Author: Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Umbrella: Saving Us from Sun and Shower

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira traces the invention and antiquity of the umbrella, which is a must during the monsoon, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. An umbrella is a ubiquitous but highly useful item in our daily lives. For a major part of its life this object is relegated to a remote corner of the home […]

Cosmic Drama: Views of Tagore on Death

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn the 77th death anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, Ruchira talks about the Bard’s views on death. A tribute to the poet, from all of us at Different Truths. An exclusive Special Feature. On 8th August 1941 (22nd Shravana, 1348) the radiant sun of India’s (read Bengali) literary domain was eclipsed forever by dense and […]

Thiruvananthapuram: The City of Beaches and Temples

Reading Time: 3 minutesTrivandrum is fairly well connected with all major cities through rail network and convenient flights. It is an amalgam of the old and the new – elements of modern architecture jostling for space with old temples, palaces and more, says Ruchira, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Deep down south, on the western […]

A Tale of Two Villages: Cradle of Spirituality

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn Hooghly district of West Bengal, lie two nondescript yet idyllic villages, Kamarpukur and Jairambati. The two idyllic villages are the birthplaces of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Saradamoni. Ruchira tells us about a visit to these two divine places, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In Hooghly district of West Bengal, within a […]

The Chai that Cheers: The Inside Story

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us the story of tea. She traces the antiquity of this wonder drink and how it spread to other parts of the world. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was […]

The Enchanting Journey of Coffee from Ethiopia to the Rest of the World

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira documents the journey of coffee, from the arid tracts of Ethiopia to Yemen and Turkey. It then reached Europe and the USA. Coffee is not just a drink. It came to be known as the beverage of the intellectuals. In England, coffee houses were nicknamed ‘Penny Universities’. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively […]

In Defence of Social Media

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira celebrates the influx of social media sites that have made like enchantingly interesting. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. To see a World in a Grain of Sand  And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour We are […]

Indian Eve: Still a Long Way to Go

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us about the trials and tribulations of being a girl-child or a woman in the patriarchal Indian society, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. For fifty odd years, India has been my homeland. A city-bred educated woman, (to put it modestly), hailing from a comfortable middle-class family, I consider myself fortunate […]

Seductive Chocolate: A Befitting Food of the Gods

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe antiquity of chocolate may be traced back to nearly 4,000 years ago. The Cacao tree from which chocolate is derived is an evergreen tree growing naturally in the tropical wilderness of the Americas. Its seeds, the cocoa beans, are used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Did you know that cocoa and chocolate – which perpetually exude an aura of mystery, […]

Summer Vacations: Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira reminisces about summer vacations. Life in the past was simpler and uncluttered. The simple joys of yesteryears are passé. The concept of family outings has changed now. The tech-savvy generation, joy is just a flick of a button away, she opines, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Seeing summer vacations come around, every year makes […]