My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Dog is a pretty wonderful animal. It lives in present moment. We live in imagination, either brooding over past or hankering for future which is the root cause of what Buddha calls existential suffering.

The dog brings all sorts of things to the table : joy, playfulness, loyalty and connectivity, says mind-body medicine expert and word-smith Dr. Deepak Chopra. He further says that one of the greatest attributes that dogs have is their ability to just be without worrying about repercussions.

Equally interesting revelation comes from his son Gotham Chopra who in his book written with his father ‘Walking wisdom: Three Generations, Two Dogs and the Search for a Happy Life’ says that dogs make us physically healthier by making us exercise. They make us emotionally healthier by asking for caresses that sooth not just their bodies, but our souls as well.


There is a Zen saying that when the student becomes ready, the teacher will appear.

Exactly that happened to me some weeks ago when I was distraught with overwork lashing out the Creator why He was doing so ?  In fact the work that comes to my way is not teasing me but the comparison mania associated with it which is sadly lowering my performance. The pain is subtle with occasional outbursts. My deeper self wants permanent solution to quell the problem once for all. Suddenly, a close friend of mine gave an insightful article written by one of the India's known corporate gurus - Mr. Anand Pillai. It is about 'Personal Branding' I read it and re-read it repeatedly. The substance somewhat sunk into my system. But not satiated with it, I wanted more on the subject which lead to watching a couple of his videos on You Tube.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Words form the thread on which we string our experience.

                                                        - Aldous Huxley

In our present day education system, little stress is laid on honing language proficiency. As English is the link language in higher education in a country like India which is a mosaic of diverse cultures, we must strive hard to  hone language skills by building up vocabulary as a never-ending process beyond academic life. 

Nobody can master the vocabulary overnight. Like Rome was not built in a day, building up vocabulary is an arduous process and there is no short cut for it.

Some people may take a lame excuse that in routine life we need not use more high standard words and that’s why no need to refer dictionary. Their contention is that mediocrity meets the job. For those lethargic people, this is not the place to go further. But the credence of vocabulary is realized by people who are avid readers. To write, you need to be armed with befitting words to express different hues of emotion for different occasions. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014


He is a lot to learn for amateur writers like me. Perhaps, he is a brand himself in literary circles. His intensity to live a life of all hues inspires anybody. He is one of the prolific writers of our times with subjects as diverse as God to gossip and religion to sex.

Khushwant Singh is the man who could turn anything into his story wittily with eye-catching narration. I became his instant fan after reading his book “Khushwantnama – The Lessons of My Life. It is a book of par excellence. This simple prose is a minefield of distilled wisdom and   one of the must read books. I equate this book with Marcus Aurelius’s classic : Meditations.
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