Being free

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful monastery where a spiritual teacher and his disciples practised meditation. Whenever the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise, that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up.  
Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.

This is a very old story on how beliefs and superstitions are made and then followed blindly for generations to come. It gets so rooted in our daily activity that it soon transforms into "our culture" and later becomes "our tradition".

Today on this Independence day, the day we got freedom from our oppressors; I wish that we free ourselves from the superstitions, beliefs and religious extremisms that has blinded us for generations. May we free ourselves from shackles and cages we have made for ourselves that segregates us into groups of color, race, religion or ethnicity.

May we be free in our minds and thoughts. Because only then, we are truly free. 

Happy Independence day !

Mumbai's new T2 terminal - in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan

Looks Magnificent ! Excited ! More so by the way Amitabh has described it. :) **feeling proud**

Keep living. Keep rocking.

In many ways...

Picture courtesy : Disney Pixar

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, "Anyone can cook." But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. 

Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*.

It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more."

- Anton Ego, Ratatouille ( voice of Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia fame )

Keep living. Keep rocking.

Have a super 2014 ! :)

Wish you a very happy wala 2014 !!

Here's some inspiration to begin the day and year with... :)

53 lessons from 2013

Have a lovely year ahead !