Archive for Culture

The intoxicating drug of an Indian god

The cannabis plant’s role in Hindu mythology has authorities turning a blind eye to India’s drug shops, writes Charukesi Ramadurain on BBC on March 13, 2017.

Mad splashes of colour on Holi

Spring is here and to celebrate the vibrancy and joyful hues all around, people in India play Holi, the festival of colours. Published in the Indian Express on March 14, 2017

The hidden dangers of euphemisms

An increase in bizarre euphemisms has been sneaking up on an unsuspecting public in recent years. Mark Peters wrote the essential update. Published on BBC on January 27, 2017.

20 Great Euphemisms

Lynn Schneider's crucial list of euphemisms.

Coolest Concert Ever

Ice instruments, a creation of ice sculptor Tim Linhart, in concert - a National Geographic Short Film.

Of Sodawaterbottleopenerwalas and other Walas

It is no exaggeration to say that Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India, take their food seriously - very seriously, report Parinaz Madan and Dinyar Patel on BBC on December 25, 2016.

The History of Urbanization

3700 BCE - 2000 CE: This map visualizes the history of urban settlements over 6,000 years.

The Mysterious Secret Society of Ancient India

and 'The Nine Unknown Men' of Ashoka. Kerry Sullivan writes in Ancient Origins on September 26, 2016.

Orange Rules!

Persimmon drying season in south-eastern China paints many towns orange. Published on BBC on December 16, 2016.

Restaurant Has a City Eating Out of Its Hands

Bangalore restaurant that many say serves the"world's best dosa". Geeta Pandey writes in BBC on December 15, 2016.

The Life of Death

A hand-drawn animation by Marsha Onderstijn.

Afghan Tribe in Remote Villages

Stunning images by Eric Lafforgue of the Wakhi people who live between Tajikistan and Pakistan. Rebecca Taylor writes on MailOnline, published October 9, 2016.

12 Ridiculous Shaadi Profiles

Rishabh Banerji writes in India Times on February 19, 2016, that reading these listed profiles for matrimonials will make you feel very happy you're single. *) Shaadi means [...]

The Street Food that Powered the British Empire

From the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on the famous Kolkata egg roll. Justin Rowlatt reports on BBC on July 29, 2016.

The Street Food so Good it is Waved through Airport Checks

From the BBC series 'India on a Plate' - Bihar's famous litti are char-grilled flavour bombs, writes Justin Rowlatt. Published on BBC on July 22, 2016.

How India’s Changing Kitchens Have ‘Modernised’ Food Habits

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’ – a look at India's home kitchens by Amita Baviskar, published on July 25, 2016.

World’s Largest Matrilineal Society

In the highlands of West Sumatra, a man is considered a guest in his wife’s home, writes Rathina Sankari on BBC on September 22, 2016.

Tasting India’s Coveted Holy Sweet

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’ - Laddoo from Tirupati and its secrets - by Shilpa Kannan and Premanand Boominathan, published on BBC on July 20, 2016

The Dark History Behind India and the UK’s Favourite Drink

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’, on the origins of and popular demand of masala chai. Justin Rowlatt on BBC, July 15, 2016.

From Iran to India: The Journey and Evolution of Biriyani

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’, on the origins of and popularity of biriyani. Pushpeth Panth on BBC, July 12, 2016.

Why this Indian State Screams for Ice Cream

From the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on Gujarat's love affair with ice cream. Soutik Biswas on BBC, July 11, 2016.

The Street Food That Silences Even The Most Heated Debate

India on a plate: Jhaal muri is the king of street food snacks in Kolkata (Calcutta), reports Justin Rowlatt, published on BBC on July 8, 2016.

The Indian Street Food Bringing Theatre to Your Plate

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’, introducing chole bathure that originated in the Punjab. Justin Rowlatt reports on July 2, 2016.

Home Chefs Are Helping Uncover India’s Food Secrets

From the BBC series 'India on a Plate'. India is a land with diverse cuisine, writes Ayeshea Perera, published on BBC on July 6, 2016.

Vivacious Zorba The Greek Ballet

Performed by the Turkish Ankara and Samsun State Opera and Ballet.

Oliver Stone links Pokémon Go to Totalitarianism

Outspoken and controversial well-known film director speaks on ‘invasion’ of privacy in gaming app and about his new film 'Snowden'. The Guardian, July 22, 2016

Amma Canteen: Where an Indian Meal Costs Only Seven Cents

From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’, sampling food at the amma canteens in Chennai. Geeta Pandey reports on July 4, 2016.

Politics is Faked and Staged

Only a psychopath could read someone else's lies from their teleprompter with such feigned emotion. Video by The Corbett Report, published July 21, 2016.

Inside India’s ‘Dying’ Irani Cafés

From the BBC series 'India on a Plate', about the Irani cafés of old world charm in Mumbai that used to be hugely popular. Published June 29, 2016

What Indians Have Done to World Cuisine

Fourth article in the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on the popularity of international and in particular Chinese food in India. Samar Halarnkar writes on BBC on June 27, 2014.

Thousands in Four Shades of Blue

On July 9, 2016, thousands of people stripped and painted themselves blue for a Spencer Tunick art installation in Hull, England.

India my Love

Video of stunning photos by Shmulik Balmas.

Make Me A German

BBC Two documentary about a young British family's move to Germany to find out how it is the Germans can work fewer hours than the Greeks and still live in Europe’s economic [...]

The Story of India as Told by a Humble Street Snack

Third article in the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on the history and popularity of the samosa. Justin Rowlatt on BBC, June 23, 2016.

Europe’s Most Common Surnames

Czech artist and linguist Jakub Marian researched just how frequent European surnames are and created a colourful map. We were surprised to see so many Newman's listed!

Cooking the World’s Oldest Known Curry

Second article in the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on the diversity and vibrancy of Indian food. Everyone eats, writes Soity Banerjee on BBC, June 22, 2016.

Native American Proverbs that Touch the Soul

21 proverbs from various native Indian tribes selected by Alexa Erickson of Collective Evolution; published on May 20, 2016 on SOTT.

Why India is a Nation of Foodies

First article in the BBC series 'India on a Plate', on the diversity and vibrancy of Indian food. By Ritu Agarwal on BBC, June 21, 2016.

Biancoshock: ‘WEB 0.0’

A series of artistic works, mixing technology with tradition shown in a video.

From One Second To The Next

A documentary by well-known film producer Werner Herzog, notably 'Fitzcarraldo', and 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God', is part of a campaign by AT&T to raise awareness about smartphone [...]

A Memory of Prince – Beyond Normal

David Icke speaks about Prince who recently died - on his incredible genius expressing music, living and breathing music.

I Forgot My Phone

What happens around you when you are the odd one out.

Britain’s Bizarre Place Names

Bishop’s Itchington, Westley Waterless: there is plenty to smile or snigger at on a map of the UK. But in fact, these names reveal a hidden – and fascinating – history. James [...]

Giant Xylophone in Forest Plays Bach

A very unusual advertisement created by Japanese agency Drill Inc. who built a giant wooden xylophone in the middle of a forest.

India’s Temples of Sex

This extremely conservative country was once home to the world’s first sex treatise.

Ten Things the Ancients Did Better than Us

- and there are many more things modern man is not aware about what his ancient ancestors were capable of.

Sidewalk Chalk

David Zinn joyfully creates temporary creations in the here now.

Peking Photo Exhibition

Photographs of Peking, now known as Beijing, made by Thomas Child in the 1870s and 1880s are to go on show in London's Chinatown as part of Asian Art in London until November 15, [...]

Our Limited ‘Freedom To’

In her brilliant and visionary new novel, 'The Heart Goes Last', Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test. Read this excerpt from her book, set in a near-future [...]

Marriage According To The Bible

Bible believers are beside themselves about the prospect that marriage norms and laws are changing, says Valeri Tarico at Raw Story.