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
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[…]
Being a senior puts a lot of responsibilities and opportunities on your shoulders. Most of the times, we en-cash the opportunities and forget the responsibilities. I experienced similar behavior from some seniors, few weeks ago and thought of sharing something on being a matured senior. One day or the other, all of us will pass[…]
As we often go and perform in public, through our musical discourses or through formal talks, a common reaction that we get from people is- you have such a meaningful life; I feel as if I wasted my complete life. Initially, I thought people are just saying it, out of some momentary feeling of meaninglessness.[…]
The way science is evolving, is quite interesting to have a look at. Many things, which we were told were useless, are again being proven to be correct. I am afraid to say, religious rituals are probably one of them. Before we actually dig into this stuff, we should first take out a minute to[…]