Book review#3 – Keepers of Kalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi

It’s definitely a page turner! from the first page itself of this book you will be taken on a swift roller coaster ride surrounded by quantum physics, philosophy, religion, history, politics, mythology and many more theories about cosmos, its energy and its relationship to mankind. It’s our very own Indian Dan Brown style at work. But let me tell you, our bestselling mythological author – Ashwin Sanghi’s this book leaves you with spirit of courage and compassion.
This book can make you fall in love with quantum physics, its remarkable parallels and connections to mystic Buddhist practices and beliefs. On the other hand the sensitive intricacies of Islam and its reformation are explored with pragmatism. The story revolves around the mystery of the deaths of prominent leaders under strange circumstances. In this web of simplification of complex concepts the existence of an Indian scientist getting introduced to an ancient Buddhist practice known as Kalachakra by a Russian monk and in th…

Book review#2 – The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty by Kavita Kane.

“When the weak no longer remain weak, any support to make them strong feeds the natural hunger for power and privilege. To know when to stop is very important, and she had not.”
As a reader, I feel these two lines sums it all. The tale of Satyavati is about human’s desire for supremacy and then facing the bleak reality of this aspiration for power. 
This story takes you on a voyage of two significant individuals, beginning with the time when Matsyagandha and Devavrat existed as two very different realities. From them emerged Queen Satyavati and grand regent Bhishma who came together to fulfill the twists and turns of their fates.

Matsyagandha transformed to Satyavati who manoeuvred her way to become a queen and each time she won, she stood upright, basking in self-glory of her victory. Devavrat, on the other hand became Bhishma who for his self-imposed oath became the epitome of self- sacrifice.
The rise of Satyavati gave birth to Bhishma, a righteous, aristocratic grand patriarch of…

Book Review#1 - Kama, The story of Kamasutra.

Kama,a unique story of course but a tale which a female heart would yearn to hear, Kama by JayaMisra is a fictionalised account of the life and times of Vatsyayana, the author of Kamasutra.Firstly, I believe the writer must be appreciated for the very fact of picking up this subject and weaving a world of fact and fiction around it as the research, imagination and emotions required for this kind of work could be a journey of a lifetime in itself.
I must say when I finished reading this book, I was quite glad to discover that I found myself agreeing to the initial idea expressed at beginning by the writer that Vatsyayana was a feminist of his own epoch.
Set in AD 273, Kama is a story illustrating various shades, from purest to the darkest of the feminine desires and passion.In the Golden Gupta period the trade, art and culture flourished but at the same time caste system was prevalent, it was a society wherein wisdom-seeking, god fearing and polygamous people lived. Women were given cer…

The Mother who Possesses

Birth, a universal phenomenon connected with women naturally leads to the identification of feminine principle of creation. The ‘creative force’ is always conceived in every milieu as a woman, as a Mother. Among all religious beliefs, the first notion that appeared was presumably the myth of motherhood. Man conceived religion out of his day-to-day experiences within the society and the environment. Since primitive society mankind centred on a woman whose responsibility rested the essentially important function of rearing and nurturing.  All cultural traits, habits, norms of behaviour characterised as human heritage were formed and transmitted by females. The generative powers of a woman are revered as life giving symbols and it’s the maternal aspect which has held the field of religion impulse with mother becoming the central figure of religion.

The depth and intimacy of man’s relationship with nature thus found expression in the ancient symbol of Mother Goddess. From a devotee’s poin…

Meeting the Mentors.

There is a famous saying attributed to Buddha or to the Buddhist philosophy that goes “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.We are seldom able to pay attention to the fact that this occurs at every stage and in every relationship of our life. There are various types of people with their unique persona when makes way into our life or move out leaves us with a lesson of experience.
Though we accumulate a lot of learning in our life’s journey, there always remains a special and significant place for our Teachers/Mentors and Gurus in our mind & heart. It’s their teaching which becomes foundation of our overall character for us and when we meet such mentors who give us life changing experience, we feel fortunate and blessed.
I got opportunity to live through such an experience in last two years which I have spent studying and exploring the myriad forms and depths of Indian & World Mythology with some excellent mentors who shared their knowledge with us in most humble a…

In the sketch of Heroism.

Their stories of love, valour, courage and righteousness fits the bill of influential women for contemporary minds as well. From the treasure trove of Indian Mythology and History, these legendary women inspired in many ways and the strength of their characters indicated both physical and inner strength in the face of odds. In the world of men, the idea of heroism is never associated with women, as it’s believed to be able to display physical strength and extravagant bravery. Famous Mythologist Joseph Campbell in his theory of Hero journey categorically points out that a Hero’s journey is applicable only for male heroes and a woman is never required to go on such a journey as they symbolise creation and perfection within themselves. Women heroism veers on to be of very different nature which cannot be easily defined. A woman is an encapsulation of strength, calmness, divinity and many more qualities that lie deep inside. As the approach of each generation towards feminism is evolving w…

The Face of Glory

Jalandhara, although born from the potent fire of Rudra’s third eye was known as the one who contained and controlled the water. He was a striking mirror image of Lord Siva and a formidable warrior.

Suras and Asuras worshipped the Divine Trinity with fervent devotion and penance but ultimately sought only the boon of power and authority instead of wisdom or enlightenment, so in same fashion Jalandhara too had secured a boon from Brahma on his invincibility. With the arrogance of his power into his head, he harboured the ambition of making the Goddess of Kailas, the Shakti of the universe, his wife and establish his dominion on all three realms. He sends forth his messenger, Rahu who had no torso. He was a dark, fearsome head which whirled around sun and moon for eons eclipsing them whenever he had his chance. Rahu reached Kailas paying his respects to the master of Universe, the great ascetic-householder, Lord Siva and fearlessly but somewhat hesitantly laid down the proposal of Jalandha…