Articles by Renuka Narayanan
Jagannath Pandit was an Andhra Brahmin is respected as one of the last hurrahs of the old Sanskrit tradition
The allure of the gods
Why are some men who behave obnoxiously towards women nevertheless awarded and celebrated?
The history of food is the history of cultural contact. At its most charming, human contact has culture sailing like a bird perched on the shoulder of commerce.
Once, the most important garden in the Gangetic Plain was Jetavana, the Grove of Prince Jeta (Kumar).
The outpouring regarding the jallikattu issue is of accumulated despair about the health of Tamil Nadu.
A school for grannies in Maharashtra is saving elderly women in the villages from facing embarrassment for being illiterate
Some values are enduring and come in handy as we struggle to stay grounded through our times.
Irrespective of belief and unbelief, plot a personal plan, never mind the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
A classic parable explains how affection and loyalty among people is the best kind of good fortune
Christmas, like Janmashtami, is beloved to us for its spirit of joyous welcome and positive transformation.
it’s not only our physical health but also our mental and spiritual well-being that trees profoundly affect
Jayalalithaa’s funeral was a perfect example of the Tamil rule principle of adakkam or public self-restraint.
How on earth did they know back in 1,000 BC that sansevieria would reduce pollution at the burning grounds?
If all things belong to the Creator, then to eat without acknowledging the provider is equal to theft, say our sages and saints.
There are two sides to the demonetisation debate, but then there are at least two sides to all things.
Our Constitution mandates equality between men and women, castes and communities. Are we there yet?
At the core of the Chhath Puja festival is the idea of acknowledging the sun as the source of life and health.
The manner in which Ram, Sita and Lakshman built their home in exile can be a lesson to us all.
This is how jalebis with rabri are described in London’s oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy’s, which turns 90 this year: ‘crispy lattice swirls with Indian clotted cream’. Such random thoughts have a way of popping into one’s head between Dussehra and Dipavali.
The spirit of Dussehra past lingered with a twist, with a laser Ramayana on a large screen with excellent images and sound
The idea of everything being an illusion, even love, is actually deep Advaita.
Do we go templing as a socio-religious combo pack?
Too much political correctness can be a pain, but it’s worth being a little careful if it means one can escape the sin of unintentionally wounding others
In human terms the death of a river or a lake or a sea is as though somebody important in the family, somebody central to its well-being, has suddenly died.
The moral of a Jataka tale that still rings true.
Over the years I built up an impression of a charming, wistful sweetness about the Yamuna compared to her grand sisters.
It seemed yet another sorry instance to me of the way anger has become the sthayi bhava or dominant mood of our public life, says Renuka Narayanan.
The moral of the ‘goose with a golden feathers’ still holds true. If we exhaust our health capital, we will suffer a burnout.
From stories of how Krishna’s Panchajanya who strike terror in the enemy’s heart to its recent mention at the Indian Science Congress for its curative and meditative properties, the conch occupies an important place in collective Hindu consciousness.