Showing posts from July, 2009

A 'Whale' of a time

I came across this news yesterday. The story proved to be a touching one on hearing about the sensitivity of the Whale in coming to the rescue of a drowning diver.

Mammals/animals can indeed surprise humans with their gestures. One would have heard numerous instances of a dog rescuing an eight year old or cats proving to be a source of comfort. Even monkeys for that matter extending their warmth. Whoever said creatures don’t have a heart? Such incidents like these only prove them wrong.

It’s sad that such species are hunted and are on the verge of becoming extinct slowly. If only one would take efforts to preserve them as they truly deserve to be, the gratitude factor is sure to be met. Kudos to the fauna kingdom and the marine mammal.

The Book Launch

It isn’t everyday that one would even think about stepping out of the world of words to meet the creator of the same in the real one. While reading a book, one tends to get lost in the characters and events of the literary piece to an extent that the author’s name remains a hazy spell. One would occasionally make up an image of the writer based on his/her writings and forget to place a face to the name.

Yesterday was one such occasion to get the pleasure of meeting a debut author of the newly released fiction ‘The Wish Make’r- Ali Sethi along with a renowned writer and winner of the Crossword-Vodafone award-Amitav Ghosh. The former was apparently a student of the later in Harvard. The event started off with a welcome speech and the excerpts reading from the book by the Author. An interview commenced after that where Ali Sethi shared his experiences during the process of creating this piece of literary fiction. Questions posed by the audience were graciously obliged with the conversati…

Mistaken Personality

Ever seen a quiet person huddled in a corner in a social set up observing the scenario around him/her in an intent manner? Or ever come across a friend/family member who prefers to get subsumed in the literary world or their thoughts?

Such are the kind of people others always seem to find weird, eccentric or lost in their own world. Sometimes the same are mistaken to be as ones who are arrogant or aloof. Parents/friends/relatives are found to always want to bring such people out of their 'shell' and be a people's person. Anxiety levels result in despair where one starts to believe if something is wrong with such people who Psychologists term as introverts.

Introverts are those who prefer to spend a lot of times by themselves rather than others. They seem to want more space than others' to channelize their energies into something more intellectually stimulating. It’s sad to see others labelling them as someone who needs to 'get a life' or ridiculing them for not b…

The truth about Cats and Dogs

It’s an irony to note that how certain living beings possess the inability to speak our language and yet do wonders without actually speaking. It’s certainly true in the case of pets be it cats or dogs.

Stress, loneliness and depression are no strangers to the human body and mind. Busy lifestyles of people have made it quite difficult for them to give time to themselves leave alone to others. The concept of a ‘friend in need’ gradually diminishes with this lapse in the time factor. And those possessing a large circle may not always be blessed with a non judgemental stance even while talking about a problem.

Such instances make humans drawn towards their furry companions who love them unconditionally and are great listeners. They show their understanding in their own way like a soft touch or a friendly lick. It may surprise one to note how much better they feel after this and works even better than an anti depressant drug or a visit to a shrink.

While it may not always be feasible to poss…

Stressing on exercise to combat stress

Fitness has become a rage across the globe accompanied by 'feel good' factor which has undoubtedly become a fad amongst varied age groups. Adolescents are anxious about fitting into their jeans, young adults about not wanting to gain that extra inch around their waist line, men wanting a la Arnold body and the older set of individuals combating ailments like cholesterol and diabetes.

It’s proved innumerable times that workouts apart from enhancing one’s physical appearance also improve mental health to a great extent. Stress has indeed become an everyday monster infiltrating into our regular regimes. The increasing levels of which results in several complicated disorders such as anxiety, depression and hyperactivity. While meeting personal and professional demands, it’s important to make a little time for yourself and get a little exercise.

Else life becomes an irony where slogging away even one's health for money will end up in utilising the same cash flow into medical expe…

Reminiscing Kargil War after 10 years

-By Swetha Amit
July 4th may mark the Independence Day of the United States of America and a long weekend for both the Americans as well as the Indians residing there. However it gives us Indians here a reason to cheer as well with immense pride and gusto as this day embarks a moment of the mother of all battles. Conquering Tiger Hill was no piece of cake for our valiant soldiers as they fought with resilience and fervour at a position which was at a disadvantage.
Unfavourable weather conditions, surrounded by the enemy on all 3 sides and wounded severely, our Indian army indeed proved their grit and valour. July 4th 1999 indeed is a date that deserves to be imprinted in the history books and minds of every Indian as this war is the embodiment of the subcontinents' victory of the Kargil War.

While one holds thei…