Happy Diwali – The Story of Deepavali

Meaning of Deepavali - Happy Diwali

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is the greatest festival celebrated all over India. It projects the rich and glorious past of our country and teaches us to uphold the true values of life.  (A few years back, I even got an entirely new perspective from a post on Twitter, and blogged about it here.)

The word “Diwali” derives from the Sanskrit “Deepavali” — Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row.

On Diwali day, home is awash with the orange glow of twinkling diyas (small earthen lamps) lit to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

It is looked upon as the beginning of the business New Year, and blessings of Lakshmi, the celestial consort of Lord Vishnu, are invoked with prayers.

The 5 Days of Diwali

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Book Review: Ponniyin Selvan

Ponniyin Selvan

Slowly – very slowly – I’m coming out from under the ether.

After 10 magical days.

Where was I?

Transported into the past, a thousand years back. To the glamorous, glorious Chola period of Thamizhagam, in a narrative about the prince popularly known as ‘Ponniyin Selvan’.

  • And so, I missed writing deadlines.
  • Set my book launch on autopilot.
  • Left even important work pending.
  • Put off tasks for later – and then hurriedly finished them.

Just so that I could go back to reading this lovely book.

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6 Easy Ways To Focus (Infographic)

6 easy ways to focus:

How To Focus - 6 Easy Ways To Focus

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For more help on how to focus better, read Dr.Mani’s new book, “Knife At A Gunfight” – learn more here.

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Book Review – The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

I’ve enjoyed books like Martin Gilbert’s “History of the Twentieth Century” and J.M.Robert’s “History of Europe“, that portray a conventional account of how Europe evolved over centuries.

In all of these narratives, the Byzantine empire and Constantinople seemed to me, somehow, to be kept peripheral. At the edge of the canvas. Being important, yet not taking center-stage.

But in Peter Frankopan‘s book “The Silk Roads“, all of this changes.

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Book Review – The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

1000 year old boy

The fountain of youth. The Holy Grail. Xanadu. Eternal youth.

Immortality.

It’s a day-dream that has fuelled many an idle holiday hour or long ride over the years. I’m sure you, too, have wistfully thought of a future that stretches out forever, with time passing you by.

But if you did extend that fantasy out, not to eternity, perhaps, but just, say, a thousand years

What would you see?

That’s the intriguing premise behind the book I’ve just finished reading. It’s called “The 1,000 Year Old Boy” by Ross Welford.

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