The traditional Korean greeting Anyeong hasseyo means ‘Are you peaceful?’. Indeed, there is not one, but many a unique experience and peaceful encounters that can define the wonderful Korean experience. I was ruminating on the three giant gold-plated Buddha statues at the Jogyesa Temple, wondering at the calm and tranquillity...
Manimugdha S. Sharma is a Delhi-based journalist with The Times of India and has an MA in History. He loves to read and loves long conversations over many cups of tea/coffee or pints of beer. He takes a keen interest in politics, military history, the Mughal and British empires,...
“Come on! Wake up!” Didi was screaming and shaking me furiously as I barely came about. “What is going on?” I asked, trying to find out what the anxious excitement was all about. “The political goons had come around looking for you yesterday, while you were away. It is not safe...
‘A quest,’ Lalaji continued, grinning widely, his broken incisor more apparent now. When none of us replied, he looked a little let-down. ‘What! Don’t you want to know what the magic ingredient is? Haven’t you been asking me forever? How many times did I catch you sneaking around to find...
Ipshita Nath teaches English Literature at Delhi University. She has an abiding fondness for Victorian literature as well as early twentieth century American works, and also enjoys reading travel writing, fantasy, dystopian, and lately, noir fiction. She is particularly fascinated by the city of Delhi. For her, engaging with...
The Fox Nut Foxtrot Raise your hands if you feel like munching on something crunchy and salty and delicious with your cup of tea every evening! If you do, take my advice and instead of the disastrous chips or fried namkeen, snack on popped fox nuts (also called makhana). Not...
Bidisha Banerjee is an ethical leadership coach and a former programme director for the Dalai Lama Fellows. She lives with her family in Oakland, California, the midpoint between her two homes—Kolkata and Kansas. Trained in environmental science and climate change policy, she has written on these and other topics...
Note: The book "The Demons of Jaitraya" takes off from the point right after the war in Ramayana is won, and Hanuman is entrusted with the task to find and kill the demons that may have gone hiding. It is a fantastic thriller set in the current times where...
The picturesque, river-fronted state capital of Goa, Panaji, barely qualifies as a city if you compare it with the behemoth, largely urban clusters such as Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, etc. Parts of the city have been reclaimed from the Mandovi River, which flows along the town’s length. Flanked by the...
Roopmati lay curled on the thick mattress covered with silk sheets that rustled with every movement and threatened to make her slip her off the cot. Sleep was far away, but not as far as home. In the dim room lit by wall brackets that had been turned down...