Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Mammootty-Kamal Movie: Utopiayile Rajavu, a fictional place called Kokrankara & a Hero called CP Swathanthran!
Utopiayile Rajavu: This Funny Story is told by.....Statues!
Think of Bangalore Days, where a girl who has great ambitions, toes her parents' way of thinking by rushing into a marriage because the family astrologer insists. I still struggle to understand the logic of glorifying this.
Monday, September 14, 2015
It goes without saying that cricket was their favorite sport but I didn't join them. There used to be a tamarind tree in my grandmother's house. I used to lean on the branches and watch them play. If I got the hunch that they want to drag me into the game, I would quickly disappear because I didn't like playing cricket.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Often, I take my favorite portions from Subroto Bagchi's 'Go Kiss the World' and I share it as a kind of bed time story with my nine year old son. He waits eagerly for these stories!
[Do read: Subroto Bagchi's book 'Zen Garden: Conversations with Path Makers]
'Go kiss the world' was his mother's advice to him as she lay in hospital, during her last moments with her son.
These words from his dying mother became the guiding principle of Subroto Bagchi's life.
In this book, Subroto Bagchi takes you through the humble beginnings of his life, with emphasis on his mother's influence on his personality and core values.
Coming from a small town in Orissa, he tells you of a childhood that had no luxuries and how observing and learning from real life taught him to look at life - the challenges and opportunities it brings - with a sense of wonder.
His father had a transferable government job. He writes in Go Kiss the World: "When my father was posted to Athamallik, the only government quarter available was next to the morgue where dead bodies were brought in for post mortem.While digging the earth to plan saplings, my mother would find what would look like human bones..." Imagine that!
He cites a conversation in which he asked his father, "When will you buy a house?"
"I already have five houses, why do I need one more?" His father replied.
The five houses referred to his five sons.
About his father, Subroto Bagchi writes in Go Kiss the World,"Material success did not define my father. He taught me that success is your ability to rise above your discomfort, whatever be your current state of wealth. Success is not about building material comforts..."
It's the kind of book I love to wrap up my day with....motivate my son with as well.
From a spiritual perspective and packed with many practical insights for professionals, 'Go Kiss the World' is a book that is a must-read!