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Deepavali: Festival of Lights

Deepavali – or Diwali – as is commonly uttered – literally means rows of lamps. These lamps light up houses all over the country, but for different reasons. In West Bengal, it is time to worship Kali, the goddess with the fearsome strength, and in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh it is time to remember Dhanvantari, the divine physician. To some, the lights are a reminder of the return of Rama to his home after 16 years of exile....

Who stole the Candle Wax?

Who stole the Candle Wax?

On every Diwali, known as the festival of lights, our family has a big discussion on the kind of lighting we should have. And after talking about candles or electric bulbs we invariably choose the _diya_s or earthen lamps for their beautiful flames. But last year, we reached the kumhara or potter’s roadside shop a bit too late. The lamps had been sold out and the potter had a big smile on his face. So we decided to light candles....

What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy?

If you’ve ever been laid up in bed because of a broken leg, or with an arm in a cast, you’ll know how limp that limb feels when it is finally out of bandages. That’s because the muscles in that particular part of the body have not been used for so long that they’ve ‘forgotten’ how to function. They need to be re-taught their work, and this is where physiotherapy comes in. Physiotherapy is that branch of medicine, which makes use of physical agents or exercises to treat a disease or an injury....

Candle Stand

Candle Stand

Candle Stand [Illustrations by Shinod AP] This candle stand is simple and it can be made by children as young as four years. The things you need: A few earthen lamps Glitter Transparent adhesive Step 1: Spread a newspaper sheet and keep the glitter and lamps on it. Step 2: Put some adhesive on the earthen lamp and sprinkle the glitter on it. You can make different patterns and designs using the glitter....

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