Indian Stories

Indian stories, tales from India, stories about India or Indians, British India, or the Indian subcontinent before or after partition.

  • A Land Too Far

    rings on the riverInsightful Story: A Land Too Far

    Lyrics in various versions of ‘Chhalla’ translated in context of the lover’s ring, boatman’s dead son & Punjab’s current issues

     

  • Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hun

    Malika PukhrajMalika Pukhraj's iconic rendition of Hafeez Jalandhari's urdu nazm ‘Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hun’ made them both legends in Indian sub-continent.

    Lyrics explained.

  • Aesop And Birbal

    Portrait of Aesop by Velázquez in the Prado. Public Domain. Velázquez - Esopo (Museo del Prado, 1639-41).jpg

    Aesop was born around 620 B.C., and was a slave by birth.

    In those days, you were born a slave if you were the son of a slave, just like you are born a Hindu if you are the son of a Hindu.

  • Aloo Jira - Cumin Spiced Potatoes

    potatoes with cuminIsha teaches how to cook Aloo Jira, cumin spiced fried potatoes.

    Eaten as delicious nibbles or mains with yoghurt.

    Quick, simple & healthy Indian cooking recipe

  • Am I Rich Soil?

    lostDronacharya (Teacher Dron) taught archery equally to all his students, yet Arjun excelled the others in mastering it.

    The seed which falls in a rich and ready soil bears the greatest fruits.

  • Butter Chicken

    Kokab ka Dastarkhuwan ; Chapter #20 - Butter Chicken with Naan"Butter chicken or murgh makhani is a classic North Indian or Punjabi recipe. Many versions of the recipe exist."

    "Traditionally, it is dressed chicken, which can be served on or off the bone, but I tend to marinate it overnight in a yogurt and spice mixture. The chicken can be cooked in a tandoor, grilled, roasted or pan fried."

  • Control Your Tongue

    awesome-akshardham-temple-in-delhi-india-295837Build character and learn to control your tongue, and your words, like Rishi Durvasa’s, will have the power to move mountains and create history.

    Insightful kids story from Hindu mythology showing that words have power. Words can heal, and words can hurt.

  • Coriander And Coconut Chutney

    taletown.org Coconut Coriander chutneyHow to quickly make Coriander And Coconut Chutney?

    Isha teaches Hosh a simple, cheap recipe that looks & tastes restaurant style, but can also be easily modified.

  • Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy in His StudyCount Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy influenced Gandhi & helped shape India’s non-violent resistance movement.

    Russian philosopher & political thinker Leo Tolstoy …

  • Desires

    The fondest wishWords fished out unknown desires from the depths of his mind, when Rosh weaved words aloud into a funny poem for Isha.

    Their kids jumped in, singing & banging...

  • Devayani And Kach

    Jan. 23 - Love

    In the Hindu mythology story of Devayani and Kach, should Kacha have married Devyani?

    Genetic engineering is a great Sanjivani Vidya, but whether in vivo or in vitro, human cloning or resurrection using borrowed genetic materials can alter existing familial relationships

  • Eye Of The Beholder

    magic eye // I have been tagged

    Nothing changes in the world around you, yet your world changes completely.

    The eye sees. The eye of the beholder is the key.

  • Fetch Him At Once

    The Secret Rooms of Akbar's Palace at Fatehpur Sikri"Did you hear what Jahanpanaah just said?" he asked the guard.

    The guard nodded.

    "Then go and fetch him at once," the attendant ordered.

  • Found The Bottle-Lovers

    Drinks

    A new boy is glad he’s found the bottle-lovers, when he overhears Rosh condoning intoxication.

    Funny story with translation of song lyrics: Nasha sharab me hota

  • From The Water's Womb

    Sunrise at KanyakumariThis was Cape of Comorin - the Cape Reinga of India – almost at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. We were in a town called Kanyakumari in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.

    Contrary to the sensational popular belief that Kanyakumari lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water, the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, it is surrounded by only one: the Laccadive Sea.

  • Glimpses Of Greatness

    Mother and daughter chat in front of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Glimpses of greatness can be seen all around us, not just in ancient avatars and famous leaders.

    Necessity and opportunity creates heroes out of ordinary beings.

  • How To Handle Durvasas?

    An Ash Smeared Naga Sadhu Smoking PotHow to handle Durvasas? How to deal with people you don’t like?

    Why did Rishi Durvaasa curse Indra? Insightful story on sage Durvasa of the Hindu mythology

  • I Want Happiness

    Evening over kumaon range"I want Happiness," a man had once asked Buddha.

    Watching Nainital from China Peak, Rosh remembers Buddha, and receives secrets of peace and happiness.

  • Is A Goat A Goat?

    Panchtantra brahmin goat thugThe first of the rogues approached him and asked, “Where are you going with that donkey on your back?”

    “Does this look like a donkey to you?” retorted the Brahmin mockingly, “I’ve been gifted a goat for my services.”

  • Jai Jagdish Hare

    Anand Math (1952).jpg

    Rosh explains the lyrics of Jai Jagdish Hare, famous song from legendary film Anand Math.

    How should one live their life today? With faith, and fearless action!