1/7 Habits of Highly Effective People

What is that one habit that you want to change for yourself? That one thing which holds you back and you want to overcome it?

Dr. Stepehen R.Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is as relevant and timely today as it was when it was first published 25 years ago. This book is helpful when we read it and use what it says.

So here is my small attempt to bring out these 7 Mind-blowing habits in a summarised form to you for the 7 days starting today. I hope this will save some time and give you something meaningful 🙂

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Habit 1 – Be Proactive

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-improvement book, which emphasizes our perceptions about everything around us and how it affects a situation, a person, and how we must be open to change them.

A Brief Summary:

Can you look at yourself almost through you were someone else? How would you describe yourself? Can you detach you from self and then try to describe you?

This divine ability is called “self-awareness” which we are blessed with. This is how we can be a constant learner from all our rich and lame experiences in our life.

Self-awareness not only enables us to see ourselves from a different perspective but it also helps us to evaluate how we see other people around us.

In short, in order to be effective one must be proactive.

Usually we are too reactive to situations and people, and we lose our stance. We lose control of ourselves and our thought process.

Covey defines responsibility as the ability to choose how you will respond to a given stimulus or situation, “response-ability”.

This chapter talks about stimulus, response, independent will, conscience. It is not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us. We have all known individuals in very different circumstances, perhaps with a terminal illness or physical injury, who maintains magnificient emotional strength.

It talks about how our circle of concern and circle of influence is responsible for our own degree of proactiveness. How are positive energy enlarges the circle of influence.

Key Lessons:

We are responsible for our own effectiveness, for our own happiness, and ultimately , for most of our circumstances.

1.) We can start replacing reactive language with proactive language.

2.) We can focus on our positive energy.

3.) We can choose to be more self-aware.

4.) Review you past and present sitaution, how reacting differently would have put you in different situation.

5.) Know that you are responsible, “response-able”.

I will share the next effective habit soon.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair

Walk Alone

When having no one by your side…Walk Alone

When you see dreams with open eyes…Walk Alone

When you have a vision of a beautiful life…Walk Alone

When no one understands, no one supports… Walk Alone

When you feel you are right…Walk Alone

When no one takes you on their stride… Walk Alone

When no one believes in you…Walk Alone

When you feel dejected..Walk Alone

When the howling wind turns your life upside down…Walk Alone

When you struggle to hold yourself…Walk Alone

When you feel your lowest lows…Walk Alone

Be not afraid… to Walk Alone…Never fear… to Walk Alone…

Complete your journey of life. If you find someone genuine on the way, then stick to them or else WALK ALONE.

Writing this poetry reminds me of a Bengali patriotic song written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905..Below is the link for the same.

Much Love and Gratitude



Alo Chhaya Bangla Show- ZEE5

Principal Cast: Hiya Dey, Smriti Singh, Debadrita Basu, Oindrilla Bose, Arnab Banerjee, Kushal Chakraborty, Bidipta Chakraborty 

Director: Pijyushkanti Ghosh

Genre: Social Drama

OTT Platform: ZEE5


In this lockdown, as I am exploring different flavors of art and drama, while searching for some classic viewing material, I came across an interesting series “Alo Chhaya” a Bangla show streaming at ZEE5. My mother has her roots from Bengal and we occasionally bump into some Bangla movie and series to just help her reconnect with her regional memories, and we ended up watching this Bengali drama.

And I was also happy to learn that we can have access to the entire ZEE5 content library on 5 different screens at the same time, which is great.

Alo Chhaya narrates the bond of two little girls, who are distinct yet deeply connected. Alo means light and Chhaya means the shadow and that’s how exactly their relationship becomes with the events of life.

Alo’s character represents an orphan child who comes to stay with her uncle and aunt and that’s where she meets her cousin sister Chhaya. Chhaya is a fun-loving, cheerful, and emotional person and as they start to bond together she becomes dependent on Alo for many things.

Alo on the other hand is a sensible, intelligent, and very sincere girl, whose life is filled with light but gets shadowed by one small decision of living the identity of her cousin, Chhaya. She becomes the torch-bearer for Chhaya. Alo performs exceptionally well in her academics, whereas Chhaya is not able to connect with her academics and wants to enjoy doing other things.

The plot takes a steep turn when Chhaya’s father urges Alo to pursue studies on her behalf and bring laurels at home. As an obliged child, she becomes the happy face of Chhaya and passes on all her achievements to her. As she allows her to enjoy all her hard-earned fruits, she had to step back on various occasions when it came to recognizing her efforts. Two girls, two different personalities, will growing-up under Chhaya’s shadow come at a cost for Alo?

Alo Chhaya Image Source: ZEE5

Alo Chhaya is a drama series consisting of 216 episodes and it could resonate with many household arrangements. The story holds its own beauty of depicting the strong and protective bond of two girls in their life. It also depicts a mirror of society, how education has become a commodity of privileged, and how it’s absence causes parents to take certain steps.

It shows how parent’s actions lays the strong foundation is a child’s development, whether the road is easy or tough ahead but when a child is not given the freedom to explore , he might get lost in between. When a child is not given due credits of his efforts he might never taste how real contentment feels like.

The makers of the series have put their best effort into putting up content that addresses a lot of real-life drama. Selfish parenting to societal pressure, to an urge of a better life in their own zone, it sums up all.

These reviews are a part of my small attempt to promote regional content or any content which can get noticed by its right audience because the audience could be anywhere 🙂 #EntertainmentUnlocked

Also read: Ghoomketu Movie Review- ZEE5

Watch the series to understand how societal norms control our thoughts and actions. How educations are important and how parenting brings its own set of challenges. Lastly, watch it for Alo who consumes all the darkness yet shines brighter with her charm. Watch the strong and caring bond between Alo and Chhaya, complete story on ZEE5 now.

Thank you

Priyanka Nair