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Kahat Kishoreji: Letting things be

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A king was writing poetry when one of his ministers passed by. He saw what the king was doing and suggested he change one of the words. The king thought for a moment and changed it.
The minister walked away. As soon as he had turned his back, the king reinstated the old word.
Yoga teaches us to remain calm in all situations. Had the king not agreed to the change in the first place there could have been an argument between him and the minister.

Written by Raju Bist

December 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

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Eavesdropping: Sagely advice

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Chhotu, the 14-something delivery boy of our local grocery store, to a housewife:
Tamatar dabaa ke khao. Chaubis rupaiya kilo ho gaya hain. Kal chaalis rupaiya tha!”

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December 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

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By invitation: More than a walk!

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Lakshmi Mahesh, who I love for her joie de vivre, recently posted this on FB. When I sought her permission to upload it on NOA, she replied, “Raju Bist, I insist you do! And show me!”
Here you are, Lakshmi…

Just returned from a 45 minute walk at 9 pm. Alone. Main aur meri tanhaayi. Peering into people’s homes at the cheery dressed up Xmas trees by the windows, smelling different aromas wafting out; very garlicky smells from one home, alcohol from another and something meaty bbqing fom a third. Comforting smells nevertheless, because I imagined families and friends gathering inside eating, drinking and making merry. Came across a beautifully lit up home, every inch of garden and roof glittering and sparkling.

Felt surreal until I saw the down-to-earth sign, from a friend of the family, elegantly requesting loose change to help with the lighting costs this year thanks to a 200% increase in energy bills due to the carbon tax. Every day people pulling out all stops to celebrate life.

I then happened to glance at the sparkling Swarovski crystal bracelet on my wrist. A b’day gift from my practical husband who never goes shopping. A gift the mum and seasoned homemaker in me contemplated exchanging for something more practical and less luxurious after my initial joy of seeing it. Until my 8-year-old worldly wise son said, “Mum, Daddy is just saying go ahead and exchange for what you want but see how his face is when he says that!”

Thank God “commonsense and being practical and desire to seek value for money” went out of the window and I kept it. The shiny bracelet, light turquoise blue, glittering on my wrist as I walked today, made me feel like a princess, much loved and protected. Yes, protected and safe. And very girly girly.

Just a walk for good physical health? Think again! A walk for a great body, mind and spirit!

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December 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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Thanks but no thanks

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Who would not agree to a Saturday off at the office ?
But a group of employees at the Navi Mumbai office of one of India’s largest companies are doing precisely that – objecting to the proposal for having their six-days-a-week office converted to a five-days-a-week one.
And here’s the best part. All the objectors are the oldies, who have put in years and years of service.
Speaking for his friends, one of them explains why he would love coming to work on Saturdays for as long as possible: “What will we do sitting at home? Just hear the wife nagging the whole day?”

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December 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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Kahat Kishoreji: No tension

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A man complained of severe pain and was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. The doctors operated on him. As he lay recuperating after the operation, the doctors were surprised to see his extreme mood swings.
On some days he was very happy.
On others, depressed and tense. Worse, his ulcers, returned on such days. This, even though they had been successfully removed after surgery.
So the doctors decided to keep him under strict observation and study his moods a little more.
This is what they discovered:
The patient was very happy on the days his girlfriend visited him.
But he was depressed and tense on the days his wife was in the hospital.
There is no point in taking tension. It only leads to health problems.

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December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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Now that’s one smart hubby

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MK on why he eats out when his wife is not at home: “It’s not that I don’t know cooking, at least the basic stuff. Don’t forget that I spent four years on my own as an engineering student in Bangalore. But when my wife goes out, I don’t make the mistake of going anywhere near the kitchen. You see boss, if you cook once, they will expect you to do it even when they are at home!”

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October 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Ways of godmen

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINE
2 Sep 2013
Asaram Bapu arrested on charges of sexually assaulting minor girl in his Jodhpur ashram
The headline was enough for our house help to recount her one and only encounter with godmen:
“A wandering sadhu baba had stopped in our village for a few days. I was surprised to see that he was so young. He was giving diksha (passing on of sacred wisdom) and all the womenfolk of our village were keen to meet him. I was not but on being goaded on by my mother-in-law, I agreed to visit the baba in the makeshift tent that was his temporary ashram.
“When I reached the place, one of the young girls of our village was already inside. Curiosity got the better of me and I opened the tent flap a little to one side. What I saw inside shocked me.
“The baba was whispering something into the girl’s ear but all the while he held her in a tight embrace.
“I ran away from the place!”

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September 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

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