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50 Things that Warm My Heart!

  Let’s do this without an introduction except for “I was called to do this just because…” 1.       A hearty laugh. 2.      A warm cuddle. 3.      Eyes which emote love. 4.     Love and all its manifestations. 5.      Romance. 6.     A warm meal cooked by Ma. 7.      A cold meal- rich and sinful. 8.     Maggi. 9.     Before you scream gluttony, bonding with a trusted friend. 10.     Deep Conversations. 11.     Star gazing. 12. Moon gazing. 13. Sunrise. 14. Sunset. 15. Dewdrops 16. Large Spiderwebs 17. Ants 18.      Candy, Breezo, Joey and all benign dogs. 19. Butterflies. 20.    Birds. 21. A captivating book. 22.     A Mushy Movie. 23.     Flying and watching clouds. 24.     Long, never-ending drives. 25.     Train travel especially to and from Kerala. 26.     Greenery. 27.     Beaches, 28.    Mountains. 29.     Deserts too for brief periods. 30.    Lawns and flowers and trees. 31. Water bodies- from puddles to the oc

The Virgin Children of Mercury: 15 Shades of Virgo

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  Virgo season is here! Is that why I am writing about them? Yes and No! I have written about Aquarius, Sagittarius and Leo so far and apart from the Sagittarius one which was written in December, the other two were written just because I felt like it and it wasn’t in their season! So, that makes it a No but what makes it a Yes, is that when you are talking about the most meticulous, perfectionist of the Zodiac, you’ve got to do at least a few things right! The New Moon in Virgo was on 27Aug2022 and with it we get an opportunity to embrace that energy, get organized and get back to getting tasks completed in the best possible way. No more procrastinating, no more excuses. The practical, hard-working, no-nonsense way is the current flavour. Guess what?! After a lull in my creativity for three months, I finally wrote a blog each on 22August and 23August, setting the ball in motion. Also, I woke up this morning with a promise to myself to complete all the incomplete blogs which were lef

The Face in the Window!

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  Is there a reason behind a face being etched in your memory; someone you hardly knew? Photo by Mari Madriz on Unsplash Last evening after Trataka (candle gazing meditation), I sat in silence with my eyes closed and allowed for thoughts to come and go and then she came into focus and stayed. Reena. Reena Mathew or Reena Sebastian? I fail to remember. Perhaps her husband was Sebastian Mathew. She took me down memory lane to when I was in grade two or three, aged six or seven. For some reason her face appeared to me as a black and white photograph. I have never seen a picture of her, so that is odd. 1980-81, Alwaye, Kerala. My grandfather was a doctor and at that time he had a little dispensary within the large compound and tended to patients with minor ailments. He had had two major heart attacks himself so he did things at snail’s pace. Personally, I think he was always like that being a Sagittarius. Laid back, independent in his own quiet way, naughty and a whole lot of fun. My

Are We Tipping the Balance?

  Is the need to give and receive additional appreciation leading to expectation and corruption? Recently, I got a mail in my inbox stating that “tipping” is being introduced on that particular site for writers. Readers can show their appreciation for the writer by accessing a button and paying them a tip. I am a writer and I should’ve jumped for joy. Patrons always existed. Yet, I was disturbed. I sat with that feeling. Did I think of myself as unworthy? Did I have an unhealthy relationship with money? After a fair amount of thought, I realized that these questions may have been answered in the affirmative a year ago; not anymore! Then why was I restless? Honestly, I had been mulling over this very topic for a blog for a while now and this mail was the final nail in the proverbial coffin! “Tipping” or Gratuity as it is formally known, was a term that came about in the 16 th century or so from the French word “gratuite” meaning graciousness. This term that was coined in Europe

When Love Becomes Torture!

  Sit with the title of this blog for a while. What comes to your mind? Do a few scenarios come to your mind or do you feel that’s not possible? Love becomes torture when it is no longer love; when other emotions take over under the garb of love. And, every other emotion that stems up which is not love, or from love, is from fear. Here are a few scenarios where love can become torture for one or both, a few or all parties involved. 1.       A loves B and B loves A so they decide to commit to each other. For a while, things are hunky dory and then A gets possessive about B. When they bring up the subject, B is horrified. B brushes whatever A claims as nonsense and is being true when they say so. A is not satisfied. B decides to let A into B’s world to see for themselves. A is appeased. A few days later A is triggered again. Doesn’t B know how much they love them? Why is B spending time elsewhere or watching too much TV or on the phone? B likes space. A doesn’t understand. A is all sus