Wherever the mind goes

One day it will all make sense

From ancient centre of learning to Ivy League of Terrorism

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Discovering Myanmar

Myanmar was a total revelation to me. I did not expect to find such a beautiful country steeped in Indic traditions. From the clothes people wore to their spirit of … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why is the world so obsessed with India’s caste system?

  There is an obsessive tendency to project the caste system as a form of social exclusivism found only in India. Clearly, not enough attention is being directed to the … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Blessings of the intense kind

It is only after so many years that I was struck by the intensity of blessings in Vedic wedding ceremonies. I always knew vaguely that the mantras being chanted were … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Hinduphobia Rears Familiar Head In American Academia

Every community has had to struggle against prejudice and bias that gets entrenched in institutions, and masquerades for a time as the truth – the Jewish community has had to … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Skimpy dressing was common in ancient India

Those who think Indian women are copying the west in dressing skimpily know zilch about history. Travellers to India in ancient and medieval times were struck by the fact that … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Guns, sex, arrogance: I hated everything about America until I moved here

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March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

No coercion in Hinduism

The following final verse from the Bhagwad Gita is what my mother often quoted to emphasise the freedom of thought that is inherent to Hindu philosophy. There is no coercion, no compulsion, … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

I love Afghanistan but cannot live there

I’ve often had deep, insightful conversations with cab drivers. One such was in London earlier this month. He was speaking on the phone in a tongue that sounded very familiar. … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Bypassing history, bypassing bias

Sometimes life’s ironies hit so hard that one gets dizzy. My grandfather, his father and his father and who knows how many before him were all Sanskrit Vayyakarnis (grammarians). Many … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment