Significance of Rituals

Ritual formed structure and hierarchy and helped define their place in the world. Ritual gives shape to emotions and helps humans come to terms with the major events of life. As modern religions emerged, ancient rituals were absorbed into new forms. A religious ritual is a standardised, repetitive sequence of activities. It involves the manipulation of religious symbols such as prayers, offerings, and readings of sacred literature.

What’s in a name? | On changing names of cities

Changing a town’s name for a singular – even arbitrary – purpose, even if only temporarily, has a relatively long history. According to the Guardian, Hot Springs, New Mexico changed its name to Truth or Consequences in 1950 to win a radio contest and have that popular radio game show broadcast from the tiny community…

Procrastination and Creativity

Yes, you read it right. Procrastination can actually make us more creative, according to Professor Adam Grant. The management professor at Wharton School of Business has highlighted the benefits of procrastination — especially for making us more creative. He told BBC Radio 4, “To be original you don’t have to be first. You just have…

The Times They Are A-Changin

The Times They Are A-Changin — Bob Dylan, 1964 We have grown up writing essays on Diwali as a festival of light. I wonder if my grandchildren will appreciate that description! Nowadays there is already so much artificial light that for the Diwali evening one has to switch off most of it to create enough darkness…

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.…