Author: Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Snapshots from South: A Redux

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us about two getaways, both quaint, in Kerala. These are Poovar and Padmanabhapuram Palace, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. While writing my memoirs about certain places of tourist interest down south, I had inadvertently missed out on two unique places. Later, however, to quote Wordsworth, they “flashed upon my inward […]

Kuala Lumpur: A Jewel of the East

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. She discovers many interesting aspects of the remarkable city, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Right from my childhood whenever I read about the east-Asian city Kuala Lumpur (KL) in geography or general knowledge books, I was not impressed. The […]

Indian Street Fashion: Ooh la-la!

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira takes a hard look at the street fashion these days. She finds most of these bizarre. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I feel really stumped sometimes. Cannot help but stare open mouthed at them. Them? Who?   Well, pretty young things (PYT), teeny boppers, besides 20 something girls and boys […]

Umbrella: Saving Us from Sun and Shower

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira traces the invention and antiquity of the umbrella, which is a must during the monsoon, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. An umbrella is a ubiquitous but highly useful item in our daily lives. For a major part of its life this object is relegated to a remote corner of the home […]

Cosmic Drama: Views of Tagore on Death

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn the 77th death anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, Ruchira talks about the Bard’s views on death. A tribute to the poet, from all of us at Different Truths. An exclusive Special Feature. On 8th August 1941 (22nd Shravana, 1348) the radiant sun of India’s (read Bengali) literary domain was eclipsed forever by dense and […]

Thiruvananthapuram: The City of Beaches and Temples

Reading Time: 3 minutesTrivandrum is fairly well connected with all major cities through rail network and convenient flights. It is an amalgam of the old and the new – elements of modern architecture jostling for space with old temples, palaces and more, says Ruchira, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Deep down south, on the western […]

A Tale of Two Villages: Cradle of Spirituality

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn Hooghly district of West Bengal, lie two nondescript yet idyllic villages, Kamarpukur and Jairambati. The two idyllic villages are the birthplaces of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Saradamoni. Ruchira tells us about a visit to these two divine places, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In Hooghly district of West Bengal, within a […]

The Chai that Cheers: The Inside Story

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us the story of tea. She traces the antiquity of this wonder drink and how it spread to other parts of the world. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was […]

The Enchanting Journey of Coffee from Ethiopia to the Rest of the World

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira documents the journey of coffee, from the arid tracts of Ethiopia to Yemen and Turkey. It then reached Europe and the USA. Coffee is not just a drink. It came to be known as the beverage of the intellectuals. In England, coffee houses were nicknamed ‘Penny Universities’. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively […]

In Defence of Social Media

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira 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 We are […]