Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 27: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

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Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 27


02 July  2016

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


” When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

  • An eye for detail

    ” When the going gets tough , The tough gets going” is a popular Proverb . Meaning of the proverb connotes that – When the situation becomes difficult , The Strong will become engaged . This proverb applies to all human beings on this planet , all Nation as a whole .

    If we take the current situation of India , India is facing a huge challenges with regard to inflation , Air pollution , Bio diversity , Natural Resources, Poverty, Infrastructure etc. Despite all odds government is trying to make reforms as much as possible to bring a sustainable and keep going attitude among citizens of India by maintain democratic principles on hand.

    Second one , World is facing a huge challenge with regards to climate change. All leaders of the nation came together signed an historic agreement with one moto – We need to give our future generation not in the same form what we got from our past generations, At least in a less form. Scientists are warning against the roaring temperature, it is very hard for the people who worked behind the historic agreement to bring consensus of all the leaders and to make them sign a historic agreement. It is because of hardworking people who believe that planet is not for granted , we need to preserve it for future generations. It became a reality today.

    Third , Take the case of foreign diplomacy of any country every country looks for relationship with neighbors. It is very challenging for some countries to get into relationship with. It is because of soft diplomacy and tactics.

    Fourth, A resolution passed by United Human Rights Council for LGBT rights, Many Countries have opposed the same citing tradition prevailing at the respective countries.It becomes very challenging for the president of United Human Rights Council to bring consensus among the countries to pass a bill on LGBT.

    To conclude , It becomes very important for every one to keep going despite all odds it makes them a Person of value rather than person of success . The world cannot forget Lionel Messi words ” I start early and i stay late , not for a day , but day after day , year after year , it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success “.

    Thank you insights !

    Please review friends .

  • FinalAttempt


    The situation of comfort has been created by humans. Toughness is rigidness and importance of task is that time, energy and efficiency it took to prove it easy. Those who act tough and proud will make a situation when it difficult lest they be proven as not tough as they appear to be. Our hardwork, consistency, perseverance to task proves the toughness wrong and desire result can be gained .

    Human in its history has seen how toughness has been removed with consistent effort and to achieve the goal by removing every barrier. Alexander the great when travelled from Greece to conquer the world many of his companion , friends and personnel were full of doubt that he is on wrong track and he will not successful , as to conquer the world is the TOUGHEST Task. Similarly Wright brother planned to fly like birds in sky, their father said it is a wrong assumption that man can fly it’s a just wrong imagination. But their hardwork and zeal proved it wrong and they invented airplane which proved man can also FLY.

    In medieval india several social issues were prevalent. Caste, accountability, religion based conflicts and women rights, but the effort of great personalities and their compassion towards the society proved that it is not tough to bring change but what is tough is HUMAN WILL , thus they took the toughest task to remove evils and the grand work of Raja ram mohan roy, ishwar chand vidhya sagar, William bentick, MG Ranade, Gandhi ji and Dr. ambedkar proved if there is will their way and worked to eradicate evil from society.

    Toughness is not only related to society or it is not only confined to humanity but also to ethical and unethical values . In USA and Africa racism was prevalent but the efforts of Abrahm Lincoln , Barack Obama made them strong and they fought the election and became the president which was the toughest of time, but if they keep on thinking about toughness then they would never been.
    During Vietnam- USA War Vietnam people fought with great zeal and they proved that it is not tough to won over USA . , and later USA Left the Vietnam with feeling of embarrassment . It was only their strength and unity which diminished the USA. Vietnam shown the example that toughness is till, we feel it.

    Our nation India, after independence it faced several problems major was the refugee crisis, education ,poverty and health concern. Many of the global nation, leaders and even britishers who ruled on india said india can not be develop and its root problems will never allow it to grow. But the efforts of freedom fighters, political leaders and their trust on socialist values proved world wrong and today india have 74% literacy rate , very low IMR & MMR and we are able eradicate polio, small pox disease from India. Even state like kerala has achieved 100% literacy rate in primary education which was the toughest task.

    Today world is facing problems of recession, slowdown, migration crisis, terrorism , poverty , unemployment , communism and extremism , but consideration is that we the indian people despite facing many of above problem we are living happily on our mother land, today india is said “BRIGHTEST SPOT ON GLOBE”, It was because of our democracy, demographic dividend, demand, efforts ,hardwork ,patience to remove poverty and unemployment provided us to become worlds 3rd largest economy. today india have 50% of population below 25 years of age and the day will come when the world will see india a well developed prosperous nation.

    Toughness and desires were not restricted to social values but also scientific approach and rational thinking. Today man has done a grand job. His success on landing on moon, entry into space, mars mission is unbelievable. This was possible because he was consistent and he found his efforts going tough but his achievement will make toughness going and result is in front of us.
    Thus toughness is till when we are not doing effort or in simple words when we are less confident and fear from hardwork. These consideration attributes the weakness in humanity and trust and faith to win losses and we say the task is tough. But we should HAVE PATIENCE AS ALL THINGS ARE DIFFICULT BEFORE THEY BECOME EASY.

    Therefore it can be concluded that if the will to achieve, zeal , passion, compassion, integrity of thoughts, confidence and motivation is there then it can bring any desire result for which human is looking for, it is very well said that IT IS A TOUGH ROAD THAT LEADS TO HEIGHT OF GREATNESS and if the height of greatness is to be achieved toughness have to go with tough hard work, keeping patience with time …

    • An eye for detail

      Nice bro . Good attempt !

    • AbhijeetG

      Great !! Nice linkages

    • Nirvedh Sutey

      Grammar and editing needs improvement. Good attempt

      • FinalAttempt

        ya right.. if u can provide me grammatical mistake points then i will be thankful to you ..
        thanks for review 🙂

    • Hope

      Good essay……covered varied aspects…..Nice examples too….. Keep writing and reviewing

    • Shraddha

      I found the introduction too complex… Also you have moved from History (ancient medieval), then inetrnational and post idependence and current situation of India vis a vis world, then you summed it up and concluded… i found it non comprehensive and unconnected.
      PS: I am not an expert on essay.. this is in fact a layman opinion.

      • Shraddha

        Please review mine.

      • FinalAttempt

        thanks Shraddha.. i will work over shortcomings. also other suggestions are welcome 🙂

    • Dipjyoti

      I think you have written better essays than this one.
      also focus is more on history…intro too is complex….and there is no word such as comfortness….its comfort.
      please take in positive light

      • FinalAttempt

        ya this topic was a bit complex.. i was unable to connect dots.
        and thanks for correction.. 🙂

    • backbencher

      Please review mine ………..
      Thanks and regards

    • Ashutosh

      Yaar the style is going monotonous now, when i thiught if writing this essay same thoughts came to my mind so i dint write. I am also thinking to come up with a new style. Your essay is good asvusual but i think we can do more.

      • FinalAttempt

        bro it happens and it happens with me also.. but the point is that when we write then we may generate a new one.. also the style may look monotonous now because we are writing essays continuously from past weeks but think we are gaining much.. like new content, new ideas etc which will be helpful in mains.
        also please keep writing.. 🙂

    • Darshan Naik

      Dear Friend, India is seventh largest economy in the world and third largest in Asia.
      Correct the mistake otherwise good one.

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    The test ll b in july itself.

  • Kunal Aggarwal

    “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”

    The statement is a proverb which means that when the situations are tough and difficult, the stronger person survives in the situations. It can be seen in all spheres of our lives be it social, economical or political. The statement has a huge significance in making us understand the importance of competence, confidence and strong resolve.

    Thousands of people prepare for UPSC and work towards it for the whole year. The preparations need a strong resolve and long term commitment to succeed. However, there are always situations during the preparation when you have to fight with yourself to focus, when the situations are adverse like lack of social support, financial problems etc. Person with a strong resolve, confidence, commitment survives these extremely hard situations and succeed. The year long marathon is a live example of application of given statement.

    Many evidences can be found in history of world about the statement. Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters show an extremely strong will to free India which helps them in overcoming the situations posed by the British Raj. The struggle was crushed by the company every time but their resolve only got stronger and stronger. Similarly, recent incidents against the atrocities on Dalits and backward communities pose a threat to their livelihood in this community due to which the stronger in the community has stood for their rights. The more atrocities have brought great leaders of the community on the front.

    Economically also, financially strong people have survived better then the poor. They can get food and shelter even during adverse situations of high inflation and scarce resources. From Great depression of America in 1929 to Famines in India from time to time are living evidences of economically weaker struggling to survive in the economy.

    Even in international sphere, the stronger situations bring on the front stronger countries to stand. World War I and World War II were won by stronger nations. During diplomatically tough situations, the militarily stronger nations lead and get the results favorable to them. Situations in World Trade Organization often create a situation when the countries have to fight for the rights of their people (cases of subsidies, compulsory licensing, trade practices by developed countries etc), the developed stronger nations often get results in their favor and the developing nations have to live by it.

    It has both negative and positive sides to it. While we teach fraternity on one side, we have famines where people die in huge numbers. Urban poverty and people living in extreme situations can’t get good healthcare, clean water and good quality food being financially weaker then other sections of society. On the positive side, people are trained through tough situations in life to be stronger. The extreme hard situations help us learn life lessons to survive in this world. Agricultural situations have led us to work towards technological improvements. These improvements have helped the country and the people in long terms. However, the unequal distribution has left the fruits concentrated due to which again the weaker has suffered.

    It is very important for our country and people to be economically, socially, politically and militarily strong to survive through all such situations. The stronger nation can provide better human development and economic growth. This needs a targeted approach from the government to improve on all fronts. Economically, we need to make sure that growth is achieved with better equality among people because strength lies in the strength of all people and not just few rich people.

    We are surrounded by countries and do not have good relations with all of them which means we need to focus on our military strength as well. A balance of peace talks and military strength is the way to go. Our military equipment need to be technologically upgraded with time and maintained in its number. Similarly, building a society which has strong moral values and secular people gives strength to the nations and help in long term development. Political institutions are the base of the functioning of democracy and nation. It is very important to strengthen the democratic system and have a strong democracy for a strong nation.

    India as a country has come to the front as a strong nation in international sphere with various initiatives to achieve competence in all sphere. People of India are her strength and weakness at the same time. We have grown since Independence in all sphere. However, we can improve further in political institutions and financial institutions. We have huge population which needs to be supported to grow with a good health and knowledge which can be achieved by strengthening the nation economically and bringing in equality in distribution and opportunity. These will help our country go long way in excelling with the people as a supreme nation.

  • Shraddha


    Some of the most admired human traits are persistence, perseverance and fortitude. It has been said by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson that successful people are ordinary people who were brave for just five minutes longer. This narrative tells us that humans shape their situations and not the other way around. A tough human-being will beat out a good deal even out of the worst possible situations.

    Is it true that we are responsible for all that happens to us? No matter how bad the situation, can it be turned around? Are some people inherently ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’? Or is it just a matter of perspective and attitude? We will analyze the above question of Human versus Situation in the coming paragraphs. But it is relevant to look at the life of Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela in the quest for analyzing toughness in Humans.

    Mandela was imprisoned for decades together owing to his subscription to the ideology of violence for a very short time. It is then that he took the oath of non violence and morality. Even though he was in solitary confinement he made a schedule for himself in which he exercised, practiced giving speeches for hours without an end. After solitary confinement most people are broken down in spirit and health but Mandela emerged stronger on both counts. He went on to become the first black president of South Africa who shaped the nation’s future. This shows the strength a human has inside him.

    Mandela’s story can be applied to our day to day lives. Today ‘stress’ is considered a normal phenomenon. Most people carry on despite the stress. They don’t give up overtly but their attitudes change. People are quick to get angry, impatient and mistreat others. This attitude is not that of a tough person. We must strive to be like Mandela who was humble even after the darkest punishments. He followed a policy of general amnesty towards whites who had discriminated against the blacks. Being tough means not letting go of one’s values even if times are hard.

    We see such a story of being tough in tough times in some of the recent happenings too. The story of India’s NSG bid shows how one must conduct one self when things don’t go as planned. Despite it’s efforts of getting nsg membership being scuttled by China this year, India was as graceful as always. She cut her losses and accepted MTCR membership with equal calm. Thus being tough includes knowing how to handle setbacks. Rather than looking at failure as a doom it should be looked as a learning lesson.

    Another symbol of toughness is not giving up on one’s beliefs in tough times. Recently, Dutee Chand has qualified as a sprinter in Rio Olympics. Dutee had a very heartbreaking journey when her gender was questioned by sport authorities. Due to some hormonal variations in her body, it was labeled that she ‘wasn’t actually a female’. This shocked the family of the simple girl from Orissa village. Hormone replacement therapy was suggested to her but she refused despite being confused and hurt. She had always been a girl and wouldn’t let anyone question her identity. Her self-belief has paid off and now the whole country stands by her.

    From self-belief, let us move on to acceptance. Being tough means accepting our shortcomings and working on them, it means changing when it is time to change rather than being adamant. This is clearly seen in India’s economic history. Through the eighties Indian economy was in jitters and by nineties it was on the brink of crises. The Chandrashekhar government had already started the reform process and it was upon the new PM Narsimha Rao to take a tough stand and see them through. He gave his Finance Minister Manmohan Singh full freedom and stood behind him like a rock. Great courage was shown by the duo in a very volatile politico-economic situation. And the fruits of an open economy are visible to all of us today.

    Above is a macro definition of tough decisions but there are many who have shown this power in their personal spaces. For example: the women who left her husband’s home on the second day of marriage due to lack of a toilet. She did not know whether she would be socially accepted or what her future would be after this decision. But she did what she had to with full confidence.

    From taking tough decisions let us move on to acting as a team. A tough situation requires us to take everyone together. It has been said that if you want to move fast than walk alone and if you want to go far then walk together. There is a story about exploration of a Harappan site called Rakhigarhi in Haryana. The villagers of this site were miffed by the fact that their fields and village common areas would be dug up and rendered useless. The Archeological Survey of India convinced them by promising them employment at excavation site, future tourism potential and telling about India’s great heritage. Now the villagers are the greatest protectors of the site. This incident also shows the power of conversation in tough times.

    Finally, it is relevant to look at the phenomenon called ‘tough times’. Are tough times really so bad for us? No, tough times are great teachers. It can be said that tough times mould us and allow us to shine. It is only after passing to a painful life cycle that a butterfly is finally able to grow wings and fly. Tough times are opportunities for self analysis and self improvement if one makes the most of them. It is foolish play the ‘victim card’ and blame extraneous factors.

    From the above write up it is clear that ‘being tough’ means being a lot of things. It means being compassionate, being humble, accepting our shortcomings, knowing how to handle failure and how to act as a team, but most of all it means: not giving up when one believes in something. Sometimes the journey may be hard, or full of pitfalls, but a strong person lifts himself up each time he falls. Nothing is impossible if one sets his heart on it with the right intention. We have heard the story of ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’, he single handedly worked for years and cut a path across a mountain. It is best to believe that what is inside us is much stronger than external factors.

    • Eco-friendly

      You wrote beautifully specially your introductory para’s

      In NSG para it is wrong to say India failed (in my opinion) try using some other word.
      Finance Minister Manmohan Singh not Narsimha Rao

      Your explaining of every value related to toughness with example is laudable. Conclusion is good.

      Please find time to review mine

      • Shraddha

        Yes, I realised the mistakes! But no option to.edit after posting. Will be mindful next time. Thanks for reviewing.

        • Eco-friendly

          you can edit….there is an option…….at the end of your post please see

          • Shraddha

            Yes, thank you for pointing this out 🙂

            • Ritesh Kumar

              Your usage of language is good. But I would like to point out few things: Your essay talks more about examples. I find it scattering examples now and then. An example has to be used to prove a point not the other way round. You can bring some better flow to your essay by compartmentalizing it with some idea and then use relevant examples. Keep writing. Can you review mine?

    • Sweety Shetty

      The main body of the Essay was to the point, with variety of relevent examples. You could have make conclusion even better.
      Plz. Don’t mind- conclusion was like extension of body only. See, I learned many things from your essay. In other words your Essay is simplistic version of intellectual ideas. Keep writing …. and thanks your essay is helpful for me. Honestly I was facing short of ideas which is no where visible in your essay. -)

    • KnowledgeBuff

      Hi Shradha,
      Following are my observations :
      1) move ralph waldo emerson’s quote on the top. It is always good to being with a quote.
      2) Factual : AFAIK, Mandela never subscribed to the theory of violence.
      3) According to me, NSG example is not that great. A lot of experts have accused the government of botching up efforts due to lack of tack. However, you can use lot of other examples from India’s past/present.
      4) “Let us move on to” sounds a bit forced. The change of theme should be more natural.
      5) you covered three major themes – self-belief, acceptance and convincing others. And i Liked the examples quoted there. To lend the essay greater depth, you could also introduce a theme with concurrent times – india’s challenges, global challenges etc.
      6) Thumbs up for the last two lines!

      Thanks. Keep Writing!

      • Shraddha

        Thanks Vikram,

        About Mandella , what I knew and checked from wiki again , copy pasting here : Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961, leading a sabotage campaign against the government. In 1962, he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

        Agree about NSG example..

        I really have a problem navigating from one para to next, I will try to improve on that.

        Structuring is another major issue for me, will try to improve on that.

        Thank you!

  • Ritesh Kumar

    ESSAY: 1000 words

    Rough notes:

    1. introduction describing challenges in life. why it is important to keep going on. how people have braved and kept going on despite adversities and setbacks.

    2.A history full of toughness: India has always faced many situations were there were famines, wars, communal uprisings, natural calamities. But our past clearly shows that we overcame every difficulty, overthrew a might empire to be free by our concerted efforts. World also has many examples like Thomas Edison’s invention of bulb, civil rights movements in South Africa or in US, people didnt give up and kept fighting for what they thought is right and just. But why do people have to face tough situations? Why do we have to face difficulties.

    3. Why do things go bad: This can be divided into internal and external factors.

    Internal factors are those which involves us either as a person, as a nation or as one world. we work hard and try to achieve, yet at times we fail with poor results. Reasons maybe our lack of dedication, understanding or our willingness to do it with commitment. even after all this many times proper planning, coherence between different areas may be weak, coordination might not be upto the mark or the goal might be simply unrealistic. Even after all this, luck factor is also important. However, luck plays minimal role in life if the desire is true which comes out from deep within.

    external factors are those which are beyond our control and depends a lot on things happening around us. Our social setup, our education, our financial wellbeing, nature. Another most important factor is luck. so, how does one make things possible?

    4. How to keep going:

    Gandhiji once said, be the change you want to see in the world. Just like tough situations are due to internal and external factors. So, whether the tide will turn in favour, will depend on these two.

    Internal factors, a a realistic goal, strong desire based on values, a conviction to keep going, and proper planning. strong desire is the starting spark for our goal. It must be based on values. It must be about betterment either of ourselves or our society. Having commitment to complete a job is important. Planning makes the half job done. It must be complete and backup must also be ready. But what if everything fails.

    5. When going on gets more tougher:

    It is not necessary that things will always be in our favour. Our efforts depends not only on our desire but also on resources at our dispense. When it appears that resources are getting exhausted and the goal is too far fetched or there is a better alternative, it is simply wise and practical to stop wastage of resources or drain of our efforts. But this last resort must be resorted to only after examining all possible ways of reaching a solution.

    6. coNCLUSION:

    Our efforts have shaped our present. We have learnings from the past where people kept on going despite bad luck and setbacks. yet they were determined to finish what they started. We must inculcate their ways to bring prosperity not only to us and nation but to mankind as a whole..


    “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I dont believe in circumstances. the people who get 0n in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

    – George Bernard Shaw

    Life itself isnt easy and its a fact that one after another we face hurdles and challenges. Still, the desire to do better or achieve something bigger has kept the human race going. We are not bestowed with big claws or wings or teeth, yet our motivation and desire has made us literally transformed our lives from wilderness to the civilized world of today. What kept us going was the courage and conviction of people to keep moving and finding ways to different challenges they faced.

    A history full of difficulties:

    If we take our own country, India, it itself is a champion in having faced many adversities in the form of colonialisation, famines, draughts, communal uprisings, terrorism and natural calamities. Yet she has always emerged stronger and more prepared to deal with all of these. Our past clearly depicts the kind of difficulties and problems our forefathers have faced, be it in the form of freedom struggle, bringing a diverse population together and getting them into mainstream, yet they emerged victorious with their concerted efforts. India always stood the test of time due to its values and openness. M

    Even the world itself is filled with examples of people who believed they could improve not only their own lives but also of others. thomas Edison’s invention of bulb speaks for the hardwork, he put into by trying different materials for the filamesnt and yet he never gave up. The civil rights movements of the people of South Africa or the United states is a testimony of people to fight against injustice and racism. They believed they were right and kept their movement alive till they were given equal rights as the whites. But why do people face these difficulties? There are reasons for these.

    Why things go bad:

    Every situation is a manifestation of two factors. Internal or external. Both decide the outcome of any event. Just like Thermodynamics talks about system and surroundings, our life situations are also dependent on internal and external factors.

    Internal factors are those which involves us either as a person, a nation or the world as a whole. We work hard and keep trying for achieving what we desire, yet many times we fail. The internal reasons for this maybe many ranging for targeting an unrealistic goal, lack of commitment or inability to understand the demands of the problem that is blocking us from reaching our goal. Even with all of these, improper planning, incoherence and coordination between different aspects of the job or goal can also drain our efforts to complete the task we set out for. For example, India’s open defecation problem can be attributed to the attitude of few people who dont consider it unhygenic. Our lack of understanding of Chinese diplomacy was one of the problems that led to failure to get admitted to NSG.

    The external factors are those which are beyond our control and depends more on the prevalent conditions, social setup, financial health, nature and environment and luck. These factors can also lead to becoming roadblocks in our lives. Even after many years of independence, many weaker sections are yet to get merged in the mainstream due to the prevalent caste setup in the country, though situations have been changing. Draughts and floods in India are attributed to El nino and La Nina, which decide the fate of agriculture and consequently our economy.

    How to keep marching ahead:

    Gandhiji once said to see the change in the world, one has to be that change itself. Just like adversities are due to internal and external factors, so the solutions to them are also different.

    At the internal level, setting a realistic or an achievable goal is important as having set an impossible goal will only lead to failure and disppointement. A strong desire is the spark for igniting the fuel of hardwork. It must be based on values. It must be about betterment of ourselves or the society. A negative desire to cause harm and loss likefarud or terrorism will only lead to disasters and grief. Having the commitment of finishing a task is also necessary to keep sailing in rough waters of life. Planning forms another important aspect of any task. It has been wisely said that planning is same as having done half of the job.

    External factors demand preparedness. To deal with natural calamities requires adequate preparation. The preparedness of NDRF and armed forces had saved many lives during the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013. To deal with terrorism requires, constant alertness and vigil not only on the part of security agencies but also on citizens too.

    A totally different factor is luck. There is no control of anything on luck. However, its impact on our lives is not constant and one should never completely depend on it for their goal.

    When things get more tougher:

    It is quite possible that even after all the efforts, things might not turnout well for everybody. Many situations arise where one might run out of resources. There can be other factors like change in times or there can be a better alternative for the same problem. It is therefore wise and practical to weigh the pros and cons of the situation and to act accordingly. The huge NPAs of banks is one such situation where writing off a part of loans is being thought of. After having examined all the possible ways one should decide the remedy for the problem.


    Our efforts have shaped our present. We have learnings from the past
    where people kept on going despite bad luck and setbacks. yet they were
    determined to finish what they started. We must inculcate their ways to
    bring prosperity not only to us and nation but to mankind as a whole..

    • Shraddha

      Hi ,

      My personal opinion is that there is undue focus on internal and external factors. May be you can give some focus on ‘the going getting tough’ but you have a lot. I think more focus is needed on ; the tough get going part. It will be better if you focus more on overcoming the tough barriers at different levels and in varied dimensions.

      It seems to me that you have made a theme within theme about external and external factors and are focusing much on that so your essays seems to derail.

      Also focus on individual’s trails and triumphs as well, I think.

      This is my personal opinion and I am no expert.

      best wishes.

  • ajay


    Sunita a married 21 year old girl,who used to live in a slum is today economically empowered ,culturally congruent,politically empowered and a socially respected lady.but this situation was not so a few years back.she had to fight many odds in her life to reach such a position.she exemplified the aforesaid qoute by winning over tough situations by becoming tougher and this essay we will explain the meaning and relevance of this qoute through sunita’s life and struggles

    it all started with her birth itself.she was born in a backward scheduled tribe community in a remote village of uttar pradesh.the system of caste hierarchy was deeply entrenched in her from birth itself she had to fight against oppressive discrimination.her family was considered to be from untouchable category.people of other caste loathed their presence.sunita had to face similar odds.they were denied access to ghats,bathing places,temples and wells.Her family suffered from social exclusion and ostracisation.however seeing them suffer,did not dent sunita;s she grew and became mature,she started to defy such rigidities.she openly defied the diktats of higher castes.she condemned the decisions of local panchayats passing discriminatory orders.though many a times she had to take a step back,but this inital experience in her life emboldened her to fight social odds in future.

    in due course of time,her family shifted to nearby city.being poor and downtrodden they needed better jobs and incomes.however they had to face many odds here.due to coslty and prohibitive prices of houses,they had to locate themselves in the clumsy nearby slums.where daily life was a fight for survival.whether it was acess to food,clothing,electricity or toilets everything seemed as,sunita showed her strong determination and grit.though literally illiterate and unaware of demands of city life,she slowly grew more aware and alert.she visited the govt offices persistently to demand for electricity connection, suitable house,Bpl card,food security coupons and other again she faced insensitive and negligent attitude of public officials.they demanded bribes and undue favours to get things done.being extremely poor ,she was unable to meet their demands.despite such odds ,she repeatedly visited and demanded her entitlements and finally this toughness yielded results. her family got a red colored cards to buy subsidised fuel and food.this persistence and toughness shows us that as situations got tougher,sunita herself got tougher.

    slowly gaining her feet and foothold in the city,sunita now started to look for a suitable job.but little did she know that this phase of her life was going to be even her illteracy and non-acess to education earlier in her life started to haunt her.she was denied any meaningful job in the whole city,despite her vigorous attempts to get the same.but she remained undented. she was in no mood to give up.she enrolled herself to an english speaking course.though very difficult for her,she somehow managed to learn and speak it.she practised it daily.honing her skills at fluency,now she tried to get some decent job.though failing thoroughly for yet another year,she finally got a receptionists job in a private company.this was a great moment of her life.her years of relentless struggle bore some fruit as she became economically and intellectually independent.whatever were the odds,she faced them head on and came out tougher and tougher.however,difficulites had still not ended for her.infact it had still begun

    she NOW had to face gender discrimination at her workplace.she got unequal pay and used to get promotions earlier and quicker.but she had to be content of her basic job and salary for years.similarly ,unaware of sexual violence,she had to face molestation ,voyerism and stalking both at workplace,commuting, at home and in slums.subjected to further subjugation and discrimination ,it seemed she would break now.but it was not to be,she held her stand.she faced such adversities strongly.slowly getting aware of schemes and protective legislations for women,she became unafraid to use it.she frequenlty used to call women helpline and got the molester and harrasers arrested.politically aware of her position,she demande equal wages,maternity benefits,defined working hours and transport facilities from her employer company.slowly and steadily she was also succesful in breaking the glass ceiling of promotions ,which had restricted her to rise higher in hierarchy.sunita also took recourse to many minority legislations like SC,ST protection acts to fight continued caste and creed determination on her home and society.infact empowering herself socially,economically and politically she rose her status and prestige to levels she would have unimagined was only possible ,because of her sincere determination ,toughness and grit that she became tougher and togher as the time progressed. infact seeing through her life ,experiences and struggles and her way of tackling them strongly substantiates the qoute that,

    • ajay

      pls review

      • rajesh kumar

        The way you narrated story using sunitha is good one.but it should link up with contemporary issues like using articles ,quotes from famous persons..conclusion should reflect main theme of the essay so improve yourself

        • ajay

          thanx for review will certainly try to better it:)

    • Eco-friendly

      Bhai I think it is not an essay. May be it is a story of a girl.

      Would like to read ur essay next time. Please review mine

      • ajay

        thanx eco for review ..will try to better it next time:)

  • Sweety Shetty

    Today i woke up with a song in my head. As i went about my morning routine i found myself singing ”When the going gets tough.” . The only part of this song i really know is ” When the situation becomes difficult, the strong will emerge as harder with endurance”.
    I began thinking about this phrase and questioning just exactly how the tough get going. The reality is that we all face times when the going gets tough. Whether they are related to workplace, home, finances, relationships, or friendships, we all experience tough times.
    So, when the the times get tough, don’t feel defeated. We should hold our head up, stick our chest out and find our inner strength to forge forward.
    Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem : ”Tobe Ekala Chalo Re” pin pointing the exact meaning of the proverb ” When the going get tough, the tough get going…………” ” Tobe Ekala Chalo Re. ” was the favorite song of our dear Bapuji ( Mahatma Gandhi ) . The song written in Benagali language; meaning when the situation becomes tougher and no one is coming with you on your call, go ahead alone. That means it gives a message to find our own inner strength to fight every new adversity.
    Charles Darwin in his book ”The Origin Of The Species ” mentioned that it is not the capability or the physical strength which decide the survival of the species but it is the respective changes ( adaptation in biological term ) which species adopt that decide the survival. If we study he overall evolutionary history it shows the strongest species is that species which changed itself according the prevailing natural conditions. here strongness of the species implies its ability to change and endurance.
    There is a old age saying that : When a mammoth size Ship start to sink rats are the first to come out. Yes ! this is very true saying, the captain of the ship is supposed to such a person who stay in the ship until and unless he attempted the last chance to save the Ship. In our daily life we do encounter with many people with such a rat kind of mindset. A person who wish to be a Captain of a Ship or His/Her own life has to ignore such a kind of RAT- MINDSET. At last such a people with RAT_ MINDSET becomes the followers.
    When i encountered with such RAT_ MINDSET people and became sad i asked a question to my uncle about how to ignore this RAT- MINDSET and emerge as stronger ? I also asked him – How to in increase my EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE ? He told me that it is a TIME WHICH TEACH YOU A LESSON AND WITH THIS LESSON YOU GET THE WISDOM. AND ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IT IS NOTHING BUT THE WISDOM one get through the experiences in the life ( bitter or sweet , whatever )
    We all know the story of Achilles, a person who was a great warier, but his only weakness was his heel. Honestly we all have such Achilles Heel. It is a time which gives us an idea about its permanent cure.
    Struggle truce struggle…
    When the situation can get tougher a stronger person too face difficulty to sustain . In such a case Gandhiji gave a very good idea that don’t stop the struggle but make it in the alternative forms which are complimentary to each other. When the situation becomes difficult the strong will emerge as harder; but this strong person has also need to be flexible with the time. IT IS EQUALLY TO COMMENDABLE TO GO TWO STEPS BACK AS COMMENDABLE IS FIGHTING WITH WHOLE ENTHUSIASM.
    While playing Chess a players ultimate goal is to make Chakemate .
    For this he/she sometimes make deliberate killing of PAWNS. This calculated risk is also a sign of Strong person. It means WHEN SITUATION GET DIFFICULT A STRONG PERSON MAY LOOSE A BATTLE BUT HE/SHE HAS THE VISION TO WIN THE FINAL WAR.
    1) HAVE A FAITH-
    This is the first and formost thing to emerge as a stronger. Here faith: not necessarily means having a spirituality in mind. It primarily means HAVING A FAITH IN YOURSELF. THIS IS THE MUST PRECURSOR TO EMERGE AS A STRONGER.
    2) Surround yourself with positivity .
    3) Practice gratitude-
    When we take time to recognize and be thankful for the things that we have, we tend to think less of the things we lack.
    It means the each and every person in the world has an ability to stand in adversity the only thing he/she need is the faith.

    • Sweety Shetty


    • Hope

      Wow……Nice essay……….Didn’t bogged with various examples but used short and witty ones, good effort….. However beginning could have been better……

      Kindly review mine in leisure time.

    • Shraddha

      Some really relevant examples, although I dont’t feel the rat example is right. Because even they got tough when the going got tough na.. but you have used it as a bad thing.
      You can structure your essay better. But overall, really engaging and refreshing writeup.
      please review mine.

      • Sweety Shetty

        Hmmm thank you. I’m going to review your Essay as well.

  • Ankith

    “It always seems impossible until its done” – Nelson Mandela

    In the fight against Aparthied, Nelson Mandela nearly served 27 years in jail, such sacrifices by many great individuals eventually led to the end of aparthied regime. Inspite of strong barriers in the path, these people resisted and fought against the discrimination. Not all people would have had such a will or persevarance to pursue almost an impossible task, which existed for nearly half a century, The strength and courage exhibited by these leaders had inspired many generations to come together and find.

    It is not only about a particular issue, but it also about individuals, civilisations, ideologies, technological developments etc where success of them would depend upon how well they are able to manage, survive, adapt and win over the difficult situations to sustain their existence.

    The progress of human civilization is bundled with such aspects where at every stage the society has to overcome the problems for continuation of the way of life. Those civilizations which were unable to withstand these challenges perished from the world either by external force or internal disturbances. Some of the great civilizations of the past which perished beyond doubt were the Roman Civilization, Indus Valley civilization. At the same time, some ideologies survived and spread, like the ‘Democracy system’ introduced by the Roman civilisation, which later on carried by British, through their famous ‘Magna Carta’ in the year AD 1215, this concept had to undergo several phases of ups and downs and eventually modified from time to time to meet the needs of the people and adapt to the local conditions. It is today considered as the most sustainable and the best form of governance system

    Even at the individual level, the quote can be aptly applied since historical times. As Charles Darwin theory which proposed “survival of the fittest” can be seen in the same light. Today’s world is described by high competition for existence, one must posses good qualification and skill sets and needs to upgrade the same in order to sustain and progress in the knowledge based economic system. This is true across various sectors like sports, cinema, music etc. People love football across the world, and one must stay fit and perform to continue in the game, Lionel Messi had resigned from his team due to his poor performance over a period of time, this clearly shows how an individual irrespective of his past record must continue to adopt to the changing conditions and competition in society

    Indian society was plagued with many social evils, which led to the creation of barriers for the progress of people through caste system. This manifested in various ways like poverty, inaccessibility to food, shelter and education, irrational actions like Sati, child marriages etc. British undermined the position of India, that only because of them India became modernised and doubted the existence of India post independence. But the efforts of great leaders like JL Nehru, Ambedkar , Patel etc laid strong foundations for the growth of nation. Today India stands, with all the world leaders looking towards India for partnership. Through social reforms, legal process, education India is on path of progress. Those nations which failed to uphold the basic values of human existence failed to survive the difficult situations, examples are that of Iraq, Syria.

    However, this trait of fighting through the tough situations is an out come of several factors . For an individual, it comes from the way he/she has been brought up, the social process one has underwent. Family, friends play a greater role. The irony of the modern world is, with improvement of technology the gap between people is increasing, with every one worried about their careers, competition etc. Destruction of human relations is causing dents in the mind-sets of people. In India, over the past few years there is a phenemona of rise in ‘suicide rates’ , especially among teenagers and youth who take such drastic decisions even at small failures in life like performing poorly in an examination, rejection by an opposite gender. People are also taking to illegitimate ways as they are unable to cope up with the situation and seek easy success, examples being that of Vyapam Scam and Bihar’s examination scam

    For a person to remain strong enough, he/she should be provided with conditions to sustain their life like provision of basic necessities like education, shelter etc. One must inculcate the values like honesty, integrity and persevarance to fight through tough situations. Today, the world faces major challenge in the form of Terrorism. Terrorists were able to find easy prey of human resources, who became vulnerable because of failure of state to provide for basic minimum conditions and rising inequalities. This is an outcome of parochial mindsets of ruling elites, massive corruption, greed for wealth and power. So, whether it is an individual or an entity or a nation, for one succeed, certain qualities needs to be inculcated to protect against the internal and external challenges. This can be done through multitude and integrated approaches, through law, technology, civil society etc

    “Tough time don’t lat, tough people do” , this quote sums it up all, tough situations are present at every stage of existence. The world and it’s people had made great sacrifices, innovations to fight through such tough situations and today here exists a world which supports more than 7 billion population. ‘Hope’ for the good future is one thing that makes the people strive towards a better tomorrow. Undoubtedly, there are many more challenges which world is grappling today like hunger deaths, mal nutrition, drug menace etc but nothing is impossible to overcome, it is only the will and adherence to basic human values that matters most. The life of Dr. B R Ambedkar is full of such challenges, if he would have had acceded to them at childhood then the nation would have been more naive in dealing with the social inequalities

    • Shraddha

      Well balanced and simple. More examples would have made it more engaging. But a good one.
      Please review mine.

  • KnowledgeBuff

    What do the lives of great men teach us?

    Irrespective of where it is set, stories of the greatest successes are the ones that came in the toughest of circumstances. Each great man, through his struggle teaches us just one thing – no matter who you are, where you are or in what situation you are, the road to success is paved with countless difficulties and the one who triumphs is not the smartest but the toughest.

    If we flip through the pages of history, there are examples galore that drive home this message. Louis Braillie, who was blind since birth didn’t let his disability an imepdiment in his life. He invented Braillie, a language that enabled the blind to read, thereby empowering generations of visually impaired people. Mamhatma Gandhi, when he was thrown out of train in South Africa, didn’t let the racial discrimination affect his psyche. He fought back for his rights and gave a radically different way to fight injustice. Stephen Hawking, despite having lost the ability to move most of the muscles of his body, went on to become the greatest physicist of all time.
    But, it is not the just the lives of great men that teaches us to show courage in the face of adversity. If we look at the society around us, we will find quite a few people whose lives are defined by this quote. The mother, who battles innumerable challenges in her life with finnesse. This, despite the fact, that most household members take her services for granted. The father, whose finances are rattled everyday, by the rising inflation, but who doesn’t breathe a word of it to his kids. He tries to fulfill their every demand, and does not hesitate from taking loans to fulfill their dreams. The budding entrepreneur, who doesn’t crumble under the pressure of expectations and takes every challenge head on. The aspiring actors, singers, writers, who refuse to be cast in a mould decided by the society and come to Mumbai to chart their own destiny. For them, dwindling finances and doors being shut, are nothing but challenges that need to be surmounted. The daily wage labourer, who escapes crushing poverty in village, toils day and night in the city and even after leading a hand-mouth existence, does not forget to send some money back home. Thus, every section of the society, in some way or the other lives by the motto of ‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.’
    When the citizens in the society posess such an attitude, it is obvious that the cities they live in, would also be able to rise up to the challenges that are thrown at them. During the monsoon season, it is common to read in the newspapers of the devastation caused by floods. But what is more inpsiring is the stories that accompany such reports, which recount how the city which came to a standstill was not found wanting when it came to humanity. Take, the case of the recent Chennai floods. After nature’s fury was unleashed, the administration’s response, to say the least, was hardly something that inspired confidence. But the residents of Chennai, were not deterred by the failure of the state government in providing relief to the people. They took the matters into their own hands and ensured that precious lives could be saved by making arrangements for food, water transportation and moral support.
    When we talk about cities getting up on its feet, who can forget the dastardly Mumbai attacks and the way citizens responded to them. While normal citizens provided all possible help to the victims, what stood out was the response of the TATA group to the tragedy. The Taj hotel, which was one of the epicentres of the attack, had suffered massive damages. But the TATA’s were not founding wanting in their large-heartedness. They took upon themselves the cost of treatment of all their employees who were injured, paid them salaries while they were being treated and also provided jobs to the relatives of those employees, who lost their lives in the incident. Thus, the TATA’s showed what it means to be resilient in the face of crisis.
    As a nation, there have been countless times when our strength and resolve has been tested. But, due to determination of our people and the sincerity of our leadership, we have always managed to ward off challenges and emerge victorious.
    At the time of indpendence, India’s economy was completely cash starved. There were very few industries and in sectors of education, health we barely had any infrastructure. It was due to the vision of the first Prime Minister, who decided to take up infrastructural growth at war footing. The first few IITs were established during this time, and their ability to produce graduates who have made a mark throughout the world, stands a testimony to the vision of our leaders at that time.
    Similarly, years later when US tried to blackmail India by withholding export of food grains, we didn’t give up on our principles during those tough times. Instead, we channelised our energies and ushered in the green revolution to make India a food surplus nation.
    Decades later, India is once again standing at the cross-roads. There are innumerable challenges like declining agricultural productivity, the burgeoning population of the youth and the endemic poverty. But the present government, has portrayed challenges not something to be worried out, but to be considered as opportunities. The youth, are being looked upon as deomgraphic dividend, and schemes have been launched to empower them through Skill India so that they become contributors to India’s success story. Similarly, every possible initiative is being taken to alleviate the farmers of their distress by providing them with a plethora of security measures. Lastly, even the poor have been integrated into the economy through Jan dhan accounts, rather than treating them as passive recipients of welfare.

    Thus, at the individual, society and the national level, we can see how in tough circumstances, we have always been up and about, ready to face any challengs thrown at us.
    In concluding, I would like to stress on the increasing need to live by this motto. The world today faces unprecedented challenges. With each year being recorded warmer than the previous one, the threat of global warming is looms larger than ever. There is a growing consensus, that if stern measures are not taken in a short span of time, the very existence of the human civilisation will be threatened. Then there are the potent disease causing micro-organisms, that have led to outbreak of diseases on scales much larger than ever before. Disease like Ebola, drug-resistant TB, AIDS and the birth defects due to Zika Virus, are some recent examples. The scientific community needs to go all out, if it has to succeed in finding a way to control and prevent the spread of these diseases. Finally, terrorism has emerged as a genuine transnational threat. From Belgium to Dhaka and from California to Turkey, no corner of the world can be considered to be safe anymore. Only a coordinated response to destroy the safe havens enjoyed by the terrorists as well as proactive measures to prevent indoctrination of impressionable minds, can curb this menace.
    Thus, it is obvious that today the world faces some of the toughest challenges that pose a threat to its existence. All these problems can only be tackled if every citizen, society, government internalises the timeless quote –
    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going

    • Shraddha

      First three paragraphs are amazing! But I feel Mumbai and Chennai could be clubbed in one para to show resilience of cities as a theme, you could have used this space to introduce a fresh idea! Nice essay.

      • KnowledgeBuff

        Thank you.
        BTW, does the TATA example fit in or does it look out of place?

        • Shraddha

          It did appear jarring to me. On an after thought it was okay though but it’s better you give credit to the city of Mumbai for being tough an mention the role of tata as secondary.

          Please find sometime in the week and review mine, if possible.

          • KnowledgeBuff

            sure thing. will review it by tomorrow pucca.

    • Dipjyoti

      This is by far the best essay of yours which I have read. very comprehensive…flow is too good…the way you have taken from individual to city to national level.
      your command over English was always good
      also the conclusion is on a visionary and positive note….very well written.
      keep it up!

      your essay is way better than mine

      • KnowledgeBuff

        Thanks Bro!
        Will give my feedback on your essay as well. 🙂

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  • Shrunga Chandrashekar

    Vandana a small town girl, well-educated and today grown up as independent women who earns, takes the responsibility of the family. But she was depressed and wanted to end her life, her friend supriya who gets to know about vandana want to change perception of vandana towards life. Supriya meet vandana and starts her conversation “Tough time never Last, But tough people Do”. Vandana tells supriya it’s very easy to say but difficult to do and supriya start explaining her.

    Supriya gives example of the desert plant how they cope-up with their difficulties of desert. Desert is place where there will no or very little water and plants want water to survive on top that leaf loose water due to transpiration. Seeing all these difficulties there should not be plants in desert, but plants do exist their due to nature of being tough and challenging the difficulties. Water will not be available in the desert or it will be available in very less quantity, to overcome this plants will have deep roots so that they can absorb ground water at depth. Due to transpiration leaf loose water in order to overcome that loss the trees will have very tiny leaf or no leaf. Vandana ask supriya if they don’t have leaf how can they prepare food and survive. Supriya smiles and answers, to they did overcome this challenge as the stem took up the functionality of leaf and prepares food. Vandana counters supriya saying that is natural phenomena.

    Supriya answers vandana may be plants adoption is a natural phenomenon, but you can’t deny the fact that our freedom fighters surpassed all the obstacles and obtained freedom for our country. British wanted to suppress the growing political strength by Bengal partition, political leaders took the challenge and started swadesi moment and they worked hard to ensure that moment spreads to different parts of the country. Later British passed vernacular press act to suppress the vernacular press which was agent for creation of political awareness among people, vernacular press answered to this move of British by converting to English newspaper overnight, few started writing articles using sarcastic narration. See Vandana our leaders changed themselves according to toughest situations and became tough so only we got our independence.

    Their struggle was not limited continued supriya, when gandhiji started civil disobedience moment British tried to get gandhiji and national congress on broad of round table conference. Gandhiji agreed to Irwin points and participated in round table conference but it could not fetch any favorable output to India. But Gandhiji and our other leaders were not disappointed they decided that their strategy should be altered according to changing situation and changed the strategy. They changed the strategy to be tough to stand-up to the raised levels of toughness in the situation. If they had left hopes and depressed then we would have still been under British rule.

    Supriya continues with her next example, tough times for India did not end after independence we can say that it was beginning. India was divided on the communal basis and our economy was fragile. We were dependent on the imports for meeting food needs and our growth rate was very low. Under this situation our leaders had to maintain the social balance in the diverse society and bring in economic growth. Understanding the toughness of the situation our leaders planned the strategy they wanted India to be self-dependent for food thus started green revolution, but the inputs for the making it successful was not available with us. ICAR was involved in the research and they developed High yield crop varieties and as the time passed India became exporter of the food grains.

    Our struggle to change the economic picture of India did-not end their vanada, says supriya. In 1991 balance of payment crisis showed that if India is not part global economy it cannot achieve its target of becoming developed country. Policy makers understood the mistake in the past policies and opened up the Indian market for the world and became part of globalization. Today we are one of the fast growing countries in the world, it was the courage of our policy makers to admit to the mistakes of the past and move on that changed the prospect for India.

    It’s not only economically we have been tough and achieved good results, we have done fairly well in the health and education sector also; continued supriya. You know vandana our Numbers in educational sector was so disappointing after independence, we had only 8% literacy rate among women and 21% among men, our leaders and policy makers took this as a challenge and worked towards it and today we have average literacy rate of 64% and women literacy rates are growing faster than men. Same was the case with health our life expectancy age was 31 years, maternal mortality rates were very high, infant mortality rates were depressing. Today our life expectancy has raised to 64 years, IMR has reduced to 41 and we continue to improve by correcting the mistakes of past and we will be among the top countries if we keep going.

    Vandana tells supriya that these are not the achievement of individual and country was tough and kept going so we could achieve what we have today, but supriya it’s very difficult to be tough for an individual. Supriya thinks for a while and comes up with an example. Supriya ask vandana have you heard about Narendra modi? Vandana says yes I have heard about him. Supriya continues with the story of Narendra modi. He was born in lower middle class family and his family would afford 2 meals per day by selling Tea in the railway stations. Narendra helped his father in selling tea after his school, later he got interest in the politics and joined politics. He worked hard to become chief minister of state, he was not away from the controversies. His name was involved in godra killing but he never got disappointed because of that faced the trails of the court and got clean chit, not only on the personal front he stayed tough, positive and got success he led Gujrat from state that had survived earthquake to the developed state in India. His tough decisions helped state to overcome tough times.

    Supriya continues her words and tells vandana, see vandana every person, organization have faced toughest of situations and felt it is difficult for them to go forward but they never gave up. If they would have given up or if they were weak then today we would not be knowing about them. So you should be strong, tough and handle the challenges of life to succeed, may be you feel disappointed today but if you overcome this today you will be winner tomorrow.

    Vandana thanks supriya for her encouraging words and decides to be strong and tough in the times of tough and keep moving.

    • Shrunga Chandrashekar

      Please Review, and give valuable suggestion for improvement.

    • KnowledgeBuff

      Hi Shrunga,
      Good Attempt! You have given examples to cover a number of dimensions. And I liked the way you styled it in the form of conversation. Following are some of my observations:
      1) The cactus plant example I don’t think that is very relevant. That is evolution. you could use that space instead to quote a stronger example. (Maybe a women who came out of tough circumstance like Arunima Sinha, Sunitha Krishnan). This is more forceful as you are trying to pull Vandana out of depression (what better way to do it than by giving the example of a women who defied all odds).
      2) Though you have tried your best to make it conversational, but the effect has not come that great. Maybe could try improving on that.
      3) Try avoiding mentioning controversial topics. you could have simply mentioned about Modi Ji’s rise from tea seller to PM, without talking about godhra.

      • Shrunga Chandrashekar

        Thank you Vikram:) ill try to incorporate corrections from now onwards.

  • Eco-friendly

    Droughts and floods are common in India and often takes place at the same time in different parts. In Rajasthan there is a village named Laporia (it’s a real story) 80km away from Jaipur. It is one of the villages facing drought conditions and low ground water level in 1970’s. It’s a difficult situation for the people living there and an easy way to escape from this is to leave village and settle somewhere else. But a youth named Laxman Singh chose something different. He along with his friends he started water conservation activity by digging Chawka’s (sloppy rectangular pits) to store rainwater and recharge ground water. Initially he was not supported instead opposed by his fellow villagers but as the activity started showing result others joined. Within few years ground water level rises and village since many years has not faced drought conditions.

    There is no time when anybody has not faced difficult times. And if you can’t find your way out of any difficulty, its probably because you are looking for the easy way out. Hence a difficult task or situation must be solved/survived strongly. Difficult situation demands more stretching, so that one can come out of its comfort zone. One who is reluctant to do so fails in their effort and only the hard working and strong comes out with flying colors. And hence the quote- “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”.

    It is always said that it is only strong man who can survive hard times. Only through strong will power and hard work can through the difficult situation because in an easy situation anybody can survive but it is only the difficult times that tests the toughness of a man. It is the continuous effort, hard work, discipline and will that dilutes the toughness of a task and hence tough people survives.

    Our history has shown this too. Our freedom fighters have shown the courage, perseverance and hard work to get ourselves freedom. It is the social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Jyotibha Phule, etc. who have shown how to fight tough times when even your fellow countrymen are against you. Mahatma Gandhiji along with other leaders have shown that how freedom can be attained peacefully via Satya and Ahimsa even when the country is divided on the basis of religion, caste etc. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, an architect of our constitution, has shown that where there is a will there is a way. All these people have survived the tough times of British Raj and prevailing social evils. Their struggle to attain freedom not only from British but also from societal evils only gets boosted because of their strong will.

    When India wins freedom it is not like all the toughness has gone but there is another kind of difficult situations prevailing in the country. Poverty, malnutrition, unemployment, illiteracy are to name a few but Indian’s through their development policies and perseverance now become the brightest spot in the world economy even when most of the developed and developing countries are reeling under the impact of 2008 economic crisis. Literacy rates are higher, even states like Kerela have achieved 100% literacy. We have the highest number of people below the age of 25 which will soon boost the country’s economy in long term.

    India has faced balance of payment crisis around 1990 and 1991 reforms and after have shown India survived that crisis. Narsimha Rao government proved to be strong which brought substantial changes in India’s trade and investment policy despite being opposed by many other leaders. It represents when the going gets tough the tough gets going. Not only the government of that day but also many industrialists and corporates have given the proof of their toughness. Despite the opening up of economy and inflow of big multinationals they survived and even in the meantime overtook many foreign companies.

    It is the hard work, perseverance and vision of our scientists like Homi Jahangir Bhabha, A P J Abdul Kalam, etc. who made India a nuclear power. It is the tough decision on part of our former PM Indira Gandhi to start the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program which has shown results in the form of India’s self-sufficiency in building ballistic missiles. Even when India has faced sanctions and was denied access to nuclear and missile technology, Indian scientists through their perseverance developed nuclear technology, ISRO become premier institute in space technology and India has been welcomed in MTCR and NSG by those who formed it to oppose India’s access to technology. India’s successful projects like Mangalyan, Chandrayan and IRNSS “Navic” are the result of tough situation India has faced decades back.

    In sports also a sportsman is tested for how he survive the pressure of a big match or a difficult situation. It needs great courage and hours of practice before any match. Kapil dev has shown similar qualities in the 1983 world cup final when on one side wickets were falling and on the other India’s chances of winning gets diminished. But his 175 runs contribution made India win its first Cricket world cup. Similarly Mary Kom has shown the world that despite being a mother, other family responsibilities and non-supportive staff one can become a champion on its own.

    It is all about being tough in difficult situation. This bent of mind to fight strongly is developed via socialization, motivation, etc. When we see people surviving difficult times it also comes in our mind that if that person can survive then why not we. Through meeting with people who have done great in times of difficulty we gets charged and motivated. In the meantime through proper training and guidance we prepare ourselves to face the challenge eg.- for a child exam are difficult times and for that he gets guidance from teachers and practice at home, for RBI higher inflation, currency speculation and NPA are challenge, they prepare themselves through reserves and judicious use of monetary policy tools, etc.

    Through above examples it is clear that there are always two things one person can do whenever he/she faces a difficult situation- either run away or face the challenge. It is about a person’s attitude what he chooses. People like Laxman Singh choose to fought back and wins. These people are the real heroes who not only fight difficulties strongly but also motivate others. In this regard Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Tobe Ekala Chalo Re” gives right message and if followed by us can bring prosperity and peace to the whole world.

    • Dipjyoti

      Both you and me,…have given a similar treatment to the essay….we have cited examples from different fields to prove the quote..

      I too shall borrow the story given in the intro..:) you have mentioned the economic point…BoP crisis.. i m not very sure of it… 1991 reforms can also be seen a circumstance driven one,,..rather than willpower driver one…lets see others ‘essay…

      • Eco-friendly

        yes circumstance are there in 1991 but will power of leaders is also required……otherwise there is always an open option to become defaulter like Greece and Mallaya…..:P

    • Shraddha

      Loved the first 3 paras. And the loved the fact that you connected your intro and conclusion.
      Pata 4-5 is about India challenges pre and post independence. You have variety but may be not depth. Paras 6 7 8 are 1991 crises, science and sports. Again variety.
      I am confused about whether we should touch more and more topics or stop and give depth to one story. Because if we jump amongst topics rapidly what if examiner starts skimming instead of reading…. That’s food for thought for you also.

      Last 2 paras nicely summed up. Look forward read more next week.

      • Eco-friendly

        I think depth and variety both are needed. As this is philosophical one one needs to go in depth too (will try to go in depth). I prefer more variety because long para’s sometimes prove to be boring. But yes some depth is certainly required.

    • ajay

      good essay eco..nice intro and a lot of examples and dimensions..the only thing is u can trim a few dimensions and explain the ones in which u have elaborated less..making it more mentioned NPA and inflation aspects in 2 lines and then left off..u can work there more or better leave it out..thnx:)

      • Eco-friendly

        Thanks ajay bhai……..Will try to go in depth from next time……:)

    • minaxi

      Hello Eco…

      Your essay is very nice- But only issue I find that- YOur most of philosophy is concentrated in the second and third paragraph.
      After this, you gave number of examples,in which your supporting philosophy got diminished. IT would have been better, if you have decreased the number of example in one paragraph. in this way philosophy will be more visible.

      Second last paragraph is good. And, Introduction and conclusion linkages- Nice idea.
      Overall a good essay- content were good. But presentation of body part is not upto mark set by you.


      • Eco-friendly

        yes I felt it too that philosophy part needs improvement……thanks for ur review…:)

  • Dipjyoti

    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going

    Rewind to 1893, South Africa. A young man had just completed his training in law in London and was on his first assignment to South Africa. In South Africa, he booked a first class ticket from Durban to Pretoria. He took his seat accordingly. However, to his utter shock, he was thrown out of the train soon after by some railway officials. This is because he was an Indian, a non-White and as such as he was not entitled to travel in the First Class. The gentleman being talked of is none other than Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.

    Mahatma Gandhi belonged to a well-to-do family, and had almost all the comforts a young man could ask of. Till that point, life was indeed good for him. But in South Africa, he found how people like him weren’t entitled to basic civil liberties which he had taken for granted. THE GOING WAS NO LONGER EASY FOR HIM. But tough that Gandhiji is, he would not accept this injustice lying down down. He fought for the rights of the people not only in South Africa but also in India, and was able to deliver justice to millions of people. His name would remain itched in the annals of history forever, for hi s indomitable spirit, for his toughness to continue against all odds.

    Life is indeed not a bed of roses. Each one of us, in our daily lives, on many counts face obstacles of various sorts. Such obstacles can be due to familial and social norms, economic hardships, cultural practices, administrative problems etc. Most often than not, we find that LIFE GETS TOUGH ON US. This is especially so, if we are in pursuit of a higher aim, a greater goal for self, society or the nation. But the successful are the ones who continued to strive against all odds, with single-minded focus and determination.

    There are many such examples of men/women who proved the above point. In fact, as it is said, only adversities bring the best out of a man or woman. All great ones whom we adore today have overcome immense difficulties in life.

    Great men like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, etc. strived to the alleviate the conditions of women in the 19th century. They faced opposition from many quarters in their efforts to do away with Sati, purdah system, child marriage, dowry, etc. Yet they continued in their noble pursuit, and were successful to a large extent.

    Chanda Zaveri, an Indian woman from Kolkata is today a renowm name in the cosmetics industry in United States. She is one of the billionaires. But back in 1990s she wasn’t allowed to continue her studies by her parents. But she would not give up. She fled to the US, completed her studies and pursued her dream amidst acute economic constraints and familial pressures.

    Then we have the example of the People’s President, APJ ABDUL KALAM. He belonged to a poor family. He even had to sell newspapers to fund for his studies. But he carried on his studies amidst all troubles, and would become the face of Indian achievements in the field of space exploration and missile technology.

    Also every now and then, whenever the results of some national level competitive examination are declared, we come across examples of students who made it big despite facing economic constraints or physical hardships. IRA SINGHAL, a differently-abled woman who topped the civil services examination in 2014, remains the epitome, in this regard.

    However, the dictum, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” applies not only at the level of the individual, but also in the COMMUNITY, SOCIETY AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

    Palampalayam is a village in Bhavani block of Erode District, Tamil Nadu. It could be considered as backward, in terms of economic avenues. But some enterprising women in the village in the late 1990s refused to accept this lying down. They would form a Self-Help Group (SHG) in 1998, pool their resources and labour and now are actively and profitably engaged in sericulture. They stand out for their fortitude and determination to improve their economic condition.

    At the COUNTRY LEVEL, we have the classic example of Japan who underwent Meiji Reconstruction, in the late 1860s. Like other Asian countries of the time, Japan too faced the threats of colonisation by Western powers in the 19th century. But unlike others, Japan refused to accept this. Collectively, the Japanese people undertook reforms in all spheres like education, polity, industry, agriculture, governance, etc. and were able to stand up to the Western powers. In this way, Japan not only prevented being colonised but also emerged as a world power itself.

    The INDIAN FREEDOM STRUGGLE also remains an example of people’s unfathomable spirit to defy physical pain and all kinds of hardships, in their endeavour to achieve national freedom. Under the leadership of visionary leaders like Gandhi, Tilak, Nehru and others, the Indian people proved to the world how tough they can be. Their spirit and determination remains an ideal for all subsequent generations of Indians to follow.

    The above discourse amply points to the point that the successful people are the ones who are tough. And the tough are the ones who with single-minded focus continue in their pursuit of goals, in the face of all sorts of hardships.

    So, when we face problems in life, be it at individual, family or community levels, we should never give up; nor should we cry foul over our destiny. Rather, we can and we must tell ourselves that only adversities make one successful. We must summon our willpower and courage to continue in our noble paths, in which we believe.

    In this regard, we will do well to remember the counsel of Gandhiji. He has taught us, “Strength doesn’t come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable spirit”. If every Indian is able to imbibe such a spirit in all their day-to-day endeavours, the country will surely be a land of prosperity and all-round development!

    • Eco-friendly

      very nice essay. Specially points you took from history, and rural areas. A little bit of more philosophy along with examples will make it wonderful.
      You used Gandhi ji to the fullest– I will borrow it from u for some other essays.

      Please find time to review mine.

      • Dipjyoti

        Thanks for your comment and time

    • FinalAttempt

      your intro is good, but over emphasised . i mean reduce the words or merge in 1 para instead 2..
      u mentioned indian freedom struggle in almost last paras of essay which is not appealing..

      rest is fine and also work over some lucidity of essay can help..

      • Dipjyoti

        yes….intro has been too long. ..I too realised.
        Thanks for pointing out

    • KnowledgeBuff

      As always, nicely written Dipjyoti! I liked all the examples you quoted in your essay.
      However, following are some observations I made:
      1) First para could be mentioned by stating that on his first train journey in SA, Gandhi was thrown out of the train.
      2) It would be better if you could also shed some lights on the tough times faced by India and how it overcame them. (You could dedicate another para to this after mentioning about freedom struggle)
      3) I didn’t know if “At the Country Level” should be mentioned twice. Maybe you could use another phrase to describe it.
      4) You have given lot of examples of toughness at “individual levels”. It would be great if you could give a few more examples to stress on “collective toughness” (Like that SHG example)
      5) You use Chanda Zhaveri example a lot. 😛

      thanks. Keep Writing!

      • Dipjyoti

        Hey…..thank you so much…for such a detailed review…am very greteful to you.

        yes…I repeat the chanda zaveri example….it fits in every essay..:P

        thanks a ton

  • Anit ifs

    3 July 2016

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

    If the history of mankind is divided into phases, then the yardsticks to determine the progresssion of history has been the works of the great men. It’s informative to know that the way that we define ‘great’ isn’t limited to the capabilities or the qualities of the men alone, there is an almost symbiotic relation between the innate qualities of the men and the odds that they had to overcome. In fact, it would be very difficult to tell how many more of the great men we have missed, solely for the fact that they hadn’t the chance to face off against any great problem. So unless the going gets tough and the tough get going, there wouldn’t be any history for us to narrate and no stories for us to learn from.


    If there is one quality that is universally found in anyone ( great or otherwise ) who has accomplished anything of his/her own, then that quality has to be grit. The perseverance to keep on going despite the odds is almost a pre requisite for any enterprise no matter how big or small. In fact, studies on psychological development of children has found that the most important indicator of their success wasn’t their IQ, rather it was their ability to control their urges, a proxy for their determination ( Marshmallow experiment).

    Wilting under pressure would prevent cause us to loose every bit of self confidence in our abilities, undermining our life potential as well as our ‘essence’, for if we cannot stand up for our deeply cherished views, then we cannot stand up for anything in life.


    After Japan got destroyed, the cities were levelled to the ground. Apparently, the concrete wasn’t tough enough to square up to nuclear blasts. However, the people were that tough. They rebuilt their economy from the scratch so that within the next 2-3 decades, they became the second biggest economy of the world.

    The word resilience cannot convey the full extent of their resurrection. Tough as nails is more appropriate in their context.

    If we look further back into history, the societies that emerged from worst ravages developed strategies of coping and were able to become stronger. Hardy tribes like Mongols, Kushanas and Vikings were able to take on more technologically advanced enemies by the virtue of their toughness that their environment had endowned them with.


    The ancient Rishis, the prophets and the self realised can all attest to the power of their penance in giving them the realisation that they had. The story of SHIV PARVATI is instructional in this context. Both of them were in a forest of hermits, when Parvati asked Shiva that which one of the hermits would get to have Shiva’s Darshan. Shiva smiles and says, “Let’s ask them”.

    Shiva goes to one of them (who had been meditating for a year) disguised as a Sadhu and tells him “Shiva has said that he would fulfill your wishes if you meditate for another year”

    This hermit had been a very well renowned Saint and he was angered by the fact that Shiva won’t come to meet him even after his hard penance. So, he decided to leave.

    Shiva and Parvati went around the hermitage asking the same question again and again, first to saints, then to well renowned rishis, then finally to an ordianry peasant who had been doing penance for his entire life.

    “Son, if you continue doing this penance for another lifetime, then Shiva would give you Darshan”, Shiva in disguise said to him. Instead of beocming angry, so happy was he that he would at some time get to his goal, that he redoubled his effort and started off again. Shiva smiled and told Parvati, “this here is my true Bhakta, the one who refuses to give up”

    Shiva Parvati told him the truth and gave him the boons he wanted. The mythical story has an important lesson for us, that through grit, we can discover the divine. This divine is already within us, waiting for our efforts to unlock it.


This toughness extends not merley to the physical realm, the mental realm is more predominant. The ethos and morality of the Victorian England enabled it to become a world power. Their island nation was able to square off to several attacks and thrive despite Napoleon’s best efforts. The same nation is now in throes of Brexit, for they have lost the characteristic toughness, that had enabled them to thrive in circumstances much worse. Enfeebled by easy life and sumptious state support, the British cannot deal with immigrants, even if they are desperate for refuge.

    Abraham Lincoln and Equality movement

    One of the toughest political character ever, Abraham Lincoln was known for his insistence on truth and his assiduousness. When the entire world was prejudiced against the blacks and would not tolerate them in their nations, he had the toughness to pass the anti-slavery bill through the parliament. This bill also divided the nation and led to a civil war. Some would question his wisdom in dividing a nation over a matter that most citizens of that era deemed to be trivial, however we have to look at the principles that made that nation great. Lincoln’s test for being tough came when the war seemed to carry on indefinitely and the congress and some of his own ministers wanted him to give up the bill, but he didn’t !


    In criticism of those who’ve been called tough, we have history of human conflict to show for. Had any one of the sides not been so adamant about their aims and goals, then the human history would have been one of compromise and peace.

    The tough individual it might then seem, carried on even when they shouldn’t have, for if they had given up, then the confrontation would have ended easily.

    Why were gritty individuals so important for our history?

    We have to keep in mind that despite the doggedness of a few leading to unecessary wars and conflicts, we have to keep in mind that without this very perseverance, we wouldn’t have had many wonderful discoveries, wouldn’t have explored the world, wouldn’t have climbed the mountains and in short, wouldn’t have existed as we do today.


    There is attrition in the number of people going for a goal eveyr time a new problem arises. It is common sense to see that those who don’t try till the end wouldn’t probably get to the end too, for they would have given up already.

The tough get going and keep on going despite the problems and that elevates them from the league of the ordinary into the firmament of the divine, for like ordinary coal subjected to infinitesimal pressures, they too have been turned to sparkling diamonds.

  • backbencher

    When going gets tough , the tough gets going

    Hard time is something that everybody out of us tries to avoid . The reason is that it brings emotional , physical , social and many more challenges with it . Almost all of us have faced some sort of hard time in past , facing presently or will face in future . This is natural and we can not avoid it . During such period there are two options . One is to bow down against hardships and other is to be tougher than tough times and keep going against hardships . This is where leaders are distinguished from others . They not only remain tough but also learn from hardships to make themselves much more prepared for future tough times . The journey of India is much alike of this kind . Since independence it faced many challenges on social , economical , political , international and scientific level . Sometimes it was felt that country will not be able to pass through a particular challenge . But our country defied every such notion and today holds distinction of largest democracy , Third largest economy by PPP , Leading country in space and third largest standing army of world .

    When India got independence from colonial rule , it was decided by our leaders to move forward as democratic country and providing universal adult franchise . The immediate challenge they got was to secure integration of princely states and maintaining integrity of country and simultaneously institutionalizing democratic institutions in country. On front of integration , our country not only faced opposition from princely states like Hyderabad , Junagarh , but also from Pakistan over Jammu & Kashmir . Moreover we faced problem of regionalism and linguistic demands from various corners of country . The unity of country seemed doubtful . On the other hand on the issue of institutionalizing democracy in country , doubts were being raised on conducting fair and transparent elections on such a large scale . But with continuous efforts of our leaders and election commission , our country not only secured unity of country but also well institutionalized democracy in country by conducting fair and transparent elections in country . Today we hold distinction of world’s largest democracy . But this achievement should not make us turn our eyes away from challenges of corruption , money power in politics , degradation of values in politics , weakening of local governments etc . Joint efforts from all stakeholders are needed to deal these challenges in future .

    Our country saw day of independence alongwith communal riots . The dreams of our leaders of having a secular country were seemed to be shattering . But commitment of our leaders and continued efforts of our leaders helped cross that crucial phase and providing country a secular structure . Along with communalism our country also faced challenge of gender discrimination and caste discrimination . At that time it was doubted that whether our country will be able to eradicate these challenges ever. But today we can see the dreams of our founding fathers becoming true . We are able to see women and marginalized sections participating in development of country . Still we are in midway of challenge as we can see challenges of crime against women and caste based discrimination on many places . During such period we not only need to be tough and moving on in direction of eradication these social challenges but also learning from past experiences and using them for future course of action .

    Our economy was in very hard shape when British left our country . There was virtually absence of any capital goods industry in country . For food , we were dependent on PL-480 programme of US . During 1960s we faced balance of payment crisis and rupee was required to be devalued first time . Again in 1991 we faced current account deficit and Balance of Payments crisis . Our reserves were not enough even to finance imports for a fortnight . But all these challenges were dealt well by our country . Modern Temples of India i.e PSUs helped us reducing our dependence on foreign countries for machinery . Green revolution not only removed our dependence on foreign contries for food but also made our country net exporter of food and avoided possible famines in country . The reforms brought in 1991 in form of Liberalisation , privatization and Globalisation not only averted then present challenge of breakdown of economy but also guided our country on path of growth . Today we hold distinction of third largest economy of world by PPP . But celebration of success story need a simultaneous look on contemporary challenges of farmer distress , high unemployment rate , inclusive growth and lack of financial inclusion . These challenges demand continued efforts towards skill generation , employment generation and support to farming community for sustainable growth of economy .

    In science and technology arena , though we find some success stories in ancient India , our Medieval India and Colonial period saw extreme backwardness of country . After Independence , there was nothing in name of science and technology in country . It seemed that country will be required to be dependent on foreign countries for technology. Our country was denied technology for space and nuclear power and even faced sanctions against our nuclear tests in 1974 and again in 1998 . But defying such hard times our country moved continuously in the field of Science & Technology . The hard work and commitment of our scientists paid and made our country a leading in space research where a recent example needs mention where ISRO got success in launching 20 satellites in single launch . Our country gained success in nuclear power to a large extent . But still we are dependent on foreign technology in field of defence and in many other fields . Such a situation calls our scientific community’s focus towards these areas.

    The freedom of our country coincided with beginning of era of cold war where world got divided virtually in two groups , one Pro-US and other Pro-USSR . Simultaneously India faced wars with its neighbors like Pakistan and china . In such situation it was becoming too difficult to maintain its newly earned sovereignty and security of country from hostile neighbors . During that period , India was not only required to gain support from US and USSR but also to ensure that it is not following any group according to policy of Non-Alignment . During its journey with NAM , India not only faced challenges on diplomacy level but also gave effective leadership to movement and third world countries . This helped India not only securing its sovereign foreign policy but also recognition on international front . Today presence of India is being felt in international relations on various fronts like WTO ,UN , BRICS ,G20, G4 , SAARC etc . One of its success example lies in its recent membership of MTCR . But still India is away from its rightful permanent membership of UNSC and major non-Proliferation groups like NSG , Wassenaar Arrangement , Australia group etc . Continued diplomatic efforts are needed in securing position of our country on these fronts .

    To conclude , we can say with conviction that India is a tough country . It faced many high tough times in past on various spheres which it dealt with patience and continued struggle . Its capability to go through tough times enabled it to get succeed against various challenges on both domestic front and global front . But while celebrating success stories in various fields , our country also needs to be prepared for future tough times which may be in form of terrorism , disasters , climate change , national security and many other efforts . Such preparedness can be ensured only through joint efforts of all sections of society because the Indian nation is formed of us , ‘ The People of India ‘.

    • backbencher

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    • FinalAttempt

      good read.. covered many points i liked them.

      but word limit and short paras need to be consider..

      • backbencher

        Thanx for kind review …
        Will work on ur suggestions 🙂

    • Eco-friendly

      Nice write-up. Example are good and covers many area but this is philosophical one. You need to go in depth of the quote which you missed here. Also try to shorten the para’s size a little more.

      Overall a nice attempt.

      • backbencher

        Thanx for review dear …
        Will work on ur suggestions 🙂

  • yogi

    ” When the going gets tough, the tough get going” (~1100 words)

    • yogi

      Rough draft????

    • minaxi

      Hello Yogi…

      My views, But before it-
      Disclaimer- Philosophical essays are not my cup of tea. So these views perfectly belong to a layman.And may not be helpful. 🙂

      1) Introduction- Very Good introduction, But I did not find any traits of being tough in this story- You are talking about it in second line of second page.

      2) Now from page 2 to 4- All examples are good. But my objection and appreciation with them are as follows-
      a) In these pages, your all examples are indicating toward individuals , who fight tough and achieved the goal, they were striving for. You once told , We can move with one example at one level(i.e- individual)
      b) I find, APJ Abdul Kalam (Kalam Sir) example best- It shows that, how an individual not only fought tough for himself but an organisation too.

      3) Japan example excellent. But I think, instead of writing” credit goes to”. You could better merge these factors in paragraph, afterall, we are supposed to apploud these factors. (IMO)

      4) India example is good, But , you tried to deal with many problems in one go, like poverty, famine, war, etc. But, as a success, wrote only ” WAR” and left other undealt- This is looking incomplete sentence. Or is there some other logic behind it?

      5) Para after India example is good in content and spirit.

      6) How to keep up the momentum? Good question. But I have learned a thing, philosophical paras can be interpreted in many ways, and without backing our argument, possibility of interpretation multiply many fold.
      e.g- How can you say, it is gradual, many times we do not know, how tough we are until the time demands? May be your arguments are right, but, i will get lesser chances to contradict, if you could provide examples.

      6) Challenges were there, are there and will be there- Nice and self explanatory, I think, everyone can relate with it, and have observed it.

      7) Conclusion is good.

      8) Additional point- Flow of essay is good. I did read it one go, but I think, every paragraph must come with a new idea. Only and very important problem I find in it- use of back to back individual’s example without adding variety in essay(I might be wrong)

      9) And finally, Please correct me if you think, my interpretation or analysis is missing some important point- It will helpful to improve my essay writing too. 🙂

      Thanks and All The Best….

      • yogi

        thanks a lot for review 🙂
        a) In these pages, your all examples are indicating toward individuals , who fight tough and achieved the goal, they were striving for. You once told , We can move with one example at one level(i.e- individual)—yes i said that. The level i have followed are individual (Abraham, Chanda, kalam, )– national (India ) and International (Japan). The mistake is did is i placed Japan before India, it should be individual—>national —> international. The one is missed was organisational (i tried to bring ISRO, but as i had enough on kalam ji so i merged the isro with kalam and the distinction got diluted 🙁 ). The reason for choosing different example at individual level was to bring the diversity there, but i agree it was too much of individuals. Will take care of this to have a balance.
        3) Japan example excellent. But I think, instead of writing” credit goes to”. You could better merge these factors in paragraph, afterall, we are supposed to apploud these factors. (IMO)— Aravind sir thinks the other way, that is writing the factors simultaneously with the examples. I have unintensionally followed both types of approaches as i have compiled the factors in one para after the discussions of the examples. Now i am confused which one should
        be followed.
        4) the only logic is word limit, so i just ended that in haste. Here i realised the importance of rough draft in which i should have pre-planned what should be written.
        8) Additional point- Flow of essay is good. I did read it one go, but I think, every paragraph must come with a new idea. Only and very important problem I find in it- use of back to back individual’s example without adding variety in essay(I might be wrong)—the variety i was trying to bring was in terms of the field they mainly served on Abraham–polity, chanda–biz, kalam–snt. But i think it did not go well 🙁 as accepted already that the number of individual examples should have been cut down.
        9) which correction do you want , ur query is not clear to me, plz rephrase that.
        thanks and ATB 🙂

        • minaxi

          Hello Yogi…

          Actually, My review was a query itself. Well, but particularly this part- Additional point- Flow of essay is good. I did read it one go, but I think, every paragraph must come with a new idea. Only and very important problem I find in it- use of back to back individual’s example without adding variety in essay(I might be wrong)—the variety i was trying to bring was in terms of the field they mainly served on Abraham–polity, chanda–biz, kalam–snt. But i think it did not go well 🙁 as accepted already that the number of individual examples should have been cut down.

          Since,I knew, personalities mentioned by you belong to diverse background. But, are they really bringing diversity, as according to me- individual example may belong to any field.then social, and organisational from any field -> science and tech, hospitality , business etc, national-> politico-economic system, International- Geo-politics or some other situation of a particular state.

          But, Now I know your viewpoint. So can better understand your essay.

          Thanks & ATB.. 🙂

        • rajan

          Hi Yogi ! Long time
          May I know if you have written mains paper before ? In that case, could you let me know your marks in GS 4 and Essay? Sorry, if it bothers you but I just wanted to understand the expectations of UPSC given that you consistently write good GS 4 answers and essay .
          Thanks in advance

          • yogi

            Hello Rajan Bhai 🙂
            how is ur preparation going on ??
            No i have not written any mains till now, i failed in my first attempt i.e, 2015 cse prelims.
            Bdw you write good answers and essays. The few that i have read were all as per the expectations of upsc.:D
            Thanks and All the best 🙂

            • rajan

              Its going Ok Yogi. Have switched to prelims mode now
              Thanks for motivating me. To be honest, especially in ethics I tried emulating your answers 🙂
              Best of luck to you too !

  • Athena

    It was a dark night and an eerie atmosphere all around. A child was born – blind and deaf. Will it ever be able to learn to speak? Will it be able to achieve its dreams or will it just perish in these tough circumstances?

    It’s very easy to imagine this situation and feel pity and empathetic towards the condition of that child. Most of us would have given up on its chances of surviving in this world, but the child did not. It not only was able to survive but was also able to thrive in this tough circumstances and ended up becoming a writer. This child was none other that Helen Keller. Despite the difficulties, the adverse situation and pessimism from the society, she was able to do what she wanted and that is what defines a tough person.

    It is very easy and a convenient excuse to blame on the situation that doesn’t allow someone to progress or to do what he/she desires but there’s a very humorous saying that “When life gives you lemons, then make a lemonade and sell them” which essentially means that when you are getting nothing from life i.e the things you want, then don’t just sit down and curse your fate but use whatever you have to tide over that difficulty.

    Our road towards freedom was paved with pricks and stones at every turn by the Britishers. It was indeed a very tough situation to be in but we did not get overwhelmed by this and with the resilience and determination of our freedom fighters and their desire to see India a free country, we were able to reach our destination.

    An able administrator is not the one who can do the work given to him efficiently but the one who can improvise and come up with workable solutions during tough conditions and come out with flying colours. Be it riots, disasters or company lockdown due to strikes, the person who can still go on without being bogged down by the circumstances is the one who will eventually become successful.

    A tough situation is not absolute but depends upon how it is perceived. A simple case in personal life of an introvert person such as giving speech in front of a thousand plus audience may seem easy for someone who is used to giving speeches but for that person, it is the situation he wouldn’t want to be in. If he is able to shed that fear and nervousness, he would be rewarded suitably with a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind.

    Every successful person that we know about hasn’t had an easy life. Mandela spent most of his youth in prison while fighting against apartheid regime, Gandhi was ridiculed and thrown out train when he demanded his rights, Edison failed a thousand times before creating a light bulb, Steve jobs was suffering from cancer when he was running his company. But they all had one thing in common, they all kept going no matter how hard the circumstances were and that is how they earned the respect of the entire world.

    Sometimes life is hard and things are bound to go wrong. The true character that defines a tough person is when he is able to right that wrong rather than live with it. Ayn Rand used to say “The Question isn’t who is going to let me….it’s who is going to stop me” and for a tough person there’s nothing that can possibly come in their way to stop them.

  • kakul smiti

    Time is dynamic in nature which always keeps on altering.It neither remains the same for anyone nor waits for anyone.Time is analogous to light,which possesses dual nature.It has a positive facet and a negative facet too and it is the rule of nature that each and every entity present in the living world has to experience the outcomes of both the facets.Hardships are often experienced by all the living entities present in the nature whether it be the human beings,animals or any geographical area. India is such a country which has been a silent spectator of theof many eminent personalities who spent their life in stringent conditions but achieved great heights in their field.
    Mr.Amitabh bachchan is one such person whose life really personifies the proverbwhen the going gets tough,the tough gets going”.
    He was born in Allahahabad (U.P) to an influential poet Sri. Harivansh rai bachchan and a theater artist Teri bachchan. Although his father was a popular poet at that time but the monetary conditions were sub optimal in spite of the circumstances he completed his graduation from nainital and post graduation from DU then he went to the “city of glamour” MUMBAI in search of work in the film industry.Initially he got work as a voice narrator and then he moved to main stream cinema but this was the struggling phase of his life. Amitabh bachchan was an average looking man and he didn’t fitted in the character of a lead actor of that times. He faced a lot of rejection on his early carrier life.His first film “7 hindustani” didn’t worked well on the box office but he got the award of best supporting actor for the movie “anand”. Indeed the hardships persisted in his life his films didn’t worked on the box office upto 1972 but the film “zanjeer” was the turning point of his carrier. This film proved to be a blockbuster hit and gave him the tag of angry young man of indian cinema. Then the films like Deewar,abhi maan, sholay etc won him many awards and fame.
    He faced a problematic phase during the year 2000 but he maintained his patience and made his television debut through KBC and the extent of success of this show can’t be measured.If Mr. Bachchan would have stepped back at that time during his struggling period we wouldn’t have got our star of millennium.
    Now I want to consider the example of somnath temple (gujrat).
    In the medival period mehmood ghazni (997A.D-1003A.D)of Afghanistan attacked the temple several times and he thought that he will completely destroy the temple but the temple persisted its hardiest time and its magnificent shikhara still reminds us about the perseverance of the temple.
    If the non living things can prove their strength, patience and perseverance why can’t we do that. There are certain examples which can briefly elaborate the essence of this proverb and they remind us that hard work and optimism are very strong factors which can make everything possible.
    Remember every cloud has a silver lining .

  • minaxi

    ” When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

    When the things gets tough, the tough get going, it seems a simple but very effective saying in every front of life. There is hardly a single person on earth, who has not have dreams or goals in his life. And, even rarer, there is hardly a person on earth who has not faced adversities in path of achieving its goal. But, success is not a fruit, which can be afforded by everyone. It can be tasted by those who have the courage to fight the adversities and determination to achieve the success through struggle. Baba Sahib Ambedkar was one of that personalities who had faced innumerable socio-economic adversities by virtue of his birth. But his determination not only register place for him in history but worked as motivation for million other underprivileged people to get their rights. The guy who was denied entry into school, framed the Indian constitution, He worked hard in difficult situation.

    The spirit of fighting and struggling do not occur in specific situation, it remains with a person even in normal time. But in difficult situation, it is more prominent and visible.M.K Gandhi Ji was known for his freedom struggle continuously, but whenever the time demanded he took stronger measures too, one of that instance was the separate electorate for scheduled castes, which was an attempt to divide Hindu community, He undertook fast unto death. It was his determination and confidence in his motives which motivate him to confront the British, even the some strong Indian leaders of scheduled caste, that British were compelled to repeal such provision.

    The constant struggle of women for their empowerment also present such story, even in modern era, women are facing adversities due to socio-economic stigmas. But it is constant effort of women and their faith on their rights and capabilities that, women are getting their due place of second gender rather than secondary gender in eyes of society.

    Fight of women to improve their status is a still going progress as the India’s effort to become a developed and progressive democracy. India has proved herself strong in the eyes of world community, who were apprehensive about the very existence of a democracy in poor infant country, who was recently partitioned. India since independence have shown that, a country can grow with a diverse society, can develop herself with coordination and collaboration by promoting progressive ideas.

    Then, why some continue to fight when other give up? Being strong fighter does not mean, string people do not have fear. But, it is the quality to check fear, which makes one strong. The determination to achieve goal and courage to take risk and do experiment and self-motivation in difficult situation determines that, who will be emerge as winner.

    India’s space program is one such example, which got success even after resource constraint, criticism by western world over India’s extravagance on scientific programs when millions have not food in their belly. But it was India’s confidence in usefulness of its project, which resulted in to its use in agriculture, transport, disaster management and various other field, as well as to restrict the brain drain from India by creating opportunities.

    It is also necessary to being tough in tough time to take the full advantage of opportunities, Success of Singapore as a developed city state is not unknown to anyone. It fought the poverty, unemployment and division of society to emerge as a developed state of Asia.

    But one may question relevancy of get going in tough situation. Some people prefer to give up in difficult times, and some prefers to wait and watch. But some prefers to fight continuously though may be with changed strategy according to the demand of time. Giving up attitude will not work in any situation, since there are adversities and uncertainties everywhere and every time there is no perfect situation for anyone if one has not the capability and courage to crate and retain it.

    Wait and watch theory do not guarantee any favorable result, or may be in absence of any action, situation can get worse. North Koreans though faces atrocities in hands of their regime, but an inherent belief that time will change without any effort is restricting them to demand their rights and justice. But it is hardly to be realized without any effort.

    It is the third situation, which proves that, fighters are the winners not lookers. When in 1991, India was facing financial crisis, Indian economy was in turmoil. It was spirit of fighting, which motivate India to bring reform in its economic system, to do experiment and learn from its past mistakes. It prompt India to liberalize its economy, to become a part of global economic system. This is the result of continues effort to improve to develop that even after facing adverse conditions, India is designated as an emerging global power.

    This is not tough to achieve the goal, what is tough to remain in race to achieve the goal to retain the motivation to fight continuously, to have the courage to discover in unknown. If success would have been easy to achieve, everybody would have been successful. Success is not a gift, it can only be earned through determination, courage and confidence. Therefore, It will not be wrong to say, that success knocks n the door of those, who have the key to open the door of success..

    • Eco-friendly

      Your Introductory para’s are good as it is a mix of philosophy and examples. 3rd and 4th para need some restructuring. Also calling India infant or calling partition a recent activity is (in my opinion) not correct.

      After that your body part includes good examples and the three options you presented are nice. Conclusion too looks good….just last line is not befitting (again in my opinion- you may ignore it).

      • minaxi

        Hello Eco…

        Actually, I am not referring present time India as infant and poor. It was at time of independence.

        Thank You Friend…

    • yogi

      Hello Minaxi 🙂
      My views:_
      1. Intro: is good Ambedkar, Gandhiji’s fast unto death, Fight of women, all three are more or less dealing with the society as one dimesion—-bring some diversity in dimensions by adding examples from diverse fields.
      2. Gandhi,—write at least MK Gandhi. Though it is clear here that it is our Bapuji, but at places it can cause confusion. So , always write the complete names.(ignore my words if u wrote that to save ur one second:-p ).
      3. why some continue to fight when other give up? —I found this qn misplaced as the para next to this is not about the “give up attitude”, rather you are writing about success of Indian space. So in my opinion that qn should have come immediately before those paras in which (if) u would discuss the cases of “give up attitude”.
      4. It is also necessary to being tough in tough time to take the full advantage of opportunities, Success of Singapore as a developed city state is not unknown to anyone. It fought the poverty, unemployment and division of society to emerge as a developed state of Asia.—-which opportunities did Singapore use and what exactly he did to tackle the challenges, that made it a developed state. These things if mentioned would make this example more convincing. I mean give some details here to convince the reader just like u did in other examples.
      5. But one may question relevancy of get going in tough situation. Some people prefer to give up in difficult times, and some prefers to wait and watch.—-yes here you should add the qn- why some continue to fight when other give up?
      6. One more thing that is breaking the flow is the separate paras for the philosophy and examples. A better way is to initiate the para with little bit of philosophy and then build on content with the example or the event that support the philosophy of that para. That establishes the “one para one idea” approach and maintains the flow in the essay. You have adopoted exactly the same approach in ur intro and the gandhiji waala para, but not maintained in the isro waala para. Follow one structure of main body’s paras throughout the essay to maintain the flow.(opinions are based on past experiences of essay writing.)
      7. But one may question relevancy of get going in tough situation. Some people prefer to give up in difficult times, and some prefers to wait and watch. But some prefers to fight continuously though may be with changed strategy according to the demand of time. Giving up attitude will not work in any situation, since there are adversities and uncertainties everywhere and every time there is no perfect situation for anyone if one has not the capability and courage to crate and retain it.—stick to one issue at one time. This para made me confused. You are dealing 3 situations at a time, praising the continuous fight and then suddenly began the next para with wait and watch theory?? I am not able to forge the link. This is mainly due to mixing of the philosophy in between the examples. Keep the philosophy and concerned example in same para to maintain clarity.
      8. Wait and watch theory do not guarantee any favorable result, or may be in absence of any action, situation can get worse. North Koreans though faces atrocities in hands of their regime, but an inherent belief that time will change without any effort is restricting them to demand their rights and justice. But it is hardly to be realized without any effort.—here the approach (if I see this para in isolation) is perfect .so adjust the content of the previous para accordingly to maintain the continuity.
      9. It is the third situation………, —which were the earlier two situations ?? Let me guess—“give up theory” and “wait and watch theory”. Hopefully I am correct. But is it needed at this point of time to add another example to prove that fighting the tough situations make us tough. You have already proved that in the initial 60% part of ur essay. So, if u want to write India-post 1990s waala example, write that before the discussion of two situations (the give up theory and the wait and watch theory). In fact when I read the phrase “the third situation” I was expecting a new theory :-p.
      10. Conclusion is good. You could have added some suggestions to gain toughness before jumping to concluding para so as to bring the conclusion gently and not suddenly after u finished the theories part.
      11. Overall, u began very well, maintained that till mid and then the blend of philosophy and examples mixed it up which resulted in disruptions in flow. One good thing in ur essay is that u did not restrict the theme to merely proving the statement with help of some person’s life events/ examples (the blunder I did in my essay ), rather u laid equal emphasis on the IMPLICATION of the quote in various fields and where the quote can actually guide us to solve the socio-economic problems of the countries (an upvote for this approach (Y)). So thanks for writing this essay which made me realize the mistake I did in my essay. In fact this was long pending doubt in my mind whether in the philosophical essays one should prove the statement or one should write its implication in various socio-economic aspects of the country. The conclusion that I drew was write both and u have done exactly the same and I have forgotten my own words. Thanks for reminding 🙂
      12. Jate Jate one more Thanks and ATB 🙂

      • minaxi

        Hello Yogi…

        Thank for review.. 🙂

        1- Examples- I was happy, I could come up with examples. But now I know, How monotonous they are looking.

        2- Mistake by chance, Actually, I wanted to write Gandhi Ji. Escaping words to remain in words limit? 900 words ka essay likhne me to tare dikh jate jate hain mujhe.:( Aage se pura naam suffix and surname sahit.

        3- Third point, actually this para was dedicated to write factors and reasons. But as you can see, not a good job.

        4- Agree

        5- Okay

        6- Good suggestion, will try to adopt in future essay

        7- Good suggestion once again. 🙂

        8- Hmmm

        9- 😀 Yeah, I am trying to sell old jeans in a new packet. 😛

        10- Thanks, will do same

        11- Thanks, Hopefully, examiner also feel enlightened after reading my essay,

        12- Yahan par bhi point? 🙂 Thanks Friend for this review. worked like a booster to do better. And All the best to you too.

  • santhi sweety

    If you keep on doing what you have always done,u will keep on getting what you have always got..

  • shashank

    I think the question is based on the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of economic reforms by India. Recently, Dr. Manmohan Singh, former PM of India, said that we perform only in the time of crises. Probably, the structure of the essay should have points about the Economic challenges in the 1980s and 90s like non-performing PSU, increasing fiscal deficit, dwindling forex reserves, all culminating into the near deafult situation. And then finally the ushering in of LPG, currency devaluation, decreasing tax rates and so on.

    The Conclusion could be that you shouldn’t wait for the tough times as there is a Chinese saying that the more you sweat during peace, the less you bleed during war. Also there is a kabir doha to the effect that dukh me sumiran sab kare, sukh me kare na koy, jo sukh me sumiran kare, to dukh kahe ko hoy.

  • Jasper

    good stuff.. you need to improve your grammar other than that you are able to communicate. im impressed