January 27, 2018

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...

January 24, 2018

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 bright...

January 14, 2018

  • 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...

January 12, 2018

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...

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