Ticket to individuality

I can’t recall how many tickets have I trashed - travel, entry tickets to events, lottery tickets, coupons. Doctors in the family often referred to certain occurrences or reports as ‘tickets to heaven”. The words that play heavily and incessantly on my mind are “ticket to another world”. No, it is not about death. What …

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Taped

Cassettes have been an integral part of younger years. Other than music and the occasional tangling of tape, the property that stands out in memory is the “auto-replay” mode.  A friend from Tamil Nadu once put on Tamil music, forgot to switch off the player, and went to work. The neighbours in Pune who did …

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Mind games

Circa 1990. The trade union leaders are protesting against some perceived injustice. A few officers have been suspended for inappropriate conduct. I find a surge of emotion rising within me, on hearing the chants of unity and fighting against injustice. A few months later, I join the Human Resources Department, and see the union leaders …

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Reading

Sharing a few thoughts and techniques on Reading .... A busy mind is not a receptive mind. We read in blocks, and a lot is quickly absorbed, because it is anticipated. At times, these preconceived anticipation can interfere with what the author is trying to say. A small exercise to declutter your mind before reading …

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Premonitions

Yesterday, a friend lost his father. The parents were in India, while all four children are in other countries. None of them could reach for the funeral. He recounted that on his last visit home in December, his father's parting words were, "Will you come to perform my last rites?" My father-in-law was shifted to …

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A world without fear

Rabindranath Tagore and his celebrated poem come to mind, as I see the theme for your prompt Where the mind is without fearand the head is held high,where knowledge is free.Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic wallsWhere words come out from the depth of truth,where tireless striving stretches …

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Backbone

“Break, but don’t bend” was touted as strength in my childhood. My grandfather was seen as a strong person, and we shared a close bond. There is a family history of osteoporosis and spinal health issues from my maternal side. I read somewhere that people with spinal and lower back problems hold a grudge about …

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Library of Imagination

More tantalising than love, more fertile than soil, more productive than the best consultant - Imagination will go with me. There will be time to discover if the afterworld meets my thoughts or not, and there will be more time to choose where do I go next. It is what I have not achieved that …

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Temple of Thought

A temple reminds me of the Stoddard Temple, which Ayn Rand’s protagonist  Howard Roark built in her epic novel, Fountainhead. It was flat, it was spread out, it was meant to give humans the space to rise.  Then, I came across theories about reverberation of positive energy inside a dome-shaped structure. It explained why places …

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