History & Culture

History & Culture

The Third Gender: Why Transgender Are Seen as a Different Community?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe LGBTQ community is in a cheerful mood since the petition quashing of section 377 of IPC has been considered for their good; the Supreme Court of India has ordered the petition to be reviewed by a bench. More commonly known as the Hijra community, they are often the victims of abuse and discrimination. The transgender community […]

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The Year of the Dog: Chinese New Year 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday (Friday, Feb 16). Legend has it that ‘Nian’, a monster used to terrorise the people of a village. Everyone would leave their houses to go to safer grounds, before the monster’s annual visit. However one night, a wise old man decided to stay and confront it. It’s year of […]

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Paint the Town Green!

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith more and more people choosing to go vegan or vegetarian, options are increasing gradually. Recently a popular restaurant in Discovery Bay announced their completely revamped, predominantly vegetarian menu kindling mixed reactions from the community. Initially what began as a diet promoted by animal rights activists, has now gone beyond the realm of morality, to […]

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Lucknow: Of Nawabs, Kebabs, and Tehzeeb

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Lucknow, where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to finally emerge as a new composite whole. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Lucknow always fascinates me. For long it remained a Carrefour where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to […]

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A Nursery Rhyme and the Story of Peach Cobbler

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about a fun dessert called a cobbler! The unique name came about as this dish was cobbled together by early American settlers with fruit that was either canned or dried or preserved in some manner. It was baked over an open fire with clumps of biscuit dough topping it. Read more in […]

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Say Cheese!

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us the story of cheese, its antiquity and how it became an industrial product with the rise of its popularity and increased demands. Here’re the interesting details, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Cheese, the five letters spell the ultimate in fine dining.  An epitome of affluence and sophistication. It is probably […]

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The Story of Dal Makhani

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe original Dal Makhani, which was made in the Western part of Punjab, which is now in Pakistan was made by the Peshawaris. The Punjabis sold this dal with a few flat unleavened bread called roti in Peshawar dhabas. When the Peshawaris came across the border after partition they brought this dal with them. It […]

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Makar Sankranti: A Pan-Indian Solar Festival Celebrating Bounty

Reading Time: 6 minutesMakar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, Lohri in North India and by other names. Makar Sankranti is observed […]

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Cakes or Kebabs: We owe it to the Alien Cultures

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us how the composite Indian culture developed synergizing with other cultures, which the jingoists prefer to call alien, something that is corrupting the pure Hindu culture. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. This has been going on for quite a while. Might go out of hand anytime soon.   We […]

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The Bridge across the Oceans

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is a concern for most expats, with increasing number of people finding employment overseas, it’s a continuous endeavor to strike a balance between aging parents back home, and the promise of a new land. A struggle between the three generations feels Suveera. She talks about the balance between various relationships, in the weekly column, […]

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