Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Forest of Enchantments, timeless epics, comparisons between Sita and Draupadi
If symbolically, Sita, being the daughter of the earth, is in tune with the power of nature, then Ram embodies the laws of the city or civilization, everything that opposes Sita’s power — natural, emotional and free flowing
According to the Minister for Science, "gravitational waves" will then be named "Narendra Modi waves"
It's really all because of Shurpanakha that the Ramayana even became an interesting story, if you think about it
Birds' ability to grasp language and grammar points to important link between human beings and animals
In mythology and medieval literature, the language of the birds is considered divine.
Mythology for the Millennial: Soma, the moon god, and why you should raise a glass to him next time you're drinking
Soma 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.
Brahma created Death, who was so unhappy with her job description, she wept and begged, and stood in water for thousands of years and top of one toe on top of a mountain for millions, but he would not budge. That's Brahma: getting other people to do his dirty work since time began.
Murtis, Indian statues, came about as a concept millennia ago, where anything physical could technically be a murti— a rock, a stream and so on — as opposed to the abstract.
Diwali card parties' origins in Hindu mythology: How Shiva-Parvati's gambling game prompted a festive tradition
It's the one legend that actually sanctions playing cards with your family over Diwali, because hey, if the gods can do it, you can too
Mythology for the Millennial: Whether Ravana was evil is debatable — his violation of consent is not
The Uttara Kanda details an episode where Ravana raped an apsara. However, it is possible that this incident was included in the Ramayana so that we don't feel any sympathy for the so-called Demon King
Mythology for the Millennial: From real serpents to divinities, Hindu lore's awkward relationship with snakes
Hindu mythology is full of examples of people being terrible to snakes, for all that they are worshipped in several parts of the country.
Mythology for the Millennial: Why Ganesha, remover of obstacles, enjoys an enduring popularity among devotees
There's a Ganesha — the potbellied, elephant-headed, rat-riding Indian god — almost everywhere you look, and his stories are always popular with children.
Mythology for the Millennial: Illegitimate offspring abound in Mahabharata, but none so pivotal as Satyavati
Satyavati's story is the only one in the Mahabharata to feature a heroic journey by an illegitimate girl child
SC ruling on Section 377 has removed legal barriers, now emotional ones must be tackled: Devdutt Pattanaik
We are not a conventional, fundamentalist state that frowns on pleasure and private acts of intimacy, says Devdutt Pattanaik
The cool thing about the Radha story is that she's seen as equal to Krishna, the other half of his soul, split in two a long time before, and finally coming back to each other
Before the modern-day Gregorian calendar year-month-week-day breakdown of our lives began, what would we have used? A look at the days of the week in the Hindu calendar reveal that they are exact correspondents to the Roman one, from distribution to superstition.
There are some mother figures in Hindu mythology who would have made even Norman Bates reconsider his love for mummy.
Pavan K Varma on his book about Adi Shankaracharya and the shrinking scope for debate in today's world
Former diplomat and author Pavan K Varma's latest book on the sage Adi Shakaracharya was launched by Gulzar
China's most expensive fantasy epic film Asura pulled after disastrous opening weekend at box office
Producers are reportedly planning to rework Asura and release it again at a later date
Decoding India's love for cricket, Bollywood — and why we value individual growth over team endeavours
India's fondness for both cricket and Bollywood can be traced to the need to constantly look inward to find answers and seek self-realisation
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