Tale of two Rajas

When Raja Marthanda Varma, ruler of Travancore state in 1750, donated his entire wealth to the Lord Pamanabha temple, he did not bother to calculate the monetary value of his priceless grant. The king’s logic was straight and simple: All that is supposedly his is actually His! He then ruled as a savant and servant of God and his people, shunning pomp and shorn of royal trappings. Continue Reading

Random Reflections

Deepavali marks the peak of the festive season. Though in this land festivals abound round the calender, the religious fervour that begins with Gokulashtami, usually in August, runs a packed and continuous course till it subsides with Sankaranthi, in mid Jan. Continue Reading

Rama’s extended exile

With politics, cricket and cinema occupying all of public mind space, Lord Rama, indeed, is an unlikely candidate for journalistic attention. The provocation to download that divine deity, who straddles all the worlds and beyond, into these columns are many. Continue Reading