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International Day of the Girl Child

Reading Time: 1 minuteHere’s an evocative and poignant verse by Sarala on International Girl Child’s Day, exclusively in Different Truths. She is a precious stone Value unknown She is a bundle of joy Smiling away happily She is daddy’s little girl Mamma’s heartbeat Curling up her little toes Playing with her own Li’l fingers getting knotted Sweet nectar […]

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Yoga, Meditation, and Psychotherapy: Concepts & Misconceptions

Reading Time: 7 minutesOn the occasion of World Mental Health Day (October 10 every year), Prof. Ashoka tells us how he has been guiding young psychotherapists. He draws an interesting parallel between Yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy, dispelling the Western misconceptions about it, in the first part of the two-part erudite research on the subject, in his weekly column. […]

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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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Looking Forward, Looking Back: Durga Puja in my Eyes

Reading Time: 2 minutesVedatrayee reminisces of Durga Puja and tells us what it means to her, in the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. I am not very good with dates. So unlike any Bengali, I have no record as to when Durga Puja is at the starting of the year. But I have some ways, I like […]

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Durga Pujo in Delhi: Then and Now

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira remembers Durga Pujo of her childhood days. She tells us about the slow and sure changes that are taking place, for various reasons, in the celebrations. Read more in the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. A mention of Durga Pujo, conjures up images of golden sunlit azure skies dotted with cumulous clouds,  immaculately […]

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Durga, the Matri Shakti

Reading Time: 1 minute  Deeya, a feminist poet, invokes Durga, the Divine Mother, the fountainhead of Shakti (Energy), in an intense poem, as the special feature, exclusively for Different Truths. The porous moon on the Ubiquitous sky of a placid evening Reflects the pool of waters and Madness in Durga’s eyes. The autumn blooms in her skin She […]

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Spiritual, not Religious…

Reading Time: 2 minutesSpirituality empowers us, while religious dogmatism blind us. Kabir finds the former in Durga. She helps us become socially responsive, in the special feature, in Different Truths. I do not know whether She came from Kailash or not I do not know whether the Puja divides anyone or not I do not want to know […]

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The Bengali Fever called Durga Pujo

Reading Time: 5 minutesAnumita, our Managing Editor, travels back to her childhood days, in her nostalgic piece. She recalls the military-like-parade of six girls along with her Jethu and other interesting details, as part of the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. During late September and early October, the Bengalis, all over the world get high on one […]

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Man Creates God in Kumortuli

Reading Time: 2 minutesSarika reminisces about Durga Puja in Assam, where she grew up. She recalls a visit to Kumortuli, the potters’ colony, inhabited by the idol makers for ages. They live in abject poverty, in dark, narrow alleys but this is a place where men create Gods, says she, in the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. […]

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Durga: A Fort

Reading Time: 1 minuteLily invokes Durga, in verse, who fortifies her devotees, in the special feature, in Different Truths. O Divine Mother, I bow to thee, bow to thee, bow to thee A fort, protecting humans from forces of misery and evil O destroyer of selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, anger, ego The potent side of womanhood believed to be […]

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