My Mother and her darling Queen

As a seven-year old girl growing up in Bombay in 1952, my mother first heard about Queen Elizabeth when her aunt took her to see the movie ‘A Queen is Crowned’ in a cinema hall. She knew it was a place where everything became dark and people came to life on a big screen. But what she didn’t know was that a real young lady would be crowned and come to life as the queen of England. And that visual...

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The Indian Angle

The nation of yoga has lost its balance. It wants to buy everything. I spent a decade in Pune as a student where most girls cycled to school. It was a quiet city made of a strong responsible middle-class, largely compromising of the Maharashtrian Bhat community. It was a society with minimum needs, truly content with Fireball XL5, Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek on Sunday mornings. Education, sports and falling in love was what made life rich, and always in...

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Worth the Help

A great sense of endurance runs in the veins of a city dweller in India who is immunized to the daily sights of distress. In spite the irrational outburst, the thick-skin, and the occasional cry, one finds the will to keep one's goals alive. However, after surviving twenty -five years in Mumbai (and surviving is a reasonable word even for those of us who live here quite comfortably, knowing we may be killed by anything from air pollution to a...

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Sense and Sensitivity

The other day, I happened to discover a bunch of questions asking how a person could become less sensitive. It puzzled me because I would have rather known the opposite- how  a person could become more sensitive. Then I thought that the word ‘sensitivity’ works both ways and in extreme. ‘So-and- so is very sensitive’ could be a compliment or a criticism. Sometimes, sensitivity is looked upon as a quality of being self-obsessed. Sometimes, it’s seen as evolution of humanity....

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Life Art and Picasso

A dear friend of mine reminds his young talented daughter (who has chosen art as a career), that to become an artist is to choose the highest form of expression. For genuine art lovers there are few things more sacred than this fact. They know what art can do. But for the rest who cannot see why someone pays a phenomenal price for a painting, I write this piece. I grew up on art. I was exposed to great artists...

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Simplicity

I’m not an idealist but I do root for simplicity becoming our global nature one day. It is an underestimated quality that is suppressed due to the stressful demands of society. In a world that is so enamored by disguise and role-playing, having the ability to remain simple is a wonderful gift. I call it a gift because it cannot be learnt. Simplicity is too authentic to learn. But it can definitely be released from within ourselves. When we say...

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How To Begin Healing

When I found out that I had Meniere’s Disease, I died a little. I had to run to specialists and take medications that made me feel worse. Then I had to convince and educate a bunch of people that this was a real illness because few took it seriously as it was invisible. And finally, I turned to holistic cures for this dreadful autoimmune condition that no life-form should ever suffer. The holistic cures included ordering some very expensive supplements...

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Sketch of the Spiritual

Two summers ago in Lyon, I was walking in a flea market with an elderly French couple who have known me since I was in school. Knowing that I had embraced the spiritual path, they had quiet concerns which were sensed but not spoken. While browsing through the scattered items, they suspiciously pointed to a book with 'La Spiritualite' embossed on it's cover. My own curiosity led me to flip its pages which were filled with strange sketches, inscriptions, rites...

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The Mystic Within

Ever since I met Sadhguru, an enlightened yogi and mystic, I have been fascinated by the realm of the mystical, though not in an obvious sort of way. I had read his book 'Mystic's Musing' even before I had enrolled for his yoga program and had surprisingly noted that I hadn't dismissed it, even though some of its portions sounded unbelievable then. This was because something about it had perfectly undeniable logic that only made me aware of how little...

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Health Secret of the French

The French have long had a reputation of being one of the healthiest race. I come from India but I share a good bond with the French since many years. As a school kid, I was drawn to their language which made me host a French lady in an exchange program when I was in college. The lady, who was a teacher and of my mother's age, invited me to stay with her in Chambery to continue my studies in...

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