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If there was one thing I could change when I hear someone say: ‘I hope you find your calling’, I would gently tweak it to: ‘I hope you find the direction of your calling’.  What you dedicate your life to is the direction of your calling, or what you hope your calling is. That is the only thing you can…

Smile, bullying

A few years ago, a friend from Calcutta gifted me a Ruskin Bond book with a note that said, “Always be the eye-smiler, you are”. I was so moved by that compliment; both for its freshness and its fervour. For the past few months, I have been making a mental note of all the things that are said about my smile.…

Project FUEL English blog

The new decade has ushered in revolutionary changes in our life. It would surely be mentioned as the most transformational chapter of the century. As quoted by the British novelist Pico Iyer, “The beauty of being foreign is that it snaps you awake”. And that is exactly what this year has brought to us. Being in self-isolation is probably the…

Fear is riddled with contradictions; especially in times of a pandemic like the COVID-19. We prepare for the worse while deeply hoping that the stocking up of toilet paper in bulk, hand sanitizer, pasta and everything consumable, ensures that we survive. Perhaps that is why Albert Camus, a Nobel laureate for literature, who saw humanity at its most vulnerable period…

Every December, I sit down to reflect and condense my learnings from the year gone by. This was a magical year and full of life lessons. Here’s a list of what 2019 taught me: 1- Have space for unexpected love in your life. This will make room for both hope and joy. 2- Relax if things are difficult when you…

Longing for heartsease, I signed up for the FUEL Human Festival as soon as I saw Deepak Ramola’s Instagram post, in the midst of my IBDP Examinations. However nervous, I penned down my application to venture to a place brimming with the rays of hope surrounded by like-minded people. An absurd idea for the consensus to attend the Festival resonating…

As I sit on the terrace of my building with a dandelion in hand, watching the sunset, I realize it’s been about a year I've been away from home, away from the familiar faces I grew up with, the cacophony of the city streets I knew like the back of my hand, and it takes the world to say, I…

Find your purpose and find your passion, they say. I always wondered what that meant. I always wondered what purpose I am born for. After reading countless self-help articles and watching innumerable TEDx videos, I started believing that doing social work to help people who do not have the same privileges as I do is my purpose in life. After…

Isn't it more than often that we plan an escapade from the sheer madness that the cities are? Far away from the hustle and bustle, the dust, the pace, the lifestyle and everything that overwhelms us from time to time. To a quieter place maybe? Where you can hear the streams flow, birds singing and live in the lap of…

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