Category "Beyond"

9Oct2018

The Navratri festival is held to venerate three Hindu goddesses: Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati. ‘Nava’ means ‘nine’ and ‘ratri’ means ‘night’ – and, as per the name, the festival is spread over ‘nine nights’ (or days). Navaratri is primarily celebrated by women, as they are the ones who organise the festivities and take part in them. Different state celebrate them differently: with Kolu, a display of dolls, In Tamil Nadu, with Durga Puja in West Bengal; garba raas and dandiya raas in Gujarat; and Ram Lila in Uttar Padesh. […]

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9Oct2018

Black pepper, now commonly used as a seasoning around the world, originated in India – it was grown primarily in the Malabar coast or present-day Kerala. It was used in Indian cooking as early as 2000 BC, and spread from India to Southeast Asia. The spice, which imparted a great deal of flavor even when used minimally, was seen as a valuable spice by the ancient European traders, and was referred to as ‘black gold’. Following this, in the Dutch language, ‘pepper expensive’ (peperduur) is an expression for something very expensive. It was in search of trade in this spice that Vasco de Gama even led an expedition to India. […]

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28Sep2018

Golu (also known as Kolu, Bombe Habba, Bommai Kolu or Bommala Koluvu) is the practice of setting up a display of dolls in homes (primarily in South India) during the Navaratri festival. […]

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27Sep2018

Satyagraha can be described as a ‘weapon’ developed by Mahatma Gandhi to fight unfair laws introduced by the British for people of India and other places. It is not a weapon like a gun or a knife, but a force used to correct something wrong without causing any harm. India won Independence from British rule using this idea. […]

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27Sep2018

If you are a comic buff (especially Marvel), you would know of Cain Marko or the ‘Juggernaut’. The gigantic man with superhuman strength, who is unstoppable once he starts to run, and can smash mountains and skyscrapers with ease.

The character’s name is derived from an English word – Juggernaut – which is used to describe something or someone who is powerful and dominant. […]

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6Aug2018

Onam is an annual Hindu festival that originated in the state of Kerala. A festival connected with the harvest, Onam falls in August or September, known as the month of Chingam in the Malayalam calendar. […]

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6Aug2018

Kailash Sharma was no ordinary child. He once noticed a little boy, the son of a cobbler, sitting with his father outside his school compound. He asked his teacher, the Headmaster, and even the cobbler himself, why the child wasn’t in school. He was told that the cobbler couldn’t afford the school fees, and that some children are ‘born to work.’ Young Kailash was not satisfied with these answers. […]

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6Aug2018

When you wash your hair, what do you use? Shampoo, of course. Many of the shampoo brands available today are made by companies based abroad, but did you know that the word ‘shampoo’ was derived from Hindi? […]

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4Jul2018

Many of you may be familiar with Amul – its milk, butter and cheese are consumed by most people in India. You may also know the ‘Amul girl’, who comes in all their advertisements, and is recognized by her polka-dot dress and ponytail. […]

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4Jul2018

Printing using natural vegetable dyes has caught the fancy of people across the world. But, one of the oldest traditions of creating intricate designs using vegetable dyes is India’s very own kalamkari. […]

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4Jul2018

Begun by Raja Rama Varma in 1798, Thrissur Pooram is one of the most popular festivals in Kerala. It is centered around the Vadakkunnathan Temple, with a group of temples from the vicinity sending their processions to pay obeisance to Shiva, the main deity. […]

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