Category Mistral Moments

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Information Overload could be creating clueless mini-adults

Information overload can adversely affect children in more ways than one, mainly robbing them of their innocence.

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An evening with a ‘Culture Vulture’

I had forgotten that being upper class snobs also makes them rude, as they consider themselves above such civilities.

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The naming game

The way giants from various fields have been ignored in favour of the Gandhi family while naming national assets makes one wonder if they should have changed their last names to be counted!

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Keep that spark alive, girls!

When there is a spark inside you, it will burst forth into a flame one day, no matter your social standing or circumstances. The idea is to light that spark, stoke it and not let it get extinguished.

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Time to give ‘Beauty’ a makeover

There is beauty in every human being. Can’t we just bring it out by being good, honest, compassionate and pleasant?

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Lessons in compassion on a train journey

A terrible migraine interspersed with the conversation of my fellow passengers taught me a lot of things and made me think — about the need for compassion and how dangerous the lack of it can be especially among wannabe social ‘reformers.’

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WhatsApp to the world?

If I feel left out of ‘shares’ and forwards by friends and family, because I don’t use a smartphone, it is more than offset by my relief at not riding the tiger.

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Banish dalia, let quinoa rule!

Fusion cooking is fine, but for god’s sake, let us at least master one of them before fusing them into some awful mash.

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Is ‘big fat’ a status symbol?

Gifting has now become a crazy game of catch-me-if-you-can, where the sentiment behind the gift is lost in the competition to show off. Weren’t gifts supposed to be something to be selected lovingly, given with a lot of love and cherished?

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Of hypocrisy, selfishness, cowardice and more…

We have double standards and are very choosy about whom we defend, for we are hypocrites. It has a name : Selective outrage.

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Why illiteracy is not a big deal in India

There are many jobs and professions in our country that can be practised without a formal degree, licence or even basic education. What is more, they pay well. Is that why education and literacy are not considered important enough?

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Eating your way into record books

In a country where millions are living below the poverty line, it is a cruel joke on them to even show eating contests on TV, which are both insensitive and promote gluttony.

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Wake up please!

The government had better wake up and fast but it seems to be in deep slumber and lost in wonderful dreams of a victory in its much touted War on Terror. It obviously thinks that by just giving statements and visiting victims in hospitals after every terror attack it can gain ‘victory’.