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The ‘aam aadmi’ obsession

As far back as I can remember I have always had an aversion to the phrase ‘aam aadmi‘, the ‘common man’. Before anyone accuses me of elitism or snobbery, or labels me anti-equality or anti-democracy or haute bourgeois or anything else, let me explain. I dislike the phrase because it reduces all the great diversity inherent among and within individuals, sub-groups and… Continue reading The ‘aam aadmi’ obsession

Inner View · Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Forgetting and Remembering

A new post in the series – Reminders to self Sometimes going through one’s old writings, journals, diaries can be an incredibly learning experience. It makes one recall and perhaps even renew for oneself the insight, the wisdom of the moment that had expressed itself in those words from years ago. Often there is a… Continue reading Forgetting and Remembering

Inner View · Personal reflections

एक दिन ऐसा भी…A Day Like This

Photo by Monica Denevan, Source कभी कभी जब घर बाहर सब बेतरतीब सा बिखरा-बिखरा हो, दिल-ओ-दिमाग भी कुछ विचलित सा हो, मन किसी काम में न लग पाए, और तब एक ऐसी कविता आप के सामने आ जाए तो शुक्रगुज़ारी का एक बहुत प्यारा एहसास होता है। आज कुछ ऐसा ही दिन है। बाकी बात… Continue reading एक दिन ऐसा भी…A Day Like This

Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

A Personal Kind of Post, and With Gratitude

So many observations. So many thoughts clouding the mind, so much churning in this thing we commonly speak of as heart. About life and its pressures, aging and mortality, family, relationships and their impermanence. About expectations and frustrations, silences and unspoken words, words and why we need them, or not. About love that is human… Continue reading A Personal Kind of Post, and With Gratitude

Indian Religion · Personal reflections


  Yellow, her favourite colour,  Like the golden-light of her widest smile. Hiding just enough of that slightly-chipped tooth,  Exposed in a full-hearted-laugh, in a little while.  A white-and-sea-green dress, her favourite pearls,  A head-scarf covering where silvery-grey once shone They celebrated with her, her birth and life,  This day, last year, striving that pain… Continue reading Yellow