Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 20: Fire is a good servant but a bad master

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 19

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15 May  2016

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

 

“Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

  • thevagabond85

    Fire here refers to what? Can someone explain

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Fire… panch tatvan mein se ek… synonym.. agni,aag.. 🙂

      • sankar

        plz rvw my essay thanks

        • Jaya Swatantra

          sure.. 🙂

    • I guess fire here means your passion. 😐

      • Jaya Swatantra

        i think it is rather scientific.. not philosophical…

        • Hi Jaya ji,
          I just wrote a mini essay and posted here. 🙂
          Would love to know your views on the interpretation and dimensions I’ve mentioned in the write up! Please review when you find time 🙂 thank you ji.

    • sankar

      plz rvw mine thanks

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Good morning every one…. I want Shubhra Ranjan Ma’am’s notes for PSIR… if any one may help regarding this…. please its very much needed… 🙂

    • Pankaj Nimbolkar

      PSIR means ??

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Political science and International relations

        • Pankaj Nimbolkar

          Okkkk

        • Gajendra Singh

          You can download them from xaam.in or can order from flavido.com

          • Jaya Swatantra

            Thanks a lot Gajendra ji.. 🙂

    • Kunal Aggarwal

      I have the hard copies! Purchased it in Rajendra Nagar if that helps…

      • Jaya Swatantra

        But how would i access it… as i am too far from Delhi.. please help

    • vijay- the ray of hope

      Review my essay

  • Pankaj Nimbolkar

    Thank you sir.

  • Keshav Singh

    Good Morning….
    thank you….

    • Keshav Singh

      A: Do you use smartphone?
      B : Yes, I do.But you already know this , why did you ask?
      A: Because it seems “Smartphone is using You”.
      B: What???

      A: “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

      • Pankaj Nimbolkar

        Ha…ha…

        • Keshav Singh

          Hi Pankaj,
          you seems to be resourceful person…
          Essay k liye kuch batao….:)

      • LOL
        Same stuff I’ve heard about WhatsApp.

        Hey there, I’m using WhatsApp!

        Hey there, WhatsApp is using me! 😛

        LOL

        • Pankaj Nimbolkar

          Right.

          Like addiction.??

  • Morning people! 😀
    Someone please explain the meaning of the quote given to this small kid 😛
    Thanks in advance! 😛

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Fire used for cooking.. same fire if go uncontrolled may play havoc….

      • But here, we need not restrict ourselves to FIRE only, right?

        • Jaya Swatantra

          yes … UPSC demands dimensions and depth… so lets apply our creativity… all the best for writing Simran and sorry i could not review your last essay.. but review today … 🙂

          • Thanks Jaya ji 🙂
            Even I couldn’t review a lot of essays last time due to time constraints as exams are going on.
            I’m not sure I’ll be writing this one or not as tomorrow is my final exam.
            But I’ll review the essays posted here for sure

            • Jaya Swatantra

              All the best for your finals.. exam ke baad review kar dena.. koi baat nahi.. 🙂

    • Ankit

      A servant is under the control of his master. So when fire is under control we can work wonders with it.
      And when it takes the proportion like in recent Uttarakhand fire i.e. it becomes an uncontrollable master it wrecks havoc.

      Mujhe kuch aisa samajh aya -_-

      • Lol samajh gyi main 😛
        Waise bada sundar muh hai aapka ankit ji -_- aisa kuch ?

        • Ankit

          Nazar mat lagao?

          • Hahaha ?

          • sankar

            have a look at mine…..thanks

      • Mera essay review karne ka kitna loge bhaisaab 😛

  • Pankaj Nimbolkar

    Meaning :-

    ???Fire is a good servant but a bad master.
    Prov. You must be careful to use fire wisely and under control so that it will not hurt you. Don’t play with the candle flames, children. Fire is a good servant but a bad master. At camp, we learned how to build and extinguish fires safely, since fire is a good servant but a bad master

    • Just remember the name !

      Good copy paste job Pankaj…
      By the way .. Where is yours …
      Anyways review mine By the time

      • Pankaj Nimbolkar

        Bhai

        Bahut se logo ko meaning pats nahi tha, isliye copy- paste kiya.

        Bhai to ho gaya na ???

    • Ankit

      Pankaj can i get a review please?

      • Pankaj Nimbolkar

        OK

        Give me some time plzz.

        • Ankit

          Sure 🙂

  • Fire is a good servant but a bad master.

    For me the above line conveys the passion or motivation underlying a human action. It is desirable to have a source of fire inside you, an ignition, a trigger, that can drive you towards your goal, however, care must be taken that this fire doesn’t burn you away.

    I would like to take an example from my real life, the journey of preparation for civil Services Examination being conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year for the selection of civil servants.

    Preparing for the examination at the first place needs motivation. Motivation to be able to contribute to the society, help at least a few rise from poverty, better implementation of policies for effective results, making family proud, so on and so forth. This for me is the fire inherent. Fire is a good servant in the sense that it will help me achieve my goals. The motivation inside me will help me push myself during the tough times towards my goal of being a civil servant.

    However, if it turns into master, it can lead to unforeseen and undesirable outcomes. To start with, it can force me adopt unethical means as fire is now the master and all it wants is the outcome, i.e. becoming a civil servant. I may start trying to cheat in the examination or adopting unfair means. Similar to what happens in different competitions around the world, be it in education, sports or even corporates. The fire being the master directs you to do whatever you can in order to achieve success.

    This leads us to another debate similarly placed, means vs ends. Fire inside you, should be utilized constructively and ethically so as to justify your end through proper means. One should not become a slave of the fire and take unethical means even if it assures the end one desires.

    Another impact of fire being the master will be it may push one into depression. For example, under extreme pressure from the fire, the master, one pushes too hard to achieve success, which is good but proper assessment should also be made of one’s own health and well being. As it is said, health is wealth, pushing oneself beyond the capability will neither have a good result on your performance nor on health and consequently it will be a loss.

    Thus, taking the example of fire as motivation and keeping it as a servant, one can assume that it will yield beneficial results till the time it becomes your master and drives your action.

    Taking a more direct example from the heading, fire is a good servant but a bad master. One can think of the uses of fire in the human life, it is used for cooking food, burning waster products, generating power among others. Fire is also used in campfires and other places generating beautiful view and ambience. However, when the same fire assumes a greater role and becomes a master, it can cause havoc and mishap. There are innumerable examples from our daily life and in newspapers where unmanaged fire has caused considerable damage to life and property. Recent forest fire in Uttarakhand has also caused huge environmental damage across large area of state thereby causing suffering to the local tribes and individuals.

    The whole concept of fire being agood servant and bad master can be understood more effectively by comparaing it with the overuse of technology in daily live of the youth today. The plethora of social networking sites and applications for wide range of activities are available on our smartphones and we tend to be driven by the needs of these applications instead of using them when we actually need it. It is certainly reduced direct contact and more social well being of indiiduals.

    We can therefore, conclude from above examples of different dimensions that fire can be a good servant till it serves you but from the time you start serving it and becomes a slave of your master, it will lead to ill effects.

    Proper care should be taken of the fact that the fire, be it a motivation or a normal fire or the example of technology, doesnot become your master. After all, we human beings have created these through years of research and determination and surrendering to them one day is not the outcome we would wish for!

    • black mamba

      Your interpretation is wow 😀
      Just scanned through your essay. Yet to give it a sincere read to review it properly. Trust me, I’d in a while 😀

      (Couldn’t resist complimenting the interpretation though!)

      • Haha.. I hope you wont downvote me after reading the complete essay! 🙂 😉

        Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

      • Dear Mamba,
        Please find time to review my essay too.
        Would like to know what you think of my interpretation 😛
        Thank you.

      • Just remember the name !

        Please review mine sincerely as well

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please review my as well mamba ji.. 🙂

        • Ankit

          Jaya ji can i get a review please?

      • Ankit

        Mamba ji can i get a khatarnak review just like the black mamba :P?

        • black mamba

          zaroor 😀

    • Hi Atin
      Beautiful interpretation. 🙂
      Not confining your essay only till the literal meaning of fire, good job.

      Lovely flow. lovely structure, simple language. 🙂
      I couldn’t find a flaw. 🙂
      I have also written something like this only, please find time to read mine as well. 🙂 THANK YOU

      • Thanks a lot! 🙂

        I Will check your essay and review. 🙂

        • sankar

          sirji, plz rvw mine too…..thanks

      • warrior_pandit

        Hello simran, could you please review mine as well?! Thanks! 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        Review mine SIMMY

      • vijay- the ray of hope

        Please review mine I will definitely review urs soon

    • Ash

      CLASSIC Atin! 🙂

      I have never read anything like this before! Truly among the best essays on Insights due to your awesome interpretation… 🙂

      I do not have anything critical to put out here! I just have takeaways.. 🙂
      Most important being if a topic is raised from current affairs do just write about that.. use it as an example and let your imagination GO WILD just like fire.. coz it distinguishes our essays from others… Thank you for writing!
      I’m upvoting an essay after a veeeeeeeeeeery long time! 🙂
      KWAR! 🙂

      • Thank you so much for your kind words! Havent written many answers/essays here. Highly motivating for me.

        Thank you. 🙂

        • Ash

          I’m sorry.. I forgot to mention this ..I’m reminded now ..

          I felt there is a disconnect here.. you have not conveyed it well …this para – ‘overuse of technology in daily live of the youth today’.
          Rest is cool! 🙂

          • Yes, I should have explained more. Essay is short with 735 words only.

            Will try to push for 1000 words in future.

            Thanks again! 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        Review mine ASH
        AS WELL

      • vijay- the ray of hope

        Review mine if it is possible

      • Ankit

        Ek review milega?

        • Ash

          Gimme some time .. I will review but some time plz! 🙂
          If that’s okay?? 🙂

    • Hey Atin,

      Good essay, nice structuring and flow.

      However, What I feel, It was not actually required to interpret the meaning of essay in philosophical sense. You understood the theme in that way that is fine but what if I replace the word “fire” with “science” then you will have to be in the technical limit of the subject because word “science” can not be used metaphorically. Fire is a word which can be used as literal as well metaphorical sense. You can use this word as a desire of human and something like that.

      I hope you got my point.

      Keep writing.

      • Hi Aniruddh,

        Thanks for the review!

        I get your point about replacing fire with science. But in that case the essay would be completely different and will be technology based.

        Fire here, in my view, is provided to make it multidimensional and not unidirectional with direct usage of fire. Had it been Science, it would have been different.

        We should write a similar essay replacing Fire with Essay, What say? 🙂

        And thanks again for reviewing!

      • sankar

        plz rvw frnds

    • warrior_pandit

      UPSC as an example is like playing with fire itself!! Try to limit your introduction.You have made the reader understand your thoughts. it should have ended there. Suggestions are lacking also, human interaction with the society due to this ‘fire’ is missing! KWAR Kindly, review mine! Thanks 🙂

      • I tried to put in personal experience in the essay.

        Suggestion part I will take care of in future!

        Thanks for reviewing. I will do it for you too. 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        True…
        But Kwar NA use Kiya Karo,,. Actually it means a whole lot of things

        Kwar can be used to refer to a number of things: acc to urban dictionary

        1. A retard or person who acts retardedly.
        2. A sexual activity.
        3. Medertons battle cry

      • Ankit

        Warrior ji can i get a review?

    • Just remember the name !

      COMPREHENISVE AND NICE FLOWING ESSAY ..
      CONCLUSION COULD BE MUCH BETTER .. NICE INTRODUCTION THOUGH

      Please review mine ATIN

      • Thanks Danish.

        I agree with the conclusion part. Essay should have been a little towards 1000 words including more emphasis on conclusion.

        I will have a look at your essay and review. Please give a little time.

        Thanks again!:)

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Well written bro , I really enjoyed it…

      • Thanks a lot Harsh! 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        Please review mine

      • Jaya Swatantra

        hey Harsh.. please find time to review na…

      • Ankit

        Hey can I get a review ?

    • Doc Vyas

      Well written…

    • Harry Potter

      well written.. Liked the example of social networking sites. Introduction could be cut short in my opinion. Please review mine.

    • Just remember the name !

      FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER!!
      Please REVEIW

      Fire, one the five elements has always been a awe inspiring, so much so that its worshipped across cultures right from ancient Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, paganism and totemism. The characteristic of fire that makes it so special is its tendency to draw everything into it and even purge one of one’s own existence. Anything that may come in the way of a progressing fire risks losing the very existence in this world and begs assimilated into the burning surroundings. Indeed it’s an awful experience for humans.

      However, there is much more to fire than the awe that it inspires.
      Fire, if controlled properly serves many purposes, all of which may be difficult to be elaborated here. Apart from domestic uses, like cooking that it can be put to use, manufacturing processes whether it be physical or chemical , finds extensive application of this unique phenomenon. Therefore, having said that, fire as a process involves many constructive activities as well if controlled and guided fruitfully.
      This property is however similar to water which also possesses both destructive and constructive capabilities depending upon the use, the only difference being the consummatory nature of fire.

      By taming fire in the right way, it indeed turns out to be a great Servant.
      One popular proverb stages that an element glitters and becomes GOLD only when it goes through the ordeal of fire burning. That seems to indicate the fact that fire as an inherent purifying tendency that purges one of one’s weakness and brings the best out of it. So far so good, fire is definitely a very creative and productive force when used as a SERVANT.

      In all societies, fire is given an exclusive position, owing to its properties. In few ancient cultures it is even used to solemnise marriages, according it a supernatural position as a witness to important affairs. In few others, it is worshipped as a deity, that serves to accomplish the innate tendency within humans to revere something astonishing and much capable then themselves. However, this reverence and devotion often equates it to the status of a master, a pretty bad one. The futility of this enterprise is that the fire inside a temple being worshipped may go on to destroy the whole temple itself. Thus protecting it as a controller of affairs is not exactly a very good strategy for the humans, instead of controlling and putting it to profitable uses that may help the human kind.

      Having brought the real dichotomy in fire as an element, similar analogies can be drawn across other aspects of human interactions with nature and with themselves.

      In our Indian democracy, there are two kinds of executive, one chosen by the people themselves through election, and thus representing the electorate and the other a permanent one based on merit. Both have their own roles or play in keeping the democracy well functioning and productive. The former is a temporary arrangement between the electorate and chosen ones while the latter is predominantly a permanent one. However, the hierarchy ensures that all stakeholders stay within their own limited. The electorate brings few into power assigned with the role of controlling the bureaucracy, In Turn tasked with implementing the policies. Add to it the role of the judiciary as a protector of the constitution, the supreme document for the affairs of the nation. However, these controls are not foolproof. The government of the day may turn out to be authoritative enough to impose emergency in which it virtually takes over the functions of all other domains, even dispensing justice itself. Thus, the executive has to be kept accountable throughout its term, otherwise it risks going overboard and purging other pillars of their powers.

      Media and journalism also provides another case in point. The initial growth trajectory of the Indian media has been a pretty responsible one, covering the excesses of those in power, even in the turbulent times of emergency with responsibility and courage. However, there have been certain exception when it essentially toed the government line for pecuniary benefits during the license raj.
      The entertainment industry also initially depicted meaningful and creative pieces of work with a message for all the viewers. The same can be said about Indian film industry. It was initially used as a medium of communicating good values and guiding principles of the day and their merits right from socialism, freedom, democracy to dignity of life and personal liberty. Thus, initially it was construed as a servant for the cause of the well being and awareness of the people. As the times progressed, giving way to individual desires and vices of the human nature, it has been degraded as a medium to reflect on this inner fragilities of lustful desires and wishful fantasies. This leaves a huge impression on the youth today ruining them forever.

      Human beings are programmed to respond to positive feedbacks, incentives and rewards. However, the line separating these and enticements is a narrow one. Informal allurements, indiscriminate appreciation and financial vulnerabilities may often transgress into the domain of corruption. Thus , as regards to everything that may be good Upto a limited extent, these incentives and rewards also needs to be co trolled to keep the human morale up, without necessarily corrupting the morals in the formal relationships and dealings.

      Citing a more personalised relationship, The holy Quran mentions, male and female have been created for each other as clothes, to cover each other’s weaknesses , and have a moderating effect on each other’s sins and vices. This also includes the human desire for love or lust. However, having said that, excess of anything is bad and this may lead human beings to devious and satanic traps. Therefore it’s the responsibility of the self and the partner to keep a break on these tendencies and tame them in a way that is productive not only for the couple, and the family but the society as a whole. Thus, this burning attraction between the opposite sex is nothing to be ashamed of, or ridiculed and portrayed in bad light, as long as it is kept within the natural limits and controlled consciously. Otherwise, in the worst case scenario the lust can push one overboard, if allowed to master oneself and give rise to all kinds of ills in the society right from sexual harassment, to fornication, pornography and child abuse. Thus human desires must not be allowed to take over oneself.

      Thus, the same medium or means may have extremely different consequences depending upon the factors that control it and the supervision. It may turn out to be a constructive, innovative and creative force or have destructive, degrading and disastrous consequences for an entire culture, idea or a community.
      Fire as a powerful force seems to epitomise this concept, of the dichotomy between a good servant turning out to be bad master if given enough leeway.

      • bakir malik

        nice effort.

        try to explain a point completely inspire of just mentioning them like a simple answer. elaborate a point then include the rest with in it. may it kind of a hull to carry your essay.
        also the parliament executive could be more of rage aggression example than of fire. try to review your essay when writing half way through coz these things happen when writing long essays

        the quote from quran (huna libasakum) would have been more appropriate for woman equality, personal bonding, a man and women being shield of each other for fire would have been not taking extremes. controlling once anger etc.

        keep writing will improve with time hopefully.

        • vijay- the ray of hope

          Please review mine

      • vijay- the ray of hope

        Review minevif u find time

    • vijay- the ray of hope

      Please review mine

    • Invincible

      You have written this well. Just that the preparation mode sentiment is over weighing the other points you have written.It covers half of the essay. As a fellow aspirant it is very appealing. But I am not sure how great an impact it can cause on the person examining.
      Perhaps you can use the remaining word limit to just balance the whole thing so that even a person who has not been through this phase is able to hold interest and read the essay till the last line.

    • black mamba

      Your essay is indeed a treat to read 😀

      so i see that you gave your interpretation of human passion, progressed to make an ethical argument (of means v/s end) against it, then used actual fire example, followed by another metaphor of technology and then concluding by re-iterating the same thing you started with.

      My views :

      1) metaphor of passion is well placed.

      2) ethical argument has scope for extension (your word count is only 800 words, so it can) —can include how in modern world we are sacrificing our personal relations for professional success (the need to excel is notorious) and when we do end up being somewhere successful – we realise there’s no one to share it with, no source of personal happiness —> rising depression issues and suicide attempts as per statistics. Human being are traditionally social beings, and whatever we do (any passion, any fire, any technology) the aim is to have a better cohesive social life (ie get a social standing, fire tends to social needs, technology is there stay connected) so anything that starts ruling us threatens to cut off this thread —> hence is disasterous.

      3) Add a little on ‘how to check these things from becoming our master ?’ ie. solutions/preventive mechanism —> constant revaluation of life goals and satisfaction levels, maintaining a healthy balance btw all aspects of life, prioritise security etc etc

      4) if u do accept these suggestions, then i’d also recommend change the layout. bring ethical aspect in the end to maintain the flow. Or maybe just reconnect everything with social aspect.

      That’s all.

      ps. i really had to think hard in order to come up with any kind of criticism at all. So please ignore if not useful 🙂

      KWAR !

    • yogi

      Indeed a refreshing essay 🙂
      few points i want to mention:
      1. I m unable to figure out the intro in ur essay. If the first para is the intro then plz elaborate a bit more here befire coming to the specific example (upsc)
      2.once i wrote an example related to upsc people suggested me to be no to include upsc related examples. So i m passing the same suggestion to you.
      3. i think some suggestion on how to prevent the fire form turning into a bad master should be there. It would make ur essay a holistic one.
      4. flow, small paras, simple language are ur plus points keep it up 🙂
      5. conclusion is awesome.
      plz review mine as well, whenever u get time, not necessarily today 😀
      thanks ,

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Atin,

      Excellent flow and connectivity in your essay. You have mentioned the main theme again and again in the essay and didn’t deviate from the demand of the question.

      In 4th last para, you have explained the literal meaning of fire being good servant but bad master. This explanation should have either came earlier or it could have been escaped.

      You have discussed 2-3 themes in your essay, where you equated constructive/destructive powers of fire with real life examples. Now, since your essay seems much shorter than actual word limit of UPSC, so either you could have elaborated the examples that you have given in more detail, or else you could have included many more dimensions.

      When you bring yourself/personal touch in your essay, following first strategy could be more productive. Go deep in the way you justify how internal fire drives you, or could destroy you. (if you use third person, then its even more better – because its better to talk about social perspective and general masses, than glorifying oneself).

      Marks – 60/125 (Increase length of essay to score more)

      • minaxi

        Sir/Ma’am if possible.. Plz review my essay .

      • Thanks a lot sir/mam for reviewing.

        It has given me much needed confidence.

        I will try to improve and will incorporate your valuable ‘insights’! 🙂

        Thanks

      • Eco-friendly

        sir please have a look at mine too. Though I was too late today but a commitment to myself promoted me to write essay every week. Please provide your valuable suggestions to it. Thank you.

      • Mistborn

        Dear Sir,

        Your feedback was instrumental in improving my essays last year and I could score 137 in the Mains though I could not go forward due to my other shortcomings.

        Hope to achieve incremental gains on last year’s progress and improve in the identified areas this year.

        Thanks a lot for the invaluable work you do for the aspirants looking for directions.

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          Dear Mistborn,

          Wow, excellent marks in essay. You have made us proud -:):) We are sure that you will definitely get top rank this time.

          Also we request you to help others sometimes and share your valuable experiences with newcomers. And thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to us 🙂

          • yogi

            Dear Sir,

            I have two questions regarding essay writing.

            1. When the theme of the essay is like “ it takes whole village to raise a child”, “fire is a good servant but bad mater”, then it can be interpreted in two ways, one is the actual meaning of the theme and the second is the derived meaning that is philosophical one. Which part should be given more space in the essay. As the guideline of upsc says that candidate is required to clealy bring out the “context” of the theme. Here what does context mean here?. Is it the actual meaning like forest fire, or the derived meaning like the fire of passion, will, dedication ??

            2. My second question: Can we directly mention the incidents like Upahaar cinema or similar other incidents expecting that examiner is aware of those incidents or we should give some detail about every incident that we mention in our essay. Some people have raised doubt that if examiner is not aware of the incidents that s/he can draw a wrong conclusion. I am pasting a part of my essay to clarify the question.
            “The incidents of explosion of cooking gas cylinders are everyday headlines of newspaper. It is not uncommon to hear the news of fires in homes, crackers factory around and /or on the day of Diwali. No one can forget the horrific tragedy of Uphaar Cinema fire. The reason for most such fire incidents is often non-deliberate but the real picture of the havoc that fire can create comes to fore when it is used a weapon to deliberately kill the people”

            Plz reply to these doubts, I will share the views with those who have asked me the similar question while reviewing my essay.

            Thank you !

    • ajeet

      nice ,but needed some more diverse you also link with other people,masses and sociel activity…well written

    • sankar

      very good
      as you have got super rvw today….so work on that part
      if finde time plz have a look at mine as well……thanks

    • naveenmergu

      nice
      touched all points like ethical , social , economical , political ,cultural.
      tried to convince from any point .
      superb bro

  • sankar

    thanks sir for selfless and dedicated efforts………good morning

  • vishnu

    Fire has been and still is one of the major discovery of human kind. Eventhough it was found by accident it has revolutionised human life. It has aided him in cooking his food,provide warmth in cold nights,scare away predetors.

    The mysteries of nature has always fascinated him and fire even more so, he has masterd the use of fire to his advantage now fire has become a normal part of his life. It is beeing used as a source of light to energy to heavy industries manufacturing vital goods. But like all things fire if let free can cause mass destruction and burn down civilizations within no time and this fire can be related to our human desires.
    Like fire our desire has always burned from the start of existance. It has shown us light to lead our life through the path of darkness, push us to achieve more and reach the point of human excellence both as an individual and as a collective society. But like fire if desire left unchecked can engulf and cause mass destruction to life of ourselves and others. Our desires had moved us from a nomadic society to an advanced civil society, we had mastered agriculture,use of raw materials,and lead a settled happy life which later resulted in formation of large kingdoms through out the world. But our desires has caused us to expand this desire had led to many conflicts between many kingdoms in the past and had resulted in large scale war destruction and loss of life. Further our desires for the comfortable material aspects of life had resulted in trade both localy and internationaly. This trade had improved the life of many and increased the comforts of human life, but the europeans desire for more competetive trade had resulted in industrial revolution which was a good thing but the later effects of it were large scale slave tradings,colonisation and exploitation of people which still has its effect today in large scale poverty across the globe.
    Our flames for desires going unctroled is still relevent today, the exploitation for natural resources had gone overboard and has hit unsustainable levels. This has created problems of global warming,drought and other erratic behaviour of nature which has led major problems which we are trying to mitigate today.

    Fire like desire should always burn. This burning can move us further push us to further heights but like fire if left unchecked will burn everyting down in its path. Eventhough we have benefited from this fire but it has mostly always been at the cost of fellow humans,animals and nature. This fire has engulfed us and our surroundings eventhough we see the destruction it causes we still move forward as if nothing has happend. Fire which is a mystery of nature and desire which is a neccesity of humans should always be kept in check, this should not destroy evrything around us. We should always be good to our servents but should not let somthing master us.

    Plz do review guys

    • lolo

      good morning. nice effort ..but you can also write about desire when controlled like fire can led to good results like motivating a person to achieve his goal…you mentioned destructive part… means desire as master…not the servant….flow of language is good.

      • vishnu

        Thank you for ur review. This is the second essay I hav written I vl kerp ur points in mind for further improvement 😀

      • Hi, please find time to review my essay too. 🙂

      • sankar

        hi…lolo plz rvw mine

    • Hi Vishnu,
      Good one.
      Liked the flow and language.
      Natural resources wala portion is nicely dealt and wonderful 🙂
      But its too short, bring more dimensions and edges.
      Conclusion is nice. 🙂
      Please find time to review my essay too

    • warrior_pandit

      FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

      The human civilisation owes its evolution and prosperity to the discovery of fire which allowed its transition from a food gatherer to the builder of cities and empires. However, it must be taken into consideration that the humans did not invented the fire but discovered it. Fire as a phenomenon is as old as the evolution of the earth finding its sources ranging from atmospheric lightening to the eruptions of the volcanoes. The question that persists however, is that how this same fire that brought with it destruction became the centre of the evolution of human civilisation?. The answer to this question is in its usage. The element of fire that wrought destruction and disasters in the uncontrolled form was tamed by the humans and thus ushered the era of prosperity. The world that we see today is the boon of the controlled nature of the fire.

      The word ‘fire’ is also used alternatively to describe feelings of Motivation, passion and desire for achievement of attributes like success, recognition, etc that contributes to the feeling of self actualisation among the humans.

      It was such fire only that had led to the newer inventions, discovery of new lands, progress in human society, seeking answers to the unknown. It was this fire only that leads scientists to invent newer things after failing numerous times previous attempts. It was the same fire that leads those born in humble surroundings to take on the world and be remembered even after long gone. The world is filled with numerous such examples ranging from the field of politics to sports to science to philosophy. While on one hand we have those like Thomas Edison, APJ Kalam, Leonardo da vinci, Pele etc. that have contributed positively to the human society. While, on the other hand we have the likes of Aurangzeb, AQ Khan, Saddam Hussein, Adolf hitler etc. who though, were successful in their own rights but contributed negatively to the human civilisation.

      When one looks at such examples one may wonder the similarities and differences between them. The similarities ends with the presence of fire to achieve self recognition, passion to strive towards individual goals and motivation to do something of their lives. The major difference that caused their achievements to have a positive or the negative impact on the civilisation can be well attributed to the nature of “fire” ignited in them.

      The fire, when controlled bring in prosperity both for the individual and the society of which he is a part of. It brings with it the element of rationality and the consciousness of the impact of the results of his/her actions. Such fire is considerate as it is allowed to ignite only in that much degree that is essential for the completion of the desired objectives. The desires are not allowed to rule over human thoughts as means are given as much importance than the goals to be achieved. It nourishes the sole the same way as it nourishes the body.

      The uncontrolled fire not only burn houses, causing destruction but also burn homes, causing devastation. It not only burns the bodies but also soul. It is even more dangerous than the visible fire as firstly, it cannot be doused with water and secondly it feeds on human desires which are never ending. Those, who allow themselves to burn themselves with such fire lacks morality, ethics and loose judgement to differentiate between what is right or wrong. For them emotions of other play no role in achievement of their objectives.

      This is what brings the degree of differentiation amongst great men. Both Hitler and Gandhi were exceptional souls, they both rose to the position where their actions would determine to the course of human history, both of them desired greatness of their respective nations, making it self sufficient. While one allowed uncontrolled utilisation of his motivations and desires to drive his objectives resulting in mass destruction and mayhem as it was self-centred in nature and character. While, the other chose to fuel his objectives in a controlled manner and contributed greatly to the peace and prosperity of the world.

      The issue, which at present poses a great problem in front of the desire driven society is how to achieve individualistic objectives without causing disturbance in the society. The answer to this question is quite simple, yet complex. Firstly, we have to understand here that ignition of fire is necessary if one wants to progress in life. what is important is to learn to control this fire and utilise its energy in such a manner that it has a positive impact. In order to achieve this, the society will have to find shelter in spiritualism as unlike present division of society on the basis of religion, it unites: the mind to the soul, one person to another and soul to the creator. It allows human spirit to channelize its energy in a channel created out of morality, ethics and a strong value system. Secondly, the society must learn to prioritise Means over the ends. For this, the undue importance given to success and failure will have to change. It is the hard work of an individual that needs to be applauded and not considered insignificant over the achievement of the objectives. That success achieved through the dubious means should not be applauded rather ridiculed. This will have its impact on the prevailing social, political, economical poverty in the society where achievement of power and money has become the motto of the day. This is nothing but the result of allowing a humble servant to be our master which is taking the civilisation towards death and destruction. The presence of death cults like ISIS are the manifestations of the same.

      Thus, there is a need to control the fire which is the beginning of humanity so that it does not become the end of the world as we know it.

  • sankar

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    • Isha

      You can download it from anywhere. Google it. Or you can get it from mrunal’s site.

      • sankar

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      • sankar

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    • saran
      • sankar

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  • KINDLY REVIEW! 🙂 🙂

    FIRE is said to be the greatest discovery done by humans. Centuries ago, when men discovered fire, they found it of immense benefits. Before its invention, humans used to eat raw food, they were not known with the practice of cooking. But as they discovered fire, they used it as per their needs. Humans used fire to cook food, they found that the cooked food was more delicious. Also, they used fire to keep animals away from themselves and their food! Fire became an important thing for humans since then.

    During wintery nights, fire was used to provide warmth to humans. It helped them to show the right path in the dark nights. They could move easily to places, life became easier and safer than ever before. Same goes for today’s man too, he has been successful in producing numerous things with the help of fire. Fire has resulted in the evolution of man.

    But, fire is something that needs to be kept under control. Because once it gets out of human control it can create havoc by keeping human life at stake. Fire is something that needs to be handled with great caution. For that only, children are advised not to play with matchsticks or lighters at home. A case of short circuit at home can result in fire accidents. Not being careful with crackers during Diwali celebration may cost a person with severe injuries.

    The recent tragedy of Paravur temple at Kollam, where massive fire broke out ended up taking away more than hundreds of lives. The reason behind this calamity was firecrackers were kept in the temple premises which fell into the crowd and eventually spread killing numerous innocent lives. Hence, the greatest discovery which was thought to be only beneficial to mankind, when mishandled, can result in tragedies.

    Also, the forest fires that recently broke out in the pine forests of Uttarakhand, destroyed huge areas of biodiversity, tourism and wildlife at the Corbett National Park and Rajaji Tiger Reserve were directly affected. Severe air pollution has been caused by the forest fires. Thus, it is true to say that, FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT, BUT A BAD MASTER.

    FIRE, should not only be taken in the literal sense here. It can be technological inventions as well. Humans developed gadgets only to make their lives easier, happier and better. But the technologies that were the SERVANTS of humans, after sometime started ruling over them. Hence, we humans have become slaves of our own servants.

    It gets hard for humans to imagine their day without their phones and laptops. The services that humans developed to be used when required, the same services are now handling men. People enjoy being on ‘social networking sites’ but their direct contact with the society has become minimal. From being social animals, humans have restricted themselves to be only technological animals.

    FIRE, can be interpreted as the passion that drives a person to move towards betterment in his life. Fire, that ignites his soul, motivates him to work hard and reach his destination. People are often advised to never let the desire that burns inside his heart to terminate away. For this fire only, pushes that person hard to fulfil his dreams.

    But, there’s a thin line between positive desires and motivation and negative desires and motivation. Every human carries some sort of passion in his heart. Either to top in the class, to perform the best at a sports event, or to take his business to heights, or to do something that nobody has ever done before. But when that same passion goes into his head, that person might look for short cuts and unethical means to fulfil his dreams.

    He might bluff others, he might cheat his loved ones, he might sideline his own morals to reach his desired destination. The fire burning inside him that earlier motivated him to move forward in his life, has now started forcing him to opt for unfair practices in life. Thus, the fire that was his own servant has now started mastering him.

    Thus, one should be careful enough to use the fire constructively and ethically. Something which humans have created should be mastered by humans only. It should not be vice versa. Something like fire, that has served humans since primitive age shouldn’t be allowed to control humans themselves, as it will lead to calamities only. Likewise, the things created by humans using their intelligence and skill should work only for the betterment of humans. Humans should be wise enough to not allow the technologies to rule over them. Similarly, the fire that burns inside humans shouldn’t be allowed to burn them away. Fire, should only motivate them to reach their goals by showing them the right path!

    • Vivek Kumar Singh

      Hi Simran.. my feedback for ur essay.
      Positive – Related to new happenings, Conclusion and flow ..are apt.
      Negatives- I think this is philosophical essay … we need to try to take it tho it different level. The interpretation of fire thing u did a bit late.

      Overall, I will rate this essay as a good one.

      If u get time , then pls review mine too. Thanks.

      • Hi Vivek,
        Thanks for the review and rating it as GOOD 🙂
        I’ll review yours for sure in sometime. 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        Vivekanand JI..
        PLAESE shed some light on my effort…

    • Saint Shambhujs

      Your write up upto 5/11 paras depics that you did not get the meaning behind the sentence. You wrote actually on fire in literal sence.

      In sixth para you revealed that you actually know the meaning. I think it was too late and upto 5th para all materials are least relevant (if not irrelevant).

      You have concluded in mid way as FIRE IS A GOOD MASTER, BUT A BAD SERVANTthat’s perhaps typo error.

      The real essay starts from para number 8 but by readers ill fate it ends soon near climax, when the reader develops the appetite to read something interesting.☺

      But your tone and language is good throughout the essay. Despite some faltering in begging it reaches to a balanced conclusion.
      Keep it up.
      ?

      • Hello sir,
        When I first got to know today’s theme, I knew what is to be written in the essay.
        The essay demands the literal meaning as well as ‘behind the line’ meaning of the essay .
        I wanted to first explore the meaning of the quote in the literal sense, and relate with the contemporary examples, those make it a relevant quotation too .

        I might have stretched the literal meaning more than I had too. 🙂
        Thanks for the feedback, regarding the typo, I corrected it while giving it a read 🙂
        Glad you liked the second half. 🙂 THANK YOU

      • sankar

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        • Just remember the name !

          Review mine too

    • vishnu

      Hey simran am no gyaani yet to give reviews as I am still a novice in this field :D.
      U hav used good language flow nd immagination. Overall it is very well written nd a very intresting read but I feel u went a bit too far with the literal examples, u could hav stuck with just one example but still a very fine essay nd very well written
      Keep it up

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine frnds…….thanks

    • Nice essay..

      I would like to appreciate the language more than the content. Your word choice is good along with sentence formation.

      Content should be lesser on direct meaning of fire and more on other angles, thats my view.

      Am no expert, just my two chavannis 🙂

      KWAR!

    • warrior_pandit

      “FIRE, should not only be taken in the literal sense here. It can be technological inventions as well………. From being social animals, humans have restricted themselves to be only technological animals”.
      this i believe is an unwanted extension of the definition of fire to an otherwise very well written essay!! KWAR! kindly review mine! 🙂

    • Shaktimaan

      hi simran!!
      first half>> hmmm not so convincing>> clear c ni ho ri feelings >> mtbl thoda undulating sa tha:)
      2nd half brilliantly put:)
      language and connection >>good:)
      but pehle kafi ache likhe hue h aapne eassy toh us level ka ni lga:)
      thank u:)
      PREM:)

    • Ankit

      Sim jab literal explanation khatam hua fire ka tab asli essay shuru hua. Though literal meaning se shuru karna was good but u stretched it too far. The dimensions you touched were good but thodi aur kar sakti thi. I specially liked the part about turning immoral because of the fire.
      Exam pressure se nikal jao fir better likhogi 😀

      • Thank you Ankit,
        I was not sure of writing this one, but wrote so that the routine and link do not break. 🙂
        Aaj last exam hai, I’ll be a free bird from today 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Good write up Simran .. loved the flow and content… here are few suggestions from my side..
      1 You may improve your introduction.. your introduction should reflect the main theme of essay which you are going to discuss throughout your essay, you may mention the same content of your introduction in later paragraphs to make it more effective.
      2. You may add examples of suicides, depression which have been the result of misguided passion a type of fire..
      3.A bit more philo part may add more value to your essay.
      4.Conclusions may be segregated in two paragraphs…one for suggestions and another one concluding para..thanks.. All the best for your exam.. 🙂

      • Dear Jaya ji,
        Thank you for the review 🙂
        I won’t give excuses but wrote this in 40-45 minutes only, left out many things, which others have incorporated well.
        From today, I’ll be free all day and night, need to improve a lot in essay section as this only creates a huge difference 🙂
        I agree with you, intro was weak rather, essay didn’t have a proper INTRODUCTION, will write a nice one next time 🙂

        Suicide point is really good 🙂

        Yes, this timei didn’t touch Philo with enough depth. My mistake. Conclusion needs work, even I have felt that since two three weeks my conclusion is VERY POOR
        Thanks dear for the review

  • Vivek Kumar Singh

    Riding a tiger is easier, than to get off ” – Anonymous

    The message that the Proverb Fire is a good servant but a bad master conveys is not only very insightful but has a important message for individuals,society,state and humans at large. Prophets,Philosophers, thinkers and intellectuals have given importance of superseding passions when it becomes all the more important to do so.

    Fire here has a very wide connotations and the proverb is very apt for plethora of situations we as a human face in our,public,private and even intellectual life.In our private life we aspire for more and more , sometimes the passion dominates out sense of entitlement and responsibility towards our family,society and country at large.Corruptions by politicians , officials by keeping the national and societal interest can be seen in thi regard. It is the want and greed which drives them to do such an act, later the same mischief becomes a habit and the person concerned becomes an addict of the evil and gets entrapped into the vicious cycle. It becomes very tough for him to shrug himself from the vice, he is blackmailed by who’s and who and his past deeds make him kow-down before any such demand. The situation is obviously harsher for him compared to the overcoming urge and greed to enjoy a moneyed and corrupt life.

    Criminalisation of politics, its easier for political parties and politicians to lay a red-carpet for criminals to let in politics. It becomes very tough to control such elements , once they are in power. We have seen how fringe elements and criminals try to manipulate and place their interest at the cost of governance and rule of law. Many a times we see compulsions of political parties with respect to this. For , criminals owing to their local influence,terror and fake Robbinhood image might garner votes.In the end the same people pose danger to the stability of the state and nation. Various reports of how letting the crony -capitalists and criminals have led to the degradation of political sphere and spectrum of our nation.

    Intellectuals and prominent persons gives demagoguery rhetorics that is high on passion. It become very tough to control that passion and perceptions that percolates down to the masses. Creation of Pakistan can be seen , that how an intellectual like Iqbal and a prominent person like Jinnah rode on the passion and demanded a separate nation based on religion. The violence which spread aftermath of Direct action day and partition is one of the most brutal in the history of mankind.The demand which started on the pecking of religion or passion resulted and defeated the whole concept of living peacefully.

    Taking it further in the fields of science and technology , Various sci-fi films like Transformers and others gives an important lesson of how machines can overpower we humans if we become over dependent on them. They can even pose threat to the existence of living beings at large.Same can be said for nuclear weapons, what once started and presented with an inquisitive scientific answer to nuclear energy , has resulted into havoc for the mankind.We in today’s time sitting on the nuclear pile and the fate of whole earth is dependent on the whims of few nations armed with nclear weapons. It has become like the sword of damocles.

    In our private life, we need to be wary of the situation that when we are letting the fire or passions to dominate us. Letting the indomitable passions with respect to gain attention and even money at the cost of our happiness, costs a person a loss which can’t be compensated. We need to understand that as a human being we have various questions, queries inside us of which we are seeking answer. For temporary pleasure we many a times forget that, and lead an unhappy life. Drug Addicts , alcohol addicts who once started this under the influence of peers or for momentarily pleasure, becomes a slave of the substance and a sufferer of substance abuse. Their will is ruled by the same substance which the considered as a pleasure giving thing.

    Same can be said about the technologies that we use in our daily lives. They are very useful till we use them judiciously but when they are over used we become oover dependent on it. It affects our social, intellectual and familial lives; it defeats the very purpose of calling human a social animal. Sense of entitlements to the real society gets confined to the few people who are connected on the virtual medium. It steals the opportunity to face a situation in real life and propagates giving lip-services to the issue. When overdone it also generates a false satisfaction of having done something for the society, but in real the person haven’t exposed himself t to the situation and experienced that. It is like ordering a “Prasad” online without even going to the place of worship, it not only defeats the purpose of the place of worship but also the person is bereft of the spiritual experience that the person might have gained.

    Gautama Buddha said –“Desire is the root cause of all evil” . By desire here he meant the fire which we are discussing over here. He implied to not let the desire percolate inside us so deep that we are left with the chasm of the effects that it will generate. Ethical life also means a balanced life, we humans as a rational creature need to identify those fine boundary lines. Sense of achievement should not be only identified with the material gain; we need to ensure our emotional, intellectual, and social wellbeing are achieved coherently. Maintaining this balance can provide us checks and balance on our passion and guide us to not become the slave of an unbalance passion or evil which has the capability usurp and question the very motto that our life is meant for.

    • Vivek Kumar Singh

      Hi .. good morning… Pls review.

      • warrior_pandit

        well written!! aim for writing better!! 🙂 kwar!

      • vijay- the ray of hope

        Please review mine

      • Ankit

        Can i get a review please?

    • ajay

      very nicely articulated first part deal with postives and 2nd part with the negatives ..if u correlate it with fire every now and then in th essay it can become even better buddha’s path in the last seems the correct way ahead…pls review mine in ur free time

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Write shorter paragraphs.

      You have criticized intellectuals in one-sided way (Bhagat Singh was also a great intellectual) . Your copy checker will be intellectual himself. (Try to avoid presenting controversial one-sided analysis)

      Some of the examples given could not be known to examiner. (like terminator, sword of Damocles etc.) So, avoid mentioning them. Not everyone has watched terminator.

      In end, always provide exhaustive solutions to all the problems that you have mentioned. Use last 2-3 paragraphs to do this. Conclusion should naturally be a mixture of your introduction, body and solutions. (End it such that it brings hope for future, positivity, sort of happy ending)

      Marks – 60/125

  • We Stand for JUSTICE

    pls review..

    • Just remember the name !

      Amazing writing and nice way to conclude…

      PLAESE do justice to my essay !! Tha ks

      • We Stand for JUSTICE

        well written brother…just two points to highlight – i feel the essay should just have 2 to 3 paras at max and secondly after every good example u’ve given pls conclude by how the example is related to the topic coz i feel the examiner needs to be in sync else he may doubt that we’re drifting away

  • Atif Hussain

    “Please review- This is probably my 3rd essay so I hope you guys can help me”

    Taking fire in a literal sense, it’s all around us in our homes, industries, etc. The emergence of fire is termed back to primitive people who might have been astonished by forests catching on fire. They tried to create it but initially failed but later succeeded by rubbing stone causing a spark. Thus it was used to cook food, keep themselves warm during winters in caves or simply keep away dangerous animals at night. Fire thus made life easy but at the same time wreaked havoc when forest caught fire, etc. During Vedic age in India, Iron was molded through fire thus metallurgical industry began.

    With advent of agriculture around 5000 BC in India, shifting cultivation was used. Fire was used to burn ground & cultivation shifted to another plot of land. Although it had more negatives as time went by with increasing population it wasn’t easy to shift to another plot of land & it also affected the pollution. Thus w/o advent of technology, farmers had let fire be the only source of cultivation & they were getting stuck.

    Using the above philosophy of fire being a good utility until we let it take over can be applied socially for e.g. preparation for exams. Our education system is weak, we aren’t creating enough jobs to cater to the 7-10 million people joining work force each year & are losing out on our demographic dividend. But expectations from students is high, this leads to competition which is good i.e. why students join coaching to have a sense of competition. But letting it take over causes results like suicide. Students kill themselves just because they couldn’t make it. On another level we see “lower classes” trying to imitate “upper classes” be it through materialistic things or in marriages, etc. This leads to them being stuck in debt traps as they let that imitation feeling takeover themselves.
    Drugs have been an inspirational innovation treating diseases like cold in a few days whereas in the past people had to face death due to such diseases which we don’t even care about. But the same innovation has taken over thus we see use of drugs like cocaine, heroine which alter brains chemicals like dopamine, serotonin making people addicts & finally causing death, the sole thing drugs were invented to save from

    From a psychological POV we have desires to achieve something, to become great, do good. That fire or motivation moves us. But when unable to achieve set targets, there are a lot of bad things human being who is an animal differentiated only by its conscience but loses it can do.

    From economic POV we see globalization & advent of capitalism & destruction of socialism & through it communism since the days of break up of USSR in 1991. But as capitalisation has taken over so had increased greed & inequality. As Gandhi said “there’s enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed”. Thus the social sector is being ignored in the hope of increasing our GDP as nation, to increase our wealth as individuals. This is the reason why we have 62 billionaires having wealth more than 50% of the world’s population or India for e.g. still has miniscule 1.4% expenditure of GDP on health. If this is because of fate, then we can believe it just as the British made us believe that Indians are weak & unable to rule themselves.

    From a political POV, corruption is rampant in the hope for power. People are ready to do anything to accomplish power. Nations are in the mood of competitiveness. US can’t bear China’s rise, China is countering US presence in south China sea & it’s 9 dash line, South Asia is in turmoil with Pak & China can’t bear India’s progress. Saudi & Iran’s ideological fight is being supported by US & Russia respectively in the hope of energy security leading to formation of ISIS the biggest danger of modern world which had led to lakhs of death with no-one to care about them. ASEAN, TPP are scary for India only because SAARC had failed.

    From a technological POV we see the ease which had occurred where we can order from the comfort of our room food, appliances, books, pay taxes, bills, books flights, hotels, study. But this had led to emergency of diseases such as ADHD, OCD. With upcoming technologies like artificial intelligence, their is fear of them being the destruction of humanity.

    Thus everything around us can be used for good. But as it’s said that anything that is overused had its negative effects. Thus ending it on a ethical note, people are losing their morals, the fire has taken over, people can’t stand each other be it on religious, race, class, linguistic grounds. Humanity as an institution is falling. The society is becoming individualistic, the environment is being overused w/o any care & it won’t be long before it falls just like a building caught on fire comes down as trash unless steps are taken to return back to our limits.

    • ajay

      good essay but segregating into political,economic and techno heads don’t give out a sustained look and momentum to the esaay..dimesions written are nice taking fire to different levels and applications….Isis,TERRORISM,DRUGS wala part is gud historical intro seems apt..can better the structure upon and conclusion as well..pls review mine

    • warrior_pandit

      “Taking fire in a literal sense” not a good way to start bhai! Rewrite the essay..it seems u have the content but are unable to put your POV (another mistake) across!! Find more dimensions! give suggestions! u have potential!! KWAR!kindy review mine! 🙂

    • Just remember the name !

      Conclusion awesome

      Review mine bhaijaan

  • Nike

    The usage of fire has been one of the key factors that has consequentially bestowed advancement on the human race. The benefits of the wonder element was experienced by early man which embarked journey towards a civilized life. Fire has always been an object of mystery to the man for its unique elementary properties have a twin effect of bringing a benefit as well as loss to anything that comes into contact with it.

    The nature of fire was understood well by early man who made multipurpose use of it. He used it for keeping him warm in the chilly winter nights, for cooking food, protecting from the encounters of wild beasts. Over time fire was used for forging tools to create a more suitable and comfort living resulting into robust infrastructural success in the present day society. It is the diverse usage that fire provides that led man towards worshipping it and for the same reason it finds revered mention in various mythologies with the Hindu and Greek being the prominent ones. In Hinduism it has been used for performing rituals and ceremonies of marriage and also the performance of last rites of death. Importance of fire has also been recognized in Ayurveda.

    Despite the various uses fire possesses its uncontrolled operation involves destruction and devastation on the life and property. When put to wise application the element has proven to be benign and useful but seen to have caused damage when left out of care and caution. One of the classic examples from the historical account is the great fire of Rome. The present times have no immunity from its devastating effect. Today its commonly used as force justifiably but rather over excessively at times in battlefields against the enemy.

    One of the most affected areas facing the wrath of fire recently has been the forests. It is interesting to note that while judicious and careful use of fire has been used for slash and burn as an innovative practice of subsistence agriculture. However, the same force of nature when gone out of hand lead to immensely destructive forest infernos which results in a composite disaster for the human and wildlife deteriorating the ecological health of the green zones. Recent witness of the same was the uttarakhand forest fires which remained uncontrolled for days causing irreparable damage to sensitive environment.

    Noting the various imprints fire has on world it is crucial to mention that it finds an uncanny similarity with power. For the same reason it has been referred as firepower. Deriving from this, in terms of the politico-administrative scenario power does perform the function of fire as its unbridled usage only leads to negative impact in the forms of bloating inefficiencies, corruption and internal breakdown of administrative system. Here the unwarranted and unchecked exercise of power works like an uncontrolled inferno leading to stagnant and paralytic state of administrative milieu. Whereas the same when used judiciously with wisdom and temperance can reap us long term satisfactory benefits in the form of an efficient citizen centric governance.

    To sum up, fire is largly a boon for mankind and turned into bane only for the reckless and neglected handling of it. Being a force of nature it is both constructive and destructive and it is for the man to use the best out of it according to his sound abilities. After all one must always remember it is ultimately the fire that we have in us that leads us from darkness to light.

    • Nike

      Its my first attempt at writing an essay… Please REVIEW!!

      I also read comments about this being a philosophical topic. Though i wrote it on literal lines… :I
      Any feedback will be helpful..:))

      • Debojit Das

        I think u have handled the topic very well through the angle of physical utility and misuse of fire. Ur writing style suggests that u have an excellent hold on ur words and vocab. From ur declaration its evident that u were aware of the philosophical dimension of fire, so it could have been better had u also included this dimension. But considering that it was ur first attempt in this direction I think that u have done a credible job….

        🙂

        • Nike

          Yes i feel i should have elaborated on other metaphorical dimensions and avoided the abrupt ending to the essay.

          Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

      • Just remember the name !

        A bit of philosophy would have been good..
        Review mine.. And tell me
        How did you find it ..
        How mûch philosophical and how much literal…plz

    • warrior_pandit

      Yes, U have written it on literal lines but its also good. Make it 25 percent of your essay. Fire worship-link it the fact that humans understood that controlled fire is beneficial and uncontrolled causes destruction. Then, he had no means to control fire and so was scared of it. Today, while we have the tech. to control fire we are still allowing or soul to burn with it. good attempt btw!! i should have written the point mentioned here in my essay! 😛 KWAR! kindly review mine!! 🙂

  • Debojit Das

    According to Indian philosophy like vaisheshika and Nyaya the human body is made of five elements ie Air, Water, Earth, Eather and Fire. Samkkhaya, an other brach of Philosophy considers the body to be made of Passion(Raj), Virtue(Sattva) and Dullness (Tama), where the first i.e Passion is compared to fire. It signifies fierceness, power and zeal of a man. All this three qualities ( Guna) of a man decides his/her nature, character and his views and are in perfect equilibrium at the time of birth. Man, by his actions, later makes any one of these charecters dominant on other and thus decides the course of his life.

    A passionate person has the qualities of a leader, he has creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship qualities. These are the qualities a person gets by the virtue of his passion (Raj). But it is extremely important to have control on these qualities as. The fire inside us must strong enough to light our path but not to burn us. We must always try to maintain a balance between the three gunas within us as an over zealous person usually becomes unrestrained and thus more of a dicttator than a leader.

    Mover over like every coin has two sides, the guna of passion or fire has its own dark sides. As history is has witnessed that an over motivated leader has always become a dictator, an over zealous scientist, a destructor and a over ambitious entrepreneur, a vice. Another important character which can help have an effective control on our passion is Sympathy ( Karuna) suggested by Buddhism. Putting it in the words of Mahatma Gandhi’s Tilasma ” whatever we do, we must think that will it serve the need of poors, will it help those who are neglegted? Or will it bring any betterment in their lives?”

    In today’s world where we see the dark shadow of the middle west slowly eclipsing the world, the clouds of communalism spreading in the sky, development on the name of brutally slaughtered environment and the golden light of harmony and peace slowly fading away from the horizon, where the whole world is ready to burn itself in its own fire, the fire withing us seems to have become our master. Its the time that we give up all the rhetoric of devlopment and take substantive steps not only towards sustainable growth but also towards sustainable welfare, sustainable peace and sustainable Humanism.

    • warrior_pandit

      WOW! But a lot of dimensions are missing!! I would have cut lots of marks as an examiner as i could see the potential in the essay but left a lot to be wanted!! good essay..jitna bhi likha hai!! u can do wonders in this subject! aim high!KWAR kindly review mine!! 🙂

      • Debojit Das

        Thank u so much sir for ur kind words,I too have realised the mistakes pointed out by u which will surely be taken care of in the next essay. I have also went through ur writing style and one suggestion that I would like to make is that though you have touched almost all the possible dimensions of the subject, the conclusion is a bit abrupt. This is purely my personal suggestion as m not a pro in this subject. 🙂

  • Kungfu Panda returns

    The invention of fire considered to be greatest among all for humankind. Fire or “Agni” has roots in Indian mythology as well as written in Persian history. Initial source considered to have origin from friction of stones.
    Fire as a source of energy act as a change agent in every human soul. Yagya’s were initially meant for bringing or overcoming problems through enlightening the soul. Fire exist in every cell in form of energy which does it activities. The fire inside an individual act as driving force in changing attitude. It is this fire which gives little extra making one person extra ordinary. Without a fire Sachin tendulkar could have not practiced for 18 hours continue for three month or Michael Phelps for 1000 hours for five years. It is the fire and passion to perform that athletes practice for 15 years for just15 second.
    Fires seems critical in changing attitude of an individual. ” Attitude cannot be changed without for”. The same fire can be counter productive. No body knows better tha Napoleon. To a sense excess of anything is bad suits for fire as well. This fire once takes the driving seat over an individual the attitude outcomes are negative. It drives ego and takes away the acumen and individual cognizance.

    • ajay

      good condensation of the topic …pls review mine if u find free time

  • ajay

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

    FIRE by itself can mean many things.it can mean fire as in its physical form or as in a virtual sense.both can help us as a servant by providing desired benefits on our command.but they can also prove disastrous if allowed to be our master,controlling our thought,speech and actions. in this context we need to examine this servant-master relationship of fire in further detail

    Fire can mean the ignition and commitment to do something.it may represent a burning desire to achieve a goal.it can be the passion,dedication and proclivity towards something in life.for eg-the burning desire to become a civil servant helps us burn the midnight oil ,pushing us through adversities,unfavourable circumstances and conditions to emerge out as champions.such fire infuses a sense of positivity,freshness and sincerity in our work.it makes hard work possible.similarly passion towards science,creativity and inquisitivenss makes many to achieve the unachievable.scientists like Marie curie,richard feynman,albert einstein and C.V raman among others never gave up.they kept prodding the unknown through their hard work and commitment.they made science their passion,passion their fire and fire their servant.such magnanimity helped them push boundaries and bring out path-braking findings revolutionising science and modern-day thinking

    the olympics which sets the grand-stage for the most fiercest competitors is another example of the inside fire channeled into a good servant.they have used this servant to achieve better world records,olympic records and benchmarks over the years.usain bolt,carl lewis,fraser pryce,lin dan,saina nehwal,sushil kumar and many more are few egs among the many of the best in the world.their dedication and commitment seems unparalleled.they seem to challenge the impossible everytime they are on court and bring glory to personal self and nation through their repetitive exemplary performances

    however while fire as a good servant is good,at the same time we need to be alert that this fire doesn’t extinguish ourself. excessive energy and enthusiasm can make FIRE our master.this may lead to people adopting the wrong path for wrong purposes.drugs,perversions,abuse,alcoholism and dependence can misguide us towards anti-social activities.rising crime,violence,murder,rape,offences and juvenile delinquencies give strength to the fact that modern-day youth is increasingly susceptible and vulnerable.such individuals have become servants of their desires and fires.the same applies to a frenzy mob killing innocents,women,children and elderly during communal riots.such incidents disrupt social,communal and religious harmony ,promoting anarchy,chaos and conflict in society.this is detrimental to all of us,both as a nation and a society because such mobs have misguided their inside fires into the worst path possible by becoming servant to it .

    while the role of fire as an inside phenomenon is significant,its role in the outer world is equally important.the role and relevance of fire and energy in the modern era is indisputable.we use fire in our kitchen and stoves to prepare food which is a primary neccesity of life.without air,food and water we cannot imagine ourselves surviving on this planet.similarly burning in furnaces,smelters,coal,
    iron,metallurgical and glass industries are imp because it is fire which provide strength to our plants,machineries,industries and 2ndary sectors.using FIRE as a servant here,controlling and commanding its rate of burning,strength,intensity and duration we guide ourselves towards rising competitveness,growth,GDP and development.thus it makes unending contribution to our economy,society and nation

    but it is imp to note here that we can successfully use fire only till the extent we control it..if fire becomes out of control we will be enslaved to its might and fury.for eg-the recent uttarakhand fires and fires in Canada has affected our environment,biodiversity,wildlife and people leading to widespread loss and damage.it has burned thousands of tress,destroying natural forests,flora and fauna and adversely affected livelihood of many in the region.such catastrophe shows the fury that fire and nature can behold on us if fire becomes our master.fire accidents,blasts in cylinders,kitchen mishaps,fire in buldings(eg-recent in national museums) has led to loss of live,property and valuable items every year.similarly the burning of oil tankers and ships carrying cargo in seas and oceans have led to catastrophic fires and oil spills affecting marine flora,fauna and ecology.infact no-one can be escape the might and damage of fire once ignited uncontrollably.this calls for comprehensive rework in our safety-systems,fire-fighting,management,extinguishers,safety protocols and expertise to prevent Fires.because thats the only way out to prevent FIRE from becoming our master and lord.

    the ayurveda ,yoga and naturopathy systems delineate our origin to earth,fire,water,sky and air.it calls us to respect panch tatvas to be in harmony with nature and free of disease,infirmity,disability and death.hence,in this context it becomes imp that we try to keep fire as a servant for our well being and good health.as otherwise it will become our master and rule over us again and again as it may deem fit and we would remain mute spectators to our own downfall

    • ajay

      pls review

    • Harry Potter

      the flow of the essay is good. But i think many dimensions are missing. fire as a ‘bad master’ is too literal. Overall it s a good attempt. KWAR!!

      • ajay

        Thanx harry will try to improve

    • warrior_pandit

      bhai!! jab tak philosophical tha sab badiya chal rha tha! What was the need to add literal meaning? saara level gira dia essay ka vo bhi middle mein!! U write good essays…be a Kohli bro, not dhawan! maintain the tempo!! 🙂

      • ajay

        Will try to better it next time thanx for reviewing warrior 🙂

    • Just remember the name !

      I would suggest you write a nice conclusion again…

      Otherwise east is good

      Review mine bhaiji

    • Ankit

      Ajay bhai can i get a review?

    • Sepoy No 1446

      In the second para..the fact that fire is a good servant part is not coming out well..it looks more of motivation..

      The Olympic example I could not understand.. How is it a servant?

      Fourth para onwards ur essay really picked up pace…good job here.

      The essay can be approached in its literal meaning or in philosophical terms.. Or a mixture of both…u have attempted the last version.. But in alternative explanation part u need to show how fire is a servant and not merely a motivator…

      If u think hard work is a fire…how it can be a good servant… Hard work will be used to gain benefits… Can too much hard work be dangerous… Here one needs to factor in basic human needs… People get diverted, they become greedy.. So till a student tames his desires, puts hard work.. He is really in control.. His hard work is his instrument, his friend and his servant if one has to see in monetary or academic terms..but if this hardwork is corrupted by immorality same person will become dangerous..

      Osama bin laden was an engineer but wasn’t his knowledge a bad master…

      Etc sort of thing

      • ajay

        thanx for the detailed review ..will work on your suggestion and nice interpretation of the meaning esp servant wala part..thnx again:)

    • Shaktimaan

      hi ajay!!
      nice sets of example>> but i think need to back ur content with bit philo to make it good one:)
      para with scientist names>> better to write with their achievements also>> to bring out more essence of “fire” in them.
      on concl >> some work can be done:)
      ovrall good one buddy:)
      thank u:)

      • ajay

        thanx shaktimaan for reviewing will use more philo and try to better conclusion furtther …:)

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Everything is excellent in your essay except conclusion.
      In concluding para, don’t bring new arguments. End the essay in the natural flow and repeating the things that you have already discussed. In extreme end, some phrase/quote/poem etc. which is relevant to context and brings hope could be used, but never use a new argument.
      In introductory para, you could have included some aspects of your essay which you were planning to elaborate further later. Rest everything is very good.

      Marks – 70/125

      • ajay

        thanx sir for the detailed review and feedback…will work on my conclusion and intro as per your suggestions..thanx a lot sir..

      • Hello sir/ma’am,
        Please review my essay too. I know you people are super busy, but still.. 🙂

    • sankar

      ajay bhai
      very good essay
      nice flow justified both the part, especially invisible form of fire which i couldnot mention. so i learnt a lot
      thanks ………alll the best ……sorry for being late in rvwing yours

      • ajay

        koi na , thanks for reviewing

  • chora ganga kinare wala

    This topic tells about very basic philosophy of life that every thing could be very useful and it alsocould become hazardous depend upon how you use it.this could be applicable in almost every facet of modern civilization like use of technology ,which make our life quite easy and comfortable. It has given a key to human being by which we can conquer most of problems ,which were supposed to be invincible for example epidemic such as dengue ,that killed millions ,but now it is just a matter to eat a medicine and u r safe.in the same way technology actually shrinking distance through various ways of transportation like aeroplane, train and by this the feeling of globalization is not only spreading but it is deepening in the heart of common mass.
    Like technology capitalism also making nations able to cultivate resources for the purpose of welfare which is the base of humanity.even religious and spiritual thoughts are spreading the thoughts of kindness ,fear of bad and other things which could make human being sensitive for nature like concept of brotherhood which is buzzword of Islam,kindness of Christianity and the holy thought of Greta and Hinduism.
    Even role of social media in connecting people and make themselves able to share thoughts and problem is really crucial .using whatsapp a group of poor student able to share study material and get success in IAS .role of NGO and other group in the process of helping people is really awesome
    This means that above mentioned instruments are really helping human being in various aspects of life just like fire which makes good for us gives light and worm.bit wait a sec there is another facet of coin.science and tech. Made our life comfortable but at the same time it is producing new problems like glowal warming ,it gave us remedy for diseases but now to is producing uncurable diseases.it gave us weapons to destroy human generations. Religion gave us humanitarian approach but at the same time moulded thoughts giving wrong prediction of holy thoughts and middle east where war between shia and sunni is epitome of this.social media is widely using by group of terrorist s in the recruitment of .while most of communal thouht r also spreading through this mode
    Globalisation meet people but it is also spreading epidemic like Ebola and reccesion
    So in the end it coulde be understand that its true that fire is a good servant but bad master

  • TARGET 2016

    “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

    • sankar

      plz rvw my essay frnds

    • Just remember the name !

      You are right up there for the 2016 mains…
      Keep writing consistently and reviewing

      Review mine

      • TARGET 2016

        thanks for giving time to read and have suggestions.
        btw i definitely improve it
        and yes , this is just mine second essay

    • Just remember the name !

      The consul ion should have been somewhere in the middle….
      Write another comprehensive conclusion my friend.

  • purushottam

    Fire is like a double edged sword that serves the world if it is used in cautious manner at the same time it causes disaster if it is not handled properly.So Fire takes a active role in shaping the world through many lives.

    Fire can be used to serve basic needs like cooking,boiling,heating,manufacturing,melting etc .so Fire is must needed weapon for us for our necessities.This Fire is worshipped in Ancient period,people used to see God in Fire.The man when he was new to the world at that time,by seeing lightening and thunder resulted in burning of trees ,it made him that Fire as a unknown Energy.

    If you consider it in forest,it may be due to friction of trees and friction of stones,volcanic eruption,lightening may all cause natural Fire in the Forest.These all cause disastrous ,even man made like throwing of cigarettes carelessly,winter fire camps,Shifting cultivation etc shows adverse effects of Fire.

    Fire can be taken into other sense as a inner desire to achieve something that is Dr B R Ambedkar whose inner Fire was to eradicate cast discrimination i.e untouchability,Rajaram MohanRoy’s Fire was abolition of Sathi system,many leaders and people of the Indian Nation’s inner Fire was Freedom from British during British period and now a days society’s strong desire is need of Equality among all,Gender Equality,Education to all,Universal Health and eradication of poverty,increasing purchase power and hence GDP of the nation,India’s image in the Global .

    Let me take example of Dr B R Ambedkar,when he was child ,he faced lot of discriminations from the upper class people and not only him,the people of lower caste faced discrimination from the society.So it made Ambedkar to abolish the untouchability,so from that time onwards a Fire in him started igniting and he succeeded in achieving it and in constitution we have Abolition of Untouchabilty as Fundamental Right.So it served for abolition of untouchability.

    At the same time,the person who was having intention of Ruling the world,this desire is his Fire of Allauddin khalji who wanted to achieve his desire,for that he killed Jalaluddin khalji and came to power.Here comes the Fire as the bad master.

    If you consider it at Global level,China’s desire is to become a super power of the world,India wanted to become stronger in the Indian Ocean Region by dominating china.

    Politically,the Ruling party wanted to be the Ruler for next upcoming years.Ex:Tamil Nadu,the party wanted to continue its ruling for upcoming years,so with that Fire,they distribute Free laptop,dresses,Food etc.

    Socially,In every country and every person having the Fire that is it may related to get good job,good partner,good income etc. but only few will have Fire in them with making good to the nation.In society,lot of discrimination,Human Rights violation ,migration ,cultural discrimination(NE people culture discriminated in Delhi),reservation for upper caste people lead to social unrest.So somehow the Fire with bad intention is hurting the society.

    since India is a Democratic country,people like Mahatma Gandhi,Dr B R Ambedkar,swami Vivekananda,Bal Gangadhar Tilak etc had Fire in them to do good for the nation and they struggled to achieve the same and the common people should have the fire do good to the nation so that Fire can be served with good will.

    If you have the ability to do something do it ,if you do not have the ability try it.Think good,do Good .

    Please review anybody or insightsonindia……. first time writing.

    • purushottam

      Please Review insightsonIndia or anybody

    • ajay

      WELL tried but u have tried to many things at once,SOCIAL,economical,political showing fire as a good servant then master then again good servant then master..though egs are noteworthy and good u can structure it better under diff heads by creating amindmap first then writing.. keep writing will certainly improve…pls review mine

      • purushottam

        thank you ajay….keep the points noted…sure will review yours

    • warrior_pandit

      U started off well but limited your essay to social aspect. whereas it demanded the incorporation of whole society!! Good essay though! KWAR! kindly review mine!! 🙂

      • purushottam

        thank you..surely review yours

  • chora ganga kinare wala

    Guys this is my first essay in English I’m taking medium English although all my study and education was in Hindi still I m taking it.right now I HV below par confidence so plz reply and suggest me how to improve writing .waiting for or precious thoughts

  • Appa

    Fire is a good servant, but a bad master

    The thin blue flame on the stove is a life-giver – in the form of food that powers every human being, nature’s finest creations. The same fire in its violent form can burn down a thriving forest into ashes. It can engulf human habitations and life in no time, as recent fire in Alberta, Canada demonstrates. It is the same fire in both cases, only proportions vary. While the former is a servant, in the latter case, it is an uncontrolled master. The endeavour of this essay will be to characterize different shades of fire and the import it has in our lives.

    Ever since fire was accidently discovered by early man, his life has been transformed. He could now cook food, keep him warm in extreme cold and clear off unwanted trash by simply employing fire. To this day, fire is a servant man cannot live without. The same fire powers the sun, the predominant source of energy for life on earth. But often this faithful servant has gone out of control and consumed everything in its path. The frequent forest fires are a clear evidence of fire’s devastating potential as a master. It never discriminates in singling out its targets, in a stark contrast from its in-control role as a servant.

    The literal use of this phrase may be supplemented by a philosophical interpretation as well. The fire of passion can drive a man to achieve much in his life. It encourages him to work hard, innovate and withstand testing times. The technological prowess we see today is the result of the fire of progress that has powered everything – from steam engines during industrial revolution to space shuttles that ferry astronauts to space. This passion has been a controlled one coupled with noble intentions. But whenever this fire has gone to man’s head, he has placed self over others and created monsters, eg, in the form of nuke weapons that can annihilate mankind in a moment. The fire of nuclear physics as a servant is powering millions of homes via reactors, while as a master, this technology is being used to create bombs, each stronger than the previous one.

    Anger is also a fire that in small proportions, in the form of legitimate grievance can be channelled into undoing injustice by using non-violent means. It was Indians’ incremental anger against Britishers, carefully channelled by Gandhiji, that could unseat them. But uncontrolled anger has only led to violence and destruction, stifling the human patience. Anger, like fire, fails to see reason and hastens the journey to doom. Ravana’s character from Ramayana, is for everyone to take lessons from. Many a families and promising careers have been ruined in momentary fit of anger.

    Even in corporate world, fire of profits is a positive motivating force – for it gives vision, drives employees and benefits its stakeholders. Ethically obtained profits are sustainable. But as cases like Volkswagen emissions scandal proves, the fire of profits may also go to man’s head and force him to resort to unethical and illegal practices for duping regulators and society at large.

    Today’s world is often rattled by terror attacks by the likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, it must be pertinent to look at its origins. Mujahideen as terrorists were trained and funded by US in Afghanistan, to tackle USA’s perennial enemy Soviet Union indirectly. This fire of hate and terror that was lit to neutralize Soviet Union did work well in late 80s, when finally Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan. But this fire would later go on to consume US’s interests in the form of dastardly 9/11 attacks as the same Mujahideen bit the very hand US lent to them as a support. Terrorism is a fire as a result, the world is still playing with. In a short run, it may have behaved as a good servant, but as a master it has aims nothing short of beheadings and bomb blasts.
    Thus, fire in any of its form, literal or other, is best in its controlled form as a servant. Buddha’s ‘middle way’ can be the way out, as it espouses that excess of everything is bad. It’s better to limit the elements that can go out of control. Science can serve as a boon. As a bane too, if man likes to transfers his decision-making to machines. The fire of ambition has brought mankind to this modern world, but this fire must be kept in check for it to sustainably benefit humans. Else like a wild fire, the only thing certainly remain is ashes.

    • ajay

      nuclear physics,nuclear bomb wala eg seems unique,got to learn a few thing appa anger wala angle is superb…but corporate part doesn’t seem to fit the bill that much..terrorism is nice but u can disuss more parts and angles and dimensions of fire ..last line is apt but conclusion can be better…i think there are spaces of improvement buts it a nice attempt..pls review mine

    • warrior_pandit

      Very nice! u have answered the topic well. Anger point, use of corporate greed is good! but try add solutions as to how one can prevent the fire from becoming master. KWAR! pls review mine!! 🙂

  • sankar

    PLZ RVW FRNDS

    On a chilly morning especially in the month of January in India, Fire becomes ‘MAI-BAAP’ for the people of India especially for deprived and disadvantaged section of people living in rural, slum and hilly areas. The role of fire in the service of humankind has been exemplary and has been a very great facilitator in human evolution and development. But before going for the role of fire in human life, we must know the invention of fire. It is believed that the invention of fire has been due to sudden accidental collusion of flints. Before this revolutionary invention, the life of human had undergone through very hardship and pain. For example, during the time of cold, sunny and rainy day, they had to live in the cave in a group. They had to have food from the dead animal body and raw flesh getting from prey.

    But the invention of fire has changed their life hence they started to save themselves from severe cold and attack of wild animals by keeping them warm and burning fire nearby their sojourn. Now, they also started to enjoy having baked and burnt food which was not very taste but also saved them from being prey of many wild vector-borne diseases. In the service of humanity, fire played a stellar role in facilitating stable and settled life by helping people in the clearance of forest for cultivation. Before it, human had to wander place to place in search of food but its invention stabilized human life because when people cultivated field, they had to take care of crops until it will have to be harvested and so they had to stay on place. As cultivating large tract of land requires more and more people to cultivate and help in other process of farming, so they began to live in community and cooperated each other at the time of good and bad need. This resulted in the formation of society.

    With the time, the requirements for various instruments and equipments and utensils had been felt and this had necessitated the community to make various things like earth pots, agricultural and prey equipments, wheels and idols etc. The invention of wheel has changed the life by increasing mobility of people and thereby facilitating trade and developing relations and interaction with the people of various regions.

    These interaction and mobility between people and region have not confined within a particular region but it took the form of intra country, inter-country and regions across the world. This growing mobility and increased inter-country trade necessitated the requirement of heavy and fast carrying mode of transportation system which played role in the invention of steam engine. The very invention of STEAM engine based on the crucial and key role played by fire through burning of coal in order to produce energy to run the steam engine. The STEAM engine played a role of facilitator of industrial development and other socio-economic development.

    Besides being the role of fire played in socio-economic development of humankind, it has also a very revered and sacred place in many socio-cultural activities of various community and religious group for examples Hindu and Parsi community. In Hindu tradition, every step of social and religious activities, fire has a very key role in performing birthday, marriage ceremony, worship and organizing religious congregation. The fire has been also associated with last ritual of human body i.e. funeral. In the Parsi community, there is a special sacred fire place which is a symbolic of religious performance.

    Apart from the above discussed role of fire in the socio-economic and cultural upliftment of humanity from ancient time to till date, one major role has even been persisting in many least developed and developing countries is in cooking. Still millions of people survive on fire for their cooking and keeping themselves warm. Fire also plays a great role in amusement and entertainment of people in various jubilant occasions such as marriage, festival and worship especially in the performance of HOLI and DIWALI etc.

    However in this benevolent and beneficial role of fire as a servant of human kind, we should not forget the possible danger and risk it carries with itself when it becomes ‘MASTER’. As a servant, in the modern time, the world is enjoying with the capability and expertise of safe and controlled invention of explosiveness of fire utilized in nuclear weapon and other explosive bomb invention. But it became master during the WWII when it was dropped in Japan and created havoc. The same danger and fear loomed over the world. The mastery of fire has often seen in the prairie region of USA and recent fire in Canada fire incidents. Fire had also destroyed the magnificent ROME’s empire and a third of LONDON. This incident has not stopped even with the modern scientific development and rather the occurrence of fire incident has been getting intensified day by day. It created serious challenges for countries including India. In India, there has been loss of life and property because of frequent fire in rural India every year during summer season. The recent incidents of fire in KOLLAM and forest fire in UTTARAKHAND further raised the dangers of the master of fire and inability of the government in effective management.

    These mastery natures of FIRE have compelled civil society and government to devise the ways to keep fire as a servant and not let them become MASTER. In this regard, the role of people is to raise awareness among their community by meeting periodically to outline a particular time in which particular work such cooking and burning should be done to avoid such incidents e.g. in rural Bihar, people often come from work at noon and start to cook. Being hut or Kuchcha house, fire incident is frequent menace for example Aurangabad fire incident where around twelve people including children died. The government at every level viz local, state and central level should arrange fire proof household and nearby ponds in every locality, construct PUCCA house and LPG connection by ensuring effective and efficient use of various programmes like IAY, HOUSE FOR ALL BY 2020, UJJAWALA scheme etc. the government should also focus on increasing its capacity by enhancing its capability on post incidents measures like adequate number of fire extinguisher vehicles at every block. The government should focus on enhancing capability and knowledge of people in safe and timely evacuation of people and property in case of fire incidents. There should be vibrant-working hospital in every block and hospital for treatment of burnt patient with modern medical equipments and appliances. Some immediate arrangements by the government during summer seasons like distributing beaten rice for deprived and disadvantaged section of people, continuing MID-DAY MEAL in the school even in summer vacation etc. there should be a clear guideline for the use of fire crackers in any festivities and occasions and the organizations of such events should be held at a place that should be better equipped with expertise and knowledge in case of sudden incidents.

    In the conclusion, this essay teaches us to be cautious and sensitive while taking benefit of fire. Until fire as servant like in ancient time as savior of people from cold, animal attack etc, facilitator of socio-economic develop by evolving various household equipments, agriculture instruments and the introduction of steam engine but don’t let them be master otherwise, its fiery and devastating result will be detrimental for human kind.

    • ajay

      very nice not much to say well detailed out history,evolution,soci-eco imp,religious imp and thenethe negatives have been expanded beatifully…seems a complete and good one to mine keep it up!! and keep writing!!…review mine as well

      • sankar

        thanks bro………..iwill rvw in little while

  • Sepoy No 1446

    Please review friends.

    • ajay

      nice essy a new dimesion of clean energy,international collaboration,UNFCC …history,current correlation ,terrorism angles aregud as well shadow owes its birth to light very nice interpretation of the crux of the topic review mine in your free tim

    • Just remember the name !

      Nice flow and writing ..
      Keep writing MA friend… You are on the right track…

      Do review mine

    • Ur Friendly Neighbourhood

      gud essay
      u could have also spoken about fire as Desire.—pluses an d negatives(greed)

  • Harry Potter

    In Homer’s Illiad, it was Agamemnon’s passion to conquer more lands that helped in the unification of several small Greek state , making him the strongest man in Greece. But , it was this passion, which when grew beyond bounds that led him to attack Troy , destroy it. His passion in his case was the ‘fire’ which served ‘good servant ‘ in the first instance and ‘bad master’ in the second instance.

    Fire in this proverb has a lot of meanings which are applicable in a number of life situations, some political, some economic, some climate based. As a good servant, fire implies something that could be controlled , manipulated in order to serve our own needs and get the desired outcomes. It places the person in charge of the situation who benefitted from its use and position. But if ‘fire’ was to go unregulated , as a ‘bad master’ , it can result in destruction and havoc and it would take immense amount of work and effort to put it out.

    In the case of Nuclear technology, although the primary motivation had been primarily civil use in the form of energy security, medical applications like cancer treatment, pipeline leakage detections, radioactive dating and further research purposes. But lately with the advancement in the technology, it has given way to nuclear weapons which threaten the basic existence of man. Moreover, the present arms race for nuclear weapons in the garb of ‘deterrence’ has further deteriorated the relations between countries and also increased the possibilities of the weapons falling in the wrong hands like the non state actors.
    ‘Nuclear tech’ in this case could be considered the ‘fire’ which needs to regulated and used only for constructive purposes and not for blowing up cities like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    On the political side, ‘fire’ or sparks of communalism, regionalism ,etc have been used by many political groups and parties to mobilise people for a common ground or for their own electoral gains. In a controlled manner, these might be able to serve some kind of group interests , but if intensified, these sparks could turn into full fledged firestorms which can result in riots, loss of life and property , separation of regions( partition between India and Pakistan) , tensions, conflicts ,etc.The growing divide between different groups in the country : upper and lower castes, muslim and non muslim , hindi speaking and non hindi speaking is an example of this.

    If we look at the economic models of development, Capitalism is hailed by most as the sure shot way to achieve industrialization and development . It’s merits have been affirmed by the the high levels of development reached by the North Countries, most of which follow the Capitalism model. Moreover, this model promotes the most efficient use of resources, building better and better technologies.But on the other side, it also results in widespread disparities, concentration of wealth among the few, adverse effects on the environment and bio diversity, impersonal attitudes among people, exploitation of workforce.Thus, even though, like ‘fire’ more liberalisation and capitalism might be good for the economy, if not regulated with a few welfare measures could in turn into ever increasing poor-rich gap.

    On an individual level, it is our passion, or dreams , our desires that propel us to achieve more , make the best of our potential , to strive for success and to get ahead in life. These give meaning to our lives, thus are extremely important in our own personal development and growth. It is this ‘fire’ in our hearts that makes us overcome adverse situations, doubts, distractions. But if this passion is not channeled in the right manner or goes out of hand, it can induce pressure resulting in mental stress, even depression. The increasing number of suicides among students and professionals in the country as a result of misplaced dreams and perceptions of failure, has become a big menace. Some become socially excluded and detached from the reality.

    Fire, thus is important , in order to achieve our goals , make our lives worthwhile , but keeping in touch with our personal life is also important.

    Most of the Indian Philosophies preach moderation in desires in order to leave a happier life. Gandhi had said ‘There is enough in the nature for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.’ His quote is in conformity with the Principle of Gaia , which treats the Earth as a self sustaining living being. The man can use the resources of Earth upto its biocapacity , which the Gaia supports and nurtures and even enables the man to use for his advancement. But if he exploits the Mother nature , beyond its capacity , Mother Nature or ‘Goddess Gaia ‘ would unveil its wrath in the from of extremities of climate, floods, droughts,etc which the man wont be able to bear. Which is something , we are seeing today.(Man is using 1.5 times of what the nature can offer and sustain)
    All in all, moderation and regulation should be observed in every aspect, so that the outcomes in the long run don’t become lopsided or adverse.

    • Harry Potter

      Please review. !!!

    • ajay

      very gud and relevant dimensions harry..only the economic wala part is not coming out nicely..u can reword it better..conclusion with gandhi’s way out..and mentioning gita and moderation seems correect in the context of the essay fine work…keeep it up and pls review mine

    • warrior_pandit

      Well written Mr. Potter! u hv covered a lot of ground and dimensions! kindly review mine!! 🙂

  • warrior_pandit

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

    The human civilisation owes its evolution and prosperity to the discovery of fire which allowed its transition from a food gatherer to the builder of cities and empires. However, it must be taken into consideration that the humans did not invented the fire but discovered it. Fire as a phenomenon is as old as the evolution of the earth finding its sources ranging from atmospheric lightening to the eruptions of the volcanoes. The question that persists however, is that how this same fire that brought with it destruction became the centre of the evolution of human civilisation?. The answer to this question is in its usage. The element of fire that wrought destruction and disasters in the uncontrolled form was tamed by the humans and thus ushered the era of prosperity. The world that we see today is the boon of the controlled nature of the fire.

    The word ‘fire’ is also used alternatively to describe feelings of Motivation, passion and desire for achievement of attributes like success, recognition, etc that contributes to the feeling of self actualisation among the humans.

    It was such fire only that had led to the newer inventions, discovery of new lands, progress in human society, seeking answers to the unknown. It was this fire only that leads scientists to invent newer things after failing numerous times previous attempts. It was the same fire that leads those born in humble surroundings to take on the world and be remembered even after long gone. The world is filled with numerous such examples ranging from the field of politics to sports to science to philosophy. While on one hand we have those like Thomas Edison, APJ Kalam, Leonardo da vinci, Pele etc. that have contributed positively to the human society. While, on the other hand we have the likes of Aurangzeb, AQ Khan, Saddam Hussein, Adolf hitler etc. who though, were successful in their own rights but contributed negatively to the human civilisation.

    When one looks at such examples one may wonder the similarities and differences between them. The similarities ends with the presence of fire to achieve self recognition, passion to strive towards individual goals and motivation to do something of their lives. The major difference that caused their achievements to have a positive or the negative impact on the civilisation can be well attributed to the nature of “fire” ignited in them.

    The fire, when controlled bring in prosperity both for the individual and the society of which he is a part of. It brings with it the element of rationality and the consciousness of the impact of the results of his/her actions. Such fire is considerate as it is allowed to ignite only in that much degree that is essential for the completion of the desired objectives. The desires are not allowed to rule over human thoughts as means are given as much importance than the goals to be achieved. It nourishes the sole the same way as it nourishes the body.

    The uncontrolled fire not only burn houses, causing destruction but also burn homes, causing devastation. It not only burns the bodies but also soul. It is even more dangerous than the visible fire as firstly, it cannot be doused with water and secondly it feeds on human desires which are never ending. Those, who allow themselves to burn themselves with such fire lacks morality, ethics and loose judgement to differentiate between what is right or wrong. For them emotions of other play no role in achievement of their objectives.

    This is what brings the degree of differentiation amongst great men. Both Hitler and Gandhi were exceptional souls, they both rose to the position where their actions would determine to the course of human history, both of them desired greatness of their respective nations, making it self sufficient. While one allowed uncontrolled utilisation of his motivations and desires to drive his objectives resulting in mass destruction and mayhem as it was self-centred in nature and character. While, the other chose to fuel his objectives in a controlled manner and contributed greatly to the peace and prosperity of the world.

    The issue, which at present poses a great problem in front of the desire driven society is how to achieve individualistic objectives without causing disturbance in the society. The answer to this question is quite simple, yet complex. Firstly, we have to understand here that ignition of fire is necessary if one wants to progress in life. what is important is to learn to control this fire and utilise its energy in such a manner that it has a positive impact. In order to achieve this, the society will have to find shelter in spiritualism as unlike present division of society on the basis of religion, it unites: the mind to the soul, one person to another and soul to the creator. It allows human spirit to channelize its energy in a channel created out of morality, ethics and a strong value system. Secondly, the society must learn to prioritise Means over the ends. For this, the undue importance given to success and failure will have to change. It is the hard work of an individual that needs to be applauded and not considered insignificant over the achievement of the objectives. That success achieved through the dubious means should not be applauded rather ridiculed. This will have its impact on the prevailing social, political, economical poverty in the society where achievement of power and money has become the motto of the day. This is nothing but the result of allowing a humble servant to be our master which is taking the civilisation towards death and destruction. The presence of death cults like ISIS are the manifestations of the same.

    Thus, there is a need to control the fire which is the beginning of humanity so that it does not become the end of the world as we know it.

    • ajay

      nice aspects,gud flow and philosphical part is dealt with exceedingly well..the egs of hitler and gandhi comparison is awesomein 2nd last para u mentioned social,economy,isis but did not elaborate much i think if u mention something pls elaborate also if not don’t mention..also conclusion can be better …overall very gud.pls review mine as well:)

      • warrior_pandit

        Thanks!!! 🙂

    • Harry Potter

      this is the best essay i have read so far.. Good Job! Although i do think that the last para became a little deviated from the topic towards the end, so probably you could cut that short. Brilliant Intro.. KWAR!

      • warrior_pandit

        Thanks Harry for the kind review! will implement suggestions!! 🙂

    • Nike

      Good flow of thoughts… Gandhi- Hitler comparison is noteworthy. Overall a well structured answer….:))

  • bakir malik

    Every action will have a consequence. A fire started in an environment or within oneself can be a boon or a bane. Fire which is the biggest invention of a man and his greatest achievement in material sense and a driving force for his dreams in a philosophical sense, needs control and has to be kindled in a walled furnace.

    Man biggest achievement during his evolution was the invention of fire. The life took a swift turn once the fire took an important place in his life. He started making tools which augmented his achievement , furthered his development and eased his live. It changed man on a personal sense as well, changed his dietary habits, helped him to settle at places he would not have imagined and began his process of a settle life.

    But man did not just settle for a cooked food and a some basic tools. Industrial revolution changed life like never before and the fire had a big share in the revolution. It drove the process and the machines which produced goods and accelerated the trains and speed up the growth of humans. It changed human behavior , lifestyle, preferences, ideas and ideologies. This journey till now has continued to effect humans and our dependence on fire is like never before.

    However it did not come with out consequences. Our biggest concern in today’s modern world is global warming. Burning of tonnes of fuels producing harmful gases has come to haunt us and the problem is burgeoning everyday. It has come to threaten the very existence of life , for which we, in the first place kindled the fire. It has ruined our forests, habitat of millions of species, and disturbed the balance . it has left people displaced in thousands, migrating from one place to another and has , though in the indirect sense, made a person nomad for want of food and shelter.

    Taking fire in a more philosophical and imaginative sense also proves to be a driving force for a mans ambition. Everyday millions of people dream of getting best from their live. They dream and plan. But success depends on the want for that success and the fire that pushes people through difficulties and hurdles.
    It is this fire that makes a man get up after hundred falls and re-energizes him for an another shot. It the fire in people to achieve something , to taste success. It is the fire that pushes people to pursue success and taste happiness.

    But an uncontrolled fire will burn the very conscious of that person. He will become blind in persuuit of his goal. He will ignore everyone in relentless pursuit of his dream, disband his kith and kin break every tie that he feels is getting in between him and his success. He turns into a machine in a mans skin.

    There should always be control over the elements of combustion to reap its benefits. We have to be rationale about of material progress as a whole and as a person. Speed trills but kills, is often seen on our bill boards for safe driving and this same principle should be applied for life . Too much pursuit of desire , to much want for needs will feed the fire and we ourselves will be the victims of our handmade monster.

    • Just remember the name !

      Good effort …
      Intro and conclusion could have been better …
      Rest throughout flow is good enough….
      Keep writing and reviwing

      Malik Bhai …
      Mera BHI review KAR do MA Bhai

    • ajay

      Good combination of history ,literal and philosophical meanings…corollary of speed thrills but kills is very nice u can improve upon the dimension introducing more of them and can expand as well because I think essay is a bit short…pls review mine as well

  • xyz

    To achieve any goal we need to have energy , courage, passion, enthusiasm and most importantly a proper guidance. Directionless passion and enthusiasm takes us to wrong destination and our effort goes vain. In the proverb “Fire is a good servant but a bad master” , fire has wider interpretation and it connotes energy and passion that is needed to reach the destination. Without fire accomplishing our goal is not possible . However, sometimes fire alone is not sufficient and should be complemented with the master ie; patience , proper planning, leadership and guidance.

    The discovery of fire changed the life of human being. At the beginning they didnt know how to use it . But discovery of fire alone was not sufficient to revolutionize the life of human race. There was a need to understand how it can be used for positive purpose .After Proper planning and thinking for many years ,they used fire to cook food, prevent themselves from animal and clearning forest for agricultural use. However, fire also caused many devastation in human history. Recent forest fire in himalayan region is the testimony of that. We need to understand how to use it how its ill effect can be prevented.

    Similarly, in our daily life we see many people who are talented but due to lack of planning and guidance he could not achieve on par with talent. Sometimes youth are diverted to wrong direction inspite of having immense potential . Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambali started their cricketing career together. At one time it was predicted that Kambali will surpass sachin in total runs and overall performance. But inspite of being more talented he could not a shape to his career due to lack of planning. Thus, his fire alone could not take him to greater height. At the same time Sachin mastered his fire with proper guidance and attitude.

    At organizational level also proper planning and management is required. These days Human resources department has become very important in any corporate houses. Its purpose is to shape the human energy in better direction. The companies like Google, microsoft, apple etc are doing well because of best having talent as well as management.

    A country without proper leadership goes into the wrong direction. The role of the leader is to give direction to the nation. The role played by our freedom fighters and great leader like Mhatma gandhi are immense. Gandhi knew only fire is not enough to make india free. His principle of satyagraha and ahimsa suggests the fact that no one understand the importance and limitations of fire more than him. He used the mass as a fire and his principles as a guidance . Baba saheb Ambedkar knew that the inclusive development of country is possible only if every citizen are given equal right.

    Our country is bestowed with huge amount of natural resources . But having resoures is not enough , to trap those resources and maximize its benefits planning commission was set up after independence . The role played by planning commission in the growth and development of the country is immense. Our country has travelled a long distance since independence and the role of Planning commission in that is undeniable. However, still we lag in many field like human development index. United nation’s human development index our rank is 130 . Life expectancy at birth in our country is worse than bangladesh. Now we need a different kind of planning and management. Cooperative federalism is given more importance and the role of state in growth and development has become more important. Looking at these problems NITI ayog was set up.

    However, fire without guidance has another consequences. Alfred Bernhard Nobel discovered dynamite in order to make life easier. He thought dynamite will be used to clear forest and mountain and built roads and infrastructure. But undestructive minds used them to make bomb and create havoc.

    The problems faced by the world in present day like terrorism, naxalims etc are the manifestation of “Fire is a good servant but a bad master” . Young and energetic youth have been given wrong direction and education. Wrong interpretation of religious text and ill motives is the reason behind the devastation caused by the youth as a fire.

    Environmental degradation and climate change is the result of indiscriminate use of natural resources without worrying about future. The problems like drought, flood, tsunami etc are the consequences of lack of planning and management. It is irony that still countries are not taking adequate steps to tackle these issues. The problem was started by the west and now china is the biggest carbon emmitter country. Rcently held COP21 meeting suggests that both developed and developing countries blame each other for problems and hesisate of being responsible. Environmental degradation and climate change is the best example of “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”.

    Thus, Fire is necessary to achieve any goal but not sufficient. It should be accompanied with patience and guidance. One need to understand the thin line which should not be crossed and fire should be used in proper direction. Today’s social , economic, political and environmental problems can be resolved only if this view is ingrained in the heart and the mind of policy makers as well as citizens.

    • ajay

      Very very gud Dimensions in fact taken to a new level ….but there should be more interconnected ness and flow in the essay it has everything which essay demands making it very gud. :):) review mine in ur free time

      • xyz

        thnx ajay. will do .

      • Hi Ajay,
        Please review mine too. 🙂

    • Bunty kumar

      Best essay bro nice writing

    • Ankit

      Nicely written 🙂
      Can i get a review?

    • yogi

      Hello Deepak 🙂

      my views :-

      intro is good as it shows the main intepretation u have made in ur essay, ie. the philosophical one.

      Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambali – I could relate with the theme

      organizational level—-who is fire here is not clear.

      Gandhi knew only fire is not enough to make india free.—okk but the theme is “fire ia a good servant but a bad master”. What I can relate with ur analogy is that fire needs control, it is altogether a different interpretation not same as the given theme.

      Same is the case with planning waala para.

      However, fire without guidance has another consequences.—-this and next para are clearly in line with the second part of the theme i.e bad master.

      Environmental degradation and climate change—where is fire ??? I m not able to relate.

      Conclusion is good, but needs some impact, with practice it will come.

      Overall, the only flaw is missing link with the theme that I could not relate at many places.

      But whatever u have written is good, backed with recent examples,

      Keep writing

      Thanks

      • xyz

        Thnx Yogi for ur valuable time and comments. Will try to improve in coming days . Wish u good look 🙂

  • Just remember the name !

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER!!
    Please REVEIW

    Fire, one the five elements has always been a awe inspiring, so much so that its worshipped across cultures right from ancient Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, paganism and totemism. The characteristic of fire that makes it so special is its tendency to draw everything into it and even purge one of one’s own existence. Anything that may come in the way of a progressing fire risks losing the very existence in this world and begs assimilated into the burning surroundings. Indeed it’s an awful experience for humans.

    However, there is much more to fire than the awe that it inspires.
    Fire, if controlled properly serves many purposes, all of which may be difficult to be elaborated here. Apart from domestic uses, like cooking that it can be put to use, manufacturing processes whether it be physical or chemical , finds extensive application of this unique phenomenon. Therefore, having said that, fire as a process involves many constructive activities as well if controlled and guided fruitfully.
    This property is however similar to water which also possesses both destructive and constructive capabilities depending upon the use, the only difference being the consummatory nature of fire.

    By taming fire in the right way, it indeed turns out to be a great Servant.
    One popular proverb stages that an element glitters and becomes GOLD only when it goes through the ordeal of fire burning. That seems to indicate the fact that fire as an inherent purifying tendency that purges one of one’s weakness and brings the best out of it. So far so good, fire is definitely a very creative and productive force when used as a SERVANT.

    In all societies, fire is given an exclusive position, owing to its properties. In few ancient cultures it is even used to solemnise marriages, according it a supernatural position as a witness to important affairs. In few others, it is worshipped as a deity, that serves to accomplish the innate tendency within humans to revere something astonishing and much capable then themselves. However, this reverence and devotion often equates it to the status of a master, a pretty bad one. The futility of this enterprise is that the fire inside a temple being worshipped may go on to destroy the whole temple itself. Thus protecting it as a controller of affairs is not exactly a very good strategy for the humans, instead of controlling and putting it to profitable uses that may help the human kind.

    Having brought the real dichotomy in fire as an element, similar analogies can be drawn across other aspects of human interactions with nature and with themselves.

    In our Indian democracy, there are two kinds of executive, one chosen by the people themselves through election, and thus representing the electorate and the other a permanent one based on merit. Both have their own roles or play in keeping the democracy well functioning and productive. The former is a temporary arrangement between the electorate and chosen ones while the latter is predominantly a permanent one. However, the hierarchy ensures that all stakeholders stay within their own limited. The electorate brings few into power assigned with the role of controlling the bureaucracy, In Turn tasked with implementing the policies. Add to it the role of the judiciary as a protector of the constitution, the supreme document for the affairs of the nation. However, these controls are not foolproof. The government of the day may turn out to be authoritative enough to impose emergency in which it virtually takes over the functions of all other domains, even dispensing justice itself. Thus, the executive has to be kept accountable throughout its term, otherwise it risks going overboard and purging other pillars of their powers.

    Media and journalism also provides another case in point. The initial growth trajectory of the Indian media has been a pretty responsible one, covering the excesses of those in power, even in the turbulent times of emergency with responsibility and courage. However, there have been certain exception when it essentially toed the government line for pecuniary benefits during the license raj.
    The entertainment industry also initially depicted meaningful and creative pieces of work with a message for all the viewers. The same can be said about Indian film industry. It was initially used as a medium of communicating good values and guiding principles of the day and their merits right from socialism, freedom, democracy to dignity of life and personal liberty. Thus, initially it was construed as a servant for the cause of the well being and awareness of the people. As the times progressed, giving way to individual desires and vices of the human nature, it has been degraded as a medium to reflect on this inner fragilities of lustful desires and wishful fantasies. This leaves a huge impression on the youth today ruining them forever.

    Human beings are programmed to respond to positive feedbacks, incentives and rewards. However, the line separating these and enticements is a narrow one. Informal allurements, indiscriminate appreciation and financial vulnerabilities may often transgress into the domain of corruption. Thus , as regards to everything that may be good Upto a limited extent, these incentives and rewards also needs to be co trolled to keep the human morale up, without necessarily corrupting the morals in the formal relationships and dealings.

    Citing a more personalised relationship, The holy Quran mentions, male and female have been created for each other as clothes, to cover each other’s weaknesses , and have a moderating effect on each other’s sins and vices. This also includes the human desire for love or lust. However, having said that, excess of anything is bad and this may lead human beings to devious and satanic traps. Therefore it’s the responsibility of the self and the partner to keep a break on these tendencies and tame them in a way that is productive not only for the couple, and the family but the society as a whole. Thus, this burning attraction between the opposite sex is nothing to be ashamed of, or ridiculed and portrayed in bad light, as long as it is kept within the natural limits and controlled consciously. Otherwise, in the worst case scenario the lust can push one overboard, if allowed to master oneself and give rise to all kinds of ills in the society right from sexual harassment, to fornication, pornography and child abuse. Thus human desires must not be allowed to take over oneself.

    Thus, the same medium or means may have extremely different consequences depending upon the factors that control it and the supervision. It may turn out to be a constructive, innovative and creative force or have destructive, degrading and disastrous consequences for an entire culture, idea or a community.
    Fire as a powerful force seems to epitomise this concept, of the dichotomy between a good servant turning out to be bad master if given enough leeway.

    KINDLY REVIEW CRITICALLY

    • Sudanita Sanchez

      Nice attempt..
      However, middle flow a bit odd..

      Otherwise examples quoted are innovative and diverse…..
      Conclusion is pretty much awesome.
      Keep writing
      And kindly review mine and others.

      • xyz

        Kindly review mine.

      • Ankit

        Can i get a review please?

        • Sudanita Sanchez

          Why you always desperate!! I have noticed!! Don’t MIND!

          • Ankit

            Lolz..PLEASE DON’T REVIEW 🙂

    • black mamba

      Hello Danish,
      1) This property is however similar to water which also possesses both destructive and constructive capabilities depending upon the use, the only difference being the consummatory nature of fire.—>definite takeaway 🙂

      2) Analogy with media is brought out very nicely but that with executive becomes a little fuzzy.

      3) the film industry example is not appropriate. It is a form of ‘art’ and art can be anything, it;s a form of freedom of expression. It’s a risky choice to mention this.

      You my friend have given a lot of analogies. Though nothing wrong with them individually (expect that film example IMO) essay should have both width and depth. The depth is not sufficient enough i feel, on the other hand width is excessive — both in terms of examples and analogies.

      Concluding line is good 🙂

      That’s all.
      Please ignore if not useful

      • Just remember the name !

        Mamba…. You have been spot on..
        When I was introspecting I felt all the same points –
        – Good that you liked the water analogy … I AM GOOD ON THOSE LINES…

        BUT WILL DEFINITELY IMPROVE
        I M HERE ON INSIGHTS DEFINITELY FOR CRITICAL REVIEW LIKE YOURS…
        THANKS FOR SO MUCH DEEPS INSIGHTS….
        KEEP FOLLOWING ME AND CRITICISING ..
        THANKS IN ANTICIPATION…

        LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ESSAY!!

  • Aravind Varier

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

    ROUGH WORK

    1) Introduction of the quote by citing an example from daily life. The curry cooked by the fire under the vessel.

    2) What makes Fire a good servant and a bad master at the same time ( give reasons ) . explaining about the energy in the fire that has the potential to change the state of a matter as studied in school . telling about excessive energy produced by fire .

    (a) The fire in the crackers burned during festive season brings joy and happiness and the same fire if produced in excessive amounts can cause injuries.

    (b) The fire in the Nuclear power plant produces clean source of power but the same fire if become excessive can lead to unimaginable disaster.

    3) How to make fire a good servant and NOT a bad master . (carefulness and the adoption of safety measures to make the fire a good servant and NOT a bad master )

    Suggesting safety measures to the dangers of fire explained in the clauses (a) and (b) in point 2 .

    4) the case when the fire is the master and becomes a good servant OR a bad servant .

    Giving the example of seasons in a year which is responsible by the fire in the sun that gives out the energy in the form of sunlight.

    5) Giving a FAIR JUDGEMENT in the conclusion. the moral lesson taught by the quote is about the avoidance of excessiveness in any action we pursue that can make us slave and NOT a master of our life .

    FAIR WORK

    Fire is something that we see daily in our life and none of us can deny the benefit of fire in cooking. If we are preparing a curry and the adequate fire under the vessel can be called as a servant helping us make a delicious recipe but, if the same fire becomes the master giving out large number of flames can spoil the food that is being cooked. This event from daily life shows that fire is a good servant but a bad master.

    Then what makes a fire a good servant and a bad master at the same time. This is an interesting question and the answer to this can be easily found by rewinding back to the lessons taught by our science teacher on energy in our school days.

    Fire releases energy and the same energy has the potential to change the state of a matter. If the same fire releases energy in uncontrollable fashion, then it becomes a master for itself and can cause damage.

    This is quite evident from the fire crackers that are burned during the festive seasons. The fire in the crackers releases energy in the form of light and sound and behaves like a servant giving happiness and joy but if the same fire released in excessive amounts from the crackers can cause injuries to the people surrounding it .

    The fire cracker becoming a master and releasing excessive energy can harm people surrounding it but the scenario could be grave in the case of a Nuclear power plant.

    If the fire that act as a good servant helping in the production of clean electricity, then the same fire produced by a nuclear breakdown in excessive amounts can make it the master of the situation .The Chernobyl and the Fukushima Nuclear catastrophes are still fresh in our minds.

    This does not mean that fire can become the master of the situation and do whatever it wants. Fire can always be made a good servant serving us by adopting certain careful practices as said for the events of a fire cracker and a nuclear plant above.

    A fire cracker will continue to serve as a loyal servant if the quality and the amount of ammunition used inside the cracker is appropriate and the fire inside the nuclear plant will continue to help produce clean electricity, if the international safety standards are put in place in the construction of the nuclear plant.

    There are times in our life , were we can observe that, the fire is the master and acts a good servant and a bad servant . The natural fire which is beyond the reach of the human being!

    The fire here referred is of the Suns energy. It is the fire inside the sun that gives us the light which is the master on which the entire life on earth is depended upon.

    The same energy of the sun is responsible for the variation of seasons on our mother earth which brings gruelling summer, happiness filled spring, chilling winter and refreshing monsoons which makes the fire a good as well as a bad servant, serving us in a balanced way.

    Here too, we may feel the nature on being the master is acting as a bad servant in certain cases but the truth is quite different when we understand the overall equilibrium attained in those variations of the seasons caused by the sun light produced by a fire .

    After writing about this statement for a while, a lesson has been learned by me, which I would like to share with the people.

    When we look at the fire and its behaviour, the moral lesson that it teaches the entire humanity is of leading a balanced life avoiding excessiveness in the actions that we take up.

    Our senses will remain as a good servant to our mind, if we are able to control its excessiveness and the senses will become a bad master, if we our mind is unable to control the senses as the case similar to that of fire which has great importance in our day to day life.

    • Hi Aravind,
      After reading your essay I came to this point, that you’ve stuck strictly to the LITERAL MEANING of the quote given as the theme of the essay.

      As per my understanding of the quotation here, fire is not just the literal fire, right?

      Liked the flow, simple language, short paragraphs you used in the write up.

      More areas need to be covered as per my knowledge, more dimensions to be explored.

      Can fire not be the gadgets that rule over humans, can fire not be our desires, can fire not be our passion???

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear Simran ,

        There is NO wrong in interpreting the FIRE in its literal meaning . I preferred to write a straightforward essay today .

        YES , we can interpret the term FIRE in different ways but that will give a philosophical touch to the essay .

        More areas to be covered ???? PLEASE BE CLEAR 🙂 Don’t write casually more areas to be covered in the review ?

        More dimensions can be explored ???? PLEASE BE CLEAR of what you want convey 🙂

        I won’t be misguided OR confused ,if you tell in your review to my essay ” more areas to be explored ” but ,when you are giving similar reviews to other candidates , My humble request you to is NOT to write statements like ” more areas can be added ” and leave it, while reviewing the essay . This will ONLY confuse the candidates ,thinking about the dimensions they have missed .

        If you want to sincerely give a review , please suggest the areas OR dimensions that you would like the candidate to include in his/her essay . I hope you got my point .

        THANK YOU 🙂

        • Hi Aravind,
          I agree that interpreting the literal meaning is NOT WRONG AT ALL. I didn’t even say that.
          But while reading, the reader is always curious to know that what’s next in the store? I hope you got my point.

          With more areas I meant different perception of FIRE, and I did mention that fire here can be various things, it can be technology, it can extreme emotions, it can be competition, exploring such areas. I hope I made myself clear now.

          And no review can either misguide or confuse a candidate. 🙂 these are just views and candidates are absolutely free to reject or accept 🙂
          Thank you. 🙂

    • minaxi

      Hello Aravind….

      Well, I do not know what to say, draft s good.. But just by sighting the given quote in literal sense is narrowing down it’s meaning.Means, you can cover many dimensions and various implication of the derived meaning of given quota(complicated sentence :P)

      Now.. Here my view only on structure.. since I do not agree with only explaining literal meaning of quota.

      Introduction- Writing introduction with daily life example is good idea. But here you can sight more remarkable importance of fire in historical as well present context. e.g- Fire is n core of human development and civilization. i helped in security and protection of our ancestors, tool making, lighting, food etc. In present too it is important because, it is source of energy.

      2) Second point- It is good, but I think here you can bring the similarity( necessary for human development) to the internal or psychological fire of human being(metaphor). e.g- knowledge, passion, aspiration ambition etc, which will bring the philosophical touch to esay. These terms are also like double edge sword like fire, it depend upon human, he use it for development or destruction.
      your examples can be modified to accommodate here.

      3) Third Point is also good, but here too, I think, You can give philosophical dimension by mentioning some ethical and legal measures ( You are an expert)

      4) 4th point of structure- will be USP, if you can represent it philosophically with relevant example( right now, I am unable to recall any example and can not express it in right way)

      5) Conclusion- Well, I am struggling with conclusion,and I think, You write good conclusion, but in this essay, I will like to see amendment. ( by going with my review)

      I could give review of your on your essay part too, But I thought to give review on basic idea. Flow and sentence formation.. You always do good.. And, to tell you literally, I only could point out about flow when some is doing very poor, otherwise my main focus remain on ideas and if they are represented in right way. You have presented your idea but, I differ with ideas( not in literal sense but the scope of ideas)

      There is nothing wrong to go with literal meaning of quote but, It is philosophical essay(IMO) and by going with philosophical touch, scope and implication of essay can be enhanced many fold. since they are vague.
      Plz tell me your view on this review..

      Thanks YOu…

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear minaxi ,

        I was actually waiting for your review and similarly waiting for the review of Yogi on this essay 🙂

        Today’s essay is special one to me because i have been doing extensive research from past one month on the approach and the structure and the ways and methods to improve the introduction and conclusion .

        So far i will tell the improvements that i could see in myself .

        1) the body of the essay that i am writing from the last 3 weeks of good standard.

        2) conclusion got improved in the last 2 essays and i feel the conclusion of this essay is good because i gave a philosophical touch to it .

        3) I was not interested to give an introduction by writing a story and yogi constantly told my introduction was not up to the mark . So, that made me to improvise and innovate by trying to explain by citing a daily life example .

        4) I was actually poor in giving a good flow to the essay while i started writing essays in January but now i could see the improvement in flow for myself .

        Personally , I like to write practical essays rather than philosophical essays . It may be due to my character of the belief in the non existence of a dreamland.

        But today i tried to give a conclusion with a slight philosophical touch by telling about a moral lesson .

        Your review clearly points that i should also interpret the meaning of FIRE in other ways like knowledge , passion , aspiration , ambition etc. ( philosophical aspect )

        The reason why i did not do that today because i was determined to use the philosophical aspect in the conclusion to give a variety to it .

        I preferred to tell about the various dimensions by sticking on to its literal meaning . used philosophical aspect ONLY in the conclusion .

        Generally what does the UPSC tell about General Studies Paper 1 ( essay ) . It is asking the candidate to bring the context of the essay clearly through various events or examples . Since , candidates appearing for the civil service exam are expected to see different version of a case is expected to write the other aspects of the statement . Here too candidates can explain the various examples through conflicting events and examples to substantiate it .

        Today the essay is not asking about advantages of fire and how it helped in development but why it is a good servant and a bad master .

        See , if you observe the essay written by other candidates on this topic , majority of them are struggling to put in ideas in their essays and loosing the momentum in the mid way because they are straightaway giving philosophical touch and unable to adhere to the CONTEXT OF THE ESSAY 🙂

        I played it safe minaxi and i prefer to do that from my experience of writing essay since last 4 months .

        I wrote today’s essay after learning from my past mistakes and i don’t want repeat those even knowing them .

        WE HAVE TO WRITE AN ESSAY WITHOUT DEVIATING FROM THE CONTEXT and NO examiner can reject my essay because i haven’t diverted from the context . we can be innovative but without deviating from the context .

        I will review yours and Yogi essay today by creating a ROUGH WORK in the beginning before the review to help you understand any mistakes if any .

        THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • minaxi

          Hello Aravind…

          Plz explain me.. why we must write a story in strast.. I am not that creative in this areas, since I do tell the example, which I personally have confronted or have read somewhere. But most of time, it is not easy to recall these examples.

          Yes… I agree that most of aspirent including me are unable to write our view in coherent way( I will blame topic. 🙂 And, personally, I will not opt for this topic, I am good in objective subjets especially socio-economic. and they give you good opportunity to apply your mind too.
          Anyway my preaching end here…
          Thanks… 🙂

          • Aravind Varier

            Dear minaxi ,

            It is NOT compulsory to write a story in the beginning of an essay . I used to write some fictitious story and could bring out the context of the essay though it . Yogi ( my reviewer since January even appreciated that approach )
            Even , i was happy with that approach but what made me to change with respect to that approach was the use of a FICTITIOUS or ARTIFICIALLY created STORY .

            My personal analysis on the views of various IAS toppers on essay writing made me to think twice on this approach .

            My observation is that , writing an essay with a fictitious story will also fetch good marks but there are also cases were it can fetch low marks .

            So, the question that is revolving in my mind is ” Why should we take a risk in the actual examination and reduce our chances of getting into our preferred service .( To tell you Honestly , I will NOT join any other service other than IAS or IPS even i get other services due to low rank . The whole purpose of writing this civil service examination is to enter the All India Service and i personally believe , it will be degrading my educational qualification by entering into other services like IRS and other central service which i consider USELESS )

            This is also the reason that made me to see an alternative in writing an Introduction by citing a PRACTICAL event or example rather than a FICTITIOUS story .

            See , minaxi we should never blame the topic . I personally believe , dedicated efforts will surely bring laurels . If someone is telling, they haven’t cleared the civil service exam . It is purely due to the lack of efforts OR due to misguided efforts which made the candidate fail .

            Remember one thing , We should NOT escape from challenges and NEVER tell i will opt for another topic . we should be proficient in all the questions and models that is put in front of the candidate in the exam .

            AIM FOR FIRST RANK AND NEVER LEAVE ANY AREA OF THE SYLLABUS UNATTENDED 🙂

            My optional for the civil service exam is ” electrical engineering ” and do you know something about my preparation .

            I have already done 14 books perfectly 3 times and have finished solving last 30 years civil service exam ( electrical engineering ) as well Engineering service exam papers .

            Hahaha…….. If i write the optional paper now , I am 100% confident that i will score 350 marks / 500 marks even after normalization . It is not over confident but the happiness of the time and energy i put into the mastering of engineering subjects 🙂

            there was difficulties while mastering engineering subjects but if we aim BIG we should put efforts in the same intensity .

            As , i always tell , we are working as a team to get into IAS and my team members should strike off the word ” I CANNOT ” from their dictionary .

            THANK YOU 🙂

            • minaxi

              I never say” I can not” But I think,,,, it is not a wrong thing to accept one’s weakness. And Glad, You are doing well, IF you are confident, YOu will an efficient administrator, than You deserve that place.

              Thanks.. 🙂

              • Aravind Varier

                Dear minaxi ,

                There are two types of weakness a person can possess .

                1) Physical weakness
                2) mental weakness

                We cannot do much about Physical weakness because , that is NOT totally under our control . example : If i ask you to get a Gold medal in Olympics in weightlifting looks almost impossible .

                But , mental weakness can be easily overcome by fine tuning and sharpening our thinking capabilities .

                Our mind and brain is very powerful and ” sky is the limit ” for it to travel . So , my telling of the removal of the word ” I CANNOT ” from the Dictionary is related to the weakness that you find in dealing with areas related to the Syllabus related to the civil service exam .

                ” EVEN YOU CAN GET THE FIRST RANK , IF YOU ARE READY TO SHARPEN YOUR THINKING CAPABILITIES AND WORK TOWARDS THE GOAL WHICH IS PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE ”

                I believe a person with basic intellectual capability can overcome any hurdle arsing out of metal weakness .

                ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND 🙂

                • minaxi

                  Thank You Aravind.. 🙂 Yes, You are right, We must have confidence in our capabilities to become successful.

    • yogi

      Hello Guruji 🙂

      Intro : it is good that u a gave a daily life example in the intro. That simplicity and modesty is what an essay demands. Good job. 🙂

      Main body:-

      This is an interesting question and the answer to this can be easily found by rewinding back to the lessons taught by our science teacher on energy in our school days.—-plz avoid such sentences u can directly go to that , it is not adding anything new to ue essay.

      After writing about this statement for a while, a lesson has been learned by me, which I would like to share with the people. Same is the case with this sentence it is not needed directly give the lesson learnt.

      Check the grammar– if WE our mind is unable to control the senses

      The best part in ur essay is simultaneous handling of servant and master nature of fire and then coming to the suggestions to control them.

      The one thing that is lacking in ur essay is the depth. Since u have written only 690 words u have can utlise the 300 words to give depth to the major subdivisions of ur essay. For example, when u are describing the nature of the fire u can look upon the natural causes of fire and give depth there. This would give more dimension to ur essay, which is a very important part of a good essay.

      In conclusion u have given an entirely different interpretation of the quote. PLEASE DON’T INTRDOCUE ANY NEW DIMESNION OR INTERPRETATION IN THE CONCLUSION. This interpretation is itself a complete dimensions and demands some details discussion. If You want to write that then restrict that to the lesson learnt just before conclusion. But ur conclusion must strictly, flow from what u have said in ur entire essay, without adding nay new interpretation or meaning.

      Overall I found there is improvement in intro, main body as usual u r good, just reduce redundancy. Conclusion, think over the issue I have raised.

      Thanks and ATB 🙂

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear Yogi 🙂

        thank you for reviewing my essay 🙂

        1) As you know i am in the process of experimenting various strategies to improve the essays . So reducing the essay to 700 words was intentional to see how this structure will look .

        2) the use of daily example in the Introduction was an new experiment because , in the last two reviews you have emphasized that my introduction was not up to the mark . so this made me look for a new strategy and finally landed up in bringing the meaning of the essay by using a ” daily life ” example rather than a fictitious story .

        I will try to apply the same strategy in the next essay in my introduction , if the statement is related to a quote 🙂

        3) the body of my essay is getting better . this is mainly due to the ROUGH WORK that is being created analyse the different dimensions of the statement of the essay . so, far it has been successful but i will be satisfied only how this strategy will work out in the next two essays .

        4) the conclusion of writing the moral lesson was a part of the experiment . Since , you have given a negative feedback to the experiment on conclusion . I will surely do an introspection and try to modify and rectify the mistake so as to make it more impressive .

        even , i know we should NOT write new dimension in the conclusion . I tried to mold it in a way to tell to the examiner of the MORAL LESSON that is hidden in the statement . I think ,i could not justify properly which made it look like a new argument to you . I will surely work on that aspect in my next essay .

        SOME GOALS TO BE ACHIEVED 🙂

        I am doing these experiment to make sure, we are clear with the structure and the strategy that can be directly applied in the different types of essays asked by UPSC .All the results of my experiments will be mailed to you in a month to help us discuss and become more efficient in writing GOOD essays.

        THANK YOU 🙂

  • Shaktimaan

    “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

    According to the hindu mythology Fire (agni) is the most illuminating and alluring element out of panchbuta (5 building blocks i.e Earth or Prithvi; Water or Jal; Air or Vayu; Fire or Agni and then Ether or Akasha), constituting the entire cosmos. Like every particle of panchbhuta sustaining a creation, it has too its own boon and bane as well. As boon its presence instils auspiciousness, warmth and energy in contrast bane can be all-consuming and destructive.

    But why fire as “servant”? Due to its extreme nature, it becomes better and good to utilise it as servant. Because fire used in controlled manner helps one to prepare food, to throw out shivering, to offering sacrifices, to blow off bacteria and to disappear darkness. Therefore despite being a main deity of vedic era (rig veda), lord indra (master) used fire as thunderbolt (slave) to slay the beasts and to germinate prosperity and divinity in humanity.

    So why fire is “bad” as master? Fire becomes master when reincarnated itself in wanton avatar, when black as carbon and grey as ash becomes inevitable as outcome from high redness of burning fire. Yes, fire lefts nothing when controlled any soul. From the evergreen forests of Uttrakhand to the adobe of god Puttingal temple all are they recently saw the dark side of glowing fire. Therefore giving “fire” a “throne” becomes dangerous as it punishes every one, without any judgement first.

    Let’s try to understand the word “fire” in a psychological term, it must be a burning element in human nature which always urge human to go for extreme works or to take risks. So it can be a “passion”. It is good to have madness or love for something very special that can be your hobby or human being or anything, without which it becomes difficult to survive. so remember one thing use that passion as assistant to achieve your desires, don’t let it be your master, because if it takes lead it will turn you addicted one, makes your survival difficult and on verge of destruction, depression and which brings nothing.

    But one thing! Without “fire” zeal also, one cannot do anything! It is natural in beings then how to stop it to become master? The answer is to convert it into “flame”, by using ways and means like calmness and coolness. It can be achieved via yoga and mind exercises. Then that serene mind, as outcome, works as a house of harmonious and life provoking thoughts, which would always, pushes back us whenever furious mind go for irrelevant steps, and helps us to attain that tranquillity, which keep ourselves intact, but free whenever needed.

    So, it is better to keep fire but as flame, which is neither servant nor master of mind, but the “helper” , who assist us throughout the struggle period to come out as bright as fire and same time as quiescent as flame. And when one act as flame, it not only enlightens his/her self but lighting up the surroundings too.

    Let’s draw upon some implications of being in “fire” on broad canvasses. Sometimes because of fire “jealousy” person charred out himself. Here example of north korea can be site, being a very poor in human development index, its jealousy against USA, turned it into a “nation on destruction” not because of US is doing something over there, but because of its own brainless activities. Despite spending millions of poverty alleviation and economic development, it uses its wealth and precious time on nuclear activities. And if not stopped now its own fire would definitely lead it to a catastrophe.

    And sometime fire helps too to achieve some marvellous targets but if those targets have some substantiality, rationality and strength to be accrued in real terms. For example during kargill war India was denied to use GPS services, this negation from US lead India to go for its own such mechanism, she did hard work and now result is inevitable, NAVIC is fully functional now, it not only strengthens our Internal positioning system but provide excess to neighbours “na-pak irade” (mischievous will) also. Here “fire” to achieve something good prevail India one step toward development and proficient growth.

    So it is better to have instinct of fires. But it should be tamed one so that while bursting first of all not irritate, next one to you, instead provide warmness and cosiness; second it should not be so havoc that it disabled you to go for other able options and finally it should not be low too, that it make you dull and helpless. Have fire as flame and get that destiny as divine. Be revered and same time feared by fire, don’t let it your servant or master ever, be with it , take it as a source of energy and make it a lightening lamp to move ahead in the path of your desire.

    • ajay

      Well articulated kept it simple though thorough egs OK north Korea,Us seems nice Indian part of GPS is OK as well but u can add a few more dimensions however u have done justice to what u mentioned…:) review mine in free time

    • Hey Prem bhai 🙂
      Intro is good 🙂
      Second para starting with but why fire as servant? And the answer following the question, jamaa nahi kuch 🙁
      Why fire is bad as master, is nicely covered 🙂
      The next two paragraphs are nice, almost all have shown this angle of FIRE 🙂 you wrote it well. 🙂
      Navic wala point is a complete take away!!!
      Conclusion is fine. 🙂
      Overall a good read!
      You could have also included the literal sense of the fire and quoted some contemporary examples. Thanks 🙂

    • minaxi

      Hello SHaktimaan SIr…

      Why so much Hindu philosophy? Intro is good.. but I think, it is not bringing clear importance of fire( IMO- if examiner do not agree with HIndu philosophy.. To?
      Second paragraph too/… You used philosophy.. I think, we must write those philosophy which may proved in physical world.
      But after third para, I like our essay very much.. 🙂 Just one suggestion.. Philosophical part must be based on those aspects which may proved in real world. (IMO)

      Thanks…

      • Shaktimaan

        thank u 🙂
        sir ni bulate>> kuch jyada ji izzat hogi y to:D
        hindu philo wala yeh part to ancient india wale part me toh pda hua hi h:)
        indra thunderbold ek bar khud upsc ne pre me question pucha hua tha>> to i think itna ki gyaan to de hi sakte:)
        bt haan thoda tone down karne ki jarurat thi > qki eassy to english teacher deke gi> or taki clear meaning b bahar aa sake:)
        baki sare suggestions wih due respect le li:)
        thank u:)

    • Ankit

      Bro in the beginning the ancient history got stretched. One para about it would have sufficed.
      I loved the middle portion of the essay specially how to turn fire into flame using meditation and yoga part 🙂
      But uske baad firse abrupt sa hogaya North Korea ke time. And conclusion laga hi ni ki essay conclude hua hai -_-
      The essay picked up from the 4th para and then North Korea pe akey abrupt laga mujhe. The good thing is I forgot the monotonous beginning while reading the middle paras, if conclusion would have been as good as them to aur acha lagta essay 🙂

  • Ambarish

    Topic: Fire is a good servant but a bad master

    Man’s relationship with fire dates back to the prehistoric ages. His taming of fire can be regarded as an epoch making achievement just as the invention of wheel. Through his control of fire he was able to keep himself warm, protected and nourished. It was through fire, he was able to forge metals and weapons. At the same time man was very well aware of its wrath. No wonder fire evoked fear and affection in the hearts of men and they evoke these feelings even today. This brings us to the topic of the essay which states that fire is a good servant but a bad master. I will try to assess the various connotations associated with fire by analyzing the multiple facets of present day life. Once done, the reader should become aware of my stand on this statement. The long association of fire with man and its role in human progress have ensured that fire has deep meanings associated with it. To give a brief overview, fire in Indian culture signifies energy, passion, power and dynamism. It has equally opposite meaning as well when it denotes rage, fury and destruction.

    We often hear the term ‘fired up one’s imagination’. This is invoked to describe a path breaking scientific invention or a revolutionary social idea. It was an urge for change which fired up people’s imagination in the Arab countries during the Arab Spring of 2011. It did succeed in bringing the intended regime change in countries where it found a voice and a leadership to control this ‘spontaneous’ revolution, Tunisia being a case in point. The Tunisian Quartet which brokered the regime change also went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize. It failed in countries where passion got the better off the Arab Spring and the movement wilted under its own weight making lives worse than before. This happened in Egypt, Syria and Libya to name a few. Same could be said for our freedom struggle as well. The country would have descended into civil war in absence of leadership provided by leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi who were able to channelize the anti-British sentiment through peaceful and non-violent means.

    Dynamism is another word for which fire is used as a metaphor. This is because the ability of fire to release hidden energy scientifically called as latent heat and raises temperatures around for good or for bad. In order to illustrate this, I would like to rewind back to 1991 and the case of two countries: India and Russia. India was facing a severe BoP crisis, was isolated diplomatically and had lost a trusted ally with the breakdown of Soviet Union. Similarly, Russia was reeling under the trauma of its own partition as a departure from an ideology carefully built for nearly 70 years albeit on a pack of lies. Both countries had to adapt to the rapidly changing scenarios. India was fortunate to have statesmen and economists who ensured that the transition was as smooth as possible with minimal impact on the people. The case with Russia was a little different. Its leadership thought that an open embrace to Capitalism and Market Economy would be quick with minimal impact. And this is where they burnt their fingers badly. The impact on ordinary Russians was severe, it pushed scores into poverty, caused social unrest and even secessionist movements in some parts.

    Let us come back home once again. Our country is blessed to have a vibrant democratic setup. But it is not without its share of negatives. Competitive politics legitimizes the pursuit of power through institutional means. However, means are often compromised to meet the ends. It is not unknown to find political parties playing caste, class, religion and regional cards to consolidate their grip on power. Problems get compounded when the parties lose their grip on their constituents which ultimately culminates into their own destruction. Our recent history is replete with such instances when stoking passions on communal lines has ended up harming the perpetrators

    This also leads us to the Modern State. It is beyond doubt that the Modern State is one of the strongest ever to be created in history of humankind. This also gives it sweeping powers. An unhindered, unquestioned and arbitrary use of power would end up alienating people and such a state, however strong it may be would eventually disintegrate one day. The only way it can be prevented is to place checks on its power by enforcement of the social contract and a constitution which distributes power as well as places checks and balances on its use

    Thus during the course of this essay, we saw a few synonyms which we associate fire with. We also saw that in all cases, letting emotions or passions take complete control of actions wouldn’t help in achieving the intended goals. With this I would like to complete this essay by endorsing the statement that fire is a good servant but a bad master indeed

  • vijay- the ray of hope

    Please cooperate friends. …….

    • Ambarish

      Hi Vijay,
      First of all I would like to congratulate you for your hard work and tenacity. I aspire to have the same perseverance as you are showing right now. That being said please find the review of your essay below
      1. Your introduction seems to have gone a little off target. It neither reveals the framework of your essay nor does it introduce the topic to the reader. Buddha’s comment, though good appears totally out of place and out of sync
      2. You will have to work up your grammar especially use of articles and choice of words as well. Your sentence formation needs tightening too
      3. Your transitioning appears a little jerky. You are chasing too many strands of thoughts simultaneously. Instead of throwing up everything you have on the reader, develop a couple of thoughts and order them well so that the reader is engaged while reading your essay
      4. Content needs to be streamlined as well. You have dragged a few examples thereby increasing your essay length. Try to capture the essence of the topic. For eg. you can simply state that fires can be a wrath of god capable of leveling anything which comes in its way. By this you could have easily shortened your cylinder as well as forest fire example
      5. Including Climate Change in the topic without the necessary build up was a little out of place
      6. It would have been good to include the last paragraphs post your introduction. That would have added to the build up of the topic. Similarly, the conclusion leaves me a little unconvinced

      My apologies in case some comments are off target or grossly incorrect. I am an aspirant just like you 🙂

  • mystic_souls

    Fire is a good servant but a bad master

    The discovery of fire was one of the greatest achievements by the pre historic human. It gave protection from wild animals, provided comfort in the cold, helped to push beyond the earlier limits of exploration and gave man much more palatable food. It was a resource that could be used by man, as he pleased, for his benefit. However, the damage fire may have caused when it went out of control for the first time, must have befuddled the early human. He would have realized that even though it was a good resource, fire was a good servant but a menacing and powerful master.

    In the contemporary world, this analogy of fire being a good servant but a bad master can be used for various aspects of human life.

    Fire may be a passion for achievement of goals; a burning desire to succeed. While it does fuel our efforts by making us work hard consistently, it may also wither us away by consuming our sensibilities with regard to health, family, ethics and much more. For example: a boxer may train incessantly to reach the top notch and might even do so, but the desire to be even better will inch him closer to injury, substance abuse and ultimately failure.

    Fire, may be the desire to acquire power, either for personal gains or public benefit. This power in moderate proportions and good hands will get things done but without a cap and in undeserving clutches, it will destroy the basic tenants of humanity. History is full with examples of people who came to power with the goal of establishing a just society but ended up being far worse autocrats and dictators like Napoleon, Hitler and so many more.

    Fire is what pushes people in the scientific community to discover, explore and understand, to make it possible to cure what is incurable and even though it is for the good of human life, it makes them numb to the un-ethical treatment of animals. The quest for comfort and an easy life has pushed innovators to design devices and gadgets to provide us everything at the click of a button but has rendered this generation and possibly the future ones incapable of fending for themselves, should the need ever arise.

    Fire as a bad master, has much more repercussions in the political sphere of things. The politicians in their ego driven need to be invincible indulge unabashedly in acts which put humanity to shame; be it maligning or threatening someone, having no regard for human life or its worth or just getting their way with things. Then there is the fire which burns religious extremism. Being the worst of its kind, it has the potential of putting the whole world in chaos as we have seen with the rise of Islamic State. It has involved unsuspecting youth into its flames and threatens the very establishment of modern day life.

    The greed of humans to have more of everything has driven them to push beyond the necessary. This fire for greater economic prosperity has impaled our environment with losses that can never be compensated. In our desire for greater territory we have limited that of other creatures who have as much a right on this planet as us.

    There are even more literal examples of how fire, if not tamed engulfs and consumes everything in its vicinity and beyond. The recent Kollam fire tragedy shows how a thing of beauty and pleasure for the eyes can turn into a nightmare. Something as simple as fireworks changed into inferno within a matter of minutes only because of the blatant display of monetary power and disregard for rules. This was one of the worst human led fire tragedy of recent times.

    Since ancient times, various tribes of the world practice what is known as ‘jhum cultivation’. It is a process in which a piece of forest is cleared by burning it up and then using it for cultivation before moving to another patch of land. The process supposedly replenishes the soil on its own without any intervention. Until a few decades ago, it was practiced abundantly in the north-eastern states. Fire in this case served as an efficient servant. Fast forward to today, Uttrakhand suffered one of the biggest forest fires in recent times. While miniscule forest fires are said to be beneficial for the replenishment of soil and forest growth, fires a big as these latest ones threaten to eradicate a major chunk of ecology.

    Fire was not known since the very beginning, it was discovered and things discovered must always serve without allowing them to assume the power to control. And so, as illustrated by various examples above, fire serves us better as a servant, not as a master.

    • vijay- the ray of hope

      Please review mine I will review urs soon

  • Jaya Swatantra

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

    CHITI JAL PAVAK GAGAN SAMEERA

    PAANCH TATVA SE BANA SHAREERA

    Earth, Water, Fire, Sky and Air are five vital constituents through which body is made.

    Fire has light and energy, both vital for sustenance of life. As a plant grows well receiving sunlight for carrying out photosynthesis but the same plant gets finished on receiving extra sun light. A new born baby is being shown to sun’s rays in the early morning for the vitamin D and for a healthy baby but increased intensity of sun rays leads to tanning and skin cancer. Fire is a good servant but a bad master indeed.

    Fire brought significant transformation in the lives of people in the ancient time. When people used to wander here and there in search of hunting animals for food, The fire produced by accidental rubbing of CHINKARA STONES by them helped them to live a stable life. They started cooking and gradually started rearing animals. They also learnt to shape different metal equipment with fire which ultimately been used in agriculture and pottery with the help of fire, all this led to advancement in their life. They advanced towards a more civilized life. In the Vedic era people used to perform Yagya( religious ritual) which holds a significant importance in present times too.

    Fire is essential for carrying out metabolism in human beings , photosynthesis in plants and for sustaining the life cycle of every creature on earth. Electricity, transport, communication all has been made possible due to fire only. Most significantly we are able to realize the beauty around us through light .

    Moreover there is one more dimension of fire, fire of passion, aspirations and achievements. The belly needs to be ignited with fire of ones passion to improve and succeed. This is fueled by ones commitment, determination, devotion and dedicated efforts.

    Fire which is needed for growth is equally responsible for devastation and playing havoc if go uncontrolled. Recent forest fires of Uttarakhand is a glaring example, where animals and human life is adversely affected due to the heavy fire. Light is essential to see but how the increased intensity makes us to shrink eye ball and evading its harmful effects.

    While cooking food one has to remain conscious for the limited supply of LPG and check its leakage to ensure a safe food preparation. If fire gives life, it is equally responsible for taking it if go uncontrolled. Few years back in Delhi a full movie auditorium caught fire and this accident took all lives present in the auditorium leaving a great pain for relatives and the society as a whole behind.

    Increased intensity of sun’s rays which has been caused due to increased emission of carbon dioxide and chloro fluoro carbons is responsible for enhanced global warming. The fire for material development must be complemented by judicious use of our natural resources. Again if go unchecked this may lead to severe environmental hazards recent drought, delayed Monsoon, unpredictable weather, endangering animal species. Ecological balance is under threat due to uncontrolled fire for superficial development and pleased putting the future of humanity at stake.

    Burning of crackers in the festivities of temple in South took some lives and injured many recently under the veil of religious ceremonies. Such incidents need to be checked because religion never teaches us to keep the lives in danger and harm society under its ambit.

    Nevertheless the fire of passion is necessary for cherishing ones aspirations but this should be fueled by good moral values and etiquettes for the greater good of humanity. The fire to achieve must be nurtured by a proper counselling and direction. Recent suicide by a girl who qualified in IIT but wanted to pursue humanities is really an unfortunate incident. If this fire is driving the youths to suicide and depressions then surely we need to put a question mark on such fire of passion.

    Such extreme steps reflect the sick mindset of youths. Either they are thriving under wrong fire or they do not have that fire. But a girl who got selection in IIT had that fire in her. What led her to take such step?. These issues must be resolved amicably.

    Fire needs to be moderated to get the desired results. We can not blame fire for any cause as it is the same fire which sustains life effectively. But the onus lies to one who controls it. If we give a matchstick or a cracker in a child’s hand, it will surely burn him. One needs to be cautious and conscious while dealing with it. Cooking adds taste to the food but overcooking spoils it. Everything is wonderful till is follows necessary norms. Weeds have to be plucked out which grow unnecessarily on the field and sucks the nutrition of the main crop. Dyeing clothes with different colors require controlled fire, ironing of clothes again require uniform temperature and need to be adjusted as according to the variety of cloth. All the beauty of stars present in the sky vanishes before the excessive sun light in the day but how wonderfully they appear in the sky at night again. Planet Mercury has no life only because it is too close to Sun and Neptune too as very far from Sun extremely cold. Nuclear fusion source of Sun’s energy , if goes uncontrolled brings devastating results. Balance and checks are utmost necessary for propelling wholesome growth.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Please review!!

      • vijay- the ray of hope

        Dear jaya u review mine this time last time u could not pay attention to my essay
        I will review urs soon

        • Jaya Swatantra

          okay… 🙂

          • vijay- the ray of hope

            I missed my interview call by 7 marks so please help me in 2016 to reach the goal

            • Jaya Swatantra

              Arre type kiya kariye.. padhe mein handwriting jyada time lag jata hai.. if you please type.. it would be more convenient for me to review!!

              • vijay- the ray of hope

                Typing essay is really cumbersome task I could write gs questions but it is very boring to type essay
                please dear for at least one day in a week tolerate me
                after preliminary I will do this task

    • vijay- the ray of hope

      It is really wonderful essay
      what a rhythm u maintained what a diversity of thoughts
      I wil give u 85 /125 marks.
      that son example and photosynthesis example is really good ….
      Please share ur tips with me on whether u first draw sketch or u directly start writing essay

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Hey Vijay.. i use to draft the points first and than elaborate… please take some pain to type your essay this time… 🙂
        Big thanks for review

    • Brilliant write up Jaya ji 🙂 🙂
      You started off with the literal meaning of the quotation, then went on exploring multiple dimensions 🙂
      The thing I always enjoy about your essays is its simplicity 🙂 this will surely fetch you high marks! Examples and interpretation were good, start was interesting and different 🙂 overall a super attempt. 🙂
      Please review mine too. 🙂 thank you

      • Ankit

        Sim mera review kardena warna fir sochlo 😛

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for review Simran going to review your…. 🙂

    • Ankit

      Nice as always 🙂
      Can i get a review?

      • Jaya Swatantra

        sure.. 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one ,Intro is Good …. various dimensions covered ..

      Conclusion para can be splited in two parts …

      • Jaya Swatantra

        not written???………..could not find yours..???///

    • Ur Friendly Neighbourhood

      Fire
      also mention how discovery of fire helped human verus–excess of use of fire in industries ,automobiles caused climate change
      plus –how kauravas ,who had the desire in them to excel –but excess of it led to jealousy –finally their doomsday
      conclusion could have been the example of Abraham lincoln -who failed in early life–but once scraped through the ordeal ,he becomes the President.
      Ur examples are apt
      Ur conclusion is gud ASWELL.

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Sushmit.. will incorporate the points??………… well how is your preparation for pre going on??

    • Isha

      Hello jaya, hope you are doing good 🙂
      Personally, the topic was beyond my imagination 😐
      So, i am not the right person to provide with you a genuine feedback. But after reading your essay- i think structure was good but can be made even better by compacting the same a bit more. Use more specific examples. Other than that, flow was nice. Conclusion can be bifurcated between suggestions and a concluding para.
      Overall it was a good read, keep it up (y)
      p.s- I have not written today. You are free 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a lot dear….suggestions well pointed out … will improve 🙂
        How are you and preparation for pre??

        • Isha

          I am good, thanks.
          Preparation to so and so hi hai :p
          I hope prelim tak complete ho jaye. How is yours?

          • Jaya Swatantra

            yaar theek theek hi bolungi.. abhi bhaut polish ki jarurat hai… bas apna best dena hai… 🙂

    • ssk

      U could have ended essay much better with same content….. rest looks pretty good….u have command over english

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for the feedback… will certainly improve.. 🙂

  • Ankit

    Please review 🙂

    It was 1996 World Cup. Venketeshwar Prasad was hit for a boundary by Amir Sohail with an undignified gesture of pointing to the boundary indicating that he will hit Prasad again for a boundary. The very next ball Prasad routed his stumps out of the ground and sent him to the pavilion. Sohail’s arrogance became his master and Prasad’s anger at the undignified gesture his servant. The “FIRE” of anger inside Prasad served his purpose like a good servant.

    Man has always had a “fire” burning inside him since time immemorial. It is the “fire” of innovating something new, the zeal to grow more and stretch his boundaries, the passion to explore the unexplored and at times the desires to be the master of the world. It was this desire to explore that led to the innovation of the “Wheel” termed as the single most important discovery by humankind. From wheel to super computers to reaching the “Red Planet Mars” we have come a long way because of this burning “Fire” termed as innovation. It has always served our purpose like an obedient servant. But is it confined to scientific discoveries? The answer is NO.

    It is this very “Fire” that thrives a young girl like Kalpana Chawla to conquer the sky. Coming from a state notorious for it’s child sex ratio she must have faced a lot of hardships but that didn’t deter her from her goal. This reminds me of another example from the same area Geeta Phogat who became the first ever woman wrestler from India to Qualify for Olympics in 2012. Had the “fire” inside her conquered her she might not have achieved this feat. It reminds me of a dialogue from an Indian movie “Gusse ko palna seekho” which means try to harvest your anger. Only when you can do it will you be able to channel it in the right direction. Our emotions must be our servant rather than allowing them to conquer over us and manipulate our behaviour.

    Man who discovered fire must have realized it’s potential early as is evident from the importance of fire in different civilizations, cultures and religion. From Hinduism to Zoroastrianism fire is considered holy. It is considered as a purifier. But when it gets out of control it becomes the master who wrecks havoc and destroy the very same life it sustains. The same is true for the emotion of “anger” which transforms into “revenge” and “radicalization” when we allow it to take over our Objective thinking. It is then that the social fabric faces the dangers of scourge of inhuman organizations like ISIS. Yes, people can be dissatisfied and aggrieved but violence is never the answer to it. It is that “fire” that will burn the entire society.

    Turning back to the scientific view, this “fire” of technology has always been a loyal servant to humanity. Today we have the power to access the entire world at the click of a button. But the problem arises when our entire “world” gets confined to a “smartphone” specially the younger generation. The world is coming “closer” because of technology but relations are going “farther”. We are slowly yet knowingly becoming the slaves of our own inventions. Gone are the days when families used to sit together at the dinner tables, these days families share “selfies” on social platforms rather than having a meal together. Has this “fire” of progressive innovation not turned into a “master” controlling our lives? Yes, it has.

    So, how should we utilize this “fire” judiciously so that it remains just a “good servant” and not a dictating “master”? The answer is as multidimensional as the concept of “fire” itself.
    The zeal to innovate, to excel and to achieve our goals must always burn inside us but not at the cost of ignoring our family. We must also realize that technology is meant to bring us closer rather than taking us apart. Technology must be cherished but the human emotions and the relationships must enjoy their priority above it. And this human aspect brings us to the question of “anger” growing inside the aggrieved who take violent means. How should they be pacified? The answer lies in going back to the notion of “Vasudev kutumbakam” which treats the entire society as one big family. Only when such people are treated with compassion and accomodated in the society will this “fire” be channelized in the right direction.

    Let this “Fire” burn and serve us in the best ways. Let it not overshadow human emotions and become a scourge! Let it not destroy the society like the Uttarakhand fires destroyed the natural habitat of the wild animals. Else we will also have to run in different directions like the wildlife, without reaching anywhere!

    • Hi Ankit,
      Superb interpretation, great start! Enjoyed reading it 🙂 flow was fine language was good. 🙂
      This one is the best essay that you’ve written over here! Keep up sir ji!

      • Ankit

        Bas aj to mai khushi se pagal hi hone wala hun 😛
        Itna acha review dediya Sim ne 😀
        JugJug jiyo 😛

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      very well written buddy ,

      You have covered various dimensions well.

    • black mamba

      Hey Ankit !
      1) Man who invented fire —> you mean discovered? deadly mistake. I know it was unintentional but can cost you marks in exam.
      2) From Hinduism to Zoroastrianism fire is considered holy. — > good mention

      My views :

      Initially your essay was good read. But it felt like it is going in all directions — So many examples, so many aspects, just too much information in small passage. As a reader i felt overwhelmed.

      However from the time u mentioned anger-radicalisation part — the depth showed 🙂 and showed damn well ! The second half was definitely what i enjoyed the most. But felt incomplete. It’s like you were touching on the aspect of how to control the ‘fire’ —-> “How should they be pacified? The answer lies in going back to the notion of “Vasudev kutumbakam” which treats the entire society as one big family. Only when such people are treated with compassion and accomodated in the society will this “fire” be channelized in the right direction.”—> you should write a bit more.

      This is the catching part of your essay, give it more weightage instead of the first one.

      (just my opinion)

      Concluding lines are perfect. It just need a little filler before.

      That’s all 🙂

      please ignore if not useful 😀

      • Ankit

        Thank you for reading it so thoroughly 🙂
        I am trying to work upon essay writing and reviews like these really help 🙂
        Whatever you said is more than useful for me buddy 🙂

    • Shaktimaan

      hi ankit!!
      bhai too coool eassy:)
      covered so many aspect in a well defined and contained manner which is positive part of ur easssy:)
      flaws dundhna mushkil hora>> bs ek h concl>> bilkul mazza khrab kar gya eassy ka >> abrupt sa tha >> try to summerise ur eassy in it rather dn bringing any nw concept:)
      bhai mera b dekkh dena:)
      thank u:)

      • Ankit

        Bhai conclusion lunch karne ke baad likha to poora flow toot gaya 😛
        Even i felt while writing it ki kya bakwas likha hun 😛
        Thank you for the review 🙂
        I’ll review yours at night

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      End your essay at 2nd last paragraph. You can add concluding words there only. Uttarakhand fires are not mentioned or discussed in whole essay, so mentioning them in conclusion is not a good strategy (means in general conclusion should not bring out new arguments)

      Other examples given by you are good. Introduction could have been better, as examples from games/sports depend not just on temperament but several other factors such as chance/luck etc.

      So, in this essay you could have directly started from 2nd para, and the arguments given there could have became your essay’s central theme. (i.e. fire is synonymous to human curiosity and ability to innovate, which could be helpful/hazardous depending on circumstances). Delineating theme of your essay should be a top priority, and body of your essay should revolve around your central theme.

      You are able to connect sentences and paragraphs. You can increase flow if you work more on a holistic approach where your essay starting and ending revolve around a single theme.

      And, try to write lengthier.

      Marks – 60/125

      • Ankit

        Thank you 🙂
        Have been working on this weakness of lengthening essay ever since i wrote my first one. You have been a savior for me every single time 🙂
        I’ll try to work upon all the weaknesses.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Nice write up Ankit.. but never introduce some thing new like you did here ( Uttarakhand fires) it shouls provide the suggestions .. better bifurcate it conclusion in two paragraphs … first for suggestions and last one for conclusion.. Keep writing.. nice attempt 🙂

  • AaNchaL

    a general query : can we use first person nouns in an essay ??

    • Ankit

      NOPE!

  • Deeksha M Rao

    Fire, has helped mankind, with it’s many discreet effects in evolution. Starting from the pre-historic times, providing warmth against unfriendly temperatures, to cooking meat, scaring off the wild predators and in the development of first weapons. Thus, by turning the wheels of history, it gave rise to a civilization. It has become a primal energy yielding form from everyday household tasks to the development and establishment of several industrial processes. Fire, thus, also has a cultural aspect to it, where several religions worship fire, “Agni”, as in Hinduism or the famous Fire Temple for Zoroastrians. All over the world, fire is ingrained deeply into traditions and thus hold a significance of cultural identity.

    Fire, also has acts as an antagonist. It create high casualties, more so than any other natural disaster and also result in huge economic and environmental losses.
    The causes of large outbreaks of fires could be natural, like forest fires during summer, commonly found in Australia or due to human negligence. Careless disposal of matchsticks or cigarette butts, cooking accidents via kerosene (common in urban areas), short circuits due to faulty wiring or non-precautionary storage and transport of inflammable materials and chemical explosives.

    The effects are devastating. Short term effects range from death due to burns or asphyxiation to complete wipe out of harvested crops or livestock with respect to rural areas. Increase in economic burden and infrastructural collapse could be attuned to the same. Long term effects could be soil erosion (although in some cases, the ash is said to be increase in fertility of the land), water run off as the trees reduced to ashes no longer holds in the water and also depletes a chunk of carbon dioxide sinks, or oxygen generators as forests, thereby, snowballing into a potential climatic threat. The barren lands could further lead to landslides in hilly regions, thus resulting in an impending disaster.

    The ability of deliberate formation and extinguishing of fire, has given man, pressing advantage over the other species, in terms of survival and adaptability. They are good “servants” when they remain under a subservient position where we can control it’s effects. If by chance, or due to carelessness, we let it slip, it becomes a master, taking control of life, and pose a great threat to man, forests and wild life especially.

  • Invincible

    FIRE IS A GOOD SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER

    We are living on a ball of fire,

    Burning in the core as per Earth’s desire

    As and when the control weakens,

    Its results in volcanic eruptions

    Now the Earth can control no more

    Destruction is what comes forth.

    Fire is a good servant but a bad master, indeed!

    It was the discovery of fire that paved the way for human survival on the Earth. It served as the single most trusted source for warmth, food and security and to an extent, continues to be so even today. Yet, today we are under threat because our planet is unable to adjust the part of heat received from the fire burning inside our star and the survival of our species is at stake.

    Talking in the literal sense, fire is the fundamental component of our daily existence. The energy circulating in each living being is nothing but a part of fire from the Sun transformed by plants – first for their own use and then transferred to the higher levels of the food chain. The energy that supports the non living things such as our infrastructure i.e. the electricity could never have been produced but for the coal/ natural gas that is ignited in our power plants and the uranium that undergoes fission therein.

    It is quite apparent that fire is indispensable to our existence but with the caveat that it ought to be kept under control. We cannot ignore that what appears to be part of our daily life is also capable of causing deadly destruction. Forest fires, explosions due to gas leak or defects in pipelines are only a few examples. The most glaring example of the power of fire is the town of Jharia where the 100 years of incessant burning has eaten up the best quality of Indian coal and continues to do so. This is a national concern and fire has truly become unruly.

    Fire is not limited to its literal or physical meaning only. It can take several forms and interpretations.

    It resides in each individual as ‘motivation’ and in the society collectively as ‘health competition’. But, it retains its positive character only as long as it is kept under control by the will and conscience of the individual and the sentiment of consciousness and morality prevalent in the society. The dividing line is too thing and it takes only a single step to convert motivation into blind ambition and healthy competition into jealously resulting in destructive tactics- both cases leading to disasters.

    There exist several examples around us to support and in fact prove that it s best to keep fire a servant under reasonable constraints because once free- it is truly a deadly master.

    The corridors of History are flooded with such incidents.

    It was the spark- the desire for survival of the East European Nations that led them to search for new sea routes to the East and escape the hardships caused by the presence of the new, powerful Ottoman Empire. This desire to survive led to great discoveries but soon transformed into the colonization spree that destroyed the economies of several nations. Many are still in the process of recovery.

    To involve the general masses in the freedom struggle was the ignition behind Mahatma Gandhi’s call for Non-Cooperation, Civil Disobedience and even Quit India Movement. This idea spread like wildfire and united the Indians. It developed as sense of national consciousness and unity. However, the inability to control such huge amount of energy only ended up in bloodshed which was beyond anybody’s control.

    In the Political and Social Sphere:

    It was the fire/ the desire to exercise free will that led the creation of United States of America to an independent democracy, France of the revolution and the European wave of liberal ideas in 1830s. But the same fire with a pinch of resentment caused Hitler to lead the brutal genocide of Jews, ultimately churning the whole world in an unprecedented world war.

    Science which is at times debated as being greater than God also takes a cautious mode when it comes to fire. It uses fire comfortably to help the space shuttle escape the Earth’s Gravitation. But, the lurking fear of the frictional fire that might engulf the shuttle on its way back (like what happened with Columbia) is forever a reason for great concern. Hence we see that fire is truly a bad master.

    Economy is not unscathed either. Inflation is the fire- the necessary evil that keeps the economy alive and propels it on a growth trajectory. But as soon as it rises beyond a particular danger mark, it can shake offices as high as Governor of the Central Bank, the Finance Minster or even the Prime Minister (as in Greece). The devastating effects have been experienced by Greece and Argentina is another prominent example. The heat of the inflationary fire can even burn a man’s meal leaving him exposed to many other perils.

    Hence we find that fire is an element without conscience. It is by its very nature ‘unrestrained’. If let loose it is bound to cause devastating consequences.
    Only a master having the ability to appreciate and understand its true nature, use cautious, preventive measures and lead it into producing desired results is best suited to possess this powerful element.

    A master devoid of such qualities will only promote its unruly nature and inevitable disasters are bound to unfold.

    • BN

      Outstanding answer! Best and to the point…Indeed it’s the inner fire of conviction n conscious that drives an ordinary Mumbai boy to become legendary Sachin Tendulkar or an individual residing in himalyas to desire and become PM of world’s biggest Republic. Or Even a devasted nation (post world war) like Japan to become amongst the most powerful and prosperous in the world. Fire had a spritual side too, biggest rituals are culminated into Havans in vedic rituals, fire burns scores of biodiversity yet the remains give rise to newer species

      • Invincible

        Thanks. Your additions are valuable.

    • Hope

      Good essay !
      How much time did you take to write this?

      • Invincible

        I took 15 min to conceptualize the broad points that have to be incorporated. 90 min to format it and write. I did exceed the time limit… will have to work upon that.

  • Ritu

    There is a story of two kings, who were full to aggression and ego. They also have over confidence in their respective armies. The immense power and wealth made both of them egoist and even rude towards their respective families. Subsequently, their family members were not happy with them. This also became the reason that both the families feel emotionally detached with their kings. Knowing the situation enemies were conspiring against both the kings. In the conspiring plan family members of kings were also involved. This made the whole situation even bitter. When one of the Kings got to know about the conspiracy being planned against him by his own relatives. He cannot control his emotions and ordered the execution of his loved ones without knowing the reason of their act. His power was reduced as his weakness was already known to his enemy. He soon lost the war against enemy and killed. But when the other king got to know about the fact about his relatives, he called them and talked. He tried to get into the root cause of their act of ditching him. When he realized that his rude behavior made them insensitive, he apologized and asked for the help from same relatives who were at one time standing against him. He got the support of his family and later won over his enemy.

    Though the story is not true but the lesson come out of it is not less important. The whole story gave us the ideas that how fire of ego let us lose our loved ones. Also, the fire of anger which is when not controlled can even destroy everything, even our life. In the above story both the kings have many similarities but at the same time they were different in many other ways. One could control the fire (ego & anger) within himself whereas other became slave of it.

    It is very important to understand the power of Fire. “Fire is a good servant but bad master”. In this quote ‘fire’ can be related to any of the five senses. When we let our senses to do anything, it will surely destroy us as it happened in the story above. But if we control our senses and allow them to do what is right for us, It will definitely help us towards success.

    The Holy Bhagvat Geeta is biggest example of how fire of senses, when became uncontrollable can destroy the whole clan. Despite of having an unlimited “Narayani Sena” (Army), Kaurava couldn’t win over Pandavas. This is because Kaurava became slave of fire of ego and anger within themselves, which became reason of their end. Pandavas grown in same environment were equally egoist and aggressive but with the help of teaching of Lord Krishna they were able to control over them and used them in right direction.

    History is full of such examples which explain the power of controlling this fire within and outside human body. I am totally agree with the Hobbes saying, ”Human nature is dirty, dingy and selfish.” But those who can control over these would surely be smart enough to get the success in life. To control over fire of our senses is not an easy task. Lots of patience required to be clam in extreme circumstances. We can get control over our sense though meditation. Meditation is one of the powerful methods to control the fire of senses. It is scientifically proven method. It makes us indifferent to the extreme situations so that we can handle the whole situation very effective manner. Meditation provides us inner and outer strength. It helps us to delay the fire of anger so that we get enough time to understand the situation. This ultimately fuses the factors which gives rise to conflicts. In one of our ancient philosophical school Yoga, meditation has significant place.

    At the end I would like to emphasis that, knowing the fact that anger, cry, stress, happiness, laugh etc. are in built of human nature, we should try to control these. We should not flow with the emotions. As this fire lies within us, therefore, we should be the master not the slave.

  • yogi

    Fire is a good servant but a bad master (1189 words)

    The pristine beauty of the nature in form of colours of rainbow, the soothing sound of rainfall and the whole diversity of magnificent life on the earth seems like a world of wonders. One of the most important reason behind these wonders of nature is the fire, one of the five fundamental elements of nature i.e, Panchtatava (earth, air, fire, water, sky). Millions of kilometers away it is the fire in the sun that is showering this gift of nature to us. But, behind this majesty of fire, there is another face which turns this good servant into a bad master. Let’s first see why and how fire is a good servant?

    Beginning with the primitive times fire had been an important tool for our ancestors. They used it for cooking the raw food, to keep them warm and as a light source to scare away the wild animals. Directly or indirectly we still rely on fire to meet the basic needs such as food, warmth, etc. Today the fire from the cookstoves and heat from the fire of the heater has become the source of fire for same uses. For many rural people and forest dwellers, the reliance on wood, dung cake as a source of fire is still continuing.

    The discovery of energy resources like coal, petroleum broadened the kitty of sources of fire. In one or the other form today all the industries in the world need fire to meet their energy demands. Be it the minerals extraction, conversion of metals into metal alloys, incineration (burning of waste at high temperature), the fire comprises an essential component of these processes.

    The list of benefits of fire is endless so is the list of the ways in which fire takes the role of a bad master.

    As a natural cause the forest fires is one such way. The lakhs of forest fires incidents occur on annual basis in India alone. The recent Uttrakhand forest fire is a case in point, whereby apart from the loss of wildlife, natural vegetation and pollution due to smoke, there has been loss of innocent human lives. Volcanism is another way that reveals the furious side of the nature. Though not conspicuous in India, there are examples at many places in the world where the fury of volcanoes have engulfed the whole villages in a matter of few minutes.

    In reality forest fires and volcanism are the nature’s way of maintaining the heat balance. No amount of human technological advancement can stop their occurrence. Thus, their cause are out of our control, but what is more worrisome is the fact that sometimes an act of carelessness on part of humans becomes the cause of their own loss. This brings us to the ways in which human’s carelessness and /or misuse of fire turn it into a bad master.

    The incidents of explosion of cooking gas cylinders are everyday headlines of newspaper. It is not uncommon to hear the news of fires in homes, crackers factory around and /or on the day of Diwali. No one can forget the horrific tragedy of Uphaar Cinema fire. The reason for most such fire incidents is often non-deliberate but the real picture of the havoc that fire can create comes to fore when it is used a weapon to deliberately kill the people.

    It was the fire due to explosion of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the servant that provide us energy for good purposes was used as tool of mass destruction. At national level the fire in Taj Hotel due to terrorists’ attack, the fire during communal riots like Godhara incident give the glimpse of what this bad master can do to human life.

    Having seen the good and bad nature of the fire, it becomes necessary to introduce a new form of fire that is also taking the role of a good servant and the bad master. This is the fire within us.

    The fire of positive desire, the fire to achieve the difficult target, the fire to excel and strive for the best with full courage, conviction and dedication is what makes this inner fire a good servant. As envisaged by our beloved Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam–we all are born with a divine fire within us. Our efforts must be to add wings to this fire and fill the world with the glory of its goodness.

    But, the reality is not complete without mentioning the bad master. The fire of hatred, jealousy, greed, anger, lust and vengeance has outpaced the positive fire within us. The incidents of discrimination, hate speech, fraud, murder, rape and innumerable sins can be attributed to the existence of this negative fire within some people. The misbelief that often accompanies these negative fires is that it is not going to cause any harm to person spreading it. But the truth is known to all of us. Fire does not have senses like us, it destroys anyone that some in its way.

    If nature has given us the fierce side of the fire, the same nature in form of human intelligence has given us the means to tame the bad master.

    For natural causes of fire, the best way is to prevent the human habitation in those fire prone areas. In case of forest fires the participation of the locals can minimize the risks. An example in this regard can Uttrakhand where local use the inflammable leaves of the forests and use that as source of energy, thus reducing the combustible substance available for the forest fire to spread. Apart from this the preparedness levels have to be gauged up to the levels of developed countries where efficient and well equipped helicopters are used by trained personnel to curb the forest fires.

    For the fires accidents at homes, factories, schools, etc. the first and foremost important way is to spread the awareness via TV, newspapers, radio about the Do’s and Don’ ts during fire incidents. Mock drills should be held in schools, hospitals, office buildings etc. to avoid stampede during the fire accidents. Safety standards in factories should be strictly implemented. Gas pipelines connection should be promoted in place of gas cylinders to avoid the incidents of gas cylinder explosion.

    To tame the negative fire the inculcation of positive fire is the only solution. The best tool for this is the quality education emphasising on the values inculcation. Reading good books, biographies of great people, meditation and yoga are other ways to unleash and expand the positive fire within us.

    In the end it can be said that fire is just a wonderful and precious gift of nature. Largely, it a good servant, but becomes a bad master when it is out of our control. So, it is not the fire, but the user of the fire that is human who makes it a good servant or bad master. It is but obvious that once man starts appreciating the gifts of the nature all his misconceptions are wiped out and he starts living in harmony with the nature.

    • xyz

      Excellent essay yogi 🙂
      But i have a doubt, ur whole essay is bsed upon the literal meaning of fire. I guess more meanings can be given to it, it is a kind of philosophical essay, though i am not an expert in writing . Kindly clear my doubt and if possible have a look at mine:)

      • yogi

        according to the UPSC guidelines the cadidate is required to clearly bring out the CONTEXT of the essay. google the meaning of context u will get what we exactly we are required to do. Now, for me the context is recent forest fires in uttrakhand.
        Your concern is genuine, the philosphical part should not be neglected.
        I think the best would be to create balance between both the parts, my essay is tilting more to the literal meaning of the fire. Though not in details but, I have mentioned the philosophical interpretation in later half of my essay. But i should have given equal wtage to both the interpretation.
        thanks for the review
        sure 🙂

    • Isha

      Hello Yogi, my views-
      I am a big fan of your structuring (y) since the day i started reviewing your essays i almost always came across a perfectly structured piece. That provides you a flow as well. Other than that, reading yours in a go creates a impression that you dealt with sufficient dimensions. Only thing is for second half of the essay- provide some examples. The topic in itself is a bit monotonous so try to make your language a bit engaging or use some content as such.
      Other than that, i cant find any flaw. Keep it up.
      p.s- you are free today 😀

      • yogi

        thanks fan 😛
        i deliberately did not went too deep in 2nd part as it was exceeding word limit, will have to plan the content better before writing
        thanks for review
        aaj last line padhke sach mein khusi ho rahi hein, thanks to prelim pressure 😀

        • Isha

          hehe :p
          haan reduce your content a bit. It was almost 1200 words. 1000 is sufficient.

    • minaxi

      Hello Yogi… I will give review little late. Plz review my essay if plssible. .:)

    • minaxi

      Hello Yogi…
      Very good essay.. And I could not find any flaw in it. But, Baal ki khaal nikalne ki koshis to ki hi ja skti he. 😛

      Literal meaning and its importance and problems are very good. But, I got why fire is good servant but how?Or both are implicit in same sentence.
      Why forest fire are way of heat balance. They are effect of excess heat, and technological advancement perhaps can not stop volcanism at present . But forest fire can be prevented to maximum degree with scientific measures.
      Having seen the good and bad nature of the fire, it becomes necessary to introduce a new form of fire that is also taking the role of a good servant and the bad master. This is the fire within us.?? In my opinion, this sentence can be replaced with more appropriate linkages, since second form of fire is not necessary with the upper part of essay but it will be important and relevant to mention other forms of fire.And I think if you have mentioned this form of fire in your essay, you could give little bit more space to it to express it meaning.

      Well, as I already mentioned, your essay is good. so this criticism may be feel coming out of blue.

      Thanks…

      • yogi

        all the points raised by you are valid, there is no baal ki khaal here 😀
        yes it should be more of a balanced with normal fire and fire within us, my essay is inclined more towards normal fire
        thanks 🙂

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Yogi 🙂

      I am going to create a ROUGH WORK for this essay before reviewing it in detail 🙂

      ROUGH WORK

      1) you dedicated the entire first paragraph in praising FIRE .

      (a) describing fire as a five fundamentals of nature

      2) you started describing HOW and WHY fire is a good servant in the next two paragraphs .

      (a) describing how our ancestors made used fire as a servant

      (b) modern day use of fire and how it is made as a good servant ( mineral extraction etc.)

      3) you described HOW and WHY fire is a bad servant in the next four paragraphs .

      (a) Uttarakhand fire and volcano

      (b) human factor making fire a bad master ( cooking gas cylinders , fire crackers , Hiroshima nuclear incident , taj atacks and Godhra incident )

      4) started describing fire in the philosophical aspect .

      (a) qualities like courage, conviction and dedication is what makes this inner fire a good servant.

      (b) qualities like hatred, jealousy, greed, anger, lust and vengeance that make fire a bad master .

      5) started describing the ways to solve the problem of FIRE becoming a bad master .( measures suggested simultaneously to both ” practical aspects ” and ” philosophical aspects ” of FIRE )

      6) conclusion – telling it is humans who make fire a good servant or a bad servant .

      DETAILED REVIEW 🙂

      1) the first paragraph is good 🙂

      2) In the second paragraph , you started telling about the way ancestors used the fire and made it as a good servant . this point is Logically correct but when you observe the statement of the essay it would be wonderful , if you could tell the same fire , same situation which can turn into a bad master .

      3) modern day application of fire is good but again i suggest the same aspect , try writing the fire as a good servant and a bad master from the same situation .

      example : fire in the nuclear power plant can produce electricity and the same fire can become catastrophic in case of a nuclear breakdown ( such examples can give STRENGTH to your arguments and create a feel in the examiner that he/she is adhering to the context of the essay )

      you are listing the uses of fire and it looks like you are telling more about the BENEFITS of FIRE rather than the good servant aspect asked in the statement . you cannot tell benefit of fire as a good servant but should mold your ideas in a way to make it appear as a good servant .

      The discovery of energy resources like coal, petroleum broadened the kitty of sources of fire…….. this statement was unnecessary in the essay

      4) In the description of fire as a bad master , you got deviating in telling more dangers of fire ( natural and man made fire incidents ) . See YOGI , every candidate have no other option.All should correlate the ” dangers of fire ” as a bad master , but the difference lies in how he/she correlate it with the dangers of fire .

      One way to solve this dilemma is by telling the fire in a scene as a good servant and telling the same fire in the same becoming a bad master ( nuclear power station is a classic example )

      5) I did see you consumed 4 paragraphs trying to describe the dangers of fire as a bad master . To tell you Honestly , you messed it up BUDDY . I just don’t understand what made you write Uphaar cinema fire Taj hotel attacks , godhra incident and so on .

      I have been telling you constantly not to write a list of events and leave it without explaining it properly .

      example to make you understand were you went wrong : ” No one can forget the horrific tragedy of Uphaar Cinema fire” If the examiner reads this line , he/she need not be aware of what happened in the cinema hall . you wrote this line after telling about fire crackers and Diwali festival . you are giving an opportunity to the examiner to think , fire crackers might be the reason for fire in the uphaar cinema hall.

      after writing about uphaar cinema fire you went on to tell ………create comes to fore when it is used a weapon to deliberately kill the people.

      you just wrote the cinema hall and expecting the examiner to think that it was a man made disaster and did not write it clearly in the essay .

      6) the philosophical aspect of fire is explained well .( why this aspect is good because you compared the emotions of human as a good servant and a bad master . here you did not write one type of examples for good servant and different examples for bad master which helped you write these two paragraphs well )

      7) you gave a list of measures to prevent fire becoming a bad master but totally FORGET to tell how to keep fire a good servant too .

      And please don’t write so many measures which is actually spoiling the flow of your essay . write 2 to 3 measures and give good justifications to convince the examiner .

      to tame the fire in the philosophical aspect immediately after the practical measures is looking more like an answer telling measures to solve the dangers of fire !

      conclusion is good but the body of the essay is filled with redundant data . you have to work on that aspect . though your conclusion is simple and good but the examiner will lose interest after reading the body of the essay which is not structured properly .

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND 🙂

      • yogi

        I always wondered why giving a list of examples in a bad way of essay writing, your illustration of Uphaar cinema clearly made me understood the flaw in this approach of writing example. You are write examiner may draw a wrong inference when s/he is not aware of the incident.
        thanks for the review, it opened my eyes and now i can see the blunders i made in this essay.
        ATB 🙂

        • Aravind Varier

          Dear Yogi 🙂

          I wrote an essay way back in 2013 . Those essays were written for FUN and never exceeded 500 words above . But , civil service exam FIRE in mind , things changed drastically on being regular to essay writing from January 2016 on InsightsOnIndia . I am lucky to get you as my consistent reviewer as well as taking my CRITICAL REVIEWS with open hands .

          My Analyzing capability have increased in the process and we are almost Half way through our Journey to the Judgement Day [ civil service Mains exam ] 🙂

          From all the experiences amassed writing essays from past 5 months , I feel, we should work on weekly basis to settle with a clear cut format and structure for any type of essay asked by UPSC before August first week without affecting our preparation for the Preliminary exam 🙂

          I Will mail you shortly on the framework and strategy of essays shortly and do give inputs. Once we are satisfied with the FRAMEWORK , we can finalize with it to avoid ambiguities in future . This will also help us write PERFECT and IMPRESSIVE essays .

          THANK YOU 🙂

  • minaxi

    “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

    Human has known fire from the start of it’s existence through forest fire which has been caused by lightning. but it was of no use for our ancestors. But when, human learnt to manage and control fire. It become an assets for human. and It become crucial from his existence as well as development of many civilization. Human used it for security from wild animals, from weather, for lighting for make their food testy and hygienic. And later on this fire is turned into energy to fuel industrial revolution as well as our daily life.

    But when this fire go out of control, it become destructive for the very human existence. It is not only true with fire but with almost everything which is responsible for human development either it is materialistic resources or internal knowledge or motivation, which is necessary for human development. Therefore, resources and knowledge are like double edge sword which if used wisely will help you to achieve your objective and if used carelessly can put the user on disadvantage which may be injurious for him as well as for others.

    Hence, It depend upon the user of resource or knowledge, that it want to use it for development or destruction, same like when, power of nuclear energy was discovered by Mr. Curie, He was not aware, how the human will use it in future. But is used in both way. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are proof of destructive side of nuclear energy, when human let the science to master, But same nuclear energy is used to improve the living standard of millions by converting it into electricity. Therefore, It depend upon the human being and it’s discretion, the he want to master the fire or let the fire master him.

    What are the elements which work as fire for human being for his development? Human is ultimate resources and its capacity to think reasonably and logically give birth the knowledge he acquired in external world, His passion, aspiration, enthusiasm to do better to achieve better give him motivation . And when this motivation is backed by knowledge and innovative ideas, it work as fire for that human being, which provide him energy to fulfill his dreams.

    If human knowledge and thinking is an example of fire, than this fire give birth to another fire which is science. Science has proved its importance in modern world.It has make human life easy and effecient. Economic growth and poverty reduction, medical facilities and better transportation, all can attributed to science.

    Therefore, whenever, human control and direct the fire in right direction, it become resource or fuel to development and better world.

    Then why the fire goes out of control? Human is the ultimate resource and he use all other resources as mean to achieve it’s objective and fulfill his aspiration and interest. But when, human interest are selfish and narrow, covered with greed and jealousy, internal fire of that person started to dominate human rational and logical thinking. He use same knowledge to accomplish his narrow interest which may be disturbing for others and society. And this thing i true for individual, society as well as country too.

    Many developed countries has the knowledge and technology to curb the greenhouse gas emission, But their narrow economic interest are restricting them to hand over those technologies to developing countries, It is resulting into climate change and it is adversely affecting developed and developing country. And ultimately everybody have to pay the price of this narrow interest.

    It is not as fire goes out of control because of narrow interest and jealousy only. Many times misunderstanding and carelessness are also responsible to let the fire control human thinking and behaviour.

    What will be consequence if we let the fire become master? Ambitions like fire if go uncontrolled or began to dictate human being, it is become destructive force for humanity even for the person itself. Since, when person dictate the fire or ambitions, he use his rational thinking based on his knowledge to fulfill that ambition or desire. But if Ambitions began to dictate human being, it clouds the human rationality and human has only knowledge to use it. and now ambitions direct the human without considering the consequence.

    So to stop the fire to become a master, ethical, logical and legal measures must be on place.One must be capable of thinking rationaly and logially and he must able to see the extent of his action which may affect others. simultaneously legal restriction must prevent any action of let the fire go uncontrolled,

    Most of times, It is not fault of fire, if it play a role of master or servant. Human being is responsible to allot any role to fire. It depend upon human, how he use it. It is like a tool, One may trim a beautiful diamond from an ordinary stone with help of it. and same tool may be used to destroy the same same stone beyond repairing. Therefore, fire must be used with care and logic.

    Plz review…..

    • Shaktimaan

      wow buddy!!
      like ur approach from starting till end:)
      flow was awsome which bound me to read ur eassy with njoyment bina bore hue>> positive part:)
      awsomeee>> 2nd eassy in continuity with very good content:)
      but as mostly written in same way>> i think some more interpretations can be included with implications>> y it is servent nd master y not make it a”friend” to acheive desired goals>> aisa kr k kuch 🙂
      overall v v good seriously bud:)
      thank u:)

      • minaxi

        Thank You Shaktimaan..
        But let me tell you an open secret- It is boring topic, But writing this essay used the dormant portion of brain. 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello ma’am 😀

      my views :-

      Intro is good as it based on temporal aspect, and there is continuity in it.

      It has *make*(made) human life easy and effecient. Economic growth and poverty reduction, medical facilities and better transportation, all can BE attributed to science.—are u sure u read ur essay twice before posting??? Just kidding i could not find such mistakes in mine essay in one reading, they are still there 😀

      In main body the only thing that is irritating me is he mix of normal fire and the fire within us. When u started to talk about normal fire, first finish that and then come to the fire within us. The way u missed both interpretations created confusion and broke the flow.

      Dimensions are sufficient

      suggestions deserves a little bit more attention.

      Conclusion:–Human being is responsible to allot any role to fire. It depend upon human, how he use it. —u have already given this conclusion in the 2-4 paras of ur essay explicitly, that reduced the essence and uniqueness of the conclusion. Don’t repeat the excat thing from the main body in conclusion.

      Conclusion needs improvement

      Thanks !

      • minaxi

        Thanks Yogi.. Yes, I did not read my essay because, nowadays, I have to economize laptop battery life( power cuts)
        Hmm.. I tried to interpreted both at same time. Will keep your advice in mind. Conclusion 🙁 will give 10 minutes extra on it.

        Thnak You.. 🙂

        • yogi

          tried to *interpreted* —-interpret 😛

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear minaxi ,

      I am going to create a ROUGH WORK of your essay before reviewing it in detail .This will surely help you to rectify the mistakes and improve the areas were you are lagging behind 🙂

      ROUGH WORK

      1) The first paragraph used to tell about the benefit of fire ( a good servant ) and the second paragraph used to tell about the negative aspect of fire ( bad master )

      (a) told about lightning as a cause and the way our ancestors used it .

      (b) telling fire as a double edge sword and if used carelessly .

      2) you are telling in the third paragraph ” when a fire can become a good servant AND a bad master ” by citing the way human use it .

      (a) telling about nuclear energy as a source of electricity and nuclear bomb .

      3) giving a philosophical touch by telling the FICTITIOUS fire in human which helps in development .

      (a) fire gives rise to ambition , passion , aspiration etc .

      4) how this FICTITIOUS fire goes out of control ( become a bad master ) is explained .

      (a) discussing about jealousy , greed which makes this fire out of control

      5) you telling about the consequences of the FICTITIOUS fire going out of control .

      (a ) ambition starts dictating human actions and clouds his rational thinking capabilities.

      6) How to ensure the fire cannot become a master .

      (a) you are suggesting ethical , logical and legal measures .

      7) conclusion – blaming human actions and NOT the fire

      DETAILED REVIEW 🙂

      NOTE : Please avoid using the terms rational , logical too many times in the essay . I noticed , you are using those terms at your wish and will . the sharp examiner who is evaluating your essay will surely find this repetition .

      1) First paragraph is good because you explained clearly how our ancestors used fire as a servant is clearly adhering to the ” context of the essay ” 🙂

      2) you are telling fire goes out of control , if is dangerous to the very human existence but DID NOT EXPLAIN that part properly . ( you can check the mistake yourself in the second paragraph )

      ” either it is materialistic resources or internal knowledge or motivation, which is necessary for human development. “………. this sentence could have been AVOIDED in the second paragraph . without explaining the dangerous of fire , you are jumping into correlating fire as knowledge , motivation etc .

      3) The third paragraph with respect to curie and nuclear energy is explained well and you could do justice to the point 2 mentioned in the rough work created by me in this review .

      4) In the next paragraph you are telling about the philosophical aspect of fire and how it helps in the development of a human but to tell you straightaway . YOU ARE SUPPORTING YOUR VIEWS WITH STRONG ARGUMENTS TO SUPPORT THE STATEMENTS YOU ARE WRITING in this paragraph .

      example : His passion, aspiration, enthusiasm to do better to achieve better give him motivation . And when this motivation is backed by knowledge and innovative ideas, it work as fire for that human being, which provide him energy to fulfill his dreams……….. you have written these lines but not supporting the statements properly to convince the examiner .

      5) I don’t understand why you are correlating fire with science and you have NOT explained it properly .

      AN IMPORTANT SUGGESTION :

      considering fire as some fictions term is easy but the candidate have to STRONGLY write statements , why he/she feels the fictions term that he/she compared have the qualities of fire as well as the candidate should bring how the ” fictions scenario ” is acting as a good servant to convince the examiner that he/she is still adhering to the ” context of the essay ”

      I will tell you the mistake that you have done by comparing fire as science .

      you are comparing science as fire and started telling ” Economic growth and poverty reduction, medical facilities and better transportation, all can attributed to science” but the question that arises in the examiners mind is ” how economic growth and poverty reduction is possible with science ”

      Is science the reason for poverty reduction . these questions are unanswered and you are NOT substantiating it with strong arguments .

      see , don’t write too many benefits of science like transportation , medical facilities etc. but try to take ONE benefit of science and try to connect it in such a way that , you can clearly correlate with the context of the essay .

      6) In fires goes out of control paragraph , you are repeating the same error by ” NOT SUPPORTING YOUR ARGUMENTS with examples or events to convince the examiner . you are telling jealousy , greed but not supporting it with arguments .

      though you tried to compare the greed , jealousy with the attitude of the developed nations in transferring of technology but you are NOT telling the to which aspect that you want to compare the term FIRE in this case which shows the lack of clarity .

      So , I assume ” CLIMATE CHANGE ” as ” FIRE ” in this paragraph which is going out of control 🙂

      ANOTHER SUGGESTION : it would have been good if you would have clearly stated in a single line ” the climate change which is engulfing the world as a FIRE ……. ” I hope you got my point 🙂 🙂 🙂

      7) In the paragraph telling the consequences of fire going out of control . you have stated ” Ambitions like fire if go uncontrolled or began to dictate human being, it is become destructive force for humanity even for the person itself ” BUT THE SUPPORTING STATEMENT IS NOT WRITTEN TO CONVINCE THE EXAMINER .

      8) In the paragraph how can we ensure fire cannot become a master , you have suggested ethical , logical and legal measures BUT NOT EXPLAINING IN DETAIL which is necessary .

      9) conclusion is good but can be improved .

      SUMMARY OF THE REVIEW : write supporting statements whenever you make any new aspect in the essay to convince the examiner and it should also adhere to the ” context of the essay ” 🙂

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND 🙂

      • minaxi

        Hello Aravind…

        Thanks For making gist out of essay. Actually, Now I can see, my essay is not following any strucutre at all.
        Second, mistake I made by complicating given topic. I though, it is some idiom. I will read full review again after some time( Now a days facing electricity and network problems) . And Now , I got, where You get the notion that, i use rational word irrationally. 🙂 Yeah, that is mistake.
        Thanks…

    • ssk

      Lot of good review here…

      My points…. u could have mentioned resource n knowledge as fire in 2nd para only. U gave a reference here n then mentioned them as fire in 4 n 5 para…

      In my opinion…few examples clearly depicting servant n master roles were needed…..ex. Fire –use of controlled fire in forest to protect it, but controller fire devastate the ecology…..
      Sachin vs Kambli ….internal fire direction n misdirection

      More work needed on intro n conclusion

  • Eco-friendly

    “Fire is a good servant but a bad master”

    Fire is one of the five greatest elements of nature. These five elements called “panchtatva” constitutes- fire, water, earth, air and space. Human body happens to be made up of these five elements and when these five elements are in balance they have the ability to provide happiness, peace, and prosperity. Because fire in all these elements is capable of consuming all other elements, in this sense it is unique in itself and if this power of fire is utilized in a controlled manner will become constructive else will become destructive. Hence it can be said that fire is a good servant but a bad master.

    Since ancient times fire due to its unique nature has brought various revolutionary changes in the lives of human civilization. It revolutionized our eating habit, makes us able to build our own tools by melting metals and giving them desired shape and weight. People started praying fire and attaches various rituals like marriage, festivals etc. to it. And as the human becomes more and more civilized fire becomes an inseparable element of their live.

    In modern times uses of fire has become more advanced. It is utilized in the generation of electricity, in various industries like iron and steel, etc. Even human body and plants needs fire for metabolism and photosynthesis. Various researches have proved that without this element fire it is impossible to survive and in its absence earth can once again enter into ice age. But these all are the controlled uses of fire which are constructive in nature.

    If control over fire is nullified and is given a role of a master it can become disastrous. Eg- fire in a house is useful when kept and confined in its place but if left to take possession of house can create loss and destruction of life and property. Forest fires (Uttrakhand), fire in houses, offices, etc due to short circuit or any other misconduct, fire at petrol pumps, etc are some of the examples of uncontrolled nature of fire. They devastates everything which comes in their way and does a huge loss of life and property.

    Fire as a form of energy in nuclear and thermal power plants can produce electricity and becomes transformational in bringing growth and prosperity to citizens and country. But when this energy is misused or uncontrolled results into Chernobyl and Fukushima like accidents. Use of fire in entertainment is also noteworthy in the form of fire-works through crackers but when they go uncontrolled they bring in destruction. Eg- Kollam temple tragedy in Kerela.

    One of the best natural example of controlled and uncontrolled fire is sun. In our solar system Mercury and Venus are much nearer to sun and hence cannot sustain life, whereas Neptune and Uranus which are much farther has very low temperature to sustain life. Earth being at a balanced position utilizes sun’s energy in an efficient manner and hence support life. But if we go on increasing GHG and disturb nature in an inelastic manner then the trapped uncontrolled heat can cause droughts, floods, famines etc.

    In our body too fire in the form of ATP if produced in an uncontrolled manner can increase body temperature to an unsustainable point. Or if produced less can impairs our body function. Hence to keep our body temperature in balance we take medicines to control it.

    In a similar manner we have desire to become someone, or compassion to do something. This desire, compassion, are the fire within us which keeps us motivating to do certain things to achieve our goal, but only if they are channelized in a controlled manner. This fire can only serve us only when we become its master. If we become its slave then the consequences are dangerous and undesirable.

    Every year students across India prepare for various competitive exams. Many urban centers have become hub for providing guidance and coaching to such aspiring candidates. But it is always upto a candidate how he/she utilizes his passion, his fire to succeed in exam. Many candidates do it with ease because they have controlled their fire within and never ever let it dominate them. But there are also candidates who burn themselves in its uncontrolled heat. Ex- suicides by candidates taking coaching in Kota, Delhi, etc.

    Sometimes this fire as a master gets us involved in wrong doings also. When we are not able to achieve our desired goals we resort to cheating, fraud, sledging and all kinds of unethical and illegal activities. Ex- Athletes take various banned drugs to enhance their performance in a crucial match, nations in order to enhance their exports resort to currency war, or unhealthy subsidies. All these activities promotes unhealthy competition.

    But if there is so much harm if fire become our master then should we abandon it? The answer is we can’t because fire is the source of life and abandoning it is not a solution. Efficient utilization and control over it is what is desired. Control can be obtained through various preventive measures like- various warning system, training, etc. The fire within us can also be tamed through Yoga, meditation, moral values which can help us in controlling it and we become master of it and not the other way round.

    Due to its constructive and consuming property, fire has become an essential element of our lives which if treated as a slave can be utilized for the betterment of humanity and nature but if we make it our master can lead us to self-destruction and devastation. Hence precaution must be taken that it does not becomes our master.

  • Utkarsh

    Our own habits are sometime useful or otherwise we will fell prey of them and turn vulnerable if we are unable to harness them properly. This globe is full of examples of some human being who were endowed with unique attributes but these attributes only turned against them due to ignorance and absence of Wisdom. Be it Adolf Hitler, an person endowed with marvelous oration abilities and intellect but since he channelized his energy into misanthropy the same attributes devastated the world in World War.
    Quoting Mr. Kalam , former president of India and a wonderful human being coined, his biography term, Wings of Fire. Based on his experience he mentioned that “Let the talent fire in the heart of every Indian acquire wings and the glory of this great country light up the sky”. This is context he is known for. From his words his productive and constructive psyche appear clearly. He sees Kalam in every Individual and provoke that fire of wisdom and consciousness with which one can ferry his life to the shore.

    Would end myself with this beautiful poem,

    हो गई है पीर पर्वत-सी पिघलनी चाहिए
    इस हिमालय से कोई गंगा निकलनी चाहिए

    आज यह दीवार, परदों की तरह हिलने लगी,
    शर्त लेकिन थी कि ये बुनियाद हिलनी चाहिए

    हर सड़क पर, हर गली में, हर नगर, हर गाँव में
    हाथ लहराते हुए हर लाश चलनी चाहिए

    सिर्फ हंगामा खड़ा करना मेरा मकसद नहीं,
    सारी कोशिश है कि ये सूरत बदलनी चाहिए

    मेरे सीने में नहीं तो तेरे सीने में सही
    हो कहीं भी आग, लेकिन आग जलनी चाहिए।

    Phenomenal words by Poet Dushyant Kumar and which can light fire in any heart.

  • akshayp

    Fire is mankindś earliest and most significant invention. When used with the right caution, fire is an invaluable asset influencing our daily lives greatly. However laxity in the use of fire can be devastating as it spells disaster for humans, animals and the entire environment. Thus the effect or purpose served by fire depends on whether it is properly controlled or not.
    Fire was discovered accidentally by ancient humans rubbing stones against each other. This produced a spark which set off a fire. From that time onwards, fire became an indispensable tool for early humans who used it to scare off wild beasts at first. Later they cooked meat overr fires, ensuring better nutritious value and consequently increase in lifespan. Fire helped early humans settle in inhospitable locations and freed up time to pursue other interests. Thus fire was a important invention, which marked a milestone in their journey to evolving into Homo Sapiens.
    Fire also laid the basis for one of the most important inventions of the 18th century which is the steam engine. James Watt had seen coal fired locomotives in operation and realised heating water to produce steam could improve results. Thus the steam engine galvanized the Industrial Revolution and laid the foundation for industrial development of Great Britain and later other nations.
    Fire is of immense importance to the poor living in the inaccessible rural interiors. They cook their food by burning wood on stoves. There are numerous unelectrified villages where the children are unable to study at night. Here again fire comes to their rescue and they light oil lamps to study. The great determination of rural youth to study despite lack of electricity has seen them contribute immensely to making inclusive education a reality. Fire is a boon to the homeless living in north India during winters. Without fire, the number of casualties due to cold waves would be extremely high. The Supreme Court has taken note of this and asked various State governments to build night shelters for the homeless.
    Fire has laid the basis for modern industr which depends on the output of the iron and steel industry. Fire powers the huge blast furnaces in steel plants that produce a variety of products like pig iron, wrought iron, cast iron, steel ingots and steel blooms. Fire is indispensable for the manufacturing sector processes like welding, tempering and martempering. The manufacturing sector is where most of Indiaś new entrants to the labour force will be accommodated.
    Modern transport relies on the use of internal combustion engines invented by OTto Von Diesel in 1850. Internal combustion engines again rely on fire to enable them to function as power generating units. None of the high end luxury cars manufactured today would have been conceived if not for fire.
    In some cultures fire is viewed as all-consuming, something that destroys and builds anew. Nture too uses fire in the same way, to rejuvenate the environment. Natural forest fires, for example are desirable for forests since they remove dead vegetation and weeds while allowing vegetation to spring up again. Thus they ensure ecological balance.
    Fire is a bad master whenever it is not used with caution. Negligence unwitting or otherwise is a recipe for disaster when it comes to fire. The recent Uttarakhand forest fire is an example. It was thought to have been set off unknowingly by a tourist. The fire raged for over one week, destroying thousands of acres of forests and claiming numerous lives. Indiaś already sparse vegetation cover has been badly affected. The Uttarakhand fire also took away the various regulating and provisioning functions performed by forests like recycling of nutrients, shelter for humans,flood control and aesthetic value. This forest fire has upset the fragile economic balance in Uttarakhand which could lead to other natural disasters like floods or eathquakes. Worryingly, forest fires themselves are being caused by climate change due to human activities. A 21 day long forest fire in Canada in 2015 was caused by the El Nino effect.
    Negligence while using fire is disastrous, thus the phrases ṕlaying with fire’ is synonymous with a risky venture. The Kollam temple tragedy was caused by different groups competing to put on a better fireworks show than the other. Ultimately, a massive fire broke out and over 176 people died in the blaze. Seven during other festivals like Diwali there are numerous reports of serious burns being sustained due to the incorrect use of firecrackers. Sll this goes to show that taking it a step too far while dealing with fire can be devastating.
    Sometimes fire causes havoc because its power to do so is underestimated. Thousands of buildings in cities still do not conform to fire safety norms despite numerous warnings. An example is the fire in a cinema theatre in Delhi which was owned by the Ansal brothers. A fire broke out one night due to faulty electrical connections and killed numerous people. Failing to take such a simple precaustion was punished by the occurence of the fire. Ideally all buildings should have fire escapes, fire extinguishers, emergency sprinklers and buckets of sand. But many do not.
    Fire is also destructive because it leads to invisible adverse effects when used incorrectly. Use of fire for disposal of waste by incineration and employing open cement kilns has led to a great increase in air polllution levels in India. The practice of stubble burning where farmers burn the field after harvest to prepare for the next season has also led to a spike in pollution levels. A recent WHO report saw 6 Indian cities being ranked in the top 10 polluted cities based on levels of PM10 and PM2.5 pollutants.