The Evergreen Banyan | Roots of the Soul

The Evergreen Banyan | Roots of the Soul

She was doing something that no other tree was doing. Her branches–instead of stretching up to the sky–were returning to the earth where they came from and firmly replanting themselves in the ground. In a world where everyone is trying to outdo everyone else and be taller and better than everyone else, the Banyan remains steadfast and quietly proud–preparing itself to survive for generations. Continue reading The Evergreen Banyan | Roots of the Soul

Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Beginnings and endings are two sides of the same coin. As Shradh ends, Navratri begins. As the ancestors return to Pitru Loka, Hindus begin their worship of the Goddess Durga. During Navratri (nine nights), devotees venerate the divine femininity which gives birth to all creation. She is ‘Ma’, the Universal Mother. The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin. Continue reading Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

I first read Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba in Melbourne some eight years ago. The graphic novel was a gift from my friend Tal for my birthday. The images stuck with me. This morning, I remembered the novel and re-read it. It awakened in me something that I hadn’t felt for a long time. Their story inspired me to write my own. Continue reading Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth

The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth

Sometimes he was a long way out and she missed him and the beached fishes gasped for breath. Then he was all over her again, and they were mermaids together, because there was always something feminine about my father, for all his power. Earth and water are the same kind, just as fire and air are their opposites.  Continue reading The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth