I come home from work, exhausted, tired & famished. I hear the call for dinner. It’s Biryani! Hmmm… just the thought brings water to my mouth. The the aroma brings me closer. I prepare myself for the encounter, and walk towards the table. I set my eyes on the…

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Feeling overworked, stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break and try out the Chocolate Meditation. Choose some chocolate—either a type that you’ve never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently. It might be dark and flavorsome,organic or fair-trade or whatever you choose. The important thing is to choose…

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A wise man once sat in the audience & cracked a joke. All laughed like crazy. After a moment he cracked the same joke again and a little less people laughed this time. He cracked the same joke again & again, When there was no laughter in the crowd, he…

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Fear is a theme that I have touched time and again on this blog. I recently heard this excellent documentary-podcast on the Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San, keeps appearing in the press now and again for being under house-arrest. But being historically-illiterate I had no idea why she was…

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Picture taken without permission from the Boston Globe The Big Picture A dear friend (Navaid Alam) has written this well-expressed article on Ramadhan, that was selected by The Hindu (a leading national newspaper) for publishing in it’s Open Page. This has been re-published here without his permission, (hopefully he won’t…

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“O Allah, do not try me by letting me resort to other than You when being compelled, not submit to other than You when being poor and not invoke other than You when being frightened lest I will deserve, by that, Your humiliation and Your turning away from me.” –…

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There are a numerous sites where you can read and search through the Quran. My most frequented one is the one hosted by Al-Islam.org. However, quite often when I’m offline and I want to search through the Quran, the only viable alternative was to peer through index of the physical…

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What makes us Happy? Is it a new car? A job promotion? A new house? Does our Happiness depend on external factors? Do we wait for someone or something to make us happy? Many of us think that “If I had so and so… I would be Happy”. “If my…

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