Category Archives: Indian Accents

Tales From An Ancient City ~ III

(This concluding piece on the Allahabad-story is an exploration of what makes Sangam special~) Rituals of riverside bathing find mention in almost all our ancient texts and scriptures. From our parents, specially my father and mother-in-law who had spent much … Continue reading

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Tales From An Ancient City ~ II

“India as a country,” wrote Shashi Tharoor many years ago “manages to live in several centuries at the same time”. Sangam~the river-confluence~ that lies on the outskirts of Allahabad is a living example. Mythological time, historical chronology and this hi-tech … Continue reading

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Tales From An Ancient City ~ I

Some words, some names, even some places draw quirky flash-cards from your memory. So it is with the city of Allahabad. Every time i hear or read that name, a memory of a childhood pencil and paper game pops up. … Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars

Week: Aug 18 to Aug 31 Penny: Okay – I’m a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know. Sheldon: Yes – it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s … Continue reading

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Chicken? No, some mutton please…

Week: Aug 18 to Aug 24 Life tends to come full circle—that cliche often holds true, specially when it comes to certain trends. It happens in fashion, in religion and spirituality, in relationship advice, in health and fitness, in alternate … Continue reading

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Some Lotus Tales

Week: Aug 11 to Aug 17 Love came to Flora asking for a flower That would of flowers be undisputed queen, The lily and the rose, long, long had been Rivals for that high honour. Bards of power Had sung … Continue reading

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# Day 365 (Purna: the Full, the Whole, the Complete, the Infinite—)

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते पूर्णश्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥ (Om Purnamade Purnamidam Purnat Purnamudachyate Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnameva Vashishyate) As i write my final post of the 365-days-a-post-a-day-challenge, the mantra above comes to mind with a certain gratitude and humility. It is … Continue reading

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