Your daily dose of Yog


A looooong weekend!

Tomorrow is the last working day, before a 5-day weekend. And as usual, I am thinking of how to spend my time productively. Holidays are…
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AHA…

Surprise Surprise! The 30*30 finished a day ago, and no one realized it. We just kept posting our scores as usual…It became a habit! It…
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Of words and tongues…

He is nearly two and yet the only comprehensible words that come out of his mouth are Tethe and saaaa. And yes, a hit of…
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Of meds and mitochondria…

I read somewhere that we have the best healthcare accessible to us – best that we as a species have ever had. But we also…
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Entha Maraya!

How does 16 become 400? I finally saw Kantara. And loved it. For once, priests are not shown to be vile. For once, traditions are…
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Of two tires and a hundred gears…

It’s the season of sport. And upsets. First comes the huge upset win of Saudi Arabia over Messi…sorry, Argentina. And today Japan won against Germany.…
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The ancient art of eating…

A lot of posts on exercise, but not much on eating. And while eating tastes may vary, there is one commonality that does not depend…
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Wakanda Forever!

A good day, a great movie and a wonderful meal. Unwinding done:) Saw Wakanda Forever – the movie should serve as a template for how…
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Be a tree…

Next time you pass by a big tree, stop and observe it a bit. It probably has been standing there for many years, silent, leaves…
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I have no time!

I am so busy, I don’t have time to exercise… If the above statement is you, it’s time to change it. There is some spring…
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Of punches and kicks…

All these days, I spoke about āsanās and a bit of prānāyāmā. Good, but generally considered soft. Today I speak of martial arts. Good, but…
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Beauty and simplicity…

Beauty mostly lies in simplicity, doesn’t it? This is true for design, for speech and writing, in makeup and dressing up, and also in health…
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Of cobras and poses…

Today’s āsanā is a bit difficult for beginners, and often done wrong. Would suggest that you go through some basic āsanās before trying this one…
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State of motivation?

The 30*30 challenge continues, but contrary to my expectations, I lag behind my teammates. Happy in a way, but the competitor in me is awake…
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And then he turned 45…

45 is an odd number. Yes, odd from the number system perspective. But also odd from the perspective of life. It’s not a crossroads number…
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The beauty of no-mind…

How many of you find it difficult to just sit, for around 30 minutes? By sit I don’t mean on a computer, or watching Netflix.…
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Nandini vs Kundavai – Round 1

I saw Ponniyin Selvan 1 yesterday. I know some people (non-Tamil) were possibly disappointed, since they expected something on the lines of Bahubali, whereas PS1…
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Ekādashi blues…

Today is Ekādashi. Vratā, but work continues, and today was a busier day than usual. But the 30*30 challenge continues, and so I took my…
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Of twists and stop-gaps…

What started as a stop-gap arrangement, has now turned into a standard practice exercise routine. From the past two days, I have been taking non-essential…
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A near miss!

Today started with me not being able to do the daily yog. Was held up the whole day in calls and meetings, so missed the…
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The world is a village…

The world is a village, and explorers we all are… Visited Global Village after 15 years. Yes, fifteen. Actually, I never took a fancy to…
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Sense of purpose…

Day 3. Was able to complete the morning and the evening routines. Good work! Brings along a small sense of achievement, and a lot of…
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Watch out for Day 15!

Day 2 started well, with yog, prānāyāma and meditation. I missed the evening workout though, since there was a puja to attend. No worries, will…
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Day 1 starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Day 1 of the 10 Leaves 30*30. I have been lax the past couple of months, but tomorrow will get back into full…
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Its ME time!

It’s ME time. For everyone in office. Here is a circular that I sent out today. Health is wealth – everyone knows that, but how…
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Of 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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Of eclipses and ancestors…

यत्त्वा॑ सूर्य॒ स्व॑र्भानु॒स्तम॒सावि॑ध्यदासु॒रः । अक्षे॑त्रवि॒द्यथा॑ मु॒ग्धो भुव॑नान्यदीधयुः ॥यत्त्वा सूर्य स्वर्भानुस्तमसाविध्यदासुरः । अक्षेत्रविद्यथा मुग्धो भुवनान्यदीधयुः ॥ yat tvā sūrya svarbhānus tamasāvidhyad āsuraḥ | akṣetravid yathā mugdho…
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Happy Deepavali!

आप सब को दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ! जय श्री लक्ष्मी माता! If you chose to celebrate in full abandon, happy Diwali to you! If you…
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Naraka Chaturdashi…and Deepotsava

Deepavali is known as the Festival of lights. Arguably the most well-known festival from India, Deepavali (or Diwali) is celebrated around the world, even in the…
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you are in me, and I am in you…

“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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Moments made just for you…

For all you instagrammers out there, a few thoughts to ponder on:) As I lie back and watch the blue sky Clouds, shapes, a bit…
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Of seasons and changes…

This is something that I wrote around a year back. Revisited it today when I had a brief discussion with someone much older than me.…
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On studying one’s culture…

Ed Schein, now retired from the MIT School of Management, taught that a group’s culture can be studied in three ways: by looking at its…
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And Deepawali week begins!

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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Vibhuti Yog – Part 2

Read the previous part here… The true Advaitin is the master of the world. He does not know a good deal of his chosen subject; he knows…
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Karwa Chauth…

Tis the time of the year when we jump from one festivity to another, one celebration to another. And one controversy to another. Today its…
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Vibhuti Yog…

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

अवन्तिकायां विहितावतारंमुक्तिप्रदानाय च सज्जनानाम् ।अकालमृत्योः परिरक्षणार्थंवन्दे महाकालमहं सुरेशम् avantikāyāṃ vihitāvatāraṃmuktipradānāya ca sajjanānām ;akālamṛtyoḥ parirakṣaṇārthaṃvande mahākālamahaṃ sureśam द्वादशलिङ्गस्तोत्रम् dvādaśaliṅgastotramShiva Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram The first two lines of…
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Are you content yet?

यश्चेमां वसुधां कृत्स्नां प्रशासेदखिलां नृपः ।तुल्याश्मकाञ्चनो यश्च स कृतार्थो न पार्थिवः ॥ yaścemāṃ vasudhāṃ kṛtsnāṃ praśāsedakhilāṃ nṛpaḥ ।tulyāśmakāñcano yaśca sa kṛtārtho na pārthivaḥ ॥ Mahabharata…
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And the prep begins…

As Navratri ends, the preparation for Deepavali begins. From one journey, to another. Deepavali is the biggest celebration in India, and the beginning of a…
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The inner meaning…

Read the previous part here… They fought in the skies, toe to toe, until the Devi lifted him, whirled him around and threw him to the…
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A victory…once again!

Time is a Circle? Einstein’s field equations predict a universe which curves back upon itself, such that anyone traveling in a wide enough circle across the…
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Victory is near…

As Navrātri draws to a close, one tries to reflect on the past nine days. Vratā is tapas, a struggle to control and fight against…
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Jai Ma Durga!

Read the previous part here… The Devi smiled again. “Yes, it is true. They are very strong. But what can I do since I took that…
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Why wait?

Read the previous part here… Well, we have understood how to overcome tamas, and rajas. Next is sattva. But wait – sattva is a good guna,…
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Oh Kolkata, where art thou…

The spirit of the Pujo is something else in Kolkata. Kolkata. The name evokes memories of history, heritage, art, food…and Durga Puja. As the flight…
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What is good, and what is bad?

The concept of bad and good exists only in Western philosophy. Sanātana Dharma only speaks of action, and consequences. Every karmā, or every action, has…
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The enemy within?

You can fight an enemy who is outside, but how do you fight the enemy within? Spirituality is all about knowing yourself. If you are…
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The great reset…

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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Of math and life…

In mathematics, summation is the addition of a sequence of any kind of numbers, called addends or summands; the result is their sum or total. So is life – a summation of many moments that we experience. The…
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The significance of number nine…

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विष्णुमायेति शब्दिता । नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥  yā devī sarvabhūteṣu viṣṇumāyeti śabditā ।namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaḥ ॥ The number nine holds…
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And it begins…

Tomorrow is Mahalaya, the advent of the Devi… And the day after is Navratri… As always, I will be writing a series for the next…
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Of 14s and electronic q-tips…

The iPhone 14 is here, and so are the done-to-death “sell my kidney” jokes. Do I upgrade? Well, err…ummm….anyone looking for a Gold iPhone 12…
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Dheena Karunakarane Nataraja…

Dheena Karunakarane Nataraja…Neelakantane… A few days back I had written about Rohāmrta’s fascination for ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, an American folk song that turned…
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Om Shanti Gajodhar bhaiyya

Shri Raju Srivastava, best known for his Gajodhar bhaiyya performances, has passed. In an era where comedy is now synonymous with four-letter words and obscene…
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And who am I?

Who am I? This simple question has elicited many responses over the course of the existence of humankind. And these responses have been a lot…
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Forever and ever?

The question of eternal life is as old as life itself. Humankind has made great strides in life expectancy, from an average of 30 years…
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Of math and human communication…

Here’s a fun fact about resending lost data: you can never be 100% certain that both people, communicating on a network where information might get…
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Of culture and dinosaurs…

I’m reading a book interestingly titled “How to take over the world”, by Ryan North. I know it sounds a bit off, but it really…
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September 17th, 1950

Ok, a lot of you knew this post was coming, isn’t it? Well, I don’t have to take you through the journey of the man…
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Koans…

Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind.One said, “The flag moves.”The other said, “The wind moves.”They argued back and forth…
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Preparing for Navratri

Navratri is around the corner, and I am gearing up for it by starting the salad diet from this week. The vrata calls for a…
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The tale of Dantila and Gorambha!

यो ह्य् अपकर्तुम् अशक्तः कुप्यति किम् असौ नरो ऽत्र निर्लज्जः ।उत्पतितो ऽपि हि चणकः शक्तः किं भ्राष्ट्रकं भङ्क्तुम् ॥ १४३ ॥ yo hy apakartum aśaktaḥ…
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Some random musings…

And we enter the season of festivals. The next one and a half months will be a roller coaster ride of fun, frolic, fasting and…
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One of my favorite songs:)

Not many songs touch a chord the way this one does. Melody, classical touches and beautiful picturisation, an ode to my favorite Krishna, what else…
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Visarjan!

श्री गणेश चतुर्थी – Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi (Vināyaka Chaturthī) or Vinayaka Chavithi (Vināyaka Chavithī) is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha.…
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Happy Onam!

Asura is typically construed as evil, and is used interchangeably with Danavas, Daityas and Rākshasās, mainly because in English, they are all demons! But all…
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Can you do it?

The issue is not that you are not capable of doing it…the issue is that I know you are capable but you don’t. A phrase…
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Teachers, not all 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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Just begin!

Had an interesting conversation with family friends today. This revolved around exploring what one is good at, and putting it out there for the world…
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Of parents and walks…

I take a walk with Rohāmrta a few times a week. Not very far, just inside our community, which is pretty well spread out, and…
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A short story…

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 find the Ganesha 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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Of fishes and tricks…

As the frog said, “the one with thousand tricks sat on the head of the fisherman, the one with hundred tricks is hanging by the…
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The end of an era…

There may not be many who have not seen, or at least heard of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, the shows created and produced…
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The choices we make…

What role does choice play in our lives? I read a book somewhere that spoke about parallel realities. Every time we are faced with a…
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Acchoo…cough cough…

Falling sick is not anyone’s favorite hobby, but when I fall sick, a silver lining is the time I get to watch movies. And watch…
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An extra hour?

I had written this in 2020, as part of the Sādhanā series, and I don’t think I thought it would be as relevant even today.…
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Eat a frog?

Eating frogs is tough. In case you are wondering if I changed to an alternate (and alarming) diet of croakers, especially after extolling the virtues…
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Old MacDonald anyone?

One of the perks (at least thinking of them this way makes it easier) of feeding toddlers is the playing of rhymes – makes it…
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The after-effects:)

So yesterday was a good day – filled with fasting , celebration, food and finery. Sri Krishna took centerstage, both in our mandir at home…
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Keshava

One phot.One word. Keshava. My Keshava:) Happy Shri Krishna Janmashtami!
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And the day is near…

One of my favorite times of the year is a couple of days away. श्री कृष्ण जनमाष्टमी is on Friday. It’s a bit odd- I…
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The five pledges…

पाँच प्रण – Five pledges. 1. A developed Bharat. 2. Complete removal of the colonized mindset 3. Pride in our culture and civilisation 4. Ek…
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Yugas – the chronicles of time…

The following article by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is adapted from Astrology of the Seers, by David Frawley Who knows now and who can declare the…
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Of rakhis and copycats…

Two movies released today. One spoke about bonds and relationships, the other is a copy of an American movie. One is a simple story about…
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Of staples and scarcity…

From the past few months, there has been increased talk on food scarcity. Apparently, a very few countries in the world account for a majority…
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22 and counting!

A few months back, I had written about our haul at the Olympics. Today, as the Commonwealth Games come to a close, we wrapped up…
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Music Teacher

Today’s post is very short. It’s about a movie on Netflix that most of you may have missed seeing on Netflix – and it’s called…
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Of belief in the impossible…

Another of my co-workers amazed me today. Our workplace is quite different from most. We work like a startup, even though we are well-established in…
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Of information and learning…

पण्डितो अनन्तपारं किल शब्द-शास्त्रं स्वल्पं तथायुर् बहवश् च विघ्नाः ।सारं ततो ग्राह्यम् अपास्य फल्गु हंसैर् यथा क्षीरम् इवाम्बुध्यात् ॥ ६ ॥ anantapāraṃ kila śabda-śāstraṃ svalpaṃ…
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Of Nancy and Pelosi…

So more tensions now. Nancy Pelosi, for a brief moment in time, rode in arguably the most tracked plane in history, as she touched down…
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Of Rishis and Sunaks…

A few months back I had written about the brain drain – where Indian Americans make huge inroads managing the world’s biggest companies, where they…
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Just how much is enough?

How much can one learn in a lifetime? More importantly, how much should one learn in a lifetime? Is it worth learning so much when…
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Become a doctor in err…20 days!

Of late, a lot of “Doctors” have been appearing on my LinkedIn timeline.  Complete with convocation photos, a detailed thank you note and the “humbleness”…
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Globali…never mind…

Globalization works…until of course, it doesn’t. The world is now one family, said everyone, until the pandemic hit. And then, in an instant, everyone was…
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Da Da to Pa Pa…

Today, as Rohāmrta was saying papapapapa, I recalled the day he started to say da-da-da-da. At that time, I thought he would be reciting rhymes…
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Of people who care…

I got a lovely message today. They may have felt my pain, my suffering…my hard work and that I didn’t any rest from so many…
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Zzzzzzzz…..

Sleep tracking. Yes, been reading a lot about it lately. My sleep patterns have been disturbed, mostly due to a disruption of my exercise schedule.…
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A year back…

A year back today, Rohāmrta had his Anna Prāshana. The first time when he was fed solid food, an important milestone in his life. I…
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Of Fish and Philosophy…

A few years ago, a book called Fish! Philosophy made a err…splash in the world of workplace motivation. On a visit to Seattle in 1997, John Christensen,…
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Of one stomach and two heads…

भारुण्डपक्षिकथा The story of Bhārunda, the bird Near the ocean, not so far away from here, lived a bird named Bhārunda. He had one stomach,…
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A few thoughts on strategy…

I read somewhere that strategy is not planning ahead. Strategy is adapting to change. The faster one adapts to change, the better the strategy. And…
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Of kids and hearts…

Rohāmrta is a bit under the weather since yesterday. The normal blocked nose, a bit of cough and fever. But enough to trigger an emergency…
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Of Tenali and dolls…

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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Guru, where are you?

Tomorrow is Guru Purnima. Oddly enough, not many people know it is. We do know Teachers Day, although it falls on an arbitrarily selected date,…
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Creativity and gujjus…

Gujjus are known for a lot of things – but they are a bit missing in the creative field. I mean, when compared to their…
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Pandharpur Wari!

The very fact that you are alive and breathing, is a cause to celebrate, isn’t it? The mesmerising moments captured at Pandharpur Wari, the annual pilgrimage to…
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And am back to the mantra of all mantras…

ॐ भूर् भुवः सुवः ।तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरेण्यंभर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑धीमहि ।धियो॒ यो नः प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥ om bhūr bhuvaḥ suvaḥtatsaviturvareṇyaṃbhargo devasyadhīmahidhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt – Rigveda 3.62.10 गायत्री छन्दसामहम्  – among…
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A little before you sleep…

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु निद्रारूपेण संस्थिता ।नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमोनमः ।। Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Nidra Roopen Samsithaha INamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah II O Devi,…
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He who sees me in everything…

ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविर्ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणा हुतम् |ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्मकर्मसमाधिना || 24|| brahmārpaṇaṁ brahma havir brahmāgnau brahmaṇā hutambrahmaiva tena gantavyaṁ brahma-karma-samādhinā For those who are completely…
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The acquisition of knowledge, begins with a single prayer…

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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Of light and illumination…

In continuation of the series of shlokas that I have been compiling in order to teach Rohāmrta, here is the Deepa Jyothi shloka. I did…
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On writing…

Is writing a skill, or an art? Does it come naturally to people, or is it cultivated? In either case, how do you go about…
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A bit about me…

I’m Rohit I’ve learnt a few things on my journey, that I like to share. I don’t claim to know everything, but whatever little I…
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What is your daydream?

What is your daydream? Heard this well-written song on America’s Got Talent today – Daydream by Lily Meola. A simple song, but strikes the heart.…
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Skills skills skills!

Was just having a conversation on education and skills. The current system of education is quite new. For a large part of our existence, we…
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Of writing and routines…

Yesterday’s post brought in a lot of reactions. Thankfully all were positive. Some asked about my writing, others suggested that I make a book. Well,…
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A heartfelt note…

As I pen this note, I put a lot in perspective.  About me, about the business, about what we do, and who we are.  About…
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A bit of Vetala…

When I finished my meditation in the morning, I realized that the pearl necklace was still with me. I am not a man of the…
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The first sign of intelligence…

अनारम्भो हि कार्याणां प्रथमं बुद्धि-लक्षणम् ।आरब्धस्यान्त-गमनं द्वितीयं बुद्धि-लक्षणम् ॥ १२७ ॥ anārambho hi kāryāṇāṃ prathamaṃ buddhi-lakṣaṇam |ārabdhasyānta-gamanaṃ dvitīyaṃ buddhi-lakṣaṇam || 127 || The first sign of intelligence…
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And more yog…

After yesterday’s article, a lot of people got in touch asking for more…Why reinvent the wheel? Here is the three part series in one mega…
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And…YOG…

So International Yoga Day is upon us once again. And it’s that time of the year, when we all receive mails from studios, big and…
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COVID and more despair…

I started writing regularly when the lockdown commenced in March 2020. It is June 2022 now, and there has been a resurge of cases. A…
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Of fathers and days…

At first, there was a birthday. Then came Valentines Day. Then Mothers Day. Now Fathers Day. Don’t know if there is a sisters day or…
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A bit of satire in Samskritam…

किं वाससा इत्यत्र विचारणीयंवासः प्रधानं खलु योग्यतायै ।पीताम्बरं वीक्ष्य ददौ स्वकन्यांदिगम्बरं वीक्ष्य विषं समुद्रः ॥ kiM vAsasA ityatra vichAraNIyaMvAsaH pradhAnaM khalu yogyatAyai |pItAmbaraM vIkShya dadau…
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Agni…

Agni is a hot topic (pun intended) these days. Two instances of agni rocked conversations last week. The first was the trailer of Brahmastra –…
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Revisiting the five tantras…

महाजनस्य सम्पर्कः कस्य नोन्नति-कारकः ।पद्म-पत्र-स्थितं तोयं धत्ते मुक्ता-फल-श्रियम् ॥ ६० ॥ mahājanasya samparkaḥ kasya nonnati-kārakaḥ |padma-patra-sthitaṃ toyaṃ dhatte muktā-phala-śriyam || 60 || Who does not shine in…
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On learning and knowledge…

अणुभ्यश्च महद्भ्यश्च शास्त्रेभ्यः कुशलो नरः।सर्वतः सारमादद्यात् पुष्पेभ्य इव षट्पदः।। Skilled people learn from every source, be it big or small, much like honey bees, who…
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Short, and sweet:)

रोहते सायकैर् विद्धं छिन्नं रोहति चासिना ।वचो दुरुक्तं बीभत्सं न प्ररोहति वाक्-क्षतम् ॥ १११ ॥ rohate sāyakair viddhaṃ chinnaṃ rohati cāsinā |vaco duruktaṃ bībhatsaṃ na prarohati…
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A bit stressful, this…

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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On determination…

Is determination good for you? Yes and no. Depends on your type of determination, says Sri Krishna. धृत्या यया धारयते मन:प्राणेन्द्रियक्रिया: |योगेनाव्यभिचारिण्या धृति: सा पार्थ…
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On focus…

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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On commitment…

लक्ष्मीश्चन्द्रादपेयाद्वा हिमवान्वा हिमं त्यजेत्।अतीयात्सागरो वेलां न प्रतिज्ञामहं पितुः।।2.112.18।। lakṣmīścandrādapeyādvā himavānvā himaṃ tyajet।atīyātsāgaro velāṃ na pratijñāmahaṃ pituḥ॥ The Moon might lose its splendour, snow might abandon…
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Love…

Love isn’t only a feeling reserved for others is it? What about loving yourself?  Loving yourself involves taking care of yourself, your health, your well-being.…
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Working from home

This is what I had written a couple of years back… We all crave to spend more time with our loved ones, don’t we? Working…
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Take it slow-er…

Take it slow(er) The past decade has been one of growth. Very good growth. Most of us think that everything has to keep going in…
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Here we go again…

Prologue In early 2020, I had penned down some thoughts of mine that went on to become “Love in the times of Corona”. I would…
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Ecstasy…

I mean joy, not the other Ecstasy…When was the last time you felt this way? If you had the choice, wouldn’t you be this way…
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A history of the Gita…

The “Bhagavad Gita”: A Biography by Richard H. Davis There have been many translations of the Bhagavad Gita, which is perhaps the most famous of all Indian…
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On Looking and walking…

On Looking: Eleven walks…came highly recommended. I haven’t read Alexandra Horowitz before, and the reviews on Goodreads were not the most encouraging. Nevertheless, I did…
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Savitri and Satyavan…

सन्तो हि सत्येन नयन्ति सूर्यं ।सन्तो भूमिं तपसा धारयन्ति ॥सन्तो गतिर्भूतभव्यस्य राजन् ।सतां मध्येनावसीदन्ति सन्तः ॥ By the Truth the saints lead the sun; by…
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Of food and language…

एकः स्वादु न भुञ्जीत एकश् चार्थान् न चिन्तयेत् ।एको न गच्छेद् अध्वानं नैकः सुप्तेषु जागृयात् ॥ ९५ ॥ ekaḥ svādu na bhuñjīta ekaś cārthān na…
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Vikshepa Shakti..

Vikshepa shakti. The mind has a tendency to be restless – to constantly keep thinking of hundreds of things at once. Even when you sit…
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Go watch it!

Well, I saw a movie after a long time. Ever since the birth of Rohāmrta, we haven’t really got the opportunity to step out to…
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Of knowledge and flukes…

घुणाक्षर न्याय (Gunākshara Nyāya) – The maxim of the letters made by the wood worm, Ghuna. This worm bores holes in wood and in books which sometimes assume…
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Do you intend to buy a car?

Have you noticed the changes in how we move around? The next generation is not big on ownership – be it houses or cars. They…
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Of elevating your senses…

“As brains get larger and more complex, what goes on inside the brain gets further removed from what is happening in the environment. To see…
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A name is a name, or not?

नाम्यते अभिधीयते अर्थोऽनेन इति नाम – that whose meaning encompasses the characteristics of a person, is a name. Here is something that I came across,…
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Of coronas and monkeys…

COVID wanes, Monkeypox appears… For those with COVID fatigue (which is most of us), a new headache looms. 80 confirmed cases in 12 countries, and…
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Of cutting edges and secrets…

Today spoke with a prospective client who is loking at deploying a ‘cutting-edge’ solution. Or so she thinks. And I know no better, since she…
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On vak shakti…

Had a short discussion on vāk shakti today. There have been a lot of things said about good speech, but the first phrase that comes…
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Of Air and Suvidhas…

Went to the airport to drop off my parents. Since it was their first time flying out of Dubai, I accompanied them to the checkin…
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Of tables and debates…

Came across a post that I had made earlier. On debates – mostly the kinds that take place around the dinner table. Where everyone tries…
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Are you at your very best?

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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The art of doing nothing…

Ok, everyone has their lazy days. I mean everyone – even the productivity pundits have days when they just don’t feel like doing much. If…
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Of rewards and families…

I think I had written about this before, but it has gotten worse now. The clinic that me (and my family) go to, has initiated…
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Of Sat, Sang and Satsang…

सत्संगत्वे निस्संगत्वं, निस्संगत्वे निर्मोहत्वं। निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं, निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥९॥ Satsaṅgatve nissaṅgatvaṃ, niḥsaṅgatve nīrmohatvam  nirmohatve niścalitatvam, niścalitatve jīvanmuktiḥ from Bhaja Gōvindam, written by Jagadguru Adi Śaṅkarācārya Through good company…
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Afraid of the unknown…

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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Of performance pressures…

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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Of evil and perspective…

There is no good and evil, only perspectives. Mahishasura is probably the first (and only one) name that comes to mind when one speaks of…
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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam…

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 is…
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The primordial sound…

அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதிபகவன் முதற்றே உலகு.  Akara Mudhala Ezhuththellaam AadhiPakavan Mudhatre Ulaku (1) The alphabet begins with the “A” sound, so does the Universe begin…
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Let’s pray!

Eid is celebrated across the Gulf today. And so we decided that it’s time to pay a visit to the divine. We have a temple…
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as you think…

तस्मात् यत् पुरुषः सनसाअभिगच्छति। तत् वाचा वदति। तत् कर्मणा करोति। यत् मनसः रेतः प्रथमं आतीत्। तद्  कामः अग्रे समवर्तताधि। तत् एषाअभि अनूक्ता । Whatever one…
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If not you…

If I am not for myself…who will be? If I am for myself alone…who am I? If not now…when? And if not you…who? Four phrases…
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The more we get, the more we want…

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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What do we take with us?

नामुत्र हि सहायार्थं पिता माता च तिष्ठतः । न पुत्रदारं न ज्ञातिर्धर्मस्तिष्ठति केवलः ॥ २३९ ॥ nāmutra hi sahāyārthaṃ pitā mātā ca tiṣṭhataḥ | na putradāraṃ na jñātirdharmastiṣṭhati…
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Of earth days and earth hours…

ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् । तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥ īśāvāsyamidaṃ sarvaṃ yatkiñca jagatyāṃ jagat | tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā mā gṛdhaḥ kasyasviddhanam || Īśopaniṣad…
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A clue to the nature of your mind…

सत्त्वानुरूपा सर्वस्य श्रद्धा भवति भारत |श्रद्धामयोऽयं पुरुषो यो यच्छ्रद्ध: स एव स: || sattvānurūpā sarvasya śhraddhā bhavati bhārataśhraddhā-mayo ‘yaṁ puruṣho yo yach-chhraddhaḥ sa eva saḥ…
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Of success and being the best…

यशोधिगन्तुं सुखलिप्सया वा मनुष्यसंख्यामतिवर्तितुं वा |  निरुत्सकानामभियोगभाजां समुत्सुके वाङ्कमुपैति सिद्धिः || yashodhigantum sukhalipsayā vā manuśyasamkhyāmativartitum vā nirutsakānāmabhiyogabhājām samutsuke vānkmupaiti siddhih Kavya Prakasha Success itself is keen to…
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The right desire…

सर्वं परवशं दुःखं सर्वमात्मवशं सुखम् ।एतद् विद्यात् समासेन लक्षणं सुखदुःखयोः ॥ sarvaṃ paravaśaṃ duḥkhaṃ sarvamātmavaśaṃ sukham |etad vidyāt samāsena lakṣaṇaṃ sukhaduḥkhayoḥ ||  Manusmriti 4.160 All that is…
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No better time than now…

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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of expectations and rewards…

उदेति सविता ताम्रस्ताम्र एवास्तमेतिच।  सम्पतौ च विपत्तौ च महतामेकरूपता॥ udeti savitā tāmras tāmra evāstameti ca |  saṃpattau ca vipattau ca mahatāmekarūpatā || Kavya Prakash 7.245…
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Of language and potential…

अमन्त्रमक्षरं नास्ति नास्ति मूलमनौषधम् ।अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः ॥ amantramakṣaraṃ nāsti nāsti mūlamanauṣadham ।ayogyaḥ puruṣo nāsti yojakastatra durlabhaḥ ॥ Samayocitapadyamālikā There is not a syllable…
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Leading by example…

Work, work and more work. Work is good. But when it is Ramadan, it gets tough, given the reduced timings. Am thankful that my team…
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Of mirrors and identities…

आत्मौपम्येन सर्वत्र समं पश्यति योऽर्जुन | सुखं वा यदि वा दु:खं स योगी परमो मत: || ātmaupamyena sarvatra samaṁ paśhyati yo ’rjuna sukhaṁ vā yadi…
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Of knowledge and intelligence…

विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम् । पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥ vidyā dadāti vinayam, vinayādyāti pātratām | pātratvāddhanamāpnoti, dhanāddharmam tatah sukham || Hitopadeśa Knowledge makes…
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Flower samjhe kya? Fire hu main…

Main jhukega nahi! Sher ko pakadne ke liye shikari chahiye… I hate violence…but violence likes me! Three movies have changed the game. Actually four. The…
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Of drops and drops and oceans…

क्षणशः कणशश्चैव  विद्यामर्थं च  साधयेत्  |क्षणत्यागे कुतो विद्या कणत्यागे कुतो धनम् || kṣaṇaśaḥ kaṇaśaḥ ca eva vidyām arthaṃ ca sādhayet । kṣaṇa-tyāge kutaḥ vidyā kaṇa-tyāge kutaḥ dhanam ॥…
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Fifty years and counting…

50 years. That’s how long my parents have been married to each other. We sometimes cannot wrap our heads around such numbers. You know, when…
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Food for thought…

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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Of treasures that measure eight…

The Germans call it milchreis, the Spaniards call it arroz con leche, Malaysians pulut hitam and the Greeks call it rizogalo…any guesses? How about ‘eight treasures’? or Shola-e-zard ? Still no?…
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रामो द्विर्नाभिभाषते…

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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Of weekends and rest…

Today’s the weekend. Or what we have been calling (largely) Saturday and Sunday from the past 90-odd years. A gift from the factory-based economy. A…
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Of 31 and 30, and 28 as well…

Yesterday I had written about how to read a Panchāngam, or Hindu calendar. Today, we look at a few more interesting concepts. While we normally…
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How to read a Hindu calendar…

Reading a Hindu calendar can be complex, especially for beginners. So here is a quick guide, just for you! Start with a Panchāngam – Drink…
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Of tubes and you…

A deviation today, from the usual Navratri talk. I have been watching various “village cooking” channels over the past few months. First, there was one…
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When fasting is starvation…

Fasting without feeding your spirituality is starvation. All it does is make you feel hungry the whole day and crave for food, when you should…
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The dawn of a new age…

Friday, April 1, 2022 Sunrise: 06:15 AMSunset: 06:39 PM Tithi: Amavasya upto 10:23 AMNakshatra: Uttara Bhadrapada upto 09:10 AMYoga: Brahma upto 08:07 AMKarana: Nagava upto 10:23 AMKarana: Kinstughna upto 10:21 PMPaksha: Krishna Paksha Weekday: ShukrawaraAmanta Month: PhalgunaPurnimanta Month: ChaitraMoonsign: MeenaSunsign: Meena Shaka Samvat: 1943 PlavaVikram Samvat: 2079 RakshasaGujarati Samvat: 2078 Pramadi Twice in a year, followers of Sanatana…
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Of Sharmajis and namkeens

I started watching Sharmaji Namkeen today. Rishi Kapoor’s last movie, one that he couldn’t complete, and so Paresh Rawal stepped in to make what should…
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Of fruits and attachments…

Is attachment good? By attachment, I mean attachment to anything – people, joys, pleasures, money, materialism, even attachment to spirituality… Well, the rest you may…
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Mine is bigger than yours…

Something that happened today reminded of something that I had written around a couple of years back. Reproduced here below. A few years back, I…
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Of slappy awards…

Ok. The slap. By the way, for a star that has made quite a few action movies, when it came to it, he wasn’t able…
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Of prunes and ragi…

A few days back I spoke of OTT, mobile and in general – screen addiction. Today, I speak about food addiction. Specifically, bad food addiction.…
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Three steps forward, stepping back two…

அகழ்வாரைத் தாங்கும் நிலம்போலத் தம்மைஇகழ்வார்ப் பொறுத்தல் தலை.  Akazhvaaraith Thaangum Nilampolath ThammaiIkazhvaarp Poruththal Thalai (151) To bear with those who revile us, just as the earth bears…
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Of OTT and zombie land…

OTT…how the world changes! When the history of cinema will be written in the future, there will be two distinct parts – before OTT and…
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Of buses and wheels…

The wheels on the bus go round and roundRound and roundRound and roundThe wheels on the bus go round and roundAll through the town If…
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Of Holi changes…

I’m watching an intriguing new series on Apple TV – it’s called Severance. Set in a fictional company called Lumon Industries, the workers of Severance have…
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Isn’t life 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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Random thoughts on films…

Why do we watch films? Some of us watch to get entertained, others to get informed. Some watch to pass time, others to spend time…
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Shyam piya mori…

Holi is usually called the “festival of colors”. But can you celebrate Holi, without these colors? As part of the countdown to Holi, a few…
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Color me red…

श्याम पिया मोरी रंग दे चुनरिया । ऐसी रंग दे, के रंग नहीं छुटे ।धोभिया धोये चाहे सारी उमरिया ॥ लाल ना रंगाऊं मैं, हरी…
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Discipline and consistency…

It’s been around two years since I started writing everyday. I know for sure it crossed the two year mark this month, but when? That…
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Of aims and dilemmas…

चलने ही चलने में कितना जीवन, हाय, बिता डाला!‘दूर अभी है’, पर, कहता है हर पथ बतलानेवाला,हिम्मत है न बढूँ आगे को साहस है न…
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The sun shines in Malayalam…

Ok. My apologies. No Bachchan today. Try Venjaramoodu instead. For those unfamiliar with this tongue-twister of a name, you should see more Malayalam cinema. Suraj…
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Of taverns and wine…

भावुकता अंगूर लता से खींच कल्पना की हाला,कवि साकी बनकर आया है भरकर कविता का प्याला,कभी न कण-भर खाली होगा लाख पिएँ, दो लाख पिएँ!पाठकगण…
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Of googlies and magic…

If there was one bowler who I found enigmatic, it was Shane Warne. That first ball of the Ashes…he changed the way the world looked…
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Of bullets and Shanaya…

How does one remain sane nowadays? With a war raging on one side and Shanaya Kapoor’s imminent launch in a Karan Johar wrapper? I wonder…
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Of keyboards and wars…

Today’s war is not fought in the battlefield. It is fought in people’s minds. The downside of easy access to information is the promulgation of…
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Om Namah Shivaya!

From the past few years, one cannot think of Mahashivratri, without thinking of Sadguru and Isha. The Mahashivratri event has now become the must-see event…
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Somethings to remember…

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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Of productivity and Putin…

Today was not a very productive day. When I say productive, I mean that kind – the LinkedIn motivator kind. I wake up at 4.30…
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Is learning ever wasted?

Is learning ever wasted? Someone asked me this question the other day. She wanted to go for a course – short-term, around 2 weeks, and…
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Of Malayalam and today…

Today is like Malayalam. That sentence did make sense, if you know what a palindrome is. 22-02-2022 is today’s date and reads the same forwards…
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Of visionaries…

How does one write “visionary” in one’s own title on LinkedIn? Imagine going to a networking event and extending your hand out to someone who…
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Of abilities and attitudes…

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 veggies and treadmills

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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My baby speaks to me!

Babies cry. Sometimes little, sometimes a lot. Sometimes when we least expect them to. And sometimes when we least want them to. As parents, we…
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Of Zen stories and Kancho…

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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Of stories and proofs…

A few days back, someone told me that they had received credible information (via WhatsApp), that Sita had not actually travelled to Lanka. The story…
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Of jacks and trades…

A hectic day today. I had calls with three new clients, all of who are investment advisors, and target the retail segment. In English, you…
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Food, and more food…

Food. Yesterday – none of it. Today – too much of it. Yesterday was Ekādashi, and as usual, I fasted the whole day and night,…
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Of breaths and molecules…

“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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Time and tide…

We love our watches, don’t we? Yes, their significance in actual timekeeping may have lessened, given the number of digital devices we have on us,…
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On choices…

And we are in election mode again. Unless the “one nation one election” proposal is implemented, this election process will continue throughout the year, year-on-year,…
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The art of coping…

ONE ART The art of losing isn’t hard to master;so many things seem filled with the intentto be lost that their loss is no disaster.…
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Of destiny and perfection…

“It’s better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” You may have read this quote…
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Vashishtadvaitam of Ramanujacharya

Rāmānujācharya was one of the most important exponents of the Sri Vasihnavism Sampradaya within Sanatana Dharma. He was also the proponent of the Viśiṣṭādvaita school…
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Bolt, buckle and dust the child…

Ok. What’s common between bolt, buckle, clip, consult, left, dust, screen and Rohāmrta? They are all contronyms. That is, they can, depending on context, have…
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Gaana.com during Khaana.com

What’s common between Aankh maare from Simbaa, Genda Phool from Baadshah, Aila Re from Suryavanshi, Rowdy Baby from Maari 2 and Naatu Naatu from RRR?…
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Of storming brains and meliorat…

“Let’s brainstorm over lunch.” Today this usually means meeting up and thinking of ways to solve a problem – creativity, ideas, that sort of thing.…
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One year down the line…

Today is Rohāmrta’s first English birthday. One year back – he arrived in this world, a bit earlier than anticipated. Was scheduled to come on…
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Of budgets and taxes…

A lot of talk about money today. India’s budget is to be announced tomorrow. Personally, the only thing the middle class used to look for…
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North East West South…

Open any new site today. The ratio is roughly 30/70. That is, 30% of actual news, and 70% clickbait and tabloid-type articles. Top clickbaits include…
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I’m not done yet…

Not me, that’s Kapil Sharma’s new show on Netflix. Was good (mostly), and ended with a beautiful English song, but what got me thinking is……
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Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s funny how much our surroundings influence our emotions. Our joys and sorrows, likes and dislikes are colored by our environment so much that often…
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Why make a business…again.

After yesterday’s article, some people messaged me…some agreed, some disagreed. But the consensus was that it sounds good in theory, but how does one go…
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Why make a business?

What is the objective of a business? To make profit, you may say. Of course. No successful business runs at a loss. But how much…
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A launch, and then some…

A big launch today. We made forays into the unknown, a very different field that few, if any, of my kind have ventured into. Most…
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Did you know?

Did you know that photons of light have no color, sound waves have no sound, olfactory molecules have no odors, and food molecules have no…
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Just do it…no not Nike…

The issue is not that you are not capable of doing it…the issue is that I know you are capable but you don’t. A phrase…
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Squeezing in more per day…

I get asked often, about how I manage to squeeze in so much in a day. Yoga, handling 5-6 business streams, operations, client calls, karate,…
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Let’s go shopping!

I just bought dumbbells over Amazon – delivered in a day. I then looked at my order history, and was pretty amazed at the amount…
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What do you really see?

We all have been through the biology class back in school when they taught us how we “see”. We have in fact drawn the two…
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How much do you cost again?

What costs US$ 168 to build? The human body, by some accounts. Actually, an episode in Nova, a science show on PBS, came up with…
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Makara Sankrānti…

The earth is tilted on it’s axis, and this is what gives rise to the seasons. This is the reason why we do not receive…
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About that story…

Ok, a lot of you messaged me yesterday. The general consensus was that blockchain and crypto are no more a mystery to them anymore. Yes,…
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Let me tell you a story…

Let me tell you a story. One day, a couple I know was having lunch with their friends who had come visiting after a long…
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A world without work…

Imagine a world without work. No seriously. Imagine a world where you do not have to work, where tech or AI or robotics or whatever…
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Another class of superhero…

Yesterday I wrote about superheroes, both aspiring and reel. I forgot to mention a third category- the real. Yes they do exist. Not the silly…
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Of superheroes and SUPERHEROES…

I read this interesting article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox in the Harvard Business Review. Titled “In praise of extreme moderation”, it speaks of the trend of…
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The good ol’ days…

Don’t we see nostalgic posts of this kind every other day? On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and oddly enough, even on LinkedIn. The kind which romanticizes…
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What’s going to happen?

Short answer – I don’t know. For that matter, neither do you. If we did, then a) the world would stop being fun and b)…
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Day 5 – Of noise and silence…

There is so much noise in life nowadays… NOISE: any random fluctuations of data that hinders perception of a signal. That is the engineering version…
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Day 4 – What you think..

Firstly, I don’t know how long this “Day (number) will go on. So if I stop this system midway, do overlook it:) Have you noticed…
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Day 3 – who is in control?

Love it when it rains in Dubai. A rarity, each moment is savored to one’s satisfaction. Until of course, it continues and does not stop.…
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Day 1 – good!

My first decision of the year – quit Facebook. While I was already not active on it for a few months now, I felt it…
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Party pooper alert!

Tomorrow is the last day of the calendar year. Another year flies by, without us really knowing what happened. Mostly Corona I guess. And now…
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Of excuses and 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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The curse of plenty…

LIfe was much simpler in the late 80s/early 90s. A lot less choices to make. If you wanted ice cream, there was vanilla, strawberry or…
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End of the year staples…

Top 10 books, top 10 movies, top 10 sayings, to 10 learnings.. A lot of top 10s float around on the web, in the dying…
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I also love it when…

I also love it when you wake up in the middle of the night, sitting straight sleepy and crying, so that I can rock you…
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I love it when…

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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Anything to be merry about?

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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Nurseries online??

Had a team meeting today, and among other things, came to know that the son of one of my colleagues has been attending nursery…online. Pray…
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“Can” you do it?

I see him picking up an empty can, carefully, trying to coordinate his limbs, adjusting his grip, pausing, slipping, until he gets it upright, and…
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A day of pain…

To desecrate is shameful, but is lynching justified? What God or greater power can condone such behavior? Is faith driven by what signifies the greater…
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What drives you?

When you are young, the thrill of ambition drives you when you grow older, the thrill of passion drives you and when yet older, the…
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Dream on…

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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Voynich

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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Meta Universe

Meta – denoting something of a higher or second-order kind. There has been a lot of talk about the metaverse lately. The word “metaverse” is…
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Gita Jayanti…

अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जना: पर्युपासते ।तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम् ॥ २२ ॥ ananyāś cintayanto māṁye janāḥ paryupāsateteṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁyoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham But those who always worship…
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The return of history?

We have seen a lot of activity in restorations post 2019. First was the Ram Mandir, and now the Kashi Vishvanath corridor. Mathura is next,…
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The death of service

It’s uncanny that I have such encounters when reading a book on the subject. As some of you may be aware, I am reading about…
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Time that runs away…

Time that runs away! Ricardo Gondim I counted my years and found that I will have less time to live from now on than I have…
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4.5 – that’s the new number

Every once in a while, there comes across a piece of news that has deeper implications than what most people realize. Today’s announcement by the…
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Learning is a superpower

The importance of the ability to learn is understated. And the importance of the ability to learn continuously is grossly understated. Gone are the days…
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Moments…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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Annaatthe

Rajinikanth has been coming out with a lot of movies since the past few years. Earlier, it used to be once in 2-3 years, now…
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50 years and counting…

Its 2021, and by now, many countries have celebrated their golden jubilees, and more. The United Arab Emirates celebrates it’s 50th tomorrow, but there is…
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Of brains and drains…

Welcome to the club Parag! …so say Satya Nadella of Microsoft Corp, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Inc, Arvind Krishna of International Business Machines Corp., Sundar…
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Red pill…anyone?

I had written this blogpost in 2015. About detoxing from the digital medium. Its nearing the end of 2021. The disease still has not gone.…
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Of MuNuXi and PiRhoSigma…

I know the subject of today’s post sounded like Greek and Latin, because, well, it is Greek. Part of the Greek alphabet to be precise.…
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Oh…how times change…

Oh how times change, The new has become old, and the old has become new tailors are now bespoke, and shaves done with single blades,…
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Rathnan Prapancha

I saw this movie on Amazon Prime today. Rathnan Prapancha (or Rathna’s world) is a Kannada movie, starring Dhananjaya, and directed by Rohit Padaki. I…
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The Red Sari

Every once in a while, I stumble upon reviews of books that I had written back in the day. This is one of my favorites…
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The Silurian hypothesis

I read an interesting article today. It had a central thought – what if we aren’t the first advanced civilization on Earth? Before you go…
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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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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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Of my way and your way…

There are many paths to where you want to go, I’m on my way there too, so that you know… I walk the thorny bushes,…
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On watching…

Watching a seedling grow, Is an exercise in patience, determination and grit… It may seem natural, but no It takes a lot of work and…
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A step back…

A step back is not failure… Just like a step forward is not victory… Every once in a while, you may retreat momentarily Maybe just…
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On looking…

On Looking: Eleven walks…came highly recommended. I haven’t read Alexandra Horowitz before, and the reviews on Goodreads were not the most encouraging. Nevertheless, I did…
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I come from an India…

I come from an India, Where we worship anything that breathes…and also anything that doesn’t. I come from an India, Where the earth we walk…
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Sarvajña…

Every now and then I look back at my posts and find a few good ones that I can re-read. Sarvajña is one of them.…
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Every once in a while…

न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दुःखं न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा न यज्ञाः । अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। About a year back, I had written about the Nirvana Śhatakam. Today, I stumbled upon another poem, which isn’t anywhere in…
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To block, or not to block…

Am on the topic of blockchain, since I have been reading extensively about it. As I was getting ready to write today, I chanced upon…
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Of underdogs and dogecoins…

Two pieces of news have been making me think. One – the T20 Cricket World Cup that is close to conclusion. When it started, India…
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Of 1 kid, then two…

So my friend landed today, with his 20-month old in tow. I watched carefully as she met my son for the first time – engaging…
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The circle of life…

I just had another tooth filled in – a bit of pain… My son is teething, and while we wait for his first teeth to…
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Of birthdays and wishes…

Birthdays are all about wishes. And you get a lot of them. Ever since the explosion of email, one even gets wishes from the bank,…
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Of Sankara and Vikram…

Two headlines caught my attention post Diwali. They are not related to each other by any stretch of imagination, but I found them to be…
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Of Meenashis and Sundareshwars…

OTT has exposed Bollywood, and how! People spent the first half Covid discovering the beauty (and superiority) of regional cinema, from Malayalam to Telugu and…
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Of Deepavali and symbolism…

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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Happy 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 possibilities on your janma tithi…2

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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The possibilities on your 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…
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Of cine smiles and tears…

Cinema is entertainment like no other. It makes us live out our dreams, and in some cases, helps us see reality. Today was a day…
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Of bails and shades…

It finally happened, so now we can all go back to our daily lives. For 20-odd days, every news headline read the same. Now that…
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Of bored meetings…

Oops, that was meant to read – Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors. By the way, why is it called the “Board’? Here…
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Of Gold and salt…

Well, I learnt a bit about both this week. First – about gold. That it’s lure still attracts, but in ways that I didn’t quite…
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Of Tithis and New Years…

The lunar calendar can be confusing, or invigorating, depending on which side of the fence you are on. If you are on the boring side,…
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