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Why Everyday Gyaan #FridayReflections

Today’s prompt invites me to share the background to this blog, so I’m going to reshare with you something that I had upto recently on the homepage which will tell you : Why Everyday Gyaan?

My first choice of a name was Daily Gyaan but I wasn’t able to get the domain and I’m glad it worked that way.

Why Everyday Gyaan?

What’s the meaning behind the name Everyday Gyaan, you might ask? Everyday – talking about things that happen in day to day life…… Gyaan – a Sanskrit word that means ‘wisdom’ or ‘knowledge’. Together they represent what this blog is about – drawing meaning, learning and inspiration from the ordinary and everyday events of life.

What makes Everyday Gyaan?

The Everyday Gyaan journey began in early 2009 and I have been constantly experimenting with my writing and sharing until I sat down one day and decided what I really wanted this site to be about. Everyday Gyaan is all about keeping life simple, authentic and holistic. While I enjoy writing and sharing here, this website acts as guide for me to keep things real. When I share things that are happening in my life, or my perspective on things happening in the world, I want my writing to resonate with you, dear reader.

The Frangipani story….

From quite early, a frangipani flower has adorned the header of this site, simply because I found it so pretty. Later I learnt there was a symbolism behind the  five petals of the flower.  Supposedly they represent five qualities of necessary for psychological perfection: sincerity, faith, aspiration, devotion and surrender. These are qualities I want to have within me and radiate to the world.

Always grateful

I am always grateful for all I have learnt and all the wonderful friends I’ve made through Everyday Gyaan.  Thank you for being one of them!


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Prompts for 17 March 2017

  1. Your most prized possession and why
  2. Top three favourite bands/musicians
  3. The reason behind your blog and its name
  4. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one.
  5. Picture prompt (via


  1. Nabanita Dhar Nabanita Dhar March 22, 2017

    I always relate everyday gyaan with you. It somehow falls into place naturally. It fits with what you share and what you make us think about and realise. Here’s to many more years to Everydaygyaan 🙂

  2. Ness Ness March 21, 2017

    I love the title and the reasons behind it. Lovely.

  3. I’ve always loved the name of your blog and am still amazed at how perfect it is! 🙂 You have so much gyaan and I feel a sense of peace whenever I read your blog.

  4. Bellybytes Bellybytes March 18, 2017

    I love your Everyday Gyaan…..and many thanks for choosing me as featured writer last week.

  5. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil March 18, 2017

    Love the name story and the frangipani flower. I was not knowing the background of th frangipani flower. It’s simply beautiful like this website.

  6. The Unknown Journey Ahead The Unknown Journey Ahead March 18, 2017

    I find it interesting that surrender is one of the five qualities for psychological perfection. In my culture, we fight – fight against illness, fight for the right to party (OK, that was a song, but still). Surrender is not necessarily on the list of qualities that we admire. But being a “control freak” (more American slang?) isn’t considered a good thing, either. I’m not sure I would want to surrender to life, or to the forces threatening the well being o my brother in law. But the other qualities – sincerity, faith, aspiration, devotion – they do resonate.

  7. Roshan Radhakrishnan Roshan Radhakrishnan March 18, 2017

    Ok. I could have guessed the Everyday Gyaan bit but honestly, I did not realize there was a significance to that flower… or that it was the same flower in earlier versions of the site header.
    The fact that there is a separate meaning for the petals of the flowers… wow!
    Good to know! Also, time for me to copy you!! *goes to search for anaesthetic flowers! Gets eaten by bears*

  8. Geethica Mehra Geethica Mehra March 17, 2017

    This is the perfect reason to start your website. Everyday happenings around us give us so much to write and talk about. Happy Blogging!

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