Missing Something That’s Right Under Your Nose?

Lighting a lamp and an incense stick at dusk is a ritual practised in many Indian households.  Pune is no exception.  As I walked along the garden track in yesterday's dimming light, a strong fragrance of Nag Champa wafted my way.  More used to paying attention to the earthy smell of the ground and leaves, … Continue reading Missing Something That’s Right Under Your Nose?

What If It’s Not All As Difficult As You Think?

I laughingly told a friend today that I stopped making plans a long while back. I found life had other plans. And it was much easier to go along with life's plans. But it has taken me a while to be able to say this so lightly.The truth is that there are moments when the … Continue reading What If It’s Not All As Difficult As You Think?

Superwoman – Would You Be Willing To Hang Up Your Cape?

While we may be infinite beings having a human experience, this does not bestow upon us the legendary superpowers we seem to expect of ourselves. Superwoman Syndrome is a term I have coined to describe the unending attempt of women determined to be the 'perfect woman-homemaker-career woman- (personal preference)' all rolled into one.  This is … Continue reading Superwoman – Would You Be Willing To Hang Up Your Cape?

11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

If you are the kind that needs research to validate what common sense and your heart will tell you easily enough, then you may want to listen to Brene Brown's brilliant TED talk, 'The Power of Vulnerability'.  Her research from hundreds of interviews led her to a breakdown and  she went to her therapist and … Continue reading 11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

Beyond All Excuses

Sometimes the obvious is the last to be seen. Take the case of our favorite scapegoats.  No, you would not see them for what they really are.They are so well disguised and rationalized, that it is hard to recognize that they are only our favorite stories of blame. It may be the job that you detest, … Continue reading Beyond All Excuses

S(he) who must not be named

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" said Shakespeare. And he was right.  The rose would continue to be what it is, regardless of what it was called. The question is would we appreciate it's beauty and fragrance as much? It is not a trivial question.  The extent to which we embrace, reject or … Continue reading S(he) who must not be named