Can Historical Wrongs Justify Today’s Actions?

Can Historical Wrongs Justify Today’s Actions?

Is there any truth to the saying that ‘history is written by the victor’? I never thought I will face conflicting emotions looking at the history from an alternate perspective when I planned a vacation to Scotland. The cab dropped us to the top of the cobbled road running through the heart of Old Town in Edinburgh and I was sure that I was going to love the city and the country. On a cloudy…

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java: Dieng Plateau and Bledug Kuwu

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java: Dieng Plateau and Bledug Kuwu

How long can you hold your breath without inhaling the steam and hydrogen sulfide oozing out of the crack in the earth on Dieng Plateau? Apparently not very long and the fall back was a cheap mask bought on the way to Skidang Crater. Not sure how much it helped but the stench of rotten egg was stuck inside the nose for next few days. Dieng Plateau An abode of Gods in literal sense, Dieng…

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java: Prambanan and Borobudur

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java: Prambanan and Borobudur

Prambanan The sunlight breaking through the dark clouds illuminating the staircases of dark gray stone carved temples in Candi Prambanan temple complex gave a feeling that the universe was bowing to the Gods. Spellbound and mesmerized, I stood in front of the complex for few minutes to soak in the feeling. A complex of 240 temples built around 9th Century by Sanjaya dynasty kings is still going through restoration work. The main temples belong to…

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java – Jakarta

The Chaotic and Tolerant Java – Jakarta

“You need to do the Pradakshina (Circumambulation in a clockwise direction) around the temple”, our Muslim guide instructed us at the Prambanan Temple in Java and a little smile spread across my face. For a Hindu who grew up following the practice, it was heartening moment indeed. But it was not how I got introduced to the island of Java. My first impression was formed by Jakarta and it wasn’t a good one. Jakarta is…

A scare on Komodo Island

A scare on Komodo Island

A joyful ride back in dark under the blanket of starry sky from Komodo Island turned scary when we realized that our small motor boat was having tough time escaping the undercurrents in Indian Ocean. It felt like the two distant islands on our way back to Labuan Bajo hadn’t moved in more than forty five minutes. With the undercurrents causing the boat to swing, no cell phone signal and the gas tank on the…

Bali Through The Eyes of Indian American Hindu

Bali Through The Eyes of Indian American Hindu

“Cak Cak ……” polyrhythmic chants coming from over fifty performers filled the air. As the Sun embraced the Indian Ocean, the melodramatic backdrop to the cliffs of Java Strait at Uluwatu temple in Bali casted a trance on the audience witnessing the virile and mesmerizing Kecak dance. Like others I was transfixed by story of Ramayana unfolding before my eyes in vibrant costumes and aggressive expressions. As a Hindu, I could definitely relate to the…