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Stop stamping mental emojis on people and things at first sight!

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.

Beauty contests are nothing but big biz, big bucks and big agendas

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?

With stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts….

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.

WHY IS ‘I, ME, MYSELF’ NOT A GOOD THING?

For all its gigantic proportions, ego is a rather fragile emotion, which needs a whole host of baser emotions to bolster and protect it

Why do our brains not run out of memory?

How does the brain ensure that there is sufficient space to store only the more important memories?

How important are memories to humans?

Memories are the basis of our history, culture, heritage — the very civilisation.

Let’s not take life for granted. We have only one

Why put off things for another day, which might never dawn?

May the Lights burn bright in 2021!

The tradition of lighting candles and lamps during various festivals around the world, all have behind them the figurative significance of dispelling the darkness of the mind and ushering in wisdom.

‘I badly need a change!’ Do I? Really?

People often find themselves inadequate in coping with both change and the lack of it, depending upon their temperament and attitude towards life.

Why temples should not be made into tourist spots

Call me old-fashioned, but I am one of those who don’t like to see our temples becoming ‘must-see’ spots in the itinerary of a tourist.

A cook and her cleaver do never part

Soon, I became a knife-fiend, making a beeline for the knife-counter in any department store I happened to pass by.

Our elders had the best Corona-compliant routines!

Social distancing, washing one’s hands and feet after coming from outside, washing one’s hands every time one came into the kitchen to do something or take anything, quarantine – they did it all. Believe me, they would have set the best examples for Corona-compliance!

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more-4

When Hodge Podge talked of taking his cousins with him back to Canada, there were squeals of delight from his cousins.