All posts by Ayush Kaushik

Padmini: A Lesson in History and Culture to the Bigot Bullies of India

A bourgeoisie sees history as it is being told to him by another bourgeoisie. He neither cares to read a book to give significance to many politically, religiously, and socially motivated versions of an event that may have happened behind closed doors more than 700

The Indian Sage’s Book Reading List for 2017

Can we find a reason in everything we do? In meagre and mundane affairs of life, yes! But in spiritual, celestial, and emotional affairs, I don’t think it is possible to rationalise everything. Most of the human beings who like to call themselves rational are

Two Celebrity Timurs but 7 Centuries apart

Nothing new happened in the second last week of 2016. Some expected outrage on the name of the newborn child of a celebrated Bollywood couple on twitter and some expected counter by the intelligentsia. In the times of tools like twitter, Facebook, and Reddit only

Humans of Pushkar (Part 1 of 2)

[Text and Photographs are by Ayush Kaushik] A native Rajasthani woman in yellow Ghaghra Choli (native dress) with a partial veil over her head, passing by a couple of non-Indian nationals. The couple appears to be carrying sophisticated photography equipment in their hands. The diversity

Pushkar and the Spell it casts on the Travelers: Pushkar’s Pishogue

After a year, 2 months and 15 days, I could again take an amble on the colorful streets and the tranquil lakeside of Pushkar. The lake had ebbed a few meters away with bathing pits, more stairs and concrete esplanades clearly visible. I realized that

Pushkar’s Pishogue: Top Photos from Pushkar Fair {Part 1}

[Images and text by Ayush Kaushik] The colors of Rajasthan. Got a glimpse of this colorful street somewhere in India where thousands of different cultures and traditions have survived peacefully over thousands of years. The magical and athletic girl child whose performance received a series

#thedelhiproject: 5 Top Weekly Photos from Delhi | Week 1

[Text and Photographs by Ayush Kaushik] The king of the sky. Got a glimpse of this royal scene somewhere in the noon sky ruled by the mighty eagles. USA’s first woman President. Got a glimpse of this revolutionary scene somewhere on a wall in New

The Culture of PDA (Public Display of Affection): Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi

[Text and photos by Ayush Kaushik] Article Rating – Adult (Above 18) For long, I wanted to visit all the monuments and the ruins of our glorious (debatable) past in the vicinity of Delhi (NCR). The age barrier and then the other responsibilities kept me

Adventures of Akbar’s Ghost | Mughal Ecstasy

Recently, the third emperor of the Mughal Dynasty and the mightiest of all Mughal Dynasty rulers Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar’s ghost was found roaming around his own tomb near modern day Sikandara, Agra, India. It appears that his return to the mortal world in the

What if Mother Teresa was a Hindu Saint? The Apparent Hypocrisy of Indian Media & Politicians

The really awkward moment when we have absolutely, logically, and scientifically denied the existence of the capability of a human being to perform otherworldly miracles such as curing cancer without medicines/herbs, curing brain tumour without any doctor, but still in the 16th year of the

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