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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).

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.

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.

Listen! Nature is talking to you!

Ravi Muthuswamy’s pictures often tell a story.

The Brat’s tribute to the L&M

Here is to the hero of our times, the man who effortlessly navigated through the confusing and confounding times when everything around us was changing. And not just that, he managed to keep us grounded too, giving us an identity when many were going through an identity crisis.

She is always a woman to me

A Women’s Day photo feature celebrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of our sisters from rural India.

Listening with your heart

Listening is an art, a therapy, a spiritual act, no less. But for listening to be effective, the listener has to do it with her heart, else the one being listened to finds no solace.

Earthen Diya memories

Even as times change, there are some things that remain constant, such as the enchantment of the diya burning bright on Diwali, discovers my guest blogger Arti.

Etiquette? What is that??

An ex-Navy man and blogger, Rahul Bhatia writes on issues that touch us, be it women’s safety or terrorism — in a gentle but forceful manner. He uses both verse and prose to get his point across to the readers. I enjoy his posts for their simplicity and because they often find an echo in […]

Ganapati Bappa Morya!

A much loved festival marked by devotion and faith, Ganapati has almost lost its spiritual sanctity, and has been reduced to an ostentatious and loud party the way it is celebrated today.

Should I let Henry Ford define my choices?

I have no choice in the matter,’ is an oft heard statement uttered in various contexts in varied states of helplessness. But contrary to belief, we all have choices, more than we can ever imagine. It is when and if we make them, that determines how we shape our lives.

Has the ‘Child’ in childhood disappeared?

Far from feeling carefree like butterflies and enjoying their childhood, our kids might actually be glad to leave their childhood behind them, considering how many of them are being pushed to excel by their parents!

English phrases that make perfect sense — to Indians

Now that English is a global language, with non-native speakers outnumbering native speakers, it has taken on a life of its own in non-English-speaking countries, and the question of correctness, of who owns English, is taking on a new spin.