Being a tourist in my own country

I really wanted to travel abroad for my birthday this year.  A close friend kindly invited me to join her and her friends on a vacation in Paris during my birthday week.  I must admit, the thought of ringing in my birthday with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop sounded like a dream celebration.   Although 

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A tribute to a friend-in-a-million

Introduction:   In April 2007 I submitted a write-up to the editor of the Post newspaper. I did not realize that the email address I used was a shared inbox and, over the next few days, I received ‘read receipts’ from numerous recipients. Slightly annoyed that my inbox was being flooded, I replied in haste with 

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My Gratitude Journal

Recently, I’ve either read motivational articles or  stumbled upon inspirational quotes/sayings that encourage the practise of gratitude.  The general belief is that if we constantly express gratitude for all that we have, we will receive even more to be grateful for.  Being grateful is also believed to positively impact our emotional/mental state. There are even bold claims 

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The Mystery of the Missing Sindoor…

 The bride and groom listen attentively as the Pundit explains the significance of the “sindoor“.   They nod in agreement as he continues to emphasize the importance of  a Hindu married woman adorning her “maang” (parting of the hair) with this sacred red powder. With that being said, it’s now time for the most important ritual 

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There comes a time….

A time comes in your life when you finally get it. When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and, somewhere the voice inside your head cries out – ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. Like a child quieting down after a blind 

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