Chaturmasya-the gift to wellness
Our ancestors instituted the ćaturmāsya sankalpam as a means to overhaul the panća bhūtas representing the internal organs of the human body–especially of those above the age of 50.
Celebrate festivals with joy, not pain!
Festivals need not be tension-ridden because they come with a whole lot of rituals attached to them. Why not follow our own rituals and make them enjoyable and meaningful?
Mantras are powerful, but I love my ‘shloka-pills’!
Like a child reaching out to one particular relative in a large joint family to redress a specific complaint, so can we invoke any manifestation of the Supreme, to get out problem sorted out by chanting a shloka dedicated to the Deity.
‘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.
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.