Category Culture

‘Ye dil maange more’ of a higher kind

As the country desperately fights COVID-19, in the locked-in mode, what we need is the Vikram Batra-kind of a loftier ‘more’ in our dils, to make us better human beings.

Our elders had the best Corona-compliant routines!

Social distancing, washing one’s hands and feet after coming from outside, washing one’s hands every time one came into the kitchen to do something or take anything, quarantine – they did it all. Believe me, they would have set the best examples for Corona-compliance!

Ringing of bells brings joy and positive energy

At the most basic level, bells are harbingers of joy and celebration. Go ahead! Ring that bell – small and large!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

#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.

Coming full circle–The turbulent teens III

I was torn between defending my dharma at school and fighting with my parents about the same thing at home, thinking that the sum-all of Hinduism was its traditions and customs.

Coming full circle: The turbulent teens II

I wonder how it is that when someone pulls down something dear to you, even if you have been pulling it down yourself–your hackles are raised enough to defend it tooth and nail.

Coming full circle–my journey of faith

The journey has been long–painful at times, exhilarating at others, but coming full circle has never been so enriching.