Watch your words and your actions.

A young man is sitting on the ground with his head held down. Another man stands near him with his hand on the other’s shoulder.
A young man is sitting on the ground with his head held down. Another man stands near him with his hand on the other’s shoulder.
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To be human or to be a boy? Or can a boy be both? That’s the question young boys would ask, if only they could.

We have always thought of boys as the privileged ones — and rightfully so. But when it comes to their emotional life, they have mostly been at a disadvantage. Without ever letting us know.

With the revelations leading up to the #Me Too and Times Up movements, I was left wondering — why? Why would anyone behave this way? What can we do or say that would bring about a change? …


It’s not difficult

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Have you ever noticed how a child who is thrilled to be at the children’s museum or the playground drags himself to school? Why have schools become burdensome for children — even for those that love the aspect of learning? Have you heard kids call school ‘a waste of time’?

School today has come to symbolize a place that takes the joy out of learning and turns it into a set of routine tasks that need to be completed and rules that need to be followed.

An ideal education system has the student at the center. Everything else we do…


Your weight or your health?

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The first few years after I became a mother, I struggled with losing the weight I had gained during my pregnancy.

The magazines and the media ruthlessly proved to me that it was not the norm. I would obsess over celebrities who would emerge into the spotlight, three months after childbirth, looking like their pre-pregnancy selves.

It was frustrating that I wasn’t losing weight quickly enough. What was wrong with me? Of course, not to mention, there were those ‘well-meaning’ comments as well reminding me of the fact. Did I really need reminders?

Then one day, as I stepped on…


Implement them, and see the magic unfold.

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I am fascinated with quotes. Like many of you, I bookmark them, write them down and sometimes just memorize them.

Here is my offering to you, a collection of quotes on the art of giving and receiving. And my understanding and interpretation of them.

“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return” — Peace Pilgrim

We were in the park one evening. My son was busy playing and having fun. Then he came running to me and exclaimed, with joy, anticipation, and excitement, ”Look mommy! I…


Always, not just when it’s convenient

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Be yourself — easier said than done, isn’t it? Most of us don’t know who we are anymore. Because the real ‘you’ is lost.

How you define ‘you’ today is what others have told you about yourself — the good, and mostly the bad and the horrible. But are they right? Who is the real ‘you’? If you so choose, can you get back to being yourself? Why would you want to take up this hard and often painful task?

Recently, my son had to attend some interviews as part of high school admissions…

Shailaja

I tell stories about life, with the hope that it inspires you to look at life differently. Read more at bitsofinsight.com

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