(This article was created for and is published in Deccan Herald. The Spectrum supplement has ownership.) Heritage of a land sure represents the advancements of its civilization, but it is also the roadmap to its very roots. Heritage derives from the most natural parts of life and elevates the ordinary into aesthetic and culturally significant.... Continue Reading →
Time is among the most interesting concepts explained both by science and religion. Jainism especially has one of the most well defined explanations of time, its passage and transitions, which we will try to understand in brief today. As per Jainism, the passage of time is said to happen in a cycle which rotates in... Continue Reading →
Most times when I try to address a topic that is even remotely connected to culture or religion, I give it at least 10 thoughts before posting anything on social media or making a public statement. While on the one hand it is true that I do not want to offend anyone by making statements... Continue Reading →
Bharatesha Vaibhava written by Rathnakara Varni is a manuscript pertaining to Jain literature. It was shunned in the past but is a respected work of literature now.
People do ask God is everywhere, then why build temples? Why attempt to contain that endless force within the walls of a sanctum when it could as well be felt and revered just anywhere? There’s a point alright. But a lot of times in India we undergo the sort of experiences related to God and... Continue Reading →
There’s a feeling of void as I write this, for what had been an integral part of life for over two months is now a beautiful, forever etched memory that may or may not repeat for me the same way. What the world saw as a ritualistic anointment ceremony of a 39 feet tall colossus... Continue Reading →
Everyone craves enriching experiences. Sure, some make it happen through bold decisions that ferry them around the world bringing them in touch with wondrous instances, but some like me just turn lucky and let the experiences find us – in this case, find me brooding in front of a computer screen and bent over voluminous... Continue Reading →