Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to be true to yourself

Photo of me reading a braille magazine

Last week while reading a 1999 issue of Reader’s Digest, I came across an article that renewed my energy to strive for a more meaningful life. The article titled, “How to be true to yourself” contributed by Denis Waitley shows simple steps to leading a life of principle and purpose. The author talks about what he calls The Integrity Triad, the three key principles that can really contribute to the quality of life.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Family gathering

Photo of people having lunch

We humanbeings are called social animals because we are the only creatures with the ability to socialize with each other. I often joke with friends that if we fail to socialize with others, then we lose the “social” part and we become only “animals”. It is part of our culture to get together with friends and relatives from time to time to take a short break from busy schedule and relax over a simple meal. But today, life has become so busy for everybody that we hardly get a chance to see our friends and relatives even in months. So, I feel that such an occasional gathering among friends and relatives is an important part of our social and cultural life. A social gathering is not only about eating. It is more than that. It helps us strengthen our bonding and deepen our relationships. It is the time when we exchange our concerns, and understand each other’s situations. More importantly, such gatherings can contribute to passing the values and a sense of belonging down the generations.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A unique freshness in the air

Flowers on my veranda

I know I hated rain so much as a child, especially when I had to run after cows in the forests with a rudimentary plastic raincoat over the head and back. They would often take advantage of the weather and sneak into neighbours’ crop fields. I cursed both rain and the animals I was herding equally.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Happy Teachers' Day 2014

Photo of flowers

Looking back on the path of knowledge that I have walked so far, I can never forget those smiling faces who nurtured me at every step and provided me with a new outlook of life. People say that teachers are born, not made and I truly hold on it because throughout my academic life since 1990 till today, I have got opportunities to learn from some of the most learned, committed, loving and caring teachers who have constantly guided me. There is no doubt that who I am today is the actual product of the commitment and hardwork of my beloved teachers. So, on this special occasion of Teachers’ Day, I would like to formally thank all my teachers who have taught me right from the beginning of my school life. With all my heart, I salute you all for your unwavering enthusiasm and dedication. Wish you a very very happy Teachers’ day!