Category Culture

Pori Urundai – the light-as-air laddoo

When it comes to making naivedyams for festivals, I go by my convenience and don’t stress myself out. Believe me, some festivals have too many items to be made. Though I don’t stint on the puja rituals, I often find shortcuts for the naivedyams 😊 Karthigai has some easy to make (and eat!) naivedyams, one […]

Khichdi, did you say?

It is about time for us to find and showcase our treasures, from yoga to khichdi. Why wait for a foreigner to point them out to us or worse, sell them back to us, neatly packaged and labelled?

Has Deepavali/Diwali become too ‘globalized’?

In our efforts to ‘globalize the festival, have we taken away from its heritage and cultural roots?

Dussehra memories – Of drums, dread and thrill

Back in my childhood, Durga Puja brought with it drumbeats and terror. I don’t know why we were so terrified of the drums, but we used to rush blindly in the opposite direction of the drums when we heard the beats.

On this Guru Purnima….

A teacher might be a Guru, but a Guru is not just a teacher….A Guru Purnima tribute to our great Gurus.

Give a person a good name…

There is no motivation for the bad dogs to reform, for no matter what they do, they will be demonized and vilified and might even end up turning into criminals.

Where have all the games gone?

It is a pity that many of the games that were played a couple of generations ago have become virtually ‘extinct’ today.

Let there be Light!

The tradition of lighting candles and lamps during various festivals around the world, all have behind them the figurative significance of dispelling the darkness of the mind and ushering in wisdom.

Navaratri – Nine nights of Shakti

The Navratri kolu itself is a showcase of the artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of the people and is a combined effort of all the members of the family.celebrated in different ways around the country.

Children, exercise to score – in exams!

Contrary to what children and even parents believe, games and physical exercise of any kind actually aid good academic performance.

Auspicious…inauspicious…good omen…Evil eye

I think the use of a mirror at the entrance of the house is a brilliant idea. When one looks at oneself in the mirror, what emotions can one have except positive ones? What an idea, sirjee!

Two books, Karma, Clairvoyance, Reincarnation – II

Isn’t it amazing how profound psychological concepts are wrapped in religious imagery in Hinduism?