Ever since I was a kid, flying was like second nature to me. My mom had trained me well — go up and down the aisle and spot the empty seats. As soon as the airplane doors would close, we would s...
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It takes a single voice to lead to events that shape the future. Very often, we find that it is the voice of children, who are the future of the world, that ring the loudest. With their curious, open...
Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asking for people to be more compassionate toward animals. Ricard has spent 10 years discussing the habits of happiness amongst people through TEDTalks and bes...
Maya at Three by Rita Banerji
It is not very often that I indulge in the ardent regionalism which seems to affect my countrypeople. I have always considered myself "Indian'' first and not really got down to being Odiya. At times,...
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"Maya", as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism, means attachment to the tangible aspects of life and relationships. It is a sentiment which the scriptures sternly warn you off of, as they say it is spiritually unhealthy. They say this is all transient -- an illusion. That it is not the truth. And yet, as my friend chose the name "Maya" for her adoptive daughter, I was struck by the intense attachment she felt for the child.
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While we need to applaud everyone who wishes to get more healthy and fit, sadly that is not what most people are doing. They are chasing the "right" weight (whatever that is) at any cost. So, crazy diets, starvation, excessive exercising and surgeries all go in the name of getting thin. It is frightening. The harm done to bones and bodies in the bargain are often not known or really worried about.
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I think of myself as a compassionate person. But when I see another person hit out and bully someone I love, it is hard for me to feel empathy for them. In this blog I'd like to talk about how my younger son (now 8), who has faced a lot of bullying for different reasons, handled a recent challenge and taught me something really valuable.
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I have a rule in my home. I don't let my children beat anyone, and I don't tolerate it when someone raises a hand on my kids. Otherwise, I never interfere in their daily tiffs with other children. I know that parents turn a blind eye to their children cussing and ill-treating other kids. I don't.
I am beginning to recognise some of the pitfalls of social media myself. While I have found people and groups that I can really connect with, those who are kind and generous, sometimes it is these very people who can jolt me with their pettiness or lack of compassion. I wonder what brings out this inner narcissist in us that will do just about anything for a few likes, comments and shares.