Kurumba- A Tribe That Possesses Magic

The Maria girls from Bastar practise sex as an institution before marriage, but with rules-one may not sleep with a partner more than three times; the Hallaki women from the Konkan coast sing throughout the day-in forests, fields, the market and at protests; the Kanjars have plundered, looted and killed generation after generation, and will…

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A Talib’s Tale – An Excerpt

A Talib’s Trade     The best provision is that which one has worked for, with the labour of one’s own hands. —Hadith   1973   I owe a lot to Maulana Khan Afzal, but two things in particular. For one, he instilled in me a love of India. Secondly, he showed me practically that…

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Havaldar Hook Interview

You are a humble havaldar, but you now have a series named after you. How do you feel?   I’m not ‘a’ havaldar, my name is Havaldar, because my father thought that I would grow up and become a policeman. But I wanted to become a teacher. So I’m very happy that there is a…

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Who are the Janamsakhis?

History is telling and re-telling of stories by one generation to the next in the form of illustrations, written texts and verbal narrations. Janamsakhis are the birth (janam) and life stories (sakhis) of First Sikh – Guru Nanak. While the earliest of the existing Janamsakhi – Bala, (dated 1658) is a compilation of 29 illustrations,…

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What We Learn About Our Times from ‘Shakti’

Structured as a fantastical, women-driven superhero story, Shakti by Rajorshi Chakraborti also gives us a scathing social commentary on present-day concerns of feminism, sexism, communal violence and mental health. Through the characters of Jaya, Arati, and Shivani – three women in Calcutta who are gifted with magical powers – Chakraborti takes us on a journey…

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Here are 5 Things ‘My Value Collection’ offers

Nicky and Noni are just like you. They’re funny, they’re crazy-and like you, they love to have fun. But sometimes, just sometimes, they can be very naughty. That’s when they get into trouble. Author Sonia Mehta’s series of books for children — My Book of Values, is all you need to make a preachy value education…

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Why You Need to Read About the New Rules of Business

As the business-world becomes increasingly dynamic, innovative, and experimental – the benchmarks for brand-building are changing. Playing by a set rulebook is no longer enough. There are new (and higher) expectations now, and with them come new rules of doing business. From learning to prioritize employees’ well-being to investing in products that can do their…

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