On Our Legacy

The only certainty upon our birth is our demise. How we will die, when and where are unbeknownst to us. Isaac Asimov if he was alive now might have contemplated writing — ”Last Breath” a sequel to his famous — ”Nightfall”. However depressing it may sound, the…

On Destiny

Do you believe in destiny? Do you think you control your life and what comes next? Do you wonder why bad things keep happening to good people? Why do the seemingly bad people continue to get what they want? All these and many more similar questions have entered…

Random Musings from a Recent Road Trip

After more than a year of lockdown nothing can be more therapeutic than going on a long road trip just to see for yourself that the world has really not changed much. Our prolonged lockdown has given nature an uplift. The limited traffic…

On Feelings and Empathy

Considering that we all have lot of one and not as much of the other, its worthwhile to ponder on this topic. As humans we all emote and have feelings a conditioned response to internal (yes internal) and/or external stimuli. Why we have them is probably…

On Signs or Signals

We all grew up with our own superstitions. Some were passed on to us from our families and friends, and some we randomly acquired along the way. Rarely did we question them, and even when we did, subconsciously we chose to follow them. Many years ago…

On Roots

In February this year, we had a surprise cold wave in Texas that was very destructive. The temperatures dropped lower than normal and stayed below freezing for several days. The demand for heating surged but the natural gas power plants couldn’t keep operating due to the weather induced…

On Listening vs Reading

Like for Emily, a thought went up my mind yesterday which I had to capture and that’s the genesis of this write up. We don’t often pay much attention to the spoken word or the latent sounds that we hear. What we speak or say or…

On Ramayana

When we read a book like the Valmiki Ramayana. in its original Sanskrit, most of us don’t understand what the author is saying. Some of us set it to music so at-least it’s nice to hear, others just chant it like a hymn. …

On Creativity — why we shy away from being creative the one thing that differentiates us from all other living organisms

(This is not a self portrait but a caricature drawn by my friend Chancy to showcase my experiments with facial hair in my college days)

As humans we have…

On Fear

(Poem by my favorite poet Emily Dickinson)

Why are we afraid? Have you ever wondered why we humans have fear even though we no longer live in the jungle where a wild beast or creature is waiting to pounce on us. Fear of the unknown, the unexpected, tends…

Balaji Ramakrishnan

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