The Land of Agastya. Part-1: The Search Begins.

Part-1: The Search begins. My interest in astronomy began a decade back. It is more than just a hobby. The constellations visible in my hemisphere draws me back time after time and keeps me busy for hours. The sky has so many wonders and I am deeply drawn towards the cosmos. The cosmos will require…

A Spicy Tale

A friend recently called me to enquire about our homemade recipe for Milagai Pudi. Molagai podi as some call it, is our indispensable South Indian spice powder accompaniment for idly and dosa. Milagai Podi comes handy when you are not in a mood to prepare an elaborate sambar or chutney to go with idly and…

Meeting the Master

It was past mid-day when I reached the small temple dedicated to the guardian deity of the hills. He is Karuppusamy sporting a long moustache, his stretched right hand holding a sword and body decked with ornaments. The journey was tiring and I had trekked over five hours from the base camp. A half an…

The Mystic Mountain

It was past midnight. I was cuddled up in a cold mattress trying to sleep after a long trek. It was pitch dark in the mud house and at 20,000 feet I was gasping for breath. An invisible force was pushing me to go out in the open. I was frantically searching for my torch…

Coffee Tales

I realized it is six weeks now without a cup of coffee. My coffee intake during the past five years has been about half a cup a day. It is over a decade now since the time I shifted to drinking black coffee without sugar. It may be surprising to hear that my son who…

The Flying Yogi

Preparing the ground. I first met Chott during a summer vacation when I was in middle school. I was introduced to him by a friend of mine. I never knew his complete name and for some reason he was always called Chott. Chott was a tall man and nearly six feet in height. He had…

Escape to Shambala

“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.” “If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,” These are words of Stephen…

The Home of Buddha

This surely was a splendid flight as I boarded in Kathmandu to Lhasa the capital of Tibet. Leaving behind a crowded and lush Kathmandu, the flight takes one and half hours through the spectacular Himalayan ranges. We fly over one of the highest mountain range in the world and land in Lhasa deep inside Tibet,…

The face of Aghora

I recently visited the ancient Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. Pashupatinath is a significant place for Tantra worship. Earth, water, fire, ether and space represent the five elements of the universe.  The Shiva linga in Pashupatinath represents all the five elements.  The masculine part of the stone is its phallic shape and the feminine is the…

The spinning wheel

Physical things are cyclical in nature and cease to exist at a point in time.  The universe is physical in nature and undergoes endless creation and destruction within a span of time. This is the cyclical nature of the universe. All manifestations in the physical universe are also cyclical in nature. For example the Earth,…