Chidambaram Natarajan

Self-awareness: How to know yourself better?

In Civil Engineering, there’s something called Structural analysis, where we analyze a structure to know the moments (or forces) acting at various points of the structure. Analyzing and knowing the forces acting on the structure makes it easy to design it to withstand those forces and keep the structure safe. Similarly, if you want to …

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How fewer choices (options) create more freedom

We human beings love variety. From trivial things like choosing a garment to cardinal things like choosing a life partner (I’m talking about arranged marriages), we always need a lot of options to choose from. But do you know that having a lot of choices sometimes makes you choose nothing or the same thing over …

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How to identify and live by your core values

In one of my previous posts, I talked about “Redefining success.” Those posts aimed to help you find your true meaning of success. You might’ve been searching for success in money, fame, power, etc. But were you happy at the end of the day? Because that’s what matters the most. Without happiness, none of the …

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Personal hygiene routine that can protect you from COVID-19

As promised in the previous post, here’s the personal hygiene routine that will protect you from the COVID-19. This may not be the best practice. But I’ve done proper research before recommending this routine (refer to footnotes). This routine works best in the Indian context. Before doing any of these activities, I highly strongly suggest …

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What’s a news fast? Why you should do it?

Fasting generally refers to the act of refraining yourself from eating food for a certain period. Many people fast on specific days based on their religious beliefs. It is a common practice in almost all religions. However, fasting, apart from being a religious practice, also improves your mood and alertness. These are a few advantages …

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The secret behind Dhoni’s “Captain Cool” tag

Being the only captain to have collected all the ICC tournament trophies, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former Indian Cricket team captain, never failed to astonish people with his lightening fast stumping skills and his leadership qualities. His quick running between the wickets, his passion for the game, and his ability to lead the team under …

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How to handle failures (Redefining Success – Part 3)

The field of Civil Engineering is an interesting one. Before studying the design of any structural component, one has to first study the different modes by which the structure might fail. Once the failure modes are learned, structural engineers design the structure to avoid such failures. We need to adopt the same strategy in our …

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