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Marriage-Made in Madras: Glimpse of South-Indian Hindu Vedic Wedding

Summary

What made me write a book on this subject? South Indian Hindu marriage is a mix of cultural traditions and belief system. There are strong emotions attached to the past karma, good and bad times, and auspicious times (Muhurta, in Sanskrit). For example, there is an auspicious time set for consummating the marriage. Sometimes, couples have to wait few days after the marriage for that event. It’s interesting to watch these traditions, at a time when marriage and divorce can be obtained within a day at Vegas!

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Narrator: Matt Ravikumar
Length: 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Palghat Trails

Summary

Learn about the unique blend of culture, tradition, music, and food from this part of South India. More focus on the Palghat (also known as Palakkad) Brahmins (Iyers, specific to that location context), a community known for their unique traits and social contribution. This community is known for their ancient wisdom passed on into next generations by elders in the family. Their customs and traditions in clothing, food preparations, marriage, and even in death. Some parts of these are exclusive to Palghat Iyers. The audiobook mentions about some general topics in music and religion, common across many societies in Southern India. Palghat Iyers have the unique mix of religion and spirituality practiced in day to day living style. Most importantly, how they have adapted to modern technology society and still preserving the values that makes a man or woman into a humble human being! This audiobook is meant for western readers to orient themselves something they have never heard. The audiobook has visuals with images to explain the process and activities. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Narrator: Matt Ravikumar
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Circa 2020

Summary

Circa 2020: Inspirational Stories from Covid-19. Part 1 July 5, 2020.  So far, Covid-19 has impacted 11.32 million people in the world with 531729 deaths. Families lost their elders with absolutely no warning. The generational wisdom is lost so quickly. Covid-19 did not see age, gender, race, religion, color, caste, creed, language, or borders before striking.  Like the proverbial B.C and A.C (before and after Christ), next few months will say B.C and A.C (Before and after Coronavirus). There is a humorous anecdote saying that 1919 and 2020 had virus attacks - both have repeating first two numerals. Every individual got to learn few lessons for their rest of the life. There are more lessons that can be learnt from others as well. The book is a consolidation of such news and events that other people in the world have gone through.   The idea is to get a different perspective to our lives.

©2020 Matt Ravikumar (P)2020 Matt Ravikumar

Narrator: Matt Ravikumar
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible