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Lesser known facts about Mahatma Gandhi

Born on 2nd October 1869, Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the Indian independence movement. Gandhi ji has been a subject of study in India and abroad. Here are some interesting facts about him

Mahatma Gandhi was a powerful voice for peace during a volatile time in India’s history. His profoundness for non-violence united the entire country. In his light of accomplishments, there are various facts about Gandhi Ji that are unknown. Here are a few of them:

To Indian, 2nd October is Gandhi Ji but Gandhi Ji’s birthday i.e. 2nd October, is also commemorated worldwide as International Day of Nonviolence.

Through a prearranged marriage, Gandhi Ji was wed at age 13; his wife, Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia, was one year older. They were married for 62 years.

Mahatma Gandhi and his wife had their first child when he was 16 years old. That child died a few days later, but the couple did have four sons before he took a vow of celibacy.

Gandhi Ji was born of Friday, India got its independence on Friday, and he was assassinated on Friday.

Gandhi Ji and author Leo Tolstoy used to interact with each other through letters.

Mahatma Gandhi attended law school in London and was famous among the faculty for his bad handwriting.

In 1930, he was the Time Magazine Man of the Year. He was a great writer and the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi have 50,000 pages.

Do you know that 5 times Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Gandhi ate fruit, nuts, and seeds for five years but switched back to strict vegetarianism after suffering health problems. He maintained that each person should find their own diet that works best. Gandhi spent decades experimenting with food, logging the results, and tweaking his eating choices. He wrote a book named The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.

Gandhi took an early vow to avoid milk products (including ghee), however, after his health began to decline, he relented and started drinking goat’s milk. He sometimes traveled with his goat to ensure that the milk was fresh and that he wasn’t given cow or buffalo milk.

Gandhi was actually a philosophical anarchist and wanted no established government in India. He felt that if everyone adopted nonviolence and a good moral code they could be self-governing.

The country against whom he fought for India's Independence, Great Britain, released a stamp honoring him, 21 years after his death.

When Jawaharlal Nehru was giving tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence, Gandhi ji was not present at that time.

Mahatma Gandhi funeral procession was 8 kilometers long.

An urn that once contained Mahatma Gandhi's ashes is now at a shrine in Los Angeles, California.

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Benefits of having hobbies for teenagers

As they rightly say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Teenagers benefit in more ways than one by indulging in hobbies and extracurricular activities, whether it is music, sports or arts, and craft. As teens spend most of their time at school and coaching, the way they utilize leisure time makes a difference. And hence hobbies can play a vital role in shaping one’s lives and careers.

Why are Hobbies important?

Hobbies are a platform to pursue your interests, which in turn will benefit you in finding your passion, developing new life skills and also in having a healthy mind and body. Rather, hobbies can sometimes be life-defining moments too. Take Taylor Swift for example, who used to write and sing songs at a very young age, and now she’s turned into a mega-icon doing concerts, topping music charts and rocking the world.

Here are a few benefits of hobbies for teens:

Skill learning

Hobbies provide us with opportunities to learn and develop new skills. For instance, a hobby like photography can teach you about the technicalities of the camera, editing and enhancing the quality of a picture, design, lighting, and much more.

De-stress

When you engage your body and mind in doing something that makes you happy, it reduces stress and anxiety levels and also detoxifies your mind. This, in turn, results in improved focus and better lifestyle.

Building a social circle

When you engage in a hobby, you get to meet and interact with different people having similar interests. These acquaintances may lead to strong connections and lifelong friendships.

Learn time management

While pursuing a hobby, you utilize your free time in a better and constructive way. Your hobby keeps you busy and makes you conscious about the vitality of time. Time management leads to a disciplined life.

Handling pressure

You will face lots of ups and downs in life, and so is the experience while pursuing a hobby. When you pursue your interest, not everything might go smoothly or in the way you want it to be. These uncertainties are sure to occur but you’ll have to learn to take them positively and work on your shortcomings.

Hobbies transform our lives in several ways. They can teach you about adversities and also develop new skills. It supports our emotional well being and improves physical health too. Hence, hobbies are helpful in promoting our overall wellbeing.

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