Ravana’s teachings

This story is not in Ramcharitmanas or in Valmiki Ramayana, but it was probably added in some later versions of Ramayana. This story is, however, very famous. After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshmana: “Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he…

Met Minister MJ Akbar in Baghdad

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar is a veteran Indian journalist and author of several books. During his long career in journalism, he launched, as editor, India’s first weekly political news magazine, Sunday, in 1976, and two daily newspapers, The Telegraph and The Asian Age in 1989 and 1994. He has also been editorial…

Travelled with MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-over formats. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He holds numerous captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and One Day Internationals…

Principles vs Rules

Today, we were discussing on principles and rules when one of our friends sent a video clip on WhatsApp, which was a part of an interesting episode from Business Sutra by Devdutt Pattnaik. A principle internally motivates you to do the things that seem good and right. People develop principles by living with people with principles and…

Why do we make bad decisions?

Do we pride ourself on being a good decision-maker? Well, chances are we aren’t one, and don’t even know it. Like everyone else, we’re subject to cognitive bias, a limitation in our thinking brought about by errors of memory, miscalculation or social attribution. Not all biases are negative, however. The placebo effect, for example, is important in the search for new medicines.…

Shining shoes for going to school

My wife Jaya and I went to Dhanbad Junction railway station yesterday at around 6.00 am to see off my son Babai, who was going to Kolkata by New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express. It being a Sunday morning, there wasn’t any rush at the platform no. 1. Also, this platform was expecting two Rajdhani Express trains,…

Jaya going for total hysterectomy

Jaya was suffering from pelvic endometriosis since last few years. Endometriosis happens when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus on the ovaries where it doesn’t belong. Currently causes for endometriosis are unknown. Babai and I love Jaya very much and we are praying that the operation is a success and that she has a full and healthy recovery.

First Experience at Emergency

It was just another evening when Dhananjay sir came to my room last evening quite tired from his surgery posting and said that he was quite upset for the plans for the night. I was a bit surprised and asked him what was troubling him. Yesterday’s Wednesday and today is a local holiday. He replied…