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Book Review: The Art of Mindful Parenting by Shelja Sen

Parenting is not a technique but a reflection of the United philosophy of both father and mother. There is no 'bad child', but simply 'bad routines'. In today's technologically-driven environment, young parents cannot deny this truth. Most children today are buffered from all sorts of discomfort and are kept happy all the time - which affects their growth and makes them ill-equipped to handle adverse situations and challenges later in life. To connect deeply with the children, one needs to be

Matka Peer Dargah, an encounter with Sufism

‘The Wandering Sufis’ by Kumkum Srivastava was my first formal introduction to the world of Sufi saints (also called as Peer Baba). Before that, I always noticed dargahs while travelling in Delhi, but never went inside them, for no particular reason. But then the images of what I used to see kept intriguing me and the book increased my level of curiosity. Came majorly from Iran (also known as Persia), these Sufi saints spread the message of Allah within the Indian

Hill forts of Rajasthan: Masterpieces of Rajputana Heritage

The land of kings, the state of Rajasthan was earlier known as Rajputana. It was divided into various regions, each ruled by a different clan. Over the years, these clans built historical monuments, especially forts on hills which shaped the rich cultural heritage of the state. Constructed between the fifth and eighteen centuries, these hill forts are longstanding masterpieces of Rajputana heritage. At the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Cambodia, six forts of Rajasthan were declared

CaratLane Pays An Ode to Jaipur

CaratLane - a Tanishq partnership, is India’s first omnichannel jewellery brand was founded in 2008, by Mithun Sacheti and Srinivasa Gopalan to make beautiful jewellery accessible, affordable and forever wearable. All CaratLane collections draw design inspirations from a strong historical legacy and interpret them in a modern theme. Keeping in mind this mission statement, the brand's newest collection helps rediscover the Pink City. The Jaipur Collection reflects royalty. Inspired by some of Jaipur’s majestic architectural wonders, the iconic beauty of Jaipur's

Pattachitra: Tales of Yore on Fabric


All places have different forms of expression, whether it is through art, music, plays or any other aspect that depicts their culture. These “art forms” describe the traditions of the place and distinguish them. Pattachitra is a medium that expresses Oriya and Hindu culture. Folk stories and mythological tales of Hindu culture are depicted in the form of art. The word Pattachitra comes from two Sanskrit words - “Patta”, which means “cloth”, and “Chitra” which means “picture”. This translation means “pictures

Orchha: The historical platter

Nestled in the heart of the country, the medieval city of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh is a haven for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. The rich historical legacy of the city is preserved in the beautiful stone sculptors and the ancient forts and buildings. Roosted 18km from Jhansi railway station and 119km from Gwalior airport, it once had the distinction of being the capital of one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of Central India. Founded by the Rajput king

Five Holi DIY Ideas for Children

Making cards for holi

Holi - a festival of colours and fun for all. This is a festival that is especially enjoyed by children, because there isn’t another festival that allows them to be as boisterous as Holi does. Perhaps it is the vibrant colours, perhaps it is the freedom to be able to do what they want, and how they want. The fact that there aren't many limits to the amount of time they can spend drenching each other with their pichkaris or

HorsesofIndia, a portal dedicated to indigenous Indian horses

Horse breeders from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Maharashtra have come together to foster an unbridled bond in raising awareness about the various breeds of Indian Horses. And for the first time, under the aegis of a website called, create a digital database of horses, horse breeders as well as horse enthusiasts. The unanimous decision among all is that even though the Indian Horse breeds are known for their looks, hardiness, stamina and survival skills, the need of the

Celebrate colours and spring with Phulkari

Back in the day, you might have heard stories, folklores from your grandparents and village elders about merry women on tree swings during the monsoon season, of the fervour and festivity in the air. The Punjabi name for this season is known as Teej or Teeyaan. But what finds the most mention in the course of Punjabi culture and this season are the beautiful patterns of the world-acclaimed Phulkaris. The word Phulkari comes from the association two Punjabi words -

International Coir Museum for the Extraordinary Fibre

We all love to have coconut water, coconut milk, sweets, and other coconut-based delicacies. But about the husk of coconut trees? What happens to them, what happens to the shell of tender coconuts after the content is consumed? To find the answers to these questions, head to the International Coir Museum in Alappuzha when you are in Kerala next time. Nestled close to the tranquil backwaters, the first-of-its-kind museum in the world takes you on a journey, acquainting you on