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A person’s health to a great extent depends on his mental health as well. Good mental health means a good sense of living, living with confidence and self esteem. A person in a good mental health means that he is being able to live life, enjoying it to the fullest extent, in spite of difficulties, and being able to appreciate his life, the people and the environment around. Most important of all, being in a [...]

Earthen Diyas

It’s that time of the year again, when you need to spruce your home, make it bright and colourful and welcome Goddess Laxmi to your home. Yes, the most awaited festival of Indians, the festival of lights is just round the corner. Diwali has always been a special day for all Hindus spread all across the globe and is celebrated worldwide with great pomp and enthusiasm. Since time immemorial, this festival is celebrated by lighting [...]

Festive Shopping

What do you say when you have so many places to look at, so many options to choose from with the best on offer at the stores? It is shopping mania at its best, thanks to Diwali luring shoppers to their plush stores. While the season of sales are long over and discounted rates are not attached to the price tags, it also signals brand new stock on stands, holding out the latest styles in [...]

Bollywood celebrities have become the unspoken Gods of the country. The kind of devotion the public worships them with is something beyond the level of understanding. It is this profound love for the celebs that unifies a diverse nation like India. People religiously follow their favourite filmstars, therefore, Bollywood celebs have now become one of the best mediums to connect with the masses. One of the best ways in which Bollywood is affecting their lives [...]

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign on 2nd of October with a vision for a Clean India by 2019, he also invited nine celebrities to take up the challenge and spread it among others. The invited celebrities were Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kamal Haasan, Mridula Sinha, Ramdev and the TV serial team “Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma”. He also asked each one of the celebrities [...]

Uma Bharti, the water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation minister, had few days back, suggested that “electric crematoriums” should be banned on river banks to reduce pollution and bodies should be burned instead. Whether her suggestion will be accepted or not is not known. However, there has always been a controversy on the use of the electric crematoriums and Indians largely follow the traditional burning of the bodies. In metropolitan cities, the electric crematoriums are used, [...]

Celebrate Green Diwali this year

One of the most awaited festivals in India and abroad for Indian Hindus is Diwali. Diwali always falls on the darkest night of the year and that is why we illuminate everything around us with lights and diyas on this day. We follow the age-old tradition of offering our prayers to Goddess Laxmi and welcoming her to our nicely decorated homes. And yes, how can we forget the tradition of burning of fire crackers on [...]

Life with dignity for elders

With sons and daughters at their side they live a good long span of years, both decked with precious gold.- Rig Veda VIII 31, 5-9 There was a time, long ago, when the old did not have to worry about old age, because they had hands to hold, people to listen to them, and take care of them. That was the time, when in India, people lived in a Joint Family. When, people believed that [...]

Kailash Satyarthi

* Image attribution: Anubis3 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anubis3), kailashsatyarthi.net At a time when there is too much of tension and conflict going on between Pakistan and India, it is an irony of fate that the most prestigious Nobel peace prize award for the year 2014 has been awarded jointly to Pakistan’s child education activist Malala Yousafzai and India’s child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Malala has become the youngest recipient of this award. This young girl deserves it as [...]

While launching the biggest ever cleanliness drive in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to every citizen of the country to devote at least 100 hours a year for cleanliness work voluntarily. The Government also allocated around Rs 2 lakh crore for the next five years in order to make India clean by 2019. The entire mission aims at complete elimination of open defecation, constructing public and community [...]