Embracing weirdness- JP Sears

Underneath your business casual attire, you’re all a bunch of naked weirdos.

A lot of our unique weirdness is exactly what we were ashamed of the most for when we were children.

Definitely my childhood.

I looked at how I was weird.

I’m like, “Wow, this is a terrible curse.”

I actually experienced pain for my uniqueness.

So it’s human nature.

“Ow that hurt, I expressed my weirdness, I got rejected, I will not do that again.”

We posture ourselves away from rejection towards what?


So what do you have to do to get someone’s approval?

Please them.

What do you have to do to please a person?

Typically act like them.

The most pervasive disease that inflicts humanity is the disease of being normal.

I don’t think anybody has ever achieved an extraordinary life in terms of quality and success by excelling at normalcy.

Think of someone who you really admire.

It might be a celebrity. It might be someone in your personal life. It doesn’t matter.

Just think of someone who you really admire.

I almost can guarantee you there is something weird about this person or else you wouldn’t have ever noticed them, and therefore you wouldn’t be admiring them.

What I used to call a curse, I’m like, “Wow! This is actually a beautiful gift.”

It’s a shift of perspective.

In order to express your inner genius that is your weirdness, I do believe you have to be willing to risk uncertainty and vulnerability.

It has to be a challenge to be expressed.

It has to be a challenge to find it, or else it won’t have meaning.

I dream of a world where we can express yourself, experience yourself, and embody the unique creativity of your own being.

It might just seem that expressing weirdness in your life could be the worst thing you could ever do.

And it might be.

But what if it’s one of the best things you could do ever for yourself?
JP Sears


Interactive learning

This is an interesting excerpt from the book Rewiring Education (by Jason Towne and John D. Couch) that I enjoyed reading. I feel there is a lesson that every parent can take from this to prepare their child for a world that is abundant with knowledge.


There’s one reality TV show in particular that I think gives us a good idea of what education might look like if it were designed to be both fun and challenging for learners. In 2003 a wildly successful science show called Mythbusters premiered on the Discovery Channel and spent the next thirteen years teaching and entertaining viewers worldwide Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, both special effects experts, were the show’s hosts, and their job was to test common rumors, popular beliefs, and myths through cool science experiments. By the end of every segment the validity of each myth was rated as either busted, plausible, or confirmed. The show was highly engaging, and not just due to the charisma of the hosts. The audience’s familiarity with the myths (which made the subject matter feel both personal and relevant) and the excitement of discovering the outcome of the experiments themselves both played integral roles in the show’s success. Many of the myths the team tested came from fans of the show, allowing viewers to directly influence what was ultimately tested and increasing the sense of personal engagement.

It didn’t take long before Mythbusters became the most popular show on the channel, with everyone from kids to grandparents tuning in to see whether or not something they had heard wa sactually true. In each episode, before a myth was tested, a hand-drawn blueprint was shown, followed by a funny video explaining the myth and putting it in context. There was no script; instead, the team began with a rough idea about what they believed would happen, the type of experiment they were going to run, and the expected result. But what actually happened during each experiment was unknown until it was actually happening. After a show ran, if viewers could make a good case as to why the experiments were flawed, then the team would schedule another segment called “Myths Revisited,” where they repeated the experiment based on the new feedback. Sometimes the fans would be proven right and the hosts would change or reverse their initial conclusions. This is exactly what rewiring education is all about: a series of challenging and relevant experiments that play off of preexisting experiences, where an engaging, and sometimes unpredictable, learning process ultimately leads to a clear understanding of the results.

There is no question that Mythbusters was a show about learning, even if it had little to do with traditional education. What made it stand out was that it focused on highlighting the process of learning rather than just the outcomes. As Adam Savage stated in a recent interview, “Our engagement of the material is irrespective of whether or not we’ve obtained the goal which we’ve set out for ourselves.” When asked why other similar science-based TV shows did not have the success they had, he said of the other programs, “The people in those shows aren’t engaged enough with the material. The producers and writers may be, but the people on the ground doing it are not part of what’s happening, not as involved and engaged with it, and that shows.”

These “people on the ground” sound a lot like students in traditional classrooms. And in terms of allowing for failure? Hyneman explained, “The reality is, when you’re watching us at work there, the eureka moments are those when we’ve failed. For me it just leads to more questions. And that’s what this is all about, questions are the important thing. If we’ve done something and generated nothing but more questions, then that’s a score.”

Mythbusters offers us a good example of how we can start keeping kids more engaged by adding a sense of challenge and fun to the learning process. It shows us that traditional one-to-many systems, like television, have the potential to offer fun and interactive learning experiences by making little more than simple tweaks. Today, things like adaptive software, interactive videos, social media, smart devices, and immersive technology give us the power to implement tweaks like these into otherwise static systems like education, in ways that have never before been possible. Research has shown us for decades the potential of computer-based technology to transform the learning process, but getting school districts, schools, and teachers to actually incorporate it in transformative ways has been our biggest challenge to date.





What death said to Nachiketa – 2


  • Heaven and hell represent essentially certain mental conditions which are in their turn determined by our thoughts and actions.
  • The things that are the members of time and space, are impermanent and perishable always. Anything that is subject to change, is within time and space. Anything that is subject to change, belongs to the realm of nescience.
  • Death does not mean ‘destruction’, but it simply means change. Our mental or thought form is equally subject to change, as our physical gross body.
  • It the student’s heart, soul and intellect are not purified, the master’s efforts will not produce the required result. A student after Truth does not care for sense pleasures, for name and fame, for objects of ambition.
  • The extreme longing which makes the seeker after Truth well-qualified to receive instruction and to realize the immortal life, is very rare to obtain. That longing must rise spontaneously from the bottom of our souls. Unless all our earthly desires are satisfied, we cannot have that longing.
  • We must rise above all thoughts and all works, which are non-eternal and impermanent. You must practice Yoga, practice concentration, meditation, and must enter into Samadhi, and there you must come face to face with that which is eternal and immortal.
  • To find the absolute Being, we must go through the layers of our thoughts, desires, ideas and mental conditions, and then enter into the innermost chamber of our own self. There we shall find the domain of the Absolute, which gives foundation to our consciousness, existence and intelligence.

What death said to Nachiketa – 1


  • If we have a special desire for a certain kind of pleasure on this earth, we may get it, but we may not be satisfied. That unsatisfied desire clings to us even after death, and we continue to desire the same thing, and crave the same kind of pleasure even after death. That desire will take us wherever it can be fulfilled.
  • A finite cause must produce a finite result. An eternal effect is only possible when the cause is eternal and not otherwise. There is no thought or work which is unlimited by time and space, consequently its result, however great it may be, must be finite or limited by space and time.
  • Divine wisdom is that which teaches you that even your body is not yours, as you will have to leave that behind. What will go with you is your character or nature.
  • Everything that can be perceived by the senses, lasts only for a short time, and even life is subject to decay and death.
  • Spiritual pursuit is a serious undertaking. Mere curiosity is not enough in that path. What one requires, is deep loyalty to the ideal.
  • We forget that we stand almost on the brink of death. But if we remember that life is fast fleeting, then we seek the highest, we realize that which is permanent and brings us eternal life and knowledge of our own selves or beings.
  • It is a common experience that a prolonged pleasure brings monotony, and is tyrannically painful in the long run. Pleasure to be pleasure must be necessarily fleeting.
  • Blows of fortune often brings out in reaction a wonderful awakening of the soul. Misfortune is in very many instances a great teacher of mankind.
  • Death means change of our physical conditions, and not annihilation of our self. Death does not mean destruction or absolute annihilation, but the transformation of our life into its elemental conditions.
  • Ignorant persons do not understand the true nature of the hereafter, but, on the contrary, the wise alone grasp the mystery of self, and transcend the realm of death.

Word of the Guru

Guruvakya as it is called in Sanskrit, the word of a Guru or a spiritual teacher holds utmost value in Indian traditions. It is said that a Guru, one who dispels the darkness called ignorance and guides the seeker to an understanding of brightness or pure knowledge is rare to find and when one find a Guru, it is said to be a seeker’s path to self-realization. Owing to great fortune one finds a Guru in this life. The understanding of the self is possible solely by the grace of a Guru. The techniques and practices to reach spiritual goals are taught to a sincere disciple who has passion to ascend on the path of self-realization by the Guru. No great person ever denied the existence of a Guru in one’s life.

Sampradaya is a term often used when speaking about a Guru- it is used to describe a tradition that has been passed on in an excellent manner to the next generation of sincere seekers. Sampradayas benefit seekers to connect with different teaching styles and paths towards the same end goal in mind. In some Sampradayas, the divine universal mother is shown as a Guru or the silent Dakshinamurthy is shown as a Guru. In some other Sampradayas, the avadhoota Dattatreya, who appeared as the son of divine couple Sage Atri and Anasuya is shown as the Guru. Several Gurus have taken birth as a blessing in this divine Universe and have, out of their boundless love for the welfare of all beings, given several teachings to uplift mankind from ignorance that arises due to an identification with the body. The teachings of a Guru or Gurubodha are in an accessible, approachable form to the beginner-seeker whose state of maturity in spiritual sciences is not as strong as the Guru’s. For the more advanced seekers, Gurubodha occurs at a advanced stage. The seeker must always plan to advance one’s spiritual progress by means of continuous improvement and inquiry. Sadhana is used to describe the practice of techniques a Guru gives to the sincere seeker.

Another word we hear often in relation to a Guru is Gurukripa or the grace of a Guru. It is said, to obtain Gurukripa is very difficult and only a humble, sincere seeker who meditates upon the lotus feet of a Guru and treats the Guru with utmost respect is able to experience it. In the modern times, we have seen instances where a person who has immense wealth is not able to enjoy its benefits owing to poor health or poor state of mind. One of the reasons for such an occurrence is the disbelief in the Guruvakya or even shunning a Guru or Guruvakya. It is said that a Guru can save a person from the wrath of God, but someone who has the wrath of a Guru, God too cannot protect. Such is the importance given to a Guru in a seeker’s life. The meditation upon the Guru must be inculcated by every sincere seeker and a Guru must always be treated with utmost reverence. On the occasion of Vyasa Purnima we bow to Guru Vedavyasa who is responsible for the abundant spiritual literature, due to which the world survives. Guru is the creative force, preserving force and the force of dissolution who guides sincere seekers towards the goal, whether present in a bodily form or not. Always remember to be grateful for the Gurus you have in life.


As Adi Sankara rightly says in his Guru ashtakam, the eight stanza hymn describing the importance of centering one’s mind upon the lotus feet of a Guru,

“I am honoured in other lands and I am prosperous in my homeland; in the paths of righteous conduct there is none who surpasses me”, thus one may think; yet if one’s mind be not centred upon the lotus feet of the Guru, what then, what then, what then?”

The complete translation of the 8 stanzas in the Guru ashtakam is found here: http://www.rkmdelhi.org/videos/guru-ashtakam-of-adi-shankaracharya/

Listen to the Sanskrit recitation in the link which always bring solace to the mind.

May you all have Gurukripa.

What we can learn from Gandhiji’s experiments with truth

Gandhiji was an Indian who had principles. He conducted himself in an inspiring way and influenced masses of Indians through his noble thoughts. His life quest has always been the search for Truth. It’s worth learning about his thoughts and lessons he learnt so we may not repeat the same old mistakes and conduct our lives with attention and care and strive for highest standards of human living. People may like or dislike a person, but a person with moral fiber irrespective of what religion he belongs to, must be appreciated. Gandhiji set an example for several Indians and the world with his moral fiber and his message needs repetition so long as man doesn’t reach his best potential. As a follower of his thoughts, I wish to share some statements I gathered by reading his autobiography with hope that you find some points worthy of implementation in your lives. Some of them need contemplation on our part, so let’s not read them when we are in a hurry.


I never could learn the art of ‘copying’.


I had learnt to carry out the orders of elders, not to scan their actions.


Today, I know that physical training should have as much place in the curriculum as mental training.


I saw that a man of truth must also be a man of care.


I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of an imperfect education.


A clean confession, combined with a promise never to commit the sin again, when offered before one who has the right to receive it, is the purest type of repentance.


Today Ramanama is an infallible remedy for me.


Today I regard the Ramayana of Tulasidas as the greatest book in all devotional literature.


One thing took deep root in me- the conviction that morality is the basis of things, and that truth is the substance of all morality. Truth became my sole objective.


‘Return good for evil’ became my guiding principle.


Let every youth take a leaf out of my book and make it a point to account for everything that comes into and goes out of his pocket, and like me he is sure to be a gainer in the end.


My hesitancy in speech, which was once an annoyance, is now a pleasure. Its greatest benefit has been that it has taught me the economy of words.


Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word.


Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.


I believe in the Hindu theory of Guru and his importance in spiritual realization.


I think there is a great deal of truth in the doctrine that true knowledge is impossible without a Guru.


I very much liked the company of children, and the habit of joking and playing with them has stayed with me till today.


I have seen by experience that there is much truth in the Indian proverb that as a man eats, so shall he become.


Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation and a wicked deed disapprobation, the door of the deed, whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.


Ahimsa is the basis of the search for truth. I am realizing every day that the search is vain unless it is founded on ahimsa as the basis.


Nothing once begun should be abandoned unless it is proved to be morally wrong.


I hold that believers who have to see the same God in others that they see in themselves, must be able to live amongst all with sufficient detachment. And the ability to live thus can be cultivated by hailing them in a spirit of service and withal keeping oneself unaffected by them.


I realized that the sole aim of journalism should be service. An uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy. If the control is from without, it proves more poisonous than want of control. It can be profitable only when exercised from within.


It is my faith, based on experience, that if one’s heart is pure, calamity brings in its train men and measures to fight it.


Above all, a votary of truth must exercise the greatest caution. To allow a man to believe a thing which one has not fully verified is to compromise truth.


A poet is one who can call forth the good latent in the human breast. Poets do not influence all alike, for everyone is not evolved in a equal measure.


I think it is wrong to expect certainties in this world, whereas all else but God that is Truth is an uncertainty. All that appears and happens about and around us is uncertain transient.


It is my firm conviction that all good action is bound to bear fruit in the end.


To me the Gita became an infallible guide of conduct. It became my dictionary of daily reference. I turned to this dictionary of conduct for a ready solution of all my troubles and trials.


I understood the Gita teaching of non-possession to mean that those who desired salvation should act like the trustee who, though having control over great possessions, regards not an iota of them as his own. It became clear to me as daylight that non-possession and equability presupposed a change of heart, a change of attitude.


To incur debt- a thing I have never done in my life and always abhorred. I realized that even a man’s reforming zeal ought not to make him exceed his limits.


A writer almost always presents one aspect of a case, whereas every case can be seen from no less than seven points of view, all of which are probably correct by themselves, but not correctat the same time and in the same circumstances.


Truth is like a vast tree, which yields more and more fruit, the more you nurture it. The deeper the search in the mine of truth, the richer the discovery of the gems buried there, in the shape of openings for an ever greater variety of service.


The voice of the people is the voice of God.


I am definitely of opinion that a public worker should accept no costly gifts.


Service is no mushroom growth. It presupposes the will first, and then experience.


How heavy is the toll of sins and wrongs that wealth, power and prestige exact from man!


I had cultivated the habit of self-help, I needed very little personal attendance. I had the habit of fending for myself, personal cleanliness, perseverance and regularity.


No matter what amount of work one has, one should always find some time for physical exercise, just as one does for one’s meals. It is my humble opinion that, far from taking away from one’s capacity for work, it adds to it.


To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.


I advised youth that it was far better to remain unlettered and break stones for the sake of liberty than to go in for a literary education in the chains of slaves.


I am convinced that for the proper upbringing of children, the parents ought to have a general knowledge of the care and nursing of babies.


It became my conviction that procreation and the consequent care of children were inconsistent with public service.


I realized that a vow, far from closing the door to real freedom, opened it.


Those who desire to observe brahmacharya with a view to realizing God need not despair, provided their faith in God is equal to their confidence in their own effort.


Human nature shows itself at its best in moments of trial.


Without infinite patience it is impossible to get people to do any work. It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and even moral persecution.


I had long learnt the principle of never having more money at one’s disposal than necessary.


Carefully kept accounts are a sine qua non for any organization. Without them, it falls into disrepute. Without proper accounts it is impossible to maintain truth in its pristine purity.


I want to reserve my strength for fighting bigger battles. It was worthy of a better cause.


The very insistence on truth has taught me the beauty of compromise. This spirit has often meant endangering my life and incurring the displeasure of friends. But truth is hard as adamant and tender as a blossom.


The heart’s earnest and pure desire is always fulfilled. In my own experience, I have often seen this rule verified.


It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.


Truth triumphed in the end. Yet, it would not have triumphed if not for unflinching faith, great patience and incessant effort.


If I found myself entirely absorbed in the service of the community, the reason behind it was my desire for self-realization.


Howsoever you man repair it, a rift is a rift.


Like loyalty, an aptitude for nursing was also deep-rooted in my nature. I was fond of nursing people, strangers or friends. My aptitude for nursing gradually developed into a passion.


Service which is rendered without joy neither helps the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.


My experience has shown me that we win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.


It is idle to adjudicate upon the right and wrong of incidents that have already happened. It is useful to understand them and, if possible, to learn a lesson from them in the future.


Judging a man from his outward act is no more than a doubtful inference, inasmuch as it is not based on sufficient data.


The education that children naturally imbibe in a well-ordered household in impossible to obtain in hostels.


‘Hate the sin and not the sinner’ is a precept which, though easy to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.


One should eat not in order to please the palate, but just to keep the body going. When each organ of sense subserves the body and through the body the soul, its special relish disappears, and then alone does it begin to function in the way nature intended it to do.


Inhibitions imposed from without rarely succeed, but when they are self-imposed, they have a decidedly salutary effect.


I have always felt that the true text-book for the pupil is his teacher.


Children take in much more and with less labour through their ears than through their eyes.


In the march towards Truth, anger, selfishness, hatred etc. naturally give way, for otherwise Truth would be impossible to attain. A man who is swayed by passions may have good enough intentions, may be truthful in word, but he will never find the Truth. A successful search for Truth means complete deliverance from the dual throng such as of love and hate, happiness and misery.


A votary of ahimsa remains true to his faith if the spring of all his actions is compassion, if he shuns to the best of his ability the destruction of the tiniest creature, tries to save it, and thus incessantly strives to be free from the deadly coil of himsa. He will be constantly growing in self-restraint and compassion, but he can never become entirely free from outward himsa.


A devotee of Truth may not do anything in deference to convention. He must always hold himself open to correction, and whenever he discovers himself to be wrong he must confess it at all costs and atone for it.


One who has faith reds in the trials and disappointments, the merciful providence of God, who thus sweetens sorrow itself.


Humility would cease to be humility the moment it became a matter of vow. The true connotation of humility is self-effacement.


Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.


Disinterested service of the people in any sphere ultimately helps the country politically.


Experience has taught me that civility is the most difficult part of Satyagraha. Civility does not here mean outward gentleness and desire to do the opponent good. These should show themselves in every act of a Satyagrahi.


The salvation of the people depends upon themselves, upon their capacity for suffering and sacrifice.


I have never liked to live for the sake of living. It was such a agony to live on in that helpless state, doing nothing, receiving the service of friends and co-workers, and watching the body slowly wearing away.


The ideal of truth requires that vows taken should be fulfilled in the spirit as well as in the letter.


Doubt is invariably the result of want or weakness of faith. ‘Lord, give me faith’ is, therefore, my prayer day and night.


I have noticed this characteristic difference in the popular attitude- partiality for exciting work, dislike for quiet constructive work.


I have always held that it is only when one sees one’s own mistakes with a convex lens, and does just the reverse in the case of others, that one is able to arrive at a just relative estimate of the two. I further believe that a scrupulous and conscientious observance of this rule is necessary for one who wants to be a good Satyagrahi.


To safeguard democracy, the people must have a keen sense of interdependence, self-respect and their oneness, and should insist upon choosing as their representatives only such persons as are good and true.


My uniform experience has convinced me that there is no other God than Truth.


This much I can say with assurance, as a result of all my experiments, that a perfect vision of Truth can only follow a complete realization of Ahimsa.


So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility.


Cycling Day n – Some thoughts

Cycling nThis is where man meets nature. The first meeting is always filled with electricity so we had the opportunity to experience the buzz electric of fireflies. Stumbling upon treasures is not easy. But, when man’s made aware of their existence, he experiences the feeling of ‘most alive’ in his encounters with such natural utopia.

Man can only go so far as his tools take him? No, they have never been his limitation. He has conquered and controlled nature but he sure knows there’s not enough he can do in his lifetime to hollow the deepest secrets in the box. When he realizes the box is inside him, he will stop wandering!

How the oPhone can cure hunger?

Yes, it’s true, it could happen. Smelling a delicious piece of food is as good as having it! If you don’t agree, ask Jimmy Johns which is all for “Free Smells”! There’s a power in our sense of smell, in fact, when I was in schoolschool (grade 10), a few scientists even won the Nobel Prize for discovering the mechanism or process by which olfactory sensors in our nose work. 

oPhone according to me is a great innovation and it’s not surprising as it comes from the world famous Wyss Institute scientists. Now you can send ‘smelly’ messages to your near and dear. Sounds gross, but believe me, you will be able to, if you read this article- http://www.wired.com/design/2014/01/send-scents-texts-new-phone/?cid=17205604.


On the other hand, I wonder if like everything is insecure today, even these machines will be prone to hacking and tampering. Wonder how that would be like! Atleast it’s safe to say only the rich can get a hold of such gadgets. Even if they aren’t expensive as of now, these devices must be made so expensive that only the wealthy can afford them. Don’t try making everything cheap, some devices should be reserved to be affordable only by the rich. 😉

Humans give technology to humankind and they expect humans to behave civilized, but you can never trust humans. They don’t know how they behave when they see something new. So, a sincere request to Mr David Edwards and his group to sell them only to those who are going to make positive use of them; maybe to spas for aroma therapies and to meditation centers etc, I don’t know  but please don’t make it publicly available for all because that would be one literal smelly mess the world can get into although there’s no doubt it’s already in one right now. I know it’s going to be commercial but I hope you take this suggestion seriously.

Fall and Deepavali

It’s not just in the Spring that we see colors and blossoms; Fall is a good time to see the beauty of nature as well. For me, nature sits right outside my apartment. I have conversation with it every day while going to the University! With the temperatures dropping, as they should, this time of the year, Fall has given many beautiful sights to nature lovers. With recently acquainted knowledge about the Science behind changing leaf colors (less chlorophyll, so more anthocyanin and carotenoids), Fall is getting very pleasant (the path from ignorance to darkness is a tough one but everyone must get there eventually). With Deepavali just around the corner, it is time for more celebration by lighting Diyas in Sesame oil. ‘Fall’ing time is also in ‘Q’ (November 3rd is the scheduled Fall back, which means we will have sunrise at 7ish instead of 8ish). Seeing people in their winter-wear already is a ‘cool’ sight as well! Just yesterday, I had a pleasant opportunity of being a spectator to some undergraduate students in Halloween costumes. Glad to see them following this tradition!  



Talking of tradition (usually takes me back to Bharat Desh), I remember Life in Hyderabad, India is a different story this time of the year. It reminds me of my school days when we were finishing the syllabus for the Half-yearly exams that usually happen in December and so many talent search exams in November. At home, with Deepavali approaching, I used to go shopping with my parents to buy crackers (which, after a while, we stopped doing) and sometimes run into classmates at the HACA Bhavan ‘firecracker market’. Later in the evening after Puja, we used to spend time watching the special programs on TV. It’s always good to meet the neighbors who are never visible downstairs bursting all sorts of crackers. That’s a lot of information about Deepavali and Fall. A random mini-blogpost again, if you can handle it!            

Wish I had some samosas and chai with me right now! 

If you feel my English is not the usual type you are used to, then it’s because it’s Indianized 🙂 Look at the link for what’s Indianism!!! Funny but true!   



Springing with fun

Spring blossoms are a feast to the eyes. As a newcomer to US I am exhilarated seeing the colors on Purdue campus and in Lafayette, Indiana. Spring came late this year and is going to end soon with Summer just around the corner. But there’s always enough to do when you see almost everyone outside. The other day, I say students with their hammocks studying for their finals on campus. Then there is this apple tree close to my place in Lafayette that blossomed. The smell of apple’s blossoms is  naturally sweet.  I had the fortune of eating ripe apples of this tree too (ones that ripened and fell- not ones I plucked) in the Fall. This tree holds a very special place in my life in Indiana. I was able to capture a bee mesmerized by the smell from the apple flowers this morning.

I am going to participate in the Arbor day tree planting event this Saturday- a great opportunity to cherish our beautiful nature and learn to respect it. Thank you Purdue BoilerOUT for organizing this event – we must always remember the Sanskrit saying “Vruksho rakshathi rakshitaha” or “Save the tree and it saves you”. We are lucky to be alive because of the trees that supply us with clean air. Try planting a tree this Spring and don’t forget to take care of it.

Hammocking around Purdue Mall
Hammocking around Purdue Mall


Purdue Rowing club practicing in the Wabash
Purdue Rowing club practicing in the Wabash


Bee attracted to apple blossom
Bee attracted to apple blossom
Tulips in Lafayette, Indiana
Tulips in Lafayette, Indiana