Articles by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
Feb 22, 2020
Mythology For The Millennial: On the elaborate adventures of Indian Cupid Kamadeva, and his enterprising wife, RatiSince we are so conveniently placed between Valentine's Day and Holi, it would be a good time to talk about Kamadeva, the Indian Cupid, god of love and desire, or his enterprising wife, the goddess Rati, who also rules over sex and sexy feelings, but like many happy marriages, her story is entangled deeply with his.
Jan 14, 2020
Mythology for the Millennial: On the origins of Kali Yuga and the vindictive gandharva who led us into a dark ageSome of the trademarks of the Kali Yuga are that rulers will become a danger to the world, humans will be angry with each other and that there will be climate change. Kali, the cause of this age of darkness, pops up every now and then and causes trouble by possessing someone or the other. He's the colour of soot and has a long tongue
Nov 07, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: From feisty goddess to earthly river, navigating the rich lore of GangaGanga came into our universe thanks to that little meddler, Vamana, who we last saw torturing Mahabali and making him give up his entire kingdom and die because the gods couldn't handle his success. While the Vamana was counting his steps across the sky, his toenail poked the edge of the world and a hole appeared in the universe, causing a divine ocean to flow out and become Ganga as soon as it reached our atmosphere. The river, not yet a person, stays in heaven until an enterprising guy called Bhagirath asks for it — now her — to come down to earth and wash away people's sins and what not.
Oct 16, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: On the absurdity around karwa chauth, and blaming women for every wrongKarwa chauth is sanctioned romance, a way for a woman to be the centre of attention in a way that she is not on every other day of her life.
Sep 26, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: On Mahabali's fate, and the politics at play behind the story on the origins of OnamThe gods in Indian mythology frequently show up as more human than human. In the case of King Mahabali, son of Virochana, grandson of Prahlad, yes, that Prahlad, the same one who invented Holi basically, he was, unfortch, also an asura.
Sep 03, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: On Shakuntala, Dushyanta and the one ring that bound them bothOn Shakuntala, the heroine of perhaps one of the best-known love stories in Hindu mythology.
Aug 13, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: How Lakshmi, a fierce, Beyonce-esque creature, was transformed into a 'good wife and mother'Lakshmi was the first Indian woman to be exploited by men — in one of her creation stories, she emerges from the creator god, Prajapati, only to dazzle all the other gods by her beauty and power, who immediately want to murder her and appropriate all her gifts.
Jul 15, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: From Gujarat's folktales, a strange fable topped with backwards feminismAs someone who likes to look up old folktales, I can tell you all stories are the same, whether they're from Greece or Britain or France or India | Read Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan's new #MythologyForTheMillennial column
Jun 24, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: On Devyani, a sage's daughter, and Kacha, an undying man who would not commitThis is the story of one emotional f*ckwit, all the way back in ancient India, when the world was divided into devas, the gods, and the asuras, the demons.
Jun 10, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: The magical power of an old woman's story, and a baby girl who heard itIn this edition of Mythology for the Millennial, a look at a Telugu folktale about an old woman telling stories in praise of the sun god — and the consequences of not listening to her. Ramanujan's English version is called A Story In Search of an Audience but really, it could also be called You Too Could Be An Influencer, Just Follow This Easy Step.