Monthly Archives: October 2008

Feminism is passé; Being Feminine is in!

Women are born to nurture and nourish, to create and consolidate and to provide the strong foundation stone on which a family can be established and sustained. Continue reading

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Khajuraho – A tourist guide

The lake looks its best when visited after sundown, with the reflection of the Eucalyptus trees that line the side, and the pale yellow of the moon, and a silhouette of one of the temples in the background, lend an illusion that is best seen in the dark. Like most illusions, the lake becomes just another water body in the day. Continue reading

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Raja Cafe inspired Pancakes

Its a weekend and the experimenting cook strikes again. This time the experiment is inspired by the continental breakfast at Raja Cafe in Khajuraho, an establishment owned and managed by two Swiss ladies. When hubby and friends enjoyed pancakes for … Continue reading

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Soothsayer or Swindler: the mystery of Naadi Shastra

We waited patiently for an updated blog post from him, and after I reminded him that we were waiting for the final story, he sent a very short narration of what actually ensued on his last visit to the Naadi Shastri in Vasant Kunj. Here’s a reproduction of his note Continue reading

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Absurd Desire

For years, he wandered in jungles, survived the vagaries of nature, meditated in caves, and transcended mountains and crossed valleys, and yet he could not attain primordial bliss. Continue reading

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Straight from the heart

The imagery was precisely related to me, as a married woman. The henna stain symbolized the sometimes harsh impact of domesticity on the gossamer fabric of matrimonial bliss, and dreams. Continue reading

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Khajuraho – A song in stone – a historical and architectural perspective

Khajuraho has been misinterpreted by tourists as the “kamasutra temples” because of some of the erotic sculptures and sexual postures depicted on the external walls of the temples. It is noteworthy that while erotic sculptures form only one-tenth of the total sculptures, the greatest emphasis is on the celebration of womankind, in her myriad moods and facets. Hence, there are carvings of a woman writing letter, applying makeup to her eyes, combing her tresses, dancing, picking a thorn from her foot, and playing with her child – all depicted in intricate detail, sharply etched, sculpted with consummate skill. There are scenes from daily life, of warfare, of musicians and potters, and various forms and facets of animal and human life. These temples are built to commemorate life of the commoners, and sexual union being one of the important aspects of existence, receives an apt representation on the temple walls. Continue reading

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Channeling the Future through Naadi Shastra

There were four stacks of palm leaves, each stack with about 30 leaves sandwiched between two thin slabs of rosewood and all bound together with a soiled twine that indicated that the bundles had been in constant use. Continue reading

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Killing me softly!

The vow of Santhara is taken when one feels that one’s life has served its purpose. In Hinduism and Rajput traditions, the concept of Sati and Johar were voluntary suicide, but these actions had deep-rooted social and ethical implications during the medieval period, and are defunct today. Buddhism also has a certain concept of honor killing that is seen in Japanese and Tibetan cultures. Continue reading

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