A young Indian college student's weekly advice column in a local New York daily on motivation and positive thinking has become very popular.
Chandresh Bhardwaj, 20, a student of accounts at Baruch College, University of New York, got his start on offering counsel in January 2006 when he submitted an article to The Ticker newspaper titled: "Positive thinking. Beware of what you say."
Encouraged and surprised by the initial feedback, the feature editor of the newspaper asked Bhardwaj to write a weekly column. Since then, he has written 20 columns based on motivation, positive thinking and new ways of living.
Interestingly, Bhardwaj, or Brian as the newspaper staff know him, is not paid for the 500-word pieces he writes.
Now, people all over the world seek advice from Bhardwaj, a native of Punjab who came to the US in 2004, according to News Day newspaper.
Bhardwaj said the idea of such a column grew out of a concern for people that he developed while still in India.
"I used to see everywhere that people are so depressed, so sad. This was really bothering me," he said. "I used to think there should be a different way of looking at things. I looked for answers but never found any that was convincing. Things started changing when I came to New York," he said.
In his quest to help people, Bhardwaj said he read many books on mind power and positive thinking and got inspiration from Indian spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.