • Night Fury

        Bhai !! Thank you for your valuable and detailed review !!
        I will try to impress you with my next essay 😀

        • Lord Tuktuk

          i know you’ll 🙂

    • SS

      What makes ur essay different is that there is just one “Jenny” and many experiences. No overloading of different examples. Lucid. Please review mine if u find time. Thanks

      • Night Fury

        glad you liked it 🙂
        I will review urs for sure.. in some time. promise!

    • Himaanshu

      1- Simplicity of your writing is the thing I like the most. I did not have to struggle while reading the whole essay.
      2- Nicely introduced
      3- Good example of Jenny could easily connect with real life situations one face
      4- In certain in fact in most of the points I find that you have interchanged critics with enemies.
      5- Well written,.. I believe your next writing will be better than this 🙂
      6- Have a look at mine… My first essay attempt 🙂

      • Night Fury

        Thanks for the review friend. I too feel I mixed up things! will improve in my next essay. 🙂

    • anonymous

      hey nice content fury. I get many new things from your essay. I’m new is essay writing still i felt few points which i like to share(May be its not useful)—
      a)keep your friend close and enemy closer. May be im wrong but i feel it can have two question-
      -Enemy -why to keep enemy closer, whats its benefits, (which you answered very well)
      -Friend- Why to keep friends close not closer, Risk related to it –Bad company , lowering of moral values, risk of leaking secrets for personal gains.
      b)I dnt know whether we directly right state sponsor terrorism in case of pak-India (I mean diplomatic language should be used)

      • Night Fury

        Hey anonymous Dost!
        Well, your inputs are valuable 🙂 thanks for the review.
        As such no specific blogs.. Even I am learning how to go about an essay (this is my 3rd essay)
        You can watch toppers videos on youtube if you want to learn how one writes an essay !
        Vision IAS has uploaded a video by Aditya Ranjan.. u can watch that..
        I will share the link here if u want.
        and for any topic.. just google it.. search it’s meaning in diverse perspective and think+search for more and more examples..
        with time you get to learn many things, where you lack and what are your strengths.
        Keep writing and reviewing.. and we’ll improve with time for sure 🙂
        Hope it helps. feel free to ask.
        though I’m no authority in essay yet but will help u with whatever I know 🙂

        • anonymous

          Ty 🙂

    • sankar

      perfect answer
      plz rvw mine

      • Night Fury

        answer nahi.. essay 😛
        did u read it completely ? 😛
        yes will review urs too .. but will take some time.. thanks 🙂

        • Himaanshu

          ae dost kindly have a look at my essay,…. 🙂

          • Night Fury

            sure dost! yaad hai ekdam.. bas abhi shuru kia hai review karna.. aapka ekdam yaad hai.. 🙂

        • sankar

          by god
          I have read your essay completelyfury
          nice flow, i dont find any flaws
          Fury I too obserbed many friends just write and upvote without doing so
          thank you

          • Night Fury

            hehehe.. yes I will review urs too,, plz wait 🙂

    • yogi

      1. Intro-> started with some enlightening lines, good
      2. Jenny story –> u have very well applied the suggestion of that 99th ranker considering age as the thread
      3. examples of IR are put approrpiately
      4. Conclusion though very obvious but frankly speaking i did not found it attractive
      overall that was a good essay for beginners like me
      plz review mine as well..:)

      • Night Fury

        Hey Yogi ! Even I am also a beginner here , don’t worry we are all learning 🙂
        Thanks for your inputs ! Glad you liked Jenny story 😛 😛
        will review yours 🙂

    • Isha

      1. Intro was a good start. Everything was going well till Jenny came abruptly! Jenny was not connected well to the previous stroy though the example itself was good but a bit long.
      2. ur 8th, 9th & 10th para are talking about the same thing- seems repetitive. U can concise them.
      3. Parliament example, Pakistan one & china too- they were excellent
      4. Again Jenny came- seems she is ur best friend 😛 But she is not getting connected to the whole
      5. Conclusion was good but it could be better.
      6. Also, a major part was occupied by ur best friend- u can include other examples or u can simply put forth ur philosophical part.
      7. Some enemies are just hard nuts to crack- u cnt always befriend them- take this dimension too
      Keep writing & reviewing. & feel free to contradict with my above gyan 🙂

      • Night Fury

        Thank you so much friend! 🙂
        I agree with each and every suggestion of yours.. You are a good reviewer indeed!
        Will make sure to improve next time and will read ur essay too..
        thanks a lot for the review 🙂

        • Isha

          But I am not a good writer 😛
          I would request you to be critical- very critical with my answers- so that I can improve 🙂

          • Night Fury

            Sure!! I have registered your name in my hard disk 😛

            • Isha

              Haha 😀
              It’s really small too, wont take much space 😛

    • sheetu singh

      1-intro can b much better bcoz it shows hw much u hv in full body of essay .
      2-example of jenny good (bt i think i m not like that 😉
      3- teaching and critics of enemies -really well explained
      4- in Indo -Pak relationship add there recent visit of pm .
      5-+ for again u touch ghe jenny s story and relate to full concern
      6over all u did well
      Done !!:)happy new year to u .

      • Himaanshu

        hey sheetu,… would love to have your take on my essay. Kindly review 🙂

        • sheetu singh

          It ll a hurculen task for me to review urs bt i ll try

          • Himaanshu

            take it easy. Its my first essay , I am not used to write 1200 words on a single topic. But today tried 🙂

            • sheetu singh

              Not found where it is

              • Himaanshu

                scroll down,.. Not too below 🙂

                • sheetu singh

                  Ok

      • Night Fury

        Thanks Sheetu!! 🙂 Yes I will take care of these points! thanks again:)

        • sheetu singh

          Welcm and tomorrow i ll cm back so plz review maa answer .advance booking .:)

          • Night Fury

            Sure!!! 🙂

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Very good essay Night Fury. I liked the connectivity and seamless flow that your essay provides. Jumping from one idea to another and connecting them beautifully is what any essay needs (apart from writing within demand of question). Try to write major portion of essay in third person view. Rest all is beautifully written.

      Note – refrain from commenting on politics of our country and views/steps taken by political parties. You never know whether your answer checker is supporter of congress/BJP/left/AAP. So, just avoid these examples. You can give examples in general sense, like parliament should function and constructive criticism and debates on issues should happen (but don’t tell that opposition is halting parliament, or BJP is too intolerant on minority issue – just don’t name anyone, be neutral in exam)

      Marks – 75/125

      • Night Fury

        Thank you so much Sir for making time and efforts to review my essay.
        I will work on the suggestions that you gave and will improve them.
        Your words are real motivation for me. Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Dipali Gaikwad

      Nice fury….keep it up

      • Night Fury

        hey, thanks 🙂

  • Ash

    Please Review …..

    Human beings dwell in a society where they interact with one another. Situations and circumstances
    determine our behaviour with each other. With benevolent people we end up being friends and the malevolent are tagged as ‘enemies’.

    The more powerful or successful one becomes, the longer the list of these malevolent people grows.
    These malicious people can further be categorized into two – the ‘yes-men’ and the ‘naysayers’. The ‘yes-men’ remain our friends due to flattery and the naysayers distinguish themselves as enemies due to their outright contempt and disagreement.

    Now the question is who should we value more? Who would help us be a better person? The answer is
    simple ‘our opponents’. These are the people who keep close tabs on us, know our strengths and weaknesses. Ignoring these people would be like wreaking trouble upon ourselves as ‘the toughest and the most destructive blow comes when it is least expected’. Association with them makes us wise, mature and ready to deal with any situation even the ones inflicted by them.

    But Wait! Are we suggesting Mr Obama and other world leaders should wine and dine with IS
    fanatics to uproot them?

    No! Proximity can have many avenues. Few are legal and few illegal. Let’s analyse –

    The rifely followed way is snooping. Various Intelligence agencies, technologies, even people are
    involved to gain insights of the enemy’s agencies. This method was used by US to track Saddam Hussein.

    Second way is engagement despite the present hostilities for some cause. This engagement keeps the
    hostility intact and parties act maturely in resolution of the problem. Ex- US and Russia fighting against IS.

    Third and the most holistic way is direct interaction where there are attempts to understand the opponent. This attempt to develop an understanding gives opportunities to alleviate the hatred. Can be best exemplified through the recent visit of PM Modi to Pakistan to greet his counterpart on his birthday. This way an opportunity to read the opponent’s body language, gestures and eventually intentions is facilitated which in turn reduces the predicting time and more focus can be given to
    counteraction.

    There are two ways to tackle an opponent – either by sword or by spirit. The world stands witness to
    people like Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi who delivered the message of ‘love your enemy’. These are the people who make us strong in life and truly deserve respect as they have the strength to stand out and disagree.

    In societal parlance, criminals are considered enemies of the society. In a nation which considers
    Mahatma Gandhi as its father, a man who said ‘Hate the crime not the criminal’, how justified is it to ostracize these criminals. The recent hue and cry against the release of the juvenile in the December 2012 rape case shows how we hate the perpetrator of a crime. How far is this ostracising going to be fruitful? How many solitary confinements are we going to give? How much more will the tax-payer
    bear the burden? Will this confinement or imprisonment bear any fruit?

    On the contrary, if we rehabilitate the inmates and try understanding their mental state when they
    committed the crime via psychiatric care and give them a fair chance to act as responsible citizens, would it not help? Leaving them in the lurch would fill them with contempt and they would look for more avenues to vent their frustration. Instead integrating them into the society and giving them a fair chance would even benefit the nation and its economy.

    A good leader always tries to unify his friends and understand and associate with his enemies. Many multilateral Organizations and agencies are headed by such leaders. With Japan’s growing economic
    and political might, the South East Asian economies became suspicious of Japan’s tentions. To do away with this, Japan is included in almost all the alliances of SEA. Ex – East Asia Summit, Asian Plus 3. The inclusion of Renminbi in SDRs is another such example. Nations fear the distortion created by frequent devaluation of Yuan and this closeness with the international system would keep China on tabs.

    Deep down under most of the times enmity originates from malicious motives which are a result of
    negativities in human mind like insecurity, bigotry, jealousy, comparison, so on and so forth. The need of the hour is to remove these from human minds. This could be done with the help of education. Education not only in terms of Sciences but also in Moral Sciences and Humanities. Following this States should make sure every individual is employed. An educated individual becomes open-minded and their jobs keep them busy with less time for destructive thoughts and hatred.

    Enmity also comes when we start comparing ourselves with others so the State should focus on quality of opportunities. At international levels, diplomats and leaders should act more responsible because fighting a war drains a lot of resources including precious humans ex. The Iraq War, Afghanistan which is still in ruins. All issues should be sorted out via dialogue and with peace.

    Having an opponent means someone has considered us as worthy enough to give us his thought and time. So these opponents should always be respected. There should be a fair competition but not at the cost of others. We should help them; greet them even associate with them BUT ‘WITH OUR GUARDS UP’.

    • Batman

      Hi Ash, my views:
      1)start was quite good-the way u differentiated
      2)in my opinion, the structure should have been: how enemies crop up;why it is better to keep them closer; how do we deal with them if keeping them close but
      you talked about how they cam up; then how to deal; then again new strategy-sword or spirit (preceding paras too talked about same in a different manner); then you talked about the benfits of keeping close through ‘rape incident’ then again you came up how we make enemies-this defeated the flow in ur essay
      3)conclusion was a little abrupt, you should talked a bit more
      4)more dimensions on keeping enemies close need to be incorporated
      Thanks!
      Please review mine too 🙂

      • Ash

        Yeah! I will definitely review… Thank you! 🙂

    • Dexter Morgan

      Your intro defining benevolent malevolent and some other stuff is too good !!
      And then by giving example of Obama and IS don’t you think you are giving the way to evaluator to think on it 😛 But that’s challenging way to giving contradictory and proving that’s not makes you a good innovator but avoid those risky situations .. But you tried proving “that’s not how it is ” !!!
      Coming to Gandhi and Jesus part its just awesome !!
      And I din understand why u took crime criminal and juvenile case !! Clarify me what u meant to say there !!
      And while coming to end of your essay don’t you think you are deviating from main theme of the essay ?? Conclusion can be improved !!
      And m very sorry for being this much critical !! And I did same mistakes so I am getting to know !!
      Review mine if possible thank you 🙂

      • Ash

        Ohhhh!!!! The Bangalorean guy! .. Hegidira Dexter??? 😛

        Ohkay! Coming to the review part… Critical reviews are most welcome… What you’ve written is nothing.. Trust me I have given worst review… Its an inspiration to improve.. so no apologies needed! 🙂

        I took it to crime becoz I was trying to show criminals are also viewed as enemies of the society! So ostracizing them won’t be beneficial.. we shud be more inclusive and reformative… 🙂

        I know! I have to work on my conclusions BIG TIME!
        I’ll definitely review ya! Thnk you for reviewing! KWAR! 🙂

        • Dexter Morgan

          Sooooo happy to see kannadigas !! Naana chennagidini !! Taavu ellinda, hegidira ?
          Okay but you have more other ways instead of taking criminals !! 🙂
          That’s what I felt !! And one thing !! How u got to know that m Bangalorean ? 😛

          • Ash

            I’m not a Kannadiga! And my Kannada Vocab is limited.. 😛
            I have spent some time in Bangalore so kinna know! 🙂
            Btw me too chennagidini! 🙂
            Yesterday! you requested Fury and Tuktuk to talk in English.. I read that! 🙂

            • Lord Tuktuk

              spies are everywhere 😛 :O

              • Ash

                what language dew speak.. name it … and I have a ‘how are you’ ready in your language 😛

                • Lord Tuktuk

                  we’ll see that during training 😛

            • Dexter Morgan

              Okay 🙂 And review my essay make some time 😛

          • Lord Tuktuk

            bhai, i’ll talk to you in pahadi language now! i’m a himachali!! 😛
            talk in english to evrybody 😛 😛

            • Dexter Morgan

              Hahahhaa !! No no 😛
              From now only ENGLISH !! No Hindi too 😀 😛

              • Lord Tuktuk

                keep hindi close, but keep english closer 😛

                • Dexter Morgan

                  Very smart 😀 😀

                  • Lord Tuktuk

                    it’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us 😀
                    ok bro! carry on! catch you later!! have to go now 🙂

                    • Ash

                      Baba rey! what a guy!!!!! 🙂 🙂
                      Batman fanatic! 🙂

                    • Lord Tuktuk

                      just ethically fanatic! 🙂

                    • Ash

                      All hail the Lord! 😛

                      Happy New Year Tuktuk! Have a greaaaaaaaaaaaaat year ahead! Wishing you success in all your endeavors! :):)

                    • Lord Tuktuk

                      Thanks for making an efforts to wish me!
                      Happy New Year to you too Ash!! God bless you !!
                      Hopefully 2016 will be the BEST for all of us !! May GOD blss us all!! Aameen!! 🙂
                      ALL THE BEST !!!

            • Srishti

              Wow…even I’m a himachali…I have not written any essay but surely I will….

    • Lord Tuktuk

      hello Ash 😛

      intro was good!

      “the ‘yes-men’ and the ‘naysayers’. i agree

      The ‘yes-men’ remain our friends due to flattery and the naysayers distinguish themselves as enemies due to their outright contempt and disagreement.” NO!! not always!! i dont think so!!! totallly disagree on this point!!! you shluld think about this point more!!!!

      next line :Now the question is who should we value more? Who would help us be a better person? The answer is simple ‘our opponents’

      is that so? Again NO!! not always!! if thats the point, i’ll prefer to live in house of an opponent!! your opponents can motivate you most of the times, i agree!! but its the friends that pick you up when you’ve lost all the courage!! its not “simply opponent”. Ask this to yourself again!! I think i’m going too deep while reviewing! i should stop this! i dont want people think ke i’m insulting them 😛

      you did well later on ind-pak, obama including gandhi, jesus the great, was a strong message!!
      yuan addition was fresh!! (Y) 🙂
      you should have included examples aslo as examiner will feel more connected to your answer!!
      overall good!!
      KWAR!!

      • Ash

        Thank you Tuktuk … I will do the thinking part… 🙂

    • why_so_serious?

      How is the answer so simple “ur opponents”? I mean for people(maybe for the examiner) a friend is more of a person who makes ur improve. U cannot take a stand n the examiner wont buy ur point unless u have included examples to support ur stand. Refrain urselves from writing this at the start, can be done after u have explained.

      Ur essay talks about “ways” how u can gain from those enemies, which is a good approach. But I feel, the part above it, the place where u said why enemies are good for you, you need to elaborate that part more.

      Nice conclusion. The rest I found good. Cannot think of any critic, I liked ur use of examples and the write-up. Please tone-down a bit though, the vocab can back-fire for sure.

      Review mine if possible

      • Ash

        Do you have to ask for a review… Seriously????? Are you serious.. and if you are then..
        why-so-serious! 😛

      • Ash

        I feel! I have done injustice with friends in my essay… I agree.. even Tuktuk pointed out the same!
        Thank you for reviewing.. Reviewing yours! 🙂

    • Himaanshu

      1- the ‘yes-men’ and the ‘naysayers’ is the first take away for me

      2- Now the question is who should we value more? Who would help us be a better person? The answer issimple ‘our opponents’ …….. I won’t buy this point till you sell it with conviction.

      3- Proximity can be physical and ideological… Just an add on 🙂

      4- Over focused on international issue

      5- I could not connect with ‘Nirbhaya Case’ .. may be I need to read that portion again. You have written it than it must have a context .

      6- Overall fair attempt … I believe next week you will write your best essay 🙂 ……… Have a look at mine ASH 🙂

      • Ash

        Hiiii….. I swear I have been sitting with your essay only… Its like few things came in way… 🙂

        1. Thank You 🙂
        2. No body is buying this point… even I don’t wanna buy it anymore.. Forget buying I don’t wanna advertise it also! 😛
        3. Thank You! 🙂
        4. Agree! 🙂
        5. I can advertise this point 😛 I meant Criminals are looked at as enemies of the society… So I said they should be integrated(get them closer) for the society’s benefit
        6. Review coming Riiiiiiiiight up Mr Rawat! 🙂
        Thank You! 🙂

    • yogi

      Hi Ash.:)
      1. pura ka pura IR pe hi pel diya
      2. you have missed many dimensions
      3. what i concluded from it is that u don’t agree with the statement, or u agree but with some exceptions
      4. at some points of time u delved too deep in IR and eco like Renminibi yuan and all that
      plz excuse my critical review and review my first essay..:)

      • Ash

        Hii Yogi! 🙂
        1. Is this how you talk to girls?
        2. I would love to read yours and see more dimensions.
        3. I’m not sure what made you feel that… I would like your pointing it out so I could rectify my fault.
        4. I was giving examples.

        Would love to review yours! 🙂

        • yogi

          sorry Ash , I did not know u are a girl, sorry again plz forgive me

          • Ash

            Pardoned! I have a big heart you c! 🙂 😛

            Its not all your fault.. Everyone assumes I’m guy.. Thanks to the controversial name! 🙂

        • Lord Tuktuk

          sorry!! i’m no one to say anything about this but this time you just over reacted! if you got offended but this word, surely you’re not a North Indian, nor even central!! 🙂 this is one of the most common word of overdoing things here in N.Indian side and its not rude here, you see! I’m not taking his side, he was wrong though! Even if he is north indian or not, these words should should be used on a platform like this!
          Just change your name so that people know who they are talking to! neither you’ll get hurt and evrybody’ll talk to you with respect which everyone deserves 🙂
          and there was nothing about having a big heart in this case 😛 😛
          Sorry, if you find me all wrong! Tada 🙂

          • Ash

            Hi Tuktuk.. I’m from Kolkata.. now you decide if it comes in the north or not!!

            I don’t really talk to a lot of guys.. and the ones I talk to don’t use such words..I really don’t know the meaning… But some chick told me its not good… Now I’m not really sure if its a bad word or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            And having a big heart.. was my way of overdoing it 😛 😛

            • Lord Tuktuk

              i dont want to decide if it comes in north or it! i ws just saying ki people this side don’t get offended by such little things (it might be a big thing there,idk, i’m not blaming anyone)
              it means ki “you have repeated same thing over and over and over in a context” 🙂
              Nice to know!

            • Night Fury

              Ae hikka Bandhu 🙂
              Pel dena is very very generic word here.. Sort of a slang (surely not a bad word) Nothing offensive about it.. 🙂

              • Ash

                Okay! 🙂
                I didn’t know! Thanks for enlightening! 🙂
                Someone gave me incorrect enlightenment bfo… 🙂

              • Lord Tuktuk

                😐 thanks my bro for defending me!!

    • Sushmit Adigon

      like last time ,i feel this is a very gud essay.(Insight had different views).there are some corrections i can suggest(i myself havent written so cant go too technical)
      1)u at times take extreme position–obama wine and dine,modi’s intention of pak visit.
      2)ur essays are very engaging ,but sometimes it appears that you trivialize the issue””hey wait””.
      3)u could have given examples from other aspect like nadal fedex rivalry.having said that ,ur essay is multi dimensional,while typing this i see someone mentioning “IR pel diya””,but i dont agree ,i see u have covered polity
      (educatiion),philosophy(gandhi),survellince etc
      overall i feel its a nice essay to read.

      • Ash

        I always await your reviews and count on them too… . 🙂
        Points noted… 🙂
        Thank you! 🙂

  • SS

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    After the withdrawal of the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1922, there came a moment of blank where the nationalist dint know what strategy to follow. The No- changers were of the view of remaining away from the parliament and keeping close to the masses and continue with the constructive work. Their reason was that, by being close to the masses,would keep both of them motivated, to begin the struggle again with a renewed vigour. However, the Swarajists were for contesting elections and joining the Parliament. Their reasons where many : first, they thought by keeping close to the colonial state they could get to know about their intentions. Second, they can let the government know the strength of the people and the congressmen. Third, they can follow the policy of obstruction and create a deadlock on every measure which came before the parliament and which did not suit India’s interest. Lastly, the Swarajists felt that it would not be a wise idea to leave such vantage points (in the parliament) in the hands of the Enemy !

    Thus, It was this prolonged effort of keeping close to the masses and even more closer to the government that gave India freedom from the colonial state.

    Its often said that unless u taste bitter u wont enjoy sweet. In a similar way its your enemies who make you realise the imporatnce of your friends. They motivate you to put more efforts to keep your friendship going or else you tend to take you friends for granted and lose them eventually. They help you understand how one should never behave with ones friends.

    Your enemies tend to keep alive the feeling of hatred and hostility which sometimes may help you realise your immense power and make you stretch beyond your means. However, it is not the case always, the sheer negativity they spread can make you lose your strength and push you towards depression. But then its said its better to be teased and followed then to be left in isolation. Being in isolation have equal chances of pushing you in depression. By being unconnected with the real competitive world you tend to forget the zeal for hard work and keep pace with life itself.

    Friends in turn,keep you motivated, they keep you surrounded by the positive aura. However the over sweetness they bestow sometimes kill your enthusiasm to keep going. you feel contended with what you have, not struggling for what you can have.

    The need to be aware of the next step of your opponent is the sheer hatred they have in their hearts. It is out of this hatred that they think of hurting you. By being aware of their intentions one can plan accordingly and save from the negative consequences of their acts.

    However, it should be kept in mind that love is in the very nature of a human being. Then what makes one hate the other is to be examined and mended. What one needs to do then is to hate the hatred within ones enemy and not the person himself. By being close to ones enemy, one can certainly figure out the reason for such hatred which is not very natural. Its not like whatever we tend do is correct at all times, we are human beings and are bound to make mistakes. By being close to our enemy we can know who is at the wrong end and mend accordingly. We can be a learner and a teacher at the same time. Probably we can make a friend out of an enemy. It is in this context that we need to evaluate the efforts of the early nationalists. Our early nationalists were condemned of being pro-british, but infact it was this sheer belief in the goodness of man that they tried to pursue freedom by constitutional means.

    One hides both a friend and an enemy within. To be good one needs to nurture and motivate the friend and question and demotivate the enemy. Kicking your enemy out wont help one needs to deal with it, question his acts and mend his own accordingly. Further, being good and close to your enemy even helps you avoid uneven expenses which you might need to deal with all of them. At a geopolitical level, the example that best explains this is when Nehru, knowing very well of the danger from the Chinese side, kept himself out of pursuing any hostile move towards China and maintained his closeness all through. However, the example also teaches us that over ignorance of the situation at hand can even turn your biggest friend into enemy. The mistakes made very many, which however seems out of our scope.

    Thus, we learn that keeping a friend close and an enemy closer has its own set of flaws and benefits. What one needs to learn is not to be complacent and keep oneself motivated and guarded at all times.

    • SS

      @InsightsOfficialReview:disqus : Sir ! Have been writing for a month now, really don’t know if I’m imroving or not…it would be great help if u can pls review and let me know the areas where I can improve on…thanks !

    • SS

      @disqus_Yypd088sb0:disqus

    • SS

      @[email protected]_fury1:disqus Pls give your review points. Liking will do no good. M sure m essay is not that great to have no flaws…Thanks !

    • SS

      @[email protected]:disqus Sir ! Please review my essay..its my second and I dont’t know if I have improved a bit from my first…pls sir…thanks !

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      You have written quite well. Essay length is little small, so you need to write a little more. Continuity in thoughts and connectivity is maintained throughout the essay. You can make your philosophical essay multidimensional by talking about real life problems that are relevant to the topic asked. Conclusion needs to be of minimum 4-5 lines in essay and should just sum-up the basic ideas that you argued upon in your essay. Overall nice read.

      Marks – 65/125

      • SS

        Thank you so much sir for the valuable suggestions 🙂

  • SRN

    Friends and enemies are two opposing social groups that we perceive based on the emotional , social or
    cultural equations that we share. The line of demarcation between the two groups is thin and dynamic. It changes with time and space. Today’s friend may be tomorrow a foe. Nevertheless,these two groups are seen as essentially relevant and important in the study of success/failure and progress of an individual in his/her life.

    History is full of examples that show how friendly relations have aided an individual/group’s endeavours
    and enmity with a group has always worked to one’s disadvantage. The study of the saga of the famous Rani Lakshmi of Jhansi is incomplete without mention of her friend Tantia Tope who stayed by her side and fought the battles with the same vigour as her. The past also helps us realise that enemies are not necessarily on the opposite side explicitly but may also stay on the same side and fight against by means of deception. Mir
    Qasim of Bengal worked to the interests of English East India Company that enabled their victory in the Battle of Plassey.

    Here, the definition and scope of the word “enemy” has to be carefully analysed. To misinterpret a competitor as an enemy would be a gross error. We often hear school-going children refer to the child who scores a mark higher/secures top position in a sports event as an enemy. It is said that “What one perceives when he is 6 will stay with him even when he is in his 60s”. Since the natural impulse of a human being evokes an intense emotional response to the relation “enmity”, it is highly crucial that we understand an appropriate interpretation to the word.

    An enemy is one who harms/weakens someone/something by active opposition/threatening. In the international arena, an enemy nation is one that works against the interests of another nation. Terrorism
    has and is a dominant weapon to inflict harm and damage to the enemy nation.

    Complexities in the nature of friend-foe relationship has led many philosopher-thinkers and social scientists
    to dwell deep to understand what could be the ideal positioning between the two groups. The Buddhist interpretation tells us that one learns more from his enemies than his friend. They justify this on the grounds that an enemy helps one to identify weaknesses and shortcomings that could be camouflaged in a
    friendly bonding under the carpet of affection. Hence, a hostile relationship enables development and course corrections to be effected.

    At the level of a nation-state , threats to sovereignty , integrity and economy of a nation has compelled thinkers to give the interpretation of having a close watch on the foes. Globalisation has led to a world where nations involve in intrusion of the privacy of its own citizenry to gain information to whereabouts and details
    of any anti-national elements. This has led to movements that clamour for the rights of privacy. The PRISM programme of America which was launched to secure its national interests in the aftermath of the Twin Towers attack was criticised as invading the lives of its citizens.

    The Cold War divided the world into two opposing groups. Open launches and attacks went hand-in-hand
    with secret missions. Its end however has led to a fragmented world where it is hard to clearly draw a line as to which supporting group a nation belongs to. Despite the complexities in the world arena today, principles of non-alignment and non-interference have greatly contributed in reducing tensions and animosity
    between nations.

    However, religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic differences with roots in ancient animosities do continue
    to exist. India and Pakistan, two nations born out of a Partition based on religion, state the other
    explicitly as “enemy nations” in their own Constitutions. Border issues, terrorism, status of Kashmir and many others are still unresolved. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in the conflict between the two. Therefore, to secure our interests in terms of life, property, sovereignity, India and Pak employ various means to gain access to each other’s plans. Here, it is strategically important to stay close to the enemy with respect to information access.

    We may also have to look at the flip side of the quotation to comprehend the context in which it is to be
    applied. There is a famous Tamil proverb that goes as “KEEP AWAY FROM THE EVIL”.
    It says that one should always stay away from a bad guy to avoid the unnecessary troubles that may be wrought by him. This stands as a stark contrast to the quote in discussion. Therefore, any proverb should not be blindly applied rather careful evaluation of the context and situation in which one is placed is paramount.

  • Hinna Sadaf Khan

    “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”

    Friends and enemies are two shades of life. One keeps affirming our actions and other keeps dejecting our thoughts. One keeps praising our endeavours and other keeps pushing our morals down. Friends tend to show us goody things in life while as enemies keep on criticising our efforts. Friends and enemies are the two mirrors which show us our good and bad side. The above quote aptly reflects that harsh realities need not to be ignored rather continuously gauged, in order to overcome the loopholes and lacunae.

    If we trace back in history, we see successful people tend to have more enemies than friends likewise Nations which thrive on the path of sucess have more enemy nations to threaten their strength. The above quote can be seen getting relevance in current socio- political atmosphere of our Nation. Meanwhile, Prime Minister is likely following the very essence of the above quote by keeping enemies closer. His recent visit to Pakistan exudes the true meaning of quote. He made it clear that enemies can’t be ignored otherwise the gap might widen between two Nations. In past experiences our country has suffered a lot but you can’t affotd to go for eye for eye. There is always a solution in amicable ways which fills the gap by bringing the enemy closer. There is no room for vengeance as it costs a lot.

    Enemies need to be kept closer to be alert of their actions and to leave a room for any friendly ties. You never know when your warm gesture can turn the malicious intentions into good ones. The quest for revenge would leave us shattered and battered. History is witness to it. Recent attacks on western Nations reflect their ignorance on not keeping their enemies closer. Rather they are finding news ways to counter attack Syria and Iraq which could prompt world war third.

    The above quote has a wider perspective in every aspect and can be seen in high intellectual pursuits. Spiritual leasders have always stressed upon the fact of knowing your enemies and their insecurities in order to soothen the tension. After all we are a part of complex society. We need to adhere with the above quote for sustaining and nurturing relationships. Knowing your enemy and keeping them closer could turn the tables around into favourable situations. Antagonist approach would rather add fuel to the ongoing animosity with enemies. So there is always a silver lining in the cloud which keeps hopes high.

    • FinalAttempt

      i found your essay interesting but u have not completed word limit.. also add multidimensional view . overall a best..

      • Hinna Sadaf Khan

        Thanks FinalAttempt for prompt review. I am completely naive in writing essays and all. Will improve next time with required word limit.

  • SRN

    Friends and enemies are two opposing social groups that we perceive based on the emotional , social or cultural equations that we share. The line of demarcation between the two groups is thin and dynamic. It changes with time and space. Today’s friend may be tomorrow a foe. Nevertheless,these two groups are seen as essentially relevant and important in the study of success/failure and progress of an individual in his/her life.

    History is full of examples that show how friendly relations have aided an individual/group’s endeavours and enmity with a group has always worked to one’s disadvantage. The study of the saga of the famous Rani Lakshmi of Jhansi is incomplete without mention of her friend Tantia Tope who stayed by her side and fought the battles with the same vigour as her. The past also helps us realise that enemies are not necessarily on the opposite side explicitly but may also stay on the same side and fight against by means of deception. Mir Qasim of Bengal worked to the interests of English East India Company that enabled their victory in the Battle of Plassey.

    Here, the definition and scope of the word “enemy” has to be carefully analysed. To misinterpret a competitor as an enemy would be a gross error. We often hear school-going children refer to the child who scores a mark higher/secures top position in a sports event as an enemy. It is said that “What one perceives when he is 6 will stay with him even when he is in his 60s”. Since the natural impulse of a human being evokes an intense emotional response to the relation “enmity”, it is highly crucial that we understand an appropriate interpretation to the word.

    An enemy is one who harms/weakens someone/something by active opposition/threatening. In the international arena, an enemy nation is one that works against the interests of another nation. Terrorism has and is a dominant weapon to inflict harm and damage to the enemy nation.

    Complexities in the nature of friend-foe relationship has led many philosopher-thinkers and social scientists to dwell deep to understand what could be the ideal positioning between the two groups. The Buddhist interpretation tells us that one learns more from his enemies than his friend. They justify this on the grounds that an enemy helps one to identify weaknesses and shortcomings that could be camouflaged in a friendly bonding under the carpet of affection. Hence, a hostile relationship enables development and course corrections to be effected.

    At the level of a nation-state , threats to sovereignty , integrity and economy of a nation has compelled thinkers to give the interpretation of having a close watch on the foes. Globalisation has led to a world where nations involve in intrusion of the privacy of its own citizenry to gain information to whereabouts and details of any anti-national elements. This has led to movements that clamour for the rights of privacy. The PRISM programme of America which was launched to secure its national interests in the aftermath of the Twin Towers attack was criticised as invading the lives of its citizens.

    The Cold War divided the world into two opposing groups. Open launches and attacks went hand-in-hand with secret missions. Its end however has led to a fragmented world where it is hard to clearly draw a line as to which supporting group a nation belongs to. Despite the complexities in the world arena today, principles of non-alignment and non-interference have greatly contributed in reducing tensions and animosity between nations.

    However, religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic differences with roots in ancient animosities do continue to exist. India and Pakistan, two nations born out of a Partition based on religion, state the other explicitly as “enemy nations” in their own Constitutions. Border issues, terrorism, status of Kashmir and many others are still unresolved. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in the conflict between the two. Therefore, to secure our interests in terms of life, property, sovereignity, India and Pak employ various means to gain access to each other’s plans. Here, it is strategically important to stay close to the enemy with respect to information access.

    We may also have to look at the flip side of the quotation to comprehend the context in which it is to be applied. There is a famous Tamil proverb that goes as “KEEP AWAY FROM THE EVIL”. It says that one should always stay away from a bad guy to avoid the unnecessary troubles that may be wrought by him. This stands as a stark contrast to the quote in discussion. Therefore, any proverb should not be blindly applied rather careful evaluation of the context and situation in which one is placed is paramount.

  • Hinna Sadaf Khan

    Friends please review… Its my first ever essay and your valuable suggestions would help in honing the skill of writing a complete piece.

  • anonymous

    Man is regarded as social animal in which he has to deal with number of people around him.Most of the time he designate “friends” to those person with whom he feels comfortable and relaxed while enemies are those who offend him and use every opportunity to outcast him from the desired picture. So concept of friends is primarily based on interest. One who is helps to achieve your ambition is friend while one with whom your interest is clashed is regard has enemy.The same concept is applicable at macrolevel level i.e religious group, countries, states etc.Thus for overall development of society as well as human beings both relation is equally important even sometime latter need to give an upper edge because —“I choose my friend for their looks, my acquaintance for their good character and my enemies for good intellect.”

    After family, friends plays very crucial role at multi-dimensional aspects.In most cases friends are of same age group so they offer healthy competition with encouragement , love , care and support. You can share every little thing with your friends.On broader aspects we can see it from Women SHGs. The success of these groups are lies in homogenous backgrounds which develop feeling of trust and friendship. It gives them essence of unity which give them strong and help them to fight against all odds.To certain extend they are successful. They are able to develop self reliance, financial independence, awareness about health and education etc.

    But what if friend has bad intention? The person which you are thinking is your friends is actually backstabber.These days this type of friendship is experience by many people around the world. Now a days people widely use social media for verbal fight and expose their “ex-close friends” for personal gains and interest. People keepout their moral values at verge and a new type of concept has emerged “friends with benefits”. In this sense its better to have enemy rather than such type of friend.

    Yes now comes “enemy”.Most of us have hostile feeling toward our enemy.We often say that feeling of enmity is bad for society and in extreme case it will result in end of human civilization.To large extend this thinking is right as we have seen 2 world wars and their drastic effects. Nakasagi and Heroshima is two big example of this. But world is neither black nor white its grey So we have other side of enemy as well.

    There is famous pro-verb -“Love your enemy as they tell you about you weakness” . Exactly if friends make you emotional strong then enemy instilled rational application of your brain. they help you to bring out hidden potential and capabilities. Strange but its true. Enmity give challenges in life. It gives executive skills for resourcefulness , thinking out of box, time management , organization creativity , killer spirit to achieve goal for being better in life as compare to your enemy.If ottoman turks had not create problems for Europeans the geographical discoveries, Industrial revolution would probably occur late. New research technological advance like drones, space research satellites, mobilephone etc has also been developed to keep one self above than other. In addition to this you know the nature and behaviour of your enemy. You can predict his next move and keep your self much vigilant and attentive which important for the survival in this competitive era

    So enemy and friends are like nutrition .If the latter one is sugar the former one deal with salt. Both have their own importance in life.However in present cut throat competition which poses extreme pressure to be best from rest its important to keep enemy closer than friends. This concept is so famous now a days that people use term fre-nemy a person having both quality same type. Thus “your worst enemy could be your best friend , and your best friend could be your worst enemy”.

    • Night Fury

      Anonymous dost! please review my essay.. I ‘ll review urs too (but in some time) for sure!

      • anonymous

        Its my first essay. I just tried to right few things. I will review your essay for sure atleast i gain some idea how to write 🙂

  • ZOOZOO

    plz review freinds…………………:)

  • SRN

    Please review my essay. I’d be glad to reciprocate 🙂 Thanks in advance .

  • yogi

    “KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER”

    Once upon a time some classmates were playing with ball in the school. One of them was not able to catch the ball and others laughed at him and bullied him to leave the game. The boy felt ashamed of himself. He was filled with anger and pledged to take vengeance. When the results of the annual examination came out, the boy stood first in the class. This was his way of taking revenge. Today the world knows him with the name of Sir Isaac Newton.

    Complexities, challenges, bad times are part and parcel of everybody’s life. We have to learn to find hidden opportunities in them. Befriending your enemies is one such way of deriving benefits from each other. Everybody knows the benefits we derive from keeping our friends close, let’s why is it beneficial to keep your enemies closer.

    Imagine a group of people having similar thoughts and not contradiction within the group. Everybody agrees to everything with no opposition or counter arguments. If this situation persists forever would there be any new thinking, would there be any incentive for innovation. The most apt answer would be “no”.

    This shows why enemies (which usually have thoughts opposite to each other) help us in learning the things. We learn better from the person that hold contradicting thoughts , because only the person who differ from us can point out our mistakes and give us another perspective of the same thing. This “diversification” of ideas helps in our personality development. This helps us in mixing with the diverse people we found in our life journey.

    This principle is not limited only to personal level. Foreign affairs, politics, society , education, business , research and development all fields of human life imbibe this principle of keeping the enemies closer.

    Foreign affairs: A nation can only be progressive in longer terms if it strives to maintain cordial relation with the other nations.
    History has shown us how the desire of Hitler to rule the world nations led to huge loss to lives of millions of innocent people.

    Politics: In politics we have the differences in ideologies between political parties. The opposition parties checks the misuse of power by the party in government. This is the strength of the democracy that allows the simultaneous existence of diverse views. We can find the countries like China where there is only one party dominance and view of people are suppressed. Thus, giving space to your critics is akin to befriending your enemies.

    Society: We can bring harmony both at personal and societal level by respecting others views. We may have confrontations with beliefs of others, but when we respect their views and beliefs we receive the same treatment from others. This is the essence of a civilised and harmonised society. The sole reason for increasing communal conflicts is our failure to respect others beliefs. This shows how respecting others beliefs and identities is akin to befriending your enemies.

    Education: Student would have better understanding of things when there is “group discussion”, “debates” and similar innovative teaching methodologies that give the students the diverse perspectives of things.

    Business: All those involved in business thinks every competitor as their enemy. But his very competition is the motive that compels all of them to improve the quality of their products and services.

    Research: “Thomas Alva Edison” failed thousand times before he finally succeeded in inventing the bulb. Our failures may appear to us as our enemy, but it is this failure that teaches us something new everytime we fail and ultimately results in the success. We have reached the present level of scientific knowledge after several scientists and researchers turned their failures into knowledge.

    Having seen how enemies can manifest itself into different forms and how their benefits us, let’s now come to the most common notion of word “enemy”, that is, “a person who deliberately create danger to us or we create danger to others as being enemy”. We all know the nature of this form of enemy. At global level it can terrorism and war. At national level it can be civil war,internal insurgency, external attacks. At regional level it can be rebels or communal violence or dispute between two states over land and/or water or any political disputes. Similarly we can have enemies in form of killers, rapists, molesters based on personal experiences or shares concerns.

    The principle of befriending your enemies becomes most difficult to follows in these cases. But if we closely analyse them, there is always a way out. Between two nations or between two states of a same nation there is always a possibility of common concerns or challenges. If they realise these common challenges and work in collaboration with each other, their rivalries can be turned into friendship.

    In case of criminal enemies, the best way is to reform the person. Taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “an eye for an eye make the whole world blind” we will only escalates the hatred if we retaliate in the same way as the criminals do.

    Friends and enemies are temporary. The enemies of today can become friends of tomorrow and our distrust can make our today’s friend as enemies of tomorrow. Lastly with word of Swami Vivekananda we can erase all our paradoxes regarding friend and enemy. He says -“ Everything in this world is pure/good/holy. If you find something as evil, it means you have not understood
    it in reality” .It’s is up to us how we want to respond to others. Whether we want to behave like Newton or pour our frustration on others like Hitler.

    • SS

      1) Intro can be bettered
      2) U tend to compare enemies and their relation with ones success (as far as I got it from few of ur examples like the on Edison. However its pretty hard to decipher the same sometimes. You dint mention anything in that para and it seems more like answering “does failure motivates U ?”
      3) Few of the examples and quotes u used are simply amazingly placed, like an eye for an eye.
      4) U have touched many dimensions, which is amazing
      5) The conclusion is apt.
      Overall a very good read. Review mine if possible.

      • yogi

        thanks for review,
        philosophical stuff a bit difficult to handle
        i will review yours for sure
        KWAR..:)

      • yogi

        dost where is your essay? why so private private?

        • SS

          I have tagged u ..u ill be able to see now 🙂

          • yogi

            still the same “deal with it” yar tu yahi pe copy paste mar de

    • why_so_serious?

      u can write so well man! Good! I really liked reading this essay 🙂

      • yogi

        thanks Joker bhai ,

    • Isha

      1. Interchanging the position of ur 1st and 2nd para would give u a good start.
      2. Short paras- its ur plus point. Keep it up.
      3. Thots well connected. but u emphasized upon only single dimension throughout- keeping enemies close so htat they can criticize u & u can improve ur that aspect. There is another dimension too- to keep a tab on their moves and actions- so as to tke necessary steps. There are some enemies u cannot help with. They are just too illogical- pakistan we have, china too
      4. U sound too optimistic in the end- like Serious mentioned in his conclusion- have a look at his essay- adding this dimension would make ur essay more inclusive.
      Feel free to contradict. Keep writing & reviewing 🙂

      • sankar

        isha rvw mine dost
        i will rvw yrs

      • yogi

        Thanks for review
        yeah i too felt the same that my essay is one sided
        my first will improve certainly
        thanks again..
        KWAR..:)

        • Isha

          For sure u will improve. Keep writing 🙂

    • sankar

      well done
      plz rvw mine

      • yogi

        have u even read my essay:-P
        anyway will review urs but raat ko

        • sankar

          trust me dost padha hun
          I don’t see
          what i concer that you have written in compartment by separatin every top
          again dost i read your entire essay
          good work trust ………………
          Plz have you any doubt plz trust me
          honestly i read your essay

          • yogi

            bas kar pagle rulayaga kya 🙂

            • Batman

              bhai kya comment mara h 😀 😀

    • Ash

      Hi Yogi! 🙂
      1. I liked the Newton example but I’m not sure of how it connects… You could explain you know! 🙂
      2. Not everyone who contradicts is an enemy I feel
      3.because only the person who differ from us can point out our mistakes and give us another perspective of the same thing. – our friends also differ from us… I don’t see this as your argument to be close to your enemy
      4. Foreign affairs : not established the point well… Who is the enemy who’s the friend…. Hitler teamed with Italy… I see a friend… Take it further… The rest of the world foe.. What I’m implying Is establish a link with the topic
      5. Politics :
      Thus, giving space to your critics is akin to befriending your enemies…. I like this point… I don’t know why you got opposition opposing and all in between… It’s not conveying directly… If you could elaborate.
      6. Education : didn’t connect
      7. Failure considered enemy : very good point
      8. Having seen how enemies…. From here your essay has taken a spectacular turn… Thanks for writing, now I know what dimensions have I missed… Keep writing 🙂

      Btw you’re pardoned for the fiasco you did while giving me a review ! 🙂

      • yogi

        thanks for review
        i failed in my attempt of giving diverse points to the essay, as u have rightly pointed out that politics ,education, etc points,
        thanks for pardoning 😀
        KWAR..:)

        • Ash

          You’ve given diverse points.. You just haven’t justified it well… This is too good to be a first attempt! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

    • Sonia mehra

      Dear Yogi,

      1. The ISSAC Newton example was good, but I believe the
      context of the topic didn’t demand this example. I do acknowledge that you have
      tried to relate the example by adding in the second paragraph the following
      lines: Complexities, challenges, bad times are part
      and parcel of everybody’s life. We have to learn to find hidden opportunities
      in them. – But still I will
      suggest to add an example where a character is befriending his adversary.

      2. Enemies bring diverse opinion- Good thought process

      3. “Diversification of ideas” is not proper English, you
      could write “diversity of ideas”

      4. You have tried to cover many many dimensions, which is
      very good. However I recommend to cover 4 areas or at the max 5 areas. Focus on
      4 to 5 areas intensely. You should not be writing a GS answer by only brushing
      on top of a topic. With the word limit of 1200 words, the examiner do expect
      you to dwell in some depth. ( I acknowledge writing an essay on 4 to 5 identified
      areas is difficult, as it require fodder)

      Don’t worry, even I couldn’t write an essay of 1200 words, on
      4 to 5 identified areas- my essay was only 690 words. It happens, but you have
      to try.

      5 The conclusion was fantastic. You definitely have a good
      taste of essay writing, you only to refine yourself.

      Hope to see much more essays from you. Keep writing.

      Thank you.

      • yogi

        thanks for such an inspiring review,
        will work on your suggestions,
        this was the first one, hope to continue
        KWAR..

    • Batman

      Hi Yogi, overall I would say this essay been written beautifully.
      1)when u ask a question, do put a question mark (?)
      2)I couldn’t connect with u in “foreign affairs” part
      3)you have covered multiple dimensions but it would have been much better had u placed real life examples into it on every aspect e.g. society, education and business

      • yogi

        thanks batman,
        KWAR..:)

    • Himaanshu

      1- First I admit that I find your answer very interesting and full of examples and containing several dimensions. Well done on that part.
      2- I have similar concerns which are being raised by our fellow aspirants. Consider them with no hesitation.
      3- Keep writing consistently bro 🙂

    • Night Fury

      Hey Yogi !
      Sorry for late review..
      Your intro was Wow !! 🙂
      You wrote in simple words.. I liked reading your essay.
      You gave multiple dimensions too.. try substantiating with some examples.. like to give a real life feel ..
      Overall it was a good attempt .. ATB 🙂

      • yogi

        no need to feel sorry,
        thanks for review
        KWAR..:)

    • Ledger

      you bought terrorism as enemy of mankind, very good dimension
      examples are good.
      dont try to convert enemy into friend in this context. i think it will backfire
      you should give more emphasis on our underlying theme i.e maintaining close and closer relationship…..
      your structure is good, but some threads are hanging try to weave them . every thread should be connected you leave them hanging even though it is good .

      • yogi

        thanks dost, will try to link things
        KWAR..:)

    • OK

      research, failure example. very impressive.
      it’s a nice read. though in the starting, i felt like you are confused between “minorities” and enemies. because the point whcih you have made in the beginning “innovation+change+different view point” they are well suited for minorities not for enemies. in case of enemies, you have to be pro-active, you have to extract the positive essence of criticism, but in case of minorities yu have to just open up your self and let them convince you. so, minorities are responsbile for change and innovation not enemies. my point of view. feel free to contradict.

      • yogi

        thanks for review,
        plz reply to my Qns below so that i can understand the point u want to make here
        what is this minority vs enemies debate, i m not aware if it
        can u plz elaborate a bit on what does minorities mean in this context?

  • manda chaitanya

    Enemity expresses the shortcomings within ourselves . Understanding the hostile relationship shows how our narrow outlook developed a great rift between us and our enemy . When we had a friendly relations with one , we get to know how to build up one. The familiarity we feel with a friend even though some narrow difference persist shows how we conceive an enemy though we have some familiarity . After all , we all are humans . This is the greatest similarity we all have , which brings us together to make a collective living. In this essay we shall see why we have enemies, why should we desist from enemity .

    Before understanding the benefits of freindship with enemy , it is necessary to know how they are created from within ourselves .Every human being , in the contemporary world hold on to multiple identities . It may be national , religious, regional etc. This identities divides us from they . Belonging to a particular group gives a feeling of familiarity , as the group have many similarities in way of living , thinking which can be generalized etc . But when this sense of pride which blinds us with self ego of belonging to a superior identity and when this tends us to look at others as inferior , humiliation is felt by others which may be comparitively less developed in civilization terms. To support the arguments of being superior various prejudices which mostly are baseless are produced and hatred is generated. These prejudices sustain in a group from generation to generation , which also sustain the enemities. For some historical circumstances or the deviations within a group , or the accidental discovery of true social reality etc one group has comparative advantage over others. But equating them with unreasonable labeling of others is what generates the enimity .

    The left wing extremism which escalated in India is due to the development policies pursued by India in the name of national interest. Large scale mining, construction of dam , etc led to the displacement of native’s of the forests who are considered tribes. They took many path’s to get rehabilitated and took arms as a last resort when all the way’s seem closed. Government of India started looking them as enemies and started investing huge money in para military to wipe them out. What does this bring to India , only death and capital loss. Never did the Govt with commitment tried to solve the problem first , which led to it’s upraisal . This shows that enemies are created from within us , when we try to pursue the development which benefits few and deprives a lot. Govt instead if it would have resorted to practice of rehabilitating, sharing the national resources, restoring their cherished identities , they would never have taken arms in the first place.

    The habit of labelling an identity with one feature like a coward, inferior , etc is still prevalent. The best example is the rift between Hindus and Muslims. Muslims consider Hindus as cowards (not all) etc. The differences that persists in the cultural living between us both have many a time produced communal riots and still we communities are vulnerable to such threats as the prejudices and differences still persists . Though both belong to same nation still are not completely integrated. Never had the orthodox tried to question the existing differences with reason or considered to respect the differences as an independent identity trait. If the reason of that difference would be investigated, then surprising realities will unveil which laughs as to why we both are hostile to each other. What favour does self pride of belonging to a community and looking the other community down brought to us . other wise both would have been living in harmony and ultimately leads to mutual development both socially and economically.

    France and Germany had a rivalry which led them to be part of seperate alliances in World War 1 . Germany was defeated and then France looked this as an opportunity to crush Germany such that it would never recover . This led it to lay huge indemnity on Germany and humiliate it when it did not pay it. Germany woke up with Hitler , strongly pressing that he would take revenge. which came up in the form of World War 2 . This led the world and especially France witness what an enemy can become when subjected to persistent humiliation of the worst kind. It is only after World War 2 France has realized that enemity is harmful to both and pursued a friendly policy towards it. Now this example shows the world how the bitterness of rivalry could be eliminated and peace can be established. This example shows why friendship should be maintained more with the enemy , though it is hard sometimes to forgive the wrong’s committed by it in the guise of rivalry.

    All the above three examples show how enimity takes different forms and shows itself like a puzzle hard to evaluate . Further it shows the advantages it would bring by being friendly . Humanity has sustained by living as a group and this is essentially because man is a social being. If we would have always looked upon others differences with intolerance then collective living would never have been possible in the first place. That is what made human’s to adjust themselves in the wake of differences and come to a common understanding instead of developing enimity . This has what made Human’s live in group . But now in a global level due to prioritizing of one’s self interest or hostility towards differences , man stopped adjustment . The path that he took in the start is now left . The growing interdependence on one another is leading to the development of one globally integrated society . Let’s hope the enimity be replaced by friendship between different identities .

  • MSA

    A friend is someone who knows you. He understands you .he
    stands by your side through your thick and thin. He doesn’t need a reason to
    talk to you. He has a right to make fun of you. You can hide something from
    your family. But there is no secret of your that your friend doesn’t know. A friend
    is someone whom you choose by yourself. You share some come traits with your
    friend.

    Everyone do have a friend. Humans are social by nature. They
    cannot leave solo. Everyone needs someone to share golden moments. But have we
    ever thought how do we make friends or where do we make friends. We usually
    make friends at our school, in our collage, office and in our neighborhood. We
    do make friends when we travel. We travel every day. We come across many faces.
    We remember few faces. We see them every day. We just exchange smiles. We miss
    them when we don’t find them. They are also our friends.

    It is often said that good friends make the worst enemy. Who
    is your enemy? An enemy is a person who hates you. a person who cannot see you progress
    in life. He hinders your progress. He gives you bad suggestions. So do we need
    an enemy? Yes we do need an enemy. One may wonder why we need an enemy. Enemy
    gives us competition. It makes us competitive. We try to improve ourselves. we
    always try to achieve more than our enemy. We become more careful of our acts.
    a good enemy is better than a foolish friend.

    Why should we keep our friend close and our enemy closer?
    Our friends give us strength. But why do we need to keep our enemies closer.
    Having enemies is a sign that you are doing good. You are moving in right direction.
    Now the question arises who are your enemies?

    A person own thought actions and behavior can be his enemies.
    But how is this possible. You become what you think of yourself. There are two
    types of thought positive and negative. Positive thought helps you excel in
    your life .negative thought drags you down. It hinders your growth. It stops
    you us to take risk. Negative actions like smoking, drinking lying can be our
    own enemy.

    Smoking is injurious to our health so is drinking. Drinking
    and driving is a crime. It puts you as well as others life at risk. Lying makes
    your life a hell. To cover a lie you have to speak thousands other lie.we can
    judge our actions. It will make us decide what is good or bad for us. Thus we
    can change our actions.

    We have enemies at professional level. They try to grab
    every opportunity which we miss. Thus we have to stay focused and do our job
    with full commitment. We even have enemies at personal level. They envy us and
    are jealous about us. They are always in search of an opportunity to defame us
    or harm us.

    The money earned by us can also become our enemy. We should
    never showoff and discuss our transactions with anyone. We should be down to earth.
    We must keep our co workers and staff happy we should respect them .we should
    give them salary on time. We must give them leave when they ask for. We must
    try to understand there needs. We should not hurt there feelings. It may lead
    to anger. Anger can provoke one to do heinous crimes.

    We should be able to judge our friends and differentiate
    between a friend and a enemy. We do take bad decisions and mistake enemies as friends.
    We should recognize our mistake as soon as possible. If we don’t do that either
    we may lose a good friend. a friend is an asset.

    How can we keep our friends close? We are so busy with our
    life that we get little time for our self. But friendship does not demand a lot
    of time. a simple hi from a friend can make your day. Friends are a great
    stress buster. Moments spend with friends is far better than a soothing balm.
    We should make our effort to keep in touch with our friends.

    There is a famous saying “forgive your enemies but do not
    forget there name”. we should know that
    everyone comes in our life for a reason. So we should respect our
    enemies too. We must keep a track about there whereabouts. We might be enemy at
    personal level. But we should not take this enmity to family level. We can
    learn a lot from sports. On the fields opponents are greatest enemy. But off
    the fields they are good friends.

    Life if full of challenges. In this life we come across many
    people. We learn a lot from them. At international level there are certain nations
    which are close friends of India .Russia has been a old friend of India .it has
    helped us in building our industrial base. China has always been a cause of
    trouble for India .we should keep a close watch on the developments taking
    place in china.

    At national level we should respect our government.
    Government takes care of us by providing welfare schemes. They get empowered by
    us. We should we wise in choosing our leaders. National peace harmony and
    progress should be in our mind while we cast our vote. We should not let our
    differences come in way of our nation.

    There are highs and lows in our life. Monotony makes our
    life dull. The highs and lows reveal us who are our friends and enemies. We
    should be grateful to god for giving us friends. We should be ethical while
    dealing with our enemies. We should be very careful with our words and actions.
    They can do more harm than good to us. Our actions can turn our friends into enemies.
    We should love our enemies.

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Success invites both friends as well as enemies the only difference is in good will and deeds.A friend in need is a friend indeed.Perception of whom to consider enemy differs in person.Any one who does not act and fulfills the wish of a small child is enemy for him.But is this true? No,not at all parents wish their ward to grow with maturity and understanding so checks his desires time to time and help him grow to a mature adulthood.As one grows a bit and enters school .He considers those his enemy who use to bully him,not make him play with them, make complaints against him to the teacher.In offices and doing jobs those who back bites seeking individual benefits can be considered as foes.Defining enemies to a broader perspective an enemy is one who does not want us to grow,flourish,prosper and successful in life.There are so many people who are in the company of wrong people taking drugs,alcohol and following nefarious means to meet their ends which is farce.

    Enemies too are our great teachers at times.As they teach us what ought not to be.They make us alert, attentive and provide huge scope of self evaluation.” Chandan vish vyapat nahi lipte rahat bhujang” means sandal tree does not absorb poison despite being coiled up by so many snakes.Critics too have a big role to play because they address the shortcomings and think us to reform and develop with maturity but it is human nature we often hate those and consider them enemies.Great Kalidasa became great after being thrashed by his wife to an idol of Kali ji which injured his head and turned him to a legend.Einstein the great scientist was debarred from the school by saying he is a slow learner .But his mother’s indefatigable faith in his abilities led him to become a great scientist by teaching him at home itself.

    Indian history is enriched with so many great examples of enemies turned to life time friends.When Alexander attacked the territory of king Puru by defeating and capturing him.Alexander asked him ‘What type of behaviour do you expect?’. Puru replied,’As one king does with another’.Listening this Alexander hugged king Puru,returned his whole territory and became life time friends.Dronacharya asked for Eklavya’s thumb but the spirit of devotion and sacrifice dissolved the very concept of enemity of his teacher as he became more versed in archery compared to Arjun and made him an icon of true devotion and studentship.Its the goodwill and broadmindedness that can turn our enemies becoming our life time friends and well wishers.Recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Modi ji to Pakistan is a welcome move because secluding Pakistan for spreading terrorism in India and ill bonding is not going to bring any results as Pakistan too a victim of terrorism. A single ray of light overcomes the whole darkness and hate begets hate.Any problem and misunderstanding can be resolved by opening the doors of communication and obviously a good will.Again Russia, France and USA waging war against Turkey,Iraq in search of killing terrorist depriving common people right of secure and peaceful living is not appropriate.Russia’s banning of Turkey nationals in Russian companies and ending all ties with Turkey in terms if imports and exports will not serve the real purpose at all. It will breed discontentment and create other problems.

    Regarding rehabilitation of refugees from Syria ,Germany came in foreront by rehabilitating approximately 10 lakh refugees in Germany .These refugees are fromSyria.On the other hand there is disappointment against USA for only rehabilitating 1,900 Syrian refugees in past four years.President Obama who has to suffer the wrath of republican governors for saying to rehabilitate approx 10,000 refugees.These republican governors are anxious to link Muslims from middle east and terrorism to a great extent which is sheer neglecting human rights.

    Pope of cardinal went to meet youth prisoners in prison and performed a holy ceremony of washing their feet and kissing it. How can we forget Ganhi ji’s non violent Satyagrah in dealing with Britishers and leading the path of Indian Independence.Proximity with our enemies makes us deal with the situations how harsh it be, pragmatically.

    Even Science has explained it wonderfully. The ball if thrown downwards with more energy it would recoil upward with the same according to the law of conservation of energy.

    This opposite reaction is in our preview.The more subtle and positive minded we be.The more positive results will be brought by this opposite reaction.The real enemies of society are terrorism,rapes,acid attacks ,loss of human values,corruption,gender bias ,conservative mindset which blocks our progresive society.We must deal with it all with a strong hand but not those merely who are just the mediums of propagating it.We must hit at the root cause of the problems as an age old adage hate the sin not the sinners.

    For a win win situation we may leave everlasting impressions of love and humanity at our enemies turning them our best friends seeking and learning examples from India and the world.Conducting cricket matches and indulging in matrimonial affairs is a right step in the right direction.We should set new standards of magnanimity and embracing all without being judgemental.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      please review…

    • Isha

      My views- might be wrong. Feel free to contradict 🙂
      1. Start was good but then u abruptly began explaining enemies are good too. I think we need to emphasize upon both- friends are needed, why? & also why do we need to keep our enemies closer?
      2. I did nt get the relevance of Chandan wla example here- it is more suitable to the situation of bad company case, no? Do correct me if I am wrong.
      3. Examples are great- but they are too many- most of ur essay is covered with it. Do give some of ur gyan too in between. Examiner needs gyan also, no 😀
      4. The connection between paragraphs is missing- seems a single paragraph was getting bigger that’ why u separated them into many. We need to tell it like a story to create interest- I feel so.
      5. Also, u have put forward ur benevolent aspect only- enemies are not always that good + even we, ourselves, do not have so big heart to forget everyone. So u need to put that case also what we need to do with such enemies- like maintaining some distance & also keeping a tab on their moves so that they do not harm us.
      6. Syria example, Russia example & US one, too- not clear actually. See, its not that forgiving is the only thing u have to do to ur enemies. Majority of ur example are revolving around this theme.
      7. The conclusion u have written seems relevant from only diplomatic ties of countries. Try to make it more comprehensive- personal, political, businesses- there are enemies everywhere.
      Keep writing & reviewing! Do let me know if I am wrong somewhere. All the best 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for such a detailed review Isha…. and i shall take care in future writings,most of your points are really genuine…..on the path of learning ,improving…. 🙂

        • Isha

          Keep writing & reviewing (mine also, that too critically :P)- that is the only way out 🙂
          And if u get time please review my secure answer today for first question.

          • Jaya Swatantra

            ok dear

    • Sushmit Adigon

      hi,
      of all the essays you have written ,this is ur best.I felt you understood the requirements of the question.–that enemies teach us valuable stuffs aswell.but i feel there is one another aspect like ,keeping our enemies close ,would help us predict their moves, like what kautilya/machivelli and other writers of statecraft have said.
      Since the question itself was bit tricky,,i would say this is a very gud attempt!

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a lot for reviewing Sushmit…:)

  • awaneesh

    Raju has a friend named Vivian. he is rjua’s fast friend.Vivian always helps
    Raju when he faces any problem.Raju and Vivian are classmates. Raju is very
    intelligent boy. he always stands first in the class.there is a student named
    Vikash in the college. Vikash always stands second in the class. He hates
    Raju.He always tries to insult Raju. teachers believe Raju very much.According to
    teachers Raju can never commit mistakes.due to it Raju is over confident.his fast
    friend Vivian also thinks that Raju can never commit mistakes.one day teacher took
    maths test.he got highest marks in the class.Raju was surprised getting the highest
    marks as he was not prepared fot the test.his fast friend Vivain knew that Raju could
    get highest marks as he was very intelligent. but Vikash was satisfied with Raju’s
    marks.Vikash thought that he would get highest marks as he was much prepared for the
    math test. Vikash asked the teacher to eaxamine the Raju’s copy again.when the teacher
    carefully examined Raju’s copy again, Raju’s marks were less than Vikash’s marks. the
    teacher confessed that he had not examined the well.when Raju got less marks than Vikash,
    he was satisfied with his marks. that day Raju thought that my enemy,Vikash was my best friend
    as he always prevented me from commiting mistakes.According to Raju friends are less umportant
    than enemies.

    Plz tell me, is my story related to the subject of the essay?

  • Jack Sparrow

    KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER

    We are human beings. We live. We desire. And this unending bundle of desires and quest for survival leads to competition between us ultimately results into creation of enemies. It can be anyone- friend, business partner or even family. Enemies are nothing but the hurdles in achieving our motives. The more powerful you become, the bigger the list of enemies. In this race of survival winner will always be who handle his hurdles wisely and utilize them instead of getting harmed.

    Enemies are the greatest teachers. They inspire us to work harder. We can always learn from people we dislike. Enemies criticize us and let us know our weaknesses and in a way we strive for more. Man is like other animals, want success, food and women, not truth. Through enemies we can know harsh realities about us.

    By keeping enemies closer we got to understand their interests. An enemy can never be defeated unless we are not familiar with his motives, insecurities. E.g. In situation of war if a country knows about strengths and weaknesses about military of his enemy, it becomes easy to make strategy accordingly. So we should always keep track of what our enemies are up to. China is pursuing the same thing by the policy of spring of pearls.

    If enemies are in our inner circle we can look at things from their perspective. It simply strengthens our point of view. This can be way of our enemies becoming friends. We simply make more friends as a result which is always beneficial. If making friends is not an option, we still reap the benefits. When we get to know our enemies better, they become predictable. When we understand our enemies, we can predict their future actions going to be.

    Embracement of differences always creates spectrum of possibilities. Take example of PM Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan. Here Modi acted as rational decision maker by giving an initiative to again build relationships with Pakistan. If talks don’t take place between enemies there are no chances that differences can be solved. Maintaining respect is the key to solving future problems. It prevents doing anything bad to us. Moreover political system operated with humanity always works.

    Violence is never the key to win over enemies. It results into more atrocities both side. Anger is the emotion associated with enemies. But expression of anger always takes the form of revenge which always leads to destruction. Thus expression of anger is a negative sum game in which we end up worse than before. Path of non violence is the key to melt enemies’ heart.

    Though there can also be some negative implications of keeping enemy closer. But if you do well with people there are fewer chances of them being bad to you. Obstacles in our path should not be regarded as obstacles. Rather they should be negotiated wisely in a peaceful manner. It only becomes an obstacle when we let it negate our own intention and will. In reality no one is our enemy. They are just competitors which should be competed in a friendly way. Befriending the competition is always beneficiary.

  • D.B.

    Hi… Cn anyone suggest some book where some basics for essay writing is given……..i hv not written a single essay since my school days n i am feeling a bit apprehensive to try one..plz help!!!

  • Lubna Sehar

    “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”
    ‘World without friendship is like a face without smile’. Accommodating and dealing with friends and enemies is what adds meaning to the life. ‘Love your enemy’ is the sentence quoted by great philosophers. The philosophy behind this quote is that “your love towards your enemy may destroy the hatred in his heart” and hence love from you may contribute in reducing hatred form the world. As quoted by Gandhiji “An eye for an eye will make the world blind”. The biggest strength is not in fighting a war but preventing it. Knowing your enemies is as important as knowing your friends. Keeping distance from your enemies will certainly not help you know them and hence keep your enemies closer. Having a healthy competition with your enemy would contribute to the enhancement of your capability. Never exclude honesty from your character. Be honest even while you’re competing with your enemy. If you compromise with your character while dealing with your enemy, its a harm to the development of your personality not your enemy’s personality.
    The way India is always been dealing with it’s enemies gives a good message. Either present PM’s visit to Pakistan or relationship with China, India has always given a positive message to the world.
    Our history and epics give many examples which teach us to keep our friends close and enemies closer.

    • Sepoy No 1446

      good intro.

      good solid points. very nice.

      transform it into an essay.

      • Lubna Sehar

        Thank you so much Sepoy

      • Lubna Sehar

        U mean my points are not transformed into an essay?

        • Sepoy No 1446

          means its short.

          • Lubna Sehar

            Yeah, its too short. Knowledge wise I am lagging behind

          • Lubna Sehar

            This is the very first time I’ve tried to fram a philosophy essay.

          • Lubna Sehar

            I think I can transform it into a good essay By adding live examples and deriving conclusions from those examples

  • SKB

    plz provide your valuable critical comments!!!!!

  • Raj

    “Keeps your friends close and your enemies more closer” is a famous line which has lots of meaning . Actually one may disagree but its true in fact that friends who are close to you ,spends more time with you , have interactions with you might not be aware about the real you than your enemy does . The simple reason to this logic is an enemy always want to have a competitive edge from its counterpart in all scenario , so in order to gain advantage he might be watching carefully all your moves in every situation , access the behavior which you might not be showing when you are with your friends, he tries to find the loose ends which help him in winning over you. So it becomes important to keep our enemies closer because they can help in filling up the loose ends.

    This type of relations have benefits .Like we take an example of India and China . Both are having a troubled relations right from the Indo- China war of 1962 which is continuing till date and now the enmity has taken a global sphere where both countries are now countering each other by forming an alliance i.e one alliance consist of supporters of India and the other alliance consists of supporters of China . China is also trying to contain India through a famous String of Pearls . Seeing the enmity between the two countries both have done a complete research on each other powers and the areas where they have competitive advantage . But even after so much differences both countries are trying to have peace dialogue with each other to resolve border issues this is the technique of keeping enemy closer. The benefit of this policy they reap at the global level when they together represent the developing country party in any global negotiations giving weights to their stands. Both try to help each other and complement each others point so that keep their stand boldly against the developed countries. For example both took the same stand in global climate summit that the recent rise in temperature is due to the past emissions done by the developed countries and developing countries are victims of climate change negotiations process.

    But in contrary to the benefits there are negative effects also . Since both have tough relations with each other and they know each other gaps then keeping them closer may also affect our National Security interests. Like China is aware of the naxalite tension in India which has disrupted the growth process in the whole naxalite belts . Evidence have showed that the arms and ammunition are supplied by the China to create a tension in the country. Also China has opted to have near relations with Pakistan which is India’s enemy which shows that china is following policy of “Make Enemy’s Enemy Friend” . Apart from that good relations with other India’s neighboring countries like Sri Lanka and now Nepal then a port in Pakistan is another strategy. Similarly India is also following same strategy to have good relations with Japan and USA to contain India.

    The policy of “Keep friend close and enemy closer” has both benefits as well as disadvantage. But as India foreign policy is based on some values i.e Peaceful coexistence and tolerance , so whether its an enemy or a friend India should make best efforts to have a good relations with all the country. Mutual tensions between the countries always affect people the most in terms of casualties, loss of employment opportunities , and also it creates a divide between the citizens of two countries which indirectly leads to racism which nobody wants after all all the efforts we are putting into whether it be a technology , international relations its all for creating a better world for the whole humanity..

  • Ledger

    “keep your yaar close and your dhushman closer”
    ————————————————————
    If we categorize the people who surround us,outside family relation, they can be classified into four categories viz. friends, enemies, unknowns and generals. In this four categories friends and enemies play a huge role in moulding our character,personality,behavioural traits so on and so forth.

    Everyone ,who is living on this holy planet treat this two kind of people viz, friends and enemies differently.There is no thumb rule that we should treat this kind of people in this way only. It depends on so many factors like our past experiences,instincts… But,before you hate,like,love… someone you should follow certain rationality.Now,we will see what is that rationality,how we different people treat this different people differently.

    First we will discuss our relationship with enemies ,because even we don’t like this guy, this guy help us in many different ways in indirect fashion. In general, we treat our enemy in three different ways viz. 1.we don’t allow him into our circle and hate him to the extent that we don’t even like to utter his name. 2.we maintain relationship with him, though often not a very close relation,3.we maintain very good relation with him, thinking that one or the other day he will restructure his mentality.

    First thing first, what happens if a person hates his enemy and what are its outcomes?Having this kind of behaviour will leave your no where and are going to get benefitted from this kind of mindset. To explain this we’ll take a nice example. There are two people , having names Tom and Harry , in a school called DPS. Tom is a first ranker and Harry is a average student.Tom is having very good knowledge in the subject and also he doesn’t give due respect to harry and insults him for his low marks. If Harry hates him and avoid talking with him, harry is not going to get anything from it. Harry will be like this only and Tom will be like that only.

    what we are going to get if we keep a friendly relationship with our enemies? we are going to get so many benefits , and we can improve our personality.see how? we take the same example that we have taken earlier. In this case Harry maintain good relation with Tom though he is a bully. Because of this relation Harry can talk with Tom and can discuss difficult topics with him and get majority of his doubts clarified.By this way he can improve his subject and knowledge. eventually, we also beat him in marks.

    Thirdly, what will happen if we blindly like him without having any tab on him? Mostly ,you will be get ditched. we will take the same example, in this case Harry likes Tom to the maximum extent event he got bullied by him. in this case there is more probability for Tom to give wrong information and deviate him from the right path when harry ask him a doubt .

    Having discussed this we can comfortably say it is good have a relationship with our enemies.

    Now, we will see what kind of relationship we should maintain with our friends. In general we maintain two kinds of relationship with our friends viz. 1. taking them for granted and blindly believing them 2.we’ll like them, believe them but we will have slightest inkling on them.

    What happens if we believe them blindly?Mostly, one day or the other, your heart is going to be bruised, battered and betrayed. For the one famous story . There is one ashram in that guru is teaching his disciples about good, bad , relationships…. suddenly one of his disciple asked his guru what is very poisonous in this universe ? Guru laughed and said anything that is excess is poisonous. If we blindly believe someone, there is more probability for us to get betrayed in his hands. As he knows more weak points of ours than enemies.

    What happen if we have a slightest inkling on our best friend? you won’t believe him blindly and while sharing your personal information we will be bit careful. You won’t get betrayed in a easy way. Even you got betrayed, damage will be less to your heart when compared t first case.
    so we have to maintain close relationship with our friends and not “closest”

    coming to the question of who should be close and who should be closer. It is rational to say friend should be close and enemy should be closer. see why? Friend will always be with you and share his knowledge with you. in many cases like minded people will become friends and more often there won’t be divergent thinking in between them. If we take enemy there will be more probability to have a divergent opinion and we can get benefitted from that and moreover we can have tab on his activities if we have a closer relationship.
    After saying all this stuff what I want to say is
    “KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER”
    In my whole life it is my first essay, please review it critically. Thanks in advance

    • yogi

      hey serious guy’s judua bhai i m reviewing ur, plz review mine.:)

    • yogi

      good that u like me made the beginning today, now i need not to write a disclaimer
      here is my review:
      1. Intro-> Don’t be so direct to the quote, did not get why u have categorized them there in the intro itself
      2. tom and HArry, story was good to explain the two sides
      3. One good thing about your essay is that u have maintained a balance between two sides
      4. Guru shishya story again very nice -. u made a good inference from that and emulated that in ur essay itself
      5. i doubt whether last two lines are a part of ur conclusion or not,
      6. why have limited the word enemy and friend at personal level only, u could have thought of more dimensions
      7. conclusion should be the best part , u have just rewritten the quote, that is not impressive
      keep writing we all will improve ..:)

      • Ledger

        last 8 lines comes under my conclusion .
        yeah i also agree that i hadn’t given many dimensions. i thought it will become lengthy if i write many dimensions

    • Batman

      Hi Ledger, good to see that it is your first essay, now coming to it:
      I think the relation was already given “keeping friends close and enemies closer”, you should have got into the details of keeping enemies or friends rather than discussing the varying nature of relationships that we may have.
      Further, I believe you need to add more dimensions and examples. Also, try to raise the level of example, try correlating it with bigger events in the world, that would show a sense of maturity in your personality.
      Avoid things like hate, like, love…. (this dotted thing)
      Conclusion can be improved
      good thing: you delved into “friends” part too that has been sidelined by many
      It is your first essay that is not so nicely put up but believe me as you keep on appearing with your essays, you are definitely going to improve. All the best, hope to see another essay from you next week. Thanks!

      • Ledger

        thanks for giving such a critical review. i’ll try to improve and appears with my essay every weak

  • Praveen Kumar

    “Keep your Friends close and your Enemies closer”

    who are Friends those who understands you and always forgiving you for differences between them and you .Enemies are those who are not like minded between you and them always not compromising with your likes and dislikes ,there creates a disagreement and an enmity between you and him.you need not keep friends close if they are like minded they stay close to you.

    eg: A Deer in the forest knows that there enemies are Tiger/Lion/Cheetah, but then also the deer lives in the same forest where the these carnivores live because the deer cannot survive outside the forest leaving their enemies ,to survive the deer need to live in lush green forest for their habitats. Gandhiji the Father of our Nation knew the enemies of India were casteism since vedic period ,illiteracy,and lack of awareness to the Nationalism in the Indian land which prevailed in the western world since 16th century through the years which got Renaissance Reformation Revolutionized by some notable persons like Martin Luther King,Voltaire,Rousseau, these people created their nation working with enemies closer. Gandhiji since coming from S.Africa he started working gradually step by step living in the closer proximity of these greater enemies which India was facing if he would have thought these enemies cannot be changed we would have been depended on these western British people powers ever, instead he stick closer with these enemies with a proper channel and changed colony to Independent Republic India .

  • Ramesh Kr. Choudhary

    Once a great Saint along with his disciples was passing through a dense jungle, suddenly a bandit appeared before him and asked to hand over all their sumptuous belongings. The Saint understood the grave situation and very politely answered that he could take all their belongings provided he has to answer a simple question that whether his family members are the participants of all the sins whatever he had Committed so Far. The question was not simple in nature but to know the background he had through face to face interactions which startled him a lot a no one had ever asked so and he had never heard of so. The fact it answered firmly as “absolutely yes”. The Saint the asked him to ask his family members. He also ensured him to stay there till his return. The bandit went to his home and returned but with down look. He then asked for guidance for his onward life from the Saint. The gist of story lies in significance that throughout the episode the Saint tried to keep the bandit closer through his soft spoken and conversation which led him to judge all reactions and emotions of bandit and finally saw the changed mind of bandit.

    The story to some extent has got some match, but from different angle, with the drop by of our PM Narendra Modi to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif while on his way back to Delhi from Russia on December 25, 2015. The visit was impromptu and not in the visiting list of Mr. PM. Mr. PM deboarded in Pakistan, the most challenging country misunderstood as our enemy since independence. It a was an effort to bridge the gap in the relations on various fronts between the two nation which had got further tensed after the cancellation of foreign secretary level talks in the mid of this year. The relations were even so worsted that there was no hope of any further dialogue between the duo in near and far future. Despite all these tensed situations PM Modi dared to make courageous visit to Pakistan without any pre – plan and proper security arrangements. The visit was strongly reacted by the opposition party for violating the security protocol. But Islam a bad must also be appreciated for the warm welcome and greetings by its PM to its Imdian counterpart. Both PM discussed various issues at length and shared to each other all the pending issues and the differences which have distanced the two country, in their two hours meeting. The face to face interactions they had have got tremendous significance as it has potential and opened the doors to initiate the dialogue processes once again with fresh views and ideas which were cancelled due to many internal and external issues both the country felt and realised at that time. Our friends who always remain close to us can easily be judged in terms of their activities, actions, thought process, ideas, cooperation and coordination but it would be for us very difficult to read and judge the mind and secret activities and actions which have calibre to deeply impact our country’s economic, political, religious and cultural models for which we should always be alert and active so that we can sustain any type of unwanted and unexpected pitfalls. The policy of keeping our enemy closer to us can be gainful on various fronts that can be put out in the following points as:

    1. It would be imperative and wise to advance our hand with our enemy and keep them very close because unless we have close relationship with them we would not be able to know about what our enemies are thinking about us. What next steps they are going to take and to what extent and degree their activities and actions can harm us. Keeping them close will help us to be always ready to fight and face the unexpected attack. Many historical wars were lost by India rulers as they were unable to judge and unaware of the kind of attack their enemies were ready to follow. Even the British East India zip any knew very well the Indian rulers’ and Nawab’s war strategy, their way of thinking, their strengths and weaknesses, their traditional mode of fighting war, security arrangements, economic conditions etc., hence made them successful in ruling Indians for almost two centuries. If we knew the paces of our terrorist enemies who attacked Mumbai in 2008 we could have prevented them for causing great losses in terms of human lives, properties and economy of the city.

    2. Many regional and international issues, in case our enemy is a country, including international boundary issues and trade patterns can be sorted out with common understanding and cooperation and coordination which were once the main reasons of conflicts and were able to disturb the tranquillity of a nation. Handing hand with them will bring ours’ as well as theirs’ prosperity and growth in terms of honesty, morality, responsibility and accountability etc., hence will develop our individuality too.

    3. A good and close relationship always benefit everyone, be it an individual or a country. In case of an individual it will enhance his knowledge, about something in which he is unaware, mutual operation, alert from the impact of third party, increase social contacts, help in distress and in need, security and handling difficult situations etc. In case of a nation, cultural, religious, economic and political cooperation will enhance leading both the nation’s on progress path and development. It is now the trend of almost all countries ‘ foreign policy to maintain good rapport with their neighbouring and far away country, even after a country not showing interest in other’s, because they are very much aware of safety and security, growth and development for having their enemy close to them.

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  • SuperHero

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  • sankar

    plz rvw frnds

    It is truly said that I quote,”I respect those who don’t secretly hate me”

    The given quote teaches us a very decent and noble traits and qualities to deal with some challenges in our life. It teaches us the virtues that not to chip away from the challenges or get subdued. Let’s us know this quote in the following ways.
    There was a boy named Govind. He lived in a J J colony and thus his father was a rickshaw puller. But his father was a very firm supporter of education So he decided to educate every children. Govind was one of among them. At the age of 5, he started study. He was a very labourious person and he always stood first in the class. But hailing from poor family, He often went to school with the same clothing for the entire week. It was not that much of concern in the primary school. After completing his primary education, he got admission in the middle school. The school was at some distance from his home. He was very punctual person and tried to reach school at time. Being a poor, he had to go on foot, he left for school early. On the way, he used to read something. This attitude and his coming first in the class had created some good friends and a groups detractor what we call them as enemies.
    First of all, let us know about friends. Govind got a good company. His friends were too supportive, kind-hearted and labourious boys. They all competed with one another and tried to outsmart one another. They never quarreled. They used play and well-wishers of each other. But they were from different locality. They cooperated each other at the time of need. All of them except Govind hailed from a well-off family. They ofter helped Govind, encouraged him and used to support him.
    It has developed a very hostile group that started to bully Govind. The reason behind was the same. Govind used to be simple and did wear many clothing, had delicious food and had a bicycle to ride on. He was bullied every day. It hurt him and on reaching, he cried at home and could not sleep properly. But he used to internalize it. Now completing his middle school, he got admission in senior secondary school. Here he found a very good friend with whom he was living very comfortably and spent five years with very warm relationship. Meanwhile, At the Govind’s home, there was a marriage party where his sister got married. So he invited his friend to attend the marriage party. What he found that his friend did not attend the party because he was preparing for a test. Thus he developed a very bad enemy but this time in the form of ‘frenemy’. He never came in contact with his friend.
    Further, he got a job in the nearby market in a company. The company was very big. Unfortunately, there too, he got a company who were very hostile to him. They found some person information about him from social media. They used to blame Govind and tried maligned him. Here he did not internalize the matter thus became himself miserable, rather he brushed it off like a pro.
    At this juncture, he thought he must have a friend who protect him, adviced him, safeguard him, inspired him and motive him. Moreover, he realized that we must keep close with our friends but further it, he observed that we even keep ourselves more closer to our enemy for maxmum benefits for ourselves. Now he forgave his high school bullies. He forgave his coworkers because instead of going around heavy-weights that was the grudge, he lightened his load and stood up for himself.
    So forgive, but don’t forget. Forgive your friend because they are either insecure, giving in to societal pressure or they are doing some so that they feel good by making you feel bad.
    Therefore, no matter one should never cease to make enemies. But once you learn how to deal with them, forgive them, rather than to let them chip away at you, you will ahead of the game. Hence there are myriad of benefits in keeping your enemies closer than your friends’close. Indeed, our best learning does’not laways come from our friends but from our opponents. They bring a different worldview, perspective and ideas on a subject of common interest thus there is high possiblility that such persons help us to better our thinking and position on the issue.
    Inface friends are often not to be good analizers, they did not give real perspective about any happenings and about our enemies. But so it is better to know our friends motives and activites. We must keep ourselves closer. It does not mean that you need to make your enemies as your friends, rather keep yourself at a marginal distance. This happens in personal as well as public life.
    Like wise, in geopolitics, the head of the governement should follow the same perspectives. In the independence struggle, our forefather had formed the Indian National Congress to avoid any direct adversaries from the British administration. But the real perspective was to raise our voice through an established platform by keeping close watch on the British activities which had helped INC to become a national organisation to drive out the British from India.
    India’s recent step in have a multitude of partners with neighbours and the major powers of the world to make friends more and more. Through this initiatve, India pursues to keep its enemies more close than its friends. It can be seen in developing its ties with two hostile neighbours such as Pakistan and China. To keep a closer watch on China’s undesirable activies, India has developed a very fruitful and closer ties in AIIB, SCO, cooperation at WTO. India is a big trading partner of China thus check the other activities. Similarily, India is continuously making effor to keep closer itself to Pakistan. It wants to make Pakistan so dependent on itself in trade that Pakistan’s attitude of keeping millitant training camps and sponsering non-state groups would eleminate.
    In the same mode, the cold war period developed in which each block tried to keep a very close vigil on each other activities. It is immensely beneficial that we should not be rigid or conservative to the fact that enemy should be kept at distance, rather we should make every effort to be more closer to get maximum benefits to ourselves. We should be open-minded in every perspective. We shoule be ready to face every challenges and have a confidence in ourselves.
    But also, we should not forget that we learn the most from our bad experiences. Our enemies teach us who to trust and who not to trus. They will force us to build characters and inspire us to help others through our experience.

  • Naina target 2016

    “Keep your friends closer and your enemies more closer.”
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    “Forgive your Enemy But dont ever Forget them.”
    Postivity is the biggest strength of human being which is indispensible for the all round development of the person in the strife of life.The utopian of life depends upon the solidatry which depends upon the attitude of the person.It is always said that make good friends and stay away from bad company,but the point here is this to judge good friends ,judgment of evil is necessary which is possible only if we keep them closer for the assesment of right and wrong avenue of life that having all kind of people around us ,how our positive attitude works which is the part of learning life by reforming our thoughts and ideas of mind in positive direction.

    JUDGEMENT OF FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
    Step wise process for the judgment of people

    -Basically what happen it is well said that “first impression is the last impression.”We meet various people around us who are strangers. The first step is the behaviour which attract us towards the people through their words to mingle with them.Everyone attracts by judging outside environment .
    -We spend time with them by making them friends . By birth no strangers our enemy ,all seems to good only but the time play an important role in making the person good and enemy of other peron who are surrounded by each other.
    – Situation help us to identify the people ,the real people and it hep us to removing the dummy of people around us with the help of moving time .ie well said “A friend in need is a friend in deed.Supoose for an example We all are preparing for UPSC ,some are preparing in group having close friends helping each other ,if there are two friends preparing together and one of them crack IAS and the other fails so two conditions can be predict or it happens,ie
    -In one condition the student who have cleared the IAS with whole heartedly support his or her friend without any selfishness .
    -On the other hand after cracking such a prestigious exam with full of proudness and false attitude ,he can avoid his or her friend in helping .

    So here two meet as a strangers ,behaviour attracted each other ,time goes on by helping each other because both have need but the situation comes when the one has to help his needy friend for studies that is the real action of judging who are our real friends and who are fake.

    Why it is said that “keep friends close and enemy closer”

    DIffernence between close and closer according to the sense which it means though that after judging our friends and enemies
    close to friends here means that for them always be with ur heart keeping ur mind side without any demand .
    closer to the enemies means utilizing ur mind in positive direction.Friend are closed to our heart deep inside ,they are our mentors ,supporters and we can assure to share them anything freely.
    “Knowing your enemy is the biggest strength of you over them.”
    Why to keep enemy more closer
    “A positive attitude person can dig up good things from his or her enemies by the way of his or her thinking towards the glories of life for perfect development.”
    Reasons behind this
    -Chances of learning increases :learning is the biggest role in human life ,from everything people learns.As it is said “the best learning doesn’t come from them only,They have different perspectives/views/ideas but this will help us to analyse an issue on both part negative as well as postive for better results.

    -Increment of Confidence and Development :By tackling our enemies in postive way ,it is very helpful to boost our self confidence in whatever field we have .For example A poor boy or girl studying hard day and night to fulfil hiis or her aim and the enemy of his or her to demoralize said that its not your cup of tea but the positive way is to listen the words of enemy deep and work more harder on that project or aim ,definitely success will knock the door with smile by the positivity which is like a little light in the darkness.” Life is full of challeneges and enemy help you to know our weakest point in which you have to work on by keeping your mind positive.”

    – When your enemies are close, it’s easier for your allies to work with you:Your friends are like you and they have much difficulty from your enemies as you thats the part they are your friend.But the friends cant make u as better as enemies make which depends upon your attitude because the enemy always point out your weakness to demoralize you but once you have self control over this you will be the winner.Observe them,listen them and analyze what they say and perform an action without demoralizing ourself but to rise with extra power and happiness.

    – Social Interaction:Once you know your enemy and know the difference between good and bad life becomes easy .Social gathering is full of people some oyur well wishers and some dislikes you .But w e should not keep away from them but defer them with warm welcome of them in our life to know the weakness of oureselves.
    In such conditions it’s important to find out what that person wants that you can give them. Secondly, it’s just as important to figure out the resources you have to offer them in order that they’ll give you what you want. W cant say them that you are my enemy ,its like hand to hand help with open six senses.

    Dealing:Dealing with them makes you sharp and talented in the society and this comes from interaction and experiences in ones life.Confident people don’t seek to bring others down because they’re too busy working on their own dreams Knowledge plus confidence, whether gained through books or “street smarts,” equals open-mindedness.Books cant make you so smart without your experiences with the worseness and goodness in your life.

    Always Remember ,One is successful in his or her life from their wrost experiences which make them strong enough from inside deep throught heir positive attitude towards all people ,”Life is like a Game ,people comes away and go ,observe them ,learn from them ,analyze and point your weakness , enemy show you the real mirror of yours to which you are unaware,so it depends on you whether you want to learn or just avoid and search good people only without knowing the worse of your life who point out your weakness by hurting you.” Knowing the weakness is the biggest strength you can learn from your enemy.They shape you in right position at every angle.”

  • joy

    wise man gets more from his enemy than a fool from his friends . dialogue from a movie , we can use it in conclusion ..

  • Vishal Mahajan

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    If you keep your enemy closer than he makes you better by telling all your bad habits to you and pointing out you when you do something wrong because he /she got the chance to show you you down but you have to take this thing in the positive way and it will changes all your bad habits into good one because enemy is the original mirror who reflect our shadow that what we are in original. And we should keep him closer so that we should know about him that what his he doing behind us and we will never make our mind to think that the enemy is too small and he don’t do nothing this is our misperception and we should keep are friends close because we don’t know when we need them they help us in our bad time
    AS WE SHOULD TAKE ONE EXAMPLE OF MAHABARAT
    That how the Krishana the friend of Arjun helped him during his war time and in many phases of his life when he need help this show that the value of true friend.

  • prabhat cse

    KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, YOUR ENEMY
    CLOSER

    The topic ignites the two
    perspectives at the same time. One is from the view of strategic thinking &
    another is from humanity. Both are right depending on place & who is your
    enemy. When it calls for a country against country by interfering politics, the
    strategic would be more suitable rather than humanity when it comes upon person
    to person warfare. And this is also true when the area of effect of enmity is
    wider in all aspects.

    Off course, friends are the
    undividable part of our life but also it is true about the enemies. Just have
    to see, how do you take it about? No one confidently could say that he has no
    any enemy. Though he is willing to, the enmity against him is the result in
    thinking perspectives about him by another person.

    Yes, friends are the reflection of
    our life itself. We enjoy the moments at their fullest with them; learn a lot
    of new from them, with them. We courage to do unusual when we are with them
    even what we would not when alone. Simply, they are backbone of our life. One point
    comes here that the friends are attachment from external world & we rarely
    have to take some effort for them as the relation is itself being effortless. And
    so may happen, we forget them at some moment. Science says, our brain have
    limited scope to recall the easy things easily.

    This is absolutely on opposite
    end when we talk about ‘enemy’. Even if we think about a single one (at
    least!), we would have lot to explain. Science says, these are our permanent
    memories. These are almost unforgettable which even for sometimes boost us to
    rethink on & get disturbed ourselves.

    Kautilya, a great Royal Advisor
    & Philosopher, at Chandragupta Mourya’s palace quoted, “it is better to
    have an honest enemy than a dishonest friend.” Apart from friend, why would he
    had suggested to have an enemy rather than a friend? On deep thinking, we would
    realize that the enemy is not actually the ‘enemy’ but a ‘teacher’ in our life,
    though an indirect one. Just need that vision to look at. He make us to think
    beyond his next move, to plan strategies to counter him before the situation
    arises in real.

    It is always advisable through
    our history that whether you are aware or not about your friend but always
    should be about your foes. There is a famous dialogue too, “Don
    apne dosto ka haal pooche na pooche….apne dushmanon ki khabar hamesh rakhta he.”
    Means, “Even if Don doesn’t check with his friends….he always keep information
    about his enemies.” Because, making you think continuously on a particular
    point, your enemy keeps your brain always engaged & so, in development. As the
    enmity is an external thing attached to your internal thinking, is never
    forgettable & keep you alive, active & completely engaged. So, it would
    be a “Blessing in Disguise!”

    In Bhagvadgeet, Shrikrishna says
    to Arjuna, “he is there to save good people – friends & to kill bad ones –
    enemies.” To elaborate it in deep sense of humanity, Saint Dhnyaneshwara from
    13th century in Maharashtra says in his Pasaydan – literature – “je
    khalanchi vyankati sando” means ‘the bad thinking of the enemy should be killed
    off but not the enemy as person.’ He further explains that, his thinking makes
    a person an enemy of someone. Once we kill those ‘enemy thoughts’ in a person,
    no longer he will remain enemy. The person is never an enemy but his thought
    only. Therefore, we had taught from Mahatma Gandhiji, “Love your enemies too!”
    and he showed this through his life too. He opposed the ‘British Rule’ not ‘Britishes’.
    And for this, you need your enemy ‘closer’,
    isn’t it?

    I even agree that, it’s always
    not possible to change a person on your wish but to ourselves. We would forgive
    a person for his thinking. Atleast somewhere in life, he will forgive us too
    & will be in social flow back again. Cause, at all, human being is a social
    animal. Let his thoughts be at himself & ours should spread across.

    But no doubt, I am full agree
    that, “Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer”. Because, a great person –
    Sirshree Tejguru Tejparkhiji – quoted that “agar koi samasya muze maar nahi
    dalti to wo muze aur bhi mazboot banati he.” Means, “if a problem not kills me,
    it absolutely strengthening me.” And it perfectly suits here.

  • Ola

    Heterogeneous dependence of humans upon each other has reckon the generic word “Friend”. It’s essence has only increased with time. In today’s world where interconnection is on its path of exponential growth, Friend is the buzz word.
    Friend is the relative words which have different essence for different persons wrt one. Some friends are strong pillars who help one to move ahead in life and few are fillers who help at some instance but critical. Thus, maintaining the balance of all is the most important aspect in relaying one’s path to success. They keep us in comfort zone.
    Enemies are mostly those people who were our friend of certain degree in past, but due to mismatch in understanding the relation turned sour. But they are the ones who make our adrenaline rush, thus forcing us to work hardest & always keep us up on our toes.
    Pragmatically, keeping ourselves in comfort zones or on our toes for long is not feasible. Thus, following Buddha’s Middle Path will provide us the most satisfactory & sustainable output.
    Today’s competitive society, is forcing the generation to bend more towards enemies so that one can keep itself on edge for maximum output & outperform others in their respective fields. Enemies are now the trigger points or push buttons for one to reconsider its strategy or awaken himself from time to time.
    Opposition in the Union Council is the enemy which will always force union on its toes whereas the its alliance in NDA will keep BJP in its comfort zone. World has experienced that Russia has forced US policy makers for decades to be on their toes in the past, the role which now being played by China.
    The friends are your cream, talc, comb, perfume etc but the enemy is the mirror which will show exactly what you are thus balance of both friend & enemy is critical & more tilt towards enemy for those who are restless.

    • prabhat cse

      hello ola,
      few drops from my pond….
      1. examples used are truly relevant but need more explanation to come to the point expected from subject.
      2. Buddha’s example seems totally irrelevant here as the discussion is not about the choices.
      3. its always OK when you use examples of countries. but, try to avoid naming any political party within India – it gives your inclination to either side – i respect your thinking but it should be avoided.
      4. lastly, it might be harsh to say, i apologise for the same, but you are totally diverted from the topic. what you put is all about ‘friend’ & ‘enemy’ where as expected is about ‘close’ & ‘closer’….sorry for this point, but i suggest to think on the topic for few minute and then you will get what am saying.
      actually, not intended to hurt you, just put my points about on reviewing yours. now, don’t forget to review mine as well.

      • Ola

        thanks for the review … i’ll try to improve on the lacking areas …