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Author, Speaker. Fellow-Ananta Leadership Program, BORI-Infosys Fellow, Convenor-Indic Academy. Love Travel, Temples And Textiles. #NoBindiNoBusiness
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Dec 27, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
#thread on ‘inter-faith’ murders that were reported in India over the last ONE MONTH. 1) The case we all know - #AftabPoonawalla kiIIing his live-in partner #ShraddhaWalkar and cutting her body into 35 parts! This happened after two years of physical abuse and threats to murder. Within a week of #ShraddhaWalkar’s murder, #NidhiGupta was pushed from a 4th floor terrace to her death by her ‘stalker’ Mohd Sufiyan because she refused to convert for him. Nidhi was only 19!
Aug 14, 2022 14 tweets 9 min read
#ChanderiChronicles #thread The beautiful town of Chanderi, surrounded by the Vindhyachala ranges is one of the best kept secrets of @MPTourism. The town sits low below a ridge that is crowned by the magnificent #Chanderi fort. When we say #Chanderi, most of us textile enthusiasts think of the diaphanous, light-as-air Chanderi sarees, a fabric known for its subtle jari motifs and gossamer thin translucence that made Chanderi the favourite of erstwhile royal families of Rajasthan, MP and Maharashtra
Apr 23, 2022 7 tweets 5 min read
#Thread Idi0t’s Guide to #NoBindiNoBusiness, for the trolls who deliberately misinterpret the hashtag n the thought behind it. Repeat after me, #No_Bindi_No_Business is about CHOICE. It is not a compulsion, it is not a law. It is about the right of the ordinary Hindu to say NO! When brands advertise for Hindu festivals like #AkshayaTritiya #Ugadi #Deepavali #GaneshChaturthi it is a reasonable expectation that they should respect the consumer’s culture, traditions, symbols. A bindi/Tilak/sindoor is one of the prominent Hindu symbols #NoBindiNoBusiness
Apr 22, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
#Thread This is for the outrage brigade who froth at the mouth 24/7 abusing RSS/VHP/BJP/Modi, everyone, while pretending to be ‘Hindu activists’. If you are a @BJP4India voter, you have every right to question/criticise this govt. But why the tirade against @RSSorg? As the name suggests, RSS is a volunteer driven org. They don’t owe anyone anything. They work on ground. They have different Sewa projects from orphanages to old age homes to #gharwapsi programmes to intervening in #lovejihad cases. Do you support them in any way?
Jan 26, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
The responses to this thread were phenomenal. Collating them all together in replies to this tweet. Do check them out. #OurTrueHistory. It made this #RepublicDay very special for me. Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Watch out for the next context on 15th Aug. A thread by @MumukshuSavitri on Vijayanagara empire and the role of women.
Jan 5, 2022 8 tweets 6 min read
#Thread Did you know that there are 7 temples in Tamil Nadu around Thiruvarur that are known as Sapta Vitankas because they have 7 images of Somaskanda that are believed to be divinely created without a chisel? (Vi-Tanka). These were sacred to Saint Thiagaraja. #TamizhTales Each of these shrines is associated with a certain form of dance. The Sapta Vitankas have been glorified by the Tevaram verses of Nayanmars or Saivite saints of TN from 1st millennium CE. The first one is at Thiruvarur and is known as Thyagaraja Swamy Kovil #TamizhTales
Dec 31, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
#thread Sembian Mahadevi was a 10th cent CE Chola Queen who built/renovated more than 14 temples. She was the queen of Gandaraditya Chola and mother of king Uttama Chola. She built temples, established Veda salas, gave land grants even after she was widowed. #tamizhtales Marxist distortians like Romila Thapar will tell you that Hindu queens had no power, and that they committed Sati after their husbands died. But here is a 10th century Queen who not only built/renovated temples, she ensured a common style to all of them and installed inscriptions
Dec 7, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
#thread #templesofgoa Stunning laterite stone temple of Shri Saptakoteshwar in #khandepar village in Goa. Located on the banks of the River Khandepar, the temple is of Shri Saptkoteshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. Shri Saptakoteshwar was the patron deity of the Kadambas who ruled Goa Image According to Goan archeologist, Shri Mitragotri, this temple was probably built first by the Kadamabas but renovated extensively by the Vijayanagara kings. The existing temple is a 3 storey structure built out of laterite stone, crowned with a dome with a lotus bud shaped kalasha Image
Nov 29, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
#thread #mangalurumusings I was lucky to have the Darshan of Devi Rajrajeshwari at the Shri Raja Rajeshwari Temple at Polali, located 19 kilometres away from Mangalore. Inscriptions say that this temple existed from 8th century CE. The temple was renovated and expanded many times by many dynasties that ruled over the region, from the Kadambas to the Alupas to the Nayakas of Keladi.
Oct 6, 2021 13 tweets 9 min read
#thread #dhokra #dhokraart #BastarKiBaate #बस्तरकीबातें #Dhokra Dhokra is the craft of non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax technique. This technique has been in use in India for over 5000 yrs and is still being used in many parts of India. @jeetsingharya @rajat4bansal The famous dancing girl of Mohenjodaro is one of the earliest examples of the lost-wax technique made by the people of the Sindhu-Saraswati civilisation. Lost-wax technique was called मधूच्छिष्टविधान in ancient Sanskrit treatises on Shilpshastra. #BastarKiBaate #बस्तरकीबातें
Oct 5, 2021 11 tweets 7 min read
#thread #minimalism a friend had shared this meaningful meme, a picture with the legend, ‘the less you own, the less it owns you’. It was a powerful statement; one that has stayed with me. @jeetsingharya @BastarDistrict @sundar_IPS @rajat4bansal #bastarkibaate #minimalism There is a lot of talk these days about minimalism, particularly among the neo-rich urban crowd who are burdened with the ‘problem of plenty’. We live in a society that celebrates consumption and accumulation. I myself am a hoarder of all things handmade and beautiful.
Sep 8, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
#thread So as per available info in the #punegangrape, 14 year old girl is called to pune station, allegedly by her 23 year old ‘peaceful’ friend at night. ‘Friend’ doesn’t turn up, but ‘peaceful’ autodriver knows exactly where to find the girl, and knows she is alone. ‘Peaceful’ autodriver takes her out of station, calls his ‘peaceful’ friends and they take the girl to multiple locations in two days including a lodge in Khadki and the girl is r@ped multiple times. In all this, her phone is switched off.
Aug 21, 2021 7 tweets 5 min read
#Thread Most Indian art has some underlying spiritual meaning, as every little thing in this world is perceived as a divine creation. Even the humble #Kantha, once the recycling craft of the women of Bengal and Odisha, was a way to communicate with the Divine. Women stitched together old, much washed sarees and dhotis and turned them into the softest, warmest quilts after embroidering them with motifs drawn from their own lives, culture, religious beliefs and nature. #Kantha was the art of story-telling and the stitches were the words.
Aug 6, 2021 11 tweets 13 min read
#Thread. ‘Handlooms are so expensive’ lament women who splurge on fancy shoes but have price issues about Handloom. For #NationalHandloomDay, showcasing the #sutaluga, a pocket friendly weave of Odisha! #MyHandloomMyPride @TexMinIndia @HTH_Odisha @odisha_tourism @PiyushGoyal Badabag in Jagatsinghpur district of #Odisha is home to the slightly coarse cotton single Ikat sarees known simply as #sutaluga meaning ‘cotton saree’ in Oriya. These sarees were once the daily wear sarees for most women in Odisha #MyHandloomMyPride @odisha_tourism @arunbothra
Aug 4, 2021 7 tweets 5 min read
#Thread In the run-up to #HandloomDay day, will do a series on motifs. A motif is a symbolic image that is repeated to create a visual narrative. The word comes from the French word for pattern. Motifs used in Indian textiles are inspired by nature, and culture #MyHandloomMyPride Motifs on Indian textiles are inspired by architecture, scriptures, religious beliefs, flaura n fauna n abstract patterns. Motifs tell a story. They serve a symbolic purpose that is beyond fashion. The trefoil motif seen on the priest king’s shawl from #harappa #MyHandloomMyPride
Jul 12, 2021 9 tweets 7 min read
#Thread On the auspicious occasion of #RathaJatra21, showcasing the ancient art of #pattachitra, traditional paintings with scriptural narratives done on cloth. The village of #raghurajpur near Puri in Odisha is renowned for pattachitra. @odisha_tourism @arunbothra @PattachitraP Pattachitra is a combination of two Sanskrit words patta, meaning cloth, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitras are known for their colours and themes drawn from Hindu epics, scriptures as well as from folktales. @pramila_mallick @odisha_tourism @PiyushGoyal
Jun 20, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
#thread on #blockprinting, India’s heritage. Do read and share. @silkmarkindia @csbmot @smritiirani @TexMinIndia. Block printing or छिपाई का काम is one of the oldest crafts of Bharata being continuously practised, with its history going back to the Sindhu Saraswati civilisation. It is believed that the tre-foil design on the shawl of the statuette of the Priest King found in Hadappa excavation is an example of block printing. Our ancestors have known the art of dyeing and printing a fabric with desired motifs using wooden blocks for thousands of years.
Jun 14, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
#thread on #RajaParba, an unique three day festival of #Odisha that celebrates the feminine menstrual cycle. This year’s Raja Parba starts today. @odisha_tourism. @pramila_mallick @PandaJay @Naveen_Odisha. Please RT. Pic is of sand art by @sudarsansand on #rajaparba Woke feminists will often tell you that Hindu dharma oppresses women. They will also tell you menstruation is considered to be ‘impure’. Nothing can be considered further from the truth.
All states in India have their own way to include and honour menstruation. #RajaParba
May 26, 2021 9 tweets 8 min read
Here is a crash course in how NOT to argue, demonstrated by @brijeshkalappa, who claims to be a SC lawyer. Yesterday, I asked him a very simple question, does he, as a Kodava, support Tipu Sultan’s tyranny and genocide of the Kodavas and think of him as a hero? Instead of answering a direct question, first Brijesh tried deflection, not answering d question asked, but saying something related, That he advised @siddaramaiah to not hold the Tipu event in Kodagu as it would ‘anger locals’. Note, Brijesh has not said the event angered HIM!
Apr 26, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
#thread Heard a real life story that made me speechless. 85 year old @RSSorg swayamsevak for life, Narayan Dabhadkar from Nagpur caught covid. His daughter tried for days to get him a hospital bed, finally got one at Indira Gandhi hospital. By this time, his O2 levels had dropped When he reached the hospital with his grandson-in-law in an ambulance, Dabhadkar kaka was out of breath. While he was waiting for the admission formalities to be completed, he saw a woman crying and begging for a bed for her husband who was in his 40s. His kids were crying
Feb 26, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Please read the whole #Thread. If only I could see all the ancient temples in India the way they were originally constructed, in their full glory. #hoysalaheritage #hindutemple #templearchitecture #dharmamusings If only I could erase the hammer marks of the Islamic marauders and replace the amputated arms, the broken noses and hacked breasts of all the Murtis that they destroyed.