One of my favorite trips in summer was visiting Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada as well as surrounding areas. Glorious Rocky Mountain vistas, turquoise lakes, pristine wilderness stretching for miles and miles. One of the most remarkable experiences we had was watching at least a dozen bears gorging on great offerings of just-ripened berries alongside the road. Cars lined up right by them. Berries were growing along the roads and were easy pickings. People cautiously snapped pictures of these majestic, powerful creatures. Perhaps one of two ventured out of their vehicles.
Their very presence was enchanting and awe-inspiring; it gave me chills to be in their presence. And intimidating, as some feasted only feet away, and all were close enough to charge. They move rapidly. But the bumper crop of berries kept them fully engaged. Since there was such an abundance, we heard they were out roaming, eating their…
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Over the past years I used to listen over and over Egypt is very poor country. People live in deep poverty, there are no fortune, no education neither good manners. People are insulting, not respecting others and even killing each other.
The most important question of all of this – IS THAT REALLY TRUE?
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I did a 23andMe genetic test because I suspected I might be partially descended from Middle-Eastern medieval merchants, who were Korea’s first Occidental trading partners. (My feeble basis for this theory included my hair texture and a possible epigenetic explanation for my Jewish conversion.) But the data took me in some strange directions. As did…
कहु और की सुरति अब काहे को आई
गोकुल ढूंढ बृंदाबन ढूंढो
बरसाने लग घूम के आई
तन मन धन सब वार के हसरत
मथुरा नगर चली धुनि रमाई
(My heart has fallen in love with Kanhaiya; Why should it think of anyone else? We searched for him in Gokul and Brindaban, let’s now go to Barsana and check that too. Sacriﬁ ce for him, Hasrat, all that is yours, Then go to Mathura and become a jogi)
– Hazrat Maulana Hasrat Mohani (Rahmatullah Alaih), Poem 2 (2 October 1923; Dīvān 8)
Well Durgapuja is over, so, in place of growling around because my prime internet connection is still dead I passed it busy as bee, creating my 3 tributes for the mother Goddess. Now, with all these years since I paid my final visit to Kamalpur, my ancestral puja I decided to write them down, before […]
On the night of Aug. 24, a 6.0 earthquake destroyed the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, and Pescara del Tronto in central Italy. It killed at least 250 people, injured hundreds, and severely damaged the homes of 2,500 people. Over 200 smaller quakes—a so-called earthquake swarm—have followed the main tremor, and are continuing to shake the…
Political press conferences are pointless, and mostly about media showboating. This isn’t something reporters are supposed to admit. We’d all like more chances to see a potential presidential candidate on the hot seat. But these days, at these things, the heat isn’t on. I cringe at press conferences more than I learn from them, because…