Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine


Femininity and Masculinity are taken as two qualities of the existence in Hinduism and in most Eastern traditions.  Eastern mystics called it Yin and Yang.  In Hinduism, this is posited as Purush and Prakriti - and the highest of all beings - Shiva - is said to be an Ardhanareshwar.  Half man and half woman.   But he is called so not because ONLY he was a combination of Feminine and Masculine; but because in him the two qualities were completely balanced and more importantly, he was the first to … [Read more...]

Delhi Gangrape: What Should Boys Be Taught About Rape?

Here is an interesting discussion on what the boys should be taught about rape. Akhil Sharma discusses the whole issue of how boys are brought up and what messages are they getting.. specifically with respect to sex and rape .. and women in particular. Much of this conversation has focused on what we teach girls about their own worth; and about the messages that society sends them about their supposed culpability when they are victimized. But today, we want to explore what we teach our boys, … [Read more...]

Beautiful Lohri Song in Punjabi

A beautiful Lohri song by Harbhajan Singh and Jaspinder Narula.  … [Read more...]

Why are Indians prudish?

Someone asked this question on Quora in this way: The older codes of Indian law define the following six categories of children (sons) and their legal inheritance rights, excluding adoptions:1. Born of a woman through her wedded husband, called the son of the body (ourasa) 2. Born of a woman by her second marriage, called the son of a remarried woman (punarbhava) 3. Born in accordance with the law of Niyoga(*), called a son begotten on a wife (kshetrajna) 4. Born of a married woman by an … [Read more...]

The Odd One Out – A liberal’s life in an orthodox society!

By Guest Blogger, MeeraImagine a girl who heads to the pooja room every day right after bath to pray; one who wouldn’t dare to go to her orthodox cousin’s place wearing a sleeveless top or without bangles; one who would follow all customs and traditions (aachara as they call it here) to the last point even though that meant extreme discomfort to her; one who would not daresay comment anything when people bash Indians who settle abroad; one who would always nod to comments like ‘Indian culture i … [Read more...]

The Greatest Indian Dance Performance of this Century

Indian Marriages are a world unto themselves.  The behavior is typical and interesting.  Bride and Groom are accidental diversions.  People actually go to live a fantasy.  Many things are common and have grown into people's imagination not because of any genuine reason, but because they are peculiar.So it is very common for all the adult men to drink and not just drink but do so out of a car trunk converted into a bar.  The car trunk-turned bar is the most common feature of the Indian marr … [Read more...]

Oprah’s Indian Fascination and Discussion on India as an “Exotic Interest”

Oprah Winfrey went to the Jaipur Literary Fest and had something interesting to share about her experience in India.  As interesting as it is, I wish India wasn't addressed as if it was some kind of an exotic bird or an animal.  Whenever someone from outside of India - specially West - comes over, s/he finds there is an energy, that is missing in other places and so comes out with interesting comments - either out of political correctness (if s/he cannot really come to grips) or out exasperation … [Read more...]

Jay Leno’s Mitt Romney Joke on Sikhs Golden Temple “not cool”!

American Entertainers are funny but many are pretty darn stupid. In this video, on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Jay Leno - in an attempt to look funny and deride Mitt Romney and his wealth, shows the sacred religious place for Sikhs (and even Hindus) - The Golden Temple - as the home of "rich Mitt Romney".Sikhs are not very happy with using their religious place as a plug for mockery in the US Presidential race. And one can understand why. This is not the only time people aren't … [Read more...]