"You don't respect Amma as much as you ought to, Appa" my 20-year-old daughter told me several years ago. Thinking about how I treated my wife set me to some weighty introspection. Having been brought up in a totally patriarchal setting amidst my six elder brothers, I lacked feminine sensibilities and sensitivities. I am changing—but … Continue reading A tribute to women
What am I? When was I born?
"Please do attend my daughter's wedding," said the nearly six feet, fair and gentlemanly Ramakrishna formally, in his soft voice. He got up from the Sofa and handed me the wedding invitation card. He was my close relative and a more intimate friend. He had mentored me many times on business matters. "Sure, Ramkrishna," I said. … Continue reading Change your Outlook.
"Appa, you have to watch this movie. It is on Netflix. I will WhatsApp details" my daughter told me last week. Since her suggestions have started to make sense of late, I saw the movie "Wonder" starring Julia Roberts the same day. I liked it. There is a particular scene with a dialogue in the … Continue reading Children as educators
“I read your introduction in your website Mohan Sir, where you claim to be an SBNR person, a spiritual but not a religious person. What do you mean by that? How can one be spiritual without being religious?" Paul asked me, adjusting his rectangular glasses that matched perfectly with his thin face. The genuine love … Continue reading Religion vs Spirituality.
"I want to tell you something before we meet up", I said to the mother of the prospective groom for my daughter. The groom had liked my daughter immensely after meeting her through a matrimonial portal. "No problem. Please tell me" the mother said. "She had an older sister who was born blind and died … Continue reading Life Lessons from my Eyeless Angel
As I scroll to my next page on my Kindle trying to digest the daunting details of Dostoyevsky's short story "the dream of a ridiculous man" the wailing little girl in the story suddenly springs up memories of my own wailing as a kid on my way to my Kindergarten, Jagadamaba Shishuvihara on maid Channamma's … Continue reading Big Moments When I Was Little
At a time when a new pandemic is threatening our lives, an important question faces humankind. "What is God doing about Corona Virus?" My spiritual journey to understand God started two decades ago to comprehend God's purpose behind my daughter's death before my very own eyes. My idea of God then was that God was … Continue reading Namaste Corona
While we are told to get out and help victims of earthquakes and fires, we are now being told to stay away from victims carrying the new common enemy to Humankind, CORONA virus."Stay away from people" we are advised. "Distance yourself socially". While some people may be more susceptible to becoming seriously ill with the … Continue reading Corona, divided we stand
The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.