26 Mar 2020

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When do you start with hope? What's the right time to learn about hope and what it can do? Is it this time? In the time of crisis? May be. May be not. There's a fascination study on hope (Link ), covered in an article: Dr Seuss, resilience and the science of hope by Chan Hellman and Casey Gwinn (LINK) While a serious read, it also delves into the 'science' of hope. Hope is ...

25 Mar 2020

I wish you enough
I remember a time when a post with this title, 'I wish you enough' was doing the rounds of the Internet. In those days it came in as email. It was a touching little anecdote of a father and daughter saying their (maybe last) goodbyes to each other at the airport at which point each says to the other, "I wish you enough". It was a contribution by Bob Perks to Chicken Soup for the Soul. So...

24 Mar 2020

There's so much people have said about HOPE. And what they said... about hope, is for times like now. As India moves into a 21-day lockdown, people are in a state of panic, uncertainty and to a small extent, hopelessness. But we cannot despair. Hope has to come from within. And all we can really do is... HOPE. What they said... about hope So here's a quote from Thomas Carlyle. And...

23 Mar 2020

On a wing and a prayer
On a wing and a prayer In 1943 as World War II raged on, a pilot whose plane was quite damaged was trying to make an emergency landing. While doing that he radioed to the station down that he was "coming in on a wing and prayer". Inspired by this, a wartime song was written for it. It's set in that time, but it has a lovely marching beat to it (can almost imagine the infantry singing ...

22 Mar 2020

Stringing Together Beads of Hope
In a state of sheer WhatsApp-Forward Fatigue and COVID-19-Information-Overload yesterday, I wanted to think of something better. That is not to say that I'd stick my head in the sand or ignore warnings. But to find an anchor in these troubled times. There are pleasant things to think about, to talk about and to share. This is the time to string the beads of hope together. Strin...

21 Mar 2020

BeadsOfHope
Let's string together Beads of Hope The entire world is enveloped in a pall of gloom. The world needs hope. Beads of hope. Between rumours and fake news, the truth is obfuscated. The populace is swinging between unfounded panic and complete despair. In such a time it's best to switch off and do some inner searching. While doing my sketching with crayons today, I realised that I can do...

20 Mar 2020

The world is one family
The World is One Family : say Italy and Spain Sounds of singing have emanated from Italian balconies to those in New York. The Spanish clapping sequence is now ringing through the world to be followed by (I am sure) a thunderous echo in India on Sunday at 5 pm. (Hopefully it will happen on time and for 5 minutes. Knowing Indian Standard Time, it may last for an hour!) But I digress. ...

19 Mar 2020

The Crosscultural aspect of COVID-19
The Crosscultural Aspect of COVID-19 The alarm bells have rung. And countries and governments have sat up and taken notice. They have rung and they have wrung the best out of people. Spreading panic and fear initially, slowly settling into a reality check and now ensuring that compliance comes not from fear but from a place of understanding. As the information dam bursts open and the ...

18 Mar 2020

united states through the culture lens
United States. Through the culture lens. US. And them. If you see United States through the culture lens you find many strange revelations. Cross culture communications often take a tumble because we view ‘other people’ or those outside our country as them. It’s they, it’s the other, it’s the stranger among us. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic however we are all the same: a specie...

17 Mar 2020

Italy through the culture lens
Let's look at Italy through the culture lens In continuation of the series on COVID-19 and cross culture(links at the end of this post), here’s a look at how Italy is facing the #coronavirus crisis.Italy is currently the country with the second highest number of Coronavirus cases after China.* Advice from Italy Just a day or two ago a film made by Italians did the rounds. It was...