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ShiviMay 4, 20206min1050

Is Work from Home a Good Idea in Long Run?

We all are thrown unprepared into unexpected situations. Covid has brought each of our lives to a standstill or if not stand still then to a point where we cannot predict what will happen in the near future. We all are confined to our homes and whoever can work from home is asked to do the same to support their work, family, economy, etc. Recently I was going through the newspaper and there was an article which was published by TCS saying that 75% of their workforce will be doing work from home in the next 2 years. Is this norm that is coming into reality and what will be the consequences of this. Let us look at this with three different aspects

 

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Employer Perspective – What is an advantage that a company gets by asking an employee to do work from home (WFH) and similarly are there any downsides to it, let’s see. Employers will be able to save some of the fixed expenses if they ask employees to do WFH. Fixed Expenses like huge rents, electricity bill, maintenance of electronic peripherals like computer, printer, edible items like tea/coffee, transport facilities, etc can be curtailed easily which will help an employer to increase its margins easily. Downside of it will be an employee might miss important meetings and there won’t be any fixed time for an employee to work which might in long run make them frustrated since you will always be working from home and working.

 

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Employee Perspective – From an employee perspective this can be a nice move is what each one of us thinks, though I don’t agree totally. Employees who stay far and especially in metros where commute eats up half of your time, this move is good as you can save approx. 3-4 hrs daily. The downside of this is since you are at home you will not be interacting much with the team which results in losing the touch between two employees which is not the case up till now. Also, when you are sitting and talking to someone face to face you tend to learn from another person which won’t be the case going forward. Health issues will be seen more often as there will be hardly anybody movement also most of us do not have a good setup to work from home the way we have in the office.

 

Economy Perspective – This perspective no one has thought about and hardly talked about as well. What will be effective in our economy in our environment if most of the people start working from home? The advantage will be since most of the people will be at home there will be less pollution, fewer vehicles on the road, easy access to transport. The downside of this will be fuel consumption will go down, companies which run cabs for employees will be affected as they won’t be needed, similarly, catering won’t be needed to that extent so hotels will be affected which will result in job cuts for cab drivers, hotel workers, etc. Overall, you will see it will create a negative impact on our economy

It is difficult to say that if we go ahead and see this norm in the future will it affect each one of us in a positive or negative manner. It totally depends on each one of us, how we take it? I leave it to you guys to decide and see the pros and cons of it.

 

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ShiviApril 20, 20208min1430

The circumstances which we are facing are unexpected, which neither of us has dreamt off. A few months back we were thinking about what are our plans for 2020, what we will do and what not? And suddenly something like this comes up and we, totally unprepared, are thrown into it. And it’s not only we but also kids are stuck in these situations. Below are some of the things and activities that I’m suggesting to keep kids engaged during the lockdown.

 

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Make Timetable – We should ask kids to make a time table for themselves. And when they are making the time table we have to emphasize that they have to keep some time for learning new things daily, be it anything but it should be of their interest. And ask them to keep everything in the time table even the smallest of things like eating food etc.

Involve them in House Chores – Make sure that you involve kids in one of the house chore activity. In this way, they will be able to understand how mom-dad does these activities and also will understand the importance of small things. Also, you need to appreciate them when they are doing it so that they will feel proud of it and in the future, they give importance to each and every work without thinking or looking at any work as downgraded.

Make Reading and Writing a Habit– Force your kids to read and write daily for even a few minutes. Once this habit is inculcated in them they will automatically understand the importance of learning. In this way, they are developing very important habit which will help them in the long run.

Play with them – As a parent, it has become very tough for each of us to give time to our kids. I know everyone must be thinking that it should be easy but all those who have started working from home and can easily relate to this where, when you go to the office you can spare more time which has started becoming more and more difficult due to work pressures, especially being at a home lot more work is expected then what it used to be. Having said all this, I would still suggest please take some time out and just be with them. Do what they want to do without asking questions, become like them. This might give a break to you which you also need and they will be happy too.

 

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Create a To-Do list – Ask your kid to make a to-do list and tell them that be creative as much as you can. Once they create a list stick it in their room and ask them out of these what all you can do being at home. Help them in doing whatever is possible at home and when they are doing all these please don’t scold or shout at them when they are making house dirty as even they are facing same as you are and somehow trying to cope with this, though they are small to understand a lot of what is happening and why?

 

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Reading Newspaper – If you are getting e-paper to ask them to read the newspaper daily. This will help them in understanding what is going around the world and ask them to keep a dictionary with them so whenever they are stuck they can check the meaning of it. In this way, their vocabulary will also improve.

Look for Broken Things in Home – Ask them to check which all things are broken in the house be it their toy or anything. Then ask them if you need to repair it, how will you go about it. Tell them to try repairing these things. If some of the things are repaired then your task is done, if not then also at-least they tried to do something which was constructive and you should be happy about it.

 

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These are some of the things that I think can be done which not only will keep kids busy but also elated and engaged. People are hardly talking about these times when it is taking a toll on mental health as well on an individual. And this can happen with kids as well so we have to be double careful since if it is easy to take care of stuff when it is physical then mentally. I know these are tough times for all of us including our kids but trust me these times will pass and then we will think that why we have not utilised it to the fullest.

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ShiviApril 11, 20208min2144

Long-distance relationships in difficult times like these are what each of us is facing, is hard to sustain. These are such times when we are hearing a lot of things as to how to not get affected by what is going around. Most heard word these days is COVID and Be Positive. Trust me the most negative word these days is “Be Positive”. I am not going to say anything like that. Below are some of the things that can be done to keep the spark alive in your relationship.

1. Video calls – This is the best way in these times to get connected. Fix up a time and get on the call with each other. Talk about old things which bring a smile on both of your faces. May be while being on video call one person can make food and another person can suggest what all things to be put in it. Be experimental and try different things which you guys have never thought can try. This is your time guys.

 

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2. Intimate Chats – This is one of the most important things which should not be missed. You should do sex or intimate chats and talk openly when we did last time what you like and what you don’t. Next time we will be doing it this way or these are the things that we should try out. Be open and try to take it to the next level when you are talking to each other by seducing the other person and whatever best you guys can do. But do talk about these things as well since this is very important in a relationship and especially in long-distance one.

 

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3. Plan for Future when you meet what will you do – This something that you both can do i.e. to talk about what all things we will do when we met. May plan a future date or plan a vacation together. If date then what all things each of you would like to have. And if planning a vacation then make a bucket list and which all places you want to visit together and what all things to be done. You can get your homework done for multiple places and then when this lockdown is over you will be ready with everything and without wasting any time you can go on vacation. Sound Interesting huh!!!

4. Talk about things which are missed most – You both can create a list of things that you guys miss, it may be shopping together or going on a stroll with each other hand. Then share this list and see how many things come in common, in this way you both will come to know about each other more and can improve your relationship in the long run.

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5. Clarify differences – This is the best time to clarify your differences if due to some reason you guys fought with each other then get it clarified. Put your point and another person should listen to it calmly and quietly without reacting and then let other people speak in this way both will come to know that what and why that particular thing happened. If neither of you agrees with another person then come to a common point and take it a vow that we will try to avoid such things which can create differences and lead to fights.

 

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6. Talk about things which you always want to say to each other – There were always times when you want to say something to your partner but was unable to, maybe due to time constraint or due to hitch. I would suggest open your heart and speak it out. It is always good to be open in relationships as that will improve trust on each other and couples can sustain uncertainty easily

7. Laugh Out Loud thinking and teasing each other that we are not together 24 hrs – This is just for fun but yes some people are stuck with each and don’t want to. Even if you guys don’t fall in that category still you can tease each other and make fun by saying this. Whether we say it or not but it is true that we all need our space and when we don’t get that space relationship started getting heavy or become a load.

 

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Guys these are some of the tips that I think if used can keep us alive and our love for our partner intact. If you have any suggestions or comments please let us know. To read more relationship blogs please click here!!!


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ShiviMarch 27, 20208min924

Corona Virus outbreak has resulted in havoc in the world. With myths to facts, everything about Coronavirus is spreading like bling in the air. Nations are lockdown, borders are sealed, no one can move out except the essentials, which are also scarce. We, humans, are witnessing a world which we have never thought off to live in. 

Read: How to be safe at home and follow precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19

During this lockdown period, people are using various means to overcome boredom and to keep themselves stress-free. 

 

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Here’s what you can do – read books, they are your best friends. There is an ocean of books in our lives. These come from eminent authors, thinkers and writers. For now, I have brought a selection of some great books which you can read while house arrest. If you are not able to get them as a paperback, get them online to read. 

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

Time is the goon, coming to take your youth away. But this isn’t a dark mope. Egan is richly, ironically humorous, with a smart, intricate brain.

Changing Places

David Lodge

Two academics swap universities so Lodge can give us England through American eyes and vice versa. It’s the old fish-out-of-water routine but brilliantly done.

The Compleet Molesworth

Geoffrey Willans

Rum goings-on at St Custard’s school, as described by a tiny pupil. Any fule knows Molesworth’s misspelt imaginings about his schoolmasters are a high farce.

How to Be a Woman

Caitlin Moran

Reading this is like a night soaked in gin with your cleverest best friend, setting the world to rights. Hilarious, emotional and galvanising.

 

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From the literature to history, now these small quick books which will reduce your stress the moment you start reading them. 

Taming Your Gremlin

Subtitle: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

Author: Rick Carson

Tao Te Ching

Author: Lao Tzu 

What I’d Say to the Martians: And Other Veiled Threats

Author: Jack Handey

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff

Subtitle: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life

Author: Richard Carlson

Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace

Author: Brian Weiss

 

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Guess what there is something for readers who love to read poetry and prose. This form of literature is loved by many. Surprisingly it is my favourite too. Here are a few books on poems, prose, art pieces which you could take up while lockdown. 

 

Letters to a Young Poet

Author: R.M. Rilke

Interpreter of Maladies

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Short poetic stories by the author of Namesake 

Love vs= Weed 

Author: Me 

Ahah! you may like it or not, have no idea, but if you do please leave a comment. 

 

Click on the book’s name to read them or buy (currently buying an option of the paperback is not available due to #covid19lockdown)

Please be safe and healthy, this world is beautiful which we have created. If you wish to read more updates on Corona follow the chain of blogs on my website – click here. 

 


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ShiviMarch 19, 20205min1160

There is a very thin line between an epidemic and pandemic. With the outbreak of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) there is a huge buzz of it being an epidemic and many nations are considering it as an epidemic. here is what I wish to say, please do not make your own reforms, follow world health organisation (WHO) and other authentic Health organisation who are in constant dealing with doctors and researchers. Just wanted to make things easy for you and for all those who do not know what is the difference between epidemic and pandemic, please read the blog. 

Covid has declared a pandemic by WHO. The decision to declare COVID-19 a pandemic was a result of the fast rate in which it is spreading, according to the WHO. But what’s the difference between a pandemic and epidemic? Let’s discuss.

 

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What is an epidemic?

An epidemic is an outbreak of a disease that spreads speedily and influences many individuals at the same time. An outbreak occurs when there is an immediate increase in the number of cases of a disease. It usually describes an extension that was not predicted. An outbreak can occur in a community, geographical area or several countries. Usually, an epidemic is used to report any problem that has grown out of control and can be measured by the vaccine only (probability). During an epidemic, the disease is actively spreading and we see no control over it.

What is a pandemic?

A pandemic is a type of epidemic (one of the type) that is related to the geographic and community spread and represents a disease that afflicts an entire country or the whole world. Here that is why Corona is being declared as Pandemic. In simpler terms, a pandemic is something which spreads international and becomes out of control. To quote an example, when a sick traveller with COVID-19 returns to the U.S. from China doesn’t make a pandemic, if they infect a few family members or friends in their host country, then there’s some debate. If new local outbreaks ensue, epidemiologists will agree that efforts to control global spread have failed and refer to the emerging situation as a pandemic.

How a pandemic is different:

  • Affects a wider geographical area, often worldwide
  • Infects a larger number of people
  • Often caused by a new virus or a new strain of the virus that has not circulated within people for a long time
  • Humans have little to no immunity against the virus and it spreads quickly
  • Causes more deaths
  • Often creates social disruption and economic loss

Read: WHO Declares Corona Virus Pandemic – WHO Call For Aggressive Action

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With all this, it doesn’t mean that the virus has become deadly and has to be considered as an epidemic. This does not incite fear or cause a stockpile of surgical masks. But it certainly means that we all need to precautious of hygiene and takes care of ourselves in the best possible way.

Follow the guidelines of WHO and follow the instructions. We all together will be eliminating it. 


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ShiviMarch 12, 20207min1002

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus – released by WHO 

 

WHO declares virus pandemic, government step up response. World Health Organization repeats call for ‘urgent and aggressive action’ as the virus spreads to 114 countries. 

Read: Difference between an Epidemic and Pandemic

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Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

 

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Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

 

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Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

 

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The source and images are from the authentic source of – World Health Organization thus you can refer and imply. 

 

Please be safe and alert, read more about Corona Virus here… 


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ShiviFebruary 3, 20207min1310

WHO Declares Global Coronavirus Emergency

The United States told its citizens not to travel to China in the first major reply to the World Health Organization’s announcement of a global emergency over the growing coronavirus. As Chinese authorities recorded the latest numbers of the death toll on Monday to be 310 and nearly 10,000 infections spread. Another 102,000 people were under medical investigation in China with likely to have symptoms of the respiratory ailment. The pathogen is thought to have emerged in a Wuhan market that was crowded and was wild due the Lunar New Year holiday season. During these time hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home or abroad for celebration.

 

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Let’s know exactly what is a coronavirus?

Let’s keep it simple and straight so that you guys shall not be misled and thoron with any wrong information. A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that creates an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not critical. But some types of coronaviruses are dangerous, though. About 858 people have died from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which first developed in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and then in other countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

 

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In April 2014 (according to WHO report) the first American was hospitalized for MERS in Indiana and another case was recorded in Florida. Both had just returned from Saudi Arabia. In May 2015, there was an outpouring of MERS in Korea, which was the biggest outbreak outside of the Arabian Peninsula. In 2003, 774 people died from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) fury. As of 2015, there were no further reports of cases of SARS recorded.

 

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But In early 2020, the world once again faced the epidemic like a virus following a December 2019 outbreak in China. Thus, the World Health Organization classified a new type, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Often a coronavirus causes upper respiratory infection symptoms like a stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. But you can treat them with rest and over-the-counter medication. The coronavirus can also induce middle ear infections in children.

 

What to do then…

You can take lab tests, including nose and throat cultures and blood work, to find out whether your cold was produced by a coronavirus, but there’s no reason to worry okay. Yes the outbreak is deadly and it is causing deaths as well, but cured on time and detected can help save lives. The test results wouldn’t change later on how you treat your symptoms, which typically go away in a few days. But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can give pneumonia, particularly in older people, people with heart disease, or people with relapsed immune systems.

 

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Tips to prevent – (on the advice grounds of WHO)

  • Do the same things you do to avoid the common cold
  • Wash your hands completely with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your hands and fingers continuously away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, use tissue papers or soft cloth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected. It can spread, especially if you children in the house or around.
  • Other than this treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold, like:
  • Take full rest, please don’t to work or house chores, give your body fully rest. 
  • Drink fluids, lots of liquids are recommended in the form of juices, water etc. 
  • Take over-the-counter (SOS) medicine for a sore throat and fever. But don’t give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19; use ibuprofen or acetaminophen alternately.
  • A humidifier or steamy shower (warm water) can also help ease a sore and scratchy throat.

 

Please be safe and healthy, do not respond or listen to hoax news or WhatsApp videos which are dangerous and spreading rumours. Please trust genuine information and prevention health tips from WHO or recognised doctors and health organisation. 

Leave your comments below if wanted to know more on this, I will keep you updated or you can go to WHO website for help. Also, read more about Corona Virus. 

 

 


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ShiviJanuary 29, 202011min1340

Chinese New Year – Know Everything, Interesting Facts & Traditions

Fireworks, parades, red envelopes, lights, and everything wonderful connection with the Chinese New Year make it a captivating event worth witnessing. The glitz and allurement affecting the gorgeous decorations with the traditional & modern actions would undoubtedly set celebration goals for you.

 

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Questioning how? Scroll through and I bet you would agree with this blog!

 

The Chinese New year is commemorated on the first day of the First Moon of the lunar calendar. The analogous date in the solar calendar modifies from as early as January 21st to as late as February 19th. Chinese New Year, as the Western New Year, implied turning over a new leaf. Culturally, it is a time for family reunions, and for visiting friends and relatives. This holiday, more than any other Chinese holiday, is emphasised on the influence of family ties. The Chinese New year’s Eve dinner meeting is among the most significant family occasions of the year.

 

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Sweeping of the Grounds

Arrangements for the Chinese New Year in old China starts well in advance of the New Year’s Day. The 20th of the Twelfth Moon is all set aside for the annual housecleaning or the “sweeping of the grounds“. Every corner of the house must be swept and cleaned in preparation for the new year like it is in India during Diwali Festival. SpringCouplets, written in black ink on large upright scrolls of red paper, are put on the walls or on the sides of the gate-ways. These couplets, short poems, and other inscriptions are written in Classical Chinese and are expressed of good wishes for the family in the coming year. In addition, symbolic flowers and fruits are also used to illuminate the house, and colourful new year pictures (NIAN HUA) are placed on the walls.

Interesting huh! read 10 facts about Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Is Also Known As The Spring Festival

In China, the new year is called chunjie (春节), which means ‘Spring Festival’. Although it is still wintertime in China, it is termed the ‘Spring Festival’ as it signifies the end of the coldest days of winter, which is a symbol of the coming spring season.

Chinese New Year Does Not Have A Set Date

The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is based on the Lunar Calendar during the full moon phase between 1st January and 15th January. Nevertheless, when it is measured using the Gregorian (solar) calendar, the Chinese New Year may fall anywhere from 21st January to 20th February. For example, in the year 2020, the Chinese New Year will fall on the 25th of January.

 

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It Is A Day For Praying To Gods And Fighting Off Monsters

The Spring Festival in China started as a day to pray to Gods for a good reaping season and to ward-off any mishap. As much of the country was profoundly dependent on agriculture, the harvest was everything and God had to be gratified by way of advancing the best foods in a religious tradition.

As per an old-fashioned myth, however, the festival began after one brave little boy fought-off a monster named Nian (年) using firecrackers. The next day, people celebrated their endurance by setting off even more firecrackers. And that system became a significant part of the Spring Festival.

 

The Most Fireworks Are Set Off In The World That Night

As per the ancient myth (see above point), firecrackers are deemed to scare-off monsters and bad luck. So on the eve of the Chinese New Year, people set off firecrackers at night and follow it up with more firecrackers in the morning to welcome the new year and good luck. However, the officials have started to crack down on this system by banning fireworks, due to elevated levels of air pollution and growing concerns about global warming and the health and safety of residents in as many and 500 cities of China. Beijing had banned fireworks for 13 years. The ban was lifted in 2006 to please the angry public – this also happens.

 

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It Is The Longest Chinese Holiday

The Spring Festival continues for 16 days including New Year’s Eve. However, as the celebration is based on the Lunar calendar, the holiday season can begin as early as in December with the Laba Festival (腊八节—là bā jié) which would give it around 40 days of celebrations! So in the arrangement, people will buy nian huo (年货), (New Year’s products) and stalk up on cooking supplies, gifts, new clothes, etc. before the New Year festival commences.

 

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The Spring Festival Causes The Largest Human Migration In The World

As described earlier, it is tradition to spend the Chinese New Year with your family and everyone goes back to their parents and loved ones for a family gathering.

No Showering, Sweeping Or Throwing Out Of Garbage Allowed!

As the Spring Festival is all about carrying good luck and warding off sinister and bad luck, showering isn’t allowed on New Year’s Day and sweeping and thrusting out the garbage isn’t allowed before the 5th day. This is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck! On the other hand, there’s a day before the Spring Festival devoted to cleaning. This day is to sweep the bad luck away and make room for the good. Most hair salons are closed throughout the whole of the Chinese New Year because cutting har is taboo during that time.

 

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Children Receive Lucky Money In Red Envelopes

It wouldn’t be much of a festival without gifts being reciprocated. Gifts are exchanged during the Spring Festival, though, children also receive money in red envelopes as a representation of transferring good fortune from the seniors to the children. These red envelopes or pockets are also exchanged between bosses and employees, co-workers, and friends.

 

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Chinese New Year Ends With The Lantern Festival

The first full moon of the (lunar) year is the Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié) or Lantern Festival (灯节—dēng jié). Though the family is still relevant, it’s still a night of partying and leisure. In ancient times, girls weren’t allowed to move outside by themselves. But on this night, they are free to take strolls, moon-gaze and look at the gorgeous lanterns. Because of this, it’s also known as Valentine’s Day in China.

 

The New Year Greeting In Chinese Is “Xin Nian Kuai Le”

The expression literally means “Happy New Year.” But in Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking countries, it’s more common to say “gong hei fat choy.” In Mandarin Chinese, it’s “gong xi fa cai” (恭喜发财). It implies “congratulations on the fortune.”

 

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ShiviJanuary 24, 20206min450

As the year slithers in with all its grandeur and the scent of fresh beginnings, it welcomes you to start the year taking a trip to the unmissable, evident and the unparalleled Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF is a five-day-long festival, wherein renowned writers and authors come together under one roof. It is held at the Diggi Palace every year and works as a platform where people come together to share their experiences, work, and other topics of interest.

 

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Today was the second day and it started with a piece of beautiful morning music and a saga of eminent writers and authors from all across the world. Before I start to take you through a journey of today’s event and what all was not to be missed, have a look at the basic details about the Jaipur Literature Festival. 

The venue of Jaipur Literature Festival: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Rd, C Scheme, Jaipur

Date of JLF: 23-27 Jan 2020

Timings of Jaipur Literature Festival: 6 AM – 9 PM (approx)

Entry fee of JLF: Nil except for the delegates, and media personals

Duration of JLF: 3-4 days

 

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Gift yourself an inimitable experience with the Jaipur Literature Festival. The highlights for today’s festival under JaipurBookMark are mentioned below:

THE ANATOMY OF A LITERARY PRIZE

Keynote Address: India at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Claudia Kaiser

Aanchal Malhotra, Elaine Canning, Hemali Sodhi, Mita Kapur and Sunny Singh, moderated by Arunava Sinha

WHY PUBLISHING POETRY IS IMPORTANT

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chris Agee, Madhav Kaushik, Mindy Gill and Ranjit Hoskote, moderated by Naveen Kishore

TRANSLATION AS INTIMACY

Arunava Sinha and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Anjum Katyal

A TEXTBOOK CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Atiya Zaidi, Niko Pfund, Sunny Singh and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Manisha Chaudhry

COVERING CREATIVITY

 Aanchal Malhotra, Arsen Kashkashian, Devangana Dash and Kunal Basu, moderated by Shobhaa De

The Literature Festival sessions that were the best today: 

JAIPUR JOURNALS: THE WRITING LIFE

Namita Gokhale and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Shunali Khullar Shroff

CELESTIAL BODIES

Jokha Alharthi and Zikrur Rahman in conversation with Mohamed Zarrouk

WOMEN AND WORK

Anuradha Bhagwati, Asma Khan, Amita Nigam Sahaya and Namita Waikar in conversation with Namita Bhandare

SHASHI ON SHASHI

Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer

WORD, IMAGE, SOUND

Shobhaa De and Amit Khanna in conversation with Kaveree Bamzai

SHANI: THE POWER OF SATURN

Robert Svoboda and Abhishek Singh in conversation with Anubhav Nath

IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

Francesc Miralles in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

JLF aims to bring writers, thinkers, literary experts, humanists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and the greatest animators in the world on a single platform. The platform permits them to interchange ideas and brainstorms over them, learn from masters and participate in sober debates and dialogues. Additionally, it is an opportunity for budding writers to learn and take back wisdom. 

 

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ShiviJanuary 23, 20204min330

The Jaipur Literature Festival, or JLF, is an annual literary festival which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue of the festival, with sessions held in the Hall of Audience and throughout the gardens of the Diggi Palace in the month of January every year in Jaipur. 

 

Jaipur Literature Fest 2020

 

With its 13th edition this year – 2020 the expectations are scoring high with the bunch of renowned authors and literates joining in as speakers. We’re already halfway through January and with all the amazing new year resolutions kicked off this year, now it’s time to unravel the most awaited Jaipur Literature Festival. Good News is now Jaipur Literature festival is global with a fantastic chance for the art frenzies and literature lovers. Through it all, the Indian litfest season marches on, reaching its frenzied peak, as always, in the last week of the month with the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The next five days will be significantly awesome as you will see over 300 speakers and thousands of literary aficionados converging at the Diggi Palace Hotel. 

 

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Neil Gaiman remains to elude the festival—contrary to its reputation, this year’s edition has several literary heavyweights than normal—but there’s plenty to catch between 300 speakers and nearly 200 sessions. Here are my picks of the sessions that seem the most promising.

 

From Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls (Front Lawn)

There’s Gunpowder in the Air 

On Memoir – Mughal Tent 

Celestial Bodies Charbagh

How To Judge A Book? – Baithak 

Being Various: On Literary Diversity Mughal Tent

Where Does Fiction Come From? – Front Lawn

Poetry Durbar – Durbar hall 

Uninhabitable Earth – Baithak 

Bolna Hai: What Must Be Said – Charbagh

Kashmir: Of Barbed Wires and Almond Blossoms – Mughal Tent

Climate Emergency – Powered by United Nations – Front lawn

Mediafile: Fact, Fiction, and the spaces in between – Baithak

Forgotten Masters – Charbagh

 

For the timings and the complete schedule of the Jaipur Literature Festival check the programme calendar here…

See you all at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Keep reading and watching my space on Instagram @shivimuskan @spoiledink707 

 

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ShiviNovember 19, 20193min1410

Well, this small illustrative blog proofs that I’m not a feminsit..lolz You would know when you would read this below. The whole idea is to not to degrade men, though a lot more needs to be done when it comes to teaching men about women rights etc. Well, will not drag the topic to anything else. Read about International Men’s Day 

 

International Men's Day

 

On November 19 International Men’s Day rejoices worldwide the actual value men bring to the world, their families and communities. They highlight positive role models and dignify awareness of men’s well-being. Our theme is “Making a difference for men and boys.”

 

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International Men’s Day urges men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and liabilities of being a man. Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must become the change we seek.” It is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example that we will create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.

 

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A quick sneak-peak about today’s day! Imagery illustrations and pictures. 

 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

-Gautam Buddha

 

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.

-Barack Obama

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ShiviNovember 14, 20199min470

Jawaharlal Nehru has left behind the legacy of the right to education and development for children in our country. His love for children is celebrated as Children’s Day on his birthday every year on 14th November. Moreover, his speech, “Tryst with Destiny”, in the Parliament to the Constituent Assembly which was given on the eve of India’s Independence, became quite popular for a lot of reasons. One such was when he cited: “We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell,” he had said in the speech. Read this small blog where you will find some of Jawahar Lal Nehru’s thought-provoking quotes that have inspired the generations. You will find poems on children’s day, which are written by me as an Author (Shivi Goyal). Here’s a look at Children’s Day Poems and Quotes

 

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Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Jawahar Lal Nehru

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

Ignorance is always afraid of change. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history when we step out from the old to the new when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

What we really are matters more than what other people think of us. – Jawahar Lal Nehru

 

Poems by me: 

My princess

The greatest gift God has given me

When she was born, I was complete

Conception itself is a miracle

She gave me the reason to love and grow

It is the start of new life and good health, mentally

Such a treasure is your precious child

Hold them close to you

Sing with them

Dance with them

Talk to them

Then, you will realise their hugs and kisses are life-giving

They can be messy and murky

They can be wet with the dampened diapers

Or dirty clothes and floors with colours everywhere

But the colours they spread in our lives

The love, they bring in, is worth to live for

Parenthood is a miracle

Live it, love it, and make it worth for our children

I Thank God to give me my princess, Chiya

 

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Don’t Ground Me Under

A kid’s voice in today’s world can be this as well
where one day we see the best in the world for our children
There exist this side as well
A little kid cites:
Please don’t kill me
Please don’t hate me
Do not ask me to beg
Please do not hurt me with abusive language
I’m kid please do not shove me around
Let me dream, please do not kill my evolving dreams

If I get lost, bring me back, don’t sell me
Don’t stick my wanted or missing pictures
I’m not a toy for you to use as a sex toy
I’m not a flower to crush and have nectar
Don’t use me for your gains
Do not crush me with rape
Tricking me for lust and money is a crime
I’m not a speck of dirt please do not treat me like this

My innocence is not for sale
Please don’t teach my hypocrisy
Something which you don’t do, don’t teach me
Just stop making a hero or princess for tomorrow
Stop nipping my talent for your monetary benefits
Don’t leech, don’t preach
Stop being judgemental on my cuteness
Stop committing sins and preaching me to do so
your fears are yours don’t make them mine
Don’t criticise me for your misconceptions and blunders,

Please let us be kids
Let us be the way we are
As we are the future
When we will grow the way we shall
We will make you proud

Stop mistreating
As we are the hope for the world
We can spread love and kindness the way it is needed
We can change your fate
We can be on our own, but without your prejudice
We, the children, have no day to celebrate
Let us celebrate!

 

Happy Children’s Day! 

 


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ShiviSeptember 26, 20196min630

About World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day celebration was inaugurated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in the year 1980 which is celebrated every year at 27th September. This special day was selected in order with all the laws of the UNWTO that came into power in the year 1970 which is acknowledged as the big landmark for the global tourism as it endeavours to aware people about the notable role of the tourism inside the international community as well as to exhibit how the social, economic, cultural, political values are affected by it globally.

This Year’s Theme

The theme of the day was “sustainable tourism”, in 2017. In 2018 the theme was “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”. This Year it is sustainable tourism worldwide.

This year world tourism day is celebrated with the theme of sustainable tourism worldwide. With the recent speech of Greta Thunberg at U.N. – it is quite visible that we all need to stop hoping and praying. It is time to act and make it happen. If we keep on hoping and praying for climate change, our nations, our environment, our tourism industry will extinct. The agencies and countries’ tourism boards with the involvement of government are focusing on sustainable tourism as a tool for development. They believe and suggest that to raise awareness the travellers shall make their purpose of travel towards climate change and environment safe tourism.

 

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What Change We Can Bring

Keeping in mind tourism big magnetism thanks to its social, political, financial and also cultural effect, meriting, and value, UNTWO aims to feature and appreciate the dedication the tourism industry indicates in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. Tourism has become the continuously evolving and emerging economic sectors worldwide because of the existence of various engaging and new destinations for tourists. So it has become the main root of income ‎for the developing countries.

This is, not the first time the theme is on sustainable change in tourism. It is seen for the past few years where issues on the environment, biodiversity, tourism and water, community development, cultural protection etc. have been raised and spread awareness about them. In fact, in the year 2017, the theme of world tourism day was “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”. This year the event will be officially organized in Budapest, Hungry, to spread awareness and promote people to take action. It will focus on raising consciousness on technologies and possibilities in the tourism industry among all operatives with the respective interest of helping the sector equip for future of work on tourism’s actual and inherent contribution to sustainable development.

Tourism For a Cause

I’m a traveller and have been to numerous destinations. I have started travelling 8 years back, initially, it was my passion and nomad heart that led me to new cultures, people, and diverse landscapes. Gradually with the years passing by when I saw nature’s aggressive moves in the forms of floods, witnessed snow avalanches, landslides etc. I used to wonder why nature is not happy and showing us it’s wrath. I used to think about the reasons for all incidences occurring. This gave a hunch to inculcate the awareness of climate change and cleanliness to the people who would I meet while travelling. Furthermore, would like to mention that I do not work for an NGO, neither an organization, I’m just a traveller and a writer. But I make sure I do my bit when I travel and keep my surroundings clean and organic. Will not stretch it much, but significantly wanting to emphasis on biodiversity, cultural changes, sustainable tourism to all the travellers out there.

 

The European Council on Tourism and Trade President Dr Anton Caragea says “Tourism is the best teacher on the planet.”

 

To end I leave you all with a quote:

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

 

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ShiviJuly 16, 20195min3088

The soul is your guru #gurupurnima2019 – The awakening

Connecting to your real guru in life is a tough job, many of you’ all would relate to what I meant to say here. We all go, behind the delusion of finding our real guru in life, who would guide us and show us a path of peace and nirvana. Today we are living in a world of uncertainty where things change with a blink. However, we all keep on trying to mould ourselves to these abrupt changes but we get shaken up and get disturbed with the consequences. What we shall do then? Here what is crucial to know Is that we seek guidance and perseverance to overcome this turbulence in life. And that’s when we need to have a Guru in our lives. How do we achieve, how do we find one, is all our destiny and luck? We get whatever is stored for us.

On the advent of Guru Purnima here’s what I feel of finding a guru in you.

According to me and my life’s experience, your ultimate guru is your soul. Yes, the soul which is immortal and is spiritual to the almighty. This inner voice is your world, within you, which balance your mind and heart. Now if we can figure out a way to connect directly with our soul we will be shining like a star forever. Which though in real life seem to be a tough one. As we all live in Kalyug today, this window of pure connection hazes. But mark my words – as the spiritual master is someone who is master of all the inner worlds. The one who’s consciousness is at the highest level and mingles tremendously with the outer world.

 

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The whole idea is to awaken the soul by putting all our energies into one manifold which is our inner realms. For many of us, our soul is dormant for ages but we can ignite it with all our mental capacities and meditation. The soul is the God Like element which resides inside the Anahata centre – the heart chakra, that is in the centre of the chest and a little above. Here’s a variation – one person’s soul may represent peace, another’s power, another can be joy and so forth. One can attain it all because if we master our soul to be our guru we have free access to the world’s power. This will eventually lead us to master the disciplines of the conscious mind.

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One can attain this balance by meditation. There are many other theories and therapies to attune the same. But meditation is the only matchmaker that can bridge the gap between your soul and outer world. It is like picking the generous wave, of the Guru’s mindfulness or like the dab of the thought merging for some time with the ocean waves. It is said that disciple is the key to everything in life and when you achieve it through meditation – Guru automatically appears. your heart and breath is your spiritual family which link it to your soul – the ultimate Guru 

 

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ShiviJune 21, 20195min1711

Legendary reggae singer and writer Bob Marley was the first international superstar to break the cold stereotypes connected with “third-world” countries and sell over 75 million albums worldwide. No doubt he is my favourite and he is the best.

Bob Marley recapitulates to inspire and acquaint with his lyrics and words, through his music as well as in recorded interviews and concerts. Today on World’s Music Day I’ve assembled some of his most uplifting quotes that can help lighten your day, and could even transform your life if it gets you into a greater frame of mind on a regular basis.

Let’s get started:

Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.

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“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.”

“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” ~Bob Marley

“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.”

“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” ~Bob Marley

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ~Bob Marley

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

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“Overcome the devils with a thing called love.”

“Overcome the devils with a thing called love.” ~Bob Marley

“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.”

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.” ~Bob Marley

“One good thing about music – when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgement.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To end one last, which is my favourite:

If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.

Put your comments in the section below and let me know your thoughts. Keep sharing love guys! 

Cheers! 

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