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The Peacocks are Dying

May 11: The residents of the Rajasthan State Electricity Board colony in Heerapur, 12 km from Jaipur, are in shock. They don’t know how to reconcile to the sudden, unexplained deaths of 19 peacocks in their colony in the first week of May. The priest at the Radha Krishna temple in the colony is inconsolable: there are no more...

The Song of Hori or Happiness

The song of hori or happiness
Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.Kesar rang ki keech bhai hai, Chahun or udat gulal, Nachat gopal.Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.Baajat jhanjhar, dhol, majari aur khartal, Braj ki nari sangh hori khelat, Nachat dede taal, sakhi.Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.(This song sung by women describes Nandlal, as young Krishna is called, playing hori with the women of Brajbhoomi - the area comprising Mathura, Vrindavan,...

Where Holi is the Talk of the Town

Krishna and Radha Celebrating the Holi Festival
Think of Holi and you think of two places in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the festival has a special status. First, the area known as Brajbhoomi comprising Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, Gokul (all connected to Lord Krishna's birth, childhood and early youth) and Barsana (Radha's village). Here Holi is a robust enactment of the legends of Radha...

Holi is For Children

Kamla Mathur was born and brought up in Etah, a small town in Uttar Pradesh. Now, at 65, she lives in Delhi and reminisces fondly of the Holi she and her siblings celebrated at 'home', in the area called Brajbhoomi, the land where the Braj dialect of Hindi is spoken. Brajbhoomi refers to the places connected to the legends...

The Bright Ones

September 9: Five-year-old Krishna and four-year-old Rama are two very bright brothers. They are too young to join school but they know by heart all the textbooks of the primary school.The little geniuses, however, are not Indian! Their names are the only thing Indian about these kids. For they are Russians in every other way.The two boys, sons of...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dear Vishrut and Anushrut,I forget the name of a short story by W.Somerset Maugham that I read long ago-perhaps you will read it some day. But I still remember the story and in particular one sentence from it. This is spoken by a chap, brought up strictly to tell right from wrong, who has to go out to the...

The Court Jester and the Hilsa Fish

The Court Jester and the Hilsa Fish
Maharaja Krishna Chandra was the king of Bengal during the middle ages. It was customary for kings in those days to patronise talented people. So every king had his own court poets, artists, singers, town planners, architects and what have you. And plenty of ministers to advise him on different matters.And every king had a court jester. The...

The Jester and the Straw Roof

The Jester and the Straw Roof
Maharaja Krishna Chandra was the king of Bengal during the middle ages. It was customary for kings in those days to patronise talented people. So every king had his own court poets, artists, singers, town planners, architects and what have you. And plenty of ministers to advise him on different matters.And every king had a court jester. The...

One Act Play

Maharaja Krishna Chandra was the king of Bengal during the middle ages. It was customary for kings in those days to patronise talented people. So every king had his own court poets, artists, singers, town planners, architects. And every king had a court jester.The jester was a very important person for his ability to make people laugh and...

The Jester and the Stranger’s Language

Maharaja Krishna Chandra was the king of Bengal during the middle ages. It was customary for kings in those days to patronise talented people. So every king had his own court poets, artists, singers, town planners, architects and what have you. And plenty of ministers to advise him on different matters.And every king had a court jester. The...

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