Stories in quarantine

Is the “new normal” really new?  The ideas and lifestyles have all existed before, maybe for a minority.  Conservative Indians are screaming from the rooftops, that leaving footwear outside, washing before eating and following certain rules in the kitchen have been a part of our culture for long, but we had given it up for …

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #127

Welcome to another week in a VUCA world! We never know what’s going to happen next, and we pine for comfort in a familiar feeling. Why did your mother say you should always wash your hands before a meal? Asians delight in saying certain things been a way of life with them, but globalization led …

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The Last Book

The “Last Book on Planet Earth” was a huge tourist attraction in the museum. Everybody in the crowd could not get a glimpse of it, so images were flashed on huge screens.  Fluttering pages made people sit up and notice. It generated a strange sensation in them. Some even said that a peculiar smell emanated …

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A heritage to be proud of

PROMPT QUESTIONNAIRE  by Wendell Berry How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade? Please name your preferred poisons.For the sake of goodness, how much evil are you willing to do? Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and acts of hatred.What …

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #111

Welcome to a week of transition! The weather is changing. A cyclone that was expected to rock our Diwali festivities took a detour and moved elsewhere. A terror regime has ended, hopefully bringing peace to Syria. The Western world celebrates Halloween (parts of other worlds too), compelling a rethink on what certain masks or symbols …

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Paradoxical

Newcomb’s Pradox A paradoxical game between two players, one of whom can predict the actions of the other. My take I sought sanctuary in silence to escape predictiveness of your words -ringing like an outdated cassette on auto-replay mode   I sought solace in becoming a stranger once again to escape the burden of knowing …

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Drive the drivers

There is a kind of sacredness about a honest day’s work and the consequent fatigue. Imposed work generates resentment. This state is the result of self-driven activity. earning it justifying existence I fly high The aches and pains are real, and yet so wanted. I could live again for it, but this is only about …

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You’re impossible

Get off the turtle, if you want to move ahead in life. I am moving constantly. The speed is imperceptible to you. Moving to where? I’ll be outta here, before the water reaches my neck. Do your arithmetic right. The tank fills up at a faster rate. I start leaking after that, and some of …

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