ARS Iyer - Blog

Take the First Step

Every journey, however long it may be, begins with a single step. But you must take that first step. Once you do, each step takes you closer and closer to your goal.   Sometimes, when you consider taking on a new venture – whether it’s writing a book, beginning a new project, or anything else […]

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A Hair Breadth Escape

After putting in nearly thirty years of service mostly in the Accounts side, I was transferred to the Cash side of a large sized branch of the Bank.  With hardly any first hand knowledge or experience of the Cash department accounting procedures I was asked to take over the multifarious functions of the branch cash […]

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The End of a Legend

The colorful life of a Legend has come to an end, a life spread over eight decades.   Born to illiterate parents in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Satyanarayana revealed no divinity in his early life. But an innate spark was bursting to come out from his mind even when young.  There was no […]

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Tryst with Destiny

2nd April, 2011 is India's date with destiny. It will be a date to remember in the annals of the history of Cricket.  It is akin to India's tryst with destiny on 15th August, 1947 when India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed the country's Independence.   When skipper M.S.Dhoni hit a massive heave […]

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Elixir of a writer

For a professional writer it takes only a few minutes to get into that mood when his fingers start itching to put a pen to paper or to get that keyboard moving to create a world of his own with an assortment of characters. The characters could be someone the writer had occasion to interact with […]

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Health and Longevity

Is longevity related to health?  It is commonly believed that it is so.  If you are healthy and devoid of sickness your life span is increased. Contrary is also  true. When you fall ill chances are death is around the corner. But with the advancement of medical sciences we have discovered the means to neutralise […]

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Let Peace Reign

Most of us have a tendency to criticize our fellow human beings for various reasons some real and others imaginary. While it is conceded that nobody can question one's right to indulge in such criticism one must realize that such criticism can hurt people and prove counterproductive. One must admit that none of us are […]

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Welcoming the Inevitable

Death is inevitable. Many of us agree to this statement but somehow feel this does not apply to us. Therefore we do not write the Will, will not donate our organs, will not discuss death and will not make life easy for our survivors.   Once we accept -death is inevitable- and we look at […]

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Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness as they say is a state of mind.  More often than not, we tend to experience happiness even if it be ephemeral as being happy serves as elexir of life in our mundane world.  Happiness takes on a variety of moods to suit the situations we are in.  One can be happy at great […]

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For the Love of Money

Writers describe money as filthy lucre in the sense that acquiring money is a shameful thing. Ever since money was discovered a few centuries ago it has  a enjoined  humans to go in pursuit of silver or gold metal in the form of exchangeable coins which will fetch all the luxuries  imaginable. The urge to […]

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An Attitude for Work

A person has different perspectives when doing his work. Some do it with all enthusiasm what ever be the work like carpentry, masonry, brick laying, painting, or tilling the land and growing crops or raising a plantation. Still some excel in more mundane work like accounting and corresponding with clients and superiors. Some others work […]

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Art of Listening

Often times we see  a conversation becoming animated when one partner monopolises the conversation allowing little leeway for the other to have his say.   When you engage yourself in a conversation it will be ideal that you become a better listener and more patient. It will be prudent if you start becoming a better […]

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This too shall pass

Everything -good or bad, pleasure and pain, approval or disapproval, achievement or mistakes,fame  or shame, will come and go and we mortals are subjected to either of the above situations in our life time.  There is a tendency to rejoice at the positives and feel disappointed when things turn out to be bad.   Whatever […]

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Oh! For the years of yore

In the evening of one's life, one tends to recall or reflect  the years gone by with a touch of nostalgia. The growing up years were full of hopes and aspirations. In the tender years you  look up to your parents for love and guidance and try to imitate their mannerisms.  In those times your […]

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Hollywood and I

In my formative years I must have seen hundreds of movies mainly Hollywood, some outstanding others tearjerkers yet some which make you roar with laughter.  Some great war movies, westerns and science fiction are also part of the menu.   Movies are many things  recurring themes of beauty and adventure, kaledoscopic visions of what life […]

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Hobbies of a different kind

Most people have some kind of hobby which they have cultivated from young days.  These could be stamp collecting or coin collecting or autographs.  I know a person collecting bits of newspapers  which contained important news of the death of well known personalities in the political , social and cultural world .Also cuttings of sports […]

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Two Monuments to Love and Devotion

It is after two decades that I ventured to embark on a fairly long trip outside Bangalore.  Although my health was not permitting me to do so I decided that it is only proper that making the journey perhaps for a long time to come.  It was worth the trouble.   I visited Delhi in […]

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Faith and its Values

Faith is a flexible part of man's mental make up.  It is an elementary ingredient in human develpoment in its evolution.  Man has shaped his life by imbibing qualities of mind that have helped to create environments for sustaining his life.   They say faith can move mountains and this is not far from truth.   […]

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Fantasy of Mind

-Viswanathan Anand crowned World Chess Champion again- – so ran the newspaper heading. What the heading did not reveal is the amount of hard work, hours of study and of concentration and preparation that went to this denouement.  For thirty years or more Anand has remained highly concentrated winning laurels at every stage of evolution in […]

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Face to Face with Death

The other day I came across the news that one of my ex colleagues passed away because of age related problems.  This kind of news is quite familiar to me the only difference being is that these days I have started to make a note of them. In many instances I have lost a dear […]

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