Renuka Narayanan is a commentator and columnist on religion and culture.
Articles by Renuka Narayanan
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2017 08:12 PM IST
The Tamil epic Manimekhalai upholds dharma as a way of life, free of present-day politics.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2017 08:00 PM IST
Through every epoch, Sriman and Sri have been inseparable. But while Sriman will punish wrongdoers, Sri is so compassionate that she forgives everybody out of love.
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2017 01:20 PM IST
This weekend, Swan Lake, the iconic Russian ballet will be performed for the first time in its entirety in India
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2017 07:59 AM IST
Hinduism is unique in the way that it encourages a personal relationship between the believer and the Great One.
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 01:52 PM IST
We need to relearn how to accommodate our differences, how to meet in good fellowship and share differing opinions with civility.
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 12:12 PM IST
A king can wield several kinds of authority. The most incorrect is that driven by egotistical sentiment. This is also true of us as individuals, and as a mob.
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2017 09:31 AM IST
A Supreme Court ruling for privacy feels like a fresh start, and a good time to revisit celebrations of Spring in the poetry of Amir Khusro.
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2017 11:46 AM IST
The ancient verse below has a cultural continuity all their own. It represents, to me, a human wish for the ages, cast in verse.
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2017 03:22 PM IST
In the early 12th century, a young child bride ran away, cast off her clothes, and declared herself married forever to Shiva.
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2017 08:47 AM IST
In our ancient literature are reminders that we are better all around when we are kinder to one another.
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2017 07:36 AM IST
The kanwariyas do disrupt Delhi needlessly and it’s natural that tired urban commuters going about their daily grind resent the annual Shravan invasion.
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2017 07:55 AM IST
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 08:28 AM IST
While on diplomatic assignment in Bangkok in 2009, it was gratifying to note that my Jewish neighbours knew the true meaning of the svastika.
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2017 08:40 AM IST
This Guru Purnima, I uphold Manas Tirtha — pilgrimages within one’s own mind — and young Indians as a force of good.
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2017 07:42 AM IST
The history of our forts tell us that people across communities should visit each other, share food, friendship and activities as individuals, not blocs.
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2017 05:16 PM IST
The tale of two Sufi saints from Basra, Iraq, whose legacies shine as brightly as the famous pearls from the region.
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2017 09:14 PM IST
We need to dust up ‘daan punya’ as a value worth keeping from the olden times, and remember how very politely Ram behaved, even with Ravan.
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2017 09:38 PM IST
A folk tale I recently heard, about how turmeric got its wonderful qualities, oddly legitimises the ‘boys will be boys’ narrative.
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2017 08:56 AM IST
We, modern Indians, must try and understand Narad muni’s role as cultural messenger. It could help us value the importance of good intentions in communication today.
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2017 10:45 AM IST
China still abides by General Zhou’s discipline and upright attitude.
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 05:28 PM IST
Learning domestic life skills will not only improve self-esteem and save money; such regular activities will keep those increasingly Indian lifestyle diseases away
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2017 09:31 PM IST
It’s time the younger generations called out, politely but firmly, the casteist and sexist attitudes that are holding us back at home.
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 09:31 PM IST
Two electricians toiling in 43-degree heat remind me that I’m not crazy for staying positive amid the incessant whining of the privileged.
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 08:04 PM IST
April in India is pretty amazing for how many famous birthdays from myth and history fall in it.
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 08:04 PM IST
Every religion offers the same message: You do not hide your light under a bushel. Effort is never wasted.
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2017 10:53 AM IST
Does the way we depict demons in mythology contribute to the frequent lack of respect for people who are racially different from ‘us’
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2017 10:04 PM IST
Jagannath Pandit was an Andhra Brahmin is respected as one of the last hurrahs of the old Sanskrit tradition
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2017 04:57 PM IST
The allure of the gods
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2017 08:22 PM IST
Why are some men who behave obnoxiously towards women nevertheless awarded and celebrated?
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2017 10:49 AM IST
The history of food is the history of cultural contact. At its most charming, human contact has culture sailing like a bird perched on the shoulder of commerce.