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Do you feel younger or older than your age?

In the comments, please tell me why you feel that way: Is it due to your diet, work, active lifestyle, cultural heritage, your mother, or something else? How does this affect your life view and ambition? Your relationship with others?

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11 Secrets to Success

pics of colorful roses in a vase at home by Arun Shanbhag

Decades ago when I subscribed to the Investor’s Business Daily, they had an inside section called IBD’s 10 Secrets to Success. I clipped out that section, and every so often would go over the list to make sure I was following it. I am sharing it with you all, and archiving this valuable, yellowing scrap […]

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You are Not Special ~ David McCullough Jr.

A fabulous graduation speech from last week by David McCullough Jr, English teacher at Wellesley High School. Very inspiring! See complete text of speech from (The Swellesley Report) below; I draw your attention to my highlights in red.

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Steve Jobs commencement speech, 2005

Thank you for a great ride, Steve. We’ll miss you. Notable: Click here for commencement speech by David McCullough Jr at the Wellesley High School Graduation (2012).

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Video: Embrace Life

As you get ready for the Holidays, here is a British public service announcement encouraging riders to wear seat belts. WoW! What a beautifully executed video! Not boring and no scare tactics here; just beautiful acting and the full play of emotions. A tear was ready to well up in my eyes. Stunning! Video produced […]

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Don Meera

When Meera was a baby, every time I wore my shades, she would reach for them. I would then mime Main Hoon Don, Don, Don! Soon, Meera came to associate dark glasses with Don! When we passed stalls on Colaba Causeway selling dark glasses, she’d point and say, Don, Don, Don! SO I had to […]

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Video: Jana Gana Mana, List of Performers

With democracy comes a serious responsibility. What are you doing with your democracy? Happy Independence Day!

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Embrace Infant Incubators

A global partnership for children, including the WHO and UNICEF, report that annually, 4 million babies die within the first 30 days of birth. Why are 4 million babies dying? Concise 2 and 1/2 page article. The common causes are infection, birth asphyxia and premature (including low birth weight) births. Premature and low-weight babies are […]

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Shri Rām: The Holy Name

Shri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Arun Shanbhag

For city bred siblings, summering at our grand parents’ home in Bhatkal was essential nirvana. In the orchard we tied strings to dragon flies and watched them jet away. We foraged for bird eggs in old trees. With sling shots we brought down mangoes, not because our aim was any good, but because the trees […]

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Meera Sleeping

This tiny girl amazes me! She’s got me completely wrapped around her little finger – twice over. She only has to coo and I start babbling baby talk like a blithering blidiot. I love it! When she is a sleep, I gaze at her. What is she dreaming? Is she happy? I wonder at this […]

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Meera turns One

pics of Meera's first birthday by Arun Shanbhag

One of our friends casually asked the other day. “Do you have any pics of Meera?” Then added as an after thought, “of course she is going to be the most photographed girl on this planet.” I was shocked.

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Lunch at the Shanbhag School

In 2007, the Shanbhag School in Kumta (and their parent, the Konkan Education Trust), started to provide lunch for all their students. In the midst of a long day, the students had previously rushed home during their lunch hour. There are no cafeterias or restaurants near the school. The school made a significant investment in […]

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Scholarships for the Needy

I have previously written about the Shanbhag School, an academic beacon in Kumta and surrounding villages. The Shanbhag High School, managed by the Konkan Education Trust does not receive any governmental aid. But it follows the state determined academic syllabus and guidelines. While we attract many students who can afford fees, our family wanted to […]

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13 Dangerous Days of Monsoon

Following a newspaper tip: The US Embassy has identified 13 days most likely to lead to flooding in Mumbai, during the monsoons. This info is important for all Mumbaikars (not just US citizens), and the City Government should have been disseminating this info in the first place, rather than planning and sniping about a statue […]

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THIS is a Saree

A bit dated, but saw this recently on a forward. Chennai Silks, India has woven the world’s costliest silk saree worth Rs. 40 lakhs (96,000 USD). The weavers incorporated gold thread as well as precious stones into the saree. Not only will it lighten the wallet, wearing the 8 kg saree (17.6 lbs) may cause […]

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Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms

After five years of research and writing, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms was released on Ganesh Chaturthi, September 15, 2007. This was my second book. When you see both my books juxtaposed on Amazon, you will nod: yup! only a Gemini could pull this off! I am grateful that I was given this gift […]

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Live Well, Today

Today is what you will be nostalgic for, in a few years. Occasionally, I am overcome by fond memories of childhood in Mumbai; visiting cousins, relatives and grandparents in the rural Karnataka towns of Bhatkal, Honavar, Hosad and Kumta. From what I remember, then I was busy running around, chasing dragon-flys, seeking bird eggs, stoning […]

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Custom Google Page

Thank you Larry Page and Sergey Brin for making a Google Home Page for MEEEEE! 😛 A little narcissism never hurt anybody! Indulge yourself. Get one here. Thanks to David Pogue (NYTimes) for the link.

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Life Meme: Things you always wanted to know but were too chicken to ask

What was I doing: 10 years ago: In Pittsburgh! I was comfortable and coasting at work; life was good and I was getting fat. 5 years ago: In Boston, ready to change my career. Enrolled in an MBA, got a great business plan, … and then I hated the business school types. Yuck. 1 year […]

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I’d Pick More Daisies

I’d Pick More Daisies If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I know very few things I would take seriously. I would take more chances. I would be […]

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An Accidental Life

Nothing works out as I plan; Everything turns out different, totally unexpected, beautiful and just perfect. Better than even I could have imagined, or planned. This has been the story of my life. Like if there is an invisible hand guiding me to its bidding. I just do everything with my heart and soul. Where […]