Debolena Bose is a fitness freak, a shopaholic and loves to indulge in the finer things in life. She has covered several topics interests in five years of her writing careers. Being an avid reader, Debolena has an opinion on everything under the sky and beyond . She belongs to Jamshedpur and has been in New Delhi since 2004.
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A Lifetime Spent

It was her 25th marriage anniversary. They had decided to throw a party in the evening. However, instead of being ecstatic she was in a reflective mood. Thinking, wondering, pondering…a whole series of events and images came to her mind. Not all of them were pleasant but definitely memorable. Sitting with a cup of tea in her hand in the small yet cosy balcony she mused about her marriage to a stranger whom she had eventually befriended. They had spent twenty-five years with each other. This was unbelievable keeping in mind the first impression she had of him. Their parents had fixed

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How Independent Are the Independent Women of Our Independent Country?

Debolena Bose speculates about the notion of independence conferred upon contemporary Indian women! “Ma, I’m leaving”, shouts out Tarun to his mom. “Okay but don’t be late”, replies his mom. “Fine”, says Tarun and he leaves. “Ma, I’m going out with friends”, says Tarun’s sister, Hrishita. “Oh! You, too, are leaving…alright…but when will you be back”, asks Mrs. Bhatt. “In about 3 hours”, answers Hrishita. “THREE HOURS! What will you do for such a long time?” “Going for a movie, Ma. Please understand! The movie will take at least 2.5 hours. It will take us 15 minutes to reach the

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Debunking Some Common Sleep Myths – II

We are continuing with our effort to bust some sleep misconceptions. Read the first part here. Snoring is common, therefore normal Snoring is common, that’s right! However, it’s not normal! Snoring is typically a sign of sleep apnea, wherein your nasal passage gets blocked when sleeping. Sleeping with your head resting on your elbows or on your side may be a temporary solution. If your snoring problem persists, you must see a doctor. Snoring leads to breathing pauses which can stain your heart and make you vulnerable to cardiovascular disease. If I feel sleepy while driving, I generally raise the

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Debunking Some Common Sleep Myths – I

How many times have you made a resolution to catch up on your lost sleep during the weekend? Have you ever turned on the radio in order to keep exhaustion at bay? Have these strategies worked for you? In case you believe that they have worked well, you must stop deluding yourself now! The real reason for not being able to sleep might be much more complex than you would like to believe. So, let’s go through some of the common myths and misconceptions and replace them with real facts. If I wake up in the middle of the night,

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Myths Behind the Festival of Colours – II

In the previous part we discussed the popular legend of Hiranyakshyapu and Prahlad. In this post, we will look into the lesser known myths associated with Holi – one of them being that of Radha and Krishna. It is believed that in the village of Gokul, where the divine Krishna spent his heydays, he would play pranks on the girls, usually referred to as gopis. Krishna would drench the gopis playfully, in a way, celebrating the onset of spring after the dreary winter months. This practice evolved into a kind of sport wherein all the young boys and girls of the

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Myths Behind the Festival of Colours – I

Did you know that Holi has been celebrated since the 4th century AD? Holi has been mentioned in Kālidāsa’s Dasakumara Charita, which was written during the reign of King Chandragupta II. The festival also finds mention in Ratnavali, the Sanskrit drama written by King Harshavardhan in the 7th century. While most parts of India celebrate the festival for two days, festivities in Braj (Mathura) continue over a week. Since most of us know about the rites and rituals associated with the festival, let’s look into the mythological significance of Holi. The most popular myth is that of Bhakt Prahlad. Legend

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Shiva: A Cultural History or Logical Myth?

India is a country of great religious and cultural diversity. Hinduism, being the oldest practiced religion in the world, abounds in Gods, Goddesses and myths. But little do we know that every myth has logic and science behind it. Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar are the Godheads and they seem to be in a constant struggle for dominance. Many scholars believe that each is a manifestation of the other, thereby following the concept of one God. Among these three, Shiva is the most debated one. The reason, perhaps, is the fact that none have been able to understand Him clearly due to

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Mythology and Animals: Horse

Several cultures worldwide resonate with mythical and religious beliefs of horses. A horse has always been known as a regal, energetic, powerful and intelligent animal in almost all civilizations. References to horses extend from the immortal Arion of Greek mythology, to the Hindu Gandharvas, to King Arthur’s Hengroen to Tír na nÓg of Celtic myths. There are also several related horse beliefs. White Horse Figures White horses, perhaps because of their rarity, have a special place in cultural mythologies. They are associated with the Sun God’s chariot, with warrior heroes or with the end-of-time savior. At times, they are also

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Mythology and Animals: Sheep

Sheep always has had a very strong presence in several cultures worldwide, especially in those places where they are the common livestock. To refer to someone as a sheep may insinuate timidity and gullibility as their essential trait, if not stupid. Contrarily, male sheep symbolizes virility and power. Sheep has been the key symbol of many fables and nursery rhymes such as Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. These ruminant mammals have served many metaphorical purposes, for example, the term ‘black sheep’ signifies a disreputable member of the family. Also, counting sheep as an aid to

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Mythology and Animals: Pigs

Have you heard about pigs bringing good luck? Pigs are mostly associated with negative attributes such as, greed and uncleanliness, which in turn has led to unflattering comparisons to humans. Germans look upon pigs as good luck signs and it is very common to gift a marzipan pig during New Year’s Eve. In the 1880s, some families in New York followed a tradition of sharing peppermint-flavored pig shaped candies after Christmas dinners, wishing each other good health and wealth in the following year. Negative and Positive Allusions Fisherman in North East England regarded swine as harbingers of bad luck and

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