CULTURE

2016 GOES BY..REFLECTING ON..

It is always between ‘what changes from one calendar day to the next’ and ‘every day is a new day, a reservoir of hopes, a new opportunity to do, undo or redo things’. And it is always better to go with the later one – every day is a new day and every day is a new ‘you’. Welcome 2017. ...

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AS THE GANGA FLOWS – VARANASI VIBES

IN GOD’S OWN CITY VARANASI VIBES AS THE GANGA FLOWS INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS ©SantoshChaubey

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IT IS THE DEV DIWALI NIGHT

The sky is lit with countless lamps Souls, bathed in light, shine bright On the Ganga ghats and its ramps The water breathes the eternal light With multitudes, the Ganga flows And the panorama weaves a night Slowly, the evening bloom grows Getting younger, holding us tight It’s the day when Gods descend And we all pray in aesthetic accent ...

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DEV DEEPAWALI – VARANASI VIBES

INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS DEV DEEPAWALI – FROM MY STOCK IMAGES DEV DEEPAWALI ©SantoshChaubey

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BOB DYLAN ABOUT INDIA

Bob Dylan is a living legend and there are no second thoughts about it. And now that he is a Literature Nobel laureate, he is going to be discussed the world over. Like other places, here, in India as well, people are trying to find Bob Dylan’s local connect (India connect). And in the process has emerged a fact that ...

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MOTHER TERESA AND THE ENDLESS CONTROVERSIES OF CANONISATION AT THE VATICAN

The article originally appeared on DailyO. In the last 50 years, from the days of Pope Paul VI that began in 1963, the Vatican has given the world some 640 saints, more than dozen a year. Pope John Paul II, who was pope for more than 26 years, from 1978 to 2005, in fact made more saints that all previous ...

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RELIGIOUS ADHERENCE OF MOTHER TERESA: INSPIRATION BEHIND HER WORK

It is in such a bad taste that the mind desperately urges to run away from the TV sets or think of that impossible situation where they all could be dumped somewhere deep so that their twisted voices cannot surface. These so called Seers, Gurus, Saints, the modern day Shankaracharyas, the Sadhus, the religious Satraps, and their ugly bickering in ...

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MOTHER TERESA OR MAHATMA GANDHI: GIVE THEM THE LIBERTY TO REMAIN HUMANS

Mother Teresa is probably the biggest humanitarian icon the 20th Century India has given to the world. And though her saintliness doesn’t need any endorsement like Mahatma Gandhi’s greatness doesn’t need a Nobel Prize, her Canonization on September 4, a day before her 19th death anniversary on September 5 and almost after a week of her 106th birth anniversary on ...

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JANMASHTAMI IS STILL WORSHIPPED IN ALMOST EVERY HINDU HOUSE BUT WITHOUT JANMASHTAMI TABLEAUS

Time changes things and the way we carry out many activities – even if the perspectives and the concepts behind those perspectives remain the same. The same holds true about how we celebrate our festivals. In our childhood, and even in teens, Janmashtami happened to be a community celebration where almost each household participated. Jhankis (tableaus) were created in almost ...

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O KRISHNA

O Krishna You are the epitome of love Of its purest expression O Krishna Your ways are mysterious Its divinity transcendental O Krishna, Feeling You is like Looking at life’s joys O Krishna You show us the way to live To love, and to be O Krishna Show me the light To see the life as it has to be ...

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