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By Grace Johnson
Many students complain that waking up early to go to classes seems to be getting more and more difficult day by day. Respectively, the temptation to stay in bed and sleep another hour often trumps the need to attend lectures. However, this is not a kind of attitude that must be encouraged.
Moreover, if going to university, college, and getting a degree were your biggest dreams once, do not let yourself sleep through your life and studies. Instead, look for the reasons why you have trouble waking up.
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Staying up all night with friends, leaving huge projects to the last minute, watching a favorite TV show, or reading a book till 4 a.m. are just a few of possible reasons that could cause your constant lack of energy. Obviously, if you don’t have enough sleep at night, you’ll be acting as a sleepwalker during the day.
Therefore, we’ve prepared a shortlist of how you can get rid of a sleep coma and live a full and happy life on the morning of your college. Here are our tips:
Get Professional Help
If the main reason behind your sleepless nights is the inability to manage all assignments on time, get professional help for your college. Find someone to write paper for you to break the vicious circle of missed deadlines and poorly written essays.
A lack of sleep caused by your efforts to make up for writing assignments only slows you down. You are better off requesting help online tutoring once in a while than torturing yourself by pushing your limits.
Develop Your Routine
The first thing you should do if you want to wake up easily is to start working on your schedule. You need to have a proper night’s sleep if you want to be active in the morning. Thus, make sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
Should you wake up at 6 a.m. for your college commute, make sure you go to sleep at 10 p.m. at the latest. You have to sleep for around 8 hours at night to recover your energy. Even if you don’t have to travel to your school now, try to maintain your daily routine still.
Scientists say that our habits develop in 20 days. Thus, following this schedule for a month will help you easily fall asleep at a certain time and wake up with no problem in the morning.
Go to Bed Earlier
We all know that going to bed does not mean falling asleep. You have millions of things to do from watching a movie to reading a book or texting friends. Therefore, you should set your biological clock to go to sleep at a certain time.
To do that, you need to go to bed even earlier. For example, if you need to wake up at 8 a.m., you should fall asleep at 12 a.m. at the latest. Thus, it makes sense to go to bed at 10 or 11 p.m. to have time for your regular activities.
However, do not bring your work or studies to your bed. This is your rest zone, mind this.
Do Not Go to Bed with Your Phone
Smartphones and the Internet really devour our time and we often don’t notice that. Just think of it: you go to bed with your phone and another hour just flies away. You, however, could have spent that hour sleeping and recovering your energy.
Thus, leave your phone somewhere out of reach. The farther it is, the better. It will also be harder for you to ignore the alarm.
Do Not Let Yourself Oversleep
The biggest mistake students make is letting themselves sleep for a few extra minutes. When the alarm rings, you try to set it up to repeat the signal later. This often ends badly and you oversleep.
Choose a different strategy. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than the time you must wake up. Then let yourself stay in bed for these 10 minutes but don’t fall asleep again. Take this time to shrug off the sleepiness. It really helps to put yourself together while causing no harm to your biological rhythm.
Go and Wash Your Face When You Wake Up
Cosmetologists advise washing your face under cool water to keep your skin healthy. However, it’s beneficial for you in different ways. The sooner you wash your face when you wake up, the more awake you feel all day.
However, make sure you use cool or even cold water for it. It not only wakes you up from a warm and comfortable sleep but also turns your inner resources on and fills you up with the energy you’ve been looking for.
Follow Your Morning Routine
Morning exercises will keep you young and healthy for a long time. Also, they will channel the energy to every muscle and vein in your body. After a great warm-up, you won’t feel like getting back in bed.
Based on your regular program and habits, proceed with your morning rituals. Do make-up, cook some breakfast, pick your best outfit, or do whatever it is you regularly do. Yet, do not procrastinate. Seize the moment and prepare yourself for an active day for your college days.
Final Tip: Be Consistent in Your Desire to Wake Up Fresh
If it really bothers you when you feel bad in the morning and has to drag yourself to lectures, be consistent in your desire to get rid of the sleepy mode. Wake up earlier day by day and develop morning rituals that would make you feel more awake. Enjoy your mornings and never take them as a punishment.
It’s okay to mess up one day and stay late with your friends. However, do not let this become your new reality. The better night’s sleep you have, the more productive you feel in the morning.
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"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.