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Rooted in the hearts of many Hindus is the belief that if you breathe your last in Kashi (Varanasi) you attain what is popularly known as ‘Kashi Labh’ or ‘the fruit of Kashi’—moksh or “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma”. Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi is one of the three guesthouses in the city where people check in…

How many times while reading the newspaper or flipping through news channels on the television have you thought to yourself, “I wish there was something more positive to cheer up my day” or “How depressing are all these headlines”? I am sure each one of us has, at one point or the other, experienced that emotion. Media today is filled…

I am the kind of interviewee who pays more attention to the question being asked than his own answer. I love it when a question knocks my socks off and makes me relish the exquisite feeling of never having been asked such a thing before. Just a few weeks ago, I was being interviewed over the phone with the usual,…

After a personal analysis of my work calendar I have found that I meet, on an average, two thousand new people every month. Working as an educator, song writer, screenplay writer, executive producer, and poet, I feel like I am in the business of saying first hellos and final goodbyes all the time. This October though was different. I travelled…

Every time I think that one person alone is not enough to envision and execute the transformation of this world, her face flashes in my mind to prove me wrong. She defines what a single person's love, compassion, and hard work can do, in a world waiting for someone else to make the change first. My first meeting with Anuradha…

Nowadays, every time I scroll through my Facebook news feed, it's like a sea of startups drawing me in. Links to their websites, videos, campaigns, feedback forms, all waiting for my one click to pull me into their magical universe where everything is possible, everything is exciting, and everyone believes in making this world a better place, in their own…

In November 2014, I spoke at a conference where a fellow speaker was Nepal's very own hero, Anuradha Koirala, the lady who has rescued more than 15,000 women from human trafficking. I met her for the first time at that conference. Sitting in the green room with her she told me about the beautiful mountains of Nepal and its people, whose…

In August this year, I was invited to do a 3-hour workshop with the faculty of Ann Mary School, a peace loving institution set in Dehradun valley, the place I call home. I was thrilled. On the day of the workshop, 120 teachers greeted me with warm smiles, confused eyes and discreet voices; a reaction I am used to. My age, coupled with my schoolboy looks, is usually the…

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