Change is the only constant, it is often said. But nothing in the world is as simple as a cliché. We must dig a bit deeper if we want to get closer to the truth. What kind of change are they talking about who speak of constant change? Is it only an outer change? Or… Continue reading Enough With the Clichés on Change
One hundred and ten years ago, on April 4, 1910, Sri Aurobindo arrived at the old port of Pondicherry. And this little town by the bay and rest of India and the world gained a maha-yogi, a purna yogi, whose yoga is meant for the entire earth herself, to make the earthly life a life… Continue reading From Politics to Yoga
Now that the CBSE, ICSE and many other state boards in India have declared their results for class XII and X, and the students are busy figuring out next options for their academic pursuits and choices, it is appropriate time to re-up this piece I had written three years ago. Since I wrote this piece… Continue reading Do We Really Need the Board Examinations?
Talking about and discussing important matters with our friends, acquaintances, social networks etc. has the potential to widen our understanding. But a recent online interaction once again made me ask a question I have often wondered about, why are so many of us so quick to take things personally in a discussion? Even if the discussion is about, say, a national level… Continue reading The Art of Discussion
If one were to believe the Delhi-centric “national” media, a 20-year-old college student has become a household name in the last few days. That’s another matter that the media which claims to be “national” is neither interested in much news about the ‘nation’ beyond a few blocks of New Delhi nor does it bother to understand… Continue reading Meandering Musings
That evening I surprised myself when I not only enjoyed but also liked, I mean, really liked a film about football. American football, to be precise. [Disclaimer # 1. Even after living for about 15 years in the USA I never developed any taste for football. I am one of the those Indians who don’t even care for cricket. Basically,… Continue reading Of Football and Brains
Last month, my young nephew who is now in the last year of his high school came to visit me for a few days. And in one of our conversations about his studies and his future academic plans the topic swerved over to more serious stuff. We discussed questions such as: why compulsory schooling, why study certain subjects, and finally, who… Continue reading Inner Light for the Intellect
“…India has always shown an incompetence for any free or sound political organisation and has been constantly a divided and for the most part of her long history a subject nation, that her economic system whatever its bygone merits, if it had any, remained an inelastic and static order that led in modern conditions to… Continue reading A Direct Question
Source “Most people say that Shakespeare rocked merely because most people say that Shakespeare rocked.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Isn’t this a bitter truth? Why this need to be liked that we pretend to like all those things – books-authors, art-artists, films-filmmakers – that must be “liked” if we are to be liked by the up-and-coming-socially-elite-politically-correct-economically-successful-newsmaker-of-the-day-types?… Continue reading Quote UnQuote 3: Herd
Sometime ago, fellow blogger and friend Shailaja, the Doting Mom and the Bite-sized story-weaver asked me if I would be willing to write a guest post for her super-famous blog on parenting. She suggested that I write something on Education. Of course, I said yes. How could I let go of an opportunity to write on… Continue reading Engineer, Doctor, MBA, CA – Choose One; NOTA Not an Option
There is a lot of talk these days about Choice. My Choice. Your Choice. Everyone’s Choice. The assumption is that having absolute freedom to make one’s choices is all one needs to be an individual, to be oneself, to feel empowered. And that any attempt to curb any such Freedom to Choose is regressive, narrow-minded… Continue reading Storytime 2: Choose Wisely
A new post in the series – Satyam Shivam Sundaram A series featuring inspiring words from various sources, words that speak of timeless truths, words that remind me of the deeper and hidden truth behind surface events and phenomena, words that shine light when all seems dark, words that are just what I need –… Continue reading Do We Know We Aren’t Really Thinking?