That soft knot on your tie… it’s hard to get it right.

Recall how hard it is to get it right? That soft knot on your tie... Yes... matching your shirt, then knotting your tie every morning isn't as easy as it may seem to the inexperienced or the uninitiated. By end of day how easy it is to loosen the knot... and chuck the shirt in … Continue reading That soft knot on your tie… it’s hard to get it right.

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Stuck… without a smile!

How often do you think, "I'm stuck"? Pretty often, eh? I've felt that several times, and at the time then, I'm stuck in that feeling. So this is a reminder to myself. For many of us, these clichéd phrases hold deep meaning and may have serious consequences, although the situations we are in are more often … Continue reading Stuck… without a smile!

Gambling… anyone? For a happier planet, we should all turn into gamblers.

Since wake up time this morning, this crazy notion kept crossing (and doubly-crossing) my mind. Okay, please pardon this cheesy opening... I'm a tad excited. As a kid I read this epic story about a great war that waged between two families - cousins, actually - that started primarily because the oldest sibling (Prince Y) … Continue reading Gambling… anyone? For a happier planet, we should all turn into gamblers.

To treasure or to trash… Are you taken for granted? Do you have no self-respect?

If you think a bit about these two questions, you realize that they are co-related. Well, I'm guessing, nobody begins life thinking to oneself, "I have no self-respect". However, it is possible to live one's entire life without actually realizing, "I have no self respect!". Then suddenly, one day, it hits you. Either, someone draws … Continue reading To treasure or to trash… Are you taken for granted? Do you have no self-respect?

The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

On a dark, stormy night, driving on an empty road in Northern California, Steve Hamilton, a self-conflicted quantum physicist meets with an implausibly bizarre car accident! Dr. Trisha Rao, a compassionate but unwavering neurologist attending to Steve’s injuries, and an anguished FBI Agent, Mike Parker, attempt to untangle this baffling accident. The mystery deepens as … Continue reading The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

My tympanic membrane is tired, and hardened from the continual onslaught of explosive news. Not only tired of the terrorism, I'm sickened by the endless rapes that women suffer mercilessly. Add to that the helplessness one feels, reading about the pointless deaths of hundreds, thousands - en masse! Now, worse, am defeated by the mindless … Continue reading Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

Speech for Peace: President Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

For my records: Following is the transcript of President Obama's speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday 9th December 2009, as released by the White House: Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world: I receive this honor with … Continue reading Speech for Peace: President Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Gayatri Mantra… enunciation for my reference.

Aum (ॐ) Bhur (भूर्) Bhuvah (भुव:) Swaha (स्व:) Tat (तत्) Sa-Vi-Tur (सवितुर् ) Va-Re-Ny-Am (वरेण्यं) Bhar-Go (भर्गो) De-Vas-Ya (देवस्य) Dhi-Ma-Hi (धीमहि) Dhi-Yo (धीयो ) Yo (यो ) Nah (न: ) Pra-Cho-Da-Yat (प्रचोदयात् ) Learn these words by uttering them aloud. To practise saying the words, listen to the intonations in the chants . When chanted … Continue reading Gayatri Mantra… enunciation for my reference.

He wanted to be a “Quant”…

In the late 90s, my close buddy quit his well-paid job of 'research scientist' with a leading oil company. He wanted to be a "quant". Lured, not by the money; that would follow (and plenty of it, although not quite as much as the obscene figures that Wall Street traders take home), but by the … Continue reading He wanted to be a “Quant”…

Resilience: is it a virtue?

Mumbaikars are proud of their resilience... serial bomb blasts terrorize the city but they are up and about the following day, going about their business; annually, rains flood their beloved city, making commutes tedious and dangerous for the common man while the local municipality does little to fix the root cause of this problem... but … Continue reading Resilience: is it a virtue?