During the months of December 2018 and January 2019, we spent about 5 weeks getting several long-overdue renovation and repair projects completed around the home. The projects involved all sorts of works including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and some basic landscape designing — pretty much everything. There still remains some major painting work, but that… Continue reading Four Lessons from Home Renovation
What do we do when some big stuff in life doesn’t go the way we would have liked it to go? Of course, it is the dark ignorance we carry and in which we are steeped that makes us assume that we somehow have this right to expect that things in life and world would go the way we want them… Continue reading Beautiful Little Happy Things
Click here to see more readers’ comments on the previous version of this blog. The world has been busy talking about Climate Change, Solar Energy, Global Terrorism and all these other things. Political leaders, subject experts, public intellectuals, journalists, pretty much everyone who reads the newspaper and watches news on TV or follows it on… Continue reading Needed: Spiritual Practicality
To see readers’ comments, please click HERE for the blog’s previous version. June 5, World Environment Day Some people plant trees in their neighbourhoods. Some people go on nature walks. Some people clean up the local rivers and lakes. Some people start a campaign to make their cities greener. All noble efforts, all important… Continue reading Buy Less, Be an Environmentalist
To read readers’ comments on this post, click HERE for the previous version of this blog. Photo by Hengki Koentjoro This morning my husband and I had a long talk with our gardener. About five trees in our garden. We had similar talks before but without much seriousness. Today we had to come to… Continue reading Difficult Decisions
“Commercialism is a modern sociological phenomenon; one might almost say, that is the whole phenomenon of modern society.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, vol 25, p. 485) We live in an age dictated by commerce, flashy commercials, and consumerist mindset. Companies are busy not only producing and selling products but also producing and selling desires. And so… Continue reading Saying No to Modern Indian Dream?
A New Post in the Series: When a Picture Leads Am I invisible? A freak? An anomaly? An object to amuse the onlookers? Look, they aren’t even looking. Self-absorbed as they are. What is with most people today, always needing newer forms of entertainment? Will they ever be satisfied? I stand tall, not to… Continue reading Standing Tall….
Readers’ comments on this post can be read by clicking HERE to see the blog’s previous version. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently completed visit to the United States created a great deal of excitement among Indian-Americans, as well as among many other sections of both the Indian and American establishments including government, business, media and… Continue reading Raising the Discourse
A new post in the series – Reminders to self I discovered a beautiful article yesterday on my daily digest from Dailygood.org Something about the piece stayed with me for a long time, including the title itself, Beauty and The Dumpster. I share below the last two paragraphs from the article, the essence of the… Continue reading Beads that Matter
“Things in which we do not take joy are either a burden upon our minds to be got rid of at any cost; or they are useful, and therefore in temporary and partial relation to us, becoming burdensome when their utility is lost; or they are like wandering vagabonds, loitering for a moment on… Continue reading If Only I Could Go Back
That’s enough. I give up. I am giving in to the temptation. The temptation of wanting to possess. Beautiful objects, beautiful things. Not for me, but for my home. (Same difference?). When I started this blog almost a year ago (it will be a year on April 14) I had decided that I would never… Continue reading 2 Objects of Joy
For readers’ comments on the previous version of this blog, click here. When a picture searches for its music, or a piece of music finds its right picture…the result is a magical experience of Light and Sound. And sometimes the right music also gives you the right title for the blog post! Like… Continue reading Please Be Kind