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Amiben Modi on how monsoons help us!

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Spiritual healer Amiben Modi says that monsoons are the perfect time to grow and evolve. This period is a time introspect, she says, “A lot of people associate monsoons with mental health. However, actually, monsoons are a period of growth. The 5 elements of nature are supported by the rains we get. It is the time when crops are laid when the reproduction increases and also a time where rainwater is harvested and stored for the entire year. The best way to look at monsoons is a period of self-reflection and growth.”

Amiben adds that this is also the time for love. “Monsoons are also associated with romance and hence the people that are not favourably placed in their relationships feel gloomy. However, I strongly believe they should come up with their own will power to grow in life, upgrade their mental status to a more happy and desired state,” she says.

Here is her advice for monsoons. “Enjoy the rain and rainwater, we should be grateful for the rains as they help us sustain the entire year. If lack of sun impacts your health, it’s better to wake up early and spend 30 minutes meditating, giving yourself positive affirmations, as you own your mental state. Surround yourself with good, an uplifting company as your surroundings impact you massively,” she says.

She adds, “During weather change, especially monsoons, people are prone to diseases. It is best to avoid the consumption of raw foods, cold foods, anything steaming hot is best to maintain your health. Adding Colours such as yellow, orange, red and gold to your attire will help balance out the lack of sun and energies.”

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TV actors on Sri Lanka, New Zealand violence: Important to unite and defeat these anti-social elements

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TV actors on Sri Lanka, New Zealand violence: Important to unite and defeat these anti-social elements

 

Be it the Sri Lankans bombings in churches or mosques in New Zealand, there is so much violence happening in the name of communal harmony. Here is what these TV actors have to say about all this.

Shashank Vyas

First of all, every nation should unite and fight against terrorism. Plus the media should play a positive role in it. It’s all about bringing universal forces together to defeat anti-social elements once and for all.

Sahil Anand

I always stand against terrorism, be it Sri Lanka or New Zealand. In the future also, as an actor, if I am able to do anything, I will always be there. I don’t know who does this, who is manipulating them so much that they are ready to die for their so-called religious beliefs. If the whole world comes together and fights with these people, then we will defeat them. We know many ways to stop them but we are not able to do them as the government takes a lot of time to do anything. So, I suggest the whole world should come together and finish them off.

Asmita Sood

Respect each other’s religion and believe in peace and love, that’s what every community teaches. Politicians of state should take up more responsibilities and stop using religion/ community as their vote bank. Educate people more about living in harmony and take strict actions against radicals. Instead of fighting over faith and religion, people should focus on saving the earth and humanity and working towards global warming.

Rehaan Roy

The way these incidents are happening in the world these days is truly heart breaking and make you question humanity. For me, my first religion is humanity. But some people, to fulfil their selfish desires, brainwash others to take part in these terror attacks in the name of religion. I feel somehow the problem is in the education system. Basic education is a must for all.

Gaurav Sharma

These incidents are indeed painful and my heart goes out to all families who would have lost their loved ones. There is no religion that teaches violence or extremism. These issues can be solved if all religious gurus come forward and condemn this. Education is important as well.

Rohitashv Gour

In the name of communal harmony, there is a lot of violence which has started. This is one of the biggest problems which is on our head. I feel we should sit with spiritual leaders and do a positive meeting asking them for a solution. If we would be stuck in religious politics, then it is just going to get worse.

Ira Sone

Violence and mass killing in the name of communal harmony is lack of acceptance and understanding of the term “inclusion”. The way I see it, unpleasant and heartbreaking episodes like bombings in churches or mosques are a result of lack of proper education about faith and coexistence of a differenct belief system. To my understanding, dealing with the problem and the root cause of it is important. Promoting the importance of love and peace on a global platform is a priority. I wish to see more solid campaigns that writes and promotes how happy and loved people are, after all we practice what we see around us.

Delnaaz Irani

Whatever has happened is very sad, be it Srilanka be it New Zealand. My heart goes out to all their relatives, family and friends of people who have lost their lives. It is very sad that in the name of religion, people get into such ghastly acts. I just feel that one should work towards peace, unity and humanity. I don’t know how this change is going to happen but I think the change should be brought within oneself. If every person thinks that we will try to get peace from our side then I feel the world will be a better place to live in.

Bhanujeet Singh Sudan

Be it Sri Lankan bombings or New Zealand firings, this is not at all communal harmony, this is communal disharmony. These issues cannot be solved by fighting, we need to sit down and talk. It can only be solved through dialogue.

Malhar Pandya

Such sad and cruel incidents anywhere on earth are inhuman and must not occur. We are not empowered enough to stop them on our own but we should be responsible. We should not promote these acts in any manner, be it social media, print media or any other form. Rather we should support respective governments to frame strict rules and take corrective action.

Samir Onkar

Whenever I hear these kinds of news, I feel very sad and at the same time, I feel anger towards those who are responsible for these vicious crimes. Frankly speaking, I actually don’t know how should these issues can be solved. I can just pray to God and hope that it never repeats again.

Aniruddh Dave

It’s very painful to know that this happened. Blasts in Srilanka, that too in a church! I don’t understand why anyone would do this especially on Easter. Last month they attacked in New Zealand mosques and now this. Terrorists clearly have no religion or beliefs.

Sumit Kaul

Violence in the name of religion or race is not new. It’s just been taken to enormous proportions today because technology is more advanced and therefore the ability to harm a larger number of people becomes a possibility. Of course, technology has also provided for increased and better surveillance which helps prevent or stop many such attacks. Having said that, until we address the basic cause, it will always be a cat and mouse game. The main cause I feel is that the thought of yesterday will not work today because circumstances are different. Religious texts that promote a divisive thought need to be re looked at and adjusted to today’s sensibilities and circumstances. In fact, as my guru Sadhguru says, I think it’s time for us all to move from religion towards responsibility. Becoming spiritual is the only way out for society. We read about the idea of singularity, meaning that everything is essentially one. If that becomes a living real experience for you, if you see everyone as a part of you, you don’t need a religious text to tell you not to harm another. It will automatically be an extension of your humanity.

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Ami Pramesh Modi Spiritual healer on Gratitude

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Ami Pramesh Modi: Gratitude will help mental and physical healing

 

Spiritual healer Ami Pramesh Modi says that peace is what most people are seeking today. She adds that being grateful is the first step to happiness. “Basically, everyone is in need of mental healing as in today’s day and age, people are the most deprived of peace. For mental healing, everyone should focus on their own life. These days people are so involved in others’ lives that they have no time to be grateful. The day you start being grateful, you will experience both mental and physical healing,” she says.

To explain the concept of healing and its significance in one’s life, Ami says, “Healing itself explains its quality. Healing means hope, healing means confidence, healing means the courage to face life and its situations again. You yourself have the power to heal yourself. It’s not a person or a planet that can fix things, you have to heal yourself as there is no power bigger than you.”

She recently held a spiritual retreat as well. Talking about that, she says, “Our ShreeSava annual Sangh has been going on for the last 20 years. But this year the members that attended the Sangh gave us feedback that not only did they feel blessed, spiritually connected with god but this year’s program and play – love you zindagi, taught them small meaningful things that routine life wasn’t able to teach them. They are empowered to live happier lives!”

Relationships define us and here are few tips by Ami on how to resolve differences in relationships. “First, be grateful, stop comparing, stop complaining, value your parents and family. Adopt an approach where you don’t say why me, always say try me. All these tips are very normal but actually, all these are reasons for everyone’s unhappiness. So be mindful and apply these tips on a day to day basis and you’ll be most happy!”

The secret to a healthy relationship is simple, says Ami. “There needs to be a constant effort to maintain and nurture a relationship. Give time and love and never take anything for granted.  Each individual issue has a specific remedy but here are some general tips. The spiritual reasons behind the way things are are that stars are very important in a relationship. If you’re really facing a tough time, you should seek the help of whichever Dharm guru you believe in. One small tip, the wife should always be on the left side of the husband,” she adds.

 

The healer is currently based in Ahmedabad and is planning to expand to Mumbai soon. “We have been coming to Mumbai for the last 10 years but now we have a regular presence there. We provide solutions to vastu, aura, energy, studies, marriage, kids progress and all business-related problems,” she says.

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The Diary in the pages of History

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“Finally I will get to know about the life in hiding that Anne Frank was doomed to lead for 2 years.”

“War couldn’t be good, but how bad it was, will be revealed now.”

“What could a diary of a 15-year-old in hiding possibly hold during the time of war, other than the misery and fear she and her family constantly lived in?”

Such were my thoughts before I started reading a much renowned diary, a diary that was published as a book posthumously, a diary that will always remain in the pages of history for its translucency, a diary that may or may not resonate with its reader but will stay in the heart for a long time. Yes, it is the diary of Anne Frank, it is “The Diary of a Young Girl”.

This review is not to tell you the story, this review is not to ask you to read this book, this review is solely for the purpose of letting me share my experience, my expectations, and my favorite liners from the diary, and then you may decide for yourself if you still want to miss out on this book cum diary.

“There’s in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated, and grown will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.”
– Anne Frank

When I started with the diary, war had commenced, Jews had started to develop the utter fear they would be forced to live in for next many months, but the Frank girls were still in their house leading a normal life- going to school, having fun-time with their girlfriends and boyfriends, nothing out of the line of a girl’s usual life, until a letter came to the house, asking for Margot (Anne’s older sister) to go as a laborer to a concentration camp.

And just as I had conjectured, the usualness remained only for a small fraction of time. As soon as the letter arrived, the fear took hold of the Frank family, and their never-ending misery started. Once in hiding, pages were filled in Dutch language, ink was emptied on diary’s pages, life was spilled out, truths were spoken, lies were bared naked by Anne’s pen. But all those truths and lies had the least to do with war, and most with her parents and sister and her own self and the others in hiding with her family and the people (including Miep) who were brave and loyal enough to let ‘The’ Jews hide.

Fair portion of the diary is about a young girl’s longing, her desires and dreams, her shortcomings, her opinions on parenthood and friendship and love and war and life in general. While reading, at some places, I had a hard time to believe that this was penned down in the diary of a girl who started writing that diary at the age of 13, and could continue only till 15. Such a tender age and such depth; this was yet another instance that maturity and growth come not with age but with experiences. And the life, that Anne had to lead for 2 years, was meant to ripen her prematurely.

Although, I had expected and wanted to read more after the last diary’s entry, but, unfortunately, shortly after the last entry, police raided their hiding place (it’s still unknown, and perhaps will always be, who betrayed those in the hiding), and everyone was sent to concentration camps, where each and every person in the hiding died (Anne’s mother, Edith Frank, due to starvation and both the sisters- Anne and Margot, due to typhus,) except Otto Frank (Anne’s father). Among all 8 in the hiding, he was the lone survivor of the war, and it was he, who took into his hands, to get Anne’s diary published.

The diary was an insight into Anne’s and her kins’ life for the world, but it was a revelation to her father, who, in an interview, mentioned, how he came to know his own daughter, in real, after she died, through her diary. I feel, somehow, we all are on the same page- we all think we know the other, but, do we really do? We all have more than one side to us; we show what we want to, and keep the other sides hidden, and we all know this. But, comically, we all want to think that we know the other wholly, that we have seen all the sides, but unlike Otto, most of us never even come to know that such was never the case. Is it fortunate or unfortunate for us, I cannot really say, but it certainly is discomforting.

“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. Who knows, it might even be our religion from which the world and all peoples learn good, and for that reason and that reason alone do we have to suffer now. We can never become just Netherlanders, or just English, or representatives of any country for that matter; we will always remain Jews, but we want to, too.”
– Anne Frank

What turned out to be a revelation to me, related to writing, was the improvement with every diary entry. I had just heard of ‘The more we write, the better we become’, but this diary proves it. I could see it, I could sense it, I could observe it. The original entries were in Dutch, but the translation couldn’t be far from the original; it shouldn’t be. After all, straying away from the original makes the whole purpose of translation lose its purpose. The sentences were crafted with sheer brilliance. Not those long, mesmeric, complex yet beautiful sentences; short ones- but their formation was too good, considering the age of the diarist.

“If I haven’t any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.”
– Anne Frank

Anne wanted to be a journalist, and someday, in her life, if she could live on after the war, wanted to publish her own book, wanted to become an author. (This I’ve gathered from one of her diary entries.) Sadly, she couldn’t live, but her dream did come true. This gives such a mixed feeling that I fail to decide if to celebrate the event or mourn it. I wonder how her father dealt with this his whole life after the war!

I cannot say that Anne, ever, wrote her diary with the idea of getting it published (though, it did occur to her once), yet she had the craft within her, which lurked through her writing. She already was an efficient writer, whose craft was being honed, I believe, by the extensive reading she used to do, and, of course, the regular diary-writing. I didn’t even think of ever reading those heavy books that Anne did during her times. Oh! How I wish she had survived and wrote more! How I wish she had just lived more!

What saddens you more, I believe, is to witness the high hopes of the victims when you know their ending is tragic.

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
– Anne Frank

How could my heart not bleed after reading this? How?

the diary of Anne frank

It was natural that, once done reading TDOAYG, I was going to read and watch everything related to this book, and that is how I stumbled upon two miniseries based on Anne’s diary and a biography each. Last weekend I watched both of them- The Diary of Anne Frank (2009) and Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001). I’ve attached their YouTube links for your convenience.

The former is the shorter one, and includes all the major turning points of Anne’s life. While, the latter one is longer and includes almost all the chapters from Anne’s diary, resulting to be a more comprehensive one of the two. Also, the reason I’d recommend you to watch the 2001 series is that it has an hour long phase after the original diary ends, after the Franks and others were arrested. That, apparently, is the dramatization of their life in concentration camp (as Anne’s diary discontinued after their hiding place was raided,) but the emotional impact that it has is incomparable to the rest of the series. (It does have some strong visual scenes, including partial nakedness and violence, so audience discretion is needed.)

Also, as I’ve read quite a few books about Jews and their sufferings by now, it’s time that I take a look at the person who had his fair share behind their misery, the person who will be remembered for the biggest holocaust ever occurred, the person who deplored a community so much that he did all in his power to decimate it, the infamous Adolf Hitler. My next read is going to be Mein Kampf (after Tharoor’sAn Era of Darkness: British Empire in India”). I always wanted to know what drove a human to the heights of cruelty and inhumanity. There’re always two sides of a story. It’s high time to listen to the other one.

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