From Apes to Humans: Earliest diversion of humans from apes occurred 5000000 years ago[ 5 million] in Africa and dispersed out of Africa. They belong to the genus Homo. Who belongs to the genus Homo? Anthropologists say that Africa is the source of earliest Manu as per Rig Veda. Anthropologists call any species in genus … Continue reading Mom musings: Arriving in India
Have you ever wondered why India is called India? It is an important question to answer, if not for India, we would not be Indians. Let me start with the Rig- Veda, written in 1700-1100 BCE, mentions Sindhu as the name for the river in the North. The region, Sindh, is conquered by Persians in … Continue reading Mom musings: Why India?
Nitali and Nihir are getting ready for school. They are feeling ebullient since it is the last day of school and time for their summer vacation. They have plans for their vacation: eat, play, read, color and travel. They spot Khiskoli playing in the vrksa. Khiskoli has a plan too. It is Khiskoli’s first summer by … Continue reading Khiskoli’s adventures: First summer alone
Who is an Indian? Where can I start? There are Indians and there are Indians. There is India and there are Indian Reservations. Let’s start the exploration with Native Indians. I have wondered time and again, so many things have been changed/ corrected but not the error Columbus made. Let’s talk about him, an Italian … Continue reading Mom musings: Who is an Indian?
Sometimes temporary lasts a few minutes at other times it is whole lifetime. Sometimes it is measured in minutes or hours at other times it is measured in feelings and yet often it is measured in terms of the only permanent entity in this life. Have you guessed already, what I am talking about? As … Continue reading The [Un]Lucky horse a.k.a ghoda
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Katy Kelleher | Longreads | March 2019 | 16 minutes (4,107 words) In The Ugly History of Beautiful Things, Katy Kelleher lays bare the dark underbellies of the things we adorn ourselves with. Previously: the grisly sides of perfume and angora. * * * “There was once upon a time a… Continue reading The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Pearls
Instant Coffee was a charm Instant milk was a novelty! What a craze! When growing up… Oh! Lest I forget the instant news On an old black and white tv Then came noodles…Instant noodles… ‘Ready in bas 2 minutes.’ the ad said Now, everything is in an ‘Instant’… Granted by CEOs who want to gift … Continue reading My ‘Instant’ life…
In my constant search for God, I forget that kindness and gratitude Are pillar stones of God And what is important to be right or to be kind? In my selfishness, I do not see, The silent tears, The quiet sobbing, The loud rage, In those beautiful eyes I do not hear, The despair, in … Continue reading Seeking Compassion….
Once upon a time outside the village of Rakhigarhi, there lived a snake a.k.a. saap, named Cobra. Cobra was well known for his viciousness nature to the villagers, he had bitten many, hurt many more and killed quite a few. The villagers avoided his nesting area. One day, a group of boys were playing with … Continue reading The Snake a.k.a. saap
Once upon a time on the beautiful Ranmal lake a.k.a. Talav, in Jamnagar, Gujarat, lived 3 friends: Batak, Machimar and Kachbo. They were happy on their lake, eating fish, bathing in the sun and exchanging tidbits about their day. Kachbo talked all day and night. Batak and Machimar listened patiently. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring: … Continue reading The Tortoise a.k.a. Kachbo