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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.
Cholena Nashan

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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

DTNS stands for our stingers and reporters spread out in select cities, all over the world. The webzine, Different Truths, is fully responsible for the accuracy of the reports published under the DTNS byline.In all other reports, which bear the names of the authors/contributors/columnists, the views expressed are those of that particular author whose byline is mentioned in the report/feature/column.
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 […]

Patal Bhubaneshwar: A Limestone Temple

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

Patal Bhubaneshwar is a unique limestone cave temple located in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, 14 kilometres from Gangolihat. It is at an altitude of 1350m and on the confluence of rivers Ramganga, Saryu and Gupt Ganga. The presence of these rivers is so sacred and meaningful, they keep flowing in their best form touching the height of […]

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.
Eswar Anandan

  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.
Eswar Anandan

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.
Shristi Nangalia

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

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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.
Eswar Anandan

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.
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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.
Rajul Tiwari

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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.
Neelam Dadhwal

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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.
Neelam Chandra

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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, […]