When the pandemic hit last year and the sudden changes in the kind of life we started living, most people’s mental health was affected. Like everybody else, I was affected too. However, I found my solace in snacks. Tired? I snacked. Happy? I snacked. Sad? I snacked. Bored? I snacked. Have to deal with something? First snack. Snacking helped me cope with the loss, the helplessness, and to some extent, even the guilt. If anything, I became a habitual snacker.
I snacked all the time — before the meals, after the meals, along with the meals, in between the meals…
“The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.”
I always loved listening to stories — big or small, happy or sad, realistic or fairytales — as long as there was a moral to it and kept my mind preoccupied. Every night by the bedside, my father would tell my sister and me stories that we already heard before. He had a habit of repeating stories because we had already exhausted his sources and perhaps even his memory.
“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
I always read the end of the book before I start the story.
No kidding. I cannot help it. It’s the same with any movie or series. I cannot help but watch the end before I start watching the show. That’s why I never start reading or watching any show before the series is complete, and I know, for sure, how it ends.
That’s why I watched Iron Man’s death…
“We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.”
— Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Every time I opened my favourite YouTube channel, I would see advertisements, one after another, about the writing MasterClass. I guess, Uncle Google always keeps his goggles on — snooping on my wants and needs— only to dangle those in front of my eyes like a piece of red cloth thrown in front of a bull. After painfully watching the writing MasterClass advertisement…
As unbelievable this may sound, the humans that inhabited Earth thousands of years ago were not dumb. They did not just eat bananas and swing from one tree to the next. If anything our ancestors were smart and brave. Living in the wilderness sharpened their survival instincts. They knew when to fight and when to let go of the urge and live in peace. Our ancestors and their cousins were sophisticated, intelligent, and hard-working.
Anybody who has seen or read about the Ghost Dance or the Wild West shows must have heard of ‘Slow’ or the ‘Sitting Bull’ or the ‘Jumping Badger’ who was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader. He played a historic role in leading people against the government policies in the United States. Though his name is pretty popular today, very little is known about the roles he played, the activities he participated in, and the legacy he left behind.
Since historical times it’s been a common theme that not all crimes were given their due: not all criminals were punished, and not all innocents were spared. The trend of injustice is not new; it has been trying to gain our attention for a long time. Let’s look at three such historical examples where the jury turned a blind eye to justice.
This trial was the trial of the 17th century in which hundreds of people were put to trial for practicing ‘black magic’ in Massachusetts — many of them were executed for the act. The case started when a…
In times past, the European colonists were out in the sea, always looking for new places to uncover, new lands to conquer, and new wealth to win. During such searches, they were sometimes successful in finding new lands to colonize. But, sometimes, they discovered abandoned lands with nobody to look after — like the Maya civilization that collapsed a long time before their arrival.
At its peak, the Maya society boasted of unparalleled giant limestone cities that made them one of the most advanced civilizations at that time. …
We use so many expressions in our day-to-day life — many of whose stories of origin we are unaware of. The fun part is, for people who aren’t aware of the context in which the expressions must be used, these won’t make any sense. Each such proverb has an inherent story behind its origin and how it came about. Many of such sayings date back to a couple of millenniums and come from influential ancient civilizations or mythologies. Let’s have a look at some of such sayings that came from Greek mythologies.