Serving in a community kitchen

Stepping out to serve in a temple community kitchen today. It was a different experience!

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Guru Ashtakam – Paying obeisance to Guru (teacher)

There are four teachers in life – Mother, Father, Guru (teacher) and God who step into our lives in sequence and teach us what we need to learn and grasp in life. Had the opportunity to listen to Guru ashtakam by Shri Adi Shankaracharya! Was mesmerized by the meaning!

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Mangoes – which ones are your favorite?

As children we used to look forward to summer as it would be mango season again! Mostly 3-4 varieties of mangoes that spread across summer timeline indicated whether summer was at its peak or getting over! Now, interesting to see more than 50 varieties of mangoes around the world!

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Precious life lessons from my mother in law

My mother and mother-in-law have two very different parenting styles and I have had the opportunity to learn from both 🙂 Sharing the tips & learnings from my mother in law in this post!

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Architecture of shrines around the world

Shrines (religious place of worship) are known to be a place where we get to feel comfort in connecting with God! Mesmerized by the architecture of some of the shrines from around the world!

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Thirukkural – Verses on parenting

The Thirukkuṟaḷ is a classic Tamil language text consisting of short couplets of seven words each, each of them being called a kural, focusing on virtues of life. Sharing some of the verses on parenting!

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Short story on retaining focus

There was once a devotee who loved visiting the temple and performing religious rituals. She yearned to be serving at the temple, doing small things that gave her immense pleasure that she was serving God!

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Murals from around the world

Murals are street art, wall paintings prevalently known as a way to express feelings prevalent in the community. While they are huge in size, some of them are so creative that cities conduct art competitions to tap into the creativity of artists to make the city come alive!

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States of matter

While studying in school (few decades back), I learned about the states of matter – Solid, liquid and gas. Our understanding of simple facts like these also seems to have evolved over years!

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Heat changing cups

This was a new concept few years back, and was interesting to see how the gift shops took to customizing this for friends and families. A recent variation of the same seemed to capture my interest!

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Learning about Neem and its benefits

All parts of a Neem tree offers a lot of health benefits. It was interesting to understand how the stem, leaves and especially flowers help in Ayurvedic medicine.

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Bonding over music

Each of us have a specific genre of music that we love, and we find solace in listening to it when we feel low! Took to extending this further with my family today!

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Tongue as an indicator of health

During a health checkup, Doctors ask us to show our tongue! Was interesting to see that our tongue is a good indicator of our personal health!

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Unique Architecture

Skyscrapers inspire me. Am amazed by the complexity of the design and architecture that goes into building them. Got to see a few buildings that were designed to be crumbling in nature.

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Nimit – Observe the clues around you

Some call it superstition and some call it clues lying all around you. I wanted to see if this actually can occur and how much of it makes sense and is relevant. So, undertook a small research for a year to observe and learn!

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Quiz 38 – Sanskrit words

For those who have embarked on learning a new language, 10 Sanskrit words would be a good start. Take the test a second time and you would have had the opportunity to learn 10 new words from a different language!

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Harvest festival (Pongal/Sankranthi)

In India harvest festival is celebrated in the middle of January (13, 14, 15, 16) with each of the days being celebrated for different reasons. It is interesting to see how small acts from a cultural standpoint have a huge impact on the community and our lifestyles!

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Dasavadhani

Dasavadhani is a word in Indian literature that signifies someone who can multi-task 10 different things at varying degrees of high complexity at the same time. Usually during the harvest festival in India (typically this week), Avadhanis will be invited to showcase their skills on various TV channels.

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