Religion, Culture & Philosophy
Religion, Culture & Philosophy

Religion, Culture & Philosophy

Random musings on Religion, Culture, Politics & Philosophy

Life - Trial by fire

13 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

At the dawn of adulthood, a very rosy view of life greets us as we dream of conquering the world - full of bright hope and enthusiasm. Real life however, rarely turns out to be as perfect as we imagined - with disappointments, struggles, heartbreaks,...

Why is Ayn Rand hated so much ?!

28 May 2020 1 minute read 28 comments CutterMutter

I always wondered why Ayn Rand is so widely hated — unusual for a writer and philosopher. The almost visceral hatred  for a woman who died almost 4 decades ago is matched perhaps only by the sheer volume of her books that continue to sell  in record...

Why you should read books

25 May 2020 1 minute read 8 comments CutterMutter

Writing a good book is not easy - it practically condenses an author's lifetime knowledge and experience in a few hundred pages that takes you maybe a month to read. If you choose yours books well, can you imagine how much second hand knowledge you c...

India Against Happiness

20 May 2020 4 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

A couple of years back, few of us Indians chanced to visit a place called Beira in Mozambique. Like most African countries, Mozambique is poor. But with a stranger’s excitement of being in a far off new place, we went around starry eyed gazing with w...

Nostalgia !

20 May 2020 1 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

A good part of feeling nostalgic is the warm fuzzy glow that we feel while remembering people and places long forgotten and left behind. Modern communication tools and drastically increased mobility have however put paid to that by placing it all jus...

A case for Armchair Activism

20 May 2020 3 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

Urban middle class in India is often accused of armchair activism — always ranting against politicians and the ‘system’ from their drawing rooms but never taking the trouble to brave the heat and dust of active politics. Here’s a different take on th...

Dice always rolls

24 Apr 2020 1 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

People everywhere - rich or poor - inevitably feel a tug of nostalgia for childhood that no amount of material success can compensate for. It is longing for a time when the dice could have rolled any which way - for life to be any number of infinite...

Buddhism in Far East : A Religious Perspective

29 Dec 2019 1 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

It's surprising to see how widespread and entrenched Buddhism is in the Far East and how little of it we see in India - where practically it was born. Would India have been better off with Buddhism as it's main religion than the plethora of such dive...

Streets of Sin !

28 Dec 2019 1 minute read 0 comments CutterMutter

Bourboun street in New Orleans, Walking street in Pattayya, Burgos street in Manila, Pham street in Saigon and Street 136 in Phenom Penh ! These are streets that openly offer wares that are disapproved of, sanctioned or even illegal in most parts of...

Father to Son

28 Dec 2019 3 minute read 1 comment CutterMutter

With my son entering his teens, a letter written to him years ago is now ripe for posting. Hello Son, I write to you today about Education. I don't know when you will start to read this but I hope you read it many times at different stages of your li...