Many years ago, when I wrote this post on Kerala's caste system, I had not considered that I would receive such online abuse for writing this or that I would be seen as some one who was trying to insult other castes. The intention of writing is always to share an experience or a perspective, not to insult others. My experience of motherhood and marriage would be different from yours. When I write about my experience, it is illogical to abuse me because our journeys are entirely different narratives. My life and yours are not the same at any given point of time.
My question is - why do you ABUSE any caste or person here? You are free to disagree but why do you ABUSE? How does that reflect on YOU?
In my article, I shared what trials I went through, without any intention to insult any community.A new book 'Ants among Elephants' written by Sujatha Gidla, who writes about herself as being born 'an untouchable in India' teaches you everything you probably want to know abo…
Mahadmrityunjaya Mantra: Benefit of chanting this mantra nee
There are very few mantras that are as powerful as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Do read my post: Does Mahamrityunajaya mantra really work?Of course, it does but you need to undertstand the meaning and significance of the mantra first. This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death. What got me fascinated about this mantra is something personal. I learned this mantra from my father but it is my maternal grandmother who chanted it all the time and repeatedly told me of its tremendous power to protect. However, I did not chant this mantra regularly. [ Do READ: THE POWER OF LOVE] But at the age of two, my son was taught some mantras by my mother who explained what it means to him and he becam…
How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:
You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people.Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in …
“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.” ― William Arthur Ward Every day, the newspaper headlines are full of scary stories of people killing each other over trivial things - mostly these incidents happen when individuals lose their temper and turn violent. In traffic jams across Noida in the evenings, people don't hesitate to walk out and hit each other. At workplaces, colleagues lose their temper and say things that they regret later. During holidays with loved ones, small things set us off and we say things that damage relationships forever. No one stops anyone. Everyone likes a big, bad fight. It's great to vent. After all, what's the big deal about getting angry? After all, if you cannot express what pisses you off, how can you call yourself human?
Does anger solve your problems? You know the answer! If anger solved all the problems in the world, this world would have been a perfect place centur…
Come summer, and we women worry a lot about how the sun lashes out on our skin. True, skincare tips for the summer are plenty but what about the hushed secrets - yes, those tried and tested family secrets that are passed on from mother to daughters? [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]
At Costa Coffee outlet at DLF Mall in Noida today, I hovered blankly over an iced latte. I wasn't in my best mood. You know how it is, there are days when one feels disappointed and let down by the self and withdraw into an inner shell. [READ: Does sincerity have any value?]
And so it happens that the server at Costa Coffee who brought to our table what we had ordered is a smiling young man. He has a big, happy smile on his face. We looked up. He was conveying something with his fingers to my son, who had his headphones switched on and was listening to music. I looked up and understood then that the young man was deaf and unable to speak, which is why he was using sign language to communicate. This is what I think he communicated to my son, ''Enjoy your sandwich.You have a good smile and a good day. Thank you for coming today, happy to serve you." My son was also gesturing back to him with a bright smile and conveying thank you. [READ: Chil…
a completely different dimension in his latest film Mumbai Police, Director
Rosshan Anddrews delivers a fast-paced, thriller film after his award winning
fims such as Udayananu Tharam, Notebook and others.
flesh out the script written by Boby Sanjay, Rosshan Anddrews ropes in actors
such as Prithviraj, Rahman and Jayasurya to portray three police officers:
Antony Moses, Farhan and Aryan respectively. The
story begins with a phone call that Antony Moses (starring Prithviraj) makes to
Farhan (starring Rahman) saying that he has solved the murder mystery of Aryan
(starring Jayasurya). Just as he says this, there is an accident and Antony
Moses loses his memory. From then, Farhan's attempt is to take Antony through people and
places that are likely to trigger his memory so that they can solve the murder of their close friend and colleague Aryan. A series of events happen, almost hurtling us towards it. And I
am taking the liberty to hand out trophies for the following: 'M…
ever been banished from your parents' good books because of a secret kiss when
you were just sixteen? Did you
spend nearly all your life trying to win back the trust and approval of your
parents for that one mistake you made? Have you
regretted your marriage that your parents rushed you into and you agreed out of
sheer guilt? Have you
ever made a secret wishlist with something like "have sex with someone
other than husband" on it? Yes or no,
don't miss reading Preeti Shenoy's recently released novel titled 'The
one, you are bound to get pulled into Diksha's loveless marriage, her constant
adjustments to Sandeep, a husband who expects everything to be done to suit his
preference at all times and her need to feel valued as a person. There are so
many instances when you would simply grit your teeth and wish that her boor of
a husband would do something, anything, to just appreciate his wife. But no,
that doesn't hap…
Most people do not understand the importance of chanting the Gayatri mantra because they are not aware of its power. It is only when I began to read Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's teachings that I learned how sacred and powerful the chanting of the Gayatri mantra is. The Vedas represent the breath of God. The Gayatri mantra is the very basis of the Vedas. Try not to undertake chanting the Gayatri mantra as a light endeavor or as a hobby. It has to be chanted with faith, discipline and purity of mind and body. Be steady with your sadhana if you want to reap the spiritual dividend associated with the Gayatri mantra and never once hesitate once you decide to do it. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that the Gayatri Mantra is referred to as Pancha Mukhi, the Goddess with five faces that represent the five pranas or life forces. Here's more on it.
Chant the Gayatri Mantra correctly: Pause Five Times Here are some important things to keep in mind while chanting the Gayatri mantra:
Manju Kapur's fifth novel –
following her highly acclaimed works such as Difficult Daughters (1998) and The
Immigrant (2009) – explores the tumultous relationships
once again set in the thriving, upper-middle-class colonies of Delhi in the
mid-90s. The story thrives against the backdrop of the initial surge of foreign
investment in India.
The very first chapter of the book begins to enthrall a reader with the
couple's love making scene.
The only glitch is this: it is a married woman
having a romantic adventure with her husband's boss. Cheesy as it may seem, the
book sets itself apart by diving straight into the troubled waters yet without
taking any sides, revealing once again the mark of a true family writer.
Extramarital affair breaks a solid marriage Shagun, the green-eyed beautiful wife of Raman, falls in love with
his charismatic, handsome boss Ashok Khanna, who has never been in love before
and is determined to possess the woman he now loves. It does not matter to him