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Why is Mental Health still a taboo?

In this beautifully-bollywood-crazed country called India, where the cinema is progressing towards more sensitive issues, besides falling in love and happily ever afters, mental health is still a suppressed issue. We’ve had great movies like My name is Khan, Bhool Bhulaiya, Barfi!, Taare Zameen Par and the most recent Dear Zindagi yet, we still shy away from talking about our mental issues. There’s a beautiful dialogue in Dear Zindagi (roughly translated) – “ I see a psychologist for me to accept myself”. Please pardon the quote, however, it is quite important to understand why this dialogue makes so much sense.…

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Summer Vacations- Time for Constructive Games

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the schools are just drawing to their conclusion. The end of another year and your children will be rushing home, all excited and enthusiastic, because it’s time for summer vacation. But, being parents is a full time job and you don’t get summer vacations, do you? Instead, your child’s summer vacation can safely be called your overtime. While you have a 101 responsibilities on you, you simply can’t leave your dear one unattended because an idle mind is the devil’s  workshop. And leaving your kid in front of screens is a…

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Career Counselling – The Whats and the Hows

The Whats: If we lived in an older era where the probable job opportunities were hunters or farmers, we would not have to discuss why career counselling is even a thing. But as the humans have evolved up the food chain, so have our abilities and our roles in the society. So, today we do not need only farmers, or doctors, or teachers but instead we need all of them in the right proportions. But with greater power comes greater responsibilities and with higher options also comes higher confusion. We have no dearth of varied jobs today. A student can…

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Which “feminists” are we?

“Feminism” has perpetually been under the scrutiny of social media – empowerment and disapproval going hand in hand. Some complain about how bra straps shouldn’t make old men uncomfortable, while some fight for their right to the half of everything. While neither of the approaches is wrong, it doesn’t change how feminism is perceived. Feminism has now grown into a full fledged community of Femi-Nazis. Yes, Femi-Nazis are the extremists of feminism. While everyone deserves their share of basic human rights, we often tend to forget the root of the rights. Consequently, every right carries a duty associated with it.…

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Fear, Love and Toxic Relationships.

What is love if not the fear of losing? What is love if not the fear that stems out of insecurities? What about the eternal, long-lasting kind of love? Does that still exist? People generally don’t classify love and fear in the same category. It’s usually combined with hope, happiness and all the positive emotions. But where do jealousy, insecurity and, domination fit? Aren’t they associated with love as well? If you feel these emotions in any of your relationships, be warned. Not all relationships in your life are meant to last but if ALL relationships in your life seem…

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Emotional Quotient? Wait, what?

Gone are the days when your intellect was measured by your IQ and your marks. The world is now transcending into a more dynamic environment where well-rounded individuals are preferred and, these very individuals excel in their goals. So what exactly is Emotional Quotient (EQ)? Emotional quotient (EQ) is the ability of individuals to recognize their own as well as, other people’s emotions, to differentiate between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt environments or achieve one’s goals. Although this concept has been around…

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