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A pilgrimage to the tomb of Qutubuzzaman al-Sayyid Alawi Mouladhawila

By Mohammed Mishad K
The ceremony re-enacts, as if, Thangal’s message of interreligious harmony. An inspirational presence in his time, he presided over some of the Hindu religious festivals. Kozhikkaliyattam – a festival of lower-caste Hindus in Munniyur, near Mamburam – is held every year on a Friday, the day of Muslim congregational prayer.

A Tale of Two Worlds: Holland and Nepal

By Neha Basnet
In Nepal, customers are bound to carry bundles of cash with them and still end up being cheated. With digital payment systems, customers simply press a few buttons with their fingers and the funny money is gone, just like in a casino. Unfortunately, such services are limited.

The Butterfly Garden

By Mary Ann Chacko
Walking through the Butterfly Garden was an invigorating and calming experience. But I felt a tinge of sadness when I realized that these breathtakingly beautiful creatures had such a short life span. To make matters worse, during this walking tour I learned that the natural habitats of many butterflies have been destroyed due to human interference thereby threatening the survival of many species.

Mountain Reverie: A Surreal Canvas at the Yosemite National Park

By Lopa Banerjee
I look at the steep movement between the mountains, the soft, sensuous light trailing through the silvery mountain bends. I read their curves, bends and slopes like books of sonnets and stories, tracing each page in its sacred solidarity, as the curved landscapes ramble, roam, and converge with each other like enchanted lyrics.

Life on the Tracks

By Lopa Banerjee
The whistle blows. I find myself in the sweltering heat of a train compartment in suburban Kolkata, my tongue chained to numbness and austerity. I carry with me the rampant memories and succulent folklores of my childhood, my unruly hair running along with the houses, huts, trees, ponds, and creeks, as my life speeds along, swishing back and forth between pale faces and clumsy station platforms.

My India

By Elena Vinokurova
You have no future and all that awaits you is death from an overdose of sun, freedom, and chili peppers…and, then, you wake up in a gray city apartment in a gray concrete high-rise under a gray sky among people dressed in gray ties.

An Interview with Dr. Neha Vora on ‘Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora’ (2013)

By E P Mohammed Swalih
This is what I mean by “consumer citizenship” – you mark your identity and belonging through material goods. This is of course connected to prosperity but it is not reducible to wealth. I remember one of my first interviewees in Dubai telling me that when he was growing up in Kerala, Carrefour plastic bags were considered status symbols.

Post-Apartheid and Post-Mandela

By Nick Matlin
It is almost cliché to emphasize the fact that while racial frontiers have begun to break down, the frontiers of class remain stubbornly entrenched. Much of the country’s wealth still rests in the hands of the white minority.

Travel: Maldives – A Paradise on the Indian Ocean

By Saptarshi Kundu
Maldives is one of the most beautiful coral islands, having plenty of colourful fishes and corals. Since snorkelling is a favourite pass-time here, almost all the resorts let out snorkelling equipment. And if you are a photography fanatic like me, you can try snorkelling with an underwater camera.