Saturday, October 2, 2010

35 Indian Home Remedies

35 Indian Home Remedies
Desi Dawa -- Local Home Remedies

Here are 35 Indian Home Remedies for everything imaginable and have been used for hundreds of years, before the advent of modern medicine.

This is good especially for minor ailments and aches and pains. Print it out and keep it in a place where you can find it easily, when needed. This may avoid a trip to the doctors and/or make you feel healthy (and even look beautiful) in the process. Take Care!

1) Home Remedies for Asthma:
Take 1 tsp honey and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder and mix them well before consuming. For people who are in their early stages of asthma, a perfect home remedy is to boil 8-10 cloves of garlic in 1/2 cup of milk and consume it during night time. Take very hot water and add a tsp of honey in it. Consume it just before sleeping and take small sips

2) Home Remedies for Body Odour:
Use antibacterial soap or deodorant soap while bathing. To combat the unpleasant armpit odour apply cider vinegar. It serves as the best body odour home remedy treatment. In the bathing water, add a few cups of tomato juice and soak yourself in water for about 15 minutes.

3) Home Remedies for Backache:
Lime juice serves as an excellent home remedy for backache. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and add common salt in it. Drink it two times in a day. It will act as a great back pain reliever.

As a part of back pain home remedy treatment, raw potato in the form of poultice is to be applied on the pain affected area.

Usually Vitamin C that is mainly found in citrus fruits is considered valuable for getting rid of backaches. Consume about 2000 mg of this vitamin every day.

Applying garlic oil on the back gives immense relief from back pain. Take about 10 small garlic pieces and fry them in oil on a low flame. You can either use sesame oil, coconut oil or mustard oil. Fry till the garlic cloves turn light brown. Let the oil prepared from garlic cool completely.

Thereafter apply it on the back and keep it for about three hours. In a couple of days, you'll feel its magical effects

4)Home Remedies for Cough:
Grapes help a great deal in treating cold in a few days. Consume 1 cup grape juice and also add 1-teaspoon honey to it.

Almonds are excellent for dry coughs. Soak about seven almonds in water and keep them overnight. Next morning peel off the brown skin.

Now grind them to form a powder and add twenty grams each of butter and sugar and form a paste. Consume it twice a day , once in the morning and the second time in the evening.

5) Home Remedies for Common Cold:

Lemon can be used effectively to treat common cold, as it increases the body resistance. Take one glass of warm water and pour some lime juice and a tsp of honey in it and consume it once or twice on a daily basis.

Take 1 tbsp of Pepper powder and boil it in a cup of milk. Also add on a pinch of turmeric to it. Put some sugar for taste. Drink it once in a day for about three days.

Take 3-4 tsp Onion juice and 3-4 tsp Honey and mix well before consuming.

6) Home Remedies for Common Fever:

The juice of grapefruit is valuable in all fevers. Helpful in quenching thirst, it also removes the burning sensation produced by the fever. Half a glass of grapefruit juice should be taken with half a glass of water.

Another ideal food in all types of fever is orange. It provides energy, increases urinary output, and promotes body resistance against infections. It is especially effective when the digestive power of the body is seriously hampered.

7)Home Remedies for Defective Vision:

Consume foods rich in vitamin A (like raw spinach, turnip tops, milk cream, cheese, butter, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, Soya beans, green peas, fresh milk), as vitamin A helps in improving the eyesight.

8) Home Remedies for Diabetes:

Take 15 fresh mango leaves and boil them in 1 glass of water. Keep them overnight. Filter and drink the next morning.

As a part of diabetes home remedy treatment, grapefruit is considered most beneficial. Eat three grape fruits three times in a day.

Indian gooseberry (Amla), a rich source of vitamin C serves as the best home remedy for diabetes. Take 1 tbsp of gooseberry juice and mix it with a cup of bitter gourd (Kerala) juice. Consume the mixture daily for about 2 months.

9) Home Remedies for Dry Chapped Lips:
Drink plenty of water every day. Cut fine slices of cucumber and rub on lips. Take a saline bath. Apply neem leaves extract on your lips.

10) Home Remedies for Diarrhoea:
Take a ripe banana and mash it properly. Add 1 tsp of tamarind pulp and a pinch of salt to it. Consume this mixture two times in a day.

A simple effective home remedy for diarrhea is to drink a cup of strong tea or coffee.

A popular diarrhea home remedy treatment is to consume a paste made of 15-20 fresh curry leaves mixed with 1 tsp honey.
Take a ripe banana, add 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder to it and eat it on a daily basis.
Take a tsp of date paste and mix with 1 tsp honey. This mixture is to be consumed 4-5 times a day.

11) Home Remedies for Ear Ache:
Boil 3-4 cloves of Garlic in some water. Mash them and add a pinch of salt. Wrap this 0poultice in a flannel or woolen cloth and place on the aching ear.

Pour some garlic juice in the paining ear. Its antibiotic qualities help to relieve the pain.

Take Vitamin C to boost=2 0your immune system. It is a natural antibiotic and antihistamine that helps to reduce inflammation and fever. Include zinc in your diet because it reduces ear infection. Certain foods, more commonly dairy products like milk, butter, cheese etc tend to aggravate ear infections, so it is better to avoid them during an ear infection

12)Home Remedies for Genital Warts:
Extract juice from onion slices and add salt to it. Apply this juice on the wart-affected area and see the magical effects.

Another great idea is to apply the milky juice of figs on the warts 2-3 times in a day, till the warts disappear.

Put few drops of apple cider vinegar on the warts using cotton ball.

Consume foods rich in folic acid and beta-carotene. Eat plenty of green leafy veggies

13) Home Remedies for Gingivitis:
Take some clove oil and rub it on your gums. Or else, keep a clove in your mouth and chew slowly.
Brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains sage oil, peppermint oil etc..

In 1 glass of lukewarm water, add a pinch of salt and prepare a homemade saline solution. Using this solution, gargle two times in a day. It will help a great deal in reducing the swelling in your mouth.
To heal the gum swelling, use an anti bacterial mouth wash.

Patients suffering from Gingivitis should consume foods containing low saturated fats.

14) Home Remedies for Hair Loss:
One of the best home remedies for treating hair loss is to massage your scalp with fingers gently. It will also aid in increasing blood circulation and lend glow to your hair.
Amla oil serves as an excellent tonic for hair conditioning. Apply this oil on the scalp and see the wonderful results.. OR for nourishing your hair, apply coconut milk all over your scalp and massage it into the hair roots.

15) Home Remedies for Hangover:
Drink plenty of water before going to bed as well as when you wake up in the morning.

Eating some foodstuff while and after you are drinking will slow down the rate at which alcohol enters the blood, thereby reducing the hangover.

Consume vitamin C tablets, as they lead to the breakdown of alcohol content in the body.

16) Home Remedies for Headache:
Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see its wonderful effects.
When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in water and apply it all over your forehead

17) Home Remedies for Heartburn:

Ginger serves as an effective home remedy for heartburn. Grind fresh ginger and prepare ginger tea.. You can even add ginger to foods.
Increase your fiber intake, as it aids in the absorption of excess acid and gas. It helps in flushing out the toxins from your body.
Drink plenty of water at least 8 glasses every day.

Green tea is also effective in treating heartburn.

Prepare herbal tea containing equal small amounts of peppermint, chamomile, ginger, licorice root and catnip. Preferably, it should be taken after dinner

18) Home Remedies for Herpes:

Take a few ice cubes and rub them on the cold sore affected area for a few minutes.
Take a warm tea bag and apply it on the fever blisters for about half an hour.
Lemon balm extract is considered valuable in healing Herpes infection.
Consume foods rich in vitamins. Zinc and iron are also vital. Eat plenty of fruits and green veggies

19) Home Remedies for High Blood Cholesterol:
In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day.
Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries. You just need to modify your cooking style a bit and substitute sunflower seeds for solid fats such as butter and cream.
Incorporate loads of fiber in your meals, as fiber helps a great=2 0deal in lowering the cholesterol pressure in blood.

20) Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure:

A real effective home remedy for high blood pressure is to take 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp ginger juice and 1 tsp cumin powder and mix them well. Have this mixture at least two times in a day. As a part of high bp home remedy treatment, it's good to try out the idea of consuming coriander or fenu greek leaves mixed in 1 cup of water.
Take about 25-30 curry leaves and make a juice, using 1-cup water. You can even add on lime juice to it for making it tastier. Strain and drink it in the morning.

21) Home Remedies for Menopausal Disorder:
When a woman experiences menopause, she should take a daily supplement consisting of 500 mg magnesium and 2 gm of calcium.
Carrot seeds are of great value in case of menopause. In 1 glass of cow's milk, put a tsp of carrot seeds and boil for about 10 minutes or so. Consume it everyday as a medicine.
Liquorices serves as an effective remedy for menopause, as it contains the natural female hormone, estrogen. Thus, it helps in making up for the lost hormones.

22) Home Remedies for Obesity:
On an empty stomach in the morning, drink 1 glass of warm water mixed with juice of half a lime and 1 tsp honey.
In 1 cup of water, add 3 tsp of lime juice, 1/2 tsp pepper powder and some honey. Drink this everyday for=2 0about 3-4 months.

As a substitute of breakfast, consume 2 ripe tomatoes in the morning. This remedy will aid in reducing your weight at a faster rate.

24) Home Remedies for Prostate Disorders:
Pumpkin seeds are extremely useful in treating prostate disorders. The seeds of pumpkin act as a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids that are vital to the health of the prostate.. Men suffering from prostate trouble must take about 60-90 gm of pumpkin seeds daily. Pumpkin can be consumed in the form of powder spread over the cooked food. You can also mix them with white flour for making chapattis.
Zinc has been found beneficial in the treatment of prostate disorders. Take about 30 milligrams of this mineral every day.
Vitamin E is beneficial for prostate health. The patient should be given foods rich in vitamin E like wholegrain products, green leafy vegetables, milk and sprouted seeds.

In 200 ml spinach juice, add 300 ml of carrot juice. You can even have carrot juice separately. Vegetable juices are excellent in curing prostate disorders.

25) Home Remedies for Ringworm:
Take a raw fresh papaya and cut out slices. Rub the slice on the ringworm patch. It serves as an excellent home remedy for ring worms.

Take a few mustard seeds and powder them. Thereafter, make a paste using water.. Apply the paste on the ringworm-affected area and see its wonderful effects.

26) Home=2 0Remedies for Sexual Impotence:

Garlic is considered valuable in treating the problem of sexual impotence. It acts like a tonic for loss of sexual power Chew 2-3 cloves of raw garlic daily.
Another aphrodisiac food next to garlic is onion. It aids in strengthening the reproductive organs. Prefer going in for white onions.
Carrots have proved beneficial in creating the desire for sex. Take about 150 gm of finely chopped carrots and eat them with a half boiled egg, dipped in 1 tbsp of honey. Consume it once a day for about a month or two.

27) Home Remedies for Sinusitis:

Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and garlic, as a part of your daily meals.
Fenugreek leaves are considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire, dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period.
Tie a tsp of black cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale..

28) Home Remedies for Sore Throat:

Take 1-2 cloves of garlic and 2-3 cloves and make a paste. Mix with 1 cup of honey. Drink 1 tsp about 3 times in a day. In 1 cup of warm milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder.. Drink the milk before going to bed.
Take 1 whole onion and boil it with some water. Thereafter, mash it and add some butter, salt and pepper to it. Now eat this mixture.

29) Home Remedies for Stomach Ache:
Drink plenty of water , as it helps in ensuring smooth bowel movements.
Drink lemon tea with some honey added in it for taste. It will keep away stomach ache.
Mix 1 tsp each of mint juice and lime juice. Add some ginger juice and black salt in it. Drink this mixture.

30) Home Remedies for Tonsillitis :
Take a fresh lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add 4 tsp of honey and ¼ tsp of common salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip.
Milk has proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every night for about 3 days.

31) Home Remedies for Toothache:
Dip 1 clove of garlic in rock salt and place it on the affected tooth.
Keep a piece of raw onion inside the mouth on the affected tooth.
Clove serves as an excellent home remedy for toothache. Keep a clove in your mouth and suck it. You can even apply clove oil on the affected tooth.
Lime is considered valuable in maintaining the health of teeth.
Consume the juice of wheat grass, as it acts as a fabulous mouthwash in case of tooth decay.

32) Home Remedies for Wrinkles:
Application of20 leftover egg whites at the bottom of the shell to the problematic area serves as an effective home remedy for wrinkles.

For the sagging skin under the eyes or on the throat, apply some odorless Castor oil.
Take some coconut oil and massage on the wrinkled skin.
Eat 1 tsp of shredded ginger along with a few drops of honey every morning.
Rub the core of a pineapple all over your face for sometime and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.

33) Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection:
In 8 oz of water, put 1/2 tsp of baking soda and drink it.
Drink plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.
Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.

34) Home Remedies for Warts:
Apply Castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for several months.
Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of times a day. Continue for two weeks.
Rub cut raw potatoes on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks.
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.
Apply powder of herb Indian squall daily over the warts.
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a day.
Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the warts.
Apply Papaya juice
Apply Pineapple juice

35) Home Remedies for Vomiting:
Take 2 cardamoms and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it.. Consume it frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting.
In the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp lime juice, add 1/2 tsp of ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting.
Lime juice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled lime juice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea.
In 1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.
























Flash Mentoring: A Way to Enhance Employee Performance

Flash Mentoring: A Way to Enhance Employee Performance

by Eric Frankel

As mentoring plays a key role in the development of employees, employers may want to consider if flash mentoring is right for their organizations.

Flash mentoring is a means to provide honest, constructive feedback in a concise time frame to accelerate the performance and perspectives of key middle management personnel. This concept fits with the evolving demands of talent management leaders throughout the business world.

The phrase, first coined in 2007, is defined as a one-time meeting which enables an individual to learn and seek guidance from a more experienced person who can pass on relevant knowledge and experience. The purpose of flash mentoring is to provide a valuable learning opportunity while requiring a limited commitment of time and resources for more experienced individuals serving as mentors.

Here are a few characteristics of flash mentoring:

1. Personalized

While employees share the common bond of working together in a collaborative environment, their experiences, priorities and perspectives are unique. Flash mentoring considers each person individually while being cognizant and committed to enhancing the functional and organizational opportunities that formulate their priorities and perspectives.

2. Compact Time Frame

Time is of the essence for managers often struggling to balance the requirements of functional management with implementation of strategic initiatives. Flash mentoring delivers memorable and resonating communication for lasting insight and motivation in exchange for a one-time investment.

3. Budget Friendly

For today and the foreseeable future, company decision makers seek initiatives with a predictable cost, defined endpoint, immediate benefits and strong ROI. Flash mentoring is a realistically priced option to complement a multitude of high-priority talent management directives.

4. Non-Invasive

Employees prefer a one-time discussion requiring only a fraction of their work day. Send them to a full-day seminar or enlist them in ongoing coaching and there is often trepidation and resistance to these more intimidating breaches of their personal space.

5. Fresh and Objective

The mentor role in flash mentoring is best suited to objective outsiders. This carefully selected individual should process relevant business experience, an empathic personality and the ability to communicate positively and constructively in an appropriate, non- threatening manner. Utilizing internal personnel flash mentoring often puts the mentee into "paycheck protection" mode rather than one of honesty and self-reflection.

6. Push Back Accountability

Flash mentoring pushes back performance expectations squarely on the shoulders of key employees, appropriately reminding them of expectations to raise performance levels for themselves and those whom they touch in a highly consistent and impacting manner.

[About the Author: Eric Frankel is the creator of 10 Minutes to Change, a Flash Mentoring program that offers HR departments strategies for maximizing the effectiveness for all human capital initiatives. ]

Sunday, August 22, 2010



Let us find out
Nobody knows
Makes commitments
Makes promises
Makes a mistake but says, “I was wrong”
Makes a mistake, but says – “It was not my fault”
Let me do it for you
That is not my job
He goes through a problem
He goes around it and never gets past it
I am good, but not as good as I ought to be
I am not as bad as a lot of other people
I have a programme
I am sorry, ‘ I don’t have any”
There ought to be a better way to do it
That is the way it is always been done
It may be difficult, but possible
It may be possible, but too difficult



Two men, both serially ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour a day to drain the fluids from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed next to the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed would live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man had said. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm and amid flowers of every colour of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the bank he could see it in his mind’s eye as that gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an alien thought entered his head. Why should he have all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see anything ? It did not seem fair. As the thought fermented, the man felt ashamed at first. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window – and that thought now controlled his life.
Late, one night, as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help;. Listening from across the room,he never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes, the coughing and choking stopped along with the sound of breathing. Now there was only silence – deathly silence.

The following morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window,she was saddened and called the hospital attendant to take it away- no words, no fuss. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the man asked if he could be moved next to the window

The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up one one elbow to take his first look. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.

Moral of the story:
Life is all about perception. For some a gentle breeze can invoke lot of happiness but for some others even the costliest gift in the world fail tobring a smile on their face. It works wonders if we are able to assimilate the brighter aspects of life and discard the inequities. The pursuit of happiness is a matter of is a positive attitude we consciously choose to express. It is not a gift that gets delivered to our doorstep each morning, nor does it come through the window. It is something that we consistently need to practice and work towards, to usher in that obscured happiness into our lives.

The pursuit of happiness is an inward journey

Our minds are like programs, awaiting the code that will determine behaviours; like bank vaults awaiting our deposits. If we regularly deposit positive, encouraging, and uplifting thoughts, if we continue to bite our lips just before we begin to grumble and complain, if we shoot down that seemingly harmless negative thought as it germinates, we will find that there is much to rejoice about.


Life is a series of decisions and considerations that lead one through a certain unique path. As human we think about the situations we are in and react accordingly. In other words, we live through a cycle of thought and action. Human actions emanate either from the mind or the intellect or from a combination of both. Thoughts can give birth to an endless world filled with wonder and beauty. Actions give expressions to that beauty right here and how. Strong and pulsating thoughts are the starting points of all achievements.

The recently released book “ A better India, a better world” authored by Sri Narayana Murthy, speaks about the management styles prevalent in different parts of the world. He says that there is not much difference in the modus operandi of organizations world over. But the deciding/differentiating factor lies in the success percentage of the conversion of a legitimate and innovative thought into action. Why no ideas and thoughts matter. If Einstein kept the theory of relativity just in his mind, imagine the plight of science today. If Alexander Graham Bell never bothered to put words to his thoughts, what could have been the plight of humanity ? To conceive an idea is not enough, we need to breathe life into it.

Is it just enough to convert our thoughts into action ? No. It is imperative to combine the power of thought with our reliance and belief in action. When we leverage thought to create a vibration aligned with the results we desire and we take action that enhances that vibration, our creative power shines. That is when it looks to outsiders as if we were favoured by the gods, living a charmed life where everything goes our way. By holding proper thoughts and having aligned emotions helps in p;ropitiating good deeds and thus makes our lives more meaningful.

When we are on the road, driving a car/riding a bike, how many times have we averted an accident ? When we see an oncoming vehicle coming straight at us, do we not steer the vehicle to avoid a head on collision ? What would have happened if all these things just remained as thought in our mind and we forgot/fail to act on it ? Anybody in sane mind would act in conjunction with the circumstances. Likewise, not responding to the challenges/changing milieu can prove to be fatal at times. We need to act and at time pro-act. The entire process right from the conception of an idea to its fruition/implementation is equally essential. An idea is just a thought and it remains impecunious unless acted upon. To succeed we need to give wings to our dreams and make it into a reality.

Many of us approach our dreams backwards. We think we have to “figure out” what to do in order to get what we want.We think action is required and that is what we focus on. But if we never check in on how that action feels, we sp;in our wheels frustrating ourselves to the point where we often give up – or at least go at it the hard way. Things go much smoother and manifest more quickly when we first get our vibration lined up (by thinking right thoughts and feeling good) and then taking inspired action.

Combining the power of right thought and inspired action allows us to have wonderful manifestations in our lives.



Buddha once said: “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind”

The power of thought is the greatest power that man possesses. The present day luxuries are the consequences of mankind’s collective thinking. We are the architects of our own life and the onus is on us to build a mansion or be satisfied with the rubble. Each individual is what he is today because of his thought process. We humans are blessed with the cognitive abilities and thinking is what differenciates us from the brutes. The intellectual philosophy of “existentialism” propounded by some of the great philosophers of the 18th and 19th century like Kierkegaard and Frederick Nietzsche states that man exists and in that existence man defines himself and the world in his own subjectivity, and wanders between choice, freedom, and existential angst. For these intellectual giants, the powers of their thoughts have forced them to question their own existence. Their existential angst is beautifully paraphrased by Rene Descartes’ (a great Greek philosopher) famous postulate “Cogito Ergosm” which translates as “I think. Therefore I exist”

What is a thought ? For lexicographers it means an idea, an instance of thinking or to be even more precise “a state or condition of thinking”. Our brain is a super computer consistently assimilating data and correlating it and structuring it in the form of a thought. Studies on brain activities reveal that a deep thinker may encounter around 50000 thoughts per day. About 100 years ago this figure was around 5000. But today there is information galore and our brain is constantly trying to process it. He may think about how it is being prepared and the probable side effects after consuming it. He may rationalize and decide whether to have it or not. Our thoughts are greatly affected by the way we perceive this world.

We have the conscious mind and the sub conscious mind. The conscious mind gathers knowledge and exp;erience through the senses. It learns from books, conversation and experience. This reservoir of knowledge and experience is then passed down into the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the mind of action. It is responsible for all that we do. It is the seat of memory and of instinct. It is a repertoire of tremendous power and extraordinary intelligence and carries out complicated processes in our body which makes life possible.

As we walk along, the seashore our fet leaves an imprint on the sand. In a similar way, every experience leaves a mark in our mind which arguable moulds our thinking prowess. These accumulated experiences have got a profound ramification on our actions. Most of our actions are guided by our thoughts. Every thought is a seed. It is upto us to allow it to germinate or relegate it to the deepest recess of our mind.

Fostering the right thoughts is very important because it influences our action, builds up character and develops a steadfast mind. There are two sections of people out there. One who overcomes life and the other who is overcome by life. Those who are able to control their thoughts and exercise their negative emotions will triumph over life’s difficulties. Those who succumb to their emotions will always be bogged down with life’s inequities.

There is a misconception that it is difficult to regulate our thoughts. But the truth is we can control and regulate our thoughts in the same way a traffic policeman controls the traffic on a rush day. Undesirable and destructive thoughts should be arrested while constructive thoughts need to be encouraged. Sometimes as we change the topic of our conversation, we need to change the focus of our thoughts too to streamline our thinking prowess.

There is a very interesting exercise which is often done in Business Schools to reiterate the link between thought and action. The instructor provides each of the team members with one inflated balloon and one pin. Then he will announce that whoever is left with the balloon intact will be the winner. Soon there will be a flurry of activities with each participant trying to burse the other person’s balloon. The end result is that, no one will be left with any balloons. The learning from this exercise obviously is that we tend to succumb to our thoughts/emotions. When the instructor announced that the winner will be the one left with the balloon intact, the participants construed that they need to burst the balloons of others to come first. This is mob behaviour. Instead of bursting the balloons of others, they could have simply protected their own balloons. This is a classic example of a thought determining the course of action.

To find yourself, think for yourself – said Socrates

When Arjuna geared up; to fight the kauravas, he became insipid after seeing his gurus as part of the enemy force. This sapped his energy and confidence and pushed him to leave the battle field. It was up to Krishna to explain to him about the rationale of this war and how his actions are going to be justified. The entire – Bhagawath Gita dwells on this profound philosophy of finding over true self. We need to constantly introspect and churn out the disproportionate thoughts that lead us to doom. Our negativities should be decided and replaced with an engulfing radiance of love and compassion which will rejuvenate us and the world around us.

What differentiates success from failure ? Why do some people succeed while others are pushed down the echelons of failure ? Is there a success formula ? The answer to these intriguing questions lies in the type of mind one possesses. A successful person always thinks in terms of achievement, prosperity and growth. They exude positive vibes and nurture positive thoughts. Their motto is always service and cooperation

By training ourselves to think thoughts of goodwill instead of hate and resentment, of cooperation instead of selfish acquisitiveness, of service rather than personal gain, we will be able to reflect these wonderful notions as actions that benefit humanity and mankind.







The moment you are in tension
You will lose your attention
Then you are in total confusion
And you will feel irritation
Then you will spoil personal relation
Ultimately you won’t get cooperation
Then you will make things complication
Then your BP may also rise caution
And you may have to take medication
Instead, under the situation
And try to think about the solution
Many problems will be solved by discussion
Which will work out better in your profession
Don’t think its my free suggestion
It is only for your prevention
If you understand my intention
You will never come again to tension


We may all have heard the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. The moral of the story was “Slow and Steady wins the race”

The hare which was disappointed at losing the race did some thinking. He realised that he had lost the race only because he had been over confident, careless and lazy. Had he not taken things for granted, there is no way that the tortoise could have beaten him. So, he challenged the tortoise for another race. This time, the hare ran without stopping from start to finish and won the race.
The moral of the story now stands modified to “While it is good to be slow and steady, it is better tobe fast and consistent”

It was the turn of the tortoise to do some thinking. The tortoise realized that he could not beat the hare in the race the way it was formatted. He did some thinking and challenged the hare to another race but on a slightly different route. The hare took off and ran at top speed, in keeping with his self commitment until he came to a river. The finish line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The hare sat wondering what to do. In the meantime, the tortoise reached the river, swam to the opposite bank and finished the race. The moral of the story will now be “First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency”

By this time, the hare and the tortoise became good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that they could race for mutual advantage

So, they decided to run the race again, but this time, as a team. Thus, they started off with the hare carrying the tortoise till the river bank. Then, the tortoise took over and swam across the river with the hare on his back. On the opposite side, the hare again carried the tortoise and together, they reached the finishing line. They both felt a great sense of happiness, satisfaction and success. The final moral of the story is – “It is good to be individually motivated and to have skills/core competencies, but, unless you are able to work as a team and harness each others’ core competencies, you will always perform below par”

In short it can be said – working together works.

While all employees in an organization work as a team, harnessing the skills/competencies/potentials of each other to perform is found better.


Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan as it is popularly known is a form of traditional Chinese “Soft” Martial arts. The word Tai Chi Chuan in Chinese means “Supreme Ultimate Force”. The notion of “Supreme Ultimate” is often associated with the Chinese concept of the “Ying” and the “Yang” (the positive and the negative energies ) which speaks about a dynamic duality in all the things that we see around us.

Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best the thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of so-called forms (sometimes also called ‘sets’) which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts (and perhaps even more ancestrally than that, from the natural movements of animals and birds) although the way they are performed in Tai Chi is slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them.

In Chinese philosophy and medicine there exists the concept of “chi”, a vital force that animates the body. One of the avowed aims of Tai Chi is to foster the circulation of this ‘chi’ within the body, the belief being that by doing so the health and vitality of the person are enhanced. This ‘chi’ circulates in patterns that are closely related to the nervous and vascular system and thus the notion is closely connected with that of the practice of acupuncture and other oriental healing arts.

Another aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focused on the precise execution of these exercises. Learning to do them correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center, and so on.

As it closely resembles dance movements, Tai Chi is often referred to as the ultimate “Dance of Life”



“Survive to serve” was the clarion call. Prejudice comes only from the side which you do not know. It is fear of making a mistake that makes prejudice. Get rid of this fear if you wish to serve. Asserted the speaker

One of the common drawbacks in us is our reluctance to accept our ignorance. We don’t agree that we don’t know.

What causes sorrows ? Dr Rudran clarifies “that which is loved, will not cause you anxiety. Anxiety arises because of not loving. If any conflict arises, it tends to create stress, and when your views are not accepted it leads to sorrow and irritation.

What then is the way out ? Quoting the saying of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, the speaker clarified that life is like tongue amidst 32 teeth. It requires enormous skill, endurance and tactics to live amongst evil forces. We cannot get rid of them, instead we must learn to live with them tactfully. The concept is based on Ramayana, where Vibheeshana is seen to be leading a noble the amidst many asuras. Compromise is not absolute. In fact, it is misnomer. Compromise should be renamed as accepting the presence.




Stress – what ?

Simply put ”stress makes us sick”. Slow accumulation of stress, leads to diseases. Factors like meeting deadlines, inadequate sleep, emotional turmoil, psychological characteristics, etc., can affect us physiologically and psychologically. Heart strokes, diabetes, ulcers, cholesterol etc., are the results of psychological and physiological events. It requires physiological adaptations and excellent stress response mechanism to survive in extremely stressful situations.

Lack of sleep and heart diseases – some research findings:

Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentration of high sensitivity, C- reactive protein – the strongest predictor of heart attacks
Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body and they increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease.
Sleeping for less than 5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease

Sleep is composed of two stages:
REM – (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, we alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times. The earlier part of sleep; is mostly non-REM. During that period, our pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair our body. The latter part of sleep is more of REM type.

Situations, when people get cumulative ill effects of stress (few examples)
Feeling of getting forced to meet deadlines very frequently
Lack of sleep, for many days
Lack of work-life balances for long
Unmanaged and long duration of worries, frustrations, negative emotions like, jealousy, anger, depression, hopelessness etc.
Lack of “feel-good factor”

We need to have a holistic view of life. We can ask few pertinent questions to ourselves, like for how many years, I am going to live, what is the purpose of my life, how would I like to be remembered by people around me or the world after die. If we sincerely probe ourselves with these questions, we are going to get very useful answers and have “balance in life - between professional, family and personal”, as mentioned in The Gita. Then only the poem of Rabindranath Tagore – “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” – will make sense to us.

::Excerpts from “Strress-from burnout to balance” by Vinay Joshi.




Your past performances construct your self-image. Only when your self-image is healthy, you find the motivation to further unearth your potential, which manifests as performances. Performances in turn contribute to your self-image. The cycle continues. However, if your self image is dented and tarnished, you lack the motivation to unearth your potential. So you move into inaction, self-pity and start building a feeling of inferiority about yourself. Your performances reflect the sum total of what your future can be

If performance, self image and unearthed potential form a cycle, we know that a cycle can begin from anywhere. We can define our own starting point. Performances are of the past and potential is of the future. The present is “self-image” and we can do something about it. So let us take “self-image” as the starting point of our life cycle and build a healthy, positive self-image about ourselves and create the life that we deserve. How to go about it ? Here are a few ways.

Develop the attitude to count your blessings and stop counting your troubles. Your birth as a healthy human being, not languishing in poverty, being a literate, having people to cry with and cry for, living in a peaceful land, etc are all blessings. Harold Abbot put it this way: “I had the blues because I had no shoes, until upon the street I met a man who had no feet”

Dress up neatly and walk confidently. Till you have a personality, wear your personality and you will succeed in painting a better picture of yourself. Never go to sleep, however lat it may be, until you read something thought – provoking. Shun the company of negative people. Or, at least refuse to assign any value to their comments. Right company builds the muscles of your self-image.

Develop a taste for success. Feed yourself with small challenges and repeatedly taste success. Every string of success will strengthen the rope called self-image. The more and more your outlook towards the rest of the world becomes positive, the more and more you will be able to look at yourself positively.

A man who has never failed has never tried. Failure is an event and it is not you. A defeat should not defeat the personality. Failures are mere lessons learnt. Please do not allow it to scratch your self image

In your world and your life, you are the best thing to have happened. Live up to the glory of being the one and only of your kind.




01. Noone can insult or hurt you without your permission. One of the golden keys to happiness and great success is the way you interpret events which unfold before you. Highly successful people are master interpreters. People who have attained greatness have an ability which they have developed to interpret negative or disempowering events as positive challenges which will assist them in growing and moving even farther up the ladder of success. There are no negative experiences only experiences which aid in your development and toughen your character so that you may soar to new heights. There are no failures, only lessons.

02. Take a speed reading course. Reading is a powerful way to gain many years of experience from a few hours of study. For example, most biographies reflect the strategies and philosophies of great leaders or courageous individuals. Read them and model them. Speed reading will allow you to digest large quantities of material in relatively small periods of time.

03. Remember people’s names and treat everyone well. This habit, along with enthusiasm, is one of the great success secrets. Everyone in this world wears an imaginary button that screams out “I want to feel important and appreciated”

04. Be soft as a flower when it comes to kindness but tough as thunder when it comes to principle. Be courteous and polite at all times but never be pushed around. Ensure that you are always treated with respect.

05. Never discuss your health, wealth and other personal matters with anyone outside of your immediate family. Be very disciplined in this regard..

06. Be truthful, patient, persevering, modest and generous

07. Soak in a warm bath at the end of a long, productive day. Reward yourself for even the smallest of achievement. Take time out for renewal of your mind, body and spirit. Soon all your more important goals will be met and you will move to the next level of peak performance.

08. Learn the power of breathing and its relationship with your energy source. The mind is intimately connected with your breathing. For example, when the mind is agitated, your breathing becomes quick and shallow. When you are relaxed and focused, your breathing is deep and calm. By practicing deep, abdominal breathing, you will develop a calm, serene demeanour that will remain cool in the hottest of circumstances. Remember the rule of the Eastern Mountain men: “To breathe properly is to live properly”

09. Recognise and cultivate the power of auto suggestion. It works and is an essential tool in maintaining peak performance. We are all performers in one way or another and it is particularly valuable to use such techniques of athletes and public figures for our own enhancement. If you want to become more enthusiastic, repeat “I am more enthusiastic today and am improving this trait daily” Repeat it over and over. Purchase a legal notepad and write out this mantra 500 times . Do it for three weeks with regular practice and feel that this quality is developing. Very soon it will come. This is a strategy that Indian sages have employed for thousands of years to aid their spiritual and mental development. Do not be discouraged if the results are not immediate, they will certainly develop. The spoken word is a powerful influencer of the mind.

10. Maintain a diary to measure your progress and to express your thoughts. Writing out not only your successes but your troubles is one of the world’s most effective methods of erasing the worry habit , staying in optimum state and developing precision of thought.




A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operationalo track.

The train is coming and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way ?

Let us take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make..

Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place ?

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.

The great critic Leo Velski Julian as well as Sourav who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the op;erational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train’s sirens. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track. Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the tack, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake. And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realise that hasty decisions may not always be the right one






Imagine a quill floating in the wind. As the wind changes its direction the quill does a pirouette and dances to its rhythmic cadence. It loses its identify and becomes one with the wind. An expert glider uses this unprecdictability of the wind to do amazing feats in the air. The quill and the glider may be carried to longer distance and greater heights by being in total congruity with the wind. Life is like that. We just cannot predict what is around the corner. We may falter at the biquitous inequities that the life poses. We may fail to reach the altar of success. To keep pace with its subtle nuances and surprises, we need to learn to dance to its tune. Find the rhythm that suits us, do the leg work properly and enjoy the dance.

What does finding our own rhythm mean ? There are a million things in this world which may affect a million people in million ways. For A R Rahman, music is the road to salvation. When he sees a keyboard he sees god. When he touches it, he feels god. But for may others, it will just remain a collage of keys with no significance. A piece of music/a beautiful song is already there in the guitar. Only a maestro can elicit that melody from the six innocuous strings. A true sculptor can see the image/sculpture in a rotund rock, while a nonchalant passer by may blissfully fail to see the creation. Everything depends on the level of resonance that we have achieved with ourselves and the things that surround us. If we listen closely, we can hear our own heart beat. There is a beautiful rhythm to it. When we succumb to the malice and the negativities around us, we can sense the rhythm changing. Finding the perfect rhythm is about knowing our brain, our body our mind and bringing the three into unison.

It is said that when soldiers march over the bridge, they break the rhythm because the resonance they build otherwise is huge enough to destroy the bridge. In a similar way the intonation of the reasonance that we build in ourselves in conjugation with nature is powerful enough to flush out the negativities and usher in a feeling of endearing happiness.
The Sufis dance and spin their way to nirvana. The disciples of Bhagavan Rajaneesh forget their surroundings, when they dance to attain eternal bliss. The rhythm of life is a powerful beat and it instigates us to dance, to sing, to breathe and to be passionate. But we take each step with lot of trepidation. We do not involve fully in the things that we do. We give, but with compunction. We learn, but without conviction.

We need to learn the rhythm of life as we grow. We need to feel/listen to the rhythm of other people, the rhythm that nourished our parents, our grand parents, our ancestors down the ages and understand their stories and the struggles to give shape and purpose to our own dance. As we start experiencing our own rhythm, we will find the beauty of the rhythm in others – other individuals, other cultures, other traditions and realize that the rhythm of life is a cosmic ballet in which we all play a tiny but immensely integral part.