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World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is “World Mental Health Day” and the theme for 2020 is “Mental Health for All”. According to the WHO, this day is observed on 10 October to raise awareness around the world. Thanks to the Covid19 pandemic, preserving mental health has become more important than ever. So many people are cut off from their…

The Cultural Revolution

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  – George Santayana The recent Indo-China clashes in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh got me interested in China and Chinese history. Have been reading up on it and am sharing some interesting stories from it. We have all heard about the terrible Holocaust (genocide…

What is Gender Equality?

Happy International Women’s Day 2020!! The theme this year is “An equal world is an enabled world.” Of course, we all agree with that, don’t we? 😉 But, what exactly is “gender equality”? I came across this very lucid and informative article shared by “UN Women” today,  and decided to summarize it. The writer names…

Laughter – The Best Medicine!

Once you know all the proper precautions to avoid Coronavirus, it’s absolutely essential to read “Chapter 1 of Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K Jerome“, to reduce all that stress and rejuvenate your immune system. It’s one of my favorite books, an excerpt below: 😉 🙂 ——————————— There were four of us—George, and…

In Whose Interest?

Western powers proclaim to be the paragons of peace and democracy across the world. But does this match up to their actual policies and actions throughout decades? Do watch this informative video that elucidates why we shouldn’t encourage Western countries to interfere in our internal affairs. They don’t necessarily have our best interests at heart.…

“Basics” of International Relations by a Dummy (Me) 

Many times, when I read the News, I get really baffled by what’s going on around me. Therefore, I like to stick my finger into subjects that I don’t have much expertise in and try to analyze them. Simply don’t understand that irrespective of party affiliations, political ideology, ethnicity, etc. why we shouldn’t be on…

On Polarization in India

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, or in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson Irrespective of whether we support the left, or the right, most of us are unhappy with the extreme polarization that we see in India nowadays. So am I. It’s almost terrifying,…

To Jaya Bacchan…

Today’s top headline all over the media is that MP Jaya Bachchan advocates that “the Hyderabad rapists should be brought out in the public and ruthlessly lynched.” While I do empathize with the emotion and the angst behind her suggestion, I wish she would also reflect a bit more deeply on this problem, and come…

On Sabarimala

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. – B R Ambedkar It’s been a while since I wrote a post on women’s issues. Of late, have been really distressed to hear and read all the disturbing news regarding the “women’s entry” into the Sabarimala Temple. As a…

On Indian Languages

Decided to write on this topic today, because my previous article on this topic titled “Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages” was much appreciated on Facebook. If you’re interested in this topic, please read my earlier article as well, because this is a continuation, and I won’t be repeating the earlier ideas. I like…

Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages?

  Recently attended a talk by Prof. Neelam Mansingh (Padmashri Awardee, theater artist and Professor at Panjab University), found it very inspiring and informative, and would like to share the gist of it with you. Prof. Mansingh started by talking about how studying or spending time on “art” might not get you a job or…

It’s good to be a Spendthrift!

In general, we end up discovering that most things in life that feel good (eating sweets, drinking alcohol, staying up late etc. ) are bad for you 🙁 🙁 However, I’ve finally discovered something that feels good, is good for you, and for the economy – spending!! A man who spends contributes more to society…

Anti Black Money Day

Today is the first anniversary of the Demonetisation in India, announced on Nov 8 last year. Had posted many articles a year ago supporting the move, and am pasting one of the more “liked” ones below. Still continue to believe that it was a great and necessary first step to curb corruption and root out…

Don’t lose focus

Recently came across this wonderful article that has great tips on how to be more focused in life. Nowadays, we have too many distractions – the cellphone, social media, hobbies…etc. and very often, we end up feeling lost. Felt really happy reading this and summarized the main points, so that I can implement it easily.…