Short story – Our takeaways

Once there lived a woodcutter in a village. He was very hardworking and had earned a good name in the village.

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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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Learning from middle schoolers

Grades 6,7,8 typically fall under middle school. While volunteering at one of the school events, got a chance to spend a few hours with a small group of middle schoolers. We started chatting and some of their perspectives were eye-openers for me. Sharing some of them!

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Universe or Multiverse

It is interesting to see some concepts easily understood and explained by our ancestors through Puranas. We might not have grasped the concept so easily. However, when children watch these on TV shows and talk about similar concepts, it was tough for me to digest. Sharing some such strange coincidences!

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How can I live longer?

A million-dollar question that all of us would have thought about at least once in life! Although thoughts about it used to come, there never was a clear answer ever. However, one of the lectures by someone knowledgeable about Vedas and Puranas seemed to hint an answer. It was an interesting perspective and not about the environment or lifestyle, and it made me wonder about our existence and the purpose behind it. Sharing what I learned thus far…

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Gods, Nature and Culture

While reading the world history text books with my children, realize the similarities that exist across ancient cultures. Egyptians, Romans, Indians, Chinese, Greek had something common identified in them. Sharing what I have learned thus far..!

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Learning from a Swan

I was reminded of the Ugly duckling story, who grows up to be a beautiful swan one day! Beyond that, I have not thought about swans and they did not capture my interest in any specific way!

Recently, I was listening to someone speaking on a youtube video and made a reference to a swan.

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Learning from Eagles

I received this article below few years back from my facebook friends, and something about it impressed me. The painful aspect of transformation from within was explained so beautifully. I am a firm believer of “One cannot change unless the desire comes from within”. It made me think if this kind of change and tranformation is actually possible.

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