And then Blindfolded We Danced: The Magic in a touch

I had the pleasure of attending a dance therapy session organized by the extremely talented Ashoka fellow Tripura Kashyap.Though, I am a free dancer in my private space, I am quite shy, thus the mere thought of dancing/body movements in front of strangers made me apprehensive about the session. Also, for me dance is all…

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The Impermanence Of It All

I remember distinctly the last time i visited Tughlakabad fort. I was seated atop its highest point and all around me were nothing but ruins, ruins of what had been a fine city, ruins of what once had been alive, with a king, his subjects and all that’s good and bad. And now look how…

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What’s life But A Joke

In these chilly Delhi nights, when i see myself shivering in cold despite wearing 4 layers of clothing while the kid standing beside me goes about his daily job of begging in just one shirt without even a shiver, I am forced to wonder What’s life But A Joke. In a tribal village deep in…

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Start expressing: Write,Paint, Compose or Dance

Giving expression(articulating) to one’s feeling really helps one in coming to peace with oneself (It worked magic for me). The form of expression may be anything, some may write poetry, some prose, some may compose music/songs, some may paint and some may simply dance. The form matters not as long as we are creating a…

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Readings from the Gita: Day 2 Chapter 7

The fully-blossomed Bhakta(devotee/believer) is a man of wisdom. Whatever he sees are nothing but different forms of the Lord. In the handsome and the ugly, in the prince and the pauper, in men and women, in birds and beasts – everywhere he has the sacred vision of God. In Hinduism, there is worship of serpents,…

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Readings from the Gita: Day 1 Chapter 5

Doing everything without action, and doing nothing while ceaselessly acting – how noble, enchanting and poetic the idea is! The fifth chapter has thus been raised to a very high plane. In this chapter, two forms of the state of akarma have been directly compared with each other. Language falls short in this attempt. Who…

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And Then I too left My Girls Alone

Unlike the last 2 years, this time around Teacher’s Day wasn’t even slightly enjoyable for me. Firstly, i was away from my kids and Secondly, It bought back a horrible memory, a memory which i was running away from, a memory which i wasn’t ready to face or accept. It brought it back so strongly…

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The Desire to Control

My biggest learning from a Vipassana course was a simple observation about breathing that i had on the 3rd day and understood fully on the 8th day. This learning was extremely powerful as it was experience based and wasn’t a result of any intellectual activity. Vipassana is a meditation technique wherein one concentrates one’s mind inwards…

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Chance and the many Questions

Travelling through Delhi these days gives me the chills for 2 very different reasons. One is the very obvious one: the chilling cold  wind that literally cuts through all the different layer of clothing you might put on and the other is the not so obvious one, in-fact’s its one which most of us usually…

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