Really Short Stories: ‘The River Sings. Listen.’

Verdant green forests, craggy white mountains, gurgling rivers and roaring seas.  Who would not be tempted to explore these?  He set out with empty hands and a heart filled with wonder at what lay before him. Every step a sacred communion.  Every breath in - one of joy.  Every breath out - a reverent sigh. … Continue reading Really Short Stories: ‘The River Sings. Listen.’

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?

Lessons From Shaping Clay

Noticing a sign announcing a pottery class, my friend and I impulsively stopped our bike and inquired if we could have a class right away.  With only a few hours left before we headed back to our city, we could not have imagined how easily this opportunity had presented itself.  She an artist and me … Continue reading Lessons From Shaping Clay

Unpeeling Our Labels

When we call a dog a 'dog', there is an implicit expectation that we are both in agreement with who/what a dog is.  But this is an incomplete communication of what a ‘dog’ means to each person in the conversation.  For example, for one - it is immediately associated with a soul friend, for another … Continue reading Unpeeling Our Labels

What Would You Do If You Found Frogs On Your Wall?

If you are an urban dweller with little exposure to the wilderness, most likely you will jump out of your own skin.  In fact, I suspect many readers won't be able to make it past this headline. Seeing a large, orange frog clinging to the walls is disorienting to say the least. The protected species … Continue reading What Would You Do If You Found Frogs On Your Wall?

Individual Clearings and Collective Consciousness

You may have felt that "this only happens to me". "Only I know how this feels." But it is not true. As we peel away layers of our trapped emotions, patterns and limiting beliefs, we begin to see that there are many angles that contribute. While the details and intricacies will vary, there are common … Continue reading Individual Clearings and Collective Consciousness

Lost In Transit

We have developed a plethora of platforms and devices to communicate, and we have also learned to speak in numerous languages.  We interact with people across different cultures and have far more ease of access to each other than we ever did before. And yet, we seem to stumble in the basics. Our words often … Continue reading Lost In Transit