Category Archives: Culture &Tradition

Ram Mandir at Ayodhya is inevitable! How? … time will tell.

An amicable, out-of-court settlement over the Ram Temple issue was a better course of action, said a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul claiming it is a sensitive and sentimental issue … Continue reading

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माँ सरस्वती – विद्या, संगीत, कला की अधिष्ठात्री देवी !!

Maa Saraswati (सरस्वती) is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. She is a part of the trinity (Tridevi) of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to … Continue reading

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India fails its heroes, every time.

When you sit and think about what all is wrong with India and our mindset, the question has a potential to leave you mad, without offering any solution.One of them is the one in which I am indulging right now, … Continue reading

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Uncle Pai – The Master Storyteller

If I say that the majority of us Indian children since the late 1960s have learned the majority of our religion, mythology and history from the comic book called the Amar Chitra Katha (Immortal Illustrated Stories), it won’t be an … Continue reading

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Who is a Hindu? What is Hinduism?

A lot of ink has flowed over the question how to define Hinduism.  There is no other religion for which the question of definition is so difficult.  A Roman Catholic could be defined as a person who is baptized by … Continue reading

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बिहारी होली .. फगुआ !!

फगुआ मतलब फागुन, होली। बिहारका फगुआ जम कर मौज मस्ती करने का पर्व है। जब मैं बिहारी होली की बात करता हूँ तो उसका मतलब बिहार की चौहद्दी से नहीं है । बनारस से उत्तर की तरफ गोरखपुर होते हुये अगर … Continue reading

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Glorifying rapists: A repugnant idea !

There is an outrage going on against a documentary made by Leslee Udwin of BBC called ‘India’s Daughter‘. The documentary will be broadcast on Storyville on BBC Four on Sunday 8 March at 22:00 GMT. It was also scheduled to … Continue reading

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Makar Sankranti : Rituals, celebration and significance.

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. But there is much more to this festival that is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. Sankranti literally means movement. Let’s look at the significance of this festival of … Continue reading

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The hypocrisy of “Happy Diwali BUT No Fireworks” !

Diwali is near. While I was waiting for the ‘Green-Diwali‘campaign from the usual suspects and the #SayNoToCrackers brigade to teach us how to celebrate our age-old festivals, in yet another colossal judicial overreach, Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in … Continue reading

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Chhath Puja (छठ पर्व, सुर्य षष्ठी)

Missing my mother today, mai as we call her in Bhojpuri. Mai resides in Jamshedpur (part of erstwhile Bihar, now in Jharkhand) and even after much dissuasion she has not stopped performing chhatth puja though not in the best of her health for the … Continue reading

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