A Note for the

Music is often used to convey and reinforce the sentiments of patriotism and nationhood – we explore examples of how the medium was used in India over the ages Sound can uplift and empower, as it can evoke strong emotions. Combined with words, it becomes a huge force. Thus, music …

A Festival Day

There is a joke that, in India, there are 365 days and 366 festivals in a year. For sure, India abounds in festive occasions – on a personal and communal level – and it is these celebrations that act as connecting threads in the subcontinent’s multicultural society Life is one …

Daddy Dearest

Fathers are often seen as guides and mentors who help their children forge their path, and hold a light up for them when starting out. Fathers are often their children’s biggest supporters and stern critics, too. On the occasion of Father’s Day, we look back at some of the legacies created by …

SMS

 Short cultural snippets for an easily digestible India   Art/textile/craft Marionette-style puppets made by the Nat Bhat caste in Rajasthan Puppet shows have existed in Rajasthan for centuries. Called kathputli (kath meaning ‘wood’ and putli meaning ‘doll’), puppet theatre took place at village fairs and religious festivals, relating folk tales …

Good Timing

 Time is seen and regarded in vastly different ways across cultures. We look at how Indians view the idea of time and timeliness, and deep-seated norms that influence Indians’ behaviour     What factors drive India’s way of life? What are the everyday influences that motivate people’s behaviour and underlie their decisions, actions and …

Off the Beaten Path

Be it for a weekend road trip or a longer getaway, why not pick a place that is not overrun by tourists? Preeti Verma Lal gives you a pick of some not-so-well-explored places that are worth charting a route to. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of …