About Ananya Mathur

Ananya Mathur is a regular contributor at NaturalNews.com

Leadership Secrets from Some of History’s Greats

Learn How to Improve Your Leadership Skills   They say history repeats itself, though that phrase is usually used when someone is facing failure. However, there is no reason why we can’t make use of history lessons to bring us success. Mankind had produced some great leaders during the course of its history. So let’s take a look at some of the secrets to leadership that a few of these geniuses have bequeathed to history. Chanakya Almost 2500 years ago, a scholar named Chanakya taught his protégé, Chandragupta Maurya the essence of leadership and military strategy. Chandragupta went on to conquer large parts of the Indian sub-continent, creating a 2 million square mile empire. One of Chanakya’s pieces of advice was, “The king shall despise none, but hear the opinions of all. A wise man shall make use of even a child’s sensible utterance.” Chandragupta took this advice to heart, and is known to have consulted his commanders and ministers, never letting his personal opinions get in the way of decision-making. Chanakya also wrote the Arthashastra, considered a classic and masterpiece on economics and governance, that is finding renewed popularity today. He says, “If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works.” Chanakya advises the leader to be an example. Setting an example is the easiest way to motivate your team and create a work atmosphere directed towards success. Sun Tzu Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general best known for his book, “The Art of War,” written around 500 B.C. Sun Tzu’s work has been praised and used ever since its composition. Sun Tzu said of his warriors, “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.” Get to know your team. That will help you motivate them and work with them better. Once you have evaluated their work and are confident of their effort, don’t hesitate to stand by them and defend them when they need your support. This will build a rapport between you and your team, and allow them to grow in confidence. Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda is known for his social reform and for introducing Eastern Spirituality to the Western world. Some of the essential qualities of a good leader found in Swami Vivekananda were his absolute commitment, insight, integrity and capability to inspire. With his unerring resolve he managed to craft a spiritual revolution and is still an inspiration for youth today. https://www.naturalnewsblogs.com  

2018-09-19T14:55:13+00:00 By |

4 Ettiquette Tips to Remember While in India

India is a great place to travel to. However, Indian culture is not quite the same as Western culture, and there are a few important points to note regarding etiquette in India. This ettiquette and culture can be referred to a “bharatiyata” or “of Bharat”. Bharat is the traditional name of India. #1 Greeting Each Other Most Indians are comfortable with a handshake, though a few may prefer a namaste. The meaning of namaste, which is the traditional Indian greeting, is “I bow to the divine in your.” It is performed by joining the palms together in front of the chest. Reciprocate with the same greeting that your business counterpart prefers, whether a handshake or namaste. Indian women may not be comfortable shaking hands with men, though they should have no problem with other women. A western woman can shake hands with other men and this is not considered a faux pas. #2 Dining Etiquette It is not unusual for your Indian friends or colleagues to as you over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most Indians are comfortable with and may prefer using spoons and forks. However, don’t be alarmed if you see some of them eating with their hands. Also keep in mind that Indian food can be quite spicy, so be sure to clarify the situation while ordering if you prefer little or no spice in your food. If you are the one inviting your counterparts for the meal, be aware that some Indian prefer not to eat on certain days for religious and spiritual reasons. #3 Small Talk and Gifts Indians can be quite casual and chatty, and it is not considered to rude to inquire about one’s family and children. You can do the same, but make sure to do so in a polite manner, avoiding any off-color or edgy jokes. Giving gifts is not mandatory on a first meeting, though it can happen from time to time. Give and receive gifts with both hands. Note that gifts are not usually opened or examined in the presence of the giver, though if the gift is unwrapped, be sure to say a few words on how wonderful it is. #4 Sleeping Over This happens rarely, but in case you are invited to stay over at the house of some friends, or are just spending the night before travelling on. In either case, some Indians sleep on a mat on the floor, though that is increasingly rare nowadays. Also, many Indians believe that it is inauspicious to sleep with the head facing towards the North. The best direction to sleep in is with your head pointing eastwards. Ananya Mathur     https://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/4-ettiquette-tips-remember-india/

2018-01-02T04:14:15+00:00 By |

4 Places in India For A Nature Trip

India is a land of diverse landscapes, cultures and places, and offers a variety of places to visit for the nature-loving tourist. But the great thing about India is that almost every destination has a multidimensional aspect to it. Your love for nature can go hand-in-hand with your love for indigenous cultures, spirituality or great food! Let’s take a look at a few places every nature-lover should visit in India. Valley of Flowers The Valley of Flowers National Park in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located at an altitude that varies between 10,000 to 20,000 feet in the Himalayas, the valley is covered in snow for most of the year, but from June to September, 300 varieties of alpine flowers spread over the green grass in a lush carpet of color, set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. One of the best parts about trekking to the valley is that the food on offer at the major stop-overs is authentic fare from various regions in North India. The state government’s tourism website has a great travel guide to the valley. Rann of Kutch The Rann of Kutch in the state of Gujarat on India’s western borders is the one of the largest salt deserts in the world, spread over 6000 square miles. But don’t let the “desert” moniker fool you. The place is a paradise for wildlife nuts and birdwatchers, and is visited by flamingos, pelicans and the rare Indian bustard. It is also the last surviving sanctuary of the endangered Indian Wild Ass. The months of December and January are the best time to visit the Rann, and take in the Rann Utsav, a festival which celebrates the culture of this region. The tourism department organizes camel safaris, cultural programs, adventure sports and much more at this time. Kedarnath Temple One of the most important temples for Hindus, the Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located at an altitude of over 10,500 feet in the Himalayas. The temple can be reached after a demanding but not too tough climb of 14 kilometers. Places, in and around Kedarnath, offer a great trekking experience for enthusiasts, the prime attractions being Vasukhi Tal and Chorabari Tal. However, Kedarnath also gives you an opportunity to experience a unique aspect of India, its spiritual culture. The space is visited by many ascetics and mendicants who have taken to the path of brahmacharya or monkhood. India is a major tourist hub and rates for everything from airline tickets to accommodation can be expensive unless planned ahead of time, so book ahead! Corbett National Park Corbett National Park is named after Colonel Jim Corbett, who campaigned for its creation and was a hunter of man-eaters during the early twentieth century. Corbett National Park has one of the highest densities of tigers in India, and you are more likely to catch a sight of these rare, beautiful animals here than anywhere else, except probably Kanha in Central India. About a 10-hour drive [...]

2018-01-02T02:27:09+00:00 By |