Archive for Essays
An essay by Marc and Bhagawati on the famous American avant-garde novelist, poet, playwright and art collector, Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946).
In this essay, Surendra shows with the exquisite poems written by Ryōkan and Teishin a most delicate etheric and intimate love affair between Master and disciple.
In addition to the unique sighting of a much larger looking Mars that has been building up this month and will be in opposition to the Sun on July 27th, the Blood Moon and the [...]
On the occasion of International Widows' Day, Kul Bhushan reports on the plight of an estimated 258 million widows worldwide (46 million in India alone), who face an uncertain [...]
Stargazers are in for a treat come July! Mars' orbit will be closer to Earth than it has in more than ten years, in what is called a perihelic opposition.
Surendra's portrait of the inspiring rebel monk who totally abandoned the rigid Zen organisation of his day, interspersed with delightful poems Ryōkan wrote along on his path.
The statement caused a public and media uproar, with the minister being mocked and ridiculed. But there is much more to this story, writes Bhagawati.
What do the activities of our sun have to do with the increase in extreme weather, public scandals, mass tragedies and social unrest that we are experiencing? Therese Wade is [...]
This island in the North Atlantic Ocean was first inhabited by Nordic and Celtic people in the 9th century CE. It is not well known that it harbours magic caves, writes Bhagawati.
The effect, that an echo chamber has, reinforces a person's own present world view, making it seem more correct and more universally accepted than it really is, says Marc in his [...]
Surendra explores the importance of bacteria for our health, how they took detrimental blows through our lifestyle, antibiotics and 'modern food', and how to easily increase them [...]
Prof. V. Santhakumar tries to fathom the origins of this, for women, very uncomfortable trait of Indian culture, that does not seem to die off even after years of modernisation and [...]
When looking at the world today, one gets the impression of living on a sick planet, with sick world leaders in an ailing democracy. Peter van Els looks at the situation and [...]
The hazards of the chemical glyphosate for all living entities and the sinister role Monsanto has been playing in a macabre death waltz is illuminated by Surendra’s in-depth [...]
Further to his article on the impact of the Fukushima disaster, Surendra addresses the ongoing dramatic concerns about the global nuclear industry which are widely being kept mum [...]
In an unexpected turn of events, India's Supreme Court has ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers are not 'living entities', revoking a recent decision by a High Court in [...]
Climate change has become a huge catchphrase. Concerned individuals and environmental groups, politicians, big businesses and the often anonymous ‘stakeholders’ have joined the [...]
Quotes and photos by Anandamayi Ma, a widely recognized eminent spiritual being. She is said to have been the embodiment of a joyous self-sufficiency which enraptured the hearts of [...]
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an [...]