Banarasi Saree

In the world of fashion, ‘Banarasi Saree’ remains the Indian ‘Sun’ and has been a subject of great inspiration and appreciation for world-wide costume connoisseurs. These proposed episodes would try to fathom its historical continuance, record its traditions which goes from generation to generation and unveil the intricacies which goes towards making this Banarasi Saree an art and aesthetics. In …

The Mango Orchard

After nearly a decade of traveling across distant lands, it was time to get grounded and invest in good old real estate. But the whole idea of buying a flat in a city sky rise never quite appealed to me. Basically I was looking for a place to kick back and escape the dullness of concrete buildings and machines. So …

The Population Myth

India’s massive population has been a subject in many a joke and a cause of embarrassment to Indians around the world. At world economic summits, UN conventions and foreign investment conferences, the Indian government is seen making apologies about its population control programs and the associated environmental impact. Indeed India’s population exerts enormous pressure on the land and finite resources …

A Brief History Of Bullshit

“The Cow” was an unanticipated subject of one of my junior school essays. But since I had only memorized stuff about trees, all I had to do was make the connection – “The cow is tied to a coconut tree..” and then went about describing how long coconut trees were and how great the fruit was. Although I remember basking …

Vande Mātaram

वन्दे मातरम् सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम्शस्यशामलां मातरम् । शुभ्रज्योत्स्नापुलकितयामिनीं फुल्लकुसुमितद्रुमदलशोभिनीं सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणींसुखदां वरदां मातरम् ।। १ ।। वन्दे मातरम् ।कोटि-कोटि-कण्ठ-कल-कल-निनाद-करालेकोटि-कोटि-भुजैर्धृत-खरकरवाले, अबला केन मा एत बले ।बहुबलधारिणीं नमामि तारिणीं रिपुदलवारिणीं मातरम् ।। २ ।। वन्दे मातरम् ।तुमि विद्या, तुमि धर्म तुमि हृदि, तुमि मर्मत्वं हि प्राणा: शरीरे बाहुते तुमि मा शक्ति, हृदये तुमि मा भक्ति, तोमारई प्रतिमा गडि मन्दिरे-मन्दिरे मातरम् ।। …

Ekla Chalo Re ..

যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে।একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো রে॥যদি কেউ কথা না কয়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,যদি সবাই থাকে মুখ ফিরায়ে সবাই করে ভয়—তবে পরান খুলেও তুই মুখ ফুটে তোর মনের কথা একলা বলো রে॥যদি সবাই ফিরে যায়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,যদি গহন পথে যাবার কালে কেউ ফিরে না চায়—তবে …

Brahma Muhurta

According to Vedic astronomy, the day is divided into 30 periods called muhurtas. Since the Vedic day begins with the sunrise and time of sunrise varies according to location and seasons, so do the times of the muhurtas in a day. srimad-guror astakam etad uccairbrahme muhurte pathati prayatnatyastena vrndavana natha saksat That person who very attentively recites this astakam to …

Yuga – The Vedic Eras

Yuga in Dharmic philosophy is the name of an ‘epoch’ or ‘era’ within a cycle of four ages. These are the Satya Yuga, the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and finally the Kali Yuga. चत्वारि भारते वर्षे युगानि भरतर्षभकृतं तरेता दवापरं च पुष्यं च कुरुवर्धनपूर्वं कृतयुगं नाम ततस तरेतायुगं विभॊसंक्षेपाद दवापरस्याथ तथ पुष्यं परवर्ततेचत्वारि च सहस्राणि वर्षाणां कुरुसत्तमआयुः संख्या कृतयुगे …

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā is the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. Also known as Gudhipadwā (Maharashtra) or Yugādi (Ugādi) Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), is celebrated as the day Lord Brahma created the universe. This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navrātri and Ghatasthapanā also known as Kalash Sthapanā is done on …