Author: Tapati Sinha

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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Shantiniketan: Tagore set a School Amidst Nature, Unfettered the Young Minds – I

Reading Time: 6 minutesRabindranath was unhappy with the British schooling system of sitting enclosed within four walls of high raised solid buildings. It was a feeling of suffocation he experienced, when the cold brick walls, he felt, were trying to strangulate a child’s mind like cold grips of death. Being detached from nature was a great torment for […]

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A Leap Back in Evolution: A Film, Open Defecation, and the Advanced Sewage System of the Indus Valley Civilisation

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe period dates back to almost five thousand years ago. The ancient Indus Valley Civilisation had systems of sewage and drainage that were developed and used in cities throughout the region and these were far more advanced than any found in contemporary urban sites in the Middle East and even more efficient than those in […]

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Why do we Seek Solace in the Past; is our Present too Grim?

Reading Time: 3 minutesLiving in this century we all face numerous challenges still let us be optimistic and take a relook at our glorious past, revisit our history books and re-learn a few lessons that we can implement even today and make the world a better place in every way. We introduce a new column by Tapati, every […]

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How did the Socioeconomic Undercurrents Survive Political Upheavals in India?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe wheel turns full circle when we find that many of the modern day concepts are rooted in our rich socioeconomic and sociopolitical heritage. Tapati finds hordes of interesting data in various libraries, spread across the various cities, in India. She gives us interesting insights into the socio-economic undercurrents that continued to survive countless political […]

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The Orchids

Reading Time: 9 minutes  The beautiful patch of Orchids, in the neighbourhood of Neeta’s Hyderabad home, was mysterious. Rich women were vanishing. Here’s a short story by Tapati, that unfolds the mystery, exclusively in Different Truths.   Neeta checked her watch, “Hurry up Vasu!” she started uttering a monologue in her mind narrating to unfold the mystery she was […]

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