A coffin-maker and a clock that can make time go backwards bring magical realism to this novel

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

The bane of a coffin maker is the absence of a regular income. Hence, he fights a losing battle with a life lacking stability and security. A stretched calendar, seeming longer than twelve penurious months, is his working life. The black and red colour variations on the calendar hold no meaning for him and he …

Devdutt Pattanaik’s new book explains how Hindu wedding rituals contain many aggregated truths

May 25, 2021 0 Comments

In Hindu temples, gods and goddesses get married. Marriage is as much a divine rite of passage (samskara) as a human one. It marks the union of matter (prakriti) and spirit (purusha). Matter, because it brings in new wealth, status, pleasure, security, and ushers in the next generation, who can inherit the family name and …