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  • Trusted friend

  • From Ammu to Amma: The Iron Lady of Unique Mettle of Tamilnadu

  • Swigging Champagne and Spouting Socialism

  • Why were the Wolves Exterminated in Great Britain and the British Colonies?

  • Wilma Casal: From Dance, to Healing, to Dance

  • Who are the Indian Political Junkies and What Angers Them so Easily?

  • A Multicultural Approach to Triple Talaq

  • Festivals of Lights from Around the World

  • Diwali and the Enchanting Story of Nachiketa

  • Paedophilia and Incest: The Dark Horrors of Hapless Children within Homes

  • The Role of Physics in the Making of 21st Century

  • A Cheesy Story: When Food Meets Fashion!

A Zingy, Zesty Winter Delight: Murgh Kalimirch Tikka Kabab

Our culinary expert, Sonali, has just the right recipe for the winter, a peppery Murg Kalimirch Tikka Kabab. Other than adding zest to the dish, black pepper is a panacea. It has several health benefits 1 like relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease. It […]

Why is our Generation Terrified of Falling in True Love?

Our generation wants to order love like food in a restaurant. We do not anymore believe in the golden words, true love happens only once in a lifetime, we can fall in and out of love as quickly as you can change channels on your television. We thrive on instant gratification and emotional connections are old school. We […]

Romancing the Celestial Bodies and Strawberry Fragrance

Here are two literary works by Sehar, a poem and a short story, woven around the theme of the silent solitude. In Romancing the Celestial Bodies, she delves into the many emotions that the moon, stars and the sun give us, silently. What if these heavenly bodies spoke, she wonders. Strawberry Fragrance deals with silent communication of a […]

Trusted friend

The inner voice is no longer abstract. It has a persona and it lights up a cigarette, an interesting metaphor. Sunila verses about this ‘trusted friend’ in a fresh voice, for Different Truths. My inner voice lit a cigarette Smoke of which first seemed to suffocate Nay it awakened my meek senses Warned me to stay far […]

Battling Blood Pressure: A Guide for the Elderly

Blood pressure is a silent killer. For the elderly, the risk factor is even higher. Which is why, senior citizens should take special care to maintain healthy blood pressure to ensure good cardiovascular health. In many seniors with high blood pressure, a single specific cause is not known. This is called essential or primary high blood pressure. Research […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Curse – III

Nilanjana retells the stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam, bringing alive the essential Indian wisdom of the yore. In the third part of the narrative, she tells us about the curse on Parikshit, caused by his rashness. The good king, in a fit of frustration, put the skin of a dead snake around the neck of the great sage, Shamika, whose […]

CPIML Protests Babri Demolition, Communal Attacks, Demonetisation, Attacks on Truth

There were a protest by CPIML New Democracy activists in Allahabad, on the occasion of Babri Masjid Demolition, on Tuesday (Dec 6), observed as Communal Harmony Day. They decried the demolition of Babri Mosque, demand an arrest of those responsible, protest war mongering by Modi government and stand up against the widespread ruin of small business and farming by demonetisation. […]

Did Maulana Azad Author India Wins Freedom with Flawed History, Questionable Authenticity?

One volume that has served as a major source of reference is India Wins Freedom. First published, in 1958, a few months after Maulana Azad’s death, it supposedly has the Maulana’s own evaluations of events in which he was a major player and his opinions on the people he worked with and interacted. The Maulana was a prolific […]

Returning to the Roots: A Slice of Life in Picture-perfect Chandigarh

Chandigarh was Nehru’s vision for a replacement for Lahore as the capital of the newly halved Punjab after partition. It is was carved out by joining 50 villages. It has the unique status of being the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. It belongs to neither but is a union territory, governed by the union government. Designed […]

Whale in the Pond, an Upcoming Band Ready to Storm the Music Scene in Kolkata

A new band, Whale in the Pond, performed at the musical launch of Wabi-Sabi, a lifestyle boutique and café, in the heart of the City of Joy, recently. The musical trio, Sourjyo, Shireen and Deep, was gracious in talking with Different Truths (DT) correspondent, Subhajit. He picked their brains on the kind of music that they were dabbling […]

A Prelude to Writing Economics

An Economist and Social Scientist, Bhaskar ponders over the problems of writing Economics for the commoners. He reasons that two areas that be fooled the commoners are Sanskrit for centuries and Economics for decades. Both the subjects are distanced from commoners and in that process, one is almost extinct from the vocabulary of commoners, and the other is emitting […]

From Ammu to Amma: The Iron Lady of Unique Mettle of Tamilnadu

Geethanjali, who met the cine star, Jayalalithaa, as a child, pays a soulful tribute to the fiery, feisty and the proverbial Iron Lady of Tamilnadu, endearingly called ‘Amma’ by one and all. In her pinafore days, as student of Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Bangalore, she was affectionately called ‘Ammu’. Her long and arduous journey from […]

Mishti Writes a Letter to Santa Claus

Modern day kids are smart enough to realise Santa exists only in fantasy, it’s estimated that Santa Claus still receives thousands of wish letters from children all across the globe. But well, the letters are in the decline. Though data on child rape and molestation is not on the decline across the globe. Both USA and India have […]

Tsampa: The Wonder Food

  Tsampa is one of the traditional food of Tibet. It’s made of roasted barley flour and often is consumed with Tibetan Butter Tea. In some parts of Tibet they completely rely on Tsampa, making varieties of it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Tsampa plays an important role in Tibetan diet. Pinches of Tsampa is thrown in air […]

Akashganga: The Unsung Backroom Jumping Jacks – IX

Into the melting pot of trial and tribulations at ADR&DE the baby-faced but stylish, dexterous and skillful Ajoo, our very own whiz kid brought his medicine chest of magazines and manuals, of rigging lines, fabric pieces, to repair and restore the bruise and boils of the hurt canopies. There was no formal training or education in the […]

Chennai Reacts as Jayalalitha is very Critical

Jayalalitha is very critical. She is on life support system. The Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Tamilnadu, which has been put on high alert. MPs from the southern state have rushed to Chennai. Rumours are flying thick and fast. With a multi-specialty team in attendance evidently everything is being done to keep her […]

Four Supine, Versatile and Calming Asanas for all Body Types

Our Yoga expert, Navodita, continues with the supine poses. She tells us about four asanas, which are versatile, calming and great for all body types. Uttanapada Asana is beneficial for all stomach-related ailments and is also good for weight loss and obesity. ‘Navel displacement’ can also be cured by this pose. Pawanmukta Asana releases any trapped gasses in the […]

A Saree called Suhasini: I smiled and draped it on Nuptial Night

Suhasini is a Tangail cotton with mooga stripes across her, some paisleys carefully woven like an alpana across the threshold, when you welcome Goddess Lakshmi or a bride to the household. Suhasini means the one with a winsome smile, and she came to me from a neighbour. Dr. Noorjahan Adhikary, another smiling lady, dimpled, light-eyed, beautiful and loving. My […]

Philomel

A poetic dialogue by Maya about the clandestine life in the post-social site world. The kiss-and-tell truth of the now generation, where lust is not only lived but flaunted too. Exposing the harsh realities of the contemporary times, for Different Truths. “You know what?” “!!!!” “I slept with a tycoon last night!” “Don’t tell me!” “Yesss!!” […]

Swigging Champagne and Spouting Socialism

We are in an age of double talk and double think. A Socialist advocates a more equitable distribution of everything including wealth. But if that individual were to be born with a silver spoon and considerable inherited wealth and tries to propagate that theory of equitable distribution what do you think that would make him? It would make […]

Human Rights Activist Amit Singh Conferred the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship

Human rights researcher and activist Amit Singh has received the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship and Karmaveer Chakra for his commendable work for the society. A report. According to a press release, he has received the fellowship on Sunday (Nov. 27), in Gurgaon, at the exclusive awards function, which is a part of “iCongo’s Rex Conclave, organised on Nov. 25, […]

Black

Here’s a protest poem by Olaitan with epic sensibility for Different Truths. It’s intense and passionate. Her pain is palpable and it moves from the individual to the cosmic. The fertile womb That lays souls… The robust breast That spills… The seed Of the ancients; The black soil that never withers. The root Of sacred trees; […]

Band, Baaja, Boys! A Hilarious Account of Small Town Life by Humourist Rachna Singh

A prominent humour writer, Rachna’s fifth book, ‘Band, Baaja, Boys!’ has received rave reviews in the national media. The back cover of the book says, “She would like to work towards world peace after eliminating people who write ‘ossum’.” Here’s an excerpt from her latest book, published by Amaryllis Publishing. Beginning this Saturday, Different Truths introduces a new weekly column, […]

A Creative Writing Workshop in Bihar: Assumptions and their Happy Destruction

Renowned author and poet, Abha, shares her experience of interacting with the students in the hinterland of India, in Kishanganj, Bihar. She attended the Seemanchal International Literary Festival (SILF), on Nov. 17-18, and participated in a couple of panel discussions to do with gender, literature and writing the short story. But what really excited her was that she would […]

Black Friday: Sinister Designs and Ploys of Shoppers for Big Bargains!

Black Friday, following the Thanksgiving Thursday, is a time of big bargains in the US. People wait for this day. But, the mad rush to literally grab the goods meant that ‘push’ came to a ‘shove’. There were clashes at times to outdo each other. People got up hours before the stores opened, braving the chill. With online […]

Do we live in a Better World than our Grandparents?

Life has given us material comforts. We have double income, but we lives in a small apartment, eats at fancy restaurants, dress impeccably and spend holidays at exotic places. We debate whether we can finance the upbringing of a second child. Our grandparents had simpler lives. They lived in decent houses (read bungalows in some cases), supported large […]

Eye Makeup Enhances Your Beauty

Celebrated in poetry and songs, eyes are one of the most important features of your face. A good eye makeup enhances your beauty manifold. You must understand the shape and size of your eyes and its colour before you decide on the eye makeup that’s right for you. Bollywood cine actor, Nyra, give invaluable tips for eye makeup […]

Yummy, Delicious Paneer Makhani!

Our culinary expert, Sarika tells us how to prepare yummy, delicious and healthy Paneer Makhani for your loved ones. Here’s the recipe, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The days are long but the years are short. That’s the gist of parenting! When I was kid and my neighbour’s, relatives would say, “Wow! You are […]

Us

Love or its loss is found among the mundane, everyday things. It speaks through the most ordinary objects about two people very close. Here’s a love poem by Mallika, for Different Truths. A cleaning spree, some dusty memories found in a drawer of the bedside table. A cluster of things, mostly bills , old prescriptions , warranty […]