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ALL ABOUT VEGANISM

I’m anticipating that 2020 is going to be the year, if not the decade of plant-based eating. Vegan is the new black. For some, being vegan may be a dietary choice, while for others it is a lifestyle choice.


People who choose to live a vegan lifestyle may also avoid clothes, soaps, and other products that use or contain parts of animals, such as leather and animal fur. People arrogate this lifestyle for its environmental benefits and for a sustainable living as ‘Plant-Based Diets’ are more sustainable.
Enjoying more plants isn’t only good for you, it’s good for the planet as well. One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid animal products.


Talking about vegan diet, it can provide all of the nutrients that a person needs, and can eliminate some of the possible risks that research has associated with harmful animal fats. In addition, people on a vegan diet often absorb fewer calories than those on a typical Western diet. A moderate calorie intake can lead to a lower body mass index (BMI) and a reduced risk of obesity, a major risk factor for heart disease. Eating a vegan diet may reduce a person’s risk of cancer by 15%. This health benefit may be due to the fact that plant foods are high in phytochemicals, biologically active compounds in plants that protect against cancers. Vegan diets can boost heart health in several ways, are high in fiber, which the AHA link with better heart health. The anti-inflammatory properties of the micro-nutrients present in plant foods reduces the risk of urinary tract infections. Lastly it improves mental health and wellbeing. However people who wish to adopt a vegan diet will need to plan their meals carefully to ensure that they are getting enough key nutrients to avoid deficiencies.


Coming to the dark side of the food industry, data shows the production of dairy products necessitates the death of countless male calves that are of no use to the dairymen ,also because of the premature death of cows who are slaughtered when their milk production decreases. Similarly, within the egg industry, even ‘ethical’ or ‘free range’ eggs involve the killing of the ‘unnecessary’ male chicks even though some of them are just a day old.
Veganism helps solve this issue by adopting green care, a term which isn’t well known yet. It refers to a variety of organized and formal beneficial interactions with nature. Examples include animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and care farms.
According to a report titled ‘Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017’, 6 percent of US citizens currently identify themselves as vegan. That’s a jump from only one  percent in 2014 and  consistent with  a 2019 article within “The Economist”, 25 percent of 25-to-34-year-old Americans say they’re vegans or vegetarians.
Given its significant contributions to climate change and the intensity of the animal suffering it causes, the demise of factory farming will have many social benefits.Veganism as an industry will both provide valuable services as well as generate new, green and humane jobs of different kinds in rural communities.

Hence, Veganism is the way to go, it’s a lifestyle caring not only for oneself but for the environment as well. The following years will see a huge rise in veganism and it’s better to get onto the train as soon as possible, adjustments like practicing veganism for 2 to 3 days a week goes a long way and will help prepare one to take the next step on the road to veganism. The vegan lifestyle is destined to catch up with  the vast majority of our population and  is one of those few trends that people are actually hoping for. We all look forward to seeing how the whole thing plays out as it’s one of those lifestyle changes that can define us as a species and will probably carve a more sustainable and cruelty-free way of living for us and the generations to follow.

CONDUCT OF THE EVOLVED

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato

When we were small, we were taught how to behave in front of other people. We also observed others how they reacted to certain things or situations and adapted them. And over time with experience, we learned different reactions to these situations. Human Behaviour is a certain reaction towards a change in situation, emotion which can differ from person to person and along the course of life. These depend on the person’s thoughts, maturity, experience, and feelings. A person who is composed will control his behaviour while being angry. However, on the contrary, another person might act without thinking. Someone when young might react to a situation differently than the same person when older. 

After studying the behaviour and responses to different stimuli, scientists divided human behaviour into the following categories:

  1. Molecular and Moral Behaviour: Molecular behaviour is when the person acts unexpectedly without thinking. Moral behaviour is when a person takes action after thinking.
  2. Overt and Covert Behaviour: Overt behaviour is the one which is visible to others while Covert behaviour is not visible e.g. – thinking.
  3. Voluntary and Involuntary: Voluntary behaviour can be controlled by the human whereas Involuntary behaviour is natural and happens without thinking.

As Aristotle said, “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” Humans have 6 basic types of emotions namely Happiness, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger, Surprise. Emotions play a major role in how a person behaves.

  1. Happiness: The feeling of satisfaction and joy is generally paired with happiness. This is characterized by either a smile or laughter. The person becomes calm and his/her tone is soothing to others. It depends on the person what things make him happy.
  2. Sadness: The person is not interested in his work, can be depressed about something. This is often displayed by crying, low energy, isolating from others, the tone is not very delightful.
  3. Fear: Heart rate increases, the mind becomes more alert and sometimes sweating can also be experienced. The mind often tends to avoid or escape from such scenarios but some manage to stay calm and find a solution. This depends on the thinking and experience of the person.
  4. Disgust: Person usually turns his face away and sometimes result in vomiting. Changes in facial expressions are evident commonly.
  5. Anger: This is a result of frustration. Generally, one loses his control over mind and acts without thinking. The tone, when speaking to someone, can be harsh and loud. Change in facial expressions such as frowning or looking at someone fiercely. Some people have a better grip in situations like these as they keep their cool. They think positively with their minds to get out of the situation.
  6. Surprise: When you get into an unexpected situation, you feel a sense of shock. The expressions evolve into widened eyes, open mouth and raised eyebrows. The physical demonstration can be jumping and screaming.

When we face these emotions, the pattern learned from childhood and experience comes into play. The brain secretes hormones which changes the mental state and the person acts accordingly. Most people have the same behaviour but others have their pattern. There are also other factors which shape our mentality of behaviour. These are Genetics, Social Norms, Creativity, Religion, Attitude and Weather and Climate. A person need not follow what he has been taught or observed but might feel differently and can convert his behaviour. The question is, can animals with different intelligence also behave differently to the same situation? Ponder upon it.

Officialising Sign Language in India

With the introduction of the New Education Policy, a new hope towards the Indian education system has risen, as it will ensure that students possess practical knowledge before joining universities and thus, further sharpening their skills. One underrated and less talked aspect of education is the Indian Sign Language getting standardized across the country. National and State curriculum materials will be developed for use by students with hearing impairment. This has brought delight to the 5 million people benefiting from sign language across the nation. 

Under the COVID 19 pandemic, the lockdown resulted in the closing of schools and universities. Everyone was affected in some of the other ways but very little has been talked about the deaf people. Most of the orders and notices along with online classes were not accessible to them and eventually they had to suffer. For years, the needs of this community have been ignored which has prevented them from getting a proper sign language education or taking up jobs. Even the family members of these people have no proper training regarding this.

In recent years, notable steps have been taken, such as the introduction of sign language news broadcasting on government news channels. Private news houses should also take inspiration from this and follow a similar methodology so that every guideline given by the government reaches to deaf people too. Also recently Actor Ranveer Singh has released a sign language song on his music label IncInk and has spoken for signing a petition for making ISL the 23rd Official Language in Constitution. One more pertinent suggestion given by citizens is that the ISL should be made a compulsory subject in the Indian Education Curriculum at the primary level so that every citizen of the country can establish smooth communication with deaf people.

We all speak various languages in our day to day life, English in schools, colleges, and offices, mother tongue at home, local language at shops, etc. We use different languages for effective communication and better understanding. Being physically abled we face no problems with indifference, but some people do face these, the reason being deafness and dumbness. This is where the sign language comes into play as by using this they can convey their thoughts skillfully.

These languages use visual ways to convey meaning and are full-fledged languages having proper grammar and vocabulary. Sign Languages have a history dating back to the 5th century BC in ancient Greece. Pedro Ponce De Leon is regarded as ‘The First Teacher for the Deaf’ as he developed the first manual alphabet of sign language in the 16th century. Today each country generally has its own native sign language eg. USA – American Sign Language, UK – British Sign Language. India follows the Indian Sign Language which is predominant in South Asian countries. It is still unclear how many sign languages are present in the world today, but the 2013 publication of Ethnologue lists 137 Sign Languages.

In the 2000s, the Indian Deaf Community advocated for an institute based on ISL teaching and research. Hence, in the Union Budget Speech of 2010-2011, the setting up of ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Teaching and Research) was announced, on 4th October 2011. Being a government institute that falls under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

ISLRTC has laid down the various courses for everyone to learn ISL. It takes years to learn a single SL properly, but for basic communication, it requires 60-90 hours of training. India has 5 million citizens using these sign languages, but only 700 schools cater to them which are seriously understaffed.

Hence, the onus not only lies on the government for making the conditions better for deaf people but also on us by not preventing or depriving these people of life just like all of us.

MAKE SURE 2021 IS A YEAR THAT YOU OWN!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”- Walt Disney

As a year full of unprecedented times is drawing to a close, it is a great opportunity to ponder on things that can be done differently in the upcoming year. Before 2021 commences, make sure you have a one-page plan for the year. Ask yourself where do you see yourself after a year? What are the goals you want to achieve? What are your main priorities? Where should you be investing your time?

EXPRESSIONS HOLD THE KEY

Being strong doesn’t mean hiding your pain. It doesn’t mean forgoing help when you’re struggling. It doesn’t mean refusing to show sadness and vulnerability. And it doesn’t mean carrying the burdens of life all by yourself. Anything that prevents your healing and stifles your growth does not correspond with strength. Being strong means refusing to tolerate people and things that wound your soul. It means practicing self care when you’re hurting. It means honoring your feelings by actually allowing yourself to feel and express them.

Love – beyond limerence

Love -the virtual feeling that is always misunderstood to be evoked when you find your Mr or Ms. Perfect. We would have a healthier perception of love if we know what love is. It is not only a sensation but a beautiful feeling that binds two things together. However, it is not always possible that your love receives acceptance because there are things that you love but they can’t revert, for instance, your love for books.

HOW DOES CINEMA POTRAY WOMEN

Cinema being the major source of entertainment has a deep impact on the ethics and values of society. The characters of the movies, television, web series are idolized by every generation group. From imbibing their dressing style to how they speak and what they do, each and every aspect of them is incorporated, the only reason being they are applauded, they are appreciated.

PRODUCTIVITY AND LOCKDOWN

“Not being productive does not mean you are wasting time.”

I am sure all of us have struggled with that guilt wreaking havoc on your mind whenever we scroll through Instagram and see all our friends getting Quarantine glow ups, Baking sourdough bread and just living that perfect life, But are they? After all, baking sourdough is not going to end this pandemic.

FROM STRICTLY ARRANGED TO SEMI-ARRANGED

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. — Martin Luther.

Unlike the saying, “When it comes to love, age is just a number” the perception behind Indian marriages is to “settle down” when you reach a certain age. The fear may be that as you grow older, you might not find the right person or no person at all. It is the year 2020, but the fact remains the same in every caste and community. 

SELF LOVE: LIVE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF

In this hustle-bustle lifestyle, we forget to realize that we own a body that needs care  and pampering. We are busy targeting our goals and we have become pig-ignorant that our body is not a machine that would work constantly and need a service once in a while.

WHY ARE WE TAUGHT TO BE INSECURE ABOUT THINGS?

We are not born with insecurities. We are taught to be insecure about certain things. Did you think you couldn’t leave your home without adjusting your hairdo or change from your ratty pyjamas to socially acceptable formal wear, before your mom indulged you into the strict habit of it?

GASLIGHTING

Gaslighting is a word that we immediately associate with lighting a gas stove to cook our noodles, but unfortunately this isn’t a riveting  tale about the struggle of lighting a gas stove.

Gaslighting  is when your emotions, words and experiences are twisted and used against you, causing you to question your reality, decisions as well as actions and thoughts.

I AM NOT INSECURE. AM I?

Am I not doing enough? Am I sleeping too much? Do I need to buy more self help books? Is everyone doing better than me? These are just a few questions you ask yourself daily. We do not accept this, but deep inside this feeling scares us. We try to rationalise these thoughts by thinking that it’s a competitive world out there.

THE CELEBRITY WORSHIP SYNDROME IN INDIA

Be it Rajinikanth or Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni or Narendra Modi (or Indira Gandhi in the past), Indians tend to stretch their adulation and admiration for their icons to extremes! Psychologists call it Celebrity Worship Syndrome. The western psychologists found it necessary to delve into the phenomenon and to reassure Indians that it’s not an ailment unique only to India.

LIFE AS AN INDIAN NON-BINARY

While their birth takes place like any other “normal” person, it’s sad they don’t die like us. While all our lives begin the same way, it’s sad their journey is so different. While most of us enjoy the pleasure of being with our families, few of them get the chance to even know their families. While, we are dignified with a single sex, they still struggle with a bunch of frolic uneasy pronouns!

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