Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

 Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a book full of negativity about India.  The negative thinking is actually the depression speaking.

In The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy dissects life in India in the wake of the partition through the eyes of two characters: Anjum, a transgender woman who comes into her own only to find herself redefined by tragedy, turning to a cemetery in Delhi for refuge; and Tilo, a trained architect who journeys to the Kashmir region to reignite her on-and-off-again love affair with Musa, a freedom fighter.

The author puts her courage in wrong place. She tried to mimic Salman Rushide, but she failed. She is far away from the reality. She could not penetrate into the insights into human nature. The book is more focused on the authors hidden political agenda. It is lacking the ingenuity and the freshness of the The God of Small Things.

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International Yoga Day 2017 for Peace, Compassion and Health

We are very happy to present top ten yoga teachings of Sri Amit Ray on the eve of International yoga Day. ​Sri Amit Ray is one of the most respected world teacher of scientific yoga and meditation.  Dr. Amit Ray has a vision to make this International Yoga Day as the day of unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action for peace, compassion and health – globally and at a local levels.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Here, we explore yoga from ten different perspectives from the teachings of Sri Amit Ray.

#1.  Theme of the International Yoga Day 2017: Yoga for Health

On 11 December 2014, United Nations General Assembly has declared 21st of June as an International Yoga DayThe theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ‘Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. — Amit Ray

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#2.  International Yoga Day Attitude of Love:

The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in society’s thoughts about health, human dignity, equality, peace and emancipation.  The day is marked around the world with yoga arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate happy and healthy and peaceful lifestyle through yoga.

“Yoga exercises are the best tools for unity, human dignity, health, equality, global peace and compassion.” — Amit Ray

#3.  International Yoga Day Attitude of Karma Yoga – Serving others with Love and Dignity:

Karma Yoga is mindful service to the humanity with love and respect.  Yoga says; the effects of your past actions can  be washed away by the fresh, virtuous actions  by serving others. One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply share your knowledge. As we lovingly give of ourselves to our family, and serve them with hearts full of love, our acts will be karma yoga.

Karma-yoga is  the art of strengthening the heart muscles by removing the sufferings of others. — Amit Ray

karmayoga Serving the poor

#4. International Yoga Day Attitude of Kindness and Compassion:

You may be a successful writer, genius scientist, powerful world leader, teacher, doctor, philosopher, professional or an intellectual but in spite of your accomplishments you may not be closer to the deep inner peace, happiness and fulfillment. With a kind heart you become more beautiful. When our mind is full of agitation and aggression we become overly sensitive to everything that happens to us. Irritation arises at the slightest provocation. Yoga teaches us to be more kind and compassionate. One of the simplest and easiest ways to karma yoga is by befriending one another.

“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.” — Amit Ray

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#5. International Yoga Day Attitude of Tolerance

Yoga practices honor and appreciate the wisdom and the differences between religious practices. Human rights violations are due to religious intolerance and such violations aggravate misunderstanding between people. This will arise several threats to the security globally and regionally. Solutions for religious intolerance can be found in the teachings of all religions and in all spiritual teachings all around the world.

“Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky. It encompasses all.” — Amit Ray

Yoga for Kindness


#6. International Yoga Day for  International Understanding 

International yoga day is the day for promoting exposure to different cultures and traditions. It is day to become truly a global citizen and looking beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature. The spirit  of the yoga day is to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect. Yoga day is the opportunity to sought to connect with those from different countries and cultures, exchanging points of view and ideas across borders and developing international understanding.

Symphony starts when you walk together, feel the heart beats and understand the unspoken words. — Amit Ray

Yoga for International Understanding

#7. International Yoga Day Discovering of the Subtle Energies of life

Prana, the universal life force energy present within every living thing.  Connection with the cosmic energy flow requires yoga exercises, inner focus, some quiet time of reflection and solitude in a safe environment. All meditation and yoga systems seek to balance out the bio-energies, hormones,  and neurotransmitters by purifying the lower energies and guiding them upwards peaceful energies.

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. — Amit Ray

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#8. International Yoga Day- Yoga as a Scientific Discipline

As an alternative and supportive medicine, yoga can help us for back pain, blood pressure, or anxiety and depression. Yoga increases flexibility of the body and mind. Yoga extensively used for body fitness and weight-loss.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul. — Amit Ray

Yoga Science

#9. International Yoga Day- Creating the Space for Blossoming flowers

Building a beautiful flower garden needs preparations and a lot of energy. Our body and mind are like cosmic garden Flowering  needs a full-sun site, water and nutrition. Similarly to beautify our inner inner world and outer world we need efforts and preparations. Real Beauty, comes from within. Yoga is the way to make your inner garden beautiful.

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. — Amit Ray


#10. International Yoga Day Enhancing your Inner Beauty

Yoga gives us both physical and mental strength. When we believe in ourselves, we shine with the confidence and positive vibe.

Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul. — Amit Ray

More than exercises yoga is an art. On International yoga Day, we explore yoga from ten different perspectives from the teachings of Sri Amit Ray. Keep these tips in mind. They are easy ways to show your connections and harmony to your inner world and outer world that they truly matter to you.

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10 Inspiring Quotes From Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

I believe that nearly everyone in India knows who Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is. He is considered as one of the greatest inspirational scientist that have ever lived in India. Here is top 10 inspiring quotes from Dr. Abual Kalam to spark your sense of wonder, open your heart.

Dr. Abdul Kalam, generally known as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India (2002-2007) born in Rameswaram into a Tamil Muslim family in Tamil Nadu itself. He came from a humble background where his father, a boat owner and mother, a housewife brought him up. He used to distribute newspaper after the completion of his school so that he could support his father. What he had was a yearning to learn more. From July 1992 onwards he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister of India. He received the highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna. Here is his best ten inspirational words.

#1. Power of Dreaming

“Dream, Dream Dream Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action.” — A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#2. Be Persistent 

“Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#3. Fly Above the Cloud

“All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#4. Enjoy your success

“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#5. Be more dedicated

“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.” -A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#6. Power of Contemplation

“Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#7. Participate in Life

“Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#8. There is no alternative for Hard Work

“If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#9. Develop your Talents

“All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

#10. You are no alone.

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” — – A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Abdul Kalam always believed that science should be applied for the greater good of mankind rather than in commercial sense. Kalam was noted for his integrity and his simple lifestyle.. In May 2012, Kalam launched a programs for the youth of India called the What Can I Give Movement, with a central theme of defeating corruption.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017: Top Ten Inspirational Quotes

On this Mother’s Day, a day meant to celebrate and cherish motherhood by all means. It is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Here is Top Ten Mother’s Day Inspirational Quotes.

Mother’s ways are higher than others, even when everyone rejects, mother accepts with her arms open and wide. — Amit Ray

A mother’s love liberates. — Maya Angelou

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. — Abraham Lincoln

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. — Oprah Winfrey

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. — Rachel Wolchin

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing. — Toni Morrison

The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms. — Jodi Picoult


There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. — Amit Ray



There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.  Lin Yutang


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Top Ten Reasons for Virat Kohli’s Success

What are the secrets of Virat Kohli’s success? If you’re like most people, you probably think  Virat Kohli’s success is the result of hard work and discipline. Does that mean Virat Kohli is not talented? Not a genius? Virat Kohli know exactly where the ball is. He knows where the ball will go. He knows the right time and the right angle to bat it. No doubt that kind of knowledge only comes after years of experience and thousands of hours of practice. But more than hard work, he  has something else. Let us analyze what is that?

Here are top ten reasons why he is successful and clicks as a best cricketer in the world.

#1. He learned from his mistakes. Every time all the problems that he faced he used them as lessons as a stepping stone for more success. He continuously improve his game day-by-day.

#2. Fitness: He is one of the most fit players in Cricket World.

#3. Perfect hand, eye, brain coordination: Hand-eye coordination is the ability to track the movements of the hands with the eyes, thus enabling the eyes to send important signals to the brain about hand movement.

#4. Passion: Virat Kohli is passionate about Cricket. He is more passionate than a lot of Cricketers. He wants to win and does not want to lose. He is not scared to show emotions on field. That makes Virat a better player.

#5. Strong mental attitude: Virat Kohli doesn’t want people to see him weak. He wants him to be remembered as someone who is strong and unstoppable. A cricketer willing to die for winning. That makes Virat Kohli successful. He has a lot of belief in his own abilities and he is ready to take on whatever challenge that is thrown at him.

#6.  Dedication: His dedication to excel makes him successful. Virat Kohli takes his training sessions seriously to push his limits. He never shies away from hard work. He has his training sessions almost everyday. He knows that he has to do them to stay successful.

#7.  Workout & Physique: One of the major reasons for Virat’s success is his physique and fitness.

#8. Strict diet plan: He maintains a strict diet plan and sticks to it. He is committed to succeed and never goes off diet.

#9. Team spirit: He always, always puts the team’s needs above his own glory.

#10. Powerful Self-talk:  Virat Kohli always gives himself encouraging pep-talks. Selftalk can have a great impact on your confidence. It is a form of self-induced suggestion in which he guides his own thoughts, feelings, or behavior.

Virat Kohli is now a cricketing legend of the world. He is completely focused on his success.

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In September 2016, rumours were rife that Kriti Sanon was the leading lady of Nikkhil Advani’s next production, Lucknow Central, which marks the directorial debut of Ranjit Tiwari, with Farhan Akhtar in the lead. The film is inspired by a true story of convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the Lucknow Central Jail, who start a band and discover pride, self confidence and a reason to wake up every morning.

But within a month, Diana Penty was on board to play the NGO worker who puts the prisoners on the path of reform. Diana, who made her Bollywood debut in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail, shrugs off queries about how she came to replace Kriti saying it’s insignificant. “It all happened within three days of my meeting with Nikkhil and him briefly telling me about the film. His brief immediately piqued my interest and I agreed to meet Ranjit the next day for a complete narration. Once I heard it, I knew this was a story I wanted to be part of.

We did a reading the day after and before I knew it, I had landed the role and was shooting for the look test,” recalls the actress, who will be seen in salwar-kameez, long skirts and cotton trousers. During the look test, she met Farhan for the first time and admits they didn’t interact much during that meeting. But the second time, the whole cast came together for a reading and it was easier.

“I have always respected him as an actor, director, writer, musician and producer. I have so much to learn from him. He’s one of the reasons I said yes to the project,” she acknowledges. Apart from Farhan, the film also features Ronit Roy and Gippy Garewal. While Ranjit was keen to shoot inside the real Lucknow Central Jail, they did not get permission.


Source: Ahmedabad Mirror

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Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller review – in at the deep end

Claire Fuller’s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, was published in 2015 to wide critical acclaim and went on to win the Desmond Elliott prize. A successful first book is always a tricky act to follow, but with Swimming Lessons, Fuller confirms herself as a writer of emotional depth, technical skill and sensitive plotting.

The novel’s arresting prose is evident from the opening line: “Gil Coleman looked down from the first-floor window of the bookshop and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below.” His wife, Ingrid, has been missing for 12 years – presumed drowned – and Gil’s sighting proves to be the catalyst for the return of his two adult daughters, Nan and Flora, to their home in a converted swimming pavilion on a cliff overlooking the sea.

Gil is a writer, the author of a bestselling, notoriously salacious novel. He is also a collector of books, not for the books themselves but for “the handwritten marginalia and doodles that marked the pages, for the forgotten ephemera used as bookmarks” – and Swimming Lessons is a story in which all books contain their secrets. The authorship of Gil’s novel is less straightforward than his readers have been led to believe, while the piles of books that “rose up like sea stacks, their grey pages stratified rock”, contain letters hidden by his missing wife. Ingrid’s letters reveal the history of their marriage, and Fuller’s narrative alternates between the present-day reunion of Gil, Nan and Flora, and the letters Ingrid wrote some 12 years previously.

This is a novel of disappearances, where nothing is quite as it seems, and individuals are conflicted in what they choose to believe. There is Ingrid’s unexplained disappearance when Flora was only 10, and the family’s contrasting responses: Flora is convinced her mother is still alive, while Nan has long since given up hope. And there was, we learn from Ingrid’s letters, a disappearance of Gil’s too, which is teased out through the novel but only finally revealed in a shocking betrayal towards the end. Each of Fuller’s characters is on a quest to find a missing person, a search that becomes as much about the impossibility of fully understanding someone else as actually finding them.

What Fuller evokes beautifully are the complicated dynamics between fathers and daughters, sisters, lovers, friends. Fuller authentically conveys the paradoxical love and frustration between her characters: Nan’s limited patience with Flora’s denial about their mother’s disappearance; Flora’s idealisation of her father; Gil’s creative selfishness, his desire for a family life jarring with his inadequacies in providing what they need. This is a family where everyone is, in some ways, leading a double life; where there is always a conflict between internal and external reality.

While structurally Ingrid’s letters sometimes feel a little forced – there are moments when, tonally, they lack the familiarity of letters and read more like author-written backstory – they nonetheless reveal a compelling portrait of a woman trapped by the confines of marriage and motherhood, as well as the complicated love and rivalry within female friendship.

Swimming Lessons reveals a writer whose craft has been further honed and developed since her debut. Occasionally there are reveals that require a suspension of disbelief too far, but for the most part the plotting is compelling and subtle.

 Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller is published by Fig Tree (£14.99). To order a copy for £12.74 go to or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99 © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

This article titled “Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller review – in at the deep end” was written by Hannah Beckerman, for The Observer on Sunday 26th February 2017 09.00 UTC

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