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The Serenity Prayer: Thought for 2018

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Serenity

Summarizing 2017: In 2017, I didn’t choose a word/ phrase/ thought for the year as I had done every year since 2012. There is no reason for not doing it. It just didn’t happen. Strangely enough,  I didn’t stress about it which was very out of character for me. I usually fuss and get displeased with myself if I don’t… Read more »

Breakthrough

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I have known Sarita (name changed) for almost ten years. She is a self-employed woman. When I met her, she had reached a plateau in her professional growth. She had tried all she could think of to expand professionally but she had run against one brick wall after another. Someone introduced her to me and we drew up a program… Read more »

Passion Room (Fini)

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Continued fromPassion Room (One), (Two) and (Three) I chafed against all the conditions the Guild had imposed. At first I was annoyed about the three item limit. Next I grumbled against the ‘once in, always in’ rule. But for this rule, I could have brought in a book, a notebook and a pen every day and spent all the time… Read more »

Passion Room (Three)

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Continued from Passion Room (One) And (Two) In fact, this wasn’t my bathroom at all! In shocked confusion, I looked around the room. The room was easily three times the chicken pen I lived in. It was empty but for a table and two chairs standing in the right corner. Blinking in confusion, I stepped back into my room in… Read more »

Passion Room (Two)

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Continued from Passion Room (One)… Four months ago I had landed in this dusty, crowded little town of Rajasthan. I had chosen the coaching institute online. Admission formalities were completed via e-mail and electronic money transfer.  The institute had promised me assistance in finding accommodation. Coaching is the biggest business in this town. The citizenry have taken to converting their… Read more »

Passion Room (One)

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It was war! The air was thick with dust and the acrid, metallic stink of gun- powder. The heat was scalding and steamy. Sounds of heavy artillery drowned out hoarse voice shouting orders; orders which carried an edge of horrified terror. My heart pounded uncomfortably in my chest; the lance of panic held me impaled. I felt a ball of… Read more »

Leaves and Stars

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It has been a few years since I read Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. I read it in quick succession a few times in the beginning… and a few times hence. But I hadn’t picked it up in the last three years. When I picked it up yesterday again, It felt soothingly familiar. It has refreshed and rejuvenated me. The first significant… Read more »

Zoilism

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  The dictionary lists Zoilism as nagging, unjust criticism. Zolius was a Greek grammarian and a cynical philosopher. Carping, nagging criticism seems to have been his forte. His most famous work is a monograph called Homeric Questions in which he analyzed Homer’s work and pointed our many errors. Since then, his name is associated with unfair, malignant and harsh criticism…. Read more »

Yet

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Do you know the most effective way of interpreting failure Yet? How you deal with life’s defeats will shape your future. It is possible that you have had many references to failure in the past. With each new incident, you have acquired a new leg of reference for your table of failure. As you know, the more legs a table… Read more »

Xenoi

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  Xenos (plural Xenoi) is the Greek word for a stranger or a guest who is a friend. This guest- friend might well be a god in disguise and may possess the power to bless you and your household. Thus the Greeks have a custom of extending hospitality to all strangers because, who knows which one of them might be… Read more »