Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000. […]
Zamindars are people from the Muslim Rajput castes who settled in rural areas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from Pakistan to Bangladesh.
A Zamindar is a holder or occupier (dār) of land (zamīn). The root words are Persian, and the resulting name, ‘landowners’ was widely used wherever Persian influence was spread by the Mughals or other Indian Muslim dynasties. […]
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, is one of the world’s largest planned townships, created specifically to reduce congestion in Mumbai. […]
Not many people know that a number of exhilarating adventures are also possible in India. Imagine walking over frozen river ice with a large bag on your back and freezing water rushing along just a few inches below your feet. […]
National Security Day is celebrated on 4th March every year to observe and praise the work of various security forces in India. It is also known as the Rashtriya Suraksha Diwas. […]
Isn’t it interesting that a structure that was first used over 3000 years ago continues to be used for transportation even now? The Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the state of Kerala. They are huge and slow-moving and have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. Kettu means “tied with ropes” and vallam means “boat”. […]
Rishi, 7 years, tiptoed to his room, opened his cupboard, made sure no one was watching, lifted a heavy book from the bottom rack and gazed through his prized possession. His collection of bank notes, coins and stamps! Rishi had always observed his father collecting a lot of stamps, and decided to follow that path, except that he kept looking for notes and coins strewn on the floor or lying on the road. […]
If you plan on bringing a puppy home, you need to get your home ready to welcome the little furball.
You first need to pick up all the basics. These include a collar and leash, bowls for water and food, a bed and some toys. Consult a vet about what kind of food your puppy needs and stock up on that too. […]
The word yoga is one that is now so popular everywhere. You must have surely seen videos and pictures of our Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi leading thousands of people in the international day of yoga celebrations in the last few years. Maybe some of you are also learning yoga in school or elsewhere.
Let us try to understand what yoga is, where it comes from and why we must do yoga. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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? […]
Kho-Kho, a popular traditional sport of India, is based on the format of running and catching. The game is said to have originated in Maharashtra. In ancient times, the game was played on ‘raths’ or chariots, and was thus also known as Rathera. […]
Puttu, which is made by steaming rice flour, is a popular breakfast dish in South India. The dish is made from coarsely ground white or red rice, grated coconut, water and salt. Spiced such as cumin may be added for flavor as well. The rice flour is mixed with water, salt and spices (if any), then layered with grated coconut and put into cylindrical tubes made from bamboo or metal. The tubes are then put into a steamer, so that the food is cooked through the steam and without the use of oil or any other fat. This makes it a healthy breakfast option. […]
One spice that has always been part of our grandma’s kitchen is carom seed or ajwain. Our grandmas cured every digestive problem or abdominal discomfort with concoctions made from ajwain. Called Ugragandha in Sanskrit, ajwain seeds are produced by a herb plant that originated in India. […]