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Sarahah.com app: This is what I discovered after signing up!

Since last week, I have seen my friends on Facebook and Twitter talk about the feedback they received through Sarahah.com app. It got me curious.  As an introvert, I am curious about the world around me but I like to stick to my safety zone - which is my immediate family and a close bunch of friends. I was not sure whether to give Sarahah.com app a try. This is where I started mine: https://svaraa.sarahah.com/in case you want to share your feedback.


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Curiosity is a strange thing - it is what got me hooked on to the spiritual path and the world of literary books. It is what makes me wake up every morning with a huge smile, even though I know that there may be a huge disaster to deal with at the corner.

Life is forever giving us new challenges, new moments - what's the fun if we don't find out the hard way? When we resist, we become boring to our own selves and we definitely stagnate from within.

Some people loved the feedback they receive…

Simple ways to share: Share in real life with real people, not just on Facebook

As I look back at my life, I realize that the most valuable teachings of my life came to me from my mother. She is a very quiet person, but also the wisest and strongest person I know. She has an aura and a calm, full of grace sort of poise that makes me feel very clumsy and silly when I am in her presence. There are many things that I love about her, like how even now she loves to sort out my tangled tresses with infinite patience while I tug it away from her. But my favorite memory comes in the shape of the daily lunch box she packed for me when I was in Class 4.

[Do read: 5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Anger]

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One day, she noticed that my Tiffin was polished clean. Knowing well that I rarely eat everything in the lunchbox, she asked me about the children I eat with and got to know that I share lunch with three girls and one girl offers to finish off when I am unable to. She asked what this girl brings in her tiffin and I said that she doesn't usually bring any l…

Shifting home: What this has taught me about my inner journey as a mother

The month of June was crazy busy and I had recently shared with my friends on Facebook that I have shifted to a new home. You can imagine how hectic that process can be when you also have a busy working schedule, a house to manage and a child whom you are responsible for, especially during the school holidays. 

Shifting one's home is not as simple as it sounds. Yes, there is a lot of packing and planning involved but there are no ''rules'' when it comes to tackling the emotional journey of shifting from one home to another, especially for a woman and a mother.

Fifteen years ago, when we first bought a tiny home of our own, we had no idea there would be so many challenges and struggles coming our way. Maybe not knowing is a good thing. Or else we would have dreaded it. Letting things flow the way it is meant to be is a better way to grow and navigate through testing times. [MUST-READ: How to NEVER EVER give up on the spiritual path]

At the time we moved in, it was wint…

''Kaalachakra'' or the wheel of time is on a roll - which phase are you in?

We all go through ''phases'' in life - you probably know what I am talking about as you recall the good years you had and those that saw you struggling. I have a ''kaalachakra'' theory for these phases. The toughest and most scary times aren't so tough at all once we have faced it with conviction and courage that ''this too shall tide over."  
Every human being goes through the wheel of Time and no one escapes it. So, no matter who you are, how ''high" you are in the hierarchy of life, you too will go through the wheel of time, which means you are not exempted from the struggles and trials, period. In the process, you are creating your own karma, which stems out of your free will.  

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How you react to your struggles and tough moments is where your growth, as a human being, is given a definition and a direction. It signals your evolution to the Univer…

An easy guide for Muggles: Three Ways to embrace a Happier Self

For those who are struggling every day to ''lift" themselves on the spiritual path, it is a constant struggle because there are so many levels to juggle. The relationships that we co-create with others, the experiences of conflict and disappointment that it often brings and the attachment we place on the results of our actions - it is NOT easy at all to balance these things or to stay detached from what is happening. So, how do you embrace a happier self on the path?


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Meditation

Every religion advocates contemplation of God and to bask in Higher Awareness of the Creator who may be referred to in different names and forms. You can call your father ''Daddy" or "Achan" or ''Appa" or "Papa". The important thing is not what you call him but how deep a bond you have while you address him - the energies at play, the trust, the confidence you have in bringing the relationship to life - that lies at the crux of your …

Does sincerity have any value in the real world? The answer may surprise you!

Does it ever happen to you that you ask a question about something materialistic in your prayer to God and you don't get any response? But you get an immediate response when you ask a query related to spirituality? 

It happens all the time with me. This has been the story of my life ever since I was a child, not that I am complaining. Let me share with you a recent example.

The other day, the word ''sincerity" kept popping up within me. 

And in my prayers to my Guru - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - I asked, "What is the point of being sincere in an insincere world? Does it have any value at all? It's not like you get any special brownie points for it in Heaven."

Personally, I have always felt that sincerity is a burden than a blessing. When you are sincere, you do everything with sincerity. 

Even something as simple as asking ''How are you?" has become a formality. How many people ask it with sincerity? Whenever I do something, I ask myself const…

Hotel Park Ascent in Noida has a mindblowing party menu you wish you knew about sooner

How many of you know that Hotel Park Ascent in Noida has a delectable buffet spread that is just perfect for your next party? I am not kidding about this. It’s true and, now that you have been informed, let me tell you how to make it worth your money.
First, decide the number of guests you plan to call and then finalise which banquet hall you want to opt for.  You will be shown a few halls - each one breathtakingly dazzling than the previous - and the prices are affordable. I highly recommend that you nurture a pro-active, warm relationship with the Banquets Manager who is in charge of making your party experience a truly memorable one as it was for me.
Once you finalize the hall, the tough part comes next - to finalize the menu. They give you so many delectable package options that it took me three days to figure out what I wanted for the party.
Since we were planning a children's birthday party, we loved choosing the kind of snacks that children enjoy - and we were not wrong. Chill…

World Book Day: An Introvert's Perspective on Books as a Refuge

Books and bookshops have always been a part of my life. 
As a child stranded between cultures far too often, it suited me to find refuge in the world of books. I didn't know then that I was an introvert, but it was clear that my escape into the world of books was one of both necessity and protection. 
Books protected me. Back then, children of my age who considered themselves to be ''cool" would never sit next to me if I was reading a book - which is exactly the protection I wanted for myself. I wanted to be left alone.
As a habit since childhood, I carry books with me everywhere. It particularly helps when I travel - I can forget about my tensions and also get rid of strangers who try to open a conversation with me when all I want to do is escape into a book.

Books have been my best companion ever since the early years when I learned to distrust people's intentions - what they said had little to do with what they eventually did - and this continues to baffle me. But …

Take Off Movie Review: Parvathy brilliant; Kunchacko Boban is master of subtlety and Fahaad Faasil excels

Inspired by real events pertaining to the terrifying ordeal of Malayali nurses who were captured by the ISIS and brought safely back to India by a rescue operation of the Indian government, this movie Take Off is Mahesh Narayanan's directorial debut - the movie is intelligently crafted and showcases the spirit of sacrifice and dedication of Malayali nurses despite the tough conditions of life they are forced to live with.

Right from the beginning, the narrative throws you into the difficult life and struggles of a Muslim working mother called Sameera, whose life catapults between her work and her longing for her son Ibru ( the little boy is adorable with his big, melting eyes and the sweetest, most lovable smile) and in between, you see her pop sleeping tablets to sleep - such is the stress in her life. You also get to see snippets of her strong personality flare up when conservatism and bias become too much for her to ''adjust'' with.

For instance, when Sameera (sta…