Sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality in many societies, and this fact is also reflected in literature too. In the story of Śakuntalā, originally in the Mahābhārata, Śakuntalā becomes pregnant by Duryodhana who then initially refuses to acknowledge that he is the father. In the Rāmāyaṇa, too, Sītā chooses to accompany her husband Rāma into exile and her vulnerability leads to her being kidnapped by Rāvaṇa who attempts to seduce her.Read More Sexual Harassment in the Mahābhārata
The well-known story of Indra and Namuci has been told and retold since Vedic time up until the present day.Read More Indra and Namuci
Snakes or serpents appear prominently in many ancient literatures around the world. In ancient Egypt, Ouroboros is the snake that eats its own tail, perhaps representing the renewal of order out of disorder.Read More Nala, Rtuparna and their knowledge-exchange
The Mughal period in India was a fascinating and intriguing period from the perspective of development and dissemination of Sanskrit literature.Read More Faizi, Akbar and Sanskrit literature
How should a person who wants to practice dharma behave? What is eternal dharma?Read More What is eternal dharma?