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 […]

Summer Vacations: Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira reminisces about summer vacations. Life in the past was simpler and uncluttered. The simple joys of yesteryears are passé. The concept of family outings has changed now. The tech-savvy generation, joy is just a flick of a button away, she opines, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Seeing summer vacations come around, every year makes […]

What Causes Human Misjudgement?

Reading Time: 3 minutesTanya tells us what causes human misjudgements, according to Charlie Munger, exclusively for Different Truths. Charlie Munger, the famous investor, and partner of Warren Buffet stated the following reasons for human misjudgement. Psychological denial: This is the situation we find people or ourselves in quite a lot. I think we need to learn how to embrace […]

Enchanting Bengali Wedding Rituals, Rites, and Banters

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about the many rituals of Bengali wedding, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Twenty-six years ago I got hitched. However, I had neither the time nor energy to undergo a traditional ritualistic Bengali wedding. It was a simple court affair. Nevertheless, I love to attend Bengali wedding ceremonies which I […]

World Record Holder Anshu Jamsenpa, Queen of the Everest, the only Woman to Scale Mt. Everest Five Times

Reading Time: 6 minutesAnshu is a world record holder to have scaled Mt. Everest five times. The first Indian woman, she is rightly called the ‘Queen of the Everest’. She is also an acclaimed actress and celebrated model. Lovita profiles the young achiever, on the first anniversary of record holding feat, exclusively for Different Truths. Tsering Wange exchanged […]

Religious Fervor and Symbolism of Weddings in Andhra Pradesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira 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 opener, an experience […]

The Colourful Kashmiri Wedding

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe picturesque northernmost Indian state of Jammu& Kashmir has its own distinct cultural heritage. Here, in a nutshell, are their wedding customs and traditions of the Kashmiri Hindus. A matrimonial alliance is fixed once the horoscopes match. For the Kasamdry (formal engagement), the two parties assemble at a temple. Prayers are followed by an exchange of flowers – […]

Touching Lives

Reading Time: 5 minutesShe wanted to marry a classmate from her business school, who was from a different community and working in another small town at the end of the country.  They seemed perfectly matched with similar job profiles and taste and knowing that the young man was also a wannabe writer who had also read the author’s book […]

Tagore and Bangladesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesHad there been no stay in East Bengal, Tagore would have been a split soul – a divided personality. A complete and undivided Tagore is that Tagore who is made up of the combination of Calcutta and East Bengal, now Bangladesh. Tagore, however, considered Calcutta and East Bengal as one and the same country—two opposite […]

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]