Singapore, a small, modern island republic, is located just off the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula. The name is derived from the Sanskritized-Malay name Sinhapura (city of lions). 4,994 more words
Why visiting Kolkata in October, at least once in a lifetime, is a must for you - Durga Puja, now a world festival.
It is not uncommon to give form to a faculty in human beings. Idol worship in India is a great example of the same. While many speak against idol worship and may not be impressed with ‘puja’ of any sort, they will agree that the modern day relevance of Durga Puja (worshipping the deity) is to pray for inner strength. 2,209 more words
I’ve been reading Postmodernist patriarch Jean Baudrillard’s book about the USA, called America (Verso 1988, new edition 2010). Although it’s occasionally mired in the kind of obscurantist, elliptical wittering that he’s rightly condemned for by some people– the gobbledygook blindly imitated to devastatingly stupid effect by many academics, critics and artists since the 1990s– it also has some incredibly sharp observations about a country and a populace that at heart he obviously enjoys a great deal. 1,444 more words
Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras is a book that seeks to tell the little stories that make us who we are. The author believes that Benaras resides in all of us Indians, in some beautiful often-unknown way. 1,075 more words