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I never liked to put together jigsaw puzzles as a child. They were time consuming and required a lot of effort. There was also the likelihood that they would end up remaining incomplete because a piece or two were missing. Now that I am an adult, the metaphor of puzzle pieces seems to fit in perfectly with life. There are…

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…

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,…

I’ve got a coach. It’s the little voice in my head that talks to me. You know what I’m talking about when I say voice in my head – it’s that little version of you who’s watching you go through life, and when you’re alone, he/she is awake and talking, especially at 2 in the night when you want to…

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