Emptying Your Way To Freedom

What do we mean when we say that s/he’s a mess. More often than not, this is intended to announce a person’s appearance, the way a person maintains and manages one’s material possessions, surroundings and also oneself and one’s relationships. Can a seemingly systematic person be a mess? Like a near swan-like serenity, masking aContinue reading “Emptying Your Way To Freedom”

The Simmering Crucible of Relationships

Each one of us, without exception, has been into some or the other relationship, fundamentally because we are social beings. Some connects are transient while some others last a lifetime. The only constant is the impermanence of all relationships. And when I say impermanent, it does not just mean the end of relationships where peopleContinue reading “The Simmering Crucible of Relationships”

The Me in You

A sports luminary was consumed by COVID-19 yesterday. As expected, there are several posts celebrating the legend and mourning the loss. Several persons of influence and people in power have shared photographs of theirs with the legend or of the legend with them. A corporate foundation has released photos and news clip about its reliefContinue reading “The Me in You”

Snuff the Energy out of your Indisposition

I always wondered how non-terminal illness can drive people to depression and sometimes, to even taking their own lives, till I was gifted a flavour of that experience myself. This is what I have learnt over the last one year of tackling a nagging and resilient medical issue and its myriad manifestations. Unforeseen illness throwsContinue reading “Snuff the Energy out of your Indisposition”

My Sweet Discontents in Festive Times

It is Durga Pujo time, and despite social distancing norms and mask adoption rules, it is impossible to curb the enthusiasm of Kolkata residents. Pandal hopping and shopping is their raison d’etre. For me, a non-native in this City of Joy, Dussehra – like any other festival – is less about rituals and more aboutContinue reading “My Sweet Discontents in Festive Times”

The Company We Keep

Kumar was a well-recognized worker in his organisation ā€“ diligent, honest, and well-organized. He was transferred to a new location where he moved into a rented dwelling with Satish, a fellow worker. Satish, though hard-working, was always complaining about people and situations. A few months into co-residency, Kumar became irritable and distrustful. Still performing atContinue reading “The Company We Keep”


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