The white bearded chief of the village and his bald deputy were at it again; discussing matters of great importance for which they walked out of earshot of all the villagers who actually were not too keen to know what they were discussing because what they were discussing was what they always discussed which was frankly what the people were not interested in listening too.

Unnoticed to both, a chaiwallah approached, “Chai! Chai!” he said.

At the wedding of one my daughter's many friends and relatives offered to help, “Bob, if there’s any help you need, just ask!”

Being in a naughty mood I asked her, “In what way can you help?”

“Any way Bob!”

Today is Children's Day! We’re still in the middle of Diwali and as I hear the sound of crackers burst mostly by children and their parents, at timings which the High Courts and other courts have said no to, I wonder how well our children are growing up.

“Dad, you’ve given me crackers for Diwali?”

Something that all religious leaders, prophets and spiritual people always did and do, is to retire to places where they are alone and where they can be still. We see this with Buddha, with Christ and I doubt there’s even a single spiritual person who does not do this today, to discover something, which in the din and noise of the world, he or she cannot find.

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.

As Mumbai and Delhi exceed pollution limits, I realise there is a master plan behind all this: That even as we teach the world, through different modules and methods, meditation, yoga and a host of other techniques, now our leaders want every citizen to excel at what we teach the world outside:

"Hold your breath!" says the desi instructor in New York as he shows his breath control.