Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Competition In Sorrow


Do this experiment once. Next time when someone asks you ‘how are you?’, instead of telling ‘fine’, just mention that you are not, and enumerate one or two troubles you have. For example, ‘not fine, I don’t know, but since last couple of days I am feeling intense pain in my stomach’. Or, ‘my children not faring well in exams’, ‘my husband is too busy with his own work, and I am not able to handle so many things alone’. Or just anything. And then see the magic! Continue reading

A Hungry Country Throwing Away Its Food


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In an earlier article, I told you how I learnt to value money after reading my father’s diary. Another habit which we children developed by observing our parents — both of them — was to respect food. We did not learn it by reading their diaries or eavesdropping on their conversations. As a family we used to eat together, and day and night we watched and observed how our parents never wasted a single grain of food. This is one of the reasons that I always stress that children learn by observing their parents and follow their example, whereas lecturing almost never helps. Continue reading

The Pain Of Getting Documents Attested

In the three years that it has been in office, the present government has taken several decisions; some of them fired, some misfired and some backfired. A lot of discussion and media coverage has been given to nearly all of them. How far are the various claims correct would anyway be known in future. Among all this downpour of decisions, schemes and proposals, a small decision was also taken by the government, which did not attract that much media attention. Perhaps it was not that glamorous as GST or controversial like demonetization. Or perhaps presumably it did not directly affect most of the population. At least they thought so.

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The Rise and Rise of Babas and Gurus

32973003922_4f3ef49022_nOver the last few months we came across several news items one after another related to what could be called as ‘parallel’ religion. The enormity of the issues was such great and the coverage in media was so exhaustive that not much is left for me to add. In addition to reporting the developments in the cases, there have also been thorough analyses and commentaries on various aspects of the issue. Continue reading

जो गरजते हैं वो बरसते नहीं

4380042754_54ae574115_nयदि किसी से “जो गरजते हैं वो बरसते नहीं” का अर्थ उदाहरण देकर समझाने के लिए कहा जाए, तो मेरे विचार से अधिकांश लोग वेंकटेश प्रसाद और आमिर सुहेल के द्वन्द्व का वर्णन करेंगे । घटना है बीस साल पहले 15 मार्च 1996 की । कितनी आश्चर्यजनक बात है न, कि सभी ऐतिहासिक घटनाएँ हमारी स्मृति के रसातल से 20 साल बाद ही सतह पर आती हैं । ओ हेनरी की इसी शीर्षक की एक कहानी है, और विश्वजीत-अभिनीत एक हिन्दी फिल्म भी है । बहरहाल, हम बात कर रहे हैं 1996 की । Continue reading

Walking Alone


How painful it is when trust is shaken, when we are let down, are not supported by the people we had counted upon! You could say it is wrong to have expectations, and perhaps you are correct. Yet, a child who walks for the first time in the outside world cannot help it. It needs support, or perhaps just security, an assurance that there is someone to hold hand in case it stumbles. But soon it realizes that there was no one. Those it had thought were behind its back, watching carefully its every step, had in fact already walked away long ago.

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How We Celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi

15107593646_a4ac829ed6_nToday I would narrate the story of my first and only Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in 2003. This festival is not celebrated in the part of the country where I live. In our customs, we celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi that falls in the Kartik month. So it was out of added curiosity and interest that I accepted the lady’s kind invitation for a community prayer and celebration of the festival. It was indeed a very colourful event as the devotees and participants came from different parts of the country who communicated with each other in Hindi, English and C. I found that the basic essentials of this festival were the same as the one we celebrate in Kartik month, except the immersion part. That means, there was the same story telling, same prayers, and same aarti. Continue reading