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 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 …

Single Fathers

Tales of men who become fathers without wives is a recurring theme in Hindu mythology – and they help open our minds about alternate forms of families One day, while wandering through the countryside, Matsyendranath* saw a farmer’s wife crying in front of her house. He divined she was childless. …

To Market, to Market…

With Manipuri matriarchs who have created a unique marketplace – set up by and for women traders. The system is a medium of opportunity, and an example of how right thought and effort can lead to long-lasting fame or ‘kirti’. This form of Strength is latent in women (and men, too), but requires effort to find it. Once found, it can be used to build a lasting ‘brand’