Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

by Payal Talreja (Note from Sojourn with San: India has perhaps the most vibrant and talented handloom sector in the world. However, with the advent of powerlooms and synthetic textiles, the industry has been struggling. With a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic, and other natural disasters, the industry has to weather yet another blow. What … Continue reading Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

#Kochi Diaries: Fort Kochi- a medley of cultures©Sangeeta Venkatesh

There are perhaps only few countries that tell more stories than this tiny town. Fort Kochi, 12 kilometres from Eranakulam town in Kerala tells the tales of Chinese sailors, Arab traders, Jewish merchants and European conquests. I have had the opportunity to visit Fort Kochi several times. And once during the Kochi Biennale to! Fort … Continue reading #Kochi Diaries: Fort Kochi- a medley of cultures©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 2)- Thirumoozhikulam Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple is the other temple amongst the 108 Divya Desam situated in the Eranakulam area. The 108 Divya Desams as the reader would know are temples that have been praised by the Tamil Sri Vaishnava saints or Azhwars.  The other temple Thikkakara or Thirukakarai has already been described in my previous post. … Continue reading #KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 2)- Thirumoozhikulam Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Year 2020- the progress of planets -May’20 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

 (My obeisance to Sage Parasara who gave us the treatise Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra; Sage VarahaMihira who wrote the Brihat Samhita Hora, and the current astrologers Joni Patry,  Komilla Sutton and a host of other experts who have made astrology comprehensible to the layman. I am attempting this essay only because of them. Any errors … Continue reading The Year 2020- the progress of planets -May’20 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Gokarna- A little bit of everything ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Note: Your health and safety come first. Please avoid travel for now. However, we can still indulge in some arm-chair travel and soak in the history! Hope you enjoy this piece. It took us about nine hours to traverse the 485 kilometres to reach Gokarna from Bangalore. Yet there was no fatigue, as the journey … Continue reading Gokarna- A little bit of everything ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Sri Ramanujacharya and the revival of Bhakti ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

( This was first published in 'Speaking Tree' section of the Times of India, 2009; https://www.speakingtree.in/article/the-revival-of-bhakti_21441 . On the 1003th Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya, I share this article here of the incarnation of Adishesha, whose Jayanthi is celebrated during  Ardra nakshatra (Thiruvathirai Nakshatra) day of Chitrai month) A guru wondered whether his student was worthy of … Continue reading Sri Ramanujacharya and the revival of Bhakti ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Year 2020- Was it written in the stars? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(My obeisance to Sage Parasara who gave us the treatise Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra; Sage VarahaMihira who wrote the Brihat Samhita Hora, and the current astrologers Joni Patry, Maurice Fernandez and a host of other experts who have made astrology comprehensible to the layman. I am attempting this essay only because of them. Any errors … Continue reading The Year 2020- Was it written in the stars? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Ayodhya – the city unconquered ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Perhaps the first stories that I ever heard as a child from my grandmothers were from the Ramayana. Later, Amar Chitra Katha kept the interest and curiosity going about the Chakravarthi, Lord Rama, who had to lead a part of his life as an ascetic.  As we know, the Sri Rama Avatara, the seventh avatar … Continue reading Ayodhya – the city unconquered ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Essence Of Surrender ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Note: This article was first published in the October, 2006 issue of Life Positive. As we are in midst of a complete lock-down to combat the spread of SARS COV-2, I revisited this article and found it to be relevant to the circumstances) All through life we are confronted with adverse situations that are beyond … Continue reading The Essence Of Surrender ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Series- Resetting the Planet after SARS-COV2 (Covid-19): Change to Bioenzyme based Cleaners

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Disclaimer: The priority right now is to tackle SARS-COV2 according to WHO guidelines. This article is to highlight why bioenzyme-based cleaners are a better choice to keep pathogenic microbes at bay and keeping our water sources free from chemicals.

Transitioning to Bioenzyme

As I write this piece, most countries are under a lock-down. The SARS- COV 2 Virus (Covid-19) has changed our lives in recent times like nothing before. Yes, there have been wars, natural disasters, but this occurrence is a truly humbling one, where a small virus has brought human kind to a grinding halt. The advisory to halt the spread of the virus includes thorough hand-washing with soap and water.

But think about it -does everyone have access to safe water? According to World Bank estimates over 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further…

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