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Capt. Devika: An Officer and a Lady, who Personified Courage

Reading Time: 5 minutesMaj. Gen. Raj recounts the true story of a brave lady doctor, Capt. Devika Gupta, and how she risked her life and limbs to save a wounded soldier. An engrossing anecdote, for Different Truths.  A true-life war zone incident of a lady doctor of the Indian Army, her story of grit and Hippocrates Oath that doctors […]

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Reetwika Banerjee: Five Books, Three Films, 13 Awards makes her a Young Achiever

Reading Time: 8 minutesReetwika Banerjee, a columnist with Different Truths, is a young achiever. She has won 13 awards for her five books and three films. T Mukherjee interviews her, exclusively for Different Truths. TM: Tell us about yourself, Reetwika Banerjee. RB: I am a professional Cyber Security expert and I aim to be a face of women in […]

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The Colourful Kashmiri Wedding

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe picturesque northernmost Indian state of Jammu& Kashmir has its own distinct cultural heritage. Here, in a nutshell, are their wedding customs and traditions of the Kashmiri Hindus. A matrimonial alliance is fixed once the horoscopes match. For the Kasamdry (formal engagement), the two parties assemble at a temple. Prayers are followed by an exchange of flowers – […]

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Touching Lives

Reading Time: 5 minutesShe wanted to marry a classmate from her business school, who was from a different community and working in another small town at the end of the country.  They seemed perfectly matched with similar job profiles and taste and knowing that the young man was also a wannabe writer who had also read the author’s book […]

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Tagore and Bangladesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesHad there been no stay in East Bengal, Tagore would have been a split soul – a divided personality. A complete and undivided Tagore is that Tagore who is made up of the combination of Calcutta and East Bengal, now Bangladesh. Tagore, however, considered Calcutta and East Bengal as one and the same country—two opposite […]

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Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

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Mahaguru and Mahatma: A Reflection on the Relationship between Tagore and Gandhi

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere were many striking contrasts between these two personalities. Yet they found some common chord and there began a friendship which lasted till Tagore’s death in 1941. As early as 1915, we find Tagore referring to Gandhi as ‘Mahatma’ and Gandhi readily adopted the form of addressing Tagore as ‘Gurudev’. Theirs was not a friendship […]

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In the Inner Recesses of his Heart: Painting of Rabindranath Tagore in the History of Art

Reading Time: 20 minutesRabindranath Tagore’s art combines both Indian and European aspects. The range of colours used in his work are reminiscent of the expressionist era, and Tagore’s style is close to that of Kandinsky, Picasso, and Matisse. It is also influenced by Japanese and Chinese art. It also documents what prominent art historians and critics said about […]

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The Abode of Peace: A Nest Formed in the Universe

Reading Time: 7 minutesBadly in need of funds for his ashram, Tagore sought donations from abroad notably England and was dismayed to encounter the cool British snub. This was a fallout of his strong denouncements against the British imperialistic attitudes as well as his relinquishment of the knighthood. Yet the poet in him keenly empathised with the pain […]

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One Last Tagore Birthday before My Death

Reading Time: 8 minutesA Diaspora, Dr. Partha shares the agony of a Bengali far away from homeland. He confesses, there are quite a few other Bengali immigrants both from Bangladesh and West Bengal — highly educated, scholarly and erudite — who are satisfied with the small society they have and therefore do not feel any particular urge to […]

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