Native Religious Practises: Keda Vettu

(A word of caution: this blog post, adopted from an old blog post of mine, is about animal sacrifice as practiced by some agrarian communities in the villages of Tamil Nadu, India. If it is not your thing, give it a miss.) What do you think they do in villages if their cattle fell sick…

India at 70

As part of his ‘India at 70’ series, writer Arnab Ray has a very good post up on his blog on mob violence. He nonchalantly clears the various cobwebs gathered, nay spun, around the issue (one with immense TRP/Page Views potential, it has to be said), and presents mob violence for what it essentially is….

Aftermath of Adityanath

Let me begin by apologizing for the title. I could not resist it. These are the days it feels like there is only one state in the country: Uttar Pradesh. (Still better than feeling as if there is only Delhi/NCT in the country.) The breathless coverage of Bharatiya Janata Party’s admittedly significant electoral victory in…

Celebrating Green: Sacred and Wild

via Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green! Burst of green inside the grand granite temple complex of Meenakshi, in Madurai. River Amaravati flows serenely flanked along the margins by green thicket.

Maha Sivarathiri at the Village

“மேன்மைகொள் சைவநீதி விளங்குக உலகமெல்லாம்,” the priest implores at this tiny temple in a remote corner of India.