English Literature – Weekly Column ☆ Witful Warmth#3 – Satire – The Tale of Two Faces: A Desi Satire on Identity Deception ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’ ☆

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra, known for his wit and wisdom, is a prolific writer, renowned satirist, children’s literature author, and poet. He has undertaken the monumental task of writing, editing, and coordinating a total of 55 books for the Telangana government at the primary school, college, and university levels. His editorial endeavors also include online editions of works by Acharya Ramchandra Shukla.

As a celebrated satirist, Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra has carved a niche for himself, with over eight million viewers, readers, and listeners tuning in to his literary musings on the demise of a teacher on the Sahitya AajTak channel. His contributions have earned him prestigious accolades such as the Telangana Hindi Academy’s Shreshtha Navyuva Rachnakaar Samman in 2021, presented by the honorable Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr. Chandrashekhar Rao. He has also been honored with the Vyangya Yatra Ravindranath Tyagi Stairway Award and the Sahitya Srijan Samman, alongside recognition from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various other esteemed institutions.

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra’s journey is not merely one of literary accomplishments but also a testament to his unwavering dedication, creativity, and profound impact on society. His story inspires us to strive for excellence, to use our talents for the betterment of others, and to leave an indelible mark on the world. Today we present his satire The Tale of Two Faces: A Desi Satire on Identity Deception.

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☆ Satire ☆ The Tale of Two Faces: A Desi Satire on Identity Deception ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’

In the bustling streets of Mumbai, where the neon signs flickered like promises yet unfulfilled, there lived a man of many guises. Known simply as Mr. Chalak, his true identity remained as elusive as the smog that hung over the city. Behind closed doors, he was a master of deceit, spinning intricate webs of lies with the finesse of a seasoned politician.

Amidst the chaos of honking horns and the aroma of street food, Mr. Chalak roamed, his features obscured by a carefully constructed facade. To the world, he was but a shadow, a silhouette against the backdrop of societal expectations and political ambitions.

Yet, beneath the layers of his counterfeit existence lay a heart yearning for connection, a soul tethered to the longing for belonging. For in the vibrant tapestry of Indian life, every facade hides a story waiting to be uncovered, a truth yearning to be revealed.

It was on a humid evening, as the monsoon rains lashed against the city streets, that Mr. Chalak sought refuge in the dimly lit confines of a roadside chai stall. With each sip of tea, he drowned his sorrows, his thoughts adrift in a sea of regret and longing. And it was there, amidst the aroma of spices and the clinking of cups, that fate intervened in the form of a curious stranger.

“Namaste, bhai,” the stranger greeted, his voice tinged with curiosity. “Might I inquire as to the nature of your troubles?”

Mr. Chalak regarded the stranger with cautious intrigue, his eyes betraying a hint of vulnerability beneath their hardened exterior. And so, in the flickering candlelight, he poured forth his tale of deception, his words echoing like echoes in the crowded streets.

“I am but a man of many masks, a chameleon in a world of colors,” he confessed, his voice trembling with raw emotion. “For years, I have hidden my true self, weaving a tangled web of lies to conceal the emptiness within.”

The stranger listened intently, his gaze unwavering as he absorbed every syllable of Mr. Chalak’s confession. And as the night wore on, a bond forged in the crucible of shared sorrow began to blossom between the two men, bridging the chasm of deception that had divided them.

“You are not alone, mere bhai,” the stranger reassured, his words a balm to Mr. Chalak’s wounded soul. “For we are all but actors on the stage of life, our identities as transient as the changing seasons.”

And so, in that moment of shared vulnerability, Mr. Chalak found solace in the embrace of a kindred spirit, his facade crumbling like a sandcastle beneath the relentless tide of truth. For in the vibrant tapestry of Indian existence, it is our flaws and imperfections that bind us together, weaving a tapestry of shared humanity amidst the chaos of life.

And as the first light of dawn broke upon the horizon, illuminating the bustling streets with its golden glow, Mr. Chalak emerged from the shadows, his true identity laid bare for all the world to see. For in embracing his authentic self, he had discovered the greatest truth of all: that in a world shrouded in deception, the greatest act of defiance is to embrace the light of honesty and acceptance.

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English Literature – Weekly Column ☆ Witful Warmth#2 – Satire – The Pain of Books ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’ ☆

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra, known for his wit and wisdom, is a prolific writer, renowned satirist, children’s literature author, and poet. He has undertaken the monumental task of writing, editing, and coordinating a total of 55 books for the Telangana government at the primary school, college, and university levels. His editorial endeavors also include online editions of works by Acharya Ramchandra Shukla.

As a celebrated satirist, Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra has carved a niche for himself, with over eight million viewers, readers, and listeners tuning in to his literary musings on the demise of a teacher on the Sahitya AajTak channel. His contributions have earned him prestigious accolades such as the Telangana Hindi Academy’s Shreshtha Navyuva Rachnakaar Samman in 2021, presented by the honorable Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr. Chandrashekhar Rao. He has also been honored with the Vyangya Yatra Ravindranath Tyagi Stairway Award and the Sahitya Srijan Samman, alongside recognition from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various other esteemed institutions.

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra’s journey is not merely one of literary accomplishments but also a testament to his unwavering dedication, creativity, and profound impact on society. His story inspires us to strive for excellence, to use our talents for the betterment of others, and to leave an indelible mark on the world. Today we present his satire The Pain of Books.

☆ Satire ☆ The Pain of Books ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’

Tattered, old, dusty—these are the names I’ve been reduced to. When I first arrived at the launch venue of an author’s book, I was greeted with such affection. Sometimes they’d stroke me with their fingers, sometimes they’d flip my pages with the gentleness of a sneeze. But that’s all in the past now. I used to grace their hallways for a few days. However, since space was limited in the glass cabinet in the hall, I didn’t get to stay there for long. Soon, I was pushed out. For a few days, I made my home on various tables in the house. Since I had a thick cover, I could handle a lot of work. For instance, the author or his wife, children would often rest their teacups, coffee mugs, or milk glasses on my back. This left circular marks all over me. Whether I was useful for reading or not, only the author could tell, but I was definitely skilled at swatting mosquitoes, flies, and bugs. The marks of those insect bites all over my body testified to that. Several times, when someone came to buy scraps, the author’s wife would try to sell me. She was the author, who would glance at me once or twice, turn me over, and then put me back in the storeroom.

This tale of woe is not exclusive to just one book like me. Often, we would all chat amongst ourselves. We’d lament about our misfortune—why we couldn’t find a place in the glass cabinet. One day, the thin, worn-out book lying in the storeroom, on the verge of its last breath, revealed, “One day, while the author was talking to someone, they asked, ‘You bring so many books from book launches, where do you keep them? How will this glass cabinet handle your expertise?’ So, with a smile, the author replied, ‘You’re absolutely right. Now, see, wherever I go, someone hands me a book. Someone keeps it as a sample or for writing a review. Now, what can I tell anyone? Therefore, I bring all the books. Mrs. is fed up with me bringing them home. Due to these books, our house has started to look like a junkyard. Since not all books can be kept in the glass cabinet, I’ve adopted a middle way. Apart from useful dictionaries and books written by me, all the remaining books are stored in the storeroom (thrown away). When needed, I rummage around and take them out.'” Listening to this, the arrogance of all the books in the storeroom was shattered. We were in shock. We thought the author loved us. It turns out, he was only reluctantly putting up with us.

One day, there was a mobile phone of author between us. We asked him if he had also become useless, and he replied, “How can I be useless? The author loves me more than his wife and children. The more time he spends on me, the less time he gives to anyone else. The author’s daughter has hidden me here to tease him. Otherwise, you’re so worthless that you can’t compare to me. One more thing, nowadays, he makes me do all the reading and writing work. Earlier, whenever he forgot, he’d understand my need and place me in the storeroom. Not anymore. Just a while ago, his daughter was telling him off for me. He must be on the way. Now, you have no work in this storeroom. You all have a holiday from today.”

This was too much to handle. Our hearts sank. We were very scared of the scrap dealer. In our eyes, he was no less than a butcher. Just like a butcher slits an animal’s throat and cuts its limbs, the scrap dealer will buy us wholesale and treat us the same way. Since this is our final journey, we only pray to God to make us into something in the next life, but not a book—never again.

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English Literature – Weekly Column ☆ Witful Warmth#1 – Satire – The Saga of the Bulging Belly ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’ ☆

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra, known for his wit and wisdom, is a prolific writer, renowned satirist, children’s literature author, and poet. He has undertaken the monumental task of writing, editing, and coordinating a total of 55 books for the Telangana government at the primary school, college, and university levels. His editorial endeavors also include online editions of works by Acharya Ramchandra Shukla.

As a celebrated satirist, Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra has carved a niche for himself, with over eight million viewers, readers, and listeners tuning in to his literary musings on the demise of a teacher on the Sahitya AajTak channel. His contributions have earned him prestigious accolades such as the Telangana Hindi Academy’s Shreshtha Navyuva Rachnakaar Samman in 2021, presented by the honorable Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr. Chandrashekhar Rao. He has also been honored with the Vyangya Yatra Ravindranath Tyagi Stairway Award and the Sahitya Srijan Samman, alongside recognition from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various other esteemed institutions.

Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra’s journey is not merely one of literary accomplishments but also a testament to his unwavering dedication, creativity, and profound impact on society. His story inspires us to strive for excellence, to use our talents for the betterment of others, and to leave an indelible mark on the world. Today we present his satireThe Saga of the Bulging Belly.

☆ Satire ☆ The Saga of the Bulging Belly ☆ Dr. Suresh Kumar Mishra ‘Uratript’ ☆

I’m neither Akash Ambani nor someone with a hefty salary. I’m just a chubby. Pure as a hundred-carat gold, but also a hundred percent pure fat chubby. Living as a chubby is quite challenging. But being a big brother is an even bigger thought. When girls see chubby folks like me, they think we prefer food over true love. Maybe that’s why they quickly label us “bhaiya” (brother). But do they know that even chubbies have a heart, and dreams of love too? It makes me wonder if the idea of being a brother might become permanent. Don’t I have the right to love too? I’m saying all this because I’m quite chubby. Chubbies understand the struggles of chubbies. Just like Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation, similarly, every chubby guy becomes a big brother for girls all over the country.

Who knows why girls call me “bhaiya” as soon as they see me. Don’t they realize I have feelings too? I also desire to love. Ever since I heard the phrase “like a melon changing its color after seeing a melon,” girls, even older women, advise me to sit far away, calling me “bhaiya.” It feels like they see chubby guys and suddenly transform into scriptures, recognizing a robust youth and starting to preach respect worldwide. My situation worsens when elderly women, whose hair has turned white with age, start to flutter, and they too don’t hesitate to call me “bhaiya.” I felt like calling them “mom,” but I wasn’t as open-minded as them.

Chubby guys like me have a favorite dress. One, because companies don’t make dresses for chubbies. They neither have a color choice nor a design. Sometimes it feels like I should set these companies on fire. Then I think, who will be left to give away even one dress if I do that? Describing the pain of buying clothes at a shopping mall is difficult. The salesmen, eagerly waiting to make a deal or cracking some other risky joke, ask, “Sir, what size jeans should I show you? 32, 34, or slim fit?” Now, how do I tell him that no dress is made for chubbies under the name of “slim”? Then, tiredly, they hand over a 44-size tent-like outfit to me, sticking some English name on it. It’s strange for chubby guys like us to go shopping for clothes, and no extraordinary thought can explain it.

All this happens because of three shops next to the shopping mall. Whenever I come here, I never forget to visit these three shops. The name of the first shop is Hungry Grills, the second is Bhola Nath Chaat Bhandar, and the third is Delicious Ice Cream. Before coming here, I reduce my belly by two to three inches and then increase it as much after leaving. It’s not that I don’t keep track of anyone. After paying off the gyms, there is a sense of peace by visiting these shops. This shopping mall is not just a favorite place for chubby guys like me but can also be seen as a revolutionary place – ‘Shopping Gym.’ Yes, you heard it right, gym. Along with shopping, you also get delicious dishes here to exercise your taste buds. Instead of working out in the gym, you can enhance your eating skills here. Thanks to this revolutionary discovery of the shopping mall, I become a connoisseur of enjoying every moment of my chubby life instead of getting lost in the crowd of shops.

People think that chubby boys only have trouble finding clothes. When they step into a clothing store, it’s like a dangerous jungle safari for them, where every outfit threatens to shatter their self-esteem into thousands of pieces. Chubby boys are constantly under the scrutiny of society, where this chubby tale becomes a topic of discussion for the common people. People feel entitled to give free advice based on our eating habits, exercise styles, and sitting-standing criteria. And on top of that, they have endless sarcastic remarks like, “You have such a chubby face, if you lose a little weight.” In a world that worships the temple of thinness, chubby people have to create their own space.

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English Literature – Article ☆ – Elections – Some old quotes to lighten the mood ☆ Mr Sunil Deshpande ☆

Mr Sunil Deshpande 

☆ Article ☆ Some old quotes to lighten the mood ☆ Mr Sunil Deshpande

Since Election Season is on, time to dust out some old quotes about politics to lighten the mood. 

Politics is the gentle art of getting
votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.

~Oscar Ameringer, “the Mark Twain of American Socialism.”

I offered my opponents a deal:
“if they stop telling lies about me,
I will stop telling the truth about them”.

~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

~Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold in 1924 Paris Olympics)

We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office.

~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Russian politician

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it.

~Quoted in ‘Clarence Darrow for the Defense’ by Irving Stone.

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.

~John Quinton, American actor/writer

What happens if a politician drowns in a river?
That is pollution….

What happens if all of them drown?
That is a solution ….!!!

So don’t comment on politicians enjoy the elections!!!

© Mr Sunil Deshpande 

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English Literature – Article ☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-3 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆

☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-3 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆ 

Shri Jagat Singh Bisht

(Master Teacher: Happiness & Well-Being, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Author, Blogger, Educator, and Speaker.)

About the book:

This is a book on happiness, an autobiography, and a memoir that takes you for a journey on the pathway of authentic happiness, well-being, and a meaningful life. It gives you a new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them.

It takes a peek at my formative years, my work life, and my experiments with happiness. You will find, inside, a roadmap for a fruitful and fulfilling life, based on years of deep study and practical experience. It blends the best of positive psychology, meditation, yoga, laughter yoga, and spirituality.

The book will enable you to discover new ways to flourish in life, find inner peace, and contribute towards enhancing well-being on this planet. You will gain tremendous insight into life and happiness. The new learning, investigation, and wisdom can catapult you into higher realms of existence!

Amazon Kindle Link: >>>> 

👉 Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life

Excerpts from – Mission HAPPINESS 

MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY-3

(e-abhivyakti presents chapter MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY in three parts.)

We could sense the deep feelings that must have percolated in her heart and soul, before she started playing with her child. This singing, dancing, playing, and laughing with a child and imparting a happy attitude towards life is the ultimate paradise.

A long time has elapsed since then. Ranu has founded My Sanika – cancer care society and is the president at global women network.

Kabeer, affectionately known as Tiesto, is now a well-known model. He was the youngest participant of the largest laughter yoga class and received a certificate from the Guinness book of records.

Ranu arranged a fund-raising event for her NGO at the Jaal auditorium and invited me for a presentation on ‘happy@work’ to dispel myths surrounding happiness and create work-life balance.

We conducted a laughter session on world laughter day before a large gathering in the Indori Subah event organized by the Times of India. She invited me to speak at the first meet-up of global women network, Indore chapter, and also arranged several laughter sessions for kids at the Millennium school and other forums.

I took the morning flight from Indore that halted briefly at Mumbai and touched Bengaluru by noon.

Coming out of the arrival gate, I was pleasantly surprised to see Madhuri Kataria, co-founder of laughter yoga, with a bouquet of flowers. We proceeded to the laughter yoga university, about 20 minutes’ drive from the airport.

Dr Madan Kataria, the laughter Guru, whom I adored, warmly welcomed me. Introducing me to his young team, he told them, “Jagat will now be with us.”

Before I could settle down, he said, “We will have lunch now, and then, within an hour, we are leaving for an interesting assignment – laughter yoga with the commandos!”

The centre for counter terrorism was a couple of hours drive from the university.

Over a cup of tea, the trainers there told us, “The commandos are here for training and have a strict routine. They get up at 5 am and go to bed only after 11 pm. The whole day, they have strenuous physical activity as well as theory classes. They feel a lot of stress, fatigue, and are sleep deprived.”

We were taken to an indoor shooting range where 30 commandos were eagerly waiting for us.

Dr Kataria greeted them with laughter and said, “We know that you are going through a very tough routine. You don’t get enough sleep. The physical activities you do the whole day are exhausting. You are away from your loved ones and being combat ready at all times drains away all the energy.”

The commandos felt that here is someone who understands their plight and empathizes with them. They were now willing to listen.

Dr Kataria said, ”We are here to show you ways to relax, build stamina, and be happy!”

We then had an engrossing experience of laughter yoga and meditation for more than an hour. The commandos were all smiles. Fully relaxed!

Each one wanted to shake hands with the laughter doctor. We could feel the gratitude flowing from their eyes. The tough exterior of the commandos had melted and the child within was visible all around.

We too felt blessed and realized that we owe a lot more to them.

On our way back, Dr Kataria exclaimed, “How fulfilling this experience has been! I am feeling really good.”

He continued, “We had conducted a session with the commandos earlier too but this time it was something different. We shall not leave it mid-way now. We shall depute one of our teachers here for as long as they want. He will also train their trainers to conduct laughter exercises.”

He spoke to their superintendent and sent Vinayak to be with them for a couple of days. Vinayak was with them from early morning till late night. Whenever the group energy dropped, he shared some laughter and breathing exercises. The effect was magical.

The trainers told us that the commandos were now more willing to learn, responded cheerfully to their commands, and shared a lot of positive energy as a team. They laughed during breaks, doing their own versions of the laughter exercises.

I enjoyed long walks with Madan Kataria in the mornings and evenings. Our discussions mostly centred around laughter yoga. I could see the dream of laughter yoga university floating in his eyes incessantly. During weekends, we went for movies. He was especially fond of caramel popcorn.

I was more inclined toward the training part and believed in the purity of laughter yoga. My emphasis was on the four steps of laughter yoga. I inspired new teachers to create local laughter clubs and run them regularly. As I had experience in the training system, I experimented with new methods of teaching.

Till that time, laughter ambassador certification was awarded to very senior and experienced laughter leaders and teachers, who had contributed richly to the cause of laughter yoga. I suggested that we must encourage newer leaders and teachers, who are energetic and exhibit a potential to propagate laughter yoga. Dr Kataria saw the point and consented.

During one of the trainings, we planned and completed shooting of a revised version of forty foundation exercises, in Hindi and English.

I have always adored and admired laughter professionals who have been role models and inspired laughter lovers around the world – Jeffrey Briar, Alex Sternick, Robert Rivest, Merv Neal, Lotte Mikkelsen, Tosha Tobias, Duncan Cook, Keyem Thomas, Emma Ferguson, Melanie Rudolph, Rebecca J. Foster, Voet Steven, and Kara Sherman, to name just a handful of them.

I reported at the Delhi prison headquarters and was straightaway driven to the adjoining Tihar Jail – the biggest prison complex in Asia.

We were first taken to jail no. 6, which is a prison meant exclusively for women inmates and under-trials. At the entrance, we were frisked, and our wallets and mobiles deposited.

Being a law-abiding citizen all through my life, I never ever imagined that I would land in a prison someday. It felt a bit awkward stooping and getting in through the small gate that I had only seen in movies.

Within a few minutes, we were before the superintendent and warden of the jail. We were taken to a hall where around 200 lady prisoners were present. They belonged to all ages – young, middle-aged, and old.

Looking at their plight, I felt deep empathy for them and found it difficult to control my tears. But they were full of life and hope. There were no signs of despair in their eyes; at least they pretended to be normal.

At this point, I must disclose the purpose of our visit and tell you who all were with me or, rather, with whom I was there. We were here for a noble purpose – to add a dash of cheer and happiness in the routine life of the prisoners and bring some smile on their faces.

I was in the august company of Madhuri and Madan Kataria, along with Dr Santosh Sahi, who has done commendable service at the prison, and some members of the Delhi laughter club, and my colleagues from the laughter yoga university.

Within minutes, there were echoes of “hoho hahaha” and “very good very good yay!” reverberating within the walls of the prison. We could sense a silent gratitude in the eyes of the inmates for bringing a shower of relief and some respite from the frightening monotony of the closed walls.

Bidding good-bye to them with a heavy heart, we moved to the adjacent prison meant for the adolescents. The boys there were all between 18 and 21 years of age. At first glance, I observed an eerie look in their eyes. I felt sad for them. They should be studying somewhere but suddenly find that their future is quite hazy and uncertain.

This age group, especially with a closed mindset, is sometimes a hard nut to crack. Dr Kataria started with clapping and breathing exercises. Soon, they were laughing like all other kids – the child-like playfulness had re-surfaced, and they were laughing whole heartedly.

I guided them to hearty laughter, age laughter, and lion laughter. The response was immense. Vinayak thrilled them with his favorite banana trick. The prison was brimming with energy and joy. The eerie look in the eyes of the boys had vanished and they appeared like little kids. I could hardly hold my tears!

I must express my deep gratitude to the wonderful staff at the prison, who served us tea, pakoras, and lunch, with so much care and concern, and the senior officers of the jail, who made our visit free of any hassles.

Next morning, we conducted a laughter session before a huge gathering at the Raahgiri event in Rohini, organized by a newspaper group. We also accompanied Dr Sahi, our host, for a session with school kids. During our stay, we visited the vibrant Jalvayu laughter club, trained a large group of laughter leaders, and attended a conference of the Delhi laughter clubs.

Skype laughter club is an online community of laughter lovers from all over the world who connect through laughter. It was created by Anu Saari from Finland and Ines Schwarz from Austria in the year 2009. I soon joined the team of skype laughter club leaders and requested Seva Safyan to join us.

With the addition of new laughter sessions, skype laughter club started gaining popularity. Madhuri and Madan Kataria joined us regularly. We motivated Rajesh and Amaresh to conduct daily sessions from the laughter yoga university.

A session on skype laughter club was made an integral part of all laughter yoga trainings. Every new teacher experienced a skype laughter session during training.

We organized the first ever online laughter yoga marathon. It was a grand success with more than 350 participants from all time zones, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Bahrain, Israel, South Africa, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, UK, Finland, Canada, USA, Brazil, and Ecuador.

The marathon lasted for a little over 24 hours during the weekend, with unrelenting giggles and guffaws floating in the atmosphere all through. It had a large number of first-time laughers on the net, along with Anu Saari and Madan Kataria.

The event was divided into 24 segments of half an hour each, with short breaks and an experienced international crew consisting of Anu, Sean, Seva, Ferris, Jane, Ivo, Linda, Radhika, and I, leading the sessions.

It was a wonderful experience when people, from different time zones, laughed together under a single, global laughter club. Dr Kataria had a different view and encouraged creation of localized skype laughter clubs.

I am happy that I contributed to the growth of skype laughter club when it was needed. With time, new technology has evolved, and we now have online laughter sessions mostly over Zoom.

Radhika and I took an afternoon flight to Bengaluru. The Katarias hosted a dinner for us at their home.

A residence with all the essentials was kept ready for us.

We went for a morning walk with Madan Kataria. After breakfast, we went to the laughter yoga university office, where we met Michi Morioka. She had come from Japan for master trainer’s program.

During the day, we took her to a nearby school for a laughter session with the kids. The school had a colourful classroom, especially for the purpose of laughter yoga. She felt happy with them and taught, “yatta yatta yay!” in Japanese. The kids were delighted. We went to the school regularly and conducted sessions for different groups.

In the evening, we went to a local, all-ladies’ laughter club. The club was years old, and the ladies were well versed with laughter exercises. We enjoyed laughing with them.

Michi is a beautiful soul. She is highly talented, hard working, and a great presenter. We bonded with her very closely. We invited her for dinner often and had long chats.

Laughter lovers from all countries came to the university to be certified as laughter yoga teachers and master trainers. We assisted Dr Kataria in the trainings. Radhika experimented with yogic and aerobic warm-up exercises. I loved conducting laughter meditation sessions in the morning. It was a rich experience interacting with the participants.

We feel especially proud to be associated with the training of Omar Damak, Emma Taylor, Kay Wararuk Sunonethong, Ashok Swahney, Ruchi Phool, Sai Kumar, Ishvinder Teji, Varuna Khullar, and Nikhil Thapar, as they are enthusiastic in spreading laughter yoga.

The first international laughter yoga festival was arranged during that time. We had wonderful participants – Kula Lisboa, Sofia Monteira, Lara Lucaccioni, Letizia Espanoli, Egbert Griebeling, Angela Mecking, Emma Liana Dewi, Andrew Stevens, Lee Jean, Karen Kong, Michi Morioka, and Zoreli Figueroa, among others.

It was August 15, Independence Day. We all gathered at the school, where we conducted laughter yoga sessions regularly. The celebrations included a session of laughter yoga with the kids. From there we proceeded to the school of ancient wisdom for the formal inauguration of laughter festival.

We accompanied Madhuri and Madan Kataria on a tour of the Always Be Cheerful (ABC) laughter clubs of Hyderabad. The club members are full of cheer. We had a big session at the Public Gardens, conducted a session for school children, one for an IT company, and organized a laughter leader training. We had the pleasure of meeting Shirin Didi and Madhav Mhaske, founders of the clubs.

We attended functions of the local clubs in Bengaluru, arranged leader trainings, and conducted a laughter session for the Hewlett Packard (HP) company in the IT Park.

Laughter becomes more meaningful when it is intended not only to make us happy but also to make others smile. This in laughter clubs is known as the inner spirit of laughter.

Laughter clubs are instrumental in bringing about attitudinal changes in people and provide an ideal platform to help people connect through love and laughter.

Laughter yoga goes beyond just the physical and physiological dimension of laughing. It not only fosters a feeling of physical well-being by generating endorphins in the body, but it also enhances the spirit and touches the emotional core. It cultivates positive thinking and promotes understanding.

Many of the laughter exercises focus on forgiveness, appreciation, anger management, gratitude, and helpfulness. Laughter yoga provides an opportunity to the practitioners to actively enhance the life of others.

Those who practice laughter yoga on a regular basis understand that it has the power to change the selfish state of mind to an altruistic state of mind. It has been proven that people who laugh are likely to be more generous and have more empathy than those who do not laugh.

This inner spirit of laughter becomes apparent to the seekers as they develop a state of internal peace – the worries and intense goals that have driven their lives become less important. These people become aware that true happiness comes from giving unconditional love, caring for others, and sharing with each other.

Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine but how many of us have a good dose of laughter every day?

Mirthful laughter generates feel good hormones and busts stress instantly. To reap the benefits of laughter, one needs to laugh deep from the diaphragm for about twenty minutes daily. It expels all the stale air from the body and rejuvenates our lungs with fresh oxygen.

Laughter yoga is a unique laughter delivery system that enables us to laugh for no reason, without the use of jokes, comedy, or humour, even when the going is not good.

We begin laughter with the aid of laughter exercises that turns infectious through eye contact and childlike playfulness of the participants in the group. The practice of laughter yoga may seem frivolous to a layman, but it has a deep and profound impact upon the practitioners. It works wonders for the immune system and is a powerful cardiovascular exercise.

You must have seen members of laughter clubs giggling and having fun in parks. That is group laughter – a more conducive form of laughter yoga.

It generally starts with some gentle warm-up exercises – stretching, bending, twisting, and yogic breathing.

Laughter yoga routine is designed scientifically to have four steps:

The first step is clapping and chanting “hoho hahaha”.

The second step is deep breathing – exhale while bending forward, inhale while raising your arms up. It culminates with holding the breath for a while going up, saying “hold it- hold it – hold it” in an ascending voice, and then bending down, tapping thighs, running around saying “hahaha”.

The third step is child-like playfulness. A positive affirmation “Very Good, Very Good, Yay” is chanted joyously, clapping, and then opening and throwing the arms upwards.

Then, begin the laughter exercises in the fourth step. These exercises help in triggering laughter, which is then taken forward by the group and everyone laughs whole-heartedly.

Greeting laughter, milkshake laughter, mobile laughter, gradient laughter, hearty laughter, silent laughter, lion laughter, appreciation laughter, argument laughter, Calcutta laughter and tak-jhoom laughter are some of the popular laughter exercises practised in laughter clubs.

Just close your eyes and start laughing gently.

Laughter meditation may be experienced while standing up, sitting down, or lying.

Let laughter take its own course. If you do not feel like laughing, stop. When you again feel like laughing, laugh.

Laughter is movement, meditation requires stillness. Laughter meditation is a beautiful and unique experience.

It is not always possible to laugh in a group. One can laugh alone in the morning for a few minutes and the freshness lingers-on all through the day.

I express my deep respect and profound gratitude to Dr Madan Kataria, my Laughter Yoga Guru.

MADAN KATARIA, a medical doctor, founded the first laughter club with just five members in Mumbai in the year 1995. Today there are thousands of laughter clubs all over the world. He developed the unique concept of laughter yoga where anyone can laugh for no reason without the use of jokes, comedy, or humour.

(Excerpt from the book – Mission HAPPINESS: My Idyllic Life by Jagat Singh Bisht – available on Amazon)

© Jagat Singh Bisht

Founder: LifeSkills

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The Science of Happiness (Positive Psychology), Meditation, Yoga, Spirituality and Laughter Yoga. We conduct talks, seminars, workshops, retreats and training.

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English Literature – Article ☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-2 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆

☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-2 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆ 

Shri Jagat Singh Bisht

(Master Teacher: Happiness & Well-Being, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Author, Blogger, Educator, and Speaker.)

About the book:

This is a book on happiness, an autobiography, and a memoir that takes you for a journey on the pathway of authentic happiness, well-being, and a meaningful life. It gives you a new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them.

It takes a peek at my formative years, my work life, and my experiments with happiness. You will find, inside, a roadmap for a fruitful and fulfilling life, based on years of deep study and practical experience. It blends the best of positive psychology, meditation, yoga, laughter yoga, and spirituality.

The book will enable you to discover new ways to flourish in life, find inner peace, and contribute towards enhancing well-being on this planet. You will gain tremendous insight into life and happiness. The new learning, investigation, and wisdom can catapult you into higher realms of existence!

Amazon Kindle Link: >>>> 

👉 Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life

Excerpts from – Mission HAPPINESS 

MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY2

(e-abhivyakti presents chapter MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY in three parts.)

Laughter yoga, which initially started as a social club movement, slowly entered the business world. By introducing laughter yoga for staff, corporates have reported happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, team work, and reduced stress levels.

We conducted a laughter session at our local head office, Bhopal. The audience included the staff, senior officials, and their families. They appreciated it very much.

S K Mishra, chief general manager, desired that an audio track be recorded, containing instructions for a brief laughter session. The track was played every morning at 11 o’clock over the public address system at the local head office and more than five hundred employees spread on five floors of the building chanted ‘very good very good yay’ and laughed in unison, every working day.

We also conducted a brief energizing session of laughter yoga at the beginning of bipartite meeting between SBI management and staff federation representatives at hotel Sayaji, Indore.

One of our most fulfilling experiences has been to bring cheer in the lives of special children. The experience of laughter yoga with special children at Rotary Paul Harris School, Indore has touched the core of our hearts.

The kids responded to our first session with great enthusiasm and energy. We were taken by surprise by the positivity generated by the affirmation – very good, very good, yay! They loved milkshake laughter, mobile laughter, argument laughter, appreciation laughter, and hearty laughter.

But we realized that they could not clap in rhythm, chant hoho hahaha, or follow the deep breathing exercises. So, we decided to focus initially on simple clapping and the laughter exercises which they liked.

Radhika worked hard with the kids on Tuesday mornings week after week and gradually they started picking up. A weekly session on laughter yoga was included in their time table.

Neeti Billore, principal, and her team of teachers were always with us during the sessions. The school authorities told us that they propose to showcase the progress in laughter sessions to the parents of the kids and members of Rotary Club during their annual day celebrations.

The kids were well prepared for the event and laughed coherently to the surprise of all present. We felt satisfied as our efforts had borne fruits.

Gloria Bartusch travelled all the way from Frankfurt to Indore to stay with us as a home guest and learn the life skills of laughter yoga, happiness, and well-being.

It was an intense week of sharing and caring, learning and teaching, and pouring out our hearts and souls in a warm and conducive set-up.

She treasured the life turning experience and expressed deep gratitude to us, while we felt fulfilled to the core for having touched a life.

We often visit our native village, Naula, in the Uttarakhand hills. To reach our place, we pass through the famous Corbett national park, named after a British jungle enthusiast, Jim Corbett, who penned The Man Eaters of Kumaon.

There is a small school, named shikhar public school, in the village. We visited the school and explained the concept and benefits of laughter yoga to the principal and teachers. Instantly, a laughter yoga session was arranged for the kids.

We started the session as usual with clapping and chanting. They chanted hoho hahaha joyously and relished milkshake laughter.

Radhika did the laughter zoo with them comprising of various laughter exercises from the animal kingdom. Children loved moving like animals – lion, elephant, kangaroo, penguin, bird, and monkey.

It touched the core of their hearts and they yearned for more laughter as they had never imagined of such variety in laughter. We realized that the sun was straight over our heads, and it was hot. We tried to wrap up, but the kids wanted more. So, we decided to come back to the school again in the evening.

To our utter surprise, all the kids were there in the evening. We did a quick recap of the warm-up steps and some laughter exercises. Then we played the games ‘pizza pasta’ and ‘follow the leader’ with them. They were simply delighted.

By this time, a word had spread in the village that children in the school were having some real fun. When we looked around, the entire school was surrounded by spectators from the village, who were shouting in chorus ‘very good, very good, yay’.

On reaching Indore, I called my mother to tell her that we have reached back safely. She seemed incredibly happy, “Radhika and you have left permanent footprints in the village. The chants of ‘very good, very good, yay’ by the kids can be heard anytime. Now, you are not away. You are always right here!”

I remember, once a lady of our village praised me before my mother. My mother said, ”Bhagwaan sabko mere Jagat jaisa beta de!” (May God give everyone a son like my Jagat!) That was the one of the proudest moments of my life.

We were delighted to have with us Gulyora Shermatova, laughter yoga teacher from Tashkent. She is the warmest person we have ever met. Her laughter is amazing. She can laugh anytime, anywhere, for no reason. What surprised us was the effortlessness of her laughter. She could continue laughing for hours together.

Ever since we did our laughter yoga training together at Bangalore, we kept in regular touch and planned to visit each other’s homes. She teaches Hindi at the institute of oriental studies, Tashkent and was invited by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations to New Delhi recently.

She took an early morning flight from Delhi to Indore. I went to the airport to pick her up. The members of suniket laughter club were eagerly waiting for her arrival. She greeted them in pure Hindi and won hearts instantly. After exchanging pleasantries, an unforgettable laughter session took shape.

Our club is specially known for doing the four steps of laughter yoga – clapping and chanting, deep breathing, childlike playfulness, and laughter exercises – in a structured and meticulous way. But her unique, spontaneous, and infectious laughter left the members bewildered and spellbound.

After affirming ‘very good, very good, yay’ a few times, we chanted ‘bahut achche, bahut achche, yay’ in Hindi, followed by ‘khorosho, khorosho, yay’ in Russian.

In the evening, we went to the regional park and had a fantastic time. We sat on a bench and laughed incessantly, oblivious of bewilderment on the faces of onlookers, who found it difficult to decipher what was so hilarious around that made us go nuts.

The next morning, we stayed at home to spend some quality time together. We sat in our balcony with the morning cuppa. Lo and behold, Gulyora started laughing for no reason. How could we refrain? We also joined her. Many rounds of laughter followed during the day. We laughed and laughed and laughed.

Her husband’s name is Kakramon, which means hero. She has named him ‘Mahaveer’ in Hindi. He is an introvert and previously worked for the army. But now he is also bitten by the laughter bug. He takes a recording of laughter exercises to his office and plays it for the staff. And then, he gives a command in true military style, “Kulila!” – that is, “Laugh!”

In the evening, she conducted an exclusive session of laughter yoga for ladies at the suniket community hall. Upon their asking, she explained how one can laugh from the diaphragm effortlessly and continuously. The ladies enjoyed her laughter and felt inspired.

Next morning, we went to the Rotary Paul Harris School for a laughter session with the special kids. She was touched by their simplicity and warmth. Tears started flowing from her eyes and rolled over her cheeks.

Gulyora is such a noble soul. She is unbelievably good hearted and positive. We feel privileged to have spent precious moments in her enchanting company. The laughter still lingers on.

Our good friend Duncan Cook, from Ontario, Canada, commented on Gulyora’s visit, “In Guelph, where I live, the laughter club members are visiting each other’s homes now. Bless this house with laughter!”

Many years ago, we had gone to make a small presentation on laughter yoga at Viscus Infotech, an IT company based in Indore. The CEO of the company felt that laughter yoga would be helpful in enhancing the creativity of the software professionals by relaxing their minds and activating the right brain.

The session was well appreciated and, later on, the young CEO himself conducted laughter sessions for his staff. Such actions make the workplace vibrant and full of positive vibes.

After the session, Ranu Jain Gupta, webmaster, specializing in search engine optimization, came up to Radhika, and said that she had liked the session very much and would join us at our laughter club with her husband, Dr Gaurav Gupta.

Laughter, which starts as a simple exercise routine, penetrates skin deep over a period of time, and changes our outlook towards life. We become more loving, caring, and sharing. It seems that Ranu could not take laughter yoga off her mind at any point of time.

We were more than pleasantly surprised when we received a cute video clip from her on world laughter day. It touched our hearts to the core. It was, undoubtedly, the sweetest greeting one could expect.

In the video, she is seen playing and laughing with her child, Kabeer, who might have been just a few months old then. She is prompting him to say, “very good very good yay!” and greet everyone across the world, “happy world laughter day!”

 Contd…. 2 
© Jagat Singh Bisht

Founder: LifeSkills

LifeSkills

A Pathway to Authentic Happiness, Well-Being & A Fulfilling Life! We teach skills to lead a healthy, happy and meaningful life.

The Science of Happiness (Positive Psychology), Meditation, Yoga, Spirituality and Laughter Yoga. We conduct talks, seminars, workshops, retreats and training.

Please feel free to call/WhatsApp us at +917389938255 or email [email protected] if you wish to attend our program or would like to arrange one at your end.

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English Literature – Article ☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-1 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆ 

☆ Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life – My Laughter Yoga Journey-1 ☆ Mr. Jagat Singh Bisht ☆ 

Shri Jagat Singh Bisht

(Master Teacher: Happiness & Well-Being, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Author, Blogger, Educator, and Speaker.)

About the book:

This is a book on happiness, an autobiography, and a memoir that takes you for a journey on the pathway of authentic happiness, well-being, and a meaningful life. It gives you a new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them.

It takes a peek at my formative years, my work life, and my experiments with happiness. You will find, inside, a roadmap for a fruitful and fulfilling life, based on years of deep study and practical experience. It blends the best of positive psychology, meditation, yoga, laughter yoga, and spirituality.

The book will enable you to discover new ways to flourish in life, find inner peace, and contribute towards enhancing well-being on this planet. You will gain tremendous insight into life and happiness. The new learning, investigation, and wisdom can catapult you into higher realms of existence!

Amazon Kindle Link: >>>> 

👉 Mission HAPPINESS – My Idyllic Life

Excerpts from – Mission HAPPINESS 

MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY

(e-abhivyakti presents chapter MY LAUGHTER YOGA JOURNEY in three parts.)

Radhika and I always thought of contributing to the happiness and well-being of people around us. We decided to learn and propagate Laughter Yoga for health, happiness, and welfare of people.

Laughter yoga is a unique concept where any one can laugh for no reason, without the use of jokes, comedy, or humour. It generates a lot of feel-good hormones, positive vibes, and cheer.

It was sometime in the mid-nineties. I was on deputation to corporate centre in connection with compilation of compendium of staff instructions. As usual, I had gone for a morning walk in the Lokhandwala Park, Mumbai. I found Madhuri and Madan Kataria, founders of laughter yoga, conducting a laughter session there. The laughter club movement was just taking shape.

The Katarias had meanwhile moved to Bengaluru and there was some time for the next training programme to begin. I requested Dr Kataria to send some literature and videos. Every evening, after coming back from the bank, I used to watch laughter yoga learning videos, along with Radhika, and practise the exercises.

Even before going for the training and being formally trained, we felt confident that we could conduct a laughter session. We formed laughter club of state bank learning centre and started conducting regular sessions in the morning for the benefit of participants coming for training to the centre.

The decision to enroll for the laughter yoga teacher’s training in Bangalore proved to be a rewarding experience of our life. There were 23 of us there, coming from Sweden, Austria, United Kingdom, Iran, United States, Malaysia, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and, of course, India. We were privileged to have Dr Kataria as our trainer in the serene settings of the school of ancient wisdom, just outside the city.

When we landed there, none of us had even imagined that the course of our lives is going to change forever. It was not just another program that we were attending. It was an intense experience, as intense as it can get. Within no time, all of us got so close to each other that we felt we had been familiar for ages.

It was the warmest and most cheerful bonding. During our stay there, we became dearest friends forever. It is such a nice feeling that you have close friends all around the globe, who would be only too happy to receive you, when you visit them.

After returning to Indore, we formed suniket laughter club in our neighborhood and got connected to hundreds of people instantly. It was not a casual hello-hi relationship but full of cheer and warmth. The club acquired international fame and attracted visitors from many countries.

We were also fortunate to laugh with bank employees every week, who came for various trainings to the learning center. It was an instant connect with each one of them at the being level. In general, official interactions are mostly at the functional level and it is rather difficult to relate at the being level.

We also had opportunities to present laughter yoga in schools, ashrams, naturopathy centers, and many other forums. Each occasion brought us close to many people. The laughter connect is instant, as well as long lasting. We develop close, warm, and assuring relations of mutual care and deep trust.

Carolyn Laughalot and Desmond Nicholson, laughter yoga leaders from eltham laughter club, Melbourne were our guests. They visited our laughter clubs and Sri Sarada Ramakrishna vidya mandir.

Positive psychologists, after years of research, have come to the conclusion that we experience authentic happiness if we have some close, dependable, and intimate friends. Happiness comes from warm bonding and intimate sharing at the being level.

Laughter yoga opens frontiers of personal bonding. We felt proud to have several warm hearts beating in resonance with us, in our neighborhood, workplace, and all over the world. We were deeply connected and inter-connected.

We gave a presentation on laughter yoga before a hundred girl students at Sri Sarada Ramakrishna vidya mandir, Indore. The connect was instant and the atmosphere turned ethereal within a few minutes.

Earlier, the principal of the school had shared with us that the students were finding it difficult to concentrate on their studies and appeared sad, tired, and depleted of energy. She felt sad that the children were not cheerful at all and faced a lot of stress. When we told her about the benefits of laughter yoga, she readily agreed to give it a try in the school.

The principal and the teachers were amazed by the simplicity, instant impact, and tremendous transformative power of laughter yoga. They observed that the children listened to the directions given to them with rapt attention and showed a great sense of discipline during the exercise routine.

We also conducted a personality development workshop for children using laughter yoga as a tool. The children really liked it. We feel laughter yoga is a powerful tool for personality development, which enhances communication skills, leadership qualities, team building, creativity, and self-confidence in children.

Laughter yoga made me a better human being in many respects. I could now relate to people more warmly and add some joy to their lives. I looked forward to meeting and greeting people. The people also sensed my inner warmth and responded smilingly. My inter-personal skills improved tremendously.

As a person, I matured and mellowed to a great extent. All the stress and tension had gone. There was a feeling of tranquility and trust that things would go right. There were no worries and unnecessary apprehensions. I found a deeper meaning in life. I added value and joy to the lives of scores of human beings with each sunrise and felt fulfilled in my heart as the sun set.

I discovered a mission to which I was devoted whole-heartedly and felt rewarded in my pursuit. It was a great experience touching the lives of young children and the elderly people. There could be nothing more satisfying.

In my journey of laughter yoga, I came close to several people and institutions. I became more understanding and compassionate. As a trainer and facilitator at my workplace, I could walk into any class and break the ice spontaneously. I had heart-to-heart talks, full of intimacy, and imparted lessons of authentic happiness in a subtle, yet effective, manner.

I could lead any group to joyful singing, dancing, laughter, and play, whenever required to enhance their training experience. I had something in my armory to give it to them, which had a lot of back-home utility to enrich their lives, and the lives of their near and dear ones.

I spread the message of health, happiness, and peace, wherever I went. I made it a point to meet as many people as possible and laugh with them. I preferred to spend more and more quality time with human beings. The entire focus of my life shifted to contributing my bit for the good of human beings.

I became more caring and loving for those around me. I communicated better, felt fearless, and became more effective. Laughter yoga gradually transformed me to be a better human being.

 

A compliment that I cherish even today came from my son, then just 24-year-old. I was visiting Gurgaon, where he was working, and was asked to do a presentation on laughter yoga at the state bank academy.

When I told him about it, he remarked, “Papa, this is a unique life skill that you have acquired. You can do it anytime, anywhere, for anyone. Now, you have the heavenly gift of giving joy to other beings. It is truly inspiring.”

This insight, coming from a youngster, was amazing. No doubt, laughter yoga is an invaluable life skill which we can use to bring joy to all around us. It is divine!

We visited Kausani at the foothills of Himalayas in north India. It is one of the most picturesque and tranquil places we have ever been to.

 

Mahatma Gandhi called it the Switzerland of India. He compiled Gujarati translation ‘Anasakti Yog’ of the Bhagavad Gita while staying at an ashram, now named as anasakti ashram.

Sarla Ben, fondly remembered as Gandhi’s British daughter, established lakshmi ashram here in 1946. It was set up as a basic education program where girls would receive academic education along Gandhian lines and get trained to become social activists, so that they would, in turn, work to become self-reliant to uplift their village sisters of remote Uttarakhand.

Most of the students at the ashram come from poor, rural families. Others are from particularly remote villages where access to post primary school is still a problem, especially for girls. They belong to small, off-road villages and relatively uneducated families. The school considers it important that everyone at the ashram lives and works together, irrespective of social differences.

We reached the ashram, after a steep climb, in the afternoon. Two little girls guided us to Kanti Didi, a devoted Gandhian and in-charge of the school activities, affectionately called Odee by all in the ashram. She bonded with us in no time as she understood the deep value hidden in laughter.

Odee summoned a girl and asked her to ring the ashram bell. All the girls assembled in a jiffy and were told to proceed to the shanti bhavan, community hall for prayers and cultural activities. In her simple, yet sincere and effective way, Odee announced that we had something valuable to share and everyone should pay apt attention.

There were about 60-70 lovely, little girls there. We told them how much we loved children and how wonderful each one of them was. Then, we explained the concept of laughter yoga in a simple manner. A laughter session followed.

Oh, what an amazing session it was! We had never experienced anything like that before. It was joy, cheers, and energy all around. Odee, probably in her seventies, was as ecstatic as the kids.

The session lasted for one and a half hours. Sheer joy, nothing else. Towards the end, everyone was lying down, face up, meditating laughingly, as if in a trance.

They offered us kaadha, a concoction of Himalayan herbs, and requested us to stay back for the evening play time. We agreed readily.

In the evening, we went to a lush green play field, surrounded by tall trees, and the girls, clutching our hands tightly, took us back to our childhood days. We ran and played with them like kids.

First, we formed a laughter train and ran around the entire field and then marched like soldiers with loud shouts of ho-ho ha-ha. Towards the end, we performed a laughter orchestra. It seemed we had slipped into super consciousness.

All the girls were talented in their own way – some were athletes, some good at games, and almost everyone could sing and dance well. There were some volunteers there, Michelle from Denmark, Alexandra (UK), Leo (Germany), David (UK), Pramila (Italy) and Uma (Hyderabad). It was an awesome evening.

By now, we were like a family and the girls would not let us go back. We promised that we would come back the next day, stay, and laugh with them the whole day, and have lunch together.

Next evening, we were there and joined them for their evening prayers in Gandhian style. They arranged an impromptu cultural evening and farewell for us. It was singing, dancing, play, and laughter – pure joy all the way. What terrific talent those girls possess! Unbelievable. It was a marvelous evening, brimming with emotions. By now, we were all theirs and they were all ours.

The girls surrounded us and held our hands with so much warmth that Radhika had tears in her eyes. It was difficult to depart. Two girls, with torches, came down the hills to escort us back to our hotel, in pitch darkness.

Early in the morning, as we were preparing to leave, we saw Odee knocking at our door. She had come to bid adieu. How thoughtful of her! She assured us that they will keep practicing laughter yoga regularly in their ashram, as they find immense value in it.

Have you ever had the experience of laughter meditation? It is one of the most intense and beautiful experiences that you can ever have. But you have to experience it yourself. It is a mystery. It cannot be told in words by anyone to you.

When you laugh, you forget the past. You cannot bother about the future. And you are oblivious of the surroundings.

Laughter starts to flow like a fountain. There is no laugher, it’s only laughter. The laugher mingles with laughter, and they become one. It is something divine. It is pure bliss. The mind becomes serene and radiant like the full moon.

I have got my deepest fulfilment while conducting laughter meditation. The participants feel cathartic and fully liberated. All the pain and agony vanish. It feels so good and light. There is no trace of physical, mental, or emotional stress left.

Every molecule of the universe becomes still and tranquil. All the blockages are cleared. Consciousness begins to flow happily and freely. You become a part of the joyous cosmic dance. A sufi inside you starts singing the most enchanting melodies.

Laughter meditation opens a sublime door to transcendence. It is a state of no mind. Complete mindlessness. But it is also total existence. You have a feel of totality for the first time. It is a paradise that you can create on your own – anytime, anywhere.

According to Madan Kataria, “Laughter meditation is the purest kind of laughter and a very cathartic experience that opens up the layers of your subconscious mind, and you will experience laughter from deep within.”

In some of the Zen monasteries, every monk has to start the day with laughter, and has to end it with laughter – the first and the last thing every day.

Says Osho, “If you become silent after your laughter, one day you will feel God also laughing, you will hear the whole existence laughing, trees and stones and stars with you!”

I recommend laughter meditation for all those who face a lot of stress at the workplace. It is also beneficial for students and homemakers.

We conducted laughter meditation for Osho disciples and sanyasis. They fell into a trance. Osho realized the value in laughter and introduced laughter meditation in his ashram. He also encouraged the practice of gibberish meditation and silence.

I read Osho’s book From Sex to Superconsciousness in the prime of my youth for non-spiritual and non-religious reasons. I have also read many of his other books and heard his discourses.

We have within us a child, an adult, and a parent. One discernible part of the child is the little professor. This part of the child is innately intuitive, creative, and manipulative. Osho’s discourses come from a genius mind, until the little professor in him turns mischievous.

My final posting in the bank was at the state bank foundation institute, chetana, Indore. It has now been renamed as the state bank institute of human resource development.

The institute was set up to groom fresh officers of the bank. We formed chetana laughter club so that every new officer had a tryst with laughter yoga.

Debrati Dey, a probationary officer who came to the institute from Kolkata was totally unaware of what was in store for her. She said, “The laughter session was one laugh riot. Every time a new exercise for laughter was introduced, it instantly generated excitement and contemplation of the possible outcome.

“One of the phrases which everyone chanted, after every act, was ‘very good, very good, yay!’ It is a simple phrase. But when you clap your hands and say it loud, the phrase brings out its actual magic. It became an instant hit and a college anthem for us.

“In this era of ‘survival of the fittest’, laughter club has the guts to say, ‘survival of the happiest ‘. I didn’t realize, through the course of the session, how it had a positive biochemical effect on my cardiovascular and nervous system. It’s only when I got back to my room that I could see myself happy, de-stressed, and re-energized.”

I am grateful to Vijay Puri, Ranjeev Ranjan Tiwari, Satish Polisetty, and Rajesh Kumar Singh, faculty at the institute, who supported me in the conduct of sessions outside of working hours.

I am proud that I introduced laughter yoga in the State Bank of India and laughed with thousands of colleagues from all over the country.

During this period, we were invited by Nestle to conduct a laughter yoga session during their zone Asia-Oceania-Africa safety, health, and environmental sustainability workshop at the Marriott Resort and Spa, Goa.

The participants included the executive vice president from Nestle headquarters at Vevey, Switzerland and market corporate safety managers from 20 countries including Australia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Turkey, along with the factory safety heads from Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka.

After some time, Nestle India invited us to conduct sessions for the staff working at their factory in Samalkha, Haryana with a view to enhance employee wellness and build a more cheerful work environment.

We conducted laughter yoga for senior level executives of Abercrombie & Kent – the world’s leading authority on luxury and experiential travel – at the picturesque city of Udaipur, where twenty-six delegates had gathered at Hotel Leela Palace Kempinski, on the beautiful Pichola lake, for their cruise conference 2013.

Their global cruise ambassador, David Vass, expressed, “Thank you, both of you, for excellent energy, understanding of our group time constraints, and the delicious outcome you brought to us.

“Everybody truly enjoyed this session, especially in the middle of ‘budget day’. We referenced the Laughter yoga techniques throughout the remainder of the conference – making milkshakes, being an elephant, and so many of the other happy little bits you supplied us with.”

A small group of laughter lovers – including a young fashion designer, a scientist, an engineer, a doctor, a psychologist, a teacher, and two yoga teachers – flew down from Tashkent to Rishikesh, known as the world capital of yoga, to learn the basics of laughter yoga.

All of them had a background of yoga but had come to India with an eagerness to master the happiest workout in the world – laughter yoga.

We conducted two-day certified laughter yoga leader training program for them covering theoretical and practical aspects of laughter yoga, including the inner spirit of laughter, laughter meditation. and guided relaxation.

The program was well appreciated by all the participants. Here is the feedback received from some of them:

“In my normal life, I do not laugh much. Here, I discovered that I have so much laughter hidden inside me. Everyone seems to have an infinite capacity to laugh. And it feels so good. My daughter is also here with me. Now, we will go back home, and it is going to be a happy, cheerful place forever!”

“I am a psychologist and have found the concept of laughter yoga to be very useful. Laughter can be a good tool for healing. I shall be applying in practice, what I have learned here.”

“I have found a new way to engage with my grandchildren. We are going to sing, dance, laugh, and play the whole day. The kids are going to find the fun-based laughter exercises really interesting.”

“I am a yoga teacher and have included laughter yoga in my curriculum after I came to Rishikesh a few months ago and learned it from you. I have come along with one of my students and we have got deep insights into laughter and meditation. Laughter has enormous potential for healing depression and aches.“

“I also came here in April 2013 to undergo laughter yoga training. After going back to my country, I organized several laughter retreats in the mountains on the weekends. The retreats got fantastic response as laughter touches the innermost core of being.

“I have also been to two neighbouring countries, namely Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and made presentations on laughter yoga before large groups. I propose to come back here for laughter yoga soon with a group from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.”

This was the second laughter yoga training organized in Rishikesh for nationals from Uzbekistan by us and three participants had come for the second time again in the program due to sheer love for laughter yoga.

The efforts made by Ivan Skofenko, yoga teacher and professor of psychology, for propagating laughter yoga in Uzbekistan, and the neighbouring countries, are truly commendable. He got in touch with us and invited us to Rishikesh for conducting the programs.

Contd…. 2 
© Jagat Singh Bisht

Founder: LifeSkills

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The Science of Happiness (Positive Psychology), Meditation, Yoga, Spirituality and Laughter Yoga. We conduct talks, seminars, workshops, retreats and training.

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English Literature – Articles ☆ Young Entrepreneur in the Book Publishing Industry – Divya Trivedi, Founder, Kitab Writing Publications ☆

Ms. Divya Trivedi

☆ Young Entrepreneur in the Book Publishing Industry Kitab Writing Publications Founder Divya Trivedi ☆

I am amazed with the dedication of Ms. Divya Trivedi who published 1500+ books in less than 1 year while my recently published book अभिमन्यु कौन?. It was an awesome experience. I wish may God bless her to fulfill her wishes to spread goodness, spread happiness.) 

 – Hemant Bawankar

Divya Trivedi is the Founder and CEO of Kitab Writing Publication. Her hobbies are writing, singing, and cycling. She eventually started her writing journey on 9th November 2020. And she published her first book titled “The beauty of quotes” on 4th of April 2021. As a writer, Divya Trivedi was always curious about how publishing companies are printing and listing the books. Like the processes behind it, what makes a publication at best, the processes of start-up, what kind of impact it creates in the reader’s community, etc.

After learning and getting to know everything one by one, she decided to start her publication, not for anything else but just to Spread Goodness Spread Happiness around the world through books. And she also started working under publications from 10th of May 2021. Divya Trivedi’s dream was to Spread Goodness and Spread Happiness. That’s why she started a publication named SGSH Publication. SGSH publication was started on 30th October 2021 founded by Miss Divya Trivedi. She worked really hard to establish a well-known publication with a good mission like SGSH but later she realised publication is a business and in business sometimes we have to be strict, we have to be bold, we have to say Truth. But with SGSH name she was uncomfortable working in publication, so she decided to Change the SGSH Publication to Kitab Writing Publication on 4th of March 2023. Till now, she has published 300+ solo books, 200+ anthologies and 1000+ books printed by her publication which is not possible without her constant and dedicated efforts from her side. Divya Trivedi aims no matter what always stay real and honest with customers. She wants to achieve this only with sincerity, honesty, and hard Work. She knows there are thousands of Publications, many even at top positions, but for Kitab Writing Publication she aims not just to provide publishing services but also she tries to provide writers Motivation and to Spread Truth. She is following one of her quotes “Pain also gives you pleasure when you love what you are doing.”

She has recently been awarded multiple and prestigious titles mentioned below:

  1. Best publication of the year 2022 from Incredible Indian Awards
  2. National book of records
  3. Fastest growing publication in 2023 from World wide book of records
  4. Asia’s Top 100 Entrepreneur 2023
  5. Indian archiver forum and many more Google articles, magazine.

She publishes books and anthologies. Her publication is unique because of her Honesty, Hard Work and consistent efforts. In her opinion, earning money from the business is a little easy but when she has authors coming to her again and approaching her to publish their write-ups with full happiness and satisfaction is what makes her unique. Each of her team members are very happy to work. More than a work and for money, they too are inspired by the mission of the publication and work for that. So not just the founder herself but every last member of her team is working for the same motto and writers are happy. She just sees this publication as the Best Publication in this world and also, she sees herself as a Best Motivational Speaker for writers and Best Entrepreneur in the world. With her constant dedication she is going to reach the skies beyond the limit with flying colors. Her journey was a bit up and down, but setting up this publication is one of the best choices she has ever made.

Courtesy – Ms. Divya Trivedi,

Founder, Kitab Writing Publications  

 5C, 507 Navin Shankrman Shibir, Magathane, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400066.

Mob.  075069 94878

Email – [email protected] 

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English Literature – Articles ☆ –  बाल सुलभता… ☆ Shri Arun Shrivastava ☆

Shri Arun Shrivastava 

☆ –  बाल सुलभता… ☆ Shri Arun Shrivastava ☆

Yesterday my five-year-old grandson asked me “Dadu, you too have your dad.

I said yes, I have also.

Then where is he, dadu?

He is no more dear Bo-Bo.

Why he is no more, he asked curiously.

With a five-year bright grandson, full of life, I can’t explain him, what is death. So, I told him that my dad has become a Star.

But he was not convinced and said ” Men cannot fly because they don’t have wings.so he cannot be a star. I was unable to convince his logical questions.

Ultimately, I told him that my dad is in India and when you visit India, I will show you, his Photograph.

But can I meet your dad and touch him, innocent but curious child asked.

No, you cannot meet him.

Why, “the repeated queries doesn’t end.”

Because my dad is invisible so no one can touch him,

Why he is invisible?

I have no answer because I don’t want to discuss or talk about death, to a kid full of life.

HAVE YOU ANY ANSWER???

© Shri Arun Shrivastava   

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English Literature – Articles ☆ – “Letters written by Mona Lisa and Vinci to each other…Part-2” – Ms. Mohini Hedau – ☆ English Verson – Dr Meena Shrivastava ☆

Dr Meena Shrivastava 

 ? – Letters written by Mona Lisa and Vinci to each other…Part-2” – Ms. Mohini Hedau – ? ☆ English Verson – Dr Meena Shrivastava 

Part Two

  1. Mona Lisa’s reply to Vinci’s letter

O my creator, I am so grateful and thankful to you, but the world has been and will always link us and recognize me as your soulful creation.

Is it really possible to release someone from the soulful bonds as ours’, by simply saying “Go, I have released you from my bond”?

The wound that bled when you hooked me inside a frame with the hammer, is still as much swollen and deeply bruised, how can I stop its throbbing pain?

May be the wound will recover, there will be healing scar on it, but it’s likely that someone will simply uncover it by removing the scar, and then the blood, the swelling and the pain will rejuvenate with vengeance. And that too totally against my wishes!

You released my body, that too halfheartedly, just by murmuring, “go, you are free”

But O, my father, my creator! What about release of my soul?

It is not used to live in the company of this artificially induced instant freedom, it can’t simply afford and bear the burden of the luxury of independent thought process.

Please realize that for so many years I am so much conditioned to serving you as my Master, that I forget that it is psychological and emotional slavery.

Who will accept a woman who does not even have her own shape or any kind of thoughts and emotions?

The present world, in which even a kid boasts of its right to independent existence and demands freedom, is sure to make a fun of me!

What do I say at the end? You gave me identity and took it away at your behest!

You and only you are my protector and my savior!    

  1. Mona Lisa’s last letter to Vinci

O my creator, again writing to you!

You told me, “I set you free!”……. thereafter I tried to come out of the picture frame.

I was too troublesome to break the frame that you had set up for me years back!

It was some 600 to 700 years back, that you had imprisoned me within this heavy framework. I was injured, bruised and bled while coming out. But I didn’t mind it. I was now happy go lucky maiden, who wanted to have gala future, a colourful life free from all bonds. I was looking forward to celebrate my freedom like a butterfly coming out of cocoon and wanting to fly high, where even sky was not a limit.

As I was wandering like a freelance teen, I happened to peep in a program. It was a beauty pageant. On the stage there were bold and beautiful young ladies, who were dressed in very glamorous and aesthetic outfits and doing a graceful and confident catwalk. They effortlessly displayed their attractive sandals with such high heels!

I was amazed at their skilful conversation in an alluring language, unheard till then, their self-assertive behaviour and suddenly looked at myself………

My old fashioned, 14th century worn out dress up, moreover I couldn’t be rated as beautiful from any angle. A horrid reality, I totally lacked eyebrows. I had no spirit of bubbly enthusiasm in mannerism and physique. I was limping very badly as my nerves, muscles and bones had gone into a stage of disused atrophy. I had lost the skill of uttering of even primitive words! So I couldn’t even say hello!

Years back, I was cheerful, positive and self-reliant. See what the wheel of time did to me! I was looking as if I had started reviving from a deep and long lasting coma.

I couldn’t recuperate to assimilate myself with this present day world.

Then I went to a college just in vicinity.  I was mesmerised to notice the groups of zealous and energetic youngsters, floating on overflowing warm waves of lively fervour and zest! They seemed to have guts and courage with a fighting spirit to dream the impossible and look forward to fulfil those dreams! I realized that they had a combo of beauty and brain! Oh and coming back to poor me!

I cannot even synchronize my thoughts with time. My eyes and heart are as blank as ever with no dreams in sight. But, how can I say that? I had many novel colourful dreams flashing in front of my eyes like the ever changing images of a rotating kaleidoscope.

Come on Darling Mona Lisa! Wake up call for you! Haven’t you realized even now that you cannot imagine of living in this mysterious present day world?

Let me come back to my senses and go back to my world of paintings! My frame is eagerly waiting for me.

In my journey I saw the ethereal paintings of Raja Ravi Varma! An adorable and delectable lady clad in a very captivating nine yard sari, respectful in mannerism, each line of her face exuding charm! The sari and ethnic jewellery were so naturally painted, they appeared so realistic as if real ones, put externally on the picture. Oh yes, they had a dazzling three dimensional elusive effect.

I sank in a flood of depression, seeing this picture of extra-terrestrial elegant charm.

When I looked at myself comparing to that divine lady, I realized that I was clad in very shabby  clothes, lacked ornaments and worst of all, I didn’t have a bit of eyebrows, which are regarded as the symbols of feminine beauty.

Then I happened to visit ‘Jehangir Art Gallery’! I saw so many paintings there, then the unimaginable thing happened. Oh my God, painting of a nude model! I started trembling then and there, I was about to faint! Is this the reality? So terrible! So horrid and ugly?

Now I was worn out, tired of thinking about my original form. Oh God! Please tell me who am I?

And then I slowly discovered the thread of memory leading to my lost identity. I remembered the wonderful frame which adored me so much, which embraced me eagerly with such affection for year after year! Yes, I wanted to return to my original pictorial form! Oh my creator Vinci, thanks a lot, I realized that my peace of mind returned, as soon as I entered in my cosy and protective frame.

I could rediscover my value, my unparalleled celestial appeal, which draws lakhs and lakhs of tourists. Year after year they are still madly guessing about the secret of my ever mysterious smile. My value is almost rocket high. I am Mona Lisa, proud of myself. I am ‘the magnum opus’ created by the genius of my creator Leonardo da Vinci the Great! I can boast proudly as the world’s costliest painting! (With a tag of almost 1000 million plus Dollars!)

I know you were always around me to help. My life and my existence are due to you! I am all yours from inside out! I will remain for ever your creation!

How can I forget beneficence and obligations of my father? In fact I should not think of that for ever!

O my creator, you are my father, my Lord, You are everything to me! I apologise to you for offending you so much. Again and again I say with heavy heart, please forgive me! Wont you?   

Note- I am thankful to Ms. Mohini Hedau Madam, for permitting me to translate and send above documents for publication. Her contact number is 9822940912. 

© Dr Meena Shrivastava

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Email- [email protected]    

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