Always the First Time

  André Breton (1896 – 1966) was an eminent French poet and writer. One of his most famous and beautiful poems is “Toujours pour la première fois” (Always the first time). Tried to translate the last few lines of that poem into English. ——————————— Pushed to the edge of the precipice by your absence I discover…

A Poem for Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day – the day chosen to celebrate women’s achievements in the scientific, social, economic, cultural, political and other fields. It’s also the day to talk about women’s empowerment and remind ourselves that a lot remains to be done in this regard. Here’s a great poem contrasting a “free bird” to a…

Benefits of being Multilingual

Writing again today on one of my favorite topics: languages 🙂 I’d like to reiterate again that it’s essential for Indians to learn at least one Indian language proficiently, in addition to English. And, if they’re in an environment where they’re exposed to more than one Indian language, they should try to pick up as…

On Indians and their Languages

Decided to write on this topic today, because my previous article on this topic titled “Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages” was much appreciated on Facebook. If you’re interested in this topic, please read my earlier article as well, because this is a continuation, and I won’t be repeating the earlier ideas. I like…

Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages?

  Recently attended a talk by Prof. Neelam Mansingh (Padmashri Awardee, theater artist and Professor at Panjab University), found it very inspiring and informative, and would like to share the gist of it with you. Prof. Mansingh started by talking about how studying or spending time on “art” might not get you a job or…

In Memoriam…

Am going to soon move to another city and shift into another apartment. Have been busy sorting things out and cleaning up in that context. It’s simply amazing how much clutter we accumulate over time, and how difficult it is to declutter. Was reading some online tips and one great idea was to “digitize to…

It’s good to be a Spendthrift!

In general, we end up discovering that most things in life that feel good (eating sweets, drinking alcohol, staying up late etc. ) are bad for you 🙁 🙁 However, I’ve finally discovered something that feels good, is good for you, and for the economy – spending!! A man who spends contributes more to society…

Why we write poetry?

Poetry is the subject closest to my heart and I feel happiest when I’m either writing it or about it. Wrote an earlier post on how a great poem might be defined and evaluated. In this post, I’d like to write about why poetry is written. The best possible reason to write poetry is of…

Benefits of Positive Emotions

We frequently come across diet and lifestyle tips that stress on making healthy food choices and doing regular exercise to remain fit. However, a good diet and exercise are not enough and we can further improve our fitness by cultivating a “positive attitude” – because a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. It’s now an…

A Poem for Inspiration!

  Happy 2018!! Hope you’re all enjoying the New Year! 🙂 🙂 This is the time we’re all trying to turn over a new leaf and make some positive changes, overcome bad habits and write a brand new chapter in our lives. However, research has shown that most people will break most of their resolutions within a…

An Accidental Sports Star

Decided to write something mood-uplifting today. Sometimes you discover that you have hidden talents that are totally unexpected, and these are the pleasant surprises that life throws at you. It happened to me in the sports arena. I was an overweight and lazy kind of kid who hated “sports”, especially PT (physical training). PT periods…

Caught Red-Handed – 1

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never really got to know my father or spend much time with him. He fell seriously ill when I was around three years old and was hospitalized for a few weeks, never fully recovered, or even if he did was never the same again and…

Le Prince Haveli, Rajasthan

Visited an interesting Haveli in Fatehpur, Rajasthan, that’s being restored and maintained by a French painter – Nadine Le Prince. She was horrified to see the condition of the Havelis back in the 90’s and decided to purchase and restore one of them in 1998. The one she bought was built in the 1840’s by…

On the Road

Simply love road trips. Here are some pics I took on the road in Rajasthan, and an excerpt from a lovely poem by American poet Walt Whitman: Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before…

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