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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Elephant and the Crocodile – XVIII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Strange are the ways of the Divine. The elephant and the crocodile fought each other till Narayana slew the crocodile and saved the elephant. Both these creatures were cursed in their past lives. Though on opposite sides, both attained salvation, such is the grace of the Lord. Here’s an interesting tale from the Bhagavatam, recounted […]

Jamshedi Navroz: Celebrated along the Silk Route, it Dates Back to Sixth Century BC

Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

To Shernaz Wadia, reading and writing poems has been one of the means to embark on an inward journey. She hopes her words will bring peace, hope and light into dark corners. Her poems have been published in many e-journals and anthologies. She has published her own book of poems "Whispers of the Soul" and another titled "Tapestry Poetry - A Fusion of Two Minds" with her poetry partner Avril Meallem.
Shernaz Wadia

Jamshedi Navroz is recognised as a public holiday in many countries along the Silk Route – Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq (by the Kurdish people), Kazakstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan Olgii region of Mongolia, Kajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is estimated that nearly 190 million people celebrate Nowruz around the world. It has been declared as […]

If it is Holi it has to be Gujiya!

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty

Sonali Chakraborty is a food blogger, self-taught food photographer and stylist. She is a true Bong at heart. She loves to travel and listens to music.
Sonali Chakraborty

In the US, all celebrations are on the weekend, Holi is being celebrated on Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). Sonali shares the recipe of baked Gujiyas, the traditional sweet pastry that is served during Holi. Though it is normally deep fried, baking it makes it oil free and healthy, cutting down the calories and oil content. Here’s […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Jada Bharata – XVII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana retells the story of the son of Rishabhah, King Bharata, an ideal king, a righteous man and a perfect ruler. How Bharata remembers his past lives and the wisdom that he imparted to King Rahugana. Read more in the regular column, on Bhagavatam, exclusively in Different Truths. Bharata was Rishabhah’s son.  He was an ideal […]

Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Rishabhah – XVI

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Rishabhah avatar of Narayana was a live demonstration as to how riches, fame, power and everything that human beings pine for cannot overrule the detachment of one who is centered. This avatar taught his contemporaries and generations to come that the life of a grihasta (family oriented person) can be so arranged that he can be in […]

The Flickering Diyas

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
Dr. Tripti Sharan

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Tripti retells the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Here’s Sita’s agony that was perhaps never told in a patriarchal epic, as the special feature on International Women’s Day, exclusively for Different Truths. The flickering diyas (oil lamps) reminded her of her wandering hopes. She glanced at him. He was looking serene as he watched the lights that […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Narasimha – XV

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Happy with Brahma’s boons, Hiranyakashipu captured heaven and earth. Very soon Indra, Kubera, Varuna and Yama became his vassals. However, Hiranyakashipu was not happy. The boon of immortality, his conquests and achievements did not give him any peace of mind. His hatred for Narayana, who killed his brother, was consuming him. The fire of hatred so engulfed him that […]

Do you Love God? – VII

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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Follow your heart. And if your heart takes you open-eyed to Him, why should you close your eyes? You can look at His glorious, illuminated beautiful face, His kind soft glittering eyes, feel His gracious love, and say, “O God! Please accept my Love. I Love you.” Listening to God is called “meditation”. As you […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Rituals and Quest! – XIV

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Ceremonies and rituals take one away from being united with the Divine. Sage Narada decided to approach King Prachinabaris and show the path of devotion. He met the king, who received him with courtesy appropriate for that epoch. After exchanging pleasantries, Narada spoke to the king, “I see that you are too occupied with these rituals, the […]

You Cannot Change your Fate – VI

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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Are we a puppet in the hand of Bhagya? We have nothing to do, except to execute whatever is written for us by Him? And we are helpless? It is not like that also; because you do not know what He has written for you, He may have given you multiple choices also, He may […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Story of Sati – XIII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

  Prajapati Daksha was not favourably disposed towards Lord Shiva. He thought Shiva had insulted him in the past by not standing up to respect him during the Brahma Satra yagnya. He was so angry with Lord Shiva that he cursed him, “I am your father-in- law. Therefore you have to pay me respect. I am like your guru. […]

Work is Yours, Result is reserved by Him – V

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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In the fifth part of the Goodness Guide, Krishna says that God allows each one of the freedoms over all our actions, good or evil. The choice to choose the path that one seeks for is that of the individual. However, the results of all our karmas (deeds) are as per God’s will. Those awakened among us can […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Story of Ajamila – XII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana recounts the tale of Ajamila, who was born in a virtuous family and had a good upbringing. But he was distracted and fell into evil company. Later on, he got married to someone, who led him to further deprivation. He, therefore, led an unrighteous life and indulged more in the pleasure of the senses. He had ten […]

You can see God -IV

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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It is obvious that you may not be able to see God, but He is always watching you! He is in His divine abode; still, He is watching you sitting in your inner conscience as Antaryami, He is seeing you sitting in inner spirit of your family and friends; He is watching you being with your neighbors, and […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Adi Varaha, the Wild Boar – XI

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana recounts the tale of Adi Varaha, the Wild Boar incarnation of Narayana. Hiranyaksha challenged Narayana in the form of Adi Varaha, “You beast! You think you can steal the earth and run away. I am looking on it, don’t you know? You have no rights on her. Though you are in disguise, I know you are Narayana. […]

You are Awakening to Divinity – III

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
Dr. Krishna Hota

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The spiritual journey is not easy; as you get ready to your spiritual journey in your inner self you’ll face many challenges, especially from this materialistic life; many people who are not yet ready for this divine path will try to pull you back! Why? Because they want you to be with them, the way they enjoy the […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Arrogant Door-keepers –X

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana recounts an interesting tale from the Bhagavatam. Diti realised that she was pregnant. However, instead of joy, anxiety took over her. Since she was very scared about the chaos that her sons are likely to cause in the world, she wanted to retain the children inside herself. It is believed that they stayed in her womb for […]

Kālachakra Initiation Completed in Bodh Gaya, Millions Watched Online

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

The Kālachakra initiation involves taking refuge and vows and receiving empowerment – imagining ourselves transforming into a series of special forms and entering the mandala and experiencing in it a sequence of purifications and awakening and enhancing of potentials for future success in the practice. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, like the first, second, seventh, eight Dalai Lama, […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Plight of Prithvi – IX

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana recounts the tale of the Mother Earth, Prithvi, tracing its plight to the rule of the wicked king, Vena, who abused the bounty of nature. Sunita, Vena’s mother was too attached to her son. She did not allow Vena’s body to be cremated and preserved it with herbs and magical powers that she possessed. From the body […]

Believe it or not, the Bible Verses about Food!

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan means Song Bird, which is supposed to be tiny and loud. Cholena is neither tiny nor loud. She is a very imaginative person, she loves to shoot, cook, eat, draw and paint . Not in that order always.Cholena is a health fanatic and allergic to serious situations, so she lives life her way. She resides in Bangalore with her family.
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Unusual though it may sound, it was the Holy Bible that inspired Cholena to cook. She found it to be a rich repertoire of recipes. She was intrigued by everything that was connected to food in the Bible. The first recipe she read was also from The Bible. Whether it was the delicious hearty stew known as “Esau’s […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Dhruvah-tara – VIII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Once Dhruvah saw his step-brother, Uttamah, play with the king. The five-year-old Dhruvah wished the same and approached Uttanpadah. His stepmother, Suruchi, shooed him away. Hurt, Dhruvah, asked his mother why he should be treated this way. Suniti smiled sadly, “It is my misfortune. Because you are my son, the misfortune is extended towards you too. But we should not […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Kurma Avatar – VII

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana tells us the story of Kurma (tortoise) Avatar of Lord Vishnu, in the seventh part of the serial. The story of Amrita1 Manthan2 (churning of the ocean for the nectar of immortality) is one of the more popular stories of Srimad Bhagavatam. The devas and the asuras began to churn the ocean. Narayana kept his hand on […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Sankhya Yoga – VI

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

In the sixth part, Nilanjana tells us few wonderful stories about the three sons of Brahma, who were asked to populate the world by the Creator. Here Narayana says how he would be born in his devotee Kardama’s home as Kapila. Narayana was listening intently, when Kardama suddenly expressed, “I also want something worldly from you. Please grant […]

Durham Cathedral, England: Deep-seated in Times, History and Music

Archana Sharma

Archana Sharma

Archana’s resume speaks of a career in HR, armed with a Management Degree, and a career which spanned for more than 15 years. Now, she is following her heart’s pursuit on a journey from being a writer in closet to a published writer. Publications include articles in leading national newspapers and online blogs. An avid traveller seeking refuge and solace amidst Himalayan magnificence and sublimity.
Archana Sharma

The ancient character of the city, Durham, and the archaic architecture is fascinating. The Durham Castle known to be a Norman Castle, deriving its name from Norman’s, the raiders and pirates from Denmark, Iceland, and Norway. They had a tradition of Roman Architecture and a musical tradition practiced till date. The Durham Castle, Cathedral, and University building are equally beautiful, […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Matsya Avatar, the Incarnation of a Fish – V

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana retells the stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam, bringing alive the essential Indian wisdom of the yore. In the fifth part, she begins with the story of the Dashavatar of Narayana. It begins with Matsya Avatar, the fish incarnation of the Lord. It’s an enchanting story of a strange fish that was growing and becoming larger and larger. Satyavrata, […]

Interaction of the EU Delegation in Varanasi on Pluralism and Diversity

Different Truths New Service

Different Truths New Service

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Different Truths New Service

A European Union (EU) delegation of six members, visited Varanasi, on Dec 9, on the Human Rights Defenders Day. It met the district officials. Thereafter, Mufti Maulana Batin, Maulana Haroon Rashid and Sant Vivek Das (head priest of Kabirchaura Math) interacted with the delegation at Radisson Hotel. Pluralism, diversity, and hatred politics were main points of nearly an hour-long […]

Larung Gar: The Largest Buddhist Learning Centre in the World Being Demolished now

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Larung Gar is located in the Kham region of Tibet. It is home to around 40,000 monks, nuns and students, though the official number is around 10,000. The Chinese army is tightening control over the Larung Gar forcibly asking the nuns and monks to leave the place and return to their respective homes after renouncing their nun/monkhood. The […]

Srimad Bhagavat Gita Speaks of Universal Equality

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota

Dr. Krishna Hota did her post graduation and Ph.D from Jadavpur University and PG Diploma in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, in Social Development. She is associated with the NGO sector for 22 years. She has authored two books, occasionally write articles for various publications.
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Lord Krishna spoke on unity and equality of all creations and all creatures of this universe. In Gita, there are numerous Shloka, especially 116 shlokas that clearly explains the equality of all beings. He says nothing is separated or alone, and everything is linked with each other; all are strung on Him just like gems are strung on […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Remedy – IV

Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana retells the stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam, bringing alive the essential Indian wisdom of the yore. In the fourth part, she tells us about the remedy of the curse on Parikshit. Suka, the son of Sage Vyasa came to visit Parikshit. The king was delighted by his good fortune. He asked Suka the same question, “How does one, who […]