Kalamkari is an art that was perfected around 3000 years ago! Traditionally, it’s done with organic dyes on cloth, using twigs as pens and brushes. It’s a complicated process involving more than 20 steps. Only some people in some regions of India know how to do it. […]


Lathmar Holi, which literally translates to mean a festival of sticks and colours, is celebrated in the towns of Barsana and Nandgaon, near the Mathura (in Uttar Pradesh), before the festival of Holi (usually in February or March). […]


Amartya Sen was born on November 3rd, 1933, at Shantiniketan, the University town in Bengal established by Rabindranath Tagore. It is believed that Tagore himself named the little boy. His name means ‘immortal’ – an apt name, because his work has influenced the world so much that he will always be remembered. […]


Sugarcane is first said to have been cultivated in New Guinea, around 10,000 years ago. From there, knowledge relating to cultivation of this plant spread to southeast Asia, southern China, and then India. In 510 BC, Emperor Darius of Persia invaded India where he found ‘the reed which gives honey without bees’. […]


The Indian general election of 1951–52, held from 25 October 1951 to 21 February 1952, was the first election to the Lok Sabha after India became independent on August 15, 1947. 1849 candidates competed for 489 seats in the Lok Sabha, and more than 173 million people (out of a population of about 360 million) were eligible to vote – which made it the largest election conducted at the time. Voter turnout stood at 45.7 per cent. […]


Kodinhi, a village in the Malappuram district in Kerala, has the unusual reputation of having the most number of twins in the country. It is estimated that there are at least 400 pairs of twins in a population of 2,000 families. The national average of twin births is not more than 9 in 1,000 births – in Kodinhi, it is around 45 in 1,000 births. […]


According to the 2011 census, Sikkim is the least populated state in the country. Sikkim is famous for its historical temples and beautiful views. The state sees a lot of tourists every year. The population of the state is just 6,07,688 and the state is spread over an area of 7096 square kilometres. 75% of the people live in rural areas and the remaining 25% people live in urban areas of the state. […]


Literacy rate in India has always been quite uneven, with different States and Union Territories having their own literacy rates. Kerala is the only state that has constantly been credited to being called the most literate state in India. According to Census 2011, Kerala has the highest total literacy rate and the highest female literacy rate as well. […]


Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC as it is popularly referred as, is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles catering tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian Railways, with around 5 to 6 lakhs bookings everyday is the world’s second busiest. Its tagline being “Lifeline of the Nation”. […]


We are all familiar with cinnamon as a spice. It is used to flavour soups, salads, curries and desserts. Made from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, it is scientifically called Cinnamomum. In Ancient Egypt, this spice was much treasured and treated as a gift fit only for kings. Like many other spices, cinnamon comes with its share of health benefits. This is mainly owing to the presence of cinnamaldehyde in it. Ten health benefits of cinnamon are listed here- […]


Mallakhamba or mallakhamb is like a cross between gymnastics and yoga postures, performed with vertical or hanging wooden pole, or rope. The name of this sport is derived from the words ‘malla’, which means ‘wrestler’ and ‘khamb’, which means ‘pole’, as the pole was typically used by wrestlers as a training tool to improve their flexibility, strength and agility. […]