Arundhuti Dasgupta

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2020: Have the Gods Absconded?

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 times

Taking care of the elderly in COVID-19 times

Rediff.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 world

Healers and the world

Rediff.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 in

Lockdown: Mumbai's spirit seems firmly bottled in

Rediff.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 Shakuni

Aide and abet: From Manthara to Shakuni

Rediff.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 Day

Finding Radha on Women's Day

Rediff.com7 Mar 2020

'She exists alongside Sita, the archetype of the ideal woman,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.

Why the cosmos fascinates us

Why the cosmos fascinates us

Rediff.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 epics

What our leaders need to learn from the epics

Rediff.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?

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@40

Shashi Kapoor's lasting legacy: Prithvi@40

Rediff.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 Rama

In the name of Rama

Rediff.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 #MeToo

Durga, Shakti and #MeToo

Rediff.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?

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 us

Anger is the enemy within us

Rediff.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 fast

The political power of a fast

Rediff.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?

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 inclusion

The colour of inclusion

Rediff.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 revolts

Why leaders shouldn't be scared of revolts

Rediff.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...

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 News

The Demons of Fake News

Rediff.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 leaders

What Ravana, Duryodhana can teach India's leaders

Rediff.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 father

In the name of the father

Rediff.com4 Aug 2017

Fathers and sons have had a vexed relationship throughout myth, says Arundhuti Dasgupta.

How Eureka Forbes remains relevant 25 years on

How Eureka Forbes remains relevant 25 years on

Rediff.com10 Jul 2017

The company behind brands like Aquaguard focuses on technology to differentiate brand, rethinks communication strategy.

Of Troll Armies and Lynch Mobs

Of Troll Armies and Lynch Mobs

Rediff.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 local

Holy cows, global and local

Rediff.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 good

Making the Ganga, Yamuna people is good

Rediff.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 better

If Sanskrit is to live on, it needs to be taught better

Rediff.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