As the laughter bubbled out of me, I felt the tension dropping away and my spirits magically lifting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People often find themselves inadequate in coping with both change and the lack of it, depending upon their temperament and attitude towards life.
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.
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!”
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.
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, you see. It often makes for familiar comfort of each other’s quirks and even annoying habits!
It is a great challenge to hide things from the L&M and brats…
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.