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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General

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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General

Who Created the Universe?

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

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Anecdotal

Simple English is Complicated Business

“A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.” – Samuel Johnson   A few days back, I came across a short article shared […]

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Spiritual

The Four Noble Truths – the Heart of Buddhism

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”    ― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi Introduction Buddha lived sometime during the period 563-483 BCE.  Only isolated events from the period before he attained enlightenment have been preserved. Also, some parts of the stories about his early life might be […]

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Inspirational

The Self-Destructing Fear of Change

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –      Andre Gide The story of Jesus healing an invalid man at the Pool of Bethesda is narrated in the Gospel according to John as follows: “Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is […]

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General

The Great Indian Demonetization Circus

“In the long run we are all dead” –      John Maynard Keynes The Prime Minister of India addressing the nation at 08.00 p.m. on 8 Nov 2016 made the historical announcement that from midnight that night the currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denominations would lose its legal tender status except for specified transactions. 86% […]

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General

“I Was Only Taking Care of Animals”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” –      Dwight D. Eisenhower “What politics have you?” I asked. “I am without politics,” he said. “I am seventy-six years old. […]

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