Release your inner hero

By Suma Varughese Dear Reader, There is a hero in each of us, and the circumstances of our lives are uniquely calibrated to bring that out. The challenges given to us, the people who come into our lives, our strengths and weaknesses, are all meant to ignite this inner hero and bring him out of hiding. However, all too often, we fail to flush out our hero. Circumstances tower above us, appearing daunting and

Children of a larger God

By Jamuna Rangachari When the Universe throws us a challenge, there is nothing It loves more than for us to receive it with playful joy, and to lead our lives with dauntless commitment. In the process an ordinary life becomes truly extraordinary, and indeed a blessing to humanity. Jamuna Rangachari profiles four such bravehearts I have personally always been motivated and inspired not through mere philosophy but

Yoga heals the blues

By Saraswati Vasudevan Down in the dumps? Try yoga, suggests Saraswati Vasudevan Yesterday I had a dream, and in my dream I was happy and smiling”. This was the first time in many years that my friend was feeling a streak of happiness! Illness and depression had made it difficult for him to experience joy, but the practice of yoga had lifted the cloud a bit. One of the first changes that a regular yoga practice brings is

Diet for sore eyes

By Naini Setalvad Naini Setalvad prescribes a diet that not only keeps your eyes healthy but can also heal them of ailments like macular degeneration If you want to have healthy eyes, or have been diagnosed with eye problems such as macular degeneration, don’t despair. Partaking of a wide variety of brightly coloured vegetables can keep your vision healthy and arrest macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in

Get over it!

By Punya Srivastava All of us are equal but some of us are more equal than others, is the credo of those who suffer from an entitlement complex. Punya Srivastava investigates this malaise and offers ways to heal from it My grandfather was a terror,” says a friend’s mother, who grew up in the strict environs of a Syrian Christian home in Kerala. “The best of food and choicest of condiments would

The cinema of life

By Shivi Verma Life with all its imperfections is already perfect, believes Shivi Verma   I often used to wonder what a life without pain would be like. A life without the trauma and drama of failures, betrayals, loss and regrets. I dreamed of a world where everyone was nice, had good morals, did the right thing, and bothered no one. An Utopian world where everything was perfect and there was nothing to complain about.