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Pushkar, a town of legends in the Thar desert

It is no exaggeration to say that, in some parts of Rajasthan ( one of the many Indian states, and probably the most colourful), the income from cattle is almost equal, if not more, than the income from agriculture. The … Continue reading

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The end of the world is near but Shiva will save us

The Mayans have predicted the end of the world will occur on 21 december 2012. While some believe a cataclysm is going to destroy the universe, others may consider the time of Shiva has come.   For hindus, Shiva is one of the three most important gods. … Continue reading

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For long, hindu scriptures have glorified the trees

“Trees are like good people who care for others. They have to keep standing in the sun but they give shade to others. Whatever fruits they bear they do not eat themselves, but give them to others. How kind they … Continue reading

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India : Gayatri mantra, the sacred hindu mantra

A mantra is a properly repeated hymn or formula used in rituals and meditation by hindus but also jaïns, buddhists. First uttered by an inspired seer (“rishi”, a prophet who lived something like 4000-3000 years ago, one of the sage who … Continue reading

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Acquiring Indian nationality is so difficult !

For a foreigner, acquiring an Indian passport is not something easy. It’s now even more difficult than before. The PIO ( Person of Indian Origin) card can only be obtained by marrying an Indian. And this is a status that allow … Continue reading

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India : about a man who lives alone since years and corruption

In april 2012, elections were held in India. Something normal in a country that is proud to consider itself as the largest democracy in the world. Even if such a claim is a pure fallacy, a ( electronic) polling booth had been installed in the … Continue reading

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India : where men crash coconuts on their head as a sign of devotion

At Dasanur, 35 kms from Coimbatore ( in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu), men belonging to the Kurumba Gownder caste break coconuts on their face to please their favourite deity, Banma Mahali Amman. (Kurumba Gownder are a caste of shepherds … Continue reading

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India : a traditional art form to get rid of the monkeys

Since centuries, indian villages and towns have been visited by untouchables street performers called “bahurupia”( like the man seen on the photo ) who dress and make up like hindu deities. And of course the favourite deity is Hanuman, the monkey-god, one … Continue reading

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What Gandhi said : take from the nature what is needed and no more

“The incessant search for material comforts and their multiplication is an evil. I make bold to say that the Europeans will have to remodel their outlook, if they do not want to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they … Continue reading

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Indian spirituality : Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Why do you want to read others’ books when there is the book of yourself ?” This is one of the many sayings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, an indian thinker who lived in the 20° century. Promoting an alternative education, free … Continue reading

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