All stories by Arundhuti Dasgupta
2020: Have the Gods Absconded?Rediff.com27 Jun 2020
Instead of its once haloed existence as the year of lofty goals and vision statements, it is now staring at an epitaph that may well read: The year when death ran amok and the gods went missing, notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Taking care of the elderly in COVID-19 timesRediff.com26 Apr 2020
Arundhuti Dasgupta on the anxiety and logistical challenges of caring for elderly parents during lockdown, especially if they are ailing and live away from you.
Healers and the worldRediff.com24 Apr 2020
'With doctors going up against a seemingly invincible enemy, often at immense risk to their lives, the myths reveal an interesting relationship between the men of medicine and the rest of humankind,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Lockdown: Mumbai's spirit seems firmly bottled inRediff.com28 Mar 2020
In this lockdown, no matter how many similarities the memory dredges up from past events and associations, there is one thing that has no precedent: The isolation that it has imposed on people, reports Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Aide and abet: From Manthara to ShakuniRediff.com19 Mar 2020
'Manthara wants Kaikeyi to make her son Bharat king of Ayodhya, instead of Rama.' 'She fuels hate and mistrust in her queen, much like what many modern-day viziers are doing, whipping up venom and frenzy among an entire nation,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Finding Radha on Women's DayRediff.com7 Mar 2020
'She exists alongside Sita, the archetype of the ideal woman,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Why the cosmos fascinates usRediff.com12 Sep 2019
The fascination for the skies and what lies beyond has fathered an expansive stockpile of astronomical myths and legends and in India, also an elaborate astrological system, notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
What our leaders need to learn from the epicsRediff.com18 May 2019
'Gods are deceitful too and villains can be upright upholders of the law.' 'Perhaps political leaders of all shades would benefit from these lessons instead of declaring themselves upholders of a dharma that means different things to different people,' points out Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Was Ravana the world's first aviator?Rediff.com2 Feb 2019
'Even among scientists and technology mavens -- typically communities that tend to view the world through the lens of logos or reason and not mythos, there is a shiny-eyed enthusiasm for the mythical world,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Shashi Kapoor's lasting legacy: Prithvi@40Rediff.com10 Dec 2018
A year has passed since Shashi Kapoor passed into the ages. His movies live on on television, but Shashiji's greatest legacy must remain Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre, where people came to be entertained, informed and, perhaps, also enlightened.
In the name of RamaRediff.com25 Nov 2018
'Politicians have long appropriated the hero turned god as their totem, but never before with the ferocious intensity of the present regime,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Durga, Shakti and #MeTooRediff.com27 Oct 2018
'This year, it may be pertinent to look at some of the myths that invoke her warrior form, where she manifests herself as Shakti, the underlying strength in all humanity,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Have you travelled to the navel of the earth?Rediff.com24 Oct 2018
Arundhuti Dasgupta finds herself surrounded by Greek legends and fables in the mythical centre of the world.
Anger is the enemy within usRediff.com30 Jul 2018
'Fear of the Other stalks our lives as it did in ancient times and the mobs are just as easy to incite as it was then,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
The political power of a fastRediff.com6 May 2018
As politicians fast to score brownie points, they should know that not every fast has a desirable ending, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Is there hope yet for young classical performers?Rediff.com31 Mar 2018
Stories about the harrowing experiences of young artistes are common lore.
The colour of inclusionRediff.com2 Mar 2018
Inclusion has never been a straight road and stories from ancient cultures show it has always been a struggle to accord equal status to all genders and species, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Why leaders shouldn't be scared of revoltsRediff.com17 Feb 2018
'Through his conversation with Yama, Nachiketa helped society grapple with a bunch of knotty issues, just as many of the ongoing conflicts could do today,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
When Gods lose their immunity...Rediff.com2 Dec 2017
'There are several stories in the Mahabharata where kings drunk on their power are banished to hell.' 'The story of Krishna and Kamsa is a case in point and the Ramayana, at its very core, is a story about Rama's victory over an arrogant Ravana,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
The Demons of Fake NewsRediff.com22 Nov 2017
Fake news, much like the golden deer in the Ramayana, is leading the world into chaos, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
What Ravana, Duryodhana can teach India's leadersRediff.com23 Sep 2017
What drove Ravana, a good king, and Duryodhana, who could match Bhima on strength and valour to ruin?
In the name of the fatherRediff.com4 Aug 2017
Fathers and sons have had a vexed relationship throughout myth, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
How Eureka Forbes remains relevant 25 years onRediff.com10 Jul 2017
The company behind brands like Aquaguard focuses on technology to differentiate brand, rethinks communication strategy.
Of Troll Armies and Lynch MobsRediff.com24 Jun 2017
'Clearly, no hero can become one without a loyal and unquestioning set of followers.' 'But how does one deal with them once their purpose is served?' asks Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Holy cows, global and localRediff.com19 May 2017
Many scholars have suggested that the importance of the cow and her association with the pantheon grew with the growing influence of the cult of Krishna,' says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
Making the Ganga, Yamuna people is goodRediff.com6 Apr 2017
According personhood to the Ganga and Yamuna is probably the best way to ensure the protection of natural resources, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.
If Sanskrit is to live on, it needs to be taught betterRediff.com9 Dec 2014
If the classical language is to live in India, its teachers and fans must separate their love for the language from that for the country or their religion, feels Arundhuti Dasgupta