2010 – 2019: A decade of change in Education

As a decade comes to an end and a new one begins, it’s usual to look ahead to the future innovations and developments. Day by day we are progressing in every field. In the coming decade, a question sticks to my mind, will robots take over manual jobs? Will some medicine be discovered, that will finally cure cancer, whose incidence is increasing alarmingly? What will be the workplace of the future generation?

As an educationist of fifteen years of experience, I have seen technology transform the education sector. Digital education has risen. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available now. Through these students from each corner of the world are getting benefited. They are coping up and meeting one to one with trainers and other students around the world.

Over this last decade, technologies have replaced the traditional teaching methods. Thereby radically altering the learning experience for the student as well as the teaching experience of the teacher. In fact, these days the teacher is no longer called so. The term is the facilitator. The value of this term is explained later on in the blog.

Every child is unique in their way. To nourish their inner self and to bring out the best in them is the biggest challenge for a facilitator. Over the years this has become possible with the latest modulations.

Let me describe a few things which can give a better understanding of the recent advanced teaching practices.

Holographic Teaching

In Holographic teaching, the image of the facilitator or of a teaching tool can appear at any classroom anywhere at any time. From musical instruments to medical professionals, holographic technology has made possible whereby live lectures a person can avail effective interactive sessions. Students can watch, listen to and interact with guests from Los Angeles, London or Lucknow, through their computers at home. This realistic experience enhances learning.

Over the last decade, a big change has been seen in our whole school system. Now the schools have moved toward personalised competency education. Each students’ progress is a challenge for the facilitator. The facilitator no longer moves through a book delivering lectures on chapters. Rather they now train students to take charge of their training to excel in the various areas. A facilitator is a role model for the student. So, schools are enriching them with pieces of training and seminars to enhance their standards. These will help create future leaders. Now facilitators are expected to learn, plan and collaborate with other faculties. So that they support their students to do the same with their peers.

Learning by doing.

Montessori method of teaching has been applied relentlessly in the past decade. Kids are learning or gaining knowledge through play way. Learning by doing is the most exciting technique. It also helps schools with new technologies that play a vital role for the student. They learn quickly and in a better way. Who knew that with years these advanced technologies make studying so much fun and exciting? For example, in Business School, Lego is used to help MBA students to recreate things by combining video games and digital programs.

On a broad look at the last 10 years, such developments show the pendulum has swung back and forth. Now teachers feel as if their jobs have gotten harder. They grapple with constantly changing education system. They have to be well conversant with computers. As. this mini-tool has made a way into their classrooms and their personal lives.

Over a decade ago, teaching as a profession has become very demanding. The facilitator needs to on their toes. She is required to be equipped with the latest knowledge to provide or facilitate students.

This progressive learning environment is now more demanding over the last decade. It has gone upwards creating dramatic changes in the field of education.

Over a decade, education has created a mark with unique nuances. Now students and facilitators work in tandem. They scrutinise assessment data to fine-tune content to curiosity, research and critical thinking.

Modern technology has enabled to process a vast amount of data in a short period. This has led to a rise in teaching and learning levels.

Hands-on learning allows students to learn in a better way and to relate the concepts learnt to real life. It will spark a passion for the future career of the student.

Over a decade, new technology has proved to be very capable as auxiliary support to classroom learning. It gives a glimpse of the ultra-modern education system of the future.

DIWALI- Give love n blessings!!

During Deepawali, along with our homes, the mind also needs cleaning. Along with using new items at home, good values also need to be instilled in our hearts and minds. We should together prepare for Diwali with love and pure feelings. Diwali is a time when we give each other sweets and gifts.

Prior to Diwali we make plans how to celebrate, what to buy, what gifts to give, what sweets or dishes to be made.
But sometimes this act of gifting becomes a burden and creates stress.Why do we give gifts?

How this tradition has started?
A few years ago, I saw this practice in our society where we resided. I realized in Diwali, a few friends give gifts although the very next day they exchange a weird smile with a strange gesture. One thought that pinches me always is why should we live in such fake and artificial relationships? Why people are giving gifts? And after giving, comparing gifts or exchanging those gifts with others which they think are not useful. What is the need for such superficial packets of love which are sugar-coated with blessings.
Why do we give gifts? This one sentence drives me crazy. If you do something, do it whole -heartedly, and not take it as burden.

Actually when we gift each other, it means we give our love and blessings. Nothing is better than this gift. To endow with opulence and happiness.
But gradually people thought that “How can we give blessings alone? We need to give something else too.” So we began to prepare sweets, planning and making sweets with love and positive feelings became a tradition. People all over, started exchanging sweets with love and blessings. While making sweets, the energy of power, blessings and feelings are mixed into the sweets. Then the sweets are energized by the pure feelings and vibrations . We began to distribute among our near and dear ones.

However over a period of time, people became busy and due to lack of time, they started buying sweets. Now a days many people like dry fruits. It has become an option mainly for diabetic people. Various eye catching gifts are available.

Gradually, our focus shifted. Our feelings, our vibrations, intentions shifted too. Now valued at its cost, size and intention behind it.
This becomes a stress. I need to give so many people. After office hours I have to travel so much to give the gifts inspire of traffic jams. But it has became a routine to give gifts. Sometimes you may be able to visit that person only once in an year. But due to Deepawali gifts people dig out frozen relations.It’s good to give love and blessings not to value our relationships with the amount of gifts.

Sometimes people don’t know what to do with the gifts they receive. Those gifts are transferred to other people.
While doing all these we don’t check what is the vibrations of the gift that we are giving to people.

If that gift has vibrations of helplessness or influencing someone there are no pure vibrations or this is not what the gift is meant for. Sometimes people think they gave an expensive gift so we need to give them a similar gift. Money is a crucial thing some may not avail costly gifts .
Every thought, every emotion, every vibration, if it is impure, it carries some negative energy. This is a energy of helplessness, tiredness and fatigue. To return expensive gifts accordingly also creates stress.
It becomes more like a business or transactions.

So while gifting, one may follow these Dos and Don’ts:-

1) Let us gift to a person to whom we really want to gift. It should not be a quid pro quo. There should not be any expectations attached with gifting.

2) Always say a small prayer whenever you are gifting. While saying the prayer imagine the well being of the person whom you are gifting. Make it a true thought.

3) Don’t gift expensive things. Typically a gift should never exceed the buying capacity of the recipient.

4) While selecting the gift spare a thought about its utility and functionality by the recipient. Purely glittery show pieces should be avoided. Try to gift environment friendly stuff.

5) By buying earthen diyas celebrating eco friendly Diwali spread happiness. It supports the poor people who spend long hours to make these diyas. Gift such things by which we can support and lighten their houses.

6) Try to gift things which are locally made or crafted by traditional artisans. One can also gift things made by oneself like a small painting or show piece. This adds a personal touch which makes the gift invaluable to the recipient.

7) Its the thought which matters. So always gift with a magnanamous heart and prayer for the wellbeing of the recipient.

माँ की जुबानी

मेरे घर आई एक नन्ही परी – रानी । तुम बहुत जल्दी हो गयी बड़ी “रानी” मेरे महलों की रानी । ऐसे हमने सोचा था इसलिए नाम दिया तुम्हारा रानी! बेटी होगी हमको लगा था पापा की दुलारी, आपकी मुस्कान शुरू से ही थी इतनी प्यारी। सूरज की किरण जैसे एक मुस्कान लिए तुम आई और हम तुमको पाकर फुले नहीं समाए थे। नानी और नानू तो क्या, मामू के चेहरे पर भी खूब बड़ी मुस्कान आई थी। नानी ने शहर में डंका बजवाया था। कोई बात नहीं बेटी हुई हमारे घर नानी घूमती और कहती ख़ुशी से “मेरी बेटी की बेटी हुई है! ऐसे पूरे शहर में लड्डुओं का थाल बंटवाया था। तुम्हारी सबसे अच्छी सहेली होगी, ये मुझको बतलाया था।
दादा दादी तुमसे मिलने दिल्ली से आए थे। चाचू तुम्हारे लिए खूब खिलोने ले थे। कौशल्या आंटी को तुमने रात भर खूब जगवाया था। कौशल्या आंटी को पहले मैंने अपने जन्म के बाद में रानी ने अपने जन्म में खूब जगवाया था। दादू के inputs ने तुमको स्कूल की प्रतियोगिता में कितने ही मैडल जितवाए थे। नानी के साथ पार्क में तुम जाया करती थी। खूब उनको अपने साथ दौड़ाती थी। सहेलियों के साथ खूब kitchen – kitchen खेलती थी।
मेरा kitchen तेरे किचन से अच्छा है। ऐसा तुम बतलाती थी। मामी और मामू से भी खूब लाड करवाया तुमने। मामी से खूब खिलोने खरीदवाया। कितने सालों तक मामू ने तुमको अपने कन्धों पर घुमाया। तुम्हारा पहला पालना भी मामू ही लाए थे।
दादी की पछायी, पीछे – पीछे उनकी घूमती। दादी फुल्का सेकती तो तुम दौड़ दौड़ कर सबको खिलाती। दादी वृन्दावन से आती तो सीधे तुम्हारे kitchen में आती। दादू को चाय तुम्हीं पिलाती। क्या खाओगे दादू बोल कर पूरा menu तुम सुनाती। अपने kitchen में फूल और पत्तियों की सब्ज़ी बनाती। अब जब दादू दादी तुम्हारे घर आएंगे एक पूरा नया kitchen पाएंगे। अब फुल्के भी तुम बनाना, खाना भी तुम पकाना, प्यार से अपने दादू – दादी को खिलाना। My kitchen is the best इस बात को साबित कर देना। चाची मिलने आती थी। खूब बातें सुनती गौर से और सुनाती थी।

तुम्हारी सबसे पहली सहेली “नित्या” की तो बात ही निराली। दोनों खेलते हुए झगड़ते थे। तुम दोनों को उठा कर मनानां होता था। टेबल के नीचे घर बनाते सारा सामान मेरा वहीँ ले जाते। पकडे जाने पर ढेरों माफ़ी मांगते और एक दूसरे पर इलज़ाम लगाते। राजन! रानी के best kept secrets इनसे तुम्हें मिल जायेंगे। अगर तुम्हें पता चला …क्या तुम मुझे बताओगे? मेरे पीछे – पीछे भागती थी, दिन भर कभी रंगोली कभी डांडिया कभी अपनी फरमाइश पूरी करवाती थी kitchen में। अब तो instagram से update मिल जाता है। i will call you back करके एक मैसेज आता है। लेकिन तुम्हारे घर चेन्नई की चाय बड़ी अनोखी है। अब हाथ पकड़कर तुम road cross करवाती हो तो बड़ा मज़ा आता है। मेरी रानी अब सयानी हो गयी। यही बार -बार लगता है। राजन को तुम जब कहती हो “i dont know how she manages to travel alone . यह सुन कर आँखें भर आती हैं।
पर रानी, i am never alone , you are always in my soul zone and now pluto is also right . हमारे पास तो अब प्यारा प्लूटो भी है ( हमारा कुत्ता) . जब बेटियां होती हैं बड़ा संजो के रखना चाहिए। बड़ी जल्दी बड़ी हो जाती हैं। तुमने हर चीज़ अपना जल्दी किया. २० दिन में अपना सर उठाया ।१० महीनों में चल कर दिखाया। अपने पहले जन्मदिन में सबको खूब बहलाया। एक्सपेरिमेंट तो करना ही होता है। सब सीधे तो तुम उल्टा करती थी। आज भी आगे खाई है तो तुम ज़रूर देखोगी। फिर पापा को उस पार पाओगी। एक रस्सी के साथ और प्यार से उस रस्सी पर चढ़ जाओगी। अब यही तकनीक राजन को सिखाएंगे और रस्सी का एक छोर पकड़ कर इसको अपने साथ बिठाएंगे। जब खाई है, खाई है बोलोगे बेटा वह तो जायगी ही रस्सी पकड़ना सीख लो।

तुम्हे सीने से लगाकर, कितने साल पापा ने सुलाया, खुद रातों को जागकर, तुम्हे हँसता हुआ सुबह पाया। तुम पापा के सारे दोस्तों से अपनी सेवा करवाती थी जो तुमको मिलने आता तुम इतनी चंचल मोहिनी की सब घायल हो जाते थे। “बेटा जैसी बेटी है मेरी ” पापा ने यह कभी नहीं कहा था। मेरी बेटी मेरा गुरूर है उन्हें हर वक़्त यही लगा था। फौजी पापा की ब्रेव बेटी बन्दूक तानकर खड़ी हो जाती अपने पापा के साथ गाड़ी में बैठकर सीमा के पास चली जाती थी। कभी केक बनाना ,कभी गोल्फ खेलना ,कभी दौड़ लगाना ,तो कभी रस्सी फाँदना। पापा की गुडिया की बहुत लम्बी है कहानी । अब पापा ने अपनी गुडिया की परियों के जैसी शादी है करानी।
शादी के चादर से लेकर चुनरी तक सबने हमारा साथ दिया। हमारे ख़्वाबों को सबने पूरा किया है। सब आये हैं हमारा मान बढ़ाया है। मेहँदी तुमको तुम्हारी सहेलियों और बहनों ने लगाई। कभी जाती नहीं हैं, न दिल से, न घर से, न दिमाग से। बेटियां तो होती हैं अपनी। कौन कहता है परायी होती हैं। सालियाँ तो रेडी हैं भाई, राजन! तुम तैयार रहना बेटा । कल तो तुम्हारी खैर नहीं। सब की सब खड़ी हो के टोल टैक्स मांगेंगी! तुम्हें रास्ते में रोक के खड़ी मिलेंगीं। तुम्हारे जूते छुपकर तुमसे पैसे मांगेंगी। तो ज़रा रेडी रहियेगा आप।

लेकिन किस्मतवाले होते हैं जिनकी होती हैं इतनी सलियाँ।कुछ आशीर्वाद मौसी औ मौसाजी भी लाये हैं। कुछ लोग हैं घर के जो हमारे ज़िन्दगी में नहीं है मगर रानी के जीवन में मायने रकते हैं उनकी याद किये बिना आज का दिन अधूरा होगा! रानी ! ध्यान से देखना सितारों में वो मुस्कुराते नज़र आएंगे!
मासियों और बुआएँ कल तुम्हें हल्दी लगाएंगी, अपने अपने रंगों में तुमको सजाएंगी! सुबह जब चूड़ा होगा, मां और मामियोंकी होगी एक बड़ी सी टोली। ऐसे ही एक दिन बरसों पहले उठी थी मेरी डोली।

बड़ों की छाया में मेरी बेटी की डोली आज जायगी। मेरी बेटी एक नए परिवार में जुड़ जायगी ।एक बहुत खूबसूरत परिवार के साथ ज़िन्दगी शुरू करेगी।
आज यहाँ हमारे प्रांगण में सारे पारिवारिक मित्र आये हैं। अगर मैं पूरी लिस्ट लगाऊं तो आप सब उसमे समाये हैं। दुनिया के हर छोर से आशीर्वाद देने। हमारी पूरी ज़िन्दगी की पूँजी आज यहाँ मेरे आँगन में बैठी है। धन्यवाद हर एक का हृदय से मेरे। मेरे एक मित्र ने कहा यहां आप डेकोरेशन कम कर रहे हैं? मैंने जवाब दिया – रुकिए! रुकिए! जब परिवार और दोस्त सब आएंगे डेकोरेशन शानदार सजावट वहीँ लेकर आएंगे! Decoration is about peoples love and affection ! राजन! रानी के साथ एक पैकेज डील है – हम सब भी आएगें।
एक के साथ बहुत फ्री, फ्री, फ्री ! सब से एक अनुरोध है – दोनों को आशीर्वाद देना!
राजन! रानी ये मेरी ज़िन्दगी की पूँजी है, इसको पिरोकर रखना, रिश्तों को संभालकर रखना। God bless you both . एक माँ का सन्देश बेटी की शादी में। एक आशा सबको है – मेरी बेटी रानी बनेगी – दुल्हन बनकर जायगी!

Why Do Indians Eat with Hands

Eating food with your hands. When one hear of this, the first thing which strikes one’s mind is , “Oh God! Why?” Some people take it as an unhygienic practice. Other’s think, “Oh! I can’t eat with my fingers!” I have heard such remarks many times. In India, particularly in Eastern and Southern India, people prefer to set aside the cutlery. They desire to use their hands to eat their meals. In several places, at important social and religious events, it is mandatory to eat with hands. In the customary communal meals in weddings and after cremations, called bhoj, the food is to be taken sitting on ground and to be eaten with hands. Indeed, it would be considered disrespectful, if cutlery is used. Similarly, in religious meals or Prasad at major temples, it is to be consumed sitting on the floor with hands. In several parts of the world, including India, eating with hands is an integral part of the culture. . Perhaps some food items taste delicious when eaten with hands. Some may take it as a sign of backwardness but it has got certain benefits too. It improves digestion and is effective for diabetes patients. Actually, every tradition followed in India has sound scientific reasoning.

Origin of Eating with Hands.

In Ayurvedic teachings, one can find the origins of eating with hands. People in the Vedic times believed that our body co-exists with the elements of nature. Our hand holds divine power. The Ayurvedic texts enumerate that fingers are and extension of one of the five elements. It is described under the topic of “mudras”.

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The thumb represents the space.

Index finger represents Air.

Middle finger represents the Fire.

Ring Finger represents water.

Little Finger represents the earth.

While eating with our hands we join all our fingers together. It is the amalgamation of the five elements forming connection with the cosmos. Therefore, energizing the food with cosmic energy! So, let us improve our consciousness of the taste of food. IT tastes more delicious as it not only serves our body but also our mind and spirit. It creates a physical and spiritual connection. While eating with hands we are conscious we eat, slowly. We care about the temperature of the food, digestion becomes better.

One doesn’t remember where all one has put their hands. So before eating food, a thorough handwash is necessary. Clean your hands before and after eating meals. Our body has a certain kind of bacteria. Some good bacteria are found in places like our hands, mouth, throat, intestine, gut and the rest of our digestive system. When we eat with our hands, the good bacteria enters our system and protects us against the harmful bacteria. So long as you get rid of these bad bacteria, you will be giving your body a dose of good bacteria. That it needs to stay healthy.

Some advantages of eating with your hands:-

1) When our fingers hold the food, millions of nerve endings relay the message that we are about to start eating. This prepares the stomach for digestion by releasing digestive juices and enzymes.

2) Eating fast leads to indigestion. Whereas when we eat slow, we chew our food properly and it gets digestive more efficiently. So, relax and eat with your hands and you will automatically slow down. Sometimes, stressful eating can lead to over eating and bad indigestion.

In India, usually right hand is used to eat food as left hand is considered to be unclean and is considered offensive. Now more and more people even in western societies, like in the United States, are embracing eating with hand. Malaysians are encouraging this habit too. A few restaurants and food joints have taken this up.

So, the next time someone says, “Don’t eat with your hands”, we can enlighten them!!!

Aparna – A brave girl

Aparna, O! Aparna! come to the kitchen. Try to learn something, it will be useful for you when you will go to your sasural (in law’s house).”

What will you do with this book? Do you think these books are going to help you?” Said mother, furiously with a nagging voice. “Ma! I want to study. Why don’t you understand? I don’t want to waste my life in a kitchen. Ma, I have seen you do a lot. I know it is because of us only, but I want to achieve something. Please Ma, let me go to college.” Aparna urged her mother. “Please…..!” She pleaded. So that her mother would convince her father and allow her to attend the college, which was far from their village. Every time while saying all this, her eyes filled with tears.

She went to the river bank. She used to sit there whenever she was sad. Today, her mind was disturbed. “I am living in a village, where life is very hard. Girls are deprived of their basic rights and education. I have faced many challenges to get my primary studies but what to do now? Baba (father) will not allow me to pursue higher education as college is far from here. How hard it was to return home. Sometimes, when I returned home the weather would be rainy and foggy. My books and notebooks would become soaking wet. I would have to rewrite all my lessons and homework. Now, after so much hardship how can I leave my dreams? Baba never supported me or helped my Ma with my school expenses. He would rarely visit and I felt his absence even now. This feeling of loneliness and the sufferings of my mother made me stronger. I developed an eagerness to study and wanted to be successful in my life. I always remembered my mother’s tears and how she suffered, because of her early marriage. This empowered me to achieve the highest grades. So that I can stand by myself before marriage. That day thoughts were running in her mind as she stirred into the flowing water of the river.

She came back and found her mother sewing and mending some clothes. She sat beside her and spoke softly “Ma, you are a woman too, I can expect this from you only. You know our struggle for my education. Today with your support I am confident. Let me go Ma, for further studies. The girl inside you is the only one who can understand how desperate I’m today” she cried and hugged her mother.

Aparna was from a middle-class family. Her father had to work hard to earn their livelihood. So, he was reluctant to spend money on her further education. In the village, girls rarely joined college for further education.A wistful, dreamy child, Aparna was good in academics. Ms.Meena, her principal congratulated her parents. She gave her an award as she was among the best 10 students of the school.”Aparna! Congratulations and never stop your education. Fly high my child, you can achieve anything if you have a dream, a dream to do the BEST.” Miss Meena patted on her head and gave her the award.That night Aparna’s mother told her husband about Aparna’s wish.After many pleadings, her father agreed. They realised that their daughter’s dream and happiness was more important than to get her married at such a young age.”Baba maan Gaye Aparna!! (father agreed to Aparna), but he has a condition. If any odd thing happens, your studies would be stopped immediately.” Aparna’s face brightened up with a smile, she hugged her mother saying, “Ma, I will never let you down, have faith in me.“Next morning Aparna, a jolly young girl headed towards the college. She took admission and as college was quite far off, she had to walk and travel partially by bus.Brave Aparna was the only girl from the village who opted for this. So, her family was a hot topic in every house and among the villagers.

Once while she was on her way to college, few boys started teasing her and threatened her. Aparna told her parents. Her father got annoyed and angrily told her to stop her studies immediately. But Aparna strongly believed that she will fight back. With this mindset, she replied, “Baba, I will go. I want to study. I have a dream baba. I want to make you both proud. Believe me, Baba.” That day Baba kept quiet. He was against of Aparna’s studies but he could feel her heartening words tug on his heartstrings.Next morning again those boys tried to tease and made indecent gestures. Aparna decided to fight back. Aparna nabbed the harasser, one of them risking her life. She held one of them by the scruff of the collar till help arrived from the passerby’s. They had seen Aparna holding the boy’s collar. They came to her aid and thrashed him. They took him to the nearby police station. Soon, all the others were caught and put behind the bars. The officers appreciated her efforts. They praised her and asked everyone in the village to support her. Aparna raised her voice to other villagers. She dared to stand up for her dreams. She made others understand why it was important to support a girl’s dreams through education.She was happy today. She could continue the studies. By her bravery she led a trailblazer for herself and other girls in her community. And now the villagers are supporting her on every step of her way. Now she is not alone, many girls, like her, are going for further education and pursue their dreams.

Written for #causeachatter


Earth is our best friend. This is where we live. Our biggest aim is to save our Earth from hazardous plastics. We all have to make our Earth plastic-free. So that it will shine like a Kohinoor diamond. This planet will become safe for all.
REDUCE, REFUSE, REUSE, RECYCLE single-use plastics. Say “NO” to plastics. People should stop bagging the planet. Prevent the Earth from being laminated with plastics.

What is single-use plastic?
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These are items like plastic bags, straws, coffee or teacups made of plastics, water bottles, soft drink bottles, drink stirrers etc.

These are reused after drinking, it’s a very common practice we find at homes. But unknowingly it leads us to an unhealthy life.

Earth is beautiful and is gifted with resources to make life exist. Unfortunately we humans are ruining all the natural resources and destroying God’s creations.
Plastics are causing harm to flora and fauna. Every individual should take responsibility to stop using plastics. This will help make our environment cleaner and greener.
Plastics, such as plastic bags, which are used for carrying groceries and vegetables are easily available. But, it has become a big issue for disposing of these bags. They are non-degradable causing major land and water pollution.

Petroleum-based plastic is not biodegradable. These usually go into the land where it is buried or it goes into the water and finds it’s way into the ocean. Plastic will not mix or mingle with soil rather it will degrade (break down) into tiny particles in many years. In the process of breaking down, it releases toxic chemicals into the environment. Indirectly these affects us through the food and water we take, it leaches and enters the human body. These toxic chemicals are now being found in our bloodstream. The latest research has found them to disrupt the Endocrine System which can cause cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments.
Plastic bags are mostly made of polypropylene which is produced from natural gas and petroleum. Both of them are non-renewable fossil fuels. Their extracts create greenhouse gases, that are the leading agents of global warming.

This is the reason many countries have banned the use of plastic. Our Indian government has taken major steps to stop the use of single-use plastic which is harmful to the entire world.

It is very difficult to destroy and dispose of plastics. They can’t be decomposed by the soil and rather are eaten by animals or blown away by the wind, sometimes entering the oceans and affect the marine life. The marine creatures sometimes by mistake eat this plastic as food. This toxic substance can cause various health issues to the marine creatures as well as the people who eat seafood. If they eat these infected fishes, lobster or any other marine creature can suffer from illness.

Waste food materials, fruits, peels on vegetables are usually thrown away in plastic bags. Animals and birds may eat them. This can cause various illnesses. Even choke them or damage their digestive track which might kill them.

Plastics cause land pollution. The toxic chemicals which are produced by them make the soil contaminated. As they do not decompose making soil infertile and damaging the agricultural land. Hence hampering the growth of plants.

It’s high time we must stop the use of plastic bags and say no to plastic. We should think about the harmful effects caused by them. Rather than the convenience to carry something for just a minute. The use of cloth bags instead of plastic ones could be a lifesaver.

Some of our companies have initiated work to stop single use plastics in their premises, for example NTPC has taken steps in support of this campaign .A nice initiative to support this cause.

Say “NO” to plastic. Don’t get miffed when shopkeepers who tell you that ‘plastics are banned’. Government has taken this step for our betterment and we should follow it. We should carry a cloth bag. Join our hands together to switch on to eco-friendly alternatives of plastic.

We, humans, have caused extreme harm to our mother Earth. The environment has decreased day by day. We should make an effort to reduce pollution to save our environment. Let us take an oath which every single person, no matter what, should follow.
Let’s make our planet beautiful again…

Salute to womanhood——————————-

Who is a woman of substance?Is she the beautifully tall lady walking in the ramp?Is she the one flashing around on  social media? Maybe she is the one who uses what she has to get what she wants depending on the circumstance.

Who is a woman of substance?

Before the stages of aprons and kitchen gloves,We were girls to our parents,We strive to be something better and necessary to survive,This world before we join as homemaker,We strive to be women of substance.

To me, a woman of substance is a woman whose life means something, who’s gone through every adversity and even if she didn’t “win” comes out on the other end stronger, smarter; a woman who supports others  — despite the cost. A woman who “uses” her life. . .she isn’t a spectator. She’s part of the solution, albeit only for her own small world of family and friends.We women have empowering powers within us,  Though we might not be that strong in terms of physical strength but we more than make up with inner strength.We can give birth to new lives and nurture our own kind and others. We may not be big in size but we sure can be big in heart, in giving out love and we are just the right size to embrace both man or baby.My journey being a woman is quiet struggling one but I chase my dreams ,I work hard to attain my goals.I think being positive with determinations are keys to success.Embrace your individuality and be happy the way you are.It has been two years now. I had come to live here in Korba, Chhattisgarh. Korba, the name itslef is unfamiliar to almost everyone. That it is one of the largest power plants in the country and generating electricity for nearly a quarter of the country. Notwithstanding these trivia, Korba is deep in the remote part of Chhattisgarh, far away from any other population centre and nearly a six hour bumpy ride away from the state capital and the nearest airport, Raipur..  There are hardly any better opportunities for work, education or leisure.My husband got transferred to Korba from Delhi, i left behind a lucrative career to support my family .I was taken aback and was in the throes of indecision. Whether to move in with him for the sake of my teenage son’s education or to weather it out solitarily in Delhi. After much discussion and mulling I let go off my reservations and decided to quit my teaching job and move lock, stock and barrel to Korba. That I was ill prepared for Korba is an understatement. In Delhi, while I was perpetually on my toes, here I was wondering what to do with the sunny afternoons, the large dilapidated bungalow overgrown with grass on its large lawns. I longed for professional satisfaction, to do something worthwhile and ofcourse, to earn my own identityI have a degree of Mass communication and journalism worked for public sector but have to switch  career to teaching for the sake of transferable job of my husband and to look after my son . I had gathered teaching experience in Delhi . I had worked hard to develop my skills. And then suddenly from the hectic life of Delhi to the idyllic abyss of Korba!Initially for a few months I flustered not knowing what to do and where to begin. Then I decided to begin at the beginning – my home. I worked relentlessly to convert the large overgrown lawn into a garden. I looked up gardening sites and you tube videos. I called up gardeners who were scarcely available and got saplings, manures and fertilisers from far and wide to populate my lawn. Slowly but surely, my lawn converted into a beautiful garden with roses, petunias, dahlias and marigolds. So much so that, passers by stop and take selfies against my garden now! In addition to gardening, I also started writing my blog. My journeys, stories near my heart, recipes and everything else. I poured my heart out in the blog. Gradually I got opportunity to write on several.large online platforms. I was honing my writing skills and getting invaluable inputs from my online band of small but loyal readers.  Articles were published in Hitavada newspaper,Nai Duniya and my favourite magazine, WomansEra Gradually my articles started getting published in newspapers and magazines. I just could not believe my eyes when I saw my name in print! Then, some one else suggested regarding self publishing. So, I collected all my blog posts and approached Notion Press. And they happily published my book, Heartfulness. I particularly liked the title and the cover design. It reflected my innermost feelings. The book has really given me wings. Meanwhile, my gang of mentors were working overtime. Unknown to me my work , writing and garden were being scrutinised with careful eyes. Suddenly some six months back I was offered the post of Principal in a school .While I had been a teacher for nearly a decade in a variety of schools, the post of Principal seemed a bit daunting. But I accepted it with a hope in my heart and a prayer on my lips. Being a welfare school, it has limited resources and bringing up its standard was a challenge that I am still struggling with. I put may heart and soul into it and now it has seen rising membership. So much so that this academic year, several well to do people have approached me for the admissions!!! Iam trying to give these kids and my teachers whatever I know ,new  technologies or teaching style etc. When I came to Korba i felt lonely ,I felt depriving  but iused the amount of time I had.I challenged myself. Today, I can say without regret that I am more busy than i ever was in Delhi with my garden, writings, book, blogging and school taking up my enwrgy and time. In return I have got happiness. Yes, Korba is a challenge that I took with both my hands and today I can say I have come out with flying colours!So, for every woman I would suggest that find your dream in life and pursue itFollow your heart…never give up…and you can do anything. We all have the ability to do whatever it is we want to do and fulfill any dream we want to fulfill; we just have to go and do it. When you find your passion in life, it creates a meaning in your life and gives you a purpose in the world: it generates happiness.Live up to your morals and values- always remain aware of them.
I saw this and fell in Love with it . 
So I just had to share it with you guys 🙂 
Never Forget your Worth!
A Woman’sWorth———————-A woman’s beauty is not only in the glow of her skin but the depth of her eyes.And the warmth of her heart.A woman’s strength is not only in the bow of her back,but the magnitude of her tears.

And the softness of her words.A woman’s wisdom is not only in the value of her words,but the knowledge of when to hold them.And the journey she takes to learn them.
A woman’s courage is not only in her determination to fight but her willingness to walk away.And confidence to say “NO”.
A woman’s grace is not only in the way she dances through her day but in the love notes she leaves .And the wonderful meals she prepares.
A woman’s love is not only in the kisses she gives ,but in the sacrifices she makes .And the moments given to you alone.
A woman’s worth is not only in the things she does ,but who she truly is and who she helps you become.

~ Mary Costanza -A Woman’s Heart And Soul 
         Love this !!!!!!