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The Great Indian Litterbug – Monkey See Monkey Do

The Great Indian Litterbug – Monkey See Monkey Do

The Great Indian Litterbug – Monkey See Monkey Do


Last month I went on a weekend outing with a bunch of friends. We were a mix of all sorts married, single, newly married, about to get married and a couple with a kid. Stuffed in 3 cars we drove from Mumbai to Panchgani and most of the group was cranky because of the long drive and also because we got up early.

The only parents in our group knew how to keep the kid quite. They were carrying a big bag of goodies with them. All kinds of junk food from sweets, chips, biscuits, namkeens everything a person on diet is not suppose to eat was in that bag. I named that bag a dentist’s nightmare but didn’t share it out loud with the group. Yes there were a couple of crayons in the bag with a sketch book but the child was least interested in art. He would not even look at the wrapper of the treat he opened. Just gulp it down and go for another.

The parents were non stop giving him treats packed in all kind of wrappers. He was unwrapping one and throwing it in the car. When I asked him why he is throwing the wrappers here and there he told me because the window is closed. I looked at the mother and she was least interested. As long as he child was eating he was not bothering her and she was catching up with her sleep in the car while the apple of her eyes was playing garbage tornado.

I picked up the biggest bag which was a jumbo size chips bag and started collecting wrappers from all over the car. I told the little boy to put his next empty wrapper in that big chips bag so that we can dispose it properly in a dustbin at the food court where we were planning to stop. He simply replied “No!” and threw the wrapper at me. The parents didn’t try to discipline him and I had no idea how to handle this situation. I could barely keep my cool.

The sun was rising and we took a break in Lonavala at a tea stall near the highway. The kid got out of the car with his precious bag of goodies and I got down with the garbage. When I was going to throw the bag of chips in the dustbin near the tea stall, he snatched it from me ad started throwing the garbage everywhere on the side of the road. The stall owner yelled out don’t do that it will attract monkeys. I looked at his mother and she nicely told him to stop and sit in the car which he ignored. She was even buying him more treats at the stall.

The stall owner was right, garbage did attract monkeys. They came in numbers and we all held to our belongings because they are famous to snatch anything they can. After realising that the wrappers were empty they came closer to see if we had any food on us. The boy with a big bag of treats got their attention. They all rushed at him and he screamed and ran towards his father. The gang of monkeys followed him. His father picked him up and started shooing then shouting on the monkeys. His mother also ran for the rescue.

Everyone in the group was trying to find something to scare the monkeys away. They were not budging. They had their eyes set on his bag of treats and were not leaving the poor family. Someone yelled throw the bag away…far away. The father pulled that bag and threw it as far as possible. Monkeys ran towards the bag and finally we could see the family. They were scratched, slapped, scared and the boy’s t-shirt was torn a bit. They looked like they have been through hell and this all happened in just few minutes. So quick that we could not even react.

When everything was quite again I went to the shaken boy and said, “you know if only you would have let me thrown your garbage in the bin”. He looked at me in tears and said, “I am sorry. I will never throw garbage here and there again.” The mother was shocked. It was his first “I am sorry” statement. The family was changed on their way back home. I wish every Indian learns the lesson of not being a litterbug at a young age. Let’s stop being so ignorant and arrogant. Let’s keep our country clean. It is time to change our image. I am highly impressed with “The Great Indian Litterbug” initiative taken by Times of India and of course by “The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” by our Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This article is especially written for the “The Great Indian Litterbug” campaign by Times of India and Indiblogger.

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Amla Goodness – Spoonful a Day (Dabur Chyawanprash).


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Everyday millions of Indians all over the world have a spoonful of goodness. They incorporate immunity and health in their life daily with a spoonful of Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash is loaded with nutrition of Amla and other Ayurvedic ingredients like Ashwagandha, Guduchi. In my post Amla or Indian Gooseberry: Every day Visit to the Fountain of Youth (part 2) I have already mentioned how beneficial consuming Amla is and Chyawanprash is the one of the best ways we can do it.

From childhood my parents have made sure I take a spoonful of Dabur Chyawanprash twice a day. They didn’t had to force me as I love the taste it’s a delicious mix of so much health that it increases our immunity and shields our body from sickness like cough and cold. When I moved out of my parents house for a while I didn’t take care of my health. I was lazy, ignorant or just completely stupid like many others youngsters moving out the house for the first time.

Slowly and steady I got a grip on my health and it takes discipline to live a healthy and active life. Today I make sure that I and my husband have Chyawanprash daily. My health strategy is simple it is better safe than sorry. I encourage every spouse and parent to encourage their loved ones to start the habit of taking Chyawanprash daily. I choose Dabur’s over any other available in the market simply because Dabur Chyawanprash has anti-oxidant properties and helps to strengthen your body’s internal defence mechanism – the immune system – thereby protecting you from day to day infections such as cough, cold etc.

Dabur Chyawanprash’s magnificent brew of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the body’s natural defence mechanism by stimulating your NK cells* (Natural Killer Cells). NK cells assist in fighting with virus and bacteria in your body, thus giving us increased immunity from various infections. Recent scientific studies conducted on Dabur Chyawanprash have proven its immunomodulatory and anti-allergic potential. It is a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and has more than 40 other natural ingredients.

Our Children are our pride and joy. We love them and care for them and we let their warmth and energy fill our hearts and our homes. When this precious source of energy falls sick, its effects are felt throughout the house and it sometimes feels like the house itself has fallen ill. Dabur Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and more than 40 other natural ingredients. Dabur Chyawanprash increases Immunity by 3 times* & hence protects against illness. After all a healthy child makes a happy home.

Other interesting facts about my favorite Chyawanprash:
• Dabur is the first branded Chyawanprash in the country
• It is the highest selling Chyawanprash with more than 60% market share
• It is scientifically proven to provide 3 times immunity* that helps fight virus, flu and infections
• Dabur Chyawanprash has been consistently voted as the power brand of the country and is a trusted remedy for cough and cold for a majority of Indian household.
• It has been endorsed by celebrities like Sreeram lagoo, Amitabh Bachchan, Vivek oberoi, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and now Madhuri Dixit
• Has a sugar free variant for calorie conscious people
• It is also available in 2 new exciting flavours mango and mixed fruit flavor
• It contains natural Ayurvedic ingredients, which are being consumed safely for ages.
• Dabur Chyawanprash was launched in 1949 in a tin pack which became the first branded Chyawanprash in India, widening the popularity and usage of traditional Ayurvedic products.
• Chyawanprash is a time tested formulation mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic literature with all its benefits and indication for use.
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A Prayer for New Beginnings

A Prayer for New Beginnings

A Prayer for New Beginnings

The internet is buzzing with New Year’s wishes and I don’t want to stay behind but giving a plain greeting doesn’t feel right. In the last couple of years we have grown so close through the posts and the comments, mails and because of our entire social media connections. In honor of this beautiful relationship where we are trying to grow together and build a better life I want to share something nice with you.

While we all are planning new adventures to take on in the new year I would like to say a prayer with you and wish us all to achieve all the dreams we dare to dream and much more. In my post “3 Mistakes you are probably making while you Pray” I have shared a small prayer mentioned by bestselling author ‘Marianne Williamson’ in an interview. I would to remind you the simple but very meaningful prayer that we can say everyday or every morning to the higher power we believe in.

• Where would you have me go?
• What would you have me do?
• What would you have me say and to whom?

This prayer was appreciated by many and taking your response as an inspiration I would like to share a longer prayer with you. A prayer I hope brings you the good luck, health, happiness and fortunes in this beautiful New Year. So please read it aloud and refer it to the you believe in. Let that divine force be your guide and help you have a very fruitful year ahead. Let us not forget to be grateful for all our gifts and opportunities we were blessed with in the last year.

Dear God,

We place in your hands our burdens and our questions and our responsibilities,
We place in your hands our debts and our assets,
We place in your hands our fears about money and work, and
We place in your hands our visions and our prayers and our hopes for money and work,
This and then all things dear God we pray to be lifted to the highest level of divine order,
May we be who you would have us be, that we might do what you would have us do,
May our work in the world dear God be more than just a Job may it be a calling,
As I surrender myself and ask that I may be used by you,
That whatever I do be it for the love that uplifts all things,
May the brilliance and the genius that is your spirit within us move through me,
in collaboration with the genius moving through everyone else to create the most beautiful world.
Thank You.

Happy New Year! May this year bring immense happiness, great health, peace and prosperity in our lives.

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10 Things Super Successful People Do To Stay Calm

“90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.”  – Travis Bradberry, TalentSmart TalentSmart surveyed over 1 million people to find out what the most successful people do…

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7 Things To Do When One Feels Positive Thinking Does Not Work

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha”

7 Things To Do When One Feels Positive Thinking Does Not Work

7 Things To Do When One Feels Positive Thinking Does Not Work

This post is inspired by a question asked by one of the readers. The question is very deep and I am not sure if my article will provide a satisfactory answer but I take my work very seriously and answering every question with all I got is an important part of my job.

The following question was asked by Raj in the comment section of post: Law of The Karmic Account – Dealing With A Difficult Relationship

  • Q. I am suffering with no. of health issues and also have family responsibilities , it is almost now more than 10 years i am suffering with chronic health diseases . I have tried every thing to come out from this poor condition . I have hold my nerves for last 10 years and i am living under extreme pain . i have read no. of self motivational , spiritual books , these books have help me a lot but for last 10 years finding myself in same situation break my patience . Do you have any advise ………….. plz. share
  • Everyone has to fight his/her own battles but when the pain gets unbearable we start looking out for answers. We spend a lot of time and money on physical solutions. Initially we seek help from modern medicines if we do not find relief we go towards alternative medicines. We talk about our pain with everyone we know and try to find out a healer who can finally put our problem to rest.

    We are wired in the modern day and age. We believe popping pills, taking injections or in extreme cases going under the surgeon’s knife can cure us but what to do when all these things we have so much faith in fail us. Some people get depressed and some get so frustrated with the situation that they become bitter with the world around.

    Some wise ones like my friend Raj here understands the importance of psychological and spiritual answers and so he mentioned that he read self help books not only for himself but also for his family. A person like this deserves all the help we can find. I hope my below mentioned points give you some relief and I request all the readers to share their own methods to overcome situations when one feels self help stuff does not help.

    7 Things To Do When One Feels Positive Thinking Does Not Work:

    1. Meditation: Start your day with meditation. First thing in the morning as soon as you get up sit in a quiet place close your eyes, clear your mind, breathe normally, and then slowly take deeper and longer breaths. Monitoring your breath is the easiest form of meditation. You can set a timer for 20 minutes or 30 minutes so that you don’t get distracted by checking time or the feeling of getting lost in the meditation. It will be easier to clear the mind right after sleep as it is refreshed but still if you feel any thoughts trying to seek in don’t struggle with it let it gently pass by and carry on with the meditation.

    You will feel refreshed and recharged; you mind will become powerful everyday with meditation and that is a very good thing because our mind plays the biggest role in our healing. There are many methods of mediation, you can study some on the net, some audio tapes comes with guided meditations or through books. Give most of them a try and stick with the one you find most relaxing and refreshing.

    You can also learn meditation from spiritual teachers like Brahma Kumaries, Buddhist Monks, teachers and many more just be sure you are following a genuine teacher and not some imposter.

    2. Energy Flow: Any kind of pain or suffering is caused because of negative energy blockage. Well this may seem farfetched but just think about it. Everything in this universe including us is made of energy and there is a constant flow of energy in everything. As per ancient Chinese wisdom this energy is called as “Chi” and if you have a smooth flow of positive energy (the good Chi) through your body you have a completely healthy body. If there is any blockage then this turns into pain. That’s why Acupuncture works great for pain. If you have not given this a try I suggest you find a good Acupuncture Therapist who can find the right solution.

    Similar principle is applied in Feng Shui. The house we live in is considered as an extension to our physical body, that’s why Ancient Eastern Cultures followed sciences like Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui. You can either get an expert to check your house for the positive energy flow or self study Feng Shui by reading books to remove the blockage of energy in your house. People find miraculous results by doing small changes so do give this a try.

    3. Negativity Filters: If you are not in the situation or position you want to be then there is some kind of negativity around you. Even if your thoughts are positive you can still get affected by negativity form another person close to you. Is there a complainer in your family? Is someone always talking and behaving in upsetting manner? Does someone gossip a lot about other people’s misfortune? Any such thing can bring down your positive energy and fill your mind with negativity that you do not need.

    Stay away from negative people, who always complain, fight, cry, or gossip; who has nothing good to talk about. If you cannot stay away try to change topics around this person or make that person aware of his/her negative mental condition in the most loving way. Do not blame or fight with this person as this will not make you any different. If you cannot do that then just send positive energy to this person in your mind and try not to get affected by this person’s talk or behavior.

    The reason to meditate in the morning is also very beneficial as we become stronger to handle such negativity and also never read or watch news in the morning as it will fill your day with negativity.

    4. Acceptance: We do not like to accept our suffering. The first rule to change is to accept your condition as it is. Do not feel good or bad about it. Just accept that I have this problem and then let it go. Remove it from your mind and think about you as a person who is happy and healthy in all aspects of life. By accepting you acknowledge the problem and by letting go you give a command to your subconscious mind that it does not have to hold onto this particular problem. It gives a clear command that we are ready to move ahead of this hurdle.

    5. Positive Attitude: Positive attitude is not just thinking that everything is great around us. Positive attitude is accepting all our hurdles and believing that as per the Divine Plan there must be a reason I have this hurdle in my life. This condition is in my life for a reason to give me a life’s lesson that I desperately need to learn and this is an opportunity in disguise. Once we overcome the hurdle we become stronger and wiser than before.

    6. Gratitude: It is difficult to feel thankful when we are in pain but there can be so many things that we can be grateful for no matter what situation. We can be grateful for our body to stand strong through all the suffering and pain it has to go through daily. We can be thankful for the people who love us and want to help us in our difficult times. We want to be grateful for every new day when we get up as each day is a gift to us from the creator. Be grateful for what you love having and take away all your focus from what you don’t.

    7. Visualization: Visualize yourself as healthy and happy. While meditating or any other time instead of focusing on the problem we should visualize a happy and fulfilled life as this creates a blueprint for our subconscious mind. When we think, dream, talk and visualize about health we get healthy. I highly recommend reading books from Shakti Gawain or Wayne Dyer to study this concept in detail.

    “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind” — Caroline Myss

    Few posts from this blog that can put some more light on the subject are listed below.

    – Appreciation – 5 easy methods to tame your mind.

    – 5 Thinking Habits That Are Keeping Us Away From A Successful Life

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    A Creative World – The Artist’s Way of Life


    A Creative World – The Artist’s Way of Life

    A Creative World – The Artist’s Way of Life


    Do you believe in God? For years I believed God to be a passionate artist or else how would you explain the vibrant beautiful world around us. How would you explain different colors, sounds, tastes and texture that nature splashes so abundantly. God is incredibly creative; isn’t he? How do you see God; as a passionate artist or a crazy scientist?

    “Creativity is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.” — Bob Moawad

    Albert Einstein is my favorite genius not just because he was an amazing scientist but a firm believer in imagination and mind’s creative power in the intuitive mind. Einstein’s above quote clearly mentions “The intuitive mind as a sacred gift.” Without it there would not be any discoveries. Everything we enjoy today was an imagination or a dream of a brilliant visionary.

    God and Humans who are created in his image are all artists even the crazy scientists. An artist or a scientist is not different from each other. They both get possessed with their passion or work.

    “Our vocation and professional work is not a second class activity, something we do just to put food on the table. It is the high calling for which we were originally created. The way we serve a Creator God is by being creative with the talents and gifts He has given us.” — Nancy Pearcey (Total Truth)

    If you want are interested in enhancing your craft or exploring your creative side you can read a wonderful book called “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron; which is a full course in connecting with the higher creative energy. This book can awaken an artist within anyone even if you think you don’t have a creative side you will be surprised to find out your true nature.

    I am glad to give a peek in Julia extraordinary work. Every principle is a quote to remember especially if you are an artist trying to find your place in this rational world.

    “Basic Principles:

    1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

    2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life — including ourselves.

    3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.

    4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.

    5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.

    6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.

    7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.

    8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.

    9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.

    10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.” — Julia Cameron

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