Author: Shernaz Wadia

Telomeres: The Aglets of our Cells

Telomeres are the aglets of human cells. Like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces, these are sheaths or caps at the end of each strand of the DNA; they facilitate cell division and prevent our chromosomes from fraying or fusing into each other, so that our genetic data is protected from getting jumbled. […]

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Be the Best you can!

Success, failure, happiness are often misunderstood. It’s never too late to discover one’s true talent. Age is just a number. Shernaz analyses these concepts, in her weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. If you can’t be the highway, then just be a trail; If you can’t be the sun, be a star; It isn’t by […]

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Awakening to Every Breath

Awareness means being awake to every breath, thought, and action. We become unbiased and more receptive, learning to recognise all as a part of our self. We start to perceive our commonality as, the fact that we are all shimmering filaments of the same Universal Energy, permeates consciousness. Shernaz takes an inward journey, realising the immense […]

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How much Criticism is too much?

The word criticism is associated with judgment, evaluation and fault-finding; and who likes being judged?  Being harshly evaluated puts a person on the defensive; impedes his vision; curtails his growth. His intellect, sentiments, and spirit are punctured, at times beyond easy repair. So, should we do away completely with criticism or change its definition? Or […]

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The Interconnectedness of all Things

Our columnist, Shernaz finds an interconnectedness in various aspects of life. We are not just interconnected, we are interdependent and to take it further ‘we inter-are’, ‘interbeings’ as the beloved Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh or simply Thây, teaches us. It means that we would not ‘be’ without the ‘others’ and that ‘others’ includes the […]

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Why is it a Curse to be a Girl-child?

Shernaz fictionalises a real-life account where the daughter, a girl-child, in dire need of kidney transplant was left uncared for. No medical expenses were provisioned for her since she was not the heir of the family. Here’s a tragic case of gender bias in a society that is obsessed with the male-child, the birth of […]

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A Tour into the Fearsome, Doomed World of the Freemantle Prison

The Freemantle Prison is the only World Heritage listed building in Western Australia. Built in the 1850’s by the prisoners themselves, it was used as a barracks for convicts shipped from England and Ireland. It was the state’s prime maximum-security prison till it was decommissioned. Today, it is one of the largest surviving prisons in […]

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The Strange World of Blind Rats and Pushy Pied Pipers

  We have all turned into blind rats, lured by the flute of pushy Pied Pipers of the commercial and corporate world. Our needs, our ambitions, aspirations, dreams, even our spirituality, are all informed by this obtrusive army of dictators. Life is for living, not for beating the clock or winning a hysterical meaningless race […]

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Rewiring the Brain

The brain is superior to most advanced computers; it can execute very complicated and elaborate tasks with seeming ease. It is not hard-wired and we are not trapped with the brain we had at birth. But like all else, it needs energy to function at an optimum level so that in turn it can make […]

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Jamshedi Navroz: Celebrated along the Silk Route, it Dates Back to Sixth Century BC

Jamshedi Navroz is recognised as a public holiday in many countries along the Silk Route – Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq (by the Kurdish people), Kazakstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan Olgii region of Mongolia, Kajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is estimated that nearly 190 million people celebrate Nowruz around the world. It has been declared as […]

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