Happiness is an illusion

Happiness is an illusion

Society seems to be obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. Constantly. At every stage. At every moment. It tends to guide our every decision. Whether it is the next job, the next meal, the next relationship, the next car, the next holiday. When one tends to peel off the onion, happiness is a construct that…

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What is the cost of the lives of three kids?

What is the cost of the lives of three kids?

Well, with a global population of seven billion people, give or take a few million, three children does not sound like a very big number. In fact it is probably smaller than the proverbial drop in the ocean. But, let us put things in perspective. Let us look at some unfortunate disasters. 239 passengers and…

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The imminent War in which everyone will lose

The imminent War in which everyone will lose

For the past couple of decades I have been quite firm in my belief that the next great war … World War III, if you will … will be fought over the control of water resources and not over oil or WMDs or terrorists or any other kind of geographical and territorial domination. Lately, I…

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Let my river be

Recently I have been bitten by the bug of paddling down rivers. And as each day passes by and I inch just a little bit closer to the day when I will be crossing the river into the afterlife, I am consumed by the fervent hope that there will be enough water in the river…

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I am born

I am born

I have been born a few times in my life. First of course, when I made my physical presence felt by pushing relentlessly for many an hour against my mother’s resisting body to finally emerge one evening in a Calcutta (Kolkata, the current name, to me is different place) hospital that had to its name…

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Find your solitude

Find your solitude

Being alone is not the same thing as being lonely. I think I read this somewhere many years ago and I have entirely forgotten who said it, or in what context. However, having internalised the thought behind the statement, I have almost attributed the saying to myself, and constantly repeat it to whoever is willing…

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