How come Kabir is so popular as a philosopher but did not leave behind any cult or religion after him?

Did all philosopher leave behind a new cult or religion? I guess not. Plato was a great philosopher, so was Aristotle and Socrates. Did they leave behind new religion or cult? No.

Philosophers are seekers of truth. They do not promote any cult or religion. They are mainly teachers. They seek truth and tell the world about it.

Truth, on the other hand is very relative. That is the reason no two philosophy is same. That is why, Indian philosophy talks about nothingness and Western philosophy talks about Heroism. All these are perspective truth. Truth from the point of view of a person.

Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism never taught any new religion. All he did was he questioned the existing practices, and gave his Truth to the world. His followers did get separate from the dominant Brahminical religion and started following Buddha’s path, that came to be known as Buddhism.

This is the reason Kabir’s dohey is still revered and he is considered as a great philosopher.



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Is it okay if, at the age of 19, you have a new crush daily?

18–26 is the age where you meet a lot of temporary people in your life.

Having a new crush daily at 19 is very common. We are mostly new to college. Most of Indians study in Boys schools or girls schools, where they are not very acquainted with people of opposite gender.

Just take a chill pill and enjoy having crushes. Having a crush won’t crush your heart.



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How does a Bengali, staying outside West Bengal for work or education, feel during Durga Puja?

I am a Bengali working in a mining project in Chhattisgarh for the last 6 years. And in these 6 years, I have been home only 2 times during the Durga Puja.

If you are here, you won’t feel the Puja is ongoing! Most people celebrate Dusshera but the charm of Durga Puja is not there.

I have had a blunt feeling during these years when I’m here. It’s a NUMB like situation where you don’t feel the craze. But somewhere, deep in my heart, I do miss my home.


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Why do the Bengalis hate the idea of Gorkhaland?

The problem of Gorkhaland is not a fight between the Bengalis and the Gorkhas. It’s a fight of inclusion and non-inclusion.

Mainland Bengalis (from Kolkata) has a very weird idea of Bengal. For most elite, Bengali of Kolkata are the real Bengalis. Others are just Bengali speakers.

This mentality comes from the Bhodrolok culture of the mid-nineteenth century. The bhodroloks of Kolkata have their elite education from elite schools and colleges and they are always a dominant figure in Jobs, cinema, art and culture. Their dialect of Bengali is considered as the face of Bengali language.

On the other hand, there are Bengalis from districts, who speak in their own accent, often study in district level schools and colleges. They are definitely not a part of this bhodrolok culture.

Forget about the Gorkhas for a while. There are so many other tribes in Bengal who are integral to Bengal. The Santhals, Mundas, Lepchas. Are they considered to be part of Bengal fraternity? Certainly there are people who are compassionate with them, but are the bhodroloks concerned? (refer Agantuk, by Satyajit Ray).

Urdu, a language alien to West Bengal is being given priority in state affairs. Is Nepali being given the same status? Is Santhali being given the same status?

To support or not to support is purely an individual choice. But to make all the residents of Bengal inclusive, should definitely be a matter of principle. Start making them inclusive, show compassion to them, make them feel at home. We can make the Bangladeshi refugees a part of our society, why can’t the sons of soil?

Inclusion will definitely make the situation better for everyone. Unity among diversity, the motto that binds India shall bind West Bengal.


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Biratnagar, Nepal

A few pics of Biratnagar Market in Nepal.




Any different from India?

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Dawki, Meghalaya

A few more pics from my Meghalaya trip.


Umngot River


The beautiful clean river is flowing towards Bangladesh.


The boats.


Bangladesh view.


India view.


Again, Bangladesh.


The water is so clean, the river bed can be seen. But that morning, there was some rain, but still the water is pretty clean!


The place from where the boat journey started, The Ghat.


This is Bangladesh and Bangladeshis. Talked to them, they invited us to their land, but off course, we didn’t break the rules. A guy named Abdul Karim even offered us kuler achar, but we had to decline.


View of Bangladesh from the top.

The place, Dawki is really beautiful, with lush greenery and crystal clear waters.

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Living root bridge, Meghalaya

Some pics from my Meghalaya trip.











When the whole world is trying to find out a way to sustain nature, the people of Meghalaya, for thousands of years have been doing the same. Instead of cutting down a tree to make a bridge, they fold the roots of the trees to create a living bridge. How natural!

While the developed world might be thinking them as underdeveloped, they are the actual fighters of climate change.

The living root bridge is an awe inspiring creation.

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