Author Archives: Zephyr

Freedom to choose – Integrated medicine for better health

Traditional and alternative medicine have great potential to deal with not just a pandemic, but also to control and cure many chronic diseases when integrated with conventional medicine.

In a moment of panic…enroute to Sinhagad Fort – 2

Even Chacha Choudhary would have begged for some brains from the Cybernag at that moment as she weighed the various options before her and made her mind up.

In a moment of panic…enroute to Sinhagad Fort – 1

We all have moments of panic and each one reacts in a different way. I normally have a steady head on my shoulders but that day I lost it.

May the Lights burn bright in 2021!

The tradition of lighting candles and lamps during various festivals around the world, all have behind them the figurative significance of dispelling the darkness of the mind and ushering in wisdom.

Mokshada Ekadashi-The most auspicious Ekadashi of them all

Though many vrats and festivals fall during Dhanurmasa, the crown jewels are Vaikuntha Ekadashi and Arudra Darisanam, the former dedicated to Mahavishnu and the latter to Shiva.

‘I badly need a change!’ Do I? Really?

People often find themselves inadequate in coping with both change and the lack of it, depending upon their temperament and attitude towards life.

The best mantra for old age – be independent, be happy!

Elders need to develop and sustain some hobby or activity even while younger to keep them occupied physically, mentally and spiritually as they age. In the absence of any such activity, they usually begin to look to their children and grandchildren for emotional sustenance, making them the sole focus of their attention.

The old woman who never learnt how to make paper boats

Listening to me lament about my lack of craft skills one day, while admiring one of her projects, she simply said,
“But you write so well, Pati!”

How Pitru Pujan is different from ancestor worship

It is believed that all ancestors descend to the earth from Pitru Loka during the Pitru Paksha fortnight, to accept the offerings made to them by their descendants.

Do you need to have shared interests in a relationship?

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, you see. It often makes for familiar comfort of each other’s quirks and even annoying habits!

When I played hide and seek with my family

It is a great challenge to hide things from the L&M and brats…

Why temples should not be made into tourist spots

Call me old-fashioned, but I am one of those who don’t like to see our temples becoming ‘must-see’ spots in the itinerary of a tourist.

Of mice, boy and a pair of flip-flops

The boy had learnt his lesson in compassion from two mice – one a big field rat in a trap and one a tiny dead mouse.