Fibonacci numbers in mathematics, are the numbers making up a series of numbers called the Fibonacci sequence. The sequence is characterized by the fact that every number after the first two, is the sum of the two preceding ones. […]
Fortune or luck, as many of us commonly believe comes to one by chance. That chance is what we always wish and pray for. Well, it is wise to believe in fortune, but it is only foolishness if you wait for it to knock your doors while you are sitting idle, shying away from facing the world outside. […]
Christmas was around the corner, Crystal and Natalie excitedly ran to up to their mother who was busy starting her preparations for the festival. The two sisters were pretty young, but would always show interest in helping their mother with things in whatever little way they could. “Mom, we really want to help you with all the Christmas preparations, please tell us what to do?”, requested the two girls to their mother. Mom told the two sisters that she would want them to help her with all the cleaning and decorations, but only after their school closes for Christmas. […]
Once in a small village in Kancheepuram lived two best friends, Ramu and Sanju. Both Ramu and Sanju were farmers. The two had their own piece of land where they did farming. Both their farms were close to each other. They both spent almost all day together working in their respective farms and also had lunch together daily. The two had been friends since very long. One thing that was common in the two was probably the fact that both of them were very religious and god fearing. There was a small temple in the village, where the two would always pay a visit every morning before getting to their jobs. This was a part of their daily routine. […]
Once, the sun and the wind got into a fiery argument. The sun said that he was the stronger of the two. The wind vehemently disagreed and proclaimed himself stronger. As the heated argument continued, they noticed a man with a coat walking on a road. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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- […]
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. […]
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. […]
Raja Harishchandra, a silent film released in 1913, is considered the first full-length feature film made in India. It was directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the Father of Indian Cinema. […]
India first took part in the Olympic Games in the year 1900, at Paris. Of course, India was not an independent country at that time, it was under British rule. It sent just one representative – an athlete named Norman Pritchard. And he won two silver medals! […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
Gokarna is a small town in Karnataka which has always been famous for its temples, and has now also become famous for its beaches.
The Mahabaleswar Temple here, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered very holy. It is called the Dakshina Kasi, or Kasi of the south, because it is as important as the Shiva temple in Kasi. According to legend, the Linga, the symbol of Shiva which is worshipped here, was brought directly from Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. […]
One of the oldest and holiest temples in India is the Vaishno Devi Temple. It is actually a cave temple, located on the Trikut mountain on the foothills of the Himalayas in Jammu. Interestingly, there are no idols in this temple, but a rock formation which is five-and-a-half feet tall, with three ‘heads’ or pindis, which is worshipped. Devotees believe that Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Parvathi, or Shakti. […]
On the upper Shirui hills in Manipur there grows a plant called the Siroi or Shirui Lilly. It has beautiful bell-shaped flowers. It is one of the rarest plants in the world, because it grows only in this particular area. […]
In India, it is common to see a line of footwear outside the front doors of homes, and also outside temples and other places of worship. Have you ever wondered why we take off our shoes at the doorstep, not only of the homes which we visit, but also of our own homes? […]
Pattachitra is a special form of painting done in Odisha. Patta can be translated as canvas, and chitra means painting. So Pattachitras are paintings done on canvas. But you don’t get these canvases in art stores. They have to be specially prepared by hand, and the process takes a lot of time.
The colours have also to be hand-made. Only 100% natural dyes are used. The base for the paints is the gum of the Kaitha tree. Different things are added to get different colours. Powdered conch shells are used to make white, lamp soot gives black, a stone called harikala is powdered to make yellow, and so on. The root of the Keya plant is used as a brush. […]