February 2012

Kerala History: Glimpses from 1956 to 2011

By | 2017-12-19T23:13:20+00:00 February 4th, 2012|Good Read, India, Kerala, Papa Bear, Poetry, Politics, talkies, Trivandrum, Trivia|

Because rather than big events, we have focused on big patterns. And while we disagree on a lot many things here - political, cultural, developmental, social, and personal, I hope we all agree that Kerala got it mostly right in the past 55 years. Because Kerala is the No.1 state in India, here we go, and as always we would like to hear your thoughts.

November 2006

King of Ayodhya

By | 2006-11-14T01:04:00+00:00 November 14th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Time and place has lost its significance. I haven't slept for days now. I lose consciousness every now and then, rest of the time life is just a blur. My [...]

Love and peace in Chitrakoota

By | 2006-11-10T22:45:00+00:00 November 10th, 2006|Uncategorized|

The Chitrakoota mountain rises above the mists of the Mandakini river. It is summer and the forest is full with its fruits. The harmony of the woods and its beasts, [...]

And from here to….

By | 2006-11-09T18:56:00+00:00 November 9th, 2006|Uncategorized|

This is Ganga flowing at the end of the Kosala countryside, on the farther bank is the forest of Dandakaranya. Ganga, the all encompassing flow, the refiner of minds, the [...]

the Apocalyptic vision

By | 2006-11-08T05:34:00+00:00 November 8th, 2006|Uncategorized|

The Sarayu flows in the darkness, bereft of its constant companion in the sky. Laxmana and me, sat by the ghat listening to the river, deep in thought. Laxmana wants [...]

the next in line

By | 2006-11-07T21:27:00+00:00 November 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|

This is Ayodhya,the unassailable city,the nerve centre of the Kosala empire.These days I wonder why anyone would care to assail this land; why would anyone want a dead horse. I [...]

the chariots enter Ayodhya

By | 2006-11-06T05:29:00+00:00 November 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|

This is Janakapuri in the kingdom of Mithila. Janaka,the lionized king of our times presides upon his empire from here. The cool,dry,fertile city was bustling with Brahmins and soothsayers and [...]

Two women and a Eunuch

By | 2006-11-03T20:17:00+00:00 November 3rd, 2006|Uncategorized|

This is the heartland. This is where the heart lies. Ganga gushes by as Jahnavi and Mandakini and Deva Ganga. She sure is disdainful at times despite that ancient churning [...]

Killing of an Enchantress

By | 2006-11-02T08:58:00+00:00 November 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

This is Dandakaranya, the dark dark forest. A daily ingest of bala and atibala kept us alive through this tiresome journey through Angadesha and Kaamashrama. The sage population is pushing [...]

the boys leave Ayodhya

By | 2006-11-01T08:52:00+00:00 November 1st, 2006|Uncategorized|

This tranquil flow is the Sarayu river and the turbulence behind me is Ayodhya. We the princes of the Sun dynasty dissolve in these cold waters of Sarayu at the [...]