The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. When Narendra Modi was elected in early 2014, the media declared him “ India’s ... catchnews.com, 4 days ago
Kanika Datta visits the crumbling but appealing temple complex of Bagan -- a place where even an atheist can come close to a divine experience. IMAGE: At its height, over 13,000 stupas and pagodas are said to have dotted Bagan, Myanmar. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons. The Road to Mandalay docks next to what our guide assures us is an "unremarkable house". But the unprepossessing concrete mansion that hugs the upper banks of the Ayeyarwady (the river Irrawaddy to the Anglicised) ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Most Indians have an Ambassador story. Following Peugeot's acquisition of the iconic Indian brand, Avishek Rakshit chronicles what made this car such an indispensable part of India's cultural psyche. IMAGE: Even designer Manish Malhotra gave himself a pink Amby, complete with kitschy interiors. Photograph: Courtesy Robert Soar/Flickr.com. In the early 1960s, industrialist S K Birla purchased an early model of the Ambassador, or Amby. It was round and robust, and spacious from inside.Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Nehru's vision and master urban planner and architect Le Corbusier's principles of light, space and greenery are still evident everywhere in Chandigarh. Geetanjali Krishna finds a haven in the city. IMAGE: The symbolic open hand of Chandigarh. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons. Last week, just as I was admiring a gigantic sculpture of an open hand raised in the sun, someone whatsapped me a photograph of President Trump, a closed fist raised in triumph after his poorly-attended inauguration. I was ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Did you know that samosas, idlis and coffee were not originally from India? Brush up your history and read on about the origins of some our tastiest foods. Presenting seven foods believed to be from India, but aren't: 1. Pao IMAGE: Vada pav, misal pav, pav bhaji, Mumbaikars love their pav. But is pav from their city?Photograph: Rutvi Mistry/Wikimedia Commons In several parts of India, people start their day with a pav or a fluffy kind of Indian bread bun for breakfast. Bakeries take ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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