Nostalgiphilia

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.

Gumnaami : In the Search for Truth

Filmmaker Srijit Mukherji has made his latest film, ‘Gumnaami’ as a contribution to the substantive body of research that challenges the official perspective on Netaji’s death.

Remembering the Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

In the bygone 20th century or the Biswin Sadi the first manned mission to land on the moon—the United States’ Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 was hailed as a defining moment for the entire century,

Revisiting Ode to the West Wind by Percy Shelley

Shelley's personal belief that bodies are perishable, but thoughts and ideologies live forever. Lastly, he urges the west wind to scatter his thoughts over the universe, just as dead and dry leaves and unborn seeds are scattered over the face of the earth by the west wind.

Single Screen Theatres to Multiplex, Where Our Cinema Culture Stand Today?

When all these single screen theatres are gradually getting converted into multiplexes, a question lingers in our minds, are multiplexes meant for all?

Role of Women in the Independence Movement of India

Men of honor had a significant role to play in the freedom struggle. However, surprisingly women too led from the front and emerged as game changers in the quest for independence.

The Panchatatantra Tales – Stories that Spell Morals

The Panchatantra Tales are one of the oldest tales of India, written in Sanskrit with the aim of imparting lessons on ‘niti’, which means, ‘the wise conduct of life’. 

Remembering the Soviet Books for Children in the Cold War Years

I remember in my hometown Aligarh there used to be a bookshop called ‘Naya Kitab Ghar’, owned by a certain Mr. Kishen Singh, an enthusiastic party worker who stocked Soviet books.

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