Back to an Old Era: Rediscovering Chhattar Manzil’s Nawabi roots

Excavations at Chhattar Manzil have been a treasure hunt of sorts in Lucknow, which gives historians and scholars a chance to unlearn and relearn Awadhi history. In modern times, Chhattar Manzil has turned out to be a treasure trove of historical findings and artefacts that has fast turned into an interesting excavation process. In the last most significant finds in the city’s iconic structure, the … Continue reading Back to an Old Era: Rediscovering Chhattar Manzil’s Nawabi roots

India’s Children of a lesser God: A Not So Royal Story

India is a land of myths and legends, but if you look closely some paradoxes are hard to miss. Even as the world watched the pictures of the Royal baby being beamed across TV stations, wrapped in silken linen, little babies covered with dust and muck were playing with gay abandon on dusty roads in front of their slum dwellings across Lucknow city. Be it … Continue reading India’s Children of a lesser God: A Not So Royal Story

A first in 47 years record that Modi broke with panache

PM Modi’s resurgence as the hot favourite to lead the nation tells you nationalism is all that counts Saugand Tujhe Is Mitti Ki Ye Desh Nahi Mitne Doonga PM Narendra Modi At a huge congregation on victory day, PM Narendra Modi told a jam packed gathering, rest assured, whatever I will do it will be for the good of the country. He said this country … Continue reading A first in 47 years record that Modi broke with panache

Bengal’s Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar made streetlights his wisdom gaining tool

Bengal’s Renaissance man gets caught in the crosshairs of an ugly political slugfest The body politic of Bengal has been ugly off late. Violence, bad language and then you have the whole issue around Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, a man often considered the Renaissance man in Bengal. It is rather sad that a visionary and well educated man like him has been dragged into petty politics. The … Continue reading Bengal’s Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar made streetlights his wisdom gaining tool

एक मा ऐसी भी : मया, मोह और ममता से परिपूर्ण गौरी सावंत ने एक नयी मिसाल पेश की है

किसी किन्नर को धिक्कारने से पहले सोचिएगा, क्या भगवान के अर्धनारेश्वर रूप को आप नकार पाएँगे? या फिर क्या आप गौरी सावंत जैसा इंसान बन पाएँगे? मा की ममता क्या होती है इससे हम में से कोई भी अछूता नही है, पर कुछ ऐसे भी किस्से हैं इस दुनिया में जो हम और आपको ममता का एक अलग अंदाज़ अपनाने को मजबूर कर देता है. … Continue reading एक मा ऐसी भी : मया, मोह और ममता से परिपूर्ण गौरी सावंत ने एक नयी मिसाल पेश की है

A Genius Short Lived: Vinayak Sreedhar leaves behind scores that tell a tale

Life can be cruel and unfair sometimes. Sometimes it is also possible that the true genius of the person in question comes to the fore when he sadly passes away. Such is the story of Vinayak Sreedhar, an Amity International School, Noida student. Vinayak who was highly inspired by the physicist Stephen Hawking, scored a near 100 in three subjects for which he appeared during … Continue reading A Genius Short Lived: Vinayak Sreedhar leaves behind scores that tell a tale

Not so sensational hard toil that goes into being Deepika Ghose

Deepika Ghose is a sensation and a stunner. When she waves a flag at an IPL match, she gets heads rolling. There are videos that go viral. Many go head over heels over her. Then the curiosity to know who she is arises. And then you have a barrage of online searches that lead to massive fan following of a quiet and hard working fashion … Continue reading Not so sensational hard toil that goes into being Deepika Ghose

From the gullies of Nalasopara to US reality TV, ‘The Kings’ take the world by storm

Talent comes in all shapes and sizes and it is found in the remotest and poorest of colonies, one such place is Nalasopara from where The Kings have risen It is nothing short of a fairytale how The Kings rose from the gullies of Nalasopara and then made a mark in the World of Dance Once a subject of the popular Any Body Can Dance … Continue reading From the gullies of Nalasopara to US reality TV, ‘The Kings’ take the world by storm

Lucknow beats the heat to get inked for Mother India

Lucknow votes cautiously and decisively as a godman, political greenhorn and a veteran battle it out for supremacy The polling for Lucknow is finally happening. Election day is always special for any constituency and the state capital of UP is no exception. Security has been tight. Voting has been happening at a snail’s pace. Lines of voters, alert cops and people to assist the voters … Continue reading Lucknow beats the heat to get inked for Mother India

In season of political one upmanship, the Atal – Rajiv bonhomie is passe

For Modi, late Rajiv Gandhi might be Bhrashtachari No 1, but Rajiv was a very dear friend to the late Atal Behari Vajpayee PM Narendra Modi’s utterance about former PM Rajiv Gandhi being Bhrashtachari No 1, and his consequent death has reaffirmed our fear that politics in India has reached its lowest ebb. It is even more surprising that the comment comes from a party … Continue reading In season of political one upmanship, the Atal – Rajiv bonhomie is passe

Lucknow’s Chikankari artisans on no parties agenda

In a city where chikankari is considered a crowning jewel and has takers not just in India but overseas, the ignorance of politicians towards the plight of the industry is rather worrisome For any state its industries are the key indicators of how the government has fared. Each time someone from outside comes to the city of Lucknow, he or she has this customary demand … Continue reading Lucknow’s Chikankari artisans on no parties agenda