I’m in college. I’m deeply in love with a junior. She’s in 1st year. I don’t know how to express my feelings to her.Rajeev, HyderabadJust be brave enough to approach her and express. The age old ritual of a romantic love letter might also do the trick. Whatever way you adopt, I suggest, don’t waste time! Just express. Nothing to lose my dear. Woo her, make her feel special, gift her an orchid, take her out to movies, restaurants and just Bol Daalo! Best of luck!! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I have recently discovered that my younger brother is homosexual. My parents are not aware. I’m very nervous.Name withheld, DelhiSee my friend, don’t get nervous! Its fine! I understand, that ‘discovering’ this wasn’t a happy feeling but don’tcreate any situation that will lead your brother to take any drastic step or make him awkward. If he’s really young, there could be a chance that this ‘phase’ will pass. But, if it doesn’t, please be mature enough and make him comfortable as this is his ‘preference’ and this is not a crime! Live and let live. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m 14 years old. My parents have informed me that they are getting divorced. I have been asked to decide on which parent I choose to stay with. I’m shattered. Help!Neha, NoidaI’m really sorry to hear that but Neha, they must be having their reasons. You have to handle yourself with utmost care. Concentrate on activities that make you feel good – sport, friends, books. Think both from your head and heart and decide. Living with one doesn’t mean that you will be completely detached from the other. You can spend time with both parents. You can also opt for a residential school if you want. Cheer up girl, life is beautiful and I’m sure, you will be happy always. My husband can’t satisfy me sexually. I’ve got involved with his cousin who lives with us. I’m enjoying sex but feel scared. What should I do?Name withheld, HaryanaGood to hear that you are ‘enjoying’. But yes! This case of cousin living in the same house is definitely a reason to worry. I suggest, please be extra careful. Nobody should get to know. Temporary joy shouldn’t lead to permanent problems.Sex is important but not at the cost of your mental peace and long term happiness.Is masturbation bad for health? Please advise.Tinu, BarodaWell, you haven’t mentioned details hence I’m sharing a general view.Masturbation is a part of sexual practices. In fact, most doctors also recommend it, not only to improve sex life but to also promote general health. However, like most things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad. Excessive masturbation can lead to symptoms like stress, fatigue, and memory loss. Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to [email protected]
The concern and contemplation on multiple aspects related to Mother Nature get expressed by works of Artist Uma Bardhan. She weaves her protagonists, Hindu God and Goddess, women, birds and other natural elements into visual thoughts, into strokes of spirituality as one breathe in the colours, flow with the textures and soak in the spirit of mother nature. The works are on display at the show Silk Route – a journey from Bengal to Delhi from March 1- 30 at Gurgaon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Born in 1945 , Bardhan originally from Kolkata, currently based in Gurgaon specialises in figurative paintings, landscapes in water colour on silk, oil on canvas and water mixable oil on canvas.She is one of a very few artist who uses a rare medium – water colour on silk. A painstaking process where a special silk cloth is mounted on board before it can be used for painting.She started painting from her early 20s. Her mastery over this art form is evident considering she spends 5 to 6 hours a day with her paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmong experiences she treasures most was the coveted first prize in water colour from Govt of West Bengal among others she has received throughout her career. One look at Uma Bardhan’s realistic works at her studio in Gurgaon mostly done in soothing colours easily catches the attention of art lover. What is more fascinating about her is dedication to learn different mediums of art and making them unique by sharing a different story in each of them. At 69 there is no stopping for her. “God is the supreme creator of this universe and i as an artist take extreme pleasure in reflecting his creation in their actual form” says artist Uma Bardhan. A look through her works reveals only one thing i.e. versatility. From nature landscapes to figurative to divine and to abstract covering different mediums is truly a joy to watch. Bardhan, whose repertoire includes nature scapes, Indian mythology and city life, got drawn to spiritual art in the later part of her career.Her paintings are an expression of her inner self, an expression of joy and epitome of creative energy. Besides representing nature bathed in bounteous colours , there is also an expression at the lives of women at rural Bengal . Being spiritual at heart Hindu God & Goddess always remains as part of her theme.When: March 1 – 30Where: Beanstalk, Gurgaon
Darjeeling: An 11-year-old Bleze Shampang of Soom Tea Estate had watched the glamour and glitter of Durga Puja in Kolkata on television. Since then, it has been his dream to visit Kolkata to witness the fanfare.Not only Ma Durga is all set to make his dream come true, he along with nine other children from economically challenged background will be inaugurate a Puja pandal in Kolkata. They will also judge and declare awards for some renowned big-budget Pujas in the city of Joy next week. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeConcern for Human Welfare (CHW), an NGO from Kolkata, backed by the Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational and Cultural Centre (RKMNECC), Darjeeling, has organised this unique event with the support of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).The event “Paharer Chokhe Shomotoler Pujo” involves 10 children chosen from the economically weaker section of Darjeeling. They will get a chance to watch Durga Puja of Kolkata, judge them and also inaugurate Peerless Nagar Durga Puja on October 14. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”I am very excited. It will be my maiden ride on a train and a visit to Kolkata,” stated 17-year-old Priti Ram of Singmari, Darjeeling.This is the maiden visit to Kolkata for the 10 students, aged between 9 to 17 years. For some, it is their maiden visit to Siliguri too along with a train ride.In Kolkata, the children will visit the Puja pandals of Ekdalia Park, Tridhara Sammilani, Bhawanipore Swadin Sangha, Chetla Agrani Club, Suruchi Sangha, Naktala Udayan Sangh, Sreebhumi Sporting Club along with a visit to Belgharia Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math. They will judge the Pujas on different parameters and hand out awards. The children along with escorts left for Kolkata from Darjeeling on Thursday and will return on October 16.”CHW had requested us to select ten children for this programme. It was a difficult task to select ten from among 55, who are beneficiaries of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP) of Ramakrishna Mission in Darjeeling. We chose the best performers who are from the economically deprived background” said Swami Parananda who is in charge of GAP.GAP is a programme in which regular education, moral education, cultural education and physical training are provided to needy children along with food round the year.This is the 4th year of the event. Last year, owing to the political turmoil that gripped the Hills, the event could not take place.”We want the children to have exposure of the cities. The programme also acts like a bridge between the Hills and the plains,” stated Swami Nityasatyananda, in charge of the Darjeeling Center.