Okuden went to a zen master. Bowing respectfully he asked ‘Master, will you kindly accept me as your disciple?’ ‘Sure, but who are you?”, the master enquired “I am okuden.” “I didn’t ask for your name. I asked who you are!” the master said. “I am the son of the… Continue Reading The Identity Crisis
God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends Addison Mizner I believe a person’s life can be summarised in three factors: the love and effort he gave to his relations, experiences that he went through and the lessons that he learned. It may not be a very… Continue Reading When Relationships Fail
We, the pacifists, have to act fast to bloat out the hatred before it turns violent. Ignorant have to be educated, spiteful ones have to loved and unconditional acts of kindness should fill the world to avoid imminent catastrophe.
Ever since being impressed by watching the Academy award-winning movie by the same title a decade back, I was yearning to read the book To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. My eagerness culminated in me thieving the book from the personal library of my dear friend Hemlal. There… Continue Reading To Kill a Mockingbird
Another Easter has gone by. Nature welcomes the celebration of resurrection with an air of freshness. A new era after a long season of numbing cold; one of hope and love. Nevertheless, Easter is also inlaid with the story of perhaps the greatest betrayal in human history: the treason of… Continue Reading Judas Consciousness
Jesus stands as a beacon of hope for all those who strive for redemption. His virtuous life inspires generation beyond two millennia.
A King went to the forest for hunting with his troops. On the way, the chariot overturned and the king fell down, breaking his arm. Everyone lamented the ill fate. But the scholarly minister said, “there is no need to be sad, everything happens for good.” Enraged at this unsympathetic… Continue Reading Everything for Good
A Buddhist monk was traveling with his collection of books through a river, in a small boat. Without warning, a sudden storm came and the boat was overturned. The Boatman tried to rescue the monk, but he pleaded, “Don’t try to rescue me. Please save the books. They are much… Continue Reading Philosophy of Reading
A Jewish anatomy professor, condemned to live in Auschwitz concentration camp, couldn’t take any more torture and decided to end his life. The anatomy professor very well knew which vein to severe for a painless and quick death. But the room had poor lighting. To let more light in, he climbed up… Continue Reading Seasons of Life
A zen master proclaimed his intention to visit the palace of the king, who happened to be his disciple. Hearing about his master’s arrival, the King made colorful arrangements to welcome the wise sage. On the day, a huge crowd including wise men gathered. The King himself waited at the… Continue Reading Laughing at Oneself
Around 8th century CE, a saintly philosopher lived in Kerala, the southern part of India. Due to his notoriously strange behavior and lifestyle, he was called as ‘Naranathu Bhrandan‘ or ‘the mad man of Naranath‘. But through his odd actions, he strived to convey great messages to laymen. Waking up… Continue Reading Oblivious to the Obvious
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It is said that hobbies define a person. What an individual prefers to do at the spare time portrays his outlooks towards life. I cannot hide my pleasure in admitting… Continue Reading A Bookaholic’s Chronicles