Shihan Rohit

Left for dead…

Read the previous part here… One day, this son of Devasvāmin entered a gambling den, to fulfill his desire to gamble. The tumbling dice of the hall seemed to be continuously scouting the scene with their rolling black eyes, and saying to themselves… “Who shall we catch today?” And the loud noises of the fights …

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Oh, why did you gamble…

Read the previous part here… आरब्धे हि सुदुःकरे ऽपि महतां मध्ये विरामः कुतः? How can great men leave in the middle of a task that they have begun, even though it be very difficult? अष्टादशो वतेालः The Eighteenth Story The woes of Candrasvāmin ततः पितृवने तस्मिन् क्रव्यभक्षिभिर् आवृते ।ज्वालाविलोलरसनैर् भूतैर् इव चिताग्निभिः ॥ १२,२५.१ ॥ …

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Celebrating a mother…not just for a day.

पृथिव्यां पुत्रास्ते जननि बहवः सन्ति सरलाःपरं तेषां मध्ये विरलतरलोऽहं तव सुतः। pṛthivyāṃ putrāste janani bahavaḥ santi saralāḥparaṃ teṣāṃ madhye viralataralo’haṃ tava sutaḥ। मदीयोऽयं त्यागः समुचितमिदं नो तव शिवेकुपुत्रो जायेत क्वचिदपि कुमाता न भवति ॥३॥ madīyo’yaṃ tyāgaḥ samucitamidaṃ no tava śivekuputro jāyeta kvacidapi kumātā na bhavati ॥3॥ Oh Mother, there are many sons of yours in …

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He is more praiseworthy…

Read the previous part here… “So tell me, o King, who was more noble, Yaśodhana or Baladhara? Who was more praiseworthy? “Remember, if you know the answer, and don’t tell me the truth, your head will burst into a hundred pieces!“ इति वेतालतः श्रुत्वा मुक्तमौनः स तं नृपः ।प्रत्युवाच द्वयोर् राजा सत्त्ववान् अधिकस् तयोः ॥ १२,२४.४८ …

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Done and dusted…

Ok bye. See you tomorrow. Hopefully no fever. No body pain. Just pure Covid swimming in my blood. I mean vaccine.  You can read the previous part here… 7.10 this morning, a thin needle made it’s way into my left shoulder, and a mini piston pushed in what they told me was the first installment …

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Instant MBBS…

Yes, you read it right…the instant MBBS degree is now available on major online e-learning platforms. In fact, you must have already received a call from your friendly neighbourhood pushy Byju’s salesman. Pity those who wasted 5-7 years of their lives slogging through medical school, when all they needed to do is get this instant …

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An offer he did refuse…part 2

Read the previous part here… “My dear king, why are you so disturbed? You are the king of this city – you can take her for yourself any time you want!” But Yaśodhana was a righteous king, and he refused to agree to such terms. In the meanwhile, Baladhara, the commander-in-chief, and Unmādinī’s husband, heard …

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An offer he did refuse…

Read the previous part here… King Yaśodhana saw her, shining like a flame rising from the fire of love, when fanned by the winds from the sandalwood forests of the Malaya mountains…and he nearly swooned. Seeing her immense beauty, the arrows of Kāmadeva struck his heart, and he fell unconscious. His attendants immediately brought him …

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Status-quo bias

Status-quo bias – The tendency for people to stay committed to current situations, for fear of changing to the unknown. Status quo bias is also caused by laziness, aversion to complexity, unnatural learning style demands, reading small print, etc. Am reading this book – Nudge – by  Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein. The crux of the …

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