The Buddha did not answer questions about the existence of God because these questions are irrelevant to the challenges of day to day life. In the morning, more relevant than the question, "does God exist?" is the question, "which toothbrush is mine?" Everything that brings you joy will also make you vulnerable. Seasons change. Generations … Continue reading On kindness
I have a peculiar relationship with travel. I complain when I am on the road, but I am listless when I am back at home. I daydream about heading out when I’m in one place for too long. The Germans call it wanderlust; others say there is a travel bug. A Bengali proverb mischievously describes … Continue reading On why I travel
Nearly ten years ago on a whim, I started this blog. At about the same time, I also joined Facebook and Twitter. For all intents and purposes, this blog has been on life support for years. I’ve also severely restricted my forays on Facebook to infrequent personal updates. What I had been doing almost … Continue reading The great experiment
Imagine that you are locked up in an insane asylum. You are perfectly sane, or so you think. In fact, you have lived your life with the assumption that you are normal. Now, you are stuck inside a mental ward because the doctors have diagnosed you with a very serious mental illness. The doctors think … Continue reading I’m not insane (I’ve only lost my mind)
“Daddy, why does time go forward? Why can’t time go backwards?” I got asked a very simple question by my six-year-old that got the rusty gears, pulleys, and levels cranking in my head. It's not an easy question to answer. There is a lot to unpack here. We take for granted that the arrow of … Continue reading The arrow of time
After the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen died, an iron-blade dagger with a gold sheath was placed in his sarcophagus. This was rediscovered in 1925 after thousands of years. Nowadays, the gold sheath attracts our attention, but in ancient times, the iron would've been much more valuable. I never thought about this before now. You might … Continue reading A simple iron dagger
Friends, I think it is time to address the elephant in the room- #MeToo. Women in India (and elsewhere) are rising in massive numbers to report cases of sexual harassment and assault. What should men do? How should they react? To decent men who are wondering what they should do at this moment: speak out … Continue reading #MeToo: what should men do?