Is Violence In The World Related To Lack Of Human Touch?

The recent shootout in Las Vegas, by gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, came as a big shock to me. Not because, it was the worst mass shooting in U.S history.

I was surprised about the age of the shooter – he was 64 years old. For some reason, I assumed that the killer would be much younger, since it’s always been the hot blooded youngsters who indulge in these shootouts. Which got me thinking – why is our society turning so violent?

Recently, my eyes fell upon an article that revolved around ‘the power of human touch’, through which, I gained some of the answers. According to American psychologist James Prescott, origins of violence in the society are closely linked to human touch or bonding between a mother and her offspring. Lack of healthy physical interaction with the child can affect behavioural patterns. Children can even grow into mentally unstable individuals.

We often underestimate the power of human touch and its significance in our lives. We are unaware of how it affects our lives at various levels. For instance, I personally feel wonderful and more secure when I’m hugged by my husband, by my son or by family members. I’ve seen a difference in my son’s behaviour when I hug him or give him a pat on the back when he solves mathematical problems. He turns calmer and there’s an immediate positive change in his behaviour.

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Note: This article was first published in Sheroes.



How #MeTime Helped Me Gain Control Of My Life

SheroesA couple of years back, I never knew the significance of ‘me time’. However, it didn’t take me long to understand it’s importance in achieving my personal development goals. The first few months of my married life were awesome. I left my job and relocated to Bangalore. It was a complete new set up and a new way of living –  new family, new friends and new relatives. The period after marriage can be a turning point in many women’s lives as it involves a lot of adjustments.

I tried to fit into the roles of being a perfect wife and a daughter-in-law. Soon, I became a mother. Yet another role to add to the list.  It was during this period, that my father’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. But I was constantly receiving advice from all directions on how to be a good mother. There were high expectations and there was pressure to perform my best as a mother, even when I was going through a stressful period.

I was multitasking and the whole process was exhausting. It even affected my sleep and this caused my stress levels to go up. Simultaneously my father’s health was distressing me. These negative circumstances led to a complete burnout, as I was stressing over things that were beyond my control. We sometimes get so caught up in the roles we play that we don’t realise we have a life of our own too. To divert my mind from all the stressors, I began reading a lot and I learned how important it is to invest some time in myself and my personal development goals.

I made it my new goal. It was not an easy task though. I tried to complete all my household chores on time. My family took turns to look after my son. We also made arrangements for a new maid. I was blessed to have her, as she took over most of the household duties and even helped with looking after the kid. These changes gave me ample time to indulge in activities that I loved the most like reading, writing and listening to music. Relaxation was brought back into my life. ‘Me time’ was the first step towards healing my mind.

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Note: This article was first posted in Sheroes.

How To Increase Your Chances Of Attaining Your ‘Dream Job’?

Women are pushing boundaries like never before to attain their ‘dream job’ in a competitive job market. In these current times, where every individual is well equipped with skills, how can you secure your chances of getting employed? While the decision to choose an employee ultimately lies in the hands of an employer nonetheless there are certain steps, we can surely take to secure our chances. After examining several articles and going by personal experience, I’ve shared points that could be crucial factors to help you grab that job opportunity.

  1.  Passion to grow- Employers tend to recruit employees who are go-getters. You have to exhibit passion, ambition and an eagerness to learn. Individuals who don’t show enthusiasm to make a difference to the company with their skills will weaken their chances of getting the job. No one will want to take a chance with a passionless soul, would they? I’ve personally witnessed individuals who exhibited the trait of passion were most of the time recruited.
  2. Add value- Let the employer know how and what you can contribute to the company.  Be quick to speak about your skills. Recruiters are keen to know how you can add value to the company. Oblige them and especially speak about those skills that will work well for the company.
  3. Expertise- Besides the skill the job demands from you, share your other expertise that may add value to the industry you are working in. You could have acquired the expertise from training programs, working, volunteering etc.
  4. Read, speak and write clearly- During job hunting make sure to brush up your communication skills, soft skills and interpersonal skills. You should be able to speak and state your ideas clearly. Don’t sound disoriented.
  5. Research the company- Make sure you do thorough research about the company and the role before appearing front of the interviewer. Having no knowledge about the company you want to work for can minimize your chances of getting the job to a large extent.
  6. Keep up with the latest news- There has been a drastic change in the way questions are posed during interviews these days. Many recruiters test the general knowledge of the potential employee, so keep abreast with trending topics. It’s always good to work with a smart and a well informed employee.
  7. Body language- Your body language speaks volumes about you. Take steps to look confident, smile and maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Keep your back upright and be composed. Dress smartly and present your best self to the interviewer.
  8. Humanitarian skills – If opportunity arises, speak about other interests. Talk about the ways you’ve contributed to society. Employers also seek for dynamic personalities. Speak about any volunteering projects, you’ve undertaken lately. You’ll be an asset to the company, if you are known to make changes for the better. Your humanitarian ways will make you a good person to work with.

Don’t forget to engage with the interviewer. Building a connection with the interviewer will not only put you at ease, but it will also help the interviewer build a rapport with you. Going further, the conversation will be more relaxed and comfortable for both of you. Leave no stone unturned while trying to grab your dream opportunity. Even if you don’t strike luck the first time, the experience will surely equip you with the skills to face your interviewer confidently the next time.

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Guidelines For Engineering Agricultural And Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET 2017)

A P EAMCET is a state level common entrance examination and it stands for Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test. It’s held once a year in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (T S EAMCET). The exam is of such importance in Andhra Pradesh that students begin the preparation process even before completing High school. It’s said that the EAMCET coaching industry alone is estimated at Rs.50 billion a year.

The test is conducted by Jawaharal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada. Through this entrance exam the selected candidate can get admission into various government institutions/universities or institutes that are funded privately in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Since the division of the state, the examination is held in both the states. The names of the exams are as follows.

In Telangana, it is known as TS EAMCET.

In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as AP EAMCET.

The online application form for AP EAMCET will be available in the official website from February 2017 and the last date of the online form submission is March 21 2017. If the candidate fails to submit the application form by the last date, he or she is liable for late fees.

Courses offered through EAMCET

Here’s a list of some of the important courses that are offered to aspiring engineering and medical students.

B.Tech – Agriculture Engineering and Technology, Bio-Technology, Dairy Technology, Bio-Technology and Food Science.

B.Sc – Agriculture, Horticulture, Commercial Agriculture and Business Management.

Pharma – B.Pharma, D.Pharma.

B.V.Sc and A.H – B.V.Sc and Animal Husbandry.

B.F.Sc. – Bachelor of Fisheries Science.

MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

BDS – Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

BAMS – Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery.

BHMS – Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery.

BNYS – Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Indian residents, Overseas citizens of India card holders (OCI), Persons of Indian origin (POI), candidates belonging to Andhra Pradesh and of Indian nationality can apply for AP EAMCET 2017.
  • Candidates applying for Science and pharmacy courses must be at least 16 years old as of 31st December of the year of admission.  The authorities have not notified any upper age limit.
  • If the candidate is applying for B.Tech (Dairy Technology), B.Tech (Agriculture Engineering), and B.Tech FST then the candidate must be 17 years as of 31st December 2017.
  • Candidates applying for MBBS and BDS (Bachelor Of Dental Surgery) should be 17 years of age as of 31st December 2017.
  • The applicant should have passed or appearing plus two with subjects ( Maths, Physics, Chemistry) or (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) OR it’s equivalent in Science category.
  •  General candidates must receive at least 45% in the higher secondary exam and an SC/ST candidate should attain a minimum of 40%.

Important dates

  • Online Application forms for the exam will be available in February 2017.
  • Last date for the submission of the online application forms is second week of April 2017.
  • Admit cards will be available in the first week of May 2017 on the official website
  • AP EAMCET examination date starts from second week of May 2017.
  • Results would be announced in first week of June 2017.
  • Counselling date third week of June 2017.

Application fees

  • Rs.250/- for engineering.
  • Rs. 250 for Agriculture and Medical.
  • Rs.500 for Engineering and Agriculture&Medical.

Payment Procedures

Online payment can be made through Debit card/Credit card

Offline payment through DD

In favour of

“Secretary Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education” to the following address

The regional Co ordinator / Convener

Eamcet, Examination Building,

Ground Floor, JNT University, Hyderabad

Kukatpally – Hyderabad – 500085

Admit Card

Hall tickets are mandatory for the AP EAMCET. No candidate will be permitted to give the exam without the hall ticket.


The exam duration is of three hours. Each subject has 160 questions and each question carries 1 mark. There are no deduction marks for wrong answers.

Here’s all you needed to know about the AP EAMCET exam 2017. However, students are advised to keep checking the official website in case, there are changes in any aspect of the examination or for further questions. The EAMCET exam has always been a craze for all engineering and medical aspiring students of Andhra Pradesh and it looks like this trend would continue in the near future.

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