Pause; ponder; proceed!

All Hindu festivals are multi-layered. The most popular Deepavali at a superficial level, comes at the start of a season when there is extended darkness in the mornings and early ones in the evening. The array of lights and burst of crackers are meant to usher in an early dawn and spread brightness and bonhomie during those dim climes. Suffice to say that solar and lunar influences have been adequately factored in, lending the symbolisms scientific and astronomic credence too. Continue Reading

Year of fear

The mental baggage that we all will most certainly carry forward from ‘08 to ‘09 is fear. In the immediate past, I would compare this to ‘05 which started off with the receding waters of the Tsunami of the last week of ‘04 that converted much of coastal Asia into watery graves. Continue Reading