Archive for April, 2012

“Pushed to the brink” Mumbai Mirror, ToI, 24 April 2012

What a sweet coincidence, Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday coinciding with some very pertinent disclosures from the International cricketing scene.

A detailed, well-written and candid account on how the intense media scrutiny, punishing schedules, crazy travel and extended time spent away from loved ones have pushed many a talented player to the edge. » Continue reading ““Pushed to the brink” Mumbai Mirror, ToI, 24 April 2012”

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The Laburnum

Despite the ever-increasing heat, I love summers in Mumbai for its bright yellow-blooms.

Let me explain – even today, despite the concrete jungle that Mumbai has become, one can spot pockets where these gorgeous desi-laburnum tress are in full bloom and whenever I pass one it makes me smile and feel all bright and cheery.  It’s amazing how just watching the bright yellow blossoms can switch my mood from grumpy to happy in a jiffy. » Continue reading “The Laburnum”

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“baby Afreen loses her 3-day battle?” various Indian new agencies !!April 12

As part of the counsellor training we are told to be empathic and not sympathetic; empathy allows us to stand at the periphery of the client’s problem and help in an objective manner whereas sympathy results in us getting deep into the problem yourself thereby unable to help the client help himself; sympathy in our profession is self-defeating !

However, this case in question is such that getting involved is not even a choice anymore!! » Continue reading ““baby Afreen loses her 3-day battle?” various Indian new agencies !!April 12”

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“Are we flogging our children towards a breakdown?”

I can’t recall the newspaper in which I read an article that spoke about children (especially girls) as young as 8 watching their weight and waistlines?!!

Looking good and being beautiful has never been this critical? So much so that it’s plaguing ‘childhood’.

With media continuously telling us how we should look, dress and feel and behave, things are slowly getting out of hand; the gap between fiction and reality is thinning.  And parents and kids alike and falling into this trap.

While we as adults have the maturity thus the choice to accept and reject norms and trends, as guardians of minor children, we need to assess whether we are taking this responsibility seriously or not? » Continue reading ““Are we flogging our children towards a breakdown?””

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