Envy in Art: Circe, Cain, Time and Fame

Yesterday I wrote a post on envy. Today, even though it’s the day for ‘love and longing’, I found myself gravitating back to the same theme. In the video I shared in my last post, Parul Mathur spoke about how fiction is the best place to find envy. I figured art wouldn’t be too far […]

How Do You Combat Envy?

Last week, I came down with a bad case of envy. It hit me without warning. One moment I was perfectly happy scrolling along my Facebook wall, and the next thing I know I am suddenly burning all over in green flames. What happened was that I chanced upon the fan page of a good […]

Building Wealth: Do you Pay Yourself First?

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Personal Finance or money blogs, you will know that ‘Pay Yourself First‘ is the first mantra that they teach you. Of all wealth-building strategies, this is the most-often repeated. But do you know the funny part? From among the ‘money men’ I know personally, very few people […]

Photo Post: Monsoon Magic

Don’t we all love the rains? Living in the tropics, we are no strangers to the monsoon. While a very few I know claim that they find rain depressing, most Indians I know love rains. And the magic of the monsoons. Only someone who has faced the scorching Indian summer can truly appreciate the charm of […]

When Does Frugality Become Miserliness?

As someone constantly looking to better his relationship with money and wealth, I find that three words dominate my head space more than others. They are spendthrift, frugality and miserliness. I find subtle hints all over my social milieu that casts a dark shadow upon people who are tightfisted. One of my aunts is known […]

Photo Post: Love a Dove

Doves are universally considered as symbols of love and peace. They are closely related to pigeons, and many varieties are seen in our area. I commonly encounter three types as they are frequent visitors to my terrace bird feeder. Here are some pictures I have been able to click over time. The birds are Eurasian […]

Love and Longing in Art: Troilus and Cressida

Last night, I was reading a re-telling of the Trojan War story by Olivia Coolidge, and I chanced upon the tale of Troilus and Cressida. This is one of the few stories in the Iliad that speaks of a woman’s betrayal of a man. The common theme in mythology is of how men use women […]

Did Chetan Bhagat Teach India to Read?

It’s now a truism. How many times did you come across the statement that Chetan Bhagat made India read books? In my experience, I’ve never come away from a conversation about Bhagat without hearing that sentence at least once. Usually I nod and let it pass, but over the last week, I’ve heard it four times – […]

How Advertising Picks our Pockets – and What We Can Do To Prevent It

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like. – Emile Gauvreau Advertising. The bane of the thinking man. Even the most financially aware among us give in […]

Photo Post: Water Lotus or Water Lily?

Both these flowers are found in water bodies and widespread in our region. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably but both are distinct from each other. Being a purist, I thought of clearing the confusion. Here are some points of distinction. The petals of a water lily are half the size of the lotus flower or […]