Shobita Ravindran

What is love?

In Quebec City, I got into a discussion with my French landlady about French semantics with regards to the concept of “love.” I felt that…


Yore Lore: Romancing the spices

As we become increasingly health-conscious and as healthy life choices like exercising regularly, cutting down on sugar and salt are advocated, we turn to alternate…


Yore Lore: Ishtar

Goddesses of the ancient cultures, especially in Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Middle East, were often both beautiful and cruel. Yet there is something fascinating…



Fighting the good fight

The rush of adrenaline and the swift movement of each opponent during a martial arts fight between two experts is gorgeous to see — it…


Yore Lore: Salman Rushdie

Most of us have heard of Salman Rushdie. It may be no more than remembering a Seinfeld episode in which Kramer is convinced that he…



Archetypal fairy-tales

“Once upon a time, in a faraway land . . .” This is the beginning of all fairy-tales. The stories told to us when we…


Yore lore: The Mexican Revolution

Mexico is the land of incredibly beautiful women, gorgeous and charming men, and exotic Latin dances. There is an exotic beauty to the country’s culture….


Yore Lore: Ken Saro-Wiwa

Standing up for a cause requires a belief in yourself and your ideals. It also requires guts. Speaking for myself, I find it difficult to…