Landscapes of the Heart

 Does a faqir have a home? Isn't faqiri about giving up fixedness of homes, tearing out one's identity from narrow prisons of nations and nationalisms? Which side of the lines drawn in blood do I want to consider my homeland?   Train journey from Dhaka to Chiitagong: view from train window March 1972 Abba said … Continue reading Landscapes of the Heart


Tea, deodars and a radio show

A holiday in the hills of Himachal brings an opportunity to count the blessings of freedom Photos: Nighat Gandhi A matter of taste: One of the innumerable dhabas in Himachal Pradesh.  My friend, my daughter and I catch the early morning bus from the Kandaghat stop to Chail (2,250m), a tiny hill-station 44 km southwest … Continue reading Tea, deodars and a radio show

Prioritizing Serenity

In the words of its founder, Ani Sangmo, a nun from the Netherlands, “Thosamling means a place to listen and contemplate. Thosamling provides a home for Buddhist women who want to contemplate, do retreats, or study under the guidance of a qualified Tibetan Teacher. It is the first nunnery for International nuns and Buddhist women in India.”

Why is our culture so depressing for girls?

As a counseling psychologist, I often listen to harrowing stories. Three young girls aged 16-18 have confessed in the past month about their desire to commit suicide for different reasons. But underneath the surface differences in their stories  is a depressing sameness. And these were just three girls who found the space and courage to … Continue reading Why is our culture so depressing for girls?