Rats, cobras, and the education system. Would you have ever imagined these three words together in the same statement? Probably not!

Back in the early 1900s when the French ruled Hanoi in Vietnam, there were sanitation issues in the region. One of the major concerns was the rat infestation in the sewers that appeared to be carrying the plague.

The French had a supposedly genius idea: Let’s get the poor citizens to hunt the rats. Then we reward them for each rat caught.

Mental health support is paramount to succeeding in today's world

A lot of people often have the following questions about mental health:

  • “Is mental health a serious issue?”
  • “Should we really be worried about it?”
  • “My parents don’t think it’s a big deal & they never bothered. Should I?”

The short answer is YES. We should care, and so should our friends and family. (Our parents too, by the way, in case they don’t.)

Mental health concerns could occur due to all kinds of reasons. It could be because of overwhelming everyday challenges such as:

  • college and exam stress
  • peer pressure (constantly having to live up to societal standards)
  • bullying…

Mental health is a key facet of our lives and critical to being successful

“Our mental health seriously affects our physical health. So there should be no stigma around mental health, none at all.” — Michelle Obama

Very simply, mental health refers to our mental well-being. It is a combination of our physical, emotional, behavioural, and social states. How we feel about our lives, how we deal with everyday problems, our relationships with people around us, are all dictated by our mental health.

The WHO (World Health Organization) defines mental health as:

“A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life…

Sex education is the key to protect ourselves online and offline

Below are some common questions/statements by young adults relating to sex education.

  • “When I first got my periods, I had no clue what was happening!”
  • “If I kiss my boyfriend/girlfriend will I get pregnant? We didn’t remove our clothes. We only touched from outside.”
  • “What is the connection between penetrative sex and pregnancy?”
  • “We only need condoms if we want to avoid getting pregnant. Correct?”
  • “He/she told me it was our secret, so I did not want to tell anyone.”

Young adults are curious about the three-letter-word ‘sex’. They have many different kinds of questions and confusions. Read the list…

Sex Education Sex STD Family Planning Penis Vagina
A small subset of all the terms relevant to Sex Education

Do these words above make you uncomfortable? A little? A lot?

Each of these words and most discussions around them, make most of us feel uncomfortable. But should they? Sex is a natural and basic human need. If sex is so important, is it really something that we should feel ashamed of or uncomfortable with?

Our need and desire for sex have been documented for thousands of years. Right from the erotic Egyptian scroll paintings, to Roman life in Pompeii, to the Indian Kama Sutra or the art in the Khajuraho temples, the historical evidence is clear. …

internship concept. Chart with keywords and icons that say goals, skills, personal development, opportunity, mentor, and training

The idea of apprenticeship and internship isn’t a new one. Apprenticeships have existed since the middle ages, and internships at least for the last century or so. Both of these are great ways of getting inducted into a chosen field by getting hands-on experience. But they have advantages that go beyond just exposure to the work and tasks.

The world of work has gotten extremely complex in the 21st century. We hence need to approach our careers with a well-thought-out approach that is more hands-on.

The purpose of this article is to provide the various parameters you need to consider…

Have you noticed how your creativity takes a beating when you’re stressed out? Suddenly the ideas stop. The wonderful flow we were enjoying, pauses. Stress truly, is the enemy of creativity.

At this juncture of human history, creativity is an extremely valuable asset. The Future of Work requires us to work closely with technology, systems, and machines that can do heavy computing. The future is a world in which AI will produce outputs that humans are unable to do at high volume and speed. All of this needs high levels of innovation and creativity. …


“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
Marilyn Monroe

Do we accept every version of ourselves? The perfect and the flawed ones?

The truth is, self-acceptance doesn’t always come naturally. A lot of us face trouble accepting our true and entire selves. It’s easy to love the good parts, but what about the parts that we aren’t completely okay with?

A lot of inner conflict arises when we reject who we really are. …

Macro photo of tooth wheel mechanism with JOB SEARCH, GOAL, SKILL, CAREER, INTERVIEW and QUALIFICATION concept words

Job hunting is not a one-sided process in which only the companies accept you. You need to accept the company as well! Doing your job research is a crucial step towards making informed decisions and presenting the best version of yourself.

When searching for jobs, it is not only prudent, but also an effective tactic to do your own research.

From considerable research and experience, it’s safe to convey that barely any people do this bit diligently or thoroughly. So putting in some time and effort will definitely set you apart from other candidates.

In this article we elaborate on…

Diversity Hands Searching Job Search Opportunity Concept
  • Do you feel lost with how to begin with your job search effort?
  • Have you been searching for a while and had no luck with online job ads and other typical routes?
  • Are people telling you to update your resume and ensure it is ATS (Applicant Tracking Software) compliant so that the software can ‘read’ your resume well?
  • Are consultants feeding into your fears and uncertainties to sell you resume packages and help you prepare for the job search process?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, continue reading to learn about how recruiting works in the…

Arnold Mascarenhas

Lokyatha is an education focused initiative to enable young adults to live better, more fruitful lives by delivering real world life skills.

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