Author: Annu Kalra

Inspired by a wish for World Peace

Recently when a friend asked what I wanted for my birthday, my instant response was “World Peace” . Everyone present, including me, laughed, because it sounded like such a clichéd Beauty pageant response.🤩 Everyone was probably tickled by the image of a super model with tiara on her head👑, hands waving to an eager crowd. But for me, this has truly been an expressed desire since childhood! Some of you might recall making a wish while walking under a bridge with a train passing over. Sweet superstitions of childhood! I used to actually say I wish everyone around me...

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We need more Kabir in our lives

This Article appeared in Speaking Tree on 24th June 2018 Listening to ‘Moko kahan dhoondhe re bande’ by Kabir in Bhupender’s voice on Vividh Bharti’s non-film song programme in childhood is one of my very fond memories. In the school curriculum too, the poetry of Kabir was easiest to memorise, one due to its meter and other because there were many songs in those days with Kabir’s dohas in Hindi films. Incorporating his own name by saying Kehat Kabir within the poem was like a totally ingenious move.No way would any teacher ever give a question in the Hindi...

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Change Your Attitude By Shifting Perspective And Change Your Life

I was this rookie executive bracing myself for the Monday morning job meeting, seething from within. Soon after I had joined almost every job meeting ended with the boss saying – “Give it to Annu, let Annu do it”. It did not matter where the idea came from, the task always ended on my ever-growing job-list.  I could see the reactions from others. While some were uncomfortable about handing over their ideas to me, there were others I could swear were gleeful. They could propose or suggest anything and implement it became my headache. I wasn’t all that rookie...

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On World Health Day Enquire Into “We Are The World”

If there is a day that deserves to be a ‘World day’, it is the World Health Day. Health and Holy share a common lineage, both come from the concept of ‘whole’; and that makes for the most beautiful understanding of health. To be healthy is to be whole, to be in awareness of the whole and that is what it is to be holy too. Of not being fragmented as only a physical entity or a mental attitude or an emotional expression. But be a complete holistic being manifested through consciousness of itself! From the spiritual point of...

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From my Own Garden

An Art teacher I had once approached to learn Calligraphy advised me to “share only that which is from my own garden”. He even wanted me not to paint Sufi dancers; just focus on painting Hindu deities! It was like someone was denying me access to Rumi. Can the beauty of a mystic be denied to those who do not belong to the same culture?   I am writing not on Kabbalah, but my experience of exploring Kabbalah, my limited understanding of it. Just as I write about my interpretation of Hindu scriptures, or the resonance deep within me...

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