On the complex symbolism and mystique of the Aarati

Among the numerous Hindu rituals there is perhaps none more well-known than the aarati ceremony, be it at the temple or for the personal deity (ishta devtha) at home....
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Kahaniyon Ka Shaher: The magical world of storytelling

A lonely senior citizen discovers the internet, falls in love with it, and finds himself a kindred soul.On her 25th wedding anniversary, a...

World Menstrual Hygiene Day: Ways to go sustainable

Sanitary pads are made of plastic, contain cellulose gum and have an absorbent material that converts liquid to gel. All these substances make these sanitary napkins highly...
Wheelchair Wonder Woman

Have wheelchair, will travel

It started as a dream to have visa stamps from every country of the world. By her 50th birthday, she had travelled to 59 countries across six...

Documenting the lockdown in Wuhan

Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, by Fang FangOn January 25, 2020, after the Chinese central government imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, Fang Fang began publishing...
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How to transition back to work from office?

Many of India’s formal-economy workers have spent the past eight weeks working from home, and according to a new survey by IBM, over half of the remote...

Virtual Rabindra Jayanti event one of the first of its kind

As we have all become unfortunately aware, the impact of a global pandemic is multi-faceted, spanning across almost every aspect of our lives. While Zoom calls have...
With Mother’s Day around the corner and gift delivery services seeming like a difficult prospect, here are some simple yet thoughtful ideas

Online Mother’s Day: Tech-savvy ideas when you live far from Mum

While there’s a lucky bunch of people who are isolating with their families and loved ones, not everyone has managed to be at home during the lockdown. With Mother’s Day around the...

Finding blessing in a COVID Ramadan

Abbas Raza Alvi This is the first time in my life I’m witnessing the entire world's Muslim community observing COVID Ramadan in isolation. This year Ramadan will be like no other. No communal prayers....