25Dec2018

Once, when a hungry crow was flying around in search of food, he saw a piece of bread lying outside a baker’s shop. Delighted, he swooped down, picked the bread up and flew to a tree to feast on it.

A fox, who was also wandering about in search of food, spotted the crow with the bread. The bread appeared very tasty to him indeed! He quietly went to the tree, stood under it and called out to the crow. […]

24Dec2018

Pongal (also known as Thai Pongal) is a four-day harvest festival celebrated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The origins of the Pongal festival are said to date back to more than 1,000 years ago. The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, as a form of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, and is usually celebrated in mid-January. It is one of the most important festivals for Tamil people in India and world over.
The first day or the day preceding the main Pongal festival is called ‘Bhogi’. On this day, people discard old things (which are generally burnt in bonfires), clean and paint their houses and buy new clothes. Cattle and bullocks are decked up was well. […]

22Dec2018

On January 12th 1863, a son was born to the upper middle-class Datta family in Calcutta. They named him Narendranath. He grew up to become a very important figure in India and abroad. We now know him as Swami Vivekananda.

As a young man, Narendranath got interested in social reform, and worked against evils like child marriage. He became a disciple of Shri Ramakrishna, a famous sage who tried to show that all religions are essentially the same. […]

21Dec2018

Cashmere, a type of fine woolen fabric, is made from the processing of the hair of a goat named Capra Hircus, which lives on the Tibetan highlands, in the Himalayas and principally in Mongolia. The animal produces a particularly fine wool that is soft and warm, which protects it from the harshness of winter (-40° C). After the animal moults, or after shearing, its hairs are selected, cleaned and then woven into threads. Cashmere is much softer, warmer and holds more heat than sheep’s wool. […]

20Dec2018

Avial is a popular dish of South Indian origin. It is a thick mixture of vegetables and grated coconut, and is seasoned with curry leaves sautéed in coconut oil. Avial is an essential part of the ‘Sadya’, the multiple-course vegetarian meal served during the festival of Onam in Kerala. […]

19Dec2018

Langdi Taang is a traditional Indian sport that is similar to hopscotch. It is a team sport played between two sides, with 12 players a side, and three extra players. A match lasts 36 minutes, and is played in four innings of nine minutes each. The team that wins the toss defends. The chasing team sends chasers who hop on one foot and try to tag the defenders. The chasers can step out of the ground as long as they keep on one foot. The defenders are declared out if they step out of the ground or commit a line fault. The team that tags most defenders is declared the winner. […]

18Dec2018

Coriander is known as a spice used extensively in the kitchen. It is used as an ingredient in various dishes and as a garnish for salads and soups. But do you know the several health benefits of this wonderful spice? A few of them have been listed here- […]

17Dec2018

The name ‘India’ refers to the river Indus, or Sindhu. When the ancient Greeks, while exploring the world, reached the shores of the Indus, they referred to the people living there as ‘Indoi’ or the people of the Indus. Later, the Persians changed this to Hindus. […]

15Dec2018

Dahi, thaiyr, mosaru – curd has many names in India. But whatever they call it, most Indians have at least a bit of it every day, in some form or other.

Curd is a superfood. It is packed with vitamins and minerals. It has calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc and Vitamin E. It also has a whole lot of digestive enzymes. That means it not only is very nutritious, it also helps your body absorb the nutrition from other things you eat. […]

12Dec2018

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata is said to be the first planetarium established in India. Situated at Chowringhee Road (near the Victoria Memorial) in South Kolkata, it is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. Popularly known as ‘taramandal’, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India. […]

11Dec2018

India ink (also known as Chinese ink) is a black or colored ink that was once widely used for writing and printing. It is now more commonly used for drawing and outlining, especially for comics. While the ink was actually invented in China (as early as the 3rd millennium BC), it was called ‘India ink’ by the British due to their trade links with India. […]

10Dec2018

Also known as ‘The Flying Sikh,’ Milkha Singh is a former track and field sprinter, who was the first gold medallist from independent India at the Commonwealth Games. […]

8Dec2018

Hastinapur is a town near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. It is an ordinary place now, but it is believed that at one time it was the capital of one of the greatest kingdoms of ancient India.

It is among the most important places mentioned in the Mahabharata, the story of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, two sets of cousins who were rivals. It was the capital of the Kauravas initially. After the Pandavas defeated the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, they made Hastinapur the capital of their new kingdom too. […]