All stories by Arundhuti Dasgupta
On the Goddess trail in MumbaiRediff.com13 Feb 2021
Arundhuti Dasgupta maps a trail from the southernmost tip to its suburbs.
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.