Life Review: Life In The After-Life

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Life Review

In his book Reality Unveiled, Zaid Masri describes the Life Review process one goes through before being reincarnated. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~ Rumi Masri presents evidence to establish that souls do reincarnate. In the fourth chapter, called The Path of the Soul, he writes about the process the soul undergoes before being born again. I quote, In his classic books Journey of… Read more »

Five Drops of Contemplation

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Contemplation

Contemplation is a tool to affect inner re-engineering. At times you want ideas to be simplified, stripped down to their essentials. For the condensed, concentrated drops of thought to fall into the still pool of your consciousness, merge with the fluidity there and subtly and delicately change your inner landscape.  Mull over them, disagree with them, engage them in a debate. Then… Read more »

Subtle Art of Not Taking Things Personally

Not Taking Things Personally

“PFA  invoice template. Update and send to process payment.” Thus went the terse email I received from the accounts department of a client. The sender of the mail was a lady I had never interacted with. The attached document was a simple word file template with blank spaces where my own details of the job done were to be added…. Read more »

Book Review: If You Only Knew Me ~ Divyata Rajaram

If You Only Knew Me by Divyata Rajaram is a multi-layered story. It is a story about five expat women living in Dubai. Their lives are glamorous, living as they do at the higher echelons of Dubai’s Indian society. The women are friends, even good friends. Despite their apparent friendship though, there are threads of rivalry, bordering on downright cattiness,… Read more »

Questions To Ask Yourself

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Questions

Questions can help you change the direction of your thoughts. In a conversation between two people, the person who asks the questions- and is willing to listen- is the person who controls the conversation. Questions are the negotiator’s most effective tool. To ask the right question and sit back to let the other person talk, is an art all top… Read more »

A Love For Words

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Love For Words

I have a deep and abiding love for words. Many years ago I read somewhere that words are like legal contracts. Each word you utter is a promise to portray exactly what you mean with no intentional ambiguity. Each word has a specific meaning in a given context. It is possible to say exactly what you mean in most situations,… Read more »

Book Review: Small is Big- by Rafaa Dalvi

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Small is Big- by Rafaa Dalvi Brevity is the soul of wit, said Shakespeare; it is the sister of talent, said Chekhov. Writing flash fiction is challenging as well as deeply satisfying. I have loved all varieties of micro-fiction- as a reader as well as a writer. Micro-tales compel you to stay focused on your story and to find creative… Read more »

Book Review: Pretty Vile Girl by Rickie Khosla

Pretty Vile Girl

Pretty Vile Girl: The protagonist you will hate to love! When you have racy plot and myriad, twisted sub-plots married to a series of brutal murders, committed with ice-cold nerve made all the more chilling by a kind of detached, almost meditative casualness, you get a Pretty Vile Girl! The theme of this novel is revenge- and its corollary, Justice. It’s… Read more »

Book Review: T F. Carthick’s Unfairy Tales

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Fairy tales are written for impressionable youngsters; Unfairy Tales are written for discerning adults. The values and perceptions of  the modern world are not the same as those of the times when the Perrault, Anderson and the Brothers Grimm penned down their stories. Today, their stories seem biased, bigoted and even regressive. Humans have learned to shake off the elaborate… Read more »

By The Lake- Short Story

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By The Lake

Mandira closed her eyes and let the gentle lapping of the lake soothe her like a lullaby. It was warm, even though it was early morning. Summer was at its peak. In the city the heat was unbearable. She had to escape the heat and the people; people who stifled her with their expectations and compulsions. She came to this… Read more »