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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Forest of Enchantments, timeless epics, comparisons between Sita and Draupadi
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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

Scientists protest irrational claims made about ancient India at Science Congress
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Scientists protest irrational claims made about ancient India at Science Congress

According to the Minister for Science, "gravitational waves" will then be named "Narendra Modi waves"

Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better stories
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Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better stories

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
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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
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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.

Mythology for the Millennial: Humanity's flaws make sense, when you consider Brahma was its creator
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Mythology for the Millennial: Humanity's flaws make sense, when you consider Brahma was its creator

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.

Mythology for the Millennial: The origins of idol worship in India, and the 'miracles' they perform
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Mythology for the Millennial: The origins of idol worship in India, and the 'miracles' they perform

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Mythology for the Millennial: The story of Radha-Krishna; or Why you'll always remember your first
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Mythology for the Millennial: The story of Radha-Krishna; or Why you'll always remember your first

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

Mythology for the Millennial: Notes on the Hindu calendar and planets that can doom you for life
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Mythology for the Millennial: Notes on the Hindu calendar and planets that can doom you for life

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.

Move over, 'adarsh ma': Hindu mythology revelled in stories of bad moms, and the havoc they wreaked
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Move over, 'adarsh ma': Hindu mythology revelled in stories of bad moms, and the havoc they wreaked

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
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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
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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
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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

Mythology for the Millennial: Ancient India's sages have disturbing parallels in the modern world
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Mythology for the Millennial: Ancient India's sages have disturbing parallels in the modern world

Meet the Harvey Weinsteins of ancient India: the sages | #MythologyForTheMillennial