The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly

Mao Dun literary prize winner Zhou Daxin’s latest novel to be published, “The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly”, is a sensitive exploration of old age and the complex, hidden emotional worlds of the elderly in a rapidly ageing population. In it he writes, “…Many elderly speak as though they know everything, but of old age they are in fact as ignorant as children. Many elderly are in fact, completely unprepared for what they are to face when it comes to getting old and the road that lays ahead of them. In…

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World Day Against Child Labour 2019 today: ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’ is ILO’s theme this year

The World Day Against Child Labour will be observed today (Wednesday, 12 June) to raise awareness about the plight of child labourers worldwide. Hundreds of children drop out of school every year to help their parents earn a livelihood. The more unfortunate ones are forced into child labour by organised crime rackets, while many others never get to see a school because of extreme poverty. An Afghan child labourer works at a motorcycle mechanic shop in Jalalabad. AFP While eradication of societal evils and alleviation of poverty remains a top…

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Do Good, but Expect Nothing

by P Vaidyanathan There is a famous old Hindi saying which roughly translated says “Do good, and then throw it into the river”. What it essentially means is that you need to do what you need to do, you need to do good, be kind, be honest, be compassionate and forgiving, but having done that, stop right there, and throw your expectations into the river. End of story. Human beings have been given a belief, by their parents, by their teachers, and by society in general, that if you do good,…

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Managing Expectations

By: P Vaidyanathan We humans are born with the inborn tendency, to expect. Expectations–from ourselves, from our siblings, parents, spouse, friends, teachers, bosses, jobs, country politicians, the list is practically endless—are always there, whether we want them or not. And as is the nature of life, some of these expectations are fulfilled easily, some expectations take time, energy, and lots of effort, while some are likely to remain unfulfilled, indefinitely. Is expectation good or bad? Its neither good nor bad, it is something that exists. The problem is not that expectations…

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Here’s why excessive screen time is harmful for your kid

Smartphones and watching television is associated with heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age two. Parents, take note! A recent study has highly recommended reduced screen time for the well being of kids. According to the findings of the San Diego State University, too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is associated with heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age two. The study has been published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports. Even…

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No Thankyou, No Sorry!

Blog by Meena Om If one gets good energy, it cannot be returned or paid back by saying ‘thank you’, or even stop it from flowing further. It has come for a reason, for your growth, there is some wisdom in it, and you have no right to halt it where it is by saying ‘thank you’ and ending the matter. If you think someone has done something good for you, done you a favour, then pass it on to others, meaning if someone comes to you, behave with him in the…

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Sewa is Effortless Service

by Meena Om   True Sewa The moment you become a good human being, the moment you start following spiritual laws, whatever be your output, it will be beautiful. You don’t have to work on your skills, separately. Once you start working on yourself whatever you do comes out beautiful, it will just flow and touch everyone who sees it. Opportunities To Serve It Is Always Aound You don’t have to go anywhere to do sewa or self-less service. It is we who have created these artificial compartments that here we…

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Chair Suryanamaskara

Sun Salutation ~ Surya Namaskar. Participants learn the Sun Salutation ~Surya Namaskar ~ a series of 12 asanas that flow together as one continuous exercise. Each position counters the one before stretching the body a different way and alternately expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing. Encourage your parents and senior citizens to practice this Chair Suryanamaskara 12 times daily. This is belived to improve their overall health, reduce joint stiffness, improve lung capacity, and reduce age-related issues such as acidity, gas etc. Source: WhatsApp Disclaimer: All information,…

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Mumbai doctors advise families to take regular digital time-offs

Doctors are asking people to switch off their gadgets for a stipulated amount of time daily to prevent addiction and focus on real-time interactions As the clock strikes seven in the evening, everyone in the Joshi household in Malad, switches off their mobiles, laptops and tablets and places it in a basket on the side table. The family of four, now mandatorily gathers in the living room, and talks to each other for an hour. The exercise is a part of their weekly ‘digital detox’, advised to them by a…

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