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Was Draupadi Vastraharan in Mahabharata ‘enough’ for Kurukshetra war?

I have often heard a casual comment regarding Draupadi Vastraharan in Mahabharata, that ‘Kurukshetra war happened only for a woman’. Firstly, it would have...

Mother’s Love: Yashodha and Krishna

Yaksha to Yudhisthira:’Who is more nurturing than Earth?’ Yudhisthira:’Mother’ Once Balarama came running to Yashodha and said, ‘Mother,...

Importance of scriptures like Bhagavad Gita: story of a Leaky bucket

A cool breeze off the Ganga river caressed Pandit Gangadhar Tripathi’s face. His grandson was sitting opposite to him hearing Bhagavad Gita, for the third time,...

Virat Parva: lesson from Mahabharata in COVID-19 lockdown

Owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Indian government decided to telecast the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Hence, the Ramayana on the National channel has shattered records...

Hanuman’s Flight and Bernoulli’s principle

Indian epics/texts are replete of rich poetic expressions, philosophical expressions and spiritual injunctions. With a variety of allegories and real stories, they...

Analysing Rama – the man and the king

For surely a king is first a man. And so it must follow that a king does as all men do: the best he can~CAMERON DOKEY, the storyteller’s daughter. And the man who...

Learning from stars: Arundhati-Vashishtha

Ancient lessons from Arundhati-Vashishtha The wisdom that Indian sages possessed in unparalleled in the annals of mankind. However, even though some traditions developed...

Series Review: The Forgotten Army- Azaadi ke liye

It was under Clement Atlee’s rule, that India gained Independence. In 1956, this former Premier of UK visited India. When his host, the then chief justice of...

Series Review: Rise of the empires:Ottoman

The Ottomans and Khilafat With the end of world war I in 1919, a movement named as Khilafat movement emerged in the Indian subcontinent. This movement was against the...

An assessment of Chatrapati Shivaji’s greatness

‘What’s the difference between my ancestor Afzal Khan and Shivaji?’ asked my schoolmate. For privacy reasons, I cannot disclose his name. But let me...

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