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7 things to check before taking up a PG

Taking up a PG or a hostel for the first time is both amazing and scary. Some people are in love with the idea of living independently, while some come to a PG because of college or work and it’s only later that they start loving it. Whatever the case may be, it’s always important to have a good, well-facilitated PG if you want your PG days to be a good experience.

So how do you actually go about finding a decent place for yourself to live in? You check online or ask some contacts, pick up a few options, visit the flats and check them for facilities and looks (or whatever your preference is), strike a deal, pay the rent and the humongous deposit amount, and shift in. Easy peasy!

Well, picking up the right PG is a very tricky task. You could visit once and think everything is fine, but once you shift, you start experiencing all the problems. You need to be very careful and pay attention to all the big and small details before moving into a PG. It’s about comfort, after all. It’s true that rented and shared accommodation could never feel like home, but now that you have to live in one, why not suit yourself in the best way you can?

Here’s a list of things to check before taking a PG. I noted these down when I was in one and was facing all the problems.

#1 Water
First thing, check the drinking water facilities- whether the PG has an RO or uses water from packaged bottles. If it uses direct tap water, it’s a no right away! Otherwise, check the RO machine if it functions properly or if the bottles have clean water.

Then, check the availability of water for other purposes. Check the medium of water supply- whether they have 24*7 access to water/submersible, or whether they depend on the municipality’s water supply that is available just 2 times a day for a limited time. Check that the water is not salty, smelly or unclean.

Trust me, water is one thing you can’t compromise with. I lost half my hair washing them with salty tap water.

#Electricity
You can’t live without electricity- you just can’t. I know people who start panicking (not sulking, actually getting anxious) when the power supply is cut off due to any reason- I am one of them! And the thing is that every time power goes off, I start worrying about all the horrible things that could happen, like my phone running out of battery or having no access to water because I couldn’t turn on the motor.

Before you move into a PG, get an idea on how often the power goes off in the area, how well the invertor works, and how many units of power the devices (especially AC or cooler) consume (as that would directly impact the bill). 

Check the wiring- make sure there are no loose ends or any chance to get hit by current or have short-circuits. 

#3 Food & Kitchen

  • Check the taste of the food. See whether it’s too spicy, oily or sugary. Make sure the curry is not watery and so on.
  • Check the menu. Make sure they provide nutritious food.
  • The raw items they use- whether the products are branded or loose, their quality
  • Check the containers and shelves where they store the groceries and veggies. Usually, there’s a lot of unclean places involved.
  • Check how hygienically they cook. In my old PG, they use to prepare the dough on the slab itself.
  • Check the dishwashing area to see if it’s kept clean
  • Check the facility and resources available for cooking, like stove, utensils, grinder, etc.
  • If you’re a non-vegetarian, ask whether they provide/allow non-vegetarian food in the PG.

#4 Nature/Environment/Neighbourhood/Locality
Well, when I first took a PG, I was lucky that it was in a beautiful society. I had a park right in front of the house, and that park became an essential part of my lifestyle. My room had a balcony. The neighbours were all decent, though it wasn’t easy to spot people every day. There was greenery in the society.

It was a gated society, so it was safer than the rest of the places. But there was one disadvantage involved- the gates of the society closed at 11 pm, so if I ever had to come late, I could only come in through the main gate, which was kilometres away. I had to walk outside the gate sometimes as cabs would arrive there instead of coming inside 

#5 Shops/facilities- banks, gym, ATM
Now, coming to the most basic requirements and their availability, it is very important to have shops nearby. I was unlucky I had to walk a long way for the basic grocery items, and take an auto for anything more than that. When you move in to a PG, make sure you have all the amenities nearby, at least the availability of daily necessities like milk, soap, etc.

#6Transport connectivity
Unless you have your own vehicle, not having transport connectivity at your doorstep would be an everyday torture. Look for a place that has availability of shared autos, e-rickshaws, etc. 

#7 Space, infra, facilities, furnishing, Wi-Fi, washing machine, etc.

Now coming to the basic features of the PG- the infrastructure and the facilities provided. These are the features which you can choose or compromise with according to your preference and budget- the look and space of the room, the furniture provided or available for use, appliances like washing machine, TV, geyser, fridge etc.

Make sure the PG provides good Wi-Fi because you would most certainly need it.

Make a list of things that you would like to be provided by the PG beforehand- mattress, pillow, bed sheet, table chair, etc- and when you visit the PG, check if you will be getting all those.

So, here’s your checklist. You’re now all set to go PG hunting!

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5 Fashion Tips Every Student Should Know

Fashion should always be fun, but when you’re in school and have limited time to shop, it can be hard to find clothes that reflect your personality while also staying comfortable and versatile enough to mix and match with other outfits. Fortunately, there are plenty of fashion tips every student can use to look great without investing too much time or money. Here are five fashion tips every student should know.

1) Make sure you have the basics

There’s a saying that says you can be beautifully dressed but poorly prepared. While that may sound contradictory, it actually illustrates an important point: always make sure your wardrobe is full of staples that are versatile and dependable. Your dresser should never be empty; instead, it should always be stocked with items you know how to mix and match with ease.

2) Look at your wardrobe with a fresh set of eyes

Start by getting rid of clothes you no longer wear. Over time, your style can evolve and change, so keep an eye out for things that don’t fit you anymore—in terms of both size and taste. It’s time to clear out everything you know won’t work for your new semester wardrobe.

3) Dress for your body shape

Don’t try to fit into something you don’t naturally look good in. Pay attention to your body shape and dress accordingly, be it skin-tight leather pants or a flowing A-line skirt. Find what works for you, and stick with it! If you’re unsure of your shape, take an honest look at yourself in a full-length mirror. What do you see? Are there any areas that need improvement? Now is not the time to be shy; embrace those curves (or lack thereof) and own them! If there are certain parts of your body that aren’t as developed as others, focus on building up those muscles through exercise rather than trying to hide them under baggy clothes.

4) Have an active social life

College is a fantastic place to expand your social circle, but it’s also incredibly easy to get caught up in your coursework and end up isolated on campus. To prevent yourself from being socially ostracized, make sure you spend time with friends at least once per week and attend any events that interest you. Making an effort to meet new people will help you stay well-rounded as a student.

5) Dress to impress yourself

There are lots of ways to save money in college, but that doesn’t mean you should scrimp on your wardrobe. Spend what you feel comfortable spending on clothes, as long as it fits into your budget and allows you to buy a few new things every month or so. Your appearance is important and will help you feel more confident in class—and make a good impression at interviews, too!

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Students and lockdown: how to cope with your mental health

With the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic, the country has been plunged into a lockdown since march, with many areas still in the red zone, there is no definitive idea on when this lockdown will end. The lockdown is currently the best option to break the chain of transmission in the country, but something which shouldn’t be ignored is the effect the lockdown and isolation can have on the mental health of students.

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One thing that is incredibly important to remember and acknowledge is that the lockdown is not a productivity contest. The human race is collectively facing one of the biggest challenges the younger generation might have seen, and it is okay to not be productive even though more free time is available. Everyone is facing a myriad of emotions being locked up and away from the outside world and its interactions in a very unstable time in human history, and shouldn’t have to burden themselves with the need to be productive.

Universities and colleges might still be piling on assignments and tests, with no clarity about whether semester exams will be conducted, it is the bare minimum to complete these assignments but do not hold it against yourself if you are not able to do your best. In times like these, it is the worst thing possible to compare your performance and productivity with your friends and classmates.

One idea to keep in mind are active distractions, do activities which will keep your mind off the situation for a few hours. Play video games, catch up on your Netflix, read, write, help around in the house, and do things that make you happy. Monitoring the situation constantly wont be helpful to anyone, least of all to your mental health.

In relation to active distractions, try taking breaks from your social media or phone in general. During the lockdown, social media has become filled with fake news or with people trying to communalise the issue, sometimes seeing all of this can adversely affect one’s mental condition, and as such it is better to take breaks from social media to mentally refresh and rejuvenate from the fake news.

Another option is working out and fitness at home. Either following western exercises or following yoga is a great way to take this lockdown as an opportunity to improve your health and fitness, also exercises have the capability to release endorphins which will make you feel better.

Lastly, remember to stay positive in the face of this crisis. The most important factor in getting through this crisis is the belief that the human race, all of us collectively will be able to fight through this crisis. The pandemic seems like a steep mountain but throughout history the human spirit has faced and conquered greater challenges and it will triumph in the face of this pandemic too.

Written by : Prabhanu K Das

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Lifestyle Richa Bhandari

Summer styling tips: As free as the ocean this summer

Being in a tropical country like India where the summer is more than just blue skies and green lands. The season comes with discomfort in dressing up,  here are a few ways you can rock the sun.

Dump the Denims

Skinny jeans make you look hot,  but not if it is this hot . Fashion is about comfort more than anything else and during this season the alternatives to jeans can come in handy.

Culottes is one such option that can make you look dressy and comfortable at the same time. It is available in various materials and styles such as side slits,  high waisted or formal .

The best way to pair it up is with a t – shirt and some sneakers. Also you can give it a formal look by throwing on a shirt with a pair of strappy black stellitoes .

Keep the Darks in the Dark

Summer is all about twinning with nature,  when the nature blooms with colours you could wear bright colours and pastel which do not attract heat. Florals is a good option with the light weight fabrics which will keep your mood cheerful.

Go with the flow

Take out all the flow dresses which will keep you comfortable.  Summers are for the T-shirt dresses, oversized clothes which are not body – con or skin fit to avoid rashes and allows the sweat to dry out fast.

Tan is good but not uneven

I know summers make you want to wear all those short dresses and show off summer body but I suggest you to wear something covered during the day to avoid sunburns and tan and you could go with short summer dresses as an outfit for the night.

Do not experiment much with the fabric:

Stick to light weight and summer appropriate fabrics such as cotton linen. Do not go with the silk or something that sticks to your body and would lead to odour.

These were the simple tips to make your summer young,  wild and free.

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Thirteen reasons why Summer Vacations are great !

The wait is over and the vacation season is here. I know we all use to long for it so that we could just relax, but it is only this time that you can indulge in something and not be stressed about studies. Along with relaxing doing something productive will be beneficial in the long run.

So it’s the time you get out of the bed and buckle up your shoes. Here are the few things you could do:

#1 Find an internship

Start following your passion, it would help explore subject of your interest and gain more knowledge about it. Also the stipend you earn will be enough for paying your cafe bills.

#2 Get out the artist in you

Painting, Photography, Writing or creating something will help you learn and also calm you from the year-long stress.

#3 Go on a trip

What else can be better time to explore new places, experience different cultures and try new food. You can go on a vacation, Bag packing trips or if you don’t plan on leaving your city you could go for weekend treks or be tourist in your own city.

#4 Get your hands on good books

It would just not serve the purpose of entertaining but will enhance your imagination skills and vocabulary.

#5 Maintain your health by sweating out

Start your day with some sport, jogging, yoga or even swimming is a good way to beat the heat.

#6 Time for a makeover

You can experiment with your looks, try out different hairstyles, try out new trends

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#7 Start a blog

write to express. you can turn yourself into a blogger and try fashion, lifestyle, technical or any other sort of blog

#8 Learn a new language

Learn a new language by taking classes or even apps like duo-lingo can help you with it.

#9 Try gardening

Grow organic fruits and vegetables and keep yourself healthy during this season.

#10 Take up Volunteering

Help the society in ways you could by being a part of any NGO or social program

#11 Learn a new software

Try to be Techno-savvy , learn a new software which would benefit you like Photoshop, Premier pro

#12 Spend time with your loved ones

there would be no other appropriate time to mingle with family and friends. Have get together, hang out with them, spend time with them because even they have vacations.

#13 Alas!! ENJOY!!

whatever you do don’t forget to have fun!

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Friendship Lifestyle Relationship

15 love bullets to kill the fury and save your relationship

*During conflicts think resolution not termination*

Well, it’s safe to assume that you got into a serious fight yet again with your spouse, little wonder you googled “how to stop fights in a relationship” well congratulations you have already done 50% of the job because you are in an unagitated state of mind and willing to take a pragmatic approach to resolve the ongoing conflict.

#1 Hey, Take It Easy Fights Are Healthy

Before we discuss the steps to end the fray between the two of you, let me tell you something interesting, you might think I’ve gone bonkers but here’s the reality: fights are healthy, they are very good and important for the growth of a relationship and to productively consolidate it, just as cement keeps two bricks together, fights also keep two loved ones together. It helps you know your partner better, relationship .what he or she  xperelationship.Excess of anything isn’t healthy, just like too much sugar might give you diabetes, if you only get all lovey-dovey and never fight, then it can mean either of the two things : either you are robots programmed not  to fight, or you are not serious with each other and your love isn’t deep enough.

To quote anonymous “Don’t worry if I fight with you, worry when I stop because it means that there’s nothing else left to fight for.” Fights are good because when they are over they make you feel love as if you have fallen in love with your partner for the first time. That“I love you babe” you say after a fight has been solved and you have overcome the risk of losing your beloved and the “I luv u” you say a million times a day are two entirely different things.  “Best relationships aren’t the ones without fights, but they are the ones when you aren’t afraid to fight because you know that the other person still be there at the end of it.

*Shhhhhh shut your nut!*

“Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.” —Andrea Wachter, marriage counselor

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Angry people are not always wise. Its better you remain silent when your spouse is angry and doesn’t seem interested in peaceful talks. During conflict one of the two partners have to be a bit chilled out, if both of you get all narked up then it will be difficult to solve the problem. Drink water, go out for a walk, turn on the television just do anything which would distract you and cool you down a little.

“Be calm in arguing for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy.” —George Herbert, poet

#2 I’m not going to change for anyone

Let us get something clear in our heads, we see a lot of self-obsessed ,self-centered people promoting things like “accept me the way I am or watch me as I go”. For the love of God never ever say this! This will have the same impact on your relationship what kryptonite has on superman, yes sir you heard that right. Don’t forget you are two imperfect , incomplete individuals yearning  for perfect love and look forward to complete each other. Don’t be egoistic and think you are at the peak of perfection and that you do not need to change for anyone.

A relationship is about : us and we and not about : I and me. There are two of you so it should be your duty to work upon yourself and change some habits if they are bothering your beloved and making him/her uncomfortable. You need to decide what is more important to you, your $ billion ego or your beloved. Remember he/she is your partner not your slave Dobby from that Harry Potter movie.

#3 Walk in her shoe

She has left her family, that castle she spent more than two decades of her life ever since she let out her first cry. She is looking after your family, kids, giving birth to children, many a times she does not even get to decide the name of the kids, does all the work, takes up all the stress and yet, welcomes you with a smile. Let her vent her anger out,she needs to do it. If you don’t allow that to happen then this might leave her dissatisfied with you and she might start complaining to a third person and this will jeopardize your bond.

#4 Don’t go to bed without solving things

Until and unless you think that a break is necessary then try to solve the matter before going to sleep. You don’t want to get dreams about your girl moving on with one of those creepy vultures stalking her since ages or neither you want your man to go to some other girl or get drifted away. Its better you solve the issue, forgive each other and go to sleep with that “I love you, goodnight ,muuuaaah!” (sounded creepy ? yeah right judge me as if you don’t)

#5 Bring gifts or take her out

When things go south, you take her out! Yes but before that you go out for a walk alone, calm yourself down even if you need that 13 rupees nicotine kick take it, but cool down first. Buy something  for her, doesn’t have to be an expensive diamond ring! Her favorite ice cream would do the trick, or a rose , maybe an apology card with some chocolates, take her out to her favourite place to eat or order something she likes to eat if you don’t have the energy to go out.

#6 Where did I go wrong ?

During a fight you have to think from a third person point of view , evaluate, the situation, think where you went wrong, wear your partner’s lenses and look at yourself. You will know how to go about it.

#7 Write a diary

Make a habit of writing about the good qualities of your partner and the beautiful moments you spent with one another. During fights if you read it, your anger will  recede substantially. You should also look at pictures of both of you together, these things will remind you of the time when you loved each other so much and never thought of going apart.

#8 The fight or your partner?/ self-respect v/s hollow ego

Make up your mind , what is more important to you? what makes you happier? Is it your partner or your ego. It is also important to differentiate between ego and self-respect. Let us avoid the blame game, we often remain adamant, behave egoistically and don’t make the first move whilst accusing the other half of being egoistic. Did you take the initiative or not ?

#9 Cultural problems/ upbringing

If both of you are from different cultures or have been raised differently you need to give your partner that time to change, this won’t happen instantly, it is a gradual process, you have to be patient.

#10 Brush it off your sleeves

Please put aside your “I am offended” buzzer aside, don’t go on fighting over petty issues all the time. You need to be a little tolerant and ignore little things. But do raisethe issue if it’s a serious one.

#11 Don’t blame each other’s family

 

Don’t say what you’re going to regret. Don’t drag each other’s parents or loved ones into your fight. Never use foul language against them .Give the respect they deserve. If you don’t show respect towards his/her family and display hostility then behold! You will lose your partner.

#12 Couple’s therapy

Go to a relationship counselor along with your partner, this will be very beneficial. Don’t be shy, share everything so that you can get the best advice.

#13 Take a break to avoid a breakup

Excessive familiarity leads to distress. If you are talking to your partner the entire day and till the third of the night, you are bound to have problems. You should give each other that space. When you are not with one another you will realize what you both mean to each other when you start missing him/her.

#14 Peace talks!

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” —Rumi, ancient poet

Now when the cold war is over between you two and you’ve decide not to act USA and USSR anymore, sit and talk about the matter in detail,
tell your partner what you think was wrong and listen to your partner’s point of view. Both of you will sound much more intelligent and sensible when you are chilled out than in a fit of rage.

#15 Seek help

If you think that the two of you are unable to solve a conflict then its better you ask someone to intervene. That person should have the confidence of both the partners.

(Written by: Shaikh Junaid Bin Ejaz, Graduate in English literature from Jamia university.Currently teaches English and psychology to  International school students and is an entrepreneur.)
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Fashion Lifestyle

5 Ways To Make A Very Modern Room For A Teen Girl Inexpensively

Though making and decorating a ‘modern’ room for a teenage girl may seem like a daunting task, in reality, it can not only be rewarding but fun. Here are a few suggestions directly from a teenage girl to help you along.

1: Take The Girl’s Taste Into consideration

Although you may assume all teenage girls appreciate similar things, you could be drastically wrong. Ask her what favourite colours, bands, celebrities, hobbies, patterns and room styles are. Get as much information about the girl as possible before beginning. Though not all of it may seem useful, any shred of information can be helpful.

2: While Shopping For Furniture, Remember That There Are Three Necessities When It Comes To A Teenager’s Room.

One: a comfortable bed.

Two: a desk and chair to do homework and keep up on hobbies.

Three: storage

Think wall-shelves, bookshelves, bins, and dressers with plenty of drawers. Teens are known for their messy habits and if you have not given them a place to put their things… well, don’t expect the room to remain clean. Beyond that, good lighting (especially around the desk) and other sitting provisions (who doesn’t love beanbags?) for friends are nice to have. Like a lounge area almost!

3: Flesh Out The Room’s Style

A bedspread is a good place to start with the room’s colour scheme. Make sure it doesn’t clash with the wall/carpet colour, it is comfortable, and the girl will like the colours. Obviously, stay away from any colours or patterns she particularly dislikes.

4: Follow Through On Your Chosen Colour Scheme And Add A Few Matching, Decorative Touches To The Room

Bright drapes/curtains, rugs, desk accessories, and new lampshades are easy ways to add colour. One great idea that many ‘hip’ teens do is to put up while holiday lights in their room. It works best if the strands are white and that the lights have swag to make it look better. Another great idea is to write her favourite song or poem in another language such as Japanese or Chinese and hang it above her desk. Don’t forget, this is a teen, so keep it funky! How about some lava lamps or funky wall art?

5: Add Your Finishing Touches

This is where the girl’s interest can come into play. A few posters of choice and photographs on the wall really add character to the room, and will make your teen feel right at home. Get her 2 to 3 posters (that she can hang up herself in case she wants them in a special place) of her favourite band, celebrity, movie, or anything else she may have mentioned to you!

So what are waiting for? Geer up to decorate your room.

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Lifestyle

7 Makeup Tricks Every Girl Should Know

 

Makeup is one of the time consuming task.. Every girl wants to be look gorgeous and beautiful but no body can have  skill to makeup.. Over makeup make you ugly… So before doing this job here we discuss some tips and tricks to use makeup.

  1. Tired of your foundation looking cakey and unnatural
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To fresh-look and flawless face don’t apply foundation in layers over your face… Put foundation all over your face, then use a tissue to wipe it off of your cheeks. This makes it easier to layer your blush on without it looking fake. it will look real  or glowing…

  1. Long Lush Lashes
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1st of all choose a mascara, no older then one month…. fresh mascara glides on easier and won’t flake. Wiggle mascara in at the base of the lash and sweep outward and upward.. The trick to sexy natural lashes is to get the thickness into the base of the lashes and taper them naturally to the ends, as opposed to chunky, thick ends.

  1. Blushers
    Blushers

Blushers gives you a perfect and gorgeous look… a multi-use product will not only give you a pretty look, it will also help save you time and money on your makeup routine.  Whether you’re fair or have a darker skin tone, pink blushers are always works on everyone. Choose a creamy, opaque pink with a bit of gold in it to brighten the face. Mix it with some moisturizer and blend on your cheeks..

  1. Hide Dark Circle

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Dark circle make you look tired and ugly… Here simple trick to hide dark circle… Prepare the under eye area with a hydrating, fast-absorbing eye cream, which will allow products to go on smoothly.  Apply a corrector to cover the purple or green tones in the skin, then follow with a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Finally, set the under eye area with a pale yellow powder to help it last longer and prevent creasing.

  1. Lipstick
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Nothing is sexy then a dark red pout..  A hot, red lip is an essential part of every girl’s bag of tricks. A best way to apply a lipstick,… As you apply, smile a little so the lips are tight and the liner goes on easier. Fill in the lips using the side of the liner, then take a lip brush and apply the lipstick for precision. If you make a mistake, take a little concealer on a small brush and ‘erase’ it.”

  1. Liquid Eyeliner
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Liquid eyeliner is one of the tricky method to apply.. its difficult task to apply but once you learn to apply, you can create chic eye makeup looks in a flash. “An easy way to test out liquid liner is to first use a eyeliner pencil to lightly trace a line just above your upper lash line, it should be the easy to apply eyeliner.. This trick lets you make sure the lines are even and accurate before next applying the liquid liner directly on top of the ‘practice’ line..

  1. Smoky Eye
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Smoky eyes are one of the gorgeous and seductive eye makeup…. To start by lining the inner rim of your lower lash lines, working the eyeliner into the lashes. Close your eyes and line the upper lash lines, pushing the liner into the lashes so there’s no gap between your lashes and the line. Use your fingertip to smudge it in, then sweep eye shadow across your lids and up into your creases, blending outwards and upwards towards  your temple.
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Cyber Bullying: Tormenting Real Lives

With the advancement in technology, everyone has a smart phone, tablet or the latest laptops today. But with all the technological advancement, we not only lack social engineering in our lives but also have redefined our needs and wants for survival.

Back in the 90s when there was no internet, it was rather easy to socialize with the human touch in the absence of the virtual world, but with the concept of this virtual universe through internet and digital screens, we’re updated with the world by a mere touch. Just as technological advancement with respect to electronic gadgets has a million advantages, they also have mile long disadvantages.
cyber-bullying

Cyber Bullying is one of the leading crimes in the world today. As India was said to be a country with one of the highest viewers and consumers of pornography, cyber crime in India is no less. In fact, cyber child pornography has also been sparingly prevalent in India.

According to a survey conducted by McAfee Anti Virus, among 500 children and 496 parents in 10 cities in India, 12% of children admitted to being victims of cyber bullying or online intimidation, 20% of parents are however unaware of the existence of cyber bullying and 42% of children do not even open up about their online activities to their parents. As much as information is on our fingertips and internet is as cheap at Re.1 on our phones, we shouldn’t forget that there are piles of junk and unwanted material on the same internet which provides us information for school, college and work assignments. With children as young as 4 or 5 years old who have access to social media, pornographic website and other junk filled internet sites, why has parenting becoming a part time job today? Why has day care become a flourishing business and why are parents washing their hands off from the responsibility towards their kids?
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According to Psychological Research and Theories, a child should not be sent to school until they are 5 or 6 years old. But day care centres take in children from even less than a year old.

It is funny how times are changing yet our mentalities remain stagnant in stupid traditions and rituals that have been scientifically proven wrong and pointless. Cyber Bullying may seem to have contributed to just a small percentage of crimes in India, but it is still prevalent. However, it is much dangerous when it’s virtual. Cyber Bullying includes cyber stalking, defamation, impersonation, trickery, harassment, denigration and flaming. As dangerous as it sounds, the governments of several countries have also introduced cyber crime departments in the police forces which have made crimes a lot lesser. But just as there are numerous ways in which rules can be broken, cyber crimes and cyber bullying still seems to be prevalent in the world.

In a country where 40% of its population live under the poverty line, India is ranked 3 in the world on the Global Cyber Bullying list after China and Singapore. So, what are we, as daily internet users doing to help reduce this enormous rate?

As a daily internet and gadget user, one of the most important things to keep in mind is, trusting humans might be hard, but trusting virtual beings are harder. According to the Indian Penal Code, provisions can be read with section 441, which deals with offences related to Criminal trespass and runs as follows: Whoever enters into or upon property in the possession of another with intent to commit an offence or to intimidate, insult or annoy any person in possession of such property , or having lawfully entered into or upon such property, unlawfully remains there with intent thereby to intimidate , insult or annoy any such person, or with an intent to commit an offence, is said to commit criminal trespass.

If the cyber stalking is done only to annoy the victim and is not resulted to serious offences like severe defamation, sexual crimes, identity theft or even grave crimes like terrorism, it is treated as a bail-able offence.

As citizens of everyday internet users, this is not the end of cyber crimes, but with the help of the available resources, this can be reduced and can be executed even at a very basic level. Using the internet with integrity and utilization of privacy settings on social media makes a big difference in an individual’s life. Having supervised and appropriate use of the internet by the children also makes an oceanic difference.

However, having stronger laws in the government that can be implemented may also proscribe cyber stalkers and bullies from executing these insensitively criminalized acts. However, victims of cyber bullying and other forms of cyber crimes can either go to the legal authorities for filing complaints or they can seek help from responsible adults before events get worse online. This might be a few safe ways in which we can reduce or rather prevent cyber bullying in our lives.

So, if you’re a victim of cyber bullying or are hinted at other cyber crimes, it’s alright to speak to your parents and other responsible adults about it before it gets harder and worsens. No matter how decayed or deteriorated an issue might be, it’s never too late to speak up and ask for help. If you’re worried about reputation in the society or among one’s family, then don’t. That’s something one should be least bothered about. It’s alright to speak up and ask for help, because you will receive it before it’s too late to turn back and regret.

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5 reasons why life is important

For those who have followed the teachings of great philosophers are well aware that life isn’t only about independent living in society. It is much more than that and it is upon the individuals souls to determine the importance of human life on the basis of their own perception.

More often it has been seen that most people often disregard their existence and forget about the value of their life given by God. But it must be said that life is equally important to all irrespective of their social standing and bonds, culture, economic background and overall outlook towards life.

There have been several enquiries regarding the purpose and real meaning of life. It is just confined to our daily existence, maintains social ties and ensuring our well being or is it about a wider sphere where people have to choose values and ethics, free will and follow the pursuit of morality and happiness in the path of God.

As people are required to cope up with their daily struggles and challenges in their everyday life and rise up from the barriers faced in the society, they often tend to forget the real meaning of their existence in life. It is about time that they should understand why their life is important.

Add a newer dimension to life
If you are one of such individuals who often fail to deal with life and its daily circumstances and need a newer dimension to make your life more meaningful, you can follow few ideas that in a way can enlighten you and make life more prosperous and peaceful.

  • Find a new passion- Once people are able to find their true passion, they also able to understand where their real calling is. This will help you attach a good amount of value and significance in life. You also get to develop a positive attitude towards life and gain much success. They will lead you to your personal fulfilment.
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  • Be an inspiration- By engaging yourself in good deeds and helping people, you can also set a learning example for others. You can lead a more satisfying and happiness filled life with regrets and loss. By influencing others, you are able to teach others the real meaning of life and set a positive example.
  • Attain a positive towards life- By developing a positive attitude towards life, the scope for ill thoughts and limitations also gets lessened to a great extent. You should understand that you are valuable and in a way become more passionate and determined towards life.
  • Overcome your challenges- It is only after overcoming your fears and inner turmoil that you will be able to gain peace and lead your life in a better manner. Rise up to your inner fears and shortcomings in order to bring out the best in you.
  • Seek your inner potentiality and talent- Once you figure out your talents and strong capabilities, you are able to add a different meaning to life. Since you become aware of your talent and abilities, you emerge out more confident and stronger in life.

Seek a more peaceful life
Since the meaning of life is usually a subject of an individual’s personal ideas, beliefs and values, people have failed to find a universal answer to such questions. But with the support of such mentioned aspects they can find a newer meaning to life and seek more peace and satisfaction in future.

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