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- What Do You Believe?
Self awareness leads to self confidence and when you know your self life automatically becomes more meaningful.
- Scientific Religion - A Paradox
I owe no scientific explanation for religious practices, since I owe no explanation I don't have to huddle.
- Sensibility in Senseless Traffic
Among impatient drivers, unruly drivers, rogue drivers and rash drivers, one could come across sensible drivers too.
- Intercourse with the Natives
The biggest part, I believe, of any healing between cultures that have been at odds with each other is a dialogue.
- Cultures That Stay Unknown
As a Bengali myself, I concentrated myself on the culture and how it is being demolished.
- Feasting Fasting
If you have to feast, do you HAVE to fast?
- Indians in the USA – Their Racial Perspectives
What explains the racism of Indian immigrants to African Americans in the USA?
- Introducing Astrology in Schools
Astrology needs to be thrust down the minds of all.
- Movie Review: Dharm - Unfairly Snubbed
This film is not about the chaos that hatred leads us into but of the humanity that pulls us out of it, unscathed.
- The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes
A review of an Egyptian book on science, astronomy, astrology and geography
- My God Cannot be The God
When I pondered over the point "GOD", I started seeing stars.
- Eclipsing the Eclipse
Solar and Lunar eclipses are usual occurrences and so also the controversies surrounding it.
- Grooming Starts in a Barber's Shop
My son was mentored to own up his hair-cut, from as young as 10 years of age.
- Photo Essay: Dakshnineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata
The journey was a varied ones, passing through many versions of India, from colonial buildings to modern crowded streets.
- From Japaratinga - The Healing Poison
The frog with the healing touch
- The Value of Surrender
It is only when the Mind chooses to surrender that peace will return on Earth.
- Joy, Killjoy of Thesis, Antithesis: Waterless Urinals & Water Crisis
I think everything in this world happens first as a farce, then as a tragedy.
- Do Festivals Mean Anything Any More?
I feel that with the changing times, we should revamp the way in which the festivals are celebrated
- The Song of the Infidel
Looking for Divinity in an Age of one night stands
- For God's Sake
Pray because you believe, and then ask him for what you want.
- Vidyaarambham : Initiating Children to the World of Knowledge
The writing on rice grains symbolizes acquisition of knowledge that leads to prosperity.
- Quacks & Gullible Folk
The quack said, 'You have come in time, otherwise this black hairy thing would have grown like a tennis ball in the stomach and killed
- Book Review: The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
It suffers from an unbearable awareness of its assumed self-importance, and tries too hard to conform to expectations.
- Satire: Super-califragilisticexpiali-stitious
The members of the association of Progressive Indian Women (Bharatiya Unnatisheel Mahilayen a.k.a BUM) were livid with rage.
- Ekadantaya Dheemahi
This is Baba Bangali bringing you yet another spicy interview with my drinking buddy and fellow food lover Gunny Bops.
- A Postmodern Wedding
Occasionally our cultural climate doles out opportunities to compensate for the cinematic inadequacy of our lives.
- Fiction: Dessicate
I did notice the subtleties around me. The ones that made the times I live in, the place I grew up.
- Prayag Kashi Gaya
Moksh or no, I found a perceptible shift in my "attachments" towards the material and the familial
- The Magic of 'Pata Chitra'
'Pata' in Sanskrit means piece of cloth and 'Chitra' means painting or picture.
- If the World Becomes Colour Blind...
The importance of colors in our life. Is Holi this year really worth celebrating ?
- Ramakrishna: A Lover of God
Decomposing the religious epistemological framework of Ramakrishna is futile, he was simply a lover of God.
- Sati In Chennai?
Self immolation has become a cultivated culture in Tamil Nadu
Did you know there is a Professional Association for Butchers which traces its history back more than 1000 years? I didnt...
- Dancing on the Streets, World Literature Festival Oslo, September 2008
Dancing on cobbled streets with strangers at midnight in Oslo is sheer poetry
- I Begin to Understand Mithila Painting
I found myself slipping into the shoes of the painter - what was she thinking, this Mundrika Devi of Jitvarpur Village, when she drew these?
- Brothers and Sisters; Thanks for Clarifying Demographic Issues
How my doubts were cleared about the RSS
- I Am Jill's Social Microscope
She's the typical nice-looking, a tad too 'healthy' to be one of the stick-insect-model-types. What strikes me is their clothes. Ah, his clothes.
- poetry: gods
in pursuit of smiling gods
- Polygamy: Why The Step-Motherly Treatment?
Whatever two consenting adults can do, three or more consenting adults should be able to.
- Teenage Girls Buried Alive in Pakistan
This is an absolutely despicable act, and the fact that the Government refuses to take any action on this after 6 weeks makes it even
- Marriage Mania
“Now at least we get laid each night”. “With the same partner”, was my sardonic remark.Chaitanya S
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- THE 'Q' FACTOR
Queer thoughts about breaking the 'Queue'
- Fishing For Wishes: A Fish Who God Listens To
Red is still accepting wish-applications: Visa, Amex and MC accepted!
- Putrid Pilgrimages in India
The provocatively titled blog “The Shit of the Saints is Still Reeking” talks of the 2007 mela in Allahabad.
- The Astrologer, Pushan and Other Marriage Tales
I pictured myself sitting behind some rusty iron desk, an inept, corrupt and arrogant Babu, in charge of the marriage registry.
- Organ Donation - Harvesting Spare Parts
In organ donation, the main taboos seem to be social and religious.
- The Marriage of Technology and Religion
Like hot water and noodles, we've cleverly mixed Religion and Technology to serve up God in an instant.
- A Goddess for Summer
In Mumbai, a small community from Andhra Pradesh worships the Goddess Mariamman every summer, seeking protection from the dreaded pox.
- Pope Benedict XVI Visits America
The rich ritualistic aspects of the Catholic church has always held a greater visual appeal than the informal Protestant kind to me.
- The Angry American Generation
The current American generation is the angry generation
- Book Review: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
What is the purpose of education if it does not serve a transformational and redemptive purpose ?
- What Rinku Sachdeva's Death Tells Us About Ourselves
Among us are people who reveal their potential to kill another human being. There cannot be a bigger death of humanity.
- Book Review: Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons is said to have spent just two days in Calcutta when he wrote the book, he conveys the essence of the city as
- Religious Convergence on March 21st
A once in a lifetime occurrence when "half the world's population is going to be celebrating something" falls this Friday
- How To Control Drunken Behavior?
The standard answer is, throw them in jail, public shaming, castration, fines or wire up the genitals via the liquid stream to an electrified wall
- Poetry: it is written on the clouds
on parochial possession of usurped passion
- Shravanabelagola: Lord Bahubali's Abode
Two girls on a sacred trail to Lord Bahubali in Shravanabelagola, a sleepy town in Karnataka that teems with history.
- Muhammad Abduh - A Reformer Who Died Too Soon
When you look around the Muslim world today, his words and his ideals are still as valid as they were then.