Mandar and Dakshayani is an author coupe based in Pune. Their first book, a Marathi novel titled 'π-प्रेमाची-किंमत-कय' won the hearts of young Marathi readers as well as touched the elder generation.
Both Mandar and Dakshayani are trained musicians and Kirtankars, and perform frequently on various occasions.
The couple is passionate about Indian Classical Music and are founding trustees of Baithak Foundation, a charitable public trust which functions to create awareness about Indian Classical Music
Meet the Couple
On social media and everywhere around, people finding faults in others have bloomed like anything. Thanks to social media, we not only read various (many times false and fabricated) news/updates but we now also have power to share them with our circles and even comment on them. This power to share and comment on stuff Read more about Why finding fault in others means wasting your time![…]
Why Snapdeal (or even Flipkart or Amazon) can never unbox you life and what should one do to really unbox it!
Sometimes, especially when I am really tired or bored, I do enjoy watching action movies. It is a deliberate effort to help the brain to relax. For past few weeks, I can sense the aggressive advertisements and campaigns run by different e-tailers to empty out the pockets of customers as deeply as possible on the Read more about Why Snapdeal (or even Flipkart or Amazon) can never unbox you life and what should one do to really unbox it![…]
धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय, माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय। (Be patient, my mind. Everything takes its own time to take place. Look – even if the gardner pours hundred jugs of water, the trees will bear fruits only when the right season comes.) One of the values and capabilities Read more about Kabir Doha on Patience: धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय[…]
Is ‘thinker’ separate from the ‘thought’? Or what we consider as ‘thinker’ is just another thought? In the daily course of life, we always have a divide within ourselves; we always look at ourselves as an entity separate from our own thoughts. ‘I am angry’, ‘I can control my anger or sadness’, ‘I can control Read more about A Question for Everyone[…]
Wars seem to be an integral part of life. Wars are happening on the earth for ages; between castes, societies, countries, animals and individuals. With the recent happenings (India and Pakistan), we are again on the brink of war. Over the period, the way we fight wars has evolved; it has become more sophisticated and Read more about Can we stop the wars from happening?[…]
Last weekend, I was invited to conduct a full day session for co-founders of 22 startups, coming from the different parts of the country. The purpose of the session was enabling them to fine-tune their business plans which they would be presenting to potential investors after three days of intensive training. All the co-founders had Read more about What Do We Need? ‘Startups’ or ‘Smartups’?[…]
Questions to Mandar #6 Do you take life as a game/ as a challenge/ as a battlefiled or as a playground?
Do you take life as a game/ as a challenge/ as a battlefield or as a playground? I take life as a surprise. When you don’t expect, life is a surprise. We have lots of misconceptions about what life is . Many of us look at it as a duty and some feel as Read more about Questions to Mandar #6 Do you take life as a game/ as a challenge/ as a battlefiled or as a playground?[…]
Taxi and Auto drivers in Mumbai planned a strike starting from 29th August to protest against on-demand hailing services like Uber and Ola. Through my occasional discussions with cab drivers and very rarely with Rickshaw drivers, I always feel the hostility they keep in their minds against the drivers who joined with these Apps. To Read more about The Future of RIckshawallas in the Age of Ola and Uber[…]
We read so many scriptures and listen to so many wise people around us. Still, we do not change. So many peace rallies and silent marches are conducted but they do nothing to stop the crimes. On the social level, we all want to stop corruption but still, we are far from controlling it. Hatred Read more about Can you share the sensitivity?[…]
Today, terms like awareness, Nirvana, Meditation and Yoga are being used like other casual activities- trekking, mountaineering, cycling etc. Yoga is probably being looked upon as a form of exercise good for both body and mind and meditation as a way to take better decisions in the complex situation without letting your blood pressure go Read more about The ‘Choiceless’ Awareness[…]