The Two Brothers

Two brothers aged 6 years and 10 years lived in a small village. They loved each other and were inseparable. Together they would go on many excursions and adventures. One day they decided to explore a nearby forest. It was a new experience for them. Fascinated by the charming forest, they soon got absorbed in […]

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The Wrong Turn

Luma Mufleh, had just heard about the demise of her grandmother Munawar who was her lifeline to her family back in Amman, Jordan. Ever since she had decided to stay back in the United States after completing her education, her family had decided to cut off all ties with her. They would hang up on […]

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The Gardener Sage

The Gardener Sage

Jataka tales are said to be past life accounts of Buddha. There is a Jataka tale about Boddhisattva (the future Buddha), living as a gardener, and taking the decision to give up his worldly life and follow the spiritual path. Soon after he makes the decision, his eyes fall on a spade lying nearby.  He […]

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The Blink of An Eye

Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of the French fashion magazine Elle had everything going for him. At age 43, he had a great career, loved his fast cars and gourmet food.   Then, life took an unexpected turn when one day, while driving his son to the theatre, he suffered a massive stroke. When he woke […]

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The Horse Breeder

Taoist tales are teaching stories that impart ancient wisdom through pithy narratives and interesting characters. “The Horse-breeder” is one such story by Lieh Tzu. The story is about Pen Lo, a seasoned horse breeder, who bred horses for the duke. As he stepped into the dusk of his life, the duke, who had relied on […]

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The Hunter and The Thorn

One sunny afternoon, a hunter was out in the woods when he shot a deer, but in the process his arm got caught in a thorn bush. He cried out in pain as the thorn stuck deep in his arm. The thought of pulling out the thorn scared him as he feared the severe pain […]

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One Inch A Day

There is an inspiring anecdote about the legendary Hindi poet and Padma Bhushan awardee, Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He had a unique interest in collecting rocks. He would look at rocks, identify a nature-inspired image or figure in it, which he would later artistically bring to life with strokes of his paintbrush. This anecdote is […]

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The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

Over three decades back, author and space philosopher, Frank White coined the term “The Overview Effect” to describe a phenomenon reported after space voyages. When astronauts look back at the earth, they experience a profound appreciation for the fragility with which the Earth is held in space. It appears as a pale blue-green dot spinning […]

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