Philanthropists Have No Humanity?

In Oscar Wilde’s famous book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cynical character Harry says, “Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.” At first, I dismissed it as a dialogue by a hedonist, amoral character. Then, I wondered if there is any truth to the statement. As I pondered about it, it somehow made sense. In fact, the statement seemed to extend to all sorts of people working for a noble cause. Continue reading

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Let Us Eat In Peace!

It was one of those days at work when the whole day is swamped with meetings. I hadn’t had a proper lunch and was starving by evening. I waltzed into the pantry to quickly grab some bread and cheese in the hopes of not being late to my next meeting. I always go with wheat bread and double cheese. Here is a thing about me, I eat what I like and what I like mostly happens to be nutritious. Of course, no one gets that. Continue reading

40 Reasons Why I’m Quiet: INFJ Confessions

I think I speak for all quiet people out there when I say that we are tired of hearing, “Oh, you are so quiet”. This is annoying not just because it is stating the obvious but also because being quiet is seen a bad thing. Apparently, people think you are shy, socially awkward, simple-minded, sad, anti-social, or bored if you don’t speak much. While these can all possibly be a reason why someone is quiet (and there is nothing wrong with that), there are many more reasons why someone can be quiet. Continue reading

Shortness of Life

We spend our life pretending that we will live forever. Death is something that we assume is always years away. We know we are all going to die eventually, but we always ignore this fact. When a loved one dies, it hits us hard and we regret the many things that we wanted to do with them or for them. We regret not having spent quality time with them and not having been in touch with them frequently because we were “busy”. We remember the fight we had eons ago and wished we had apologized or didn’t make a big deal out of the conflict. We regret not expressing our love. Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover

Take a moment to go through the two descriptions below and think about what you read:

She carried herself well in a sleeveless, animal printed, cropped top paired with denim shorts. Her striking makeup looked great on her. The red streaks in her hair complimented her top. Her accessories were matched to be in fashion. As she walked in, she had an air of confidence. Her long strides were perfection. She could totally pull off being a model.

Across the hall, there was a woman dressed in a simple classy ball gown. Her elegant outfit was matched with beautiful pearl accessories. Her subtle makeup looked natural and enhanced her beauty. Her hairdo was in line with the overall graceful look. When she greeted her guests, her warm smile, and soft voice made her look like the perfect host.

What did you think of the two women described above? Continue reading

All the world’s a stage

It is said that actions speak louder than words. In an ideal world, people’s actions would be in sync with what they speak. In an ideal world, people would act based on their intentions and conscience. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world! Here, people speak what their audience wants to hear and act in a way that makes them appear good. There is often a disconnect between what they want to do and what they do, where their interests lie and where their actions take them, and how they wish to lead life and how they end up living. Continue reading

Feeding the mouth that bites us

We all know someone who isn’t exactly fond of us. This person would have no valid reason to harm us and we would have done nothing wrong to them. Yet, they make their prime agenda to make things hard for us.

Great people help everyone, even the ones that hurt them. It is an extremely hard thing to be kind to your enemies, Continue reading

Maturity

Struggles are tools that can make you stronger when wielded properly. Whether you are in a difficult situation or tolerating a difficult person, every challenge you face has the potential to transform you into a better version of yourself.

I don’t mean that you shall learn to fight back when you are exposed to problems. I’m not talking about becoming fierce and Continue reading

Unexpected Perks of Writing

Writing is a character building activity. I used to think it was merely to express oneself. I reasoned that unlike reading, writing cannot teach me anything. To my surprise, I learnt a lot after I started blogging and that did not just pertain to the topics I was writing about,  grammar, punctuation, writing style and blogging etiquette. Here’s how writing will make you a better person: Continue reading

Cherish Your Competition

Who doesn’t have a competitor? Whether you’re a student, a 9-5 job worker, an entrepreneur or an artist, there is always at least one person whose skill is just about your level, who you want to beat.

If you don’t find such a person in any aspect of your life that you want to improve on, you probably need to shift to another place. Continue reading

Why we need Literature

In the education industry, there has been too much glorification of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Lately, Arts is also joining the picture and the focus is called STEAM. However, literature is still underrated.

I see many parents who force their child to concentrate on Maths, Physics and Chemistry (MPC) from their middle school because these subjects are important to get into engineering stream. Continue reading

Broke New Year’s Resolution? Get back on track

It’s almost a month after many of us kick started our New Year’s resolution plans. While a few people still keep up their resolve, many of us mere mortals would have failed by now. How long did your New Year resolution last? A week? Only a day? It doesn’t matter.

So we weren’t committed for a few days. So what? Not keeping up your resolutions to the t isn’t the end of the world. There’s no use crying over spilled milk. We can always start now and get back on track. Continue reading