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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 18, 2019
Amish Tripathi on his new book Raavan, ancient Indian philosophy, research and writing processesIn an interview with Firstpost, Amish Tripathi talks about the liberal nature of ancient tradition, clarifies misconceptions and discusses the function of philosophy and stories
Jun 29, 2019
Writer Volga on re-imagining the Buddha's wife Yashodhara and why she is drawn to women from mythologySahitya Akademi winner Volga says that in resurrecting Yashodhara, she wanted to resurrect the intellectual and spiritual history of women. In this conversation with Firstpost, she speaks about what it means to call herself a feminist writer, the future of fiction in regional languages and why re-imagining mythology from different perspectives is important
May 25, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: Narada may be a trickster, but he deserved better than a life of illusionsWhile the Norsemen have Loki as their trickster, Hindu mythology has its very own Narada, not a god, but a sage hobnobbing with the who's who of the divine world.
Apr 21, 2019
Kalank often invokes the Ramayana by harking back to Rama's moral dilemma, Sita's agni-pareekshaKalank is steeped in references to the Ramayana as it puts its principal characters through the same moral dilemma that Rama faced when Sita returned from Lanka.
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.