Don’t take away their innocence

Innocence lies in childhood. Any child who does not get to be a child is being robbed of it(innocence). So, no child below the age of 16 should be allowed to participate in any kind of racial activity or acts of violence, whether in school or outside. Kids should stay kids.

But it is not so anymore. Even the kids are growing up quicker than they should. Reading in news, I came across kids acting out on each other over skin color, some over caste, even over religion. This type of behavior is learned from the surroundings and does not come up on its own. (So, you have been warned.) Create such an environment that teaches tolerance, kindness, and respect for life, no matter who it is.

When I was a child myself, the word innocence was so commonly used. Kids were free from judgments and were able to differentiate between right and wrong deeds. Kids were treated like the very embodiment of God. But in today’s world, I hardly hear it anymore(the word innocence). It is not good.

To the ladies now, I have a request for you- forget about men, especially who you can’t control, (change, whatever) concentrate on your young ones. Teach them the best you can. Make sure they study hard and actually learn important things such as friendship, kindness, and not stuff like white skin is “superior” or something alike. Teach them manners, etiquettes, what is right and wrong, good and bad, and most of all, teach them to be open minded.

Now, how to deal with underage criminals. Suggestion- anyone below 16, if, has committed any criminal act, depending on its severity they need to be sent to the correctional facilities for some years (say at the least 5 years). Everyone above 16 should be treated as adults and tried in court for their actions, and if found guilty should be punished accordingly.

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Stealing, telling lies, differentiation on any basis other than hard work and/or academic performance is wrong, shouting unnecessarily, violence, bullying, calling names, using abusive language, fighting, cheating, disrespectful behavior, to bad mouth, backbiting, et cetera are the activities that fall under red, meaning not to be encouraged.

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Happy Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja  is a Hindu festival in which devotees prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to Bhagwan (God) Shri Krishna as a mark of gratitude. This day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Puran when Bhagwan Shri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains. The incident is seen to represent how God will protect all devotees who take singular refuge in him. Devotees offer a mountain of food, metaphorically representing the Govardhan Hill, to God as a ritual remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God.

Wish you all a very happy Govardhan Puja!!!

Happy Diwali

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Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the month. The festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces. During the climax, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja (worship) to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.

Wish you all a very happy Diwali.

Teach boys to embrace human nature

Most of the people in our society forbid boys to feel sorry even when they are mistaken or wrong. Boys are forbidden to cry out tears too, even when they should be able to show signs of remorse or sympathy or pain or heartbreak or any emotions at all. We need to put a stop to this shallowing of boys by denying them of feeling certain emotions.

Boys should not be cursed or mocked at when they weep. Not allowing them to feel only makes them weaker emotionally. By bottling up all the emotions, they will become stone or worse psychopaths.

Till yesterday, men were taught to suck it up(certain emotions) and laughed at when a tear would come around the edge of their eyes. Not today, neither tomorrow will it be done to boys anymore. They have the right to feel all kind of emotions apart from the most common of the emotions, such as anger and lust.

We need to stop teasing boys when they are tidier than the previous generation’ men. This does not make them feminine (not that there’s anything wrong with it), this simply makes them health conscious. When they lose someone (breakups or death of someone dear), they have the right to let it out and in a less destructive manner(i.e. without harming anyone else or getting hammered). They have a heart too, let them actually put it to use, especially when it matters.

Happy Dhanteras

Dhanteras is the first day that marks the festival of Diwali in India.

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The festival is celebrated as “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit (hypothetically, to drive away the shadows of evil spirits). The houses are thoroughly cleaned and decorated. Over time, dhanteras has come to be known as the most auspicious occasion for buying gold, silver and other metals especially kitchenware. So, we buy some metal as a sign of good luck.