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A Site Worth Visiting
A Trip to Sindh
Ami Ja Nuskha
An interview by V. Patil
As Old As The Hills
Balaji Sri Venkateswara
Bhakti Barve Inmadar
Dreams Can Come True
Food Fit For The Gods
Havans and Talismans
Heavenly Hills of Tirupati
How to Orient a Mandir
Kali Maa
My Stopover in Chicago
My Trip to the Americas
My Trip to Delhi
Peace Without War
Story of Ma Vaishno Devi
The Mystical No. 9
Trip to Bangalore
We Shall Overcome
We, The Sindhis


A Site Worth Visiting

A review which appeared in the May 2000 issue of 'The Indian' magazine.

Have you ever wondered what the Gayatri Mantra means?  About the significance of the thread ceremony? About why a new bride exchanges salt with the grooms family on the wedding day? About matters spiritual and religious in nature? About beliefs in the Sindhi culture? About Hinduism?

These were the very questions that bothered Shakun Narain. She set out to search for the answers, and when she began to discover them, she wanted to share the same with the world.

Thus was born "Dal Sabzi for the Aatma".  A weekly e-mail to many, around the world, with a sharing of this knowledge by various thoughts.  Many people requested Shakun to have a media by which they could read all her mails, articles, books, etc which she had written.  To comply with the wishes of spiritual seekers like herself, she created the web site http://dalsabzi.tripod.com

The web site encompasses more than the e-mails sent by Shakun on spiritual matters and Hindu culture.  It includes the books she has written, Mantras and Prayers for everyday use, articles, and a lot more. It is growing in matters spiritual to make it easy for us to learn about our culture, our religious roots, and giving us explanations for what we do.

The books which Shakun has written till date, have been penned ,keeping the lay person, not a scholar in mind. These are on the web site. They include: 'Hindu Customs and Beliefs', 'Symbolisms in the Ramayana', In 'Touch with Masters' and Wisdom of Sindh'.  These books are an eye opener on many aspects of our life. 'Hindu Customs and Beliefs' details and explains all our rituals from childbirth, to marriage, and till death.  'Symbolisms in the Ramayana' tells us what we need to learn from the 'Ramayana' and how they can be applicable today.  In 'Touch with Masters' introduces you to the Gurus that Shakun has met, their wisdom and their history.  The Wisdom of Sindh explains various Sindhi proverbs.

The Mantras and Prayers section includes mantras on Ganesh, Ma, mantras for health and wealth, and a lot more.

Overall, a wonderful site to visit.  As the site is growing, she promises to include "dohas", or short poems by Tulsidas, Kabir and other poets on our gods.  She will also include a section on old Sindhi home remedies, known as 'tutkaas' their recipes and how they work and a Prayer Section, inclusive of 'Aartis' and 'Hanuman Chalisa'etc

Shakun is doing wonderful work in helping us understand our history and culture. She explains  to us the meanings behind a lot of things we do automatically and take for granted.  Do visit her web site at http://dalsabzi.tripod.com and experience the magic for yourselves.

Reviewed by Suneel Utamchandani


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