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Shubho Mahalaya!  As a child growing up with Bengali grandparents, this day meant about waking up to the sound of a booming voice on the radio, narrating a story I couldn’t particularly understand; it also meant, a celebration was coming and that there would be lots of delicious food. As we inch closer to the 9 days of pure fun,  I find that strange connect with the Goddess brewing up again and that’s the most special thing about Durga -…

I woke up this morning to the news of Ahmedabad’s selection as India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO. As an Indian, I felt so proud that we finally have a city that will be counted amidst the world’s 250 heritage cities – alongside Edinburgh, Cairo and Paris! For the uninitiated, it is the same feeling when an Indian entry to the Oscars actually wins at the Academy! It’s the same because first there is elation and excitement and a slew of congratulatory…

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, and as promised, here’s my post on the 5 women artists of India along with activity suggestions for children. 1. Sahifa Banu Chances are, if you googled “women artists of India”, you’d come across a series of lists, with some names being common to every compilation. Interestingly, this important name has been omitted, or left out and somehow has been lost in the pages of history. Unlike the Western Artists of the 17th, 18th and…

The Constitution of India is a fascinating piece of art. What other book can guide your present and ensure your future while constantly acknowledging the past? Let me decode that a bit : we all know the Constitution to be a document that protects our rights as citizens; but what we don’t know is that each part of the Constitution begins with art that traces our 5000-year old history. The intricate gold pattern on the front and back cover itself borrow from the famous Ajanta murals. It…

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