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I’m a fan of Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times – her writing is pleasingly quirky and relevant.  Needless to say, I was intrigued when a friend forwarded her latest piece, which was provocatively titled “How Garbo Learned […]

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Huffington Post has a fun 15 question Hinduism quiz online: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/hinduism-quiz_n_986328.html#quiz_1532.  There are some great questions in it, so check it out.  I actually got the one on bindis wrong, but I take issue with their answer.  I’ll leave it at […]

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Just recently, the Atlantic published some amazing photographs of Hindu festivals that demonstrate the colorfulness, diversity, and inclusiveness of Hinduism.  The pictures are stunning and have been taken not only in India, but also in England, Nepal, and Bali – […]

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Growing up in a Hindu household, I’ve heard about Swami Vivekananda, and his guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa, for as long as I can remember.  At the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), we remember Vivekananda for his famous speech in 1893 at the […]

Manhattan is one lucky island.  Irene came and went this past weekend and largely left us unscathed.  The residents in my building, which is in lower Manhattan and rather close to Battery Park, were told to evacuate, and many of […]

As a child, I always dreaded the world’s religions portion of social studies.  In particular, it was the section on Hinduism that made me shudder, because it was always portrayed as weird, exotic, and discriminatory.  There I was, the only […]

Continuing the guru-shishya discussion is my friend and HAF Executive Council member, Padma Kuppa, who wrote a fabulous and timely piece on the relationship between Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore.  The relationship between Harry and Dumbledore is one of the […]

My last blog that cited from the Mahabharata drew upon the actions of Dronacharya, the childhood guru of the Pandava and Kaurava princes.  As expected, I received a handful of interesting comments about the great guru.  The reason that I […]

Just a few weeks ago, the Hindu Students Association (HSA) released a beautifully animated short film on the four yogas of Hinduism:  bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga, and raja yoga.   The four minute film concisely and effectively highlights the […]

Today, Hindus celebrate Guru Purnima, a festival in which one pays homage and respect to her guru, or teacher. Traditionally in India, when a child reached an appropriate age, he would move out of his parents’ home to commence his […]