This is an excerpt from the first chapter of my book, “Tiruvannamalai Beckons.”
I was waiting at a toll booth some 120 Kms south of Pune on the Pune-Bangalore highway to pay the toll and proceed onwards to Belagavi (earlier known as Belgaum) which was my first stopover on a solo car trip from Pune to Tiruvannamalai.
I noticed four cars ahead of me waiting to pay the toll. …
This web book is a fourteen-part travelogue of a solo road trip I did in 2018 from Pune to Tiruvannamalai in 2018.
It describes all the challenges I faced on the road with my car, my month-long stay in Tiruvannamalai, visits to Sri Ramana Ashram, visiting Virupaksha cave on Arunachala, doing the Girivalam (pradakshina of Mt. Arunachala), and meetings with interesting people in Tiruvannamalai.
I hope you enjoy the story.
This is a map of the route from Pune to Tiruvannamalai.
I don’t remember the name of the first book I read but I clearly remember how it felt.
I was six years old and in the first standard at a school called New Activity in Mumbai. It was a primary school that taught students from kindergarten till the 3rd standard.
That year, our school principal decided to create a little in-house library and check out weekly books to students.
I remember looking eagerly at a stack of about thirty books on the teacher’s dark brown wooden table when she called me.
“You can take whichever book you like,“ the teacher…
Pure aspiration in the subtle realms,
Cascades as desire in the physical,
But before that, it must pass through the human mind,
Where it fights a thousand battles with demons of conditioned thoughts,
If only it can make that passage uninterrupted,
It will be held with raw intensity and love,
Without fear or grasping.
If the aspiration is fortunate to be thus cradled,
It will manifest as truth,
My truth, your truth, universal truth,
Blazing from the very depth of the way-shower’s soul.
“Even so,” is the latest addition to my arsenal of sentence connectors in writing.
I have a fairly small set of sentence connecting tools in my writing toolbox — which consists of however and but.
“Watching a film is perhaps one of the most straightforward activities there is. You don’t need to do much. However, it’s one of the most exhilarating pastimes available.”
“Watching a film is perhaps one of the most straightforward activities there is. You don’t need to do much. But, it’s one of the most exhilarating pastimes available.”
I learned a new connector while reading an article…
(Note: The book links in this article are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, it will help me earn a small commission — without any extra cost to you. Thank You!)
Everyday People by Salini Vineeth, a 31-page book is a collection of 8 short stories set in urban Bangalore. Many of them involve characters working in the IT field.
All the stories will make you think about urban living, corporate work, and your own life as an urban dweller (if you happen to be one). Most of them move at an easy-pace with one exception.
Is it really a virtue to be useful to others?
“We must strive to be useful to others” or some variant of this message is often mentioned as a high virtue. But is it really a high virtue?
Does a rose bloom to be useful or does it bloom because that’s what it is and by being itself it automatically gives joy to those who find its fragrance beautiful.
Does a banyan tree intent to be useful to others or is it just being itself and people and animals find shade and shelter because of the natural roof it creates?
Is a cuckoo trying to be useful when it sings its song or is it just celebrating life and we join the celebration and enjoy its song?
I suspect that these wonderful creations of nature are just being themselves and it is humanity that derives the usefulness.
I believe I know why Vocal does not allow writers to edit previously written articles.
In the past few days, I’ve read a few articles comparing the writing experience on Medium vs. Vocal.
Among other things, many people pointed out that writers on Vocal were unable to edit previously written articles. Really? Editing a previously written article was too basic a feature to leave out for a future version. It was strange, but I didn’t give it much thought then.
A few hours later, I was thinking about how difficult it must be for publication editors to scan through hundreds of article submissions. That’s when I suddenly got the answer.
You have to submit every Vocal article for approval. If they allowed writers to edit articles then there was a chance that writers would submit acceptable content for approval and then sneak in not-so-acceptable content in an edit.
I’m binging on flash-reads. After completing a 17-page book yesterday, I just finished reading an 8-page book — “A Train Story”.
The story is about a bright young lady from a small town on her way to a big city for a job interview. The past few years haven’t been kind to her and she’s beginning to feel that with fate conspiring against her, she stands little chance at creating a life that reflects her true potential.
But like all wonderful people who misjudge their true greatness, she’s wrong. The outer journey leads to an inner journey which leads her to recognize her own greatness and fortitude.
It’s a beautiful story of self-empowerment told in a unique style. I enjoyed it despite the few typos that could have been avoided.
(Note: The book link in the first line is an affiliate link.)