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Kolam – a South Indian style of painting

Kolam is a South Indian style of painting that is drawn by using rice powder/chalk/chalk powder. While it is popular in many parts of Asia it is generally associated with Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and most parts of Kerala.Step by step guideline for creating a Kolam:Step 1 Prepare a grid of the required dimensions. Most Kolams are made with simple...

Toilet Matters

Where: New Delhi, IndiaAugust 3, 2000 : As a kid, I had a big problem going out. I hated the thought of travel. It's not that I was a stay-at-home type. I liked visiting people, places. But travel I hated. For, in the midst of a particularly long journey, I would desperately want to go to the toilet....

Teacher: “Which is closer to India, Nepal…

Teacher: "Which is closer to India, Nepal or the moon?" Vivek: " Ma'am, the moon." Teacher: " Really!! How?" Vivek: " Well, you can see the moon from here but you cannot see Nepal!"

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
Born into an Irish working class family on Sept 14, 1879 in Corning, New York, Margaret Sanger is known for her crusade to legalise birth control which later spurred the movement for women’s liberalisation. As a young girl Margaret witnessed her mother’s slow death worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. Later while working as a nurse...

Conquering Britain!

Where: Birmingham, UKNovember 25, 2000: A few weeks ago, we wrote about Indian-born Roshan Doug, who has been selected as the poet-laureate for the city of Birmingham in Britain. Close on the heels of that news comes another: Birmingham councillors will be giving an Indian name to a few suburbs in the city.Birmingham's Apna TownApna Town (our town) will...

Basket-making in India

Weaving of baskets in India is an art as ancient as the making of pottery. Even the nomadic food gathering cultures wove reeds together to prepare baskets. Later, different materials and cultures developed a variety of basketry for domestic use, as well as for ritual purposes. They developed special patterns based on local traditions and techniques.Baskets as we know...

Humble Rickshaw Gets a Face-lift

Where: New Delhi, IndiaJuly 15, 2000: This inauguration did not make the media go crazy with their cameras and flashbulbs. There were no pop stars or actors either. Delhi's Chief Minister, Sheila Dixit was present when 20 rickshaws quietly got on to the roads. The sleek, colourful cycle-rickshaw is designed to give comfort to the driver as well...

Ratha Yatra

Ratha Yatra Festival
Excerpts from the book "Festivals of India" Published by National Book Trust, India.Festivals bring large numbers of people together in a spirit of joy or devotion, or both. But there is one festival that combines joy and devotion with physical rigour. This is the Car Festival of Lord Jagannath at Puri, in Orissa, popularly known as the Rath...

A Tale of Two Wonders

Where: USA and IndiaJune 24, 2000: In the first week of June, Indian newspapers wrote about two very different kinds of success stories. Both involved youngsters -- one 12 year old and another teenaged boy. One was in the United States, the other was in Madurai (Tamil Nadu), India. But both proved that their success had very little to...

Glimpses from Gandhi’s Life

Stories From Bapu's Life Written by Uma Shankar Joshi Illustrations by Mickey Patel Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiGandhiji’s intellectual influence on Indians has been considerable. Some were attracted by his emphasis on political and economic decentralisation, others by his insistence on individual freedom, moral integrity, unity of means and ends, and social service; still others by his satyagraha and political...

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