• 16 Feb
    Oyindrila Basu

    You are worthy, love yourself, everyone loves you for what you are

    You are worthy, love yourself, everyone loves you for what you are


    “But I have that within which passes show”_ Hamlet.

    If you are thinking that you are just not the right one to exist, you are a failure, you are worthless, you are of no good, think once again.

    Ponder on the various moments of your achievement and love yourself.

    Think of the moments people have thanked you and love yourself.

    Think of the moments you have thanked others and love yourself.

    Loving yourself for what you are, is important. Self-assessment is essential in every single step of our lives. To know, what ‘I am, what I can do, what are the goods in me’ is necessary.

    Each one on earth is precious, and is there for a purpose, for imparting love and wisdom to the world, so there is no reason why anyone will be worthless.

    When you respect yourself, you will respect others.

    If you love yourself, you will love others.

    You do not need to chase love or worth, that will automatically come to you if you are-


    Confident: your inner confidence is reflected in your attitude. If you are sure of yourself, you talk straight, you walk straight.


    Positive: your positivity is very effective, not only for you, but it can also charge up others, as your positive spirit gets infected in others. When you know you can do it, it reflects your courage and perseverance, others automatically appreciate that about you.


    Honest: Truth and honesty are the biggest qualities of a person. It is said, no one can live truthful and candid for his entire lifetime at a stretch. However, if you can do it, that will be enough reason for you to love and respect yourself. When you are upright in your opinions and decisions, people will love you, respect you, even if they do not acknowledge it always.


    Passionate and creative: if you love your work, and use your creative ideas in it, you will have no lack of engagement. More work, happier. Moreover, if you create something unique yourself, you can’t stop admiring it, your love for your work will give you joy and ultimate pleasure of achievement.


    Careful of your looks: Do not dress up to impress others. Dress up, deck yourself for your own sense of pleasure and admiration. You can use make-up of your choice, or go for a salon massage, or a new haircut may be, but that should not be as per what others are expecting from you. You should do it because you like it, and you would love to see yourself that way in the mirror.


    Humorous: your sense of humour will always do good for you and others. It is easy to make others cry, but if you can make others laugh; you are the best person. Your jokes will efface the sorrow of another person; your laughter will keep your heart healthy too.


    Smile: your smile will make wonders. Accept the challenges of life with a smile. Forget your fears and worries with a smile. Hardships will come and go, but keep your smile immovable; others also rejuvenate with your smile.


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  • 09 Aug
    Pooja Sarkar

    Tips for Parents having children with Autism


    Autism”, nowadays it’s a big term to describe as it is becoming second most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder among children. It affects every 1 of 88 children in the US. In India its 1% to 1.5% of children are affected by autism. Autism is a developmental disorder which is characterized by impaired development in communication, social interaction and behavior. It not only affects the children also it affects to their family also. In the past, autism has been confused with childhood schizophrenia or childhood psychosis. It has also been misunderstood as schizotypal personality disorder in some adults. As additional research information about autism becomes available, so now some of the past confusion about the disorder has been resolved.

    Autism shows a few symptoms which were mentioned above:

    • Impaired social interaction
    • Repetitive behavior
    • Impaired communication
    • Poor eye contact

    Apart from those symptoms, there are many other overlapping symptoms.

    • Inadequate social smile
    • Doesn’t mix up with peers
    • Doesn’t share his/her things
    • Doesn’t respond on his/her own name
    • Make inappropriate sounds to get attention
    • Doesn’t imitate gestures.

    Most importantly, the child develops many behavioral issues which are unacceptable by society. It becomes quite impossible to deal with those issues for a parent. The child having autism has some problem in social interaction, he/she wants to stay alone, and not shows age-appropriate behavior, so they cannot get that much social acceptance what is required.

    Parents of children having autism face many troubles in family situation as well as in social environment due to child’s behavioral issues. There were many parents who told me that their relatives didn’t invite them for their son because they think the child will be “unlucky” for them. They also believe that the child is a result of his parents’ sin. In the 21st century, most of educated people have this wrong notion about autism.

    To make a nice society, everyone should know the actual fact, there are many causes of autism, but not one of them is “Parents’ sin”.  The autism can be happened by some genetic causes, It can be happened that no one was autistic earlier in the child’s family, but this is not only the cause for autism. Apart from that it's important to check the child’s prenatal history, i.e. both child and mother’s health during pregnancy, & importantly child’s health after birth etc.

    Parents having children with autism have stress and anxiety due to every new problem of the child. Autism children have some sensory issues also. The child may be frustrated  because he cannot communicate with others, so he is doing anything which can draw attention of others.

    Most of parents having children with autism think over and over the problem, and instead of spending time with children, they go to many therapists with their children all over the day. It’s important to do therapy as well, but in all cases break is needed. Whatever the child is learning he/she needs to provide sometimes to store this information.

    These parents must pace themselves by doing whatever they want to do.

     Don’t  engage all the time in internet for searching “Autism details”. Go for outing with friends, spend time together.

     Get touched into social networking sites, be connected into old friends, as autistic child’s parents tend to get isolated for the reason of this disorder.

    Don’t do discussion with everyone about your child’s problem. You may get many responses or suggestions which ultimately cannot be worthy for you.

    Most important thing is accepting the fact, don’t try to confuse by thinking of any miracle. Work at a child’s difficulty level, he/she will be definitely improved.

    Don’t think what the child will do in the future. Work at present, the future will be your present only.

    Sometimes ignore works the best to protest against the negatives. Avoid negative people and ignore their words. Your negative thinking will affect on your child’s health who are the most precious to you. Say against one’s negatives and say positives to yourself.

    Try to learn more about behavioral training and proper diet for your child.

    If your child needs medication, go for it. Don’t stop it without doing a consultation with doctor.

    Now, Autism is treatable, but its need to diagnose at the right time. It must be checked by an expert. No two autistic children show the very same symptoms , it depends on person to person.





  • 15 Feb
    Dr. KV Anand

    A Guide to avoid and deal with Emotional Blackmail

    How to avoid emotional blackmail



    Encountering an Emotional blackmail is not a pleasant thing. Many of the people do fall prey for emotional blackmail during some stages of their life. In fact, there are many manipulative people out there, who seem to be enjoying and overwhelmingly happily indulge in such activities which somehow provide them mental and physical satisfaction. Such people feel that the prey will always be vulnerable to their overture.


    How to define Emotional blackmail

    Emotional Blackmail and FOG (fear, obligation and guilt), terms coined by psychotherapist Susan Forward, are about controlling people in relationships and the theory that fear, obligation or guilt ("FOG") are the transactional dynamics at play between the controller and the person being controlled.

    Because you should not fall prey to emotional blackmailing, you should try your level best to avoid it or you should avoid people who are thinking you are the prey for them. You may think, you are already in such a situation. In that case, you should recognize the emotional blackmail signs If you think you’re already in such a situation, you need to be able to observe and recognize the signs of emotional blackmail and put a full stop to it.

    Please look for these issues which can determine whether you are emotional blackmail situation.


    Situations in which you can be sure, there is danger

    1. Even though you did nothing wrong, you always seem to end up apologizing for your actions
    2. If your spouse or partner never takes no for an answer even in silliest cases.
    3. If you always end up giving in to your spouse or partner’s wishes at the expense of your own.
    4. If the amount of times you make sacrifices for your partner or spouse far outweighs the number of times they do the same for you.
    5. If you’re being intimidated or threatened into abiding by your spouse or partner’s wishes.


    The Typical Emotional Blackmail Tactic

    A book titled as “Emotional Blackmail”, by sensational psychotherapist author Susan Forward and Donna Frazier, summarizes that those who use emotional blackmail employ a Fear --> Emotion --> Guilt (FOG) tactic.

    The primary stage includes the controller making the casualty apprehension, outrage or baffle them. Thus, this makes the casualty feel committed to meet their requests. On the off chance that the casualty neglects to go along, then the outcome is the sentiments of blame being impacted by the controller for not keeping his or her wishes. All of this is done very subtly – the manipulator uses tactics to appeal to the victim’s sensibilities. They make their demands seem reasonable, and make the victim feel selfish if they aren’t given what they want.

    On the off chance that you feel that you're the casualty of FOG strategies by your accomplice or life partner, ask somebody why should close give you an alternate point of view on your relationship by letting you know what they see all things considered. 


    Powerless Individuals

    People who are most vulnerable against emotional blackmail are the ones who experience difficulty saying "no". In the event that you believe you're one of those individuals, you have to permit yourself to get settled with the considered rejecting or disproving what you are not content with doing. Consider the manner of speaking you'll use to absolute the little word later on, and additionally the words you'll use to reflect strengthening and help you feel more in control of the circumstances you're liable to confront.


    The most effective method to Put a Stop to Emotional Blackmail


    1. Organize your needs, needs and inclinations over those of your partner.
    2. Set clear boundaries that cannot be overstepped in any circumstances.
    3. Understand that despite the fact that you might love your accomplice all that much, your prosperity starts things out. Share your own needs and make bargains as needs be.
    4. Remember that giving in to emotional blackmail will only make your situation worse.
    5. In the event that your accomplice or companion is debilitating you with physical viciousness, or suggesting the dangers of physical brutality, leave instantly and alarm the powers of the dangers being leveled against you.
    6. Reach out to your social support system and seek professional help if you need to.


  • 13 Feb
    Oyindrila Basu

    I was not expecting to celebrate valentine day this year


    Support your love
    I was heading towards the kitchen to find out what more should I buy for really cooking up, when I found him seating at the corner of the studio, near the verandah, his laptop in-front of him, but he, himself playing some stupid game.


    I was really worried now. He was there, never moved a while since morning as early as 7.00 AM, and now it was 1.00 PM in the afternoon. Not a single movement. I had given him his coffee in the morning, and that was too, only half finished. Whenever I passed by in between, he was there, in the same position, either staring out of the glass door, or at the tablet. Now I suddenly felt, have I failed? Was it the wrong way I tried? Am I so useless to do anything? He is still there……


    (8th October, 2015)

    “Sanjay, what is it that is constantly troubling you? Please let me know, I am here to help you”, to this, what he replied (though after a long ignorant silence, interposed with some ‘hmm’ and ‘hunh’, when I insisted too much) just left me even more curious, and despaired-

    “Everything is just finishing slowly, I am doing some bad work, they will no longer entertain this bullshit…the entire industry will just collapse…we will no longer be happy together…. this life is no longer worth it…………..what silly things you are asking me as what you will cook………..please do what you feel like, don’t bother me, as food will soon go in the drain………..Chinmaya, I need to call Chinmaya………….the customer will blow us off…I am a bullshit….I am just wasting my time……………”

    He was uttering a series of incoherent ideas, which just portrayed one thing, i.e. negativity.

    He suddenly raised from his work couch, and bashed himself into the bed, covering his face, saying that his head was paining, and he wanted sleep, when I knew, that his working hours (from home) were still on.


    (10th November, 2015)

    It was my garbage disposal day, and I was about taking up every bit and piece of scratches from the entire house, when I found screwed up pieces of empty paper lying outside his room (and they were many in number). Well, as I have always been a conservative sort of a person, I rushed in saying, “why are you wasting these papers, wasting wasting all the time”, and to my surprise, he never fought back with agitation or vehemence against this……just kept quiet, looking out of the window panes…. “what are you staring at? I am talking to you”, I said, only to hear a “hmm” from him.

    I was really agitated, I wondered whether, all these IT workers are equally unmindful, I kept mumbling things, so that he could overhear them, I felt he was ignoring me, just not listening, not bothering to answer, just rubbish!


    (13th November, 2015)

    “what kind of coffee is this??? Can’t you even make a decent coffee for me???”, Sanjay, picked up the cup and bashed it on the floor, in retaliation of a small argument we were having on a character in the TV serial. He pushed aside and was heading towards the door to just exit the house, when I constantly trying to block his way, so he just went inside and put himself inside bed, with his head covered.

    This was very strange, Sanjay has never been an angry person, he never reacted harsh even at the worst fights. I used to shout during arguments, but he always kept calm, but since sometime now, I was seeing a different side in his personality, and I was afraid, the symptoms were identifiable, since I have been through the same, during a certain period of my life.


    (14th November, 2015)

    ‘……. depression makes a person lethargic, you don’t wish to wake up, you don’t wish to do anything constructive………. a person either eats too much or quits food……….. sudden motions of crying can occur…….’, I had psychology as my 2nd minor subject in my graduation syllabus, and I had an un-defining interest towards the theories. Today I am going through the lessons again. 2008-2010 had been the period of depression in my life, during which my life was reduced to half, I never wished to wake up, I never wished to move from a place, I spoke rudely, as rudely as I could with my mom, my mind was blank, except for one fixative thought, that I was helpless, everything was over. And now, I was seeing the same things happening with my dear husband. I could analyse that Sanjay is suffering from a lack of self-worth. He feels that he is wasting his time, not doing his job properly, not doing any constructive study (though it had nothing to do with his office performance, he got appreciated every day for his leading abilities), but it is his thought, that whatever he is doing is useless, and this is leading to depression. And because he does not want to face anything, he prefers sleeping most of the time in the day. Small discussions often lead to a big fight now. He keeps venting out his frustrations and agitations in these heated discussions. I want to help him.


    (16th November, 2015)

    “Sanjay, wake up darling, look outside, such a beautiful sunny morning today, let’s go out, take a walk”. Sanjay was unwilling though, but I insisted him with a steaming cup of beaten coffee.

    We went out, we walked for a while near the riverbank which is trodden by the maple ducks, behind our condominium.

    “Dear, I know you are worried these days, but you know something, whatever I may say, when I am angry, but I believe in my heart, that you are the best man, the best husband on earth… Sanjay, I love you, you are important to me, your life is important to me, I am learning from you every day…..”

    He looked at me with admiration and started… “you know, I don’t know, what is happening to me these days, I feel I am wasting everything, I am not studying new things, in our industry, this lag can cost us enormously, I am not updating myself, and that is a crime.. but I do not even feel the urge to do it, I feel everything is finished within me”.

    I listened to him calmly, he spoke for one and half hours at a stretch, after a long long time, sitting on a bench near the brook, ducks quacking sometimes, in the otherwise silent area. He was speaking his mind, and I was happy.

    A person in depression needs to be listened. I knew, if I had to help him, I need to be a blank wall first, on which he will project his mind. A depressed person wants to share, needs to be heard, and when he gets a small support from a loved one, he wants to speak. This surge of emotions is very important for a depressed person, because, if the negativity is not let out the thoughts, it might become a serious problem, and turn the person towards suicidal attempts.


    (25th November 2015)

    I have started spending more time with him, he sometimes, doesn’t want to reply, but I insist that he speaks with me, I speak with him on good things, about his childhood stories in school, or mine. We have started watching movies together oftener, he loves the sci-fi thrillers in English, and I try to enjoy them with him.

    Sometimes he bursts out at me, disturbed, but I do not react back, for I know, I cannot take his words personally. He needs to be cured, it is his depression, not him.


    (25th December, 2015)

    “Let’s call our friends for dinner tonight”, I proposed. I was shocked and amazed, that he agreed, because since long, he preferred to be left alone, but today it was different. He really enjoyed being with friends in the past, I knew it, and a get together on Christmas could be a moment of celebration, which could make him happy and lively.

    It is important to create more celebrating events, to engage people who are suffering from depression.

    After the lovely dinner, and hilarious discussions, I felt that Sanjay was really laughing, it’s been a century as if, that I have seen him cheering (he had always been a humorous person though), I felt happy. That night, before going to bed, I said, “dear, I am always there with you, never feel yourself alone.”


    (25th January 2016)

    There is no point, consoling a person in depression with words like “look on the bright side”, “count your blessings” etc. these “muft ka gyaan”, never helps. Even the Deepika Padukone videos won’t help a depressed person rejuvenate with the assurance, that if a celebrity can be depressed, I can be depressed too, rather, it will pass off more negativity into the depressed person, because depression is contagious too. :/


    (13th Feb., 2016)

    ………. While I was about to give up hope, Sanjay came up to me, with a smile he said, “I want my Valentine gift in advance, what is there for me this year?”… “yes I know I have spoilt your surprise, but that is how I am, you know”, he was once again speaking like before, I felt happy. “you have been through my tough time, you took all the bad words from my side with patience, and today I have learnt to appreciate myself…”, Sanjay was saying these words, and I was feeling in my mind ‘yes yes of course, I am great you know‘ because the sense of joy that was ongoing in me, was beyond explanation.Then he surprised me with a bouquet of flowers, my best valentine day gift ever.

    It is very important to be patient with a loved one who is in depression. At times, maybe we can’t really help, but trying is important before it turns very serious. During this phase, I have also realized, that it is important to keep yourself strong, and firm in your intention, because the sense of depression in your partner can also pull you down. If you find you cannot cure him/her, convince him for medical therapy from a specialist.

  • 09 Feb
    Oyindrila Basu

    A Clean India, free from taboos, stigmas and misconceptions


    Clean India is Happy India
    “Nanhi, was dancing across the fields of daffodil, singing ‘phulon ke mele’, in clear voice, and as she comes across a group of little children (slightly younger than her), she recites out long verses of nature poems in perfect eloquent pattern. A speech which could not be clearer, sharper, and more attractive to a group, at the same time, the voice so melodious, happy, that it sang and spoke…….. suddenly there was a ringing…………triinnnnnnnnnnngg!!!!!!!!!!.................  Nanhi woke up, hastily crawled out of her bed, with her head constantly shaking to the right….. her mother came in and asked, ‘Have you brushed your teeth, child?’ to which she replied ‘nnnnnn no mmmm mum, I’llll, jjj just dddooo it.’ Agitated with her own neurological problems and stammering, she spitted her morning miff into the wash basin…” (experience of a 9-years old child from Punjab, named Nanhi..)

    We all know thatBharat Humko Jaan Se Pyaara hai, but can just missions like #SwachhBharat, really clean up India and make it perfect for our habitation?


    It's time, that we, Indians take some therapy for our mental health. This is the need of the hour.


    It's time that children like Nanhi, does not dream of a perfection, but actually feel perfect and happy in the Indian society. It's time, that more like her, need not sing and recite in the dream, as to cover up the speech problems they have in actuality, because nobody is bothering to accept and treat them, rather, is mocking them and putting them to a corner with the tag, ‘mentally challenged’, or ‘special child’ and these days, may be, some better words.


    It’s important for India, to work towards developing sensitivity for human race in general, rather than working on improved vocabulary, to tag them.


    There are several notions that India, and its people need to understand for mental wellness of each other.


    It is important to note that people who are struggling with some disability, be it physical or mental, are some like us, but slightly unfortunate, because they may not have the gift of gab to sweep everyone off their feet, or may not be able to actually shake their belly to #HipsDontLie.


    But it is important for them to assess their self-worth and reconstruct themselves in a new way, in which they can reflect their creativity better.


    But when India, still bears the stigma on issues like virginity and rape, how can mental health be promoted among  individuals of the nation, especially the victims of such incidents, who are fighting to regain mental stability?


    It is essential, that taboos, and misconceptions be removed from society, so that victims, who have suffered a trauma, do not have to go through a greater trauma again, while trying to breathe properly in this society. Programs should be promoted to help people understand the problems and pain of #VictimsOfTrauma.


    Prejudice and misconception is a global problem.

    People struggling with some kind of fear and anxiety should be approached sensitively. Sometimes, the person in anxiety can utter misconstrued ideas, or haphazard words. Generally, people avoid them with an attitude of rejection, calling them ‘mad’ or ‘eccentric’. Basically, any behaviour, which does not match with the majority, is tabooed as abnormal.


    On this ground, a person who is more able intellectually and can frame up ideas, yet not cultivated, are also ‘mad’, for e.g. Einstein was also mad as according to general people.


    A person who is against social customs, and likes to lead life individually is also ‘mad’.


    But this kind of rejection or prejudice, can have deep impacts on the mental health of an individual. It is important to acknowledge each other’s strength and understands the weaknesses, in order to be in good mental health. Making someone feel small, weak or retarded cannot prove us stronger. In fact, it portrays the poor understanding and mental ability that we possess, which urges us to stigmatize someone, in order to establish ourselves and our behaviour, as normal and better.


    Only education can enlighten nations. Prejudice and self-constructed ideas, flow down like an epidemic disease. Removing it, is a great task. Education and awareness about mental health is very important.


    Even today, many in India, feel that counselling is for mad fellows. Anyone suffering from mental illness should visit the temples, because someone might have performed some witchcraft.


    "Most of the time you would have parents or teachers saying it doesn't happen here. It happens to somebody with a lot of problems, and we don't face that. When it comes to anything of mental illness, it would be a big no-no... it would be hidden," Kandayparker says, who is a child psychologist in South India.


    Each school should include psychology or mental wellness as a subject in the curriculum, as they do moral science. The function of the both are quite similar, but more emphasis should be given to understanding the mind so that we can address each other’s problems and try to help solve them. A podium should be created for open discussions on mental problems in educational sectors.


    Different kinds of behavioural weaknesses should be discussed, like stammering, OCD, phobia etc. so that the root cause of each is known, and we can be more sensible the next time we find someone who says ‘don’t’ as ‘ddd do do do donnn’t’, or who is writing ‘b’ as ‘d’.


    Colleges should focus more on rational learning with logical analysis because change should come within us. Generally, people have a tendency to laugh at anyone who is different from them. If a person falls over banana skin, we laugh, and not help him stand up. If someone is wearing tacky clothes, we laugh or criticize. If someone is getting his/her sums wrong, we laugh. Basically we laugh at other’s inability. To change this attitude, we need to learn how to appreciate other’s ability. Trainings should be given from young age, as to how we can understand the causative of a particular event, so that instead of laughing, we can find a solution.

    Then, Rohits will no longer require #Jadoo to gain mental prowess.  The society itself can do the #Magic.

    Our economic departments should also make this field an employable area, so that people can develop an interest towards learning about mental health and rationality.

     #Ishan and #Antara have been portraying the pain of mentally disabled children on TV and big screen, and their stories have touched our hearts, but it is unfortunate, that even today, parents are upset if child does not start singing hymns, right after 8 months of age. Parents in India, still force their children to match up in the rat race for highest grades, even if their intellect prefers to do something else. Appreciating a good film is very different from understanding what mental wellness is. India, as well as the world in general should appreciate the special qualities of an individual, rather than comparing him/her to the mass.


    DIANE VAN DEREN, suffered from epilepsy, undergoing grand mal seizures for years. She is a proficient athlete and her determination towards sports is so indomitable, that she decided to undergo a brain surgery in 1997, which meant further risk of permanent brain damage, or dying. But she kept up her spirit, as she wanted mental health restored, and symptoms of epilepsy relieved.


    Now she is 52, and Van Deren finished the 1,000-mile Mountain to Sea Trail in North Carolina on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Her 22-day run set a record for the course, which had never been accomplished in less than 24 days before. Van Deren says she is now through with 1,000-mile races, but will continue in 50- and 100-mile events.


    Such inspiring stories always charge us up. It is our duty to pass down this positivity to others who are struggling with some weakness or shortcoming. NGOs can function towards the notion, or even we can use the social media to convey our message to the society, where not only a sufferer, but also a normal individual can understand the essence of promoting mental wellness.


    When each of us lends a hand forward for making others happy, the world will be a different place, India will be a new India

     A CleanIndia, free from taboos, stigmas and misconceptions,

    An educated India, (where growing up, doesn’t mean throwing up your old values, rather applying what you learn in school)

    An aware India, more sensitive and sensible India.

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