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February 2014 issue

All cultures have rites of passage which are ritual events that mark a person's transition from one status to another. In sociological terms, a rite of passage means a milestone in an individual's life and generally relates to a change in social status.

Summary

EDITOR'S CORNER

A Venerable Tradition

COVER STORY

Sashtiapthapoorthi: The Message behind...

EATING OUT

The Lingering Taste of Tradition

CULTURE

Thaipusam Festival: Under the Spell of...

WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR

No Puppy Love This: Vichitra Rajasingh...

VILLAGE VOICES

Attuvampatti: A Wold of Green sans...

FILM REVEVIEW

My Country is Named Love

A Big Fat Family Affair

BOOK REVEVIEW

A Bland Dish

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Bollywood Fantasy vs Madurai Reality

The Glance That Started It All

LASTING IMPRESSIONS

A Stepping Stone to International Cooperation

A Venerable Tradition

Selina Joseph, Editor - India

All cultures have rites of passage which are ritual events that mark a person's transition from one status to another. In sociological terms, a rite of passage means a milestone in an individual's life and generally relates to a change in social status.
In India, we have many ceremonies connected with birth, puberty, marriage, pregnancy, death and so on, depending on the region and the community to which one belongs.

Sashtiapthapoorthi: The Message behind the Tradition

Text and Photos: Giulia Crouch, United Kingdom

Interviewing two elderly couples who have celebrated their 'Sashtiapthapoorthi' and 'Sadabishegam' respectively, Giulia Crouch is captivated by this South Indian custom and finds that behind the celebrations lies the tradition of respecting elders as well as the universal values of forgiveness and harmony Before properly delving into the topic of 'Arupatham Kalyanam' or 'Sashtiapthapoorthi' as it is known in Sanskrit,

Attuvampatti: A World of Green sans Machines

Text: Nora Roger, France and Photos: R.P. Suriya Prakash

Nora Roger explores Attuvampatti, a small village near Kodaikanal, and is enchanted by this 'trekker's paradise', which the long arm of technology appears not to have touched as yet and where the people seem to be content with their idyllic existence As we get closer to Kodaikanal, about a hundred kilometers away from Madurai, the air becomes purer. We climb 2,000 meters in a bus, the journey lasting two hours. Lulled by the music, the bus meanders around the hairpin bends, punctuated by pauses as it negotiates the twists and turns.

 

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Our journalists have different missions: write about Madurai, give information about what's going on, spread cultural information but they are also very keen to meet local people and share their everyday work and experience with them. They are in touch with local children and students in Madurai. They are organizing creative writing sessions in different schools. They are also preparing articles written with Indian students in universities.