Nostalgiphilia

Traditional Toys of India: Practice of Culture and Profession

The beautifully crafted traditional toys of India are unique and indigenous, and reflect the heritage of the Indian handicraft and toy making by skilled craftsmen and artisans.

The Chronicles of an Old Indian Postman

A postman, delivering all kinds of messages, had found a significant place in the lives of people back then. But with time, he too faded into oblivion.

The Significance of Indian State and City Names

States and city names in India reflect the influence of the ruler, culture, as well as their social connotations. Some are born out of colonial history, some under the patronage of kings and nawabs and others are drenched in ancient Indian cultures

Indian Mango Mania – The King of Hearts!

The mango simply becomes the most ubiquitous entity in our markets, homes, dining tables and even conversations during the summer season. It is sown into our childhood memories, in our moments of quiet solitude and in our sneaky after dinner escapades.

The Indian Railways – Much More Than a Mode of Transport!

Railway stations and trains are an integral part of every citizen’s life. It is hard to not have an incident or memory that is related to train travel in India. Travelling with family or friends has its own share of fun when in the train.

Natural History Classics and Popular Science Books of Yester-years! What a Difference They Made!

Books are said to be a person’s best companions and in my case some natural history classics and popular science books proved to be a life line, as I will explain shortly.

Remembering Some Beloved Hrishikesh Mukherjee Classic Comedies

Mukherjee was a champion of “middle of the road”, light- hearted and humorous takes on the everyday struggles of a middle-class man. Here are Some Beloved Hrishikesh Mukherjee Classic Comedies

Paan Culture in India – Love in a Heart Shaped Betel Leaf

The paan, though not as sophisticated as the advantages and traditions associated with betel leaves, nonetheless, impacts a strong cultural landscape. There are however, two sides to it.

Chittorgarh Built on Myths and Legends?

Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. Although an important heritage site in India, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, the renown of Chittorgarh is spread far and wide, more so because of the myths and legends associated with its history.

The Only Thing We Never Get Enough of is Love – A Valentine’s Day Special

Apart from the many debates on how Valentine’s Day may not necessarily adhere to our culture and how a single day is never enough to express love

Imagining Ghosts on Visits to Muffasil Towns

Encountering interesting characters and imagining seeing ghosts— the stuff of childhood memories of visits to small towns in western Uttar Pradesh

Illustrations in R. K. Narayan’s Classic Works

The well-known sketch of the fictional town had been done by Laxman based on the stories of Malgudi. The town is designed by Laxman as an ordinary settlement with rail tracks and an unremarkable railway station made of concrete.

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