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- Photo Essay: I Love Beauty Parades
The story of beauty pageants and why i love them.
- Holi - Not My Kind Of Festival
We didn't mind a little gullal but the violence had to stop.
- Religious Convergence on March 21st
A once in a lifetime occurrence when "half the world's population is going to be celebrating something" falls this Friday
- Kambala: Racing Buffaloes, The Slushy Way
A day at Kambala, an action packed buffalo racing sport in slushy waters.
- The Demise of the Joker - India's Vanishing Circus
The 130-year-old Indian circus industry, once the favorite form of entertainment with family and friends, is struggling to survive.
- Do You Know Your ABCDs?
While living in India some youngsters ape the Western lifestyle and upon arriving in the United States label those born and raised here as "confused".
- Thyagabrahmam - Celebrating the Great Saint Thyagaraja
Irrespective of the seniority or popularity of musicians, every musician pays tribute to Thyagaraja by singing his Pancharathna Krithis
- Pongal - An Ancient Harvest
The rural festival has become yet another urban shopping fest
- Is The Guardian Seeing Pink Elephants?
It is inexcusable when a popular media form chooses to propagate cultural ignorance.Aditi Nadkarni
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- Margazhi and Music
The Margazhi Music Season is something to be experiences atleast once in one's life...
- Photo Essay: Christmas in Kolkata, India
The streets are lit up, and the crowds are around & about.
- Photo Essay: Merry Christmas Wishes
I was most amazed by the buoyancy, the delicacy and the irrepressible liveliness and good spirit that rule the atmosphere.
- An Impromptu Review of the Konark Dance Festival
Longwinded felicitations are the order-of-the-day at the Konark Dance Festival. Even I was compelled to join in the blather!
- Make A Difference This Christmas
Go on - make a difference for someone this Christmas!
- Star-light and Angel Song
In a world of violence and war, Christmas re-kindles hope in me.
- Christmas Beyond the Manger
The anti conversion laws have been termed anti constitutional by NCM as it violates the fundamental rights provided by Indian Constitution.
- Poetry: Say NO to Thanksgiving!
One Turkey's Call.
- What is Thanksgiving?
Each one of us can become a voice to others to encourage whatever talent we may have.
- Nine Days of Festivals
A photo-essay on Navrathri and Dussehra
- Mysore Dussehra: Thank God, it's over
The point here is, my niece was denied admission even after compliance with the handbag ban.
- Rama in Tamil Tradition
The Sangam corpus is typically used as a reliable source for a lot of historical information about Tamil Nadu.
- Book Review: Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K. Kapur
Myths by their very nature appeal to the heroic, and the virtuous elements of our being.
- The Moon Sighting Controversy: Should Muslims Really Have One Eid?
Eid is being celebrated across the Muslim world on three different days. Should we have it one day instead?
- Globalising Mysore Dasara
People don’t talk of Dasara without a mention of Mysore. But how many make it their destination when they plan their Dasara holidays;
- India Should Host an Annual Paganfest
Who wouldn't want to listen to a good Prakrit punk rock number praising Soma?
- Stop Torturing Rama
In the end, I can only be amazed at the tizzy over Rama/Ramayana in public discourse.
- Ganesh Chaturthi - Sacred Ritual Or An Outlet For Frustration?
Is the purpose of a festival to deafen and drive people insane?
- Seeing Mumbai with a New Yorker
I went on a tour of the Fort district yesterday, with a young American lady. Her reactions to Mumbai were interesting.
- Ganesh & The Globe: An Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi
finding a way to be kind to the environment while indulging in the festivities is a responsible thing to do.
- Top Ten Slogans for Indian Tourism
Top Ten Slogans for the Minister of Tourism (who should remember we hold the copyright!)
- Naina and the Dancing Hijabis
It pre-supposes that men are lustful animals unable to control themselves.
- Poetry: under the minaret II
too many dogs exercising one bone / too many quacks exorcising ghosts
- Osian's-Cinefan 2007: Driving to Zigzigland
Basher says he looks forward to working in Bollywood films. And does an impromptu jig to prove he's a good candidate
- Mysore Utsav: Initiative to Counter Sarkari Dasara?
Whether or not the threat of black flags impacts the utsav proceedings the flag-wavers can count on some TV coverage for themselves.
- Osian's-Cinefan 2007: A Boring Start
Unfortunately, Babak Shirinsefat's film failed to live up to expectations.
- Concert Review: Fireflies Festival of Music, Bangalore
Music, even if all is not comprehensible, will also fill the seats, if it fulfills at least the needs of the ear and the mind.
- Photo Essay: Sakkaré Achchu - The Art of Making Sugar Figurines
No matter how delicious the end result is, the best part of the whole process is the family getting together to make them.
- The Age of Silent Movies: When Silence Was Silver
An ode to silent films.
- The Influence of Hinduism on the Sinhala New Year
It is time to acknowledge the Tamil Hindu roots of the current Sinhalese festivities.
- Photo Essay: Washington, D.C. in Spring and Summer
For a precious few days there'll be no shovelling snow, no scraping ice off the windshield, no salting the driveway or the sidewalks ...
- Holi And A Tale Of Two Indias
Salim keeps his shop open so that everyone can have a feast on this occasion.
- Urban Jungle: The Pigeon Chronicles
The only time that pigeons get into trouble in Bombay is in January during Makara Sankranti, when the kite festival begins.
- Sponsored Prayers
The evening aarti in Varanasi is now sponsored by a five star hotel
- Book Review : National Geographic Series - Holidays Around the World: Celebrating Diwali and Ramadan
The books are an excellent buy for someone who is trying to introduce children to an alternative culture and festival
- Poetry: Love Is Not Part Of Our Culture
Happy glass-breaking, card-burning day all you thugs and goons.
- Indian Culture and Valentine's Day
Reasons given by VHP/Shiv Sena to protest against Valentine's day does not hold any water.
- Poetry: A Valentine's Poem
Ok, I admit it - I hate the gift-giving pressure of Valentine's day, but I love the romance.
- Indian Politics and St. Valentine
Be it political or religious, every group has its reasons against Valentine's Day.
- I Hate Valentine's Day
One billion valentines are sent worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending occasion behind Christmas.
- Book Review: The Demon-Seed (Asura Vithu), MT Vasudevan Nair
Asura Vithu is a book that, even in an average translation, reads authentic.
- Cartoon: Happy Republic Day
We celebrated our 58th Republic Day amidst terror threats but nothing could dampen the spirit.
- Republic Day - Through the Eyes of a Common Man
As India celebrated its Republic Day today, patriotism was the most saleable marketing gimmick across the country.
- What Price Humanity?
Isn't this what being human is all about - lending a hand to someone in need?
- Lonely on X'mas!
“Holiday season is the best”, he thought, “so vibrant and abuzz with activity yet comes with peace of mind”.