(Un)Ease of doing Business

Exactly 25 years ago in 1995 a very iconic and life changing event took place. The first-ever mobile phone call was made in India. West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, from the Writer’s Building in Kolkata, spoke to Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram at Sanchar Bhavan in New Delhi. And thus began the advent of... Continue Reading →

Micchami Dukkaḍam

On the occasion of Samvatsari Pratikraman as I delve further into the history of Jainism I would like to share a story. But before I share that story I would like to give some background of "Micchkami Dukkhadam". Michchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ appears in the Airyapathiki Sutra, verses 3.124 and 3.130 of the Yoga sastra and it's... Continue Reading →

The Quintessential Paryushan Tap

Born into a Jain family I was quite familiar with the parampara followed in a traditional family. In Adoni the ‘Jain community' is very small and closely knit. Having lived in a large joint family I grew up seeing my family, friends and community participating in different fasting rituals.Fasting or Tap is a very important... Continue Reading →

Bouna Sera, Silvio Albini

One of the most badly hit cities in Italy was Bergamo. With a swift blow, Corona played a cruel game and took away so many. Bergamo! Suddenly images started popping up in my head Tennis, Albini, Silvio, Pini, Claudia. I sat burdened with this news and was transported back in time. A time when I... Continue Reading →

Kalandri 307802

Even though I was born and brought up in Adoni, Andhra Pradesh, my ancestors came from a small village, around 150km from Udaipur. Just like the other cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur evokes a sense of beauty and romance. So does my village Kalandri, a quaint, sleepy little place, home to around 10,000 people. Over the... Continue Reading →

The Michelin in Me

I come from a very humble background and I am also a Jain by birth. Birthdays were not really celebrated at home, it was just another day. When my children grew up and started going to school they made a big deal about my birthday. That is when I started realising, for my kids, my... Continue Reading →

‘Love All’

Tennis is such a funny game you wouldn’t believe it if I told you that the score ‘Love’ actually comes from the French word L'Oeuf meaning egg as in Aanda in Hindi, each match beginning with a score of Love-Love. And that is exactly how I feel about this game. If anyone were to ask... Continue Reading →

“China – Can’t live with them, Can’t live without them”

I start my day early with an hour of yoga & follow it up with a game of tennis at the pavilion. Its a game that I have taken a liking to. A few days ago, rain interrupted our game and a bunch of tennis enthusiasts sat for a cup of Chai. Thought the discussion... Continue Reading →

Covid and The Annadaata

There have been incessant talks and discussions about Covid 19, that is all that people have been worrying about. Every newspaper, every news channel, even conversations with people is about Coronavirus. As we see the numbers of positive cases increasing, we worry. We worry when we will see the end of this. We are worried... Continue Reading →

Where did we go wrong?

It was almost the end of May, official lockdown was going to end and monsoons were expected. On the evening of 29th May there was a huge storm and it started raining heavily in Bangalore. I was just thinking to myself how nice it felt to be safe and warm inside my house when the... Continue Reading →

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