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The tale of Vrittasura
September 10, 2013

Storytelling Today…  Hmmm, 2013 Reminded of a Story of Vrittasura fom the Bhagavatam…… Vrittasura the asura (demon) decided to meditate on one leg to pray to Shiva and he stood firm beginning his penance with “Om Namah Shivaya” over and over for eons. When there was no response he began to tear his flesh bit […]

The Ashoka Future Forum
July 5, 2013

The year 2000 marked a historic change in the history of Kathalaya as well as my own life. Out of the blue when we were wondering how to go forward with the seed of storytelling which had just been sown. A little bird from Washington sent their emissary in India to pick me up for […]

On Books
May 13, 2013

Parallel stories from the same land On books and friends I spend my money For stones and bricks I haven’t any. When we take our own decisions you also need to feel responsible for them. The things I do best are those things I do on my own, without the advice or approval of others. […]

As the silence continues
April 13, 2013

What started as a connection with my own center led me further into unearthing my own stories and re-living an entire past in a space which was not a counselor’s office or a therapist’s space but in a hall of silence at the Vipasana Meditation Center on Tumkur road. It was like exploring silence in […]

Finding my center
April 5, 2013

The month that passed by opened up a new world of silent stories. It all started with a trip to Chikmagalur with 2 Swedish colleagues after a hectic beginning of workshops and academic programs at Kathalaya. The full moon has an electrifying effect on the mountains and the trees and soothes you like a balm […]

Stories, Soul and Healing
January 9, 2013

There was a big bang! and that’s how I would start my story. The story of a relationship between a Huge Mountain and a tiny bird. Our new year has begun with a big bang. News of women rape and violence. They have always existed but it is good that it came to light after […]

A Girl Cries, A Nation Wakes Up
January 6, 2013

The whole nation is shamed and angry. The gang rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old paramedic student in a chartered bus in Delhi has once again brought out the activists and the common man onto the streets in protest. While a few politicians have tried to defend the state of affairs by […]

Imagination unlimited
January 5, 2013

If seeing is believing, then reading is perhaps accepting!! Geeta Ramanujam writes, “While I have seen people from all walks of life get trained as storytellers in the past 15 years, it was wonderful to read the first story written by an MBA  student after I conducted a brief workshop on storytelling at IIM, Bangalore. […]

I remember, I remember
November 28, 2012

Every year I remember in school it is the same drab of hoisting the flag and singing the anthem and both as a child and as a teacher I enjoyed wearing white but other than that felt it did not give or make the feeling of independence something to look forward to. Gandhi Jayanthi and […]

Poets and Storytellers
November 26, 2012

Poets and storytellers use language to shape stories to tell truths and verses that appeal to the heart. People across the world use words to create new meanings or use them to slander and hurt another’s soul.  A Word given, carried a lot of meaning when men and humans just trusted each other deeply. Today it […]