Are children losing the love of reading?


With the number of gadgets available today, it’s not surprising that the old image of a child curling up in a corner with a book seems limited to pictures and ads more than reality.
The advent of the all essential mobile devices have brought along with them a flip-side too!
Health issues related to sedentary habits, vision disturbances as a result of increased screen time, etc are just the tip of the iceberg. The long term effects of a stay at home lifestyle are yet to manifest.
Staying healthy isn’t limited to physical health alone. Mental health is an important issue. What seems like the most logical solution is unfortunately not being implemented as much as it should and we have parents to take on responsibility for that.
Good nurturing books are an essential part of any child’s growing years and is something parents need to address. We already have a pandemic on hand, neglect of the environment has had a big role to play there. Can we work towards uplifting our society together?
Inculcate the habit of reading in your children. There is an ocean of nurturing wisdom available in print. Revisit your own childhood and brighten up that of your kids.

A new spiritual technique called “automatic writing”

A new spiritual technique called “automatic writing”

By Dr Urvashi Tandon

On a pleasant winter evening in November, I told my parents I would like to be present when they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary (theirs was a second marriage, each having lost a former spouse).

There were no plans to have a party; instead, they intended to spend the day at an ashram in south India. I decided to go along. That was my first visit to any such centre of spirituality and it changed my life.

Being a medical officer in the Indian Navy sounded so very glamorous to me as a young woman. Little did I realise what was in store. I am an anaesthesiologist by profession and I attended surgeries every single day.

Having qualified as a doctor in 1988, 30 years of seeing sickness, pain and death on a regular basis and from close quarters made me face the reality of impermanence of situations and life in general.

IMG-20210817-WA0017Observing people reacting differently to various diseases and responding differently to similar treatments made me strongly believe in the law of karma. Faced with the knowledge of inadequate means to provide complete relief to terminal patients drove me to explore alternative methods of treatment, starting with energy healing.

After long gruelling years of medical study, reading was a habit for me, and I gravitated towards books of a spiritual nature. I came across Laws of the Spirit World by Khursheed Bhavnagari. This was the first time I heard of ‘automatic writing’. Needless to say, my curiosity was aroused.

It is said that when you really want something, the law of attraction manifests it for you. I moved cities and guess what? There was an automatic-writing workshop being held very close to where I stay now. I could not miss it.

IMG-20210817-WA0018Automatic writing is a means of channelling messages from your ‘spirit guides’ or higher self. We all have some psychic abilities – more commonly called intuition – developed to various degrees.

Automatic writing is about learning to tap into these faculties with proper guidance and taking your life forward.

How does it help? Well, imagine being able to seek guidance from your higher self when confronted with a dilemma in your day-to-day life. It could be a task to be done or a career move.

Practice makes perfect and I am certainly very glad I went for that workshop. I seek guidance on a regular basis now, and am in a much happier space.