Author: Tapati Sinha

What are the Many Layers of the Lessons from History?

Reading Time: 4 minutesHistory always has some stories to tell, some mysteries to reveal, some experiences to share; that is why a lot of tourist places get crowded by visitors with curiosity in their eyes. Primarily history makes a person living in the present understand both past and present. Knowing the past helps one understand the origins of […]

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Fables are Never Too Old

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe continuity of the oral tradition attested by The Fox and the Crow story found on the pottery of Mohenjo-Daro and Lothal archaeological sites of a civilisation six thousand years old. Tapati unearths the many layers of folk-stories, in the regular column, showing how they reappear in many modern folk-stories and in stamps of many […]

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Navigating in the Dark

Reading Time: 3 minutesTapati talks of navigation now and in the ancient time, telling us about Matsya Yantra, in India, much before the compass that we know now. Here’s an erudite research, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. As I was idling in my balcony, enjoying the cool breeze of early winter, gazing at the evening […]

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A Culinary Journey

Reading Time: 6 minutesA chutney prepared in a mixer-grinder would taste somewhat different from one made on a stone grinder. Heritage style of cooking from diverse regions, though elaborative and with a more delightful effect on the saliva, were on display and their aroma was tempting. Tapati describes a culinary journey through an array of counters, bridging time, […]

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Old Habits Die Hard

Reading Time: 4 minutesThinkers had started eulogising light and darkness and various other elements of nature, a leading factor towards the concept of gods; this thought created stories imagining evils being killed by the gods. Now the killing of Dhumrasura by all-powerful mother goddess seemed quite relevant. But this revealing also left Tapati puzzled if smoke was understood […]

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The Strange Worshippers of Ganja God

Reading Time: 4 minutesCannabis as a domesticated plant has a cultural history spanning thousands of years, many continents, and has many uses. Tapati talks about a strange God and strange worshippers, telling us the many uses of Hemp, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The morning newspaper is always rich in bringing in some exciting news. […]

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Live from Kailash

Reading Time: 9 minutesHere’s Tapati’s fictional Durga-Shiva dialogues, full of banter, repartee, wit, and humour, create a laughter riot, in the special feature. A Different Truths exclusive. “Shiva seems too busy these days! Don’t know what’s going on behind the closed doors. Some meeting is going on, but such a long meeting; I need to check and keep […]

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Do Games Kill: Lonely Children, Companionship, and Secure Future

Reading Time: 5 minutesDespite technological advances, we have little time for our children. The Blue Whale Challenge is a grim reminder. Tapati reminds us of the Indus Valley Civilisation, where archaeologists had unearthed a City of Toys. Even a generation or two back, children played lots of games and had plenty of companionship. She reminds us of the […]

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Our Shantiniketan: Where the World Meets in a Single Nest – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesEducation was treated as a matter of individual concern and not a method of mass production, as of today. The ancient Indian education was not merely theoretical but was related to the realities of life. The modern concept of ‘learning by doing’ as understood in the West today was the very core and essence of […]

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Devi in Dilemma

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a tongue-in-cheek account of the plight of Goddess Durga, on Earth, her parents’ abode, in verse, by Tapati, in Different Truths. Here arrives autumn with sky, a deep blue crystal, With clouds floating like huge cotton balls, The earthy aroma is calling with sweet smell of Lotus, For my descent, the yearly invite from […]

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