When should we pause and take stock of our lives?

Food for thought: I regret …

I wish I had been truer to myself – been more ‘me’ than being what others expected of me: this is one of the major regrets of people who are close to dying. What are the other major regrets of people who know they have only a little more time to live? What would be our own, if we were to pause a moment and look back on our lives, and imagine we are now running a race against time?

Do read the article in Guardian about Bronnie Ware’s book, ‘The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,’ at the link below to see how much more important it is to be happy and cheerful than to be ambitious and a go-getter :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying

Bronnie Ware, from her blog, ‘Inspiration and Chai,’ seems like the person-next-door – a simple soul, moved by the ordinary things that could affect any one of us in similar ways as her. You may find her tryst with life and living interesting. Here’s  a link to some of her articles:

http://www.inspirationandchai.com/archives.html

Food for the palate: Easy-peasy Coriander Chutney

Grind together a bunch of coriander leaves, with red chillis/ red chilli powder, salt and tamarind to taste. Add a teeny bit of water to make a paste. Heat a tablespoon of oil, splutter mustard, add a pinch of asafoetida, a few fenugreek seeds, and the coriander paste. Add a spot of jaggery. Let mixture cook till it leaves the sides of the pan. Cool and store. Keeps well in refrigerator for even a month. Use with curd rice, or mixed into rice. Also goes well with dosa, roti, idli, bread.

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