Our hands are much more powerful than we realise. Rather than focusing on what we cannot do with them, let’s think about what other functions our hands perform. I am referring to gestures or what I like to call gentle gesticulation. Our hands are one of the most important parts of the body used in communication.

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In current times we have become adept at making do with what we have. Recent supermarket shortages have taught us if you are unable to buy baking powder, you make do with bi carb.

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Have you noticed resilience is the word of the moment? You only need to read any article on mindfulness or managing stress to find the focus is on resilience.

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India often attracts generalisations and stereotyping, but more often it defies them. After all, it is an enormous country with diversity in language, styles of cooking and dress. Did you know that India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century.

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For the first time in months I ventured out to the cinema to see the film Romantic Road. Married for 35 years, a British couple take an alternative route to winding down their lives to retirement. They pack everything on top of their 1930s Rolls Royce and journey across India to attend the Chobi Mela photography festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The question on everyone’s lips is why?

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There has never been a better time than now to strengthen your respiratory system and eliminate coughs. Try this traditional chai tea. To boiling water add 5 bruised cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 peppercorns, 4 slices ginger root with 2 basil leaves. Strain and drink with honey.

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While photographs can capture precious moments in time and evoke all our senses, they fail to record the emotions we feel as we look at awe-inspiring mountains, gushing waterfalls or iconic ancient monuments? there are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy. There are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy.

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As some of us prepare to recommence our “normal” lives, we do so tentatively. For none of us knows what lies ahead. But we have been given time to examine the world, rethink our values and decide what is really important. What an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and build a better world based on different values!

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You may question why would I want to accept a situation instead of fighting against it or trying to find a solution? Acceptance is not simply passive resignation. It is acknowledging that things are as they are without making judgement.

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