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
I almost missed my blog’s birthday. It was quite late in the evening that I remembered that my blog completed three years yesterday. Not only that, I remembered this morning that earlier this month Matriwords our research blog also had its first birthday. How to mark this special occasion of two birthdays in a month? Well, simply by… Continue reading Did I miss a birthday?
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 new post in the series: Current Events Disclaimer: In the heat of ideological posturing often we are quick to see a view opposite to ours as something that it is not. Hence the need for this disclaimer. This is not, I repeat, NOT a defense of a much-reported and much-analysed barbaric and horrendous hate… Continue reading Enough with the Collective Shaming
“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?
The Divine Teacher Today on the auspicious day of Gita Jayanti, I got an important lesson in detachment. For more than two years now I have been writing this blog. After almost a year of writing, I discovered that I was beginning to get a small but almost-regular set of readers, many of whom would… Continue reading A Blog Update and a Lesson in Detachment
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
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway Who doesn’t love sleep? All is well when one’s asleep. Wake up and you may discover there’s more to life than endless-entertainment-shopping-twitter-timepass-cappuccino-gourmet-brands-gossip-holidaying-more-more-more. Who wants any messy stuff beyond all this? Waking up is serious work. All cherished… Continue reading Quote UnQuote 2: Sleep
A new post in the series – Reminders to self Always good to start with examples. 1. A wanna-be-in-news-for-a-day politican makes a comment about the slavish mentality of a political party, by giving an example that in all honesty is not far from one of the many uncomfortable truths of our larger society. Now he… Continue reading Managing the Noises
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?
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Photo by Narayan Dravid On a lazy morning last week I felt this deep urge to listen to some music of the legendary Ustad Amir Khan. After quickly going through a small list, I zeroed in on two pieces — one Rāg Malkauns and one Rāg… Continue reading Two Lazy Mornings and A Way to Be More Conscious
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