Guruvayur Kesavan – Ardent elephant devotee

Guruvayur is a city in South India, known for its temple and main deity Guruvayurappan (form of Lord Krishna). Millions of devotees come to pray in this temple. A special mention to an elephant called Guruvayur Kesavan who was an ardent devotee of Guruvayurappan.

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Short story – God grants one boon

One of the stories from childhood remains fresh in my mind. It is about a middle-aged woman and how she expresses her wish to God.

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Short story – value of a coin

An old couple used to live in a village. They had a son who was not interested in studies, nor working. While his mother always supported him in his efforts, his father was always apprehensive about his son’s ways and wanted him to change.

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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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Kabanda from Ramayanam

When we face challenges in life, how do we get to know how to solve them? How do we know where to look for help and who can help us? A small story from Ramayanam gives a clue!

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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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Learning from trees

What can we learn from plants and trees that grow around us? Neural networks? Brain connections? Sharing what I learned from trees over the past few weeks!

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Empty room test

Power outages used to be common during my school days, every outage typically lasting at least 5-6 hours. It used to be the perfect storytelling time for my mother! Sharing one of the stories that makes me think every time I encounter a challenge!

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How can you get influenced?

Our thoughts, actions, views are all influenced by what we watch, hear, see and whom we interact with everyday. Can we be conscious about it to trigger the change that we want in our lives?

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Perspectives about good and bad days

As parents, we often try to teach our children about good days and bad days and how to deal with them. Each and every one of us has our own way of dealing with day to day stuff and we carve out our life experiences to teach them the same. When I heard back how they understood and perceived it, it made me smile.

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Learning about Shaligrama

On the day of Vaikunta Ekadashi, I got an opportunity to learn more about Shaligrama / Shalagrama / Shaligram / Saligram. Sharing what triggered my interest and the interesting aspects about what I found!

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Tirupaavai and leading change

Last year for the first time I got to listen and understand Tirupaavai – a classic Tamil literature about Andal (an ardent devotee of Maha Vishnu) and how she interpreted and led change!

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Good old friends or are they acquaintances now…?

Over a period of time, there is truly a fine line that gets drawn between friends and acquaintances. One fine day, the realization hits us and we are not ready to accept it either way! Are there any telltale signs that we can look out for..?

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Learning from the mouse merchant

I used to love reading stories to my brothers while growing up! There was one story that I remember we read it together multiple times and wondered about how opportunities knock and what one can make out it!

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Perspectives about who wrote the first number

When kids ask questions like these, it becomes an interesting journey to answer them. Answers involve our culture, knowledge, practices, history and processing all threads to come up with a concise answer that captures their attention!

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Hmm.. is it Math or ethics?

To me, mathematics has always been logical and structured way of thinking. One puzzle made me feel there is an ethical angle to it as well 🙂 Sharing it with all of you!

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Every day counts towards writing your history

History is made one step at a time, one choice at a time, one day at a time. We can write our own history if we plan for it and act accordingly in our present!

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Took a sneak peek into the Happiness Jar

In the process of teaching kids that there will always be ups and downs in life, during one of the low phases, we started maintaining a Happiness Jar. When we took a sneak peek into it today, it made us feel good yet again and filled us with hope & optimism. Try it out sometime!

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Life lessons from the story of a salt seller

While growing up, my mother used to tell me many stories. She would then ask me to figure out the moral of the story and how I would use it in life. It used to be interesting listening to her stories while she was busy multi-tasking through her chores. One of the stories about a salt seller got etched in my mind.. sharing it and what I learned from it!

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Copper toxicity can be serious

Drinking water in copper utensils, eating food made in copper utensils is a common practice in some countries. I have grown up hearing the same as well. However, want to share the extent to which that can be helpful and harmful to a few people making them one in a million for some kind of diseases.

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People change people

During a dining table conversation, the topic comes up about who would be there when we need help? I was reminded of a story that I heard while growing up. Sharing what I learned and how I got to adopt it in life!

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