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Happy New Year!

I came across this very interesting Limerick and just had to share it here.

There was a young man who said “God
Must find it exceedingly odd
To think that the tree
Should continue to be
When there’s no one about in the quad.”

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I, Me, and Myself

There is a story from Greek Mythology about a young hunter called Narcissus.  He was the son of  a river-god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope. He was known far and wide for his beauty. Continue reading “I, Me, and Myself”

New Year Musings

Gudi

Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called  Yugadi ( first day of the era),  or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra].

Gudhis  are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory.

A very interesting year has come to an end and now we look forward to what the coming one holds for us.

It promises to be an interesting one, too- particularly in the political sphere! Continue reading “New Year Musings”

Evolution [Part II]

human-evolution-scheme

Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth. Continue reading “Evolution [Part II]”

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates

“सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|” –

Most of us have heard this quote at some time or the other. This is the motto of quite a few educational institutions in India. The complete verse, which is from the Vishnu Puran, is as follows

तत् कर्म यत् न बन्धाय सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|

आयासाय अपरं कर्म विद्या अन्या शिल्पनैपुणम्||

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Truth, Falsehood, and In Between

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As a child, I loved the story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy some day. He had an unusual trait- whenever he told a lie, his nose would begin to grow!

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To Speak or Not to Speak

They say that Speech is silver, but silence is golden.

Silence, or perhaps we should say discretion, is better than speaking eloquently. When in doubt of what to say, in many cases, it’s better not to say anything at all.  Talking can land us in a lot of trouble.

This Sanskrit subhaashit tells us-

 आत्मनो मुखदोषेण बध्यन्ते शुकसारिकाः |
बकास्तत्र न बध्यन्ते मौनं सर्वार्थसाधनम् ||

Talking birds like the parrot and the myna, are caught and imprisoned in cages. However no one puts  a crane [who does not/cannot speak] in a cage. [The moral is that] silence is the means to get whatever one wants. Continue reading “To Speak or Not to Speak”

Everyday Things

lettersfruitsMillionaires, Presidents, even Kings

Can’t get along without everyday  things…

  ….so goes this poem that I learnt at school- perhaps in the 3rd or 4th standard. Continue reading “Everyday Things”

Here We Stand

Here we stand here looking through the windows of your homes

watching you live your commonplace lives

reading, playing, arguing without fear

navigating your mundane troubles

relishing your ordinary joys. Continue reading “Here We Stand”

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