The quiet ones

By Shivi Verma In a world where charisma, personal charm, and excellent social skills are considered the master keys to success, the silent introvert offers a contrasting paradigm, says Shivi Verma For the longest time, I was condemned in my family for being different. I was considered odd and sluggish since I did not exhibit the traits of normal toddlers who cried, threw things, or showed high physical energy

The renaissance Rinpoche

By Suma Varughese Suma Varughese interviews the 12th Chodo Kenting Tai Situpa at the Palpung Sherabling monastery in the Kangra valley, and is moved by his authenticity and modesty I met Rinpoche, the 12th Chodron Kenting Tai Situpa at his monastery, Palpung Sherabling, in the beautiful Kangra Valley when I was invited in November as speaker for the Silver Jubilee of the Active Peace initiative floated by him 25 years ago. It

Anchor the mind

By Shameem Akhtar Getting into meditation without grounding the mind with asana and pranayama is risky, warns Shameem Akhthar There is an  alarming rise of meditators who are not really physically fit, because they are convinced that it is somehow crass to focus too much on the body. On the contrary, asana practice grounds the mind. In chakra physiology, the mind’s elements – of air and ether – belong to

Dance with the Divine

By Punya Srivastava It is time again for the annual Life Positive Expo in the national capital. The grandest of them all, the Expo revisits with an array of insightful workshops, dynamic discourses, and all else it is famous for, says Punya Srivastava Come February, and every Delhiite’s heart soars at the sight of blooming flowers in the many landscaped gardens across the capital. The promise of spring is here. Free of

A watershed event

By Suma Varughese The Worship to WASH and Women for WASH Summit of Leaders held under the aegis of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, inspired  religious leaders of all faiths to spread the message of water, sanitation and hygiene within their congregations, says Suma VarugheseThe occasion was a rather august one. Acclaimed religious leaders from all over the world were to lend their considerable clout to the cause of

Back with a bang

By Punya Srivatsava Not only is the once vilified coconut oil back on the kitchen shelves, it is now hailed as a super food, says Punya Srivastava For South Indians, particularly those on the coastal belt, there is nothing more delicious than food cooked in coconut oil, whether it is the delectable banana chips, a plate of hot fish fry, or an aromatic avial. The rest of India may not quite get it, but even they agree that the