Vrindavan

The trip to Vrindavan was triggered by an article by Vivekananda in which he talked about a vow he once took as a mendicant travelling penniless across India: that he...

The 299 Ramayanas That Just Won't Go Away

I recently read The Collected Essays of A.K.Ramanujan. I bought the book to read an essay called “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation”, an essay written...

The Charvakas

The Charvaka system of philosophy was an extreme materialistic system of philosophy that predates Buddhism. The Charvakas rejected all indirect methods of knowledge (hearsay, holy books, inference etc.) They said...

Reading of Kafka’s Trial in light of Foucault’s writings

The totalitarian state described by George Orwell in his novel “1984” controls with fear, terror and overt physical violence, but the state that Joseph K. experiences in Kafka’s novel, “The...

Baijirao Mastani

Baijirao Mastani is a Bollywood movie about a great Hindu Brahmin Peshwa (Prime Minster) who is credited with expanding the Maratha Empire to almost all of present day India. This...

Bol (Speak) by Faiz Ahmed Faiz's

[ Speak! for your lips are still free… Speak! for the tongue is still yours. That virile body that is yours– Speak! For life is still yours. See: in the...