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English has gained world dominance

English was the first language I spoke growing up in Post-Colonial Mumbai in the 70s and 80s, I have fluency in 5 other languages attained thereafter but I still think in English.  Language is symbolic and representative; you can interpret any given statement in more than one way. Sometimes the …

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India: a nation in search of a new identity

The real “clash of civilizations” is not a clash between Islam and “the West,” but is instead a clash within every modern nation “between people who are prepared to live with others who are different, on terms of equal respect, and those who seek the domination of a single religious …

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Don’t let power go to your head: practise empathy

Donald Trump seems to flash all across the mind’s eye when you think of one whom power has left bereft of human decency and compassion. Maybe he wasn’t always like that. Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at Berkeley, University of Californiafound from a series of experiments that people in powerful …

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Make stress your ally for peak performance

Stress is not all that bad, it’s how you perceive stress that works against you.  Psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains that Stress Belief is the 15th cause of death in the US — not stress itself.Individuals who both perceived that stress affects their health and reported a large amount of stress …

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Surrender all your cares to the gentle green

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks- John Muir Urbanisation has grown at an unprecedented rate, and with over half the world’s population now residing in cities, many people don’t have access to the green landscapes in which the human species evolved. Urban greenspaces are …

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Time suckers: eliminate and rejuvenate

Time is our most precious commodity. Our lives have become a minefield of distraction. Between email, slack, text messages, social notifications, mobile alerts, and loud folks, we’re constantly bombarded with potential time wasters.A UC Irvine study revealed that office workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. And it takes around 25 …

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