Culture 

Depression in adolescents | Parental neglect

I started self-harming because my dad was never there for me and my mum didn’t care what I was doing. “Attention seekers” is a term used by an awful lot of people who have been in a close vicinity with children. What I find the funniest in toddlers is, sometimes they make noises and cry without a tiniest teardrop trickling onto their cheek. I always assumed they do it to capture their parent’s attention and maybe they do. Stepping into adolescence, the need for attention does not gradually fade away.  The…

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Culture 

Sadness is Deep; Depression goes Deeper.

“Why are you so depressed?” an employee asks her co-worker. She finds her sitting at her desk with her head in her hands. “Oh hey, No!” She says, looking up. “There’s just too much to do this week.” I have come across similar scenarios time and again, where depression and depressed are the words thrown around casually and in a humoristic way. At times, someone experiencing sadness is labeled  “why are you being so depressed over this?”  For the people who have never gone through depression, there seems to be no…

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Our Story Shikha 

Procrastinator? You bet! | Shikha’s Story

I think its safe to say that we all are procrastinators in some or the other way. But imagine this, you have to present the Life and work of Adolf Dassler (founder of Addidas) to an audience of more than 50 people at 9 A.M. the next day. At 00:00 – with much planning you sit down at your desk ready to start, the blank presentation file staring at your face. You have a plan in mind and your all set to go but wait, “Isn’t that movie scene where Cooper…

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International 

Syria : What’s next?

As Syria enters the 8th year of War, unrest and misery in the country are far from ending. 39 civilians including children have died in the most recent attacks on Idlib. Situated along the Northwestern border, it’s also the last major stronghold of the rebel forces in Syria. The Russian Backed Militia has enabled Assad to regain control of most of the country. The government now seems to be advancing with full vigor to gain control of the province of Idlib. A Final Battle? Some are calling it a final battle, which…

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Our Story Shikha 

Why write?! | Shikha’s story

If you are a habitual reader or a writer yourself, the first thing you might want to know about me is – I’m no Writer! Over the years that have passed, I have found myself intrigued by the Science behind everything. Much contrary to a book lover or a writer, you won’t find a wallpaper with classic quotes on my desktop background. What you might find maybe something close to an Orbital image of the Earth in space. But nowadays, I find it quite wonderful [as in full-of-wonder ;)] that…

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International 

Syria is not all Blood , War and Fury after all

Where would Kindness find its meaning, if there was no injustice. How would Love be understood, if there was no Resentment. Where would Hope live, if there was no Adversity and where would Humanity thrive, if there was no Suffering.   For years Syria has been a symbol of overwhelming hardship and agony in the eyes of the world. The walls of its cities bear punctured wounds telling an endless tale of destruction and strife. But where violence prevails, can kindness and love be left behind? According to UN reports…

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International 

What does Bashar Al Assad think of the Syrian crisis?

Please note that this article is not aimed at supporting anyone of the fighting groups in Syria. It only aims to present both sides of the story of Syria. Reading and viewing of the specified links is recommended to gain a better understanding of the given perspective. Plunging into the depths of Syria’s existence and the course of events that have led to its current situation is absolutely overwhelming. The U.N says that nearly 400,00 people have lost their lives since 2011. One question that anybody would ask would be,…

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International 

Syria : Where the world’s greatest risk-takers live

We all have a sense of acclaim for risk takers in life.”Greater the risk, greater the reward.” Haven’t we heard that saying all our lives?  But sometimes risks are taken when they carry no rewards even at the cost of life. They are still taken because they are necessary. Eastern Ghouta is home to 15-year-old Muhammed Najim. In a land where 153 journalists have been killed since the Arab uprising, a 15-year-old boy yearns for the world to know what is happening in Syria. Although the government has defended itself numerous times labeling…

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International 

The case for Syria – A testament to ‘Power without the People’

Three years ago, my father went to Al Hal market to work, a shell hit him and he died. – Ibrahim (12 years old) Ibrahim lives in Damascus, the capital city of Syria – a land and its people torn by war for the past seven years. In a calm voice, he goes on to say, “…I feel grown up, now that I am the family’s breadwinner. They have no one else but me to look after them.” Although Syria is a witness to an extensive history of war in…

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Technology 

It may be difficult, but its not impossible : An Insight on Smartphone addiction

Many might admit that they are addicted to their phones or certain applications like Facebook or Instagram. But only a few would acknowledge it enough to make a change. Only if we look more keenly, can we realize how much of our time is gulped down by the virtual world. It wouldn’t have been so detrimental if it did just that. It not only feeds on the limited time we have each day but it affects our ability to focus, to comprehend and to use our creativity. We become dependants…

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