Here are three: Svarog is the Russian god of fire. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Swarg’ meaning ‘heaven’. Other names of Svarog are ‘Dievs’ and ‘Praboh’, which are from the Sanskrit words ‘Dev’ and ‘Prabhu’ meaning ‘god’. Svarog established his capital in Nogorod, a city that still exists in Russia. ‘Gorod’ means ‘town’ in Russian and ‘Nov’ is from the Sanskrit word ‘Nav’ meaning ‘new’. Svarog is also the Russian god of blacksmithery. Therefore, the Russian word
When I arrived in Russia in 2001 to study Russian at the Moscow State University, I used to often go to the canteen (столовая, stolovaya) in the building for lunch. The stolovaya served good food. In the beginning, I tried a new dish every day. One day, I found a brightly coloured jelly dish cut into deliciously looking pieces. I took a huge piece and kept it aside on the table to relish after I had the main course. I was eagerly looking forward to enjoying my ‘sweet dish.’ W
I was surprised at how wide the roads could be even in Central Moscow. Some of these were built for planes to land during war. Sixteen lanes of traffic jam looks like Diwali from a high rise but not the best thing when you are a part of it. Some of the metro stations were more beautiful than cathedrals. I had not lived in a cold country before arriving in Russia. The autumn colors surprised me. I do not miss the Moscow winters but I feel nostalgic about autumns.
About three months after my arrival in Moscow in 2001, I once went to a canteen to have lunch. I had been learning Russian for about two months and my Russian was very basic. I could understand someone only if she/he spoke very slowly. At the canteen, one had to take a tray, select the dishes on display and then pay to the cashier sitting at the end of the row of dishes. There was a small queue and as I moved forward to order the dishes, a man came out from the kitchen. He se