The image of Narendra Modi continues to seep into our everyday lives, not only from the media but also from regular objects around us. Almost a decade after the present Prime Minister and then Chief Minister of Gujarat’s face was featured on condom packets distributed by the state government, Modi’s likeness is now also appearing [Read more]
It’s a fresh year for the Assamese, Tamils, Malayalis, Punjabis, Nepalis and Bengalis. Today is Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year’s Day and the new year is 1420. An unofficial Google doodle for the occasion. শুভ নববর্ষ (Shubho Noboborsho)!
Holi is a festival of fun and frolic (and double entendre?)
The sun transits from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and India celebrates Makar Sankranti and the once-in- a-dozen-years event, the Maha Kumbh at Allahabad begins. An unofficial Google doodle to mark the day.
For some it is the beginning of the new year, for others it marks the end of the harvest season. The reasons may differ but there are celebrations across India at this time of the year. If Google had to celebrate this through a doodle, what would they post on their India home page? Here’s [Read more]
Were you a little disappointed to discover that the colourful doodle on the Google home page today was not for Holi, but instead for the Interneational Women’s Day? I was. It is not that I was let down to find a Women’s Day doodle, only that I was expecting a Holi doodle instead on the [Read more]
There’s a difference in knowing from a history book and learning via a historical source. Accounts from a time when an historical event happened and later day interpretations by historians have a different flavour and a blend of both is necessary. Most of us know about January 26, 1950 (and many don’t), but for me [Read more]
Peeved with the constant noise blaring from the loudspeakers in the kanvaria vehicles passing through the highway close to my home, dug out this old post from August 2005. August 25, 2005: The night is yet to be over, the morning just on the coast. A banshee cry screeches through the silent dawn. Neither an [Read more]
Drunken fights are fun to watch (the kind where things don’t take a serious turn). More so when you have a powerful camera. Was enjoying a Holi drinking session on my 12th floor balcony with a few friends and cousins when we noticed some activity at the Vaishali Metro Station site (of the Delhi Metro [Read more]
On the second day of the first ever Indian Comic Con, the heavens opened up, complete with a minor storm and hailstones. The comic loving crowd, that forced me to park a kilometre away, had to scurry for cover.
Today is Mahalaya, the day of invocation of goddess Durga in her Mahisasurmardini form (the slayer of the demon Mahisasur). The beginning of the ten days of festivity.