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Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

June 2, 2016 1 comment

I disagree with the premise of this topic.  It assumes that being a genius can only bring worry and sorrow and that all simpletons are happy and joyful.

I would choose to be a joyful  genius.  I think there is no greater joy than that experienced by a genius in his/her moment of serendipity.  The ecstatic moments of Archimedes and Kekule show that they experienced great joy on their discovery of ‘the principle of buoyancy’ and ‘the Benzene ring’ respectively.  They did spend years working out their problems and when they took a step back and relaxed, they had their moments of intuition, their ‘Eureka’ moment.  Such men like Einstein, Edison, Archimedes and  Kekule have discovered the workings of principles that have benefited mankind as a whole.  Is there a greater joy than this?

A fool or simpleton on the other hand lives a self-centred life.  They may be content but they have to be prodded to work.  They may appear happy but many of them have been known to harbour great sorrow.  The point is that you may be a simpleton or a genius but if your work can touch another soul and make them happy then you have made a difference.

Jack Ma the founder of Alibaba, told his son –“ you don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person [a middle-of-the-road student] has enough free time to learn other skills”

A genius is not defined by grades or society.  Many of the great geniuses were college dropouts.  They thus found more time to tinker around with their hobbies and passions till their problems became their life goals and they started dreaming of these problems – many a time sacrificing their sleep.  Many of us think that their discoveries were moments of magic forgetting the hard work and sweat that these great men of genius put in!

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Daily prompt: Countless

Countless grains of sand
Strewn on the beach
Countless drops of water
in the Ocean
Countless stars twinkle
In the night sky
Countless raindrops
Fall from the sky
Countless chances
To make things right
Countless the thoughts
that rise in our mind
Countless the love
in a mother’s heart
Countless joys
In simple everyday moments
Countless blessings
If only we realise
Countless they all seem
But they really do count


© copyright skm, 27th May, 2016


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May 10, 2016 1 comment

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Exotic Bali escapade

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment

My family and I have just returned from an exotic Bali escapade.  This trip was a feast for our senses and was an eye-opener for us regarding the deep-rooted culture and sense of community in Bali.

We stayed at the Ibis hotels, Nusa Dua.  This hotel is opposite Holiday Inn resort.  Nusa Dua is the centre for water sports in Bali.

On the first day of our trip we tried out Snorkelling and banana boat ride.


For the 2nd and 3rd day we hired a driver Mr. Agusto to take us around Bali. We visited the rice terraces in Ubud. At  the coffee plantation we got to sample different types of coffee and tea and also to see the process.  Our lunch was at the Kintamani volcano.  We also saw a dance performance depicting  a story about Kunti and Sahadeva.


After that we visited the Batik factory, the art centre as well as the stone art centre.

On the last day of our trip, we visited the Tanah lot temple and finally we went for the Bali Safari.  The architecture everywhere around Bali is influenced by Hindu temples.  At street centres there are giant statues of Lord Ram, Ghatotkacha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganapathi.




Bali has 83% of people practicing Hinduism with the rest practicing Islam, Christianity and Buddhism.  The people are very humble and have a strong sense of community and faith.   Every house here has a  temple.   There is also a community/territorial temple as well as a main temple.

Our driver told us that school children recite the Gayatri Mantra everyday.  We also saw ladies make offerings in the morning and evening at the doorstep, at temples and at workplaces.

Bali is an exotic place and it is amazing in that it is able to  embrace the modern while retaining its  ancient roots.  The airport is ultra-modern comparable with other new airports around the world. You can see vast green fields and cattle and at the same time you see young children riding motorbikes and Scoopy’s.



The economy of Bali is tourism- centric.  And the young are moving from an agro-centric culture to learn English (you can see many English coaching centres). They are eager to join the hospitality industry.The people of Bali are creative and enterprising and this can be seen in the beautiful artwork, stone carvings, wood carvings and batik work on display in front of their own homes or at tourist attractions.  Places like Kuta, Denpasar and Seminyak have lot of shopping malls and fast food outlets whereas Ubud, Nusa Dua, Batur,  Tanah lot etc have more small-scale industries like art, stone carving, wood carving and cultivation of rice, vegetables, fruit and coffee.

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April 13, 2016 Leave a comment


Write a post in response to todays one word prompt “Bedtime”

“To  Sleep is an Act of Faith”

– Barbara G Harrison

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India – where cricket is an obsession!

March 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Cricket is a national obsession in India so much so that it could be called a religion. You can see children and adults alike play cricket inside the home, in the compound, on the street and anywhere where they can find some place.
Cricketers are treated like superstars, they have a huge fan following and they are
even worshipped or treated on par with God.

It is a game in which showing the index finger is considered perfectly fine (the umpire does this to signal that a player is out). The english say it is raining cats and dogs. For indians it is raining fours and sixes.

The commentator in a cricket game can behave like an energized electron at flashpoint..
He goes:”And this ball is full toss to Chris Gayle and Gayle is waiting for this moment.
He middles the ball and lifts it high in the air… and this is really far 108m. The crowd is in a frenzy, they are shouting and screaming. This man is hitting every ball for a six or a four. What a knock from Chris Gayle!”

With the advent of IPL, clubs conduct auction for top players.. Some of these players can
command millions of dollars. Betting on matches is also a big business and has resulted
in players being caught for match-fixing.

While cricket has a huge fan following in India. It will be great if the same attention can be given to other sports like hockey, football, badminton, wrestling, boxing, swimming, tennis and chess where sportsmen and sportsmen are doing great honours for India but are not getting due attention

Currently, the World T20 Cup has reached the semi-final phase and the first semi-final will be played today.


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Revisiting Malacca – a heritage city

March 27, 2016 1 comment

During the long weekend, my friend and I decided to rent a car and drive to Malacca but it being a busy time we could not get a car.  So we took a bus instead. The ride to Malacca takes about 3 hours from Johor.

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Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The capital is Malacca City, which is 148 km south east of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, 235 km north west to Johor’s largest city Johor Bahru.   The monarchy was abolished in Malacca when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, rather than a Sultan, acts as the head of state now.

Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become a major center of the spice trade forming a vital link between the East and the West. Since it’s founding, circa 1400, by a fleeing Sumatra prince, Parameswara. In 1511, the first of many foreign invasions of Malacca took place when the Portuguese arrived. The Portuguese were determined to control the East-West trade; so Malacca still retained its importance as a trade center until 1641 when the Portuguese surrendered Malacca to the Dutch.

The Dutch who had a stronger foothold over the Indonesia archipelago swung the trade center over to Sumatra. In the meantime, Malacca’s trade also declined due to the silting of its port. In 1795 Melaka (Malacca) was given to the British to prevent it form falling to the hands of the French, where the Netherlands was captured during the French Revolution.

Some of the interesting places to see in Malacca are the  Christ Church, Jonker walk, St. Francis Xavier Church, Stadthuys, St. Pauls Church, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca History Museum, the Maritime museum (Muzium Samudera), the Malacca river cruise etc. The line up of decorated rickshaws makes an interesting spectacle. Malacca is a historical city which is now declared a world heritage site.

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You can also spend time sipping coffee at some interesting joints and there are a lot of massage parlours in the area.  You can see people trying out the Chendol, Gula Melaka, Satay, Laksa , water melon drink (a full water melon turned into juice with a handheld mixer) &  Nasi Lemak . For Indian food there are a number of restaurants at the Little India area.

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