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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vyoma and Krishna – LXXIII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the take of Vyoma and Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha smiled, “Now, it was Vyoma’s turn to prove his loyalty.” Parikshit remembered, “Oh yes! Another from Kamsa’s entourage.” Sukha narrated the story, “Vyoma was perhaps one of the last Kamsa loyalists who had been sent to kill Balarama […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Backup Plans of Kamsa – LXII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of a backup plan of Kamsa, aimed at killing Krishna and Balarama, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha smiled, “Now Kamsa began to call all his ministers and keep backup plan ready. He called Mushtika, Chanura, Shala, and Toshala. He also summoned his mahout (elephant trainer).” Parikshit observed, “So many […]

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An Inward Journey to Bodh Gaya: An Awakening of the Self

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Buddhist temples built by many South Asian countries here are unique for pervasive tranquillity that penetrates even the heart of an atheist. The silence is so deep that you can hear our own breathing and heartbeats. It leads one to dive deep into one’s own unconscious mind, perhaps unknowingly. This is one of the […]

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Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

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Rabindranath Tagore: An Inquiry into Ideas and Ideals

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn order to acquire a worldview for himself, Tagore strove to achieve a balance between Humanism and Naturalism, Individualism and Determinism, Hedonism and Asceticism, all of them being the various ways of apprehending the ultimate reality. This balance helped him determine his own perspectives on life and times, and his role as a literary writer […]

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Rustling Silks and Flamboyant Hues at Maharashtrian Weddings

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira tells us about Marathi weddings, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Marathi weddings are middle-level affairs, a sharp contrast from the big fat Indian wedding projected by the innumerable soap serials on television channels. Firstly, an engagement ceremony Sakhar Puda is held.  In a gathering of close friends and relatives saris and sweet delicacies are gifted […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Keshi and Krishna – LXXI

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Keshi and Krishna, from Srimad Bhagavatam, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha went to the next story, “Kamsa worked out a plan in his head. Now that he was sure about Devaki and Vasudev’s eight-born-son, he had to arrange everything so that the child never comes in […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Sage Narada visits Kamsa – LXX

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Sage Narada visiting Kamsa, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Sukha smiled, “Now, Sage Narada decided to visit Kamsa again.” Parikshit was curious, “Again! What for?” “Yes,” Sukha said, “To pace things up a bit. So, Kamsa was sitting in his royal court when Sage Narada made his […]

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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

Reading Time: 4 minutesMalayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts of the country, […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Arishta and Krishna – LXIX

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna vanquishing the Ausra Arishta, from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sukha continued narrating the stories from Bhagavad Purana, which his father Ved Vyasa had authored. “Now,” he began, “another asura called Arishta comes in search of Krishna.” Parikshit responded, “One more!” “Yes,” Sukha said, “Kamsa and […]

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