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Bhartrihari’s Nitishatakam

As is the case with many writers/ poets who lived several centuries ago, there is not much definite information about Bhartrihari (????????). Bhartrihari, the poet who wrote the Shatakatrayam, may have been the grammarian, Bhartrihari, who lived in the 5th century AD,... Continue Reading ?

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it... Continue Reading ?


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The Shataktraya  comprises three collections of verses, having about 100 stanzas each. These are said to have been written by Bhartrihari. The Nitishatakam is one of  these three collections. In the Nitishatakam, Bhartrihari deals with a variety of subjects such as duty of rulers, education, social relationships, etc. Show More Summary


We’ve often heard that shallow water makes a noisy splash. The inference is, that loud talk is often accompanied by minimal action. Of what use is talk without action? The Subhaashitkars of earlier times seem to have had this same thought- as can be seen in the following couple of Subhaashits. ???? ? ?????? ??????, ?????? […]

Happy New Year!

I came across this very interesting Limerick and just had to share it here. There was a young man who said “God Must find it exceedingly odd To think that the tree Should continue to be When there’s no one about

I, Me, and Myself

There is a story from Greek Mythology about a young hunter called Narcissus.  He was the son of  a river-god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope. He was known far and wide for his beauty. Many loved Narcissus, but he returned the love of none. He was proud and vain and thought that there was no […]

New Year Musings

Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called  Yugadi ( first day of the era),  or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra]. Gudhis  are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory. A very interesting year has come to an end and now we […]

Evolution [Part II]

... Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth. They progressed from learning  to use fire, and making simple stone tools, to using metals to make

Evolution [Part I]

A robot committing suicide? Sounds like something out of a Science-fiction fantasy, doesn’t it? But according to local media at Hinterstoder in Kirchdorf,  Austria, that is exactly what a robot there did!. Firemen were called to a house fire, that

Surya Namaskar Chart

Today is Maagh shuddha saptami- Rath Saptami. It is celebrated as Surya Jayanti- birthday of the Sun God. Following is a chart of the ten positions in the Surya Namaskar and the Mantras- The pictures are of the Sun temple at Konark, Odisha. Filed under: miscellaneous

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates “?? ?????? ?? ?????????|” – Most of us have heard this quote at some time or the other. This is the motto of quite a few educational institutions. The complete verse which is from the

Opening School Gates to Molesters

“A 9-year-old girl studying in a BMC school at Govandi was allegedly molested in the school’s toilet by an unknown man on Thursday. The 2nd standard student, who studies in the Urdu-medium section of Shivaji Nagar Mahapalika School, went to use the toilet at about 5.30 in the evening, half an hour before classes got over for the [...]

Names and Identities

This morning’s  newspaper brought the interesting news that “a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents [...]

Truth, Falsehood, and In Between

As a child, I loved the story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy some day. He had an unusual trait- whenever he told a lie, his nose would begin to grow! After a series of thrilling adventures, with the help of the lovely Blue Fairy, Pinocchio succeeded in [...]

Shastra Poojan

Tomorrow is Vijayadashami, [also called Dasara/ Dussehra]. Of the many legends associated wih this festival, the one about the Pandavas hiding their weapons in a hollow in the Shami tree, is one of my favourites. In the Mahabharata, after Yudhishtira lost to Duryodhana in the game of Dice, the Pandavas had to spend twelve years in the forest [vanavas].  After that, [...]

Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?

Why are rapes taking place in Haryana with such alarming frequency?? According to the Haryana State Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana, the rape of 11 women in the last one month (is) a “conspiracy to malign the government.” “Such incidents happened earlier also, we condemn them …but no accused has been protected and all the culprits have been extended… [...]

How Much is Enough?

“You can never have enough ” seems to be what everyone thinks nowadays.  It is a legitimate ambition to covet the latest electronic gadgets, or buy the fastest bikes. It is the ‘in thing’ to wear clothes with international labels, and to … Continue reading ?

A Couple of Riddles and a Blogversary

Today, I’ve decided to bore my blogging friends with a couple of riddles in Sanskrit. No one really knows who composed these Subhaashit-riddles, they have been passed down by one generation to the next for many centuries. See if you can … Continue reading ?

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