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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
I read Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice at least once every year, today I was channel surfing to at least watch the movie, it wasn't showing anywhere and neither it was available on Netflix or Amazon Prime - so it's back to the ever classic book for tonight's reading. https://poojasodhi.com/timeless-reading-pride-and-prejudice/
Keeping memories alive, a look back on Basant Panchami - BHU celebrates its founders day with Saraswati Puja and lot of festivities!
Celebration of India's Republic Day ends with Beating the Retreat ceremony, reposting an old blog https://poojasodhi.com/i-still-have-faith-in-this-country-its-people-its-military/
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... Continue Reading →
The end of a calendar year is a time for retrospection, and it results in many year-end lists by journalists across the spectrum of fashion, movies, tech, music, political news and my favourite genre - books. Reading a blog by Sunil Sethi and an article by Seema Goswami (both of whom I follow to get... Continue Reading →
Long ago (before the social media deluge), I used to watch Sunil Sethi's show on NDTV Just Books for his recommendations and this year-end blog is just that.
I have been meaning to read Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies ever since it was released in 2010. However, the morbid subject matter made me pushing it back on my reading list. But over the years, I have come to hear about a new cancer case atleast once a week on an average,... Continue Reading →