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  • What is the Mystery of Earth, God’s Creatures, Environment, Human Behaviour and Genes!

  • Do the Muslims of Norway Pose Cultural Threat to Norwegian Identity?

  • Modi reassures Inclusive Democracy: Hopefully Partisan Politics will be Passe

  • Holi: Unifying the Electoral Colours of Politics, Ribaldry and its Spread in the West

  • Why is Everyone Hounding Sasikala?

  • Narendra Jadhav was against Reservation for his Daughter; Befitting next President of India

  • Torture is Illegal and Inhuman

  • Moon of my Trembling Stars

  • Indian Elections: The Politics of Insults, Anger and Debasement Destroy the Democratic Fibre

  • India and Kleptocracy: Are we a Nation of Crooks?

  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali Roughed-up: Folklore and Fanaticism is not History!

  • Phosphorous: A Single Chemical Element that Tells Many Stories

The Role of Humour in Resolving Conflicts

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and humour helps in resolving it in a healthy way, leading to stronger bonds. Hyderabad-based Kavita, a practicing psychologist, tells us the importance of humour in resolving conflicts between partners, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Conflict is a part of life. It exists as a […]

Road Safety for Senior Citizens

Elders and senior citizens need to be very careful while walking and crossing streets. They account for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities. Rita tells us the safeguards that seniors must take, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. Senior citizens account for almost half of all pedestrian fatalities, meaning that seniors are almost […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Elephant and the Crocodile – XVIII

Strange are the ways of the Divine. The elephant and the crocodile fought each other till Narayana slew the crocodile and saved the elephant. Both these creatures were cursed in their past lives. Though on opposite sides, both attained salvation, such is the grace of the Lord. Here’s an interesting tale from the Bhagavatam, recounted […]

Momo, a Popular Street Food in India and Nepal, has Worldwide Presence

Lily tells us the story of Momos, a popular street food in India and Nepal that the Tibetan refugees brought along with them. Momo is now the traditional delicacy of Nepal, Tibet and the Nepalese and Tibetan communities in Sikkim, Bhutan and Darjeeling district of India. The original Tibetan is Mog-mog. The Chinese names are […]

I am the Poem

A poem is born through its creator, the poet. Here the poem is persistent like a child, till the poet and the poem become one. Here’s a tribute to poems on the World Poetry Day, by Anumita, in Different Truths. Half-way down the stairs, I saw a small poem Tiptoeing around it I go, A […]

Yearning to Yawn

Here’s a brilliant nonsense verse by Usha, on World Poetry Day, about yawn, in Different Truths. When a yawn is out in the open It leads to a lot of commotion For concentration it has broken; Leading to an ugly outpouring of emotions. It leaves you completely helpless. You have now become defenceless As you […]

Jamshedi Navroz: Celebrated along the Silk Route, it Dates Back to Sixth Century BC

Jamshedi Navroz is recognised as a public holiday in many countries along the Silk Route – Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq (by the Kurdish people), Kazakstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan Olgii region of Mongolia, Kajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is estimated that nearly 190 million people celebrate Nowruz around the world. It has been declared as […]

Cooking my Goose

Here’s an interesting account by Soumya, a humourist, on cooking. We are introducing his humour column, beginning this week, on Tuesdays, exclusively on Different Truths. I am a foodie. My girth hints at it. I take a keen interest in the creative process of cooking too, but all strictly theoretical. I also enjoy cooking as […]

Homeless

Here’s a powerful and intense women-centric protest poem by Meenakshi, in Different Truths. I have always been a cuckoo bird Raising, egging my being in other’s nests Always in search of a home of my own Where this life could blossom Well, I am an Indian woman I have always been a caged bird My […]

Bringing up Mindful Children: Meditation is the Answer

The stillness of thoughts or the presence in the present seems to fade away with passing days. There are studies that show that a steady increase in ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder) among both children and adults. There are few medical remedies for this. But, those have tremendous side effects. […]

Backbend Asanas for Strengthening the Spine

Our Associate Editor, Navodita, an expert on Yoga, talks of the variations of two important asanas, Ardha Viprit Naukasana and Dhanurasana. These strengthen the spine, making it supple and flexible. She also tells us how to calm our mind through meditation. Positive thoughts and Patanjali Yoga Sutras are beneficial. Read to know more, in the […]

Whispers of 10,000 Generations

An evocative poem by Abhik. Here’s a lyric with epic sensibility, in Different Truths. Whispers of 10,000 generations Lead me to my garden Oh space of knowledge and thought Strike me, I ask ardent. Ages pass Universes flow The will of humanity Makes clocks go Water is water It flows in you, it flows in […]

Do the Muslims of Norway Pose Cultural Threat to Norwegian Identity?

Norway is a country which claims to protect and promote human rights at home and abroad. However, within the deeper layers of Norwegian society, to some extent, hidden racism seem to be ingrained. It’s targeted towards refugees and migrants, particularly against the Muslims creating hindrance in their cultural integration into the mainstream of the Norwegian […]

An Open Letter to the Beloved Prime Minister of India

As a new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is being elected, Prof. Bhaskar congratulated the Prime Minister for his huge victory in the state. In an Open Letter, he urged the PM – irrespective of who the CM and his cabinet – to help the state develop. He has 12-point suggestions for a strong UP. […]

Be the Gentlemen

Vatsala finds the brute strength of men, when they are crass or gross, unacceptable. She asks them to be the gentleman and fulfil the divine design. Here’s the poem, in Different Truths. Slim or athletic but always the physically stronger ones, O Men! God has created you with all his mightiness You’ve been blessed with […]

The Crises of Hindu Identity and Patriarchal Wounds in Ice-Candy Man

Continuing with the theme of partition, Basudeb profiles the crises of Hindu identity and patriarchal wounds in Ice-Candy Man. Through the eyes of an eight-year Parsee girl living with her parents, at Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa, a Pakistani woman novelist aims at delineating an atmosphere of love and laughter. The novelist also shows how the atmosphere […]

Indelible Kiss

An evocative and sensual love poem by Alok, where he sees various elements of Nature in love. It inspires the lover in him. Here’s his verse, in Different Truths. Golden beams of the setting sun Descend from heaven upon the great ocean; And embracing the dancing frisky waves, As if never to be parted, Kiss, […]

Earthly Life

Life has been likened with journeys. Here Shalini compares the voyage of life with a train journey, in Different Truths. Who is the engine driver? Have you seen him? I visit the seven compartments where passengers reside Some compartments big, some small every passenger unique they are diverse yet unified Wars come and go Jealousies […]

Accepting and Understanding your Body Shape Empowers you!

Understanding and determining your body shape is often the first step in learning how to dress in a way that makes your body look its best. Nearly every woman has problem areas she would like to cover, as well as positive features she would like to show off. Shameena, our Malaysia-based Fashion Editor educates us […]

Why Married Men and Women have Extramarital Affairs?

Nikita looks into the many reasons why married men and women stray. What compels them into extramarital relationships? Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Why do married men and women engage in extramarital affairs despite having wonderful spouses and perfect companionship? Is love, not enough in a marriage? Helen Fisher, a […]

If it is Holi it has to be Gujiya!

In the US, all celebrations are on the weekend, Holi is being celebrated on Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). Sonali shares the recipe of baked Gujiyas, the traditional sweet pastry that is served during Holi. Though it is normally deep fried, baking it makes it oil free and healthy, cutting down the calories and oil content. Here’s […]

The Effect of Parental Behaviour on the Academic and Social Skills of Children

Effective parenting has never been more important to a family’s success than today. Proper parenting shapes the coming generations and the way the next generation will behave, affecting the world around them. Children’s physical and emotional issues as well as their social and cognitive development, greatly depend on their family dynamics. Here’s an insight into the […]

To Urdu, with Love from Allahabad

Urdu has been an integral part of Allahabad’s vernacular heritage. The Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb (culture) gets its name from the city of two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, where these confluence as Triveni Sangam. Sehar talked to various well-known people of the city. She tells us about the love for Urdu, as stated by the respondents, in […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Jada Bharata – XVII

Nilanjana retells the story of the son of Rishabhah, King Bharata, an ideal king, a righteous man and a perfect ruler. How Bharata remembers his past lives and the wisdom that he imparted to King Rahugana. Read more in the regular column, on Bhagavatam, exclusively in Different Truths. Bharata was Rishabhah’s son.  He was an ideal […]

Modi reassures Inclusive Democracy: Hopefully Partisan Politics will be Passe

Every party that has formed the government as yet has always attempted to identify its supporters and make sure they were extended the largesse whether they deserved it or not. In the process, they have inevitably hurt those who they perceived were not inclined to support them – at times even violating the tenets of […]

How Purba, the Survivor, returned from a Journey to Hell?

Trafficking of women is an international commercial activity in which force, coercion, and fraud are used to transport women across international boundaries for economic gain. As a complex organised criminal activity, human trafficking is comparable to the trafficking of drugs and weapons, but it is more profitable and less risky because many forms of the […]

The Indian Jalebi Evolved from a West Asian Dish

The Hobson-Jobson says that the word Jalebi came from the Arabic word Zulabiya or the Persian Zalibiya, which are names for a similar dish. West Asian Christian communities serve it with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon on the Feast of Theophany. A 10th-century cookbook of Iran, where it was served to the poor […]

The Attitude of Gratitude is a Mindset!

The one thing we siblings heard way too often during our growing up years was – ‘Be Grateful’. As teenagers particularly, we had (or so we thought) lots to complain about – material discontent, self-dissatisfaction; one or the other of us was always whining, “I wish I could change the direction of my life.” “I […]

Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]