Rohini Bakshi

OPEN TO OPINION

Why bother with Sanskrit?

Sanskrit junkie&founder #SanskritAppreciationHour.Indian Army.Womens' Empowerment.Justice for #1984.Devout Hindu.Egalitarian.Liberal.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   5-minute read

Re-examining ways to ‘know’ the Mahābhārata: Indology and beyond

Indic Academy is organising a course at IGNCA, New Delhi later this month which challenges existing beliefs.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   7-minute read

Looking for ancient manuscripts in India: Where to begin?

'In India, we don't care about history, because we have too much of it.'

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   6-minute read

Living on the edge: Marginalia in Sanskrit manuscripts

A SOAS Sanskrit Reading Room offering, rich with information and a sense of history and gravity.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   7-minute read

Why Sanskrit love poetry is worth immersing yourself in

Meghadūta is the earliest work that has survived to our times, but the idea of a love messenger is quite ancient.

VOICES

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   5-minute read

My tribute to Acharya Ramanuja Devanathan, a Sanskrit scholar like no other

While I was in awe of @iksusara's scholarship, I will remember him more for his outlook, his attitude and his intellectual generosity.

LIFE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   4-minute read

Why are women not allowed to chant or study the Vedas?

I am being taught to recite and chant by a pandit who is only interested in my commitment.

POLITICS

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   7-minute read

Did Indian women have equal education opportunity (according to Vedas)?

Since the early Vedic time, things seem to have got progressively worse for girls.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   6-minute read

Students won't suffer if India revives ancient mental learning technique

Avadhāni can compose poetry, while solving a mathematical puzzle, answering riddles and playing chess – all simultaneously.

LIFE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   6-minute read

Could women in ancient India really choose their grooms?

It's nice to romanticise svayaṃvara, but it is just as important to view it critically.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Why bother with Sanskrit?  |   6-minute read