Of Nokia & Finland

In 2011 I took an opportunity to visit Nokia House in Espoo. I still remember looking out from the dining hall onto a semi-frozen lake with a few weather worn trees on an island.

In my mind that lake represents Finland and the attitude of its people. A nation which in its young(ish) history has successfully challenged larger foreign forces. Occupied by a Swedish monarchy till 1803 and then becoming a Russian domain, Finland gained its independence from Russia at the end of World War 2 after fighting for it since 1917 (an interesting history). The Finns are a strong and resilient people (Look up Simo Häyhä). Moving forward from this strife they have developed a culture with a standard of living which is amongst the highest in the world.

And this spirit is reflected in what still remains one of Finland’s most iconic brand – Nokia.

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True inspiration

my scars are not ugly they mean I’m alive

Image : Beth Whaanga & Nadia Mascot
Image : Beth Whaanga & Nadia Mascot

Inspirational is a word thrown across very lightly. Very rarely do you come across something that is truly inspiring.

This is the story of Beth Whaanga. Who dared to do something that an increasingly puritanical society may find distressing or inappropriate. Like the people who flagged this album as inappropriate.

Beth has published a photo set of herself, unclothed, showing how her breast cancer treatments have affected her body. With a hope of inspiring us to think about people and how cancer may affect anyone. Do share the album.

Under the red dress by Beth Whangaa and Nadia Post

History

I went for a visit to my old neighbourhood in Delhi today. I had to run some chores and also needed to pick up a couple of things from my old home. We moved from the house a year or so ago to Gurgaon, a city next to Delhi, which forms part of the National Capital Region. We moved for reasons of necessity and practicality, and we had balanced rational vs the emotional when we moved. And yet when you do return, its hard not to remember all that has happened in those years.

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