The Cult – Vaibhav Gandhi

I just finished watching the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country” that is on Rajneesh’s commune built in Oregon, USA and the entire story around it. And I did not want the documentary to end… I was in tears for some inexplicable reasons… wanting the speakers at the end to just keep talking… I was shaken…

The Cult – Jainee Gandhi

I am still in that trance zone and unsure of what I saw. Still can’t believe that this was or is the life of many. Still trying to figure out what was that. I came to know about Osho ashram when I was about 18 yrs old and my first cousin got married. Then when…

Wrong applause… Wrong definition…

There was a meme going around on social media, that millennials are offended today with the slightest of things. Compare that to teenagers and young adults of the era before who faced grave challenges and yet lived through it. It eludes to a wrong parenting approach – that of raising pampered kids and entitled teenagers….

On the other side of my time…

I usually am asked about my age once in a few months… not for any specific reason, but just generally. New acquaintances, someone’s birthday – including my own, some form to fill in, and so on. But it does not register anything in mind all the time… But at times, I have realized it now,…

Victims of our expectations…

There is a Mexican parable about a businessman and a fisherman… The fisherman was taking his afternoon siesta on the beach when the passing by businessman asked him why doesn’t he go and fish more instead of sleeping like this midday… The fisherman asked why should he do that, to which the businessman explained how…

My 2017 that was…

In a hindsight 2017 was a stupendously eventful year for me… post Oct 2015, life has been all different in reality… and last year kept the pace up. Vacations during the year… or was it a year during our vacation? We had 5 leisure trips in the year – a record in terms of the…

Idea better than Reality!

“The idea of you is better than you in reality”… My wife blurted out in one of the many exasperating moments she had in my month-long garden leave. Whilst I could write about how I still manage to have a happy married life after starting with such a statement, pacifying your wife and managing marital…

Nation – a people collective…

So what are the biggest complains you have with your government? I asked my Singaporean colleagues out of genuine curiosity. I view Singapore as a fantastic place to live with the government having provided state of the art facilities… and so somewhere in my guts I was expecting them to respond like the princess sleeping over 40 mattresses…

Helpless & Guilty…

I recently read an article on depression amongst the wives of US H1B holders who were on H4 visa and could not work… Thousands of very well qualified women whose dreams of doing something in life the way they wanted to, has gone down the gutters… Ironically in the place where people go to chase…

Main kar sakti hain…

To keep the confidence that you can do it when you are ridiculed by your family constantly of your failures in life… To do that in face of belittling of your small achievements by your loved ones… When you can say ‘mereko na har cheez main mazza ata hai’… Even when there are hundreds of…

#NotReallyMyCause

“It saddens me that you do not support this”… a dear friend blurted out in agony when she asked my views on a recent trending topic… For a moment, just out of affection for my friend, my mind was about to give up, please her sensibilities and spin a story on how I was deeply…

Emotional Amnesia…

Vaibhav, like many other such events, you don’t remember the seriousness and the pain that incident in our life caused… My wife accused me whilst having a discussion on a difficult situation that someone else was going through… She never forgets to use this emotional amnesia that I am supposedly having atleast once in a…