• 07 Dec
    Shiva Raman Pandey

    The wonders of water for teenagers


     The wonders of water for teenagers

     We live in an age of health products. You have so much variety within each product, like ten types of soy milk itself. At such times, it can be really confusing about what is healthy and what isn’t. That’s the time to go back to simplest means. One of the best ones: Water. Read on to know more about how just sipping water can work wonders for your health.

    Decrease fatigue: Our muscles need water in order to function well. Stocking up regularly on water means you feel less fatigued. This means better concentration, more energy and more alertness (brain is a muscle too!)

    Food to Water Ratio: Although there is a standard of 8 glasses a day, that is almost always the bare minimum. Depending on your food intake, you have to increase your water intake. Protein and carbohydrates need more water to be processed. This is especially true of non-vegetarian food, as well certain dals and pulses. Carb-dense food like maida and bread also require more water to break down properly.

    Beverages and Water: Certain beverages like tea and coffee, as well as alcohol, tend to have a diuretic effect on the body, by draining it of the water. To make up for this you need to drink more water. So, combining for the food and drinks, you need to drink way more than the 8 – 10 glasses. Also, the water in other beverages does not count. You need to have just water for it to have helpful effects

    Weight Loss: Having proper amounts of water fills you up much better than other beverages. It also flushes your digestive system properly and helps to better the absorption of food. Thus, you feel fuller faster. The most important contribution to weight-loss is that when you drink more water, the body does not feel it is dehydrated and so it doesn’t store water from other sources, which can lead to swelling and bloating, and increasing body weight.

    Skin: Water may be your mantra for a clear and glowing skin. Dehydration can lead to dullness, acne and wrinkles. Having enough water can keep the skin cells healthy and make the skin glow too. However, overhydrating won’t make skin problems disappear. It’s just a good prevention and basic cure. You can lock in the water of your skin cells by using a moisturizer though.

    Overall health: Water flushes all the organs, and helps to keep them healthy, especially the heart. Having good amounts of water also contributes positively to a strong and healthy immune system.

    Now that you know the benefits of water, let’s talk about the forms you could take it in. Although water taken with tea and coffee and so on does not count, water in mint water, lime water and other uncaffeinated preparations does count. Also, fruits and vegetables that are packed with water also help, like cucumber, watermelon, sweet melon and so on.

    How water important for life

    So go on, fill up on your water quota for a simply healthy life! Following beautiful video explains it in more detail:


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  • 07 Dec
    Shiva Raman Pandey

    What motivates people to get tattoos?


    What motivates people to get tattoos?

    While some people may be really scared of the needles and the pricks while getting a tattoo, some others seem to love it. Maintaining a tattoo means not washing the tattooed parts for a few days too, not to mention the pain and the inconvenience.

    Yet, people get it done, and that too by paying a lot of money, and spending a lot of time, and with great pride!

     So, what motivates these people?

    Read on to know more about the psychological factors involved in tattooing:

    It reduces pain: Endorphin is a brain chemical that is released when we feel pain. Tattooing causes a lot of pain as the skin gets inked; this releases endorphins and gives the person a heady rush. People might come to enjoy it so much that they may repeatedly want to get tattoos.

    It gives the person more energy: Adrenalin is the hormone that is released when we are undertaking an exciting and challenging task. Tattooing is found to be exciting and challenging by people and leads to the production of adrenalin. Some studies also claim that some people have more adrenalin release than others and this makes them prone to not only tattooing but other thrill-seeking adventures as well.

    It is way of expressing  feelings and ideas: A tattoo is a physical sign on the body that speaks about the person before he or she can talk and is thus a very powerful mode of self-expression. For many teenagers, the period of teenage is stormy, and they tend to cling to one identity in order to pass this stormy period. They feel that this identity is central to them, and will continue to be so life-long. They swear their allegiance to this identity, whatever it may be, by making it permanent on their body in the form of a tattoo.

    Group Identity: Tattooing can be seen as a part of the rebel cult that a person wants to belong to, and swears by, especially if he or she has been ostracized by the larger community. This is especially true of young people who come from difficult backgrounds. It is therefore understandable why someone would want to take up a identity slogan which is a sign of loyalty to the only group identity available to the person.

    However, for the most part, tattooing is a good natured rush, just like dance, exercise or coffee. Doing it in limits, and making sure the procedure is safe can help you responsibly enjoy getting inked.

    Why people like tatoos

    Do you know how the word tattoo originated, there is a lot of interesting history worth knowing:


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  • 04 Dec
    Shiva Raman Pandey

    In the wake of flood and rains


    In the wake of flood and rains


    Chennai is reeling with the horror of floods and excessive rains. This is a very difficult time for people as their lives are getting disrupted, their properties and belongings destroyed. Some people have lost their friends and family, and everything else they have. The psychological burdens of such disasters are as enormous as the financial and physical ones.

    It can be very disillusioning to go through such trauma and one may forget the basic upkeep required. Following are certain basics you should assure that you have, either on your own or from government and NGO assistance initiatives:

    • Food: Make sure you have food and water for at least 3 – 4 days, as the floods can take time to subside, and for shops to reopen. Using the internet, you can find out where is the nearest to get food packets. 
    • Medical supplies: Make sure you have a medical kit with basic medicines like pain killers, antiseptics and bandages. NGOs are also providing medical help if you need any. 
    • Do not berate yourself: When you are trapped at home waiting for the flood to subside, it can be a difficult time. All the destruction you see around you and that which you hear on the news can make you feel extremely slow and sad. Feeling hopeless in the face of such a trauma is normal. Do not berate yourself but also believe that it will go. Express your feelings of despair and channelize them through support initiatives. If you cannot actually get out of the house and help, simply giving alerts on the internet or making your house available for people to take refuge in can be helpful. It will also give you a sense of purpose and help you feel that you are doing something to manage the situation. 
    • Spend time with family:Try spending time with family, doing things together, even if just having tea or a meal together. In times of distress, it can help to count your blessings. Spending quality time with family or friends is a good way to do this. 
    • Revisit old times: Another tip to help you feel less sad in the wake of such a time is to revisit old times. View old pictures or videos with your family to stir a sense of nostalgia. Thinking of old events also makes you feel that life has both good and bad times and all of them pass, and life resumes.

    If you still feel emotional troubles, unexplained aches or pains, inability to get up from the bed and do required things, or flashbacks, you could be  suffering from acute stress disorder or post traumatic stress disorder.

    To get required help, you can seek the help of online counseling websites like www.ewellnessexpert.com , or call a phone counseling helpline. Make sure to get more help when the floods subside too. Take care of yourself. It is a difficult time, accept that and do what you can, but be assured that this too will pass. Reach out to us for assistance. We will do our best to help you. 

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  • 02 Dec
    Shiva Raman Pandey

    A home away from home-Battling homesickness

    A home away from home-Battling homesickness


    Are you away from home for work or study reasons?

    It is quite natural for you to miss home, especially if this is the first time you have moved. A major part of leaving home is not just about home, but also about a change in identity. Where and how we live, as well as our interactions with friends and family are a major part of our identity and it takes some time for the change to sink in and for you to adjust well to it.

    The following could be described as homesickness:

    • If you have feelings of reminiscence or nostalgia for home, a tight knot in the stomach thinking of how this new life will be.
    • If you feel unable to concentrate on the tasks you need to do or get up from bed, because the situation where you have moved to is too unfamiliar and you are not getting used to it despite a month or so having passed.
    • If you are having aches and pains without any physical cause, falling ill frequently, losing appetite or sleep, and live from one phone call from home to the next.


    If you are indeed feeling homesick, then the following tips may be helpful to you:

    • Take care of physical health: When you are feeling a little low and homesick, it is quite easy to ignore your health. Feeling unwell will further remind you of home. So make sure to eat and sleep well and take your doctor’s help for ailments.
    • Go out: Going out with friends at the new workplace or university or visiting places like cinemas, museums, art shows etc when you are free are a good way to spend your time and they stimulate your mind and give you something to think about. They will also help you have good moments, just like you used to have when you were home.


    • Someone to talk to: Often, home means having someone to talk to. Find trustworthy friends or counselors in the new place so that you don’t feel that you need to keep all your emotions trapped inside you because you aren’t home.


    • A new hobby: If you have time on your hands, take up a new hobby or language. The brain needs to pay a lot of attention when learning a new skill and this can help you get over repeated thoughts of going home.


    • Get busy: Try to get your deadlines completed, in terms of school schedules or work. Getting your work done will keep you busy and give a sense of accomplishment. This will help you feel that even though you don’t like being away from home, you are doing it for a reason, and slowly you will adjust better to the new place.


    If after trying all these tips you still feel nostalgic and homesick, you can try arranging a trip home to see if that makes you feel better. You may want to see a counselor or mental health professional if nothing else seems to help.

    home battling home sickness

    Please check this beautiful TED talk for more information.


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  • 01 Dec
    Shiva Raman Pandey

    Can love happen at first sight?

    Can love happen at first sight?

    Can love happen at first sight? This is a complicated question, one that many a writer, singer, poet and philosopher have asked. With the advent of science and technology, we have investigated love in laboratories, studying the chemicals, the emotions and the behaviour. This has armed us with the knowledge to answer this question.


    Firstly, the arguments against love at first sight: one argument is that it is based on looks and not characteristics,

    and the second is that not enough time has been spent with the person to know them well enough. As can be seem, both these points are also somewhat connected.

    Logically, these arguments seem valid. That when you first see someone,

    it is probably how they look that attracts you. You have no idea whether their personality and yours match. There are many people who can give anecdotal evidence from their lives that they indeed did not have a good relationship with the people whom they fell in love with at first sight.

    They feel that perhaps not acting on impulse and spending time with the partner would have helped them make a better choice.

     However, the assumption here is that time, or knowing the person makes a difference to the level of love that one feels.

    But that is not true. When we love someone, at first sight or not, we are usually very reluctant to accept their faults and see them in a sort of hallow. So love does make us immune to the faults of other people. However, it does this regardless of whether it was love at first sight or not.

    Secondly, there are two concepts that are often confused: length or longevity of a loving relationship, and the intensity of the love.

    Love at first sight is all about the intensity, whereas love over the years is about the length of loving relationship. However, these two concepts are not neatly separated and one builds into the other.

    Just because it is love at first sight and may not last very long, does not mean the validity or the intensity of that love needs to be doubted. Similarly, it does not mean that a long relationship has for sure become boring has no intensity left.

    Therefore, in the light of these findings, we can say that we are not entirely sure why we get attracted to one person only, when there may be many more good looking people around.

    If the looks are behaviour of that person in the span of minutes does indeed inform us well (as is tested in speed-dating competitions), then the question is not whether love can happen at first sight, but how to make that love last?

    Often, regardless of a slowly developed relationship or love at first sight, people often lose track of their partner. They do not care or communicate like they used to and that leads to falling apart. So apart from just falling in love, we also need to learn how to be in love.

    For more information click this video:

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    • amit kumar mishra
      amit kumar mishra   Dec 24, 2015 01:14 PM

      I don't know if this still counts under love at first sight but when we first talked to each other I knew from that moment it was love...It was an amazing feeling since I had never felt that way before and at first I did not believe in it. In many famous stories such as romeo and Juliet for example romeo falls in love when he first sees Juliet and sine so many people have felt this way too love at first sight must be true