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September, 2022 Dear Friends Saraswathi, the Goddess of Learning is invoked during Navaratri (9 days). Coincidentally, in this 280th issue of Samhita (1st issue was published in 2009) we are starting a new column “Books – Best Buddy”, featuring books of different genres, recommended by readers. Infact the suggestion came from one of our readers,

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Bulbuls of Bharat!!

August, 2022 Dear Friends “Sare jahan se accha hindostan hamara Hum bulbulain hai iss ki yeh gulsitan hamara Sare jahan se accha” Which Indian doesn’t know this patriotic song by Muhammad Iqbal, written more than a century ago in 1908 when our country was yet to be liberated ? Which Indian doesn’t get goose bumps

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People make the difference!!

July,2022 Dear Friends “A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.” said the famous Architect, Louis Kahn. With due apologies to him, I would like to add that it is not the mere physical structure that makes it

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Elephantine labour!!!

June, 2022 Dear Friends Have you ever played Snake & Ladder ? Can you recall the joy of casting the dice and getting started ? the thrill of climbing multiple ladders ? the disappointment of being bitten by a snake ? the frustration of being pushed back to the bottom of the board when you

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Magic of the Mountains!!

May, 2022 Dear Friends Snow clad mountains | Golden hue of the sun rays gently kissing them | Sometimes clear | Sometimes engulfed in pristine white clouds, caressing the slopes | Contrasted by the tall green pines alongside the gurgling river flowing by | Add to this feast for the eyes, the constant cheerful, chirping

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Read…so you never feel alone!!

April, 2022 Dear Friends “Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary, reflection and enjoyment.” Said Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India. While this is true, the reflection can also spur some meaningful action and stir a few emotions. I am tempted to travel back in time machine when my 2nd born was

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Simple solutions!!

March, 2022 Dear Friends “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” said Leonardo Da Vinci. Several examples of this abound around us. Recently I heard a speaker use the example of zinc production in ancient India to elucidate the above axiom. It was an eye-opener for many of us that to overcome the problem of smelting zinc

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Unintended Influencers!!

February, 2022 Dear Friends February, 2022 saw the loss of two big ‘Influencers’ from the music world – Lata Mangeshkar, the colossus with a nectar-like voice, who defined and shall continue to define what melodious singing is and Bappi Lahiri, the over-the-top music director who created new trends through his foot-tapping music. Both were ‘mega

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