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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
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.
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.
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 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.
Nov 07, 2018
Diwali card parties' origins in Hindu mythology: How Shiva-Parvati's gambling game prompted a festive traditionIt'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