Culture: Holidays and Observances
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- That Day, 2001
I've witnessed eight anniversaries in the U.S. since and the memories are still as vivid, the pain still as fresh.
- Photo Essay: Thomas Cook in Leicester
Where Thomas Cook came from
- Cultures That Stay Unknown
As a Bengali myself, I concentrated myself on the culture and how it is being demolished.
- Cut Loose All The Flying Kites
Many understand why the government deems it necessary to wage this war against the harmless kite, but everyone still wants it.
- Photography Times: Seagull in Flight
If finding the right place was tough, the tougher part was waiting for the Seagulls to fly as a flock.
- Photo Essay: Hotel Russell in London
A photo essay on Hotel Russell in London
- Do You Believe in Santa?
To give something and see the person's face light up, in surprise, in happiness, even puzzled on occasion, but always pleasant, is receiving.
- Bad News at My Doorstep - Surprises After a Target Shoot
No rest for the wicked! A long day at meetings and target practice - and more work when I get home!!
- Life At Sea: A Fortnight Later - Hurricanes, Casualties and Paranthas
The weather is improving, the sun’s shining bright and hopefully Ida’s bid farewell.
- More Reports From The Sea
Golden Sunrises, Weather reports, and mailing recipes.
- Life On The High Seas
First hand experiences on board ship on the high seas.
- Do Festivals Mean Anything Any More?
I feel that with the changing times, we should revamp the way in which the festivals are celebrated
- The Wall Project: BMC Plays Tom Sawyer, Everyone Wins!
Here's the chess board representing order and structure, being ripped apart by a hand (whose model was a street kid called Sultan).
- The Wall Project in Mumbai
This Independence day (15th and 16th of August, actually), the project asks people to paint the wall running along Tulsi Pipe Road from Mahim to
- Working in New Age Groups to find Inner Light
Small Groups around the world are seeking the New Light,new alternate ways of living:through psychotherapy,strengthening relationship with Nature,& meditation
- Fiction: The Best of Both Worlds
If only the adults could be pragmatic and not lug so much excess baggage around!
- Nawwab and I: Intercourse, Pa.
With towns named Bird in Hand, Paradise, and Intercourse, Lancaster County in Pennsylvania has added attraction for tourism.
- Happy Canada Day
Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realise - than that of peace in the world.
- Nawwab and I: Follow Ms. Garmin
Listen to the music, radio, stay focused on the traffic, talk, think, drink tea, and follow Ms Garmin.
- Diwali Dreams: Kal Aaj Aur Kal
Lots of shrieks, emotional reunion. Tears on everyone's eyes.
- Happy Birthday, Sir!
How can you really greet any one who you have never met in your life and are unlikely to?
- Prayag Kashi Gaya
Moksh or no, I found a perceptible shift in my "attachments" towards the material and the familial
- Free Hugs: The Triumph of Love and Peace
A lot of the younger generation (read MY generation) eventually understood our purpose and came to us either to encourage us or to hug us.
- My Funny Valentine - Sweet Comic Valentine
None of my funny Valentines expect rings or a gift, much less a flower bouquet for Valentine's Day.
- Fiction: Twists Of Love
He gave a restrained smile. He wasn't going to lay it all out in the open. Not yet. He had his dignity and he was,
- Fiction : Happy Divine Day
May our love be as pure and divine like that of heavenly beings.
- Does Palmistry Work?
Does Palmistry work? Of course it does and here is Cambridge University confirming it too.
- BBC Series Review: The Story of India
Telling the story of India that spans over 10,000 years within 6 hours is indeed a Herculean task.
- poetry: january 1, 2009
wish you and those around you / health and peace for the coming months
- Bazaar Walks: Today at Dadar
I went to Dadar Market today, to chalk out a new Bazaar Walk tour. Here’s what I came away with.
- Bengaluru International Airport – A Few Rants
Why on earth can’t Bengaluru airport have a restaurant that serves Indian food?
- Devi Comes Home
The Kalash, symbolic of the universe (Brahmaand), represents the Devi, during these nine days.
- Israel Diary
Israel is the most exciting country in the world.
- Short Story Review : "Supriya at Fifty" by Prasenjit Gupta
Some things are irretrievably lost as one becomes a citizen of the world from being the native of a town.
- Fiction: Baby Massage
She smooths her lips into a straight line, hopes her left nipple isn’t giving her away.
- Arabian Nights
Who really is blinkered by the burqa?
- Putrid Pilgrimages in India
The provocatively titled blog “The Shit of the Saints is Still Reeking” talks of the 2007 mela in Allahabad.
- Cartoon: The Generation Gap
Happy Mother's Day!
- Photo Essay: Tramway Trek in Parambikulam
I had to cover close to 50 kms, trekking thorough one of the best biodiversity hotspots in India.
- Social Lynching
At what point would the cultural assimilation be complete so I did not have to put up with desis being their desi-est worst on their
- 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
- From a Train Window
Some times a non stop journey is not as invigorating as one with interminable stops - just some times.
- Fiction: A Muslim Wife's Birthday
Jane wondered if Rabia ever got upset or angry with her husband, her kids, life in general.
- Shravanabelagola: Lord Bahubali's Abode
Two girls on a sacred trail to Lord Bahubali in Shravanabelagola, a sleepy town in Karnataka that teems with history.
- 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.
- Caesar Augustus - An August Personality
Perhaps Augustus was a bigger Caesar than Julius Caesar
- 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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- Christmas in Florida
One of the best things to happen in life is to see the one of the best places on earth with the best of your
- Goa's Politics and Kalidasa
No tourist should be seen in Goa post December 28th.
- 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.
- Club Mahindra's Timeshare Membership - Q&A
An interview with Club Mahindra's executive regarding various concerns I had related to timeshares.
- 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.