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Michhami Dukkadam

Michhami Dukkadam – a phrase used by Jains to apologise to all creatures. It is a phrase that means “I apologise to you for having offended you knowingly or unknowingly, in thought or deed.” On the last day of Paryushan, called Samvatsari, after pratikraman (means introspection in Sanskrit to my knowledge), Jains greet everyone they know with the phrase ‘Michhami Dukkadam’ asking for forgiveness and apologising for all they may have done wrong knowingly or unknowingly. My best friend, K, happens to be a Jain and she taught me this phrase. And she greets me with a Michhami Dukkadam every year on Samvatsari. And I greet her back with the same humble feeling. But today I want to apologise to someone else. Continue reading “Michhami Dukkadam”

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Curious Case of Mr.Homeless

I was walking back from work recently when I met a homeless man on the street. Days are starting to get longer here and he was certainly making the most of it. He sat on the footpath of the busiest place in town, Princes Street, and he stared obliviously at the castle fading away as the sun set behind it. At first this man didn’t catch my attention. He was one of the many homeless people you walk past everyday. And then…

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Somewhere Between

“Somewhere between crying loudly to seek attention and crying silently to avoid attention, we grew up…”

A cousin of mine forwarded a message to me that began with this line. I caught ┬áline that says “Growing old and growing up are two different things. Even furniture grows old but we are meant to grow up!” And this stuck with me. It’s a line I often repeat to myself…What is growing up all about? And the following is my continuation of Somewhere Between… Continue reading “Somewhere Between”