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. […]
Much is known about India’s cultural and historic legacy and also about its beautiful landscapes, but in the last few decade, India is also coming into its own as a destination for adventure tours and fun activities. One such exciting adventure is the yak safari-s that are available in Gangtok, Sikkim. You can take a safari around the lovely waters of the Tsomgo Lake and enjoy the beauty around you while seated on a yak that is bedecked with ornaments and woolen knits. Going on a safari gives one the opportunity to explore the land, its fauna and flora in their natural states and India offers many such exciting adventures to travelers.
Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is a very holy place for Jains, who are followers of an ancient Indian religion. It is famous because of a huge statue of Bahubali or Gomateshwara, who the Jains worship. […]
Not far from Bangalore in Karnataka there is a place called Toy Town. Its actual name is Channapatna, but in Kannada it is called Gombegala Ooru, which means Toy Town. That’s because a lot of people there have been making wooden toys for many, many years. […]
The River Dolphin is India’s national aquatic animal. An aquatic animal is one which lives in water. Dolphins are not fishes, they’re mammals. The River Dolphin, also known as the Ganges River Dolphin, is found only in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna and the Karnaphuli-Sangu rivers flowing through India, Nepal and Bangladesh. […]
In Uttar Pradesh there is a mountain named Govardhan near Vrindavan in the Mathura area, where Lord Krishna is believed to have lived as a young boy. It is a very special place for devotees of Lord Krishna. […]
The blue wheel at the center of India’s national flag is known as the Ashok Chakra. It has 24 spokes. […]
In Kerala’s Palakkad District there is a place called the Silent Valley. It is one of the few forest areas in the world which hasn’t been much disturbed by us human beings. […]
Buttermilk is a lovely, cooling drink to have in summer. It is made by mixing two or three tablespoons of yogurt, also called curd, in a glass of water, and whisking it well with salt. You can also add a bit of crushed ginger and green chilies, curry leaves, coriander leaves and a pinch of roasted and ground cumin and pepper to the drink. […]
B R Ambedkar or Babasahib Ambedkar is known as the Father of the Indian Constitution. That’s because he was the one who was in charge of creating the document known as the Constitution. The Constitution sets out what type of country India is, what its laws are, and how it should be ruled so that every Indian gets a fair deal. How he got that responsibility is an amazing story. […]
Vishu is usually celebrated on April 14th or 15th each year by the people of Kerala, known as Malayalees. It is the first day of the summer month Medham in the Malayalam Calendar. In India, different calendars are followed along with the usual one beginning with January and ending with December. These are based on the seasons and helped people in olden days to keep track of when to plant crops, when to expect the rains and when the crops would be ready for harvest. A new set of seasons begins with Vishu. […]
Turmeric is a spice grown mostly in India. The roots of the turmeric plant are dried and powdered. Turmeric is bright yellow, and is used in cooking. In north India, it is commonly called haldi while in the south it is usually known as manjal. […]
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. […]
It used to be said, that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. In the olden days, this applied a lot to the child who, due to sheer boredom or for want of anything else to do, would resort to naughty or mischievous ways and, duly get into trouble. But then, those were days when gadgets didn’t occupy his mind, when the three R’s would keep him busy and, only if his leisure hours were not planned well, the ‘devil’s workshop’ would get into an overdrive mode. […]
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. […]
In the formative years of a human being, there are many aspects that must be taken into account, to ensure that, in later years of adulthood, the foundation so laid, will form a strong combination of body, mind and soul for a healthy life.
While it is possible to see the ‘body’ and how the physical form develops into a seemingly healthy shape, the other two unseen aspects of the trio – ‘mind’ and ‘soul’ are elements that can only be tuned by proper training, tutoring and discipline. […]
Known as pallanguzhi in Tamil, ali guli mane in Kannada, vamana guntalu in Telugu and kuzhipara in Malayalam – this ancient South Indian game is played by two people at one time. They sit on either side of a wooden board that has 14 pits (2 rows and 7 columns) and play with shells, tamarind seeds or small pebbles. […]
Many people think that the word tandoori refers to a recipe or ingredients used but it is actually the method in which it is cooked – that is, food made in a tandoor. […]
Summer time is here and so are the holidays! And every hour should be spent in enjoyment, isn’t it? This is the time for lazy mornings, games, milk shakes and ice creams. And absolutely no time to waste by falling sick or tired. Right? To ensure health filled holidays you need not go far. Just step into your kitchens! […]
It’s 4am and the alarm goes off in the Venkatraman household. Amma is the first to get up and vigorously wakes up Paddu. In half an hour, they are ready to go to the ground, no, not for a walk but Cricket Coaching.
This is a familiar scene in many households in Chennai and I am always fascinated to see that boy riding pillion on the scooter holding on to his cricket kit bag tightly as the father concentrates on the road! Many of them dream to hold the MRF bat like Sachin and Virat or a Spartan bat of MS Dhoni. […]
Every time we get into our car, what is the entertainment we reach out for? The radio. With umpteen number of channels to choose from, a long and tedious drive becomes shorter and a stressful day turns relaxing. […]
Isn’t it a great moment, when unexpectedly, we have opportunities knocking at our door? Well, that might not happen often, but when it does, we should try and make the most of it. […]
Once, there lived on a huge mango tree, two little sparrows named Mini and Sini. The two were the best of friends and were always seen together. They stayed together, flew together over the farms and were never seen away from each other. They were famous in the village as the “inseparable friends” and everyone loved them for that, except Khemu, the wicked crow. […]
School life has its share of competitions. Some are more challenging than others but fun to participate in all the same. The competitions require skill, smartness and patience but what gives competitors an edge is, thinking out of the box. Just like how Birbal did when Akbar threw him a challenge. Want to know how? Read on. […]
Once in a jungle was roaming a little mouse,
Running here and there, in search of a house.
The mouse ran fast, and suddenly heard a thud,
Not realizing what it was, he just fell on the mud. […]