Ronak Sawant is an Indian artist, dancer, poet, writer, street photographer and humanitarian. He is the life explorer, urban monk and a free bird that uses his art, wisdom and life’s journey to inspire people and make a change in the world.

October 28, 2014

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EXAMS - the word itself which defines boredom, cheating, fear, stress, failure, and death. What’s the use of it?

Cover Photo: EXAMS - "Simply, NO USE!" - Ronak Sawant

Exams are so tedious, stressful and at times they are irritating as hell.
During exams, we sit in one place and whole day study, study, and study.
We waste the precious time of our life while preparing and studying for these so-called exams.
Only the god knows for what we are giving these exams!

A couple of weeks before I gave my BSc IT 3rd semester exams. So, during the preparation and study process, there was something profound I was thinking. As usual, I was sitting on my study table with IT books open, studying and trying to memorise all the answers. Besides the book I had a bottle filled with water which I used at times to flush away all my boredom and to feel fresh. And within some amount of time, I finished memorising some of my answers. During the time I felt bored. So I sipped some water, took my earphones, connected them to the mobile with some of my favourite songs playing. I went into my trance. All I was feeling was myself and thinking about my exams to get over with it.

There were so many questions that were flowing through my crazy mind that time which I want to share with you all. Every student can relate this in life. They are:
Why am I giving these exams and for what?
Why do these exams exist and what’s the use of it?
What’s the point of wasting our precious time studying for these so-called exams?
How many exams I have to keep on giving my whole student life?
And many such related questions!

In today’s world, exams are there but only for the sake of scoring marks and used mainly as the means of measuring competency. To be specific, exams don’t test our intelligence; it tests our memory these days. I mean no one wants to see the quality of the student. You know what, it’s easy to mug up everything and then score marks on the exam paper. But what about the real life, the real world; exams don’t prepare us for that!

And the biggest problem that comes along with exams is the scoring system. For instance, if I scored one mark or 1% more than my friend, so does that mean that I am better than my friend and he is not good at all? I mean why to judge anyone’s smartness on the base of results they get. To go more in depth. The marks which we score in exams doesn’t make us stand ahead in our life, what matters is our knowledge and the self-education which counts the most.

To all the people who are living or have lived the student life, the questions I need to ask you all is -
How many answers, syllabus, theorems, maths problems and the value of 'x' did you all memorised for the sake of exams and never to use them in life again?
How much amount of precious time and countless hours of life did you all waste preparing and studying for the exams?
How many times you all did remember something 5 minutes earlier before the final bell rings or after the teacher said stop writing.
How many First Class and A grades did you all score which was never asked for when you were applying for a particular job.

Above all, a big question that we need to ask own self is why do we give exams?
Do we become more knowledgeable?
No!
Do exams increases our memory?
Hell no!
Does our life become easy?
Not at all!
Can we bring a change in the world by giving exams?
A big no!

So, why?
What’s the point or reason for wasting the precious time of our life to give these so-called exams?

We all have some talent, abilities, ambitions, and dreams. So why the classroom full of different individuals are tested by the same means through conducting these so-called exams? I admit that I am not against the Education; I am only against these so-called exams! Education is something that has the power that one can use to change the world. By conducting these so-called exams, I don’t think it will be helpful to bring a change. Also, I feel that our whole life is an education in itself. So why restrict it to a classroom, test us through the means of exams and then judge by the marks we get.

Exams and marks should stop!

There’s a question which I want to ask the creator or inventor of these exams - “Are exams the only way to check on our study skills or the motive for study? Can’t there be a better method or a better way related to achieving that?”

If I talk about me, I don’t care about this memory game also known as exams. For me, the big exam in life is the 'exam of life'! And, I hope that I will pass by a distinction someday!

No offence!
Peace!

September 07, 2014

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Cover Photo: Dance Saved My Life - Ronak Sawant

Dance, to me, is the meaning of life.
It is the air I breathe.
It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I feel that my life has become something special because of dance.

As I mentioned earlier in my previous blog post, my mind is crazy. Certainly, it is! Seriously, because this time my crazed mind tried to think, “What would I do without dance?” Honestly, I have no idea. I can’t imagine my life without dance.

When I dance, I feel like I am free and I can do anything. I am in my world, my crazy world when I dance. And when I do not dance, I feel empty. Yes, you read that right! Without dance, I feel lost and unsure of who I am. People always ask me, “Why do you dance?” I reply by saying, “I dance because I love dancing. It’s so much fun to do. I solely do, and I do it for myself. Dance is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. I believe that every person has a hidden dancer inside. So why not, let it out!”

Whenever I feel dull, low or not in the mood, the dance makes it much easier for me. Well, this is the alchemy of dance I guess! Also, when I feel like I have nowhere to turn to or no one to talk to; I always knew I must dance. Dance is my passion and my love. Yes, it’s my very first love. Love, at first sight, you can say!

The feeling of free, happy, joy, satisfied and peace!
From where I will get this all!

The smile on my face every day,
The love beneath my heart,
The purpose to enjoy life and live to the fullest,
The blog I am writing,
The people I have in life,
The confidence in me!
The reason I am alive,
And, the reason I love my beautiful life…
Is all because of dance!

Seriously, what would I do without dance! I love you dance so very much. You have always made me feel special. I have realised that there’s something magical and unique in me. There’s this deep inner calling or some purpose. I am feeling that, but don’t know what exactly it is. This feeling is the feeling that I love the most.

Dear dance, I am so glad that you found me because honestly, I have no idea what my life would be like without you. Thank you so much for forever being there for me through my good times and bad, happy times and sad. Thank you for always giving me the extra push I need in life. And most of all, thank you so much for making so many ordinary moments, extraordinary. Above all, thank you to the creator God and my Mom & Dad for this beautiful life. I am so blessed, that’s all I can say.

Dance has made me who I am today. Without dance, I don’t think I’d be half the person I am today. I must admit, if I didn’t dance, I’d probably be a dull person, and my life would be a boring life without dance. Dance has saved my life.

So, if you dance, keep dancing.
And, if you don’t dance, then start dancing!

August 20, 2014

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Cover Photo: Who am I? - Ronak Sawant

"Life is an eternal quest about knowing oneself.
If you don’t know who you are, life is impossible to live."
– Ronak Sawant

Every day, every night, my crazy mind questions myself - Who am I? Yes, you read that right! My mind is insane, and I have named it as 'crazy mind'. That may sound a little weird, I know!

We, humans, are the most beautiful creations ever of God. Our human heart is where our true self (inner self) resides, and intuition lies. It’s the source of that little inner voice that guides us in life if we let it. And, our human head (mind) is where the analysis, logic, ideas, thoughts, fear and that crazy mind thinking resides. So, I guess from that crazed mind thinking where this weird question, “Who am I?” creeps me every day, every night.

At least once in a lifetime, there comes a time in our life where we’re not sure of who we are, what we are doing, where we are going, etc. We think everything’s good, but it’s not good at all! Then one day we wake up, and we can’t even picture our self in the situation we are. But the secret is, if we can imagine ourselves doing anything we truly love in life, that’s when we understand who we are! We become conscious of everything that is happening, and in the process, we find our true self!

I am sure that most of you can relate. When there’s a big decision to be made in our life, we often feel confused we think like we are being pulled in many directions. Our head tells us to do one thing, whereas our heart tells us something else. To be more specific, our head tells us to do things only according to the choices of the situations, but our heart tells us to do what is best for us and life.

If you ever come across this situation in your life - Take a deep breath, place your hand on your heart and clear your mind of those crazy thoughts. That's how you can find your true self, your purpose, and your life. There’s a reason why God has given this beautiful life to you, and there’s always a reason why you’re alive.

So, don’t be fooled by your mind. Listen to your heart always with an open mind. Because all beautiful things begin from the heart and all bad things start from the mind. Never let the mind rule your heart. Let the heart rule your mind.

If you haven’t realised yet, this time, I have got your crazy mind running without even answering who I am.

So let’s get started!

Who am I?
I am the flowing water.
I am the moving air.
I am the shining star.
I am the growing tree.
I am the energy.
I am the emotion.
I am the source.
I am the universe.

I am Ronak Datta Sawant. Yes, that's my name! As you may or may not know, I’m generally a pretty light-hearted, easy-going, fun-loving person, who likes to smile, dance, sing, enjoy life and live to the fullest. I am a Human and Artist. Also, I must admit that I am not perfect. I love living and of course, loving. Life is beautiful. I am in love with it! I feel connected to my soul and the universe.

I must keep writing and sharing my crazy mind consistently with you, for I feel that by doing so I am talking to myself first and then you.

I welcome you all on my journey of life. I'm so excited about this. It is just the beginning! I shall stay in touch.

Thanks for reading! I hope to see you here again soon. May God bless you!

Love,
Ronak Sawant

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– Ronak Sawant