Indian Culture

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Amir Khusrau: The Sick Bigoted Psychopath

Over the years, Indians have been subjected to a remarkable form of brainwashing and intellectual warfare.  Those who worked hard to destroy the land and its people have been carefully and gradually hoisted as the paragons of the greatest human virtues.  We have discussed about the Sufis [https://www.drishtikone.

17 Apr 20 7 min read
Indian Culture

Doordarshan launches DD Retro to telecast classic hits

Doordarshan is starting a new channel called DD Retro to telecast programs that bring back nostalgia from the 1980s. > To relive the nostalgia of your favourite memorable serials of Doordarshan, watch DD Retro. [] — DD RETRO (@RetroDD) April 12, 2020 [

13 Apr 20 1 min read

Liberals’ Rabid Hatred for the NRI

On Janurary 21, 2017 – a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States – a facebook post [] initiated protests globally.  Women’s March as it was called was a worldwide protest against the man the liberals and the

06 May 19 5 min read

Independence From Demons of Decadent Indian Secularism

As the forces of India’s sickening secularism led by Congress framed, jailed and tortured [] a Military Intelligence officer Lt Col Purohit, and Hindu monks Swami Aseemanand and Sadhvi Pragya for an act of terror that wass carried out by Pakistanis and Rahul Gandhi walked

14 Aug 17 3 min read

Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine

Femininity and Masculinity are taken as two qualities of the existence in Hinduism and in most Eastern traditions.  Eastern mystics called it Yin and Yang .  In Hinduism, this is posited as Purush and Prakriti – and the highest of all beings – Shiva – is said to be an Ardhanareshwar.  Half man and

05 Oct 13 4 min read

Delhi Gangrape: What Should Boys Be Taught About Rape?

Here is an interesting discussion on what the boys should be taught about rape. Akhil Sharma discusses the whole issue of how boys are brought up and what messages are they getting.. specifically with respect to sex and rape .. and women in particular. > Much of this conversation has focused on

15 Jan 13 2 min read

Why are Indians prudish?

Someone asked this question on Quora in this way: > The older codes of Indian law define the following six categories of children (sons) and their legal inheritance rights, excluding adoptions: > 1. Born of a woman through her wedded husband, called the son of the body (ourasa) 2. Born of a

22 Dec 12 1 min read

The Greatest Indian Dance Performance of this Century

Indian Marriages are a world unto themselves.  The behavior is typical and interesting.  Bride and Groom are accidental diversions.  People actually go to live a fantasy.  Many things are common and have grown into people’s imagination not because of any genuine reason, but because they are peculiar. So it

13 Feb 12 2 min read

Kolkatta Couple Lose their kids to Norwegian “Liberalism”

Anurup playing with his kidScandinavian countries are known to be liberal societies.  Well “liberal” is a relative word. In Indian homes you cannot have a meal without eating with your hands.  And it is very common for the kids to also sleep with their parents.  A Kolkatta couple – Anurup and

21 Jan 12 1 min read

Walmartization of Andaman Tribals by Tourists and Evangelists

India’s tribal people, even those who are at the risk of going extinct, are under threat from Tourists and Evangelists. Throughout history, mindless tourists – seeking exotic joy – and evangelists seeking numbers have devastated entire continents and washed them clear of rich and substantive cultures into a large Walmart of

18 Jan 12 2 min read

Menaka redux: Rakhi falls for Ramdev

Sometimes it takes a mindless “Savant” to turn a Swami into a “hot dude”.  Rakhi Sa(v)want seems to be endorsing Swami Ramdev’s [] Hot-ness quotient.  The “One Gram a Breath Blast” promise of Anulom Vilom of the Swami

28 Jul 11 5 min read

Calcutta Chronicles

The long, meandering line of lights blinks, burns and finally stands still at a cross-road. The passengers inside the hatchbacks-Chevrolets, Hyundais, Fords-mostly in their thirties, fretter and fume with routine indignation. They are the stalwarts in IT giants, just coming out of the newly built Salt Lake Sector-5 who spends

14 Feb 11 4 min read
Indian Culture

Arranged Marriages: Not the way Americans think they are

In my discussions with Americans, I have been asked many times about the practice of finding a partner amongst the Indians.  Behind the question, most of the folks are curious and intrigued by the “Arranged Marriage” principle.  The fact that someone could meet once with a prospective partner and then

21 Jan 11 3 min read

Palika Bazaar: A Delhi landmark in Decay

If you have grown up in Delhi in the 70s and 80s, Palika Bazaar would have been one place that you would have surely not missed.  It was the first market that fired the imagination of the Delhi-ites used to crowded over-ground markets.  Here was something contemporary at that time

31 Dec 10 2 min read

Symbolic Festivities – Do they make you think?

We celebrate so many festivals throughout the year.  some don’t make sense to me, and some… well make me ponder.  But this festival makes me feel sad. It’s Dussehra. I have written extensively on Raavan and why I feel we could not understand him or probably we chose

02 Dec 10 3 min read

How Indians think?

How do Indians think?  As vast and as diverse our nation is, it is nevertheless interesting to get a feel of its pulse.  I am not sure if the surveys can go an honest and a good job, but the findings do present an interesting picture.  Let’s look at

19 Nov 10 3 min read

ABP Ananda Utsav 2010, Pasadena, USA: A perspective

There is something about Bengali cultural programs in the US. They are my dad’s way of remembering good times of yester years, not mine. There is something else too. The organizers of such events, though young at age, are still under the notion that it takes 3 months to

16 Oct 10 3 min read
Indian Culture

Man, Woman and the Marriages in Indian context

Recently, I have seen a spate of failed marriages in India and amongst Indians abroad.  The traditional framework of marriage is under stress and that is visible in how easily and regularly the separations and divorces are happening.  Even in cases where the marriage is intact, there may be interest

15 Sep 10 3 min read

Why Are YOU In Your Marriage?

Indian Marriages, all over the world, are seen with so much awe.  Moreover, the rituals and ceremonies as shown in movies which are further popularized by celebrities have all created such a hype around Indian marriages. Indian marriages are like the perfect case studies, which are taught and sold throughout

06 Sep 10 3 min read
Indian Culture

Raavana Is In My Soul

I wrote this some time back : Its Dussehra or call it Vijaya Dashmi. The same story is going to repeat itself once again this year too. I had been reading it since my school days – Burai par Achchai ki jeet ka tyohaar – victory of goodness over evil. The jubilant crowds

20 Jul 10 3 min read

Woman can get divorce even if hubby abroad

In a crucial ruling which is sure to cheer up women fighting divorce cases with husbands residing in a foreign country, the Madras HC has said the family court in India had jurisdiction to try matrimonial litigation even if the husband is a citizen of a foreign country and not

13 Jul 10 2 min read

Ardhanareshwar, Urdu and Masala Chai

Ardhanareshwar (translated as “Half- Man-Woman”) is a unique way to describe the creation and its parts. That a person is a male or a female is a fact, but it has the inputs of both man and a woman is the Truth. Feminine and Masculine are therefore mere tendencies that

13 Apr 10 3 min read
Indian Culture

Lost Civilization before us

There is a small possibility that the current civilization can face a complete destruction or annihilation either from a great deluge due to global warming or earth quake, or a nuclear war or even by an appointment with some asteroid. It is possible that everything we created, everything we invented

29 Jan 10 4 min read
Indian Culture

Happy Lohri and its significance

Every year today, in Punjab Lohri is celebrated.  Those, who are from Punjab, this is a special occasion when people light bonfires and dance and make merry.  There is also another tradition, where the young kids go around the neighborhood asking for Indian knick-knacks (sweets etc.) by singing this traditional

13 Jan 10 2 min read
Indian Culture

Happy Lohri and its significance

Every year today, in Punjab Lohri is celebrated.  Those, who are from Punjab, this is a special occasion when people light bonfires and dance and make merry.  There is also another tradition, where the young kids go around the neighborhood asking for Indian knick-knacks (sweets etc.) by singing this traditional

13 Jan 10 2 min read
Indian Culture

Love vs Culture and Culture of Love

Pramod Muthalik, of Sri Rama Sene, a Hindu organization has recently been in news for the wrong reasons.  He and his men were involved in beating up boys, and specifically girls for going to pub.  And if that was not enough, now he and his goons are threatening to hit

13 Feb 09 3 min read
Indian Culture

Sabse Peeche Hum Khade by Silk Route

[audio:Silk Route – SABSE PEECHE HUM KHADE.mp3] I had gotten this song from a friend.  Was listening to it on my flight last week.  This just didn’t seem to go out my head!  Amazing song and melody.  Wanted to share with all of you…  Have fun! Surprisingly, had

26 Oct 08 1 min read
Indian Culture

Jai Jagdish Hare by Chorus, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar

[audio:Chorus, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar_Anand Math_02_Jai Jagdish Hare.mp3] Anand Math is based on Bankim Chandra Chatterjee’s novel.  It is famous for the song Vande Matram.  But I have always been haunted by how Prithviraj Kapoor (Satyananda) keeps chanting “Hare Murare”.  This song

23 Aug 08 1 min read

Cultural interaction in India

There was a lot of reaction on my piece on Raj Thackeray [] and may felt the Biharis will decimate their culture.  Here are my thoughts: Since our independence, North Indians – specifically the Allahabad crowd ruled India.  South Indians and the others

25 Feb 08 2 min read

40% marriages in Mumbai end up in divorce!

Is there something going wrong with Indian marriages?  Well, new data and study [] shows that ~40% of all marriages in Mumbai and Thane are ending up in courts!  Pressures of modern day life?  Probably. > For

25 Jan 08 1 min read

Now, Carnatic Idol – Music reality show in Carnatic Music

After the fantastic success of Indian Idol (finals got 20 million votes) and Saregamapa (finals got 100 million votes) – now, there is a Carnatic Idol – called Carnatic Idol 2007 on Carnatica. It being held on a experimental basis but next year even the Indian living in the US and Canada

20 Oct 07 2 min read

Reasons for decline of Bengal

After reading many things on Netaji (Subhash Chandra Bose) and Swami Vivekananda – the two intellectual giants of their own field (and many other!), I constantly wonder at the society which bred such minds! Bengal has been an eventful place to say the least.  Bengalis have the distinction of the highest

06 Oct 07 1 min read

The 10 Best places to eat in India: Ajit Chaudhuri

One of the alumni of IRMA – my senior from IRMA, Ajit Chaudhuri – wrote this wonderful article on the 10 best places to eat in India.  I thought I would share it with the Drishtikone readers.  He has graciously allowed me to share it on this blog.  Ajit writes his blog

04 Oct 07 5 min read

How Partition affected the Sub-continent's Music soul!

Some letters in the Pakistani daily Dawn are sometimes very interesting.  Here is another one.. where this guys juxtaposes the melodies born out of the melting pot of Bengal, UP and Punjab.. against the "two nation theory" and partition.  How partition took away – ruthlessly – the soul and the many wonders

22 Aug 07 2 min read
Indian Culture

Dont destroy my Language

I was recently watching the program on TV about the seven wonders, and what struck me was that even our own Desi Bipasha Basu had to say “Taaj Mahaaal”, and not “Taj Mahel” as it is pronounced. I have constantly been irked by people, especially Indians, who agree with, take

26 Jul 07 1 min read

The Recent Indian Reincarnations

Here is the news item from IBN-CNN on the reincarnation stories.  Notice how this “scientist” simply dumps the stories and calls them “dangerous” without explanation.  That is the level of intellect in Indian intellectuals these days!

16 Jul 07 1 min read

Wah Taj!

Beautiful picture of the Taj – now securely amongst the 7 Wonders of the World. (courtesy: Sakshi Juneja’s blog []).

12 Jul 07 1 min read

Indology Nonsense from Univ of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum!

Martha Nussbaum is the Professor at University of Chicago for Philosophy.  Here she is talking about the Gujarat riots after Godhra.  It is amazing the way the Leftist view is taken and the history is made a mockery of!  Let me deal with her points – in italics here. First, Aryan

17 May 07 4 min read

Dancing in the Delhi Rain!

Remember the joy of getting wet in the rain?  I still remember we used to rush to the verandah to get wet in the first few rains of Delhi.. but then pollution increased.. and it was acid rain than the water rain..   but the subsequent rains are probably better.. here

03 May 07 1 min read

Panini's Ashtdhyayi Rules for Sanskrit and Backus-Naur forms for Functional Programming

VishK [] talks about "Functional Programming" – a paradigm in programming. > Functional programming (FP) is of interest to many people because it describes ‘what a programmer is trying to accomplish’ without worrying about ‘how the computer will accomplish it’.   It is a paradigm where

24 Feb 07 1 min read

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