The temple idol, no thief could get away with

The temple idol, no thief could get away with

  There is an ancient temple in India made famous by thieves.  Four times in recently history, thieves stole the temple idol, but returned it as they could not go far with it. The reasons they gave for that makes the story even more intriguing. Mridanga Saileswari Temple is an ancient temple located at Muzhakunnu […]

The Most Beautiful Indian Female Politicians

The Most Beautiful Indian Female Politicians

Though green-eyed may hang on to the old adage, beauty is only skin deep, it is undeniable that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Politicians should be cunning, brainy and should possess hell a lot of stamina and thick skin. But beauty is an attribute that can take a person to places and […]

Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan – Now a global star

Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan – Now a global star

Sandalwood Smuggler Veerappan, who was killed by Tamil Nadu Special Task Force headed by K Vijay Kumar in 2004 has become a product endorser for a British Company. A well-known British Company named Lush has released Smugglers Soul Perfume which features Veerappan in its label. The company also has a product named Veerappan Moustache Wax. […]

What had happened to the Mughals?

What had happened to the Mughals?

Image Courtesy: Sujayana Das Daily Mail in 2015 published an article titled, “The Slumdog Princess” about the descendant of the Mughal Rulers. Sultana Begum, now 63 years old, married the great grandson of Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was the last Moghul emperor to rule India. She lives in a two room hut in a shantytown […]

Ramayana – Fact or Fiction?

Ramayana – Fact or Fiction?

History requires concrete evidence to distinguish fact from fiction. Vedic civilisation used extensive system of calculation of time. But modern science is still under- developed to pinpoint with accuracy, the time of Rama’s birth and life based on the clues given in Ramayana. Though this makes a lazy argument for calling Ramayana – a myth; […]

The Story of Kohinoor Diamond and the curse behind it

The Story of Kohinoor Diamond and the curse behind it

Pakistan recently claimed its stake on the famed diamond, ‘Kohinoor’. Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry alleged in his petition filed to the Lahore High Court that the UK stole the Kohinoor from Daleep Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, and took it to Britain. The diamond being the cultural heritage of Pak side of Punjab, Jeffry […]

What the hell is Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni?

What the hell is Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni?

There are only two types of people in this world. Those who learned music systematically from a teacher and those who didn’t. Unfortunately I fall under the second category. It is a scientifically proven fact that, learning music will improve the memory power. For some mysterious reason neither of my parents or their close relatives […]

Devadasi

Devadasi

Devadasi literally means “maid servant of God”. Devadasi is a girl, offered to or married to God to serve God for the rest of her life. The earliest mention about ‘Devadasi’ was found in a cave in Banaras and is believed to be from the days of Emperor Ashoka. The carvings on the cave reads: […]

The true story of Bajirao and Mastani

The true story of Bajirao and Mastani

Bajirao (born 18 August 1699 – died 28 April 1740) served as a Prime Minister and General to the Maratha Chhatrapati Shahuji Raje Bhosale.. Bajirao is considered as the most valiant of Peshwas. Mastani was bajirao’s second wife. There are no court records of Mastani, so the stories about her are mostly from local folklore. […]

A Hindu Temple with Muslim Woman as deity

A Hindu Temple with Muslim Woman as deity

Jhulasan village, in the district of Mehsana in the state of Gujarat first caught world attention for its connection with American astronaut Sunita William’s paternal ancestors. In Jhulasan at least one person from every household either lives in Canada or US. Though the population of Jhulasan is only 5000 a recent headcount of people from […]

Indian Villages where prostitution remains a tradition

Indian Villages where prostitution remains a tradition

In a handful of villages in India, prostitution is a traditional way of making a livelihood. Parents, Uncles or brothers push the girl child into prostitution as soon as they think they can satisfy a customer. The tricks of the trade usually taught by the mother, the girl child begin her working life, with in-depth […]

The Significance of ‘108’ in India

The Significance of ‘108’ in India

The number 108 is long been considered sacred in India. One may wonder, why Indian prayer mala (japa mala, laces or rosary) come as a string of 108 beads. The number 108 is considered sacred by Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. With the 108 beads Japamala, a Manthra is repeated 108 times or multiples of it. […]

An Indian Mystery called ‘ Malayali’

An Indian Mystery called ‘ Malayali’

In 1957 the southernmost state of India, Kerala elected the second democratically elected communist Government in the world. Though communism has collapsed in the rest of the world, in Kerala Communism and its ideology are still a way of life rather than a movement. The major reason for the success of Communism in Kerala is […]

Mawlynnong – The cleanest village in Asia, where the women rules

Mawlynnong – The cleanest village in Asia, where the women rules

“Most come to see Mawlynnong’s drop-dead gorgeousness: its tropical gardens, waterfalls and ancient living root bridges, not to mention sweeping mountain views, landscaped cobblestone streets and thatched-roof cottages. Travel articles bolster its nickname, “God’s Own Garden,” calling it “the pride of India” and “the cleanest village in Asia.” This is what an article in New […]

India’s Temple of Rats at Deshnoke

India’s  Temple of Rats at Deshnoke

Thirty Kilometres from Bikaner in Rajasthan, the village of Deshnoke, is famous for the Temple of rats. Rajasthan is a colourful place not just for its traditional costumes, but also for its temples, palaces and above all its people. For a first time visitor, the customs of this temple may seem rather bizarre, but they […]

Kailasa Temple – The greatest Man made structure in India

Kailasa Temple – The greatest Man made structure in India

In this series of articles, we are introducing some of the unusual places and incidents that define India. Beyond the nasty politicians and a highly corrupt administrative system, there is something that draws the world towards this great nation. For the western world, Taj Mahal represents India. The majestic mausoleum built by Mugal King Shahjahan […]

Kuldhara – India’s Cursed Village

Kuldhara  – India’s Cursed Village

India is a mystery for many, but Kuldhara a remote village in the state of Rajasthan is a mystery for all. The ruins of Kuldhara exhibit the architectural, excellence of those times, which was buried under dunes till recently. What happened to the people of Kuldhara is intriguing and remains clueless even today. Two hundred […]

Shani Shingnapur, the village of open houses

Shani Shingnapur, the village of open houses

In this series of articles, we are introducing some of the unusual places and incidents that define India. Beyond the nasty politicians and a highly corrupt administrative system, there is something that draws the world towards this great nation. Shani Shignapur, the village of open houses Shani Shingnapur, a village located in Ahmednagar District of […]