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Wisdom for the New Year

If there is light in the soul
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation
There will be peace in the world.
Chinese Proverb

Weekly words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das

If you control the tongue, you have controlled all the senses.

-- Sri Swami Sivananda


Meditation Is Essential to Life

To understand this whole problem of influence, the influence of experience, the influence of knowledge, of inward and outward motives - to find out what is true and what is false and to see the truth in the so-called false - all that requires tremendous insight, a deep inward comprehension of things as they are, does it not? This whole process is, surely, the way of meditation. Meditation is essential in life, in our everyday existence, as beauty is essential. The perception of beauty, the sensitivity to things, to the ugly as well as to t…

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“When the sky changed from dark to light, the people’s minds seemed to go from light to dark...(Kabir) knew they would come back once they grew weary and needed to listen to the promise of a new way of life in his songs.”

- Kabir the Weaver Poet





The fabric of stories

Nina Sabnani made an audio visual presentation on the making of Mukand and Riaz – the animated film and the book – at a conference called Mantles of Myth: The Narrative in Indian Textiles, organised by Siyahi in Jaipur from 13th to 15th December.

Nina is an animator, artist and author and has published several books with Tulika. The pictures in Mukand and Riaz use the art of women’s appliqué work, common to Sindh in Pakistan and Gujarat in India, to tell the story of two friends against the background of the partition of India, based on memories of her father.
Working with craftswomen to visually tell a story…

The Secret of the Grain

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This is one of the best films I have seen this year. It is set in France and based on the lives of Tunisian immigrants. The role of the different women in the movie was explored very well, from the divorced wife of Slimane, to his daughters, granddaughter, second wife and her daughter. I liked the idea of using food as a setting, it always takes on so many connotations and power relations can be explored on the dinning table. The belly dance scene at the end is spectacular!


By A. O. SCOTT
Slimane Beiji, the sad, still center of “The Secret of the Grain,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s bustling and brilliant new film, might be described as an accidental patriarch. A stubborn, taciturn immigrant from Tunisia, Slimane (Habib Boufares) has spent 35 years working in the shipyards of Sète, a rough little French port city on the Mediterranean coast.


The other members of his large, cantankerous family — his former wife, Souad (Bouraouïa Marzouk), and their assorted children and grandchildren — live most…

Madness in Gaza

Freddy Deknatel writes about Israel's unwarranted attack on civilians in Gaza, already killing over 300.

Children's bodies are being covered with cardboard boxes in Gaza -- the hospitals have run out of sheets -- as Washington and London urge Israel to use restraint and avoid civilian casualties.

Palestinians on the West Bank are organizing in protest, but this was Israel's plan all along. Less than two weeks ago some 50 Israeli policemen injured each-other in "gloves-off" training that a spokesman described as "a huge police training exercise to prepare for riot control and to deal with different scenarios."

Israel is trying to decapitate Hamas in Gaza, to use an favorite expression of military spokesmen and a docile American media, and the bodies are piling up. What is the limit? As it stands, over 200 Palestinians are dead. One Israeli died today from a rudimentary rocket fired from the Gaza, the supposed impetus for all this.

When the "operations…

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Rockefeller Center

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at a ball

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Green and Purples

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Henri Bendel

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black, white and red

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Ruffles

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Bergdorg Goodman

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playing chess

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lady

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Details

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Wow

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Wow

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Sheep

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Tarot

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Shells

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Waterfall

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Jewellery on a staircase

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Paper Flowers

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Bird reading

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Birds nests on heads bergdorf goodman

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Lady

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Owls

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