Tamerlane was the subject of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "Timurlane". He is also the name given to their son by the Muslim star Saif Ali Khan and his Hindu wife Kareena Kapoor. One may ask,  what's in a name?  Yes, there is nothing much in it...

What Durga Pujo means to a Bengali?

The raison d’être of this article that it sets out to achieve and consequently narrate is so enmeshed in multiple layers of consciousness and meanings that the entire point of penning this piece is in danger of portraying a biased outlook on an...

Webster dictionary defines superstition as a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance or a false conception of causation. In spite of living in an age of logical reasoning, we all, to a varying...

Holi - A color Festival

"Holi Hai", is the most common voice that can be heard in the streets of India during the Dol-Purnima, which was 23rd March of this year. The Color Festival of India. Much like the Halloween of the West but differs far in the origin and...

Introduction Poetry many a time gives a gloss to sex. A veneer that hides the real meaning. This was more so in the medieval age when sex was not so open as today, particularly in Europe which with the advent of Christianity was caged in a wall of...

Background Indian ancient history is in fact the History of Hinduism. This was the onmipotent belief since the dawn of history in India. For a brief period there was a break during the period when the Maurya dynasty ruled India, at that time...

Height of Corruption

Recently I came across a news item stating that due to rising costs the height of the Ravana at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi this year is being reduced from 60-65 feet to around 40-45 feet. In some places they no longer put up Kumbhakarna's figure...

I recently read a book by Dr Ved Prakash " Muhammad in Hindu Scriptures". Dr Ved Prakash Upadhyay was a well known scholar of Sanskrit and he studied the ancient Hindu scriptures and came to some startling conclusions. The fact is that for...

The land Hindustan is the abode of the Hindus , a religion as well as a way of life for as long as civilization has existed. It is the oldest religion in the world and has a deep philosophy. But this religion presides over a fractured society,...

God is a Noun, but Not a Person!

“Dad, do you believe in God?” The innocent question was from my 10 year old child. I was teaching him the fundamentals of English grammar. But, what has grammar to do with God? I was explaining him about the difference between proper noun and...

Caste/Religion and the Indian Army

The Indian army as we know it today was in reality the British Indian army and traces it origin to the beginning of the days of the rule of the East India Company. In 1947, the prefix British was dropped and it became the Indian army, but in all...

When war composes glorious ballads of the winners, history is written and re-written several times. Winners deserve the fame, and all virtues are imposed on them. Their faults and fallacies are forgotten in the extreme spirits of victory. Who want...

During the terrific silence of that horrible night, they could not hear the footsteps of death. On the eighteenth night of a great war, they were sleeping in the camp, completely tired, and horrified by the nightmare of the dancing torsos in the...

Buddha - a Heart Full of Love

Here is a religion that never cared about God, but survived 2500 years and still practiced by about 500 million followers worldwide. It is the story of one enlightened man, his fearless journey in search of truth behind the misery of life; and the...

In spite of the live presence of so many mythological characters in the epic Mahabharata, why this character attracted me the most? This great warrior, in spite of his amazing heroic qualities, was abandoned from every fields of life in the name of...

The Message of Bhagavad Gita

Life is a fight, a continuous fight, and each one of us has to face some crisis many times. Gita starts with a crisis, an emotional crisis, faced by Arjuna, the representative of modern man, when he was challenged in front of the battle of life to...

As 2014 draws to a close, astrologers have already launched their forecasts for 2015. These are available inform of small booklets, columns in newspapers or on TV channels. In my mailbox some of them are inviting me to pay up and know about how to...

Does God exist? Most probably this question has been asked a number of times in human history, from time immemorial. The question has been answered in every occasion, but no conclusion has been reached. The concept of God exists in human mind...

A few us friends were having a heated discussion on topics about Secret sects like Illuminati, Freemasons and ancient wisdom and most of the people present there felt that there had to be something about them  for such phenomenon or whatever...

Impact of Westernization

Culture plays an important role in the development of a person. Particularly, in a country like india, culture is everything. It is the pride of our nation. India has several states and each state has its own cultural and moral values. Also each...

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