Tanuj Solanki

When epic fails the Bechdel test...

A work of fiction is said to pass the Bechdel Test when it features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

07 May 2018

The saga behind supreme power of erudition

In sage Markandeya’s retelling of the story of sage Koushiki and the hunter, there comes a point, after the hunter has educated the brahman about the ways of dharma and several other things including

22 Apr 2018

What exactly is the truth?

Here’s a read on sage Markandeya’s stories about  ‘the supreme greatness of women’

17 Apr 2018

Sage Markandeya’s lessons on Brahminism to the Pandavas continues

Markandeya’s meeting with the Pandavas is long and he tells many stories to the brothers. He narrates, in great detail, the oncoming apocalypse at the turn of the yugas and also the possibilities afte

09 Apr 2018

Pandava’s storytelling session with Markandeya

The Pandavas, as they do with every sagely figure they encounter, ask rishi Markandeya to tell them stories from a mythical time, when the structures that regulate life as they see it first found divi

26 Mar 2018

Sage Markandeya pays a visit to the five brothers

After Bhima is freed from the grasp of the boa constrictor Nahusha, the Pandavas live peacefully in and around the Kamyaka forest.

11 Mar 2018

Yudhistira’s quiz with a serpent to save Bhima

In the sixth year of the Pandavas’ exile, Arjuna returns from the abode of the gods and is reunited with his brothers and wife.

04 Mar 2018

Of four yugas and the death of Jatasura

After knowing about the monkey god’s identity, Bhima demands that Hanuman show him a different form of his — the one that he used to jump over the ocean to reach Lanka in a single leap.

25 Feb 2018

Fate brings brothers together

In the final leg of their pilgrimage, the Pandavas approach Mount Kailasa, the abode of Nara and Narayana.

12 Feb 2018

Unheard voice of the abused and assaulted

The story series set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating tales that convey the significance of each sacred sp

04 Feb 2018

A debate champion who is crooked in eight ways

The story cycle set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating tales conveying the significance of each sacred spot

28 Jan 2018

One life for a hundred, and two burn in hell

The story cycle set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating stories of the significance of various sacred spots t

15 Jan 2018

Should Chyavanprash be called Sukanyaprash?

The Pandavas’ pilgrimage takes them to the banks of the Narmada, where Lomash tells them about the significance of the location.

07 Jan 2018

Parshurama, a  warrior monk with shades of grey

At a point during the Pandavas’ tirtha yatra (four Pandavas sans Arjuna, and Draupadi), the storytelling role is briefly taken from sage Lomasha and passed to Akritavarna.

31 Dec 2017

When a  celibate rishi lusts after a rakshasa?

Continuing their pilgrimage, the Pandavas arrive at the river Koushiki, somewhere in the kingdom of Anga.

26 Dec 2017

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