The Spirit of Mumbai

Just as the spirit of a person is the essence of that person, so too is the spirit of a city. When we understand the core to a person, we can predict their reactions to some extent. We can say, “Oh I know what she will say when she hears this news.” Or… “I know […]

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Lieutenant Prakash

In February of 2006, I was asked to conduct a week long seminar for Physics Post-Graduate students of my old college. It was the students who had approached me. They told me they wont be able to pay me much. I liked the way they had taken the initiative and the positive energy with which they talked. Moreover, […]

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Backup Plans

My eldest one came, pulled up a chair and flopped down on it. She had just returned from her painting class. I knew something was bothering her, or she would have proceeded to her room to change and freshen up before talking to me. I was in the middle of writing a tricky kind of […]

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Scaling the Heights of Failure

Success is sweet. It has turned into an industry by itself. We all love it… we covet it… we pursue it. The farther it seems from us the more frenzied we get… reading it up… devouring it… soaking it in our soul. In that desperation, we forget to savor the failures. Somehow I feel very […]

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Five Hours With a Stranger

The day was 25th July 2008. The place was Colaba, Mumbai. It had been raining heavily for 3 days. I was staying with a cousin in her room which she was renting at Colaba. Perish the thought of me being able to afford the rent of a TOWN pad. Let’s just say I am lucky […]

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Icarus and I

Let me tell you the story of Icarus. Icarus is a character from the Greek mythology. He is the son of Daedalus. Who he was is not really relevant. What is relevant is that this Daedalus person and his son Icarus had been put in prison by King Minos. So. Daedalus and Icarus were imprisoned. […]

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The Sweet Taste of Money

Money is word which can upset our breathing pattern. We react with intense emotion in money related issues. From the time we were kids, money has been the pivot around which our lives have revolved. Directly or indirectly, money is a cause for most of the argument and negative emotion within a family. We grow […]

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The World of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s masterpiece ATLAS SHRUGGED has completed fifty-years in print. I thought this was a good time to pay homage to that visionary whose only fault perhaps was that she was way ahead of her time. For that fault alone she has been prosecuted by those who failed to understand her. Yet, the love she […]

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