This regional spin off is interesting. Though the mention is of Bohemians, it’s not Bohemians per se, but what are called as Parne who intermingle with Gypsies and live their life. They are considered as vile and inacceptable as like the Gypsies. This carol talks about the Three Magi who were supposed to have visited… Read More The Three Magi: A Carol (To a Gypsy Air) – Unknown
Misinformation rules the day in this Kali Yuga. Whether it is for good or for bad, the point is, we are seeing misinformation is being spread day in and day out. To achieve what, god only knows. Now, look at this. Someone shared me reference to Prophet Muhammad in Atharva Veda. The main points mentioned… Read More Kunthap Sukta – Atharva Veda
An old man in my village once said, All which looks yellow is not gold Though it looks so in feel and touch Don’t learn the hard way it’s fool’s gold And he went on to tell a sad story, Story of a charlatan, a famous one – People believed in him fully with trust… Read More The Charlatan
Two days before, the Central Cabinet passed the anti-Human Trafficking Bill aiming to curb human trafficking. A laudable effort. As I understand, this bill aims at punishing the offenders and rehabilitate the victims. It will cover everything – setting up of constitutional bodies, setting up of protection houses, punishment for the rule breakers. But, still,… Read More Anti-Human Trafficking Bill – Chinks in it’s Armour?
Suddenly, I came across a tweet which says offices of JNU being held under siege by students, put in by a staff member of the University who is literaly pleading the students he is sick and needs assistance. We too protested, but wenever ensured that some’s life is at stake. Trawling through the comments, it… Read More JNU Mandatory Attendance Circular Protests – An Attempt to Find Sense in Them
Barani writes, At Bhilsan ‘Alauddin had heard of the elephants and wealth of Deogir and enquired about the routes to that place. He had resolved to collect a large army at Karra for an attack on Deogir without informing the Sultan. Finding the Sultan more kind and affectionate than ever, he applied for some delay… Read More The Ramachandra we don’t know – Did Alauddin Khilji ever reach Devagiri?
It is surprising to see that, sometimes, at the points where multiple civilizations merge, there is a blackhole about which we literally know nothing. Take for example, Dandakaranya – Bastar area. We have Bahamani Sultanate on one side, Delhi Sultanate on the second and Kalinga on the third side. They fought with each other everywhere… Read More Muslim-Ladakh relations
There’s a crowd at the door where the floodlit posters proudly announce: “A human Drama.” There’s a crowd at the door and the King’s nickel horseman sweats in the pressure of my pain. On the square white screen in the darkened hall the Metro lion sleepily yawns. Suddenly a road and a forest appear, and… Read More Cinema – Nikola Vaptsarov
Dera Sacha Sauda is filthy rich, has massive political influence and has got a tremendous popular following. In spite of that, it is on the brink of collapse due to a scandal, a scandal which is not at all potent enough to topple an empire. And it’s not as if the charges are unique. Cardinal… Read More Ruler vs Governor – Dera Sacha Sauda’s Travails of the Day
An ever relevant one. I sometimes fear that people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress worn by grotesques and monsters as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis. Fascism arrives as your friend. It will restore your honour, make you feel proud, protect your house, give you a job, clean up the neighbourhood,… Read More Fascism: I sometimes fear… – Michael Rosen