How to control high blood pressure naturally

Blood pressure is like trust. It’s silent, vital to good health and if abused, it can be deadly.

Frank K Sonnenberg

High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer. It is a major condition that can lead to heart problems and stroke. Ideally, Blood Pressure should be lower than 120/80.

Reasons responsible for High Blood Pressure

Eating too much salt, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle or even taking certain medications can cause high blood pressure as a side effect.

One in 5 Young adults in India have high blood pressure and one in 3 young adults have high blood pressure in the USA.

Even I have faced blood pressure issues. It all started when I began experiencing severe headaches. Initially, I thought that the headache must be due to acidity, so I took fruit salts like ENO but they didn’t seem to work. I went to a nearby clinic to get a check-up. The doctor took my blood pressure as a routine check and it was 145/90. The doctor prescribed some drugs that would help lower my Blood Pressure. I knew that once I start with the medication, I’ll be dependant on them. I consulted my father, who even at the age of 72 is fine and dandy. He gave me a few methods on how to control high blood pressure which I want to share with you.


Ways to lower blood pressure levels

  • Increase activity and exercise more

Increasing activity also increases our heart and breathing rates. Over time our heart gets stronger and pumps with less effort. 40 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity sessions 3 to 4 times per week is required. You don’t have to run a marathon. We can increase our activity in the following ways:

  • Using the stairs instead of a lift where possible
  • Walking to nearby places instead of driving
  • Doing household chores
  • Gardening
  • 10000 steps per day is required.
Brisk walking
  • Lose weight

Try to lose weight if you’re overweight. Cut back on sugar and refined carbohydrates.

  • Eat more potassium and less sodium

Increase your potassium intake and cutting back on salt also lower your blood pressure. Potassium lessens the effect of salt in your system.

Diets rich in potassium may be harmful to the kidney, so talk to your doctor before increasing potassium intake. Foods naturally high in potassium are:

Milk, yoghurt, fish. Fruits like bananas, apricots, avocados and oranges.

  • Eat less or no processed food

These foods have extra salt so avoid eating them. Eat home-cooked food.

  • Stop smoking

Smoking causes an immediate but temporary increase in blood pressure and increase in heart rate. Later on, it causes high blood pressure.

  • Reduce stress

We are living in a stressful era. Workplace and family demands are now contributing to stress. But we have to find ways to de-stress ourselves which is important for our health and blood pressure. Read a book, watch a comedy show, listen to music or just dance. This will help reduces stress.

  • Yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditation are very helpful in reducing stress. Yoga comprises of breathing control, posture which is very effective in reducing stress and blood pressure.

Camel pose
  • Lastly, take prescription medication

If your blood pressure is very high or doesn’t decrease even on making these lifestyle changes, take prescribed drugs. Drugs have side effects so lifestyle modifications are the cornerstone for treatment of high blood pressure.

So readers, what are you waiting for? Start becoming active from now. If I can lower my blood pressure you can also. We just need to chalk out a plan and follow it meticulously.

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An Introduction

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

I’m Vibha Pandey. I graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and an Honours Diploma in System Management from NIIT Delhi. After that I joined Dabur India as Systems Analyst. I tied the knot in 1993 and was the mother of two children by 1996. I quit my job to take care of my family.

I’m happily married for the last 26 years. Being the mom of my two wonderful children is my career. My daughter did her MBBS from AIIMS Bhopal and my son did his B.Tech from IIT Delhi. My husband is the Director of Operations in a Renowned Company based out of Hyderabad.

I ensured that all my family members maintained a healthy lifestyle, even though we have had to live away from each other at various stages of our lives. For our children’s education, I had to move to Delhi, away from my husband. After they were admitted into their respective colleges, both my children stayed in hostels. Even though people let go of their health when there is no one around, I ensured that everyone maintained a healthy lifestyle. All of our medical parameters are normal, which might be normal for people in my children’s age group, but is quite a rarity for people in me and my husband’s age group.

In this blog, I will be talking about my strategy in the making of a doctor and an engineer from elite institutes along with maintaining good health.

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The secret to a Long, Healthy and Disease Free Life

Your body is your temple, keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

B K S Iyengar

Do you want to Live,long,healthy and disease free life? Answer is yes. Have you ever thought as what are you doing for leading healthy life forever. Most of them has no answer to this. Never mind I will share few tips with you so that you can change your thinking towards body in making it disease free.

My grandfather who was born in 1904 is still alive with no chronic disease doing his daily routine perfectly by himself. My father who is in mid seventies is also following his footsteps. I’m also in the same line.

Fit and fine

Nobody wants to spend the final years of their life popping up pharmaceutical drugs or stuck in beds. We can’t control aging but we can prepare ourselves to aging in a better way.

If you don’t want hospitals, drugs,pain or things like dementia then readers start taking care of your body from today as we all know that rates of chronic diseases are skyrocketing. Nowadays many people are dealing with a laundry list of chronic health issues like diabetes,obesity,cancer,heart diseases and yes dementia.

Please visit my other blog posts regarding maintaining health and fitness. You can try to improve your health at any age. Don’t try to make excuses as excuses don’t burn calories. What are you thinking? start from today only.

I remember one line from a famous hindi song “jawani neend bhar soya budapa dekh kar roya. We should prepare ourselves from young age only.

Tips from my grandfather which is extremely beneficial:

  • Exercise regularly It is one of the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. It boosts your energy levels and mood. It should be in any form Yoga, gym, swimming, dancing. It also warm up our body and develops immunity. Few years back I was prone to infection like common cold. When I started exercising I’m doing well with no more infections attacking me.
  • Sleep Well Sleep often suffers in this competitive world but 8 hrs of sleep is must if we want to lead a stress free life.
  • Avoid Stress Simplify your life as much as possible. Be organised and avoid procrastination. Meditation, yoga, eating healthy can work wonders for stress.
  • Take care of your personal life Try to be close to your family and friends. Develop hobbies. Set new goals and try to achieve them. Having a sense of purpose is incredibly important.
  • Don’t smoke, drink or do drugs If you indulge yourself in any of mentioned addiction then diet and exercise won’t help. If you can’t stop yourself then take professional help.
  • Try to be more active throughout the day Be active avoid using car for shorter distances, avoid watching TV, spend less time on internet.
  • Eat healthy Avoid sugar. My grandfather used to take jaggery which is good for health. We should also try to replace sugar with jaggery. Trans fats, industrial oil and processed food should be avoided. Skipping meals from time to time( intermittent fasting) and eating a bit less also increase longevity. If you have acidity then you should not skip meals. Vitamin D is very important for our health so try to be in sun for at least half an hour in sun in the morning other you have to take its supplement. Omega 3 fatty acid is also important. Magnesium and Vitamin K2 should also be important.
  • Try to avoid taking medicines Every drug has side effects. My mother and mother in law are taking blood pressure medication since long. Now they are suffering from hear loss. They could have avoided it by changing their lifestyles. They found it easier to take drugs. My father who is very active, is leading disease free life. He has won the local election also.
My father won election at 72
Exercising in gym

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Tips to get fit and healthy body in one month

If you really want to get perfect figure you have to start from today itself. Tomorrow never comes as we all know Tomorrow is a disease.

Friends gear up to get in shape. Your appearance also changes and you start looking like models. Getting into perfect shape not only helps you to look better but also helps you to avoid many diseases. These are diabetes, obesity, arthritis, eye disorder, heart attacks, strokes and some type of cancer.

Perfect figure

Since you gained weight slowly so you should try to loose it slowly. Don’t ever try fad diets available in market. They will surely going to harm you. You have to seriously look into your workouts and proper balanced diet.

Yoga and walking is the best form of workouts to loose weight with zero cost. You can join gym also. Workouts are like life, the harder it is the stronger you become. Try to do 3 hrs of walking in a week and 3 hours of exercise.

Besides this you have to say goodbye to junk foods. Junk foods are high in processed carbohydrates and refined sugar. These cause inflammation throughout our body. After all it’s your body so it’s you to decide whether you want perfect figure or not.

Sun salutations for weight loss

We should try to chew our food 32 times if we want to loose weight. Include fibres in our diet as Women need 38grams of fibre daily and men needs 25 grams. Here I’m listing food which is high in fibres

  • Pear
  • Avocado
  • Apple
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Split peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Oats
  • Flaxseeds
  • Almond
  • Chia seeds

We should also reduce carbohydrates intake and sugar from our diet. We can slowly reduce carbohydrates from our diet. I’m mentioning few foods that are very low in carbohydrates and sugar. You can include these in your diet. Eating these in place of junk food will bring lots of nutrients to your body.

  • Kale It is the superfood. It contains no carbohydrates.
  • Eggs contains all the building blocks of life and has no carbohydrates and sugar. These are rich in proteins,amino acids, minerals which helps the body cells to grow.
  • Pecan Nuts These contains very low carbohydrates and high amount of fibres. These provides minerals which heals the thyroid gland and an excellent source of Omega3.
  • Cheese It is one of the healthiest fat soluble vitamins. This helps calcium to be absorbed to the bones, teeth and nails. It also contains healthy fatty acids and proteins which improves the health of the brain.
  • Chicken. It is a lean white meat which is rich in iron, protein, calcium, potassium and Vitamin B. This supports the health of the heart and increases serotonin in the brain to ward off depression.
  • Butter Low carb food which is rich in natural fats.
  • Salmon This is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which heals the body internally. It also improves the health of central nervous system. It contains no carbs and sugar.
  • Coconut oils It is an excellent source of natural fats.
  • Green Tea It is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. It is rich in antioxidants.
  • Watermelon Rich in fibre.
  • Cauliflower It has an anti inflammatory effects. It also slows down the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Blueberries Contains lowest amount of sugar.
  • Xylitol This is replacement for granulated sugar. It is a natural sweetener. This is not absorbed by the body. This doesn’t trigger insulin response.
  • Mint Healthiest natural herb.
  • Turmeric Most powerful natural healer. This can work wonders for lowering blood pressure, aiding weight loss and curing depression.
Pecan Nuts

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How you can reverse diabetes without medication

Diabetes accounts for more deaths in worldwide are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes without drugs or surgery.

Dean Ornish

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes know as insulin resistance. Insulin allows the glucose from a person’s food to access the cells in their body to supply energy. Insulin resistance is usually occurs due to:

  • A person has genes or an environment that make it more likely that they are unable to make enough insulin to cover how much glucose they eat.
  • The body tries to make extra insulin to process the excess blood glucose.
  • The pancreas cannot keep up with the increased demands, and the excess blood sugar starts to circulate in the blood, causing damage.
  • Overtime, insulin becomes less effective at introducing glucose to cells, and blood sugar levels continue to rise.

In the case of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance takes place gradually. This is why doctors often recommend making lifestyle changes in an attempt to slow or reverse this cycle.

Now we should think that how we can control our weight so that Insulin starts its function in normal way and start controlling the blood sugar level. This is a matter of concern to people who became addicted to their sedentary lifestyles and wrong food habits.

Most people blame their genes. But friends such excuses will only worsen your situation. If you really want to get rid of diabetes start leading a disciplined life. It should be the combination of workouts and a healthy diet. Diabetes brings loss of a decade in our age.

When we start losing fat say 10 to 14 kilograms ( 22 to 31 pounds) the fat within the organs gets used up and the organs can start normal functioning. As a result, the insulin producing cells in our pancreas are able to respond more quickly to the sugar in our bloodstream, keeping the blood sugar levels normal.

As long as we lose 15 percent of our body weight we can reverse our diabetes, according to Dr Taylor.

How we can control our weight

  • Get rid of animal product diet ie go vegan.
  • Include low fat diet.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Lots of exercise and more active lifestyle.
  • Eat food which has low glycemic index. The glycemic index is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in food. Carbohydrates with low GI( 55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause slow rise in glucose.
  • For 4 months you should try these. Don’t stop taking your medication. If you strictly follow these ideas I’m sure you don’t have to take any medicines any more. You should also undergo regular blood tests done to ensure your progress.
Yoga for controlling diabetes
GI Index of some food

According to Dr Neal Barnard we can reverse Type 2 diabetes. It depends on how you want to lead your life.

Superfoods for diabetes

  • Non starchy vegetables

They include everything from artichokes and asparagus to broccoli and beets. These are low in calories and carbohydrates.

  • Tomatoes

Whether eaten raw or cooked, tomatoes are full of lycopene.

  • Blueberries and other berries
  • Oranges and other citrus
  • Walnuts, flaxseeds, and other nuts and seeds
  • Beans
  • Kale and other leafy green vegetables

If you follow these steps you will get rid of diabetes forever.

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Disclaimer This post is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor before making any changes in your medications.

Depression causes and cure

Mind could either be our best friend or worst enemy depending upon our state of mind.

Bhagwat Gita

In this post I would like to discuss depression which is increasing at an alarmingly rate worldwide. I want to write about this because as a child I have seen my father treating depressed people as he is a clinical psychologist. I used to listen to his line of treatment from behind the door. He used to listen to his patients very patiently. I got curious because the patients cried a lot and I wondered why. We didn’t have google in those days. So I didn’t know about depression. My father didn’t share details of his professional life. Years later, my curiosity piqued again. Now my daughter is a doctor so I learnt about mental health from her.

Depression is the main cause of disability worldwide, according to WHO. It can affect adults, adolescents and children. An estimated one in seven Indians suffered from mental disorder of varying severity with depression and anxiety being the most common. Globally more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. More women are affected by depression than men.

What is depression?

It is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is different from mood fluctuations that people regularly experiences as part of life.

Causes of Depression:

Bereavement or loss of a closed one can lead to depression. Feeling of grief is the main reason of depression if it persists. It is an ongoing problem. It consists of episodes during which the symptoms lasts for at least 2 weeks. It can lasts for several weeks, months and years.

  • The brain’s physical structure or chemistry.
  • Genetic
  • History of other disorders(anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Stressful traumatic events(abuse, financial issues, death of a loved one).
  • Hormone changes (menstrual cycles, pregnancy).
  • Inactivity, dependancy on gadgets, smartphones, less physical work. Empty mind is devil’s workshop.
  • Be an integrated personality. Disintegration causes stress leading to depression.
  • Certain medications.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness or emptiness.
  • Irritability, frustration or restlessness. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that used to be enjoyable.
  • Difficulty in sleeping, sleep disturbances or sleeping too much.
  • Fatigue and lack of energy.
  • Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering,concentrating or making decisions.
  • Appetite or weight changes.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches,stomachaches, or back pain.

There are various methods you could use to sooth the symptoms of depression.


  • Exercise is helpful for the depressed mind. It enables you to better handle stress. The endorphins released during exercise give you a mental boost. Lifestyle changes plays an important role in treating depression.The centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that physical activity helps you sleep better at night.
  • Yoga is the best form of exercise which gives you relief from depression if you practice it regularly without any side effects.
  • Meditation is also very effective way of clearing your head and calming your body.
  • Try to express your thoughts on paper instead of bottling them inside.
  • Psychiatrists or psychologist They will treat you with many types of therapy that works to change your thought processes. There is no shame in taking medications to manage your depression. People routinely take medication for physical ailments and having mental illness isn’t any different.
6 yoga poses to relieve depression
Benefits of meditation

How can we cure depression by reading and understanding Bhagavad Gita?

Bhagavad Gita is one of the holiest books of Hindus. It has immense value with enormous intellectual depth that analyses and explains a variety of life experiences. If we followed seriously we will never experience depression.

Few lines from famous Hindi songHum ko bhi gam ne maara tumko bhi gam ne maara is gam ko maar daalo” In English: everyone is getting victim of depression so let’s kill this depression.

It’s my urge to people worldwide that if we include Bhagavad Gita in our school and college curriculum we will understand the truths of life better. Children will be aware of depression before they become prey of this disease.

Few life lessons from The Bhagavad Gita are

From Bhagavad Gita
  • Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen, for good. Whatever you are sulking about, forget it. The job interview that didn’t go well, or the relationships that didn’t work was bound to happen and it happened. Everything happens for a reason. There is a reason you’re going a bad phase and there is a reason you might be basking in glory, it’s a cycle and you need quietly accept it. You need not worry about the future nor should you pay attention to the past. You only have control over present so live it to the fullest.
  • You have the right to work,but never to the fruit of work. “Karm karo phal ki chinta mat karo” is the wisest message the Bhagavad Gita give us. Expectations lead to pain. Keep working and don’t expect anything in return.
  • Change is the law of the universe. You can be a millionaire or a pauper in an instant. Accepting change makes you coherent enough to face any tough situations in life.
  • The soul is neither born and nor does it die. We can achieve nothing if fear is instilled within us. Fear kills ambition,dreams and even the slight chances of progress. The fear of death is absurd,as our souls don’t die. Fear and worry are the two enemies, that are deterrents to our well being. We must strive to eradicate them from our minds completely.
  • You came empty handed, and you will leave empty handed. We came stark naked into this world and we will go without taking anything to our graves.
  • Lust,anger and greed are the three gates to self destructive hell.
  • Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is. You are what you think you are. Your thoughts make and define you. If you think you are happy person , you become happy. If you let sad thoughts take over your mind, you tend to become a sad person.
  • Meditation is must for everyone.
  • There is neither this world, nor the world beyond, nor happiness for the one who doubts. Doubts create misunderstandings. They confuse you and fog your mind with unclear thoughts.
  • A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind, or draw himself down,in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy. You’re your own best friend. If you have a problem, only you will have a solution to it. Believe in yourself.

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Cracking IIT JEE can be a cakewalk for your child

Focused hard work is real key to success.

John Carmack

Recognize your child’s potential

Every parent dreams that their child should crack IIT, but please don’t try to force your child into fulfilling your dreams that they do not want. If your child has keen interest in maths then it can be cakewalk for your child to crack IIT JEE. Maths is a very important skill for IITJEE and requires perseverance to develop.

I want to share my experience on how I helped my son in building a solid foundation for IIT JEE starting from primary school.

Primary School :

We used to stay in a rural area and even though we had access to textbooks, we did not have easy access to any extra study material. When my daughter was in class 6, I got her the infamous RD Sharma. Whenever my husband taught my daughter, Shrey used to just sit and listen. He also used to try to solve her questions and used to get a lot of them right. This just bolstered my hypothesis that my son had indeed developed a mathematical aptitude. He used to try and emulate his father right from the way he dressed to the subjects he liked. He used to say that he wanted to be an engineer and work in a cement factory, just like his Dad.

With his sister in full sleeved shirt and pants like his Dad

Class 5 to 7

We moved to Saudi Arabia as my husband got very good offer from Saudi Cement Co. My children got admission in Dammam International school which is a CBSE school. Their English communication skill got boosted which was not possible in rural school. My son has to study Arabic language because Arabic is compulsory upto class 5. He learned the language and performed excellently in his exam. For three years we were in Saudi Arabia. Then again we moved to India.

Upto class 9 :

During Shrey’s class 7 and 8, our kids were studying in a DAV school in Karnataka. DAV conducts a board exam for class 8 as well. Kids at that age usually are easily distracted and generally do not like studying. I felt that I needed to monitor him while studying and had him read out loud at the dining table while I was cooking. Small things like this not just help in developing concentration, but also ensures that the child understands things well. Shrey never made notes in class, he would always try to focus on whatever is being taught. A lot of teachers complained about this, but I asked them to let him be. Every person is different in the way they learn and understand things. We should let children find these methods on their own, else when the syllabus increases a lot, children feel lost and are not able to cope with it.

Class 9-10 :

My husband and I felt that the quality of education in the rural schools that our children were studying in was possibly not up to the mark for the entrances that they would have to face soon. My daughter had just finished class 10 and we decided that to cement their future, I should shift to Delhi with the children. In India 90% of Mothers sacrifices her career for making the future of her child.

Getting admission in a Delhi school is very hard. Based on Ijya’s(my daughter) 10th pre board scores and Shrey’s admission test score, they were given admission in Amity International. I distinctly remember Shrey saying that he didn’t like the school because they had a very small playground. Soon after their admission, DPS RK Puram put out an announcement for their admission test and I enrolled Shrey for it, even though the number of vacancies was very less. Shrey secured 5th rank in the test and was able to get admission there. Ijya also scored a perfect GPA in her 10th boards and was given admission to DPS RK Puram.

As usual, Shrey was more interested in his sister’s syllabus and used to keep trying to her questions for the portions that were relevant to both 9th and 11th. Shrey always hated going by the rules and would often study whatever he wanted to and not follow any coaching institute as such. He joined FIITJEE in class 9th, but shifted to VMC in class 10th. He just used to listen carefully in class and was always very confident of his knowledge and would never care about exam results, be it good or bad. I had to force him to study for class 10 boards because I knew the importance of that result which he was taking very lightly.

Class 11 :

Shrey used to play TT a lot and he was quite good at it too. I did not want him to stop doing everything just for JEE. He used to go to play TT at a nearby sports complex everyday for around 2-3 hours in the evening. It was only later when he was too exhausted to study after school and playing TT that I asked him to stop and surprisingly, he agreed.

At this time, most of the tests conducted by coaching institutes were on a few chapters and Shrey never scored particularly high in them, but he was very sure of himself and would never doubt himself, a quality in him that I admire. He finished the mathematics syllabus for class 11 and 12 during 11th itself and had a very strong base in Physics from all the questions he solved with his sister. He did not study a lot during 11th, but made sure that all his concepts were clear.

Parents Teachers Meet

Class 12 :

Come class 12, he started having doubts about his coaching centre and decided to shift to Pace. Pace had started a special (Zenith) batch for just a select few students under Mr Sandeep Singhal, who presently leads StepApp. When he first went there, Mr Singhal invited him and me to his office and asked him what was his favourite subject to which Shrey replied Rotation. I was shell shocked as this was a topic that he complained during class 11 and I made him solve all questions from HC Verma and the coaching materials. He had never yet accepted that it was now a string topic for him. This just goes to show that where things aren’t easy, we can power through and get good at it. There is no point in trying to leave an entire chapter especially when you have the time to work on it.

Once he started going to class with the Zenith batch, he started showing a lot of improvement, which was mostly due to the peer group that he had there. The teachers were also of top quality and since the batch had only 7 students, the teacher was able to focus on each and every child. They had the freedom to schedule doubt clearing sessions and even give tests from the centre.

Shrey was very serious about how he studied and since he had to give the exam in May, he would always study without a fan or AC to emulate exam conditions as best as he could. He always said that it is best not to leave things to chance. Soon, I started to see improvements in his test scores. In the first VMC JEE Adv pattern test, he secured a 600ish rank among barely 3,000 students. From there, the first Fiitjee AITS that he gave, he secured rank 35. It was the first glimpse of what was to come.

He finished his entire syllabus before the school winter vacations ended and started solving questions from various sources like Irodov and other Olympiad papers. Even though his teachers advised him that questions of such difficulty no longer come in the JEE paper, he said that if my concepts are clear enough to solve these, I will feel more confident about the way I solve problems in the exam.

Another very interesting thing that I found out after JEE was that he was very very good at eliminating options. All his friends in the Zenith batch said that he could tell the answer of the question just by looking at the options.

KVPY(Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana)

My son has also cleared KVPY with good rank and entitled for scholarship if he had joined Indian Institute of Science Bangalore which is a premium institute of India.


Soon, the time for board exams started approaching and just like class X, Shrey was ignoring the long term impact that this score might have on his life. He started saying that board exams were going to be his relaxing time right before the final stretch of preparation before JEE Advance. I had to literally force him to study for the exams. After his Maths board exam, he said to me that the paper was rubbish because most of it came from NCERT and hence everyone would score well.

He scored 96.2% in his board exams.

JEE Mains:

Shrey refused to study topics that were not in JEE Adv syllabus but were in JEE Mains syllabus even after repeated reminders. Even during the boards, whenever he had a long break, he would solve JEE Advance level questions/papers. He scored 276/360 in his JEE Mains and even though he wanted to score 300+, he was fine with it.

My son in News after JEE MAINS

JEE Advance:

The build up to JEE Advance was a very tense time for me as all he did was solve papers from as many institutes as I could arrange for him. he would solve two full papers in a day. Yes, two full 6 hours papers in 4 sessions of 2-2.5 hours each. Even though he registered for various exams like VIT and Manipal, he refused to give them and only under pressure from his father did he go and give the Manipal exam in which he secured Rank 28.

Everything seemed to unfold like a dream, every exam that he gave, he would score very well and rank among the toppers. I initially hoped that he would rank among the top 10 but now it started seeming like a reality. He would take photographs of things that he would need help remembering and would revise them whenever he felt tired or before going to sleep.

3 days before the exam, he declaerd that he was done preparing and started watching movies and TV Shows on the laptop. He was always very eccentric and very sure of himself. Lated I got to know that whenever he used to get a question wrong, he would first doubt the answer key and then only would he doubt himself.

On the day of the exam, he was not visibly nervous. He looked calm and was talking very easily. He was very sure of himself and he knew that he had prepared well for the exam. Now there was nothing else he could do. Even after the first paper, he seemed normal, slightly happy if anything. He didn’t say anything at that time but he knew that he had done pretty well in the paper. The second paper is where disaster struck, atleast according to hum. He messed up in filling in 8 questions in the OMR in a row out of which only 2 were filled with the correct answer. This shook him up but I believe that having a calm state of mind and having the experience of giving so many tests, he was able to pull through somewhat.

He secured a rank of 610 in JEE Advance. He scored 144/180 in the first paper and 97/180 in the second. In contrast, his friend who secured AIR 21 scored 147 in the first paper and 160 in the second paper.

For the full video, please visit : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcebpPvlKyU

Success is sweet but the secret is sweat.

John Carmack

Polite Advice to Parents

If possible don’t send your child to hostel for preparations because at this stage your child needs your support more. At least mother should stay with him or her.

A few tips that I would like to share with you which is going to benefit the aspirant:

  • Basic Concepts should be clear. This is the key for cracking JEE Advance.
  • Listen carefully to your teacher in the class.
  • Work hard consistently.
  • Do focused study.
  • Take breaks when studying for long durations.
  • Keep your child away from social media.
  • Have close check of your child’s friend circle.
  • Always take feedback from your child’s teacher in school and coaching institute.
  • There is no shortcut to success so do consistent hard work.
Convocation IIT Delhi

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