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Jashn-e-Rekhta – Festival celebrating Urdu

A fortnight ago, when Delhi was abuzz with much activity following the Jawaharlal Nehru University fiasco, a small number of people were quietly trying to bring different communities together through Jashn-e-Rekhta. The Urdu festival, in its second edition at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, was organised for those who knew Urdu, wanted to know Urdu, loved it or …

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Hari Chand – Greatest Indian athletes ever

Hari Chand - Greatest Indian athletes ever

Hari Chand sits at Café Coffee Day, a stone’s throw away from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Inside the enormous belly of the stadium is a tartan track. Hari Chand has an unrealised dream there. If fulfilled, it would have made him the undisputed long-distance running champion in India. For a lot of people, who have bothered to …

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Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival – Tunes of the dunes

Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival - Tunes of the dunes

A heady mix of rustic and contemporary notes and global rhythms — Rajasthan folk festival encourages and promotes people’s music Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival) is different. It is music from dawn to midnight and beyond. It coincides with Sharad purnima — the brightest full moon each year. From finding one’s way in the dark before dawn, to get …

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Brave New World Beckons in ‘Child-friendly’ Villages

Razia Sultan’s eyes sparkle. Just 11, she is already a mix of power-lady and princess. Nothing in her mien gives away the fact that the eldest of nine siblings toiled for four hours every day after school to stitch footballs in Meerut for two years till 2004. But Razia’s come a long way since those days. Her village, Nanglakhumba, on …

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Music notes that bind & unite Indians

Music notes that bind & unite Indians

Communal harmony has been a natural way of life with Indian musicians throughout the ages. Uniting people and finding the underlying binding thread between them was a part of their innate thought process The world of Indian classical music has been an age-old treasure house of unpolitised unity and pluralism. As stated by vocalist late Ustad Amir Khan, “one may …

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भारत के 7 सबसे खूबसूरत रेलवे ट्रैक्स

भारत के 7 सबसे खूबसूरत रेलवे ट्रैक्स

भारतीय रेल दुनियाँ की सबसे विस्तृत रेल सेवाओं में से एक है। भारतीय रेल की पटरियों का जाल पूरे भारत में लगभग 71 हज़ार मील में फैला हुआ है। यह हर साल लगभग 9 अरब लोगों को उनकी मंज़िल तक पहुँचाती है। निःसंदेह छुक-छुक करती रेल में खिड़की पर बैठ कर खूबसूरत नज़रों को देखने से बेहतर कुछ भी नहीं …

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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Ajmer

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Ajmer

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is one of the classic instances of religious vandalism, an outstanding example of an edifice built over the ruins of Jain temples. This famous mosque, situated on the border of Ajmer, is an inimitable example of primitive Indo-Islamic architecture. Constructed by Muhammad Ghori, Adhai- din-ka-Jhonpra has a slew of interesting legends to its name. While some …

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Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif

Islamism, Sufism and the Sufi tradition – all of them teaches us one thing – the message of peace, submission, surrender and obedience to Almighty God. Ajmer Sharif, better known to the world as Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja, is one of the most revered destinations for the theists, the ultimate place for spiritual redemption. The revered tomb of Hazrat …

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Henna Art back in vogue in Srinagar Valley

Henna Art back in vogue in Srinagar Valley

Young girls and women from all backgrounds are trying their hand out at henna art, which has made Eid eve look all the more attractive. Henna artists had erected their make shift stalls or coordinated with the plush beauty parlours of the city for catering to the rush of women, who wish to adorn their hands. Majority of these henna …

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Between whom was the battle of Haldighati fought?

Pratap Singh became the Maharana of Mewar in 1572 after the death of his father Maharana Udai Singh. Pratap never accepted Emperor Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Akbar as ruler of India, and fought Emperor Akbar all his life. Emperor Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Akbar first tried diplomacy to win over Pratap Singh but nothing worked. Pratap Singh maintained that he had no …

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