My friend, Mohamed Ashiq Naseeruddin from Birmingham, UK told me: “Your gods might be getting indigestion! Millions of people offer them food every day….” I initially thought it was a harmless joke. Neither our gods won’t get angry or insecure on jokes on them, nor do real Hindus get hurt on innocent jokes. I laughed. “Yeah, especially with those loads of chemicals in the food now-a-days” “Seriously Uday Sir, I …Read the Rest
A question from my reader Amitabh Sharma: “Sir, I have seen lot of Brahmins eat non-vegetarian food. What will happen if a Brahmin eats non-vegetarian?” “What do you expect to happen? Your stomach has power to digest both. And it …Read the Rest
After writing the article “A depressed girl and the butterfly effect” (http://udaypai.in/?p=660), I have not touched this subject. But an interesting case came up couple of months ago. Ashwin (not real name), a software engineer working in Sunnyvale and my …Read the Rest
Recently I saw in the television a famous self-styled saffron-cladded Swami giving a talk on Mahabharata War and Bhagavad Gita. This is what he said: “Just before the war, seeing his grand fathers, fathers, sons, grandsons and all other relatives …Read the Rest
Sometime ago, a Russian Bishop called Krishna “Satan”. Many Christians say Hindus are devil worshipers. Many Muslims say Hindu gods are animals and worshipers are infidels. Atheists would call Indian gods primitive. In their perspective, they are telling truth. The …Read the Rest
Varuni Anandatheertha (Bangalore): “Should a woman work when her children are very young and family is financially okay. There are different opinions on this which makes it even more difficult to decide. If you can write something about this, it …Read the Rest
This incident happened in my childhood. During summer vacation we went to a relative’s house. There was a river – not a big one, a stream – near to his house. The uncle allowed us to take bath in the …Read the Rest
Harindran Nair and his friend came to visit me after reading my article on ‘Ancient Hindu temples – Some incredible facts’ (http://udaypai.in/?p=598). They were agitated young Hindus who want to form sort of association to protect Hindus and Temples in …Read the Rest
Do you agree with the state government’s decision to ban beef? – A friend in Mumbai sent me in WhatsApp message last week. Disclaimer: I am conditioned with sattvik life style and a staunch follower of vegetarianism. I do not …Read the Rest
Nandini Raj from Palakkad asked me a question: “How come there is no story in any Puranas about ideal husband? No wonder, many men don’t know how to be a husband, let alone an ideal one!!!” Vineeth Sharma from San …Read the Rest
We have to respect our elders and seek their blessings. That’s our tradition. And we follow this great custom without even questioning. Few days ago, a reader wrote to me: “Sir, my biggest worry today is my in-laws. My father-in-law …Read the Rest
Last week a pastor from a Christian sect invited me to participate in a group discussion related to ‘Ghar Wapsi’ (meaning “Home Coming”, a series of re-conversion exercises organized by Indian Hindu organizations) He said, “My cousin in USA has …Read the Rest
There are some incidents in life that we cannot explain. This is about a miracle that I personally experienced. This happened to my family while I was studying in 9th standard. In the front-side of our home in Thuravoor was …Read the Rest
A message from a UK born desi who is my reader:”Why don’t you write about forceful religious conversion happening in India by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and others?” I asked her: “Have you ever heard of the “Coonan Cross Oath”?” “No. …Read the Rest
Recently, there was a protest against moral policing in the name of “Kiss of Love” in Marine Drive walkway at Kochi in Kerala. A few couples and dozens of youth activists kissed and hugged each other but a celebration of …Read the Rest
My childhood was rich with all sorts of superstitions. The village air was filled with stories of ghosts and goblins – Yakshi (beautiful witch who seduce men with her beauty and drinking their blood), Brahmarakshas (very fierce demonic spirit), Kuttichathan …Read the Rest
Once, Mother Teresa met a lady dying from cancer and in terrible pain. She tried to comfort the screaming sufferer: “You are suffering, that means Jesus is kissing you!” The lady couldn’t control her anger. She got furious and screamed …Read the Rest
Recently I visited an old friend. I have met a lady in his house. She is his relative who practices something known as “pranic healing”. She said she knows me and have read my articles. She talked to me about …Read the Rest
Few years ago I was travelling on a sleeper class train from Chennai. A lady wearing purdah sitting on the opposite seat was curiously watching me talking to my family over mobile phone. She was pale, weak and old. The …Read the Rest
Two months ago, a friend in Mumbai called me: “My cousin, Vijay (not real name) is suffering from some mental problems – facing extreme anxiety and depression and can’t lead a quality life anymore. He is an IIT product and …Read the Rest
My good friend Nazir Ahmed has sent me an invitation to attend a meeting conducted to pray for innocent victims in Gaza during Israeli offensive against Hamas. There was a slogan engraved in that invitation: “Down with Israel, down with …Read the Rest
I used to get lot of letters and messages from readers like: “I am facing a terrible situation or in a shocking state of mind as I was diagnosed with….disease or facing big trouble or totally depressed and frustrated in …Read the Rest
Recently a friend, 70-year old gentleman, has written to me: “In today’s generation, people have become pleasure seeking animal, living a very materialistic life. They can’t move beyond body level and give no importance to spirituality. Think for a moment …Read the Rest
A relative of mine recently told me: “Uday, my husband has cancer – that too diagnosed in a very advanced stage. He has been very good and pious. He has helped everybody, loved everybody and done nothing wrong in his …Read the Rest
My friend Muthuswamy told me: “I have read almost all religious and spiritual scriptures. I have also visited most of the famous temples in India. I have done most of the rituals, homas (homam or havan) and poojas (prayer ritual). …Read the Rest
Few months ago I wrote my experience in a vegetarian restaurant in Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore. For those who missed it, I am adding it here. I have ordered for a plain “dosa”. I couldn’t eat that dosa fried in oil, …Read the Rest
This happened 20 years ago. I had developed a sudden pain on the left side of my stomach.When it had grown intolerable, we consulted a doctor. After initial checking he announced: “It is Appendicitis – a surgical emergency…Get admitted now, …Read the Rest
I have met Hamsakkoya in Dubai. He bought an apartment for 99 years lease and settled there. He had faced hardships in childhood back in India long ago. “My parents and great parents were idiots, maintaining loss making agri farm-fields …Read the Rest
Last year, while I was in USA, I received a WhatsApp message: “Uday sir, can you please advice me a mantra for health?” On further enquiry, I found that she was a regular reader of my website. “Proper food and …Read the Rest
Long ago, Roy Kurien, my college mate and close friend during PUC asked me: “How are you going to live without a secure government job?” He was concerned as I had not registered my name with the state government’s employment …Read the Rest
Gracy Wilson, my media friend in UK, is a very hot tempered person. She has issues with the editor, management and most of the people she meets. She reacts to each and everything in life. She just can’t tolerate any …Read the Rest
Reflect on these five facts 1. The width of USB port of your computer is 12 mm (A-plug) 2. At the age of 23, a doctor checked my blood pressure and said the normal is 80/120. After 20 years, the …Read the Rest
CAUTION: POSITIVE THINKING MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOU : Promod is an MLM (multi-level marketing) business man. He also runs a business of personality development. He told me: “Positive thinking has miraculous powers. Positive thinkers are successful in life. It …Read the Rest
YOU DON’T EAT A LION DOESN’T MEAN LION WON’T EAT YOU! One of my friends is working in a state-government’s administrative department. She is very honest, dedicated and hardworking. She cannot stand any manipulation or corruption. Her fellow workers in …Read the Rest
“Don’t be scared or sorry as these are the ways of destiny…”, this was the last words of Krishna as told to Jara, a hunter mistook former’s feet to be a deer and accidentally shot him with the arrow. For, …Read the Rest
An alarming report on increasing suicides in India is calling for urgent intervention and rethinking of our system. What’s wrong with Indians? Our country had shown the world the path to eternal happiness. And, now, Indians are an unhappy lot!…If …Read the Rest
His DNA can be traced back to man-eaters or invaders who raped and killed innocents. So, it is not his mistake. He is following his culture, his dharma. And I am following mine. So, I will up the site again and if he wants to hack and destory it again, let him do it. With maliciously corrupt DNA, a hacker cannot think anything else. He is simply doing his dharma. For the pig, the human shit is most tastiest food. You can’t change its mind-set.
There is a popular word – “Islamic terrorism”. Does it mean terrorism is an exclusive business of Islam? No. There are terrorists among Muslims. That doesn’t make all Islamic followers terrorists. Similar misconception can be seen in Hinduism when it …Read the Rest
The religions tend to condition our mind. The world around us is manifested based upon that conditioning. Religion has truly become a cut-throat business. The religious propagators are un-democratic than Hitler, but nobody wants to admit the truth. Religions exploit unsettled situation of the mind of a human being.
Vedic Astrology is a misnomer. There is absolutely no mention of Predictive Astrology in any of the four Vedas, Upanishads or Brahmanas. No authentic Hindu scripture ever support astrology.
Critics say this is western culture. But it is not. West has a decent culture. Don’t blame it on to the Westerners. Without understanding the truth, we imitate an ugly part of western life-style – imitating west won’t make us westerners. And it just makes us half-baked duplicates.
Those who historically murdered, looted, raped and pillaged and destroyed are today forgiven in modern India in the name of forgetting the past. What’s more those who destroyed our cultural heritage are provided with all luxuries and comforts in India. But Brahmins who historically gave their lives for the sake of dharma and the welfare of the society, are persecuted in modern India for their falsely alleged sins of the past.
The most difficult situation that I encounter during my travels in the West is getting vegetarian food. In some parts of the world chefs don’t even understand the meaning of vegetarianism. They would ask: “Vegetables? We would provide you veg salads with dressing on it…”
According to her (or anybody who doesn’t know about Hinduism), a religion need to have one Prophet, one Holy book and one God. The mind is so conditioned and rigidly narrowed down to such a notion that anything else is not acceptable. I understood her perception and concept about faith. You can’t compare Hinduism with any of the present leading religions where you have to believe in one concept of god.