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Book Review: ‘The Sabarimala Confusion: Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ By Nithin Sridhar

The whole issue of menstruation and related matters came to the fore during the recent Supreme Court Judgement which allowed women of the reproductive age to enter the sacred hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala in the state of Kerala. The self branded liberal intellectuals viewed this judgement as a step towards the ‘empowerment’ and ‘emancipation’ of Hindu women. Women, especially those hailing from Kerala itself showed great resentment towards this judgement and initiated the ‘Ready to Wait’ Movement which was a clear indication that the Hindu women of the menstruating age had patience to visit the Sabarimala Temple after crossing this stage. There were a lot of misconceptions- many of them deliberately generated by the so called liberals about the Hindu view of menstruation and the entire issue of Sabarimala Temple Entry came to be linked to menstruation alone. Against the background of such rampant misconceptions Sri Nithin Sridhar’s book titled ‘Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ has been published at the opportune moment to give a fitting reply to the wrong ideas …

Vaastu Shastra: Dispelling Popular Myths

Sashikala Ananth, a renowned architect and expert on Vaastu Shastra, and has been instrumental in bringing the ancient Indian tradition to an entire generation of architects and designers. Following is a reprint of a speech that she gave many years ago at a convention, the theme of which remains quite relevant even today. What is Vaastu? Is it relevant to modern living? This is an oft repeated question says Sashikala ji.  The answers are many.  When she began her journey into the rediscovery of our traditional roots over 30 years ago, the thought that used to recur in her mind was: why does something that is vibrant and alive need to be rediscovered at all? Shouldn’t it only be a process of reinterpretation? Today she sees that this was a redundant question.  When a culture and a civilization are ravaged by the beliefs and assumptions of one or more alien races, then the path of rediscovery is an unavoidable one.  The nature of the traditional way of life would be either distorted or destroyed. Respecting …

प्रत्याशा नितिन- एक साक्षात्कार

मैसूर की रहने वाली प्रत्याशा नितिन एक उभरती हुयी इस पीढ़ी की नौजवान चित्रकार और लेखिका हैं | इन्होने हालही में एक लघुकथा प्रकाशित की है और इंडिक टुडे ने इस मौके पे उनसे उनके लेखन और चित्रकारिता पे बातचीत की | इस साक्षात्कार के द्वारा हमने पायी एक झलक प्रत्याशा के जीवन व उनके बहुमुखी प्रतिभा की उनके ही बोलों में, आइये हमारे साथ मायापाश के इस दिव्य चित्रपट पे… प्र १ : आपने शिक्षण अभियांत्रिकी में किया हैं फिर आपने चित्रकारी और लेखन की तरफ कैसे मोड़ लिया ? यह एक बहुत ही रोचक प्रश्न है | आजकल ऐसा बहुत से लोग कर रहे हैं कि वे शिक्षा किसी और ही विषय की लेते हैं और बाद में किसी और ही विषय की और झुक जाते हैं | सच यह है कि मुझे भान ही नहीं था कि मैं चित्रकारी या लेखन जैसी कलाओं से कभी जुडूँगी या मुझमें इस प्रकार की कोई प्रतिभा है | अभियांत्रिकी तो मैंने भेंड़चाल में ले ली थी | मेरे भाई अभियांत्रिकी में थे | उन्हें उसमें बहुत …