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Teachers, those underrated heroes, have been braving it out, gritting their teeth and hanging on by the skin of their teeth. Ladies especially have had a harrowing time, juggling multiple tasks at home while attempting to look calm and composed before smart screens, with restless students waiting at the other end, feeling equally ill at ease.(Shutterstock)

Random Forays: Unravelling the role plays of society

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:26 PM IST
A lighter take on the lives of movie stars, politicians, social media influencers and motivational speakers in 2020, the year of the Coronavirus
To marvel and wonder at the cosmic creator, to compel ourselves to not take nature’s magic for granted is to really live.(HT Photo)
To marvel and wonder at the cosmic creator, to compel ourselves to not take nature’s magic for granted is to really live.(HT Photo)

Random Forays: Mother Nature is the greatest teacher

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:00 AM IST
Those who do not wonder at the beauty and expanse of nature and the vast array of forms that life takes on are not really living to the fullest extent
Mental illness is a real and potent foe which is not only rearing its head in present times, but has been presenting dangerous or at least uncomfortable life situations to millions around the world.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Mental illness is a real and potent foe which is not only rearing its head in present times, but has been presenting dangerous or at least uncomfortable life situations to millions around the world.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Random Forays: Mental health should be a focus area

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 10:32 PM IST
Considering the fact that about 7.50% of India’s population is estimated to be suffering from mental health disorders, as per WHO numbers, a lot more needs to be done than what’s happening now
Very few people are able to concentrate on the present moment. Mind wandering has become quite an ailment these days.(Shutterstock)
Very few people are able to concentrate on the present moment. Mind wandering has become quite an ailment these days.(Shutterstock)

Random Forays: Raising the levels of our consciousness

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Relationships do occupy a large portion of our thought space, as do sundry other people. But a larger number of thoughts centre around worries and fears
Gone also are the days when the usually correct Doordarshan news bulletins would inform us without ever even pretending to entertain us.(HT Photo/For representation only)
Gone also are the days when the usually correct Doordarshan news bulletins would inform us without ever even pretending to entertain us.(HT Photo/For representation only)

Random Forays: We have to compel the media to change

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:55 PM IST
It is a well-known fact that a large section of the mass media, particularly the electronic media, has gone berserk in seeking narrow gains, thereby forsaking larger objectives that should be its focus
A young MS Dhoni being introduced to the then adviser. UT Chandigarh, Lalit Sharma, during the semi final of the Ranji Trophy Plate division against Haryana in March 2005
A young MS Dhoni being introduced to the then adviser. UT Chandigarh, Lalit Sharma, during the semi final of the Ranji Trophy Plate division against Haryana in March 2005

Random Forays: Dhoni, the swashbuckler who led from The Front

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2020 10:03 PM IST
Don’t stop smiling, even if you’re wearing a mask.(Shutterstock)
Don’t stop smiling, even if you’re wearing a mask.(Shutterstock)

Random Forays: A sense of humour in times of despair

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 11:00 PM IST
Even to try and inspire friends or acquaintances to adopt a sunny, cheerful, lighthearted attitude towards life, is fraught with risk
What ultimately led Sushant Singh Rajput to commit the unthinkable will perhaps never be known. What is certain is that young achievers like him need care and counselling along their journey.(Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)
What ultimately led Sushant Singh Rajput to commit the unthinkable will perhaps never be known. What is certain is that young achievers like him need care and counselling along their journey.(Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)

RANDOM FORAYS: Young achievers need care and counselling

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 09:25 PM IST
Superstars, at the end of the day, normal human beings. They are liable to feel the same sense of anxiety and anguish that a common person will
Hardly anyone looks up from his or her mobile today.(Getty Images)
Hardly anyone looks up from his or her mobile today.(Getty Images)

Random Forays: Social media Is numbing our sensibilities

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 10:33 PM IST
We are utterly engrossed in the screen before us, which has combined with the channels of social media to dull our sensibilities and make us automatons more than human beings.
Spontaneous laughter can also break an argument and avoid serious tensions at times.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Spontaneous laughter can also break an argument and avoid serious tensions at times.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Random Forays: Finding humour amid cynicism

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vivek Atray
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2018 11:29 AM IST
Being creatively humorous improves relationships and avoids conflicts within the family.
pPeople who are impatient or even callous towards their elderly relatives will find no peace of mind at all.(Getty Images/Stockphoto)
pPeople who are impatient or even callous towards their elderly relatives will find no peace of mind at all.(Getty Images/Stockphoto)

Random forays : Greed for property, no love for parents

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 10:32 PM IST
It is an unfortunate truth that although this crazed obsession for property is prevalent throughout the world, it is nowhere more apparent than in north India.
Family values, traditions that strengthen us, and our cultural diversity needs to be constantly nurtured and preserved.(Getty Images)
Family values, traditions that strengthen us, and our cultural diversity needs to be constantly nurtured and preserved.(Getty Images)

Random Forays: Bringing Up India’s Boys Right

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 09:06 PM IST
While the nation as a whole is in the process of educating its young and the percentage of well-read youths are increasing every day, there is no guarantee that education makes a man a gentleman
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