• Aditya | 22-Mar-2020
    It was day 4 of the course. By then I had overcome the fluctuating mental resolve, the ups and downs most students experience. The night before, one of the students had scaled the wall and ran away, unable to endure the process anymore. Not that we were not warned before. On day zero the teacher did brief us, “this course is like a surgery, once you commit to it, you have to go through it till the stitches are done, you cannot just abandon the process half way, with your mind opened up’’. Yet the fellow had run away, but I had managed to devise a strategy of my own. “Two test matches, back to back and one session at a time”, I had told myself. It helped me to break it down into smaller tasks and tackle it one at a time, allowing me small victories. So it was day 4 and having spent three days learning and practicing the Anapana technique, finally it was time to learn Vipassana. I was eager to know what the big deal was. I had heard stories about people discovering their chakras
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  • Dr Sana Khan | 11-Jan-2020
    When you aren't happy and you cannot express it..it's horrible There aren't any responsibilities upon you yet you have to shoulder somebody else's responsibility just for the word of mouth.  When you die inside everyday and have become like a live corpse yet you are living  When your efforts don't bear any fruits  And your prayers have become so ineffective that you don't think any miracle will ever happen again When you're free in actual life yet you are caught up due to work place responsibility that will Never ever bear any fruit yet God only knows what karma debt you are paying.  It's bad... it's so bad that you are sorry for yourself...  You're at your worst of emotional state when you know you will be orphaned on a certain day not by your parents but others... Life never was so bad and it was never so dependent on anybody else as it is now.  On sharing stuff with friends they say Resign but it's difficult because you're Trapped..  When you can see time fleeti
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  • Super structures
    Aditya | 07-Jan-2020
    The only election I ever contested was for being the class monitor in 10th standard, which I lost to a very good friend of mine. No shame in accepting that he was a better student in every way; polite, studious, humorous, friendly, good in sports and good in arts. Of course he was excellent in subjects and ranked in the top three. He was the better choice and our fellow students knew it and did well to vote for him. It did not matter what his name was, which caste and which religion he belonged to. All that mattered was competence. Oh and it didn’t matter whether the kid was a he or a she. A few years later some of us batch mates met for dinner, by then we were doing well with our respective careers and pursuits. Couple of drinks down and having indulged in nostalgia for a long time, the conversation slowly drifted to films, then to cricket and finally to politics. One of our friend who was connected with a political party took the lead and the conversation quickly turned unpleasant. He kept on talking
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  • Bliss
    Aditya | 24-Dec-2019
    If you are driving a car.., on a particularly pleasant evening.., with someone sitting next to you.., and listening to a song on the stereo, if you are getting goosebumps.., your eyes are getting moist.., you are having a lump in your throat., and you are shivering with that feeling…   Then you turn around..,  see that the person sitting next to you.., is going through exactly the same set of feelings.., then my dear you are in a state of absolute bliss..!
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  • Dr Sana Khan | 15-Dec-2019
    You dream of it and I have it  There was once a Prince . When the prince was born his father the king invited all the fairies but he forgot to invite one fairy. Now this fairy gate-crashed the party and she didn't curse the Prince. Instead she blessed the Prince. She blessed him that he would be extremely good at whatever he does. The Prince grew up to be very talented and good at everything he did. He was so good at everything that he got bored with it and went on changing his interest. At the end he was left being the Jack of all trades and the masters of none. The blessing turned into a curse.  This is our generation. Our generation is so good at all the things that it's difficult to wait and hang around in one field.   
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  • A cool head and a sweet speech keeps untoward events out of reach! (to some extent)
    Jyoti | 26-Nov-2019
    Before a few years, I had the privilege to meet Deepa Malik – she is an athlete, biker, swimmer and first Indian woman to win medals in Paralympic category. At that time, I didn’t know her story but after meeting her in a corporate event (she was a motivational speaker) and hearing her story, I googled her. Her story is truly an inspiring and amazing one.  For those who do not know, she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour at the age of 36, which left her paralysed below the waist. After this tragedy she decided to enter sports and now has many awards and recognitions to her name. I still remember her one sentence which she said has helped her sail through her medical crisis and the life afterwards. It is “dimaag par baraf and muh mein chini” which means a cool head and a sweet speech. She said that she was in such a phase of life that for all the things, she was dependent on others and couldn’t do anything on her own. When you are independent in life and if a tragedy strikes
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  • She
    Dr Sana Khan | 18-Nov-2019
    She had several people to work under her.. yet she wanted the most qualified female to run errands for her that could easily be done by the less qualified lot working in the office..  She thought she was superior , she only wanted to control others and when she found her match she wanted to opress the weaker Why should another female fall prey to these types of females that only want to suppress people . Women are not always Victims.
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  • Helping Strangers...
    Jyoti | 01-Nov-2019
    On a very rainy July day, I was waiting at Lonawala railway station for my train to Pune. I had reservation in a late evening train but wanted to prepone my journey so I went at the reservation counter where I saw two elderly females of other country trying to talk to the clerk at the counter. Initially I just went about my way and started enquiring the clerk about my situation. While I was talking to the clerk, I understood that both the females needed help as they didn’t know the local language and the few people at the reservation counter did not understand/speak English. One of the females knew a little bit of English but the other one couldn’t speak it. So, I stepped in to help and got to know that both of them were strangers and it was their first visit to India. One was from France and the other one from Poland. One was having a large map of India with her and she just pointed a finger on the map to a place in south India and wanted to know about the trains going to that place. Obviously, t
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  • It's Almost Never a Failure
    poorva94 | 22-Oct-2019
    In school, I was a bright kid. Good marks and completed homework at all times. Never had I gone to bed with any or some of my homework incomplete. It reflected in all of my exams as well. I felt like I'm made for this. Like nothing can ever go wrong. This feeling gained more strength when I passed my 12th standard boards with exceptionally good marks, which is supposed to be a "turning point" in one's career. Now when I think about it, I guess I should have had a little taste of failure in that age. My first rendezvous with the fact that life isn't always a cakewalk came in my first year of graduation. No one in my family is an architect so I was walking in an unchartered territory. The fact that I scored somewhere in the "higher second class" slab as people so popularly categorize it, was extremely shocking for me. I was disappointed in myself and I remember so many nights after getting my first semester results, that I had cried myself to sleep and woken up with swollen eyes and a blotched face. As the cou
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  • Lessons I Learnt When Life Jolted Me
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
       Sitting with myself and gathering my thoughts was one of the best things I enjoyed doing alone until today. Now,  as I close my eyes, I don't find solace, rather this incident that happened with me a week back keeps flashing in front of my closed eyes and shakes me up making me all jittery.   It was a not-so-perfect rainy day wherein I sensed my life being jinxed with a lot of things going out of their way. Starting with delayed flights to my destination, which took almost twice as long to reach, to not getting my bags on arrival, it was just signs all the way for me to be more cautious. I went for an out station wedding with my family where my kids and my bags out of the whole lot hadn't arrived. We had to shop for each day in hope of receiving the bags later at the end of the day. Somehow they arrived one after the other and I didn't know whether to be grateful for it or just accept it after spending so much more on impromptu shopping for the wedding.    The day of the w
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  • Why I Would Choose My Husband Over My Kids?
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    Let me start this blog first by mentioning that I love my kids immensely. I can’t recollect what my life was like before I had them.  My kids are significantly important to me. Being a stay-at-home mom, I spend most of my time with them then with anyone else. My life right now revolves around them. My hubby and I have busy schedules and we get to barely spend a couple of our waking hours together. I equally love my husband just as I love my babies.  Many of you may dislike me saying this or even judge me for choosing my husband over my kids at this point. But, after giving it all of my thought I feel if there’s ever a time wherein I have to make a choice, I would definitely choose my husband over them and here are my reasons why... 1. WE CHOSE EACH OTHER  Being in an arranged marriage, whatever little choices I was given I chose to get married to my husband and so did he. We were the ones who decided to be by each other’s side for a lifetime and made
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  • Why I Gifted My Son This Diary!
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    I have two boys, aged ten and four. They are very precious to me. My life definitely revolves around them. While this remains a fact, the reverse is also true (at least for now ;). Living in a huge joint family, these boys have always been super pampered. I am mostly the one yelling and disciplining them. Of course, I do occasionally spoil and coddle them too (who anyway wants to live a ‘strict mom’ tag all her life?).   These millennials I believe are mostly born with a silver spoon. Everything comes to them even before they demand. What's happening because of this is, it's making the material life freely and easily available to them. I remember one of my uncles telling me, how he had struggled all his youth to get to where he is now, that he would never want his kids to do the same. He gave them the best of everything very readily. And at that time being a teenager, I would still argue with him that I wouldn’t want to do that with my kids ever. Easier said than done I guess. They go
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  • Riya Walame | 03-Oct-2019
        Sometimes losing is important because how you accept your defeat and work on it is more important in the journey of becoming successful...
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  • Jalaja & Trisha
    Asmita Javdekar | 13-Sep-2019
    All of thirteen, these two eighth graders from Jnana Prabhodini have decided to make a book on educational and career choices.They are going to interview 100 people.1.Those who knew exactly what they wanted to become since childhood and pursued just that.2.Those who chose a career path which was way different from their educational qualifications.3.Those who diverge or switch gears into multiple careers...Trisha and Jalaja took my appointment, reached a few minutes before time.Smartly dressed, their excitement and nervousness tucked under their confident demeanour.They started off with crisp and clear instructions of how the interview would be conducted.Their in-depth research was evident from the questionnaire.As we concluded the interview, they gave me a beautifully thought out token of gratitude, for my time and inputs...When I asked them about their purpose behind this project, they told me that it would help the standard tenth, outgoing batch from their school to choose their career paths and also give t
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  • Lacchi
    Asmita Javdekar | 13-Sep-2019
    I was trying to get in touch with Lacchi for the whole of last week.She just wasn’t able to find time. I was almost on the verge of giving up on this idea when my phone rang.It was Lacchi, inviting me to Dadgu Shet Ganpati; her association was going to perform a pooja there...It felt like an invitation from the doorstep of the divine and there was no way I was going to refuse it.I was not interested in digging into Lacchi’s past or picking at the scabs covering the emotional wounds that society had inflicted upon her for a long time...Lacchi and her friends were an insightful lot. They told me that a lot of them are now getting an education. Their association is involved with a number of social service projects including raising funds for the recent floods in Kolhapur and Sangli. One of them was particularly proud to tell me that she drives really well and is also training others to drive...While bidding farewell, the group showered me with blessings...How amusing can the human heart be?We can act
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  • SowMIyA | 11-Sep-2019
    When you overcome your deepest fear by pushing that one last microsecond of your thought to go for ... You gain it you come over it.... A life-changing experience and a New You...
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