संत कबीर के दोहे

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St. Kabir Das—The famous Indian poet, saint and social reformer, whose poems, couplets, teachings are still relevant, although he composed them in 15th century.

Famously known as “Kabir ke dohe”, teaches us the important lessons of life. Sharing some of them here, on Kabir Jayanti.

Father’s Day: My Thoughts

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they are not trying to teach us.”— Umberto Eco.

Happy Father’s Day

The love of a father is often unexpressed.

Father’s usually don’t show their tears or their fears.

But, the invisible protection, which his presence provides us, remains the pillar of strength throughout our lives.

Remembering my father not only on this Father’s Day, but everyday.

Yes, I miss him every moment, and feel his presence and blessings always upon me.

My Father— A Memoir

Some quotes to express my feelings on ‘Father’s day.’


1. There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. — Amit Ray

2. Confident women are raised by loving dads. —-Nitya Prakash

3. Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.—-Pam Brown

4. I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. —Sigmund Freud.

5. To the world, you are a dad. But to our family, you are the world. —Unknown

6. It is a wise father that knows his own child.—William Shakespeare

7. The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. —Antoine Francois Prevost.

8. A girl’s first true love is her father. —Marisol Santiago

9. The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children, when no one is looking. —Dan Pearce.

10. To be the father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy. — Nelson Mandela.

11. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. —- Jim Valvano

Birthdays Make You Feel Special

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Birthdays are special days, and we make sure that the birthday person feels happy and special. Spending time with family and friends, with good food, gifts, birthday wishes, music, dance and what not!

Then there are various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and others, which are flooded with birthday wishes.

Then there are phone calls, video calls and other advanced technologies to make you feel special and happy for your special day.

All this sounds so good, and the birthdays are really special nowadays.

However, when I was younger, and there was no social media, birthdays were celebrated by visiting the temples, receiving blessings from the elders of the family, new clothes, having sweets or some delicious homemade food and all that.

Those were days of joint family system and there were so many people within the family, that there was no need to go outside or invite others.

It was always a celebration time.

After my marriage, my father, mother, grandfather always sent me letters (handwritten, of course) on the occasion of my birthdays.

Those letters are my precious possessions, even now.

Rice kheer and sweets were a must for prasad on birthdays, but cakes were optional.

Well, now I prepare all the delicacies— the auspicious and traditional kheer, Laddoos, and of course cakes, because it’s always good to carry on and combine the traditions with modernity.

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The elders

Weekend Treats: Mango Lassi

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Mango Lassi is perhaps the best Summer drink, for the hot summer in India.

The flavour and aroma of the ripe mangoes, combined with homemade curd or yogurt can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.

No need to add sugar, as the mangoes are sweet enough. But, if you are making it for the kids, you can add a little bit of sugar or honey.

You can also add saffron or cardamom powder for added flavour.

For the best fruit based smoothies, always go for fresh fruits.

Wash and peel the mangoes, and purée them in a blender.

Add curd and 3 to 4 ice cubes and blend again.

Usually the mango pulp and curd can be taken in equal quantity.

1 cup mango pulp + 1 cup curd

But, you can have your choice, whether to increase the mango pulp, or increase the amount of curd, according to the person, for whom you are making this delicious and nutritious drink.

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Clean and Green Environment

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Let’s do our bit,

Let’s nurture the nature,

For our future generations,

Let’s plant more trees,

Let’s preserve and protect,

Let’s conserve and respect,

Today and always,

Happy Environment Day.

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Lights and Darkness: My Thoughts

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We can’t appreciate the ‘light’, if we don’t experience the ‘darkness.‘

One must be able to know, about their own ‘darkness’, in order to deal with the ‘darkness’ in other people.

‘Light’ and ‘Darkness’ are part of our lives.

You cannot view the Moon and the Stars, unless you have the backdrop of ‘darkness.’

‘Light’ and ‘darkness’ exist side by side. Sometimes, they explain each other, and at other times, they overlap each other.

The ‘darkness’ within us, or around us, might be easy to ‘light’ up, if we use the ‘light’ we have within us, to reform ourselves, or in other words, improve our thinking (positive).

“Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.”—-Landon Parham

First Raindrops of the Season: Poem

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The first raindrops of the season,

Do something magical to my senses,

Makes me smile, for no evident reason,

Greens, with the unmistakable fragrances.

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