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
( 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
(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
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
(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
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.
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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Last week, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Govardhan Ecovillage located in a small hamlet called Galtare that is located on the Manor-Wada highway in Maharashtra. It us about 2.5 hours to traverse the distance of 106 kms from South Mumbai early in the morning. As we entered through the gates … Continue reading The Govardhan Ecovillage – a model for perfect sustainable and spiritual living
(Note: Do leave a comment/ click on the 'like' button if you liked it/ follow the blog, so that I know you liked the content!) I met Pabiben Rabari at one of the many handlooms and handicraft exhibitions that occur periodically in Mumbai. Standing behind the stall was a well-built and confident woman with colourful … Continue reading Pabiben and her ‘Pabi Bag’– Crafting Beauties ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
The Orange Flower Awards - organised by Women's Web; http://www.womensweb.in I decided to book the flight to Mumbai from Bangalore. Well, it is not everyday that one gets nominated for six categories on a popular digital media platform and then gets shortlisted as finalist for two. The Date: 25th January, 2020 ; ah ! the … Continue reading Sojourn with San is Winner- Most Promising New Blogger! @the Orange Flower Festival Awards
Happy to share that my article on the Koorainadu sarees woven by the tireless weavers of Mayiladuturai was published in the Sunday Edition of Deccan Herald (Jan 12th, 2020). Do click on the following link to read it. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/go-that-extra-yard-793245.html This post is a photo-essay of different designs in the Koorainadu weave so that you can … Continue reading The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh