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This year has been a complete washout for the travel industry and sector and it has been an unusual year for the whole world. Countries have not only lost precious lives to coronavirus but also faced economic losses. One positive outcome of the worldwide lockdowns though has been that harmful...
Museums are wonderful places. They bring together pieces from different junctions of time and space for people to learn from and appreciate. ‘Museum’ is defined as an institution that is dedicated to the preserving and interpreting of primary tangible evidence of humankind and the environment. It is worth noting...
There is something uniquely liberating about road-trips. Be it with friends, as a couple or with family, road trips have a flavour that flights, trains and even busses can never provide. These are often trips where the purpose of the trip is primarily the journey itself. India has some...
On the tip of Pamban island, along the Palk Strait, is the quaint, deserted town of Dhanushkodi. The town that was once thriving with life is now an uninhabited town that welcomes visitors. Dhanushkodi is the last islet between India and Sri Lanka. A stretch of land, that is...
There are a host of Gods and Goddesses who are worshipped in Hinduism. Lord Ganesha is one who is worshipped by every household from almost every community. The one and only Elephant headed deity blesses new beginnings and removes obstacles along our way. Ganapathi or Ganesha (lord of the...
In the north-eastern region of Kerala, God’s own country, is the serene Wayanad district. Nestled in the lush green Western Ghats, this region will soon complete forty years of being officially recognised as a district. However, this region’s history dates all the way back to the Neolithic age which...
At a time when we are still emerging from the lockdown and continue to be constrained by many travel restrictions, let us reflect on the travels we have had in the past and how they have enriched us. Even with planned itineraries, confirmed bookings and extensive to-dos at our destination,...
Traditionally, many decades ago, the Navratri festival in Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal was a simple affair with humble poju at home performed by a priest, some offerings made to the Goddess by the family and of course celebrating with close friends and family. Gradually over...
The breadth and depth of India’s heritage is so vast that there is always something new to seek and be inspired by. The book, Heirloom Treasures: The Cultural Tapestry of India, is an attempt to inform the reader about a number of aspects that we have always associated with...
The handloom sector is one of the major symbols of the cultural heritage of India. It is also an important source of livelihood. On 7th August 2020, National Handloom Day is observed to honor the handloom weavers and to create awareness about the importance of the handloom industry in...
Indigenous people are undoubtedly among the most disadvantaged group in the world. Many international communities have come forward with the thought of special measures that are required to protect their basic rights and maintain their culture and the way they live. To raise awareness among different sectors about these...
Krishna Janmashtami, or Janmashtami as it is more popularly known, is the day when Lord Krishna, the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born. Celebrated on the eight day of the dark fortnight of the Shravana month, this is a festival whose traditions reflect the vivacious personality of Lord...
Lord Krishna is believed to have advised King Yudhishtir, as recorded in the Bhavishya Purana, that on the full moon night of the Shravan month, offerings must be made to the deceased forefathers. Following this ritual in the morning, the royal priest must tie the sacred thread symbolizing ‘raksha’...
Varalakshmi is the Goddess Lakshmi who grants boons. On a Friday of the Shravana month, women across many southern states of the country prepare to perform the Varalakshmi Vrata or a special puja that is held to worship Goddess Varalakshmi. Believed to be equivalent to worshipping the Ashta Lakshmi...
There is a saying in Bhagavad Gita: "Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." Yoga is not only limited to stretching; it is a way of life that aims at overall physical and mental health. It manages stress, anxiety, and keeps you relaxed. It...

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