When fitness enthusiasts go through their exercise routines, they often forget or are even unaware that our ancestors of various religions did them too, only as part of religious rituals.
Category: Society Spirituality Tags:
exercise, extreme body feats, Fasting, fitness, marathon, marathon running, marathoners, Mountaintop temples, religion, stair-climbing, Thaipoosam festival, Tower Running, upvas, vrats
Don’t you fast during Navaratras? my maid asked me. ‘No, we make a feast for the goddess and eat it,’ I replied, much to her disgust.
Writing a biography is not easy. It gets tougher when it is about the childhood of eminent personalities. But it is most challenging when the target audience is children.
A friendly neighbourhood is like a warm joint family, where everyone looks out for and supports each other. Alas, these are fast becoming endangered, thanks to insular apartments with little need for interaction among the neighbours.
Giving is even more meaningful, when the recipient becomes a productive member of the society.
The journey has been long — painful at times, exhilarating at others, but coming full circle has never been so satisfying.
What if a society has citizens who have their memories wiped clean?
Category: Books Kaleidoscope Tags:
Autobiographical memory, book review, books, DNA and memory, Harry Potter, Harry Potter series, J.K.Rowling, Lois Lowry, memories, Muggles, nostalgia, Patronus, Pensieve, The Giver, wisdom
As compared to the earlier caste system which was determined by birth, the present one is defined by material wealth and social status.
Category: Society Tags:
caste system, crime, Education, government schools, politicians, poverty, poverty porn, Prof.Amartya Sen, rich-poor divide, slum tourism, Slums, upper caste, wealth
Sir.C.V.Raman, whose birth anniversary is being celebrated today, was not just a scientist, but a keen lover of music, arts, nature and more. He was as good a student as he was a teacher and his students doted on him. A peep into the man behind the scientist…
Have the prayers changed, or have they just become more realistic?
Life is not all about rosy things, though we would like to protect our children from suffering and depressing stuff. Letting them see the world in all its goodness and ugliness through a well written book is perhaps the best way to sensitise them.
Category: Books Children Tags:
Anne Frank’s Diary, books on the Holocaust, children’s books Children’s, Children’s Memorial, Fumiko Ishioka, Hana’s Suitcase, Hans Christian Anderson Award, Holocaust, Holocaust literature, Israel, Jerusalem, Jews Life is Beautiful – movie sensitizing children, The boy in the striped pyjamas, The Island on Bird Street, The Man from the Other Side, Uri Orlev, World War II, Writing for children, Yad Vashem -- Holocaust Museum
Faith, they say, can move mountains. And what better place to find it than a house of worship, where the faith of thousands effectively makes it throb with positive energy?
Category: Spirituality Tags:
bhajans, church, faith, Ganga, Lotus Temple, Maha Kumbh, mosque, places of worship, prayers, religion, Seven Hills, Spiritual tourism, spirituality, temple, Temple tourism, Tirupati, worship