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“Who is the one who will be with me till the end”?, a curious teenager once asked his Dad. He was referring to the fact that people die or go away. He had recently seen his granddad passing away and was pained by the incident. He started to wonder — who will really be with me till the end? To this his father replied thoughtfully — “No one. Just your sense of self — worth. That is the only thing that will accompany you to the grave and will also determine how you experience life to be”.

Very often in the modern times we hear of people becoming victims to this disease called ‘depression’. Recently, a middle aged woman in my neighborhood, who is a seemingly healthy person blessed with a wonderful family — 2 sons, daughters- In — law and 2 very cute grandchildren was diagnosed with severe depression. The family and all of us were aghast and did not know how to react. We asked the doctor — ‘How can this be possible’? She seems to have everything in place. To this the doctor replied, “Yes, everything is fine with her except for her self- esteem which is very low’. …


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Jal Mahal | Jaipur | Rajasthan

As active travel bloggers and photographers which is a big part of what we do for a living, travel for us means a perfect integration of work and vacation. We love taking short trips to nearby destinations (both popular and off- beat), mostly by driving down to them or sometimes even taking a bike ride or at other times simply resorting to trains and flights.

With the arrival of Ahaan, our little son who is now 3 months old, we had put travel on a pause for a while and as Ahaan started getting closer to being 3 months old last week, we decided it was time to introduce him to the outdoors as well. …


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Emerging the leader within

For ages now,I have appreciated and been awed by the immense power and the natural leadership abilities of women. Since my childhood, I would see my mother who was a simple working woman, work her way tirelessly through the day — waking up early in the morning, finishing off her exercise regimes, lovingly preparing the day’s meals for the entire family, singlehandedly dressing me and my little sister for school, giving instructions to the maid for the day, completing all the tit bit household chores and rushing off to work. …


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“ Stillness Speaks, Listen to it.” — Letsbegenuine.com

A visit to Sattal, a beautiful lesser known lake forest in the Kumaon Valley of the Himalayas allows you to experience all the sounds of silence. Surrounded by the Himalayan range and thick, dense forests, this place is a Birder’s delight with over 200 species of Himalayan as well as migratory birds that make Sattal their home in the months between October to March.

Our visit to this beautiful haven of peace happened in October 2017. At first, we assumed that Sattal would be another crowded tourist place like Nainithal with some good stay options and the usual water sport activities like boating etc. However, we were taken aback as a pleasant surprise awaited us as we entered the Sattal region. The silence in the atmosphere and the sounds of the chirping birds as they were making their way back to their nests in the evening delighted us and we knew we were in for a visual treat of these beautiful and colorful Himalayan flying angels. …


The One Habit that can change your life forever! ~~~~~~ Bid farewell to CRITICISM

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Time and again, I have often wondered — ‘How can I transform some of my deeply ingrained habits’? Throughout my journey until now there have been moments of motivation where I have felt inspired to change some of my old patterns and inculcate new ones. I have done them for a while but have failed to sustain them in a manner that they feel natural to me. …


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Mood Swings?

We are all familiar with this word and most of us have experienced one. Whether it’s a bad mood because of unhealed emotional pain or just someone who hurt us through their words or actions, whether it’s due to our own recent ill health episodes or a future financial worry that’s eating us from within, a bad mood, irrespective of how long it lasts, can ruin our day, our relationships and our health in the long run.

At times a ‘feeling low’ phase creeps in for no apparent reason. Our mind quickly goes into the analysis of why we are not feeling so great and just ends up confusing us all the more as we get trapped by its never ending analysis and reasoning. Whatever the case maybe, here are 5 ways in which we can all pep up our faltering mood and do a lot of good to ourselves and others. I have personally felt that this works for me and so I urge you to try them out the next time you find yourself at the bottom end of a mood swing. …


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Demonetization of 500 & 1000 Rs. notes in India.

DEMONETIZATION — Opt out of the blame game.

Demonetization hit us like a Tsunami, suddenly and forcefully. The big difference though, is that this one was welcomed by majority. The majority that comprises of the hard working middle class and the poor. It was embraced by the farmers, the maids, the daily wages workers, the vegetable vendors, small businessmen and corporate leaders. They all breathed a sigh of relief that night as they saw new promises, a new ray of hope, a hope for a better future. Probably for the first time since Independence, their fears and perpetual insecurities rested on the pillow of a possible secure future for their children. …


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How I found cooking to be a deeply spiritual exercise

If you thought cooking was boring, if you are terrified with the idea of having to cook yourself, if the thought of having your cook away even for a day feels uncomfortable, then you ought to read this.

This is my story. All the people who’ve ever known me since childhood until I was about 33 years old, would know one thing for sure — that cooking was never my cup of tea. Or atleast that’s how I felt about it.

As a child I was even terrified of turning the gas on, lest it should explode on my face or fearing I would burn my fingers..Lol! My mother tried her best to ‘teach’ me atleast some cooking basics but her loving efforts were all in vain. I spent 10 years of my life living in an ashram where usually everyone learns to cook coz that’s part of the ashram culture that you cook for yourself. However I was lucky to be posted in one of the bigger retreat places where there was a separate ‘cooking department’ that took care of my pallet. So life went on wonderfully well never giving me a chance to learn or do what I detested. …


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Team Planet Harmony meeting with the Hon’ble Vice-President of India

Envisioning a harmonious co-existence of mankind.

Have faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the whole ocean doesn’t become dirty. — — Mahatma Gandhi

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At times amidst routine life we tend to miss out on its beautiful subtleties. The simple virtues that guide us and are the very essence of human existence are often forgotten. Peaceful and harmonious coexistence is not just needed at the macro level where one envisions a world free of war but in fact it is the state of our inner being. …


An unexplored haven for Eco Tourism — Govardhan Eco Village

( A Nice getaway near Mumbai for some soul searching )

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