Why do Indian soldiers fight the way they fight? Because, they are competing with a fellow buddy, next to them. After the fabled battle of Saragarhi, in 1897, where 21 Sikh soldiers were martyred fighting nearly 10000 tribesmen who surrounded them, the Second-in-Command of the battalion, an officer of the Australian origin, described the unrivalled … Continue reading Indian Soldier and his Spirit!
Spirituality is not a serious business, after all. A preacher who is able to pepper his discourses with humour and anecdotes is placed well to deliver the message effectively. Guru Gopal Gaur, Guru Sarvapriyananda, Sukhabodhananda etc have set a new trend in delivering their lessons through laughter On this day of Guru Purnima, I am … Continue reading Spirituality and Laughter!
On this eve, the world needs to acknowledge, with appreciation, the service of all the doctors, healers and therapists. To me, these are the three kinds of hospitals: One each for the body, mind and soul. While the bodily ailments are attended to in a conventional hospital, a temple is a hospital for the … Continue reading The Doctor’s Day!!
Covid has taught humanity one important lesson that there is nothing known as a ‘comfort zone.’ It is a searing reminder of the uncertainties of life whose very middle name is, ‘if’. The world today is in the grip of, it appears, ‘demonic possession’, that is the only way to describe the Corona pandemic. Is … Continue reading Was this Ordained??
YOU GIVE BUT LITTLE WHEN YOU GIVE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS. IT IS WHEN YOU GIVE OF YOURSELF THAT YOU TRULY GIVE. ~KAHLIL GIBRAN FROM THE PROPHET The story of extra-ordinary sacrifice of Subaida, a 60 year old woman from Kollam, Kerala, has largely gone unheard and has remained confined to the physical borders of the … Continue reading Instant Inspiration!!
Solomon Asch - Conformity Experiment of "vision test" proves that humans suffer from a herd mentality: We are greatly influenced by other's opinions. Apparently, people conform for two main reasons: because they want to fit in with the group (normative influence) and because they believe the group is better informed than they are (informational influence). … Continue reading Chinese Soldiers!
Just as Covid was beginning to resurrect the tarnished image of the doctors, few private hospitals were again found to be over-fleecing the patients. That is why it is said: वैद्यराज नमस्तुभ्यम् यमराज सहोदर: | यमस्तु हरति प्राणान् वैद्य: प्राणान् धनानि च || (Salutations to the ‘Vaidya raja’, the brother of the ‘Yama raja’. While … Continue reading The Family Doctor!
Why Chinese do what they do? This is a common question in the TV studios, these days. I narrated the following incident in one such discussion, yesterday. The two city-states of Athens and Sparta, of the ancient Greece, were at war with one another, for decades. Both of them were ruled by different set of … Continue reading Why Chinese do what they do??
The way the opposition parties behave even when the enemy is at the gates, reminds me of that episode from the epic. After the Pandavas left for their vanavas ( Life in the forest ), Duryodhana wanted to see how his cousins were suffering in the forest. He rides into the forest, with his entourage … Continue reading Oppose the Enemy, not the Country!
There is a saying in French, “L’habit ne fait pas le moine.” Roughly translated, it says, “The vestment does not make the monk.” A priest in Kerala was caught for his moral transgressions, recently. Just as that wasn’t enough, we have a repeat in Mysore. In the first place, why is there a need for … Continue reading The Priest was not Pure!!