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The Peacock Keys

The Peacock Keys

They hung in a noisy jangle a few inches to the left of Padma’s well padded belly button, tucked snugly into her sari’s waistband. Keys of iron and brass, jostling each other around a communal ring meant for expensive Harrison locks and cheap padlocks. The center of...
Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover, 288 pages. $25.00. Magic Seeds is the second half of Half a Life, V.S. Naipaul’s novel written just before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Although the two books together do not stitch...
The Heartfulness Way of Meditation

The Heartfulness Way of Meditation

I had the good fortune of speaking to Joshua Pollock, co-author along with Kamlesh Patel of the book – The Heartfulness Way, a book that aims to demystify meditation so as to reach readers who suffer from stress in their daily lives. Joshua Pollock has an...
An Empathic Hero’s Journey

An Empathic Hero’s Journey

Perhaps all heroes are empathic.  To test that hypothesis, let’s first define hero and empathy. Hero (as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary):  “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious...
The Tongawallah’s Wife

The Tongawallah’s Wife

The doctor stepped off from the tonga (horse-carriage) at Jalalpur Jattan Railway station, in Pakistan, the horse whinnying as he did so. “We will meet again soon, I hope,” he said to the tongawallah (horse-carriage driver). The younger man nodded. “Inshallah.” ***...