Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Are Babies Smarter Than Adults

Toddlers and babies never cease to surprise us. It completely stupefies me when my 2.10 year-old daughter can relate to abstract emotions like, love, boredom and aversion to name a few with a maturity that only adults'possess. When she constantly cribs that she needs some kind of recreation to overcome her boredom, I am left wondering if she has understood and internalized an emotion as abstract as boredom! However, soon, I realize that babies and kids are blessed with higher IQ's than an average adult! Below is a researched article indicating that babies and kids are way smarter than us!


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Why London Is Dear To Its Immigrants!

London with its several immigrants coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds is indisputably an international and a multicultural city. For several immigrants from middle east and Africa fleeing violence and revolutions, London is their home of hope, joy and peace. As varied and diverse the immigrants are as many different and compelling reasons they may have for migrating to London. Nevertheless, for every migrant, London spurs her growth with rich opportunities and learning experiences. As immigrants, they are here to soak in its culture and experience as well as to learn and grow. For a few others, it is a respite from their mundane and mediocre existence, an escape from their seemingly endless drudgery back home, a monotonous routine, a reprieve from their country’s poor politics and a staggering economy as well as societal restrictions and pressures.

According to ‘The Migration Observatory’, London has the highest migrant population in the UK. At least 3.2 million people are born outside the country. For immigrants from developing countries, London is a land of fortune with opportunities to explore their talents and challenges testing their potential. It is here that they pick up the broken and torn threads of their lives to stitch them together. Gradually, they feel the city growing on them even as they learn and grow in confidence and self-assurance, glad they are far away from the stress and pressures of their homelands, their native states that caused untold misery, a political system that made their lives an endless struggle and put them in a seemingly eternal state of anxiety and depression.

Now an air of contentment dawns over them as they no longer have to battle insecurities and fears.  A smile lights up their faces as they relax and realise that their children are now in a safer world with a world of opportunities beckoning them.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Romancing Thames

Whenever homesickness threatens to drown me into a sea of memories, longing and nostalgia, a walk on the banks of the Thames river which is so close to where I stay, and a look at its stunning vastness and breath-taking beauty lifts my plunging moods almost instantly. Memories of my familiar world are now replaced with scenes of beauty, awe, wonder and inspiration. I am embraced in warm hugs exuding love, kindness and comfort. Cocooned and feeling secure in its welcoming embrace, I make it a point to go with the flow, constantly being reminded that Thames simply keeps gushing and flowing no matter how rough the tide is.
            ‘Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;  Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! The river glideth at his own sweet will. Dear God! the very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still.’

                                                               William Wordsworth

Quotes like the above one about Thames abound in English poetry. While studying English back home in India during college, I remember how much our curriculum revolved around luminaries like Tennyson, Wordsworth, T.S Eliot and other romantic poets who weaved magic in their poetry. Invariably, the Thames river formed the backdrop of their poems influencing and inspiring them to create works of wonder and leaving the posterity in awe of them forever. As I kept appreciating their poems, never ever did I have a thought let alone a vision of strolling along the banks of the Thames river and listening to the soft rustles of its waves.

Now to get a view of the legendary river as soon as I wake up in the morning and have it as a companion while I stride my way to a nearby grocery store is a blessing as well as a source of mammoth inspiration and solace. Under the mesmerising beauty of the river, it is easy to get transported to an oasis of serenity, and connect instantly with a mystic stillness and a higher power! With the Thames river so near me, room for negative feelings like anxiety, boredom and depression simply don’t exist., In fact, those emotions are relegated and buried in the lowest realms of my subconscious left without the slightest chance of surfacing up. A look at the river empowers me with optimism and confidence to face the challenges as also the many vicissitudes of life. The gentle hushes of the waves while energising the mind and soothing it infuses it with incredible creativity, positivity and inspiration. Given all this, it is now easy to understand why so many poets of the 19th century sought refuge under the river’s benign gaze.