Less Known Temples of Kerala – 3: Thirunavaya, Trippadam, Hanuman Kshetram

   The three temples  are near one another and can be comfortably covered within two hours. ;    (between kottakkal & kuttipuram on Mangalore  - Cochin rd ' 19 km from kadampuza ). Ed visited these temples in June 2011. PS Roads in Kerala have innumerable turns , bends , forks, and junctions. Of course there … Continue reading Less Known Temples of Kerala – 3: Thirunavaya, Trippadam, Hanuman Kshetram

Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Heading back to the days of Mohammad Gazani, Ghori and Aurangzeb? Sikhs pay Rs 20m as ‘tax’ to Taliban Islamabad: Members of Pakistan’s Sikh community living in the Aurakzai tribal region have paid Rs 20 million as “tax” to the Taliban after militants forcibly occupied some of their homes and kidnapped a Sikh leader. The … Continue reading Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Easter : Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears Ashley D’Mello | TNN Mumbai: Avelino Rejoice Dhakul, 81, never fails to bring tears to people’s eyes when he renders the Passion of Christ from the Christa Purana, describing scenes from the crucifixion at the Good Friday service at St Francis Xavier Church, Vile Parle. Dhakul, who has … Continue reading Easter : Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Gaffar Khan, Suu Kyi, The Dalai Lama were /are  staunch believers in their religion and examples of politics based on compassion and humane values. Then there are 'Secularists", Stalin, Mao, Jinnah, The US administration with their blend of secularism and politics. Ed extracts from TOI Secularists aren’t saints Madhu Purnima … Continue reading Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Islam and Peace:Muslims must speak in one voice against extremism

An article courtesy  TOI, of  17 March. It is very very rare to see such frank opinions on extremists, root cause for extremism, especially when linked to a religion with more than its share of violence and man made tragedies. Even brave souls like MJ Akbar have not been so forthright in in voicing their … Continue reading Islam and Peace:Muslims must speak in one voice against extremism

Unsung :Girl tops exam, beats disability

Girl tops exam, beats disability Visually Impaired Is An Ace Ikram Khan | TNN Bangalore: She can’t see but is showing the way. Sumaiya Khan, 15, topped the exams at St Michael’s High School (RT Nagar) and promises to continue her sterling performance in college next year. Sumaiya was adjudged the best student after securing … Continue reading Unsung :Girl tops exam, beats disability