I started reading this book just before the New year called “Savor: Mindful eating, Mindful life”. It is written by the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lillian Cheung. The central theme of the book is to live our lives mindfully, eating, moving and breathing with mindfulness. So to some it may seem like … Read more Savor living – Ditch the idiot box !
Dear Mr. Aiyar, I don’t know if I can even address you, as I have not studied in St. Stephen’s, I was born in a small nursing home in Tirunelveli, my great grandmother sold Idlis to make ends meet, my father-in-law was just a teacher, my husband didn’t have shoes when he went for his … Read more A letter to Mr. Aiyar
Krishnan’s pain on Sunday was caused by a disc that was protruding and touching a nerve. Sunday was the first time I have seen Krishnan cry out in pain and it was so tough to not be able to do anything to ease the pain…. Today he has just undergone a minimally invasive procedure to … Read more When time crawls .. :):):):)
This needs no interpretation !! Just a deep thanks to Swami Vivekananda for being amongst us and for showing us the way.
This is one of Swami Vivekananda’s quotes that’s so easy not to follow 🙂 because he says it’s better to wear slippers than carpet the whole Earth !! It goes completely against what we like to do – change others while we want to remain unchanged. 🙂 As we litter the streets or throw out … Read more The Vivekananda series …….. 8. Transformation
This is a corollary quote to the quote on daring – this is about daring to take risks. Let’s think a little more about what sort of risks we take …. Study in a really good school, worry incessantly about marks and commit suicide when we get 95% instead of 97%… buy the latest in-fashion … Read more The Vivekananda series ……. 7. Risk Taking
Some of you may wonder, how this quote applies to the corporate world …. This probably applies even more than the other quotes of Swami Vivekananda that I have posted so far. He talks of dropping the ego and love. Just look at the root cause of office conflicts, politics, one-upmanship, stress – it’s people’s … Read more The Vivekananda series …… 6. Dropping the “I”
Years back, my wife and I were facing one of the most challenging situations of our lives, to put it mildly. We had just exited our businesses, with a huge loss. We had borrowed from our friends, relatives including parents, well wishers, financial institutions and money lenders, and were paying high rates of interest on … Read more Leadership is all about asking the ‘right’ questions…
This is one of my personal favorites and I love the topic – daring …. Many of us live safe and secure lives, never pushing the boundaries on anything – whether education or work or experiences. Every child is born courageous, and we as parents and more mature individuals introduce fear and limits, clipping the … Read more The Vivekananda series ….. 5. Daring
My interpretation of the above quote is that it brings out the debate between the personality ethic and the character ethic and clearly decides in favor of the character ethic. The best seller, probably to this day, amongst the self-help books is Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence people”. This is also the … Read more The Vivekananda series …. 4. Projection