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Give Your Best Anyway – Mother Teresa

Give Your Best Anyway – Mother Teresa

The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. In any case, their...

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The Rainbow In Your Pocket

The Rainbow In Your Pocket

When I was a young lad I remember this one incident when I came across the Rainbow Man for the first time. It was the start of our summer school holidays and we were boarding a plane bound for our village. We were one of the first to board and once I took my seat, I...

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My New Year Resolution – To Love The Fat Boy In Me!

My New Year Resolution – To Love The Fat Boy In Me!

As this year fades into a memory, and the new one dawns with renewed hope. I sit back and take stock of the goals I had set, and of all the challenges that seemed too difficult to cope. This New year I choose to accept myself the way I am, to look with gratitude at my...

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Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Alan Alda, the endearing and famous actor of the classic M*A*S*H series and now an active Science advocate was in Australia recently to inaugurate the World science festival in Brisbane. During that time he addressed the National Press Club of Australia. Titled...

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A Sailor and the Sea

A Sailor and the Sea

These blue waters have a hold over me that I cannot describe. Tranquil at times, turbulent at others, here is nature in it's virgin splendour. I've caught myself many a times gazing dreamily into the watery depths and the waters seem to reflect back my innermost...

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A Potholed Road to Happiness

A Potholed Road to Happiness

The weatherman got it right this time! Mumbai was predicted to get drenched for two to three days in a row and the rainfall was expected to throw the city out of gear during the monsoon onslaught. One look outside my window sufficed. The pregnant rain clouds had...

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Of Giants and Dwarves

Of Giants and Dwarves

Fortunate indeed are the men and women who live their dreams every single day, are able to pursue their passions without any compromises and make a living out of their sport. Most of us have come across such people or at the least heard about their achievements ind...

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I’ll Have My Chocolate Thanks!

I’ll Have My Chocolate Thanks!

In today's world of contradictions, it is difficult, if not impossible, to heed an "expert" advice in any field, be it diet, relationships or spirituality to name a few. What is hailed as a miracle cure today is just as quickly scorned and discarded tomorrow. “I...

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The Monk who came gliding through the window

The Monk who came gliding through the window

On one of my backpacking travels to Arunachal Pradesh, I had the opportunity to visit a Buddhist monastery located in the remote region of Tengapani in Namsai District. Located far off the beaten track, this temple seldom gets any tourists or backpackers. Even for me,...

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