About Renuka Narayanan

Renuka Narayanan is proof that God (and HT) have a weird sense of humour. Why else would someone so unsuitable be India’s first –and so far, only – Religion Editor? She doesn’t have a man’s beard to confer instant gravitas on her utterances, she is not bedaubed with red powders and she looks vile in orange.

Yes, it’s true. God moves in mysterious ways His wonders (blunders?) to perform. I’ve just quit HT after almost-four intense years, to take up a new assignment for the MEA as Director of a new India Cultural Centre in Bangkok. My new boss there will be our Ambassador to Thailand. So if you’re in Bangkok, do swing by the India Cultural Centre, will post coordinates after I join, which, Inshallah, is next month. [Read more]

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Apropos of the ongoing legal review of homosexuality in India, here’s what three men of cloth have to say about “unnatural sex.” [Read more]

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I’m in deep withdrawal for Kerala. Just two days this week in Thiruvananthapuram for a National Seminar on Indian Classical Dances hosted by the Kerala government.  But those two days were pure happiness because a) I was in South India, b) it was raining and ‘lastly but not leastly’ as we Indians like to say, I got to hang out at the ambalam (temple) of Sri Padmanabhaswamy in whose name Travancore was ruled by its former kings. [Read more]

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This week my halo slipped a bit. I lost my temper with someone quite unnecessarily and snarled at them. I went back to say sorry and sincerely repented my little outburst. But then I thought of someone quite the opposite, who is actually celebrated for having his foot in his mouth. Here’s His picture, done in the 18th century Tanjore glass painting style. [Read more]

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I haven’t been to visit my ancestral deity, Sri Venkateswara ‘Balaji’ at Tirupati since I was dragged there as a little girl to have my head ritually shaved.

Of late, I’ve been feeling wistful about not having gone there since Class Three (merely saw Tirupati from the air once, on a flight to Madras). [Read more]

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