Summer 2014

June 30, 2014

This blog usually gets into a summer mode. And this year is no exception. Summer time – time for midsummer night’s dreams and midsummer daydreams ;-) Have a great time!


Sailing with the winds …


June 29, 2014

A real treasure TED Talk by Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen and break away from the seven deadly sins of speaking:

1) Gossips ; 2) Judging ; 3) Negativity ; 4) Complaining ;
5) Excuses ; 6) Lying ; 7) Dogmatism


Click here for link to the TED Talk

And adopt HAIL

  • H – honesty – being straight and clear.
  • A – authenticity, just being yourself.
  • I – integrity, doing what you say.
  • L – love, wishing people well.

Serious Games

June 23, 2014

The Economist: Researchers are learning about language and the brain by offering fun diversions through social networks. Serious Games

FiveBerkeley-based company Five is not delivering a personality test, but guessing the results one would get from a personality test based on Facebook scribblings.

Score or a prediction …

Inventive, Sensitive, Outgoing, Efficient …

And Facebook masks – some being so wicked with pen in hand; and yet utter sweethearts in person. ‘So (conscious or unconscious) Facebook masks skew the results.’

Deciding on a par

June 21, 2014

Ruth Chang’s TED Talk: How to make hard choices. People deciding on a par put their very self behind an option. ‘Here’s where I stand. Here’s who I am’, unlike drifters who allow the world to write the story of their lives.

Hard choices arises because of an unreflective assumption we make about value. Values like justice, beauty, kindness, are not akin to scientific quantities, like length, mass and weight.

Hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition and it is here, in the space of hard choices, that we have the power to create reasons for ourselves to become the distinctive people that we are. ‘Hard choices are not a curse but are God sent.’


June 8, 2014

Magnificent Angelina Jolie as  Maleficent (2014) in the fabulous Disney rendering with stunning visuals of the Sleeping Beauty in a somehow different context.

A movie that makes you face the evil outside and most importantly the one within, and the realisation of the moment of betrayal when one’s pure heart begins to turn into stone. A profound message  if only one comprehends the point.

The wings as a metaphor. ‘I had wings once, and they were strong. But they were stolen from me.’ The anti-hero being the true hero at the end. A production worth its budget.

St. Joseph

June 4, 2014

IconBulgaria is famous for its icon painting but this is the first time I have across this copy of an ancient Byzantine icon on which St. Joseph is depicted with Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus.

The icon struck me with its open and affectionate radiance.

The narratives of the Gospels do not say much about him and in art up to about the 17th century Joseph is often depicted as a man advanced in years.

A portrait so human and divine.


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