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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Polluted Lake – XLIX

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of the polluted lake and Kaliya, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Parikshit observed, “The life of Krishna was most certainly not easy. From his birth through childhood, he was constantly challenged.” “Oh yes,” Sukha agreed, “Krishna was most certainly a brave lad. The way he handled Kaliya is […]

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Music to the Ears, (Un)beatable Indigo, Harry Potter Gamer, Robot Sophia one-up on Saudi Women, Pope Berates Mobile Clad Bishops

Reading Time: 3 minutesUNESCO recognises Chennai’s rich musical tradition; in a horrendous act Indigo staffers were caught on camera assaulting elderly passenger at IGI terminal Delhi; Niantic Labs, the developer of the once immensely popular Pokémon Go, is now making a Harry Potter AR game; Sophia is Saudi Arabia first robot citizen and during his weekly address in St. Peter’s […]

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Olympus to Meru: Pantheons of Gods and Goddesses

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira draws a parallel between the Hindu and Greco-Roman pantheons of gods and goddesses, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am an avid reader of fiction. And one of my favourite areas happens to be mythology.  In the course of my reading, I have extensively read legends and myths from Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, and legends […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Balarama and Dhenuka – XLVIII

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana retells the story of Balarama and Dhenuka, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Sukha continued narrating the stories about the birth of Vishnu as Krishna. Adisesha, born as Balarama, was Krishna’s constant companion in Vrindavan. They would go out to the field every day to graze the cows and enjoy themselves along […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Doubt of Brahma Deepens – XLVII

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe divinity, manifest as Krishna, multiplied himself. From one he became many. He became the cowherds, the calves that were grazing, the rope around the neck of the calves and each and every aspect of existence that Brahma had hidden. Nilanjana recounts how Krishna played the cosmic game with Brahma, in the weekly column, exclusively […]

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Old Habits Die Hard

Reading Time: 4 minutesThinkers had started eulogising light and darkness and various other elements of nature, a leading factor towards the concept of gods; this thought created stories imagining evils being killed by the gods. Now the killing of Dhumrasura by all-powerful mother goddess seemed quite relevant. But this revealing also left Tapati puzzled if smoke was understood […]

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Festival Lights in Singapore, Blotting History, Stoned to Study, Lost and Found

Reading Time: 3 minutesShail talks of four news, in the last week, in her regular column. Diwali-themed trains, a station and five buses in Singapore to run until October 31. Taj Mahal is being communalised by a BJP MLA, supports UP government to remove it from the booklet on tourism. Northern Michigan University is offering a marijuana-focused degree […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Doubt of Brahma – XLVI

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana recounts the take of Krishna Leela from the Bhagavat and tells us about a game that Brahma played, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Not only did the simple cowherds not realise that divinity had taken a human form and was playing with them, they even told the story of Aghasura to […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna and Aghasura – XLV

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna and Aghasura from Srimad Bhagavatam, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Kamsa was very annoyed with his strong adversary who kept on destroying his people without too much effort. This time around he decided to choose someone who will not only obey his orders but would also […]

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The Importance of Being Married: Karva Chauth and Attendant Hoopla

Reading Time: 5 minutesPayal takes a hard look at Karva Chauth fasting. She brilliantly critiques the tradition, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Yesterday was the popular day of fasting and prayer for the husband, celebrated all over Northern India, especially Punjab, called Karva Chauth. Millions of married Indian women would have got up at break of […]

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