It's a lovely day today. In fact, as one of my friend, philosopher and guide said that today is the first day of rest of our lives. But, this lovely day is because of last night. If there was no night, there wouldn't have been this morning. In regard to this the thought, I have … Continue reading Listening Is An Act Of Love
H2O is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. It's one of the most important elements that keep us alive; in physical form. Our planet has life because of this chemical substance. It covers 71% of the … Continue reading The Paradox Of H2O
I am a low-impact traveling freak and usually; I love to travel in train. This article is based on one of my travel experiences in north India. Bihar is a beautiful region in our country. It's full of contrast—a blend of loving and notorious people. As per the legend, if you're traveling across that region … Continue reading Objects In The Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Different cultures have a different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let's explore. People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funeral. Indian babies have applied a black dot on the forehead to protect them from the evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the … Continue reading Can Black Or White Be Auspicious Or Inauspicious?
It's a lovely Sunday morning. It's raining heavily and my area is submerged. I am too. The only difference is that area is submerged in water and I am submerged in love, kindness, compassion, gratitude, and blessings of great mentors. As I talk about mentors, two names immediately come up in my mind—Jayesh Patel and … Continue reading Meet The Gurus Of Peace From India
I met Atanu Roy while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. He was quite senior to me but always-ready-to help type of a person. His humble character got us connected. I am always learning some of the other languages and Bengali was on the list, but I wasn't sure where to start. Atanu came … Continue reading Meet Roy, My First Bengali Teacher
Lakshya Vedh which means 'On Target' is the motto displayed on the emblem of the Indian Air Force, Squadron No.3 in the north Indian province which operates as a major close air support and reconnaissance unit. The base—called Cobras— is a usual military base except that it has a huge photograph of a young flying officer, Upkar … Continue reading Chocolate Hero
There was a time when I was completely disconnected and even lost. I was out of touch, rather chose to be, with my school friends. School, the wonder years, was just a lost memory until I created a WhatsApp group to connect, after 22 years. It all started with this school friend whom I owned … Continue reading He’s The Wormhole To The Lost Universe, Of My School Days
Every year, I see hundreds of advertisements that sell the idea of fairness. I don't know how fair it is in the 21st century but I surely know that it's a symbol of a regressive society that we're still holding onto. I think it's a dirty communication to the women. I mean, these advertisements clearly … Continue reading Regressive Topic Of Fairness In A Progressive Time
As I walked through the streets of Dongri—what I call THE DEN OF DONS—I met a man selling weird power medicines. I was very keen and wanted to inquire about the stuff and so, out of sheer habit of poking my nose in other people's business, I started to question the seller about the medicines. … Continue reading The Power Medicine Seller From Kabul
Welcome to my smoke parlor! I was just peeping into a shop to see the colorful waterpipe-smoke-giving ancient machine, commonly called hookah. It was an ancient shop full of these hookahs and pipes and the owner was an amazing jolly good Iranian uncle named Ali Yezdi. I was very attracted towards his charming persona and … Continue reading Iranian Al Pacino
Shana Koenig is the first person, in my life, I met from the USA. I met her while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. She joined us as our supervisor in 2004 and stayed us for few years in Mumbai. She was the first human, from a foreign country, I worked with. In … Continue reading A Memorable Friend, Philosopher and Guide From The USA
With less than around 50 Iranian restaurants left in Bombay stamped Mumbai, it's very rare to find an old Iranian uncle. I was quite lucky to find this place and have a quick chat with the owner. He was not talkative but at least we came to know his name—Golom Irani. I wanted to know more … Continue reading Iranian Chatterbox
कहती है ये नज़र, कब क्या होगा किधर. दुनिया में चंद लोग, होते है जादुगर | When I was in school, I use to hear the song of a Hindi film. What it means is that no one knows what's going to happen because few people in this world are a magician. This lyric has … Continue reading The Rainbow Seller
Roop was deep in his thoughts as he sat in the train, for his home. He kept his head on the wall. He had grown his hair long and a beard that gave him a scruffy look. A young kid, sitting next to him struck a conversation. Uncle, have you always had such long hair? … Continue reading Captain Farmer
All my life, I have these men carrying their bazooka and spraying some chemicals in the localities. It has been a very enticing story which I never ever explored. But, I did it some days ago and have tried to capture this story in modest words. I waited for this man for an hour and … Continue reading The Terminator From BMC
It was a bright sunny day. Mrs. Kapoor was leaving for work when the phone rang. Good morning aunt, Maggie here. Oh! Good morning child. Maggie had called to inform her that she is would be coming to the city and staying with her for a couple of days. She was Mrs. Kapoor’s to be daughter-in-law. … Continue reading Beyond: Spirit Of A Woman
For the first time, I got an opportunity to visit a Dargah and all credits go to my new friend Allah Rakha who calls himself the King of Baghdad. I met him by chance while distributing footwear as an act of random kindness. He was passing by near the station with a mega-turban on his head. … Continue reading King Of Baghdad
I think this story has taken the longest for me to write; almost 38 years! Actually, it’s because I always used to see him and never had the time to talk to him or rather never had the reason to. But, today, I had one. Everyone must have seen him, at least once in a … Continue reading Dr. Banjara
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by an ill glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune and this can be avoided by a black dot. Origin of the black dot as a protection The evil eye is a curse … Continue reading The Great Black Indian Dot: Protection Or Superstition?
This is a story, rather, one of my few stories with a female character in it. I don’t know why, somehow, no woman gives me her story but this one sure did. Although it was tough to get her ready for the photograph, I did it. I found her ranting at the railway platform, to whom, … Continue reading I am God!
I was in Goa for an event and I met this man, who was the vendor of a big LED screen for the event. I really like his profile and want to share his story. Dean D’souza is from South Goa. He's a popular name in the event industry of Goa. Young, dashing Dean is … Continue reading King Of Good Times
Let's first understand the meaning of the word reincarnation. The word reincarnation is derived from Latin and literally means entering the flesh again. This also translates to changing forms. Reincarnation is the philosophical concept that an aspect of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death. It's also called … Continue reading Exploring Reincarnation The Scientific Way
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Yes. Hi, this is the secretary, you are needed in the conference room after an hour for an important meeting with the president of the company. Will be there. It had been a wonderful day at work for Omi that day. He immediately started preparing for the meeting. The agenda was … Continue reading 22
Here comes the Vasudev screamed the children of the relic 110-year old building in south Mumbai. My ears suddenly shot up like the ears of the rabbit who hears the sound of a predator. Immediately, I ran to the 110-year old window of the 110-year old building to see who this dude is. And I saw this … Continue reading WhatsApp Of Ancient India
I wanted to purchase some perfumed charcoal to burn in my home and I was hunting for shops. I found this one shop selling devotional items, near a fish market; strange but true! I entered his shop and the shopkeeper immediately stood up in attention to greet me. Come in, come in sir. How can … Continue reading Rangeela Rajasthani
I scored a distinction in SSC board. 78% was considered a very high percentage in 1995. School life was exciting but I was really very eager to finish school and enter college life. My teachers at school always wanted me to go to a very good college in the city, so I joined one of … Continue reading First Year Junior College
हरे कृष्णा ! I was greeted each other in Govardhan Eco-Village, a marvel made in a village in Maharashtra. This place belongs to ISKCON for whom I was working on an audio-visual project. I met Swami Radhavallabh Das on the campus who was our project manager from ISKCON. I always get amazed whenever I meet this man. … Continue reading Creative Swami
एच सी धार वाला, एच सी धार वाला | He shouted twice and immediately I knew who it was. I turned and ran towards him, the man I saw almost after so many years. I used to see him often when I was a child but actually this was some 20-25 years ago. Do you know … Continue reading Human Sharpener
Sun was at his or her naughtiest and I was feeling very thirsty. As I was wishing for some energy drink, there came this young man as a messiah. At first sight, he looked like an oasis in the desert but later I realized he is just a coconut water vendor. But, he served nothing … Continue reading A Friend From Bangladesh
No, this article is not about deforestation but this is about me. I am a selfish person and most of the blog posts are about me or things that revolve around me. Being selfish has opened doors for me like never before. It's because of being selfish that I got the opportunity to introspect, and … Continue reading The Tree Of Life
I have explained in detail about religion, it's essence, relevance, misuse, and misinterpretation, in my previous blog post. In this post, let us understand the meaning, genesis, essence of Hinduism. This is from my point-of-view after reading various ancient scriptures, understanding and limited knowledge of the subject. Origin and meaning of Hinduism The term Hindu … Continue reading Hinduism Is Not A Religion But A Way Of Life; A Path To Religion
I had always been mad over scientists and wanted to meet one. There was no opportunity before 2010 till I met Debjyoti Bardhan in a science popularization seminar organized in Prithvi Theatre by TIFR. The seminar provides a forum for informal discussions of interesting scientific issues outside a traditional academic setting. I was a regular attendee … Continue reading My Dear Scientist Friend, Gratitude!
Bhumi Mathuria, a dear friend is a radical thinker. She's a graduate in psychology, a community servant, ladder, dreamer, philanthropist and now a life designer; like her father Yogeshbhai who is one of the designers of my life. She has started something called Samarpan that is a Dance Movement Therapy—DMT—initiative in Bangalore. Its prayer is to … Continue reading She’s Redesigning Life Through DMT
There's nothing left to feel bad about—nothing left, neither bad nor me. I am nothing, I do nothing.
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had this middle-aged man with us—Vijay Yadav. Words cannot define this compassionate and kind man but … Continue reading Angel In Disguise
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had been lined up a radio interview in the beautiful hill station in the western state … Continue reading Radiohead
This photograph by an alert citizen—Abhay Azad—is haunting me. As soon as I saw this photograph, I rushed to the venue to meet this tree. My parents left us without any will and I know how difficult the life ahead is without a will. The photograph of this half-cut tree has many meanings for me—vulgar … Continue reading The Will Of A Dying Tree
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had many schools and one such school—Yoganjali—was very special. They had hundreds of little children that … Continue reading The Woman Of Substance