• Devdutt Pattanaik: A Purana for Muslims

    Devdutt Pattanaik: A Purana for Muslims

    Many Muslims in Tamil Nadu call themselves Marakkayar, which means seamen, a word that is derived from the Arabic 'markab

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Icons for Vajranabhi

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Icons for Vajranabhi

    Vajranabhi, son of Aniruddha, grandson of Pradyumna, and great-grandson of Krishna, was king of Mathura and leader of the Yadava clan

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Exploring Hanuman Chalisa

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Exploring Hanuman Chalisa

    One of the things that catch your eye in the middle of a horrifyingly crowded Mumbai local train is the sight of people sitting or standing in a corner, reading from a tiny chapbook sold in roadside shops near temples

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The fascinating design of the Jewish Bible

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The fascinating design of the Jewish Bible

    Many Jewish Americans choose to write G-d instead of God. By not taking God's name directly, they show respect

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The sage who hears silence

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The sage who hears silence

    While in American families, one is encouraged to verbalise, 'I love you', in most Indian families you don't need such overt expressions to feel loved and included

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: How Sanskrit evolved in India

    Devdutt Pattanaik: How Sanskrit evolved in India

    In extremist Christian America, evolution is a bad word. Children are taught Creationism, or Intelligent Design, which insists on the role of God in creating the world. Anyone who opposes them is aligned to the Devil

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The laughter of women

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The laughter of women

    In Kalidasa's works we hear descriptions of women being invited to the king's garden to sing, dance, play and laugh

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The pea-brahmachari

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The pea-brahmachari

    At the heart of the hysteria over the peacock's tears is Hinduism's great discomfort with sex

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Itihasa is not fantasy

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Itihasa is not fantasy

    Itihasa is not fantasy; it is not history either at least not in Sanskrit

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Male verbs and female nouns

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Male verbs and female nouns

    In his speech at an industrial conclave, a very reputed and successful businessman said that an entrepreneur needs to know when to create like Brahma, when to sustain like Vishnu and when to destroy like Shiva

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Evangelism, Crusades, Inquisition

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Evangelism, Crusades, Inquisition

    Evangelism, Crusades and Inquisition are three terms that come to us from Christian history

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: From a name to an opinion

    Devdutt Pattanaik: From a name to an opinion

    A great way to engage in conversation with people is to ask them for the meaning of their name. For Indian names, at least, decoding these proper nouns unfolds a world of mythology and history and literature

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Eternal or progressing truths

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Eternal or progressing truths

    In universities around the world, there is an implicit acceptance of teleology, that human culture is moving from the primitive to the refined, from underdeveloped to developed, much like moving towards the Promised Land described in Abrahamic mythologies

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The start date of my religion

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The start date of my religion

    Historians say that Islam started 1,400 years ago, with the rise of the Prophet Muhammad. However, Muslims will say that Islam started when Allah created the world and gave his laws to the first prophet, Adam

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The Immortals

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The Immortals

    In Hindu mythology, whenever an asura asks for immortality, Brahma tells them that they can have whatever they wish except that

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The colour of Krishna's skin

    Devdutt Pattanaik: The colour of Krishna's skin

    In the Sanskrit Valmiki's Ramayana, Hanuman describes Ram as 'shyama-varna', which means one of dark-complexion

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Dharma in the forest

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Dharma in the forest

    In the beginning was the forest. Humans domesticated the forest to create culture, a space where they could feel secure

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Imagining a nation's past

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Imagining a nation's past

    Historians and sociologists do not like the word mythology. They prefer words invented by them: imaginary

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Who made God Perfect?

    Devdutt Pattanaik: Who made God Perfect?

    I recently heard an Odia song where Lakshmi and Parvati tease each other by mocking each other's husbands. Lakshmi wonders about the health of Shiva's mount, Nandi, who she describes as an old weak bull. Parvati retorts by describing Vishnu as a cowherd who should know more about the health of cattle

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: What is the opposite of intellectual?

    Devdutt Pattanaik: What is the opposite of intellectual?

    Globally, we are seeing a wave against intellectuals, those whose rationality overthrew the priests of yore, who saw the world through a mathematical prism, and sought to create a fair and just society by redistribution of wealth and power, using logic