In today’s capitalist world, spirituality has been packaged and marketed like other products. There are various ways in which it is practiced; from meditation boot camps to Ted talks by spiritualists who have become celebrities to nascent faiths who have their own fundamentals regarding spirituality. But, what does spirituality really mean for today’s youth who are impatient and in the search for quick rewards?

At its core, spirituality is a matter of faith. It stems from belief that at a fundamental level we are all one and driven by the same motivations. Spirituality transcends differences of gender, caste, race, sexuality…


Indian society is remarkably diverse and consists of a variety of groups. While we are in the 21 stcentury, caste remains a burning issue as do religious identities. Now, more than ever, freedom of expression is under threat as the government flexes its muscles whether it be for Muslim stand up comedians or protesting farmers. It is worth taking a closer look at how India reached this stage.

Less than a decade back, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to find its feet again. Vajpayee was no longer active in Indian politics and LK Advani’s influence was on the…


The present is a gift from time. Like other gifts that we receive, it is to be treasured and valued. However, one major difference between the present and other gifts is that we only have a moment to treasure it. Before we know it, it slips from our grasp and vanishes. It is no easy task to live in the moment and make the best use of the present. Philosophers through the ages have closely looked at this phenomenon and tried to understand it. One of the concepts which has emerged is the concept of the Eternal Now.

To put…


India is a melting pot of cultures, ideas and faiths. It is an ancient country with an extremely rich heritage. However, it is very young as a nation state with a vibrant democratic system. Indeed, very few people gave Indian democracy a chance of succeeding when it started off in 1947. There were a number of other democracies which started off at the same time namely in Africa and Pakistan which have witnessed a sharp downturn in their democratic fortunes. …


We are all fans in our own ways. Some idolize sports stars, others musicians and some others look towards politicians for inspiration. In the last few years particularly, right wing governments in the West and India have stirred emotions among the public at large. No matter what the flaws were in the government’s policies, they were largely ignored as people supported the leaders that they had elected.

It is true that some media has been openly critical of government policies but public trust in traditional media has eroded to a large extent. The rise of social media has meant that…


Self actualization essentially means to realize one’s potential as an individual. For those familiar with basic psychology, Maslow’s pyramid immediately comes to mind. The issue with Maslow’s theory is that it assumes that individual potential can only be realized once social commitments have been met and there is a certain sense of financial security. However, life is not necessarily linear and can take many paths depending on how we play our cards.

The most important thing that defines our journey with self actualization is money. We all want money in some form or the other and indeed, without it, we…


Language can never say what it means or mean what it says. This is a contradiction as we use language to communicate. Does this mean that all communication is flawed? If yes, then where does that leave human civilization? In today’s world of social media we are constantly reading, responding, tweeting, whatsapping and checking our Facebook feed.

In recent times, we have seen a raging debate on Twitter regarding the farm laws proposed by the Government of India in order to bring about reforms in the agricultural sector. Rihaana (singer), Greta Thunberg (climate change activist) and Meena Harris (niece of…


As we grow older, we wonder what is the point of it all. Have we been put onto this planet for any purpose or should we simply put our minds towards chasing money and success. At times, we look towards the heavens for advice and pray to the almighty. The more cynical among us wonder whether there is such a thing as God and if yes how does he convince us of his presence?

Wise men and women over the ages have pondered over this question. Some have dedicated their entire lives to this activity. Luminaries like the Buddha stand…


The last two months have seen tremendous agitation by India’s farmers. They have agitated, set up camp and protested on the borders of Delhi. On Republic Day, they even took their protests to the streets of Delhi. The protests were by and large peaceful except for a small group which went up to the Red Fort amidst backlash from the police. There was much furor about the fact that a Sikh holy flag was hoisted at the Red Fort albeit the Indian tricolor was not disrespected.

Lets take a close look at the reasons behind these protests. Much has been…


Children are blessed with enormous potential and intuitive awareness. There is a certain sense of wonder when we watch children. They play with their toys, express themselves and take baby steps towards knowledge. Yet, we are constantly trying to impose existing frameworks of education on children. Instead of focusing on the vernacular or their mother tongue, we impose English on them. This is a bit like trying o fit a square peg in a round hole.

Across the world, there is increasing awareness of the importance of play in children’s education. Some countries in the West have taken it upon…

Harsh Maskara

Runner, Tennis enthusiast, idea hunter, people analyst, qualitative researcher, wordsmith, traveler, dreamer, listener, connecting dots, theater goer

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