Why I chose “The world respects those who respect themselves” as the title of this article?
Doesn’t it sound “Bollywoodish?”
You’re right; it does. And this article has quite a lot to do with Bollywood.
You see, Bollywood movies give an impression that “village” in North India means a village in Bihar or Eastern UP. The moment you hear the word “villager”, you think of a guy with a talisman around his neck, wearing a dhoti-kurta and speaking, “Arey o babua, tanik hiyan ta aava” or “Ka babu Ji, kaisan baat karat rahe?”
How to polish communication skills is one of the most pressing questions for students and professionals alike.
And rightly so.
Better communication skills can get you a better job, a better career, and a better life.
But what does it mean to have polished, or ‘excellent’ communication skills?
Well, that means you’re able to express yourself with clarity. That’s it.
But there’s a misconception: most people believe that communication skills mean spoken English. That’s not entirely true. Working on your spoken English should be a part of polishing communication skills, but remember that’s only a part, not the whole thing.
You see, communication is a broad subject, but for this article, we’ll focus on three specific communication skills.
I was studying in 11th standard in Shri Kund Kund Jain inter college, Khatuali, Lakshminagar (Muzaffarnagar) in Western Uttar Pradesh.
The principal Shri Pritam Singh Ji was a unique man. Almost daily, after the morning assembly, he used to send all the classes to their classrooms except 11th and 12th. Then he used to start his favourite speech:
‘How about organising a “Jagaran?”‘ (a musical night honouring Goddess Durga).
‘Well, that’s a nice idea, but I shall disconnect the loudspeakers as soon as the clock hits ten since speakers are not allowed post 10 pm. The musical group can sing the “Bhajans” and “Bhents” the whole night but without loudspeakers.‘
‘What’s the point of a Jagaran without loudspeakers?’ She protested.
That was a long time back, and since then, she has never discussed Jagarans (at least not with me).
But you can see the striking camera flash-lights aimed at you.
Your arms wrapped around the sleek waist of a hot girl—her giggles tinkering bells in your ear—the touch of her smooth skin transporting you to heaven.
You’re a successful model.
Earning tons of cash. Enjoying a lavish lifestyle. With millions of fans on Instagram.
You’d love that to be real, right? And why not? You have all the reasons to believe modelling is your true calling. For instance:
Girls giggle and say “hi” as soon as you enter the classroom. Boys your age are jealous of your looks—you could see it in their eyes. Your friends comment, “Dude, why don’t you try making a career in modelling?”
And you start imagining hot girls, tons of cash, and celebrity status.
Well, not so fast.
Before you hit the road, you need to know a) What does it mean to be a model and, b) If you’re willing to pay the price to become one.