Saturday spirtualism

This is such a common sight in India. Every Saturday, hundreds of men, young and old, dress themselves up in saffron and roam around the streets ‘blessing’ everyone with the power of “Shani Dev” (the God of Saturday). And everyone gives them a few coins, India being in the grip of religion as usual. I…

God’s own canvas

A cloudy and overcast evening in Bahrain. The rain is falling – ever so lightly – but the weather is heavenly – the winter has not yet gone while the terrible summer seems a long way away. This is the bonus weather to enjoy for as many days as it’s around – because the “griller’…

On God’s and men

This youngster is just one of the scores who are routinely seen on the streets of any city in India – seeking alms in the name of religion. They are dressed as ‘bhakts’ (devotees) of various Gods and Goddesses but, more often than not, are just ‘fly by night’ operators, out to make a fast…

God (Damn) Men

So now, finally, we have the son on the run! Of course, I am talking about Nairan Sai, the infamous son of an infamous Asaram. While it was only a matter of time that he, too, fell into the police trap, what I am astounded with is that for so many years, the father-son duo…