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…

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 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…

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….

Which famous person do you find the most repulsive?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Sagarika Ghose I sincerely try NOT to follow that lady’s tweets or read anything about her, but the things she says just pops up on my news feed every now and then making me all the more angrier. By profession she an Indian journalist, news anchor and author. I’m not…

What are the names of a few forgotten brands in Kerala?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Maybe they still exist but they aren’t as popular today as they were while I was growing up. Okay, I’m getting all nostalgic now as memories of all those ads come flooding into my mind… Radhas Soap It was almost a ritual for any new-face movie actress to pose with…