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KASHI

KASHI

From time immemorable, Varanasi has existed. So have its names. But among all of them, the name Kashi is the most often used in ancient texts and in conversations today. This is not without reason. Like all words of Samskrita, this word too has a clear etymology. It is derived from the root काश् which means primarily ‘to shine’.  Light in India has always taken to be a sign of knowledge. For example, in the Gita, Krishna says, “यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन । ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते तथा ॥4.37॥”, which means, ‘just as burning fire turns fuel into ashes, Oh Arjuna, so does...

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A Hot Monsoon Snack

A Hot Monsoon Snack

When you walk down the narrow gallis of Varanasi early in the morning, one can smell fresh food being prepared in the various eateries. Kachoris, Jalebas, Laung Lata, Lal Peda, Sev, hot Sabjis, Chai, Lassi… The list goes on. But among them all, Urad Dal ki Kachori stands out as a unique breakfast option.   An Urad Dal stuffed Poori with hints of Hing and Kasuri Methi, makes up the dish. When served with a hot Aloo and Chana Sabji, it simply irresistible to a food lover.   Serves 4 Preparation Time - 10 mins Cooking Time - 5 mins  ...

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What Weaving Can Do

What Weaving Can Do

A line of thread and a cloth have no difference. Similarly, the Brahman and the universe are ultimately the same. Chanderi, Banarasi, Jamdani, Ikkat, Patola, Paithani... All these are nothing but names. And, the thread takes different forms according to the expectations which come with the name. What is cloth without threads? Can threadless cloth exist? Similarly, what use does a thread have without it becoming a cloth? It is simply the ability of the thread to become a cloth and the act of weaving which makes all the difference. This is Shakti, the ability of Brahman to bring out...

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Saavan - Monsoon

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Saavan - Monsoon

Monsoon is something that nature looks forward to. When it arrives, the trees , the animals, the flowers and most significantly the peacocks dance to the rhythm of thundering clouds and the rapid fall of raindrops. Classical musicians and folk singers throughout the country have celebrated this time of the year through countless songs and tunes. 

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Varanasi & Me

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Varanasi & Me

Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

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