Articles by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
May 02, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: On Aravan, Arjun and Ulupi's son, who is celebrated by the transgender community in IndiaAravan, a young man born of a clever mother and an absent father, who decided to give up everything, just because he wanted to help his family.
Apr 19, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: Why Kaikeyi, the Cersei Lannister of Ramayana, is the epic's most interesting characterKaikeyi is a flawed woman, the most human of all the characters you encounter in the Ramayana.
Apr 04, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: From vetalas to chudails, terrifying supernatural creatures abound in Indian loreI love a good scary story — and I think this is universal, because mythology is full of random supernatural beings who are legit terrifying. I took a closer look at some of the more spooky ones, because apparently, I'm a sucker for punishment and now I might never sleep again. Here's my list of the most horrific creatures in Hinduism:
Mar 20, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: This Holi, it's time to re-examine the story of the seemingly villainous HolikaThe myths around Holi have a lot more to do with hubris than with evil women, and yet the festival is named after a wicked aunt whose only crime was to help her brother get what he wanted.
Mar 07, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: The image of 'angry Hanuman' does a disservice to his vast and varied mythologyYou can't divorce Hanuman's simian nature from his godliness. In fact, the very thing that makes him such a perfect ally to Ram in the Ramayana is his monkeyness; his long tail, his ability to leap great distances.
Feb 11, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: The rise and fall of Sarama, dog of the gods, or why you should feed your neighbourhood straySarama rose to fame when a gang of robbers called the Panis, stole Indra's cow herd, and she helped him get them back.
Jan 30, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: Anasuya's story deserves to be told, not forgotten in the margins of mythsAnasuya is one of the Chaste Women of Hindu mythology — so pious, she became kind of magical in her own right.
Jan 12, 2019
The One Who Had Two Lives: Read an excerpt from Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan's book on AmbaThe story of Amba and her two sisters is one of the most interesting ones in the Mahabharata, and is retold in The One Who Had Two Lives
Jan 08, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better storiesIt's really all because of Shurpanakha that the Ramayana even became an interesting story, if you think about it
Dec 18, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Soma, the moon god, and why you should raise a glass to him next time you're drinkingSoma was Hinduism's Bacchus, our Amy Winehouse: they tried to make him go to rehab, he said no, no, no and eventually was shunted out of his duties as the god of all intoxicants, to become the god of the moon instead — a gig no one else wanted.