Articles by Renuka Narayanan
First published in 1965, Kamala Subramaniam’s excellent 870-page translation attained a fresh awareness of the life code laid out in Vyasa’s epic
Reading Kamala Subramaniam’s English translation of the grand epic is a rewarding journey into the natural beauty of old India and into the emotional landscape of the heart
Kamala Subramaniam’s detailed and lucid renditions of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam have helped generations of readers discover the depth of these epics in English
This extract from a collection of stories on death, heartbreak and loss from Hinduism’s many traditions retells one of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s parables
Take a cue from stories, old and not so old, to mark this time with kindness.
It’s easy to scoff and make light of them, but it takes tonnes of discipline and commitment to do what real princesses must do.
Each one of us can and must do what we can to make things better.
A quaint story from the annual Kapalishwar festival of Mylapore is a reminder that the Eternal God is far above human conflicts and quarrels.
In a time of food wars, we would do well to remember that God’s grace is reflected in every plate and palate.
The verses glorifying Hanuman are more about ‘personality development’, meant to inspire the reciter to become a positive person and an asset to society
The Harikatha, a piece of inner India, draws from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Here’s why we need it more than ever today.
Thanks to the Kanchi Srimatam’s efforts, we have properly-trained Vedic priests and scholars today.
In our forgotten links to common deities is a reminder of the unity that we all culturally share.
There’s still a lot to learn from the epics, about virtues and discipline, and the importance of God-awareness.
The root Ramayana didn’t have a ‘Lakshman rekha’ or a terrible last parting, but the versions after it have been revised to suit the writers
There is a crucial difference between the ‘godly’ and the ‘godless’ regarding what actually constituted ‘godliness’
The Naam Samkeertan tradition centred on Vitthala that originated with the great medieval Marathi saints, is hugely popular across the Deccan or Indian peninsula.
From Ramayana’s Rishyashringa to Honi, the Circle-Drawer of Galilee, legends of seers who could make it pour abound.
Spring is a time to celebrate Sarasvati, the patron deity of knowledge and the arts. And also to ask, how well do you really know yourself?
A significant positive aspect to Makara Sankaranti is that it unites the regions of India in a profoundly meaningful but baggage-free way.
As we start a new year, let’s remember that our true purpose is to show loving kindness to all.
Let us cultivate the patience and good humour we need to keep us from going to pieces when tired or unhappy.
It is believed Jesus and his disciples ate simply. As Christmas draws closer, a look back at feasts of the old Judeo-Christian tradition.
As Christmas draws near, tales about the nature of God-love come to mind with renewed joy.
The mother is revered as one’s first guru, who not only teaches us the basics of existence but also our human duty.
On the anniversary of the revelation of the Bhagavad Gita, revisit its lessons on generosity, charity.
One can chant the Aditya Hrudayam as a prayer of praise to the Sun, or enjoy it as inspiring Indian poetry.
No matter which legends we were raised on, mutual love and respect was the moral of the story
Set language politics aside and you will find that there is, indeed, much to admire in early Indian poetry in English.
Saptaparni has an ancient past in the annals of Ayurveda. Its bark-extract is said to boost immunity and help treat deep tummy disorders, malaria and epilepsy.