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When exam pressure boils over Feb 21, 2016 - Arun Venkatraman - Asian Age

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With board exams around the corner and expectations flying high, parents, teachers, counsellors and students tell us how to beat exam stress — a problem that pushes students to bitter extremes every year. It's a time of immense anxiety for thousands of students who are preparing to face their board exams that kick off next week. This is a time when students hear the word “future” a little too often from their parents, teachers, neighbours and even long lost relatives who spare no effort to drill the severity of what is about to happen in the weeks to come. Every year we hear of countless incidents of exam pressure pushing students to bitter extremes, we have seen figures as alarming as one young life lost every day in Mumbai alone. Not many parents see the need for recreational activities during the exam season — the idea itself might sound blasphemous to many. And as a result of that their wards are on the receiving end of an enormous amount of pressure that often gets the better…

Couples find conscious uncoupling impractical Mayura Shanbaug | TNN | Feb 7, 2016, 12.00 AM IST

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Nivedita Shenoy (42) was very sure that she is not going to be miserable or bitter after separating from her husband Ravi. Though they had been married for 12 years, she and her husband had drifted apart, both physically and emotionally, after the birth of their second daughter six years ago. They continued the charade for a few years, for the sake of their children, finally deciding to go their separate ways (a la conscious uncoupling). She had everything figured out; she was an independent woman earning well for herself and had a close-knit circle of friends and relatives to fall back on in the time of crisis.
Most importantly, her two daughters insisted on staying with her instead of their father—who had given his approval for this setting. They both were well-meaning individuals wishing the best for each other and their own happiness. However, when it actually happened, she was filled with a sense of loss and even experienced emotions like anger and resentment bordering on bitter…