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…

Are there any mentions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan in Hinduism?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Present day Afghanistan and Tajikistan were very affluent kingdoms during the Vedic period. The kingdom of Gandhara is said to have been located in and around present-day Afghanistan. Gandhara was one of the most respected kingdoms of the time, so much so that the illustrious Kuru dynasty chose one of…

What are the higher castes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala?

Which castes are seen as higher castes and which are the lowest ones in Tamil Nadu and Kerala? Is he same rule applied in Karnataka and Andhra as well? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I am not too sure about the caste break-up in other states. But I do know a bit about how it…

How is King Dushyanta related to Mahabharata?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It’s a long lineage spreading over several generations from Dushyanta to the main heroes that we are familiar with in the Mahabharata, viz., the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The entire lineage has been traced in the Adi Parva Book of the Mahabharata. I have added the link to the page…

What are the unknown facts about India and Indians?

Be it anything. Culture, inventions, traits or anything. Please let it be something positive. I am really fed up of sarcastic and negative remarks. Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: This is a story that shocked and shook the delicate social sensibilities of a very conservative society…the Smarthavichaaram proceedings of 1905. Smarthavichaaram is defined on Wikipedia[1]…

Does the Mahabharata speak against or for the caste system?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The way I see it, it does neither. It’s quite neutral on this. Back then, there was a specific format in which society was arranged. People took on their parents’ professions after them. Nobody encroached into another’s realm. A potter’s son would also be a potter, and so would his…

What are some traditional (pure) Malayalam names?

Like ആർച്ച, ആരോമൽ, ചിരുത, വെളുത്ത, അമ്പിളി. Good if one could provide origins for them like ചിരുത=ചിരുതേയി=ശ്രീദേവി Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are some from very long ago. I have heard from my family elders that back in the days, the Namboothiri Brahmins did not permit anyone not belonging to their caste to put Vedic…