What is the quality that makes children so appealing and welcoming? Is it their physical beauty or their openness to loving and being loved? Their cheerfulness, playfulness or their innate humor? Beyond these things, children are beautiful because they possess something that we have all lost – the quality of

‘Varanasi’ or ‘Banaras’ or ‘Kashi’, the spiritual heart of India and the oldest living city of the world. It dates back to 2000 BCE. Also considered the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism, devout Hindus believe that if you die here, you will attain salvation. This is the

India is known all over the world for it’s rich flora and fauna. It is one of the best places in the world for enthusiastic bird watchers. From the mighty Himalayas to the serene backwaters of Kerela, and from Gujarat in the west to the tip of Northeast India, a

Holla Mohalla is a Sikh festival celebrated annually in the month of Phalguna, a day after Holi. It is a weeklong festival which revolves around daytime demonstrations of ‘Gatka’, the Sikh martial art, and other military sports. The origin of this festival dates back to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru

Lokenath Brahmachari (31 August 1730 – 2 June 1890) also known as Baba Lokenath was a Hindu yogi and mystic who lived during the 18th and 19th century Bengal and resided for 26 years at the village Baradi, Dist: Narayanganj, Bangladesh. His annual festival is held every year by millions

Kerala lies in the south-west of India with all the beautiful elements of nature. Nestled between the pristine waters of the Arabian sea on the west and the lush Western Ghat mountains on the east, its intense network of rivers and lagoons, thick forests, exotic wildlife, tranquil stretches of emerald

Raigad is a hill fort situated in the Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built this fort and made it his capital in 1674 when he was crowned as the King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire, eventually covering more western and central India. The fort rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above

Our affinity with the color – ‘Green’, is evergreen. Green, the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street. The color green has healing power

Covered with beautiful water lily flowers, the ‘Bils’ (canal) in Barisal district of Bangladesh, look like a magnificent embroidered quilt drafted in the lap of nature. These are popularly called ‘ShaplarBil’ (Canal of water lily). Water lily is cultivated on about 10 thousand acres of wetlands in this village. 70

The Todas of Nilgiri Tucked away in Northern Tamil Nadu, lie the beautiful Nilgiri Hills or the Blue Mountains, most popular as Ooty or Ootakamund as local tribes call it. The Nilgiris were home to several ethnic tribes like the ‘Badagas’, ‘Kotas’, ‘Kurumbhas’ and ‘Irulas’. One of them, the ‘Todas’