I know, I know, if you have never heard about the Vipassana 10-days Silent Meditation before, I know what your first reaction could be.
As if the word Meditation itself doesn’t demand so much effort, “10-days” is bound to conjure up extra attention. Add to that the bold and italicized Silent, and you are in all right to read those words with perplexed eyes.
But trust me, there’s plenty of apprehension and misinformation out there regarding the 10-days Vipassana Meditation.
I finally went through the 10-days course (after two years of deliberation) last month, and found the experience to be…
Cristiano Ronaldo returns home … to write a new chapter in Manchester United’s history!
I don’t know where to start. So, let’s rewind 12 months back.
The Corona Virus Pandemic. Lockdowns. Football. Empty Stadiums. Cash Stripped Football Clubs. VAR. Super League. Lionel Messi finally leaving Barcelona. Lionel Messi embracing Sergio Ramos. Chaos would be an understatement to explain the last 12 months.
Or let’s rewind 12 years back, and zoom in on one particular city, Manchester.
Manchester United wins their 3rd European Cup. …
And why it would be a fascinating story of Science and History!
Imagine you were tasked with narrating our story — that is, the entire human story — to an Alien. And let’s assume the Alien happens to be from a totally different Universe. It is interesting to envisage how fascinating and daunting the task would be.
Just a few minutes into the narration, you will realize that our story is not just our story, but also the story of our world.
Take one small story of our life for an instance, like let’s say buying an iPhone for 1000…
How an ancient technique of Vipassana Meditation helped me make the dreaded comeback!
Two years back, I left my job to search for something that I thought was missing from my life. I didn’t even know what the missing bit was. Maybe the missing bit was the purpose (or at least passion), I would often think. And I thought somehow, somewhere, with the passage of time and wandering, I could find one.
Today, two years later, here I am, writing about my journey. And no, I haven’t found the purpose that I was looking for. …
What it felt like witnessing the genius in real-time
The clock ran 50 minutes on the screen board. Hardly a significant moment in any football match. Yet the whole stadium rose to its feet. Just a glance around and I realized what had happened. One normal 5’6 guy was jugging around his dug-out area. Except this one guy was not normal.
Three minutes later, the official displayed the substitution board. And the moment had finally arrived. I was about to watch Lionel Messi live for the first time.
But the moment didn’t arrive after 50 minutes only. …
How the story of Coffee and Chocolate also captures human story and history!
We love Coffee. And if we were asked to pick a compliment for it, most of us would pick Chocolate. Coffee and Chocolate almost feel like a natural pairing, as if they were meant to be together from birth.
There is a reason for their attraction too. Not only do they come from similar origins (tropic and similar latitude) but are also processed in a similar way (both first fermented and then roasted to bring out the flavor).
And yet, Coffee and Chocolate share a twist of…
Why History is less about predicting and more about understanding!
It is innately human to look forward to the future. And it is thrilling to imagine drastic changes that could happen in the future: like the futuristic AI World or Outerspace adventures from Sci-Fi movies.
But when it comes to imagining the future of something we have accepted as a “basic part of the world” — like Religion, Money, or even the Nation-State World Structure, the changes seem improbable to us. …
How Religion could counter the force of globalization fueled by Money!
Nation-States is a concept so ingrained in us that it’s difficult to even fathom a world without Nation-States.
We are comfortable imagining drastic changes across other domains of life, like the futuristic imagination of AI World or even the Outerspace world. But when it comes to Nation-States, all we see is the same stable structure of 200 odd Nation-States on Earth.
But just as we have known from history, changes are inevitable and some of the changes are already taking place — like the increasing influence of Globalization which…
How Super Powers and Big MNCs are still exerting their control over weaker nations in the name of globalization!
Globalization, today, has become an absolute reality.
We can wake up to alarms apps developed in India on a phone made in China, and have breakfast with cereals made in America, and go to some German office in Nepal in a car made in Japan, all while listening to some Spanish songs. The one global village that we used to read about in the past has very much become a part of our lives and fabrics.
Globalization and the presence of…
How Corporates and the Big Techs could shape the structure of Nation-States in the future!
It is our human tendency to imagine things must always have been how they are today. Most of us live an average 9–5 routine of 80 years and also meet people from the last 80 years or so only. Therefore, as most of the historic changes take time, it is normal for us to imagine things will mostly remain the same in the future too.
But as we know, things do evolve, and changes do happen. And just like there were no modern-day 200 odd…