Articles by Pavan K Varma
The reason is that Gulzar is, at his core, a poet, and by extension, a writer and film-maker. Writing — and reading good writing — has been his passion since he was a child
The 19th C. Hindu reformist and religious scholar sought to abolish Sati and rid society of fanatic orthodoxy. British colonialism would enlighten us, he felt
Hindu temple architecture mirrors the human form; from the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum, it leads away from the material world to commune with the divine
Shrikant Verma was a great Hindi poet, one of the pioneers of new Hindi kavya, and a powerful politician
Associated with the behemoth lit fest since its inception, author Pavan K Varma tells us about this edition's book releases and idea exchanges
Loneliness is a negative state of mind, solitude is a positive desire. The first is a problem that needs greater attention, the second is increasingly elusive
The choice to portray deities with varying attributes reflects Hinduism's nature. The incarnations represent both stability and playful divine energy
Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is the kind of political leader — rare to find these days — with whom one can talk on a range of issues apart from politics.
The superstar status of all three Khans — Aamir, Shahrukh and Salman — remains unchanged to this day. In their popularity we see the true nature of us Indians
If cosmology tells us that the universe could be infinite, or certainly as close to infinity as can be imagined, what is the significance of our New Year?
In a land with 122 major languages, over 1500 dialects, and six classical languages, to assert one's dominance over the rest is a futile exercise
Former President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter releases a book revealing Pranab's opinions of Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi
From Lal Ded in Kashmir to Andal in Tamil Nadu, female devotees challenged gender orthodoxies through poetry and devotion
Unearthed in 1905 after centuries of obscurity, Chanakya's Arthashastra stands as one of the world's most insightful treatises on statecraft
A dialogue between Yudhishthira and the mysterious Yaksha in the epic's Yaksha Prashna explores timeless questions on life, death, happiness, and duty
Amjad Ali Khan's story is an unstoppable journey to the summit of our great musical heritage
A receptivity to interconnectedness comes naturally to us. Philosophy teaches us that even at the smallest atom, matter is part of an indivisible whole
Is there a profound connection between scholars like Aryabhata and Brahmagupta and our contemporary aptitude for logic and mathematics?
The remarkable rise of over three dozen Indian-origin CEOs in top global corporate industries prompts questions about the underlying reasons for their success
Madan Mohan Malviya was a stalwart in the Congress who had the courage of conviction to take a radically different stand.
Bahadur Shah Zafar left an indelible mark on Delhi's cultural landscape, from poetic soirees at the Red Fort to his patronage of the arts and love for gardens.
Gulzar Saheb's 'Suspected Poems' are a powerful blend of tanz, sarcasm, and irony on politics.
The intriguing and lesser-known stories in the life of Waheeda Rehman, an actor par excellence
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was, indeed, a statesman who was also a great human being, far above the coarseness of politics.
The Great Debate between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandana Misra is a pivotal event and challenged Shankaracharya's celibate lifestyle with questions on eroticism
Janamashtmi, the birth of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with devotion across India. Krishna's multifaceted legacy lives on in Hindu daily life.
Reflections on the exploration of Shahjahanabad, the old walled city of Delhi, and its decaying havelis, which once rivaled European capitals in grandeur
Remembering Jyotindra Nath ‘Mani’ Dixit, former national security adviser, who was known for his humour and competence
Rocky aur Rani kii Prem Kahani, which holds solid entertainment value with a strong message of gender equality, gives audiences a reason to go back to theatres
Hindi film songs are a cultural phenomenon. One needs only to see the soulful classical influences on toe-tapping beats to understand it