Author: Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Religious Fervor and Symbolism of Weddings in Andhra Pradesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about weddings in Andhra Pradesh, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Nearly four years ago, along with my family, I had flown down to Hyderabad to attend…yes you have guessed right … a typical traditional elaborate Telugu (read Brahmin) wedding. And trust me it was an eye opener, an experience […]

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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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Short Stories of Tagore: Vignettes from Human Life

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira critiques eight short stories of Tagore, in the Special Issue, exclusively for Different Truths. Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Mini who lived in a spacious house in one of the numerous by-lanes of Kolkata. By a quirk of fate, she struck up an affectionate friendship with an Afghan peddler […]

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Musings of Tagore on Love and Mysticism

Reading Time: 5 minutesA relentlessly seeking, sensitive, intellectual soul, Tagore wanted to drink the elixir of life to the dregs. He found beauty in everything around him. Even the minuscule objects of daily life filled him with delight. The Sufi minstrel within him, seeks the Divine amidst nature, opines Ruchira, in the Special Feature. A Different Truths exclusive.   Tagore was […]

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Rustling Silks and Flamboyant Hues at Maharashtrian Weddings

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira tells us about Marathi weddings, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Marathi weddings are middle-level affairs, a sharp contrast from the big fat Indian wedding projected by the innumerable soap serials on television channels. Firstly, an engagement ceremony Sakhar Puda is held.  In a gathering of close friends and relatives saris and sweet delicacies are gifted […]

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Charlie Chaplin: The Tragicomic Tramp Who Won Many Hearts Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Reading Time: 3 minutesSir Charles Spencer Chaplin, (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), an English comic actor, better known as Charlie Chaplin, is the greatest comedian that the cine world has ever produced. Charlie Chaplin, the Tramp, is depicted as passing through several rough and tough patches. There are times when he is treated shabbily, duped, jilted, […]

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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

Reading Time: 4 minutesMalayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts of the country, […]

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Solah Shringaar: Enchantingly Dolled to Beauty in 16 Steps

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn Hindu mythology “sixteen shringaars” correspond to the sixteen phases of the moon, which in turn is connected with a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is believed that Solah Shringaar helps to nullify the negative effect of that cycle. It is a cluster of sixteen steps for the holistic beautification of a woman’s body. From head […]

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Scrumptious Namkeen, Anyone?

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about various namkeens, from different parts of India, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Indians are probably the most notorious foodies in the world. They never miss an opportunity to pamper their taste buds. By and large Indians food items can be broadly classified into three, namely sweet, sour, and namkeen […]

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The Wonderland of Traditional Indian Jewellery

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira tells us about some popular ornaments from various parts of India that women still love to adorn and possess, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Since the dawn of civilisation, human beings have shown a keen interest in ornaments or items to decorate themselves with, in a bid to improve their physical […]

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