Author: Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Florence: The City of Flowers

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Florence, the fountainhead of European Renaissance. The very mention of this movement conjures up names of legendary artists – Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli among many others. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Florence is the fountainhead of European Renaissance. The very mention […]

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Lucknow: Of Nawabs, Kebabs, and Tehzeeb

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Lucknow, where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to finally emerge as a new composite whole. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Lucknow always fascinates me. For long it remained a Carrefour where currents and crosscurrents of divergent cultures intermingled and blended, to […]

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Say Cheese!

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us the story of cheese, its antiquity and how it became an industrial product with the rise of its popularity and increased demands. Here’re the interesting details, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Cheese, the five letters spell the ultimate in fine dining.  An epitome of affluence and sophistication. It is probably […]

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Cakes or Kebabs: We owe it to the Alien Cultures

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us how the composite Indian culture developed synergizing with other cultures, which the jingoists prefer to call alien, something that is corrupting the pure Hindu culture. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. This has been going on for quite a while. Might go out of hand anytime soon.   We […]

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When Faith Turns the Divider

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira anguishes that the Indian society is becoming increasingly intolerant and parochial. The walls of religious divisions are sharper now. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!                                                                         ~P.B. Shelley Mazhab nehi […]

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Will this Land Never be Clean?

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira tells us about the unhygienic and unclean habits of Indians. Despite the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, a much-hyped cleanliness campaign, the brainchild of our honourable PM, the ground realities are contrary. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. A vital question. Tough to answer. Depends on one’s perception of cleanliness. We, the urban Indians, […]

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Beauteous Sunset at Kanyakumari, the Southernmost Tip of India

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us to Kanyakumari, where the waters to two seas mingle with an ocean, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Mahatma Gandhi had once remarked about Kanyakumari, “…this is no port of calls for vessels. Like the Goddess, the waters around are virgin.”  Decades later his words ring true. Indeed Kanyakumari, or the erstwhile […]

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The Curtain Call of 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira recalls the year gone by with mixed feelings. She moves from the individual to the social and political realms, exploring the many layers, in the Special Feature, exclusively in Different Truths. 2017 has been a fairly good year. Good because, on the personal front, there were no mishaps, sickness or bereavements. On the contrary, there was a […]

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Am I Modern or Liberated?

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn introspection, Ruchira asks some hard questions, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I never blindly followed social norms and customs. Period.  For this, I have to thank my parents. Though essentially middle class, yet they literally were avant-garde in their own quiet little ways.I was brought up as an individual, not a girl. For my […]

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An Oasis of Serenity: Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us about Sanchi, a famous Buddhist site, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I had first read about the place in my New Horizon English Reader, as a grade I pupil, way back in the 1970s. I have since travelled to major parts of India; however as Sanchi is located slightly […]

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