Author: Shalu Runthala

A Different Durga Puja : The First Ever Transgender Durga Puja

The sweet fragrance of ’Shami’ tree revolves around, the sound of ulludh heard around . Everyone is busy shopping and distant relatives starts to be concerned about you. The numerous pandals deck up all around in the city . That’s when you realize that durga puja or durga pujo is around the corner. Durga pujo or puja whatever one call it is a festival celebrated largely in India. From north to west from east to west and even north east, it is celebrated widely according to the culture and cuisine of the regions across the nation. But one community which has earned patron for the...

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Mukti Bhawan : Moksha : Banaras

Have you helped some one to die? No I am not talking about euthanasia. In fact I am talking about a hostel cum home were you can come and die i.e “Mukti Bhawan”. Varanasi holds an important place in Hindu mythology. Being the oldest holiest city in the world and the land of Shiva, this is a place to get Moksha. It is believed that if any one dies or is burnt here gets Moksha. The term Moksha is the Hindu concept of liberation from the trials and tribulations of life. It is when you give up all materialistic...

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Stampede Kills 716 in Mecca During Hajj Pilgrimage

Around 716 people died and another 863 got injured in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia while taking part in Hajj pilgrimage. At an intersection in Mina, about six miles east of the city, stampede occurred around 9am on the first day of Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days in the Muslim calendar, and as millions of Muslims were making their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. According to Saudi Civil Defence Directorate all the injured have been taken to the nearby hospitals. Brig. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman informed the media about the necessary steps being...

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Anatomy Of A Hungry India

The key to good sleep is good mattress, cool atmosphere, comfortable setting. You thought only that? No there is one more important ingredient required for the perfect recipe of good sleep and that is a filled stomach. Ever tried sleeping hungry? The sleep doesn’t come easy right? In India everyday almost 2 million people sleep hungry. India being an agrarian society is unable to feed almost 40 % of its population on a regular basis. Food security the much gained political and media highlighted topic last year still lacks the political will of implementation. Food security principally means the state of having reliable access to...

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Death & Dosh Culture of Japan

Life and death is a part of one’s existence. Death is inevitable as known to everyone. We all have imagined life after death and have our own interpretations of it, for which religion media and writers play a major part in the formulation process. But have you ever thought of your death ceremony? How will it be? Who all will come? How will your coffin or urn be? If you are thinking that this writer here has gone loopy!! Who think and does all these, it’s the job of family members. Then wait don’t build an opinion until you read the whole thing. Japan...

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