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The Buddha Speaks – 11

The tenth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and 10 “Let’s go the temple Sid!” said Kamya on the Saturday morning. “Now? Don’t you have to prepare for the party?” asked Siddharth. “It’s all done. I have been working since two days. Moreover the party is in the evening Sid. The Krishna temple is just a few blocks away” stated Kamya. “Why do you suddenly want to go to the temple?” queried Siddharth. “I was very worried for you.

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The Buddha Speaks – 10

The tenth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and 9 After school Siddharth chose to study literature. Siddharth was imaginative as a child. He could weave stories out of nowhere and fascinate the listeners or the readers and keep them hooked to a plot for a long time. Siddharth was gifted with the art of writing, creating and thinking differently. After college he had to choose a career, a career that would be remunerative yet creative. He was at

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The Buddha Speaks – 9

The nineth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8 “Why does your writing talk about renaissance of the soul then? All your writings keep hinting that you want to start a new life”, Swami put forward a strange question for Siddharth. “My writings? When did I do that? What are you talking about?” asked Siddharth. “Your column in the local magazine Siddharth-Renaissance of the Soul”, exclaimed Swami. Siddharth thought for a while and looked astonishingly at Swami. “That

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Book Review: The Lowland: By Jhumpa Lahiri

A loved one long gone survives in our memories. Does the loved one ever actually go then? Is the loved one painfully present? Does that mean bygone never actually departs? If yes, the palpable emotion emanating from one would be happiness – happiness of never losing who are thought as lost. Is it always happiness? I had never contemplated on it until I came across The Lowland – the swampy patch between two ponds in

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The Buddha Speaks – 8

The eighth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 5 6 and 7 Back home post dinner Siddharth was watching the night sky in his balcony. The starry night was having a tranquil effect on him. “Sweets!” said Kamya as she offered him some. “Don’t feel like eating”, Siddharth said. “What is the matter Sid? You ate dinner scarcely. Is it about Swami again? Did you see him today?” asked Kamya. “No I didn’t. I was talking to Anirban today of what

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The Buddha Speaks – 7

The sixth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 5 and 6 A thousand chaotic thoughts were creating pandemonium in his mind. “What do you mean? Can you talk sense?” said a furious Siddharth. “Calm down”, solaced Swami. He added, “Anger is your enemy. I want you to analyze your thoughts not jump at conclusions.” “For heaven’s sake why do you think I am guilty?” pleaded Siddharth. “You are the one who can answer this. How can I say?” responded Swami

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The Buddha Speaks – 6

The sixth chapter follows from 1 2 3 4 and 5 For a few days Siddharth was busy with the Coca-Cola advertising campaign. He was engrossed in his work. He kept seeking Swami at the traffic signal and nearby his office but didn’t find him. A month had passed since Siddharth met Swami. He was still in search of him. The Coca-Cola campaign was a major success. He had finally managed to spend some time with his wife on a

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The Buddha Speaks – 5

Follows 1 2 3 and 4 As Siddharth entered his apartment he could smell fresh sandalwood paste and the rich aroma of tea. “Kamya! You are home?” called Siddharth. His wife emerged from the balcony and welcomed him with a hug. “I finished off work early today. So how was your day?” she asked with a twinkle in her eyes. “Strange!” stated Siddharth as he placed his laptop on the center table and sat relaxingly

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The Buddha Speaks – 4

This is the fourth chapter of The Buddha Speaks. First three can be found here, here and here in chronological order. “Let me cite an example. You work in the creative division right? ”, Asked Swami. “Yes I assist the creative director” answered Siddharth. “Do you enjoy imagining an advertisement? When a creative idea blooms in your mind do you feel the happiness of having created it and does it push you ahead to make every

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The Buddha Speaks – 3

This follows from part 1 and 2. “Call me Swami” said the man. “Thank you Swami”, smiled Siddharth. “A smile completely changes your face. So what do you want to eat?” asked Swami. “What are you having?” probed Siddharth. Swami replied, “My all-time favorite- farmhouse special with a thin crust and extra cheese and corn.” “Oh that’s my favorite too” said Siddharth, friendlier this time. Siddharth placed the order and asked Swami, “So Swami, what

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