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Hi, my name is Raj, I am from Bangalore city in India. I am a kind, patient, understanding, intellectual person. About my hobbies - i like traveling, horse riding, river rafting, rock climbing, playing football and chess. I have been speaking English since my school days as I studied in Canadian International school and communicated with friends and family members in English.

Live-in Relationship VS Marriage

A man is opposite to a woman only on the physiological level. In no other way are they opposite. But we have made such a big issue of it. It is a simple difference nature has made for the perpetuation of the race but because this need is there within you, and because you have a few more sensibilities and stronger emotions compared to an animal, we institutionalized our sexuality. That is what marriage is. And because we have to nurture our children and bring them up, unless there is a committed atmosphere, it is not going to happen properly. So we created this institution of marriage so that your sexuality and caring for progeny is also handled, and children grow up in more stable atmospheres.

How to make separation (divorce) less painful?

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Seeing your parents divorce is hard for any child, young or old. After all, the family unit as they know it may be changing overnight. By giving them the right emotional and mental support you can help them emerge stronger from the experience. Here’s what you need to know. When you and your spouse separate, it has emotional and mental fallout for your kids too. Children experience a sense of loss, anxiety, fear of abandonment, anger, and even guilt that they may somehow be responsible. From stranger anxiety to irritability and anxiety in smaller kids to slipping grades and behavioral issues in teens, every age group handles divorce differently. It isn’t going to be easy, but, fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to make it less painful. Start with some simple but effective steps that’ll help you approach the situation better. 

The Recipe for a Happy Marriage

The English expression, “Falling in love,” is significant because you don’t rise in love, you don’t fly in love, you don’t walk in love, you don’t stand in love. You fall in love, because something of who you are has to go. It essentially means someone else has become far more important than yourself. Only if you don’t think too much of yourself, you can be in love. When what you consider as “me” falls, a deep experience of love can happen within you. If your marriage is just a bundle of expectations about how to extract happiness out of someone who should make heaven for you, you will be disappointed. They say marriages are made in heaven. They say that because most people created a hell out of their marriage! If your relationship is about extracting something out of someone, it does not matter how much you manage, there will be constant trouble. But if your relationship was an offering to the other person, then everything would be fantastic.

Tests and Exams

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have standardized exams for students in your country?
  2. Have you taken a standardized exam? Why did you take it? Were you happy with the results?
  3. Do you think they are useful? Do you think they are fair?
  4. Do you think they are a good assessment for how well a student is learning? Should there be exams or tests at all?

Tests and Exams

Questions for discussion:

Privacy

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is privacy?
  2. How do you maintain your privacy at home? At school?On the Internet? When using Facebook? When you travel? When talking on the phone?
  3. What are the reasons why privacy is important for you?
  4. To what extent do public officials have a right to privacy?

Cheating

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your definition of cheating?
  2. Have you ever cheated?
  3. Why do you think that people cheat?
  4. Have you ever cheated in an exam?

Cloning

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is cloning?
  2. What are the advantages of cloning?
  3. What are the disadvantages of cloning?
  4. Do you think animals should be cloned?
  5. Do you think vegetables should be modified?

Retirement

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
  2. At this stage of your life, are you beginning to make plans for your retirement years? Why?
  3. What would be a perfect retirement for you?
  4. Ranging from 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your career? Why?

Body Language

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think body language is important?
  2. How do you use body language in your daily life?
  3. How does body language help you to communicate?
  4. How does your native culture use body language?
  5. What kind of body language do you use at school, University and work place?

Questions that will change your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why don’t you do the things you know you should be doing? 
  2. What are your values in life? Are you being true to them? 
  3. What does success mean to you?
  4. If you achieved all of your life’s goals how would you feel? How can you feel that along the way?
  5. Do you prefer to be focused on today or tomorrow?

Thought Provoking Questions About Life

Questions for discussion:

  1. When was the last time you tried something new?
  2. What makes you want to do better?
  3. What do you love to do? Do you do it often? If the answer is no, why not?
  4. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  5. What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?

Middlelife Crisis (Revisited)

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the definition of midlife crisis?
  2. Di you have your midlife crisis?
  3. Do you think everyone has a midlife crisis?
  4. What can you do to minimize midlife crisis?

The red hot business of divorce celebration

The red hot business of divorce celebration

By Barbara Balfour

After finalising a painful divorce Wendy Lewis decided there was only one way to celebrate - by blasting her wedding dress with a machine gun. To get the job done the newly divorced American gathered her female friends - and the dress - and flew to Las Vegas, Nevada for a long weekend.

Talk about three things (revisited)

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you talk about three things you like about yourself?
  2. Can you talk about three things you dislike about yourself?
  3. Can you talk about three things you can't do?
  4. Can you talk about three things you need to do everyday?
  5. Can you talk about three things that scare you?

Gender Conversation

1) Which gender do you think makes the best bosses? Can you give a
reason? Have you had any direct experience or is it just an opinion?
2) Would you rather have a male or a female secretary? Why?
3) Does one gender takes more time off from work than another?
4) Which gender spends the most time shopping? Which gender is most
likely to ask strangers for directions?
5) Is one gender unable to "see" unwashed dishes or unmade beds? Is
one gender "overly" concerned with tidiness? What is your experience?

Generation Gap-Part II

1) Are people from the "older" generation always more wise and correct
in their ways of thinking and choices? Why or why not?
2) Do you ever disagree with your friends/parents/relatives/grandparents about topics such as music, style and values?
3) Is it possible for parents and children to be friends? Or for
people of different generations to be friends?
4) What influences the styles, values and interests of a generation?
How long is a generation?
5) What is an example of a time you and your

Generation Gap-Part I

1) What is a generation gap?
2) Have you ever felt a generation gap with your friends?
3) How do you over come the generation gap?
4) When do you feel the generation gap the most? Is it possible to
overcome a generation gap?
5) At what point in life does the generation gap seem to be the largest?
6) Do you think you can be a better parent than your own parents in future?
7) Do you think it is OK to date or marry someone of a different
generation to yourself, either older or younger?

Feelings that drive us crazy

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you get annoyed when other people display bad manners? Could you give some examples?
  2. Do you get annoyed when someone cuts in front of you when you are waiting in line?
  3. Do you get angry when politicians make promises they can't keep?
  4. Do you get annoyed when you watch the news on TV and see all the terrible things happening in the world?
  5. Does it annoy you when shop assistants try to sell you things you don't need?

Russia and The World

1) What is the position of Russia in the  world? What role does
Russia play in world economy and policy?

2) Is it possible that Russia will become a superpower again?
Under what conditions do you think this can happen?
3) What states of the world are the closest friends of Russia today?
4) Try to describe the relationship of Russia with former
republics of the Soviet Union. What countries are (are not) our
friends now?
5) Do Russians like living in the Russian Federation more than in

Dream House and Living Arrangements

  1. Do you like spending time at home? Where do you live and lived before?
  2. When you were a child, did you have to share a bedroom with your siblings? Did you like it or did you want your own room?
  3. Which part of Moscow do you live? What are good and bad areas to live in Moscow and in your town?
  4. What would be your ideal living arrangement:
    •  house in a city
    •  flat
    •  studio
    •  cottage
    • castle

Immortality: a myth or near future?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why are so many people afraid of death, when it is unavoidable?Are you scared of death?
  2. What do you think lies beyond the death? Do you believe in life after death?
  3. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  4. If you could choose, where would you be born and when?
  5. If you could re-live your life, what would you change?

Weddings

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you feel about attending weddings? Are they boring, interesting, a waste of time?
  2. When was the last time you attended a wedding? Who was getting married?
  3. When you've been invited to a wedding, do you go out and buy a suit/dress and/or a pair of shoes for the occasion? Why do some people feel that they have to do this?
  4. After the wedding ceremony itself, in some countries there are wedding feasts or banquets. What happens after the wedding in your country?

Concept of beauty

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think the concept of beauty is the same today as it was 100 years ago? If not, how has it changed?
  2. Do you think the concept of beauty is the same in all societies? If not, how might other societies differ?
  3. What sorts of things affect our perception of beauty? What causes us to think that a certain thing is “beautiful”?
  4. Are only young people beautiful?  What makes a person beautiful? What makes a person ugly?

Living in society: Is it easy to be "social animal"?

1) How often do all the members of your family get together?
2) What differences has the internet made to people's ability to keep relationships going over long distances?
3)The human being is said to be a "social animal". One of the main criticisms made of internet is that we're getting used to relating to people we'll never meet. What are the implications of that?
4)Does it worry you that many children nowadays spend more time in front of computer games than actually playing with their friends?

Life & Death

Part -1

1. What causes death?
2. Are "Living Wills" available where you live?
3. Are there special rites or ceremonies performed when a person dies?
4. Are you afraid of death?
5. Do you believe in life after death?
6. Do you often think of death?
7. Do you think that there is anything worth dying for?
8. Do you want to know the date of your death? Why or why not?
9. How do you cope with the death of someone special?

Сhildhood. Are we similar to our parents?

1. How are you similar to your parents? How are you different?

2. Were your parents super protective?At what age could you go
places by yourself? Did your parents always tell you what to do?

3. Did you play outside? What did you like to play? How long did you
play outside a day? Could you play outside all year long?

4. Did you play on the streets? Was it dangerous to play in the streets? What kind of things did you do in the streets? Did you ever have an accident while playing in the streets? What happened?

Childhood. Is it always happy?

1.Did you have a happy childhood?

2.What did you like to do when you were a child? What did you look like?

3.Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

4. What was your favorite subject? Why?

5. What was your favorite game? Who did you play it with? Who gave it
to you? When did you like to play it?

6. Do you remember anything about your personality when a child?

7. Were you good at making friends? How did you make friends? Did you
have a lot of friends? What did you enjoy doing with your friends?

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