Archive February 2018

When Spiritualism Goes Glitzy And Glamorous…

When Spiritualism Goes Glitzy And Glamorous…

By C T Joshi, Senior Journalist, Bengaluru  A publicity-crazy religious-spiritual leader recently appeared as a half-clad wrestler in a  wrestling pose in a TV advertisement. It was cheap and laughable, undignified and unbecoming of his position in society. There is a yoga-cum-ayurveda  expert. Once he had roped in dignitary after dignitary to speak highly of him day after day through the “idiot box”. That is to advertise him day after day. If his work was solid,

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Society: Present and the Future

Society: Present and the Future

Varaaha Series by B S Ranganath Came across an essay entitled ‘The heart rending elegy: Many mothers of Kashmir’ by Syeda Hamid. Its narration, in a deceptive tone, points out how the cheer in praise of all merciful God Allah turns out to be a death call, on innocent children of Kashmiri mothers. The stone-throwing agitators cry Allah Ho Akbar. Curious innocent children who come out in search of their brothers, are hit by police bullets. In

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LIFE IS A SOJOURN !

LIFE IS A SOJOURN !

By PRATIBHA BADURKAR   Life is unpredictable! Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor..! The sudden death of veteran actor reveals uncertainty of life! The fragility of life is proved again…! Newspapers, social media, TV channels were flooded with comments like above after demise of renowned actress Sridevi. Ever since  I got the news of her death and received several messages on uncertainty or unpredictable nature of life; I am thinking, “Is life  really

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Can Corruption and Bribery be Eradicated from India?

Can Corruption and Bribery be Eradicated from India?

Corruption is a serious malice I had read in the Civics subject text-book in class five, and I continue to believe so. So do we all. We’ve always spoken against corruption, cursed the authorities and the babus practicing it religiously and voted blindly for ministers promising to tackle this malice. Haven’t we? (Now you can feel a ‘But’ coming here don’t you!) But (here it is!) do we really hate the C word and bribery

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Discovery of Northeast India

Discovery of Northeast India

Why did we plan a trip to the Northeast? As in the case of any good job, there are many reasons. My friends will, however, be quick to pick up the most important reason of all – my DW [Darling Wife!] decided to visit Northeast. So we took a flight to Kolkata from there we were to take another flight to Imphal. I love the new Kolkata airport – perhaps because I have seen the

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Life with real values

Life with real values

By Rajgopalan Ramchandran To attain purpose of life with real values, one must be spiritual. How can we nurture our soul? We have to nourish it with love of self, love for others.  It is said that when there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also become lovable. If you are a sincere seeker in spiritual path, to know the purpose of your existence, you should be blessed to have a Sadguru in

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  This promises to be among the bluntest reviews I have written; I don’t mean to state I wont do justice to it – that I will, most certainly so. But in this particular book, there is no scope, to be anything but perfectly honest. Now that doesn’t mean it is a bad book : it is not a bad book by any means. But, as a good reviewer, I need to place both my

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‘Simply Fly’ a book By Capt GR Gopinath, that impresses and inspires

‘Simply Fly’ a book By Capt GR Gopinath, that impresses and inspires

By Jayanth Ramanujam This is simply one of the best books that I have ever read. I saw this book for the first time in Crossword. As is my practice, I glanced through the blurb (back cover) to see if there was anything interesting that would merit a buy. I decided to pick up the book amongst many others on that day. Usually, I’m selective on autobiographies / biographies since they tend to be either

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Book Review: ‘PITCH IT’, Dev Prasad’s volume, i.e. dearer to me

Book Review: ‘PITCH IT’, Dev Prasad’s volume, i.e. dearer to me

By Jayanth Ramanujam I had seen this book a couple of times, both at the airport, while I was waiting to board my flight. On both these occasions, I had just glanced cursively through the blurb and kept it back in its place. Main reason for doing so was the context of the book was not that appealing. Finally, the third time, I picked it up more out of lack of other alternatives rather than

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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and Behaviour Management In Educational Institutes

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and Behaviour Management In Educational Institutes

Emotional Intelligence and Behaviour Management for educational institutions. Or Education in Human Values Practical intelligence in all the areas of life, be it financial, commercial, technical, mechanical, procedural, are abundant in our world. Yet humanity’s greatest problems have not lessened but on the other hand, we can safely say they have increased exponentially. Why? Succinctly put, it is due to a shortage of Emotional Intelligence. Before we explain what is EI, let us fleetingly see

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INDIAN FARMERS : A LOOK AT ROUGH ESTIMATES OF PROFITS

INDIAN FARMERS : A LOOK AT ROUGH ESTIMATES OF PROFITS

This is the first part of an ongoing series on Agriculture – specifically Profits from Farming. This article is the first in the series, and first appeared elsewhere 3plus years ago. This series is targeted at the average Urban Indian, who does not know the status of farming as a business enterprise in India, and its problems. The numbers are calculated as per the methodology given below for all articles, and are to be used

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Erasing the past & generating a better future

Erasing the past & generating a better future

Travel through Time We need to forget our past which is generally of little significance except some lessons to be learned. Forgetting the past seems a rather arduous task to accomplish as it keeps projecting itself in the form of thoughts and feelings which are not very positive. Creating a bright future is the only motive in our lives for which we all work so hard throughout our life but still fall short of achieving

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PITFALLS OF CHEMICAL FARMING

PITFALLS OF CHEMICAL FARMING

By Rajgopalan Ramchandran Around 19 trillion billion rupees are spent all over the world by Governments and Corporate, just to make us sick. It’s unbelievable but true, and to know how, just go through the details here : The intellectual battle cannot be fought in one day or won. It no doubt takes several years, and could even take more generations to fight this battle bitterly. The intellectual battle is between knowledge that natural farming

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UNSPEAKEABLE; Shooting culture in mighty country

UNSPEAKEABLE; Shooting culture in mighty country

              By Arbind Kumar United States of America is known for its military might, technological advancement, Hollywood films, and for its songs. Americans claim they are the most punctual and committed to democracy and human rights. They also claim their economy is strong enough to absorb any shock and apply foreign policy more strongly. Many global giants, Google, Coca-Cola, and Apple etc. added values in USA. But, after whimsical

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Spirituality is a game of 7….

Spirituality is a game of 7….

Spirituality is a journey of Self Discovery which continues till the last breath. Spirituality is a subject of great debate in today’s time especially when each one is fighting a mental war but is unable to take the spiritual path because the basic assumption is about giving up things to achieve peace. Life is a process of gaining and losing. We can’t keep gaining all the time and we can’t keep losing all the time.

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Spirituality and Wisdom….

Spirituality and Wisdom….

“Be in the world but not of the world” This proverb though looks straight but has a deep meaning of Wisdom within. The nobleman called it a magic talisman, of Spirituality. Being materialistic is good but being devoid of such needs is far better good! Wisdom and Spirituality are interdependent on each-other as nobleman says.  “One hour of teaching is better than a whole night of prayer.” Be in the company of good people and

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Energy – Realizing the Power of Oneness…..

Energy – Realizing the Power of Oneness…..

From the dawn of life we observe that everything has a method, a process, a system, a structure.  The Universe has a pattern of functioning.  The computations of the astronomical science prove these.  But behind these systems there is a force which has given a direction and guided every existence and movement of either something which is lifeless or that which has life. We are all a part of this Universe and are also embraced

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The unconditional Love…

The unconditional Love…

The unconditional love that we seek. Living a carefree life, bubbly, friendly and jovial was how Maya’s friend described her.  Right from her college days, going for interviews and then finally landing with a good job, she remained the same affable person that everyone took a liking to.  Life was fair, she took her share of happy times and not so good times with a stoic outlook. She loved making friends, going out for drinks,

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Belief and Fear

Belief and Fear

“Life! is what has happened to us without our efforts and after that everything that happens to us is based on our actions and reactions to the situations and circumstances around us.” The moment we are out of our mothers’ tummy  we all need to make all out efforts for our survival and we begin this journey of ours, by crying relentlessly when we are hungry and the response received makes us believe that we

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Artificial Intelligence or Human Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or Human Intelligence

“Artificial intelligence. Are you scared of it?” I asked Lulu, my parrot. Just in case you are not aware, parrots are one of the most well informed avians. They travel from Stanford to Shillong; they understand AI, I mean, Artificial Intelligence. “Why should I? I am more scared of natural human intelligence. It is dangerous enough.” Lulu never leaves opportunity to snub; it is like Nirmala Sitharaman answering Pakistan’s allegations. “You must not be serious.

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Spirituality

Spirituality

  In the present era the word  “Spirituality” is being used more frequently, Let’s understand what it means the word  Spirit refers to the “Soul” as opposed to the physical body as it is the spirit or the Soul that sustains the body. To understand spirituality, In a simpler sense Spirituality It means awareness, Why is Spirituality required in the present Era? The answer to this is Man’s level of Awareness has reduced or rather

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To be alone

Budding experiences once; were, With a swelled venter and then; Moment arrived at fruitage time. Humiliating old thoughts and believes; Slogged through countless conflicts and consoles, Until the renewal! Now I prefer to be alone. After last forlorn attempt to be with all, Mirthful solitary to attribute to self! Reminds me often, About old scar of ignorance! Standing alone! Far from those who didn’t valued. Life is still in its meaning. Anticipating new bonds and

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Plight of Civil Engineers in Private Sector

Plight of Civil Engineers in Private Sector

An elephant is worth the same, living or dead. So are the civil engineers. If there were no civil engineers, human race would have been relegated to natural caves in the forest for living. No business, no roads/transport, no entertainment and never a skill would have existed on earth. Monumental structures, majestic highways, massive irrigation and power generation water spots provide testimony to the hard work of civil engineers. Even the topmost earner in the

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Shambala- The Heavenly Kingdom

Shambala- The Heavenly Kingdom

Shambala– The Heavenly Kingdom Shambala or Gyanganj or Shangri-La, as it may be called is a mythical kingdom in Himalayas. It means “The source of happiness. “ It is the land of immortals. It is said to be located somewhere deep in the range of Himalayas. Some people dismiss it as a folktale because they can’t locate it in google and the places that don’t exist in google don’t exist for them. If google can’t

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The Better world ….It starts with you

The Better world ….It starts with you

Generally it is seen that many young children are getting de-tracked from their path and indulge in wrong company and even some teenagers covertly get married at a very young age causing a huge damage to the reputation of their families and to their own career as well.  They become the reason for slandering the name and fame of their families.  People in general start blaming such children without understanding the reason or logic behind

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Gratitude Circle

Gratitude Circle

Are we living a life of Gratitude? Do others resonate the same gratitude when we are a part of their lives? It is easier to feel all the gratitude in good times but it is the bad times that put us to test of being thankful. The tough times are when we need the real practice of expressing our gratitude. That’s one side of the coin of the process of gratification. The other side talks

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