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Is it Good to have Empathy?

I was surprised to note that this word came into English just 100 years back. Mr. Sashi Tharoor; could this be the reason why the White man didn’t have a change in the heart until recently? When a Nirbhaya gets assaulted or a child falls into a well, the whole nation resonates in empathy; we […]

3 Chicken Soup Recipes for your Heart

Recipe 1: I recently heard an interview of Tim Grover, the iconic coach of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.     One day Tim’s 7-year-old daughter asked him, “Dad, why don’t you stay at home longer?” Tim replied, “Daddy has to work hard to put food on your table.” His daughter then innocently asked him, […]

Why do I react?

After conducting a faculty development workshop at a prestigious college in Trichy for about 100 teachers, it was time for me to collect their feedback. The faculty had to give 2 sets of feedback. One to me and one to the college management. By mistake, the college management feedback came to me.

Open letter to Jeo Baby (The Great Indian Kitchen)

Greetings Mr. Jeo Baby, I am sure you would have heard of the cause and effect fallacy. In this, we falsely assume that one event causes the other. This is the same technique used by you to prime your viewers in the movie ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’.

Our sages knew it long before the rest of the world

A beautiful custom – the bride and bridegroom are dragged to watch the Arundathi star as a part of their marriage vows. The couple pretends to see it, not knowing its significance. This tradition has been followed for over 5000 years of recorded Indian history. The stars are binary – Arundathi & Vasishta, which revolve […]

7 Reasons why ‘I’ will not get COVID

Case I: ‘Sir, do you know that he is hospitalized? They had a family function. They had their aasthan photographer from Chennai. This asymptomatic super spreader had made all the ‘35’ members experience COVID-19.’ My student and his family are safe and sound. The father went on a ventilator and survived by the skin of […]

3 Lessons from LIFE

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Lesson I: My neighbor is a tall, stout person. Every morning when my family goes for a terrace run, this man crosses our path. Our terrace is divided into two portions. Our unspoken understanding is, this territory is yours, that territory is mine. In spite of our tacit understanding, he insists on trespassing our path.

So, What ‘IS’ FAITH? (Challenge 18 / 18)

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(In continuation of the previous blog: https://ssfamilyfirst.com/what-faith-is-not/) Indiana Jones was running away from his enemies when he came to the edge of a mountain. The audience was holding their breath and on the edge of their seats in this scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jones (Harrison Ford) continued running. An invisible floor of […]

What Faith is ‘NOT’

My daughter (at age 5) would get up in the morning and say ‘I smell tomato thokku’. Her faith was so strong, that tomato thokku would appear in our house in the next one hour. Faith is the substance of things not felt, the evidence of things not seen. My daughter had faith.