Font size: A - | A + 0 This essay was chosen as one of the best essays in its category in the English Essay Competition organised by LEAF Academy , an international boarding high school in Bratislava. The competition was open to all Slovak students from primary or secondary schools who are passionate about writing in the English language. The Slovak Spectator has not edited the essays as participants were awarded partly on their English-language skills. Viktoria Švecová A 16-year-old student from Gymnázium sv. Vincenta de Paul in Levice, Viktoria Švecová chose the topic of "What has influenced the course of your life the most and why?". Viktoria delivered the essay, which was awarded 2nd place in Category A , about the fictional world that inspires and influences her. She loves to write in her free time and is motivated by her dad. Everyone’s lives were influenced by something else. Some may say that their parents … [Read more...] about Fiction fandom helped me through the harsh reality of Covid-19
There is a space for everyone, provided it is based on dharma — compassion, reciprocity and social responsibility. Hindu culture forbids divorce. Yet Hindu personal laws permit divorce. Hindu culture allows gods, and men, to have many wives. Yet Hindu personal laws forbid polygamy. Does it mean Hindu personal laws are opposing Hindu culture? Or, does it mean they are being true dharmashastras, updating responsible social behaviour, i.e. dharma to suit the times (kala), the place (sthan) and the people (patra)? There are separate marriage laws for diverse communities in India, such as Hindu and Muslim . Why can’t there be a separate same-sex union law for queer people? Dharma-shastras are guided by Vedas, and shaped by tradition and wisdom. They have changed constantly from Apasthamba to Vasishtha, Gautama to Manu to Yagnvalkya, responding to contemporary economic, political and social challenges. This dynamism differentiates dharma-shastras from the biblical idea of God’s … [Read more...] about Can gay marriage be part of Hindu culture?