Tag Archives: Spirit

Age of Gumption

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  I don’t remember much of the 1971 movie, Do Boond Paani. Every so often though, I am reminded of one of its songs. I play it on a loop a few times and  let the lilting music soothe me. While the song plays, without being conscious of it, I absorb something more from the video- something too subtle to put into… Read more »

Impact

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My first reaction to this video was of admiration for Jennifer… naturally. She is certainly a girl of indomitable spirit. Although the video speaks only of her victories and the encouragement she received from her family, surely there must have been days, instances, when she would be made to feel incomplete. Not by her family, no, but by others. There… Read more »

Fragrant

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The dawn air was fragrant with eucalyptus today. There were myriad other fragrances in the air also; some too subtle to identify. You will probably find it very strange of me, but to me sunrise has a very distinct fragrance in each season. Maybe it is a mixture of the aromas of the flora of that season; maybe the earth… Read more »

Doing For The Love of Doing

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Undeveloped men are highly motivated to act by their matter-inclined impulses and longing for name, fame, prosperity, and sensory happiness. The wise, on the other hand, have detached themselves from worldly pleasures; their incentive is the joy they find in working for God. Incidentally and yet purposefully, the inspiring examples of such men bring others to the path of lasting… Read more »

And

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I read a quote seven- eight years ago. By association, I remember when I read it. I used it at one of my most intense training sessions held- in the peak of summer- at a summer camp organized by a school. The five hour session was held in a room which had no fans. They handsomely gave us (Johnny and… Read more »

That Chilly Winter Night

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I remember how cold it was that night. I had taken them out for dinner; she and her mother. I’d just landed my dream job and I wanted to celebrate with her. Her mother invited herself, as I had (wrathfully) expected. To keep things her mother under control, I brought my brother along. The mother could hardly hijack the celebration… Read more »

HALT

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  For the umpteenth time, Arusha’s stomach rumbled. She was running too late to eat breakfast in the morning. Once she reached office, she had been sucked into a whirlwind of fire- fights. She hadn’t even noticed lunch time come and go. It was almost five in the evening now. With the first slack in her mad rush since morning,… 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 »