Images of what is ‘beautiful’ are flung at the public from all types of media. Billboards, TV ads, pop-ups ads online, magazines at your dentist’s waiting room all carry highly artificial and unrealistic pictures of women and men. This creates a sense of inadequacy within people about their appearance, weight. It causes serious problems especially … [Read more…]
I was in school. It was a free period and a friend and I were sitting on a bench next to a tree chatting, when another friend approached us with some flowers she had picked up. The flowers had fallen in abundance under another tree nearby but I hadn’t picked up any on the way … [Read more…]
After a filling lunch, we went to the boating place. Though the initial plan was to use canoes and kayaks, given the size of the group, we decided to go with two rafts to increase the bonding. Santosh and I were with two fourteen year old boys and a ten year old girl. The energy and competitiveness of the kids got us to stay ahead of the adult group throughout the ~1.5 mile route. We went down some rapids. Later we got stuck on some rocks because the water levels were lower. I sat at the back muttering ‘left back, right forward’ to remember how to paddle to keep the boat straight despite the occasional imbalance in rowing from the two sides. B, the coxswain of her rowing team, the niece who’s grad party it was the next day, was at the back of the other raft. Apparently she became exasperated with her rowers’ lack of coordination.
The diversity of culture has meaning for the future of our growth and cognitive evolution. There is so much to be learnt about ourselves and others, so much to be appreciated and taken into the future by engaging with it in new ways appropriate to the changing times.
I’ve never seen my dad cry before! My grandmas, my aunts, grandad, and my mum too. I didn’t realise how much I and my getting married meant to them. It’s not a casual, nice celebration, it’s of big grand proportions of big grand and deep meaning. This overwhelmed me and I started crying too but the aachaar (pandit who does the ceremony) as well as some elders told me not to cry so I tried hard to hold it in.
I get a little uncomfortable around too much flatland but when I got off, greeted my friends and walked close to the water, I really felt the beauty of the land. The birds were flying in swarms so large they looked like black clouds. The air was so clear that you could see the buildings in Bremerhaven on the other side of the water. We saw lighthouses flashing light periodically back from the south where the backwaters lead to Bremen. The water we were walking along had very gentle waves lapping the sandy shore and there were plenty of parks in the form of boats for children to play on. The vegetation was specialised for sand and mildly saline waters.
The stars are so pure in their brightness tonight. No earthly sources of light can begin to compare. Sirius sparkled in a clean and loud tone as the others seemed to harmonise in the music of the galaxy. If you listen, if you watch, it’s always there. This music. Venus rose more beautiful than a … [Read more…]
Including the habits of happy people, environmentalist experiments, and the good side of Indian men…
It is time to question the system, to change our priorities and give more importance to less materialistic forms of enrichment.
Where are you? I’m here, waiting But no longer half; I’m now a grown woman Strong, independent and capable Living every day well; I find happiness in The infinite sky, the swaying branches, Smiles and kindness of all people. Still, sharing would be fun (And you are late!); There is so much more to learn, … [Read more…]