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Born into a Hindu home, I grew up in India where religion was everywhere. Like the air we breathed, it permeated everything. Yet, I was never taught what it meant to be a Hindu. I suppose that’s because no one ever paused to ponder over it. Besides, where would one really begin?  Hinduism is as vast as it is old.

As a family we celebrated the various festivals all year round, I occasionally visited a  temple  with my parents and sometimes prayed to all the gods and goddesses in our own little temple at home. Particularly on the day of my exams.

I had it on good authority, from the fabulous Amar Chitra Katha comics, that Ganesha would destroy any obstacles that stood in the way of me cracking my exams while Saraswati was the goddess of learning and hence no academic success was possible without her blessings

And as I went to a Convent School, I often stopped at the chapel to put in a quick request to Mother Mary for an easy paper. Made sense to cover all my bases.

It was  only when I was well into my 30s  that I began to wonder about Hinduism. What do Hindus really believe in?. What’s with the gods and goddesses?  Do the festivals and rituals have a deeper meaning ? What makes a Hindu? And so on.1077522_4949171735834_1073317747_o

The answers I discovered were fascinating, fun and surprisingly relevant even in the 21st century. The idea that the entire Universe is made up of the same energy no matter whether you call it and that we are all part of the same whole, was one I could happily subscribe to.

I liked the fact that there were no rules. I could worship all the Gods, choose one or not pray to anyone at all. I do now have a favourite and choose to pray, but that was the whole point. I chose. I warmed to the Hindu belief that all faiths are equally valid. As is not having any faith !!!

Here on this blog I am continuing my journey of discovery. And in the process I hope I can introduce or re-introduce to you this wonderful ancient religion and way of life, by demystifying it a bit  and simplifying it a lot.

Namaste !


10 thoughts on “About”

  1. Srinivas said:

    Nice blog… good read.

  2. Thank you Srinivas. Glad you stopped by.

  3. The new blog’s looking great!

  4. I am looking forward to read more on the topic of Hinduism. I hope you continue to post more articles.

    Best regards :)

    • Thanks Dilip. Glad you enjoyed the blog. I can’t wait to get back to writing regularly. I have been rather unwell but on the road to recovery now. So fingers crossed i don’t have to wait too long.

  5. Finally read your blog..in Rome.So interesting to learn more about Hinduism but also thought provoking articles ..especially the one on Dharma..so relevant to all!..

    • Hey Val, just saw your comment. Hadn’t been posting anything for a while. So pleased you read some of it.
      I think you will like today’s post on the Goddess and female power . Xx

  6. Soomant Callikan said:

    hello Anuradha

    great blog and hope you keep it up!
    am right now about finished writing a book in french on hinduism to answer some of my own questions and it was a great trip!
    would like to enquire about possibility to use a couple of your illustrations re forehead markings, which are great on your site, if you hold copyrights (or info about copyright owner)..naturally credits given..

    best rgds

  7. All these sects of Hinduism have welcomed new members to their group, while other leaders of Hinduism’s diverse schools have stated that given the intensive proselytization activities from missionary Islam and Christianity, this “there is no such thing as proselytism in Hinduism” view must be re-examined.

    • Anuradha said:

      That would be a travesty. I hope it never comes to that. The teachings of Vedanta need to remain free from such trappings if they are to mean anything.

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