General

How the Clergy Conquered Christianity

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”  ― Denis Diderot, French philosopher, art critic, and writer   As soon as Apostle Paul started establishing churches, people saw an opportunity to seize power and influence those churches for their personal profit. As time went on […]

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Spiritual

Does the Bible Call for Confession to a Priest?

“I confess my iniquity, I am sorry for my sin” (Psalm 38:18) Confessing sins to the clergy is a practice in some Christian denominations. Disclosures made by the penitents to a priest are to remain a secret with the priest to be buried with him in the grave. Maybe, this was the case in the […]

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The Scary Tale of the ‘Ancient Mariner’

The long poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), tells a rather creepy story. A ship was caught in a storm and was carried to South Pole. Everyone on the ship died of thirst and hunger leaving just one seaman, the Ancient Mariner, alive. This man was […]

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Anecdotal

The Story of ‘Makku’

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth   The date was February 1, 2018 and time 10.30 in the night. Alone in my home, I sat watching Dr Sambit Patra and Dr Shashi Tharoor excitedly debating the Union budget […]

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What is the Jerusalem Issue?

“I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”                                                                               […]

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Inspirational

“I am the Master of My Fate”

“More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth itself”   – Napoleon Hill, ‘Think and Grow Rich’ The title of this post has been taken from the short poem ‘Invictus’, written in 1885, by English poet William Ernest Henley (1849 -1903). It had no caption when it appeared in 1888 […]

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Inspirational

The Little Boy Who Loved His Footwear

Today, Kerala is the most literate state in India. But, going some half a century back, its villages had very few schools and hardly any for education beyond the primary level. Children who wished to continue their studies beyond the fourth standard had to walk several miles to reach their schools mostly located in the […]

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The Murder of Grigory Rasputin

“Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigory has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death then no one of your family, that is to say, none of your children or relations will remain […]

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Anecdotal

The Story of My Experiments with Linking PAN and AADHAAR

“No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.” ― Rush Limbaugh Like everyone else, I too used to be prompted in the past to link my PAN and Aadhaar while e-filing my Income Tax returns. After entering the required data and clicking the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button, a message would appear telling me that the linking had […]

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Who Created the Universe?

“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible“                                                                                         […]

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