Do you like public displays of affection?

Not really. I don’t indulge in any of it. And if I accidentally spot a couple indulging in it, I tend to politely look away and pretend that I hadn’t seen it… much like I’d look away if I spot a couple of dogs mating in the middle of the street. Will I try to…

What is the weirdest thing you’ve witnessed in an Indian wedding?

So I was attending a wedding in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) in Kerala a few years ago. As I have written on a couple of earlier answers, Hindu Nair weddings are generally a demure affair. There’s nothing garish or loud about the entire function. So I was standing near the wedding dais as I was one of…

What is an unpopular opinion you hold?

A person’s sexual orientation is nobody’s business except theirs. I don’t understand why such an intimate detail about a person’s life is suddenly okay to be a part of news debates and coffee table talks. I didn’t grow up with this and I still find it extremely difficult to stomach. The other day, somebody had…

What is normal in your country but weird in the rest of the world?

INDIA We may know how to speak the native language of another country but we may not necessarily know how to communicate in the native language of our neighboring state. I can speak to my Sri Lankan Tamil teaboy in his native language, but I have to resort to speaking in English to my colleague…

Who are some pre-vedic deities?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I assume that by the term ‘pre-vedic’, the question refers to the Vedic time period and not to the vedas themselves. As I understand it, the present day deities have come to be worshipped only over the past 4000(?) years or so. Prior to that, I have observed from my…

Why are religious stories not called “mythology”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Hmm… mythology. A word I hate with a certain passion. Each time I see it being used, I feel a sense of anger bubbling within me. The word ‘mythology’ originated from several European languages with the root word ‘myth’ which is basically a study of some kind of folk stories…