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Locations in India with No Summer Heat

The season of summer tires every individual, be it a college going student, or a daily working employee. At some point of time, the heat becomes unbearable for people living in the cities and the plains and plateaus. However, India has certain places where summer can’t do anything to the people who reside there. Those places are completely cool in climate and are mostly situated in hilly areas:
Auli, Uttarakhand:
A hill station situated in Uttarakhand with artificial lakes, temples, trekking and skiing spots. Even during the summer season, the climate is pretty chilled and therefore, it doesn’t let the people suffer from the sun’s heat.
Leh, Ladakh:
The high-altitude cold desert situated in the North India stays cool in climate all year. With no summer heat, you get to experience the snow-capped mountains even during the month of April.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:
Despite being situated in South India, Kodaikanal is the hill station situated in the Ghats and is one of the coldest places in Summer. Definitely, Southern region residing people have this advantage to stay there to escape the summer heat.
Darjeeling, West Bengal:
Being a part of the Himalayan Region, Darjeeling keeps the summer cool and people residing there have the merit of not facing the drying heat due to the hilly regions of West Bengal.
Sikkim:
Being a North Eastern state, Sikkim goes maximum up to 24 degrees Celsius which is almost like the coolest temperature in Southern Cities. Therefore, Sikkim never knows what it feels to be under the sunlight and bearing the heat of the sun.
India explores all climatic conditions and has certain places to avoid certain disturbing climates, which are these locations, that avoid the summer heats to fall on the people, and therefore, allowing them to live peacefully.

By Saswat Mishra

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The season of summer tires every individual, be it a college going student, or a daily working employee. At some point of time, the heat becomes unbearable for people living in the cities and the plains and plateaus. However, India has certain places where summer can’t do anything to the people who reside there. Those places are completely cool in climate and are mostly situated in hilly areas:
Auli, Uttarakhand:
A hill station situated in Uttarakhand with artificial lakes, temples, trekking and skiing spots. Even during the summer season, the climate is pretty chilled and therefore, it doesn’t let the people suffer from the sun’s heat.
Leh, Ladakh:
The high-altitude cold desert situated in the North India stays cool in climate all year. With no summer heat, you get to experience the snow-capped mountains even during the month of April.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:
Despite being situated in South India, Kodaikanal is the hill station situated in the Ghats and is one of the coldest places in Summer. Definitely, Southern region residing people have this advantage to stay there to escape the summer heat.
Darjeeling, West Bengal:
Being a part of the Himalayan Region, Darjeeling keeps the summer cool and people residing there have the merit of not facing the drying heat due to the hilly regions of West Bengal.
Sikkim:
Being a North Eastern state, Sikkim goes maximum up to 24 degrees Celsius which is almost like the coolest temperature in Southern Cities. Therefore, Sikkim never knows what it feels to be under the sunlight and bearing the heat of the sun.
India explores all climatic conditions and has certain places to avoid certain disturbing climates, which are these locations, that avoid the summer heats to fall on the people, and therefore, allowing them to live peacefully.

By Saswat Mishra

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Extreme Sports For Adventure Junkies

Playing sports keeps us fit, but some people not only play to stay fit, but to also boost their excitement and adrenaline. And as Billie Jean said, “Champions keep playing until they get it right. Then they play more.” Therefore, some people play until they are tired of playing and not because they win or lose. Here are some extreme sports for such high-adrenaline adventurers:
Cave Diving
One of the dangerous sports that adventurers explore underwater caves. There are high chances of risk like low visibility, lighting failure, air loss and predators in the sea. Therefore, participating in this sport is like a reminder to sign the life insurance form before diving into the sea caves.
Wingsuit Flying
The higher version of adventure through sky diving is the wingsuit flying. Rather than just free falling, you also glide along with the wind with suit which makes you fly. The only danger falls when you have to land. Because, while sky diving, you don’t need to control yourself with the wind and land with the parachute opened in the midair. However, while flying, you need to stabilize your body with the wind direction and land gradually.
Heli Skiing
Skiing requires a lot of practice and balance when attempted to practice in the mountains. However, the control and the balance are more dangerous to handle you are connected to a helicopter with a harness. The lose of balance can lead to the helicopter dragging you till the base in an uneven position that can be dangerous.
Volcano Boarding
Climbing or trekking a volcanic hill is initially tiresome as it requires a lot of agility and energy to climb a hill and that too, a very steep one. As you reach the top, you get a thin plywood to board down the hill. The steep height makes it dangerous to descend with the thin board for a person, which is why a person needs to maintain its balance.
Ice Climbing
Holding ice on our hands makes it go numb, right? Well, there’s a sport that makes us climb the frozen waterfall, which is known as ice climbing. Much as dangerous as the rock climbing, the climb needs to be done with full agility and energy and should remain intact the whole climb. However, during ice climbing, the disadvantage is the holding support.
These are the few dangerous extreme sports that require high adrenaline and adventure seeking youth and individuals who have the spirit to win these sports with their energy and optimism.
By Saswat Mishra

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Unusual Study Courses Around the World

In order to secure a job, college degree is the basic requirement. And as Malcolm X had said, ‘Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today’.
By Saswat Mishra

No matter what skill you wish to possess, in today’s world, every occupation has course to cover and receive degree for. Here are some unusual courses you can study and cover around the world:
Surf Science
In this course, people can learn and prepare for their careers in surfing, which is a sport activity people train themselves for. Taking an example of John Tonkin College in Australia, the institution offers this flagship training that focuses on aquatic training and education.
Zombie Studies
There is a course that focuses and implements learning biological factors and psychology of humans revolving around zombies. This course makes people learn about cells, enzymes, pathogens and disease outbreaks generating humans to zombies. Several Universities in places like Columbia, Georgia, California, etc, focus on these courses.
Puppetry
The entertainment program that is made for children and every feel-good theatre lover is the puppet show, as it creates a great impact of clean display of entertainment to small town and urban audiences altogether. In order to organize such programs, there is a course that teaches how to make the puppets and how to move them with your fingers. From local Indian institutions to high end international colleges, this course is well taught to students wishing to deliver entertainment.
Comedic Arts
Apart from film making, script writing and creative scenario learning, there is also a rare degree that teaches how to become a great comic artist with different types of comedies. Be it physical, verbal or silent, every kind of comedy is taught. In Amazon Prime, there was a show named Comicstaan, where different comedians show and teach contestants on how to conduct comedy sets.
Baking Science
Ever wondered why the cakes shown in the travel channels like TLC, are so classy and well made with different types of props and mixes? It is because the bakers are not only trained in making such cakes, but also are trained to create them well and good looking. The course of baking science involves the aspects of chemistry, where different chemical reactions and concoctions are tested if they are edible to put on cake or not. Since the COVID-19, many people have taken interest to learn about baking cakes and therefore, the course gets more recognition than ever.
Despite being unusual, the course degrees play a great role in giving occupation to people with certain skills to portray in different fields, be it sports, culinary or higher psychology.

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GenZ Natural Techniques for Anger Management

Ralph Waldo Emerson says that, “For every minute of anger, you lose 60 seconds of peace of mind”. This means that in a year, if you lose your cool for at least a minute, this means you lose around 365 minutes, which is 21,900 seconds, of peace of mind. In order to save it, there are certain natural techniques through which the anger has a high chance to vanish.
By Saswat Mishra

Start Humming Music:
Music is one of the most calming elements for any human being when stressed. And when we start humming music during the course of anger, the adrenaline in our head that heats up, automatically cools down and gives a peace of mind.
Hug someone close to you:
When someone embraces you in anger, the positive energy of the other person goes into your body, calming your anger and giving you the peace of mind you require.

Use Humor:
If anger is not your regular proposition, then laughter can be the best medicine to distract you from the reason to enrage you. Think of something funny and watch something funny instead, to cool down and laugh out well.
Exercise:
When mentally not in a stable form, use the negative mental energy to build up your physical form as the adrenaline can be of the best support to give you a sense of healthy work out with lot of energy you require to make your physique.
Punching Bag:
When you vent out your anger, the satisfaction stabilizes the mental health and our well-being. Therefore, the best way to vent all our anger can be a physical force with all the energy applied on a punching bag, that not only strengthens your physical body, but also satisfies your inner rage with justified outcome.
After a rundown on all natural techniques to calm the anger down, there needs to be a self-control on it as well. Because, if the anger cannot be controlled, the negative energy and the adrenaline can cause damage to the brain cells, which can result in a brain tumor or possibly death. So, controlling anger is seeking a peace of mind you require always.

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Experience Art, Healing, and Creativity: Varunjai Sahni’s ‘Sarvam’ Exhibition, Nov 25 – Dec 4

Step into a luminous sanctuary of healing colours and infinite possibilities at Varunjai Sahni‘s “Sarvam” exhibition at The Stainless Gallery.  Chief Guest Mrs. Rama Pandey (Author, Theatre Artist & Journalist) opened the exhibition on Saturday, November 25th, 2023 in the presence of distinguished guests from different walks of life. This immersive exhibition of abstract art invites viewers to explore the tapestry of emotions that lie within us all.
Sahni‘s paintings are vibrant, expressive and each one is a unique journey into the human soul. His use of colours is masterful, with each hue carefully chosen to evoke a specific feeling. From the soothing azure depths of the ocean to the fiery embrace of the sun, Sahni‘s paintings transport viewers to a realm of deep introspection and healing.
His art is more than just visually stunning: it is also deeply emotionally resonant. His paintings speak to the universal human experience, exploring themes of love,  joy, loss and hope. As viewers immerse themselves in Sahni‘s world, they are invited to reflect on their own lives and journeys, and to find solace and inspiration in his work.
“Sarvam” is not just an exhibition of art; it is an invitation to heal. Sahni‘s paintings are a reminder that we are all connected, and that we all possess the power to heal ourselves and others.

In addition to the exhibition, Sahni will also be hosting a series of art workshops and interactive events. These events are designed to help participants tap into their own creativity and experience the healing power of art firsthand.
“Art is my way of living and expressing life,” said Sahni. “It’s like a balm for the soul, a refuge from the storms of life. It is a mirror that reflects our deepest selves, and a window that reveals the infinite possibilities of the human spirit. Through my artwork, I invite viewers to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. May my work ignite the spark of creativity within us all, and inspire us to transform our lives and the world around us.“
Sarvam invites one and all on this journey of healing and inspiration. To experience the tapestry of healing colours that make up the world around us, and find solace in the depth of each stroke and the healing power of every hue.

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Growing Issue of Mental Health Struggles

Lately, more and more people are feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, and sadly, the number of suicide cases is on the rise. You might have noticed that the news and entertainment industries are filled with stories about these tragedies. There are several factors that are leading to this surge in the number of suicide cases. A few of these are societal pressure, trauma, relationship issues, etc. One of the less talked about issues among many of them is mental health challenges.
There is no denying the fact that more and more people are struggling silently with their mental health, and it is affecting them deeply. They are dealing with a lot of pressures and this has made it difficult for them to deal with these issues. They are also unable to seek help from professionals like doctors and mental health experts. But it is important for them to take the right steps and pick up ways to make things better.
Understanding the Struggles
In today’s world, there are many things that can really affect our mental health. Social media, for instance, makes us compare ourselves to others and want to get validation all the time. The movies and shows we watch can make us feel like we are not good enough. With all these pressures, it is easy for feelings of not being good enough or feeling anxious to grow inside us. It is really important that we recognize and do something about these pressures because they affect every individual’s mental health.
Common Mental Health Struggles
There are some mental health challenges that many people face because of all these factors. Things like social media, work stress, financial issues, and what society expects from us can make us feel really bad. Mentioned below are some of the common factors that can lead to the development of mental health challenges in individuals:

Feeling Super Anxious: Always hearing about bad things on the news and trying to keep up with everything online can make us feel really worried all the time. We might worry about missing out or not being good enough.
Feeling Very Sad: Seeing everyone looking so perfect on social media can make us feel like we’re not good enough. This can lead to feeling really down and alone.
Worries About Our Bodies and Eating: Seeing everyone with “perfect” bodies in the media can make us feel like we need to look a certain way. This can cause us to have problems with how we eat and think about our bodies.
Getting Burned Out: Working all the time and not taking breaks can make us feel super tired and like we don’t care anymore. This is called burnout, and it’s not good for our mental health.
Feeling Alone: Even though we are always online, we might still feel really alone. Talking to someone face-to-face is different and can help us feel better.
Trying to Be Perfect: Society tells us we have to be really good at everything. While it is okay to want to do well, sometimes we feel like we have to be perfect all the time, which makes us really stressed and worried.
Stress from School or Work: Trying to be the best in school or at work can make us super stressed. This stress can make us feel like we are not good enough.
Money Worries: When we don’t have enough money or have debts to pay, it can make us really anxious and sad.
Using Technology Too Much: Spending too much time on our phones or online can be addictive and make us feel more alone and disconnected from others.
Dealing with Who We Are: Sometimes, society and our families expect us to act a certain way because of our culture or gender. This can make us feel like we don’t belong or like something is wrong with us.

Common Mental Health Challenges Affecting Individuals
There are several mental health issues that can affect an individual due to societal pressure, altering the way how he/she feel, think, and behave. They are things that many people experience, and they can make life a bit harder. Here are some of the common ones:

Anxiety: Sometimes, we feel super worried or scared about things, even if they might not be a big deal. This can make our hearts race and our bodies feel tense.
Depression: Feeling very sad and down is something that happens to many of us. It can make everything seem gray, and we might lose interest in things we used to enjoy.
Eating Disorders: Sometimes, we can worry a lot about our weight and what we eat. This can make us eat too much or too little and feel really bad about our bodies.
Burnout: When we work a lot without breaks, we might feel exhausted and not care about things anymore. It’s like our energy is gone.
Loneliness: Even when we’re around others, we might feel really alone and like nobody understands us. It’s a sad feeling of being disconnected.
Perfectionism: Wanting to do well is okay, but sometimes we feel like everything has to be perfect. This can make us super stressed.
Stress: If we worry too much about doing well in school or work, it can make us feel really stressed out. We might feel like we can’t handle it all.
Financial Stress: Not having enough money or worrying about bills can make us feel really anxious and sad.
Tech Addiction: If we’re always on our phones or online, it might become a problem. It can mess up our sleep and make us feel lonely.
Cultural and Identity Struggles: Sometimes, we might feel like we don’t fit in because of our background or who we are. This can make us feel really bad about ourselves.

Why It Is Hard to Get Help?
Even though so many people struggle with their mental health, it is still really tough for them to ask for help from professionals. There are a bunch of reasons for this:

Feeling Ashamed: Some people think they’ll look weak if they ask for help because society still doesn’t understand mental health very well.
Scared of What Others Think: People worry about what their friends, family, and even doctors will say if they admit they’re having mental health issues.
Thinking They’re Weak: Some think that getting help means they’re not strong enough to handle their own problems.
Losing Control: Asking for help might feel like they’re giving up control over their own feelings.
Not Sure What to Expect: They might not know what talking to a mental health professional will be like and are worried it might make things worse.
Trying to Downplay It: Some think their problems aren’t serious enough to need help.
Bad Past Experiences: If they’ve tried getting help before and it didn’t work out, they might not want to try again.
Cultural and Gender Norms: In some cultures, mental health is still not talked about, and some gender roles can make it harder for people to seek help.

How We Can Make Things Better
To stop this increase in suicides, we need to do a lot of things together. We need to change how we think about mental health. Talking about it openly can help people see that asking for help is strong, not weak. Schools need to teach about mental health so that we all understand it better and don’t judge others. Governments can also help by making mental health services available in all places, especially in rural areas where it’s hard to find help.
We need to make sure that people don’t feel alone in their struggles. Local groups and community centers can offer support and teach people how to help each other. We can teach teachers and community leaders to spot signs of people struggling. All of these things combined can make a big difference in stopping suicides and making everyone’s mental health better.
Conclusion
Today, it has become common to see more and more people struggle with their mental health, and it is really concerning. The media and societal pressures make things worse, and many people are too scared to ask for help from professionals. But if we work together, we can change how we think about mental health and make it easier for people to get the help they need. It is important that we all understand that mental health struggles are common, and seeking help is a strong and brave thing to do. By doing these things, we can make sure that mental health becomes a priority, and we can replace darkness with hope.
By Dr. Shradha Malik – CEO, Founder of Athena Behavorial Health

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