ARCHANA BORA, TRAVELMYNATION

It’s 9 AM and we are at war! Literally. Driving through rush hour traffic in Bangalore is nothing short of WWIII. The radio is on and it helps draw our attention away from the maddening crowd near Lalbagh. An ad on air catches our attention as it talks about tea estates and a serene hill station. Nature Resorts has opened a new property in Kotagiri, Tea Nest Nightingale and we immediately decide to get in touch with them. A call

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DIWALI, by ANN GEO

Diwali or Dipawali – the Indian festival of lights gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Indians celebrate Diwali with worship, family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers. Here are a few of my ideas to get creative and liven up your Diwali lamps (diyas) in easy yet classy ways. All you need is a

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GARDENING, by NIDHI KEDIA

On a recent evening out, the kids started to quarrel over the music playlist they wanted to hear. We passed by a small nursery, and the little green patch caught my attention. This prompted me to have a discussion on gardening.  I gave everyone five minutes each to come up with what they think about gardening and what it teaches us. Anaya sprouted with the first thought. A garden makes the house look pretty. Yes a well-manicured garden does add to the

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY!

Did you know that a NIMHANS survey suggests that one in every 20 Indians suffer from depression? But this is only the tip of the iceberg and the more commonly known mental health issue. We face challenges every day in our lives. It is a cause for concern when we are no longer able to deal with these challenges effectively. We all deal with difficult circumstances in different ways. Some of us prefer to take a vacation, while some of

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GO TEAM ALICIA SOUZA STUDIO!

Cute, charming, insanely sweet, and incredibly warm… Nope, we aren’t describing puppies! It is the wonderful and awwww-mazing team at the Alicia Souza Studio. Team Alicia Souza Studio, is less than a year old but it has grown to a bunch of 15 lovely women and one oh-so-gentle man! The team expanding at a monumental rate was an unexpected surprise, let alone becoming an (almost) all-women team. In October 2016, it began with just Alicia Souza and her business partner,

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READING IS DREAMING WITH YOUR EYES OPEN!

The Harry Potter series by J.K . Rowling is just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G . I entered the magical world of wizards, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade when I was 13 and I’m hooked to it till date. I was in tears after the last novel in the series – it felt like I was leaving behind family. The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton has been part of my childhood. Moonface, Silky, the Saucepan Man, and Dame Slap Alot are lovable and memorable characters. Every

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AGE IS JUST A NUMBER!

Ageing is a natural process, but it has become a social problem. Attributing a person’s inability to ageism is very common. One of the classic examples would be that of a senior walking on the sidewalk who trips and has a fall. What do you think would be the immediate reaction of the passers-by? This is why old people need to stay indoors and do things they are capable of!! One foot in the grave and behaving like a sixteen

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DO YOU HATE MEN?

When I tell people, I’m doing a Ph.D. in Gender Studies, their reactions always amuse me. I and several others in my line of work are so used to defining Gender Studies and its relevance to people. This piece is a reflection of the collective response to the daunting question, “What is Gender Studies and do we need it at all?” Let’s begin with an anecdote from my semester of teaching. As I began my class on Gender Sensitivity, a

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DUSSEHRA!

If you look through our Indian calendar, you will find that each month some sect or community in India is in a state of celebration. It is part of our diverse culture to engage in festivities and irrespective of the religious significance, what it does, is bring people together, forge a closer bond and spread the much needed cheer all year-round. I am sure you will agree with me that the positive vibes from any festival can be strongly experienced

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SUPERWOMEN, BY PRACHI GARG

A book authored by one of the wonder women featured on The Wonder Women World that talks about twenty other wonder women and their journeys. That is quite a combination! And wait, some of the women Prachi has written about have also been featured here over the last few months! A small world indeed. Prachi is the founder of Ghoomophiro.com that curates corporate tours. As with any new venture, she faced several challenges and decided to consult with those who were in the same boat as

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