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What is the #shape of different Indian stories?
Part 1/5: #Ramayana
Part 2/5: #Mahabharata
Part 3/5: #Devdas
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Reverberations of #PLF2019 ringing in my ears, this ideas-packed edition, curated by @KanchanGupta and @ARanganathan72, is easily the best #LitFest I've attended.
That it is located in the land of Sri Aurobindo, @integralyog, gives it the Force of #nationalism.

A thread...
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#PLF2019 is not a Left-wing #LitFest. But it isn't Right-wing either.
When I heard the various sessions, I knew that more than all other platforms of debate and discourse, it is here that India is articulating its Indian intellectual traditions.
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But what is Indian? Why strike out and create a new category at #PLF2019?
Because, the Indian mind...
1. Cannot be captured and constrained into a single Left-Right box.
2. Is all-embracing, all-respectful.
3. Goes beyond toleration and epitomises acceptance.
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Why does most the people of Udupi are in catering industry?
#Mahabharata

In #Dwapara Yuga the #Kurukshetra war, between the Pandavas and the Kauravas was considered as the mother of all battles. In this war nobody could remain neutral.
You had to be either on the Kaurava side or the Pandava side. All the kings, hundreds of them, aligned themselves on one side or the other, except the King of Udupi, who chose to remain neutral.
He spoke to Sree Krishna & said, ‘Those who fight battles have to eat. I will be the caterer for this battle.’
Sree Krishna said, ‘Fine. Somebody has to cook and serve, so you do it.’ They say over 500,000 soldiers had gathered for the battle.
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~ श्रीमद भगवद गीता ~ ~ अध्याय २, श्लोक ६३ ~ क्रोध से न्याय के बादल उठते हैं, जिसके परिणामस्वरूप स्मृति का ह्रास होता है। जब स्मृति विह्वल हो जाती है, तो बुद्धि नष्ट हो जाती है; और जब बुद्धि नष्ट हो जाती है, तो एक बर्बाद हो जाता है
#SaturdayMotivation
#SaturdayThoughts
क्रोधाद्भवति सम्मोह: सम्मोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रम: | स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति || 63
क्रोध निर्णय को लागू करता है, ठीक वैसे ही जैसे सुबह की धुंध सूरज की रोशनी पर एक धुंधली चादर बनाती है। क्रोध में, लोग गलती करते हैं जो बाद में पछताते हैं, क्योंकि बुद्धि भावनाओं की धुंधली हो जाती है। लोग कहते हैं, “वह मुझसे बीस साल बड़ा है।
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Ancient India was not purely religious. If You see main Hindu Scriptures like Vedas, Upnishad, and Samhita they are collection of philosophies, scientific data and facts. They worshipped nature and were experts in Science, astronomy, mathematics.
#Thread #IndicHistory
Just because the language is Sanskrit, Leftists reject it to be unscientific and religiously motivated.
In recent time ie last few hundred years, many distortion n misinterpretation has been done too and readers who don't know Sanskrit tend to believe it.
Let's dive in brief
#RigVeda: It's full of the geographical data about India. Research on Rig Veda have proven and can be further verified that Our Civilization was River based and most important one was Saraswati. We worshipped nature. eg Agni, Varun, Indra.
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#Thread #Kurukshetra #Analytics #Mahabharata
Started a fun project of mine today. Recording the duels of Kurukshetra war in an excel sheet in anticipation of some interesting pattern. Watch this space for interesting tidbits. Full exercise may take quite a while
Interesting Results! #Kurukshatra #Analytics. So many duels without a declared result on Day One
Could record two general battles and 26 duels on Day One. Only 6 of those duels ended decisively. Pandava side suffered horribly in the hands of Bhishma. Uttara killed in the hands of Shalya. Saving grace being Abhimanyu countering Bhishma and winning over Brihadbala #Kurukshetra
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On #WorldBookDay, a list of 10 books I have loved, read, reread — all translations, retellings, analyses of the #Mahabharata.

1. On the Mahabharata by Sri Aurobindo
A deep look at the #Mahabharata — its complex politics, its authorship and its spirituality — in a thin volume
2. On the Meaning of the #Mahabharata by VS Sukthankar — the man who delivered to us the Critical Edition, one who deserves the Bharat Ratna

A mini thread on his work


#WorldBookDay
3. The #Mahabharata (10 volumes) by Bibek Debroy — translation of the Critical Edition, the final reference for anyone taking this magnificent journey forward. Easier to read than other translations

#WorldBookDay
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1/n: And wiping her eyes and sighing frequently she said these words angrily and in a choked voice, 'Husbands, or sons, or friends, or brothers, or father, have I none! Nor have I thee, O thou slayer of Madhu, for ye all, beholding me treated so cruelly by inferior foes
2/n:, sit still unmoved! My grief at Karna's ridicule is incapable of being assuaged! On these grounds I deserve to be ever protected by thee, O Kesava, viz., our relationship, thy respect (for me), our friendship, and thy lordship (over me)
3/n: In that assembly of heroes Vasudeva then spake unto the weeping Draupadi as follows, 'O fair lady, the wives of those with whom thou art angry, shall weep even like thee, beholding their husbands dead on the ground, weltering in blood and their bodies covered with the arrows
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Historical Buddhist statue at the Mes Aynak site in #Kabul, #Afghanistan, #Buddhism
Centuries old "Ekamukhalinga " ( Lord Shiva) in #Afghanistan , now in #Kabul Museum !
#Hinduism
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ब्राह्मण: को भवेद् राजन् वेद्यं किं च युधिष्ठिर ।
ब्रवीह्यतिमति त्वां हि वाक्यैरनुमिमीमहे।।

“Who is a #Brahman, O Yudhisthira, you seem to be the wise one, you must tell me this” #Mahabharata
“सत्यम दानं क्षमा शीलमानृशंस्य तपो घृणा ।
दृश्यंते यत्र नागेन्द्र स ब्राह्मण इति स्मृत:।।”

“The one in whom one finds Truth, benevolence, forgiveness, dignity, lack of cruelty, fortitude and kindness, such a man is Brahmana. #Mahabharata
चातुर्वर्ण्य प्रमाणं सत्यं च ब्रह्म चैव हि।
शूद्रेष्वपि च सत्यं च दानमक्रोध एव च।
आनृशंस्यमहिंसा च घृणा चैव युधिष्ठिर ।।

Oh Yudhishthira, Truth and a realistic religion is good for all Varnas. Further, good characterics like truth, benevolence, non-violence is also in Shudras.
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As a follow-up to my #InternetMahabharata, I want to reflect--briefly--on the actual #Mahabharata, its increasingly overlooked importance, and the #Hindutva undermining of the epic. Thread:
Let me start with the personal - I love the Mahabharata. It is an incredible, awesome tale. In fact, many have asked what started me on the road of studying India. The answer is the Mahabharata. I took a class on the epic in college, and I was hooked for life. #Mahabharata
What makes the Mahabharata so fascinating? A lot of things - It's a window into social, cultural, and religious practices ~2,000 years ago (roughly when it was written). It is almost unbelievably detailed and intricate. It's a profound meditation on moral questions. #Mahabharata
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Working hours are over, and I'm back for round two on this little gem. I call it #InternetMahabharata. Thread: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-… #Mahabharata #epic #academichumor
The gods watched the Kurukshetra War as it unfolded, which is to say that they followed the fighters on Twitter. But they had to make sure that they followed all of the fighters, because they kept dying off, meaning their accounts were suspended. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
Ekalavya tried to sign up online for Drona's workout class, but it was full. He asked Drona to give him special permission to join, but Drona said no. Ekalavya said, no problem, he decided to workout using pirated YouTube videos of Drona instead. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
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