Mandar and Dakshayani is an author coupe based in Pune. Their first book, a Marathi novel titled 'π-प्रेमाची-किंमत-कय' won the hearts of young Marathi readers as well as touched the elder generation.
Both Mandar and Dakshayani are trained musicians and Kirtankars, and perform frequently on various occasions.
The couple is passionate about Indian Classical Music and are founding trustees of Baithak Foundation, a charitable public trust which functions to create awareness about Indian Classical Music
Meet the Couple
Doing things just for the sake of labels keeps you away from finding joy in your life. It is a trap, in which sadly, many of us have been trapped. We are doing everything just for some label. We study engineering not because we like it but because it earns us the label- ‘engineer’ and[…]
कहे कबीर, जो बिन सर खेवे, सो यह सुमती बखाने Sant Kabir says, the one who sails without head, gets the ultimate wisdom. Why so? For our entire lives, we have been told that our head is what guides us in this world. We firmly believe that our mind is what helps us to remain[…]
What is the purpose of this life? Instead of answering this question, I will advise you to simply drop it; not because I do not know an answer, but simply because there is no one answer to this question. Life does not come with a readymade purpose. At the same time, life does not have[…]
Dear Mandar, After doing a job for more than ten years, I realized that I am wasting my life. How should one decide one’s career? Before I actually get into the topic of career, I would like to talk a bit about an integrated approach to life; for it is too important to look at[…]
Questions to Mandar 2: What, according to you, are the influencing factors that kill the intrinsic creative nature of a person?
Pablo Picasso has said, ‘Every child is born an artist, the problem is to remain one once they grow up.’ What, according to you, are the influencing factors that kill the intrinsic creative nature of a person? A person’s fear is the only factor that takes his creativity away from him. There is nothing[…]
Dear Mandar, In affluent nations, people try out different jobs. They are open to experiment, fail and learn in the process. Whereas in countries like India people are more inclined towards following the crowd, remaining secured and stabilizing their life with sufficient bank balance. Does the seeking of security and stability in life keep one[…]
Well, there are two happenings, every tech enthusiast should be aware of. First is the fact that Amazon has reached annual sales of $ 100 billion and it has done so in the minimum amount of time. Which means, no other company could touch the revenue of $ 100 billion in a period as short[…]
I was in Hyderabad last week, sitting in my cab, insulated from the pollution all around me. The cab was air conditioned, had picked me up from a fancy apartment where we were staying and was supposed to drop me at the Salar Jung museum. Everything sounds great, except the fact that the Uber cab[…]
हिन्दू कहें मोहि राम पियारा, तुर्क कहें रहमाना, आपस में दोउ लड़ी-लड़ी मुए, मरम न कोउ जाना। (Hindus say we worship Rama and Muslims say Rahman. They both die, fighting with each other without even getting a glimpse of him.) Look at Facebook walls, flooded with posts about intolerance, religious hatred and you will realize[…]
Every student of Indian Classical Music, at the very beginning of his student life, learns Raga Yaman. Similarly, every performing artist, sometime or the other has played or sung this Raga during his career as a musician. In the world of Indian Classical Music, Yaman certainly has a spot which can hardly be taken by[…]