Even as times change, there are some things that remain constant, such as the enchantment of the diya burning bright on Diwali, discovers my guest blogger Arti.

We are seemingly living in the times of Winston Smith and Jerry, all caught up in a ‘Chocolate War’ of our own.

It is not just individuals who seek validation, but sometimes an entire community, people, and even nations need validation of their collective experience.

When Maggi noodles had come back into the market in 2018 after the lifting of the SC ban, there was a spate of articles and several ‘research papers’, some by premier social sciences institutions trying to prove that it was not only highly nutritious, but also erased the caste divide!

It is possible to keep our minds neutral about things/people and accept them as they are if only our ego weren’t to butt in with its own biases.

Happiness, like joy, also can be ephemeral unless it comes from within.

Our great-grandmothers and grandmothers could control the entire family, hold the purse-strings and keep the menfolk in their places without demanding an international ‘Day’ to celebrate their womanhood and empowerment, without stepping out of the house or getting a modern education.

Ego-Activism is a lucrative service industry with unlimited funding and celebrity endorsements.

If we channel our feelings into playing each role in lives to the best of our abilities with love and compassion, it creates an abundance of selfless love and joy.

Post the economic liberalisation of 1991, India had suddenly become the biggest market for FMCG and beauty products. And what better way to consolidate the market than to give, not one, but two beauty crowns to Indian girls in the same year? How else could one explain the fact that there was not a single winner after 1966 — when Reita Faria had won the Miss World title — till the ‘double bonanza’ of 1994?

Prayers never go unanswered. Only, they are not always answered instantly or in the way we want them to be.

Most youngsters from the underprivileged sections of urban India dream of a career in the glamour world, as they fanatically follow the lives of their favourite stars.

Karma is an inexorable system of justice whose wheels grind surely, even if slowly at times.