Monday, April 24, 2017

13 Different Names of Karna And Stories Associated With Them

Suryaputra Danveer Angaraj Karna
13 Different Names of Karna
He was unarguably the best among Pandavas and Kauravas, yet he struggled to prove his worthiness. He was Danveer. He was Karna.

According to one of the tales associated with the Mahabharata, Krishna asked Sahadeva, what should be done to stop the Kurukshetra war. On which, Sahadeva replied, Krishna and Shakuni must be tied down and all Pandavas along with Duryodhana must be sent to the forest while Karna must be made the emperor of the world.

9 Different Names of Draupadi

Draupadi, Yagnaseni, Krishna, Panchali, Malini, Parshati and Nityayuvani
Draupadi and Pandavas by Raja Ravi Varma (Circa. 1910)
She is considered as the epitome of the womanhood, yet she is the cause of the great Kurukshetra war. She is said to be the binding force behind five Pandava brothers, yet she is the major fault line between their ideologies. She is regarded as the mind (mann) which controlled five senses (indriyas), yet she is the body controlled by the five senses. She is loving, caring and tender at one point of time, someone with full of life rasas and she is also a rebel, vengeful, and fiercesome at other times. She is known by many names and every name of her define one of her different qualities. She is Draupadi. She is Krishna.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

16 Different Names of Arjuna And Stories Associated With Them

16 Different Names of Arjuna And Stories Associated With Them
Krishna Instructs Arjuna (Gita Upadesh)/Source: Salagram
At one point of time, till I haven't read the Eklavya story, I did not know anything about Arjuna. For me, he was just a friend of Krishna, who is shown playing a secondary role to Krishna in B R Chopra's Mahabharat. But from that day, when I learned about Eklavya, I started hating him for no reason (as this was Dronacharya fault and because of his favoritism, Eklavya lost his thumb), and similarly, when I heard about Karna's story for the first time, I started hating him more (but this was more Kunti's fault, not his. More than her, it was society's fault, and Arjuna was part of that society, when he called Karna "Sutputra")

Friday, April 21, 2017

9 Different Names of Bhima

Bhimasena By Raja Ravi Varma
Bhimasena by Raja Ravi Varma (Source: Barodaart)
Recently, Malyalam actor Mohanlal has announced a two-part cinematic adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair's Randamoozham, a retelling of the fifth Veda, Mahabharata, from the perspective of Bhima.

Bhima, indeed, is one of the unsung heroes of all times. He always played the secondary role to his weak elder brother Dharma (in terms of state affairs) and glorious younger brother Arjuna (in terms of warfare). But it was him, who slained a hundred Kauravas for Draupadi. It was him, who sacrificed his son to save his brother Arjuna. Yet, no one really reciprocated the love and respect to Bhima. They always saw him as a well-built, strong-headed, emotionless warrior, who just there to fulfill your wishes.

I, personally, fell in love with Bhima, when I first saw the play "Karambhumi" by Kshtij Theatre Group. It was on this play, I discovered the human side of Bhima, but even on this play, his character was not justified, maybe because he is also playing a secondary role there.

This blog post is dedicated to Bhima, in order to show my respect for his verities. Hope, this post will also help you to know more about him.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Samskara: A Rite For A Dead Man by U R Ananthamurthy [Review]

Girish Karnad As Praneshacharya 1970's Movie Adaptation of the Novella
U R Ananthamurthy's Samskara is one of the rare gems of Indian Literature and placed among the likes of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Originally written in Kannada, it was first published in 1965. And later, in 1976, was translated into English by A K Ramanujan. In 1970, the hundred pages long novella was adapted into a full-fledged film featuring Girish Karnad. Though it was banned initially, but goes on to win National Award for Feature Film.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What is Authenticity? And How To Be Authentic?

Small Quotes on Authenticity
Be Authentic Quotes
Authenticity is a tricky thing. In a blink, one can tell you from your behaviour and actions that you are authentic or not. And if you act inauthentically, it is not good for you in long run.

So, the question pops up, how to be authentic? And how authenticity is helpful?

But before that we need to understand, if one acts authentic, isn’t it inauthentic? If yes, so, what is authenticity in reality?

Monday, April 17, 2017

The 11 Names of Sita

Sita and Her Son Lava
Last night, when we were heading home, out of sudden, my boss started talking in his native language. As everything was flowing above my head, I politely asked him, in which ancient language, he is talking? To which, he laughed and replied, “It’s not ancient, it’s my mother tongue, Mathili.”

21 Simple Yet Powerful Five Word Quotes

There is a beautiful thing about words, if uttered, they are just meaningless mumblings that one can forget in mean time, but if used properly, they can change and inspire someone to do something unthinkable. However simple these words are, they always have the power to change.

We See What We Want
1. We See What We Want
Sometimes we act so negatively, that we see negativity everywhere, and we forget about the good things in our life. We blame people for our bad decisions, and we also don’t stand by with those who were with us in our bad time. We always complain, and meanwhile, the opportunity leaves without making any noise. Try to live positive, and try to infuse positiveness in your life, and from then you will see the change.

16+ Earthly Beautiful Paintings by Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy
Jamini Roy (1962)/Source: IGNCA
His name means beautiful relaxing night. And his beautiful paintings somehow lives up to meaning of his name. Jamini Roy was one of the most celebrated faces of Modern Indian Art movement.

Rang: The Skin Tone — A Short Story on Skin Prejudice in India

Rang: The Skin Tone — A Short Story on Skin Prejudice in India
Last night, in Badarpur Metro, I was sitting on the corner seat, seat reserved for old and differently able people, looking at the red dot that was blinking frivolously, when a guy announced who appears sitting on the other corner, which is not reserved for old and differently able people, “Bhai, Iss Metro ne toh pran nikal diye. (Literally, this metro has killed me.)”

Top 15 Marathi Blogs You Should Be Reading Now

Top Marathi Blog List
Top 15 Marathi Blogs
I was randomly surfing Indiblogger and then I found an array of beautifully crafted blogs in Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Tamil, and some even in Sanskrit. I was completely awestruck with the grandeur of the Indian Blogosphere, the first thing that came to my mind, so many blogs and so less time. But there is another thing struck me that these blogs haven’t got their fair share of readership. So I have decided to create a listicle series about these hidden blogs. And let’s hope for the best. Today, I am starting with Marathi, don’t have any particular reason for that, maybe because of my love for Marathi Drama’s (Tamasha) that started with Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghashiram Kotwal.