A Berry Simple Pleasure

Despite globalization there are still some things that come at their own time. Here, the first days of the appearance of seasonal fruits form moments of anticipation and excitement. After that momentary period, they become run-of-the-mill and fade away from the pantry and the marketplace. And so this moment -- the season's first strawberries have …

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Reality Out of Thin Air

The depth and structure of the network that interweaves itself within human life is an amazing thing to contemplate. This would include the ability of human beings to bring imagination to life as described by this interesting excerpt I came across recently (Why Chimpanzees Don’t Hold Elections: The Power of Social Reality) from the book …

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Turmeric Pickle

I'm not a pickle person really. I rarely reach out for a jar of the salty potent item to enhance the taste of my meals. I'm a very versatile cook and so there's never been a dearth of flavors on my dining table. But this particular spicy condiment is an exception. Winter months seem to …

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Interconnected

I found this interesting read from the Scientific American on my feed recently -- What Would Happen if Everyone Truly Believed Everything is One? -- interesting because the question is posed as a speculative (with hints even of the rhetoric) thought that needs some examining. However, those well versed in Hindu scriptures and teachings are …

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Interwoven

“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”― Eckhart Tolle Karma has become a much-touted term globally, gathering some intensity over the decades, but its connotations …

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A Sanitized World

As the year draws to a close, it is only natural to contemplate all that has happened over the past several months. The pandemic has not left anyone untouched in this world. It has reinforced both the loneliness of human existence magnified by layers of protective medical gear right upto the doorway of our homes …

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Alias Grace — TV series

Generally, I prefer to read the book version of any tale, rather than the screen adaptations, because I've been of the opinion that movies cannot bring forth the depth of narrative in so short a span of time as could the author of the book. However, occasionally there are exceptions where the rich visualization of …

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Soulful Sunday– Banana Halwa

The number of ways to describe the delectable beauty of this dessert? warmearthyrichheavenly soulfulfood for the gods It takes two to three hours to stir three ingredients (banana pulp, ghee, jaggery powder) into a fudge that gives a satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel. Making and eating banana halwa is nothing short of a meditative process. It's something …

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June Bug A-Calling

A recent sojourn to our farmhouse greeted us with a myriad of insects - grasshopper, fireflies, beetles aplenty. This particular one fascinated me -- the green June beetle. I've never seen such spectacularly royal colors. No wonder the Egyptians worshiped them. My camera hardly made justice to the gem-like emerald gleam of the scarab's carapace. …

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Nnedi Okorafor — Finding Your World

Every once in a while we find someone who thrives on breaking the mold and creating whole new worlds into which we can sink and explore and that make us realize that the world is not as small a place as we thought. This article by Patrick D'Arcy published on Ted -- “Write your story, …

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