National Museum, New Delhi – Bronze Gallery

Established in 1949 and opened in 1960, the National Museum in New Delhi houses more than 210,000 art objects representing over 5,000 years of Indian art and craftmanship. With twenty five galleries spread across two floors, any serious attempt to truly take in and appreciate what the museum has to offer requires more than one […]

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Deux hommes dans la ville (Two men in town)

Gino Strabliggi, a convict put away for twelve years for an armed robbery in Paris, is granted early release, thanks to his social worker counsel Germain Cazeneuve, who vouches for his safe conduct upon return to normal society. The two develop a friendship, as Strabliggi attempts to make an honest living. He is on the […]

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Apar Sansar by Ramprasad Sen

The great sage and mystic poet Ramprasad Sen composed many gems in the eighteenth century that are popular to this day in Bengal. In fact there is a special category called “Ramprasadi”, attributed to him, which falls under the broader Bhakti or devotional genre of music. The song Apar Sansar¶, , or fathomless Sansar, the […]

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Hot chocolate

  Hot chocolate by Mystic Wanderer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Hot chocolate runs down my gut. My mind at ease, shapes the thoughts as they emerge, flowing freely, as words from pen onto paper. Tinkling spoons, the sibilant coffee machine, barista calls – “Tall mocha”! or “Grande caramel latte”! […]

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A dozen years after 26/11

“The events in Mumbai have left me aghast, my reaction to its aftermath, like so many of my countrymen, still one of disbelief. I woke up this morning to a nightmare, of General Dyer justifying his firing on the hapless of Jalianwallah Bagh. It is interesting to imagine how today media would cover the event. […]

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Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Nirendranath Chakraborty

Nirendranath Chakraborty was a noted Bengali poet from India, recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, India’s National Academy of letters. This is a translation of his Bengali poem, অমলকান্তি রোদ্দুর হতে চেয়েছিল, which literally means – Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine Translated by Mystic Wanderer Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Mystic Wanderer is licensed under […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson became a sensation with the publication of his Millennium trilogy. Sadly, only after his untimely death. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of the trilogy, is a page turner and keeps one glued till the end. I had already seen the movie. I wish I hadn’t. While you can make an […]

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Les règles du voyage

I thought I had taken care of everything. But I was in for a rude shock. “…and what is your ETA”, the check-in staff enquired innocuously. What does my Estimated time of Arrival have anything to do with my flight check-in? As I momentarily grappled with this incredulity, I understood, from her response, that ETA […]

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Dangal by Aamir Khan

To do things differently requires guts. There’s the risk of becoming an outcast, among friends, family, neighbors, strangers. But the greatest enrichments are open only to those who muster the courage to do things differently. Those, despite risk of failure and ostracism, who willingly tread the road less traveled open themselves up also to the […]

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I AM THAT by Nisargadatta Maharaj

“I am That”, as its apt subtitle says, is a collection of talks with the great Indian mystic, and has gems of wisdom strewn across almost all its chapters.  Here’s one I discovered in Chapter 5, on a renewed journey along it’s profound pages, that expounds the value of avoiding contradictions in thought and action […]

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