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Kapil Dev- The 83’s Haryana Hurricane

Here we bring a Throwback Thursday article presenting the amazing journey of the legend Indian former cricketer Kapil Dev.



Kapil Dev

Fondly called Kaps, Kapil Dev was born on January 6, 1959 in Chandigarh, India. Named as The Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002, he was a fast medium bowler and a hard-hitting middle order batsman. Making an impressive debut for Haryana in 1975 against Punjab with a six-wicket haul, he finished the season with 121 wickets in 30 matches. Kapil Dev played his first Test match against Pakistan in Faisalabad on October 16, 1978. However, it wasn’t a great one as he could take only one wicket in the drawn match. The Pakistan batsmen were startled with his pace and bounce. He had struck them with bouncers that struck their helmets on many occasions in that match.

He had a long domestic career because he played for Haryana for 17 years and was a constant member of the team from 1975 to 1992. Being the youngest Test player to achieve the all-round double of 100 wickets and 1,000 runs, Kapil Dev was never run out in his 184 Test innings long career. Being a right-arm pace bowler he was noted for his graceful action and potent outswinger, and was India’s main strike bowler for most of his career. Developing into a fine inswinging yorker during the 1980s, he used it very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball who could hook and drive effectively. A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition. 

A true patriot, he joined the Indian Territorial Army as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel on September 24, 2008. But what shows his love for the nation is the feat of India in the 1983 World Cup. 303 runs, 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches – this was Kapil Dev’s statistics in the 1983 World Cup. His extraordinary knock of 175 runs against Zimbabwe saved India from being ousted from the quarter-finals. It was one of the biggest moments of glory in Indian cricket and brought a major turnaround for the sport in the country.  

Being an aggressive batsman he had a penchant for hitting sixes frequently. He was involved in a notable incident during the Lord’s Test match of 1990 when he hit off-spinner Eddie Hemmings for four sixes in succession to take India past the follow-on target. He was a very fit player. Notably he never missed a Test because of injury or fitness reasons in a career that spanned 131 Tests spread over 16 years. 

In his autobiographical works By ‘God’s Decree’ (1985), ‘Cricket my style’ (1987) and ‘Straight from the Heart’ (2004), he gives a detailed account of his career and personal life! In the latest movie 83, Ranveer Singh portrays the inspiring journey of the legend and celebrates his achievements magnificently.

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Interpreter of Maladies: Sorrows That Are Hard to Notice & Forget

Interpreter of Maladies, the first book by Jhumpa Lahiri which won her a Pulitzer award and cemented her standing as a writer. Let’s dive in!



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Joy and sadness always come hand in hand. Many writers tend to highlight the greatest joys or the most devastating sadness. But what about the everyday small sorrows that build up each day until the sorrowful dam breaks? It’s the big dam break that is always highlighted. Nobody or very few pay attention to the tension or the small excruciating moments that lead to those big catastrophes. Jhumpa Lahiri is one such author. And she does it not once but multiple times. Each time with a different tale in her very first book, Interpreter of Maladies which won her a Pulitzer award. 

Interpreter of Maladies: A Closer Look

It is easier to dismiss shadows than to accept their existence which only brings more sorrow into one’s life. But sadly most of the characters in the book, Interpreter of Maladies don’t have the option to live in ignorance. Their sorrow and maladies are conveyed by the author, making the book title very apt.

A reader will find that each story is different yet similar in many ways. The similarity lies in the fact that it always carries a hint of diaspora with it. In most of the stories, the nostalgic link to the mother nation is not that profound but its presence is felt in many ways. The most prominent of these ways is through food in most stories. Lahiri’s focus on this one distinguishing factor that makes Indians Indian is what sets her apart from others. What is more intriguing in Interpreter of Maladies is how subtly the food is presented in the context. One might think they are cooking and eating Indian food right at home in Calcutta (given that most of the characters’ background is in West Bengal). And not somewhere in the United States more than 10,000 km away.  

Interpreter of Maladies brings out Indians in a way wherein they don’t stand out because they look different or engage in stereotypical behaviours and practices. But rather Interpreter of Maladies showcases how Indians like people from every other ethnicity try their best to blend in. But there are certain habits and traditions that they do latch on to that make one pick them out as Indian by an Indian. The simplicity and raw emotions and sufferings of the stories are what sets the stories in Interpreter of Maladies apart from other books in this genre.


Mostly set at the time of the formation of Bangladesh and its separation from Pakistan, Interpreter of Maladies charts a very troubled time in Indian history. But its focus on individual suffering at a time of mass suffering etches that time into the mind of the reader. Because it becomes more personal and more vulnerable. Interpreter of Maladies is a must-read to give readers a fair introduction to Lahiri’s works. And also to understand the troubled time of India’s past through the lens of those worrying overseas. 

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Fear and Anxiety- Similar or Different

Understand if fear and anxiety are similar or different. Understand their features and also effectively manage them.



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Imagine an instance where you encounter a bear in a forest where you’re walking. What are the immediate thoughts that occur in your head? What’s the name of the feeling you experience? Is it fear or anxiety? Is it solely fear or solely anxiety? Or is it both? Let’s answer this question in the end. 

Fear and Anxiety seem very similar but are different at the same time. When asked about the distinct features between the two, you wouldn’t be able to answer immediately. To assess the differences between them we need to know what they exactly are. Fear is a response to stimuli, both real and perceived, where it activates the flight, fight or freeze response of the body. Anxiety is general apprehensions or preoccupations with situations that are subjective in nature. It may occur at any point with no immediate danger and is related to previous experiences and events.

Physiological Response To Fear & Anxiety

The physiological responses of anxiety and fear are similar but they do not overlap when they occur. The physiological response of fear is characterised by increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, fight, flight or freeze, sweating, muscle tension, pupil dilation, dry mouth and many more. The physiological responses to anxiety include fatigue, sleep disturbances, shallow breathing, headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties and many more. The differences in the physiological responses include the intensity of the responses where the reaction to fear is higher than to anxiety, while the highest rate of anxiety can also lead to a panic attack, we are talking about general anxiety in this context. Another difference in the response is the duration. The physiological response may be short-lived while the anxiousness is prolonged. 

A few instances where Fear and Anxiety can be differentiated are — You end up performing a major role at your school’s annual day. The fear can be explained as the feelings experienced when the actual situation of being on stage happens commonly known as “stage fright”. In contrast, anxiety is the days of sleeplessness leading up to the day when you perform on the stage. Another example can be when you think a robber has broken into your house. The reaction of fear is when you take action by holding a weapon in your hand and the reaction of anxiety is you double-checking the locks and being vigilant to noises around you at night. While thinking about these situations, fear and anxiety can be managed and controlled effectively.

Managing Fear 

To manage Fear we need to understand the triggers and take steps to avoid the intensity that may be harmful

  • Identify triggers effectively: If you understand that going to a heightened building might cause breathlessness because of your fear of heights, it might be best to acknowledge the trigger and avoid the situation entirely. This can help in understanding the triggers, and identifying them is the most productive way to avoid a large amount of emotional distress
  • Slowly work around these triggers: Systematic Desensitization is the most efficient method to deal with fear. It’s a process involving exposure to different degrees of fear starting from small to big. For example, if you have an extreme fear of Spiders, in Systematic desensitization you will be exposed to the smallest spider and once you’re over the fear of the smallest one, you will be exposed to a slightly bigger one and so forth until you are completely desensitized to the existence of spiders of any size around you. This hence proves to be an effective technique for fears and phobias and is mostly used by mental health professionals when people with phobias approach them. 
  • Breathing techniques: These techniques are characterised by controlling the flow of your breathing and relaxing your body which eventually leads to relaxing your mind as well. A few breathing techniques include deep breathing, breathing on rhythm and slow and steady inhalation and exhalation. While encountering a trigger that invokes fear, we might feel helpless and overwhelmed. When practising these techniques, the reaction can be optimised and controlled further leading to a lessening of the distress.

    Anxiety Management

    Anxiety can be prolonged in nature but it’s important to understand the emotional difficulties that can occur over time. Here are some of the ways anxiety can be managed:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is the go-to method many mental health professionals use to help people with anxiety. Its main goal is to change the negative thinking patterns and sets to achieve how you think. It believes that if you change the way you think, it can change the way you feel. Anxiety is rooted in negative thoughts and feelings and to tackle these, a viable change is required which CBT provides. For example, when a person with extreme social anxiety is helped with CBT as prescribed by the therapist, the person is required to understand the negative thoughts that are attributed to the social anxiety, and probe themselves with questions that are evidence-based like what’s the evidence that everyone hates me? and with several other methods, it changes their negative thinking patterns eventually. Here is a small video to help you understand Cognitive Behavioural Therapy better: 
      Credits: YouTube (Psych Hub)
      • Mindfulness: Mindfulness refers to the method that emphasises the importance of being in the present moment rather than being preoccupied by thoughts of the past or future. It’s composed of several techniques like meditation, yoga, walking, being in sync with all the senses, and many more. This is an extremely useful technique to deal with anxiety as the core of anxiety is being preoccupied with the past or the future. By being in the present moment through these techniques, you can cope with the ruminations which leads to healthy anxiety management.
      • Journaling: The importance of Journaling leads you to understand and process your thoughts, and emotions. It also helps you gain clarity on your anxious thoughts. Sometimes, a simple thing like writing down what you’re feeling can be the most effective method to deal with your anxiety. Journaling needs to also be consistent in nature as it also provides insights into the previous ways you’ve dealt with anxiety and shows your progress in dealing with it. Further, this method also leads you to calm yourself down and give perspectives from a rational point of view.


      Therefore, we understand that the above problem of the bear is when you experience a fight, flight or freeze reaction which are the characteristics of fear and anxiety experienced when you are preoccupied with the thoughts of encountering a bear while you have your stroll in the forest. Since we understand the distinct differences between the two, we may be able to effectively label them for further experiences and use techniques accordingly to manage them. Fear and Anxiety correlate with each other and are normal feelings to occur. However, they are to be taken seriously if they somehow disrupt your daily functioning. There are several methods to overcome both Fear and Anxiety but it is enhanced when taken the help of a mental health professional.

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      Raja Ravi Varma and his Speaking Canvases

      Raja Ravi Varma and his paintings carry the essence of European technicalities and Indian sensibilities. Dive into the world of his work.



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      The one whose paintings’ lithographs adorn the homes of most Indians (especially South Indians), the prints of whose paintings formed a major part of the puja room decor, the one whose works influenced the largest-selling comic series book of India – Amar Chitra Katha; the legendary iconic artist Raja Ravi Varma. Born in the mid-nineteenth century (02 April 1848) in Kilimanoor, Travancore (present-day Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), Raja Ravi Varma was a royal descendant of an aristocratic family in Travancore. The title ‘Raja’ was conferred upon him by Lord Curzon – the Viceroy and Governor-General of India. 

      Credits: BBC

      He was one of the pioneers of fusion paintings. His style was to blend the technicalities and aesthetics of European paintings with the emotional sensibility, iconography and storytelling of Indian art. He made consistent and considerable efforts to revolutionise the vision Indian folk carried of the Gods and Goddesses. Earlier the picturisation of mythological characters and deities was more inclined towards their supernatural form. Raja Ravi Varma gave them a touch of human style. He focussed on the detailing of intricate designs of everything from fabrics and jewellery to furniture and artefacts. His paintings narrated stories, characters spoke of the social order and general social practices and backdrops radiated moods. 

      The next Maharaja of Travancore, Ayilyam Thirunal patronised Varma and he began his formal training thereafter. He was skilled in oil and water painting. He received his first commission painting in the year 1870 and the task was to paint a family portrait of the sub-judge of the Calicut Court – Kizakke Palat Krishnan Menon. Popularity and fame knocked at his door after an exhibition of his paintings in Vienna in 1873 fetched him an award. 

      Most of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings revolved around the stories of Shakuntala and Dushyanta and Nala and Damayanti from the great Indian epic The Mahabharata. His paintings were also depictions of India’s folklore, ballads and stories from The Puranas. It is noteworthy that he received one of his most serious commissions from the Gaekwad of Baroda in the year 1888. The commission involved making fourteen Puranic paintings for the Durbar Hall of the new Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. This required immense authenticity and a spectacular Indian touch in his representation of the mythological deities and characters. With assistance from his sister Mangalabai Thampuratty and younger artist brother C Raja Raja Varma, he successfully crafted fourteen illustrations; all of them masterpieces depicting either Lord Krishna’s adventures from The Bhagavata Purana or stories from The Mahabharata or The Ramayana. 

      Credits: BBC

      Raja Ravi Varma was an artist who would consciously select themes, genres and mediums for his paintings. He would let the Western influence prevail but at the same time take care that it did not dominate his canvas; always keeping alive the spirit of Indian-ness in his work. Women, their ordeals, their beauty and their ornaments always held a special charm in Varma’s paintings. Women in traditional attire, women reclining in bed or women lost in thought formed a major part of his subjects. His brush strokes would paint costumes and pieces of jewellery with so much precision that they would look just like the original ones. 

      Credits: BBC

      He was the first Indian artist to popularise calendar art. In 1894, he also set up a press called the Ravi Varma Fine Arts Lithographic Press in Lonavala. This came as a revolutionary move in the historical and social sphere of India as the press put to use imported German machines and techniques. Lithographs started trending among the Indian people. Art could now be ‘owned’ by anyone; people started fetching more and more reproductions of paintings from the Indian markets.

      Raja Ravi Varma also brought to India certain significant international relations and accolades. He was honoured with an invitation to the World’s Columbian Exhibition at Chicago in 1893 where he showcased ten of his paintings. He was also in close relation with the German painter Fritz Schleicher who was the technical lead of the Raja Ravi Varma Fine Arts Press. Even when he became the owner of the press in 1903, he continued to spread the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma to the world. 

      Postcards also had imprints of Varma’s imageries. They were incorporated in advertisements, matchbox labels, textile prints and a whole lot of general everyday items found in Indian households. His work introduced fine arts to the general public of India. It made art accessible to everyone. Even after Raja Ravi Varma’s sad demise in 1906, his paintings went on to challenge perceptions and emerge as changemakers in the early twentieth-century society of India. 

      Many of his paintings form a part of the preserved collections of his works in the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. His legacy continues to inspire generations of young artists and thinkers. His paintings transcend far beyond time and age. 

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      Creative Block: Tips & Strategies To Overcome It 

      Creative blocks are annoying and can be the cause of various mental health disorders. Let’s look at some tips and strategies to overcome it.



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      Being creative is not easy work. Sure it may seem easier but that doesn’t mean it is easier. Most of the time the answers are so ambiguous that it is hard to determine what is right for that particular piece of work. As ambiguity brings with it various risks some of which involve the relevance of the answer. The answer which could be a tune or a concept or a word that seems perfect right now may not be so perfect when you look at it from a different angle. It’s hard to be objective or choose one route when there are plenty available. But it is equally hard to come up with at least one route. When it becomes hard, we normally tend to give up but let’s find out how we don’t necessarily need to do so by following certain tips and strategies.

      Creative Block

      Creative block refers to a stage that one experiences when one feels like giving up after failing to find a certain answer to a creative piece even after trying multiple times. It is known as a creative block as it highlights the blockage of creativity due to various issues related to one’s mental health. It can be a really dark place to be in, but there is always a way out.

      This creative block affects every creative person many times in their lives. But the feeling is always unpleasant. And it affects them even more if they were right in a phase of creative peak just before they hit a block. Creative peak refers to a time when the person is at a point in time where they can utilise their creativity to their maximum potential. In short, it is that phase that every creative person dreams of. For example, it was during this creative peak phase that Vincent Van Gogh created most of his phenomenal works that are revered to this day such as the Starry Night. Creative burnout on the other hand is a similar yet different phenomenon, to know more about creative burnout you can check out our article here!

      Tips & Strategies to Get Over Creative Block

      Creative block is something very normal and everyone goes through it. And many creative people have overcome this phase with certain tips and strategies. Some of these tips and strategies include:

      1. Give yourself a break:

      It sounds really dumb and we get it, we are always told to remain focused and think about the problem as much as we can in order to arrive at a solution. But the reality is no matter how much we think about it we can’t seem to arrive at a solution then won’t it be better to leave it be for a while and just don’t think about it at all? The reason this tip or strategy works is because it allows our brain to relax and take its own time to come up with a solution. The more we think about that one problem the more we stress ourselves out as we can’t seem to find the solution. So, stop, take a breath, go out and do something that you love and get back to it.

      1. Change of environment:

      Ever wondered if staring at the same boring ceiling or wall is what hinders your brain from thinking beyond its capacities? Sometimes the things around us become so familiar that it becomes hard to think of a solution in the same environment where you encountered the problem. A change of scenery or environment may not always be the solution but it could be the first step to the solution as when you are in a new environment you will perceive and experience things differently and this difference will add more perceptions in your brain, helping you in your creative process in the long run. Why do you think authors and artists take inspiration from different places they have visited in their lives?

      1. Experiment with different forms:

      Sometimes the reason we feel stuck at something is because we are afraid of going beyond what we already know. It’s scary to try a different form or style or approach especially if you have mastered the one you are currently using. But sometimes the answer lies in trying out different approaches than holding yourself back. It can be really really horrifying at first which is why we suggest instead of drastically switching to a new approach we hope you first acquaint yourself with it by mixing elements of it with your current approach. And then who knows you might end up innovating an entirely new approach that is tailored just for you.

      1. Practice freely but in a routine:

      It’s ironic that something that is free will also be happening in a routine. As if it’s free it should occur whenever and wherever it feels like, right? In reality, it’s not as easy as it may seem. Freedom is liberating and a great feeling at first but soon it becomes overwhelming if there are no rules or laws protecting, promoting and inculcating it in your environment. Hence routine acts like that boundary or law that does the job when you’re facing a creative block. A routine will ensure that you practice your freedom to think creatively as much as you can, but it ensures that you think about the issue in a creative manner at least once every day so that you don’t take your freedom for granted. Routine ensures that you don’t completely run away from the creative work while you’re trying to relax.

      1. Seek help:

      It’s not easy to do all the brainstorming and executing by yourself hence it is highly advisable to take as much help as you can get. It’s not easy to trust someone else when it comes to your creative work but sometimes working with others not only helps you learn many things from them but also helps you understand yourself, your environment and your style better. And you shall never forget the masterpieces that you had created in the past for many times they hold the answer to your current creative problem. So, revisit them, and collaborate with others but don’t give up.

      Going through a creative block is not easy. But it’s not the end of the world (although it may seem like it). Creative block is normal and everyone goes through it. It may seem dark and lonely but if you’re patient enough and put in enough work to get out of it, you will get out of it.  These tips and strategies are not a guarantee that you will solve your problem, but you will at least take the first few steps in the right direction which will help you get out of your creative block.

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      Digital Media Overuse: What do you even mean?

      Confused about what digital media “overuse” even means? Want to know if you should stop using digital media entirely? Read on to find out.



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      Read Aloud: Digital Media Overuse: What do you even mean?

      We have all heard from our parents, teachers and everyone older than us about the bad side of digital media, such as TV, mobile phones, social media, etc. But then our friends love digital media and to be fair it doesn’t seem that bad, right? You get to know what your friends are up to thanks to your mobile phones and social media, you are caught up with the recent episodes of Doraemon, Pokemon, etc. and can talk about it with friends. All in all, there is no harm in using digital media. But rather it becomes harmful when we overuse it.

      What do you mean by “overuse” of digital media?

      “Overuse”, is a term you must have heard a lot but never quite understood what exactly it meant. And you have all the right to be confused, after all, who decides when you are overusing digital media? Yes, some studies say that after certain hours of usage, it is considered overuse to use social media, but then again these studies are done on humans and no two humans are alike. So, there is a possibility that the studies’ conclusion may not apply to a few humans. And who is to say that you are not one of the few? 

      Then how can you define “overuse”? The answer is simple whenever “you” feel tired or drained out, don’t feel like doing physical activities anymore, have trouble sleeping or talking to new people such as new classmates or adjusting to new environments such as feeling very jumpy or restless at a family function, that is when you know you have overused digital media. But remember just like a cold has symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, headache, etc., the things mentioned previously are just some of the symptoms of overuse, it doesn’t mean you can’t get over it or get better, but you need to recognise these symptoms first then only you can start your treatment. Also keep in mind these are just a few symptoms, as the effects or symptoms of overuse will show up differently in different people, but one thing will remain consistent in all the symptoms, “you will not feel good”. You might feel restless, scared, sad or all of them together.

      Should I stop using digital media altogether?

      Should you stop eating ice cream entirely because you will get a cold if you have cold food items and drinks? Should you stop talking to everyone else in class because one of them was mean? Should you stop answering your question paper in the exam entirely because you don’t know the answer to one of the questions? NO! And that’s exactly why, you should not stop using digital media altogether or entirely as it has its benefits too.

      Without digital media would you have known what is happening in other countries to prepare for your MUN debates? Without digital media would you have known the different music genres such as pop, hip-hop, K-pop, etc.? Without digital media would you have known about the various tales of bravery that Little Krishna went on or the life lessons about things you should and should not do from Doraemon?

      Digital media is pretty important in today’s age, so it is not at all something you should ignore entirely and not indulge in. It’s like asking our parents to not write whatever they heard in class on paper to remember as our ancestors used to have an oral culture of learning where people used to listen and remember. So, instead of writing it down they should also listen and remember, but the invention of paper and ink made it possible to reduce the burden on our brain and we incorporated it into our daily lives. Just like that digital media has reduced our reliance on written hard-bound materials a lot. This is not only sustainable in the long run but also makes it easier for us to understand difficult to simple concepts better as now we have audio-visual aids at the tip of our fingers to help us break down the written concepts easily. Learning doesn’t need to be confined to a classroom. 

      What should I do to prevent the overuse of digital media?

      Preventing overuse is not that simple but it’s not entirely impossible. You don’t have to take drastic steps or use drastic techniques such as entirely stopping to use your phones or watching the television. But rather take it slow. One of the techniques could be that if using digital media such as your phone for 12 hours straight is making you feel tired and not feel great in general, then reduce the time that you engage with digital media by 1 hour every two days until you don’t feel so bad. 

      Now if you are cutting down the hours that you used to use digital media you must have some free time which will make you think, “What will I do with that much free time?”. You don’t need to study more or fill out another workbook in maths or English grammar, just because you have a little more time now. Instead, use the extra time to make origami or crochet something or maybe finally make that dessert that you saw them making in Masterchef Kids. Yes, you might have to use digital media to get the crochet or origami pattern or the recipe for that Masterchef Kids’ dessert but it won’t be for a long time and once you get a hang of it you won’t need the digital media aid for long. 

      How about using this technique, suppose you were using digital media for 12 hours and then you reduced it to 8 hours over a period of time, out of that 8 hours maybe use 2 hours for practising the new crochet pattern or origami pattern while looking at the tutorials and the extra time that you have you can try practising it without the tutorial. Slowly you will get into new kinds of activities that won’t necessarily require digital media at all times of the day but will keep you equally occupied with other things that will help you learn and grow every day. 

      Another technique that you can use is doing nothing. Sometimes when you don’t want to do anything, how about just not doing it? Maybe take the free time to just sit and watch the stray dogs run on the street or think about the conversations you had with your friends or mum the other day, take some free time to just think and wonder to help you understand others and the environment around you better. This will certainly help you in developing your emotional quotient or EQ, which is very different from IQ and actually depends on how emotionally aware you are about yourself and about others in your surroundings. One of the ways to develop EQ is by giving yourself the time and space to understand what you are going through and what others are going through.


      Now these are a few techniques that you can use to prevent overuse but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other techniques. But these techniques work the best because you don’t entirely stop using digital media overnight but rather reduce your usage and over time fill the free time with something else. Always remember digital media has its pluses and minuses just like Doraemon’s gadgets. It all boils down to how you use it and how much you use it, to ensure you make the most of it. 

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