Personality – The Rainbow of Life

I saw a rainbow yesterday. It was beautiful, curving from one side of the landmass to another over the skies of the Cochin backwaters. As you may know, rainbow is formed when light bends — refracts — due to reduction in speed as it enters water droplets in the atmospheric air, followed by another bendingContinue reading “Personality – The Rainbow of Life”

Fringe Elements of Success

Success is a constant and a being that is independent of whoever follows it. But it goes with anyone who reaches to it. Some take longer time to reach success, some people reach to it quicker than others while a few never reach there. Before proceeding further, let me define success as something which oneContinue reading “Fringe Elements of Success”

Countervailing

Nature’s natures are phenomenal which when understood makes one feel awe about it. Countervailing is one of such blissful natures that Mother Nature has engraved on man. Countervailing is the reverse-balancing to ensure that you are corrected, if needed, mid-course in your journey toward your set destination so that your actions will be in harmony withContinue reading “Countervailing”

Problems and Issues

Many a time, we fail to differentiate between problems and issues and, mostly, respond in the same way to both. Problems and issues have characteristics which are diametrically opposite to each other. They, therefore, have to be dealt with differently. Problems, if left unsolved, have the potential to stop our progression in life, but issuesContinue reading “Problems and Issues”

Types of Communication

There is no dispute that what we think is that what we communicate. Hence, as communication goes in tandem with our thoughts, we cannot do anything to change the content of our communication unless our thoughts permit us to do so. All methods of communication underlines this fundamental fact. Therefore, the methods only teach howContinue reading “Types of Communication”

The Mirror In You

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” ~ Saint Jerome. The first part of this quote is an adage in many languages. Every adage, including this one, was evolved over the years and had come into existence from the forge of human experiences. TheyContinue reading “The Mirror In You”

Is Blood Thicker than Water?

Is blood thicker than water? Or, is it as good as or worse than water? In other words, is one’s relation with one’s own family members more valuable than that with non-family members? I had a flash of these thoughts when I came across a few disturbing news reports: children abandoning their elderly parents atContinue reading “Is Blood Thicker than Water?”

Experience

The simplest definition of experience is that it is the sum total of acquired knowledge. Man’s knowledge-base has two elements: basic knowledge and acquired knowledge. Basic knowledge is all that we learn from our parents, teachers, books and the ecosystem of upbringing from the first day of our birth until we embark on the journeyContinue reading “Experience”

COVIDian Reflections – Coexist

For the first time in the history of modern man, animals can roam around without the fear of being attacked by their big brother. Animals bear the brunt of man’s cruelty arising out of his ostentatious ways of living and false feeling of valor. But it is payback time today. He is being haunted –Continue reading “COVIDian Reflections – Coexist”

COVIDian Reflections: Slow Down, or I will Slow You Down

When the Dow Jones index surges by a few points, many in the world go richer and celebrate the northward journey of the index. There are millions around the world, tuned to their computer to check the daily fluctuations of their fortunes based on the movement of prices of commodities and shares. There are timesContinue reading “COVIDian Reflections: Slow Down, or I will Slow You Down”

Knowing Oneself, Knowing Others and Spirituality – A Look Through the Window

Friction, fruition and neither of these are the outputs in interpersonal relations. In other words, we do agree to or disagree with or are non-responsive to others while interacting with them. Also, a person goes through these responses within himself/herself. So these responses happen not only in interpersonal and social interactions but also at anContinue reading “Knowing Oneself, Knowing Others and Spirituality – A Look Through the Window”

Parenting — The Most Rewarding Act in the World

The first thing that comes to my mind while thinking about parenting  is safety and security that parents are duty-bound to instill in their children, followed by teaching children to be honest, responsible, independent and have balanced use of heart and mind. Let’s look at these elements in detail. Should we fear or respect God?Continue reading “Parenting — The Most Rewarding Act in the World”

Foresight

‘I knew it was going to happen;’ ‘I did not expect it;’ I knew we were wasting our time.’ We come across these kinds of retorts more often than not, and they are symptomatic of the presence or absence of one crucial factor: Foresight. There are two components in making judgments leading to decision:  AnalyticalContinue reading “Foresight”

The worlds of Our World

Quite often we come across the following kinds of pop-ups in our social interactions: be practical, be realistic, you are living in an idealistic world, etc. We unavoidably traverse through three different worlds in our life. ideal world, practical world and real world.  Ideal world is that part of our daily dwelling where we wishContinue reading “The worlds of Our World”

Success Ingredients

Google says success means accomplishment of aim, and I borrow this definition to begin this blog. There is no one-shot formula for success; in other words, there is not any particular model to pinpoint that if you follow that model you will become successful. Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that are common in any formulaContinue reading “Success Ingredients”

Why Do We Do What We Do in Life?

Why do we do what we do in life? Let me make the question easier: what is the purpose of what we do in life? I asked this question in an informal discussion with my friends. There were many answers: for happiness: to progress; to succeed; to help oneself and others; and so on. AllContinue reading “Why Do We Do What We Do in Life?”

What is The Most Difficult Thing in Life?

I asked a few of my friends this question: “What is the most difficult thing in your life?”  One replied, “I am not able to say no when I want to say no” Another friend replied that he could not make up his mind on what he wanted to become in life. One’s reply was:Continue reading “What is The Most Difficult Thing in Life?”

Is God A Physicist?

“God does not play dice with the universe,” a famous quote from Albert Einstein. Most of you must be knowing the meaning of the quote; still, let me explain: In absolute sense, Einstein meant that there were no probabilities in the ways the rules of the universe were played out. In other words, God doesContinue reading “Is God A Physicist?”

Enculturation

A few years ago, I happened to read a book on anthropology, which had something like this: “Human mind is an empty cabinet at birth, and whatever knowledge we acquire is through a process called enculturation that includes parenting, education and environment.” Well, psychologists and biologists will dispute the usage of “empty cabinet,” citing ourContinue reading “Enculturation”

Energy for Task Completion – Breakdown Method

Maintaining required energy level throughout is the most important factor in accomplishing a task at hand. Whether it is a work that needs physical energy or a task that involves mental aptitude, energy is what keeps one going. In works that need physical energy, it is body strength from which energy is derived while itContinue reading “Energy for Task Completion – Breakdown Method”

Responsible Living

If we stand in the middle of finiteness-and-infinity spectrum and evaluate two variables: ‘sufficient’ and ‘more,’ then sufficient comes closer to finiteness while more to infinity. This thought came to me when I saw my cellphone saying that it was sufficiently charged when the battery was charged around 80%. We continue to pursue many things,Continue reading “Responsible Living”

Balancing The Life

Many a time, I come across people who complain that they do not have a balanced life. While chatting with a friend, he lamented, “I am not able to find equanimity in life, for I can not strike work-life balance.” I probed, “Will you have equanimity if you are able to do a balancing actContinue reading “Balancing The Life”

Some Healthy Thoughts

A drive from my home village, Chavara Thekkumbhagom in Kollam district, Kerala, India, to another city, Cochin, where I did my graduation and had settled down now, is a 3-hr journey. During such a drive recently, I gave way to more than 10 speeding-ambulances each in either way!! There were not many ambulances on theContinue reading “Some Healthy Thoughts”

Global Warming, Antarctica and My Village

I was born in a village named “Chavara Thekkumbhagom” in the Kollam district of Kerala, India. It is an island, and my home is on the bank of a brackish water body called “Chavara Kayal,” which is an offshoot of a bigger “Ashttamudi Kayal” that estuaries with the Arabian Sea. The Arabian Sea connects toContinue reading “Global Warming, Antarctica and My Village”