Category Keerthana Venkatesh

Crafting Penguins To Solving Problems – It’s All Hidden In Art

Crafting Penguins To Solving Problems – It’s All Hidden In Art

Can problem-solving skills be nurtured? That’s a “yes” from me – and the “yes” comes after a lovely artsy morning that my daughter and I spent creating a miniature snow town from scrap. Cotton swabs, paints, paper rolls, glue, dried shells, old newspaper, medicine dropper caps and a shoe box cover made their way into our little world of art. We ideated and decided on the placement of objects in our miniature snow town and

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98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit

98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit

Four days of raging fever, over a dozen doses of paracetamol, needle pricks on a thin arm, wailing puking burning child… its been a trying week. Our little girl is fighting against an infection that the blood tests are yet to reveal, and the battle is raging like a fire. I’ve always encouraged the body to heal itself with minimal support of antibiotics. This time around though paracetamol in all its forms, colours and flavours

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At The Altar We Met

At The Altar We Met

A father-daughter relationship has a charm of its own. There’s a deeper sense of conviction that bonds this relationship so strong and secure. I had penned this poem at a time when I was a member of a student team championing the cause of educating people on the ill-effects of female infanticide. A few of my heart-to-heart conversations with the fathers we interacted with has found their reflection here. But beyond all this, I’ve tried

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Letting Go-The Mind Makes Its Choice

Letting go – It’s not been too hard for me. Over the years I’ve learnt to let go of a lot of things – relationships that were not meant to be, people with whom I did not share a chemistry, objects that began to assume the form of meaningless, desires that started to morph into parasites. If you’re thinking it’s a result of some spiritual attainment, you’re wrong. When something unfavourable comes my way, I’ve

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Hitch hiking along the Indo-Pak border

Hitch hiking along the Indo-Pak border

If you love to meet people and want to know Amristar better, then get out of your cars and get onto a bullock cart of tractor. That’s pretty much the kind of hitch hiking we did when we packed our backpacks and 16-month-old daughter to head into the heartlands of India’s famed border of Attari-Wagah with Pakistan. It was harvest time and the fields were partly lush-green waiting for the ripe time to reap what

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Fear:Face It To Fade It

I’ve written a lot about letting go, leaving the past behind and moving on in the journey of life. At times, this seems easy. Then there are times when an incident stirs up an old memory… a memory that elicits a fear that suddenly looms large in its magnified state even after decades of its birth. While the mind refuses to let go of these memories and keeps them stowed at the back of the

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The selfish act of forgiveness

Forgiveness – it’s a word well spoken, often debated about; yet, its tentacles are far too tightly wound to break free with ease. There’s that ego that always powers up the energy to not forgive. And in recent times, fear has begun to play an even stronger role in holding one back from forgiving. I’ve experienced the power play of ego and fear building a dam of resistance against forgiving. It spreads a shroud of

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Grandma’s Tales: From Steam Buses To Volvos, It’s Been Quite A Journey

Grandma’s Tales: From Steam Buses To Volvos, It’s Been Quite A Journey

Conversation is quite the key to a lot of interesting knowledge, and that’s something that I often savour during conversations with my grandmother. She’s part of a generation that has lived in the pre-Independence days of India right up to today’s world of Virtual Reality. The trigger to this blog post was a conversation we had some time ago while driving down a national highway. Plush air-conditioned buses, seats located high above the ground practically

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Bullets Still Hurt at Jallianwala Bagh

Bullets Still Hurt at Jallianwala Bagh

It’s one to read about battles in history books; it’s another dimension to stand on the battleground long after it is over and yet feel the war. Tears prick the eyes, hair stands electrified on goosebumps as one can still hear the screams of those innocent protestors who were killed indiscriminately by General Dyre and his men. A gentle touch over the holes that the bullets bore through thick brick walls suddenly ignites a flame

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Whispering History for 900 Years

Nine hundred years from this time, a local chieftain took charge of the sword and went on to build a renowned empire that boasted of its brave men, intricate detail-focused artisans, magnificent women and its love for art and culture. Today, the tribe is well remembered as one that carved itself out of its subordination to the Western Chalukyas and named itself the Hoysala dynasty. And this was the time, in 1117 A.D. as per

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Wellness Wi-Fi at Haji Ali

It stands strong over the deep waters of the sea beckoning believers. White in its own peaceful glory, the Haji Ali dargah is adorned with an aura of well-being that plays its charm over me every time. Neither the lashing waters of the dark sea nor the low-hanging gloomy clouds have been able to diminish its charm. The waters of the Arabian Sea rises every tide to kiss the dargah. But all it can reach

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Tales From An Enchanting Forest

It was the nth time I let out a muted frustrated cry looking at my mobile phone. I was tucked up in the Western Ghats of the Chikmagalur-Kudremukh belt with no way to make a phone call if need be. As one of those few souls in India that has not yet taken that wise step to purchase a Jio number just to stay connected in all parts of the country, my frustration was even

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Life System 80 Feet Underground

Explore India and one aspect that you are sure to notice is its engineering prowess. Be it the Sun Temple at Konark, or the Ajanta and Ellora caves, and the multitude of forts dotting every state, every piece of ancient architecture establishes even more firmly the scientific thinking of the people of the times. But going beyond all these engineering marvels is one crescent shaped underground quarters in the Chandravalli Caves. Nestled between the three

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