In India along with books of chick-lit genre written by the ilks of Chetan Bhagat, the books of another genre that sell well are those based on the characters of our mythologies like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Some authors like Devdutt Patnaik call their books as re-tellings, which of course is nothing new. Retelling is perhaps … Continue reading how far can one deviate in retelling our mythologies?
Amarnath Yatra : down memory lane (Part-1) This year, the form has become formless. But the priest insists we bow. After a glimpse of the void we retrace our path back to the tenth ox. The story of the tenth ox is like this. Some Japanese Buddhist traditions use a series of ten pictures … Continue reading Amarnath yatra : down memory lane (Part-3)
Continued from Part-1 The feeling of non dual consciousnessbecomes a reality as twenty of us huddle together inside a small tent.Some have taken off to their abode of blisswith a fleet of noisy engines waking up every one but themselves - a journey of awakening. Apart from paying to the Pithoo, the other expenses we … Continue reading Amarnath yatra : down memory lane (Part-2)
As I read about the hype created by self styled seculars and unapologetic Islamic leaders about the massive security arrangements done for this year's Amarnath Yatra I am reminded of my own undertaken twenty years back. I was able to undertake this trip thanks to my posting in an Indian Air Force base in Jammu … Continue reading Amarnath yatra: down memory lane (Part-1)
If you type your destination as Yoga Nandeeshwaraswamy temple in Google maps you will end up atop the Nandi Hills. We did the same mistake. Just before the climb to Nandi Hills we realised it. Our destination was the Bhoga & Yoga Nandeshwaraswamy temple at village Nandi which is located a few kilometers away from … Continue reading Shree Bhoga & Yoga Nandeeshwaraswamy Temple
Kahin door jab din dhal jae ... Driving from Mangaluru to Murudeshwar on NH - 66 is awesome in it self - provided you ignore the typical bad patches on any Indian Road that is under repair- or not under repair. (In India some roads are perpetually under repair 😀 ). I have travelled on … Continue reading surprises on the way – photo essay
Even the puranas, that portray him with human attributes, are silent about his birth. Being Shankara – who has your welfare in his mind, he is close to our heart, yet he remains the most mysterious one riddled with contradictions. He makes the profane sacred so he lives in burial grounds. Is it an attempt … Continue reading Lord Shiva – The strange God from time immemorial