"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
"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 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
The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
I am afraid of praying. I am scared because I fear that God might respond in a manner that is totally against my wish. This notion eternally lurks in my mind because after the first and only time that I so devotionally and sincerely prayed I was answered with the biggest tragedy of my life. … Continue reading A prayer punished
“What is the difference between A.C. current and D.C. current?” asked the external examiner from Mangalore University at a Viva Voce exam of my Mechanical Lab 1 during my engineering degree. “What has mechanical Lab got to do with electrical current Sir? “ I cross questioned him. His face turned red. “Who are you to … Continue reading Role Reversal, Kismet’s way
Day after tomorrow is Vinayaka Chaturthi a day when we worship with Gratitude the God that destroys obstacles,Lord Ganesha. He is always portrayed with a snake wrapped around His big belly riding on a rodent. It is rather intriguing that both these favourite creatures of Lord Ganesha visited my house during a span of a few … Continue reading A Snake that Ratted out on me.
I learnt a big lesson about the importance of sleep and the role that mattresses and pillows play in ensuring sound sleep when I experienced Sleep Paralysis, a sleep disorder in which the body is temporarily immobilized at the moment of waking or the moment of falling asleep. While it may be a minor, common … Continue reading Pillow Horrors
Whenever we encounter traumatic experiences, we see our lives unravel. We realise how life can change dramatically within minutes. The Greek tragedian philosopher, Aeschylus said that from suffering alone comes wisdom and that such wisdom earned from our struggles and strife brings great depth and dignity to our lives. This journey into my past is … Continue reading My Eyeless Angel