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Ghats and Diyas- Dev Diwali

By Ankita Singh As the month of Karthik (the eighth month of Hindu calendar, i.e. October-November in Gregorian calendar) is approaching, and we are stuck in this dreadful time of corona. I am reminiscent of the flavoursome festivities that this month brings along. The evenings have already started to fill the air with a distinct…
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The She and Them in Faith

By Nadia O’Brien Who we believe, what we believe, why we believe and how we believe, much like everything else in our lives, revolves around the ‘he’ and the ‘him’. Never around ‘she’, ‘her’, ‘they’ or ‘them’. He has always been in charge- at home, at work, at parties, and functions, at churches, at mosques,…
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The Duality of Diwali

It’s said that Diwali is the festival  of light over darkness. The usual ‘moral of the story’ never seemed to leave my childhood memories of this festival and of course there was a good reason for it. Now I feel that it’s not just the morality that defines this festival. I have always preferred the night more…
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A DIWALI WITH A DIFFERENCE

BY VISHNUPRIYA S NAIR The growing feeling of excitement is the same as ever and yet, I know it is going to be different from the one last year and the ones before. Diyas are on their way to light the verandah and tummies are preparing for the grand feast, a day’s guilty pleasure. Diwali…
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This too Shall Pass

 “This too shall pass” was a simple quote that I used to repeat to myself when the lockdown had just started. It was as if I wanted to desperately hold on to some kind of reassurance to feel safe. What amused me even more was the fact that attachment to hope was as ephemeral as…
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Chahat NGO: Our Journey

‘We saw children carrying heavy garbage bags on their shoulders to earn for their families, just to make enough for their basic needs. These children had never been to school. Chahat NGO aims to change that for them, and many others like them!’ ‘We educate and raise awareness amongst many children and their families about…
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Trauma Response: A Knowledge-Based Program

Reflections Trauma Response: A Knowledge-Based Program by Light Up, Unbottle Emotions was one of the most comprehensive programs, exploring the intersectionality within Mental Health. This 3-day program from 30th October to 1st November 2020 included a balanced mix of experiential and theoretical learning which imparted a concrete understanding of trauma and the subsequent impact of…
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Festivities, Joy and Peace!

By Gracy Singh Life is all about spreading joy and happiness; it involves celebrating every moment to the fullest and not leaving a single opportunity to bond with others and make them a part of our happiness. This thought vividly describes the idea behind festivals, the celebration of life. Worldwide we have several festivals being…
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Festivals that Know No Bounds

By Mansura Amdad In Bangladesh, the major religions consist of people from faiths of Islamism, Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), Christianity, Buddhism and to a minimal number, Sikhism. Overly overt is the majoritarian faith in this land that is Islam, and it often shows in the placement of masjids or mosques in almost every road. The religious…
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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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