We have been told and know since generations how bad is television, how it makes us a couch potato, that television is an idiot box, but don’t we all have one or even more at our home? For that matter, we know reading a book while lying down or while in a moving vehicle is harmful for eyes but we do it right. The point I am emphasizing is nothing is bad if done in moderation, and over do of everything is bad. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs ‘self-esteem’ and ‘self-actualization’ are at the top, humans cannot live without being appreciated or feel accepted in the society. Rather than just looking at the negative side lets take a quick look of how social media has improved our lives.
In our life as an Indians we get patriotic in bouts. During cricket matches, while watching a patriotic movie, on independence and republic day are few of the moments when we get patriotic, what about the rest of the year? We see many vehicles with stickers on them of ‘Bhagat Singh’ saying “lagta hai wapas aana padega…”. Lets promise all the souls who sacrificed for our freedom that “No, we are taking care of the country, you laid your life for now we will take it up. You can rest peacefully” Let’s start with one thing-one mother-one day…... and mother India will see a new dawn at least by next Independence Day, a true Independence Day. At last the lines of the famous song come to my mind "Ae, mere watan ke logo... jara aankh mein bharlo paani, jo shahid hue hai unki jara yaad karo kurbani"
As parents we always keep trying to teach and inculcate good habits in our kids, its much easier when they are young. We bring them interactive books, read them aloud along with kids imitating the emotions, read them bed time stories in short, we do everything to make sure, books become their companion. However, as the kids grow up, they have more than one advisor the special impact is of friends, the peer pressure changes their choices than what parents are says, and we often get to her, “my friends don’t do this”, yes, I am talking about the age when kids are about reach adolescence. The kids aged between 10 to 12 are popularly known as Tween agers. I have one at home, hence know what are the challenges in keeping them glued, they are just like toddlers “na dhang se bade, na hi dhang se bade”, confused as ever.