Just because you believe in science and practise it doesn’t mean there isn’t a spiritual aspect to life. Knowing how the physical world works doesn’t explain everything. You can experience a life crisis despite doing everything right by the book. There are things that happen that are outside of your control. You can make better sense of life if you think about things beyond just the facts. Continue reading Science and Spirituality: no freakin’ equation can explain fate
“Tarot is not about predicting the future, but more about interpreting life as it now and suggesting future direction. It gave me an insight into what my current life issues are. It shows some of the patterns of behaviour in one’s life and gives a guide as to how to get out of those bad habits. Because of its link to astrology – it is quite scientific-based. But there is still some mysticism to it. Like why do the same cards come out for me over and over again? We’ve done so many readings now that it can’t just be by chance.” Continue reading The Scientist and the Mystic: two cynics sit down for a tarot reading
If you’re an idiot who says what you think and feel – then just think about the potential conflict you can cause. You just come across as intolerant. If other people are observing that – we make judgments about the person who is saying those thoughtless things, too. If you’re thoughtful about what you say – it’s more meaningful and you’re saying things with a purpose instead of just saying what you feel at the time. Continue reading Is Free Speech Really Free?
We Asians are often stereotyped as shy and afraid to speak our minds. When asked for our opinion in a group setting, many us say nothing. This leads some westerners to believe we don’t have opinions. When we do voice our opinions, we sometimes only say positive things – leading others to think we’re being dishonest. Continue reading Giving your Opinion: East vs West
Obama was evidence that the world was becoming more globalized, or that race was being transcended as a construct. For others, he was evidence that the U.S. presidency had been infiltrated by someone who was an “other.”
What I’ve learned from it is how quickly people want to put each other in easily-categorized boxes. Coming to conclusions is a shorthand that everyone uses, and I think some of the conclusions people jumped to regarding Obama showed how far we still have to go as a nation in terms of accepting interracial relationships and religions other than Christianity. Continue reading Barack Obama: America’s first ‘Third Culture Kid’ President
Ex-girlfriends who suddenly resurface when they find out an ex is in a new relationship. ‘Rivals’ who spread rumours about your dating history. A … Continue reading The Jealous Woman
Our obsession with white skin comes from how we look at the west. We think they’re superior because they have white skin. But on the other hand people in those countries want a tan. A lot of girls growing up are often told not to play out in the sun because they’ll get darker. You’re restricting your girls from going out and having fun. But this restriction doesn’t apply to boys. Continue reading Who is the fairest/tannest of them all?
“I want to do something meaningful,” Shreenal says. “The older generation doesn’t understand that. How much do you get paid? Do you get a good salary? Something bigger than that drives our generation. You don’t always get buy-in from your family. You just have to state your own vision for your life. Understand their point of view and do what’s right for you.” Continue reading Farmer by Day. Technopreneur by Night.
We don’t want the people we love to hurt us. When you’re vulnerable, you’re raw. Sensitive. Open. Bare. It’s terrifying. It scares me every time. But I’d rather give it my all than live in regret. It takes great strength to be vulnerable. It’s not weakness. It’s a conscious choice. Continue reading I’m not weak. I’m just vulnerable.
Mother India. Home to the second largest population in the world. But not all Indians live there or are even from there. According to a United Nations report, there are 16 million Indians living abroad. We make up the world’s largest diaspora. Swetha Raj and I sit down for a chat after a 7 month hiatus. She tells me how she wound up in the land down under. Continue reading From India to Australia: an immigrant’s experience