To listen is to learn. To learn is to grow. Sadly in today’s hyper connected world we are so busy talking, mailing, texting… we are forgetting to listen. And the loss is ours. As babies we would not have learnt to speak if we had not listened. Speech and language is a gift of listening.… Read More »


In many ways Lord Kartikeya is a mysterious god. In North India he has been virtually forgotten and there are no temples dedicated to this son of Lord Shiva. In the east he is remembered once a year during Kartik Puja. Then during Durga Puja he stands beside Devi Durga with Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganesh… Read More »


The Sermon on the Mount was the longest sermon given by Jesus Christ and it was among Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite religious texts. What is amazing is that Gandhiji was influenced and inspired by what a wandering Jewish healer and preacher said in far off Palestine, two thousand years ago. History talks of many preachers and… Read More »


Easter is coming and the life and martyrdom of Jesus Christ is on the minds of the faithful across the world. First there is the forty days of Lent when people pray, fast and seek forgiveness for their sins. Then comes the Passion Week; of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday; when… Read More »


We all have money on our minds as we stand in queues at the closed doors of banks. The newspapers and television channels are full of stories about the huge amounts of hoarded cash being found that run into lakhs of crores. Most of us cannot even imagine how much space a lakh crore of… Read More »


Once upon a time, our days began at the milk booth waiting for a glass bottle of watery milk. Then we would be at the ration shop standing in line hoping to get a few kilos of sugar or dal. Now we wait at the closed doors of banks trying to get our own money.… Read More »

Pongal festival 2016

About the Pongal Festival: As a majority of Indians depend on agriculture for their livelihood, many of our festivals are related to agricultural activities like sowing and harvesting. So harvest festivals are celebrated in various forms all across the country. Pongal is an important harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, celebrated to mark the end of… Read More »

Our Very Own Rebel Poets

Bhakti means to worship and every believer in any religion understands the qualities of devotion. What is unusual about the Bhakti movement in India is that it was a surprisingly rebellious one that was led by ordinary people and that constantly questioned our traditional rituals and beliefs. When we think of Bhakti we recall the… Read More »

A Heart Open To All

He called that time of day ‘amrit vela’ – those moments at dawn when the air is as mellow as nectar. Guru Nanak wanted us to pray and sing in the praise of God during this time. And one of the most beautiful experiences in our land is to wake up to the sound of… Read More »


If you ask anyone to define Yoga you will get many answers and many of them will be intrinsically correct. Some will say that Yoga is a system of physical exercises. It can also be a form of meditation and spiritual awakening. Many think it is all those complex asanas where the body is contorted… Read More »