If music be the food of love, play on …

We often chant the “Primordial Sound” – AUM (OM) when meditating.  The most ancient scripture of India (possibly, the world), Rigveda states “First the Absolute (Brahma), then follows Waak (Sound) – the vibrating energy – which becomes the universe”.   Sound (nada) is believed to be at the heart of the process of creation.  In Hinduism, …

The Key to ….

There was a time in India, when school teachers habitually encouraged their students to use a kunji (literally, “Key”) for each subject that they taught.  These were slim Tutorial pamphlets in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on key aspects of a subject/topic.  For instance, there were kunjis on vyakaran (grammar), prose and verse by …

Once upon a time

Once upon a time …. These words have excited us through the ages, suggesting the start of a pleasant bedtime session (for kids I hasten to add, not adults).  From time immemorial, until the written word gained currency and people could afford published works, community folklore and family traditions were transmitted orally.  Ancient scriptures, religious …