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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Curse – III

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 third part of the narrative, she tells us about the curse on Parikshit, caused by his rashness. The good king, in a fit of frustration, put the skin of a dead snake around the neck of the great sage, Shamika, whose […]

Tsampa: The Wonder Food

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.
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  Tsampa is one of the traditional food of Tibet. It’s made of roasted barley flour and often is consumed with Tibetan Butter Tea. In some parts of Tibet they completely rely on Tsampa, making varieties of it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Tsampa plays an important role in Tibetan diet. Pinches of Tsampa is thrown in air […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Spark-II

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 second part of the narrative, she tells us about Sage Narada revealing to Ved Vyas the mysteries of his earlier birth. Here Ved Vyas is surprised how the son of Brahma could have a mortal past. Find out about […]

A Brief History of Dalai Lama Institution and the Tibetan Schools of Buddhism

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.
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The origin of Tibetan Buddhism started in the fifth century during the reign of King Thothori Nyatsen with the arrival of Buddhist scriptures to Tibet from India. The scriptures were written in Sanskrit and were translated to Tibetan during the reigns of King Songtsan Gampo. The king married a Chinese1 Buddhist Princess, who came to Tibet with a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha […]

Temple Architecture and Positivity: Is there a Connection?

Shristi Nangalia

Shristi Nangalia

Shristi Nangalia is an architect from the brain and writer from the heart. The blend of these spheres gave rise to an architectural writer in her. Tradition, culture, and colours always inspire her to grow. Being a keen Indian, she has an unbiased love for Indian food and architecture.
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A temple has to be built according to the Vedic principles and Vaastu Shaastra. It is the most acceptable constraint that the main idol of the deity should be located where the magnetic lines of the Earth are concentrated. The temple is then constructed around this point. This makes the ‘Garbhagirha’ (the main shrine) a high-power zone, which […]

Tales from the Srimad Bhagavatam: The Beginning – I

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 Bhagavatam1 , bringing alive the essential Indian wisdom of the yore. In the first part of the serialising the Hindu Holy Book, she recapitulates the doubts and confusions in the mind of a wise man, Ved Vyas, who authored the Vedas and the Mahabharata. When his gaze turns inwards, Narada visits […]

How Daily Worship Enhances our Personality!

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

Daily worship is a wonderful training of the body and mind. When a person communicates with God or the Supreme Being, (s)he connects with the inner self. Worship enhances and strengthens the personality. Krishna tells us about the rituals of worship and prayer, in this write-up, exclusively for Different Truths. Worship is universal. People of all religions and […]

Thangka Paintings: An Aura of Spiritual Positivity

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.
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Thangka means ‘thing that one unrolls’ in classical Tibetan. This art form got developed alongside the traditional wall paintings. Now, an art form, which is taught in monasteries along with butter sculpture, the earliest forms of the painting is believed to be commissioned by individuals. Most of these early paintings were painted by monks, who were commissioned to work […]

Badruddin, a Muslim, Composed the Badrinath Arti of the Hindus!

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

Jugal Kishore Petshali, of Chitai, in Almora district, of Uttarakhand runs a museum called Uttranchal Lok Kala Evam Sahitya Sanrakshan Trust. He showed us one of the rare manuscripts of Badrinath Arti, first published, in 1846, and the person who authored it. Badrinath is one of the famous sites of Char Dham in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It caught […]

Indian Culture and Values: Are NRIs more Indians at Heart than Resident Indians?

Asmani Jamdar Surve

Asmani Jamdar Surve

Asmani Jamdar Surve is an HR professional, avid reader, she is passionate about writing and loves travelling. She heads HR for an IT MNC. Mother of a son, she enjoys spending time at home with family. Asmani stays in Vadodara (Sanskari Nagari).
Asmani Jamdar Surve

The Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), away from their homeland, recreate a small India wherever they are. They are far better knit, have a greater bond and are alive to the Indian culture and its value, feels Asmani. She points out that resident Indians have far less respect for festivals and they often take it as just another holiday. Perhaps we […]

Rivers, Religion, History, Culture, Literature and Finesse Mingle in Allahabad

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Brahma performed his first sacrifice at Prayag (Allahabad) after creating the world. It also finds mention during the Vedic period as Prayagraj, the king of all pilgrimages. It has a unique status in ancient Hindu scriptures due to the Triveni Sangam or confluence of the three rivers the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati here. History reveals […]

Festivals of Lights from Around the World

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

Most cultures and peoples celebrate the festivals of lights. Anumita reveals many traditions, which are basically same. ‘Tamso ma jotirgamaya’ of the Hindus find echo in the Biblical ‘Lead symbolises ignorance (Avidya, death and despair). Fire and water are of great significance to the major religions of the world. Anumita takes a global view at the various festivals of […]

Diwali Market: A Fusion Song of Myriad Hues

Priyanka Chauhan

Priyanka Chauhan is an English Literature graduate and later did her MA in English from Delhi University. She studied Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Having worked with PTI, her articles have featured in The Times of India, PTI, The Hindu, Woman's Era magazine. She is an ardent reader and a writer at heart. Her greatest achievement is being a full-time mother to her little son.

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Come Diwali and the market place is decked up like a bride. The exuberance of shiny streamers of all shapes and sizes, soaked in bright colours were resting on roadside stands, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their potential buyers. A few customers merely touched, opened those itsy-bitsy creations, changed sides, checked their fall and kept it back […]

Diwali: The Brightest Night from the Sky!

Rajul Tiwari

Rajul Tiwari

Rajul Tiwari is an educationist, writer, author, editor and poetess.She writes in English and Hindi with equal ease. She heads a publishing unit and her poetry book 'Beats of Beauty' has been appreciated by many critiques and poetry lovers. In 2002 & 2004, she was honoured with 'Editor's Choice Award' by International Library of Poetry, US. Rajul is gracious and acknowledges the goodness in others. Her disarming and winsome smile is endering.
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Rajul recounts the story of Lord Rama’s homecoming on the New Moon night of Diwali. The joy and festivities among the people of Ayodhya is revisited. Thousands and thousands of diyas were lit to help the Pushpak Viman land safely behind the king’s palace. According to festival of Diwali has been celebrated to mark this grand homecoming  of […]

Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the goodness and evil, […]

Diwali

Indrajit Rai

Indrajit Rai

Indrajit Rai, a warrior by profession and a poet by passion. He is striving hard to be a renowned personality in the world of words and rhymes.He is always busy exploring his potential, extracting the positive ones and irrigating the weak ones. He hails from Meghalaya, India.
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An evocative poem on Diwali, structured like a ballad that explores many layers of meanings. The poet, Indrajit, turns his gaze inwards in the last stanza, as part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths.   Diwali – a celebration of sound and light, To mark triumph of right over sinful might. A night deeply […]

Diwali Fest

Neelam Dadhwal

Neelam Dadhwal

Neelam Dadhwal is a poet from Chandigarh, India. She has recently authored, ‘Footprints’, which deals with aspects of womanhood. Her poems has been published in Readomania, Indian Poetry Review, Literary Yard, Kritya, Muse India. The Unknown Pen and anthologies on women international, peace and humanity. She blogs at Prism of Joy.
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Amidst the mundane rigmarole of life comes the joy of festivity, says Neelam, in the verse, as part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths. In façade, lights sparkle through water music spreads through feet a star to star seems a way, heart trembles of luck, unanticipated. When mirrors shine as we see in […]

This Diwali

Neelam Chandra

Neelam Chandra

Neelam is an author of thirty-three books, is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi (2015). She works as Joint Secretary (U.P.S.C.).She has won an award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy-eight authors in the country in 2014.
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In this evocative verse, Neelam, puts on a make-up of values, of spiritual satisfaction, for unity of the people. At a time of clashes and divisions, of terrorism and deaths, her resolve is like a prayer in action. Here’s a verse rooted in contemporary realities. As part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths. Usually, […]

Diwali and the Enchanting Story of Nachiketa

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Arindam retells a well-known story of Nachiketa, a little boy, who faced Death (Yama) fearlessly to realise the deeper mysteries of death and life. This story from Katha Upanishad predates the Puranas and our two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Nachiketa, sees light, is freed Avidya, and as a disciple of Yama, understands the deeper meanings of […]

Diwali Sweets: Kaju Flowers, a Variation of Kaju Katli

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Festivals and sweets are inseparable in India. With Sarika make Diwali sweets at home. She tells us about Kaju Flowers, a variation of Kaju Katli. It’s not only economical but far more unadulterated when you prepare sweets at home. Plus, it speaks of your love and care for family and friends. Here’s the recipe, as part of special […]

Naraka Chaturdasi: Diwali Celebrations in Tamilnadu

Champa Srinivasan

Champa Srinivasan

Champa writes on various blogs and magazines on real life issues and incidents.She is a Post Graduate in English literature from Jadavpur University and has taught English in an Undergraduate college in Kolkata. Champa loves spending her time by reading, writing, gardening and learning classical dances. She now lives in Chennai.
Champa Srinivasan

In Tamilnadu, Diwali is celebrated a day before the rest of the country, on the occasion of Naraka Chaturdasi, the day Lord Krishna vanquished the demon Naraka. People visit each other’s place and respect is paid to the elders, similar to Bijoya Dashami among Bengalis. Special sweets, like Badam Halwa, are made on this occasion. It tastes divine. […]

A Special Diwali / The Diyas’ Blessings

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
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Here are two profound poems by Vatsala. The first poem, A Special Diwali, is her personal voyage. She remembers the demise of her father on this day and also his words asking her to be strong after he has left. The second poem, The Diyas’ Blessings, is a spiritual journey, a prayer to the Light. These verses are […]

The Festival of Lights

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a primary school educator in Mauritius.She writes poems and short stories on a wide range of subjects.She publishes regularly on online poetry sites and manages her own poetry blog.She has published a collection of poems in print, in her country, titled “Awakened Fancies.”
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Anouncheka celebrates the Festival of Lights, a time of love, joy and enlightenment, the victory of good over evil, in this poignant verse. Here’s her contribution to the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths. The festival of lights The festival of love Of new beginnings Of redemption Of the imposition of that which is good Over […]

Happy Diwali Munni!

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

In this poignant verse, Lily tells us the story of Diwali. Here’s her take on the Festival of Lights, in the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths. The beauteous city of Ayodhya  Iridescent with luminosity  Bathed in the holy haze of  Heavenly haloes  Welcoming with whoops of joy  The son  who went to the forest  […]

Diwali: The Brightest Dark Night

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

In this curtain raiser, Arindam recounts some of the legends and folklore associated with the five-day Festival of Lights. He also gives a synopsis of the articles and poems of the special feature on Diwali, in Different Truths, which would appear this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. Happy Diwali reading to illuminate our minds. The […]

Diwali Special Issue of Different Truths

Different Truths

Different Truths

A crossroads of thoughts, ideas and action.
Different Truths

We, at Different Truths (DT), shall publish a Diwali Special on Oct 30, this year. We apologise for the late announcement. Caught up with several administrative works, we overlooked it. The fault is totally ours. We are sure that despite a slender deadline, our talented authors/contributors, columnists, poets, et al shall come up with brilliant entries. […]

Homemade Narkel Nadu and Nimki Enliven Bijoya Dashami and Lokhi Puja in Bengali Homes

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Bijoya Dashami  and Lokhi Puja are times when family and friends meet each other. Sweets are offered. While some sweets are bought, Sandesh, Narkel Nadu (Coconut Laddoo) and Nimki (Namkeen or Matri) are traditionally homemade goodies. Sarika shares two traditional Dashami and Kojagori Lokhi Puja recipes, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. My most favourite month of […]

When Hanuman Cussed and Rama Smoked Bidi!

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Arindam revisits the Ramdal and Ramlila and recalls the terrible faux pas that left Hanuman angry and cussing. He also recalls an incident that his friend, Vijay, told him in Mumbai. His mother was superstitious about an actor playing the role of Rama in a Ramlila nearby. Find out what happened in this humourous piece, as part of […]

Durga Redefined: A Muslim Girl Inspired by Durga Paints the Goddess

Aseem Asha Usman

Aseem Asha Usman

Aseem Asha Usman is a PG in development communication from AJK. He focuses his creative skills to highlight the issues of marginalised communities. He developed a project “Finding a Voice” that was funded by UNESCO, QUT (Adelaide, Australia), and UNDP. A filmmaker, he wrote and composed Sufi poems, inspired by Tagore. He believes that various art forms can bring about positive social development and cultural change. He received the Global Indian ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ in 2011.
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Saba Ikram documented the life of many Sufi women of Delhi like Bibi Sam, Bibi Sara, Mai Saheba and Jahanara. She took interest in Devi Durga’s stories. The author asked her to show the most relevant women issues such as domestic violence, gender discrimination, eve-teasing, women’s health, etc. through the nine forms of Durga, in her new […]

Adrija

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
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Durga Puja brings joys and gaiety. Children and local artistes participate in plays, dance-dramas and other cultural extravaganzas. Adrija, the protagonist, too was busy rehearsing a dance-drama authored by Tagore. Amod Kaka (uncle) touches and gaze disturbed her. Will she be able to foil the evil designs of Amod? Here’s a story by Sudeshna that’ll make you […]