My Parents’ Death Was My Best Teacher

My parents died, expired or as I say left their physical bodies in 2015. The last two months that I spent in the hospital were the best lessons for me. I had a sense that they're dying but little I knew that their last days would teach me some of the best lessons in life. … Continue reading My Parents’ Death Was My Best Teacher

3 Types Of Happiness As Per Bhagavad Gita

This is a whole new thing, a very unique perspective on happiness that the Bhagavad Gita speaks about and it’s in the very last chapter. Speaking to Arjuna, Lord Krishna says: O best of the warriors, now please hear from me about the three kinds of happiness by which the conditioned soul enjoys, and by which … Continue reading 3 Types Of Happiness As Per Bhagavad Gita

Remembering School Days—22 Years Later

A good school is the best gift that parents can give to their children. My parents also gave me this gift and I was admitted to Holy Cross High School in the early 1980s. I don't remember the exact year but I remember all the fun. I attended KG to grade 10th in this school … Continue reading Remembering School Days—22 Years Later

10 Little Things Good Parents Do

Raising children demands a vast set of complex skills that can’t be distilled into a top 10 list. Check it out: Really listen to your child Do something familiar Kiss your partner in front of your child Read together Touch your child Laugh during a tense moment Find one important thing about your child Do … Continue reading 10 Little Things Good Parents Do

Cop With A Twist

He's one of the most radical police officers I've met in my life. He climbed the Stok Kangri range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. Raju Patil was the Assistant Director of Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik when I met him during a training session at the academy. He's a trainer, athlete, biker, mountaineer, father, learner, orator, and upon all … Continue reading Cop With A Twist

Young Dynamic Politician

This dynamic socio-political activist is making a paradigm shift. Neil Somaiya is a young face of emerging and transforming India. He’s socio-political activist from Mumbai. He's one of that rare breed of educated change-makers that are making a change. He has done his Bachelors in Mass Media and MBA in Human Resources. He’s the youngest member of … Continue reading Young Dynamic Politician

One Minute HERO: Gandhian On Wheels

Uday Jadhav is an autorickshaw driver, but he and his auto are nowhere similar to any other auto rickshaws in India. He's a man who lives by Gandhi’s principles and his auto-rickshaw is no different. He comes from a middle-class family with a load of responsibilities. He drives his auto-rickshaw on the concept of gift economy—pay-want- … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Gandhian On Wheels

One Minute HERO: Sacred Capital

Siddharth Sthalekar is a radical and creative investment adviser. He helps individuals and organizations to understand the role of wealth in their lives. After heading a trading floor, he often faced the question of basic assumptions of modern economic systems of scarcity, transaction, and consumption. This led him to stay in Gandhi Hermitage to explore alternative … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Sacred Capital

One Minute HERO: Art By Heart

Mukesh Singh is an Indian comic book artist, famous for working with various international comics book companies like Liquid Comics and Marvel Comics. He has been working as a freelance illustrator, motion graphics artist, senior game artist and animator, and senior illustrator and concept artist for various comics, game, and film and television projects. He’s one … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Art By Heart

One Minute HERO: Kabir Café

Neeraj Arya and his Kabir Cafe are on a quest to ensure St. Kabir's verses are accessible and comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world, who are alienated from traditional his music. They only sing St. Kabir. Their seven years of relentless research in picking up, understanding and performing the verses of the … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Kabir Café

One Minute HERO: Urban Farmer

Julius Rego is an urban farmer i.e. he does agriculture in the city. He’s the founder of Green Souls that has the aim to address urban environmental, health and community issues by practicing sustainable urban farming. Currently, they have 4 organic community farms that provide access to healthy food and nature therapy to underprivileged children. The group … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Urban Farmer

One Minute HERO: Cleanliness is Godliness

Born and brought up in the Gandhi Ashram, Jayesh Patel has spent the last two decades serving in communities; especially in the field of sanitation and health. To the outside world, he is the founder of Manav Sadhna, an organization that works with children and women. But beyond all the designations and outward work lies his … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Cleanliness is Godliness

One Minute HERO: Animal Crusader

Genevieve Engineer is an animal welfare activist and founder of AWARE Foundation. Supported by like-minded friends and volunteers, their common goal is to rescue an animal in distress, give them food, treatment, and shelter. They also feed around 150-160 stray animals every day irrespective of festival, storm, flood or strike. No matter what, her love … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Animal Crusader

One Minute HERO: Generosity On A Platter

Bhaskar Kulkarni is the manager and one of the volunteers at Seva Cafe—a selfless cafe run by volunteers where guests donate to pay for the next customer's meal. The bill at this cafe always reads Rs.0 with only this footnote— Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Generosity On A Platter

One Minute HERO: Red Light Revolutionary

Bani Das is the co-founder of Kranti that empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to become agents of social change. She believes that, when girls like the daughters of sex workers, have access to the same education, training, and opportunities as people from privileged backgrounds, they can become exceptional leaders.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs3_h5-mac8&t=1s

One Minute HERO: Street School Teacher

Afsana Parveen Shaikh runs a street school under a bridge. Every evening, she would feel disappointed by seeing children begging in front of her office. It disturbed her to an extent that she decided to quit her job as a merchandiser and take up teaching for these underprivileged kids, free of cost. She established Pehchaan School that … Continue reading One Minute HERO: Street School Teacher

In Conversation With—A Blind Man

I met a blind man who was struggling to cross a road.  I came to rescue, and we started talking. We introduced each other and exchanged few thoughts about the situation of the city, law, order, pollution etc. While I was talking to him, I was thinking about so many things that keep changing in … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Blind Man

5 Ways to Find More Time in Your Overscheduled Day

24 short hours—that’s all we’ve got in a day! And yet, in the mad rush of our lives, we are constantly trying to fit a zillion thing into its tiny package. Here are the 5 steps that set me free. I believe they can do the same for you! Stop Believing in Busyness: Believing that we need … Continue reading 5 Ways to Find More Time in Your Overscheduled Day

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy?

There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness—having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But research into happiness has also yielded something a little less obvious—being … Continue reading Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy?

10 Tips To Help You Choose To Be Happy

Find the good and positive in every situation: This is not difficult. In every situation, there must be something good, happy or amusing. Why not focus on it? Your mind might drag you down, to think about negativity and difficulties, because that's how it is accustomed to thinking. Don't let it. Endeavor to change the … Continue reading 10 Tips To Help You Choose To Be Happy

Why Children Are Happier? And How You Can Be Too!

Have you ever noticed that children have happiness down pat? They spend a majority of their days laughing, smiling and just enjoying life. Wouldn’t it be great if you can be that happy about life again? The good news is that you can. It may be hard to imagine because, after all, we as adults … Continue reading Why Children Are Happier? And How You Can Be Too!

What Is The Science Of Happiness?

For centuries, the field of psychology focused on addressing the negative—investigating what was wrong with us or relieving suffering from depression, trauma, and addictions. But over the last decade, we've seen a significant shift: scientists are now turning their attention to what makes people thrive. What thoughts, actions, and behaviors make us more productive at … Continue reading What Is The Science Of Happiness?

Reinventing Happiness

Many people believe that happiness comes from success, health, and great human connections. However, the inverse of this principle is actually the statement that is the truest: success, wealth, good health, and nurturing relationships are by-products of happiness, not the cause. When you are happy, you are more likely to make choices that lead to … Continue reading Reinventing Happiness

Happiness Vs. Pleasure: There’s A Difference

There's a huge difference between happiness and pleasure, yet there is still a correlation between them. We believe that by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain we will feel happy. And to an extent, that holds true. Pleasure is a momentary feeling that comes from something external while happiness is an internal state of mind. Pleasurable … Continue reading Happiness Vs. Pleasure: There’s A Difference

Why Practice Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is good not just for the person forgiven, but for the person who forgives. We often think of forgiveness as a kind, magnanimous act—an act of mercy or compassion extended to someone who wronged us. While that can be true, research over the past few decades has revealed enormous personal benefits to forgiveness as … Continue reading Why Practice Forgiveness?

The Heart Of Forgiveness

It's essential to forgive yourself and others in order to release your guilt and decide to not allow it to suffocate you and your future opportunities. Forgiveness is not the same as acceptance of the hurt. It's about taking care of yourself so that you can move forward with your life without being controlled by … Continue reading The Heart Of Forgiveness

What Is Happiness?

The research suggests that happiness is a combination of how satisfied you are with your life and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis. Both of these are relatively stable—that is, our life changes, and our mood fluctuates, but our general happiness is more genetically determined than anything else. The good news is, with … Continue reading What Is Happiness?

Why Is The World Full Of Goodness?

Optimistic approach, right? Yes, but it's my truth and has seen it. In fact, I see it every moment. It’s so incredibly easy to put our attention on the negative. It’s effortless, really. The society, in general, is filled with distrust, pessimistic approach towards life and plus the distorted mass-media adds more fear and hatred. But, luckily, … Continue reading Why Is The World Full Of Goodness?

Life Is A Science!

What is Science? Let's understand by doing a dissection of its definition. The Google definition is—the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. So, science it not merely biology, physics or chemistry, but rather a deep and organized study … Continue reading Life Is A Science!

Why Do We Need Change?

When is the last time you’ve challenged yourself? Took a risk? Or, even deviated from your normal routine? If you’ve been complacent with happenings around you maybe it’s time for a change. Change is inevitable in life. It's a part of our life. When we are tired of doing something we welcome a new change. … Continue reading Why Do We Need Change?

Social Work: A Powerful Tool For Change

Social work is a helping profession; the main goal of social work is to improve a society’s overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Social work’s distinguishing characteristics are its emphasis on the person-in-environment model and its emphasis on social justice. In other words, social workers not only consider individuals’ internal struggles, as other … Continue reading Social Work: A Powerful Tool For Change

Debate Vs. Discussion

Debate and Discussion are two words that are often confused when it comes to understanding their meaning and usage. Strictly speaking, there is some difference between the two words. A debate is generally used in the sense of deliberation. On the other hand, a discussion is used in the sense of detailed conversation. This is … Continue reading Debate Vs. Discussion

Parents Are Best Teachers

Parents are the one responsible for providing the needs of their children like love, attention, support, material things and most of all knowledge. Parents are indeed the best teacher of their children; they give knowledge in several ways: First, they are the one who taught their child to talk at their early age. Mama, Papa … Continue reading Parents Are Best Teachers