Renuka Narayanan is a commentator and columnist on religion and culture.
Articles by Renuka Narayanan
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2017 09:56 AM IST
Once, the most important garden in the Gangetic Plain was Jetavana, the Grove of Prince Jeta (Kumar).
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2017 09:25 PM IST
The outpouring regarding the jallikattu issue is of accumulated despair about the health of Tamil Nadu.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2017 10:17 PM IST
A school for grannies in Maharashtra is saving elderly women in the villages from facing embarrassment for being illiterate
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2017 07:55 PM IST
Some values are enduring and come in handy as we struggle to stay grounded through our times.
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2017 11:02 AM IST
Irrespective of belief and unbelief, plot a personal plan, never mind the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2016 09:42 PM IST
A classic parable explains how affection and loyalty among people is the best kind of good fortune
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2016 08:24 PM IST
Christmas, like Janmashtami, is beloved to us for its spirit of joyous welcome and positive transformation.
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2016 11:54 AM IST
it’s not only our physical health but also our mental and spiritual well-being that trees profoundly affect
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2016 09:55 AM IST
Jayalalithaa’s funeral was a perfect example of the Tamil rule principle of adakkam or public self-restraint.
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2016 08:35 PM IST
How on earth did they know back in 1,000 BC that sansevieria would reduce pollution at the burning grounds?
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2016 10:33 AM IST
If all things belong to the Creator, then to eat without acknowledging the provider is equal to theft, say our sages and saints.
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2016 09:45 AM IST
There are two sides to the demonetisation debate, but then there are at least two sides to all things.
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2016 08:54 AM IST
Our Constitution mandates equality between men and women, castes and communities. Are we there yet?
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2016 10:07 AM IST
At the core of the Chhath Puja festival is the idea of acknowledging the sun as the source of life and health.
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2016 07:30 PM IST
The manner in which Ram, Sita and Lakshman built their home in exile can be a lesson to us all.
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 04:27 PM IST
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2016 10:26 AM IST
The spirit of Dussehra past lingered with a twist, with a laser Ramayana on a large screen with excellent images and sound
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2016 10:28 AM IST
The idea of everything being an illusion, even love, is actually deep Advaita.
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2016 11:06 AM IST
Do we go templing as a socio-religious combo pack?
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2016 11:19 AM IST
Too much political correctness can be a pain, but it’s worth being a little careful if it means one can escape the sin of unintentionally wounding others
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2016 08:52 PM IST
In human terms the death of a river or a lake or a sea is as though somebody important in the family, somebody central to its well-being, has suddenly died.
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2016 02:31 PM IST
The moral of a Jataka tale that still rings true.
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2016 03:17 PM IST
Over the years I built up an impression of a charming, wistful sweetness about the Yamuna compared to her grand sisters.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2016 04:28 PM IST
It seemed yet another sorry instance to me of the way anger has become the sthayi bhava or dominant mood of our public life, says Renuka Narayanan.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2016 03:10 PM IST
The moral of the ‘goose with a golden feathers’ still holds true. If we exhaust our health capital, we will suffer a burnout.
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2016 04:56 PM IST
From stories of how Krishna’s Panchajanya who strike terror in the enemy’s heart to its recent mention at the Indian Science Congress for its curative and meditative properties, the conch occupies an important place in collective Hindu consciousness.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2016 05:15 PM IST
A story that went straight to my heart years ago and that I like retelling comes from Maulana Jalaludin Rumi’s ‘Mathnavi’, which is hailed as the Persian Quran.
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2015 01:26 PM IST
This year, as a New Year pro, I know what I’m not going to do, which includes sneaking into the shrubbery on a winter night in Delhi. I’m not going to make New Year resolutions
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2015 05:04 PM IST
In normal circumstances, I would have read aloud my verses in English at the ninth Chennai poetry festival last week, but the event was naturally cancelled following the terrible calamity of the floods. A far greater ‘poetry of life’ poured from the hearts of the Chennaivasis through calls and posts offering free practical help to one another.
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2015 02:07 PM IST
These boring, dark Madrasis of Madras who don’t eat and speak so funny and were the first to compensate their Sikhs for losses caused in ’84 have shown utter and absolute grace under pressure.