Posts Tagged ‘health’

The Sword Of Damocles

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

“The sword of Damocles” is an anecdote/parable that entered Greek culture around 2.5 millenia ago, sometime in the early BCE period. It’s an easy one to summarize:

Damocles was a courtier during the reign of Dionysus II. Once, he attempted to flatter the king by referring to the power & authority that Dionysus commanded. Dionysus immediately offered to trade places with Damocles for a while, and Damocles agreed.

However, Dionysus also arranged for a sword to be hung (by a single hair of a horse’s tail) above Damocles’s head – to represent the peril and anxiety that he was constantly under.

Damocles begged Dionysus to be relieved of his kingly duties, for he no longer wished to be so fortunate.

So tell me, dear Reader – what would you do in Damocles’s place? Give up immediately and retreat back to a position of safety, or enjoy the comforts/power for a while and then step back?

Or would you ride your luck to see just how far would it take you?


Bad Parenting

March 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday my infant son met his first American doctor – so far he has only had appointments with pediatricians in India. The doctor went over his records, vaccination schedule and advised the nurse about the shots to be administered. Then, it was time for some Q&A.

After speaking to the doctor for about 15 min, realization hit my wife – we are bad parents! At least, that’s what the doctor thinks:

  1. We feed the baby whenever he’s hungry, not at predetermined intervals that are convenient to us
  2. Not only do we sleep in the same bedroom as him, but when he cries in the night, we console him and put him to bed again – instead of let him cry himself to sleep
  3. And worst of all – we spend too much time with him, instead of having him spend time in a day-care center

It looks like the doctor doesn’t agree with what we consider to be “Good Parenting”. After deliberating about this, my wife and I have finally reached the inevitable conclusion – we need to change doctors.

Bad Throat

March 10, 2013 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, my throat rebelled against me. In the beginning I thought that it was an infection, and fought back with syrups, gargles and the like. But two weeks later, I finally gave up and paid a visit to the doctor.

He looked into my throat and nose and declared that it was not an infection after all – just a very dry throat. A lot of hydration, regular flushing of my nose & continued gargles should be enough.

“Colorado does that to you,” he said. And to confirm his hypothesis, asked whether I had trouble swallowing.

I replied in the affirmative – for even the smallest thing caused me a lot of trouble. Banana slices, cream cheese, even sips of water would result in excruciating pain for an instant.

But then if you are used to swallowing your pride, there’s nothing else that you cannot.

Thought for the day

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

If a deja-vu happens to you all over again… and again… and again…

What do you call it?



I don’t think I need to name it, though. “Yet another deja-vu” is good enough for me.

Happy New Year!!

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

The whole of December gone by, and no post from me. Can you imagine that? A month with no writing, no musing (on this site at least) and no ruminating out loud.

But then there’s always a reason for everything, isn’t there?

The month of December just whizzed past me – a whirlwind of sorts. I had some extra challenges at work, had to move into a new apartment, I went on a trip to India and moved houses there too – the works.

And oh, yes – I brought my family along with me as well.

In case you are wondering – yes, I am happy.

Expense Summary

November 28, 2012 3 comments

How would you like to own a house by the beach? An acre or two of coconut and supari trees with a few Mango & Kokum trees thrown in too? You would like it, won’t you?

And what’s your preference – a sandy beach, or rocks on which waves can crash and foam? Or a mix of both, perhaps?

In any case, for the moment let’s leave such desires aside and try to think rationally – can you actually afford it? How much will such a real estate cost?

Here’s what I think:

  • A few stomach ulcers
  • Loss of patience and an increased bad temper
  • Loss of idyllic evenings spent with family
  • Perpetual stress about the bank account
  • etc.

Not worth it.

Short Story – Epiphany

October 8, 2012 5 comments

The man sat in a corner, head in his hands and eyes closed. After all he had been through, his master had added yet another task to his plate. He already had more than enough to occupy his whole day – in fact, even if he quit sleeping and eating, he wouldn’t be able to complete everything his master asked of him.

For all these months, he had been struggling – shifting priorities and shuffling between tasks – and to some extent had succeeded, indeed. There had never been even a single catastrophic day so far. Oh yes, there had been times when he had given up hope, but trudged along anyways. Waiting for the sky to fall, he had instead been surprised when things righted themselves. Miracles, he assured himself.

No, it’s your overflowing bowl of kindness and good karma, his near & dear ones had said.

He turned around and looked at them. They were so happy and carefree, playing in the garden. He liked to see them that way – innocent and unaware of what he was going through.

A hulking figure stepped in front him, and he was broken out of his reverie. He looked up – it was his master. His master, who piled task upon task on him, seemingly carving enjoyment out of the misery that was doled out.

But today, his master was not gloating – the look on his face was – he was content. The master turned his head to look into the garden. Then, he turned back to face the man, gave a fleeting smile, and walked away.

The man was puzzled. What could that smile mean? Was he out to dole misery to his entire family now?

And then he remembered that day, years ago, when he had realized for the first time that there was no escaping the fate in store for him and his family.

That day, he had walked up to his master, and made a deal – that he alone would bear all the misery in store for his family. In return, his family would live a happy and contented life, unaware of what was happening to him.

He smiled, stood up, and went back to his work.