The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem

Would you make a split second decision to kill one person to save five others? Welcome to the trolley problem.

Why do rapes happen?

Why do rapes happen?

No country or culture has been able to stop them. Is there such a thing as a 'rapist' gene? What are the fundamental causes? And what are the proximate

Capital Punishment in India

Capital Punishment in India

The argument against capital punishment: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Hanging a murderer is to seek retribution and to not …

What are the Vedas?

What are the Vedas?

What captures the doctrine of Hinduism? Some say that it is the Ramayana. Others say it is the Bhagavad Gita. Yet others will point to Vedanta.

The Minority Report

The Minority Report

I’m writing about something that happened a long time back. In fact, it was so long back that I was in 8th standard in school. My school was run by the …

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

Indians occupy a special place in the pantheon of insensitivity. We are a nation of uncaring, indifferent boors, whose lives are only occasionally punctuated …

A Bliss Mantra

A Bliss Mantra

A short interpretation of a “bliss mantra” from the Taitriya Upanishad in the

This beautiful thing called empathy

This beautiful thing called empathy

Empathy is the ability to view the world from another’s perspective. Of all emotions, it’s empathy that makes us human. Some would even say it’s empathy …

Istanbul

Istanbul

If Rome is the eternal city, Istanbul has to be the timeless city, having endured centuries of struggle and change. Notes from a recent trip to

The Secret Powers of Time and Regret

The Secret Powers of Time and Regret

We live in an incredibly fascinating world. I found more evidence of this in the last couple of weeks while reading a couple of different but related articles. …