No Excuses.

Rudyard Kipling said “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” I found this little nugget of wisdom nestled in between the pages of the book I had read a few years ago (Robin Sharma’s The Secret Letters Of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari), and I remember mulling over this... Continue Reading →

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Make Her Up.

It is hard to picture a woman’s world without the never-ending array of cosmetics surrounding it. Women have been using various types of makeup for as long as mankind has existed, whether it is to paint their faces whiter or to outline their eyes darker. The ancient Egyptians produced the world’s first range of cosmetics... Continue Reading →

Thank You.

Two simple words -- Thank you. They are easily thrown around, with a casual air, without a thought of the precious weight they carry. They are easily ignored, with a nonchalant shrug, without hesitation at denying their apparent uselessness. It is a product of daily habit, upbringing, or just independent choice. We say thanks to... Continue Reading →

Mr. & Mrs.

My mother and father. More than thirty years spent together as husband and wife. They have traveled extensively around the globe and set up homes in three different countries while raising two exceptional young women. Their journey began in New Delhi, India, as giddy newlyweds, progressed to Jakarta, Indonesia, as enthusiastic young parents, matured in... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Know.

How many times a day do you catch yourself saying "I know"? We always… know. It’s not often we don’t know something. We readily assert our supposed knowledge on situations as if there’s nothing more left to know. We begin sentences with “I know” and we end conversations with “I know”. We are quick to... Continue Reading →

Liar, Liar.

To lie, or not to lie? The choice to lie can be a deliberate decision, the product of an addictive habit, or an innocent slip of the tongue. There are grave lies – when a murderer foils the incriminating evidence, when a rapist denies the horrific charges, when an authoritative figure willingly supports a false... Continue Reading →

Help Me.

When was the last time you asked for a shoulder to lean on? Growing up, I was extremely self-reliant. The first person I turned to for help was, well, myself. It felt natural to me that I must be the one to fix my own problems. If I was fretting over a bad grade on... Continue Reading →

Reserve Your Judgment.

We constantly evaluate the world around us. Whether we want to admit it or not, the lens through which we view our world is tinted with many layers of assumptions, preconceived notions, and finally, judgment. We judge on a personal level, a societal level, and on a global level. We judge on varying degrees of... Continue Reading →

Shades Of A Woman.

A young woman lazily lounging on the couch brings up her hands and arches them upwards, glancing at her naked nails.  She had given herself a manicure yesterday, but it looks incomplete.  Lost in thought, she wanders into her bedroom and opens the dresser drawer.  Her eyes travel over the gleaming pots of nail-polish stacked inside.... Continue Reading →

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