Author Archives: Bienu Varma Vaghela

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

I want to be happy but circumstances do not let me be happy Do you relate to this? Does your happiness depend on circumstances? Are you inflicted with negativity around you? You don’t know how to be happy always? Are there some specifics that can make you happy? I am not asking you these questions; […]

PitruPaksh (पितृ पक्ष), a Hindu way of paying obeisance to ancestors

“PitruPaksha (पितृ पक्ष) “fortnight of the ancestors” is a 16–lunar day period in the Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors , especially through food offerings. The period is also known as Pitri Paksha/Pitr-Paksha, PitriPokkho, Sorah Shraddha (“sixteen shraddhas”), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya, Apara Paksha and akhadpak, PitruPandharavda or pitrupaksh. “During this time, Hindus pay tribute to their ancestors for the reponse of their souls. […]

Eternal gratitude for teachers!

While we celebrate Teachers Day today – September 5, 2022, and the theme is – ‘शिक्षकः बढ़ते संकट के बीच भविष्य की नई कल्पना’ (Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future), we never forget to thank our teachers, who made our lives meaningful. Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5 to honour educators and recognize […]

How to choose your life partner?

Choosing a life partner is indeed an arduous task, particularly in the Indian milieu. Institution of marriage has undergone tremendous change in the last few decades, from the 50s’ when grandparents used to decide on the partner, 60’s when parents took on them to decide right partner, 70’s when the family started match-making, 80s–90s era […]

Stress – What is this new-age phenomenon?

In today’s parlance, it is the most widely used term, globally, across continents, across nations, across ages, across races, and genders. Stress is the widest spread phenomenon today which is impacting the world’s population like no other. Everybody is stressed… So, what is stress? Stress is our body’s response to pressure. Many different situations or […]

How to overcome over-thinking?

Have you been labelled as an over-thinker? Are you really an over-thinker? Do you suffer from recurring thoughts? Is your head clogged with thoughts? Is it robbing you of all your happiness? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you are… This is one of the modern-day terminologies – over-thinker or mental […]

Are Freedom & Happiness Co-related?

While we just celebrated #Azaadikaamritmahotsav, the 75 years of independence, a thought crosses my mind, and perhaps yours too – Are we really free? Are we truly happy? Are these two co-related? If you are free, are you happy? Maybe yes, maybe no! So, what is happiness? By a definition in psychology, happiness is a […]

Religious vis-à-vis Spiritual – KARWA CHAUTH paves the way!!

Karwa Chauth is an Indian Festival where women observe a day-long fast (without water) for the long life & well-being of their husbands. It is a prominent festival of North India celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, but other communities also observe similar festivals, though in a slightly different manner. In the last decades, we […]

Are we running on a hedonic treadmill?

All of us know about the treadmill, as we have used it at some or other point in our lives to shed that excess baggage (read weight), acquired over a period of time. So, when that excess baggage is shed, we are happy, we stop using it. Now that excess baggage returns, we become unhappy […]