Life Is A Balance

When you are leaning too much to the right, you will fallfrom the right. When you lean too much to the left, you will fall from theleft. So what to do ? You need to balance and stay in the middle. Balancing is not easy. You need to stay away from theextremes, which maybe more…

Love Has No End Point

Love does not have the boundary of time. Hence, one cannever say that after this period of time, love will end. The ending of lovecannot be planned. Love is not a contract. Love has no end point. Love can only be felt at the present. Love cannot bepromised in the future. If you promise love,…

The Vanity of Achievement

It’s the race of death. Before death, I need for myself a house, 3 cars, a growing business. I am racing. The clock is called death. It is ticking. And in this clock lies my ambition. My ambition is a race against time. There can be only 2outcomes – whether time wins, or I win.…

The Innocence of Inquisitiveness

Children are innocent. They are not transactional. They are governed by pure love. They celebrate in their playfulness. They don’t understand worry, or tension.Because their spirits are free. There is no bondage of expectations, and goals.This free spirit manifests itself in the innocence of inquisitiveness. Inquisitiveness is different from investigation. In an investigation, we are…

Thinking Of Death

He was young. But he decided to adopt for himself a very unyouthful habit. He resolved that by the turn of the clock every hour, he would think of his death.He was young, and by normal standards had a whole life ahead to look forward to. Then why the need for this? The thought of…

An Easy DeathA

Death is a mystery. Its time is a mystery. Its cause is a mystery. Its thereafter is a mystery too. A mystery has no clarity. It’s a dark hole. You become blind. You can’t see a thing. Is blindness easy? Is it pleasant? If blindness is so difficult to deal with, then can it be…

You Look Tired

It’s normal for people to be jealous. Jealous people exhibit standard traits and behaviours. One of them is to put the person down. They will make statements about that person either behind their back or in front of them to reduce their sense of self-worth. One of the most common statements such a person will…

I Am a Superman

He was strong headed, he believed that he could do as he wished just by the power of his will. He believed in making things happen, the world labelled him as a”doer”, his personality towered above all, he had charisma, and through this power, he believed he could alter the natural course of things. He…

Pain is Perception

2 patients in adjoining rooms were admitted for malaria. The 1st patient had resigned himself to his illness, and was patient in his suffering. The 2nd patient was always complaining of his suffering and hence felt anxiety and actually felt the pain even more. Pain is in the mind, it can be played with, it…

Love Is Silent

When he sat next to his lover, it seemed words disappeared. There was silence. But this was not a nervous silence, or a silence filled with tension. This was a silence which had full understanding. This silence was calm, meditative. This silence did not feel uncomfortable in its silence. It neither felt the pressure to…

Opinion Is A Window

He said that the future of the world’s youth was in safe hands. He felt social media had created a large pool of positive messages being passed on giving inspiration, and motivation. This was his opinion. He expressed it to a group of his friends. One of his friends did not agree, in fact he…

Silence Is The Best Answer

The mother yelled at the teenaged girl. She was only 14 years old. She came home at 5 am early morning from the New Year party. Her parents were worried because they had given a 2 am deadline to their daughter. She did not even bother to inform of her late arrival home. The anger…

The Meaning Of A New Year

A New Year has different meanings for different people. It’s an occasion of joy, celebration, and reflection. It gives us hope for the future as well as nervousness. There can be 7 possible meanings of a new year : I am 1 year older – so I have 1 year less to live. And 1…

I Learnt Not To Expect

His parents brought him up with good comforts till he was 21. They ensured he got a good education. As he was sitting in his bedroom, his father came to him and said, “son, I have done my duty, now it’s your turn to put this stepping stone to build your career, I will put…

You Need To Grow Up?

He was 37 years old. His behaviour was sweet, innocent, childlike. He could easily be mistaken for a 16-year-old in speech. He saw the world in its unidimensional manner. He could not fathom human complexities. Some said he was naive. He was blind to deceit. His parents were worried because he was not worldly wise.…

He Seeks Me

He came from a poor background. His parents could not even give him life’s basic needs. They struggled to make ends meet. Their food, clothing, home – all were very simple, and basic. Life was a struggle. This young boy needed a helping hand who would groom his nascent talent and give him the right…

Love Does Not Need An Address

She was Miss Universe. A beauty. Tall, fair, and lovely. She was the fantasy of men. There was no shortage of suitors for her. All these men proposed to her because their love knew an address. Their address was her beauty. If this address was not there, would she still receive proposals? Maybe not. Love…

3 Messages Of Christmas

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. It is called so, because it is also “Christ’s Mass”. It is celebrated by a midnight mass by Christians all over the world. The life and message of Jesus Christ has 3 simple messages in human values for the whole of humanity. They are :…

My Writings

Friends have asked me why I write? Is it for fun? Is it to give knowledge, wisdom? Is it to show off my skill with English words? Or is it to become famous and seek attention? The answer to each question is “yes”. It is a little mix of everything. There is a selfish reason,…

There Is No Destination

He sat in the back seat of his car. He was headed towards London. The map on Google indicated it would take 2 hours more, given the current traffic status. He had to reach a fixed destination within a fixed time with a set of assumptions. This is the story of the roadmap of life…

Remove The Adjective

Adjectives are words used to describe things. Like – good, lovely, pretty, awesome, hopeless, quiet, etc. We cannot have a language without adjectives. Because adjectives are the quick fix solution – it gives the required picture in the shortest possible time and way. An adjective is a crutch to the narrator without which he would…

Crystal Gazing Into The Future

The family had taken their 11-year-old son with them to an astrologer. They were worried about the future of the child. They wanted to make sure they got the best outcomes for their beloved son. They believed an astrologer could predict his strengths, weaknesses and thus give proper life counselling. The soothsayer looked into a…

I Feel Guilty

The pressures of his career left him very little time for his family. He felt he was doing an injustice to them. He did not give them enough time. His conscience was pricking. He felt guilty. The guilt was because he felt he did not do justice to his duty. The consequence was guilt. It’s…

Be A Witness To Your Mind

In the empty sky, the white clouds were floating. They moved in the direction of the wind. Where they were pushed, there they flowed. Our minds are similar. Thoughts constantly flow in it, the direction of our thoughts is not constant, it changes. And like the movement of the clouds, the direction of our thoughts…

Love Yourself

We have been told to love thy neighbour. We have been told to care for others, help others, be sensitive, be compassionate, be loving. We are told to transmit our love to others. But here we miss an important lesson. Loving others comes way later in the equation of love. The seed of love has…

Laughter Is Not The Best Medicine

They were partying. Everyone was cracking jokes. The music was soft, alcohol flowing, spirits high, but intelligence low. Amidst this normal party scene, there was plenty of laughter. But there was something very superficial about this laughter. It was shallow. There was no depth. This laughter was crude. The humour was crude, the language loud…

Borrowed Time

What we don’t have and want, we may borrow. But when you own something, you don’t need to borrow. In humanity, we are a single unit. But the question is, do we own our singularity? Or is it bestowed on us? If yes, we are not an owner, but a simple borrower. The truth is…

The Big Ben

It stood tall in the centre of London. A tall tower. But this was not a tower only. It had a giant clock on all its 4 sides. Big Ben is a busy tourist place, everyone wants to see this tall clock tower. This tall clock which relays the time to its citizens signifies something…

The Meaningful Friendship

There is a meaning to life. For some, it remains a search, for some a journey, for others a destination. There is a meaning to people in our lives. To some we give and support, from others we receive, and to most we do both. The act of giving or receiving is merely transactional. It’s…

The Lamp Of Life

In India, and specially amongst the Hindu community comes the biggest festival of the year, Diwali. It is a festival of joy, gaiety, truth, and light. It's a happy occasion. An occasion of celebration. An occasion of gifting. An occasion for firecrackers. But there is one thing very unique in Diwali by which it's significance…

A Life Without Meaning

He was born 37 years ago. He asked his parents what was the meaning of his birth, what was the cause ? Obviously, his parents had no answer. His birth had no meaning. Rather, the meaning of his birth was a secret. When the meaning of his birth was hidden, how can the meaning of…

I Am Yours

There comes times in all our lives when certain people deeply inspire us. We feel drawn and attracted to them. Like a magnet we are pulled to their ideals, values, mission, and personality. They are our role-models. Something we hope to become one day. We take lessons from their teachings. This attraction is a pure…

Life Is A Celebration

A few short years we pass through planet earth. Still we crave for hunger of achievement, glory, and success under the human sun. We feel this will give us respect, this will give us happiness, this will give us security. This type of respect is false, this type of happiness is an illusion, this type…

I Am Hurt

Her friend shouted at her in an insulting tone. It was not her fault. But still it was not a time of understanding. It was the rage of anger. Anger creates deep emotional disturbance. She was hurt. Hurt is common. It seems to happen so often. Everyday it happens. People hurt us regularly. The very…

Pat On The Back

He was in his final year college, and had just given his final exams. He waited for 2 months for his results to come. This last exam was the culmination of his fruit of labour over many years. The outcome of his efforts would soon be in public domain. He would in a way be…

Keep Smiling

He was down with high fever, he was very weak. His fever had not subsided for 5 days. His family and friends were worried. A friend came to visit him after his 6th day of fever. He sat on the bed next to him. He held his hand to give him moral support. He gave…

The Mind Of Humour

When he spoke, others often broke into laughter. His style was unique, uniquely funny. He spoke fast, with a sweet tone, and he got away with audacious statements which would otherwise be condemned had it be conveyed in a serious tone. He had this natural skill to make others laugh. He knew how to tickle…

My Way Or No Way

We are firm on some beliefs of ours. They mean everything to us, they guide us, they drive us. To be attached to one’s beliefs is not bad, it’s a good thing. It shows that there are things we value, we cherish. In life, we come at a decision point often, where we have to…

I Can’t Forget

It was a slap on his face. His close friend told a nasty thing about him to another friend of his. And what goes around comes around. He learnt about this. His heart hurt. The friendship which he cherished deeply had its foundation shaken. This experience weakened his faith in humanity. His hurt was deep.…

A Happy Soul

He felt good about himself. Others opinions about him did not matter much to him. He lived life on his principles, and values. He felt good that he kept the trust of others. And that he brought joy to the people around him. There was love, and warmth in his interactions. And above all he…

Fake Currency

He lived in his fears. He constantly was worried what people would think about what he said. Hence often he said things which he did not believe in. He often said false things because he wanted to show the right picture to people around him. He was not true to himself. He was dealing in…

My Glory Is Yours

He received another Award. It was covered in the press. Many congratulatory messages were sent to him. He rose higher in the pedestal of fame. Many looked upto him. Like a role model. His clothes were called “glory”. In life, each of us has moments of glory. Some achieve it amongst a larger, public eye,…

Love Is Not Blind

He thought about her a lot. His thoughts had deep care, and affection. He felt protective of her. He felt she belonged to him. When he talked to her, he talked with extra gentleness, care, and sensitivity. He made sure he would not say or do anything to hurt her. The love he felt within…

The Hands Of Angels

It seemed the angel had gentle, and soft hands. But hey, wait a minute ! Do angels really exist ? Going by most religions they do. In fact, miracles happen due to them. Due to their acts, their hands. The hidden hand of God, is said by some are the hands of angels. When God,…

100 Deaths

He was 27 years old. He had a full life ahead of him. But he had a challenge, he had a bag full of fears in his mind. Often, his fears paralysed him, he would stop acting. He would go into a shell. He would suffer. He would scratch his head in mental agony. With…

Heart To Heart Connection

It’s the moment of pure magic. Everything has a climax. And this is an emotional climax. But there is a difference. It’s not momentary, not transient, not fleeting. Its permanent. This permanent climax is called a “heart to heart connection”. When 2 hearts connect, the distance disappears. There is none. The understanding is total. Each…

Having Fun

We all want to have fun, we want to enjoy. We want to feel an emotional high. Fun is about pleasure – it could be physical or intellectual or even in our feelings. Fun is subjective. It can’t be defined. It’s different for different people. It’s different for the same people at different times. Fun…

Absence Of Response

He was Chairman of a large Asian company. He received several emails from all quarters everyday. But he would respond to only those which were important to him. There were many people trying to set up a communication line with him, but he would respond to only what mattered to him. What do we call…

The Signature Pen

To many it was a status symbol. Its colour was royal black with sprinkling of gold round the edges. The gold put the final seal to its aristocracy. It was the yearning of many but could be afforded through the earning of only a few. It was from the Mont Blanc collection, it was a…

The Coffee Shop

It could seat 70 people. It had an amazing range of coffees from all over the world. Besides the coffees, there were some yummy snacks, both sweet and salted. The walls were painted with maps of different countries. It was called “The Global Peace Cafe”. This coffee shop was inaugurated in heart of the bustling…

My Leader Was Unjust

We expect perfection from our leaders. Perfect justice is also part of this perfection. Justice is the hallmark of good leadership. But to expect it to be perfect is setting the benchmark too high. When people are imperfect, how can leadership be perfect, justice be perfect ? It’s not only the failing of the leader,…

Silent Energy

He was sitting a quiet corner. He put his finger on his lips in a pose of quiet contemplation. Contemplation is always deep. His entire body was frozen like a statue. Not a single movement. The thought was very deep. To concentrate fully, he had to freeze all other activities, and movements. As he focussed…

A New Mindset

Sometimes when things are not going your way, you needsomething new. New what ? Yes, a new mindset is probably the best thing. We have to look at things a bit differently. A differentangle gives us a new vision. At times we need to do some major adjustment. Like changingour values. At other times a…