Your daily dose of Yog


Of hands and feet…

Padahastasana is a variation of Uttanasana (उत्तानासन) or Standing Forward Bend.Pada (पाद, Pāda) = leg, footHasta (हस्त, Hasta) = handAsana (आसन, Āsana) = pose, posture, seatPada-Hastasana (पादहस्तासन, Pāda-Hastāsana) = feet-on-hands-posture Padahastasana or…
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of bound angles…

Bhadrasana is also known as Baddha Konasana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words बद्ध, Baddha meaning “bound”, कोण, Koṇa meaning “angle”,[ and आसन, Āsana meaning “posture” or “seat”. The name Baddha…
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Of trees and poses…

One of the most recognizable yoga asanas, Vrikshasana has been identified in Indian relics dating back to the seventh century.  In ancient times, wandering sadhus would meditate…
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Of diamonds and health…

The name comes from the Sanskrit words vajra, a weapon whose name means “thunderbolt” or “diamond”, and asana meaning “posture”. Vajrasana or Thunderbolt pose is considered to be the best…
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Of slithering snakes and healthy humans…

The name comes from the Sanskrit words भुजङ्ग bhujanga, “snake” or “cobra” and आसन asana, “posture” or “seat”, from the resemblance to a cobra with its hood…
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Of hares and the moon…

Shashankasana resembles a ‘Hare’ in its final stages and hence the name. Since it has a calming effect on the body and mind, it is…
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Aao twist karein…

Vakra means twisted, and hence Vakrasana is called the twisted pose.  The Vakrasana yoga posture helps to tone the nerves around the spinal cord, strengthen our abdomen…
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Of triangles and health…

The triangle pose is consisted of two Sanskrit words Trikon and Asana. The meaning of trikon (त्रिकोण) is triangle while the meaning of asana is…
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Do you dare to dream?

Is your dream too big? Or too small? Or do you have one at all? Do they say its not going to happen, this dream…
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On reading…

1) Read 10 pages to start the day. 2) A good way is to wake up, drink a glass of water, write down 3 things…
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Of fasting and service…

There is so much to do nowadays that I am living between Ekādashis. Days are passing very fast – I manage to keep track only…
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Of babies and pastimes…

Did you know that in the Middle Ages in England, one could swing by during lunch to watch a public execution? Or get into the…
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Of dogs and donkeys…

रासभशृगालकथा The story of the donkey and the fox In a village, not so far away from here, lived a donkey named Uddhata (the arrogant one). He…
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Learning and discipline…

आदौ नित्यानित्यवस्तुविवेकः परिगम्यते । इहामुत्रफलभोगविरागस्तदनन्तरम्शमादिषट्कसम्पत्तिर्मुमुक्षुत्वमिति स्फुटम् ॥ १९ ॥ ādau nityānityavastuvivekaḥ parigamyate | ihāmutraphalabhogavirāgastadanantaramśamādiṣaṭkasampattirmumukṣutvamiti sphuṭam  from Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, written by Jagadguru Adi Śaṅkarācārya First is enumerated discrimination between the…
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Machines and consciousness…

Physics describes patterns in spacetime that correspond to particles moving around. If the particle arrangements obey certain principles, they give rise to emergent phenomena that…
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A few steps away from me…

In around a couple of months from today, Keshav will join his first regular school. He has been attending nursery (or pre-nursery, whatever they call…
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Deepa Jyothi…

One of the Shlokas that I want to teach Rohāmrta is the Deepa Jyothi shloka. I did try hard to search for its original source,…
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On commencing a journey of learning…

सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि ।विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा ॥ sarasvati namastubhyaṃ varade kāmarūpiṇi .vidyārambhaṃ kariṣyāmi siddhirbhavatu me sadā .. Namaskar, O Saraswati, grantor of…
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Are you a caveman?

“In fact, public speaking anxiety may be primal and quintessentially human, not limited to those of us born with a high-reactive nervous system. One theory,…
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Liking things the way they are…

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…
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Henry and Bubbles

Had a chance meeting with an elderly gentleman today, at the Arte Market at Times Square Mall. A grandfather of many, John Felton retired 17…
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Mundana…

One year back 🙂 Chaulam is also called Cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म) and Cūḍākaraṇam ((चूडाकरणम्) Chudakarana). Cūḍā means tuft (of hair) that is kept on the back…
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The art of breathing…

Nadi is a subtle energy channel in the human body – there are 72,000 Nadis in all. Shodhana means cleaning or purification, and Pranayama is…
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Of little worms and strangled priests…

Did you know that strozzapreti (a type of pasta) means ‘strangled priests’, or that vermicelli means ‘little worms’? Or that the Scottish word sgiomlaireachd (yes it’s a…
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Of hunger and hunger games…

A very productive day, and a monster dinner to wrap things up! As we returned, stuffed to the brim, I recalled one of the episodes…
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Mantra – the right way…

Time commitment : 10 minutes thrice a week We have, so far, practiced an āsana, a form of prānāyāma, a mudra and basic meditation. Bringing…
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You “can” do it…

Watching a child grow can be the most fulfilling thing that you can ever experience. Here is what I wrote when he was 10 months…
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And who am I?

As with most people who are well-raised, well-educated and financially secure, Dr. Tokai only thought of himself… Men without Women, Haruki Murakami Who am I?…
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And the day went well…

So the day started with Keshav’s birthday celebrations at school, and ended with Keshav’s birthday celebrations at home! Good food( a little too much food),…
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And three years go by…

Three years. Time flies, goes the cliche. Well, it actually does. Three years back, this day, I had no clue that someone would visit the…
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Giving on your janma tithi…

ज्योतिषाम् अपि तज् ज्योतिस् तमसः परम् उच्यते । ज्ञानं ज्ञेयं ज्ञान-गम्यं हृदि सर्वस्य धिष्ठितम् ॥ १८ ॥ jyotiṣām api taj jyotis tamasaḥ param ucyate |jñānaṃ jñeyaṃ jñāna-gamyaṃ…
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Rohaamrut’s janma tithi…

दीप्यते दीपयति वा स्वं परं चेति that which is light and enlightens others is known as Deepa… Tomorrow is my janma tithi, that time of the…
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Akshayais…

Akshayais a Sanskrit word meaning ‘unending’ or ‘indestructible’. On this day, the Pandavas received the Akshaya Patra (upon worshipping Surya deva), a vessel that never…
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Instead…

Aim high, for the stars they say, But the stars are impossible, says me.  Why don’t I aim to be higher, better, stronger than what…
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A cryptic life…

It was written 600 years ago. It’s 234 pages long. It’s been studied by cryptographers and codebreakers alike. And yet, we still have no idea…
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One nation…one Republic!

Ah, the Indian Republic Day! The tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the parades, the tableaus, the march past…the show of strength… I remember when…
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Ancient story, modern renders:)

Twitter user @mvdhav has come up with AI-generated version of the Ramayana:) Here is part 1! Ayodhya, capital of the great Kingdom of Kosala, was…
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A day like no other…

Yesterday was a momentous occasion – one that will be remembered as a defining moment in the history of humanity. And why is it so?…
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The language of Nagara…

रामो विग्रहवान्धर्मः साधुः सत्यपराक्रमः। rāmo vigrahavāndharmaḥ sādhuḥ satyaparākramaḥ। Honorable and truly brave – Rāma is the embodiment of Dharma!वाल्मीकिरामायणम् ३.३७.१३ (vālmīkirāmāyaṇam 3.37.13) The Ram temple…
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A few padas from the Valmiki Ramayana…

धर्म–धर्मादर्थःप्रभवतिधर्मात्प्रभवतेसुखम्।धर्मणलभतेसर्वंधर्मप्रसारमिदंजगत्॥ धर्म से ही धन, सुख तथा सब कुछ प्राप्त होता है । इस संसार में धर्म ही सार वस्तु है । धर्मात् from righteous…
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The coming home of Rama…

द्विः शरं नाभिसन्धत्ते द्विः स्थापयति नाश्रितान् । द्विर्ददाति न चार्थिभ्यो, रामो द्विर्नाभिभाषते ॥ Rāma doesn’t aim twice, he doesn’t give refuge twice, Rāma does not…
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Shri Ramayan Manka – Part 3

चख चख कर फल शबरी लाई,प्रेम सहित खाये रघुराई |ऎसे मीठे नहीं हैं आम,पतितपावन सीताराम | |51 | | विप्र रुप धरि हनुमत आए,चरण कमल…
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Shri Ramayan Manka – Part 2

मेरा दोष बता प्रभु दीजो,संग मुझे सेवा में लीजो |अर्द्धांगिनी मैं तुम्हारी राम,पतितपावन सीताराम | |25 | | समाचार सुनि लक्ष्मण आये,धनुष बाण संग परम…
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Shri Ramayan Manka – Part 1

रघुपति राघव राजाराम,पतितपावन सीताराम |जय रघुनन्दन जय घनश्याम,पतितपावन सीताराम | | भीड़ पड़ी जब भक्त पुकारे,दूर करो प्रभु दु:ख हमारे |दशरथ के घर जन्मे राम,पतितपावन…
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Mangal bhavan amangal haari…

Another personal favorite of mine, the translations do not justify even a percent of the meaning of this bhajan. Instead of trying to find the…
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All it takes is one…

आदौ राम तपोवनादि गमनं हत्वा मृगं कांचनं । वैदेही हरणं जटायु मरणं सुग्रीव सम्भाषणं ॥ वाली निर्ग्रहणं समुद्र तरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं । पश्चात रावण कुम्बकर्ण हननं…
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Shri Rama Stuti…

One of my favorite renditions of Sooryagayathri, “Shri Ramachandra Kripalu” or “Shri Ram Stuti” is a part of Vinaya Patrika, a devotional poem composed by Goswami…
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The beginning…

The day is nearing:) As we wait for the D-day on the 22nd of January, here is a glimpse of the story that accompanies. A…
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Should we be thankful?

“Nor is the biosphere a great preserver of species. In addition to being notoriously cruel to individuals, evolution involves continual extinctions of entire species. The…
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Who dives in Mal anyways?

Am thinking of taking a long-due and well-deserved vacation. Where should I go, any ideas? Maldives possibly? is it still open? Jokes aside – but…
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On choices…

We are but the sum total of the choices we make, so they say… We choose our friends, from the time we set foot in…
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On reading…again.

Ok, so a lot of people pinged me asking more specifics on how to get into the reading habit. Is it too late for me?…
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On reading…

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people – over a broad subject matter area – who didn’t read all the time –…
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A few gems more…

You can read Part 1 here. Read the following lines in isolation from the rest – take your time and reflect on each excerpt:) Pax…
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2024 – here we come:)

My first decision this year – is to read more actively. You already know that I read a lot – but as it goes with…
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I love it when you…

I love it when you hold my hand with your tiny fingers and then grip it tightly and fall asleep… I love it when you…
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On perseverance…

It’s late, you are tired, been working all day, Don’t worry, tomorrow you will be fresh again… You missed going out with friends, a bit…
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Daydream…

When we were kids in the back yardPlaying astronauts and rock starsNo one told us to stop itCalled us unrealistic Then suddenly you’re eighteenGo to…
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Have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas, in the words of Sri Krishnananda. I have taken a few bits of his lecture – parts that are relevant to you and me.…
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Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of the year when people start to wind down, commencing with Christmas and ending in the New Year. A time to spend…
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What a waste of intelligence…

Epishura. Now, chances are that you have not heard of this. Nor had I. Epishura inhabits Lake Baikal, the largest source of freshwater in the…
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Twelve steps to health…

Today, I had a very interesting discussion on Suryanamaskara. A few of my colleagues have been trying to get this right, but were confused about…
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A bit of Whitney Hanson…

“tell me your secret” I ask the small child within “how do you find hope?” she stoops down, picks a dandelion, and blows seeds into…
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Business and small? No!

A small business is anything but small. What it lacks in size, it makes up in impact. If you think of it, prior to the…
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On nostalgia…

Nostalgia is an odd feeling. One is nostalgic at all points in life – it’s almost as if the times that we passed by were…
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The one with reviews…

There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice… Poetry is a form that shimmers between fact…
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Of cars and mobility…

Mobility is a bit broken, isn’t it? I mean, it shouldn’t take so much to ferry people from point A to point B. Yet, mankind…
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On questions…

Is there a God? Are there many Gods? Who writes our destinies? Are they even written? Or does life play out in it’s own way…
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Not so Malgudi…

Malgudi days. To a late 80s- early 90s kid, it brings back sweet memories – Master Manjunath as Swaminathan, the oh-so-familiar beginning credits music, the…
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Of kids and interactions…

Kids interact in the most wonderful ways. I observe a lot when my son is around other kids – the dynamics of their (sometimes non)…
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Let’s take over the world…

My son loves dinosaurs. Until they only appear on TV that is. Anyways, I never thought that toddlers would love Dinos of all things. I…
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You just won a lottery!

A while back, I had an interesting conversation on my (not so frequent) visit to my hairdresser. My barber, oh sorry, ‘hairdresser’, was in a…
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Food anyone?

Can you guess the most eaten vegetable in the United States? Well, I can safely say that whatever you guessed, was wrong. The answer, and…
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Violence loves me?

The most violent men call this man the most violent… Excusable grammar aside, it’s troubling to see such language being celebrated as watchable cinema. I…
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The quest for learning…

What matters more? The ability to learn, or the attitude towards learning? Some might argue that we don’t have the ability to learn anything and…
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Of false victories and forgiveness…

धारणात् खनकस्यापि धरण्या इव नि:समा ।स्वापराधिषु या क्षान्ति: स धर्म: परमो नृणाम् ॥ To bear with those who revile us, just as the earth bears…
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Of holidays and Kanban…

The Emirates was closed for three days. A long weekend, the last one this year. And so I decided to use this time to relook…
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Doing what you love…

During the course of my interviews with many candidates, I come to learn of their passions outside work. They want to pursue these vocations, but…
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Of sounds and the Universe…

अकारादेव निर्यान्ति समस्तान्यक्षराणि च ।चराचरप्रपञ्चोऽय मीश्वरादेव जायते ॥ The alphabet begins with the “A” sound, so does the Universe begin with the universal consciousness. The…
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Sands and ambition…

Tomorrow we enter the long weekend – a weekend of celebration. A celebration of a young, but ambitious nation. One that was built not on…
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Of picks and happiness…

Rohāmrta has his daily pick. One toy, one piece of stuff – can be anything from a spoon to his car. This thing then becomes…
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On jealousy…

Jealousy is a common human trait. We would have to admit that we have been jealous or envious of someone at some stage of our…
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On miners and stories…

The trapped miners have finally been freed! Unless you have been living under a rock (do excuse the pun), pretty much the whole of India…
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Oops…I lost…

Ok, I lost the challenge.  From the past few years, the Dubai Fitness Challenge has been the key to kickstarting my winter training schedule. Me…
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A drop from the Panchatantra…

पूर्वं तावद् अहं मूर्खो द्वितीयः पशु-बन्धकः ।ततो राजा च मन्त्री च सर्वं वै मूर्ख-मण्डलम् ॥ २१६ ॥ pūrvaṃ tāvad ahaṃ mūrkho dvitīyaḥ paśu-bandhakaḥ |tato rājā ca…
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A bit on being thankful…

Today, I just feel thankful. It was a very productive day, and by the time it was 6, I had completed whatever I had set…
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Far from the madding crowd…

Far from the madding crowd… from the atmosphere of pretentious interaction of cold handshakes and superficial exchanges… from places that are too boring to frequent…
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Boyz to men…

Today we twinned, Rohaamrta and me. In red. He seemed content, and well, so was I! Children grow up so fast that you scramble to…
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Time to calm down…

Spoke with a lot of people today and there is a consensus – while all were (of course) disappointed at the outcome of the finals…
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I have to cancel Starzplay…

This time, cricket is the winner:( As I write this, the Indian team is at the brink of defeat. An unbeaten streak throughout the World…
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A different version of the Ramayanam…

७. नि –निरीक्ष्य स मुहूर्तं तु ददर्श भरतो गुरुम् |उटजे राममासीनं जटामण्डलधारिणम् || २-९९-२५ – अयोध्याकाण्डम् Bharata (after sighting the hermitage of Rama), spent a…
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Sometimes, too much talent is a bane…

मत्स्यमण्डूककथा The story of the fish and the frog In a lake, not so far away from here, lived two fish named ShataBuddhi (the one with a…
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Yama and sisters…

पूषन्नेकर्षे यम सूर्य प्राजापत्य व्यूह रश्मीन्समूह ।तेजः यत्ते रूपं कल्याणतमं तत्ते पश्यामि योऽसावसौ पुरुषः सोऽहमस्मि ॥ १६ ॥ pūṣannekarṣe yama sūrya prājāpatya vyūha raśmīnsamūha |tejaḥ…
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Do you underestimate yourself?

We underestimate our own capabilities. And by we, I mean everyone. Without exception. I have seen this in various fields – be it martial arts, studies…
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Atithi Devo Bhava…

शिरीषपुष्पमाघ्राणात् म्लानं संजायते यथा ।तथाऽतिथीनां वदनं स्याद् गृहस्थे पराङ्‌मुखे ॥ The delicate blossom of the anicham flower withers when merely smelled; an unwelcome look is…
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Diwali…Ayodhya wali!

On the eve of Diwali, the temple city, which is located on the bank of the Saryu River, also broke its own world record. About…
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Shubh Deepavali!

ये हि संस्पर्शजा भोगा दु:खयोनय एव ते |आद्यन्तवन्त: कौन्तेय न तेषु रमते बुध: || 22|| ye hi sansparśha-jā bhogā duḥkha-yonaya eva teādyantavantaḥ kaunteya na teṣhu…
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The symbolism of Deepavali…

Deepawali is known as the Festival of lights. Arguably the most well-known festival from India, Deepawali (or Diwali) is celebrated around the world, even in the…
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Surprise Surprise!

Ah so a surprise today. The team went and got me a delicious red velvet cake, followed by a scrumptious meal of momos, noodles and…
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Stand up for yourself…

There are a hundred exercises to choose from when you go to a gym. Well, it isn’t even called a gym anymore. Its called a…
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And then he turned 46…

46 is the double of 23. 23 is a prime number. And one is at one’s prime at 23. Not intellectually or by way of…
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Just for you…

As I lie back and watch the blue sky Clouds, shapes, a bit of sun peeping from around the corner… A beautiful sight, a moment…
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Of Zen…

Zen stories. They bring back fond memories. Of times I spent with my master – sometimes in larger groups, other times just with the uchideshis…
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A good night’s sleep…

The one thing that you cannot buy, is a good night’s sleep. And at the end of it all, it is sleep that matters. Not…
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Ready…?

Last night, I saw the fastest 2 hour 50 minute movie that I have even seen. From the intro titles, till the final credits, Jawan…
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Hara Hara Mahadev!

अवन्तिकायां विहितावतारंमुक्तिप्रदानाय च सज्जनानाम् ।अकालमृत्योः परिरक्षणार्थंवन्दे महाकालमहं सुरेशम् avantikāyāṃ vihitāvatāraṃmuktipradānāya ca sajjanānām ;akālamṛtyoḥ parirakṣaṇārthaṃvande mahākālamahaṃ sureśam द्वादशलिङ्गस्तोत्रम् dvādaśaliṅgastotramShiva Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram This is an extract from…
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And here comes Deepavali…

Right. The biggest festival of them all is upon us. Deepavali (as I like to call it) signifies much more than what most of us…
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A weekend well spent…

So the whole team took off to Ras Al Khaimah for the weekend – spouses, family et al. We had a small awards ceremony, and…
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Bite sized versions for bite sized attention spans…

आदौ राम तपोवनादि गमनं हत्वा मृगं कांचनं । वैदेही हरणं जटायु मरणं सुग्रीव सम्भाषणं ॥ वाली निर्ग्रहणं समुद्र तरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं । पश्चात रावण कुम्बकर्ण हननं…
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Of awards, and AWARDS…

We are having our annual team get together/retreat tomorrow. Part of the festivities – well, actually the only thing on the agenda besides chilling out…
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Granting blessings…

Suratha said “Oh revered Rishi! we are grieving. I lost my kingdom, yet I feel attached to everything that is associated with it. My elephant,…
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How to win over Āvarana…

They fought in the skies, toe to toe, until the Devi lifted him, whirled him around and threw him to the ground. As he tried…
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Śumba Niśumba…

The Devi then struck Raktabīja with her spear, and the fierce Kālī drank up all his blood before it could spill to the ground. Raktabīja…
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Raktabija..

Seeing Chanda and Munda vanquished, the remaining asura army panicked and fled in all directions. And Kāli, holding the heads of Chanda and Munda in…
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Welcome Chamunda…

The Devi smiled again. “Yes, it is true. They are very strong. But what can I do since I took that ill-considered vow, even though…
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But why wait?

Well, we have understood how to overcome tamas, and rajas. Next is sattva. But wait – sattva is a good guna, so why should we…
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The end of Vikshepa…

Seeing Mahishasura fall, the entire legions of the asura armies perished. The devas celebrated and showered flowers on Devi Chandika, and sang praises in her…
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Mahishasura mardini!

The armies of the devas were mesmerised. They chanted in unison as their spirits rose after witnessing this huge spectacle. From his palace, Mahishasura wondered…
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Tamas and Rajas…

Read the previous part here… “This is because of the boon that Devi granted these asuras”, thought Sri Vishnu as he continued to battle them. “Only…
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Madhu, Kaitaba and Sri Vishnu…

Suratha said “Oh revered Rishi! we are grieving. I lost my kingdom, yet I feel attached to everything that is associated with it. My elephant,…
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And how do you fast?

Navratri begins tomorrow. Some people asked me about the fasting – how long, what can be eaten, when and how to break it etc. Many…
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Preparing for the nine-day fast…

Once you observe Ekādashi vratā regularly, Navrātri is a breeze. Conditioning one’s body to work on reduced inputs helps in times of need, but if…
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How do I express myself?

A few months back, of my team members told me that she wants to write. Aha! She was interested in taking up content writing, and…
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Lets watch…

Conflicts starting across the world… People against each other – choosing sides… I am right and he is wrong..this is mine and that is not…
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Become a child…again.

Today is Ekādashi. Vratā, but work continues, and today was a busier day than usual. Client calls, desk work, interviews, and I took my last…
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On conflict and peace…

It’s good to be reminded of somethings sometimes. So today, as you wake up to birds chirping outside, and as you step into the washroom…
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Are you stressed?

Stress is not inborn nor is it inherited it does not even exist in nature except in your own mind… Yes that same monkey mind…
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Sample the Panchatantra…

उदीरितोऽर्थःपशुनापिगृहतेहयाश्चनागाश्चवहन्तिचोदिताः।अनुक्तम्अप्य्ऊहतिपण्डितोजनःपरेङ्गित–ज्ञान–फ्जलाहिबुद्धयः॥४४॥ udīrito ‘rthaḥ paśunāpi gṛhate hayāś ca nāgāś ca vahanti coditāḥ |anuktam apy ūhati paṇḍito janaḥ pareṅgita-jñāna-phjalā hi buddhayaḥ || 44 || Even animals can sort of…
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Now is the best time…

यदपि स्यादसमये यातो वनमसाविति ।अकालो नास्ति धर्मस्य जीविते चञ्चले सति ॥ yadapi syādasamaye yāto vanamasāviti |akālo nāsti dharmasya jīvite cañcale sati|| Buddhacarita 6.21, by Aśvaghoṣa Though…
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Ability, or attitude?

What matters more? The ability to learn, or the attitude towards learning? Some might argue that we don’t have the ability to learn anything and…
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How recent is recent?

I was watching a series earlier this year…its a story set in 2005. What comes to your mind when you think of 2005? Surely does…
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Of cavemen and speaking in public…

“In fact, public speaking anxiety may be primal and quintessentially human, not limited to those of us born with a high-reactive nervous system. One theory,…
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Visarjan – Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!

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A meeting a day, keeps the eating away…

Meetings, meetings, meetings. Some are very productive, others a total waste of time. Some serendipitous, some scheduled, others impromptu. Internal meetings, external meetings. Face to…
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Intermittent slowing…

Today is Ekādashi – the 11th day of a fortnight in a lunar month, as per the Hindu calendar. The West is just waking up…
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Welcome, creator economy!

Tomorrow is a creator’s economy. There are no barriers to entry. A one-man army can actually create a disproportionate impact with content creation and effective…
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Don’t disrupt…construct!

Every quarter, I sit through a few presentations of people who want to change the world. A very few of them, if any, end up…
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Five essential commandments…

1. Question every requirement. Each should come with the name of the person who made it. You should never accept that a requirement came from…
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The origin of Sanskrit grammar…

There is an interesting story as to how Panini, the originator of Sanskrit grammar, received knowledge from Shiva. He was supposed to be the dullest…
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Let’s see the Ganapati in others:)

गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहेकविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पतआ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम् ॥ Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim HavaamaheKavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravastamam |Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam BrahmannaspataAa Nah Shrnnvan-Uutibhih Siida Saadanam || Among the Ganas (Group of Prayers), to you who is the Ganapati (Deva of Prayers), we offer this…
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Shri Ganeshaya Namah!

ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहेकविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पतआ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम् ॥ ॐ महागणाधिपतये नमः ॥ Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim HavaamaheKavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravastamam |Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam BrahmannaspataAa Nah Shrnnvan-Uutibhih Siida Saadanam || Rig Veda 2.23.1 Om, O Ganapati, To You Who are the Lord of…
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73 and counting…

Well, I don’t have to take you through the journey of the man – most of you already know it, or at least some parts…
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Bharat, that is India…

Bharat that is India. Or India, that is Bharat. Kiran Bedi: Did we make a mistake in converting our name from Bharat to India? Sadhguru:…
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How deep is your clean?

Is deep cleaning done by maids on steroids? That’s the question I shot back when I was told that this process would take less than…
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Oh the drama of the senses…

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Every breath you take…not the song…

“In breathing, as in everything in life, the numbers are staggering—indeed fantastical. Every time you breathe, you exhale some 25 sextillion (that’s 2.5 x 1022) molecules…
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Of 15s and electronic q-tips…

The iPhone 15 is around the corner, and so are the done-to-death “sell my kidney” jokes. Do I upgrade? Well, err…ummm….anyone looking for a Gold…
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Of massy and classy…

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On Krishna Janmashtami…

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Oh Kishan mere…happy birthday!

Krishna, Kishan, Madhav, Banke Bihari, Gopala, Kanhaiya, Ranchhod, Parthasarathy, Ishvara…the many names and the many facets of the personality of the most loved God in…
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Nara and Narayana…

Narayana and Nara are supposed to have taken form as Sri Krishna and Arjuna. They were almost like twins, working together living together, eating together, one being in…
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Paint me in your love:)

The devotee’s love for Krishna cannot be expressed in words – but some do come close. The kiran of Sri Krishna is full of celebration,…
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The power of Quiet…

“Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book.…
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Of dreams and cognition…

बन्धुउद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत् ।आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मन: ॥ ५ ॥ बन्धुरात्मात्मनस्तस्य येनात्मैवात्मना जित: ।अनात्मनस्तु शत्रुत्वे वर्तेतात्मैव शत्रुवत् ॥ ६ ॥ uddhared ātmanātmānaṁnātmānam avasādayetātmaiva hy ātmano bandhurātmaiva…
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The Budo way…

A lot is spoken of the word “Budo”. Budō is a compound of the root bu (武:ぶ), meaning “war” or “martial”; and dō (道:どう; dào in Chinese), meaning “path” or “way.…
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Of Epishura and Li Ziqi…

Two bits of information that may catch your attention today. One is about Epishura, and the second was about Li Ziqi. Now, chances are that…
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Kyokushin…fito!

Yog is a way of life, that combines asanas (postures) and pranayama ( breathing), mudras (gestures) and bandhas (body locks)… Breathing is an essential part of…
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Ahem, good to be the first!

We did it:) The first nation in the world to land at the South Pole of the moon! यशोधिगन्तुं सुखलिप्सया वा मनुष्यसंख्यामतिवर्तितुं वा |  निरुत्सकानामभियोगभाजां समुत्सुके…
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The path to learning…

आदौ नित्यानित्यवस्तुविवेकः परिगम्यते । इहामुत्रफलभोगविरागस्तदनन्तरम्शमादिषट्कसम्पत्तिर्मुमुक्षुत्वमिति स्फुटम् ॥ १९ ॥ ādau nityānityavastuvivekaḥ parigamyate | ihāmutraphalabhogavirāgastadanantaramśamādiṣaṭkasampattirmumukṣutvamiti sphuṭam  from Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, written by Jagadguru Adi Śaṅkarācārya First is enumerated discrimination between the…
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Of aims and best laid plans…

Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get… Forrest Gump “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans…
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Drinking food and chewing water…

आहार  शुद्धौ   सत्त्व  शुद्धिः सत्त्व शुद्धौ  ध्रुवा स्मृतिः     स्मृति लम्भे  सर्व ग्रन्थीनांविप्र  मोक्षः ||  āhāra-śuddhau sattva-śuddhiḥ sattva-śuddhau dhruvāsmṛtiḥ smṛtilambhe sarva-granthīnām vipramokṣaḥ If one…
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Of weddings and mice…

There was a beautiful hermitage on the bank of river Gangā, where a group of hermits lived in peace. The hermits were disciples of a…
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To kill or not to kill…

Should we as a society, support the death penalty? More importantly, is it right? This seemingly innocent question can at first instance, be answered in a…
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A miracle of sorts…

Bharata, or India, is not short of a miracle in itself. While Bharatvarsha has existed for thousands of years, it has seldom functioned as a…
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A few pages that I liked…

The reading habit is fast dying…its decline hastened by, among other things, our decreasing attention spans (thank you Social Media) and availability of lesser alternatives…
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The Panchatantra on dealing with enemies…

“According to Manusmiriti, there are six policies of dealing with such an issue – Sandhi (peace treaty), Vigraha (war), Yaana (preparation for war), Asana (neutrality), Samsraya (forming alliances) and Dvaidhibhava (double-dealing or pretending to be friendly). So…
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On thirst and wants…

भोगा न भुक्ता वयमेव भुक्ताः, तपो न तप्तं वयमेव तप्ताः । कालो न यातो वयमेव याताः तृष्णा न जीर्णा वयमेव जीर्णाः ॥ bhogā na bhuktā  vayameva…
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Of machines and consciousness…

Physics describes patterns in spacetime that correspond to particles moving around. If the particle arrangements obey certain principles, they give rise to emergent phenomena that…
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The mudras of knowledge…

The Bihar School of Yoga elaborates on the spiritual aspects of the jñāna and chin mudras. Jñāna means wisdom or knowledge, and jñāna mudra is a gesture of intuitive knowledge. Chin,…
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Of rishis seven…

Those who are familiar with financial planning know the importance of diversification of assets – allocating monies to different asset classes (property, mutual funds, stocks,…
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Slow down…

The past decade has been one of growth. Very good growth. Most of us think that everything has to keep going in just one direction…
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And then an opportunity…

Read the previous part here. Aha. So I wrote this yesterday, and opportunity presented itself today. Actually, I wouldn’t call it a welcome opportunity, but well,…
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A few thoughts on regimen…

We have all been there isn’t it? The big resolve to do something, to start anew. An exercise regime, a diet, a new productivity mantra,…
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The law of Ghuna…

Damanaka replied -“Even in this difficult situation, my intelligence is intact… I will break their friendship. It is said… एकं हन्यान् न वा हन्याद् इषुः…
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Of ones and tens…

Today is Ekādashi – the 11th day of a fortnight in a lunar month, as per the Hindu calendar. Since there are two fortnights, Ekādashi…
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Who am I?

As with most people who are well-raised, well-educated and financially secure, Dr. Tokai only thought of himself… Men without Women, Haruki Murakami Who am I?…
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Of lice and bugs…

मन्दविसर्पिणीमत्कुणकथा The Story of the slow-moving louse and the bug In a palace not so far away from here, was a beautiful bedroom, where the…
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Of octopuses and bubbles…

Anyone who has been through a toddler knows the importance of bubbles in their lives. They demand it at will, and the popping of these…
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The four levels of closeness…

The Tamil word ‘anbu’ doesn’t translate well into English. Love is a small word for a feeling that describes the melting of a heart in the…
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Of being the best in class…

विभूति: (vibhutih)- mighty, powerful, great power आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंश‍ुमान् ।मरीचिर्मरुतामस्मि नक्षत्राणामहं शशी ॥ २१ ॥ ādityānām ahaṁ viṣṇurjyotiṣāṁ ravir aṁśumānmarīcir marutām asminakṣatrāṇām ahaṁ śaśī Of the…
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Of dolls three…

Today, let me tell you a story. The great emperor Kṛṣṇadevarāya (Krishnadevaraya) had a lot of wise ministers in his court. The wisest of them…
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Of ashes and lives…

On the banks of the river Yamunā, lies a place named Brahmasthala (the abode of Brahmins). There lived a Brahmin named Agnisvāmin (the lord of Agni), and he had…
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On food and mindfulness…

आहार  शुद्धौ   सत्त्व  शुद्धिः सत्त्व शुद्धौ  ध्रुवा स्मृतिः     स्मृति लम्भे   सर्व ग्रन्थीनांविप्र  मोक्षः ||  āhāra-śuddhau sattva-śuddhiḥ sattva-śuddhau dhruvāsmṛtiḥ smṛtilambhe sarva-granthīnām vipramokṣaḥ If…
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Mission possible…again

I was never a hardcore Mission Impossible fan, but I always liked these movies. The franchise grew on me and soon enough, it became a…
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Chandrayaan 3

The third mission. 45 days to go. If successful, the fourth only country to land on the moon. Yes, I am excited! Those who know…
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Hiring and then some…

So we are on a hiring mini-spree. Back to interviews, shortlisting and final rounds. Meeting new people. Learning new things. All in the hope that…
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Sweet Kaaram life…

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Of collections and hearts…

Collectibles. We all have them – some big, some small. A treasure trove of memories that we keep around us to remind us of good…
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Oh, the stress of prosperity!

Life, in most ways, has vastly improved for all of us. Humankind currently enjoys a much better standard of living than it has ever had.…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 29

Sri Rama made Vibhishana the King of Lanka. Vibhishana wanted Sri Rama to take rest so that He could leave for Ayodhya, next day. But as Bharata is taking severe austerities and waiting for…
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Not all teachers are gurus…

We may remember Teachers Day as the day when we decorated the blackboard (or green board, as was in our case), and wished our teachers…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 28

At Rama’s bidding Hanuman entered Lanka after getting Vibhishana’s permission and reported Rama’s success to Sita. Sita was stunned by the joyful news and remained silent. “Mother, why do you not speak…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 27

Indrajit went to battle again. With his magic he became invisible and rained arrows on the vanaras. He tormented his opponents and tried to frighten Lakshmana. In the…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 26

Kumbhakarna sallied forth into the battlefield. The vanaras were terrified when they saw the huge monstrous form advancing towards them. The mighty rakshasa killed hundreds of vanaras and spread panic in their…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 24

The great war began badly for the rakshasas. Their chieftains met with many ill omens on the way to the battlefield and few returned. Enraged at…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 24

Millions of vanaras were at work. They brought huge boulders from the hills and tall trees from the forests. Skilful workers laid them side-by-side and built a…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 23

Meanwhile many things were happening in Lanka. Ravana was disturbed by the havoc wrought by a single vanara. The rakshasas urged Ravana to raise a. huge army and rout Rama and his vanara hordes. Vibhishana,…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 22

Back among his own kind, Hanuman had a gripping story to tell. The vanaras were jubilant that the mission had succeeded. Hanuman gave Rama an account of all that had happened…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 21

Hanuman heard the two incidents narrated by Sita with rapt attention, so that he might repeat them verbatim to Rama and so that, on hearing them, Rama would not have…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 20

Maruthi of matchless intellect, climbed upon a lofty simsupa tree that was nearby and hid behind its leaves. Expecting the appearance of Sita from any quarter he…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 19

In Lanka, Hanuman began his search examining every mansion and scanning every nook and corner. He entered the palace of Ravana and saw therein the Pushpaka Vimana, the magic vimana of Kubera, which…
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What is Yoga…again:)

Every International Yoga Day, I write about yoga. And a whole year passes so fast… Here is what I wrote last year, with a few…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 17

All the vanaras helped in the search for Sita. One of the groups which went south learnt from Sampathi, the brother of Jatayu, that Sita was a prisoner of…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 16

Vali was a very powerful warrior and possessed many boons against defeat and failure. Sugriva doubted if Rama, was a match for Vali. Rama showed his prowess by performing…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 15

Near Pampa, the princes met a wise monkey called Hanuman who was the minister to Sugriva. Hanuman immediately took a liking for the princes and became a faithful friend…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 14

Meanwhile in Dandakarnya Rama, returning exhausted from the deer-hunt, met Lakshmana on the way. Rama rebuked his brother for having left Sita alone in the cottage and feared that she…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 13

Ravana spoke of his great prowess and wealth and asked Sita to go with him to Lanka. He made many promises and said Rama was unworthy of her. When all his…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 12

Maricha, another rakshasa, would take the form of a beautiful golden deer and go to Panchavati. He would stray near Rama’s cottage. On seeing the enchanting deer, Sita was certain…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 11

Thoroughly disgraced and bleeding all over, Surpanakha hastened to Janasthana where her brother, Khara, was the chieftain. Khara was enraged at the wrong done to his sister. Accompanied by his…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 10

On their way to Panchavati the princes saw a huge bird, which they mistook for a rakshasa in disguise. But Io! the bird spoke in a soft voice full…
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What kind of animal are you?

What kind of Animal are you? You may have played this game in your teens or college, but today’s post is not about that. It’s…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 9

Rama was unhappy that the people of Ayodhya were forgetting their duties and daily cares in their love for him. He thought that if he stayed near Ayodhya…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 8

Rama was deeply moved to hear the sad tale that Bharata told him. Bharata said, “Ayodhya is yours. How can I, a younger brother, bear the burden of ruling…
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Of long walks and long talks…

What started as a stop-gap arrangement, has now turned into a standard practice exercise routine. From the past few months, I have been taking non-essential…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 7

Here in Ayodhya, Dasaratha never recovered from his grief. Soon the land was without a ruler and Bharata, who had gone to his uncle’s place, was sent for. The…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 6

Rama took leave of Kaikeyi and went to his mother’s apartments. Kausalya was shocked to hear that her son must part from her for full fourteen years. Rama comforted…
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Just one more thing…

Every once in around a decade, Apple comes out with a product that is not incremental, not even exponential…it changes things in a way that…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 5

The news that Rama was to be crowned thrilled the whole of Ayodhya. Everyone was happy—all except an old hunchbacked woman named Manthara. Manthara, who was an attendant on Kaikeyi,…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 4

After a short while, Rama and his brothers, with their brides, started on their way back to Ayodhya. Hardly had they begun their journey when they were confronted…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 3

At Mithila, King Janaka showed the princes the mighty bow of Shiva, the Destroyer. So far no one had been able to lift the bow or bend it even…
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Illustrated Ramayana – Part 1

Sriman Narayana, which is another name for Vishnu, asked the Devas to take courage and shed their fears. He assured them he would appear on earth as a mortal…
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Gayatri Ramayanam – Part 4

१९. य –यस्य विक्रममासाद्य राक्षसा निधनं गताः |तं मन्ये राघवं वीरं नारायणमनामयम् || ६-७२-११ “On the strength of whose valour many rakshasas lost their lives that valiant…
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Gayatri Ramayanam – Part 3

१३. स –स निर्जित्य पुरीं श्रेष्ठां लङ्का तां कामरूपिणीम् |विक्रमेण महातेजा हनूमान् कपिसत्तमः || ५-४-१ Having conquered  by his valour the guarding deity of Lankapuri,   who was…
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We enter a new era…

सं ग॑च्छध्वं॒ सं व॑दध्वं॒ सं वो॒ मनां॑सि जानताम् । दे॒वा भा॒गं यथा॒ पूर्वे॑ संजाना॒ना उ॒पास॑ते ॥सं गच्छध्वं सं वदध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानताम् । देवा…
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Gayatri Ramayanam – Part 2

७. नि –निरीक्ष्य स मुहूर्तं तु ददर्श भरतो गुरुम् |उटजे राममासीनं जटामण्डलधारिणम् || २-९९-२५ – अयोध्याकाण्डम् Bharata (after sighting the hermitage of Rama), spent a…
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Gayatri Ramayanam – Part 1

तत्सवितुर्वरॆण्यंभर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियॊ यॊ नः प्रचोदयात्    We are all familiar with the Gayatri Mahamantra above. The Valmiki Ramayana contains 24,000 slokas divided into 7…
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Nama Ramayana – Uttara Kaandam – Part 3

धर्मस्थापनतत्पर राम् ॥१०१॥ Dharma-Sthaapana-Tatpara Raam ||101|| 101: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who is Eager to Establish Dharma in the World. भक्तिपरायणमुक्तिद राम् ॥१०२॥ Bhakti-Paraayanna-Mukti-Da Raam ||102|| 102:…
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Nama Ramayana – Uttara Kaandam – Part 2

स्वर्गतशम्बुकसंस्तुत राम् ॥९३॥ Svargata-Shambuka-Samstuta Raam ||93|| 93: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who was Praised by Shambuka who then Went to Heaven. स्वतनयकुशलवनन्दित राम् ॥९४॥ Sva-Tanaya-Kusha-Lava-Nandita Raam ||94||…
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Nama Ramayana – Uttara Kaandam – Part 1

॥ उत्तरकाण्डम् ॥ || Uttara-Kaannddam || The Last Chapter आगतमुनिगणसंस्तुत राम् ॥८७॥ Aagata-Muni-Ganna-Samstuta Raam ||87|| 87: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who was Praised by All the Visiting…
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Nama Ramayana – Yudhda Kaandam – Part 3

भरतप्राणप्रियकर राम् ॥७७॥ Bharata-Praanna-Priyakara Raam ||77|| 77: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who brought Joy to the Life of Bharata after His return. साकेतपुरीभूषण राम् ॥७८॥ Saaketa-Purii-Bhuussanna Raam…
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Life can be cryptic…

It was written 600 years ago. It’s 234 pages long. It’s been studied by cryptographers and codebreakers alike. And yet, we still have no idea…
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Working with passion…

This week was brutal – and today was the culmination. I don’t get this tired often, but I am today. So it’s time for a…
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Nama Ramayana – Yudhda Kaandam – Part 2

अहिमहिरावणचारण राम् ॥६९॥ Ahimahiraavanna-Caaranna Raam ||69|| 69: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Destroyed Mahiravana (through Hanuman) who Trapped Him in Patala Loka. संहृतदशमुखरावण राम् ॥७०॥ Samhrta-Dasha-Mukha-Raavanna Raam…
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History rising…

Witnessed a beautiful sight this Ekādashi – the rise of the first stone mandir in Abu Dhabi. I don’t want to get into the details…
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Nama Ramayana – Yudhda Kaandam – Part 1

॥ युध्दकाण्डम् ॥ || Yudhda-Kaannddam || The Chapter on Battle रावणनिधनप्रस्थित राम् ॥६२॥ Raavanna-Nidhana-Prasthita Raam ||62|| 62: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Set out to destroy Ravana.…
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Nama Ramayana – Sundara Kaandam

॥ सुन्दरकाण्डम् ॥ || Sundara-Kaannddam || The Chapter on Hanuman’s meeting with Devi Sita at Lanka कपिवरसन्ततसंस्मृत राम् ॥५४॥ Kapi-Vara-Santata-Samsmrta Raam ||54|| 54: I take Refuge in Sri Rama,…
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Nama Ramayana – Kisskindhaa Kaandam – Part 1

॥ किष्किन्धाकाण्डम् ॥ || Kisskindhaa-Kaannddam || The Chapter on Kisskindhaa, the Empire of the Vanaras हनुमत्सेवितनिजपद राम् ॥४९॥ Hanumat-Sevita-Nija-Pada Raam ||49|| 49: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Whose…
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Nama Ramayana – Arannya Kaandam – Part 2

शूर्पणखार्तिविधायक राम् ॥४१॥ Shuurpannakha[a-A]arti-Vidhaayaka Raam ||41|| 41: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who caused Surpanakha pain for her wicked intentions. खरदूषणमुखसूदक राम् ॥४२॥ Khara-Duussanna-Mukha-Suudaka Raam ||42|| 42: I…
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Nama Ramayana – Arannya Kaandam – Part 1

॥ अरण्यकाण्डम् ॥ || Arannya-Kaannddam || In the Forest दण्डकवनजनपावन राम् ॥३५॥ Dannddakavana-Jana-Paavana Raam ||35|| 35: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Purified the Dandakaranya Forest by slaying…
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Steps away from me…

When you attend your very first day at school, I will be there, holding your hand, taking you in, Watching you as you walk apprehensively…
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Nama Ramayana – Ayodhya Kaandam – Part 1

॥ अयोध्याकाण्डम् ॥ || Ayodhyaa-Kaannddam || The Chapter on Ayodhya अगणितगुणगणभूषित राम् ॥२३॥ Agannita-Gunna-Ganna-Bhuussita Raam ||23|| 23: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who was Adorned with Inumerable Virtues.…
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It starts with one, and also ends with one…

आदौ राम तपोवनादि गमनं हत्वा मृगं कांचनं । वैदेही हरणं जटायु मरणं सुग्रीव सम्भाषणं ॥ वाली निर्ग्रहणं समुद्र तरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं । पश्चात रावण कुम्बकर्ण हननं…
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And then there was one…

मां निषाद प्रतिष्ठां- त्वमगमः शाश्वतीः समाः। यत्क्रौंचम- िथुनादेकम्- अवधीः काममोहितम् || “mā niṣāda pratiṣṭhāṁ tvamagamaḥ śāśvatīḥ samāḥ yat krauñcamithunādekam avadhīḥ kāmamohitam”  “You will find no rest…
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A quick one…

What’s better than one new project? Two new projects! So we have a new way of communicating updates and news, and I am pretty excited…
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What’s in a name err..Shanaaya?

ॐ दिवं च रोह पृथिवीं च रोह राष्ट्रं च रोह द्रविणं च रोह।प्रजां च रोहामृतं च रोह रोहितेन तन्वं सं स्पृशस्व ॥ dívaṃ ca róha pr̥tʰivī́ṃ…
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Two points to ponder…

எண்ணித் துணிகக் கருமம் துணிந்தபின்எண்ணுவம் என்பது இழுக்கு enni thuniga karumam thuninthapinennuvam enbathu izhukku (467) कार्यनिर्वहणोपायमादौ ज्ञात्वा क्रियां कुरु ।प्रविश्य कार्ये नोपायचिन्तनं कार्यसाधकम् ॥ (४६७) होना प्रवृत्त…
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And so began a tale…

Many many years ago, in Bhāratvarsha, there was a kingdom called Dhārānagara. It’s king Gandharvasen, had four queens, and six well learned and powerful sons. It…
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And the next one is…

अयंनिजःपरोवेतिगणनालघु-चेतसाम्। उदार चरितानांतु वसुधैवकुटुम्बकम्॥ ayaṃ nijaḥ paro veti gaṇanā laghu-cetasām |udāra-caritānāṃ tu vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam || 37 || This is mine, and that is yours – such thinking…
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Of idlis and doshas…

As I began my day today at Hariprasad, my favorite neighborhood (nearly) Kannadiga food joint here, I wondered about the origins of the dish that…
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Yet another eclipse…

Tomorrow is a solar eclipse. यत्त्वा॑ सूर्य॒ स्व॑र्भानु॒स्तम॒सावि॑ध्यदासु॒रः । अक्षे॑त्रवि॒द्यथा॑ मु॒ग्धो भुव॑नान्यदीधयुः ॥यत्त्वा सूर्य स्वर्भानुस्तमसाविध्यदासुरः । अक्षेत्रविद्यथा मुग्धो भुवनान्यदीधयुः ॥ yat tvā sūrya svarbhānus tamasāvidhyad…
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Beyond the six…

Yesterday was all about what we have been doing. Today is about what we want to do. The good thing about goals is that you…
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Turning six? No!

Life is what happens when you are busy planning for other things. 10 Leaves was not a planned exercise. There was an opportunity to create…
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Hunger…

Saw a good movie today – Hunger on Netflix. It’s a Thai movie, and I recommend seeing it in Thai, rather than English. There are…
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Day 1 of a new life?

It’s done! Day 1 went better than expected. He woke relatively earlier, was in a good mood, ate a hearty breakfast and off he went.…
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And blocks he will build…

Well, almost. After a lot of visiting, reading and thinking (and dilly dallying), we finally settled for one just down the road. Building Blocks, they…
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Friendship, and suspicion, and fast thinking monkeys…

समुत्पन्नेषु कार्येषु बुद्धिर् यस्य न हीयते ।स एव दुर्गं तरति जलस्थो वानरो यथा ॥ १ ॥ samutpanneṣu kāryeṣu buddhir yasya na hīyate |sa eva durgaṃ tarati…
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I had a err…question…

Had a short, but interesting conversation with a new contact who has just relocated from London to Dubai. We spoke about fintech prospects here in…
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zzzzzzz…..again

Have been having erratic sleep of late. I can’t think of anything specific, so maybe this is a phase. Also, since Rohāmrta sleeps next to…
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A trip to the Suffer-i…

An eventful Sunday. A trip to the Dubai Desert Park. With the young one. Who fell asleep during the main part – the 45-minute bus…
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Staycation plans, again!

It’s been over a year and a half since I wrote about taking a staycation, and err…haven’t yet got down to it! It’s surprising sometimes,…
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Dolls not of the Barbie variety…

The great emperor Kṛṣṇadevarāya (Krishnadevaraya) had a lot of wise ministers in his court. The wisest of them was Tenali Ramakrishna. One day, a merchant came to…
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Of recycling and little else…

I chanced upon a very elaborate arrangement for recycling in our community today. Long instructions written on separation of what constitutes plastic and what doesn’t…
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Making sense of it all…

An elderly couple lived in great poverty, on the brink of a huge forest. They used to walk through the forest everyday, to gather firewood…
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Of battles and more…

The Devi smiled again. “Yes, it is true. They are very strong. But what can I do since I took that ill-considered vow, even though…
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Jai Shri Ram!

द्विः शरं नाभिसन्धत्ते द्विः स्थापयति नाश्रितान् ।द्विर्ददाति न चार्थिभ्यो, रामो द्विर्नाभिभाषते ॥ Rāma doesn’t aim twice, he doesn’t give refuge twice, Rāma does not give…
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Your true nature…

Well, we have understood how to overcome tamas, and rajas. Next is sattva. But wait – sattva is a good guna, so why should we…
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Rajas day 2…

If you thought overcoming Tamas was tough, you may already be finding Rajas more difficult to overcome. Technology has not just brought about a change…
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Handling sensory overload…

We addressed the tāmasic self in the past three days. We now look at rajas guna. Rajas is the quality of change, activity, and turbulence.…
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Tamas – Day 3

So, how did the weekend start? Hopefully an hour earlier than it used to:) Today is the last day of our attack on tamas, before…
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Tamas – Day 2

How was day 1 of the Tamas-purge? Tomorrow is Saturday and then Sunday. The weekend. The days when you tend to wake late, eat wrong…
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Tamas…

Tendencies – a predisposition to think, act or proceed in a particular way. Indian philosophy speaks of Gunas, which are essentially tendencies that can be…
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A nine-day cleanse…

A nine-day cleanse. Vasanta Navratri begins today. And while I keep the Navratri fast in October, I like to make use of this opportunity provided…
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Yuga-ādi – to new beginnings!

Tomorrow is Ugādi — the first day of Chaitrā māsā, or the beginning of the new year. Largely celebrated in South India (where I am from), Maharashtra…
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The great purge…

Step 1 in reconstruction is breaking everything down first. The way you work, the way you exercise, the way you eat, sleep, read, everything. You…
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Crafting a new you…

Change is the only constant – so says the cliche and every other LinkedIn profile. But it is true. And one has to keep reinventing…
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Do you love what you do?

During the course of my interviews with many candidates, I come to learn of their passions outside work. They want to pursue these vocations, but…
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Dino Dino cute little Dino?

My son loves dinosaurs. Until they appear on TV that is. Anyways, I never thought that toddlers would love Dinos of all things. I mean…
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Do you believe?

Is your dream too big? Or too small? Or do you have one at all? Do they say its not going to happen, this dream…
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On a balanced life…

அமைந்தொருபால்கோடாமை சான்றோர்க் கணி. मध्ये स्थिता तुला द्रव्यं न्यायतस्तुलयेद्यथा ।तथा निष्पक्षपातित्वं माध्यस्थं लक्षणं सताम् ॥ (११८) To be unbiased like a balanced weighing scale, is a…
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To nursery or to Montessori…

Research begins again, this time after some site visits to nearby nurseries. I remember a time when there was KG1 (Kindergarten 1), KG2 and then…
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Whose is wealth?

ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् । तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥ īśāvāsyamidaṃ sarvaṃ yatkiñca jagatyāṃ jagat | tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā mā gṛdhaḥ kasyasviddhanam || Isha…
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Of duties and giving all up…

संन्यासस्तु महाबाहो दु:खमाप्तुमयोगत: |योगयुक्तो मुनिर्ब्रह्म नचिरेणाधिगच्छति || 6|| sannyāsas tu mahā-bāho duḥkham āptum ayogataḥyoga-yukto munir brahma na chireṇādhigachchhati Perfect renunciation (karm sanyās) is difficult to attain without…
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Forever give…

धारणात् खनकस्यापि धरण्या इव नि:समा ।स्वापराधिषु या क्षान्ति: स धर्म: परमो नृणाम् ॥ To bear with those who revile us, just as the earth bears…
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Life is a celebration…

Festivals are beautiful. They are fun, filled with joy, food and enjoyment. We celebrate, because life should be a celebration, with a bit of work…
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Of parenting and choices…

पितृदेवातिथीपिता विद्याप्रदानेन पण्डिताग्रेसरं सुतम् ।यदि कुर्यात्‌सुतस्यैतत् महत् साह्यमुदीर्यते ॥ The best thing parents can do for their children is to prepare them stand foremost in…
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Of falling apples and better marketing…

संयोगाभावे गुरुत्वात् पतनम् ॥५।१।७॥ Saṃyogābhāve gurutvāt patanam (5.1.7)In the absence of action, the object falls by gravity. कार्य्यविरोधि कर्म ॥१।१।१४॥ Kāryyavirodhi karma (1.1.14).Action is opposed…
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On Grihastashrama…

पितृदेवातिथीनां च बन्धूनामात्मनस्तथा ।सत्कृतिर्धर्ममागेंण गृहस्थस्य वरा मता ॥ A good householder has five duties to perform – towards God, his ancestors, guests, family and himself.…
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Of education and knowledge…

अकारादेव निर्यान्ति समस्तान्यक्षराणि च ।चराचरप्रपञ्चोऽय मीश्वरादेव जायते ॥ The alphabet begins with the “A” sound, so does the Universe begin with the universal consciousness. The…
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Of guests and gods…

शिरीषपुष्पमाघ्राणात् म्लानं संजायते यथा ।तथाऽतिथीनां वदनं स्याद् गृहस्थे पराङ्‌मुखे ॥ The delicate blossom of the anicham flower withers when merely smelled; an unwelcome look is…
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Of show and devotion…

यत् कृतं शुद्धमनसा स धर्म इति कथ्यते ।हच्छुद्धिरहितं कर्म केवलाडम्बरार्थकम् ॥ A mind free of impurity, is the basis of all virtue. Everything else is…
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Of action and liberation…

இருள்சேர் இருவினையும் சேரா இறைவன்பொருள்சேர் புகழ்புரிந்தார் மாட்டு. Those who are content in God’s praise, are not affected by the delusions caused by good deeds and bad.…
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Two sides…

The two sides of life. Witnessed on my way back home today. Stuck in a traffic jam, we realized that the cause was an accident…
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On interactions and spins…

I attended a meeting today. The agenda of the meeting was not very specific, and the nature of the meeting was such that I expected…
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On water and worship…

துப்பார்க்குத் துப்பாய துப்பாக்கித் துப்பார்க்குத்துப்பாய தூஉம் மழை.  Thuppaarkkuth Thuppaaya Thuppaakkith ThuppaarkkuthThuppaaya Thooum Mazhai (12) All food is produced because of rain, which itself is food again.…
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What is self-restraint?

ज्ञातव्यं तत्वतो ज्ञात्वा संयमी यो भवेन्नर: ।महात्मनां गुणाज्ञानां कृपया स सुखी वसेत् ॥ (१२३) If one exercises self-restraint with knowledge and intent, he will be…
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A bit on charity…

செய்யாமல் செய்த உதவிக்கு வையகமும்வானகமும் ஆற்றல் அரிது.   Seyyaamal Seydha Udhavikku VaiyakamumVaanakamum Aatral Aridhu (101) The gift of heaven and earth is not an equivalent for help…
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Of Shiva and perception…

Only the most painful circumstances yield the most intense prayers. The uncertainty that lies in front of us makes us appeal to the higher consciousness…
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The night of the Shiva…

Mahashivratri. The night when you stay awake, and pray to Shiva, the ultimate Yogi. A lot of questions may arise in our minds, when we…
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V for victory!

यतो यतो निश्चलति मनश्चञ्चलमस्थिरम् ।ततस्ततो नियम्यैतदात्मन्येव वशं नयेत् ॥ २६ ॥ yato yato niścalatimanaś cañcalam asthiramtatas tato niyamyaitadātmany eva vaśaṁ nayet From wherever the mind…
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50 shades of paneer…

It’s not enough being vegetarian. No sir. In some parts of the world, you have to specify – no meat, no fish. No chicken even.…
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Of daily picks!

Rohāmrta has his daily pick. One toy, one piece of stuff – can be anything from a spoon to his car. This thing then becomes…
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Of CEOs and vision…

Today, I visited one of the offices of a very famous CEO in Dubai. The business in itself is quite interesting, but even more interesting…
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Of Fakes and chosen paths…

I had written this a while back, and revisited it today. Was watching Farzi on Prime (Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi) – seems inspired from…
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And sometimes…

Sometimes I wonder if the world could be a better place, where people say what they mean and mean what they say… Sometimes I wonder…
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Om Bhur Bhuvah…

Gaya means “Vital energies” and trayte means “protects, preserves, grants liberation, gives deliverance.” In simple words, and language Gayatri means “May the divine light of the supreme being…
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Chudākarana Samskara

Chaulam is also called Cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म) and Cūḍākaraṇam ((चूडाकरणम्) Chudakarana). Cūḍā means tuft (of hair) that is kept on the back side of the head…
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Give me more!

The technology sector is apparently slowing down in the US. The threat of the looming recession, coupled with the larger threat of Artificial Intelligence wiping…
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short and sweet…

चूडाकरण (Chudakarana) is one of the 16 samskārās in Sanatana Dharma. Also known as मुण्डन (Mundana), this is when the child receives his or her…
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Of possessiveness and age…

Another day well spent. Today was Abhismita’s birthday, but we went to see her only in the evening, so the rest of the day was…
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Of wins and experiences…

Is life all about winning? Or is it about experiencing? Yes, winning feels good, no one likes to lose, no one looks forward to losing…but…
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Of company and backbiters…

The Panchatantra is such a huge treasure trove of information, not just for kids, but for adults as well. There are so many life lessons…
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A day well spent…

A day well spent! Started with a his favorite breakfast, then bath, puja at home and a visit to the swanky new temple. He slept…
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What is friendship?

And so Laghupatakana said “Dear Hiranyaka… सतां साप्तपदं मैत्रम् इत्य् आहुर् विबुधा जनाः ।तस्मात् त्वं मित्रतां प्राप्तो वचनं मम तच् छृणु ॥ ४८ ॥ satāṃ…
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Of cakes and party hats…

Children’s birthdays – always a tough one. Rohāmrta turns two in a couple of days – and we are yet to figure out what to…
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Of domains and bullets…

Domains domains everywhere, and many a payment to make! I manage close to 20 domains of my own, and stuff is bound to happen. A…
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Of appraisals and teams…

It’s appraisal time! Sent a form to all our employees for their annual appraisal. We do stuff a bit differently, but this initial step is…
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One nation, one proud Republic!

Ah, the Indian Republic Day! The tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the parades, the tableaus, the march past…the show of strength… I remember when…
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Can you create?

If you have seen Kamal Hassan’s Vikram, you would have mostly been pleasantly surprised during the wedding sequence. Yes, You Tube Tatha was there! I…
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Express yourself…

One of my team members wants to write. Aha! She is interested in taking up content writing, and wanted to undertake a course. I suggested…
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Of information and knowledge…

तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया |उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिन: || tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayāupadekṣhyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśhinaḥ Srimad Bhagavad Gīta 4.34 Learn the Truth…
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Fauda fauda…

Fauda Fauda! Yes, the series Season 4 that premiered this weekend on Netflix, and the fauda in our collective health since the beginning of 2022.…
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Accomplishments, big or small…

The following is part of the Sādhanā series exercises. I remembered this one today since I actually accomplished quite a bit of work in the…
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