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by Ramaa

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May 30, 2019

I woke up early on Memorial Day prepared to work and then remembered it was a holiday. Memorial Day signals the onset of warmer days, the end of another school year and, for me, an easier summer schedule at the studio. Then a few moments later, it hit me: it was Memorial Day, 2...

April 2, 2019

I recently came across this quote and ever since, I have been returning to it from time to time wanting to peel back the layers of meaning behind its words and take it all in.

Providence is the faith that nothing can prevent us from fulfilling the ultimate meaning of our existen...

February 13, 2019

Many of us seek love - to have and to hold it forever and ever. People struggle with the ups and downs in that journey but do not always understand the complexities within this beautiful emotion.

There are two experiences of love. One is the love that we receive in relationship...

March 8, 2018

The story of the three little pigs is a well known one, but here is a quick recap: 

Mother pig raises three little piglets and as and when they are ready sets them off to start their lives. The first one builds a house from hay and is settling in when the big bad wolf stops by....

January 23, 2018

One day soon after 9/11, in the midst of my heartache, and in response to my fervently asking why, I was given a vision- an image that popped into my head spontaneously during my meditation. I saw a battle field with many terrifying faces busy destroying one another. But in the...

December 20, 2017

A few days ago I was reading somewhere that there has been a global trend these days to put up Christmas trees upside-down. There have been many reactions to this change, some of them against it, but I found it to be fascinating. A big part of me wondered if it is a metaphor fo...

November 20, 2017

I have had a difficult relationship with Gratitude and saying Thank you in general. For starters, growing up in India, there was no expression like that in my mother tongue. I did not hear it at home or between friends of the family. It is not like we did not give or do things...

October 24, 2017

 For the longest time, I have been witness to a debate in my head over which of the two is stronger, Fate or Freewill.


It all began very early in my teens when after a particularly difficult spate of misfortune, I often heard elders tell me to “grin and bear it” because it was...

September 19, 2017

People on both sides of the globe are getting ready for a nine-night, ten-day period that is sacred to millions. It starts this Thursday, September 21 and ends Saturday, September 30 this year, according to the lunar calendar, which is observed by many old traditions. 

 
Here in...

August 21, 2017

Since moving to the United States in 1998, I have been asked more times than I can remember, about India’s caste system or the plight of widows or about child labor or other human injustices in that part of the world. Every time I was asked, I cringed, feeling personally our na...

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