Backstory on John D. Rockefeller’s First Public Donation

My most inspired Kindle purchase in 2012 (for a ‘princely’ sum of $1.99) was The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. Last night I learnt that John D. Rockefeller’s first meeting with Swami Vivekananda (as recorded in Madame Verdier’s journey in New Discoveries) served as a trigger to the former’s first ever donation for public good – wow! …

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Treat us as human beings, not goddesses please!

My wife shared this on her Facebook wall today… Its a myth – not history – that women in India are treated as goddesses…and even in the greatest epics/myths, one goddess-woman was publicly stripped by her in-laws while her useless husbands (all 5 of them!) and other “great” family members did nothing. And btw, it …

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Errr… Could we stop the conversions please?

This post has been in my Drafts folder for a whopping 20 months. I use ‘post’ loosely because when I picked it up today, it was just a collection of interesting story links and a provocative title. The original article that inspired this post was A Hindu America? — in no less a publication than National Catholic Weekly. …

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Why I’m proud to be a Hindu

Someday (way in the future) I wanted to write this post. The thoughts were clear in the head but there were several more interesting posts queued ahead in my WordPress Drafts folder. During my last business trip, I finally started reading Shashi Tharoor’s India – From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond. When I read …

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