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Locked with Lantern and a Good Luck

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Spread the love           Atrayee tells us an intriguing story about a NGC team, caught in the Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict and a kidnapping. What happened to Twisha? Here’s a literary thriller, exclusively for Different Truths, for the Africa Special Issue. Is it night already? So soon! The trace of daylight that has been permeating through that precarious locked […]


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Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

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Spread the love           Arindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati […]


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Human Rights Justice: Methods of Testimonial Therapy to Generate Human Rights Movement – II

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Spread the love           In the second and final part of the research article, Amit, our Editor-at-Large (Europe) examines the methods of Testimonial Therapy (TT) to generate the human rights movement. He tells us about the four stages of TT, rehabilitation and mobilisation, and the social theories at play. These help the Dalits to move from torture […]


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In Defence of Social Media

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Spread the love           Ruchira celebrates the influx of social media sites that have made like enchantingly interesting. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. To see a World in a Grain of Sand  And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour […]


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Seductive Chocolate: A Befitting Food of the Gods

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Spread the love            The antiquity of chocolate may be traced back to nearly 4,000 years ago. The Cacao tree from which chocolate is derived is an evergreen tree growing naturally in the tropical wilderness of the Americas. Its seeds, the cocoa beans, are used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Did you know that cocoa and chocolate – which perpetually exude an […]


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Religious Fervor and Symbolism of Weddings in Andhra Pradesh

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Spread the love            Ruchira tells us about weddings in Andhra Pradesh, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Nearly four years ago, along with my family, I had flown down to Hyderabad to attend…yes you have guessed right … a typical traditional elaborate Telugu (read Brahmin) wedding. And trust me it was an eye […]


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Turban in Europe and its Fashion Trends among Women – V

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Spread the love            The turban was introduced into fashionable European dress in the early fifteenth century and its usage continued until the sixteenth century. It has been revived many times in women’s fashion at intervals since the sixteenth century. The turban has acquired a more contemporary form in the twenty-first century. Shameena, in the fifth […]


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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

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Spread the love            Malayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts […]


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Solah Shringaar: Enchantingly Dolled to Beauty in 16 Steps

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Spread the love            In Hindu mythology “sixteen shringaars” correspond to the sixteen phases of the moon, which in turn is connected with a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is believed that Solah Shringaar helps to nullify the negative effect of that cycle. It is a cluster of sixteen steps for the holistic beautification of a woman’s […]


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Turbans are the Identity of the Sikhs – IV

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Spread the love            Shameena tells us about the importance of turbans amongst Sikhs. It’s a part of their identities, she says, in the fourth part of her weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. A very important and exciting event in the life of a Sikh boy is when he starts tying the turban. In a […]


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