Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems

By Chandra Vikash Is this #TheGreatReset and a new world order that human society most urgently needs? Bicycle Tracks (or bike lanes) are signages of Car Culture. Most people including avid cycling enthusiasts and cycling/NMT (non motoring transport) advocates fail to see that. The reasons are not very difficult to see. They are either misled … Continue reading Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems

At the margin of Dalit politics, Bahurupias keep roza as well as navratri fasts

Shivraj Bahurupiya By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* The Bahurupiyas are one of the most marginalised communities in India. They are engaged in life performances and depend on the patronage of the powerful in the villages. In the olden times, the Rajas and Maharajas patronised them as they would massage their ego. They act on impersonation but … Continue reading At the margin of Dalit politics, Bahurupias keep roza as well as navratri fasts

Building India’s own toys: Drawing inspiration from culture and heritage

A note on the Ahmedabad Design Week 2021 event, themed Toy’ing With Design:  Pushing forward the call of making India a global toy manufacturing hub, the second edition of Ahmedabad Design Week (ADW) 2021, themed ‘Toy’ing With Design’ was virtually inaugurated on February 3. Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, former DG, CSIR and president, Indian National Science … Continue reading Building India’s own toys: Drawing inspiration from culture and heritage

Changing tourism prospects during Covid-19: Policy options for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

By Maheshika Dissanayake* As the third-largest export sector globally, the tourism industry is severely affected by the unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic. From January to October in 2020, according to UNWTO, loss in the export revenue from the international tourism sector was recorded at US$ 935 billion, which is ten times larger than the loss of … Continue reading Changing tourism prospects during Covid-19: Policy options for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

Raj Kapoor and Shailendra: The most iconic combination of Hindustani cinema

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* Shailendra, poet and lyricist of extraordinary ideas and a weaver of words, the man who immortalised himself with Raj Kapoor's collective team of geniuses such as Mukesh, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas and Shankar Jaikishan, passed away on December 14th, 1966. Ironically, December 14th is also Raj Kapoor’s birthday. Raj Kapoor always referred … Continue reading Raj Kapoor and Shailendra: The most iconic combination of Hindustani cinema

What separates giants like Maradona or Mohammad Ali from other sports icons

Diego Maradona By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* A portrait size painting of Diego Maradona was on display at certain ruins in war torn Syria where people were mourning the death of the legend. In the entire Latin American world, people are pouring their respect to Maradona who died in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Capital where his … Continue reading What separates giants like Maradona or Mohammad Ali from other sports icons

Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ* Light a lamp for COURAGE – to illumine the darkness which has engulfed many everywhere! Diwali, the Festival of Lights is a reminder that each one of us is called to be a light in our world today; a light that is visible, enkindling other lights with hope and in … Continue reading Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning