Swarnali Mukherjee
Classic vignettes of obscure stories from various cultures
Created 10 Jun 2021
  • Fight like a woman - The Warrior Nuns of the Drukpa Lineage
    14 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 4 8
    Dear Reader, I thank you for being with me on this journey of Berkana so far. I am deeply grateful for your valuable readership. I hope so far I have been able to thrill you, inspire you, and help you...
  • Myths and Manifestations
    06 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 6
    Dear Reader, Welcome to Berkana! Today let me take you inside the fall festivities of my hometown (Kolkata). Allow me to familiarize you with our way of expressing gratitude towards the feminine aspec...
  • Walking Invisible - An Essay on Street Children of Lebanon
    30 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 6
    Dear Reader, Welcome back to Berkana! Brace yourself, because today we need to navigate through some difficult stuff. I started Berkana with a promise that I would not only write about inspiring and u...
  • 02-Dance of the heretics-The Whirling Dervishes
    23 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 6 4
    Dear Reader, Thank you for being here. Today without much ado we will quickly jump into chapter-2. If you missed the first chapter, find it here Chapter-1 Source: Whe...
  • 01-Dance of the Heretics - Sufism an Introduction
    16 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 8
    Dear Reader, Welcome back to Berkana - your weekend binoculars to find some of the most interesting, obscure, and magical cultural anecdotes from around the world. If you have not read much of my cont...
  • Shadows of memories from the land of Sand and Snow
    09 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 4
    Artwork: Today I want to tell you a story of two different girls - one whose innocent smile is trapped in time within the snow-clad landscape of Landour, and another one...
  • 02 - MANA WĀHINE TOA - The Rise of the Fierce Wāhine Māori
    03 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 3 4
    Dear Readers, Welcome to the second part of our journey inside Te Ao Māori (Māori world). Today we will look closer into the marks that the Polynesian women proudly wear. Also, we will meet their Mela...
  • 01 - MANA WĀHINE TOA - The Goddesses, Warriors, and Mothers
    25 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 5 8
    Dear Readers, To understand the context of today’s essay, you can read the detailed introductory post here. Introduction Post Also, since the nature of the post is intense, I have split the article in...
  • MANA WĀHINE TOA - A Prologue
    22 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 4 2
    Dear Reader, I am so happy to be writing to you again. I went on an unplanned trip which stretched for a while. As I am a keen observer my learnings never stopped. I am excited to share many insights ...
  • The Nature of Creativity
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 2
    Calangute Beach, Goa Dear Reader, Today, allow me to digress a bit from my weekly narrative of obscure stories. I am working on an intriguing piece on Maori women for the upcoming week’s Newsletter. S...
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