Author : Aruna Ravikumar


Love spins the world

Love spins the world

Feb 12,2017 , 12:44 AM IST | Hans
This beautiful poem by Robert Burns is one of the many odes to love that resonate in the hearts of lovers across the globe. The overpowering emotion that makes the world spin, reigns freely in the imagination of poets, in the unending themes in prose, in the longing that stems from the soul of musicians and in the paintings and sculptures that immortalise it. 
Noisy netizens

Noisy netizens

Feb 04,2017 , 10:37 PM IST | Hans
Etiquette the word used to define appropriate behaviour or the way we carry ourselves in society, is something we Indians addicted to smart phones and laptops totally lack. 
Living under siege

Living under siege

Dec 25,2016 , 01:28 AM IST | Hans
the extreme transience of power that holds within its fold; the helplessness of defeat and the elation of victory are all vignettes that remain ever fresh in my reflections as a journalist with the print and electronic media in Vijayawada. 
A serene spiritual sojourn

A serene spiritual sojourn

Dec 17,2016 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
An embodiment of the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, the form of the three-headed Dattatreya radiates serenity and he is regarded as the absolute guru transcending the tri-gunas or three qualities that bind a human being. 
Rhythm fills my world

Rhythm fills my world

Dec 04,2016 , 01:53 AM IST | Hans
Fingers dancing on the apertures of the double edged drum producing power packed intricate and stylised rhythmic patterns that resonate in the heart, shoulders erect and stance majestic Mandapaka Nagalakshmi elicits appreciative nods and spontaneous applause even as she exudes feminine power and charm as one of the few women percussionists in the country. 
Glimpses of heaven

Glimpses of heaven

Nov 05,2016 , 10:58 PM IST | Hans
Padmanabhabha tumhaari leela, kya kahoon mein saawaro, thaap, sankat harane paayo, so hamaaro tuma haro” (How can I describe your greatness Padmanabha, the one who steps in remove obstacles and sorrows that we cannot overcome on our own) sang the great musician Maharaja Swati Thirunal Rama Varma (1813-1846) whose unswerving devotion to Padmanabha is evident from his compositions affixed with the m
Reviving a traditional legacy

Reviving a traditional legacy

Oct 20,2016 , 01:37 AM IST | Hans
Board games were an intrinsic part of ancient Indian culture, with history and mythology replete with tales of Lord Siva and his consort Parvati playing Pacheesi, the Pandavas losing Draupadi over a game of dice and the Moghuls known for their fine living amusing themselves with a game of Shatranj (chess).  
The Feminine Force in Creation

The Feminine Force in Creation

Oct 09,2016 , 12:21 AM IST | Hans
Ya devi sarva butheshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthitha, Namastasyay, Namastasyay Namastayay Namonamah’ (O all pervading goddess who manifests as Shakti , my salutations to you) is one of the many forms in which the goddess is worshipped  in the ‘Devi sooktam’ rendered by devotees during the nine-day Navarathri festival, which culminates in Vijayadashami the tenth day that celebrates the triumph of good
An alluring beauty

An alluring beauty

Oct 08,2016 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
Rachakonda hills are indeed a sight to savour. The beauty of this picture postcard setting is further enhanced by quaint tribal hamlets, herds of cattle taking to the lone curvy road, stone walled boundaries and entrances of the Rachakonda fort and ancient temples spread along the route. 
A historical perspective

A historical perspective

Sep 18,2016 , 12:31 AM IST | Hans
The past provides us with a lens through which we decipher the present and relate to events around us. Historical research, fiction, memoirs and discussions that dwell on the past become necessary to commemorate events like wars, victories, mergers or separation. 
Disarming patriarchy, one word at a time

Disarming patriarchy, one word at a time

Sep 11,2016 , 12:56 AM IST | Hans
We consider ourselves free spirits but our words remain ‘un’ free. Women are latecomers to writing and unwelcome’. Her angst at the discrimination meted out to women in a lecture delivered at a national conference of women writers in Hyderabad decades ago, was to find expression in her writings, firmly establishing her as an undaunted feminist, who earned a place of distinction among the towering
From the mind’s eye

From the mind’s eye

Sep 04,2016 , 12:13 AM IST | Hans
‘Lazy bones wake up! It’s five in the morning and you have just half an hour to get ready’  Grandpa’s  booming voice seemed to come from some faraway realm as I pulled the quilt firmly over me and hugged my pillow tighter my heavy sleep laden eyes just refusing to open.
Land of sun kissed beaches & heritage

Land of sun kissed beaches & heritage

Aug 28,2016 , 12:22 AM IST | Hans
Lush greenery, blue skies, silver sands and enormous waves lashing the coast.... Goa the smallest state of India attracts nearly three million tourists both domestic and foreign each year. Visitors make a beeline to the many beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture that define it. 
The untold story of bifurcation

The untold story of bifurcation

Aug 20,2016 , 11:44 PM IST | Hans
It does not deal with the merits of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, only with its mechanics. The reason for this is simple: I have no inside knowledge of the ‘why’ nor can I shed any new light on it over and above all of the speculation that already exists in public domain,” says Jairam Ramesh, former minister and member of the group of ministers (GoM) that studied the issue of bifurcation in d
A river of talent

A river of talent

Aug 13,2016 , 11:34 PM IST | Hans
When the heavens open up and rains are aplenty, the river Krishna short for Krishnaveni shows its mighty form flowing fast and furious taking with it all within its realm and beyond. Ironically, the fourth largest river in terms of water flow and river basin in the country, originating from Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra has been described as just the opposite in Marathi...  
The blue wonder

The blue wonder

Aug 06,2016 , 11:00 PM IST | Hans
Indigo the predominant colour of the rainbow holds out promise with the lovely hues of blue standing for both earthy confidence, as well as the triumph of the sky. Blue is associated with royalty, moods and music. 
The lion of Indian politics

The lion of Indian politics

Jul 31,2016 , 12:37 AM IST | Hans
“In my case, both with Indiraji and Rajiv, it was the level of a Central Minister and no higher. There was talk about the post of Congress President, Rashtrapathi, Vice President, etc... but, every time they eluded me. This happened several times.