Garima Chaudhry
Garima Chaudhry
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India

Ganesha Mahotsava: Damaging water bodies has no religious sanction; using earthen idols a far better idea

Plaster of Paris idols of Ganesha, erected primarily for this festival, are drowned in natural water bodies during the Visarjan. These water bodies are not only holy unto themselves, but they also sustain life

Life

Durga Saptashati: How a centuries-old epic shaped the spiritual backbone of Navratri

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga

India

Holi 2017: As we celebrate, let's remember its history and acknowledge our sense of community

The earth dons a riot of colours, the mango trees seem to drown under the weight of their tender blossoms, the rabi crop is ready to be harvested, the sounds of the chirping of birds fills the salubrious air…Vasanta Ritu(spring – the king of festivals as per Indian tradition) has graced the land in full glory.

Life

Maha Shivratri 2017: Shiva is a cultural symbol synthesised from influences over thousands of years

Shiva has been variously visualised, eulogised and internalised. This note brings together some of the popular forms and stories (in no particular order) of he who is the Mahadeva – the greatest of all Gods.

India

Vasant Panchami and the quest for the eternal Sarasvati

She is the epitome of purity. She bestows true knowledge. She nurtures the intellect. She incites pious thoughts and actions. She is eternal. She is transcendental. She is Maa Sarasvati.

India

Makar Sankranti and Thai Pongal: Indian harvest festivals are time to celebrate nature, introspect

The rituals of harvest festivals like Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magha Bihu, Lohri exhort us to thank those elements that are external to human beings and are yet sine qua non for our lives and livelihoods. It is a time to celebrate but it is also a time to introspect

Life

Guru Gobind Singh: An iconic leader and true 'shaheed', he's more relevant on his 350th 'Prakashutsav'

Guru Gobind Singh relentlessly continued his crusade for his mission and his faith in the akal purukh (timeless person) did not waver.

Life

Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa: Festivities around the globe resonate hope, light

From Saturnalia to Christmas, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa; this is a special time of the year and festivities around the globe for millennia resonate hope, light and warmth. Irrespective of religious and cultural leanings…this is the season for family and friends, this is the season to be merry.

World

Santa Claus' endearing legend, and how it evolved over centuries of celebrating Christmas

The endearing legend of Santa Claus and how it evolved over the centuries

Life

Gita Jayanti: Reflections from the infinite wisdom of the Bhagvad Gita

The Bhagvad Gita is an infinite ocean of wisdom. This is a note on my personal reflections on some of those famous gems.

India

Demonetisation is India's move to less-cash; banks must seize the moment

There is a sense of urgency in the system, there is a genuine need, desire and willingness to move to a less-cash future

India

Demonetisation poll: PM Modi’s survey is novel but could do with better execution

The prime minister connects to the people of India directly and tells them that they have a voice and that he wants to hear that voice directly.

Life

Guru Nanak Jayanti: Life and teachings of the founder of Sikh order pertain to today's world

He proclaimed the divine as ‘Ik Onkaar’. He preached that there are no Hindus and no Muslims. He debunked the caste system and spoke of an exalted status for women, heralding a new chapter in India.

Business

Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes ban: Here's a quick guide on how to help the people around

The war against the parallel economy in India has taken a new turn with the momentous decision of the Indian government of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. While the path-breaking move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not the panacea for all evils (nothing can be!), it definitely seems to be one of the most decisive beginnings ever made.

India

Delhi-NCR air pollution is a wake-up call for reformation in urban governance

In another 45-60 days, Delhi will be covered under a sheet of fog. It is imperative to treat at least the top 6 metro regions as individual and empowered units of development. Their urban local bodies which are the lowest in the administrative hierarchy in most cases have not managed to deliver results thus far.

Life

Diwali special: The light of the humble diya represents knowledge, hope, truth, victory

On Diwali, the Divine descends in the form of light (the diya) to reassure mortals that evil (darkness) will be and shall be overcome by good (light)

Business

Cyrus Mistry ouster from Tata Sons: A controversy that was not needed

It is not doomsday, but it is a tough test for the Tata Group – maybe one of the toughest it has faced thus far.

Life

Navratri special: Why Indian households need to reimagine the kumari puja

When the ritual of kumari puja was started by Ramakrishna Paramhansa, it was meant to reinforce the essential divinity of the girl child. It is critical that this association is reimagined and refurbished in the current context to make it relevant.

Life

Navratri special: Even in contemporary times, the Durga Saptashati offers us much to learn

Durga Saptashati is a composition that weaves in many basic tenets of life and spiritual thought in its narrative. This piece of poetry with its engaging narration and vivid imagery could suggest these tenets to those for whom the arcane and pithy language of the Upanishads was inaccessible. Some of the takeaways relevant for our times are discussed here.

Life

Navratri special: How the Durga Saptashati shaped our knowledge of the goddess

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga