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8 habits of highly authentic people

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Pardon my cheap shot at free publicity. I couldn’t resist naming this blog post after Stephen Covey’s magnum opus “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. It was one of the first “real self help” books I read in my life. Up until then I was mostly reading books on personality development, which taught me […]

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being-for-others – a breeding ground for inauthentic relationships

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Sartre and others carve a phenomenon called being-for-others, that leaves a human being with an experience of being an object along with other objects in a world of objects, with fixed properties, labels, behaviour etc. Given that people are seldom, if ever, truly alone these days, each person constantly confronts the existence of other people, not simply as […]

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Anxiety, Commitment & Healthy Dose of Bad-Faith

Bad-faith, or inauthenticity, is living a lie that we dont have freedom to choose in the face of situations and realities that we encounter in life. Existentialists, Sartre in particular says that as human beings we are condemned to be free. Our fundamental nature, he says, is to be a free transcendence of our facticity, for […]

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Projects of Bad Faith – Part #2

According to existentialism, authenticity is living life with willingness that who I am is a free transcendence of my facticity. Therefore, I willingly own-up my facticity and make choices & take action by being fully aware of my freedom to do so. I also take note of the fact that my choices & action lead to consequences that […]

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Elephant as bell for the cycle

Jagriti has been an interesting journey so far. Inspiring, eye-opening; but most of all confusing. On the ground, it is opening new kinds of interactions with my son. Couple of weeks ago, we had a session on creativity. Post that session, I started to pull my-creative side in my conversations with Advay. Here I share […]

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Projects of Bad Faith

After a long time, I started to re-read books on existentialism from Gary Cox. Like he says, study of existentialism can be a hugely impactful thing. I was reading his book “Existentialist’s Guide to Death, the Universe and Nothingness” and tumbled upon this chapter about “Bad Faith”. I inquired into the kinds of bad-faith projects […]

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What is man made and what is naturally available?

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My wife (Nandini) and son (Advay) had a unique conversation today. Advay: Amma, is wood made of cloth? Nandini: No Advay: Is floor made of cloth? Nandini: No Advay: Are plants made of cloth? Nandini: No

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Rock Climbing Session @ Aarohi

My friend, Kowshik Narayanaswamy is a rock climber. A passionate one at that. He came to Aarohi Life Education and conducted a session on Rock Climbing for all of us (including the kids). We learned something about it and also did some rock climbing ourselves. The video below is a documentary on what we learned and the […]

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Number and alphabet games

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My wife (Nandini) keeps coming up with ideas for creating learning environments for Advay. She sources her material from direct observation of Advay, coupled with study of books and blogs about child education. She recently was playing this game with Advay and it was very interesting to watch.

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My son’s new life at Aarohi Life Education

In the month of June this year, we embarked on a new journey of schooling for our son (Advay) & ourselves. We got him into Aarohi Life Education, an open-schooling campus near Hosur.

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