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Going for a Green Puja helps humanity in the long run

Every year as Durga Puja celebrations take place across the country, a festive mood permeates the atmosphere. There is fun and frolic everywhere with Didis and Dadas, Didimas & Dadus, Maashis & Meshos heading out in their best to seek the blessings of Durga who is splendidly created in a variety of avatars. Though the emotional, cultural, social and ritual outpouring is simply amazing, it gets a bad blotch when the idols of Durga and

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देवी-देउता के ऐसे खिल्ली नहीं उड़ाते हैं मेरा बच्चा

मां: हैप्पी दशहरा विनीत. माता रानी,शेरोवाली बुतरू के खूब अकिल-बुद्दि दे. विनीत: हैप्पी दशहरा मां.. मां: की हाल है हमर बच्चा, मना लिया दुर्गापूजा ? विनीत: मनाना क्या, खाए दबाकर दोपहर में ठेठाके सोए, अभी जाकर जलेबी खरीदेंगे. तुम्हारे और घर के बाकी बच्चा लोगों के भीतर भी थोड़ा-थोड़ा रावण जिंदा रहे मां, बाकी तो पब्लिक जलाकर राख कर ही रही है. मां: सालभर के परब में कुछ औ नहीं तो रावण के जिंदा रहे के कामना

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मेरे अंदर का रावण

फेसबुक मैसेज बॉक्स और मेल बॉक्स में विजयदशमी के बहुत से संदेश पड़े हुए हैं, जिनमे शुभकामनाओं के साथ एक हिदायत भी दी गई है—अपने अंदर के रावण को मारें। मैसेज पढ़कर शोले फिल्म का डायलॉग याद आ जाता है—ठाकुर साहब आप क्या गब्बर सिंह को बकरी का बच्चा समझते हैं, जिसे कोई भी पकड़ ले। रावण ना हुआ भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम का पेस बॉलर हो गया, जिसे कोई भी ऐरा-गैरा आकर मार जाये। ये

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#DurgaPuja2015

Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, SAKTI rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namo Namaha Very very soon, the radio is gonna go abuzz with these heavy words from an even heavier throat. That time of the year is here. The new clothes smell so good, so fresh and so pretty. We as a community are gearing up to welcome Ma Durga to come visit us for 5 days. Festivities would start. There will be songs and dances. There

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Do not judge a religion by its extremists

A municipal corporation in Mumbai announces an eight day ban on meat and the country goes berserk. Politicians lose their bearings and that helps the community unite in solidarity, even more. Twitterati, as is their wont, gets another fodder for their attention seeking timelines. That then has been the story of the #meatban and the posturing that has followed it. First and foremost, the ban on meat during the period of fast was passed in

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Rakhi

On this rakhi, for all the brothers who kept waiting for their rakhi, but it never came. एक राखी ही तो थी तो क्या हुआ जो नहीं भेजी इस बार चंद धागे ही तो हैं जो ज़रा सा ज़ोर लगाओगे तो वैसे भी टूट जायेंगे एक राखी ही तो थी इससे रिश्ते थोड़े ही बंधते हैं गर प्यार होता भाई और बेहेन में तो राखी की क्या ज़रुरत पड़ती? राखी और भाई बेहेन के रिश्ते

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Exotic Renewal Rituals for the Lords of Puri Dham: The Nabakalebara

Exotic Renewal Rituals for the Lords of Puri Dham: The Nabakalebara. Nabakalebar is an ancient ritual associated with Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols. A year which has two months (Adhika masa) of Ashadha as per the Hindu Calendar is auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years. The Idols are made from a

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Why its important to Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Holi

With holi just around the corner, thousands are going the eco-friendly way in a pledge to protect the environment. While water balloons and pichkaris, gulal and water guns are probably the perfect way to celebrate holi, but there’s also some food for thought for the day – how about celebrating ‘DRY HOLI’ or an ECO-FRIENDLY HOLI’! Well, I say this because in these times when there is scarcity of water, and threats to the environment we

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Indian Cuisine – A Quick Look

A land steeped in history and culture, the cuisine of India reflects a 5000 year old history. An amalgamation of various traditions and cultures residing in the subcontinent, gives its cuisine a distinct flavour. Needless to say that religion history and culture has a strong influence on the culinary make-up of the country. Throughout India’s history, there has been a series of invasion by Mughals, Portuguese, French, Dutch and the British. These invasions left behind

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Top 7 Bengali Vegetarian Delicacies

The land of Bengal has long been associated with culture and festivals. As goes the saying Baaro Maashey Taaro Parbon (thirteen festivals in twelve months), Bengalis have ample reasons and festivals to celebrate. It goes without saying that food makes an integral part of any Bengali festival. A four course meal or sometimes even more complete any Bengali gathering; while Fish is the major connecting point for Bengali cuisine, we must understand that the Bengal

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