You are a houseplant. This should be the starting point of every spiritual conversation, or the first thing one learns in life. Everything else comes after this. Yes, you are a houseplant. You grow out of a seed, then blossom into youth by feeding on the mother earth, and eventually get dissolved in the sameContinue reading “You are a Houseplant”
Category Archives: Notes
The Man with an Eating Disorder
(Art: The Poor Poet by Carl Spitzweg, 1837) How would you feel if I told you about a man who has got a dangerous eating disorder? This fellow, while still in bed in the morning, starts eating whatever he finds around his bed. This goes on throughout the day and right to the point whenContinue reading “The Man with an Eating Disorder”
The Pagans of India
To understand India, the first thing that you need to know is that it is neither secular nor a Hindu nation. India is a place which pagans (both believers and non-believers) can call home. It’s the last bastion of paganism. This is the reason why it has resisted and will continue to resist Christianity andContinue reading “The Pagans of India”
Why Do Most People Hate Liberals?
Why do most people hate Liberals? If you belong to this tribe, that’s not even a question. That is just wrong, you would say. We will come to that. Let me start with British journalist David Goodhart’s proposition: Anywheres Vs Somewheres. Anywheres are well educated, mobile and tend to view the world as a globalContinue reading “Why Do Most People Hate Liberals?”
The Myth of Secularism
Secularism is generally defined as the separation of state from church (or any other religious institution). In other words, the state will either stay neutral or favour/condemn all religions equally. As we shall see, this ideal is an impossible one to achieve. Let me explain with the help of an example. Consider a society whichContinue reading “The Myth of Secularism”
Is India a Thali, Dairy, or Khichdi?
There are as many ideas of India as there are Indians out there — and they are in plenty. But, as the legend has it, through constant churning of a vast ocean of ideas, we get two key perspectives which often stand against each other. The same happens when we discuss the idea of India.Continue reading “Is India a Thali, Dairy, or Khichdi?”
On Having No Home
Last evening, when I was about to step inside my house, I was greeted by a snake at the door. A long, dark one, slithering along the floor. That sight scared me. So I hushed myself and rushed straight into my room. And as soon as I had locked myself in, a strange thought occurredContinue reading “On Having No Home”
Chai and Memories
Doesn’t the aroma of a cup of Chai stir some memories?
Let’s Play with Words
Do words matter?
If yes, how?
The Veils of Power
Is veiling women a good idea?
I think we know the answer. Then what’s stopping us?
A Case for God
What’s the point of God?
Let’s think about it.
What if I were a woman? Let me try.
Note to a Stranger
A letter I wrote to a stranger. For you, I mean.
7 Beautiful Passages from Literature
In this post, I am sharing some of the finest passages I have ever come across.
That Creepy Voice!
I am that creepy voice in your head. Want to hear me?
Am I a proud Indian?
A poetic expression of my idea of Indian nationalism.
How Will You Measure Your Life…
A short tale of an old man recounting his life experience in a matter of seconds.