Mother’s love in the time of American Express

Shunali Khullar Shroff

April 14, 2012

Last night I was indulging in my usual cleansing and age-defying ritual that includes scrubbing my face and slapping on some serum.

Standing there in front of the mirror, I noticed that there was a whole evenly spread out layer of grime all over my face somehow that was making me look like a coal miner.  I rinsed my face gently and groped around for a hand towel to wipe it and looked back at my reflection. Strangely the grime was still there. I tried to wipe it off my face again but in vain. On closer inspection I realized that it wasn’t grime at all. This was my newly acquired tan from sitting under the unforgiving and inconsiderate-to-women-with-sensitive-skin sun, earlier in the day. This is the thing about life. You want something good but you have to be patient and wait it out and then there are things which don’t rank very high on your wish list but you can get them in no time at all. Just like that. Read More »

What is Kundalini?


Brigitte Arora

April 13, 2012

The Kundalini is the power that sustains and regulates our life force and the driving power that fuels our transformative evolutionary journey.  Kundalini is a Sanskrit word that means coil; coiled like a snake. Throughout human history, Kundalini has been represented by the symbols of the serpent, fire and the snake. When the snake is shown as coiled it represents Kundalini in Her dormant state. When shown coming out of the top of the head, it symbolizes the field of energy of a risen Kundalini.

The Kundalini is active in all life forms. She usually lies in a near dormant state in the perineum where it is held stable and secure at the sacrum on the spinal column. Through various practices such as meditation, yogic disciplines, drugs or through a shock, She can suddenly awaken and begin to rise upwards along the spine where her main targets are the seven psychic centers.  Her work is to cleanse and to transform the organs and all the other systems that compose the body and our psyche. The ultimate goal of the Kundalini is to transmute the physical body of a present species into a newer and higher form. The transformation to a new consciousness and a new body occurs when the vibration of the old body is transformed to a higher vibrational frequency. Read More »

On Separation Anxiety


Shunali Khullar Shroff

April 6, 2012

“My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.” ~ Rita Rudner

“The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn’t getting enough sleep.”
~ John Fiebig

I am to travel to London briefly next week. The thought of leaving my children is rustling up much anxiety in me and marring any chance of looking forward to my trip. I have no doubt that my children will be well looked after by their doting dadi. And yet I suffer coz the ‘heart has its reasons that reason does not know’.

Becoming a mother is really the hardest and yet the most rewarding thing in the world. Cliché? Yes. But true. I don’t think I have slept a full night’s sleep since our first-born came into the world nine years ago. I should have been warned before I had my babies. Someone ought to have told me that I need to choose between sleep and motherhood.

My body wakes up on autopilot in the middle of the night and I sleepwalk to my kids’ room to check on them every single night. This includes the night when they are doing a sleep over at their grandparents’. On those nights, I wake up and look up our dog. Read More »

Detox and the death of Venus

Detox and the death of VenusShunali Khullar Shroff

March 13, 2012

I ran into a friend of mine at a soiree about two weeks ago. It was a sit down dinner and while we all did the sitting down bit to perfection, the folds around the abdomen of some of my gender in attendance did not quite manage to sit down much, in a manner of speaking. We have made our respective contributions to the planet by creating life. Read More »

A brief history of the film society movement

By Colonel SC Khullar (founder President Doon Film Society)

All over the world intellectuals, thinkers and film aficionados seek association with established film societies, not merely to serve their passion for this form of art, but also as a validation of their intellect. Dehradun’s own film society, “REACH Talkies-Doon Film Society” will itself be completing three years, since its inception. Yet to many the term ‘film society’ continues to be a vague concept. This blog is my attempt to explain briefly, aims and objectives of a Film Society and the back ground of “Film Society Movement”.

The first film society was established on 25th October 1925 at London by H G Wells, G B Shaw, M Keynes and some other intellectuals. During its first season, the Film Society had screened 39 films – 20 of which had never been screened in England before. This was the primary objective of the society: to screen more of the avant-garde material which would not have found an outlet in the commercial cinema. It continues to be the raison d’être for the Doon Film Society as well.

In over nine decades, the Film Society Movement (FSM) has spread world over. The film societies have made their presence felt everywhere and proved their relevance by creating an audience with a taste for realistic, artistic and socially relevant cinema. The FSM has also inspired many film makers to make films with aesthetic and artistic approach. Read More »

Au Revoir Cheetal Grand

By Shalini Kataria

A twist of fate and what was once a must- stop on the Dehradun-Delhi highway stands alone and forlorn. A stop at Cheetal Grand in Khatauli was almost a habit when travelling between Dehradun and Delhi. But, ever since the new toll road has come up, everybody (however loyal a Cheetal fan they may have been) whizzes past the signboard that reads, “Cheetal Grand 500 meters ahead”. It is just too much of a bother to take a detour down a dusty road when you are sailing at 100 kmph plus on the new highway. Now bang on the highway you have a spanking new McDonald’s (open 24hours) , Haldiram and Café Coffee Day to pander to the hunger pangs. Haldiram’s is a self service joint. The food and the tea are served in disposable plates and cups and one has to queue up at the counter to pick up the order. No waiters to serve you after a long drive! A quick look around and one sees more than 60 people (on a weekday) which makes one think about the huge amount of non-degradable waste that must be generated every hour. At this point, one gets nostalgic remembering the familiar faces of the waiters at Cheetal. Even the cleaning lady at the washroom has been the same for all these years. A bite of the food and again one yearns for the freshly prepared fluffy omelettes, grilled sandwiches, cheese pakoras, the yummy Rajma Chawal and the hot cup of masala tea famous at Cheetal.
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