Author Archives: dara

About dara

Associate Professor of Literature and Writing Maharishi University of Management Managing Editor Consciousness-Based Books

On the Road to Allahabad

We take a car from Varanasi to Allahabad, about an hour and a half trip. Our goal is Maharishi’s Smarek. The trip sounded easy enough; of course, we didn’t really have directions. Our driver’s English is a bit spotty but … Continue reading

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Varanasi

Varanasi. How to capture that experience? The air is sweet and filled with dust. The traffic, like in Delhi, is wild and chaotic but, here, filled with rickshaws and cows ambling down the road among the weaving cars and motorcyles. The cows … Continue reading

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In Transit

Left Cedar Rapids in a thunderstorm. Choppy flight to Chicago, but events smoothed out at O’Hare. The group decided rightly that we would progress more quickly through the airport if I would use a wheelchair. I agreed and a charming … Continue reading

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Following the Master’ Steps

The word Master ranges in meaning from perfecting to controlling  to owning. One could perfect a skill, control a situation, or, in the past, even own people (oh, the karma there!). In India, the word Master suggests a deeper level of … Continue reading

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Preparing for India

When I first made the decision to go to India, I immediately began making lists in my head of what I needed to take with me. First on my list was a notebook to jot down my impressions (I need … Continue reading

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Off to India–Land of Veda

I leave for India in two weeks, my first trip there. I can hardly believe it. The Taj Mahal. The Ganges. Rishikesh. The Cave of Vasistha. Maybe the exotic step wells or a passing elephant. The Monsoon season. The crowds, … Continue reading

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What’s Your Point?

What is your point?  Rude as it sounds, the question “What’s your point?” reminds writers that communication always has a purpose. We don’t write merely to put words on paper. We want to express a thought, an idea, an opinion, … Continue reading

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Voice and Vantage Point

Voice. Developing one’s voice is critical for writers if each of us wishes to standout as unique in a galaxy of other writers. But voice is an aspect of writing that is formed from many different elements—tone, style, and vantage … Continue reading

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Tightening Your Prose

Hemingway’s Influence Writing tight prose need not make our writing dry and strangulated. Ernest Hemingway, known for his tight, concise prose style,  influenced most twentieth century writers. The crispness of Hemingway’s style demonstrated that the overly elaborated style of the … Continue reading

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The Hidden Structure of Writing

The word structure can evoke images of a linear arrangement of ideas, even a certain logical rigidity. Structure, however, can also be flowing and organic. The mind creates its own connections and provides its own logic if we allow our … Continue reading

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