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Consulting a Spiritual Mentor is so much better

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While I do consult A Spiritual Guru, Himalayan spiritual friends and mentors from time to time for major life decisions, one  may easily  do that with lesser matters too once one seeks guidance. Today I consulted for the top description line of this blog - font, color, wording etc. and a change was suggested to a more informal font and a bright yellow color. The earlier one was a bit too stiff and formal, that this blog is not. It seems so much better now. Dear readers it is a pleasure if you browse this blog and if you post a comment and query on any thing, even much older articles, I shall respond at the first available opportunity.  Use the search tool or look through the archives to find a topic that is of interest to you. Best wishes. 
Update : A new recent blog by the author is devoted exclusively to spirituality at
https://ashokbabaji.blogspot.com

Me on Twitter

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https://twitter.com/dr_ashok_m/status/1139100083935481856?s=20.

A Flag for Nando House

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At the age of 41, fate and circumstance had willed that I be a very wealthy person, much wealthier than most any I knew in my circles. Me and my wife together enjoyed a huge bungalow surrounded by orchards in a green Northern Himalayan town, an apartment that few of the wealthiest can afford in New Delhi, all manner of household goods, servants, gold, silver or what have you. The wealth had come to us through three sources, first were our own wealthy families that had pampered us a lot and showered us with gifts, secondly because we both worked and made the wise choice of going in for a purchase of the apartment in Delhi when it was affordable, I had done some well paid professional assignments, in fact five years of it abroad. I was a competent and sought after professional not just in India but in other countries too.
But the Lord above leads one he loves through mysterious adventures in their journey through life.
All of a sudden in May of 1991 I became a near destitute. How did …

About the novel- 2084 Babaji

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My last blog post was about motivations for writing the novel, Nude besides the Lake. Much before that, I had tried my hand at a smaller work of fiction that was published as – Mystic and the Blossoms.
I began writing, Mystic and the Blossoms, in 1984 while still a very busy professional teaching engineering at IIT Delhi and busy with scientific publications. As a result, the book did not get beyond the first draft then. It remained buried in my files for years. It was in summer of 1991, I suddenly found time on my hands, free from professional work so I pulled it out and got it printed from a small printer in the city of Jaipur as a hardcover under imprint QUESST Publications. It is a small work and better described as a novella rather than a novel. The idea then was not to make any profit from it but share thoughts expressed through medium of fiction with those interested and those who matter. The book had thoughts on how to improve lives of some of the most backward parts of our …

About the novel - Nude besides the Lake

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I am not a professional novelist; rather I have been a professor of engineering. In my spare time I wrote a couple of novels to communicate thoughts and ideas that could not be conveyed through professional publications but were best conveyed through fiction. Not being a novelist the novels are different, far from perfect but nevertheless they have delighted those who read them.
A few things about my novel –Nude besides the lake – confounded many. First was the choice of word ‘besides’ instead of ‘beside’ that seemed more appropriate. Guess a lot of persons expect someone nude sitting beside a lake, LOL. However the word used in the title phrase describes the content better. The story is about nudity as found in some spiritual sects in India and it is the story of a town that came up around a lake.
The second thing that surprised some was the choice of the subject matter, nude. My other publications are on more serious subjects. I left India for higher education in my youth and work…

Touched by Mahindra Rise

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I was deeply touched today morning when a surprise certificate of appreciation arrived in my Twitter feed from Mahindra Rise at
https://twitter.com/MahindraRise/status/1110046810121404416
I am deeply honored and perhaps there could be no better way for it than through a tree. Readers of this blog would know about my love for trees and my many posts on it, some of it shown on following search list,
https://someitemshave.blogspot.com/search?q=tree


Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd is a mulit billion-dollar global enterprise headquartered in India with operations spanning over 21 industries in more than 100 countries. Mahindra Rise is their call to action to help improve planet and life of all that dwell upon it. For more information see
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Ever Changing World

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As a senior citizen and retired person, I have the leisure to look back at life and wonder how the world changed over the last half-century or so. Perhaps the greatest change has been in communication technologies. As a child we had holders with nibs or pens to write. One dipped the nib in an inkpot and then wrote on paper with the wet nib. There were different colored inks, blue, royal blue, green, red and once in a rare while a brown one too. I loved trying out the different colors. At times one smudged the paper with a blob of ink and there were blotting papers to soak it up.
After one wrote a letter, one made a trip to the post office to get the envelope weighed, get stamps and then post the letter. It took a few weeks to reach distant lands. The reply came back after several weeks. One could make a phone call too if the recipient had a phone but one booked the call through an operator and then waited a while before she called back if the call was through to a different country. …