History & Culture

History & Culture

The Chosen Family

Reading Time: 3 minutesSuveera tells us how her family-of-friends became her family in a distant land in Hong Kong, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I still remember very clearly how five years ago, we tried to gather our life and packed it into four suitcases,  bid teary goodbyes to our families back home in Delhi […]

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Bangkok: As You Like It!

Reading Time: 4 minutes  Ruchira takes us on a trip to Bangkok, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “You will find Bangkok a lot like older parts of New Delhi,” the guy at the travel agency had told me while booking my trip to Thailand. Later, I discovered that he was right.  On a warm October […]

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The Antiquity of Gingerbread Houses, a Christmas Decoration

Reading Time: 3 minutesChristmas has many ancient traditions associated with it. Along with turkey, eggnog, Xmas cakes, Yule logs, cookies, there is a custom of baking gingerbread houses. Nuremberg, Germany was the recognised Gingerbread capital of the world. Spreading across Europe in the 13th century, the recipe spread to Sweden by German immigrants, Lily tells us, tracing its antiquity, […]

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What are the Many Layers of the Lessons from History?

Reading Time: 4 minutesHistory always has some stories to tell, some mysteries to reveal, some experiences to share; that is why a lot of tourist places get crowded by visitors with curiosity in their eyes. Primarily history makes a person living in the present understand both past and present. Knowing the past helps one understand the origins of […]

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A Sprinkling of Joy

Reading Time: 3 minutesNisha, our helper, is like thousands of other women, who have left behind their home and families in their countries, to seek a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, come from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Nepal amongst others. They step out of their home countries […]

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Salad Bowl and Americanism

Reading Time: 4 minutesAmerican writers of the Indian sub-continent are women.  They are Mary Anne Mohan Raj, Bharati Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri and Bapsi Sidhwa, Pakistan’s important diasporic writer. In their writings, what we experience is the writhingly nostalgic pain, crises of their individual identity and rootlessness, opines Basudeb, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths.      […]

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Digitisation: Is it a Boon or Bane?

Reading Time: 5 minutesMoney was a simple sack of grains in olden times when barter was used. As the economies grew larger and more complex, the need arose for something, which could provide exact value to goods and services, could be stored without any risk of perishing, could be transported easily, and could be recognised easily and accepted […]

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Padma Shri Sardar Gurcharan Singh: Father of Studio Pottery in India

Reading Time: 3 minutesSumita profiles Ceramicist Sardar Gurcharan Singh, a Padma Shri recipient, who pioneered the Delhi Blue Art Pottery, which later became the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. Read more about the great artist, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In a subcontinent where the traditions of pottery have passed down the generations almost unchanged from […]

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Put Life into Your Years

Reading Time: 3 minutesA couple of days back, we went for a picnic, to a picturesque country park. One of many in Hong Kong. We set base on top of a hill, where it was particularly windy. It is intriguing how in a relaxed atmosphere, the child trapped within us escapes. Before long we were all infected by […]

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The Last Visit of Rabindranath Tagore and the Continuum of his Legacy in Allahabad – III

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s the third and concluding part of the three-part article on Tagore and his Allahabad connection. Arindam suggests that the Central/State governments need to act and help preserve the Allahabad legacy of Tagore, exclusively in Different Truths. In 1935, at the age of 74 Tagore came to Allahabad for the last time with his musical […]

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