Ardhanareshwar, Urdu and Masala Chai

Ardhanareshwar (translated as "Half- Man-Woman") is a unique way to describe the creation and its parts. That a person is a male or a female is a fact, but it has the inputs of both man and a woman is the Truth. Feminine and Masculine are therefore mere tendencies that define the Universe. They maybe conceived as "Opposites" but they are inherently Complementary.The mindset that was behind concept of Ardhanareshwar is also responsible for two interesting products - Urdu and Masala … [Read more...]

East vs West: Myths that Mystify

A very well done speech and sequence of thoughts. Worth listening to again and again! … [Read more...]

Lost Civilization before us

There is a small possibility that the current civilization can face a complete destruction or annihilation either from a great deluge due to global warming or earth quake, or a nuclear war or even by an appointment with some asteroid. It is possible that everything we created, everything we invented may totally get lost and annihilated. So, many of us might think on how we can preserve and pass on knowledge to the nascent civilization of future generations which can help them. However, a whole … [Read more...]

Happy Lohri and its significance

Every year today, in Punjab Lohri is celebrated. Those, who are from Punjab, this is a special occasion when people light bonfires and dance and make merry. There is also another tradition, where the young kids go around the neighborhood asking for Indian knick-knacks (sweets etc.) by singing this traditional song in Punjabi..Its celebration of the winter solstice. Instead of celebrating Lohri on the day of the winter solstice, Punjabis celebrate it on the last day of the month during which … [Read more...]

Love vs Culture and Culture of Love

Pramod Muthalik, of Sri Rama Sene, a Hindu organization has recently been in news for the wrong reasons. He and his men were involved in beating up boys, and specifically girls for going to pub. And if that was not enough, now he and his goons are threatening to hit at the you who are going to celebrate the Valentine's Day.Now, the Karnataka Government has arrested him and 140 others as a precautionary measure. Why are he and his friends doing this? Well, they love their "Hindu Culture". … [Read more...]

Cultural interaction in India

There was a lot of reaction on my piece on Raj Thackeray and may felt the Biharis will decimate their culture. Here are my thoughts:Since our independence, North Indians - specifically the Allahabad crowd ruled India. South Indians and the others were almost not welcome.And majority of this crowd was either with lawyers background or elitist.Even the business was North based for the most part.Over the years this has changed.One of the things that has changed all this is Knowledge … [Read more...]

40% marriages in Mumbai end up in divorce!

Is there something going wrong with Indian marriages?  Well, new data and study shows that ~40% of all marriages in Mumbai and Thane are ending up in courts!  Pressures of modern day life?  Probably.For every five weddings registered in Mumbai and Thane since 2002, family courts have received two applications for divorce.Exactly 104,287 marriages were registered in Mumbai and Thane between January 2002 and October 2007. During the same period, the family courts in the two districts re … [Read more...]

Languages and Culture

There are very few blogs across the world, where you see people writing something "original" - something that THEY have researched and come up with. Here is a blogger - Blokesablogin (Meenakshi?) - who discusses the relationship between the languages and culture/civilization. She goes on to look at how Sankrit is different in its structure from English and how it paves way for the world view that people have? A must read!In Samskritam, the Prathama Purusha (or primary person) is actually … [Read more...]