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Ferozepur, a Frontier District of Punjab, Blends Memory, Martyrs and Music

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Ferozepur, an ancient city on the banks of the Sutlej, is said to be built by Feroze Shah Tughlak in the 14th century. The old city is surrounded by ten gates. Each leads into a labyrinth of streets with a flavour of yore preserved in the dialect and food. The people are hospitable and warm and many of them […]

A Brief History of Dalai Lama Institution and the Tibetan Schools of Buddhism

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

The origin of Tibetan Buddhism started in the fifth century during the reign of King Thothori Nyatsen with the arrival of Buddhist scriptures to Tibet from India. The scriptures were written in Sanskrit and were translated to Tibetan during the reigns of King Songtsan Gampo. The king married a Chinese1 Buddhist Princess, who came to Tibet with a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha […]

Life is no Magic Carpet for Salman in a Faraway Land!

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.
Shail Raghuvanshi

Twenty-eight-year-old Salman is from Bhadohi, in East Uttar Pradesh. He was just 8-year-old, when he came to Chennai with his father. He and his six brothers are all in the business of selling carpets and rugs, a business that their father did. But, life is a faraway land is difficult. Though he had little education, he has […]

Music, Monuments, Culture and Style gives Lucknow its Nawabi Nazakat

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

The fragrance of kebabs wafts out of the very mention of Lucknow and the cultural bonanza it offers is the stuff dreams are made of. The city is synonymous with Nazakat and Nafasat. The name may well have been associated with Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s brother, according to some beliefs. Lucknow was ruled by the Delhi Sultanate, shifted to the […]

Rivers, Religion, History, Culture, Literature and Finesse Mingle in Allahabad

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Brahma performed his first sacrifice at Prayag (Allahabad) after creating the world. It also finds mention during the Vedic period as Prayagraj, the king of all pilgrimages. It has a unique status in ancient Hindu scriptures due to the Triveni Sangam or confluence of the three rivers the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati here. History reveals […]

A Day with Tibetans

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Eswar describes a day, in July 2014, when he had attended the Tibet Festival, in Bangalore. It was the 79th birthday of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. He was accompanying the medical team from Men Tsee Khang. Assisting them in setting the medical camp and coordinating registrations and helping people consult doctors. Here’s an insight in […]

Honour

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
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Here’s an evocative, woman-centric poem by Sudeshna, for Different Truths. How honourable is thy honour? Is it something found in a corner? So let the candle burn in a glow Let the fire simmer to a low Oh! Girl you chose the easy way out Flaunt your beauty to the louts Ill equipped to deal […]

Murshidabad: Where the Bengal Nawabs Dwelled-Day One

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

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Murshidabad, known for the Nawabs of Bengal, had a Mughal background. It was also the place, which witnessed the famous Battle of Plassey (about 47kms. from Murshidabad). British victory, Robert Clive, changed the role of the British at Plessey in Bengal. This battle played a crucial turning point in the history of India. It was the foundation stone […]

Venkatesha: A Lonesome Cobbler Stayed Back as Others Left the Pavement

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.
Shail Raghuvanshi

Venkatesha has been working as a cobbler for the past 50 years. He has been sitting on the same pavement for almost half a century. New buildings have sprung up around him during this time. The way of life has changed during this period. The cost of living has risen. Everything has changed except his job and his […]

Malathy was pushed out to the Streets to eke out a Living after a Mill Shutdown

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.
Shail Raghuvanshi

  A matriculate, Malathy used to work in a garment mill for seven years after she got married. But, the mill shut down and she had to stop working. Now, she sells towels and hankies on a pavement of Chennai. Shail talks to her during her working hours and documents a slice of oral history. She is among the millions […]

Unravelling Minoan Civilisation through Artifacts, Frescos and Ruins

Sushmita Gupta

Sushmita Gupta

She writes, paints, listens to music in various languages and genres. She parties and participates in quiz. She teaches children between ages 6 and 12, creating her unique curriculum. She enjoys teaching 100 children. She helps create happy self-image for them through art, poetry, experiments, and lots of video driven general knowledge and power point presentations.
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The ruins of the Minoan Civilisation and a visit to the museum at Heraklion revealed an eclectic mix of wonder and beauty for Sushmita. In the Bronze Age civilisation, the dead were kept in Pithoi, a large ceramic vessel. The author dwells on the ceremony of death with an inward gaze of her own self. In that matriarchal […]

The Partition

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

The partition of India is a deep gash in our collective consciousness. Millions of people from West Punjab and East Bengal were rendered homeless. There were hunger, rape, loss of human dignity and property. There were mass murders. Women and children were not spared either. Trainloads of dead bodies crossed the borders. Lily recounts the experiences of her ancestors, […]

Seeking Refuge

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Religious dissension partitioned of India in 1947. Two states, Bengal and Punjab, were spliced into two. An entire repertoire of Bengali literature, with its distinct echoes in cinema, documents the agony. Madhumita revisits the land of her ancestors. She shares the collective memory of being uprooted. Talking with her old mother about Dacca, she recreates the horror of […]

1857 War of Independence, Loot of Resources and Nationalism

Different Truths New Service

Different Truths New Service

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True nationalism and patriotism can only be based on freedom from foreign loot and Liaqat Ali stands tall as a symbol of Indian peoples’ struggle against the East India Company which looted and carried away Indian riches to England. He is an inspiration for struggle today against WTO and World Bank conditions, which are ruining agriculture and […]

When a Child Dies

Duska Vrhovac

Duska Vrhovac

Duška Vrhovac, poet, writer, journalist and translator from Banja Luka, ex-Yugoslavia, graduated from the Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University. She has published 20 books of poetry, which have been translated, in more than 20 languages. She is one of the most important contemporary poets from Serbia. She has received important awards for poetry and the gold medal for the ‘generosity, dedication, perseverance and creative contributions… made to spread the culture of the nationalities of the Republic of Serbia’.
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A heart-wrenching poem by Duska. For Nikola When a child dies it’s wrong to weep every sob                                              and tear are far too loud for the womb it nestled in. when a child dies […]

Bangladesh: The Land of my Forefathers, my Roots

Mita Dutta

Mita Dutta

Mita Dutta did her Masters in English Literature from Calcutta University. She teaches English in a government-aided higher secondary school. A diabetes educator and clinical nutritionist, she is associated with Laketown Synergy for spreading awareness among the rural population, in particular, for diabetes, the silent killer. Painting is her passion and she loves listening to and singing Rabindra Sangeet. She enjoys travelling is to the hearts of the people.
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Mita reminisces a recent visit to Bangladesh and her visits to Dacca, Cox Bazar and Chittagong (her forefather’s land). She weaves history in this travelogue. The pristine beauty of her inherited memory, caught in a time wrap and romanticism of her forefathers’ time, is perhaps a far cry from harsh realities. But, the warmth of the people, their […]

Three Delicious Bengali Sweets

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

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Bongs and their Misti (sweet, both a noun and an adjective) are inseparable like a pair of old gloves. Anumita shares the recipes of three popular sweets, Misti Doi, Sandesh and Chamcham. You may make these at home and enjoy ethnic Bengali sweets anywhere in the world. It is well known that most Bengali’s are inclined to […]

Celebrate Bengali New Year with Kosha Mangsho

Sarika Sarkar Das

A teacher, day dreamer, random experimental cook and some hit and miss photography, and at last love to call myself a full time mother.

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Sarika gives us a glimpse of the Poila Boishak (Bengali New Year) celebrations in India and Bangladesh. She shares with Different Truths readers a popular mutton recipe. Cook and enjoy the festivities. Bengalis all over the world celebrate the New Year with joy and gaiety. Nababorsho (New Year) or Poila Baishak (first day of the first Bengali month) […]

Reflecting on Reflections: The Journey of Photography

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
Madhumita Ghosh

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From watching reflections on water to posing for a photograph is indeed a long journey. Here Madhumita takes us through the various phases of history, showcasing the voyage of the camera and how we react to it. Selfies might kill but the lure to pose is irresistible. Narcissus, the hunter in Greek mythology, known for his beauty, […]

Wily Narayan!

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

In his over three-decade journey as a journalist, Arindam shows us the many faces of newsrooms in India, at the turn of the Millennium. He calls this series, ‘The Life of a Reporter’. Insightful, humorous, serious or sad, there are many shades and hues in the lives of reporters that never see the light of […]

Impacting Lives in a Subtle way

Shruti Nagvanshi

Shruti Nagvanshi

Shruti is a social activist and co-founder of People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Right (PVCHR), India. A strong activist in favour of justice for the downtrodden, aptly describes Shruti's persona. She has won many national and international awards for her work in promoting social justice and defending rights of the marginalised, vulnerable Dalit women and children, mainly in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Shruti Nagvanshi

Shruti profiles a youth, Aniket Singh, who gave up a job in an American MNC to work among the poor and downtrodden. It was the fire in his belly that made him launch the Friends of PVCHR. One committed person is enough to mark the beginning of change. Linking with the last people of the […]