Light of fancy

Lamps and light define Bharath’s households, not just its cultural traditions and religious festivals. Lighting a wicker, at least twice a day, is a daily routine, be it a humble hut or a huge palace. Deepavali, the festival of lights, is the highlight of this ageless, deeply ingrained practise whence a simple chore turns into a grand celebration. Continue Reading

Of split personalities

Conflict of interests has dogged politicians down the ages.

History and legend are rife with instances of kings, warriors, kshatriyas and sundry members of the political class scratching their heads at the crossroads of public good and private priorities; many have been celebrated and many demonised too, depending upon the path they pursued as also the perspective of posterity. Continue Reading