Life’s take aways

One more birthday rolls by. One more year added to my age. Today I stop to wonder if I have learnt anything worthwhile so far or have I whiled away my time and continuing to do so. So today I am listing the my take-aways from my life so far. Life sorts itself out: I…

Nothing to lose

Twenty five year old Sri wiped his sweat from his eyes and looked across the ocean. He had just finished his shift and had come on to the deck for a breather.  He worked on this huge cargo ship. It was back-bending work, but Sri enjoyed it. Across the ocean, he could see a luxury…

The hashtag generation

I looked down at the candle-light march down the street from my window. The town was honouring the fallen brave hero who stood up against the senseless crime but was killed. I could not join because I had hurt my leg. My attention was drawn to one side of the crowd below. There stood a…

Love

He was feeling inspired. His mom said that she would like a coffee. He would make it for her. He had seen her make it a lot of times now. He pulled a stool from the hall. He needed it to reach the counter. He took the kettle, filled water in it, and carefully put…

The festival

I am finally here. Its been a long wait. My childhood memories come back to hit me like waves, one after another. As I go home in the cab, each tree, each street and each park calls out to me. Home! What a sweet word! It is like an oasis for a person lost in…

Epiphany

Try this: Take a mat and lay on it. Make sure the room is full of sunlight. Lay in the balcony or open air, in the shade of course, not under the sun. Now close your eyes, you will see different colours under your eyelids. Hues of red, blue and green. If you close your…

Starlit Sky: 12. Hydra constellation

continued from Starlit Sky: 11. Leo   Let us take a small diversion from Leo and find an interesting constellation. Modern astrology recognizes 88 constellations in the sky. The largest of them is the Hydra. It is called the Vasuki mandalam in the Indian Astrological System. It was recorded by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy…

Story telling

Now the prince was being chased by the enemy on horses! Oh! God, they were catching up!! The prince rode away on his tired horse as fast as he could!! But no! He would NOT run anymore, he would fight back!! The prince turned around and stood there majestically for the enemy to come up….

Helen miss

Today is Teacher’s day in India. It is the day that is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a great academic, philosopher and the 1st vice president of independent India. He became the 2nd president of India and is also a Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour given to a…

Anguish

All of us, at some point or the other, have thought that our childhood was better than now. Isn’t it? How the rain was much more fun, how the school (even though the walls were faded) was a great place, how the games with friends in the summer was such a blast etc etc. Every…

Small victory

He sat on the park bench, alone, with a scowl on his face. He just had a huge fight with his sister. Just because she is elder by 10 mins, does not make her my boss! Hmph! I will do what I want! “Come on!”, she said. She had a tandem cycle. His eyes sparkled!…

Starlit Sky: 11. Leo

continued from Starlit Sky: 10. Cancer The next constellation that we shall identify is Leo or the Lion. It is called Simha Raasi in the Indian Astrological System. Leo is one of the most ancient of constellations. It has been found documented in Babylonian, Greek and Indian literatures. It is located east of Gemini. (If…