The most important lesson from 2020

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Photo by Dylan Ferreira on Unsplash

Last year — this time around — everyone or at least most of us were busy making plans for the new year while hoping for a prosperous and joyful 2020. However, little did we know, 2020 was going to be one of the most challenging years in recent human history.

Thus, when it comes to 2020, there is a lot to talk about but the idea behind this piece is to keep it as personal as possible — micro details instead of macro perspective. …


A concise overview of one of the most significant periods in Medieval history

Setup: First Crusade & Revival of Muslim Jihad

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Peter the Hermit preaching the people for the First Crusade (Artist: James Archer, Source: Wikipedia)

Of all the military conflicts between Christianity and Islam, the 200-year long holy wars — Crusades — are of the greatest significance vis-à-vis their impact on the ever-changing geopolitical landscape of two of the greatest religions in the history of mankind.

However, the question is what actually transpired that, after five centuries of constant Muslim conquest and the rapid expansion of Islam, the Christians finally resorted to a unified effort of war against Islam. …


Part-III: Rise of Mamluks & the End of the Crusades

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Battle of Al-Mansoura (Source: Warefare History Network, Fair use under Copyright Act, Section 42)

Unlike Salah ad-Din, his successors relied on the policy of reaction and it gave the Crusaders a chance to regroup themselves and also provided the Church with an opportunity to send another military expedition.

Thus, in 1199, Pope Innocent III — who had already made Crusades a major concern of the Latin Church — called for the Fourth Crusade towards the Eastern Mediterranean.

Fourth Crusade (1199–1204)

Contrary to the first three Crusades, this time the Crusaders were aiming for Egypt, which has now become the center of Muslim power in the region. …


What to do for becoming a part of Behind The Curtains?

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Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash

Although Medium is arguably the greatest writing platform, yet it doesn't provide a writer with a variety of great publications, when it comes to content related movies, documentaries, and TV series.

Thus, when I looked for a suitable publication for the movie geek, residing within me, I couldn’t find one. (Pop Off is the only exception!)

Fortunately, I looked at the bright side and saw this as an opportunity for starting my own publication, with a special focus on movies, documentaries, and TV series. And that’s how Behind The Curtains came into being.

However, at first, I thought of doing it all alone but soon I realized that it would be better to have a community of movie geeks, who find it difficult to publish their pieces through a relevant publication. So, this piece is for all such movie geeks out there. …


3 Valuable Lessons from Jack Conte’s PatreCon 2017 Talk

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From Vox (Copyright Act, Section 42)

In this post-modern age, where pop stoicism and self-help theories have completely engulfed humans, nothing motivates us more than listening to or watching a success story. Right?

I mean, YouTube and all platforms of digital content — even Medium — are loaded with success stories of individuals, who came out of nowhere and literally changed the whole landscape of business and many other industries.

However, even with the availability of all this ‘motivational stuff’, there are a lot of people who are still finding it difficult to cope with their failures — hence, struggling to achieve their desired results.

Why’s that so?


Free Verse

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Being surrounded by four walls,
Sitting on that couch,
Staring at the ceiling,
And feeling the silence;
I like being alone,
With my emptiness
In the confines of my room

In the gloomy hours of the night,
Thinking about those days
When we were young
And we made a plan
Of going to that place
Just you and me,
No one else
In the middle of the wilderness

With no worries for tomorrow
And no plans for forever
We took oath
Of loving each other
Till that day
When our eyes would stop looking
Our mind would stop thinking
And our hearts would run out of…


Beware of complacency; it’ll kill your ambitions

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Photo by Brad Barmore on Unsplash

Human specie — Sapiens — consists of a very intriguing and diversified collection of individuals as everyone is unique in its own way. Still, they all have many commonalities and a particular one — humans’ pursuit of greatness — is the subject matter of this piece.

Believe it or not, at a certain stage in our lives, we all strive for greatness. However, only a few of us get the chance to enjoy this elusive feeling of being great, whereas most of us end up wandering in this gloomy and never-ending valley of mediocrity.

So, why is that only a fraction of us actually get the chance to achieve excellence or to experience greatness? Luckily, I have a very simple answer to that. …


A candid summary of my experience thus far

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Photo by Trent Erwin on Unsplash

Human life is a tough-yet-intriguing journey and just like every other expedition, it compels an individual to experience a certain blend of lows and highs.

Fortunately, today is the day of bliss for me as after a consistent struggle of four months, I have finally reached a high point. Moreover, I’m currently feeling a certain sense of accomplishment and I simply can’t express how happy I am.

You guys must be wondering what I’m talking about. Right? So, to cue you guys in, let me give you some context.


A Brief Review and Summary

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From Fox Sports Films (Copyright Act, Section 42)

Over the course of the past few decades, we all have gotten the chance to witness the impact of sports on human life — particularly on human behavior and mindset.

Irrespective of whatever the case is, I’m of the view that sports can cure one’s wounds, can help in eliminating mal-adaptive behaviors, and can even make an individual a better person by broadening their horizons.

Take my case, for instance. I have been following football, tennis, and basketball for quite some time, and believe me, all these sports have benefitted me to a great extent by adding a lot of value in my life and by stimulating my competitive personality even more. …

About

Muhammad Zunair

24 years old child, trying to exist amid this chaos by penning down his thoughts on sports, showbiz & an eclectic mix of topics.

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