What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As we all know, India is a land where arranged marriages are still commonplace. And India is also a land where friendships between people of opposite sexes are still heavily scrutinised (by the ‘kindly’ aunties in the family) and subtly discouraged. Choosing your own life partner has become tolerable to…

Which is more important to society: science or religion?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I feel that both are important, provided each gives space to the other. My views on this are entirely my own and I don’t advocate it to anyone. It’s just my take on it. To me religion and science is like the heart and the brain. In life there are…

What word(s) have expats picked up living abroad?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I tend to add in a lot of Arabic words into my daily vocabulary although I speak only in English at work. It just comes automatically and not because I speak in Arabic to anyone at all. I find myself using these all the time… Yaani Aiwa Marhaba’n Sabah Al-Khair…

What are your favourite shlokas?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Ah! Time to share some of my all time favorites 🙂 I haven’t studied Sanskrit, and so my knowledge of shlokas is limited to the prayers, chants that I have grown up listening to, reciting and loving. Sources to the shlokas can be seen the footnotes below. Here are my…