Barsha Nag Bhowmick (for Info only, not official)

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    ...Think about the last goodbyes with your friends before you moved or when you left your high school. Think of the good byes with a young colleague, who was always so affectionate. Think of your goodbyes with someone after a breakup. Think about all the goodbyes you had to say to a loved one who was dying. Good byes are sad. So when it’s time to say goodbye, rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. We dread goodbyes and rarely know how to move on in a healthy way. Like the end of a chapter, a goodbye asks us to forget the past and embrace the future, but this is definitely not easy. Goodbye. When put together, you would think that it was a positive ending, due to the combination of their individual meanings. That is not always the case. Goodbye can usually translate to simply “see you later,” but what about when it really means what it sounds like—something just ending, but for good? ...

    TOI on Dec. 4, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

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    ...Never give up. ~Richelle E. Goodrich We feel like giving up, at some point in our lives, in the various journeys that we undertake. Sometimes we give up even before we start. And at other times, most crucially, we tend to give up just before we are about to make a huge break-through. But we should realize that our hardest times often lead us to the greatest moments of our lives. ‘Keep going’ should be our mantra. Tough situations build strong people in the end. We should not fear failure but rather fear not trying. Anything is possible. As long as you are alive, healthy and free, you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed. But yes you have to be realistic. The words “give” and “up” should never be together. And particularly, the word ‘No’ shouldn’t even be in your vocabulary. Being part of the human kind you are one of the most enthusiastic and strongest beings to have ever walked on the earth. You probably, don’t even realize that there are a countless number of positives inside of you. ...

    TOI on Nov. 27, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

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    ...In short, this is human tendency. Humans tend to crave for that which is hard to achieve. We are not inclined to see the good right in front of us but rather crave for the not so good that which is hiding in the thorns. This is one of the biggest problems we humans have. Love is called as the other name of sacrifice, but to some extent the expectations are always attached to it. Sometimes, we miss the true love of our life and choose the artificial cover of emotions which is mostly hollow from inside. Says Mandy Hale, author of The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass, ‘Don’t ignore the love you do have in your life by focussing on the love you don’t.’ We can feel that the above love quote was uttered by a woman talking about single women, but honestly – this quote applies to single men as well. When you are too busy focussing on what you don’t have, you miss what you do have. ...

    TOI on Nov. 20, 2017, 1:19 p.m.

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    ...-Eddie Bernice Johnson Blocked nose, sore throat and sneezing fits are all tell-tale signs of a cold or flu. Last week I was down with all these symptoms. Doctor explained that my acute symptoms are all because of Delhi pollution. Avoid morning walks in Delhi to save your lungs, further warned my doctor. During the beginning of last week, the air quality in Delhi plunged and visibility levels dropped as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning the intensity of pollution was extreme. Several major polluting activities increase in Delhi as winter approaches and that may well give your health a battering. People burn more biomass to heat their homes within the city, and the end of the harvest season means that farmers burn the stubble off their fields. Delhi’s pollution can also be attributed to brick kilns, putting kilns on par with truck traffic and power generation. ...

    TOI on Nov. 13, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

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    ...Travel enhances your mental well-being. Whether you are travelling for business, or on a one-week family holiday, or have to pursue a life on the road, travelling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences and memories. Just planning a vacation keeps your mind off things that can stress you out. Dreaming about where you are going to go and what you will do when you get there can take your mind off pressing issues that cause sleeplessness and tension. Here are the reasons why travelling makes you happier: Being away makes you appreciate home and family: Being away from things we often take for granted — family, close friends, home — makes us appreciate them more. You find self-confidence by dealing with unexpected situations: There comes a time when everyone must deal with an unexpected situation when they are on the road. ...

    TOI on Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

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    ...Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself. Why is it so difficult to say the word “no”? It’s just a word, right? We should realize that we are afraid of saying no because our biggest fear is rejection. We are afraid that every time we do this, we would disappoint someone, make them angry, hurt their feelings, or appear unkind or rude. We have in our mind that having people think negatively of ourselves is the ultimate rejection. Whether they say what they think of us, out loud or not, does not matter. It is the thought that they look down on us. And so this is exactly the reason why we find it so difficult to say no. This is not just a challenge that ‘we’ face, but one that many people go through every day. It’s a heavy burden to carry because with the urge to say yes also comes a lack of self-confidence and self-value. If you are having trouble saying no, this may be of help. ...

    TOI on Oct. 30, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

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    ...With one hand she was holding a bottle of soft drinks, and with the other, covering her eyes – her head resting against the whitish wall and she was staring into the ceiling. She didn’t notice me at first, until I touched her hand. After a few minutes of silence, she was in tears. Sohini told me that her depression was back and broke down on my table. She had the same problem some few months back, during the time of New Year celebrations. At that time, she had spent her time with her parents and when they had left after the celebrations, she was feeling lonely and depressed. This time for her ‘Diwali is over.’ Yes it is true, Diwali is finally over. The festival has gone as suddenly as it has arrived. The colourful diyas have now turned into tiny pools of melted wax. Rangolis are still radiant, but slightly dishevelled. Friends and extended family have gone back home, making promises to meet again soon. ...

    TOI on Oct. 23, 2017, 8:11 a.m.

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    ...And this saying is quite apt and true. We all strive for relationships that will never fade. We want happy moments that will never come to an end. It is true that when you invest your time, your money, and your heart into something, it’s only natural you want that investment to pay off for a long time. But no, nothing lasts forever. So always give importance to the things that you have right now. Do not waste a moment and try maximizing the time, the effort and all the things that you have today because tomorrow might not be as good. Nothing lasts forever and the things you have today might not be there tomorrow and it might not make you happy either anymore. Sometimes on a particular day, you may have some wonderful things but the very next day, you may not have those wonderful moments. Even in nature not every tree lasts forever. Not every stream flows until the end of time. As the world changes, nature changes with it. ...

    TOI on Oct. 16, 2017, 7:54 a.m.