The Story of Ramayana

On Ramanavami, how the story of Rama pervades through the fabric of life in India? The story of Ramayana is not just about a scripture but the narrative encompasses the social fabric beyond religious thought in India, it has become omnipresent in different ways across the length and breadth of the country and presents itself in…

Kanjak Puja

We are a country where girl child is worshipped every Navratri. And so are innumerable Goddesses. But as the girl becomes a woman she is not granted her independence to choose her way of life, it is mandated by the family or society at large. What is the point of celebrations such as these? My…

Apple tells a story …

Apple New Launch Event 2019

Yesterday I watched the Apple Event through my Samsung phone tele casting on the Sony TV - smart generation of technology with its seamless integration. We have come a long way since the 1st Apple Phone and the 1st Apple Live New Launch broadcast. Apple reiterated the point that engaging content and stories is essential…

Khele mashane mein Holi

Banaras starts celebrating Holi 6 days before on Rangbhari Ekadashi when Shiva is supposed to come home first time with his consort Parvati post marriage and his followers welcomed them by playing colours with them. And next day Shiva's followers play Holi with ashes at famous cremation grounds of Banaras and this Pandit Channulal Mishra…

Shiva Shiva …

Shiva

Amish Tripathi calls him "Dude of the Gods". Others call him by various names - 1008 names to be precise - Bholenath, Mahadev, Shankar, Shambhu, Rudra, Neelkanth, Nataraja or Shiva are some of the more popular ones. He is a paradox - as a destroyer and a benefactor, as an ascetic as well as a…

The Tirangi Barfi of Banaras

Tirangi Barfi of Banaras

The fight for Indian Independence was fought at many levels - from the boycott of foreign made clothes, to making salt and by making statement through food. And Banaras (Varanasi) led the way by creating special mithai (sweets) during the Independence movement. The commonly known Tirangi Barfi (tri-colour sweet) was an Independence Day and Republic…