General

The Challenge of Change

By Sonavi Kher Desai

Any kind of metamorphosis is challenging, whether into a Kafkaesque cockroach or a beautiful butterfly. It is a silent, mysterious process. It alters, modifies, transmutes into something else. In other words, the original state of the person or object is altered—sometimes for the better, sometimes not—and the earlier state is changed, lost forever.

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Positive Power

By Sonavi Desai

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness, or sometimes, to stumble towards the nearest cobbler than lament a broken sandal. I repeated this to myself, as, dismayed and stranded, I dragged myself along until I spotted my saviour at the far end of the road. It turned out to be a rewarding experience – my sorry sandal received a new lease of life and I, a most unexpected lesson in philosophy.

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Intelligence and Security

By – VappalaBalachandran

Mankind has used intelligence for centuries for internal control, economic progress and external influence. Intelligence can be open or secret. The first recorded secret intelligence operation was in 13th Century BCE when God ordered Moses to dispatch 12 tribal chiefs to search for the land of Canaan, their promised land. This was recorded in the Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Hebrew Bible.

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Techno-temples

By –  Sonavi Desai

Religion influences every sphere of human life and brings about moral cohesiveness in social relations and interactions. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Prayer is the only means of bringing about orderliness and peace in our daily acts.” At a different level, religion shows the way to the divine and enables us to recognise our own divinity.

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