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No, washing your face ten times a day does not help

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Growing up, I seldom had any issues with my skin. I didn’t really have acne as a teenager, save for the occasional pimple that would pop up on my face once in a blue moon. I simply assumed that I was blessed with perfect skin and that it would stay spotless and clear forever.

Unfortunately, life had other plans.

As soon as I turned 19, I began to breakout severely on my cheeks, to the point where touching my face felt painful and looking in the mirror every morning made me anxious. At the time, I had hoped that it…


She was a beauty to behold

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I first met Pinky during a visit to my neighbor’s house. I remember peering into a cardboard box to find three wary, bright-eyed kittens staring back at me. Apparently, a stray cat had laid a litter of kittens in my neighbor’s backyard and would now leave them there while she went out hunting - or doing whatever it is that cats do - around the neighborhood.

As I stared back at the tiny creatures, I found myself intrigued by one of them. She was a tabby kitten with compelling green eyes and for me, it was love at first sight.

#4: It’s okay to mess up.

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Anybody who knows me will tell you that I absolutely adore animals. When I was a little kid, my parents knew that I was smart enough to reject candies from a stranger and yet, foolish enough to be lured in with the prospect of petting a kitten or a puppy.

In middle school, I was a good student with straight As and the only times I was sent to the principal’s office was when I was caught feeding and petting the stray dogs in our campus (worth it).

To this day, if I hear a meow in the distance, I…

Studies have shown that people with an internal locus of control achieve more

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In 1954, American psychologist Julian B. Rotter came up with a term that categorized people based on the extent to which they felt in control of their own lives. He called it the “locus of control”.

Based on this concept, individuals were classified into two groups, namely, internals and externals. Internals believed that their successes and failures were a result of their own actions where as externals believed the outcomes of events in their lives depended on factors out of their control such as luck or fate.

The locus of control concept has since generated much research in the field…

The unbeatable advantages of having a 9-to-5 job

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Many people want to hear that the only thing standing between them and their dreams is their corporate job. They like to believe that the only way to “make it” is to risk everything.

I used to be one of those people too.

That all changed, however, when I attended a live-stream hosted by Tanya Nambiar, a musician I admire deeply. A self-proclaimed “middle-class hustler”, she’s also a voice-over artist and the founder of El Diablo Sauces, a company that sells fresh condiments with natural ingredients.

During the live-stream, one of her followers posed a question that I myself wanted…

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Enhance your appearance with a clear conscience

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Don’t let pretty packaging in pastel colors fool you- the beauty industry might be shiny and glossy on the outside, but there’s a lot of ugliness that lurks beneath the surface. According to Cruelty Free International, around half a million animals go through the pain and torture of cosmetic testing each year. Apart from horrific details of experiments such as dripping harsh chemicals into an animal’s eyes without pain relief and repeated oral force-feeding, these sentient beings are often caged and isolated with no regard for their needs or feelings.

Now, the good news: there are hundreds of cruelty-free beauty…

An analysis of the growing animosity towards teenage girls online

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About a month ago, I came across a video of a man mocking a girl on TikTok. The girl was just having fun, doing an innocent challenge and showing off some dance moves. What perplexed me was that he seemed to be in his late 40s or his early 50s. How could this possibly be any of his concern?

On exploring, I found compilations of similar videos of men either poking fun at or passing derogatory comments about teenage girls in TikTok videos. This wasn’t the first time I’d seen something like this, although manifested in different forms. …

Ted has a following of over 1,400,000 young Indians who want him to run for Prime Minister.

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If you’re a millennial in India who’s active on Instagram, you’ve already heard of Jitendra Sharma a.k.a “Ted the Stoner”- a 26 year old Instagram sensation with a knack for comedy and the power to influence.

Most people imagine Ted as a furry bear who’s a harbinger of justice, thanks to his quintessential profile picture of a teddy with wolverine nails and an absence of his own pictures on his main account. In fact, he was even seen donning a teddy bear mask to an event where he interacted with his fans.

So what makes him stand out from social…

When shaking hands is your worst nightmare

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Believe it or not, sweating in excessive amounts is actually a medical condition and they have a name for it- hyperhidrosis. The percentage of the US population suffering from this condition is estimated to be around 4.8 % which translates to approximately 15.3 million people. It is not uncommon for patients of this disorder to complain about the negative effect it has on their daily lives, from work to romantic relationships.

I know what you’re thinking- how bad could it be? Sweating a little more than normal is no big deal.

As a person who has had to live with…

Anuhya Alluri

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