The way of the Spirits

Kāntārā the Kannadā movie is right now making waves in India. After hearing glowing reviews about it, I decided to watch it on the big screen (hadn't gone to a theatre in more than a decade!). This piece is not a movie review but just my own attempts at understanding the theme of this movie,…

Siddhartha – A Review

Introduction Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha’ is considered by many as a literary classic, widely acclaimed for revealing to the West some really intricate philosophies of the Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. In terms of his background, Hermann Hesse came from a family of German Christian missionaries with links to India and grew…

Reflections on Death

Cycle of births and deaths

Varanasi (or Kashi, Benaras) is considered the epicentre of the Hindu Sanatan Dharma, a city founded by Lord Siva, the Vedic deity worshipped by Hindus as the Lord of Destruction. It is said to have been continuously inhabited, for nearly 5,000 years. Situated between the Varuna river in the north and Assi river in the…

Prayer

At the alter of God

My Personal observations about prayer & its efficacy Introduction Prayer and faith are two sides of a coin, in the realms of the soul…each sustaining & nourishing the other. Questions and experiments are the realm of the physical world, limited by the boundaries of human intellect and causal parameters. Never the twain shall meet…or do…