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Vedic People

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07 September 2021: Who were the ancient Indians who had written Veda and become known as the Vedic people? A post about the ideas of Prof. Rajesh Kochhar regarding the original homelands of Vedic people described in Rigveda in his book "The Vedic People"... Read More »»

Understanding Global Health Failures

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23 July 2021: In 2019, Madhukar Pai wrote about importance of analysing the failures of Global Health - A look at what he calls failure of leprosy elimination in India and some additional elements for reflection ... Read More »»

Importance of Alternative Medicine

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22 February 2021: Doctors often present alternative systems of medicines as charlatans trying to swindle unwary people, or as superstitions and hogwash. I feel that alternative medicine has a role in our well-being. Read More »»

River to River Festival 2020

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10 February 2021: River to River (RtoR) is festival of Indian films which is held in Florence in Italy. A post about the documentary and short films from the last RtoR festival held in December 2020 Read More »»

A Role For Sanskrit

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17 January 2021: Reflecting on the barriers faced by millions of young Indians to access higher education and wondering if Sanskrit can play a role in making a more inclusive India. Read More »»

Life in the Plants

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08 December 2020: A visit to a Bonsai exhibition in Schio, reminded me of a nature visit to a forest in Bologna many years ago. A reflection about life of the plants and about the forces of nature - Read More »»

Merry Christmas or Season's Greetings?

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05 December 2020: About two different ways to look at inter-faith respect and harmony in the multi-cultural and multi-religious societies - Read More »»

Snakes, Merchants, & Emigrants

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15 October 2020: Gun Island - the latest book by Amitabh Ghosh starts from a fable in the Sundarbans and goes on to explore the journeys of emigrants to Italy and Europe Read More »»

From Butchers to Surgeons

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07 July 2020: About Lindsey Fitzharris' book The Butchery Art and the use of antiseptics to prevent infections in surgery, and how similar ideas were already developed in ancient India by healers like Sushruta ... Read More »»

God, Consciousness & Mathematics

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29 May 2020: About an article about a new mathematical theory in the magazine New Scientist and its similarities with the Hindu ideas of Brahman (universal consciousness) and God ... Read More »»

icon new article 28 March 2020, Surgery in Ancient India & Ganesha: Ancient India was known for its surgical skills, which were described in books like Sushruta Samhita. A speculative post about the origins of Ganesha myth linked with those surgical skills ... Read more >>>

icon new article 22 March 2020, Our Black Gods: Hinduism has many deities who are described as dark-skinned. How does this idea of dark-skinned Gods fit in with other discourses about ancient Indians? Read more >>>

icon new article 15 March 2020, Ancient Indians, Neanderthals & Denisovans: India has been primarily an oral culture conserving its ancient memories in its mythology. Are there stories of relationships between different human species in ancient Indian books? Read more >>>

icon new article 01 January 2020, Memories of 2019 Journeys: A photo-essay about the most significant moments from my travels to different countries during 2019. Read more >>>

icon new article 29 December 2019, Legends & Tales of Orchha: Some legends and tales from beautiful Orchha with its amazing architecture in the Bundelkhand region of central India. Read more >>>

icon new article 24 November 2019, Yoga Sculptures: Sculptures from different parts of the world representing the meditation and the yogasana (Yoga exercises) aspects of Yoga. Read more >>>

icon new article 28 October 2019, Reforming Hindu Traditions: Debates about Diwali related pollution in big Indian metros, brought back the memories of a discussion I had with a Swami ji last year in Rishikesh regarding reforming of Hinduism Read more >>>

icon new article 18 October 2019, Unforgettable, Beautiful Evenings: Wondering what makes some memories special to us and sharing 5 memories of unforgettable evenings from my travels Read more >>>

icon new article 18 September 2019, The Metaphorical Ganesh: About Nani Power's Book Ginger & Ganesh and some personal reflections about metaphorical meanings of the Hindu deity Ganesh. Read more >>>

icon new article 08 July 2019, Celebrating Dalit Struggles & Pride: A Delhi Metro visit to Dalit Prerna Sthal (Dalit Pride Park) in NOIDA and reflections on caste-based discriminations in India Read more >>>

icon new article 21 June 2019, Theyyam: When Gods Descend on Earth: Theyyam, a colourful religious tradition from Kannur in north Kerala (India), when Gods descend and manifest in human forms Read more >>>

icon new article 17 May 2019, Challenges Facing Ayurveda: The domination of the Western medicine, the pressure on Ayurveda and the need for safeguarding ancient knowledge systems Read more >>>

icon new article 27 April 2019, India: from Obedience to Individual Responsibility: The colonial crimes, the feudal mindset in India and the premium on obedience in the deeply hierarchical society. Read more >>>

icon new article 1 April 2019: Secularism & Inter-Religious Harmony: A reflection on experiences of inter-religious harmony in India and the ideas of secularism which developed in the west. Read more >>>

icon new article 6 January 2019: Sabarimala and Religious Reforms in India: The challenges of promoting religious reforms and explaining why I feel that the Sabarimala verdict of the supreme court in India strengthens conservative fundamentalists view of Hinduism. Read more >>>

icon new articleIs there still leprosy in India: India eliminated leprosy in 2005, yet it continues to have 1.3 lakh new cases of leprosy every year. To understand how does that happen ... (6 Dec. 2018) Read more >>>

icon new articleBasavanna to Sankardev: Poet Saints of India: About the wandering mistrals of India who sang messages of devotion, equality and non-discrimination over a period of centuries, with a focus on two such poet saints - Basvanna and Sankardev. (2 Dec. 2018) Read more >>>

icon new articleSunrise at the Shore Temple: A magical morning watching the sunrise at the shore-temple in Mahabalipuram, India (01 Oct. 2018). Read more >>>

icon new articleThe Amazing Rock-Temples of Mahabalipuram (02): Second part of a post about the different kinds of rock-temples in Mahabalipuram, focusing on parts of the area known as Arjun's Penance. (16 Sept. 2018) Read more >>>

icon new articleThe Amazing Rock-Temples of Mahabalipuram (01): First part of a post about the different kinds of rock-temples in Mahabalipuram, focusing on parts of the area known as Arjun's Penance. (12 Sept. 2018) Read more >>>

icon new articleGod-Concept in Ancient India: All cultures developed their concepts of God, which were similar. Ancient Indians developed a God-concept which was different from others (19 Aug. 2018). Read more >>>

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