Viktor Frankl, one of the great psychiatrists of the 20th century survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. His little book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is one of those life-changing books that everyone should read.

Frankl once told the story of a woman who called him in the middle of the night to calmly inform him she was about to commit suicide. She kept her on the phone and talked her through her depression, giving her reason after reason to carry on living. Finally she promised she would not take her life, and she kept her word.

When they later met, Frankl asked which reason had persuaded her to live?

“None of them”, she told him.

What then influenced her to go on living, he pressed?

Her answer was simple, it was Frankl’s willingness to listen to her in the middle of the night. A world in which there was someone ready to listen to another’s pain seemed to her a world in which it was worthwhile to live.

Often, it is not the brilliant argument that makes the difference. Sometimes the small act of listening is the greatest gift we can give.


IF you are planning to beat the heat in Delhi this summer, head to Café Tesu. The café is a trendy new spot located in the Essex Farm complex at Aurobindo Marg offers a beautiful amalgamation of a wide selection of cuisines, art and alluring interiors.  

THERE’S no shortage of places to snag a cold brew in the City; better still, beer lovers can find ways to skip traditional bars and go sip straight from the source. A number of NYC breweries serve house-made beer on-site, ensuring its freshness and full flavour. You can often take a spin through the facilities to see the source of the suds before settling in at the taproom for a taste.