At large gatherings like weddings and other auspicious functions, our elders usually ask those who are sneezing to leave the place. Today, in times of #coronavirus, we understand that far from being superstitious, our elders are only protecting those gathered from the bacteria thrown out by the sneeze!

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.

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!

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

Advaita-healing has two individual methods and a combined method of healing.  They may be called the negative, positive and neutral methods.

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

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 An exclusive series on Universal Natural Health 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 repository of ancient folk wisdom he had learnt […]

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

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).

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.

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.

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