Author: Tapati Sinha

The Third Gender: Why Transgender Are Seen as a Different Community?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe LGBTQ community is in a cheerful mood since the petition quashing of section 377 of IPC has been considered for their good; the Supreme Court of India has ordered the petition to be reviewed by a bench. More commonly known as the Hijra community, they are often the victims of abuse and discrimination. The transgender community […]

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Makar Sankranti: A Pan-Indian Solar Festival Celebrating Bounty

Reading Time: 6 minutesMakar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, Lohri in North India and by other names. Makar Sankranti is observed […]

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Padmini in the Ocean of Controversies

Reading Time: 5 minutesPadmini’s narrative has found itself being retold in several ways over several centuries, in the form of poems, stories, dance dramas, comic books, plays, and films. Each retelling is unique in its way, located in the context of its own time, opines Tapati, with reference to the raging controversies, surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, in […]

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The Weighing Scale: From the Harappan Times to the Present

Reading Time: 3 minutesHarappan people developed the most precise measurements people had six thousand years ago. Harappan people developed the most precise measurements people had six thousand years ago. They used a standardised system of weights based on the ratios: 1/20, 1/10, 1/5, 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500, with the unit weight […]

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What are the Many Layers of the Lessons from History?

Reading Time: 5 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: 4 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: 4 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: 7 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: 5 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: 5 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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