LOL is the best medicine. But how?

Lol Is The Best Medicine. But How 2

LOL is the best medicine. But how?

Have you ever laughed so much that it hurt your stomach? Have you ever rolled in tears bursting in incessant laughter? Then you’d know the answer.

But its worth mentioning why laugher is really the best medicine, in short-term and long-term.

Read on…

Short-term benefits

A hearty laugh is a sure way to lessen the mental load, called stress. And this is not the only short- term benefit of tickling your funny bone.

  • Laughter causes stimulation of heart, lungs and muscles. Yes, you read that right. It also enhances intake of oxygen-rich air and helps your brain release endorphin – the natural feel-good, painkiller hormone.
  • Bouts of laughter is the best way to fire up the stress response system, which eventually cools down and balances itself in effect. The heart rate first increases when you are rollicking in laughter, then lowers down when you are welled-up laughing. The blood pressure also lowers, resulting in a relaxed feeling.

If you are an international student, away from family and home, figure out a way to indulge in this activity to reduce the stress and to refrain from feeling homesick.

Long-term benefits

You may already know about the demanding nature of a high-flying and high-growth career that you’d pursue after completing your graduation or masters. Investing in your health – through laughter – could help you sail you through some of those challenging times.

  • Laughter is directly responsible for positivity – in thoughts and action. Frequent boisterous laughing leads to positive thoughts, which in turn releases neuropeptides that fight stress and other potential serious illnesses. The best medical insurance, no?
  • Everybody wants to be in a good mood. Laughter does exactly that as it melts away stress and depression while keeping negative thoughts at bay. It also enhances self- satisfaction, making easier to connect and network with people.

Worried about paying student loan or have to deal with a difficult student accommodation? Or a gazillion other things that you are stressed about? Then make LOL your top priority. It may not take away the madness of practical life, but will make you capable to positively deal with it.

P.S. – We couldn’t resist it 😊

Knock Knock

“Who’s there”

Cow Says”

“Cow Says who?”

“No, Cow Says Mooooh”

Essential etiquettes to follow when studying & living abroad

Essential Etiquettes To Follow When Studying Living Abroad

Essential etiquettes to follow when studying & living abroad

Respecting and observing socio-cultural etiquettes goes a long way in making lasting relationships when studying abroad. It not only helps build rapport with the locals, but also keeps you at arm’s length from unpleasant situations.

Here is a list of important tips to keep handy when studying in some of the top international study abroad countries:

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in Canada

  • Small talk with a smile often triggers a deeper conversation with Canadians. Initiating a chat about weather could lead to a hearty discussion.
  • Keeping an eye contact shows that you are genuinely interested in talking. While this is a universal aspect, it hits home even more so with the Canadians.
  • Waving is a cool way to greet a Canadian.
  • If you have to choose a gift, select something from your own culture. Canadians appreciate the thoughtfulness and a personal touch.
  • Be careful while choosing and gifting flowers – white lilies can be associated with funerals and red roses could be seen as a romantic gesture.
  • Canadians, in general, do not appreciate the comparison between Canada & U.S., and vice versa. Avoid it at all costs.
  • Similarly, do not indulge in conversation about conflicts between French and English Canada.
  • It would be rude to talk in your native language amongst local Canadians who do not understand the language.
  • Shouting and talking loudly is also a big no.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in the U.S.

  • Be open, frank and forthcoming about yourself when you can. Americans appreciate people who can hold their own and speak their mind.
  • Avoid speaking about divisive issues – unless you know the ins and outs – with new acquaintances. Americans are quite passionate and vocal about issues like abortion, gun control, civil rights, etc.
  • Do not be openly critical about either America or your own country. Patriotism is a big thing in America.
  • Engage in meaningful debates, and offer a clear perspective about the You’ll besurprised the respect and reception you’ll receive afterwards.
  • Likewise, classroom discussion and participation are highly encouraged and may contribute to overall grade – this may depend from one university to the other.
  • When invited for lunch or dinner, expect a particular dish to be passed around the. If you do not want something, instead of saying no, just pass it to the next person.
  • Avoid making eye contact with strangers in public transport.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in Germany

  • Germans are quite adherent and strict about their rules, be it in education or in day-to- day life. Not obeying them could attract trouble. Violating traffic rules, jaywalking, making noise on Sundays, poking your tongue out in the public, etc. are some of the things you may not want to do.
  • Want to be in good books of the Germans? Just be punctual, it is a biiiig thing in Germany.
  • Contrary to popular perception, Germans are quite They may take time to get to know you, but over time you will see that they are open, frank and honest. Germans believe in ‘once a friend, always a friend’.
  • Wohngemeinschaft or WG apartment / accommodation sharing is one of the most popular choices of international students. Equally popular are WG parties – participate in them. It is a great way to make new friends, learn from them and even get help in your studies.
  • Under no circumstances, show a Nazi salute, or display any Nazi symbols. It is offensive and illegal.
  • Exceeding your permitted part-time working hours will surely get you banned in Germany.
  • Like you’d do in India, remove your footwear before entering a German home.
  • Bought a bottle of water? Don’t bin Instead, return it and claim the extra 25 cents that you are required to pay while purchasing. Germans are pro-recycling.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in France

  • Learn some basic French phrases and greetings. It will get you through smoothly with the locals.
  • Are you a breakfast person? Then you better learn some recipes before immigrating to France. The French aren’t too gung-ho about first meal of the day. You would only find pastries, croissants, brioche and the like – which is too sweet for the Indian breakfast palate.
  • Over speaking and speaking loudly over others is considered rude. Avoid it when mingling with locals.
  • Apply for CAF application as soon as you can. Its government allocated fund for student accommodation. It will really help you manage your living expenses.
  • Students get discount for visit to museums, public places and Your college / university would provide you a student card, and it would be a mistake to not make good use of it.
  • You will have to pay a nominal charge for using washrooms in public places. Carry change.
  • Do not touch any item or produce at an outdoor market. You can point at what you want and enquire about it.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in Ireland

  • Be prepared for a barrage of slangs while speaking to an Irish. While they speak in English, most Irish have an accent and use many slangs in their speech. Learning about the most common ones can get the conversation easy and fun.
  • Weather can be unpredictable in Ireland. Carrying an umbrella can be quite handy. Also, wearing comfy shoes while exploring outdoors is yet another tip you’ll want to remember.
  • Want to understand more about Irish people? Visiting a local pub or restaurant is perhaps one of the better ways to do it.
  • Remember to press the red button when your stop is arriving when traveling in a public transport bus. Assuming that it’ll stop at the upcoming bus stop would be a mistake.
  • Do not ask about fairies and leprechauns. While the history of Ireland is filled with magical creatures, the Irish do not particularly like talking about their folklore with strangers.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in the U.K.

  • The British like their personal They may not like someone, especially strangers, standing closer than an arm’s length.
  • Staring is considered rude, and may turn into a verbal spat. Avoid at all cost.
  • Handshake is a sign of affirmation and acknowledgement. Shake hands with everyone you may come across in a social setting, even children. But ensure that the handshake is light and not firm.
  • When socializing in a restaurant, summon the waiter by raising your hand. Making sounds, yelling, waving is considered improper.
  • When you are invited for a lunch / dinner, wait for your host to begin.
  • Brits live by their mannerism. Jumping the queue will inevitably be frowned upon and could also land you in trouble.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in Australia

  • Australians are mostly informal and jovial people. Do not get offended by their jokes. In fact, jokes on self could be a quick way to get familiar with them, as they see it as a sign of self-confidence.
  • Chipping-in, in situations that allow for it, is highly appreciated. Share the cost of fuel, for example, when you are on a long drive with your Australian mates.
  • Be respectful of Australian wildlife, landscape and natural environment. Conservation of their nation’s ecology is a matter of pride for Australians.
  • Do not pass the buck – passing a task given to you / meant for you to others is frowned upon.
  • Being argumentative and combative may not help you in the long run in Australia.
  • Avoid talking about sensitive topics such as refugees, indigenous affairs, etc.
  • Be relaxed and enjoy yourself in a casual setting. Australians easily bond with an easy- going person.

Do’s & Don’ts while studying in New Zealand

  • Do not try to bribe or get your way by offering money. The Kiwis totally disapprove such behaviour and it can also land you in legal trouble.
  • Buying a local product / item could earn you appreciation by the locals. They prefer to support their own economy and are conscious about large amounts of imported goods that they have to depend upon.
  • Not sure of something? Ask a New Zealander – he / she may even go out of the way to help you.
  • The Kiwis are much like the Australians when it comes to being boisterous. Do not get offended by their casual jokes.
  • Excessive flattery or compliments could prove to be counter-productive with the Kiwis.
  • Do not be boastful, even if you have the practical right to be. It will neither win you friends nor any ears.

These are some of the most common and general etiquettes that you’d be expected to follow in respective countries. Make sure that you thoroughly understand the country, its people and culture you have chosen for higher education.

Good luck fellas.

Academic excellence through hobbies, music and arts

Academic Excellence Through Hobbies Music And Arts

Academic excellence through hobbies, music and arts

Oh yes, you read the headline right; and no, the writer wasn’t high while forming it.

You must have heard the old saying: ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. It’s the same with studies.

What IS studying? Absorbing knowledge and information of a specific specialty / subject.

You may have taken up STEM program in the U.S., pursuing MBA or economics in the U.K., mastering ICT in Ireland, or may be learning arts in France. Or some other course in some other country. Point is, you are in pursuit of new ‘learnings or studies’.

In order to enhance internalization of the information and knowledge – basically, your studies – creating space in your mind is really, really important.

So how does it work? And what role does art and hobbies play?

You may already know that there are more neurons in human brain than all stars and planets put together in every known galaxy. You may also know that humans use only 7% of their brain. The challenge is how to enhance its capacity and how to retain what one learns, permanently in memory.

Of course, one can’t remember everything, and hence, learning has to be ‘internalized’.

What are you fond of? Gardening, paper craft, playing with pets, writing songs, listening to music, cooking, going for walks? (No, scrolling endlessly on social media pages does not count).

What are your hobbies / passions? Indulge in them. Especially when you are studying / pursuing academics.

It is now scientifically proven by leading neurologists and behavioral scientists that doing something what one is deeply passionate about eventually enhances core subject learning.

There are no ‘thoughts’ – active or passive – when one is deeply engrossed in hobby-pursuit. This thoughtless state of ‘being in the moment’ helps the mind to rearrange other information, internalize and prioritize it.

Do you recollect those moments of pure joy and relaxation after you did something you really loved? Voila. That’s you coming out of a thoughtless state, feeling all light and rejuvenated.

Mind you, whiling the time away in guise of pursuing hobbies is not what we are recommending. Rather, we would love to see you ace in your academic pursuits as you study in one of the top international destinations.

And therefore, we suggest – be responsible, pursue your passion, enhance your learning.

Your reviews matter. Share them generously, and responsibly

Your Reviews Matter. Share Them Generously And Responsibly

Your reviews matter. Share them generously, and responsibly

Liked. Disliked. Hated it. 5-star rating, no-star rating. Pleasant behaviour, obnoxious demeanour.

Your honest reviews matter, a lot – to the ones you are reviewing, and the ones you are leaving a review for – the next consumer.

Let’s admit it, most of us go through the review thread of the service / product / brand before purchasing online or visiting the place physically. Well, we read reviews about Ola / Uber driver also before confirming the cab pick-up, don’t we?

These reviews come in handy even more so for people / students living or studying abroad. It’san unknown place and any information can help.


Most reviews are an experience of the person / service / brand. It’s a social proof of a good or bad service / product expectation. Would you choose to order from a restaurant, buy a brand of clothes or gadget, avail of personal care service that has 2-star rating? That’s how important and influential reviews are – a top-reason why you should never forget to rate someone / something.

Value for money

You may have liked the sunglasses – for example – bought from an online store. After using it for few weeks or so, did you find it worth your money? Yes? Great – go gung-ho and let everyone know the reason why. Don’t mince your words if it is cool but not worth.

Online reviews are important to keep brands and services honest. They must know, and be reminded time and again, that consumers cannot be taken for granted. They can make them, and break them!


Any service that requires a personali’ish contact, such as cabs, personal care, home care, paramedical care, courier, etc. must always be reviewed. This is one sure way of keeping the creeps away and to look after the safety of women, children and elderlies.

As a parting note, let’s remember that review is a personal experience, an honest opinion. Using our bias or prejudice on social medias to harm or attack someone’s credibility is not just stupid, but also could be harmful in the long term. And it’s called ‘bullying’.

Top-ranked universities from top international study destinations

Top Ranked Universities From Top International Study Destinations

Top-ranked universities from top international study destinations

Hey guys and girls.

About to finish primary college and excited about immigrating to top international study destinations for higher education? Curious about global top-ranked universities? Cool.

Of course, you would have or will do your own research. Here’s a list of those top global universities that we thought could help you kick start your findings.

Top universities for abroad study in U.S.A.:

QS World University Ranking
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
Yale University
Columbia University
University of California, Berkley
New York University
University of California, Los Angeles

Top universities for abroad study in Canada:

QS World University Ranking
University of Toronto
McGill University
University of British Columbia
Université de Montréal
University of Alberta
McMaster University
University of Waterloo
Western University
University of Ottawa
University of Calgary

*Jointly ranked university

Top universities for abroad study in U.K.:

QS World University Ranking
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
University College of London
Imperial College London
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Bristol
University of Warwick

*Jointly ranked universities

Top colleges / universities for abroad study in France:

QS World University Ranking
Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)
Ecole Polytechnique
Sorbonne University
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
Sciences Po Paris
Université de Paris
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
ENS Paris-Saclay

*Jointly ranked universities

Top universities for abroad study in Germany:

QS World University Ranking
Technische Universität München
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Technische Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Dresden
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Universität Freiburg

*Jointly ranked universities

Top universities for abroad study in Ireland:

QS World University Ranking
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
University College Dublin
National University of Ireland Galway
University College Cork
Dublin City University
University of Limerick
Maynooth University
Technological University Dublin

*Jointly ranked universities

Top universities for abroad study in Australia:

QS World University Ranking
Australian National University
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
Monash University
University of Western Australia
University of Adelaide
University of Technology Sydney
University of Wollongong

*Jointly ranked university

Top universities for abroad study in New Zealand:

QS World University Ranking
The University of Auckland
University of Otago
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Canterbury
Massrey University
University of Waikato
Lincoln University
Auckland University of Technology

Source: QS Top Universities –

Do you have other colleges / universities in mind? Have you shortlisted them? Need help in selection based on your academic & career aspirations and financial standings?

You can connect with us on +91 9082673430, or visit for a free counselling. We will be happy to help

Good luck fellas.

Employment or entrepreneurship? Tough choice?

Employment Or Entrepreneurship Tough Choice

Employment or entrepreneurship? Tough choice?

It need not be. Rather, it is not. Both have its benefits. And some risks.

The right questions for an aspiring student who has aced in academics perhaps would be: what are my ambitions, can I invest efforts that’d do justice to those ambitions, do I prefer job security or like taking calculated risks, or both, what is the exit strategy?

The aforementioned query can lead to a more informed decision, especially for students who have completed or are on the verge of completing their higher education, particularly from top international study destinations.

Let’s dissect this further to figure out which path may work better in long term.

Rights & Responsibilities.

As an entrepreneur you will have the final word in decision making. But you will also be liable for the outcome. As an employee, you’d be expected to do your best and follow the protocol and process set by your head/s of department. The result, in spite of your performance, would not be your responsibility.


If a regular paycheck is your thing, then an employed career in chosen specialty would suit you best. More so if you are stressed about paying student loans. But if you think you have a business idea, or can take the helms of your family business, and have the appetite for waiting it out then you are cut out for entrepreneurship.

Mind you, as an entrepreneur, you could be enjoying the profits as well as bearing the losses.

Flexibility & Control

Evidently, entrepreneurs may initially not enjoy the work-life balance. Obviously, more efforts – time, money, mindspace – have to be invested to reach a point of growth where things could go on auto-mode. But this also means that they have the flexibility of working hours.

They can take a nap or take a break when they choose to. They are also in control of decision- making, deploying techniques and technology, ideas, etc.

While employees would enjoy the work-life balance (except during those days of work-load), they usually do not have flexibility of working hours. It may be different if they have availed of post-study work opportunities in countries such as U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Ireland, etc. where companies offer flexible modes of work.

But they would not have any privilege of decision-making, and would have to follow ideas or procedures even if they are disliked.

Growth opportunities

Static (more or less) for the employees. Of course, there would be annual performance-based promotions and a scope to enroll in professional development programs (varies from one company to another). However, it’s a tall ladder and growth would come – more often than not– one step, one year at a time.

For entrepreneurs, on the other hand, even sky is not the limit. One only has to look at Elon, Jeff and the likes. They came from nothing and now command tremendous equity – personal and professional.


Review your orientations, personality, financial standing and risk-taking appetite. Have an open mind. As a fresh graduate or post-graduate from globally ranked reputed universities – German, French, Kiwi, or any other – you may choose to first start in a traditional employment set up and see how it fares. That career could lead you to entrepreneurship.

Or if you have started as an entrepreneur immediately after studying abroad, and find yourself in a tough spot few years later, you can always switch to a more stable employed career option.

Whatever you choose, give your one hundred percent.

DIY life hacks for Jills and Jacks

Diy Life Hacks For Jills And Jacks

DIY life hacks for Jills and Jacks

What’s up lads and lassies, daddies and mommies. Fancy getting your hands dirty? Figuratively and literally? It could be immensely satisfying, you know.

As Indians, we are culturally and habitually inclined to call the ‘expert’ of a craft / service / utility when needed. Of course, it makes sense and they are required in many instances. But not all.

Call the plumber for a leaking faucet. Door knob acting like a noob – carpenter is on the way. Patchy wall requires a fresh life, here comes the painter. Kids’ room needs a makeover, pay a handsome fee to interior designer. Why?

Some minor work, such as the ones listed above, can be easily done by… our very two hands. It better be if you are an international student, studying and living in U.K., U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia.

Do you know that cost of utility services such as plumbing, carpentry, small repair work is more expensive in these countries than the utility object? A minor plumbing and / or hammering of a few nails could easily devour up to a third of your monthly student accommodation cost. No, we are not kidding.

Head on to YouTube. You’d find many savvy utility experts showing you how to fix the plumbing or door knob or such.

To the moms and dads whose wards are off to top overseas education destination in pursuit of academic excellence, it is the perfect time to plan a surprise transformation of your child’s room. There are plenty of crafty artists and architects on social medias, sharing a range of innovative ideas for such makeovers.

Add your own magical touch to it, draw out the cute tee-shirt or sock from your child’s kindergarten days and frame it on the wall. Why would you want to spend a few thousands for someone to bring your idea to life?

Saving a few dollars / pounds / euros / rupees is the obvious benefit of such indulgence. Knowing that you can fix / repair / remodel, a talent you never explored or did not get a chance to, is a satisfaction like no other.

Creating or reviving something is a special feeling after all, isn’t it?

Anxiety & stress – bane of modern living

Anxiety And Stress Bane Of Modern Living

Anxiety & stress – bane of modern living

The gap between expectations and reality is where stress resides.

Psychologists are now accepting this fact, which the old and wise have passed on to generations upon generations. The perks of modern lifestyle are many, but so are the perils.

Worryingly, stress has gripped many of us – young and old – and few are able to realize its ill-effects on health until its too late.

Young people are stressed about perception from peers. Ambitious students, in pursuit of academic excellence and career opportunities, are worried about getting accepted in a college of their choice in top overseas study destinations. They are anxious about career opportunities, especially if they have completed their studies in countries such as U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., etc.

Their parents are vexed about repaying student loan, if their ward is in a safe environment and is living in appropriate student accommodation.

It does not stop there.

Society compelling to follow its norms, ever-increasing cost of healthcare, unreasonable people to be around, difficult boss and colleagues to be with, an intense desire to travel and to indulge without enough means to do so, unrealistic expectations – the modern man and woman, age notwithstanding, is pervaded by pressure from all sides.

This undercurrent of stress can quickly slip, and it often does, into a major mental healthcare problem. Unfortunately, talking about it is a taboo even today.

Acceptance and efforts. These two words symbolize the solution to a fulfilled and stress-free life, acknowledged by both, age-old wisdom and modern science.

Accepting that low score while pursuing Masters or PhD is not the end of academics, another attempt can be made for a better result. Realizing that informed decision & appropriate measures, and not worry, will repay the student loan.

A person can only change himself / herself, not others. Accepting this fact helps in develop empathy and understanding of reasons behind someone’s unreasonable behavior – be it boss, colleagues or a random person one may share a train or a cab ride with.

Expecting others to suit our convenience and comfort is foolhardy. So is expecting to live by society’s rules or falling into the trap of peer pressure. “Oh, they have a lavish 4 BHK, we should at least have a 3BHK”. “A sedan must be matched with a 4-wheel drive”. “Latest iPhone for a latest iPhone”.

One upmanship does no one good, ever. Accept that others may have means, or not, to indulge and splurge. Do we? Is there a gap between expectation and reality?

The desperation to fill that gap is an invitation to stress. And then the dominos fall, one after the other.

Earth consciousness – Not just a lip service


Earth consciousness – Not just a lip service

“When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realise that you cannot eat money”.

This timeless quote by Alanis Obomsawin – an Abenaki native Indian from North America – describes the general direction in which we, as global citizens, are moving.

The young students and professionals are evidently inspired by Alanis’ words. But perhaps not enough – the inspiration is often not backed by meaningful action.

The older generation, while not indifferent to the destruction of environment on a global scale, is a jaded lot. They see it as a lost cause. ‘There is no planet B’, ‘environment is getting polluted’, ‘earth is being destroyed’ are mere placards for them, just a media-frenzy lip service. “Everything is about oiling the wheels of economy through consumerism” one would often hear them complain about.

So then, is humanity really waiting for Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to first search and then transport it to another habitable planet? Unrealistic, no?

Earth is real. Earth is now. Us, the young and old, can make a meaningful difference. Now. By taking responsibility.

Let’s start with our home, our backyard, our street and our city. We can start with us.

What do we do with the old cell phone when its rendered useless? How do we dispose the depleted batteries – used for remote controls, wall clocks, etc.? Or the plastic items – be it wrappers, milk bags, toys, diapers, etc? Do we buy new books or opt for in-good-condition used ones?

Irresponsible consumption and disposition are the leading causes of landfills, trash in the oceans, ever-increasing sourcing and extraction of virgin materials. We know consequences of this savagery. What can be done about it?

A lot is being said and written about it, once more will not harm. Recycle, reuse and reduce.

There are many waste management companies in almost every major city, to come and pick up the recyclable items. Just do a quick Google Search for Trash To Cash. Paper, plastic, metals, wood – almost everything can be recycled.

We could encourage reuse of paper and wood items. Donate old books, or buy the used ones that are in mint condition. Get hold of a crafty wood-work artist to refurbish old wooden furniture. And if new ones have to be bought, dispose the older furniture responsibly.

By such simple and effortless acts, one person can save about 17-20 fully grown trees from felling!

Then there’s carpooling. Responsible use of electrical appliances. Responsible tourism.

If you are living or studying in the U.S., Europe, Australia, etc., government could give you ‘points’ for your efforts in adopting to these measures. Some State Governments in India are also following suit.

If you are living or studying in the U.S., Europe, Australia, etc., government could give you ‘points’ for your efforts in adopting to these measures. Some State Governments in India are also following suit.

It’s not about just saving trees or reducing use of plastic or some random acts.

Our actions have a direct relationship and consequences with and upon the planet. Once we understand the real essence of this fact, taking selfies in the dark during Earth Hour would be ever more satisfying.

Otherwise, it’s the same old hypocrisy we conveniently blame others for indulging in.

Celebrate the festivals responsibly

01 Fetivals

Celebrate the festivals responsibly

Festivals are special. For students studying abroad, they are even more so.

Living in a foreign country during the time of festivals could feel very different. People, surroundings, celebrations. They have a unique quality to it. Perhaps the locals – natives to a particular country – joining the celebrations make it uniquely different. 

Students living and studying in the U.S. and U.K. especially would find a huge number of Indians, and Americans & Brits alike, to celebrate with. 

There is a word of advice though – as the headline of this blog suggests – celebrate with fervor, but do so responsibly. 

You are in a foreign land, celebrating a culture that does not belong to its people. Ensure that you do not offend their sensitivities. What could be innocent and innocuous for you, may not be for them. 

Maintain your space and decorum while greeting and celebrating. Chances are that the ones who are not introduced to Indian festivals and celebrations may feel awkward. Show respect, and share the reason of festivities when asked. Request politely if they would like to join. Accept their denial with grace. 

Under no circumstances indulge in public displays unless you have taken an official permission from the local authorities. 

There could be some mischievous characters who may deliberately poke and incite, as is seen in some parts of the U.K. and Canada recently. Do not respond. And do not forget the very reason and spirit of the festival – irrespective of your religion. Remember the fact that your celebrations are in reverence of the almighty, and not to show off the pride. 

Above all, spread the message of love and humanity without intruding anyone’s private space. 

Here’s wishing you happy and safe festivities.