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This is an extract from The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman by Tahira Kashyap Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is a writer and film-maker based in Mumbai. She is the author of three books and has directed two acclaimed short films, Pinni and Toffee. Her next book ‘The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman’ will be out...

The subject is the most ancient of questions – Who am I? We will investigate this question in light of the Upanishads. Vedanta consists of the teachings of the Upanishads. Vedanta nama upanishad pramanam – this is the definition of Vedanta. It means that Vedanta is the source of spiritual knowledge called the...

Rana Safvi is a well known writer, historian and chronicler of Delhi. Having written for The Times of India and the Hindu, she also leads heritage walks across Old and New Delhi, bringing history alive for people. She discusses the meaning of Ramzan:   Q. What is the origin of Ramzan? RS. Fasting in the month of...

Why do we choose Narendra Modi again and again? Pradeep Gupta, India’s leading election forecaster, helps us understand why he remains in power.  Leadership Vacuum Congress, the main opposition to BJP since decades, has not been able to offer a strong contender against Narendra Modi. If Rahul Gandhi was to be...

He was called the father of yoga in the west, Steve Jobs ordered copies of his bestselling book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ to be given to everyone who attended his funeral, and he is regarded today as one of the most important Hindu monks of the 20th century. Who was Paramhansa Yogananda? Yogananda Paramhansa was born...

Burma is once again in flames. Thant Myint U is the country’s best-known chronicler – whose many books have brilliantly mapped the contemporary history of the country.  He sat down with us and explained what the current crisis is about, and what lies ahead- Q.Why do you think Myanmar has been struggling so long to...