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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

Why Valentine’s Day is more Indian than Western

Like a friend giving many solutions to love problems, there are as many views on celebrating Valentine’s Day as there are people in India. Everyone has a unique understanding of the festival ,whether it should be celebrated or not, whether people should be beaten for

Cow = Mother = Yamuna. Can we save Yamuna now? | Ghats in Vrindavan & Mathura | The Traveling Sage

Even after writing about the inspirational story of Widows of Vrindavan, the intriguing  love affair of Bengal, the happy story of 5 children of God, a creative evening spent at Bankey Bihari, and the never ending monkey menace in the town,  I still feel there is more to Vrindavan. As if the

Photo Essay: Bull Power in Vrindavan | Solo Traveling | The Traveling Sage

Two sacred bullocks (male of Cow) – one of them shedding tears – pulling a carriage full of girls coming back from school with “Bull Power” written on it. This photograph has been dear to me for more than one reason. On 15th August, 2015,

My 5 point tussle with Beef: Traveling, Facts, Hypocrisy, History, and Empathy! | The Indian Sage

One thing I learnt after traveling to 14 Indian cities, small towns, and villages all across India, and passing through many more cities, villages and towns, is that there are cattle, cows and buffaloes, everywhere in India. Actually, India is full of cows! From the

Day 1 to 4: Marred by the menace of monkeys | Vrindavan, India | The Traveling Sage

In the morning, moments after I left my home to board the express train to Mathura from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi, my mother received a call from one of my cousin brothers who frequently visits Vrindavan and Mathura on short religious journeys. He told

An Evening at Bankey Bihari Temple | Vrindavan, India | The Traveling Sage

Out of sheer darkness, and a pungent body odor emanating loudly from breaking of millions of bacteria inhabiting hundreds of armpits and groins within a few meters of my own armpit and groin, I entered into a two story atrium at the center of the

An Open Letter to RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat || Why India will never become your Hindu Rashtra!

Dear Mohan Bhagwat, I recently came across the text of a speech you gave either in Kolkata or Madhya Pradesh. I am not sure about the place and I don’t even intend to know. It is what you said, actually it is what you have

Religion – A word that dominated 2014!

2014 was definitely a significant year for India yet I can not really conclude what will this signify when we will look at it 20 years later. 20 years, as a safeguard that BJP would definitely not be in power by then and some guy

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