Welcome to Vaasal

Welcome to Vaasal. We would like this magazine to be an entrance into the world of Tamil ideas, art and culture for anyone in Auroville who is from another native uur (village, home, country, habitat, that place which belong to you and you to it). The word வாசல் (vaasal, entrance) comes from the word வாய்... Continue Reading →

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The Serpent and the Rope

Raja Rao Written by the acclaimed author Raja Rao, the book written in an autobiographical style deals with the concepts of existence, reality, and fulfilment of one's capabilities. It was first published in 1960 by John Murray. The novel won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1964. Excerpts from a review of Kathleen Raine: "India is... Continue Reading →

Even in Failure, Wither not!

 Even if failures Hound you Or toss you aside, Wither not, man! Wilt not!   Just for you, there lies a path That has been created, That has taken life, Don’t let it slip away - oh man Don’t fail to grab it!   The garland of success, Must reach your shoulders, And the world... Continue Reading →


Manimekalai is one of the Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature. The story is considered as a sequel to another epic, Silappatikaram. Both belong to the 2nd century Sangam age and deal with the story of the same family. While Silappatikaram is the story of Kannaki, Manimekalai is that of Manimekalai, the daughter of Kovalan... Continue Reading →

Thanjavur Temple

The Big Temple or Peruvudaiyar Brihadeswara Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Thanjavur, Central Tamil Nadu. Known in the inscriptions as Dakshina Meru, the construction of this temple was inaugurated by the Chola King, Rajaraja I (985-1012 CE) possibly in the 19th regal year (1003-1004 CE) and consecrated by his... Continue Reading →

Interview with Shenbaka Lakshmi Ammal

We continue our series talking to the Tamil statesmen and women of Auroville with an interview with Shenbaka Lakshmi Ammal, who is the force behind the Auroville Ganesh Temple. “If we want to be loved by all, we should love all”, are the words of Poet Bharati (renowned Tamil Poet) during his interpretation of Bhagavat... Continue Reading →

Ganesh Chaturthi

Clay idols, multicoloured umbrellas and delicious snacks, I am referring to the extravagant celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi a few weeks ago. Culture and rituals of India have always been a matter of interest to the world. Being one of the oldest cultures of the world, India has been called a land of Gods. Like the... Continue Reading →

What to expect this edition

Vanakkam. Vaasal symbolises many things in Tamil culture. When we enter through the vaasal of any house, the first gesture we come across is Vanakkam. While one utters the word Vanakkam, they join both palms together to greet. The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining the palms means respect. However, scientifically... Continue Reading →

The Hill of the Holy Beacon

A solitary hill looms into sight as one enters Tiruvannamalai. This hill with a base of an impressive extent and ample girth is shrouded in a veil of mist in the early hours of dawn. It rises like a reddish brown giant in the clear morning light. An isolated upland (so it is to the... Continue Reading →

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