The Northeast Monsoon has been pouring out its gifts at the Bay of Bengal — sometimes a bit too excessively. On this day as the rain gods seem to be taking a bit of a break, I find myself recalling and reflecting on some lines from Savitri, which I happened to read last evening. … Continue reading Monsoon Musings
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
We practice harmony when we place things in an order that feels just right. Things outside, things inside. Things tangible, things intangible. Things physical, things subtle. We practice harmony when things placed in the right order bring a quietness within. The quietude that brings a calm equality toward everything. Everything around us, everything within. We practice harmony when the calm equality… Continue reading Practicing Harmony
This simple formula — Wash, Rinse, Repeat — is not only good for our hair, it works wonders for one’s mind and heart as well. Yes, the mind and heart also need some good, regular cleansing. The dirt and dust left over from small, medium and big stresses, the dryness and dullness resulting from all sorts of repetitive and mundane… Continue reading Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Once again I am reminded of the need for constantly becoming aware of those countless little, pesky flaws in my nature that stand in the way of making the inner aspiration more sincere and true and complete. Once again I am reminded that the path to becoming self-aware and gaining even a tiny bit of… Continue reading Reminder to Reject
Money is the talk of the town these days, actually of the whole nation. And of course, we know the reason. From the corrupt politicians whose stacks of cash suddenly became useless overnight to the mafia of the fake currency industry who found themselves out of business; from terrorists of all hues and their propagandists who relied on loads… Continue reading Show Me the Money!
I have nothing to write today. Actually, it has been days since I have written anything. I mean anything that means something. I mean, that which really means something to me, first of all. Yes I have written a few things on the net here and there, a comment on someone’s blog… Continue reading And So I Wait…
Anytime anything goes wrong with our petty little lives, our immediate reaction is to blame someone else. That person didn’t do what he or she should have done. He or she did this wrong toward me. They are the ones who did this to me. Or we blame something. Circumstances. Life. God. We begin to… Continue reading Quit Wallowing in the Mud
A new post in the series When a Picture Leads Let this be my way today to be conscious of the gratitude I owe to the many different things, moments and experiences, big and small. Let this be my way today to express that gratitude. Let this be my way today to remember that… “There is no… Continue reading Gratitude, in Pictures
A couple of weeks ago I watched a Marathi film (with English subtitles as I don’t know Marathi) titled, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (translated, A dagger through the heart). Before watching the film, I didn’t know much about the plot nor had I read any reviews (as per my normal habit), except that I had seen some youtube clips… Continue reading Of Artist’s Ego, Art for Art’s Sake, Consciousness and More (a non-review of Katyar Kaljat Ghusali)
As a general rule, I don’t do rants, vents, day-to-day mundane, routine stuff. Not on this blog, nor on my other blog. Just my preference. But once in a while I do a few reflections on my writing practice, some personal observations on blogging, blog anniversary posts, or other updates of blog related news. The last behind-the-blog news update I did… Continue reading Behind the Blog News
“Donate for a good cause.” “Your ten rupees a day can pay for a poor girl’s school fee for a year.” “Buy these gorgeous handicrafts and help build a rural health center.” “If not for generous donors like you, this village would have no clean water.” Sound familiar? Yes, we have all seen such notifications, such solicitations for donations and… Continue reading Why Give? Or Not Give?