Hearts afire

Minds shape and implement possibilities,
hearts push the very boundaries of possibility.

Minds may be bought over,
hearts can only be won.

Minds are logical and sane,
hearts are free and wild.

Minds will mind the fire,
hearts light it!


        “…the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful…” ~Pam Brown

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Yun hi chalte

kuch baatein, kuch hansi
kabhi gam, kabhi khushi

kuch dard, kuch rahat
thode shikwe, thodi chahat

kuch sukoon, kuch intezaar
kahin jeet, toh kahin haar

kuch pyar, kuch dosti
thodi umang, thodi masti

kuch kisse, kuch yaadein
kayee sapne, kayee vaadein

kuch saansein, kuch dhadkan
ye dil… aur ye mann

kuch der, kuch dur
yun hi chalte…

– Madhuri

“The journey is the reward” – Chinese Proverb

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ABCs of Ps and Qs

“Mind your manners”, I grew up being taught,
You will be liked, your company sought.
Say “Sorry”, “Pardon” and all your “Thank you”s,
“May I?”, “Excuse Me” … watch those Ps and Qs.

Be courteous, be patient, and always polite,
Don’t ever be loud, be gentle and quiet.
Do hold the door for those walking behind you,
And never, oh never, jump your place in a queue.

I listened, I learned and I did believe
“Manners make the person”… it’s the way to live.

Yes. The world is full of courteous people, I see
Manners are very important, they all agree.
There are the “Sorry”s, the “May I”s and so many “Excuse Me”s,
Out pop the “Thank you”s, as pretty as you please.

But hey! what’s this? what am I missing?
Manners are just words, just a way of speaking?
So often a gap in what people say and they feel,
What they do, and they don’t… a different sentiment reveal.

So hard the gratitude, yet so prompt the “Thank You”.
A polite “excuse me”, even as they trample over you!
No real warmth, beneath many a smile
So many sweet words, underlined by guile.

Manners are nice, but oh let’s not bother
If we can’t find it in us to really care about another.
Words are just words, manners an empty shell
What we think… we feel… we do, does the true story tell.

“Mind your manners” I was taught, and yet now find
What we should’ve been taught was “mind your mind”,
“Mind what you think”, and do “mind your heart”
Lest caring for people become a lost art.

– Madhuri


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In the rearview mirror…

It is strange don’t you think – God seems to have physically designed us to move forward, not look back.

Our eyes face forward, our head doesn’t turn fully around, our legs and feet are hinged to move ahead – we cannot really look back, walk or run backwards without turning our back on what lies ahead. At best we can take a quick look over our shoulders, take a few unbalanced steps backwards.

And yet old times tug at our thoughts from behind. Peripheral vision gives us tantalizing glimpses of what lies at our back, just beyond our sight. Our heart yearns to pause a while, to stay with times that were happy, to hold on to a part of the past that we loved and do not want to walk away from.

The future beckons with promise. Even as the past tugs at emotion and resolution.

Life is such an irony…


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I am just coming back from the July 4th Independence Day break. And it was a lovely day.

A lovely day around a lovely thing… I love the very feel of the word Independence – freedom to do, to be. Surely the foundation of all happiness.

But then, I close my eyes and try to think of all that makes me happy— and the first things which strike me are all those which are vulnerable in dependence… strong in dependence; the first things are connections on which the core of my happiness depends… faith and affection, belief and support I revel in being dependent on.

Have we over extended the concept? … independence for the individual, freedom and space… a wonderful thing for sure — as long as we see where the wonderful stops. Because we don’t seem to be able to so easily…

We move towards smaller and smaller orbits… with our nuclear families, with our increasing comfort in digital relationships. We have a hundred friends on our Facebook wall – and so few that are a part of our day. We form connects and networks… forget how to form friendships. We are comfortable in depending on invisible “clouds”, yet increasingly uncomfortable in depending on, in trusting people.

I live in this culture of the ultimate freedom for the individual. Where you move out out of your parents house because you are an adult and should live alone; and then keep cats and dogs and all kinds of pets because it is so lonely to live alone. Where marrying for love is the norm – arranged marriages so absurd; but the love last just long enough to create a soaring rate of divorce. Where people smile and talk to strangers on the road every day, yet have to create family holidays to meet and talk to their family. Where it is all about the individual, and yet so blind to what makes a complete individual…

Let us be independent enough to enjoy all the great opportunities it offers. Let us be be global and connected and networked… enjoy the diversity of cultures and human beings in an increasingly flat world.

But never too independent… never too adult… to indulge in the sheer joy, the enduring strength of the human connections we are able to create.

May we be blessed always with the vulnerability of dependence.

Celebrate In-dependence!

– Madhuri


“The best thing to hold on to in life is each other” – Audrey Hepburn

(Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, 2012)

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Just Be …

We are always so ready to fill our lives with activity…

We go from thing to thing, are proud to be able to multi task, are eager to be busy, to feel productive, to feel like we are going somewhere, to look forward to the next happening …what is the hurry? Why the urgent need to fill the “empty spaces”, the silences?

Surrendering to life’s need to stop sometimes, to flow at its own pace and direction, can be scary. But it is in those empty spaces that answers often lie, that the calm joy of simply being exists.

The empty spaces are revealing. The stillness allows the mind to roam free. It reveals what we think and how we feel. It forces us to observe and absorb… to pause, and to accept.

It helps us discover not only the world, but ourselves.

Until one day we turn around and see that the empty spaces were not quite so empty… the empty spaces were the steps forward :-)

– Madhuri


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Amber… “alert” adds your mind.

The “amber” of traffic signals or homeland security. Or maybe like me, you too live in a world where amber is used on dashboards and reports… a sign that things are not quite right – watch out!

… and thus like so many other things, we have taken something absolutely beautiful and converted it to the commonplace – to the “to be avoided” in this case :-)

Amber is such an extraordinary thing – a semi precious gem, crafted into beautiful jewelry and artifacts. And yet it is not just a gem or a stone…

It was once living matter, pulsing with life. The resin from trees that even as it hardened and turned into this gilded jewel like substance, still hid light and life in its depths. It often holds within it, perfectly preserved and contained for all time, evidences of life in another time – insects, small animals, bits of plants. And that’s what makes amber so amazing, so splendidly beautiful. It encompasses parts of a story from long ago …. parts which if pieced together help us see and understand much more of that story – a window to the past.

Isn’t that what our relationships are like? Like amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. The most beautiful and precious part of our life; containing so many hidden depths, so much light and brightness. They contain parts of our story — each one encapsulates some facet of our personality, events and incidents, our beliefs and axioms, the things that move us – our deepest thoughts and feeling. No biography could tell our story more faithfully than that contained in our close relationships. We live in the people who know us, love us… our story gets passed on through them to so many others, we become part of their story. Amber? !!

The best of our relationships are electrifying…full of potential and energy… yet warm and comforting. Still another aspect of amber! The Greek word for amber is “electron” — it’s from amber that we derive the word electricity. Ancient Greeks first discovered that amber had another intriguing property — when polished it could attract objects, it could even emit sparks. It was believed to contain energy within it — which is why it attracted objects, felt warm to the touch. In India, amber is worn to pacify the mind and keep you balanced.

Amber – such a fabulous thing… holds a wealth of meaning and stories. It is magical.

A pity that we have reduced it to a level where we link it automatically to alerts… to danger.

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