Why did Swami Vivekananda call Kerala a lunatic asylum?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Short Answer: Because he was just hating something he didn’t understand. Long Answer: I have written about this topic on another answer→ Raakhee V. Menon’s answer to India: Were most social reformers in India against brahminism or against Hinduism itself? If anyone reading this answer…

What were some astonishing discoveries in the ancient Indian civilization?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. My top vote would go to the Aranmula Mirror. To quote from the Wikipedia page on them, Aranmula kannadi (Malayalam: ആറന്മുളക്കണ്ണാടി, meaning the Aranmula mirror) is a handmade metal-alloy mirror, made in Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala, India. Unlike the normal ‘silvered’…

What are some lesser known facts about Kerala?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Kerala is probably the only state in India that has its own versions of standard Christian Biblical names. This is usually seen among the St. Thomas Christian community of Kerala. I find it very interesting and have always tried to find the correlation between their given names and their origins….

What would a casteless Indian society look like?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Gone are the days when our society was distinguishable on the basis of caste. Back in the days, a person’s caste could be identified based on what they did for a living. That is not the case now. Caste exists predominantly in the minds of…

What happens at a traditional Arab wedding?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have been to a few weddings here in Qatar and hence here’s a view from the PoV of a guest. Entry to the wedding is by invitation ONLY. Invitees are given admit cards along with the invite. Here’s an example of a typical Arab wedding invite. The cute little…