Author Archives: Zephyr

…..And I don’t think it was Valentine’s Day

Romance can be found in the unlikeliest things–even in a warm bhutta!

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more-4

When Hodge Podge talked of taking his cousins with him back to Canada, there were squeals of delight from his cousins.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-4

PANĆABHŪTA AND PANĆĒNDRIYĀ THE STHŪLA AND SŪKŚMA TATTVAS IN THE HUMAN BODY A guest wellness series based on ancient Indian dharmic wisdom, by Amritavarshini. (Continued from the previous post) In that remote village of South India a long time ago, lived the venerable Elder of over a 100 years. Simply known as Thatha, he was […]

A MEET-UP OF FOOD-COUSINS, TWINS, TRIPLETS AND MORE – 3

Called variously as bharta, gotsu, bajji, choka, begun pora etc., Baingan Bharta is a pan-Indian food.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-3

Among the host of rituals instituted by our ancestors around the protection of plants and trees, are the offering of jal to trees like vatavrkśa (banyan), pīpal, aśwattha (fig) and āmalaki (Indian gooseberry).

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – 2

I would have normally skipped the khichdis, but the cheer and bonhomie that the delegates exuded drew me to them. I am glad that I did, for I would have missed two unusual ‘cousins’ had I not stopped.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-2

By cleverly weaving the rituals and customs around divine propitiation in the beginning and later around dharmic duties and social obligations, our wise ancestors ensured that the living beings and Nature were cared for equally.

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – I

You could say that foods have their own ‘taste-alikes’ just as we humans are supposed to have seven lookalikes each in the world.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-1

Today we have a clearer vision with proof, backed by scientific experiments and investigations under lab conditions, that the Pancha Mahabhoota are indeed the vital forces in our lives.

How did Deepavali/Diwali become so ‘secularized’?

The efforts to secularize a culturally rich religious festival like Deepavali have taken away much of its civilizational value.

Eat your way into the record books!

But at what cost? The obscene quantities of food being demolished can feed hundreds of hungry people, besides playing havoc with the competitor’s health.

#Sareeswag? No, It is #SareeLove for me!

We need a saree revolution that would showcase the SAREE itself, as a great dress, if we have to stop the saree going the kimono way.

Worshipping Ganesha as Ashtavinayaks

The Ashtavinayak temples are not only ancient but are spiritually enriching to the devout yatri.