If you were royalty, what would your name be?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: In the state of Kerala in India (where I’m from), there is a specific procedure for naming royalty. Kerala had three or four principal kingdoms but only two major royal families – the royal families of the kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin. If I’d been born into the Travancore Royal…

Who are people’s favourite characters in the Mahabharata? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When anyone mentions the Mahabharata, there are some key characters who are usually hero-worshiped by all fans of the work. Krishna The mastermind behind the whole sequence of events that unfolded. The apple of everyone’s eyes. And one of the few characters who was cordial with almost everyone on both…

What is the most gorgeous view you have ever seen?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are a few that I did manage to capture during my travels in and around India. Some have made their way to my Instagram, while many others are still lying hidden in various folders on my PC, laptop, USBs, etc. Sharing a few here… The Thousand Pillared Hall at…

Which character on Game of Thrones do you most admire?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Ser Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight The way I see him, he’s one of the most balanced people on the show. He doesn’t take too many hasty decisions. He has a sensible head on his shoulders. He knows the right people to support and has sound reasons for doing so……

Why is colorism so tolerated in India?

Answer by  Raakhee V. Menon: Because in India (and in most South Asian countries, for that matter), fair skin automatically translates to beautiful. It doesn’t matter if the facial features are far from perfect. As long as the person is fair, they are considered as beautiful/handsome. I don’t think this is an age-old system, though….