Mythology

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The Non-Machoness Of Lord Krishna Can Teach Us Something About Masculinity

A couple of months ago, a friend and I were ambling in Delhi Haat, where we encountered an exquisite painting. The painting depicted Krishna massaging Radha's feet. My friend found the painting a bit curious. When we sat down to treat ourselves with some melt-in-the-mouth pooranpolis at the Maharashtra food stall, he asked me," Isn't Krishna supposed to be the alpha-male, the chick-magnet? How can he be shown to be so subservient?"
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Waiting For Krishna: The ‘Cheerharan’ Of India And Lessons From The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is considered to be an authority in matters of State, government, polity and philosophy. Even though the epic was written centuries ago, the political conflicts described therein resonate strongly with the events of today. There are numerous interpretations of the epic and the events that led to the Great War of Kurukshetra, but there is one particular incident that it is agreed proved to be the final blow in the rivalry between the Kauravas and the Pandavas -- the attempted disrobing (cheerharan) of Draupadi...
Pratishtha Kaura

‘Scion of Ikshvaku': The Ramayana Reimagined

Following an extended marketing campaign, the first book, Scion of Ikshvaku, of the new Ram Chandra series by author Amish Tripathi, was released on 22 June 2015. So, does the book live up to the hoopla? I got my pre-ordered copy from Amazon on 23 June, and was not disappointed. The book is a rollercoaster ride taking readers through the familiar tropes and themes of Indian mythology, but with new twists and turns provided by the author.
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An Epic Obsession

This article is from Open Magazine. By Ullekh NP Ironically, Bibek Debroy's first dose of encouragement to pursue his passion to write on Hindu mythology came from a diehard Marxist economist. In the...