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A Life in Progress

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BC: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." | Walt Whitman

FC: A Life in Progress By Abhishek Singh

1: Singh- On publications. Reserves the right to all material found in this autobiography. | A Life in Progress Abhishek Singh Singh- On Publications

3: Copyright © 2012 by Singh- On Publications All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at the address below. Imaginary Press 25300 Nesting Sq Chantilly, VA 20152

4: Dedication and Epigraph | Dedication “My parents are going to kill me!" "That seems rather harsh...” Garth Nix, Sir Thursday I would like to dedicate this book to my parents. Up until now i truly regarded them as dictators, telling to me clean my room, take out the trash, and not eat junk food. Yet as time passes on I begin to gain an understanding of their extreme viable importance, not only as providers but nurturers and caretakers. As I get older i truly comprehend the gravity of their love, and how much over the years they have sacrificed for my betterment. They always believe in me, even though they may not openly show it as they believe in "constructive criticism" I hold it true in my heart that they will always be there when I need them. A child never fully understands how much parents mean in life until they start to grow up, and then like a train it hits them. In a sense I not only dedicate this book to my parents, but to all parents across the globe who love, nurture and sacrifice for the betterment of their children. To those parents, I say thank you.

5: Table of Contents- The Beginning | 1.Preface 2.Forward 3.A diary entry—a special day in my life 4.Poem—Stan the Man 5.An Argument—Child Labor 6.Letter to Myself—My 25-year old self writes a letter to my 15/16-year old self. 7.Best essay—1984 Research Paper 8.Letter (of advice) to a Fictional Character—Mr.George Orwell 9.Obituary 10.About the author 11.Mass Media Collage

6: PREFACE Before you read this book I would like to take a minute to address you, the reader. Outlined in this book are not only parts of my life, but major turning points that have chiseled me into the person I am today. While reading this, you will see only the high points of my long and spontaneous life. Writing this just felt right. I write this not only to address the reader but also on the account of how much this project means to me. Sincerely, Abhishek Singh

7: FORWARD II truly believe that Abhishek has the potential to become a great man. He may not show it but in actuality he is quite the intelligent young man. He has a great sense of humor and his father and I both expect a great deal from him as he grow up. I know that even though you are lazy you will one day achieve greatness and success. I hope you succeed in all your endeavors in the future. Sincerely, Mom

9: Diary Entry| April 17, 2011 | Dear journal, April 17, 2012 Today was an amazing day. Plainly because the AP world history exam is over. To be completely honest it wasn't as bad as I expected. I guess knowing the material inside and out is pretty handy and on the test it definitely was. I mean it took 3 weeks to read the Princeton Review exam book. Yet after the 3 weeks passed I felt confident in my ability to take the exam. I went in this morning not knowing exactly what to expect. I came into the school at 7:30 (I know really, really early right) and saw that all my friends were conversing and not really stressing out about it. As I entered the testing site I felt an uneasy calm wash over me, because at that point I had realized that there was nothing more to be learned and that I had to use what I know and apply to the best of my ability. So I took the test and came out of there fully brain dead and not in the mood to do anything. It wasn't because it was hard, it was just time consuming and tiresome, yet when finished I felt confident that I achieved a good score. I came home and had pizza waiting for me (My favorite food). After scarfing down the delicacies I went outside and played my favorite sport, basketball. After 3 long weeks of massive preparations I was finally done with the AP world history exam. While some people might not see this as an important or special day, it was for me. My hard work had payed off, and for a class that is extremely hard I think I achieved a lot, and on that day, I was proud of myself for achieving success in the face of hardship. Though when the day was over I was pretty much brain dead as you can see...

11: Stan the Man- Original Poem by Abhishek Singh | Stan the Man There once was a man, Whose name was Stan. Stan had only a mule, Who rammed Mr.Jewell. There was a man, Whose name was Stan. Stan had no friends. Except, a mule, Who repeatedly rammed Mr.Jewells. There was a man Whose name was Stan. Stan was a queer, And he enjoyed drinking beer. He also had a mule, Who enjoyed ramming Mr. Jewell. Then one day Mr. Jewell, who got Tired of Stan’s mule Pressed charges against Stan For uncontrollable animal ram.

15: Journal Entry to 16-year old self |April 21, 2011 | Dear 16-year old me, I am writing to you from 9 years passed by. I really do love your passion and your confidence and ability to just have fun, and I want to tell you that the charisma you possess is impeccable, but soon you will lose it. You will have your world completely revamped; the fun, the parties, hanging out, not doing homework, will all be taken away. Yet you should know that you have been taught well by mom and dad and of course you possess skills necessary to continue on into a successful life. The life lessons you have been given about compassion, loyalty, fairness, and perseverance will all contribute to your success later on in life. A few cautions though: do not let your sense of humor slip, as this will probably cause a great deal of trouble for you later on. Second live in the moment, don't chase success, reach for excellence and success will come leaping towards you. And lastly don't sleep in class as you will get in trouble and pretend thought police will catch you doing it. Mom and dad will tell you that your dreams are foolish and that engineering and doctorate's are your only answer. Don't pay much attention to that, do you what will make you happy. Live your life by your own rules and focus on the here and now not fully on the future. As one of your good friends will later tell you "Your not alive unless your living.." Most importantly don't and I stress don't lose yourself.... OK???

16: Child Labor | Past to the Present

17: Argument Essay on Child Labor | April 21, 2011 | About 250 million children between the ages of five and fourteen work in developing countries. At least 120 million of these children work on a full-time basis. In India the conservative estimate is about 11.3 million (according to the 2010 censure), but the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated it at 23.2 million. Both estimates include full and part-time child workers. Most working children in rural areas are found in agriculture; many work as domestic laborers; urban children work in the trade and services sector; while some other work in manufacturing and construction. Such children range from four-years-old doing petty jobs to seventeen year olds helping out on the family farms. Denied education and a normal childhood, some children, confined and beaten, are often reduced to slavery. At times they are denied freedom of movement the right to leave the workplace and visit their families. Some are abducted and forced to work. Instances of human rights abuses in such practices are clear and apparent. Child agricultural workers frequently work for long hours in the heat, haul heavy loads of grains, are exposed to toxic pesticides, and suffer high rates of injury from sharp, dangerous tools. Children working in factories often work near hot furnaces, handle hazardous chemicals like arsenic and potassium, work in glass blowing units where the work harms their lungs, damages their eyes and causes disease like tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis. Some are injured in fire accidents. They become unemployable at the age of 20, if injured or incapacitated, they are mercilessly discarded by their employers. Child domestic workers, mostly girls, work for long hours for little or no pay. They are subjected to verbal and physical abuse, at times even sexual abuse. They may be fired from their work, losing not only the job but their place of shelter as well. Millions of children are involved in work that, under any circumstances, is considered unacceptable for children, including the sale and trafficking of children into debt bondage, serfdom, and forced labor. It includes the forced recruitment of children for armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities, such as drug trafficking. The prevalence of child labor is a slap on the conscience of society. It harms not only the present generation but also the posterity. The origin of the problem of child labor can be traced to some complex social problems illiteracy, poverty, inequality, failure of social welfare, population explosion, etc. The root cause lays in the economic insecurity of families that result from job loss, and sickness of parents in poor families that are often in debt and have no savings. Children of the poor have become an expendable commodity. The children either supplement their poor parent's income or are the only wage earners in the family. Discrimination based on gender, race or religion is also responsible for the problem of child labor. Domestic employers often force poor children to work for minimal wages. Also, work is relatively easy to get in households. Thus, the household sector employs the largest number of children laborers. Sometimes, child labor is deliberately facilitated by vested interests to get cheap labor. Employers justify this with the logic that it saves children from starvation and prevent them from being sucked into the world of crime. The "nimble finger theory" holds that children are better producers of certain products such as knotted carpets and other such kinds of goods. Hence, poor children are hired, exploited and made to work and produce such types of goods.

19: Dear Mr.Orwell, Your novel has an extremely interesting view as upon how the world will be like later on in the future, or the future in your time. It also tells one what the effects of government interference and control will cause if not contained , yet your view of a negative utopia of the future is somewhat incorrect. In 1984 there is no such thing as human rights and hundreds of lives are taken with any thought, yet in the present world nations such as America are keen on human rights and our rights are protected by doctrines which cannot be overturned. Our rights are protected by our constitution and the fact that if the government choses to pry into our lives we the people can rise up and against them and overthrow them. Also, through various treaties all nations have outlawed the use of nuclear weapons quite frankly making your novel a debunked theory. Yet, Mr. Orwell your ideology is not completely refutable. With the age of espionage prevalent in the decades of the Cold War I can assess why you assumed the future would be so. On a theoretical level it could prove to be true as soviet satellites still exist in space without any knowledge of them working. The government today does frequently have wire taps and ways of spying on us as threats of terrorism prevail. If a negative utopia were to happen it might be unlikely as most democratic countries will ally for championing democracy, yet it is possible the government could takeover. So all in all Mr. Orwell your book is somewhat in the middle as things in present are going on.

21: Obituary Mr. Abhishek Singh was born on March 6, 1996 to Ajay and Seema Singh in New Dehli India. He immigrated to America at the ripe age of 3 years old and has since lived in the United States. Abhishek received his formal education through the Virginia Public School System, where he excelled in his studies. He later went on to receive his higher education through the University of Virginia. Abhishek died a peacful death laying on his bed beside his children and grandchildren in his home in South Riding on March 7, 2096. The cause of death was plainly old age. Abhishek was a productive member of society and donated money to a wide variety of charities and other non profit organizations. He also established the foundation Wingz to help under privileged children understand the importance of goals in life. Abhishek was employed as a professor at the University of Virginia where he taught conceptual physics to the students. He dutifully served and taught students for twenty-six years and always sought to do more work for the up coming generations. In his leisure Abhishek enjoyed teaching, and there is nothing more than he loved than spending time with this children and grand- children who loved dearly. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons Bob and Dylan, his 4 grand- children Daniel, Ethan. Richard, and Henry; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

23: About the Author | Abhishek Singh is currently a productive student at Freedom High School. An above average student he retains a 4.0 gpa and is involved in many extracurriculars such as TSA, Debate, MHS and more. He lives in South Riding, Virginia with his parents and his brother. This is his first project in which he has put a lot of thought into.

24: "The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." | Blaise Pascal

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