A glass half full

“By defining ourselves against something, we are in fact defining ourselves by it. …We will see anger only if we know it.” I recently read these lines in a book (Radical) and recalled other, similar narratives. One summer evening my good friend and mentor, the late Prof. Singh and I were enjoying a cup of …

Timeless dialogue

“Mann lago yaar faqiri mein Aakhir yeh tann khaak milega kyun phirta maghroori mein Guru Gobind do-u khade kaa ke lagoon paaye Balihari Guru aapne Gobind diyo milaaye Maalaa kahe hai kaath ki tu kyaa phere mohe Mann ka mankaa pher de so turant milaa dun tohe” – Kabir [(My) being is engrossed in devotion …

Ma

“Maaye ni mein kehnoon aakhaan Dard vichhode daa haal…” – Shah Hussain [Mother, with whom (but you) can I share The pain of my separation] Ma, mum, mommy, mother, maadri, amma, om, umm – one does not need a label to define motherhood. When most vulnerable, one instinctively reaches out for the sanctuary of a …