On the way to the airport going to Trivandrum early in the morning, I saw the full red sun after a long time. It was not a classic sunrise over the horizon of the vast ocean or view from a sunset point on the mountains. It was a simple red ball of fire above a … Continue reading On the Permanence of Celestial Bodies
Budda Statue in Bodh Gaya Iam a great fan and believer of the practice of yoga to maintain a healthy life. I strongly believe that regular yoga exercises keeps the body flexible and helps to strengthen the spine, which helps guard against backache and every other ache. The kind of yoga our teacher practices is … Continue reading Healing the Hurt Body: Meditation
Here is a ‘scientific’ article that refers to the calming impact of being on a beach! This is something I have always experienced, but my word as an Economist would be less believable! This incredible feeling is now being termed the "blue space"! Being on a beach changes your brain so that it can reduce … Continue reading Soothing waterfront experiences, Ocean, River, Lake!
April Fools’ Day seems the perfect day to write this blog. I am also inspired by today’s The Ideas Page article in the Indian Express by Karla Bookman, “Hello, I’m wife of”. Most of us ‘married’ women have experienced this regularly, being addressed as “wife of”! Most of us don’t think about it and many … Continue reading April Fool Ladies: After all What’s in a Name?
Trying to grow anything in the desert-like soil and climate conditions of Ahmedabad is like trying to grow grass on your palm! I have always admired how fresh and healthy all plants looked in my father’s apartment in Cochin! Just the moist air, which we curse for the sweat, is ideal for them. You just … Continue reading Lesson from the Adenium Desert Rose and Patience of a Gardener
The new order of the day in higher education is the concept of ‘Flipped Classrooms’. MIT, Harvard and top universities are adopting it where the students prepare for the class in advance by watching the lecture on a video at home. The students spend time in the classroom discussing examples and solving problems with the … Continue reading Flipped Classrooms
In the early nineties, when I was a post-doc at Yale University, I insisted on not shifting to Western attire. "We are proud of our culture and will stick to it" attitude!. Well I wore long sleeved salwaar kameez through the four seasons. As summer set in, the Secretaries on my floor started to shed … Continue reading Worldly Wardrobe Woes!