Richard Cory and the world

There was this poem, Richard Cory, that we read in school. Richard Cory was a gentleman, from sole to crown. He was rich, fluttered pulses, and was graced in every virtue. Everyone wished to be like him. And yet, one fine evening, he went home and… The last line, when we read it, only amused our young minds. We didn’t wonder much about his last act. It even seemed like, sort of natural… a result of some hidden misfortune, pain or grief. Adults could harbour such pain, we felt, and it could happen. It was a normal, volitional act of a well meaning, healthy man. There was no point speculating on what ailed him; the poem gave no clues. That’s how complex life could be. Looking at today’s booming world, it could drive normal sensitive men nuts. Is there a cause to be happy? The ones who are happy are happy. The sadder lot carries its misfortunes alone. Some can take it in their...
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Where is the present gone?

Life … karma… the past and the burden of the present. The joints are stiff, and the backbone shows its aged slouch. Reality is overbearing. Where is the present gone? It hovers around, like a ghost. The child has no past, and the future hasn’t come yet. There is home, and the meals will be ready. Life isn’t a burden yet. Pleasure or pain, the caretaker takes care of it all. There is speed in the steps, and a bounce in the walk. The world is music, and music is the world. Work is far away, and life is a gig. The young man is happy, and so is the TV set. There is a world to conquer, and a might to show. Things to think about, and things to do. Money shows its colours, and money is the world. Compromise or sacrifice. Run away or wallow. The work trains are ready to go. It’s afternoon, go to sleep. Wake up and think of...
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Some thoughts on beating modern life stress with habit formation

Man is a creature of habit  (Photo credit:: Wikipedia) There is no instrument so malleable and adaptive than the human body. Biology may have gone deep into the cells and tissues, yet how much our bodies take care of themselves with a little help from us is an insight known to the few. We know of the timers that are set in us, the ones that make us go to sleep and wake up at fixed times. The same habitual patterns can be inculcated or set by us in other aspects of bodily health and functioning in order to maintain good health. Our diet or what combination of food we take during the day and at night can influence our health to a great extent. Sticking to the combination that one likes and that works best, and then varying it with seasons is a good strategy for maintaining health. Selecting food that does good to the body is a process that we must...
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Living a dual life

The most famous of all notions about man describes him as a social animal. That is to say, it is a part of his nature, an instinct, to form groups and communities wherever he lives, and that man cannot live without society, and ought to do so. However, the term ‘man’ in the sentence ‘Man is a social animal’ refers to mankind as a whole, and not individual human beings. It is the nature of an individual that needs introspection. The contention arises when the individual is described solely in social terms. Does this notion of man really describe an ‘individual’ in his or her totality? Is it a true reflection of his or her real nature? There are times when an individual wishes to interact with others, and there are times when he or she wishes to be left alone. All of us live a dual existence, as individuals and as members of groups and communities. Individuals in human society seem...
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Living in a box

When one has lived for long in conditons of limited freedom, as in regulated and heavily censored countries, it conditions the mind in such a way that exposure to greater freedom only produces an instinctive revulsion and dislike. The mind gets so used to living in protected environments where there are no free spirits to be encountered, that any change that appears to produce a free lifestyle seems wicked and corrupting. This is probably the reason why a good part of the world where conservative religions hold sway dislikes much of western culture. They find it difficult to come to terms with the uninhibited show the western media puts up every night. A free and open life, which has only recently come to be seen as good for humans, remains as disliked as it probably always was. The condition is much like those of boys in conservative societies who do not interact with girls, and find the whole idea of a free...
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