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“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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follow up to Women’s day blog

Hello everyone, a reader was kind enough to share an article that resonated with my blog this women’s day; published in the Economist in Nov 11, it makes for a very interesting read.

http://www.economist.com/node/21539925

What is says in a nutshell is that raising kids cannot be the sole responsibility of the mother; the father, family, friends even society and the Government needs to create an environment which is conducive not just to child-rearing but also allows women to self –actualise and grow in their choice of careers and vocation.

The situation in Finland has been described in great detail and is worth emulating.

Happy reading and do revert with your comments.

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6 Feb 12, Sunday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 12, “Meet India’s 1st transgender pastor”

Congratulations India; we seem to be finally doing things worthy of the 22nd century.  A church on the outskirts of Chennai has a transgender priest, kudos that people who are ‘different’ are gaining acceptance in our society.  It’s a sign that we are finally learning to be tolerant.

Ideally, with the tremendous economic growth that India has seen over the years one would assume that the country would grow emotionally too; but sadly, we have failed to grow our EQ (emotional quotient) at the same rate. » Continue reading “6 Feb 12, Sunday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 12, “Meet India’s 1st transgender pastor””

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2 Feb 12, Thursday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 7, “before exams, city kids most stressed in India”

It was heartening to see that this issue finally found first page mention; what was also commendable is the effort to collate statistics on the youngsters’ state of mind pre-exam and the acknowledgment that ‘exam-fever’ is indeed a reality.

While the effort must be lauded, it needs tackling at the very root.  » Continue reading “2 Feb 12, Thursday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 7, “before exams, city kids most stressed in India””

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29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family”

At first read, this piece was hilarious but if you stop by and think at what’s really happening, it’s melancholic!  My husband thinks I am too much of an idealist and there is no such thing as ‘balance’ in life. (I wasn’t even getting into the gender-angle of this article, which would require a thesisJ)

China’s tremendous financial growth and prosperity would obviously come at a price. But this – ‘hiring’ partners (‘especially’) during holiday season to please your parents is in my opinion, is plain alarming. » Continue reading “29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family””

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26 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 8, “brain-frozen ST driver kills eight in Pune; was treated for schizophrenia”

This incident should come as a strong eye opener for employers in India; while terms of employment across most responsible employers require not only thorough medical exams but also complete and accurate disclosure of medical ailments; however, let’s stop by and think if a candidate would indeed disclose ‘mental breakdowns’ to his prospective employer? An emphatic ‘No’ would be the answer!  After all, we all want to always put our best foot forward.

And the Indian employer scene is worse; where even being ‘seen’ outside a ‘shrink’s office’ is a huge taboo; such disclosures would be seldom forthcoming. » Continue reading “26 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 8, “brain-frozen ST driver kills eight in Pune; was treated for schizophrenia””

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DO ALCOHOL AND STRESS MIX?

New evidence has shown that alcohol and high anxiety feed off each other in individual ways.Having a drink when one is a little anxious can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. But so far, so good.BUT in some people, drinking when they are super tense underscores the dark side of whatever stressed them out and leaves them depressed. In others, intense stress overwhelms alcohol’s relaxing effects, so one reacts by having another drink . . . and another. » Continue reading “DO ALCOHOL AND STRESS MIX?”

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Stress and depression are associated with shorter survival in head and neck cancer patients

April 28, 2011 – WASHINGTON

Stress can affect the immune system and weaken the body’s defense against infection and disease – has been confirmed by various studies across the world.

In Cancer Patients

–      Stress can also affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread.

–      However, the biological mechanisms that underlie such associations are not well understood.

–      Now, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center (One of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States) find that poor psychosocial functioning is associated with greater vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression––a signaling protein that not only stimulates tumor growth, but is also associated with shorter disease-free survival in head and neck cancer patients. » Continue reading “Stress and depression are associated with shorter survival in head and neck cancer patients”

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