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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Naming the Children – XXXV

Nilanjana retells the story of the naming of two boys by Maharishi Garga, at Gokul, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Yashoda was busy feeding her baby when she noticed that the baby must have had his fill and was looking sleepy. She put him in his bed as he started yawning. As […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Baby Steps – XXXIV

Kamsa’s ally Trinavarta had come to Gokula looking for the little child. He assumed the form of a whirlwind. Child Krishna vanquished a mighty asura for the third time. Nilanjana retells the story, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The death of Putana and Shatakasura almost convinced Kamsa that his dreaded enemy was […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Crawling Baby – XXXIII

Nilanjana recounts the wonders and miracles of the crawling baby, Krishna, who was the special one. More about it in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Putana’s death gave an important clue to Kamsa and his allies about the whereabouts of the child, who was supposed to destroy Kamsa. As a result, all the […]

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Why the Hullabaloo about Beef Consumption and Religious Identity in India?

The underlying reason, of course, is that it is easier to stick to ritualistic beliefs to cement the postulates of our identities rather than make a sincere endeavour to make a personal analysis of the philosophical edifices on which a religious identity stands. Beef consumption has succeeded in polarising the entire discourse. Nearly half a […]

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A Bowl of Kheer Loaded with Legends, Myths, Rituals, Traditions and History

The first mention of Kheer may be found as the Sanskrit word Kshirika, meaning a dish prepared with milk, in the fourteenth-century Padmavat of Gujarat. Known by various names as Payesh, Payasam, Gil-e-Firdaus, Firni, Kheer is a pan-Indian dessert that’s loaded with legends, myths, rituals, traditions, and history. Lily traces the antiquity of this delicacy, […]

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The Story of the Coconut

In ancient times human sacrifices were a part of life. Propagated by Adi Sankaracharya, who was against the practice of ‘Bali’ or human sacrifice, the coconut perhaps because it resembled a human skull or head replaced the human as an offering. The three eyes were believed to be the eyes of Shiva. Sreelata tells us […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Putana – XXXII

Nilanjana recounts the tale of Putana and how she was slain by child Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Putana was loyal to her king, Kamsa. When he requested her to help him out, she immediately agreed without a qualm. She began wandering around the kingdom in search of babies under one […]

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Eid Special: Rozas beyond Religion!

In a nation where the citizens stand tense and in fear polarised by those with secret motives, our Delhi-based columnist Mahima, in a weekly column, brings you the story of a young girl, who has moved beyond religion. Meet journalist Neelima, who is breaking the barriers of faith and celebrating the spirit of Ramzan by […]

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Celebrate Eid with Delicious and Yummy Sheer Khurma

Our foodie, Sonali, shares an Eid recipe, Sheer Khurma. It’s a traditional dessert that is prepared on this day. It’s a vermicelli pudding made with milk and sweetened with dates. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   I had some friends in school who were from different cultures. I […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Anxiety and Joy – XXXI

Nilanjana recounts the story of Krishna’s birth, the baby swapping, celebrations in Gokul and the evil counsel of Kamsa’s ministers, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A man is known by the company he keeps. When Kamsa was in the presence of Devaki and Vasudev, good sense had prevailed on him. However, when […]

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