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Lessons in quarantine from Sri Lanka


by Sonia Dandona Hirdaramani Just over a year ago in Sri Lanka, we were under curfew following the tragic Easter terrorist attacks. Schools were closed for weeks; when they reopened, students had to wear transparent backpacks, facilitating an easier check for weapons or explosives. I had to explain the grim realities of terrorism to my...

Losing the sense of time by doing projects you love is key to healing


Once you have tussled with what Truth is, it will begin to emerge everywhere. Your mind will sense when something is true and when it is not, seemingly useless in the world today when so much around us is scam, speculation, and sinister.  People are taught to expend a lot of strategy in building...

Charminar, Golconda Fort shut after brief re-opening


The Charminar and the Golconda Fort, two of Hyderabad's most famous monuments, were re-opened for visitors on July 6, only to be shut again. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which is responsible for the upkeep of the centrally protected monuments, went back on its decision after the Telangana government opposed their re-opening as both...

Kannauj – India’s Grasse


Kannauj famous for distilling scents is known as India’s perfume capital and is renowned for its traditional Kannauj Perfume. Kannauj itself has more than 200 perfume distilleries and is a market center for tobacco, attar (perfume), and rose water. It has given its name to a distinct dialect of the Hindi and Urdu language...

Jatayu Earth’s Center – latest attraction in God’s Own Country


You will certainly get mesmerized with Kollam’s latest tourist attraction, the Jatayu Earth’s Center that hosts the world’s largest bird sculpture. Spanning over 65 acres across four hills, this is the Kerala’s first ever BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) tourism. The monumental statue of Jatayu resting high up the hill catches your attention even from afar on your...

Why and how of direct cash transfers to migrant labor


By Dr. Nisha Sahai Achuthan The media in India over the past few months has debated at length the success of the Central Government packages in mitigating the financial hardships of the migrant labour. Some of the needs of the poor had been addressed by the Government and relief announced by the Finance Minister in discrete tranches, starting mid-May, and...

Setting spiritual goals in our lives


By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Spirituality is not only developed in one place like a monastery, or on the banks of a river, or in the wilderness. If we want spirituality, it can be developed in any place. We can recognize our spirituality in whatever culture, region, or religion we are born and in...

A Hindu call to celebrate Juneteenth, the true Independence Day


By Samir Durvasula All across the United States, students are taught these words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And while...

Purifying our soul


By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj If we analyze ourselves, we find that our soul is encrusted with a layer of impurities caused by countless thoughts, words, and deeds we commit throughout our lives.  Enlightened souls have been teaching humanity how to alter negative habits so that the soul can attain the state of purity of...