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The future of architecture is culture. Philip Johnson In a culturally rich country like India, you will find influences of art, history and mythology everywhere, except in one place – yes, you got it right – the shopping malls that have come up in all the cities – they are all “air-conditioned, sanitized, standardized” and devout of creativity. So when I saw the posting about a culture walk being done by Mr Sriram V titled…

Sahapedia had organized a heritage walk as part of Madras Week, to the famous Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore. Conducted by a friendly host Mr S Jayakumar, who is a Carnatic musician trained at Kalakshetra and an independent researcher on the cultural history of South India.  The walk started early in the morning around 7 AM from the East Gopuram entrance to the temple. In many of the Hindu Temples, the presiding deity faces the East side, here…

“Scion of Ikshvaku” is the latest book by Amish Tripathi who is known for his earlier work “Shiva’s Trilogy” which sold over two million copies. Like in Shiva’s Trilogy (ST), Scion of Ikshvaku (SOI) is a work of fiction which reimagines Indian mythology. In the former Lord Shiva was retold by Amish to be a Tribal head from Tibet, in the latter Lord Ram remains closer to his role in Epic Ramayana but is disliked by his father Emperor Dashrath for…

Saturday morning, Madras filter coffee in one hand and The Hindu Book Review page on other hand. Seeing an image of “Ramayana” Sita being taken back into earth with two youngsters looking at this from the side, I stopped flipping of pages. In most recitals of Ramayana the part of Lava, Kusa and Sita’s return from earth are generally not elaborated. So I always gets curious and interested to learn more on this episode in…

I have been hearing about this Trilogy by Amish Tripathi. When I recently read “Thundergod” a fiction about Lord Indra, my readers recommended I read Shiva Trilogy by Amish. So I did that for last two weeks. I started with the first book “The immortals of Meluha” which turned out to be a great piece of fiction painted against well known Indian Mythological characters and an imaginary map of India. Three kingdom – Sun Dynasty,…