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The Year of the Dog: Chinese New Year 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday (Friday, Feb 16). Legend has it that ‘Nian’, a monster used to terrorise the people of a village. Everyone would leave their houses to go to safer grounds, before the monster’s annual visit. However one night, a wise old man decided to stay and confront it. It’s year of […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Was it Just a Vision? – LXII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts a tale from the Bhagavatam about how Nanda, and the gopas of Vrindavan, realised the divinity of his son, Krishna. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha asked, “Many a time we cannot tell a dream from reality, isn’t it?” Parikshit agreed, “Yes. When you narrate these stories and […]

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Feel the Jail, Ice Chunks Fall from Skies, Temple Idol Goes Savvy, Shikkari Shambu Sued

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Telangana prison department runs the unique jail tourism programme called ‘Feel the Jail’ where anyone can stay for 24 hours inside the Sangareddy Prison, built during the Nizam era in 1796. An icy ball which fell on a Haryana village that was suspected to be an extra-terrestrial object was frozen human waste leaked from […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna is Crowned Govinda – LXI

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana retells the story of how Krishna was crowned as Govinda, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha moved on to the next story, “After all the cowherds had moved away, Krishna placed the Govardhana back in place. Indra was ashamed of his arrogance and hesitantly approached Krishna. Kamdhenu, the divine cow accompanied […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna Lifts the Govardhana – LX

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the famous tale of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana to save the people of Vrindavan, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha said, “Now Krishna, we all know, was very, very naughty. And this time his prank was on Indra, the rain god and also the god of all devas (celestial beings). […]

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Makar Sankranti: A Pan-Indian Solar Festival Celebrating Bounty

Reading Time: 6 minutesMakar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, Lohri in North India and by other names. Makar Sankranti is observed […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna and the Art of Unconditional Service – LIX

Reading Time: 4 minutesSukha continued narrating the story, second subpart, continuing from last week, as retold by Nilanjana, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha continues narrating the story. Krishna advised his friends, “Please go to the wives of these Brahmins. They will definitely not disappoint you. They may not be very well-versed in Vedic knowledge […]

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When Faith Turns the Divider

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira anguishes that the Indian society is becoming increasingly intolerant and parochial. The walls of religious divisions are sharper now. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!                                                                         ~P.B. Shelley Mazhab nehi […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna and the Art of Unconditional Service – LVIII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana retells a tale of seva (unconditional service) that Krishna narrated, from the Bhagavatam. He cites the examples of a tree and wives of wise men. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Sukha had paused for a while before narrating the next story of Krishna. Parikshit followed his gaze that had […]

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The Tamil Harvest Festival Pongal Celebrates Bounty and Camaraderie

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about the four-day harvest festival, dedicated to the sun, in Tamil Nadu. It’s also celebrated in other states in South India. It means ‘spilling over’ of rice cooked in a pot, signifying bounty. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. The translation of Pongal is ‘spilling over’. It refers […]

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