The first “Utkal Lakshmi” saree

For Krishnan’s birthday, he bought a gadget for himself but I wore a new saree :), each of us gifting ourselves what we love. This saree was bought from my favourite online store – Kalpavastram. Lakshmi had posted these sarees a couple of times earlier and I missed buying them every time. This time too, … Read more The first “Utkal Lakshmi” saree

Celebrating the NaMo victory !

As news started trickling in on May 23rd of yet another Modi wave, we made preparations for our celebration. We were sure that BJP and Mr. Modi will win a comfortable majority so we started the day with tea in a saffron cup 🙂 Breakfast was millet khichadi, followed by OPOS Biriyani for lunch. Then … Read more Celebrating the NaMo victory !

Smriti & Sadhvi – Grit & Courage

I had called the elections in favour of NaMo long before the poll pandits and the exit polls. I was hoping that BJP would cross 300 which they did, and NDA would cross 400 which they didn’t. But I never doubted BJP’s victory ! For me the reasons were simple – Krishnan and I have … Read more Smriti & Sadhvi – Grit & Courage

What is so special about ShikshaDaan?

Bindu and I set up ShikshaDaan Foundation in the year 2012. The next three years sort of went away as we got to get various registrations, approvals and exemptions from the Government. Also, we wanted to study the higher education space in detail and come up with a unique value delivery model that truly delivers … Read more What is so special about ShikshaDaan?

Unknown Indian Greats #1 – Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Till his bust was vandalised a week back during the recent West Bengal election campaign, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was unknown and almost forgotten ! Even after the vandalization, it got political about whose legacy was he forgetting that he belonged to the undivided India. Who was Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar ? He was the second runner … Read more Unknown Indian Greats #1 – Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Leadership Lessons from Bhagavad Gita #38 – Attachment

Chapter 2 Verse 62 ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंस: सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते | सङ्गात्सञ्जायते काम: कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते || 62|| dhyāyato viṣhayān puṁsaḥ saṅgas teṣhūpajāyate saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ kāmāt krodho ’bhijāyate dhyāyataḥ—contemplating; viṣhayān—sense objects; puṁsaḥ—of a person; saṅgaḥ—attachment; teṣhu—to them (sense objects); upajāyate—arises; saṅgāt—from attachment; sañjāyate—develops; kāmaḥ—desire; kāmāt—from desire; krodhaḥ—anger; abhijāyate—arises Translation – While contemplating on the objects of the senses, one … Read more Leadership Lessons from Bhagavad Gita #38 – Attachment

Ellora Cave no. 10 – Vishvakarma Cave

There are 12 caves at Ellora dedicated to Buddhism. While 11 of them are “viharas” or monasteries for the monks, cave no.10 is special and is a “Chaitya” hall or Prayer hall also known as “Vishvakarma” cave. Inside this cave is a 15-foot statue of The Buddha seated in a teaching pose. The hall is … Read more Ellora Cave no. 10 – Vishvakarma Cave

Buddha Purnima – Osho Story #6

Today is the Vaishaka Purnima and on this day Siddhartha Gautama was born who later became Gautama Buddha. When Osho was asked by the famous poet Sumitranandan Pant to choose just 12 significant mystics from across the ages he gave the following names – Krishna, Patanjali, Buddha, Mahavira, Nagarjuna, Shankara, Gorakh, Kabir, Nanak, Meera, Ramakrishna … Read more Buddha Purnima – Osho Story #6

You are also right !

There is a famous Sufi story that goes like this – Two men had a massive argument and went to a Sufi judge to settle the dispute. The first gentleman spoke eloquently and persuasively. The judge nodded his approval and said: “You are right!”. The other gentleman immediately jumped up and said, “Wait a minute, you haven’t … Read more You are also right !