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How to Make Students Respect You

Sun Jul 24

A group of students in RIT, Roorkee, Uttarakhand with Avdhesh Tondak

Let’s face it.

You’ve tried everything under the sun to get your students’ respect — punishment, scolding, even a threat!

But your students are as stubborn as ever.

And you wonder …

“I’ve tried everything I could, but nothing seems to work. Why my students don’t respect me?”

It’s heartbreaking, especially when you’re doing everything you could.


And stop blaming yourself.

You’re not alone, you see. Almost every teacher complain at least once in his or her teaching career that students don’t respect them.

But listen.

You can change this.

You can make your students respect you like crazy.

And, not just that. More ›

Afraid of Losing Someone You Love?

Sun Nov 6

fear of losing someone you love

You’re in love.

She’s one in a million – gorgeous eyes, charming smile, and awesome curves.

Everything appears romantic and colourful when she holds your hands. She takes you to another world when she hugs you. You can feel your heart pounding with joy and excitement. You wish you the times stops so you could stay in her arms – forever.


You often find yourself saying to her, “I am afraid of losing you, my love.” And she smiles at you.

No matter how hard you try ignoring or suppressing the fear – the fact is that you are afraid of losing her. More ›

Selfishness is the Key to Success

Wed Nov 30

A Handsome Young Man Admiring His Reflection in a Water Stream

You’re a nice guy.

Your friends can borrow your bike anytime they wished.

You help your cousin complete his college assignment (even if you don’t get sleep that night).

Rahul’s weekly report was unfinished, and he had a date on that evening. Guess what, you stayed late to finish his work – so he could enjoy a romantic evening.

You’re always eager to help your classmates, friends and coworkers. And why shouldn’t you? After all, helping others is a good thing, right?

And guess what, you feel good about it.


Quite often.

You have this undercurrent of confusion and restlessness, you know. More ›

Don’t Blame the Government (Instead, Correct Yourself)

Mon Apr 23

You blame the government for…



Dry taps.




And whatnot.

Blaming the government for most, if not all of our problems is ‘normal’.

We, as a society and as a country, are habituated to criticise the government. And why wouldn’t we? It’s easier that way, right?

You see, we need to save our faces, and what could be more comfortable than finding fault with the governments?

When you bash the government–your MLA, the councillor, the authorities, and the bureaucracy–most people support you.

You know why?

Because just like you, they also feel uncomfortable acknowledging their civic responsibilities. More ›

How to Improve Spoken English

Sun Sep 21

Spoken English

I was talking to him over the phone.

He sounded hopeless.



He was one of my past students from Subharti University, Meerut – cleared two rounds of a job interview with a reputed company but failed the last one.


Poor spoken English.

The HR person told him, “Everything is just fine, but you must focus on improving your spoken English.”

The student I am talking about was from a rural background, born in a farmer family in Western Uttar Pradesh.

He asked me, “Sir, my spoken English is weak. Is there any hope for me – will I be able to improve my spoken English, ever?”

Poor Spoken English Got Him Rejected

Getting rejected in a job interview because of poor spoken English skills? More ›

How to Focus on Studies for Long Hours

Fri Mar 17

Photo of a jogging track in a park in Dwarka, New Delhi, India

“Shut up! Let me focus on studies! Will you?”

Isn’t that how a student addresses his mind (more or less) – the monkey that keeps jumping from one thought to another?

Well, it’s justifiable.

Focusing on studies is the most important thing for a student. After all, his career and future depends on it, right?

But then, there are distractions … Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, snapchat, Whatsapp, YouTube, internet and whatnot. And most of them make the mind wander.

So, the question is – what to do about the distractions?

And Who Says You’re Wrong?

I remember when I was a child, there were many things to distract me: Comic books, Gilli Danda, Kanchhe, Lattu, TV shows and stuff like that. More ›

9 Tips for Teachers to Make a Difference

Sun Mar 19

Subharti University Meerut Main Entrance

Let’s be honest.

Only a few teachers want to make a difference.

And, I know you’re one of them.

Because for you, teaching is more than just earning your bread and butter. It’s an opportunity to share your wisdom and compassion with your students.

You see teaching as a powerful tool to make a difference in your students’ lives.

The challenge, though?

Making a difference can be hard (especially if you’re a beginning teacher).

But trust me, you can make it happen.


Stay with me, and I’ll show you exactly how I did it, so you can do it too. More ›

How to Build Concentration With Tratak

Wed Apr 26

‘How to build concentration’ is a million dollar question, right?

Most young people, especially the school children and the college-going are so hell-bent on improving their concentration that it’s scary.

Just the other day, a student asked me, “Can I build concentration with Trataka meditation like Vivekananda did?”

Of course, Tratak can increase your concentration power like crazy.

But wait, did I hear “Trataka Meditation?”

Hey Ram!  🙁

Is Tratak Some Sort of Meditation?

Tratak Meditation, Benefits of Tratak Meditation, Tratak Concentration Meditation.

Many people use these terms while referring to Tratak. But the truth is:

Tratak is NOT Meditation

I am disappointed, like really, really disappointed. More ›

Why Meditation is Not for Everyone

Tue May 29

You believe meditation gives peace of mind, right?

Sorry to disappoint you but that’s a half-truth.

And guess what, half-truths are dangerous. They can harm you, like really harm you.

So, I believe you have a right to know the complete truth about meditation.

And since nobody is willing, I’ll do the dirty work. But you’re going to hate me for what I am about to tell you.


The truth is this: One can go insane in meditation (hence the title: Meditation is not for everyone).

(Now, you definitely want to strangle me to death, right? But I am okay with that.)

Before you try another session of “mindfulness” or “living in the present”, read this article, and then decide if you’d still take the risk. More ›

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