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    Muharram 2018: 7 things to know about the mourning of Muslims on Ashura

    Muharram is the sacred month of the Islamic calendar and also marks the beginning of the Muslim New Year. The tenth day of Muharram is called as ‘Ashura’, literally meaning ‘forbidden’. Though the day of Ashura holds a great significance to all Muslims around the globe, it is recognised differently in the two major sects – Shia and Sunni. For the Shia community, the day commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 4 short stories about Lord Ganesha we all need to know

    Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha with much fervour across the globe, especially in India. He is known as the God of beginnings and is believed to be the remover of obstacles. The festival starts on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, which falls in the month of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018! How the 11-day Ganesha festival has changed over the years

    As early as 5:00 am in the morning, an otherwise calm street in one of the by-lanes of Mumbai would come to life to welcome Lord Ganesha. For the next 11 days, not a single car would be allowed parking inside the lane. Most vehicles owners would (beforehand), ensure a safe parking spot at their nearest relative or friend’s compound.

  • Letter from the hills! Kitabghar: Our house of books

    Next time you’re in Mussoorie, ask for Kitabghar or Library and you shall find yourself in exactly the same place. Ages ago, when I applied for membership from Mrs Maisie Gantzer, the Honorary Secretary, who like other illustrious members of her family, had held the fort close to 40 years.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 7 eco-friendly ways to celebrate Ganesh festival

    Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals. During this 10-day festival, we often overlook the aftermath of the celebration. Festivals today have become highly commercialised and many a time end up polluting water bodies and creating noise pollution due to the use of loudspeakers. This year, during Ganesh Chaturthi, let us make an effort to reduce the burden of the Mother Nature and celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner.

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    Section 377: Timeline of events from 1861 to 2018, when and who filed the first petition and all you need to know

    The Supreme Court on Thursday, September 6, pronounced the historic Section 377 verdict. After hearing a number of petitions challenging Section 377 of the IPC, which criminalises homosexuality, the Supreme Court delivered the verdict in the case. The five-judge bench was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra. The verdict today comes on five petitions moved by dancer

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 7 eco-friendly decoration ideas for the classy look

    Ganesh festival is just a week away. There are a ton of activities, from housecleaning to decorating that needs to accomplish within seven days. The festival adds fun and colors all around. If you are yet to work on the decoration part then worry not. There are no rules set when it comes to decoration but who doesn’t love colors and pomps? So, let’s set up a spectacular house for bappa which