Thanks to my friend Shalini for leading me to this video, I am able to share it with my readers.

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Strangely enough I am currently reading A Brief History Of India by Alaine Danielou. The beginnig, that is where I am, itself is fascinating enough for me to get deeply engrossed in it, leave alone the hard sell that my young friend Koushik made about the book to me.

Recently, there has been a lot of rework being done about Indian history as the earlier works are presumed to have been deeply influenced by leftist historians with strong anti Hindu bias.

Among other books that I have read on Indian history recently is The Myth of the Aryan Invasion of India by yer another foreigner, David Frawley.

I had read another fascinating book some time ago,  by another foreigner Francois Gautier called Rewriting Indian History, and the current book kind of adds to the information provided by the earlier one.

The last book raised a lot of controversy but it is now widely accepted that a rewriting of history is indeed called for.

I find it strange that the authors of the three books mentioned here are all Indophile foreigners and wonder why Indian historians have not done this work,

I studied Indian History for my Graduate degree and what I now read is rather different from what I had studied way back in the mid sixties of the last century and thus I am now inclined to agree with Napoleon!

I have suggested this topic for the weekly LBC blog posts. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.

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First, I got this from a friend who knows that I am a minimalist.

In the video the Swamiji is talking about a new store opening in Mumbai. He talks about the high rent that the shop pays and also points out that a film star Rishi Kapoor having tweeted what is on sale at the store.

The Swamiji then quotes Oscar Wilde – “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

And, finally, I got to read this article in one of the newspapers that I get, about Actress Parineeti Chopra displaying the latest fashion!

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A TED Talk On Three Life Lessons.

My readers will recollect my seeing the movie Sully and writing about it and this has just come to my notice though it is quite old. This will take just a little more than five minutes. It is however mind blowing.

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My very dear middle aged friend Sandeep posted this on facebook.

I am well past the middle aged stage and I would say this.

Same process of climbing but different perceptives!

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Memory Trigger 14. The Well.

There are two triggers for this story. One if the well and the other is Kerala.

I had the great fortune of being posted in Kerala for a thirty month stint between 1974 and 1977. For my late wife and me, this was the best posting ever as we were in a small community of friends and colleagues in a colony with some great amenities.

During the time that we were there, my mother came to visit us and she too had a grand time not only visiting many places within Kerala that she had dreamed of all her life, but she also accompanied me on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala, which she always maintained was a grand achievement with her arthritic knees.

A little background before I continue with my story. My mother’s parents and other uncles, aunts and cousins were all from a town in Kerala called Alappuzha. My mother however was born in the Northern part of India as her father had emigrated there in search of employment and my mother had never visited Kerala before I was posted there.

Among the towns that she wanted to visit was naturally Alappuzha and I obliged her on a special visit. She had no idea of where her home was or whether any of her relatives were there, but we went there trusting her higher power to lead us to what will happen. In Alappuzha, I had a very knowledgeable local businessman with the most unlikely name of Baby, quite a normal name for men in Kerala,  and he was delighted to arrange for an escort for my mother and me to explore various places in Alappuzha after she gave some background information about her family to him. We eventually zeroed in on one place which had a well like the one shown above under a jackfruit tree in the front courtyard, which was how my mother remembered her mother describing their home. A Christian family was living there but they were very hospitable and confirmed that they had bought the house with the compound from a family belonging to our community. My mother was more than satisfied and was elated that she could visit her ancestral place.

With that background let me now take you to what another Malayali friend, now resident in Mumbai,  sent me as being the kind of wells that are built in Kerala. A sure indication of new wealth made overseas, called typically and with some envy, by residents as Gulf Money. He had sent this to a group of friends and ex colleagues in WhatsApp and the combination of Kerala and wells triggered off my memory of the visit to Alappuzha to locate my mother’s ancestral place.  Please click on the images to get larger resolutions as then you will see how innovative the builders have been in locating the draw wheels for the rope.

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Unlike many of my friends and relatives, I got to see Bahubali 2: The Conclusion a full week after release. The multiplex hall where I saw it, was about 2/3 full for a matinee starting at 4.00 pm for the first time in my experience .  Some enthusiasts had paid fancy prices for the tickets during the first few days, but fortunately for me, the normal week day price was charged.

Bar one hall in a complex of 8 all others were showing the same film with commencements every half hour. The most hyped about movie of this year so far has proven to be a bigger hit than anyone expected, and is still going strong. Today is Friday, when normally new movies are released and today’s news papers did not announce even one!

In one word, Nuts. It is a phenomenon that this country has not seen before.

I did not mind sitting through three and a half hours of advertisements, trailers and intermission and thoroughly enjoyed seeing it. My fellow regular movie goer Ramesh, for a change, did not sleep through some of the movie which is a first for him too!

It is a Spectacular movie made with lavish special effects, sets and period costumes with very imaginative narration and direction marred only by over acting by all the actors. The overacting however makes the watching experience so much better.

In my opinion, the second in the series is a better production and I advice my readers who have not seen Bahubali: The Beginning, to first see it before they see this so that the story falls into place. Both will be exquisite viewing experiences.

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The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

“We think, each of us, that we’re much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them. Even when it’s the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we’ve already made the decision.”

~ Daniel Kahneman

In my case, I must confess that my subconscious mind is far more powerful than my conscious mind. I suppose that it is for most people except that I am willing to accept that most of my decision making is based on my intuition, ie, the subconscious mind enabling me to take the decision, rather than a carefully thought out and deliberated thought process doing it. I am too impatient to do the latter anyway!

That allowing of my intuition to operate freely has enabled me to come to this fairly comfortable stage of life without much damage. I therefore allow it to function even now.

If what I state seems bizarre, I recommend Daniel Kahneman’s wonderful book Fast And Slow. His findings resonate with me as my experience bears out what he observes – “people place too much confidence in human judgement.”

Intuitive thinking can be explained – something ‘feels right’ when it fits a mental rule of thumb (heuristic) or the way our mind is wired (cognitive biases). And that, I submit is the subconscious mind.

Kahneman’s book is a ‘must – read’ one to understand our thinking and decision making processes and learn something about happiness in the bargain as well.

Pravin had suggested this topic for the weekly LBC blog posts. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin and Shackman.

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Dick Pic Senders Beware!

I thank Jim for pointing me to this delightful clip.

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What P. G. Wodehouse Character Are You?

My readers would know that I am a great fan of P.G. Wodehouse and continue to read him despite having to read some of the books that I have already read.

So, when my blogger and facebook friend Jim led me to a site which asked me a series of questions to find out which PGW character am I, I was intrigued and went there and answered the questions.

I got

You are the quintessential gentleman’s personal gentleman — always shimmering into a room with the solution to a tough nut. You are well read, well bred and look good in a uniform. What ho, Jeeves, what ho!”

What ho, indeed!  My nephew Jaisundar, another PGW fan will be highly amused.

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