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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!

‘Michhami Dukkadam’..Forgiveness

What is ‘Michhami Dukkadam’? Michchhami means to be fruitless (forgiven) and Dukkadam (Dushkrut) means bad deeds.  Michchhami Dukkadam is a Jain prayer for forgiveness. The words say “May the bad deeds done to you by me be fruitless. When you … Continue reading

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KARMA

KARMA Once upon a time there was a small time business man from a small village who used to sell butter in the nearby town. A big shop owner in the town was his regular customer. The villager used to … Continue reading

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The King, the Guru and a Kingdom

Once there was a very rich, good king. Over the years, he grew weary and just wanted stress less, peace of mind. He went to a Guru and fell at his feet and said “Can you tell me how to … Continue reading

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Relationship between Sales, Politics and Truth

In the modern world everything is for sale and has a price tag on it. You can buy anything if you have the means. Most importantly you can buy silence for a price. You can even attempt to buy a … Continue reading

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Break time-relaxing strategies

When my kids were going to school and then the granddaughters..a small box was filled with biscuits or snacks to be eaten as elevenses as it used to be called. Lunchtime was a bigger box with a meal. Most often … Continue reading

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Once the clock strikes–NN

When the clock strikes 12 it is either mid-night or noon. That is a simplistic answer.  Most clocks I know, even the Big Ben clock tower in London or Gantaghars in Delhi, have a record of being a little too … Continue reading

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ONCE THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE

We all grew up on the story of Cinderella, her godmother and the clock striking twelve when all the magic evaporated with the clap of the two hour hands together. Time did not stand still for her and she had … Continue reading

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SOLITUDE–NN

Today’s humans are social animals. Perhaps it was not always like this. Cavemen were obviously not. As social animals solitude is an unusual or even unnatural state. But looking at our origin, the boot is on the other leg. Solitude … Continue reading

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SOLITUDE..PN

“They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude” Daffodils by William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils; Beside … Continue reading

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MODERN DEMOCRACY OR RAM RAJYA…..PN

There was a time in India when the automatic primogeniture choice of the king was not in force. How the new ruler was chosen was very interesting. When the King died, the main temple elephant was given a garland which … Continue reading

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