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…

What are some things every Indian should know about Indian history?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’m sure many of you would have seen Shashi Tharoor’s video that was in circulation on social media where he is seen verbally bludgeoning a person who asked a cheeky question regarding the contribution of the British to India. For those who haven’t watched it yet, here’s the video…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fHt523H0o…

Who are some great Indian women that most people have not heard of?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Dr. Lalitha Regi Dr. Lalitha Regi (nee Varma) was born into the royal family of Cochin in Tripunithura, Kerala. All hell broke loose in her uber conservative family when she decided to get married to the love of her life Dr. Regi M. George whom she met while studying at…

Is the Telugu movie Bahubali a real story from history?

Or Fantasy script created by Director Rajamouli Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As per his own admission, the story of Baahubali is a work of fiction that took form in the mind of S.S. Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. I had, however, come across the name of Mahishmati earlier. I have seen it mentioned in…

What are the biggest ironies in the world?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: This one’s my favorite… Although cooking is traditionally considered to be a woman’s ‘department’ in most households (especially Indian ones), almost all of the world’s greatest cooks are men – Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck, etc. Yes, there are famous women chefs too, but the men are clearly way…