Category: JHALAK-SANSKRITI

The Indian Chinese Cuisine: India’s Own Child

~ By Aropriya Pal Although an unfortunate scapegoat in the coronavirus crisis today, China has also made its influence felt in food culture worldwide for over centuries, especially in India. Truly, Indian Chinese or Sino-Indian cuisine came into being through the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques, to Indian tastes. Like most hybrid cuisines,…
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Navratri- A Nine-day Celebration of Faith in India

Alternatively known as Navaraha, Maha Navami, Durga puja, Dasara or Dassain, Navratri is a festival widely celebrated throughout South Asia. It is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar and symbolises the victory of good over evil. Navratri is celebrated at different times of the year, but the most popular celebration takes…
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12 Months, 13 Festivals!

Or so at the very least! In Bangladesh, there have been a number of vibrant cultural traditions transcending the contemporary nuances and celebrating the diverse backgrounds of its many inhabitants. The Bengali idiomatic phrase “baaro maash ey tero paarbon” literally translates into “12 months, 13 festivals” – because the traditions of Bengali culture are comprised…
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A look back at History: Akbar’s Din-i-Ilahi

By Hiba Ishaq The Mughal Dynasty ruled the Indian subcontinent for the entire medieval period, and the greatest ruler was the third Mughal ruler, Akbar. Akbar (the Great), unlike his predecessors (and also successors), conquered a vast territory of South Asia and Central Asia with excellent policies and strategies. He had incorporated a vast stretch…
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Practising Faith during COVID-19

As much as religion is taken to be a sensitive topic all over the world and how people have always been reluctant in bringing changes in their rituals, beliefs and practices, the global pandemic has surely turned things upside down. There has been a revocation of pilgrimages, services, festivals or any other practice that could…
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The Trees of Eternal Hope

~ Mansura Amdad I always used to be perplexed by a practice in my neighbouring communities – in both cities and villages. Every time after someone died in my small neighbourhood, we buried them in their graves and quite interestingly, after a few days of the burial, planted a tree beside or on the grave.…
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Sant Kabir Jayanti

By Arkopriya Pal Nearly six centuries have passed since his birth, but Sant Kabir, the 15th-century mystic poet, has remained as relevant as ever in the contemporary age. A poet whose life influenced people of all religions he came close to, Sant Kabir is one of the most interesting personalities in the history of Indian…
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Festival of Breaking the Fast

~Sona Sharma May the magic of this Eid bring lots of happiness in your life.May you celebrate it with all your close friends & may it fill your heart with wonders. In the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset across the world to pay respect to the month during which the Quran…
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Ramzan During Covid-19

~ Arkopriya Pal With Eid-ul-Fitr, falling on 23-24th of May, Ramzan, the holy month of fasting, was being observed by Muslims all over the world, though alongside the challenges of the global health and economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Worldwide, from Mecca to New York, government officials and Muslim scholars and leaders had…
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Ramadan Amid Lockdown

~Siya Bindal Ramadan is the most hallowed month of the year in Islamic culture during which Muslims neither eat nor drink between dawn and sunset. This is known as fasting which is important during Ramadan, alongside keeping themselves away from pleasures, as it lets them be totally devoted towards their prayers and come closer to…
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