“Do you know how to multitask?”, is a question that I have been asked in a lot of job interviews. And I always went “who doesn’t?” Was I being cocky? Maybe. But seriously, aren’t we now living in the times when one has more than 3 completely unrelated tabs in their browser and 4 different apps on their phone open at any given time?
Or so I thought. Until I actually got to multitasking in the professional realm; which is not the same as browsing through Instagram while listening to music. This fleeting experience made me sit down and look at the definition of multitasking.
How many of you knew that true multitasking involves the active participation of the brain in all tasks?
Teachers, mentors, guides–whatever name you give them–have a role that entails growth. Being a teacher calls for constant learning. Teachers are influencers–their role extending beyond the classroom well into the future. The job can get quite intimidating at times but it is in the consistent effort that teachers make where their superpower lies.
Just like students, and essentially, everyone else, teachers need opportunities to hone and sharpen their knowledge and skills. And conferences such as TEDxDharamshala are one such opportunity providing them with innumerable chances to learn about the most bizarre, innovative, and unique realities of the world.
If you’re a teacher, you must absolutely attend TEDxDharamshala. Here’s why.
23-year-old Aditya shares a heart-wrenching story of a bond that can never be forgotten.
My Sister from Another Mister.
Social Media – such a confusing place. I have been on Facebook for almost a decade now. It has become a part of me, as much as I have been a part of it. Has shaped who I have become.
It is here that I have seen people love one and hate the other. People lose lives and save lives. Some having raised millions of dollars for a good cause, while some have lost a means to their daily bread. Fallen in and out of love. Had affairs and reconciliations.
If heaven and hell were to meet someday, they’d probably find a perfect a cent percent match on the Internet.
But, what is social media anyways?
We are not even going to indulge in the definition of beauty. The concept of beauty, most of us here agree, is subjective. What’s beautiful to someone may not be beautiful to someone else and that is okay. But as sad as it may sound, not everyone believes that. Popular culture has instilled in a majority of the population, strict ideals of beauty. We would like to believe that the smart ones here would know what we’re hinting at and so we would not indulge in pointing them out.
It was just among a discussion fired up by such beautiful idol being highlighted in a movie that we decided to ask our tribe what they thought beauty was. Some of us thought that it was going to be a useless exercise because most people would give the same answer but annoying optimists exist everywhere.
So, we asked the country’s youth to tell us what beauty meant to them. And we have to say, our faith in intelligent humans was restored.
Whenever I look at a book, I feel mesmerized. Why? Because a book takes me to an imaginary world inside my head; a world I, and only I, get to decide the shade of the sky. Not something that you’d feel on watching the trailer or poster of a movie. There, everything has already been defined. The colour, the theme, the tone, the peculiarities—everything has been laid down for me.
As a reader, I believe that the effects and impacts of a book are more long-term than those of a film. Books don’t offer quick entertainment. It’s not necessarily pleasant to the eye and requires immense patience to sit calmly for countless hours. I see many people not preferring books because books can’t give the taste of entertainment people seek in the fast-paced world of today. But if we proceed to do an analysis of the influence of what a book has in contrast to a film, the book holds a very strong position.
24-year-old Devashree Vyas from Mumbai shares what she remembers of her relationship with anxiety.
For some reason, the moment I started writing this article, about my foray into knowing and understanding mental health, I expected the perfect words to be generated across my mind and be reflected as I type out this article. However, much to the contrary, here I am, floundering for words to express how I feel about something I am personally acquainted with, which is simultaneously something that makes me realize, that the more I find out, the more I need to learn.
Small talk! A thing that can induce an instant anxiety in most people. An absolutely uncomfortable social norm which is slowly making its way into our lives. The more socially adept people do not have to worry about the tinge of nervousness this ritual can bring with itself. But for the socially awkward people, it can get pretty intimidating.
But like everything in life, there are hacks to making small talk with people.
We asked the TEDx Dharamshala tribe to tell us what their favourite small talk topic was and the suggestions here will sure help you get rid of some of the awkwardness.
Motivation loves playing hide-and-seek with us. Life gets a little too adamant at times and it can get pretty difficult to find the inspiration to keep going. But what we often forget is that there don’t always have to be big reasons to look forward to another day in life. You don’t have to look forward to surviving another day because of your job or your relationships.
Every now and then, you can look forward to the coming day because you know this is the day you’re going to have pancakes on after a long time or the fact that a good movie is going to be on the TV.