Glass art

Few years back had the opportunity to visit a Glass museum. Lovely experience and a quick cultural trip across the world!

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Short story on retaining focus

There was once a devotee who loved visiting the temple and performing religious rituals. She yearned to be serving at the temple, doing small things that gave her immense pleasure that she was serving God!

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Murals from around the world

Murals are street art, wall paintings prevalently known as a way to express feelings prevalent in the community. While they are huge in size, some of them are so creative that cities conduct art competitions to tap into the creativity of artists to make the city come alive!

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States of matter

While studying in school (few decades back), I learned about the states of matter – Solid, liquid and gas. Our understanding of simple facts like these also seems to have evolved over years!

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Harvest festival (Pongal/Sankranthi)

In India harvest festival is celebrated in the middle of January (13, 14, 15, 16) with each of the days being celebrated for different reasons. It is interesting to see how small acts from a cultural standpoint have a huge impact on the community and our lifestyles!

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Learning about Shaligrama

On the day of Vaikunta Ekadashi, I got an opportunity to learn more about Shaligrama / Shalagrama / Shaligram / Saligram. Sharing what triggered my interest and the interesting aspects about what I found!

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Brushing teeth and Dental hygiene

Dental hygiene and brushing teeth are a critical part of our health. However, it is interesting to observe the extent of importance we seem to attribute to it across different cultures.

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Community makes a difference!

All of us like to feel included, we need to feel wanted, that feeling comes together in a community when everyone strives to be there for one another! Got to witness it yet again…! Sharing my experience!

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Perspectives about who wrote the first number

When kids ask questions like these, it becomes an interesting journey to answer them. Answers involve our culture, knowledge, practices, history and processing all threads to come up with a concise answer that captures their attention!

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Deepavali – Festival of lights

Diwali or Deepavali is an array of lights celebrated by lighting lamps of different types across the house. It is always beautiful to see all homes lit outside with oil and wick lamps. Every family has the habit of lighting lamps indoors and outdoors, and there is a competitive atmosphere to see who has lit the best and most innovative lamp designs.

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Five Asian soaps to watch (with subtitles of course)

In the past few years, I started watch Asian soaps and was impressed with certain aspects that are unique to their culture. Sharing my view of the best ones to watch when you are looking for a change in genre!

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Rangoli (Kolam) and its importance

Those who grew up in India would know about this art form. Beautiful patterns made on the floor using rice flour. Mesmerizing work – especially during chilly mornings!

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Seasonal festivities in India – Navaratri and Durga Puja

While it is baking, Halloween and Thankgiving in this side of the world, how do Indians celebrate Fall season? Our cultures line up a series of festive occasions to induce a happy mindset, making sure we are focusing on happy thoughts and happy moments. How does that happen?

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Universe or Multiverse

It is interesting to see some concepts easily understood and explained by our ancestors through Puranas. We might not have grasped the concept so easily. However, when children watch these on TV shows and talk about similar concepts, it was tough for me to digest. Sharing some such strange coincidences!

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Ganesha

Ganesha, also known Ganesh, Vinayaka, Ganapati and many other names is a Hindu God of beginnings, traditionally worshipped before starting any new initiative. He is known to be a remover of obstacles! When we grow up with an image of God, it brings a smile to see them do common things like us – hats off to the creative minds who make these idols.. sharing some of those that I have loved over the years…!

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Native American Arrowhead and Indian Vel

Few years back, had the opportunity to visit Grand Canyon and Four corners. It was nice to see the unique place where four states meet in United States. There are native american stalls selling unique goods over there. It was interesting to see how some of their artifacts had a significant resemblance to Indian culture.

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Rangoli – An art of decorating

Rangoli is an art form, prevalent in India, in which patterns are created on the floor or ground using rice flour, flowers/flower petals, colored sand etc. It is usually made during festivals or during December-January timeframe. The bigger and beautiful the artwork, the more the pride and credit to the artists.

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