What does Deepak Chopra think about Swami Vivekananda and his works and how can they be a part of our daily lives, so that we could experience all the aspects of a human life, being fully involved?

By Sunil Kumar According to Dr. Deepak Chopra, it is best to put Swami Vivekananda’s ‘model of spirituality’ into practice, not his ideas. According to him, Vedanta reduced to ideas is lifeless. In his words ‘The secret is: There is …

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नरेंद्र मोदी बद्दल तुमचे निष्पक्ष मत काय आहे?

By Sunil Kumar मला वाटत नाही श्रीमान नरेंद्र मोदी यांचे निष्पक्ष दृष्टिकोन असणे शक्य आहे. भारत हा एकमात्र देश आहे जो भाषा, जात इ. वर इतकी विभागणी करण्यासाठी पुरेसे दयनीय आहे. नोबेल पुरस्कार विजेते लेखक व्ही. एस. नायपॉल यांनी म्हटले …

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What is it like to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival?

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By Sunil Kumar I can answer this question as I’ve attended the Jaipur Literature Festival 5 times, 2012, 2013, 15, 17 and this year 2019. Mixed feelings about this self-proclaimed ‘largest show on earth.’ Admittedly, first experiences are often the …

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Why did Lord Krishna say in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, that among all powerful weapons he was Vajra? Why didn’t he say Sudarshan Chakra, which is the most powerful weapon and many times stronger than Vajra?

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By Sunil Kumar Any answer to this question is in the realm of speculation. I will hazard an answer. The Sudarshan chakra is a discus and it has a lot of power, probably more than the Vajra. But it is …

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Who do you like better, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? And why?

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By Sunil Kumar Tricky question, but simple answer. I like both of them, but Sherlock Holmes definitely ranks higher in my mind. Reasons- Probably because I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ earlier, when I was 10 years old, and …

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Why was the ‘Emergency’ period under Indira Gandhi neither discussed nor even mentioned in school?

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By Sunil Kumar Good question and observation. Even in Maharashtra, where I was in school, the Emergency was never discussed or mentioned. My school was a Jesuit institution, and although we had the usual skits on national integration etc, this …

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Do Indian texts like the Vedas mention the ancient Persians and Iranians at all?

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By Sunil Kumar Giving an answer to your question would be reaching far back into hoary antiquity, when the concept of modern nation-states was not there, and the world was in a fluid civilizational construct. For example, the history of …

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What actually happened to the leg of King Henry VIII?

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By Sunil Kumar Henry VIII was involved in a jousting accident in a tournament at Greenwich Palace on 24 January 1536. His queen was Anne Boleyn, for which he had taken on the Pope, created a new Christian denomination(Anglican) in …

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Why did William Dalrymple call Delhi ‘The City of Djinns?’

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By Sunil Kumar You must be referring to one of his early books on Delhi- The City of Djinns. In fact, this was the first book of his I had read, although subsequently I managed to run through many of …

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Why did Indian soldiers not revolt against the British during WW-I?

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By Sunil Kumar World War I or what European academics terms as the ‘Great War’ was early days for the Indian revolutionary movement. If you remember, India’s most famous icon M.K Gandhi also supported the British in this war, as …

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