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Our mind is constantly thinking. We are constantly consuming information to feed our minds. We want to grasp as much as knowledge our mind can until we feel it is time to stop. But then we think about ways to silence our minds. Nowadays, the best way to absorb information is GOOGLE. It is a search engine, which has information related to everything. You type, click search, and boom, there are loads of articles, videos, images about the same. But this persistent famish of taking new information or enhancing the old information can be perilous a lot of time. The biggest question lies in, does our search ends n google, and I’m scared the answer is a big NO.

Why is our mind ceaseless?

If I say in gen Z language, it is the FOMO (fear of missing out) that tells our mind to consume new information every time we open our devices. The mind sees something, registers it, googles it, and then process it. Whenever we read or see something intriguing, we can’t stop ourselves from knowing about it more. We start doing extensive research about it and then commence a connection in the world to that one single thing. It engulfs your thought process.

How to know it is time to stop for a while?

Consuming information 24 hours can be vicious and self-sabotaging. It affects your peace of mind and disturbs your mental health. There are times when we have to stop our search on google, and not carry it any further to not hamper with your peace. Many a time, you get warning signs like frustration, hopelessness, negativity, not getting enough time for yourself. These are the times, which are shrieking on top of their voice for you to stop your information hunt and relax. Yes, it is possible to halt your mind from thinking about all the negative information and focus on yourself for some time.

 

How to create healthy borders and give rest to your mind. 

  • Keeps certain hours in your day to google things.
  • Try detaching from your thoughts.
  • Understand, it is okay to skip information that is going to bother you in a long run.
  • Ask your friends on social media and in personal life to give trigger warning before any depressing new, because it can disturb your mental peace, and will prompt you to read more upon it, further deteriorating your peace.

 

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival dedicated to the deity Surya(sun). It is celebrated on 14th January every year. It is a day the people of India and Nepal celebrate their harvest. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara Rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. 

The festival is observed by flying kites in various parts of the country. But every year, news about deaths or injuries due to kites’ Manja surface in the newspaper. But the situation has become despair now because some section of people doesn’t understand how perilous it is and it should be stopped. 

Manja is a synthetic kite string coated with powdered glass, which has become a huge problem in society during the festival. The Chinese Manja (albeit locally made) has created a massive mess. In the zeal to cut other kites, the manufacturers have sharpened the Manjas to increase their sales. But instead of cutting other kites, it is slitting peoples’ throats. Even the glass-coated cotton manjas aren’t safe, and they too have caused casualties. 

The Manja is very dangerous for the birds in the say. In the year 2019 during the time of Makar Sankranti, an estimate cited by the Animal Welfare Board of India said that at least 2,000 birds are injured at the annual kite flying event in Ahmedabad of which 500 eventually died.

Taking these into consideration, in July 2017, the National Green Tribunal banned synthetic Manja in India. It commanded the authorities to book violators not only under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code but also invoke the Environment (Protection) Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and Wildlife (Protection) Act as the case would warrant. Multiple State governments have banned the Manja.

Festivals are about sharing love and bonding over Kaju katli, it should not be about causing harm to- humans and non-human animals. So, this Makar Sankranti doesn’t fly kites with glass-coated manja, instead, give your dreams and passions a flight.

Happy Makar Sankranti, you all. 

THE GUN CULTURE OF THE PUNJAB MUSIC INDUSTRY

The Punjab Music industry has significantly grown over the years. There has been a wave of a young artist coming up in the industry. The music in the Punjab industry transformed from the roots and ‘desi’ culture of Punjab to a flaunting and brandishing industry about luxurious cars and mighty guns.

The gun culture in the music industry is on a substantial rise, which has become a controversial topic. With the recent arrest of lyricist Shree Brar, the question around glorifying guns and violence has resurfaced.

 

The Influence of Gun Culture On the Audience.

The Punjabi music industry has normalized the use of guns in their music. They exalt the use of heavy weapons in their lyrics and videos and reflect that the possession of these weapons is facile. 

It has also created a stereotype regarding the northern belt that everyone has easy access to weapons and they always carry it with them. 

It also creates a superficial image of masculinity and the obsession with guns, and they can keep everyone under them. The saddest part is people enjoy this type of music, and they have normalized it. 

The feeling of ‘cool dude’ is usually expressed in such songs which people then try to imitate in reality.

Maybe if not the act of carrying guns, but the aggression (shown in terms of facial expression and walking with an attitude, so to say) portrayed in such songs has a high chance of being reflected in the lives of the youth generation more particularly.

Women may also get impacted similarly, but the degree of intensity of the same may vary. Many a time, the voice of singers who dedicate songs to Punjabi culture is lost in the commotion of loud lyrics.

 

What Do Artists Say

The artists want to make money and want their song to reach the maximum audience. They want millions of views, and they perfectly know what the audience wants.

Veet Baljit, in an interview, said that “We are often accused of glorifying gangsters or promoting the gun culture, but these are the market demands.

If I release a religious song, it hardly gets 2-3 lakh views on YouTube, whereas songs related to guns get 25 lakh views. To survive in the industry, one has to write songs that would be liked by the public.”

 

Conclusion

There has to be a systemic change in the thinking of the artists and the audience. The mere booking and arresting of singers in not going to change this culture. A lot of singers have been booked in the past, but the gun culture is still prevalent in the industry

 

 

The inequality gap worldwide is increasing and with the current COVID-19 pandemic it is estimated to grow at a faster pace further pushing teeming millions of people into a poverty-stricken lifestyle. 

In 1995 a group of independent non-governmental organizations came together to share knowledge and resources and combine their efforts in the fight against poverty and injustice-Oxfam. Oxfam is a global movement of people that creates a bridge for people who have faced severe injustice and have been grappled with injustice. It works worldwide in more than 70 countries, allies, partners to build a more egalitarian world to live in. Oxfam has the vision to create a just society and keeping our planet and its people at the center stage. They work on making the world a sustainable place and to fight the climate crisis. Furthermore, they advocate rights for women and work on the grassroots level to end discrimination and violence against them. 

Oxfam is an organization made of the people, by the people, for the people. They staunchly believe in the power of the people, and how they have the strength to change the world. Oxfam supports people organizations across the world fighting injustice and inequality. Oxfam along with millions of mobilizing people around the world.

What Oxfam stand for

They want to create a just and fair society. They also champion gender justice and the rights of women and girls. They fight for climate justice and create safe spaces that allow people to hold the powerful into account. They also work in the area of water and sanitation. 

 

7 pillars of Oxfam

  • We are rights-based
  • We are feminist
  • We fight inequality
  • We are humanitarian
  • We are both local and global
  • We are driven by diversity

 

Oxfam’s mission

“We fight inequality to end poverty and injustice.”

 

If you want to donate, volunteer, work with Oxfam – visit their website to get more information. Click here- https://www.oxfam.org/en/what-we-do/about/what-we-believe

 

 

A new year is always a very motivating time because it brings a breath of fresh air. It inspires you to make dreams, goals and gives you a fresh start to achieve them.

Just remember –

Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot .

So, as 2020 is finally ending, and we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, but let’s start our new year with zeal and zest. We have curated a list of new beginning quotes for all to commence your journey with a positive mindset. 

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” —Guy Finley

 

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

 

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.” – Vivian Jokotade

 

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

 

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” — Barbara Shur

 

A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy. – Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

Everything begins at the beginning, and quite often the beginning begins when you shift your mind in a new direction. – Louie Herron

 

Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

The 3 Cs of life: Choices, chances and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

 

We at live controversy wish you, your family, and friends a very happy new year and promise to come up with great content in 2021.

 

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Unpaid Internships- The Institution of Exploitation

When holidays start, or a student has a lot of leisure time, they think of doing internships to gain experience.

More than half of the students do internships to earn money even if the amount is small- they want to fulfill their short-term goals from their hard-earned money.

When they venture out to seek internships, there are a plethora of opportunities available, but to their surprise- most of them are unpaid.

A few take up unpaid internships to familiarize themselves with the work atmosphere and a few don’t take up the unpaid internship because they believe that with experience, their work should be paid for and respected.

Every work should be paid. Nobody should be exploited in the name of providing experience and laying out a workspace for them.

 

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Why should you pay for your intern?

Asking someone to put in their efforts for work should always be paid in monetary means because it is the right thing to do.

When the intern is being paid, they take their tasks seriously and it makes them accountable for their work. The candidature for your internship increases because applicants earnestly fill out the application form. If they are selected, they try to give their best and prove their passion for work. 

The amount might be minimal for the internship provider, but for the intern, it might be their first pay check, which boosts their confidence and makes them believe in themselves.  

Attracting interns saying that you will be giving them a great learning opportunity, whereas in reality you just benefit your company from their free work. It is exploiting someone’s talent and hard work.

 

When is it okay to offer an unpaid internship? 

If you are an NGO because the primary objective is to increase social welfare, and, hence, it is okay for NGOs to roll out unpaid internships. 

If you are a well-established organization and providing an excellent learning opportunity that is going to help the intern in their future. 

Internships should always be paid (barring the above exceptions) because taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability and not paying for their work is exploitation. 

 

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Top 10 Good Parenting Tips – Best Advice

What Makes A Good Parent?

A good parent is someone who, in the child’s best interest, tries to make choices.

It’s not important for a good parent to be perfect. No one is perfect. No child is perfect either… When we set our goals, having this in mind is crucial.

Effective parenting is not about achieving perfection. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to work for that purpose. Set high expectations first for ourselves, and then second for our children. For them, we act as role models.

 

How To Be A Good Parent – Top 10 Parenting Tips

#1 BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL

Come on, walk the walk. Don’t tell your kid, what you want them to do. Show them that

Be a role model for your chid

Humans are a remarkable species in part because we can understand through imitation. We are conditioned to mimic the actions of others to understand them and to integrate them into our own. Kids, in particular, watch what their parents do very closely. 

So, be the person you want your child to be—respect your child, show them the positive behavior and attitude, have sympathy for your child’s emotion—and your child will follow suit.

 

#2: LOVE THEM AND SHOW THEM THROUGH ACTION

There’s no such thing as loving your kid so much. Love they can’t ruin the two of them. Just what you want to do (or give) in the name of love can—things like material indulgence, leniency, low standards, and over-protection.

When these things are offered instead of true love, that’s when you’re going to have a spoiled boy.

LOVE THEM AND SHOW THEM THROUGH ACTION

Love your kid can be as easy as sending them hugs, spending time with them, and listening to their complaints seriously every day.

Showing these acts of affection will cause the release of feeling-good hormones such as oxytocin. These neurochemicals will give us a profound sense of peace, emotional warmth and contentment from which the infant gain tolerance, not to mention a deeper bond with you.

 

#3: PRACTICE KIND AND FIRM POSITIVE PARENTING

Babies are born with about 100 billion brain cells (neurons) with very few connections. These links generate our emotions, guide our acts, from our personality, and essentially decide who we are. They are formed, enhanced and “sculpted” by lifelong experiences.

LOVE THEM AND SHOW THEM THROUGH ACTION

Give your child any positive experiences. They would have the opportunity to experience meaningful experiences themselves and to give them to others .

Give your child any bad experiences. They’re not going to get the sort of development they need to succeed. Sing that dumb tune. Get a marathon tickle. Only go to the park. You’re laughing with your child. Ride into a tantrum of rage. Solve a dilemma with a good outlook.

Not only can these meaningful interactions build healthy relations with your child’s head, but they also make your child’s lifelong memories of you.

It is impossible to be optimistic when it comes to discipline. However, constructive reinforcement should be practiced and disciplinary actions can be avoided.

Being a decent parent means that you get to show your kid the values of what is right and what is wrong. The keys to good discipline are setting boundaries and being persistent.

Be kind and strict to the compliance of those laws. Rely on the explanation behind the actions of the kid. And making it an opportunity to learn about the future, rather than punish the past.

 

#4: BE A SAFE HAVEN FOR YOUR CHILD

Let your child know that you will always be there for them by being attentive to the signs of the child and listening to their needs. Support and embrace the child as a person. Be a warm, safe haven for your child to explore.

BE A SAFE HAVEN FOR YOUR CHILD

Children raised by parents who are reliably attentive appear to develop improved emotional control, cognitive skills development, and mental health outcomes.

 

#5: TALK WITH YOUR CHILD AND HELP THEIR BRAINS INTEGRATE

All of us know the importance of connectivity. Talk to your kid and listen to them closely, too.

By having the contact channel open, you’re going to have a stronger relationship with your child, and your child will come to you anytime there’s a problem.

But there’s another explanation for communication—helping your kid incorporate various aspects of his or her brain.

Be a healthy parent

Integration is analogous to our body, where various organs tend to cooperate and function together to ensure a stable body.

When various areas of the brain are combined, they will function harmoniously as a whole, which means less tantrums, more cooperative actions, more empathic and greater emotional well-being.

Speak about troubling encounters to do so. Ask your child to explain what happened and how he/she felt he/she was improving tuned speech. You don’t have to come up with solutions.

 

 

#6: REFLECT ON YOUR OWN CHILDHOOD

Many of us wish to see a better adult than our own. And someone who had a strong life and a happier childhood would wish to change any facets of how they were growing up.

Yet most often, as we open our mouths, we chat exactly as our parents did.

GOOD & SUCCESSFUL PARENTING TIPS

Reflecting on our own upbringing is a journey in knowing why we parent the way we do so. Take stock about stuff that you would like to alter and learn about how you would do it better in a real situation. Try to be conscious to change your actions the next time these problems come up.

Don’t give up until you first excel. It takes effort, a lot of practice, to deliberately adjust one’s child’s methods of schooling.

 

#7: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OWN WELL-BEING

Parents, too, need relief.

Careful attention to your well-being.

Stuff like your own health or the health of your marriage are often kept on the back burner when an infant is born. If you don’t pay attention to them, they’re going to become bigger challenges down the line 8. Taking the time to improve your friendship with your partner.

Being healthy as a parent

Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your friends. Getting some “me time” for self-care is vital to rejuvenate the mind.

Why parents should take care of themselves emotionally and psychologically can make a major difference in their parenting and family life. If these two places fail, your child will still suffer.

 

#8: DO NOT SPANK, NO MATTER WHAT

There is no question that for certain parents, spanking will lead to short-term enforcement, which is also a much-needed relief for parents.

This approach, though, does not show the child the right thing from the wrong. It just encourages the kid to be fearful of external repercussions. The kid is then inspired to stop being trapped instead.

Do not Spank Childs

Spanking your child is modeling your child’s desire to fix problems with abuse. Children who are spanked, beaten or struck are more likely to clash with other children.

They are most likely to become threats and use verbal/physical violence to settle conflicts. Later in adulthood, they are even more likely to participate in delinquency and antisocial behavior, poorer parent-child partnerships, mental health disorders, and victims of domestic violence or assault 10.

There are a host of safer approaches to discipline that have been shown to be more successful For eg, constructive discipline (Tip #3 above) and positive reinforcement.

 

#9: KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE AND REMEMBER YOUR PARENTING GOAL

What’s your goal of raising a child?

If you are like most parents, you want your child to do well at school, to be active, to be responsible and independent, to be polite, to have positive relationships with you and others, to be loving and compassionate, and to have a happy, safe and satisfying life.

But how much time do you spend working on these goals?

Remember parenting goal

If you’re like most of your parents, you probably spend most of the day struggling to get through the day. As the writers, Siegel and Bryson, point out in their book The Entire Brain Child,

Instead of helping your child thrive, you spend most of time just trying to survive!

If you don’t want survival mode to overtake your life, step back next time you feel upset or irritated. Think of what rage and resentment is going to do to you or your kids.

Instead, find opportunities to turn a bad encounter into a positive tool for him or her. And epic tantrums can be converted into invaluable brain-sculpting experiences.

Doing this would not only help you develop a balanced outlook, but you’re still focusing on one of your core parenting goals—building a positive relationship with your kids.

 

#10: TAKE A SHORTCUT BY UTILIZING FINDINGS IN LATEST PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH

I don’t mean shortcuts to your kids. What I mean is to take advantage of what scientists already know.

Parenting is one of the most studied areas of psychology. Many parenting methods, behaviors or traditions have been scientifically investigated, checked, perfected or debunked.

For positive parenting tips and knowledge that is validated by science, this is one of my favorite science-based parenting books, The Science of Parenting.

Parenting goal you should remember

The application of empirical expertise is not, of course, a one-size-fits-all technique. Each child is a different child. There can be several different successful parenting strategies that you can choose according to your child’s disposition, even with the best parenting style.

For example, besides spanking, there are several better alternatives, e.g. Redirecting, reasoning, deleting rights, time-in, etc. You should pick a form of non-punitive punishment that fits well for your child.

Of course, you can still opt to use “traditional” or “old school” parenting methods (e.g. Spanking) and still get the “same” result.

According to the Diathesis-Stress Hypothesis, individuals with behavioral illness, weaknesses are more likely to acquire one when they encounter stress. Diathesis, i.e. vulnerabilities, can be biological or environmental.

Perhaps the child will be blessed to have no such vulnerabilities. They can be resilient and prevail, no matter how hard parents treat their kids.

Yet they could not be.

The value of parenting cannot however be overlooked. Why risk disruption to any of the sub-par activities if there are well-researched, stronger ones?

Taking these “shortcuts” can entail more effort on your part in the short term, but it will save you a lot of time and agony in the long run.

 

Final Thoughts On Parenting

The good thing is, although parenting is hard, it is also very rewarding. The bad part is the rewards usually come much later than the hard work. But if we try our best now, we will eventually reap the rewards and have nothing to regret.

 

Tips to be a good parent

 

 

The Era of Web Series: Time Wasting or Investing

Web series has become a new source of entertainment in the past few years. During the lockdown due to the pandemic, the number of viewers watching series, movies on OTTs surged.

A report found out- time spent on subscription streaming services also doubled during April.

At the height of lockdown, adults spent an average of six hours and 25 minutes each day staring at screens. People watched streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, for one hour eleven minutes per day. 12 million people joined a service they hadn’t used previously.

Three million of these viewers had never subscribed to any service before. The trend of viewers and consumers absorbing online content is increasing. In this article, the main focus will be the web series.

Web series are scripted or non-scripted online videos that are present in the form of episodes and further go into seasons.

 

Plethora of Platforms and Plots

There are a lot of online platforms that provide all genres of web series. The audience consuming the web series is also diverse.

The online platforms have become affordable nowadays- with a lot of platforms, streaming web series for free and hence are engaging more and more people.

All the platforms provide monthly and yearly subscriptions and you can subscribe as per your requirement.

 

Influence of Web Series on the Young Generation

Web series are a great learning opportunity for many things. Web series are a substantial source for learning about different cultures, as the series present an authentic view of the cultural background of someplace.

Second, web series introduces a lot of new words and can build your vocabulary and language skills. The communication between two actors can also be helpful because it teaches us how to communicate fluently. Thirdly, they teach us invaluable lessons about life.

The influence on the younger generation is about the binge-watch culture. They want to complete all the series as soon as possible, and this is harmful to their health.

As the old proverb goes,  “anything in excess is bad” and so it is for web series. Thus, the viewers should limit their screen time and should not watch more than three episodes a day.

Sometimes, a web series might have disturbing scenes or can have foul language, and young children don’t see the upper age limit.

It can have negative side effects on a child’s growth, and hence parents should make sure their child watches the right content on the internet.

In the world of web series, be a smart viewer. Learn and adapt from the shows you watch because nothing is more pleasurable than entertainment plus learning.

 

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Comments Change The Future Of Content Creators

In the world of social media, everyone has a role to play. The social media functions in a loop- that is, one creates content, and the others consume the content.

The content creator makes their content based on their target audience, and then the audience constructively reacts to it. Like movie stars crave for reviews, the content creators find those reviews in the comment section by their viewers.

Nowadays, there are numerous platforms to showcase one’s content and every platform- has a large audience, which means a larger number of people are engaging with the content, and hence- there will be a larger number of responses.

 

How does the audience form an opinion about a content creator?

The industry of content creation is enormous and is escalating. During the nationwide lockdown due- to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of content creators has boomed on various social media platforms.

Audience Opinion Matters

The audience seeks relatability and practicality in the content and, when they find a diffusion of it, they give a thumbs up to the creator and amplify their support by commenting and sharing their content with their social media handle.

The audience has a massive role in making a content creator a social media star because they are the ones who brace them, watch their content, give them views, and support them through comments.

 

How are comments important for the creators?

The creator always makes content keeping their viewers in their mind. All the content creators read their comment section to comprehend what type of content their audience demands.

There are various types of comments or reviews in the comment box. One set of people praises the creators for the amount of hard work they put into making their content- it boosts the confidence of the creator and keeps them going.

Public comments matters for content creators

One section of consumers critically analyzes their content and give their opinion in a parliamentary language, this type of feedback is important to the creator because it- gives them a scope to improve and make their content more inclusive.

The others are the trailers, who comment demeaning and degrading things in a very undignified manner, which a lot of times disturb the mental health of the creators and, hence this is for all the travelers, if you can say something nice then please don’t say anything at all.

 

How comments change the future of content creators?

All the thoughts and constitutive criticism are required for a content creator to generate better and inclusive content always. The creators have to pay attention to their target audience and knock down the existence of trailers.

SOcial Media Impact on Girl

P.S. Social media has become a negative space. So please chose love over hate and support all your local artists.