The Peacock Parade

The Peacock Parade

Pia-ow…. may-awe…!” I hear these haunting shrill high pitched sounds every morning just outside my home. The raucous call of the peacock is nowhere as bewitching as its gorgeous looks. The most photogenic bird is the peacock. Declared as the national bird of India in 1963, the peacock (Pavo cristatus) is celebrated in mythology, religion,
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Sashtiapthapoorthi: The Message behind the Tradition

Sashtiapthapoorthi: The Message behind the Tradition

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’
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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary: Where Birds of Different Feathers Flock Together

The 200-year-old Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, one of the oldest in the country, is a paradise for bird watchers and ornithologists. On a visit, during the peak migratory season, Isabelle Brotherton Ratcliffe not only sees several birds, most of them for the first time, but also realizes that the vibrant community-led conservation of birds is also
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In Her own Words: Re-Telling an Indian Epic

In Her own Words: Re-Telling an Indian Epic

Tim Hardaker travels to Sivakasi and engages in a delightful conversation with young debutante author Anuja Chandamouli , whose book Arjuna, is a passionate retelling of the Mahabharata, woven around Arjuna, the iconic Pandava warrior prince as the central character The town of Sivakasi, located 80 kms south-west of Madurai, is perhaps best known for
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Lost Longings

Although I had seen the island of Rameshwaram on the map of India jutting out like a narrow projection from the Bay of Bengal on the South East Coast of the country, the experience per se was so different from the abstract representation. Despite our best efforts and intentions, we can only approximate reality. Just
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