Ne’, ‘Nope, ‘Nahi’, ‘Nada’ — there are roughly 6500 languages in the world today, which means there are at least 6500 ways in which a person can say ‘No’ -but why are we so scared to use this word? Our traditional upbringing to become a good human being and the desire to be the people’s person has somehow instilled this belief among us that saying or receiving ‘NO’ is catastrophic.

Even when it's improper and the situation desperately demands a ‘NO’, we as civilized human beings refrain from doing it because we might just be considered unreliable or lose the…


Human history has been a testimony to how deadly pandemics could be; from the Great Plague of London to the Spanish Flu, any widespread outbreak of infectious disease has played a crucial role in shaping up to our past. I use to eavesdrop on my grandparents mentioning about villages being wiped out and people perishing due to outbreaks of Cholera or Influenza, but just like war stories, pandemic too was something I had either heard in tales or on the news. Covid-19 has brought a twist in our lives in ways unimaginable; reminding us that the unknown in the world…


They say “Winners don’t quit, quitters never win”; but to know when and what to quit on , is nothing short of winning.

We are all aware of the phrase “Your body is a Temple”. Everything we eat, every activity we do has a direct relation with our body. This is the reason we take extra care with our meals, maintain hygiene, dress well to flatter the temple.Also, every now and then just to ensure that we get rid of the unwanted objects and toxins acquired from food, lifestyle or the environment we detox it as part of cleaning ourselves.But…


Mark Twain once quoted “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!”.

Most of the Indian bibliophiles I have met have an uncompromised love for Austen, Rowling, Hemingway, Tolstoy, Hosseini and so many more and it is absolutely justified. But why do we shy away from recognizing the talent we have right here in our homeland. Somehow we have Chetan Bhagat representing the…


“In a world where you can be anything, be kind and START WITH BEING KIND TO YOURSELF!”

As a kid, somehow or the other I was brought up with the ideals that we should always put other people’s needs and wants before your own desires; because that is the only right thing to do, and if done anything otherwise, it would be regarded as the most selfish act. Saying no to someone and denying them any help because maybe you weren’t in that position or because you thought it was absolutely wrong; made you a bad person. I was also…

The Sominator

Ruminations of Nandini Biswas

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