Am I Your Friend, I Ask…

“What a contrast between us! You live a warm and glowing life, surrounded by loved ones whom you care for and who care for you; you are anchored in contentment. I drift about without rudder or compass, a wreck on the sea of life; I have… no friends for the wholesome development of my affects, or enemies for my malice.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel, in a letter to his sister-in-law

I was recovering from an attack of viral hepatitis. Home bound. Room bound. Going slowly crazy.

All day – and most of the night – I played TV video games until my thumb got swollen from punching the ‘Fire’ button! One evening, the phone rang. It was a friend calling with some exciting news.

“Did you know that X and Y got married? Why didn’t you tell me?”

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Banana fingers

A few of us grandkids walked home from Marina beach one evening with Grandpa. We stopped by a fruit-seller’s cart. He sold bananas. “How much are they?” Grandpa asked. They haggled. The vendor pointed at the other end of his cart. “For your price, you’ll get those.” Grandpa glared for a while and said, “But … Read more

Contentment

Contentment. Satisfaction. Bliss. It’s Muffin‘s trademark position. Sitting on the windowsill, gazing out into our backyard. Since her operation, we’ve not dared let her upon that precarious perch. Today, as a stop-gap solution, I pulled up a chair and lifted her onto the cushion. Watchful of any misstep on her part, I sipped my coffee. … Read more

Recalibrate

“Sister, the potassium level is 6.1 in this blood sample!” It’s a medical emergency. But the senior ICU nurse, bent over paperwork at her desk, didn’t even raise her head. “Recalibrate the machine and repeat the test.” The process takes 3 minutes. A chastened junior nurse returned with the second blood report. “It’s only 3.5 … Read more

The Secret of Success

“Know what you want – and get it”
– Sushmita Sen, Miss.Universe, 1994

‘Take what you want, and pay for it’ says God
– Old Spanish proverb

I’m going to tell you a little story.

It’s about a man who wanted to know the secret of success, and decided to find out from a Guru.

Now this was a wise, old sage who knew every secret of Life. He lived in splendid isolation on a mountain-top. Our hero set out on his difficult journey to meet this wise man.

He was determined to reach the top, and so he got over many obstacles on his way. Fighting through thick forests, scaling huge boulders, escaping from wild beasts, at last he clambered to the peak and lay on the ground, gasping for breath.

A few minutes later, he sat up… and beheld the Guru seated in deep meditation.

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