সকাল থেকে দেখছি একটা ছবি এদিকেওদিকে ঘুরছে, – তাতে নাকি জগদীশচন্দ্র বসু, সত্যেন্দ্রনাথ বসু, কেশবচন্দ্র নাগ সবাই একসঙ্গে আছে। অত্যন্ত বিরক্তিকর, কারণ ছবিতে মোটেই কেশবচন্দ্র নাগ নেই।Continue reading
🐉 So, Elizabeth, as we were saying.
Mythology is always surrounded by a distinctive aura of mystery. Unlike historical records, which are verifiable and are subject to revision and scrutiny, mythology only grows more labyrinthine and deep with time. Its roots are shrouded in forgotten history; its stem and branches are nourished by a hundred diverse streams. Contemporary politics, cultural customs, food habits, linguistic styles, popular beliefs, unpopular notions – everything goes into the mix as mythology takes shape in the collective mind of an entire race. In could be said that there are individual recorders of mythology, but no individual author. Mythology is a product of the people.Continue reading
🦁 Well, if this isn’t the most unusual turn of events!
I have had discussions about this with some of my friends before, but I didn’t have to start from the groundwork. Being Indians, they were already familiar with the characters and the story. With you, it’d have to be different. I’ll need to begin at the beginning, – by introducing her to you.Continue reading
Hello hello hello
Is there anybody in there? 🕸
No more ramblings from me in this one, Elizabeth. I’ll come straight to the point and start you on the tour. I’m going to introduce you to some of the most popular characters in Indian mythology.Continue reading
I kinda want this to be the penultimate mail in this series. You ask why? Ah-kay, we’re going to talk about this in this letter anyway.
We have talked a little bit about the historical roots of Indian culture, a bit about our languages, and a little about ancient Indian literature, and their relations to spirituality. I have been wanting to talk about a few schools of Indian philosophy, but I haven’t been able to sublimate it on paper. And my time is running out. This letter will have to do it.Continue reading
Outside my window, there’s a neem tree. Have you ever seen a neem?
There’s sunlight on its leaves now. The way my room is, the sun doesn’t come into it directly. I wish it did. After a few days of rain, you wish for a few hours of sunshine on your skin.Continue reading
Señora Rime 🐌
Let’s continue right from where we left off.
As I was saying, Hinduism doesn’t have a sacred book (it has many books, some of which were made into sacred books by later generations). Neither does it have a single deity.Continue reading
Hello, sleepyhead. It is 14:30 here at my place, so I know it for a fact that you are definitely asleep now.
Let me begin on the subject of getting people things.
As I said, I grew up among monks, or sādhus as we call them in India (the feminine for sādhu is sādhvī.) One very big lesson I learnt from them is how to take. You see, these monks have no personal belongings. Yes, they do belong to a monastic order, and that order has property and everything, – but in principle, they are still hermits. And they used to talk to us about the quality of non-attachment.Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about what I should write in this second letter to you.
I will have to make a choice between two things, I guess. Or perhaps I will end up talking about both.
I’ve been going back to our first exchange, and what I keep thinking is, – when I made you that promise that I’d help you know India, that — that was a very crucial moment. That was a moment of commitment. I made that commitment – said those words myself, and now I have to do exactly that.Continue reading
It’s great to be communicating this way. I am a pretty impulsive fellow, I do stuff when I really have a strong feeling about it, so I’m gonna treat you like an old acquaintance and go all out. One should not be niggardly with affection when the occasion arises out of nothing.Continue reading